Kate Middleton’s Best Outfits and Styles

Kate Middleton is a very busy woman, judging by her many portfolios. Aside from being a mother of three very charming angels, she is a Princess of the United Kingdom, the Duchess of Cambridge, a reputable philanthropist, and a notable fashion icon. Whatever occasion or circumstance that you find her, Middleton never fails to impress – whether it is a fancy ball, a formal event, or just taking a vacation, she always looks poised, polished, and professional. Here are some of Middleton’s best styles:


10 Nail Polishes for a Classic Look

In the world of nail art, many styles and trends come and go. While most of them are really creative and pretty , cartoon-inspired styles and “cracked” nails aren’t always fit for the occasion. If you are looking for a nail polish that will look good for all occasions and paired with whatever attire, these all-time favorite colors in trusted nail polish brands are your best bets. Here are 10 nail polishes for a classic look.

Nail polish

1. Editor’s Choice: OPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath

Going for neutral colors that are of the same family as your skin tone can make your fingers look more slender, and give your hand a simple yet classy look. There are a variety of beige hues available in the market, and many of them are colors that show a mix of pink, grey and peach as well. The Bubble Bath is a favorite color among many nail polish fans. Its beige tone has a hint of pink, giving off a conservative feminine vibe. Adding 3-4 streaks of it on your nails is enough to give your fingers that sleek, elegant appearance. It doesn’t chip as easily as other nail polish brands.

2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Silver Sweep

Metallic is definitely the go-to color when you are a woman wishing to exude maturity and sophistication. A luminescent, smooth silver color of nail polish is sure to bring your nail bed to a whole new level of classy. Sally Hansen may be on the pricy end when it comes to nail polish, but its Insta-Dri collection promises to perfectly cover your nails with a single coat in 60 seconds. Another plus with silver is that you can match it easily with your clothes and jewelry. The Silver Sweep nail polish is also a good for nail art stamping.

3. China Glaze Nail Polish in Passion

Another metallic must have is a gold colored nail polish. China Glaze understands the fine line between classy and flashy. By using Passion nail polish, your nails will have a beautiful sheen of gold that doesn’t shine too bright or bold. Also great for nail stamping, this gold nail polish boasts of easy application and longer stay without chipping.

4. OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx

Nothing screams classic like black. However, it may not be the best nail color to wear in every occasion, and some nails might not look too good with black. Nevertheless, it is worth keeping one like the OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx on your dresser. OPI is definitely one of the top brands of nail polish on the market, and while it’s more on the pricy side, the California-based company makes up for it with its very good reputation. The Black Onyx is a no-nonsense nail polish. It delivers everything as it should: easy application, little to no streaking, and a wonderful smooth finish. Unlike other cheap nail polishes that sometimes give out a dark ugly green, the black onyx stays solid black under whatever lighting.

5. KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies Linear Holographic Nail Polish

Admit it, there’s something charming about a girl’s nails when they look like a galaxy filled with a hundred little stars. To have multi-colored nails resembling the different spectrum of the night sky is probably a part of every manicure maniac’s dream. Now, every girl can fulfil her holographic dreams with KBShimmer’s multi-chrome linear holographic nail polish. Watch in awe as your nails reflect different hues of color like blue, violet and red. It can look great on your nails in 2-3 coats, and even with another color (preferably black) painted underneath. Now, everyone will be staring at your nails.

6. Orly Nail Lacquer in Gilded Coral

Move over, diamond. Pearls are a girl’s new best friend! A polished, lustrous look never fails to give your hands an elegant appeal, and what better way to do so than to use pearl colors? The Orly Nail Lacquer in Gilded Coral is easy to apply to your nails without streaking. Watch your nails begin to look like deep sea treasures with their beautiful shiny pearls surface that has a hint of pink undertones. The nail polish also contains UV inhibitors which prevent color fading.

7. Maybelline New York Express Finish 50 Second Nail Color in Racy Red

More often than not, people are more drawn to your nails than your outfit if they were painted red. There is certainly something about this bright, bold color that screams attention. But the fact that it can still maintain an air of chic sexiness is what makes this nail color a timeless piece. The Maybelline Racy Red stays true to its promise by drying up perfectly on your nails in less than a minute. It also has a beautiful, attractive hue of red that may be hard to find in other brands.

8. Essie Nail Lacquer in Vintage Wine

If you’re not too keen on attention-grabbing red, don’t worry; try burgundy! Vintage Wine waters down the boldness of vibrant red, but still hangs on to its classiness. The nail polish is also DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde Free.

9. Kleancolor Nail Lacquer in Sheer Pastel Pink

Whether it is pastel, rose, or hot pink, at the end of the day we all have an Elle Woods deep in our hearts. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, as pink is a color that will suit most skin tones and occasions. Kleancolor’s Sheer Pastel Pink gives a very fun and youthful vibe with its baby pink color.

10. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Sometimes, we tend to forget that less is more, and simplicity is beauty. Seche Vite is a very strong top coat that can ensure the durability of your colored nails. You can also use it and go colorless for a clean, polished look, or use it to create a classic French tip.


Top 10 Make-up Products for Under $50

They say that true beauty is priceless, but try telling that to the lady who has very little to spend but needs to look good every day. Wouldn’t it be great if beauty products were cheap but made you look like a million bucks? The good news is, they are and they can. Here are 10 make-up products for under $50.

 Amore Pacific Clarifying Masque

1. Vaseline

This is often called the beauty staple because it has so many positive properties. You can buy it in any drugstore for under a dollar and use it, well, anywhere. Vaseline adds moisture to your skin but it has numerous other uses. It can plump up your lips, seal cracked heels and even helps with the fine lines around your eyes.

2. Hemorrhoid cream

Varying in cost from a dollar to $10, beauty queens have been using this cream to reduce puffiness around their eyes for years.

3. Revlon Skin Renewal Face Brush

You may be wondering why anyone would brush their face, especially with a $20 brush, but Revlon has made this item with the understanding that dead skin cells, dirt and other bad things need not sit around waiting for your next cleanse. A quick brush of the skin will renew the skin cells and believe it or not, get blood moving in your face.

4. Sara Happ The Lip Scrub

Many women tend to ignore their lips during their beauty routines, but even these poor cells need a little love and moisture. This $24 scrub will exfoliate the lips, leaving them plump and ready for moisture.

5. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

If you haven’t been using this since you were a teenager, start now. Almost every woman around the world knows that this cream is a brilliant moisture injector, and at just $25, is perfect for moisture on the go.

6. REN Micro Polish Cleanser

Though it’s not the cheapest of the cheap, at just $30, this exfoliator helps rid your skin of dirt, oil, grease and about a million other impurities too.

7. Philosophy Help Me Night Cream

At $47, it’s not the cheapest on this list, but this fantastic night cream is a skin booster. It helps to heal acne scarring, lines and even the tone of your skin and best of all, doesn’t dry your skin out.

8. Talika Skin Retouch

This stunning serum is a skin illuminator and though it is $49, it still makes the list of budget beauty products. It has a matte finish and leaves your skin clear and ready for make-up.

9. Caudalie Divine Oil

Another one that is not cheap, this $49 oil pours moisture back into your skin and that is something no woman can say no to. This is not oil in the traditional sense and won’t make your skin look greasy. Rather, it is a moisturizing oil easily absorbed into the skin that leaves your face glowing.

10. Amore Pacific Clarifying Masque

Anyone who tells you there is no need for a mask is wrong, pure and simple. This $50 mask will help to plump up your skin, remove dead cells and leave your pores smaller too.



Top 5 Make-up Foundations

Buying a good makeup foundation can be really tricky. Not only do you have to ensure you get the right color and consistency, but you also need the peace of mind that comes with a foundation that is oil-free. Your goal to cover up blemishes, wrinkles and other imperfections should not cause more problems than it solves, and that is why when it comes to foundations, there are five on the market right now that really stand out.

Yves St Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat

1. Chanel Perfection Lumiere

This is priced at $70. The French word ‘lumiere’ translates to ‘light’ and this is what the foundation is based on. The coverage it gives is very good, especially considering it is not too apparent. The sheer look of the foundation will give the appearance that you are not wearing makeup at all. The finish of it is very smooth, which means any raised bumps, such as occurs with acne sufferers will be hidden and wrinkles will be filled in to give a youthful appearance.

2. Yves St Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat

Another great buy is the Yves St Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat, a foundation that covers everything for just $60 a tube. This foundation works as a cream and a powder and tints the skin to make it look even and smooth, but without the horrible pancake effects that so many foundations produce. It also has a glow infused into it, so that skin looks healthy and vital.

3. Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Foundation

Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Foundation, at $64 is another must-have. It is a whip, as opposed to a standard liquid, which makes it less messy to put on and, means that you can touch up your foundation throughout the day without having to reapply all of your makeup.

4. Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Make-Up

Another one you may want to try, especially if your skin is prone to problems cause by oil, is the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Make-Up for just $44. The foundation is oil-free and contains two products that help with problem skin, namely, laminaria saccharina and willow bark extract. The former is well known for its properties in sebum regulation, that is, it keeps pimples away, and the latter can actually absorb oil. The foundation is matte, which means no extraneous shine and none of that ‘sweaty’ sheen, no matter where you are or what you are doing.

5. MAC Face and Body Foundation

Experts use MAC Face and Body Foundation, at a cost of $60. This is the standard in foundations and is water-based, so it can help those who struggle with problem skin. One of its best qualities is that it is long lasting, so if you know you have a long day ahead of you, you don’t have to worry about what your skin will look like by the time evening rolls around.

Well-known by consumers and professional makeup artists alike, MAC has a standard of quality that is extraordinary and the standard of this product lives up to the expectations of all other MAC products. This product gives a smooth finish with extra glow, and no oily look.


Should You Buy Bobbi Brown No Smudge?

Every woman knows that though there are a bevy of beauty products that promise glowing skin, fuller lips and longer lashes, very few can actually deliver on those promises. Mascara especially is wrought with claims of fuller lashes, long and beautiful, that make every man swoon as soon as he sees you. But they can’t all be the best, and when it comes to choosing one, most of us buy based on price, rather than promise. Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara is one of the exceptions to the full-promise, no-delivery rule, and there are many reasons why.

Bobbi Brown Mascara

It is not the cheapest mascara you’ll find, coming in at a price of about $32, but the promises that this mascara makes are ones it is committed to fulfilling. The quality of most Bobbi Brown products is often lauded as the best, and this is because Bobbi Brown has a reputation to protect. The woman behind the make-up is a make-up artist herself and so she knows what looks good, what women want from a mascara and how to deliver.


The mascara’s claim to be ‘smudge-free’ is a promise is delivers on, and certainly not the only one. We all know that though you apply your mascara carefully in the morning, by the evening, after a long day of working, sweating and rubbing your eyes, it looks like you have put black eye shadow all over your face. This mascara stops that at the smudge level and ensures that when you apply it in the morning, it stays that way all day long.

This is not the only promise this amazing mascara delivers on. It also spreads the lashes as it is applied and this means they don’t stick together. Because of the coating formula, the mascara builds to create fuller lashes and may even make your lashes seem longer, which is something every woman wants.


How about longevity? Well, the experts say that mascara should be changed at least every three months, and this mascara, even if used twice a day will last for that length easily. The price of the mascara, at just $32, means you’re spending just over $10 a month for beautiful lashes and we think that is great value for money. What is so handy about this mascara is that it is not bulky, but the tube is just as beautifully designed as the mascara itself and for those who want to reapply during the day (even though you won’t have to), this means you can take the mascara anywhere with you.

Clumping, clotting, drying and smudging are all in your past, if you’re ready to make the change to Bobbi Brown. It is not often that we come across a mascara that really does deliver on the many promises it makes, and so the time has come to kiss goodbye all of those other mascaras sitting in your makeup bag, and pick the one and only that will make gorgeous eyes an everyday occurrence and send smudging on its way.


How to Choose a Foundation for your Skin Tone

There are many parts of a woman’s life that she should know more about and yet there are so many women walking around with an incorrectly-sized bra on, even more who don’t push back their cuticles or choose a makeup brush. Then there are those whose foundation is either too dark or too light. But when you’re standing in the drugstore at the beauty counter, how do you ensure that the foundation you pick won’t make you look over-tanned or as if you’d never seen the sun before.

Easier done than said

Believe it or not, all of the things you were told by your mother or grandmother about foundation are not true. You can find one that will not give you acne, it’s not normal for foundation to flake and you should not test it on your hand. Many women believe that they can put a dab of foundation onto the back of their hands to find their correct color, but the color of your hand and that of your face are quite different. Because your hands are in the sun a lot more often than your face is, you are likely to end up with a foundation that is just too dark.

Your skin tone

Most women have either a pink or yellow undertone to their skins. Anyone from the Mediterranean will have a skin tone that is yellow, while most women from the UK, Ireland and Scotland have a pink undertone. If you want to find out which you have, the easiest rule of thumb is to put on a silver necklace and then a gold necklace. If the silver blends into your skin, you have a pink undertone. If the gold does, you have a yellow undertone. Once you have figured this out, you will know whether you need a foundation with gold or yellow undertones, or one with pink ones.

Testing foundations

If you’re looking to buy a new foundation, you will need to try it out. This means going into the store bare-faced and trying out a few different foundations. Take a small sample and spread it the length of your cheekbone. Be sure to note whether it spreads easily, how it feels on your fingers and on your face, and whether it blends well. These are all things you will be able to glean in the first few minutes. Don’t forget to wash your hands first too.

Once you have narrowed down the search to your top 3, be sure to ask for samples from the drug store. If they can’t give you samples, go into the store and use the tester foundation, one a day until you have tried them all. This will give you a feel for how they stay on your skin, how they fare over time and how they feel. Ultimately, it will help you make a better decision.

One thing you should always check when it comes to foundations is the oil content. Opt for those that are oil-free and remember that, no matter what the manufacturer says, one color does not fit all.


5 Top Anti-dandruff Shampoos

Ever had that feeling when everyone seems to be looking at you but it’s not for the right reasons? It could be because of dandruff. There are many shampoos on the market that can treat dandruff effectively and efficiently and thanks to advances in modern technology, there is simply no good excuse to have it.

1. L’Oreal Elvive

L’Oreal, a manufacturer of beauty products, is not the really the expected choice when it comes to dandruff control but believe it or not, they do make one of the best. Not only is this shampoo an anti-dandruff mixture that will send those little white flakes packing, but it also smells good, leaves your hair shiny and it is not very expensive. Perhaps the only downside to buying this shampoo is that it contains selenium disulphide, which is an anti-fungal component that has been known to cause hair loss in the long-term.

2. Neutrogena T/Gel

A global company that has received awards for its excellence in skin care, Neutrogena makes hair products too. This anti-dandruff shampoo is very effective and the maker stands by its claim that this is the best shampoo for dandruff control as recommended by dermatologists. Within two weeks, it will clear up your dandruff, but may require the use of a conditioner to keep hair from becoming dull or brittle.

3. Nizoral

Another great choice for those suffering from dandruff, this shampoo is easily available and contains ketazole, a fighter of pityorosporumovale as its active ingredient. For those of us who don’t speak the language of chemists, pityorosporumovale is widely recognised by dermatologists as the main cause of dandruff and the fact that this shampoo has the power to fight the cause and not just the symptoms makes it a very good buy.

4. KP Namboodiri

The aryuvedic anti-dandruff shampoo made by this brand is one of the best in the world. Though it is not easy to find, unless you live in India where it is made, it is one of the best. It contains amla oil too, which as many Indian women know, is an oil that keeps hair soft, shiny and healthy. Though it is not 100% natural, it is a very effective.

5. Blossom Kochar Aroma Magic

A herbal shampoo with excellent dandruff removal properties, this product is another from the Orient that may be a little bit tough to find in the States. One thing it does have that so many others don’t is a very pleasant aroma and in addition, it actually works. Though it claims to be herbal, there is actually no way to prove this, but it does work and it is not very expensive. It also ensures that the hair is left in a good state, which should make it a lot more alluring to those who have tried dandruff shampoos in the past and found them to dry out the scalp.

Don’t forget that when using dandruff shampoo, you should not wash your hair every day, as this strips it of the natural oils secreted by your head.


5 Must-have Make-up brushes

You may think it is easier to put on your make-up with your fingers, but spreading oils, germs and bacteria have all been associated with this, which is why a woman who knows how to take care of her skin prefers a brush. But there are so many make-up brushes out there, all claiming to be better than the last, so as a consumer, how are you supposed to make an educated decision about which is the best to buy?

1. Eye Shader

If you can only afford to buy one brush this year, make it the eye shader, a brush you can buy online or in a store for as little as $6 (Makeup Geek) or as much as $25 (MAC). This is a brush that spreads shadow along your eyelid, but rather than simply swoop it on, the brush packs the powder into the space, which means the color is more vivid. It can also be used to smudge color.

2. Pencil Brush

This is a brush that lives up to its name by allowing you the chance to create what looks like a pencil line across the eye. The experts call it a precision shading brush, which means that you can use it for a more understated look. It will spread a color thinly along the eyelid, to create a line effect and it can be bought at Macy’s, Nordstrom’s or even on eBay for about $25 (MAC).

3. Dual-end Brow Brush

At about $5 from the Makeup Geek store, this brush is a must-have item. You can use one end to tame your eyebrows, ensuring that all of the hairs are travelling in the same direction and the other end to fill in the brows, creating a fuller and more angular look. That’s double the brush for half the money, a deal if you think about the fact that you’ll be using it every day.

4. Cheek Highlighter

This smart brush is a must for those who love their blush. It has soft and evenly set bristles that, for the low price of $35, highlight the cheekbones brilliantly. It is easy to use and evenly spreads powder blush in a smooth line that still allows for some blending, so that you don’t look too overdone.

5. Blending Brush

A must-have for the girl who has to blend on the go, this isn’t a brush like the others. This is more of a sponge actually, but it gives you the power to blend anything from blush to eyeshadow to foundation, which means you’ll never go out in public with those embarrassing foundation lines near your ears or at the base of your chin, can smooth out the eyeshadow creased in your lids and even tone down the blush you use so you look more cool and less clown. This is an absolutely essential item that most women don’t be using, especially if they have taken a lot of care with their makeup. Applying is only half the battle. The other half is blending.


5 Beauty Must-Haves for a Makeover

With the seasons on the verge of changing, you may be wondering how to give yourself a new look. Well, an extreme haircut, piercing or tattoo may not be the answer, especially if you have access to some of these smart products that can make you feel like a new person in a matter of minutes.

Makeover tip 1 – Get that hair to shine

There’s not a woman out there who doesn’t want thick, shiny hair, but though many products promise to give it to you, they don’t all deliver. Pollution, bad nutrition and sunlight all contribute to the damage of hair and unless we ensure that we take care of it, our hair becomes brittle, dull and lifeless. So what’s the best way to fight the war on dull hair? John Frieda Full Repair Revival Styling Spray. This spray protects your hair from the effects of weather and pollutants and if you like to straight-iron it, this will help with the damage that heat could cause too.

Makeover tip 2 – Get the cheeks glowing

A healthy blush is one of the signs of youth and vitality but with dry skin making us all look a little pale and wan, blush is the only way to get that healthy glow. Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush is one of the best, adding colour to the cheeks that looks natural and that won’t damage your skin in the long run. Another one to try is the Chanel range of powder blushes, especially for those who don’t like cream blush.

Makeover tip 3 – Arch your brows

A brow shape can be as good as a holiday and since they are so expressive, you may find that just by shaping your arches differently, you get a whole new lease on life. Of course, having the right tools helps too, which is why the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Kit is a must. This will help you tweeze shape and colour your brows so that they look different but still suit your style.

Makeover tip 4 – Fake the lashes

Fake lashes can look really tacky if you don’t apply them correctly, but with the Shu Uemura Soft Cross lashes and a little time and patience, you’ll be able to give yourself lashes that highlight your eyes and that speak for you. Long lashes frame your eyes and since your eyes are the windows to your soul, getting fake lashes is kind of like putting up new curtains.

Makeover tip 5 – Self-tan

With summer on its way in, you don’t want to be the sole pale person at the barbeque or pool party. A little self-tan can give you the colour you need, until you can get a little of your own. Try the Sally Hansen Airbrush self-tan, a waterproof variant that allows you to swim, sweat and have fun without leaving those horrible brown streaks. Not only will it give you a glow, but it also adds moisture and what woman doesn’t want a little extra moisture in her skin?


How to Choose the Perfect Nail Polish Color

Nail art is a fun, creative pastime for many women. There’s nothing quite like a lazy Sunday afternoon at the salon, lounging on a comfortable reclining chair whilst friendly experts wash, scrub, pick, shape and file your nails to perfection. Of course, there’s also the chance to catch up with your best lady pals while getting your nails done, possibly with a moisturizing mask on your face and unlimited iced tea beside you, as well.

Nail polish

If you are one of the many women who smartly chooses to save by doing your nails at home, there is also the fun in shopping for nail art tools. You get to experiment with different colors and styles. And not even a day at the beauty salon can beat that.

However, whether you’re doing your nails at home or at the salon, sometimes choosing the perfect nail color can be challenging. With so many different shades and hues of nail polish on the market, it can be hard to avoid choosing a color that would end up looking bad on your nails. Well, worry not, for here are some useful tips to remember when choosing the perfect nail polish color.

Determine Your Skin Tone

Try to put a nail polish side by side with your skin, preferably the hand, to get an idea if the two colors would complement each other. If you have yellowish skin, then yellow and orange might not be the best color for your nails. Dark or vibrant colors can make a pale skin stand out more than usual, so don’t go for these if you have very light complexion and don’t intend to draw all attention to your nails. Women with darker skin tones are quite lucky as most colors look good with them. Light colors provide a nice contrast against their darker color, while dark colors give them a classy look. Nude colors, however, may be harder to pull off.

What’s the Occasion?

With your nails done, are you going to attend a wild party or a wedding ceremony? Taking note of this can help you decide what you should and shouldn’t pick. There is no place at formal events for a multi-colored look, and nude or basic colors are a safe bet when attending a formal gala. Also, it’s always a good idea to choose a nail polish color with the color of your dress in mind as well.

How Old Are You?

The same way that clothes can make a woman older or younger, nail color can give the same effect, too. Generally, dark and daring colors like wine red or gothic black can make you look older, while lighter ones like pastel pink or aqua blue can make you look younger. Fitting the nail color to your age and the image you want to portray can be helpful in selecting the right color.

Get Rid of Bad Habits

Do you tend to bite your nails or pick at your cuticles? It is highly recommended that you let go of these bad practices before you venture on to nail art. But if you haven’t, then colored nails may look worse when chipped and cracked. Try going for colorless nail polish instead.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun. After all, you can simply remove the colors with acetone if you don’t like what you see.