Sunday, April 25, 2010

Be a Beauty Shopping Expert!

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How to Be a Smarter Beauty Aisle Shopper

Find out how to shop for beauty goodies like an expert


How to Be a Smarter Beauty Aisle Shopper

This is a TotalBeauty.com beauty products article

Instead of wandering aimlessly in the beauty aisle, read these tips from beauty experts and start shopping like a pro.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

TokiDoki Cosmetics


Mischief abounds in the magical world of tokidoki, where one glance is never enough. Creator and Italian artist Simone Legno brings his cult-favorite designs and colorful interpretation of life to a new makeup and accessories line that exposes the criminally cute and irresistibly edgy sides of beauty. Presented exclusively at Sephora, this Japanese-inspired collection captures the true spirit of tokidoki: Every day brings another opportunity to dream.

Brillante Glitter Eyeliner ($14)
A vibrant, glitter-infused eyeliner that makes an irresistibly edgy statement.

Shades:
Carina- pink beige with gold glitter
Peperoncino- bright candy pink with silver glitter
Unicorno- pale yellow with gold glitter
SANDy- grass green with gold glitter
Liberty- teal with gold glitter
Rondine- turquoise with silver glitter
Skeletro- navy with silver glitter
Rosetta- lilac with gold glitter
Adios Apple- violet with silver glitter
Savana- bronzed chocolate with gold glitter
Marrone- dark brown with gold glitter
Diamante- deep silver with silver glitter
Melodia- dark gunmetal gray with gold glitter
Mozzarella- black with silver glitter


Perfetto Eyeliner ($16)
A waterproof liquid liner with a unique, innovative chisel tip for optimal precision.

Shades:
Rondine Love- white
Donutella- medium pink
Ciao Ciao- periwinkle
Arlecchino- dark blue
Mostro- spring green
SANDy- dark green
Carina- eggplant
Sabochan- black


Cromatico Eyeshadow ($15)
A bright, high-impact, highly pigmented eyeshadow housed in an iconic compact design featuring tokidoki's signature heart and crossbones.

Shades:
Adios Star- black with silver and iridescent glitter
Samba- icy gray pearl
Bulletto- dark chocolate with gold pearl
Romeo- rich plum pearl
Killer Candy- royal purple pearl
Nancy Rocks- lavender pearl
Skeletrina- bright cobald pearl
Bruttino- golden turquoise pearl
Bastardino- rich green with green and iridescent glitter
Soya- vivid yellow green pearl
Savana- gold with gold glitter
Ciao Ciao- thistle pink pearl
Diamante- opalescent pink with iridescent glitter
Choco- bronze suntan pearl
Carnivora- ivory beige pearl
Donutella- nude with gold and iridescent glitter


Cromatico Eyeshadow Palettes ($25 each)
A limited-edition eyeshadow palette that allows you to explore both your criminally cute and irresistibly edgy sides.

Diamante- Purples and plums
Bastardino- Smokey Browns, Nudes and earthy tones
Adios- Smokey Silvers and Grays


Fantastico Lip Stain ($15)
A long-lasting lip stain with a soft-tipped marker component for easy application.

Shades:
Cactus Friends- coral
Carnivora- purple
Nana Star- pink
Peperincino- maroon
Rainbow Cloud- nude


Prisma Lip Gloss ($15)
A sheer, nourishing high-shine gloss with packaging that features characters from magical world of tokidoki.

Shades:
SANDy- sheer apple green
Ninja Dog- sheer light blue
Devil Girl- sheer red orange
Burger- sheer orange
Monkey Pirate- sheer brown
Donutella- sheer nude
Rocketeer- sheer deep black red
Adios- sheer purple
Diamante Dark- sheer blue pink
Bullets- sheer berry
Rondine Love- sheer dark pink
LA Gun- sheer medium pink
Arlecchino- sheer fuchsia
Samba- sheer peachy pink
Ciao Ciao- sheer light pink
Strawberry Latte- sheer baby pink


Punk Lash Mascara ($18)
A conditioning mascara that volumizes and lengthens lashes with vibrant pigments.

Shades:
Cactus Rocker- black
Baby Rocker- blue
Mad Rocker- green
Sabochan- purple


Inferno Bronzer ($22)
A shimmering pressed Bronzer

Shades:
Royal Pride: light/medium with gold shimmer
Diavolina: medium/tan with gold shimmer


Luminosa Powder ($22)
A sheer highlighting powder.


Kabuki Brush ($28)
An oversized makeup brush adorned with tokidoki's cult-favorite designs.


Bellissima Makeup Bags ($20-$42)
Three limited-edition makeup bags designed with custom tokidoki artwork.

Available at: SEPHORA


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The Most Loved Face Cleansing Towelettes

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Readers' Top-Rated Face Wipes

See which facial cleansing towelettes topped our list


Readers' Top-Rated Face Wipes

This is a TotalBeauty.com best and worst skin care products article

Nothing quite takes the place of washing your face with cleanser and water, but the next best thing is a face wipe, no? TotalBeauty.com readers share which towelettes are their BFFs for removing grime post-workout, after a late night of partying, etc.

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No. 9: Almay Makeup Remover Towelettes, $1.45

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2


"I am in musicals and wear a lot of makeup, so I need a good remover pad …"

No. 8: Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4


"These remove all my makeup/gunk and …"

No. 7: Dove Daily Hydrating Cleansing Cloths, $5.69

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4


"They cleanse my skin with a gentle scrub and leave it …"

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

Giveaway Winner!

Hello again, everyone!

I wanted to say Congratulations to Casey, the winner of the $50 Sephora Gift Card! Thanks so much for taking the time to enter, Casey:-)

Also, I'm sorry I couldn't give away one to EVERYONE who entered-I so appreciate the support and am really grateful to everyone who took the time out to enter. There will be another giveaway coming up in the month of May so stay tuned for that.

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter so you can keep updated!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss B
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Perfect Hair for Your Wedding Day!

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Best Hair for Your Big Day

Browse these bridal hairstyles to find one that's a match made in heaven for your dress


Best Hair for Your Big Day

This is a TotalBeauty.com wedding hairstyles article

Celeb hairstylist from the Frederic Fekkai salon in Los Angeles gives us the scoop on which classic, boho, modern and romantic 'dos work best with certain gowns.

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MAC Superglass Collection (Photos Added)



US Launch Date: May 7th 2010
International Launch Date: June 2010

Shattered, decimated, blinded by a fantastic, intergalactic lip light! Just when you thought Dazzleglass was the best-of bright, along comes Superglass, with secret, snowflake-shaped helicone pearls sparkling in three different facets for triple the dazzle! Lips have gone big bang, explosively dimensional, a rare eclipse! Gloss feels slick and sleek on application with no draggy speed bumps, not a hint of grit. A light aroma of vanilla enhances kissability. Extreme innovation that’s a good reflection on MAC and the seductress lucky enough to strike upon it.

Superglass ($18.00)

Tunnel of Love- Deep blue brown (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Sugar Overload- White beige (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Disco Blend- Light tan (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Sweet Tart- Baby pale pink (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Gift Wrap- Light pinky peach (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Totally Bang!- Fuchsia (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Cherry Electric- Bright cherry pink (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Superflash!- Mid-tone yellow pink (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Fab Frenzy- Deep blue purple (Pearl, Limited Edition)

Photos:

(Cherry Electric, Disco Blend, Fab Frenzy, Gift Wrap, Sugar Overload,
Superflash!, Sweet Tart, Totally Bang!, Tunnel of Love)



Thank you to Specktra and Temptalia for this collection Information and Photos!
Saturday, April 17, 2010

Total Beauty Editors Let You Know Their Spring Beauty Picks!

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Editors' Beauty Essentials for Spring

Total Beauty editors share their fave bargain beauty buys


Editors' Beauty Essentials for Spring

This is a TotalBeauty.com budget products article

This spring we're cleaning out our cosmetic bags and filling them up with hot new makeup, skin and hair products. Where are we headed? The beauty aisle, which makes it easy for us recessionistas to stock up on our favorite beauty goodies.

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Revlon PhotoReady Liquid Foundation



I generally don't use drugstore brands of foundation. It's not that I have anything at all against using them, I just haven't found too many that work well for me. I bought this when I was visiting family and somehow managed to forget my regularly used stuff. So I popped in to Walgreen's and bought some Revlon PhotoReady Liquid Foundation.

I'm sure I said this about 1,000 times by now but I am EXTREMELY pale. Ghostly, translucently pale. So pale, people stop and stare at me on the street and ask me if I'm feeling faint or sick. (I'm only exaggerating a little here, folks, honest.) So there is my only real complaint about the PhotoReady Foundation. The lightest color they offer ( 001 Ivory) is a bit too dark for me. I can't say I blame Revlon-I am an unusual breed of pale.

Otherwise, This is pretty good bang for your buck! It's a pretty solid "medium coverage" foundation and I found I didn't need much if any concealer with it. The coverage is fairly buildable but doesn't feel super heavy or cakey on my skin. The finish is a bit on the "dewy" side and evens out skin while leaving it looking fresh and youthful.

The only other issue with the PhotoReady Foundation is if you are going to be using it for a wedding or another special event, the SPF in it isn't desirable for photos. SPF can create a bit of a "halo" effect in pictures so just be mindful of that. Otherwise, It's a pretty good product-although a bit pricier than other drugstore foundations- but it does save you some cash if you'd rather not spring for a high-end foundation.


Price: $11.99
Available at: Drugstores, Target, Walmart, etc.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Most Loved Nail Polishes!

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Reader-Approved Nail Polishes

Check out this top 10 list of best lacquers


TotalBeauty.com readers painted on plenty of polishes to help us determine the meh ones from the OMFG ones. Here's the list of top-rated polishes for your painting pleasure.

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No. 10: Wet 'n' Wild Rock Solid Nail Lacquer, $2.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2


"The color in the bottle is very true to the color on your nails …"

No. 9: Avon Nailwear Nail Enamel, $3.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4


"This nail polish delivers and it's at a reasonable price …"

No. 8: Maybelline New York Express Finish 60 Second Nail Color, $3.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6


"I used to hate painting my nails because I could never sit still long enough …"

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

MAC Superglass Collection

US Launch Date: May 7th 2010
International Launch Date: June 2010

Shattered, decimated, blinded by a fantastic, intergalactic lip light! Just when you thought Dazzleglass was the best-of bright, along comes Superglass, with secret, snowflake-shaped helicone pearls sparkling in three different facets for triple the dazzle! Lips have gone big bang, explosively dimensional, a rare eclipse! Gloss feels slick and sleek on application with no draggy speed bumps, not a hint of grit. A light aroma of vanilla enhances kissability. Extreme innovation that’s a good reflection on MAC and the seductress lucky enough to strike upon it.

Superglass ($18.00)

Tunnel of Love- Deep blue brown (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Sugar Overload- White beige (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Disco Blend- Light tan (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Sweet Tart- Baby pale pink (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Gift Wrap- Light pinky peach (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Totally Bang!- Fuchsia (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Cherry Electric- Bright cherry pink (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Superflash!- Mid-tone yellow pink (Pearl, Limited Edition)
Fab Frenzy- Deep blue purple (Pearl, Limited Edition)

Thank you to Specktra for this collection Information!
Saturday, April 10, 2010

Match the Star to the Hairstyle and Get Pantene Freebies!

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FREE Pantene Samples For the Celeb-Savvy

Pair the star with their signature 'do and get a freebie


How well do you know celebs? Try your hand at this quiz and see if you can guess which hairstyle goes with each star. Then, you'll get FREE beauty goodies from Pantene.

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MAC In the Groove Collection

US Launch Date: July 8th, 2010
International Launch Date: August 2010


Lipstick ($14.00)

Call My Bluff: Mid-tone creamy coffee (Cremesheen, imited Edition)
Jazzed: Bright coral pink (Cremesheen, Limited Edition)
Creme de Nude: Pale muted peach beige (Cremesheen)
I Like It Like That: Deep Blue pink (Cremesheen, Limited Edition)
All Styled Up: Bright yellow pink (Cremesheen, Limited Edition)
Go For It: Mid-tone blue purple (Cremesheen, Limited Edition)


Cremesheen Glass ($18.00)

On the Scene: Light Coral beige (Limited Edition)
You’ve Got It: Mid-tone silver grey (Limited Edition)
Going Casual: Sheer lilac (Limited Edition)
Fashion Whim: Light Beige (Limited Edition)
Right Image: Mid-tone blue pink (Limited Edition)
Chillin’: Light white blue (Limited Edition)


Mineralize Eye Shadow Trios ($19.50)

Love to Love: Satin beige/Pearly Bronze/Satin Brown (Limited Edition)
In the Groove: Satin green/Pearly burgundy/Satin coral (Limited Edition)
Making It Easy: Satin red brown/Pearly beige rose/Satin dark beige (Limited Edition)
Togetherness: Satin lavender/Pearly purple/Satin grey (Limited Edition)
Style Influencer: Satin silver/Pearly deep blue/Satin deep mauve brown (Limited Edition)
Soften the Mood: Satin light brown/Pearly rose/Satin light blue (Limited Edition)
Fresh & Easy: Satin pink/Pearly burgundy/Satin grey (Limited Edition)
Calm, Cool, & Collected: Satin deep green/Pearly green/Satin beige (Limited Edition)
Blue My Mind: Satin light blue/Pearly deep teal/Satin black (Limited Edition)


Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($14.50)

Stubborn Brown: Deep Rich Brown
Permaplum: Deep plum with pink shimmer
Navy Stain: Royal blue with shimmer


Zoomlash ($13.00)

Zoomblack: Rich Black


Mineralized Skinfinish ($28.00)

By Candlelight: Golden pink (Limited Edition)
Stereo Rose: Coral with golden/bronze shimmering nuances (Limited Edition)
Comfort: Golden bronze (Limited Edition)
Petticoat: Pale rose with gold and amber veining (Limited Edition)


Mineralize Blush Duo ($23.00)

Happy Together: Satin caramel/Pearly beige (Limited Edition)
A Little Bit of Sunshine: Satin light brown/Pearly beige (Limited Edition)
Hang Loose: Satin bright pink/Pearly lavender (Limited Edition)
Band of Roses: Satin blue pink/Pearly light plum (Limited Edition)
New Vibe: Satin deep rose/Pearly bronze (Limited Edition)


Brush ($42.00)

187 Brush: A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.

Thank you to Emily for this collection information!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Latest and Greatest in Beauty

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2010 Beauty Breakthroughs

See the latest and greatest in beauty technology


Find out which advances in the cosmetic industry are rocking our world. Then, see all the great products that have these beauty-boosting ingredients in them.

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Urban Decay Friend and Family Sale



Use code 1SFNF from April 6th-19th to save 30% off at urbandecay.com!
Monday, April 5, 2010

Your Perfect Smokey Eye!

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What's Your Ideal Smoky Eye Look? Find Out!

Take this quiz to find the perfect sultry eye makeup for your eye shape


Smoky eye makeup is hot almost every season, but especially for spring, so answer these questions to find out how to make the look work for you.

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Spring Break: Travel in Style

Traveling may be a stressful thought to many but vacations are about comfort, fun and relaxation. Traveling in comfort doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style! Many of us will be hitting the airports on our way to exotic vacation spots, a beach, or perhaps to visit family members elsewhere in the world. When you're spending a lot of time in the airport or in flight, it can be a bit tough to relax. Being stylish while traveling also means being relaxed-being relaxed means being prepared!

I generally bring along my largest handbag. I can fit everything I need into it and have what I need with me at all times. Here are some of the items I always bring along!

1)Travel Size Moisturizer
The recycled air on planes can wreak havoc on your skin-drying it out and leaving it looking and feeling dull. It's a good idea to keep moisturizer on hand to perk skin up.

My Personal Pick: A travel size Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer (You can only get them in the sets they sell and they're in a tube not a little pump bottle like pictured, but the sets are nice to have for travel as well, if you like the Clinique skincare regimens.) This stuff is fantastic for dry or combination skin and mine is generally combination and gets a bit dry on flights. This stuff is perfect to have around when skin becomes uncomfortably parched!


2)-The Bare Beauty Basics
I always like to have a few essentials on hand to apply and fix up a bit just before landing. Here's what I bring:
-A travel sized hair brush
-Lip gloss or Lipstick
-Mascara
-Concealer


3)Sanitizing Hand Wipes
An absolute must. Germs are everywhere and keeping hands clean is a good way to keep healthy. Who wants to be sick on vacation?
My Pick: Purell Sanitizing Hand Wipes
Price: About $5 for a box of 100 packs


4)Tissues
This one kind of explains itself...always a good thing to have in your purse, for you or someone around you who might need one!


5)Gum
If you're a nervous flier, it can help ease some of the nervous energy to chew some gum. I personally keep it on hand as a bit of a pick me up as well as to keep my breath fresh.


6)Solid Perfume
This is nice to dab on wrists and neck before landing. Solid perfume tends to be a bit lighter and not so over powering so you're not going to disturb anyone sitting next to you when you apply it.
My Picks: Almost any scent by Pacifica but my favorites are Egyptian Bergamot Rose, French Lilac, Tunisian Jasmine and Vanilla Vera Cruz.

I love these scents-they're gorgeous, light, exotic, feminine and very very vacation-y. They're also super easy to carry around in your purse-no spilling, no messes! Perfect!
Price: $9.00 each


7)Magazine or Book
I'd probably go nuts without being able to flip through something. If I'm not currently reading a book, I've gotta have one of my fashion magazines with me!
My Pick: Lucky Magazine-by far my personal favorite fashion related magazine out there!


8)Sleep Mask
A necessity for me if I'm traveling alone to visit family or friends, especially if it's going to be a longer flight. It's hard to block everything out when on a flight and this is sort of a cue to those around you that you're going to need some time to yourself.

My Pick: Holly GoNightly sleep mask from Fred Flare.
I'm a huge fan of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" so this has been my favorite eye mask since I received it as a gift from a friend. So cute!
Price: $14


9) Music and good quality ear phones
I could never survive a long flight without my music!

My Picks: iPod Touch and Grungebuds by Atomic 9
I've been thrilled with the Ipod Touch my parents got me for Christmas- It's got a ton of storage and a lot of cool Apps you can download and play with. It is an investment though! Definitely not cheap! I'm also crazy about these ear buds from Grungebuds! They're not only incredibly cute and eye catching all covered in Swarovski Crystals (I've gotten countless compliments on them!) but the sound quality is incredible! They are also Noise isolating so they act similarly to earplugs. No more annoying outside noises! They also come with 3 different size ear buds and they come in a bunch of different designs! The ones pictured above are "Crystal- Cat" style in blue! Gorgeous, right?
Price:
iPod Touch: Start a $199
Grungebuds: $39.99
Check them out: Grungebuds and Atomic9


I hope these tips will help make your flights and travel a little easier! Most importantly, I hope everyone has a fantastic Spring Break and travel safely!!!



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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Quiz: Does Your Diet Help or Harm Your Skin?

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Does Your Diet Help or Harm Your Skin?

The answer is in this quiz


Captain obvious here: Eating right is great for our health and our figures. But did you know that your food choices can yield shiny hair and better skin? In this quiz, you’ll find which ingredients will give you a beauty boost.

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MAC Collections: Opulash Mascara


Launch Date: May 27, 2010 (US), June 2010 (International)


THE BIGGEST, BADDEST, BOUFFANT LASHES EVER ARE MAKING NOISE WITH THEIR SEXY SWEEP… the most extremevolumization ever seen! Just like going to your hairdresser for the boldest Barbarella blowout you’d ever dare to wear, Opulash creates aesthetic extremes when it gets going, for a dramatic end look. It’s all in the brush: enlarged and engineered to grab roots, lift, hold, replicate, exaggerate, and build-out like an architect intent on astounding with structural sleight-of-hand. Pick up the brush – see it volumize and curl – and you’ll know the difference. Large diameter backs you up, tapered front tip makes inner corners sleeker to reach. Needless to say, no clumping or Spider-Woman Syndrome. Superlative separation, sublime innovation: Everything a MAC Artist lives for!

Opulash ($13.00)
Bad, Bad Black- Black

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Thanks to Lushious Beauty for the info and pictures!!