Friday, May 25, 2012

Women In Black Nail Polish

Remember all the fashion rules we followed when we were kids? Back in the day, wearing white after Labor Day and sporting black after Memorial Day were huge no-nos. Plus, sunglasses could only be worn outdoors (imagine that!).

Luckily, things have changed. Nothing brings this point home more than the release of "Men In Black 3" today. Not only do Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin rock their sunglasses indoors, but they also heat things up by wearing black after Memorial Day. 

In honor of the movie's release, we present eight bold and beautiful black nail lacquers. So grab your Ray Bans and enjoy a blockbuster Women In Black holiday weekend.  

SHINE: Butter London Union Black Jack. BEAUTY: Designed to look like liquid patent leather. BEACON: Formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and parabens.

SHINE: Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer Midnight Express. BEAUTY: Dark and daring color morning, noon or night. BEACON: Vegan, and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor or nitrocellulose. 

SHINE: Honeybee Gardens WaterColors Abyss. BEAUTY: Pure black bliss. BEACON: Contains no FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene or formaldehyde.

SHINE: Milani Nail Lacquer Black Swift and Nail Art Black Sketch (with Precision Striping Brush). BEAUTY: Sleek and sophisticated black cremes. BEACON: Free of dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde.

SHINE: Nicole by OPI Black Texture Coat. BEAUTY: Creates a two-textured effect when applied over a base coat and two layers of polish. BEACON: Contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

SHINE: SpaRitual Street Smart. BEAUTY: Pitch perfect pitch black. BEACON: Vegan, and contains no synthetic dyes, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde.

 SHINE: Sumbody Miss Mary Mack. BEAUTY: Luscious licorice lacquer. BEACON: Contains no toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate.

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Raven. BEAUTY: Black magic with a subtle silver shimmer. BEACON: Vegan, and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Superstar Strawberry Skin Care

 Photo courtesy Agricultural Research Service

Lights, camera, action! Strawberries bring divadom to an entirely new level with their seductive, sweet and slightly sour goodness. 

Freshly picked strawberries steal the spotlight during the spring and summer months. Known for their characteristic aroma, rich red color and juicy texture, they often make superstar appearances in decadent desserts and mouth-watering margaritas, and jams and jellies.   

Packed with vitamin C, strawberries also contain a supporting cast of fan favorites. Folate, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants called flavonoids help prevent disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve brain and heart function. 

Thankfully, this popular fruit now takes center stage in the beauty industry due to its healing benefits. May marks National Strawberry Month, so we present the following showstopping formulations. They deserve a standing ovation! 

SHINE: Nature Pure Labs Strawberry Kiwi Gel Masque. BEAUTY: For rave reviews, hydrate and nourish your skin with aloe vera leaf juice, strawberry and kiwi fruit extracts, and vitamins A, C and E. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, petroleum derivatives, and artificial colors and fragrances.

SHINE: Saian Strawberry Cleanser. BEAUTY: Get ready for your close up as strawberry oil and lycopene remove surface impurities, and soothe and firm the face. BEACON: Contains no parabens, or artificial colors and fragrances. 

SHINE: VB Cosmetics Brown Sugar Strawberry Gel Scrub. BEAUTY: Be prepared to steal any scene as antioxidant-rich strawberry seeds, green tea extract and aloe vera help to exfoliate, moisturize and improve circulation. BEACON: No animal testing.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dark Shadows: 6 Dramatic Under-Eye Concealers

Johnny Depp sinks his teeth into the role of Barnabas Collins.

At last! This Friday has been designated as National Call In To Work Sick Day. Well, OK... sadly that's not exactly the case. It's just wishful thinking, since the release date of the long-awaited remake of the TV cult classic "Dark Shadows" finally arrives on May 11.

Fans can expect lots of camp, comedy and great cameo performances as Johnny Depp portrays the vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. And no gothic soap opera would be complete without a few werewolves, warlocks, witches and zombies.

The macabre unfortunately brings out the worst in all of us--including menacing dark circles underneath the eyes. In honor of the release of "Dark Shadows," we've assembled the industry's best concealers, coverups and color correctors. Don't be afraid to wear them in the daylight!

SHINE: Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Revitalite Eyelid & Dark Circle Corrector. BEAUTY: Reduces the appearance of under-eye puffiness, and helps lighten and brighten dark circles. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINEEcco Bella FlowerColor Coverup (Beige and Medium Beige). BEAUTY: Use underneath your foundation to create a flawless complexion. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of gluten, dyes, fragrances, preservatives, emulsifiers and alcohol.

SHINE: Mirabella Conceal (Diminish 1). BEAUTY: Hides blemishes and creates a base for your eye shadow to avoid creasing. BEACON: Contains no parabens, lead, talc or dye.

SHINE: Nvey Eco Eco Friendly Concealer Brush and Erase Corrector (Medium). BEAUTY: Brush head uses cruelty free synthetic fibers, while the non-creasing corrector formula provides balanced coverage to conceal redness, dark circles and imperfections. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of petroleum-based ingredients, talc, parabens, preservatives, SLS and propylene glycol.

SHINE: Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener. BEAUTY: Lightweight, brush-on brightener helps minimize dark circles. BEACON: Cruelty free. Contains no parabens.

SHINE: Susan Posnick ColorCorrect (C1). BEAUTY: Dual ended brightening/correcting pencil fills in under-eye area and softens lines on the face, while also camouflaging imperfections, sunspots and redness. BEACON: Supports SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) and Big Thought

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hollywood's Hot First-Time Moms


Photo by Mike Kaplan
Jessica Simpson

January Jones

Hollywood has turned up the heat with delivery room fever.

Congratulations to the newest crop of first-time celebrity moms. Jessica Simpson gave birth to her daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson, earlier this month on May 1. Beyoncé also announced the arrival of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, earlier this year in January. Plus, January Jones gave birth to a son named Xander Dane Jones last September.

You don't need to be a hot Hollywood celebrity to be a phenom mom. Whether you're new to motherhood or not, skincare, lash enhancement and cosmetics products enhance any woman's look. The following gift sets and kits help celebrate the loving ladies in our lives on Mother's Day this Sunday.

 SHINE: June Jacobs Citrus Bergamot Gift Set. BEAUTY: Ease the body and mind with Citrus Bergamot Candle and Citrus Bergamot Room Mist. BEACON: Free of parabens, preservatives, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes or fragrances, and sulfates.

 SHINE: Lashfully Lash Appeal Kit. BEAUTY: Create unforgettable eyes for special occasions with a full set of individual eyelash clusters (10mm), full set of individual eyelash clusters (12mm), flathead tweezer and temporary eyelash adhesive. BEACON: Supports La Casa de Las Madres.

 SHINE: Luzern Laboratories Mother's Day Promotional Gift. BEAUTY: Enhance skin's natural radiance with Pure Cleansing Gelée, La Défense Anti-UV Protection, Clinical Collagen Booster-Rx, Micro-Exfoliant Deep Hydrating Scrub and headband. BEACON: Contains no parabens, petrochemicals, formaldehydes, or synthetic preservatives, colorants and fragrances. 

 SHINE: Pevonia Your Skincare Solution Myoxy-Caviar Luxuries Gift Set. BEAUTY: Maintain a youthful complexion with Ligne Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Repair Lotion, Timeless Repair Cream and Ligne Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Balm Cleanser. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil, artificial colorants and formaldehyde. Supports the Beauty Bus Foundation.

 SHINE: Sanítas Mother's Day Mini Facial Kit (All Skin Types). BEAUTY: Lock in luminosity with Lactic Cleanser, Lemon Cream Scrub, Hydrating Toner, Papaya Pineapple Mask, PeptiDerm Eye Treatment, Vita C Serum and PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream. BEACON: Supports the Cinderella Foundation

SHINE: Sue Devitt Smoky Eye Pencil Duo. BEAUTY: Prevent smudging, smearing and creasing with Eye Intensifier Pencil Tanzania (Shimmering Bronze) and Eye Intensifier Pencil Kenya (Chocolate Brown). BEACON: No animal testing. Supports the Blue Planet Network.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Fave: Magical Mineral Makeup

When I think about mineral makeup, unicorns and rainbows come to mind. 

I get a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing how it offers full coverage but doesn't clog your pores. Mineral makeup also balances the appearance of your complexion with non-irritating ingredients, and uses micronized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays.

Our Friday Fave from La Bella Donna Linea Minerale allows you to create your own mineral magic with a travel-friendly, dispensing brush. Its dial system applies light, medium or full coverage, while a locking mechanism prevents leakage in your purse. 

TGIF! Here's how to get your glow on this evening.

SHINE: Minerals On-the-Go. BEAUTY: The minerals provide a unique light-refractive quality, which reduces the apearances of fine lines and wrinkles. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of FD&C dyes, oils, talc, alcohol and fragrance.
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