Posts Tagged ‘Beauty


Mobile Makeover: the make-up guide on the move

For girls on the go, Mobile Makeover offers professional step-by-step beauty tutorials to be picked up wherever you happen to be in the world.

Written by leading make-up artists and hair stylists, each beauty guide is available in two versions – a printable PDF file that can be accessed online, and a mobile-friendly version that can be viewed on your Smartphone.

Each guide costs £3, with a complimentary sample guide available to you on registration with the site.

Precision results can be achieved with Mobile Makeover’s library of guides which boast clearly written instructions, beautiful photography and incredible high-end make-up looks.

With 40 different looks to choose from and with regular archive updates, whether it be a subtle daytime affair or high-impact experimental style, Mobile Makeover will have your needs covered. Take inspiration from a certain celeb and be sure that the site will have a corresponding look to satisfy your requests.


Guestpost: Anti Ageing – Tips to protect your hands

Hydrate your hands with these anti-ageing tips

Our hands are overexposed.  They’re in the sun all day; they’re touching the desk and the computer screen; they’re dumped in buckets of water and scraped with paper towels and napkins.

And because of this overexposure, our hands are usually the first place on our body to show signs of ageing;  our skin becomes dry and brittle, and the back of our hands develop sun spots or large, bulging veins.

We all need to do a better job in protecting our hands; and so here are a few tips to help you do just that.

Tip 1: Wear gloves when doing laundry

Detergents (particularly antimicrobial detergents) can cause extreme dryness and irritation over long periods of use.  So when doing the laundry, try wearing gloves to protect your hands.  As an alternative, find detergents that are safe for your hands or that are not antimicrobial in nature.

Tip 2: Moisturize after showers

Showers dry out your hands quickly.  Water strips your hand of protective oils which causes your skin to lose moisture, and hot showers do this at an even quicker rate.  Be sure to replenish your skin’s natural moisture supply by applying plenty of hydrating moisturiser.

See Paint the Town Scarlet writer, Sarah George’s, top 5 hand creams.

Tip 3: Always pat dry

Everyone knows to pat their face dry instead of rub, so why doesn’t everybody do the same for their hands?  Your hands are just as delicate as your face—so treat them the same way.  Always pat them dry with a soft towel, and opt for the hand dryer when possible.

Tip 4: Put sun screen on your hands

It’s quite funny, actually.  We put sunscreen all over our bodies expect for the part that never hides from the sun.  Wear an SPF 15 sunscreen even on dull days, and you’ll protect your hand from heinous sun damage.  Note: some hand creams and natural skincare products contain SPF 15 sun block.

So that’s it for our tips.  How did we do?  Any other tips you’d add to the list?  Please let us know in the comments section.

Written by Jesse Ortiz, a writer for Dr. Samir Bute and, who specialises in topics that include anti-aging, natural skincare products, and general skincare.  Follow him on twitter @OrtizJesse.


Bare-faced chic: Is less really more?

Paris Fashion Week 2011was adorned with models showcasing the latest trends amid luxe fabrics and extravagant materials. But had you casted your eyes upward you would have noticed that the faces of the cat-walkers were played down with au naturel, muted make-up. While it is in every designer’s best interest to avoid make-up that detracts from the outfit, detract it certainly did not last month, due to the fact that it was barely there. Bronzed bodies were discarded in favour of natural pallor, mascara-free eyelashes were embraced and lips were neutralised with only a hint of lipbalm.

Bare-faced beauty is bang on trend

So does this spell a new trend taking over the fashion world? Could bare-faced chic overtake our desire to cake ourselves in cosmetics this summer? Indeed, the thought of a slap-free face is extremely appealing as the thermometer ups its ante in the heat stakes. And as we continue to spend many a day in the baking heat with our make-up sliding southwards, it seems ridding ourselves of masked lips and heavily made-up eyes could just be the way forward.

What’s more, you don’t even have to go completely bare – trick others into thinking you’re a natural beauty by simply enhancing what you’ve got. Clear mascara will work wonders to define lashes without the added pigment, or for those fair of lash, a waterproof mascara will do the trick; just check out Miss Sporty’s range of cheap mascara wands.

Mineral foundations, such as those sold by Elf Cosmetics and Lily Lolo, will also provide sheer, even coverage without looking like its painted on. Moreover a mineral foundation infused with SPF, such as the ones suggested, can kill two birds with one stone by offering UV protection as well as a flawless face.

If you’re prone to dry skin, why not give tinted moisturiser a go? A lighter and more breathable form of foundation, tinted moisturiser is an alternative solution for those who can’t bear the thought of leaving their house without face make-up. MAC boasts a range of colours to cater for your complexion.

Bold lips and bare faces go hand in hand

Combining two beauty trends in one look, you can even sport a completely natural face with a bold lip (as pictured across). This is a very high-end beauty look because of the extreme contrast exuded by a statement lip and make-up-free surround, so for those brave enough…give it a shot.

Will you dare to bare this summer? We’d love to hear your thoughts.


Lauren Conrad launches The Beauty Department

Lauren Conrad does a good deed and offers us her beauty advice

Everyone’s favourite fashionista has extended her empire by reaching out to her loyal followers and launching a beauty site that offers tips and printable step-by-step tutorials. Working alongside her hairstylist, Kristen Ess, and make-up artist, Amy Nadine, The Beauty Department Lauren delivers some of the most lusted after beauty advice in the blogosphere.

No longer will you spend hours recreating Conrad’s perfect pout or heavenly hairstyle, for you too can sport her key looks by keeping track of the site’s latest offerings.

Take part in the online polls of This or That and wallow in the new wonders of Obsessions; the site is truly brimming with exciting daily nuggets of beauty content.

What’s more, the Inspirations section pays homage to The Hills star’s beauty icons – a reassuring thought that, just like her minions, Lauren draws upon a selection of A-list muses from time to time as well.

Show your support today and check out the site!


Guest post: Summer Skincare

Glow like Rihanna with these skincare tips

The elements of Summer can take their toll on our skin. Things like heat, chlorine and humidity can damage your skin during the Summer months, and even though it may not seem like it, the season is almost upon us. So in order to prepare your skin for the hot weather ahead and keep it looking healthy and feeling smooth, here are some tips on taking care of your skin this Summer.

Be sure to use SPF every day – Even when it’s raining or cloudy. You should always apply SPF 15 minutes before you leave your home and every two hours after that. You should also reapply it after you’ve gone swimming because the water will wash off the sunscreen. The fairer your skin, the higher the factor your sunscreen should be to prevent burning.

Use moisturiser every day – Instead of the thick, intense moisturiser that you use during the Winter, get a lighter one so that your skin can breathe and not feel suffocated. If your moisturiser has SPF in it, it’s a good idea to find out how much, but if you’re moisturiser contains less than 15% sunscreen, you should apply some SPF underneath in order to minimise sun damage.

Exfoliate – Use a exfoliator and scrub solution weekly to remove the dead skin cells from your face and body and keep your skin looking radiant. Be sure not to overdo it because freshly exfoliated skin is more sensitive; once a week is plenty during the Summer.

Drink lots of water – On a regular day, you should drink eight glasses of water, but in the Summer try to drink more so that your entire body maintains hydration and feels energized.

Consult your dermatologist – Check with your dermatologist before you continue using acne products, as when mixed with sweat the active ingredients in them can cause the skin to become irritated.

These easy-to-follow tips should help you get through the Summer season by maintaining the natural beauty of your skin. Have a fun summer!

Radiant Summer skin is but a few steps away

Written by Aleya Bamdad of the Manhattan Beauty School, Hair Design Institute


Guest Post: Summer Beauty Trends 2011

The beauty trends for Summer 2011 revolve around bright colours and serve to make your features ‘pop’. These trends, that are the norm on the runway but not necessarily on the streets because of their brave nature, can be worn by any age at whatever time of day. Here are the more popular beauty trends expected this season and some tips on how you can wear them.

Pink eyeshadows are key this Summer

Bright Eyes– Bright pink or light red eye shadow creates a surprising, yet stunning, look for Summer. The colors bring warmth and energy to your look and can dress up your outfit even if you’re wearing jeans and a simple t-shirt. Purple eye shadow is also trendy for the Summer and is a safer alternative than the more garish shades of pink and red.


Hot Pink Lips– The bold look of hot pink lips is a great way to celebrate the warm season and looks great on any skin color. Blue-based pink hues look great on paler complexions, while orange-based tints suit darker skin tones.

Matte Lips– Put away the lip gloss and try out a matte lipstick. This look holds a bit more of an edge

Christina Aguilera sports this season's top trend: a bold lip

and tends to show more of the lines in your lips. However, when applied properly it can leave a lasting impression of style and sophistication.


Graphic Nails– You can still paint your nails with pinks and corals this Summer, but if you really want to make a statement try painting a design on your nails. Brightly coloured polka dots, animal prints and stars are currently very popular.

Braids– Braid your hair in any fashion you desire. Leave the braid down, put it up in a bun, or use several as elegant details to an up or down ‘do – the possibilities are endless.

An oversized bun will keep you cool and score you fashion points

Oversized Buns– Keep cool and keep your hair off your neck by tying it into an oversized bun, as high up on your head as possible. To make this look really stand out, add a colorful hair accessory to your hairstyle.


The point of the 2011 Summer trends is to have fun. Revisit your childhood by daring to bare bold colours, being sure to keep your skin-tone firmly in mind. You’ll be amazed at how young and fresh you feel.

Written by Aleya from the Manhanttan beauty school, Hair Design Institute, as part of their blogger outreach programme. Visit their site here


A Permed Return

Rihanna updates the perm for 2011

Gone are the days when the thought of a perm evoked visions of old ladies overindulged with rollers and blue rinse finishes, or the frizzy dos of the 80’s teen complemented by a neon shell suit.

Marc Jacobs’ spring/summer collection 2011 saw models sporting big and bouncy hair with a modern day twist.  This year will see the comeback of the perm like it has never come back before. Girls, ditch the GHD’s because perms are the way forward this season.

The Digital Perm - the revolution in perming technique

Today, there are a range of perm styles at your disposal, ensuring your curls are more Rihanna than Shirley Temple. Tighter corkscrew curls can be achieved with thinner rods, while sultry spirals can be created with larger and wider roller sizes. A consultation with your hairdresser can only put your hair worries to rest before taking the plunge. Just remember to hold your nose when it comes to administering the perming solution!

Alternatively, the Japanese-inspired Digital Perm is designed to create the loose and tousled look of celebs the world over. The difference to a traditional perm is that heat is applied as the metal rods ‘set’ the curl – the temperature is regulated using a machine. If you find a hairdresser that offers this service then kudos to you, but beware of the pricetag; the digi perm can set you back as much as £150!

However, if you don’t want your perm to be too permanent, use Babyliss’ Conical Wand or new-age hair rollers, Curlformers, for a bonce that is bang up to date.

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