Celebrity hairstylist and founder of Kronos Hair products, Dusty Simington, has a rather interesting beauty philosophy that reminds me of a saying by Helena Rubinstein – “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” Dusty believes that “With all that information and technology out there, no one can look bad. People who do are simply stupid.” While some people might find that harsh, I think there is some truth to it.
I met Dusty at the Total Beauty Blog Summit 2008 where he gave us a brief introduction on his upcoming line of hair products and a few pointers for fall hair trends. I also pulled him aside for a quick interview just for you guys!
Unlike clear contact lens, colored lenses can change your look completely in seconds (which explains its HUGE popularity all over the world!) I personally *love* them and my favorite ones are Freshlook Colorblends, Geo Angel and Tri-Color Lenses.
Types of Color Contacts
* Enhancement Lenses: This type of lenses are made of semi-transparent material that will blend with your natural eye color to enhance your eyes. Some of them, like Freshlook’s Colorblends and Geo’s Tri-Color Lenses, have different colors blended together to give the most natural look. You can choose a color similar to your natural eye color or you can go with something totally different.
* Opaque Lenses: This type of lenses are made with opaque material to change your eye color dramatically and Paris Hilton used to wear this too (she uses Natural touch in Baby Blue to change her naturally brown eyes blue). Opaque lenses normally come in solid colors like green, gray, blue and brown etc. If you have dark eyes and want to change your eye color completely, this will probably be your best bet.
* Circle Lens:Unlike the other two, these have a black rim on the outside of your iris (hence the name circle) to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter. They are currently the “it” thing in Asia and they come in a variety of colors like black, brown, gray, violet, blue and green. They will give the most dramatic effect and get you all the attention you deserve.
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Eyelid tape is definitely one of the most popular Asian beauty gadgets and have long been a holy grail for many girls. They are basically clear medical tapes used to create a “double eyelid” and to make your eyes appear rounder and larger.
Just check out the before and after pictures of Hong Kong singer Elanne Kwong below. Her “big eyes” are achieved through the use of eyelid tape and circle lens.
With a bit of practice and the right tools, you can easily save yourself $20-30 for a manicure at the nail salon.
What You Will Need
* Acetone-free nail polish remover
* Emery board
* Cuticle cream/oil
* Cuticle Nipper
* Orange stick
* Warm water in a bowl
* Base Coat
* Your favorite nail polish
* Top Coat
Basic How To
1. Start off by wiping any remaining traces of nail polish with an acetone-free nail polish remover.
2. File with an emery board so that edges are smooth and round. File towards the tip and only in one direction. Never file too deeply on the sides.
3. Apply a cuticle oil/cream to each nail.
4. Soak your fingertips in a bowl of warm water for five to ten minutes. You can also add in scented oils or salt. This will help soften the cuticles and remove any filing dust.
5. Gently scrub your nails with an old toothbrush and push back cuticles with an orange stick.
6. Using a cuticle nipper, gently remove all dead skin working around the nail.
7. Buff your nails to file the ridges and to add shine. Again, buff in one direction.
8. Apply a base coat to protect your nails from chemicals and help make your nail polish last longer. Do one stroke down the center of the nail then one on the right and one on the left.
9. Before you apply your nail polish, roll the bottle between your palms for a few seconds to warm it up for easier application. Paint the nail in three strokes – one down the center and two on the sides. Be careful not to paint the cuticle. Repeat with a second coat but make sure to let nails completely between coats.
10. Finish with a top coat and remember to cover the top edges of the nail to maximize protection. Let your nails dry for as long as you can. Follow up with a cuticle oil daily and touch up the edges and add an entire coat of top coat if the polish starts wearing off.
With the million different kinds of mascaras out there, it can be difficult to make a pick. So read on to find out more about what’s available and what they do.
* Thickening/Voluminizing formulas are great for those who have skimpy lashes. I adore L’oreal’s Voluminous and Maybelline’s Volum Express for maximum volume.
* Lengthening formulas are great for those with thick lashes but want a little length. Pick one with a “precision brush” for maximum length and definition. L’oreal’s Clean Definition Telescopic Mascara is my all-time favorite.
* Curling mascaras claim to lift your lashes and maintain the curl. Personally I find this a gimmick – all you need is a good eyelash curler.
* Color mascaras are fun if you want a different look. While some of them come in crazy colors to make your eyes pop, most come in muted colors meaning you can wear them during the day without screaming crazy lashes.
Navy blue – makes the whites of your eyes appear brighter
Burgundy – great for a natural look and makes green eyes pop
Brown – great for those who find black too “harsh”
* Clear mascaras are only good if you want a natural look. All they do is add a *little* definition – no volume or length. You can also use them to tame your unruly eyebrows.
* Waterproof formulas are great for those who:
1) have sensitive eyes
2) sweat a lot or live in humid places
3) will come into contact with water
I do not recommend wearing waterproof mascaras on a daily basis because I find them more drying than regular formulas and harder to remove.
So what mascara is the best? Personally I find that using different formulas together works a lot better than using one that claims to do everything (and yes that means wearing more than one mascara at the same time). For me, I like using Rimmel’s Lash Maxxx with L’oreal’s Voluminous on top for long, thick lashes. Color-wise, no matter what hair/eye color you have, I would suggest black. I know some people find it harsh but to me, nothing beats dark, fluttering lashes.
Read my mascara reviews to see what other mascaras I recommend.