Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sexy Side-Part Adds Classic Beauty For Spring 2013

Let's pick a side, ladies!

If you're looking for an easy classic beauty look for Spring 2013, then the sides have it. The fresh trend is all about the deep side part.

It's simple enough to create with a humble comb. Just find your better profile and part from there.

Curly heads, pin-straight hair, short + long can all look flattering with the side part. And the celebrities have been HOT on the trend for recent red carpet events. Look at Keri Russell. She looks lovely and not trying hard. Her stylist Brian Magallones created her do like this:

1. To create this look, I started by taking 2-inch sections of hair and curling them with a curling iron and pinning them up in pin curls.
2. As I was curling, I sprayed each section with Aveda Volumizing Tonic to add volume and hold.
3. I used a 1-inch curling iron around the face for a more defined wave and a large 1-3/4-inch iron for the rest of the head.
4. Once the pin curls had cooled and set, I removed each pin curl and flat ironed the ends. The straight ends are what give this look that modern edge.
5. Next, I created a deep side part for drama and brushed the hair to relax the curl and shape the wave around the face.
6. I finished it off by running some Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss through to add amazing shine, and held it in place all night long with Aveda Control Force hairspray.

Jessica Alba + Reese Witherspoon also both love wearing the deep side part.
 It adds instant cool glam!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Celebrities Love Wearing Spanx Even Off The Red Carpet

We love Khloe Kardashian's mini blue print Thakoon dress. So cute.

 And we are also 'heart-ing' her adorable milk-maid braids. LOVE that style and not every chick can pull it off.

The big fashion faux pas, well, there really isn't one. We suppose we could blame it all on the gusty wind!!
Khloe's pretty dress goes flyin' up in the breeze.

OOPS! We see Khloe's nude Spanx!! LOL!

Not exactly a Marilyn Monroe moment by any stretch, but still a great snapshot in the day-of-a-life of one of the much-photographed K sisters.
We think Khloe has handled herself beautifully and with a big, happy smile. There's nothing wrong with slippin' into a pair of Spanx to smoo-oooooooth things out, especially when the paps are right there behind you.

A pair of nude In-Power Line Super Power Panties ($32).

"Tame your tummy and reduce cling with this comfortable yet powerful, super sleek mid-thigh shaper."

Just about EVERY celebrity wears them. At least Khloe isn't walking around 'commando'.

Have you ever worn Spanx or any kind of body shapewear?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Will You Arm Yourself With The Stackable Bracelet Trend For Spring?

In our eyes, Nicole Richie has ALWAYS been the bracelet queen.

The petite fashion icon has been stacking armloads of bracelets YEARS before the trend began.

And for Spring 2013, stackable bracelets are HOT!

There is no set way to arm yourself with the trend. In other words, you can stack up any way you please. We suggest starting with a gorgeous, menswear-inspired watch like the one from Michael Kors. That would be your anchor piece and then stack away, ladies!
We happen to fancy the Michael Kors 'Large Runway' Gold Bracelet Watch, 46mm.

Okay, it isn't cheap at $275, but it's a fine watch and a smart investment.

Then you can add a few or a lot of cool bracelets and you're ready to go!

We LOVE arm candy We always have and just adore this Spring 2013 trend!

Will you stack up, ladies?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rihanna + Lilit Continue To Wear This Old Been-There-Done-That Trend

Have you had enough of this over-done celebrity trend of the one-side shaved head hairstyle?!

Rihanna LOVES this bad-ass look and has rocked it before with very short black locks. And now she's showing it off yet again with pretty light highlights.

The do is actually called, The Skrillex after a male Grammy-nominated disc jockey who supposedly established the hair trend.

Even worse, Rihanna's Skrillex’ hairstyle has just been voted the worst hair trend of the 21st Century.

Oh, my!

That doesn't mean so much because the one-side shaved head is still going strong and a lot of people are copying it even in quiet suburbia.
Reggie Bush's girlfriend Lilit is also sporting The Skrillex do, as seen in the photo below.
We think this bad-ass trend is quite sexy, and if we were in our 20s, we would possibly try and rock this lop-sided tresses look.

You need some major confidence to pull off the one-side shaved head. And although the hair experts claim the trend is old + dead, we beg to differ.

The Skrillex looks to be alive + well!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Punch Of Pink: Pretty For Spring Beauty 2013

No matter how you slice it, ANY shade in the pink family is very flattering to the skin tone. And it just happens to be, that FUCHSIA is the HOT trend for Spring Beauty 2013.

Models were working the runway with the bold hue. There was minimal makeup but the magenta-me lips were ruling the catwalk. Not even a trace of blush. ......Just me and my lips, so to speak.
There is something hauntingly beautiful about this bare look with the major punch of  a pink pout.

Take a look at elf Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Flirty & irly. Gotta love the fuchsia shade and the cheap-o price!  Check it out here at For $2 bucks can't beat it!
Will you try out this HOT Spring Beauty trend?!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cindy Crawford's Hawaii Getaway Staple: Denim Cut-Offs

At age 47, Cindy Crawford is still a style setter.
There she is enjoying a little rest + relaxation with the family in sunny Hawaii. We all like the former supermodel's laid-back vacation fashion sense: Carefree. Sensible. And chic.
Let's look at Cindy's vacation 'uniform.'
1. Pair of shades.
2. Thong sandals.
3. Must-have Bikini.
4. Denim Cut-Offs.
5. Sweatshirt and/or sheer white blouse.
6. Wavy, natural beach hair.
7. Colorful scarf.
 8. Roomy tote bag.

The denim cut-offs are key to the entire laid-back look. We don't know what brand Cindy is sporting but you can find them just about anywhere. We found a  cute pair at PapayaClothing.

So glam at $20.99 a pair in S-M-L. You might not be able to get away like a supermodel can, but you will want these denim cut-offs in another  month!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Drew Barrymore Gives Mascara Beauty Tips One Lash At A Time

Gotta love Drew Barrymore. The proud new mama of baby Olive is beaming with joy these days.

She's also got a popular new makeup line she developed called Flower. It is sold at Walmart stores.

One of Drew's favorite Flower items is the Zoom In Ultimate Mascara ($7.98, here).

These pics show the adorable actress demonstrating to fans how to get the longest. fullest lashes ever!

"My recommendation [for the perfect spider lash look] is to take our Ultimate Mascara," she says.

Drew takes the adjustable brush and drags it across the top lashes, to 'thicken' and 'lengthen' them.

She combs the wand through to smooth out any clumps.

"Then what I like to do is take the mascara brush and clean the tip slightly, then I dot it along the bottom lash line and blend it in with my fingers to give a more lush and creamy liner look,"
she says.
"It gives your lashes a more fuller look than you'll ever achieve by dragging the wand alone on the lashes."

Check out Drew's Spider Lashes tutorial here at flowerbeauty.
Good job, Drew!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Levi's 501 Button-Fly Jeans: Favorite of Halle + Jennifer

 You can't beat a classic piece of Americana like Levi's 501 Button-Fly Jeans!!

Just ask Halley Berry + Jennifer Aniston.

Both celebrity beauties have incredible fit bodies and LOVE slippin' into their 501s. Halle rocks these jeans all over town for 2 good reasons----the price and the way they flatter her famous behind!

"Levi's 501 button fly jeans still do it right," Halle says. "They have some of the BEST washes, and the fit is classic + good for my size butt. Plus, they are not crazy money."
Oh, yeah....butt-flattering is extremely important!
We LOVE Jennifer's easy-going destroyed pair. Sexy!

You can rock some Levi's 501 button fly jeans ($78), too! Check them out here at

Friday, March 22, 2013

Zooey Deschanel's Favorite Liquid Eyeliner Pen

There's no doubt that Zooey Deschanel has beautiful big blue eyes.

And by wearing her signature bangs, the eyes of this adorkable star of Fox's 'New Girl,' look that much larger.

Even if you don't wear straight, blunt bangs like Zooey, you CAN make your eyes appear bigger with your upper lids rimmed in eyeliner. Top off with a few coats of mascara, and you're good to go!

Zooey's favorite eyeliner is from Hourglass Cosmetics:

Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner ($32, at Sephora). The actress wears the dark brown or Cognac shade.

"I love this liquid liner because it's user-friendly. If you make a mistake, it's easy to clean up," Zooey tells InStyle magazine.

We LOVE those magic marker-type eyeliner pens. They are a lot easier to use, like Zooey says.

Some women feel intimidated by liquid liner, but when it's in a simple marker pen style,  you don't have to be a professional makeup artist to give it a whirl.

Zooey uses the Cognac color and it gives her eyes a classic, natural look.

We give this beauty tip a big thumbs up!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm: New Plumping Moisturizing Treatment

The beauty creators at the NeoStrata Company have been busy developing a brand new skin care product to add to their amazing Age Reverse lineup.

Say Hello to Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm ($72, now available at beauty stores like ULTA).

And it's so easy to use: Gently smooth over a cleansed face and neck in the A.M..

We believe it's best to use for daytime because the incredible 'plumping volume' makes a big difference. In other words, Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm REALLY restores volume and firmness to your facial contours, allowing you to look younger with healthier skin.

We were lucky enough to try this new Exuviance product. The HydraFirm is a rich, pale aqua-colored cream that just glides across your skin. It feels heavenly and firming. And we can see why.

The NeoStrata skin care people are proud of their world renown cosmetic dermatology experts. There's A LOT of science that goes into each skin care item. In this case, the Age Reverse HydraFirm turns up the moisture, in a big way with its triple-firming complex of NeoGlucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid + Prodew, and other powerful ingredients.

Your complexion will drink-up the formula immediately. It works at rehydrating the complexion at deep levels and then lifts, firms + volumizes!

Exuviance's Age Reverse HydraFirm isn't the most inexpensive beauty treatment out there, but you are getting your beauty dollars' worth because this product is not only a protective, nourishing cream but also one that rejuvenates and plumps up the skin.

Spring has just sprung. Why not treat yourself to a skin care line that has the research + clinical trials that prove it.

To learn more about Age Reverse HydraFirm, click here.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dakota Fanning's Fab Laid-Back Style

At 19, actress Dakota Fanning has already discovered her own easy, uncomplicated style. With her blonde pin-straight locks, blue-eyed all-American looks, the talented star is often admired for her spur-of-the-moment fashion choices. She's not afraid to mix up her pieces, and she pulls it off quite effectively.

Even at her young age, she is known as a fashion muse. Here, Dakota is wearing an adorable MiuMiu skirt with simple, white button-down shirt and some cute wedge booties.

Gotta love the booties!

We found a similar, bootie-licious suede pair by Chelsea Crew--
Escalate Suede Covered Oxford Wedges
($99.95, at Amazon). A nice, modern take on the lace-up Oxford.

So-oooooo comfortable, too!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Yes---Duh---You Should Have Some Basic Makeup Brushes

We're not telling you to spend hundreds of dollars on a set of makeup brushes, but we are hoping you consider at least buying a decent set of brushes.

And we have found a quality, inexpensive set by makeup artist Sonia Kashuk.  Her Brush Couture Four-Piece Brush set is $12.99 at Target.

At the moment it's unavailable online but it is in a Target store near you.

Let's face facts, ladies....Those lilliputian-sized makeup applicators we find in a compact blush or eyeshadow kit are sub-par and don't really do the job effectively.

Sonia Kashuk's brush set gives you very usable brushes when applying  your cosmetics:

Duo Fiber Multipurpose Brush
Medium Eye Shadow Brush
Domed Crease Brush
and Angled Liner Brush

We certainly needed a good all-over eyeshadow brush. Those dinky, foam applicators are just lousy. A flat brush head like you see in the photo, 2nd from the left, is excellent for sweeping eyeshadow across the lids to the brows. And if you wish to apply a glam lower rim, all you have to do is hold the brush vertically and tap out a little shadow under the eye rim.

This brush set is nice for toting around in your bag or just for those traveling times. And at $12.99, you really can't go wrong.

We think this is a good buy.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Beyonce Treats Self To Pizza One Day A Week + Works Out Hard

There's NO doubt about it. Beyonce's got a post-baby bangin' body! And so many people are obsessed + fascinated with EVERYTHING Beyonce.

There she is--the fab cover girl for Shape magazine's April issue and she's dishing. The 31-year-old superstar claims she gained 57 lbs. while pregnant with baby daughter Blue Ivy in January of last year.
She looks sexy + curvy, and admits she's NOT a skinny gal:

"I'm not a person that is naturally very thin. I am a person that has to work at keeping my body in shape."

If the singer had her way, she would indulge in PIZZA all the time, but because it is full of calories, she only treats herself to PIZZA, once-a-week, on Sundays.

Beyonce admits that she shed the post-baby lbs.very quickly, "because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again!' she tells America's Shapemagazine."

Beyonce also worked out like crazy to get back to her gorgeous figure. The magic is in the diet. She told Shape that '80 percent of her post-baby weight loss was due to cutting out foods like her other fave-- pasta.

"I ate a very low-calorie diet. I stayed away from red meat and ate a lot of fish, replaced pasta and rice with quinoa," Beyonce says.

"I always have breakfast, say, scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk. For lunch and dinner, I eat a lot of fish and vegetables. And throughout the day, I try to stay hydrated."

Excellent tips, Beyonce!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Luscious Lips Deserve Special Treat In Cold, Dry Air

Talk about YUMMY!

If you want to give your lips a little TLC in these last, cold days of winter, then try the tin.

Nivea has some incredible lip butters. We found them for $3.19 apiece at CVS. Regularly sell for $3.99.

Everyone's fave appears to be Raspberry Rose Kiss. So creamy and full of almond oil + shea butter, designed to give you a soft, smooth pair of lips. Smells like heaven, too!

We like using balms or lip butters as a hydrating base under lipstick.

We think you will enjoy trying Nivea's new lip butters. We warn you, these little tins are addictive.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Super Deal Of The Day: Super H&M Push-Up Bra- $9.95!

Ladies---Do you think you could handle this scenario?!

Breasts that INSTANTLY appear 2 sizes larger??

And the whole thing ONLY costs $9.95?

We don't know how we missed the advertising on this one, but H&M stores have been 'pushing' their Super Push-Up Bra for a few months now.

And it ALWAYS seems to be selling out like mad.

Well, for $9.95, that's a pretty amazing price for a bra that can do some amazing things. H M bra


Hopefully, you can find the Super Push-Up Bra for yourself at an H&M store near you. It comes in several pretty colors + styles.

The boob magic is in the material:

Microfiber with thickly padded underwire cups that lift and shape the bust so that it appears 2 sizes bigger. 19% elastane, 81% polyamide.

Friday, March 15, 2013

10 Good Reasons For Getting A Chemical Peel

A chemical peel can really improve your complexion. And although there are several different types of peels available to choose from, there is a chemical peel for everyone out there---from mild to very strong.
We are a peeler. But we would also advise getting your first chemical peel from a dermatologist. If you want to D.I.Y. at home, you must be careful and build up to a stronger peel. Yes, you can burn and possibly scar from harsh peels with strong concentrations.
Having said all of that, a chemical peel can do AMAZING things to your skin, if you are patient and follow all the key steps.
Here are 10 Good Reasons for Getting a Chemical Peel:
1. Softer, Smoother Skin Returns. The exfoliation does work. The upper layers of the skin dissolve and then deliver softer, smoother tissue.
 2. Big Pores are Minimized. Peels unclog the pores, taking all the skin debris + old cells with them, leaving cleaner, tighter, smaller-looking pores.
3. Better Skin Tone Comes Back. A chemical peel balances skin tone by fading sun damage, spots, + uneven pigment. It even helps improve dark, undereye circles.
4. It's a Quick Beauty Fix. Although results look best after several weeks of peeling, getting a chemical peel or giving one to yourself takes mere minutes. Wash your face. Prep the skin. And apply the peel. Wait 2-3 minutes and rinse off with water.
5. Say Bye-Bye to Bad Acne/Scarring. A chemical peel can improve your complexion and help keep break-outs away by deep-cleaning + de-greasing the layers of skin. A routine of peels will help lessen acne scars, minimizing their appearance.
6. Get Your Radiant Glow On. A peel does just that----give back a healthy glow to the complexion. Tired, dull skin is revived.
7. It's a Collagen Booster. A chemical peel sets you up for healthier skin down the road. A peel stimulates collagen production + revs  up cell turn-over.

8.   It's a Great Skin Investment + Cheap One. Compared to other beauty treatments a peel is rather inexpensive. And if you advance to do-it-yourself status, you can really save some $$$.

9. It's suitable for all ages/skin types. As long as you carefully undergo one,  and select the proper strength and type of peel, you will see a lot of benefits.

10. Self-Esteem Goes Up. We all feel good inside when we have beautiful skin on the outside. A peel CAN reverse the damage and nicely improve your complexion.
What's not to love with a chemical peel?!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What Bangs....Kim K's Bee-Stung Lips Have Folks Buzzing

The Kardashian sisters.

In a way,  we DO feel for them. Every time these famous siblings go out in public, a long trail of cameras + paps pursue.

And yesterday, the photogs were following pregnant Kim as she showed off a new set of bangs.

Yes! We like fringe on Kim. Plus, she's sporting those signature super-long extensions--this time in a wavy do.

But even more curious are the reality star's new BIGGER lips.

She showed off her pretty pout BEFORE she got the bangs on a recent Twitter page.

But Kim did not mention how her lips had suddenly swelled up.

Can pregnancy cause lips to increase in size?

We can't find that as a fact anywhere in some quick research, but we did read that some pregnant women DID report swelling of the lips into their 29th week + beyond.

Kim K isn't that far along in her term yet.

So....we would assume, and we use the word--assume, that the stunning star is going to the derm for lip-injected filler.

And we also assume that is safe to have done during pregnancy.

When you want full lips like Kim K, soft fillers are chosen for their amazing, smooth volumizing properties. Soft fillers avoid lumps + nodules that do not look pretty on lips.

What's the best filler for fuller, bigger lips?

We went to for a real doctor's perspective:

Best temporary fillers for lip augmentation
The best fillers for the lips are those that are soft, pliable, and temporary. Those currently available and that work beautfuly for the lips are:
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus
  • Restylane
  • Perlane

These are all different formulations of "hyaluronic acids," which come in a soft gel form. Depending on how much of an enhancement is needed, your Plastic Surgeon will select the appropriate formulation.

It is CRITICAL that your injecting physician understands the proper lip aesthetics and balance between the borders, upper vs. lower lip, and the role that surrounding muscles play in the lip (mouth) aging process.

Sometimes, if my patients are in the operating room for something else, then I offer them the choice of having their own fat cells transferred to different areas of the face (such as the lips and cheeks) to restore the youthful volume of the face.                          

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Brooklyn Decker + Jessica Alba Both Love This Foundation

We all like when beautiful celebrities dish and spill the goods on their favorite beauty products.

We are told that Jessica Alba wears Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation ($62, at Barneys).

How do we know that?

Well, actress/model Brooklyn Decker read about the foundation in an interview Jessica Alba gave. And Brooklyn now wears Koh Gen Do, too, because Jessia has gorgeous skin and must be doing something right, she hinted.

According to the Koh Gen Do website, the company's high definition mineral makeup cream foundation was first developed for performers.

Maybe that's why Jessica Alba adores the line:

"To prepare for the arrival of HDTV, which reveals the tiniest flaws in the skin, Koh Gen Do used ultrafine particles that could hide pores and fine lines on the face but look and feel weightless. Due to its popularity with actresses and singers, the series began attracting attention from the general public. Today this product is the company's leading line."

We WANT makeup that lets you appear flawless, like you have the tiniest pores, with a smooth textured complexion and so on.

We think Brooklyn Decker is smart to copy-cat Jessica Alba on this one!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Bosom Couture: Sort Of Like Crazy Glue For Boobs

Boob-tastic! We can't help but giggle over the NEW brain-child product of Dawn Jackson, a California beautician.

Simply put, Boob Glue is a breast-firming gel. You apply the glue stick roller  adhesive over your bosom, and secure each breast to a 'favorite bra' in the desired position.


Now your breasts are securely held in place ALL day long with great support + lift!

No more sagging, bulging or fear of a breast popping out. No more  tight push-up bras, hidden tape, gel inserts etc.

Boob Glue launches at the end of March. No info on the price yet or where Boob Glue will be sold.

More details here.

Would you try this roller glue boob-job in a bottle?

We know a lot of women would definitely give it a go.

Small, large, implants and so forth, this boob glue works for every gal.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kim Kardashian Has 'Bloody' Time With Vampire Face-Lift

Gotta love Kim Kardashian's desire to stay one step ahead of the competition when it comes to beauty.

Look at the Twitter photo. There's the 31-year-old reality star posing half-way through a vampire facelift or blood facial, as this procedure is called.

She showed the bizarre skin care treatment to the world in last night's episode of  'Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.' You can also hear the mom-to-be wincing in pain during the injections and vowing, "I will never get a facelft!"
We heard about the vampire facelift a couple of years ago.

It's not surgery, but another form of facial filler, similar to the injecting procedures of synthetic Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane.

But a blood facial is real---your own platelets used to put volume + youth back into your face.

Here's the quick procedure:

1. Blood is drawn from your arm.
2. It is spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets.
3. Platelets are then injected into your face.

Why blood?

Because it can hopefully stimulate new collagen production, but primarily to add volume to hollow parts of the face, as well as fill in lines, wrinkles + folds.

The vampire facelift is supposed to last 2 years, but there is no real proof of that.

Kim K certainly doesn't need this cosmetic enhancement at age 31. She's young + gorgeous. Why even go there?

Then again, this ain't Kim K's first rodeo as the saying goes. The reality star is very aware of beauty + cosmetic advances out there. "It's all about the pretty," for Kim, and she's aiming to keep her beauty out front and center for as long as she can.

Would you undergo a vampire facial?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Weathered Metal Jewelry: Hot Boho Trend!

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is a fan of their gorgeous jewelry. We're talking about We Dream in Colour,  a line of "hand made adornments designed by Jade Gedeon."

There's the lovely actress wearing a pretty pair of their earrings:

Jennifer has on the Naiad earrings, which come in 2 lengths. The mini pair is $30.

Look at the stunning  weathered metal of the jewelry. This look is a HOT boho trend. WeLOVE the vintage-like finish and raw Patina beauty of these affordable pieces.

We Dream in Colour has a lot of great-looking, one-of-a-kind jewelry. From cool necklaces to ornate rings to sexy earrings to elegant headbands + hair pins, and much more.

We could shop there all day!