Every year on July 6th, singles and couples will have a good excuse to become more romantic and flirty for this annual holiday. As it falls on a Saturday this year, it’s time to get creative, both on the lips and in the desired location of that memorable kiss.
In honor of International Kissing Day, our friends at online dating site Zoosk conducted a survey of 3500 singles in the United States to find out everything you need to know about kissing. From air kisses to French kisses, find out the most popular styles of kissing and the biggest turn-offs for a bad kiss.
According to the survey, most singles have dated a bad kisser. With 73% of the singles polled claiming they’ve been stuck in a bad kissing situation, know that you’re not alone when you meet a kisser with the slobbering tongue, bad breath, or the one who kisses with his or her mouth closed.
Speaking of closed, the Zoosk survey showed that 83% of singles do prefer to kiss with their eyes closed as compared to wide-open.
Music and romance do go hand-in-hand, so it’s natural that those surveyed had some favorite make-out songs. The top selections included “Could I Have This Kiss Forever” by Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias, as well as “A Kiss From a Rose” by Seal and “Blow Me One Last Kiss” by Pink.
French kissing, surprisingly enough is more popular in the United States than in France. According to the survey, 46% of Americans prefer the French kiss as compared to 21% of those kissing in France.
Where do couples want to memorialize their kiss? The beach came in as the top choice with 30% of the votes, followed by kissing in the car, by a roaring fireplace, and on a carriage ride in Central Park in New York City.
If you’re away from your sweetheart, remember to send a few digital hugs and kisses XOXO’s via text on your mobile phone to celebrate International Kissing Day. Remember that a goodbye kiss can be more important than the hello kiss and leave a wonderful memory to the end of your date.
What’s your kissing style? Do you have your own kissing dos and don’ts? A dream spot for that first kiss?
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, facialist-extraordinnaire Gia, from Gia Skin Care, shares her Red Velvet Mask. It looks and smells so good, you may find yourself nibbling on it while applying it to your face.
How do you enjoy this do-it-yourself process at home?
All you’ll need is a food processor or blender and the following ingredients:
1/4 Cup of Fresh Organic Raspberries
1 Tablespoon Manuka or Raw Local Honey
1 Teaspoon of powdered Cocoa
1-2 Tablespoons Organic Almond Milk
Blend all the ingredients until it becomes a smooth velvety consistency.
Apply your mask from a bowl with either an applicator or facial brush making sure you avoid the eye area.
Leave on 10 minutes and simply Breathe and Relax.
With the amazing power of antioxidants from the raspberries and the medicinal antibacterial healing qualities from the honey, this is the ideal indulging mask without any calories!
It’s a nice way to pamper yourself, while getting ready for your next cyber-date.
Julie Spira is leading online dating expert and founder of Cyber-Dating Expert. She creates irresistible profiles for singles on the dating scene and is the author of the bestseller, The Perils of Cyber-Dating. For online dating advice, sign up for the free Weekly Flirt, follow @JulieSpira on Twitter and at Facebook.com/CyberDatingExpert.
It’s with great enthusiasm to announce that I’m teaming up with Bloomingdales for an exciting event called, Beauty 101: Meet Your Match. The event will be held in their Los Angeles – Century City store on Saturday, October 20th from 1pm – 2pm and 4pm – 5pm.
We all know that getting ready for a date requires a bit of effort. With so many beauty lines to choose from, how do you know which is best for you? Should you lean in for the important first kiss wearing pink lipstick or red?
If you’ve heard of speed dating, the concept is similar. How it works is 30 participants will be seated at individual tables for each session. Every five minutes, you’ll switch tables and meet experts from Bloomingdales’ prestigious cosmetics lines who will show you the best products for you. I’ll be on hand providing dating and relationship advice for each participant, so get your questions ready.
Your $25 ticket will be redeemable for purchases in the Cosmetics department. We’ll have light refreshments, free samples, and the chance to win one of the many luxurious Cosmetics baskets. You’ll leave looking perfect for your date night.
Tickets are limited and are available in advance at any cosmetics counter at the Century City store or by calling 310-772-2144.
Julie Spira is an online dating and relationship expert. She’s the author of the bestseller, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online” and creates irresistible profiles for singles on the dating scene. For more datingadvice, follow @JulieSpira on Twitter and at Facebook.com/CyberDatingExpert.
While sitting in the Apple store learning how to use my new iPad, I received an email from SpaFinder announcing their Spring Wellness week. From March 21-27, 2011, numerous participating spas from around the country and world are offering either 50% off or $50 specials for spa treatments, Pilates, and yoga worth opening your wallet for.
Within in minutes, I was booked at Tikkun Holistic Spa, just around the corner from the Apple store in Santa Monica for a 50-minute massage at only $50. Regularly priced at $95, it included free use of the Clay room, Lava room, and Himalayan Salt room before my treatment.
Hundreds of spas around the country are participating Wellness Week. If you’re out of town, some of the finest 5-star hotels have spas with 50% off specials to enjoy during your trip. Already lucky in love? Try a couples massage to spice up your love life.
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It’s time to spice up your look for very little cost. This season has brought some of my favorite colors to the nail palette courtesy of Jessica Custom Nail Colour.
Try their Cloud Mine, Pure Platinum or Mystery to capture the attention of your next online date. Your beau will be thinking, these nails are made for flirting.
To order a bottle, visit your local nail salon or click below.
Every one in a while I come across a new lip gloss that’s guaranteed to stay on your lips throughout the day. When I found the double-ended mix-and match lipgloss from tarte, which claimed to be a moisture-rich gloss duo to hydrate the lips, it was worth trying.
Of course, the quote on the box got my attention, which said “Breaking up’s not hard to do when you’ve got a gloss that splits in two!”
Tarte supergloss comes in colors such as Pip & Estella, along with the associated and flirty quote, “Estella always kept her admirer guessing with her patented pout. Exceed expectations, one kiss at a time.”
Other famous duos include Fred & Ginger, Romeo & Juliet, Luke & Laura, Rhett & Scarlet, and Anthony & Cleopatra.
It’s worth the purchase to perk up your spirit along with your lips. Added bonus: You can break apart the duo and mix and match the colors while you’re dreaming about your next kiss.
Try their new beach set, featuring Gidget & Moondoggie (pale pink & shimmery sand)
Frankie & Annette (coral pink & watermelon)
Zack & Kelly (peachy pink & cotton candy)
My favorite cosmetic choice the past few months has to be Stila. Their lip glaze is so convenient and comes in a variety of fun and flirty colors. A recent visit to their website resulted in a terrific value and look with their Date Night collection.
Stila offers four top sellers for only $34 – a $90 value! Shimmering lids and lashes, luminous skin and sweetly flushed lips and cheeks give you a perfectly pretty look for date night or every night!
Black Diamond Mascara – black with shimmer
Eye Shadow – Kitten*
Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain
All Over Shimmer *3
*Individual compact sold separately.
If you get lucky in love, don’t forget to spread the news.
There’s nothing like the anticipation of the first kiss with someone you just started dating. Your first kiss can set off fireworks and start the oxytocin flowing in your body, if its the kind of kiss that makes you want more.
Learn how to turn a wintertime kiss into a night to remember with my 10 tips.
Now that it’s December, we are gearing up for holiday parties. Perhaps it’s time to dare yourself to wear RED lipstick.
It’s no secret that my favorite color is red. If I could paint my house red without standing out like a sore thumb, I would. I think I’ll save red for the fashion and beauty section and leave my house as is.
Red lipstick is classic and timeless. Wearing red lipstick is the simplest way to achieve a high fashion look. According to Beauty Empowerment author/speaker Ungenita Prevost, selecting the right color of red isn’t a simple task. Prevost tells us red lipstick, if not worn properly, can send out the wrong message. She offers these suggestions for looking red-hot at the holidays.
One Color Doesn’t Fit All – Choosing the right shade is the way to distinguish classy from trashy.
- Very Pale Skin Tones – Think Nicole Kidman in Chanel. She pulls it off with shades that are lighter and have pink undertones for instant Hollywood Glamour on that special occasion.
- Light to Medium Skin Tones – Selma Hayek wears red well in fact being in the light to medium skin tone you can pull off a true fire engine red to look classic and beautiful day or night.
- Darker/Bronze Skin Tones – Go with a deep red shade with burgundy undertones. Look sultry and sexy the next time you have a night on the town.
Let Your Lips Be The Star of The Show – Less is more when it comes to the rest of your face makeup when wearing red. When wearing bright red lipstick, skip the eyeliner and blush. Bat your eyelashes with mascara in black if you have dark hair or in brown if you have lighter hair.
Strike A Pose – You will look like a fashion model, so make the most of your smile by having whiter teeth. Stop by your local drug store and pick up a teeth-whitening product. If your teeth are stained, a tint with blue undertones will brighten your smile. Avoid tints with yellow tones, as they will enhance the stains in your teeth.
You’ve Got The Look – Remember, red lips are part of your wardrobe. They shouldn’t compete with your outfit. Red works best with classic styles such as the little black dress, a white pantsuit, or neutral blazer with jeans. If your outfit is too flashy, it will clash with your lips & could tip your style meter to trashy instead of classy.
To Draw or Not to Draw The Line – Pair you lipstick with a liner that matches your natural lip color and fill in your lips. This will stop your lipstick from bleeding and running. Apply your lipstick then blot with a tissue. Makeup artist recommend dusting your lips with a translucent powder so you can go from day to night.
What’s Matte Got To Do With It – Now that you know what your shade is & how to wear it. Buy a matte version of your favorite color red for more formal looks. If you want to look less formal, glossy is the way to go.
This beauty post was contributed by Ungenita Prevost. Prevost was named the Tony Robbins of Beauty. Visit her at www.thebilliondollarbeauty.com