Thursday, 29 November 2012

How to wash your face

The first step is to remove your make-up. Most cleansers can’t completely wash away foundation and other cosmetics (especially if you use primers and setting sprays). Whether you prefer wipes of liquid make-up removers, remove that make-up!
How often you should wash your face is dependant on your skin. You must wash your face before you go to bed, but whether you face also needs morning cleansing or just a splash of water and day cream depends on you. For dry or sensitive skin once a day is enough as over washing can be very drying. For oily and acne-prone skin morning washing can be helpful. But you’ll have to figure out what benefits your skin the most. If you have very clogged pores try cleansing your skin in the shower. The steam can help loosen the grime in your pores. 
You should exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin and give skin a good cleaning. Choosing a gentle exfoliater like a salicylic or glycolic acidcleanser is easier on skin then using a scrub. No matter what exfoliant you choose exfoliating helps prevent breakouts and reduce the signs of aging. You can exfoliate as much as 3 times a week or use a daily exfoliant. Again you have to decide what’s best for you. If you have sensitive skin you don’t want to exfoliate too much. Also our skin needs more exfoliating in the winter months compared to the summer. Using a facial brush on your skin can be great but it can also be harsh on your skin, you don’t need to use a brush on your skin everyday. Also if you’re using acids and retinols on your skin you need to be gentle to it so only brush your face a few times a week. And remember to keep that brush clean! Rinse and air-dry after use and replace the brush head every 3 months like you would your mascara.
You don’t need to use a toner. Alcohol based toners can give a clean “feeling” to the skin that may even tingle, this is bad! They are very drying and can strip your skin of it’s natural oils (which are good for your skin). If you want to tone your skin choose an alcohol-free version to help restore your skins pH balance. 
Lastly moisturize! Cleansing and exfoliating skin is great but without maintaining your skins moisture balance all your hard work goes down the drain. I love cetaphil, but most moisturizers are okay for your skin. Again your going to have to figure out what works best for you. Of course using one with SPF during the day is a good idea as it helps prevent sunburns and premature aging and also helps to avoid acne scarring.  And I can’t say this enough, you must apply your lotion/cream right after washing your face. Even a minute or two later can cause your skin to become dry which can lead to dullness and flakes.
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Quick Review: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Brand: Too Faced
Product: Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
Price: $18.00
Would I Re-Buy: Yes
I recently decided to try a few Too Faced products as I haven’t tried many before. And so far I am impressed. This eye primer is very good. The packaging is a squeeze tube in a pretty robins egg blue. The product itself is a matte cream with a bit of a light beige tint to it that fades away when applied to skin.
I love the e.l.f. eyelid primer for its value. It works really well and costs only a dollar. The Urban Decay primer potion costs about the same as the Too Faced but, for me, it doesn’t work quiet as well. Also I prefer the squeeze tube applicator to the sponge applicators most primers I’ve tried had. I like this primer because my eye make-up doesn’t smudge, or fade and barely creases at all. So I would recommend it as a great eye primer worth the cost but the e.l.f. eyelid primer is also wonderful for a much lower price.
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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation Review

Brand: Maybelline

Product: Dream Smooth Mousse

Price: Approx. $10.00 CDN

Would I Re-Buy: Yes, probably.

I had tried the dream matte mousse foundation and concealor before and was not very impressed, the finish was weird and it didn’t last well. But I do like Maybelline and I’m always up for trying new makeup so I decided to give this a try when I was looking for a new winter foundation. I have dry to normal skin and this formula is for dry skin, winter conditions are very drying so I thought this would be a good fit.

It’s a cream foundation with an interesting package. The top flips open to reveal the sponge applicator and the foundation twists off at the bottom. There is no mirror, which I dislike and because the package splits into two parts it’s not easy to do standing anywhere, which isn’t great. So the packaging leaves a little to be desired.

The formula goes on easily, blends well and gives a natural dewy finish. The coverage is medium, like most foundations. And it lasts well; I haven’t seen any fading yet. It does leave me a little shiny at the end of the day but a little powder or blotting takes care of that easily. I’m not sure how moisturizing it is but it isn’t drying at all and makes my skin look and feel healthy. So all in all I would recommend this product to anyone with drier skin looking for a dewy finish.

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How to choose a foundation

Buying foundation can be tricky.  To dark or to light and everyone can see not only your foundation but also your mistake. Choosing the wrong formulation can make your skin look dull or shiny. Choosing the right foundation can make your skin look flawless and creates a great base for other make up.

The traditional advice for choosing a foundation shade is to apply a few shades to your cheekbone and stand in the sunlight choosing whichever shade blends seamlessly into your skin. Which is great advice and a useful tip but most of us don’t want to go stand on the street with stripes of foundation on our face staring into a mirror. Although sunlight (natural light) provides the most honest light for using make up applying foundation swatches to your bare skinned jaw bone in store and using a mirror and finding some good lighting will work just as well.

Start by testing foundation textures and consistencies on your inner wrist (the side with the veins). To see how much coverage the formula offers rub it over a vein and see how much in conceals. Also note how easy it is to blend and the finish it provides. For dull dry skinned girls a dewy finish will help skin look healthy, for oily skinned people a matte finish (like a powder) will keep skin from looking to shiny.

Once you’ve found a formula you like, it’s time to pick your shade. If you’ve bought foundations before you’ll likely have an idea of which shades will work for you. For myself I’m usually not one of the lightest shades and fall more into the “beige” category but for winter a shade called “porcelain ivory” suits me. For winter most of our complexions become lighter due to spending less time in the sun. So your summer foundation may be to dark in the winter, and your winter foundation may be to light come summer.

Choose a few shades you think may work well for you of your chosen formula (2 or 3 should be fine) and test them in front of a mirror on your jaw line. The jaw line is used because it’s easy to blend their and since not all cosmetic stores offer wipes to remove tested make-up you may end up going home with a few swatches still on your face and they’ll be less obvious of your jaw then say your forehead.

If you find yourself stuck between 2 shades, one a little light and the other a little dark. Try blending them to find your perfect shade. If you want to look slightly tanned you can choose a foundation one shade darker then your skin tone BUT BE CAREFUL! Using a shade that’s darker then your skin tone can be hard to pull off; you must blend well around your ears, hairline, and jaw line to avoid an obvious foundation line. NEVER use a foundation that’s to light for you, it will create a ghost like look and will look very unnatural. To make your skin tone seem lighter use a foundation that matches your skin tone and then a liquid concealor lighter then your skin tone, only slightly lighter, as a highlighter across the top of your cheekbones and down the side of your nose and under your eyes and blend well. Now you’re glowing.

Friday, 23 November 2012


looking for skin care products (and cosmetics) that work for you can be hard. Especially if you’re acne prone or have sensitive skin. Did you know it takes skin cells about 23 days to turnover and 23-60 days to show both good and bad results of a skin care product, cosmetics, or regimen. A pimple can show up a month after it’s cause, like sleeping with make-up on or using a poorly made face mask

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

How to get sexy soft skin

How to get sexy soft skin
Sexy, soft, smooth skin not only looks good it feels good. Just a few steps here and there and you can be sexy soft in no time.
Moisture is key. Skin suffers through dry air, itchy fabrics, and all sorts of abuse every day. Even bathing can be hard on skin if it isn’t properly cared for after. Find a body lotion you love, I love St.Ives vitamin E formula. Right after you steps out of the shower and towel off use your lotion all over to seal in moisture and create a protective barrier for your skin. For extra dry patches, like elbows and feet, use body butter. Tip: to give dry feet an extra boost put on warm socks right after body butter to intensify the moisture.
Exfoliation sloths off dead skin and prepare skin for moisture. Exfoliate with an exfoliation product or exfoliating gloves at least once a week. Try adding a little baking soda or sugar to your body wash for a quick homemade exfoliate.  
To get a sexy sheen rub a little Vaseline on areas like your shoulders. This is the subtle sexy version of body glitter and will make you look more toned, which is always nice.
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