Friday, June 27, 2014

Celebs Turning 30 in 2014: Happy Birthday Greetings to Khloe Kardashian

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Khloe Kardashian reaches a milestone today. The reality TV star and animal rights advocate turns 30.

What a year it's been for the most outspoken Kardashian sister. She separated from her husband Lamar Odom as he battled a drug addiction last summer, filed for divorce last December, and then sold the palatial home that the couple shared together to Kaley Cuoco and her new hubby Ryan Sweeting earlier this year. 

However, the tide recently turned in her favor. Kardashian, who supports the World Wildlife Fund to protect endangered species and once posed nude for a PETA "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign, has been spotted on both coasts with a new love interest--rapper French Montana. Plus, she enjoys her growing role as an aunt to Kim Kardashian's daughter North, who just celebrated her first birthday, and Kourtney Kardashian's son Mason, 4, and daughter Penelope, almost 2.

Kardashian joins several other celebs who turn 30 this year--Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne and Scarlett Johansson. During this stage of a woman's life, the skin starts to undergo visible changes. The complexion may begin to dull due to years of sun damage, and decreased cellular turnover may cause light wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. 

Photo by Georges Biard
October 25: Katy Perry 

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October 27: Kelly Osbourne

Photo by Paul Mark Bird
November 22: Scarlett Johansson

To keep your skin's natural radiance and glow as a 30-something, we'd like to present a much overlooked weapon in the fight against premature aging--facial masks. These moisturizing marvels provide deep nourishment to your face. They also help remove dirt/oil and dead skin cells, and increase the circulation of oxygen and blood distribution, which brightens and tightens your complexion to give it a more youthful appearance.

Since most facial masks need to remain on your skin for 15 minutes or more, they allow you to set aside me time once or twice each week. Apply these creams and gels with soothing and relaxing motions to turn it into a pampering process. This way you can enjoy a spa-like experience in the comfort of our own home.

Happy birthday to all the beautiful women embracing the next stage of their life. However, don't hesitate to unmask the pleasures of renewing and rejuvenating your skin no matter what your age.

SHINE: 100% Pure Super Fruits Scrub + Mask. BEAUTY: Buff away dead skin cells and brighten a dull complexion with jojoba beads, pomegranate seed oil, goji berry fruit extract and aloe vera leaf juice. BEACONVegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

 SHINE: ilike Organic Skin Care Sour Cherry Gel Mask. BEAUTY: Sour cherry and blackthorn berry fruit extracts, and salicylic acid help to promote elasticity and smooth your skin's appearance. BEACONVegan, and no animal testing. Free of artificial colorants.

SHINE: Nature Pure Labs Duo-Phase Enzyme Peeling Masque. BEAUTY: Enhance skin tone, texture and circulation with papaya fruit enzyme, aloe vera leaf juice and peptides to keep your complexion looking youthful and vibrant. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, and artificial colors and fragrances. Recyclable packaging.

SHINE: Sumbody Age-Defying Get Extreme Face Mask. BEAUTY: Coco brown, Earth blush, ginger green and warm adobe clays help prevent premature signs of aging. BEACON: Contains no parabens, animal oils, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, artificial preservatives or synthetic chemicals.

SHINE: Yonka Paris Masque No 1. BEAUTY: Tighten pores and wrinkles to help make your skin feel and look smoother, softer and brighter with rose flower oil, aloe vera leaf juice, salicylic acid, and vitamins A, C, E and B5. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Acne Prone Jessica Simpson & Adam Levine Plan Summer Weddings: Will They Battle Breakouts on Their Big Days?

Photo by John VanderHaagen
Jessica Simpson, like many women over the age of 20, struggles with adult acne.

Jessica Simpson and Adam Levine have a lot in common. Both plan to tie the knot with their partners this summer. Simpson will begin her marriage with a bang when she exchanges vows with former NFL pro Eric Johnson during the Fourth of July weekend, while Levine will enjoy a destination wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico, with supermodel Behati Prinsloo on July 19. 

Both celebs also suffer from lingering battles with acne. As a performer or personality--or anyone who needs to maneuver in and out of public situations--the condition can wreak havoc on your self-confidence and psychological well-being. Feeling insecure about your appearance may even lead to depression, which Levine says he dealt with in high school when his breakouts began. 

Adam Levine developed a lifelong problem with pimples in 
high school.

Acne affects people regardless of gender, race or age. However, more women than men experience the condition as adults. In fact, up to half of the female population after the age of 20 suffers from acneic skin, which can result in pimples and plugged pores--blackheads and whiteheads covering the face, neck, chest, back or shoulders. Causes include overproduction of oil by enlarged glands in the skin (often influenced by hormones) and growth of bacteria within the hair follicles, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

The AAD recommends the following tips to treat acne:

• Resist the urge to pop, squeeze or pick at your acne.
• Gently wash affected areas twice a day. 
• Use noncomedogenic cosmetics and toiletries that don't clog pores, along with oil-free makeup and sunscreens.
• Avoid alcohol-based astringents, which tend to strip your skin of natural moisture.
• Allow enough time for acne products to take effect.

No bride or groom wants to deal with acne breakouts on The Big Day. So, in honor of National Acne Awareness Month, we present the latest products to guarantee a blemish-free summer wedding. They contain tea tree oil, aloe vera leaf juice, salicylic acid, vitamin E, and licorice root and green tea extracts. These ingredients heal skin irritations and possess powerful antibacterial/anti-inflammatory benefits.

We'd also like to say a toast to the happy couples: May Levine and Prinsloo, and Simpson and Johnson enjoy clear skies and complexions on their wedding days. Congrats!

Beauty and the Beach: Wedding bells will ring for Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson over the Fourth of July weekend near Santa Barbara, Calif.

Muy Caliente: Supermodel Behati Prinsloo and Maroon 5 Frontman Adam Levine plan to exchange "I Dos" in Mexico on July 19.

SHINE: 100% Pure Purity Skin Care Gift Set for Acne Care. BEAUTY: A face cleansing brush, Purity Cleanser, Purity Tonique and Purity Spot Treatment help to gently eliminate acne causing bacteria with tea tree oil, aloe vera leaf juice, and green and white tea leaf extracts. BEACONVegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances and colors. 100% recyclable.

SHINE: First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with Red Clay, Purifying Mask with Red Clay and Blemish Patrol Pads. BEAUTY: Green tea leaf and licorice root extracts, tea tree oil, salicylic acid and red clay help to detoxify and purify your skin, and remove excess oils. BEACON: Free of parabens, phthalates, alcohol, and artificial dyes and fragrances.

SHINE: Gunilla of Sweden Lerosett Face Wash, Facial Mask and Moisture Matte. BEAUTY: This three-part system removes impurities, and minimizes oil production and bacterial growth with salicylic acid, aloe vera leaf juice and rasul clay. BEACON: Vegan, noncomedogenic and cruelty free. Contains no benzoyl peroxide, dyes, detergents, parabens, and synthetic colors and fragrances.

SHINE: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum. BEAUTY: Salicylic acid, aloe vera leaf juice, green and white tea leaf extracts, and vitamins B5, C and E aid in preventing breakouts and clogged pores, and evening your skin tone. BEACON: Certified organic. Free of parabens, petroleum, benzyl peroxide, alcohol, and artificial dyes and fragrances.

SHINE: Murad Clarifying Body Spray, Acne Clearing Solution, Acne Treatment Concealer and Acne Spot Fast Fix. BEAUTY: Clear your pores, manage oil production and discourage future breakouts with tea tree leaf oil, green tea leaf extract, salicylic acid, and vitamins A, C and E. BEACON: No animal testing. 

SHINE: Phytomer Acnipur Blemish Solution Fluid. BEAUTY: Marine sugar, vitamins B3 and E, and hazel seed oil help to keep oily skin and blemishes at bay with this noncomedogenic formula. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

SHINE: SanĂ­tas Skincare Tea Tree Mask. BEAUTY: Detoxify your skin, dissolve sebum and reduce inflammation with green tea leaf extract, lactic and salicylic acids, and tea tree and eucalyptus oils. BEACON: No animal testing, and free of parabens. Supports the Cinderella Foundation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dads & Daughters: Hollywood's Newest Proud Pops Beam Over Their Baby Girls

Dear Ol' Dad: Missed but not forgotten.

My dad set the barre high for the men in my life. He was kind, caring and loyal--but not just to his family. He treated friends, coworkers and strangers with the same respect.

As his only daughter, he made me feel like the apple of his eye. The rules seemed a little more relaxed with me than with my brother, and I could always count on his unconditional love. I truly believe that his support and positive example shaped me into the woman I am today.

Watching fathers with their baby daughters never fails to melt my heart. I delight in seeing how their new reserves of attentiveness and emotional availability bring out the best in them as the relationship grows. It reminds me of the special bond I had with my "dear ol' dad," which is how my father often referred to himself. 

In honor of Father's Day on Sunday, we'd like to celebrate Hollywood's newest dads and daughters. Check out the adorb pics and videos of Channing Tatum, Kanye West and Kevin Jonas with their own baby girls. Plus, if you're looking for something special for your father or the father-like figure in your life, we've also assembled softening and soothing skincare products formulated specifically for men. Each brand promotes no animal testing practices. 

Enjoy your special day with dear ol' dad!


Photo courtesy Peabody Awards

Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum received a special delivery in June 2013--baby girl Everly.


Photo courtesy Paige's Concerts

Daughter Elena Rose came into the world last February to proud parents Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle.


Photo by rodrigoferrari 

The first child of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, daughter North West, arrived in June 2013.

SHINE: Murad Cleansing Shave, Razor Burn Rescue and Face Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 15|PA++. BEAUTY: The cleanser preps the skin for a close shave, the treat/repair formula prevents razor burn and ingrown hairs, and the SPF provides antioxidant protection with tea tree leaf oil and vitamin E. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Pevonia Aqua-Gel Foaming Cleanser, Age-Defying Myoxy-Caviar Balm, Soothing After Shaving Balm and Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion. BEAUTY: Safflower seed oil, vitamin E and lavender flower extract help decongest and desensitize the skin to leave it soft and smooth during the morning shave routine. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil, PABA, urea, formaldehyde, artificial colors and sulfates. Supports the Beauty Bus Foundation.

SHINE: Phytomer Homme RASAGE PERFECT Alcohol-Free Soothing Aftershave. BEAUTY: Soothe razor burn, and purify and tone the skin with rosemary leaf oil, witch hazel and sea water. BEACON: No animal testing.

Friday, June 6, 2014

National Doughnut Day: Rainbow Sprinkles Nail Art Treats For Your Tips

Photos by Jackie Donut

Mmmmmm... Welcome to rainbow sprinkles heaven. National Doughnut Day has arrived!

The appeal of doughnuts goes far beyond a childhood obsession. Kids at heart enjoy them too. In fact, Americans consume approximately 10 billion doughnuts each year, according to estimates. Glazed, powdered or frosted, who can resist these ring-shaped, whimsical wonders?

Rainbow sprinkles turn doughnuts into a festive funhouse of flavor. The colorful confections provide a feast for your eyes, as well as your tummy. They kick up sweet doughy goodness to a whole new level.

In honor of this decadent day for doughnut lovers, we present a sweet treat for your tips--two beautiful rainbow sprinkles manis. These tasty tutorials have been created exclusively for SHINE Beauty Beacon by Jackie Donut, a gifted nail artist and designer. Please feel free to check out her amazing line of handmade accessories on Etsy and Tumblr.

Enjoy these delicious digits. Just make sure you get 'em while they're hot!


STEP 1: Begin the mani with a base coat. Next, apply two coats of white lacquer on each nail except your ring finger to mimic the icing on the doughnut. Then layer two coats of pink polish on your accent nail.

STEP 2: Paint rainbow sprinkles over your white nails with shades of red, green, orange and pink. Before you begin, wipe the polish brush along the rim of the bottle to rid yourself of any excess lacquer. Then hold it at an angle by tilting it upward, so only a quarter of the bristles come into contact with your nail, and use short, quick strokes to create bold slivers of color. TIPS: Apply the lightest shades first and then work your way toward the darker ones. In addition, space out the colors to give them enough room to stand on their own.

STEP 3: Position your fingers in a claw pose with the nails pointing downward to begin creating the coffee cup on your ring finger. Paint a small white square with rounded corners using tiny circular motions. Then, for the handle, draw a thin half circle starting from the top and sweeping downward. Using the same technique as you did for the sprinkles, hold the polish brush at an angle by tilting it upward so only a quarter of the bristles come into contact with your nail. Barely touch the surface as you motion across, down and around to connect the handle back to the cup. TIP: You can also use a striper brush for this step.

STEP 4: Use black polish to design the look of coffee inside the cup. Lightly stroke the nail brush in a straight motion and then apply a small amount of pressure in the middle of the coffee line to create an oval shape. This gives the image more dimension.

STEP 5: To create the steam, paint three super thin lines with zig zag strokes using white lacquer. Just as you did when drawing the sprinkles and coffee cup handle, angle the polish brush upward so only a quarter of the bristles come into contact with your nail. Finish the mani with a top coat. 

Voila... the grand finale!

SHINE: Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer. BEAUTY (top to bottom): Midnight Express (black cream), Oasis (light green shimmer), Citrus Streak (tangerine cream), Linen Lace (white with a yellow undertone cream), Feed m’ Fantasy (bright pink-red cream) and Watermelon Slice (dark pink cream). BEACON: Vegan, and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor or nitrocellulose. 


STEP 1: Begin the mani with a base coat. Then apply two coats of gold polish to each nail to create the effect of a white cake doughnut.

STEP 2: For the rainbow sprinkles, layer two coats of pink lacquer over the tips of each nail. Stroke the polish brush in a rounded “M” motion to create a puffy cloud look.

STEP 3: Continue the design of the rainbow sprinkles by using white and hot pink polishes. Before you begin, wipe the polish brush along the rim of the bottle to rid yourself of any excess lacquer. Then hold it at an angle by tilting it upward, so only a quarter of the bristles come into contact with your nail, and use short, quick strokes to create bold slivers of colorTIPSApply the white lacquer first on each nail before finishing with the hot pink shade. In addition, space out the colors to give them enough room to stand on their own. 

STEP 4: To mimic the chocolate icing, outline the rainbow sprinkles area with a wide black ribbon in the same rounded “M” motion. Finish the mani with a top coat. 

Voila... the grand finale!

SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish. BEAUTY (top to bottom): Sweet (bubblegum pink cream), Purity (pure white with a glossy cream finish), Brooklyn (white-gold shimmer metallic), Ali (neon pink cream) and Raven (satiny black with a subtle silver shimmer). BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.
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