Apr 22, 2013

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IPA Lip balm for beer breath

A little bit of booze isn’t a bad thing, but beer breath is never pleasant. A new line of lip balm offers full-on beer flavor for IPA loving-ladies and men. There are four options to choose from, and each is created using organic products at Atlantic Farms. The key ingredient is the hops flower, and the balms include finely ground hops to give them a  smooth texture.. and a memorable taste!

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Apr 21, 2013

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Nine delightful New York Nail Art Designs

Nail art is a passion of mine, but due to lack of time, my digits have been looking decidedly simple hued. In order to rejuvenate my love of the genre- or potentially, just waste time online- I have curated an amazing display of New York nail art.

It is my current favorite city after all, so I need to try and get my USA pride on. Some of these are jawdropping, but a few suggest that I might just be able to recreate them myself.. when I next have a free moment. I do adore the one featured above however, the delectable NYC Landmark nail art from DeviantArt.

 Silver NYC Skyline Nails

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Apr 18, 2013

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Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treament

My hands have been pretty chapped lately, nails peeling, and icky ripped up skin teasing the edges of my cuticles. In part this is because I am a nervous finger chewer- yes, I KNOW- but I do also feel that the random weather is a little too blame. The insane New York aircon is also a little too blame, but considering my finger stubs were becoming nubs, I needed to take action pronto. I carry a hand cream with me at all times, but I felt I needed something more intensive. I also changed my diet, adding in some Biotin and daily Folic Acid supplements. No, I’m not preggers, these are just great nourishing skin replenishing vitamins.

Next, the Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment. It’s paraben free and made with cocoa butter and shea butter. What I think really makes the difference though is the inclusion of kokum butter. Yes, I had to google it, but basically it’s isan extract from an Indian tree, and has amazing emollient properties.

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Apr 9, 2013

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Diapers for Beauty and USA Spa Week

Would you want to wash your face with a diaper? A cloth diaper can provide a good alternative to Clarisonic style brushes; which some dermatologists now say can cause breakouts. A diaper is apparently the perfect consistency to promote lymphatic drainage and remove cleansing balms.. but would you want to try it? [Allure]

Forget fashion week, all beauty gals should have Spa Week pencilled firmly in their diary. This year you can choose from multiple luxurious treatments at thousands of places country-wide, with services costing no more than $50, a great excuse to treat yourself! [Spa Week]

What does the Gillette factory look like? A question I’d never asked, but one I’m happy to get the answer too. It’s very cool to see what goes into the production of the Venus blades- it involves robots. ROBOTS!  [Beautiful Makeup Search]

Uncomfortable reading. To sell hair removal products in China, Veet started a campaign to make Chinese women unhappy with their bodyhair. Seems the bottom line was cold hard cash, and if that can be made from insecurity, why not?  For a company which makes so many inroads on good deeds (they are a big Save the Children supporter) it’s a shame this doesn’t come through in their support of women’s mental wellbeing.[BBB]

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Apr 9, 2013

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Crowdfunded fragrance and Estee Lauder Cello Shots

Fancy smelling like Downtown Chicago? Hey, it’s more than sweat and deep fried doughnuts nowadays.  Tru Blooms Chicago wants you to smell like the cities flowers- extracting fragrances from flowers planted in Chicago’s parks. The scent has a short run, as flowers are seasonal there, and  expect it to be a mix of roses, violets and lavender. [AdWeek]

BB Cream? CC Cream? Just when you think you’ve got a handle on what’s going on, then a new acronym comes around. The Beauty Geeks UK deconstruct what these terms mean, and break down brands by coverage, texture and ingredients.  [BeautyByThe Geeks]

Cello shot is the new line from Estee Lauder and my, isn’t it lovely? Four cheek stains, six lippies and six glosses that aim to give you a ‘cellophane gel’ look.  Think smooth, and HDTV ready rather than Walking Dead zombified. These are designed to give your face a wet barely there sheen, perfect for summer. [Refinery 29]

 Crowd-sourcing to create fine fragrance! French perfumer Celine Verlule has created a scent through public funding. Her brand- the Olfactive Studio- used feedback from 5,000 Facebook fans to create a four scent library. Her newest scent, Flashback, makes it to the US this week.  [The Cut]

Make your digits Summer-sational with a six shade selection of  Zoya PixieDust in bright summer colors. PixieDust combines matte, sparkle and longevity with the one stroke Zoya formula- out in April. [Beauty in NYC]

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Apr 7, 2013

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Go Back to School with Chalkboard Nails: Plus more beauty buzz

Adore the ultra retro chalkboard nail kit from Ciate, that we told you about last week? Us too! The chalkboard base coat gives you a blank surface to doodle on, and the four liquid chalk pens let you capture those XO moments. Available April 2013. For those who can’t wait, blogger Phoebe Scott has created a DIY version, using products you own already. Ingenious. [MarketingUndergrad]

Mavala are running a  fun nail campaign where they are crowd-sourcing color shades from things that you like. Tweet or Facebook in images of colored things you like- from that perfect teal dress to your favorite brick wail, and the top three voted shades will be turned into varnishes for their That’s My Color Collection.[BritishBeautyBlogger]

Confused: Obama calls attorney general Kamala Harris the ‘best looking general’. Sure, she’s smoking, but should the leader of  nation really be making statements about people’s appearances? There are enough issues about strong women in business and the continual struggle for equal pay, without the president bringing looks into the mix. Weird taste in mouth about this- thoughts? [HuffPo]

Lip-tastic alert. Artist Agnes Kisonaite built a lipstick sculpture with 5,000 lipstick tubes. The reasoning? That this stunning piece of beauty-art would make people think more about product wastage. The problem? She’s targeting this at consumers, when it is companies that should be offering us way to recycle. [Makeup Museum]

Selfie Style. Want to look super sexy in those selfie Snapchats? Or, at the least, manage to avoid duckface and screen glare? Here’s a lighthearted look at how to take selfies that will get people talking. Better they laugh with you than at you, right?  [The Gloss] 

Has perfume lost its class? A look back at the history of celebrity scent collaborations an how the scent houses have adapted. It gets traced back to Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy in 1957. Pretty intriguing… [Ad Week] 

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Apr 1, 2013

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Four dollar unicorn farts

What does a unicorn fart smell like? Dust? Sugar? White chocolate Harry Potter frosting with a Rainbow Brights balloon? The question is clearly on everyone’s lips, and one Etsy seller has taken this conundrum into her ow hands and created the Unicorn farts lip balm, which she says ‘Smells just exactly like real imaginary unicorn farts!’

What does that smell like though?

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Mar 31, 2013

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The Hands Free Tongue Toothbrush

This seems to be the kind of month where I find a whole lot of really cool and creative beauty products- I just love innovation, don’t you? The latest ib the long line of happiness is the Hands Free tongue mounted toothbrush.

Designed for the extremely lazy/ busy/ mobile phone obsessed this is a toothbrush you can use via your tongue. Yes, that flexible muscle can be used to brush your teeth, leaving your digits free for multi tasking.

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Mar 27, 2013

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Done In 60 Minutes: DIY Nail art designs in under an hour

Pulling off an elegant nail job requires skill, dexterity, patience the size of the Pacific Ocean, and most important of all, time. Whether you’re going to attend an exclusive party or just hang out with some friends in a club on a Saturday, being able to do your nails quickly will save you money- and stress! Why pay a salon when you can create cool looks in the comfort o your own home (and watch Homeland whilst doing so?)

Regardless of the nail art you want to apply, whether French tips, statement nails, or animal prints, the ability to do them quickly comes in handy especially during unexpected parties or nail accidents that require a retouch or a total makeover. If you are looking for nail art ideas you can do it in 60 minutes or less, check out these nail job tips to aid you along the way:

1. Herringbone Nail Art

A stitching technique usually found in twill fabrics can be your nail buddy in case you need to retouch your nails in an hour or less. After painting all your nails with your selected base nail polish, take out some nail strips from your French tip kit and paint them with different colours but from the same colour palette, e.g. using the same kind of finish but with different hues such as matte or candy colours. After applying polish in nail strips, carefully stick them in one of your nails, preferably the middle or ring finger, the way herringbone stitches are made. These should form diagonal L’s when done correctly. Using a pair of nail clippers, remove the protruding tips and with a cutter, carefully cut the excess strips to the shape of your nails.

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Mar 25, 2013

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Morninghead;- to get rid of Morning Hair. Totally SFW!

Bedhair is something that beauty magazines tell us we ought to aspire too, but the reality is more rats nest, then Cinderella-type tendrils. I’ve always thought this was a female issue, but then I just learnt about Morninghead- a product aimed at men (or women with super short hair) that’s suggests its a universal issue. Dubious name aside, the Morninghead is actually kind of ingenious.

The Morninghead caps started as a Kickstarter project, and then received full funding.It’s a shower cap that comes lined with absorbent material, designed to let you mimic freshly washed hair, without the inconvenience of having a shower.

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