Saturday, June 9, 2012

Tyra Shares Her Summer Beauty Tips with us!

If you are having a bad hair day especially with this crazy heat here are some tips from Tyra which we can all take to the Bank... I will be trying this out.

"A bad, bad hair day, I slick my hair back. I put water on it first, a little oil, a little grease, a little vita-pointe, and then I do it in a twist, twirl it around with a million bobby pins, and then I get the little baby hairs around my edges and slick them down with some brown gel, or clear gel, and then I tie a scarf around it. Then, I get in the shower, put my make-up on, get dressed, and right when I’m about to walk out that door I pull it off, and it looks like that was done on purpose."

Tyra also suggestions using a wet wash cloth to set your makeup and to get rid of excess powder build up.

Summer heat can also make it harder to put your best face forward with sweat threatening to ruin your makeup. Banks says that if you wear foundation, make sure to powder it very well. "Then, before you leave the house, take a washcloth, wet it, ring it out real hard, and push that washcloth all around your face, and it kind-of absorbs all of the excess powder and it also sets your face really well," she says. "And then throughout the day, don’t keep putting powder on top of a greasy face. Take a tissue first and dab it all over your face, then powder yourself after."


Friday, June 8, 2012

The "Brotox" Era Has Arrived for Men!

Giving your special guy a present is becoming less difficult as now you can add botox to the list that men are desiring these beauty treatments to keep up their image. We can now debate which of the two sex is more obsessed with youth.
 Men of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds are embracing the beauty industry — from noninvasive procedures to cosmetics and salon treatments — to maximize their prospects, in both the job market and the dating scene. 

“These days, when you’re in the business world, you have to look groomed,” said new Brotox and pedicure convert William Jordan, 49, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I don’t have a friend who doesn’t do this right now.”

According to sources;

Beauty trend quite like image-conscious South Florida, where Plantation, Fla., dermatologist Dr. Richard Greene is seeing almost as many men for cosmetic procedures as women — unheard of just a few years ago. To keep up with demand, GBS The Beauty Store’s six South Florida salons have had to truck in four times the number of men’s grooming product lines in the past couple of years.

As Father's Day approaches you can add Botox to the list, I guess it is one more option women have, it helps to take the guess work out of things. 

Look out for more news as men are indulging into beauty treatments.


Sharada's Daily Tips : Making Your Own Tinted Moisturizer!

Liquid Foundation + Moisturizer = Tinted Moisturizer!

 To make your own tinted moisturizer all you need is your liquid foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me 320 works great for me and your moisturizer. Just mix them together, a bit of foundation mixed into your foundation for a barely there coverage. After applying with your fingers you can dust on your powder and you are good to go.

Men in India Love this cream!

Step aside ladies , you are not the only one that wants to beautify yourself as the men in India have a favorite cream that they love to lather up with as the skin whitening trend is dominating the male sector of the cosmetic market. according to market reports the skin whitening creams used by men are emerging as key trend in the market.

A recent published report by the"India Cosmetics male Market - consumer Insights 2012 - by Kuick Research states that the consumption of the cosmetics products of Indian men has witnessed and upward trend due to shifting perceptions about the use of cosmetic products along with its feel good factor.

Even though the Indian male cosmetics is in its early infancy stages, men are willing to pay top dollar for their beauty products and this suggests that over time it will increase. So ladies we might have some competition at the counter.


Are You Ready For The Battle Of The Lashes?

Xtreme Lashes has launched a national salon competition to culminate October 22nd at the Joint Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. If you are a salon owner all you have to do is send in your video entries  showing creativity and passion and the ability to withstand extreme challenges of the elimination round of the finale that will be held in LasVegas.

This what the competition represents:
The competition highlights the avant-garde spirit in the beauty industry, where the very best come face-to-face in a fierce showdown of exceptional talent. It will challenge salons to work as a team and present an innovative interpretation of a chosen theme, within a short amount of time, with no limit to creativity.

If you are a salon owner and want to get in on the action which will be a great promotional tool for your business as salon teams will be featured on LookTV. To be a part of this national challenge you must create a video explaining how your team can take “Xtreme” beauty to the next level. Salons must put together three of their best stylists as an official team. Entry videos must first be uploaded on YouTube, and the video link must be emailed to

If you see 2011 winner Kim Vo turn up at your salon start screaming because you made it into the final 10 headed for Vegas. Good luck!

image courtesy of pinterest

The Bored Housewife Who Became The Cosmetic Queen!

Shahnz Husain who hails from India was once a bored housewife who spotted a Gap in the beauty industry and has now has a global cosmetics empire.Husain presides over a private company selling more than 250 products in 60 countries and is feted as one of India's leading business gurus. 

If you are a budding entrepreneur her advice is:

"It's not what you want, but how much you want it," 

According to India Daily News Husain constructed her empire using a system of franchises that enabled her to ride the wave of ayurvedic treatments becoming fashionable around the world. Ayurveda, which originated in India, aims to restore balance in the mind and body through herbal therapy, diet and massage. Its lucrative commercialization is sometimes criticized by doctors in India, who believe it is a scientifically proven holistic approach to health.

Though Husain has her critics her business is in high demand as she has  products are now sold in some 150,000 stores in India and she has 300 salon franchises and 53 beauty schools, according to the company, which does not release sales figures.

So folks if you have a dream and you want it, "GO GET IT"


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Beauty Trends: Are Bangs The New Accessory?

It seems the new thing this season are bangs, whether they are blunt, fringed or side swept, they are indeed the new accessory to adorn your face. I would dare to try it but I am not sure how my curly hair would conform when straightened. I think I will be skipping this one. But if you feel you can pull it off why not give it a go and throw a few highlights to up your fab factor. Ginnifer Goodwin is rocking the side swept look but with her cut she can go very classic with a Giget look. Jessica Beal who is about to tie the knot with Justin Timberlake decided to get with the fringe which gives her face more definition and draws our attention to her great smile.

After the break check how to cut your bangs with this smart tool.

If you Love the Kardashians you will Love Khroma Beauty!

It has just been announced that the Kardashians, Kim , Kourtney and Lam lam's wife Khloe will be launching their own makeup line. Am I surprised? No, I was wondering when they were going to take a piece of that pie as they are always made up. The Keeping Up With the Kardashian's beauties have teamed up with Boldface Licensing+Branding to create their first cosmetics range and are very excited by their latest business venture.

Kim, 31, gushed about their array of beauty products, on her official blog:

I’ve been waiting forever to be able to tell you guys and I finally can… my sisters and I are launching our own makeup line!! We’ve teamed up with Boldface Licensing+Branding to create Khroma Beauty, our line which will feature all kinds of makeup products, from eyelashes to compacts and everything in between! We will be launching a special holiday collection featuring eyelashes, mascaras and Kardazzle Compacts this winter and then the full line will launch next year!!

Makeup plays such a a huge role in all of our lives, whether we’re on camera, at a shoot glammed up or just keeping it natural day to day and it’s a dream come true to be able to create our own line of products to share with you guys. We can’t wait!!!! xo.”

I am looking forward to seeing what Khroma Beauty has in store for us!The E! stars will be releasing a special holiday assortment in Ulta stores this December, which will feature eyelashes, mascaras and Kardazzle Compacts. A larger array of products will launch in early 2013.

Beauty News - China to Approve Non - Animal testing!

China is in the news as they will be approving non - animal testing of cosmetics ingredients. This move by China was initiated by PETA's ( People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) US branch which  funded the scientists and  have successfully guided Chinese officials towards the recognition of  a first alternative method to animal testing.

According to sources:

 PETA  was concerned that despite many cosmetics companies have pledged to cease any animal testing, they were nevertheless required to perform such tests in order to market their products in China. PETA US thus awarded a grant to scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) late last year, to meet Chinese officials and share their expertise and guidance.

Look out for more developments in the cosmetic industry as PETA seeks to bring awareness to the cruelty of animals .


Sharada's Daily Tip: Argan Oil!


I have been using this product for over 2 years (Thanks Katie!) and I used to be plagued with split ends. This product is just as good or even better then some of the well known brands and my hair loves it. Tried and tested I give this product 5 starts.

Beauty News: Fujitsu Phone App that can track Your Skin!

 Folks they have done it again, as smart phone maker Fujitsu is now in the beauty business as they have developed a phone app that can track the effects of the products you use on your skin. The app determines the effects of the products you use over time. To use the app you would place a color chart on your skin and the app will zero in on the color that your skin reflects once your picture is taken.

The best places to take the pictures are around your cheekbones, the nose, cheeks and the mouth. Fujitsu has hopes of partnering with skin care companies who would feature the app as a part of their line.

The Company states..

Fujitsu Laboratories has created a reference color chart that enables users to accurately measure the color of their skin using a smart phone,' says the company. 
When the photograph is taken, even if hair or a finger partially obscures the standard color pattern within the chart, the segmentation of each color can be accurately extracted,' says Fujitsu.

The product is currently still under going field testing and will be launched in Japan.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sharada's Daily Tips: How to Use Your Fan Brush!


On the high end you can purchase your fan brush for example the Makeup Forever brand for over $40 bucks, they are very luxurious and feels great on against your skin. However, if you are on a budget or don't want to spend so much you can make a visit to  your local craft store and look for a brush that has a fan like shape, you can go synthetic if you are going to use it to apply mascara as the natural hair bristles will soak up the product and also it is difficult to keep its shape. For a fan brush to use with your bronzer  look for one that has goat hair or natural bristles.

Get Your Legs Ready for Summer!

Grace Jones proved during the Queen's Jubilee that she is the ultimate Queen of legs as she graced the stage in a corset number showing her toned and equally moisturized legs. You can bet your bottom dollar that Grace Jones is always bikini ready as her legs are always on point. So for those of us who need to get our legs ready for the waves here are some tips to help get our legs ready for the Summer. 

If you want beautiful legs, the key is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Pick up a super-rich moisturizer that contains SPF 15 so your legs can benefit from some extra emollients. Moisturizer can reduce your chances of getting dry, itchy, and flaky skin and make skin look healthier when you go tanning. Make sure you moisturize your legs from top to bottom after a shower and right before hitting the beach for maximum benefits. Turn down for the night with one more application of moisturizer for some extra protection overnight.

Another great way to get your legs banging is to massage away the cellulite, you can do this with this great  Ginger scrub recipe that will get your legs ready.

Ginger scrub recipe

Ginger not only increases circulation and oxygen flow throughout the body, but it also has a warming effect on the skin.

Ingredients You Will Need
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons sea salt

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl. These measurements should make enough scrub for your upper thighs, but if one batch won't cover the area or areas you want to tackle, double the amounts for a bigger batch. This formula goes on damp skin best so you may want to apply in the shower. Use your hands to to areas with cellulite, scrubbing in circular motions. Spend about 10 minutes massaging it into your thighs, butt or wherever you need help before rinsing with warm water.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oscar De La Renta Gives us a Peek at Spring 2013!

Head Dress Trends!

For Spring 2013, you most certainly will have your pick of head wear if you are tying the knot. If you want to keep it  simple wear a jeweled tiara bandeau or if you love flowers why not wear it in your hair or go for if you are in the mood to make a  statement you can don a Spanish inspired look.Oscar De La Renta's 2013 projections are chic and flawless as the neutral makeup with a hint of color on the lips is all in tune with the elements of spring.

Think Baby Blue !

Blue is certainly taking over as the dominant theme blue from the antique statement earrings to the floral head dress. The classic french manicure took a back seat  as blue pastel will be the look for Spring and I can imagine you can rock any pastel nail color for your wedding and you will be in tune with the trend. Are you loving it?

Sharada's Daily Beauty Tips!

All you will need for this customized pencil in a pot is your favorite liner and an empty eye shadow pan and a sharpener. Start out by sharpening your liner and breaking off the fresh tip into the pan. Continue the process until it is all done. 

Stay tuned for more beauty tips from Sharada!

Sun Protection for 'Dem Babies'!

As it gets hotter we must not forget dem babies, they need to be protected from the sun's harmful rays even when it is cloudy. Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to your little ones.

Time your outing right.

A morning stroll or late afternoon playground visit is great, but lay low at midday (between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) when the sun is strongest.
When you do go out, protect your baby's very delicate skin with lightweight, layered clothing, a hat, and a parasol or other sunshade for her stroller.
And don't forget that clouds, no matter how big, do little to block the harmful, radiating rays of the sun. Just because you can't see them, doesn't mean they aren't there — so keep your baby covered up.

Sunscreen smarts. 

Until a few years ago the American Academy of Pediatrics advised against the use of sunblock for babies under six months of age. The new guidelines say that sunscreen may be used on small areas of the body such as the face and the back of the hands if adequate clothing and shade are not available. Here, sun-savvy info:

Look for a product that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 that protects against both kinds of ultraviolet rays — UVA and UVB — and is waterproof or water-resistant if you plan to hit the pool, beach, or backyard sprinkler. Also, seek out a sunscreen free of PABA, an ingredient that's often irritating to babies' skin. There are many especially-for-baby products on the market so read labels and choose carefully.

Spread the sunscreen all over any exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside. And don't skimp — in this case, more is definitely better. Pay special attention to the nose, lips, and ears, using zinc oxide or a sun stick designed especially for these extra-susceptible and sensitive parts of the body.


Revive Your Tired Eyes Naturally with these Cool Tricks!

Tara Reid
I know growing up you have often heard that if you have dark or tired eyes from staying out late or maybe partying too hard using sliced cucumbers on your eyes will help. It is so true as cucumber which consists of mostly water when placed on the eye helps the hydrate the eye area and the fact that it is cold helps as well.

So if you are out of cucumbers one day you can try these other helpful tricks to revive your beautiful eyes.

Reach for the peas. Any bag of frozen food will do, but frozen baby peas have a way of fitting into the nooks and crannies around your eyes. Put a soft cloth around the plastic package to protect your skin from the frigid surface, then chill out for 5 to 15 minutes while the cold shrinks the swelling.

Make a milk bath. Milk is a natural soother if eyes are irritated as well as puffy. "Just don't use skim milk, since it doesn't contain fat, one of milk's most soothing components," says New York dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD. Other ingredients in milk that calm swollen skin: protein, amino acids, lactic acid, and vitamins A and D. Pour milk into a bowl of ice so it gets really cold, saturate a clean washcloth, and apply to eyes for up to 15 minutes. Soak and reapply when the cloth loses its cool.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Miranda Kerr's Unusual Lash Curling Tips!

                         image courtesy of: pinterest
Miranda Kerr is on a mission to show us that there are other alternative ways to curl your lashes.I know some of us might be scared to use the lash curler because you are afraid a piece of your eye might come off as you squeeze. So for those of us who want to try a safer more approachable method before advancing to the might lash curler why not use a good old spoon. Check out the step by step instructions.

Lash Prep
Prepare your eyelashes with powder.This will help to  smooth out the texture of each individual lash, ensuring that your lashes won't stick together. The powder gives your lashes a fuller look.You can use either baby powder or conventional loose powder.

Apply mascara to your lashes. Mascara will help reinforce and sustain the curl you will create for your lashes, as well as give them a longer appearance. Apply an even layer over all of your top lashes. Make sure to brush through all of your lashes to separate them before you move on to the curling process.

Using the Spoon
 Hold the spoon with your right hand when curling the eyelashes on your right eye. Hold the handle of the spoon in the palm of your hand and make a fist with your pinky, ring and middle finger. Turn the inside of the spoon that you eat off of, toward you. Place your thumb on the curve of the bottom of the spoon and your pointer finger on the back of the spoon for support.

Curl your lashes. Try to curl them as soon after applying mascara as possible, before the mascara dries. Place the edge of the spoon where your thumb is placed, on top of your lashes. This will ensure that your mascara doesn't spread onto your eyelids. Now hold the underneath of your eyelashes with your thumb and firmly press them toward the edge of the spoon. Continue until you have perfected the curl you desire.

After the break Miranda shows us how to really do it.

Sharada's daily beauty Tip: Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder

Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder $8.95

Black Opal has always come out on top with quality products and their oil blocking powder is no different, you can get it in pressed or loosed powder form. The pressed powder is great to keep handy while on the go and you can keep a stash of the loose powder. When using the loose oil blocking powder just go light and tap it into the skin with your wedges. It will be a lifesaver this Summer keeping your makeup looking fresh and on point. Trust and believe!

It's Time to Get Patriotic with Your Nail Polish!

It's time to rock your country's flag and represent this Summer as the Olympics get ready to be kicked off. Who will you be rooting for? Why not express it on your nails, from the vibrant Jamaican colors of the land of wood and water to the American stars, you will be sure to be noticed. Even the royals are getting in on the trend for the Queen's Jubilee as princess Eugenie represented by wearing the British flag in honor of her Grandmother the Queen. 

After the break check out the Princess repping her British flag after the break..

Takai Launches Preservative Free Mascara

The organic movement is certainly taking over as now the Taiki Group, a manufacturer of makeup and skincare tools, dispensers and products, recently announced to have successfully eliminated preservatives from mascara formulas, while keeping the products free from microbial contamination. The issue of microbial contamination has been a major issue when it came to mascaras, because we know the serious risks of eye contamination. So with the introduction of Eco G+ we will have a mascara that provides preservative free protection. I guess the shelf life of this mascara will be short but it will be healthier. look out as Takai will be launching more products like lip glosses with no resin. Stay tuned.



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