Britney's Beauty Blog
April 22, 2014

Convenient Online Jewelry Shopping

Jewelry is usually purchased for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and engagements. It's no secret that women love to shop for jewelry pieces that make great gifts. There are a dozen gemstones that correspond to each calendar month. Therefore, these "birth" stones make excellent birthday gifts for both men and women. For example, emerald is considered to be the gemstone for the month of may. A girl that was born in May can appreciate a pendant that's embedded with emeralds. Other examples of birthstones include Garnet for January and Aquamarine for March.

Pendants make great gifts for teenage girls and ladies of all ages. It's also important to consider the type of chain that's used to attach the pendants for wearing around the neck. For example, a girl or woman may already have sterling silver chains. This precious metal pairs up well with pendants that have traces of diamonds, gold and platinum. Sometimes, a diamond piece of jewelry can be too expensive. It doesn't make sense for young girls to wear extremely expensive precious stones that may get stolen or lost. Therefore, teenage girls can benefit from wearing jewelry pieces made of cubic zirconia, a popular synthetic substitute for real diamonds.

People can shop now online for custom jewelry pieces for all types of special occasions. It is possible to engrave letters and numbers onto most rings, pendants and even bracelets. The engravings serve as lifelong reminders of particular people, places, events and other occurrences with special personal meanings.

Beauty Box 5 - April Box Review

Once again Beauty Box 5 has blown me away with their super amazing assortment of the hottest beauty products that are delivered right to my door. This month's Beauty Box 5 contained all the makeup essentials I need to make me my prettiest this spring.  The first product that I had to tryout  immediately was the Jergens Natural Glow- 3 Day Glow Moisturizer.  #jergens I love having a healthy, faux glow because I get all the beautiful color minus the sun damage to my skin.  If you want a gorgeous subtle tan without streaks in 3 short days then you must try this one out!  Next up, the BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette. #bhcosmetics


This perfect, purse-sized eyeshadow palette has 3 of the hottest eyeshadow shades for sultry, unforgettable eyes.  I love the smooth texture of these shadows as well as how the colors "pop". I also love the fact that these shadows lasted all day without creasing or running.  Definitely a keeper!

If it is an irresistible pout that you crave, then you will want to make this lipstick and lip definer your own!
The Bonne Bell Lip Definer #bonnebell, helps create the perfect pout. It goes on smooth and even, keeps your lipstick in its place and creates the pout you wish you were born with. Next up in creating the perfect pout, the Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick.  #nickaknewyork This lipstick has what is takes to make your smacker a real standout!  The light hydrating formula will help keep your lips soft and smooth while the long-lasting lip color will continue to look amazing from when you put it on till you decide to take it off.  And when your day is over and you are ready to take it all off, reach for the Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes. #blumnaturals Infused with aloe vera, these wipes are perfect for removing everything from makeup mistakes to stubborn eye makeup, while remaining gentle to your skin and lashes.

So, now that I let you in on all the beauty products that I received from Beauty Box 5, why not check them out for yourself and start receiving your own Beauty Box.  Please check them out at BeautyBow5.com and let me know what you think.  Till then!  B.

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Hand Stamped Jewelry Designs

The term "jewelry" refers to small, decorative items that are worn for personal adornment. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and brooches are common examples. Jewelry artisans create handmade jewelry by hand rather than machine. According to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines, jewelry must be crafted solely by hand power or hand guidance in order to receive a “handmade” stamp.

Many handmade jewelry pieces are made with drills and lathes through a hand-guided process. Die casts and punch presses are examples of processes that disqualify jewelry as “handmade.” Many jewelers and jewelry stores offer personalized customization by hand. This includes hand painting and hand stamping.

Jewelry stamping is a popular way to personalize jewelry items. Anyone with the right tools can stamp jewelry at home, but professional hands are usually a better option. Many jewelry artisans craft and sell pieces with personal monograms or unique inscriptions. This ensures one-of-a-kind jewelry that is unmatchable.

Annie Reh is an example of a jeweler who designs and creates handmade jewelry. At online stores like hers, each stamped item is personally designed with the customer in mind. Each letter is created with a hand stamp rather than an engraving machine. Minor imperfections add to the jewelry’s handmade look and feel.

Stamped jewelry is the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. Handmade designs are elegant, sophisticated and truly unique. For more on Annie Reh's custom jewelry, shop at anniereh.com. 
April 21, 2014

Suave Professionals Volumizing Hair Care Products Review

The days when my hair is limp and blah are the days that I am not a happy camper.  I always feel my "best" when my hair is soft, full of volume and has beautiful moment.  Yes, my personal happiness has a lot to do with how my hair looks. So, in order to have as many good hair days as possible, I make certain that I use the very best when it comes to caring for and styling my hair. I recently received a complimentary collection of some of Suave's top products that takes limp locks to all new heights, compliments of WeberSandwick. The first product that I tried was the Suave Volumizing Root Boost Spray.  After shampooing, conditioning and towel drying my hair,  I applied a few spritz of the Root Boost Spray to my roots and followed with the Suave Captivating Curls Whipped Cream Mousse. After, I went ahead and blow dried and styled my hair as I normally do however, this time my hair was anything but ordinary.
After using the Suave products my normally skinny strands were soft, full of real volume and had no annoying stiffness or stickiness that I am used to seeing with volumizing products. I was also very impressed that these products did not leave my hair looking dull and dry.  My usually limp locks had nice movement, bounce and beautiful shine! To add volume my hair, I like to use velcro rollers to add height and soft waves to my hair.  After I rolled my hair up in the rollers, I gave it a quick mist of the Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hairspray to help hold my waves. This the PERFECT hairspray to use along with velcro rollers because it provides hold without weighing hair down.The key to achieving soft, sexy and touchable waves that don't get weighed down is to use an ultra fine mist hairspray like the Suave Touchable Finish Hairspray. It is the PERFECT choice for this job especially if your hair is fine like mine.  The spray is also a great choice to use if you want to keep your hairstyle looking amazing all day. It is light enough so that you can brush out your hair and tough enough to keep your style perfectly in place.  Please check out all the that Suave has to help you achieve your best hair yet.  Please let me know  what you think.  Till then!  B.

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April 10, 2014

Best Beauty Products For Pregnant Women

See which products mommies-to-be rated the highest
9 Best Beauty Products for Pregnant Women
This is a TotalBeauty.com Health & Beauty article
When you're pregnant, everyone has an opinion. It can seem like everyone is weighing in with a list of do's and don'ts -- and that can be overwhelming. Wouldn't it be nice to hear what you can do to make yourself feel and look good? We thought so. We scoured the reviews of moms and moms-to-be to find out which products were not only safe for those expecting, but actually helped readers with common pregnancy woes like stretch marks, breakouts and nail care.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.1
"I use this product pretty much every day as a moisturizer and sunscreen," says one reader.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.1
One reviewer says of these henna bricks, "I have used both caca rouge and caca marron and love both. I am left with beautiful rich red color and my thin hair gets a boost of thickness afterwards."
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3
"It's all-natural, so [there's] nothing scary that can cause physical problems," says one reader.
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April 09, 2014

FreeBeautyEvents.com - April Beauty Events and Beauty Giveaways

If you love learning about the latest and hottest trends in beauty then you MUST check out freebeautyevents.com! Here you will find the locations of  beauty events in your area so that you can get a sneak-peak at the latest in beauty and get a jumpstart on your springtime beauty shopping. For example, "on May 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, you can check out the L’Oreal Suncare events at CVS and Walgreens. You can also go to the Walgreens SaturDate with Beauty with Simple on April 12th to try their skincare products and get coupons. Information about free beauty events is available on our website where spas and retailers can promote their events.  To find out if an event will be near you, just enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner of our home page. On our site you can enter your zip code to find out what makeover, gift with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events are happening near your home. Readers can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. In addition to listing in-store makeovers, Freebeautyevents.com also features a blog on product reviews (http://www.freebeautyevents.com/beauty-blog).'
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"We also do contests with smaller prizes on our blog. For our latest contest, we will be giving away 5 prizes. Each prize will consist of Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15, POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream Light, and Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture! Satin Finish Lotion. The Contest runs from 4/1/2014 to 6/30/2014, winners will be chosen on 7/1/2014 and notified by 7/15/2014. To enter, all people have to do is go to http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest and supply their name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip."  Please let me know what you think.  Till then!  B.

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African American Beauty Tips From The Pros

Your handy hot list to the most flattering lipsticks, eye shadows and foundations
African American Tips From the Pros
This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article
For some African American women, finding the right cosmetics can feel like an impossible mission. Many cosmetic lines have a limited range of foundation colors (a three-shade variety just isn't gonna cut it for most of us), while some eye shadows lack the pigment necessary to pop on a darker complexion. We got the scoop on the best makeup tips for darker skin tones from pro makeup artists who have worked with some of the best-known African American beauties.
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April 07, 2014

PMD Personal Microdermabrasion Road Test

We asked 50 women to give us their honest-to-goodness thoughts about this home microdermabrasion device
Road Test: PMD Personal Microderm
This is a TotalBeauty.com Skin Care article
Microdermabrasion can take your skin from dull to glowing -- fast. This heavy-duty exfoliation process can help everything from acne to fine lines and wrinkles, but can cost a pretty penny when done at the salon. Enter: the PMD Personal Microderm, an at-home device that is purported to give you that just-went-to-the-spa glow -- without the spa. Does it live up to its claims? Here's what some of our reviewers said.
March 30, 2014

Get Better Skin From The Inside Out

In a perfect world, winter would turn us into totally adorable, fairy-like beings. Pink cheeks, flawless skin and long, dark eyelashes dusted with snowflakes should make up for winter storms and sky-high heating bills. In reality, a long winter takes its toll in other, less desirable ways, leaving us raw, red and sniffle-y. Suffice it to say frosty weather rails against our skin -- not only from the outside, but also from the inside. Cold weather means cold season, and when your immunity is compromised, so is your skin. Combat dry, dull, flaky winter skin with these six skin-saving nutrients. From Total Beauty.com
These super-nutrients will give you healthy skin from within
Solve Your Winter Skin Issues From the Inside Out
This is a TotalBeauty.com Skin Care article
Cold weather doesn't just mean the return of sky-high heating bills, long mornings shoveling snow out of your driveway and chapped, raw skin ... it also signals the return of cold and flu season. And when your immune system is compromised, so is your skin. These skin-saving nutrients will help combat your dry, flaky winter skin from the inside out.
March 27, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - March Beauty Box 5 Review

Once again Beauty Box 5 has blown me away with their super amazing assortment of the hottest beauty products that are delivered right to my door. This month's Beauty Box 5 contained all the skin care essentials I need to make a fresh start with my skin this spring.  My Beauty Box 5 contained a Jane's Pick All Natural Soap, #janespick.  If you love your soap chemical free and created from an all natural blend of herbs and flowers that cleans without stripping away skin's natural moisture, then this is your kind of soap!  Not only do these handmade bars of soap work well but they are also so pretty to look at. And since we are talking about "clean" it makes perfect sense to talk about the next item in my Beauty Box 5, the Swissco Dual-Sided-Facial Pad, #swisscollc.  If soft, smooth skin is what you crave then you will love what this facial pad can do for your skin.  It gently exfoliates, smoothes and adds a gorgeous glow to skin after use.  I simply apply a few drops of my favorite cleanser to the facial pad a few times a week for a cleaner, healthier looking complexion.  And to make my skin "picture perfect" I have been using and loving the Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base, #bellapierreusa, to conceal, camouflage and illuminate my less than perfect complexion.  This amazing skin perfecting multi-tasker does all the above plus it serves as an eyeshadow primer to help my skin look more youthful and flawless all day long. So now others only see my beautiful skin and not my imperfections.



Even though we have officially exited winter and have entered spring, dry rough hands are still a problem for me.  Thankfully,  Tree Hut's Moisturizing Hand Cream, #treehut, has come to my rescue.  This indulgent cream smells amazing and does an incredible job at soothing and softening dry hands.  I love that this hand cream is infused organic shea butter, argan oil and chamomile extract, is paraben free and is chock full of anti-oxidants to renew and restore dull tired hands. And finally for all my girls with curls you MUST check out the Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse, #designessentials. I had my daughter who has naturally curly hair try this one out and since then I can't seem to get it back from her!  She loves how this product smoothes, tames and defines even the most unruly curls. Her hair looks soft, full, shiny and is totally frizz-free, it's like she had a curl makeover.  But what I love most is the intoxicating peachy scent of this product  I can't seem to stop sniffing this product. It really smells that good!

So now that  have I have shared my amazing experience with all that Beauty Box 5 has to offer why not check it out for yourself. Check them out at Beauty Box 5.com and let me know what you think.  Till then!  B

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Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Guide

What are the most common tells of a woman's age? Most skin care regimens zero in on public enemy No. 1: wrinkles. But don't overlook other common skin conditions that magnify the years on your face. A range of issues, from subtle changes in your skin tone to chronic dryness, can make your skin look older. From Total Beauty.com
Tips and tricks to stop the signs of aging in their tracks
Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Guide
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With so many new innovations in anti-aging skin care, it can be tough to separate the fact from the fiction. Our guide will give you the tools to create an anti-aging regimen specifically catered to your lifestyle and unique skin care needs. From the new "it" ingredients to tried-and-true tips and advice from celebrities, we've got you covered.
March 24, 2014

Cosmetic Surgeries and Procedures

Thanks to modern advances in medical technology, people can look and feel better. Aging individuals want to have a younger appearance. Fortunately, such results are possible with cosmetic procedures. The skin begins to naturally sag as people age. Therefore, small loose flaps of skin may develop in certain areas of the body such as face, neck, arms and buttocks. A face lift is used to physically tighten up any loose skin that may contribute to an aged appearance. 

Special insertions are made into various parts of the face in order to hold specific tissues together. Most facial cosmetic procedures are considered outpatient treatments. In a matter of hours, patients can go back home after undergoing a face lift. Injections may also be applied to various parts of the face in order to add some more natural volume and tone. For example, natural fat is often injected into the cheeks and even lips.

Laser technology is commonly applied for various types of cosmetic procedures for men and women. For example, hair can be completely removed using simple laser beams. Ladies can have a long lasting hair removal for their legs, bikini lines, underarms and other desirable parts. Additionally, laser is used to completely eliminate varicose veins that protrude in men's and women's legs.

Liposuction is another very popular cosmetic procedure. This treatment is used to remove excess fat from the arms, midsection, buttocks and thighs. Dr. Vincent Ivers is an example of a board certified cosmetic surgeon that does various procedures.


Best Cheek and Lip Stains - Get a Natural Glow

There's something so appealing and youthful about flushed cheeks and rosy lips. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with a perpetual glow and just-bitten-looking lips. The good news is makeup companies have done their best to give us what nature should have through the ingenious invention of lip and cheek stains. That said, while some of these products have forever earned a place in our reader's makeup bags, others have wound up in their trash bins. From Total Beauty.com
See which multi-taskers left readers rosy and glowing ... and which ones failed to impress
8 Best Lip and Cheek Stains -- and the 3 Worst
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Nothing says pretty and youthful quite like rosy lips and cheeks, but alas, most of us aren't born with a perpetual glow and just-bitten lips. That's where these lip and cheek stains come in. See which ones have earned a permanent spot in our readers' makeup bags and which ones were tossed in the trash.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.0
"My favorite lip stain ever," says one reviewer.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4
"This is the one thing that never gets taken out of my purse," says one enthusiastic reviewer.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5
"It lasts and lasts, and you can reapply if needed. Works perfectly on cheeks, too," one reader says.
March 23, 2014

The Importance of Information Gathering For Cancer Care

Guest Post: Cancer is a very scary and frightening topic to discuss and many people when confronted with such an issue usually are confused on where to turn for information.  Unfortunately, not being able to find good quality information on cancer issues is problematic for many.  So, an Internet search is a good place to start looking for information on cancer.  Such a search can include cancer facts, cancer treatments, coping mechanisms among other things.  Additionally, searches can also result in not only finding information, but also support and networks such as a mesothelioma network.

The good news is that everyday the medical community in conjunction with scientific research and pharmaceutical investments are making advances in the world of cancer treatment and improved care and better quality of life.  The important thing is that knowledge is key when it come to dealing with cancer.  As such there are groups, organizations and Internet websites that can provide help when you are looking for answers. For instance, there are websites that provide information on mesothelioma, colon cancer, breast cancer or others types of cancer concerns.  The main thing is that it is important to do your due diligence and become as knowledgeable as you can.

The reason why it is important to become educated on your cancer concerns is because it allows you to be able to relate better with the information that your health care provider is discussing with you as well as treatments and therapies that are available.  In addition to conventional therapies there might possibly be adjunctive therapies that you might want to be familiar with.  Also, through thorough research you might be able to discover coping mechanisms that can help through the cancer process.



Powerhouse Ingredients To Help Treat Hyperpigmentation

Look for these powerhouse ingredients when you need to banish acne scars, sun damage and melasma
The New
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Latinas cite hyperpigmentation as one of their top skin care issues, and with good reason: Treating it can be tricky and darker skin tones naturally have more melanin. And although Latinas have varying skin tones, they are often prone to more noticeable and long-lasting changes that can be tough to treat. We turned to Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D., who specializes in pigmentation concerns in women of color, to give us the scoop on the best ingredient combos to combat dark spots.