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Best Methods For At Home Facial Hair Removal

Raise your hand if this has happened to you. You’re getting ready for your amazing night on the town, lean in to apply your lipstick and….wait. Is that a hair? On your face? No one wants any sort of peach fuzz getting in the way of their perfect pink pout.  Here are some tips and tricks to help  get rid of unwanted facial hair.

It’s important to note that you should follow the directions when it comes to home facial hair removal products.  When it comes to creams, “body” doesn’t mean “face” and wax won’t work better if it’s hotter!  In fact, you could scald your skin!  Not good!  Lasers are not more effective if left on for minutes rather than seconds.  Be sure to follow the directions you are given on the box or by a professional. The number one rule is: Be Safe.

Waxing. There are a handful of options available to you for at home facial hair removal, but wax can be the best option.  In fact, people do better in the long run with waxing.  Wax pulls the hair out from the root which limits hair growth and may even stop scruff from coming back completely in certain areas.  When looking for a good wax, try looking for premade strips. Be sure to pull the strip in the direction of the hair.  You don’t want little red bumps after waxing!

Depilatory (hair removal) creams.  If you don’t want to try waxing, try depilatory creams. The great news is these creams chemically dissolve hair and dead skin cells without any nicks or stubble.The bad news is the creams have chemicals and often have a chemical scent to them.  They can also be harsh when it comes to the skin on the face.  Be sure to look for one specifically designed for the face!  If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to avoid this option as it can cause irritation and redness.

Shaving. Facial shaving feels like a lot of work (especially for girls) but it’s lower maintenance.  It’s a practical hair removal technique that a lot of people use.  Remember to find a hydrating shaving cream  as well as a good after shave moisturizer.  Also, forget about the old wives tale about facial hair growing back coarser once you shave it. It’s simply not true! It may feel thicker, but it’s not.

These are a few simple, easy ways you can remove facial hair at home.  Each method havetheir pros and cons. Figure out which one works best for you.  Good luck and, remember, the number one rule is: Be Safe!

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How To Get Rid Of Those Pesky Pimples

Acne, for most people, was a horrible memory from their teenage years.  As they graduated to adulthood, they hoped leave those memories far, far behind. As you get older, it’s true you enjoy fewer break outs, but they do still happen. No matter how old you get, you are not immune to acne break outs.  Happily, you can arm yourself with a few simple tricks to stop the break outs from giving you flashbacks.

If the pimple is a blackhead. Cleanse your face before applying a clay-based mask to the pimple and surrounding area.  Clay actually draws impurities out of your skin.  Allow the mask to sit for the required amount of time before rinsing it off.  Now apply a pore-cleansing strip to the pimple.  Your skin should be wet for the strip to stick properly.  Allow the strip to dry before quickly peeling it off.  It should come off along with the blackhead.  Ice the area for a few minutes to minimalize swelling and you’re set!

If the pimple is a pustule. Start by soaking a washcloth in hot water.  The hotter you can stand it, the better the effect will be.  Apply this hot washcloth to the pimple, but don’t press too hard. Hold the washcloth in place.  The heat draws the puss inside the pimple upward making it easier to remove.  After several minutes, gently dry the area.  Wrap each of your index fingers in a clean tissue.  Using a gentle pressure, lightly squeeze the pimple.  Squeezing too hard may draw blood or cause scarring.  If nothing comes out of the pimple, leave it alone and try the same routine later.

If the pimple is big, red, itchy, or is a sore bump. For this type,you have two options.  See a dermatologist for an emergency zapping, or cover the pimple.  The dermatologist can inject a cortisone solution into this type of pimple to shrink it.  Since seeing a dermatologist usually involves a long wait time, your best option may be to cover the pimple with makeup.  Begin with a concealer that matches your skin exactly.  Avoid a coverup that’s lighter than your skin as it will highlight rather than hide the pimple.  Use your finger to dab a tiny bit of concealer on the pimple. Blend the concealer out with a concealer brush.  Top with a dusting of loose powder to help the coverup stay in place.  Be sure to wash off the concealer before going to bed!  Not doing this step can make the pimple worse!

Pimples are a fact of life no matter how old you get.  We’ve all been there. Fortunately, there are easy, tried-and-true treatment options to help you take care of those annoying flare ups.  Just like break outs during your teenage years, this too shall pass.  I promise!

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What’s The Best Concealer For Your Skin Color?

Have you ever felt stuck wondering what the right concealer for your skin tone is?  Choosing the right concealer or primer to create an even skin tone can be tricky.  You can’t choose the right color unless you understand how the color theory works, so in a way we’re going back to art lessons!  To put it simply, when two colors that are opposite of one another on the color wheel are layered together, they cancel one another out.  With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about your skin and primers to cancel out or “neutralize” any imperfections in order to find the best concealer for you.

Pinks. Pink colored concealers and primers are meant to add brightness and life to dull colored skin.  This works very well if you’ve found yourself pulling an all-nighter or drank too much.  If your skin looks dehydrated or ashen, it perks right up with a pretty rose shade.  Many eye brighteners are also a pale pink.

Yellows. Yellows are the most versatile for correctors.  Even though yellow is the opposite of purple, it does a great job at neutralizing any redness.  Because many dark circles are truly purple rather than blue, a yellow corrector neutralizes that darkness so you use much less product.  It also works for an awesome under eye highlight when highlighting and contouring!

Greens. Green concealers and primers are often used to cancel out redness.  Greens are helpful to cancel out the redness of a blemish.  The green primers are great if you have rosacea or a severe redness.  If you have a mild to moderate redness, on the other hand, stick with a yellow primer instead of green.

Peach/Salmon. These apricot colored concealers are great for battling blueness or any overall darkness including post blemish marks, dark under eye circles, shadows, or veins.  Most people cancel out a great deal of under eye darkness with a salmon-toned concealer.  If you are African American or have a darker skin tone, you will want to look for an almost pure orange.

Lavender. This is perhaps the most unused of all concealers.  Lavender concealers and primers counteract any sallowness and yellow skin tones.  If you are Asian, Hispanic, or Mediterranean descent, you shouldn’t feel like you’re forced to use a lavender concealer.  You can use lavender to cancel out any warmth or yellow in your eye area and on the lids so your shadow’s true colors come through.

Make sense? Do you feel like you need a cheat sheet? Now that you know these simple shades, you can go out and look wonderful with your concealers!

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Snowy Eyes Tutorial

If you were confused about orange eye shadow, I’m back with another not commonly used color choice…white. White opens up your eye area, looks clean and bright, and even makes your eyes look bigger and more wide awake.  With the amount of people who claim they don’t sleep enough, who doesn’t want to look more awake? Or have wide anime-like eyes? You can have fun with glitter, metallic shades, silvers and even golds with the fun, bold look.  Follow these steps for an awesome snowy eye:

  1. Prime your eyelids using your favorite primer.
  2. Apply a white cream shadow from your lash line all the way up to your brow bone. Blend with your finger.
  3. Pat a matte white shadow over your cream shadow.
  4. Apply a gunmetal like color at the outer corner of your eye with a small brush. Use a blending brush to blend the color inwards.
  5. Line the inner rim of your eye with a white pencil liner.
  6. Apply mascara to your bottom lashes.
  7. Take a liquid glitter topcoat and pat all over your eyelid. Concentrate on the center and inner corner.
  8. Apply mascara to your top lashes.

And there you have it!  A fun, creative, pretty look for your eyes!  Best of all,  you can experiment with this look till you find what you like best.  Have fun!

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Orange Eye Shadow Fun!

I can already hear the chorus of voices now:  “Orange eye shadow?! What are you thinking?”  Before I scare you off with this less than popular color choice, hear me out.  Generally, there are two camps when it comes to make up. Those who feel it should only be used to enhance your natural beauty, and those that feel it should be used to express creativity.  You can go back and forth between the camps, being an enhancer by day and creative by night.  (It’s okay. I won’t tell.) Experimenting with bold colors falls firmly into the creative camp. Creatives believe orange eye shadow is fun.   The thing is, it’s not only fun, funky, and creative…It’s also fashion forward. Here’s how to create the perfect orange eye effect:

  1. Begin by priming your eyelid with your favorite primer.
  2. Line your inner rim with a black liner.
  3. Line your upper lid with black liner and smudge with a pencil brush. If you’re using a waterproof eyeliner, smudge it immediately.  If you allow the waterproof eyeliner to dry and set, you won’t be able to smudge or move it.
  4. Smudge the black liner into the outer corner of your eye, bringing it slightly into the crease.
  5. Apply a soft rosy brown shadow to the middle of your eyelid.
  6. Apply a pretty and shimmery ivory shade to your inner eye corner using a small brush.
  7. Use a fluffy crease brush to apply a matte orange shadow into your crease. Work in circular and windshield wiper motions.
  8. Apply a matte black shadow onto the outer third of your eye. Immediately blend inward with a fluffy blending brush.
  9. Touch up the orange shadow in your crease. The intensity of the orange shadow may have been dulled down a bit by the black shadow.
  10. Reapply the eyeliner and smudge.
  11. Apply mascara.
  12. Complete your look with minimal make up or nudes. You want your eyes to be the focal point of your look.

Are you ready to be creative, funky, and fashion forward? Think about the fun you can have with your make up!

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How To Get Big Beautiful Eyelashes

Do you want to step up your eyelashes?Have you looked in the mirror and thought your lashes were lackluster? Everyone wants long, beautiful eyelashes, but most options like eyelash extension and medical procedures are expensive.  Fortunately, there are three simple tips and tricks you can do at home with your favorite mascara to help achieve those luscious lashes that won’t break the bank! Remember, mascara takes about thirty seconds to fully dry, so you need to work quickly with a few of these tips.  If you’re up for the challenge, here they are:

For wider and bigger lashes. Elongate your center lashes by using the tip of your brush to stretch the middle lashes upward.Define the bottom lash line by doing the same.

To look well rested. Carefully coat the tiny inside corner hairs aka your baby lashes with mascara. Doing this helps brighten the whites of your eyes.  You only need a touch of mascara so clean off the tip of your wand before you start.

An instant eye lift. Add an extra coat of mascara to the outermost lashes and allow to dry.

Pretty easy, right? And all you need is a mirror and your mascara. These are just a few ideas that you can try to put your best eyelashes forward!  If you feel especially creative, try colored mascaras or glitter. You’re only limited by your imagination.

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The Dos and Don’ts Of The Cleopatra Cat’s Eye

We all know it, we all love it, and we all hate it at the same time because getting that Cleopatra cat’s eye look feels like it’s darn near impossible!  How is it that so many people are able to get it to look so perfect while the rest of us are forced to wonder “How did you do that??”Fortunately, the Cleopatra cat’s eye look doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it out to be.  Here are some easy dos and don’ts to help you achieve that perfect look.

Do use a liquid liner pen.  Liquid liner pens have the ease of a pencil combined with the ease of a traditional liquid.  You don’t need to paint this on your skin but rather draw it on.

Don’t use a pencil to get the same look.  Pencils are great if you want a smoky or smudging look, but won’t work well for a cat’s eye look.

Do apply with the right technique.  This may take you a little practice,  but it gets easier.  Start at the inner corner of your eye and apply a thin line directly along the lash line. Work outward.  Use small strokes if you worry your hand isn’t steady.  Keep the line thin. When you get to the outer corner of your eye, draw straight out along the arc of your lower lash line as if you were completing the end of a “C” until you’ve got the wing that you want.  Bring the liner back towards your eye to finish off the triangle before filling in the middle.  Once you have your base line drawn, you can always go back and thicken the line for more intensity by going over it again.

Don’t try to create that thick line right away.  It only offers more opportunities for accidents and smudging.

Do pair your cat eye liner with a simple shimmery shadow on the eyelid and a matte lip.

Don’t add smoky shadow, shimmery lips, or glitter as this interferes with the liner.  Keep your make up simple to help your eyes really stand out.

Do have fun and play with lines that are thick, thin, big, or small.  You can also experiment with colored eye liner for fun.

Following these few simple rules will help you step up your eye liner game in no time! Good luck!

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Blonde Eyebrows: How To Shape And Blend Like A Pro

If you have flaxen colored hair and are nervous about your eyebrow game, I have some great tips to help you.  You may worry about going too light or too dark, but don’t be.  These simple tips will step up your eyebrow game and I promise you won’t worry anymore!

As a blonde, your brow color may be a tough choice.  Do you go light? Do you go dark? Which will look natural? Look to your hair root color to guide you.  If you’re a platinum blonde or a former brunette, go for a light ashy taupe.  If you’re a sunny or strawberry blonde, go for a shade with more caramel in it.

Now that color is decided, what about placement? A great way to make sure about the proper brow placement, is to use a three-pointmarking method.  Hold a makeup brush or pencil parallel to the dimple on the side of your nose.  Make a short mark there with a flesh tone liner or a concealer pencil.  Mark a second line at the outside edge of your iris.  For the last marking, hold the pencil diagonally beginning at the outer corner of your nose. This is where your brow should end.Using your eyebrow pencil and working in short strokes from the underside of your brow, start to build up towards the arch.  You may want to make a straight line on the underside first.

Shade? Check. Placement? Check. What about highlight? To highlight and sharpen your brow shape, use a concealer pencil one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.  Sketch with this concealer pencil above and below your eyebrow.Use a flat and synthetic brush to blend out your concealer.  You can use the brush to sharpen the edges and fix any mistakes if needed.Set your brows with a clear brow gel to lock them in and you’re set to go!  Now you and your brows look amazing!

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Acrylic Or Gel Nails? Which Should You Get?

So you’re tired of do it yourself or want to spoil yourself just a tad and go with acrylic or gel nails for the perfect manicure look.  But which is best for you?  And you thought the only thing you needed to decide on was nail polish color!  Both acrylic and gel nails have their pros and cons. Keep reading to decide which is the best for you!

Acrylic nails. These are the most popular types of artificial nails.  They are a combination of a liquid and powder that creates a hard protective layer over your natural nail.  A nail tip is applied to the nail, then a ball is created by dipping a brush into a liquid monomer and placing the wet brush into a powder polymer.  This ball is then placed on the nail bed and patted into place using a liquid monomer.  The finish product cures normally by air drying.

The pros. Acrylic nails are very popular and many nail salons offer this service.  They are rather affordable, often costing around $35 for a set and $15 for refills.  As these are common, you don’t have to search very hard to find someone who is skilled in this type of nail.  They are very strong and you don’t have as much worry of cracks or breaking of the nail.

The cons. On the other hand, acrylic nails can look unnatural if they aren’t applied correctly.  They are difficult to remove without damaging the nail bed which means you may have to pay for refills every few weeks or wait out the growing out period of potentially damaged nails.  There are some work places that won’t allow acrylic nails due to hygiene hazards of long nails. Acrylic nails also have a pungent odor during the application process because of all the chemicals involved.

Gel nails. Gel nails are quickly becoming very popular in artificial nails.  To get gel nails,  a nail tip is first applied if the length of your nails needs to be extended.  Then two or three layers of gel nail polish are applied and each layer is cured with a UV lamp.  The nail is then filed and polished with your desired color or nail art.

The pros. Gel nails have a more natural look with a glossy finish. Unlike acrylics, if the nails are primed correctly, there is no damage to the nail bed. Gel nails cure faster than acrylic nails since they are cured under UV light. Gel nails are also more flexible than acrylic nails. There is no odor, and gel nails can easily be removed with no damage to the nail bed by soaking in acetone.

The cons. For as nice as gel nails are, they also are more expensive and can run between $25 to $60 per application.  Because a UV light is involved, there may be an increased risk of skin cancer.  The gel is not as strong as acrylic. Gel nails are at prone to peeling.  Gel nails can’t take the beating that acrylic nails can.

If you are still uncertain about which nails you should try, why not give each one a trial run to see which you like better?  Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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Negative Space Nail Art

Do you want some nail art that’s really going to make you stand out?  Do you love art and want to represent it in a unique and fun way?  Negative Space Nail Art is a great way for you to combine the two passions together!There are many ways to create negative space nail art.  You can get started with these simple tricks and experiment from there!  The only limit is your own creativity!

Pink and white. This is a fairly simple DIY nail job.  Using your favorite method, paint a single white stripe horizontally across your nail. Let it dry.  Once dry, apply a pink coat to one side of the line you painted.  Which side you decide to paint is up to you, but it creates a unique look.

Kittens on nails. If you love cats or are looking for something whimsical, this is a great option for you!  When getting your manicure done, have the manicurist apply a clear base coat and then paint cat faces on your nails.  Leave the empty space open for a cute look that will surely draw attention to your nails.

Get creative with shapes. The beauty of negative space nails is you can get creative with shapes.  There’s no way to go wrong with it!  One common method is to paint three semi-circles on your nails.  Two long ovals along the sides of your nails going upwards and one small semi-circle on the top of your nail is popular.  Another idea is a black rectangle in the middle of your nail.  It’s a simple but bold idea that looks professional and goes with everything!

Accent only two nails.  This is a new fun idea worth experimenting with.  Accent only two of your nails with negative space designs while leaving the others fully painted.  It will be sure to get your nails (and you) some attention!

These are just a few ideas for you to try when you’re looking to create awesome looking negative space nails.  Remember, the only limit is your imagination!