Look like you, but better with these natural hair and makeup looks
11 Copy-Worthy Natural Hair and Makeup Looks
This is a TotalBeauty.com natural makeup article
While achieving the ever-elusive natural, no-makeup makeup look seen on celebs takes a bit more effort than rolling out of bed, it does take a heck of a lot less time and effort than a smoky eye or perfecting bold red lips when done correctly.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream Review

I have been using this cream for several weeks.  First off, I love it.  It is gentle on my eyes and moisturizing.  It does not burn if a little gets too close to my eyes, as other creams do.  It is a little early to tell but so far I am liking the results. 

I have been using it day and night.  It also smooths on nicely over my makeup if I want to add just a touch more to make my eyes look supple.  I know that sounds funny but I live in a dry climate so dry eyes remind me of lizards and that is not the look I am going for!  I have used eye tightening creams in the past and they dry up and don't work well with makeup.  They make your foundation look cakey.  This cream does not do that at all.  It does not promote tightening so it doesn't contain those same ingredients.  This is what it promises:

By combining a unique combination of Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream moisturizes and renews the look of skin throughout the day.

  • Accelerated Retinol SA
  • Fade the look of stubborn crow's feet
  • Brighten and even under eye area
  • Smooth fine lines & texture
  • Reduce the look of dark circles
This cream is from a line that includes a day cream with SPF and a night cream.  I have also been using those two products and will give a full report in a few weeks. 

I think Neutrogena is onto something.  This is the first line of drugstore products that has worked for me in a long time so I am happy!  I also got these products on sale at CVS which is even better!  CVS has great sales, allows you to use coupons, and has a Beauty Club. 

For more information on this line visit: http://www.neutrogena.com/home.do
See how stress affects your skin and learn how to reverse the damage
How to Ditch the Side Effects of Stress
This is a TotalBeauty.com stress and women article
According to New York City dermatologist David Goldberg, MD, when a person becomes stressed, the hormone cortisol rises causing skin to become oily, red and aged. So what can you do about it? Check out these easy lifestyle tricks that'll keep you looking good no matter what your stress level.

scünci Bendini Review and Giveaway

Just in time for the hot weather, a new and easy way to dress up your hair...just bend and snap!  From the maker of other great hair accessories, scünci has come up with a creative new way to style your hair for  prom, weddings, communions or just to add a bit of sparkle to hair any day.  It is called the bendini clips!

This high fashion hair jewelry adds instant glam in two easy steps, and works on almost any hair length and texture. The scünci bendini is available in three different sizes and a variety of styles, including jeweled crystals, colorful beads and metallics. It's also available in the special scünci "girl" line designed especially for the little beauties in your life.

I recently tried the large size that is seen below.  I loved how it held my hair in place all day and was stylish for work.  I am a huge fan of scünci "no damage" hair bands so I knew I would love the new bendeni clips.

To use the scünci bendini clip, start with gathering your hair in the desired style. Slide the bendini comb into the hair, and bend and snap it securely in place for an all-day hold. To see how it works, visit http://www.scunci.com/bendini.html or watch the video below:

How to Enter:  If you would like to win a set of scünci bendini clips, please comment with your name/email.  For an extra entry, like scünci on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/scuncihair) and for another entry follow scünci on Twitter (www.twitter.com/scunciHair).  US residents only please and good luck! Entries will be accepted through 4/24/11 at 11:59PST and the winner will be announced on 4/25/11. 

* I received a sample.

Clarins One-Step Cleanser Review

Clarins One-Step Facial Cleanser with Orange Extract

I received this "Tonic Express" from Clarins in a travel kit from my recent purchase at www.usclarins.com  Seriously, why would I need a facial cleanser with orange extract?  Why would I need a cleanser that contained Moringa seed extract?  The funny thing about testing beauty products is that you don't know what you need until you have been introduced to it.  Then when you fall in love with a product you wonder how you ever lived without it? 

Let me tell you the reasons I love this product:
- great scent
-gentle on my sensitive skin
- removes "all day lip color"
- removes all eye makeup and does NOT BURN my eyes!
- no need to rinse off
- creates a canvas on my skin for my moisturizer/makeup
- I can bring it on my camping trips when water is not readily available
- I can use it after long hours at work and still follow the cardinal rule of always removing makeup before bed.

Reasons I don't love this product:
- a little pricey at $32 for 6.8 fl oz
DISCLAIMER: A little goes a long way and it can last for months.

One thing I learned after using the product for a few days is to shake well before use and use these directions as listed on the Clarins website: Soak a cotton pad and begin by gently dabbing over face to dislodge impurities. Turn pad over and gently smooth over face. No need to rinse off.
So, if you are thinking of getting a travel kit from Clarins - get the one that contains this cleanser.  I would suggest at least getting on the mailing list for Clarins so you receive their amazing offers and "like" them on Facebook.  http://www.facebook.com/Clarins  You won't be sorry.
See which crazy beauty tips are actually true and which are beauty folklore
Bizarre Beauty Tips That Really Work
This is a TotalBeauty.com health and beauty article
We hear tons of weird DIY beauty tips that have been passed down from our friends, mothers, etc. But, hearing so much advice leaves us wondering: Do these wacky beauty tips actually work? We asked experts to find out.


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