Monday, June 20, 2011

Alpha Nail: Seperating the Men from the Boys.


I've actually had this discussion multiple times with my guy friends and my girlfriends-is nail polish on a man acceptable? The usual response from the guys in my life is somewhere along the lines of "No, that's gay!" *insert eye roll here*. (The few of my girlfriends who agreed with them happen to be dating men who would be the last guys on earth I would ask to walk me out to my car in the middle of the night for the sake of protection.) I never really understood that response-how can the act of painting one's nails be so threatening to a man's masculinity? I guess the answer is-it's not a threat- if you're a secure, confident and sexy stud.

While lacquered nails on men is not an entirely new concept, it's rarely seen outside the world of Rock n' Roll. And why the hell not? I can't count how many times I've seen guys with split, bruised, jacked up nails that make me wince in pain at the sight of them. If only for that reason alone I would be the first lady to hand that man some black or gray polish-or offer to paint his nails myself. Nail polish is awesome protection against chipping, splitting and breakage. The other reason? It's sexy-if you're confident enough to pull it off.

Well, now the polished male nail look is creeping out and spreading past the scene of Rock n' Roll and into the very macho, very popular sport of Mixed Martial Arts with a new line for men brilliantly named Alpha Nail. Growing up with two older, very critical and very manly (or so they keep telling me) brothers, I have been exposed to the sport for many years. My brothers are both actively involved in MMA. They would also be the first two guys to criticize a man for wearing polish. That is until they see it on their favorite fighter.
So if your a man and snicker at the thought of nail polish or a lady who scoffs at the idea of painting your man's nails- maybe you're/he's just not man enough for it;-) I guarantee that if Roger Huerta or Chuck Liddell walked into the room-no one would dare raise an eyebrow, let alone laugh.


Intrigued? Head on over to Alpha Nail to check out their full color range and product info. You can also follow them on Twitter HERE.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Must Try Beauty Products!

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14 Luxurious Beauty Products to Try

These high-end beauty products are totally worth the splurge according to our readers. Check 'em out


14 Luxurious Beauty Products to Try

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 article

When it comes to expensive beauty products, you'd better be buying them purely based on the fact that they ARE better than less-expensive varieties, agreed? See what our readers guarantee are the luxe products you won't mind plonking down your hard-earned cash for.

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No. 14: Nars Lipstick, $24

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6


Readers agree this lipstick offers colors that are "very pigmented and super long lasting."

No. 13: CHI Turbo Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer, $119

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9


"The price seems hefty for a dryer, [but with] dry time cut in half [and] hair left soft and smooth," it's worth every penny.

No. 12: Bliss Lemon + Sage Soap, $18

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.3


It gives "clean, smooth, healthy skin and a lovely scent."

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

Gorgeous Vintage and Vintage inspired Wedding Dresses!

Well, it's that time of year, lovelies! Wedding season....and who doesn't want to make a splash on their wedding day? I have a special place in my heart for a classic, vintage or vintage inspired wedding dress. They're so unique in comparison to the very modern styles you see coming down the aisle these days! So if you're looking for a unique, drop dead gorgeous, stop traffic kind of wedding dress, this may be just the way to go for you. Here are some of my favorites-I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me!

Marjorie by Fancy New York
"A real Southern Belle! This artisanal hand crochet dress, has an off the shoulder flounce and yards of skirt which creates a breathtaking effect. Fully lined with a silk slip, this dress can be personalized with a colored vintage grosgrain sash."

Cecile by Fancy New York
"For the bride who dreams of getting married in Paris, this halter neck line drop waist dress with full gathered skirt in silk gazar is the perfect dress. A halter shaped bodice offers more support on top and the belt at the natural waist creates a gamin look."

Madeleine by Fancy New York
"Silk Satin boat neck dress with dropped waist, gathered full skirt all tied up with vintage grosgrain sash at the waist."

by Blue Velvet Vintage
"Pretty 1950s style party dress would be perfect as an informal wedding dress or reception dress for a vintage themed wedding."

1970's JACARANDA, Ropa de Playa White Cotton and Lace "Mexican" Wedding Dress at Antique Dress


Are you planning an upcoming wedding with a vintage theme or have you had a wedding with a vintage theme? What's your favorite dress style shown here? Let me know if you know of any other good finds!! Have a wonderful day, lovelies:-)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Best Summer Hairstyles

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5 Best Summer Hairstyles

Hair extraordinaire Charles Baker Strahan answers reader questions on styling hair in the summer


5 Best Summer Hairstyles

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As temperatures start to rise, it gets harder to keep hair cool and coiffed. So Strahan gives us tips to beat the heat while still looking great.

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MAC Glam Gloss Collection 2011


Launch Date: July

Sshhh…Lips speak louder than words. You’re invited to experience glamour that’s strictly word-of-mouth. Newly formulated, this super-silky gloss delivers the perfect amount of Knockout colour with its innovative new brush applicator. Encounter a Lasting Sensation of hypnotically intense, pure colour with a vividly alluring shine that leaves lips looking lush for hours. Mesmerizingly minimal, non-sticky texture feels comfortable… featherlight. Eight tantalizing Lip Pencil shade extensions round out a collection that positively whispers Embrace Me.

Glamglass (Limited edition) $14.50

Casual Air- Frosted pale pink
It’s a Wow- Mid-tone blue-pink
Check This Out- Coral with transforming yellow-pink pearl
Rich & Witty- Neutral dirty pinked beige
Comfort & Joy- Mid-tone frosted dirty mauve
Famously Fab!- Purple-lavender, slightly pearled
Tour de Fabulous- Clean/bright yellow pink with pearl
Knockout- Red with pearl
Style-Packed- Bright, vivid fuchsia
Rich Bounty- Deep red-brown with pearl
Real Posh- Deep berry, slightly pearled


Lip Pencil $13.00

What Comes Naturally- Pale peachy beige
Hip ‘n’ Happy- Dirty blue pink
Have to Have It- Soft warm beige
Just Wonderful- Dirty mauve
Entertain Me- Clearly orange
Lasting Sensation- Bright coral
Embrace Me- Vivid pinkish fuchsia
Just My Type- Intense warm brown

Photos:

Thank you to Temptalia for this collection info and photos:-)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Best Hair Treatments Out There!

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21 Best Hair Treatments

See what readers think are the best hair treatments for dry, frizzy, flat hair


21 Best Hair Treatments

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

Readers say these products help dry hair feel moisturized, frizzy hair become smooth and sleek, and even thin, flat hair gain some va-va-voom volume. So join them and treat your hair to something that's so good, you'll think it must be bad for you.

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No. 21: Kerastase Masquintense Concentrated Nourishing Treatment for Thick, Very Dry and Sensitized Hair, $53

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5


Readers say, "this works like butter" with its "creamy consistency."

No. 20: L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Smooth Intense Conditioning Hair Treatment, $3.79

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5


"My hair is tame without weighing it down too much and it isn't greasy feeling at all."

No. 19: Pantene Pro-V Color Hair Solutions Color Nourishing Treatment, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5


"[My] hair was brittle and breaking, [I] started using this product a couple months ago and have been so impressed. I don't have to go in for my salon deep conditioning treatments anymore."

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

MAC Semi Precious Collection 2011 w/ Photos



Release dates:
July 7th (US / Canada)
July [International]


We can all admire a woman with a 30-carat diamond. But the new dazzle is semi-precious. Gems that are rare in spirit, rich in substance and worn not as jewels but fare more fluidly, on the skin. In MAC semi-precious, three mineralize formulas just became richer with the infusion of four finely milled gems each bringing their own earthy and spiritual affluence to the mineralize collection. Consider the beauty of bronzeite with the regal golden-bronze flashes; mysteriously electric black tourmaline; golden glittering pyrite and lepiodlite, a calming crystalline lilac stone. Imagine the impact, gleam, and depth of color as they work their mystique on mineralize eye shadows, mineralize skinfinishes and mineralize blush. Setting them off; lipsticks creamsheen glass, zoom fast black mascara, mineralize statin finish spf 15 foundation, mineralize face+body lotion and revitalizing energy mineralize charged water. For skillful application, four new limited-life split fibre brushes a concise half and half compilation of natural and synthetic fibres both sides deposit and distribute color for a soft diffused look use the natural side; for an application the blends, buffs and fuses the color to the skin, use the synthetic. Like any limited edition, these elements start off rare, and tend to get rarer... get rich while you can!

Lipstick $14.50
Gem of Roses- Mid tone strawberry pink (Lustre)
Lush Amber- Light nude beige (Lustre)
One of a Kind- Mid tone rosy neutral (Lustre)
Musky Amethyst- Deep plum (Frost)

Creamsheen Glass $18.50
Geo Pink- Strawberry pink
Natural Flare- Light caramel nude
Pure Magnificence- Light grey pink
Look Like Sin- Mid tone reddish plum
Richly Revered- Deep brown plum

Mineralize Blush $23.00
Feeling Flush- Melange pink, deep blue pink and soft brown
Warmth of Coral- Melange peach and coral
Pressed Amber- Melange nude, beige and brown

Mineralize Skinfinish $28.00
Semi precious pearl- Base: beige champagne / Inner circle: white, plum, bronze
Semi precious crystal pink- Base: pink champagne / Inner circle pink,mid tone green, bronze
Semi precious rose quartz- Base: rosy pink / Inner circle; silver, lime, white pink copper

Tools
128 Brush - split fibre Cheek brush $32.00
179 Brish - split fibre Angled buffer brush $47.00
234 Brush: split fibre blending brush $22.50
235 Brush: split fibre all over eye brush $30.00

Mineralize Eye Shadow $19.50
Blue Sheen- Melange: navy, black and peach
Dark Indulgence- Melange: forest green and black
Smokey Ruby- Melange: burgundy and black
Golden Glaze- Melange: gold and black
Rare Find- Melange: violet, brown and gold
Jade's Fortune- Melange: bright yellow, blue, lime,and black
Mint of sapphire- Melange: pink violet, teal, copper, and blue
Faux Gold- Melange: coral, gold, lime and bronze
Quartz Fusion- Melange: soft pink, silver, and deep pink
Unsurpassable- Melange: green, teal, purple, and copper
Clarity - description soon
Mineral Mode - description soon


Zoom Fast Black Lash- Deepest Black $14.00

Mineralize Charged Water $22.00
Revitalizing energy - this refreshing hydrating mist rebalances the complexion and instantly replenishes the skin. infused with minerals that are essential in helping skin stay healthy and young looking

Mineralize Face + Body Lotion $29.50
This gentle non-sensitive rich moisturizing lotion can be used on the face and body and is free of fragrance and color

Photos:






Thank you to Specktra for this collection info and photos as well as Beauty Obsessed for some photos.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

5 "Can't Live Without 'Em" Beauty Products!

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5 Must-Have Beauty Products

See what beauty products one editor cannot leave the house without


5 Must-Have Beauty Products

This is a TotalBeauty.com beauty products article

I am a certifiable product junkie, but since I can't schlep my closet full of beauty products around with me, I'm always sure to have the bare minimum at hand in case I need a fix. Here's what's always there for me in my case of need ...

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MAC Sized to Go Collection


Launch Date: June 2011 (Out Now)

In travel, small has a virtue that goes beyond size. It’s mandatory! And in your M·A·C skincare formula of choice, small universally approved volumes of 30 ml or less are not only more tote-able, they allow you to carry on all of your favorite regime: Fix +, Cleanse Off Oil, Cleanse Off Oil/Tranquil, Pro Eye Makeup Remover, Demi-Wipes, Studio Moisture Cream, Strobe Cream, Green Gel Cleanser and Oil Control Lotion – everything you need to keep your skin cleansed, refreshed and hydrated. In anything but a round-the-world marathon, small is most likely all you need. These handy sizes also favour local jaunts and can be great for the space-challenged.

STUDIO MOISTURE CREAM- $15.00
STROBE CREAM- $15.00
GREN GEL CLEANSER- $10.00
OIL CONTROL LOTION- $15.00
DEMI-WIPES- $15.00

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Keep Your Makeup Looking Fresh This Summer!

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How to Keep Your Makeup from Melting

Going to an outdoor wedding or just fighting the daily onslaught of humidity? Check out these tips to keep your makeup from dripping


How to Keep Your Makeup from Melting

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup article

I'm going to an outdoor wedding in the sticky hot month of June and to prep for the guaranteed makeup meltdown, I went to celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles to get the lowdown on keeping my face from running down my couture.

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MAC Semi Precious Collection 2011

I haven't been this excited about a collection since Venomous Villains :-) I love the sound of it! stay tuned for pictures!!

Release dates:
July 7th (US / Canada)
July [International]


We can all admire a woman with a 30-carat diamond. But the new dazzle is semi-precious. Gems that are rare in spirit, rich in substance and worn not as jewels but fare more fluidly, on the skin. In MAC semi-precious, three mineralize formulas just became richer with the infusion of four finely milled gems each bringing their own earthy and spiritual affluence to the mineralize collection. Consider the beauty of bronzeite with the regal golden-bronze flashes; mysteriously electric black tourmaline; golden glittering pyrite and lepiodlite, a calming crystalline lilac stone. Imagine the impact, gleam, and depth of color as they work their mystique on mineralize eye shadows, mineralize skinfinishes and mineralize blush. Setting them off; lipsticks creamsheen glass, zoom fast black mascara, mineralize statin finish spf 15 foundation, mineralize face+body lotion and revitalizing energy mineralize charged water. For skillful application, four new limited-life split fibre brushes a concise half and half compilation of natural and synthetic fibres both sides deposit and distribute color for a soft diffused look use the natural side; for an application the blends, buffs and fuses the color to the skin, use the synthetic. Like any limited edition, these elements start off rare, and tend to get rarer... get rich while you can!

Lipstick $14.50
Gem of Roses- Mid tone strawberry pink (Lustre)
Lush Amber- Light nude beige (Lustre)
One of a Kind- Mid tone rosy neutral (Lustre)
Musky Amethyst- Deep plum (Frost)

Creamsheen Glass $18.50
Geo Pink- Strawberry pink
Natural Flare- Light caramel nude
Pure Magnificence- Light grey pink
Look Like Sin- Mid tone reddish plum
Richly Revered- Deep brown plum

Mineralize Blush $23.00
Feeling Flush- Melange pink, deep blue pink and soft brown
Warmth of Coral- Melange peach and coral
Pressed Amber- Melange nude, beige and brown

Mineralize Skinfinish $28.00
Semi precious pearl- Base: beige champagne / Inner circle: white, plum, bronze
Semi precious crystal pink- Base: pink champagne / Inner circle pink,mid tone green, bronze
Semi precious rose quartz- Base: rosy pink / Inner circle; silver, lime, white pink copper

Tools
128 Brush - split fibre Cheek brush $32.00
179 Brish - split fibre Angled buffer brush $47.00
234 Brush: split fibre blending brush $22.50
235 Brush: split fibre all over eye brush $30.00

Mineralize Eye Shadow $19.50
Blue Sheen- Melange: navy, black and peach
Dark Indulgence- Melange: forest green and black
Smokey Ruby- Melange: burgundy and black
Golden Glaze- Melange: gold and black
Rare Find- Melange: violet, brown and gold
Jade's Fortune- Melange: bright yellow, blue, lime,and black
Mint of sapphire- Melange: pink violet, teal, copper, and blue
Faux Gold- Melange: coral, gold, lime and bronze
Quartz Fusion- Melange: soft pink, silver, and deep pink
Unsurpassable- Melange: green, teal, purple, and copper
Clarity - description soon
Mineral Mode - description soon


Zoom Fast Black Lash- Deepest Black $14.00

Mineralize Charged Water $22.00
Revitalizing energy - this refreshing hydrating mist rebalances the complexion and instantly replenishes the skin. infused with minerals that are essential in helping skin stay healthy and young looking

Mineralize Face + Body Lotion $29.50
This gentle non-sensitive rich moisturizing lotion can be used on the face and body and is free of fragrance and color


Thank you to Specktra for this collection info!