Month: March 2016

Twenty Minutes Makeover

We are all really, really busy these days. We hardly have time enough in the morning to put on flawless makeup and march into our offices like beauty queens. But who doesn’t want to look like a beauty queen, I sure do, and I am sure many of my dear readers also do…

I strongly believe in looking good.

As the great Elizabeth Arden had once quoted, “it is every woman’s birthright to look gorgeous”, and these days, when we are earning a fat paycheck, what’s wrong in pampering ourselves to some expensive cosmetics? Unfortunately most working women, can buy tons of make up and expensive cosmetics, but alas, they hardly get the time to wear all those lovely colors…

So here, I have tried giving some makeover tips, that can transform us into “almost Beauty queens”… remember I have used the term “almost”… so if you follow these simple tips, you’ll get that look, you’ll be intensely happy and it’ll be over in twenty minutes… so here we go…

There are two ways, you could read this article. One is just read the Steps (which are Bold and underlined, there are six of them) or read the entire article. If you follow just the six steps, you’ll have brilliant makeover in just twenty minutes…!!!

A clean skin… Makeup is like paint… just as a paint needs a fresh canvas, so does our cosmetics… before putting any sort of make up, make sure your skin is squeaky clean and of course well scrubbed Putting make up on a dirty skin is dangerous for the health of your skin.

STEP 1 : Wash your face with a gentle face wash or face scrub. Dab dry.

A splash of toner… A Toner or Astringent is a must product in any make up kit. They both are one and the same thing, there’s a little difference depending on the skin type. Its better to go for a Toner which is alcohol free. The most important use of a Toner, is self explanatory : it tones your skin, i.e. it closes open pores, thus tightening our skin.

STEP 2 : Use a ball of cotton. dab some toner/ astringent, and slowly dab your face and neck. It’ll give you a slight tingling sensation and you’ll be able to feel your pores closing. Avoid areas around eyes, strictly.

Foundation… Foundation is the basic to any skin care… a simple tip to choose a foundation suitable to one’s skin tone, is to match it to the color of your neckline. If your skin is very dry, try dabbing a bit of moisturizer on your face. Let the moisturizer be absorbed into your skin. Wait for 5-10 minutes before putting the foundation.

STEP 3 : The best foundation to use would be gel based. If you do not possess a gel or liquid based foundation, do not be hassled, a powder foundation would work just fine. If your skin is very dry or even moderately dry, the above procedure is required. Otherwise delicate lines begin to show up after the foundation is applied.

If you possess, normal to oily skin, you are good to go, after step 2.

While using foundation, I would recommend a foundation brush, but if you are in a hurry as most of the time we are, our palms do just fine. A small tip : whether you have normal, oily or dry skin, first dab a little bit moisturizer onto your palms, then dab in the foundation. using your palms as a palette, mix in the moisturizer and the foundation into a fine mix, and apply evenly all over your face and neck.

One important thing to bear in mind, is that while applying the foundation around your eye areas, please be a little careful. The area around your eyes is sensitive enough. Therefore while applying foundation, make sure you use only the first two fingers, i.e. the index finger and the middle to sweep gently under your eyes. Do not apply foundation on your eyebrows or eyelids.

The blush effect… Blushes have a very important role to play in your make up. It helps highlight your cheeks, and your jawbones to make your face look sculpted. Let’s face it people, not everyone of us, possess angular cheekbones and jaws, like that of Elizabeth Taylor, but you can make your’s look like that.

Like foundation, blushers, can come in powder or cream. The fundamental rule to buy a blush, is that, it should be one tone darker than your foundation.

STEP 4 : After applying the foundation, wait for 5 minutes for the skin to absorb the foundation. Now proceed to the blusher. Use a brush, (here I would not recommend using your palms) to dab some of the blusher onto the brush and pull your cheeks inwards, as if you are sucking onto something. This procedure exposes your cheekbones and jawbones. Now use the brush, in an upward sweep, from the fold that your cheeks make towards your eyes… apply just one coat first, and see if you need more.

A very important detail to keep in mind when applying make up is, less is the norm. Always apply less make up first, you can always add more.

Dark, kohl eyes… Now let’s come to the eyes. Who doesn’t love dark, kohl lined eyes ? I do for sure… Now eye make up is an art in itself and if one is aiming for a Twenty minute make up, they’ll have to do with just the kohl, the eyeliner and the mascara.

STEP 5 : Start with the Mascara first. Apply a coat on the upper eyelashes, drawing from inner to outer lashes. Make sure the edges are not smudged. First apply a coat on the upper layer of the upper eyelash, then go for the lower layer, so that the entire effect is dark and heavy. Never apply mascara on your lower eyelashes. Your eyes would look droopy and very “Ozzy Osbourn-nish”, I don’t think any sensible woman wants that.

Next take your eye liner and start from the inner corner of your eyes, following the shape of your eyes, draw a fine line towards the outer edge. This has to be done a bit carefully, and first timers need practice. Your line should not be so broad as to smudge your eyebrows, when you open your eyes, nor should be so fine, that it gets lost in the lashes. You have to maintain that fine balance.

Next come to the kohl. This is optional, since some people, like to stick with just the liner. You can also use your liner to great artistic effect, but since I prefer Kohl, because of its dark color, I would go with it. Anyways, both the processes are more or less same. Hold your eyes, as if you are wearing contacts, and then draw along the edge of your eyes, from the inner corner to the outer corner. Make sure that the middle part is dark in color. Put at least two coats of kohl or liner on your eyes.

To finish off, brush another coat of mascara in the same process as mentioned above.

Luscious Lips… Dark eyes and bright lips… what a glamorous combination.

I love lipsticks, be they be dark red, mahogany, pink, twilight, nude,brown… anything, I just love lipsticks… and I do believe most of you must also love it.

Of course when you are rushing to keep an appointment you cannot stand by and decide which color would suit the dress, rather you have any color on, and rush off to keep your appointment. Here’s a trick that I have. Always keep a standard color of lipstick in your makeup box. The color should be the one which looks good on your skin tone. It could be nude, or red or pink, or somewhere in-between , but it should suit you despite whatever clothes you are wearing Always buy two of this same shade and keep one in your bag, as in in your travelling bag, and the other in your cosmetics box. So when you are in a hurry, and have to dab something, this color will do just fine. When rushing somewhere always use that color, it will look good, despite the color of your dress.

STEP 6 : Take a pint size moisturizer on your index finger and gently rub it on your lips. Then take a lip liner, remember the liner should be at least a tone darker than your lipstick, and gently form the outline of your lips. Then fill in your lips with your lipstick.

A little tip, to make a lipstick look matte, even if its glossy, take a tissue, and press your lips upon it. It’ll work wonders.

All done, sprite some of your favorite perfume and do up your hair. Get your purse, snap on your watch and make sure you have your shades on, if its hot outside. And viola…!!! you are ready…

If you want to make this even shorter, you can skip Step 2 and 4… It will finish off the job earlier.

5 Beauty Habits You Really Should Break

You have employed every beauty tactic you know and still haven’t achieved the desired results, what is it that you could be doing wrong? Many people in a bid to get excellent results have found the going rough and instead of looking their best have ended up with blemished skin and unpleasant. There are some bad beauty habits that you should break away from if you are to enjoy excellent results.

Below are 5 major mistakes that you could be making:

  1. Too much exfoliation: – While you can get rid of grime and dead skin cells through facial scrubs, excessive scrubbing will only end up messing up things for you. Your face scrubbed gently and this shouldn’t be overdone if you are looking for a wonderful, glowing skin. Avoid using a harsh scrub or scrubbing too vigorously as this will only result in an oversensitive skin or worse still give you broken capillaries. You should also use products that are gentle on your facial skin and which can easily be applied and peeled from the skin using your fingers. Make sure that the facial scrub is not too harsh on your skin.
  2. Picking pimples and spots: – Does this sound familiar? Many people make this blunder of squeezing a spot on the face immediately it appears and this simply opens the gates wide for the bacteria held inside the clogged pore to spread in the surrounding parts of the skin. This also causes scars on your face leaving you looking unpleasant. Instead of squeezing the spot, it is advisable that you apply some spot treatment or purifying face mask and allow it to settle overnight and then wash it the following morning. If this doesn’t work for you, consult your beauty therapist.
  3. Overuse of cosmetic products: – Excessive use of cosmetic products on your facial skin can be detrimental. It is good to understand that all the cosmetic products are made from chemicals and have an effect on your skin in one way or the other. While at it, it is important to consider using herbal and natural skin products as these are normally mild but even in this case, avoiding excessive usage. You should also avoid combining different products unless they have been manufactured to be used together. Do not overdo it!
  4. Not cleaning off your makeup before going to bed: – You hit the door in the morning looking gorgeous in your make-ups and now you are back after the tough day at work. Please, don’t sleep with your make-ups still on. Washing your face before going to bed will help rid the skin of grime, oil and makeup thus allowing the pores to function correctly. You can clean your face using the available products or a wet towel dripped in warm water. Do not use hot water! You could do chemical peels which will help refurbish that youthful glow, lighten dark patches, and even banish some of those wrinkles around your lips and eyes.
  5. Using the wrong products and tools:- Before using any beauty product and especially those used on your face, it is important to be sure that they are safe for your skin. You should also avoid using rough textured brushes on your facial skin. Additionally, it is good to clean your brush regularly thus getting rid of grime and oil residues that could react with your skin during use.

These are some of the main beauty habits that many people have embraced and the most unfortunate thing is that they hinder the achievement of the desired beauty results. It is also important to discuss your beauty habits with your therapist as this will expose you to greater knowledge and advice.

 

Natural Remedies To Prevent Hair Loss

As the old adage says, “You are what you eat.” Reality is, “You are what you eat, or don’t eat.” For years I struggled with extreme hair loss and I didn’t know what to do. If you have ever been in my shoes, I’m not saying a few pieces of hair in my hair brush; I’m referring to the handfuls of hair in the bottom of the drain in the shower, hair all over the bathroom, and, of course, loads of hair in my brush.

Panic began to set in when I could feel my hair thinning and I was only 35 years old! I was living an extremely stressful life. I didn’t eat properly, couldn’t sleep soundly, and bought the hair products that were “on sale” because they were a “great” deal, or I used the shampoo in the hotels I was staying in.

I began researching the causes of hair loss and discovered that I was a prime target for extreme hair loss. As I studied the best hair loss solutions, I learned it wasn’t so much what I was taking into my body that was affecting the health of my hair, it was more what I wasn’t taking into my body. Eating on the fly, grabbing anything to keep the hunger pains from disrupting productivity, no matter how vitamin deficient it was.

I was so wound up all of the time that forcing myself to relax was next to impossible. Sleep was napping at best! Our bodies, including our hair, need time to repair and rejuvenate itself. If you are unable to relax and sleep, chances are, you are damaging more than your hair. Thus, your body begins to break down, often times resulting in excessive hair loss.

The “bargain” hair products were also contributing to my hair loss. It’s not just what you take in, or don’t take into your body, it is also what you are putting on your hair. Many products on the market are filled with chemicals that break down the hair, damage the scalp, and clog hair follicles. Sounds nice, huh? Especially since so many of them claim to promote healthy hair.

It wasn’t enough to learn how to prevent hair loss; I had to change my lifestyle. After modifying my lifestyle in these three areas, my hair began to grow in thick and healthy again. My hair solutions weren’t easy, but I learned simple methods to improve my eating habits on the fly, I adopted a few tricks to relieve stress, and I found healthy hair products that were great for my hair!

How To Choose A Deodorant

What’s the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?

Deodorant only kills the bacteria that are responsible for body odor. This bacterium is secreted during sweating. Deodorants don’t keep you from sweating.

Antiperspirants stop you from sweating by clogging the pores that secrete the sweat. The danger of doing this has been discussed over and over, but until now there haven’t been any conclusive studies about the connection between ingredients used in antiperspirants and any disease. By definition, and antiperspirant will stop you from sweating (Depending on its strength and the degree of your sweating).

Also, powerful, clinical-strength antiperspirants almost always contain aluminum or derivate, so it’s really an act of balancing excessive sweating and possibly harmful ingredients that can be found in antiperspirants.

Which one should you choose: deodorant or antiperspirant?

If you are a man who sweats a lot, and leads an active life, you might consider using an antiperspirant. If you’re worried about harmful ingredients, you can buy a natural antiperspirant, although it will be more expensive. If you simply want to remove the bad odor that sweat produces you can buy a deodorant.

Best deodorant for excessive sweating

Although if suffer from excessive sweating, you will probably need an antiperspirant, you can also use a deodorant. So, what is the best deodorant for men who sweat a lot?

Well, you can go classic with deodorants like Old Spice Classic, or even some more modern ones, like Ozone Layer. Ozone Layer uses oxygen to kill the odor causing bacteria. It does so by oxidizing the odor causing bacteria.

If you’re worried about harmful ingredients in your deodorant, and you don’t want to spend your valuable time reading and understating the ingredients used in them, there are solutions for you. Deodorants like Deodomom or JungleMan use very few ingredients in their composition, and definitely don’t use any harmful ones.

DeodoMom for example uses only 2 ingredients: water and magnesium (a safe to eat mineral). JungleMan also uses only 4 ingredients.

As for the effectiveness of these deodorants, most people say they work well enough, but they might not be adequate for excessive sweating. At the end of the day it’s a tradeoff between effectiveness and worries about ingredients. You can perfectly choose a natural deodorant or antiperspirant, although it will be more expensive. This guide to deodorants and antiperspirants will help you choose the best one for your needs.

We hope this article helped you in your quest to find the best deodorant for your skin type and sweat problems, and keep in mind that when buying an antiperspirant or deodorant you should always check the ingredients before hand.