Foundation is commonly used by even makeup minimalists to protect the skin and smooth the texture of the face. There are hundreds of different foundation colors, but choosing makeup simply by skin tone may not be enough. Depending on one’s skin type, there are specific recommendations for the type of foundation that one should use. For instance, those with oily skin would do well to use an oil-free or matte foundation in order to avoid putting additional oil on their faces. Also, since oil-free foundations tend to rub off more easily than those containing oil, a loose powder should be applied over the foundation, reducing hourly wear-and-tear and minimizing shine.

Choosing a correct foundation for normal skin types is much simpler; semi-matte or moist products shouldn’t cause acne problems providing they say on the label that they are non-comedogenic. For those with dry skin, however, foundation should have an oil or water base to help lock in moisture and prevent further moisture loss through sun and wind. Although these products are unlikely to cause acne for people with dry skin, shine control may be necessary, and a loose, transparent powder could easily solve that problem.

Of course, many of us don’t fit into a single skin type, so for those with combination skin, proper skin preparation before applying foundation can make all the difference. Use a gentle astringent on the oily parts of the face, and moisturize the dry areas, giving the face time to dry properly before putting on foundation. Some foundations have taken skin care to a whole new level by using ingredients that actually work to prevent acne. Salicylic acid is one of the most common acne-prevention ingredients included in makeup. By slowing cellular shedding within skin pores and follicles, it helps prevent the clogging of pores. It is also rumored to help heal blocked pores that are newly formed, before they even become irritated.

While choosing the right foundation for your skin is undoubtedly important in preventing acne, there are other makeup products that could be contributing to breakouts. A large number of blushes contain ingredients to make them sparkle, adding a healthy-looking glow to cheeks. What isn’t so healthy is the reported reason behind the sparkle; these shiny minerals are thought to have sharp, spiky edges that can irritate the skin’s pores or even block them off entirely. Rather than cream blushes that are generally applied more thickly on the skin and may contain minerals, it might be better to use a powder blush and then a tiny amount of non-greasy moisturizer for a similar glowing effect.

Lip gloss can be another product that triggers acne. This is due to the greasy ingredients that give it its shine, especially in the areas immediately surrounding the lips. To keep lips trendy and fun, try a matte-finish lipstick for a different type of look. Finally, while acne due to eye-makeup is rare indeed, the products used to remove the eye-makeup at night could easily be causing problems. Water-proof mascara is generally wiped off using an oil-based cleanser. The oil from the cleanser can get on one’s pillows or bedsheets at night or even be smudged onto another part of the face, causing acne there instead. To avoid this problem, remove eye-makeup before washing the face, and use a gentle cleanser to remove all excess oil from your face.

Different types of collagen fillers have different advantages. Zyderm is a bovine collagen that lasts for six to ten months and is used for shallow scars.

Zyplast is another bovine collagen, but is crossed with a heavier filler so it lasts longer than Zyderm (nine months to a year.) These two are easy to implant and are not often abused but certain patients can have allergic reactions to the collagen.

Fibrel is a filler containing gelatin, amino caprotic acid and plasma or saline and lidocaine. Its effects are seen for one to five years and is a good alternative for people who are allergic to Zyderm and Zyplast.

Artecoll is a synthetic filler consisting of polymethyl methacrylate microspheres (PMMA), collagen, lidocaine and saline. After the collagen degrades, the PMMA spheres are left. It has been shown to be reliable and long lasting in European markets but has yet to be released in the United States.

Hylan B gel is another filler made from substances in rooster coxcombs. It lasts nine months to a year but requires a series of injections rather than just one session and, again, has not yet been released in the United States.

Resoplast is another bovine collagen similar to Zyderm and causing the same allergic reactions.

Autologen is a filler made from autologous collagen which resists enzymatic degradation and allergic reactions and has been shown to last for over a year. Similarly, Isolagen is autologous collagen taken from the patient and prepared for intradermal injection. Isolagen has not been fully tested yet.
AlloDerm is, in fact, not an injection at all, but is a dermal sheet and has been used mostly for burn victims and patients undergoing oral surgery.

Finally there are fat injections. These take time and careful preparation before they can be used. The fat is removed from a region such as the abdomen, thighs, knees, or backside. The fat has to be purified, washed, separated, centrifuged and prepared before use.

TCA peels successfully treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, wrinkles, blotchy skin, blackheads, discoloration from sun exposure, age spots, acne scarring, excessive oil and dull complexion. The pores of your skin are unblocked, revealing clearer skin. Your complexion will be smoother with improved texture. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened after treatment. The skin is tightened for a younger appearance.

Esthetician’s Choice is the best skin peel and is now available for home use.

Before Treatment:

Talk to your doctor if you are taking prescription medications. Accutane is one medication that should not be used after a peel. Talk to your doctor and stop taking the medication before having a peel. You should avoid using other exfoliation products in the week before you use a home TCA peel. Also, avoid tanning either outside or in a tanning bed.

Directions for a Home Peel:

Esthetician’s Choice can be used in two strengths. Use the product full strength for a deeper peel to improve bad acne, wrinkling or skin discoloration. The product can be diluted for a gentler, surface peeling. Follow the included directions for diluting the product. The peel can be used once a month for very damaged skin. It’s important to wait at least four weeks between treatments to allow the skin time to heal completely.

Apply the product with a cotton swab. The peel should be left on the skin for about two to four minutes. Rinse well with slightly cool water to remove the product. Don’t rub or use a washcloth. Most people will feel a slight tingling sensation when it is applied. You should feel little or no discomfort after it is rinsed away. If you do experience slight irritation, apply icy water or ice to soothe the skin.

Immediately after treatment, you will notice a slight red color to the skin, like mild sunburn. This fades in a day or so and the skin continues to peel for the next few days. Once peeled, clearer, firmer skin is revealed. Taking good care of your skin after the peel will result in better, faster healing.

After the Peel:

  • Gently wash the skin with a very mild cleanser in the days after. Use only your hands and not a washcloth or a scrubber, which can cause irritation.
  • Keep the skin moist with an oil free moisturizing project.
  • Don’t use any other exfoliation products for at least a week after the peel.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning. This can cause discoloration. If you go outside, wear a good sunblock with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Don’t use make up for at least a week. After this time, use high quality, natural make up that won’t clog the skin. Look for oil free products to avoid clogging the pores again. Natural products or mineral make up is best.
  • Avoid harsh prescription ointments and medications such as Accutane. These can cause scarring and discoloration.
  • Taking good care of yourself speeds the healing process. You will look better and feel better.
  • Drink plenty of water to flush the skin and replenish the moisture in your body.
  • Get enough sleep. At least eight hours each night. This is important for healing and is good for the complexion.
  • Eat healthy foods and take vitamins. Good nutrition is important for your skin and your overall health.
  • Practice good skin care to keep your complexion clear and soft. Use natural products that are made for your skin type.
  • Prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on Scripture helps reduce stress, which aids in healing. Prayer has been proven in studies to increase healing in all areas of the body.

For most people, finding the right hair cut is not possible by simply looking through a few hair cutting books and picking out their favorite styles. The truth is that hair cuts featured in the top style magazines and style books have been chosen specifically for each model that sports them. Each hair style has been formulated to compliment the model’s bone structure, coloring and hair texture. That is why they look so great.

It would be foolish to think that a straight, textured cut would be possible to achieve on a client with naturally curly hair. And trying to put excessive layering on a client with thin and limp hair would result in a disastrous hair cutting experience. So, what can you do to make sure that you always get a great hair style?

The first step to great hair cuts is finding the right stylist. Once you find a stylist with a proven record and one with whom you are comfortable, take some time to talk about what you want out of your hair cut. Ask for cuts and styles that will compliment and work with your texture of hair, not go against it. For example: If your hair is wavy, you can not expect to achieve a sleek straight style in minutes. Nor can you expect to achieve a bouffant style on fine, limp hair in a matter of minutes.

Pay attention to how your stylist communicates with you. A good stylist will be honest with you and tell you if a cut that you really want is a bad idea. On the other hand, the same stylist can use their unique hair cutting skills to adapt popular styles to suit your individual hair characteristics and craft your locks into the best hair cut you’ve ever had.

Along with your stylist, browse through hair cutting and style books and discuss different hair cuts that caught your eye. Try to look for models with hair similar to yours. It is also very important to pay attention to face shape. So, choose models with bone structures similar to yours also.

What to do when a good hair cut goes bad

Sometimes, even people who have done all of their homework get bad hair cuts. Maybe they’ve chosen a stylist with an approach to hair cutting that is not ideal for their hair type. Or maybe they’ve insisted on a style that does nothing to flatter their features. Or worse yet, maybe they’ve gotten a botched cut from an inexperienced stylist. No matter what the reason a bad hair cut is not the end of the world. There are things that you can do to make the recovery from a bad hair cut less painful.

While it may seem strange, the first thing you need to do after receiving a bad hair cut is to go and get another one. Find a stylist who can smooth out the rough edges and carve your locks into a style that is more suited to you and more suited to the growing-out phase.

Do not stop at additional hair cutting, ask your stylist to help you find the right products to keep your tresses under control while they are recovering. Yes, it is frustrating, but in a few weeks you probably will not mind your new hairstyle. You may even grow to like it.

The process by which a substance is absorbed into the blood via the skin is called transdermal delivery. It is one of the fastest ways to get something into the blood in a concentrated form. Many drugs are delivered by applying a skin creme or skin patch that contains that drug to areas of the skin that absorb it readily. The face is one of those places.

Transdermal delivery is so effective in fact that many drug companies offer their drugs in some kind of creme or patch for an effective means of dispensing the drug into the blood without getting a shot or taking a pill. It actually takes the body longer to absorb something through the digestive system and get that substance into the blood than it does to apply it directly to the skin. This is something you need to consider when you buy makeup. Read the labels carefully, and if you aren’t interested in putting dies, chemicals and preservatives into your blood you may want to consider an alternative form of makeup.

Oil and other chemicals, dies and preservatives not only absorb into your skin, but they also clog your pores, which then build up sebum under the clog and cause acne. Oil based makeups are simply not good for your skin in any way. Naturall many people have turned to mineral makeup as a safe and natural alternative to commercial makeup. Why?

First mineral makeup is made from all natural minerals that come from the earth. Most of them are a combination of the minerals mica, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are natural sun blocking agents and are used in almost every over the counter sun block lotion you buy. They are also water proof so the staying power of mineral makeup is usually all day with little or no touch up needed.

The minerals used to make the makeup are very finely milled into a powder that is so fine that it blends very well into the skin and looks very natural. The vast range of colors available in the minerals make it possible for mineral makeup manufacturers to offer many different colors. Every concievable color has been made from blush, eyeshadows, lipsticks, and foundation in hundreds of shades. It’s easy to buy two or three different foundation shades and blend them for a custom color. The minerals blend very easily together.

The minerals are also milled so fine that they won’t clog your pores, and if some of them do manage to get into the blood stream, remember they’re all natural and they’re minerals. They are completely safe for the body. Many doctors and dermatologists have proclaimed mineral makeup as the skin care makeup because it is so healthy for the skin and does not aggrivate acne and it covers blemishes, acne, large pores, and scars very effectively.

To start creating wonderful lips use lip liner. Lip liner is a great tool that will keep your lipstick in place, define the shape of your lips and can make your lips look larger or smaller. Use a lip liner color that is lighter than your lipstick and keep the pencil sharp.

Use lip liner to outline the natural lines of your lips and then fill in the lips with a color that blends with your lipstick. This little trick will keep your lipstick in place. Never go outside the natural lines of your lips in an attempt to make your lips look larger. Lip liner will keep your lipstick away from the fine lines around your mouth, which will keep your lipstick from bleeding.

Start by defining the V using feathery, short strokes that are not too sharp. After you have defined and filled in the lips with liner, fill with color using either a lip brush or a tube. Blot with a tissue and reapply lip color. For a fuller look use a lighter color in the middle of the lip.

Tips for Lips:

  • Matte is the longest lasting lipstick but can be dry
  • Gloss makes lips look fuller
  • For extra definition line lips once again after you have applied lip color
  • Balms have SPF’s
  • Sheer lipstick won’t last long
  • Neutral shades will match everything
  • Lips will look larger with a medium color
  • Moist lipsticks are more likely to bleed

There are some commercial products to remove dye from hair, and a few home potions and processes.

Color Fix by Jheri Redding is designed to remove unwanted permant hair color, and controlled usage allows color correction to specific areas, either full or slight color corrections.

Loreal Color Zap gently washes away all permanent haircolor. Ideal for color correction, removal of dark shades, muddy, uneven results or color build up. Leaves hair ready for immediate re-coloring. Loreal Effasol Color Remover washes away permanent haircolor, leaving hair ready for recoloring. Can be used with water or developer.

Jerome Rusell’s Punky Color Punk Off is an easy to use gel that will cleanse your skin from hair dye stains.

Roux Clean Touch is a gentle formula that removes haircolor from skin and scalp. Removes excess color from hair ends and assists in removing stains from clothing.

Home remedies include this one:

Hot Oil treatments, hairspray, shampooing and exposure to water will gradually fade hair dye.

To remove the last bit of residue or stain on the hair (or to get color out immediately) make up a small batch of bleach mixture and add it to 2 tablespoons or so of shampoo in a cup. Stir it up.

Shampoo your hair with this mixture, “kneading” the hair. Start at the roots and work your way down to the end, and then back up.

You should see the color disappear right before your eyes.

Black hair dye is a special case.

It’s very hard to remove black hair dye from your hair completely, especially if it’s permanent. Better to let it grow out and not bleach it. Bleaching with chemicals damages the hair it may make it so stretchy and thin that it comes out in your comb.

Likewise if black hair dye stains skin or fabric. The best way is to prevent it from staining in the first place by applying Vaseline around the hairline before dyeing.

If black hair dye stains fabric then using detergent and water quickly is a good idea – otherwise dry cleaning may be required.

Black hair dye stains can also be removed by rubbing cigarette ash over the stained skin, dipping milk in cotton balls and rubbing over the stained area, rubbing on WD-40 or even nail polish remover or hair spray.

For smokey eye makeup what feature colour eye shadow best suits blue eyes ?

For Blue eyes, in addition to black or grey, violet, purple or dark blue eye shadow will look great. The dark blue eye shadow in particular, as it will be darker than your eye colour, will accentuate your blue eyes.

For smokey eye makeup what feature colour eye shadow best suits green or hazel eyes ?

For Green or Hazel eyes, in addition to black or grey, try a deep khaki, dark green, brown, purple or plum colour eye shadow.

For smokey eye makeup what feature colour eye shadow best suits brown eyes ?

For Brown eyes, in addition to black or grey, copper, coffee, and brown will give you a great smokey eye effect.

Once you have chosen your feature eye shadow colour you need to choose your supporting eye shadow colour. If you prefer to use single eye shadows, rather than a colour coordinated duo or triple eye shadow, choose a light colour eye shadow that matches your feature eye shadow colour. Possible colours to choose from, for a soft sophisticated look, are: lilac, light peach, champagne, taupe, nude or a sand color. For a more dramatic high contrast look you could use a whitish colour eye shadow.

Smokey eye makeup tip: Use powdery eye shadows. Do not use creamy texture eye shadows as they are more difficult to smudge and blend.

Smokey Eye Makeup Guide Step 2: Choose your eyeliner pencil.

Choose a soft eyeliner pencil of the same colour or a complementary shade to your feature eye shadow.

Smokey eye makeup tip: If possible choose a Powderliner eyeliner pencil. They are easier to blend and are sometimes available with a sponge tip for easy blending.

Smokey eye makeup tip: Never use liquid eyeliner. Liquid eyeliners are better for sharper lines, not a soft and sultry finish.

Smokey Eye Makeup Guide Step 3: Apply your foundation base.

Normally you would apply your full foundation before applying your eye makeup. This is not the case when doing smokey eye makeup. You should apply your eye makeup first, that way if you get some of your eye shadow on the rest of your face you won’t ruin your foundation. This also helps avoid a raccoon eye look under your eye. For smoother eye shadow application, that lasts longer, you do however want to first apply a thin layer of foundation to your eyelids followed by a thin layer of face powder to set the foundation. This will give you a clean canvas for your eye shadow and will also help to prevent the eye shadow from creasing. This will also give you more even, accurate, eye shadow application.

Smokey Eye Makeup Guide Step 4: Apply your eyeliner.

Line both the top and bottom rims of your eyes with your eyeliner pencil. Typically you would use a black or charcoal eyeliner pencil but you can also use a dark eyeliner pencil that matches your feature eye shadow colour. Make sure to go into the eyelash line itself (near the root of your eyelashes). Be sure to fill in any bare spaces between the eyelashes. Start from the inner corner of your eyes with a fine line. As you go outwards towards the corner of your eye make the line heavier. If you have any hard lines from using a heavy eyeliner pencil you will want to lightly smudge the line so it is softer and less harsh looking. This step is made a lot easier by using a Powderliner eyeliner pencil with a built in sponge tip for smudging.

Smokey eye makeup tip: Dark colors trend to make small eyes look even smaller. You can open your eyes up by applying eyeliner starting from the middle of the bottom eyelash line, rather than the inside corner, and going to the outer corner of the eye. If your eyes are not smallish feel free to apply the eyeliner from corner to corner.

Smokey Eye Makeup Guide Step 5: Apply your eye shadows

Using your larger eye shadow brush apply your supporting eye shadow colour to your eyelids, up to the base of your eyebrows.
Now, using your feature eye shadow colour, and your small eye shadow brush, apply your dark feature eye shadow onto the eyeliner and then blend it upward to the crease of your eyelid. When blending your feature eye shadow keep as much of the colour intensity as possible along the eyelash line and particularly in the outer corners of your eyes.

Smokey eye makeup tip: Remember smudge and blend so the eyeliner and eye shadows go together seamlessly.

Smokey Eye Makeup Guide Step 6: Apply your mascara

Smokey eye makeup tip: Curl your eyelashes before applying mascara, this opens your eyes up.

Apply 2 or 3 coats of black mascara applying the mascara in thin coats to avoid clumping.

Smokey Eye Makeup Guide Step 7: Complete your smokey eye makeup look

Complete your foundation being careful not to mess up your beautiful smokey eyes.

Keeping your lips neutral gives smokey eyes their real impact. Use a flesh toned lip pencil and a pink or caramel shade of lipstick or lip gloss to give your lips a subtle finish.

For your eyebrows you can use your normal eyebrow pencil. You could also use a shade darker than normal to complement your smokey eyes.

Apply a subtle finish of rose or tawny blusher just to the apples of your cheeks blending away to the edges into your hairline. This finishes the face without competing with your smoldering smokey eyes.

Enjoy your sexy, smoldering smokey eye makeup look!

High Tech Laser Skin Tightening. OK, laser seems to be popping up everywhere, from guiding satellites to performing precision engineering. However, the gradual sideways advance of laser from general surgery into skin care has been a marvel in technology evolution.

Offering sophisticated calibration for energy control, new laser-light face lift therapies, such as the Titan treatment, carefully “heat up” the interior collagen tissue layers of the patient’s skin… stimulating a bio-chemical response that “tightens up” the skin. Except for a faint sense of “heating up”, the laser face lift is pain-free. Sun spots or surface unevenness or rough dry skin are unaffected by laser.

Most people need two to three treatments, spaced about 1 month apart in order to get to a point where the maximum face lift results are created. This multi-treatment strategy, which allows for the body to react, then stabilize, does confer a benefit in that you can clearly control the incremental changes to your appearance, unlike a surgical face lift where “you’re stuck” with whatever face the surgeon lifted. At $1,000 or more per session, laser face lifts like the Titan are not cheap.

Cosmetic Fillers. The simple matter of laughing, smiling, talking, eating, smoking, whatever over years creates an unique facial imprint… your looks with the stamp of time. Sometimes this is good… mostly it results in fine lines, crinkles, crows feet or even deep furrows which increasingly defy creams and cosmetics.

Women and men have a range of effective options to create face lift like results. Collagen fillers or even fat fillers (harvesting your own fat, no less) constantly prove their effectiveness in filling-in low volume facial skin wrinkles. You can also choose synthetic fillers including Hylaform, Radiance, Restylane, Sculptra and others. Benefits? Lines and wrinkles can be filled-in. Treatments are lunch time quick. Costs are low, in the hundreds of dollars. But, your body will eventually re-absorb these fillers, so you’ll need future repeat treatment “in order to hold your results”.

Contour Threads And Thread Lift. Thread lift has popularized itself as a half-step alternative… sitting midway between the laser and radio frequency face lifts techniques on one extreme and full-blown face lift surgery on the other. It’s true that a contour thread procedure requires a surgeon specialist. But this sort of procedure is as close to non invasive as you’ll get… yet it offer results that can hold for 3 to 5 years.

Here’s what’s involved in a typical thread lift face lift. Take a pin-prick size hollow-nose needle entry into one part of your face, near the upper cheek bone. Anchor a wee tiny thread to this location. Work the thread carefully “under your skin” to a second point about 4 inches away. Carefully extract the end of the thread. Now gently pull on the thread. Presto! Your skin lifts… smoothens. Repeat this simple procedure about 4 times on each side of your face and your done.

The Shea Body Bar from The Natural Newborn arrived packaged tightly in a draw string bag, and my first thought was how great it smelled. I chose “Frozen Margarita”, but there are other choices on the website. Ingredients and reordering information were on the side of the package, making it easy for me to order this fantastic soap again.

I was amazed how great this soap really was! Not only is it natural, but it lathers well and leaves skin extremely soft. There’s no “film” left on your skin like other natural soaps leave. It also is a natural white, leaving out unnatural dyes or color additives.

The Natural Newborn specializes in natural baby products. However, they have an excellent line of products for toddlers and moms as well. The Shea Body Bar I had the pleasure of trying out is currently listed under “Handcrafted Soaps”.

On their website you’ll also find “Mommy’s Mini Spa”, which has products such as facial care, body care, and other products just for mom. Under “Toddler Tub” you’ll see items such as hand soaps, skin & body care, bug repellents, and other items for toddlers or older children.