Follow this step-by-step guide to get frizz-free, defined curls
Curly hair guru Ouidad shares the exact steps you should follow to get gorgeous curls. She covers the products to use, the temperature of the blow dryer and even exactly what to do with your hands. Pretty sweet, huh?
We challenged TotalBeauty.com readers to put different beauty product lines to the test -- see their results here
Plenty of women (like our testers) could use a complexion boost. To the rescue, TotalBeauty.com: We provided the new Olay Pro-X products and department store products for their pampering pleasure, and they offered honest, real-time results. See how each brand fared in this eight-week skincare faceoff.
Cold temperatures and windy weather make it necessary to wear some sort of hat to keep your head from freezing. Not only are hats good at keeping you warm but they are also a great way to accessorize your outfit. But what happens when the hat MUST come off ? If you are like me, and do not have hair that holds up well against hat wearing, especially in the Winter, hats can become a major problem! The cold, dry air along with a static loving hat can create a frenzy of frizz, flatness and fly-aways on top of your head (not exactly a pretty site). I recently had my own experience with this type of "hat-head" at my daughter's school and because I was in a school my hat HAD to be removed out of respect. Well, I knew what kind of hair was lurking under my hat and I definitely did not want to embarrass my daughter in front of her friends.
LIKE A BOYSCOUT, I AM ALWAYS PREPARED!
So, to avoid total embarrassment (5th graders can be tough!), I used some of my Aveda Control Paste that I always keep in my purse for hair emergencies just like this one to tame my fly-aways and frizz. Just a dab of this product on dry hair restores "order" and shine to my hair. I also like to use this product on my roots to "re-inflate" my flattened "do" . The Aveda Control Paste smells great and it does a nice job at conditioning my "Winter stressed locks". Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.
BRIT'S BORROWED BEAUTY BITS
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to pass along these great tips from Allure Magazine to help you look your sexiest this Valentine's Day! The 10 Best Valentine's Day Beauty Ideas Our favorite easy ways to be sexy.
By Fiona Gibb
Maximize Your Lashes
All you need is the right mascara and these tips from makeup artist Dick Page:
1. Start by curling your lashes. Gently pinch lashes at the roots and then move along the length, making pulse-like squeezes as you go. (The Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler, $19, is the gold standard, and it even comes in actual 24-karat gold, $24, if you're feeling fancy.)
2. Apply mascara by wiggling the wand back and forth at the roots to deposit as much of it as possible before pulling the wand straight up.
3. To make lashes look long and separated, apply three coats of mascara—but comb through the mascara while it's still wet with a clean, dry spooley brush
I ran across this article which did a great job at summing-up the action and fashion from the SAG awards. I thought you might also enjoy it!
The Rain Stays Away—and the Frocks Come Out—at the SAG Awards
With downpours in the forecast and the Golden Globes' soggy red carpet still fresh in people's minds, the Screen Actors Guild put up a tent outside its 16th annual awards ceremony on Saturday night. And wouldn't you know it? There wasn't a cloud in the sky. But the weather was pretty much the only thing that was different about the SAGs, as many of the same actors—Mo'Nique, Christoph Waltz, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, etc.—took home the same top prizes they won at the Globes. Drew Barrymore, this time in Monique Lhuillier, even gave the same rambling, um-filled speech.
The good news, besides the fact that this awards show clocked in at two hours, not three, was the surprising number of red-carpet thrills. It was a big night for Alexander McQueen: Anna Paquin rocked a plunging Spring runway dress, and Bullock was every inch the winner in her glamorous Old Hollywood-style column gown. Kate Hudson looked smoking in her pale, backless Emilio Pucci (sadly, we can't say the same for her co-presenter Justin Timberlake's butter-knife beard).
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HD, 2 little letters that can strike fear in the hearts of those who work in front of the camera. Why? Well, basically, HD (high definition) fine tunes the details of a picture, including ALL your flaws. But along with this new HD technology emerged an even better "makeup technology" that would help keep all those little "imperfections" a secret, thanks to Make Up For Ever. Models, actors and actresses alike all use some form of "HD" makeup to help conceal blemishes and keep themselves looking "picture perfect". I have found that even those of us who are not always under the scrutiny of the camera can also benefit from using an HD makeup such as one from the Make Up For Ever Brand.
I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP!
Right now I am into Make Up For Ever's HD Invisible Cover Concealer for hiding my "less than perfect facial details"(a nicer way of saying pimples, age spots and dark circles). This concealer is oil free and is designed to give you MEDIUM coverage. It creates a "soft focus" effect over the areas you want concealed. The HD Invisible Cover Concealer glides over and smooths out fine lines, wrinkles and all other concealed areas rather settling into them and making them more obvious. So, whether you want to look fabulously flawless in HD or just look great to the naked eye Make Up For Ever can give you smooth, flawless, radiant looking skin.
BRIT'S NIT PICKS
The only thing I am not wild about with the HD Invisible Cover Concealer is that I did not get as much product that I had hoped to, but to its' credit it is a very good concealer! Please let me know what you think. Till then! B.