Sunday, March 18, 2012

2012 Hottest Color of the Year - TANGERINE TANGO by Pantone

Orange you glad it's not honeysuckle again this year?

Pantone - the world-renowned authority on color has announced "tangerine tango" as 2012's newest "IT" color. We have seen a trend toward neons and brights these last few seasons and orange has grown in popularity reaching top attention getting hue for 2012! Expect to incorporate this color into your home decor, makeup and thru autumn into your wardrobe!

Pantone set out in 1963 to standardize color communication for designers, manufacturers and retail customers. Now we look to them to forecast our future love affairs with color as well. Perhaps the most noteworthy of announcements is Patone's collaboration with Sephora on a first-ever, limited edition Color of the Year beauty collection including shadows, lip glosses and nail polish in this year's top shade ... tangerine tango, a vivid red-orange that flatters all skin tones. It will make blue eyes pop and adds a sultry flair to cheeks and lips.

 “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”  
-Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute 

Yep .... I  have already developed an ORANGE CRUSH! 
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                                                                                                       Photo: Courtesy of Lanvin

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This report previews the most prominent hues for Spring 2012.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Make It Yourself - Green Beauty Envy

The best part about being green (even if you're not Irish or Kermit the Frog) is that it encourages the do it yourself spirit. I feel more accomplished and appreciative when I'm stimulating my creative crafty side while doing something good for the environment ... BONUS!  It's as simple as knowing that I haven't contributed to the packaging nightmare in our landfills. There are countless ways to make a difference but to start, here are a few of my favorite DIY beauty tips that really work and can save you lots of $$$!

Olive Oil as a Moisturizer
Olive Oil is a wonderful treatment for hair but also works well to remove eye makeup while moisturizing your lashes encouraging them to grow longer. (In place of expensive Latisse). To exfoliate, dab olive oil on your face and scrub with course sugar or salt before rinsing. One use that you may not have considered is using olive oil to shave your legs when you're in the shower. Just purchase a small spray bottle and use it as a natural lubricant when shaving. Rub in a bit more after shaving to soften the skin and don't forget your notoriously dry elbows!

Baking Soda Shampoo and Deodorant
To clean your hair consider using baking soda for a change instead of shampoo. It will absorb oil and and loosen dead skin on the scalp. For deodorant, sprinkle baking soda on a damp washcloth and apply to your underarms to keep fresh all day. Baking soda neutralizes odors instead of covering them up, absorbs perspiration and doesn't contain harsh chemicals like aluminum which is found in most commercial deodorants that blocks pores. 

Add Shine to your hair with Vodka
Add a shot of vodka to your deep conditioner or for a totally natural approach add it to mayonnaise, egg yolks, avocado or honey with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Leave in for around 15 minutes before rinsing. Clear alcohol has an acidic pH that helps get rid of the build up left from other products on the hair cuticle! It's a homemade clarifying rinse that will remove dulling product build up and reveal your shine!

Make your own Pore Strips
Natural pore strips without the chemicals can be made easily with only 2 ingredients! Unflavored gelatin and Milk. Mix 1 TableSpoon of each, pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds and apply on your skin wherever you want to remove dirt and oil. Wait 10 minutes and peel off. Added bonus is that you can use it everywhere on your face, not just your nose! 

If you struggle with the DIY approach but want to make a difference simply reduce. You're probably using more product than you need to. According to Fitness magazine the sizing you actually need is:

Eye cream: The size of a mini M & M per eye. Too much clogs pores.
Foundation: The size of an Altoid. Too much looks fake anyway.
Shampoo/Conditioner: The size of a marble. Too much coats the hair shaft accumulating and dulling the hair.
Face or Hair Serum: The size of nickel. Too much will look greasy.
Mousse: The size of a golf ball. More and your hair will be too stiff.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Beauty Myths Uncovered: Fact vs Fiction

It's true ... Sometimes you just have to draw the line. Too bad they don't teach these lessons in school, because there is a whole lot of fiction to beauty advice. Here are some Beauty Myths you need to know. 

Spot Reducing Exercise Works or You can turn Fat into Muscle 
This is scientifically impossible ... fat and muscle are two completely different types of tissue and nothing can convert one to the other. The layers are: Skin. Fat. Muscle. In that order. To see that six pack ab you need less fat over lean muscle! (Check out my Post about Skinny Fat)

Rinsing Hair in Cold Water Makes it Shinier & Cutting Hair Makes it Grow Faster
These ideas have been around a long time, but hair is dead and water is water. Although a splash of cold water will wake you up, if you want to make your cuticle smoother try a proper conditioner instead. Cutting or not cutting cannot stimulate growth, nor can brushing it 100 times a day ... more likely it will just pull more strands from your head.

Chocolate and Greasy Foods Cause Break Outs
According to dermatologists this is untrue, unless maybe you are smearing it across your face. The only foods known to exacerbate acne are those that contain high amounts of iodine like sushi, shellfish and soy sauce.

Tanning Clears up Bad Skin
For a brief moment a tan may mask the appearance of your acne but the sun can make the skin dry and irritated leading to more breakouts in the future! Plus, the sun's rays can cause skin cancer and premature aging. Scrubbing your face or washing it too much,  can also irritate the skin and lead to more eruptions.
Cucumbers or Preparation H Deflates Puffiness Under Eyes
There is no magic ingredient in cucumbers that will depuff your skin, but anything cold that is placed under the eye will help and because cucumbers are able to stay cold for long periods of time out of the refrigerator ...  "cool as a cucumber" is notably why this seems to work. The truth is that anything cold will do the trick so try placing spoons in a glass of ice underneath your eyes in the morning to reduce swelling.

Make up artists have long touted the magic effects of Preparation H to reduce inflammation under the eyes, but the active ingredient responsible for this, phenylephrine, is no longer found in the version available in the U.S. so unless you ordered in from Canada it is not present. (Check out my post about How to Depuff and Conceal Under Eye Circles)

Matching Eye Shadow with Eye Color Makes Your Eyes Pop
The fact is that it's the colors directly opposite of your eye color on the color wheel, called complimentary colors, that will compliment your eyes and give you your most dramatic look. Your shoes can match your outfit, but your eye color should match your complexion.  (Check out your best colors in my post Beyond a SHADOW of doubt ... the perfect color for your eyes!)

Organic Beauty Products Are Safer
Not always! There is no evidence that organic beauty products are better for your skin and some have a short shelf and could be harmful if the ingredients expire. This is a highly unregulated area and just because something is marked natural it still might contain bad stuff.

Misting Your Face with Water During Long Flights is Hydrating
Actually, the opposite occurs. After the water evaporates it makes your skin drier. Better to choose an actual moisturizer or a mist that has glycerin.

Cold Water Will Shrink Your Pores
Although you can temporarily make them look smaller with certain products, pore size is genetic and cannot be altered. Cold water constricts so the skin feels tighter, however, when pores are clogged with oil and dead skin they look bigger so clean them out!

Dry Skin Causes Wrinkles
If only moisturizers could keep the lines away! Unforunately, wrinkles form when collagen breaks down way beneath the surface of the skin. Sun exposure is the number one cause of collagen degeneration so use a moisturizer with a high SPF and an anti-aging antioxidant like Vitamin C. 

Shaving Will Make Your Hair Grow Back Darker/Thicker and Plucking a Gray Hair Will Make 10 More Grow in its Place
You are born with a certain number of hair follicles at birth. It is an urban legend that anything can create more. Plus only hormones can change the color or thickness of a hair. Uncut hairs thin at the tip naturally, they may appear thicker after cut when they begin to surface again until they taper.  If they seem darker it is only the perception as it grows in next to the paleness of your complexion. Neither is a reality. (Check out my post about Defuzzing the Myth of the Female Moustache)

Don't become over zealous when plucking out a gray hair on your head or your eyebrow, only one will grow back, but you may damage the root and a hair that can be colored at the salon is better than no hair at all! :)

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