Saturday, September 24, 2011

My 5 Favorite Perfumes...

Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret
($53.00 at Sephora)

Notes: Cranberry, Green Tea, White Peony, Sambac Jasmine, Blond Woods, White Musks.

Fresh and luminous, the secret of this caressing, fruity floral is its "jasmine tea" theme. The fragrance faithfully reflects its inspiration's transparency and delicacy. The result is an unmistakable signature, very Givenchy.

Burberry Brit
($52.00 at Sephora)

Notes: Italian Lime, Icy Pear, Green Almond, White Peony, Sugared Almonds, Amber, Mahogany, Vanilla, Tonka Bean.
The Brit girl embodies the playful British spirit of individuality. She's outrageous, but always charming and unpredictably sexy. Fresh and playful, the fragrance is a classic, green-oriental blend of lush fruits, sweet nutty essences, and soothing amber, vanilla, and Tonka bean

Stella McCarteny Stella
($50.00 at Sephora)

Notes: Rose, Peony Flower, Mandarin, Rose Absolute, Amber

A fragrance based on the contrast between the freshness and softness of the rose, and the dark sensuality of amber, Stella is a sophisticated scent focused on an intense sense of femininity.
The concept of the Stella McCartney bath line is based on an ecological and organic cosmetology, selecting the best natural raw materials and capitalizing on vegetal extracts based on organic agriculture and on extraction methods that respect and protect the natural life force of the plants.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy
($52.00 at Sephora)

Notes: Wild Berries, Mandarins, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Jasmine, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Praline

Can't get enough couture? Well here's even more, for Juicy girls who want it all. Juicy Couture presents Viva La Juicy, an enticing scent of wild berries and mandarins, honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. To round it out, amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline add just the right touch of sweetness. It's bottled in a bold gold decanter decorated with Juicy charms.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
($59.00 at Sephora)

Notes:Marine Notes, Mandarin, Bergamot, Neroli, Persimmon, Rosemary, Nasturtium, Jasmine, Amber, Patchouli, Cistus.
A resolutely masculine fragrance born from the sea, the sun, the earth, and the breeze of a Mediterranean island. Transparent, aromatic, and woody in nature Aqua Di Gio Pour Homme is a contemporary expression of masculinity, in an aura of marine notes, fruits, herbs, and woods. (Yes, I know this is a man's cologone, but it's my favorite smell...and I'm woman enough to pull it off.)



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Magnetic Nail Polish...

Nails Inc. London Magnetic Polish ($

What it is:A revolutionary magnetic nail lacquer used to create stunning 3D nail art designs in chic metallic shades.

What it does:
Get the wow factor with this revolutionary polish that lets you create gorgeous nail art effects in just a few minutes using nails inc. Textured, special effects nails are big news for this season and the ultimate fashion and party accessory. Choose from three magnetic polishes named after iconic London attractions: Trafalgar Square (chrome), Houses of Parliament (purple), and Big Ben (gold).

What else you need to know:
This unique formula has been specially developed with metallic particles to create a pattern on the nail using magnetic forces. As the magnet is held over the nail, the iron powder in the formulation gravitates toward the magnet forming the pattern secretly hidden in the magnet for an astonishing finish. The magnet is included in the cap of the nail polish.

How to get the magnetic effect:
-Remove any oil from your nails by cleaning your nails with nail polish remover.
-Take off the over-cap that contains the magnet and set aside.
-There is an inner cap that you can use to apply the magnetic polish.
-Apply one coat of your selected nails inc. base coat.
-Then, apply one coat of your chosen magnetic polish on all 10 nails and let dry for a few minutes.
-To create the "magnetic effect," apply a generous coat of magnetic polish to one nail, and immediately hold the cap that contains the magnet over the nail. (Do this quickly while the polish is still wet. There is a small lip on the cap which should be placed just below your cuticle allowing the magnet to be positioned perfectly over your nail.) Hold very close to the nail for 10-15 seconds, taking care not to touch the nail with the magnet.
-Repeat on all 10 nails and apply a top coat to seal the design.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Manly Monday- General Tips For Looking Good...

A smooth face doesn't start and end with shaving cream. Use pre- and post-shave products. You'll notice fewer ingrown hairs, less razor-burn irritation, and longer-lasting shaves.

Dandruff isn't a good look on anyone—especially men. Product buildup, a dry scalp, and even stress are just a few reasons why flaking occurs. Thoroughly rinse out your hair with specialized shampoos, and you can keep this problem under wraps.

Since you're already applying a moisturizer (right?) to your face, why not use one with SPF? Your everyday commute and dog walks can still cause sunburns, premature aging—and increase the risk of cancer.

In their 20s and 30s, no one wants to look like Steven Tyler, so start taking care of your skin now. Sport sunglasses to prevent sun damage (and excessive squinting), drink lots of water to keep hydrated, and use eye creams to prevent premature wrinkling.

If you can smell your own cologne, you have too much on. Use a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and water to gently pat over any areas where you may have OD'd on your scent.

Those nose hairs that creep out every now and then may not bother you so much, but they will bother your girl. With so many tools available right at the drugstore (Remington Personal Trimmer, $10), there's no longer any excuse for an extra-long hair growing from your ears and nose.

Growing a beard? Don't use bar soap to clean it. Unless you're going for hobo chic, leftover soap scum will cause your facial hair to look dirty. Use a hair conditioner instead. The condtioner's cleaning ingredients will wash away bacteria and instantly soften your beard. And always pat dry with a towel.

A little hair product goes a long way. Want a shiny, wet look? Try using a gel product. If you want to sport a more messy, bed-head look, use a pomade to work through your locks.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fat Bank...Really??...

Orlando cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jeffery Hartog, is opening a new business...Liquid Gold Lipo Bank. A "fat bank" where patients who have liposuction can store their removed fat. They can come back later on and use the fat to enlarge their breasts or smooth out their wrinkles.
While freezing fat might seem like a great way to keep a natural filler and plumper on hand, some surgeons are generally leery of the idea. Those against it note that freshly taken fat is more stable and cite concerns about potential mix-ups at the "bank," which could prove deadly. Also, a 2007 survey of surgeons conducted by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal found that "the clinical optimism expressed by the proponents of the procedure has not been corroborated by objective scientific assessments."
Dr. Hartog says that fat freezing eliminates the need for more invasive treatments (and the need to go under anesthesia multiple times) because it allows you to inject more in later. He also explains that the fat is specially treated with protectants to help it last a lifetime at the bank. Still, keeping your liposuctioned fat around just in case you want to fill in your wrinkles in a decade or two is now a possibility. Thanks, science?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

25 Beauty Tips...

1. Concealer is only half the battle when it comes to fixing flaws. To perfect your complexion (no matter what your skin tone), try lipstick in a warm pink. It distracts people's eyes from blemishes and other imperfections.
2. Overzealous tweezing can lead to emaciated brows and bald patches, where hair only grows back irregularly. Use a protein-spiked brow gel to stimulate healthy growth and brow fillers to shade in problem areas.
Sure, it's chilly in your bathroom in the morning, but don't be tempted to crank up the heat in the shower. Hot water followed by cool, dry air leads to rough skin. To lock in moisture post-shower, pat — don't rub — yourself dry, and coat skin in a thick alpha-hydroxy lotion.

For flawless skin choose a cleanser and moisturizer appropriate for your skin type that you can use a.m. and p.m., and then supplement it weekly with a purifying face mask. You should also consider using a nightly skin treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells.

Trying to look well rested when you aren't? Avoid piling on the foundation. Use a tinted moisturizer instead, followed by a beige eye pencil — it counteracts any redness around your eyes.

Large pores are caused by two things: genetics and age. Want to shrink them? Go to a dermatologist or a spa to get microdermabrasion treatments, a type of facial that gently sloughs off the dead surface layer of skin.
To accentuate your upper lash line without creating overly spidery fringe, apply a strip of false lashes meant for your lower lashes from corner to corner. They're shorter than traditional falsies, so they'll thicken your lash line without elongating it too much.

8. Keep your eyes open when applying liquid liner — otherwise your line will look uneven. Apply by drawing three dashes, one on the corner, one in the middle, and one on the inside corner of your eye. Then go back and connect the dashes for a smooth line.

9. For full lips go for a glossy look. Try first outlining the perimeter of your lips using a concealer brush dipped in bronzer two shades deeper than your skin tone. Then, top pout with gold, peach, or coral gloss.
10. To make the waist look narrower, use a white pencil liner to dot an egg shape on each side, starting below the rib cage. Fill in just this area with a self-tanner one shade darker than your natural skin and blend.
11. Rose and lavender work wonders in calming skin inflammation.
Prevent dead-skin pileup by using a pumice stone in the shower — and don't be tempted into using a razor. That will only cause more skin to grow back. Pamper your feet with moisturizing facial masks.

13. If you're looking for a dramatic eye, try liquid eyeliner. Choose an eyeliner brush that's small with angled bristles for a cleaner line.
14. We love the look of a perfect sheer manicure on long, tapered talons as much as the next woman, but let's face it: It takes time, patience, and money to keep it up. For equally elegant, less fussy nails, go short, round, and dark. File your nails so they line up with the tips of your fingers and round off the corners.
15. When waxing at home, apply tooth-numbing cream in the area you plan to wax about half an hour prior to your session. It will temporarily numb the skin, making the experience a little less painful.

16. Want eyelashes that are full and thick, not clumpy? Use an eyelash curler only on clean lashes, and start at the roots.

17. To add length or volume to your hair, steer clear of extensions in not-found-in-nature colors and textures that don't blend with your own. Also, since it's difficult to disguise the point of attachment, use hairpieces just to lengthen a ponytail or fatten an updo.

18. Want to make your small eyes look bigger? Stay away from dark eyeshadows. Start with a nude base, then apply shadow a shade or two darker than the base to your crease and use your finger to blend the color up toward your eyebrow.

19. For daytime moisturizing, think layering: Use an antioxidant serum under a face cream, topped off with a sunblock. To stave off flaking, consider light exfoliation once a week. Moisturizing without exfoliating first can result in breakouts and dull skin.

20.  Refresh your makeup by spraying your face with water. While your face is still wet, start reblending the foundation, powder, or concealer you already have on.

21.  Sidestep streaks by mixing self-tanner with moisturizer before applying. This dilutes the formula so you don't look stripey.

22. To minimize your makeup bag, pack only the essentials: moisturizer for luminous skin, rehydrating elixir to refresh your makeup, powder to de-shine your T-zone, an eyeshadow palette, lipstick, and mascara.

23.  Identify blemish patterns on your face. Look at the way you hold the telephone, whether you sleep more on one side of your face or if you hold your head up with one hand when sitting. Try to avoid doing these things.

24. For a modern take on luminous skin, try pearlized pink-sand shades on lids and cheeks. With a pale matte mouth.
25. The space between your eyebrows should be equal to the width of your eyes, and start where they line up with your nostrils.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Spray: Does It Work??...

I've been getting so many questions about this stuff. Everyone wants to know if it works. Here are the results...



IT WORKS!! I'm so excited!! I've gotten so many compliments on my hair. The change isn't major, but it definitely lightened my roots (& added a few highlights). I used it 5 times. The box says you can use it up to 10 times, but I like mine the way it is. It's soooooo easy to use. There's directions on the box for how to lighten roots, get highlights, or lighten it all over. If you have blonde or light brown hair, and you would like to lighten it, this is worth checking out. It shouldn't be used on any other hair colors, it will turn your hair ORANGE.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Manly Monday- How To Avoid Ingrown Hairs...

Wrap a warm towel around the face and neck for about a minute before shaving. As your hair absorbs the hot water, it will become softer and easier to cut.

In you notice an area with skin irritation, don't shave over that spot more than once. Running a blade over again will make it sore.

TAKE THE WEEKEND OFFGive your skin a break from time to time. Shaving over ingrown hairswill aggravate the problem even more and cause skin infections. 

GO COLLARLESSA high-collared shirt can trap sweat and oil, both of which clog pores. Stiff collars also rub against the sensitive skin on your neck, causing added irritation.

AND CORDLESSAvoid electric razors. They slice off hair in several directions. This makes your hair more likely to become ingrown, growing back into the follicle.

Friday, September 9, 2011

An Alternative To Metallic Shadows...

Not everyone is comfortable walking out of their house with smoky, metallic eyes. If you're a little more housewife than drag queen, here's something you might want to eyeliner. It will give you a hint of metallic, without looking heavy. You can line your entire eye with a pencil, or use a liquid liner to line & wing out the top lash line. If you're like me, you might like to use an eyeshadow & an angled liner brush to create your liner. They possibilities are endless. Here's a few great products you can use to create this look...

Get this look by using a pencil liner like these...
L'Oreal HiP Color Chrome Eyeliner (in Gold Charge...$8.00 at Wal-Mart)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil (in El Dorado...$18.00 at Sephora)

Get this look by using a liquid liner like these...

NYX Liquid Crystal Eyeliner (in Crytal Gold...$4.50 at Ulta)

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner (in El Dorado...$18.00 at Sephora)

Get this look by using shadows like these...

Revlon Perle Eyeshadow (in Sparkling Gold...$4.00 at Wal-Mart)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow (in Half Baked...$17.00 at Sephora)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hot Lip Trend For Fall...

Nothing screams FALL like deep warm burgundy. This Fall, wine colored lips will be all the rage. Emma Watson was photographed for Vogue magazine (above), starting this trend. Here's a few products that will help you achieve this look...

Revlon Super Lustrous Cream Lipstick (in Wine With Everything...around $5.00 at Wal-Mart)
Revlon makes great lipsticks. Try this year's wine trend with this gorgeous lipstick. It's hydrating, and has great color pay off. You can't beat the price!!

Sephora Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain (in 01-Red Wine...$12.00 at Sephora)
Lip stains are great. They will give you amazing staying power with all the POW of lipstick. Lip stains will give your lips a wash of color. You can build the color to achieve a darker look.

Buxom Big Healthy Lip Balm (in Portofino...$15.00 at Sephora)
Colored lip balms are great. They moisturize your lips, and give you a hint of color. You can try the wine lip trend without too much commitment.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hot Eye Trend For Fall...

Since the weather is starting to cool off & the pools are being drained, it's time to start looking to Fall. I love Fall!! There's nothing better than football season & cute boots. I love when you can throw on jeans & long sleeves and spend the day outside, without sweating all of your makeup off or having to worry about the humidity turning your hair into a frizz ball.

My next couple of blog posts are going to be about Fall trends. I'm so excited about this little series. The first thing I'm going to talk about? Eyeshadows. My eyes are my favorite facial feature, so I always look up the eye trends when a new season starts. The hottest eye look for this Fall is going to be METALLICS!! I'm all about a gunmetal, smoky eye. So, I'm pretty pumped. You don't have to just use grayish-silvers though...golds, bronzes, purples, greens, and navy blues are also in vogue. Here are a couple of my favorite products to help you achieve this look...

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream (in #2- Steel...$22.00 at Sephora)
This stuff is amazing. It's a cream, but it dries like a powder. Aqua Cream is so easy to blend. It's ultra-pigmented, and it's waterproof. It does not smudge or crease. This is my go-to for a smoky eye. It really is perfection.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow (in Smog...$17.00 at Sephora)
This deep coppery-bronze is GORGEOUS in person. This picture does no justice. My favorite way to wear it is in the crease with a gold shadow on the lid. Urban Decay makes the best eyeshadows. They are smooth, highly pigmented, easily blendable. Add a little eyeshadow primer, and you will wake up the next morning still wearing this stuff. It's my favorite.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Color Smokes (in Forest Smoke...$6.00 at Wal-Mart)
L'Oreal is my favorite drugstore brand. The color pay-off you get with these shadows are great. This picture does not do these shadows justice. The 2 green shadows are beautiful pearly-metallics, which you can't tell from the pic. They go on smooth, and blend out nicely. This quad is definitely one to try!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Attempting To Cover My Roots WITHOUT Hair Dye...

It's halftime of the WVU game, so I thought I'd sneak in a quick blog post...

It's no secret that I watch a ton of beauty videos on YouTube. I ran across a review for John Frieda's Go Blonder Lightening Spray. I was intrigued, so I kept watching different reviews, and the did a little online research. Since my roots look atrocious, I thought I'd give it a try. I hate bleaching my hair every 4-6 weeks. I picked up a bottle at Wal-Mart today. I think it was eight dollars. The box gives instructions on how to lighten all of your hair, give yourself highlights, or just cover your roots. The box says you'll see results in 3 days. I'm starting tonight. Here's my before pic...

I'll post another pic in 3 days...stay tuned!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Go-To Makeup Look...

I get asked all of the time about my day to day makeup. So I wanted to post a pic & give a little incite into my go to makeup look. Plus give a few tips on how I apply it. Here we go...

I start with a face primer. I'm really digging Rimmel's Fix & Perfect Pro Primer. You can get it at Wal-Mart for $6. It works just as well as the $36 Smashbox Photofinish. I just put a little on my hand & rub it all over my face. Nothing fancy.

Next, I put one squirt of MAC's Prolongwear Foundation (NW30) in my hand. I use a stippling brush to swirl it onto my face. This gives an even, airbrush type application.

Next, I use MAC's Studio Finish Concealer (NW25) on my dark circles and blemishes. I apply it with my ring finger, then blend it with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. I've found it works the best, regular Concealer brushes tend to leave weird lines on my face.

I set that with MAC's Studio Fix powder (NW35). I use a big, fluffy powder brush to apply it.

Next, I apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This keeps my shadow looking freshly applied all day. No joke.

Although I have a billion pencil eyeliners, I still prefer to use MAC's Carbon eyeshadow as a liner. It's a matte black. I apply it with an angled liner brush. It looks great & blends easily. I'm not a fan of harsh black lines.

Next I apply Urban Decay's Naked eyeshadow all over my lid, and under my eye. I use a regular eyeshadow sponge. I've tried a billion brushes & I find the sponge looks the best.

I use Virgin, also from the Naked  palette as a highlighter on my brow bone & in the corners. I use a small shadow brush.

Then, I use Darkhorse (yep, Naked palette...again) in the crease using a fluffy shadow brush. I go heavier on the outer corner, then blend it into the inner eye. I also use it on the outer half of the bottom of my eye. This makes the look smoky.

Finish off the eyes with an eyelash curler & a coat of L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in black.

Sometimes, I'll use Buck to fill in my eyebrows, it just depends on how they look that I just use an angled liner brush to fill in the holes.

I contour my face with Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It's a matte, brown bronzer. Never use anything orange tinted or sparkly. I use an angled fluffy brush for this.

I highlight with MAC's cream color base in pearl. I apply this with my fingers.

Then I add MAC's Powder Blush in Stunner to the apples of my cheeks, using a basic blush brush.

Finish the look the with MAC's lipstick in Hue.

I've also gotten really brave & started making videos. I'm going to do a whole series on makeup application. Be sure to look for those within the next week!!