Friday, September 17, 2010

Shaving tips!

1. It's best to avoid shaving the very first thing in the morning. If possible, let your skin wake up a while. This allows the "puffiness" you encounter from fluids collecting in your skin during the night to recede, thus allowing you to get a closer shave when you do begin the task.
2. Use an exfoliate such as a facial cleanser or scrub to eradicate dead skin cells and open up the pores of the skin to prepare it for a close shave. 
3. Stubble should be wetted with warm or hot water before shaving. This swells the hair shaft allowing the blade to cut the hair, not your skin.
4. Thoroughly massage shave cream into stubble. A vitamin and Aloe Vera based shave cream will provide a close soothing shave and protect against razor rashes and burns.
5. Use a sharp blade. A dull blade is responsible for many shaving cuts as it drags over your face and catches your skin along with the hairs of your beard.
6. Rinse the blade often in hot water when shaving and use slow short strokes. Take your time.
7. Shaving with grain means shaving in the direction of how the hair grows on your face. It is always best to shave this way. Shaving against the grain can cause redness, rashes, razor burn and ingrown hairs, which are all painful.
8. After shaving, apply an oil-free moisturizer to soothe and protect the face. If you prefer an after-shave, check the label for alcohol. Dryness and stinging sensations are by-products of most after-shave products whose primary ingredient is alcohol. It may feel good at the time, but alcohol based after-shaves are actually irritating to many complexions.
9. Be wary of mentholated shaving products. Although the "cool" sensation feels good on the face, menthol, like alcohol, can be irritating to the skin.
10. A lot of foam or lather is not needed. Many grocery and drug store shave creams contain skin irritants such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate, which are formulated to "foam up" the product. However, these irritants may be the cause of your skin problem.

*if you run out of shaving cream, i've heard hair conditioner or diluted lotion works

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mascara

How to Properly Apply Mascara

Ace your mascara application with a three-step process:
  1. Step 1: Wiggle the wand left to right at the base of lashes. It's the mascara placed near the roots -- not the tips -- that gives the illusion of length.
  2. Step 2: Pull the wand up and through lashes, wiggling as you go. The wiggling part is key because it separates lashes.
  3. Step 3: In this final step (which I always skip), close the eye and place the mascara wand on top of lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps.
Recycle an old mascara wand if you don't want to bother with spoolies. When you finish a mascara, clean the wand in a cap-full of eye makeup remover, then wash with soap and dry. Keep it clean by washing it whenever you wash your makeup tools.

Thou Shalt Not Pump Wand In & Out of Tube! This only introduces air into the tube, which will cause your mascara to dry out sooner than it should.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Amazing skin tips!

Tips for achieving beautiful skin.

1. Eat healthy foods!
Veggies are full of nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, flavonoids and much more. The deeper the color of the vegetable, the more nutrients you'll get.
Legumes the nutrients of beans help neutralize the damaging compounds that harm your skin and prevent skin damage and signs of aging.
Fruits are the antioxidant powerhouses! Blueberries, blackberries, and watermelon are excellent choices, very rich in vitamin C
Fish the fat & amino acids in fish are great for the skin!
& limit sugar, it is the skin devil.

2. Exfoliate!
Getting all sorts of nice face washes from drug stores, bath stores or other place work great, but they come with an extra cost, so you probably would only want to use these on your face in the morning. I suggest one that is quite coarse, so scrub away all dead skin cells (also softens the skin!)

A great recipe for an all over body scrub and to use on your face, & especially hands, feet, arms is:
Sugar and lemon juice, that's right, you probably have both those ingrediants in your fridge right now. Take about a half to a cup of sugar (depending on how much skin you want to exfoliate) maybe less if its just your hands or face. Add just enough lemon juice to make a paste, not to dry but not too runny. rub it all over the area you want to exfoliate. If you have any open wounds you most likely wont wanna put it there, unless you're desperate.

3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!
Get a moisturizer for your face, apply every morning under make-up or if you don't wear any, just as is (men also!) and wash your face at night and apply again to sleep! This will avoid any wrinkles that can come at a later date than usual.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Non-toxic Nail Polish Remover/Polish!

So we all do things that are bad for us, but when there is an alternative that is just as easy, we should go healthy!
There are so many non toxic nail polishes and nail polish removers out there now! Try them out, they are equally as good of quality as the alternative.

Some examples of nail polishes with no formedehyde or other toxins:



Non -toxic nail polish remover:
A bit more expensive but way healthier!!!

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