Anne-Marie Guarnieri, Allure magazine
When I'm testing products here in the office, it's not unusual for me to rub a face cream onto my legs, use a serum as a hand lotion, or smooth a cuticle oil onto the ends of my hair. I like a multitasker, whether it's billed as one or not. Which is why when we get products that are meant for a specific body part, my first instinct is skepticism. Who would want to have something so specialized taking up valuable bathroom-cabinet real estate? The most recent of these single-taskers is the new Redken Style Connection Quick Tease, which is billed as a spray that adds volume to backcombed styles. It's quick drying and has a matte finish, so maybe there's something to it: When you're teasing, you don't want to use anything sticky or shiny.
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Here are a few more products designed for (very) narrow application:
Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara. When I first tried this, I was kvelling over the teensy
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- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Jun 20, 2012 3:37 PM EDT
You might want to rethink that free makeover at the makeup counter.
Good Morning America went undercover to test the makeup samples at 10 big beauty stores and found that one out of every five samples had mold, yeast, and -- prepare yourself for this one -- even fecal matter.
Excuse me while I lose my lunch.
The Microbiology lab at New York University Langone Medical Centre says the eyeshadows, lipsticks, and foundations you've been testing before buying are not only caked with poop, but they're also smeared with strains of bacteria that can make you sick.
Probably not too surprising considering that beauty counters, on average, replace their makeup samples once a year.
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Before you transition to summer's hottest neon polish shades, have a last hoorah with spring pastels. We've rounded up our favorite pastel nail looks from trusty Instagram to get you inspired! Mint has been the color of the season. Follow user nailsbydesign_'s lead by pairing it with a bold pattern to take this color from simple to flirty and fun.
White has been huge lately, and paired with florals, it's bolder, but still spring appropriate. Make sure to use a nail pen such as Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen ($7, Target.com) to perfect the flowers.
Take something as simple as a sky blue and add a little decoration, such as user g0t_k1m's gold studs. Just pick them up at a local craft store, add a little glue and plop them on.
nailinspirationsAdd A Kiss
Maybe we're a little biased because those lips look just like our logo, but we love nailinspirations' mani that has different designs on each nail. If you have the time, why not go all out?!
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- The_Stir | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Jun 20, 2012 2:27 PM EDT
hairLadies, I've got some hair envy. I want luscious locks like the "hair so healthy it shines" models on TV. And if I could afford to spend a small fortune (read: my whole savings account), every product guaranteed to give my hair a healthy glow would be mine. Alas, I live in this little realm called reality and that's not a possibility. Sheesh. Bummer.
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But since I was dead set on having healthy tresses no matter my budget, I started checking out the ingredients on all those pricey products and whaddya know! -- they're your typical kitchen staples: apple cider vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, and eggs. Which can only mean (drum roll please) ... No. Unnecessary. Spending. OH YEAH!
I know you're thinking: Healthy hair at a fraction of the cost? CHEAP? AFFORDABLE? Well yup! Here they are -- the 6 simple kitchen ingredients that will give you the silky, shiny locks you've always dreamed about:
Mayonnaise & Egg Mixture
- The_Stir | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Jun 20, 2012 2:13 PM EDT
If you are like me, the thought of using makeup store samples of anything from lipstick to mascara skeeves you out. I have done it, swiping lipstick on my hand (never my lips!) and blending foundation into my forearm. But now I may never do that again.
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According to a report on Good Morning America, cosmetic counters are filled with samples caked with mold and bacteria. Brushes and foundations are the nastiest, natch and experts suggest that you apply makeup to the neck rather than the face. But still. Ew, right?
Personally, I have never liked the idea of communal samples anyway and some of the stores said they keep them for up to a year. Hell, I don't keep my OWN makeup that long. How gross is that?
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Although most ingredients are harmless, some substances in cosmetics do raise an eyebrow or two. Like formaldehyde, for example. Recently, California's Department of Toxic Substances Control found that even nail polishes that claimed to be free of the "toxic three"-formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene-contained the substances. (For the record, most major polish manufacturers have come out and said that surely their polishes were fine and they never lied. Ahem.)
But harmful carcinogens and unidentifiable chemicals aside, there's still weird stuff lurking in cosmetics. Stuff that's not necessarily toxic, but definitely strange. Stuff like this:
Carmine is a natural red dye. Natural equals good, right? Well good in the sense that's been around for a long, long time, but bad in the sense that it's made from crushed beetle shells. Yes, carmine (sometimes called crimson lake or cochineal) is derived from the crushed exoskeletons of tiny female beetles. Some people
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Eyeliners -- ah, a tricky thing.Have you noticed the enormous amount of eyeliner options these days? I mean, I really appreciate such a robust product selection, but COME ON, we don't have all day to experiment with this stuff. We're busy women. Applying black winged eyeliner was not on my to-do list this morning. (OR WAS IT?) Let's break it down, shall we? Here are the 6 most commonly used eyeliners with some of my favorite YouTube tutorials demonstrating the best way to apply each type. Check them out below!-->
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Pencil EyelinerPencil Eyeliner
The easiest product to use, in my opinion. Just run it across the base of your lashes, and you're good to go.
Find the tutorial here
By Theresa O'Rourke, REDBOOK
eye creamUse an eye cream, already!
"Patients ask me, 'Do I really need one?' and I tell them, 'Absolutely,'" says Patricia Wexler, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Here's why: "Eye creams are ophthalmologist-tested, so they're formulated specifically for the thin skin in this area," she says. Use a formula that contains retinol or peptides, which kick-start collagen production, thereby fading lines, thickening the skin (so under-eye circles don't look as dark), and firming it to reduce puffiness. "Look for one that also has strong antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, or idebenone," Wexler says. These block free-radical damage from the sun and pollution, which causes wrinkles and dark circles. (Try RoC Multi Correxion Eye Treatment with MMPi-20, $24.99, or Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive Retinol Eye Treatment with MMPi-20, $35.)
Apply the right amount
Eye creams contain highRead More »from Your Plan for Younger-Looking Eyes
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