Archive for August, 2010

Experts dispel common skincare myths

       
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Experts dispel common skincare mythsThere seems to be a limitless amount of skincare advice in the world, and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Luckily, Prevention.com spoke to a few experts to get the truth on several beauty myths.

While you may be tempted to toss a product if it doesn’t instantly improve your complexion, Dr Mark G. Rubin, author and assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego, claims that patience may be a virtue – and may actually lead to better skincare results. “I suggest waiting 8 to 10 weeks before you abandon a product and try the next thing,” he told the news source. “Most active ingredients do work on everyone – just to varying degrees.”

Ladies who have long-believed that skin should feel tight after washing may actually be using the wrong cleanser – if skin doesn’t feel fresh and supple, your face wash is probably too harsh, the news source reports. Instead, opt for a cleanser that boasts hydrators such as glycerin and a mild surfactant such as disodium cocoyl glutamate, like T’Fivve Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam.

Finally, women should remember they are never too old to wear sunscreen, as the protective formula allows skin to repair itself from previous damage. Experts recommend that ladies use a product that contains avobenzone, which is a UVA blocker, like Babor High Protection Lotion SPF 30.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933816-ADNFCR

Household tricks to remove makeup stains on clothing

       
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Household tricks to remove makeup stains on clothingWhen preparing for a night out, there are usually two main components to getting ready – putting on your outfit and doing your makeup. Sometimes, however, these steps result in an unfortunate incident and you end up with a spot of concealer or lipstick on your ensemble.

Luckily, Yahoo! Shine reports that you may not have to change your threads at the last minute, as long as you have a few handy items in your kitchen.

“If you’ve spilled liquid foundation onto a blouse, go to the kitchen and get some baking soda,” the website suggests. “Sprinkle the powder onto the stain until it’s completely covered and press it gently into the fabric. Wet a nailbrush or a toothbrush and lightly brush the spot.”

You can also treat the concealer stain with a piece of white bread – as long as the fabric is washable. According to the news source, knead the slice into a ball and it will easily blot-up foundation.

If you end up with a smear of lipstick on your shirt, the bread trick can work as well. Unfortunately, you may have to don a new shirt before heading out, as experts recommend washing the garment after removing the mark with the bread.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933814-ADNFCR

Bold brows are hot for fall

       
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Bold brows are hot for fallMake no mistakes about it – this fall, bold brows are in. However, the look can be a tricky one too master, as there is a fine line between Brooke Shields-like arches and Groucho Marx brows. Luckily, creating fuller arches doesn’t have to difficult, as long as you follow a bit of expert advice.

Before you begin, make sure your brows are well groomed. Use Tweezerman Slant Tweezers to clean-up the shape of your arches and remove any stray hairs.

Next, you are ready to begin applying color. “Brush brows upwards then lightly draw dashes to fill in gaps that are between your natural hairs using a brow pencil…that is one shade lighter than your natural hairs,” StyleList.com reports. Follow by using an angled brush to apply a powder that is the same color as your brows to deepen arches.

Finally, finish by dusting brows with a bit of gold eyeshadow, as the news source reveals that the shimmery powder will make brows appear fuller.

While this new trend may be surprising to some, many women may want to give it a try. “I think that brows are one of the most important features of the face,” celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern told the website. “In a bold brow lies the strength and character of the face.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933823-ADNFCR

Andy Roddick promotes Lacoste’s Challenge fragrance

       
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Andy Roddick promotes Lacoste's Challenge fragranceWhile Andy Roddick is perhaps best known as an international tennis sensation, others may recognize him as the new face of Lacoste‘s Challenge fragrance. However, people shouldn’t assume he indulges in a plethora of products just because he is promoting the sexy scent.

"My personal style is pretty much what you’re seeing right now," Roddick, who was wearing a gray t-shirt and jeans, told StyleList.com. "There’s really no routine. I shave once every ten days."

Not that women seem to mind. Roddick was voted People magazine’s Sexiest Athlete in 2003 and is married to Brooklyn Decker, who graced the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Ladies who are looking for a new fragrance for their main man may want to consider picking up a bottle of Lacoste Challenge For Men Eau de Toilette Spray. According to the news source, the cologne has a masculine, woody base and features notes of tangerine-lemon citrus and ginger.

Those in the market for a more exotic scent can try Armani Code For Men Eau de Toilette Spray, which contains notes of lemon and olive tree blossom.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933818-ADNFCR

Beauty tips for brides getting married at sea

       
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Beauty tips for brides getting married at seaWhen selecting makeup to wear as you walk down the aisle, there are many components to take into consideration – time of day, the color of your dress and its accessories, the season. However, brides who are preparing to say I do on a cruise ship may have a few other concerns to factor in, such as melting makeup and frizzy hair.

According to Glamour.com, women should prepare their skin before they sail away. “The better your skin looks before you leave on your trip, the less foundation and concealer you’ll need to ladle on in hot, humid weather,” the website reports.

However, even ladies with the clearest of skin will desire a bit of concealer on their big day. A foundation primer will help keep makeup in place. Jane Iredale Absence (SPF 15) Oil Control Primer forms a barrier between skin and makeup that cosmetics can adhere to. Additionally, the formula contains SPF 15, which will help protect your skin from the harsh sun.

Finally, brides on a boat can opt for a tight, elegant updo to keep frizzy hair at bay, but remember to pack plenty of pins and hairspray. However, if you want to wear your hair down, the news source recommends using a frizz-reducing product. Leonor Greyl Serum de Soie Sublimateur is an anti-frizz solution that nourishes hair while creating a sleek style.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933418-ADNFCR

Little bumps on skin may be keratosis pilaris

       
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Little bumps on skin may be keratosis pilarisWhile some skin conditions, like acne and spider veins, seem to be oft talked about, other imperfections may get less attention, leading women who suffer from conditions such as keratosis pilaris to be unaware of which treatments to use.

Though many think that the small reddish bumps that cover their upper arms and thighs are merely caused by ingrown hairs, dry skin or a rash, they may actually be keratosis pilaris. According to KVUE.com, the goose bump-like condition affects approximately 40 percent of the population and is caused by an overproduction of keratin from the skin that clogs hair follicles.

There is no cure for the genetic condition, but Allure.com reports that there are a number of ways to treat keratosis pilaris. Women can use a moisturizer that contains lactic acid or urea, as the ingredients will help to dissolve thickened skin.

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion contains urea to hydrate without clogging pores and retinol, which can help reduce redness.

Girls with keratosis pilaris should also avoid abrasive scrubs, harsh loofahs and very hot showers, as the news source reports that these elements can inflame affected areas.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933417-ADNFCR

Girls who wear glasses can select eye makeup based on their prescription

       
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Girls who wear glasses can select eye makeup based on their prescriptionWhile many women base their makeup choices on their eye color, hair color and skin tone, some ladies have another element to factor in when applying cosmetics – glasses. Eyewear can draw extra attention to your peepers, so if you regularly don spectacles, you may want utilize a few expert tips when choosing your eye makeup.

According to Daily Venus Diva, far-sighted prescriptions may magnify the eyes, so women who wear such frames should apply well-blended neutral or dark-colored shadow. They should also avoid eyeliner and using mascara on bottom lashes, as the combination of cosmetics and magnifying lenses could overwhelm one’s face.

However, gals who are near-sighted should do the opposite, since their prescription will make eyes appear smaller. The news source suggests that women wear light-colored eyeshadow and apply eyeliner to their upper lash line and a highlighter to the inside corner of their eyes. Mascara on both upper and lower lashes will help to open up eyes even more.

Ladies may want to opt for cream shadows and waterproof mascara, as these products are less likely to leave residue on lenses.

Because glasses can cast shadows on one’s face that emphasize dark circles, the news provider also recommends using a light-reflecting concealer to hide signs of fatigue.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933416-ADNFCR

Reduce makeup mistakes by applying makeup in a particular order

       
Monday, August 30th, 2010

Reduce makeup mistakes by applying makeup in a particular orderMany women are often looking for ways to reduce the amount of mistakes that can be made when applying makeup – errors can ruin great looks and be time-consuming to fix. While human error may account for a few mistakes you make while putting on makeup, you may be able to avoid some mishaps by applying cosmetics in a particular order.

Though women often start with foundation, Real Simple magazine reports that experts suggest that you start with your eye makeup to keep loose particles of shadow from sticking to your concealer and creating a smudged mess.

Next, apply concealer to circles, dark spots and blemishes. Follow with foundation if you desire complete coverage, and powder if skin is shiny. To brighten your complexion, brush a colorful blush onto the apples of your cheeks.

The news source recommends putting on your lip color of choice last, so that you don’t smudge it while working on the rest of your face. While sheer glosses can be slicked on quickly, if you opt for bright or dark lipstick, apply the product with a brush for precision.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933284-ADNFCR

Is red eye makeup really becoming popular?

       
Monday, August 30th, 2010

Is red eye makeup really becoming popular?Are there any beauty rules that weren’t made to be broken? From white eyeliner to blue lipstick, it seems that one-time faux-pas are being embraced by glamor gals everywhere.

Now, it looks like there is one more beauty-don’t that is quickly becoming a beauty-do – red eye makeup. According to Allure.com, the bold color was used on the lids of models in a 2009 Prada fashion show. Most recently, Taylor Momsen, who stars as Jenny Humphrey on the hit show Gossip Girl, has been sporting the edgy shadow.

However, red eye makeup is not a simple trend to rock. “There is a fine very line between sexy and sickly,” the website reports. “Done right, red shadow can be pretty.”

To give your look a bit of edge, the news source suggests lining your upper lashes with black pencil and applying a streak of bright and shimmery shadow above it.

While finding red eye makeup may be a bit tricky, the Pop Beauty Day to Play kit boasts 24 shades of shadow, including a red-hued powder. Apply dark mascara for contrast and a quick coat of clear lip balm – keeping the rest of your makeup minimal will balance out dramatic eye makeup.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933278-ADNFCR

Three leading causes of female hair loss

       
Monday, August 30th, 2010

Three leading causes of female hair lossThough many people think that hair loss is a problem that only plagues men, the American Hair Loss Association reports that 40 percent of those who suffer from hair loss are female. According to StyleList.com, while there are many types of hair loss, most women are affected by one of three leading conditions.

Androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as female-pattern hair loss, will affect 50 percent of women at some point in their lives, the news source reports. While it’s a genetic condition, factors like stress and hormones can jump-start the process.

Telogen effluvium, when a large amount of hair follicles stop growing, isn’t genetic, but it’s often triggered by an underlying cause, such as pregnancy or illness. Finally, alopecia areata, patchy bald spots, can be caused by allergica reactions within the body or an immune system imbalance.

If lifestyle factors are the cause of hair loss, the news outlet states that diet, exercise and stress reduction can reduce thinning. However, women with such conditions can also try treatments like Babor Stop Hair Loss Fluid and DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo to stop hair loss.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933274-ADNFCR