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You’ve probably heard of smudge-free make-up. You’ve also probably heard of long-lasting make-up. But have you heard of make-up that literally absorbs oil, refracts shine, disperses pigments, absorbs excess water, and get this, lowers make-up surface temperatures by 15-20 desgrees for 10-12 hours?? Probably not. And that is why I am here to fill you in on this totally unique skincare line dedicated to improving makeup quality and preparing your skin for the “perfect summer face:” Skindinavia

Skindinavia’s new line, developed in the labs of MIT and 3M, incorporate a time released delivery system that helps extend the wear of the products (and therefore make-up).

In addition to cooling surface temperature, absorbing oils, etc…. these products also make cosmetic products more blendable.

Skindinavia came up with a 6-Step Guide to “the perfect summer face”:

Step 1: Begins with cleansing with Skindinavia’s Shine Reducing Cleanser ($19)

Skindinavia Shine Reducing Cleanser

Step 2: Now you spray on weightless Make-up Saving Moisturizer Spray ($29)

Step 3: Prime (and prepare) your face and eyes for make-up with Face & Eye Make-up Primer ($19)

Skindinavia Face & Eye Makeup Primer

Step 4: Now use T-zone Make-up Primer ($19) on the oily areas of your face (for example mine is around my nose, chin, center of my forehead, etc.)

Skindinavia T-Zone Makeup Primer

Step 5: Now you can finally apply make-up!

Step 6: This is the crucial step for achieving that “setting” effect. Now spray on Make-up Finishing Spray ($29) that will hold, blend and perfect your face.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray

I can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself when I say that one of my biggest summer beauty pet-peeves is when the heat prevents you from maintaining beautiful make-up. Skindinavia created something unique here, and if these products work, this line should become an absolute hit. I don’t think science gets any better than creating a product that reduces the surface temperature of your face 10 degrees. That is some seriously powerful skincare. What do you guys think about this? With summer right around the corner I thought this would be a great beauty “secret” to share.

Fat girl what?!?

Okay so we all know that the cosmetic industry has come out with some pretty wacky things. There are scrubs, lotions and potions for all sorts of beauty remedies – no matter how strange and unrealistic they are. I for one have never been a firm believer in any anti-cellulite products (this includes anything under the title of “firming,” “tightening,” “reducing,” etc.). I just feel like nothing you put on your body is going to take away something that is either genetic (for most people) or due to your lifestyle. I have been a firm believer in going to the gym, eating healthier, etc. to lose weight, tighten, or try to reverse the damages of cellulite.

There is one brand however that completely took me by surprise with their anti-cellulite products. Some of you may have heard of Bliss, a company that began in 1996 with their first spa in New York city’s SoHo. It has since flourished into eight spa’s worldwide and product lines ranging from skincare to bath and body. But what really struck me about this brand is that they have an entire line devoted to cellulite. Check out their website and under their link “cellulite” you will find a vast array of products. One of these products is fatgirlsleep. I first saw this jar doning the label “fatgirlsleep” in the beauty closet and thought it was a hoax. Soon enough I found out that this is bliss’ newest product launched.

 

“Get a full night’s ‘booty’ sleep with this supercharged sister to our famed FatGirlSlim. Formulated with our encapsulated slenderiZZZe complex that releases dimple diminishers and soothing lavender for up to 6 hours, this ultra-rich cream helps make the most of your body’s overnight restorative process. Good night, sleep ‘tight’ and don’t let the beg ‘blubs’ bite.”

www.blissworld.com

With a marketing ploy like that can you really not at least try it? What better idea then create a cream that literally diminishes cellulite WHILE YOU SLEEP? It doesn’t get much better than that. All of you have to do is slab on some of this miracle whip and pray that your $38 is worth it. I’m going to try it and I’ll let you know how it goes. Get it for yourself and let me know what you think! I’m so curious as to if this really works or not.

Other products on Bliss’  anti-cellulite line include:

fatgirlslim ($29)

bliss the love handler ($36)

bliss high thighs slimmer scrub ($32)

This post is for all of you out there whose makeup and beauty products are scattered throughout your bags, counters, desks, bathrooms, etc. I’m not quite sure why, but it really bothers me when people just throw their makeup into their purses along with the assortment of random things floating around. This is how makeup products break, spill and just get plain dirty. I’ve decided to dedicate this post to a cosmetic bag line that I simply adore: Sonia Kashuk.

Sonia Kashuk is actually a makeup artist who has devoted her life to designing affordable beauty products that “bring everyday chic to women everywhere.” (target.com)
Quote she lives by: “As we discover ourselves, we discover the force of real beauty.” Powerful, right? Maybe it’s the beauty journalist in me – but I think it is empowering.

Okay… on to the goods. I’ve included her cosmetic bags of all shapes and sizes – they’re afforable and can be found at any Target store (or online)!

1. Sonia Kashuk Valet – Dot Print: ($19.99 at Target stores or click for online)

2.  Sonia Kashuk Train Case with Crazy Print: ($16.99 at Target Stores or click for online)

Sonia Kashuk® Train Case with Top Handle - Crazy Print

3. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Foldover Clutch: ($12.99 in stores or online)

Sonia Kashuk® Limited Edition Foldover Clutch

These bags can be used for a wide variety of things – anywhere from your typical makeup bag to your travel cases. Also in Kashuk’s line is a larger duffel bag that can be used to pack each smaller case into – and the patterns are adorable! Visit Target’s website for more purchasing information and if you want – browse additional Sonia Kashuk products that I haven’t included! 🙂

Foundation can be heavy; it can feel like too much. And while moisturizer is an essential skin care element, combined with foundation it can simply be too many laters. We all know, and despise, that “cakey” look.

So whoever came up with the idea of a tinted moisturizer is a sheer genius.

It is the perfect combination: the benefits of a moisturizer combined with the coverage of a foundation. Tinted moisturizers go on light and smooth and even out skin imperfections, while protecting skin from the damaging effects of the sun. I am a huge fan of tinted moisturizers – and have included some of my favorite brands for your browsing. If you haven’t tried one yet – seriously do yourself the favor. It’s something that you must at least try – and I wouldn’t be surprised if you get hooked.

1. Stila Sheer Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Oil-Free

Sheer Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Oil Free

“Just in time for summer, Stila introduces Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30. The new formula packs all the benefits of a moisturizer, sunscreen, and medium coverage foundation all into one. With twice the SPF power as the original best seller, this oil-free formula is Stila’s latest mutli-tasking makeup must-have.” -sephora.com

 

2. Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15

 

“A refreshing, sheer wash of colour that hydrates and evens out skin tone. Protects with a powerful antioxidant complex and SPF 15 sunscreen. 4 skin-friendly shades wear beautifully alone or under makeup. Oil-free, so all skin types can benefit.” – clinique.com

3. MAC Select Tint SPF 15

“A lightweight moisturizing tint with SPF 15. Water-based. Oil-free. Packed with conditioners. Hydrates the skin. Protects it, too. Keeps it moist, flawless, soft and youthful. Ultra-sheer: invisible. Feels like nothing on.” – maccosmetics.com 

What new look can I not seem to get enough of? The braided head band.

I’m secretly obsessed – and plan on trying one on myself as soon as I have the time (and the occasion to wear it).

Most recently Lauren Conrad, otherwise known as “LC,” rocked it at the new season three premiere of “The Hills.”

(LC {left} with Audrina Patridge, Mariah Carey and Whitney Port) 

What I love about LC’s look is that she actually used her real hair for the braid. You can see in some of the pictures that she first side-parted her hair and then only braided the bigger part over. 

Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad

LC wasn’t the first celeb to flaunt this sexy, unique look however. Sienna Miller was spotted with her own braid at the Golden Globe awards in 2007. 

 (Sienna Miller)

And guess what?! Believe it or not, Sienna was scrutinized for her hairstyle at the event. Was it just because she was the first person to take a beauty risk? She tried the daring look – and either way – I happen to think she looked beautiful. 

 What do you guys think? I personally love the style. I think it is classy chic and is a perfect new way to dress up your typical up-do. But I’m curious to hear what you all have to say – so spill it!

I can’t speak for everyone else… but I personally am SO OVER dull nail polish.Winter’s over – get rid of the maroons, blacks, deep blues, etc. Once you see all of the amazing new (and bright!) colors out there – you’ll thank me.

And what better way to celebrate Spring then by a “bright” change in your nail color. These colors are so fun – they’re instant mood lifters! Try one, try all – let me know what you think! J

Sephora Multi-Action Nail Polish in Pink Flamingo 12 Pink Flamingo 12

Multi-Action Nail Polish

(the color is shown above – it’s a much lighter hot-pink than the one in the bottle)

 Chanel Nail Enamel in Organdy 

Chanel Nail Enamel - No. 165 Organdy

CND Nail Lacquer in Turquoise Tint

Think about your perfect hair day. When I reminisce my mind takes me to days where I’m leaving the hair salon, right after getting my hair done. Sure the cut and color make a difference – lighter, darker, shorter, etc. But I’ve found that the real secret is the blow-out.

So how do you get the perfect blow-out? I’ve included tips, tricks and products that will make all the difference – everything except the professional stylist.

First: “In the shower”

Depending on whether your hair is straight or curly, thick or thin, long or short, you should use specific shampoos and conditioners.

*My favorite à John Frieda Collection Frizz Ease Straight Ahead Style-starting Daily Shampoo.

“After the shower”

Turbie Twist à You can laugh, but these things really work! They’re so much more convenient than wrapping a towel around your head – and they soak up the excess water even better!

Turbie Twist

“Products to use”

Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Style Primer (for normal to thick hair) à This sets your hair up for the style you’re about to create by boosting the performance of styling products. Apply first before styling or applying other products.

Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Style Primer for Normal to Thin Hair

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum à I love this stuff! It cuts your drying time in half!

 

“The Brush”

Frédéric Fekkai Large Round Brush àA little pricey, but this brush is so worth it! Handmade in France, the non-slip grip controls hair static for smooth, straight hair.

Large Round Brush

 “The Hair Dryer”

Barbar Italy 9800 Hair Dryer à Easy to grip, easy to use. Multiple heat settings – this is a great hair dryer to use for blow-outs.

“The Finish”

Bumble and bumble - Bb. Does It All Styling Spray - 10 oz

If you like hairspray, I recommend Bumble & Bumble Does It All Spray. It’s workable, brushable and fabulous for finishing.

Tigi Dumb Blonde Smooth Stuff 1.69 oz.

Or… if you’re not into hairspray, I suggest TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Smoothing Stuff. It gets rid of frizz, calms static and softens hair! (Not blonde? Try TIGI Bed Head After-Party Smoothing).

“The Trick”

Sectioning, sectioning, sectioning. Make sure you section your hair off in small amounts starting with the underneath first! Clip the hair that you’re not using up so that it doesn’t get in the way. And, if you like, finish with a straightening iron. The best? CHI ceramic flat iron.

 Good luck 🙂