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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last-Minute Halloween Makeup Tips

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year. You’ll have fun dressing up in a costume or getting your little ghosts and goblins ready for a night of trick-or-treat. Before leaving the house on October 31, make sure all that makeup is set to stay in place no matter what. Take these last minute Halloween makeup ideas to help you and your little ones stay in character all night long:

Setting Oil-Based Makeup
Don’t give in to the temptation of using cheap, water-based makeup this Halloween. It doesn’t set well and will smear or melt when exposed to moisture such as rain, snow or sweat. Instead, use grease paint. Professional face paints are affordable and easy to find, and you can also pick up makeup like this at a hobby store year round. Once you have a good set of face paints, let your creativity run wild. Then take the time to set the makeup before you leave home.

To set oil-based makeup, you need an old sock, cornstarch and a spray bottle filled with water. Fill the sock with cornstarch, and play with it a bit to make sure the cornstarch will come through pores in the sock. Then spray the made-up face evenly with water. Use the sock to apply cornstarch to the face. Once the face is coated, spray again with water. Use a cotton swab to remove any clumps of excess cornstarch. Once the face is dry, that makeup won’t come off until it’s time to remove it using cold cream at the end of the evening.

Setting Traditional Eye Makeup
Traditional makeup or stage makeup can be more difficult to set. If your look for Halloween involves smoky eyes or other sexy makeup from the drugstore counter, start with a clean face as your canvas. Apply makeup. Then spray the face with hairspray to set it.

Halloween fun is always better with a great costume. Now that you know how to keep makeup looking fresh all night long, you're sure to have a great All Hallows Eve.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Choose the Right Moisturizer

Knowing how to choose the right moisturizer is an important skill to have for both men and women. Moisturizer is a versatile product, and there are many available options that cater to various skin types and have different effects on the skin. There are three important factors to consider when selecting a moisturizer: skin type, ingredients and price.

Before even looking at different moisturizer, a person must know his or her skin type to prevent any unneeded reactions to the product. Those who have oily, dry, sensitive and/or acne prone skin face more difficulty in finding a moisturizer that won't have any adverse effects. Although this type of skin will rule out the majority of any cheap drug store moisturizers, it certainly doesn't mean that there's no choices out there.

When a person has sensitive skin, the composition of the moisturizer is highly important, but the same goes for those who aren't prone to skin issues. Most moisturizers are made with some type of fragrance to improve smell, but some of these perfumes can highly irritate the skin. For those who have oily or dry complexions, selecting a water-based moisturizer will ensure that the product is gentler on the skin and keeps it hydrated. There are many makeup brands that sell additional products made specifically for those who have difficulty with their skin. Also, selecting a moisturizer that is also a sunblock and has SPF.

Lastly, it's ideal to consider the price of the moisturizer. Someone shouldn't purchase a product based off its expensive brand name alone. Some of the most popular could contain ingredients that are harmful or irritant to the skin, while others may be worth the investment as the higher cost can contribute to the formulation and quality of the compounds used in the moisturizer. Whether someone decides to spend more and invest in a moisturizer or save on a more economical brand, the most important thing is selecting a product that works for them and leaves the skin hydrated, healthy and rejuvenated.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Popular Lip Colors for Fall

As the weather changes and Fall takes the place of Summer, makeup routines change, as well. With the Fall comes a change of coloring and a change of look. Popular colors for Fall must now come into play, and this includes lip colors. Keep reading to hear about some of the popular lip colors for Fall.

Bold:
When Fall comes around it is time to let go of the peachy, soft colors of summer. It is time to move on from the bright and the pastel. It is time to move on to the bold. It is time to move on to the dark.
The popular colors for Fall include those that are dark and moody, colors such as plum and burgundy. Your lips are going to be the focal point on your face as fall rolls around, and they are going to be colored in bold and classy colors.

Matte:
Fall weather inspires more than boldness, it inspires a simpler look. The popular lip colors for Fall aren't just bold, they are also matte. The popular colors are not shiny and bright, they are understated - but in a bold way. Fall lips don't shine, they simply look beautiful for the color that they are.

Classic:
As Fall rolls in, so do classic lip colors. Summer might be the time for trying out new and daring colors that are fun and flirty, but Fall inspires a look that is more classic and traditional.

Just as the season changes and fashion changes, makeup changes, as well. The lip colors that are most popular in the Fall are different from those that are popular at other times throughout the year. If you want to go with what is popular during the fall, you are going to choose lip colors that are dark, classic, and matte.

Friday, October 24, 2014

False EyeLashes 101: When to Use False Lashes

False eyelashes first appeared on the scene---and on the screen---in the early 1900s to emphasize actors' eyes in silent films. However, by the 1960s, false eyelashes were popular with many women to add drama to date night. Today, with a variety of subtle choices that include corner-only lash pieces and even individual strands, false eyelashes can easily be worn during the day, even in corporate settings. Still, many women may not know when to use false lashes.


The Basics of False Lashes

False eyelashes emphasize eyes with timeless feminine flair. They also help the wearer appear more awake and alert. Full-strip false lashes come in varying shapes and lengths to subtly change the appearance and even the shape of eyes. For example, some lash strips are thicker at the corners, while others have thicker lashes to be positioned over the center of the eye, the perfect choice for women with deep-set eyes.


Strands or Strips?

Individual strands of false lashes in shades of blonde and brown create a polished and pretty yet natural daytime look that's perfect for everything from lunch with friends to a business meeting. False lash strands in lighter shades are meant to enhance natural lashes rather than create drama. Healthy-looking, thick lashes are always appropriate. However, women with darker complexions and hair may want false lash strands in black, even for daytime.

False eyelash strips create a more dramatic look, one that not every woman may want to wear into the corporate board room. Even in shades of dark brown for women with light natural eyelashes, false eyelash strips add a touch of exaggerated, old-Hollywood glamor to a woman's face. Therefore, many women may want to reserve full strips of false lashes for evening wear, dates, and special occasions.

Ultimately, the question of when to use false lashes is an individual choice, because with the right type and color, false lashes can be worn anytime to make eyes stand out and add glamor and femininity. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What Are The Best Products For Sensitive Skin?

For those with sensitive skin, it can be a challenge to properly care and hydrate it throughout the year with common products that are available on the market. From breakouts to rashes, there are a number of ways that beauty products can be too harsh on the skin. To keep look radiant and beautiful without losing your natural glow, there are a few products that are most ideal if your skin is intolerant of different ingredients.

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin

To gently wash your skin in the morning and at night without causing damage, the Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin is a must-have that will remove dirt from clogged pores without stripping the skin of its natural oils. For those with irritated skin, the cleanser offers a cooling effect that feels refreshing due to the minimal amount of ingredients that are used.

Avene High Protection Tinted Compact

This item is one of the best products for sensitive skin due to the protection that it offers with sun exposure. The compact offers a tint of color for a natural glow that will allow you to look tan without baking from the sun rays. The product is also paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free with UVA/UVB protection.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque

The Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque uses botanical extracts to soothe the skin and hydrate the pores. Papaya, sugar cane, cucumber, sugar maple, pineapple, lemon, orange, chamomile, and bilberry are all used to help to soften the texture of the skin and reduce irritation. This product is best used each day to reduce redness that can occur with waxing or shaving. It can also help to remove puffiness under the eyes for a well-rested look that feels rejuvenating.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer

Keep your skin subtle with this high-quality moisturizer that works on all skin types and offers protection against UVA rays. The light, oil-free texture is easy to apply and feels comfortable on the skin when used under makeup or at night. With four-hour hydration, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and eases creases in the skin.

Monday, October 13, 2014

What is the Obagi 360 System?

The Obagi 360 System is for those individuals who are looking to preserve their youthful skin. The system can be used by both men and women, but more women have found success with it. The system is a complete approach to diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and promoting beautiful, taught and firm skin. It’s meant not only to stop the hands of time in terms of aging skin, but also to reverse any effects of aging that have already occurred on the face and neck.

One demographic that loves this skincare line is younger people in their 20s and 30s. These individuals may think that they have nothing to fear about getting older. At their age, they haven’t seen many fine lines or wrinkles show up yet, but by the time this age group reaches their late 30s, wrinkles will be coming on in full swing.

At this point, it is sometimes too late to go back to that perfect skin, but if 20 and 30-somethings start using a proactive skin care regimen now, they may be able to stop aging in its tracks. If young men and women start taking care of their skin in their 20s and 30s, they may not see the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles until they are in their mid to late 40s.

In addition to great benefits for anti-aging, the Obagi 360 System is also excellent for simply adding much needed moisture to the skin. It helps to prevent sun spots and wrinkles, but it also moisturizes and evens skin tone. For those individuals who are suffering from adult acne, this system can even help with that. With this unique skin care regimen, your skin will be fresh, clean and glowing day in and day out. Many women have even stopped feeling that they have to wear makeup!

The kit comes with a wonderful exfoliating cleanser to unplug clogged pores and slough off dead skin cells, a retinol cream to rejuvenate the skin and a broad spectrum SPF 30 HdyraFactor moisturizer to protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. Shoppers can find this amazing skincare system online.

Friday, October 10, 2014

When Should I Start Using Anti-Aging Products?

There is quite a bit of debate as to when a woman should start using anti-aging products and how strong the products should or shouldn't be when they are used. Most experts and lay persons agree that a woman can start seeing a change in her skin in the mid to late 20’s. The face is less plump and more sculpted. The skin may become dryer than in the past. Some young women may notice small wrinkles forming around the eyes, mouth or forehead. How quickly these things show and to what degree are affected by personal habits such as smoking and by how much sun damage has occurred when failing to use sun screen.

Up to this point, a good cleansing and moisturizing routine along with daily use of sunscreen would be sufficient. Most dermatologists agree at this age that you do not need to start using heavy duty treatment products such as a woman in her 40’s or 50’s, these products may actually cause more damage or problems than they fix. Heavy duty creams or moisturizers may aggravate acne prone skin. Overly zealous use of products that exfoliate or peels can strip moisture out of your skin and actually accelerate the aging process. If you do start using an anti-aging product, experts recommend that a light cream or serum containing retinol to help exfoliate dead skin cells, promote collagen production and repair sun damage would be a good place to start.

The reality is there are no set rules on how soon a woman should start using anti-aging products. For the average woman, a “less is more” approach would be best. Prevention is the best way to avoid skin issues. If a woman starts to see signs of aging, step up to the lightest treatment option available. Only increase in strength and power of the treatment as she progresses in age. A little research can show beauty treatments geared toward the woman in her 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond.