Friday, November 30, 2012

How to do Soft Red Lips

Are red lips too bold for you? Try a softer version. Use a red lip pencil (like Prestige in Amore) to outline then fill in your lips. Now top it with lip gloss. It gives you a soft red lip.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gentlemen prefer blondes....or do they?

Tired of coloring your hair blonde?
According to a study of 2000 men done in the UK by the social network Badoo, 33.1% found brown hair most attractive, 29.5% favored blondes, 28.6% preferred black hair and 8.8% liked redheads best. Even more interesting, 38.8% said their perfect woman would wear a size 12-14. Wow! The study was also done in the US, Brazil, France, Italy and Spain with black being the favorite hair color. Blue eyes were favorite in the UK. The other countries favored brown and green eyes.

 Here is the link to read the whole study:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Carry on Bag Tips

It's Thanksgiving travel time! I like to travel with carry on luggage. It's saves time and money. Those baggage fees are crazy! The tricky part of traveling with carry on luggage is packing up your toiletries. The TSA allows aerosols, liquids and gels in 3.4 (100ml) ounces sizes or less all packed into a 1 quart zip-top clear plastic bag. This means hairspray, hair gel, foundation, mascara, toothpaste and all other cream or liquid beauty items.

I find many of my beauty products in small bottles. Bed, Bath and Beyond has a whole wall full of travel size toiletries. Another great place to get small bottles is Ulta. I bought a couple 3 oz. bottles of my favorite sunscreen there. Samples come in great little bottles. Rinse them and save them. Those little one ounce bottles are great to refill with foundation. Bigger bottles can be filled with your favorite body lotion. I also save those little zip-top bags that contain extra buttons that come with a new garment. The buttons go into a button box and the little bags can be filled with a cream that you don't need much of while you are away such a eye cream. A little blob of it will last a week. I also use those bags to put pieces of dental floss in.

You can also find some things in packets and towelettes. Check out Pinch Provisions. They have a mini emergency kit that contains little items you may need such as clear nail polish and deodorant towelettes. You can find travel size Advil and Tylenol so leave the big bottles at home.

Pack a mini flat iron and mini curling iron. Your hotel will have a blow dryer. You will need to down size the amount of clothes and shoes you take with you, too. I find we all over pack anyway! Keep everything small and carry it all on! Happy travels!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Bridal Makeup: A Rustic Autumn Wedding in Lewisberry

rustic autumn mantle decorations
It was a beautiful sunny autumn day with just a slight chill in the air. A perfect day for a wedding with a warm and rustic theme. The wedding was held at The Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Pa. The decor of wood, pine cones, pumpkins, fresh and dried flowers added to the warm, cozy feel of the lodge.
autumn centerpiece
The theme was rustic but the bride had a glamorous flare. For her makeup, she wanted her eyes to be showcased with lots of liner, smokiness and super lashes. I used shades of nude and brown shadow and black liner softened with warm brown shadow to give her some drama. Strip lashes with black mascara gave her the wow lashes she wanted. 
applying eye shadow
Warm rosy blush complemented her complexion and a soft pink lipstick with a shimmer gave her lips some sparkle and shine. I just loved her earring bling!
bride with long rhinestone earrings

bride outside with mums
The lighting and long shadows were simply fabulous during the late afternoon outdoor ceremony. 
Look how pretty it was!
bride and groom under arch
chocolate wedding cake with autumn leaves
And there was yummy wedding cake with pretty fall leaves and chocolate icing.💒

All the best to the happy couple!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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autumn bridal bouquets

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Use Cinnamon to curb Sugar Cravings

We know that too much sugar is just not good for us but, those cravings! Use a little cinnamon to help curb that craving for sugar and carbs. Add a 1/2  teaspoon of cinnamon to an apple or sprinkle it on your oatmeal in the morning. Cinnamon helps to stabilize your blood sugar helping to control the sugar craving. It's easy and yummy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Animal Testing Update

Years ago it was difficult to find a cosmetic product that was not tested on animals. You would have to find obscure brands in health food stores or mail order, sometimes from other countries like England. Then things started to change. More and more large companies such as Revlon, Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder stopped animal testing. It was easy to buy a lipstick without worrying if it was tested on animals or not.

 I say it was easy because it seems we are going backwards in the animal testing department! I noticed many brands I like, such as Estee Lauder brands, were moved from the no animal testing list to the animal testing list on the Caring Consumer Data Base. I decided to send Estee Lauder an email asking why. These companies usually respond quickly when I write to them but, I have gotten no response, so I did a little research. Apparently, many of the big companies are quietly back to their nasty animal testing policies. Why? Well, it seems they want to sell their products in China. China is one of the few backwards countries the requires that cosmetics be animal tested. Backwards because there are advanced cosmetic testing options that do not involve animals available now. Estee Lauder, MAC, Avon and Mary Kay are now testing on animals again. 

Estee Lauder owns many brands including the popular Aveda, Bobbie Brown, Clinique, Flirt, Origins, MAC and Smashbox. Smashbox used to have the cruelty free bunny right on it's website. It's gone, even though they claim in their FAQs that they do not test on animals "unless required by law". I hate that phrase. I guess that means Chinese law! Only Aveda remains on the Caring Consumer not tested on animals list. MAC is on the animal testing list along with Estee Lauder, Avon, Mary Kay and Revlon. 

Relvon's email to me states that they ended animal testing in 1989 but, it also says  "Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements. Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which our products are sold".  Revlon supports non animal testing alternatives, but according to their own statement, animal testing is still being done on their products, maybe not by them directly, but they comply in order to sell their products in other countries. What can you do? Let Revlon, Estee Lauder & MAC know your concerns. Let Avon and Mary Kay know as well.

The other problem that is happening is that large animal testing companies are buying up smaller non animal testing companies. For instance, St. Ives was one of my favorite brands. It is now owned by Unilever and is tested on animals. Check the St. Ives website. It no longer states "not tested on animals". Sometimes a big company buys a smaller company and allows it to run independently. Take Bare Escentuals for example. It is owned by Shiseido, an animal testing company, but it remains not animal tested. You see confusing it is again!

There are still some of my favorite makeup brands that are not tested on animals for sure! Bare Escentuals, E.L.F., Josie Moran, Physician's Formula, Prestige, Stila, Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Victoria Secret and Wet n Wild. For now, you can buy these brands without worrying! Below is a list of companies that are back to their old tricks along with links to their contact pages. Tell them what you think about animals being tortured for us to look more beautiful!

List of Customer Service Contact Pages for Companies testing on animals again

Estee Lauder
St. Ives
Mary Kay

Smashbox (not officially on the Caring Consumer animal testing list)

Link to Caring Consumer Data Base

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Q&A: Fix a Broken Nail

Q. All of my nails are long and beautiful except for the one I just broke. I want to get that one fixed but I don't want to damage my nail. What's the best way to fix it?

A. Any nail repair method will cause some damage to your nail. Have an old fashioned nail tip with no overlay applied to your nail. It will not be as durable as a tip with an overlay of acrylic, gel or wrap, but it will do the least amount of damage to your nail.