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Category Archives: Beauty

Have a Flawless Wedding Makeup

1. Less is More.

Remember this golden rule. Even if there may be some makeup artists who advise that wearing more than the usual makeup is what will give your features emphasis on camera, don’t get easily swayed. According to Westman, lesser foundation is the way to go because the high definition cameras we have today captures caked-on makeup.

For your eyes, cheeks and lips, it’s best to wear the makeup which makes you feel most confident and at ease. So if you’re used to neutral lippies, don’t wear a bold color on your wedding day. However, if you’ve always been known for your luscious red lips, then by all means, wear it as you take your wedding vows.

2. Make a Perfect Canvas.

A bridal look needs to achieve a luminous effect. Of course, light foundation and concealers are your basic makeup gears; however, don’t neglect that highlights can do. If just placed well, it can really make your skin glow. Westman recommends a pearlescent highlight if you have fair skin and a warmer or golden shade for darker tones. Employ highlighter in the lower waterlines as well as your eye’s inner corners, on the cupid’s bow, on bridge of your nose, on your cheekbones and chin and above the upper lip so that your features will look flattering under the lights.

3. Select Makeup that Lasts Long.

Weddings last for a maximum 4 hours. From your dressing, ceremony, reception and dancing. You’ll want to wear makeup that will last through the whole series of events, along with the crying, kissing and hugging people. Opt for color stay products and for lips, select stain or long wearing lipsticks that come with moisturizers. For your skin, employ powder eye shadow in place of cream highlighter as this has more lasting effect.

MakeUp for Women in 40s

1. Keep in mind that Less is More.

As you age, what makes you look attractive is actually an understated look. The goal is to look more naturak; hence, you need to tone your makeup down. If you used to apply quite a lot of concealer or foundation, it’s time to do the opposite now. To make both lighter, try mixing it with a little moisturizer.

Your skin texture also changes as you get older. If you’re wearing heavy makeup, it will most likely settle on your fine lines and pores, making them look all the more prominent. Don’t use too much eyeliner as this makes you look even more old.

2. Glitter is a No-No.

While it may have been great during your 20’s to early 30’s it can only make you look harsh now at the age of 40 and up. So whether you’re applying eyeshadow, blush or lipstick, stick to natural colors.

3. Don’t Buy Youthful Looking Products.

There are certain colors that suit every age. For example, bright colors look great on teenagers but really awful on adult women. Refrain from wearing bright eyeshadows or mascara and replace them with natural tones of black or brown.

Korean Women Do Their Makeup

Eyes

Whether it be on pencil, liquid or gel form, black eyeliners are a must to Korean makeup as this is what they use to enhance their eyes and make it look bigger. For an everyday fresh but subtle look, they tightline their eyes. Tightlining means lining those spaces between your lashes or lining as close as you possibly could to your lash line.

This method will do wonders in making your eyes look larger, brighter and definitely younger. It will also create what is dubbed as the “invisible” eye makeup that has, most likely, left you baffled as to how Koreans have seemingly defined eyes but actually look like they’re not wearing eye makeup at all.

Except if they are actresses doing concerts and performances, Korean women rarely wear dark and bold eyeshadows. They always go for more neutral colors, champagne shades or just light shimmers for highlighting their lids. At times, they would even opt to not put any.

Eyebrows

When it comes to eyebrow grooming, Koreans follow a different style. It’s worthwhile to mention that their method is actually getting popular and is currently dubbed as “Korean brows”. Their usual eyebrows are actually bushy, tousled and very straight. It’s amazing how they can pull off brows like this and still look stunning. The straight eyebrow in particular can give you a look of youthful innocence that’s just great for defining your eyes.

Lips

Korean women are known for small but plump lips. Notice that most of them have lips that are light in color. Very popular among them are the “just bitten” look which they apply using lip tints (berry color), creating a natural and cute pout. Likewise, they like wearing matte lippies in peach and pink colors.

Soothing Sensitive Skin

Avoid using chemicals

Synthetic skin products contain many harsh chemicals that can cause your skin to dry. These products are then subjected to a process, known as ethoxylation, which can reduce the hardness of the chemicals. In turn, 1, 4-Dioxane is produced, a known cause of cancer. The best substitute to all these chemicals is to use products which contain natural ingredients and are less likely to be toxic.

Stay clear of products containing fragrance

Any skin product which contains fragrance should be avoided if you have sensitive skin. Even if the fragrance is natural, your skin may develop an allergic reaction against it. The same can also be said for essential oils.

Use neutral, fragrance-free cleansers and toners

Commercial cleansers and toners are alkaline based and will make your sensitive skin drier and more irritated. As such, you should use a cleanser that does not contain any strong chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate or any fragrances. As for the toner, go for one that has no drying alcohol in it. After all, the less dry your skin is, the younger it appears.

Apply only a few products on your skin with the fewest ingredients

When you use more products with more ingredients, it just means you are applying a lot of substances to your skin. Should an irritation or allergic reaction develop, it will be difficult to figure out the exact ingredient which is causing the condition. As such, stick to certain products only which do not contain many ingredients.

Do not use colors or dyes

Colors and dyes may contain tar, which is toxic in nature. Any products which contain these must not be used.

Apply soothing substances to your skin

Soothing substances make your skin less dry and decrease the symptoms associated with skin conditions. These include almond oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, and shea butter. You can also use calendula or chamomile for the same purpose. Hyaluronic acid is also a great choice because it softens and moisturizes your skin.

Eyes Made Bigger

1. Groom your eyebrows

Whoever said that unkempt eyebrows are OK should definitely take the highway. Really, unkempt eyebrows are very unflattering-for men and women alike! Make sure to keep your eyebrows in good shape. Invest in salon trips at scheduled intervals to keep them groomed. If you are confident about your grooming skills, then you can go ahead and groom your brows yourself. Just make sure to follow your eyes’ natural shape, and you’ll do fine.

2. Conceal dark circles under your eyes

Dark circles definitely make you look older, if not tired. Technically, concealing these circles does not really make your eyes appear bigger. But we all know that dark circles can grab anyone’s attention. It’s better to conceal them, rather than have someone check out your eyes for the wrong reasons.

3. White eye shadow is better

Even makeup artists would give you this tip. White eye shadow gives the illusion of eyes that are wide open. Make sure to use white eye shadow or white eye pencil near your tear ducts. Your tear ducts are on the inner corner of your eyes, by the way. If you do not have white eye shadow or eye pencil, you can use another light color.

Find Right Permanent Makeup

Before you run out and have eyebrows tattooed onto your face you need to consider how often you apply eyebrow makeup. Many women never pluck their eyebrows so for them having eyebrows tattooed onto their face would be a waste of money. Some women pluck their eyebrows off completely and the draw them back on, and some women merely have their brows shaped. If you do not completely remove your natural brows and then draw them back using an eyebrow pencil then tattooing them on permanently is not for you.

Lip liner is something that most women use when they apply their lipstick before they go out. Lip liner works like the outlines you once drew on your coloring pages before filling in the color. The outline color makes the lips look fuller, and more inviting. For many women putting their lip liner on is a hassle, because if you do not get this product on perfectly straight you will look funny. Having the lip liner put on as a permanent makeup product would keep the women from ever having crooked lips because their hands were shaking when they applied their makeup.

Lip liner makes sense for women that wear lipstick frequently. Many women wear it every day, but women who seldom wear lipstick would not benefit from having lip liner tattooed on their lips. Consider the frequency in which you wear lipstick, and what the lip liner is going to look like on the days you choose not to wear makeup, before you decide to have this procedure done.

Some women have their eyeliner put on as permanent makeup to keep them from having to draw it on each day when they did their makeup. The permanent eyeliner looks wonderful, and can be tattooed on the upper, and the lower eyelids. Any woman that has ever gotten almost finished applying their makeup and then had to wash most of it away because she put her eyeliner on crooked could appreciate having this type of makeup put on permanently.

Having eyeliner put on as a permanent fixture on your face does not make sense unless you normally wear this type of product every day. If you go without makeup products frequently then you may want to think twice before you get eyeliner tattooed onto your eyelids.

DIY Face Masks

1. Hydrating Honey Mask

If your skin has been feeling dry and dull from overworking or harsh weather all you need is something that will moisturize your skin.

Ingredients You Need:

Honey

Rosewater

Avocado

Mix these ingredients well and leave it on your face for 15-30 minutes. Let the ingredients soak into your skin well. Wash it off and you will see noticeably smooth and bright skin.

2. Fight That Acne

Acne can result from pollution that can clog your pores, therefore, triggering your skin to breakout. Don’t worry because you can easily dry them off within days.

Ingredients You Need:

Yogurt

Turmeric

Lemon

This is one of the oldest DIY secrets in history for clear skin. If you have acne prone or oily skin, this face pack will take care of it. Yogurt has anti-bacterial properties whereas turmeric dries out acne thus eliminating them. On the other hand, lemon will lighten any previous acne scars and make your skin look bright and fair.

3. Tighten Those Pores

Pores can be a real source of distress. They are difficult to hide even with makeup on because your make will start to look flaky after a while if you have big pores on your skin. You can try a DIY Mask to tighten them and restore baby-soft skin.

Ingredients You Need

Egg White

Lemon

Mix these ingredients well and leave them on your face until they dry. Then you can either wash it off or peel it off depending on the consistency of the mask. Egg white will tighten pores as well as remove impurities and blackheads that will give you a naturally flawless glow up!

4. Congested Skin

Congested skin can result in acne breakouts consistently. It can be caused due to an unhealthy diet, improper sleeping pattern or warm weather. But there is a face mask for everything when you DIY it.

Ingredients You Need

Rose Water

Aloe Vera

Cucumber

Mix these ingredients and after washing your face with your usual cleanser put the mixture on your face. Leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off. Do this every other day if your skin is very problematic otherwise you can do this every once in a week. It will allow your skin to cool down and release toxins that are causing congestion.

Vaser Lipo

Liposuction, which is also known as ‘lipoplasty’, or simply ‘vaserlipo’, is a cosmetic surgery which removes stubborn fat from different sites of the human body. VASER stands for ‘Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance’ uses third generation of ultrasound energy to get rid of the extra flab.

Vaser lipo is an advanced form of body contouring technique that selectively removes the unwanted body fat. Rather than laser it uses ultrasound waves to target the fatty cells of the body. Before it is taken out of the body the fat is broken and melted. Then it is taken out of the body with the help of a ‘cannula’. This is done in such a way that it does not affect the surrounding blood vessels or connective tissues.

It was first introduced in March 2001; and till date more than 100,000 procedures have been carried out in countries across the globe and with no reports of adverse effects till now. With the improved and advanced technique of vaser liposuction or vaser lipo became a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery. Moreover, in September 2002, the technique has acquired clearance from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States for body contouring.

Vaser lipo is performed in a sterile environment such as a hospital, body clinic. Doctors can prescribe whether to go for IV sedation, local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The body areas on which this surgery can be performed are upper and lower abdomen, back, male chest, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, chin and neck, knees, calves, ankles and so on.

Procedure:

1. Firstly, the targeted fatty area is injected with a ‘tumescent fluid’.
2. The fluid helps in shrinking the surrounding blood vessels and numbing the area.
3. It then becomes easy for removing the fat cells and lowers the risk of blood loss and bruising.
4. Small incisions are made into the body in between the layer of muscle and skin, through which thin tubes/probes are inserted.
5. High frequency ultrasound waves are transmitted through the probes which help in loosening the fat cells without disturbing the connective tissues, nerves and blood vessels.
6. The liquefied fat cells are then removed from the body by means of special suction tubes known as ‘cannula’.
7. Depending on the number of areas to be treated, vaser lipo procedure takes several hours.

Out of the various forms of liposuction, arm liposuction is quiet popular among the youth. They specially go for Arm liposuction and Gynecomastia.

Ideal Candidate:

• The candidates who are ideal for this liposuction surgery should have good skin tone and elasticity as it helps the skin to molds into new contours.
• People with loose skin elasticity may end up with loose-looking skin in areas where the procedure was done.
• The patient needs to be in good health; people with blood problems, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, as well as those with weakened immune systems should not undergo liposuction.
• Candidates should be over the age of 18 years

Arm Liposuction

Arm liposuction can help you to get rid of sagging fats from beneath your arm. To get rid of the sagging fat in the lower arms as well, this surgery is done. As it distracts the overall look and women are especially self-conscious about it. Men are also not far behind about their looks either.

Procedure:

Instead of an incision, a narrow ‘cannula’ is inserted into the skin; which melts and dissolves the fat around the arms. Then this fat is sucked out. The time taken for the entire surgery in this case is around one-two hours. The patient is administered withlocal anaesthesia. The result of this surgery includes lesser scarring and swelling.

If the upper arms carry huge amounts of fat in them, then one can go for Brachioplasty. It is always advisable to consult a surgeon or a G.P. in order to know what procedure you should go for, before actually deciding it yourself.

Pros and Cons of Arm Liposuction:

The advantages are as follows:

• Recovery time is very fast and it helps you to get toned arms.
• Tissue tightening with coagulation.
• Minimal trauma.
• Areas with lax skin can be treated easily
• Less chances of complication.

The only disadvantages are as follows:

• The skin elasticity may be affected as the sagging skin cannot be removed.
• Minor scarring can happen.

Best Haircuts

Although some individuals may be fortunate enough to appear attractive with any hairstyle, the norm is to choose the haircuts that emphasize some features while obscuring others. Beauty and attractiveness has been described as being subjective, but observations have shown that one of the common traits of persons considered as beautiful is having facial symmetry.

The shape of the face is not as important, but in order to choose the best haircuts, it is important to know the shape of your face. Every face is different, but there a 4 common shapes in which the shape of your face can be classified. The basic shapes are rounding, heart-shaped, square or oval. If you need a little help in deciding the shape of your face, it may be wise to remember that an oval shape would be a bit longer that it is wide. A heart-shaped face would have a narrow chin.

After you have decided the shape of your face, choosing which of the latest hairstyles that will suit your type of face requires some thought. If your face is round, you should adopt a less big hair look and go for styles that frame your face. The preferred cut may be medium to long, with a few layers and tapered ends. The longest layer should not go past your chin, and the shorter layer should be below your ears. Your round features can be offset with layered or angled bobs. A suitable alternative may be a pixie cut that emphasizes your cheekbones. If your face is square, you can look at styles that accentuate your cheeks, or flowing styles with a center part.

If you have no clue as to what the latest hairstyles are, or what you can choose to help you look your best, there are few places where you can look in addition to discussion with your friends of professional hairstylist.

Some of the most obvious places are pictures in the media, such as television and print magazines, and also on the web. Many of your favorite celebrities’ post pictures of themselves, and you are invited to follow them to keep updated of their activities.

You can begin by identifying a person with the facial shape that may be similar to your own. This may be difficult, and some help may be needed. You may need to discuss the ideas with your hairstylist, who may be able to improve the chosen style and you may be look better than your favorite celebrity. The only difference being that you may not be as well known.

Semi-Permanent Cosmetic Procedures

BENEFITS OF PERMANENT MAKEUP

  • naturally, lashes are too fair / faint in color
  • correction of sparse or missing lashes
  • reduction or elimination of daily “prep”-time, adding valuable time otherwise lost to applying, correcting, removing, etc. make-up.
  • eye conditions which may prevent or inhibit effective use of traditional make-up
  • active lifestyle, and activities like swimming / water-sports without the need to worry about effects on make-up
  • unsteady, shaky hands could prevent application of make-up on a daily basis
  • eliminating of smudging, smearing, running make-up products, so-called “racoon”-eyes, etc.
  • elimination of adverse allergic reactions to certain cosmetic products and/or ingredients
  • correct or improve certain skin conditions, abnormalities or imperfections (genetic, or medical)

BENEFITS OF SKIN NEEDLING

(procedure to increase collagen production in the skin, improving tone and elasticity)

  • diminish or reduce the appearance of lines and / or wrinkles (“anti-aging”)
  • non-surgical skin-tightening
  • treat scars (e.g. caused by acne, surgery, burns, mole removals, etc.)
  • improve the appearance of stretch-marks
  • tattoo-removal

Micro-needling works by treating not only superficial layers, but also deeper layers of the skin without damaging or removing any upper layers. The body responds to this treatment by the production of elastin and collagen fibers, as well as new capillaries (blood vessels) to improve blood circulation, which leads to a healthier plumping of the skin, and better overall appearance. Any part of the body covered by skin can be treated, not just the face and neck. Treatments should be no less than 4 weeks apart. (sometimes, I may recommend 6-8 weeks, depending on the case).