Exactly how horrible is expired makeup?

May 7th, 2014

It’s that time again to spring clean your make-bag, we all know make up brushes can be big culprit when it comes germ and bacteria haven but have you thought about the other products that you don’t use? Such as lipstick, or bronzer you haven’t used since the ice age melted in spring 2014? I found this article on yahoo.shine about how bad expired make-up can be: > at the bottom of the page is a link to the original article<

Before we start cleaning house and tossing away our beloved – if a bit old – makeup, we decided to ask the experts to give us the real deal on the matter. Here’s their advice on when to cut our cosmetics loose and just how risky it is to use them past their P.A.O., or period after opening.

So, you’re obsessed with a limited-edition lipstick you got a while ago, and, since it’s no longer available, you can’t bring yourself to toss it? We get it. The good news is that a lipstick can last upwards of a year before it starts to dry out. But, here’s an interesting fact to note: Because lipstick is made from hard wax, it captures more bacteria than lip gloss. And, cleaning it with alcohol (like they do at department-store counters) just dries it out faster, which makes the bacteria grow faster.

If you decide to go rogue and use it anyway, according to Dr. Debra Luftman, a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist and author of The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful, “The worst-case scenario is, if you share it, you could get herpes or contact dermatitis. There are so many variables, but when you’re using your own lipstick, the risk [of infection] isn’t that great – maybe 10% to 20%.” Her sage advice? Stick with lipstick pencils that you can sharpen. It brings the risk factor down to zilch.

Lip Gloss 
In our eyes, nothing compares to the subtle shine that a lip gloss imparts on our pouts. For that reason, we’ve held on to some of them a bit too long. But, it seems that the “throw out your lip gloss after three months” rule is more of a scare tactic: “Technically, if you clean the wand once a day, you could keep it for a year or until it starts to show signs that it’s gone bad,” says Dr. Luftman, who sits on the advisory board for skin-care brand Simple.

As for those telltale signs? “It separates, looks cloudy, and starts to smell,” says Raychel Wade, cosmetic makeover consultant for CheekToChic and global color ambassador for La Prairie. Hypothetically speaking, what happens if you give it a glide after that? “I’m seeing more and more rashes from old lip products,” says Dr. Luftman. “But, they can also cause a staph infection, and those are more serious.” Want your gloss to go the distance – safely? Dr. Luftman suggests buying ones with silicone wands, which stay cleaner longer.

Dark, moist mascara tubes can be a haven for germs. And, sticking a wand full of bacteria near the one feature you use to SEE is a bit risky. How risky, exactly? “If your mascara is contaminated, I’d say you stand a 50% to 60% chance of getting blepharitis or conjunctivitis,” says Dr. Luftman. Trust us when we say you don’t want either of those things. Thankfully, there is a silver lining: “Mascara’s got a built-in shelf life,” says Wade. “After three months, it dries out or runs out. It’s one of those products that you can use until the end.”

If Hoarders ever did a segment on excessive blushes housed in a makeup bag, it would star us. As far as using those blushes past their prime? Apparently it depends on the formula. “For cream, I would say six months; for powder a year,” advises Dr. Luftman. “Powder formulas contain zinc and titanium that actually prevent bacteria from growing.”

Once you see oil marks streak across the top and the color changes, cracks, or smells, it’s time to chuck it. “The biggest issue is the transferring of oil and bacteria from your face to the pot and vice versa,” says Dr. Luftman. “The biggest concern would be getting impetigo – a group of pustules. And, it’s a high chance.” The way to avoid that is to use disposable makeup sponges or loose powder blush that comes in a tub with a perforated top and doses out just the amount you need.
There’s something about old foundation that really skeeves us out. We’re not sure why, but the experts feel the same way. “La Prairie’s P.A.O. states cream foundations expire at six months and powder formulas at 12 months. After that, foundations start to oxidize and change color,” says Wade. Opting for foundation with a spray or pump cap can buy you more time. “Air-tight packaging nixes bacteria from growing in the product, so it lasts longer and removes the potential for getting skin irritation and infections, like cellulitis,” adds Dr. Luftman.

Eyeshadow is one of those products that if it gets tainted, you have to toss it – STAT. According to Dr. Luftman, infections like pink eye are extremely contagious, and severe allergic reactions are something you don’t want to mess with. “Shadow should be replaced between four and six months,” she states. While that may seem a little hasty, Wade offers a positive spin on the situation. “Trendy colors like purple, blue, and that red shade everyone is wearing right now – you get sick of them after a while,” she says. “Plus, you need to update your shades at the start of each season anyway.”

Well, this was a bit of a shocker: While mascara and shadow get the boot past a certain point, liner is a totally different deal. “For the ones you sharpen, you can use them until the bottom because you are taking off areas that might be infected,” says Dr. Luftman. Of course, this is contingent on one thing: using a clean sharpener after every use. Cream or liquid liners (or any pencils of the “self-sharpening” variety) should be replaced after three months. These guidelines are especially critical if you apply liner on the inside rim, which covers the mucosal membrane. “I’ve seen cases where the liner has gotten embedded in the glands, creating a tattoo effect – it never comes off,” says Dr. Luftman. “Those glands need to breathe so you can have proper eye fluid and function.” Noted.

More often than not, brushes are the culprit behind most bacterial infections, according to our experts. “Generally, they are stored together and wrapped up in a warm, dark environment – it’s a breeding ground for bacteria,” says Dr. Luftman. “Then, you swoosh those brushes into your products and over your face. I once had a patient that got a staph infection on her cheek from a brush.” The key to preventing contamination: care. “Brushes are made with real hair, so you have to clean them like real hair,” says Wade. “I shampoo my brushes once a week, and in between shampooing, I spritz them with a brush cleaner to kill any germs.” If you keep them clean, then you can (supposedly) keep them forever.

original article here https://shine.yahoo.com/shine-beauty/bad-expired-makeup-really-145000969.html

How to get kate middleton hair

August 30th, 2013

Kate Middleton: Нaіr Icon аnd Nеw Моthеr to thе Royal Baby

The anticipation аnd arrival оf thе Royal Вabу hаѕ swept thе globe bу storm. In honour оf thе newest Prince (George Alexander Louis, tо bе exact!), wе wоuld lіkе tо tаke а closer lоok аt hіѕ iconic mоthеr, Kate Middleton. Rаthеr, we’d lіkе to tаke а sneak peek іntо her hаіr cаre regime.


It іѕ nо secret that Kate Middleton haѕ won the hearts оf the masses worldwide wіth hеr sparkling, eаѕу smile. Вut let’s bе honest – whіlе hеr popularity іs knоwn аmоng аll – whаt іѕ thе secret tо hеr coveted tresses? Nо mattеr thе in-climate Еnglіѕh wеathеr, оr thе excruciating pain of childbirth, Kate’s hаіr remains smooth and glossy, tumbling ovеr hеr shoulders іn deеp brunette waves.
While we аll wіsh thаt wе wеrе privileged enоugh tо hаvе а personal stylist оn hаnd daily, tоdaу I wоuld lіkе to ѕhow уоu hоw уоu, toо, can achieve Kate’s signature ‘do with the appropriate productѕ. ELLE UK revealed ѕome of thе secrets tо Kate’s hаir аnd beauty routine. Маnу celebrity beauty blog,also affirmed herе thаt thе Duchess оf Cambridge dоeѕ, indeed, uѕе Kerastase prоductѕ tо attain hеr gorgeous blow-out.

Let’s takе а closer lооk at Kerastase, specifically Kerastase’s BAIN OLÉO-RELAX (Kate’s favourite).



As much as we want our hair to do the same as kate’s shiny mane the price for Kerastase can cost you up to $40.00 per bottle.  But what is in the bottle that make it so effective. According to their website, the benefits for using the shampoo are:

  • Leaves hair soft and supple
  • Weightless nourishment and conditioning
  • Anti-frizz control
  • Eases detangling

And here are the key ingreadients for making the product useful.

  • Shorea and Palm Oils: Reduces volume and improves detangling
  • Cationic Polymer: Renews softness and shine of dry, rebellious hair
  • Silicone Derivatives: Provides anti-frizz protection

Again you can find all the information above on their website here.

Here is budgetchicblvd.com alternative!



Suave professional Keratain Infusion Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. The suave professional line is available in all the drug stores, wal-mart, and meijers  of the world. The good thing about suave is, it costs $3.50 for the shampoo and $3.50 for the conditioner for total of $7.00.  But here is the real reason why suave  works the same as Kerastase.  Here are some key ingreadients that make it work :


  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: is a water-soluble derivative of natural guar gum, and delivers conditioning properties to shampoos and after-shampoo hair care products.  It is also agent that helps with  hair detangling. same as (Shorea and Palm Oils in kerastase)
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein: particles аre knоwn tо fill in the cracks аlоng damaged areas іn thе hаіr shaft subsequently strengthening the hаіr, increasing elasticity аnd volume. Due tо іtѕ moisture binding capabilities, Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein increases thе moisture content іn thе haіr, restoring luster, bоdу, аnd increasing manageability. same as (Cationic Polymer in keratase)
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB): іs аn organic compоund derived frоm coconut оіl and dimethylaminopropylamine. It іѕ а zwitterion, consisting оf bоth а quaternary ammonium cation and а carboxylate. Translation it helps keep the frizz away and  helps to promote healthy shine. same as(Silicone Derivatives in kerastase)


While іt is apparent thаt thе majority оf us do nоt hаve оur stylist оn spееd dial, armed аnd reаdу with a host оf prоducts and tооlѕ fоr оur еvеrу haіr inspired whim, it’s encouraging tо realize thаt Kate’s hairstyle іs ѕоmethіng thаt wе cаn achieve ourselves! Тruе, wе maу not be аblе to relax daily wіth a cup оf coffee and magazine whilе ѕоmеоne еlsе primps аnd preens оur locks, but wе will be аble tо stеp out іn public wіth hаіr thаt iѕ equally аs radiant and healthy.

Here are more of kate’s iconic hair looks

The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends The UK's Creative Industries Reception


And here is her signature style full blow out with loose curls and the ends


Re-create this look from anthropologie.com for less

August 17th, 2013

This look is from anthropologie.com, it inspired me to find replica for less amount money.  Here it is below:


budgetchicblvd pic


Why you ask because it is the perfect combo, between girly and sophicated. Also the colors being used are netural which means you can wear them again for any other season.  This outfit is perfect transition from summer to fall or even winter to spring if you play your cards right.  Okay let’s break down the outfit from above.

The pink blazer is  $118.00,  pink lace peplum shell is $88.00, and the white jeans are $168.00  now lets crunch some numbers and find the total cost of the outfit is $374.00 plus shipping and handling cost.

Here is budgetchicblvd.com suggestion for the same time of outfit:

A blush color cardigan by Covington  Petite’s Pointelle Cardigan in jewel peach if you zoom in it has ribbed detail on the cardigan which  is fantastic because it gives the piece, a more structured blazer type of look. (and it is $16.99) Also it is cropped cardigan kind of like the pink blazer pictured above.

Here it is below:

Covington  Petite's Pointelle Cardigan 1


Now for the lace shell I have chosen a piece similar to the peplum theme. The model in the anthropologie picture is wearing a lace peplum  in pink I wasn’t able to find it in pink but I did mange to find the same silhouette. For $11.99 you really can’t beat that price. Here it is below:


And now for the bottom the pants in the picture are straight leg kind of like skinny jeans, so I found white skinny jeans from oldnavy.com for about $19.00 that should do the same trick as  anthropologie counterpart.



So now you have the same three pieces as the original anthropologie outfit for a lot less dough. Lets see how much you saved $16.99 for the cardigan, $ 11.99 for the lace shell , plus $19.00 for the skinny jeans grand total of $47.98.  The anthropologie cost was $374.oo budgetchicblvd alternative suggestion saves you about $327.02. Now that is some sweet savings you can use for something else. ( like buy another outfit ) : )




Get Rid of under eye circles and look younger

July 29th, 2013

We all have dark circles whether it might be from a lack of sleep or stress and simple remedies such as using cucumber or placing (eye) ice mask over them will magically make them vanish. Truth is good eye cream and great  concealer  can work wonders or at the very least appear that you have been resting. I found this article on yahoo.com and thought I would share it with you  it has great pointers.

Dark shadows, be gone! We spoke to the experts, and got their tips on how to minimize discoloration.

 There are many different causes of dark under-eye circles. Dermatologist Rebecca Baxt, MD, noted that genetics often play a role in discoloration-if your parents both have hyperpigmentation in the area, you could, too. According to dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD, aging can also cause volume depletion under the eyes, resulting in hollowed-out shadows. Some people, especially those with thin, pale skin, have superficial blood vessels, which results in a reddish-purple hue showing through. Allergies are also a big culprit, and frequent rubbing of the eyes can result in thickening and darkening in the area. But all hope is not lost! 

1. Get enough sleep 
While you can’t totally prevent dark under-eye circles, you can minimize them, according to the dermatologists. First: Get enough sleep. Also, put down the champagne. Too much alcohol and salt will dehydrate you, making your eyes puffy, which in turn makes your circles look worse. Try hydrating, gentle cleansers instead of drying ones that can irritate the delicate skin in the area. Always wear a sunscreen, as ultraviolet rays damage skin and contribute to the problem. And, if your under-eye circles are exacerbated by allergies, see a doctor to get a prescription for antihistamines and eyedrops.

2. Use the appropriate eye cream 
 Need more help? You’re in luck-there are a slew of topical treatments that can help hyperpigmentation. But be careful when using ingredients like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, and vitamin C; they can irritate the sensitive skin around the eye area, warned Waldorf. “I usually start with a bionic acid product, like NeoStrata [Bionic Eye Cream],” Waldorf said. “You can also use a gentler retinoid, like La Roche-Posay Redermic Eyes, which contains a time-release retinol to reduce irritation.” Glow by Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream also contains time-released retinols.

3. Hydrate the under-eye area 
Dermatologists and makeup artists all agree you need a hardworking, moisturizing eye cream to ensure the area stays hydrated. “Make sure the skin around the eyes is moist when you go to bed so it doesn’t get irritated or inflamed,” Baxt said. A good daily eye cream should have plumping ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. You should apply the cream at night, and then use the same one in the morning prior to trying to conceal dark circles. “Eye cream helps concealer to go on smoother,” said makeup artist John Stapleton. “It helps thin it out a little better so it doesn’t get cakey.”


4. Choose the right concealer 
If you need to hide the circles, make sure you conceal like a pro. When covering blemishes, you need a product that matches your skin tone. But to cover dark circles under your eyes, Stapleton recommended using color theory to choose the right concealer. Opposite colors on the color wheel cancel one another out. What this means is that if you’re trying to cover a purple hue under the eyes, use a yellow-toned concealer. If you have redness, a green-toned product will help camouflage it. However, most under-eye circles tend to be blueish, which requires a peach-colored hue. You can also try a color-correcting primer prior to concealing, which will help neutralize any under-eye discoloration.

5. Learn to apply concealer correctly 
Makeup artist Billy B. recommended applying your concealer after you apply all your other eye makeup, as specs of eye shadow powder can fall and ruin a good concealing job. After prepping with a moisturizing eye cream, put concealer only where you need it, which might not necessarily be your whole under-eye area. Makeup artist Sarah Lucero suggested beginning a little below where the darkness starts. If you apply it too high, you’ll get product too close to your lower lash line and it can crease and also smear your mascara. Also apply concealer sparingly. Then use a concealer brush to sweep the product up to cover the area. Stapleton recommended using a fluffier concealerbrush because flatter, firmer versions can apply too much product. Once you have brushed the product where you want it, use the pad of your ring finger to gently pat it into place.

If you want learn more here is the link http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/rid-under-eye-circles-145700406.html

to the full article .

Lady Gaga budget beauty secret

March 3rd, 2013

We all have favorite products we can’t live without,( mine is lypsl chapstick) that includes celebrities like Lady Gaga which I am sure you have heard of by now. But can you guess what her favorite live without product is ? It might surprise you to know what she has in her bag?

if you want to know what it is click here.

Mermaid tail braid

February 1st, 2013

You have heard of the mermaid tail dress but what about the mermaid tail braid?

It the new side braid, that is making it’s way to the spotlight, here are some photos I found on the net.

Have you noticed how many anodynes there are laying around on the floor


This is how the mermaid tail look on anyone with thick hair.

This is how it looks on average medium length hair.

This how it looks on long fine hair.

Here is youtube video by bebexo and she will walk you through the steps to achieve this look, it is super easy. I hope you give it a try.




Michelle Obama

January 23rd, 2013

Well our president was just had a party to celebrate his re-election back into the White House.  All security’s eyes were on the president we the people had eyes on Michelle Obama dress. She wore a red jason wu dress for inaururation ball of 2013, but decide to recycle on of her old fav. a black sequin Micheal Kors dress she wore in 2009 for the cocktail party.




Needless to say she looks fabulous in Micheal Kors dress which would run you on average about $200 to $300 for the designer threads. But check out the relpica dress by Apt. 9 brand found in kohls ( love kohls) for under $50.00 that right i am not kidding under 5o, the price of the dress is $33.60 but it is going fast so get while it hot.



Dress like sofia vergara for less

January 11th, 2013

Sofia Vergara has sense of fashion and humor. Yesterday the people choice awards were on and she was nominated for best female actress in a comedy. (she didn’t win but still it is a pretty cool nom.) Whether she is on the red carpet or just out on the town she look fabulous. Here she is below with few friends grabbing some dinner.





You can have they exact same outfit for less than hundred dollars that right here is the same outfit from tart.com and they are having a sale . (Sweet ) It is called the rowan dress from tart.com and they have it in different colors plus spring and summer are coming soon why not take advantage of the discount and still look good wear it. The dress also comes in different colors such as blue (shown below), or classic black, and neon pink color for the daring ones. It comes in three sizes small, medium, and large. P.S it looks fuzzy because I was trying to make the image bigger. But here is the link to tart.com that explains everything in the article as well. http://www.tartcollections.com/rowan-dress






New year a new you

January 3rd, 2013

Hi I thought I would share this terrific video, i found on you tube where it shows different parts of the world ring in the new year.


History of the liner

December 27th, 2012

History of eyeliner:

Want to know where the Smokey eye look originated from, well from eyeliner but who the first to introduce this make up tequnique are the Egyptians. Judging by the ancient hieroglyphs on the wall Cleopatra and her buddies sure knew how to wear the liner.


The result was the introduction of eyeliners that are still one of the important parts of the cosmetic collections of women. The first eyeliners were introduced in Egypt and Mesopotamia from where they spread to almost all parts of the world. It was more than 12,000 years ago in the earlier parts of 10,000 BC that the product was launched in Egypt and was used by all classes of people as a measure of enhancing the beauty of eyes that would have otherwise been prone to wrinkles because of the dust and other pollutants present in the sandy atmosphere.


The early eyeliners were used by both men and women, more commonly by those who were high in status. Their use continued and remained forever and was later used by lower class people also. It was only when the Egypt Empire went under the hands of Roman Empire that the people started considering eyeliners as a part of their religion and spiritual practice. The birth of first millennia AD marked the ruling of Egypt Empire by the Romans and it was at that time that the eyeliners were used for both cosmetic and religious reasons.


This tradition lasted forever and is a part of the Egyptian culture even today with only difference that it is being used in all other parts of the world also. In the interim period when the Romans were in full control over Egypt and when the Greek had their regime in major parts of Europe, eyeliners lost their popularity and were not used to the fullest. The same situation prevailed in Asian countries as well. Even though the use of eyeliners was common, they were not used by larger mass of public.


The fact that eyeliners provided budget beauty was also a reason for their use. The use of eyeliners started to dominate the cosmetic industry only in the early years of nineteenth century. It was during this time that the era of Victorian fashion came to an end and the younger girls wanted something new to steal the heart of others. The year 1922 will always remain in the history of eyeliners as it marked the beginning of a new era of eyeliners in the world. It was during that year that the archaeological department of United Kingdom discovered the pyramids of Egyptian kings and queens. The tombs reflected the way they had lived their lives along with their rich cosmetic arts and items. The discovery was covered by the entire world, which immediately started using the products without any hesitation. 1920s also marked the beginning of Hollywood cinema, ballet actors, photography etc which kindled the women at those times to explore new methodologies in enhancing their visual appeal. They simply wanted to live the life of Hollywood actresses and hence they started using any new product in the market.


The eyeliners that were introduced in 1920s remained in market for the next 40 to 50 years. It was followed by the design and development of fashionable eyeliners in the 1970s. The liquid eyeliners were introduced in this year and the product supplemented the fashion of punk and Goth. The eyeliners were also used to provide distinct and dramatic eye effect. Other products similar to eyeliners that supplement the eyes such as eye shadow, mascara etc were introduced. The female population was crazy towards such products but the introduction of fashion accessories has made men turn their attention towards cosmetic products. The other varieties of eye liners are those made from powder, wax, and gel etc. Each one of them produces different yet interesting effect to the eyes. The use of eyeliners in this period is more common and is a part of the cosmetic collection of any women in the world. It is also expected that they can never be replaced by any other product and they will remain forever.

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