Dec 4, 2012

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Hair chalk How To : Hair Lust Time!

Hair chalk is a super cute trend that I’m a little bit obsessed with at the moment. It’s a cool and easy way to add some temporary color to the hair, and you can create a really striking look with minimum effort. As a bleached blonde, I struggle with changing colors as I don’t want to mess up my locks, and this is a perfect way to add color and keep my hair in good condition.

There are a few different ways to apply this, and as a blonde there are a few extra precautions to bear in mind.

Basically, if you have dark hair, wet it and then apply chalk. If you are fair apply chalk to DRY hair, as wet hair will stain it temporarily.

First off, decide what look you want to go for- just a dip dye effect, or a cool twisted rainbow braid?

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Dec 2, 2012

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The lowdown on laser hair removal : Common questions answered

Laser hair removal has been a big buzz word in the hair removal market for the last couple of years, but it can be pretty confusing. The notion of it sounds fantastic- no more waxing or shaving forever- but the truth is a little more complicated. In an effort to decode this bandied about term, Addicted to Beauty is offering you the laser hair removal guide to talk you through how lasers work and what they can offer you.

Question One: Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is not permanent hair removal, it’s permanent hair reduction. It doesn’t matter what your therapist says, there is no such thing as laser PERMANENT hair removal. Long term hair reduction might be almost permanent, inasmuch as you may need to only shave every 3 months/ 6 months etc, but hair will regrow.

Question 2: What’s the difference between laser hair removal and IPL hair removal- are they the same thing? 

These two terms are often used to refer to laser hair removal, but IPL is NOT laser hair removal. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is a way of creating long term hair reduction but it doesn’t use a laser. The community is divided on which is more effective, but you should be aware they are not the same thing. They work in two different ways:

  1. Laser hair removal works by turning light from a laser into heat energy in the skin. This then targets the hair shaft and disables it. The laser strength can be varied and it can be adjusted to target specific beams of light.
  2. IPL works in a similar way, using pulses of light that go into the skin, and heat up the hair shaft. It damages the hair pigment which stops and/or slows future growth.

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Nov 27, 2012

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The Hair Museum: Centuries of hair on show

Stars like Lady GaGa and Nicki Minaj have made us re-evaluate the way we look at hair. Hair is no longer seen as a grooming device, it’s art ans parcel of somebody’s look and has been elevated to art form with Lady GaGa’s hair bows and Nicki Minaj’s candy colored hair wigs. They might be bringing this to public attention, but Leila Cohoon has been advocating hair as an art form for many years now.

Leila own the Leila Hair Museum in Missouri, and has curated over 500 hair wreaths and 2000 pieces of jewelry made of HUMAN HAIR. Yes, that’s right, people wore jewelry made of human hair. Leila traces back many of her objects to the Victorian period when using hair in artwork was more common and it was either used as a bodily adornment or as a memorial piece. Some of the items have more than just hair in them- bone fragments and blood might also be part of some of the wreaths!

It’s hard to know what to make of this- Leila is clearly very passionate about hat she does, and it’s interesting that it exists but it’s hard to refrain from feeling a little bit icky at the amount of old hair/blood/bones adorning the walls.

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Nov 20, 2012

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Nails Inc Bling It On Leather & Skulls collection

Nails Inc is a Nails Inc, Nails Inc Leather and Skulls favorite brand on Addicted to Beauty as we love their long lasting polishes, cool shade selection and adorably cute names they come up with. Their latest launch is highly covetable and brings an earthy glamour to the fingertips. Titled Nails Inc Bling It On Leather and Skulls, the kit comprises of a leather effect  black nail varnish with skull nail decals that you affix atop the varnish for nail art results that look like they should be in an Alexander McQueen runway show.

The black leather effect polish changes from glossy to a leather look texture when it dries and even features a leather cap (totally unnecessary, but still kinda cool). I think it looks pretty striking and this is the first time the idea of leather effect nails have really been pushed bu beauty brands.

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Nov 20, 2012

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Butter London Christmas 2012 is nail-licious

I’m a big fan of Butter London nail lacquers, and the look of their upcoming Christmas 2012 collection has me very excited. This six piece collection provides a lot of rich hues which are prefect for the party season and they have metallic qualities to them- all the better to shimmer under those fairy lights! I like how they have been designed with extra sparkle, and I’m very taken with Fairy Cake and Scallywag in particular- a lovely glittering blue and silver that might look great layered over eachother!

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Nov 15, 2012

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Dr. Murad Launch Limited Edition Christmas Range

Skincare products are always a great gift to give at Christmas and even better to receive. Dr Murad is aiming to help people get a headstart in their New Year skin regime by creating 5 limited edition Christmas sets to target every skin concern. They also have a makeup kit, with products that I seriously heart, so you can treat your skin.. and your face!

The Hydrations sensation  kit is especially tantalizing, as it includes full sizes of products that will help replenish dried out winter skin.

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Nov 12, 2012

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Crowned Bird Collection: Priscilla Barroso is one to watch

Priscilla Barroso might not be a name I was immediately familiar with, but once I saw her striking collection for Crowned Bird, I knew I needed to get acquainted quickly.

Her Fall 2012 collection provides a bold splash of color onto tailored dresses and cropped T-shorts, and her use of details adds an extra flourish to the outfits. I love the ruffles on he shirts, and that she’s combining her love of retro prints with a modern aesthetic, creating something vibrant and fun. There’s a playful element to all the clothes- which is doubly captured by the stunning lookbook images (love those long false lashes!)

The line practically exudes youth out of every piece of fabric, and the shots chosen are captivating.

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Nov 8, 2012

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Beauty Blogger Link Love@ Nov 2012

Tanisa over at Steal My Heart Lovee shares her recently purchased YSL Lipsticks. They’re perfect for the fall season.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the perfectly messy quiff ponytail at My Funny Valentine.

Still figuring out how to get the perfect high-impact, low-effort eyes? Then you’re in luck: this week at theNotice, Rae has an easy, long-wearing smokey black eyeshadow tutorial for you!

Love red lips? Madame B Fatale’s new pictorial will show you how to make your lipstick last longer!

Fleurissante has found the perfect 2 in 1 product for a fresh look: Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat in Garden Rose.

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Nov 7, 2012

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Sexy Celebrity Spectacle wearers (who don’t need to wear glasses!)

Skinny jean wearing Shoreditch hipsters have helped reinvent the idea of glasses from nerdy to nerd-licious and celebrities have been hooking up to this trend and proudly baring four eyes in public.

Many of the celebrities who have been seen sporting glasses are trying to perpetuate the sexy geek stereotype, and some manage this marvellously, while others fail spectacularly. To celebrate how gorgeous girls in glasses can be I’m going to share with you a few of my favourite sexy glasses wearing celebs.

Zoeey Deschanel

OK, it’s true that her inane perkiness and kooky mentality can be a little grating, but she definitely rocks the extra lenses. She has opted for  a frame shape that’s bold and the tortoiseshell design of the frames draw attention to her porcelain skin and flowing hair.

Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Jessica Alba can rock pretty much any look, but we think she captures innocence and smartness with these pretty oval frames.

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Nov 5, 2012

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Plus sized Beauty Pageant in Israel: Yay or Nay?

Women in society today are constantly objectified. Billboards, television, even the smiling woman on the Special K cereal we eat suggests we need to look and be a certain way to be ‘approved’. Many things factor into approval- age, hair color, skin color- and these are all represented constantly in certain parameters. However, one thing is fairly constant in the Western world, which is that of body size.

Thin is considered beautiful and angular cheekbones and designers who create garments for prepubescent girls aimed at adult women perpetuate this body hatred and awkwardness that many people have as they age and develop.

In light of this, is it refreshing that Israel created a beauty pageant that required every contestant to weigh a minimum of 176 pounds? On one hand, it’s great to celebrate that women can be beautiful no matter what size, but on the other hand it’s still a PAGEANT which whole objective is about JUDGING and LOOKING at women, so isn’t the very notion of pageantry flawed? Sure, women OF ALL SIZES are beautiful, but this is a competition about JUDGING beauty, and rating people against eachother, which is part of the whole thinspiration problem.

It’s no longer about saying women can be lovely whatever their size, the issue is that women ARE ALREADY lovely, and size is insignificant- as are looks. Sure, we can look at Michaelangelo’s face charts and map out even faces, but that again is against the point I’m making. We need to STOP looking at women as mere masses of weight and start seeing them as people.

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