It didn't begin with Beyoncé, but she sure as heck made it famous. According to the New York Times it was her "Single Ladies" dance that made heads turn with single (and taken) ladies all over wondering - what is that flashy goodness on her nails?
The answer, is Minx. These metallic appliqués have been seen on the hands of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Mariah Carey. Here's the deal: the Minx appliqués are matched up with each finger, then "melted" onto your nail's surface with a special light. Then a file is used to smooth and shorten the Minx until it fits perfectly. The process takes about as long as a regular manicure only there's no drying time and you get a flashy, chip-proof effect that lasts about two weeks. Visit minxnails.com to find a Minx salon near you.
Read below for more of the latest, salon-only nail trends.
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It didn't begin with Beyoncé, but she sure as heck made it famous. According to the New York Times it was her "Single Ladies" dance that made heads turn with single (and taken) ladies all over wondering - what is that flashy goodness on her nails?Read More »from To Minx or Not to Minx: Salon-Only Nail Trends
Working for a beauty site, we do a lot of testing. Always trying the newest mascara, self-tanner, and whatever else is hot on the market, we figure we probably wear more products than the average woman-but maybe not.
After chatting with a few friends, we discovered the average woman puts on anywhere between 10 to 14 products before even leaving the house in the morning! That's a lot of...stuff.
We want to hear from you! How many products, from skin care to makeup and hair care are you guilty of putting on during the average day? Post your product numbers below!
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Red lips in Hollywood are a dime a dozen. Every celeb has sported a pair down the red carpet at least once, and with awards season gearing up again, we're sure to be seeing red for the next few months. Find out which celeb rocked the red lip the right way and which one could use a little help. Lucky for them (and you!), celebrity makeup artist and founder of LORAC Cosmetics Carol Shaw has some tips for perfecting your red lips.Read More »from Beauty Fail, Beauty Score: The Red Lip Test
Kat Von D's Clashing Lips (and Locks): FAIL
"It's a myth that women with red hair can't wear red lipstick," says Shaw. "If you have red hair, however, you might want to shy away from reds with orange undertones. Instead, go with a lipstick that has a blue or brown undertone - it's important you pick the right shade."
That's the main problem with Von D's lips. The orange undertones are pretty visible and definitely conflict with her even brighter hair. Von D's shade of choice also doesn't do much to complement her skin tone. "Fair-skinned women should look for
- RealBeauty.com | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 13, 2010 9:28 PM EDT
Cady Heron (played by Lindsay Lohan) in Mean Girls once said, "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it."Read More »from Guys Discuss: Sexiest Halloween Costumes for Women
We love us some Mean Girls quotes, that's for sure, and there's definitely truth in what the character says, at least when it comes to the quotes below. Still in need of a costume? We hit the streets to see what guys are dying (hah!) for you to wear on Halloween. Related: What Men Are Thinking When You're Naked
"This is a classic costume," said Yesev, 23. "And for good reason! It's sexy and naughty, which is the perfect recipe for a Halloween costume."
"You can't go wrong dressing as a French maid," agrees Jake, 27. "It's the first costume I imagine when thinking of Halloween." Related: 10 Beauty Moves Guys Love Most
"I love those sexy little nurse costumes," said Gem, 26. "And playing doctor is hot!" Related: See How Sex is Good for Your Skin, Hair, and Health
When it comes to skin problems we can't control, like stretch marks, we like to recall the words of dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, who tells us: "Try not to be perfect." He says if he could impart one piece of advice to women, it would be: "Don't let skin imperfections be the bane of your existence. Don't focus on them. Do what you can to minimize them and focus on what's beautiful about you."Read More »from 4 Solutions to Solve Your Stretch Mark Issues
So let's be quick about this. Stretch marks happen when the elastic fibers deep in the skin are damaged, often caused by pregnancy, puberty, rapid weight gain, and muscle building. They can appear anywhere but most commonly hit us where it hurts the most: around the belly button, on the breasts, buttocks, hips, thighs, and arms. While there are a number of ways to minimize them, there is no way to make them disappear completely.
Fractional laser therapy, says Dr. Brian Zelickson, a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Department of Dermatology, is
Bikini season may be over, but no one wants to take off their bikini and immediately pack on the pounds. Prevent yourself from throwing all that hard work you did this summer out the window with these tips and tricks from Charla Krupp, author of How to Never Look Fat Again. Even if you do manage to gain a pound or two, these easy tricks will make it your little secret.Read More »from 4 Tricks to Look Thinner Instantly
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Buy a New Bra
The one thing every woman can do right now to look thinner in her clothes is to buy a new bra, says Krupp. "Eighty-five percent of women are walking around in the wrong bra, and it makes their breasts look lower than they should be." The goal is to create as much space as possible between your waist and chest so your torso appears longer and leaner, advises Krupp. The trick is to have an expert measure you instead of automatically buying the same size you always do. Head to the lingerie department at a fine department store
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Mon, Oct 11, 2010 10:55 PM EDT
Choosing a Halloween costume is only the first step in dressing up for the occasion. The second (and our favorite part) is the makeup to compliment the outfit. For a look that's both a tad scary and a little sexy, we present the Man-Hunting Vampire! Somewhat inspired by all the Vampire-laden TV dramas and a certain popular movie series, this makeup will surely get you noticed. (Not to mention, no gum-ripping plastic fangs are required!) Related: Twilight-Inspired Beauty LootRead More »from Halloween Makeup: 7 Steps to an Incredibly Wearable Vampire Look
Face: Choose a foundation color that's two shades lighter than your normal skin tone. The trick here is to not look entirely washed out, but to just have that "deathly glow." We recommend combining two powders, (Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Loose Powders) since slathering on liquids can cause almost too much of a contrast and make you look like you face planted into a pool of bad foundation.
Eyes: Using a taupe eye shadow, (Try NYX 3-Color Palette) your goal is to create a "I haven't slept in days," effect. Our
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Mon, Oct 11, 2010 10:00 PM EDT
We can all afford to tighten our belts a little, especially with the holiday season approaching fast. Certain beauty routines like blowouts, pedicures, and hair dye add up, sometimes to astronomical amounts. (Check out the pro secrets to an at-home spa here). Here are three ways to get salon-worthy results at home, for a fraction of the cost. See more money-saving beauty tricks here.Read More »from 3 At-Home Money-Saving Solutions to Skipping the Salon
Instead of a full manicure, pay for polish changes only.
If you're squeamish about having someone push back your cuticles or cutting your nails too short, try giving yourself an at-home manicure with a kit that includes emery boards, nail files, clippers, etc. Skip buying your own bottles of expensive nail lacquers and head to the salon for just a polish change - most charge under $10 to swap your color. That way, you can still keep up with the current nail polish trends. We recommend trying the Kiss Professional Manicure Kit, $9.99; walgreens.com
Pamper parched strands with a DIY hair mask.
Your 40s are the perfect time to redefine and perfect the look that you've cultivated over the last two decades. Here are three essential tips from makeup artists and stylists from the renowned Marie Robinson Salon and the trend-setting clothing store Intermix in New York City on how to look your best in your 40s. Related: Watch the before and after results of Karen's makeover (pictured right) in our Knock 5 Years Off Your Look videos!Read More »from 3 Must-Live-By Style Tips for Your 40s
For hair color: "Don't let you hair color age you," says colorist Eric Muroski. "The blonde, brunette, and auburn hues that you wore in your 20s and 30s aren't necessarily the same shades that will work best for you in your 40s. Talk to your stylist and colorist and find a shade that works for your skin tone and your lifestyle. If you have less time to dedicate to - or interest in maintaining - your color, then that's something to consider." Related: Check out the 50 Best Hairstyle Secrets
For your wardrobe: "I maintain that you can wear almost any
Crimson lips are pretty much a staple look no matter what costume you pick for Halloween. That's because they have the ability to be sexy, sultry, or just plain out scary depending on the look you're going for. Whether you're a dead zombie this year or a sexy kitty, keep these tips in mind when nailing the red lip look this month.Read More »from 5 Tips to Master the Red Lip by Halloween
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Choose the Right Color
"The general rule for reds is that the fairer your hair and skin tone, the more the orange-based reds suit your complexion," says Poppy King, creator of Lipstick
Queen. "Pink-based reds are best for those with deeper skin and hair."
"Women with cool undertones should wear blue-based reds, while more orangey-brown shades will work on warm skin," says Collier Strong, consulting makeup artist for L'Oréal Paris. An easy rule to follow: If the veins inside your wrist look blue, your skin tone is cool; if they're green, it's warm.
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