Friday, December 30, 2011

Stay Smooth this Party Season






How many women forget about shaving during the winter? Who hasn't been guilty of that!? Sometimes, when it's snowy and cold, the last thing on our minds is keeping our legs smooth and hair free. But let's face it ladies....hairy legs is not usually such a good look when attending a Holiday party in a short little cocktail dress. It never hurts to keep smooth if you have to head to a party last minute or to keep turning your man's head!

I recently had the opportunity to review the Quattro for Women two in one Bikini Trimmer and razor as well as the Disposable Razors. The disposable razors were simple but handy. They were gentle and provided a nice close shave and the blades stayed nice and sharp and I had zero cuts. They are also super handy to travel with and definitely do their job. I loved these disposable razors with the Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave with Exfoliating Pearls and Verbena.

I absolutely love the bikini Trimmer. The comb is adjustable to three different lengths and the razor is a 4 blade razor so it provides a nice close shave. It's powered by an AAA battery and turns on with a press of a button. Very fool proof and easy to use. It'd be an excellent tool for anyone just starting out with cleaning up that bikini line. It makes the whole process much quicker and simpler. It may not be bikini season quite yet but it's always good to be prepared! ;-)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Most Loved Beauty Products of 2011

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What's Your Favorite Beauty Product?

Our readers share the beauty products they can't live without -- what's yours?


What's Your Favorite Beauty Product?

This is a TotalBeauty.com beauty products article

The new year is rapidly approaching and while we're excited for all the products that 2012 will bring, we have some beauty favorites that we're taking with us into the new year. Which products will you never give up?

Tell us

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holiday Dresses for Your Body shape

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!!! :-) Tis the season for the Cocktail Dress! With all of the Holiday parties coming up, it's the perfect time to find that dress that makes you feel fabulous! Here is a quick and simple guide to finding the best dresses to suit your shape! (All examples shown are available at Nordstrom! )

Apple Shape
Try finding a dress with an empire waist that hits at the narrowest part of your body, just under your bust. Apple shapes usually have incredible legs so show off those gams! Details at the Neckline help draw the attention up towards your face.
Way-In Embellished Pleated Party Dress
Price: $56

Straight Shape
This shape is the classic model shape. It's easy to pull off a variety of looks with this body shape. Why not go dramatic and add a little bling? Wear something eye-catching. A sheath, one shoulder dress is dramatic as well as giving the appearance of curves.
Aidan Mattox Sequin One Shoulder Dress
Price: $295


Hourglass Shape
This shape is the classic "pin-up girl" shape. If you have an hourglass shape, accentuate that waist! Anything the is fitted at the waist will look lovely. I love the classic 50's and early 60s style dresses on the Hourglass figure. Anything with a sweetheart or v-neck will also be lovely.
Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Sleeveless Stretch Satin Sheath Dress
Price: $98


Pear Shape
An A-Line silhouette nipped in at the waist flows lightly over the hips helping to minimize the appearance of a fuller lower half. Wearing something strapless can also help emphasize the bust and draw the attention to your striking upper half- the waist, arms, shoulders, and neck tend to be especially lovely on the pear shape.
Tracy Reese Leaf Jacquard Dress
Price: $445


Most of all, choose something YOU absolutely love and feel gorgeous in! No amount of style tips can take the place of confidence and feeling beautiful in your own skin! Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy Holiday! Much Love and stay safe!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tips to Maintain Your Hair Color!

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5 Expert Tips to Maintain Your Hair Color

You've finally got the color of your dreams -- and then you watch it fade before your very eyes. Find out how to maintain your hair's color now


5 Expert Tips to Maintain Your Hair Color

This is a TotalBeauty.com hair color article

Here's a happy scenario: You found the ultimate colorist and couldn't be happier with the color Mother Nature forgot to give you. Here's the sad follow-up: After a week of rockin' your new color, you realize your hair isn't as lustrous and vibrant as it was when you left the salon. What do you do? Check out these tips on how to lock in your color for good.

Keep color

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chic Hairstyles You Can Do Yourself!

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7 Chic Hairstyles You Can Do in 7 Minutes

We dared one woman to wear a new hairstyle every day of the week -- see how she did


7 Chic Hairstyles You Can Do in 7 Minutes

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Sick of wearing your hair in a ponytail yet again? Us too, which is why we dared one woman to come up with a different hairstyle every day of the week. The catch? She couldn't spend more than 10 minutes trying to make it work. Did she succeed?

Find out

Miss Piggy for MAC Collection


Launch Date: November, 2011 (Online Only)

Eyeshadow- Miss Piggy Pink- mid tone blue pink - frost finish
Rapid Black Liner
36 Lashes



Thanks to Specktra for this collection info!
Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Best Heat Protectants

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16 Best Heat-Styling Products

Curling irons, flatirons, and hot rollers -- all bad for your hair, all indispensible tools for amazing hairstyles. So what to do? Use these products to keep your hair safe


16 Best Heat-Styling Products

This is a TotalBeauty.com hair care products article

Sure it's bad for your hair, but you can't put down the flatiron -- let's call it a heat-styling addiction. It's OK, we've been there too. Which is why we put together this list of the best heat protectants and heat-styling products out there. They'll not only help protect your hair from the damage you're (knowingly) inflicting, but they'll also help your fabulous hairstyles stay put.

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NO. 16: DOVE INTENSE FRIZZ CONTROL ANTI-FRIZZ CREAM, $4.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9


"I have thick, wavy hair and this product works wonders for taming the frizz. Especially when I decide to flat iron my hair! It's lightweight, doesn't leave a buildup and smells great."

NO. 15: TRESEMME THERMAL CREATIONS HEAT TAMER SPRAY, $2.91

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9


"I have colored hair and style it frequently with heated tools and it still manages to look healthy when I use this spray. For the great price and healthy hair results, you can't beat it."

NO. 14: KERASTASE MOUSSE VOLUMACTIVE AMPLIFYING PERFECTING MOUSSE FOR FINE, VULNERABLE HAIR, $34

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9


"This is the greatest styling product I've ever used on my fine, thin hair. It gives volume and makes my style last without making my hair stiff or heavy."

Want to see the No. 1 pick? Click here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How to Contour Like a Pro!

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How to Contour Your Face Like a Pro

Want a slimmer nose, defined cheekbones, and a more youthful look in general? You simply need the right makeup brush and tips on how to use it


How to Contour Your Face Like a Pro

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With just a few tricks of the trade, makeup can give you what the big man upstairs forgot to endow: Angles, cheekbones, and defined bone structure. So put down that diet book that reads more like a starvation manual. These makeup tips and how-tos will get you looking like a long, lean, svelte model -- instantly.

See how

Lush Halloween 2011

Lush Halloween products have hit stores! I love Halloween, I love Lush and I am so happy they brought back my absolute favorite shower gel, Ghost! If you haven't read my review of Ghost, you can check it out HERE:-) Head on over to a Lush near you and check out these lovely products:

Ghost Shower Gel

This Ghost will spook your shower once again. Made with a rose and dove orchard infusion, Ghost will leave your skin feeling soft with the lingering fragrance of lilies.
$27.95 for 16.9oz
$17.95 for 8.4 oz

Pumpkin Soap
Carve some time out of your Halloween to wash with our spicy hand and body soap. Clove, cardamom, spearmint and fresh pumpkin will warm up you up after a long night of trick or treating.
$6.95

Calavera Bath Bomb
Skulls don't have to be scary. In Mexico, they are an iconic image for the Day of the Dead celebrations, during which the dead are honored and respected. This bomb contains marigold petals and zesty lime oil to make your bath time fragrantly festive!
$5.95

Jacko Bath Bomb (Online Only)
You'll be haunted by this spicy fragrance long after your bath.The ultimate goodie after a night of trick or treating; drop this bath bomb in your tub and soak this hollow's eve in a room filled with the spicy scent of clove bud and spearmint.
$5.95

Calacas Shower Jelly (Online Only)
Multi coloured jellies for a festive shower experience. We created our own little wiggly skulls of seaweed and aloe vera gel to leave you soft and gorgeous, and filled them with neroli and lime oils to put you in a haunting mood. You'll have to wait until your package arrives to see which colour you get... it's like trick or treat for the shower.
$5.95

Lady Catrina Soap (Online Only)
A brightly coloured, fruit laden chunk of spectacular citrus suds! Lady Catrina's sweet scent comes from Agave nectar, which we're thrilled to use because it's a vegan alternative honey. Agave nectar is extracted from the agave cactus. The nectar gives Lady Catrina her beautiful, sweet scent.
$6.95

Pumpkin Knot Wrap
Carve out a place in your sweeties heart this Fall with our limited-edition Pumpkin Knot-Wrap. It's a mini wrap fit for a single Bath Bomb, a couple bars of soap or even a handful of Halloween candies. Pumpkin is the perfect way to wrap up your party favors, a gift for the host, or treats for the kids.
$3.95


Check out more about these products and upcoming Christmas products at LUSH.
Monday, September 26, 2011

Hottest Hairstyles from Fashion Week!

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7 Hottest Hairstyles from New York Fashion Week

Wear the best updos from Fashion Week without professional help -- we'll show you how


7 Hottest Hairstyles from New York Fashion Week

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We're always looking for inspiration when it comes to new ways to wear our hair, and inspiration was not in short supply at this season's Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. We gathered the seven best hairstyles from the runways and got step-by-step how-tos so that you can copy them at home.

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MAC Matchmaster Foundation Review


MAC recently launched this new foundation- 14 shades that use translucent pigments to blend seamlessly with your own skin tone. This is a demi-matte finish with a shine reducing formula. It is humidity resistant with a buildable medium to full coverage.

I recently purchased the very lightest shade (haha, of course!) 1.0. Usually MAC foundations are a tiny bit too yellow for me but this shade is quite literally a perfect match. I absolutely love the feel of it. It's very lightweight and doesn't really feel like I'm wearing any makeup at all. I hate feeling like my skin can't breathe and usually rush to wash my makeup off when I'm home for the day. This one felt very light and comfortable to wear.

The coverage was great....I didn't have to use any concealer while wearing this. You can easily build the coverage. I applied a thing layer with my fingers and then dabbed a little extra on with a brush only in places where I needed a bit of concealing. I would say most skin types could use this foundation....it's not drying or oily. Definitely worth taking a look at! It makes finding the perfect foundation match a little easier, for sure!
Monday, September 12, 2011

The Hottest Lip Colors for Fall!

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Fall 2011's Hottest Lip Colors

Go bold or go home is this season's motto. See how to wear fall 2011's hottest lip trends now


.Fall 2011's Hottest Lip Colors

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup trends article

This season's runways were covered with splashes of wine hues and bright berries. So we talked to Jessie Powers, Make Up For Ever National Educator, who filled us in on how to wear these fall lip trends. Get the hue recommendations for your specific skin tone now.

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MAC Style Driven




Drive,” she said… and there’s no mistaking a woman on a mission to get what she wants! And in this case, that would be the ultimate in future-forward pro-longwear technology: a creamy new eyeshadow, plus lipglass that juices up gloss for six extended hours of lasting shine, lip pencil that won’t skip-and-drag, and they go for 15 hours – that’s about the time it takes to drive from Paris to Monte Carlo… plus five hours of still looking flawless for dinner.


Pro Longwear Lipcreme - $16


To the Future!- Mid-tone neutral pink with pearlized pigments (Frost)
So Very Good- Mid-tone plum with pearlized pigments (Frost)
Dress It Up- Light blue-pink (Cream)
Positively Dashing- Mid-tone berry blue red (Cream)
Endless Drama- Deep berry blue red (Frost)
Soulfully Rich- Deep mid-tone purple with red pearlized pigments (Frost)
Soft Sell- Light yellow-pink (Cream)
Till Tomorrow- Mid-tone mauve (Cream)
Prolong- True red with blue undertone and pearlized pigments (Frost)
Good to Go- Loudmouth orange (Cream)
Love Forever- Bright blue pink (Cream)
Extended Play- Mid-tone red with yellow undertone (Cream)



Pro Longewear Lip Glass

Ready or Not!- Neutral light coral with slight pearlized pigments (Cream)
Driven by Love- Red-blue with slight pearlized pigments
Dark as Night- Deep mid-tone purple with slight pearlized pigments (Cream)
Lasting Achievement- Mid-tone purple with slight pearlized pigments (Cream)
Infinitely Likeable- Light pink (Cream)
Patience, Please- Light pink-blue (Cream)
Whoops!- Bright coral (Cream)
Full Speed Ahead- Bright pink-magenta (Cream)
Show Me!- Mid-tone neutral plum (Cream)


Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

Nice ‘n’ Spicy- Pink cinnamon stick
Bittersweet- Intense brown
Absolutely It- Soft burgundy
Morning Coffee- Mid-tone rose
What a Blast!- Bright orange
Etcetera- Creamy beige
Kiss Me Quick- Yellow red
Staunchly Stylish- Pinky beige
More to Love- Intense bluish pink
In Anticipation- Soft yellow pink



Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

Carefree- Pale white gold (Frost)
Pink Frontier- Soft golden pink (Frost)
Sunny Outlook- Bright golden yellow (Satin)
Sweet Satisfaction- Soft neutral beige (Frost)
One to Watch- Light warm brown (Satin)
Lie Low- Dark frosted golden brown (Frost)
Plush- Vivid purple (Satin)
Thru the Night- Deep navy (Frost)
Fresh Flare- Bright kelly green (Frost)
Hot Paprika- Mid-tone burnt red (Frost)
Tease with Ease- Bright fuchsia (Frost)
Make Your Mark- Dark chocolate (Satin)
Keep Your Cool- Dark grey brown (Satin)
Legendary Black- Warm almost black (Satin)
Weathered -Dirty blue grey (Frost)
Styledriven- Pale white blue (Frost)

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Thanks to Specktra for this collection info and photos:-)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kim Kardashian's Wedding Makeup

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Kim Kardashian's "Regal" Makeup -- Love It?

Did you love or hate Kim K's smoky wedding makeup? Weigh in now


Kim Kardashian's

This is a TotalBeauty.com wedding makeup article

With all the comparisons between the reality star's wedding and the royal one in the UK, the question must be asked: Did you think her wedding makeup was "regal"? See Kim K's other makeup looks and tell us which one's your favorite.

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Exciting New Things:-)

Hey guys!

I hope all is well with everyone:-) I just wanted to update you guys on some fun little bits of things to come!

Firstly, has anyone heard of Birchbox? I just joined and I think it's a brilliant concept! I'm super excited about it. All you do is sign up and for a fee of $10 a month you get 4-5 deluxe size samples of high end beauty products to try. You also earn points to use towards full size products! It's a great way to try products before you spend the huge amount of cash on them. There are a ton of great videos on youtube about this service. I would definitely recommend trying it for a month and seeing if you like it. For $10 bucks, it's a great way to test out some products you maybe wouldn't normally pick up. I'll definitely be doing a little review of my first box when it comes!

Secondly, I am trying out this supplement called Viviscal. It's actually been raved about in tons of magazines and is super popular among models and celebs. It helps strengthen your hair and is even great for thinning hair. I'm hoping it helps me get fewer split ends and heps my hair grow longer a little bit faster....I'll keep you updated!

Also, stay tuned for a new giveaway coming up really soon-I know I haven't done one in a while so it's about time! I'm trying to pick out something really exciting! Have a great day everyone!
Friday, August 19, 2011

18 Highest Rated Facial Cleansers

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18 Best Face Cleansers

Running low on face wash? See if one of these best cleansers can help you out


18 Best Face Cleansers

This is a TotalBeauty.com skin care products article

Washing your face is one of those things that really can't be negotiated. And for something that you do every morning and night, it's crucial that you have the cleanser that's right for you. See our readers' faves now and find your own perfect match.

Read reviews

No. 18: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, $15

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.7


"This is the only cleanser I have found that does a wonderful job of keeping my pores clean, but does not strip my face and leave it crepe-y or scaly looking."

No. 17: Mary Kay Creamy Cleanser 2, $12

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.8


"My face used to feel tight after washing, but since [I started using this], my skin is always soft and moist."

No. 16: Ambi Complexion Cleansing Bar, $1.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9


"This cleanser leaves your face refreshed and revitalized without removing your natural moisture."

Want to see what was No. 1? Click here!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

MAC Posh Paradise Collection


Launch Dates:
September (North America)
October (International)

Succumb to temptation in a Paradise that invites taboo encounters. Rare and exotic, these delights are divine; fig leaves meet fashion beneath a jungle canopy where Seeds of Desire sprout. Discover Unknown Pleasures with lavishly lush Nail Lacquers and Mattene Lipsticks. Semi-matte lips get ultra-pure colour in a slinky, slither-smooth formula that feels as light on the lips as lust. Trespass tantalizingly with pearlized Paint Pots in shades that create seamless coverage while blending smoothly over lids. Indulge yourself with a plush, posh and provocative collection of hypnotic hues.

Mattene Lipstick ($14.50)
Naked Bliss - Neutral light pink
Rare Exotic - Bright mid-tone blue pink
Legendary - Mid-tone brick red
Unknown Pleasures - Deep red blue
Seeds of Desire - Deep brown plum
Eden Rouge - Bright blue-red
Delectable - Orange-beige
Potent Fig - Deep blue grape
Deliciously Foribbden - Mid-tone berry
Fresh Amour - Light lavender

Paint Pot ($17.00)
Treasure Hunt- Light pearled yellow (Frost)
Half-Wild - Mid-tone purple (Frost)
Hyperviolet- Deep violet (Frost)
Nubile- Light peachy nude (Frost)
Idyllic- Mid-tone copper bronze (Frost)
Genuine Treasure- Reflects antique gold (Frost)
Pure Creation- Mid-tone frosty blue (Frost)
Imaginary- Blackened navy (Frost)

Nail Lacquer ($14.00)
Immortal - Gold Pale gold (Frost)
Rain of Flowers - Blackened violet with violet pearlized pigments (Frost) (Repromote)


Photos:



Thank you to Specktra for this collection info:-)
Thursday, August 11, 2011

8 Foods to Give You a Glowing Complexion

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8 Superfoods for a Glowing Complexion

These nutritious foods will do wonders for your health and your looks


8 Superfoods for a Glowing Complexion

This is a TotalBeauty.com women's diet article

You know it's necessary to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. But if your daily meals are missing certain nutrients and antioxidants, your skin could be missing out. Find out how to reap the beauty benefits from your food now.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

MAC x Cindy Sherman Collection


Launch Date: September 29th

Fluidline ($15.00)
Ash Violet- Blackened purple
Blacktrack- Solid flat black

Lipstick ($14.50)
Fleshpot- Pale muted pinky beige
Violetta- Bright clean violet purple
X-S- Dirty red chestnut
Plum- Bright Purple
Neon Orange- Bright clean orange
Show Orchid- Vivid hot pink
Fusion Pink- Bright coral
Ruby Woo- Vivid bluish-red


Lip Erase ($18.50)
Dim N37


Pigment ($20.00)
Tan- Muted pinky brown bronze
Emerald Dusk- Deep yellow blue with white pearl
Blue Storm- Rich metallic blue
Starless Night- Deep black purple with light purple pearl
Neo-Orange- Intense neon salmon
Magenta Madness- Intense neon blue pink
Violet- Vivid bright violet purple
Golden Olive- High frosted green-gold


Lash ($15.00)
36


Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00)
Parlor Smoke- Mauve grey
Cross Cultural- Neutral brown
Steel- Almost black
Indigo- Navy


Bronzing Powder ($23.00)
Solar Riche- Mid-tone deep orange brown


Nail Lacquer ($15.00)
Coco Clay- Warm chocolate
Oyster Shell- Light stone grey


Kohl Power ($15.00)
Feline- Rich black


Eyeshadow ($15.00)
Three Ring Yellow- Yellow green
Passionate- Real mid-tone red
Blue Candy- Clean blue
Shock-a-holic- Deep purple
Royale- Clean violet


Chromagraphic Pencil ($15.00)
Process Magenta- Matte magenta
Basic Red- Primary red
Hi-Def Cyan- Cyan blue
Rich Purple- Dense purple


Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00)
Lightscapade- Soft candlelit beige with multi-dimensional shimmer
Porcelain Pink- Soft pinky coral with gold veining


Jumbo Penultimate Eyeliner ($19.50)
Rapidblack- True black


Lipglass ($14.50)
C-Thru- Peachy beige with shimmer
Pink Fade- Pale pink
Orange Tempera- Pale peach
Good Times- Pale mauve


Angel Flame Quad ($38.00)
Chamomile- Creamy pale yellow
Feather Pink- Mid-tone pink
Angel Flame- Coral that flashes pink/yellow
Gravel- Blue-grey


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Thank you to Specktra for the collection info:-)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

3 DIY Hair Treatment Recipes!

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3 DIY Hair Treatments for Summer-Ravaged Hair

Love the sun, but hate what it does to your once-silky hair? Restore moisture and shine to your dried out tresses with these recipes


3 DIY Hair Treatments for Summer-Ravaged Hair

This is a TotalBeauty.com budget hair care article

Summer's all about the sun, beach, and outdoor activities -- great for your weekend plans, but destructive to your poor hair. If the last thing you can afford to drop a bunch of cash on right now is some fancy-pants salon revitalizing treatment, read on. These DIY solutions will wow you.

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