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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Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Shopping: The Top 20 Earth Friendly Beauty Gifts

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Top 20 Earth-Friendly Beauty Gifts

The hottest skin care, makeup and hair care on every green chick's holiday wish list


Why not try something a little different this season and look for eco-friendly gifts? Any of the products in this round-up will fit the bill -- they're all eco-friendly and tested and approved by (notoriously picky) TotalBeauty.com readers.

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Perfect Party Dresses for Your Figure: Pear Shapes

This body type is quite common in women. If you tend to gain weight in your lower half-hips and thighs, you're most likely a pear shape. I have a lot of friends who have this body shape and get so frustrated with dressing it. I know it can be tricky but all this means is you have wider hips and/or thighs and a smaller upper body.

Here are some tips for finding a perfect dress for your pear shape:

-Dresses that have an empire waist look fantastic on your figure because they are fitted at the smallest part of your body and then flow out over your hips.

-A-line cuts are great with a gorgeous, flowy skirt than doesn't cling to your hips or thighs.

-Show off your upper body with something strapless, a halter top style or v-neck!

Some great style ideas:



Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon Halter Dress
Price: $178
Available at: Nordstrom



Laundry by Shelli Segal Silk Charmeuse Gown
Price: $275
Available at: Nordstrom



Phoebe Couture by Kay Unger: Beaded Silk Organza Dress
Price: $390
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue



Forever 21 Floral Hem Sheen Dress
Price: $27.80
Available at: Forever 21



Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder Jersey Dress
Price: $168
Available at: Nordstrom
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Win a $10,000 Sephora Shopping Spree!!

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Enter for your chance to win a $10,000 Sephora Shopping Spree!

How much stuff could you buy with a $10,000 Sephora Shopping Spree?


Where do we start?! How about 416 DiorShow Mascaras. Or 41 ghd flat irons. Or 51 Clarisonic Skin Care Brushes. The better question is what couldn't you buy? Answer: Nothing! Enter for your chance to win by writing product reviews on TotalBeauty.com or signing up for TotalBeauty.com's newsletters, it's so easy! Find out more here.

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Dolce & Gabbana: The One



This intense oriental floral fragrance is not for the faint of heart. This is a strong perfume but not headache inducing strong (unless you have a particularly sensitive nose), just warm and intense. It's sexy, sophisticated and mysterious as well as completely feminine.

I would personally classify this as an evening fragrance, one I would not wear in the day time. The One is a great "date night" fragrance that you use for special occasions. this particular fragrance does strike me more as a mature fragrance, one that you most likely would not find a lot of teenage girls or girls in their earl twenties wearing.

The One is a lovely blend of Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, Peach, Madonna Lily, Muguet, Plum, Jasmine, Vetiver, Vanilla, Amber and Musk.

Description: The One is a warm, oriental floral, with modern sensuality - a fragrance with a strong personality, and a contrasting golden sweetness. Created for the ultimate diva, The One is at once tempting, modern, and glamorous, embracing a touch of classicism. The top notes radiate a vibrant luminosity, with a sun-touched citrus, while warm fruity notes of luscious lychee and succulent peach add to the delight. The passionate heart evokes an exploding femininity, with an opulent floral soul, creating a distinct, audacious signature. An unexpected hint of plum glows as the base finally blooms with luscious allure into the lasting warmth of vanilla and sweetened ambery-musk notes.

Price:$50-$90

Available at: Sephora
Saturday, November 14, 2009

Check Out This Celebrity Hair Trend!

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Hot Celebrity Hairstyle Trend: Twists

From tight knots to loose coils, these hairstyles put a new twist on practical elegance


"The Twist" is more than just a popular 60s dance. It's also a look practically anyone can wear. So check out this celebrity hairstyle that's fun to sport and so easy to copy.

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It's That Time of Year Again! Holiday Shopping Guide Part I

Let me just start of by reminding you to take a deep breath and relax:-) I know the Holiday's can be a particularly stressful time of year, especially with all the shopping we have to do. It doesn't make it easier to have to go and squeeze through crowded malls either. But try to remember the spirit and joy of the Holidays... good will and peace on Earth! Christmas shopping can be a lot of fun if you take your time and remind yourself to relax...maybe stop and have a coffee while your out and if you just can't seem to bring yourself to brave the crowds, well you can always start shopping online! Around this time of year, there are usually deals on quick shipping to get everything to you in time. So there is another way, hehe!

But I'm going to be giving you some gift ideas for the women or beauty/fashion lovers in your life. This is just one part of my Holiday shopping guide! Maybe these will help you create your own Christmas List too!

Oh, and don't forget to enter the Giveaway! Check it out: Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pout Lip Gloss set...a perfect gift for you or a makeup lover in your life!

Gift Ideas:


SMASHBOX Eye Wish Palette
A gorgeous palette, perfect for playing with color and creating dramatic eye looks and it comes with a mini lid primer! This palette has 12 shadows and 4 cream liners!
Price: $44
Available at: Sephora



Philosophy The Winter Escape
This cute little gift set has 3 yummy products in it: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, Melting Marshmallow Cream Lip Shine and Melting Marshmallow Cream Body Soufflé. Perfect for a loved one with a sweet tooth! Plus, how cute is the packaging?
Price: $25
Available at: Sephora



Lush Merry Christmas Gift
I'm obsessed with Lush....so I know I personally would love this gift! This has 8 fantastic products in it: So White 3.1 oz, Sugar Scrub 3.5 oz, Vanilla Delite 3.3 fl. Oz., Let Them Eat Cake .35 oz., Holiday 3.5 oz., Ceridwen's Cauldron 2.8 oz., Jingle Spells 6.3 oz, Snowcake 3.5 oz. Plus it's already beautifully wrapped and ready to go!
Price: $59.95
Available at: Lush
Also: Order any gift over $40 and receive a gift for $20 or under for FREE!! Just enter code: FREE20GIFT09 This offer ends on Nov. 15th!



Ippolita Wavy Disc Earrings
These are so simple but gorgeous, elegant and modern. These earring are 18K gold and are so versatile! Lovely!
Price: $295
Available at: Ippolita



CHA CHA STELLA MINI- LEATHER SHOPPER
Now any girl would love to get a bag for Christmas! This bag is not only beautiful, it can be used as a shopper or a clutch! Just remove the shoulder strap and fold the bag in half to use it as a clutch! CHA CHA Handbags has a fantastic line of very gift worthy bags-something to suit every girl in your life!
Price: $125
Available at: Cha Cha Handbags


Stay tuned for Part II for more great gift ideas!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Check Out These 15 "Miracle-Worker" Products!

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15 Body-Transforming Products

Check out this list of miracle-working products that lead to beauty success stories!


Let's face it -- not all of us want to spend a bundle on costly spa treatments to fix our body issues. Luckily, these unique products promise incredible, seemingly impossible results for everything from body acne to cellulite. And TotalBeauty.com readers say they live up to their claims!

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No. 15: Clinique Acne Solutions Body Treatment Spray, $19.50

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.4


"This is the best way to rid the body from acne …"

No. 14: Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub, $35

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.4


"If you use this scrub on your tummy and on your lower ab area (you know the kangaroo pouch!!) you will see and feel a difference …"

No. 13: Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil, $11.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.1


It "lightened the freckles" on faces, "helped with scarring" after surgery, faded "ingrown hair and bug bite scars" on legs and got rid of acne scars and stretch marks …

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Lady Gaga's Style: Love it or Hate it?

Lady Gaga has gained a large number of fans not only for her musical ability but also for her outrageous style. I'm curious....what do you guys think of her style? Are you a fan of her over-the-top fashions or does it make you cringe? Are there any of her fashion statements that you liked? Do you like her makeup? Tell me what you think in the comments section! As for me-I'll say one thing! She's got guts!!!

Some of Lady Gaga's Most Outrageous Looks:






Monday, November 9, 2009

Gifts that Fit into Your Budget!

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Best Holiday Gifts for Your Budget

Whether you have $20 to spend or $100, we've got beautiful gift ideas for everyone on your list this year


Mom, check. Husband, check. Sister, check. With these 20 gift ideas, you'll have everyone crossed off your list by early December. Pretty nice, huh? Check out this guide of our 20 favorite gifts to give this season, no matter how fat -- or thin -- your wallet might be.

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Perfect Party Dresses for Your Figure: Full Bust

Shopping (which a lot of us will be doing this time of year!) can be a little bit difficult when you need to find the perfect party dress but are looking to balance out our shape. Most women have a something about their body they aren't crazy about, but the trick is not to cover up what you might consider a "flaw". You just have to know how to flatter what you've got. Here are some style suggestions for women who are a little fuller up top;-)

Some tips on flattering your figure:

-When you have a fuller bust, you have to be sure the garment you choose is well constructed and supportive. Ideally, the dress you'll choose will have fuller straps to provide lift and support your bust.

-Bustier girls should also pick a dress that's going to show off and define your waist.

-A little volume at the hip will balance out your bust and give you a more hour-glass shape.

Some great style options:


Max & Cleo Ruched Jersey Taffeta Party Dress
Price: $168
Available at: Nordstrom



ABS One-Shoulder Metallic Dress
Price: $185
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue



D&G Stretch Sheath Dress
Price: $475
Available: Saks Fifth Avenue



Moschino Cheap And Chic: Ruched Satin Dress
Price: $695
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue



ABS Satin Panel Dress
Price: $165
Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue


Remember, these are only a few suggestions! The most important "rule" of style is that YOU feel comfortable and beautiful. That's true beauty and true style. Also, a style that looks right on someone else with a similar shape may not be just right for you, so it's best to give yourself plenty of time and try on plenty of styles!
Friday, November 6, 2009

12 Great Foundations Under $15

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The 12 Best Foundations Under $15

Get flawless-looking skin with these beauties from L'Oreal, CoverGirl and more


When it comes to foundation, it really pays to find the perfect product for you. After all, all the eye makeup and lip products in the world won't make you look gorgeous if your skin looks blah. On the bright side, TotalBeauty.com readers have found that you don't have to spend a fortune to get flawless-looking skin. In fact, there are plenty of cheapie products that will give you just that! Read on to see what they are.

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No. 12: Almay Line Smoothing Compact Makeup for Dry Skin, $14.78

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8



"It actually does improve the appearance of lines ..."

No. 11: Maybelline New York Pure Stay Powder Foundation, $7.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8



"First time in my life, someone commented on my 'beautiful skin' ..."

No. 10: CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Liquid Makeup, $10.13

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8



"I recently saw a friend I hadn't seen for a while and she asked if I had something done ..."

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