Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jessica Alba's New Do

So what do you think of Jessica Alba's new Red hair???

Best Beauty Tips of All Time Pt 6

If you thought all the tips were coming to an end you were wrong...there are still plenty to come!!

Attach False Lashes With Ease
"To get the clearest view of your upper lash line, hold a hand mirror below your chin and look down."
I also recommend applying eyelash glue along the bottom adhesive portion with a Q-tip and let dry for 30 seconds before putting on. Also make sure to apply your eyeliner before applying eyelashes and apply eyeliner thicker than normal so it will still show.

Thin Out Clumpy Mascara
"A drop of Coca-Cola will reinvigorate your mascara's consistency. The syrup in the soda adds just enough moisture without making it watery."
- Brett Freedman, L.A. Makeup Artist

Safeguard Skin
"Slather on sunscreen before every flight, and choose aisle over window seats. There's a greater level of UV rays at high altitudes than on ground." - Elissa Lunder
Wow I never thought about how UV rays can effect our skin while we are in a plane!

Heal Dry Hands
I'm not sure what is going on with my hand lately but they have been extremely dry and lotion just isn't cutting it! So if you are in the same boat as me...
"Rub the inside of a lemon directly onto the backside of your hands. Lemons have high concentrations of citric acid and vitamin C, which stimulate connective tissue production. The sting lasts a few seconds, but it's worth it."
- Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas
For extra fun use with a shot of Tequila...Just Kidding :)

Wake Up Tired Eyes

"Apply black mascara, then tip the ends of your lashes with a mascara in plum or navy to make the whites of your eyes look brighter."
- Brett Freedman, L.A. Makeup Artist

Prevent Acne

"Keep separate hair and face towels so the oil from your scalp doesn't cause breakouts."
- Amy Wechsler, N.Y.C. Dermatologist

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 Surprising Uses for Dandruff Shampoo

Sure dandruff shampoo can be embarrassing to buy at times because who really want to be known as the one with dandruff. Well there are a few other uses for dandruff shampoos that might make you excited...or at least anxious to go out and grab a bottle of head and shoulder ;)

Wash Away Dry Skin
"Clean your face with anti-dandruff shampoo to decrease flaking. It reduces the yeast levels that cause scaly skin."
- Elissa Lunder, Wellesley, Mass., Dermatologist

Brighten Hair Color
"Lather your tresses with a flake fighter and let sit for 20 minutes. This revives color and even removes the green tints that may result from chlorine."
- Sean James, L.A. hairstylist

Fight Bacne
"Shampoos that contain salicylic acid can also help with breakouts on your back."
- Monica Schadlow, N.Y.C. Dermatologist

By the way... Dandruff Shampoos especially Head & Shoulders are some of the best shampoos for your hair. Most hairstylists I know recommend Head & Shoulders over all other drug store shampoos, because of how healthy it keeps your hair. And now most come in different varieties to suit your your hair type.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Best Beauty Tips of All Time Pt 5

Thicken Hair
" Add two sugar packets to a 20-ounce bottle of water to create a natural volumizing spray."
- Oscar Blandi, N.Y.C. hairstylist
I'm going to try this one today...I am always in desperate need of some volume!

Tame Unruly Brows
"Comb mustache wax onto eyebrows. The wax coats each hair and locks it in place."
- Troy Surratt, N.Y.C. makeup artist
Now where do I find mustache wax????

Guarantee a Perfect Shade
raise your hand if you have ever dies your hair at home and it came out a totally different color than expected....ooohhh ohhh me me...yes I have done it. My hair turned bright pumpkin orange around my roots...not cute.
Rita Hazan, N.Y.C. colorist spilled her secret to Instyle Magazine...
" When coloring hair at home, start your timer as soon as you begin applying the dye, not when you finish. Otherwise the first sections you do (front, hairline, and nape of the neck) will be overcolored. If the rest of the hair isn't timed perfectly, it doesn't matter as much because it's not as visible."

Punch Up Neon Polish
So 80's Fashion is back...I'm still not sure how I feel about this. It definatley has it's pros and cons...Con: Shoulder Pads, Pro: Neon Colors
For those of you who are hot on neon nail polish here is a tip for perfect application ;)
"Apply an opaque white polish before your neon shade. The flat base brings out the pigment of the color and illuminates it from underneath."
- Patricia Yankee, N.Y.C. manicurist

Curtail a Blemish
"To dry up oily secretions, spray a makeup sponge with clear antiperspirant and dab it on the pimple before putting on your makeup."
- Jake Bailey, L.A. makeup artist

Friday, September 25, 2009

Best Besuty Tips Of All Time Pt. 4

Tips Tips Tips!!!

D.I.Y. Hair SPF
Sun can be a major factor in your perfect hair color fading so it is important if you want to keep your hue to use SPF on your hair...that's right on your lovely locks!!
"Mist your hair with a mixture of equal parts water and sunscreen-it will keep color from fading and hair from drying out." - Giselle, N.Y.C. colorist

Fight Frizz
Humidity can really do a number on your hair. Have you ever seen the FRIENDS episode when the group goes to the Bahamas and Monica's hair is out of control!! I mean like a 70's Afro b/c she couldn't tame the Frizz!! If you have that problem...
"Try wrapping wet hair in a towel that's been soaked in ice cold water. this seals the shaft, so as hair dries, it will stay frizz free." - Ursula Stephen, N.Y.C. hairstylist

Keep Color Real
I hate when I pick out a lip color because I love the way it looks in the tube and then once I put it on my lips it looks a totally different shade! To solve that mishap Anthea King, N.Y.C. makeup artist recommends " lips with a touch of foundation before applying. That way, you start with a blank canvas and the color appears more true."

AMP Up Your Lash Curler
"Warm it with a blow dryer up to maximum of 3 seconds before using it on your lashes. The heat will open up the cuticle of the hair, boosting the curl."
- Christy Coleman, L.A. makeup artist
Be careful not to keep heat on the curler too long...I did that before and ended up slightly burning my eye lid...yes it was pretty painful...Beauty is a pain right :)

Bye Bye To Brassy Hair Color
"Wash with a mixture of grape Kool-Aid powder (just a pinch!) and four tablespoons of your regular shampoo. The purple blue cancels out the brassy gold orange in over processed hues because it's on the opposite side of the spectrum. " - Tippi Shorter

Reduce Redness
"Spritz a small amount of nasal decongestant on red areas to decrease the color in a flash. The spray, which lessens the inflammation that triggers nasal congestion, will do the same for a pimple." - David Bank

Thursday, September 24, 2009

All you need to know about dark nails...

Dark nail polish is still very in especially now that fall is here. But for anyone who has tried painting your nails yourself in any dark shade know it can be quite the task! I usually have polish all over my hands and smeared around my nail I usually have to call my sister over to paint them for me. So yes I needs some help with this one and I'm sure many others do too! So...Here are some tips for perfect dark nails!

Take Your Time...obviously right?!?
"Rather than polish the whole nail in one fell swoop, break the process down into at least 3 strokes: First, paint the center, then swipe along each side, keeping the coats thin to prevent chipping." Bethany Newell, N.Y.C. manicurist

Stay In The lines...just like coloring ;)
"For a finished, professional look, always leave a small space between the cuticle and the polish line."

Stop The Color From Bleeding
"Before removing polish, brush cuticle oil on each nail to avoid staining the base of the nail or fingers. The oil creates a barrier that keeps the color from penetrating the skin as you rub it away." - Tabitha Belesis, N.Y.C. manicurist

Source: InStyle Makeover

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Best Beauty Tips Of All Time Pt. 3

Blot Oil On The Go
Ahhh you are already out and about and check yourself in the mirror and Oh MY your beautiful face is looking like an oil slick!! What to do now???
"It sounds crazy but toilet seat covers make perfect blotting papers. The thin tissue absorbs, oil like a sponge.
"- Bruce Grayson, L.A. makeup artist

Mix Your Own Dry Shampoo
I am a big believer in dry shampoo I use it all the time! But yes I still do wash my hair... don't you go thinking I only use dry shampoo.
"A fast and inexpensive fix for greasy hair: Combine equal parts baking soda and baby powder, sprinkle over hair, and then brush. The baking soda helps remove buildup, and the baby powder soaks up excess oil."

Apply Deodorant Before Bed
"Your body temperature is higher at night, so the deodorant will permeate more deeply into the sweat ducts. It will block wetness the next day, even after you shower."

Boost Lashes
"Before putting om mascara, dust lashes first with a translucent powder to add instant volume."
I do this to my eyelids also to keep my eyeliner from smudging.

Best Beauty Tips of All Time Pt 2

The tips just keep on coming... :)

Create Lived in Curls
I have super straight hair and I would kill for some natural volume or bouncing curls every now and then! L.A. Hairstylist, David Babaii tells InStyle how to create great natural looking curls! " To get the most natural look, alternate between using a small and large curling iron. This creates tousled waves that vary in size."

Plump Up Your Lips
A plump pout is super sexy but can be a total bummer if you have really thin lips. And to get a hold of a worth while lip plumper can get pretty try this...
"Dab your pout with peppermint oil. It's an instant lip plumper, setting off a small allergic reaction that causes swelling."- David Bank, Mount Kisco, N.Y., Dermatologist

Prevent Wrinkles
OK now this one is interesting I have never heard of this but it's well worth a try! "Affix adhesive butterfly bandage closures to facial lines before bedtime to stop yourself from frowning in your sleep." - Francesca Fusco, N.Y.C., dermatologist

Find Your Perfect Blush
Nobody wants clown I right or am I right? So next time you are searching for a new blush match the color to the pink of your knuckles while making a fist!

Enhance Your Conditioner
Make the most of your conditioner without having to worry about spending extra cash by warming it in a microwave-safe bowl for 15 seconds. The heat helps open up the hair cuticle, causing the conditioner to penetrate more deeply.

Don't worry more tips will be coming all week long!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Best Beauty Tips of All Time Pt. 1

Can you ever get to many beauty tips??? I think, not. So I will be sharing with you some of the greatest beauty tips of all time. Of course there are quite a few so this will be a series of keep checking back for more ;)

Get Unstuck...
Don't you hate when the cap to your nail polish just won't budge? So very annoying...especially when you just need a quick touch up! Well next time this happens wrap a rubber band around it for a better grip.

Make Your Mani & Pedi Last...
One thing...well one of the many things that really get on my nerves is after you had a perfect manicure and a couple days later the paint starts chipping! So before you head out to see your favorite manicurist remove any polish you have on your nails with acetone polish remover; wash each nail with soap and dry well. Wipe again with remover. This gets rid of any oils that prevent polish from adhering completely.

Soothe Irritation...
Oh ingrown hairs how I love thee...yuck... gag. I have a habit of picking at ingrown hairs which only make them worse plucking is so much better. After plucking ingrown hairs, crush two aspirins into powder, then add a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply over tender area and let dry.

Fake a Perfect Nose...
Not everyone is blessed with a perfect nose. More people have a Sarah Jessica Parker nose than an Angelina Jolie for those who need a lil quick fix draw a line with cream shimmer down the bridge of your nose. The highlighter reflects light, creating the illusion of a straighter nose.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Stylist River Lloyd's "Speed Blowout 101"

How many of you dread drying your hair because it just takes too long?!?
InStyle Makeover published some tips from Stylist River Lloyd on how to get a speedy blowout...

1. Don't blow-dry in the same room where you showered- the steam makes hair retain moisture.

2. Use 1,875 watt ionic dryer, It has the most power, and ionic models cut drying time in half.

3. Blow-dry hair rapidly with fingers until 95 percent dry. During the last 2 minutes, blow smooth using a brush; then cheat your way to shine with a few passes of a flat iron.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Vanish Puffy Morning Eyes...

" For a swift- and inexpensive- solution, N.Y.C. dermatologist Francesca Fusco suggests 2nd Skin Moist Burn pads, which contain a unique cooling gel made up of 97 percent water. Chill them in your fridge and apply to under-eye area for 5-10 minutes in the morning- the coolness of the pads constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling, explains Fusco. Plus, the individual packets are great for traveling."

Wow who would have guessed that burn pads would do the trick!

Source: InStyle Magazine, InStyle Makeover

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Justin Timberlake's Grooming Guide...

Sure JT has brought Sexy back...even though he has always been sexy to me!! JT is also known for his great sense of fashion and his metro-sexual style and now he has even come out with his own line of fragrance called Play. Justin recently shared some of his sexy secrets...

His first scent...
"Polo. It was a big deal for 80's kids."

I think every guy I grew up with wore Polo as their first scent actually I think it was Polo Sport.

How Long it takes him to get ready...
"Not too long. Half hour tops."

Oh the life of a guy I wish I could be ready in a 1/2 hr tops!

On styling his hair...
"My secret for my hair is that I don't wash it. I shampoo it once every 10 days or so. It's more manageable with the natural oils." he serious here??? I know he is a jokester and all and I know it's good not to wash your hair everyday but every 10 days!?!?

On his favorite women's scents...
"I'm the quintessential male. They did a study on what men really like to smell on women, and they responded to things like Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla way more than a bouquet of flowers."

I read that same was in Cosmo :) JT has also said that nothing is sexier on a woman than mens cologne.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Crazy Beauty Tips Even Celebs Have Tried...

Everyone has tried some off the wall beauty tricks...myself included. Some hot celebrities confessed their crazy beauty tricks they have tried...

Molly Sims said she took prenatal vitamins to make her hair grow faster.

Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon uses Preparation-H as a spot treatment for zits, she said " I was so embarrassed to but it though!"

Audrina Patridge claims she once used mayonnaise as a hair mask, "I slathered it on, then covered my head with plastic wrap, I looked greasy for a week."

Whitney Port said bleaching her hair was the worst beauty blunder, she was going for bright blonde and ended p with bright orange hair!

Source: Celebrity Beauty Buzz

Monday, September 14, 2009

Top 13 Drug Store Lotions

Total Beauty is ranking the Top Drug Store Lotions...
So it's time to save some cash and moisturize moisturize moisturize ;)

Lets count them down 13-1...

13. Giovanni Hydrate Body Lotion

12. Jergens Shea Butter Skin Enriching Cream

11. Dove Pro Age Body Cream Oil

10. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

9. Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Body lotion

8. Eucerin Calming Creme

7. Johnson's Melt Away Stress Body Lotion

6. St. Ives Whipped Silk Intense Body Mo

5. Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion

4. Nivea Smooth Sensation

3. Burt's Bees Soothingly Sensitive, Aloe
& Buttermilk, Body Lotion

2. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Body M

1. Vaseline Cocoa Butter Extra Care Cream

Click here to see why these products ranked above the rest...
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