Matching Lip Gloss & Blush
If you have a shade of blush that you love and wish you could find a matching lip gloss
in that shade, try this. Mix a little of your blush with a little petroleum jelly, apply it to the
lips with a lipstick brush. If you have any old lip gloss pots, you can mix a batch and put it in them to use later. You can
also experiment with different shades to change the colors. Certain eyeshadow colors will look great as a colored lip gloss.
The petroleum jelly keeps your lips nice and moist, and the color will be natural looking.
Here are some guidelines to go by for when to throw your make-up out, that should be used to help prevent the
spread of bacteria which make-up is notorious for. I know spending alot of money on high priced cosmetics makes a person
have the tendency to want to hang onto it as long as possible, but bacteria knows no difference between cheap make-up
and expensive make-up. The product is open and is exposed to air, bacteria can land on the product and then be transferred
to the skin by the utensils you use and your own hands.. Keeping the utensils clean is a first step of course, but
it isn't the cure-all...Here's the list of products and the basics of how long they should be kept...And yes... we're
ALL guilty of keeping make-up too long...
Lipstick and lipliner...1 year
Eyeliner and mascara...3 months
Eyeshadow...6 months to a year
Foundation...1 year, unless you notice a "funny" smell. If so, be safe and throw it out.
Nail Polish...2 years if stored in a cool, dry, place
For those of you who wear glasses, sometimes applying makeup can be a little tricky because
of the lenses and the way the eye makeup is perceived. Here are some tips for those who wear glasses and want
their eyes to look their best.
The type of glasses you wear will effect the way the makeup looks. Lenses made for nearsightedness
will make eyes look smaller, so you want to brighten the eyes and may need a little more eye makeup. Lenses
for far sightedness will magnify the eyes, so makeup should be a little lighter...
Always apply makeup to your whole face. The lips and cheeks are just as important as the
eyes when wearing glasses.
Depending on the color of your frames, choose the colors for your eyes
If you have bright colored frames, use neutral tones of
eyeshadows. If your frames are neutral or metal, you
can be a little
bolder with color.
The eyebrows are VERY important when wearing glasses. They should be
and well groomed. They are a focal point when you wear
Eye color can be deeper in shade because the lenses will make the color look lighter.
Eye color should be used moderately. Browns or blacks may look harsh and a soft gray
might be a better choice.
Mascara should always be used if possible.
If your frames are large, apply blush on the cheekbone so it will be
through the lenses.
If you have bright colored lenses, balance it with a rich colored lipstick.
Tinted lenses distort color so be careful with the shades you choose.
If you're one that tries to keep up with the trends, fall brings some changes from the summer looks. Here
are just a few that are featured in some magazines. While following a trend is OK, always keep in mind your personal
skin tones, figures, and hair types. Just because something is "in" or popular, doesn't mean it's the right choice
for you. Feminine is in for fall from retro 20's to 80's glamorous looks. Feminine is not flashy, but
can still be glamorous.
Muted tones in coral, russet and deep sunset tones are in for the lips and cheeks. Matte lipsticks are out
with a gloss over or a creamy lipstick the one to use. The gloss and creamier lipsticks also do double duty by protecting
the lips as we enter cooler weather.
Softer shades of eyeshadows with long, lush eyelashes are "it." Using a lot of mascara with an eyeshadow
that is pale in color will glamorize your eyes up in a feminine way.
For those of you with wavy or curly hair. It's our turn, with long, stick straight hair put aside. Healthy,
shiny, waves and curls are coming back this fall with lengths a little below the shoulder. A side part or off middle
part adds to the retro "pinup girl" look. Soft hair, not plastered down hair is the idea.
If you have straight hair, you can build in some wave: To maximize hair texture, spritz wet hair with volumizing
spray and pull it back into a ponytail, looping it around your finger. Pin the knot you've created, let it dry naturally,
then simply unpin it.
This fall, nails go natural with a sheer color in shades of pale pink or beige. If you are one that still
likes some color, go with taupes and corals. The tips of the nail are slightly squared this fall.
If your legs aren't "perfect," choosing a skirt length should flatter the best part
of your legs. If you're luck enough to be able to wear short skirts, they shiuld fall at the leanest part of your
thigh. Any shorter than that...why bother at all?
A mid-length skirt should fall to the narrowest part of your calf. If your
legs are a little "thicker," go for long skirts. A lot of women often wonder
what items of clothing to have when starting a new job, entering the work force, or re-entering the work force after
an being away from it a while without spending a fortune. A good rule of thumb is to start out with
simple, black pantsuit. You can break the pieces up and wear them as separates and make your wardrobe budget go further.
A classic white shirt that is tapered gives you shape with a collar
that can be worn in or out of the jacket. You can add knit tops, a camisole, if you like and depending on your work environment,
a skirt. Add basic black pumps and a thin belt and you can mix and match as you add various pieces. You won't go
broke this way and it gives you the opportunity to
resist impulse buying "in bulk" before starting the job.
You may decide everything you had to have isn't just right and you're wasting money if it sits in your closet.
You won't believe the new product item that is the rage in Europe and quickly becoming the rage in Hollywood
and New York, What is it? "Anti-cellulite pantyhose." No joke...
These new pantyhose are made of a unique fabric that is embedded with chemical compounds such as microemcapsulated
vitamin e and retinol, both items that can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Here's how it supposedly
works. While you're moving around, friction between the material and your skin triggers capsules to release the
ingredients, the idea being that your skin is getting firmer all day long. When tested in a 12-week
blind test, 50% reported a visible improvement in their cellulite bumps after only 8 weeks.
By now you're wondering if these "miracle pantyhose" are available now and where can you get them. The answer
is, yep, Hanes L'eggs and Donna Karan all have anti-cellulite pantyhose. You can find them in department stores,
grocery stores and drugstores. They range in price from $6.00 to $18.00. I wonder if sleeping in them would make
you wake up with a perfect body, probably only in my dreams huh?
Losing weight is a battle that almost everyone battles at one time or another. There
are hundreds of methods to lose weight from fad diets to surgical solutions. Certain nutrients are essential to
the body to feel good, but they can also aid the body with weight loss. Here are some nutrients that do both.
Stressed out? A vitamin B-complex not only regulates
the blood sugar that trigger eating binges, but can spped up weight loss by 30%. You know that vitamin c can help in preventing colds, but it can also encourage the body to burn stored
fat. 3 grams of vitamin c a day can trigger an 8 pound weight loss in six weeks.
For those who suffer from PMS, addidng calcium-rich foods can relieve PMS symptoms,
but it can also help in shedding body fat. Dairy foods have now been touted as a means of helping weight loss.
For those who are chronically tired, the coenzyme Q10 or the technical name of CoQ10
is drastically reduced in the body after of 40. THis enzyme is a fat-burning nutrient which is why people over 40
have a harder time losing weight. Just a 100 mg. a day made people in a University of Texas study lose an average of 30
pounds in two months.
Always check with your doctor if you're uncertain about adding any of these to your
diet. Health food stores are a good avenue to check on these also.
The key to great wedding day style is about looking like yourself at your most glamorous - not about
trying new looks or matching your makeup to your color theme. You can't go wrong when you keep your look simple
and classic. Your makeup shades should naturally enhance your skin tone, but wedding day makeup should be a bit
stronger than what you normally wear (to avoid looking washed-out in pictures). Some beauty-do's for
and your bridesmaids:
· Keep eyes simple: Brush a light shade of eye shadow (try Banana or a light pink) from lash line to brow bone,
then line eyes with a dark shadow shade, like charcoal, navy or mahogany eye shadow.
· Use waterproof mascara.
· Go for a pretty shade of blush. Rose tones look great on darker skins. Pinks and corals for fair to medium
· For lips... deep lip color like wine or plum berry is great for darker skin or African American skin.
Pinks and corals work well with fair to medium skin.
Experiment with these looks before the wedding day, apply your makeup and then take a picture to see how
the colors look on film. This will give you a basic idea of how you and the makeup will look.
Keeping your sweaters looking their best is easy if you use a child's hairbrush
to remove lint and hairs, rather than a lint brush. A child's hairbrush is softer and more gentle on the fibers.
After wearing your sweater, gently brush it with the hairbrush to keep it fluffy looking. If you have your clothes dry cleaned, always remove them from the cleaner's plastic bags before hanging
in the closet. Clothing needs to breathe and "suffocating" them in plastic will break down the fibers in the clothing.
If you're concerned about items getting dusty, use an old pillowcase. Just cut a hole in the top of an old cotton
pillowcase and slip the hanger through.
Aromatherapy has become very popular in the last few years.
Certain aromas are known to give
benefits not only to the
skin, but to the mind. Here is a little guide to help you
what you may need when shooping for essential
oils. Health food stores as well as bath and body shops
carry these. Keep in mind, a true essential oil is expensive
ane must be mixed with a carrier oil to prevent
some bad side
effects. Lavender and almond essential oil can be used straight
without a carrier
oil. A carrier oil is a regular vegetable oil
such as canola, which works great...
Benefits: relaxing, helps relieve anxiety and depression,
anti-inflammatory, helps heal cuts
and burns, balances body
and mind Scent: floral, sometimes sweet, herbaceous
in: perfumes, hair and body products
Benefits: uplifting, antibacterial, antiviral, immuno-stimulant,
purifying, helps oily complexions
Scent: bright citrus
Found commonly in: facial cleansers, soaps, perfumes, room sprays
Benefits: energizing, good for soothing digestive problems,
relieves headaches, decongestant
Scent: cool, tingly, minty
Found commonly in: dental hygiene products, soaps, shampoo,
Benefits: aids in concentration and memory, helps stimulate
hair growth, relieves muscular aches
Scent: smooth herbaceous, sometimes camphorous
Found commonly in: hair care products, massage oils and
Benefits: stimulating, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant
Scent: airy, leafy, camphorous
Found commonly in: steams and saunas, massage oils and
Benefits: relaxing, antispasmotic (good for relieving menstrual
cramps), helps reduce excessive
sebum production, aphrodisiac
Scent: heady floral with herbaceous base note
in: massage oils, shampoos, scalp oils, facial
Benefits: antiseptic, homeostatic, balancing
Scent: strong floral, sometimes sweet
Found commonly in: perfumes, soaps, facial products
Sometimes wearing the right clothes can hide some minor flaws that you aren't happy
with. Here are a few tips.
Make your hips appear smaller...
Look for lower waisted pants. Pants that fit just below the bellybutton can shrink the
hips. This makes the body look longer also. Keep in mind though and don't take offense, BUT...IF you have a larger
than life butt, use a little judgement and don't go for the low-rise hip-hugger Britney
Hide bigger thighs...
Shirt-dresses glide over larger thighs. The key here is to make sure the material is
not stiff, or you'll look bulkier.
Make a large bust look smaller...
Most women are trained to avoid patterns, not necssary. By pairing a patterned top with
a solid bottom, attention is drawn to the face, not the bust.
All over shrinking effect...
A solid-color suit or separates in the same color works great. A belted jacket that
is longer in length that falls right below the hip line slenderizes. The belt shrinks your waist.
Tips on the benefits of water and Green tea for your body.
"WATER: Water is the leading
remedy for skin, digestive, hair, nails, stomach, body and weight problems. Remember, beauty comes from inside,
literally and figuratively! Get out your big cup and drink much, much water. You will be amazed at the results a
few cups a day makes.
GREEN TEA: It seems as though every magazine has information on
the health benefits of green tea. It is consumed as a beverage and used in cosmetics. Green tea is an amazingly powerful
antioxidant, great for the immune and circulatory systems. Scientists believe that drinking it can help protect your
body from heart disease and cancer. It is known to lower blood pressure as well and it also builds protection against
respiratory and indigestive infections and food poisoning. Green tea also blocks the attachment of bacteria to
the teeth, protecting against cavities. Green tea has been shown to be an anti-bacterial, able to kill the bacteria that
causes acne. It is also very good for hair--it can guard against sun damage and give your hair shine. So
before you go and spend $50 on a face cream containing green tea, go buy some tea bags for $2 and drink up!
Drinking 1-4 cups a day will keep the doctor away!"
Since cold and flu season takes its toll on people all over and everyone is busy masking
the effects a cold has on your face can be done with a little help.
Cold medications constrict blood
vessels which make the skin look ashy and pale-looking. To counteract this effect, apply an over-the-counter cortisone
cream to the dry areas around your nose. This will reduce the redness and inflammation.
away some of the puffiness around the eyes with a cooling eye mask. You can soak a washcloth in cold water and apply
it to your eyes, or you can throw a chilled, peeled, cucumber in a blender, and put it in a paper towel that you
have doubled to give it more strenth. Leave any of the eye masks that you do use for at least 15 minutes. The cold
will constrict the blood vessels which will make them look less puffy.
If your skin has
a red, blotchy look because of the flu or a cold, use a yellow-based concealer to get rid of the red. Just dab it
on lightly to prevent a pasty white look that will make you look sicker than when you started.
blush at a minimum, especially if your face is red from the cold or flu. A luminzing cream or lotion might be a better bet
instead. If your skin isn't red and blotchy, use blush, but sparingly.
Make your eyes
look "less sick" by curling your eyelashes and applying mascara. You might not want to load on eyeshadow to draw
attention to watery eyes.
Here are a few tips for the winter .
winter means there are less hours of sunlight and sunlight is what rejuvenates most people, a good night's rest is very important
to give you added energy the next day. The type of pillow you use might be the reason why you aren't getting the rest
you need. A good pillow should straighten and support the spine. If you like to sleep on your side, use a firm pillow.
Use a medium pillow if you like to sleep on your back. Stomach sleepers should always use a flat, soft pillow.
to wear wool but don't like the itchy feeling it gives you? Try washing woolens in 2 tablespoons of glycerine in cold
water. The glycerine softens the fibers which won't feel so scratchy.
Wearing hats and
have that "electrified" look when you take it off? Take a small amount of moisturizer, rub it in your palms until it's gone
and then lightly run it over your hair before you put that cap on. This will stop static.(So will rubbing a fabric softener
sheet over your hair IF you happen to take one with you.)
When you pour a skin lotion in your hand to smooth over your skin, add one or two drops of tea
tree oil to the lotion before applying it to the skin. The tea tree oil penetrates the skin to relieve dryness.
Here are a few things you can do to "update" the sweater and the look.
A basic black cardigan can be dressed up for the evening by snapping on sparkling rhinestone
or pearl button covers. You can get those in any fabric or arts and crafts store. Take a buckled slim leather belt and belt a long cardigan to give it a trendy look.
An ordinary crew-neck sweater can be transformed by pinning a flower pin or retro pin
on it. Experiment with what looks best or strikes your fancy.
A fake fur collar will turn a boring sweater into a purfectly fun sweater.
A plain V-neck sweater can look polished for the office by simply knotting a scarf around
the neck and tucking the ends into the sweater.
Turn any sweater preppy by gluing on a status applique, like a polo pony, or an itsy
bitsy alligator. You can also find these at arts and crafts stores or department stores that carry accessories.