Weekend Beauty Read

My obsession with hair doesn’t always leave too much time for my other hobby: Beauty! So it’s a good thing my beauty blog friends keep me well informed with the latest and greatest trends in the world of cosmetics, skincare, bath and body, you name it! Don’t miss this week’s Weekend Beauty Reads:

Canadian Beauty compares drugstore sculpting blushes to department store ones. See which brand comes out on top!

The Muse gives you a dose of Beauty on a Budget with comparisons between Vincent Longo’s Wet/Dry Sparkling Eyeshadows and Milani’s New Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow!.

Dr. Oliver Zong gives Raging Rouge readers tips for a relaxing and safe pedicure.

Forget Botox! The Beauty of Life finds a new way to banish those pesky lines with a fantastic product by Patricia Wexler M.D.!

A Touch of Blusher picks personal favorites from the Fafi for MAC collection.

Savvy Skin tells you how to avoid getting Cosmetic Acne from your makeup and skin care products.

Beauty Anonymous shares what she likes about Dior Spring 2008 Makeup Collection.

SugarShock gives you the lowdown on one of the biggest nail trends right now, as worn by Rihanna at the Grammy Awards: day-glo nails.

Click here to find out what Beauty Blogging Junkie is using to achieve swingy hair that is so shiny, you could fog it up were you to breathe on it.

Beauty and Personal Grooming writes about the beauty uses of coconut oil.

Temptalia gives a second sneak peak at MAC’s Dazzleglass collection, launching in May!

Winter time taking a toll on your face? The Daily Cookie tells you about one cream that just didn’t help to relieve her of dry, winter skin.

Big Giveaway at Bionic Beauty! Two winners will get Diana B’s body lotion and shower gel. Wait until you smell these products, Yum!

Read about Makeup Moxie’s new lip butter addiction in her review of Korres Lip Butter.

Beauty Banter asks YOU who gives best face on the red carpet… from the Oscars, 2008!

Glossypink tells you how to get the shimmering look of one of the most stunning red carpet stars!

Spoiled Pretty reviews the bold and the beautiful shadows and liners from Milani’s newest collection. The colors are so yummy, you won’t believe your eyes!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic tries zapping her blemishes with the Thermaclear, but did it work?

Poufy Buns are back in a big way. Pursebuzz.com shows you how to create a poufy bun with ease. Just like Heidi Klum at the Oscars, but just a bit more manageable.

Plus my StyleBell pick this weekend, in case you missed it:

Buying a Flat Iron shouldn’t be intimidating. The Flat Iron Buying Guide 101 will set (and get) you straight!

Sex and the City Movie Trailer

Wanna see the Sex and the City Movie trailer? I couldn’t help but post this – hey it’s Friday, why not? I’m a huge SATC fan. The fashion, the shoes, the sex… and of course BIG! My favorite four are back and I can’t wait! Definitely cosmos tonight…

Big Bodacious Buns – Two Styles You Can ‘Do

Ford Models hairstylist Ashley Javier shows us two options for creating beautiful buns worthy of any big bash. First up a becoming, bending bow that’s both attention getting and elegant, then a beehive-y bun that’s almost as big as Heidi Klum’s 2008 Oscar hairstyle. Both of these styles work best with longer hair and are all the rage right now. There’s lots of buzz about the buns, it’s already our second post this week!

-StraightBelle

Crunchy Curls? Scrunch ‘Em

Davines Curl Enhancing SerumI have naturally curly hair that I blow dry, straighten, big barrel curling iron, tie up, twist, bun, braid and at times secure with a pencil while I’m at work. But sometimes it’s really nice to let my hair air dry. It not only gives my hair a much needed rest from the MANY heat appliances I love so much, it also give me a break from styling.  Makes me wonder where I find all that time everyday to style? Hmmm…. 

On the days that I do let my hair air dry I always like to use a little product to help coax and control my curls so they don’t dry into a frizzy mess – never a good look. First I use a leave-in conditioner – right now I’m loving Infusium 23, I got the giant bottle from Target. I really load up too. If the bottle says to use a ‘dime size’ portion, I figure I’m using about $1.25-$2.00 in assorted change.

Then I follow with some curl cream, I usually will use anything that says curl or cream or both. Lately my faves have been Bumble & bumble Curl Creme – Kinky Chick and Davines Love Curl Enhancing Serum (pictured). I find this conditioner/cream combo will really create the nice defined curls I want but sometimes they dry a little crunchy. If you have curly hair you know what I mean.

Nothing is worse than a crunchy curl! Curls should be light and full of movement. Happy curls love to bounce – not hang there looking all stiff and crunchy. What to do? Scrunch ’em. How? Watch this… finally a video from someone who understands, thanks Jessicurl!