Sunday, September 28, 2014

Facial Cleansers For Beautiful Glowing Skin

It may take a lot of time as well as trial and error to get to the products that can do wonders for your face. To help you cut down on the trial and error, we have compiled this short list of must have face products that will help you get beautiful glowing skin.

This facial cleanser is proven to reduce discoloration, enhance and brighten your complexion, and make your skin soft and supple at the same time. It also gets rid of dead skin and blemishes with the help of ingredients like superleaf extracts, Ginkgo biloba, and horse chestnut. Its formula is just the right balance of mild and powerful, which makes it suitable for normal to dry skin.

All you need to do is first make sure your face is clean, and then wet your face and hands. Squeeze out a small quantity of facial cleanser onto your hands and work it into a lather. Massage it onto your skin using gentle upward strokes. Finally, rinse off with lukewarm water and then pat your skin dry with a soft clean towel.  You will be able to tell the difference immediately afterwards.

Illuminate Clear is Illuminate Clean’s partner in facial cleansing, with the only difference being that its formula has been made to suit oily skin instead. It will also help minimize blackheads and unclog pores. It is convenient and easy to use, and it will take you not more than 15 minutes to remove dirt and excess oil, and attain glowing beautiful skin. Ingredients like Garden Chrysanthemum, Aloe Vera, and Licorice Root help to hydrate your skin and maintain firmness.

This facial will help revitalize your face better than any treatment in a spa. Use it once daily for a soothing and relaxing experience.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to Keep Nail Polish Chip Free

Visualize this: You've just spent over an hour immaculately applying your favorite color or brand of nail polish on your toenails, and they look divine. You can hardly keep from jumping for joy. You go out with a bunch of friends, and they all compliment you. An hour later, while waiting in a queue or picking up something from the floor, you look at your feet, and you see that your nail lacquer has chipped in several places. You can almost feel that tide of frustration building up inside you.

All of us have gone through this at one time or another. This is why you now need to make sure that it never happens again. And thankfully, there are multiple ways to accomplish it.

The first thing that you need to make sure is that your nails are squeaky clean before applying polish to them. Most of us forget this really important step. The dirt/oil on our nails gets in the way of the lacquer sticking onto the nails, and ultimately leads to the polish peeling away. Soaking your fingers in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes often forms an important part of a manicure, because it helps soften the epidermal layer and facilitates the cutting of any cuticles around the nails. If you want to pamper your hands, then add a few teaspoons of this Refreshed Pure & Natural Rose Water to moisturize and hydrate them.

Secondly, remember to file and buff your nails. You can use a nail buffer or an emery board for this. Don't file them back and forth, but only do so in one direction. Any ragged edges will just increase the chances of your nail polish chipping off.

It’s always better to apply one thin coat, wait for it to dry completely, and then apply another thin coat on top of it instead of just slopping on one thick coat. Layers help because they stick to each other, and provide even more strength.You can further protect your nail polish from external environmental damage such as heat by applying a top clear coat to seal the polish.

Lastly, avoid biting your nails. No matter how tough your nail polish is, nothing can beat the sharp points of your teeth, and biting your nails is just like cursing your own soul. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Glamorous Pigment Powders For Bold Dramatic Eyes

One of my all-time favorite eye makeup product is the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder, which is perfect for creating a glamorous and dramatic look for your eyes. This eye shadow comes in nifty little jars that are travel size I can carry a large number of them around with me for on the go make up.

The best part of owning these eye shadows are the versatility of the shades. I like to blend together Dignified, which is subtle forest green color, with a hint of silver in it and Crushed, which is a deeper shade of green to create a bold yet toned down look, perfect for a professional meeting or a casual evening out. Applying a bit of Crushed or Risque near the lash line or at the corner gives an interesting smoky effect.

In contrast, I use the Gorgeous shade for dinner parties and more festive gatherings. This is a vibrant orange gold color with tons of shimmer in it. I like to use is separately, without mixing any other color because it is bold enough on its own.

On the whole, the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder shades glide on easily and fill in any creases immediately. They are super saturated with pigment, though, so you don’t have to use a substantial quantity every time so achieve a solid layered look. The best part about these pigment powders are that hundred percent natural and chemical-free with a mineral base. They are also free of talc, oils, preservatives, perfumes, synthetic dyes, and parabens, so you don’t have to worry about your sensitive skin reacting adversely to them.

To achieve the best possible application of eye shadow, use a Younique Crease Brush. It is specially designed to create precise and deliberate application of color. Sweeping back and forth in the upper crease or around the eyes with just the tip of the crease brush will result in a precise color. The fact that is has inner high-quality copper ferrule is the cherry on top. This means it won't rust when you use it wet or dry, and it will last you a lifetime.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lucrative Lip-Gloss For Luscious Lips!

Lips are among one of the first features that people notice on your face. Therefore, it is crucial to take care of them and keep them looking attractive and healthy. Here is a special product that is sure to make heads turn!

Once in a while, an occasion calls for the need to make a bold statement, and what better way to achieve that than to use some vibrant color to add charisma and bring attention to your lips? The perfect lip-gloss for this purpose is Lucrative Lip Gloss by Younique. Absolute coverage with a beautiful satin finish is promised.

Don’t you just love products that provide you moisture and tint in one go? Lucrative Lip Gloss by Younique has an innovative formula that contains mineral oil and seed oil, so it promises you supple lips with lasting comfort and protection, as well as just the right amount of glitzy shine to liven up your appearance. The texture is smooth and rich, meaning that it glides onto the lips very easily. This lip-gloss is abundantly full of pigment, so you don’t have to apply more than one layer to get full coverage. For best results, dab gloss evenly across both lips, and then rub lips together for perfect distribution of gloss.

It has a broad range of colors, and currently stocks 10 captivating shades. It has light shades such as Loveable, and LadyLike, and on the other end of the spectrum there are shades like Lavish and Lovesick. So if you’re looking for a professional, toned down look, Luscious is the perfect shade for you, while Lethal would be more appropriate for a bold daring look. These is also a clear gloss version called Loyal who just want some natural looking shine.

This is great for students going to college/university or for beauty conscious women who don’t want makeup rubbing off too easily or too soon. I know that any lip-gloss fan would love to have this festive little thing in their arsenal. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5 Nutritious (And Yummy!) Drinks

Detox Delight


1 apple, diced
Juice from 1 lime
2 kiwi, peeled and cubed
1 stalk celery
1 handful spinach
1 tsp honey

Blend all these ingredients together for a smoothie that will help flush out toxins, fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. The vitamin C in the lime juice is good for your skin, and the antioxidants in the kiwi are as added bonus. Serves 1.

Banana Smoothie With Ginger

1 banana, sliced
¾ c (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
½ tsp freshly grated ginger

Blend all the ingredients together for a drink that will aid in digestion, curb heartburn, nausea, and help with other stomach problems. Serves 2.

Veggie Wonder

10 spinach leaves
½ cucumber
1 stalk celery
½ c parsley

All you need to do is put all ingredients through a juicer, and then refrigerate. Serve cold. What is so great about this drink is that it is a rich source of Vitamin A and C, both of which are essential for healthy skin. Additionally, parsley, a diuretic, prevents bloating, and spinach is believed to have anti-cancer properties. Serves 1.

 Radiant Complexion Mix

2 cups baby carrots
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 small apple
2 1/2 small beets, boiled, roasted, or canned
1 strip of ginger

For this concoction, you need to chop up all the ingredients into small pieces so that they fit into your juicer. If you want some extra fiber, then leave some of the discarded pulp in, and you’ll get a thicker version. The name of this drink is termed so, because it is packed with nutrients that help you attain a glowing complexion. For example, beets are a rich source of antioxidants, while carrots have beta-carotene. Lemon juice contains Vitamin C that helps prevent wrinkles, so this is great for individuals are looking to stay young. Finally, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that will help reduce the puffiness from your face.  Serves 1.

 Ultra Cleansing Juice

1 radish
1 medium sized red beet
3 medium sized carrots
2 garlic cloves

This juice is great for a flat flush. It will help you feel satisfied for longer, prevent you from binge eating and snacking at odd times. Juice the above mentioned ingredients.  Garnish with some chopped organic parsley for a drink that is also pleasing to the eyes. Serves 1.

Lastly, if you want great looking skin, then the key is to moisturize it daily. Brilliant Daily Moisturizing Gel is a product that works miraculously well, since it contains extracts from natural silver, ginseng, and pearl powder from freshwater pearls.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 2 Cosmetic Products For Oily Skin

Do you wake up in the morning and feel like every day is a bad day for your skin? Do you end up getting late to work or college because you spend way too much time covering up blemishes, cleansing out your pores or trying to revitalize dead looking skin? I know I certainly have! Read on for solutions to your makeup problems!

I understand the complexities involved with having an exceptionally oily skin. Touch Pressed Powder Foundation has natural minerals that help the oil from breaking through. It promises long hours of shine control and is perfect for sensitive skin. It minimizes the appearance of pores and it definitely clogs them the least among all the powder foundations I have used.

I use a liquid foundation on my face and then ‘lock it down’ with Touch. Another thing that I really like about this product is that the compact cake doesn't crumble or break off into small pieces after some use. In fact, I have even dropped it on my bathroom counter from a height of about 1 foot, and it miraculously didn't crack. So I didn't have to worry so much about creating a mess, or wasting product. (This doesn't mean you should be reckless, though. Nobody can get away with the damage caused by dropping any pressed powder from a greater height.)

I use the shade Scarlet to match my skin tone, but there are other shades that are also available such as Organza, Chiffon, Satin, and Cashmere.

This is my number one fix in situations where I feel like I’m about to have a breakout. As already implied, I have very oily skin and suffer from a mild to moderate case of acne. If you stay long hours cooped up in your office or university and want people to still compliment you about your flawless skin at the end of the day, then this is great makeup for you. Since this pressed powder has a lot of pigment, the key to getting a natural look is to use it by applying with a foundation brush.

It does a good job of spreading easily over my uneven skin. I use this product to conceal only my acne scars and the occasional blemishes, and not the whole face. Not many people have been able to tell that I actually wear foundation.The cream foundation has the same color range as the pressed powder.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Get Super Shiny Hair with Natural Ingredients

We all want hair with massive shine, right? Well, did you know that the solution to getting glossy hair lies right in your kitchen or the nearest grocery store? You don’t need expensive branded hair products and you definitely don’t need to spend huge amounts of money on them. Because the ingredients that we are about to discuss are cost effective, and since they are organic and natural, they have no side effects that harsh chemicals have.

Many people would say mayonnaise sounds icky and gross. And it’s so fattening, so better to stay away from it, right? WRONG! Only a few people know that mayonnaise is really made from egg yolks, oil and vinegar/lemon juice. The protein from egg yolks complement the keratin protein that your hair is made out of, and it strengthens the shaft from within. In addition, the oil conditions it and gives it shine. I personally like to call it my hair marshal, since it’s got so many nutritious items all combined into one.

How to Apply:
Apply directly, giving special attention to the ends of your hair. Don’t rub too much in the scalp, and then cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag, so that it doesn’t dry out, and the hair can absorb as much of the goodness as possible. Rinse it out with water after letting it sit for an hour, and then shampoo and condition like normal. You will be able to feel the difference afterwards.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Did you know that you can use apple cider vinegar as a rinse after shampooing your hair? This regime is an important part of my hair care routine. Not only will it give your hair massive shine, it will also restore the pH of your hair, and rid of dry flakes and scalp itchiness.

How to Apply:
Just add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar along with ½ table spoon of rose water to 1 liter of water, and use this diluted mixture to pour over your hair. Be careful not to rinse your hair with it more than twice a week and do always dilute it according to the instructions given since apply cider vinegar alone is pretty acidic.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Simple Anti-Aging Techniques For StayingYoung!

Ask any woman in their mid forties and they will refrain from telling you their true ages. Also, ask them what their number-one wish is, and most of them will say that it is to look like those forever young immortals depicted in Desperate Housewives.

From a scientific based approach, anti aging is the turnaround or slowing down of the natural aging process that occurs in the body. While there has been no technology developed that has actually reversed the procedure of getting old like that shown in a recent Hollywood film, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, there definitely are some ways that allow us to slow down the route.  The two major things that we can adopt in our lives in order to stay and look young is a healthy lifestyle, and knowing how to apply great makeup.

Avoiding the sun is a good way to allow the skin to remain looking young as excessive amounts of sunshine can cause wrinkles on the skin and lead to freckles and dark spots. Moisturizing your skin on a daily basis is also very important, so a product such as Younique Brilliant Daily Moisturizing Gel, made with natural silver, ginseng, and pearl powder from freshwater pearls, goes a long way to keep the skin hydrated and fresh.

A good diet provides us with all the nutrients that a body needs. This means that you have to eat a lot of vegetables, and fruits that will provide you with vitamins and antioxidants. Vitamins are substances that are necessary for the good condition of the body while antioxidants are substances that slow down the damage caused to other substances by effects of oxygen. For example, oranges are a good source of vitamin C, which is really good for skin.Yogurt has calcium and vitamin D which will enable the calcium to be readily absorbed into the body, even if you are of a mature age, because calcium usually stops depositing in the bones after you cross the age of twenty. Dark chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants and very less amount of sugar so it is advised to replace it in your diet with normal or milk chocolate, which has a huge caloric value. Also, fruits like strawberries and cherries are rich in antioxidants.

Of course, using makeup can drastically change the appearance of an individual. Applying the right products in the right way can take years off your look. For example, applying concealer at the edge of the eyes and making sure it has blended in finely can reduce the crow’s feet around your eyes, mask fine wrinkles and make you look young. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Eye Makeup Essentials For 2014

People say eyes are the windows to your soul. It is also a popular opinion that your eyes are the first thing that get noticed when somebody looks at you. That’s why it is important to spend some time and effort into making sure that your eyes look great.

Here are two essential eye makeup products that will help your eyes look vibrant and beautiful!

Pencil Eye Liner
I never leave home without applying eyeliner, because my eyes are pretty small and I have literally received comments that I look sleep-deprived without it. Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner  is one of the best liners I've used in terms of precision, gliding on better than any other.
It’s not like most pencil eyeliners where a lot of product is wasted away when sharpening to attain a pointed nib. These eye liners come in a variety of colors such as prim, proper, presumptuous, pristine, passionate and precious. My personal favorite is the Perfect, which is a deep black color a with a very faint brown tone to it, just enough to break the bluntness of the black and make the eye makeup appear very natural. And the best part about it is that is doesn't smudge for hours after application.

It’s a neat little thing, accompanied by a compact case so that it can be carried around travel bags/clutches. For greater control and precision, a quick tip is to hold the pencil close to the nib for better stability. I would recommend this eyeliner to those who want sharp outlines and accurate application.

Mineral Pigment Powder
This is the perfect product for summer! Not only does it have a lightweight feel and subtle shimmer, but it also gives a fresh natural look. I would recommend Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders which are chemical-free, mineral-based pigment powders. They are also free of talc, oils, preservatives, perfumes, synthetic dyes, and parabens. The variety of shades available allow you to play with your look, giving you the freedom to choose between minimalist and daring looks. Another added advantage is that they’re super loaded with pigment, so you just have to use a small quantity to achieve a solid layered look.

Stock up on this product now!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Time Saving Hairstyles for College Going Women

Learning how to make some really great time saving hairstyles should be a top priority for any working woman or college going student. There are just so many days you end up waking late for school and so, you need a ‘do that can be made within minutes and looks ultra-chic at the same time.  

The Messy Hair Bun
To achieve this look, you just need some bobby pins, a scrunch or an elastic band to hold your hair. There are many variations of this hairstyle. For example, you can have your hair piled up at the top of your head to show off your long slender neck, or you can choose to make a bun at the nape of your neck.
All you have to do now is to tie your hair in a ponytail, and then twist it around in a circular motion and secure with bobby pins. One of the tricks that should be incorporated over here is to let some stray locks loose out of the bun. This tactic gives your hairstyle a sexy carefree look, and does away with any severe appearance.

Wild Waves
Do you have long hair that takes ages to curl using a hot iron rod? Is the hour long early morning routine involving lots of heat damage starting to get to you? Sometimes, we just don’t have that much time – or hair product - to make those perfect ringlets or smooth waves. Well, why not try a sexier alternative?

Image Credits: Agata Ryszkowska.

You can achieve this look with a simple time saving technique. You need to start off with towel dried hair divided into sections. The hair should be just slightly damp – NOT wet. Apply a bit of face primer to the ends to prevent split ends and moisturize the locks. Yes, it really works! Then, just braid each section of your hair and tie the ends with elastic bands. Preferably, you should just sleep with the hair still braided and open the braids in the morning. However, if you’re in a rush, use a blow-dryer till you can feel the hair has become absolutely dry.

If you want tighter waves, then just divide your hair into a larger number of sections and braid your hair more finely. The result: Wavy tresses that are high on volume.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Make Your Makeup Stay On Longer!

Ask any working women or college going students about their makeup woes, and one of the first things you’ll hear is that the products start to smudge or run even before lunch break. It is already hard enough trying to finding the right make up for your skin type so many women just settle for makeup that isn't really long lasting. Well, ladies, don’t give up! You can have your cake and eat it too! Learning how to make your make up stay even hours after application is quite simple, and should be a top priority for anyone who is out for long hours.

All you need are a few simple tricks to keep your makeup weather proof:

Apply Makeup Primer
Rubbing a makeup primer on your face before applying any foundation helps not only smoothen the skin but keeps your makeup smudge and smear resistant. Be sure to apply a makeup primer that is free of parabens, and synthetic fragrances.

Opt For Water Proof Cosmetics
The advantage of using water proof cosmetics such as water proof mascaras and eyeliners is that you don’t have to be constantly worried that they might result in runny eyes on a rainy or hot, sweaty day.

Opt For Mineral Powders
Try using mineral powders as an alternative to liquid foundations and mousse creams. They not only result in an application that is velvety and well blended but they also prevent the natural oil of your face from breaking out for much longer in comparison to creams. Another neat little trick is to dust a bit of bronzer to the high points of your facial features. This will add color/warmth and complete the look, without having to apply too much product. This sort of makeup lasts in all kinds of weather.

Use A Sun Screen as A Make Up Primer

There is no denying the benefits of using a makeup primer to prep up your skin, but in cases of emergencies, you can substitute sunscreen for makeup primers. You can also choose to buy tinted sunscreens with moisturizing properties and do away with the hassle of applying foundation afterwards. A sun screen with a high SPF protects you from harsh sunshine. At the same time it allows your make up to better settle into your skin. Just make sure you wait at least 15 minutes before applying makeup so that it has been completely absorbed into your skin. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Face Masks for Different Skin Types

Picture this: You've been excited all week about a grand party, and the day has finally arrived. However, just before getting ready, you realize that your skin looks really dead and dull. Does this happen to you often? We can feel your pain! Sometimes, your skin needs an immediate pick-me-up, and what better way is there than to make a face mask that uses only the simple ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen?

Following are recipes of customized face masks - for different skin types. If you’re looking for inexpensive, all-natural yet super effective fixes for your skin, then read on!

For Oily Skin
For people who are prone to acne, honey is one of the best remedies you could find. It has antiseptic properties, and this helps kill germs and bacteria.

For this mask, all you need is about 2 teaspoons of honey. Add to that ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and apply it to your face and let it stay for about 20 minutes. Don’t add too much lemon juice or it might sting. Also, be sure not to go into the sunlight with the mask still on. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. The lemon juice is very effective in fading blemishes and acne scarring.

If you feel that the lemon juice is too harsh for you, then you can use rose water as a substitute. Rose water freshens up your skin in an instant, and moisturizes it without weighing it down.

For Dry Skin
Mash up 2 bananas finely, so that their consistency is like that of a smooth thick paste and add ½ cup yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Honey is a humectant, so it locks in moisture, and keeps your skin supple and hydrated. Apply a uniform layer to your face and wash it away with warm water only after it has begun to dry. This can take up to 20 minutes so catch up on your reading while your skin soaks up all the goodness. It will feel wonderfully soft afterwards.

For Sensitive Skin
Beat up an egg till it’s fluffy, and then add in 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon yogurt. The last ingredient is the cucumber juice, which you can obtain by grating a cucumber and then squeezing the whole thing through a sieve to get juice out of it. Leave it on your skin for about 20 minutes and then rinse. The protein from the egg firms up your skin while the cucumber provides a soothing effect.

What is so great about these face masks is that they’re completely natural - and edible - so they won’t damage your skin the way a chemical might. Who needs all those costly inorganic skin treatments when you can let nature take care of your skin for you? Happy skin-pampering!