The road to beauty is never ending! Once you figure one thing out here comes something else you want to fix. 2013 is officially over, but before we say sayanora to everything that came out of it, lets take some of the good things with us…. Like the best beauty supplies. According to various magazines and 1,000s of polled women these are the top beauty buys that came out of 2013 that you should be taking with you into 2014! Which ones will you be giving a try?
Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, $4,
MAC Lipstick, $15,
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, $4.50,
Nars Powder Blush, $29,
Revlon Nail Enamel, $5,
OPI Nail Lacquer, $9,
Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $6.50,
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $23
L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup, $11,
BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15, $27
Dove body wash, $5
Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion*, $13
Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer With SPF 15, $10,
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+*, $26,
Your skin is the largest organ in your body so it’s only obvious that it’s the most noticable. Skin health is a vital part to your beauty regime. However, there are so many skin products out there that you don’t always want to junk up your face with harsh products and chemicals. Why not try natural ones? There are tons of food remedies that are great for all your facial needs. Check these recipes out from our friends at the Dr. Oz show!
Food Fix for Crow’s Feet: Sweet Potato and Yogurt Mash
Sweet potatoes are a brilliant source of so many good things. They are super high in vitamin A, which boosts collagen. They are a surprising source of minerals such as copper (providing you with up to a 50% daily value), which helps the formation of new collagen to reduce wrinkles. They are rich in selenium, and diminish the wrinkles. Boil the sweet potato (skin on) for 20-30 minutes; make a few cuts in the skin from end to end and then rub the skin off the sweet potato; mash with a fork or potato masher; stir in a quarter cup of full-fat plain yogurt; cool until comfortable to touch. The yogurt will exfoliate, calm and moisturize. Together, the sweet potato and yogurt will smooth and moisturize the skin, and the crow’s feet will look better right away. This is safe to use on your hands and neck as well.
Food Fix for Flakey, Scaly Skin: Avocado and Honey
Flakey skin can be the result of dry skin, eczema and even psoriasis. Mash the fruit of an avocado with one tablespoon of honey. (Taste it! Amazingly good.) When it is a paste-like consistency, spread over the dry, flakey areas and cover with the cool washcloth pre-soaked with green tea. If you are very flakey, you can crush a baby aspirin into a powder and mix this into the avocado and honey paste. The avocado is lush with fatty oils that will seal the skin surface and begin the healing process. Honey, especially unprocessed, will exfoliate away the dead skin, protect against bacterial infections, and reduce inflammation. Leave this on for 10-20 minutes and wipe off gently. You can gently cleanse with an alcohol-free baby wipe, but don’t wash with soap for a few hours so your skin can stay moisturized. You will feel the difference instantly. Try to do this mask every day when you are having a flare up of flakey skin. Avoid harsh soaps because they will destroy all of your progress!
Food Fix for Rosacea: Cottage Cheese and Pineapple
Rosacea is a condition that presents with red, sensitive skin that flushes easily with stress, embarrassment, changes in temperature (hot or cold), wind, exercise, sunlight, and certain food or drink triggers such as wine or spicy food. When your skin flushes, it causes a vicious cycle of inflammation that creates more redness and acne-like papules. It can even coarsen your skin and make your pores more noticeable. Try mixing one cup of full-fat cottage cheese with a quarter-cup of minced pineapple and applying it like a mask to your cheeks and nose for 10 minutes a day, twice a week for one month. Place a nice cool washcloth soaked in green tea over the mask to soothe your skin. The milk fat in the cottage cheese will moisturize and heal your skin. The pineapple will provide bromelain – richest in the tougher part of the fruit near the rind or skin – to decrease redness. When taken in homeopathic pills (such as mixed with arnica to decrease redness and bruising), the bromelain doesn’t make it past the digestive acids in the stomach so it is much better to use it on your skin! You can also drape a green-tea soaked cloth over your eyes for a relaxing 10-minute rest.
Food Fix for Puffy Eyes: Tofu
The quickest trick is to place extra firm tofu patches, cut a half-inch thick, under each eye for 10 minutes a day for two weeks. The soy in tofu has been shown to increase collagen. Also, soy contains flavonoids that have been shown to decrease sun damage. Combined, these will smooth and heal the skin. The sheer weight of the tofu patch will help press the swelling out of the area. Bonus: Follow this by doing 40 jumping jacks to rev up your circulation and drain the puffiness away!
Namaste my friends! Downward dog, warrior, tree pose…. the list goes on of all your favorite yoga poses. What if I told you I’ve got some yoga you can do without the mats and yoga pants! Actually keep the yoga pants… they make your bum look great. Have you tried facial yoga? Facial yoga claims to help keep your beauty naturally without surgical beauty procedures and all of the expensive creams. It can slow down the aging process, release tension, tone facial and neck muscles, and boost self-esteem and confidence. Not to mention it’s easy to do. You can do it while driving down the street, working at your desk, or even watching TV (A private area may be best, seeing as to others you make a little silly, crazy or plain old weird). So will you be giving facial yoga a try? Why not, you’ve got nothing to lose from it. Here are a couple of exercises to get you started!
Feet! I know how disgusting right? WRONG! Your feet are so important to your health and should not be neglected as many of us tend to do. Feet are a part of your hygiene, and you can’t say you have great hygiene if you don’t take care of your feet! Your feet are pretty necessary for nearly everything you do, so why wouldn’t you want to take care of them? Here are some quick and easy ways you can take care of your feet and practice proper foot hygiene!
- Don’t go to bed without washing your feet. If you leave dirt on the skin’s surface, it can become irritated and infected. Wash your feet every evening with soap and water.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them and apply a moisturizing foot cream (not body lotion).
- Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file regularly.
- Always trim your toenails straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toe nails.
- Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they will always be comfortable.
- If you have to wear heels at work, wear comfortable shoes to and from the office and only wear your smart shoes in the office. Also, try to vary the heel height, between low, medium and high.
- Be shoe savvy. Wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions only, and always wear the right shoes for the job (so no sandals for mountain climbing).
- Change your socks daily.
- Wear flip-flops to avoid catching athlete’s foot and verrucas when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools or hotel bathrooms.But don’t wear flip-flops all the time. They don’t provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain if you wear them too much.
We are always looking for a new occasion to dress up in some awesome costumes, and therres a new type of party that lets its participants dress up like the olden days!
So I think it would be pretty safe to say that almost all of us are familiar with the murder mystery game “Clue.” If you aren’t google it, because you should be. Was it Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with a rope, or maybe Professor Plum in the study with the revolver? This American board game has had such an effect on our culture that murder mystery dinners are the new cool thing! You go to have a dinner, but yet are entertained and even become part of the murder mystery, even the people at your table can be the culprit. These fun and interactive dinners have inspired people to dress up and go all out when attending, just like the characters of the movie and game Clue. There are lots of murder mystery companies, my only advice is to try one of them. You can either host a party at your house or go out to one. Either way you’ll definitely have a night to remember!
New Year’s Resolutions are something we are all familiar with. At the onset of a new year we all pick things that we would like to improve about ourselves and our lives. However, those resolutions are easier to make than they are to achieve.
45% of people make New Year’s Resolutions
8% of people actually achieve their resolutions
Here are the most popular New Year’s Resolutions…
1. Lose Weight
2. Get Organized
3. Spend less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall In Love
10. Spend More Time with Family
Tips to following through
1. Write out a plan. Yes actually write it on paper and not just in your head.
2. Start immediately, don’t wait for inspiration to strike.
3. Find a mentor to keep you accountable and prevent you from being lazy!
Contouring has become insanely popular within the past couple of years. It’s the easiest way to enhance and alter your features without actually having to go under the knife. Want a more defined nose, higher cheekbones, bigger eyes, chiseled chin, smaller forehead? That can all be achieved through the art of contouring. It is amazing how much magic makeup can truly do!
Before & After Contouring Photos
Here’s a great tutorial on how you too can contour and look like a celebrity the next time you go out on the town!
Eyebrows come in tons of shapes and sizes. It really depends on personal preference, but there is no doubt that in order to have nice eyebrows it takes a bit of TLC and lots of maintenance. Take notes as I share with you Eyebrow 101, the guide to getting them perfect!
Where Do They Start?
In order to shape them correctly you must pick a starting point for your eyebrows to even begin. Use your tweezers in order to determine, by placing them in line with your nose as depicted in the example. Using a pencil draw a vertical line so you can know the start of your brows!
Where Do They End?
This is just as important as figuring out where they start. Place your tweezers against your face as depicted in the example to find the end and mark your eyebrow with a pencil.
Determine what shape you want for your brows, trying to follow the natural shape of your eyebrows and draw a line with your pencil as depicted in the photo. This helps so that you don’t mess up and over pluck in areas that should not be plucked. Take this precaution, because once your hair is plucked there’s no getting it back.
Finally its time to get to plucking. You’ve already shaped your eyes with your pencil so now its just the opposite of what you learned in kindergarten, don’t color inside the lines, only focus on what’s outside of the lines. Pluck away all stray hairs.
There are quite a few things you can do for your final touches, it truly all depends on personal taste. You can lightly fill in your brow with a pencil matching your hair color. This way you can cover up hair patches that may be thinner than others or even cover up a mistake you may have made. You can trim your eyebrows if they are too long (brush them upwards with an eyebrow brush first). Lastly you can lightly brush some eyebrow wax over them to give them a nice fresh look.
This one is for all my high heeled divas, and all of you who are trying to become one! Now we may have all observed that high heels come in different shapes and sizes, and each style is best worn to certain occasions and fits best on certain people. Here is your high heel shoe guide to help you find out which style is most comfortable for you and which makes you feel the hottest of course!
1. Stiletto Heels- They are long,thin,and have height from 2 inches to 10 inches. It makes you look taller.
2.Kitten Heels-These are heels that have height from 1.5 inches to 2 inches.They are most common on sandals. They give the glamour of high-heels without adding the extra height, so it is mostly preferred by tall women.
3.Cone Heels-They are round heels that are broader at the sole of the shoes but gets narrower as they go down. It can have varied heel heights.
4.Prism Heels-They have three sides and thus form a triangle of a heel. They are very uncommon nowadays.
5.Spool Heels- Spool heels are broad at the soles, then gets narrower near the middle and again thickens as it nears ground.
6.Wedge Heels-Wedge heels are not a single piece but run from the front of the sandals to back, but it will be thicker at the heels and narrower at the toes.
7.Pumps Heels- They are shoes with low cut front, pointed toes either rounded or pointed, and heels of minimum 2 inches, and frankly my favorite kind. These are considered to be dress shoes.
8.Sling Back Heels-It is similar to pumps, in having heels over 2inches and rounded or pointed toes, but the back part isn’t completely covered but instead there is a strap the crosses over the heel, leaving the rest of the heels showing.
9.Platform Heels-They popularized the Lucite platform shoes, that have platform soles and stiletto heels.