Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What Makeup Colors work for you?

Which Makeup Colors Really Work on You

First, decode your undertones with this photo how-to

So many makeup how-tos have suggestions for "cool tones" and "warm tones," but what if you don't know what your tone is?! Figure it out with this easy-to-use guide -- and then find the perfect makeup colors for your skin tone.

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Contest Winner!

Congratulations silverhartgirl on winning the Chickdowntown sponsored giveaway!! Thank you everyone for entering the contest and I hope you stay tuned for more exciting things!
Friday, June 26, 2009



"Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I'm dancing, I've felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I've felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing and dancing ....and dancing, until there is only...the dance. "- Michael Jackson

"In my darkest hour
In my deepest despair
Will you still care?
Will you be there?
In my trials
And my tribulations
Through our doubts
And frustrations
In my violence
In my turbulence
Through my fear
And my confessions
In my anguish and my pain
Through my joy and my sorrow
In the promise of another tomorrow
I'll never let you part
For you're always in my heart"
Will you be there- Michael Jackson

RIP Michael Jackson.
No one can hurt you anymore. I love you forever.
Thursday, June 25, 2009

The 10 Best Celebrity Long Hairstyles

Best Long Hairstyles

Got long hair? Then we've got 10 celebrity hairstyle inspirations for you

Long hair has its pros and cons. Cons: high-maintenance, like keeping split ends at bay and tangles to a minimum. Pros: Practically limitless style possibilities. If you have long hair, check out these hairstyles. The looks are all quick and easy, so you can update your 'do in minutes.

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My Top 8 Pink Lipstick

Like plenty of women, I absolutely love lipstick. Especially pink lipstick. Pink is such a girly color. It's so feminine and can be incredibly sexy, not to mention very wearable for almost any season. It can brighten up your whole face and complexion like nothing else can. Pink lipstick can be a girl's best friend so here, in my opinion, are the top eight best pink lipsticks, in no particular order (it's just too hard for me to number them least to greatest!):

1. Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick: Pink Vibrations

Price: $19.50
Available at: Elizabeth Arden

2. Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick: Hot Pink

Price: $19.50
Available at: Elizabeth Arden

3. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick: Sweet Thing

Price: $14.00
Available at: MAC

4. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick: Lovelorn

no photo- a gorgeous lustre finish blue based pink.

Price: 14.00
Available at: MAC

5. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick: Pink Nouveau

no photo- A very bright pink but really beautiful. I've found it to work on many skin tones depending on how little or how much you apply and wether you pair it with gloss or not.

Price: 14.00
Available at: MAC

6. Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine: Rasberry Shine

Price: $27
Available at: Sephora

7. Nars Lipstick:

Price: $24
Available at: Nordstrom

8. Max Factor Lipstick: Ms. Understood

Price: $9.00
Available at: Drugstore

My lsit of favorite pink lipsticks could go on and on so I tried to keep it fairly short. What are some of your favorites??
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Best and Worst Acne Products

12 Best & Worst Acne Products

Zits happen, so trust these unbiased reader reviews to tell you which acne products actually deliver

Sure, dealing with acne in your teens is cruel -- but in your 20s, 30s and 40s? That's just plain unfair. Here we uncover the top reader-tested acne-fighting products, as well as the products that did not deliver results, so you can save your time and money.

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The Best: No. 6: Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion, $13.50

TotalBeauty.com average rating: 8.7*

Even those who have "tried everything and nothing worked" claim this product is "like a miracle..."

No. 5: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $9

TotalBeauty.com average rating: 8.8*

"Just a dab with a Q-tip is all it takes for my pimples to be drastically reduced overnight..."

No. 4: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads, $36

TotalBeauty.com average rating: 8.9*

"The pads smell great, clear up acne, soften up lines and get your skin glowy..."

Want to see the rest of the best (and find out the worst)? Click here!

MAC Collections: Style Black Collection

Release Date: September 09

Lipsticks: (Limited Edition) $14.00
Black Knight - Creamy true black (cremesheen)

Mattenes: (Limited Edition) $14.50
Midnight Media- Dense matte black
Night Violet- Deep purple grape (Repromote from Mattene)

Glimmerglass: (Limited Edition) $To Be Announced
Bling Black- Sheer black with gold pearl
Blackfire- Sheer black with pink purple pearl
Blackware- Creamy true black

Mineralize Eye Shadows: (Limited Edition) $19.00
Cinderfella- Black with silver pearl
Young Punk- Black with pink purple pearl
Gilt by Association- Black with gold bronze pearl
Blue Flame - Black with blue pearl

Grease Paintstick: $17.50
Black- Intense black

Penultimate Liner: (Permanent) $16.50
Rapidblack- True black

Eye Kohl: (Limited Edition) $14.50
Smolder- Intense Black

Cream Colour Base: $16.50
Black Creamy- True black (Limited Edition)
Bat Black- Burgundy black with pink pearl (Permanent, Pro)

Nail Lacquer: $11.00
Nocturnelle- True black (Cream finish, Permanent)
Seriously Hip- Black with gold particle pearl (Frost finish,Limited Edition)
Baby Goth Girl- Black with pink and purple pearl (Frost finish, Limited Edition)

#214 Short Shader Brush- Short, rounded, double-chiselled brush with soft, natural bristles. Can be used with shadow to line and smudge around the lash line and very effective for densely shading lids. (Permanent) $23.00

Volcanic Ash Exfoliator - For all skin types. Volcanic ash (in the form of mineral-rich clay), sugar crystals and natural enzymes combine to exfoliate and remove excess oils from the skin. (Limited Edition) $To Be Announced

Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask - Heats when mixed with water to remove impurites from skin. (Limited Edition)

Thank you to Specktra for this information. Please stay tuned for more info, pictures, and details on the Style Black Collection.
Monday, June 22, 2009

Skin Cancer: What to Watch For

Quiz: Is That Mole Skin Cancer?

Answer these questions to find out if you have a suspect mole that should be checked out by a dermatologist, stat!

Have a funny looking mole that you've thought twice about? Worried that it might be cancerous? The following questions will help you determine if it's time to see a dermatologist.

Take the quiz

Upcoming MAC Collection: Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection

Release Date:
20 Aug 09 for US and Canada

Lipsticks: $14.00
Full Body- Deep red plum (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Hold the Pose- Brown plum with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Front Lit- Light white yellow (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Lovin It- Cool neutral with yellow undertone (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
High Strung- A deep pink silver (Frost) (Permanent)

Lipglass: $14.00
On Display- Purple with yellow pearl (Limited Edition)
New Spirit- Light yellow coral (Limited Edition)
Personal Taste- Mid-tone rose with pink gold pearl (Limited Edition)
Young Thing- Yellow neutral with gold pearl (Limited Edition)

Quads: $36.00 (Limited Edition)

Photo Realism
Photorealism- Gold shimmer with gold pearl (Frost)
Fresh Approach- Cool mint green (Veluxe Pearl)
Image Maker- Mid-tone grey green (Frost)
Grey Range- Deep blue green (Veluxe Pearl)

In the Gallery
Lightfall- Pale pink (Satin)
Look at the Eyes- Light violet
In the Gallery- Mid-tone blue pink (Matte)
Private viewing- Deep brown plum (Matte)

Skintone 1- Light white pink (Lustre)
Skintone 2- Mid tone gold (Frost)
Noteriety- Mid tone brown with gold pearl (Velvet)
Rich & Earthy- Rich coral bronze (Veluxe Pearl)

Mascara: $12.00
Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack- True black (Permanent)

Powder Blush: $18.00
The Perfect Cheek- Mid-tone pale pink (Matte, Limited Edition)
Notable- mid-tone brick brown red (Satin, Limited Edition)

Eye Shadows: $14.50
Crest the Wave - Rich yellow(Frost finish, Limited Edition- Repromote from Naughty Nautical's Stowaway quad)
Off the Page- Mid-tone mustard orange (Frost finish, Limited Edition)
Haunting - Light turquoise blue (Satin finish, Limited Edition- Repromote from MAC for Alexander McQueen)
Violet Trance - Deep blue purple (Matte finish, Limited Edition- Repromote for Balloonacy's Pandamonium quad)
Purple Shower - Mid-tone magenta with silver pearl (Satin finish, Limited Edition- Repromote from Turquatic)
Maira's Magic - Yellow pink (Satin finish, Limited Edition)

Technakohl Liners: $14.50
Full of Fuschia- Deep blue magenta (Limited Edition)
Artistic License- Bright turquoise blue (Limited Edition)
Obviously Orange- Mid-tone coral (Limited Edition)
Colour Matters- Bright lime (Limited Edition)
Graphblack- Rich graphic black (Permanent)

Pigments: $19.50
Brash & Bold - Bright magenta (Limited Edition)
Push the Edge - Deep bright purple with pearl (Limited Edition)
Cocomotion - Dirty gold with olive undertone and gold sparkle (Limited Edition, Repromote from Rushmetal)
Heritage Rouge - Deep burgundy with red and brown pearl (Permanent, Pro- Also a repromote from Overrich)

Glitters: $19.50
Fuschia- Sparkling fuschia (Permanent, Pro)
Gold- Sparkling chunky gold (Permanent, Pro)
Reflects Rust- Sparkling warm red (Permanent, Pro)
Reflects Copper- Sparkling saffron (Permanent, Pro)

Gloss Texture: (Price to be announced)
Clear- (Permanent, Pro)

More info, pictures, and details coming soon....
Thanks to Specktra for this info!
Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Best Makeup Removers!

Top 14 Makeup Removers

See which products easily stripped off eye makeup (and everything else)

We makeup junkies need a good product to take it all off at the end of the day -- no clogged pores or stained pillowcases for us! The makeup removers on this list left TotalBeauty.com readers with clean skin and without oily residue or dryness.

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Contest Closed-Winner to Be Announced Soon

ChickDowntown has been kind enough to sponsor an awesome giveaway here at A Little More Beautfiul. This gorgeous pink floral dress by BB Dakota Clotheswould be the perfect addition to anyone's Summer wardrobe!

Here's some info about the dress:

Casually feminine, the short, sweet frock boasts splashes of bright abstract florals set against a field of dusty pink, with the bare tank style bodice whirled with a sweet skirt of unpressed pleating. The matching covered belt finishes the sweet effect. A new warm weather favorite, in soft 100% cotton. Fully lined. Back zip. Machine wash. Dusty pink/orchid.

Sizes: 2-12

This contest is open to everyone according to your state or country laws. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail and announced here on A Little More Beautiful. This contest will end on June 29th at Midnight Est. Enter by leaving a comment, be sure to leave your e-mail addy so I can contact you if you've won!!

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Total Beauty: Weekly Web Tour

Total Beauty Web Tour

The Informed Makeup Maven discovers Votre Vu and Terra Firma Cosmetics, talks summer faves and hosts MAC, Stila and Maybelline giveaways.

Beauty Anonymous shares a preview of Jill Stuart's upcoming 5th Anniversary Collection for fall 2009!

Boutique Flair is offering 2 chances to win some swag. Enter here and here by 06/21/09!

The Beauty Couch shares some ideas for getting that sexy 60's Star Trek-inspired look.

Meilily talks Fitness Shoe Skepticism: Are FitFlops & MBTs Just Glorified Platform Shoes?

Neon Bible experiments with Japanese nail art

A Little More Beautiful is giving away 1 LUSH Sweetie Stack Gift Set which includes 3 of their most popular soaps.

eye4style keeps her tootsies in tip top shape with THIS Farmhouse Fresh product.

Dao from My Makeup Blog has a gorgeous makeup tutorialfor nighttime and clubbing.

The Makeup Divas reviews Philosophy Beach Party.

Beauty Banter gives you the secret beauty tips and products of Parisian ladies... straight from 2 gorgeous frenchies!

Beautiful With Brains reviews Clynol Play With Me Powder Punch.

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life want you to have the perfect at home pedicure. Click here to enter their giveaway with Ms. Pedicure and China Glaze!!

LA Pretty is having two giveaways of new releases from Target beauty lines Pixy by Petra and Napoleon Perdis. Get the details here!

Monique from Beauty Girl Musings reviews LaVaque Tweezers!

Enter to Win Several of Lipgloss Break Giveaways, including Borghese B Gloss in sold out Fuchsia!

Hot Beauty Health shows you 5 organic hair care products that works and stylish pics of rihanna at Carol's Daughter Spa in NYC.

The Advice Sistersreviews Beauty Fix a season's worth of beauty bargains in a box!.
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Get Longer, Thicker Lashes!!

How to Get the Longest, Thickest Lashes Ever

These makeup artist tricks will take your mascara to a whole other level

Just because you've bought a great mascara, doesn't mean you'll automatically have perfect lashes. It all depends on what you do with it. That's why we asked the experts for their tricks to getting long, voluminous lashes. With these tips, your lashes will stop people in their tracks!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Contest Winner!

Another winner! Just another post to let everyone know that "Martan" has won the Max Factor mascara contest. Congratulations to her, and good luck to everyone in all the fun upcoming give-aways ahead!
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Celebrity Transformations

Best and Worst Celebrity Transformations

From Rihanna to Scarlett Johansson, see what hairstyle, makeup and body tweaks worked and which ones were major flops

From frumpy to fabulous or dazzling to dumpy, these celebrities set the example for how to transform your look -- for better or worse.

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Some of the Best Beauty Steals Under $15

With the economy the way it is, what beauty lover couldn't use a little break and find some great deals now and then? Well, I decided to share some of my absolute favorite Beauty Buys under $20. If you have any favorites, feel free to share them in the comment section!!

1. Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad

This little eyeshadow quad comes in 10 shades. Each shadow is wearable on it own or can be blended together to create a more dramatic look.

Shades: Smokey Eyes Quad, Island Breeze Quad, Mocha Latte Quad, Sandy Corals Quad, Romantic Mauves Quad, Purple Haze Quad, Blushing Raisins Quad, Denim Blues Quad, Earthtones Quad, and Fresh Cut Greens Quad

Price: $8.00

Available at: Avon

2. Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes

These are super gentle and remove makeup amazingly well and proceeds go to the Polar Bear SOS Initiative.

Price: $12 for 30 wipes

Available at: Sephora

3.Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge

This sponge is great for applying your foundation. It really helps you get a flawless look without using a ton of product.


Available at: Target

4. Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara

Adds a ton of volume to lashes and the brush grabs each and every little lash. A good mascara for anyone who wants alot of volume!

Price: $9.99

Available at: Ulta

5. NYX Black Label Lipstick

These lipstick are moisturizing as well as being really pigmented. Not to mention the huge variety of colors to choose from and I love the chic packaging!

Price: $7

Available at: NYX Cosmetics

Check Out the Best Color Makeover Winners!!

Clairol Best Color Contest Winners!

You came, you saw, you voted -- now find out what hair color makeover was your favorite

The votes are in and these 10 contestants are the winners of the Clairol Best Color Contest. Did the contestants you voted for win? Find out now! Even if you didn't vote, you can still get great hair color tips from the contestants.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Best Anti-Aging Serums

Best Anti-Aging Serums

From Avon and Olay to Madonna's rumored fave, find out which wrinkle treatments really work

Finding the perfect balance of moisture and effectiveness in an anti-aging treatment isn't easy, but with the help of TotalBeauty.com product reviews, you can pinpoint the right skin care serum for your budget and skin type.

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Beauty Questions and Answers!!

Q: I was diagnosed with Vitligo about 3 years ago. I have snow white patches all along my jaw and around my eyes and it's quite noticeable. Is there a makeup that would help even out my skin and hide my Vitligo patches?- Alexis

A: Hi there! Thank you for such a fantastic question. I've studied alot about Vitligo over the years. For those who don't know, Vitligo is a disease that causes patches of skin to lose pigment. The most famous case of Vitligo might be Mr. Michael Jackson's. Also, Lee Thomas, a famous news anchor also has this disease and has written a book about his struggle called "Turning White: A Memoir of Change".

Anyway, on to your question! People who have Vitilgo generally have to use a thicker, cream makeup. MAX Factor Pan Stick Foundation is a good option for those with smaller depigmented patches. You also can check out Coloration where you can get a customized color kit. If you have anymore question, please feel free to e-mail me anytime!!

Q: Should I exfoliate my legs after I shave?- Jenny

A: Actually, using a mild exfoliator before you shave your legs helps you get a closer shave by removing the top layer of dead skin.

Q: How can I keep my lipstick from fading during the day?- Kelly

A: While we might not be able to keep from reapplying our lipstick at some point throughout the day, we can help it last a bit longer by applying one coat to smooth but dry lips and blot on a tissue. Dust some translucent powder lightly over the first coat and then apply the second coat over that. There are also lip sealants on the market for special occasions like weddings!

If you have a beauty or style question for me, don't hesitate to e-mail me!! Don't forget to enter the LUSH and MAX Factor giveaways! Have a great day everyone and be sure to subscribe!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Luxury Skin Care Vs. Budget Skin Care

Luxe vs. Less Skin Care

Find out what products to splurge on and when to save your hard-earned dollars

You don't have to spend half your paycheck on skincare products to stay wrinkle and pimple-free. Dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban and P&G scientist Mary Begovic Johnson helped us compare products with similar ingredients that are very different in cost to see which are really worth the price. Here's what we found.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

MAC Friends and Family Sale: 25% Off!!

The MAC Friends and Family sale is starting a little early! You can reap the benefits starting today! The sale ends on June 18th but be sure to order soon because things might sell out pretty quickly!! You can get 25% off of all products using this code: SUMO and apparently SAVE25 works as well. If you decide to order something feel free to share your great buys with me in the comments section!

Enjoy and have a fantastic night!!

LUSH: Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo

I've been using Lush's Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo which is totally vegan for a couple of weeks and am in love with it! The scent right out of the bottle can be a turn off for some since it smells quite strongly of beer. It leaves your hair smelling wonderful though-not like beer, haha, I use it with Lush's Jungle Conditioner Bar and the combination is really nice! The Cynthia Sylvia Shampoo left my hair super soft and ultra shiny, it looked so much healthier after a few uses. It's currently on my favorites list!! It's a bit different than your average shampoo since it's more watery than it is creamy or gel like but it lathers extremely well and really leaves your hair squeaky clean.

The only con is if you already have very dry hair, this tends to dry it a bit. I have slightly greasy hair the day after a shampoo so it works great for me and would work well for anyone who tends to have greasier locks.

Product Description:
Last call with a lemon drop to give hair tons of volume and shine
If you have fine or frizzy hair, make friends with Cynthia. This shampoo's special recipe includes organic Irish stout and lemons. The stout adds weight to hair and smooths cuticles, while lemons give amazing shine. As a bonus, your hair will smell delicious all day, but please refrain from drinking your shampoo if you shower at night.


3.3 fl oz: $8.75
8.4 fl oz: $17.45
16.9 fl oz: $26.65

To check out more information about LUSH and Lush Products go to their website HERE and read more reviews about their products and plenty of other beauty brands HERE.

Also, be sure to subscribe to A Little More Beautiful so you don't miss anything and be sure to enter the Lush Sweetie Stack Giveaway which ends July 5th!!

The Least Effective Hair Removal Products

Our Readers' Least Favorite Hair Removal Products

Saving up for laser hair removal would be better than wasting cash on these shaving and waxing products

Unless you're lucky enough to have gotten laser hair removal, you're stuck in a never-ending cycle of shaving and/or waxing. Even with good hair removal products the task is no fun, but when our readers used these products, it was terrible. See which products left them hairy and annoyed.

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No. 10: Schick Intuition, $10.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.5*

"Good idea, but you waste 3/4 of the product. The only part of the soap bar that gets used is the part right under the blades. The sides and top are wasted..."

No. 9: Gillette Venus Vibrance, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.3*

"The battery does absolutely nothing to enhance this razor," one reader says. "I was looking for a closer and softer shave [and this] did neither..."

No. 8: no!no!, $250

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.6*

"I devoted so much time to using this for about 10 weeks, and the only difference it made is that it actually made MORE hair appear..."

Want to see what's the worst? Click here!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Find Your Ideal Lip Color!!

What's Your Perfect Lip Color?

Take this quiz to find out which lipstick shade reflects your personal taste

Ever wonder which shade of lipstick would match your personality? This quiz will show you. And hey, you never know, you may just find your new signature color.

Take the quiz


Time for another giveaway!!! This time I decided to giveaway this awesome gift set from LUSH which includes Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, Rock Star, I Should Coco soaps. Each one is 3.5 oz!

Here's the Lush Sweetie Stack Gift Set Product Description:
Sweet, sweet, and sweet... soaps to satisfy a sweet tooth
Scientists say that a sweet tooth can be partly tamed with sweet scents and, if so, this trio will defiantly curb your hunger. Honey I Washed The Kids is infused with honey toffee bliss, I Should Coco gently exfoliates skin with creamy coconut, and Rock Star enthralls with its sweet vanilla scent. The collection to take the edge off a sweet tooth, even for the worst affected.

Contest Rules: Just comment and make sure you leave your first name and e-mail address so I can contact the winner!! This giveaway is open to all readers according to your local state or country’s laws. I will choose 1 Winner randomly and notified via e-mail. This Giveaway ends on July 5th at 12AM Midnight Est time.

Good Luck Everyone and don't forget to keep checking back and subscribe to A Little More Beautiful to keep up to date with everything that goes on!!!
Saturday, June 13, 2009

Find Your Perfect Foundation!

We all know that finding that perfect foundation can be very, very tricky. Especially now with all the different foundation types and shades around now. Well, here's a quiz that will help you out!

Quiz: What's Your Ideal Foundation?

Find the formula that will finally give you flawless-looking skin

We talked to celebrity makeup artists Gita Bass and Molly Stern and Procter & Gamble senior scientist Sarah Vickery to help you figure out the perfect formula for your skin type. Take the quiz to find out what kind of makeup your skin really needs and get expert tips on making your skin look its best.

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