Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lady Gaga Sunny-Side-Up Manicure

Someone forgot to tell Lady Gaga that it's the Year of the Rabbit in Chinese culture--not the Year of the Chicken. Nevertheless, the pop music icon managed to make a grand entrance in an egg at the Grammy Awards earlier this month. For the most part, it went over well--or, shall we say, over easy--with fans and critics.

Her sp-egg-tacular arrival inspired SHINE Beauty Beacon to create a Sunny-Side-Up Manicure. We recommend wearing it during a brunch date, Lady Gaga's next concert or while participating in an Easter egg hunt. The video below illustrates how to do it in five easy steps, and the image beneath it shows you what the full manicure looks like.

Protocol for the Sunny-Side-Up Manicure:

Step 1: Apply a layer of base coat to each nail.

Step: 2: Coat each digit with yellow lacquer.

Step 3: Apply another coat of white lacquer to each nail.

Step 4: While the lacquer is still wet, use a toothpick (or dull implement) to carve out a circle in the middle of each nail. This allows the yellow lacquer (or yolk center) to emerge from beneath.

Step 5: Gently place a dollop of yellow lacquer in the center of each nail to enhance the yolk, and then apply a top coat to set and brighten the look.

BEAUTY: The Sunny-Side-Up Manicure features CND Bicycle Yellow and Brilliant White Colour lacquers. BEACON: These products are "three free," which means they don't contain toluene, formaldehyde or DBP (dibutyl phthalate).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ice, Ice Baby!

Valentine's Day, otherwise known as National Bling Day, has arrived--and diamonds are a girl's BFF.

Fergie whet our appetites during her Super Bowl halftime performance last weekend. She sported $2 million worth of dazzling diamonds courtesy bling business pioneer Harry Winston. Her sparklers included emerald-cut diamond ear studs valued at $1.2 million, stacked emerald-cut diamond bracelets featuring 435 stones and a five-row emerald-cut ring spotlighting almost 100 stunning stones.

Fortunately for us wanna-be rock stars, the beauty industry formulates lots of products with diamonds and gemstones. Here are a few of our favorites:

BEAUTY: B. Kamins Diamond Radiance Illuminating Eye Cream contains anti-aging ingredients, vitamins, botanicals and diamond powder to give your orbs renewed sparkle. BEACON:  B. Kamins supports Grace Church School, which specializes in its commitment to diversity.

BEAUTY: OPI Products Designer Series DS Mystery Dark Violet combines dazzling diamond dust with ultra-saturated color pigments. BEACON: OPI contributes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

BEAUTY: For extra luminosity, själ Pearl Enzyme Exfoliating Mask contains crushed pearls to polish the skin, and sapphires, diamonds and amethysts to promote vibrational balance. BEACON: själ supports Love Heals.
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