Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fine Wine Nail Colors

Bottoms up! Today's National Wine Day. 

Whether you prefer white, red or sparklng wine, life's a cabernet. Now's the time to kick off your shoes, fill up your glass and treat yourself to a mani/pedi.

As you toast and treasure this special day, enjoy these vine-inspired lacquers. Cheers!

BEAUTY: Copper Chrome (Chardonnay), Fireberry (Sangria) and Muddy Rose (Rosé). BEACON: Three free (contains no toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate).

BEAUTY: In Stitches (Rosé) and Limited Addiction (Grenache). BEACON: Three free (contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde).

OPI Products
BEAUTY: Barefoot in Barcelona (White Zinfandel), Glove You So Much! (Cabernet) and DS Glow (Sparkling Wine). BEACON: OPI donates to the American Heart Association, Gilda’s Club Worldwide and the Leukemia Research Foundation through the Schaeffer Family Foundation. 

BEAUTY: Savoir Faire (White Zinfandel) and Spread Your Wings (Pinot Noir). BEACON: Vegan, and contains no synthetic dyes, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

Zoya Nail Polish
BEAUTY: Tiffany (Rosé), Dakota (Syrah) and Richelle (Sparkling Wine). BEACON: Contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sun Kissed or Sun Dissed?

Gold and silver trump bronze at the Olympics, but not in Hollywood when it comes to tanned bodies. Many celebrities use their sun-kissed skin as a status symbol. 

Charlize Theron
Audrina Patridge
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

However, as we learn more about the damaging effects of the sun, bronze bodies no longer represent health and wellness. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays often leads to premature aging and hyperpigmentation, or even worse--skin cancer. In fact, about 65 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

As we celebrate National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, check out the latest sun protection factor (SPF) products.

BEAUTY: Eminence Organic Skin Care Caramel Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25 contains shea butter and aloe vera to moisturize, and coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. BEACON: The company's ingredient farm in Hungary is powered by solar and wind energy. 

BEAUTY: First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 utilizes antioxidants such as licorice root, feverfew and white tea to help combat free radicals. BEACON: Contains no parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances or artificial dyes.

BEAUTY: HydroPeptide SPF 30 features acai berry, which is said to have 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times more anthocyanins than red wine. BEACON: No animal testing, and paraben, synthetic fragrance and phthalate free.

BEAUTY: Innovative Skincare SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen hydrates, smoothes and softens skin with aloe vera, olive leaf extract and vitamin E. BEACON: Supports Stars for Stripes and National Breast Cancer Coalition

BEAUTY: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 utilizes artemia salina, a plankton extract, to protect skin from free radical damage. BEACON: Paraben free.

BEAUTY: True Natural Cosmetics Active Sunscreen SPF 40 boosts collagen with cocoa butter and jojoba oil, while aloe vera helps shield the skin against environmental factors. BEACON: No animal testing and certified by the Natural Products Association.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sleeping Beauty Creams

Getting adequate sleep prevents premature aging. Perhaps that's why so many high-profile politicians have been spotted practicing this beauty ritual.

Vice president Joe Biden dozes during a recent budget speech.

It's lights out for former President Bill Clinton during a Martin Luther King Day speech.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney catches up on his beauty sleep during a meeting with former President George W. Bush.

Sen. John McCain counts a few sheep during a State of the Union address.

Night creams can also turn back the harsh hands of time--sans public humiliation. In honor of National Better Sleep Month, check out the latest multitasking formulations.

BEAUTY: B. Kamins, Chemist Night Cream contains vitamins A and E, and apricot oil, to repair and restore the skin's moisture balance. BEACON: No animal testing. Also supports PJs For the Cure and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation

BEAUTY: Burt's Bees Radiance Night Creme utilizes almond oil and Royal Jelly, which is made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins and minerals, to replenish and refresh the skin. BEACON: Supports The Greater Good Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.

BEAUTY: Murad Age Reform Sleep Reform Serum contains peptides and algae extracts to help increase collagen production and firm the texture of the skin. BEACON: No animal testing. Also supports and sponsors animal rescue groups and oceanographic teaching institutions. 

BEAUTY: H2O Plus Sea Results Deep Sleep Recovery Serum utilizes peptides, retinol and marine extracts to hydrate the skin and soften the appearance of expression lines. BEACON: No animal testing.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fruit Cocktail Nail Colors

Listen up beauty foodies. Today's National Fruit Cocktail Day!

What better way to celebrate the colorful combination of diced pears, grapes, peaches, pineapples and cherries than with a mani or pedi? We like to call it cafeteria couture, since that's where the classic concoction originally became a staple.

Take a look-see at our favorite fruity lacquers.

BEAUTY (L to R): Red Nouveau (Cherry), Tart Deco (Peach) and Show Me the Ring (Pear). BEACON: Contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

OPI Products
BEAUTY (L to R): Girls Just Want to Play (Cherry), Stranger Tides (White Grape), Need Sunglasses? (Pineapple) and Pearl of Wisdom (Pear). BEACON: Through the Schaeffer Family Foundation, OPI donates to the American Heart Association, Gilda’s Club Worldwide and the Leukemia Research Foundation

BEAUTY (L to R): Enlightened Soul (Pineapple), Revere (Peach), Eye of the Beholder (White Grape) and Paradigm Shift (Pear). BEACON: Vegan, and contains no synthetic dyes, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

Zoya Nail Polish
BEAUTY (L to R): Jancyn (Peach), Pippa (Pineapple), Maura (Cherry) and Mitzi Matte (White Grape). BEACON: Contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate.
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