Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Raise Your Arms, Ladies! This Dove's For You!

If you're bothered by darkened underarms and would like to brighten them up, you could try this:

Dove Clear Tone Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Sheer Touch ($3.83, Walmart). This is a  2.6 oz. size.

We are a Dove deodorant user, but we just stumbled on to this hyperpigmentation fighter, and would also like to try this one out.

Dove Clear Tone claims to help "restore skin to its natural tone.". Are your underarms darker in tone than the rest of your body? If so, then it wouldn't hurt to try this deodorant/brightner. You're tackling 2 beauty issues with one product.

When you shave, chances are, your skin can become inflammed. This kicks melatonin production into over-drive, thus causing the surface to darken. The skin needs lots of hydration to stop the hyperpigmentation.

Dove Clear Tone is full of soothing, natural moisturizers like calendula and sunflower seed extract. And this new formula can actually help tackle pigmentation problems, so says dermatologist Francesca Fusco to InStyle magazine:

"Keeping skin moisturized AFTER shaving will help prevent it."

She says that the "hot moist area under the arms will help "drive the ingredients deep into skin. I would recommend this to anyone.".

Thumbs up on this deodorant/brightener!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cheap Super Quality Christmas Stocking Stuffer! $9.95!!

If you're like many of us, sometimes you're just stumped as to what to buy for adorable Christmas stocking stuffers or holiday gifts for the special, fun-loving gals in your life.

We were bleary-eyed and yawning, as we sat surfing the web until around 1 AM today.

We stumbled on to the HomeWetBar website. And when we saw this little, pink number, we were hooked! Check out the Pretty in Pink Crystal Bottle Stopper ($9.95). This is a super stocking stuffer that sparkles for the ladies. And you can't beat the cheap price---under $10!!

We also found a Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend Wine Stopper ($12.95). Again, a low price for a quality, elegant gift.

These stoppers are great conversation pieces. And best of all, these rock-hard wine stoppers feature a stainless steel shaft and rubber gasket for a tight seal.

Hey, we're trying to use our imagination and be a creative, little elf here. It's not easy. This is an unique, cool gift, even if you don't drink wine. It could easily act as a stopper in other bottles.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Copy J.Lo's Cool Cat-Eye Makeup. Meow!!

Jennifer Lopez has been walking the red carpet these days wearing a cool cat-eye! Her makeup has been spot-on, and a lot of women are buzzing about her sexy style.

To achieve the classic, glamorous cat-eye, one needs a few cosmetic staples and a steady hand. Lucky for us, J.Lo's main makeup pro, Mary Phillips, shows Glamour mag how it's done with an excellent step-by-step copy-cat guide to your J.Lo cat-eye:

4 Makeup Products:
Neutral pale shadow
Dark brown shadow
Black eyeliner
Black mascara

You can see the entire cat-eye demo photos and brand makeup here at Glamour.com.

We LOVE the cat-eye. It is timeless and if done right, very chic and glam.

You don't have to use the particular cosmetics that Mary Phillips uses. We are just giving you the beauty framework for the J.Lo cat-eye, so you can copy the look with the 4 basic products.

It's such a cool look. Meow!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Right Accessories Make Quiet, Sophisticated Statements

Gotta LOVE the little, exquisite things in life, right, ladies?

That's where accessories play a major role in pulling together an entire outfit. Today, we are looking at jewelry and the oh-so-pretty statement pieces that say so much in a quiet, sexy way.

Look what we found at Boston Proper, one of our favorite places to shop--gorgeous necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more!

There's a SALE going on, ladies. And since it's the holiday time of year, you can pick up some unique and flattering jewelry for those parties you're going to attend, or for the special ladies in your life.

Medallion Earrings ($24, on SALE, reg. $29). So lovely and delicate. These come in gold or silver. We want a pair of each! Beautiful 3 1/2" drop in a floral motif.

Crystal Necklace ($129, on SALE, reg. $149). Such a stunning necklace! Need we say more?! This beauty has a very vintage-feelgunmetal and antique-like crystal stones
You can find a lot of elegant gift ideas this time of year!

Friday, November 30, 2012

La Bedouine: Brand New Botanical Skin Care Line Takes Off

There's an incredible, exotic story as to how Judith Reitman, the founder and president  of La Bedouine, came to launch her new botancial skin care company.

The journalist and author had traveled to France to write about life there. Along the way, she met her husband-to-be in a quaint, little village bakery, got married, and began a wonderful new life in Provence. It's when Judith Reitman received a bottle of Argan oil as a wedding present and journeyed into Morocco to look for more of this ancient, precious, hydrating beauty oil, that she discovered her true calling.

Judith learned all about the closely-knit social culture of the Berber women and the generations-old process of making authentic Argan oil. And she proudly launched La Bedouine earlier this November as an all-women-run enterprise.

We were lucky to try out 3 sophisticated + effective + anti-aging skin care products from the new line!

1. Mousse d'Argan Facial Wash ($42, 2 oz., at La Bedouine). A terrific lathering gel made by pulverized organic Argan nuts. Leaves complexion smooth, clean, and radiant. Won't strip delicate skin.
2. La Bedouine 100% Organic Argan Oil Night Serum ($28, at La Bedouine). Simply pure, organic, and made in small batches by Berber families in far away Morocco. An exquisite formula with superb moisturizing properties and tons of vitamin E. This is the BEST Argan oil around!
3. La Bedouine Berberian Rouge ($36, compact + lip stain, at La Bedouine). A 100% botanical lip stain that comes in an adorable handmade wood compact. Berber brides
use this traditional pretty stain on their wedding day. Made with exotic cedar root, red corn poppies, and ground pomegranate bark.
The La Bedouine skin care line is a real beauty. Any products from this new collection would make for lovely holiday gifts.

For more information, visit La Bedouine. And BeautyTipToday readers can receive 15% off their 1st order, Just enter the coupon code BEAUTY to get in on this great promotion!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zooey Deschanel's 4 Beauty Must-Haves!

TV's funny gal Zooey Deschanel loves playing with makeup.

And she says there are 4 Beauty Must-Haves she prefers above all the rest.

This is the list Zooey gave to People magazine's Beauty Watch:

1. Nars Lipstick, Funny Face ($24, at Narscosmetics). This is a full-coverage semi-matte lipstick in a rich, velvet-y fuchsia shade.

2. L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara ($7.99, at drugstore.com). So that's how Zooey gets such super long, thick lashes. It's all in the formula. No flakes, no clumps, no smudges.

3. Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48, at Sephora). A lightweight oil that is wonderful for better skin elasticity and hydration.

4. Pantene Beautiful Lengths Finishing Cream ($6, at Walmart).

As Zooey said to People:
"What you wear should make you feel comfortable, happy and pretty."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

VS Model Mirander Kerr Credits Green Juice For Skinny Body

Miranda Kerr has a beauty secret, and it has nothing to do with Victoria's Secret.

The stunning VS model and mom to son Flynn credits her skinny, perfect frame to,  of all things----green juice.

Miranda tells People mag that she works out doing Pilates, yoga, and boxing before she is 'body- ready' to slip into sexy undies for the annual VS runway show, being televised on Tuesday, Dec. 4th, CBS.

'I also drink healthy green juices everyday, and protein shakes,' the model says.

Okay, green juices. Er.....yumm-o....Not! But, Miranda might be on to something. Drinking a little green can melt away fat. We wrote about chlorophyll in (2010) BeautyTipToday.

According to the dietary experts, chlorophyl acts like a mild laxative and encourages the liver into becoming a better fat-burning machine. The green pigment is also full of magnesium which helps to balance blood sugar and melt away stubborn belly fat.

Chlorophyl is also high in vitamin and mineral content. Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, and an award-winning author of 30 books, tells First for Women magazine that, "the best absorbed form (of chlorophyll) is a liquid extract mixed with water." She suggests a twice daily drink of 1 tsp. of chlorophyll in 8 oz. of water. Dr. Gittleman likes Sunny Green Liquid Chlorophyll ($13, 16 oz., at health-food stores).

You could also make green juices using kale, spinach, and other excellent greens. We hunted down some tasty green juice recipes from wellandgoodnyc.com.