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This Thanksgiving, Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments!

       
Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments

The foods you eat nourish your body, so naturally you try to incorporate the healthiest fare. When Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s all about indulging in the comforts of the season – those tried and true traditional dishes that have a nostalgic quality and make you feel happy. Autumnal ingredients like yams, cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg aren’t just delicious, they’re also good for you, when prepared properly. Did you know that they’re also spectacular for your skin?

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to feed your skin with some sustenance. Here are three DIY treatments made from the tastiest festive ingredients:

Mashed Potato Mask
It seems as if mashed potatoes can cure anything, and they’re a comforting remedy for your complexion, too. If you’re pursuing a solution for your puffy eyes, battling frequent breakouts, or attempting to diminish dark circles or fine lines, try making a mask infused with this classic dish. All you need are some prepared mashed potatoes – it doesn’t matter how they’re seasoned.

Opt for organic potatoes so you can avoid harmful pesticides. If you have especially dry skin, consider adding a bit of olive oil to your potatoes for extra moisture. However, those that are looking to alleviate acne should mix up a batch with minimal ingredients.

Smooth the potatoes over clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. After rinsing off, follow up with a moisturizer.

Squash foot soak
Are you feet feeling parched? With the temperatures dropping and the air getting dryer, it’s common to see some flakes. Fortunately, butternut squash boasts a high vitamin E content, which when combined with the lactic acid in milk and nourishing properties of oil, can slough off dead skin and repair cracks.

Simply mash up one large cooked squash and combine it with 3 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of either safflower or vegetable oil. Put the mixture in a tub that can comfortably fit your feet, and submerge them in the solution for 30 minutes. Rinse them off, then slip on some cozy socks to trap in moisture.

Sweet potato conditioner
Your hair needs a detox once in a while, too. Switch out your normal conditioner for this sweet potato concoction, which can get rid of product buildup and help to prevent pesky flyaways from the dry static-filled air.

Start by cutting a cooked sweet potato in half and mashing it up. Then, add 3 tablespoons of honey and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. Massage it onto clean, damp hair and don a shower cap to seal in the solution, allowing it to absorb more effectively. After 20 minutes, rinse out the conditioner and voilá: smoother strands.

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

       
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

Just because you aren't spending all your summer days lounging at the beach doesn't mean you can't pretend. Bring the fun, sand and sun to your nails with a beach-inspired manicure, which with the right nail colors, can make you feel just a little bit closer to the waves.

Dreaming of the ocean? Try a glittered aqua hue, like the Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer in Seafoam Splendor by the Lippman Collection. This brilliant hue is the perfect eye-popping shade against a bright white bikini, but looks just as great with denim during the day. As an added benefit, Lippman's formulas are great for nails – leaving them stronger and more nourished than ever before.

Eager to soak up some rays? Put some sunshine on your fingertips with the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Yellow Brick Road. This dandelion yellow is sure to brighten your day, even if you're stuck in traffic or at the office. 

And if you're longing to sink your toes into the sand, opt for the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Believe. A shimmering taupe, this stunning shade is more than your basic, go-with-everything neutral. The metallic hue looks especially eye-catching against a tan, and adds glitz to a simple black dress. Apply an extra coat for an even more intense finish.

The best part? These lacquers are quick-drying and long-lasting, meaning your manicure will be chip-free for days – even if you make it to the beach after all.

3 easy tips for fixing chipped nail polish

       
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

3 easy ways to fix chipped nail polish

We've all had it happen before – after receiving a magnificent manicure and paint job on your nails, an unsightly chip rears its ugly head. This can quickly put a damper on your day, but it doesn't have to be the end of your pretty nails! There are a few steps you can take to repair the chip and keep it from happening again in the future.

1. Bust out the nail polish
Whether you have the nail polish originally used or one in a similar color, now is the time to whip it out. Delicately add a drop of it to your chip, then re-apply a second coat to make this area level with the rest of the polish on your nail.

2. Grab a top coat
Once the spot has dried, apply a drop of clear top coat to the chipped area to keep it from returning. If you're extra concerned, go ahead and add a second coat for reassurance.

3. Exercise caution
If your nails aren't standing up to the test of time, Daily Glow recommends avoiding activities that can make the situation worse. Don't open cans or use zippers without caution!

Do you know how to prevent split nails?

       
Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Do you know how to prevent split nails?

Depending on the health of your nails, you may experience split nails more often than not. If you constantly wear fake ones or you simply always have polish on them, you may be preventing your nails from gaining strength. If this is a frequent problem for you, there are a couple of ways that you can instantly repair the damage and keep it from happening again in the future.

First, remove any nail polish you're wearing prior to treating the split nail. Then, clip your nail as close to the base as possible to remove the piece that has broken. This may eliminate the length you've worked hard to grow, but it's necessary to effectively treat the issue.

Beautylish recommends applying a clear top coat onto the crack if you want to prevent it from becoming worse. However, simply applying a bandage on top of it can also keep it from being affected by other elements.

To prevent this issue from happening later down the line, the Mayo Clinic stresses the importance of good nail hygiene. This means using a moisturizer on your cuticles and the other skin around your nails daily. You should also make it a point to avoid using harsh chemicals on your nails frequently, such as glue and acetone.

Are your fake nails ruining your real ones?

       
Monday, February 25th, 2013

Are your fake nails ruining your real ones?

If you love wearing fake nails and you sport them frequently, you know how brittle they can make your natural nails over time. Your fakes are preventing them from breathing, and the adhesive as well as the removal process can be harsh on your nails. That being said, it's never too late to rehab them with supplements and a little TLC.

First, think about giving your natural nails a break by steering clear of fakes for at least a week. During this period, treat them with a strengthening polish to ensure that they're getting the necessary nutrients.

Next, Oprah.com recommends protecting your hands with gloves during household chores and moisturizing them frequently, especially at the cuticles. In addition, be sure to exercise grooming tactics such as nail clipping and filing to keep them in shape.

Finally, the Mayo Clinic claims that it's crucial to avoid picking at your nails or the skin surrounding them as they recover. Use hand cream to smooth over your skin and prevent irritating hangnails from forming.

After you restore your natural nails to their beautiful state, you may never want to wear fake ones again!

Key tips for softening and moisturizing your hands

       
Friday, February 8th, 2013

Key tips for softening and moisturizing your hands

How many times have you found yourself wishing your hands had soft, supple skin? Even after applying a beautiful nail polish, your hands might not look or feel as luxurious as you’d like. The problem may simply lie within your cuticles. If you fail to give them the TLC they need on a regular basis, you could be doing your hands an injustice. However, it’s never too late to restore them and give them the attention they deserve.

One way you can begin treating your cuticles and your hands as a whole is by using a cuticle oil or moisturizer regularly. This can ensure that the skin around your nails is receiving the nutrients it needs. Furthermore, taking care of your cuticles can promote stronger nails, which means less breakage in the future.

Another tactic you can use to improve the look and feel of your hands in general is to apply a hand cream or moisturizer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Try to use a lotion right after washing your hands to increase the chances of moisture being absorbed into your skin.

By taking these tips into account, you can have more confidence in your soft, smooth hands.

Cupid Crazy Cosmetics

       
Friday, February 1st, 2013

Cupid Crazy Cosmetics for Valentine's Day

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Cupid Crazy Cosmetics for the Valentine’s Day

  • Sexy Skin: To be irresistible for Valentine’s Day, all you need is soft, glowing skin.
    • soft: Use shea butter lotion for touchable skin.
    • glow: Try tanning a few days before to get a healthy glow.
  • Kissin’ Lips: What’s your shine level?
    • glass: Daytime Lunch
    • sheen: Dinner & a Movie
    • matte: Dancing & Drinks
    • stain: Five Course Meal
  • Sultry Scents:
    • rose: Elegant, Classic, Floral
    • jasmine: Smoldering, Exotic, Romantic
    • ylang ylang: Seductive, Erotic, Alluring
    • vanilla: Warm, Homey, Calming

Hot tips for keeping your manicure intact

       
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Hot tips for keeping your manicure intact

There’s nothing more disappointing than putting on a beautiful nail polish only to see it chip away after just two days on your nails. If you love giving yourself at-home manicures but you can’t stand to see them fade, there are a couple of ways you can maintain their look. In the end, you won’t be afraid to show off your nails halfway through the week. Apply a top coat daily.

CollegeFashion.net reports that a top coat is necessary to help your manicure endure daily wear and tear. While it may be a pain to sit through the process and let your nails dry all over again, it’s worth keeping them looking great. Keep your cuticles out of the way.

It’s important to maintain your cuticles in order to give your nail polish the best opportunity to stick around. To ensure that they’re soft and make them easier to keep out of the way, use a product such as BORGHESE Spendide Mani Smoothing Hand Creme SPF 8. Groom your nails before polishing.

Cut and shape your nails accordingly before applying any polish for the best results. Shaped, short nails can help you achieve a clean, flawless look.

Secret tips for hydrating and maintaining beautiful cuticles

       
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Secret tips for hydrating and maintaining beautiful cuticlesHow many times have you applied beautiful nail polish to your fingernails only to see your look fall flat due to rough, dry cuticles? If you aren't one for keeping your hands moisturized on a regular basis, your cuticles might be unsightly. That being said, it's not impossible to solve this dilemma and restore confidence in the appearance of your nails. Here are some tips for cuticle repair and maintenance.

Keep your cuticles hydrated
It's no secret that your cuticles can quickly dry out, especially if you're constantly washing your hands. Consider a product such as BABOR Spa Mediterranee Cuticle & Nail Repair to soothe your skin and smooth your cuticles.

Exfoliate regularly
As Discovery Health reports, it's important to exfoliate your cuticles on a regular basis just as you would any other part of your body. Removing dead, excess skin can make them easier to manage over time.

Try gloves
To create the utmost soothing, hydrating experience, consider placing your moisturized hands in cotton gloves while you sleep. This can make sure that the cream you use stays in place and gets to your cuticles as you rest – just slip them on and forget about it!

Reality television star Kendall Jenner stuns on magazine cover

       
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Reality television star Kendall Jenner stuns on magazine coverWhile she may have grown up in the shadow of her glamorous older sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, model and reality television show personality Kendall Jenner has set out to prove she's a star in her own right.

The brown-haired beauty appears on the cover of Miss Vogue Australia in a sophisticated backless, long-sleeved dress and dashing black hat – the latest in a string of magazine covers for the rising young starlet.

With her blemish-free complexion, the fair-skinned Jenner is a great source of inspiration for women eager to recapture the natural lustrousness of their complexions.

A soap-free, anti-aging face wash that helps stimulate cell renewal can be a stellar way to reduce the visible signs of aging, from wrinkles to fine lines to age spots. Best of all, with a face wash packed with powerful botanical extracts, you can be confident that your skin will look more radiant than ever!

But before you call it a day, it's also important to take care of your hands. A moisturizing cream that offers UV protection can keep your palms looking pretty even if you spend all day in the sun.