Advice on choosing the right nail polish

With all of the options that are available when you go to purchase nail polish, it can be rather confusing how to choose the right ones. The perfect polish can help to change your look in just a few minutes.

 

The quality of your manicure greatly depends on the quality of your nail polish. This is why selecting the right nail polish is such an important step in nail care.

It is advisable that you choose nail polish which does not contain acetone. Apart from selecting a color you like, choice is also required in selecting base and overcoat, strengtheners and finish. Today many cosmetic companies offer products containing both base and color or color and finish which is often convenient, but this convenience is sometimes at the expense of the quality of the product.

The best way to discover the quality of a certain polish is to try it out. Yet regardless, here are a few things to consider before you buy your nail-care product.

Selecting the color

When looking at the colors of polish in the cosmetics isle do not consider them individually. Try to imagine how a certain color will look when combined with your skin, hair, clothes and personality. Keep in mind that catalog colors may vary greatly and even a color you really like may look more intense in the bottle and more watered down when applied to your nails. Try out polish when possible. When shopping for clear nail polish, keep in mind that it should be applied over a stronger foundation.

Saturation

You should check the saturation of your polish before you begin applying it. If a drop does not fall from the tip of the brush in 5 seconds, then the polish is too dry. It will dry quicker and its application will be difficult.

 

Read more: http://nailartjournal.com/advice-on-choosing-the-right-nail-polish/

8 Ways to Recover From a Bad Haircut

At some point everyone one has experienced a hair disaster of some kind or another. While it may seem like there is very little hope in regaining an attractive head of hair, don’t be cry. Here are some simple ways to cope with a bad hair cut.

When you decide to get a major haircut, you hope and expect by the end to look like the A-list celebrity whose photo you ripped out of Peopleand showed to your hairstylist for inspiration. But what if it turns out differently? After your initial bout of disappointment (and perhaps a cocktail or two), you can utilize the following strategies to get over your bad cut and fall head over heels in love again with your hair.

First Things First

1. Let Your Stylist Know You’re Not Feeling It

The moment your stylist is done working her magic trick on your hair, carefully inspect your new do from all angles to see if your expectations and directions were met. If not, discuss the issues calmly with your stylist and be specific about the details. Or if you don’t even notice what went wrong until after you’ve gone home and had a chance to look more carefully, don’t hesitate to return to the salon. Certainly, she would not want you to leave unsatisfied with her service. Every hairstylist should live up to Christian Grey’s slogan, “We aim to please.” Give your stylist a chance to solve whatever it is you want fixed.

This also helps her to take note of your personal preferences and be extra cautious with your future haircuts. Even Anne Hathaway cried initially when she had her hair close-cropped in preparation for her role in Les Misérables, but eventually she got over it and even won an Oscar to boot.

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Mix It Up!

2. Try a Fauk Hawk

Time to bust out your styling tools and products. Make the best out of your brand new look by giving your hair some style and shape. Too short of a hair cut? Maybe it’s the perfect occasion to attempt a fauk hawk.

3. Go Curly

You can also use a curling iron to produce soft beach waves and mask the choppy ends and harsh strands of your hair. If you’re afraid to damage your hair with the heat of the curling iron, give various sizes of round brushes a shot to better manage your hair. Straightening your hair makes your bad layers more visible, so …

 

Read more: http://hair.lovetoknow.com/hair-styles/8-ways-recover-from-bad-haircut

Korean Makeup Trends

Korean wave is no longer just in music scene or drama. Now, a lot of people are getting curious of their beauty regimens as Koreans are known for white, smooth and baby skin.

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know just how popular Korean drama Descendants of the Sun (or #DOTs) has been lately. From giggling schoolgirls to unabashed aunties, the military-medical drama has swept the hearts of females everywhere (much to chagrin of boyfriends and husbands all over, I imagine). You may not be able to have Song Joong Ki (sob), but here’s how to emulate Song Hye Kyo’s simple but elegant makeup look.

1. Dewy Skin

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Any Korean star worth her kimchi would know that dewy skin is a must when it comes to Korean beauty. Granted, not all of us can have luminous skin like Song Hye Kyo (life is unfair, after all) so here’s the next best thing – a light-reflecting primer that will give you a bit of glow, such as the VDL Lumilayer Primer.

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Apply the primer on a clean face, then apply your usual BB cream or foundation over. If you want to amp up the glow, apply highlighter to the high points of your face, such as your cheek bones, brow bones and nose bridge.

Try Moonshot’s Jelly Pot in Hawaiian Sand, which applies as a gel but has a highly-pigmented powder finish. Be sure to apply it sparingly though – you want to look dewy and Song Hye Kyo-like, not like a disco ball.

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2. Puppy Eyeliner

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Skip your usual cat eye look and draw your eyeliner downwards, instead of flicking upwards. This makes your eyes look rounder, which in turn gives off a younger, more innocent vibe. For added effect, wave your hands helplessly and say “Ottoke, ottoke!”. Who knows, maybe some handsome Oppa will come to your rescue (Hello Song Joong Ki? Are you free to help a damsel in distress?).

 

Read more: http://scene.sg/beauty/korean-makeup-trends/

Beginner’s guide to the body scrub

Your skin needs exfoliation every now and then to feel fresh and rejuvenated. Hence scrubbing is a very essential part of your daily regime when it comes to cleansing your body.

 

I am embarrassed to admit, I am a beauty treatment addict. You can find extremely affordable spa services in NYC (where I used to live), so after 20 some years of foregoing any sort of spa experience (even a basic manicure), I found myself suddenly getting bi-weekly manis and pedis, threading my eyebrows, and delving into the glorious world of massages and facials every few months. One of the few treatments I never tried though, was a body scrub.

So why now? While body scrubs are beneficial year-round, they are especially great to get during the winter when people suffer from dry and itchy skin. A body scrub should leave your skin feeling healthy, refreshed, and baby soft.

According to Jamie Underwood, Director of Spa Services at Ladywell’s Vitality Spa and Sauna in Greenwood, exfoliating treatments do more than keep your skin feeling great on the outside. “On a deeper level, circulation of blood and lymph increases, helping the process of detoxing and moving stagnant fluid,” Underwood said.

I was lucky enough to receive a classic bergamot body scrub at Ladywell’s after spending the recommended hour soaking and steaming in the spa’s pools and steam room. Ladywell’s offers three pools: a hot whirlpool, a warm soaking pool and a cold plunge pool, as well as two saunas and a steam bath infused with essential oils.

When it was time for my scrub, I was sent to lie down on a cushioned table in a section of the spa separated by a divider. My therapist began the scrub by rinsing my body with warm water (which felt wonderful), and then rubbing in the body scrub all over, excluding my face. You are able to choose between two different scrubs, the …

 

Read more: http://seattlerefined.com/fashion-beauty/beginners-guide-to-the-body-scrub

What to Ask a Cosmetic Surgeon: 5 Essential Questions to ask at your Cosmetic Surgery Consult

As you explore your options for cosmetic surgery, you will likely have questions and concerns similar to other cosmetic surgery candidates. Before going forward with a cosmetic surgery procedure, you need to get as much info as possible.

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Every cosmetic surgery success story starts with a successful consultation: your one-on-one conversation with a cosmetic surgeon.

In our experience, patients who ask plenty of questions get the most out of their consultation, and are often more satisfied with the choices they end up making. While there are no wrong questions to ask at a cosmetic surgery consultation, there are some key questions that you should include on your list when meeting with potential surgeons. These are questions that help you decide whether or not cosmetic surgery is right for you and can help you to ensure your safety and appearance are in capable hands.

Don’t leave a consultation until you’ve asked (and gotten satisfactory answers to) these 5 questions:

1. Are you board certified in cosmetic surgery?

Why you need to ask this question: When you confirm that a cosmetic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, this answers a number of other important questions about that surgeon’s training, experience, and commitment to patient safety.

The frightening truth is that in the US, any licensed physician can legally perform a cosmetic procedure—even a doctor who has never had any training in cosmetic surgery! One of the most effective ways to help ensure your surgery will be performed by a qualified individual in a safe setting is to choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon.

Board certification isn’t just a status obtained by taking a test, it’s a testament to having achieved a certain level of training, experience, and expertise in the specialty of cosmetic surgery. Those who are board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery have completed, at minimum, a 12-month cosmetic surgery fellowship training in all aspects of cosmetic surgery in addition to surgical residency in a related medical speciality. Moreover, the ABCS only certifies cosmetic surgeons who perform surgical procedures in fully accredited, state-licensed surgical facilities.

If you visit a surgeon who is board certified in a related field, such as plastic surgery, be sure to inquire about any specific cosmetic surgery training and experience that individual has undergone. (Not all plastic surgeons have comprehensive cosmetic surgery training; classic plastic surgery certification is weighted towards experience with reconstructive procedures.)

2. How frequently do you perform the procedure(s) I want?

Why this question is important: You want to ensure that the cosmetic surgeon you choose is well-matched to deliver the outcome you desire.

It is common for cosmetic surgeons to specialize in certain types ofprocedures, such as facial cosmetic surgery. Consider the benefits ofchoosing a cosmetic surgeon who performs the procedure you are interested in as a large percentage of his or her practice: that surgeon will be more likely to have worked with a variety of patients with …

 

Read more: http://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/5-essential-questions-for-cosmetic-surgery-consult/

Zest Up Your Look: 15 Curly Hairstyles for Summer

Curly hair is sexy and everyone can wear it. They have a look that goes with any occasion.

If you’ve been blessed with some natural curls, then you should consider yourself one of the very lucky ones! I know some ladies aren’t fans of their naturally spiraled locks, and this is likely because they aren’t quite sure what to do with them! We have laid out a few of our very favorite curly hair trends for summer. With these looks, you’re sure to get inspired and become a total lover of your naturally curly tresses!

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When you have big, luscious curls, you can totally get away with a messy-ish style. It’s a super simple look that brings all the attention to your stunning face!

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How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair. Apply a curl cream to your hair and then dry it using a diffuser.
  2. Take sections of your hair and begin twisting and pinning them in the back of your head, being sure to leave out the face framing pieces of hair.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for those with medium length hair and an oval shaped face.

Recommended Products:

If you have curls and you don’t own a diffuser, you’re missing out! A diffuser is an attachment that cups onto the end of your blow dryer and diffuses the air so that your curls dry slowly and evenly. It’s a great investment for you curly beauties!

Fabulously Fancy

This up-do-esque style is ideal for a fun, fancy night out.

 

See more: http://www.latest-hairstyles.com/curly/summer.html

Organic Cosmetics: Is Natural Better?

Are you wondering what’s the difference between organic mineral cosmetics and standard cosmetic products? We’ve been hearing organic cosmetics a lot nowadays but do we really know if its really good for us?

“Organic” and “natural” have become typical terms you find on everything from moisturizers to mascaras. You might be surprised to find out that there are no industry standards or regulations for these terms, and there are plenty of natural and organic ingredients that are not good for your skin. Nevertheless, many consumers are still easily seduced by this deep-rooted marketing trend. We understand how appealing natural and organic ingredients sound, but the reality is that these terms are practically meaningless on a cosmetic label.

What Does “Natural” Mean?

Generally speaking, “natural” ingredients are derived, in whole or in part, from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. Taking it a step further, “organic” ingredients are supposed to contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, irradiation, or pesticides. However, given the lack of regulations, it is always a question as to whether or not these products actually are made according to the claims about their formulations. Even more to the point—does any of this actually make them any better for your skin?

The short answer is: There is nothing about natural or organic that reflects the quality of a product when it comes to protecting or making your skin look or act younger, healing your acne or dry skin, controlling your oily skin or rosacea, or addressing other skin-care concerns. So, products labeled organic are not a panacea for your skin—in fact, some organic products may actually hurt your skin.

Busting the Myth that Organic is Better

The terms organic and all-natural are largely responsible for fueling the misconception that all synthetic ingredients are automatically bad and that all organic or natural ingredients are automatically good. Making you afraid of something, whether it is a single ingredient or an entire category of ingredients, is a large part of how natural and organic products are marketed.

  • FACT: There is no substantiated, published research anywhere proving that organic ingredients are superior to non-organic or synthetic ingredients. There are good and bad ingredients in each category.

To save money, and to benefit your skin, it’s critical for you to see through these kinds …

 

Read more: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/natural-skin-care/_/organic-cosmetics-is-natural-better

6 Tips to Having Your Makeup Last All Day

There’s nothing more annoying than looking in the mirror mid-afternoon to see your makeup as all but worn off. Here’s how to keep your cosmetics on lockdown, even in this summer heat!
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You’ve worked so hard to create that perfect makeup look and without any welcome at all, heat and humidity swoop into the picture and make that beautiful work of art (or something like that) melt away. The nerve.

The good news is there are steps you can take to make your makeup last all day and we’re here to share them with you. With these failproof tips, there’s no doubt that your makeup will beat the heat.

1. start with a clean canvas

We all know that oil and water don’t mix. The oils on your face aren’t an exception to that rule! An oily face will make makeup melt off quicker than you can imagine.

If you really want your makeup to last, start with a clean face. Remove any excess dirt and oil by washing with a gentle cleanser. After patting your skin dry, apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with SPF (we Everygirls know how to multi-task!). Let it sink in for about three minutes before applying any additional products.

Product Recommendations:
Cleanser: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Oily skin moisturizer: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++
Normal to dry skin moisturizer: Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++

2. prime and perfect

You know how a manicure always looks best when you use a great base coat? The same goes for your makeup! Using a primer will help fill in your pores, blur imperfections, and help your makeup look better and last longer. Using one sounds like a no-brainer to us.

Product Recommendations: 
Primer: Smashbox has an excellent range of face primers. There’s one for red skin, one for dry skin, one for acne prone …

See more: http://theeverygirl.com/6-tips-to-having-your-makeup-last-all-day

14 Reasons Why Every Home Needs A Bottle Of Castor Oil

“Castor oil as we all know is unpleasant, tasteless oil but it has many skin and health benefits.  It is now even used in a  variety of ways: commercial and homemade skin care, medicinally, for scalp conditions, making homemade soap, massage oils and more!”

14 Reasons Why Every Home Needs A Bottle Of Castor Oil

Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plants that grow wild in wastelands across tropical regions. It is often grown as an ornamental garden plant in milder climates, and now cultivated on a large scale for biodiesel manufacture.

Castor oil has been around for a very long time, and has been widely used for medicinal purposes in its native lands spread across Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Mediterranean basin. It is one of the first vegetable oils to be used for industrial purposes because of its high viscosity and lubricating property. In fact, the automotive lubricant company Castrol derives its name from castor oil.

Infamous as a laxative, many people consider castor oil a crude product. But this unique vegetable oil has so many wonderful uses that it deserves a place in every home.

1. Safe, Natural Laxative

Well, this use of castor oil needs no introduction, but there’s a myth–probably promoted by pharmaceutical companies–that it is not safe to ingest the oil for its laxative effect. The truth is that, it is not only safe, but also suitable for even small children.

The castor oil plant, including the castor bean, contains a highly potent toxin ricin, but it is deactivated during the oil extraction process. There have been deaths due to castor oil ingestion, but they were from force-feeding it in large quantities to political enemies and dissidents in the past. The deaths resulted from dehydration, and not from any toxic substances.

When the oil is used as a laxative, the dosage can be easily adjusted as its effect is directly proportional to how much oil you are using. The usual dosage is 1 to 2 tbsp for adults and 1 to 2 tsp for children 2-12 years old. Children under 2 years shouldn’t have more than a teaspoonful at a time. You can mix the oil with orange juice to make it more palatable.

Unlike other laxatives that act in the colon, the action of castor oil starts in the small intestine. You can expect a complete clean out of the bowels within 2 to 5 hours of taking the oil.

2. Relieves Muscle Soreness

Castor oil is considered a warm oil that promotes the circulation of fluids in the body. It is excellent as massage oil, and can relieve the soreness resulting from overworking the muscles. If you have aching calf and thigh muscles after vigorous exercise or active sports practice, apply a little castor oil on the sore area and rub it in.

Castor oil is a good carrier oil for essential oils. Add a few drops of Roman chamomile oil or peppermint oil to a tablespoon of castor oil to make the massage more relaxing and healing.

3. Soothes Joint Pain

The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of ricinoleic acid which constitutes almost 90% of castor oil have been well documented. A major part of it comes from its decongestant action on the lymphatic system.

The lymph vessels that form a wide network all over the body collect waste from the tissues and carry it to the blood for elimination. Congestion in these vessels and …

 

Read more: http://www.naturallivingideas.com/14-reasons-why-every-home-needs-a-bottle-of-castor-oil/