Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Liner Cat Eye: Still Strong Beauty Look For Fall 2011

Cat eye. It's big for Fall 2011. Check out Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and all the other top magazines, and you will see that liquid liner can do a girl some good.

The cover shot of Penelope Cruz is one of our faves, because of the gorgeous cat eye makeup. Okay, the photo is two-years-old, but we are showing it again, because this is how a classic, elegant cat eye looks. The winged-out line is not too exaggerated, just subtle.

Penelope's eyes are stunning, and you can see the makeup artist lined her top lids in black liner. And the bottom was enhanced with a dark brown liner and shadow. It's still a strong, sexy eye, but just a bit softer, as the eye rimming is broken up in the two, very subtle colors of black and dark brown.

Of course, there are varying degrees of liner. There are liquid liners, gel liners, cake liners, pencil liners, and shadows for lining, too. And all of them take a bit of practice to master. We like liquid and pencil liners. Liquid is the quickest to apply. It glides on smoothly, but it's also unforgiving. In other words, once liquid liner dries, it's tough to remove and start over.

You can also try this goof-proof helper, the Get in Line Eyeliner and Stencil Kit from Beth Bender Beauty. And it's a unique kit, in that it's, "The only eyeliner stencil that fits any eye shape." Plus, celebrities and beauty editors gave it the big thumbs up.

You receive 3 eyeshadows in the kit, either light or dark. You get the stencils to create the cat eye with the recognizable 'wing tip', and a brush to perfect the shading. And simple step-by-step instructions. A really effective kit at $36.

For more details, visit: BettesBoutique.

Good luck, and arm yourself with tons of Q-tips, to make that perfect wing tip!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Foundation Freak-Out: When You Can't Find The Right Makeup Shade

Foundation. We love it and we hate it.

And yes, just about every girl needs some, unless your skin is almost perfect. Foundation helps to balance your complexion and give it a healthy, sheer glow.

But when you can't match the right makeup shade for your skin tone, we call that, foundation freak-out!

Surely, with all the gazillion gallons of foundation makeup out there, you would think, that finding a shade that blends evenly with your skin color would be a piece of cake.

But sadly, that isn't so. Ask any women with olive skin, or a women of color, and they will tell you, that selecting the perfect foundation match is almost impossible. The color is either too light, too dark, too pink, too ashen, and so on. Many women with darker skin color often feel left out by the gigantic cosmetics industry.

Even superstar Jennifer Hudson admits she uses 2 Mac Studio Fix Fluids, NC45 and NC55, to get a beautiful makeup base:

"I blend two together to get the perfect shade," Jennifer says.

But should we all have to work that hard, just to get a decent foundation for our face?!

Apparently, some of us have to. With our own skin tone (Mediterranean background), which falls under the light olive range, we have tossed out many bottles over the years, even after being 'matched' by a dept. store makeup pro to get the so-called right foundation color. Well, the one she gave us, wasn't a great match.

We finally settled upon Revlon's ColorStay Soft-Flex liquid foundation in Nude. For some reason, this one has been our best match, and we picked it out ourself. No, the shade isn't absolutely perfect, but it's the closest we have come to a good makeup base. And that's the key here----don't look for perfection, just a foundation that closely resembles your own unique skin tone

So then, how do we match a foundation to our face?

A famous makeup artist, Sandy Linter gave us this tip a few years ago:

“I apply a swipe of color near the neck. On the face under the cheekbone. It has to blend into the skin, not exactly match it. But it should cover. Apply it on broken capillaries or something you need to tone down, like ruddy cheeks. See how the foundation sits on the skin.”

Most women don’t think about this, but a wonderful aspect about wearing foundation, is its ability to fight the elements like sun, wind and cold, harsh winter air. Wearing foundation, even without an SPF icluded, still provides a protective barrier, especially against sun damage.

If you have to go through a few bottles of foundation just to settle on one, so be it. Our complexions go through changes in tone over the years, and maybe you need a lighter base this time around. Experiment. Don't be afraid to try another brand.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

30 Rock's Jane Krakowski Uses This Beauty Product 365 Days A Year

Guess you could call television's Jane Krakowski a makeup hoarder.

The very funny and very pretty 30 Rock star and new mom, ia giving out a special beauty tip, one she she uses in her daily makeup routine:

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($22, at Sephora).

In fact, Jane cannot live without this particular beauty item. She once had a major freak-out about it:

"I own a lifetime supply of Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening powder," Jane says. "I use it all the time, so when I heard it was being discontinued, I rushed out and bought 15 of them. Turns out, it was only a rumor."

Amazing story. And we understand Jane's panic. It's like a favorite skin care product or lip gloss suddenly being discontinued. Aaargh! Sometimes you lose it.....Now what are we gonna use?

The Laura Mercier brightening powder appears to have a cult following, because it does incredible things for dark, undereye circles.

The product is special, because it sets your undereye concealer and adds a luminous boost to the eye area. And the Secret Brightening powder comes in 2 shades:

Color #1: for fair to medium skin tones.
Color #2: for medium to tan and darker skin tones

This powder is so light, like a pixie dust, if there ever where such a thing. The powder contains micronized pigments that will not settle in fine lines or accentuate shadows and instantly delivers a soft, weightless finish. The texture of the powder is unbelievable.

This stuff is like beauty magic. Your eyes come alive. You look rested and awake.

Great beauty tip, Jane Krakowski!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Megan Fox Turns To Laser: Best Way To Get Rid Of Marilyn Tattoo

Maybe you should, "Think before you ink."

Actress Megan Fox is trying to make her big Marilyn Monroe tattoo disappear for good from her right forearm.

You can see from the top photo that the tat of the iconic blonde beauty' is now almost a ghost on the slender arm of the 24-year-old movie star, who was in NYC for an event last week.

In the other photos, take a peek at Angelina Jolie's back and the stunning tiger tattoo. The gorgeous film actress has more than a dozen tats. And she, too, once wanted to get rid of one of her tats. It was the big Billy Bob in ink on her left arm. Following their divorce, Angelina had the memory lasered off.

Speaking of tattoo removal, unfortunately, when the ink covers a large area of skin, and is done in heavy black ink like Megan's Marilyn tattoo, one can expect several visits to the dermatologist for some major lasering.

And the procedure isn't cheap. Tattoo laser removal can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars up into the thousands of dollars, depending on the size and location of the tattoo, the number of visits involved, and so on. The lousy thing, medical insurance will not pay for tattoo removal since it is considered cosmetic in nature. Plus the procedure is a bit uncomfortable.

During laser tattoo removal, the procedure causes the pigment in the ink to fragment, or break into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system.

We suppose you could say, 'Good-bye, Norma Jean.'

We're not sure if Megan Fox has any more ink ideas up her sleeve.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

VS Angel Miranda Kerr: Beauty By Noni Juice And Coconut Oil

Victoria's Secret angel Miranda Kerr owes her amazing body and flawless skin to 2 key foods she cannot live without:

Noni juice and coconut oil.

The gorgeous model married to actor Orlando Bloom, has maintained a super body following birth to son Flynn Christopher, who is now 7-months-old.

Miranda Kerr really got generous with her beauty tips in a new interview with the Australian issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Here it is, ladies:

Noni Juice: “I’ve been drinking it since I was 14, and when I’ve got a long day ahead of me, it’s the one thing I can’t live without,” Miranda says.

With claims that Tahitian noni juice “supports your immune system, delivers superior antioxidants, increases energy, and allows greater physical performance levels,” she doesn't mind paying $38 for a liter of it.

Coconut Oil. “I personally take four tablespoons of coconut oil per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea,” the model explains.

“I will not go a day without coconut oil,” Miranda adds.

Of course, supermodels with super bodies also hit the gym.

We think Miranda Kerr has never looked better! And we are certain that the sale of noni juice and coconut oil will sky-rocket after this supermodel revelation.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OMG! Courteney Cox Has Fave Nose Hair Trimmer: Panasonic Swing Head

We LOVE when gorgeous celebrities give us beauty tips and favorite makeup brands. But favorite nose hair trimmer?

Thank you, Courteney Cox! We adore your honesty and advice. And yeah, we will listen to you about nose hair trimmers.

It isn't TMI, or too much information. Actually, Courteney is like a breath of fresh air. The Cougar Town actress is a style blogger for xojane.com. And believe it or not, a good nose hair trimmer is one of the dark-haired lovely's beauty essentials:

"Jane asked me about the best nose hair trimmer,” Courteney Cox says in her latest column. “Embarrassing, but the Panasonic Swing Head is great for that and for eyebrow trimming.”

Great. Thanks, Courteney. We found one at Amazon.com for $17.85. Plus....the customer reviews are very high on this nifty,feminine nose hair trimmer.

Hey, sometimes, these little hush-hush beauty gadgets come in handy. And it's available in pink. Cute!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Paparazzi Seem To Be Obsessed With Photographing Celebs' Less Than Pretty Veiny Hands

Paris Hilton. Angelina Jolie. Meg Ryan.

These celebrities share something we also share-----veiny hands and veiny arms.

We are a bit sensitive about our own hands, because the paparazzi for some reason, think it's cute or fun to point out whatever part of a woman's body that isn't perfect.

And the British press, like the Daily Mail, really enjoy revealing all the sinewy hands and arms they can find. Today, the photogs pick on poor Paris Hilton.

This is so ridiculous! Are women supposed to feel ashamed because their hands and arms show more veins than others?

Well, apparently, the paparazzi seem to think so.

We're not sure exactly what causes some women to have veiny hands and veiny arms. It probably has something to do with genetics and/or a strong work-out routine, or slim build.

We can say for ourselves, that we have always had skinny arms and slender hands. We also have used small weights to exercise our arms for years now, and continue to do so.

We haven't gone for hand rejuvenation, but darn it, it DOES exist!

We've heard about injecting filler into the backs of hands to re-volumize the lost fat, but no....we haven't gone there, and apparently, neither has Paris, Angelina, or Meg.

Look at the tidbit we found on RealSelf.com by NYC Dermatologic Surgeon Nelson Novick, MD:

Hand Rejuvenation: Beating Those Bulging Blood Vessels and Stringy Tendons

"Even if your face looks great, bulging blood vessels and prominent stringy-looking tendons on the back of your hands can betray your age. Sure, you could fade brown spots and remove small growths from the hands, but up to not that long ago, there was little that could be done to otherwise improve them. Happily nowadays that's no longer true.

The safest and most effective means in my opinion is to revolumize the backs of the hands, i.e. to restore the volume lost over time mostly due to wasting away of the fatty tissue that once masked the underlying veins and tendons.

Bulky hyaluronic volumizing materials, such as Juverderm Ultra Plus and Perlane have been used successfully to accomplish this. However, my favorite material for replenishing lost volume in the hands and for achieving a smooth and even result is Radiesse.

Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite, a bone-like material that provides more volume per syringe and lasts considerably longer in this location than its hyaluronic acid counterparts."

The procedure is actually quite simple. A mixture of Radiesse and a bit of lidocaine (a local numbing agent) is injected between the tendony spaces on the backs of the hands and then literally molded like clay into place."

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hold That Perfect Plank Pose And Tone Entire Midsection

It's all in the plank pose, ladies.

If you are tired and bored, and in pain, from doing all those back-breaking crunches and sit-ups, then get into another position.

If you do yoga, like Jennifer Aniston, and many other body beautiful celebrities, then you know what the plank pose is. And although it looks easy and not really effective, you are so wrong!

If you want to tone up that tummy, along with the other flab above and below it, then you need to plank, because this yoga position zeroes in on the entire midsection. Add some regular push-ups in your routine, and together, you will also firm up your arms. So this is key for women, especially when we all hate the dingle-dangle under the arms.

How To Do It:

1. Begin on your hands and knees, with hands directly under shoulders, keep knees under hips. 2. Move feet back until the legs are straight and you’re balancing on your toes, feet together. 3. Keep the shoulders pulled back and down, with arms straight. 4. Don't let belly sag--contract muscles. This is the Plank Pose.

Hold for 30 seconds, 3 times, with a 30-second rest in between. As you get stronger, hold the plank position for 1 minute, 3 times, with the 30-second rest in between.

Give the plank pose a chance. You WILL see results.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Chanel's New Fall Darling Shade Peridot: Still Not As Great As Vamp?

If you love green and love gold, then Chanel's new 'it' nail shade, Peridot, is for you!

Get it now, ladies. The duo-chrome polish will be the darling of Fall 2011. And it's one of the most unique-colored nail lacquers we've seen in a long time. As New York City manicurist, Jin Soon Choi has said, "It's sophisticated and kind of magical. Like a mix of industrial metal and snakeskin.".

We couldn't have said it better.

You're either going to LOVE this new Chanel Peridot, or HATE it. And at $25 a bottle, we're sure the copy-cats are already out there, but this is one shade that the imitators will have a tough time 'nailing' down, so to speak.

Hey, we are no nail polish expert, but we think that Vamp, was by far, Chanel's best shade that first hit the fashion runway in fall 1994.

Still, we will be watching to see just who is wearing #531 Peridot.

Meantime, we found about 40 listings for Peridot on Ebay today. Check them out here.

The beauty buzz for the new 'it' shade for fall is growing by the hour.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It Pays To Have Great Makeup Artist: Kim Kardashian Taps Mario For Wedding

It's Kim Kardashian's big wedding day!

The Calfornia reality TV star will walk down the aisle this evening, as she weds NBA player Kris Humphries.

There's been tons of talk about the $30 million wedding, the $20,000, 10-tier cake, the 2 Vera Wang wedding gowns, each at $25,000, the 500 invited guests, and so on.

Who knows how much is actially true.

What we do know, is that it pays to have a super-talented, professional makeup artist in Mario Dedivanovic. He is the magic man in our humble opinion. He is the master who transforms the lovely Kim Kardashian into a gorgeous glam beauty, time and time again.

And for her most important moment today, it is Mario, whom Kim has tapped to do her marriage makeup. Check out Mario Dedivanovic's makeup blog here. The guy is a genius artist.

Rarely, do we catch the dark-haired 30-year-old WITHOUT makeup. In fact, Kim K once refused to make a red carpet appearance because her makeup artist forgot to bring along her all-important faux lashes.

But here are a couple of Kim without makeup pics. Still pretty, but lacking the signature glamour punch we all know her by.

We can't wait to see the over-the-top Kim/Kris nuptials!

Tune into E! at 6 PM tmorrow evening for some super Kardashian wedding footage!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Super Deal Of The Day: Boho Chandeliers Only $9.99

Love these boho beauties!

Our Super Deal of the Day! And on sale for just $9.99!

We found these Turquoise Fan Chandelier Earrings by Mixit at JC Penney.com. Originally $20.00.

Sure, these earrings are bold, but they also make an elegant fashion statement. And these chandeliers look more expensive than they really are----turquoise mixed with burnished silver and blue accents. The dimensions are 4" x 2" x 1/4".

We want a pair!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Promising Melanoma Skin Cancer Pill Just Approved By FDA

Here is some encouraging news about skin cancer, and the great strides scientists are making.

The pill is called, Zelboraf, and it goes after the specific gene found in melanoma. And by now, most of us have learned, that melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 68,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed last year and 8,700 died.

The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has given the green light to the pill, which is being made by Roche. And it's very good news, because melanoma is a tough cancer to tackle, and there have not been many treatment options for it.

"The FDA's quick action on this drug approval is important because it gives melanoma patients a new way to fight this deadly disease," Timothy Turnham, director of the Melanoma Research Foundation, said in a statement.

Zelboraf zeroes in on a mutated form of the melanoma gene, slowing down tumor growth.

There can be side effects with taking Zelboraf, including--hair loss, joint pain, diarrhea, fatigue and skin rashes.

Roche says the drug will be available in about 2 weeks.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Doll Lashes Big For Fall 2011: Think 'Black Spider'

The Lanvin fall 2011 runway batted long, thick fringe to the adoring crowd, as models showed off doll lashes created with tons and tons of mascara. And that dramatic fringe has made its way to the 'real world,' as a bunch of new, volumizing mascaras make their way on to store shelves.

Think black spider. Think Twiggy. Er...think Kardashian. Yep. Both top and bottom lashes get the full treatment, resulting in a doll-like set of lashes. It's an intense, spider-y look for the eyes.

All you need are 3 beauty items to achieve doll lashes:

1. Eyelash curler.
2. Volumizing black mascara.
3. Eyelash comb.

You need to curl your lashes, ladies. We've talked about this several times before. Curling makes lashes look longer and fuller, and allows your eyes to look bigger.

Next, you need a darn good mascara, one that lets you build layer upon layer. Lancome has just introduced Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara ($25, now at Dillards
, and then nationwide this September). It features a cone-shaped brush that lets you fill in all those hard-to-reach lashes
. And the formula is fiber-shiny. No clumping---just wonderful jet black mascara that you can layer and layer.

3. The last step is crucial. You need to separate each layer of mascara. The Lancome Hypnose Doll Lash brush is good, but we would also advise investing in a decent, metal eyelash comb. Brush through each mascara coat again and again, on both top and bottom lashes.

Once again, it's very trendy to over-dose on the mascara. What would we do without it?

Doll lashes, here we come!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Beauty Tip Today Counts Samy Fat Hair Thickening Spray As One Of The Best

Maybe it's the hydrolyzed wheat protein found in Samy Fat Hair 0 Calories Thickening Spray that delivers the big hair we want.

Beauty Tip Today is always on the hunt for the perfect big hair styling product. And we want to go on the record, that we rank Samy Fat Hair as one of the best for big hair!

The product has been around for about a year now, and we just discovered the thickening spray over the weekend. And we LOVE it!

This Samy stuff rocks! The formula consists of Samy's exclusive FH4 Thickening Complex - a blend of natural extracts and proteins, designed to increase the hair's diameter, creating a fuller, thicker head of hair.

The thickening spray is NOT sticky or greasy-heavy. It's a light texture that is able to build-up volume on thin, wimpy locks. And it smells great---reminds us of a nice, beach-y mist.

And we like that you can apply Samy Fat Hair 0 Calories Thickening Spray ($8.99, 6 oz. at Walgreens), on either damp or dry hair.

If you're looking for bigger hair with better body and more oomph, then give this product a go! Thumbs up from Beauty Tip Today!

Monday, August 15, 2011

K Sisters Debut Sears Kardashian Kollection on E! Reality Show

This ain't your mama's washing machine.

Oh, no! The Sears company has just made a brilliant fashion move, one that creates a new image for the famous dept. store that's basically been known for its many appliances.

But now the K sisters are in town! Actually, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian seem to be everywhere these days. And last night on E!'s 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,', television viewers got to see the launching of the sisters' latest money-making venture: The Kardashian Kollection for Sears.

The Kollection arrives in 400 Sears stores on August 25, but you can already shop for Kardashian dresses, shoes, tops, pants, handbags, and more online at Sears.com. Use coupon code Kardashian and get 30% off for a limited time. Just in time for back-to-school shopping, too.

John Goodman, executive vice president of apparel and home, told 'Good Morning America': 'When you think of Sears you think of appliances, you think of tools. How do you get people's perception to change around clothing and apparel?

'That's where the girls are going to do an amazing job - bringing in a new audience.'

We think Sears is very smart. Whether you adore or hate the K sisters, they do get lots of attention, lots of fans, and know how to do darn good public relations. The Kardashians are very savvy marketers and have a pulse on what young women want.

We took a look, and you might be pleasantly surprised. The Kollection is sophisticated with most pieces in black. We saw the lowest price for an article of clothing at $42, and the highest price at $99.

Stay tuned. We will be watching the Sears Kardashian Kollection, and how the style evolves.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Adonia Hair Reducer: Apply Gel Serum And Grow Less Hair

Shave this. Shave that. Hair, hair everywhere.

Who loves shaving? Even celebrities hate doing it.

Legs. Armpits, and other things in-between.

We've told you before about the deodorants that claim to reduce hair growth. And these actually DO work, to some degree. The magic ingredients---plant-derived substances.

These organic plant oils really weaken the hair formation, so that the new hair grows in finer and lighter in color.

And now---welcome Adonia Hair Reducer, which also uses plant-derived ingredients ! Just apply the gel serum right AFTER shaving, and watch your body hair grow back more slow-wwwwwwwly. Check out the stats in the pink graph.

Growing less hair, means shaving less.

This is what a bottle (60-day supply) of Adonia, at $49, claims to do:

46% less hair in 21 days!
70% less hair growth within 6 weeks.
20 Organic Botanicals that inhibit hair follicles.
Leaves your skin smooth, soft and hydrated.
Get rid of unwanted hair without irritation.
Works on women and men.
Great results with use on the face, arms, legs, chest and back.

There's a 60-day money back guarantee, too. We like that!

Hey, it's summer and that means we all step up the hair removal routine. Why not try this scientifically advanced hair reducer? And have more time in the sun!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Giuliana Rancic Gets Great Beach Hair With Ocean Spritz---Even On Land

You don't have to be by-the-sea to get those sexy, beach hair waves!

Just ask E! host extraordinaire Giuliana Rancic. She's got a beauty tip she wants to share. And it's all about the Wella, ladies.

Giuliana LOVES her very long, wavy Gisele Bundchen-type locks. And yeah, we are told Giuliana's hair has extensions. So many Hollywood lovelies do wear them, and expensive ones.

And although we are tired of seeing these Kardashian sisters' below-the-bosom hairstyles on so many celebrities, including the lovable E!host, we have to admit, Giuliana's hair is always beach sexy perfect!

And this is G's secret, and also Rebecca Romijn's, too:

Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz (8.99, 5.07 oz., at amazon.

This is beach texture spray---level2. And the results are fab!! Lots of chunky texture. And so easy to use. You can even apply Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz at the beach for even bigger, beachy hair:

Just spray Ocean Spritz into dry hair near the roots. Then scrunch or shape your beach style using fingers to air-dry. For even more texture, blow-dry after shaping.

This stuff rocks!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Judge Rules: Christian Louboutin Does Not Own Exclusive Rights To Red Sole Shoes

Talk about feeling red-in-the-face!

Christian Louboutin, the French shoe designer who created the famous red-soled shoes in 1992, has just lost round one in his lawsuit against rival Yves St. Laurent. And round two doesn't look any better.

A judge yesterday told the celebrity footwear designer, that his bid to block the YSL fashion house from selling shoes with his signature red sole had failed.

Manhattan federal Judge Victor Marrero has also scheduled a hearing for next week, to consider cancellation of Christian Louboutin's 2008 trademark on his red soled shoes.

Double ouch!

In other words, Mr. Louboutin, you don't OWN the color red.

We're not sure how all the Louboutin fans will feel about this day in court. Jennifer Lopez adores the signature red soles so much. Remember her hit single two years ago, 'Louboutins'?

The shoe designer was quite flattered by the song. In fact, he was asked how many times JLo dropped the 'L'word in the single:

"That would be 45. Trust me, I've counted!" Louboutin said.

Surely, Christian Louboutin does not OWN the color red. But let's be honest, YSL knows darn well, that the trademark soles were not YSL's idea.

Those distinctive, sexy soles, are pure Louboutin all the way. And YSL can keep on coloring their shoes red underneath, but we think the true fans will not jump the Louboutin ship.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bethenny Frankel Takes 'Skinnygirl' Empire To More Intimate Level

You either love Bethenny Frankel or you hate her. But whatever the case, you have to admit, she is one smart 'skinnygirl'!

The former NY City Housewife cast member has left her gal-pals in the dust, by building on her skinnygirl brand, and taking the clever label to a whole, new multi-million-dollar level. This is what she recently told CNN:

"I joined the cast of Real Housewives exclusively for business. I had a column in Health magazine and was a spokesperson for Pepperidge Farm. But I wanted to build a large national audience for my Skinnygirl brand."

First, it was the Skinnygirl best-seller diet books. Then the yummy Skinnygirl margaritas and cocktails, sold for an estimated $120 million! More new Skinnygirl books, a Skinnygirl sangria, the launching of a budget-friendly Skinnygirl skin care line, plus this:

Bethenny's Skinnygirl Smoothers n' Shapers.....oh yeah, Victoria's Secret and Spanx, watch out!

Bethenny Frankel is a very savvy businesswoman. She just started selling her Skinnygirl intimate apparel on QVC.com last Saturday, plus, she had stopped by the Tonight Show to model her Skinnygirl camisole to Jay Leno. And it's selling like hot-cakes.

And we want one----the Skinnygirl Lace Shaping Cupped Cami ($29) and the Skinnygirl Lace Shaping Brief ($18.50). In colors: Black, Bone, Champagne, and Smoke.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What's Wrong With Princess Kate's Black Eyeliner? Designer Westwood Says Too Harsh

Princess Kate = Heavy black eyeliner?!

Sorry, but we think brit designer Vivienne Westwood has it all wrong about the newly married Duchess of Cambridge.

In fact, we believe that Kate does her OWN makeup, quite royally, and that there's a bit of jealousy out there, when it comes to the slender brunette who caught Prince William's eye. Lately, we have seen it all over the British media, and when some can take a few shots at Kate, they really let 'em rip!

This is what the well-respected fashion designer told the Sunday Times Magazine: 'I think she's got a problem with eye make-up. The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none.'


Dame Vivienne is being a 'bi-atch' in our humble opinion. But she is not alone in her makeup criticism of Kate. Celebrity makeup artist Rachel Wood suggests that the princess/duchess just soften things up a bit, too:

'I'd love to see her with a strong and classic liquid on top and take her favoured hard black pencil on the bottom and soften and smoke it out. I would also love to give her a little more mascara,' she continued.

'If she prefers to keep the black liner she so loves to wear on the top line, I would love to add a touch of a smoky shadow to open and soften her eyes. This way she is keeping the colour she feels comfortable using, but giving it a much needed update and softer finish.'

Sheesh. We don't think Kate's liner looks out-dated at all. Could you imagine these women spouting off like that about the late Princess Diana?

Diana LOVED wearing eyeliner and tons of it. She, too, liked to rim the entire eye, and never once, did Diana do it wrong, either.

Liner is key when putting together a smoky eye. It gives shape and frameto the eye and looks quite polished and sophisticated, when done right.

Maybe some Brits would prefer that the Duchess of Cambridge have a professional makeup artist on hand, to perfect her non-professional makeup application when Kate appears before the public?

Even Kelly Osbourne believes Kate should take her royal highness to another uber level:

Kelly told Jay Leno on the Tonight Show about Kate wearing an outfit more than once :

'In England they are like look how thrifty she's being, showing the British public that the Royals are in a recession as well. Only in this country they call it a faux pas.'

Double ouch!

In our world, there's nothing wrong with black eyeliner. In fact, it's a makeup necessity!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Snack On Strawberry Borba Gummi Bears For Beautiful Youthful Skin

Now we're talking.
Strawberry gummi bears that deliver anti-aging benefits and wrinkle-fighting vitamins!

No more yuck-tasting horse pills. Now you can build up beautiful, youthful skin by snacking on new Borba Skin Balance Gummi Bears ($14.99, borba.com. Yummy-yummy! You get 90 gummi bears in a bottle. And you can enjoy 4 gummi bear supplements once or twice per day.

So, do the gummies REALLY work? Can you chew your way to healthier, younger-looking skin?

The fine folks at Borba say the strawberry gummi bears do more than just taste delish:

"Formulated with Vitamins A, C, E & B12, plus BORBA's proprietary blend of botanical antioxidants and minerals to support cellular health and defend skin against free radial damage."

We think this is great. Borba is adding an extra boost of vitamins to your beauty routine. Plus, these gummi bears taste so good. What's not to love?! How could anyone forget to take their vitamins when they come in gummi form?

And the reviews are giving the product a major thumbs up! Clear and better-looking skin are what consumers say they are seeing.

The only problem we would consider, is over-dosing on the cute, strawberry chewables How could you stop at just the maximum of 8?

We trust the Borba company. They're experts when it comes to 'beautyceuticals.' Borba understands what beautiful skin is all about.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Olay Acne Control Face Wash Welcome Product On Hot Steamy Days

Hot, steamy days can equal clogged pores and bad skin. And the worst complexion nightmare---acne.


Can't stand the high humidity levels that have been baking the country in a thick layer of greasiness.

And the weather doesn't just affect our oily skin girls. Even dry-skin friends are screaming for some bad skin/acne relief.

We found something that will keep you clean and clear:

Olay's Acne Control Face Wash ($5.94, on sale at ULTA.) This is a strong facial cleanser that attacks the grime and greasies with a dual-hydroxy complex containing salicylic acid. It goes deep to unclog those pores, but won't strip your skin. It smells great, and it's gentle enough to be used daily. And best of all.....It keeps the acne away!

Love the pump dispenser and the nice lather Olay has developed for this effective facial cleanser. The formula really works, and we think you'll be pleased. Of course, we adore salicylic acid because it soaks up the greasies and performs nicely as an exfoliator, and doesn't harm sensitive skin.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Vanessa Hudgens Beaming With New Short Boy Haircut

When a great movie role calls for an actress wearing a really short, shaggy hairstyle, she has two options:

1. Chop the hair off.
2. Wear a wig for the role.

Vanessa Hudgens chose the more courageous path....She let them chop off her very long dark locks into a short, boy haircut.

We didn't think the young, popular actress would let them near her hair, but boy, were we wrong! And the final result----amazing! We think Vanessa Hudgens looks better in short hair. Take a look at Vanessa rockin' the new cut at a surfing competition in Huntington Beach, California.

The actress will star in an upcoming movie called, 'Gimme Shelter.' And for the role, she had to get down and gritty. The flick is about a pregnant homeless teen (Hudgens) who flees her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson) and seeks out her biological father.

"The tattoo, the hair, the clothes, the piercings, the attitude, the everything,” she tells PEOPLE. “The walk, the talk … it was a completely new person. I really did look like a boy.”

We think this boy cut is very pretty on 22-year-old Vanessa. Plus, she gained 10 lbs. for the movie role.

It's an edgy cut and great for summer. The crazy thing is, Vanessa claims she cut her OWN hair, to give it that gritty, urban vibe. Hey, our suggestion....If you love this hairstyle, just bring a photo of it to your hairdresser, and go from there. Don't attempt this on your own. And maybe, Vanessa let a pro finish the cut AFTER she took a scissors to her long locks.

We think it's a super change for Vanessa Hudgens. She's a very petite girl with a small face, and this choppy boy cut brings out her beautiful features. It's bold and makes her look mature. We didn't even recognize the actress at first.

Hollywood seems, too often, to get caught up in this very long, extension-type hairstyle, the one seen on all 3 Kardashian sisters, Guiliana Rancic, and Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell. It's the same, copy-cat do with ultra-long waves covering the bosom.

Vanessa Hudgens' new look is quite refreshing, and she's getting noticed for it.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jessica Simpson On Set For New Fashion Reality Show

Jessica Simpson is returning to television with a new reality show, "Fashion Star." It will be shown on NBC, and Jessica will play the role of celebrity mentor to some future designers. Model Elle Macpherson will join her on the series. Sounds like another Project Runway wanna-be.

Go ahead and snicker....but Jessica Simpson is getting the last laugh.

The clothing empire she built, is already worth about $1 billion. And the blonde-haired Simpson is only 30-years-old. Plus, she's very busy planning a wedding to fiance Eric Johnson, launching a new fragrance, and putting together the new fall line of her clothing, shoes, and signature handbags.

She's been on the set of Fashion Star out in Los Angeles. Check out the photo snapped of her yesterday, wearing a sparkling mini dress.

NBC is excited to have the fashion businesswoman front a TV series:

"With an almost billion-dollar lifestyle brand under her belt she is sure to be an excellent mentor to our up-and-coming designers,' said Paul Telegdy, NBC and Universal Media Studios executive.

We are told, that so far, no launch date has been set for Jessica Simpson's, "Fashion Star.".

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Jennifer Lopez Gives O Mag Glimpse Into New JLo Kohl's Fashion Line

Sexy and modern.

That's how superstar Jennifer Lopez wants women to feel when they put on a piece of fashion from the singer's new clothing collection at Kohl's this September.

The Kohl's JLo style is being featured in the September issue of O magazine. You get a glimpse of the glamorous Lopez influence that will be launching across the country in Kohl's dept. stores.

Originally, JLo and husband Marc Anthony were going to debut a lifestyle dept. together at Kohl's. But, since recent news of a split-up with divorce on the way, we're not sure if her ex will also continue with his own Kohl's venture.

Meantime, Jennifer Lopez is not looking back. The womenswear collection is definitely on. As far as the home furnishings by JLo, we're not sure yet if that will also launch.

Hey, it's all good! You can smell like JLo with her gazillion JLo fragrances, look like JLo with her new clothing line, and hopefully, decorate your home like JLo, too.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mariah By The Sea: Post-Baby Aquatic Workout To Regain Figure

Mariah Carey. Gisele Bundchen.

Both of these famous women share something in common.

They sure don't look alike. Both are quite tall, but body-wise, they are very different. Mariah is curvy with a definite hour-glass silhouette, while Gisele is long and lean with a model's dimensions.

Both have gone through a first pregnancy, and that is where we take a further look at the post-baby aquatic work-out.

The gorgeous singer recently tweeted to her fans, that she was hitting the beach to exercise."Ocean work out!" Mariah announced, along with a photo of herself splashing in the waves. "It's been a loooong time since I've been in the ocean."

Good for her! Keep the body moving!

Mariah Carey has been trying to re-gain that lovely, curvy body, after giving birth to twins back in April. No easy task for any woman, celebrity or non-celebrity.

Mariah claims that aquatic work-out is "3x more effective" than other work-outs. And that is how she generally stays in great shape.

Maybe Mariah is on to something for ladies in post-baby mode, because that is how supermodel Gisele Bundchen bounced back following her birth to son, Benjamin Brady.

Except, Gisele was working out in a pool. But it doesn't matter....pool or ocean. It's all about water resistance:

It's called the Brazilian Body Surf program, and Gisele was reportedly doing the surf during her 2009 pregnancy. Smart girl! At least that is what the Boston Herald was reporting.

What exactly is the Brazilian Body Surf? According to the website Equinox, it's a combination of cardiovascular and muscle conditioning drills taught using water resistance.

Great post-baby body tips Mariah and Gisele!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MAC Launches Blackest Mascara Ever: Opulash Optimum For Fall

Black mascara.

We've mentioned this several times before, here at BeautyTipToday, that we CANNOT live without it. And the blacker the mascara, the better. So, that's why we are very curious about MAC's new Opulash Optimum Black Mascara ($15, at fine dept. stores by August 25th). We found some already, here at Nordstrom.com.

MAC's Opulash Optimum Black Mascara promises to deliver a saturated, volumizing blackest formula to add more drama and thickness and curl to your lashes. Check out the ad photo above.

Kim Kardashian would probably love the new Opulash Optimum because she likes to 'over-dose' on mascara, too. Kim K never met a layer of mascara she didn't like, and we can say the same about Kourtney, Khloe, and Mama Kris. And Kim K is already a huge fan of MAC's Zoom Mascara.

Sure, if you were born with dark brown eyes, you can handle the blackest, thickest mascara around. The two go hand-in-hand.

Mascara is one beauty item every girl needs. And MAC never disappoints. We're sure you will get 'optimum'results with new Opulash Optimum.