Monday, October 26, 2009

Sea Babe Jewelry Fine Silver Ring Giveaway

Fine Silver Hammered and Forged ring by Sea Babe JewelryWhat better way to start off the week than to have a fun giveaway!

As many of you long-time readers know, I have a thing for jewelry. I've always believed that accessories and jewelry can make or break an outfit. I can walk out of the house naked, but I definitely make sure I'm wearing my sterling silver peace ring!

So, I'm happy to do this giveaway from Sea Babe Jewelry's sterling silver jewelry collection. One lucky winner is going to win the "Twenty Dollar, Fine Silver Hammered and Forged Ring" pictured here to the right.

There are two ways you can win this ring:

1. Leave a comment and tell us your tip on how to wear jewelry. If you do leave a comment, make sure to email maria [at] beautyiswithin [dot] net so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Please put "BIW Jewelry Giveaway" in the subject line.

2. Tweet about this giveaway to your followers. Make sure to reference "@youarebeauty" so I can be alerted of your tweet.

Giveaway Rules:

  • You can enter once via comment and up to three times via Twitter.

  • Giveaway open to everyone around the world.

  • Giveaway ends on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 11:59 PST

  • Giveaway winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.

  • Kristin and David are the creators of the gorgeous Sea Babe Jewelry. This is what they say about their jewelry:

    "...this shop appeals to those with a beachy, ethnic, multicultural style. Many women like to wear our jewelry as "everyday" jewelry, where they don't even take it off. I personally like to pile on a few Karma or Balance bracelets and wear them together. All the cute flower earrings go great with little dresses. They can "cutesy" up any outfit and bring a little bit of brightness to your day!"

    When I asked Kristin about the inspiration behind her jewelry, she said, "I'm inspired by my surroundings, other cultures, and fashion in general. I like to make things that I myself would wear, so I can really stand behind my product. I am usually seen sporting my newest creation and people really respond well when they compliment something that you get to say you made yourself. I'm the type of person who gets a big creative push and I will do a bunch of creating all at once. This is when I get my best work done."

    Click here to visit Sea Babe Jewelry's Etsy shop!

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Flat Iron Review: Hana Professional

    Hana Flat Iron Professional

    If there's one beauty tool that you should invest in, it's a good, quality flat iron or curling iron. In the past I've made the mistake of buying a cheap-o flat iron and ended up really drying out my hair.

    The Hana Professional flat iron is one that I'm currently using. It's a professional grade flat iron that makes me think that I'll never, ever go back to those regular cheap-o flat irons!

    Hana uses ceramic plates for all their flat irons - which means frizz-free, shiny hair. The "Professional" model that I have comes with it's own carrying pouch for easy storage. It also comes in a tin case and has its own rubber mat so you can lay the iron down on.

    What I like about this flat iron is that it's much lighter than the H2Pro flat iron that I reviewed last year. It's much easier to travel with because it is lighter. The Hana iron also glides down my hair very smoothly, plus I don't have to go over the same spot over and over.

    Hana Flat Iron SettingsThe heat for Hana Professional is adjustable and ranges from 140 to 450 degrees. For my thick, course hair 450 degrees works perfectly.

    Hana also offers an iron cleaner to get rid of build-up from hair styling products. I normally don't put any products on my hair, so I've yet to use this - although I do have it.

    If you really love your hair, then it's time to make that investment. Your hair will love you back ;)

    Shop for Hana flat irons at Misikko or enter to win a Hana Mini! (Giveaway ends October 31, 2009).

    Beauty Is Within Is Now on Twitter!

    Follow Beauty Is Within on TwitterBeauty Is Within is now officially on Twitter! I'll be tweeting about beauty and fashion news, product reviews, and having special giveaways once a week!

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Get Gorgeous in Minutes

    I don't know about you, but I don't like to spend a great deal of time in the morning getting "done up". The most time I'll spend in front of the mirror is 30 minutes. It's not that I don't care about the way I look, I just don't think you need to spend all that time in order to be gorgeous ;)

    I thought I'd pass on these tips from Total Beauty on 11 ways to get gorgeous in minutes:
    Top 11 Ways to Get Gorgeous in Minutes

    Use these hairstyle and makeup tricks to shave precious time off your morning beauty routine

    Top 11 Ways to Get Gorgeous in Minutes

    Who has an hour every morning to spend primping? Not us! Between jobs, kids, pets, workout routines, Facebook updates and significant others, there's never enough time to fit everything in. Here, we share expert tips for saving time on your hair and makeup routine -- now you won't have to sacrifice looking great for that daunting to-do list.

    See tips

    Photo Credit: Inessa Akhmedova

    Friday, October 16, 2009

    So Frustrated With the Fashion Industry

    Filippa Hamilton Photoshopped Image - Ralph Lauren AdWarning: Rant up ahead...

    Over at Project Inner Beauty I talk about one reason why I dislike the fashion industry.

    It's so frustrating that many designers and fashion magazines STILL think that the only way to sell clothes is to have skinny models wear them. What kind of blind world do they live in? Take a look around, people, not everyone is skinny!

    If fashion houses like Ralph Lauren continue to alienate women like this, they're not going to survive much longer. Yes, the fashion industry's old business model is out of sytle. More and more women are spending their time online where there are a plethora of companies waiting to serve their needs. Women are tired of looking at fashion magazines that constantly bombard them with images of skinny women or women who have been photo-chopped to look skinny.

    It's time for the fashion industry to evolve...

    Ok, I'm off my soapbox for now ;)

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Tips For Choosing a Flattering Swimsuit

    Although the weather is starting to cool down here in San Diego, it's still swimsuit season! That's the beauty of living in year-round gorgeous weather ;) I used to dread shopping for a swimsuit and I realize that many of you, no matter what size you are, probably panics over picking out a swimsuit and worries that it will fit your figure well. Instead of worrying about your body and wishing you had another one, work with what you have!

    Here are a few tips that will help ease the stress of finding the perfect swimsuit or bikini:


    In my experience of shopping for swimsuits, I believe that you can never go wrong with a halter top. Halters are flattering on everyone from AA cups to DD cups and give you that little lift if you need it. Triangle tops look best on women with cup sizes B and lower. If you do have a larger cup size and want to wear a triangle top, try to find one with an underwire. An underwire, bra-style top would best suit those with narrow shoulders and larger cup sizes.

    Women who are "well-endowed" should find a swimsuit that offers full support. Swimsuits that will flatter you are halter-tops or swimsuits that have molded under wire cups to keep everything in place. A swimsuit with the additional strap across the back, along the bust line, also provides additional support. If your the top part of your body is wider than your hips, you should choose a two-piece with a skort or shorts. This will help balance the top and bottom of your body.


    The benefit of tie side bottoms is that you can adjust the ties so they do not cut into your waist. Brazilian-cut bottoms are nice for those that care to show off a flattering behind, but let me forewarn you - they ride up very easily. If you don't feel comfortable showing alot of skin, you may want to try a skirted bottom.

    One Piece Swimsuits

    When searching for one piece swimsuits, it's always good to stick with a solid color. Darker, single-block colors are more slimming, however there are patterns that can hide your figure too. If you do decide on a swimsuit that has prints, make sure the patterns are centered on the middle of your body. Also, avoid horizontal stripes or patterns unless you want to look wider than you are!

    One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a new swimsuit is to know what works best for your features. Just because a swimsuit looks good on the hanger doesn't necessarily mean it will look good on you!

    Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Hairstyle Ideas and Tips From the Experts

    For some women everyday is a bad hair day. Well, I've been gathering up some ideas so that you can revive your hair. You can use these ideas whenever you feel the need to sass up your hair...or heck, if you have the time, implement these hairstyles everday!

    Hairstyle Idea #1 - Texture With a Twist

    This first idea comes from Diego Binetti's Spring 2010 runway show. Thomas Dunkin led the Sebastian Professional stylist design team, and they created a modern, textured twist on structured braids.

    The Hair Look:

    The asymmetrical pattern and haphazard positioning of the braids represents unique individualism and carefree youth. Here’s how to take this runway look to real life:

    1) Apply Sebastian Professional Thickefy Foam to damp hair; blend evenly throughout

    2) Blow hair out straight with a medium to large-sized round brush, spray hair with flexible hairspray for added texture; section hair, and set with large velcro rollers

    3) Take out pins, apply Microweb Fiber to hair, focusing most of the distribution towards the top of the head for lift and malleable texture. Clip top half of hair aside.

    4) French braid bottom half of hair starting behind left ear. Pull down top half of hair and pin pieces into french braid updo for playful positioning. Finish look with Shine Define for shiny finish and lasting hold.

    How to Get the Look with Sebastian Professional:

    Thomas Dunkin suggests prepping hair with a weightless thickener, flexible hairspray and soft texturizer to create moldable texture for hold that lasts without a product-laden look. Try:

    Thickefy Foam – Weightless thickener for natural volume ($15.95)
    Microweb Fiber – Elastic texturizer for malleable, touchable texture ($18.95)
    Shine Define – The ultimate versatile hairspray ($15.95)

    Hairstyle Idea #2 - Simple and Chic

    Rose Byrne Emmy's 2009Rose Byrne sported a simple and chic look at the Emmy's. Harry Josh, John Frieda International Creative Consultant, gave Rose an ultra-chic collar bone-length cut to accentuate her bone structure and play up her youth.

    Harry began by applying John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum to Rose’s soaking wet hair to ensure her style remained frizz-free and polished throughout the night.

    EXPERT HAIR TIP: “By infusing soaking wet hair with a dime-size portion of Frizz-Ease Serum, you can block frizz that is caused by humidity and fend off flyaways before they start, paving the way for smooth, flawless style,” said Harry.

    Harry then applied Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation to Rose’s towel dried hair before blowing it out straight in sections using a FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1900 Turbo blow dyer and a round boar bristle brush. Starting with hair at the back of her head and working towards the crown, Harry emphasized a deep side part by pulling hair to the left as he dried.

    EXPERT HAIR TIP: “It’s essential to begin blow drying from the roots when you’re wearing a side part,” Harry revealed. “Be sure to work hair in the direction of the part as you dry to ensure that the style stays in place.”

    Harry finished by spritzing Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist evenly throughout Rose’s hair to amplify shine and flaunt her new color.

    EXPERT HAIR TIP: “I wanted to be sure that Rose’s hair captured the light and appeared luminous when she was in front of the camera,” explained Harry. “100% Shine gave it a glossy finish that stayed all night.”

    Hairstyle Ideas #3 & #4 - Edgy, Street Style

    Metamorphosis: To change completely in form or nature. To transform, transition and evolve. AG Hair Cosmetics’ latest hair collection, Metamorphosis, demonstrates and depicts the stages of a client’s visit to a salon through the life of a butterfly. Created by AG’s Artistic Director Jami Symons, Metamorphosis represents fashion and style in constant motion with a selection of edgy and red carpet styles that are free flowing and carefree.

    My favorite hairstyles from this collection are “The Firefly” and "The Monarch". The Firefly is short, textured and full of energy while The Monarch is a regal, majestic style that is incredibly versatile and mysterious.

    AG Hair Cosmetics Metamorphosis Hairstyles Collection
    Hair: AG’s Artistic Director, Jami Symons; AG’s Artistic Team Leader, Jo-Anne Dicken; and, AG’s Artistic Team Member, Jaclyn Emmett
    Photography: Waldy Martens
    Makeup: Yasaman Morshedian

    For other hairstyle ideas, check out this resource: Also check out this blog's archives for more hair tips.

    Want a whole new look for free? Enter the Kronos Hair "Loathe Your Locks" contest. Visit: Contest ends October 23, 2009.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    Two Colors You Can Count On Every Season

    There are two colors that I can always count on to be "in style": black and white.

    Black and white brings back memories of high school when I would call up my friends to plan out what we were going to wear to school the next day. We always ended up choosing a black and white theme because it was just easy. I think we even started calling ourselves the "Mod Squad". I'm on the far left in the picture below...

    The Mod Squad

    In the October 2009 edition of InStyle magazine, I came across a spread featuring celebrities sporting black and white striped skirts. Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, Kelly Ripa, and Rihanna were all wearing cute outfits, of course.

    InStyle Magazine: Celebrities wearing striped skirts

    Black and white handcrafted beaded earringsAfter seeing this picture in the magazine, I was inspired to create a couple pairs of beaded earrings - earrings I would wear with a black and white outfit.

    These earrings and more handcrafted jewelry are available in my Etsy shop. I'll be adding more pieces every week!

    Friday, October 2, 2009

    Need a New Hairstyle This Fall?

    This past spring I chopped off my hair just for a change, and although I love that I can wake up and do my hair in five minutes, sometimes I do miss my long hair - especially now that the weather is starting to cool down. (By the way, I put on boots for the first time in awhile...yay!)

    Yes, it's time for another change in the hair department. I did organize all my hair accessories, so hair clips and head bands have been my saving grace.

    How about you? Ready for a change this fall? Check out these 13 head-turning hairstyles for fall...
    13 Head-Turning Hairstyles for Fall

    Be the chicest girl on the block with one of these cutting-edge 'dos

    Are you tired of summer's beachy waves (or just putting your hair up in a pony to beat the heat)? Us too. Now that the weather is cooling off, it's time to embrace some new looks! Check out these 13 styles -- all of them are sure to get you noticed (and almost all of them are a snap to do). Find the one that's right for you now!

    See hairstyles

    And oh, stay tuned next week! I'll be sharing hair trends from the runways...