Archive for March, 2011

Night and day: When to go heavy on the moisturizer

       
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Night and day: When to go heavy on the moisturizerThe difference between the way your skin acts when you wake up and around the time you go to bed is somewhat like that between night and day, and it's important to observe these disparities when selecting the thickness of the cream you wear.

According to ELLE.com, it's not the best idea to use super rich moisturizers during the day time in the summer, but heavy night creams are definitely well-advised.

"Heavy creams can create a barrier on the surface of your face and keep your skin from absorbing moisture," the news source explains. However, "there's evidence that skin-cell regeneration is slightly faster at night than during the day, so take advantage of your skin's receptiveness and don't skimp on overnight hydration."

Of course, this goes for the rest of your body as well. To really maximize on the power of beauty rest, lather yourself in a rich body lotion before going to bed.

The perfect products to get you the braid you seek

       
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The perfect products to get you the braid you seekYou'd think that braiding your hair should be simple enough, but if you want the perfect stylized sheen you see in all your favorite beauty mug shots, you may need to study up on which products to use. Not that we mean to upbraid you for not knowing otherwise, but a flawless rope of hair is always more than what it seems.

"Apply gel to your roots and use a brush to pull hair into a high ponytail," Allure advises. "Then braid the tail, securing the ends with an elastic."

If you don't want your look to be super structured, try using a volumizing mousse instead while your hair is still damp – that way, your tresses will be equally manageable, but you'll have plenty of soft, natural-looking texture to work with.

Use Leonor Greyl Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice for stunning results. This top-of-the-line volumizing spray uses vegetable extracts and oils to lend body and shine to your tresses.

The ins and outs of makeup highlighters

       
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The ins and outs of makeup highlightersWe all crave that dewy, fresh-faced look, but there's apparently more to choosing a good makeup highlighter than some of us may have initially thought.

"These products have a myriad of benefits that should not be dismissed without a careful consideration," BecomeGorgeous.com advises. "A good makeup highlighter can provide a gentle face lift, can open up the eyes by reflecting light, while also emphasizing the cheekbones."

According to the news source, different types of highlighters are best for various areas of the face. Eyes, cheekbones and chins are best for powder and cream highlighters, while a more precise applicator, such as those offered by pen highlighters, works well for areas such as the bridge of the nose.

ModelCo Luminosity Highlighting Serum is perfect for an all-over application on eyes, brow bones and cheeks to highlight and contour the natural shape of your face. If you're looking for an all-over, radiant shimmer, reach for BABOR Golden Shimmer Powder.

Blackhead treatments to try for yourself

       
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Blackhead treatments to try for yourselfNo beauty bummer has raised more collective groans than acne, and within that category, it's arguable that blackheads are the most difficult to remove among all other blemishes. Worry not, however. There are steps you can take to treat and prevent blackhead breakouts, ranging from top-shelf products to at-home solutions.

According to the Arab Times, mixing equal parts of groundnut oil with fresh lime juice helps prevent blackheads from forming. Meanwhile, you can treat existing breakouts with masks made of fresh ground up fenugreek leaves or a paste of sandalwood, turmeric and milk.

Of course, these aren't the most tried and true methods, and if you're not willing to undergo trail and error, reach for an apricot scrub, facial peel or other specialized acne product.

Cellex-C Speed Peel Facial Gel combines exfoliating and hydrating properties to help reduce the appearance of blackheads and minimize pores. B. Kamins Chemist Clear Control Anti-Blemish Pads offer a more targeted solution to eliminate blackheads and imperfections.

Rock colorful lids this spring

       
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Rock colorful lids this springWhen sitting at your easel (or vanity table, if that's your thing), there are an infinite amount of ways you can go about applying your makeup. Ranging from the brash and carefree strokes of a sultry, rebellious smoky eye to the calculated precision of the perfect winged liner, eye makeup techniques have much in common with those used by the world's best painters.

This spring, in particular, the watercolor look is set to make a major splash in the eye shadow department, with bright, vibrant colors running the gamut.

"You start with a little bit of color," makeup artist Abby Prather told the Indianapolis Star. "Put that on your lashline, and blend that out until it almost disappears – like a watercolor painting. It's that '70s look that's very soft and blended in."

To do it like a true pro, it's well worth your while to invest in some high quality brushes. The Jane Iredale Eye Shader Brush and Crease Brush will lend you the perfect painterly tools to create your makeup masterpiece.

Getting that elusive glow (inside and out)

       
Monday, March 14th, 2011

Getting that elusive glow (inside and out) Whether we're looking a bit under the weather from all the harshness of the winter winds or we're just looking to freshen up a bit in time for spring, achieving an enviable glow can be the winning basis for any standout beauty look.

However, getting a radiant complexion isn't just about what you do for your skin, as the state of your epidermis is more of a reflection of what goes in your body as well.

"Moisturize and use a product with sun-protection factor," makeup artist Cicely Gordon recommended to The Des Moines Register. "Natural makeup products are always a good idea, especially for people with sensitive skin. And eating lots of fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of water and getting plenty of sleep are probably the nicest things you can do for your skin this spring and on an ongoing basis."

If you really want to go the extra mile, choose lip products, tinted moisturizers or foundations with an SPF factor in them as well.

Why brows deserve to take center stage this spring

       
Monday, March 14th, 2011

Why brows deserve to take center stage this springForget about eyeshadow, lashes or even lips as the main feature on your face. Why not change your look up this spring by making bold, strong eyebrows the central focus of your makeup?

"Heavy brows are great with minimal makeup," makeup artist Cicely Gordon told The Des Moines Register. "I love eyebrows. Manipulating them can change your look dramatically."

There's no cut and dry way to go about it, but a few basic guidelines are sure to get you into shape, and by that we mean keeping up to date with waxing and tweezing. Whether you go to a professional or do it at home, finding the best possible shape for your natural brows is the first step to any great endeavor.

If your brows lack a bit of shape and color on their own, using a pencil or mousse that matches your natural hair color can do wonders for you. Remember – this spring it's all about fullness, so don't be afraid to layer on a bit more than you usually would.

Sheer isn’t always about see-through clothing

       
Monday, March 14th, 2011

Sheer isn't always about see-through clothingSheer clothing will always and forever be in style, but what we have in mind has more to do with face makeup products.

"Tinted moisturizers and sheer, luminous, natural skin is very trendy," makeup artist Cicely Gordon told The Des Moines Register. "Pair those with pastel colors that are always so pretty in spring, and you have a very natural look."

To get that dewy-faced appearance, always start with a good helping of regular moisturizer and let it sink in for at least five minutes.

Next, apply concealer to flaws and blemishes and finish with a tinted moisturizer, as this can give you the potency you need without having to compromise your natural beauty for an all-over look.

To finish, apply some highlighting powder on your cheekbones, brow bones and the bridge of your nose and you're bound to look fresh-faced in no time.

The many things you can do with bronzer this spring

       
Monday, March 14th, 2011

The many things you can do with bronzer this springMakeup trends usually give us a chance to add a new technique to the methods that are already so ingrained in our repertoire. This means that if you're a bronzer pro, prepare to learn a thing or two this spring.

"Bronzer is back, as well as heavily sculpted cheekbones and lots of highlights – kind of like a Raquel Welch throwback look," makeup artist Cicely Gordon told The Des Moines Register.

If you're a fan of the old sweep-it-on technique, consider becoming a bit more strategic with your application.

Learn the target areas for bronzer – these are essentially the spots that the sun would naturally hit on your face – and aim to be precise when you put it on. We're talking the top of your forehead, near your temples, along your cheekbone and down your nose.

To really make your bronzer pop, add a touch of rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks and finish with some highlighting cream on your browbones.

Promoting your nail health (and leaving them be)

       
Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Promoting your nail health (and leaving them be)If you’re like a lot of us, the day-to-day stresses of everyday life may inspire all kinds of unruly nail-biting habits and cuticle abuse. And, on top of everything else, we’re just starting to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel, a season which isn’t particularly known for being friendly to our hands.

Perhaps it’s time to make a resolution, don’t you think? With a few simple steps and expert tips, we can all start treating our manos a bit better. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to show off gorgeous, manicured hands on a regular basis?

1. Every good manicure starts with a soothing soak – attending to your skin is an important first step to getting those hands into shape.

While every inch of your skin generally requires extra TLC in the winter, nothing gets a harder beating than your hands. If you’ve been suffering from dry, cracked knuckles, it’s crucial that you begin applying lotion to them at least once a day. Carrying ultra-rich hand creams in your purse is also a good idea if you find yourself needing access to the stuff at all hours of the day.

Look for lotions that are specially designed to treat the sensitive skin on your hands. L’Occitane Mini Honey and Lemon Hand Cream will make taking care of yourself all the more intoxicating with its fresh, delicious scent and ultra-effective shea butter.

Cuticles also need special attention in the winter, and tending to them well can help prevent the temptation to chew them up.

“I’ve had a number of nail gurus tell me that oil is better than lotion,” Genevieve Monsma, beauty director of MORE magazine, told CNN.

Monsma recommends applying nail oil to the cuticles before bed or before putting on your gloves in the morning in order to give enough time for the product to sink in (olive oil works just as well, too).

2. For those with some rugged-looking cuticles, keeping your nail beds in shape can make the difference between promoting your bad habit and having flawless, healthy nails.

Toronto nail salon owner Leeanne Colley told The Globe and Mail that avoiding “wet” and “soak” manicures may be a better solution for the cuticle-afflicted. Colley recommends applying a gel cuticle remover on dry nails and letting it sit for about 30 seconds or so. Then, gently push back the skin with an orange stick wrapped in cotton.

For healing purposes, a bit of special cuticle salve may help you with any existing damage on your hands. Colley recommends looking for products that contain grapeseed or almond oil.

3. If you’ve been tearing up your cuticles, chances are you never let your nails get too long either. Some people like having short, manageable fingertips, but if you’re longing for a little extra length, there are ways you can promote your nail growth.

A high-protein diet can be an unexpected route toward faster growth, according to OneIndia Living. Fish and lean meats can provide the most noticeable results, and vegetarians can benefit from some Vitamin D supplements or protein-rich legumes.

The news source also recommends massaging nails with olive, coconut or sesame oil. This is especially good therapy for anyone that does a lot of dish-washing throughout the day.

If you haven’t been wearing gloves this winter, you should probably get on that right away. Nails can crack without the proper circulation and warmth, which doesn’t do much for your manicure. One way to help prevent this is by wearing some thin polish at all times, according to the news source.

Of course, a little outside help never hurt anyone. Use a special nail treatment such as Talika Nail Regenerator Serum for extra nourishment and healing power.