Thursday

Make your lip lines disappear by applying your lipstick vertically instead of horizontally.

Wednesday

Vitamin E can make your hair shine. Good sources of vitamin E include,: brown rice, nuts, wheat germ, and leafy green vegetables.

Tuesday

Hyaluronic Acid the Pros & Cons

Hyaluronic Acid 


AH is found in almost every cell that goes into body tissues, but it has a half life (time for the molecule to be excreted by the body) of less than three days, so it is essential that the body can quickly recover these reserves.



Hyaluronic acid goes into deeper dermal layers, and also into the skin, providing elasticity and smoothness to your skin tone and helping it to remain young and healthy by providing adequate hydration. 
The effects of HA:
  • To benefit of all these positive effects of hyaluronic acid, is very important that the administration is be constant for a period of at least 2 or 4 months.
  • It is important to know that using creams based on HA (heavily promoted on every channel) won’t have the amazing results that were promised. This acid doesn’t have the ability to penetrate the skin, because it has a very large molecule. You can possibly get the effects of moisture, but the wrinkles will not disappear, nor will improve. If you want to see any results, you can use products that have in their composition fragmented AH (chopped), so it can penetrate the skin. It is best to start an oral administration of hyaluronic acid tablets, which are easily found in pharmacies.
  • Besides its beneficial effects, you should know that HA stimulates cell proliferation (and the keratinocyte proliferation), so it can lead to stimulating the migration of malignant tumor cells in the vascular and lymphatic torrents. It also plays an important role in inflammatory processes.

Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet — it has the ability to attract and then lock water into the skin. By drawing moisture deep into the skin, it plumps up the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles. “Products that contain hyaluronic acid are particularly effective for oily complexions, but they’re a great choice for all skin types,” says Dennis Gross, MD, the founder of Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care. As we age, the levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin decline, so products that list it as the first or second ingredient are especially beneficial in treating the effects of aging.

Monday

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid 
“Salicylic acid is lipophilic, meaning love of oil or oil lover, lol. 
This is why it is used int he fighting of acne. Salicylic acid eats away debris and oil in the follicle, thereby cleaning the pore. It is even useful with sensitive skin.

Getting Rid of Puffy Eyes



Getting Rid of Puffy Eyes

Puffiness and dark bags under your eyes makes you look worn out. Discover some effective treatments for reducing puffy, tired-looking eyes.
Dark, droopy bags under your eyes can make you look dramatically older and exhausted — even if you’re not. Fortunately, there are some effective home remedies and successful medical treatments that can help minimize puffy eyes and dark bags. Here’s how to play down that unpleasant puffiness:
Causes of Puffiness and Dark Bags Under Your Eyes 
Most people find that there’s more than one cause for their puffy or tired-looking eyes. Here are some of the most common:
Aging. As you get older, the skin and muscles around your eyes begin to weaken, making it easier for the fatty tissue beneath the skin to redistribute and for the skin to sag.
Allergies. Itchy, swollen eyes are a common allergic reaction.
Fluid retention. Hormonal shifts, a lack of sleep, or even just eating salty foods can cause you to retain fluid, leading to puffy eyes.
Heredity. If your parents had puffiness under their eyes, you may be more prone to developing the same condition.
Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes or Dark Shadows Many home treatments can temporarily minimize puffiness and dark areas under your eyes. Here are a few ideas to try:
Use makeup to create an illusion. Use a very small amount of a lighter-colored concealer on the puffy, baggy under-eye area to camouflage the dark shadows and make the puffiness look flatter.
Use cold compresses. A little cold can go a long way toward reducing swelling around your eyes. You can use cold packs or ice packs, cold slices of cucumbers, teaspoons that have been chilled in the freezer, or tea bags that have been soaked in ice water.
Get good rest. Try to get enough sleep (about seven to eight hours), and sleep with your head elevated to keep the fluid from collecting under your eyes.
Keep your allergies in check. Avoid allergy triggers and take antihistamines to help prevent your body from reacting to allergens.
Avoid salty food. Stick with foods that won’t cause puffiness.
Medical Treatments for Worn-Out or Puffy Eyes
A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can provide a more permanent fix to a puffy eye problem. Consult with your doctor if you want to try one of these options:
Dermatological treatments. Laser treatments and chemical peels can help tighten up the skin and make the dark areas under your eyes look lighter.
Wrinkle fillers. A plastic surgeon can inject fillers like Restylane and Juvederm right under the under-eye hollow to even out the area. The effect usually lasts for about eight months.
An eyelift. A doctor can tighten up the under-eye area by melting away the fat with an electric probe, then pulling the skin tight. It’s an outpatient surgery that can be done relatively quickly — and provides effects that last for decades.

Baby Your Color

Baby formulated shampoos are gentle to hair and will not strip your hair color.

Sunday

Reducing Inflammation from the Inside


The Natural Approach
to Reducing Inflammation

The Natural Approach to Reducing Inflammation


Inflammation is the immune system's normal response to infection or injury. If you're suffering from any type of inflammation, there are a variety of all-natural relief options available. In some cases, look no further than your local grocery store, farmer's market, or backyard garden. There you'll find a variety of foods well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Spring is the perfect season to start including more of these foods in your diet. In addition to their ability to reduce inflammation, these foods also provide essential vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health. Many of them are "heart healthy" foods. In season, they will most likely be fresher and more available locally, so the environment will benefit from your food choices, too!
Here's a list to get you started. Note: The foods listed with an * are best when purchased organic as they have been found to contain higher levels of pesticides.
  • Fruits: blackberries*, blueberries*, cranberries, papaya, pineapple, raspberries*, strawberries*
  • Vegetables: Asian mushrooms (shiitake and maitake), cauliflower, broccoli, spinach*, sweet potatoes
  • Fish: Alaskan black cod, sardines (in moderation), wild Alaskan salmon
  • Nuts & seeds: chia, flax and hemp seeds, walnuts
  • Whole & cracked grains: barley, basmati rice, brown rice, buckwheat, groats, millet, quinoa, steel-cut oats, wild rice
  • Beans & legumes: adzuki and black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, and lentils
  • Herbs & spices: cinnamon, garlic, ginger, turmeric
  • Healthy oils: avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil
  • Green tea and filtered water
If you are trying to reduce inflammation, avoiding these foods will also help:
  • Sugar
  • Dairy products (processed cows milk, cheese)
  • Refined white carbohydrates (breads, buns, crackers)
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Trans fats (hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils)
  • Artificial sweeteners and colors
  • Flavor enhancers such as MSG
In addition to food,exercise is another natural approach to reducing inflammation. Try incorporating 30 minutes of exercise into your day at least 3 times a week. Here are just a few of the benefits of exercise:
  • Improves circulation
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Reduces stress
So let's review: Consume plenty of the fresh, whole foods from the above list, avoid processed foods, sugars and artificial sweeteners, and exercise when you can. Your body will thank you!

Saturday

Waking up using your nose!


Wake Up and Smell the Citrus

Certain scents stimulate the brain and can make you feel more awake and refreshed, says Alan Hirsch, M.D., founder and neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Three that do the trick: jasmine, which increases beta waves (the brain waves associated with alertness), and citrus and peppermint scents, which induce wakefulness by stimulating the trigeminal nerve (the same nerve that's activated when you're revived with smelling salts). So peel and eat an orange for breakfast, deeply inhale as you drink a cup of peppermint tea, or lather up with a citrus-scented body wash in the shower. You'll feel alert faster than you can say Starbucks.

Thursday

Swirl & Tap

When setting your foundation with powder, swirl your brush in the powder, tap off excess, and blot on face softly, don't "brush" it on... it really makesa difference.

Wednesday

Carrots and Protection

Carrots can help protect the outer layer of your skin and prevent premature aging.

Tuesday

Keep your lipstick on longer.

To keep your lipstick on all day, pencil your lips with a soft lip pencil, then apply your lipstick.

Monday

Flowers wake you Up!


Buy Fresh Flowers

Set your favorite blooms on your nightstand or dresser — anywhere you can see them as you open your eyes. Among the findings of a Harvard study commissioned by the Society of American Florists, was this: Keeping fresh flowers in your home can make you feel more energetic, enthusiastic, and happy at work. What better excuse do you need to treat yourself to some stems?

Sunday

Reducing Inflammation from the Inside Out


Inflammation is the immune system's normal response to infection or injury. If you're suffering from any type of inflammation, there are a variety of all-natural relief options available. In some cases, look no further than your local grocery store, farmer's market, or backyard garden. There you'll find a variety of foods well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Spring is the perfect season to start including more of these foods in your diet. In addition to their ability to reduce inflammation, these foods also provide essential vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health. Many of them are "heart healthy" foods. In season, they will most likely be fresher and more available locally, so the environment will benefit from your food choices, too!
Here's a list to get you started. Note: The foods listed with an * are best when purchased organic as they have been found to contain higher levels of pesticides.
  • Fruits: blackberries*, blueberries*, cranberries, papaya, pineapple, raspberries*, strawberries*
  • Vegetables: Asian mushrooms (shiitake and maitake), cauliflower, broccoli, spinach*, sweet potatoes
  • Fish: Alaskan black cod, sardines (in moderation), wild Alaskan salmon
  • Nuts & seeds: chia, flax and hemp seeds, walnuts
  • Whole & cracked grains: barley, basmati rice, brown rice, buckwheat, groats, millet, quinoa, steel-cut oats, wild rice
  • Beans & legumes: adzuki and black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, and lentils
  • Herbs & spices: cinnamon, garlic, ginger, turmeric
  • Healthy oils: avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil
  • Green tea and filtered water
If you are trying to reduce inflammation, avoiding these foods will also help:
  • Sugar
  • Dairy products (processed cows milk, cheese)
  • Refined white carbohydrates (breads, buns, crackers)
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Trans fats (hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils)
  • Artificial sweeteners and colors
  • Flavor enhancers such as MSG
In addition to food,exercise is another natural approach to reducing inflammation. Try incorporating 30 minutes of exercise into your day at least 3 times a week. Here are just a few of the benefits of exercise:
  • Improves circulation
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Reduces stress
So let's review: Consume plenty of the fresh, whole foods from the above list, avoid processed foods, sugars and artificial sweeteners, and exercise when you can. Your body will thank you!

Saturday

Lose the Water


Skip the Salt

"If you know you're going to have a long night and an early morning, avoid eating any salty foods after 6:00 pm, and sleep with your head propped up on pillows to help fluids drain," Dr. Wu says. Sodium makes you retain water, "and if you get bloated and then lie down, the water will redistribute to your face, including your eyelids." The result: bags and droopy lids that are a clear sign you didn't get enough shut-eye.

Friday

Look Awake


Give Your Skin a Chill

When you're tired in the morning, it's tempting to hop into a hot shower, and let the steam ease you into the day. But that's actually going to make things worse. "Hot water increases swelling and accentuates puffy bags," says Jessica Wu, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School in Los Angeles. Instead, Wu recommends holding a washcloth soaked in cold water over your eyes for a few minutes. "Cold helps shrink inflammation and puffiness and will help shrink veins in your eyes so they'll look less bloodshot," she says. Plus, the invigorating temperature will help wake you up.

Thursday

Lightening the Skin

To lighten age spots and sun-damaged skin, mix the juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 2 ounces of plain yogurt. Gently massage into each spot. Use at least once a week.

Tuesday

Crisco & Beauty!



Crisco is a big secret you can use it to remove makeup and as a highly effective moisturizer. Hospitals even use it to treat psoriasis and eczema.

Monday

Moisture oils



Keeping Your Skin Moisturized Everyday- Especially in winter. It has been proven that the best moisturizers are those that contain organic oils like olive oil and Avocado oil.

Sunday

Highlight for Focus!

Instead of contouring, trying just highlighting, as it looks more natural. Add a slight line of shimmer down the bridge to make it appear thinner.

Saturday

Wash your face!!

Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild soap made for people with acne. Gently massage your face with circular motions. Don't scrub. Overwashing and scrubbing can cause skin to become irritated. After cleansing, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying an over-the-counter (no prescription needed) lotion containing benzoyl peroxide. This will decrease oil and bacteria.

Friday

Get a Quick Glow



Do you need a quick glow to your skin and all over healthier look? Bend over at the waist, as far as you can possibly go, and hold to the count of thirty.




resource:
http://www.thefunplace.com/house/tips/beauty.html 

Thursday

Eat Citrus for a healthy Full look!

Citrus fruits hold your skin cells together by forming collagen. This is why it's important to eat citrus fruits regularly.

Wednesday

Pores

For every hair on your body, there is a corresponding skin pore. Although we can't see all of these pores, we can see some of them.


Maintaining clean, healthy skin pores is important for maintaining healthy and beautiful skin. Dirt and oil on your face collect around your pores like leaves and debris collect around a storm drain. When those pores get clogged, it creates a pile-up of oil and dead skin cells in the follicle. Soon, bacteria make their way to the blockage, and the growth in bacteria causes inflammation.

For this story's purpose we will discuss 2 types of pores large and small:

If one has large pores, there's some good news -- but you may have to wait a few years to receive its benefits. As we age, our skin produces less oil, leading to dryness. This dryness, coupled with environmental damage to the skin, causes skin to age and wrinkle. Large pores produce more oil, and this comes in handy later in life when your skin needs it most. 


If you have small pores they are less visible and have the ability to create a more even and smooth surface.


In order to maintain pore fitness remember these few rules. 
  • If you use makeup, remember to wash it off each night with a gentle cleanser to prevent pore blockage.
    • After washing your face, rinse in cold water (fair-skinned people should use cool instead of cold) to close the pores and tighten the facial muscles.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Sun and aging thicken the outer layer of skin, and as the tide of skin cells rises, they form a tiny volcano rim around pores. This makes pores seem bigger than they really are.
  • Oily-looking skin tends to make pores look larger. Washing your face regularly to cut down on oiliness will improve their appearance. Solutions or medications containing salicylic acid can dry out the skin and help you maintain clear pores.
  • Exfoliate see article 

Tuesday

Exfoliation



Exfoliate Twice a Week - Exfoliating removes dead skin cells which tend to make your skin look dull. Regular exfoliating will bring back that glow you want so much.

Monday

Moisturize Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, use a water-based skin moisturizer.

Sunday

Concealer Application


Concealer Application
"Concealer should always follow foundation. If you put it on first and then you blend on the foundation, you could possibly erase or wipe away the foundation. If you layer concealer on top, Especially by tapping it in place you conceal the differences.

Saturday

Lifting with Bases!

Use Paints and Fluidlines or even eyeliner pencils as eye shadow bases. They help give. Lift to your color or even deepen it's depth!

Friday

Fuller Lips

Apply lip gloss over lipstick or alone. Remember that gloss would emphasize and therefore make your lips appear to be fuller.

Thursday

Healthy Skin

Keep your skin healthy by avoiding stress, sun exposure, and cigarette smoking.

Wednesday

Bushels of Blush

Peach Blush

Try more fruity blends with your blush colors, use orange, amber or peachy colors to awaken your face and provide that compliment to Spring with your smile. Great for every skin tone and type for an extra bronze darker skin tones may want to wear the colors even further up on their cheekbone, while lighter skin tones may choose to place them on your apples.

Tuesday

Rocking Orange Lipstick!!!


Here are some guidelines on how to wear orange lipstick -
Notes throughout are also gathered from this site: 
  1. Choosing the right shade : 
    1. The new color of the season is Orange, and its about time too, orange is my favorite color. Orange lipsticks have come in a variety of shades they range from bright, pale and neon to rusty browns.
      1. The first step to  pulling off orange lipstick is choosing a shade that looks good on your skin tone. In general, on warmer/duskier Indian skin tones, rusty oranges , brownish oranges and brick-orange shades go much better than bright or neon oranges.
  1. Eye makeup : Here are a few eye makeup looks that look great with orange lipstick:
    • Strong contoured eye : Light wash of neutral matte shade all over crease , dark brown eye shadow in crease and outer corner to define and deepen the crease, black liner on upper lash line, bare waterline and mascara. T
    • Metallics : Wash of gold/bronze all over lid, brown/black liner, kohl and mascara (dark brown in crease-optional) gives a beautiful warm toned look that looks very good on Indian skin tones. I chose this today picture above on the right.
    • Soft smokey brown eyes : Start by smudging brown eye pencil on the lid, soften the crease and corner, apply a frosty or matte brown eye shadow all over the lid and blend it out at the crease. Apply kohl and smudge it with the same brown eye shadow. Finish with mascara. This gives a soft brown smokey eye that looks great with orange lips.
    • Choice of shade : I have chosen a rusty orange shade from 
    • Revlon matte range ‘Misty Rust’. I highly recommend this shade to everyone- it is a very wearable orange lipstick.