Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Olive Oil for Your Skin?

Ancient Egyptians understood the power of olive oil. They used it in their daily beauty regimen to keep skin, soft, supple and healthy. These days, olive oil is still just as fantastic for promoting skin health, so channel your inner Cleopatra and incorporate olive oil into your daily beauty routine.

Place just a bit of olive oil on your fingertips and dab on the corners of the eyes, eyelids and under eyes. Do this nightly, and wake up looking gorgeous and refreshed. Use olive oil to clear up acne. We know putting oil on acne doesn't sound logical but it works. Olive oil actually helps to dissolve those acne-causing oils on your face, so pores unclog more easily and skin is more clear. It's also great for smoothing out acne scars, so apply a thin layer to the face daily for glowing, gorgeous skin.

Rub a small amount of olive oil on your lips daily for increased softness and shine. The vitamin E in olive oil is incredibly moisturizing. If you're tired of lip balm and gloss, or if you're just looking for a natural option to moisturize your lips, olive oil is a good option.

Soak your feet after a long, hard day. Drop one tablespoon of olive oil into a warm foot bath and soak your tootsies for 10-15 minutes. This works especially during the colder winter months, when skin tends to dry out. So if you have dry, rough feet, try an olive oil foot bath two to three times a week.

After bathing, massage olive oil into skin instead of using lotion. It's super moisturizing, and the vitamin E contained in it helps to promote healthy skin. If you're not so sure about slicking olive oil all over your body, go to your local drug store and pick up a lotion that contains olive oil. You'll still get that great vitamin E that'll give you soft, smooth skin.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Favorite Lip Stains

Lipstick is great but sometimes you want something more daytime friendly. Instead of a more bold lip shade, go au naturale glam with a lip stain. Lip stains still pack a punch of color without the fuller matte finish. If you're looking for your perfect brand, you've got a ton of options. Lip stains are super trendy and every major makeup line carries them. So which ones work best? Lucky for you, there are a bevy of brands out there that'll leave you looking like you just ate a popsicle, but in a totally chic way.

Benefit BeneTint Pocket Pal

Benefit Bene Tent Pocket Pals give you a twofer. You get a rich lip stain on one end and a lip gloss on the other. It's tiny packaging makes it easy to carry around, so throw it in your favorite clutch. This fabulous kiss proof color also doubles as a cheek stain, so save some money and use it both ways!

Covergirl Outlast Lip Stain

Covergirl's lip stain goes on like a bright juicy marker and dries fast, making application fun and easy. If you're looking for a subtle flushed-lip look this is the lip stain for you. The stain comes in 10 long lasting shades so whether you want a nude stain or something a little brighter, there's a perfect color for everyone. What's best, this lip stain will last you through kisses, drinks, and everything else so apply in the morning and forget about it!

L’Oreal Color Juice Stick

Just the name makes us want to wear this one! L'Oreal Color Juice Stick smells and tastes great (just like candy) so don't be scared to pucker up while wearing it! With an easy, smooth application and glossy sheen, this moisturizing lip stain is a super wearable lipstick alternative. It keeps your lips soft and doesn't settle into fine lines, so no need to top it off with a gloss.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Our Picks for the Best Purple Lipstick

From clothing to shoes and accessories, it's all about purple. Rich purple shades are super trendy, but would you wear them on your lips? The key to rocking this look is knowing what shades work best for you. Get it right and you'll turn heads with your royally chic purple pucker.

MAC Creme de la Femme

Fair-skinned ladies, this lovely shade of purple is perfect for you. Creme de la Femme is a surprisingly natural, subtle shade of purple with soft pink undertones, which makes it totally acceptable to slick on in the morning and keep on for after-work cocktails. Undertones of shimmery gold give this gorgeous lip color a little added oomph that's sure to make your lips stand out.

DuWop Private Plum Lipstick

DuWop Private Plum goes on like magic. And we don't mean figuratively. It literally adjusts to your body chemistry, giving you a plum shade that works with your skin tone. If you need even more reason to try this shade, it's also super moisturizing so there's no need to top it off with gloss.

Dolce & Gabanna Amethyst Classic Cream Lipstick

This sultry dark shade looks amazing on darker skin tones. The rich, opaque burgundy-purple shade is super intense and very sexy on dark brown and chocolate skin. If your skin is lighter, be prepared to look super vampy and borderline gothic. If mysteriously rogue is the look you're going for, be sure to downplay eye makeup because your lips are definitely going to want to be the center of attention.

MAC Rebel

This lipstick definitely gets it's rebellious name honestly. MAC Rebel is an intense purple-y fuchsia that's only for the daring. With slight hints of berry, this lip color is best reserved for olive skin tones and darker. It'll look way to harsh on fairer skin, so if your complexion is lighter it's probably to go with something not quite so in your face. Girls who are bold enough to wear this sassy shade should keep the rest of the face simple. You'll definitely want your lips to be the main focus!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Beauty Buys: LORAC Sheer Wash

Ever bit or pinched your lips to give them a natural, rosy color? If you like that natural glow, you'll love LORAC Sheer Wash. This travel sized roll-on lip stain is cute, tiny, and easy to tote around. The stain gives your lips a natural glow that lasts all day, which means that one little bottle goes a long way.

Natalia Vodianova for Guerlain

Model Natalia Vodianova looks stunning in Guerlain's new lipstick ads. We love!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Makeup Trend: Purple Lipstick

Would you wear purple lipstick? The color has been seen all over the runways lately and is on it's way to becoming a new makeup trend. It can be a little harsh on so for those who aren't quite as daring, try a shade with pinkier undertones for a more subtle look.