Monday, January 31, 2011

Zoya Intimate Nail Polish Collection Swatches and Review

Here are some swatches of the new Zoya Spring '11 collection, Intimate. I like the color collection because it's very soft, subtle, and the collection describes itself perfectly: intimate. I like how the shades remind me of curling up on a sofa while watching TV or reading a book, sipping hot cocoa.  I especially like the fact that these are not your usual pastel-hued spring colors. Glad Zoya veered away from that route.


Caitlin, 4 coats



See rest of the swatches after the jump

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Pre-Wedding Diet and Exercise Plan That Works

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The Pre-Wedding Diet and Exercise Plan That Works

Is your wedding coming up and you need to lose weight fast? Try this regimen that really works


The Pre-Wedding Diet and Exercise Plan That Works

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Many women kick their weight loss program into high gear pre-wedding. If you don't want to go the Jenny Craig route, how can you drop a dress size (or just tone up) on your own? We spoke to the experts to find out ...

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13 Healthy Hair Secrets Your Stylist Won't Share

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13 Healthy Hair Secrets Your Stylist Won't Share

Stop hurting your hair and start helping it with these tips


13 Healthy Hair Secrets Your Stylist Won't Share

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We've picked the brains of all sorts of expert types to come up with 13 ways to cure what ails your less than commercial-worthy hair.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

4 Lipstick Laws That Everyone Should Follow

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4 Lipstick Laws That Everyone Should Follow

Red lipstick can either make or break your look. Read on to find out how to avoid making a lip faux pas


4 Lipstick Laws That Everyone Should Follow

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As far as I'm concerned, the following four lipstick laws need to be passed and enforced -- now.

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Great Eyeliners You Can Actually Afford

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Great Eyeliners You Can Actually Afford

Our readers say a great eyeliner doesn't always have to have a hefty price tag


Great Eyeliners You Can Actually Afford

This is a TotalBeauty.com eye makeup article

Smudged and smeared (in a bad way) eyes are a beauty disaster that needs to be avoided at all costs -- but how much are you willing to spend for a liner that doesn't budge? If your answer is $10 or less, this list is for you.

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No. 16: Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner, $5

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8


Readers call this the "liner with ease," a "staple in my makeup diet" and "great for first time liquid liner users."

No. 15: Maybelline New York Expert Eyes Twin Brow & Eye Pencils, $2.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.1


One reader says, "this is simply the best eyeliner ever made. I have used this brand for over 20 years."

No. 14: Sephora Jumbo Eye Pencil, $6

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3


One woman says, "these babies go on super smoothly and evenly distribute A LOT of color. You can't do better for the buck, believe me."

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Friday, January 28, 2011

12 Stunning Makeup Looks for Asian Eyes

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12 Stunning Makeup Looks for Asian Eyes

These gorgeous makeup looks will emphasize and highlight your unique eye shape


12 Stunning Makeup Looks for Asian Eyes

This is a TotalBeauty.com Asian makeup article

The monolid is one of the most common complaints amongst Asian women, but before you go under the scalpel, check out these amazing tips and techniques for applying makeup on Asian eyes.

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Neutral Look and Tutorial Using MAC Below Ground Greasepaint Stick and 6 Dashing Lassie Palette


Third from the left: Below Ground greasepaint stick


Once Upon a Time Metallic vanilla (Veluxe Pearl), A Dashing Lassie Metallic milk (Frost), Magical Mist Metallic taupe (Lustre)
Bronze Copper penny (Frost), Buckwheat Frosty medium brown (Frost), Showstopper Dark brown (Matte)

Here is a look featuring one of MAC's greasepaint sticks, Below Ground. This is a beautiful shimmery coppery bronze that actually showed through the eyeshadow that I layered over it. It gives a nice, bronzey nuance to the otherwise straightforward neutral eye look.

I also used the Tartan Tale neutral palette in 6 Dashing Lassie for this look.

Here is a step by step. All eye products MAC unless otherwise stated.


Apply Urban Decay primer potion all over lid, browbone and lower lashline. Apply Below Ground greasepaint stick on lid.


Using a stiff shader brush, apply Buckwheat over Below Ground.


Using a stiff shader brush, apply A Dashing Lassie on inner to mid-lid.


Using Charm Pro tapered blending brush (MAC 222 dupe) blender brush, apply Bronze and Showstopper on outer V and crease. Blend with the 224 brush.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chanel Mat Lumiere Foundation Review


L-R: Chanel Mat Lumiere in Ginger 044, Beige 040




Top: Ginger
Bottom: Beige

See rest of the review after the jump

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nail Look: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Red Carpet













When Sally Hansen says that this is Xtreme Wear nail polish, you'd better believe her. This is one of the longest-wearing nail polishes I have. This lasted a whole 6 days on me with nary a chip. Usually a manicure only lasts me 3-4 days, so this is a really remarkable formula for me.

As for the color, Red Carpet is gorgeous. It is a red jelly base with red glitter. This is similar to China Glaze in Ruby Pumps, but Red Carpet is a tad lighter/brighter. This is a great holiday or special occasion nail polish, but this would also look great on the toes with sexy strappy heels or simple sandals or flops. I know, it's snowing hard in other parts of the country and I'm talking flops, but one can dream of spring (we can't wait for it!). It's a bit warm enough here for me to wear peeptoe heels, so I will probably wear this soon.

5 Groundbreaking Cosmetic Treatments

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5 Groundbreaking Cosmetic Treatments

Check out some of the latest plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment options the beauty-obsessed are trying on for size. Would you dare?


5 Groundbreaking Cosmetic Treatments

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As a culture, we are growing increasingly fixated on altering our appearances through cosmetic procedures. Sure you've heard of Botox, but have you heard of freezing your fat off or semi-permanent mascara? Would you try these procedures?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush and Soft Matte Lip Cream Swatches and Review





I am getting to be very impressed with NYX Cosmetics. The products they are churning out just get better and better in quality, packaging and overall performance. They recently came up with the HD Studio Photogenic Collection, their new line of high definition makeup for an everyday flawless finish. This collection is part of their sub-brand which is their higher-end, premium line, because the product prices rival that of boutique or even mid-range department store brands, but I think these prices are still reasonable. However, with these products, I believe you really get what you pay for.

I was able to try one of the products from the HD Studio Photogenic Collection, and it's the HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush. This is my very first time to own a grinding blush, and it is so much fun to grind it because you can literally see the product being shaved into itsy bitsy shavings for you to consume.


HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush







See swatches and the rest of the review after the jump

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer Review







Did you think that no concealer can ever hide your blemishes? Dark circles? Even tattoos? That's probably because you haven't tried an industrial-strength concealer yet. I was able to try the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer which Hard Candy touts as a heavy duty concealer that can cover up anything, yes, even tattoos. I have dark undereye circles and if this thing can cover them up, then it's my new bestfriend.

See rest of the review after the jump

Sunday, January 23, 2011

How To Apply False Eyelashes

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How to Apply False Eyelashes

Get the scoop on choosing and applying the right false lashes for you with this guide


How to Apply False Eyelashes

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OK, so you've had some bad experiences applying falsies before with the glue getting everywhere or the lashes falling off -- but never again. All you need is this quick tutorial on applying falsies like a pro …

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nail Look: OPI Designer Series in Extravagance









I know OPI DS in Extravagance has been in the market for a long time now, probably two years, but I've never found it in any of my local nail beauty supply stores until a few days ago when I spotted two at ULTA. I grabbed one of them and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to have this. I have a few Designer Series polishes, but they never really made me gush over them as much as I am fawning over Extravagance. It is a beautiful magenta jewel-toned holo that is just gorgeous especially when light hits it. The little multi-hued sparkles just shimmer perfectly under sunlight. I understand how this is such a highly-coveted polish. This is definitely one of my top favorites out of the hundreds I own. If you haven't checked this one out yet, you definitely should. It's breathtaking.

Friday, January 21, 2011

16 Fabulous Heat Styling Products

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16 Fabulous Heat Styling Products

Before you subject your vulnerable strands to your blow dryer or flat iron, prep your hair with these top-rated creams, mousses and sprays


16 Fabulous Heat Styling Products

This is a TotalBeauty.com healthy hair article

Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons weaken and/or destroy vital proteins in your hair as well as deplete your hair's natural oils, which means frequent use of them requires extra maintenance. So to help you help yourself, we combed through hundreds of reviews to find the highest-rated styling products.

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No. 16: Dove Therapy Frizz Control Taming Cream, $4.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.9


No. 16: Dove Therapy Frizz Control Taming Cream, $4.99

"I have thick, wavy hair and this product works wonders for taming the frizz."

No. 15: TreSemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, $2.91

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9


No. 15: TreSemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, $2.91

"I have colored hair and style it frequently with heated tools and it still manages to look healthy when I use this spray."

No. 14: Kerastase Mousse Volumactive Amplifying Perfecting Mousse for Fine, Vulnerable Hair, $34

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9


"This is the greatest styling product I've ever used on my fine, thin hair."

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