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Product Spotlight-BB Cream

8 Aug

New beauty products come and go, but every now and then a hot product takes the beauty world by storm. The latest product to create a craze among the beauty industry is BB Creams. Also known as “Blemish Balm” or “Blemish Base,” the formula is created to protect and improve skin while providing light coverage. Already a popular item in Asian markets, BB cream has recently developed a following in the West, and larger beauty manufacturers like Garnier and Maybelline are taking notice.

The beauty of BB Cream is really found in the all-in-one function of the product. While the lure of BB Cream is clear, the benefits are debatable. We love it for weekend makeup routines when we want coverage but an application that’s natural and quick. However, BB Cream is still new, and finding a variety of shades can be difficult. Also, be sure to pay attention when purchasing BB Cream; rumor has it some formulas are merely repackaging of tinted moisturizers. If you’re interested in trying BB Creams, you can find them at most beauty retailers and at widely ranging prices. A few brands we love are Garnier, Smashbox, and Too Faced.

Tell us what you think of BB Creams, fad or fabulous??


What’s in this stuff?

1 Feb

When it comes to makeup and skincare products, reading the ingredients is often an exercise in language. Many ingredients are unpronounceable and unrecognizable. Despite the fact that we put these substances on our skin every day, we often know little about what goes into them. Many products claim to be natural, but how do you know if those ingredients are truly all natural or beneficial. So we thought it’s time to find out for ourselves and give a short glossary of the ingredients commonly found in beauty products. To find the definitions we researched online and referenced Aubrey Hampton’s book What’s in Your Cosmetics?

Parabens-Synthetic chemicals used to preserve cosmetics. Some studies have shown that parabens can mimic the estrogen hormone, which is associated with certain forms of breast cancer. For more information visit the FDA’s website.

Phthalates (pronounced Tha-layts) – Chemical compounds of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity). Some studies have shown links between phthalates to birth defects and cancer. The danger in phthalates comes when the plastics begin to breakdown and the phthalates are released into nature.

Triclosan-A bactericide or antibacterial agent. Some studies show this ingredient can alter hormone regulation. So far though, these effects have only been seen in studies on animals. The FDA is currently working on testing the safety of this ingredient in cosmetics.

Dimethicone-Silicone fluid that gives a smooth feel to cosmetics, also acts as an emulsifier and hair conditioner. From the research available online, this ingredient looks perfectly safe.

Octyl Methoxycinnamate (pronounced Ock-til Metho-oxey-sin-naw-mate)-An organic compound, its primary use in cosmetics is to absorb UV-B and UV-A rays from the sun, protecting the skin from damage. It is also used to reduce the appearance of scars. There is some controversy with this ingredient because its purpose is to protect and help prevent skin cancer, but some studies show it could increase estrogen, which is linked to breast cancer.

Trihydroxystearin– Is a combination of glycerin and fatty acids used as an emollient and thickening agent. In cosmetics and personal care products, it slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.

These are just a few ingredients we found in many products. Are there any cosmetic ingredients you’d like to know more about? Leave a comment and let us know!

Holiday Skincare Gift Ideas

8 Dec

Sometimes choosing the perfect gift can be hard. There are so many things to pick from like clothes, jewelry, cosmetics, and even electronics. To help narrow your decision, we’ve decided to compile our top choices for gifts in skincare. Bath and skin products are a good choice when you have no idea what to get that special woman in your life, and will always be appreciated.

Philosophy’s The More the Merrier Holiday Gift Set

This holiday gift set from Philosophy captures all the delicious scents of the season. Its festive packaging is cute and whimsical, and a must have this holiday season. The company says, “The More the Merrier is the motto for this time of year, which is why we combined four festive shower gels and a cheerful lip shine into one merry gift. The More the Merrier features our multitasking, 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble baths. In Twinkle Berry, Candy Cane, Have a Cherry Christmas, and Marshmallows for Toasting, plus, Marshmallows for Toasting high-gloss, high-flavor marshmallow fluff lip shine. Our moisturizing, absolutely delicious shower gels bring you joy during your shower, and our tasty lip shine brings cheer to your loved ones with every sweet kiss.”

Caudalie’s Once Upon a Vine

This limited edition gift set from Caudalie is another must have and is more than just another skincare product. You can give the gift of glowing skin, which is hard to find during the winter season. The company says, “Caudalie writes a fairy tale for perfect skin! Fight your way through the wicked dead skin cells with the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. Awaken your body’s hydration with a kiss of Vine Body butter and Hand and Nail cream. Break the curse of chapped lips with the Lip Conditioner. Your skin will be glowing happily ever after.”

Korres’ Quercetin & Oak Regimen Kit

What better gift to gift than the gift of youth? Korres’ Quercetin & Oak Regimen Kit is an anti-aging skincare regime that will renew and revitalize skin. The company says, “Inspired by a NOBEL-awarded discovery on cell aging and fueled by two of nature’s most powerful anti-aging agents, KORRES® Quercetin & Oak is a clinically proven natural alternative to Retinol. It is so effective, that in independent clinical testing, Quercetin & Oak provided better, faster results than a leading luxury department store brand and a leading dermatologist brand.”

What skincare gift sets are on your wish list? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Also, don’t forget to enter our fragrance giveaway here! You only have until December 14th to do so.

Beauty Travel Kit

17 Nov

As the holiday season approaches many of us will be leaving our homes to visit friends and relatives. While visiting loved ones is fun, packing for your trip can be a pain and it seems inevitably you forget something. That’s why we planned the perfect beauty travel kit, sure to include everything you need without taking up too much space.

1) Foundation, concealer, and powder

These are basic you should never travel without. Foundation polishes your look; concealer masks blemishes and under eye circles and powder sets it.We love Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier, they never fail us.

2) Eyeliner, in brown or black

Choose a liner, based on your hair color and it can double as eyebrow filler. Try Napoleon Perdis eyebrow pencil, looking for a more affordable version try the NP collection for Target.

3) Mascara

Another basic you should never travel without. We love Dior’s DiorShow Blackout Mascara.

4) Lipstick or lip color in a rosy pink shade

Lipstick can double as blush and works for day or evening. We like Nars in Dolce Vita.

5) Eye shadow

You only need a couple shades for every day and evening. We like CoverGirl’s Eye Enhancers 4-kit shadows, they come in a variety of shades and they’re compact.

The stress of travel can be hard on your skin, so always pack these skincare necessities as well. Makeup wipes because you should never sleep with your makeup on and wipes are quick and easy, perfect when you’re sharing a bathroom with all your relatives. A good moisturizer because dry skin is impossible to hide, so keep yours hydrated. Lastly a gentle face scrub to slough away dead skin cells and keep skin glowing.

What are your beauty essentials? Let us know and leave a comment!

Makeup Primers

27 Sep

Primers might be the hardest working cosmetics available. A primer, in the simplest definition, prepares or primes the surface of skin for the best possible makeup application. Perhaps the most popular type of primer, and the most necessary, is the facial primer. A facial primer is applied after moisturizer. It creates a barrier between pores and foundation, preventing it from sinking into pores throughout the day, and decreasing the amount of touch ups needed. Facial primer also reduces the size of your pores and creates an even surface for makeup application, thus enhancing the look of your foundation. As simple as primers may seem there are a lot of different primers available today,and all with different claims. Below we’ve listed the primers we’ve tried and loved.

Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer

These oil-free facial primers come in six shades designed for color correction with one transparent one.The formula is light and absorbs into skin easily. These are an ideal pick for someone who suffers from Rosacea or has yellow undertones in skin which can alter the color of your makeup, making it appear uneven.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

This is one of the most well-known foundation primers, and it’s not without merit. This primer is simple, affordable, and it works. This primer has the ability to both shrink pores and create a matte look to skin, a great buy for someone with oily skin. New formulas with SPF and color corrections have come out, but we keep going back to the original.

Josie Maran Argan Primer Mist

We recently sang the praises of Argan Oil for your hair, but this product proves it’s a multifunctional ingredient. This mist provides the benefits of primer, but also works to improve your skin. The formula is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan.

L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Base

This is the priciest option of the bunch, but its well worth it. This radiance boosting concentrate actually contains real flecks of gold. In addition to the benefits of a primer, it has a gel-like consistency that sinks into skin to retain moisture, and actually tightens facial features.

Do you have a favorite primer? Let us know and leave a comment!

Sailor Nail Polish Design

4 Aug

Take your nails on a wild adventure to uncharted waters with this cute sailor design, the perfect accent to your summer wardrobe. The cool colors will keep your nails looking fresh, fun, and fabulous. It’s simple and easy to do yourself.

Step One: Choose two nail polishes as base colors for your nails. We chose a pale pink for all the nails except for the ring finger, which we painted in a deep blue. We love Illamasqua’s Muse and Sephora by OPI’s Dear Diary.
Step Two: Use a nail pen in dark blue and draw three horizontal lines across the nails. Next use a white nail pen and draw lines along the tips, like you would do for a French tip. We love Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pens.

Step Three: Use a hot pink nail polish pen and draw small solid circles on both sides of the blue lines. This will make them look like buttons.

Step Four: Use the white pen to draw an anchor on your blue-painted nail. To get the perfect anchor, start by drawing an open circle in the center of your nail, closest to the tip and then draw a vertical line in the center of your nail. Next, about a centimeter from the bottom of the line, closest to your cuticle, draw a half circle with two arrows on each end. It is reminiscent of a mouth of a smiley face. Lastly, complete the anchor with a short horizontal line between the hook and the open circle.

We hope you enjoy this sailor-inspired nail look! Leave us a comment and let us know.

Featured Product – Konad Stamping Nail Art Kit

2 Aug

We all know manicures and professional designs can be expensive and take a lot of time, but now with the Konad Stamping Set you can spice up your nails without all the hassle of a trip to the salon. These sets come with a stamper, scraper, one image plate, and one special small polish. Creating exquisite designs for your nails is now so quick and easy you can change your design every week or even every day—it’s that simple. There’s an image plate for every style, occasion, and personality, and along with pre-made sets, you can also customize your own nail art set, choosing from a multitude of image plates, polish color, and more. You can add top coats and even double sided stampers to enhance your kit as well.

Konad says, “With KONAD Stamping Nail Art kit you can create perfect, professional nail designs at a fraction of the time and money, just like a professional nail artist…or even better. It’s neat and easy!”

The great thing about the Konad Nail Art Kit is that you can use it for so much more than just creating beautiful nail designs. You can use designs on your phone, watch, bracelet, earrings, and more. With so many uses the Konad Nail Art Kit is a must have for any style diva.