Archive for May, 2011

Get a head-start on eye creams

       
Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Get a head-start on eye creamsWhen you're in your 20s, the last thing on your mind are anti-aging products. And to an extent, there's no reason why they should be – you have nothing to worry about. Seriously, we swear.

On the other hand, it never hurts to get a head start on your anti-aging regimen. Starting with an age-appropriate night cream for your face and eyes is a great idea, as it can help fight the signs of aging before they make a visible appearance on your face.

The good news is that there's no need to throw down a chunk of cash for the whole kit and caboodle when you're still this young. Look for a moisturizing night cream and eye cream designed to hydrate tired skin and gently lift fine lines and crow's feet.

Of course, the number one anti-aging tool is still, and always will be, sunscreen. Get a healthy dose of this now, and you're instilling a lifelong buffer of preventative care to help keep your skin looking youthful for years to come.

Shaving: There’s a time and a place

       
Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Shaving: There's a time and a placeIf you're locked down with a shaving routine, chances are you've found a system that works with your schedule and is gentle on your skin – not all women can handle shaving with the same frequency, that is. But even if you think your regimen is working for you, there's a chance you could save it for a better time.

According to Allure, it's generally not the best idea to shave first thing in the morning or during a hot bath. That's because your legs puff up while you sleep and also when they're submerged in hot water, which effectively hides some of the hair and results in a less closer shave. If you can, try shaving at night, when your legs are apt to reap the most benefits from your razor.

Can't bear to give up your routine? Look for a moisturizing shaving cream that's designed especially for sensitive skin, so if you do need to shave more often, you can do so without irritating your legs. You may even consider trying a hair-removing cream or at-home waxing kit as a wholesale alternative to the razor altogether.

How to get the perfect bed-head

       
Thursday, May 12th, 2011

How to get the perfect bed-headContrary to what most people would logically assume, getting the perfect just-out-bed hairdo involves a bit of work. Remember – you don't actually want to look like you just left last night's rat's nest where it formed on its own. A bed-head is still a style, though a fun one that flirts with imperfection.

You might not even have to wash your hair to pull this off if you're not a big fan of showering – sometimes, having some natural oils helps create the necessary texture. Simply spray some dry shampoo into your roots to help remove any greasy residue that's weighing down your hair in all the wrong places.

Next, apply some volumizing mousse to your tresses once it's dry and curl thick sections with a round iron, spritzing hair-spray on them as you go. Don't strive to be too perfect with your ringlets – grabbing random sections and even overlapping will help create a haphazard look.

Once your curls are set, run your fingers through your hair, messing it up as much as you dare and give it one final mist-over with the hairspray.

Un-Wrinkle Makeup-Less Chemical-Free SPF 30 by PTR

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Un-Wrinkle Makeup-Less Chemical-Free SPF 30 by PTR This product just launched to the market a few weeks ago.  It’s nice that I have a chance to try it first before it actually “OUT” in the market. This product is really neat! When apply it, not only it goes on smoothly, it also blends well and amazingly match my skin color.  The product is  loaded with peptides and top it of with SPF 30 which is perfect for using alone or as a primer. Price point is $48. The product lasts along way.

Lighter Lips for Spring

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011


Products Used in This Tutorial

Youngblood - Lipstick

Youngblood - Lipstick

Jane Iredale - Detail Brush

Jane Iredale - Detail Brush

POP Beauty - Aqua Lacquer Lip Gloss

POP Beauty - Lip Gloss

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Bold Lips

Ways to wake up your gaze

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Ways to wake up your gazeSo, you've been up all night, and it probably wasn't the best move for your stamina level for the next day. You feel pretty spent, but fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your visage from betraying your messed up circadian rhythms.

If you don't have time to shower (which is a major cure-all in and of itself), do at least take the time to wash your face, swipe on some moisturizer and a few coats of mascara. Lack of sleep dehydrates your skin, so restoring some of that moisture will help reverse the tell-tale effects of sleeplessness. Plus, brightening up your gaze can always help you look less tired.

Using skincare products with caffeine and them can also be a major perk-me-up, according to Refinery 29. Look for refreshing eye creams that use this coffee-inspired ingredient to help reduce puffiness and perhaps add a bit of, shall we say, jolt to your overall appearance.

Above all else, drink plenty of water! You may not be able to completely win back the sleep you lost, but if you stay hydrated and healthy, your body will feel it less.

Oils versus lotions (or both?)

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Oils versus lotions (or both?) When most of us think of oils, there’s no real desirable aesthetic that comes to mind – at least when it comes to our skin. Traditionally, skin is supposed to be dewy yet matte, and for those of us with over-active oil glands, there’s a whole gamut of products designed to help keep the shine at bay.

However, oils can actually be quite beneficial for the beauty of your skin, especially if you’re striving to get a heavenly, silky glow. According to Glamour.com, body oils help hydrate and create an alluring luster that most standard lotions can’t produce.

“Use them alone on dry skin or mix some with body cream,” aesthetician Antonina Dutu told the news source. “Neroli oil is great for acne-prone skin.”

For an all-over shine that’s unparalleled to most, use a body oil during your normal daily moisturizing routine or pour an essential oil into your bath. Not only does this create a heady atmosphere for your body to sink into, but it’ll leave you with soft, moisturized skin.

What scent reminds you most of the season?

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

What scent reminds you most of the season?Wardrobes and makeup hues change with the seasons, and by all means, your fragrances should too! There’s no better time than the warm-weather seasons to break out a whole new palette of fresh, fruity spring and summertime scents.

For some people, nothing denotes spring better than the heady aroma of lilac. These delicious purple blooms can be seen bursting forth everywhere at around this time every year, and decking yourself out in a sweet lilac scent may only further magnify the experience.

According to the Star Tribune, citrus scents in particular are set to be a big ordeal this summer.

“Warmer weather calls for a lighter, fresher fragrance,” the news source reports. “Even if you’re not normally a fan of fruity scents, consider the new citrus cocktails: blood orange, tangerine and grapefruit laced with earthier elements like musk, sandalwood and white moss. The resulting scents are more sophisticated, less syrupy-sweet.”

No matter what your note of preference, looking to your environment for fragrant inspiration is always a winning choice.

When is the right time to apply sunscreen to your face?

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

When is the right time to apply sunscreen to your face?Unless you’re lucky enough to be spending all day lounging beach or poolside, chances are you may run across the small (yet circumstantial) dilemma of when to apply sunscreen to your face.

If you don’t wear makeup, it’s a no-brainer. As a general rule of thumb, it’s important to apply sunscreen at the beginning of each day and to keep reapplying it if you’re swimming in water or if you’re out in direct sunlight for more than a couple hours at a time.

As for everyone else, it’s generally advisable to put on sunscreen right after you apply moisturizer and before you put on any foundation or makeup.

Lots of moisturizers come with SPF already built in to the formula, as do some foundations, however. Many women find this a more desirable choice, if only to cut back on the number of products they have to apply during the rushed morning hours. Just be sure to follow up with an SPF chapstick or lip product as well as sunscreen for any areas your makeup may have missed.

Checklist for approaching beach weather

       
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Checklist for approaching beach weatherThe dreaded swimsuit season is upon us, and that means women everywhere are scrambling to get themselves into all kinds of shapes in order to flaunt their very best beach bod this season. So what’s on your to-do list?

For one, many ladies will be hitting the gym extra hard, but it’s important to keep in mind that the right swimsuit will do wonders for your shape (and won’t have you struggling to be something you’re not, either).

Now’s also the time to go for your first wax of the year. If you’re more of a do-it-at-home kind of gal, hit the stores for top-market at-home waxing kits and the most luxurious shaving creams your legs ever dreamed of.

Still, others may have unsightly blemishes they’d rather part with, but there are all kinds of remedies available to help diminish the appearance of cellulite, spider veins, stretch marks and more. Aim for a waterproof body concealer that won’t budge, no matter how much fun in the sun you’re having.