Friday, July 29, 2011

Luscious Lips

Pucker up! We're on beauty duty in celebration of National Lipstick Day.

Classic crimson colors have happily withstood the test of time. Back in the day, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor made bold style statements wearing ruby red lipstick. Fast forward almost a half century, and glam icons such as Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry and Madonna rarely missed a photo op without sporting their scarlet smiles. 

Today, pink, coral and neutral shades also rule runways and red carpets. Check out these playful pouts.

Scarlett Johansson

Zoe Kravitz

Megan Fox

Rosario Dawson

Drew Barrymore

Need to pamper your pucker? Add shine and suppleness with the latest lipsticks, stains and glosses.

BEAUTY: Elizabeth Grant Light Up Your Lips (Shimmering Red) comes with an attached gold mirror on the side of the tube and a handy LED light inside the cap. BEACON: No animal testing. Also supports the Children's Diabetes Foundation and Hollyrod Foundation.

BEAUTY: Essence Mini Lipgloss Set (01 Devil's Love & Kisses) contains three shimmery colors in a convenient carrying case. BEACON: No animal testing.

BEAUTY: Jane Iredale Lip Fixation (Craving) is a two-in-one product designed with a lip stain on one end and gloss on the other. BEACON: Cruelty free. Also supports the Berkshire Humane Society.

BEAUTY: One Bath & Body Triple Play Shimmer Lip Gloss Trio with Bamboo Lip Brush utilizes yellow beeswax and vitamin E oil to keep smiles supple. BEACON: Cruelty free, and packaged in recyclable cardboard cartons and aluminum tins.

BEAUTY: Smashbox Lipsticks (Stunning and Splendid) leave a luminous finish with vitamin E and coconut oil. BEACON: Cruelty free. Also uses recyclable packaging made with Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified paper and soy ink.

BEAUTY: YBF Beauty Royalty Collectible Pewter Lipsticks (Royalty Red and Princess Pink) nourish with castor seed oil and lanolin, and sparkle with faux stones. BEACON: Contains no parabens. Also supports Look Good...Feel Better.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ice Cream Manis

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream--especially during a hot summer day.

Here's the scoop: Americans consume almost 6 gallons of ice cream per person each year. Vanilla and chocolate reign as the most popular flavors, according to the International Ice Cream Association. Butter pecan, strawberry and neapolitan round out the top five.

July marks National Ice Cream Month. In honor of this special observance, we've created several sweet treats for your tips with our favorite flavors and polishes.


SHINE: Neapolitan creates a flavor fest with a tasty trio of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice creams.

BEAUTY: Over a base coat, apply two layers of Show Me The Ring (vanilla). Next, place two coats of Strawberry Shortcake (strawberry) over two thirds of each nail with a flat watercolor brush. Then apply two layers of Little Brown Dress (chocolate) on the tips. Finish with a top coat.

BEACON: Contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.


SHINE: Chocolate chip pleases the palette with a classic combination of vanilla ice cream blended with bits of chocolate.

BEAUTY: Over a base coat, apply two layers of Funny Bunny (vanilla). Then randomly place small and large chunks of Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees (chocolate) with a fine tip watercolor brush and toothpick.

BEACON: Contains no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate or toluene.

SHINE: Mochi, a popular Japanese confection, brings out your inner dessert diva with pounded sticky rice encasing luscious green tea and vanilla ice cream fillings.

BEAUTY: Eye of the Beholder (green tea) and Paradigm Shift (vanilla).

BEACON: Vegan, and contains no synthetic dyes, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.


SHINE: Strawberry ice cream tickles your tastes buds with its sweet and savory goodness.

BEAUTY: Over a base coat, apply two layers of Sweet (ice cream) on each nail except the ring finger. Place two coats of Reva (strawberry) on the remaining nail. Apply Veruschka Matte (leaves) near the cuticle with a fine tip watercolor brush and Richelle (seeds) with a dotting tool. 

BEACON: Contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rainbow Lollipop Manis

Today's your lucky day. It's National Lollipop Day.

The beloved confection comes in a variety of flavors, shapes and sizes. The most colorful lollipops look like candy canes twisted into eye-popping paddles of perfection.

Whether you're 5 or 55, suckers on a stick keep you feeling young at heart. In honor of this special day, we've created Rainbow Lollipop Manis to help sweeten your tooth and tips.


BEAUTY (top to bottom): Enjoy a stylish sugar rush with Be A Dahlia Won't You?, Need Sunglasses?, Hot & Spicy and Jade Is the New Black underneath a top coat of White Shatter.

BEACON: Contains no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate or toluene.

BEAUTY (top to bottom): Sail away on the good ship lollipop with Emerald City, Strike A Pose, Enlightened Soul and White Light.

BEACON: Vegan, and contains no synthetic dyes, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

BEAUTY (top to bottom): Create lolly folly with Pippa, Robyn, Purity, and Jancyn (first coat) and Tanzy (second coat).

BEACON: Contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beachy Hair Waves

Wanna turn ho-hum hair into a sultry, sophisticated look? Make a splash with flirty, flowing waves--also known as mermaid curls.

You don't need to be a mythical sea creature to pull them off. Check out Tinseltown's hottest tumbling twisters. 

Leighton Meester
Blake Lively
Emma Stone

Achieve red-carpet glam with products that create or enhance natural ringlets. To catch a wave this summer, use proper conditioners, styling and repair treatments, and hair tools that minimize dry, damaged hair. 

BEAUTY: Burt's Bees Hair Repair Shea & Grapefruit Deep Conditioner revitalizes strands with shea butter and citrus oils. BEACON: Supports The Greater Good Foundation. Also contains no sulfates, parabens or phthalates.

BEAUTY: Conair Infiniti Pro Spin Air Brush volumizes hair during the drying process while also minimizing frizz. You Curl Tourmaline Ceramic Styler creates free-flowing spirals with a cone-shaped barrel. BEACON: Supports American Red Cross.

BEAUTY: N. 4 High Performance Hair Care Super Comb Prep & Protect nourishes and shields strands with sunflower seed oil and black currant leaf extract. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Also contains no sulfates, gluten or parabens.

BEAUTY: Organix Fortifying Lavender Soymilk Conditioner strengthens hair with lavender and marigold oils, soymilk proteins and vitamins. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no sulfates or parabens.

BEAUTY: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray enhances volume and definition with Awapuhi plant extracts. Express Ion Curl Clipless utilizes a teardrop-shaped barrel and clamp-free design. BEACON: Established a solar-powered Awapuhi Farm in Hawaii. Each plant is harvested and processed by hand.

BEAUTY: Rusk Deepshine Oil Moisturizing Conditioner utilizes argan oil and aloe leaf juice to help protect against damage caused by chemicals, thermal styling and environmental factors. BEACON: Contains no sulfates.

BEAUTY: Suki Hair/Scalp Conditioning Oil controls fly-aways and split ends with organic neem, rose, rosemary and lavender extracts. BEACON: Cruelty free. Also supports fair trade, biodynamic processing and local sourcing.

BEAUTY: Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil utilizes peanut, lavender and rosemary leaf oils to restore moisture and maximize shine. BEACON: Supports Conservation International. Also contains no synthetic fragrances, colorants or preservatives. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Follower Giveaway: Skincare Products

Welcome to our first giveaway! Yes, we're raiding our product closet to offer current and new followers the chance to win three prize packages. 

Our summer giveaway showcases skincare products from Bioelements, SpaRitual and Weleda. The deadline to enter is Friday, July 29, 2011, at 9 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Good luck! 

UPDATE: We'd like to thank everyone who entered our Summer Skincare Giveaway. Three lucky followers (see names below) have won valuable prize packages. Stay tuned, as more giveaways will be announced shortly.

(PRIZE #1) BEAUTY: Bioelements Calmitude Hydrating Solution Sensitive Skin Facial Mist, Lip Buff with Exfoliating Sugar Cane Crystals and Flash Foam Cleanser with Skin-Smoothing Fruit Enzymes. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no artificial colorants or synthetic fragrances. RETAIL VALUE: $89.

BONUS: Bioelements All Things Pure Scrub--Facial Exfoliator with Melting Herbal Grains. RETAIL VALUE: $46

UPDATE: Congrats to follower Pauline15_01. She's our lucky winner!

(PRIZE #2) BEAUTY: SpaRitual Handprint Hydrating Hand Salve and Handprint Hand Serum. BEACON: Vegan and biodegradable. Also contains no synthetic dyes, fragrances, parabens or petrochemicals. RETAIL VALUE: $56.

BONUS: SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail Pen & Pusher. RETAIL VALUE: $15.

UPDATE: Congrats to follower Mooxinator. She's our lucky winner!

(PRIZE #3) BEAUTY: Weleda Pomegranate Firming Serum, Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream and Pomegranate Firming Day Cream. BEACON: Contains no synthetic fragrances, colorants, preservatives or raw materials derived from mineral oils. RETAIL VALUE: $111.

BONUS: Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil. RETAIL VALUE: $15.

UPDATE: Congrats to follower Tiffany Lane. She's our lucky winner!


REQUIRED: You must be a public follower of SHINE Beauty Beacon via Google Friend Connect to participate (counts as one entry).
OPTIONAL: Add SHINE Beauty Beacon to your blogroll to receive one extra entry.
OPTIONAL: Add a post about the giveaway on your blog to receive five extra entries (must include our URL).
OPTIONAL: Follow SHINE Beauty Beacon on Twitter @shinebeautybcn and tweet (or retweet) a link to the giveaway to receive three extra entries.
HOW TO ENTER: In the Post a Comment section below, tell us which prize or prizes you're interested in winning (i.e., Prize #1, Prizes #1 and #3, or Prizes #1, #2 and #3). Plus, leave us your GFC name, and let us know if you added us to your blogroll (please provide link), blogged about the giveaway (please provide link) and/or followed us on Twitter and tweeted or retweeted a link to the giveaway (please provide Twitter handle). Note: You will be disqualified if you comment more than once.

This giveaway is open only to legal residents of the continental USA. Winners must be able to supply a residential address, as merchandise cannot be delivered to a P.O Box. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. The giveaway will end on Friday, July 29, 2011, at 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Winners will be chosen by and notified via the email address provided in the Post a Comment section of this post. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received (see The Rules above). No cash substitutions allowed. The winner must respond within 48 hours of being notified or a new one will be selected. Void where prohibited by law.  Any tax, international or otherwise, is the sole responsibility of the winner. By entering the giveaway, you release SHINE Beauty Beacon from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, misdelivery or acceptance of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory. SHINE Beauty Beacon is not affiliated with Bioelements, SpaRitual or Weleda, but we received complimentary samples for review purposes.  

We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at shinebeautybeacon(at)gmail(dot)com.
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