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December 20, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - November Box Review

Beauty Box 5 has once again wowed me with their smart selection of beauty treasures.  This month's Beauty Box 5 contained the items I need to help me look dazzling this holiday season!.  The first item I wanted to talk about is one that I could not see myself without, especially during the holidays. During the holidays there are sure to be a lot of parties and photo ops. So in order to avoid any photo faux pas be sure to pack the Dentec Floss Picks in your purse, #dentek. Nothing ruins a photo more than a piece of that delicious hors'dourves lodged between your front teeth.  The Dentek Floss Picks allows you to quickly and discreetly remove any food remnants from your teeth so you can look fabulous in every shot. This one is definitely the smart girl's purse must-have!



And since there will be lots of hugging and touching this holiday season, better be sure that your skin is soft and supple. To help get your skin in tip-top condition start by using the Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, #OneShowerChallenge. This body wash gently cleanses while leaving skin soft, supple, smooth and sexy even after one use.  To help add an additional layer of soft sexiness to your skin, try the Laura Ashley Body Butter,#lauraashley.  This decadent body butter adds instant softness to skin while leaving behind a pretty scent that lingers gently on your skin all day long.  For best results, apply while skin is still damp for seriously soft skin!

And since we are talking soft and sexy, nothing is sexier than soft flowy hair.  To help tame your tresses try the HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil, #haskhair.  This ultra-hydrating oil is just what thirsty hair is craving.  The HASK Oil helps smooth and hydrate hair from root to tip. Plus, it smells AMAZING!

So, if all these beauty samples sound like something you want delivered right to your door then you must check out what BeautyBox5 has to offer you. And be sure to let me know what you think.  Till then!  B. Please review the disclosure and disclaimer section regarding product reviews.
December 03, 2014

Choosing the Right Beauty School For You

Choosing the Right Beauty School For You

Beauty schools are a dime a dozen, so if you're looking for a serious education in the field of cosmetology, you'll need a plan of action and a lot of perseverance. Here are just five tips for choosing a good, reputable beauty school that will leave you ready to face the challenges of the real world.

1. Know Your Niche

What's your passion in cosmetology? Do you love cutting and styling hair, or do you have an intuitive feel for cosmetics? Could you see yourself practicing as an esthetician for the rest of your life? All of these disciplines will have different classes, programs and apprenticeships, so make sure you can fully commit to the field of your choice.

2. Stay Local

After you've made a shortlist of potential schools, weed out any with a long commute. Not only will this save you time and expense, but it will also keep you from being assigned internships or work-study programs outside your neighborhood. There are hundreds of cosmetology schools out there; don't give yourself an unnecessary hurdle by going far from home.

3. Ask For Referrals

Does your stylist always get your hair exactly right? Do your nails evoke Hollywood glamor by the time your manicurist is done? Don't be afraid to ask these people where they learned their art. Most states have licensure requirements for cosmetologists, so the chances are good that they attended school or sat for exams somewhere.

4. Check Their Qualifications

Legitimate cosmetology schools are registered with the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). They might also be affiliated with professional groups like the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). The more ties they have to the community, the less likely they are to be frauds or scammers.

5. Take A Tour

Last but not least, start visiting schools in person to see what kind of campus they have and how friendly the teachers seem. You can also take the opportunity to speak with current students and get their opinions on the program. Are they enjoying their studies? Do they feel ready for a career in cosmetology?

These are just five tips for choosing a good cosmetology school. Whether you're aiming for a future in hair, nails, skincare or all of the above, consider this your official guide to choosing a beauty academy that's worth the price.

Expert Tips for Dealing with Eczema

From TotalBeauty.com, heat and cold, dry climates, sweating, allergens, genes, hormones, stress. Seriously, what doesn't cause eczema?

Unfortunately, eczema is a daily reality for 35 million Americans. Chronic inflammation causes their skin to become severely itchy, red and dry, hurting sufferers' health, sleep and overall quality of life. So, TotalBeauty.com talked to Dr. Kenneth Beer, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and dermopathologist and consulting associate in the Department of Medicine at Duke University, about the dos and don'ts in dealing with this chronic illness.  Here is what they found...
Expert tips for dealing with this common skin condition
5 Ways to Heal Your Eczema
This is a TotalBeauty.com Health & Beauty article
For 35 million Americans, eczema is a daily irritation. And things like hormones, stress and even sweating can trigger flare-ups -- itchy, red, dry patches that can become painful. We got the do's and don'ts of treating eczema, straight from a board-certified dermatologist.

How To Make The Most of Your Beauty Brushes

Celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez, who has worked with Beyoncé and supermodel Candice Swanepoel, shows how to contour and highlight with Tweezerman Brush IQ Finishing Contour Brush, Blush Brush and Contour Concealer Brush.
Make the most of your brushes with these tips
Brush on Beauty
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It doesn't take a whole team of makeup artists to get a fall-ready face -- all it takes are the right makeup brushes. Here, we show you how to use them to create a chic look that can take you straight from desk to cocktails.
November 28, 2014

Three Shaving Supplies Every Man Needs

You started shaving as a young man, which means that you might think you know everything there is to know about shaving. If you're like most men, you probably have a set routine that you follow every time you step in front of the mirror. If you're not using three wet shaving supplies in addition to your razor, it's time to rethink your routine.

Alum Block

No matter how close you shave or the sharpness of your razor, you may still suffer some nicks and minor cuts. Instead of using toilet paper or tissues that stick to your face, try using an alum block. Alum is a natural material that stops bleeding in seconds. Simply press and hold the block on any nick to keep it from bleeding.

Beard Oil

Beard oil is great for any type of facial hair, but it's also great for using before you shave. Apply a small dab on your palm, rub your hands together and rub your hands across your face. This smooths the hair and makes it easier to shave.

Moisturizer

After shaving and washing your face, make sure that you apply moisturizer. Moisturizer smooths your skin and hydrates your face, which can make it easier to shave in the future. If you spend a lot of time outside, look for a moisturizer that has some sun protection. This will reduce your risk of suffering from a sunburn and causing other types of sun damage to your skin.

Best facial firming skin care products

Narrow down your search with these top-rated picks
The 10 Best Facial Firming Skin Care Products
This is a TotalBeauty.com Skin Care article
These are the game-changing serums, creams and treatments ranked highest by our reviewers. They say these top performers can help reduce and even slow down the signs of aging like fine lines, sagging and wrinkles. So what are you waiting for? See which of these facial firming products is right for you!
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6
"It makes my eyes look at least 20 years younger," raves one reviewer.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.7
"The skin around my eyes feels firmer and the fine lines are less noticeable," says one reviewer.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8
"This makes a huge difference in the appearance of my fine lines," reports one reviewer.

Makeup Brushes - Useful tips and tricks for applying your makeup

Up your makeup brush game with these tips and tricks
Boost Your Brush IQ
This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article
Brushes are your makeup bag's most valuable players. Don't believe us? They help your foundation go on seamlessly, blend your eye shadow to perfection and can even help provide flawless blemish coverage. Check out our complete guide to see all the ways having the right brushes makes a huge difference.

What is Cosmetology School?

Going to a school that specializes in cosmetology gives you the chance to learn how to work with clients, do their hair and perform other tasks in a salon or barber shop. While many people think that this type of school focuses solely on hair or makeup, it usually includes a number of other things. You can learn how to do manicures, pedicures and facials, how to use machines that fight the signs of aging and how to work with clients of different ages. Before enrolling in one of these schools in your area, make sure you know more about the programs.

Take Specialized Courses

Most schools today offer three different types of programs: cosmetology, barber and esthetics. Esthetics is a relatively new topic that covers skincare. You can take classes that help you identify the type of skin that your clients have and which products and treatments work best for those skin types. Barber programs focus specifically on working with male clients and how to cut the hair of those clients and provide them with other services. A cosmetology program may go over the basics of giving makeovers to clients, doing nails and hair and performing perms and other specialized services.

Gain Experience

A good cosmetology school will provide you with more than just classroom experience. You'll also have the chance to work directly with clients. Many schools partner with local retirement homes and schools to let their students work with clients. Other schools give locals the chance to come in for a hair cut, a facial or another service for a reduced rate. The more time that you spend working with clients, the more experience you gain. Many beauticians and stylists must show a portfolio to prospective clients and employers, and you can use images of the work you did in school as part of your portfolio.

Prepare for Licensing 

Most states require that you have between 1,200 and 1,500 hours of experience before you apply for your state license. With the right program and school, you can gain that experience before you graduate. Licensing also requires that you show you attended school and that you can work effectively with potential clients. Ron King Academy and other schools can get you the experience that you need before working with clients on your own, but those schools will also prepare you to work with different types of clients in the future.

November 23, 2014

Beauty Sweepstakes - Tweezerman Brush on Beauty

Disclosure: This Tweezerman Brush on Beauty Sweepstakes is NOT being conducted by BritneysBeautyBlog.com and or its affiliates. As such, BritneysBeautyBlog.com and or its affiliates assume no responsibility for any of its representations, compeletions, accuracy or determinations. Please follow the link provided below for further details and or disclosures.  Details subject to change.
Enter now for your chance to win
Tweezerman Brush on Beauty Sweepstakes
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The right brushes can make or break your beauty look. Lucky for you, we're giving away a set of 12 Tweezerman Brush IQ brushes, plus a $220 gift card to a Tweezerman preferred retailer. The brushes are made with ultra-soft, easy-to-clean bristles, and will give your makeup bag a much-deserved upgrade.
November 22, 2014

Soothing products to help calm you down

The lazy days of summer are officially gone -- your boss is back from vacay and crankier than ever, you've got more deadlines than you can count and the holidays (and all the cookies that come with them) are fast approaching. Translation: You're completely stressed out.

The bad news: "Stress can worsen or aggravate skin sensitivities and show up as redness, irritation, acne, cold sores, or dry patches," says Josie Howard, M.D., a psychiatrist with a private practice in San Francisco, member of the clinical faculty at the University of California San Francisco and a member of the Simple Skincare Advisory Board.

Dr. Amy Wechsler, author of The Mind-Beauty Connection adds, "stress can also lead to stomach irritation, insomnia and of course irritated, acne-prone or aged skin." Basically, stress looks good on no one. The good news is, taking the edge off is as easy as taking a bubble bath. "The incorporation of calming rituals...unwind," says Howard. And that's where these soothing picks come in. They're stress-relieving, sleep-enhancing, skin-beautifying skin-saviors that will calm and relax you with scents of lavender, clary sage and jasmine. This is a TotalBeauty.com health&beauty article.
Say goodbye to stress, thanks to these soothing products

7 Products to Calm You Down
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Real talk: Stress isn't a good look on anyone. It can cause your skin to break out, and even give you premature wrinkles. Luckily, you can sniff your way to stress relief with these aromatherapy-inspired, stress-relieving, skin-soothing picks (and a long bubble bath, of course).

November 06, 2014

COUI Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen Review

How to prevent future lines, wrinkles and age spots. Let's be honest, most of us only think about sunscreen during the summer months. But did you know that your skin can still become damaged from the sun during the fall and winter?  This is why it is so important to include sunscreen in your daily skin care routine.   The top skin related factors that cause us to look prematurely older are age or brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles which are a result of sun damage.  This is precisely why I wear sunscreen on my face every day. I have recently received a complimentary sample of the COUI UV Moisturizing Facial Lotion SPF 30 from COUI for my review. Here's what I found.

After washing my face, I applied the COUI Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen to my face and neck area and then followed with my makeup application.  I found this facial sunscreen to be light and non-greasy on my skin. And I love that it did not make my face feel sticky or heavy even while wearing makeup.  This facial lotion "provides full-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with vitamins and anti-oxidants. It is also fragrance free and is light enough for oily skin types."  I love skin care products like the COUI Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen that keep my skin looking and feeling youthful by helping to minimize the occurrence of premature signs of aging like age spots, lines and wrinkles.  Remember "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This is especially true when it comes to looking youthful and radiant even as we age. So, if you are interested in adding a sunscreen to your daily skin care routine please check out the COUI Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen. And let me know what you think.  Till then!  B.

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November 05, 2014

The best makeup brushes you need

Every makeup artist knows that even if you have the best products in the world, you're nothing without high-quality tools -- namely, makeup brushes. After all, Michelangelo didn't paint the Sistine Chapel with his fingers. Sure, you know enough to pull yourself together with a simple makeup routine, but you might be missing out on just how incredible you could look with the right makeup brushes -- and just how long they can last with proper care. Take this quiz to find out your Brush IQ. From Total Beauty.com
Are you a makeup genius? Take our quiz and find out
What's Your Makeup Brush IQ?
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You could have the best products in the world, but if you're not using your brushes properly, then you're not getting the most out of your makeup application. Take our quiz to see if you're a beauty expert ... or if you need to brush up on your skills.
October 31, 2014

Get Rid of Cellulite Once and For All

You can spend long days and nights working out in the gym, stick to a strict diet and cut back on the treats you eat every day and still find yourself dealing with cellulite. Often found on the hips, thighs and buttocks, many men and women try getting rid of the problem themselves. When diet and exercise doesn't provide the results you desire, it's time for some professional help.

Cellulaze Treatments

Cellulaze is one of the few treatments that can truly deliver the results that you need. This simply machine specifically targets the fat and tissue underneath your skin to break down cellulite on the inside of your body. The pulses delivered by the machine change the structure of the tissue underneath the cellulite and makes your skin look smoother and flatter without any dimples. Some may even find that the machine improves the elasticity of their skin and makes their skin look younger.

What You Need to Know

When choosing this type of cellulite treatment, there are a few things you need to know. As results vary from person to person, you might find that you don't see results right away. A small number of patients experience immediate results after just one session. This machine also changes the structure of your tissues, which means that results can last for up to 10 or 12 months. If you want to know more about how this treatment works, get in touch with an authorized Cellulaze technician today.

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October 23, 2014

Best Facial Firming Skin Care Products

Top facial firming skin care products that really work.  Check out the top rated facial firming skin care products to help slow down the signs of aging from Total beauty.com
Narrow down your search with these top-rated picks
The 10 Best Facial Firming Skin Care Products
This is a TotalBeauty.com Skin Care article
These are the game-changing serums, creams and treatments ranked highest by our reviewers. They say these top performers can help reduce and even slow down the signs of aging like fine lines, sagging and wrinkles. So what are you waiting for? See which of these facial firming products is right for you!
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6
"It makes my eyes look at least 20 years younger," raves one reviewer.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.7
"The skin around my eyes feels firmer and the fine lines are less noticeable," says one reviewer.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8
"This makes a huge difference in the appearance of my fine lines," reports one reviewer.
October 22, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - October Beauty Box Review

Don't miss a step when it comes to staying on top of the latest beauty trends for fall. Once again my Beauty Box 5 has hooked me up with some of the hottest items in beauty to help look my best. Check out what goodies this month's box contained.

Now that the weather is turning colder and drier, keeping my lips soft and sexy has become a top priority. And thanks to Chapstick's new Hydration Lock lip balm, #chapstickplease, having a smooth sexy smacker is a snap.This dual ended lip balm boasts 2 conditioning formulas that help to repair, renew and moisturize lips so you can keep your pout perfect.  And since we are talking about a sexy pout, nothing adds instant sexiness to lips like lip stain!  Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink,#bellapierre, adds that perfect punch of color to lips and cheeks! This creamy, double duty beauty product is definitely a busy girl's must have.  A little dab to cheeks and lips is all you need for a quick touch-up on the go!

If you want a beauty serum that minimizes fine lines / wrinkles AND creates a smooth matte canvas for makeup application then you must check out the Lashem Picture Perfect Serum, #lashem. This nourishing serum is a beauty must have if you love beautiful, flawless looking skin. The next product in my Beauty Box 5 is the Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic Tool, #spattydaddy. This is the BEST cosmetic tool I have ever used to help me get the most out of my beauty products!  This cute beauty spatula not only allows you to use every last drop of your products but it also helps you save money as well as extend the life of your beauty products. Definitely worth checking out! And  finally, the last item in my Beauty Box 5 is the Nanacoco Nail Polish,#nanacoco. If you love to indulge in professional, high quality nail lacquers then you must check out this nail polish.  The colors are gorgeous, they dry quickly and they deliver salon quality results.  Add a pop of pretty to fingers and toes with the Nanacoco Nail Polish .

So, if you love having the latest products in beauty delivered to your door every month then please check out what Beauty Box 5 has to offer.  Please let me know w hat you think.  Till then! Please review the disclosure and disclaimer section regarding product reviews