Friday, March 30, 2012

April Foolproof Mascaras & Eyeliners for Fuller Lashes

Photo by David Shankbone
Evan Rachel Wood

April Fools' Day brings out the prankster in all of us. Remember when the Taco Bell Corporation took out full-page ads in six major newspapers on April 1, 1996, announcing it had bought the Liberty Bell? Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia, where the bell was housed, to express their anger over renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell.  

As April Fools' Day approaches on Sunday, we don't plan to play any jokes on you. Instead, we'd like to celebrate the mascaras and eyeliners that fool people into thinking that you're wearing false eyelashes.  

Limp lashes are no laughing matter, so check out these lush celebrity looks. We've also assembled top products that promote fuller fringe benefits by maximizing volume and length. 

 Photo by Glenn Francis
Kourtney Kardashian

SHINE: La Bella Donna Linea Minerale Black Mascara. BEAUTY: Tubular polymers help extend volume and lift lashes. BEACON: Free of FD&C dyes, oils, talc, alcohol and fragrance.

Photo by Georges Biard
Kate Bosworth

SHINE: Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner (Black). BEAUTY: The felt tip nib applicator provides precise control with no skipping or pulling. BEACON: Cruelty free.

Photo by Joelle Maslaton
Penelope Cruz

SHINE: Sormé Treatment Cosmetics Extreme Volumizing Mascara (Black) and Jet Liner (Black). BEAUTY: The mascara's smear-resistant formula strengthens and conditions lashes with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and vitamin E, while the firm yet thinly tapered design of the eyeliner brush improves placement control. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports the Noreen Fraser Foundation

Photo by Georges Biard
Emma Stone

SHINE: Lavera Naturkosmetik Liquid Eyeliner (Black) and
 Double Black Mascara (Lengthening and Volumizing). BEAUTY: The eyeliner glides on easily to showcase fine and defined strokes, and the mascara creates drama with two brushes--one lengthens and separates while the other maximizes volume with a full fan of lashes. BEACON: Cruelty free.

Photo by Sgt. Michael Connors
Nicole Richie

SHINE: gloMinerals gloLiquid Eye Liner. BEAUTY: Helps create a delicate enhancement or an intense bold line with pinpoint precision. BEACON: Contains no parabens or gluten-derived ingredients.

Photo by Georges Biard
Amber Heard

SHINE: Essence Black Mania Carbon Black Volume Mascara and Black Mania Carbon Black Eyeliner Pen. BEAUTY: Carbon black color pigments in the mascara provide volume for more expressive eyes. Plus, the precision applicator liner makes it easier to draw a fine line while the slanted edge creates a broader stroke. BEACON: No animal testing.

Photo by Eva Rinaldi
Miranda Kerr

SHINE: Youngblood Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara (Blackout). BEAUTY: A conditioning and volumizing formula that creates fuller fringe. BEACON: No animal testing and cruelty free.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Eyes & Nails

Photo by Courtney Murray Rhodes

Leaping leprechauns! This Saturday marks the celebration of St. Patrick's Day. While it's an official holiday in Ireland, many Americans mark the occasion by wearing green--or drinking an emerald-colored beverage.

Lucky for beautynistas, Irish eyes are smiling. Green shadows, mascaras and lacquers pop well with spring colors. You can also create looks that transition from day to evening with extreme ease.  

To help you get your green on this weekend, we've paired our favorite lacquers and eye makeup. May the luck of the Irish be with you!   


SHINE: Essence Colour & Shine Eyeshadow (Joyride to Jupiter). BEAUTY: Pearl pigmentation highlights olive-toned marbling. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Shawn. BEAUTY: Warm, mossy yellow-toned medium green cream with olive undertones. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate.


SHINE: Make-up designory Eye Color (Pacific). BEAUTY: Deep blue-green with subtle gold illuminating pigments. BEACON: Supports NextAid and Red Rhino Orphange Project.

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Holly. BEAUTY: Holly green with subtle yellow tones in a metallic finish. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate.


SHINE: Milani Marbleized Baked Eyeshadow (Green Fortune). BEAUTY: A golden green powder that features a multiple infusion of colors baked on Italian terracotta tiles. BEACON: Cruelty free.  

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Tangy. BEAUTY: A bright apple green shimmer with peachy-orange duochrome. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate.


SHINE: Sormé Treatment Cosmetics Bio Natural Eye Shadow (Suspense). BEAUTY: Contains pomegranate and green tea extracts to help keep eyes looking youthful. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports the Noreen Fraser Foundation and Look Good...Feel Better.

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Midori. BEAUTY: Medium apple green with yellow undertones and strong gold shimmer. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate.


SHINE: Sue Devitt Lash Intensifier Treatment & Lengthening Mascara (Golden Triangle). BEAUTY: Dual-ended wand defines eyes with two-in-one Lengthening Mascara (shimmering forest green) and Lash Intensifier Treatment. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports CRISP (Coral Reefs in the South Pacific), African Foundation and Blue Planet Network.

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Suvi. BEAUTY: Deep emerald shimmer. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no toluene, camphor, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

National Sleep Awareness Week Night Creams

Statue of Sleeping Ariadne in the Vatican Museums

What a snooze--it's National Sleep Awareness Week! The annual celebration helps people understand the benefits of proper rest and the importance of identifying the signs of a sleep disorder. The last day of the campaign kicks off the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, which falls on Sunday, March 11.

How much beauty sleep do we need? Experts say seven to nine hours of shut-eye each night rejuvenates our bodies and energy levels, and improves heart health, weight maintenance and mental sharpness. Best of all, Mr. Sandman reduces the appearance of puffy eyes and dull skin.

In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, we've assembled our fave night creams. We're hoping these luxurious formulations will not only give you radiant skin, but also help take the sting out of turning our clocks forward this weekend. Nighty-night!  

SHINE: VB Cosmetics Abrioné Night Time Recovery Cream. BEAUTY: Renews and restores skin's youthful appearance with extracts of aloe vera, pineapple and passionflower. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream. BEAUTY: Cotton flower extract, aloe vera leaf juice and shea butter moisturize sensitive skin overnight without causing redness or irritation. BEACON: No animal testing. Contains no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.

SHINE: Dermelect Self-Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum. BEAUTY: Tones, tightens and brightens skin with aloe vera and grape seed extracts, and hyaluronic acid. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Nature Pure Labs Black Currant Night Renaissance. BEAUTY: Jojoba and avocado oils, and green tea and black currant extracts reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. BEACON: No animal testing. Also free of mineral oil, propylene, petrolatum, parabens, and artificial colors and fragrances. 

SHINE: Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream. BEAUTY: Enhances skin's elasticity, tone and texture with jojoba and cranberry seed oils, shea butter and aloe vera leaf juice. BEACON: Cruelty free. Contains no parabens, petroleum, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates or dye. Also supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

SHINE: Weleda Pomegranate Firming Night Cream. BEAUTY: Organic pomegranate, borage and jojoba seed oils, argan oil and macadamia nut oil aid skin renewal. BEACON: Contains no synthetic fragrances, colorants, preservatives or raw materials derived from mineral oils. 
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