10 Tips For Healthy Winter Skin!

1. Invest in a Humidifier

Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms in which you spend most of your time.

2. Lower the Thermostat

When it's cold outside, we normally want to turn up the heat. But forced or central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting — 68°F to 72°F. This will help maintain healthy skin.

3. Limit Shower Time and Temperature

It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better-served with a 5 or 10 minute shower (or bath), as the AAD suggests. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands.

Washing your hands in cooler water appears to be as effective at removing germs as warm water and is less irritating to skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And if you're using a restroom air hand-dryer, use it just until your hands are damp rather than perfectly dry.

4. Opt for Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers

The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. Instead, opt for a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap overall, so limit your lathering to necessary areas, such as your hands, armpits, genitals, and feet.

5. Modify Your Facial Skin-Care Regimen for the Season

During the winter months, choose USDA certified organic cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin. When your skin is dry and itchy, the AAD recommends you stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances in order to help skin retain its natural oils. At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face. You can try our USDA certified organic Whipped Coconut Green Tea Moisturizer. It’s made with green tea and coconut oil which are great for moisturizing the skin.

6. Moisturize Frequently, Especially Your Hands

Maintain healthy skin by moisturizing after washing up. "It's best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. And don't forget your hands,” says Dr. Stein Gold. Hand-washing, as the CDC notes, is vital, especially during cold and flu season. But, as Stein Gold points out, "constant washing will cause the hands to take a beating.”

Applying a hand cream after each washing can help, Stein Gold adds. She also recommends wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.

7. Apply Sunscreen — Even on Gray Winter Days

On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays — up to 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation — increasing your risk of exposure. That means whether you’re out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer.

8. Wear Appropriate, Comfortable, Nonirritating Clothing

Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. "Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin," Stein Gold says. "This can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy."

Instead, wear light layers made from soft, breathable materials directly against your skin, and then pull on your heavier, warmer sweaters. Be sure to protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens, remembering to choose a pair that won’t irritate your skin. If you prefer wool gloves, put on cotton or silk glove liners first.

9. Remember to Eat Right and Stay Hydrated

Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil.

10. Change Out of Wet Clothes Quickly to Avoid Itchy Skin

Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. If gloves, socks, and pants become wet, be sure to remove them as soon as possible.

EASY TIPS FOR SOFT, SMOOTH, KISSABLE LIPS

The skin that covers your lips can be tough to care for since it’s some of the thinnest skin found on your body. 

While certain parts of your face—like your cheeks—have as many as 16 layers of skin, your lips only have four or five layers. That’s why things like smokers lines are so quick to happen.

But there’s good news! Here’s a list of super easy treatments so you can have gorgeous lips all the time.

1) KEEP YOUR LIPS MOIST

Seems like a no-brainer, right? Of course it’s important to keep your lips moist! The question is: how?

Start with the basics! Use organic lip balm frequently throughout the day.

2) CHOOSE A LIP BALM WITH SPF

Imagine the worst case of chapped lips you’ve ever had, and multiply that by ten. It’s that bad.

So what’s the solution? Choose a lip balm with SPF! This will prevent the sun’s UV rays from damaging your delicate lips, which keeps them soft and smooth.

3) WEAR THE RIGHT LIPSTICK

Not all lipsticks are created equal. Some of them contain ingredients that can be harmful, like parabens, for example. 

On the other hand, some lipsticks are made from natural ingredients—like plant oils or beeswax—and use natural coloring. If possible, go with one of these lipsticks.

You can also try to find a lipstick that contains vitamins or other moisturizing ingredients. This will keep your lips soft and moist while also providing the color you’re craving.

4) USE LIP PRODUCTS WITHOUT ADDED FLAVORS AND FRAGRANCES

Flavors and fragrances seem wonderful but may actually damage your skin. This includes lip balms and lipsticks with flavor or fragrance.

The ingredients used to give lip products their delicious fragrances and flavors are often chemical-based ingredients that might irritate and dry out your lips. It’s best to avoid them altogether. Try using USDA certified organic or organic at all times.

5) AVOID BITING AND LICKING YOUR LIPS

To achieve soft, kissable lips, you need to be gentle! This means no biting or licking your lips. Biting causes damage (for obvious reasons), while licking your lips can actually remove moisture and dry your lips out.



5 Makeup Tips That Yo Momma Never Told You About!

1.) Disguising Under Eye Bags

Most of us tend to just sweep a layer of concealer to the entire under eye area, but to really conceal bags, it’s best to highlight the crease and then apply a darker shade to the actual puffy area.

2.) Eye Highlights

The placement of highlights is very important when trying to create naturally beautiful eye makeup. Your lighter colors (whites, creams, and pearls) should be applied to the inner corners, the middle of the eye, and just under your brow bone. Apply your lightest colors first, and then move on to your darker shades.

3.)  How To Fix Clumpy Mascara

To help prevent this, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re basically pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster.

If you are unable to replace your mascara every 3 to 4 months, here’s a quick fix. Add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside. The Visine softens the mascara liquid, making it apply as if it were a brand new tube!

4.) Lipstick Ready

Use a baby toothbrush to exfoliate your lips and get rid of flakey skin that is only accentuated by lipstick. To really get the job done, you can make a homemade lip exfoliate with sugar, honey and coconut oil, or easier but not as effective, cover your lips in lip balm or petroleum jelly before scrubbing.

5.)  Make The Best Of Your Eye Shape

As important as your color choices are, the placement of your shadows and liners is just as critical– you can create just about any illusion that you want! With careful placement, you can make your eyes appear wider, closer set, more prominent, deeper set, etc. Determine what shape of eyes you have, and then accentuate them accordingly.

Fall 2018/2019 Makeup Trends! Always use USDA certified organic products when possible!

#1. Peachy Pink Blush

Forget the deep bronze of the summer, girls – the fall 2018 makeup trends are all about peachey taupe shades. In keeping with the natural mood of the season, designers gently warmed up models’ faces with earthy tones.

#2. Low-Key Contour

After too many all-nighters, bold contouring was finally put to bed for the fall/ winter 2018-2019 makeup trends. With one key exception. Barely perceptible and endlessly strategic, contour appeared in its most subtlest manifestation on the runways.

#3. Pale Foundation

Fair-skinned beauties go through a bit of a beating in the summer months. In their quest for the perfect glow they end up in one of two camps: hopelessly toasted or self-tan streaked beyond recognition.

The fall 2018 makeup trends offer solace for these gals. This season, models embraced their natural skin tones, with pale and beige shades of foundation cropping up on all the major shows

#4. No-Makeup Makeup

Minimalists unite! Barely there, or not-there-at-all makeup is back with a force this season. The no-makeup look is about as easy as you can get when it comes to beauty. Simply shower, moisturize, and head out the door.

#5. Black Eyeliner

Since the days of Cleopatra black eyeliner, or kohl, if you will, has been as consistent a go-to as you can get in the beauty world. Black eyeliner is the red lipstick of the peepers and for good reason.

by Emma Kansiz


Secrets To Sweat-Proofing Your Summer Makeup!

1. Start with the proper base.

The way you care for your skin is just as important as the makeup you apply to it. "Use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning," says celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, adding that you should opt for an oil-free foundation formula to match. 

2. Invest in a primer.

You won't regret the few seconds it takes to apply a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. "Primers are definitely the way to go in summer," says New York City-based makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff. "They don't feel at all like a heavy, additional layer, and they really help hold makeup in place."

3. Bronze believably.

"Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin," says New York City-based makeup artist Troy Surratt. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, he recommends applying bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, baked look) Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; look for one with varying shades — they'll blend together for the most authentic-looking results. You can also sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a pony­tail.

4. Keep things light.

If you want to keep your makeup from creasing and caking, say it with us: Less is more. "If you can, just use a tinted moisturizer and a concealer where you need it," says Stiles. "Makeup likes to move around when it's hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it."

5. Skip the shimmer.

Everyone loves a nice glow, but there's a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. "Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin," warns Stiles. And as always, be sure to use USDA Certified Organic Skin Care Products before applying your makeup.

Summer Is Here! Ways to stay beautiful in the heat!

Fix your face. 

Drink plenty of water to clear up your skin and aid your kidneys in excreting toxins from your body. If your acne is severe, see a dermatologist. If your acne is mild and sporadic, use a concealer when you get spots. Remember, pat in the concealer. Find out what skin type you have, and buy USDA Certified Organic facial cleansers for your specific skin type. Always remove make-up at the end of the day, and wash your face twice (morning and night). Use a good USDA Certified Organic moisturizer so your skin is hydrated. 

  • You can squeeze some fresh USDA Certified Organic lemon juice onto your fingertips and apply it to any spots you may have on your face. Wash your face twice a day. In the morning, splash your face with cold water for about 10 seconds. Then pat dry with a washcloth or facial sponge. This helps stimulate blood flow and is really good for the skin.

Don't forget the hands and feet.

Since your feet will be exposed a lot from wearing sandals, make sure they're cleaned up. You can have a pedicure done, or give yourself one. Just make sure your feet are clean, hair-free, nails aren't too long, nails are filed, and your feet are moisturized. Be sure to use sunscreen on your feet, too. As for your hands, try putting a clear polish on your nails and keeping them well groomed. If your hands tend to be dry, apply a USDA Certified Organic moisturizer at night and wear white cotton gloves while you sleep (this also works well in the winter). You will wake up with softer, more beautiful hands.

  1. Remain physically active. Go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. If gym is not accessible, go swimming, biking, rollerblading, walking, etc.

    • Wash and dry your hair regularly. French braid your hair on both sides of your head before bedtime, then remove the braids in the morning and you'll have instant waves. It's so quick and easy!
  2. Apply make-up.  Use a mascara that is waterproof, which is best for summer and it's likely that you'll be sweating, swimming, etc. Curl your eyelashes before you use mascara, it will make your eyes pop. Apply bronzer to your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin; this will give you a nice summer glow. If you have pimples, dot on concealer and seal it with powder. 

5 Makeup Tips Nobody Told You About!

1.) Disguising Under Eye Bags

Most of us tend to just sweep a layer of concealer to the entire under eye area, but to really conceal bags, it’s best to highlight the crease and then apply a darker shade to the actual puffy area.

2.) Eye Highlights

The placement of highlights is very important when trying to create naturally beautiful eye makeup. Your lighter colors (whites, creams, and pearls) should be applied to the inner corners, the middle of the eye, and just under your brow bone. Apply your lightest colors first, and then move on to your darker shades.

3.) How To Fix Clumpy Mascara

Let’s face it, this happens to every tube of mascara over time. The problem is it dries out and then starts to form unattractive lumps. To help prevent this, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re basically pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster.

Although mascara should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, I used to replace mine much sooner just because it dries out so fast and creates undesirable results. But, there’s an easy fix for that! Add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside. The Visine softens the mascara liquid, making it apply as if it were a brand new tube!

4.) Lipstick Ready

Use a baby toothbrush to exfoliate your lips and get rid of flakey skin that is only accentuated by lipstick. To really get the job done, you can make a homemade lip exfoliate with sugar, honey and coconut oil, or easier but not as effective, cover your lips in lip balm or petroleum jelly before scrubbing.

5.) Make The Best Of Your Eye Shape

As important as your color choices are, the placement of your shadows and liners is just as critical– you can create just about any illusion that you want! With careful placement, you can make your eyes appear wider, closer set, more prominent, deeper set, etc. Determine what shape of eyes you have, and then accentuate them accordingly.

Be sure to always use USDA Certified Organic Skin Care products BEFORE applying makeup.

Courtesy of http://www.listotic.com/32-makeup-tips-that-nobody-told-you-about/8/

 

Simple Makeup Tips For Flawless Skin!

Apply Primer

After you moisturize, spread on a light primer with silica, which has a filling effect. A foundation that's creamy and moisturizing won't settle into fine lines and wrinkles, but use it sparingly—the more you add, the more pronounced lines will look.

Pick Foundation Wisely

Choose a liquid foundation with silicone. Avoid luminous or matte ones (they make the skin appear either too moist or too flat to be natural), and instead look for the words "lightweight," "sheer," or "invisible."

Find Your Shade

To find a foundation that matches your complexion, test the color on your neck. Your skin tone is more uniform there than it is on your face, so you'll wind up with a shade that's just right. You'll also avoid that dreaded demarcation along the jawline.

Apply Sparingly

Dab on six dime-size dots of foundation: two on your forehead, one each on the tip and along the sides of your nose, and the last on your chin. Using two fingers, spread the color over your forehead, down your nose, across your cheeks, over your chin, and along the sides of your face. Always blend down or sideways—never up—to prevent foundation from catching in peach fuzz.

Use Your Fingers

Blend the liquid toward the perimeter of your face. It will get sheerer as you move closer to your hairline and jaw, preventing any harsh lines.

Diffuse With a Sponge

Tap a clean, damp makeup sponge around the nose, over wrinkles, and anywhere your base is noticeable to remove excess that could crease or emphasize lines.

Hide Imperfections

With a fine-tipped brush, dab a solid concealer over blemishes or dark spots that are still visible. 

Get rid of redness with a yellow-based foundation. Smooth it over any discoloration with your fingers, and then blur the edges with a damp makeup sponge.

Hide undereye circles with a creamy formula, tapping it on with your ring finger.

Powder Your Nose (And Your Cheeks, and Your Forehead...)

Be sure to use USDA Certified Organic Skin Care products before applying your makeup for best results.

What does a beauty blender and microwave have in common?

 

When law student Julianna Asouzu revealed it was possible to clean your beauty blender with a microwave, I for one was skeptical.  But you know what, it actually works. 

The blenders transformed with just a blitz in the household appliance, and yes, I'm just as shocked as you. 

The 19-year-old student shared the video on Twitter telling people that she had attempted to clean her beauty blender in the microwave after seeing a video on Instagram.

She explained that she'd placed her dirty beauty blenders in a plastic cup of hot water and dishwashing liquid, which she then microwaved for one minute. 

“Guys all my beauty blenders are clean. Before this they were all brown. I saw it on Insta,” she explained. “I basically put them all in this cup and I put them in the microwave for one minute and all this came out.” So, here's another tried and proved beauty hack. 

 

6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth!

1. Brush After Drinking or Eating

The best way to whiten your teeth naturally — though maybe not always the easiest — is to simply brush your teeth with an appropriate toothpaste after eating or drinking something. This takes a lot of persistence and can even be kind of difficult depending on where you are at the time of eating (such as work or school).

2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent and works great as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs. A good oral mouth rinse can be made using hydrogen peroxide; use half water and half hydrogen peroxide, swish around in your mouth for about one minute, and then rinse. Research shows hydrogen peroxide keeps breath fresh by eliminating bad bacteria due to acting as a natural antiseptic/antibacterial agent.  According to the Dentistry Network, it has many uses in dentistry today, with its most common application to whiten your teeth. It’s also capable of providing natural protection against gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.

For another way to use this product, mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of baking soda in order to make a paste that helps remove more plaque from teeth. A review published in the Journal of Dentistry found that in five controlled clinical studies on over 270 subjects those brushing with a baking soda dentifrice (toothpaste or powder) showed greater enhanced plaque removal effectiveness than those who used the non-baking soda tooth cleaning products. ( Results from measurements of patients’ tooth surfaces (such as facial, lingual, proximal and gingival surfaces) also demonstrated statistically greater reductions in mean plaque scores when using baking soda compared to when using baking soda-free products.

To use these products safely to whiten your teeth, brush your teeth as usual first, making sure to reach the back of the teeth too. Baking soda is a gritty substance like sandpaper, so be careful that you have enough hydrogen peroxide mixed in with the soda — because if you don’t it can very well scrub the enamel right off your teeth. This is a big problem, considering enamel does not grow back. The paste should not be gritty at all; in fact, it should be a runnier paste than a stiff paste. Rub the paste onto your teeth for about 30 seconds, then rinse well.

3. Coconut Oil Pulling

Can it be true? Coconut oil to clean your teeth? Just when you thought you heard it all when it comes to coconut oil, along comes the news that coconut oil pulling can serve as a natural teeth whitener. Some people attest to their teeth becoming whiter and overall healthier by applying coconut oil to their teeth after they brush, and most people praise the results of oil pulling.

To oil pull, simply put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for five to 20 minutes, or add a few drops to your toothbrush and brush it on. Another oral care option is to apply coconut oil to a corner of a clean washcloth and rub it on the teeth. A bonus regarding coconut pulling? Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, so it’s great for protecting and cleaning your gums as well.

4. Use Apple Cider Vinegar

It makes sense that apple cider vinegar (ACV), which effectively works as a natural antibiotic and teeth/gum cleanser, would also be able to remove stubborn stains on the teeth. ACV is especially helpful for removing stains due to common culprits like coffee and nicotine (smoking). Some report that after using ACV it looks like you just got your teeth professionally cleaned!

What’s the secret of ACV? It contains compounds, including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes, which kill germs (dangerous “bad” bacteria) and at the same time foster the growth of beneficial “good” probiotic bacteria. Since it’s naturally acidic, it helps break down plaque or other substances stuck to the teeth. The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth, which helps naturally whiten your teeth.

Take your finger and rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth for about one minute. Then rinse your mouth out with water or a hydrogen peroxide rinse.  

5. Lemon or Orange Peels

Similarly to apple cider vinegar, some swear that using citrus fruits — including lemon and/or orange peels, or lemon essential oil, which contain beneficial acids — also does the trick for whitening teeth. These foods overall are very healthy, such as benefiting digestion due to regulating levels of stomach acid, but the high acid content can also eventually wear away the enamel on the teeth if used too aggressively. Like with ACV, if you use lemon or orange peel on your teeth, always rinse your mouth afterward to be on the safe side. Use the hydrogen peroxide oral rinse formula described above for best results.

6. Strawberries and Other Healthy Foods

Rumor has it that some celebrities whiten their teeth with healthy foods like strawberries. Who would have thought? Berries contain many beneficial antioxidants and other compounds that can benefit the health of your teeth, but they’re not the only ones that keep your teeth looking great as you age. The quality of your diet overall is highly tied to the health of your teeth. Foods that can help keep your gums and teeth strong, plus free from diseases or signs of aging, include teeth-strengthening foods like: 

  • sources of calcium like yogurt or raw milk
  • foods high in magnesium and potassium like leafy green veggies, apples or pears
  • cage-free eggs
  • mushrooms
  • sweet potatoes, carrots or squash
  • celery
  • nuts like walnuts or almonds

 

Four Beauty Hacks The Pro's Swear By!

1. Stuck on how to get the perfect cat eye? Use a credit card to make a foolproof line.

 

2. Contouring can be as simple as the number "3."

 

3. Mix a little peppermint oil into your lip gloss to give your lips a plumping boost.

 

4. Use your lash curler to get the perfect eyeliner sitch.

 

Three beauty hacks you have to try!

The Holiday season is drawing to a close, meaning the return to classes for some and simply the transition to a new season for others. Whatever it means for you, it’s a perfect opportunity to hack your personal grooming for a revamped beauty routine.

1. Eliminate permanent sweat stains

Squeeze lemon juice onto a sweat stain before laundering to remove the stain completely.

2. Vaseline prevents messy self-manicures

Put Vaseline around the edges of nails before polishing to easily wipe away any stray marks without ruining your manicure.

3. Cool down sunburns with frozen aloe vera gel

Freeze Aloe Vera Gel in ice cube trays to treat sunburn.

10 Genius Lipstick Hacks Every Woman Needs To Know!

You know you have at least five lipsticks rolling around in the bottom of your bag. Here's exactly how to use them so you get the most out of your favorite shades.

1. Exfoliate dry lips for a smoother lipstick application with a clean, disposable mascara wand. Just apply a balm over your mouth first to give your lips some slip, so it's easier to slough away any flaky skin.

2. Keep lipstick off your teeth by sticking your clean pointer finger in your mouth, wrapping your lips around it, and pulling it out. Any lipstick that would have gotten on your teeth will be left on your finger.

3. Use your favorite pink lipstick of choice as a cheek color. Just be sure to blend it in with your finger like you would any cream blush.

4. Repurpose broken eye shadow as a lip color. If your favorite shadow crumbles and it's a color you'd also wear on your lips, store the broken pieces in a tiny container and mix what's left with some balm on a spoon, and then apply. 

5. Use a concealer brush to achieve an opaque, precise application.

6. Or, use a fluffy eye shadow brush to apply your lipstick if you want more of a stained, diffused look. 

7. Turn any lipstick into a long-wearing version with translucent powder. First, swipe on your lip color, hold a tissue over your mouth, and then dust translucent powder over it. A small amount of the powder with transfer onto the tissue this way, locking in your color.

8. If your lips have a lot of pink or red tones in them, pat concealer over them before you apply any lipstick to nude them out. This helps ensure that your lip color will look exactly how it does in the packaging on your lips; otherwise, the pink or red tones will alter how the color appears when you apply it.

9. You can also reshape your lips by first covering them with concealer, and then tracing just slightly outside your natural lip line with a lip liner pencil, making them appear larger. Continue to fill in your lips with the pencil for a matte look or finish with a gloss. 

10. Blot right way between applications to make your lip color last longer. Doing so removes excess oil on your lips from the first application, so that the second one grips it better and doesn't travel off of your lips as quickly.

 

Courtesy: Cosmopolitan Magazine

Is there such a thing as organic nail polish?


Organic nail polish sounds like a great idea doesn't it? But, sorry it doesn't exist.

Why There Isn't Organic Nail Polish

If you are trying to find a safer, more natural nail polish,  we can help you. 

  • Organic standards do not exist for nail polish.

  • Synthetic ingredients like plastic polymers are used to bind the color to the nails. Even the safest, water based formulas use them. It would be wrong to claim that a product is organic if it contains synthetic ingredients.

  • Nail polish has to stand up to everyday wear and so far no organic or natural ingredients can do the job. This is one product that at least for now has to be made with synthetic ingredients.

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Choosing a Safer Nail Polish

So you now know that there is no such thing as organic nail polish and that you will have to have synthetic ingredients in your nail polish, the key to finding the safest ones are to look for brands that do not contain what is often referred to as the big three:
 

  • Toulene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Dibutyl Phthalate

 

These are ingredients found in many of the most popular brands of nail polish that are not as safe as acetate or acetone. You now have two ways to go when buying nail polish solvent or water based formulas.

Solvent Based Nail Polish

These polish formulas use safer chemicals like acetate or acetone. You may find these brands do not wear quite as well as some conventional brands but you are trading a little better wear for a safer product. These formulas dry quickly and provide a durable finish. They smell and act very similar to conventional polishes.

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Eyebrow Threading vs. Waxing!

Perfectly groomed eyebrows can transform your face in minutes by playing up your beautiful facial features and framing your eyes. On the flip side, misshapen eyebrows can overshadow the facial features, and make you look tired or old. Moreover, the wait for the brows to grow back again can be excruciating.

There are many ways in which one can shape the eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair. Methods like plucking, waxing and threading are popular. All these methods of shaping the eyebrows come with their own set of pros and cons. Here is a lowdown on each technique along with their good and bad points that will help you not only get but also maintain the perfect eyebrows.

 

Eyebrow Waxing


Eyebrow waxing is extremely popular and available at all major salons. This method of eyebrow shaping entails spreading a thin layer of wax over the area which has unwanted hair using q-tips or cotton balls, while holding the skin taut. Thin cloth strips are placed on top of the wax. The epilating strip is then rubbed in the same direction that the wax was applied. The strip is then pulled in one rapid motion to remove the hair and the wax. Now firm pressure should be applied with your hands to the waxed area. Remove any stray hair with tweezers, and clean the wax off your skin using baby oil. When using hot wax make sure that the highest-quality, low-temperature wax is used

Apart from strip wax for eyebrows, there are also the no-strip wax products. Apply the no-strip wax to the area from which the hair has to be removed. Wait for the wax to harden before pulling it out in the opposite direction to remove the hair.

 Things to Note:

  • Do not apply liquid wax on the same area twice as the waxing can make the skin sensitive, and reapplication of the hot wax can lead to rashes.
  • Close the eyes during the process to prevent any wax from going into the eyes.
  • If the wax falls on the lashes, use petroleum jelly and eyebrow comb to remove it.
  • Avoid waxing if you are taking acne medications, birth control pills, hormone replacement medications or antibiotics that can make the skin extremely sensitive.
  • Avoid using strong exfoliaters on the face before waxing as it can make your skin turn red and scabby

Waxing Pros

  • Gives you beautiful, defined eyebrows, and curved, polished arches.
  • The wax strips easily grab the fine hair.
  • Conveniently available at salons.
  • The pain, and the time taken is significantly less as compared to threading where small patches of hair have to be yanked out.
  • The hair takes a long time to grow back - approximately two to four weeks.

Waxing Cons

  • Some people are sensitive to waxing, and may develop rashes or other skin problems after getting it done.
  • The skin around the eyes is thin, and continuous stretching and pulling can be tough on it.
  • Inexperienced stylists can ruin the shape of the brows by spreading the wax on hair that is not supposed to be removed.
  • To wax your eyebrows, you will need wax, strips, a heater, applicators and wax remover.
  • Waxing can have side effects for people who are on certain medications or have certain health complications.

 

Eyebrow Threading


Threading is a hair removal technique that originated in the Middle and South East. In this method, hundred-percent cotton thread is twisted and rolled around. The esthetician puts the thread in her mouth, and pulls it taut to accurately remove each hair. The unwanted hair is then entwined around the thread, and yanked out of the hair follicle. It is necessary for to hold the skin tight while the professional removes the hair. Unlike popular notion, threading does not involve removing individual hair but rather removes patches of hair in a go due to the thread.

Threading Pros

  • This method of hair removal is great for people with sensitive skin as threading does not pull or stretch the skin.
  • People on acne medications or blood-thinning oral drugs can use this method of hair removal without having any side effects.
  • Depending on the skill of the salon professional, the time taken would be somewhere between fifteen to twenty minutes for both brows.
  • It is reasonably long-lasting as the hair is removed from the follicle.

Threading Cons

  • It is very difficult to find skilled threading professionals.
  • The thread needs to be positioned and maneuvered in straight angles to grasp the hair and remove it. It is thus very difficult to achieve the same degree of detail as waxing the brows.
  • If the salon professional is unskilled then the hair might be broken before it is removed from the root. This can lead to quicker growth. Moreover, inexperience can also lead to uneven brows, ingrown hair and not to forget, lots of pain.
  • When the eyebrow is threaded, there might be multiple passes with the thread over the same area. This can cause irritation and skin reddening due to friction.


Both the methods of eyebrow shaping with their individual good and bad points, give you beautiful, groomed brows. What you choose would depend on your personal preference and needs. Before shaping the eyebrows, discuss with the professional about the technique along with the shape that you want, and whether it would suit your face or not.

Article Courtesy: Beautisecrets.com

How To Choose The Right Mascara!

Are you still struggling trying to decide which mascara is good for you? You're not alone. Here's how to find one that's right for you. 

Step 1

Buy a mascara that look good to you. Pick them based on their objective (i.e, lengthening, volumizing), color, and brand. Try to use brands you've heard of before and have heard to be reputable.

Step 2

Use one at a time. Check for clumping, a gross smell, any irritation, or other turn-offs. Be sure that it doesn't crumble after a few hours. 

Step 3

Try primer mascaras. These prime your eyelashes for mascara to stick to your lashes, and not crumble onto your face.

Step 4

Read reviews from makeup artists, friends, and relatives. Many makeup gurus on YouTube post video reviews of mascaras they like and don't like.

Step 5

Avoid mascara advertisements and reviews that the reviewer was paid to do. These ads may be stretching the truth, and many models used in advertisements wear fake lashes to add the appearance that the mascara works very well.

Here's how to choose the right foundation for your skin! Organic Skin Care!

Matching your foundation to your cheek will make it look unnatural. Due to sun exposure and breakouts, the skin on your face isn’t really the same as your body. So wipe three different shades of foundation below your jawline then just blend it in. Whichever shade disappears is the shade you should choose. Be sure to use usda certified organic skin care products whenever possible.

Best Makeup Mirrors!

What Makes A Good Makeup Mirror?

Makeup mirrors are designed to highlight and zoom in on the subtle curves of the face in ways that standard mirrors simply cannot. The most thorough ones have adjustable side panels so a person can see the front of their face, and their profile from both sides, at the same time. This is the best way to actually know if they're applying makeup evenly on their cheeks and temples.

If you want to know how your makeup will look out in the real world, then the best light to use when doing your makeup is natural light. Since that isn't always an option, there are certain types of lights that best mimic natural light, such as pure white. Once you have found the best light bulb, make sure your makeup mirror has a magnification side.

Five times magnification is ideal for more detailed jobs like eyebrow plucking. Magnification can also help one examine their pores to make sure makeup isn't clogging them too much or causing blackheads. Considering the tremendous amount of pores humans have, it's a good idea to examine them regularly for any blockage.

Since you'll need your hands to do your makeup, you need a mirror that not only has an adjustable angle but will stay in place so you don't need to hold it. On the topic of angles, the more degrees a mirror can rotate, the better. If a person intends to put their makeup mirror on a surface, like a vanity table, they should look for one with a small base so it won't take up much room. If you plan on mounting your mirror to a wall, consider one with an adjustable arm so you can manipulate its positioning.

So, here are our picks for best makeup mirrors on the market today!

1.) Count on the tri-fold Jerdon JGL9W to provide an expansive view of your face. With its two adjustable side mirrors and four versatile light settings, you can use it for all of your prettifying needs, from eye liner to foundation.

2.) The Foxite FL10LFM makes the ideal travel companion thanks to its compact design that fits nicely into any purse or any piece of luggage. It offers easy hands-free viewing with a flip of the cover that folds back to become a stand.

3.) The KI Store offers luxury in a convenient and clever design, with a touch-operated sensor controlling the 16 LED lights around its rim. Perch it on a table or desktop and it can be rotated up to 180 degrees for the perfect angle.

4.) The classy Deco Brothers MM-002-1 comes in an easy-to-install, wall-mounted design that can conveniently fold away flush for a clutter-free counter space. It's a great choice for a smaller makeup area, where every bit of room counts.

5.) The Mirrorvana Rectangular Glass Surface offers a long reflective panel that can be manipulated to almost any angle. It's a non-magnifying mirror for anyone who doesn't like to see all those pores blown up to gargantuan size.

6.) The Conair BE122 is thoughtfully designed, and has a modern, sleek profile. Its fluorescent lighting is 30% brighter than traditional light bulbs, but also uses 60% less energy than they would. This mirror is constantly well rated.

7.) The high-quality, but relatively budget-friendly, Floxite FL10DS Cosmetic Mirror provides a soft, white light to highlight every detail of your hair and makeup, and it remains cool to the touch for added safety. It reflects your image 10x its normal size.

8.) The stylish Conair Oval BE47BR boasts an attractive and timeless oiled-bronze finish, and provides clear, fog-free viewing that makes for exceptional detailing, even while you are applying your makeup in the steamy bathroom.

9.) The two-sided Deco Brothers MM-007-1 provides an elegant touch to your bedroom or bathroom, and displays a clean reflection in a smooth, convenient, 360-degree swivel design. It is basic, but its price is difficult to beat.

10.) The intuitive and rechargeable Simple Human BT1080 illuminates automatically as your face approaches, creating a bright and natural-feeling light with its proprietary "Tru-Lux" system, and offering a pleasant 5x magnification.

Also, as a reminder, be sure to use usda certified organic skin care whenever possible.

Information Courtesy of: Wiki.ezvid.com

 

Is it your foundation that's breaking you out or....

Many of us have heard over and over again "skip the foundation if you have acne." Hummmm! Is it the makeup that's breaking us out or something else?

According to Cosmopolitan.com, the nasty bacteria living on dirty makeup brushes could cause zits to form. And the only way to get rid of it...drum roll please....is to CLEAN THEM! LOL!

It's really simple. Here's how:

1.) Fill a bowl with warm water. Place the brushes inside and soak to get all the gook off. 

2.) Use a gentle cleansing bar or liquid soap.

3.) Work in the cleanser. Don't forget to concentrate on the center of the brush.

4.) Rinse with warm water.

5.) Apply a hair conditioner.

6.) Rinse with cool water.

7.) Lay brushes flat on towel until thoroughly dry.

How to keep eyeshadow from wearing out!

Think Oil-Free

The reason eyeshadow slides into the crease of your eyes is because of oils, either naturally made by your skin, or from the makeup or organic and natural skin care products you put on your skin. 

Keep moisturizers and skin oils away from your lids if you plan to wear shadow. 

Don't Prime Eyes with Concealer or Foundation

A big mistake women make is to "prime" their lids with creamy concealer or their foundation. These tend to be too oily for the lids and only assist in the gradual slide of makeup into your crease. 

The Amazing Wonderful Eyeshadow Primer

Primers are one of those beauty products that many of us swear by.  Be sure to prime your face or your lids prior to eyeshadow application.