Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Best Makeup Tools

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The 13 Best Makeup Tools

See which brushes, tweezers and eyelash curlers Total Beauty Readers love


Even if you use your fingers to apply most things, all of us have a few tools in our makeup arsenal that we wouldn't want to live without. TotalBeauty.com readers shared their favorite makeup tools, maybe it's time to add a few to your stash?

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No. 13: Shiseido Eyelash Curler, $19

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.1


Readers call this "the most perfectly designed eyelash curler …"

No. 12: Too Faced Kabuki Brush, $30

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.3


It "provides fuller coverage than the usual brushes that eat up your powder …"

No. 11: Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush, $20

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.3


It is best when you want "skin tone perfection," as it allows …

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MAC From Our Lips Collection: Viva Glam with Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper




Launch Date:
March, 2010


Time to wham up the GLAM in VIVA VIVA GLAM !…and celebrate the indestructible idea that ALL girls (and boys) just wanna have fun! It’s a gaga-glamorous look at our abiding passion: The M·A·C AIDS Fund and the VIVA GLAM program are the heart and soul of M·A·C Cosmetics.

Established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV and AIDS globally, VIVA GLAM I, II, III, IV, V and VI were launched as continuous shades and have achieved tremendously gratifying success over the years. Spring 2010 sees two new Lipstick shades introduced as limited life for 12 months on counter. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the sensational Cyndi Lauper and the electric Lady Gaga!


Lipstick ($14.00)
Viva Glam Cyndi- Burnt coral-red colour
Viva Glam Gaga- Cool blue-pink


Thank you to Temptalia and Lushious Beauty.
Monday, December 21, 2009

Quiz: Find Your Signature Scent

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Find Your Signature Scent!

Take this quiz for insight into the perfect fragrance for you or a loved one


Picking a fragrance, especially if it's for someone else, can be so overwhelming. There are so many to choose from that after 10 minutes in the store they all start to smell the same! Luckily, this quiz will help you narrow things down so you can find your (or someone else's) signature scent. Happy sniffing!

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MAC Too Fabulous Collection

Launch Date: March 4th, 2010

Cremesheen glass

Just superb- Dirt neutral pink
Loud & lovely- Blue pink
Richer, Lusher- Peach coral
Double dare- Coral red
Deelight- Mid-tone neutral
Over indulgence- Neutral brown
Fashion scoop- Clear pink
Partial to pink- Light peach pink
Boy bait- Light nude


Lip pencil

Boldy bare- Dirt red brown
Mouth off- Deep peach coral
Trimmed in pink- Bright blue pink
In Synch- Bright yellow pink
Naked liner- Light neutral
Chestnut- Intense brown

-Stay Tuned for more Collection info and photos!

Thank you to Specktra for the collection information!
Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Skin Solutions

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Solutions for All Your Winter Skin Issues

Need help with dry, chapped skin and lips? We've got the answers


Cold weather outside and dry heat inside can really do a number on your skin. If you've tried slathering on every lotion you can get your hands on to no avail, then you need these expert tips to fight dry skin. We talked to Arielle N.B. Kauvar, M.D., director of New York Laser & Skin Care, and Liz Earle, a natural skin care expert, to find out what ingredients, methods and products work best to get you soft, silky skin all season long.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

MAC Love Lace Collection



U.S. Launch Date
: December 26th, 2009

Every couturier has forever had a fascination with the mysterious and alluring qualities of Lace. From Evita to Marlene Dietrich to some of the best-dressed of our red-carpet modern screen stars, it’s a long love affair. This salon-intimate collection is all about a dramatic, intense, smoky eye, with shadows that flash frosty grey to deep blue. Kohl Power is brought back for a limited time in favourite shades plus a new blackened marine blue. And naturally, 44 Lash adds the depth and desire. Lips stay pleasingly pale and Nail Lacquer in Light Affair adds a hint of danger. If ever there was a moment to do away with the winter doldrums and add some instant intrigue, this is it.

Lipstick ($14.00)

Pretty Please- Pale pink pearl
Intricate- Frosted cool icy taupe


Lipglass ($14.00)

Icescape- Sheer pale pink with pink pearl
Utterly Discrete- Sheer frosted cool icy mauve


Eyeshadow ($14.50)

Pincurl- Dusty white
Hypnotizing- Frosted grey mauve
Love Lace- Frosted mid-tone greyish blue
Suave Intentions- Light frosted silver blue


Kohl Power ($14.50)

Sense of Style- Blackened deep marine blue
Raven- Intense red with black pearl
Feline- Rich black


Nail Lacquer ($12.00)

Light Affair- Creamy pale grey taupe




Thank you to Temptalia for the info and photos.

Total Beauty's $10,000 Sephora Shopping Spree Contest!

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Don't Miss Out On This Contest!

Enter the $10,000 Sephora Shopping Spree Sweeps before it's too late!


It's every beauty junkies' dream come true: $10,000 to spend any way they want at Sephora. And it could be yours, all yours, if you win the sweeps. How do you enter? It couldn't be easier, just go to TotalBeauty.com, write a product review or sign up for their newsletters and you're entered! Hurry though, the contest ends December 31!

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Get Perfect Holiday Hair!!

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The Perfect Hairstyle for Your Holiday Party

You won't need to buy a new dress -- just revamp your hair!


Sure, you want to look your best for all those holiday parties this year, but who has the time and money to shop for a new dress, shoes and accessories? Luckily, with these hairstyles you can wear last year's LBD and no one will even notice!

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Perfect Party Dresses for Your Figure: Petite Figure

Tips for Dressing Petite Figures:

-Choose a strapless style to show off a great upper body!

-Nipped in waists and pencil skirt styles create curves.

-For petite girls, choose a shorter hemline (a couple of inches above the knee) and stay away from tea-length styles as they tend to make you look shorter.

-Wear a great pair of heels-the higher, the better!

-Petite figures can pull off ruffles and embellishments really well so go crazy!


Some Great Styles:


Bianca Nero Beaded-Neck Sheath Dress
The sheath silhouette of this dress is perfect to show off your gorgeous petite figure. The color is eye-catching and beautiful and the beading at the neckline adds a special touch. So pretty!
Price: $365
Available at: Neiman Marcus


Betsey Johnson Evening Sequins & Mesh Slip Dress
A gorgeous Little Black Dress with some glitz! I love the cute ruffle at the hem too! This dress is a perfect pick for a petite figure!
Price: $398
Available at: Betsey Johnson


Aidan Mattox One-Shoulder Satin Cocktail Dress
This one shoulder style, berry color dress is not only cute but sexy too! The sweetheart neckline will flatter a smaller bust and enhance what you've got. The design of this dress is so unique and it shows off all your best features!
Price: $265
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue


BCBGMAXAZRIA Silk Organza Cocktail Dress
This dress is so unique and elegant! I just love the black lace and the tiers-so gorgeous! You petite girls have the perfect body to pull it off!!
Price: $468
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue


Forever21 Stretch Satin Dress
This dress is not only super cute and sexy but sooo affordable! Plus, it'll create some great curves with it's padded bust and flared skirt! It's available in two gorgeous shades perfect for the holidays: red and navy!
Price: $24.80
Available at: forever 21
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gorgeous Makeup Looks for the Holidays!!

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10 New Holiday Makeup Looks

Steal a style from one of these celebs for your next big -- or small -- bash


A holiday party is no time to stick with your everyday makeup routine -- you need to shake things up! Have some fun trying a new look, and watch heads turn in your direction as you enter the soiree. Bonus: all the looks in this gallery are super-simple to do with the makeup you already own!

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MAC Warm and Cozy Collection


Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

Lipstick ($14.00)
Spiced Tea: Warmed bronze brown
Warm Me Up: Creamy mid-tone neutral pink
Siss: Muted golden beige

Lipglass ($14.00)
2N: Creamy neutral yellow pink
Feeling Dreamy: Pale neutral pink with pink pearlized pigments
3N: Neutral brown with gold and pink pearlized pigments
Light That Fire!: Mid-tone burnt coral with pearlized pigments

Eyeshadow ($14.50)
Chamomile: Creamy pale yellow
Modelette: Mid-tone warm camel
Milled Cider: Dark warm brown
Embark: Deep rich brown-black

Shadestick ($16.50)
Nurture: Frosted pale neutral pink beige
Relaxed: Frosted dark chocolate brown
Cuddle: Frosted light golden yellow
Warm & Cozy: Frosted burnt amber with red and gold pearlized pigments

Mineralize Skinfinish ($27.00)
Comfort: Golden bronze
By Candlelight: Golden pink

Nail Lacquer ($12.00)
Blissed Out: Creamy light nude
Dim the Lights: Creamy warm dark chocolate

Tinted Lip Conditioner ($14.50)
Close for Comfort: Pinkish brown
Feelin’ Good: Light neutral beige|

Product Photos:







Thank you to Temptalia and Specktra for this collection information!
Friday, December 4, 2009

Amazing Eyeliners for Under $10!

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19 Amazing Eyeliners for Less than $10

It's true! You can get gorgeous liner for way cheap


Before you shell out a bunch of cash on makeup for those holiday parties, check out this roundup of the best eyeliners under $10. There are tons of shades and types, from pencils to liquids, so there's no reason you can't get the look you want for cheap.

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Perfect Party Dresses for Your Figure: Curvy or Plus Sizes

First, let me say I despise the term "plus size". It's actually laughable now, really. I've been hearing women who are a size 10 or 12 being referred to as "Plus size"-it's ridiculous and irritating. Excuse that short rant but I just had to get that out there. Here are some fabulous tips and styles for curvy figures!

Tips:

- If you're curvy, don't hide under over sized or super flowy dresses! It does nothing for your figure! Chose something with a great shape!

- Dresses that are fitted at the waist and flair out are great for curvy girls!

- Show off your most loved feature! Love your chest? Choose a dress with a lower neckline! Love your legs? Show them off!


Some Great Styles:


Raspberry Satin Feather Hem Dress
This dress is so cute and fun! The pretty red color is perfect for the holiday season too and the black feather trim at the hem is pretty adorable too!
Price: $74
Available at: Torrid



Racer back Sequin Dress
This is a simple dress with a bit of glitz. This would be so cute with a pair of tights, maybe throw on a shrug or cardigan and a cute pair of shoes or boots and it's an adorable "night out" or party dress!
Price: $59.90
Available at:Avenue



Tadashi Shoji Corset Dress
This beautiful Little Black dress would be tremendously flattering on curvy girls of all sizes! It's so feminine and classic! A perfect piece for any wardrobe!
Price: $320
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue



David Meister: Jeweled Satin Cocktail Dress
This stunning embellished, jewel toned dress is made to show off curves! This dress would definitely grab the attention of everyone in the room when you make your grand entrance!
Price: $520
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue



Caycee Tiered Dress
A gorgeous red dress is always fabulous for Holiday parties but the "tiers" on this dress make this not only flattering but a little more special and unique! This dress also comes in black!
Price: $52.90
Available at:Avenue
Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Discounts!

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Save Cash with these Holiday Discounts

Check out these great deals, beauty freebies and free shipping offers that'll last the rest of this year


We could all stand to save a few bucks while holiday shopping this year, and these deals will be a major help! We found tons of stuff, from sites offering free shipping, to discounts, cool gifts-with-purchase and more!

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Giveaway Winner!

First, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! I really appreciate everyone who takes time out of their day to check out A Little More Beautiful! If you didn't win this time just keep checking back or sign up for e-mail updates because they'll be more giveaways!

Congratulations to Toshia, the winner of the Smashbox Lip gloss set Giveaway!
Thursday, November 26, 2009

Quiz: Does Your Hairstyle Need a Boost?

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Quiz: Could Your Winter Hairstyle Use a Boost?

Find out with this quiz, and get tips to kick it up a notch


Sure, you may spend most of your time these days bundled up in coats and scarves, but that doesn't mean your look can't still have an edge, right? Find out if your style is lacking and what you can do to change it with this quiz.

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Holiday Shopping Guide Part II

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you had a beautiful day and enjoyed being with your loved ones! Tomorrow is officially "Black Friday" so I thought it'd be a good time to put up Part II of my Holiday Shopping guide! Have fun shopping! Keep it light and fun and hopefully stress free!



BrushLove Hair Brush & Mirror Gift Set 03
A fantastic gift set for any girl! These are some fantastic brushes and the mirrors are so handy and cute!
Price: $39.98
Available at: Brush Love



Tarte Treasure Chest
This palette is a best seller but it's 30% larger than last years! Soo gorgeous and perfect for a makeup lover!
Price: $52
Available at: Sephora


La Mer- The Luxury Essentials
La Mer has some of the most fantastic skin care products on the market! They are not only extremely effective and provide results, they feel wonderful and luxurious on your skin. What better way to treat someone than to treat them with this little set of luxurious skin care?
Price: $630
Available at: La Mer



Nordstrom Ruffled Wool & Cashmere Wrap
Beautiful and cozy, perfect for the cold winter months!
Price: $118
Available at: Nordstrom



Betsey Johnson 'Duo' Pendant Necklace
Pretty and feminine! I love this necklace. It's girly and unique while still being completely wearable!
Price: $38
Available at: Nordstrom


This post contains a sample product sent for consideration of inclusion. I've only included items I find great and items I would love to receive myself!

The Best Eye Creams According to Total Beauty Readers

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The 16 Best Eye Creams for You

Fight puffy eyes, dark circles, lines and more with these wonder products


Doesn't it seem like so many eye creams out there do nothing more than add a little moisture or sheen to the area? Well, that's not good enough for us! We expect a lot more from our eye creams, and you should too. That's why we're so excited about the ones on this list -- they actually deliver results!

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No. 16: Neutrogena Visibly Firm Eye Cream, $18.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9


"The results were just phenomenal. It lifts my eyes and firms the skin, it also diminished my puffy eyes and wrinkles ..."

No. 15: Bioelements Sleepwear for Eyes, $48

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.1


The product's "overnight temporary plumping benefits" makes it a reader favorite ...

No. 14: La Mer The Eye Concentrate, $165

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.1


Readers say this "wonderful eye treatment product" immediately "reduces eye puffiness ..."

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