Monday, August 31, 2009

Maybelline Super-Sizes Mascara With New Great Lash BIG

You can have your $25- $50 tubes of expensive black mascara.

Yes, we have tried several, but we still come back to the old classic and favorite of many professional makeup artists:

Maybelline's Great Lash.

It's been noted that one tube of Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara is sold every 1.6 seconds in the United States.

Why? Because the product is that good. You can build beautiful, dark, thick lashes at the very affordable price of barely $5!

And now, Maybelline's is introducing: Great Lash Big.

So what's so super about the newest Great Lash Mascara? It still contains the same superior lash-lengthening ingredients. The newness is in the applicator. It's a big, wide brush. We're not kidding. Be careful how you wield this applicator.

According to the folks at Maybelline's, Great Lash Big, accomplishes these beauty steps:

The Great Big Brush provides a bigger, bolder lash effect
Great buildable formula still conditions as it thickens with even greater intensity
No clumps or globs

Great Lash Big is available at your local drugstore for $6. We think it's worth the price.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wrap Yourself Up In Scarves And Pashmina For Fall 2009 Beauty

We admit. We often look to glamorous celebrities to give us a heads up on fashion trends and style.
Today, we're wrapping ourselves in colorful scarves and pashminas.

And many of us really enjoy when an attractive celeb is working the casual look, and not the red carpet.


Because that is when we get to observe celebrity style that is not over the top. We see glam women like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson, Kim Kardashian, and others wearing clothes we often appear in.....a white tee shirt, jeans, camisole, cardigan, etc.

For Fall 2009 beauty, why not wrap yourself up in an easy, yet stylish scarf or pashmina wrap?

A scarf or wrap is an instant wardrobe boost. And these simple, beautiful accessories never go out of style.

The pashmina wrap, a baby soft cashmere fabric, is a favorite of celebrities, and comes in a rainbow of bright, eye-popping shades. Look at the hot pink pashmina in the photo. We found this one for Only $8.99!! At Scarf_tradinginc Storefront

You can find pretty scarves and wraps in stores everywhere and online, too. Shopping sites like and sell beauties to wrap up in for Fall 2009 at low prices.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Steal Their Celebrity Bling For Less At

We all love the celebrity bling. And yes, we like to imitate their style. We're talking about the fabulous and famous women like Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Aniston, and Karina Smirnoff, just to name a few.

When it comes to red carpet events, we always notice the gown, the hair, the makeup, and yes, the beautiful bling! Who doesn't love sparkling jewelry and gems?

And there are times we all wish we could just borrow that stunning pair of earrings for an important event. Or show our jeweler the engagement ring of a certain celebrity, so that it could be custom-made?

Well, now we all can. Check out this website: You can 'steal their style' for just a few dollars. Imitation celebrity jewelry. Let's take a look at sexy Jennifer Lopez at her recent 40th birthday party. J.Lo wowed the crowd with a striking white Grecian style gown, along with a pair of drop-dead glam set of chandeliers and bold cuff bracelet. has reproduced the gorgeous bling for a lot less, with gold tone, gold plated, and 14k gold jewelry accented by beautiful CZs and rhinestones.

Your cost: $665 on sale for the Gold, CZ Corset Bracelet
$34.95 for the gold tone Chandelier Earrings

And how about Dancing with the Stars' Karina Smirnoff? The petite and lovely Karina is proud to show off her engagement rock. And why not? Her handsome fiance, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, sure has good taste in rings.

And now you can own a pretty celebrity knock-off. Steal Karina's style with a princess cut, 3 stone faux diamond engagement ring for $65.

As likes to call their jewelry: "Affordable elegance."

And there are lots of celebrities to look at and 'steal their style.' Think about it, who has $20,000 to spend on a diamond cocktail ring, when you can buy an elegant fake for just $75?!

We love celebrity bling, and are happy we can copy it for much, much less.

Find your fav celebrity, right here:

Friday, August 28, 2009

Look Polished For Fall With The Retro Moon Manicure

Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese has been ahead of the trend on this one, for quite a while now. Check out her sexy nails. She is queen of the moon manicure. The retro moon mani is big this fall 2009.

Think of it as a reverse French manicure. It's basically a two-tone paint job. Dita Von Teese is sporting scarlet nails and leaving a small white crescent at the nail bed. Very dramatic and clean. And this trend was actually quite popular back in the 1920s when glamorous movie stars began wearing this interesting manicure.

The moon manicure has been featured on some of the fall runways, and the Dior show really catapulted the look onto the mainstream fashion pulse.

The moon manicure can be quite bold in black and white, as pictured here, courtesy of And their directions follow on how to create your own moon mani.

STEP 1 Apply one coat of opaque white (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail color in Whirlwind White) over the entire nail and wait for the polish to dry completely.

STEP 2 Using a semicircular French-manicure stencil sticker (Orly French Manicure Tip Guides), block off the bottom third of your nail.

STEP 3 Paint two coats of black ( Essie nail polish in Licorice) from the stencil to the tip of the nail. Once it dries, peel off the sticker and finish with a shine-enhancing top coat over the entire nail.

And here's yet another example of the retro moon manicure. Nails are painted dark red, and the bottom crescent is left naked and a clear top coat is later applied to the whole nail.

We happen to think this is a very sophisticated, lovely look for nails for fall 2009.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Women Here Begging For Pond's Age Miracle Cream Big In The Philippines

Remember Pond's cold cream?

Well, we've heard lots and lots of good beauty gossip about Pond's these days. And this ain't your grandmother's little jar of Pond's.

Women here in the US have been begging parent company, Unilever, to sell to us, what the lovely ladies of the Philippines already know. And that is, there's something special in Pond's Age Miracle Daily Resurfacing Cream.

Deirdre Gonzales, a business entreprenuer from Cebu City Philippines, now based in Florida, wrote an article about the Pond's day cream, which has become one of the most popular skin care treatments in the Philippines:

".......considered today as one of the most popular beauty products in the Philippines as well as in other countries. The brand is the ponds age miracle cream. The ponds age miracle cream uses some of the most technologically advanced formulations that specifically target the 7 signs of skin aging, which are fine lines and wrinkles which are usually seen on the eyes and on the forehead, rough skin texture, uneven skin tone which is usually the result of sun or UV rays, skin dullness, visible pores, blotches or age spots, and dryness of the skin. Through targeting these signs, the ponds age miracle cream is known to stop the aging process."

The Pond's Age Miracle Cream was also featured on the Tyra Banks talk show last February, where it was labeled 'Asia's cult dream,' and, "it's a # 1 seller, the most awarded and it's beaten prestige brands in blind tests. The cream is one of the best kept beauty secrets of the east. "

And women have been going wild trying to track some down, ever since.

Who wouldn't want to rub some onto their skin? Unfortunately, Unilever has not made the Pond's cream available in the United States at this time.

But there is always, folks. And yes, Ebay sells a number of Pond's Age Miracle Daily Resurfacing Creams. Most come in at under $20, with a $10 shipping fee. Look here:

We have not tried this so-called miracle in a jar, but many Asian women seem to adore the product.

If you have tried this Pond's Age Cream, please leave us a few comments. We are curious to learn how well the cream works.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cheryl Burke Loves Sexy Hair's Soy Renewal Treatment

Cheryl Burke, 2-time champion of Dancing With The Stars, has some great moves.

And also, beautiful hair that moves.

You really notice Cheryl Burke's hair as she glides and twists and turns on the ballroom dance floor. It bounces, shines, and never loses it healthy shape.

And now, Cheryl has become a fan of Sexy hair's new Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment ($19.95, 4.2 oz, at drugstores).

What we find wonderful about this moisture-rich beauty treatment are its top 2 ingredients:

Argan oil and soy protein.

We learned recently, that shiny-haired Salma Hayek also uses styling products that contain super anti-oxidant argan oil.

Argan oil and soy protein sound like greasy ingredients, but surprisingly, they are not.

Argan Oil is a quick absorber. And you can use it on dry or wet hair. It reduces blow-drying time, while leaving hair looking polished and frizz-free. The Argan Oil not only conditions hair, but also helps to stop damage from heat styling and the outdoor elements. The oil improves elasticity and reduces breakage.

Soy Renewal restores natural luster without adding a heavy feel to the locks or leaving behind oily residue.

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment can be used as a daily treatment or as a deep treatment hair mask.

Trust us, you might not be able to dance as beautifully as Cheryl Burke, but your hair will look great.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nars and Marc Jacobs Team Up For Autumn 2009 Fashion Week

"Makeup shouldn't always be so serious," Francois Nars once said.

And his makeup collection for Autumn 2009 clearly illustrates the need for fun, sexiness, and innocence.

After a 10 year hiatus, François Nars is back on the fashion runway. And the well-respected makeup artist returned in a big way, by leading the makeup direction for Marc Jacobs’ Autumn/Winter 2009 show. That meant working with 65 models, and creating 65 different makeup looks. Wow!

So what's his look for fall 2009?

Francois Nars explains his vision at his cosmetics website:
"I wanted a collection that reflected the modern woman - very fragile and strong at the same time. The Fall colors can be used in a multitude of ways; to create strong eyes and muted lips, or the opposite, pale eyes and a strong pout. I don’t tell women what to wear; I provide different options for them to choose from."
This is a strong and edgy Nars Autumn 2009 makeup collection, as he so beautifully demonstrates in his portrait of model Heather Marks.

Black shadow laid the foundation for creating the dramatic eye, to which the artists added cobalt blues, deep greens, bright purples, reds, fuchsias, and glitter. “There is a wide variety of color,” said François Nars. “You want to play with makeup. Makeup is a great accessory - that is the message.”

Take a look at just a few of the bold and beautiful shades included in Francois Nars' Autumn 2009 makeup collection.

And check out his video, where you can learn more about the colors in this fall palette:

Monday, August 24, 2009

got2b Makes Some Amazingly Tough Hair Styling Products

If you have more than your fair share of bad hair days, then you deserve to make a change.

got2b from the Schwarzkopf hair company is one incredible hair care line! There are so-ooooo many styling products, you couldn't even scratch the surface. The best thing, the products are reasonably priced and you can find them at your local drugstore. And most importantly, got2b makes some amazingly tough hair products.

Got a spikey do? got2b has a hair product for you. How 'bout a rockin' mohawk? Yep. got2b has some glue stuff that defies all gravity.

We want to try got2b's new Guardian Angel line. The first-ever patented 425 degree heat protection styling sprays. You get shine, healthy hair, and volume.

It comes in 3 choices: 425F Heat Protect 'N Curl, 425F Heat Protect 'N Blow Out, and 425F Heat Protect 'N Flatten ($5.99, each).

Even celebrity hair stylist Ken Paves adores products from the got2b hair care line. One of his faves is pictured above:

Got 2b Defiant Define + Shine pomade ($6). "A little goes a long way to smooth flyaways. One tub will last until you're 115, " Ken Paves says.

Whatever your hair care need involves, got2b has the product for you. There are mousses, gels, pomades, volumizers, hairsprays, smooth and shine lotions, spiking glues. You name it, and they've probably got it.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Glamour Mag Shows World What Real Women Look Like

Glamour magazine would like you to meet 20-year-old Lizzi Miller. And apparently, the fashion mag's readers have been blown away by Lizzi Miller's beauty and real-life-size proportions.

Glamour has featured the plus-size model on page 194 of their September issue. She wears a size 12-14. And the magazine wants women to feel comfortable in their skin.

So, does the photograph bother you? Do her rolls of fat make you uncomfortable? According to Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, the emails have been very, very positive.

One reader called the shot "the most amazing photograph I've ever seen in any women's magazine." Another says, "I wanted to shout from the rooftops!"

We think the photo is quite beautiful, and model Lizzi Miller is really touched by the wonderful response:

Lizzi's loving it. "When I read them I got teary-eyed!" she says. "I've been that girl, flipping through magazines trying to find just one person who looked a little bit like me. And when I didn't find it I would start to think there's something wrong with the way that I looked. When J. Lo and Beyoncé came out and were making curves sexy, I started to accept myself more. It's funny, but just seeing them look and feel sexy enabled me to do the same."

No photo-shopping, air-brushing here.

Actually, refreshing, Glamour. Kudos to you.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Siriano Creates Fierce Fall 2009 Makeup Line for VS

Christian Siriano, last year's Project Runway winner, has been working non-stop, designing beautiful clothes and accessories, and now a lovely Fall 2009 makeup line for Victoria's Secret.

The diminutive and stylish designer with some 'fierce' hair, has put together a 'fierce' fall makeup collection.

“This Fall the inspiration is Egypt: the warmth of the desert, the blue of the Nile. It’s about the juxtaposition of soft fabrics and strong shapes.”– Christian Siriano

You can order Christian Siriano's limited edition makeup line right now at the Victoria's Secret website:

Let's look at Christian's collection. And the makeup comes stashed in an adorable signature cocoa-colored ruffled cosmetics bag:

In five runway shades: Sahara (nude), Sandstorm (copper), Oasis (greenish blue), Royalty (deep chocolate) and Gilded Fierce (black with gold sparkle). $14

Inspired by an ancient Egyptian beauty ritual, this liner glides on for the prettiest smudged, smoky effect. In the blackest of blacks, Eclipse. $12

In three glossy neutrals: Embrace (champagne), Sublime (warm coral) and Chic (deep berry). $14

A triple set of bronzing powders combine to create a warm sun-kissed face. In Sunspell Bronze. $24

Also included, a silky, natural-hair brush offers gentle, even application.

Adorable cocoa-colored compact, square-shaped, zip-around clutch covered in Christian Siriano’s signature ruffles.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

UVSunSense Wristband Monitors Time In The Sun

What a cool fun in the sun idea! And for just $7, you can protect your entire family from the harmful rays of the sun for a whole day at the beach.

We saw a few sunbathers wearing these UV monitoring wristbands last weekend. And kids seem to think they're okay to wear, too.

The product is called UVSunSense. Look at the photos. The procedure is very simple. You're placing a wristband on with the color side up.

You apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher, all over exposed body parts and over the UVSunSense band.

When exposed to sunlight, the band immediately turns purple to indicate it has been activated.
When the band is no longer purple, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen on your body and on the band.
When the words "APPLY SUNSCREEN TO THIS SIDE" are no longer clearly visible, it is recommended to cover up or get out of the sun.

What a brilliant idea. Duh? Why couldn't we have thought of this product concept!

Let's be honest, some of us hate re-applying sunscreen. Some of us don't remember when we last applied the stuff...was it 8:30 AM or 10:00 AM?

But the UVSunSense wristbands take the guess-work out of your fun in the sun. The bands contain a sun-sensitive gauge to monitor the strong and damaging UVA and UVB rays.

The wristbands are actually made using #5 plastics and can be recycled through many curbside programs at the end of the day.

A package of 6 UvSunSense wristbands can be purchased ($7) at and other online sites, and through some retailers).

For more information, visit:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vanessa Hudgens Loves All Things Beauty And Shares Tips

Singer/actress Vanessa Hudgens has been playing around with makeup since she was 9-years-old. And today at 20, the young woman who was catapulted into fame in the High School Musical trilogy, now has the confidence to experiment with all things beauty.

And Vanessa Hudgens is sharing her tips with us.

Vanessa graces the cover of InStyle's Makeover annual fall issue:

1. Kerastase Oleo-Curl Mist ($34, Vanessa is hooked on the oil-based curling agent. "This formula amps up my waves. I apply it after towel-drying my hair, then scrunch the waves and go!"

2. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vendetta ($23, fine dept. stores, and also at Vanessa isn't into the soft pastel nail shades at the moment. "I'm really into Chanel nail polishes. The dark colors are so amazing with all of the different shimmers in them."

3. Aquolina Pink Sugar eau de Toilette Spray ($55, Yummy! This is one scent that smells so edible. "Amazing! It's a sweet scent like cotton candy," Vanessa says. And she's right. Soft and sexy.

4. Neutrogena Wave Power-Cleanser and Deep Clean Foaming Pads ($13, local drugstore). Vanessa really enjoys washing her face this way, because the little gadget does all the work. "I'm kind of lazy when it comes to my skin," she explains. "But the Neutrogena Wave is fun! You put it on a cleansing pad, press the button, and it vibrates as you wash your face!"

5. Comptoir Sud Pacifique in Vanille Abricot ($53, Vanessa is addicted to the food aroma. "I love food smells. This vanilla-apricot fragrance is always in my bag."

Thanks, Vanessa Hudgens, for sharing your favorite beauty things.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Trainer David Kirsch Can Build You A Great Butt

We fell in love with fitness celebrity trainer David Kirsch, ever since we saw model Heidi Klum working out with him after one of her pregnancies. Heidi was trying to get back to supermodel shape. And boy, did she ever. And now we know why.

It's simple. It's because of David Kirsch. He's amazing and a sensible fitness expert.

And we recently caught him on TV, talking about building a great butt. Yeah, he's like a sculptor. David Kirsch claims he can take any butt: flat, big, small, fallen, and design you a perfect rear view.

And we believe him, because he has a great new manual on how to get a nicely shaped rear. It's called, The Butt Book. And it will soon be available at Barnes and Noble bookstores.

What we adore about this butt-how-to-manual, is its simplicity. David Kirsch says you don't need to use costly cardiovascular machines or clumsy strength-training devices.

Take a look at some of the cute illustrations from his new The Butt Book:

For more information, and to get your own round, firm butt, visit

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kim K And Khloe Melt Fat With GNC's Quick Trim

The Kardashian sisters are doing it on the QT, so to speak. Kim and Khloe are on the new GNC Quick Trim program.

Khloe's proud to announce that she has melted 20 lbs. in 4 weeks! And now the youngest and tallest Kardashian sister has come clean to say, her very fast weight loss came about through the Quick Trim program. And Kim also is a user of QT. Both women are paid sponsors and can be seen here:

Caffeine appears to be the fat melting ingredient in GNC's Quick Trim program.

And Khloe says she used all 4 products in the QT weight loss line:

Celluslim sculpting gel
14-day Burn and Cleanse
48-hour Fast Cleanse
and Extreme Burn, an "8-hour weight loss formula that burns calories 300 percent times faster!"

So, is this a healthy way to melt fat away? Most experts would say no, and that the sound method of shedding pounds should equal only the loss of about 2 lbs. per week. That ensures a longer term weight loss.

We have to admit that both Kim and Khloe Kardashian look beautiful and fit. We aren't sure how hard Khloe works out, but we do know how serious Kim K is about exercise, since she has her own work-out videos.

These QT weight loss products aren't even out yet. You can prer-order at the website. In a few weeks, you will be able to buy them at your neighborhood GNC store.

How expensive is the QT program? We took a look at the 14-day Burn and Cleanse. That sells for $49.99. But there's a back-order at the moment.

It seems like anything the Kardashian sisters sell these days, is instant gold for them.

Friday, August 14, 2009

New DDF Line Adds Turmeric Spice To Skin Care Beauty

We are very intrigued by this new DDF skin care collection, and for the simple fact, that the spice turmeric is in the formula.

The line is called: DDF Advanced Protocol with Turmeric Complex.

Most of you are probably sitting there and saying, so what--- it's a spice used in Indian and south Asian cooking. Big deal.

However, science is discovering what ancient times have always known about this pungent, bright yellow-orange spice. It contains a lot of power. Turmeric is a strong anti-oxidant.

BeautyTipToday, has written about the beauty of Turmeric powder in a previous article. We learned the value of eating turmeric to protect against breast cancer and to re-vitalize skin.

"Turmeric powder is an anti-oxidant, anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory-acting spice. It also has iron and potassium in it, and belongs to the ginger family.

Ayurvedic healers consider turmeric to be a varnya herb, which means, enhances your complexion. Its strong anti-bacterial properties fight pimples and breakouts. And many women lighten or even out their skintone with a paste containing turmeric powder.

Dr. Andrew Weil talked about the powerful, anti-cancer benefits of turmeric powder in an article at his website back in 2003:

"Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is the yellow spice most familiar in Indian cooking and American-prepared mustard. Not only do I think that it is safe to take after breast cancer treatment, I think it would be helpful. The reason is that turmeric affects hormones that promote inflammation and cell proliferation, processes that seem to underlie most cancers."

And now DDF has made turmeric complex an important key to its skin care collection.

Let's look at one of these treatments:
DDF Advanced Protocol Firming Cream ($130, 1.7 oz, fine stores, and online at

Hydrates to measurably improve skin firmness.
The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex to protect skin's surface from free radical damage and provide superior hydration to strengthen skin's moisture barrier.
DDF Advanced Firming Cream helps reverse the appearance of aging, instantly firming and tightening skin for a radiant, younger-looking complexion.

Neutralizes 82% of free radicals to minimize surface damage
Instantly firms and tightens
Fortifies skin's moisture barrier

It's a bit pricey, but it sounds like a promising advancement in anti-aging skin care.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bleached Eyebrow Trend Bizarre On Runways And Celebs

Ladies, rule number one: Just because you see it on the runway, doesn't mean it works here, in real life.

Like the bleached 'no brow' eyebrow trend.

Sometimes designers push far beyond the normal fashion boundaries for 'cause and effect,' and high drama. And this new facial trend has been seen at the Givenchy, Prada, Armani, and Alexander McQueen shows.

The photo of gorgeous Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima shows her before and after eyebrow photo. She still looks very pretty without brows, but looks almost lost or robotic and even sexless, as some critics are saying. Givenchy bleached Adriana's brows for their fall ad campaign.

And the second photo shows singer Deborah Harry of Blondie fame, with the same no brow tend.

We, here at, have written several articles on how to keep our eyebrows fuller and more natural.

We have told you time and time again, that too much plucking, will yield scraggly, thin brows, by the time you reach your mid-30s to early 40s.

And our makeup legend friend, Sandy Linter, has been blunt about the whole brow plucking issue. She says the biggest beauty mistake she sees, are women with too-thin eyebrows. According to Sandy, that ages a woman immediately.

The late Way Bandy, a famous makeup artist in the 1970s, used to say that eyebrows are a frame for the eyes. Way did not believe in a very thick or very dark brow because he claimed the frame should never over-power the picture, or eyes in this case. But we do not believe that Way would have favored women walking around town with the bleached 'no brow' eyebrow trend.

Some pros, however, give the look the green light. "It is a fantastic look," The New York Times quotes makeup artist Mindy Hall as saying. "On the right face, it's gorgeous. On the wrong face shape, it's not so ... You wouldn't use the word 'gorgeous' for it."

Certainly, not exactly gorgeous. Ladies, if you want to rock this brow-less look, please, whatever you do, do not pluck out all your eyebrows. Try bleaching. It can be 're-fixed' later.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How To Plump Up Your Lips The Natural Way

Everyone seems to love plumper, fuller, sexier lips.

Actress Angelina Jolie probably has the most recognizable big lips in Hollywood. Maybe, too full.

If you're looking to plump up your lips, and want to forget the stinging needles of collagen in your dermatologist's office, you can try this:

Plump up your lips the natural way.

And all you need is one ingredient you can find in your grocery store aisle or natural food store.

You have a choice:
1. Peppermint oil
2. Cinnamon leaf oil

Each small bottle of oil will cost you about $5-$6.

In fact, if you look at some of the over-the-counter lip plumpers available, you will see the ingredients often list peppermint oil or cinnamon leaf oil. Both natural products set off a small allergic reaction that causes temporary swelling.

Even derms like David Bank of Mount Kisco, NY, advise women to "dab your pout with peppermint oil" for a natural way to plump lips.

But we would like to exercise some caution here. First, make sure you are not allergic to peppermint or cinnamon to begin with. And secondly, a tiny amount goes a long-ggggg way.

And be prepared for the burn!! We advice you to add the peppermint oil or cinnamon leaf oil to your favorite lip gloss or lip balm.

Do not add the oil directly to your naked lips, or you will feel the pain.

And it's as simple as that---plumper, fuller, sexier lips, at least temporarily.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cinema Secrets Sets Makeup In Matte Way For Hours

This is one little beauty tip product we will be buying soon.

We had never heard about Cinema Secrets Super Sealer ($10) until we noticed InStyle magazine make a mention of this unique beauty item in their Fall 2009 InStyle Makeover Issue.

Today, the humidity here is brutal, with temps reaching the high 80s. And it would be nice to have a matte way to keep makeup on and have it still look fresh a few hours later.

Believe it or not, Cinema Secrets Super Sealer comes from an online shopping website that sells theatrical and special FX makeup along with Halloween masks and costume cosmetics.

We took a look at learned this:

"Hollywood makeup guru Maurice Stein founded Cinema Secrets when he retired from showbiz to open a family owned and operated beauty, special FX and makeup supply store."

If anyone would know how to keep makeup on during a long theatrical performance or movie set, it would be Maurice Stein. So we are intrigued by the simplicity of CS's Super Sealer. Just a few spritzes and go!

This is what Cinema Secrets Super Sealer is designed to do:

1.Makeup Sealer: Great to use over any type of makeup to seal and protect makeup from the elements. Matte formula eliminates shine.
2.Sweat Stopper: Use prior to makeup applicaton as a sweat inhibitor.
3.Clothing Protection: Use Cinema Secrets Super Sealer as a protector from getting makeup on clothing like, collars, shoulder straps, and other clothing parts that come into contact with makeup.
4.Sealing Fluid: : Use Super Sealer instead of water for all water-applied foundations.

This little beauty product is economical at $10 and sounds like a genius product idea.

We are hoping it works for our uber oily skin.

You can also purchase this product at and other online shopping sites.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hula-Hoop Workout Blasts Belly Fat And Big Thighs

Ladies, it's time to 'hoop it up!'

We've talked a lot about jumping rope to stay fit and torch a bunch of calories. And now, it's time to hula-hoop.

In about 20 minutes, you can burn 200 calories. And most importantly, blast belly fat and big thighs. And develop a sexy butt.

And if you recall using a hula-hoop during your childhood years, then you know how much fun it can be.

This ain't your mama's neon pink hula-hoop. Modern Hoops are now fashioned with weights inside for the extra workout burn. Some hoops come with pretty bling and colors. And a few hoops are able to collapse to a smaller size for easy travel.

We like any easy exercise that whittles your waist. And Christabel Zamor has a new book out--- Hooping: A Revolutionary Fitness Program. She claims that if you hoop it up 4 times a week, in a month, your belly, butt, and thighs will look amazing.

Maybe some of you take hoop workout classes already.

Check out You can buy a professional hoop here for about $30. And the site explains the new modern style hula-hooping:

HoopGirl Hoops are constructed of heavy weight durable plastic tube which is thick and resilient. They are larger in size than "traditional" toy hoops which makes them rotate slower so they are easier to keep spinning. The fabric and vinyl tapes create friction so the hoop "sticks" to your hips very effectively. This allows many people who could never hoop to experience easy success!

And hooping is excellent exercise for all ages. In other words, size, sense of rythym, and age, have nothing to do with skill, when it comes to hooping.

There is also a website, that even shows you how to make your own hula hoop or to start your own hoop group in town.

As the old saying goes: "What goes around, comes around."

Happy Hula-Hooping!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Perfect Pedicure Beauty Tips To Last Through Summer

We are in the dog days of summer, and honestly, our precious feet take a beating. From callouses to blisters to un-pretty pedicures.....our feet tell the real story.

As we sit here with bright red, and chipping nail polish on our bare feet, we want to hide them under the rug.

But we found a few excellent and perfect pedicure beauty tips:

And this is one of our favs.

1. To get rid of a stubborn, yellow stain on your toes after wearing a dark nail shade, try scrubbing your toenails with a Tablespoon of Clorox diluted in a cup of water. Then rinse off and buff. (try for fingernails, too)

2. Smooth cuticles and dry feet with olive oil. It works beautifully to soften everything up. You can soak feet in some olive oil for a few minutes. Or you can even make a nice exfoliating paste.

We got this pedicure recipe from:

1/4 c sugar
2-3 tsps. olive oil

1 tsp. vanilla.
Mix into paste. Rub all over feet and keep on for a few minutes. Then rinse off in shower.

3. Remember: Going for a dark, sultry nail shade? Then be prepared for a long-gggger drying time. According to the experts, dark shades take almost twice as long to dry as light ones.

4. The tips of your toenails and fingernails are the first to peel, so you want to make that part the strongest. Add an extra little swipe of color and top coat across the tips of each nail.

5. It's summer, so get crazy with the colors. We like these brands: Nars. OPI. Dior.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

We're Loving Ted Gibson As New Hair Guru On What Not To Wear

If you know gorgeous celebrity hair, then you know the man behind those locks----Ted Gibson.

Anne Hathaway, who graces the photo with Ted here, is just one of his ultra-glam clientele. There are also Angelina Jolie, Joy Bryant, Zoe Saldana, and Debra Messing. All sexy-haired women.

We're enjoying Ted Gibson's new role as hair guru on the popular make-over TLC show 'What Not To Wear.'

Ted recently replaced stylist host for 7 years Nick Arrojo, who had taken a lot of criticism as of late, for always chopping women's long hair off, and always, so it seemed, giving the same short, layered in front hairstyle to women on the show, week after week. And of course, we forever noticed his obsession with the razor.

What we adore about Ted Gibson, is his gentle manner, and his patience with women who really want to keep their long hair. Ted finds a way to work around a dull hair routine. And so far, so good.

"I am extremely excited about joining the TLC/'What Not To Wear' family," says Gibson. "Being part of the beauty, style and fashion team of experts is an extension of what I do in my salons, at red-carpet events and on the covers of magazines. The biggest reward is helping women realize their potential beauty and encouraging them to be their best selves."

Friday, August 7, 2009

Enlyten Melt In Your Mouth: Like Gatorade On A Strip

We have found an unique set of exercise and diet supplements that can fit in the palm of your hand, and immediately melt in your mouth.

As the creators of Enlyten Electrolyte Plus like to say, 'It's like Gatorade on a strip.'

And it's so simple: Just take 1 strip out of the cassette, and pop it in your mouth. It melts on contact, and you quickly absorb all the good stuff that Enlyten Electrolyte Plus is feeding your body.

Plus zero calories and no sugar!!!

So what does each small, orange strip do for you?

Enlyten Electrolyte Plus Strips are engineered to pre-load your body with much-needed electrolytes prior to exercise to promote optimal physical performance. Electrolyte Plus Strips deliver fast and effective electrolytes to help maintain proper hydration and achieve peak muscle and nerve function!

Take a look at what's really in Enlyten Electrolyte Plus strips ($40, 4-pack. 22 strips per cassette. 4 cassettes in pack).

Let's face it. Just by placing a small strip on your tongue and absorbing all those key ingredients immediately illustrates how technically advanced Enlyten's delivery system is for your body.

And the creators haven't stopped there. Enlyten has more strips to keep you strong and healthy:

Antioxidant Strips. Enlyten Antioxidant Strips are formulated with some of the most scientifically proven antioxidant properties in the world.
Energy Strips. Enlyten Energy Strips provide a scientific blend of B and C vitamins, caffeine, ginseng and gingko biloba to leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and reenergized!
Melatonin Strips. Enlyten Melatonin Strips are designed with the perfect blend of melatonin and theanine to work in conjunction as a natural aid to reduce mental and physical stress and help you sleep better.
Appetite Suppressant Strips. Enlyten Appetite Suppressant Strips are formulated with ingredients that have been shown to decrease hunger and promote healthy weight management. Calorie Burner Strips. Enlyten Calorie Burner Strips are scientifically formulated to give your metabolism an all-natural boost.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

It's Amazing What The Right Makeup And Hair Can Do For A Woman

Wow. That's all we have to say here.
We know the photo with the lady and the microphone is singing sensation Susan Boyle.

But be honest. Would you know that the photo of the glam woman with the chic clothing and hairstyle is also that of 48-year-old Susan Boyle?!

We did a double-take, and then a triple-take. My goodness. Like we've always said before.....a little makeup and pretty hair can make a huge difference in a woman's life. Huge! Just covering up dark, undereye circles and wearing a little lip gloss can speak volumes.

The photos were taken of the Britain's Got Talent star for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine. On newsstands August 18th.

Susan Boyle, the Scotland native who lives with her cat, Pebbles, was excited to pose for Harper's and to get made-up and glam. Back in April, Susan received her first makeover with a more fashionable wardrobe, darker locks, and thinner eyebrows.

And now these amazing photos with Harper's Bazaar, have her looking younger, slender, and so attractive. But Susan hasn't gone in for the real Hollywood makeover yet, and has some reservations:

"Maybe I'll consider a makeover later on," she said a few days before showing off her new look. "For now I'm happy the way I am -- short and plump. I would not go in for Botox or anything like that. I'm content with the way I look. What's wrong with looking like Susan Boyle? What's the matter with that?"

Watch the behind-the-scenes video of Susan Boyle's Harper's Bazaar photo shoot here: