Insider Beauty Secrets!

Want to know some beauty insider secret weapons? You might be surprised by some of their tricks (dryer sheets? Really?)!

1) Dryer sheets tame flyaway hair! Next time you’re struck by unwanted flyaways, look no further than the laundry room, says New York makeup artist Alexa Rudolfo. “Passing dryer sheets through static electricity will calm hair in a heartbeat.”

2) If you want to get skin glowing without logging in time at the derm, celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt suggests adding a tablespoon of baking soda to a bit of water for a really pure paste. “Its consistency mimics that of microdermabrasion, which instantly brightens the face.”

3) Your dream moisturizer just might be in your pantry, of all places. Alexa says that coconut oil (yes, the kind used for cooking!) is packed with natural free-radical fighting antioxidants. Just rub it between palms, wait for it to melt and massage away.

4) For a subtle but sexy pout, try this trick from Alexa: Add a dab of black shadow to the center of the bottom lip and press. You’ll create a unique, sophisticated look that can’t be achieved with all-over color.

5) We’ve never been into being matchy-matchy and makeup is no exception. To make eyes look bigger, coat bottom lashes in blue mascara but stick with your regular black for the top, says makeup artist and creator of Mally Beauty, Mally Roncal. The color contrast makes eyes pop.

6) An eyelash curler is the quickest way to open up eyes, but for those who think the contraption looks too medieval, here’s another option. Grab a great curling mascara and point a blow dryer (on the cool setting) upward while lashes are still wet.

7) Mally says she’s tested this fool-proof trick on many a sleepless celeb: Add a bone-colored eyeliner — white is too stark — to the inner corners of eyes for instant brightness.

8) For a natural looking lash (do professional tints sound scary to you, too?) try using the end of a non-toxic Sharpie on just the tips, suggests Troy. It will last longer than any mascara and, even better, can most likely be found in any desk drawer.

9) We all feel great after getting highlights but they can make sensitive scalps itch. Anya Burton of Chris McMillan The Salon in Beverly Hills admits it’s odd, but she adds Sweet’N Low to color to soothe irritated skin. Who knew the sugar sub could be good for you?

These are all amazing tip! Thanks to glo for the awesome tricks! Can you believe this isn’t even all of them! There’s more here!


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Lauren Conrad launches her own beauty site: TheBeautyDepartment.com

And she just keeps on going and going and going!

Reality princess Lauren Conrad is at it again. Not only is LC the current cover model for Allure magazine, but the style guru has just launched her very own style website: TheBeautyDepartment.com

The website is a collaboration with her personal hair stylist and makeup artist.

The 25-year-old is well on her way to becoming quite the style mogul: She has two clothing lines LC Lauren Conrad, which is sold at Kohl’s, and Paper Crown, which began rolling out to buyers this February, plus she’s worked with the cosmetic brand mark and has a three-book contract and the New York Times-bestseller stamp of approval. Do any Google search and you’ll see countless articles turn up about her signature look: black winged eyeliner, flowing tresses and a California-chic wardrobe. And since the star released her own book Lauren Conrad Style last fall, she, along with beauty entourage Kristen Ess and Amy Nadine, will have plenty of material to work with.

Check out the site — it’s pretty fabulous! The website’s “About Us” page reads:

We are so excited to be launching thebeautydepartment.com! This is a site for anyone who’s ever had a beauty question or gotten into a fight with a hair brush and lost. We’ll be covering all kinds of hair+makeup how-to’s, nail trends, skin issues, tools, current obsessions & inspirations, as well as countless quick tips. In the process we are truly excited to get to know all of you! We want  to read your emails and we want you to participate in our voting polls so we can figure out exactly what you need! We want to make beauty as accessible as possible. We’re releasing new things every day including videos, printable photo tutorials and exclusive images of our lovely Lauren Conrad. Don’t forget to bookmark thebeautydepartment.com and check back every day for your daily dose of pretty!

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Royal Wedding -Live Chat TODAY 4/20/11 at 4pm-

Come join Jocelyn and I  in the CoffeeTalk Community at BlogFrog this Wednesday at 4pm for our Royal Wedding themed live chat. We will be discussing everything wedding related, the dress, makeup and viewing parties. Please come join us for an hour we would love to chat with you.

Can’t wait to chat 04/20/11 4pm !


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Is Nail Polish Safe for Kids?

Allure Magazine’s Elizabeth Angell uncovers the danger in adult nail polish on kids:

Last week, neon-pink nail polish made some unlikely headlines when a J. Crew advertisement showed the company’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, painting her five-year-old son’s toenails with the bubble-gum shade. While talking heads debated the appropriateness of nail polish for boys and recommended that Lyons put aside some money for Beckett’s future therapy bills, I kept thinking: Is adult nail polish even safe for children? I have an almost-two-year-old son and he took one look at my feet after a recent pedicure and said “Henry have those toes.” I’m happy to let him cover his toenails with rainbow nail polish, but I am just overprotective enough to wonder if the grown-up stuff is right—health wise—for him. (I’m also pretty convinced my helicopter-Mom instincts are the thing that will drive him into therapy, not my permissiveness about makeup experimentation.) Here’s what I discovered:

Adult nail polishes may can contain things such as formaldehyde and pthalates, which are toxic if they’re ingested. “It’s an issue if the child sucks on her fingers or eats the polish. Adults typically won’t do this,” says cosmetic chemist Joe Cincotta. (Nail biters take note!) While a lot of major brands have removed these chemicals from their formulas, if you do plan to apply nail polish to a child’s fingers or toes, consider choosing a water-based formula like the ones from Suncoat Girl (will the gender stereotyping never end!?!) or Priti NYC. “These are non-toxic and have low odor, and are very suitable for children to apply themselves,” says cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer. They are also easy to clean up if they spill. They won’t last as long as other polishes—they peel off if you soak your hands in water—but that may not be a problem for a kid who wants to experiment with different colors. I plan on helping my son Henry safely shock some news pundits shortly!

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