Get the Best Brow for Your Buck

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While the days of pencil thin browns are behind us, keeping brows bold but properly groomed still requires some maintenance. From tweezing to threading and waxing, we have the pros and the cons for each technique.

To Tweeze or Not to Tweeze…
Tweezing is perhaps the easiest DIY of the brow grooming techniques; however, it still comes with its share of pros and cons. The best thing about tweezing is if done correctly, it allows you to form the shape you’d like your brows to be versus leaving it up to the pros and possibly being left with a brow look that was lost in beauty translation. For best results, use a pencil or brow shadow to color in your brow shape the way you would like it to appear, and then finish the look by tweezing any access hairs. Be certain to go lightly and cautiously with the tweezers though, over plucking is a move that’s nearly impossible to correct and you will regret every time.

Wax it Up…
If you’re looking for brow maintenance that will really last, then waxing could be your brow savior. On average, women who wax their brows can typically go twice as long without regrowth then with tweezing or threading. Another benefit to waxing is the amazing definition it gives. If you’re looking to give your brows a high, defined, Angelina Jolie arch, waxing is the best method to achieve it. While there are some DIY waxing kits available, it’s unusually best to leave waxing to the professionals. The technique requires a specific placement of the wax and the strips to ensure not too much of your brow is removed, and that the shape and size of each brow is equal.

The Thread That Holds it Together…
If you have brows that seem completely untamable, give threading a try. This technique is best for grooming brows that have a bit of a wild streak going on, and is a quick and effective way to give bushy brows natural shape without making them appear too groomed the way that waxing does. Before booking your threading appointment, ask for a consult at the salon to ensure that they are indeed skilled in the technique and in tune with the look you’re hoping to achieve. While a good threading can lead to gorgeous brows, a threading gone bad can cause excess hair removal and unevenness in shape and size.

Whichever method you choose remember, brows are your face’s best accessory. A well shaped brow can help to accentuate the other features of your face and leave you looking fresh, sophisticated, and fabulous!

by Sian Bitner Kearney

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Prevent Your Hair From Breakage with L’Oreal Triple Resist

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tripleresistI recently made a very drastic hair change.  I went from my natural redheaded glory, to a golden shiny shade of blonde.  Why?  Well, the first answer would be that my luscious locks turned grey almost 5 years ago, and keeping my “natural” hair color maintained was killing my wallet (they say blondes can blend greys easier).  The real answer?  I needed a change. I needed a “pick yourself out of your daily routine and feel sexy again” change.  And yes, I love my new blondeness.  It makes me feel….pretty.  But, with that golden glory comes some very dry, and damaged split ends. My hair hates me.

So, what is a newly blonde lass to do?  Well, the first thing she needs to do is run and get a super hydrating and strengthening hair routine in place.

Recently, I was able to put L’Oreal Triple Resist to the test. We all know that I am in love with the L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Balm, so I had very high hopes for the Triple Resist line.  It did not disappoint.  To say that the line feels expensive is an understatement.  It feels luxurious and worthy of it’s very expensive competitors. Needless to say, I have it now it in the permanent hair treatments category. Effective and affordable? Yes, please!  I especially loved that the amount of hair breakage, and shower clogging sadness has been greatly reduced (this makes Mike a huge fan as well!).

The Breakdown:

  • Reduces hair fall due to breakage by 64% when using system of shampoo, conditioner and treatment together.
  • Utilizes arginine, an amino acid that occurs naturally in the hair follicle. This powerful amino acid leaves hair three times more resistant to weakness.
  • The Ultimate Strength Solution is intended to be used as a daily leave-in product, which leaves my hair feel glossy, and full. I spray this on immediately after the shower on my damp hair.


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Talika Lipocils

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talikaI have no idea why the beauty gods seem to think that it’s funny to start prematurely aging me.  Is it because they know I will have access to loads of new anti-aging products?  Is it because it is my duty on this earth to try out every new beauty regime and write about it?  *sigh*

Not only am I fabulously almost 50% grey on my head (I am only 37! Why God, Why!!) , but now I am starting to have the wonderful experience of eyelash fallout.  Lovely.

So, beauty gods be damned!  I am now adding to my list of new beauty obsessions; eyelash growth products.  My new find is Talika Lipocils Expert.  I have been using it faithfully for the past three weeks, and have definitely seen some improvement in the thickness of my puny little lashes.

I find the new wand, and tip combination especially great.  I love that I can use the applicator wand to brush the serum on my lashes, and then use the tip to get into those areas that are sparse, or have spots.  It’s really quite ingenious. The other amazing thing is that this is SAFE for cancer patients suffering from hair loss on their lashes due to the effects of chemo.  It can be such a huge boost to have a product that can keep the vitality of the lashes or help them to grow back after treatments. They also have the Talika Eyebrow expert as well to help with regrowth after treatments.

Here are the details:

  • Lipocils Expert features a new double applicator combining a mascara brush and a sponge tip applicator all in one. Use the sponge applicator to apply the product along the root of the upper and lower lashes, then use the bristles to brush product through the lashes.
  • Apply every morning and every evening for 28 days, then once a day to maintain your results.
  • Stimulate eyelash growth with botanical extracts like nettle, hamamelis, and apple
  • Increase lashes’ curling power with Polymers & silk proteins
  • Deepen the natural color of your lashes with Coleus Forskohlii
  •  Protect lashes from sunlight and other environmental aggressors with Baobab leaf & sour orange extract
  • Re-enforce and protect eyelash root with anti-aging peptides
  • An independent team of dermatologists at Hopitaux de Paris, France, conducted clinical testing with the following results.
    • growth: average length increase of 36%.
    • color intensifying effect: average color intensification of 50% (up to 100% improvement on blond and light brown lashes);
    • average increase in lash curve by 50%
    • No side effects other than a mild irritation have been noted.

Makeup Artist Tip:  If you are a frequent waterproof mascara user (and we all are during the summer!), than I highly suggest trying out Talika lash conditioning cleanser.  It is decadently gentle on the eyes, oil free, and magically removes every trace of eye makeup in heartbeat.  It also includes cornflower extract and silk proteins to help strengthen your lashes! Also, look into the Eye Therapy Patches to help soothe the skin!


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Top 5 Best Blush Dupes

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top5blushdupesWhile others may lust after lippies or fuss over foundations, my beauty obsession has got to be products for the cheeks: blushes, bronzers, creams, powders, highlighters and shimmers, I love them all. I think blush and shimmers have the ability to totally transform your look and bring your skin and features to life. The perfect shade of blush will bring out your best bits and hide your imperfections and, even if you don’t have a scrap of any other product on, it will bring your skin to life.

I’m the first to admit I get a little excited (maybe too excited…) when I find an amazing dupe for a high-end beauty product. If it’s a good dupe it’ll look uncannily similar to the original and have will have everyone asking, “OMG, is that Chanel?” I’ve compiled a list of the ultimate copycats so you can have gorgeously flushed and glowing cheeks for a fraction of the price (shh – don’t tell!):

1. NARS Deep Throat The Don of the blusher world, NARS Deep Throat is possibly the most loved blusher on the whole planet, ever. Deep Throat is a powder formula, peachy pink blush with a subtle gold shimmer and works wonders to lift pale complexions.

Dupe: e.l.f. Tickled Pink ELF always make brilliant dupes of high-end products and this is the best Deep Throat-alike budget buy I have found. Tickled Pink is on the pinker side of peach with less shimmer and a more matte finish.

2. MAC Full Fuschia – This blush is a blue-based, super pigmented, bright fuchsia that packs a serious punch. The color is as gorgeous swatched as it is in the pan and leaves a little iridescence on the cheeks.

Dupe: Smashbox Radiance – This lovely little number is a tiny bit lighter than Full Fuchsia and applies slightly sheerer. It also has less of an iridescent sheen than Full Fuchsia and is a subtler, more natural option.

3. Benefit Coralista – A silky, pigmented, popping peachy coral with flecks of gold and a slight frost that’s universally flattering. Build up in thin layers to get the optimum flushed look.

Dupe: Rimmel Pink Sorbet – This Rimmel dupe is a matte, pinker tone than its Benefit counterpart with a soft fuchsia color that’s soft, buttery and blendable – an amazing dupe.

4. Chanel Reflex – This Chanel number is a gorgeous baked peach blush with a marble-esque surface. With gold shot through the product it doubles up as a nice highlighter and gives a stunning glow to the face.

Dupe: ELF Candid Coral – Finely milled with a slightly less pigmented hue, Candid Coral is a light coral shade with a golden sheen (it’s less gold than Reflex) that gives Chanel a run for its money!

Guest Post contributed by Jodi Lawler from, where you can find lots more beauty tips and beauty buys in one place.

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Trend Alert: Hair Trends to Follow for 2015

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hairtrends2015We have the top three hair trends to help you get the best looks to pump up your gorgeous locks!top three hair trends

#1 – The Low Pony
Few styles are as sleek and elegant as the low pony tail but we love this look for two more reasons; it’s quick and easy! Whether you’re darting out the door for a 7:00 am meeting or making a quick transition from a day of errands to an evening with friends, the low pony is the easiest way to freshen up your look in about two minutes flat. Whether loose or tight, your pony should hang right around the nape of the neck. If you really want to spruce things up, use a decorative clip  or band to secure your pony tail or add a headband to the front of the hair.

#2 – Deep Side Part
Most stylists will agree that something as simple as where you part your hair can completely change your look without needing to do anything else, and that is certainly the case with the deep side part. While this look may take some getting used to, especially for those who have spent the past several years rocking the center part, trust us; it’s totally worth it! For an elegant look, try the deep side part with retro waves ala Veronica Lake. For some Rock n Roll flare, use a Texturing Hair Spray  and back comb to create fullness from mid-length down.

#3 – Rockn’ Waves
Think funky waves are just for the beach? Well think again! 2015 is all about those textured bed head waves but with a bit more volume than the ones of summer. This looks works well with both a deep side part and a center part, but the key word to remember is “wave”. Polished, pretty curls are not what you’re going for so keep those waves natural looking. Try a flatiron to create great waves if you have naturally straight hair, or try out our newest favorite The Beachwaver. For girls with a natural wave, scrunch in a good Texturing Hair Spray  and call it a day. The wilder the better, so don’t forget to pump up the volume on this look and certainly don’t forget the hairspray to lock it all in.

by Sian Bitner Kearney

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The Scent Of Summer

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dolceandgabanna4When I was 19 I was able to live in Europe for a year, and the scents and stunning seaside still grab my heart to this day. There is nothing more amazing than the Mediterranean Sea. Nothing.dolceandgabbana

Just last week I was able to travel down memory lane during a summer soiree celebrating Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue and their new limited edition fragrances. Normally I am not one for parties (a glass of wine by the pool is more my speed nowadays) but I was thrilled to be able to take a momentary glance at some of my past Mediterranean loves.

First off, the colors are crisp, clean, and sensual. The party immediately hooked me in with some watermelon cocktails (a must try! Watermelon juice, vodka, lemon and seltzer water) and then I got to sniff around and let my memory take me away. I love the sexy scents. Seriously. It brought back memories of the golden sun and my once tiny bikini body.

Dolce&Gabbana created their iconic fragrance Light Blue as a tribute to the sexiness of the sea and the summer. One of the things I love the most about the scent is how simple it is. We all know that my husband can’t stand anything too sweet on me, so I was thrilled that I could find a scent that he didn’t balk at. This was light enough that he loved it, and sexy enough that I wanted to bathe in it. Another plus was that the Light Blue Pour Homme made me go gaga for Mike when he spritzed it on. Ladies, believe me that this one is a deal breaker. It smells amazing on your man!

Here are some details for the ladies:
• Top Notes: cedar, crisp apple and bluebell
• Middle Notes: bamboo, jasmine and white rose
• Base Notes: citron wood, amber and musk
Here are some details for the men:
• Top Notes: juniper, bergamont, grapefruit and mandarin
• Middle Notes: pepper, rosemary and rosewood
• Base Notes: incense, musk, and oak


The two newest limited edition fragrances are just as sensual as the first two. Dolce&Gabbana created a softer and sweater version of its iconic fragrance, but they are most definitely not overwhelming.
Sunset in Salina:
• Notes of violet, vine leaves, orange flower and jasmine with a base of Amber, white musk and cedar
Swimming In Lipari:
• The fragrance for men has a base of grapefruit with Amber, Musk, and rosemary.

For me, I will be wearing Light Blue for the rest of summer (all while sipping that great watermelon cocktail!) and making sure Mike is wearing his Light Blue….grrr. If you would like to feel like you are basking in the sweet Mediterranean Sea then I highly suggest you run to Sephora and grab up some for yourself. Spritz on, grab a cocktail and dream of the blue ocean my friends!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dolce&Gabbana through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue all opinions are my own

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Food for Thought: Four Things You Should be Eating for Gorgeous Skin!

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As women, we are often taught to fear food; it will make us fat, it will break us out, etc. but what if you could enjoy food and reap some major beauty benefits as well? If you’re starving for some good menu items as well as an amazing glow, stock up on these four items ASAP!

Pepper Me Please
Whether you prefer red, green, or yellow, bell peppers are a wonder food! They are jam packed with vitamin C and contain antioxidants that can actually increase collagen production, decreasing lines and wrinkles and increasing skin’s firmness. You can sneak your bell peppers in as snacks throughout the day, or stuff with some brown rice, chicken and low fat cheese, bake, and enjoy them as a meal.

Berry Nice!
Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries aren’t just a great option for a sweet treat; they are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help to slow the aging process. Add them to smoothies for breakfast, to a salad for lunch or dinner, or freeze and enjoy as a low cal dessert. Either way, both your face and your taste buds will thank you!

Enjoy Your Seafood
Oily seafood like salmon, lobster, and mackerel are high in both zinc and essential fatty acids. Combined, these main dishes not only reduce wrinkles, they also work as an anti-inflammatory to ease puffiness and redness in the skin. Add in some greens and a hint of olive oil, and you’ve got yourself one beautiful meal.

Go Nuts for Almonds!
Rich in flavonoids, these tasty nuts not only build a healthier heart, they also contain vitamin E and antioxidants for the skin. Eating almonds regularly not only leads to softer more supple skin; it can also fight off damaging free radicals caused by pollution and even smoking. Grab a handful as a snack or add a few to your salad for extra flavor and beauty points.

So grab your fork and get to it ladies! With foods that dish out these kinds of beauty results, you may find yourself wanting a second helping.

by Sian Bitner Kearny

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