Archive for November, 2012

Three ways to show off your toes in holiday party footwear

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Wondering how to paint your toes for a holiday party?If you have a bunch of holiday parties coming up and a selection of open-toed shoes to wear to each one, you might be wondering how you're going to paint your toenails. Polished toes look pretty and sophisticated, but which color polish will you choose? Consider these three ideas.

1. Nude. If you want your toes to look long and lean while putting the focus on your footwear instead of your feet, try nude polish that matches your skintone. Everyone will be commenting on how great your shoes are!

2. Match the shoe. It might also be a good idea to paint your nails the same shade as your footwear. Whether you're donning black, fuchsia, jade or blue sandals or peep-toes, a matching shade of polish will make your outfit look complete.

3. Contrast. For an unexpected pop of color, why not choose a shade of nail lacquer that contrasts your footwear shade? This might be fun if you have a couple of accessories that match too. For example, pair blue polish with pink shoes and a pink dress, then choose a blue necklace or clutch.

Top 5 winter-inspired manicures

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Need a nail polish idea for winter?Although it's not winter yet, the temperatures are dropping. By now, you've probably taken your cozy sweaters out of storage and stocked your pantry with hot chocolate, so why not get even further into the winter spirit by giving yourself a winter-themed manicure? Here are the top 5 ideas to try.

1. Snowflakes. Even if you live somewhere where snow isn't a possibility, it'd still be fun to paint snowflakes on your nails with white nail polish. Add a coat of Lippmann Collection – Bring On The Bling Nail Lacquer on top for sparkle.

2. Tree branches. The leaves are all gone by now, which leaves behind plenty of interesting branch shapes to look at. Use a black or brown polish to paint spidery twigs across your nails.

3. Metallics. Something about a cool metallic shade seems cold and wintery, so go for a silver, gold, bronze or copper color from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

4. Holiday colors. Whether it's red and green for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah or black, green and red for Kwanzaa, you can't go wrong by alternating holiday colors on your nails.

5. White glitter. Use white glitter polish to create a French manicure by painting layers of it on your nails, concentrating it more on the tips with each coat. It'll be like the tips of your fingers are frosted!

How to pull off geometric eyeliner

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

How to pull off geometric eyelinerOkay, admit it – when it comes to taking beauty risks, you usually like to play it safe, right? For many women, reliable tricks like the cat-eye are the cornerstone of their regimens, and it's easy to see why. This ultra-flattering look can complement ladies of any age and leave a remarkable impression on friends, coworkers and boyfriends alike.

However, the cat-eye can get stale over time, which is why new trends, like geometric eyeliner, can be a great way to invigorate your routine. Before you panic, consider these tips, which can make this seemingly tough beauty trick absolutely effortless to pull off.

First, you should grab some primer and dab it along your lids. This will ensure that your eyeliner lasts throughout the day and doesn't become chalky or worse, rubs off.

Once you've applied the primer, take a trusty, waterproof eyeliner and apply it along your lash line. Approach this step just like you typically would the cat-eye, and don't forget to add a swoop to the outer rims of your makeup.

Now comes the fun part. Taking your eyeliner and starting at the outer rim, create a funky zig zag. To add extra sparkle to your style, you can trace above your lash with a vibrant blue eyeliner. Wasn't that easy? 

Three easy ways to glam up for an office party

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Three easy ways to glam up for an office partyThe holiday season is officially underway, and with it comes the opportunity to dazzle your coworkers at the annual office Christmas bash. While this can be a great time for cutting loose and celebrating a year well spent, it's also the perfect chance to break out of the ordinary and show how stunning you really are! Consider these three great tips as you get ready for your workplace bash.

1. Embrace plenty of color. From your lips to your cheeks, what better way to stand out in a crowd that by showing off a rich and vibrant hue on your visage? A versatile cheek and lip stain like GloMinerals – gloTint for Cheeks and Lips can be a remarkable way to perk up your look.

2. Pack along a moisturizer. It may not seem crucial, but during the chilly months of winter your skin can get dry and parched pretty easy. By slipping a moisturizing cream into your clutch, you can ensure that your skin stays supple throughout the party.

3. Don't forget your nails! During the hustle and bustle of the work week, it can be easy to forget all kinds of things – including your nails. Before you head to your office Christmas party, you should take the opportunity to do up your digits in style with something like Lippmann Collection – Candy Shop Nail Lacquer. This ultra-sweet hue is sure to be the perfect complement to your glamorous ensemble and leave a lasting impression on your coworkers!

Do you struggle with zits along your jawline?

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Do you struggle with zits along your jawline?Have you noticed that acne seems to strike your face at exactly the same spot, without fail? For many women, zits, blemishes and other signs of the condition are most noticeable on the jawline, and can often be difficult to avoid.

If you struggle with jawline acne, a purifying skin cleanser can be a great way to soften your complexion and reduce imperfections in your tone. However, if you want to put an end to jawline acne once and for all, it's also important to know how it forms.

According to TotalBeauty.com, jawline acne is linked to hormonal changes in the body and can also sprout up right before you have your period. If you have facial hair along your chin, another cause could be tweezing.

"People really go to town," Ranella Hirsch, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, told Allure magazine's beauty blog. "Often, the hair is not just sticking out, so it's a picking and tweezing combination – they go digging for a hair." 

Instead of subjecting your sensitive complexion to the rigors of tweezing, you should consider investing in an at-home waxing kit that will help you remove unsightly hairs without doing damage to your skin!

Are you exfoliating too much?

       
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Are you exfoliating too much?If you're diligent about cleansing and taking care of your skin but are still experiencing complexion issues like breakouts or discoloration, maybe it's because you're over-exfoliating. It might seem like exfoliating your face and getting rid of those dead skin cells would always be a good idea, but the fact of the matter is that doing it too often can do damage.

"The person who is exfoliating too much is also putting on actives [such as Retin-A and salicylic and glycolic acid], is doing facials, is doing microdermabrasion," dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Allure Magazine.

Hirsch also pointed out that using exfoliating products like these on their own is beneficial, but when you mix them all together, it's doing your skin more harm than good.

The bottom line is that you should be using a gentle cleanser to clean your face twice a day, then exfoliating a couple times a week if your complexon is normal and once a week if your skin is more sensitive. Use a salicylic acid cleanser if your skin is prone to breakouts, and try retinol every other day if fine lines and wrinkles are a problem. Any more than that is likely going overboard.

Top 5 holiday hairstyles to try this year

       
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Still looking for the perfect holiday hairstyle?If your makeup, outfit and shoes are all picked out for this season's holiday parties but you're still looking for the perfect hairstyle, you're in luck! There are tons of fabulous ideas out there just waiting to be tested. Here are the top five styles to consider.

1. Chic bun. Whether you use a sock, a twist or a hair donut to shape your bun, you'll need a great sheer hold hairspray to slick down those flyaways for a sleek finish. 

2. Volumized French twist. According to Allure magazine, this style is an updated take on the classic. Just create plenty of volume up front so it's like a pompadour, then twist as usual in the back.

3. Face-framing twists. After blowing out your hair, take a section from either side of your face (at the temples) and twist them back. Pin or clip them in place in the center of the back of your head.

4. Accessorized. No matter what style you go with, it never hurts to go bold with an accessory, whether it's visible colored bobby pins, a headband, a brooch or feathers.

5. Glam waves. After blowdrying and applying glossing cream, create a deep side part and curl your hair with a large curling iron. Brush them out until they're super shiny.

How to create shimmery lips for the holidays

       
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Want shimmery lips for the holidays?You probably have your fair share of holiday parties to attend this year, and while you may have the perfect outfits all picked out, do you know how you're going to do your makeup? One thing you may want to keep in mind is that shimmer is always a hit during this time of year. So why not get creative with it on your lips?

While you could use a shimmery lip gloss and consider yourself done, it might be more fun to take it to the next level by making your lips even more noticeable. After all, bright hues and funky effects are trendy these days!

The Beauty Department recommends creating a foiled lip, which gives your pout a chic metallic effect. You'll need a clear lip gloss and a sparkly mineral powder like Too Faced – Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment. Just apply the lip gloss as usual, then pour out a little bit of the powder and use your finger to dab it on your top and bottom lips.

The source suggests pairing these cool lips with a smokey eye or, if you want your look to be more understated, a simple champagne shimmer with a hint of liner and mascara.

How many times a day should you be washing your face?

       
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

How many times a day do you wash your face?There's nothing quite as refreshing as the feeling of a freshly washed face, but are you taking advantage of this fact too much by cleansing more than necessary? Or, do you think you're good to go in the morning as long as you washed your face the night before and it still looks okay? How many times should you really be scrubbing away that dirt and oil?

Thomas E. Rohrer, M.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in Massachusetts, told Glamour magazine's beauty blog that your goal should be to cleanse with a gentle face wash three times a day at most.

The first time should be in the morning, after you get up. This could be in the shower if you're a morning-wash type of person or at the sink if you shower at night. This will ensure that no oil or dirt that accumulated while you slept mixes with your daily makeup, which could clog pores.

The next time might be after you sweat, whether it's at the gym or because it's hot outside. If you don't have a face wash or water supply around, a facial wipe will do the trick.

Lastly, wash before you hit the hay. This is crucial to make sure that you're not giving environmental toxins, dirt, oil and makeup the chance to wreak havoc overnight!

Wondering what tightlining is?

       
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Ever wondered what tightlining is?Plenty of words out there are used to describe the numerous ways to apply makeup, refer to techniques and differentiate between products, but not all of them make sense as soon as you hear them. Take tightlining, for example. You might guess that it has to do with eyeliner based on the name, and you'd be right. But what exactly is it?

According to The Beauty Department, tightlining is simply lining the inner rims of your eyes, except instead of using an eyeliner to draw right across it, you press the eyeliner into the roots of your eyelashes. This gives your eyelashes more definition and can enhance your peepers without making it look like you applied makeup.

To tightline your eyes, pick up a gel eyeliner like Youngblood – Incredible Wear Gel Liner. Lift your eyelid gently with your finger and use a flat brush to press the liner into the roots of your upper lashes. When that's done, you can either do the same technique on your lower lash line or just stick to the upper ones for a more natural look. Not so hard, right?