Tuesday, March 29, 2016

L'Oreal Introduces New Root Cover Up.....Bye-Bye Gray

We're hoping that gray hair can be eliminated somehow, someday. And no, we're not taking about those sexy men + women who look gorgeous in silver.

But for those of us who look LOUSY with gray strands invading our crowning glory, we're stuck with root touch-ups + hair dyes UNTIL a genius scientist can do better.

L'Oreal Paris has just launched a brand new temporary eliminator:

Root Cover Up with beautiful Eva Longoria in sexy ads for the spray-on product.

We have NOT tried this one yet, but an honest acquaintance of ours gave it 3 *** stars for it on her auburn hair.

My friend claims it COVERS well but feels like dry shampoo and can rub off a bit, if you touch your roots with your fingers and that hair gets STIFF sprayed with this.

We still think it's worth a try, because we ALL hate tell-tale roots, and UNTIL we can get them covered up, we NEED something to hide the evidence.

We found the cans at Walmart for 9.97 for a small, 2 oz. can.

Yes, we are going to try this NEW L'Oreal Root Cover Up. Might be a bit messy spraying this around a room, but hey....it's better than spotting our skunk stripe a mile away.

If you've tried Root Cover Up, tell us what you, think, ladies.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Discovering A Beautiful Complexion Through Tea Milk Skincare - Part 1

Here at BeautyTipToday.com, we are obsessed with skin care, and have come to learn that a beautiful complexion is NOT a given. We all actually have to work hard at creating flawless skin and maintaining it throughout life.

That's why we get happy inside when we discover brand new skin care systems like this one by TeaMilkSkincare.com.

More about Tea Milk Skincare in a moment.

We have mentioned here, again and again, that we believe in Retin-A to repair damaged skin + encourage new cell growth. And the many clinical trials seem to support this information.
But Retin-A is NOT perfect. It can be harsh, difficult to adopt a steady routine with, it's pricey, and you have to apply it for life for it to keep working. If you over-use it, which we have done on occasion, it can deliver, red, almost leathery skin until it calms down again.

So, when Jenn Wei, the founder of Tea Milk Skincare kindly sent us her favorite Tea Milk products to try, we were excited. If you're looking for CLEAN,  NATURAL ingredients which offer complexion benefits, then keep reading.

We believe Asian women hold valuable secrets about healthy, youthful skin. Jenn's website is very educational, and we learned plenty here at her blog.

PEARL POWDER is one magic element Asian women have used for many, many generations to boost collagen production. It's rich in amino acids + calcium.

It's in TeaMilk's Pearl & Jasmine Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($28).

MATCHA GREEN TEA is another superb ingredient, because it contains plenty of amino acids + anti-oxidants to battle inflammation, wrinkles, sun damage + sagging skin.

It's in Tea Milk's Matcha Pore Minimizing Face Mask ($25).

We LOVE that Tea Milk Skincare is providing all natural products. For example, the company sources whole leaf tea MINUS chemicals right from artisan farmers in Asia.

In Discovering Tea Milk Skincare - Part 2, we will tell you what we think of their skin care products.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring Is Just About Here! Time for MyChelle Sun Protection Products!

Are you ready for SPRING, ladies?!

The March equinox falls EARLY this year on March 20 at 4:30 UTC, or on March 19 at 11:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Why a bit early?

We did some research and found this nugget from EarthSky.org:

...."2016 has the earliest spring since 1896. The March equinox can come on March 19, 20 or 21."

Here's why-----"In a nutshell, this earliest spring is happening because the tropical year, as measured between successive March equinoxes, doesn’t have an even number of days (365.242 days). Our calendar, on the other hand, has an even 365 days in a common year and 366 days in a leap year."

Now, that we have that out of the way, it's time to enjoy being outdooors even more. Some of you are heading to SPRING BREAK now, and some of you are gearing up for the Huge COACHELLA FESTIVAL in April.

Wherever your travels take you, DON'T FORGET the SUNSCREEN! Avoid the BURN.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals has just launched their NEW sun protection collection available NOW.

We love the MyChelle beauty brand, because it uses clean science as the company likes to say. Plus.....all MyChelle products are vegetarian, cruelty-free + stay away from artificial junk, parabens, sulfates, etc.

You NEED sunscreen. We LOVE MyChelle's Sun Shield Clear Spray SPF30 ($18, at ULTA) for
ALL skin types. This one is zinc-based and water-resistant for 80 minutes. It's so convenient with its continuous spray + twist-lock cap.

You'll also love throwing this one in your makeup bag, MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF50, ($12, OUT of STOCK at the moment, but check their website here to see when they replenish stock).

Also toss this one into your travel bag, MyChelle Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray ($16.50, at MyChelle.com). This is another superb Sun Care product. It contains 99% aloe leaf juice, so you know this is natural, soothing + ideal for your face + body.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals has got you covered all spring + summer long.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sexy Skinny Scarf Trend: Tie One On, Ladies!

If you like scarves, but don't care for super wide ones, then try on a skinny scarf.

Oh, yeah....This is a HOT trend for Spring 2016.

Fashion savvy Alexa Chung looks GORG in hers.

That's so-ooooo 1970s chic!

The runways were tying them on. It's an effortless, can't fail accessory.

This trend looks BEAUTIFUL on everyone. All you do is choose a color, and wrap it around a couple of times!

We found the skinny scarf here at ASOS for $14!

Monday, March 14, 2016

3 Brushable HairSprays That Hold, Shine + Are Gentle To Hair


It's one of those styling aids you can't do without, but how HARSH is your hairspray?

We all LOVE the hairspray that adds SUPER volume, staying power + shine, but are you sure it's NOT harming your tresses?

We've been using those hairsprays that LOCK every strand in place, but then when we go to BRUSH it, we can't get any teeth into the hair. TOO sticky.


So, we've gone back to brushable hairspray.

Oh, yeah.....It DOES exist, and is kinder + gentler to tresses, so strands don't SNAP off when trying to change styles or just to brush it out.

Here are 3 Brushable Hairsprays that women adore:

1. VO5 Hair Spray, Brush Out, 14 Hour Hold, Crystal Clear ($5.59, at RiteAid). Smells great + you CAN move hair around after spraying.

2. L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold ($14.99, at LOrealParisUSA). Lots  of shine + manageability....plus you can still brush through it.

3. Sebastian Shaper Hairspray ($18.95, at ULTA). Flexible hold + satiny finish.....and brushable capability.

Try one of these 3 brushable hairsprays. You still get great hold without that stuck-on, hot mess spray that won't allow a brush anywhere near it.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jennifer Garner Stuns On Red Carpet In Oo-La-La Oscar De La Renta Pink

Jennifer Garner attends the premiere of “Miracles from Heaven” at ArcLight Hollywood last evening, adorned in a luscious pink dress and black lace/applique by Oscar de la Renta.

It was a pretty, happy party dress, and Jennifer looked lovely + comfortable.

Jennifer's hair + makeup look un-fussy + gorgeous. We're told she has lots of thick hair. Lucky gal.

To achieve a super hairstyle like Jen's, start with a wonderful blow-out helper like this one by Frederic Fekkai, $18.95, free shipping at Amazon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rihanna's Stylist Uses Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion On Her For Amazing Shine + Body

Celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen once revealed that she likes using an inexpensive styling aid on the sexy star for great shine + blow-outs.

Ursula also happens to be a brand ambassador for the $4.00 hair product known as Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion. We found a bottle at SallyBeauty.

We have 2 bottles of it at ALL times. It's an AMAZING hair styling product.

And Ursula has mentioned in the past, that she uses it on Rihanna BEFORE red carpet events.

Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion is really a triple-threat secret beauty weapon. And here's why:

"I use it as a (1)primer before a blow-out, as a (2)texture enhancer to scrunch and shape waves, and as a (3)setting lotion for roller sets," Ursula

Now, that's what we call a versatile hair product. Plus, the lotion is a big shine-booster.

If you've NEVER tried this, get a bottle NOW!

You won't regret it! We like it as much as keratin styling products, plus this one gives you added BODY.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Long Or Short Hair: Take John Frieda Quick Test To Find Out!

We happen to have a strong jaw + strong chin, as you can see from any photo snapped of us.

So, we know right away that SHORT hair will NOT do us favors, such as a cute bob.

But what if you're NOT sure and wonder if you can pull off LONG or SHORT hair, and which one is BEST suited for your personal bone structure?

Is there a fool-proof method that can show you the answer?

Well, famous stylist John Frieda devised a simple test to show you how. We took the quick test, and as predicted....FLUNKED for short hair. LOL

We stumbled upon this from a John Frieda hair care website, so we want to give credit where credit is due. This wonderful website is ALL about  color-treated hair. Check it out  here at ColorWowHair.com.

All you need is a pencil + ruler. And to LOOK into a mirror.
It's called the 2.25" Test.

1, Place the pencil under your chin horizontally.
2. Then place the ruler under your ear, vertically.
3. The intersection of the pencil and ruler meet indicates a measurement.

See what your measurement is, and compare it to the John Frieda 2.25 inch standard.

Since my strong jaw and chin are GREATER than 2.25 inches, then LONGER locks look better on me.

If your measurement came out LESS than the 2.25 inches, then SHORTER hair is better for you.

So, the question begs, Why the 2.25 inch standard?

John Frieda has CUT lots + lots of hair in his time and has looked at many faces and bone structures and he explains it like this, according to John Frieda Salons UK Giles Robinson:

 "It's all about angles", he said, referring to the measurement. "

"John studied faces and saw that the angle of the jaw bone determined whether or not someone would look best with short hair or long hair."  

We are FASCINATED by this theory. But then again, maybe you think it's silly and that you look great in BOTH short + long hair.

Tell us what you think?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

GOOP Guru Gwyneth And Juice Beauty's Skin Care Collection

Okay....Gwyneth Paltrow has taken hits in the past for being a somewhat snobby gal who doesn't live in the real world, but in the lap of luxury.

So, you probably WON'T like her recent collaboration with organic Juice Beauty for a pricey skin care line available at her GOOP website.

We were curious, because GP always seems to look flawless on the red carpet with glowing skin.

Juice Beauty takes pride in its anti-aging products that bear the clinically validated results

So, let's examine the much-talked about:




Yup....$90 for a SMALL 3.3 fluid ounce jar of  anti-aging cleanser, as described by GOOP:

The Luminous Melting Cleanser sinks luxuriously into skin to remove dirt and makeup, leaving it incredibly moisturized, soft, and glowing. This sumptuous blend of almond, olive and coconut oils, shea and cocoa seed butters, as well as jojoba and sunflower gently purifies and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses. Beautifully textured, it evens skin tone and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it cleanses.

Hey, GP does NOT apologize for her fancy priced, fancy skin care + makeup.

Why should she?

If the products are out-of-your-range, then disregard....and move along.

Okay....We are quietly moving along.

Shop at GOOP here.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Oh Sugar! CoverGirl's New Pretty Lip Balms Look Good Enough To Eat!

With delicious names like Cupcake, Sprinkle + Taffy, it's no wonder that CoverGirl's newest lip balms are selling like hot cakes .

Most gals like a little lip color that is NOT too heavy, is hydrating to lips and sheer enough for daytime.

That's why tinted lip balms have exploded across the beauty market.

CG's Oh Sugar balms look like a regular lipstick tube, but these are delicate + dreamy.

They are sheer + buildable and leave a mild stain. Plus, they're infused with moisture-rich avocado and grapeseed oils.

Check out Janelle Monae for CG showing off the new Oh Sugar(s) here on YouTube.

By the way, found Oh Sugar at Walgreens for $8.99.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Liquid Foundation: New Concept


We think this is essential when building your makeup.  Foundation is the base.

Liquid foundations offer excellent coverage and even up your skin tone, but some women think that foundation can be too heavy to wear, so they skip it altogether.

Well, L'Oreal Paris claims they have revolutionized liquid foundation, and believe it is in their newest product,  True Match Lumi Cushion.

This is a SHEER foundation. And the great news---it's a BUILDABLE foundation, so you control how much coverage you prefer.

Lumi Cushion comes in a sizable compact. We found it at Walgreens for $16.99.

It comes in 12 shades to choose from, and Walgreens has little Lumi Cushion cards that show you the shades to choose from, to help you decide on a color.

What's lovely about Lumi Cushion is the luminous effect it leaves on the complexion.

This is liquid foundation in a cushion. It comes with a small applicator puff that you use to TAP the makeup on to the skin.

There's a brief demo at the Walgreens website, that shows you how to put this foundation on.

We think this is a good beauty buy to try.

We have an oily complexion, so we are not sure if it might be too luminous or too dewy for our complexion. Still, we are going to try it out.

We wear foundation EVERY day, because it balances our skin tone and helps hide imperfections like broken capillaries, dark circles, etc.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It's A 10 Styling Products ARE A 10, Indeed!

Last January, we were researching the value of keratin leave-in styling products for damaged, dull hair. You can read the beauty post here.

We had mentioned it's a 10 miracle leave-in plus keratin 4 oz. 

And we also divulged that we were going to try it.

The small, 4 ounce bottle is NOT the cheapest at $20, but it performs beautifully, so we will ALWAYS keep this one in our hair care arsenal.

We had noted that keratin in shampoos, conditioners + leave-in treatments all NOURISH hair with body-building ingredients that effectively repair damaged locks, protecting against further breakage and adding shine and elasticity to every strand.

That is NOT our hair in the photo. We wish it were, but we are working hard to improve it.

Our hair does NOT feature much fall-out, BUT, we started using It's a 10 with keratin, because we had found more broken ends for some strange reason. Plus, we have a wonky thyroid, which can also cause hair problems, and we had been under some personal stress for about 6 months, and we believe that all played a role in our hot mess hair.

Since we've been spritzing on the It's a 10, we have found faster growing locks, less breakage and better shine.

BUT-----the downside to using keratin products is the super soft, super sleekness that occurs. For most women, those are good things, but keratin leaves our tresses almost difficult to manage, or do anything with it.

We like BIG hair + volume, so we add a volumizing product the next day. STILL.....a leave-in keratin styling product, shampoo or conditioner are all excellent for correcting + hiding split ends, frizz, dullness, breakage...and so forth.

If you're upset + frustrated about damaged, dull, tired hair, then try a styling product with keratin.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Baby Powder + Talc Down There? Don't Do It Anymore!

If you use talc-based products to stay fresh in the genital area, ladies.....Please DON'T do it anymore.

And that goes for baby powder, which IS considered a talcum powder.

Most of us have heard about the possible link between Johnson & Johnson baby powder and ovarian cancer. Studies have been around since 1971, as well as another conducted in 1992, which found that regular use of baby powder increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer threefold.

A 2010 Harvard study concluded that talc in baby powder was cancerous to humans. And yet talcum powder remained on the market unregulated + without any warning from the manufacturer or the FDA.

Here are the 2 J&J TALC products some women blame for causing ovarian cancer, They were using the talc for personal hygiene.

You might ask, then why do we use baby powder all over our infants' bodies, if it is so dangerous?
Excellent question, for which we have no excellent answer.

In the meantime, the ovarian cancer risk for women is still up in the air. As noted integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil believes, it's BEST to play safe, ladies"

....."Some studies have shown a small increased risk and other investigations have shown none. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, classifies the use of talc-based powders on the genital region as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." Although the additional risk, if any, of ovarian cancer would be very small, the American Cancer Society suggests that women may want to avoid or limit the use of products containing talc."

We don't mean to be a "Debbie Downer," we just thought we would spread the news

Meantime.....The first baby powder cancer lawsuit was recently won in 2013. A federal jury recently found that talcum contained in some Johnson & Johnson powders contributed to a woman's ovarian cancer.