Thursday, February 25, 2010

15 Body Products that Work
15 Body-Transforming Products That Actually Work

Readers call the products on this list "miracle-workers" -- see what they are

Get amazing results without plastic surgery! Readers claim that these unique products promise (and deliver!) incredible, seemingly impossible results for everything from body acne to cellulite.

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No. 15: Clinique Acne Solutions Body Treatment Spray, $19.50 average reader rating: 7.4

"Prevented future breakouts on my back and shoulders …"

No. 14: Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub, $35 average reader rating: 7.4

"It truly helps tighten the skin, especially around the tummy and thigh areas …"

No. 13: Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil, $11.99 average reader rating: 8.1

"What it will do, wonderfully enough, is soften those red, new stretch marks ..."

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Art supplies Colour Collection

Launch date: 1 April 2010

Just as Art Supplies for Eyes invokes the vision, Art Supplies for Lips speaks to the ultimate in sensuality….Luscious lips drawn from innovative new Lipstain Markers and Pencils to use like a modern multi-media artist would – design and discover!

Incorporating the concept of art tools into the world of M∙A∙C makeup, these pencils and markers create dramatically different lip looks. New Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker has the doodle-fun of a “pen,” but with sophisticated, light and long-wearing results. It’s all about artistic freedom!

Pro longwear lipstain marker
Full of flare- Bright yellow coral
Stylesetter- Hot pink
A classic- Rose red
Purposefully red- Dirty red coral
Modern mocha - Light brown
Point of view- Light neutral
Tomorrow’s coral- Mid-tone blue red
Runway ripened- Berry plum red
Sunset - Coral brown

Clear- clear

The pencil portion of the collection focuses on a Greasepaint Stick in eight fabulous, limited-life shades…the ultimate inky colour pay-off is an homage to the success we had with Style Black and DSquared² last season. Use as a Shadow or Liner: ludicrously long-wearing, transfer- and water-resistant, flexible and 5-star comfortable. New Pearlglide Intense with an exciting new shimmering sparkle effect will also launch in limited-life, featuring six slick, smooth, sextronic shades.

Greasepaint stick
Greengrease- Blackened forest green
Zinc zone- Dark gunmetal
Slick black- True carbon black
Dirty- Blackened taupe with pearl
Brown, now- Blackened burgundy
Below ground- Blackened bronze
Uniformly blue- Blackened navy
Charred mauve- Blackened violet

Pearlglide intense eye liner
Almost noir- Dirty plum
Designer purple- Iridescent violet
Petrol blue- Deep navy
Undercurrent- Blue teal
Industrial- Periwinkle grey
Black line- True black
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Great Products for Sensitive Skin
10 Best Products for Sensitive Skin

See the products that treated our readers' delicate skin best

Say buh bye to breakouts and irritation from beauty products. We've got the scoop on all of the best products for sensitive skin -- everything from cleansers to foundations.

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No. 10: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Mascara, $7.95 average reader rating: 8.4

"The first mascara I have ever used that did not bother my eyes …"

No. 9: Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash, $4.49 average reader rating: 8.6

"When you have super sensitive skin, it is nice to know you can trust …"

No. 8: Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals Blush, $18 average reader rating: 8.9

"Like many people I have hypersensitive skin and this is the ONLY blush …"

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beauty Etiquette- What's Appropriate....and What's Not!
We Solve Your Biggest Beauty Etiquette Dilemmas

What's appropriate (and not!) when it comes to grooming, makeup and more

Never know when to tip the bathroom attendant or tell a friend she's making a huge fashion faux pas? Here you'll find the answers to the etiquette questions that have long confounded you.

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Brush Love Discount!

Head on over to Brush Love to take advantage of this discount. Just enter "luv50" during check out to receive 50% off. This offer does not apply to Mason Pearson products.

New Ways to Use Old beauty Products!
13 New Ways to Use Old Beauty Products

Save money and re-use old products with these "off-label" tricks

Have a ton of old beauty products that you don't use anymore? (Let's face it -- we don't always throw that stuff out, right?) But now, instead of just letting them gather dust, put them to good use with these MacGyver-like tricks.

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Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Skincare

All natural skincare, haircare and cosmetic products are really sought after today. It feels good to know what you're putting on your skin is completely safe. Well, would you be surprised if I told you that Ava Anderson's Non-Toxic is the first line of skin care in which every ingredient in every product scores 0 on the Cosmetics Database toxicity scale?

Ava Anderson is a young teenage girl who was inspired to research and create a completely non-toxic line of skincare and cosmetics after being horrified by a study about hazardous chemicals in the bloodstream of teens commonly found in cosmetics and skin care products. The result? This full Non-toxic skin care regimen.

I had the opportunity to try the cleanser, toner, moisturizer and exfoliator.

The cleanser is interesting to start off with. You don't need to pre-wet your face. You just smooth it on in circular motions (I did this for about a full minute) and then gently wash it off with a warm face cloth. This cleanser is super gentle and also contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants so it's great for your skin. I did notice a marked reduction in redness after using it and absolutely no tightness after washing (I HATE the tight feeling my skin gets after washing my face-Ugh!). The fragrance is really pleasant and almost lemony. I think this would be a great cleanser for sensitive skin, for teenage or mature skin. I think it'd suit just about anyone seeing as it's gentle, non-toxic and effective! Price: $19.95

The Toner comes in a spray bottle. You just spritz some product on a cotton swab and swipe it over your face and it'll remove any left over dirt or impurities. The toner contains Yucca (a natural antiseptic) and witch hazel which naturally opens pores and removes impurities. What I loved about this toner is there was absolutely NO stinging/burning sensation and no harsh smell of alcohol but it still left my face feeling really clean! Price: $19.95

Ava Anderson's Non Toxic Moisturizer is enriched with antioxidants and vitamin A and E. Just smooth it gently over neck and face. This was the perfect consistency. it wasn't too heavy or too light. I often have a problem with how heavy a moisturizer is or that it's way too light for me. It's a very silky feeling and left my skin very soft but not oily. It absorbs quickly so it's not just sitting on top of your skin and it smells really nice! Price: $18.95

The exfoliator uses apricot kernels to scrub away dead skin. This is a gentle scrub with just the right amount of exfoliant in it. It left my skin feeling really fresh. There wasn't a lot of redness or irritation after use like a lot of scrubs can give you. This scrub had the same fresh and pleasant scent. Price: $21.95

If you are interested in going completely non-toxic with your skin care products, these would be great to check out! It looks like Ava is also working on Cosmetics and Bath & Body products as well. There's also a line of baby care coming out and a line for Men so be on the look out for those exciting new products!

Available at:Ava Anderson Non-Toxic

I was sent this product for the purpose of review. This is my honest opinion of the product.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Top Rated Facial Cleansers
22 Top-Rated Facial Cleansers

From foamy to creamy, these cleansers left readers with squeaky-clean faces

Nobody likes to see leftover dirt and grime on their toner-soaked cotton ball after washing their face, right? That's why readers' rave about these cleansers, they do what they claim to do -- cleanse.

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Brushlab Pure Ceramic Large Hair Brush

I absolutely hate to spend time blow drying my hair. I really do. I have really thick hair that's fairly long so it always takes forever to blow dry. Well, I've been using this brush regularly when blow drying my hair. I have medium-long hair (I recently cut it because it was quite long!) and this vented 2 inch barrel brush with a ceramic core makes drying my hair much faster and easier. Why? Because ceramic evenly holds and spreads heat instead of getting super hot in one area of the brush and staying cool in other areas. This brush is also vented so air flows freely through the brush and to your hair.

I just section my hair and blow dry each section using the brush to curl the layers under and over (to give it a bit more of a textured look). It creates a really pretty sleek but wavy look. It's also great when wanting to blow dry your hair straight. The handle makes it very easy to hold and maneuver while using a hair dryer. Be sure to point the hair dryer down, following the hair shaft, not up and against it because this can create frizz and damage the hair-we definitely don't want that!

Available at: Brush Love
Price: $10.98

I was sent this product for the purpose of review. This is my honest opinion of the product.

How Much Work Does Your Makeup Bag Need? Take this Quiz to find out!
Quiz: Does Your Makeup Bag Need a Makeover?

Take this quiz to find out how much TLC your makeup stash is craving

Is your cosmetics bag overflowing with dried-out mascaras, cracked eye shadows and a tube of lipstick from 2002? It might be time to pay more attention to it.

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MAC To the Beach Collection

Official Launch Dates:
U.S.– 27 May 2010
International– May 2010
Asia– June 2010

There is fun in the sun, to be sure, but to the beach is more of a sensual state of mind – a pleasure we all feel near the sea. The girl and boy from Ipanema, from Cap D’Antibes to West Palm Beach…All around the world, the seaside has a romance, and a kind of golden, sexy alchemy we’re all drawn to. This collection encapsulates it, with a new, lapping-wave Lip-Pencil and High-Light Powder in coral shades, Nail Lacquer – A Scorcher! – Eye Shadow, Kohl, and Powder Blush to get away from it all effortlessly. Sandbags, seashells, the magic of marine life decorating packaging in the most soothing sultry shades of summertime. Close your eyes, and go To The Beach!

The face must be protected at all times! But we have ways to bronze and beautify…fake it, but get colour that looks sun-kissed! A safe way to evoke the golden glow of a glorious walk on the beach, the magical moodiness of sunsets all over the world, colours shifting from glowing gold to glorious bronze to sundown brown. The Chic Glamour of faraway places, a ticket to paradise inspired by the dream of a life lived sur la mer. Bronzing Powder, Cream Bronzer, Lustre Drops, Bronze Body Oil, and our stylish City-To-Seaside to the beach bags…wherever you are, see you at the beach!

Eye Shadow – $14.50

Sand & Sun: Light Peach (Matte)
Firecraker: Frosted Mid-Tone Red Orange (Veluxe Pearl)
Sweet & Punchy: Bright Yellow Green (Veluxe Pearl)
Shimmermoss: Green with Green Pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
Humid: Intense Green with Shimmer (Frost)

Lipstick – $14.00

BeachBound: Sheer Frosted Pale Peach (Glaze)
Lazy Day: Light Dirty Blue Pink (Lustre)
Thrills: Rosy Copper with Gold Pearl (Frost)
FunBathing: Mid-Tone Bronzed Plum (CremeSheen)

Lipglass – $14.00

Easy Lounger: Light Baby Pink with Multi-Dimensional Pear
Flurry of Fun: Sheer Sparkly Peach
Splashing: Mid-Tone Blue Pink with Soft Gold

Lip Pencil – $13.00

Life’s a Breeze: Soft Pink
Temperature Rising: Loudmouth Orange

Eye Kohl – $14.50

Float on By: Dark Green Turquoise
Rosemary & Thyme: Mid-Tone Olive Gold with Shimmer

Powder Blush – $18.50

Hipness: Intense Coral with Soft White Pearl (Frost)
Get-Away Bronze: Mid-Tone SunTan (Frost)

High-Light Powder – $26.00

Marine Life: Multicolour Pressed Powder

Nail Lacquer – $12.00

In the Buff: Muted Taupe Avocado (Cream)
Scorcher: Creamy Bright Coral Red (Cream)

MAC To The Beach Bag – $49.50
Available at MAC Stores only.

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A BIG thank you to Chic Profile!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Very Best of Shine Enhancing Hair Products
11 Best Shine-Enhancing Hair Products

Pump up the shine with these top-rated serums and sprays

Dull hair dragging you down? Just one drop of shine serum can help smooth strands and even hide split ends! See which ones our readers loved.

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No. 11: KMS California SilkSheen Therapy Plus, $8.95 average reader rating: 8.2 average reader rating: 8.2
"This product makes achieving a salon blowout incredibly easy-- it conditions lightly, making your hair …"

No. 10: Aveda Brilliant Spray On Shine, $20 average reader rating: 8.2

"It provides anti-frizz protection combined with a shine that truly does not weigh down …"

No. 9: Victoria's Secret So Sexy Smoothing Shine Serum, $13 average reader rating: 8.3

"Adds just enough shine -- but the scent it leaves is intoxicating …"

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Fashion Trends: Shirt Dresses

A perfect blend of masculine and feminine, shirt dresses are both classic and sexy. The hem should hit right at the knee or just above it for the most flattering look and a belted waist can show off curves perfectly. If you want a casual look, pair a shirt dress with a great pair of heels and oversize sunglasses and it's a great look for Spring! Want something a little more fancy? Pick a fuller skirt and pair it with heels and a bold piece of jewelry! Here are some of the best styles:

Teri Jon Belted Silk Shantung Shirtdress
This would be a great look for a's a little retro looking and so gorgeous!
Price: $308
Available at: Nordstrom

Calvin Klein Belted Shirtdress
A casual and versatile dress that'd look great with sandals or heels this Spring!
Price: $118
Available at: Nordstrom

Tory Burch 'Owen' Poplin Shirtdress
Super casual and easy to just throw on and head out the door while still being chic!
Price: $350
Available at: Nordstrom

Schenley Plaza Dress
A pretty and retro shirt dress that would be perfect for a day out in Spring or Summer!
Price: $69.99
Available at: Mod Cloth

Beach Picnic Dress in Afternoon
Such pretty and feminine shape in a light neutral color. Perfect!
Price: $99.99
Available at: Mod Cloth

How do you feel about shirt dresses? Do you wear them? Would you wear them? What do you or would you pair them with? Comment below and let me know!