Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tatcha Blotting Papers Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian's Flawless Makeup

Let's face it---Kim Kardashian ALWAYS looks flawlessy put together when it comes to her striking makeup.

Some fans have even remarked that Kim K looks photo-shopped in person.

Well, we like to give a lot of the credit to Kim's magic makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. And according to the most famous reality star, it's all in the CONTOURING.

Kim K shows us the before the blending proof on her Instagram page:

And to maintain the busy, red carpet beauty looking flawless + matte, Mario prefers to use blotting paper, as he told Grazia Middle East:

"To keep Kim looking fresh from day to evening, I use TATCHA Blotting Papers, which keep the skin from getting muddy in the heat."

You can find these excellent, Japanese blotting papers at Sephora ($12).

Tatcha doesn not contain powder, but instead is made of "100% natural abaca leaf and gold flake to absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal fresh skin...."

Smart beauty tip coming from a smart makeup artist.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Khloe Kardashian Claims Mama Mio Pregnancy Boob Cream Gives Her Firm, Radiant Decollete

Okay, Khloe Kardashian. We are well aware how you and the other K + J sisters cleverly drop brand names to get us to buy certain products.

And we think we're on to you, too. Although, maybe this REALLY is one of your favorite beauty tips.

So let's take a look further. Khloe recently spoke with IntotheGloss.com about her beauty routine. And she listed a bunch of makeup + skin care faves.

We have noticed how she loves showing off her bosom these days. And there's one product she is so into, a cream that nursing mom/sister Kourtney told her about:

Mama Mio Pregnancy Boob Tube, 3.4 Fluid Ounce ($41.26 + free shipping, at Amazon).

And apparently, it's SAFE for non-nursing women out there. 

Khloe said this to IntotheGloss:

"Kourtney got me into all these Mama Mio products that are all natural—I think she used them when she was breast-feeding. Their names are really cute—there is one that’s called the Shrink to Fit Cellulite Smoother that I like. I use one of their other products called the Pregnancy Boob Tube every day. It’s got avocado oil and shea butter so when your boobs are growing you don’t get stretch marks. I like it though, because it tightens your neck, too. I’ve been using it everyday for a year. Now people always ask me, ‘Why do you have this?’ hinting as if I’m trying to have a baby, and I’m like, ‘No, no. It’s just because I f***in’ like it’."
There you have it.

We think Mama Mio Pregnancy Boob Tube cream is worth a shot for a smooth, youthful neck and breasts.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Another $5 Super Beauty Budget Buy: Mascara With 10X Volume Intensity!

We are featuring yet another $5 super, beauty budget buy!!

You can pick this up at your neighborhood drugstore and get tons of compliments when you put  a few coats of this stuff on.

Wet n Wild Lash Out Loud MaxVolume Plus Mascara Amp'd Black 0.27 Oz

Gotta LOVE the cute, loud, fuchsia tube---eye-catching. But even better---the formula in the tube is AMAZING!

This Volume Plus gives you LONG + THICK doll lashes. And for ONLY 5 bucks!

This is a must-try.

And we found a tube at Walgreens.

Mascara is a daily beauty must. And you really should own more than one different tube of mascara.

Experiment. Try lots of mascara brands. High end, low end. They're all good.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hey For $5, NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow Is A Super Beauty Budget Buy!

Don't you just HATE when your powder eyeshadow slips and falls all over your cheekbones during application?

We are tired of eyeshadows loosening up and breaking apart. What a mess everywhere.

Here comes NYX Cosmetics to the beauty rescue!

Don't laugh, but a lot of times, cheap, drugstore makeup does the trick.

And for $5 a pot, NYX's Nude Matte Eyeshadow is a super, beauty budget buy!

We have 4 shades and are lovin' each one.

NYX Nude Matte Shadow is richly pigmented with a matte finish. These shadows NEVER crease or wear off or break apart. They glide on easily and come in 15 shades.

You CAN'T beat the cheap price + effectiveness of these small shadow pots.

We found some here at ULTA.

Want To Look Super Lean Like Gisele? Then Wear Bell-Bottom Flares!

We knew this style would re-emerge sooner than later.

After all the skinny jeans + pants saturating the fashion landscape, it's time to break out your flares, ladies. Yes...your cool chick, bell-bottoms!

Don't believe us?

Then check out a recent photo of model Gisele Bundchen riding the HOT trend.

The highest-paid model has super long legs, but wearing flares gives EVERY gal the illusion of super long PLUS super lean legs. And if you slip into heels with flares, you take the longgggg illusion even further.

And it's such a nostalgic style.

We like how Gisele styled her flares in a great neutral, taupe-gray ensemble--monochromatic luxe.

She looks amazing.

Flare jeans + pants are poppng up everywhere.

FourMinds Denim Pants ($52).

If you're tired of your skinnies, then FLARE out this Spring and get the lean silhouette in a fashion minute.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Will You Copy Rihanna's New Sharpie Brow From New Single: Bitch Better Have My Money

Rihanna has such a striking, beautiful face. But even this sexy superstar cannot pull off the sharpie brow look. We don't think anyone can.

Here she is from her brand new single--'Bitch Better Have My Money.'

Those brows are almost Frida Kahlo brows:

Bold brows remain HOT as far as beauty trends go, but this commercial look is just that. Rihanna is only 'wearing' the sharpie brow to sell album covers, etc.

Here is Rihanna from her other recent single--FourFive Seconds with another dark, full brow.

And here is the singer with her signature red carpet brow---full, light, + penciled

If you still prefer Rihanna's BOLD sharpie brow, then try this sharpie-like brow liner by Eyeko. We found it at Nordstrom's ($19).

You can almost doodle it on. You can't miss with this bold, liquid brow liner. A very buildable brow liner.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bobbi Brown Says We Can ALL Wear Red-Hot Red Lipstick With Simple Beauty Tip

Gotta LOVE makeup genius Bobbi Brown. Enjoying her new appearances on GMA's Yahoo Your Day Series.

Today, the celebrity makeup artist talked about choosing the right red-HOT RED lipstick.

She claims we can ALL rock BOLD red lipstick. Surprisingly, Bobbi says that skin tone matters somewhat in picking the perfect red lipstick...but more importantly, its' all about the natural color of your lips.

1. So if your lips are naturally pale, then choose a BRIGHTER red lipstick.
And if your lips are naturally dark, then select a DEEPER red lipstick.

2. Then choose a matching red lip pencil.

3. Keep the rest of your makeup simple.

Don't believe us?

Then check out Bobbi Brown's cool demo here on GMA this morning.

Amal Clooney has been ROCKIN' the bold, red lip just about everywhere.
She seems to choose deeper red lipstick.

Check it out:

When done properly, the look is classic, old Hollywood glam!

Will you rock red-hot lipstick soon?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's A pH Thang, Ladies: Baking Soda, Hair Color + Vinegar

Okay...we have written about rinsing newly colored hair with white vinegar in a past BeautyTipToday article.

Why?....To LOCK in the hair dye + allow the color to last longer.

And now we are expanding on this inexpensive, beauty theory with yet another tidbit of beauty science:

It's the 3-step plan for lasting color results:

1. Baking Soda AFTER shampooing.

2. Hair dye and rinse.

3. White vinegar rinse.


 It's a pH thang, ladies. We started going gray in our early 20s ---a few silver strands here + there. So, we've been coloring a long time, and now are finding that the hair color-dye FADES very fast

So we have learned new stuff here, and will try it out next time we box-color at home.

Baking soda like permanent hair dyes = alkaline. Alkalinity OPENS up the hair cuticle, allowing the color to penetrate deep into the hair cortex to accept the dye.

An acid has the opposite effect---it shuts down the cuticle, sealing in the color. That's why the white vinegar locks in the dye longer.

Hope you can still follow this. Anyway...here are the How Tos from the HairCrazy.com website. After shampooing HAIR, do this:

..."A small amount of baking soda disolved in warm water will be adequate. You only need about 1 teaspoon in a pint of water. Keep away from your eyes and allow the mixture to rinse through your hair. Now blow dry the hair until it’s damp. Heat will also help open the cuticle. The hair is now ready to dye. Apply the dye to your hair and leave for 30-40 minutes. Rinse in cold water. Rinse again in a mixture of water and a few tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice (again, keep away from eyes). Condition your hair leaving the conditioner on for as long as possible and then rinse in cold water...."
Good luck!

New L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Not Exactly Like Injections At The Derm

L'Oreal Paris is featuring a new TV commercial for its Revitalift Volume Filler, one of the new additions to the Revitalift skin care line.

And the giant company is using 46-year-old actress Naomi Watts as their customer/ambassador for the hyaluronic acid cream. The Aussie beauty looks fab in the ad.

Yes....hyaluronic acid gives the skin that youthful buoyancy, and as we get older, the levels of this fluid present in our connective tissue starts to drop off.

And yes, it's smart to feature the stuff in skin care serums + creams, but to suggest that Revitalift Volume Filler can PLUMP up cheeks, fill in undereye hollows and smooth away wrinkles instantly, er...well, that's a bit of a stretch (check out ad here).

However, the cream CAN provide a temporary lift to the complexion and deliver a dewy glow. Let's just not get too carried away.

We found some at Target for $20.

An over-the-counter cream cannot go toe-to-toe with filler injections at the derm's office.

But...over-the-counter products are not expensive, can provide temporary enhancement, are safe and you don't have to worry about being OVER-filled like a cabbage patch doll, which can happen at the derm's office.

So for 20 bucks, we think Revitalift Volume Filler is a good skin care product to try for very natural results.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Empire's Cookie Lyon Style with Taraji P. Henson: Over The Top Wow!

Leopard print, big Chanel pendant, Gucci pantsuit, bold brows, bold eyes + bold lips, fur jacket, glossy, long, wavy hair, huge hoops, Balenciaga clutch.....and more!


Attitude, bad-a** glam.

That's Cookie Lyon from Fox's huge hit Empire.

If you missed the finale, shame on you. You will have to catch up. Meantime, you can try and copy Cookie Lyon, because actress Taraji P. Henson does her so well!

Put Luscious' $$$ money to good use, now Cookie!

Start off your Cookie Lyon style with a classic leopard-print top. We found one on the CHEAP, on SALE now at JonesNewYork.com ($14, S, M, L. XL).

Then begin building her bold style.

Good luck!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Idina Menzel Un-Frozen As A Warm Blonde: New Hair Transformation!

Wow. Look at Idina Menzel!

Like several celebs going LIGHTER....the amazing singer has take her dark brunette hair to a new level.

Idina is now a blonde beauty! Check out her BEFORE at the Academy Awards less than a month ago. And her AFTER photo today.

That's a major, beauty transformation!

The beautiful voice of Elsa is, er, Frozen no more, so to speak.

This is what the award-winning songstress wrote on her Instagram page16 hours ago:

..."Look what me and my girl @jtfranchuk did today. Needed a change. Loving it! #brunettetoblonde #blondehairdontcare."

We hope that Idina soon shares more photos of her blonde ambition project .

She looks totally different, for sure. She looks pretty to us, either way, but we prefer Idina as a natural brunette. Same with Kim Kardashian---nice change but so much lovelier
with her dark, natural roots.

Meantime.....Idina needs to give her new blonde locks some extra loving care.

We suggest this popular shampoo for blondes by John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo

Thursday, March 19, 2015

By Golly! The Bralette Is Everywhere This Spring


Yes. It IS a bra.....expecially for smaller-busted girls.

The bralette is free of underwire, lightly lined, of thinner fabric and usually looks like a bra + crop top combined.

Bralettes seem to be here, there + everywhere this Spring.

Most women like to show off a pretty, lacy bralette under a blazer or blouse, and some wear them as nightwear tops for clubbing, parties. and more.

Bralettes come in many shapes, styles, patterns, fabrics, etc.

Take a look at one here from NastyGal ($138):

And here's another pretty bralette from WindsorStore ($19.90).

Bralettes can be very expensive or very affordable.

Look around. There is a bralette for you this Spring.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rihanna Loving The Prim + Proper, Pretty Ponytail At Red Carpet Events

Superstar Rihanna has been doing the prim + proper, red carpet dress-up + press junket thing lately, appearing at fashion shows, morning TV, afternoon entertainment shows, etc.

And it's all pretty in pink and ponytails!

Most of the Rihanna sightings are to promote the new animated film Home,  in which she stars as the leading lady.

The beautiful, 27-year-old has also been recently tapped as the new face of Dior, and this is major for the first Dior woman of color.

The singer is floored by the recognition, telling MTV all about it:

"It feels fantastic. It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color. I think to be acknowledged by Dior means a lot, as a woman, to feel beautiful — to feel elegant and timeless."

So, let's take a look at prim, proper + pretty ponytail Rihanna.

To achieve a sleek, smooth ponytail, you need hair WITHOUT the frizz + fly-aways

Check out this one by Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment ($13.69).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Perfect Close Leg Shave: Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $6.

Shaving our legs.

Not the most fun part of the beauty routine, but when you can get a smooth, close shave, that's what makes the process worthwhile.

 So our quick, beauty tip for today:

 Perfecting the close shave with coconut oil

 And not just any coconut oil. We suggest this FAVE--Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, for about $6!

And a generous amount---16 oz.

Hey, Juliette Lewis LOVES coconut oil and uses it for a TON of purposes.

You probably read the NYTimes.com article last week, in which she raves about the oil:

"I’m really into coconut oil for everything. I cook it, eat it, put it in my hair and use it as body lotion. I put it on my face, too — day cream, night cream, whatever. I love the smell. It reminds me of the beach. I’m not particular on what brand as long as it’s organic."

 To get that smooth shave, apply coconut oil AFTER you come out of a hot shower.

Massage the coconut oil all over your damp legs. Then use a sharp razor and go to town, shaving in the same direction your hair grows in.

The coconut oil will allow the blade to SMOOTHLY glide across your legs.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kim Kardashian Shows Off Bigger Lips + Claims Effective Makeup

Does she or doesn't she?

Kim Kardashian + baby sister Kylie Jenner both get mega attention for their alleged, cosmetically-enhanced BIG lips.

REAL or FAKE, who knows?

And both reality stars don't mind the extra attention either, because they both continue to post lip selfies + more lip selfies.

Here is Kim's latest Twitter pic:

She added this caption:  New Avi Alert #LipLinerOnFleek

If you follow celeb makeup artists, you would know that Avi is a super pro. Check out his portfolio---gorgeous makeup!

Avi Edri does both makeup + hair.

We are still NOT sure if this is cleverly applied lipstick  + lip liner, or just Kim K with new, bigger lip injections.

Same with Kylie.

Whatever it is, she wears it well. But seriously, folks, isn't this big lip madness over-played now?!

Not sure how long Kim will keep up the platinum blonde do, but she reminds many of us of the icon herself, CHER, who's been there + done that.

Want bigger fuller lips like the K + J sisters without the injections?

Try this lip plumper by Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper, $33.

Sephora customers LOVE this lip plumper---giving it 4 stars **** out of 5 stars***** with 671 reviews.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Demi Lovato's New Skin Care Line: For Years Between Pimples + Wrinkles

Demi Lovato.

The young star is a breath of fresh air. Such a cool, honest chick.Who doesn't LOVE Demi Lovato?!

And the pretty singer has recently launched her own skin care line called---
Devonne by Demi. Full of super botanical ingredients, too!

We like how she is targeting the beauty products:

Created specifically to bridge the gap between the pimple years and the wrinkle years, DEVONNE by Demi™ is deeply nourishing skincare inspired by Demi’s favorite pampering treatments.
Sounds great. There are 3 skin care items in the collection thus far. They include:

1. Devonne by Demi Deep Facial Cleanser (with apple extract + mushroom extract)
2. Devonne by Demi Hydrating Radiance Mist (with licorice extract)
3. Devonne by Demi 3-in-1 Moisturizing primer (with rosemary +sunflower oils + rice extract)

For $39.95 , you can purchase the entire 3-piece kit.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bye-Bye Double Chin: New Injectable Nearing Final FDA Approval

Double chin.

It can happen at almost any age. A double chin can be caused by genetics, and how your body determines its fat storage + water retention. Age can also cause a double chin as skin sags. And being obese can also definitely give one a double chin.

The wonderful + exciting beauty news is the quick double chin fix! It's almost here!

The Food + Drug Administration is just awaiting final approval of ATX-101 before the public can try this non-invasive, non-surgical, 5-minute treatment.

Instead of costly, serious surgery this anti-double chin drug can swiftly ZAP away excess skin UNDER the chin.

ATX-101 in injected in a grid of tiny dots under the chin, causing the fat cells to BURST, permanently removing a double chin. In about 3 days, the injection site heals, and without a bandage.

The cost of the treatment is not known yet, but insurance will NOT cover the procedure.

This appears to be a major beauty breakthrough for 2015.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jennifer Lopez Makeup Disaster Last A.I.: Missing Smoky Eyes

Jennifer Lopez could care less what we think, but we're going to say it anyway,  just like many other folks wondering what's up with the makeup, girlfriend?!

You would expect us to make a cosmetics blooper like the one pictured below from American Idol 2 days ago.

Let's face it...we certainly do NOT have a professional makeup artist for any day, evening or red carpet event, so odds are we will mess up our makeup from time-to-time.

But A.I. judge Miss JLo, what gives

Is that a light gray or white-ish eye shadow?

Hmmm. We're not sure.

JLo you NEED your smoky eyes back. This current makeup DON'T is not doing you any favors, even though you have divine bone strcture + killer brows.

Below, check out the smoky eye JLo we all know + love:

Jennifer Lopez is a gorgeous, global ambassaador for L'OrealParisUSA.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

So '70s Suede For Spring 2015: Let's All Smell Like Patchouli Oil, Giuliana!

We happen to REALLY like suede. We think it is smart, sexy + boho chic. That's why we are thrilled that 70s SUEDE vibe is back for Spring 2015.

Yes, Giuliana Rancic, er, maybe we can ALL smell like patchouli oil now.  LOL

Seriously though, suede this Spring is a nice touch ---in outerwear like jackets, shift dresses, trench coats, leggings, skirts, vests, pants and bags.

Suede isn't just brown. And it doesn't have to be bulky + rugged. Suede is HOT, along with some long, hippie fringe!

Just look at these gem-colored, rich, suede style samples from the Spring runways of Derek Lam, Gucci + Trussardi.

Now, if you SPILL something on suede, well, you're on your OWN.

Can you say dry clean!

Still, suede has an understated beauty about it. And it can be very expensive. Look at this sexy, black fringe skirt from Valentino The cost---$5,890 and almost SOLD OUT here.

By the way, FAUX suede is alright, too. You can fool people wearing it.

Look at these inexpensive pieces from Forever 21:

Forever 21 Faux Suede Vest  $44.90

Faux Suede Jacket $32.90

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jennifer Lopez Master Of The Nude Lip: Can You Wear It + Look Alive?

Let's face it.....Nude lips are gorgeous if you can find the perfect, nude shade that doesn't allow you to look like you're at death's door.

Beautiful beige lips are HOT for Fall 2015.  The color was ALL over the runways....Burberry, Prada and so on.... 

Jennifer Lopez is one celebrity who has mastered the nude lip flawlessly. Found these on her Instagram page. She wears the nude lip so well.

So, how do you wear the nude lip and still look ALIVE?

We found some beauty help at the NYTimes.com. Seriously.

Yes, under Fashion & Style, they gave advice. Really.

Celeb makeup artist Troy Surratt told the NY Times.com this about nude lipstick success:

......There’s the matte nude, “which reads cadaver,” Mr. Surratt said. Go too pasty, where “the nude doesn’t have enough contrast between the skin surrounding your mouth, and you get mannequin mouth.”


Troy says to buy a creamy lipstick with opacity:

.....“You need the pigment to cover your own natural lip color, which is why most glosses don’t work,” he said. (After trying several brands, I’ve found I like the Nars Audacious formula, which is richly pigmented yet doesn’t settle in fine lip lines.)

NARS Audacious Lipstick seen here in shade Raquel. is NOT cheap at $32 a tube, but the quality is exceptional according to many makeup pros. Check them out here.

Troy Surratt will be launching his OWN nude lip-crayon collection later this March.

Meantime, experiment with NUDES, until you nail the right one.