DIY Self-Tanning Tips and Top Product Picks 04.23.14

Summer is coming quickly! Now that the sun is starting to make a more regular appearance it’s time to address your pale skin that has not seen the light of day in months! Don’t worry we have gathered our most popular DIY self-tanning products for every budget to share with you.

Never tried a sunless tanner? Check out these insider tips from industry expert Whitney who is the Director of Operations for the Bronzed Bunny, an organic airbrush tanning salon and spa in Southern California.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a self-tanner?
If you want to boost your glow or add some color to your skin, but acknowledge that tanning in the sun can be dangerous!

How should I choose a self-tanner?
There are many different kinds of self-tanners, start by picking one that’s easiest for you to apply and get the color you are trying to achieve. Most have a light to medium or medium to dark option, so pick yours according to your natural tone and how dark you want to be in the end.

How should I prep my body for application?
It’s very important that you exfoliate your body thoroughly, and don’t have on any lotion, perfume, makeup or deodorant that may create a barrier between the product and your skin.

Any application tips?
Spend enough time making sure you apply evenly all over, and circular motions seem to be the most effective in spreading it evenly.

What is the most common self-tanning mistake?
Applying the product unevenly is common, as well as streaking and forgetting to wash your hands to avoid orange palms.

Once I am bronzed and beautiful, how do I keep my glow?
Moisturize really well every day, try not to scrub too harshly in the shower and reapply the product on a regular basis to keep the color you want!

Now that you know how to properly prepare and apply your self-tanner, here are our top picks to achieve a healthy glow without the exposure of harsh and damaging UV rays. If you happen to try one out, let us know how it goes. We want to hear your experience! Happy tanning.

Top Self-Tanning Picks To Try

Body Drench Quick Tan Bronzing Spray Medium Dark | BeautyEncounter.com

Body Drench Quick Tan Bronzing Spray, $12.69
“Love it!” – Natalie2211 from Nashville, TN

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning | BeautyEncounter.com

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, $39.95
A refreshing, lightweight milky self-tanning lotion that’s easy to use.

NYX Cosmetics Matte Body Bronzer | BeautyEncounter.com

NYX Cosmetics Mate Body Bronzer, $9.00
anoint your body with a natural glow

Dermaglow Sunless Facial Tanning System | BeautyEncounter.com

Dermaglow Sunless Facial Tanning, $15.82
Get visible results in three hours.

Bliss: A Tan For All Seasons Self Tanning Mist with Quick Drying Sun Set Bronzer | BeautyEncounter.com

Bliss A Tan for All Seasons Self Tanning Mist, $32.29
‘sun’-believable, head-to-toe tan

> more best-selling self-tanners

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Body Boutique – Celebrate Your Body! 03.31.14

Top Essentials for Your Beautiful Body

Keeping your body clean, protected and in tip-top shape leaves us with a beautiful body we can boast. Oil and dirt and rough and dry skin are our mortal enemies and we want them out of our system fast. Being beautiful isn’t just about wearing the perfect makeup, but cleaning, polishing and protecting your body from head to toe. Take a look at these essentials to achieve and maintain a body that’s beautiful and healthy.

So Fresh So Clean

Soap undeniably cleans your body covered in sweat and grime, which you acquired from the day’s activities. However, most generic soaps can leave your skin dry and flaky, removing the natural moisture of your skin. The best way to keep your skin squeaky clean while adding moisture to your body is by using body wash everytime you shower. Body wash removes oil, dirt, sweat, odor and even makeup. It cleans your skin gently, leaving your skin smooth, soft and plump without the greasy feel. Body wash products are water soluble which means they can be easily mixed with water to lather up on your skin.

Suggested Products: AHAVA Mineral Botanic Honeysuckle & Lavender Velvet Cream Wash, Scottish Fine Soaps Au Lait Foaming Shower Mousse, L’Occitane Shower Gel Pour Homme

Polished and Pretty

Help rejuvenate the skin through regular exfoliation. When done two to three times a week, you’ll see your skin getting fairer, bringing life to your dull and dry skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells so that new ones can quickly begin the renewal process. By using body scrubs and exfoliators, you’re not only removing dead and dry skin but you’re also helping reduce appearance of big pores. Dirt and oil dig deep in your pores and when removed, these pores are able to minimize. After all, we all want hydrated, younger looking, and softer skin so make sure you’re using gentle scrub particles that won’t be tough and rough on your body.

Suggested Products: Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin, Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash, Anthony Logistics for Men Body Cleansing Gel – Citrus

Silky Smooth

Remember how our mother tells us to moisturize after washing our face? While moisturizers keep our face plump and hydrated, we need body butters, creams and lotions to keep our body smooth and soft. After showering or exfoliating, make it a habit to generously apply any of these products. Not only do body butters, creams and lotions keep the skin smooth, but the blended ingredients strengthen the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss. Spread over on dry hands, cracked heels and even use as an after shave balm on your legs. Lotions even act as great cuticle softeners and makeup removers.

Suggested Products: Noevir Tokara Body Lotion, Scottish Fine Soaps Au Lait Body Butter in a Jar

Perfect Protection

Create your skin’s defensive blockage from harmful UV rays by regularly applying sun block and sun screen. Body lotion is enough to lock in moisture, but you need added protection from the sun. Regular exposure to the sun without protection only leads to skin damage and fast skin aging. Use products with at least SPF 15 – the higher SPF, the better. Sun screens usually contain antioxidants as well as UVA – protecting active ingredients to prevent redness and irritation.

Suggested Products: La Prairie Sun Protection Lotion for Body with SPF 30, Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray Very High Protection with SPF 50

Make it a habit to listen to your body and be aware of your its needs when it comes to cleaning, polishing, smoothening, and protecting the skin. Fill your bathroom counter with products that will unleash your youthful beauty from head to toe.

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Bolder and Brighter: 5 Top Makeup Trends for Spring 2014 03.31.14

New York. London. Paris. Milan. Every catwalk in the fashion capitals of the world revealed the hottest makeup trend for spring 2014 during fashion week. From bright colors, bold brows and even nude makeup, spring is the season to reveal gorgeous skin and fresh faces. Practice how to apply each look with products that enhance your pretty face for warmer days.

Purple Hues

Radiant Orchid is named as Pantone’s color of the year. From clothing and accessories channelling this year’s color, it’s no surprise that purple hues quickly made a statement in makeup as well. From berry lips, to radiant eyes and glowing cheeks, purple tends to blend in whatever complexion you have. For dark skin tones, try this radiant hue on your eyelids. Light purple lips look dreamy and astonishing in light to fair complexion.

Image from SiddySays.com

Lips: Guerlain KissKiss Pure Comfort Lipstick in Eau de Rose, NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Power

Eyes: Styli-Style Flat Pencil for Eyes in 421 LA, NYX Cosmetics Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette in Life Is A Cha Cha

Nails: Max Factor Nailfinity Nail Polish in 873 Vivid Violet

Hair: Streaks N Tips Temporary Color Highlight Spray in Neon Purple, Goldwell Colorance Demi Color Coloration in 10V Pastel Violet Blonde

Bold Brows

Say goodbye to thin, arch brows which seemed to be filled with only a single streak of eyebrow pencil. For spring, go for bold and full ones. The idea here is to make the brows look natural but keep stray hairs away. Perfectly groomed and full brows can even define the shape of your face and they make you look ages younger.

Image from BeautyEditor.ca

Brows: Borghese Brow Milano Brow Emphasizer in 03 Neutrale, NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown/Brown, Cameo Perfect Brow Makeup in Natural

Retro Lines

Why stick with fine lines in black or brown when you can experiment in vivid and bright colors like aqua, green, purple, gold and silver? Think of the vibrant colors in the 70’s and 80’s and you’ll find the shapes and patterns making a comeback in makeup. With just a sweep of blue or green over your lids, a pop of color is enough to create a show stopping scene. For those who are hesitant in making the bold move to colorful makeup, think of graphic lines, angular corners, extended cat eye and dramatic flicks at the outer corners of your eyes. Try liquid and gel liners and make sure they are smudge-proof to create those retro lines.

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Eyes: Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Gel Eyeliner with Brush in Black, Prestige Liquid Glitter Precision Eyeliner in GLE04 Cosmic, Guerlain Khol Me Kajal The Original Creamy Liner in 01 Noir Volcanique, Studio Makeup Lasting Color Eye Liner in Silver Metal

Go Naked

Probably the biggest makeup trend this spring, having the natural, barefaced beauty is what you want to achieve. Women with flawless skin highly benefit from this trend, but for those with uneven skin tone, focus on applying cream or foundation for better coverage. Even Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian promote this look. Models in the runway for spring 2014 dare to go bare as seen in Narciso Rodriguez, Max Mara and Valentino fashion shows. In the UK, nude lipstick now outsells red shades. As the saying goes “Less is more,” so make use of concealers, eye creams and lip balms.

Image from Ealuxe.com

Face: Philosophy Hope in a Jar A to Z BB Cream Broad Spectrum with SPF 20 in Tan to Deep, Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum with SPF 35 in 02 Light, Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream with SPF 25 in 01 Light, Caudalie Fresh Complexion Tinted Moisturizer in Medium/Dark

Twinkle Eyes

Aside from colorful eye makeup, adding shimmer and sparkle on your eyes create that fun and flirty nature of spring. Add a touch of glimmer at the water line or even apply some shine on your lashes. This works well when you have fake lashes or extensions both at the top and bottom. Think of sex-kitten with a slight purr and you’ll be sashaying down the avenue like it’s your own catwalk.

Image from Maybelline.com

Eyes: Styli-Style Shimmer Me-Glitters Face and Body Glitter in Marble Rose, Girlactik Beauty Sparkle Singles in Aqua, Nouba Rainbow Eyeliner in 62, Too Faced Starry Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Silver Lining

Practice getting these 5 trends perfected for the whole season of spring.

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Here Comes The Guide Part 1: 6 Essential Beauty Tips for the Stunning Bride 12.31.13

Getting married is every girl’s dream. The thought of walking down the aisle wearing that white dress you’ve been dreaming of all your life seems breathtaking and magical all at the same time. Thinking about where to hold the wedding ceremony, what cosmetics and fragrances to wear, or what to write in your vows is just the tip of the iceberg on what to expect when planning your wedding.

While your hands may be full juggling ideas and meeting wedding suppliers, you shouldn’t forget that everyone’s eyes will be looking upon the lovely bride. That’s why we’ve come up with 6 essentials to keep you looking and feeling the best on your wedding day.

1. Start living a healthy lifestyle.

The best way to keep yourself fit months before your wedding day is to start living healthy. Getting back on your feet for an early morning run and watching what you eat are just some ways to begin a positive attitude on your lifestyle.

While some brides-to-be have no time to hit the gym or plan a regular exercise regime, find the commitment to take fiber-rich food, some greens and fruits to keep those added pounds away. Take less caffeine and take natural fruit juice and water of about 8-10 glasses a day. Increased water intake flushes out toxins and purifies your skin. Do this until the big day and you’ll see improved results on your skin.

2. Stack up some home beauty treatments.

Home beauty treatments for your skin and body save you the unnecessary trip to the dermatologist due to skin breakout. It also saves you from tremendous costs in spas and beauty centers.

To keep you beautifully treated without spending too much, stack up some inexpensive beauty treatments you can do at home such as face masks, foot spa salts and body scrubs. Even a steam bath or a bubble bath complete with aromatherapy candles can do the trick. After all, a natural, blemish-free and glowing skin is the most luxurious canvass you’d like to paint on your big day.

3. Maintain your gorgeous hair.

At least three months before your wedding, make it a habit to visit the salon for a regular hot oil or hair spa. Ask your hair stylist to do some minor trimmings on your hair tips, but not drastically change your hair style. Grow out your hair as much as possible because it’ll be easier to style your hair when it’s longer.

If you’re three months away from that big day, skip the hair color for now since you might want a freshly colored hair a week before your wedding. You don’t need a drastic change on your look yet – that’s going to happen on your special day. And while you’re keeping your hair healthy and shiny, consult with your stylist and wedding planner on what hairstyle will look good on you: updo, down, or half updos.

4. Plan your make-up artistry.

Decide whether you’ll hire a make-up professional or you’ll do your make-up yourself. Doing your own make-up can save you some wedding costs. However, make-up artists know what cosmetics to use – what shades to use on your skin tone and what special products to apply that would look good on photos or videos.

When you hire a make-up professional, ask for a trial make-up so you’ll know what type of look will go well with a morning wedding or an evening one. What’s also great about a trial run on your make-up is that you’ll figure out which cosmetics would be gentle on your skin and would not lead to breakouts after. Brides would also need a waterproof mascara. After all, a once in a lifetime event like this becomes very emotional.

Stash some emergency make-up products like powder, lipstick, and spot on correctors or concealer inside your bridal purse. You have to be prepared for a retouch for that shine and blemish-free face.

5. Wear a suitable fragrance.

On your wedding day, you will be spending the entire day for preparation, the ceremonies, the reception and even the after party. With so little time and so many things to accomplish, you only have snippets of your time to work on retouches. You will mingle with people all day that it’s paramount to always look presentable.

As a bride, you not only want to look good but to smell good as well. Pick a fragrance that would not only suit you but also the occasion. Lighter scents such as citrus or fruity ones are best worn during morning weddings. These fragrances will add a cool touch on your skin. Musky perfumes with warm touches can be used during the evening. If you are unsure of what will suit you, you can’t go wrong with floral fragrances. You can even use a perfume your groom thinks smells good on you – a way of remembering what he likes about you.

6. Pamper your hands and nails.

You’ve worked so hard for months that it’s only appropriate to get your hands pampered at least a month before your wedding. You may think that your hands wouldn’t get that much attention but your hands will be photographed with your wedding ring – for at least a hundred times. Aside from that, you will be signing papers, cutting the cake, shaking hands with guests and receiving presents.

Start getting regular manicures and hand spas to ease out that tension and avoid those veins from popping out. Nail treatments can reduce having yellow fingernails due to constant use of nail polish. When choosing a nail color for your wedding day, avoid bold colors and resist the temptation to favor nail art despite its current craze. Choose classic or natural colors. Light pink or even the classic French tip would be perfect because they never run out of style.

Now that you have these 6 essentials, you don’t have to worry too much about your big day. Lessen the stress by prepping early and focus on becoming the most beautiful lady walking down the aisle, dreaming of forever with her handsome groom.

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Halloween Pretty in my Pocket: 7 Creative Looks Under $25 10.04.13

Halloween is fast approaching and it’s the perfect season to get those creative juices flowing. With Halloween making its way in the party scene, it’s hard to think about exceptional looks that you could epitomize from one event to another. On top of that, you’re probably thinking about how much you’ll spend on your costume and makeup just to give justice to your character.

Here at Beauty Encounter, we’re not only giving you ideas with your Halloween-inspired characters, but we’re also teaching you what makeup to use. Best part of all, each look will only cost you under $25.

Light Blue Cat Eyes

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: Applying Cat-Eye Makeup

Makeup Tips: Applying Cat-Eye Makeup

Turn those ordinary day makeup cat eyes into something wild for the night. Focus the shimmer and bold color in your eyes by applying a shimmer shadow such as NYX Cosmetics Glam Shadow Stick in Illuminating Topaz ($4.50). Make sure to cover your entire eyelid up to the inner corner of your eye. Top another color of eye shadow, this time with NYX Cosmetics Glam Shadow Stick in Luminous Crystal ($4.50), but only work on half of your eyelid extending a bit near the nose bridge and then make a slight slant upward at the outer corner of your eye. This will be your guide on where to put the eyeliner.

Using Prestige Professional Eyeliner in XNE-04 Brown ($3.95), apply eyeliner near your lash line and extend the cat eye tail in an upward motion, almost reaching the outer end of your brows. Make the eyeliner makeup as visible as possible. Make use of the shadow stick Illuminating Topaz again and work on the inner corner of your eye and extend the eye shadow under your eyes. The outer corner should form a downward stroke at the end. Using the shadow stick in Luminous Crystal, draw a line under the shimmer under eye shadow but starting at the middle towards the outer corner. Make sure to extend this light blue eye shadow as well.

Next, apply Elegant False Eye Lashes 505 Black ($2.99) on your upper lashes and 49 Black ($2.99) on your lower lashes. For your finishing touch, apply a coat of Max Factor Lipfinity (Lip Paint & Moisturizing Top Coat) in 010 Whisper ($10.50) to create that subtle pouty look.

Poison Ivy

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: Poison Ivy Vixen Makeup

Makeup Tips: How to get the Poison Ivy Vixen look for Halloween

Creating the Poison Ivy look needs shades of blue and green – lots of them. To achieve this, take Claudia Stevens Makeup Before The Makeup Lid and Lip Primer Base ($4.50) and apply primer on your eyelids and lips for a longer-lasting makeup and to reduce creases. You might also want to extend the eyelid primer from your nose bridge to your eyebrows (and a little above them) and also towards the edge of your face. Apply Styli-Style Dramatic Dip Loose Eye Shadow in Morning Dew ($4.99) by forming a sort of eye mask.

Once the green shade is settled, use Miljo Terra Shadow Duo in 2509 Water/Green ($10.95) by applying blue shade at the upper eyelid spreading the color towards the side of the eyes and temples. As a last touch, apply a coat of Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipgloss SPF 15 in 116 Comfortably Nude ($3.99) for just the right amount of lip color and shine.

Arabian Princess

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: Arabian Princess

Bring on the Arabian nights as the Arabian Princess

Arabian women are beautiful and they are known for their bold, deep-set eyes. For the Arabian princess inspired look, emphasize the eyes mostly with natural colors using Cameo Perfect Brow Makeup in Dark Brown ($6.99). First, shape your eyebrows by plucking stray hairs. Then you may use an eyebrow stencil for a professional shaped brow. Choose a brown shade closest to your hair color and apply over the stencil.

Using another set of natural colors, apply Prestige Beauty Bar Eye Palette in FCE-05 Surrey ($5.99) by using the darker color mostly at the outer edge of the eyes, creating a soft cat eye effect. For bigger eyes like Arabian women, trace the shape of the eyes with NYX Cosmetics Collection Noir Glossy Black Liner ($6.00) by creating a cat eye makeup, extending the tails up near the eyebrows. Line the lower eyelids with the same eyeliner and create another cat eye tail extending upward as well. Be careful not to cross the line created for the upper eyelids up to the tail. Finally for volumized lashes, use Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara with Bonus Liner in 05 Soft Black ($4.99). Use that seductive stare and bat your eyelashes during the best Halloween party in town.

Mad Hatter

Makeup Look:  The Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: The Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland

Not all women can pull off a whimsical Halloween costume normally designed for men. But for a unique take on eye makeup, Mad Hatter is a unique idea. With a top hat, a bow, and just two makeup pieces, you’ll be ready for that Halloween party in no time. To create an eye mask, trace the shape using Max Factor Erace Cover-Up Stick in 07 Ivory ($6.10). It’s usually used to cover up imperfections but with its creamy blend and soft application, shaping an eye mask is easy. Once the shape is clear, make sure to cover up the entire area with the cover-up stick. The eyebrows should be covered as well. Afterwards, use NYX Cosmetics Collection Noir Glossy Black Liner ($6.00) and create black squares alternating with white ones. Squares should not have perfect lines, but the eyemask should resemble a chess board in black and white. Outline the eye makeup with the same black liner.

The Dead Lady Vampire

Halloween Makeup Look: The Queen of The Night - Vampiress

Halloween-Inspired Look: The Queen of The Night – Vampiress

The lady vampire is the seductress of the underworld. The face is usually characterized by a pale skin, dark smokey eyes and full lips. For that inner vampire in you, pull the look off by using Max Factor Pan Stick Foundation in 96 Bisque Ivory ($12.24) as a makeup base. This will give you that pale effect as well as cover skin imperfections. Using Studio Makeup Soft Blend Eye Shadow in Very Black ($12.90), apply the black eye shadow in your eyelid as you would a normal eye shadow. Apply the same makeup in the lower lids.

Next, put some color by using Napoleon Perdis Color Disc for Eyes & Cheeks in 98 Grape ($22.00) around the black eye shadow. Applying the grape colored eyeshadow doesn’t need to be perfectly shaped. The messy effect will have the eyes look like they’re bleeding. If you want a darker shade for the eyes, you can also use glominerals gloCream Eye Liner in Eggplant ($19.50). Lastly, even the dead will look gorgeous in red lipstick that’s why Studio Makeup Rich Hydration Lipstick in Vibrant Red ($15.00) will make it look like you’ve just been scouting for your next victim. The lipstick is creamy, hydrating, and will leave your lips moisturized always.

Bleeding Eyes

Halloween Makeup Looks:  The Wicked Witch

Halloween-Inspired Looks: The Wicked Witch will curse the night

How about a scary looking witch much like snow white’s cruel step mother? Wearing a pair of bleeding eyes will let everyone know you’re not someone to cross. After outlining your eyes with black eyeliner, get your NYX Cosmetics Retractable Lip Liner in Red ($4.50) and draw some dripping blood starting from the middle of your lower lash line up to the outer corners. Make these drips uneven for a more natural look. Next, follow the shape of the dripping blood with Prestige Vinyl wear Extreme Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in VWE-09 Mocha Frenzy ($5.99). Using its applicator, you can make those blood drips look vibrant and fresh even under direct light. Kiss death like it’s your friend and turn those lips blood red with Revlon Outrageous Lipcolor in 76 Stunning Red ($5.99). Don’t forget to add those false eyelashes for that subtle bit of sexiness.

Feline

Halloween-Inspired Look:  Cat or Feline Makeup Tips

Purrrrr…to Halloween’s Full Moon Night with Cat Envy Look

With a steady hand and a creative mind, you only need Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in 07 Really Black ($6.99) to achieve that feline eye makeup. Great makeup to pair with a nude, body hugging suit or a bare shoulder to boast, make bold lines around your eyes as if you are drawing the strong features of a cat’s face. Long elongated strokes and upward motioned lines around the eyes make a feline look fierce and stunning at the same time.

Be creative and enjoy these fabulous, creative looks for Halloween. With makeup just under $25, getting all dolled up is easy peasy.

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Top Selling Men’s Cologne in 2013 09.30.13

Men's cologne, Top Selling Men's cologne

It’s A Man’s World. Take One Home: Top Selling Men’s Cologne in 2013


It’s fascinating how men and women choose their fragrance based on their personality and lifestyle. While women own a variety of fragrances they enjoy changing from one season to another, men tend to choose their scent on a more personal level. Choosing mens cologne is a science. One brand of cologne may smell wonderful to one man while it may smell unpleasant to another. Moreover, wearing a trademark scent builds a man’s identity that women adore.

With thousands of colognes out in the market, how are you going to find the best cologne for men that will suit your body chemistry and your lifestyle? Mind you, it’ll take you days testing colognes alternately with coffee beans just to get the best scent for your taste. To make choices easier for you, we at Beauty Encounter narrowed down selections to 5 top selling colognes for men this 2013. From fresh picks to sophisticated must-haves, get your shelves ready for one aromatic quest.

Boss in Motion

Unleash that athlete in you with Boss in Motion by Hugo Boss for men. For a man who’s into sporty oriental scents, he will find a refreshing aroma in sweet and spicy oils with notes of orange, violet, basil, pink pepper, musk and sandalwood. Boss in Motion is set for the man with an active lifestyle and a restless energy. He dares to take challenges head on. Price: $42.00.

Givenchy Gentleman Only

Derived from the House of Givenchy’s classic fragrance Givenchy Gentleman, they released a new cologne in 2013 as a tribute to today’s illustrious man. He’s refined, elegant, and a true epitome of a gentleman: polite, chivalrous, and handsome. Givenchy Gentleman Only is a men’s cologne that is commands everyone’s attention. Price: $47.99.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio

A favorite of men and women alike, Giorgio Armani created a timeless blend of sweetness, sensuality, and masculinity in a bottle of Acqua Di Gio. Perfect for all seasons, a man who likes to envision the ocean breeze as it touches the skin will wear Acqua Di Gio over and over again. Women love to smell blends of citrus, rosemary, jasmine, and wood and ocean scents on their man and if you’re one who’s up for some long embrace, this is definitely for you. Price: $46.95.

Bvlgari Man

A crisp white button down shirt, black tie and black suit ensemble gets its final touch with Bvlgari Man. For someone elegant, a light oriental, woody fragrance is what you should be after. Bvlgari Man is subtle, not an attention seeker but worth every interest. Since the scent is not overpowering, it’s considered one of mens fragrances that you can wear everyday. Turn a simple clean shirt into a classy apparel with Bvlgari Man. Price: $32.00.

Gucci Pour Homme II

Gucci is the living trademark of a sophisticated, elegant, and remarkable man in the society. Gucci Pour Homme II is for the man with undeniable charisma, lively attitude, and a sense of adventure. He likes having a good time whenever possible. With its masculine scent combined with fresh greens, spices, tobacco leaves and musk, it’s the perfect cologne for young men who groom themselves to become a true-blood Gucci man. Price: $67.50.

2013 has brought a number of great cologne selections for different men. There’s always that distinct scent for a man who enjoys an active lifestyle, a laidback stance, or a commanding presence. Grab one of these top selling mens cologne and find deals and free gifts from Beauty Encounter.

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Mascara Dos and Don’ts Featuring Lancome Mascaras 07.30.13

Lancome mascaras aren’t just among the best selling mascaras here at BeautyEncounter.com, they are among the most popular in mascara sales around the world.

Better-defined eyelashes flatter the face and draw attention away from dark circles or other under eye imperfections you may have. Here are some dos and don’ts that apply to your use of Lancome mascaras, or any others on the market that you may like:

  • Do – choose the right color. Some makeup artists recommend black mascara for every woman, but many typical users find that black mascara looks best on brunettes and people with very dark hair, while brown mascara looks best on blondes and people with lighter colored hair.  Use what makes you feel most comfortable, but if you haven’t gone darker, give it a try sometime!

  • Do – select the right type of formula. In warmer or rainy weather, or situations when you expect to cry (a wedding or a great tear-jerker movie, for example), waterproof can help to keep your makeup in place.  However, if you have sensitive eyes, washable is typically best.
  • Do – experiment with different brush types. All brands, including Lancome mascaras, come with a wide variety of brush types, each created for a different quality or effect, be it volumizing, curling, or lengthening. Regardless of these different design intents, stick to the brush that suits you best based upon your own experience. We’ve found that different women have very strong preferences for brush type, so you should definitely consider your own preferences.
  • Do – use an eyelash curler before you apply mascara. Curlers help lift your lashes and makes it easier for the product to adhere. Try this handy tip, too: Use a hairdryer to warm your eyelash curler for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Don’t – use your eyelash curler after applying your mascara. Mascara stiffens the lashes and can make them too brittle for use in a curler.
  • Do – dip the mascara wand only once and blot excess on a tissue before applying.  “Pumping” the wand in the tube may be tempting, but it forces more air inside so that it will dry out and clump more quickly.
  • Don’t – attempt to thin mascara. Adding water or saliva to your mascara can introduce bacteria and put you at risk of eye infection.

These simple tips will help your Lancome mascaras perform at their best—and help you look your best!

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The Bride’s Guide: 5 Go-To Feminine Perfumes For a Sexy, Sensuous Night To Remember 07.10.13

Top 5 Perfumes: A Bride's Guide

Top 5 Perfumes: A Bride’s Guide for the perfect wedding night to remember


Wedding bells ring and a montage of events flash into your eyes. The time has finally come when you apply that last stroke of lip gloss and spritz the final touches of your trademark wedding day perfume you will remember for eternity.

You run that last minute checklist on your mind. So while you’re thinking about what scent to use on that memorable day, here’s five go-to perfumes you’ll love to use, no matter what type of bride you’ll be.

1. For the traditional bride in a big church

Traditional brides who opt for classic and timeless pieces on her wedding day will love Vera Wang by Vera Wang for Women. A bride who loves to combine elegance and romance will adore a subtly sensual scent with a feminine touch through white flowers. After all, Vera Wang made a name in those gorgeous wedding dresses. Why not add a little bit more of that Vera touch on your ever after?

2. For the country bride in an intimate chapel

A country bride who loves the quiet, intimate ceremonies in a small chapel where she grew up or where her parents got married will adore Elixir Des Merveilles by Hermes for Women. Elixir Des Merveilles fits the occasion perfectly with its combination of orange peel scent, oak, caramel, vanilla and sandalwood. A sweet yet woodsy whiff will remind you about the simple yet cherished vows up until the reception in tune with nature at a country house’s garden.

3. For the bride loving the garden view

Brides consider garden weddings because of its fresh and feminine feeling while being surrounded with blooms. If you’re looking for a little twist on the floral scent, Jeanne Lanvin for Women is the perfect choice. A take on the luxurious scent with a combination of roses, pear, white musk and sandalwood will leave your guests and your knight in shining armor breathless with your womanly beauty.

4. For the chic bride in the city

Ever wonder how it feels to be the bride in the “Wedding of the Year”? If you’re the bride people envy because of her haute couture wedding dress created by a famous fashion designer, then Miss Dior by Christian Dior for Women is your number one go-to perfume. Stylish and feminine, yet fun and flirty at the same time are trademarks of Miss Dior bottled in an elegant glass with a flirty bow. A metropolitan woman calls for that sweet and fun mixture of mandarin, strawberry, vanilla and pink jasmine. That’s the perfect bride in her fairy tale wedding in the city, getting photographed at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

5. The exotic bride by the beach

How about a secret wedding destination somewhere in Maldives or in Bora Bora? An adventurous bride loves that carefree spur-of-the-moment ceremony. What other perfume can be more perfect than Escada Ocean Lounge by Escada for Women. A bride who adores the touch of sand on her feet will like the light and cool scent of Escada Ocean Lounge with a mixture of fruity notes like strawberry, plum, lychee and pear. A limited edition seasonal fragrance will be a go-to scent for that bride who wants to stand out in the crowd.

A lot of desirable fragrance to choose from, but you’ll only have that one wedding you have been dreaming of. You don’t have to worry about splurging some sweet scent on you – discount perfumes are available all year round. Plus, no amount of money can buy that priceless smile of a lovely bride.

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How Fast Does It Take You to Get Beautiful 06.21.13

What if you only have 10 seconds to get yourself stunning before heading out for the day? Imagine applying foundation, followed by eye shadow, lipstick and other cosmetics with just a few seconds, but still attempting to look and feel beautiful (and normal). It seems impossible, right?

If you were given a chance to try an instrument that could take you from rags to riches in just a few seconds, would you give it a try? Applying make-up and looking gorgeous pronto will be every woman’s (and man’s) dream! It may seem odd, but it’s the same mechanism Microsoft implies in its most recent commercial about Windows 8.

Remember how Japanese women apply cosmetics? They emphasize making their eyes look bigger and their lips fuller with a glossy pout – they almost look like a doll! Do you think “Windows 8 Make-Up Tutorial” can do that in just 10 seconds? Watch and find out how these three Japanese ladies put on their make-up in front of a timer. It’s absolutely funny! Believe me, you’ll never see make-up the same way again.

Make-Up Video: Windows 8 Beautiful and Fast TV Ad

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How to Look Beautiful in 10 Minutes 06.13.13

how-to-look-beautiful-in-10-minutesWe’d all like to look our best, but very few of us have hours to dedicate to this venture each day, or thousands of dollars to dump into expensive makeup products. Fortunately, with a few tips and the right quality discount cosmetics, you can make yourself look beautiful in as little as ten minutes.

Use the following steps to make sure that you can be your most beautiful self in a minimal amount of time and on a reasonable budget:

  • Start off calm. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly, then repeat. This will help to lower your heart rate and it will relax the muscles in your face and neck. You’ll not only feel a little bit better, but you’ll look better because strain and stress are not contributors to beauty.
  • Be clean and cool. Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser, and follow up by splashing cold water over your face. This extra step takes only a few seconds but it will wake you up and will tighten your pores and reduce puffiness and sagging.
  • Moisturize. Use a very high quality product that is meant for your skin type and that has an SPF 15 protection level or higher. This will help to make sure that your skin maintains its fresh look throughout the day by keeping it from drying out or becoming too oily. Take care when shopping for skincare and makeup at a discount. Cosmetics and skincare products chosen from the brands you love and trust the most can be a better bet then going for the cheapest sale item.
  • Hydrate. Drink a glass of water. You can add a bit of lemon juice to make it more palatable if you’d like. This is the first of several glasses of water that you should drink throughout the day. Dehydration makes your complexion appear dull, your lips will dry out, and you’ll look older with more sags and wrinkles. Drinking water will help you to avoid this problem.
  • Fragrance. A beautiful appearance isn’t just a matter of the way you look. It is also about the way you smell. Spritz lightly with your favorite scent, saving money by buying from a reputable discount cosmetics site so that you don’t have to skip on the designer you love. This will help to finish off your style by appealing to another sense other than sight.

All of these steps can be accomplished within under ten minutes and can help you to look your most beautiful each and every day.

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