Archive for February, 2014

The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World

       
Monday, February 17th, 2014

The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World
Some women can make it look effortless, but don’t let them fool you – using makeup correctly is a skill acquired over years of practice and study. The stars can seem to set an impossible standard of beauty, for example, but what you’re really seeing is the handiwork of talented makeup artists who have gone to school for exactly what we’re going to talk about here. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a personal makeup artist in order to look your best; in fact, sometimes its as easy as avoiding the 7 blunders of the makeup world:

1. Mismatched Foundation

All too often, the shade of a woman’s foundation is just a shade or two off – and it shows. Foundation isn’t intended to make you appear paler or more tan; instead, it is only meant to smooth out the minor imperfections that everyone’s face has. Try matching it on your jawline rather than on your wrist next time you’re buying foundation!

2. Overplumped Lips

While some believe that if you use lip liner just outside your lips’ natural lines, then fill it in with your lipstick, your lips will appear plumper. This effect is rarely achieved, however. Leave this one to the professionals.

3. Chunky Eyelashes

Dark, smoky eyes are supposed to entice and attract, but more often than not, you’re just applying too much mascara and eyeliner, which leads to chunks of eyelash and a haggard appearance.

4. Too Much Blush

People like to try and sculpt their faces with blush, or add vibrancy and youth, but that’s not the end result when you go overboard. Instead, you end up drawing attention to your makeup, rather than your natural beauty.

5. Overdone Eyebrows

We pluck them, pencil them, shape them, and shade them – eyebrows receive quite a bit of attention, but they’re better left alone (for the most part). A small amount of shaping is acceptable, but a natural brow is not just acceptable but attractive.

6. Light Pollution

Some products have luminous particles in them that are intended to give your face a fresh glow. It’s easy to use too many luminizing products, though, which can result in a powdery look to the makeup under certain lights.

7. Before Makeup Even Touches Your Skin…

Too many women make the mistake of applying makeup onto dry, unmoisturized and even flaky skin. The result is a dry, unfinished look to the makeup and even flakier skin. Smooth, moist skin means smooth makeup!

Winter Haircare Must-Haves

       
Monday, February 10th, 2014

Winter Haircare Must-Haves
From frigid temperatures to bone-chilling winds and harsh storms, winter weather is full of dangers that can wreak havoc on your hair’s health and style. Fortunately, just because seasonal changes are unavoidable doesn’t mean that you should give up and throw your hair up in a bun until balmy spring weather makes a comeback. Stocking your beauty cabinet with the smart winter must-haves below can help you keep your locks smooth, strong and shiny through the coldest days of the year.

Fortifying Shampoo
Your light summer shampoo probably isn’t strong enough to combat damage and dryness that can be caused by severe winter weather. Although a shampoo is technically used to remove dirt and buildup, it can play a key role in preparing your hair to handle all types of harsh outdoor elements. For ultimate protection, look for moisturizing formulas with nutrient-enriched blends. If your scalp feels especially dry during the winter season, pick up an anti-dandruff shampoo to ward off flakes. Since powerful anti-dandruff cleansers can contain drying chemicals, use yours with every other wash and only when necessary.

Hair Conditioner
Relentless winter winds can leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. To prevent damage and lock in 24-hour moisture protection, look for hair conditioning treatments with long-lasting staying power. Leave-in conditioners can do wonders for keeping frizz under control on thicker manes. If you have thinner locks, use a deep conditioning treatment twice a week to banish split ends and revitalize your scalp for faster hair growth.

Alcohol-Free Styling Products
Do your smooth summer strands turn into a stiff, frizzy nightmare as soon as winter weather hits? Alcohol, commonly used in over-the-counter styling creams and sprays, could be the culprit behind the drastic change. Since hair is especially susceptible to dryness and flyaways during the colder months of the year, you want to use nourishing products that seal in moisture and fight static. If sleek and smooth hair is on your winter wish list, make the switch to alcohol-free styling serums with silicone or essential oils.

Heat Protectant
When you already have a busy schedule, letting your hair air dry is rarely an option. While you can get away with styling your hair wet in the summer, using heat tools becomes unavoidable once winter rolls around. Over time, exposure to concentrated heat can dry your hair out and cause breakage. To minimize the risk of damage, coat your wet locks with a lightweight heat protectant before using hair dryers and other heat styling tools. For an extra bonus, look for heat-activated serums that add shine and tame frizz.