Friday, July 25, 2014

Sandra Bullock Turns 50: A Look Back at Her Most Iconic Red Carpet Hairstyles

Photo by Angela George

Sandra Bullock reaches a milestone this weekend. The Academy Award winning actress turns 50 on Saturday.

Known for her girl-next-door appeal and performances in "Gravity," "Blind Side" and "Miss Congeniality," Bullock never fails to wow on the red carpet. Her stunning silhouettes and effortless style have given us many mesmerizing moments--especially when it comes to her long, luxurious locks. 

Unlike other celebs who stick with one safe style, Bullock likes to change things up. Over the years, we've seen her sport bangs, long bobs, updos, ponytails, stick-straight strands, cascading curls, highlights, and middle and statement side parts. Maybe that why she's known as one of the most glamorous women in Hollywood.

She's also one of the most giving actresses in the industry. Bullock supports the American Red Cross and has donated $1 million to the organization on several occasions. She participated in disaster relief efforts during the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis in 2004, the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Japan earthquake in 2011. She also lends her support to The Kindred Life Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. 

In honor of her philanthropic spirit and milestone birthday, we'd like to present several of her most memorable red carpet appearances. Let us know which Good Hair Day you like best. Plus, we've also assembled the latest conditioners, masks, treatment oils, root lifters and tools to help strengthen and style your own strands.

You'll look like a leading lady in no time!

Uptown Updo: 2010 SAG Awards

Sleek and Straight: 2010 Academy Awards

Messy Shoulder-Swept Mane: 2010 Golden Globe Awards

Pretty Ponytail: 2014 Golden Globe Awards


Cascading Curls: 2014 Academy Awards

PRODUCTS

SHINE: Davines OI / Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion and NaturalTech Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner. BEAUTY: The potion utilizes vitamin E, and sunflower seed and roucou oils, to provide styling and finishing benefits, while the conditioner uses rice bran, and sweet almond and jojoba seed oils to help moisturize and mend dry, brittle hair. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

SHINE: Hamadi Organics Shea Hair Mask. BEAUTY: Hydrate and heal your hair from the roots to the ends with aloe vera leaf powder, shea butter, and avocado and sunflower oils. BEACON: Ecocert certified and no animal testing. Biodegradable, and contains no fragrances or colorants.

SHINE: Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Foam and Destress Express Hair & Body Treatment Oil. BEAUTY: The foam utilizes aloe vera leaf juice powder, and cranberry and pumpkin seed oils, to add fullness, while the hair and body treatment uses jojoba seed, castor and argan kernel oils to nourish and strengthen your strands. BEACON: No animal testing and USDA Organic certified. Vegan and gluten free. Contains no phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances, parabens, triclosan, petrochemicals or silicone.

SHINE: Kérastase Paris Forme Fatale Voluptuous Blow-Dry Gel (Strong Hold), Spray a Porter Tousled Effect Spray (Flexible Hold), Mousse Bouffante Volumising Mousse (Strong Hold) and Lift Vertige Root Uplifting Gel (Medium Hold). BEAUTY: Shape and lift your locks, create beach waves sans stickiness, thicken your strands and elevate your roots with this fab four collection. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

TOOLS

SHINE: Belson Products Gold 'N Hot Professional Titanium Triple Barrel Waver. BEAUTY: Titanium technology prevents split ends and reduces frizz, while 1/2" and 5/8" barrels create small and large waves. BEACON: The parent company, Helen of Troy, supports American Cancer SocietyBig Brothers Big Sisters and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

SHINE: Conair AdjustaCurl Root Volumizer (4 Rollers). BEAUTY: Tourmaline Ionic technology helps reduce static electricity as these rollers allow you to add fullness to your roots, straight styles, or classic curls or waves. BEACON: Supports the American Red Cross, American Ballet Theatre and National Dance Institute.

SHINE: Intelligent Nutrients Infrared Hair Dryer. BEAUTY: Infrared heat minimizes dry time, while anti-microbial violet technology helps maximize shine and manageability. BEACON: The company follows vegan, organic certified and no animal testing practices.

SHINE: John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Setter by Conair Body & Shine Smooth Waves 2-Inch Rollers. BEAUTY: Titanium ceramic flocked rollers feature advanced ionic conditioning to create full-bodied waves and frizz-free hair. BEACON: The parent company, Kao Brands, supports United Way and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Celebrity Birthdays: Age-Defying Beauty Secrets for Women in Their 30s & 40s

Photo by Pinguino K

Happy birthday to Kristen Bell. The actress, singer and animal rights activist, who just announced she's expecting her second child with hubby Dax Shepard, turns 34 today.

Bell became an animal lover early in life. In fact, at the age of 11, she stopped eating meat because she couldn't disassociate the dogs and cats she cuddled with as pets in her home from the animals served on her plate at mealtime. She currently supports the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the ASPCA, as well as Invisible Children, Inc.  

Several actresses in Bell's age range, mid-30s to mid-40s, celebrate birthdays this summer. They include Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Amy Adams, Gisele Bündchen and Kristen Wiig. Although these stunning superstars exemplify age-defying beauty, many women tend to experience fine lines, creases and age spots during this stage of their life. Your skin retains less moisture and your complexion may look a little dull due to loss of collagen and elasticity.

To slow signs of aging, take a look at the following serums, moisturizers and eye treatments. They restore lift and luminosity by using antioxidants, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and peptides. Plus, in honor of Bell's birthday, all manufacturers featured follow no animal testing or cruelty-free practices. 

No reason why you can't glow like the candles on your birthday cake from the inside out!

Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News
July 10: Sofia Vergara turns 42.



Photo by Gabriel Marchi
July 20: Gisele Bündchen turns 34.

Photo courtesy GLAAD Media Awards
July 24: Jennifer Lopez turns 45.

Photo by Sebastian Derungs
August 7: Charlize Theron turns 39.

Photo by Chrisa Hickey
August 20: Amy Adams turns 40.

Photo by Eva Rinaldi
August 22: Kristen Wiig turns 41.

Photo by Caroline Bonarde Ucci
August 30: Cameron Diaz turns 42.

SHINE: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. BEAUTY: Vitamins C and E, aloe vera leaf juice, and coffee cherry and green coffee seed extracts help reduce puffiness around the eyes and brighten dark circles. BEACON: Vegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

SHINE: B-Leve B-Bright Eye Roll-On and B-Youthful Face & Eye Serum. BEAUTY: Minimize puffiness and dark circles in the orbital area, and help firm your skin and balance your complexion with fruit cell extracts and peptides. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: DeVita Natural Skin Care Perfecting Time. BEAUTY: Aloe vera gel, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and peptides aid in softening, smoothing and nourishing your skin. BEACON: Vegan and cruelty free. Contains no FD&C colors, lead, carmine, cochineal, gluten and parabens.

SHINE: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Serum. BEAUTY: Correct uneven skin tone and dark spots caused by aging, sun damage and acne discoloration with licorice root and green tea leaf extracts, grape seed oil and shea butter. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes.

SHINE: Gunilla of Sweden ÄKTA Alpha Hydroxy Treatment Anti-Aging Blemish Cream. BEAUTY: Aloe vera concentrate, fruit acids and safflower seed oil help remove dead skin cells, and increase collagen production and skin elasticity. BEACON: Vegan, non-comedogenic and cruelty free. Contains no benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, salicylic acid, dyes, detergents, or synthetic colors and fragrances.

SHINEIntelligent Nutrients Supernatural Skin Normal + Sensitive Travel Set. BEAUTY: Restore a radiant glow with this firming and fortifying five-piece set--Nourishing Tonic, Gentle Cleansing Lotion, Renewal Complex Eye Gel, Restorative Moisture Emulsion and Anti-Aging Serum. BEACON: No animal testing and USDA Organic certified. Vegan and gluten free. Contains no pesticides, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances, parabens, formaldehyde or petrochemicals.

SHINE: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Life. BEAUTY: Aloe vera juice, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, and leave your eyes looking restored and refreshed. BEACON: USDA Organic certified and no animal testing. Free of parabens, petroleum, propylene and butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances.

SHINE: L'Oréal Revitalift Moisture Blur. BEAUTY: Create a soft focus blurring effect to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with peptides, vitamin A and salicylic acid. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

SHINE: Pevonia Botanica Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour and Repair Cream. BEAUTY: Hyaluronic acid, black tea ferment and peptides diminish dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, and smooth lines and wrinkles on your face, neck and decolleteBEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil, PABA, urea, formaldehyde, artificial colors and sulfates. Supports the Beauty Bus Foundation.

SHINE: Phytoceane Aquasaphir Serum. BEAUTY: Soften expression lines and brighten your complexion with vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and cucumber fruit, algae and malachite extracts. BEACON: No animal testing. Preserves marine resources used in its products with a program focused on seasonal algae harvesting and farming.

SHINESkinAgain Youth. BEAUTY: Aloe vera leaf powder, green tea leaf extract, peptides and vitamin E ease the appearance of wrinkles, expression lines, dark spots and uneven skin tone. BEACONCruelty free. Contains no parabens, fragrances or gluten.

SHINEVichy Laboratories LiftActiv Serum 10. BEAUTY: Minimize crow’s feet, brow/laugh lines and neck sagging, and maximize lift and luminosity with hyaluronic acid and a 10% concentration of Rhamnose--a naturally derived plant sugar that helps boost skin rejuvenation. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of parabens.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Patriotic Party Pedis: Light Up Your Fourth of July Celebration with Shimmering Fireworks Shades

© U.S. Army/Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Ready to start the Fourth of the July with a bang?

Independence Day allows us to celebrate America's birthday and freedom. Even better, since it falls on Friday this year, it also means we get to enjoy an extended weekend of fun, family, friends, food, flags and fireworks. 

Declare your patriotic spirit and individuality with a party pedicure in shimmering fireworks shades. Metallic and glitter hottie hues of red, white and blue--as well as bright and bold green, orange and purple--light up the night like the stunning sparklers in the sky.

Take a look-see at the following pretty pedi polishes from Zoya. You'll be the life of the party as you rock on with your bad self in chic summer style. Cause, as Katy Perry sings, "Baby you're a firework... Come on show 'em what you're worth... Make 'em go 'Oh, oh, oh!'... As you shoot across the sky-y-y."

Have a safe holiday!

Baby you're a firework: Red, white and blue 
glitter glory.

SHINE: Miranda PixieDust, Tomoko and Liberty PixieDust. BEAUTY: Boom, boom, boom--even brighter than the moon, moon, moon--with these rose, champagne silver and blue sparkle shades. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Photo by Neurovelho

SHINE: Twila, Mosheen and Liberty PixieDust. BEAUTY: Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!" in bright blue with hologram glitter accents, astro ice blue (which can be layered over other shades) and blue sugary sparkle. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.


Photo by Vojta Jahoda

SHINE: Stassi. BEAUTY: You're an original that cannot be replaced with this brilliant citron green that features a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Photo by Kropsoq

SHINE: Alma, Beatrix PixieDust and Jesy. BEAUTY: Own the night with golden peach metallic, sparkling tangerine and coral orange metallic. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Photo by Florian Rommerskirchen

SHINE: Miranda PixieDust. BEAUTY: Ignite the light with shimmering rose. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Photo by Alessio Sbarbaro

SHINE: Binx, Stevie PixieDust and Arlo Magical PixieDust. BEAUTY: Let your colors burst with spicy orchid purple, sparkling violet and glittering violet amethyst. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Photo by Rhonda J. Wilson

SHINE: Cosmo Magical PixieDust. BEAUTY: You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe with this silver crystal sparkle shade textured with mega hex iridescent particles. BEACONVegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Celebs Turning 30 in 2014: Happy Birthday Greetings to Khloe Kardashian

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Khloe Kardashian reaches a milestone today. The reality TV star and animal rights advocate turns 30.

What a year it's been for the most outspoken Kardashian sister. She separated from her husband Lamar Odom as he battled a drug addiction last summer, filed for divorce last December, and then sold the palatial home that the couple shared together to Kaley Cuoco and her new hubby Ryan Sweeting earlier this year. 

However, the tide recently turned in her favor. Kardashian, who supports the World Wildlife Fund to protect endangered species and once posed nude for a PETA "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign, has been spotted on both coasts with a new love interest--rapper French Montana. Plus, she enjoys her growing role as an aunt to Kim Kardashian's daughter North, who just celebrated her first birthday, and Kourtney Kardashian's son Mason, 4, and daughter Penelope, almost 2.

Kardashian joins several other celebs who turn 30 this year--Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne and Scarlett Johansson. During this stage of a woman's life, the skin starts to undergo visible changes. The complexion may begin to dull due to years of sun damage, and decreased cellular turnover may cause light wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. 

Photo by Georges Biard
October 25: Katy Perry 

© Dan & Corina Lecca
October 27: Kelly Osbourne

Photo by Georges Biard
November 22: Scarlett Johansson

To keep your skin's natural radiance and glow as a 30-something, we'd like to present a much overlooked weapon in the fight against premature aging--facial masks. These moisturizing marvels provide deep nourishment to your face. They also help remove dirt/oil and dead skin cells, and increase the circulation of oxygen and blood distribution, which brightens and tightens your complexion to give it a more youthful appearance.

Since most facial masks need to remain on your skin for 15 minutes or more, they allow you to set aside me time once or twice each week. Apply these creams and gels with soothing and relaxing motions to turn it into a pampering process. This way you can enjoy a spa-like experience in the comfort of our own home.

Happy birthday to all the beautiful women embracing the next stage of their life. However, don't hesitate to unmask the pleasures of renewing and rejuvenating your skin no matter what your age.


SHINE: 100% Pure Super Fruits Scrub + Mask. BEAUTY: Buff away dead skin cells and brighten a dull complexion with jojoba beads, pomegranate seed oil, goji berry fruit extract and aloe vera leaf juice. BEACONVegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

 SHINE: ilike Organic Skin Care Sour Cherry Gel Mask. BEAUTY: Sour cherry and blackthorn berry fruit extracts, and salicylic acid help to promote elasticity and smooth your skin's appearance. BEACONVegan, and no animal testing. Free of artificial colorants.

SHINE: Nature Pure Labs Duo-Phase Enzyme Peeling Masque. BEAUTY: Enhance skin tone, texture and circulation with papaya fruit enzyme, aloe vera leaf juice and peptides to keep your complexion looking youthful and vibrant. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, and artificial colors and fragrances. Recyclable packaging.

SHINE: Sumbody Age-Defying Get Extreme Face Mask. BEAUTY: Coco brown, Earth blush, ginger green and warm adobe clays help prevent premature signs of aging. BEACON: Contains no parabens, animal oils, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, artificial preservatives or synthetic chemicals.

SHINE: Yonka Paris Masque No 1. BEAUTY: Tighten pores and wrinkles to help make your skin feel and look smoother, softer and brighter with rose flower oil, aloe vera leaf juice, salicylic acid, and vitamins A, C, E and B5. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

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