Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Classic Red Lip!!



Psychologically, in the Western world at least, red is recognized as the power color and personifies strength, courage, passion, sacrifice and warning. The symbolism is overt: Stop signs are red; a siren flashes red. That said, donning red lips is possibly the most dramatic ornamental statement a woman can make.  

Rule No. 1: The secret to wearing a strong red lip is feeling comfortable.

Rule No. 2: Line inside of lips
A lipstick is not always sharp in the tip so the lips look deformed. Try using a lip pencil that is sharp enough for the corners around your mouth and at the top of your lips.

Rule No. 3: Pick the right color
If your complexion is pink, you'll look better in plum shades, while girls with yellow tones are flattered by warmer reds that have a brown base. The paler the skin, the bigger the pop but you can always mix and match with two lipsticks instead of throwing them away. Another suggestion is try a very thin line of eyeliner or simply skip it so it wont over power your lips.

Rule No. 4: Don't let nails clash
A matchy matchy is a tacky tacky.


Leighton Meester

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Vampires and Psychology!!


 

Freudian Perspectives: Prior to Freud's development of psychoanalysis, even sophisticated psychologies tended to associate the realm of the undead with premodern demonological mythologies. Freudian thought legitimized the human fantasies of the undead as a topic for serious scientific research. Freud developed a modern map of the unconscious, which he saw as a repository of denied desires, impulses, and wishes of a sexual and sometimes destructively aggressive nature. In sleep we view the unconscious as a landscape inhabited by those aspects of life that go on living, the realm of the undead spoken through dreams.

According to Freudian psychoanalysis, vampire narratives express in complex form the fascination-both natural and unnatural-which the living take in death and the dead. From Freud's point of view, "All human experiences of morbid dread signify the presence of repressed sexual and aggressive wishes, and in vampirism we see these repressed wishes becoming plainly visible." Freudians emphasize the ways in which ambivalence permeates vampire stories. Death wishes coexist with the longing for immortality. Greed and sadistic aggression coexist with a compulsively possessive expression of desire. Images of deep and shared guilt coexist with those of virginal innocence and vulnerability.

Freud and his early followers were right in their assumption that the vampire myth was grounded in archaic images of repressed longings and fears.

Twilight- Edward Cullen

Queen of the Damned- Queen Akasha

 Interview with a Vampire- Lestat and Louis

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Treating Acne for Flawless Skin!!



Acne is a broad term covering blemishes, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads and can be very disturbing. Even though acne is more known to be a problem amongst teenagers, this condition can strike at any age.

Before you start any pimple remedy, you must be sure that the acne is not caused due to an allergic reaction to any food or cosmetics. The cure could otherwise have an adverse effect on the acne.

Your skin is unique and different from everyone else's and therefore you should remember that what works for someone else might not work for you and vice versa. Therefore, it would be advisable if you try out the different methods beforehand to know which one suits you.

Maintain a routine by:
  • Get good sleep. Stress increases your skin's oiliness, which, combined with sweat and dirt, can clog pores and cause pimples. (Change your pillowcase frequently.) 
  • Go to the store and get Cortizone 10. It will help stop acne. 
  • Stop popping the spots.
  • Remove dead skin cells regularly by exfoliating. 
  • Use a good toner. 
  • Bacteria in pores is one cause of spots. Reduce the amount of bacteria by using toners containing anti-bacterial agents like alcohol, peroxide and benzalkonium chloride, and by using creams that contain benzoyl peroxide.
  • Cleaning the skin is an essential part of curing pimples and the cleaning needs special care when you need to cure pimples overnight. If you wash your face with a soap enriched with aloe vera it can help you immensely. 
  • Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly speed up the healing of acne lesions. 
  • Ice down the acne before bed, by morning it should be noticeably less swollen. Works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head. 
  • Try the Proactiv treatment.
  • I also used Cosmetic Warrior mask followed by Enzymion moisturizer from Lush to clean my skin.
  • I am currently trying a small tube that i purchased at Sephora called Murad Acne Spot Treatment and it seems to work just fine for me.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Japanese Hime hair!!



Hime is a Japanese word for princess or a lady of higher birth. Himegyaru  is well known by now as princess a style, and looking like a princess. The hair has to be exactly like a doll. There has to be at least one curl and one bow to achieve the look.







Saturday, October 10, 2009

Japanese Nail Art!!



Japanese nail art is extremely cute and very extravagant. It derives from the inner child of ones inner personality. Sweets, teddy bears, pearls, diamonds, lace and a whole lot of color is what the Japanese theme is. No matter what style or design, be sure that it will look its best.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

!!!! Halloween Inspirations !!!!



Here are some Halloween inspirations for the most fun and interesting holiday of the year. One of the most entizing faces of all time is Barbie. Whether you owned one or wanted one or even if they dont appeal to you, you cannot deny not thinkin about what you could look like with a plastic face.
Jessica Rabbit is one sexy cartoon character. The appeal alone is enough to suck you into Halloween seduction.


Another somewhat familiar face is Edward Scissorhands. His eyes are very innocent for the Halloween look but you could make them as fierce as you like. Also, anything Tim Burton made is hard to pass up.


 
Tim Burton did it again with this wonderful movie called Corpse Bride. Either Victor Van Dort or the Corpse Bride herself are very good characters to imitate.


Another not so Tim Burton is Bella Swan from Twilight. Though her fair skin and brown hair is not so hard to replicate, she still makes for a good choice. You might have to put a Bella Swan button on your shirt for reasurance but I am sure you can copy her look.



Alice Cullen, also from Twilight, on the other hand may be a little easier with the hair and necklace.



Tim Burton has done it again. Johnny Depp makes a good Mad Hater in Alice in Wonderland. This character is sure to turn some heads.


The Red Queen for Alice in Wonderland is perhaps the most interesting one of all.




Those red lips go wonderful with the White Queen, also from Alice in Wonderland.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Paul and Joe Cosmetics 2009 Spring collection!!

 






Paul & Joe is named after the brand creator Sophie Albou's two sons. Launched in 1995 after many years in the fashion industry, Sophie created a brand that reflected her active, bubbly personality, cosmetics that convey perfectly the Parisian philosophy of enjoying life.

These items are just a few of fabulous items that Paul and Joe carry in their line of cosmetics. Her line is very elegant and very wearable. Do not be fooled by the color of some of the lipsticks you may see online, they are very sheer. I really recommend any products from Paul and Joe Beaute.

"It's about having fun.
I don't ask for advice, I just have things that I love."
-Sophie Albou

#001 Ingenue

#002 Starlet


Nail Enamel: in 5 new shades


Lipstick N: in 6 new shades


Lipstick C: in 2 colors


Eye Color: in 6 new shades

Sunday, August 23, 2009

1920's!!


The Flapper era began with the look called "comme le garcon" (or, "like the boy"), straightening and shortening skirts and dresses, slimming figures and—most shocking of all—cutting the hair of the nation's fashionable young women. Short hair was a big deal: nice girls kept their hair long, as a metaphor for maidenhood. For a woman to chop her hair short was to practically admit she was no longer a virgin. But women went more than a step further than a boyish haircut and tendency to party; they began smoking in public—something no "lady" did. They outfit themselves with silk robes embroidered with vintage inspired floral motifs. They discarded the restrictive girdles and corsets and bound their breasts flat to achieve an even more "masculine" appearance in their costumes. And they wore lots and lots of makeup.

Before the '20's, women wore cosmetics, but nice women hid their rouge pots and powder puffs away from fathers and husbands, who heartily disapproved. Discretion was imperative. But when the '20's hit, young women went for makeup in a big way: stars like Theda Bara and Clara Bow made paper-white skin, blood red lips and insanely made-up eyes into must-haves for every fashionable woman who ever rolled a stocking below the knee.

Makeup was in its rawest form, because the market was just beginning to grow. Early mascara was a cake of wax that was melted and applied in a gluey mass to the lashes with an orange stick. The trend in lipstick was the reddest red—no other color options were available—and smudge proof lipstick was mandatory for would-be vamps who wanted to neck without leaving a trail.

Eyebrows were painfully thin; in a fad, women plucked out the entire eyebrow and penciled it back on higher than it had been in the first place. Eye makeup consisted of kohl, which might be made of ingredients as strange as soot, lead and goose grease. Kohl went all the way around the eyes, turning the whole orbital area into a deep-stained smudge reminiscent of vampires. For a dramatic touch, some 'vamps' drew a line of kohl from the corner of the eye outward, simulating a slightly Asiatic look that was deemed sexy and bad. (Even today, imported kohl may contain lead: substitute black eyeliner instead). Powder (usually rice powder) was vital to the Flapper look: skin looked white to the point of near-death; one author called it, "the pallor usually associated with innate vice". Themes in makeup as in dresses were based on the Orient.
 

Along with other 'unfeminine' behaviors, Flappers didn't hide their makeup any more than they did their legs; lipstick was applied at the dinner table and powder compacts made public appearances at parties and speakeasies. Portable makeup containers—compacts and lipstick tubes made of precious metals and encrusted with jewels—became ideal accessories when cosmetics left the boudoir for the banquette.



The bobbed haircut made the nineteen twenties Flapper movement what it was, and sent many young women to their rooms in disgrace "until it grows back!". The Bob hairstyle was a blunt cut worn halfway between cheekbone and chin. Bangs could be worn cut straight across or swept to one side. Like the made up face, hair didn't look "natural"; it was slicked down, glistening with brilliantine. The Shingle, which followed the Bob, cut the hair at the nape in a V-shape, exposing the neck. Shingles were accompanied by marcelled finger waves or spit curls at the temples. The most drastic version of the Flapper hairdo was the Eton crop, cut very short and close to the head, with a curl plastered tightly above either ear.




 
Christian Dior

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Summer/Fall Nail Trend 2009


For nails this Fall, the theme is “go matte or go home” with nail polishes that have no glossy finish. The result is a chic, semi-matte nail look that doesn’t at all appear dull or lackluster despite the lack of shine. How can one attain this look without specifically hunting for matte nail lacquers? Essie has made it easy with their upcoming “Matte About You” matte finisher top coat which is designed to give any nail polish a chic matte finish despite its natural finish.

Bold tones will rule for Spring 2009, as nail polish manufacturers release their latest collections. We saw brighter colors on the Spring 2009 Fashion Week runways, so it's no surprise that nail polish manufacturers have followed suite. While you should still expect to see some traditional pastels, look for lots of depth and colors with some punch that move away from the deeper, darker colors of winter. My favorite trends for the upcoming season are bright corals, purples, and raspberries.



Chanel Jade Green Nail Polish (above)
Replica: MAC in Peppermint Patti!



MAC Cosmetics by Jin Soon

Cool Reserve (dirty grey lavender)
For Fun (rich clean purple)
Dance All Night (brick red)
Dry Martini (khaki olive green)
Rich, Dark, Delicious (rich blackened brown)
Beyond Jealous (blackened blue green)

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