Makeup Trends 2013, 2014: 3 Hot Illamasqua Halloween Looks Created By Alex Box: Sculpted Cheekbones, Heart-Shaped Face, Faux Lashes, Gold Body Paint

The recent Illamasqua event at Bloomingdales was no ordinary brand debut. It was an exciting presentation featuring Illamasqua Creative Director Alex Box who awed the audience as she created iconic looks LIVE in the store. The Bloomingdales staff and fellow beauty addicts crowded the first floor to watch the makeup maven in action. Alex Box […]

Review, Mascara Comparison Photos, Swatches: Maybelline New York Volum’Express Mascara Colossal Smoky Eyes – Blue Blaze, Blackest Smoke, Scorching…

This fall all eyes are smoldering, dark and sexy. Maybelline New York is on-trend this season by introducing the latest mascara to give you the hottest look: Volum’Express Mascara Colossal Smoky Eyes – Limited Edition Collection ($7.77). This mascara comes in three shades: Blue Blaze, Blackest Smoke and Scorching Brown.  The formula is enriched with […]

Vivienne Westwood’s theatre of chaos for SS14

Vivienne Westwood SS14 beautyYou can always trust Vivienne Westwood to bring the crazy during fashion week, and as SS14 thus far has been too often (in my opinion) littered with ‘natural’, ‘undone’ hair and makeup – easy to do but not so fun to write about – I was looking forward to the chaotic look we were sure to see. I was not disappointed.

If chaos was what we wanted, chaos was what we got; Viv is not a fan of conventional makeup, so faces were painted chalky white and shaded in blueish grey were reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – until they were streaked with black under the cheekbones and around the eyes, and splattered over the rest of the face. Nails were long, broken and chipped red talons to match the additional red accents on some of the models faces, in lines around the eyes and smudged over the lips.

The theme carried over into the hair which was in huge disheveled, voluminous waves Helena Bonham Carter would be proud of, pinned up abstractly at the top and flowing over the shoulder.

One for the street? Probably not. But definitely some chic Halloween inspiration

Can cosmetics change the acid balance of your skin? The Beauty Brains

Do you know how cosmetics can change the acid balance of your skin? Then you should listen to this episode! Plus this week we begin a brand new feature: a game called Beauty Science or Bull Sh*t.

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Beauty Science or Bull Sh*t
In this new game, I give Perry 3 beauty science news stories and he has to tell the real from the fake. You can play along at home – just hit the pause button before I give the answer and see if you can outsmart Perry. Here are this week’s headlines, can you tell which one is TRUE?

1. Researchers have developed a vegetable alternative to petroleum based aerosol propellants.
2. Researchers have created the first detailed 3D model of curly hair.
3. Researchers have increased skin lotion stability with oil droplets shaped like hamburger buns.

Question of the week: Does the skin’s acid mantle affect how AHA products work?
BrainyBimbo asks…I’ve been told hydroxy acid products have to be in a certain pH range to work. But I’ve used products that were NOT in that range and they seemed to work for me. Is it possible that my personal skin acid mantle changed the pH of the products so they would work? Continue reading