June 28, 2014

12 Best Sunscreens Rated by TotalBeauty.com Reviewers

See the products reviewers swear by to protect their skin from the sun's rays
12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 4 Worst
This is a TotalBeauty.com Body article
Now that the weather has warmed up, it's time to start spending more time outside. Which means you need to be extra diligent about your sun protection, to help prevent skin damage and sunburns. But since sometimes sunscreen can be a goopy mess, we rounded up our reviewers' top-rated sunscreens to help make this skin care must-do seem like less of a chore.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.9
Readers love that it doesn't feel "goopy, greasy [or] thick."
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.0
Readers love this convenient drugstore buy for its easy application, quick-drying formula, light texture and unbeatable price.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9
"It protects my skin from the sun and is not too heavy," reports one reviewer.
June 16, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - June Beauty Box Review

Beauty Box 5 has once again completely blown me away with their fun selection of the hottest, must-have beauty products for this summer.  Ohhh, and did I mention that these beauty treasures are always automatically delivered right to my front door in their signature blue box every month?  Good stuff, I know! This month's Beauty Box 5 contained a lot of little somethings to have me feeling beautiful this summer.  First item, The Organix Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner, #ogx.  This shampoo and conditioner duo helps to quench thirsty hair by infusing hair with healthy electrolytes and refreshing coconut oil to give your locks a heaping boost of silky shine and hydration. Bonus, it smells amazing!!  

Next up, my new favorite in skin care,  the Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit, #eslor.  If your skin is in need of some TLC due to stress then this is the skin care line for you.  This line includes the Eslor Soothing Refiner and Cleanser, Replenishing Scrub, Comforting Mask and Soothing Cream. All these skin care "super stars" work hard at renewing, replenishing fatigued skin.  Truly an indulgent experience for your skin. And since we are talking about indulgent treatments, the Vita Bath (love their products!) Bath Wash, # vitabath, is an amazing treat for your body as well as your senses! If you are someone who is as obsessed with yummy smelling body washes as I am then you are going to fall head over heels for the intoxicating scent of the Vita Bath Wild Red Cherry Body Wash.  It smells amazing, leaves skin soft and supple and the rich luxurious lather of this body wash is the icing on the cake! 

If it's a flirty fringe that you crave but your sensitive eyes always leave you in tears when it comes to mascara then you must check out this lash essential from Glam Mascara, #glamnatural. The vegan formula of this mascara helps deliver sexy, long, and lifted lashes. It is also gluten-free, paraben-free and is hypoallergenic. So go ahead and start flaunting your new found fringe!  And finally, the final product in my Beauty Box 5 is the Nicka K New York Nail Color, #nickaknewyork.  If you demand a lot from your nail color, like one that can withstand the stress that we put our manis through on a daily basis then you will love the long-wear, chip resistant coverage of the Nicka K New York Nail Color. It goes on smooth and even and finishes with a beautiful glossy sheen.

So, if you would like to experience all that Beauty Box 5 has to offer then please check them out at beautybox5.com.  Till then! B. Please review the disclosure and disclaimer section regarding product reviews
June 04, 2014

Pixi Correction Concentrate - Does It Really Work?

Pixi Correction Concentrate "My secret to looking like I’ve had a restful night’s sleep! This dense corrective concealer blends seamlessly into the skin while instantly erasing stubborn darkness." - Petra
We asked TotalBeauty.com reviewers to put this one-shade-fits-all concealer to the test
Pixi Correction Concentrate: Does One Concealer Fit All?
This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article
Choosing the right under-eye concealer is a daunting task. Too heavy and you risk drawing more attention to the area, and forget about covering them with a light powder. But the apricot-hued Pixi Correction Concentrate was formulated to counteract dark circles on all skin tones -- does it live up to it's claims? We sent the product to TotalBeauty.com reviewers to get the scoop.
June 02, 2014

9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides

I should have known my trip to the dermatologist wasn't going to end well when I walked in and saw the derm's diploma was hanging lopsided on the wall. It should have been my cue that this man was not precise -- something you desperately need when it comes to checking for signs of skin cancer. After a handful of malignant moles and one basal cell carcinoma later, I am vigilant about coming in for bi-annual skin cancer checks. So when I found an unusual mole on my derriere (self checks are important too!), I knew I had to skip the embarrassment and get it checked out.

 The doctor gave me the standard once-over of my arms and legs, then announced everything looked okay. Um, and what about the rest of my body? When I asked about the mole on my rear, the doctor was visibly uncomfortable. "How do you want to do this?" he asked. I should've walked out right then, but after a very uncomfortable exam -- after which he just passed me off to my gynecologist -- I ditched the doctor and found someone a little more professional to remove the mole.I'm happy to report the mole was benign, but it got me thinking. What other awkward, weird or overlooked places can skin cancer hide out? So I spoke with Dr. Ariel Ostad, a top New York City dermatologist in micrographic surgery for skin cancer removal. His most important advice? "If your dermatologist doesn't check these areas, speak up or consider seeing someone else." From Total Beauty.com
Make sure your derm is checking these spots during your visit
9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides
This is a TotalBeauty.com Health & Beauty article
Skin cancer can hide in some awkward or weird places -- but don't let your embarrassment allow skin cancer to be overlooked. Your dermatologist should always check these nine places (yes, including your bum and even between your toes). If they aren't, it's time to get a new doctor.
May 30, 2014

Makeup Makes the Character

The makeup that a clown wears can be the difference between something that scares you for years or a child-friendly character that everyone can love. This is because the use of lines, shapes and colors can influence how we perceive a person in a movie or a character in a book.

Generally, straight lines are used to depict uniformity and establish clear boundaries between one part of a picture and another. Wavy and curly lines may be used to symbolize chaos and help the reader or the viewer to perceive the situation within the picture or in a scene to be filled with drama or tension.

Dark colors are typically used to show a darker and grittier scene. If a clown is wearing dark colors, it may be because whoever created that character wants to create a more sinister clown similar to the character of the Joker. By using lighter colors, the character is more inviting and is perceived to be friendlier.

Anyone who is looking to create the perfect character for a given scene may wish to use a professional makeup artist Mississauga to do the work. When the makeup is done just right, it gives more credibility to a character and enables the audience to perceive that character more as a villain to be afraid of or a good guy to cheer for.

May 22, 2014

Beauty Giveaways & Sweepstakes - Best Of The Web Beauty Giveaways

Beauty Giveaway roundup from around the web.  I am always in search of interesting Giveaways especially as it pertains to Beauty related products.  As such, these are some Giveaways that were really interesting to me in my daily search for cool stuff.  Disclosures/Disclaimers:  The Giveaways mentioned in this post are not affiliated with BritneyBeautyBlog.com or any of its subsidiaries.  Also, the Giveaways mentioned in this post are from 3rd parties not associated with BritneysBeautyBlog.com and as such BritneysBeautyBlog.com has no responsibilties for any such representations included herein.

Fly Away To NYC For A Make Up Makeover And Meet Marc Jacobs! Contest from Contest. Bee.com

Enter the Meet Marc in NYC Sweepstakes by May 27, 2014, for your chance to fly away to NYC with a friend to meet Marc Jacobs and get a makeover! The prize includes round trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for three nights, a make-up makeover at Sephora, a $500 Sephora Gift Card, the chance to meet Marc Jacobs at Sephora, and a $2,000 Marc Jacobs Collections Sores Gift Card! Enter today for your chance to win this fabulous prize!

Win $500 Worth Of Organic Skin Care And Makeup Products.  Contest from Contest.Bee.com

Love cosmetics? Enter to win a $500 shopping spree from a certified organic (and cruelty free!) beauty company, La Mav. Entry only requires your email address, but you can earn lots of bonus entries by sharing & more. Deadline is June 15th, 2014.

Keep your beauty regimen fueled by the power of plants with Boots Botanics. Revive your skin with the Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz that's filled with rosewater straight from the Denmark Rose for cleansing, tightening pores, and as prep for moisturizer. Followed by the All Bright Hydrating Day Cream, your skin will be hydrated, protected from the sun with SPF15, and brightened with the power of hibiscus. Add the power of plants into your makeup routine with the Volumising Mascara and Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner for maximum impact lashes and precisely defined eyes with the help of beeswax and shea butter.End your day by soaking in the Rebalance Rejuvinating Bath Elixer for some stress relief and the soothing earthy scent of vetiver. Five of our lucky readers will win this bundle today!
NeriumAD Age Defying Treatment, formulated after more than 10 years of scientific research and clinical testing by scientists and medical professionals, including a third party research firm, is a night cream that is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of multiple skincare concerns at once, including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged pores and uneven skin texture.

Disclosures/Disclaimers: The Giveaways mentioned in this post are not affiliated with BritneyBeautyBlog.com or any of its subsidiaries.  Also, the Giveaways mentioned in this post are from 3rd parties not associated with BritneysBeautyBlog.com and as such BritneysBeautyBlog.com has no responsibilties for any such representations included herein. Contests/Giveaways are not part of BritneysBeautyBlog.com
May 21, 2014

Translating British/American Fashion Terminology

Guest Post:

Have you ever noticed how different the British and American terms for fashion items are? British and Americans share many words but we also use a bunch of different words that can make communications rather confusing. Over the years our respective nations have developed divergent terms to describe the same clothing. You could get look for professional translation services to try and decipher the weird words we English use, but as a certified Englishman, I am qualified to give you a rundown of some of the main British-English fashion terms that you might encounter.

Boob tube = tube top.
Braces = suspenders.
Court shoes = pumps.
Dressing gown = bathrobe.
Jumper = sweater.
Kecks = pants Trousers = pants
Knickers = women’s underpants.
Pants = underpants.
Plimsolls = light canvas sneakers
Polo-neck = turtle-neck.
Pump = gym shoes.
Rucksack = backpack.
Stockings = tights.
Suspender s = garters.
Swimming costume = bathing suit
Tights = pantyhose.
Trainers = sneakers
Trilby = like a fedora but with a shorter peak.
Vest = undershirt.
Waistcoat = vest.
Wellies = rubber boots.

May 19, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - May Beauty 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 and skin care essentials I need to get gorgeous for summer! First up, the H2OPlus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel, #h2oplus.  This oil-free cleansing gel utilizes the powers of sea salt and energizing marine botanicals to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. I love how well it cleansed my skin while leaving it soft and supple.  The H2O Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel is the perfect pick-me-up for my complexion. Next up, the MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet, #maskeraide.  I love beauty treatments like this one because it is so simple to use and it works so well.  It requires no preparation, no goopy mess to clean up. Just simply open package, remove mask, place the sheet on your face then sit back and enjoy. My skin felt hydrated, soft, refreshed and renewed after using this mask.  Prior to using I popped my mask into my refrigerator for a few minutes to get an enhanced cooling effect.  Ohhh, and don't forget these masks are also PERFECT for at home spa nights! 

Pretty in a bottle.  This is how I would describe the next item in my Beauty Box 5. Nothing makes me feel instantly pretty like a quick spritz of a floral perfume, this is why I love the Harvey Prince "Hello" perfume, #harveyprince! The Harvey Prince "Hello" fragrance boasts notes of mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia and plumeria, creating the perfect summer scent. I love how the fresh, clean, floral scent of this fragrance softly lingers on my skin all day long. This scent will definitely be my signature summer scent! And since we are taking about fresh and clean, the next item in my Beauty Box 5 helps to keep you cool, fresh and clean even through the hottest summer days or intense workouts.  Introducing the Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths, #bandeodorant. Stay cool and calm on with these refreshing body wipes.  These wipes are the perfect quick and convenient way to freshen up after you hit the gym, had a long day at work or you just want to cool down before going out with friends. Simply open package and wipe skin for instantly smooth and  refreshed skin. This one is definitely the smart girl's secret weapon this summer! And finally, my Beauty Box 5 contained a summer beauty essential that can withstand the sticky, sweaty, humid conditions that comes with summer.  The CATTIVA Precision Eye Liner, #cattivacosmetics, is a water-proof, retractable eye liner that helps you create all your favorite eye looks.  Create everything from a sexy to subtle eye with this one eye liner. The best part is that I can look amazing and enjoy hanging out at the beach or pool this year without having to worry about my liner running.  

If you want to get in on all that Beauty Box 5 has to offer, please check them out at BeautyBox5.com . Please let me know what you think.  Till then!  B.

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May 16, 2014

How To Hide Body Blemishes

Say goodbye to bruises, spider veins and scars with these pro tips
Fake a Perfect Body With Makeup
This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article
You don't have to give up baring a little skin this spring just because of unplanned tan lines or a that bruise from who-knows-what. Learn how to conceal these and other body flaws with these makeup artist approved tips and tricks.
May 14, 2014

Best Skin Brightening Products for a Glowing Complexion

Skin brightening products. In the beauty industry, it comes with the territory that we do a lot of research. We talk to the top dermatologists, skin care experts and makeup artists on a daily basis, so when it comes to getting a great, glowing complexion we know it all starts with skin care. Before you can even consider choosing the perfect foundation or covering up those pesky, dark circles, you need to address how to even out your skin tone. Our readers find help (or sometimes, find a product they hate) in these skin brightening and lightening products, which give you smoother, brighter skin and lessen dark spots caused by sun damage and scarring. Find out which products our readers can't live without, and which ones they tossed in the trash. From Total Beauty.com
See which products helped our readers achieve radiant skin
6 Best Skin Brightening Products -- and the 4 Worst
This is a TotalBeauty.com Skin Care article
A great, glowing complexion starts with an excellent skin care routine. Our readers supplemented their routines with these skin brightening products, which helped them achieve smoother skin and lessened dark spots from sun damage and scarring. See which products our readers can't live without, and which ones they thought didn't deliver.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6
"I barely recognize my skin now," says one reader of her now-glowing skin.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8
"This stuff really works without harming my sensitive skin," says one reviewer.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.0
"My skin has never looked younger, smoother, clearer," claims one reader.
May 13, 2014

Spring 2014 Makeup and Fashion Trends

The beauty and fashion looks you need to try now
Fresh Spring Makeup and Fashion Trends
This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article
Need a little warm-weather inspiration after the long, dreary winter? Master spring's hottest makeup and fashion trends -- think orange lips, matte skin and crop tops -- with our guide.
May 12, 2014

17 DIY Beauty Tricks With Vaseline Jelly

Sometimes your regular skin care routine just doesn't cut it for combating the dry, dull and rough skin that crops up in winter, and it needs a little extra TLC to get soft and healthy-looking again. Which is why we asked 20 women to shake up their beauty regimens and rethink the way they use Vaseline® Jelly, a true wonder product that deeply moisturizes to heal dry skin.

Turns out, there are quite a few ways to use Vaseline® Jelly. Like, oh, about a zillion. From a rich overnight treatment that locks in moisture to a hydrating exfoliating scrub, Vaseline® Jelly was put to the test in every way that you can imagine -- and our reviewers even discovered a few totally DIY beauty treatments. But does Vaseline® Jelly work better than their regular skin care products? See what our reviewers have to say.
See the inventive ways our top reviewers use this product
17 Amazing DIY Beauty Tricks With Vaseline Jelly
This is a TotalBeauty.com Skin Care article
We asked 20 of our top reviewers to shake up their beauty routines and rethink the way they use Vaseline Jelly. From an exfoliation scrub to an overnight treatment, see the ways they tested it out.
May 09, 2014

7 Best Summer Hair Care Products

Summertime is an invitation for a more lackadaisical approach to hair care (hallelujah!). It means maybe letting bangs grow into a long cheek-bone-length layer; not being in curly or wavy hair denial anymore (well, at least for a few months anyway) by skipping the blow dryer and letting hair air-dry; rocking summer-appropriate updos and braids; getting beach hair from actually going to the beach; and covering up three-day unwashed hair with hats and scarves. But with this season also comes certain hair hazards like chlorine, UV rays, salt water and humidity -- all which can lead to pool-hair, fried scalps and frizzy, dried out hair. See the 7 Best Summer Hair Care Products and 3 Worst for your hair.  From Total Beauty.com

7 Best Summer Hair Care Products -- and the 3 Worst

Flawless Spring Looks You'll Love

Ready to make a fresh clean start with a hot new look for spring but you just don't know where to begin? If you are in need of a little inspiration then check out the looks that Total Beauty.com has put together for a simple but beautiful new you. From Total Beauty.com
The hair, makeup and fashion inspiration you need for spring
Flawless Spring Looks You'll Love
This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article
Need a little warm-weather inspiration after the long, dreary winter? Master spring's hottest makeup and fashion trends -- think orange lips, matte skin and crop tops -- with our guide.
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.