From Basic to Professional Do’s and Don’ts of Eyebrow Contouring

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Have you ever seen a before picture of a face with unruly eyebrows and its after picture with perfectly contoured eyebrows? You will be amazed.

It is such a wonder how makeup artists are able to determine the great difference before and after they have done eyebrow contouring. This simple plucking and arranging of eyebrows can turn a plain Jane into a Keira Knightly in an instant.

If you all have noticed, eyebrow contouring is something that has always been done even in the past. Remember Sophia Loren’s perfectly arched Hollywood eyebrows? However, there also came a time when people just started over plucking their eyebrows into a one-liner.

Today, the “Hollywood eyebrow” also known as the strong eyebrow is back and we want to let you in on some basic and professional hacks on how to get it.

The Actual Plucking Process

It is not an extremely difficult process but eyebrow contouring is something that is done by a professional. You want to get a good basic foundation of the shape of your eyebrows since you will be basing all the succeeding eyebrow contouring techniques from it.

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1. The front of the eyebrow should be perfectly aligned with the nose’s upper bridge.

2. Eyebrow experts suggest filling in the eyebrows before plucking. This saves you the tendency to over pluck.

3. For the arch, it should be three-quarters from the nose bridge. Get a small ruler by all means because even experts do that to achieve perfection.

4. Always brush upward not sideward.  This uplifts the eyebrow and gives it volume.

5. Start plucking out those stray hairs around. Use slant-tipped tweezers for easier plucking. It is always safe to pluck underneath the eyebrow than above it.

6. Some experts do trim excess hairs but fact is that hair grows harsher when trimmed. Should there be a dire need to trim, use a spoolie brush to comb eyebrow in an upward manner and snip carefully.

The Contouring Process

Now that you have the best possible eyebrow shape for your face, let us start teaching you how to achieve perfect eyebrow contouring like the Hollywood celebrities but without the makeup artists.

1. You can choose to use an eyebrow pencil, powder, gel, or even tint to fill in those gaps in your eyebrows. Choose the shade nearest to the color of your eyebrow though. Begin from the center working your way outward then back to the beginning. Use light strokes to prevent overdoing it and looking like Ugly Betty instead.

2. Always go for the mirrored effect. This may mean stopping and checking your eyebrows out several times but this will give you the closest asymmetrical look.

3. Once you are satisfied with the eyebrow contouring that you have done, finish off with a bit of translucent powder to set it in and keep you looking fresh.

4. Never put any eyebrow pencil, powder, gel, or tint to an area where there is no actual hair. This would only highlight the difference.

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5. When closing gaps, try to fill underneath as much as possible instead of through the brow. This will give your eyebrows a softer but perfectly shaded look.

Remember that your eyebrows are there to accentuate two of the most important features of your face. Create the perfect balance when eyebrow contouring for a beautiful but not exaggerated look.

No-Fuzz Tips on How to Care for Colored Hair

Whether you had your hair professionally colored or treated it yourself at home, it will eventually dry out. This is very common among chemically-treated hair. Because of this, every woman today must know how to care for colored hair. The coloring treatment almost always contains chemical that weakens the hair and makes it prone to dryness and damaged.

If you want the color of your hair to last longer, then the more you should know how to care for colored hair. Along with this, you have to prevent dryness and strengthen the hair to prevent split ends and falling hair. An extra amount of care can go a long way in making your color-treated hair healthy and frizz-free. Check out these no-fuzz tips on how to care for colored hair. These will truly make you feel more confident with your crowning glory.

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Always use color-formulated products.

From shampoos to conditioners and up to leave-on moisturizers, make sure to carefully choose hair products that are especially designed for color-treated hair. The difference between hair products for normal hair is that they contain chemicals that may cause removal of the hair color while color-formulated products are carefully designed to be gentle and provide everything a color-treated hair needs.

Use a deep conditioning treatment or mask at least once a week.

Since it is normal for colored-treated hair to dry out faster, you should combat this by using a deep conditioner or moisturizing mask at least once a week. Make sure to follow the instructions especially noting the time you should leave it on your hair before rinsing.

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Hydrate yourself.

Just like our skin, our hair needs to be hydrated from the inside. Drink at least eight glasses of water and your skin and hair will have that healthy glow. Hair color stays longer if the hair is perfectly hydrated and moisturized.

Keep it moisturized.

It would be best if you can keep your hair hydrated on the inside and outside. This combination is one of the foolproof tips on how to care for colored hair.

Use moisturizing products for colored hair and apply it from root to the tips for complete nourishment and moisturizing. This also helps in keeping the color even all throughout.

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Keep your hands off as much as possible.

You must have totally fallen in love with your new hair color. You have been probably been quite obsessed with it and keep touching it especially in front of the mirror. Hair experts advise against this. Dirty hands actually damage the hair cuticles, which are the outermost part of the hair shaft which makes it frizzy and damaged.

Let your hair dry naturally.

We know you are busy and you want perfectly blow dried hair like you just got out of the salon each and every day.

The thing with blow drying is that it makes the hair porous and porous hair does not hold color well. This will make your hair lose its color faster than you would want. Let it dry as naturally as possible and simply spray on some leave-in conditioner for colored-treated hair instead.

For as long as you practice these simple tips on how to care for colored hair, you will do fine and maintain your healthy colored hair longer.

 

 

Footloose: Pamper Your Feet

Our feet are the parts of our bodies that are always on the go. When we stand, walk, and run, our feet are the first to face the friction. At the end of a long, tough day, our feet are in dire need of some pampering. Pamper your feet through a few simple home remedies.

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Pedicures

Pampering your feet doesn’t always have to be expensive. You can pamper your feet without going to the spa daily. Pamper your feet at home; give your feet a well-deserved pedicure without hurting your wallet.

  • Clean your nails. Start with the basics. Pamper your feet by clipping your toe nails and cleaning out any dirt between them.
  • Exfoliate. You can do this during your bath, or have an entire session just for pampering your feet. Prepare a bowl of warm water, put your feet in, and start pampering your feet by scrubbing out the dead skin. For added measure, pamper your feet some more and soak it in crystal salts for extra cleansing and double relaxation.
  • Moisturize. Pamper your feet by applying moisturizers such as lotion on your feet daily. This will prevent them from drying and cracking up, especially the heels.
  • Massage. To get the best results out of pampering your feet, you can do some foot-massaging on yourself, or ask a very considerate friend or family member. This will relax your foot muscles and give your feet the pampering they deserve.
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Keep your feet from smelling

It may not sound a lot like pampering your feet, but avoiding your feet from developing a stench is part of taking care of them. Our feet are the parts of our body which develop plenty of sweat and don’t get too much air, so it’s good to pamper your feet in that respect every now and then.

  • Wash your feet. Daily. Pamper your feet by cleaning and scrubbing them in the shower. Use the home pedicure advice above to give your feet a full pampering.
  • Put on foot powder. Pamper your feet and keep the smell away by putting on foot powder. This is especially important if you’ve noticed that your feet have begun to develop a smell already.
  • Wear socks. Pamper your feet with socks on shoes. Socks prevent blisters from forming on the feet, especially if you walk long distances daily, or are an athlete. They also prevent your feet from sweating too much and developing that stench.

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The best way to pamper your feet is to make them feel comfortable. Finding the right shoe that you can both wear and look good in is pampering your feet at its finest.

Make sure to wear the right shoe for the proper occasion, but don’t compromise the feeling of comfort for the appearance of the shoe. If the shoe fits, pamper your feet with it.

Take a break

Your feet are just as stressed as you are, and probably more. You can pamper your feet by resting from moving around too much every now and then, and letting your muscles relax.

Tips on How to Get Rid of Chapped Lips Easily

It is really bothersome to have chapped lips. It doesn’t just let you look bad, it could also cause pain especially when you’re eating. Salty and spices foods will not be as flavorful as they should if you have chapped lips. You may even want to stay away from these foods in the meantime.

Chapped lips are actually caused by extreme dryness and flaking of the lips. This happens usually because of the heat or substances that may cause dryness of the lips.

If you are wondering what are simple ways for treating and preventing chapped lips, then this is your lucky day. Here are simple tips on how to get rid of chapped lips easily:

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Avoid too much heat and too much sunlight

Now that you know that too much heat or sunlight can cause dryness of the lips and eventually chapped lips, you should try to avoid it. You wouldn’t want to risk suffering the pain so you better avoid too much sunlight especially during dry or summer season.

Always drink plenty of water

It does not only quench your thirst but drinking plenty of water always help prevent chapped lips. Obviously, it helps in hydrating your lips to prevent it from drying up and cracking. Make sure you always get your eight glasses of water every day; more if it’s really hot and humid.

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Do not always lick your lips

Sometimes we can’t help it but lick our lips thinking doing so is sexy. However, we should realize that constant licking of the lips may actually cause chapped lips so we should avoid doing it. If you want to wet your lips, drink a glass of water instead.

Use lip balm

Lip balms come in many size and shapes now-a-days. You can even choose from different flavors. What it does is simple.

Because it is usually made of waxy or greasy substances it actually keeps moisture below or with the lips and prevents it from drying or turning into chapped lips.

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Wear lipstick

This is of course a tip for females. To prevent dryness and cracking of the lips that leads to chapped lips one should always wear lipstick especially on hot days. It also prevents drying up and cracking and it provides moisture for the lips.

Be wary of the toothpaste or other oral hygiene products that you use

Do not use toothpaste and other oral hygiene products that have active ingredients that may cause dryness and cracking of the lips that would eventually result to chapped lips.  Make sure that what you use has mild ingredients especially that you have extra sensitive lips that is prone to cracking.

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Avoid foods that may cause dryness of the lips

Like oral hygiene products, there are certain foods that can easily cause irritation or dryness to the lips. If you are prone to chapped lips, avoid eating too much spicy and salty foods. It wouldn’t help to enjoy eating so much only to suffer the consequence of chapped lips later.

Visit a doctor

If you think that your chapped lips are not healing well, even after you have applied the different solutions available you should go see a doctor. Irritation of the lips may actually indicate a more complicated problem other than chapped lips.

How You Can Save More from Makeup Sets

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It is no secret that high quality makeup today does not come cheap. In fact, buying them today is like an investment where you invest in all the good things to put on your face and you earn from the investment by looking as gorgeous as you can possibly be.

It also is a bit tedious to choose makeup one by one. Can you imagine choosing eye shadow colors one by one?  I think the eye shadows are the trickiest ones of all since women naturally buy lipsticks and blushes depending on their mood and which color is trending. Anyone who has bought a single makeup before knows how expensive it is compared to simply opting out for the makeup sets.

How Professionals Do This

Have you seen the makeup sets by your makeup artist? Are they not absolutely beautiful with all the colors and brushes? I know a lot of women gasping whenever they see gorgeous makeup sets and how they dream of owning one someday. However, this dream is hindered by most women not knowing which makeup set they should buy and of course, budget issues.

Let us deal with the budget issue first. We would say save up for a really good and complete makeup set rather than buying one at a time for a lengthy amount of time as you will probably end up spending more in this process. You also risk buying colors that does not really look good together.

However, you have to determine your makeup preference as well. Are you willing to try new bright and bold colors or do you want to stick with the safer colors? Once you know the answer to this question, then the faster you can decide on which to buy.

There are makeup palettes that feature a multitude of colors while there are simpler ones that feature a single color but in different shades. This type works best if you are fond of smoky eyes. Sets with blushers, bronzers, highlighters, and lip colors are common today. We like this because it lets women experiment on their own and figure out which colors look best on them.

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Now that you have the basic idea, let us go forward and share with you some of the factors that every woman must consider before purchasing makeup sets:

1. Choose high quality makeup sets.

Since you are basically buying a set that has every makeup you possibly need, it would be best to invest in high quality ones. It is way more practical for you to choose the ones that are not going to crack easily and therefore can last longer.

You also have to remember that you are going to put these kinds of stuff in your face. You surely do not want to risk having breakouts so choose hypoallergenic makeup sets as much as possible.

2. Consider the size of makeup sets.

There are makeup sets that come in various sizes. If you are the type who travels often, you might want to choose the sets that

come in travel size. But if you plan to just use them daily at home and you are already comfortable with the brand, then buy the large-sized ones because you will save more through that.

3. Check the ingredients.

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Just because they come in a set does not guarantee you of the right ingredients. For example, check the foundation, BB cream, or CC cream that comes with the set. Do you remember what we told you about dry, oily, and combination skin? It would be best to apply that here.

Makeup sets are actually practical, convenient, and beautiful. They always come in beautiful makeup kits that you can take anywhere you go. But the best thing about these is how color coordinated everything is. It definitely shortens makeup buying and research time.

Considerations in Buying an Anti Aging Face Cream

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Just because you don’t own the face that will launch a thousand ships, doesn’t mean you should take care of your skin less. We have to take care of our skin especially in the face basically because it is one of the major parts of body that we present to other people every day unless we are practicing the religion that forbids exposure of it.

Hormones, pollution and unhygienic practices are among those of the major factors that contribute to the damaging of our facial skin. It takes a habit to be able to take care of our skin and it entails eating the right kind of foods and getting enough sleep to do it.

When it comes to taking care of our face, aging is a major issue. Surely, you must have noticed that everybody gets old and the aging process brings about a lot of changes to our face which mostly will not be very pleasant to the sight. Fine lines and wrinkles will come out like a sign post as we age. The skin will eventually become rough and will have uneven pigmentation.

Since we live in a world where advanced cosmetic technology is just around the corner, we have plenty of options when it comes to maintaining that glowing and youthful looks. However, most of these options will be too costly and may sometimes be too painful. For some, it’s not worth it.

It’s a great thing that there are anti aging face creams that can do the job for you painless but may take more effort and more time before ideal results can be achieved.

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If you think these creams are all the same, then think again. Obviously, there are a lot of anti aging face creams in the market. The problem is how to choose the best one.

Here are some simple things to consider in buying an anti aging face cream:

1. Know your skin type

An anti aging face cream should help you maintain a youthful look. It should not cause harm or damage to your aging skin so make sure that you are aware of the active ingredients in the cream that you buy and make sure that you are not allergic to it.

2. Go for value over price

Trusted and more effective brands are usually more expensive but it should not be a reason to go for cheaper ones that are not effective and a total waste of money and time. Make sure that you go for value over price.

3. Go for organic and natural ones.

If you know nothing about natural anti-aging plants or herbs and you are too tired to concoct your own anti-aging mixture, it wouldn’t hurt if you choose those anti-aging creams that are organic. Organic cosmetics are usually of higher quality and with fewer side effects.

4. Be consistent and maintain one product.

Do not go from one anti aging face cream to another. Be patient with the results. It may take a longer period of time for those wrinkles to fade or those fine lines to disappear. Just be consistent with its use and you’ll be surprised with the results.

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5. Don’t forget to see your doctor and seek professional advice.

Your doctor can recommend the anti aging face cream that is best for you. Do not be too much of a miss-know-it-all. You should know the risk of using these creams that have active ingredients.

Always seek professional advice before doing anything. Remember prevention is better than cure especially that it’s your skin we are talking about here.

Skin Care for Men – Do’s and Don’ts

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It has always been said that “Men are from Mars and Women and from Venus”. This is in fact true in more ways than one. From attitude to principles to reactions and even in skin, women and men do differ greatly. Have you ever wondered why skin care manufacturers have a separate line for men and women? It is because they have different skin needs.

Oiliness is probably the one of the few things that men and women have in common. However, this is not a good thing as it paves way to acne breakouts and makes the face disgusting to look and to hold. We have also noticed men’s common problems are mainly oily skin and breakouts. We have yet seen a man suffer from extremely dry skin except for those who have undergone tremendous facial care treatments and are applying a lot of skin drying products.

Men are known to have a carefree attitude with regards to their skin. They take it for granted and most are a bit shy to purchase skin care products even those that are specifically formulated for men. Common scenario here is that the girlfriends or wives are the ones buying them the products.

Today, this scenario is changing a bit as statistics has it that men now spend around $28 billion for their grooming needs as opposed to women who spend around $91 billion. While it is still a mere fraction of what women spend, it is a good thing that men are somehow getting out of their shells with regard to skin care.

There are men who simply do not care about their skin and there are men who simply do not know where to start. For those men who do not care, it is high time for rethinking. You surely do not want to be the only one if the group with breakouts at the age of 30, right? So here are more reasons for you to take care of your oily skin:

  • You skin is important for your career and personal life.
  • Easier shaving with less ingrown hairs.
  • Fewer to no breakouts at all.
  • Looking good most, if not all of the time.
  • Less scarring.

For those men who have no idea on what to do, here are some valuable tips on properly taking care of your skin:

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1. Brave your way to the skin care section. You probably have seen the men’s skin care section a dozen times but have been totally avoiding it. Muster the courage and buy these – cleanser and moisturizer for oily face. Men’s skin care products are simple and easy to understand as compared to the dozens of women’s skin care stuff on the shelves.

Get help from your girlfriend or wife in picking out stuff. If you are brave enough, you can opt for a mattifier as well.

2. Do not overdo it. Men are naturally impatient. Chances are you cannot wait for the oiliness to disappear that you start loading up on harsh cleansers and toners. Be very careful because you do not want to make your skin dry because it will only get matters worse.

Oiliness takes some time to fully disappear. You have to religiously cleanse, moisturize, and eat all the right foods. If acne gets in your way and acne products are not of any help, seek the help of a dermatologist as acne in men tend to be harder to treat once it is full blown.

3. Moisturize. We say this to everyone regardless of gender. Oil and moisture are two different things and must never be interchanged. For oily skin, choose water-based moisturizers that will not inhibit more oil production while keeping the skin moisturized.

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4. Do not do steroids. Are you trying to build more muscle? Do not fall into the steroid trap as most men do. Steroids are famous for inhibiting oil production which paves way for acne breakouts. Remember that as it may help your muscle grow, it will also make your pores bigger, thereby, letting more oil out in the open.

5. Eat healthy. Great looking skin does not happen overnight. It takes time, effort, and discipline. In order for you to see better results, you have to eat healthy as well. Remember that good skin starts from the inside.

Men should never be afraid to take proper care of their oily skin. In fact, this is a necessity. Get out of the veil of old traditions and embrace the modern world today. Taking better care of yourself and your skin would not make you less of the man that you are.

How Organic Cosmetics Came to Be

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Since society tends to have some standards in terms of physical beauty, it becomes a little bit difficult as not everyone of us is born with those physical features that are deemed attractive or beautiful.  This is why a lot of people especially those in their teenage years easily succumb to having low self-esteem or worse suffer depression.

The good thing about all this is that despite having such standards in physical beauty people have also created ways which may be artificial at times but would help in achieving their desired appearance. There are already hundreds of beauty clinics around the world that offers procedures to enhance or improve anybody’s physical appearance. However, these procedures may be too extreme, too costly and may involve surgeries that not everyone approves of.

Cosmetics or make-up is the next best thing to these procedures. Somehow, these are already acceptable ways of enhancing ones physical appearance. Wearing make-up is no longer extra-ordinary. In fact, it’s so usual that for ladies it is a mark of sophistication and professionalism when you put some make-up on. Hence, the growth of a billion dollar cosmetics industry was made possible.

 

It seems like any possible make-up that you could think of to enhance your appearance is already available at your local stores from lipsticks, to eyeliners and even extensions for the lashes. The problem now is that because of this proliferation you have to be careful which cosmetic products to choose. You are no longer sure whether the make-up that you are buying is free from chemicals which may cause irritations to your skin.

They say that one certain way to avoid getting skin irritation is by choosing organic cosmetic products. These are make-up products that do not contain harmful chemicals or have components that are from natural sources such as plant or flower extracts which were not harvested through the use of synthetic chemical compounds.

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For a more specific definition of organic make-up products, here are some simple facts about organic cosmetics:

  • Substantial amount of the ingredients must be organic or at least 95%;
  • Organic cosmetic products do not contain harmful chemicals or those that are toxic to the environment;
  • The original qualities of the organic raw materials are preserved in the process of creating organic make-up products;
  • There are no or little change in the composition of the organic raw materials even after the processing of the organic make-up products;
  • No animal testing has been done for the organic make-up products;
  • Raw materials that comes from vertebrate animals must only be collected from living ones which are raised the organic ways;
  • No raw material for the organic cosmetics must come from genetically-modified sources;
  • The production of organic make-up products are also centered on the idea that consumers are safe after using it.
  • The label of the product must explicitly say that it is organic and must have complete information about its ingredients; and
  • It must be certified by agencies that accredits organic products.