Monday, June 30, 2014

The Best Top Coat

I hate when I smudge my polish. Like most people, I can be very impatient waiting for polish to dry. seche vite

My favorite remedy: Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.  It's my favorite quick dry top coat.  It dries super fast and glossy.
You can polish your nails, go to bed and wake up with no sheet marks.  It dries that fast. 

It is formaldehyde and DBP free and is not tested on animals.  You can find it at salons, some drug stores, and beauty stores such as Ulta for about $10.00. Love it!!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

How to stop blush from fading

Blush can sometimes fade away from your cheeks in the summer heat. Give it more staying power by using both cream and powder blushes.

Cream Blush
Blend a cream blush onto your cheeks with your fingers or a makeup sponge. Let it set for 5 minutes.

Apply a light dusting of translucent powder with a powder brush to cheeks and the rest of your face.

Powder Blush
Then, apply a powder blush with a blush brush right on top.

Choose two similar colors or try 2 different colors for a dimensional look. Try a pink cream blush topped with a shimmery peach powder blush. It creates a beautiful glow.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Peppermint Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the most beneficial treatments to make your skin beautiful and glowing in a hurry is exfoliation. Exfoliation scrubs off old dead skin cells that look dull and gray, helps unclog pores, stimulates circulation and promotes collagen production.

One of my favorite body scrubs is a peppermint coconut sugar scrub. You can easily make this scrub at home using 3 ingredients you can get right in your grocery store.

coconut oil sugar & peppermint

Coconut Oil moisturizes the skin and provides antioxidants to help skin look younger and healthier. It comes in a jar and is a solid that melts to a liquid at warmer temperatures.

Sugar provides the grit to slough away dead skin.

Peppermint is uplifting and produces a cooling effect. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and decongestant.

bowl of sugar scrub
    1/2 cup granulated white sugar
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    10 drops peppermint essential oil or 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract                                       

funnelMix ingredients together in a bowl or measuring cup.

I mix in a measuring cup for easy pouring. I like to transfer the scrub into 3 oz. travel size squeeze dispensers instead of jars. You can get them at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  A funnel makes the transfer into the dispenser easy. 

squeeze dispenser

The squeeze dispensers are easy to use in the shower, they keep the scrub from getting contaminated with bacteria and such and you can easily take them with you while traveling.

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Tips on using coconut oil in the shower:
1. Your tub or shower can become slippery when you use oil while showering. Put a towel on the floor of your shower or in the tub to stand on to keep from slipping.

2. Coconut oil is a solid when cool. It becomes liquid when warm. If you have trouble squeezing the scrub out of the tube, put it in the shower. The warm water will help it liquefy so you can squeeze it from the tube easily.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Hide Wrinkles with Makeup

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Q. How can I hide my lines and wrinkles with makeup?

 A. Start with good skin care then apply your makeup: 

Serum and Moisturizer
Treat your skin with an anti aging serum followed by a good moisturizer to hydrate the skin. The skin will look better and the moisture will help smooth and plump up lines and wrinkles.

Use a face primer before applying a thin layer of foundation. Primers usually contain a silicone type ingredient that will float on top of lines, kind of filling them in, making them less noticeable.

Apply foundation using a foundation brush or a sponge. Apply the thinnest layer possible that still gives you the coverage you need. 

Apply concealer with a thin brush on top of the foundation only where needed.  Use a concealer color a little lighter than your foundation. Fill in the lines using the thin brush.  Then, lightly pat with your finger to blend.

Using too much makeup will settle in the lines and wrinkles making them more obvious.

Finish with a light dusting of powder to set the makeup.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes: How to Apply

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I have been using Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System. I really love it. It does much more than a regular mascara and it kind of does resemble false lashes. I read a lot of reviews about it. People seem to love it or hate it. I can see why people would hate it. It isn't a mascara you can quickly apply and go. It takes some time to work with. 

I like it because it really does makes my lashes look longer. I have found it is best to do one eye at a time. Do the top lashes only. The mascara is very sticky and takes some time to dry. When you apply it to the top and bottom lashes, they stick together easily. It's quite annoying. Use a regular mascara on the bottom. Start by curling your lashes. This application process works with any brand 2 part lash fiber system including Cherry Blooms.

The Lash Fiber Application Process

Step 1: 

Apply a coat of Activating Mascara Base and Top Coat to the top lashes. Apply a nice even coat. Be fairly generous with it. Try to keep the lashes as separated as possible during application. Also, direct the lashes carefully where you want them to be. The mascara is very sticky so lashes can stick together easily. Don't wiggle the wand.

Step 2: 
Apply the nylon lash fibers. They are white fibers. Apply them from mid lash to the lash tips, concentrating on the tips. The fibers stick easily to the mascara. Do a nice even layer.  Again, don't wiggle the wand. Don't over do it either or it will be hard to hide all the fibers and your lashes can look fuzzy. 
lash fibers
Step 3: 
Apply another coat of the Activating Mascara Base and Top Coat. Take your time and keep this layer on the thin side. Coat the fibers and work them out to the ends of your lashes. You have got to work with it to seal the fibers so the lashes don't look fuzzy. Don't wiggle the wand. Pull the wand from the base of your lashes to the tip. The fibers will stretch out with the mascara wand. I sometimes use the tip of the mascara wand to really seal in and pull the fibers on a particular lash. Sometimes I get a ridiculously long one that a need to pull off. 
long lashes

Step 4: 

This is my own step. I like to add a coat of a regular lengthen mascara on top. My favorite inexpensive brand is Wet n Wild Mega Lengths. The regular mascara continues to seal the fibers while keeping the lashes from looking clumpy. It also help stop the stickiness.  lash comb

I sometimes use a lash comb or dry mascara spooly to separate lashes that have stuck together too much.  I have to be careful not to pull off the extension, though.

That's it. They tell you can repeat steps 2 & 3. I don't. The lashes start to clump and get that thick spidery look. 

The mascara is water resistant but not waterproof. It comes off with "soap and water". It can make a smeary mess though. I like to wet my face in the shower. Then, I use my thumb and index finger to gently work the mascara off. Use an eye makeup remover to remove the rest.

Another thing I find is the warm air from a blow dryer while drying your hair softens the lashes and makes them sticky again. Do your hair styling before you apply.

This product has been replaced by Too Faced Better than False Lashes Extreme. 

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It is much less sticky which also prevents it from stretching the way the out formula did. It still makes your lashes look great but I like the sticky old formula better. The application process is the same.

Find it at Ulta, Sephora and for $35.00.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Food that is Sunscreen


Some foods can actually increase your skin's resistance to the UV rays of the sun! Brightly colored fruits and veggies contain high levels of antioxidant pigments such as lycopene, carotenoids and flavenoids. These pigments help to protect the plants, fruits and veggies from UV rays. We eat them, we get protective anti-oxidant sun protection. Food sunscreens!  The more you eat, the more protection you get! They don't replace topical sunscreens. They add extra protection.

Eat lots of these Food Sunscreens  Here are a few!

Tomatoes (cooked)
Oranges and Citrus Fruits
Sweet Potatoes
Red, Orange and Yellow Peppers
Leafy Greens such as Broccoli, Kale and Spinach 
Olive Oil
Green and Black Tea
Dark Chocolate (my favorite anti-oxidant food!)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Heal a Bruise Quicker

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Got an ugly bruise? Here are some tips to help it fade quicker

Ice when first injured.

After 24 hours, apply a warm compress several times each day to the bruise to increase circulation and speed elimination of the blood under the skin.

Apply Arnica Gel. It is great for helping bruises heal quicker. Arnica is an herb with strong anti-inflammatory properties used in ointment and cream preparations to treat strains, sprains and bruises.

You can find it in health food stores. Massage preparation gently onto the bruise 2-3 times a day to help the bruise feel better and heal a little faster.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Herbal Remedy Website

I love a good natural home remedy. I came across a great website full of herbal and essential oil remedies when I was looking for help for my daughter's asthma. It's Annie's Remedy. There is a nice A-Z Medicinal Herb Chart and many remedies for all kinds of ailments including asthma. Here is the link:

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Deodorant Mark Remover

The weather is finally getting warmer and all the cute little tops and dresses are coming out. Those white deodorant marks on those cute summer clothes just ruin the look, though. I saw this deodorant removing sponge in Bed, Bath and Beyond the other day. Sounds like a good idea.
deodorant removing sponge
Rub the deodorant mark with the dry sponge and it easily disappears. It will also remove pet hairs and makeup powder from the neckline of your clothes. 
deodorant removing sponge

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