Saturday, July 31, 2010

Gluten free healthy beauty snack! Wings of Nature!
9 Low-Rated Self-Tanners and Sunscreens

Total Beauty readers give low marks to these summer skin care products

9 Low-Rated Self-Tanners and Sunscreens

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If you want to look like Casper after applying sunscreen or dig a streaky, orange tan, then choose from this list of the worst sunscreens and self-tanners.

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No. 9: Too Faced Tanning Bed In A Tube, $22.50 average reader rating: 6.1

No. 9: Too Faced Tanning Bed In A Tube, $22.50

"It didn't build a tan at all …"

No. 8: Burt's Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15, $9.99 average reader rating: 6

No. 8: Burt's Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15, $9.99

"This sunscreen is one of the worst products I have ever used …"

No. 7: Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Especially for Body, $7.42 average reader rating: 5.9

 No. 7: Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Especially for Body, $7.42

"This product is streaky and will make you look orange …"

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Hello gorgeous! How are you today? I received an interesting sample for the blog from Wings of Nature. They are organic snack bars produced using their unique cold process which allows the bars to maintain their natural flavors and textures.
I tried the espresso one first, naturally and liked how coffee'ish it tasted. Which, before I go make myself an iced coffee to enjoy with the rest of my chocolately espresso tasting healthy snack bar from Wings of Nature let me remind you to be kind and good to yourself.
The things around us can be harsh, critical, judgemental and highly opinionated and not usually in favor.
So I'm here to encourage you to do something nice for yourself, like having a new snack bar or get yourself a treat of an ice coffee too! Or take some time to do something that just you want to do for yourself. I find as a mom, I am always doing for my family, or work, or church, or something and taking time off for myself can be a challenge. If I can do it, you can do it!
p.s. If I can compete in a triathlon, so can you! Consider it....

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Friday, July 30, 2010

BOGO-today only 2 cuts $20! Star at TMP AZ Hair co

Hey moms! Getting the kids hair cut for back to school? Or getting a new hair cut to look amazing at your job interview? How about just some time out for you and a girlfriend?

This is a great way to look good and save money!
So far this past year Mancub and I have been going to Star Flores at Arizona Hair Co in the Tempe Marketplace. She has always done a great job of listening to how I want my hair cut and following through. So why not give her a try? Or to find an Arizona Hair Co near you, go to You will need to print the coupon and take into the salon to get the discount. You look so good already!

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Cool Wipes! Phew-just in time for Arizona heat!
Total Beauty's Make Your Face Jealous Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win an Yves Saint Laurent handbag

Total Beauty's Make Your Face Jealous Sweepstakes

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Want to get a handbag that's worth over $1,300 … for free? We thought so. Enter our sweepstakes and you could be sporting some Yves Saint Laurent arm candy come September.

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Oh thank goodness for Cool Wipes in this hot humid Arizona heat! These are pretty neat and work so for all of you destination brides, gals going out in the heat and need to stay cool,

give these a try. They are a small package with a kleenex sized moist wipe inside of it that when you apply to the skin it feels cool on contact. Then, a wee bit later when you want to refresh the cooling effect; simply spritz or pat some water on the area and wah lah! Coolness again!

You can get these at CVS, Amazon or if you live in the New York area it's now being sold at Duane Reade stores. Enjoy it!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dr. Miracles tingly miracle
An African American Girl's Guide to Beauty

Look good 24/7 with these skin, hair and makeup tips

An African American Girl's Guide to Beauty

This is a beauty tips article

In this comprehensive guide, you'll find out if you're a good candidate for relaxing your hair and get makeup tricks and tips. Plus, you can tell us who your girl crush is by voting for your fave celeb.

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Hello friends! Below are before and after pictures of me using Dr. Miracles follicle healer collection. In the first picture, I have already slathered up my scalp with the hydrating oil.
The next step that you don't see is that I have put on a pack of the deep conditioning treatment and sat around the house drinking coffee with my hair baggied up and a dryer warmed towel wrapped around it to really sink in the conditioning treatment.

Next I move on to the washing and drying and below is what my hair looks like after the treatment.

The hydrating serum can be used daily and massaged into the scalp.
The styling pomade and follicle healer creme can be used daily and I put some on the Mancub. He noticed the tingly effect on his scalp and liked his hair style. Which is currently a process of growing out a Beckham and he hopes growing into a blue Sonic styled mohawk.

I'm not saying no, and I'm not saying yes to this hairstyle he wants. I'm simple saying that we are weeks away from starting school, is this really the look you are going for? More on that later.

I enjoyed these products, though they are geared more towards african american hair. So go get some and give Dr. Miracles a try. It can be found at mass retailers/drugstores near you. And please, visit their website because they have amazing YouTube videos!
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FAITH in your purse! Orchid in your pocket!
Style Your Hair Like a Pro

Experts school you on how to blow dry, curl and straighten your hair

Style Your Hair Like a Pro

This is a hairstyles article

Getting your hair done at the salon is such a treat, but what if you could work your hairstyling tools like a pro? Now you can with these expert tips.

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Oh yummy yummy! I am such a fragrance junkie! I just love scents and fragrances and perfumes of all kinds!
It was a real treat to get a sample of these two scents; one by Faith Hill called Faith and the other by Halle Berry called Pure Orchid.
What I love about these most is that they are light and perfect for finishing out the summer, and if you haven't picked your signature summer scent yet now is the perfect time because there is still plenty of summer time left!

What I really really like about these is they are the perfect purse atomizer size. I like to refresh my scent as the day goes on and with this in my summer safari bag and as I am getting ready to get on the road again, I now have a quaint size that can travel with me and is TSA size approved to board the plane.
I don't know about you, but I am so over having TSA change their mind on what size is approved and which isn't when I am going through security and the security staff just happens to like what's in my caboodle. Rawr!

So, pick up a Pure Orchid by Halle Berry which is a floral woody fragrance or a Faith Hill parfum which is a sparkling floral bouquet ( no wonder I like this one so much!).

These are great gifts, good for backpacks going "back to school", perfect for destination weddings, traveling or just keeping in your purse or desk drawer at work! For only $10, you can't beat the treat!
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tune in Tokyo! J&D Luxor Pro Style
Extreme Hair Makeovers

See three Total Beauty readers' hair go from drab to fab -- then find out how to copy their looks

Extreme Hair Makeovers

This is a hairstyles article

Celeb hairstylists transform the hairdos of three real women. See their hair makeovers and find out how to spruce up your own 'do using drugstore products.

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Ah yes, that's me in a set of J&D Beauty Luxor Pro Style Stix. These are not your momma's foam pink rollers!

So I had dry hair, then I sectioned it out and then spritzed it with my favorite setting lotion Lotta Body til slightly damp.

Next I let it set about an hour. No blow drying, though you can use a dryer cap, sit under the hood dryer or use your hair dryer to help heat set the hair.

The next step was to unroll the foam Pro Style Stix and shake out my beachy waves for going to the pool.
So what do you think? Soft twirly curls that look effortless! And actually, it was pretty simple.

The Pro Style Stix come in seven different sizes ranging from 1/4" to 7/8", and each is 8" long and color coded for easy sorting. The package includes recommendations for hair lengths, and options for tight curls to large volume with lots of body!

You can find them at drugstores for about five bucks! Go get some and use it now because the Fall 2010 trend is back to straight hair!
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Monday, July 26, 2010

New how to video: what's in my caboodle-skincare edition
14 Hair Secrets from the Pros

These insider-y tips from hairstylists will tell you how to get fresh-from-the-salon hair -- everyday

14 Hair Secrets from the Pros

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Hair experts from coast to coast spill the beans on their hairstyling tricks. You'll get the scoop on how to style your hair like a pro.

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Cherelynn Baker of Makeup University shows you some great products that are new, effective and fun to use. Come see what's in my caboodle! Special thanks to Josh Taylor of Shutternaut for the video help.
p.s. If you listen closely in the background you can hear my Mancub splashing in the pool. He is the hardest working baby in makeup
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A hint of Fall 2010 back to school beauty trend
Summertime Makeovers

Check out these women's transformations and get wallet-friendly beauty tips on how to give your look a boost

Summertime Makeovers

This is a makeover article

Three working mothers were pampered and given a makeover by team of experts. They came out on the other side with an extra bounce in their step.

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Hello my friends! I just have a moment to write in between gigs but I wanted to begin a sneak peek at back to school trends and I like it.
Starting with a 1940's inspired below the knee in skirt lengths, and heavy bangs with a red orange lip. Hmm? You would be surprised at how much you can really wear this in your everyday look whether you work at the office or are a full time mom.

Stay tuned and I'll post some pics of what I am talking about!
In the meantime, as the July month of giveaways is winding down, please visit the archives and put your comment on the Covet restaraunt certificate with gel eye patches for the "morning" after... also Neutrogena is giving away a set of black mascara and eyeliner, and the mother of all giveaways!!! Comment on the Kymaro beauty bonanaza which is $180 worth of products just for you!

Now if that doesn't help you get over the mid summer beauty slump, what does?
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

CellCeuticals extremely gentle skin cleanser
10 Top-Rated Facial Firming Beauty Products

See which skin care products boast anti-aging benefits like more youthful looking skin

10 Top-Rated Facial Firming Beauty Products

This is a anti aging skin care article

Check out the facial firming products that did smoothing-and-firming wonders for Total Beauty readers.

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No. 10: Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme SPF 15 for Dry Skin, $70 average reader rating: 7.9

"It helps my face and under eyes feel tighter …"

No. 9: St. Ives Blue Clay Firming Mask, $4.99 average reader rating: 8

"It really does firm your face …"

No. 8: Olay Night of Olay Firming Cream, $6.99 average reader rating: 8.5

"Honestly, I believe this product helps keep your skin looking younger …"

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Oh yeahs! I likes it! For me, and anyone else with a red sunburn on the face, this extremely gentle cleanser was soothing to the skin! I have a bit of a burn from swimming/biking/running outside for tri-training and I wear alot of sunscree. Yes, I still get a burn through the high spf and I think it has to do with amount of time in the sun and lack of reapplying said sunscreen?
This sample came just in the nick of time! It is soft, low foaming, rinses clean and has very little scent. I really enjoyed it and my sunburn did too!
To learn more or try some for yourself, visit
p.s. how do you like the new blog look?
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Friday, July 23, 2010

10 Best Lipsticks

Give your lips a pop of color with one of these fantastic lipsticks

10 Best Lipsticks

This is a lip makeup article

See which lipsticks wowed Total Beauty readers and then pucker up to one of them.

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I love a success story! This contest is so " the American way". Enjoy the story!
Contest Created by Director Brett Ratner Gives Ten, Hard Working Americans the Chance to Win $100,000

(New York, NY – July 19, 2010) — Mitchum, the hardest working antiperspirant/deodorant, today announced the top ten finalists for Mitchum’s “Hardest Working Person in America” (HWPIA) campaign. Mitchum’s “Hardest Working” campaign, created by director Brett Ratner, founder of the creative content company Brett Ratner Brands (BRB), launched in May 2010 and was designed to find, highlight and reward the hardest working man or woman in the country.

“I spent the last week watching videos of extremely hard working Americans. I’m overwhelmed by the dedication and drive of the people who created their own creative and inspiring films and participated in the contest,” said Brett Ratner. “Albert Maysles' portrayal of earnest people at the start of the contest inspired hundreds of submissions from across the country. So much hard work went into each video and we had a difficult time narrowing the field down to ten compelling finalists.”

The finalists selected include a man who is cleaning up the nation’s rivers; a U.S. Air Force Fighter pilot; an 88-year-old working mom; an elementary school custodial worker; the founder of First Response Team of America; a man helping young campers build character, respect and leadership; a blacksmith; an actor, trash-hauler, artist, silkscreener and landscaper; a construction worker and dad who moonlights as a college student; and an Army drill sergeant.

“Mitchum challenged regular people to create reality films telling their true stories of hard work, and the public responded in a strong way,” said Alan T. Ennis, CEO of Revlon, Mitchum’s parent company. “Mitchum is a brand that prides itself on working hard and these finalists has proven they do just that. Not only are they finalists, they are true Mitchum brand ambassadors. Through this contest, Mitchum and the public have the power to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Beginning today, the public can log on to and vote for the “Hardest Working Person in America.” The grand prize winner of the contest will receive a $100,000 cash prize and be the subject of a short film by legendary documentarian Albert Maysles and co-filmmaker Bradley Kaplan, with a first-place winner also receiving a $20,000 cash prize. The In addition, Mitchum will also present an “Audience Award” winner with a $5,000 prize and a “golden” Mitchum trophy for the video which received the most votes in the first round of the contest. Voting will close on August 15, 2010 and all three winners will be announced between August 16-23, 2010.

The Top 10 Finalists in Mitchum’s “Hardest Working Person in America” campaign are:

Tad Agoglia, Knoxville, TN. Tad is the founder of First Response Team of America, a not-for-profit which provides immediate and emergency assistance to communities nationwide after a natural disaster occurs.

James Allred, Henryetta, OK. James is a husband, father of three children and works in construction. He is also working towards is bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.

Steven Cox, Niceville, FL. Steven is a fighter pilot and Major in the U.S. Air Force and father of two.

Kelvin D. France, Fort Knox KY. Kelvin is a Drill Sergeant for the U.S. Army, husband and father.

Jason Perlak, Ravenswood, WV. Jason is the founder of Wilderness Christian camp, which provides a variety of programs to youth campers to build character, respect and leadership.

Thomas Beaumont, North Bergen, NJ. Tommy is a 64-year-old custodial worker at Robert Fulton school.

Chad Pregracke, East Moline IL. Chad is the founder of Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to cleaning up and preserving the nation’s rivers.

Doug Roberts, Livermore, CA. Doug is the owner of Roberts Farrier Service and has been a working blacksmith for more than 37 years.

Roly Rolon, Austin, TX. Roly works five different jobs, seven days a week. He is a trash hauler with Big Time Trash Hauling, creates art from the trash he finds, a silkscreener, an actor and owns a lawn maintenance business.

Madeline Wall, Merced, CA. Madeline is 88-years-old and still a working mom. She’s worked at the same Volkswagen dealership for the past 50 years.

This “Hardest Working Person in America” campaign is Mitchum’s first major campaign since 2005 and features TV, print and digital media, as well as social networking platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. For contest rules or to view the hardest working films, television spots and finalist videos visit,, or follow the campaign on Twitter at @MitchumTM (

Brett Ratner Brands worked in conjunction with CAA Marketing, a division of Creative Artists Agency, on the marketing aspects of this campaign.

About Revlon
Revlon is a global color cosmetics, hair color, beauty tools, fragrances, skincare, anti-perspirant / deodorants and beauty care products company whose vision is Glamour, Excitement and Innovation through High-quality Products at Affordable Prices. Revlon® is one of the strongest consumer brand franchises in the world. Revlon’s global brand portfolio includes Revlon® color cosmetics, Almay® color cosmetics, Revlon Colorsilk® hair color, Revlon® beauty tools, Charlie® fragrances, Mitchum® anti-perspirant / deodorants, and Ultima II® and Gatineau® skincare. Websites featuring current product and promotional information can be reached at, and

About Brett Ratner Brands

Brett Ratner Brands is a creative consulting company that provides brands with new ways to market their products and services in entertaining ways. Based in Los Angeles, it is the brainchild of acclaimed director and producer Brett Ratner and CAA Marketing, a division of Creative Artists Agency.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Amazing! Lavanila The Healthy Deoderant: withstands 112 degrees
Get More Bang for the Beauty Buck

See how to make things like manis and highlights last longer

Get More Bang for the Beauty Buck

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Beauty treatments are expensive, right? But we picked the brains of everyone from brow to makeup experts to give you insider-y tips on how to make them last longer -- consequently saving you money.

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Take a look at this picture. I tried this today and it worked. Usually the natural deoderants don't, but I"m here to tell you that as I go through the master cleanse, sweat through the humid Arizona monsoon season, this product worked. Now it's a deoderant not an anti-perspirant. So yes, I still sweat and in fact did have sweat rings in my armpits, though I also had the sweaty band around my middle and a big wet strip down my back and that's what happens when you sit through swim lessons and soccer lessons outside in the hot sun. Alas! I did not stink! Nope, not a scent. Only the sweet hint of limey grapefruit. The product is cool to the touch when you apply and didn't rub off on my clothes. So, get it from Sephora or on their website, I think it's worth your time!

I also tried: The Healthy Sunscreen and I liked it though I"m still in love with my La Roche Posay spf 45 matte sunscreen. This has a high zinc oxide content which adds barrier protection
and it held up under the chlorine water of the pool. It's good, I like it, but not ready to switch from the matte sunscreen by LRP.

I'm excited to explore more of the Lavanila line on my next trip to Sephora and maybe you should too! Enjoy!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vanessa Hudgens & Neutrogena Wave for Change
11 Questions to Ask Your Skin Doctor

Find out which questions to ask your dermatologist to maximize your next visit

11 Questions to Ask Your Skin Doctor

This is a skin care article

We sat down with board certified dermatologist, Dr. Ronald Moy, to find out all the questions related to acne, anti-aging and skin cancer you should ask your derm.

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Enjoy the news from Neutrogena and the Wave for Change campaign. I think Vanessa Hudgens is such a cutie! Check out the tips from makeup artist Karan Mitchell and practice some for yourself too! Stay tuned: below there is a way to get a free set of mascara/eyeliner from Neutrogena to help get Vanessa's beachy look!

Photo credit: Startraks
Makeup artist, Karan Mitchell created Vanessa Hudgens look for the kick-off of Neutrogena’s Wave for Change campaign at the Neutrogena Beach House in Malibu, California:
For the beach-side event, Vanessa wanted her makeup to be “golden and whimsical.” Since it was a sunny day I made sure to use products that were not only beautiful but were packed with SPF protection.

Even bare, Vanessa’s skin looked soft and bright. She’s been using the new Neutrogena Wave® Sonic Power Cleanser and her skin felt incredibly smooth as I applied her makeup.

First I prepped her skin first with Neutrogena Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer SPF 50. It is a liquid moisturizer that sinks right into the skin so it wears beautifully under makeup. For her foundation I used Neutrogena Healthy SkinÒ Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in Tan and I perked up her eyes with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Brightening Eye Perfector in Medium.

On her cheeks I used the bronze shade of the Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Custom Glow™ Blush & Bronzer in Natural Glow which I also used under the cheekbones for contour.

I started with the peach base color from the NeutrogenaÒ Nourishing Eye Quad in Butter Crème and applied it all over her eyelid, up to the brow. It has an SPF of 15, so protect delicate eyelids from the damaging effects of the sun.

Next, I used the copper shade on her lids from the NeutrogenaÒ Nourishing Eye Quad in Copper Glow. I also applied the golden shade to the middle and the inside corners of her lids with a dampened brush.

Then, I lined only the top of her eyelid with the NeutrogenaÒ Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black and applied some individual lashes. I finished her eyes with two coats of NeutrogenaÒ Healthy Lengths Mascara in Carbon Black.
For a peachy pout I used Neutrogena MoistureShineÒ Lipstick, with SPF 20, in Peach a Boo, and layered the Neutrogena MoistureShineÒ Gloss in Healthy Peach over top of it for a glassy finish.

Ps. Learn all about the Neutrogena Wave for Change campaign here:
To get your free Neutrogena black eyeliner and matching mascara, comment on what your favorite Neutrogena product is! Winner will be notified by email, must be over 18 years old, and live in the continental United States. Good luck!
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