Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kate Hudson's Sexy Eyeliner Tip Any Gal Can Do

Actress Kate Hudson wears it. And we wear it every day.

We are hooked on eyeliner, and have been for many years.

Our makeup trick is to use black liner on the upper lid, and dark brown liner on the lower lid.

That little beauty nugget comes from Kela Wong, Rachel Bilson's talented makeup artist.

Here's Kela's advice, and we think it works!

1. Wear black eyeliner pencil along the top lash line only.
2. Then apply a dark brown liner on the bottom.
3. "It keeps the eye open," Kela

Lovely Kate Hudson has her own goof-proof eyeliner beauty tip:

"Put liner underneath the upper lid," she told People magazine. "It makes your eyes pop even more." That is known as the water line.

If you want to learn how to line underneath the upper lid, check out this YouTube how-to by MakupByEman.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Beverly Hills Housewife Star Adrienne Maloof: Favorite $8 Beauty Tips

Never a dull moment on Bravo reality TV. We just learned today that Beverly Hills housewife star Adrienne Maloof is splitting from her prominent plastic surgery husband Dr. Paul Nassif. The couple have three sons and have been together for nine years.

Just a few months ago, it appeared that everything was just fine. The blonde beauty was happy to share a couple of inexpensive beauty tips. One is for her favorite beauty product. And the other, her go-to-nail shade:

"Define-a-lash lengthening mascara by Maybelline," she tells Gigisaffronever.com. "I have pretty long lashes but this just adds more length without clumping and is a beauty bargain. I also love a pink or nude lip gloss over YSL Rouge lipstick." Define-a-Lash Lengthening Mascara.

I’m wearing “Mademoiselle” by Essie. I love a classic look and neutral polishes are very pretty. I’m also a fan of a french manicure."
Mademoiselle ($8.00).

Adrienne Maloof released a statement to RadarOnline.com: 'I'm so sorry that this is happening but my children are my life and sometimes we need to do what's best for them.'

She added: 'It's an unfortunate situation but, I have to have my kids best interest at heart.'

We have since learned that the Bevery Hills Housewives reunion show for Bravo is going to be filming tonight at an undisclosed location, and that Adriennne may bow out.

By the way, Dr. Nassif is asking for the separation.

We wish the couple all the best.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Simple As 1-2-3: Easy-Lites For Great Summer Highlights

If you have light locks and want to go lighter or blonder, have we got an at-home D.I.Y. product!

We have friends who pay lots of money to have highlights put in a few times a year. And most of them complain about the high cost.

Salon pro Marc Anthony has a wonderful highlighting kit you use along with your flat iron. It's called Marc Anthony Easy-Lites Highlighting Spray ($8.99, at ULTA). And BUY 1 Get 1 50% OFF, right now!

Do you desire sexy sun-kissed summer highlights?

This Easy-Lites Do-It-Yourself kit is a super 2-step process, but if you have dark hair, it might not lighten to the degree you would wish for.

This reminds us of the classic, cult fave, Sun-In. But with Easy-Lites, you see immediate results.

Since these are permanent highlights, that means that there is peroxide or bleach inovled. Please make sure your hair is healthy and free of directions ona box of Easy Lites:

"Be sure to read full product instructions carefully before use. STEP 1: On clean dry hair, select a section of hair to be highlighted and spray from root to end. STEP 2: Pass a flat iron over the section 5 - 7 times and watch the highlights appear. Read full product instructions for allover lightening directions."

Watch the excellent YouTube demo by the master, himself, Marc Anthony here.

Our locks are too dark to get a dramatic change, we think, but if your hair is lighter than Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, you could try this.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

McDonald's Emphasizing The Skinny Fast Food During Summer Olympics

Let's get down to the truth.....A little fast food never hurt anyone, BUT, you probably won't get skinny visiting the golden arches or any burger palace anytime soon.

Having gotten that out of the way, let's be fair and take an honest look at McDonald's new promotion, 'Favorites Under 400 Calories,' which is now running in conjunction with the Summer Olympics.

Two weeks ago, we were longing for a McDonald's Filet 'O Fish and medium Fries, so, that's what we ordered. Now we find out the meal is ONLY 400 Calories?! Not exactly. Here's the McD fast food run-down:

McDonald's Filet 'O Fish sandwich.
380 Calories
16 gm. Protein
18 gm. Fat
39 gm. Carbohydrates
40 gm. Cholesterol
610 mg. Sodium

McDonald's French Fries (medium).
380 Calories
4 gm. Protein
19 gm. Fat

48 gm. Carbohydrates
0 Cholesterol
0 gm. Trans Fat
270 mg. Sodium

So, our McDonald's meal contained a total of 760 Calories with fat and a lot of Sodium. Yikes! Er...we used ketchup, too.

Plus, we drank a REAL Coke with our lunch. We don't even want to go there.

The bottom line---It's hard to get skinny at a fast food chain, but if you're just picking up a medium bag of fries, 380 Calories isn't the end of the world. Plus, these fries are amazing!

To look at McDonald's complete 'Favorites Under 400 Calories' menu, click here

Friday, July 27, 2012

Purple Liner For Sexy, Perfect Eyes Say Olivia And Mila

Movie stars Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis have some of the prettiest eyes in Hollywood. And they know how to show them off, too.

Okay, let's get a clue here. Most celebrities have professional makeup artists ready to do their stunning faces. And we believe that Olivia and Mila are no exceptions.

Both lovelies have revealed their sexy eyes beauty tip:

Purple eyeliner.

Grab a bottle of that, and you're good to go!

As Olivia Wilde recently told InStyle magazine:

"My eyes are my favorite feature to highlight--and purple really brings them out."

We can see why. Purple liner helps green eyes pop! And both Olivia and Mila have light eyes in the green/hazel shade.

We like Revlon's Colorstay Creme Gel Eyeliner in Plum ($10.49, at Walgreens ). Olivia is a Revlon ambassador for the giant company, but we also happen to believe Colorstay products are very good! And this purple liner is a great one and easy to apply.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kim K, Gwen, and Diana---New Summer Do Blowback

Big summer hair!

It's called Blow-back hair. And Kim Kardashian, Gwen Stefani, and Dianna Agron are all walking with high-voltage hair during the HOT summer days. Even the models at the Carolina Herrera shows were launching this sophisticated look earlier in the year.

You're either going to like this off-the-face look, or you won't.

How do you do the blow-back? It's blasting the front of your hair up and back. And spray, spray, spray! There is no hair part The style goes behind the ears, and the length falls long and straight down the back.

Would you rock this classic off-the-face glam do?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Going Bananas Over OPI's Black Spotted Polish!!

You CANNOT get this in stores here in the United States, BUT you CAN get a bottle on Ebay, if you willing to shell out big bucks for the summer's hottest mani around:

OPI Black Spotted ($ 8.50, but ONLY available in France through Sephora stores as part of a limited-edition Spiderman collection).

A small bottle of Black Spotted sold on Ebay for $51, plus $20 shipping from France, for a whopping total of $71!!

We have to admit, there is something quite exotic about the French exclusive, Black Spotted.

So, how do you paint on this newest nail trend?

It's simple. "Apply a thin coat over completly dry lacquer. Finish with top coat."

Some fans say the unique nail polish looks like oil on water when it is dry. There's something almost surreal-like about Black Spotted.

What do you think, Ladies?

Would you do a mani or pedi with this hot summer nail trend?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Facelift Bungee: Temporary Way To Look 10 Years Younger?

Okay, we didn't see this one coming. But we are fascinated, to say the least.

We're not going to diss Facelift Bungee, because the temporary, do it-yourself facelift at just $24.99, has quite a lot of fans, but really now!

We saw a segment on GMA this morning. And we were speechless with all the steps involved to 'attach' this youthful apparatus by braiding 2 small, tight plaits above your ears. Then you take the little bungee cord and wrap it around the back of the head and hide it under the hair, to the braids with 2 small combs.

Ladies, wouldn't it be a bit simpler to either have a mini facelift done, or to go in for some cosmetic filler to lift and add volume to an aging face?

Sure, any cosmetic surgery or non-invasive treatments are not cheap, but certainly worth the investment.

A woman named Kimberly Aschauer invented the Facelift Bungee, and there's no doubt, she's one smart cookie, as they say. And the BEFORE and AFTER photos look pretty convincing.

So, is the Facelift Bungee okay to use daily?

According to the website, yes:
"Facelift Bungee has medical data proving no hair loss or headaches have occurred."

Check out the Bungee Facelift here on YouTube.

If we can add our own 2 cents, beauty science has made some incredible advances and developed some super surgical techniques and intelligent ways to fill a face, or erase aging sun damage, and so on.

What do you think?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mama Sharon And Kelly Osbourne Love This Spa Exfoliating Scrub

Mama Osbourne and Kelly seem to be addicted to this wonderful spa scrub, that you can now find at your local Target store.

It's called Champney's Exotic Retreat Body Glow ($11.99, at Target, but not at Target online).

The co-host of Fashion Police told People magazine about this luxurious spa scrub:

"In England, Champneys is where the rich and famous go for a spa weekend. Whenever my mom used to go, I would steal all of her products from her. I love this exfoliator; it literally makes you feel like you're rubbing yourself in gold," Kelly says.

We think the $11.99 price for a little jar of Champney's Exotic Retreat Body Glow is decent, because you are getting 7 oz..

And both Mama Sharon and Kelly appear to have nice peaches and cream skin, so we would try this beauty product next time we're hanging out at Target.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Move Over Skinny Girl Bethenny: There's Another Housewife in the Beverage Business

If you've always despised NJ Housewife reality star Teresa, you might dislike her even more.

Teresa and her hubby Joe, have officially launched their own alcoholic concept of a 'Skinny Girl' beverage. Watch out, 'Skinny Girl' genius, Bethenny Frankel! Teresa might act like a fool, but this lady's as sly as a fox.

Say hello to Fabellini! Watch the NJ Housewives this Sunday on the Bravo network, and you'll see the Giudices journey to a vineyard to gain knowledge on their Bellinis. And Teresa will take a dig at Bethenny's Skinny Girl super-successful brand:

'My thing is I don't like anything that tastes diet-y,' the mom-of-four adds with sarcasm. 'For instance, Skinnygirl tastes diet-y. I don't like that.'


'My Fabellini is a proprietary mix my husband and I came up with: a gold medal champagne with natural peach puree,' Teresa explains. 'And it's 12 percent alcohol, so you'll enjoy it!'

Plus, the Fabellini is good for the dieter----'low calorie--less than 1/2 the calories of other "skinny" drinks.'

Hey, Teresa Giudice did surprisingly well on Donald Trump's 'The Apprentice.' And this once bankrupt beauty has learned from the best, 'To strike while the iron is hot.'

And if there's one reality star who knows how to heat up and burn a lot of things and a lot of bridges, it's Teresa.

Stay tuned.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Country Music's Kellie Pickler Won't Leave Home Without 2 Beauty Products

Country cutie Kellie Pickler says she doesn't like to pile on gobs of makeup, but she DOES wear lip gloss and mascara every day.

Her fave lash lengthener at the moment is Lancome's Definicils High Definition Mascara ($26, at neimanmarcus). Kellie tells OK! magazine she is a mascara addict. Well, who isn't? We certainly are, guilty as charged.

Kellie's other must-have beauty product is Tinted Lipglass in C-Thru by MAC ($14.50, at MAC). Forgive us, but this does look almost like a concealer in the MAC photo. But, Kellie says it's a versatile shade:

"It's a great gloss that goes with just about everything." And MAC describes it as a peachy beige with shimmer. And we believe Kellie is wearing C-Thru in the photo. And it looks like a very pretty nude lip shade.

Lancome makes some amazing mascara, and we know it isn't the cheapest beauty purchase, but it's really good stuff.

As far as lip gloss goes, Kellie's nude is not for everyone. In other words, you have to try a few nude shades out, before finding the perfect neutral for your smile and skin tone. But when you do ace the right nude lip, the overall beauty look is effortless and natural. And we think Kellie Pickler looks gorgeous here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

J & J Baby Oil Body Wash Ain't Just For Babies!

It is just us, or do baby beauty products have lovely scents and wonderful moisturizing properties?

Don't laugh, but we adore baby beauty products, because we know they are made with extra tender loving care and are designed to be protective to our little ones' bottoms, faces and overall skin.

We happen to love Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil Body Wash ($4.09, at Target).

Frankly, it just smells clean and fresh with a hint of baby oil. And talk about hydrating. It leaves our skin as soft as a baby's behind....well, almost.

We have spent a boatload of money on all kinds of body washes for the shower/and/or/bath, and some have been quite expensive, without really providing much moisture or even lather.

Johnson& Johnson Baby Oil Body Wash has a nice, creamy texture and is very gentle to the skin. And it comes in a 13.2 oz. bottle, so you're getting a good amount for the price.

We also like J & J's Baby Cream ($.29, at drugstores). It's perfect for using AFTER the bath.

Have you ever dipped into the baby beauty products?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

These Are The Only 3 Nail Polishes You Need Say The Pros

If you want to take the guess-work out of the perfect, classic nail polishes to own, we will do it for you.

Okay we didn't come up with these selections, but 3 pros have spoken to People Magazine's Beauty Watch 2012. And here are the 3 Best Nail Polishes to have in your repertoire:

1. Chanel Vamp. ($26, currently OUT of STOCK at chanel.com, but we found some on Ebay for $40.99).
2. OPI Big Apple Red. ($8.50. We found a bottle for $8 at Drugstore.com).
3. Essie Ballet Slippers
. ($8, we found it for $7.75 at Walmart).

Would you agree?

This is what 3 Celebrity manicurists told People magazine:

April Foreman. "It (Vamp) adds an instant sexy factor to any look."

Alicia Torello. "Big Apple Red is a crisp, clean red that works with every skin tone."

Dawn Sterling. "Like a black shoe or LBD, Ballet Slippers is a simple, chic classic."

Do you own all 3 nail polishes? What do you think of this little list of must-haves

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baggy, Beat-Up Boyfriend Jeans Still Hot Trend This Summer

The baggy, beat-up boyfriend jeans are all over the place these days. Celebrities like Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Rihanna, are all practically falling out of these big bad denims.

Let's be honest. These boyfriend jeans are SO comfortable and soft, and just super casual to hang out it in. You can roll the cuffs up or keep them down.

Maybe you can't afford Nicole's $225 AG Jeans The Ex-Boyfriend. But you can hunt down some cute copy-cat pairs if you look hard enough.

We found a pair of Distressed Boyfriend Jeans at Forever21, on SALE now for just $13.99, in sizes 24-28.

Or how about the High-Rise Boyfriend Capri at Forever21, for $27.80, in sizes 24-30.

Monday, July 16, 2012

How To Keep Beach Blonde Hair In Tip-Top Summer Shape

There's something about beach blonde hair in the summertime. It looks so gorgeous. Our mane is dark brown, so we can't help but feel a little blonde envy in those hot days of July and August.

But when your locks are lighter, you pay for it in the end, because the hair is more easily damaged. And when you're exposing your beautiful blonde head to the sun, heat, salt water, chlorine, and even the wild, balmy breezes, the hair dry-out begins.

That's why beach blonde hair needs some extra TLC during summer. Your mane is thirsty and you need to bring back the smooth, silky texture and bounce.

Here's a quick beauty tip AFTER you get out of the water from colorist-to-the-stars, Beth Minardi:

"Drench your hair in club soda the moment you get out of the ocean or pool. This helps rinse away any salt or chlorine build-up, which can damage your hair when left to dry in the sun," Beth explains. It makes a huge difference."

That's a super tip, Beth!

You can also add this Dove number to your hair health arsenal:

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum ($6.99, at Walgreens).

Yes, it's made with oil---argan and almond. It's an effective, lightweight formula that you apply to the hair only. Don't rub onto the scalp. You only need a tiny amount to smooth away frizz and dryness. And watch that shine and healthiness come right back!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

VS Angel Miranda Kerr Makes Floral Jeans Look Trend-Worthy!

Floral denim is sizzling hot!

Okay, maybe especially on Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr. The fabulously fit mama was out and about in New York City last evening, wearing a sexy pair of red, cream, green skinny denim florals.

The key is to keep it simple: Floral bottoms mean solid neutral on top. And check out those nude, strappy sandals!

Miranda pulls the entire look together beautifully.

If a pair of full-length floral denim is too attention-getting for you, why not try a cute pair of floral denim shorts. We found an adorable pair at Forever21, on SALE for $13.99.

We also adore the JoeFresh floral skinnies in wash-tainted rose, $178. Very glam, indeed!

What do you think? Would you rock this sizzling summer trend?

Or do you think florals are better left blooming in a garden?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lauren Conrad's Best Beauty Beach Tip For Careful Tanning

Okay, we know there is no such thing as a safe tan, but, let's be honest, it is summer, and some of us do head to the beach for a little fun in the sun.

Reality star Lauren Conrad carries a clever beauty item in her beach bag, and now, we want to try it, too.

L.C.'s beauty tip:

Baby sunblock. And for a girl in her mid-20's, she's very smart to be thinking about good skin, and how to keep it that way.

Her fave:

Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Sunblock Stick SPF 50 ($9.99, at drugstores and Ulta). "I cover my whole face with baby sunblock," Lauren says.

So why does this sunblock stick rock?

Well, it's got a 50 SPF, it works beautifully for babies and adults, and it's gentle, too.

It's oil-free, non-irritating, and water-proof. And Aveeno says the "MINERALBLOCK™ Technology provides superior, long-lasting sun protection. It forms a protective barrier on top of baby's skin that scatters both UVA and UVB rays."

Love the sunblock stick form, because the stuff stays where you put it. It's even super for sensitive lips.

Great beauty tip, L.C..

Friday, July 13, 2012

Looking For Bigger Better Lashes: Gotta Love The Falsies

We are a mascara freak, but then again, we've mentioned that a few times before. If it's in a tube, we'll try it.

Our mascara must-haves:
1. The blackest mascara around.
2. Preferably a curved brush.
3. Thickening formula.
4. Mascara that stays on lashes, even through some tears (we like non-waterproof, actually).

This one from Maybelline in the cute purple tube is a winner!

Maybelline Volum' Express the Falsies Mascara ($7.99, at drugstores).

This little beauty product has been around for 2 years now, and we adore it, because it builds instant volume for Va-Va-Va-Voom lashes!

If you like Maybelline's cult fave, Great Lash, then you will like the Falsies lash-enhancing formula. You're getting false lashes without the adhesive and all the effort that goes into putting on a pair of fake lashes bit by bit.

All you need are a couple of coats and you're good to go! The texture is thick but separates well when you lash-comb through. And it lengthens effectively.

So, what's in the Faslies formula?

Lashes get coated with a Pro-Keratin fiber-enriched formula that instantly plumps lashes and fills in gaps for a false lash effect.

The Falsies mascara lets your eyes pop! Maybe that's why it's one of Maybelline's best and fastest selling mascara, other than classic Great Lash.

Our fave----Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Spoon Brush Washable Mascara in Blackest Black. We found some at drugstore.com.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sexy Black Leather Is Hot For Summer 2012: Celebs Into It

Sexy, black leather in the dog days of summer?!

You betcha!

Oh, yeah! Black leather is one of the hottest trends this summer. And Hollywood is right on the trend.

Take a peek at the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Cruise. Katie Holmes stepped out for dinner with friends last night in sweltering New York City. She wore a sophisticated cream blazer matching sheer cream top with a pair of skinny black leather pants! Katie looks so glam, and er, might we add, happy.

In photo 2, take a look at reality star Kim Kardashian who also knows a sizzling hot trend when she sees one. The California beauty was snapped strolling with beau Kanye in matching white tops and black leather trouser ensembles. Kim K is looking uber polished in a white peplum top and curve-hugging leather bottoms.

And what's up with Jennifer Hudson? The superstar was performing yesterday in a black leather sleeveless, peplum top
complete with leopard hot pants. We're not 100% sure the look really goes together, but Jennifer's body is amazing, so we're not going to be so picky here.

In the bottom photo, Valentino does it flawlessly on the runway in this stunning, sleeveless black leather dress.

Are you into the black leather look for summer 2012?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Celebrity Trainer Keeps A-Listers Fit With Fab Fruit

We happen to adore this celebrity trainer, because he seems to make sense out of diets and exercise. He works you hard, but then again, he seems to keep his patience, and above all, he's fair.

We don't know Harley Pasternak personally, but we WISH he could be our trainer.

And if you think we're just padding his resume with a lot of fluff, just take a look at a few of his famous clients:

Jennifer Hudson. Alicia Keys. Megan Fox. Orlando Bloom. Kanye West. LL Cool J. Rick Fox. Halle Berry. Katy Perry. Miley Cyrus. And the A-list list goes on and on.....

Today, Harley Pasternak has a super diet beauty tip, one that's easy to follow and does a body good. He talked to People.com about some fab fruit. He suggests that not every fruit is the same when it comes to great nutrition:

"That's why my golden rule with fruits is to choose the ones that have either edible skin or edible seeds. Fruits like apples, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries and pears are just a few great examples of fruits with edible skin. Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and kiwis are example of fruits with edible seeds."

And he goes on to semi-reject these:

"The fruits that I prefer to minimize (not eliminate – there are no "bad fruits"), are primarily tropical fruits like bananas, mango, papaya and pineapple. These fruits, not surprisingly, are higher in calories and sugar, and are lower in fiber than ones with edible skin and/or seeds or citrus fruits.

Oh, Harley....Please don't take our pineapple away!

We think these are wonderful diet tips. People seem to enjoy a lot of fruit in the summer months, and it's interesting to see which fruits are more diet-fab than the others.