Beauty Tips

What to Actually Bring on a Summer Beach Vacation: Beauty & Skincare Necessities

Monday, July 6th, 2009 | Beauty Tips, General, Photos, Product Picks, Skincare | 2 Comments

While Meilily is on vacation in Kauai, here are some beauty and skincare product tips on what to bring on your next summer beach vacation… Check out this comparison of what Meilily brought, and what Meilily actually ended up using (and not using) while on vacation!

Beauty & Skincare Products for a Summer Beach Vacation

Meilily Summer Beach Vacation Products

Meilily Summer Beach Vacation Products

Must-haves…

  • Mineral Sunscreen -Lavera Sun Block SPF 40 Neutral Sunscreen (thick, mineral sun protection, whitening, but actually waterproof- perfect for hiking, snorkeling, and even beach-sitting!)
  • Insect Repellent – Skin So Soft BUG GUARD Plus Picaridin Insect Repellent Towelettes (easy to apply in the right amount and smells pretty good)
  • Natural Deodorant – Tom’s of Maine Natural Long-lasting Care Deodorant in Apricot (great, but perhaps not enough for a day-long trek through a swamp apparently)
  • Hair Conditioner sample packets – DHC has some generous hair care samples (4 Free DHC Samples with Every Order.)
  • A basic razor – I brought a disposable razor (shame on me), but non-disposable works too
  • A wide brim fold-able sun hat – found one at Nordstrom on sale (so useful in hot sun!)
  • Large sunglasses (really helps keep the delicate eye area protected from sun)

Good-to-haves… › Continue reading

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 4, 2009

Friday, May 8th, 2009 | Contests, General, Makeup, Skincare | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 4, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! Treat yourself to Meilily’s Beauty Around the Web,  bringing you the latest online happenings from Total Beauty contributors.

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The Informed Makeup Maven raves about Stila’s #5 brush, Covergirl Smoothers Pressed Powder and Bobbi Brown’s Custom Palettes.

Visit The Beauty Couch to enter the Softlips PURE Giveaway for a chance to win one of four Softlips PURE organic lip balms. Contest expires May 12th at 12am EST.

Beauty Anonymous takes a look at Lavshuca’s new Lip Gloss.

Meilily reviews and swatches Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick with 100% natural ingredients.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is giving away 15 (yes, fifteen) Beautyfix 2 kits! Click here to enter!

Hurry on over to The Makeup Divas blog and enter to win Barielle Sugar Rush Nail Polish Collection.

Fabulous Over Forty talks with dermatologist Dr. Doris Day about what we really need for skincare.

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of April 27, 2009

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 | Contests, General, Makeup, Skincare | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of April 27, 2009

Meilily wishes everyone a beautiful month of May! Enjoy these beauty-related headlines from around the web.

The Informed Makeup Maven covers the beauty show in New York.  Hot exclusives!

Beauty411 is loving the new Bobbi Brown Nautical Collection. Check it out here!

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog review the No. 1 best fitting jeans in America.

Read all about the new Sebastian collaboration with designer Charlotte Ronson at eye4style!

Fabulous Over Forty takes advantage of Recessionista Tuesday at Ted Gibson Salon.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is head over heels for this new drugstore foundation!

It’s a Mother’s Day Giveaway! Enter to Win at Lipgloss Break!

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Beauty Around the Web: Week of March 30, 2009

Saturday, April 4th, 2009 | Contests, General | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Week of March 30, 2009

April is here! Here are some highlights in beauty around the web starting off the month:

Meilily brings you Beauty Tips: How to Look as Fantastic as Cindy Crawford in the Latest Allure Photo Spread, with Meilily’s top tips for looking healthy, strong, and beautiful.

The ladies of LA Pretty are massaging their derrierès with diamonds thanks to La Mer. Get all the details on this luxurious new product!

The Informed Makeup Maven looks at the Mascara Wars, Tarte and Stila’s Primer and talks her fave lipglosses and blushes. IMM wants to know your must have blush for a chance to win a “Yes” to Carrots body scrub.

The Makeup Divas are giving away some MAC Sugarsweet products! So head on over and ENTER today!

Beauty Anonymous reviews Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 PA++.

Beauty Junkies Unite recaps Queen Latifah’s birthday party and shares makeup artist Sam Fine’s tips to recreate Queen’s beautiful birthday look!

The Shades Of U is holding an Easter GIVEAWAY Contest with MAC items as prizes! Enter to win!

Check out eye4style‘s favorite new “cheap thrill,” Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Wash!

Erin of Scandalous Beauty presents a detailed guide to MAC foundations and concealers with no sugar coating or additives!

It’s Finest Hour Week at Beauty Blogging Junkie! Click here to find out what hair and makeup products Amber recommends for promtastic gorge-osity..

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Beauty Tips: How to Look as Fantastic as Cindy Crawford at 43 in the Latest Allure Photo Spread!

Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Beauty Tips, Skincare | 8 Comments

The April 2009 issue of Allure Magazine includes a surprise spread featuring none other than legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford looking fantastic and fit.  Not only does 40+ Cindy Crawford look youthful in the Allure photos, but she also looks healthy, in a supermodel-esque way.

Healthy Beauty: Cindy Crawford in Allure April 2009

Healthy Beauty: Cindy Crawford in Allure April 2009

This latest photo spread in Allure Magazine is an excellent example of how healthy beauty is currently “in.” It looks like the days of fast food replacing home-cooked meals or of the waif-ish stick silouette replacing the hourglass figure may truly be gone. We could even start finding ourselves looking for new icons of beauty – beauty in health and beauty in strength.  The striking Allure photograph of Cindy Crawford ripping apart a loaf of bread wearing a bikini definitely illustrates such iconic beauty in health and in strength, featuring toned muscles, glowing smooth skin, and… rustic organic whole grain bread.

How to achieve such a youthful, healthy look?

Meilily’s Tips for Looking Healthy, Strong, and Beautiful:

Meilily Tip 1. Keep your body well-rested – Who’s going to care that your friends stayed up all night partying 2 days in a row (while you stayed in and got your beauty sleep) when you show up at the next event looking amazing? Meilily thinks sleeping in is the best beauty treatment ever!

Meilily Tip 2. Take a chill pill and give your head a break – Why stress out over little things that don’t matter? Research has shown that the body responds better to allergens when it has less stress and more rest. Plus, red, itchy skin is never attractive! › Continue reading

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