Saturday, October 31, 2009

Do You Have Hair and Skin Issues? Check Out These Tips to Help Solve Them!

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12 Major Hair and Skin Issues -- Solved!

Get help for everything from cystic acne, hair breakage, psoriasis and more


Sure, we all get the occasional breakout or dry patch of skin, but if you're suffering from a more serious hair or skin issue then you need serious help. That's why we asked Dr. Heidi Waldorf, director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Arielle N. B. Kauvar, M.D., director of New York Laser & Skin Care, Jerry Teuschler, Principal Scientist for Proctor and Gamble Beauty and Grooming Science, and Head & Shoulders hairstylist Ryan Trygstad to weigh in. They gave advice for the big issues facing TotalBeauty.com readers, so read on for relief from your hair and skin woes.

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Too Faced Glamour to Go II Palette Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Natalie, the winner of the Too Faced Giveaway! I hope you enjoy your gift!

Stay tuned for more exciting contests and giveaways, as wells as more looks, tips, tricks, beauty and fashion articles! Have a wonderful weekend everyone and a very HAPPY and SAFE HALLOWEEN!

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10 Worst Drugstore Shampoos

These duds, from Pantene, Suave, Tresemme and more, left our readers high and dry (or greasy, ew!)


Sure, all the shampoos on this list are cheap, but even if something doesn't cost much, it should still work, right? We know there are awesome drugstore shampoos out there, so really the ones on this list have no excuse. Save your money (even if you do have a coupon) and skip these dud drugstore shampoos.

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No. 10: Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo, $8.33

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.8


"I don't think this shampoo and conditioner did anything out of the ordinary for my hair ..."

No. 9: Suave Professionals Radiant Brunette Shampoo, $3.48

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.8


"I had colored my hair [and] it went a little too dark. I went to a salon-- this is what they used to strip my hair of the color ..."

No. 8: Sunsilk Anti-Caida (Anti-Fall) Shampoo, $4.59

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.6


"This stuff dried my hair out and made my color run ..."

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Get Celebrity Hair Color at Home!

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Steal Celebrities' Hair Color -- With At-Home Products!

You don't need to go to a pricey salon to get A-list color, we'll show you an easier (and cheaper!) way


Most celebrities have enviable hair color -- not surprising since they can afford to visit the swankiest salons. But we know a little secret: you don't need to go to a fancy salon to get gorgeous color. In fact, you can give yourself a beautiful dye job at home! All you need is the right product, which we'll help you find. Check out these celebrity inspirations and see which type of at-home hair color will give you the same effect.

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MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection

Launch Date:
07 Jan 10 (US/Canada)
Feb 10 (International)


Lipsticks: $14.00

Myself- Creamy pale yellow beige
Equality- Light mid tone mauve with pearlized pigments
Empowered- Creamy mid tone neutral brown
5N- Sheer plum brown


Lipglass: $14.00

Glamour for all- Sheer pale baby pink with pearlized pigments
Spirit & Soul- Frosted dark cool brown
Liqueur- Frosted mid tone pink brown
Naked Frost- Sheer taupe with silver pearlized pigments


Eye Shadows: $14.50

All Races- Cool light mauve taupe
Cross-Cultural- Dark yellow brown
Banshee- Warm taupe with frost and sparkle
Showstopper- Deep blackened brown


Pigment: $19.50

Universal Mix- Sparkly white gold
Rich Life- Dark cool brown with silver pearlized pigments


Impeccable Brow Pencil: $15.00

Blonde- Pale yellow brown
Dirty Blonde- Cool light brown
Taupe- Mid-tone taupe
Black- Blackened dark neutral brown


Penultimate Brow Marker: $16.50

Universal- Sheer neutral brown


Brow Set: $14.50

Mink
Clear


Brows: $15.00

Lingering- Soft taupe brown
Spiked- Rich brunette


Beauty Powder Blush:

Personal Style- Light mauve taupe
All's Good- Cool deep rose


Blot Powder/Pressed: $21.00

Light
Medium
Medium dark
Deep dark


More info and pictures coming soon! Thank you to Specktra for this collection info!
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Makeover Your Hair Routine

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Does Your Hair Care Routine Need a Makeover?

See what steps you should change to get perfectly soft and shiny hair


Lather, rinse, repeat. Seems pretty simple, right? Not so much. Taking care of your hair (especially when it's color-treated) can be tricky, and so many things out there (heat styling, the sun, hair dye) can keep you from your best locks. This quiz will show you what you may be doing wrong -- and how to make it right, so you can have the hair you've always wanted.

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Elizabeth Arden: PREVAGE Day Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 30



Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Anti-Aging treatments are well known for their skin moisturizing, smoothing and brightening results. Well, now there's a daytime version with powerful SPF Protection. It contains broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens that protect our skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Prevage Day also contains other powerful and beneficial ingredients such as Shea Butter and an Advanced Moisture complex to soothe and moisturize the skin and keep that moisture locked in. Another ingredient is an antioxidant Idebenone Complex that works with the antioxidant Thiotaine to protect the skin from various environmental damages while reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles and spots and increasing skin firmness.

This treatment lotion glides on really smoothly and is a non-greasy formula that left my skin feeling soft. I also noticed my skin looked more radiant and more even toned after about two weeks of use. It's a simple and very beneficial step to ad to my morning skincare routine!

Price: $125
Available at: Elizabeth Arden


This post contains a sample product sent for consideration for reviewing. This is my honest opinion.
Friday, October 23, 2009

The Best Drugstore Acne Fighting Products

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Top 10 Drugstore Acne-Fighting Products

See winning scrubs, treatments and moisturizers from brands like Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and more!


These are the tried and true acne products our readers turn to when they need to zap blemishes in a hurry. Best of all? They can all be found at the drugstore for under 20 bucks!

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No. 10: Clean & Clear Maximum Strength Persa-Gel 10, $4.86

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.6


Readers say this is the "only on-the-spot treatment" that makes acne "completely disappear within a matter of hours (sometimes minutes) ..."

No. 9: Clean & Clear Advantage Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer, $6.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2


"Since I've started using this I haven't had to use any spot treatments for any blemishes, this stuff clears it up before they start!"

No. 8: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3


"It works wonders on my combination skin, leaves it feeling soft and silky afterwards and never dries my skin out ..."

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YSL: Parisienne Fragrance



Here's a little fact for you....I love Paris. I love anything having to do with Paris. I want to go to Paris....maybe live there. Paris inspires many things in my life, including my bedroom decor. Well, I recently was sent the new YSL fragrance Parisienne to try out and review for everyone.

Maybe you've seen the ad in magazines? The gorgeous one with Kate Moss in leather, corset bodice dress in front of the Eiffel Tower and the stunning purple-pink sky. Well, if you haven't, take a look:


Isn't it Beautiful? Sexy? Feminine? Elegant? Well, those are words I would use to describe the fragrance as well. The scent is a beautiful floral with a hint of sweetness. It has notes of cranberry, blackberry, otto rose, peony, violet, patchouli, musk and vanilla. Some of those notes might scare some people but it is really a beautiful blend which is most definitely noticeable without being overkill, if you know what I mean. It's the type of fragrance you can wear for a variety of occasions.

I really loved this fragrance and have been wearing it almost everyday and have yet to tire of it. This fragrance feels like a luxury to wear....it feels and smells very "rich". Parisienne has pretty good staying power...I still got compliments at 5PM when I spritzed myself at 8:30 AM that morning. If you love floral fragrances, you'll most likely like this.

The bottle is really pretty...it reminds me of an oval cut diamond. It's clear and the fragrance itself is a pinkish-lavender color with a gold cap. Definitely a bottle worth displaying on your vanity or makeup station.

I always expect to pay more for my fragrances since cheap perfume is not exactly something women want to use but the prices for Parisienne are pretty reasonable in my opinion.

Prices:

1.0 oz- $39.00
1.7 oz- $65.00

Available at: YSL Beauty


This post contains a sample product sent for consideration for reviewing. This is my honest opinion.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Updos for Your Face Shape

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Best and Worst Celebrity Updos for Your Face Shape

Peruse these photos to ensure you arrive at your next special occasion with an updo -- not an up don't


Finding just the right updo hairstyle for your face shape can take your special occasion look to new heights. Choosing the wrong updo can drag an otherwise great look down in the dumps.

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Skin MD Natural: Shielding Lotion



This lotion is not your typical moisturizing lotion. This is called a "shielding lotion", the concept of this is protection as well as moisture restoration. Our skin comes in contact with countless harmful pollutants, chemicals and irritants that can strip our skin of moisture and advance the signs of aging. Well, the shielding lotion by Skin MD Natural is supposed to create a protective barrier between your delicate skin and those damaging environmental factors.

Skin MD Natural feels so light that you wouldn't think it would be so moisturizing. It sank into my skin and left it so soft and smooth. I actually didn't even need to reapply all day and I almost always reapply lotion 2 or 3 times a day. It feels absolutely amazing on the skin and really was a great moisturizer for my face. You only need a small amount because this lotion goes a long way. The Shielding Lotion contains some great natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Vitamin E so it's very soothing and healing. The best part of this lotion is it's not only great for your hands and body but your face as well. An all-in-one product! I can honestly say I haven't found a lotion that is great for both your body and face.

Dermatologists are now recommending shielding lotion to protect our skin. Alot of people suffering from eczema who used Skin MD Natural noticed a significant difference in their skin-with less itchiness and redness and improved moisture. My sister has some issues with eczema and after about a week of use she noticed a big difference in her skin. This lotion would be fantastic for anyone with really dry skin but it's also not at all greasy and it would be a great option for even someone with oily or normal skin.

Price: $18
Available at: Skin MD Natural


This post contains a sample product sent for consideration for reviewing. This is my honest opinion.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Best Blondes in Hollywood!

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Celebrity Hair Color Hall of Fame: Best Blondes

From Gwyneth Paltrow to Gwen Stefani, let these fair-haired bombshells inspire you to go blonde


From platinum to gold, choose your desired hue among these 10 flaxen-haired starlets with helpful advice from Joel Warren, L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Color Ambassador, then get coloring -- it won't cost you more than 20 dollars!

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MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection



Launch Date: November 25th, 2009 ( Available in Freestanding and Pro Stores Only)

Decadent, luxurious… Liaisons get even more Dangerous! The vintage look of the Baroque Boudoir has inspired our special, limited edition cache of high-style collectibles for lips and face, in silverized and silk-screened packaging containing favourite bring-back luxe formulas. First, Lipstick and Lip Gloss, each in three new shades of lustrous seduction, followed with Sheer Mystery Powder in Light Medium and Medium Plus, the last word in silky finish, divinely dressed in a ravishing round compact, etched like the fine filigree of a French baroque settee. Of course, our new Boudoir Clutch will be instantly treasured. Sate your taste for something modern, yet ornate.


Baroque Boudoir Lipstick ($22.00)

Prive- Creamy light blue pink
Treasured- Creamy warm nude beige
Baroque- Boudoir Creamy dark plum


Baroque Boudoir Lip gloss ($22.00)

Preciousness- Sheer metallic pink with white pearl
The Lap of Luxury- Sheer baby pink with white and pink pearl
D’Nouveau- Sheer dusty rose with light pink pearl


Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00)

Light Medium- Pale ivory
Medium Plus- Tan beige


Boudoir Clutch ($65.00)
Unexpected and chic clutch with a crinkle brushed nylon fabric in black.


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Thank you to Specktra and Temptalia for the information and photos!
Monday, October 19, 2009

Camouflage Under Eye Circles and Puffiness

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Ditch Dark Circles and Puffiness for Good

Use these expert tips to treat and camouflage your annoying eye issues the right way


When eye cream or concealer alone won't do the trick, you may need to look into other options when it comes to treating and masking dark circles and puffiness. Whether they're a result of genetics or lack of sleep, too much sun or alcohol, these tricks -- courtesy of dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf and New York City-based makeup artist Tina Turnbow -- will help you zap them for good, and disguise them like a pro until they're gone.

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NYX Contest Winner!

Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing fantastic! I'm so happy to announce to winner of the NYX Contest winner! Congratulations to Cindy!! If you haven't already, don't forget to enter the To Faced Glamour to Go II Palette giveaway!!

Also, if you want another chance to win NYX products, be sure to enter my mommy's contest! She's giving away 6 NYX products as well: ENTER HERE. She works really hard on her blog and is a newbie to the Beauty blogging world so it'd be great to show her some love!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009

Take This Quiz to Find Your Perfect Skin Care Regimen!

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Your Ultra Correct Skin Prescription

Pinpoint your perfect luxury skin care regimen with this quiz


Ask any skin expert -- the best skin in the world, aside from being genetically blessed, is handled with utmost care. But you don't have to be born lucky or spend every week at the spa to get top-notch results. Just take this quiz to get a luxury skin care prescription that's tailored specifically to your main concerns. Then treat yourself with the attention your skin deserves.

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Lush Holiday Collections: Review and Thoughts

Hi everyone! I recently went shopping and popped into my Lush shop to check out the new Holiday collections. I ended up getting quite a bit of stuff and I was going to do a haul post but I got a bit over excited and used some of the items before I set everything out to get a photo of it, hehehe. My shop didn't have everything I wanted so I ended up ordering some things from the website and they're currently on the way. I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on what I've tried and a bit about the things I have yet to try. Anyway, let's get to it!


Halloween Collection:


Cobweb Bath Bomb
This is one I used right away because I was very curious about it and really enjoyed the scent. It smelled lavender, chamomile and blackcurrant. It was very pretty and soothing. I was a bit scared there would be plastic spiders in it or something! Ugh! Luckily, there wasn't. It did make the bath water a really unappealing dirty gray color though. I was concerned it'd leave a gross ring around the tub but It wasn't an issue for me personally. I really loved the scent of this bomb and it made my skin feel soft and left it smelling great.



Ghost Shower Gel
I was really surprised when an employee at my LUSH store said she didn't really like this shower gel. I'm literally obsessed with this stuff. I have no idea what makes it so addictive but I am totally addicted to it. I've heard several people say they weren't crazy about it or they didn't love it but this is by far my favorite thing I've tried from my recent shopping trip. The smell is light, floral and gorgeous! It lathers really well and leaves my skin super soft. I also used it on my hair and it makes my hair soft and shiny as well. The one downfall? The scent doesn't stick around as long as I'd like it to. I wish they made a bunch of products in this scent. I bought two bottles but I'm not sure that will last me an entire year....I guess we'll see!


Christmas Collection:



Snowcake Soap
This is a pretty plain looking soap, nothing too fancy about it but it smells amazing- like almond icing. This scent definitely lingers after the shower or bath. If you have a nut allergy though, I'd stray away from this soap. The great employee who helped me out and cut the soap for me explained he actually couldn't touch it without gloves because of his nut allergy. Luckily, I don't have one because I love this soap. Its simple and sweet!



Father Frost Soap
I didn't have any intention of getting this when I browsed the collection online. The picture on the website does not do this soap justice. It is visually beautiful! It is a deep blue color with a gorgeous shimmery white on top. It looks like a snow covered mountain. I seriously would've bought the entire block if I had the money, it looked like a piece of art. Anyway, the scent reminds me of apple cider....it's a bit spicy-in a good way, at least to my nose. It's a great soap for Fall and Winter.



Holiday Bubble Bar
This bubble bar is really pretty. It reminds me of the famous ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz...but in bubble bar form! It smells like Roses and Carnations and it sparkles...definitely good to get you in the spirit of Christmas!



Mr. Butterball Bath Bomb
I haven't used this little guy yet but I'm looking forward to! Such a cute idea. This snowman shaped bath bomb smells like Vanilla and has cocoa butter in it so it should leave your skin smelling great as well as feeling super soft-two very good things!




Cinders Bath Bomb
This bath bomb is a bit smaller than the usual sized bombs. I love the spicy/sweet scent of cinnamon and oranges. It's been so cold here that I'll probably use this one really soon since it sounds just perfect for the current weather. It's also supposed to crackle in the bath water to remind you of a fire place. Very cool.



Lil' Lush Pud Bath Bomb
Looks wise, this one might be my favorite bath bomb from the holiday collection. Sooo adorable. I haven't used this one yet either. It's a smaller size to make it a bit more affordable. Apparently, the essential oils they put into this little baby are quite costly. This one smells wonderful...hard to describe but the website says it's fragrance is rose, fresh lemon, and cloves.


That's about it...I did get a few more things but I'll probably post about them a bit later, considering I don't want to make this post super long. Anyway, if you've gone shopping and picked up any of the Lush Holiday collection, I'd love to know what you got, what you like, or what you've tried! Or just tell me if there's anything you'd like to try! I always love hearing your opinions! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Get Gorgeous....FAST!

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Top 11 Ways to Get Gorgeous in Minutes

Use these hairstyle and makeup tricks to shave precious time off your morning beauty routine


Who has an hour every morning to spend primping? Not us! Between jobs, kids, pets, workout routines, Facebook updates and significant others, there's never enough time to fit everything in. Here, we share expert tips for saving time on your hair and makeup routine -- now you won't have to sacrifice looking great for that daunting to-do list.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Celebrities: Dressing for Two

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Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Bump Looks

Having a baby bump presents beauty opportunities and challenges even for A-list stars


It's a celebrity baby boom these days, and while pregnant women can look gorgeous (it's that glow), it can also be difficult to know what looks best when you're styling for two. Check out the best and worst star baby bump looks for help.

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A Shu Uemura Halloween!

Lorelei by Jason Hoffman
"This look is inspired by the German folklore character Lorelei. She would sit on the crest of the mountains and lure navigators of the Rhine river to their demise by her beautiful singing. Some considered her to be an eternal beauty and other thought she was pure evil. I wanted to create a look that captured both sides."

PRODUCTS USED:

Face
UV Under Base SPF 10- $32.00
Nobara Cream Cover Stick- $42.00
Face Powder Matte Colorless- $39.00
Glow On Blush in P Gold 94- $21.00
Pressed Eye Shadow in P Yellow- $20.00

Eyes
Fleur-Ever Lashes- $79.00
Liquid Eyeliner Empty Pen- $18.00
Liquid Eyeliner Cartridge Black- $15.00

Lips
Rouge Unlimited- $23.00
Gloss Unlimited- $22.00

Find all the products used on this look: HERE

Other Halloween looks:


See all the products used to get these looks just check out SHU UEMURA


Also, don't miss out on this fantastic Halloween deal! If you spend $75 or more online, you can receive a complimentary pair of false eyelashes (worth $25!!) if you enter this special promo code a checkout:
HALLOWEEN

Not a bad way to celebrate Halloween, huh?

Do You Have Cutting Edge Style? Take This Quiz to Find Out!!

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Quiz: How Attention-Grabbing Is Your Style?

See if your look is cutting edge enough or if it could use a little inspiration


Do you get appreciative stares as you walk down the street, or do people merely look right through you? Your style is what people notice first, so it should be eye-catching and express your personality. Take this quiz to find out if your style is cutting edge enough -- then get customized tips and product recommendations to help you play up your edgy side even more.

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