Photo courtesy of drugstore.comShannon R., SELF magazine
When 2-in-1 shampoos were first introduced, they were considered not only a huge innovation in the industry but the ultimate in convenience for many women (and men!). However, as time went on, they started getting a bad rap. I've heard things like 2-in-1s can coat your hair with wax or even plastic (yikes!), leaving hair weighed down and dull and ultimately causing more harm than good. Well, it's time to to separate fact from fiction and set the record straight on this combo beauty product.
What is 2-in-1 technology?
Basically, two ingredients are added to a regular shampoo to provide a conditioning benefit - a silicone and a suspending agent. The silicone is usually an ingredient called Dimethicone and it is what makes the formula conditioning. The suspending agent is Glycol Distearate and it's what keeps the silicone from separating out of the formula. Without it, the silicone would just fall to the bottom of the shampoo and not stay mixed
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This summer-like weather made me want to run out for a fresh mani and pedi. I just love having a pretty set of freshly painted fingers and toes! However, when it comes to removing nail polish, the process becomes considerably less fun. Removing nail polish can be stinky and messy. There are plenty of nail polish remover options available, so let's take a closer look at how these removers work and which one is the best for you.
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How do nail polish removers work?
Basically, there are two different kinds of nail polish removers: acetone and non-acetone. Most brands carry both types--it's usually stated right on the front label. Both types contain a solvent (like acetone) that works by dissolving the hard film that's left on your nails by the ingredients in the polish. Nail polishes contain ingredients like resins, plasticizers, film formers and color pigments. All these ingredients work to give you a nice even coat
By Carmen Staicer, REDBOOK
A dermatologist, a makeup artist, and a product developer all weigh in on how to get rid of crows feet.
Q: Even when I'm not smiling, I have crow's-feet. Can I get rid of them?
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THE DERMATOLOGIST SAYS:
"Women typically start seeing crow's-feet in their mid- to late 30s, and sometimes as early as their 20s. Luckily, the thin skin around your eyes responds faster to anti-aging treatments than any other area." A prescription retinoid such as Differin 0.3-percent gel (about $300 per 45-gram tube) or Tazorac (about $200 per 30-gram tube), will boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines by 50 to 75 percent after six weeks, Cheung says. "For deep creases, four light in-office peels spread over eight weeks can work wonders." Cost: a steep $100 to $200 per peel, but results last over a year. Still, Cheung adds, "nothing will have a lasting effect unless you protect the area everyRead More »from 3 Ways to Banish Crows Feet
- Astrology.com BeautyScopes | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Apr 2, 2012 2:18 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
The curvier you are, the more structure and shape your garments need. Be proud of your figure and choose clothes and undergarments that show off your shape without making it look like you're trying too hard.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Embrace the whimsical and the unusual when it comes to your wardrobe. Even though the pieces may not make sense at first, they can enrich your look. The abstract can be extremely enjoyable (and stylish).
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Rather than saying you want to lose weight or be more fit, break your goals down into small, concrete steps. Saying you want to run a ten minute mile or touch your toes is a more productive way to approach
I have a dirty little secret -- one that makes my boyfriend mad, my mom cringe, and my dentist reprimand. I'm a nail bitter. Before I graduated college, only my bi-monthly manicures kept me from gnawing on my hands like a zoo animal. But as a post-grad, I quickly learned that manicures take a backseat to gas and groceries. And while there may be a quick fix for certain beauty dilemmas, (click here to check them out), this little problem doesn't seem to have one … or so I thought.
The solution? Nail art. After checking out several insanely helpful hints here, I decided to hunker down with a bunch of polish and a manicure set. Once I finished, I had my own little Picasso's on my fingers, which made it that much harder to bite. A nibble is so not worth the ruin of a masterpiece.
Even if you don't bite your nails, you have to admit that nail polish can work wonders for your current look. Why not kick it up a notch with some fun nail art? Here are my top five newRead More »from 5 New Nail Art Looks to Try
If you color your hair at home, you can get professionally looking salon-type color without the salon price.
-Harvey Helms, BettyConfidential.com
coloring hair at home
Ah ladies, it's spring! Time for a new romance? Wedge sandals from TOM's? Or perhaps it's time for a new hair color?! I love hair color. Actually it's more like I like coloring my hair. The possibility that after I apply this magical elixir, in 25 minutes I could be Marilyn Monroe or some other famous person of the moment is what I love about it.
Now I do believe in going to our hair masters in salons if we don't know what we're doing. I also love it when I have extra cash to be able to afford that salon visit. Thank the heaven's that when I'm broke there are new incredible formulas that won't ruin my hair! Or have me ruin my hair because I don't know what I'm doing!
Here are my two new Faves!
1. John Frieda Precision Foam Color
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- BettyConfidential.com | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Apr 2, 2012 12:50 PM EDT
It's easy to replicate Isabelle Fuhrman's smoky eye and neutral lip.
-PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com
Lovely Isabelle Fuhrman, AKA Clove from the Hunger Games movie, looked adorb in her Jason Wu dotted romper at the Kids' Choice Awards. Celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto for Nyx Cosmetics gave her bold eyes and neutral lips. He said, "I wanted her to look beautiful with an element of playfulness."
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To get a flawless finish, Stephen then applied NYX Cosmetics HD Studio Photogenic Primer($15, nyxcosmetics.com). Then, for light coverage, he used NYX Cosmetics Stay Matte But Not Flat liquid foundation in Soft Beige ($7.50, nyxcosmetics.com) just under Isabelle's eyes and where she needed it. For sun-kissed color, Sollitto used the NYX CosmeticsRead More »from Gorgeous! 'Hunger Games' Star Isabelle Fuhrman's Kids' Choice Red Carpet Look
Brazil Offers Free Plastic Surgery to Its Poor ('Cause, Who Needs Food when You Can Look Great Instead?)By The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Apr 2, 2012 12:10 PM EDT
Leave it to Brazil, land of the supermodels and hardcore bikini waxes, to turn cosmetic surgery into a human rights issue.
Rather than contend with the depressing aspects of poverty like hunger and diseases like tuberculosis and dengue, Brazil has opted to put a happy spin on things by having their top plastic surgeons offer their beautifying services to the poor for free.
After all, looking good is something that should be a natural-born right like citizenship and the right to pursue happiness, say doctors. By flattening ears, injecting Botox, and offering liposuction to the less fortunate, doctors argue that they do more than aesthetically augment, they "heal their psyche." (Sure, but, can the patients at least get a cheeseburger while recovering in post-op?)
"What's a wrinkle? Something minor, right? Something with precious little importance," says Nelson Rosas, MD, who heads the Rio branch of The Brazilian Society of Aesthetic Medicine. "But when we treat theRead More »from Brazil Offers Free Plastic Surgery to Its Poor ('Cause, Who Needs Food when You Can Look Great Instead?)
Undone skin is usually reserved for spring, but it also made a surprise appearance on the fall runways. Makeup artists experimented with monochromatic contouring with nude tones at Valentino, fresh and inventive pops of lipstick on the cheeks at Michael Kors, and dewy complexions aplenty at Vera Wang.
By Kari Molvar
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