Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kissable Colors

Love means never having to say you're sorry, right? Wrong, love bird breath--unless your husband, boyfriend or significant other wants to spend the night in the doghouse.

If someone special in your life needs to make amends for past digressions, today's the day to do it. It's Kiss and Make Up Day. 

For a presentable pout, we've assembled an assortment of summery lip balms, glosses, crayons, tints and sticks. So pucker up and enjoy the day--it only comes once each year. 

BEAUTY (clockwise from top left): Enjoy Kay-Eye-Ess-Ess-Eye-En-Gee with essence Candy Bar (pinkish coral) Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss, Prom Night (pink) Lipstick, Wanted! (shimmery silver) XXXL Shine Lipgloss, Hoping (creamy pink) Caring Lipbalm and Super Girl (shimmery hot pink) XXXL Shine Lipgloss. BEACON: No animal testing.

BEAUTY: Love and kisses go much better together with Glo Minerals Countess Coral (peach) Glo Royal Lip Crayon. BEACON: Talc-free, non-comedogenic, and contains no perfumes or chemical dyes.

BEAUTY (clockwise from top left): Show pucker PDA with Palladio Beauty Group Coral Punch (deep lobster shell) Herbal Lipstick, Cotton Candy (pinkish nude) Herbal Tinted Lip Balm, Bubble Gum (pink) Herbal Lip Gloss, Creamy Pink Plump 'n' Shine Herbal Plumping Lip Gloss and Pink Pearl Herbal Lip Gloss. BEACON: No animal testing policy.

BEAUTY: Feel free to kiss and tell with Smashbox Aura (shimmery pink nude) Lip Enhancing Gloss and Sublime (classic berry) Photo Finish Lipstick. BEACON: Cruelty free. Recyclable packaging is made using Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified paper and soy ink.

BEAUTY (clockwise from top left): Start a kissing contest by using Sormé Treatment Cosmetics Tango (watermelon) Glosse Lip Gloss, Delicious (pinkish gold) Natural Organic Lip Color, Diva (peach) Lip Thick Gloss Lip Plumper, Smile (coralish nude) Perfect Performance Lip Color, Doll (deep pink) Lip Thick Gloss Lip Plumper and Stop (goldish peach) Perfect Performance Lip Color. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports Look Good...Feel Better.

BEAUTY (clockwise from top left): Kiss me you fool with Sue Devitt Suva (beige) Balanced Matte Lipstick, Northern Lights (shimmery rose) Balanced Sheer Lipstick, Kirakira (nude) Lip Intensifier Pencil and Golden Triangle (gold) Lip Enhancing Gloss. BEACON: No animal testing.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kim Kardashian Bridal Manis

© Glenn Francis,

If you're a fan of epic I dos, the wedding day countdown begins. In T-minus 24 hours, Kim Kardashian plans to walk down the aisle with New Jersey Nets basketball player Kris Humphries in Montecito, Calif.

The Saturday shindig has style watchers on high alert. What will the reality TV star have or have not, as she exchanges vows and wows at the altar? A tiara or train, or both? Based on her 20.5-carat, $2 million engagement ring, fans expect to see lots of bridal bling. 

Let's hope she nails it with her mani choice. We offer the following suggestions as Humphries takes her hand in marriage.


BEAUTY: Here's hoping the memories of the wedding won't fade, but perhaps the mani should. Design a radiant gradient with Show Me the Ring (pinky), Rock Candy (ring finger), Petal Pink (middle finger), No Prenup (index finger) and Eternal Optimist (thumb). 

BEACON: Contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.


BEAUTY: After the ring bearer delivers the goods, all that's left is a band of gold and the dreams they hold. Apply a top coat and two layers of Pearl of Wisdom (pink opalescent). Next, paint a band of Bring On the Bling (gold glitter) around the edges of the entire nail. Finish with a top coat.  

BEACON: Contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.


BEAUTY: The groom proposed by spelling out "Will You Marry Me?" in red rose petals. Create more flower power with It's Raining Men (pearlescent blue), Love Is In the Air (pink) and Water Lily (pinkish-white). Design petals by using a dotting tool, toothpick tip or the end of a bobby pin to place five small drops of polish in a circle. Before they dry, pull a clean toothpick tip through each dot to the center of the petal. Place a fresh drop of polish in the center of each petal to complete the look.

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


BEAUTY: The black and white wedding invitations hint that the bride might create a similarly themed mani. Apply a base coat and two layers of Christinna (grayish off-white). Next, paint two coats of Raven (black) on each tip. Then apply a thin strand of Luna (silver glitter) on the seam, and finish with a top coat.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Travel-Size Skincare Fix

Have you booked your summer vacay yet? If you're planning a trip this month, there's a good chance you'll be boarding a flight to the enchanted land of mouse ears and make-believe--Walt Disney World Resort.

Orlando tops the list as the most booked summer travel destination in 2011,
according to If theme parks cramp your style, consider Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Cancun and Boston--which round out the top 10 vacation cities in order of popularity. 

Whether you plan to go camping, clubbing or catamaraning, don't forget to pack your skin care. Check out the following suitcase-friendly, mini must-haves.

BEAUTY: Tote tiny treasures on your trip with B. Kamins, Chemist Dry to Normal Skin Starter Kit (Day Cream SPF 15, Vegetable Skin Cleanser, Night Cream and Eye Cream). BEACON: No animal testing.

BEAUTY: Pack your flip-flops alongside flight-friendly sizes with Bioelements Travel Light Kit for Combination Skin (Decongestant Cleanser, Equalizer, Pumice Peel, Absolute Moisture and Oil Control Sleepwear). BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no artificial colorants or synthetic fragrances.

BEAUTY: Get your glow-on-the-go with Luzern Laboratories Organic Trip Kit (Purifying Cleansing Gelée, Vita O2 Hydra-Refining Mist, Force De Vie Créme Luxe, Serum Absolut, Pure Molecular Oxygen Treatment Mask and La Défense SPF 30). BEACON: Contains no parabens, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, synthetic preservatives or fragrances.

BEAUTY: R&R stands for revitalize and refresh with Sanítas Normal Skin System Kit (Glycolic Citrus Cleanser, Moisturizing Cleanser, Glycotoner 5%, Moisture Mist, Vita-Rich Serum and Topical C). BEACON: Supports the Cinderella Foundation. 

BEAUTY: No need to suffer breakouts during your summer break with sukí To-Go Complete Care For Clear Skin Kit (Sensitive Cleansing Bar, Transformative Cleansing Clay, Concentrated Balancing Toner and Pure Facial Moisture-Balancing). Also includes free samples of Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser and Balancing Day Lotion (not pictured below). BEACON: Cruelty free. Also supports fair trade, biodynamic processing and local sourcing.

BEAUTY: Travel light but promote potent skin renewal with Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Care Kit (Regenerating Body Oil, Regenerating Hand Cream and Creamy Body Wash). BEACON: Contains no synthetic fragrances, colorants, preservatives or raw materials derived from mineral oils. Also supports Conservation International. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Cocktail Party Manis

The heat is on. Triple-digit temperatures now plague many parts of the country. 

What's a girl to do to cool off? Two words: Cocktail party! 

Call your BFFs, find a pool and bring your favorite nail polish. We're getting this party started with five refreshing manis inspired by classic cocktails. 

SANGRIA: Zinfandel, brandy, orange liqueur, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, ice cubes, slices of fresh oranges, lemons and limes, and chilled club soda.

BEAUTY: Enjoy a festive fruit punch with Juicy (red wine), Paz (orange), Tangy (lime) and Creamy (lemon). Apply fresh fruit slices on your ring finger nail with the tip of the polish brush.

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

FRESH LIME MARGARITA: Tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, sugar, crushed ice, salt rim and garnish with a lime wedge.

BEAUTY: Create south-of-the-border style with Stranger Tides (margarita) and Glow Up Already! (salt rim).

BEACON: Contains no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate or toluene.

CLASSIC MARTINI: Cracked ice, dry gin, dry vermouth and garnish with pimento-stuffed green olives.

BEAUTY: Revisit Rat Pack glam with Playa del Platinum (martini), Sew Psyched (olive) and Too Too Hot (pimento). 

BEACON: Contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.


TEQUILA SUNRISE: Tequila, fresh orange juice, grenadine (fruit syrup), ice cubes and garnish with an orange slice. 

BEAUTY: Bask in the glow of Last Tango (grenadine) and Enlightened Soul (orange juice). Over a base coat, apply two layers of Last Tango. Then paint two coats of Enlightened Soul on each top half with a flat watercolor brush. Finish with a top coat.

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


PINA COLADA: Pineapple juice, canned sweetened cream of coconut, white rum, ice cubes, dark rum and garnish with fresh pineapple.

BEAUTY: Enjoy a taste of tropical paradise with Frozen Lemonade (pineapple) and White Lightning (coconut). Over a base coat, apply two layers of Frozen Lemonade. Before the second coat dries, draw diagonal lines of White Lightning across each nail with a watercolor brush (fine tip). Make "s" patterns with a toothpick. No top coat needed.

BEACON: Vegan, and contains no formaldehyde, toluene or camphor. 
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