Easy Beauty Trends for 2012
If you like to keep your finger on the beauty pulse, here are some manageable beauty trends for 2012 that may have some staying power for the rest of the year.
Beauty Balm Creams
Beauty balm (BB) creams are already a hit in Asia, where women are already loving the combination of tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and blemish healer all in one product.
Clinique, MAC, and Garnier have already launched BB creams in the US and UK, and are headed for Canada in the next few months. In Vancouver, you can already find a Korean BB cream at the Shifeon store at Oakridge Centre.
Baby Lips Cellular Repair Balm with SPF 20
Lip balms and lip butters are the rage this season, which makes sense as most of us are suffering from some form of winter dryness on our lips.
I’ve already raved about Diane Lai’s new lip balm, if you’re looking for a natural alternative.
Maybelline’s latest lip balm goes beyond a basic lip balm, with instant moisturization that lasts for up to 8 hours.
Baby Lips Cellular Repair Balm includes active ingredients like shea butter and centella. A vitamin complex delivers powerful anti-oxidants.
I recently tried Baby Lips in the Peach Kiss shade. The peachy nude shade is very sheer (which means it doesn’t last a long time) but you do get shine that lasts. You can wear the lip balm alone or as a base for gloss or lipstick.
Beauty Must Haves
Jennifer Aniston recently revealed some of her favorite beauty products to InStyle magazine.
Aniston’s beauty philosophy is to “stop using makeup as a mask and feel comfortable in my own skin.”
If you love Aniston’s sleek look, here are three of the beauty products the actress swears by (check out the other beauty products that Jennifer Aniston prefers here.)
If you haven’t used Benefit’s multi-tasking blendable powder before, you’ll definitely want to check it out. Aniston uses it as a pressed powder, cover-up, and spot concealer. She also applies the powder to finish off her look.
The Latest in Beauty
Here are some beauty trends that hit this week’s Inbox.
MAC Cosmetics is introducing several new products next month. The Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection includes the Shop & Drop Eyeshadow Quad in wearable brights. Check out one of our favorite blogs, Temptalia, for swatches.
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Luminous Shine and No Frizzies
With everything from overheated blow dryers to monthly touch-ups, it’s easy to overwork your hair. Even if your ‘do is perfectly styled, it can still look dull and lifeless.
You can counter daily hair abuse by washing it with a sulfate-free shampoo that cleanses gently and rinses easily without leaving a heavy residue.
Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Shampoo with Mango is formulated with nutrient‑rich mango seed oil, which is clinically proven to minimize frizz, including taming nasty fly-aways.
Classic Red Carpet Beauty
Some stars, like Emma Stone, opted for classic smoky eyes at this year’s Golden Globes, but a neutral makeup theme showed off the natural beauty of many of this year’s red carpet crowd.
Leaving her Glee look behind, Lea wore an antique embroidered dress from Marchesa. Her striking eyes were luminous in layered colors (Lancome 5 Color Palette in Gris Fatale). In contrast, Lea wore a subtle neutral on her lips in a matte finish (Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Rich Cashmere).
New Collection of Bold Lashes
She may be going through a hard time in her personal life, but that isn’t stopping Katy Perry from adding her name to a new beauty product: false eyelashes.
Katy Perry has already been involved with an OPI nail polish collection and two scents, Purr and Meow.
Next month, the pop singer will be launching her own line of false eyelashes with British lash manufacturer, Eylure (the company that designed Twiggy’s iconic false lashes in the 60s).
Cleansing and Moisturizing Facial Wipes
If your New Year’s resolution is to always remove your makeup before going to bed, you have no excuses now.
Cleansing wipes can be your BFF when you get home late and just want to crawl into bed without committing the biggest beauty sin of all time: going to sleep without removing your makeup.
Cleansing wipes come in all shapes and sizes. But some new wipes you definitely want to check out are the Clean Fix Wipes from celebrity skin and body care line, Nip + Fab.
Mascara That Has More than Meets the Eye
Noir G de Guerlain Mascara is setting a new trend that’s sure to be groundbreaking.
If you like to indulge in prestige mascara but hate the cost of replacing the whole tube every few months, Guerlain has the perfect solution—refillable mascara.
Making its debut this month, the mascara comes in a swish jewel case full of surprises.
To use, pull on the case to reveal a dual-sided mirror. Then twist and the brush appears. To refill, you can easily switch up the wand with a few clicks.
The lash lengthening formula combines ultra black pigments (the purest black on your lashes) with a fortifying agent that helps to regenerate lashes by stimulating keratin for lash growth.
Quick Impact Nails with a Polished Finish
If you didn’t catch Nicole Scherzinger in the X Factor, she was a unique and controversial addition to the show.
In fact, her style drove the rest of the judging panel nuts (which is always fun to watch).
Since the show has ended for the season, Nicole has been pulling a Simon Cowell/Paula Abdul move and making noise about whether she’ll be giving up her judging gig.
You don’t have to wait till next season to find out what Nicole Scherzinger is up to because she’s just been picked up as a cosmetic endorsement for imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails.