There’s nothing wrong with being a budget-smart fashionista. It’s a good move to pinch your pennies, but sometimes holding onto them can do more harm than good. When you’re hunting for a new styling tool, it’s tempting to buy a less expensive model than pay an arm and a leg for the high-end version. But sometimes you have to spare no expense when it comes to maintaining the health of your hair.
Not sure why high-end styling tools (such as the high-tech hair dryers and flat irons by T3) cost so much more than their cheaper counterparts? For starters, they offer several practical benefits:
High-end styling tools like the SinglePass straightening iron use ceramic plates with special technologies, like Tourmaline. Less expensive styling tools usually only use ceramic-coated plates. (Fail.) Ceramic can withstand high temperatures, and the plates are excellent at distributing the heat evenly, which helps seal hair cuticles better. (Win!) Plus, the negative ions in high-end styling tools by T3 and other manufacturers keep your hair from looking like the F-word (frizzy).Read More »
If you're like me and using the same brush (Garnier) since high school, (clearly you can see hair brushes is not where I invest my beauty cash flow), then might I suggest a brand that has a huge following, Mason Pearson. This brand dates back to 1920 and is still going strong thanks to their exquisite design of handmade brushes that won't pull or damage the hair shaft. It was recently featured in March's In Style magazine as part of a series of hair products to get full and bouncy hair as seen on the runway models at the Versace show.
The Popular Mix Brush and Tail Comb was used in Step 3 of the look to brush through curls and tease the crown to create that full sexy-bombshell hair the Versace woman is so known for. No Mason Pearson brush will stear you wrong and they have a large assortment of different size brushes that all have a cushion made of natural rubber that allow the bristles to conform to the shape of the head and the premium boar bristles creates circulation of blood to the hair follicles which polishes the cuticle and results in increased shine! If you're staring in horror like I was at my old brush, then perhaps it's time to invest in a brand that will remain timeless and always get the job done!
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Hollywood "It Girl" Emily Blunt is known for her style sense but after seeing her must have beauty products in March's In Style magazine I have to admit her beauty style is right on the mark as well. Her hair and makeup always looks right on the mark, continually classic with that timeless attention to detail that many Brits have. Cheers to her I say! Emily swears by Kinara's Dry Skin Toner and states it's actually, "The one product I truly can't live without. It has glycerin in it, so it keeps my skin ultra moisturized. It's a godsend!"
Kinara Skincare is known for products that deliver immediate and long lasting results that you can maintain in your own home. Kinara's Red Carpet Facial Kit has been one of their most popular sellers because of it's 3 step process to give you exfoliated and brightened, celebrity worthy skin!
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If you're a lipgloss collector then you'll appreciate the latest edition of People's Style Watch where they break down the Best 10 Lip Glosses on the market today. Whether you're all about volume, shine, or richness of color, you'll certainly find a winner amongst them. Our favorite one featured? Vapour Organic Beauty's Elixir Lip Plumping Gloss in Bitten of course! Vapour is our go-to makeup line for people who want beautiful makeup but also live an eco-conscious lifestyle. Vapour Organic Beauty's packaging consists of 100% recyclable materials and ingredients are made entirely of certified organic plants. Their Elixir Lip Pluming Gloss contains organic plumping liposomes that will have you feel like Angelina Jolie in no time....well I can't guarantee Angeline-esque lips but you'll definitely be on the way there. If Bitten's not your cup of tea then there are plenty more gorgeous shades to choose from!
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We love Tokyo Milk Dark for their signature scents, gorgeous packaging and cute names so we thought it was only befitting to let you know about their latest addition, the Fate & Fortune Collection. My personal favorite are the new fragrances in a rollerball form that are also encased in a glass tube a la your dad's cigar collection. These will look really cute on your dresser if you'd like to keep the perfume in there but be careful it doesn't tip over! This range is a botanical bliss of six different fragrances that also carry through in Body Butter Souffles and with names like Wisdom, Destiny, Chance and more. The stand out fragrance of the collection for me is Yesterday that has aromas of asuka rose, linden, ginger root and aged wood!Read More »
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Gorgeous actress Olivia Wilde from hit TV series House recently revealed her beauty secrets to People magazine on how she maintains that luminous skin and effervescent natural beauty. I was surprised to learn that this down to earth gal doesn't blow dry her hair, which is her key to keep it staying healthy looking. I love a girl with great taste so was ecstatic to hear that she uses Rodin Crema Luxury Hand & Body Cream from b-glowing of course! The aromas of jasmine and neroli quickly trigger the senses and in one sniff creates a very sensual experience that leaves you wanting more. Wait, am I just talking about hand cream? You better believe Rodin's Luxury Hand Cream is uber nourishing, with antioxidants and healing agents designed to provide long lasting hydration throughout the day. Keep it in your purse and on your nightstand so you're never without this celebrity loved product. Once you try this you'll definitely want to experience the rest of the Rodin olio lusso range.
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Valentine's means chocolates, champagne, flowers, perfume and......red lips! If this is a particular color you've been secretly wanting to try but scared it's going be a disaster then there is no better time than now to harness your beauty junkie courage and start drawing outside the lines, of your lips that is. Jemma Kidd Makeup School makes it super easy by giving you a play by play in just a few steps and also suggests the products you can use to make sure your lips will be sure to get kissed this Valentines Day. From their Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme (my personal fav), Ultimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlett and Lip Perfector will guarantee a classic cupid's bow painted red for love. Just make sure you don't drink a coke before hand, remember you're going to need a steady hand which is one thing a product can't do for you!
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If you loved Leila Lou Perfume Oil, body lotion and candle then get ready for the newest addition to the range....Leila Lou Eau de Parfum Spray! With the same intoxicating blend of Pear Blossom, fresh cut grass and tangerine that carries through the entire range, and drips with innocence and freshness making it the perfect spring and summer fragrance! If you need a little celebrity incentive, Leila Lou by Rosie Jane Cosmetics happens to be one of Jen Aniston's and Rachel Bilson's favorite fragrances!
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As the days roll on during the countdown of Fashion Week as always each brand has created a key look that represents what the brand is trying to exude for that season. BCBG was all about the low maintenance girl. Throw your hair in a low pony, whip on some gloss and you're out the door yet still dressed fabulously. From totally minimalist down to a rocker edge there seems to have been a bit of bi-polar-esque looks across the runways...
At the Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 show the girls looked like they were straight out of the 'school of hard knocks' with black, punk rock eye makeup. As a black eyeliner junkie and fan of beauty icon's Bridget Bardot and Marianne Faithful I really fell in love with this makeup although it's not for everybody. This looks focus was meant to draw attention to the eye area and they definitely drew you in with a clearly defined sideways v that was drawn on thin towards the eye's inner crease and then blended out to a tip with more shading around the lash line. This look could be created very easily, all you need is a great neutral beige-pink eyeshadow such as Kevyn Aucoin's Single Eyeshadow in Blush and Noir Cosmetics Long Wear Eye Pencil which will allow you to create the definition. Grab your favorite set of lashes or Ellis Faas Mascara and your eyes are done! Keep the rest of the look minimal by sweeping a soft bronzer across the apples of your cheeks such as Jouer's Mineral Powder Bronzer and a seductive and neutral beige lip with Armour Beauty's Opaque Lip Gloss in Edie.
Voila! If all went well, accessorize with your fav motorcycle jacket and you should look like a girl straight out of the 60's-70's with a bit of a modern edge. If not....thank god for eyemakeup remover.
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Parting with money can be scary, especially if it's on beauty products because you want to be assured you're going to love what you're buying. If there's an item I've had my eye on for awhile I always love to hear reviews on my peer's experience with it, to see if I think it would be a good fit for me. I epsecially love it when magazine's come out with editor's or reader's picks because you know influential people are saying they love or hate it along with the regular consumer like you and I. A couple of our more expensive products were just featured on NBC's Today Show in a wonderful segment showcasing the best beauty buys for people on a budget as well as higher priced items that are worth the investment. Clarisonic's Mia2 as well as RODIN olio lusso's Luxury Face Oil were both featured! Each are over $100 but the results you'll notice after using these items for a period of time is well worth it. Check out this great beauty segment if you're searching for some bargain buys or high end, there's something appealing for everybody!
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