Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Follower Giveaway: Hair Tools & Products

We're celebrating the fall season by raiding our product closet. Three prize packages are now up for grabs. 

Our latest follower giveaway showcases hair products and tools from Conair, Head Organics and N.4. The deadline to enter is Friday, October 28, 2011, at 9 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Good luck! 

(PRIZE #1) BEAUTY: Conair Instant Heat Hot Sticks 1/2" Curling Iron, MiniPRO 1/2" Crimping Iron and MiniPRO 1/2" Ceramic Straightener. BEACON: Supports Breast Cancer Awareness. RETAIL VALUE: $55

BONUS: Conair Infiniti PRO 2 in. (50.8) Spin Air Brush. RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $70.

UPDATE: Congrats to follower angelacisco79. She's our lucky winner!

(PRIZE #2) BEAUTY: Head Organics Natural Hair Serum, Extra Hold Hair Gel, Leave-In Conditioning Spray and Extra Hold Mousse. BEACON: No animal testing and packaged in recyclable containers. Also contains no sulfates, parabens, glycol, colorants or gluten. RETAIL VALUE: $50

BONUS: Head Organics Natural Styling Wax. RETAIL VALUE: About $14. 

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

(PRIZE #3) BEAUTY: N.4 Reconstructing Masque, Super Comb Prep & Protect, Hydrating Shampoo and Hydrating Condition. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Also contains no sulfates, gluten or parabens. RETAIL VALUE: $150

BONUS: N.4 Non Aerosol Hair Spray. RETAIL VALUE: $30

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


Three Steps To Enter:
1. Become a follower of SHINE Beauty Beacon via Google Friend Connect (GFC).
2. In the Post a Comment section below, tell us your email address and which prize or prizes you're interested in winning (i.e., Prize #1; Prizes #1 and #3; or Prizes #1, #2 and #3). NOTE: You will be disqualified if you comment more than once.
3. Finally, please let us know if you posted this giveaway to any social media platforms (see Entry Key below), such as your blog (please provide link), blogroll (please provide link), Facebook page (please provide link), and/or Twitter page (please provide Twitter handle and link). 

Entry Key:
One Entry: GFC follower of SHINE Beauty Beacon.
Two Extra Entries: Add SHINE Beauty Beacon to your blogroll.
Three Extra Entries: Follow SHINE Beauty Beacon on Twitter @shinebeautybcn and tweet (or retweet) a link to this giveaway.
Three Extra Entries: Post this giveaway on your Facebook page.
Five Extra Entries: Post this giveaway on your blog (must include our URL).

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, October 28, 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 isn't affiliated with Conair, Head Organics or N.4, but we purchased or 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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Color Blocking Nail Art

Has color blocking jumped the shark? The retro fashion trend of mixing large chunks of pastels or bold color wheel shades may have recently crashed and burned. Katy Perry took the concept a little too literal at the VMAs by sporting a huge golden cube crown, prompting many style critics to dub her a cheese head. 

Inspired by the contemporary art world (hellooooo Mondrian), the trend first appeared on runways last spring. Marc Jacobs, Etro, Gucci and Diane von Furstenberg rocked the block in eye-popping palates of turquoise, purple and green; wine, purple and orange; and black, turquoise and green.

We're still working our way around the color wheel, so we're not ready to retire the trend. As summer gradually turns to fall, check out the following color blocking nail art combos.

Mani model: Rachael Maria Simon
BEAUTY: Apply two layers of Vermillionaire (orange) on top of a base coat. Using a flat watercolor brush, paint two coats of Pretty Edgy (green) over the top half of each nail. Clean the brush and then apply two layers of Velvet Voyeur (purple) to create a color block in the top right half corner. Complete the look with a top coat.  

BEACON: Contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

BEAUTY: Over a base coat, apply two layers of Need Sunglasses? (yellow). Paint two coats of Y'all Come Back Ya Hear? (orange) over the top half of each nail using a flat watercolor brush. Clean the brush and then apply two layers of Pamplona (purple) to create a color block in the top left half corner. Finish with a top coat. 

BEACONContains no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate or toluene. Also supports the American Heart Association and Gilda’s Club Worldwide

BEAUTY: Apply two layers of Twig (sandstone) on top of a base coat. Using a flat watercolor brush, paint two coats of Knowledge Is Power (neon pink) over the top half of each nail. Clean the brush and then apply two layers of Street Smart (black) to create a color block in the top right half corner. Complete the look with a top coat.  

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

Mani model: Rachael Maria Simon
BEAUTY: Over a base coat, apply two layers of Raven (black) on the pinky finger, Tangy (apple green shimmer) on the ring finger, Creamy (yellow) on the middle finger, Sweet (pink) on the index finger and Purity (white) on the thumb. Finish with a top coat.

BEACONContains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mind-Blowing Body Contouring Creams

Summer vacay season is winding down, but there's still time to enjoy a relaxing getaway. I just returned from an extended stay in the scenic mountain resort community of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., which is located about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. It's easy to be seduced by the area's alpine charm with the availability of boating, waterskiing, sunbathing and hiking activities.

Before I packed my sundresses, swimsuit and sunscreen, I made sure I brought along plenty of body contouring creams. Who doesn't want to look their bikini (tankini in my case) best? Plus, they help stimulate circulation, diminish dimpling and detoxify the body. Happy dance, indeed. 

After sunbathing on our deck, my chi/dach Rudy is ready to engage in a high-altitude hiking adventure (and maybe a snack or two).

Check out the latest body firming formulations below. And let us know which beauty products you never leave home without.

BEAUTY: Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Lipo-Conquer Body Toning Cream reinforces skin's collagen fibers, smoothes the appearance of dimpling and promotes the reduction of fatty deposits with vitamins A and E, ginkgo biloba and caffeine. BEACON: No animal testing.

BEAUTY: Elizabeth Grant Collagen Firming & Toning Body Kit contains Collagen Extra Firming Body Cream, Massage Tool and Collagen Firming & Toning Body Serum to help reduce the look of skin imperfections. BEACON: No animal testing. Also supports Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Look Good...Feel Better and Hollyrod Foundation

BEAUTY: Glowology Aqua Firming Body Lotion utilizes vitamins C and E, sea kelp and white tea extract to nourish and soften skin. BEACON: No animal testing, fair trade and 100% biodegradable. Also contains no dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals or synthetic preservatives.

BEAUTY: HydroPeptide Moisturize Anti-Wrinkle Skin Firming Hydrator reduces the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and wrinkles with peptides, acai berry, green tea extracts and hyaluronic acid. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no parabens, synthetic fragrances or phthalates.

BEAUTY: Mama Mio Shrink to Fit Hip & Thigh Cream utilizes Adiposlim, Adipoless, caffeine, horsetail and seaweed extract to help improve circulation, reduce water retention and flush toxins. BEACON: Contains no parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sodium laureth and sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic fragrances or xenoestrogens. Also supports Look Good...Feel Better.

BEAUTY: Ren Wild Yam Omega 7 Firming Body Repair Cream utilizes West African wild yam and seabuckthorn berry oil to help repair and regenerate skin. BEACON: No animal testing, and contains no synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, sulfate detergents or parabens. Also donates a minimum of 2.5% of its profits to campaigns that promote a better environment and improve the lives of the less fortunate.

BEAUTY: Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil improves skin tone and appearance with apricot kernel, jojoba and wheat germ oils. BEACON: Contains no synthetic fragrances, colorants, preservatives or raw materials derived from mineral oils. Also supports Conservation International.  
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