How to Create a Lovely Pink Ribbon Pedicure for Breast Cancer Awareness or Anytime

Pink Ribbon pedicures are easy with these DIY steps and pictures.Showing your support for breast cancer awareness on your piggies can be a fun and fashionable way to express yourself. A lovely pink ribbon pedicure is the perfect way to show your support in the fight for a cure. You can create your own DIY pink ribbon pedicure for breast cancer awareness in the comfort of your home, quickly and easily with a few materials and a few helpful instructions.

If you would like to know how to create a pretty pink ribbon pedicure, you are in luck! No matter if you are a beginner or an expert at DIY nail designs, you can create your own pink ribbon pedicure at home with a few nail painting supplies and some patience.

How to create your own DIY Pink Ribbon Pedicure and Nail Art DesignsOur pink ribbon pedicure starts with a French pedicure. In case you aren’t familiar with how to do your own French pedicure, we’ll include those steps in our DIY instructions. First, though, we’ll fill you in on the most important materials you will need to create your pink ribbon breast cancer awareness pedicure.

Materials for Pink Ribbon Pedicures:
Nude or pale pink nail polish
White nail polish or white nail art pen
Pink nail art pen (dark pink or hot pink)

(If a nail art pen is not available, you can use a tiny paintbrush or a toothpick to create your pink ribbon pedicure designs.)

DIY Nail Design Instructions for Pink Ribbon Pedicure:
To create your own pretty pink ribbon pedicure for breast cancer awareness month or any time of year, follow these steps:

DIY French Pedicure as a Base for Pink Ribbon Nail Art Designs
The first step is to do a French pedicure as a base for your pink ribbon nail art designs. If you know how to do your own French pedicure, do so and then skip down to the steps for adding pink ribbon nail art designs to your nails. If you are unfamiliar with French pedicures, see below:

1.    Paint all of your toenails with a very pale pink or nude nail polish.

2.    Allow them to dry and paint a second coat using the same base color.

3.    Determine if a third coat is necessary. Apply and let dry if needed.

4.    Once your nails are dry, paint just the tip of each nail white. You can use a white nail art pen for precision or if a nail art pen is not available, simply use the nail polish brush, a tiny paintbrush, or even a toothpick.

Tip: If you find that you have a hard time making a straight line across your nails, you can give yourself a guide using a piece of paper taped around your toe or some kind of label, tape, or sticker that won’t peel up your base coat. Some nail kits include guides you can apply for flawless French manicures and pedicures.

5.    Allow your nails to dry completely before moving onto the next steps.

DIY Pink Ribbon Nail Art Designs for Breast Cancer Awareness
Adding pink ribbon nail art designs to your manicure or pedicure gives a classy and worthy look to your nails. While this tutorial is for a pink ribbon pedicure, you can easily apply the same techniques to your fingernails so that you can enjoy a pink ribbon manicure as well or instead.

To create your own DIY pink ribbon nail art designs for breast cancer awareness on your piggy toes, follow these steps:

Follow these steps to create your own pink ribbon nail art designs.1.    After your French pedicure dries, prepare your dark pink or hot pink nail polish or nail art pen by eliminating excess polish that could ruin your design. Prepare to paint your pink ribbon nail design with your nail art pen, tiny paintbrush, or toothpick.

2.    Paint a diagonal line from the white tip across your nail toward the middle but not quite to the opposite corner.

Follow these steps to create your own pink ribbon nail art designs.3.    Repeat this technique from the opposite side, painting another diagonal line from the tip toward the middle and opposite side of the nail.

4.    Very carefully paint an arch to connect the two diagonal lines.

5.    Fix any parts of your pink ribbon nail art design that may not be uniform or to your liking.

Follow these steps to create your own pink ribbon nail art designs.6.    Consider adding a clear gloss topcoat to seal your design or a pretty glitter topcoat for extra pizzazz.

Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can paint your DIY pink ribbon nail art designs on every toenail or simply on the big toe if you wish. Be creative – you can also experiment with twisting the arch of the pink ribbon to make it look multi-dimensional.

Have fun and remember – even if your first attempt doesn’t come out perfect, DIY nail designs get easier with practice. You can look great for a good cause with this pretty pink ribbon pedicure, and while you’re at it, consider trying a pink ribbon manicure to complete the look for breast cancer awareness.

About the Expert:

DIY Nail Designs is a Web site dedicated to providing exciting new nail art designs with color photos and step-by-step instructions on how to create the nail designs yourself. For more information or to see what’s new, visit online at www.diynaildesigns.com.

Pink Ribbon Nail Designs are a great way to show your support!

Striking Looks – Free Customized Beauty and Fashion Advice for Real Women, featuring Simma Lieberman

Welcome to our new column – Striking Looks! In this regular Life Love Beauty feature, we are offering real women the opportunity to receive customized beauty and fashion advice based on their hair color, eye color, face shape, body type, complexion, and general appearance. Top beauty and fashion industry experts share their tips and best recommendations for our featured readers based on photos and appearance stats they provide, along with any special requests.

Simma Lieberman - free beauty advice volunteer

Read on to find out our experts suggestions for each beauty reader and let us know if you are interested in receiving free customized beauty advice and fashion tips or if you are qualified to serve as one of our expert beauty and fashion panelists. We hope you enjoy this new regular feature on Life Love Beauty!

Striking Looks –
Beauty and Fashion Advice for Real Women

About Simma Lieberman,
our first featured guest

Simma Lieberman - free beauty advice volunteer

“I want to live life fully in all ways, and feel great about how I look. I’m in a profession that can be age and looks conscious and would like feel and look vibrant.”

www.simmalieberman.com

 

Simma Lieberman is an organizational development consultant based in California. She specializes in Diversity and Inclusion, Power Living, and Gender Communications.

Simma Lieberman recently celebrated her 60th birthday, although she must have great genes because we can’t figure out how she came up with that number. Simma is our very first reader to be featured in the new Striking Looks beauty advice column on Life Love Beauty. Here she will receive customized beauty and fashion advice that is tailored to her specific looks.

Stats:

Simma is 5’9″ and between 136 – 155 lbs. She has blue / green eyes and brown hair with a blonde streak in the front. Her skin tone is light beige and she has an oval face.

 

Customized Beauty Advice for our Readers!Examples of the kinds of customized beauty and fashion advice that Simma will receive include:

  • Best haircut / hairstyle based on face shape
  • Best makeup colors based on eye color and skin tone
  • Best skincare advice based on complexion
  • Best nail and manicure / pedicure advice
  • Best fashion advice in terms of haircuts and styles
  • Best hair color

Keep Reading about Simma’s Customized Beauty Advice…

Emmy Hair Tips: The Best Red Carpet Hair Colors According to It&ly Hairfashion

Celebrity hairstyles and hair colors are often the easiest and most successful to emulate. When it comes to looking great and feeling even better about your image, styles and trends from the red carpet can really enhance your image, not to mention your confidence. The 61st Emmy Awards ceremony welcomed countless celebrities, each boasting her own hot and fashionable hair color, whether dyed or natural. If you are interested in Emmy hair tips to help you achieve the same kind of lovely colors as the celebrities who walked the red carpet for the Emmys, go for it!


The following Emmy hair tips offer the best red carpet hair colors according to President and CEO of It&ly Hairfashion, Richard Zucckero. Zucckero shares the details on the hottest red carpet hair colors that you can try at home. If you want Emmy style hair or red carpet looks, just consider these sexy hair color choices spotted at the 2009 Emmy Awards.

Whether you are seeking natural hair color hues or classic finished styles, you can get true red carpet looks with It&ly Hairfashion products, which are popular in Hollywood with top shows like Twilight, Gossip Girl, and Sex & the City, to name a few.

Key Red Carpet Hair Color Trends – Natural, “Believable” Looks
“Makeup and hair color played along a strong statement this year,” says Richard Zucckero, President and CEO of It&ly Hairfashion. “Gone were the ‘old’ bold statements of multi-dimensional, in-your-face highlights, panels and streaks. The stars instead chose subtle, ‘believable’ hair color tones that fully complimented their skin and eyes. The styles supported and confirmed an overall shift towards a more natural look. While we may have missed the sometimes outlandish hair and make-up creations, one must recognize and applaud the truly outstanding talent that can achieve simple perfection.”

Achieve the Emmy Look of Kristen Chenoweth of Pushing Daisies
“Kristen Chenoweth of Pushing Daisies is the picture perfect blond,” says Zucckero. “If her natural level is not darker than 7, her look is achievable by a single process such as Colorly Arctic Blondes or a single process high-lift such as SSA or SSC with Oxily Advanced 40 Volume. If she is darker, then Easily Blond decolorizing powder is the clear choice for perfectly controlled and conditioned highlights. Her [Kristen Chenoweth’s] style is easily achieved with a cocktail of a few drops of Purity Design Pure Water Drops mixed into Purity Design Pure Glaze and dispersed evenly from roots to ends. The product will offer the perfect natural shine and direction.”

Gossip Girl Blake Lively Hair Color and Style from the Emmys
“Blake Lively channels the style of a Grecian Goddess with this perfect example of Greco-Roman style twisting and braiding,” Zucckero explains. “The high placement of the braided pony-tail style is designed to compliment a perfectly structured face and profile. The color is as natural as possible. The depth in her hair color is most prominent below the occipital however this effect is a result of this hair being combed closer to the head and shadowed by the braid. Still, her color clearly has a darker shade, most probably a level 6 or 7, light brown or dark natural blond. On top, Blake is a combination of level 8 and level 9 natural blond shades. They are natural and neutral. Not overly warm or cool and the perfect complement to her skin and eyes.”

Zucckero  adds, “To create Blake’s look properly, the color formulation and application are intricate requiring at least three if not four blond shades including Colorly or AQUAR&ly 7N, 8B, 9B and 9D alternating throughout the head with 7N predominant in the back. Natural blondes always have at least three distinct levels of depth and tonality. The look can be achieved with color variation by zone application but the right way is to utilize foils with very narrow partings. As for styling products, once again the overall theme holds true with no high octane sprays or fixatives required. The trick to this one is you are applying the chosen products in the reverse of their usual order.”

Zucckero recommends Purity Design Glaze, applied very lightly and evenly dispersed.

“The working and holding spray are the same in this style,” he says. “The choice is Purity Design Pure Texture Spray to deliver hold but to also maintain the perfectly controlled pieces.”

Leighton Meester and Debra Messing Emmy Hair


Top 10 Types of Makeup to Keep in Your Makeup Bag

Many women have a true passion for makeup, and if not a passion, at least a mild fascination. Even if you aren’t very intrigued by all the colors, styles, textures, and types of makeup, you can still have fun testing a few different looks now and again. Whether you are a makeup junkie or brand-new to using makeup, there are likely at least a few makeup items you should keep on hand for use as needed.


Depending on your facial features, your complexion, and your personal preferences, some types of makeup may be better suited for you than others. On average, here are the top 10 types of makeup to keep in your makeup bag for use as needed.

1.    Mascara – Great for a night out or gals with light or short eyelashes.

2.    Eye Shadow
– Perfect for adding some color to your face without going overboard.

3.    Eyeliner – An excellent option to make you look more mature.

4.    Lipstick – The perfect way to draw attention to your kissable lips….

5.    Lip liner – A nice way to add some definition to your pout.

6.    Nail Polish – Truly a good way to go the extra mile with your appearance.

7.    Concealer – There may not be a better way to hide your blemishes and dark spots.

8.    Foundation and/or Powder Compact
– Easily blend and even out your complexion.

9.    Blush
– Add a touch of color to your cheeks, especially if you are feeling particularly pale.

10.    Bronzer – Spruce up your look with a warm glow no matter what the season!

Remember, these are just 10 useful types of makeup to have on hand in your makeup bag for any occasion. You can definitely get by with less makeup if wearing makeup all the time just isn’t your thing. Each type of makeup has its own benefits and function, so you can take your time and evaluate which kinds of makeup are best for you.

Three of the Hottest Trends for Fall 2009 Hairstyles

Sexy hairstyles for fall 2009 come in many shapes and sizes, lengths and textures. You can spruce up your hairstyle for autumn with some tips and tricks from the beauty professionals and celebrity hairstylists. Read on for three of the hottest trends for fall 2009 hairstyles.

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Top 10 Acne Myths and the Truth about Living with Acne

In case you were wondering what’s true and what’s a myth when it comes to acne and the causes of acne and pimples, we’ve polled the experts for a clear explanation of acne myths and truths. Knowing the acne myths and truths can help you to protect your skin from breakouts and to know what to expect if you do suffer from acne.

Living with acne can be a frustrating experience and a problem that doesn’t necessarily go away on its own. You can try a number of techniques to alleviate severe acne or consult your physician for medical grade acne remedies. In the meantime, consider learning as much as you can about living with acne, its causes, and all the acne myths to help you best deal with the condition.

 

Acne Myth 1:  There is a cure for acne.
The Truth:

“There is no cure for acne,” says Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski, CEO of Herborium Group, Inc., a Botanical Therapeutics® Company. “However, through the consistent use of treatment and remedies acne can be controlled or prevented.”

Acne Myth 2: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.
The Truth:

“If you believe this myth, and wash your skin hard and frequently, you can actually make your acne worse,” explains Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Although excess oils, dead skin, and a day’s accumulation of dust on the skin looks unsightly, they should not be removed by hand scrubbing. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry — and use an appropriate acne treatment for the acne.”

Acne Myth 3: Insurance won’t cover a cosmetic issue like acne.
The Truth:

“No, acne is a medical condition which is usually covered by most insurance companies,” says Dr. Joshua Fox. “It is a condition that can affect the way people look and feel. There are many potential complications including infection, pain, skin discoloration and scarring. Fortunately, it is not a serious threat to a person’s physical health.”

“Yes, acne does affect the way people look and is not otherwise a serious threat to a person’s physical health,” says Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “However, acne can result in permanent physical scars — plus, acne itself as well as its scars can affect the way people feel about themselves to the point of affecting their lives.”

Acne Myth 4: Acne must run its course.
The Truth:

“The truth is, acne can be cleared up,” Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski shares. “If the acne products you have tried haven’t worked, consider seeing a dermatologist. With the products available today, there is no reason why someone has to endure acne or get acne scars.”

Acne Myth 5: Better facial cleansing can alleviate acne.
The Truth:

“Facial blemishes are not caused by dirt,” notes Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski. “Contrary to what you may have seen in commercials, pores do not get blocked from the top down due to ‘impurities’. Rather, the walls of a pore stick together within the skin, starting acne formation. Far from preventing acne, frequent washing may actually irritate pores and cause them to become clogged. A washcloth can add even more irritation. The best bet is to wash very gently with bare hands, and only wash twice a day.”

Acne Myth 6: Stress triggers breakouts…. and four more acne myths.

 


Fall 2009 Makeup Tips and Trends

The changing of seasons is the perfect time to replenish your makeup arsenal with some new and exciting shades and products. As you prepare to pick out the hottest new makeup and skincare products, get to know the fall 2009 makeup tips and trends so you can find the ones that work for you. To give you some ideas, Artistry Beauty Expert and Makeup Artist Luba Samrick shares skincare and makeup tips to help shift your face from summer to fall with ARTISTRY® makeup and skincare products.


If you would like to transition your face from summer to fall, consider these helpful fall makeup tips for skin, eyes, lips, and more.

Fall 2009 Skincare Tips
Consider adding a treatment product into your normal skin care routine, suggests Luba Samrick.

“After summer, the skin needs to be repaired and rejuvenated, so the ARTISTRY TIME DEFIANCE ® Vitamin C + Wild Yam Treatment would be a perfect addition to basic skin care,” says Samrick. “Vitamin C is a well known antioxidant that helps fight lines and wrinkles while promoting collagen production in the skin, which will help to reverse some of the damage done by the sun.”

Fall 2009 Makeup Emphasis for Lips, Face, and Eyes
“Makeup trends this fall and winter will bring attention to either the eyes or lips, leaving the rest of the face neutral,” explains Samrick.

Please note in the fall 2009 makeup photos, Luba Samrick decided to give emphasis to the model’s lips as an easy yet sophisticated statement. To create this pretty and professional fall 2009 makeup look, follow these steps:

1.    Moisturizer – Luba Samrick applied the ARTISTRY TINTED MOISTURIZER® in #4 all over the face, which provided sheer coverage that quickly blends into the skin.

2.    Blush
– Next, Samrick applied a sheer pink blush in Rosewood on the cheeks, giving a nice, fresh look, as if you just came back from being outside in the crisp autumn air.

3.    Eye Shadow
– On the eyes, she used eye colors in Belgian Lace and Cocoa from the ARTISTRY ESSENTIALS MAKEUP KIT® in light, along with the Espresso eye shadow from the medium kit as an eye liner.

4.    Mascara
– Samrick finished the eyes with two coats of the new ARTISTRY TOTAL MASCARA® on the model’s upper lashes.

5.    Lip Color – Upon completion of the face and eye makeup, Samrick moved to the main feature – lips. Tip: It’s easier to create a bold lip statement with a lip gloss rather than with a lipstick. Luba Samrick used the ARTISTRY ESSENTIALS LIP SHINE® in Vivacious to complete the look.
– Step-by-step instructions courtesy of Luba Samrick.

“Pair those makeup tips with a jeweled head band – one of this fall’s hottest trends – and you’ve got a fabulous look that will transition you out of summer and into fall and winter,” Luba Samrick recommends.

Product Review: Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo and Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner

A product that claims to give you “visibly younger hair in seven days” makes a pretty big commitment. Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo and Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner both offer this promise to those who use the products, noting that hair will be more manageable instantly while also cleaned, moisturized, and softened. Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo and Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner offer lots of benefits to those who use these products – especially the great benefit of hydrating your hair.

Packaged in sleek, attractive plastic bottles, Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo and Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner are the perfect size for your own shower or toting with you on those weekend trips. Each bottle is 8.4 fl oz and slender enough to fit comfortably in a backpack or duffle bag. The lid snaps open and closed easily for immediate use.

Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo delivers deep cleaning to your hair while also moisturizing and hydrating your tresses. This shampoo product contains cotton bloom extract to restore strength to your hair’s cortex. Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner contains meadowfoam complex to repair your hair and stop damage. This conditioner by Nu Skin also contains amino acids to make your hair even more manageable.

Using Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo and Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner leaves my hair feeling full and voluminous but definitely smooth, soft, and silky. I also felt as if all the buildup and other impurities in my hair were gone after using these Nu Skin products.

The fragrance of Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo and Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner is soft and clean, subtle, and light yet pleasant. I enjoyed using these products and especially loved how easy they are to tote to and from home and other places we visited for an overnight here or there.

Truthfully, it’s hard for me to say if my hair looked visibly younger in seven days or not, as I like to think that my hair currently looks young, vibrant, and full of life. After all, I’ve never dyed it, never permed it, chemical-treated it, chemically straightened it, or heat-treated it, and I take good care of it by only blow-drying my hair when necessary. So, while I can’t attest to whether or not my hair looks visibly younger after seven days, I can tell you that I enjoyed using these Nu Skin products and I felt as if my hair were emulsified, truly hydrated, and strengthened after using the products even just once in a while.

Nu Skin Balancing Shampoo and Nu Skin Weightless Conditioner both retail for $13.78 and are available for purchase on Nu Skin’s Web site, http://www.nuskin.com.

DIY Fall Nail Art Designs

Fall begins on September 22, which means it’s time for warm nail polish colors of spiced pumpkin, burnt  orange, goldenrod, dark chocolate brown, and even jewel tones of emerald, plum, and ruby red. As you consider your fingernails and all your options for fall, don’t forget to try some lovely DIY fall nail art designs. Fall nail art designs are something fun and festive that you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home.

When it comes to DIY fall nail art designs, you have many options and possibilities. You can paint your own nails with beautiful and fun fall nail art scenes. You can paint an individual fall nail art detail on each nail, or manicure your fingertips with the same fall nail designs on each nail. DIY fall nail art designs also offer a great new look for school, a pretty option for work, or something fun to wear on your nails for no reason at all.

Materials Needed for Creating DIY Fall Nail Art Designs
As you prepare to paint pretty DIY fall nail art designs on your fingernails for autumn, don’t forget to gather the necessary materials to make your task a lot easier. The materials needed for creating your own DIY fall nail art designs are as follows:

–    Newspaper or paper towels (to protect your work surface)
–    Nail polish remover (to remove old polish and touch up nails)
–    Q-tips and cotton balls (to remove old polish and touch up nails)
–    Tiny paintbrush or a few toothpicks (for painting your fall nail art designs)
–    Nail polish shades in your favorite fall colors
–    Nail art pens if you have them (if not, you can get cool sets on Amazon.com)
–    Optional – Glitter and other decorative nail adornments (to dress up your nails)

Beginner’s Tip: Please note – if you want to ease into painting your own DIY fall nail art designs, you can start out with nail tattoos, nail stickers, and waterslide nail decals. Nailz*by*me offers very reasonably priced waterslide nail decals on eBay if you are interested.

DIY Fall Nail Art Design #1: Fall Trees and Fall Foliage for Your Fingertips
To create this pretty DIY fall nail design, you must have a few different colors of nail polish on hand. You can be as detailed or as abstract as you like, so feel free to vary your steps from ours if you like. To paint your own fall trees and fall foliage nail art scenes on your fingernails, follow these steps:

1.    Paint your nails with the desired base coat or background color. You might be as abstract as painting a pretty color that you love, even a red or deep orange or brown, or you may be as detailed as painting the majority of your nail blue (for the sky) and the tip of your nail green (for grass).

2.    Allow nails to dry completely and assess whether a second coat of nail polish is needed.

3.    Paint the tree trunks on each of your nails that are destined for pretty fall nail designs.
Tip: Decide if each nail will have a fall tree or if only certain nails will show off the pretty fall foliage nail art scene. You can also decide whether you will paint one tree or several on the desired nails.

4.    Using a toothpick or extremely fine tipped paintbrush, dab little dots of color atop your tree trunk designs to represent the pretty fall leaves.

5.    Repeat step 4 with all the different fall nail polish colors that you would like to use for your pretty fall nail art designs.

6.    When you are done dabbing the colors for your fall leaves, consider sprucing up your DIY fall nail art designs with a few falling leaves or fallen leaves.

7.    After your fall nail designs dry completely, consider adding a clear gloss topcoat to protect them and lengthen the lifetime of your autumn manicure.

DIY Fall Nail Art Design #2: Fall Leaves in Autumn Colors…


Evening Gown and Cocktail Dress Trends of the 2009 Hooters Best Damn Dream Girl Competition

Top dress trends for the 2009 Hooters Best Damn Dream Girl Competition included everything from long evening gowns to flirty cocktail dresses falling a bit above the knee. One outgoing contestant wore much less than the others, a two-piece getup, and even took the time to remove her long and flowing sarong for a quick flash of a bikini bottom.


Many of the Hooters girls, especially the blondes, chose pink evening gowns and strapless or halter style cocktail dresses. In fact, halter style dresses and strapless dresses of all lengths were two of the more common styles. Another trend in the 2009 Hooters Best Damn Dream Girl Competition involved cutouts under the bust and around the ribcage area. This cutout style of dress showed up both in colored gowns and black dresses.

As far as color, you could find just about every shade of the rainbow in the evening gown and cocktail dress selections of the 2009 Hooters Best Damn Dream Girl Competition entrants. The lovely colors were a wonder to watch and the styles of the gowns complemented the girls as much as the dress colors.

In case you weren’t expecting it, we should tell you that most of the evening gowns and cocktail dresses boasted very revealing necklines and quite a few also featured practically mini-skirt length skirts. Some of the gowns were just plain short (read: don’t bend over!), and another trend in the dresses of the 2009 Hooters Best Damn Dream Girl Competition involved long gowns with slits that came up into a shorter skirt in the front of the gown and a full skirt around the sides and back.

If you take the time to watch the show for fashion trends if nothing else, you might find yourself longing to don one of those sparkly, bright colored evening gowns, even just once.

How to Achieve Katy Perry’s Makeup Look from the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA)

With this step-by-step guide, you can attempt to recreate the makeup looks of Katy Perry thanks to instructions from celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey, who did Katy Perry’s makeup for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. We hope you enjoy these tips on how to achieve Katy Perry’s look from the ’09 VMAs! – Editor

Katy’s look was definitely inspired by her dress; she wore an outrageous metal spiked mesh mini by “The Blonds.” The dress reminded me of a Gianni Versace book I have called “Rock and Royalty” and the powerful iconic images in it. I wanted the eyes to evoke that type of decadent glamour and of course complement the sparkle of the dress with a little sparkle on the eyes.

We used NARS Oil Free foundation as Katy’s base and a pink shimmer Blush for some glow. We kept the lips matte so the emphasis was on her eyes, but they definitely were not without color! For the carpet, Katy wore a matte coral and for her performance and after party, she wore a matte red.

The eye look was done with black and gunmetal shadows, silver glitter and liquid liner. A great trick to wearing glitter like this is to blend a little cream shadow onto the area where you want to place the glitter. You should do this once your eye makeup is finished.

So as a last step, gently apply the glitter using your fingertip… just a little at a time in order to avoid a mess. Once finished, use scotch tape to remove any excess glitter that may have fallen on the face. Press the tape gently into the skin and it picks it right up.

Katy’s lashes were ultra long and gorgeous thanks to COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara.

VOTRE VU Skin Care 2.0 – The next Evolution of the Beauty Industry

Skin care is one of the top sought after items for women. We crave great products that will enhance our overall personality and confidence because let’s face it; clothes do a lot for a woman, but fragrances and skin care will do so much more when it comes to feeling spectacular.


When we find a great skin care product, we can’t help but tell our friends the when’s, where’s and how much; am I right? I know that when I try something new, something exciting, I have to tell the first person I see and I really don’t care if it’s my husband, my friend, my sister or my mother; they’re going to hear all about it. Luckily they all get just as excited when I show them something new.

Today though, I’m not just sharing it with my friends, I’m screaming it out to the world! I have never-ever tried anything more exhilarating than the VOTRE VU TARTE D’ AMANDE rich Soufflé body lotion. It was sheer and utter enjoyment from the minute I took it out of the box to the minute this body lotion touched my skin. I covered myself from head to toe and… well; I couldn’t help but do it again. The smells will drive you absolutely crazy because they’re just that good.

VOTRE VU offers many products for the likes of everyone. From Royal Treatment gentle pearl scrubs to Balanced Skin Gel cleansers for oily skin, they have everyone covered when it comes to products that will transform your body from within.

I personally enjoyed my experience with the body lotion. The fragrance is Almond Pie and, need I say more, it was out of this world. When it says on the bottle that it’s, “Never heavy or greasy, just divine”, they’re not fibbing here. It was that good – it was that remarkable! It literally felt like silk going on, but once absorbed, it left my skin feeling so smooth and touchable including the fact that I smelt so delicious.

The Almond Pie lotion for your body can be used day or night. It offers moisture protection and has healthy ingredients perfect for every skin type. VOTRE VU combines French traditions and American ingenuity to create some of the best beauty products in the world. The products utilize time-honored European methods and now, through E-commerce and consultant opportunities (yes, I said consultant opportunities); you’ll have a chance to pamper your senses in pure self-indulgent products.

The VOTRE VU TARTE D’ AMANDE body lotion comes in a 6.76 fl. Oz. bottle, and has a $48.00 suggested retail price.

The difference between VOTRE VU and other skin care lines is that they not only offer skin care, but also beverages that help repair, restore and re-balance your body’s internal systems. If used daily, Snapdragon will give your skin a more radiant, beautiful glow. It may even boost your overall vitality when added to your daily beauty regimen. So, not only are you nourishing your skin from the outside through the use of their wonderful skin care products, but also from the inside out through the use of their beverages. You really have to take a moment and see for yourself.

If you’re interested in the consultant opportunity, preferred member details, or would like to see other great products from VOTRE VU, please head over to www.votrevu.com to learn more.