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Find the Perfect Fragrance for your style

Posted By youngheart222 on Sep 26, 2007 at 9:34AM

A perfume is a profoundly intimate gesture that projects your moods and perceptions. The fragrance defines your personality and what you would like others to perceive you as. The perfume compliments your clothes and overall personality to project a certain dominant trait in your personality. As you move, your fragrance defines your presence. It is you at that time and moment.

The Bohemian or slightly wild look can be complimented by Aromatic accords based on herbs like rosemary. sage and basil dispersed with silent floral themes. The top international brands defining this look are Glow by J.Lo and L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci. So if you want to project that Gypsy look with chunky accessories and hippie clothes, try experimenting with these perfumes.

Simple floral and fruity blends work well with the Casual Look. The casual look is best defined by a luminous scent that keeps you relaxed and glowing. You stand apart and still have the relaxed look. Some of the popular perfumes in this category would include Acqua Di Gio by Armani and Burberry Brit by Burberry. So get your jeans on and relax by looking and feeling Chic.

The Botanical or Garden look can be enhanced by using perfumes derived from Jasmine, rose, lilies and combined with green and woody notes. Some of the best picks in this category would be Jazmin by Campos de Ibiza and Fidji by Guy Laroche. These perfumes can go well with a look patterned on large flowery tropical prints. This is the Green look.

If you are interested in projecting a Traditional look, try combining perfumes which have a fragrance typical to your region or country with traditional clothes. Perfumes with the Cherry blossoms fragrance could be traditional for the Japanese look, while Lavender could be relevant for a Provencal theme. Some good picks in this category would be Shalimar by Guerlain and Amayra by Ally Matthan. You need to explore which perfume best suits your traditional look. A visit to the local perfume shop or the net would help in decision making.

Incase you are looking to leave a lasting impression, try opulent and heady smells like tuberose and champaka. They are strong and leave a Big impression. Some well known perfumes in this category would be Tender Poison by Dior and Jolie Madam by Balmain.

A Film Star flashy look with a presence can be obtained by combining glitzy clothes with heavy amber and oriental top notes peppered with heavy odor types like patchouli and vetiver. Try Opium by YSL or Glamorous by Ralph Lauren for that look that is unforgettable.

Get that Classic look that is understated but distinct. Cologne based fragrances layered with different yet recognizable definitions like floral bouquets complete the look. Some well known perfumes in this category would be Anais Anais by Cacharel and Angel by Thierry Mugler. The classic look is ageless and distinct. Project this look and find a distinctive yet warm presence.

You may obtain a Thin or Skinny look by using minimalist musk notes that smell clean and yet are barely there. The lean look can be enhanced by using perfumes such as Pure White Linen by Estee Lauder and Lauren by Ralph Lauren.

Marine related top notes reminiscent of the ocean air , zesty and spicy can be combined with fabrics with white stripes to get a Nautical or Ocean presence. Try Latitude Longitude by Nautica and L'eau d'Issey for women by Issey Miyake.

Stay Sporty with clean, fresh fragrances created by blending citrus top notes with the essence of exotic fruit and flowers. Stay playful and a tease by using perfumes such as Eau Vitaminee by Biothern and Eau Dynamisante by Clarins. Show of your tanned body and get the right smell to go with it.

The School Girl or the Good Girl presence can be obtained by non shocking fragrance notes. Citrus and aromatic notes blended, exude a clean smell and this goes well with mini skirts and simple shoes. The recommended perfumes in this look are Lemon Sorbet by Etro and Lime Basil by Jo Malone.

Try the Ethnic look by using fragrances that leave a distinct impression. Powerful metallic green notes of galbanum or woody notes like cedar will do very well. Combined with craft based designs on clothes they will help create a strong ethnic look. Try Vent Vert by Balmain or So Pretty by Cartier.

And finally get that Rich / Empire presence with chypre or fougere notes based on woody, mossy and floral accords that leave a rich and lingering odour. Gucci Rush by Gucci and Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel fit well into this category.

Here's a little something to help you out:

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Birthstone Gems: Which one is yours?

Posted By youngheart222 on Sep 26, 2007 at 8:47AM

Birthstones have been used since at least the first century as a way to give good luck on ones birthday. Gemstones are associated with each month and each precious stone has designated qualities associated with it. Birthstones are also a fun way to share something about yourself.

January Birthstone - Garnet

Garnet Color
Garnets used in birthstone jewelry are usually deep red, but the gemstones are found in nearly every color except blue.
Garnet Folklore
Red garnets have long been associated with blood purification. They were believed to protect against food poisoning, snake bite, and hemorrhage.

February Birthstone - Amethyst

Amethyst Color
Amethyst is a form of quartz. Its color varies from pale lilac to dark purple.
Amethyst Folklore
Amethyst was believed to help protect the wearer from becoming intoxicated. The gemstone is widely known as a symbol of peace and tranquility.

March Birthstone - Aquamarine

Aquamarine Color
Aquamarine exists in all shades of blue. Clear blue aquamarine is more valuable than stones with traces of other colors.
Aquamarine Folklore
Aquamarine is said to protect sailors while they are at sea. The gems were also worn to prevent seasickness and other types of stomach ailments.

April Birthstone - Diamond

Diamond Color
Diamonds are the most durable substance on earth. Most are colorless, but colored variations are growing more popular every year.
Diamond Folklore
Some ancient cultures associated diamonds with lighting bolts, believing they were formed when lightning struck the earth. They are a symbol of courage and true love.

May Birthstone - Emerald

Emerald Color
Emeralds vary from light to dark green, and most are embedded with bits of other substances. Perfectly clear emeralds are rare and very expensive, so it is not uncommon for emeralds to be treated in some way to enhance their appearance.
Emerald Folklore
Some cultures believed that emeralds gave the wearer psychic powers. They were thought to improve both eyesight and fertility.

June Birthstone - Pearl

Pearl Color and Origins
Unlike other birthstones, which are formed from inorganic substances, a pearl is formed by a living organism. A pearl begins as a piece of grit or other foreign substance that makes its way into the shell of a marine or freshwater mollusk (oysters, clams). A defense mechanism kicks-in to coat the particle with layer after layer of a substance called nacre, eventually forming a pearl.
Naturally occurring pearls are very rare. Most of the pearls we buy are "cultured," pearls that originate when beads or pieces of nacre are intentionally inserted into a mollusk and allowed to grow.

Pearls are traditionally white with flashes of iridescent pink, but today's cultured pearls are available in a rainbow of colors and in a huge range of shapes and sizes.

Pearl Folklore
Different cultures throughout history have associated pearls with modesty, chastity, power, and courage.

July Birthstone - Ruby

Ruby Color
Rubies and sapphires are the same mineral, corundum. Sapphires exist in many colors, but red corundum is always a ruby. The actual color of a ruby can vary from bright red to red-violet or brownish-red.

Ruby Folklore
Rubies were believed to make the wearer wise, to bring love, and to help protect their owners against all sorts of misfortunes.

August Birthstone - Peridot

Peridot Color
Peridot is a lime green stone that is sometimes tinged with olive or brownish shades.

Peridot Folklore
Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones. It has traditionally been a symbol that represents the sun and wearing it was thought to provide protection from nightmares.

September Birthstone - Sapphire

Sapphire Color
Sapphires are available in all colors except red, because red pieces of the same mineral, corundum, are always called rubies. The most popular sapphire color is cornflower blue.

Sapphire Folklore
Ancient priests believed sapphires helped them predict the future. The gem is associated with peace and happiness.

October Birthstone - Opal

Opal Color
Opals are soft gemstones embedded with impurities that produce flashes of color.

Opal Folklore
Opals have long been a symbol of innocence and purity.

November Birthstone - Topaz

Topaz Color
Most topaz is yellow, but it exists in other colors, including red, golden-brown, green, blue, and pink. Yellow topaz is sometimes heat treated to change its color to pink or red.

Topaz Folklore
Topaz was thought to calm tempers and give its wearer strength. Powders ground from the gem were used to treat asthma and insomnia.

Citrine is sometimes used for December birthstone jewelry.

December Birthstone - Turquoise

Turquoise Color
Turquoise is a soft, opaque stone that is found in colors ranging from sky blue to bluish-green to a true, vivid green.

Turquoise Folklore
Native Americans associated the colors of turquoise with the blue sky and green earth. They believed that wearing turquoise resulted in happiness and security.

Blue Topaz is sometimes used as an alternate December birthstone.


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How to get Smokey Eyes

Posted By youngheart222 on Sep 26, 2007 at 8:07AM

Here's a quick how-to video featuring make-up artist Sandy Gold...I hope it will be helpful!

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Yeeha! Yes or OH NOO?

Posted By mizzpetite on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:53AM

Please comment on what you would wear with them.

As seen on Sophia Bush in 'The Hitcher'.

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Milan Fashion Week-DAY FIVE

Posted By mizzpetite on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:24AM


PRADA is always a big draw during Milan Fashion Week - and, thanks to an Art Nouveau-inspired show last night, it appears the house shows no signs of letting up on its reputation for keeping things fresh and intellectual. Spring/summer 2008 for the label is marked out by prints, featuring idyllic garden scenes full of blooming plant life and modest naked flower fairy-esque women. In a riotous blaze of spring colour, its light, ruffle-sleeved tunics and full, calf-length skirts took on a fantastical and pretty guise; Suzy Menkes described the collection as "eerily beautiful". Elsewhere, Sienna Guillory and Rosario Dawson were surprised by a paparazzo on the front row at Moschino, who approached and asked for a photo - of him with Dawson. Guillory obliged - yelling, "This is awesome!" as she tried to figure out how to use his giant-lens camera - before the models took to the catwalk in typically quirky frill-hemmed boucle jackets, silk-edged PVC macs and boiler suits. Missoni showed a painterly collection of flower-daubed silk tunics and mirror-embroidered mini skirts; Etro gave us funky knit dresses with bold, Seventies-style prints and Tomas Maier impressed at Bottega Veneta with the details: bow-backed gowns, painstakingly ruffled sleeves and luxe, pleated day dresses. As the fashion pack retired for a glass of Champagne (last night's occasion being the launch of Martin Margiela's new boutique on Milan's Via Spiga), a dramatic thunderstorm broke over the city and it is still raining today - expect plenty of talk of ruined shoes in the front rows of Jenny Packham, Roberto Cavalli, Emporio Armani, Gucci and Alberta Ferretti. (September 26 2007, AM)

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10 Color Tips for Nails

Posted By youngheart222 on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:07AM

Here are some simple tricks to get perfect colored polish for your toes and fingers:

1. Moisturize cuticles. Cuticle oils penetrate the skin bed best.

2. Prep nails by filing. File nails in an oval shape just like the curve of your nail base. Square tips could make your fingers look chubby.

3. It's important to wipe nails with a nail polish remover before applying polish even if you aren't wearing polish. Why? Oils left on the nail (like the hand cream or lip balm) will keep polish from sticking.
But don't clean nails with cotton balls. Why? They'll leave little fuzzies on your nails. A better option is to use a makeup sponge.

4. Wrap the tips of your nails with polish. When applying polish, be sure to bring it over the front edge of the nail and slightly under the tip. This helps prevent chipping.

5. If the polish chips, it's best to remove the paint from the nail and start over. If you don't have time, dip your finger in nail polish remover and smooth over the chipped area and re-apply a topcoat.

6. Smudged your polish while painting? Try this trick: dip your finger in nail polish remover and use it to smooth the surface, repainting with a topcoat.

7. The secret to keeping nails from smudging: Dry time! Surfaces will feel dry to the touch after 10 minutes, but don't be fooled. It actually takes an entire hour for nails to completely dry.

8. When a nail breaks, the best thing to do is to cut it off. But here's a trick if the break is low down (& painful, undoubtedly): cut a tiny strip of gauze from a teabag, place it over the tear & the paint over with polish.

9. To maintain a fresh polish, add a fresh layer of topcoat every other day.

10. How long should your manicure last? Experts say one to 2 weeks. A pedicure should last 2 to 4 weeks.
A couple of expert tips:
- Want to ensure your nails are the right shape? Line each finger up with its opposite, cuticle-to-cuticle.
- Fingers stained from nicotine, berries or too dark polish? Take a whitening toothpaste
- Two thin coats are better than one thick coat. You'll find it dries faster.

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Great BEAUTY Findings! No COST-Make at HOME.

Posted By mizzpetite on Sep 25, 2007 at 12:21PM

Violet Milk Cleanser-Add 1 tsp violet petals to 1/4 cup milk. Heat gently until nearly simmering, and keep heating gently until the milk is strongly violet-scented. Strain, bottle, keep in the fridge and use within three or four days. This makes a soothing oil-free cleanser.
Oatmeal Facial -Mix dry oatmeal and water into a paste and spread on face. Liedown and let it dry. Wash off with warm water. Excellent

Neck Firmer - 1 egg white Beat 1 egg white until frothy and apply to clean, dry neck with fingers. Let dry thoroughly and then rinse neck with tepid water, can also be used on the face but avoid the eyes.

Milk and Honey Cleanser-Mix 1 tsp warm honey with 1 tablespoon milk. Use immediately.

Give yourself a moisturizing facial -- Make a paste from oatmeal, lemon juice and honey. Apply to face, let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Facial Toner -Put egg whites on your face, leave it dry until it gets really tight. Then rinse it off.

Oatmeal and Honey Mask- Mix oatmeal, either cooked or raw, with enough honey to make it sticky. Apply, leave for twenty minutes or so, and rinse off with plenty of water. Tones oily skin.

Honey Mask- Massage some honey into your skin, and keep adding more and patting it on till your face is very tacky. Rinse off.

Avocado-Honey Moisturising Mask- Mash up 2 tablespoons avocado, mix with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk. A very rich mask.

Yoghurt Mask- Use natural, unflavoured yogurt; you can add honey and/or oatmeal if you like. Smooth all over your face, massage in then rinse off.

Facial Mask - This will make your skin look and feel younger almost immediately. 1 tsp. Brewer's Yeast - 1 tsp. wheat germ - 1 tsp. safflower oil - 1 tsp. whole beaten egg Mix all ingredients. Gently pat on clean face. Leave on 15 min. , then rinse with warm water. Pat dry and follow with moisturizer.

Eye soother - 1-1/2 tsp mashed peaches - chamomile tea Steep 1/4 cup chamomile tea and blend 1/2 tsp. with rest of ingredients.Let cool, Apply under eye, leave on 8 - 10 minutes.

Tired eyes - simple home remedy to soothe your eyes. Steep two chamomile tea bags in boiling water for three minutes. Then, transfer the tea bags to the refrigerator until they're chilled. Lie down and place the cold bags over your closed eyes for 15 min.

Dark Circles or Puffiness Under Eyes - Cotton pads soaked in milk or witch hazel; avocado or cucumber slices; a compress of grated raw carrots or raw potatoes.

Smooth Eyelids - and erase crease wrinkles by applying whole milk to the area and letting it remain there all day.Rinse off.

Homemade Scrub-. Try salt for oily/acne skin, sugar for dry skin (is a little rougher to help get dry skin cells off), and for sensitive skin, try baking soda. Mix just a teaspoon of your choice with water, and rub in circular motions onto damp skin. Rinse and pat dry.

A Tightening Mask- use egg whites, let dry, then rinse off.

Rose Petal Mask- Mix dried or fresh rose petals with milk, cornstarch and a drop of honey to form a paste. Allow to remain on skin / body for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water. Not only does it soften your skin , it also leaves the skin scented as well!

Fruit Salsa Face & Body Mask- Tingling and cooling treat that exfoliates, softens and moisturizes.

2 Tbsp. chopped pineapple 1 mango ( peeled, pitted & chopped)
1/2 c. honeydew melon 1/2 c. chopped cantaloupe
1/2 banana 1/4 pear
1 whole kiwi peeled 1/4 peach
10 seedless grapes 1/2 c cilantro
1 pack liquid pectin

Mix all ingredients in blender on med. for 2 to 4 minutes. Mixture will be lumpy, place in bowl into refrigerator for 30 minutes, giving pectin a chance to gel. Apply to skin and leave on 20 to 30 minutes, rinse with warm water. Refrigerate unused for up to 2 days.

Beer Mask for Men- A great softener and smells great.

1 Tbsp. Beer 1 tsp. yogurt
1 tsp. olive oil 1 egg white
1 tsp. lemon extract 1 tsp. almond extract
Mix all ingredients in blender on low for 20 to 30 seconds. Wet facial area with warm water, then apply mixture to skin. Leave on 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then splash with cold water to seal pores.

Strawberry Yogurt Face Mash -Use nonfat yogurt for oily skin types, lowfat yogurt for combination skin, regular yogurt for dry skin)

2 to 3 large strawberries

1 tbs plain yogurt

Mix in blender or mash with a fork. Apply to clean skin, then lie down for 15 to 20 minutes. Wipe off, then rinse with washcloth soaked in warm water. Pat dry.

Body Masque-For rosy, soft, and supple skin.

2 tsp. honey 2 Tbsp. half-and-half 1/2 peach w/skin
1/2 c. chopped pumpkin flesh 1/8 tsp. instant coffee
1 Tbsp. cucumber extract 2 egg whites
Mix all ingredients in blender on med. - low speed for 45 seconds or until smooth. Apply to skin, leave on 15 to 20 minutes, rinse with warm water. Shelf life: 2 days refrigerated.

Oatmeal Rose Honey Facial
1/8 cup of Rose Petals
1/3 cup finely ground oatmeal
4 teaspoons of honey
1 tsp rosewater
Mix ingredients well. Blend in 1 teaspoon of rose water. Apply to freshly cleansed face, leave on for 1/2 hour. Remove with warm water.

Rose Water Toner
3/4 cup Rose Water
6 drops Glycerine
2/3 cups Witch Hazel
Blend and Shake

Pore Cleanser

8 fresh garlic cloves (peeled and mashed)
Smooth paste all over face avoiding eyes. It is quite smelly so do it on a day when you can be alone. Leave on your face for 15 minutes. Wash off with a warm cloth.

Avocado Facial
Mash the meat of the avocado into a creamy texture. Massage into the face and neck with upward and outward movements. Wipe off after 15 minutes with rosewater or witch hazel.

Carrot Mask
3 carrots boiled and mashed
5 tablespoons of honey or yogurt

Mix ingredients, apply gently, in an upward motion. Leave on for 15 minutes. Splash off with mineral water or witch hazel.

To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes
Wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off residue and apply an eye cream.

Calendula Milk Facial- Use once or twice a week in the winter for a mild exfoliation.
2 tbsp fresh calendula petals
1/3 cup boiling water
2 tbsp instant nonfat dry milk

Steep the petals in the water until cool, approx 20 minutes. Cover. Scoop the milk into a bowl add enough tea ( without petals) to make a paste. Put the paste on your face, leave on until its almost dry. ( 5 min) Rub the paste off your skin, then rinse with cool water.

For Tired Eyes
2 chamomile tea bags
2 cups boiling water

Steep tea bags in water for 30 minutes. Remove bags. Let water cool then freeze it in a ice cube tray. Tie ice cubes in squares of cheesecloth. Rub bundle around eyelids and under eyes.

Bags and Dark Circles- Place a thin slice of potato or pear beneath each eye and lie down to rest. Keep on for 15 minutes and rinse off residue.

Redness and Puffiness- Lie down and place thin slices of cold cucumber over closed eyes. Relax for 15 minutes. rinse off residue.

Dry skin in eye area

1 tbsp castor oil, mineral oil, or oil from vitamin E, A or D capsules

Keep out of your eyes. Gently rub oil on surrounding skin, Use before going to bed for an all night treatment.

HELP! Dark Circles Under Eyes.

Posted By mizzpetite on Sep 25, 2007 at 12:13PM

A gentle blend of herbs to help reduce puffiness and irritation.

This is best used by applying the tea to the eye area and then by covering with a cold cucumber. You may also apply the tea bag directly to the eye area if eyes are very puffy and swollen.

Works wonderfully on swollen eyes, stresses or strained eyes, allergy attacks, dry eyes and eyes that have had a good cry.

Cucumber helps to additionally activate the herbs and will allow for deeper soothing. It is very refreshing to cut slices of cucumber and then put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Take them out and then apply the slices over the eyelids after applying the tea.

It is safe to get the tea into your eye, it will not burn or irritate the eyes. For eye that are bloodshot, try dropping a few drips directly into the eyes to help rehydrate the dryness.

Fall Trends: Global Exchange

Posted By youngheart222 on Sep 25, 2007 at 9:43AM

This Fall designers took inspiration from the streets and it created a true global mix...Personally, I'm a big fan of these outfits and I hope you will enjoy them too!

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Fall Trends: Knit Parade

Posted By youngheart222 on Sep 25, 2007 at 9:26AM

This Fashion Fall is all about the knitwear so here are some of the best outfits from various designers...Enjoy!

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