Friday, August 27, 2010

Check Out Some of These Great Styling Tool!
The 14 Hottest Hot Styling Tools

Meet your new BFFs -- these straightners, blow dryers and curlers

The 14 Hottest Hot Styling Tools

This is a hair care article

Total Beauty readers share their can't-live-without hot styling tools. Read their testimonials then pick up (not by the hot end) one of these flat irons, hot rollers or blow dryers.

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No. 14: TIGI Bed Head 1875W Active Ionic Dryer, $69.95 average reader rating: 8.4

"I absolutely LOVE this blow dryer …"

No. 13: Remington Wet 2 Straight, $29.99 average reader rating: 8.4

"This is such a wonderful straightener …"

No. 12: T3 Bespoke Narrow Duality, $99.99 average reader rating: 8.7

"Basically, I can't live without it …"

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

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Natural and Affordable Beauty Potions
Homemade Beauty Recipes

Natural and affordable potions and lotions

Homemade Beauty Recipes

This is a health & beauty article

Try best-selling author Janice Cox's easy, DIY beauty recipes from honey hair masks to strawberry facial masks.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Senna Cosmetics- Lip Lacquers

Boudoir: A light peachy pink color that tastes like vanilla. This goes on pretty sheer and gives lips a glossy, natural looking tint.
Swatch of Boudoir:

Moondance: A double ended gloss. One side is a shimmery rosey pink and the other is a silvery shimmer baby pink. Also vanilla flavored.
Swatch of Moondance:

Both of these products have a nice consistency. They're not sticky, provide good color, a lot of moisture and actually last a long while. I noticed I really didn't need to reapply as often as I usually have to reapply most glosses I've used before. The colors are very wearable and these three would work well on a variety of different colorings. The colors have just the right amount of pigmentation-not too sheer, not too obvious. Definitely an impressive product and if your a fan of glosses, definitely worth checking out especially considering their longer lasting than a regular gloss.

Single Lip Lacquers:
Price: $19.00

Double Dose Lip Lacquer:
Price: $22.00

For more colors and shades check out Senna Cosmetics.

I was sent product sample by PR for the consideration of review. This is my honest opinion!

Awesome Celeb Makeovers!
Dramatic Celeb Makeunders

See how toning down makeup and hairdos transform these stars for the better

Dramatic Celeb Makeunders

This is a makeup article

Some of these photos capture a mere makeunder moment, while other celebrity's less-is-more look seems here to stay.

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Fall 2010 Trend: Gold

Gold isn't necessarily the easiest color to pull off and tends to look better on warmer skin tones. Some cooler skin tones can pull off gold and if you feel it's not complimenting your coloring, try some shots of gold in your accessories. There's plenty of choices like bags, shoes and even some jewelry so there's no need to avoid this trend if you're cool toned like me. That is, unless you just don't like it! Never wear a trend just because it's a trend. Wear it because you love it and it flatters you!

Here are some of the Gold items that caught my eye. All will look great this Fall Season! These are just for inspiration, of course. Everyone has their own personal tastes and if these aren't your taste, that's absolutely fine!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Pyramid Stud Skinny Belt in Gold
This skinny belt is perfect for a more athletic or boyish figure and would look great paired up with a casual or more formal look!
Price: Currently on sale for $19.90
Available: Nordstrom

La Mer Bali Stud Wrap Watch in Camel/Gold
This is a little more funky and unique than you're average watch. I think this would look really cool with just a t-shirt and pair of jeans and riding boots!
Price: $114
Available: Revolve Clothing

Black Halo Drew Skirt in Gold
This would look gorgeous paired with a black top for a date or a party! It's classy but still sexy!
Price: $248
Available: Revolve Clothing

Rebecca Minkoff Gold Stud Rocker Bag in Black
This is a great bag with really beautiful gold details! This could be suitable for day or night and would look great with almost every outfit!
Price: $330
Available: Revolve Clothing

MARC by Marc Jacobs Vivian Sparkle Top
This is a great, classic black sweater with a twist! The Gold detailing makes this sweater a little something special. The neckline is gorgeous and it's long enough to pair with a pair of leggings or just wear it with jeans!
Price: $198
Available: Neiman Marcus

Juicy Couture Gold Snap Leggings in Black
These are a fantastic basic for Fall but the gold buttons add a unique touch! So cute!
Price: $58.00
Available: Revolve Clothing

Filtre Matte Sequin Tank
This is an adorable top that would look fantastic for a night out on the town! This would look great under a blazer, too.
Price: On sale for $31.90
Available: Nordstrom

I hope some of these pieces inspired you. Stay tuned for more Fall fashion and beauty trends!!
Monday, August 23, 2010

The Best Rated of Maybelline
Best Maybelline Beauty Products

From lipsticks to foundation to mascara, see which products Total Beauty readers applaud

Best Maybelline Beauty Products

This is a beauty products article

Read testimonials from real women about the Maybelline products that they love.

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No. 16: Maybelline New York Mineral Powder Finishing Veil Translucent Loose Powder, $9.99 average reader rating: 8

"This one is inexpensive and the payoff is fantastic …"

No. 15: Maybelline New York Cool Effect Cooling Shadow/Liner, $5.99 average reader rating: 8.1

"It looks great for day and night …"

No. 14: Maybelline New York Lip Polish Lip Gloss, $5.79 average reader rating: 8.2

"It's not too sticky or too shiny, and has just enough color in it …"

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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What Hair and Makeup Shades Look Best on You?
Color Finder

Discover which makeup and hair shades will look best on you

Color Finder

This is a makeup article

This trusty color finder will point you to your most flattering eye, lip and face makeup hues, plus offer up product suggestions.

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Lumixyl: Topical Brightening System

Hello again everyone! If I said it once, I've said it a hundred time: I am literally one of the palest humans alive. Well, I'd at least assume I am and would probably bet good money on it! One of the disadvantages to being pale is I burn easily in the sun, my skin tends to be a bit sensitive and I scar easily. So I've always had some unevenness in my skin tone do to some past sun burn and some old blemish scars from my youth. Well, Lumixyl is a a skin care system that claims to be non-toxic, non-irritating and improve the look of discoloration in the skin! Lumixyl uses a chain of ten amino acids instead of the more commonly known lightening agent hydroquinone.

I was sent the system to try out and in total, it's about an 8 week system. I've been using it for about 4 so far and have already gotten some results I'm very happy with! My main issue is some spots on my cheeks and some mild discoloration on my chin. The system comes complete with full instructions and directions that are pretty simple to follow. It includes 4 steps (Some that you don't do everyday, at least for the first week or two) which include:

1) Active Prep Cleanser- This is a gentle cleanser that preps the skin for the other steps:-)
2)Lumixyl Topical Brightening Creme- This creme is applied after cleansing and helps to brighten the skin tone and increase luminosity.
3)GlycoPeel 20 Rapid Exfoliating Lotion- This is a peel that is formulated to work with the brightening cream to diminish discoloration. It also improves the texture of the skin. This is not don't every day. For the first "level" in the system, you do it every other morning.
4) MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30- This protects your skin from further hyper pigmentation as well as keeping it moisturized.

I really found the system easy to use and it didn't irritate my skin at all. I have noticed major improvement in the appearance and feel of my skin only half way through the entire system with no negative side effect. Also, it has kept my skin clear- I haven't had any breakouts during the use of this system. In my opinion, Lumixyl definitely delivers!

Find out More About Lumixyl: Lumixyl

I was sent sample of this product by PR for the consideration for review. This is my honest opinion of the product!
Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Best Rated Affordable Shampoos
The 15 Best Cheapie Shampoos

Wash that man right outta your hair with these winning drugstore finds

The 15 Best Cheapie Shampoos

This is a hair care products article

This round up of the best drugstore shampoos from Total Beauty readers prove that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks.

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No. 15: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo, $6.99 average reader rating: 8.7

"I would recommend this to anyone who has color-treated or damaged hair …"

No. 14: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shine Release Daily Shampoo with Light Enhancers, $6.49 average reader rating: 8.8

"The shine you get after each use gives dark hair a vibrancy that all brunettes will be crazy about …"

No. 13: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2-in-1 Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $3.99 average reader rating: 8.8

"Since I started using Hello Hydration, I haven't used anything else …"

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

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Curly Hairstyles that Suit Your Face Shape
What Curly Hairdos Look Best on Your Face Shape?

See which celeb that shares your face shape rocks the best 'do for you to try

What Curly Hairdos Look Best on Your Face Shape?

This is a celebrity hairstyles article

Do you want to wear a sexy, curly hairstyle, but not sure which one is right for you? These celeb-inspired 'dos will guide you to the best curly hairstyle for your face shape.

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Nick Chavez Ultra Shine Honey Peppermint Shampoo and Conditioner

I seem to be immediately drawn to things with honey as an ingredient. In food and in hair and bath and body products. That's why when I was sent these products to review I was pretty excited to try them out. I have to be honest and say I expected to like this shampoo and conditioner right off the bat and I wasn't disappointed.

The shampoo is gentle and doesn't strip the hair but it does clean very thoroughly. The conditioner did a really great job of moisturizing my hair without leaving it oily. In the summer my hair tends to get pretty oily at the roots and I usually have to wash it everyday but I was actually able to go every other day with the Nick Chavez Ultra Shine Honey Peppermint Shampoo and Conditioner duo. The scent was really light and pleasant but it still left my hair smelling fresh and clean for two days. It made my hair really shiny and soft.

I think this shampoo and conditioner would be good for most hair types. It really seemed to balance out my hair this summer and that's actually hard for me to find in a shampoo and conditioner.


Shampoo- $18.00
Conditioner- $20.00

Available at: Nick Chavez Hair Products

I was sent these products by PR for the consideration of review. This is my honest opinion!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Best Long Wearing Liners
The Top 10 Long-Wear Liners

Total Beauty editors put these eyeliners to a daylong test -- and they passed with flying brown, black and charcoal colors

The Top 10 Long-Wear Liners

This is a eye makeup article

Just in case you need eyeliner that lasts all day (and beyond), we tried 'em out and found that they do in fact hold up their end of the long-lasting bargain.

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Almay Liquid Liner, $6.75 editor rating: 9.5

"I don't know why the average woman would need an eyeliner that lasts 16 hours like this one claims and does, but I appreciate the fact that it goes the distance …"

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $18 editor rating: 9

"Confession -- before I tried this 'Tattoo' brush tip pen liner I was a bit nervous it might never come off …"

Tarte emphasEYES, $18 editor rating: 9

"First off, this automatic pencil liner goes on super smooth like a liquid …"

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

Monday, August 9, 2010

MAC Pro Longwear Collection

Launch Date: Sept 16th

Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($16.00)
Pro Longwear Lipcreme provides full coverage colour and a subtle shine in a long-wearing formula (up to 12 hours). the creamy, flexible formula moves with your lips for a comfortable wear and contains ingredients which helps keep lips hydrated. the emollient formula imparts instant and even colour and does not require a top coat to seal on the colour. the colour dries down to a natural-looking moist finish with superior wear. it contains a long-wearing film former that provides the formula with its transfer-resistance and long wear and is available in pearl and cream textures.

Made to Last- Deep plummy brown (Frost)
Till Tomorrow- Greyed mauvy brown (Cream)
Sweet Ever After- Copper (Frost)
Faithfully Yours- Blackened purple (Cream)
Goes and Goes- Blue violet (Cream)
Love Forever- Bright blue pink (Cream)
Perpetual Flame- Pink cranberry (Cream)
Unlimited- Mid-tone muted rose (Cream)
Overtime- Light baby pink (Cream)
Extended Play- Blackened brick red (Cream)
Prolong- True red (Cream)
Good To Go- Loudmouth orange (Cream)

Pro Longwear Concealer
Pro Longwear Concealer is a lightweight, fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural-matte finish. when the product sets on the skin, the long-wearing, transfer-resistant , water-resistant formula will last up to 15 hours, thanks to a unique film former technology. once it is completely dried down on the skin, the colour remains the same for all 15 hours (TBC). the formula contains micronized pigments that allow for the smoothest application and colour purity. it helps conceal flaws, dark spots, skin discolouration and under eye circles. its non-acnegenic, for all skin types, safe for contact wearers, and derm- and ophth- tested.

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Pro Longwear Foundation
Pro Longwear Foundation is a lightweight liquid foundation that provides buildable medium coverage with a natural, long-wearing finish. this long-wearing formula provides the longest wear of any of our foudation formulas - up to 15 hours! once it is completely dried down on the skin, the colour remains the same for all 15 hours (TBC). the creamy formula feels comfortable on the skin and blends easily and evenly, with a generous amount of playtime. it conains specially treated micronized pigments that help give a smoother, flawless-looking finish on the skin and also contains ingredients tohelp control oil on the surface of the skin. it has an spf of 10 and pa++ protection that provides broad spectrum uv protection. it is transfer-, sweat- and humidity-resistant, derm- and ophth- tested, non acnegenic and for all skin types.

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Thanks to Specktra!!
Sunday, August 8, 2010

What is Your Perfect Foundation?
Find Your Best Foundation

See which formula is ideal for your unique skin type

Find Your Best Foundation

This is a makeup article

Do you know which foundation you should be wearing? Take this quiz and see which formula is right for your skin type.

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