Archive for October, 2012

Want to try the dark, vampy lip trend with no commitment?

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Want to try out the vampy lip look without spending a dime?Dark, vampy lipstick is hot this season, showing up all over the place, from the runways to the red carpets to the streets of a city or town near you. But unless you know for a fact that you're capable of pulling off this daring look, it might not be feasible to drop the cash on a suitable lipstick. After all, you'd probably rather spend your money on a shade you know you're going to love, like something from the Too Faced – La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream collection.

So how can you try out the vampy lip look without spending a dime? According to The Beauty Department, all you need is a trusty black eyeliner. Yes, eyeliner. It sounds weird, but read on.

All you need to do is use the black pencil to trace the shape of your lips like you would with a lip liner, then fill them in entirely. For a cool ombre look, you might want to go a bit lighter on the color toward the center of your lips. It'll show up slightly redder.

Now pick out one of your berry-colored lip glosses and use a lip brush to smooth it on and blend, blend, blend. This should get rid of any obvious black lines that may be lurking underneath.

You'll end up with a dark pout that's a pretty good indicator of how you'd look rocking the trend. Are you into it?

How to make your bobby pins a whole lot cooler

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Could your bobby pins use a bit more pizzazz?When you think of bobby pins, you probably imagine a bunch of boring brown pins that are meant to hide in your hair, holding intricate updos in place. It used to be that visible bobby pins were a fashion faux pas, but these days they're showing up all over the place – no more hiding!

From Diane Kruger to Emma Stone, stars have been seen with bobby-pinned hairstyles on the red carpet, and beauty gurus everywhere are loving the look. Whether you place several in a row to hold back side-swept bangs, criss-cross them in X-shapes all around your head or get even more creative with those pins and your trusty hairspray, there's no doubt that these accessories are chicer than ever.

But brown is pretty boring, right? While you can definitely find snazzy, colorful pins at a beauty supply store, a DIY solution is hiding right in your makeup stash. All you need is some bright or sparkly nail polish!

Seeing as you probably have a bunch of awesome shades to match a variety of outfits, you should have no problem matching your bobby pins to your ensembles. Just use the polish to coat one side of each pin, let them dry for a few hours and turn them over to paint the other side. When they're all dry, you'll have yourself a few great new accessories to rock. Cute!

Five steps to a flawless face – even during a breakout

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

You'd never know that there's a breakout under there with these five steps!There’s nothing worse than having to deal with a major breakout. Whether you’re prone to acne or allergic reactions, sometimes there’s no getting around the fact that your face is covered with red bumps. But believe it or not, you can achieve a flawless face in five easy steps. Here’s how!

1. Treat the redness. Apply a product like Dermalogica – UltraCalming Relief Masque, which will calm your skin and help reduce redness and irritation. Wash it off in the shower.

2. Prep your face. According to Glamour magazine’s beauty blog, your next step is to prep your face with an anti-shine gel and a primer. One that’s tinted green will help combat the red tones in your complexion.

3. Add foundation and concealer. Choose a full-coverage foundation like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 and smooth it all over your face. Use a matching concealer on any areas that are still noticeable through the foundation.

4. Dust with powder. A finishing powder will help set your makeup and soak up any oil that appears throughout the day. Sweep it all over your face for an even finish.

5. Set with spray. A makeup setting spray will ensure that your flawless complexion lasts all day, and it will offset the cakiness of the powder so you’re left with a glowing visage. That’s all it takes!

Silvery taupe: The new universally flattering eyeshadow shade

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Halle Berry knows the power of a good silvery taupe eyeshadow!Even if you're a pro when it comes to choosing eyeshadow shades that complement your eye color (all you need is a color wheel!), getting it right every time isn't guaranteed. There are so many hues, it's sometimes hard to choose a perfect match. But if you're looking for a go-to shadow that'll work every time, pick up a shimmery, silvery taupe shade.

Glamour magazine's beauty blog spotted the eyeshadow on Halle Berry at the recent Cloud Atlas premiere, and it made her dark eyes simply radiant. But the cool neutral would work well on a multitude of other skin tones and eye colors, from ivory with blue eyes to ebony with brown eyes.

Pick up a shade like Youngblood – Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Moonstone, and apply it after lining your eyes with brown, black or gray eyeliner as usual. Sweep it across your lids, under your lower lash lines and in the inner corners of your eyes. You'll find that it has a brightening effect, which helps make your peepers look huge! You could even use it as a highlighter on your brow and cheek bones for extra glow.

How to restore skin’s elasticity and prevent stretch marks

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

How to restore skin's elasticity and prevent stretch marksHave you begun to notice stretch marks on your belly, thighs and hips? This terrible beauty quandary, which happens when elastin fibers are stretched to their breaking point, can be tough to deal with even when it isn’t bikini season.

If you’ve recently embarked on an intense fitness or training regimen, as skin rapidly shrinks you may be even more susceptible to stretch marks. You may be ready to throw in the towel on this one, but all you need are right beauty products and you can regain the smooth skin you crave.

With a nutrient-rich body cream like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Biogen Cellular Ultimate Repair Forming Body Cream you can kickstart your skin’s regenerative process and stimulate cell renewal, a vital part of getting your skin on the right track!

But that’s not all you’ll need to do. Once your skin is moisturized, you can start adding definition to areas with a beauty product like Sothys – Thalassothys Sublime Firming Cream, which can strengthen elastin fibers in skin and restore firmness.

Get rid of your Halloween makeup without ruining your complexion

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Get rid of your Halloween makeup without ruining your complexionOn Halloween night, your costume was probably spooky enough to raise ghosts, but come morning, you don't want to look like the walking dead! If you applied plenty of makeup and creepy cosmetics to you face for the holiday, you may have quite a mess on your hands come daylight, but with the right tips you can get rid of everything without ruining your complexion!

The first thing you should do after you get home from a Halloween bash is take off any eyelash extensions, wigs or prosthetic parts you may have hanging around. Once you have, just rinse your face off with some water and use something like GloMinerals – gloEye Makeup Remover. This gentle cleanser can remove any and all traces of makeup without damaging your skin, and can leave you feeling refreshed once you hit the hay.

You may think your work is over, but the fun is just beginning. While it's important to clear your face of cosmetics that may be lingering, you should also take care of your makeup brushes, especially if you used them to apply crazy Halloween cosmetics.

With Youngblood – Pro Brush Cleaner you can remove residue from your brushes without even needing to rinse them! This alcohol-free mist is the perfect way to get your beauty ritual back on track after the holiday. 

Have blackheads got you down?

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Have blackheads got you down?They’re there, lurking right on the surface of your skin for the whole world to see. Blackheads, also known as the bane of your beauty ritual, are one of the most annoying things you’ll have to contend with as you prep your face for the day.

Blackheads, which happen when too much oil gets trapped in pores, may seem like a tough foe to conquer, but with a clarifying and astringent cream you can dissolve set-in dirt and remove impurities from your skin, leading to a smoother, blackhead-free complexion!

Oily skin can lead to other problems, too, which can make it difficult to find the right foundation or balancing powder to even out your skin and give your face a more alluring mystique.

However, by dabbing a light, oil-free matte gel to your complexion, you can get the radiant appearance you crave. This gel will leave a flawless matte finish over your face and help minimize pores, which is key if you’ve got a problem with blackheads. Best of all, an antioxidant-laden gel can enrich your skin with the nutrients it needs to shine!

Can moisturizing creams and hydrating fluids help reduce eczema?

       
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Can moisturizing creams and hydrating fluids help reduce eczema?Are you tired of having cracked, dry skin and other vexing signs of eczema bring your day down? While this skin dilemma can be difficult to overcome, you can get one step closer to achieving the smooth, supple skin you desire by searching for premium beauty products that featuring nourishing ingredients.

Big skin problems call for big solutions, which is why BABOR – Babororganic Ultra Moisturizing Cream is one of the best blends you can apply to your complexion. When skin is lacking hydration, it becomes itchy. For those with eczema, dryness is even more pronounced. But with an all-natural cream like BABOR that’s dye-, paraben-, petroleum- and scent-free, you can restore skin’s innate luster and get the crucial moisture you need.

To get an extra boost of hydration, you should try Dermalogica – Skin Hydrating Booster, which can mist your skin with a wave of saturating hydration. Best of all, this revitalizing fluid can even help reduce fine lines, making it the perfect choice if you also want to reduce the signs of aging.

Would you ever make your own foot wraps?

       
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Would you ever make your own foot wraps?Have you noticed your feet are looking a little worse for wear? After spending all summer strolling along the beach and pounding the pavement in casual flip flops, it's no surprise your heels are cracked and worn, but now that summer's long gone, shouldn't you give your feet the attention they've been craving?

While products like BABOR – Spa Mediterranee Cooling Foot Spray are great for refreshing and deodorizing feet after a long day at work, if you want to replenish your skin, you can try creating a foot wrap of your very own using olive oil, lemon juice and cucumbers!

After mixing these ingredients together, try tossing them in a bag and soaking your feet in the mix for five to 10 minutes. You can rinse your feet off once you're done – just be prepared to marvel at how rejuvenated they look!

Once you've given your toesies the treat they've been hoping for, you can continue to show them you care with BORGHESE – Spa Socks, which keep feet protected and skin firm. Featuring a rejuvenating mix of jojoba, olive and grape seed oils, you can rest your weary heels knowing you've got these cozy socks. 

Transform your mornings with a quick beauty routine

       
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Transform your mornings with a quick beauty routineMost girls struggle in the morning just to get out of bed, let alone get started on a time intensive beauty regimen. If you're not the type to enjoy jumping out of your covers earlier just to get a head start on your hair and makeup, consider these quick and easy tips that are sure to give you a successful start to the day.

Plan ahead. If you've got a big day in the works, why wait until morning to get started on your beauty routine? By showering the night before and washing up with a clearing skin wash specially designed to reduce surface oils and eliminate breakouts, you can shave off tons of time from your morning regimen. Also try sorting your essential beauty products into easily accessible piles.

Embrace the basics. We know you want to look your absolute best each day, but devoting the crucial time in the morning that it takes to do so can be a drain on your energies – not to mention your commute. Instead, stick to the fundamentals, like skin care. Using an antibacterial, moisturizing face wash can rid your complexion of blemishes and leave you looking radiant, which is all you need to make a remarkable impression throughout the day!