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Clarisonic Mia: Worth Its Weight in Your Carry-On Flight Bag

Posted on 05/17/2012

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Remember that gross feeling you have after sitting for hours on a plane (or car, or train) – especially when you have a layover in the middle of the night? Being cooped up with hundreds of people without the ability to shower is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Fortunately, Clarisonic has the answer with its Mia 2.

The Clarisonic Mia is a dermatologist-recommended skin cleansing system that comes with a gentle and powerful rotating brush. The brush uses patented sonic technology to clean your face up to six times better than a washcloth alone. This Clarisonic skincare product allows you to see and feel the difference.

The original Mia is great for home use, but the Clarisonic Mia2 is ideal (and made for) traveling. In addition to being TSA-compliant, the Mia2’s compact size and convenient travel case easily fit into your carry-on luggage. This compact version of the Clarisonic Mia comes with the handy T-Timer and two speed options, which helps you scrub your face for the perfect amount of time. 

 

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Taking the Poof Out of Your Puffy Eyes

Posted on 05/17/2012

Laszlo BluePuffy eyes are a cosmetic ailment a girl faces at least once in her life. Differing from under-eye bags, your eyes can get puffy if the eyelids or corners of the eyes are swollen, fluid retention or if your eyes are dry or itchy. There are several factors that can lead to puffy eyes, including allergies, crying, too much salt in your diet, stress, eye irritation, lack of sleep and sinus problems.

How to Prevent Puffy Eyes

  • Stay away from known allergens.
  • Never use expired makeup or creams on your eyes.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit the amount of salt you eat.
  • Prop yourself up when you sleep if you’ve been crying or have sinus problems so fluid doesn’t build around your eyes.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

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Foundation Test: How to Choose the Best Color

Posted on 05/15/2012

The Dew Drop Powder FoundationIf you wear the wrong foundation color, everyone will notice. An artist prepares a canvas with gesso before she begins to paint. Foundation is like gesso, helping to prepare your face for a perfect makeup application. 

Types of Foundation

In addition to using the wrong color, one of the most common blunders ladies encounter with foundation is using the wrong type. Here’s a look at the different types and how to use them:

Liquid foundation: Provides light to medium coverage, but isn’t very forgiving if you choose the wrong color, especially if you use a heavier kind. Play it safe with BECCA Cosmetics. A great, can’t-go-wrong BECCA foundation is the Luminous Skin Color because it’s extra sheer.

Cream foundation: The type of foundation you generally find in stick form or in a compact. Because it offers heavier coverage than liquid foundation, it’s vital that you get the color right. One of the best types of cream foundation is Dew Drop Powder Foundation from Kevyn Aucoin, which is a cream-to-powder formula.

Tinted moisturizer: This type of foundation offers the lightest amount of coverage. The Shimmering Skin Perfector from BECCA Cosmetics doubles as a tinted moisturizer. This option is optimal if you already have great-looking skin.

Powder foundation: Offering full to light coverage, powder foundation provides the greatest selection of colors from which to choose. If you have light to medium-dark skin, try the Jouer foundation Replenish & Protect Hydrating Powder SPF 39.

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Lighten Up: Soften Your Colors for Spring

Posted on 05/17/2012

Sensual Skin EnhancerSpring can kind of be a weird transition time between the winter and summer in terms of the tone of your skin. While you’ll always have the same undertone (cool, warm or neutral), the darkness of your skin can go from ghostly white to sun-kissed over the course of a few weeks. The hot colors for spring and summer are often the same, and the key to not making your makeup look louder than a bullhorn during the spring is to keep it soft-looking.

Tips for Soft Springtime Makeup

Concealer: Adjust the color of concealer you use during the spring just as you would your wardrobe. As you spend more time in the sun, you’ll need to use a slightly darker shade of concealer. Ideally, you should use a color that’s a bit lighter than your foundation. The Sensual Skin Enhancer from Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics has 16 different concealer shades that perfectly cover your blemishes regardless of the season.

UV protection: Those who are truly fashion-forward know you should use SPF protection all year, even on the cloudiest days. The need for UV protection increases as the months start to get warmer. Make sure the daytime moisturizer you use has an SPF component in it. If you use any type of foundation, opt for one that also protects your skin from the sun’s rays.

Eye makeup: Bright eye colors go hand-in-hand with spring and summer. When the season’s hottest colors are particularly bright, layer on the colors lightly during the spring. For some of the best springtime eye shadow color combinations, check out the Essential Eye Shadow set in the Kevyn Aucoin makeup line.

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Spring Makeup Recommendations for Fair Skin

Posted on 05/23/2012

Kevyn Aucoin Spring Essential Eye Shadow SetIf you have fair skin, the season’s bright, trendy makeup colors can look overwhelming if you’re not careful. The following are some recommended colors for fair-skinned beauties.

Foundation. Look for beige, soft pink and tawny tones.

Eyes. Glimmer is hot; frosty is not – it can make you look washed out and sallow. Try out the Kevyn Aucoin Spring Essential Eye Shadow Set in Spring Palette 007, which has this spring’s most-wanted colors in just the right hues, with the perfect touch of shimmer. Smoky eyes are still hot. Instead of going with the traditional super-black smoky eye, consider using eyeliner (at least along the bottom lash line) in a non-traditional color, like dark or olive green, navy blue, dark gray or deep purple.

Blush. The blush colors of the season are peach and light pink. Delicately sweep the blush onto your cheeks for a perfectly flushed glow. You can also use a bit of bronzer to contour your cheekbones and achieve a sultry look.

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Eve Lom Eye Cream In Zoe Beautiful!

Posted on 05/15/2012

It's Monday morning. You had a late night gabbing and drinking wine with your girlfriends, 6:00 a.m has come way to quick and it's showing….in your eyes. They're the windows to the soul, but they're also a dead giveaway that you haven't been getting your much needed beauty rest. Although getting your 8 hours of REM is the best remedy, it's the little things we do that can also make a big difference. No, not coffee, but something that the Zoe Beautiful Report described as being just like, "An espresso shot to the face with a triple action formula that really works." They're talking about Eve Lom's Eye Cream.

There's no need to hide behind sunnies and your cubicle wall with this eye cream filled with age fighting ingredients of Sodium Hyaluronate, Jiaogulan and Peptides that work in harmony to lock in moisture, reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles. Eve Lom's Eye Cream is a true game changer as well as the rest of the skincare line. Team this up with Eve Lom's Cleanser, voted by Vogue magazine as one of the best in the world and watch your skin defy your age!

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Bliss Poetic Waxing Kits

Posted on 05/15/2012

Whether you shave, wax yourself or seek professional help when it comes to body hair management, there's always a few that got away. Typically this occurs when you least want it to, right before a date, or perhaps you wandered into some bad lighting that highlights those few whiskers on your upper lip the beauty therapist missed. Although it sounds like an episode out of Seinfeld, this happens to me more than I care to admit and I always feel totally helpless. Not anymore.

Our friends over at bliss have solved our problems by coming out with targeted wax kits for the face or body. The strips are perfectly sized per area and fit nicely in your purse, next to your lip gloss and sunglasses. The Poetic Waxing Strips for Face comes with 20 double sided waxing strips and 1 vial of post waxing azulene oil. Great for touch-ups on your brows, lips and chin! The Poetic Waxing Strips for the Body are slightly bigger in size and come with 36 strips. Activate the wax by holding the strip between your hands for 15-30 seconds and then begin the hair removal process.

For a great mix and match kit for any situation then behold the Poetic Wax Starter Series Kit, which comes with different size strips for the face and body, Post-Waxing Oil and three Ingrown Eliminating Pads. Whether for a last minute emergency wax session or simply to use in your own time, these three new kits are a great deal and brilliant idea!

Poetic Waxing Strips for the Face (20 count)

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Art of Shaving Ocean Kelp!

Posted on 05/15/2012

Men's grooming line Art of Shaving has recently launched a new scent collection, Ocean Kelp. They wanted to offer men an option for a light, clean aroma range of shaving products and this one is certainly refreshing and energizing. Just like the rest of the range, you have the option of buying the product you love individually or together in a full size set for better savings. There's something sexy about a man who appreciates nice grooming products and takes care of himself. If you're looking for the perfect 'man' gift then this debonair men's range will leave both of you appreciating the power of a clean, close shave.

Ocean Kelp Full Size Set

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Kevyn Aucoin's The Lip Gloss & Matte Lipsticks!

Posted on 05/15/2012

As we just marked the 10th anniversary of makeup visionary Kevyn Aucoin's death, it's only fitting that we acknowledge what an amazing makeup artist and person he was. Although he is gone, he leaves a strong and lasting legacy through his cosmetics brand Kevyn Aucoin. We've had this brand for a few months and all us staff have our own personal favorites from the range so we were so excited when the Lip Glosses and Lip Mattes arrived!

Kevyn Aucoin's 'The Lip Gloss' come in twelve different shades that leave lips shiny and glamorous without feeling greasy or sticky. They're packed with nourishing ingredients like sunflower seed and lanolin oil. I love the pale pink of Tulapina and the nudie brown of Beaugonia. The Matte Lipsticks go one like velvet and leave lips as smooth as silk. Sound like a romance novel? Trust us, you'll fall in love with these six different richly pigmented lipsticks that leave a matte finish and doesn't smudge for hours. Best of all, you don't have to worry about dry and patchy lips since these have moisturizing agents. Try any Kevyn Aucoin product and you'll quickly see why celebrities and the world's most beautiful women turned to him to make them look naturally flawless.

The Lip Gloss    The Matte Lipsticks

 

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Vapour Organic Beauty Spring/Summer 2012!

Posted on 05/15/2012

The power of 'organic' is not only associated with food anymore. Beauty can be green and really work as proven with cosmetics brand Vapour Organic Beauty. These smooth formulations made entirely with certified organic plants, minerals and vitamins are a dream to apply and leave beautiful glowing skin without compromising your eco friendly values. Even the packaging is recyclable! 

Let's get to the good stuff i.e Vapour's Spring/Summer 2012 new additions. As soon as we saw the photos of the new Siren Lipsticks we started drooling. As seen in Lucky magazine, these are long wearing, moisturizing and flattering on all skin tones. Choose from Tempest (a feisty coral), Au Pair (a rich, velvet berry) and Coquette (amped up fuchsia).

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