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Avocado-Inspired Beauty Products

I recently reinvented my diet. Nothing crazy, I’m not trying to lose weight, but I am trying to eat healthier by eliminating sugars and reducing the amount of carbs in my diet. During this time, I have fallen in love with avocados, the soft green fruit loaded with fiber that is best known for its cardiovascular benefits. But, in addition to being amazing for your health, avocados are great to incorporate into your beauty regimen as the yummy superfood aids in anti-aging, nourishes skin and revitalizes dry, frizzy hair.

If you’re like me and don’t have time to create a DYI avocado treatment, try one of these avocado-infused beauty products.

 

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From left to right (top)
Bella Vado Avocado Bar (Unscented) – $8.00
Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment – $9.00
Olay 2-in-1 Essential Oils Ribbons Moisturizing Body Wash – Soothing Cucumber & Avocado – $5.99

From left to right (bottom):
Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Skin Nourishing Body Butter, $36.00
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $28.50

Flower Power: Perfect Headbands for Coachella

It’s that time of year again – Coachella – the annual music festival that brings out droves of people to bake in the sun while listening to groovy tunes. The one fashion trend that has always been a staple at the event is floral headbands. I’ve sourced the web to find some worthy of the beachy waves it will adorn.

Rose Up Metallic Headband, $12.50

Rose Up Metallic Headband, $12.50

 Flower Power Headband, $9.00


Flower Power Headband, $9.00

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Dalia Flower Crown, $20

DAISY FLOWER CROWN, $10.95

DAISY FLOWER CROWN, $10.95

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Rosette Headband, $4.90

 

Hot New Beauty Products to Try This Spring

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Last week I attended the 10th Anniversary arty of New Beauty magazine where a variety of different beauty companies were on hand to celebrate the magazine, as well as show off their products to the room filled with beauty experts. Some of the items on display were products that we all may be familiar with, while others are newcomers eager to make their presence known on the beauty scene. Here are a few my top picks for products to watch out for this year.

Real Techniques Bold Metallics Collection – Developed by Youtube sensation Pixiwoo’s Sam and Nic, this new collection of brushes were inspired by luxury. The soft bristles featured tapered tips and are engineered for perfect weight distribution when tipped toward the face while being used. The brushes are available at ulta.com and boots.com.

BeautyDNA – This new subscription box service will deliver a full-sized product to your door every moth customized to your skin needs. Subscribers fill out a detailed Beauty Profile, the system makes a product match, and then the product is shipped directly to you with a detailed report explaining why it was selected specifically for you.

SuperSmile – This professional at-home teeth whitening line has been around since 1987. The system removes tooth stains without bleaches or abrasives, when users follow the 6-minute regimen developed by the company that includes Activating Rods applied to the teeth, brushing with the Whitening Toothpaste and rinsing with its Whitening Pre-Rinse.

Intellishade – This anti-aging tinted moisturizer is available in Original Radiant and a new matte formula and features spf 45 and features one shade that blends in with every skin tone. It’s a multi-tasking product, perfect for women on the go as it is a sunscreen, moisturizer, makeup and ant-aging product in one.

Get The Look: Jennifer Hudson’s Black Jumpsuit

Jennifer Hudson at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards (Photo by Axelle Woussen/Bauer-Griffin)

Jennifer Hudson at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards (Photo by Axelle Woussen/Bauer-Griffin)

Jennifer Hudson stunned on the red carpet on March 28th wearing a fabulous black jumpsuit to the 28th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Inglewood, California. The all-black fitted number stood on its own with a sexy v-neckline, while the only bright pops of color were seen with the purple lipstick she rocked and the blue strap on the sassy sandals that adorned her feet. Perfect for Spring, here are some black rompers you can wear, inspired by the American Idol starlet.

FRENCH CONNECTION Jumpsuit - Mona Crepe, Sale $148.50

FRENCH CONNECTION Jumpsuit – Mona Crepe, Sale $148.50

 

Bar III Crisscross Jumpsuit, $79.50

Bar III Crisscross Jumpsuit, $79.50

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Pure Ice’s new Sparking Seas Nail Collection

It may not feel like spring, but the season is here, so even if the weather isn’t bright and cheery doesn’t mean you can’t begin decking out your nails in all sorts of colorful shades to celebrate the transition from winter to warmer temperatures. Affordable nail brand Pure Ice has got your nails covered…literally, with its new Sparking Seas collection, feature 3 sparkling new shades to give you the perfect manicure. The new shades include Sea Glass (green), Mer-Magical (pink), and Sparking Seas (blue).
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Pure Ice’s Sparkling Seas Collection is available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide this spring, and retails for $1.99 each.

How to Contour For Your Skin Complexion

Ever since Kim Kardashian burst out onto the public scene, everyone has become obsessed with contouring – a beauty secret makeup artists kept to themselves…until now. Just search the term “contouring” in Youtube and thousands of videos come up with vloggers sharing their how-tos on how to get sculpted looking cheekbones and a smaller-appearing nose. And, if you’re going to be searching for contouring on Youtube, then you should check out TEMPTU’s new #HOW2TEMPTU video series, featuring TEMPTU Pro Makeup Artist, Tiffany Saxby, who teaches viewers how to use the company’s new Natural Contour Kits ($60 – $200 each at Temptu.com). The videos are perfect because not all contouring is made equal – depending on your skin tone, you may have to adjust the technique. Here, TEMPTU breaks down the techniques for each skin tone:

Light Complexions
Step 1: Highlight cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin.
Step 2: Lowlight under highlighted areas for a sculpted look.
Step 3: Apply foundation over entire face to complete look.

 

Dark Complexions
Step 1: Highlight cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin.
Step 2: Apply second highlight over same area.
Step 3: Apply foundation over entire face to complete look.

e.l.f. cosmetics Launches Skin Care Collection

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e.l.f. Cosmetics, well-known for their affordable makeup line of products that are priced for as little as just $1, recently launched a skin care line. Similar to the products in the color cosmetics line, the skin care collection features items at an affordable price point – the most expensive thing in the line is $12! The products are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and aim to deliver a health glow for all skin types.

The e.l.f. Skin Care Collection includes:

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8): Achieve a radiant, healthy complexion with this ultra-hydrating daily moisturizer infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber. The ingredient blend works to soothe, hydrate and protect skin. With lightweight, water-based formula, this moisturizer provides gentle yet effective hydration for even the most sensitive skin, and vanishes into skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. The result is soft, smooth, moisturized skin.

e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream ($10): Open your eyes to a new, breakthrough brightening eye cream that hydrates and soothes the eye area while minimizing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.
e.l.f. Soothing Serum ($12): This lightweight, silky, and hydrating serum helps skin retain moisture for a dewy, radiant glow. Infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, and Vitamin E. Use under moisturizer in the morning and evening after cleansing.

e.l.f. Nourishing Night Cream ($12): Enhance your beauty sleep with this hydrating night cream and wake up to glowing, healthy skin! Infused with skin nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber to soothe and protect the delicate skin area. Use in the evening after cleansing.

You can scoop up one, or all of the products on www.elfcosmetics.com now.

How-to Apply Falsies Like a Pro

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For a long time, I had a fear of false lashes. My lashes are naturally quite long, but a set of falsies can make my entire look pop. Just check out this photo of me when I went to the Grammy and used falsies for my eye look. One of my best tricks to apply false eyelashes is to use tweezers to maneuver the lash strip quickly to the base of the lid. But, UBU, a beauty tool brand, has a clever little secret weapon, that helps you apply lashes like a pro called the Lash App. It has tiny tongs that easily help glide false lashes in place. Below are their frustration free tips on how you can apply your lashes like a pro:

Step 1: Start by prepping your natural lashes with the Boom Boom Blink, a five star curler that works for all eye shapes and gives an amazing amount of curl.

Step 2: Grab the lashes of your choice and size them according to your eye. We recommend keeping a pair of cosmetic scissors handy like the Snipz to trim away any excess.

Step 3: Next comes the secret weapon – the Lash App! Insert lashes between these tiny tongs with the lash line facing outward, add glue & simply apply to your eye.

These handy tools are available on Amazon.com.

Get Your Yearly Horoscope Fresh and Susan Miller’s Astrology Video Series

We are just two months into 2015, wondering what the rest of the year will bring?

A few weeks ago I told you about Fresh’s Limited-Edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection, the beauty brnad has launched in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller.

Recently, Fresh and Susan released quick videos that shed some light on the year ahead, forecasting what’s in the stars for each zodiac sign: in life, in love and most importantly in beauty.

Below, are the quick 2 minute videos for each sign. Check them out to hear your 2015 horoscope.

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How to Recreate Hair Trends Seen At NYFW

Experts from Olivia Garden, makers of high quality styling tools, kept a close eye on the hair trends making the way down the runway at New York Fashion Week, and in their expert opinion, the major hair trend for Fall 2015 is effortlessly chic. From slicked back ponies to textured hints of wave, Fall 2015 is all about easy, no fuss styling for a natural, carefree look.

Here, the experts from the company share tips and products to achieve the most sought after looks from the runway.

Natural Stanaturalte as seen at Rachel Comey and Ralph Lauren

To get that slightly disheveled texture with a bit of bend use the Olivia Garden FingerBrush. The fingers of the brush move independently from each other, unlike other brushes, to hug every part of the scalp creating a very natural “lived-in” result. Let hair air dry or blow dry with brush.

 

 

City Slicker as seen at Hugo Boss and Erin Fetherstonslick

For a simple, yet sleek, ponytail start by using Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush with a blow dryer to dry hair flat to the scalp. Once hair is dry, use the tail of the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush to create a part down the middle. Then use its mixed bristle brush to smooth hair down and place in pony at the base of the neck. Secure with hair elastic.

 

 

Undone Beauty as seen at BCBG and Michael Kors

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Chic and easy with a bit of an edge, creating an undone ponytail or bun is all the rage for Fall 2015. Use the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush on dry hair to create volume and pull back into a low pony or bun. Then using the tail end of the brush pull out pieces of hair to frame the face. You can go back and tease the loose pieces or bottom of ponytail for a more textured look.


 

 

Easy Elegance as seen at Zac Posenelegance

For a sophisticated style with shine and bounce, start by drying hair with a large paddle brush like the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush. Then use a curling iron on the ends of the hair to create a loose curl. Brush out the curls with the same paddle brush to create soft waves. Lastly, use a 100% boar brush, Olivia Garden Divine Care & Style, to smooth out the crown of the head and fly-aways around the face.