Colored Contact Lenses - Risks of Serious Infection

Submitted by Adriana Rae on March 25, 2008 - 04:32.

Cheap contact lenses pose a real danger. Please beware.

Here's a press release from Illinois warning of the dangers;

Colored lenses purchased without proper examinations and fittings put thousands of Illinois customers at risk of scratches, infections and potential blindness.

“Young people and their parents need to be aware that a prescription and proper fitting by a licensed professional is mandatory, even for colored, cosmetic contact lenses. Good vision and eye health is too important to risk because of a desire for different colored eyes,” ...

...In addition to scratches from ill fitting lenses, another factor that makes this health threat so pressing is that bacteria build within the eye very rapidly. Some types of bacteria can cause permanent scarring within twenty hours of the outbreak, if left untreated. Additionally, students with irritated eyes have on occasion been misdiagnosed with pinkeye, an easily treated eye infection. However, contact lenses can cause eye ulcers which must be treated with strong antibiotic medicine. If left untreated, ulcers can cause partial or total irreversible blindness.

See the FDA page, released right after Halloween last year, with warnings about Contact Lens Safety

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Eyebrow Tattoos

Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 18, 2008 - 11:05.

Overplucked eyebrows rarely grow back and as we age our eyebrows get sparser. One solution is to have permanent makeup applied to the brows.

Over-tweezing can be painlessly disguised with subtle color. The procedure is similar to tattooing, but pigment is not deposited as deeply. The results can last 15 to 20 years.

For something this permanent, I'd want to make sure the eyebrow tattoo was being applied by a real expert. Sophia Harvey at Sophia Esthetic is one such pro. On her website she says

If you're using a brow pencil, you'll appreciate the look you get from permanent makeup. Together, we choose the right colour to complement your skin and hair tone; then, I combine up to three shades to create a three-dimensional effect. Using a hair-by-hair feathering technique, I carefully sculpt a brow arch that's in proportion with your facial features. This gives a very natural appearance even to a totally re-created brow. Furthermore, it gives an incredible fullness to a sparse brow.

The treatment costs about $350 to $650.

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Song Hye-kyo Will Sell Lots of Makeup

Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 29, 2008 - 16:31.

The incredibly beautiful Song Hye-kyo, age 26, has signed on with Laneige cosmetics to help sell their makeup. See more photos at POPSEOUL.

Song is a famous Korean actress. She is now in New York filming an independent North American movie, Fetish, due out later this year.

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How to Choose Eyeshadow Colors

Submitted by Guest on February 17, 2008 - 13:25.

Here's a video that gives you the theory behind which eyeshadow color would best bring out your eye color. It's based on color theory using the color wheel. EnKore shows us what colors will make brown, green and blue eyes 'pop'. For the classic book on color analysis, also see Color Me Beautiful. In this book you are shown how to choose the thirty shades that will most flatter you when choosing makeup or clothing. The colors are replicated in the book and you can cut them out and carry them with you when you shop.

Also see selecting clothes by color.

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Maybelline's Mascara is still the Best Seller

Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 14, 2008 - 13:28.

The best-selling mascara on store shelves is still Maybelline's Great Lash. It's been around for more than thirty years, clearly recognizable by its bright pink and green packaging. Maybelline has been rated as the top cosmetics and skin care brand when ranked by customer loyalty. These are the results of a survey of 3,200 makeup buying consumers. The other brands in the top five are Mary Kay, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Clinique. See more about the cosmetic brand loyalty study here.

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How to Do the Smokey Eye: Makeup Tutorial

Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 29, 2008 - 12:13.

Here's a good tutorial on how to apply eye makeup to get the smokey eye effect. The holidays are over, but a romantic Valentine's dinner may be a good occasion for this look.

Update: See also how to do a smoky eye video tutorial by Katie Stiles.

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Lindsay Lohan's Contact Lenses

Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 28, 2008 - 14:27.

Lindsay Lohan often likes to wear colored contact lenses as well as false eyelashes. Here's a beautiful photo from over a year ago where her eyes look almost a turquoise color, though her natural eye color is dark green. Since then she's been spotted with blue and gray colored eyes as well.

Someone over at I'm Not Obsessed seems to know something about the pros and cons of the various types of colored contact lenses out there. Here are her comments;

Okay guys, some of you know what you’re talking about! she’s wearing what one would call “ENHANCER CONTACT LENS” these type of lens only work on eyes which are already brightly colored. Lindsy Lohans eyes are green like mine! when I wear enhancer’s they change my eye color dramatically but no one can tell that i’m wearing them because the paint is more subtle and not as bold and alien like looking as the OPAQUE CONTACTS which completely change the color of the eye….most ENHANCER CONTACT LENS rage from colors blue, aqua, green, violet, grey, and variations of hazel! again they are hardly noticeable they are as clear as regular contacts…you can only see the color if light is coming through or if you put them on bright eyes!!!! thats why lindsy’s eyes look fake because we all know she has green eyes….but so real because its not that “fresh look” shit PARIS HILTON WEARS! just look up “expressions accents contacts” or “freshlook radiance contacts” and you’ll see what I’M TALKING ABOUT toodals!!!!

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Cosmetic Safety Database

Submitted by Adriana Rae on January 27, 2008 - 10:57.

The Washington Post has a good article today about the issue of unsafe ingredients in makeup. Some lipsticks are tainted with lead. Mascara can contain mercury. And hair-straightening products often use formaldehyde. These are just a few examples, but they recommend checking out the Skin Deep site at, which looks at ingredients in 27,000 makeup, hair care and skin care products and ranks them in a 1-10 'hazard score'.

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How Long Does Mascara Last?

Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 23, 2008 - 08:02.

You might be surprised at the short shelf times recommended before throwing away your makeup. Mascara will last from three to six months. Cream eye shadow and liquid eye liner can be kept from three to six months. Powder eyeshadow and liquid foundation can be good for two or three years.

Throw away any makeup if you notice the consistency, color or smell has changed.

See more makeup tips here.

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Make-Up for HDTV

Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 20, 2008 - 07:07.

High Definition TV is causing great anxiety for many actors, actresses and news anchors. People will be able to see every nose hair, wrinkle and pimple extremely clearly.

While there were about 9 million HDTV's in households last year, this year the total is expected to jump to 39 million.

There are some new makeup products to help actors cover up for this magnified scrutiny including Cargo's blu_ray collection, which is supposed to promote "optical blurring," and Dior's High Definition Serum Foundation, which contains "HD liquid crystal pigments." Never mind that these products sound like they simulate what might happen if you dropped a computer monitor on the floor and then smeared whatever oozed out on your face.

Read the entertaining article by Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times about High-Definition Anxiety.

The close-up doll face photo above is by Kitty27.

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On Makeup Magazine Launches in New York

Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 18, 2008 - 13:28.

If you are a professional makeup artist you will be interested to know there is a makeup magazine launching next month in New York.

On Makeup Magazine will focus on three things — makeup, makeup artists and makeup artistry — in all their forms. Every makeup artist, beauty industry professional, pro-aware product line, and makeup lover alike will find something for them in this editorially unique new quarterly.

I heard a rumor that the first issue is free for anyone who asks for it. Check out their website at On Makeup Magazine.

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Celebrities Without Makeup

Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 12, 2008 - 08:11.

In Touch Weekly has several interesting pages of photos comparing celebrities with and without makeup. It's their January 7th 2008 edition. See more photos at the Hollywood Rag.

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How Not to Look Old

Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 4, 2008 - 10:01.

Ta-ta, too much cleavage.

Au revoir, blood red lipstick.

So long, long mane of hair.

Adios, mommy jeans.

This is Kristin Dizon's quick digest of the new book by Charla Krupp, How Not to Look Old.

In this promotional video about the book Charla Krupp gives us some tips on how not to look old. She looks fabulous, I have no idea how old she is, about the only off-putting thing I found was her teeth were jarringly white, a slightly less white white shade would make her more pleasing to my eye.

In the video she's pretty persuasive about the wonders of the Le Mystere Renaissance Bra.

You know what? We like this video, but the last part just grates on us. No, you don't need veneers, or hair dye or cosmetic products or fancy bras to be vibrant. But that's just us and our personal opinion.

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Katherine Heigl Without Makeup

Submitted by Meg Wilson on December 11, 2007 - 10:03.

Here's Katherine Heigl outside her front door wearing her sports bra and no makeup. She's in the midst of wedding planning, the big day is coming up soon on December 23rd. See the larger Heigl without makeup photos here.

She has said she wants a modest wedding dress; that "there are times when you should be sexy, but a wedding is not it." She's picked an $8,000 dress from L’ezu Atelier in Beverly Hills.

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Jessica White is the New Iman

Submitted by Meg Wilson on December 11, 2007 - 09:36.

Jessica White, age 23, has just signed a big modeling contract with Maybelline New York.

She was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the first time in 2003 and every year since and has been one of the models for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk since 2006.

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A Christmas Makeup Book Gift Idea

Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 30, 2007 - 10:43.

The 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman
is a best-selling book in the makeup category. Carmindy helps women who don't know how to apply makeup for optimal results. The book has gotten many very positive reviews from readers. Here's a couple of comments at Amazon;

In this book, Carmindy provides makeup instructions for women of all skin colors, skin types and ages. The instructions are detailed enough to be able to achieve the look, but simple enough that anyone could follow them. She also gives tips on what types of products to buy and in what colors. In the back of the book Carmindy lists two brands that she recommends for each of the products she mentioned in the book - an expensive brand, for those of us who can afford to splurge, and a common drugstore brand, for those of us who can't!

I am a huge fan of the show, and love the makeup Carmindy does. She always makes women look natural, beautiful, and sexy. I love the book because she gives all her techniques, and better yet ACTUAL products, for achieving the looks. And she does this for every age, skin tone, special occasion, and everyday look possible. Plus, it's easy to do yourself. As a young mom who no longer hits the night scene, I find myself stuck in the same old without the expendable money to try the newest products in the newest colors for my skin and hair color. That's why this book is great. It's simple, but complete. My only critique is that she stops giving advice past the 50's crew, and there's no makeup suggestions in there for us fitness fanatics (we want to look good too - hey sometimes it doesn't happen till the end of the day!). Carmindy does a beautiful job and I found the number of pics just right to give a visual to the look she was portraying. I am buying two of these books as gifts. Highly recommended!

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Eyelash Extensions for Celebrities

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Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 23, 2007 - 05:43.

For women who want to spend considerable money and time to get natural looking eyelash extensions XTreme Lashes seems to be the way to go.

The lashes are applied individually and the procedure can take up to three hours. But the before and after pictures are amazing. See also their page of celebrities who've used XTreme lashes.

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Red Lips are In for Winter

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Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 13, 2007 - 15:53.

Here's a video all about the red lips we are now seeing on the fashion runway. Bright red lips are hot and you will see them everywhere at Christmas parties this year.

Bright red lips look best combined with minimal makeup and very clean skin. This video was produced by Allure.

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How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 9, 2007 - 12:51.

Here's a young Asian woman who shows us how she applies pencil and liquid eyeliner together for a great effect. She takes it a little bit past the natural lash line to add a little wing to it.

She doesn't overdo it and it doesn't look anywhere near as dramatic as in the image above. But she does achieve the trendy 'cat eye' eyeliner look for this season.

She uses Revlon's Colorstay eyeliner products.

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Colored Contact Lenses for Paris Hilton

Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 1, 2007 - 08:25.

For Halloween this year, Paris Hilton chose some bright green special effects contact lenses to go with her army camouflage mini dress. They definitely stand out!

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Beautiful Eyebrows for Megan Fox

Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 20, 2007 - 17:30.

Beautiful eyebrows are one of the key features that make Megan Fox so foxy. BellaSugar recently asked readers to vote on what they thought of her eyebrows and over 80% said they loved them. Here are some of their reader comments;

She looks AMAZING. Barely-there brows are not attractive, no matter how many celebs have sported them.
i can't think of something more trashy that a super skinny brow, it looks terrible. Her's look great.
She looks great - however I really don't think the thicker brows are for everyone. They are a super-cute brow trend if you have the face for it, but rounder faces (like mine) should really stick to a slightly thinner brow that will flatter their face-shape.
Thick, dark brows with blue eyes is such a classic look. I love it.

See a great video tutorial on how to apply makeup to get the Megan Fox look.

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Halloween Contact Lenses

Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 17, 2007 - 02:47.

Special effects contact lenses are a good way to make your Halloween costume really stand out. The Halloween contact lenses at ClearlyContacts are FDA approved, theatrical grade conventional lenses. They have a very large selection of Halloween contact lens styles including Manson, Banshee, Vampire Red, Angelic, Darth and Temptress.

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Halloween Makeup Ideas

Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 9, 2007 - 12:41.

M.A.C. Cosmetics has some cool ideas for Halloween makeup looks on their website again this year. They show at least 25 different Halloween looks and give detailed instructions on how to copy the look.

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How to Apply Fake Eyelashes

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Submitted by Meg Wilson on September 21, 2007 - 01:10.

What´s the professional way to put on the fake eyelashes you can buy in the store? Here´s an instructional video where a professional makeup consultant shows us how to apply fake eyelashes for the best effect.

Also see a more detailed video on how to apply fake eyelashes.

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A Professional Makeup School Video

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Submitted by Meg Wilson on September 19, 2007 - 01:45.

Here´s a video ad for a professional makeup school in Prague. YouTube is a great platform for makeup schools to advertise their offerings.

This video shows us some innovative ways to apply makeup for dramatic effect. They were apparently into white eyeliner well before it became the talk of Spring 2008 makeup.

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