Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Sorry if this is of no interest to you but the fashionista in all of us likes to look good while we wear the trends of the season, so I felt it would be nice to add a new tips so we can all look a million dollars.


Soothing Skin Clarifier (for minor acne flare-ups)

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe next time you experience one of those annoying breakouts, try this skin clarifier to clear your skin of acne flare-ups fast.

* 1/3 cup warm water
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon honey
* 1 cotton ball
* 1 cotton swab

Directions: Mix together water and salt. Using a cotton ball, apply directly to blemish. Maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes to soften blemish. Using cotton swab, dab honey on blemish; leave on 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Banana olive hair treat

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usHere's a treat for dry damaged hair.
Blend 1 banana with 1/3 cup of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. (You can get both at the supermarket)
Shampoo and rinse your hair.
Towel dry.
Apply on your slightly damp hair. Especially on the ends.
Wrap your hair with a plastic wrap.
Leave it on 30 minutes to an hour or so.
Remove the plastic wrap
Rinse your hair.
If you find it too oily, shampoo once and rinse off again.
Add 1 tablespoon cider vinegar and 1 drop of lavender oil to 3 cups of water.
Pour the lavender cider vinegar water over your hair as the final rinse, for shiny hair.
Wrap hair in a fluffy towel to dry.


Savvy Eye Makeup Tips

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIf your eyes are small, stick to light or medium toned eye shadows to avoid making them look even smaller. Use a shimmery pale shadow under the brow bone or lightly dotted on the inner corner of the eye.

Line the outer corner of the upper lid with a darker color, smudging it slightly upwards and outwards to open the eye.

Never line the lower lid or you'll make your eyes look even smaller, and always curl your lashes and finish with a generous dollop of volumising mascara.

If your eyes are deep-set, the trick to making them stand out is to highlight the eyelid rather than the brow bone.

Try sweeping a medium toned shadow over the entire lid, then apply a slightly darker shadow from the socket to the brow bone. Blend both shades well so there's no obvious line.

If your eyes are looking tired, dot a slightly lighter shade of concealer under the eye and blend well to disguise dark circles or fine lines.

Avoid bright colors as they can make your eyes appear bloodshot - try a light wash of a neutral cover over the lid instead. Line the inside of the lower lash line with a white pencil to make your eyes appear whiter. Finish with lashings of curling mascara to make you look more awake.


How To Get Perfect Brows

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBrows can make or break a face, either framing it beautifully or standing out a mile. Get yours looking great with these secrets:

We're all born with a natural brow shape that gives our face its distinctive look. The idea is to enhance the natural shape to give you a natural look.

The beginning of your brow should be in line with the inner corner of your eye, the arch in line with the outside of your iris, and the end should extend just beyond the outside corner of your eye, tapering slightly downwards.

Always tweeze your brows in plenty of natural light and take your time. Start at the inside corner and work outwards, alternating between eyes to keep them balanced. Pluck in the direction of the hair growth, and remember to step back and view your face in a large mirror from time to time so you can accurately see your progress.

To fill in your brows, use an angled eyebrow brush and an eyeshadow that's slightly lighter than your natural brow color. An eyeshadow works better than an eyebrow pencil, which can make your eyebrows look unnatural.

If you must use a pencil, use light feathery strokes and start with the arch before filling in the rest.

To keep your brows looking groomed all day, comb them upwards and outwards with a brow comb sprayed with hairspray.


Clever Concealer

Concealers are a fast and effective way to disguise blemishes, shadows and scars, so your skin looks perfect.

Concealers contain a high concentration of pigments to provide complete coverage to problem areas.

Our professional makeup beauty tip is to always apply concealer after your foundation for better and more even coverage.
Stick concealers

Stick concealers are easy to apply as you simply dab them on to your skin, then gently blend into the skin. Always test a stick concealer at the beauty counter as some have a thick and heavy consistency.
Cream concealers

Cream concealers usually come in a tube and are applied with your fingertips or a small sponge applicator. The finished effect is very natural.
Liquid concealers

Liquid concealers generally come in a tube and are applied with your fingertips. They are a lighter consistency and offer a very natural looking cover.


Here are our professional makeup beauty tips for applying concealer:
Spots and blemishes

Medicated concealers contain ingredients to help deal with the blemish as well as effectively disguise it. Apply the concealer directly on the pimple or blemish and smooth the edges out.
Under-eye shadows

Choose a creamy consistency as dryer stick concealers will emphasize fine lines around your eyes. Apply a tiny drop to your ring finger then dot around your under-eye area and blend gently. Do not rub as this stretches the skin and can cause premature lines to appear.

Cream or stick concealers with a thicker consistency are best for covering scars. Dot onto the scar and gently build layer by layer until you get a natural finish to make your complexion look perfect.


Savvy Lip Makeup Tips

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usFor plump, kissable lips, keep them well moisturized. Lip balms seal in the moisture and prevent cracked, flaky lips. Uuugh!

A good lip balm with an SPF factor also acts as a great base for your lipstick, preventing it from bleeding into the cracks like some moisturizers do.

To give small lips extra oomph, outline them with a lip pencil that matches your natural lip color, then blend the line well on to the lip with a cotton bud.

Create a pumped-up, stained effect by applying lipstick with your finger, then dab some gloss on the fleshiest part of the lips.

Thin Lips

For thin lips, use the same technique as for small lips, but rather than using your finger, apply the lipstick from the tube or with a lipstick brush.

Play Up Your Pout

It seems everyone wants full, pouty lips these days, so if you're lucky enough to be born with them (or rich enough to have them created for you!), make the most of full lips with bright, bold colors and/or oodles of gloss.
Play It Nude

To play up the current trend for nude lips - a la J.Lo - apply nude colored lip pencil to your lips, then go wild with plenty of pale gloss or a hint of shimmer. Nude colored matte lipsticks blend into your skin tone and can give you a washed out look, while gloss reflects the light and gives your mouth the attention it deserves.
Give Your Lipstick Serious Staying Power

Apply a lip balm or a small dab or foundation to your lips and blot with a tissue.

With the lip pencil color of your choice, outline the lips, then color in the whole lip area. Apply your lipstick with a lip brush then blot again. For really serious staying power, dust lightly with loose powder, then apply a final coat of lipstick.

Add a dab of lip gloss to the centre of your bottom lip, or all over for a genuine shine.

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