Archive for July, 2011

Protecting your skin everyday use of eye makeup

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Protecting your skin everyday use of eye makeup.With summer in full swing, ladies everywhere are looking to their lids and lashes to create a dynamic look that will blend beautifully with their warm weather attire. However, constant use of waterproof mascara and eyeshadow can do a number on your skin, so you'll need a method of ensuring that your makeup stays in place and will keep your skin healthy.

Any makeup artist will tell you that the secret to gorgeous eyes is primer, so finding one with skin exfoliating properties is the ideal choice to keep your cosmetics from smudging and creasing. This will also add moisture to your skin while allowing for a clean and fresh look for any social occasion.

Mascara is another cosmetic to consider during the summer, but it's important to choose one carefully. Why not embrace the magic of mineral lengthening options? The brush allows for even application and is sure to make your lashes look as lovely as ever. With a few of these tricks in mind, skin care and makeup styles can work flawlessly. 

Fighting the effects of acne when wearing suntan lotion

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Fighting the effects of acne when wearing suntan lotion.Making sure that your skin is protected for a day on the beach is a constant struggle between maintaining the look of your cosmetics and providing ample protection from the sun's rays. Unfortunately, most suntan lotions aren't conducive to proper skincare, so fashionistas will need a different method to sport their favorite beach ensembles.

Instead of going au naturale when you're on the beach, you can still pull off your favorite look and stay protected with Dermablend Cover Creme. This full coverage foundation will provide up to 12 hours of consistent color wear on the sand and has skin exfoliating properties that will keep your face healthy in the summer sun. It is also water- and smudge-resistant to handle all your favorite beach activities.

This product also offers SPF 30 protection, so you can work on your tan and have the confidence that your makeup stays fabulous all day long. As an added bonus, you won't have to worry about suntan lotion clogging your pores and having an acne breakout to contend with. This product will provide superior coverage to hide these imperfections and stop them from popping up in the future.  

The Eyes Have it

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I’m frequently amazed at the number of patients who come to me with minor skin blemishes who waste huge sums on surgical and laser correction no one will ever notice.

Surgically, the most “bang for your buck” is simple eyelid surgery… blepharoplasty. The procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia with, occasionally, mild IV sedation. The downtime is minimal and generally consists of wearing sunglasses for a week (not a bad idea in the summer anyway, since UV rays cause cataracts!). Furthermore, your vision will probably improve because you’ll get less “dry eye” and your eyes won’t get as tired.

Redundant skin is carefully removed, bulging fat pads can be trimmed and the results take away 5-10 years in 45 min to an hour.

The scars are concealed in normal skin creases and, are even MORE invisible because who doesn’t wear eye shadow?

Just a thought for the day.

Finding the right summer scent

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Find the right scent for summer.The summer breeze is alive with delightful scents all its own, so the last thing you want to do is drown out the wonderfully fresh smell of summer by dowsing yourself in a liter of perfume. Instead, you should let the natural fragrances of summer inspire you – so if you're in the market for a new scent, here's what you should keep in mind.

Summer is all about floral fragrances, from gardenia and rose to lavender and jasmine. A floral-based scent will be right at home in the summertime, and it's a girly, feminine way to dress yourself up for a night on the town or an evening with your man.

Another summer staple is citrus. After all, is there anything better on a hot July afternoon than a tall, cold glass of lemonade? Citrus scents are clean, sharp and fresh and give any perfume an adult edge that's perfect for a lunch date with that guy cute from the office. For a hint of the tropics, opt for lime over lemon. If you want something truly unique, look for a fragrance that features notes of grapefruit.

Summer scents should be light, flirty and clean, so stay away from anything too spiced or heavy – save those ones for long winter evenings by the fireplace.

Hair care tips for men

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Hair tips for dudes.While ladies can get lost in a shampoo-and-conditioner haze for hours before spending almost as long blowdrying, curling and pinning back their locks, most guys don't spend much time worrying about their hair (unless they're losing it, of course). But if you want a head full of tresses that are just as luscious as your girlfriend's – and admit it, deep down, you do – it's time to get serious about your hair care routine. All you need for some gorgeous hair is the right shampoo and conditioner.

Although your hair may be short, it can still get greasy and dirty after a long day working in the office or hitting the gym. That's why it's important to use shampoo every day to clear out all that dirt, oil and other buildup. If you're like most guys, you're not interested in getting up even one second earlier than you have to – so condense that shower routine into a super-quick in-and-out job by using a product like Jack Black All Over Wash for Face, Hair, and Body. That way, you can get everything done in one fell swoop without having to fumble with tons of different bottles.

If you want silky locks, it's important not to forget the conditioner. Leave it in your hair for a few minutes while you lather up, then rinse it out with a fine-toothed comb to make sure you don't leave any residue. This will keep your hair soft and moisturized, so your girlfriend won't be able to stop herself from running her fingers through it later that evening.

Curling eyelashes

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Three ways to curl those eyelashes.Long, dark eyelashes are a sexy part of any gal's makeup routine, but they'll be for naught if you can't see them. To make those peepers pop, you'll need to curl those lashes up, up and away. Here are three easy ways to make sure you get the curly lashes every girl dreams of.

1. Try a curling mascara. Some kinds of mascara are designed to help your lashes curl upward, opening your eyes and giving you a sweet yet sexy look. Look for one in dark black for maximum impact, and carry it around in your bag for touchups on the go.

2. Use an eyelash curler. If there's one surefire way to get curly lashes, it's with a metal eyelash curler. To make sure your look stays all day long, heat the curler by pointing your blowdryer at it for a few seconds, then apply to your lashes. Just like with a hot curling iron on your hair, a heated curler will give you added staying power.

3. Grab a spoon. Need a quick and easy way to fix up your lashes on the go? Use a metal spoon. Use your finger to get your lashes against the edge of the spoon and press upwards to curl. It may be a seriously budget way of doing things, but it works – especially if you need a touch-up in the middle of a date while your guy goes off to the little boys' room.

Caring for your hair in the summertime

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Take good care of your hair in the summer.Taking care of your tresses is always a full-time job, but they're subject to a lot of extra abuse in the summertime. If your locks have been bombarded by sunshine, chlorine, humidity, sweat and tons of ponytails, they might not be looking their best. Follow these summer hair care tips to keep your mane in tip-top shape from May to September.

Lots of people love to spend their summers by the pool, but most pools are treated with chlorine – a harsh chemical that can dry or even discolor your locks. (Blondes sometimes finish out a summer with green steaks in their hair from too much pool time!) Before you hop in a chlorinated pool, wet your hair with non-chlorinated water in the shower or bathroom sink. That way, your porous strands won't be able to absorb as much chlorine – so you can keep them from getting dried out, crunchy or brittle.

If your hair is colored, summertime almost always leads to a gradual lightening of your locks – which can mean a bright orange mane if you're not careful! Make sure you protect your hair with a color-shielding shampoo and conditioner, and sport a stylish hat when you're out at the beach to keep the sunlight off your tresses.

Following these tips will make sure you transition into fall with your shiny strands still looking flawless.

The face-washing routine that dermatologists recommend

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Follow these face-washing tips.Still dealing with stubborn acne blemishes or a dull, uninspired complexion? Maybe you're just not washing your face right! It might seem simple, but the frequency with which you wash your visage – and the products you use – can have a major impact on your skin's clarity.

First, remember that the soap you use is important. What works for scrubbing your back and arms won't necessarily be gentle enough for the sensitive skin on your face, so pick up a cleanser that's made specifically for your most delicate areas, like Baxter of California's Face Wash. If you still suffer from the occasional breakout, try washing with a salicylic acid wash in the morning and a benzoyl peroxide cream at night. But be careful that it's not too drying!

If your skin starts feeling dry and tight, cut back on your washing routine. Your face does need some essential oils, so over-washing can actually aggravate your skin problems, not solve them. Start by washing once a day, and ramp it up to twice a day – morning and night – if your skin isn't showing improvement.

Finding the right shade of lipstick

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

What's the right lip color for you?Everybody longs for that perfect pink pucker – and with the right lipstick, you can achieve it instantly! Of course, there’s a slight snag. What works on one gal doesn’t always work on another, so while your friend looks drop-dead gorgeous in a deep magenta, you might just look vampy. How can you find the right shade of lipstick for you?

First, consider your overall coloring. If you’re fair with light hair and eyes, a deep red or purple will overpower your delicate features. Instead, opt for a soft pink or bright magenta that’ll help bring out the natural roses in your cheeks. If you want to play up the natural innocence that your coloring often gives, opt for a lipstick with just a hint of shimmer that’ll have you looking youthful while still being sexy.

Darker gals can play with bolder shades, since their brunette locks and strong eyebrows can easily compete against a hot-red pout. For maximum oompf, look for a lipstick with plenty of shine – your lips will look as sweet as candy. To find the perfect shade that works best for you skin tone, turn to dedicated lipstick brands like Lipstick Queen.

Finally, don’t forget about your other makeup. If you tend to wear pinks and peaches, opt for a bright, clear shade of lipstick that’ll enhance the hues in your other cosmetics. If your eyeshadow, blush and bronzer colors are more neutral, stick to more traditional lipstick colors.

Fixin’ up your brows

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Achieve perfect brows with an eyebrow pencil.You wax ’em, you pluck ’em, maybe you even dye ’em – for many women, dealing with their eyebrows is a hassle. No matter how often you head to the salon or break out the tweezers, it feels like your stubborn brows are never just the right shape. How do the stars achieve such a perfect look every single day? They’ve got a secret – and it’s called a brow pencil.

Whether you have whisper-thin, barely-there brows or naturally dark, thick ones that don’t mess around, a brow pencil can help you define shape, add color and fill in bare patches for a flawless look in no time. The right brow shape can frame your face, bring out your eyes and soften (or toughen!) your look, so follow this tutorial for perfect brows every single day.

This isn’t art class

First, it is important to remember that your eyebrows should be natural – you don’t want to look as though you’ve drawn them on with pencil (although you essentially have, of course!). This means no picking up black brow pencil when you’re a natural blonde. Blondes and redheads, if your eyebrows are barely noticeable, you can opt for a light brown that will give added definition without looking too extreme. This tip works excellent for ladies of a certain age who are starting to gray, too.

And remember, absolutely no shaving your eyebrows and starting from scratch with your new art tools. A brow pencil should enhance your natural brows, not drastically alter them. Drawn-on brows never look natural, so stay away from anything too severe.

The right color makes all the difference

Pick a color that’s close to your natural shade. Blondes and redheads can go a few shades darker, while deep brunettes may want to go a shade or two lighter to avoid creating jet-black brows. The hue you choose should be able to easily blend into the surrounding hair. You don’t want it to look as though your natural eyebrow hair is sitting on top of a paint-shop swatch of color!

Keep a light touch

Brow pencil isn’t eyeliner, so don’t apply it like you’re lining your lids. Additionally, don’t draw an outline of your ideal eyebrow and start shading it in – it’ll look far too heavy-handed. Instead, you should gently draw tiny hairs by using short, staccato strokes in and around your existing brows. If you’ve got an area that’s overplucked or awkwardly sparse, you can fill it in by using a slightly heavier hand while drawing.

The trick to pulling off this look perfectly is making sure that eyebrow pencil is sharpened before you begin. With a sharp brow pencil, you can draw realistic hairs that’ll blend in with and enhance your natural brows.

Don’t forget to set!

To make sure your brow pencil doesn’t smudge or fade throughout the day, set your now-perfect brows with a hint of translucent powder or a makeup setting spray. Just be careful not to apply too much, or your brows will look dusty and clouded.

Finish up with your usual makeup routine, applying eyeliner, shadow and mascara. If you find yourself making a little extra eye contact with that hottie at the coffee shop today, don’t be surprised – he can’t help himself! Thanks to your flawless brows, all his attention is focused right on your peepers, so he just can’t keep himself from looking into your beautiful eyes.