Saturday, 1 August 2009
We all want to look young and beautiful on our wedding days, but how many of us really make the necessary effort to take care of ourselves? These nighttime beauty regimes will help you look your best on your wedding day. You should also continue these beauty tips after your wedding to ensure that you continue to look young, healthy and radiant!
Cleansing your face before going to bed is essential for removing any dirt you many have picked up during the day.
Nighttime is the right time to apply any face treatment. At night your skin will not be exposed to the sunlight, air pollution or any bacteria-ridden particles that might be present in the air. Your skin also repairs itself at night by replacing dead skin cells with fresh new ones. Making sure your skin absorbs enough nutrients during the night is vital. It will revitalize your facial skin and works wonders on skin that has been exposed to all the dirt and grime of the daytime. You should also apply the treatment to your arms and neck area.
Importance of Exfoliation
Walnut scrub is ideal for oily skin. Make sure you scrub your face in circular motions and wash with cold water. For those with sensitive or dry skin, use baby oil or wet cleansing pads, followed by a night cream.
Our skin is always generating new skin cells at the dermis layer and sending them to the surface (the epidermis). As the cells rise to the surface they gradually die and become filled with keratin.
The keratinized skin cells are essential. They give our skin its protective quality. But they are constantly sloughing off to make way for younger cells.
And as we age the cell turnover process slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin's surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. Exfoliation is beneficial because it removes those dead cells that are clinging on, revealing the fresher, younger skin cells below.
However, it is possible to overexfoliate, especially on the facial skin where it is usually more delicate. Overexfoliating will dry and irritate the skin. So be gentle when you exfoliate.
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Start with a professional cleaning and keep on a regular schedule. Stains from coffee, tea, tobacco, and plaque can dull an otherwise pretty smile. Beauty Tips for your Smile (Teeth!)
Eyebrow pencils need to be as true to your own brow shade as possible. However, if you have dark black brows, you need not worry about using an eyebrow pencil. Lucky you! You can shape and add depth (within reason) to your brows with just a few well placed strokes. Eyebrow Tips
Apply your eye shadow on wet. Use toner that is alcohol free, an Eyeliner Sealer or just plain old water. Use a sponge applicator or an eye shadow brush to brush on a light layer of toner/water across the eyelid or in the crease over the eye shadow. Eye Tips
Hair dresser that has a salon built onto her house. Her prices should be very reasonable. Check the price of a color, haircut, deep conditioning and a blow dry. Hair Care Tips
It’s January but spring is just around the corner! We usually don’t think of our feet as part of our “getting ready for spring” regimen until it’s too late. Now is the time to start, believe it or not, for getting our feet in shape for ultimate sandal display. Winter is such a drying and pounding time for our feet. Hand and Foot Care Tips
To neaten up the lip line or to fill in to darken a bit, grab either a an eye or lip pencil in the right color. If you rather use lipstick, dot a bit of liquid powder or loose powder on lips first, then apply color in the middle of the mouth and blend outwards.. Lip Tips
Depending on what you are wearing, try to match your eye color to it You might have to mix colors to achieve the desired look! Make Up Tips
Keeping your natural nails looking excellent takes work. If you don’t do the work, your nails can suffer from problems such as stains, nail biting, splitting, white marks or ridges. Nail Care Tips
After applying the foundation, the next step is color. To use cream blush, dot on the apples of the cheeks. Quick Cheeks and Blush Tips
Are you confused on which and what wrinkle or anti-aging creams to use? With so many different products at there, how do we know which ingredients do what? Skin Care Tips
A pea-sized quantity of paste will do; tap the brush so that the paste sinks into the brush and is available for brushing all the teeth. Rinse Your mouth after every meal..Teeth
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Here are some of the basics to remember when choosing and applying foundation.
1. Skin Type. What is your skin type? It is very important that you get a foundation that suits your skin. A person with dry skin will need a more moisturizing foundation or maybe a cream. Whereas someone with combination to oily skin will need an oil controlling foundation. If a foundation states that it is for all skin types, the two extremes of dry and oily may not have the best results.
2. Shades. There are so many shades to choose from…Where do you start? The best way to choose a shade is by trying them on and NOT on the back of your hand. To test a shade, you need to try it on you face, at the jaw line. The shade that disappears is the one for you. Please do not be temped to give yourself a tan with your foundation. You can add colour with your blusher or bronzer. Your foundation’s purpose is to smooth and even out your own skin tones. If your shade is too dark it can be ageing, too light and you look unwell or tired.
Flourescent lighting is our worst enemy. Always try to choose in natural sunlight. If possible next to a window or doorway.
3. Application. For best results, always apply your foundation straight after your moisturizer. (no matter what your skin type) while it is still moist. Blend with your fingers or a sponge from the middle of your face, outwards. Blend well around the hairline, nose and eyebrows. Put a thin layer on your eyes. If your shade is right, you should not have to blend past your jaw line.
4. Tip. If you want a light coverage, try mixing your foundation with a little moisturizer and then applying it like a moisturizer. This will give you a nice fresh & light look. Great for the summer.
5. Finish. To get that model finished look and to set your foundation to last all day use powder. A loose powder is best. Just pat it on and using a large brush, brush off the excess in downward strokes to smooth down any fine facial hair. Be careful not to put too much around the eyes, as this can be ageing, especially for us ladies of a more interesting age!
6. Myth. Wearing a foundation is bad for your skin….Actually, these days the opposite is true. Foundations are good for your skin because they will protect your skin from the environment and some even have SPF to protect you from the suns very damaging effects.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Winter Skin Care Tip 1: Shorten Those Showers
The skin care solution? Take shorter showers and baths and use warm water instead of steamy hot. Then, when you're done, pat dry, don't rub.
Winter Skin Care Tip 2: Mild Soaps
Stick with mild soaps, preferably unscented or lightly scented. You may want to go mild with your laundry detergent, too: some recommend Dreft or Ivory Snow.
Winter Skin Care Tip 3: Moisturize
A great way to soothe or prevent chapped skin: moisturize. And you don't need expensive elixirs from the cosmetics counter to keep skin dewy. And remember to drink up -- moisturizing from the inside out.
Winter Skin Care Tip 4: Get Sharp About Shaving
Use a lubricant when you shave, such as shaving cream. Change the blades in your shaver often. Shave in the direction that hair grows.
Winter Skin Care Tip 5: Slather on Sunscreen
Up to 80% of the sun's rays can penetrate light clouds, snow, and fog. So protect your skin: Even on cloudy or overcast days slap on that sunscreen. And don't forget to reapply often.
Winter Skin Care Tip 6: Soothing Chapped Lips
Lips don't have oil glands, so they can dry out especially easily. Don't lick. Cover up. Boost moisture. Use lip balm.
These quick skin care tips should help keep your skin happy all winter long. But if you find you still have dry skin, or your skin gets worse, give a dermatologist a call. Read the article to get full details.
Monday, 27 July 2009
I've always loved the look of glasses--and wished I needed them (I have 20/20, sigh). I get a TON of questions about eye makeup and glasses though... So I thought I'd ask beauty know-it-all Kimara Ahnert for some tips. Here, her thoughts:
"There's no need to hide behind glasses when it comes to wearing eye makeup. Glasses bring more awareness to the eye area often making eyes appear larger when looking back at someone through their lenses. Make eyes pop by using eyeliner: First, define top of lids with a darker liner on top like bobbi brown creme gel liner in black or brown and eye shadow powder liner under bottom lashes for smoky definition. Powder liner is water-resistant minimizing chance of liner smudging throughout the day, always a plus.
Then, make eye color pop by using a color pencil on inside rim of bottom lashes - blue eyes can be enhanced with a Navy or royal blue pencil. Green eyes can use a teal pencil--our Mint eyeliner pencil is perfect. Hazel eyes can use a bronze eyeliner like our Penny eyeliner or Mint as well if they want their eyes to look more green. Brown eyes can use Purple/Wine, Dk Brown or Black eyeliners.
Finally, don't forget about your brows and keep them looking neat and groomed since they are framing not only your eyes but frames as well."
Makeup and clothing is an issue for many teenage girls. If you are stressing about what you should look like as a newcomer in middle school, or a freshie in high school, here's a quick guide to help your fashion mature with you throughout middle and high school.
In Sixth grade, wear lip gloss, some mascara, and maybe a little bit of pale eyeshadow; don't go too heavy or it may look bad. If you want to try out more types of makeup, keep that for home experiments. As for clothes, keep it in your comfort level. Bear this in mind: if you are wearing a bra or undershirt, don't let the straps hang out. It doesn't look cool; it just looks sloppy. If you are wearing a short shirt, check in the mirror to see if your stomach hangs out of the bottom. Otherwise, wear something a little bit longer. Also, if your pants are likely to slip, wear a belt. Belts are totally hip now!
* The main point is to keep the makeup light, and the clothes clean cut.
In Seventh grade you are beginning to care a little more what you look like; you might want to try curling your hair a few days a week, and using different hairstyles besides your typical ponytail. If you are acne prone, try foundation. Remember thet even oily skin can get flaky and that looks horrible with foundation. So try it on weekends first and ask your mother (or someone that uses foundation well) if it looks okay. In Seventh grade you might want to try eyeliner. But not too much because you don't want to look like a racoon! Start trying to tie outfits together with accessories. It's good to try new things with your makeup and clothes. But when you try the new things, make sure it looks good on you, not just in the picture or at the store. Check out different stores, and find out if there is a style that suits you.
In eighth grade you are probably getting good at makeup and you know what you like. Try establishing your own hairstyle without looking like everyone else. For example, if everyone has long, layered hair with no bangs, try light wispy bangs and a shorter, layered look. You might be wearing tighter jeans now and probably starting to get concerned with impressing the guys, so it's safe to try out more mature styles such as a sleek leather blazer, or lower cut necklines. If you are happy with your sports bra, that is totally OK. But it's safe now to check out the actual bra department and wear something that makes you feel pretty - like lace.
Ninth grade: high school! This is a big transition. Now in the same world as seniors, you are going to want to look like the rest of your peers. You should by now have your makeup and hair styles already. Try to update this look a bit, because no one wants to carry the same look they had in middle school. Dramatize a detail in your hair. If its known for it's left side part, part it even deeper. Make a straight style even sleeker and hip. Learn to make youre curls tighter, or looser. In high school you might want to wear your usual make up during the day, and as you start to go out with friends and boys at night, add a darker shade of eyeliner, or jazz up your lips with something more festive. It's also good to try new shoes, try wearing spikier ankle boots with a pair of hot jeans and a blouse. Chunkier heels aren't as hip as spikes as you get older.
Incorporate accessories into your outfit. Buy yourself a bag that's in suede or leather to keep your schoolbooks in, instead of a backpack. You will want to buy yourself a new jacket, and make it your own. You know what you like, so go and find clothes that fit your style, but crank it up a notch for a more mature feel.
* Remember, no matter how old you are the most important thing is to have fun.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Pour cinnamon in to 12 or more ounces of water, let it boil for 5-10 minutes. After it cools down, apply to hair scalp for 10 -15 minutes. Then shampoo and rinse as usual.
Hot oil treatment
Heat any vegetable oil (do not over heat). Apply to hair cover with shower cap and leave on for 10-20 minutes.
Mix oatmeal and honey, apply to skin. Massage skin for 5-7 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
The Beauty Cosmetic Guide offers wide range of tips and articles on makeup tips, skin care and cosmetics, hair care, eye care, hand and feet care, home made recipes, beauty products and cosmetic surgery and many others that will help you highlight your natural beauty.
A healthy skin is a source of pleasure, not only to its owner but also to the one who looks at it. To possess a nice skin is an insurance against disease, the ideal of every individual as well as every medical man.
With the ongoing changes in environment and out lifestyle, trying to look good is getting more and more complex day by day. High tech skin creams, specialised haircare and body blitzes involving everything from salt to seaweed – with all this going on, how do you know what you should be doing to make the most of your look? The answer is simple – you read through Beauty Cosmetic Guide. Tucked away in each of its content page everything you need to know to determine exactly what’s right for you in the big wide world of beauty, which products to use for your skin, your hair and your body.
Ashley had some tips for young fans on how to stay fresh-faced and beautiful. Let our CelebSpleak users tell you about it:
ellieinvogue says: Ashley has some helpful beauty tips for her fans: "It's true what they say about beauty sleep--you always need your sleep. Also, drink tons of water and clean your face in the morning and at night." Not recommended? Elective cosmetic surgery.
bigflirt29 says: Eat right, get sleep, blah blah blah. All these stars talk about being 'all natural' and stuff when they know they resort to unnatural methods of staying pretty. And Ashley is a prime example now that she had her nose 'fixed.' Don't u think that's kind of messed up?
The days of bright blue eye shadow and slathered on blush are gone with the wind! If you are in desperate need of a make up freshen up, consider these hot trends in cosmetics. These latest colors, tips, and techniques are just what anyone needs to update a look or make the change into a new season. Remember that your cosmetics do have an expiration date, so keep this in mind when shopping for new make up. With each season, carefully look through your make up kit and discard any items that are outdated. This is critical, especially with eye make up that can expire and potentially cause painful infections. Also, remember not to share your make up with anyone else to prevent spread of germs and infection.
Today?s latest trends in cosmetics reflect the fashion trends?shimmer and shine! From super glossy lip gloss to candy like eye make up with glitter to make your eyes truly pop. This trend only applies to eyes, lips, and nails, however, since cream and matte finishes is hot for foundations, powders, and blush. In addition to shimmer and shine, the color of eye and lip make up is quite subtle. Gone are the vibrant colors and eye popping shades of eye shadow. Instead, pale browns, ivories, grays, tans, and other natural colors are all the rage. Lip shades are also a bit more subdued, with a nude lip or a sheer pink gloss being incredibly hot.
Lipstick is out today, with lip gloss taking over the first place in purses all over the country. These lip glosses are made in every color under the sun and many mimic the appearance of lipstick with a much smoother and glossier look. For individuals looking to care for their lips and enjoy that terrific nude lip look, consider using a simple hydrating stick. The all natural brand, Bert?s Bees, produces a phenomenal product that can be applied under a gloss or used by itself.
The days of pressed powder may be numbered; as today?s hot products include cream powders that go on thick but dries sheer and ultra light. This option is great for individuals who would like a bit more coverage than pressed powder offers, but do not want to deal with the mess and hassle of using foundation. Another popular trend along this line is the cream blush, which also goes on like a cream but dries a powder. Also, cream blushes prevent that unnatural coloring that appears on many women?s cheeks.
Bridget Allen has worked for many years in the fashion industry, at a senior level, and she has written an amazing totally free fashionista minicourse that will thrill, entertain, and most importantly educate you about what you absolutely need to know about fashion.
Summer is the season of the year during which women want to be the most beautiful and admired. This is when we go on holidays, have fun and meet new people. This is the time when we want to make use of all the resources in order to look glamorous and fresh at the same time.
However, most women have troubles in choosing the most appropriate make up during summer, because the sun will always "melt" the hydrating foundation we wear the rest of the year to cover imperfections, the lip gloss that gives full volume to our lips or the creamy eye make up that brightens our iris and makes our vision more seducing and tempting.
But there are plenty of cosmetic solutions meant to avoid these beauty "accidents" that could attract the ironic looks of the others towards us. Instead, the summer make up tricks will attract only admiring glances.
For start, avoid as much as you can the use of foundation. We all know how protective it is because it covers the little flaws of our complexion - as nobody is perfect, isn't it? However, during summer try to replace the usual foundation with a tinted cream that will not be "liquefied" by the sun rays and will also give you a fresh, trendy look by making your face mildly tanned. Tinted face powders also work, as long as you don't have a dry skin.
Therefore, use tinted moisturizers if you have a dry skin and tinted face powders if you have an oily or mixed complexion. Besides giving our faces a bronzed natural look, the tinted creams will moisturize the dry skin and will not allow it to get dehydrated, while tinted face powders will absorb the excess sebum from the oily skins.
Nevertheless, if one still wants to stick to the foundation use during summer, she should switch to an oil free formula of the foundation or try to dilute it with an oil free moisturizer. Also bear in mind that during the hot season foundation should be used only for the center of the face in order to confer brightness to the complexion or only for the areas with problems.
Under eye foundation, especially if it consists of a creamy under eye concealer, can also cause problems. Many of us have problems with the under eye shadows or bags. But if we use concealer in excess for these eye problems during the hot season, the heat outside is very likely to make the foundation leak and the effect will be rather a hilarious one.
Instead, try applying night eye creams in the evening that will reduce the shadows or bags under the eye and will also give us a fresher look. Or, if you still have problems, cover the dark eye circles with a bit of powder or stick under eye concealer. And don't forget that the concealer of the dark eye circles should be one or two shades lighter than the color of your complexion, not much lighter or darker than the natural color of the skin.
The "liquefying" problem may also occur in the case of creamy eye shadows or lip glosses. In the case of eye shadows, try replacing the creamy ones with fine powder eye shadows in soft tones of peach, pinks, beiges. You can also use face powder on the eyelid as a foundation for the eye shadows, especially if you have oily eyelids.
For the lip gloss, you should try to avoid face powder as foundation because when you will come to apply the lip gloss they will form a heterogeneous compound that does not look very good. Instead, try applying small amounts of lip gloss that will provide your lips with glow and volume without looking loaded.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
So i was flipping through Cosmo the other day ( don’t even ask me why, they’ve completely gone haywire!) and noticed the article “7 Boyfriend Look to Borrow” in the ‘Fun Fearless Fashion’ area that I was shocked about, because frankly, I think the whole ‘boyfriend look’ is a little too bummy…for me at least. What do you think?
Seems as if Katie Holmes paved the way this new year for the ‘boyfriend look’ and sure, it looks cute on her. but then again almost everything looks good on these celebs. They’ve got the money to spend a grand on jeans, tops and accessories, not to mention hairstylists and makeup, so why would I even wanna attempt that when I know it won’t look even close to that?
And the jeans are absolutely horrible. If this is the new style, I’m sticking to my oldies but goldies. It just makes me so mad sometimes that these magazines will print almost anything (probably because they’re running out of content). Cosmo didn’t print this exact image, but it was something close to it…they’ve had this one not long ago actually in their mag.
They also suggest a few items for the ‘boyfriend look’ such as a plaid scarf, a navy blue blazer, a pair of boyfriend jeans of course (can’t WAIT to try on my boyfriend’s jeans!), a stripped sweater, a tweed vest and a shrunken oxford. Yes, I’ll take those items please but I think I’ll wear them separately thank you very much!
On skincare tips for winter, particularly on the possibility of an astringent or toner drying out skin during the three-step skincare routine
Oily skin can be an advantage especially during winters and is less likely to age. It is most important to regularly cleanse the face and body to prevent blocked pores that may lead to breakouts of blackheads, whiteheads and acne in general. After washing your face, use a toner made of rose extracts or rose water. Those with oily skin should continue only with an oil-free moisturiser.
An astringent is to remove excess oils; after cleansing your face follow it up with cold compression or a splash of cold water. You can also wipe your skin with cotton ball dipped in cold mint extract. Sometimes it can dry the skin out but one can avoid the situation by applying a moisturiser after wiping the skin with a toner or astringent.
On a cleanser for oily or combination skin
Add lemon juice and rose water to ripe papaya pulp. Apply on the face and wash it off after 20 minutes. Or blend half a cup of oatmeal and one tablespoon curd and apply on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
On a toner for oily and combination skin
To 100 ml rose water, add one-fourth teaspoon pure glycerine and one teaspoon lemon juice. Mix and shake well, keeping in a glass or bottle in the fridge. Or take rose water and cucumber juice in equal quantities and apply on the skin. Rinse off with water after 20 minutes.
On dermabrasion for minimising acne scars
Blend rice powder and curd, and apply on areas with scars. Rub gently with small circular movements, first clockwise and then anti-clockwise. Leave on for five minutes and wash off with water. This mixture should not be applied on pimples, acne, rash or any eruptions.
On a mask for oily or combination skin
Mix two tablespoons oatmeal, two teaspoon multani mitti, one teaspoon lemon peel powder and enough curd to mix into a thick paste, which does not drip. Apply on the face. After 20 minutes, dampen with water and gently scrub it off the face. Then rinse off.
On a face mask for dry, dehydrated skin
Mix four tablespoons honey, one cup milk and four teaspoons wheat germ oil and store in a refrigerated glass jar covered with a lid. Apply this lotion on the face, neck and hands daily. Rinse with water after 15 minutes. Another option is to blend two teaspoon curd, half teaspoon honey, half teaspoon lemon juice and one-fourth teaspoon wheat germ oil. Apply the mixture on your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with water.
On an almond meal
Almond meal or ground almonds can be used in scrubs. Pour hot water on the almonds and allow them to soak till the skin comes off. Dry them in an oven, or in the sun, and then grind them into a powder. Similarly, collect orange and lemon peels and dry them in the sun. Crush them and use in scrubs and masks.
On making dull skin glow
Mix one teaspoon each of yoghurt, lemon juice and honey, four teaspoons oatmeal and egg white. Apply on face twice a week, avoiding the lips and area around your eyes and wash off after 30 minutes.
On essential nutrients for ageless beauty.
Oils, including flaxseed oil, olive oil and sesame oil can also serve as internal moisturizers for smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Lastly, water is essential for skin hydration to keep it moist, soft, supple and clear and help the body to get rid of toxins. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily; intersperse these with fruit juices, including citrus, apple and pineapple; also vegetable juices, especially carrot, tomato and celery
On a remedy for dry hair
Trimming is the only solution to split ends. However, you can prevent its occurrence ensuring the following precautions: Twice a week, heat coconut oil and apply on the scalp and hair. Then dip a towel in hot water; squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for five minutes. Weekly henna treatments will add body and shine. Add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs, two teaspoons oil and ‘tea water’ to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Make tea water by boiling used tea leaves again. Cool and strain. Apply the henna on the hair and wash off after an hour with plain water.
On curing blackheads on the nose
You can exfoliate the skin regularly and follow up with a moisturiser to avoid dryness. For skin cleansing you can make a pulp of raw papaya and apply. Papaya has a cleansing action, softening dead skin cells and aiding their removal. Else, mix half teaspoon honey with an egg white and one teaspoon lemon juice. Add fullers earth or brewers yeast powder; mix into a paste and apply. Remove after 20 mins with water.
On lightening dark circles
Soak a few almonds in milk overnight. In the morning, grind them with the same milk and apply it around your eyes. Wash it off when it dries. If done regularly, it will help you in treating the dark circles to a large extent. Little potato juice mixed with a tsp. of curd and cucumber juice can also be used in the same way.