Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Golden Girl Taylor Swift: The Secret Behind Her Creamy Complexion at the American Music Awards

Taylor Swift proved once again that she's the golden goddess of the music industry. Dressed in a stunning shimmery gold outfit, she scored four top honors at the fan-voted American Music Awards last Sunday--including Artist of the Year for the third time.

Swift also wowed on the red carpet. The leggy songstress wore an itsy-bitsy strapless metallic minidress by Julien Macdonald, flowing long locks parted in the middle with lots of texture and full fringe from her eyelash-length bangs. She ditched her usual bright red lips and heavily lined peeps for a more sophisticated smoky eye/nude pout look.

What put her sexy silhouette over the top? Her silky skin! In addition to showing lots of leg and bare shoulders, her complexion appeared flawless. No doubt her makeup artist possesses an assortment of pressed and loose powder, and liquid foundations in her bag of tricks. Each has the ability to balance blotchy skin discolorations and hyperpigmentation, and conceal any signs of pore congestion or creasing caused by laughing or frowning. 

You don't need to be Hollywood's latest golden girl to create a creamy, clear complexion. We've compiled some of the best foundations on the market. They not only extend the wearability of makeup, but they also make your skin glow like a superstar. 

You'll be as good as gold for the holidays!

Photo by Eva Rinaldi

SHINE: 100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder with SPF 20 (Toffee). BEAUTY: Enjoy a poreless complexion appearance with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, vitamins C and E, and pigmented extracts of fruit, such as peach, apricot, papaya and pomegranate. BEACON: Vegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Also contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

SHINE: Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder (Geisha). BEAUTY: Titanium dioxide, iron oxide, mica and cucumber fruit extract help create clean, creaseless coverage. BEACON: No animal testing and vegan. Contains no parabens, talc, oil or fragrance.

SHINE: Julie Hewett Ora Mineral Mix Loose Foundations (Intensity 3 Dark and Intensity 1 Light). BEAUTY: Shield ultraviolet rays and add a matte finish to your face without clogging your pores by utilizing mica, titanium dioxide, green tea extract and zinc oxide. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation (Cool 1) and Sheer Tint Foundation (Warm). BEAUTY: Pomegranate seed and white tea leaf extracts, along with mica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, help you even skin tone and smooth the appearance of fine lines. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. Supports the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

SHINE: Sorm√© Treatment Cosmetics Believable Finish Wet/Dry Powder Foundation (Pure Beige). BEAUTY: Reinvent your visage with a radiant silky skin look by utilizing titanium dioxide, iron oxide, vitamins C and E, and avocado oil. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports Look Good...Feel Better. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Movember Scruff Sensations: 10 Top Celebrity Looks for Mustaches, Goatees & Beards

Ryan Gosling

If we're talkin' about scruff and 'staches, it must be Movember. This annual campaign comes on the heels of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to encourage men to grow a mustache in honor of focusing on their own health concerns. It ultimately serves to bring attention to male cancers, such as prostate and testicular, and reduce the number of preventable deaths through early detection. 

For women, mustaches, goatees and beards seem to speak to them in ways that a clean shaven face doesn't. Many feel that men who sport facial hair have increased maturity levels and tend to be better romantic partners. In fact, one study recently revealed that 80% of female respondents said a mustache can make a man look more fun, generous, rugged and outdoorsy.

Judge for yourself, as we've assembled several looks from Hollywood's hottest leading men. Plus, in honor of encouraging male family members, friends and colleagues to get annual checkups and adopt a healthier lifestyle, we're spotlighting some of the best shave and skincare products on the market--as well as hair removal items--designed to help make men's daily grooming routines much easier.

Tell us your fave celebrity Movember look. We'd love to hear your comments!


Photo by Georges Biard
Brad Pitt

Photo by Nick Step
Nick Cannon

Photo by Angela George
James Franco

Photo by David Shankbone
Bradley Cooper

Photo by Grant Brummett
Hugh Jackman

George Clooney

Photo by Keith Hinkle
Blake Shelton

Photo by Eva Rinaldi
Chris Hemsworth

Photo by Timothy Tsui
Adam Levine

SHINE: Conair 2 Blade Lithium Ion Cutting System. BEAUTY: This all-in-one beard, mustache and stubble trimmer comes with 60-90 minutes of run time thanks to a lithium ion battery, a detachable single blade for fine lines and edging, and a five-position comb attachment that helps create various lengths of facial hair. BEACONSupports American Red Cross, American Ballet Theatre and National Dance Institute.

SHINE: Dirt For Men Red Alert and Deep Fashwash. BEAUTY: Calm and clean skin with results-oriented ingredients, such as vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, sea buckthorn and L-lactic acid. BEACON: No animal testing. Contains no mineral oils, formaldehyde, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, or artificial colors and fragrances.

SHINE: Honeybee Gardens Aftershave (Bay Rum). BEAUTY: Witch hazel, aloe vera and essential oils help cool, soothe and soften newly shaven skin to free it from irritation. BEACON: No animal testing and vegan. Contains no parabens or gluten.

SHINE: Parissa Tea Tree Wax Strips and Brow Groomers Wax Strips. BEAUTY: The body strips remove unwanted back, leg and chest hairs, while the facial strips help alleviate unibrow concerns. Both come with azulene oil to prevent ingrown hair and new growth, and promote supple skin. BEACON: Contains no parabens.

SHINE: Skin Authority GO! Man Travel Kit (GO! Cleanse, GO! Protect and GO! Restore). BEAUTY: Purifying and protecting skin is as easy as one, two, three with this Daily Cleanser, Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 and Night Revitalizer. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of parabens, dyes and added fragrances. Supports Look Good...Feel Better.

SHINE (clockwise): Turo Skin 3-In-1 Shower Cleanser, Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15, Multi-Active Shave, Anti-Acne Spot Treatment, Protective Lip Balm SPF 15 and Regenerating Night Cream. BEAUTY: Cleanse, calm, condition and comfort the skin with avocado oil, shea butter and aloe vera leaf juice. BEACON: Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Contains no parabens.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November Celebrity Birthdays: Transformational Treatments that Help Turn Back the Hands of Time

Photo (c) SpreePiX-R.Imre
Rachel McAdams stars in About Time.

What would you change if you could go back in time? Rachel McAdams' latest romantic comedy, About Time, explores this age-old question. It tells the tale of a young man, portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson, who has inherited his father's ability to time travel. He then uses this gift to visit the past to correct a few mistakes that he's made with the love of his life, played by McAdams.

The notion of going back in time to change the course of history presents a fascinating concept--especially when it comes to dealing with the aging process. Fortunately, women over 35 don't need a time capsule to help shave off a few years from their appearance. Today's formulations contain ingredients that plump, protect and pamper skin to minimize signs of creasing, crinkling and creping skin.

McAdams turns 35 this month. In honor of her new movie, which opens today, and other actresses aged 35 and over who celebrate birthdays this month, we've assembled the latest anti-aging moisturizers, serums, peels, eye treatments and cleansers. They're designed to create a dewy, youthful glow. 

Truly transformational--and no time travel required!

November 1: Jenny McCarthy turns 41.

Photo by Manfred Werner
November 6: Rebecca Romijn turns 41.

Photo by Andrew Bishkinsky
November 17: Rachel McAdams turns 35.

November 24: Katherine Heigl turns 35.

Photo by Stefanie Keenan
November 25: Christina Applegate turns 42.

SHINE: Beauty Without Cruelty Facial Cleanser 3% AHA Complex. BEAUTY: Alpha hydroxy acids, aloe vera leaf juice and sweet orange oil help cleanse, condition and calm the skin to remove dead surface skin cells and impurities. BEACONVegan and no animal testing. Free of parabens and synthetic fragrances.

SHINE: CellCeuticals InterActive Moisture Serum2. BEAUTY: Hydrate and heal your skin with peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and green tea leaf extract. BEACONNo animal testing and vegan. Contains no artificial colorants or fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates or parabens.

SHINECoola Face Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint SPF 30. BEAUTY: Retain moisture and protect your skin with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, shea butter and cucumber fruit extract. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of paba, parabens, petroleum and phthalates. Supports Save Our Seas.

SHINE: Gingi Refreshing Toning Water, Deep Comforting Cleanser and Make-Up Removal Clarifying Cleanser, which represents the cleansing component of the Gingi Oscar Official Presenter's Gift Box. BEAUTY: Aloe vera gel and vitamin E help maintain a proper pH balance for your skin, stimulate circulation and promote a supple complexion. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Hydroxatone Hydrolyze Instant Under Eye Illuminator. BEAUTY: Refresh and rejuvenate the look of your eyes by diminishing the appearance of dark circles, and minimizing sagging skin and wrinkles with hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamin E. BEACON: Contains no parabens.

SHINE: L'Occitane Sublime Essence. BEAUTY: Salicylic acid, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid reduce redness and tighten pores to help create radiant skin.  BEACON: Contains no parabens. The L’Occitane Foundation supports women’s entrepreneurship and visual impairment fields of action.

SHINE: M-61 Power Glow Peel (10 Treatments). BEAUTY: Delivers deep exfoliation to enhance your skin's tone, texture and clarity with glycolic and salicylic acids, vitamin K, witch hazel and bilberry extract. BEACONNo animal testing. Contains no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances and dyes. Supports Action Against Hunger.

SHINE: Maijan Moroccan Organic Argan Oil Healing Treatment for Hair, Skin and Face. BEAUTY: Argan oil and vitamin E revitalize and restore dry hair, skin, nails and scalp. BEACON: Free of alcohol, parabens and sulfates. Vegan and no animal testing.

SHINE: ProBios Laboratories Transderma M Moisturizing Serum. BEAUTY: Smooth and soften your skin by maximizing its moisture-retention ability with ceramides and vitamin E. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of preservatives, fragrances, oil and alcohol. 

SHINE: Refine√© Anti-Aging Eye Treatment and Micro Derma-Peel. BEAUTY: Aloe vera and green tea extracts, and vitamins A, C and E help stimulate the skin's renewal process to firm its tone and maintain its suppleness. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Weleda Pomegranate Firming Serum and Pomegranate Firming Day Cream. BEAUTY: Improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with aloe vera leaf juice, and jojoba, pomegranate and macadamia nut seed oils. BEACONContains no synthetic fragrances, colorants, preservatives or raw materials derived from mineral oils. Supports Conservation International.
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