Thursday, June 7, 2012
Just over two years ago, BeautyTipToday posted an article about the dietary benefits of red hot chili peppers, and how this spicy pepper could melt away fat fast!
It didn't seem like a silly fad, but after reading about so many methods that claim to drop pounds and don't really work, we weren't so sure.
But now Dr. Oz, one of the most popular television surgeons, has added his 2-cents about the chili peppers fat-busting engine. And he gives this diet tip the big thumbs up! Here's what he told O magazine recently:
"Capsaicin, the key substance that makes chili peppers hot, stimulates your "fight or flight" stress response and may increase metabolism by 23 percent. Peppers may even improve your muscle-to-fat ratio: Research suggests that capsaicin inhibits the generation of fat cells."
And web.md explains how chili peppers can spike metabolism:
"Spicy foods contain chemical compounds that kick the metabolism into high gear. Eating a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper can temporarily boost your metabolic rate by 23 percent. Some studies suggest the effect only lasts about half an hour, but if you eat spicy foods often, the benefits may add up. For a quick boost, spice up pasta dishes, chili, and stews with red-pepper flakes."
Let's say you just can't eat that much hotness every day, but you still would love the chili pepper fat-melting benefits, we have a simple solution---Pop a red hot chili pepper capsule!
Capsiplex guarantees to burn up to as many calories as a 25-minute jog. This little diet pill contains extracts from pepper plants that may help to reduce appetite and increase metabolism. And don't worry about the spiciness---there will be no upset stomach while taking Capsiplex. The pill people have put a protective coating on the ingredients. All you need is 1-pill per day.
The cost---$48.18 for a 1-month supply.
For more details, visit Capsiplex.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Nicole Richie once said, that she can't put on makeup well, but she CAN style hair.
"I actually think I am the best hairstylist on the planet," Nicole laughs.
And we believe her, which means, Nicole Richie probably has lots of great hair that does what she wants it to do.
If you haven't caught photos of the super petite fashion and jewelry designer, then take a look at the 30-year-old mom of two looking glam in the pages of the June issue of Glamour magazine.
How does Nicole get her style into perfect-messy beach wave hair?
Nicole tells Glamour that she has naturally curly hair, but to get the beach waves, she has to improvise. It's a simple 3-step process:
1. Braid hair at night and then let it out the next day.
2. Curl hair with a flatiron in the morning to create uneven waves.
3. Scrunch with Wella Rugged Fix Matte Molding Creme ($15.99, at wella.com salons,or online at BeautyofNewYork).
Wella is a texturizing cream that keeps hair in its place. It's a sticky white paste you can also use BEFORE pulling locks into an updo. It's definitely a molder--you shape and texturize with it.
Nicole also remarked to Glamour that..."If you have bobby pins, you can always figure out some sort of look.
Oh, really? We wish it were that simple for ourself.
How about you, dear reader---better at makeup or better at doing hair?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Is there such a thing in the beauty world?
If you're looking for a natural golden sheen, dry oil is the way to go. And we have a super one to get your glow on:
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse or Dry Oil Golden Shimmer ($58, at b-glowing.com). A lot of models, beauty editors, and spa experts adore this dry oil for its wonderful moisturizing properties and lovely golden mother-of-pearl shine it leaves behind. It's fine for all skin types
We like the Nuxe Huile dry oil for its 3-pronged beauty benefits:
Use all year round, winter or summer. Ideal after sunbathing.
- Face: Apply to face or blend a drop of oil with your day cream.
- Body: Spray Huile Prodigieuse® over entire body.
- Hair: Use as a “mask” for dry hair, smooth over hair ends or spray the oil onto your hair brush.
Ideally, you should be fake-tanning, and if you are, this Nuxe dry oil can only enhance the beauty of your glow. For instance, let's say you spray on Sally Hansen Airbrush legs. After letting it dry completely, spray a little Dry Oil Golden Shimmer into the palm of your hands and smooth over your legs. You'll be amazed at the pretty, subtle sheen it leaves behind.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Are you crazy?! For an eyebrow pencil/shaper?!
Well, it is by Dior, and it is actually a universal brow styler with an ultra-fine tip. That means this universal brown WILL flatter women of every skin tone and hair color. And if the folks at Dior are claiming this, we believe them.
Just look at the customer feedback at Nordstrom's. Dior's Diorshow Brow Styler received a 4.7 out of a 5-star rating.
If your brows are thin, just filling them in a bit, will bring more definition to your face, beautifully framing your eyes. If you don't have thick brows, that's okay, too. You don't want to draw in a big, full set, because it will look fake and distract from the purpose of the brow styler. Go with what you've got, and just add a subtle, few hair-like strokes to recreate what nature never gave you, or what you had plucked away for years.
If you over-tweeze, well, we've warned you several articles ago, it takes a long time to grow them back, and after age 40, some eyebrow hairs never return.
Generally speaking, it takes up to 4 months for your brows to grow in fully.
By the way, we have found, unscientifically, that rubbing in some prescription Retin-A over the brows a few nights a week helps them grow, albeit--- slowly. Patience is a virtue in the eyebrow world.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
We've been mentioning how major the timeless classic is this season. Look around you everywhere------nautical stripes have taken over the fashion hemisphere!
It's good to add a few horizontal stripes to your summer wardrobe, ladies. And although blue and white stripes are the traditional go-to nautical color scheme, this time around, we're seeing tons of colored stripes. From electric blue to fuchsia, and every shade in between, stripes are making a bold statement.
Look at the cheap price we found on a pretty pencil skirt from Forever21! Check it out----a Pencil Skirt with Belt----just $17.80, in black & taupe!!!
What a super buy!
You're getting a knee length pencil skirt with a banded waistline with belt loops and a skinny belt. The skirt is made of a lightweight knit and comes in sizes--small, medium, and large.
Nautical stripes will keep you in the wave this summer.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Most women have owned a black bathing suit in their lifetime. Maybe you own several.
What's not to love about black?!
When it comes to elegance and a slimming silhouette, the color black has got you covered perfectly. A black bathing suit is sexy and timeless. You can't miss.
Lately, black swimsuits seem to be trending, and celebrities are leading the way. Check out the bottom 3 photos:
Beyonce running through the waves in a flirty one-piece.
Kim K catching rays in a smokin' triangle bikini.
And Taylor Swift romping at the beach in a cute polka-dot high-waisted bikini.
We found a ton of alluring black bathing suits at Venus.com, and these will keep you sitting pretty without breaking your fashion budget:
Goddess Enhancer Bikini $34 with Ruched Scoop Moderate Bikini $29. Sizes 4-12.
Halter Tankini $34 with Low Rise Moderate Bikini $22. Sizes 2-14.
Ruffle One-Piece $49. Sizes 6-12.
We like the black bathing suit trend! Will you slip this on, or are you happier wearing neon?
Friday, June 1, 2012
Eye candy for your nails!
It's called the Caviar Mani and it's the hot trend straight from across the pond. The Ciate nail company based in London created the 3-D manicure, which is named after its resemblance to Caviar eggs.
When we look at the Caviar mani, we think immediately of an ice cream cone dipped in sprinkles.
We're probably too old to be running around with a Caviar mani, but we think this nail trend is sexy/glam for summer.
You can find the Ciate Caviar Mani kit at Sephora for $25, in Rainbow, Mother-of-Pearl, or Black Pearls. Our fave is the rainbow kit:
2-step Caviar Mani
1. Nail Polish in Strawberry Milkshake
2. Pearlescent Beads in Rainbow.
And if you're all thumbs, don't worry, this is not that hard to do. Just paint on the sticky base coat. Gently sprinkle your polish with the Caviar Pearls and seal in the manicure across the free edge with a gleaming top coat to create a decadent 3-D finish.
There's something very appealing about the Caviar mani. How adorable are these tiny, elegant sprinkles?!
Our only advice:
Eventually, these sprinkles go airborne....You will find them in your food, in your hair, when you wash your hands, etc. So, enjoy the 3-D manicure while it lasts.
It's best to let the Caviar mani dry for the recommended 15-20 mins., and best to apply the manicure just before heading out the door, that way you savor each little pearlescent bead. If you start using your hands too much, the sprinkles WILL start flying.
Our beauty conclusion:
The Ciate Caviar Mani is tres chic, even for just a few hours.