Category Archives: Style

Eco-Friendly Beach Essentials

If you’re heading out to the beach this summer, you’re going to want to make sure you’re prepared and with the recent oil spill in the Gulf that has reached “environmental catastrophe” a few times over, it’s also a good idea to keep in mind how much the environment really does matter. So give back to the environment this year while still having a great time at the beach by checking out some eco-friendly beach essentials. You’re going to want to make sure you’re stocked up on some of these items anyway, so why not make an eco-conscious decision while you’re at it?

DreamSacks Beach Towels

DreamSacks beach towels DreamSacks beach towels are made from 70% viscose from bamboo and 30% organic cotton. They are soft, sustainable and available in three different color combinations. They are perfect for the beach, spa, pool, picnics and other fun, outdoor events.

Lavera Sunscreens

Lavera sunscreens are 100% natural mineral pigment based sunscreens, which offer up to 95% UVB protection. They are chemical-free, non-toxic and made from a waterproof formula that is immediately effective on application and completely safe for the entire family to use.

Melissa Love FU IV Women’s Sandals

Melissa Love FU IV The Melissa Love FU IV women’s sandals are cute, comfortable and nautical. Perfect for a day at the beach! Melissa Shoes are made from MELFLEX, a trademarked plastic which offers improved elasticity, impermeability, and resistance to water. It is also hypoallergenic, odorless, and recyclable.

Tortuga EcoArt Bag

The Tortuga EcoArt Bag is an organic cotton reusable tote bag that features a bold sea turtle. It is a must have sea life accessory with coastal style and are ideal for shopping, books, travel and every day errands.

Lady Gaga’s Computer-Generated Googly Eyes Have Sparked a Dangerous Trend

Lady Gaga Bad Romance We have probably all seen Lady Gaga’s video for her song Bad Romance. It has over 240 million views on YouTube and it’s still racking up the views. While the video came out back in November of 2009, people are still pretty obsessed with it, and more specifically, her great big, cartoon-like eyes from the bath tub scene of the video.

Lady Gaga’s eyes in the Bad Romance video are computer generated. They were not simply made from makeup tricks, yet that isn’t stopping people from trying to achieve the look on their own.

There is a certain type of contact lens called circle lens that covers part of the white area of the eye and replaces it with a small, darker ring that extends further than the where the iris normally ends. The end result is your eyes look much larger and with a little makeup, white eye liner and some fake eyelashes, people have recreated the Lady Gaga Bad Romance look.

Circle lenses are already very well-known in Korea, but are gaining more and more attention in the US, where it is illegal to purchase contact lenses without a prescription. That isn’t stopping people from purchasing them from websites who are shipping the lenses to the US regardless of the fact that it is illegal for them to do so. But that isn’t the dangerous part about these contacts.

CBS Medical Corresponded Dr. Jennifer Ashton has weighed in on the dangers of circle lenses, saying that because someone is not getting fitted for the lenses by a doctor, they are either too loose or too tight on the wearer. This can cause some pretty serious infections and also scratched corneas. In some cases, it has been said that these infections can even lead to blindness.

While news of the potential dangers these contact lenses pose for the people who wear them is just receiving a great deal of attention, there are many tutorials on how to apply them and do your makeup to make your eyes look cartoon-like on YouTube. The most popular has nearly 10 million views, which I find pretty troubling.

While new trends are always popping up all over the place as soon as a big enough celebrity wears something, this trend could lead to a potentially serious condition. Blindness is no joke, even if there is a very small chance of actually going blind after developing an infection because of these contact lenses, it isn’t worth it. I just don’t think that putting yourself at risk to go blind is something worth doing as part of a fashion trend that will most likely not exist in a matter of months.

Mulberry to Create and Launch New Line for Target

Mulberry handbags

The British lifestyle brand and trendsetter in handbags, Mulberry, will be creating and launching a new handbag line to be sold exclusively through Target.

Target just recently announced the collaboration and the line will will appear on as well as in most Target stores on October 10th.

Mulberry handbags run anywhere from $145 to $4,000 a piece, so come October 10th you will have perhaps one of the only changes to score an authentic Mulberry bag at a Target price. That is ridiculously awesome! Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this exclusive Mulberry line and act fast because the new line will only be available through December 24th. Think Christmas presents.

…Oh no, did I really just mention the holidays? It’s only June!

FDA Finds Lead-Laden Lipsticks

red lipstick The FDA recently tested numerous lipsticks from various brands and found that lead was present in every single lipstick they conducted tests on. What’s even more startling is that the three lipsticks containing the most lead just so happen to be some of the most popular brands on the market, including CoverGirl, Revlon and L’Oreal.

It has been said by the FDA that there is no cause for alarm and that the level of lead found in the cosmetics does not pose a threat to the health and welfare of women who wear lipstick daily. However, despite their best efforts, there has been a great deal of weariness of cosmetics since these findings have been made public. Specifically, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics isn’t buying the FDA’s calls for calmness.

It must be noted that lead is found naturally in air, water and soil, meaning the lead found in these cosmetics could have come from the raw ingredients in the products. But considering that some lipsticks had lead levels that were as much as 34 times the amount of others, it really makes you wonder what some companies are putting into their cosmetics that other companies are not. Specifically, CoverGirl’s Incredifull Lipcolor Maximum Red was 34 times higher in lead content than the lowest-scoring lipstick, Avon’s Ultra Color Rich Cherry Jubilee. Obviously Avon is doing something differently than CoverGirl to make sure that their lipstick does not contain a high lead content.

Even a small amount of lead being found in women’s cosmetics is not something to be taken lightly, considering studies have found that the average woman consumes about four pounds of lipstick throughout her lifetime from doing simple tasks like eating, drinking a licking her lips.

Florida’s Department of Health said that there is “no safe level of lead in blood.” Even in trace amounts, lead collects in the body over time and it stores in your bones. For women, lead is released into the blood at three key times–during pregnancy, during breastfeeding and after menopause.

There is one very valuable lesson to be learned from the FDA’s recent findings, and that is to make sure you educate yourself about what is being put into the beauty products you use. To check what ingredients are in the cosmetics you own, check out the Cosmetics Safety Database and also be sure to sign this petition to ask the FDA to test finished cosmetics for lead, instead of merely testing the colors added to cosmetics after the fact.

Get the (Natural) Look: Whitney Port

Whitney Port There is nothing quite like your natural beauty; when you underplay your makeup to simply compliment you and not take over your face, leaving you unrecognizable. Natural hairstyles and makeup are all over the runways, red carpets, and Hollywood celebs are sporting the “made under” look more and more; however that could be simply because they aren’t accustomed to doing their own hair and makeup anymore and have no idea what they’re doing. I don’t know, I’m not friends with them and I’m not asking them what they use to make themselves look so elegant and under-stated.

Total Beauty however, has the hookup when it comes to achieving those oh so sweetly simple looks being sported by celebs we can’t stop looking at.

Whitney Port just so happens to be one of those celebrities we think are just gorgeous. She could most likely wear a garbage bag, not shower for four days, and eat nothing but chocolate and greasy Chinese food, and she would probably still look gorgeous. So how do you go about getting her bronzed glow for an everyday look that will never get old?

Step 1:
Olay Definity Color Recapture Start by applying tinted moisturizer. A tinted moisturizer will allow your natural skin’s texture to shine through and create a dewy glow. But, if you have trouble areas, feel free to dab concealer where needed.

If you don’t know where to start with tinted moisturizer, check out these top-rated products to get you started:

Step 2:
Ardell Brow Defining Powder Define brows with powder that is a shade lighter than the roots of your head hair. Take a look at Ardell Brow Defining Powder if you’re not sure where to start. It is available in a wide variety of colors and is super cheap, with a price tag of less than $5 most places. Plus, it received 10 out of 10 stars on Total Beauty, which counts for something!

Step 3:
Brush your eyelids with a light silver shadow. For a range of silver tones try Physicians Formula Bright Collection Shimmery Quad Eye Shadow in Metallic Quartz.

Step 4:
CoverGirl Volume Exact Mascara Curl lashes and apply three coats of black lengthening mascara to top lashes only. For a good lengthening mascara try CoverGirl Volume Exact Mascara or L’Oreal Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara which we reviewed not too long ago.

Step 5:
Smile big and use a blush brush to apply bronzer on the apples of your cheeks to bring out a healthy glow. Try Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Loose Shimmer Bronzer.

Step 6:
Finish by dabbing on a sheer pinky-rose lip gloss (try Nars Lip Gloss in Sweet Dreams) and powdering your t-zone with a translucent loose powder to control midday shine.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Vogue Cover Dress Will Soon Be Available to the Public

Sarah Jessica Parker Vogue Sarah Jessica Parker looks absolutely gorgeous on the cover of the May 2010 issue of Vogue, no doubt lining up the cover to coordinate with the May 27th release of Sex and the City 2. While she is pictured on the cover in the usual “cover girl” fashion–huge, cheeky smile and sparkling eyes–what stands out about it is, of course, the fashion. The blue Calvin Klein dress is just eye-catching and dazzling, right down to the pleats protruding slightly from the hip. It’s most definitely a dress that, like the appeal of the shoes seen in the latest SATC poster, many women will no doubt be scouring websites, blogs and stores looking for something that compares to what we first came across merely in pictures. But unlike trying to find shoes that even resemble the chic, strappy high heels seen in the poster, getting your hands on Sarah Jessica Parker’s Vogue cover dress has become an actual possibility.

Calvin Klein front-pleated blue dress While the blue front-pleated Calvin Klein Collection dress Sarah Jessica Parker was shot for the cover of Vogue in was supposed to be a one-of-a-kind modification of a dress created for this fall by Francisco Costa, the dress has become so successful after the cover of the magazine started appearing pretty much everywhere that it is now considered successful enough to sell.

The dress will be made available to the public in the coming week and for $1,695 you can pick it up (and perhaps wear it better than Sarah Jessica Parker did? Maybe?) at Calvin Klein, located in New York City, New York at 645 Madison Avenue (60th Street), (212) 292-9000 or at Saks Fifth Avenue, located at 611 Fifth Avenue (49th Street), (212) 753-4000.

Perhaps Sarah Jessica Parker and the stylists behind everything SATC 2 really do have the capacity to stimulate the economy, after all!

Julia Roberts’s Lancome Debut — What Do You Think?

Julia Roberts Back in December, news broke of Julia Roberts joining the ranks of Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet, becoming the newest face of Lancome. The news excited Roberts fans tremendously, since the actress has been busy raising a family, putting Hollywood on the backburner. Even in the newest movie she is in, Valentine’s Day, she only appeared in the film for about 6 minutes total. It may have taken a few months, but the famous smile of Julia Roberts has finally made its debut for Lancome in their just-launched French television ad with Roberts wearing their forthcoming European-market mascara, Hypnôse Precious Cells. Check out the television ad below and weigh in on what you think of it in the comments.

The first thing you may have realized about the above television ad is that yes, it is completely in French, which is a little disheartening and confusing. Julia Roberts is an actress; she’s pretty good with saying words out loud, memorizing lines and even the models of America’s Next Top Model have to try their hand at semi-perfecting foreign languages for their CoverGirl commercials. Was it just easier to have a male voiceover be the only thing you hear in this commercial? The fact that this was the debut of Julia Roberts for Lancome and her advertisement is completely in French is a bit of a letdown as well; especially considering that she is still a pretty big deal in Hollywood, retaining every bit of class she has had throughout the years. Hopefully we can see more of Julia Roberts for Lancome television advertisements in the future and perhaps they will even be in English.

TAGÜR: A Shoe with Unlimited Possibilities

It’s no secret that I love shoes; very few women get away without having that special love affair with shoes. I have easily filled a good portion of my closet with sneakers, heels, flats, clogs, and the list goes on, but when I saw TAGÜR Footwear, I saw something that was completely unique; something that wasn’t already present in my ever-expanding shoe collection. I saw a line of sneakers that really puts the customer in control, by giving people the ability to design their own shoes so they are guaranteed to not just love their shoes, but know that they created the fashion they are wearing on their feet.

Tagur blank TAGÜR’s story is a story that can be appreciated by all of us. How many of us have shoes that are the same style, but in different colors and you bought them months or years apart from each other? A great deal of footwear is essentially copies of shoes that you’ve seen before, all over the place. TAGÜR wanted to bring the concept of footwear backs to artistic expression, which is what we all look for in any fashion we wear–we want to express ourselves and who we are by our fashion choices. And so they began writing on their shoes, again, like so many of us had done when we were younger, or not so younger for some of us, and they created a high quality, comfortable and versatile sneaker that lets you take the reigns of designer.

The TAGÜR AKA Blank shoe is perfect for artists, tattoo artists, people who dabble with airbrushing, or really any type of artwork. They also make a great gift for teens because they can have fun decorating their shoes and then, of course, they have a quality sneaker that reflects their personal taste.

But for those of you who, like myself, have absolutely no artistic talents whatsoever, TAGÜR’s got your covered! They also have shoes that are already decorated–and they have some really awesome and vibrant designs! I had the awesome opportunity to receive a pair of TAGÜR shoes in pink camo and they are so cool!

Tagur pink camo

TAGÜR’s shoes are incredibly comfortable and I especially love their pink camo shoes because they are girly, but they also possess a certain amount of quirkiness, which pretty much sums my personality up in one word. They are fun, vibrant and will most definitely look great with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. They do take a little while to break in, as do all shoes. The first time I put them on they were a little tight, but within a few days of wearing them and walking around in them, they loosened right up and are as comfortable as my favorite sneakers that I’ve had for probably over five years now.

So if you’re looking for fun and bold colors, or want to put the vibrant and exciting colors and designs on yourself, check out TAGÜR.

Mark Fast Breaks Convention, Uses Size 12-14 Models for London Fashion Week

Mark Fast's runway show, London Fashion Week

Mark Fast, a fashion designer known for his tight-knit dresses used both typical, stick-thin models as well as curvier (also known as normal) sized women for his fashion show at London Fashion Week.

Mark Fast's runway show, London Fashion Week Hayley Morley, age 21 and a size 12, Laura Catterall, age 20 and a size 14 and Gwyneth Harrison, age 25 and a size 12-14 appeared on the catwalk during London Fashion Week. The decision behind using normal-sized women in his show was not a publicity stunt, nor was it politically motivated; it was because Fast and his team “wanted women to know they don’t have to be a size zero to wear a Mark Fast dress-curvier women can look even better in one.”

The decision to use these models sparked a controversy, even causing Fast’s creative designer and stylist to quit just 3 days before their London Fashion Week show. Luckily, two freelancers stepped up and helped assist in putting the show together.

I think that this is such a great step in the right direction and hope more designers in the future pick up on Fast’s mindset and accept the fact that not just size zero women are interested in fashion. The fashion industry has been criticized in recent years for glorifying thinness and parading extremely thin models. Psychologists and health experts have spoken out about the fashion industry, saying that they are pushing a dangerously slim image and that women and younger girls could (and have and will continue to) try to emulate the images they see being glorified in the fashion industry.

This isn’t the only thing Mark Fast has done to move past the thought that good fashion is only for very thin people; he has also been involved with the exhibition All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, which featured models from age 18 to 65 and from sizes 8 to 16.

Thank you Mark Fast for spreading the much-needed message of a woman’s body is just fine and beautiful the way it is and that women who do not fit into the fashion society’s very stubborn mindset can still look great in one of your dresses. I hope many other fashion designers adopt this way of thinking, and soon.

Kat Von D Creates Tattoo Concealer for Sephora

Kat Von D, famed lady tattooer and artist, has released a tattoo concealer exclusively through Sephora. To show how well her product works, she used herself as a canvas — this time, wiping it clean — and the side-by-side view of the results are pretty impressive.

Aiming to perfect a concept already attempted by some cosmetics companies, Kat Von D and her team are confident that they have created something that can be worn on a regular basis and applied easily.

On the formula, she says, “we pretty much almost killed ourselves over creating the perfect formula. I really wanted it to be something that was waterproof, that wasn’t going to get on my clothes, and still provide coverage and dry easily without being super cakey and flaky.”

Watch Kat Von D talk about her tattoo concealer for Sephora in the video below: