Archive for May, 2011

Make your shaving cream go the extra mile

       
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Make your shaving cream go the extra mileEveryone knows that warm weather equals shorts weather, and whether you’re the kind of girl who shaves every day or once a month, you’re probably keen on getting the smoothest, sexiest pair of legs around to better flaunt those summer outfits.

Arguably, the best (and most enduring) way to get a smooth pair of legs is to heat up the wax, but we know some of you will stick to the tried and true razor no matter what – just don’t let some of the tried and untrue methods of your past keep you from getting the best results.

If you’ve been using the same shaving cream for years and still wind up with all kinds of nicks and bumps, perhaps it’s time to switch. Look for products designed especially for sensitive skin, and avoid those with pore-clogging fragrances. These ultimately help exacerbate razor burn.

No matter what kind of product you use, it’s a good idea to leave it on your skin for awhile to let it soak up the product, according to Glamour.com. “More moisture equals fewer nicks,” the news source explains.

Protect your mani!

       
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Protect your mani!It's hard enough to find time to give your hands and feet the proper treatment they deserve, but it's even worse to squander your efforts with one careless swipe of your hand. If you're in need of some expert strategies to help prolong the life of your manicure, simply read on.

1. Invest in some toe-separating wedges if you haven't got any. Most people aren't born with toes that don't slightly overlap in some places, which is sort of difficult to navigate if you're trying to get your polish to set properly. Leave these in till your polish is totally dry.

2. Investigate some quick-drying techniques. According to RealBeauty.com, you can get your nails to dry completely in just 3 minutes if you submerge them into a bucket of ice cold water. Just make sure they've had at least 2 minutes to dry first, and you should be well on your way to dried-nail perfection.

3. Use a top coat! We can't stress this enough. A good top coat will dramatically extend the life of your manicure (not to mention that extra bit of gleam).

Getting around cellulite

       
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Getting around celluliteThere's not always an easy cure for cellulite – most of the treatments that claim to effectively knock out these unsightly dimples are too costly and time-consuming for the average woman who just wants a slightly firmer derriere. For this reason and more, it's wise to note that there are ways to skirt around the issue of cellulite without necessarily committing to a complex strategy.

According to RealBeauty.com, you can easily diminish the appearance of cellulite by using a skin-firming product on the affected skin. This doesn't necessarily require you to purchase an anti-cellulite product, but creams and lotions with ingredients like caffeine and seaweed can tighten up your skin and effectively help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

You can also opt to get a bit of a glow. According to the website, cellulite is generally less visible on tanned skin, meaning there's more than one benefit to using that self-tanning lotion.

Of course, not all anti-cellulite products are necessarily too expensive or ineffectual. Trying a top-shelf lotion or gel such as Murad Body Firming Cream or DS Laboratories – Oligo.DX Cellulite Reducing Gel will likely bring you satisfactory results without burning a hole in your wallet.

Concealer and fine lines: Do they mix?

       
Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Concealer and fine lines: Do they mix?As we age, we tend to go further and further in the search for wrinkle-busting tips and tricks. From high-end skincare treatments to simple makeup strategies that can help you look younger, there's an art to navigating the field of sage and (mostly) quack advice.

When it comes to foundation, mature women worry that adding product to their faces will only weigh it down more, but what these ladies don't know is that the right product can actually help reverse your aging process. Luminescent, light-reflecting formulas can help create a more youthful, photogenic finish, and most products are no longer as heavy as they used to be, and thus totally friendly options for women with lines and wrinkles.

According to Glamour.com, you can even use the point of your makeup brush to get at fine lines when applying your concealer. This trick may not be feasible for deeper wrinkles, but this is one way to help you get closer to achieving that airbrushed look.

Avoid these concealer faux-pas

       
Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Avoid these concealer faux-pasIf you think you're immune to the occasional concealer blunder, check out a few photos of famous celebrity makeup faux-pas to further convince yourself that sometimes, just sometimes, you should take extra precaution when stepping out before a camera lens.

With enough raccoon eyes and faces doused in flour to last us a lifetime, it's important for women everywhere to know what there is to know about applying cover-up correctly. When there's not enough, it fails to do its job, but when there's too much (and of the wrong kind), you'd better wish you'd scrapped the makeup altogether.

According to Glamour.com, it's actually not wise to choose a concealer for your under-eye circles that's lighter than your skin tone, as this is what often contributes to the goggles-in-the-tanning-bed look.

Instead, go for a concealer that matches the rest of your skin tone and add little by little until you've got just the right amount of coverage. Using your finger is smart, too, as the warmth of your touch can help the product blend all the more seamlessly into your skin.

For foundation, easy does it

       
Friday, May 20th, 2011

For foundation, easy does it There's no reason to skip foundation if you're looking to perfect your mug, but the difference between an airbrushed-quality result and a slathered-on pancake look lies in how you put it on, not even necessarily which product you use or how much of it you ultimately layer on.

Professional makeup artist Sandy Linter recommends using "either a damp sponge or a foundation brush to dot it all over your face in tiny amounts," according to Allure.

This "less is more" strategy is applicable to lots of other products we use on a day to day basis, so take heed when you're putting on your concealer, powder, blush, mascara and shadow. If you start with just a few strokes and gradually build it up your desired intensity, you'll be on the road to owning your makeup mastery and applying your products with the control and precision of the most experienced beauty guru.

While you're on the way to mastering this delicate balance, it may be a good idea to invest in a quality makeup remover for all of the moments where you'll just have to start over.

Pre-facial do’s and don’ts

       
Friday, May 20th, 2011

 Pre-facial do's and don'ts We know it's tempting to assume that your aesthetician will take care of everything for you, but there are certain ways you should (and shouldn't) prepare for your appointment that may make the difference between great results and a waste of your hard-earned dollars.

According to Marie Claire, it's never a good idea to use products containing Retin-A, retinol or hydroquinone in the three days prior to your peel or laser treatment (make that a week if it's a wax). All of these ingredients tend to sensitize your skin, and can result in all kinds of nasty, unwanted irritation.

On the other hand, it is important to make sure you keep up the rest of your normal skincare routine to increase the likelihood that she'll grasp your condition and you'll make away with the best results (and the best advice for keeping or ditching your habits).

Before your appointment, make sure you've washed your face thoroughly and applied toner and moisturizer. Your aesthetician will probably wipe off all your products, but it's important that she sees the normal condition of your skin.

Summertime is the right time for looking fresh

       
Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Summertime is the right time for looking freshNow that it's warm, it's prime time for presenting your freshest face to the world, not for appearing oily or shiny because you put on sunscreen to, you know, take care of your body. If you're wondering whether there's a happy medium between exposing yourself to the elements and looking like a reflective surface all summer long, rest assured that there are ways to look gorgeous and stay healthy all at the same time.

According to Cosmopolitan, you can help prevent a shiny finish by taking a few preventative steps in the morning. Try to wash your face, apply a mattifying toner and opt for a moisturizer-sunscreen combo, since, generally speaking, the less products you've got on your face, the less shine you'll ultimately end up with. Blotting your skin after the lotion absorbs and setting it with translucent powder will help ward off any unwelcome gleam.

Of course, choosing your products wisely is always a safe bet as well. Look for oil-free formulas designed especially for the face. If you need an added extra boost of protection, investing in a oil-controlling facial serum may be a slick move on your part.

Cat Eyes

       
Thursday, May 19th, 2011


Products Used in This Tutorial

GloMinerals - gloBrow Powder Duo

GloMinerals - gloBrow Powder Duo

Too Faced - Natural Eye Kit

Too Faced - Natural Eye Kit

POP Beauty - Cat Eyes

POP Beauty - Cat Eyes

GloMinerals - gloLash Lengthening Mascara

GloMinerals - gloLash Lengthening Mascara

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The quickest wake-me-ups

       
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The quickest wake-me-upsNot all mornings will necessarily grace you with the necessary amount of time you need to prepare unhurriedly and wake up fully before you rush out the door. For days when you've got about 15 minutes or less to pull yourself together, here are a few tricks to get you out of bed and awake in no time.

1. Moisturizer. Even if you don't put on any face makeup, moisturizer will hydrate your skin, which is the number one cause of a dull, tired-looking complexion.

2. Dermatologist Neolle Sherber told StyleList.com that keeping a metal spoon in the freezer to press to your eyelids once you've applied your moisturizer. This will help instantly take puffy eyes down a notch and wake up your gaze.

3. Dry shampoo. So you don't have time to shower? Big deal. Use a touch of this magic stuff to sap grease out of your roots – no one will know, we promise.

4. You may not have time for a full face of makeup, but do at least take a moment to apply a few swipes of mascara. This is that one essential pick-me-up that will make all the difference in how alive you feel and look.