Archive for September, 2012

Want your kohl eyeliners to leave your eyes extra smoldering?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Want your kohl eyeliners to be even bolder? Try this trick!Kohl eyeliners are wonderful for giving your eyes definition while offering you the convenience of super easy blending. They’re smooth, rich and ideal for creating smoldering smoky eyes. But did you know that there’s a way to make their lines look even bolder? The Beauty Department has a trick that many makeup artists use to give kohl liners the texture and depth of gel eyeliner.

You’ll need a great kohl eyeliner, like Youngblood – Intense Color Eye Pencil, along with an open flame from a lighter, candle or gas stovetop. Please make sure you use caution! All you have to do is hold the pencil over the flame for less than a second to lightly liquefy it – a quick swipe is really all it takes.

Wait for the pencil to cool down for 15 seconds, then test it out on the back of your hand. The news source recommends rolling it on your hand to mold the tip and keep it pointed. When that’s done, apply the eyeliner as usual to your lash lines or inner rims. You should notice that this leaves you with a ton of color payoff that really gets into the spaces between your lashes, giving you greater definition and plenty of sexy attitude!

How to recreate Olivia Palermo’s look from the Spring 2013 Burberry runway show

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Olivia Palermo is a great source of beauty inspiration!American actress, socialite and model Olivia Palermo rarely has fashion or makeup slip-ups. In fact, she’s practically perfect 24/7. Case in point – she showed up at the Kensington Gardens venue for the Spring 2013 Burberry runway show with a gorgeous beauty look that focused on soft, natural pink, reports Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog. So how can you recreate it?

First, you’ll need to make sure that your skin is practically flawless. Dermablend – Quick-Fix Concealer SPF 30 can help you cover up blemishes and discoloration in a jiffy, leaving you with an even surface. Follow up with a creamy foundation and a sweep of natural-looking pink blush on the apples of your cheeks.

For the eyes, use a shimmery pink eyeshadow all over the lids and blend it into the creases. Line your upper lash lines with a soft brown pencil, then use it on your inner rims. Finish with two coats of brown mascara on the upper and lower lashes.

Finally, apply a soft, baby pink lip gloss to add a bit of shine to your pout. That’s it!

Are you treating your neck and hands the same as your face?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Your neck and hands should be treated the same way as your face!From glycolic acid peels to exfoliators and lightening products, you may have everything situated when it comes to skincare treatments for your face. But are you giving your hands and neck the same attention? If not, you could find yourself sporting a radiant visage yet a drastically older-looking neck and pair of hands.

Just like with your face, you need to take care of these areas with a similar beauty regimen. On a daily basis, be sure to cleanse your neck and hands and apply moisturizer. You can use your regular facial moisturizers on your neck, but for hands, try a product like Essential Multi-Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion from Exuviance.

You should also be regularly applying sunscreen to each area, exfoliating them every couple of days and even applying the same retinol serums that you use for your face. Something like G.M. COLLIN – Phytowhite Cream can help prevent age spots from developing, especially on the backs of your hands.

When it comes down to it, your neck and hands can reveal signs of age, making you look older than you really are. Treating them the same as your face can ensure that they’re not betraying you.

What can glycolic acid do for you?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Glycolic acid can do a lot to brighten a dull complexion!Have you noticed that your complexion is looking less radiant lately? Unfortunately, it’s normal for skin to start losing its luster over the years as cell turnover slows, leaving dead skin cells around for longer to dull our complexions, reports Allure Magazine. But there are ways you can speed up the process, and glycolic acid is one of the best choices.

According to the source, this acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that’s derived from sugarcane. It works by dissolving the glue-like substance that keeps our skin cells stuck together, improving skin’s texture and removing dead cells, leaving you with a glowing, younger-looking complexion.

Use a cleanser with the ingredient, like being TRUE – Purifying Glycolic Gel Cleanser, on a daily basis to remove impurities, prevent blemishes and reveal newer, brighter skin. You may even want to follow up with a moisturizer that contains glycolic acid or another alpha hydroxy acid that’ll speed up cell turnover.

Then, twice a week, use an at-home glycolic acid peel to rejuvenate your complexion. You’ll be unveiling smoother, softer skin, and some products also help protect against free-radical damage and boost collagen levels.

Are dark spots aging your complexion?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Are dark spots aging your complexion?Even if you’re too young for legitimate age spots, dark spots caused by sun exposure and skin damage can still make you look older. According to Allure Magazine, while wrinkles are typically the tell-tale signs of aging, research has shown that mottled skin can have an even worse effect on how people perceive your age. Aside from putting on sunscreen for the face every day to prevent further damage, there is one skincare ingredient that can help fade those spots.

What is it? Hydroquinone. This ingredient inhibits pigment production in your skin, effectively lightening dark spots in as little as a month with daily application. Formulas with two to four percent hydroquinone are available without a prescription, and can be found in products like Murad – Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel.

After cleansing your skin as usual, dab a product with hydroquinone on the dark areas of your complexion, then apply your nightly moisturizer. Soon enough, you should notice more even-toned skin that’s visibly younger.

Brands like Exuviance offer a large range of anti-aging products designed for nearly every type of skin.  Just keep in mind – if you’re not wearing sunscreen during the day (even if you’re mostly indoors), your efforts will be for naught!

Eye cream 101 – Everything you need to know

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Here's what you need to know about eye cream!If you’re not using a rich eye cream as part of your beauty regimen, you’re doing your peepers (specifically the skin around them) a disservice. Eye creams can stave off any beauty concern around the eyes, whether it’s dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles or puffiness. Here’s what thinks you should know about which products to pick and how to apply them.

First, you’ll need to decide what issues you’re most worried about, then choose your product accordingly. Eye cream for fine lines and wrinkles should have antioxidants or retinol listed in the ingredients. Those meant for dark circles should have illuminating particles and something like vitamin K. De-puffing eye creams will have an ingredient like caffeine in them.

Apply your eye cream in the morning and at night before putting on your moisturizer. You only need a small amount, and it should be applied with your ring finger. The delicate touch won’t disturb the fragile skin in this area. Make sure you get it all the way around your eyes, including on the lids, for maximum results. That’s it!

How to make this summer’s neon makeup work for fall

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Still want to rock summer's neon makeup? No problem!Now that summer's almost over, you probably won't be rocking the same wild shades of orange, yellow, pink and green that were practically staples this past season. (But if you will be, more power to you!) If you want to transition your neon shades from summer to fall, you'll have to get a little creative with your layering skills. Here's how.

If you shamelessly wore hot pink lipstick over the summer, there's no need to retire it until next year. According to, you can use the same hue now if you layer a more subdued shade on top, like a mauve lipstick, perhaps.

As for eyeshadows and bright eyeliners, you can use the same ones you relied on during the summer if you pair them with darker shades of the same hue. For example, use an emerald green eyeshadow over a lime one, or brush a navy blue eyeshadow over your aqua eyeliner.

When it comes to nails, you can always get away with neon on your toes. But for fingers, try mixing your polishes with shades of gray to discover fun neutrals.

Jealous of Lauren Conrad’s waves? Get ’em yourself!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Want waves like Lauren's? Here's how to get them!As a true California girl, Lauren Conrad rocks seriously awesome waves on a regular basis. And with locks like hers, why shouldn’t she? While it’s true that LC has the help of stylists when it comes to creating that mermaid-like perfection, that doesn’t mean their methods aren’t worth noting. If you’re dying for Conrad-esque waves of your own, Allure Magazine got the details from one of her hairdressers.

After showering, apply a leave-in conditioner throughout your hair, from the roots to the ends. Then add a silicone-based serum for extra shine that’ll last all day – even if things get a little humid.

Now use a 1 ¼-inch curling iron to make loose curls, starting at eye level. Focus heavily on the ones around your face, taking care not to make them too uniform – you want the waves to look natural. Do this by twisting each strand the opposite way from the last one you did.

When you’re done with your whole head, use a light-hold hairspray to make the waves last even longer, then use your fingers to separate. You should end up with a gorgeous mane that’s just as shiny and wavy as Lauren’s!

New Lippmann Collection Nail Color Sets & Accessories

Friday, September 14th, 2012

New Lippmann Collection Nail Color Sets & AccessoriesSome of the hottest trends these days are made possible by fabulous nail polishes. And what could be more fabulous than the New Lippmann Collection Nail Color Sets & Accessories from Beauty Bridge? With more than 40 shades, nail treatments and tools available, all designed by celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann herself, you'll have everything you need to create the perfect designs, whether it's a French manicure, glittery accent nail or office-appropriate neutral.

Several of these polish sets revolve around hit movies, like Snow White and the Huntsman, or innovate nail technology, like the Magnet Appeal Magnetic Wave Design Nail Lacquer Set. These dynamic collections, when paired with tools like the Cuticle Nipper, Cuticle Pusher and the Smooth Operator 4-Way Buffer/File, can help you achieve nail perfection.

While it may be tempting to stock up on those $1 bottles of nail polish at your local drugstore, those don't even come close to the high quality of Lippmann nail lacquers, which last for days on end without a chip in sight. Can you say that about those cheap nail paints? Probably not. Try out the new color sets and accessories yourself to see what makes Lippmann polishes a celebrity and manicurist favorite.

Day to Night Transition

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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