Saturday, July 31, 2010

Beauty Bucket List: Wild Makeup to Try

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Beauty Bucket List: Wild Makeup to Try

Push the makeup envelope before you die with these celeb-inspired looks


Beauty Bucket List: Wild Makeup to Try

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From Lady Gaga to glam goth, we found some makeup-gone-wild looks that you might be able to pull off next time you're feeling ballsy.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

MAC Dazzle Lipstick and Dazzleglass From Digi-Pop Swatches and Review






Natural light - no flash


no flash

I got two MAC Dazzle lipsticks from the Digi-Pop collection of Nordstrom. I am not really a fan of glitter lipsticks, but of course I just gotta try this new lipstick formula from MAC. I got Infused With Glam and Hell Raiser because I feel the warm tones of the former would complement my skintone, and Hell Raiser because I am a sucker for lilac-tinged lipsticks, with or without glitter.

Swatches and Review after the jump

9 Low-Rated Self-Tanners and Sunscreens

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9 Low-Rated Self-Tanners and Sunscreens

Total Beauty readers give low marks to these summer skin care products


9 Low-Rated Self-Tanners and Sunscreens

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If you want to look like Casper after applying sunscreen or dig a streaky, orange tan, then choose from this list of the worst sunscreens and self-tanners.

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No. 9: Too Faced Tanning Bed In A Tube, $22.50

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.1


"It didn't build a tan at all …"

No. 8: Burt's Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6


"This sunscreen is one of the worst products I have ever used …"

No. 7: Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Especially for Body, $7.42

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.9


"This product is streaky and will make you look orange …"

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

MAC Dare To Wear Promo Images and Product Information

Swatches and Review Coming Soon!







Our own Lady Gaga mobilized legions of you
who daily dare to declare their own individuality.
High-powered pigment and holographic pearl
create a crazy-intense,
shine-saturated gloss,
Creamy soft application grabs and sculpts,
gel structure molds and has a bouncy feel –
More and more of you, every minute, every hour, every day,
not afraid to DARE TO WEAR.
Bravo!




Eye Shadow
Louder, Please Bright fuchsia (Matte)
Free to Be Creamy true coral (Matte)
Going Bananas Soft lemon yellow (Frost)
Lime Lime green (Matte)
Sassy Grass Bright grass green (Matte)
Aqua Subdued, pale greyed aqua (Matte)
Sky Blue Robin’s egg blue (Frost)
Winkle Mid-tone cornflower blue (Satin)
Zingy Bright sky blue (Matte)
Atlantic Blue Bright violet blue (Matte)
Crazy Cool Pale frosty lavender (Veluxe Pearl)
Shock-a-holic Deep purple (Matte)
Suggested Retail Price $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN

Dare To Wear Lipglass
Dare to Dare Light blue pink with multi-pearl
Bold & Brash Bright red with multi-pearl
Ban This! Deep purple with multi-pearl
Gimme That! Bright fuchsia pink with pink pearl
So Bad Mid-tone coral orange with pink and gold pearl
Wind me Up Dirty bronze with pink and gold pearl
Suggested Retail Price $18.00 U.S./$21.50 CDN

Available
North America
July 29, 2010 at all M·A·C locations,
1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com
International
August 2010 at all M·A·C locations,
1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com

Style Your Hair Like a Pro

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Style Your Hair Like a Pro

Experts school you on how to blow dry, curl and straighten your hair


Style Your Hair Like a Pro

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Getting your hair done at the salon is such a treat, but what if you could work your hairstyling tools like a pro? Now you can with these expert tips.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wearable Green Eye Look and Tutorial Using Mineral Eyeshadows



Here is one of my favorite green looks. The reason why I like it is because it is quite wearable to the point that it can probably pass for neutrals. I even wore it at work in a conservative office environment and it blended right in. I like the combination of the light green with olive greens. I used Aromaleigh eyeshadows but you can substitute other mineral or even pressed eye shadows or pigments. I can't believe I don't have full sizes of these eyeshadows yet, so I will be purchasing full size jars before Aromaleigh closes.

Here is a step-by-step. All products Aromaleigh unless otherwise stated.


Apply Urban Decay primer potion in Sin all over lid and lower lashline. Using a fluffy shader brush, apply MAC Mosscape paint pot on lid.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Total Beauty's Make Your Face Jealous Sweepstakes

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Total Beauty's Make Your Face Jealous Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win an Yves Saint Laurent handbag


Total Beauty's Make Your Face Jealous Sweepstakes

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Want to get a handbag that's worth over $1,300 … for free? We thought so. Enter our sweepstakes and you could be sporting some Yves Saint Laurent arm candy come September.

Enter now

Eyeko Nail Polish Swatches: Rain, Saucy and Lilac

Here are some of my Eyeko polishes that I am featuring in this post. I am really liking Eyeko! I've had several of their polishes and although they come in smaller 8.5 ml bottles compared to regular nail polish here in the US, I love the formula and the staying power.




See rest of Eyeko polish swatches after the jump

Monday, July 26, 2010

14 Hair Secrets from the Pros

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14 Hair Secrets from the Pros

These insider-y tips from hairstylists will tell you how to get fresh-from-the-salon hair -- everyday


14 Hair Secrets from the Pros

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Hair experts from coast to coast spill the beans on their hairstyling tricks. You'll get the scoop on how to style your hair like a pro.

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Neutral Eye Look Using Aromaleigh Ciao Italia! and Comparison With Urban Decay Naked Palette

Here is a look featuring some of my favorite eyeshadows from Aromaleigh's Ciao Italia! Collection. This look reminds me of the neutral look I used using the Urban Decay Naked Palette, so these colors might be a good alternative if you don't have the UD palette yet.


With flash


natural light


For my base, I used MAC Coral Crepe paint pot.

All products Aromaleigh unless otherwise stated.


Apply Urban Decay primer potion in Sin all over lid and lower lashline. Using a fluffy shader brush, apply MAC Coral Crepe paint pot on lid. Blend with finger. Using a stiff shader brush like the MAC 239, apply Bacio dry on lid in patting motions.


Using the same brush, apply Ciocolatto dry on outer V and crease.


Blend harsh edges using the MAC 224 brush.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summertime Makeovers

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Summertime Makeovers

Check out these women's transformations and get wallet-friendly beauty tips on how to give your look a boost


Summertime Makeovers

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Three working mothers were pampered and given a makeover by team of experts. They came out on the other side with an extra bounce in their step.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar Review





One word: perfection. At least for my skin. This is how I can describe Purpose gentle cleansing bar from Johnson & Johnson in my honest experience. This is particularly amazing for the face when I don't have my PCA Skincare cleanser handy.  It is hypo-allergenic and oil-free, and won't clog pores.  To be honest, though (please don't laugh), I use Purpose cleansing bar to wash my underarms. Even under the scorching heat of the desert sun, I gotta say that this never made my underarms sweaty (or even smell like they are) at all.

I perspire a lot especially during the summer and when I work out. I wasn't pleased with my beauty bar soaps or body washes because they leave this scent on my underarms that didn't seem to go well with my body chemistry. Let's admit it - we want something that will make us smell fresh and keep us smelling fresh throughout the day.

I only found that freshness with Purpose.  Even when I use other soaps or body washes on my body, I always wash my underarms with Purpose.  It leaves a clean, fresh scent that doesn't clash with my anti-perspirant or body chemistry. It significantly reduced sweat on my underarms and even when I perspire all over after a workout, my underarms don't smell bad at all.

I honestly suggest that you try Purpose if you want a soap that will really help curb that embarrassing sweaty smell, especially during summer or when you work out or play sports. This soap has become my lifesaver, and I will be buying this soap forever. This is definitely holy grail material for me.

The Shades Of U Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars

Have you guys tried Purpose cleansing bar? How do you like it?

Note: A media sample was provided by a representative of the company for consideration.

Friday, July 23, 2010

11 Questions to Ask Your Skin Doctor

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11 Questions to Ask Your Skin Doctor

Find out which questions to ask your dermatologist to maximize your next visit


11 Questions to Ask Your Skin Doctor

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We sat down with board certified dermatologist, Dr. Ronald Moy, to find out all the questions related to acne, anti-aging and skin cancer you should ask your derm.

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NEW Aromaleigh Ciao Italia! Eyeshadow Collection Swatches and Review

 

Okay, so it's perhaps common knowledge in the makeup community that Aromaleigh is closing. However, even before Aromaleigh announced its closing, Kristen was already working on the Ciao Italia! collection, and decided to release this collection as Aromaleigh's last waltz before it closes.  I am SO glad Kristen decided to release this, because I can honestly say that this might be the best limited edition I've seen from Kristen in a long time!  I am so in love with the Ciao Italia collection.  Swatches are shown below.  These were taken on a cloudy day, which is very rare nowadays in my area, but still the pigmentation and richness of these products shone through.  Take note that these were swatched with no base or primer, but notice the depth of the hues.

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More swatches and the rest of the review after the jump!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Most Flattering Makeup for Asian Faces

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The Most Flattering Makeup for Asian Faces

Follow these expert tips to get celeb-inspired makeup looks


The Most Flattering Makeup for Asian Faces

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Celeb makeup artist and Asian makeup guru, Taylor Chang-Babaian, shows us how to copy these lovely makeup looks.

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Budget Beauty Aisle Finds

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Budget Beauty Aisle Finds

Check out the best, wallet-friendly summer makeup, skin care and hairstyling products


Budget Beauty Aisle Finds

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Wanna look great in the heat without breaking the bank? Here's a round up of the best of the best, warm weather beauty products.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara Review





So I was able to try MAC's new mascara called Haute & Naughty. It's basically a two-in-one mascara that aims to please those who want full-on thickness and volume for their lashes, AND those that don't want clumping and just want to define their already lush lashes to give them a natural look.

MAC describes this innovative product as follows:

A two-in-one mascara that lets you choose if you want lashes to be naturally defined, or instantly combed and loaded for full-on drama. Easy to use dual-wiper system allows this lightweight formula to go on either way. One wiper refines the application for a clean sweep, while the other loads the lashes for greater impact.

It has two tubes encompassing the wand. The first one is the outer cylinder that houses the product. When you take the wand out using the purple and hot pink caps together, you will find the applicator loaded with mascara, and thus would be perfect for those who like to have a lot of mascara for an amped-up look. This is the "Naughty" side of the product.


Like this.


You then slowly pull out the wand from the inner cylinder using the hot pink cap to wipe off the excess product.

See the rest of the review after the jump!

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