Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 VMAs Best Red Carpet Looks: Spread the Love with Matching Bright & Beautiful Nail Polish Shades

Photo by José Goulão

Love conquered all at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday. 

Beyoncé not only stole the show with her moves and vocals, but she also put on one of the most iconic performances in VMA history. Her 15-minute music medley included heartwarming home videos of her hubby Jay Z and 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. Both then joined her on stage to exchange lots of hugs and kisses, and present the Queen of Pop with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The show of support and affection served to shut down recent rumors that the couple's marriage may be on the rocks.

Lip Lock: The Carters stand united.

Miley Cyrus also spread the love by shedding light on homeless youths in America. After winning the coveted Video of the Year Award, she called on a young man named Jesse to take the stage while she looked on from the sidelines. Cyrus shed tears as he told the audience, "My name is Jesse, and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know because I am one of these people." 

Miley Cyrus tears up when a homeless youth 
delivers a moving speech.

Cyrus met Jesse while visiting My Friend's Place in Los Angeles. She's supporting the organization's efforts to end youth homelessness by raising funds through a VIP concert contest. A small donation enters you to win a trip to her upcoming Bangerz Tour show in Rio de Janeiro with backstage access. 

The lovefest continued on social media for fierce red carpet looks. Here are some of our favorite Twitter comments:  

Jennifer Lopez' cutout dress--"Boss mama is killen em all!" 

Beyoncé's bejeweled bodysuit--"If I owned the bodysuit Beyonce is wearing I would feed it and walk it and take care of it and love it like a member of the family." 

Iggy Azalea's fitted Versace number--"Is there an Iggy Cam set up that just follows the back of Iggy Azalea's dress all night? Where's that feed?"

Demi Lovato's Lanvin ensemble--"Demi Lovato and that astonishing red dress just won best #imallgrownupnow award."

Are you feelin' the love? We're matching the following amazing red carpet looks with our favorite sparkling lacquer shades from Zoya Nail Polish and Color Club Nail Lacquer. Each manufacturer follows no animal testing and vegan practices. Let us know which one you like best! 

Jennifer Lopez heats up the red carpet in a shimmering silver peek-a-boo Charbel Zoe number with a thigh high slit.

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Cosmo Magical PixieDust. BEAUTY: Restore radiance to your tips with this silver crystal sparkle featuring textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Beyoncé holds a mini concert by performing for 15 minutes 
in a bedazzled Tom Ford bodysuit.

SHINE: Color Club Nail Lacquer Surprise! BEAUTY: Create diva digits with this multi-colored confetti glitter polish. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde.

Katy Perry channels Britney Spears (circa 2001 American Music Awards) with a Versace denin-on-denim dress. 

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Rebel, Ling and Twila. BEAUTY: Rebel dazzles as a sky blue metallic with a silver shimmer, while Ling rocks as a vibrant royal blue cream and Twila sparkles as a unique bar glitter in a bright blue shade with hologram glitter accents. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Iggy Azalea stuns in a skin tight silver metallic 
Versace gown. 

SHINE: Color Club Nail Lacquer Platinum Record. BEAUTY: Add the wow factor to what you're wearing with this sparkling silver glitter shade. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde.

Taylor Swift flaunts her long legs in a teeny tiny, 
super short blue onesie by Mary Katrantzou.

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Mosheen. BEAUTY: This astro ice blue topper can be worn alone for a sheer look or layered over other hues. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Demi Lovato joins the daring cleavage club with a 
deep plunging Lanvin dress.

SHINE: Color Club Nail Lacquer Art of Seduction. BEAUTY: Create your own red carpet moment with this shimmering scarlet shade. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Curviest Bikini Bodies: Look Your Kim Kardashian Selfie Best Whatever Your Size or Shape


Muy caliente--the heat is on this summer! 

Hot chica Kim Kardashian makes international headlines for her sexy selfies and curves. So it seems no bueno that the reality TV star recently bemoaned her bigger backside due to a few stubborn el-bees of baby weight gain that she can't seem to shake. “No carbs. Crazy workouts. Who’s with me?” she tweeted earlier this month.

Stick thin and Kardashian's beauty brand go together like Kanye West and the paparazzi. And many of her 22 million Twitter followers agreed by quickly pointing out, "You look perfect!" Plus, when the brunette bombshell shared her first post-preggers bathing suit picture on Instagram last fall, she accumulated more than 600,000 likes. The selfie, which will no doubt appear in her upcoming "Selfish" book due for release next spring, exposes a little side boob and a lot of her backside in a white hot one-piece suit.


In honor of promoting better body size acceptance, we present six of Hollywood's hottest hourglass shapes. Fuller figured femme fatales, such as Kardashian, Beyoncé, Sofia Vergara, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj, not only look beautiful in their curvaceous bikini bodies but they also possess a natural radiance. 

To help get your own summer glow on, take a look-see at the latest bronzers, tints and SPFs. They shield and soften your skin, and add a special shimmer and sunning shade.  

You'll look muy bonita in no time--no matter your size or shape!

Kim Kardashian

Beyoncé

Sofia Vergara

Mariah Carey

Jennifer Lopez

Nicki Minaj

BRONZERS & TINTS

SHINE: 100% Pure All Over Glow (Lightly Sun Kissed and Deeply Sun Kissed). BEAUTY: These translucent bronzing lotions, which utilize aloe vera juice, pomegranate seed oil and mica, give your skin a golden pigment glow. BEACON: Vegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

SHINE: DeVita Natural Skin Care Absolutely Bronzed Nourishing Mineral Bronzer (Absolute Bronze and Absolute Radiance). BEAUTY: These loose powder, triple milled mineral bronzers utilize hyaluronic acid, green tea leaf extract and mica to help your skin stand out during the summer season. BEACON: Vegan and cruelty free. Contains no bismuth oxychloride, titanium dioxide, oils, talc, dye, lead or parabens.

SHINE: essence Sun Club All-In-One Bronzing Highlighter (Sun Light and Sun Glow). BEAUTY: This bronzer/highlighter creates a shimmering glow on your face and neckline with mica. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: The Organic Pharmacy Sheer Tint (Natural Glow). BEAUTY: Enhance and even your skin tone, and restore radiance with aloe vera, coconut and sesame seed oils, shea butter and mica. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of preservatives, artificial colorants and fragrances, and petrochemicals.

SHINE: Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Self Tan Lotion (Light). BEAUTY: Develop a natural looking, odorless tan for your face and neck within four to eight hours with aloe vera leaf water, raspberry seed extract and hyaluronic acid. BEACON: Free of parabens, perfume and alcohol.

SPFs

SHINE: 100% Pure Green Tea Oil Free Hydration SPF 30 and Argan Oil Hydration SPF 30. BEAUTY: Aloe vera juice, argan oil, green tea extract and zinc oxide help soften and nourish your skin while also blocking out harmful UVA and UVB rays. BEACON: Vegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

SHINE: Kate Somerville Serum Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+. BEAUTY: Prevent sunburn, premature aging and skin damage with this oil- and alcohol-free formulation that utilizes oxybenzone, aloe vera leaf juice and vitamin E. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

SHINE: Vichy Laboratories Capital Soleil 45 Sunscreen Silkscreen Dry-Finish Lotion and Capital Soleil 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen. BEAUTY: These water-resistant formulations utilize white grape extract, vitamin E and oxybenzone to help shield your skin from the harsh effects of the sun and free radical damage. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Lipstick Day: Perk Up Your Pout with Hollywood's Hottest Shades & Looks

Photo by Georges Biard
Red alert: Katy Perry beams in a beautiful, bold shade.

Time to out your pout. National Lipstick Day has arrived!

Back in the day, we're talkin' more than 4,000 years ago, women ground precious gems into fine dust to decorate their lips. Fast forward to 1923, the first swivel up lipstick tube appeared on the market. Today, ingredients such as fruit extracts, vitamin E, mica, and jojoba, castor and safflower oils produce luxurious matte and glossy varieties. 


To pick out the perfect shade, consider your skin tone. For the most part, light pink and peach palettes suit pale complexions, and orange and coral colors complement fair skin with warm undertones. Red and orange tones tend to work well with olive complexions, while the sky's the limit for medium- and dark-skinned women. 

If you're looking for the latest pout-popping looks, see which shades Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Nina Dobrev rock on the red carpet. Plus, check out our luscious lipstick picks that no makeup bag should be without.

Enjoy our tribute to the tube!

BRIGHT RED

Photo by Neon Tommy
Demi Lovato

Photo courtesy gdcgraphics
Jenna Dewan-Tatum

PINK

Photo by Eva Rinaldi
Miranda Kerr

Photo by Georges Biard
Kendall Jenner

NUDE

Photo by David Shankbone
Lea Michele

Photo by Eva Rinaldi
Kim Kardashian

DEEP RED

Photo courtesy Mingle Media TV
Zoe Saldana

PERSIMMON

Photo by Gage Skidmore
Nina Dobrev

SHINE: Hemp Organics by Colorganics Lipsticks. BEAUTY: Sheer Pink, Rose Quartz and Rose Petal. BEACONNo animal testing and USDA Organic certified. Contains no gluten, artificial fragrances and flavors, parabens, phthalates or FD&C colors. Supports The Library Project

SHINE: Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color Lipsticks. BEAUTY: Micavel, Faith and Thelmadora. BEACON: Free of parabens.

SHINE: Mirabella Beauty Colour Vinyl Lipsticks. BEAUTY: Glossy Ginger and Metallic Blush. BEACON: Contains no lead or parabens.

SHINE: Ramy Beauty Therapy Lipsticks. BEAUTY: Red My Lips, Perfect Lip Tint and Thrive. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports Ronald McDonald House and Project Ladybug.

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, buns, long bobs, updos, ponytails, stick-straight strands and cascading curls. Maybe that why she's known as one of the most beautiful 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 Bullock's philanthropic spirit and milestone birthday, take a walk with us down memory lane to revisit some of her most glamorous red carpet appearances. Let us know which Good Hair Day you like best. Plus, we'd like to present the latest conditioners, masks, gels, treatment oils and tools to help strengthen and style your own strands to create similar looks.

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

Uptown Updo: 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Sleek and Straight: 2010 Academy Awards

Messy Shoulder-Swept Mane: 2010 Golden Globe Awards

Pretty Ponytail: 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Beautiful Bun: 2014 Screen Actors Guild 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.
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