Avoid These Make Up Mistakes For A Younger Look

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Mistakes might be too harsh of a word.  Most of us are still using the advice we learned at thirteen, and we try to make that advice work as we get older.  We constantly hear “Less is more” as if it’s some magic truth that will liberate our faces and pores.  Here is some help to adjust your routine to match the current age of your skin.

USING The wrong concealer, and/or too much of it

Concealer is difficult.  Too light/dark, too much, will draw attention instead of conceal.  You want to use enough to get it just right, and no more.  Make sure you’re using a light touch, especially on thinner skin, like the skin under your eyes.  If you find yourself needing to use a lot of concealer, or foundation, make sure you’re exfoliating often enough, and properly.  You should also try incorporating a BB cream to help brighten your skin, and cover fine wrinkles, instead of caking on concealer that hides your natural skin.

CONTOURING Too heavily

Speaking of a light touch, you want to avoid lines that appear harsh, they’ll just make you look older.  Instead of drawing a heavy line and blending it out, try a subtle, barely there look.  You want them to notice your highlights, not your bronzer.  Try skipping this step entirely, you probably don’t even need it.

BRIGHT As A Stop Sign Blush

This is probably a good time to discuss blush. Avoid applying it directly to the apples of your cheeks.  Run it along the cheekbones, and blend thoroughly, so it’s not as obvious where the blush stops.  Just like with contouring, you want a subtle effect, so avoid super red, or too dark.

THICK Heavy, Clumpy Lashes

This look is best reserved for thirteen year-olds and models in avant garde photoshoots.  Make sure your brush is clean, and your mascara is liquid.  It’s common to keep a mascara long after it’s expired, and dried out.  If warming it with your hands for a minute doesn’t revitalize it, it’s time to replace it.  A couple quick swipes is best, wait a minute, then apply a second coat if you want more length or volume.  It’s better to wait a little bit and apply more coats, or invest in a lash curler, than weigh down your lashes and make them a glued together mess.

SUPER Metallic, Shimmery Lips

Metallic and shimmery should only be used when describing your car’s paint job.  If you want your lips to stand out, follow the advice in the article below, to give your lips that full look on their own.  

Make up works best when it’s highlighting our features and minimizing our imperfections.  If you feel like you need a lot to cover up, follow the advice in this blog to brighten your skin, and remove minor imperfections. A good skin care regimen is better than applying a ton of make up.

 

How To Dry Your Hair Properly

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I love it when my stylist washes and dries my hair, I don’t love how I could never get my hair to look exactly how he can.  It turns out he knew secrets to dry my hair he never shared with me.  I’m going to share them with you, to help you get that “just left the salon look” every day.

THOSE Cool, Sci Fi Attachments Serve A Purpose

Always make sure you’re using one of the included attachments, they keep the heating element away from your hair.  Too much heat leaves it cooked, and frizzy.  The flat nozzle is to concentrate the airflow, allowing you the precision you need for bangs.  The big knobby attachment is for wavy, and curly hair.  It will give you a nice, natural look to your hair, while completely drying it.  If you don’t need either of those, you’ll still appreciate the quick drying attachment, unless you engine the sound of small jet engine next to your head.

BLOW and Dry Downward

Waving your dryer around may seem more effective, but it’s really not.  Not only will your hair dry unevenly, you’ll frizz it up and tangle it.  Blowing downward will help smooth your hair, making it more manageable.  Section your hair into four areas and dry each one separately.  The same goes for your towel.  Be gentle, pat and rub downward.  Sure, we always see them rubbing vigorously in all directions in the movies, and then we see what happens after the on set stylists stop crying and work their craft.

BE Careful With The Heat

Heat is good, we love heat.  There is too much of a good thing. Don’t just set your dryer to the hottest setting, there’s a reason the dryer on the salon has multiple options.  The finer the hair the less, heat you’ll need.  Whether you have thin hair in general, or just the hairs around your face.  Make sure you’re using that selector switch.  This also applies to your irons, watch that heat setting.  You should also opt for ceramic whenever possible.  The smoother surface will slide more freely through your hair.  You don’t a clamp curling iron, or a death grip on your flat iron.  Use just enough pressure to close the iron, so it glides through your hair.

USE The Cool Setting To Set Your Style

You may, or may not, have noticed that cool breeze on your face as your stylist finishes up.  That’s because they know you don’t need heat once your hair is doing what you want.  It isn’t the heat that dries your hair, it’s the airflow.

There you go, practice these tips, make everyone think you have time to hit the salon on your way out the door.  If you have fine, or damaged hair, check out our earlier entry for thin hair.

Beauty Lifestyle Considerations for Vegans

fresh-vegetables-4-1317347-638x425There are still handfuls of cosmetics corporations that test on animals unethically.  For the sake of our vanity and appearance, animals are being tortured, blinded, poisoned and often times killed.  For the vegan, the lifestyle that they have committed to extends past just what foods that they consume as they are also very conscious about what types of products that they use.   If this is the type of lifestyle that you are unswerving to or one that you are curious about what types of habits it would entail, you’ve stumbled upon the right source.  

Be mindful of labels.  Typically, animal-conscious products will have labels such as “vegan”, “cruelty-free” or “animal-friendly” on the packaging.  Be careful of the “all-natural” labels as these could indicate a company that uses animal-based products, and because of this reason, claims that the products all come from natural sources and not man-made sources.   

Common ingredients in beauty products to avoid:

  • Collagen.  Collagen is a protein that is commonly derived from animal tissue.  It’s used to tighten up sagging skin and a common ingredient in some lip plumper.   

Alternative: Opt to use Ogo Seaweed. Extracted from vegetation from the sea, this product can be added to salads for a tasty natural boost.  

  • Estrogen.  This hormone is produced naturally in the female body.  However, it is also used in creams formulated for restoring skin, lotions and some perfumes.  It’s real derivative for these companies comes from the urine of pregnant of horses.

Alternative: Customize a diet to obtain more estrogen instead of searching to topically get your dose.  Foods you can consume for more estrogen include: sesame seeds, beans, peas and dried fruits.  

  • Keratin.  These are found in hair products and they claim to enrich the hair in protein for stronger looking hair.  However, these products are made from feathers, quills, some hair and fur, hooves and horns.

Alternative: Look for a formaldehyde-free product that offers fortified vegan green keratin, which is extracted from plant amino acids.   

  • Lactic Acid: This is found in a lot of skin care products formulated to exfoliate skin, however some companies extract it from the muscle tissue and blood of animals.  

Alternative: Do your research on the specific company selling the product.  Some companies have switched to extracting lactic acid from beets.  

 

Choosing to be vegan takes a large commitment, but don’t be the person who jumps into something uninformed.  There are many other facets besides beauty and diet that you need to monitor when you decide to become vegan.  Be sure to be fully knowledgeable before taking the leap.  

The Art of Contouring

she-is-pretty-1528753-640x480Many of us have already invested, if not curiously looked into the, the art of contouring. Striving to having the facial structure of chiseled goddesses, it’s no wonder that this prestigious cosmetic illusion has captivated the attention of millions of fashionistas all over the world.  With that said, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with this new technique, but if you take the time to really master and practice it, it can prove to be a beautiful additive to your makeup routine.  

  1. Perfecting the foundation.  Before you apply any makeup, it’s important to have a clean slate to work on.  Exfoliating, moisturizing as well as applying a primer are all essential for contouring.  The reason why it’s specifically important?  Contouring is using the illusion of tanning, and also layers of different makeup.  In order to make contouring look appealing, you can’t actually look like you have the sun damage that comes with tanning. Additionally, if you have a clean foundation, it’s less likely that your make-up will come out looking flaky, dry and cakey.  
  2. Use cream contour and blend, blend, blend.  Contouring sticks in stick form are good for precision and also making your skin look less dry in implementing this technique.  Don’t confuse contouring with bronzer and have separate applications for them.  For your bronzing needs, use a bronzing stick to add warmth and not definition.  Use a sponge to pat around skin and diffuse and blend the layers you have thus far. Be sure to extend the blending all the way out to behind your ear. Do not cover your entire face with bronzer. This can make you look muddy and overdone.  
  3. Set with setting powder.  For this, it’s probably best to use a translucent coverage powder to seal in your contour work.  Setting powder is used to blend what you have so far and polish the work that you’ve already done  
  4. Highlight important areas for contrast. The areas you want to highlight include the bridge of your nose, the very top of your check bones, under the brow bone, slightly around the lips and on the tip of your chin.  Add a shimmer highlight over the top of the matte highlight in order to add a healthy summer glow.  
  5. Add blush.  Add subtle blush to the very top of your cheeks, directly above the contour on your cheeks.   Finally, add a setting spritz to lock in your look and keep it all day long.  

There you have it! The ultimate face-sculpting extravaganza.  Don’t forget to brush some bronzer on your collar bones before heading out and add the perfect shiny lip balm.  

How to Care for Thin Hair

Thinning hairWomen with fine hair tend to envy women with thick hair- but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  If you have thin hair, you most likely also have hair that is soft to the touch, and shiny from tips to ends.  Taking care of thin hair is a bit of a challenge, but we’ve compiled some tips together in order to ensure your success:

  1. Use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for oily hair.  It is very common to see that people with fine and thin hair tend to have oily hair.  Thin-haired women tend to have a naturally excessive amount of sebum produced daily.  The sebum is what coats the hair shaft- in greater amounts it can cause hair to appear greasier.  It’s optimal to use a clarifying shampoo, and then to sparsely condition- or condition closest to the scalp.  When you do shampoo, shampoo twice.  
  2. Style appropriately.  Thin hair tends to weigh down more as length is accumulated.  If you have long hair, it tends to stay flat and stays close to the scalp.  If you wish for a longer hairstyle, it may be necessary to hit the saloon for some accentuating layers, and also as a way to add more volume to your hair.  For boosted volume, invest in root booster products.  When you dry your hair, start with the scalp for additive fullness as well.  
  3. Consume foods to nourish your hair.  When malnourished, thin hair can look even more wiry and retain less volume.  You should ensure to consume foods in moderation that are iron-rich such as kale, spinach, tofu, red meat and beans.  You can also take supplements to support your healthier hair, such as biotin and zinc.  These will help nourish your hair, while also promoting good hair growth.  Biotin can be found in bananas, soybeans, eggs and a multitude of different seafood.  Protein can be found in meat, chicken and whole grains.  Together, consuming a variety of each in different categories can fuel the growth of a healthy, thick mane.  
  4. Keep your hair free from tangles.  When you have thin hair, your hair tends to be more static to all kinds of things, which can cause some serious tangles.  You want to preserve the most hair as possible, and having tangles can cause breakage further down the road.  Know when to brush- brushing hair before you shower will help retain more hair. Avoid brushing wet hair at all costs- it’s a lot more vulnerable in this condition.  When you sleep, sleep with hair in a loose position in order to avoid knots that can accumulate from tossing and turning at night.  

All in all, having thin hair can be a blessing or a curse depending on what kind of techniques you utilize to care for it.  Instead of envying your thick-haired counterparts, embrace the beauty thin hair has and unlock its potential by taking the best care for it!