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Top Beauty Trends for 2012

Posted on 02/28/2012

Jemma Kidd Makeup SchoolJudging from the spring and summer fashion shows, 2012 will be a year of fascinating duality. For instance, while some designers selected bright, pop-art lips, others chose to apply just lip conditioner for a natural look. Certain trends (cat eyes, 1950s glamour) will carry over from 2011, while others (full eyebrows, 3D cosmetics) are newly popular. Here are the top beauty trends for 2012, along with product recommendations that can help you stay ahead of the curve:

1. Retro Cat Eyes

This is one trend that’s here to stay. Feline eyes graced the Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Louis Vuitton shows. It takes a steady hand and plenty of practice to draw sharp cat eyes on one’s eyelids – not to mention an exceptional product that won’t smudge and leave you looking more like an alley cat. ELLIS FASS eyeliner is excellent for this application; it transforms from a liquid to a matte powder. You get the best of both worlds: liquid for easy application, and powder for staying power.

If you’re especially daring, choose a bright hue for your cat eyes. The Derek Lam show showed how this retro eye style can be edgy if you choose an eye-popping shade of eyeliner. Jemma Kidd Makeup School’s Crushed Jewel Gel liner is a great product. It’s available in diamond, onyx and azure tones, each of which contains glitter, so there’s really no way to ignore a bright stripe of this liner.

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Celebrity Trainer Tracy Anderson's Prtty Peaushun!

Posted on 02/28/2012

Tracy Anderson is known for perfecting the bodies of Hollywood one leg lift at a time and the proof of her genious is seen on the amazing bodies of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. Tracy is actually starting a new phase of her life, becoming a mom, but she's still sticking to her program and keeping a healthy and energetic body thoughout her pregnancy. Tracy was just featured in March's Allure magazine where she mentions her diet, preferred workout attire and her healthy outlook on remaining physically fit. You may also recognize Tracy as she's the body featured in brand Prtty Peaushun's marketing materials and I'm sure you can see by the photo below why it was so easy for it's creator Bethany to choose her. Prtty Peaushun is a skin tightening body lotion that camoflages cellulite, covers stretch marks, enhances any muscular curviture and leaves a beautiful natural tan in it's wake. Best of all it contains light reflecting particles that create a luminous and ethereal glow behind.

       

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Hollywood Tastemakers Favorite Things

Posted on 02/28/2012

Hollywood hairstylist Adir Abergel amongst other beauty tastemakers gathered their "favorite things" they swear by in March's Allure magazine. Adir likes to keep his styling kit neat and meticulously organized so he only wants the items that will get the job done fast and efficiently. A couple of his must-have items include a Mason Pearson brush to "leave a beatiful finish for straight hair" and Frederic Fekkai's Sheer Hold Hairspray because it "doesn't matte the hair and leaves a nice finish that you can still run your fingers through." Makeup artist Kate Lee mentioned her current essentials as well such as Kevyn Aucoin's Shading and Contouring Powder. Although she considers it a professional tool it really helps to create depth and dimension around the eye socket, cheekbones and jawline. There you have it, picks from the pros!

       

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Natural Skin Care: How Essential Oils and Extracts Benefit Your Skin

Posted on 02/28/2012

RODIN Olio LussoIt may seem counterintuitive to apply oil as part of your skin care regimen. Many of us already have greasy complexions, so adding more oil seems counterproductive. And most women dislike oily textures on their skin. However, applying the right kinds of oils – i.e., essential oils – can make anyone’s skin more radiant. Certain plant extracts are known for their ability to encourage healthy skin. By selecting beauty products that are based on select botanical extracts and essential oils, you can achieve whatever goals you may have for your skin.

This is a beauty secret many celebrities already understand. For instance, Julianne Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow are loyal customers of fashion stylist Linda Rodin, who experimented with a plethora of essential oils to create a luxurious facial product based on eleven different skin-smoothing extracts. RODIN Olio Lusso is the result of her experimentation. It includes antioxidant and anti-inflammatory oils such as argan and calendula, along with fragrant essential oils such as jasmine, to create a sumptuous experience. Just a few drops of RODIN Olio Lusso applied morning and night to your freshly washed face and neck will smooth out and rejuvenate any type of skin.

Here are some of the other ways botanical oils can improve the skin:

Deep Healing

Many plants have healing qualities to encourage healthy skin. For instance, Skyn ICELAND offers Pure Cloud Cream to repair skin ravaged by wintery conditions. This light cream contains oat and aloe extracts to eliminate irritation and inflammation. Other Skyn ICELAND products contain willow bark extract, which is known for its anti-inflammatory, astringent and conditioning properties.

To understand the power behind RODIN Olio Lusso and other essential oil-based products, consider that oils easily penetrate to the dermal layer of skin, where new cells are created. This means essential oils can quickly heal damaged skin.

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Introducing Jacomo 'It's Me' For Her and Him!

Posted on 02/28/2012

Exclusively ours and yours is our newest eau de parfum addition, Jacomo Paris! If you're on the lookout for a new fragrance and want to spoil your man then It's Me For Her & It's Me For Him might just be a couple's latest obsession. Not only do both of these smell very sexy, but a tech savvy person would also appreciate the architectural design that was inspired by smartphones. It's Me was born out of the desire to create a perfume that was relevant to our time but also captured the spirit of our time too! It's Me For Him is florally romantic with top notes of Lemon and Grapefruit with woody undertones of Amber, Vanilla and Rosweood. It's Me For Her is tangy and mysterious with top notes of Pineapple and Mandarin and a base of Jasmine and Iris Powder.

It's Me For Her     It's Me For Him

 

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Oscar Nominee Clarisonic Devotees!

Posted on 02/29/2012

New recruits were recently made over the award winning sonic cleansing system, Clarisonic. Red carpet recruits that is! Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer recently said their Clarisonics have become their secret beauty weapon. The makeup artist on The Help revealed that the women had their first Clarisonic experience on the set of The Help and can't stop raving about the beauty tool and it was clear from their gorgeous, glowing skin on Oscars night that these women have been using their Clarisonic Mia 2's regularly. Octavia said, "I love it! My skin feels like a newborn baby and my pores are shrinking."

The power of Clarisonic is clear throughout the thousands of reviews and devotees throughout the world. When you use your Clarisonic regularly you will notice your skin is more refined, wrinkles are less visible and your makeup sits and looks better than ever on it's new clean canvas. Clarisonic works by sonic cleansing and micro massage to release trapped oil and residue, unblock pores, and give you a professional grade cleanse in 60 seconds.

    Clarisonic Pink Mia2(TM) Sonic Skin Cleansing

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Skin Care Tips for Skiers

Posted on 02/29/2012

Skin Care ProductsThe ingredients that make for a great day of skiing – sun, wind rushing by your face, high altitudes and cold temperatures – can do a real number on your skin. Below, we examine how each of these elements damages skin. We also provide recommendations on how to protect your skin before heading to the mountains, and how to best nourish it after a hard day of skiing, snowboarding or sledding.

How Wind Damages Skin

Red, irritated skin is a common aftereffect of a snow play day. When wind blows on the same patch of exposed skin over the course of a day, windburn can occur. Like sandpaper tearing up wood pulp, the friction imposed by wind can chafe your skin and, in extreme conditions, cause blistering.

To protect your skin against the wind, be sure to apply a moisturizer before leaving for the resort or trail. Ultra Comfortable Face Cream, by Nuxe Paris, is an excellent choice. It contains Vitamin E and sunflower derivatives to protect against wind and other external irritants.

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Kim Kardashian's Favorite Beauty Products!

Posted on 02/29/2012

Kim Kardashian has graced many a magazine cover and she has quickly become known as a fashion and beauty trendsetter for the tweens and twenty somethings. This Armenian beauty is rarely seen without makeup so it was interesting to see her bare it all for the cover of March's Allure magazine. Typically, Kim is always "done" and on her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians she is constantly seen getting primped to perfection by her own personal hairstylist and makeup artist. However, after her short lived nuptials to Kris Humphries, she secluded herself to the privacy of her family, cancelled bookings and made a two month vow to give all that up and just be her, au natural. Although she lasted a little less than 60 days, we won't hold that against her.

For someone who's face and hair is most of the time in the hands of someone else it was really interesting to read about Kim's favorite beauty products to use when she's on her own. Like clothes, Kim's fabulous taste also extends into the beauty realm where she mentions a few of her must have's such as Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 05 (which she uses as a concealer) and applies it with the BeautyBlender, an egglike sponge that gives a flawless and airbrushed foundation application. Bellisima!

 

  

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Nicole Kidman Uses Kai Perfume Spray!

Posted on 03/01/2012

Actress Nicole Kidman recently has taken a note from Oprah Winfrey and spoke about her "Favorite Things" crossing jewelry, beauty, doggies and more! Her beauty taste clearly is top notch as she's quickly become a new celebrity devotee for Kai's Eau de Parfum Spray. Kai has a following amongst many top celebs such as Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts, Pink and many more. The Kai signature aroma carries through each product in the range and has the essence of a tropical paradise. Notes of jasmine, tuberose and lily blend together and instantly leaves a clean and fresh scent that will have heads turn. The Kai Perfume is paraben and sulfate free so it's adorers can wear it and know they are wearing a pure product. This stunning fragrance is won by the world over as you will find out yourself!

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10 Ways to Fight Cellulite

Posted on 03/01/2012

Bliss Fat Girl ScrubOrange peel, lipedema, cellulite, cottage cheese – whatever you call it, one thing’s certain: No woman on the planet longs for more cellulite. It may surprise you to learn that the term “cellulite” is not medically inspired. It gained popularity in French salons around the end of the nineteenth century, and it describes the bumpy, dimpled, inconsistent appearance of the skin above fat deposits.

Doctors say cellulite is actually quite natural – they say this uneven skin surface is found in 90 percent of post-pubescent females and that it simply indicates a breakdown in the connective tissue around fat cells. Cellulite is more noticeable on the female form because female skin tissue is thinner than male skin tissue. Still, it’s hard to convince women to simply accept their cellulite as a natural occurrence. Society has long derided “cottage cheese ” skin as ugly and undesirable.

Fortunately, those who wish to banish cellulite may do so by applying the techniques listed below.

1. Avoid excessive sugar and salt.

Cellulite is exacerbated when one’s fat cells are swollen with extra sugar. Salt is also problematic because it encourages fluid retention, making cellulite look even worse. To limit the appearance of cellulite, eat no more than six teaspoons of sugar and 200 mg of sodium each day.

2. Apply a body firming cream.

To see a noticeable reduction of cellulite, apply a firming lotion or cream. Of course, you’ll want to select a product that’s user-approved to firm skin and improve its structure. Nuxe Paris has created a lotion that fits the bill perfectly. Its Body Fondant Firming Cream includes barley sugars and Brazilian mimosa to instantly lift skin, thereby decreasing cellulite dimples. Nuxe Paris’ cellulite solution also contains rye flakes and Kigelia Africana to improve skin structure. After using this product for 28 days, 86 percent of users reported that their skin was more toned, while 82 percent said it was visibly smoother.

To prepare your skin for cellulite solutions from Nuxe Paris and other brands, apply a body exfoliator such as Fat Girl Scrub from Bliss. The Bliss Fat Girl Scrub increases circulation and is specially formulated for cellulite-prone areas.

3. Lift weights.

Muscle is smoother than fat. If you lift weights regularly, your cellulite levels will drop. Lunges, leg presses and squats are particularly powerful cellulite-busting exercises.

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