Price – It is obvious that like any other purchase money plays a vital part. You must remember that purchasing a hair straightener is a one time investment which will improve your life style for years. Therefore, you shouldn’t buy the cheap hair straighteners that cost less than $100. How ever, you should not invest more that $160 in a hair straightener. You can buy excellent hair straighteners like the Sedu hair straightener in an average price of $130.

Weight – The lighter the hair straightener is, the better. Remember, there is a good chance that you will use the hair straightener daily. You should buy a hair straightener with an ergonomic design and a light weight. The Sedu hair straightener, for example, weights as low as 1 lbs.

Best fit – Most hair straighteners fit all hair type. However, You should adjust the width of the ceramic plates to your hair’ length. For 95% of hair lengths, It is advisable to get a width of 1.5″. For a very long hair, you should get wider plates. The Sedu hair straightener comes with ceramic plate’s width of 1″ and 1.5″.

Plate’s types – A hair straightener includes two plates. Only ceramic plates assure no heat damage if use properly.

Heating time – You should not compromise on less than a quick heating of the hair straightener. How ever, make sure you can adjust the temperature or at least have not less than 3 temperature levels.

While applying make up you can make your Lips appear soft and light pink, by lining them with pink Lip Pencil and use the pink-toned lip-gloss. Depending on your complexion and the other facial make up you are wearing the other shades that will suit you are light mauve, plum with a bit of sheer shimmer Gold, pinkish red that may have the touch of sheer shimmer Gold, red and red brown.

For the dark-skinned Ladies soft pink, reddish brown and deep brown shades of Lip sticks can be used with a lighter or similar shade of Lip gloss for their Lips to look fuller and fresh. The use of Lipsticks can be made more effective by using Lip Gloss also in a very systematic and careful manner.

To have some extra Gloss effect on your Lips take the Gloss on the back of your hand until it collects in a tiny mound and spread it on your Lips and spread it evenly on your Lips. To apply the Lips Gloss on a Lip with lines apply it on the middle of the Lips so that the gloss and Lipstick do not smudge much over the Lips and cause feathering.

To make you look more fuller apply the Lip-gloss to the center of the Mouth and by this you can avoid the matte Lipsticks from drying and flaking by using a Lip Primer or Color fixative before applying it. To look more attractive and give a special effect on the application of Lipstick to compliment to the overall make up, you can use a Lipstick/ Lip Gloss combination in sheer silver, gold color.

Moisture is very important for the health of your Lips and the entire make up and the Lips Stick you use on them must be capable of giving that moisture to your Lips. Always Vitamin E is good for Lips as it gives them a natural glow, with good moisture. Lip balms are applied before applying Lipstick to keep your Lips moisturized, nourished and naturally rosy.

Name an ailment, and you will find hundreds of skin care creams, lotions and other products for it. As a result of ongoing research and due to ever increasing demand, the number of skin care products seems to be on the increase. Skin care lotions and skin care creams are the most popular forms in which these products are available, and there always seems to be a debate on which form is better?

Well, there is no definitive answer to this. It seems more like a matter of personal choice. However, greasy creams are surely less popular as compared to the non-greasy (or less greasy) ones. Since the application of skin care creams is easier, they seem to be preferred (over lotions) in cases where the skin care product is not to be removed immediately after application. So, skin care creams seem more popular as moisturisers than as cleansers or toners. For toners, lotions seem to be preferred over skin care creams. There are some skin care creams that acts as toners too, but generally the toners are available in liquid form only. For cleansing, lotions and skin care creams are equally popular; however, the tilt seems more towards lotions.

Creams are known to be most effective in keeping skin moist; hence, the most popular form of skin care creams is moisturisers. Due to the same reason, a lot of people tend to associate skin care creams with dry and sensitive skin. Though it is true to a certain extent, skin care creams are not used only for dry skin, they are also used for making products for oily skin e.g. vitamin A creams and sulphur creams that help reduce the rate of sebum production.

Skin care creams are also used for products that cater to skin disorders especially for disorders that require the application of product over a small localised area. This is again due to the fact that skin care creams are easier to apply (without wastage) on the affected area. However, in cases where skin needs to be washed using a medicine/product, lotion is a better choice. Mostly, the manufacturers too realize this fact, making it easier for you to choose between a lotion and a skin care cream

Eye-creams and anti-ageing creams are other examples where skin care cream is preferred over its lotion counterpart.

Luxurious satiny smooth skin radiates good health because the greaseless formula of mineral foundation allows your skin to breath. Velvety rich color looks and feels authentic as revitalizing minerals sooth your skin. Mineral foundation enhances natural beauty without the overwhelming cover-up of heavy make-ups. Just a touch of a brush and your complexion is dewy, soft, and delicately enhanced with color.

Mineral foundation bestows quality non-irritating coverage to even the most sensitive skin. Lasting color, without the irritating chemicals and perfumes used in most cosmetics, means less cost for the consumer. Multi-purpose mineral foundation powder can be applied as an eye shadow, blush, cover-up, or foundation. Used every day, one container will last approximately one year, making mineral foundation exceedingly affordable.

Delicate translucent colors awaken naturally exquisite features. A nature girl’s delight, mineral foundation brings healthy color that lasts all day long. The dewy texture tones evenly across your skin hiding unattractive blemishes and blending discolorations for the perfect sun-kissed color models strive to achieve.

Heavy creams and oil-based foundations only weigh you down, increasing the pull of gravity, which results in saggy skin. Light as a feather, mineral foundation lifts you up, allows color to glide over the skin, and keeps that fresh, just-washed feeling all day long.

Mineral foundations not only feel good on your skin, they are good for your skin. Micronized Titanium Dioxide effectively blocks both UVA and UVB rays without irritating chemicals. This naturally occurring mineral, one of the main ingredients in mineral foundation, provides a high SPF rating, helping to prevent tiny lines from developing.

Incidence of Melanoma is on the rise and mineral foundations assist in the prevention of this sometimes-fatal cancer by protecting your skin from sun damage. Maximize the benefits of healthy skin with beautiful appearance and the sumptuous feel of elegance.

An opulent glow is every woman’s dream. Mineral foundation boosts beauty and fulfills the vision. For that china doll perfection of blemish free skin, opt for mineral foundation to enhance your complexion.

Natural cosmetics can be simply applied with a brush as you finish your morning routine, with no mess. Dip the brush, tap gently to loose the excess powder back into your powder container and lightly puff powder onto your face. A light delicate touch layers just the right amount of translucent mineral powder onto your skin, allowing the natural glow of good health to shine through. Elegant brilliance appears with a light feathery touch charmingly applied.

Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seed within the fruit of the wild thorny rose bush. Native to Chile, the plant is now cultivated elsewhere in South America with many countries producing the oil. Also found under the name ‘Rosa Mosqueta’, the oil has been used by native people for hundreds of years, but only recently became known to the rest of the world.

The red colored oil can be either solvent extracted or ‘cold-pressed’ – pressing is the really way to go, as there is no chance of any solvent residues remaining in the final product, and it is easier on the environment. The cold-pressed oil is the closest to nature; it has a high essential fatty acid content, and is considered more delicate than other seed oils. For this reasons, pure rosehip seed oil should be kept in a cool place, out of direct light, and should be used within 1 year of purchase. Otherwise the more fragile of the fatty acids could begin to turn bad, and your skin might not be so fond of them.

Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of natural vitamin E and natural vitamin A, or ‘trans-retinoic acid’. Retinoic acid, the acid derivative of vitamin A, is the active ingredient found in Retin-A or Tretinoin. Retin-A (a pharmaceutical preparation) has been heralded as a wrinkle cure because of its ability to increase skin cell proliferation – or speed the time it takes for your skin to regenerate. In fact, rosehip seed oil has been extensively studied for many of the same actions attributed to Retin-A, and has been shown effective without side effects (like over-drying and peeling – though unlike Retin-A, it should not be used to treat acne).

The first major study on rosehip seed oil was performed in 1983 by a team of researchers at the University of Santiago, Chile. The study’s participants included individuals with diverse forms of skin damage: deep wrinkles and other premature aging, UV damage, radiation damage, acne scarring, burn scarring, dermatitis, and other problems of this type. Rosehip seed oil was shown to have significant, noticeable effects in regenerating the skin, reducing wrinkles and scars, and helping the skin to regain its natural color and tone.

Another later study was conducted on women ages 25-35 with extensive premature aging of their skin. Again, rosehip seed oil significantly reduced the appearance of wrinkles and sun spots after daily application for four months. Research has continued on the oil, with one study noting: “On some skin troubles like superficial wrinkles, chestnut spots and ephelides, good results have been obtained. After 16 weeks of treatment, wrinkles and spots become imperceptible.” The oil has been used to successfully treat a long list of skin related conditions, including: age spots, wrinkles and premature aging, sun damage, scars from acne, burns, and surgery, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, hyper-pigmentation, brittle nails, and even dry and damaged hair.

Besides its regenerative properties, rosehip seed oil is also an excellent moisturizer. This is most likely due to its high essential fatty acid content (fatty acids that the body cannot produce itself), which are necessary for healthy skin. The oil penetrates the upper layers of the skin quickly and, being known as a ‘dry’ moisturizer, does not leave the skin feeling greasy or oily.

As for daily use of rosehip seed oil, it is considered extremely gentle and can be applied undiluted to the skin. It may also be blended with other oils like jojoba and sweet almond, and will still have wonderful effects at 10% of the total concentration. Further, rosehip seed oil makes an excellent carrier oil for aromatherapy – blends with essential oils having skin regenerative and soothing properties are highly recommended.

For improvement of scarring, a simple blend of 20 drops of Helichrysum Italicum per 1 ounce of rosehip seed oil, applied daily to the area, can be helpful. Helichrysum is known for its content of regenerative ‘ketones’. For a more luxurious beauty blend, try the following in 4 ounces of rosehip seed:

  • 5 drops Helichrysum
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Neroli
  • 3 drops Carrot Seed
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 1 drop Palmarosa
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang

Even simply the Helichrysum and Lavender will go a long way – Lavender oil is very gentle, and is also known to have regenerative properties.

Nowhere more than the beauty industry have we seen the greatest shift with new products springing up all over to match the demands of an increasingly aware public. And with momentum being added by a long list of celebrity it seems things are set to continue. But why should we bother with organic skin care, and who says it’s any better that the usual list of suspects?

“The fact is that around 60% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed deep into the system so we’re being affected as much by what we rub on or rinse through as we are by what we eat or drink” says Pur Natural Skincare director Linda Jones. “Our skincare, like our food, is often imbued with a cocktail of ingredients that offer nothing but a cheaper alternative to the natural ingredients they replace”.

Studies have shown that these little nasties can build up and store themselves in parts of the body you’d really rather they didn’t! But how does organic skincare work?

Linda explains: “In simple terms, if we’re keeping the toxins out and introducing the right mix of naturally beneficial compounds we’re improving and enhancing the skin’s natural repair and renewal rhythm”. So by opting for organic are we fighting a winning battle? Unfortunately things are never quite that simple.

All great breakthroughs have their imitations and with a lack of strict controls on labeling many ‘organic’ pretenders are finding a lucrative niche. It seems that in many cases it doesn’t ‘do exactly what it says on the tin’. So how can we be sure that what we’re buying is the genuine unadulterated article?

“Organic certification is a good place to start” says Pur’s marketing director Simon Ford, “but even here we have to be cautious because by their own admission many certification agencies check paper trails for organic ingredients rather than the actual product”. But unless you have a Caesaresque talent for Latin, reading the label won’t be much help.

“If you want to be sure of what you’re getting you have to read the label” says Simon. “We spend a lot of energy translating our labels into plain English, but if you’re still not sure about something you can phone our ingredient helpline listed on the label and we’ll happily advise you”.

You know that unsightly scarring where the skin stretched during puberty, pregnancy, that time you ate too much over the holidays and gained weight. Even bodybuilders get stretch marks from when their muscles get too big too fast. If you’ve just developed your first stretch marks you’ll probably be unnerved at the reddish purple inflamed look to them, but don’t worry stretch marks will fade over time to a color a few shades lighter than the rest of your skin aiding in their removal.

After childbirth or losing weight your skin will contract to its original size and thus become much less apparent. It will still have a loose feel to it or you may notice that the stretch marks are set lower than the skin around it, giving the area an uneven feel when you run your fingers over it. That’s because the stretch marks are made on the dermis layer of the three layers of skin and as the dermis is continually stretched over time it begins to lose its elasticity and the small collagen fibers within break, creating stretch marks.

Despite their sometimes jagged and grisly appearance there is usually no health risk and it doesn’t impede your ability to function at all. Occasionally the thin skin may tear easily in an accident.

The best way to treat the removal of stretch marks is to catch them at their earliest appearance when they are still reddish in color. Dermatologists have tried using a variety of treatments on the marks, but once they fade they are much more difficult to treat. You can try massaging the marks with Olive oils, Coconut butter or Vitamin E or Vitamin A. Aloe Vera Gel on the skin can help soothe irritation of the recently stretched skin. Exercising regularly is a good way to keep your skin and muscles firm thus preventing stretch marks, and eating foods rich in protein, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C will help promote healthy skin.

While choosing the right one can be tricky, there are a few pointers that you can follow to help you pick the perfect hair accessories to complete your look. Here are just a few:

  • Work. In many work situations, you will likely have to wear your hair up. No matter if your type of employment requires it or you simply like to change your look now and then, wearing your hair up calls for the right hair accessory to do the job. The number one rule to finding the right hair accessory for work is to avoid banana clips at all costs. I mean, who still makes these things? Apparently they’re making money at it or they wouldn’t still be producing these torture devices of the 80s. Don’t further their cause: stop buying this hair accessory. The second rule is to choose hair accessories that closely match your hair color or that blend nicely with it. Matching a hair accessory to your clothes is only cute when you are 5-years-old. What you choose will depend largely on your length of hair and how you like to wear your hair up. For French twists, choose hair accessories that resemble over-sized hair clips. Simply twist and clip.
  • Social and formal occasions. In social and formal occasions you have a greater opportunity to express your artsy side through hair accessories. Again choose sedate pieces over garish hair accessories. Classy pieces can be perfect for social occasions, whereas a little sprig of flowers or garnishment may be needed for formal occasions. Formal occasions are the only time that is okay to match your hair accessory to your clothing. But still, do not go overboard. What attracts the eye should be the beauty of your hair, not too-busy hair accessories. If in doubt about what hair accessory or how much of it to include, opt for the simple solution: use as little as possible.

The bottom line with hair accessories is that too much of a good thing can confuse the eye and make your do look garish. Simple hair accessories, on the other hand, can make a bold beauty statement that makes your hair the talk of the office or party.

Pay attention to application. To apply tanning products most efficiently, begin working on a small area. Then, softly and in an even manner, rub in the product – but not too generously.

If you work your way out to other areas in a swirling, but still gentle and even rub, rather than going in an up-and-down direction, you will stretch your product further and still have the same level of effectiveness.

Getting to those hard to reach areas like your back may require an extra hand.

Diluting is OK. When using these lotions on more sensitive areas like your knees, feet, hands and elbows, either dilute first with a moisturizing lotion or use very small amounts when gently rubbing in.

Rubbing with a make-up sponge applicator works well for these areas, too. Doing this will help prevent build up, irritation and waste.

Remember to use sunblock too! Many tanning lotions do not contain any level of SPF protection. Remember the basics, long and light clothes and high SPF sunblock to protect your skin at the same time.

If you make an effort and follow these tips, a little bit of lotion will go a long way, so slow and steady does it.

  1. Use a skin care system – Putting together a cleanser, toner and moisturizer from what’s on sale at the chain drugstore down the street is a recipe for disaster where your skin is concerned. Use a skin care system with products that are designed and formulated to work together, and you’ll get much better results. Even you die-hard soap and water users could benefit from use of a skin care system. No more guess work about which product is the best for your particular type of skin, or wondering what to do when you run out and your drugstore no longer carries your “favorite” product. Gentlemen, this means you as well!
  2. Eat a balanced diet – Yes, we all know that a balanced diet is the healthy thing to do, but did you also realize that a balanced diet helps with the moisture balance and the condition of your skin? Start with a minimum of 8 – 12 glasses of water each and every day, and follow up with lots of fruits and vegetables. Continue with a basic low-fat diet (but don’t starve yourself!) and good-quality protein, and you’ll have a recipe for not only good health, but also great skin!
  3. Be gentle – Use a very light touch on your facial skin at all times. If you’re used to rubbing your face or eyes vigorously (if you have allergies, itchy eyes or sensitive skin) you could be aggravating the condition. The skin on your face is very delicate, and the skin under your eyes is the most delicate of all! Never rub under your eyes. If they itch, try a cold compress or washcloth, or a cotton pad moistened with toner or witch hazel. Aggressive rubbing during your cleaning routine can also cause damage. Use a gentle touch on your face at all times.
  4. Moderation in alcohol consumption – Alcoholic drinks tend to enlarge the blood vessels near the surface of your facial skin, and prolonged alcohol consumption or abuse can damage your skin. The overall health effects can be very negative, and they’ll show up first in your face!
  5. Get your ZZZZ’s – The majority of cell repair and generation performed by your body’s systems happens when you are at rest. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin can’t renew itself. Find the right sleep balance for you by tracking how you feel when you sleep 6 – 8 hours versus 4 – 6 hours over a 7 to 10 day period. When you feel your best for an extended period, that may be the right sleep level and amount for you. Try to ensure proper rest by winding down from the day’s stressful activities so that you can fall asleep easily and rest completely.
  6. Watch out for nature! – Blustery days with lots of wind can cause your skin to become dry and tight. We often protect our skin from winter’s chill winds, ice and snow, but windy days in any season can cause skin damage. If you’re riding in a fast-moving vehicle, or with the window down, make sure to moisturize your skin before and after the ride, especially if you notice any tightness. In fact, don’t wait for the tightness to appear, take extra care with your skin every single day!