Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The winner of this giveaway is *kate*!!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Adrianna Papell Beaded Fringe Dress
Available at Nordstrom
Ecote Suede Fringe Hobo
Available Online at Urban Outfitters
Haute Hippie Embellished Tank
Available at Nordstrom
Steven by Steve Madden 'Bijoux' Sandal
Available at Nordstrom
Oversized Fringe Hobo
Available at Charlotte Russe
How do you feel about the fringe trend? Is it not really for you or are you all for it? I kind of like it myself, in small doses, of course. Let me know how you're feeling about it!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
- First start with a gel cleanser or a cleanser made specifically for oily skin types. Start by applying a warm cloth to your face for a few minutes. Then apply your cleanser all over your face in circular motions avoiding the eye area.
- The second step is optional but I recommend it, especially for oily skin. Tone your skin with an astringent to remove all dirt and impurities you may have missed during the cleansing process.
- Third step is to hydrate your skin. Use an oil free moisturizer.
- Fourth step is for morning routine only. Be sure to protect your skin with an oil free sunblock, preferably with a SPF of 30.
- This last tip is to do once or twice a week. Get a gentle exfoliate or face scrub and exfoliate before cleansing.
It's important to wash your face once in the morning and once at night. You don't want to over do it. By over washing your skin, you can actually cause your skin to produce more oil. So stick to twice a day.
Stay tuned for more skin care advice based upon your own skin type in the Great Skin for Spring Series here at A Little More Beautiful!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
MAC Cosmetics Naked Honey Collection
Launch Date: June 11, 2009
Description: Bees do it… now M•A•C does it! Honey that is! As ancient and exotic as Kohl, great beauties have long revered the natural restorative powers of the Golden Elixir.
Following the example of their fabled Queen, Cleopatra, Egyptians bathed in honey and milk. Queen Anne of England used it to silken her hair; from the Ancient Greeks to the Roman Empire, honey has never lost its regal, ever-amber lustre. We love the luxury of its sensual essence…but we also know that it’s a highly efficient and wholesome humectant and healer. Introducing our limited edition Naked Honey collection – three aspects of golden warmth and sun-made sweetness for the body, layered with two decidedly different honeycomb-derived fragrances – celebrating the secret lives of Queen Bees. Complementary shade of High-Light Powder, Eye Shadow and Lipglass are all the buzz for summer.
Lipglass ($14.00 US)
She’s a Star- Light neutral gold
Queen Bee- Mid-tone apricot with multi-dimensional pearl
Buzz -Dark copper brown with multi-dimensional pearl
Eyeshadow ($14.50 US)
Crème de Miel- Frosty light yellow gold
Pollinator- Mid-tone warm reddened peach with pearl
Buckwheat- Dark copper brown with multi-dimensional pearl
High-Light Powder ($24.50 US)
A high -light powder specially created for the Naked Honey Collection . Features an embossed honeycomb pattern . Super fine, impeccably pearlized , it creates so ft high lights. On cheek , brow , shoulders – anywhere on the body .
Honey Light- A light peachy gold with shimmer
Golden Nectar- Muted golden tan with gold shimmer
Naked Honey Skin Salve ($18.50 US)
Formulated from honey , organic beeswax, sun flower oil and other natural ingredients , this rich honey –scented and flavoured salve instantly moisturizes and helps recondition dry skin . Multi -purpose . Use everywhere .
Naked Honey Hand And Body Cream ($22.50 US)
A sensuous cream made fro m bio-converted honey , shea butter , and vitamins c and e derivatives . Absorbs quickly for skin -softening moisture . Conditions , nourishes , protects . Use on all areas where ultra -moisture is called for .
Naked Honey Body Wash ($19.50 US)
Formulated fro m bio -converted honey, this body wash cleanses the skin while pro viding the soothing and moisturizing benefits of lavender , narcissus , jasmine flower and blue agave extracts . Provides a sensual, calming , cleansing experience .
Creations: Naked Honey ($22.50 US)
An aromatic journey that traces honey ’s fragrant heart back to summer ’s sweetest blooms. Energy starts to buzz, spirits soar, light flora l and woodsy notes float toward an electric finale. Sweet and sexy all the way.
Creations: Africanimal ($22.50 US)
A scent that starts with a honey-ness that ’s seductive and given its dash of pepper , not without spice . Add a dark kiss of bergamot and wood , and an aromatic orgy breaks out to create a scent that ’s all-honey, but far fro m sweet .
Thanks so much to Temptalia for this Info!
I think this is a really cool and exciting collection, something very new and cool from MAC! How are you guys feeling about this collection? Is there anything you think is exciting or a must have? Or do you think you can live without Naked Honey collection? Comment and let me know! Also, don't forget, there are two more days to enter the contest!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
This can be a bit of a sticky beauty topic. I posted about this before but I've gotten several people asking me how to properly use falsies and it seems my post got lost. Here we go, anyway:-)
There are so many fake eyelashes out there these days-some are natural looking and some are made to be bold and dramatic. False lashes can be an incredible eye enhancing tool.
Falsies come in a few different "types" such as:
Individuals- These are small clusters of lases knotted at the base. They can look comepletely natural when done correctly.
Half strips- these are smaller strips of lashes meant to be placed on the outter half of the upper lash line.
Full Strips- Pretty self explainatory here. Full lash strips meant to be worn along the entire lash line.
Alot of people have a difficult time applying false lashes. It can be pretty tricky but here are a few tips to help you with the process!
Here's what you'll need:
Eyelash glue (preferably dark glue)
Your chosen lashes
1.If you're wary of the length, go ahead and trim them with a small manifure scissors.
2. Put a thin line of eyelash glue along the base of the lash strip. Use a dark eyelash glue so you don't get white spots showing through.
3. Us a little more glue on both edges of the strip to prevent them from coming loose.
4. Place the strip as close to your lashline as you can get them.
5. Press the strip gently but firmly with a wooden cuticle stick for good hold.
6. Try not to blink for 10-15 seconds so that the lashes dry in place and don't slip around.
7. Use a dark eyeliner (gel or liquid liners work particularly well in this case) to help the fake lashes blend with your real ones.
8. Apply some mascara to further help blend fake with real.
False lashes are fun, flirty, and sexy. They're alot of really funky and fun styles to choose from as well as really pretty, natural, or sexy styles. Falsies are an affordable little beauty tool and can really enhance one's eyes.
Some great Brands to try are: NYC eyelashes (Only around $2!) Revlon false lashes, and MAC lashes (Around $12).
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Karma Nail Polish Remover comes in Tea Tree, Lavender, and Unscented. All the nail polish removers are:
- 100% Biodegradable
- 100% Soy and Corn based
- Free of any Petroleum Ingredients
- Derived from Farm Crops which in turn supports american farming
- Packaged in 100% recyclable glass bottles
- Comes in Lavendar, Tea Tree, or Unscented
I had the opportunity to try the Nail Polish remover in unscented and the first thing I noticed, obviously is there was no harsh, nostril burning smell! That to me was so wonderful because it's a huge reason I stray from doing my nails in the first place. I have a very sensitive nose so this product is an absolute blessing!
The second thing I noticed is how it very effectively removes polish-all polishes, any brand, organic or non-organic. It worked as effectively as any other polish remover I've ever tried. Plus, it didn't seem to leave my nails or cuticles dry at all! Not to mention that I'm a big fan of the packaging. Hardly anything comes in glass bottles anymore and I think it adds a nice touch. Very pretty!
This is a very effective product with a lot of added bonuses. If you love to do your nails and can't stand the smell of the products you use to remove polishes this is a fantastic alternative! You can find out more about the products offered by Karma Organics and order at their website here! Stay tuned for a review on Karma Organics Nail Polish!
Having great looking skin makes one's daily beauty routine go much more smoothly. There are so many types of skincare products out there and there is no one size fits all skin care regime.
Here are some basics to getting great skin:
1. Find out what skin type your are. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. After a few minutes, blot face with blotting paper or tissue. If just your t-zone is oily and the rest of your face is normal to dry, you have combination skin. If it's oily all over, you have oily skin. If it's red and irritated you probably have sensitive skin and if your skin feels dry and tight all over you have dry skin.
2. Get Skincare products suited to your skin type. Usually a three step system of cleanser, toner, moisturizer, some times a night cream or heavier moisturizer for nighttime.
3. Wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. Over washing your skin can lead to dryness, irritation, or further breakouts.
4. Keep it up! It usually takes several weeks before you'll notice improvement so don't get discouraged and give up!
An extra tip: Even if you have oily skin, you still needs to moisturize! Just find a moisturizer that's oil-free and made for oily-combination skin types.
Clinque has 3-step skincare systems sold in kits, for specific skin types. If you visit their website at www.clinique.com you can take a 9-question survey and they'll tell you your skin type and which 3-step set would be right for you. There are also many other brands who have great skincare lines and if anyone has any question, feel free to e-mail me anytime! (email@example.com)
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Launch Date: April 2nd, 2009 (North America), April 2009 (International)
Show Orchid Vivid hot pink
Impassioned Amped up fuchsia
Bitter Vivid bright golden green flecked with shimmer (Perm)
White Frost Vivid bright white with icy shimmer (Perm)
Penultimate Eye Liner ($16.50)
Rapid Black True Black
Eye Brows ($14.50)
Stud Deep rich blackened brown
Prep + Prime Line Filler ($19.50)
Prep + Prime Line Filler is a targeted deep wrinkle filler with long term skincare benefits that uses a unique technological breakthrough. Line Filler plumps and smoothes skin and drastically reduces the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines. A combination of Gatuline Expression™ and Argireline work together to relax the appearance of facial tension and expression lines, as well as boost the skin’s natural collagen production. Line Filler produces immediate results, but will also help eliminate the appearance of expression lines with continued use. The product is designed to be used under or over makeup and can also be used to touch up throughout the day.
Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone ($19.50)
Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone is a partial primer designed for use in the T-Zone. This lightweight, oil-free, soy-based emulsion instantly helps minimize visible pores while helping to control excess surface oil and shine. M·A·C employs High Tech Optics, an advanced technology powder and light diffusers to fill in lines. The result: an invisible, natural-looking, long-lasting matte finish that also helps keep pores clean, clear and unclogged. It mattifies and hides imperfections using advanced powders and microspheres while a Mannose-Phosphate blend gently exfoliates away dead cells giving the skin a more youthful look and silica particles absorb oil. In addition to immediately minimizing pore appearance and shine, 24% experience an increased luminosity and clarity of the skin. Additionally, clinical tests show that over time, the Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone reduces the appearance of clogged pores and shrinks the appearance of pores to nearly two-thirds of its original size.
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($21.00)
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder is not your usual translucent powder. With a virtually invisible feather-light, silky colorless application, the powder both reduces shine and maintains radiance due to a finely milled formula of corn starch, silica and micronized mica. Though it was designed to set and stabilize makeup, it can also be worn alone over moisturizer for a natural and radiant complexion. It was also a huge hit backstage during fashion week and was used at nearly every major show including Zac Posen, Badgley Mischka, Stella McCartney, Behnaz Sarafpour, Alberta Ferretti and Giles.
129SH All-purpose for blush or face powder. This brush is particularly good for blush application. The fibers are soft and form a full, rounded shape.
Thank you to Temptalia for this info! Is anyone excited about this collection? There are a few new Limited Edition items to look forward to! Let me know what everyone is thinking!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Beauty Anonymous looks forward to Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup line.
Meilily brings you a new Product Pick: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love with exclusive Product Photos!
A Little More Beautiful is Giving Away BOTH amazing books by Nina Garcia, The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own! You can enter until March 30th! Also, check out the tips for getting Great Skin this Spring starting with discovering you're own personal skin type!
Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is hosting a St. Patrick's Day "Green" Giveaway. Enter now to win three fabulous "Green" Jurlique products.
The Informed Makeup Maven is top to toe coconut with Bumble and Bumble, Philosophy, The Bodyshop, Reniu and contemplates mass market prestige beauty. Post your fave drugstore fave foundation to win a Rimmel Recover foundation and Suki UV blot papers, Makeup Maven summer staples.
Fashion week each season lasts only 7 days, but the AdviceSisters® exclusive 2009 Fashion Week features, photos & video lasts forever! View more than 20 special Features from your own, "front row" seat-- plus backstage coverage of hair, nails, makeup and (how-to) for everyone from Carolina Hererra to Christian Siriano!.
More than a Pretty Face presents a very special introductory offer for its readers: 40% off Daniel Chinchilla Cosmetics, which launched this month. Daniel Chinchilla Cosmetics features 3 types of foundation in 16 different shades, cover-up trios in 5 different shades, and bronzers in two different shades. There's something for every skin tone and type!
Beauty Junkies Unite gives in to the eyelash growth serum craze and tries NeuLash Active Eyelash Technology. Come check out the before & after pics and decide if the price is worth it for yourself! How much is too much to spend on lashes?
Win a free Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara from Makeup Files' first ever makeup giveaway!
Hot Beauty Health shares some great tips and recipes on eating your way to beautiful skin. Watch it now!
The Makeup Divasreviews the new Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal and is giving away two boxes to two lucky winners. Contest is ending on Saturday so hurry on over and enter today!
Blaq Vixen Beauty reviews the Bee Royal Liquid Lustre Metallic Lip Gloss in Bare! It's perfect for Spring 2009!
Fabulous Over Forty shares the latest in new foundations. Will one work for you?
The Beauty Couch says goodbye to straight hair with the help of Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Enhancing Spray.
Backstage Hair & Makeup at Rose a La Mode Fall 2009-by Talking Makeup!
Headed out for Spring Break? You won't want miss to out on Beauty411's suggestions for Spring Break Beauty on a Budget!
This week Jenn from Beauty in Real Life reviewed Tarte's new Perfect Whirled Cheek Stain here and Christine is on the hunt for a new mascara find out what she thought about DuWop, Stila and Smashbox here .
MissWhoever You Are gives you the first look at the new Coco Chanel movie, Coco Avant Chanel.
Boutique Flair is helping to keep the world beautiful by giving away two flip and tumble 24-7 bags. Good luck!
Glossypink has found a new favorite lipstick! Click here to see what it is!
eye4style is digging new Lavanila Vanilla Lavendar...have you sniffed any fragrances in the line?
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is craving a spa product that will give her skin a boost-- find out what it is!
I Heart Heels has an exclusive interview with Kim Kardashian. Check it out!
Beauty Beast reviews the new Buxom Babes Flower Girls lip gloss collection from Bare Escentuals and shows swatches of the shades.
This week, Spoiled Pretty is celebrating the arrival of spring with a fresh giveaway. Enter to win a 3.4 oz bottle of DKNY' s new Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau de Parfum, plus the shower gel!
The Jet Set Girls redesigned their website. Win a Spanx bra by posting on our brand new message boards!
Felicia from ThisThatBeauty was like a kid in a candy store at The LA Makeup Show Check out ThisThatBeauty's inside scoop from the Beauty Blogger's Sneak Peek.
makeup loves me lets you in on the newest development in spas.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Who doesn't want perfect skin, say, like....Halle Berry!? The problem is, a lot of women struggle in determining what type of skin they have. It's an important thing to know because it's the first step in deciding upon a proper skincare regimen. Also, what type of foundation you use depends on your personal skin type. Here are some tips to figuring it out for yourself!!
Oily Skin: If you have oily skin, you probably notice alot of shine as well as larger pores. Oily skin is often prone to breakouts.
Normal Skin: Skin that is mostly even in tone, with few blemishes and requiring only light moisture.
Dry Skin: Skin that is blotchy and/or flaky. Skin feels tight after washing and tends to absorb moisture quickly.
Combination Skin: Probably the most common skin type! If you have combination skin you probably have an oily t-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) with normal to dry cheeks/jawline, etc.
Sensitive Skin: Easily irritated skin. Can be very hard to find skin care products. Skin tone is often blotchy or uneven. Skin can also be dry and require alot of moisture.
So, which skin type are you? Now that you know, the next step is to find the perfect skincare routine! Stay tuned for skincare regimen tips for each skin type in A Little More Beautiful's Great Skin for Spring series!
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Who isn't always on the go these days? It seems everyone is always going somewhere! Well, being fashionable, neat, and beautiful can be a bit challenging in this fast paced world. Lucky for us, Go Girl offers some really amazing products to help us remain beautiful and fashionable even in the busiest times! (They also have some great products to add in an On-The-Go Emergency Fashion/Beauty kit that I posted about previously: Emergency Fashion Kit! ) Go Girl products make life just a little bit easier on the very busy woman of today!
The Lint-On-the-Go Sheets are a must have! (Pictured above- $12 for a pack of 20!) Especially for those of us with pets! The Oil Blotting sheets are great and the packaging is awfully cute on all the products too! There are alot of really useful products that would come in really handy when traveling or for emergency touch ups/ quick fashion fixes! Head on over and check them out here!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
St. Patrick's day is coming up on March 17th! Why not celebrate with a fun look? Holidays are a great time to get playful with your makeup! Here is a St. Patty's day look on a lovely 15 year old model ( my sister, hehe)! Let me know if you're going to try something fun with your makeup for St. Patrick's day! Hope you enjoy this look!
1. Coastal Scents Ultra Shimmer Palette (click for larger picture to see labeled colors)
2. MAC Softsparkles eye pencil in Black Funk on upper lash line
3. MAC Softsparkles eye pencil in Peacocked on outer lower lash line
4. Lancome Defincils mascara on upper lashes
1. Scotch tape (For the prescise angle of shadow)
2. MAC #217
3. MAC #227
4. MAC #239
Friday, March 13, 2009
Total Beauty Bloggers bring you great reads!
Beauty Anonymous brings you Anna Sui Summer 2009 Makeup Collection.
Is your smile in need of a pick-me-up? Head over to Bare Budget Beauty for your chance to win one of two new sets of Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal and say hello to whiter teeth in 14 days!
Alison of the Advice Sistersreviews Chanel's Spring collection that features a lovely, "boho" vibe --channel your inner "Gypsy Queen!"
Beauty Secrets Revealed tells you whether Acai Berry Really Helps You Lose Weight.
Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is giving away a H2PRO ceramic flat iron valued at $195. Enter now!
Steal The Informed Makeup Maven's looks and checkout this week's reviews. . Steal her look now!
Fabulous Over Forty has a new Beauty on a Budget find that is a great look and value.
The Makeup Divas is giving away some fabulous Chella anti-aging skin care products valued at $175.00! So hurry on over and enter today!
Viva Woman shows you how to customize yor own lipstick color the cheap and easy way!
Beauty Junkies Unite is giving away a stimulus package fit for any Beauty Junkie! Enter to win over 50 beauty products valued at over $1000 in the Beauty Stimulus Package Giveaway!
Anti Hair Slave shows you how to work hair treatments into your daily schedule without taking making you a "slave" to your hair.
Amber at Beauty Blogging Junkie lists all you need for a fakecation.
I Heart Heels has a super-hot handbag giveaway as seen on Miley Cyrus at the Oscars - click here to enter!
Frappelattes gives us a mini how-to guide on how to apply false eyelashes, perfect if you're a beginner to this look.
eye4style is giving away DERMAdoctor's new Poetry in Lotion. Enter here to win!
You don't wanna miss out on Indian Girl's The Body Shop Giveaway !
A Little More Beautiful is giving away BOTH amazing books by Nina Garcia, The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own!
Check Out Lipgloss Break's review of SPINLASH and Enter to win Your Own!
Beauty411 reviews The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid from LaMer.
ThisThatBeauty shows off NEW!!! Prescriptives U-PICK Refillable Compacts...Check out ThisThatBeauty's chosen compact combo and Felicia's FACE OF THE DAY
Glossypink tells you how to get the look of a Victoria's Secret Angel, AND it's the final week to enter the Elizabeth Arden Pretty Fragrance Set giveaway!
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having a giveaway with Shecky's Girls Night Out. Click here to enter to win 2 tickets and 2 goodie bags to a GNO event near you!!!
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings shares how to give yourself a great manicure at home!
Face Candy is introduced to Jouer Cosmetics.
Sephora goes eco-chic with the Pure line and the new Wanderlust Palette. Beauty Beast has the scoop.
Everyone has been talking about Maybelline New York's new mascara, Stiletto Lash. Does it live up to the hype? Daily Dose of Coffee takes it for a test.
Watch Laura Mercier Backstage at Pamella Roland New York Fashion Week Fall 2009-by Talking Makeup!
This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Barry Fletcher for a hair product giveaway. You're gonna love these products...so enter today!