American Apparel's new Neon nail polishes ($6 each) are traffic-stoppingly bright, even in the bottle. They also happen to be more than a little reminiscent of the late '80s and early '90s DayGlo trend. After putting up a photo of the Neon Yellow, Neon Red, and Neon Coral shades on Facebook, our awesome fans wanted to see a picture, so here they are. (Remember: if you want to see something on the site, would like pictures of a product, or have a question, just ask Team Bella on Facebook.) So to see the neon polishes on and get a full review, just keep reading.
I'm two full weeks into using the OCM, and I have to admit that things aren't going well. I switched from a blend of olive oil and castor, which left my skin feeling irritated, to sweet almond oil, which other readers recommended. Unlike everyone else, though, the results I've gotten aren't so great. My skin isn't feeling simultaneously greasy and itchy anymore, but I'm breaking out all over and have temporarily had to go back to my DHC cleansing oil just to get my skin to calm down.
Everyone's given such great advice before, so now I'm hoping you can help me. What am I doing wrong here? I've been putting the almond oil on twice a day for five minutes, and then wiping it off with a wet, warm washcloth. Any ideas on what might be causing the problem?
Jason Wu and CND have come out with a color collection full of subtle delights, including a shade in his signature gray, Miss Wu, and a delectable red the hue of Bing cherries called Veronica (above). But the most exciting shade in the collection isn't a color at all; it's a new special effect polish. The effect, called Anna (also pictured), is supposed to mimic the appearance of tweed wool. It's a cool idea, but does the reality match the ambition of the concept? I got to try it out before the collection's May 1 debut, so to see the tweed effect in action, just keep reading.
For the last week, I've been trying makeup artist Petra Strand's new Week of Makeup Wakeup ($34), a palette-a-day kit that promises to get you out of your beauty routine rut. I wore all the color palettes faithfully, and now you can see how the shades look on and find out how each day's colors wore.
The kit definitely did shake up my beauty regimen, and even changed a few perceptions I had about which colors I could wear. Plus, trying something new every day was really fun, if a little scary sometimes. Check it out to see if you'd be up for the challenge, too.
I've been using Murad's new Complete Reform ($67), from its Age Reform line, for almost a month and it's made my skin look unbelievably smoother, brighter, and clearer, all while making it softer to the touch.
Formulated with glycolic acid to help exfoliate and tone, along with Glyco Firming Complex to increase the firmness of the skin and beta carotene to help fight fine lines, the product does all of the above, but without leaving behind any tightness, pilling, or shininess. Think of it as an instant de-dullifier.
Thanks to its light texture, it goes on very evenly, and it feels amazing as you're putting it on, almost like your skin is waiting to just soak it all up. It's also weightless on the skin and has just a hint of subtle citrus aroma, so you won't be smelling (or feeling) it all day long.
While you'll still likely want to put a moisturizer on after for extra hydration, you can get away with using this treatment on its own in a pinch. It won't solve each and every one of your skin problems, but for its ability to illuminate the skin, improve its texture, and leave it fresh and rejuvenated, Complete Reform comes highly recommended.
Last week, I was singing the praises of Sally Hansen's Salon Effects stick-on nails in Misbehave, a gold shade with a black fishnet stocking pattern. But, was I singing its praises after wearing them around for a week? As promised, find out how well they wore when you keep reading.
I've tried many brow-filling products as a result of a decade-old mishap involving an overly zealous tweezing experience, but recently I've struck gold (uh, taupe) with It Cosmetics' Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24). Lots of eyebrow pencils look harsh, but this one, thanks to its smooth, glide-on texture and natural-looking hue, appears faint and realistic on the skin.
Even better, the pencil needs no sharpening, and since its formulation is not overly emollient, it settles to a semimatte finish, staying put all day long. A soft spooly brush on the opposite end of the stick helps even out any harsh lines without erasing any of your work. The only unfortunate thing I have to say about the product is that Miriam, aka blond-haired Bella, is unable to use it because it's just too dark for her coloring. To see what other essential tool I now use for getting the perfect brows, just keep reading.
Sally Hansen recently launched Nail Effects, precut, stick-on nails in varying colors and patterns. But these aren't your ordinary hard and plasticy fake nails. Nope, these adhesives are thin and stretchy, molding to the shape of your natural nail. And after admiring the eye-catching Misbehaved pattern ($9) on a DailyCandy writer, I knew I had to give them a try.
At around $9 a pop, depending where you get them, these temporary nail designs aren't exactly cheap. They're supposed to last for up to 10 days, so check back later for my report on the eventual wear and tear. But after having them on for just a few hours, I'm surprised at just how pretty a gold-and-black fishnet-stocking manicure can be. See what else I thought when you read more.
There are plenty of tot-friendly apps on the market claiming to be educational. And while some have research and educators backing it up, none have the power of the LeapFrog brand behind them – until now. With Scout's ABC Garden ($4), which hits the iTunes store on Thursday, the company brings its most iconic plush characters to life in the palm of lil one's hands (or on their mama's iPhone, iPad, or iTouch).
Similar to the company's highly-praised Leapster and Explorer units, the new app features interactive exercises designed to teach lil ones about letters and sounds. Scout and Violet (players can choose which character to use) can be personalized (just like their plush counterparts) to say up to three children's names, their favorite colors, food, and animals. Tots can then explore Scout's garden, pop bubbles, sprinkle seeds, play a whac-a-mole-like game, and listen to kid-friendly songs while practicing their letter skills. Each activity is offered three times before moving on to the next, under the belief that kids must be exposed to something three times before they've mastered it.
Hermès has been crafting scents reminiscent of gardens in gorgeous locales: beside the Nile, along the Mediterranean, and in a Indian garden after the monsoon. Now they have a new fragrance, Un Jardin Sur Le Toit (out in April), that's supposed to reflect the experience of standing in the rooftop garden of the Hermès building at 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. If you've loved the brand's other garden scents, or you're on the lookout for an adult but sweet and slightly fruity warm weather fragrance, there are several reasons you should check this one out. To see why, just keep reading