Archive for March, 2014

Fragrance Do’s and Don’ts

       
Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Fragrance done right evokes the subtle reminiscence of an alluring, sensual, sweet or romantic dream than lingers gently in the nose; however, fragrance done wrong places people around you in a nightmarish nasal assault. If you want your signature scent to be noticed without knocking people’s noses off their faces, follow these fragrance do’s and don’ts.

Know Your Strengths

Do familiarize yourself with the five fragrance strengths, which contain varying concentrations of perfume oil mixed with alcohol or another solvent.
Fragrance Do's and Don'ts

Perfume

    • 20 to 30 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts six to eight hours.

Eau de Parfum or EDP

    • 15 to 20 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts four to five hours.

Eau de Toilette or EDT

    • 5 to 15 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts two to three hours.

Eau de Cologne or EDC

    • 2 to 4 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Eau Fraiche

    • 1 to 3 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Do wear the appropriate concentration: Strong concentrations can overwhelm in an enclosed space, but weak concentrations can become lost in a crowd.

Try Before You Buy

  • Do test on your skin. Spray fragrance onto your wrist, wait 10 minutes and take a sniff to see how the scent interacts with your unique body chemistry.
  • Don’t test on paper. Spraying fragrance on paper tells you what the fragrance smells like but doesn’t tell you what it smells like on you. Body chemistry does affect the fragrance’s aroma.
  • Do test only one fragrance at a time. If you wear more than one test fragrance, the scents will collide in a decidedly horrid battle, and your nose will rebel.

Wear Fragrance with Flair

  • Do remember a balance exists between too much and not enough. Only people within a one- to two-foot radius of you should catch a whiff; if people outside that little circle can smell it, you’re wearing too much. Generally, three spritzes will suffice.
  • Do spray on pulse points. Pulse points generate slightly more heat than the rest of your body, and this heat gently activates your fragrance’s scent.
  • Don’t apply after a workout. Fragrance and sweat don’t mingle well.
  • Don’t apply more often than the concentration suggests. Remember that your nose might become so familiar with the aroma that it can’t detect it, but that doesn’t mean the fragrance isn’t still lingering.
  • Do apply to hydrated skin. Hydrated skin better absorbs scent than dry skin does.
  • Don’t mix with scented soaps and lotions. If you do, you risk clashing odors and confused noses.

Storing

  • Do store your perfume in a cool, dry, dark place. Light, heat and humidity destroy fragrance’s chemical bonds and change your fragrance’s delightful bouquet into a nasty pong.
  • Don’t store your fragrance in the refrigerator. While heat isn’t good for fragrance, the temperature fluctuation of cold fridge to warm room and back to fridge again also destroys scent. Avoid stressing your perfume by keeping it in an area that’s cool but not drastically cooler than room temperature.

By following these fragrance do’s and don’ts, you will leave behind you the wisp of a delightful reverie and subliminal pleasant memory.

Benefits Of Beauty Oils

       
Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Benefits Of Beauty Oils
Take a look at any beauty shelf, and you’ll see an array of popular products dedicated to controlling your body’s oil production. If so much attention is warranted to this apparent problem, why would you ever want to add more oil to your skin care routine? As it happens, external oils can produce immense benefits in both those with shiny skin and those who can scratch words into their arms. Beauty oils have been used since the beginning of civilization to great effect. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types and their individual benefits.

Marula Oil

Native to southern Africa and Madagascar, the marula tree plays a significant role in the local economy by providing food, disease treatments, and natural pain relievers. The oil derived from the marula’s seed kernel is also a widely-used component in skin care products such as Nuxe’s Creme Merveillance. With a high concentration of antioxidants, marula oil plays an important role in the fight against aging.

Olive Oil

Nutritionists have long sung the praises of olive oil for cooking, but did you know that this versatile product is equally beneficial in the beauty department? This affordable oil can help users soften their skin by locking the body’s natural moisture in, leaving the epidermis smooth and supple. Products such as Philosophy’s Amazing Grace incorporate olive oil to maximize their moisturizing properties.

Jojoba Oil

It’s the effective oil with the silly name. Jojoba oil is the perfect external beauty oil for women who want to steer clear of prematurely aging hands. Found in desert plants, jojoba oil is naturally designed to hold moisture in the skin. The benefits to plants in an arid climate are obvious, but these same properties can produce effective results for your skin. Products like Lippmann Collection’s Rich Girl Hand Cream utilize jojoba oil as part of a holistic approach to hydration.

Argan Oil

If you’re tired of having dry, irritated skin, argan oil may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Incorporated in products like Kneipp’s Jasmine & Argan Oil Body Lotion, argan oil gives your skin a healthy dose of vitamin E. It also contains a wallop of omega-6 fatty acid, which protects your skin from the dangers of free radicals. Best of all, most users find the non-greasy finish of the oil the perfect complement to a comprehensive skincare regimen.

Start the Spring with a Detox

       
Friday, March 7th, 2014

Start the Spring with a Detox
High-quality skincare and makeup products can make a world of difference when it comes to maintaining and enhancing your natural beauty. However, they barely scratch the surface of the skin. Every now and then, it pays to make some improvements from within, and a beauty detox is just what the doctor ordered.

What is a Beauty Detox?

Technically, a beauty detox could just be a break from using makeup and skincare products. It gives your skin a chance to breathe and rejuvenate. However, when most people refer to beauty detoxes, they’re talking about The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. In this case, the beauty detox consists of a set of simple dietary rules that can trigger exciting changes and improvements in your skin, appearance and overall health.

Top Elements of a Beauty Detox

Whether or not you choose to take a break from using makeup and skincare products, there are certain things you can do to cleanse your body and make your skin more radiant. A few top examples include:

  • Avoid Dairy – Most dairy products contain drugs and hormones that can negatively impact your health and appearance. Dairy also contains a protein called casein that’s very difficult to digest. Try eliminating dairy from your diet for a few weeks; you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised by the results!
  • Don’t Mix Animal Proteins – Stick with one animal protein per meal. Animal proteins are difficult to digest in general and even more difficult when they’re mixed.
  • Order Your Meals from Lightest to Heaviest – While you shouldn’t eat immediately before bed, you should try to eat the lightest meals first and the heaviest ones last. Doing the opposite can cause backups in your digestive system. Start your day with fresh fruits and veggies, and save the heavier, more calorie-laden foods for dinner.
  • Eliminate or Reduce Gluten – Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, reducing or eliminating it from your diet can bring about many exciting changes. This protein, which is found in rye, wheat and barley, triggers toxic reactions in the body. After reducing or eliminating it, it won’t take long to start seeing noticeable results.
  • Choose Almonds over Peanuts – If you’re going to consume nuts, almonds are vastly superior to peanuts. Swap out peanut butter for almond butter to avoid the molds, fungi and pesticides that are often present in peanuts.

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to doing a beauty detox. Try out a few and then go from there. You’re sure to be happy you did!

Pantone Color of The Year: “Radiant Orchid”

       
Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Pantone Color of The Year:
The color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, is diametrically opposite to 2013′s emerald. Radiant Orchid is a perfect brew of purple and fuchsia with hints of pink. It exudes elegance, mystery and charm. Pantone 18-3224 is a dramatic hue that has already made its way into spring fashion trends, providing an energizing element that expresses confidence and vivacity.

Who can Wear Radiant Orchid?

Colors belonging to the purple family are associated with nobility because in ancient times, these colors were difficult to produce, limiting their use to royal garments. Today, Radiant Orchid can be reproduced as fabric dyes and cosmetic pigments.

Practically anyone of any age, male and female alike, can wear Radiant Orchid. Already, spring 2014 clothes and accessories are sporting variations of the orchid theme. It takes chutzpah to get away with an all-purple outfit, but it can be done. For those who favor subtlety, accessorize with orchid-inspired fashion elements.

Radiant Orchid on Your Face

The eyes love orchid-tone shadows. Play up your eyes by blending closely-related shades of orchid and pink eye shadows. Start with orchid-tinged eyeliner followed by a brush application of orchid eye shadow in the inner corner of the eye. Blend with an applicator. For a smoky look, apply a darker shade on the outer corners of the eyes.

Radiant Orchid lipstick is sultry and sophisticated, but it may be difficult to pull off. Opt for a delicate application of eye makeup,and the rest of the face should be velvety and flawless, which can be achieved with a mattifying foundation. Ensure that orchid lipstick remains run-free by applying lip primer or concealer on the lips prior to outlining with a lip liner and filling in with lipstick.

Radiant Orchid on your Nails

Nail fashion has never been this much fun before the Radiant Orchid trend. Add drama to the most drab outfit with nail polish that complements your outfit and your makeup. Choose a shade that does not clash nor match your outfit too perfectly.

Radiant Orchid on your Hair

No one can get away with a full head colored in Radiant Orchid, but this shade provides perfect highlights for a playful look. For a more sedate appearance, choose deeper shades of orchid and streak your locks only in strategic spots.

The Secret to Wearing Radiant Orchid

Pantone’s 2014 color of the year speaks to independent and innovative spirits. Avoid using a single hue on everything you are wearing. Monotone does not quite cut it when it comes to Radiant Orchid. Instead, choose different tones from the same purple palette to balance drama with high style.