Archive for November, 2012

Are you rushing through your skincare regimen?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Are you rushing through your skincare regimen?When it comes to morning rituals, most women have to hustle to get everything done. From showering to blow-drying and straightening those stubborn locks, it can be tough just trying to look your best each day, but a labor of love well spent when it counts.

Unfortunately, all that rushing around can have a negative impact on the quality of your routine. According to Glamour magazine’s beauty blog, speeding through a skincare regimen is one of the biggest – and most common – beauty faux pas around!

For starters, you should give yourself plenty of quality time with moisturizers like PRIORI – Advanced AHA Skin Renewal Cream. Give your skin a chance to absorb all the great nutrients of this potent blend by dabbing a quarter-size amount in both hands and working it over both your face and neck.

Once you’re through, a creamy, soap-free exfoliant like Exuviance – Age Reverse BioActiv Wash can be a terrific way to jumpstart your day and rid your complexion of harmful pollutants that can pile up on the surface of skin, even while you’re sleeping.

You may have to wake up a little early to get this extended beauty ritual underway, but you’ll be more than happy once you get a look at the results!

Can lip balms actually dry out your pucker?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Can lip balms actually dry out your pucker?It's kind of an urban beauty myth, but one we can't help but shudder to think about – can wearing too much lip balm during the winter months actually dry out your pucker?

While balms like Dermalogica – Climate Control Lip Treatment can nourish your smacker and provide relief to chapped lips throughout the chilliest days of the year, some people suggest that the cooling ingredients found in certain glosses and balms can actually trigger a full-blown dependency!

As legend has it, women who stop using balms after consistently wearing them can begin to suffer from terrible dry and parched lips, but according to Allure's Beauty Blog, this couldn't be farther from the truth!

"ChapSticks and lip hydrators have waxes or emollients in them to create a barrier to keep lips hydrated," Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C., told the news source. This, in turn, makes it next to impossible for lips to dry out after using balms.

If you're concerned about your skin staying hydrated throughout the cold season, try packing along L'Occitane – Shea Orchard Daily Duo Vineyard Rose, which is a great, on-the-go resource that can leave your hands and lips feeling replenished. 

Prepare for the holidays – with hand soap

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Prepare for the holidays - with hand soapThe holidays are a great time for reconnecting with family members, especially those that live far away. While some may be planning to camp out in a luxurious hotel or resort for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, others may be headed straight for your guest room.

You may be rushing to fluff up the pillows in your guest room and dust off your finest china for the holidays, but if you really want to make a lasting impression on your guests and make them feel cozy in the process, there's only one great way to do it – by stocking up on hand soap.

Depending on how many bathrooms you have in your home, you can explore a variety of fantastic soaps that are sure to captivate your guests.

Looking for a subtle yet intoxicating scent that will linger on your hands for the rest of the day? With Caswell-Massey – English Lavender Liquid Soap and Hand Lotion Caddy you can capture the freshness of blooming lavender fields and provide vital, antibacterial protection to your hands.

Known for its amazing shea butter lotion, L'Occitane also offers an amazing array of moisturizing soaps that are perfect for everyday use. L'Occitane – Fleur Cherie Flowers Soap (Set of 2) is fragrant with sweet and soft floral notes that can leave hands replenished and clean. 

Recreate the romance of Taylor Swift’s style with the right blush and lip combo

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Recreate the romance of Taylor Swift's style with the right blush and lip comboWith her full red lips and peaches and cream complexion, Taylor Swift has one of the most gentle, feminine looks around. At a recent event in London, Swift arrived in stunning red cocktail dress, which complemented her fair complexion and lipstick and blush combo.

When it comes to looking sensational, the country crooner – who hit it big with such songs as "You Belong with Me" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" – embraces a romantic palette of flattering pinks, reds and apricot tones that bring out the best of her sweetheart persona.

It's easy to integrate Swift's girlish appeal into your look – all you need are the right tools! Before putting on any makeup, be sure to use a primer that can ensure your cosmetics last throughout the day. Then, swirl a natural-looking, crushed mineral blush, over the apples of your cheeks for a radiant and effortlessly flawless complexion.

Known for her signature red lips, Swift is one of the rare beauties who can don cherry red lipstick all the time without ever looking overly done up. If you're concerned that bright red may be too much for the office, grab a nourishing lip gel in a pink shade and dab it over your pucker. This can keep your lips replenished and stylish throughout the day!

How to make your eyeshadows pop using white eyeliner

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Using white eyeliner before your eyeshadow can give you a better color payoff!If you've ever painted a piece of furniture or the walls of your home, you've probably seen the difference that a coat of primer can make. Without it, the colors you use can seem lackluster compared to how they looked in the can, making your careful shade selection feel like a waste of time. The same can be said about eyeshadows – sometimes they turn out looking darker or more iridescent than you thought. But not anymore.

According to The Beauty Department, all it takes to keep the colors of your eyeshadows honest is a white eyeliner pencil. Using this as a base coat will bring out the true shades of your eyeshadows and make it a lot easier to get rich colors that really pop.

Just use a matte white pencil to draw all over the area where you want your eyeshadow to be, which is probably across your whole lids and along the lower lash lines. Then pick up your eyeshadow brush as usual and stipple (kind of like stamping) the color on top of the white. The source reports that doing this instead of sweeping it on normally gives you a better color payoff.

You should notice that your eyeshadow looks a lot more like it does in the packaging – which is why you probably picked it in the first place!

Can looking old impact your heart’s health?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Can looking old impact your heart's health?Wrinkles, puffy eyes and other signs of aging can have a lousy effect on your social life, but did you know that they can also indicate cardiovascular health issues?

In a recent study by the University of Copenhagen, researchers found that people with certain signs of aging, like fatty deposits around the eyelids and creased earlobes, were 39 percent more likely to develop heart disease and 57 percent more likely to have a heart attack, HealthDay News reported.

While the study spanned 35 years and the results could vary depending on lifestyle and hereditary factors, these findings could have significant consequences.

If you've been carrying a little baggage under your eyes, give your peepers the boost they need with Sothys – Active Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes). Just a small amount of this potent cream each morning can reinvigorate your eyes.

In addition, you might be on the lookout for an all-purpose anti-aging moisturizer to protect your complexion daily. With Exuviance – Multi-Protective Day Creme SPF15 you'll be on your way to firmer, younger skin before you know it!

Bond women then and now – mimic their iconic looks

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Bond women then and now - mimic their iconic looks"Skyfall," the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, recently debuted. With Sam Mendes in the director's chair, the film has generated a lot of buzz, leaving fans anticipating high-flying stunts and tantalizing encounters with Daniel Craig's beautiful costars. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie, "Dr. No," making it a great time to reminisce on the leading ladies that have enraptured the British spy. For decades, Bond girls have embodied cutting edge sex appeal with their alluring looks – below we'll give you tips on how to copy their eye-catching makeup aesthetic.

"Skyfall" (2012) – Sévérine
French actress Bérénice Marlohe is the most recent woman to enjoy the limelight attached with being a Bond girl. Movie posters show her character Sévérine sporting shadowy eyes and long lashes that are great for a night out with the girls or that special someone. To get lashes that are camera ready, it's essential to choose a mascara that can separate and condition lashes to eliminate clumps and maximize length and thickness.

"A View to a Kill" (1985) – May Day
Roger Moore's Bond gets to enjoy multiple Bond girls in this film, including one who defied the typical standards of beauty – May Day, played by model and actress Grace Jones. Throughout the film, May Day makes sure her eyes remain the star attraction by applying a wine red eyeshadow and matching blush. Instead of using a standard shadow, opt for a liquid eye gloss to add an extra pop of shine. 

"The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) – Anya Amasova
Barbara Bach became an international sex symbol when she seduced the world in her role as Russian agent XXX Anya Amasova with her innocent doe eyes and full lips. To enhance the appearance of your pout, apply lip plumper that facilitates the natural production of collagen. Look for an option that stimulates circulation as well to keep your lips vibrant and healthier than ever.

"The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974)/"Octopussy" (1983) – Andrea Anders
Andrea Anders, played by Maud Adams, spent a fair amount of time showing off her figure on the beach and was such a hit that producers brought her back to star in a second Bond film. In "Golden Gun" she is frequently seen with highlighter under her brow line. Get the look by applying an eye highlighter under your brows instead of the corners of your eyes.

"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) – Tracy Bond
Tracy Bond was the only woman to convince 007 to settle down and get married. Diana Rigg, now 73, played the spy's blushing bride, but her character didn't survive the movie, leaving Bond to find new loves in subsequent sequels. She sported iconic '60s winged lashes and natural face makeup. You can get all the tools and products to pull this look off by purchasing an eyelash kit that features a lash curler, mascara and eyeliner.

"Dr. No" (1962) – Honey Ryder
Ursula Andress was cast as the original Bond girl, Honey Ryder. When she emerged out of the ocean in a stunning white bikini with a knife strapped to the side (a look that Halle Berry emulates in her turn as a Bond girl in "Die Another Day"), men couldn't take their eyes off her and women wanted to be her. Part of the allure was her tanned skin, which highlighted her bright blue eyes. You can get her sun-kissed shimmer with a bronzer that can enhance your natural color without extended exposure to UV rays.

Sink your teeth into Kristen Stewart’s vampy style

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Sink your teeth into Kristen Stewart's vampy styleKristen Stewart is known for her vampy style both on and off the silver screen, but when it comes to recreating the enigmatic "Twilight" star's sensational look, it can be difficult to figure out where to start.

Stewart, who has also appeared in blockbusters like "Snow White and The Huntsman" and "The Runways," arrived at the Hollywood, California, screening for "On the Road" in a clever, eye-catching ensemble. But what really turned heads were her bold red lips and smooth, blemish-free complexion!

If you want to capture some of Stewart's sultry appeal – not to mention a certain tall, dark and handsome hottie – start by using a rich, shea butter-infused lipstick in a deep burgundy shade. This will add a vivid burst of juicy color to your smacker and give him something he can really sink his lips into.

For flawless and spot-free skin like Stewart, you'll need a lightweight, tint-free moisturizer that can brighten up your complexion daily. Blends that feature UV protection are a terrific choice, especially for creatures of the night like you and your hunk!

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets have arrived!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets Have Arrived!Believe it or not, the holiday season is already here, which means pretty soon you’ll be looking for gifts to give your fellow beauty enthusiasts. While you could always pick up a few trusty bath products or try your luck choosing individual makeup items, it’s a lot more foolproof to go with a kit that has coordinated shades and complementary products. This year, why not give your gal pal one of the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets?

You have six different sets to choose from, all of which can give your recipient a manicure to swoon over. The Rock This Town collection has three sexy, shimmery nail polishes that are perfect for nights out on the town. She’s Always a Woman comes with three mini must-have shades that will definitely flatter your friend’s fingers this holiday season.

Or, get her the Puttin’ On the Ritz Lip & Nail Duet, which has a long-wearing shimmery lipstick that perfectly coordinates with the Glamorous Life nail lacquer. If she likes classic red, the Love Notes Lip & Nail Duet might be more her style, while sophisticated pink lovers will adore the My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duet. The Midnight Confessions Lip & Nail Duet would be perfect for a friend who’s dying to try the trendy new vampy red shades.

Whether they’re for your friend, sister, mother, niece or even yourself, the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets make the perfect presents!

How to get glossy lids like Emily Blunt’s

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Emily Blunt knows how to pull off sexy glossy lids!Looking for an easy way to freshen up your everyday eye makeup routine? While you could go with a touch of color or an ever-flattering cat eye, you can easily upgrade your go-to eyeshadow by adding a hint of shine. Emily Blunt showed up at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2012 with a bright, natural-looking face that was enhanced by her glossy eyelids. Here's how you can steal her look.

First, you'll need a gorgeous, dewy canvas to work with. You can achieve this with a tinted moisturizer or BB cream, which hydrates your skin while offering sheer coverage. Smooth it over your face for an even finish. Now add a creamy blush on the apples of your cheeks and consider using highlighter along your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose.

Next, use an eyeshadow primer on your lids – this step is crucial if you want to keep your eye makeup from smudging later on. Pick out your favorite eyeshadow and mix it with a little bit of Vaseline or a clear lip gloss, like Too Faced – Mirror Mirror Gloss in I Know You Want Me! You can do this with a brush or with your fingers.

Finish up with a coat of lip gloss on your pout and you'll be thanking Emily for the inspiration!