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August 31, 2009
How To Get Rihanna's Look For Less, Instyle Magazine
Get The Hottest Fall Makeup For Less, Instyle Magazine
See What Celebs Like Rachel Bilson and Gwyneth Paltrow Are Wearing This Fall, Instyle Magazine
Who's Got The Best Hair Color In Hollywood And How You Can Get Their Color, Instyle Magazine
With Summer nearing to an end so too has my Summer tan. I am starting to notice that my once beautiful (fake) Summer skin is looking a little dull and "flat" lately. I like using a self tanner because it is a safe way to look bronzed without the damaging effects of the sun. However, I have started to notice that my face lacks the radiance it used to have. I am sure that the reason for this is because I have neglected to exfoliate as often as I should, I didn't want to "scrub" away my tan (I know, that was stupid)! I have decided that it is time to make a fresh start. Time to exfoliate away that rough, tired looking old skin and bring back some life to my face! The best part is that because I use a self tanner I can just reapply and in a day or two my tan will be back and looking even better!
"THE GRAPES OF WRATH"
I have used Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Revealing Mask and I love my results! This is a 2 in 1 product that delivers all the benefits of a mask and a gentle exfoliator. First of all I LOVE that it comes with a brush tipped end that you use to apply it, it is just like what the pros use! This brush tipped end allows you to use ONLY the amount that you need which equals NO WASTE! In about 10 minutes time your skin will be renewed, radiant and refreshed. My pores were less evident and I got back the "youthful glow" that my skin once had! Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Revealing Mask is available at http://www.bluemercury.com/ for $42.
LOOKIN' FOR A CHEAP TRILL?
Also available at Bluemercury is Mario Badescu Revitalizing Mask for only$18. This mask is like an I.C.U for your skin. It delivers intense moisture with gentle exfoliation through the power of Alpha Hydroxy, Papaya, Grapefruit, Vit A an E.
Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.
August 28, 2009
The Sexiest Style Icons Of All Time, Lucky magazine
Learn About Mandy Moore From Her Interview In Lucky Magazine This Month, Lucky Magazine
See Who Looked Hot And Who Did Not,Ali Larter People Magazine
I love the color grey especially for makeup this Fall. However, I do not have the same appreciation for grey when it comes to my hair. Yes, as much as I HATE to admit it, I have a lot of grey hair. I started going grey a few years ago and it has just been getting worse (I am not even 40 yet)! Greys are like weeds, one day you have 1 or 2 on your lawn and next week they have taken over your entire lawn (yikes!) My problem with grey hair is that they seem to grow at a much faster rate than the rest of my hair and they stick out like a sore thumb even against my blond hair. So what's a girl to do in between dye jobs? Pluck the greys away you say? I have tried this and they come back. It seems like for every 1 grey I pluck, 2 more are there to replace it. So no , do not pluck your greys! Rather, do what I have started to do, cover them up.
THE BIG COVER UP
I have started to use Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up & Highlight Pen to cover my " slivers of silver". This is a very convenient, handy way to touch-up greys and disguise roots between salon visits. Afraid of "permanent commitment"? This product delivers TEMPORARY hair color to only the areas that you want concealed and it washes out with your next shampoo. The only criticism that I have is I found this product does not dry as fast as they say it does. Even after running my hands through my hair an hour after applying it, I had some color stains on my hands. It certainly wasn't bad enough to make me stop using this hair product.
Please let me know what you think. Till then! B. Please visit my shopping mall at www.britneysshoppingmall.com
OSCAR BLANDI PRONTO COLORE ROOT TOUCH-UP & HIGHLIGHT PEN
August 27, 2009
Take Your Mother's Advice To A more Beautiful You, Allure Magazine
How To Get A Hot Hair Cut Like Nicole Richie, Gwyneth Paltrow And Rashida Jones, Allure Magazine
Vanessa Hudgens Always In Style, People Magazine
Micheal Kors Gives His "Dos And Don'ts For This Fall, Glamour Magazine
Fall brings with it change and one of the things I look to change this time of year is my perfume. I recently came across a very attractive bottle of perfume that caught my eye. It had large blue, fuchsia and red petals and her name was Lola, Lo-Lo-Lo-Lo-Lola. The latest fragrance from Marc Jacobs is Lola which is " the older and more alluring sister" of Daisy. I love the bottle of this perfume and it's colorful flower that proudly sits up on top, very feminine! It looks so pretty sitting on my vanity. I think this fragrance is a little more "grown -up than Daisy but not overly "mature". I would describe this scent as soft, pleasant and sensual. It has notes of pear, ruby red grapefruit, pink peppercorns, geranium, peony, rose, vanilla, tonka bean, and creamy musk. I think Lola by Marc Jacobs is a nice choice for a new Fall fragrance.
Please let me know what you think of Lola! Till then! B. Also, please visit my shopping mall at www.britneysshoppingmall.com for all your makeup needs!
MARC JACOBS LOLA PERFUME
August 26, 2009
BRUSHLAB PROFESSIONAL HAIR TOOLS
To get the job done right you first need the right tools. Beautiful hair requires a brush with a gentle touch. I know that in order for me to get full hair I absolutely need to use a round brush when blow drying my hair. This type of hair brush works best for creating volume because it lifts hair up and out right from the roots. I am currently using a top of the line hair brush from Brushlab called Ceramic Flow, Flow Hair Tools. Ever since using this line of hair brushes I have taken all my other hair brushes and tossed them in the trash! Why, you may ask. It is very simple. They work sooo well, read on to see how.
BRIT'S BEST BET BRUSH
Brushlab's Ceramic Round Brush's entire barrel is ceramic, this allows the entire barrel to heat up evenly, NO hot spots. This helps prevent heat damage to your hair (very important especially for those of us who color our hair!). Next, my favorite feature of this brush, is the "aerated" barrel that allows the air from the hairdryer to pass directly through the brush. Rather than the air bouncing around and blowing my hair in every direction (except the one way I want it to go) the air just passes through which allows me to concentrate air flow just where I want it. This brush delivers mega volume and shine and it also helps reduce frizz.
The next brush from Brushlab that has replaced my old brush is the Fresh Square Cushion Volumize brush. This large, wide paddle brush separates and lifts even the finest of hair (like mine). I love the smooth finish and volume that this brush delivers. The bristles are soft and gentle enough for all hair types. It also has a cool "no slip grip" that will let you keep your hand firmly on the handle even when you are up against the biggest of snarls.
PRETTY IN PINK
I love the idea of a 2 in 1 product especially if it makes my "on -the-go' beauty routine easier. Pretty Pink is a hair brush that delivers soft, full hair with a smooth finish AND it has a nice sized mirror on the back of the brush. This mirror is great for touching up your makeup or refreshing your "do". The only problem that I have with this hair brush is getting it back from my daughters (they love it)!!!
Please check out http://www.brushlove.com/ for more hair tools from Brushlab. Till then! B.
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BRUSHLAB HAIR TOOLS
August 25, 2009
I know that Summer is still here but I can't help myself from getting excited over the new Fall Makeup colors that are out!! Armed with my September issue of Allure Magazine in hand, I have been drooling over the article entitled "Fall Palette". This article showcases the hottest colors for Fall makeup and of course my all time fav "Autumn-Esque" color, brown, has once again made it to the top! Now, I know that when people think brown they are really thinking "boring, like a brown paper bag". However, I must tell you brown "nay sayers" that this Fall's brown should not be counted out. Pair a deep brown eyeshadow with a shimmering golden eyeshadow and suddenly brown has gone from being the wallflower to the girl at the party that everyone wants to know!
BRIT'S BEST BROWN COUPLE OF THE YEAR IS......
Nars Eyeshadow in Mekong and Silent Night. This "couple" of colors looks better together than Brad and Angelina!! I love the richness of the brown and how the golden shimmer really brings the light to your eyes. Psssst. For a cheap thrill I would suggest trying Revlon's Colorstay Mineral Eye Shadow In Tiger Eye!
FEELING A LITTLE "GRAY" TODAY?
If gray is your thing and I must admit that the new Fall Grays, with a hint of lavender are fast becoming one of my new personal Fall Favs, then you absolutely must try Rimmel London Colour Rush Eye Shadow in Elements!!! This "trio" of eye shadows has a matte finish that brings a subtle, smoky, softness to your eyes.
So get out there and give one of these new Fall colors a whirl! Please let me know what you think! Till then! B.
Find Out What The Next Trends Are For Fall, Glamour Magazine
Which Hairstyle Looks Best On Celebs Like Beyonce, Kate Hudson, Ashley Greene And Tori Spelling, People Magazine
Check Out The Latsest Fashion From Celebs Like Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Taylor Swift And Leanne Rimes. People Magazine
August 24, 2009
Celebrity Hairstylist Oribe Gives His Best Hairstyle Secrets, Allure Mgazine
What 10 Fragrances made The "Sexiest Fragrance List" In Allure Magazine? Click To Find Out. Allure Magazine
Check Out What Items Celebs Love To Wear Again And Again, People Magazine
See Who Is This Summers Sexy Leading Ladies, Sienna Miller, Cameron Diaz And Renee Zellweger,People Magazine
Start Body Building (for your hair).
Step 1. The first step in increasing the volume of your hair is to wash it with a body building shampoo like Nick Chavez Plump 'N Thick Shampoo. This shampoo gently cleanses your hair without stripping it. It was gently enough to use even on colored treated hair like mine. My hair felt thicker immediately after washing it.
Step 2. I applied a dime size amount of the Plump 'N Thick Leave-in Thickening Creme Conditioner and ran it through my hair. I was tempted to wash it out because I am used to rinsing out conditioner BUT I followed the instructions and left it in my hair .
Step 3. The "Big Blow Out". Next comes the volumizer to "rev up" the volume in your hair. I sprayed the Nick Chavez Flocker into my hands, rubbed them together and distributed it through out my hair. I then used a round brush to blow dry my hair because this type of brush lifts hair from the roots for maximum lift.
3,2,1 Lift off! (My Results)
Loved the shampoo and leave in conditioner! I must be honest, in the past I have not had good luck with leave in conditioners because they usually leave my hair flat and looking greasy. The Nick Chavez leave in conditioner left my hair full of volume and softness without heaviness. I also loved Flocker texturizing spray. This is a very light spray that gives great volume and fullness without stiffness and stickiness. After my hair was set I used the Nick Chavez Volumizing Extra Hold Hairspray to lock in my new found fullness and body. This is a light misting hairspray that will not flatten your hair or dampen your "do"!
Please do not forget to visit my shopping mall for other exciting products. You can also find a link to Nick Chavez on my website so you can shop for all your favorite Nick Chavez hair products like the ones I discussed. Till then! B.
August 21, 2009
BRITNEY'S WHAT'S HOT AND NEW BEAUTY REVIEW
Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair EYE has all the 24 hour eye protection and repair that you need in 1 convenient tube. One end of the tube contains the AM formula which hydrates and protects the delicate eye area with an SPF. The other end contains your PM formula which treats and repairs wrinkles.
All Revitalift products contain anti-aging Pro-Retinol A which helps speed up cell turn over and yep, you guessed it, it also reduces the size and depth of wrinkles. But wait, there's more! Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair EYE also contains a Fiber Restoring Complex which basically helps reinforce and regenerate the fibrous network around eyes. The benefit of this complex is that it contains two key ingredients that allows for the production of elastin and collagen (the stuff they use to plump your pucker).
Okay, now that we got the "how it works" out of the way, let's talk about what matters most. Does it work? I tried this product out on myself, the thirty-something and on my mom, the sixty-something ( I didn't give away your EXACT age mom). Here is what we found.
The 30 something says, "I love that this eye cream goes on easily and doesn't feel greasy." I noticed that my eye area was softer, definitely better hydrated and my fines lines were less noticeable. I also loved that AM treatment includes an SPF.
The 60 something says, " I love this eye cream" Just as a quick F.Y.I my mom does not have any deep set wrinkles ( lucky her!) but she does have some fine lines and wrinkles. She said that her fine lines had disappeared and that her entire eye area had "softened" which made her eyes look younger. The delicate skin surrounding her eyes was "plumped up" and no longer looked "fragile".
Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.
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L'OREAL REVITALIFT DEEP-SET WRINKLE REPAIR EYE
August 20, 2009
I found on Allure Magazine's website a lot of helpful posts from Hairstylist Chris McMillan who's clients include some of my fav celebs such as Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox Arquette. He has some very good styling tips for bangs and gives some good advice on how to care for your bangs. I hope you find it as helpful as I did! Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.
Here's the link to Chris McMillan from Allure Magazine
"Three Hairstyles With Bangs", Allure Magazine
Find Your Perfect Shade Of Red For The Fall, Harper's Bazaar
See How Your Favorite Models Look Without Their Makeup, Harper's Bazaar Magazine
The Best Ways To Instantly Hide Your Beauty Flaws, Harper's Bazaar Magazine
How To Get A Sexy,Stylish Ponytail, Allure Magazine
With the Summer heat and humidity finally here I find myself looking for a quick and easy cool-down throughout my day. I have started to use a super Summer perfect product from Mark ( it's part of Avon) called Mark Mists Juicy Body Fragrances. These body spritzers are my new fav way to keep my cool this Summer. Each spritzer is made with real fruit extracts which is probably why they smell SOOOOOOO good! They come in flavors such as Just Peachy, Luscious Mango, Tangerine Squeeze and my personal favorite Very Watermelon (I think this is the most popular scent). These fruity spritzers smell like the real thing and they are the perfect "pick-me -up and cool-me down product". I like to keep mine in the refrigerator so that I get an extra cool spritz (it feels so good!). But just as a F.Y.I, if you have girls in the house like I do you better have more than one bottle of Mark Mists because it will go fast! My daughters absolutely love using the Very Watermelon and the Just Peachy.
Please let me know what you think of Mark Mists Juicy Body Fragrances. Till then! B.
MARK MISTS JUICY BODY FRAGRANCES
August 19, 2009
I can not believe that I am actually writing this post! Trust me, I agonized about doing it for days! I tried out Paris Hilton's newest fragrance called Siren and although it may be hard for me to admit this, I have to say that I really like this fragrance. I am not a fan of Paris Hilton (and all her antics) nor am I a fan of her other fragrances but there is something in the Siren perfume that I really enjoy. The fragrance has notes of sandalwood, vanilla beans, Juicy Mandarin, Apricot Nectar, Coconut Orchid and creamy musk. Mix it all together and I think you get a beautiful, soft, feminine scent. It reminds me of Juicy Couture, ViVa La Juicy except Siren's scent fizzles out long before ViVa La Juicy,but I still like it. I have read other's reviews of Siren and most are not thrilled with this fragrance (or Paris Hilton). Please let me know if I am loosing my good sense of smell or maybe the perfume actually smells good. Till then!B.
PARIS HILTON SIREN PERFUME
Get All The Details About Alyssa Milano's Wedding,People Magazine.com
Get The Latest Scoop On Lauren Conrad's Style,Exercise and "Boyfriend Layer", People Magazine
Love It or Leave It? Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox and Leighton Meester In White Sheath Dresses, People Magazine
Get These Holloywood Beauty Must-Haves, People Magazine
I love using self tanners to get myself a beautiful tan. It is the safest way to tan especially with all the BAD news that just came out over tanning beds. I recently tested L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Self Tanning Lotion and for the most part I like this product but as with all self tanners there are a few pesky issues.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON L'OREAL SUBLIME BRONZE
This self tanner has a fresh cantaloupe and pineapple scent. It wasn't until about an hour later that I detected a VERY FAINT "self tanner" smell from this lotion. In all honesty, the "self tanner" smell disappeared a little while later, so it's not really a big deal and it is FAR less than most self tanners! One of the things that I loved about this self tanner is that it instantly gives you a caramel kiss of golden color (not that horrible "orangy" color) that gradually develops into a "believable" tan. I applied the self tanner daily for 4 days until I achieved my desired color then I reapplied it twice a week to maintain my tan. I also applied this self tanner to my face and I had no streaks, "oragnyness" (I don't think this is a real word!) or pimples and with the power of Vit E my skin was soft. Lastly, I love how fast this self tanner dries.
BRIT'S NIT PICKS
I found that the L'Oreal Luminous Bronzer has way too much sparkle for me, I looked like a Disco Ball Diva. However, a lot of the sparkle did wear off by the next day. This product claims that it is streak free. I don't know that I would say that. I am pretty good at applying self tanner and I noticed that I had a few "uneven" areas on my legs, nothing major but they were still there.
All that said, I would definitely purchase this product for myself. I liked the natural color I was able to achieve and I love the fact that this product does not have that strong "self tanner" smell. Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.
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L'OREAL SUBLIME BRONZE LUMINOUS BRONZER SELF TANNING LOTION
August 18, 2009
Check Out Amanda Seyfried's Cover Shoot For Allure Magazine, Allure Magazine
Find Out Which Products Will Make You Look Like You Got A Great Night's Rest, Allure Magzine
How To Get Sexy Waves Like Teri Hatcher And Julia Roberts, Redbook Magazine
S.O.S (SAVE OUR STRANDS)
I swear if my hair could talk it would definitely be crying for help! The damaging rays of the Summer sun seem to zap the moisture and color ( if you color your hair like me) right out from my hair. This is exactly why I like to spritz my hair with the new L'Oreal Everpure UV Protect Spray. This protective spray is part of the L'Oreal Sulfate Free hair care line that I already use and love. If your are not familiar with the benefits of sulfate free shampoos and conditioners, I can tell you that these products will save your hair from splitting, breakage and color fade ( who doesn't want that!)
THE SKINNY ON SULFATES
Basically, sulfates in shampoos and conditioners act like a detergent on your hair. They strip the natural oils away from your hair leaving it dry, damaged and it will fade the beautiful hair color that you paid a lot of money for!
You can never be too over protective when it comes to your hair. I have found that after using the Everpure UV Protect Spray my ends were not "fried" and my color stayed blonde and shiny even after spending many a day at the beach . My stylist even made a comment on how good my color looked even after 6 weeks! L'Oreal Everpure UV Protect Spray is infused with Rosemary and Mint which gives it a fresh, clean scent. This spray can be applied after washing your hair or you can do what I like to do which is apply it to my hair (when it is dry) while I am out in the sun. This way it instantly moisturizes and conditions my hair and it fends off the harmful UV rays.
Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.
L'OREAl EVERPURE UV PROTECT SPRAY
August 17, 2009
Check Out The Newest Handbags From Yves Saint Laurent, Fan Favs Include Katy Perry and Mary-Kate Olsen,In- Style Magazine
Melissa-Joan-Hart And Kelly Osbourne On The Next Dancing With The Stars, Check Out Who Else Made The Cut, US Magazine
Tyra Banks Says So Long To Fake Hair And Keeps It "Real" This Season, US Magazine
Is Eva Mendes Comitting A Fashion Felony Or Not? US Magazine
Forget cash for clunkers! I have a better way at saving you some dough. I was reading an article from the May edition of Glamour Magazine about how to cut down on salon visits on having your hair colored to save some money. Jason Backe of NYC's Ted Gibson Salon said that his own mother uses Clairol Perfect 10 by Nice 'n Easy and there is a reason for this. This hair color works well. So well in fact that it earned The Allure Magazine's Breakthrough Award.
An at home, single process hair color is easy enough that now anyone can achieve a salon inspired hair color from Clairol Perfect 10. The amazing part is that in only 10 short minutes you can transform your tired old lack luster hair color into unbelievably soft, well conditioned high gloss color. There are 24 shades to choose from, anything red to blonde, black to brown and all in between. This hair color evens covers 100% of your greys ( not that you have any of course, well at least none that you'd admit too!)
BRIT' S HAIR TIPS
Before you start coloring your own hair be sure to first do a test strip to see how the color will look on you.( Choose one from the nape of your neck and another from the crown of your head). Next part hair down the middle and apply Clairol Perfect10 hair color starting at the roots to a couple inches above the ends. Take a gloved hand and run fingers through hair, including roots. F.Y.I The tips of the hair are porous and will become too light or dark if dye is applied directly on them. Set your timer, rinse hair well when timer goes off and be sure to follow with conditioner. It really is that easy. I did Clairol Perfect10 hair color on my mom and she LOVED the results. My hair on the other hand requires an all out, multi-tasked approach. My hair is colored AND highlighted so I think I will leave that to the professionals!
Please let me know what you think of Clairol Perfect 10 hair color. Till then! B.
CLAIROL PERFECT 10 HAIR COLOR
August 14, 2009
Happy Friday to all! I can't believe that we are already half way through August. The weather has not been very "Summery" here in Connecticut, what's going on with all the rain anyway?
BRITNEY'S WHAT'S HOT AND NEW BEAUTY REVIEW: L'OREAL EXTRA-VOLUME COLLAGEN MASCARA.
WANTED: Mascara the delivers thick, beautiful, full lashes that won't cost a fortune!
FOUND: L'OREAL EXTRA-VOLUME COLLAGEN MASCARA.
I have long been a TRUE fan of L'OREAL VOLUMINOUS MASCARA. I started to use this product when I was in my early 20's and I have been using it ever since (trust me, it's been a long time!) I have tried the other much more expensive brands of mascara and I have found that the real only difference between the two is the price! (seriously!). So, when I got the chance to test out the new Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara I had very high expectations for this product. Here's what I found.
THE OUTER FRINGE
Two words that have become very important to me especially as I get older, LIFT AND SEPARATE! I have very short and fine eye lashes so I need a mascara that will create long and thick lashes for me. L'OREAL Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara does just that! Trust me, this new version of the Voluminous Mascara will take your lashes to the next level! First of all the brush is 50% bigger than the original Voluminous Mascara. Also,the bristles are multi-length which coats even the tiniest of lashes with mascara root to tip. It is infused with collagen which plumps up your lashes from the inside out and it also contains Hyaluronic spheres that cling to lashes making them look fuller and thicker.
TIME TO RETHINK YOUR WINK
I found that this mascara goes on smooth and clumps and flakes were nowhere to be found. My lashes looked longer, fuller and thicker. (Otherwise put, I got glam lashes.) The sleek new design of the package makes this mascara look just as expensive as the other high priced mascaras.
Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.
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August 13, 2009
Victoria Beckham Back On American Idol, US Magazine
Beyonce In A Fashion Violation?, US Magazine
Megan Fox's Sexy Style Showcase,Us Magazine
Hot Fashion Tips Straight Off The Runways,Lucky Magazine
OH, YOU STUD, YOU!
I was reading this months Harper's Bazaar (with Kate Winslet on the cover) and the article titled "Most Wanted, Studded Sensations, Start with these haute-hardware hits" is a "must check out!" Studded shoes, wrist cuffs and handbags are going to be THE hottest way to accessorise your outfit the Fall. It allows you to have an edgy look without being over the top "goth" . Here is my wish list from Harper's Bazaar for this Fall. ( Hopefully my Hubby is reading this!)
1. Chanel black cuff with square silver studs. $1,975 (ouch!)
2. Marc Jacobs handbag, black with square and round studs. $5,350 (super ouch!)
3. Cesare Paciotti shoe ( high heels of course) in green with silver studs. $790
WANT A CHEAP THRILL?
Marc Jacobs has a black clutch with square gold studs for ONLY $47. Can you say STEAL!
There is even a way that you can " stud out " your makeup. Check out Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette. This compact comes in black with the same square studs that are hot in fashion this up coming Fall. The compact is totally hot and sheik and the eye palate has every shade of eyeshadow that you will need to complete your cool Fall look and it is only $44!
Please let me know what you think of studs as an accessory this Fall and don't forget to check out my Shopping Mall and Beauty Mark for the latest in your shopping needs!. Till then! B.
TARTE FEMME FATALE EYE PALETTE