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Love It or Hate It: Smoldering Red Eyes Inspired by Nina Ricci Spring 2011

Love It or Hate It: Smoldering Red Eyes Inspired by Nina Ricci Spring 2011 020111 red spring 2011 nina ricci Eyes eye shadow Beauty Trends

While red eyes are usually attributed to not looking beautiful — tired, grief-stricken, intoxicated, the list goes on and on — ever since Nina Ricci’s Spring 2011 runway, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of smoky crimson lids. Sure, the look isn’t entirely new — token bad teen Taylor Momsen’s been rocking the roughed-up-and-worn look for awhile now (complete with black lipstick, no less) — and sure, I’ve see my share of cranberry and terra cotta shades. But never before has the look been truly elegant and romantic. While it certainly looks best when balanced with nude lips and creamy skin, the style isn’t too hard to pull off as long as you’re prepared to turn heads! The models at the Nina Ricci show wore a saturated version of the brick-inspired Stila eyeshadow in Pigalle. If you’re timid, start off with a sheer wash like MAC Cream Colour Base in Movie Star Red, which isn’t nearly as matte as it looks in the pot. However, if you’re ready to go ultra-bold, try Topshop’s Matte Eyes shadow in Painted.

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The Benefits of Mango Butter in Natural Skin Care

When you think of mango butter you are likely not thinking of skin care, but of some exotic tropical treat, tasting delicious and fabulously expensive. Not so.  Mango butter is not fabulously expensive, but it is exotic and is also fabulous for your skin.

You have a wide choice of natural skin care products from which to choose, so it is bewildering why so many people opt for one or other of the commercial synthetic products full of harsh substances that have been proved time and again as potentially harmful. Consider any of the synthetic surface-active agents that have been added to emulsify the oils, and also to enable the preparation to wet out on your skin and penetrate your pores.

These are the same substances that are used in industrial detergents to enable the product to wet floors and other surfaces.  Do you really want to use these on your skin? Or how about any of the mineral oil derivatives, such as petrolatum, that isolates your skin from the outside world?  Sure, it protects it, but it also prevents your skin acting naturally, preventing it from acting as a cooling unit for your body and preventing the excretion of many toxic substances in your sweat and through the sebaceous glands.

In other words, such substances can do harm by preventing your skin doing the job nature intended.  Natural oils and butters, on the other hand, moisturize without preventing the passage of moisture. They are not only obtained from natural sources but also permit your body to work naturally.

Nor are any animal products used in mango butter , or any other natural skin care product! Not like many of the expensive commercial preparations that contain substances such as collagen and elastin. These come from a variety of sources, including animal skins and ground chicken feet.  Do you really know what is contained in that stuff you are rubbing into your skin? Are you happy in that ignorance?

With mango butter you need not worry about such things because it is 100% natural. It is packed full of beneficial antioxidants to keep your skin looking smooth and young, and helping to prevent its destruction by the free-radical generating industrial and traffic pollution, the pesticides that surround us due to modern agricultural techniques, the ubiquitous tobacco smoke and even the sun’s rays.

Scientifically, it contains substances known as triterpenes and needs no added chemicals to offer its antioxidant properties to your skin. You will likely find ‘preservatives’ in your commercial preparation, under that or another obscure name. Mango butter contains natural preservatives that help to preserve your skin, and so preserve your youthful looks.

What more could you ask for than an exotic skin care product that is derived 100% from natural plant sources, protects your skin from the ravages of modern industry and living, contains no synthetic detergents or any other harmful substances, is inexpensive, and above all makes your skin feel luxuriously soft and supple? That is mango butter!

20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work

20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work  skin care products One of the most asked questions beauty specialist get is, “of all the skin care products out there, which one’s truly do the job?”

With the skin care beauty business being highly competitive, you will find most of the products will do the job they say they do. But what most of us would like to know is which eye cream, lipstick, mascara and so on go that extra mile. We are going to look at this and you will be suprised that many of the better performing products come from the mid-priced brands. These come from large and well known companies that are prepared to spend billions of dollars on research and development.

Lets look at 20 beauty products that have never failed to pull in the compliments.

Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.

20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work revlon beyond natural smoothing primer skin care products With primers coming to the fore in recents years, women are finding that they smooth the fine lines in the skin and no longer have to pile on the concealers. Primers will also help foundation to spead evenly specially near the chin making those tidemarks a thing of the past. Revlon Beyond Natural evens the complexion, looks natural and is not oily. You are not going to find a better smoothing primer because it will have you looking as though your not wearing a foundation but will make your skin smooth and looking healthy.


 Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Makeup.20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Makeup skin care products

Age spots are almost impossible to cover properly. You may get instant results but most foundations will wear off during the day. If you have the problem of skin pigmentation you will find that this colour saturated make up will cover any skin imperfections. Or by using your regular foundation you can dab Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Makeup on the odd dark spots. By finishing of with a translucent power you can have up to 12 hours coverage without having to reapply.

Almay Bright Eyes Eye Base + Concealer

20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work Almay Bright Eyes Eye BAse + Concealer 150x150 skin care products This multi-benefit cover-up disguises veins on the eyelids when you aren’t wearing eye make-up and helps eye shadow to stay put when you are. It also reduces puffiness and covers up dark circles. Almay Bright Eyes has a unique natural blend of white tea, marine extracts and light reflectors that help illuminate and brighten your eyes.


Elizabeth Arden Smooth Line Lip Pencil20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work almay bright eyes eye base concealer skin care products

Used incorrectly, lip liners can give a hard look to the mouth. But as lips thin with age, it becomes necessary to prevent lipstick from wandering. ThiS soft precision pencil should be used to correct your lip line where needed, rather than used to outline the whole mouth. It smudges well, and the best all-purpose, most flattering colour IS Taupe.

Roc Retinol Wrinkle Correxion Eye Cream.

20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work Roc Retin Ox Wrinlke Correxion Eye Cream 150x150 skin care products When bags and lines around the eyes become a permanent condition, you need to use a retinol-based eye cream at night This powerhouse ingredient is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine ines and stimulate new collagen production, and RoC’s eye cream also contains light reflectors to make eyes look better in an instant.  RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream has received rave reviews from most consumers with an average of 4.5 out of 5. One reviewer says, “I have been using this product for about a week and have noticed a big difference already. I am 28 and have just one or two creases around my eyes that I am working on fading, and also as a preventative. This stuff works, and I will be trying other Roc products in the future.”20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work Maybelline New York Colossal Volum Express Mascara 150x150 skin care products

 Maybelline New York Colossal Volum’Express Mascara

Everyone wants full lashes but few of us want to look like a Morticia Addams clone. This relative newbie from Maybelline, who’ve had a lock on the best mass-market mascaras for decades, thickens lashes naturally in a couple of swipes.

Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation

20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation 150x150 skin care products After the age of 40, most women should look for luminosity rather than coverage in a foundation. This lightweight formula contains mineral glow pearls to create a more radiant complexion. Suitable for all skin types – smooth on a little for buildable coverage. This Avon Foundation has SPF 12 sun protection and being free from oil, talc and fragrance it is a sure winner for those with sensitive skin. One reviewer had this to say about Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation, “”This is the best foundation I have ever used. I was hooked on just using the mineral facial powder, but I tried this liquid foundation and I love the result. I am 51 years old, and like to look “natural” – this product delivers.”

Trilogy Age Proof COQ10 Booster Serum20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work Trilogy Age Proof COQ10 Booster Serum 150x150 skin care products

A sunscreen shouldn’t be your only protection against sun damage. Antioxidant creams and serums form the first line of defence in fighting skin-damaging free radicals. Use one or two drops of this antioxidant- packed serum under your moisturiser at night. An added bonus is the presence of the skin- repairing coenzyme Q10, which boosts cell rejuvenation.

Natio Tinted Mosituriser SPF 20

Whether your skin is line-free or heavily wrinkled, a tinted moisturiser is the best choice for a younger look. This perennial bestseller with its high SPF and sheer satin finish outperforms prestige products costing several times its price. Unlike many tinted oisturisers, the creamy formula evens out the complexion, too.

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream20 Beauty Skin Care Products That Really Work Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream 150x150 skin care products

If you check out most beauty blogs, this silky cream rarely rates less than five stars. It smells good, doesn’t look “orangey” or fake and rejuvenates your skin into the bargain. Worth the money. Pale-skinned types should go easy, as always, and remember to exfoliate before application for a top result.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Moisturising Lipcolour

Part of the hugely successful Colour Riche franchise, this creamy mouth enhancer won’t dry out or feather your lips, and everyone of the 34 shades lasts and lasts. The finish is a Goldilocks compromise – not too matte/not too shiny Check out the other members of the Colour Riche family, too: Anti-Age Serum lipstick (for the over-40s); Made For Me Intense (dramatic colours); and Made For Me Naturals (great neutrals).

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Winner of the best anti-ageing product at the 2009 Cosmetic Executive Women Awards, the Oscars of beauty, this treatment lotion specialises in neutralising skin damage. Containing patent-pending CL-302 complex, it really goes to work on mild acne scarring, age spots, discolouration and cumulative sun damage.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

A lifesaver when you’re travelling, this “magic” powder leaves no white streaks as it cleans, revitalises and “lifts” the hair if you don’t have time to wash it. Runway models with fine, limp hair even use it to add much-needed body after regular shampooing.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

The top-sellinq product for the French prestige natural brand worldwide, this unctuous cream revives even the most desiccated hands A great favourite with surgeons who have to wash their hands up to 40 times a day.

Rimmel London Silky Loose Face Powder

You can pay up to $50 for a face powder – but you don’t have to. For a glowing complexion that doesn’t look dry or cakey, this long-standing favourite fights shine and blends in with most skin tones. The silk powder in the mix adds much-needed radiance.

Ardell Brow Defining Powder

This US drugstore brand really challenges the biggest names in the beauty biz when it comes to eye and lash products. Popular with leading make-up artists who don’t like to waste money when they don’t have to, a few dabs of this pigmented powder yields professional results when it comes to brow definition.

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush

As the years pile up, the cheeks can become fanned by fine lines. Skin also turns drier, which is why creamy – not a powdery – blush is a smart choice. They blend better and leave no harsh lines (very ageing) for a healthy flush. For a natural-looking sheen (in four shades), this slick cream delivers the goods.

Sebastian Professional Potion 9

When hair feels as dry as a desert or you need to add volume and tame flyaways, reach for this cult product packed with botanical extracts. Apply to damp or dry hair for more malleable, manageable and healthy looking hair.

Estee Lauder Silky Eyeshadow Duo

Too much eye shadow can produce that Bette Davis-style “Baby Jane” look, and not wearing any eye shadow is equally ageing. Mature eyes look best in variations of brown – bronze, copper and chocolate. Say goodbye to matte, though, and use a shadow with a sheen such as this microfine, crease-free duo in Mocha or Cappuccino. Or the cheaper Covergirl Shadow Blast Eyeshadow in Bronze Fire.

Clairol Herbal Essences Drama Clean Refreshing Shampoo and Conditioner

Hair dulls with age but that’s no reason not to remove product build-up. Get back your youthful shine with this deep cleansing duo, rich in berry tea and orange flower extract.

Sue Devitt Rana Starbrights Lip Cheek

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Lookbook: China Glaze “Awakening” Collection, Halloween 2010 Swatches

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China Glaze has released a Halloween 2010 collection called “Awakening,” and it consists of three glittery shades. To see full photographs, swatches, and what I thought of this collection,

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Ick-a-bod-y has a dark olive green base (that looks black), with chunky, thick orange glitter. The only thing “ick” about this polish was the formula. It was thick, goopy, sheer, and extremely difficult to work with. I normally have no problem with China Glaze nail polishes ever, but this polish was all over the place. The olive green base is sheer at first, and needs at least 2-3 coats. The glitter builds up into a sticky mess, and it ends up clumping. I was very unimpressed with this shade, and I will take China Glaze’s “Fortune Teller” from last years Halloween collection any day. Thank goodness I bought a backup last year. This shade will go to the back of my collection, and I most likely will not take it out this year.

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"Mummy May I"

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Mummy May I is a deep wine-colored purple, with flecks of hot pinkish-purple glitter in it. This shade had similar issues as “Ick-a-bod-y,” with a really thick, goopy, sheer formula. It clumped, though not as much as “Ick-a-bod-y,” and fortunately, this shade is pretty enough on the nail to warrant a little frustration.

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"Zombie Zest"

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Zombie Zest is a moss-green (think: goblin, mucky green) shade with flecks of golden glitter in it. This shade was a dream to apply after dealing with the first two, and it also came out the prettiest. Unfortunately, Orly’s Cosmix FX Collection has a shade that is almost an exact dupe, and it is way more impressive and gorgeous. See the comparison:

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"Zombie Zest" (left), "It's Not Rocket Science," (right)

The Orly version of this shade comes out much more vibrant, and is way prettier on the nail, in my opinion.

Overall, the China Glaze Awakening Collection was a huge disappointment for me. Every year, I look forward to Halloween nail polish collections coming out, and I expected something more innovative from China Glaze. I also think that the formula on 2 out of 3 of these was terrible, and needs some serious improvement.

You can purchase the China Glaze Awakening Collection at Victoria’s Nail Supply online , for $2.75 a bottle. Sally Beauty Supply stores will also be getting this collection in shortly, most likely in September 2010, and will retail for $5.99 there.

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