Sunday, February 28, 2010

10 Best Products for Sensitive Skin

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10 Best Products for Sensitive Skin

See the products that treated our readers' delicate skin best


Say buh bye to breakouts and irritation from beauty products. We've got the scoop on all of the best products for sensitive skin -- everything from cleansers to foundations.

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No. 10: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Mascara, $7.95

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4


"The first mascara I have ever used that did not bother my eyes …"

No. 9: Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash, $4.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6


"When you have super sensitive skin, it is nice to know you can trust …"

No. 8: Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals Blush, $18

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.9


"Like many people I have hypersensitive skin and this is the ONLY blush …"

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

10 Perfect-Skinned Women Spill Their Secrets

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10 Perfect-Skinned Women Spill Their Secrets

Want picture-perfect skin? All it takes are these simple tricks


Wondering what she does to look so good? We found out her secrets to maintaining a flawless face, and we give you full permission to rip them off.

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Birthday Manicure: Barielle Nail Lacquer in Myrza's Meadow

My Barielle order containing all 6 new shades of their Spring 2010 collection finally arrived, together with their amazing Natural Nail Camouflage, an anti-aging ridge filler and base coat. It is a bit expensive for $16, but then Barielle had their 15% off sale with free shipping for orders over $50. Also, their nail lacquers were Buy 2, Get 1 Free.

I tried two of them, namely Darling Dahlia and Myrza's Meadow. Here's what Darling Dahlia looked when I wore it on a girls' night out to celebrate my birthay:



It was Konaded using Konad special polish in Black. I honestly didn't like Darling Dahlia. The jelly formula is very streaky and I usually am not a fan of jellies and how the finish looks like after it dries.

For my birthday dinner with the family, though, I used Myrza's Meadow and I liked it a LOT better than Darling Dahlia. It is a beautiful lime green with silver sparkles. What I liked about it was that the glitters were quite small, not chunky at all and very unobtrusive, and yet it gives a subtle shimmer that is very pretty:





Here's how it looks like during dinner:




Eeek, sorry for the flyaway!


Konaded with special polish in Black and m26 image plate

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The 411 On Popular Facial Fillers

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The 411 On Popular Facial Fillers

Follow this guide to find out which facial filler is right for you


Want to look younger and don't mind needles? Getting a facial filler might be a great choice for you then. But before heading to the doctor's office, see which ones are most popular, as well as the pros and cons of each.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

15 Body-Transforming Products That Actually Work

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15 Body-Transforming Products That Actually Work

Readers call the products on this list "miracle-workers" -- see what they are


Get amazing results without plastic surgery! Readers claim that these unique products promise (and deliver!) incredible, seemingly impossible results for everything from body acne to cellulite.

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No. 15: Clinique Acne Solutions Body Treatment Spray, $19.50

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.4


"Prevented future breakouts on my back and shoulders …"

No. 14: Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub, $35

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.4


"It truly helps tighten the skin, especially around the tummy and thigh areas …"

No. 13: Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil, $11.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.1


"What it will do, wonderfully enough, is soften those red, new stretch marks ..."

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Beauty Step-by-Step: The No-Makeup Makeup Look

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Beauty Step-by-Step: The No-Makeup Makeup Look

Follow this makeup tutorial, courtesy of Makeup For Life blogger, for a subtle, flawless finish


This spring, the trend in makeup is all about looking au naturale. See how to get the freshest face, eyes and lips you've ever seen.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

London MAC Fall/Winter '10 Daily Face Charts For Monday, February 22nd





Eyes:
PIGMENT IN VANILLA – over the lids
EYE SHADOW IN WOODWINKED – under the lashes and on the centre of the lid
CLEAR BROW SET AS MASCARA and LIPGLASS IN CLEAR – brushed up through the brows
CURLED LASHES

FACE:
FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – aplied to the face
PIGMENT IN VANILLA – to highlight
MINERALIZE BLUSH IN DAINTY – on the apples of the cheek

Lip:
LIPSTICK IN PEACHSTOCK and LIPGLASS IN CLEAR – dabbed on the centre of the lip



Eyes:
REFLECTS GLITTER IN GOLD – pressed all over th e lid and up to the brow bones and temples using a 165 brush, keeping clear of the lashline
STUDIO FIX LASH IN BLACK – pulled out to the sides as you apply, top lashes only
BROW SET IN CLEAR – to brush up the brow

FACE:
STUDIO MOISTURE FIX mixed with CAREB LENDS ESSENTIAL OILS IN GRAPEFRUIT AND CHAMOMILE – to give the skin a dewy sheen
SELECT COVER-UP mixed with STUDIO MOISTURE FIX – only where needed for sheer coverage
BLUSHCREME IN POSEY – blended softly along the cheekbones
REFLECTS GLITTER IN BLUE – pressed with the fingertips on top of the blush

Lip:
LIPSTICK IN RUSSIAN RED, SPICE IT UP, COCACHINO AND LIPGLASS IN DESIRE – layered into the
perfect browny-purple and top ed with gloss for a rich Seventies lip, all using a 318 brush



Eyes:
STUDIO FINISH COLOUR CORRECTOR IN DEEP BROWN – an almost black, with a burgundy tint to it which gives the eye a shapeless smoky stain blended into the lash lines and lid and really blowing it out
POWER POINT EYE PENCIL IN ENGRAVED – layered on top of the top and bottom lash lines to give the smokiness extra depth
MINERALIZE POWDER – brushed through the brows

FACE:
STUDIO SCULPT FOUNDATION – applied to the face for a flawless eggshell finish, one shade lighter on the cheekbones for a textureless highlight

Lip:
STUDIO SCULPT FOUNDATION – the tiniest amount just to bring their colour down

London MAC Fall/Winter '10 Daily Face Charts For Sunday, February 21st





Eyes:
EYE KOHL IN FASCINATING – applied to the water lines of the eyelids
FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION IN WHITE – smoothed onto the lids for a milky effect
BROW SET IN CLEAR – brushed up through the brows
NO MASCARA

FACE:
STUDIO SCULPT FOUNDATION – applied to the face for a really perfect skin that’s not heavy
CREAM COLOUR BASE IN PEARL – blended with fingers all over the cheekbones
CREAM COLOUR BASE IN LUNA – to further highlight the highest part of the cheekbone
CREAM COLOUR BASE IN FAWNTASTIC – used in place of Pearl as a highlight for deeper skin tones

Lip:
LIP ERASE IN DIM – the tiniest amount, simply to make the lip tonal with the skin




Eyes:
EYE SHADOW IN TETE-a-TINT – blended quickly all over the lid and beneath the eye imprecisely
EYE SHADOW IN PALACE PEDIGREE (Available Fall 2010) – washed over the brow bone and lower lash line
EYE KOHL IN SMOLDER – to thickly and messily line the lower lashes
PRO GLOSS TEXTURE – painted under the lower lashes as a base for the glitter
GLITTER IN 3D GOLD, COPPER, REFLECTS VERY PINK – randomly blended beneath the eyes
LIP PENCIL IN REDD – dotted on the inner corners of the eye, topped with Gloss
Texture and a small cut-out of red reflective paper
NO MASCARA
BROW SET IN CLEAR – to brush up brows

FACE:
FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – applied to the face
SELECT MOISTURECOVER CONCEALER – applied where needed
BLUSHCREME IN LAID BACK – dabbed across the cheeks
PRO GLOSS TEXTURE – layered over the blush

Lip:
BLUSHCREME IN LAID BACK – patted onto the lips for a stain



Eyes:
POWDER BLUSH IN TAUPE, EYE SHADOW IN QUARRY, EYE SHADOW IN COPPERPLATE – All washed (layered from Taupe to Copperplate) from the lashline to the brow with a soft 224 brush, and taken beneath the eye and down the sides of the nose with a 219 brush
NO MASCARA

FACE:
STROBE LIQUID mixed with FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION IN WHITE and either C1 or C2 – to give the skin a translucent pallor, a dreamlike glow
POWDER BLUSH IN TAUPE – as a foundation for the contour
EYE SHADOW IN QUARRY – to cool down the colour
EYE SHADOW IN COPPERPLATE – to deepen the shadows
All applied with a 116 brush for an airbrushed effect, on the cheekbones,
temples, ears and jaw.
*Half the girls have shading on both sides of their face, 7 have shading only on the left, 7 only from the right.

Lip:
LIP ERASE IN PALE – applied to the lips
LIP PENCIL IN STONE – applied to the top lip only, and beneath the lower lip
EYE SHADOW IN COPPERPLATE – layered over the lip pencil for a matte grey brown tone

A Grey Look Using MAC and Aromaleigh Eye Shadows



I was pretty excited to use my MAC greys because I have not used these in a while. I love MAC's greys. They are pigmented and smooth and they don't make my eyes look like I was punched in the face. I also tried to use it lightly because I was going out but not to go clubbing.  It was just a simple event with friends and I didn't want to look over-the-top.



I also used this lovely Aromaleigh mineral shadow in Basil. It's a kind of silver-grey with some taupe/beige thrown into the mix that is so pretty. It reminds me of a darker version of MAC Arctic Grey because of its complex nuances. This is my favorite Aromaleigh grey shadow.



Of course, to come up with a pigmented eye look, you have to have a good base. I used my favorite base for smokey eyes, my Benefit Creaseless Cream Liner/Shadow in Skinny Jeans, an amazing pewter color that really makes the loose pigments adhere to my lid and create a beautiful base for them.


I am all about layering these days. I tried to layer these two lipsticks from MAC Riveting collection and I was riveted! I layered Metal Maven over Riveting lipstick and I was really amazed at how nice the combination was. I used these two for this look.

Here's a step-by-step. All eye products MAC unless othewise specified.



Apply Urban Decay primer potion all over lid, browbone and lower lashline. Using a fluffy shader brush, apply Benefit Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans on lid.


Using a stiff shader brush like the 239, apply Aromaleigh eyeshadow in Basil foiled using Fix+ (see the nice nuances?).


Another angle


Using Sonia Kashuk blender brush, apply Swan Lake on outer V.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How Many Hair and Skin Products Do You Really Need?

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How Many Hair and Skin Products Do You Really Need?

Get expert advice on which products to keep -- and what to shamelessly shelf


Whether you have straight hair and oily skin, or curly hair and sensitive skin, we\'ve got the products that are essential for maintaining gorgeous skin and hair.

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Konad Nail Art: Under The Sea with Orly Nail Lacquer in Snowcone



Here's a seaweed Konad using my Orly nail lacquer from the Sweet collection in Snowcone and Konad special polish in White.


Here's the bottle of Orly Snowcone

I love this medium blue creme. The consistency was a bit too thick for my taste so I had to add 8-10 drops of nail polish thinner to achieve the consistency that I liked.



I used my HUGE fauxnad image plate in H29 that I got from Chez Delaney. I love her designs! This one is a kind of seaweed under the sea with the bubbles around it. So cute! I also was able to find the secret on how to properly apply these huge images onto the nails: the secret is to scrape gently but firmly enough not to leave unwanted polish marks on the stamp. It takes practice, but the key is not to scrape too hard or else the image will disappear when it's time to transfer it to the nails.



Bobbi Brown Color Strips Collection





Clueless About Color?
Give us 5 Minutes. We’ll Make You a Pro.

Introducing Bobbi Brown’s Color Strips Collection: a complete spring eye, lip and cheek wardrobe designed by Bobbi.

Bobbi has put together three palettes with pops of colors—plus the perfect neutral that makes them work for everyone.  Each of these three palettes has five Eye Shadows and three shades of Pot Rouge designed to work together beautifully.

Imagine the possibilities.

On Counter: March 2010
Price: $60.00

“Don’t be afraid of color. Each palette has one bright eye shadow that really stands out—the rest of my hand-picked shades for eyes, lips and cheeks will make it wearable.” - Bobbi Brown

Bonfire Color Strips Palette:


 Orchid Color Strips Palette:


 Aquamarine Color Strips Palette:


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Why Stress is Beauty's Worst Enemy

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Why Stress is Beauty's Worst Enemy

See the effects stress has on your hair, skin and nails then learn how to prevent it


Is the stress monster starting to rear its ugly head? Well, you'd better make it stop (for your looks' sake). See how -- quick.

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