Sunday, May 30, 2010

9 Office-Friendly Hairstyles

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9 Office-Friendly Hairstyles

Look put-together for work by copying these stars' styles


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The best part about these hairstyles? They can be done in minutes.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

25 Irresistibly Cute Products

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25 Irresistibly Cute Products

We just had to have these products -- and you'll want them too


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Not only are these products too cute to leave on a store shelf, they are also well liked for the benefits they offer by TotalBeauty.com readers. See, we don't only care about what's on the outside.

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No. 18: MAC Lipglass, $14

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.5


We couldn't resist MAC's limited-edition Give Me Liberty of London collection …

No. 17: Burt's Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Bath Pint, $15.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5


With its baby yellow powder and milk bottle-shaped glass, this bath milk couldn't be cuter.

No. 16: Hard Candy Nail Polish, $5

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"This nail polish has won me over, and it wasn't just the cute ring that sealed the deal …"

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Friday, May 28, 2010

MAC To The Beach Swatches and Review Part 2









My little boy took one look at the pictures and said, "Ewww, what's that Mommy? Is that seahorse soup?". I was laughing like crazy and said, "No honey, it's makeup." He countered, "How can makeup have seahorses in it?". Ask MAC, baby, ask MAC.

(ETA: He said he thought it was seahorse soup because it looked like it was in a bowl.  Then he saw my watermark and said, "Hey!  How come you look like a cartoon?" LOL, I love my baby to death! =D)

So my little boy obviously doesn't like seahorses in makeup, but apparently a lot of people do. MAC website ran out of the Marine Life highlighting powder after just two hours of having it online. Nordstrom has pre-sold all of its Marine Lifes as well. I got the very last Marine Life at my MAC freestanding store; they said they only got around 12 pieces. Honestly, though, I haven't tried it yet, but it just looks like an ordinary coral blush once the gold overspray is gone. It does look pretty, and I do know some people who got this just for the sake of getting one and will not be using it. However, I gather from some pictures of others wearing Marine Life that it is a pretty pigmented coral.

To recap, here are some product photos from earlier reviews of MAC To The Beach. If you want to check out my previous reviews, go to the links below:

CLICK HERE For MAC To The Beach: Scorcher Nail Lacquer, Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Eyeshadow Swatches and Review

CLICK HERE For MAC To The Beach: Lustre Drops, Bronze Body Oil and Eye Kohl Swatches and Review

MAC To The Beach: Cream Bronzer, Bronzing Powder and Blush Swatches and Review






Top to bottom: Lazy Day, Funbathing


Sun Rush Lustre Drops


Top to bottom: Rosemary & Thyme, Float On By


Temperature Rising

Here are new swatches of the collection:

Eyeshadows and Lipsticks:







I've given my thoughts on these, but I am really liking Sweet & Punchy. It's a spring and summer color that would look great with golds, neutrals, blues; pretty much anything.

Lipsticks:



My favorite is still Lazy Day. Perfect light dirty-blue pink that might seem too cool for my complexion but it's not. Great for dramatic eyes or even with neutrals.

Lipglasses:





See the rest of the swatches after the jump

Perfect Your Job Interview Style

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Want to beat out the competition? Follow these tips


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The job market is tough, we don't need to tell you that. What we can tell you is how to look perfectly put-together when you go in for that interview. Follow these guidelines and you're sure to win them over.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Revlon Photo Ready Liquid Foundation Review



I have been reading a lot of mixed reviews about the Revlon Photo Ready liquid foundation. Since I've been using it for a while, I think it's about time I do a review on it. Here are my thoughts on the Photo Ready.




blended into the skin

Packaging-wise, this is a lot better than Color Stay, of course, because of the sanitary pump dispenser. I also like the sleek lines and the black cap because it looks classy and chic.

The consistency is lighter than Color Stay. That said, it is neither too thick nor too runny. It's just about right. As for the finish, however, this is where the point of contention is. Some people say it is way too shimmery. Honestly, I don't see much shimmer. It looks dewy to me, but not greasy at all. It can even be said that for me, it is on the dewy-matte side. You know how in some angles it looks dewy, but matte in others? I can't explain it that well so here's a photo of me wearing it to illustrate:

See the rest of the review and a look using Photo Ready after the jump

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NARS Names Francelle Daly As New Makeup Artist



Francelle Daly, one of fashion’s rising makeup artists, is bringing her trademark skills and techniques to NARS Cosmetics. As NARS’ National Makeup Artist (a newly created position), she will fuse her love of NARS with her passion for creativity throughout various outlets including backstage at fashion week, via editorials in top-tier magazines, and with celebrity clients.

I’m thrilled to be working with NARS,” says Francelle, who will begin her collaboration this month with NARS. “I’ve been an admirer of François Nars for so long and have always been impressed by the quality and pigment in the colors. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to such an iconic brand.” Francelle’s passion for painting has attributed to her natural talent as a makeup artist. Represented by Art + Commerce (who also represents Diane Kendal, Gucci Westman, James Kaliardos and Peter Phillips), Francelle’s impressive technical ability and exuberant presence have made her one of the most sought-after young artists in the beauty and fashion industry.


Francelle has worked with notable photographers including Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, Ellen von Unwerth, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and Ryan McGinley. Her editorial portfolio spans a vast variety with her work having graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed & Confused, i-D, Interview, Love, Numero, Pop, Purple, V Magazine and Vanity Fair.

I’m very excited to welcome Francelle to the team. Her fearless use of color and ability to create unique and captivating looks while embracing individuality makes her the perfect fit for NARS,” says François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics.

Aside from the above mentioned responsibilities, Francelle will make in-store appearances and work closely with NARS’ team of Makeup Artists. Stay updated through Twitter and Facebook for a chance to meet Francelle at an upcoming NARS event. To see more of Francelle’s work, check out her portfolio.

Should You Have Your Hair Relaxed?

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Should You Have Your Hair Relaxed?

The answers to a few quick qs will tell all


Should You Have Your Hair Relaxed?

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Have you been considering smoothing out those curls? Before you take the plunge, make sure that a relaxing treatment is right for you.

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Graduation Gift Idea: PacSun's Ken Block and DC Shoes Collaboration Gear

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Every year, I always feature some interesting stuff that might pique the interest of the men in your lives. I will be coming up with a Father's Day gift idea (this might be a good one too!), but right now, let's talk about graduations. End-of-the-schoolyear ceremonies are happening left and right, and some are at a loss on what to give the young male graduate, especially something that he will actually use, and not just store in the back of his closet. For those interested, it might be good to know that Ken Block Gear is now available at PacSun apparel stores. Here are some images of the Ken Block/DC Shoes/Ford collaborative gear available at PacSun:


Ken Block hoodie front


Ken Block jacket back


DC Shoes Ken Block Ford Flex Hat


Ken Block Drip Tee front


Ken Block Drip Tee back

Which one strikes your fancy? I am really liking the jacket. It would make a great gift especially for those into skateboarding, snowboarding, motocross, and of course rally racing. It would also make a great gift for a dad on Father's Day if he likes any of those sports!

The entire collection is now available at PacSun stores.

About Ken Block
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Ken Block's rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has continued to race in the series, boasting a healthy number of podium appearances, as well as X Games medals. In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport within the United States. Block co-founded DC Shoes, a worldwide leader in performance skateboarding shoes and a renowned action sports brand. His keen branding and marketing acumen not only elevated DC to their current eminent status, but has allowed Block to achieve global fame as a national rally driver through his wildly successful viral video campaigns. Ad Age named his “Gymkhana TWO” the No. 4 Viral Video of 2009. In January 2010, Block signed with Ford Motor Company to campaign both the Rally America series and the World Rally Championship, being the first American to do so.



About Monster World Rally Team-

Created and assembled by Ken Block, the object of the Monster World Rally Team is to redefine the race-team archetype. The team is driven not only to win, but to also market motorsport through innovative, creative and interactive ways. The goal: To become the best- known team in the WRC and bring rally to the masses along the way.



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Illamasqua Body Electrics Collection: Gleam Cream and Furore Pure Pigment Swatches and Review





I've had to chance to try two new offerings from Illamasqua from the Spring/Summer 2010 Body Electrics collection. What is special about this collection is that it is the first Illamasqua collection debuting in the U.S. to include exclusive, limited-edition products. Looking at the collection itself, you would see that it focuses more on the highlighting aspect of makeup. This is how Illamasqua describes this offering:

Illamasqua, the UK-based make-up line for your alter ego, introduces its first collection of make-up for the whole body: Body Electrics. Inspired by the power of kinetic energy, the art of movement and the fluidity of the body in motion, this stunning collection is an anthology of creams, powders and dry body oils infused with light, shimmer and shine, designed to highlight and contour the whole body.

Body Electrics has been formulated with hyper-pigmented light-reflecting particles that ignite the skin with intense colors and finishes. Each product in the range has been selected to accentuate the body's every twist and turn to exquisite perfection, exuding a confidence that's more than skin deep.



New Gleam Cream ($36) – Light up your soul and release your inner you. Containing iridescent pearlescent pigments, this lightweight cream is suitable for face and body, lifting and highlighting wherever it’s applied. Use on its own or mix with foundation for an immediate skin brightening effect that will illuminate the night. Available in Flex (soft pink iridescent)






Gleam Cream blended into the skin

MY TAKE: The gleam cream is a highlighter in cream form. I actually don't have a lot of cream highlighters, so this is a welcome opportunity for me. I like that the cream is very lightweight and does not feel warm or "stuffy" on the skin. As you can see, it gives a nice, radiant sheen on the skin without looking greasy. In fact, even with the harsh flash, it looks just dewy and fresh. Under natural lighting, this would look even better. I am excited to wear this on a fun night out in town. This would look great on the cheekbones or anywhere you want to convey the look of soft, luminous skin (like the decolletage). 


The Shades Of U Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars






See the rest of the review and swatches after the jump

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Souped-Up Versions of Your Fave Beauty Products

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Souped-Up Versions of Your Fave Beauty Products

Sure, Chanel Chance is great, but have you sniffed the new Chanel Chance Eau Tendre?


Souped-Up Versions of Your Fave Beauty Products

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See which goodies in your beauty stash should be traded in for a newer model.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Zoya Nail Polish Swatches: Happi, Lexi, Goldie, Richelle, Audrina

Here are some more swatches of my pretty Zoya nail polishes from the Zoya Nail Polish Exchange Haul. Let's start with Lexi.



For some reason, Lexi is more of a mauvish-rose frost on my tips rather than a straight pinkish hue. It's pretty, though, but it looks dated on me, porbably because of the frosty finish.


Audrina is BEAUTIFUL. It is perhaps one of the most gorgeous pinks I own. It's a bright hot pink that really brightens up the skin and I believe is universally flattering. No wonder this is one of Zoya's most popular shades.



Happi is a frosty goldish/yellowish pale pink. I am not sure about this color, but it does look very clean on the tips. Can be a nice spring or summer pedicure shade as well.



Richelle is a bronzey gold that is great for nights out because it really catches attention. I love how edgy and yet clean and polished it looks.



Goldie is a much yellower gold than Richelle, and reminds me so much of Misa nail lacquer in Ghetto Fabulous:



If that's the case, I'm sure Goldie would also make a great pedicure shade because Ghetto Fabulous made my piggies look so clean and pretty.

Watch out for the next batch of Zoya swatches!