Category Archives: beauty

TREND ALERT! Violent Lip Tattoos

The temporary lip tattoo dubbed “Violent Lips” has become quite popular amongst street savvy fashionistas & celebrities alike. Although, they are SO not me I actually like them. To me they make you look like a walking photo shoot or something out of an editorial ad. Some of the designs i.e. the leopard print can have the effect that you have some sort of nasty outbreak attacking your mouth, but I guess that’s why the name “violent” is so befitting. However, even with that odd appearance, i still find them quite kool for those bold enough to rock it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can view all the latest Violent lip collections on their site violentlips.com. They are also available at your local sephora & ULTA. So, what do you guys think? Will you be trying them anytime soon?

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photos: violentlips.com, necolebitchie.com

Ever Heard of Birchbox.com? More like GENIUS.COM!

Hey Idealists, get in here! Are you a product junkie & an avid lover of samples? If you’ve answered YES to both questions then I’d like to introduce you to Katia Beauchamp & Hayley Barna!

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The two Harvard graduates co founded Birchbox.com, an online service created to help us gals sift through the many MANY products out there in the beauty world!

 

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: You sign up for a subscription & each month you’ll get a box with about 4 to 5 luxury beauty samples that range from makeup, skin/haircare, fragrance, & body samples. Now I know you’re thinking “Ugh, not another subscription“! BUT get this, its only $10 per month with shipping included & you have different subscription options to choose from. Their site also features a “magazine” that will give you tips & how to’s on each of the products that they send.

 

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I absolutely LOVE this! Not only because this company was founded by two young & smart women entrepreneurs which we all know I am a total advocate of. But , also, I don’t know about you but I am ALWAYS looking to try whats new or the next best thing. This gives me a chance to do just that without having to go through every single product out there to see what works best for me.

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So, with that being said I can’t wait to try it out & I think you guys should too. I’m personally going to start with the month to month membership which can be canceled at any time with no fee attached. I also think since the holidays are here this would be a great gift for someone because we all know of at least 1 person or 10 that would LOVE this too. Visit the site for more deets, xoXO!

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

Fall Into…A Matte Lip!

Recently I was perusing one of my favorite fashion blogs (besides I.D.E.A.L, of course) The Fashion Bomb, and came across a picture of Claire, the founder, wearing a hot pink matte lip for her upcoming feature in this September’s issue of ESSENCE.

I was immediately inspired! I’m a shade or two darker than Claire, but I love to take risks with makeup, its less harrowing than say, a dramatic haircut, because it comes off easily once you wash your face. I wanted to rock the pink matte lip for my upcoming 26th birthday celebration, and I’m wearing a turquoise, tan, and black dress with my hair pulled up and bangs. I had decided on a smoky eye in tan, gunmetal grey, and blue (slightly deeper than turquoise), and thought a pink matte lip would be great to make my smile really pop!

NARS, NYX, and Sephora all offer really cute colors in matte shades. NARS Pure Matte line comes in 12 colors, and I like Carthage.

At $25.00, its a little pricey for one tube of lipstick, but then again, it is NARS. NARS Pure Matte was THEE lipstick of choice for the 2011 Fall/Winter Marc Jacobs’ runway!

The slightly less expensive Sephora Collection Maniac Mat lipstick comes  in 10 colors, and I’m thinking about the Mat 2, which is a natural pink color. It is priced at $12.00

The least expensive option is the Soft Matte Lip Cream by NYX (in Addis Adaba). This lip cream swipes like a gloss but finishes like a matte lipstick! According to NYX, the Soft Matte Lip Cream is “neither lipstick nor lip gloss—this is matte lip cream. A new kind of pout paint that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing. Available in 11 lip colors.” At $6.00, this might be the move!

                     

Fall Into…A Matte Lip!

Recently I was perusing one of my favorite fashion blogs (besides I.D.E.A.L, of course) The Fashion Bomb, and came across a picture of Claire, the founder, wearing a hot pink matte lip for her upcoming feature in this September’s issue of ESSENCE.

I was immediately inspired! I’m a shade or two darker than Claire, but I love to take risks with makeup, its less harrowing than say, a dramatic haircut, because it comes off easily once you wash your face. I wanted to rock the pink matte lip for my upcoming 26th birthday celebration, and I’m wearing a turquoise, tan, and black dress with my hair pulled up and bangs. I had decided on a smoky eye in tan, gunmetal grey, and blue (slightly deeper than turquoise), and thought a pink matte lip would be great to make my smile really pop!

NARS, NYX, and Sephora all offer really cute colors in matte shades. NARS Pure Matte line comes in 12 colors, and I like Carthage.

At $25.00, its a little pricey for one tube of lipstick, but then again, it is NARS. NARS Pure Matte was THEE lipstick of choice for the 2011 Fall/Winter Marc Jacobs’ runway!

The slightly less expensive Sephora Collection Maniac Mat lipstick comes  in 10 colors, and I’m thinking about the Mat 2, which is a natural pink color. It is priced at $12.00

The least expensive option is the Soft Matte Lip Cream by NYX (in Addis Adaba). This lip cream swipes like a gloss but finishes like a matte lipstick! According to NYX, the Soft Matte Lip Cream is “neither lipstick nor lip gloss—this is matte lip cream. A new kind of pout paint that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing. Available in 11 lip colors.” At $6.00, this might be the move!

                     

You Should Know About…

Kinky, curly, and coiled women the world over are going au naturel , and ladies, I fully support the movement! But for those who still relax their hair, you should know about…

PhytoSpecific Relaxer System! This French beauty company uses plant-based extracts like egg and soya to help you achieve a sleek and straight look (see the FAQ here http://phytospecific.com/faq.html) I’ve been using it for the last six months, and gurl, lemme tell ya (*New Orleans accent inserted here*). Unlike those other relaxers which claim to be “no-lye”, PhytoSpecific is odorless and doesn’t cause burns! You can buy PhytoSpecific at Sephora (www.sephora.com) and BeautyBay, a British online beauty supply store (www.beautybay.com). Its a welcome alternative from the Brazilian and Japanese keratin straighteners, which contain formaldehyde (eeew!) and will make your hair brittle if used too often.

Hullo Guv’na!

Hello Idealists! My name is Dana (or as Dionne and many others like to call me “Dana Dane”) and I’m a product/shoe/bag junkie. (Now you say “hello Dana…”) There, felt good to get that off my chest. In an effort to make something constructive come from my impulse Sephora shopping sprees (that’s right, I don’t have impulse buys, I impulse SPREE!), I will graciously contribute to the I.D.E.A.L blog as a beauty consultant of sorts. I’d like to start off with skin. I am beyond OBSESSED with skin. You can have the hottest bag, the nicest shoes, the flyest outfit, but if your skin looks like a bad section of I-10 (Louisiana girl here), to me, you just wasted money. Having nice skin says you care about your body, since what you put in is what you get out. Here are some time-tested (and wallet-friendly) tips on how to achieve that flawless, poreless, “maybe she’s born with it” look:

1. If nothing else, invest in a good three step system you can use daily. I personally love Clinique’s Three Step System. (www.clinique.com) On the website, you can taste a quick “skin quiz” to figure out what your problems are (e.g: dry skin, lack of radiance, anti-aging, etc.), and Clinique will tell you which combination of their cleanser, toner, and moisturizers will help you achieve the look you want. Also, for the luxe ladies, Dermalogica (www.dermalogica.com) has a similar customization, as well as a cool “speed  mapping” feature that gives you even more customization for items like exfoliators and masques. Dermalogica is what they typically use in day spas.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. And no I don’t mean feel off two layers of skin with a chemical peel. Several brands such as Murad (www.murad.com) have exfoliators that are gentle enough to be used 2-3 times a week. I use Clinique’s Gentle 7 Day scrub exfoliator nearly every day to keep blackheads away and make my skin glow. L’Occitane, (www.usa.loccitane.com) the famed French beauty brand, has a shea butter face scrub for ladies with dry skin who think exfoliating might make the issue worse. At $34, its a little pricier, but its totally worth it!
3.  Never to early to invest in eye cream! Remember the old Pond’s Cold Cream ads? Me neither. Today’s eye creams are less heavy, and more nutrient rich. I’m a big believer in preventative maintenance, and since the skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of the body, its the first place to show signs of aging. A drugstore fav is Yes! to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel. The Yes! to brand is noted for its inexpensive price (most items are under $20), organic ingredients, and wide availability (I buy mine at Wal-Mart). This eye gel is good for hiding the effects of late night study sessions (or partying) with its soothing cucumber and eucalyptus.
4. You are what you eat! (and drink!) All the above tips are meaningless if you don’t watch what you eat and drink. Water is the single most important thing a body needs, and when you’re not getting enough, the skin will tattletale on you! Also, you ever notice how fruit and vegetable extracts have become big in beauty in the last couple of years? From cucumbers to acai berries to carrots, product developers and marketers know that when a person sees “honey” or “vanilla” or “blueberry” on the label, its gonna be a big seller. So why not skip the middle man and eat the blueberries? A good recipe for clearer brighter skin is a smoothie. Blueberries are considered a “wonder fruit” because of its antioxidants, and Hub UK, a British foodie site (www.hubuk.com) has a wonderful list of smoothies and their beautifying qualities. Here’s a recipe for a blueberry smoothie

1/2 bag of frozen blueberries2 tablespoons blueberry preserves7 or 8 ice cubes1 1/2 cups of soymilk1 banana                                                                 

Simply toss all ingredients into a blender, turn to the highest setting, and let ‘er rip until you have a smooth, drinkable mixture.

5. Mama was right: you need to take your vitamins. Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on your favorite cleanser and wondered “what the hell am I putting on my face?” Well, God Bless America, and God Bless Google, because upon doing some research, I learned that most of these poly-hydro-carbonides are just fancy schmancy scientific names for amino acids. Now, I was a Poli Sci major, so I can’t/won’t get all into what amino acids are, but I CAN say that lutein, keratin, and biotin are three amino acids that are essential for healthy skin (and hair, and nails…but more on that later.) All it takes is a quick trip to Vitamin Shoppe or GNC (which sells these in convenient little packs at http://www.gnc.com/), and voila!, now you’ve given yourself a booster shot of essential amino acids!