/> The Juicy Beauty Word: September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

White Bumps Under Eyes: Milia

Have you noticed that you have little white looking bumps under your eyes?
white bumps under eye
Most likely those little white bumps are milia. They can feel hard or pearly. These bumps are not acne. Milia can occur when dead skin cells become trapped beneath the outer layer of skin. A small benign cyst can form which is the milia. It's a cyst!?! Don't let that word scare you. They are harmless, but unwanted bumps. 

They can occur on any area of the skin that tends to be on the dry side. They cannot be squeezed out like a blackhead or pimple because they have no opening. A layer of skin covers them. A hole must be created in them using a needle, then they can be extracted out.

This is a common problem for the under eye area. It is a dry, delicate area of the skin. I see it a lot on my clients. Heavy products used around the eyes usually cause the problem. It can be a moisturizer that contains a lot of oils and waxes or it can also be that much needed concealer we use to hide our dark circles. I don't recommend a needle and extraction around the eyes. The skin is too fine and delicate. Other areas of the face may be able to handle the needle and extraction but not under the eyes.

There are a few things you can do to help get rid of the under eye bumps.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to help free the milia. You must be careful with the eye area. Pulling and scrubbing will accentuate wrinkles and cause irritation. 

The best way to exfoliate under the eyes is to lightly and gently massage the area with a clean wet wash cloth. Very Lightly and very gently! 

You can also try an exfoliator specifically made for the eye area. Bio Elements Quick Refiner for Eyes is a gentle peel containing the enzyme papain, AHAs including lactic acid, 

Bio Elements Quick Refiner for Eyes

Use an Eye Cream
It is true that you can use a facial moisturizer anywhere on your face including the eye area, but if you are having under eye milia issues, a cream made specifically for the eye area is better for you. An eye cream is formulated for the eye area and tends to be lighter in oil and waxes than a facial moisturizer. 

Murad Renewing Eye Cream contains retinol to exfoliate the eye area and help it look younger. It also contains peptides and mango butter to reduce the look of dark circles and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Massage increases the circulation. Increased circulation can help remove the milia from the inside. It may sound crazy but it works for many of my clients. I always do a little extra massaging during a facial on my clients who have milia.

Apply an eye moisturizer on just washed damp skin. Lightly massage the under eye area making little circles using very little pressure with your fingertips for a couple of minutes.

Change your Makeup
Your concealer may be too heavy. I try many different concealers to try to hide my dark circles. I find the some cause milia on me and some do not. 

Switch concealer brands. You can also switch from a cream concealer to a liquid concealer. 

Apply your foundation first. It is a lighter product than concealer and may be enough to hide your circles. If the foundation is not enough, apply concealer on top where you need it the most. You will be using less concealer when applying it over a foundation rather than under it. 

Light Weight Foundations:

BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation is a nice light weight foundation that gives decent coverage. 

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Concealers to Try:

Cover Fx Cream Concealer is a great concealer to try. A little goes a long way.

Be gentle and consistent and those under eye bumps should gradually disappear.

I hope all of my tips help you banish the milia!!! 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Halloween Store Makeup

The Halloween stores are open!!! 

That means it's time for me to stock up on those fun unusual items that you only find in stores this time of year. 

Theatrical makeup supplies, creamy glitter eye shadows and funky lashes, lots of fun, crazy lashes! 
eye lash display
The Halloween stores are well stocked with all of that stuff. I saw some great bright colored clip in hair extensions as well. They are not high quality but are certainly a nifty little item to wear for a little fun.

pantyhose display
pantyhose display

I also stock up on funky pantyhose, fishnets and thigh highs. 

I have been in my local Spirit Halloween Store several times already! There is so much fun stuff I know I will be back several more times.

These stores are only here until early November. You may find yourself stocking up too! 

Amazon is another resource I use to theatrical makeup and other costume supplies. The good news with Amazon has so many items are always available unlike the seasonal Halloween shops.
Here are some fun affiliate links for you!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Urban Decay Lip Pencils: Benefits of Lip Liner

I stopped in at Ulta the other day to pick up some Naked Skin Foundation from Urban Decay, which I just love by the way. 

I had to have a look at their lipsticks while I was there. I never really noticed the vast array of lip pencil colors Urban Decay has. They have 35 lip pencil colors, including Ozone which goes on clear, which coordinate nicely with their lipsticks. 
Urban Decay lipstick display
Each lipstick has a recommended coordinating lip liner with it to take the guess work out of choosing the right color lip liner. The 24/7 lip liners are long lasting and waterproof. 

So why should you use a lip liner with your lipstick?

The Benefits of Lip Liner

The thin tip of the lip liner pencil makes a nice sharp line around your lips to define them. You can draw the line slightly outside the lip line to make your lips look fuller.

Keeps lipstick in place
Lip liner is a heavier waxier formula than a lipstick. The line it makes around the lips helps to keep your lipstick from feathering outside of your lip line.

Longer lipstick wear
Lip liner applied to the entire lip area not only defines the lips, it intensifies the lipstick color and helps your lipstick last longer.

Fine line fill in
The clear lip liner, Ozone, which I mentioned earlier, is great for helping to fill in small lines around the lips. Use the clear. Then colored lip liner. Followed by lipstick.

Because lip liners wear so well, I frequently wear lip liner alone without putting lipstick on top. I may put a little gloss on top to add shine.

Find Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on lip pencils at Sephora, Ulta and Urban Decay online for $20.00.
Urban Decay Lip Pencils on Amazon

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Do facial exercises really work?

facial exercises
Can facial exercises actually help you look younger? Good questions.

Facial muscles are attached to the skin and lose tone and elasticity with age as does the skin. We know exercise keeps our bodies looking strong and younger and it also improves circulation to keep our bodies in tip top working order. Generally, there are two schools of thought on facial exercises and how they effect the look of the skin.
School of thought #1
Some experts believe you can keep the facial muscles toned by doing facial exercises making the face look younger. They say facial exercises also stimulate collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are proteins in the connective tissue that supports the skin and keeps it plump, elastic and less wrinkled.  

School of thought #2
Others believe that the expression lines (such as forehead wrinkles and crow's feet) facial exercises create make facial wrinkles worse. The muscles maybe more toned but the skin is left more wrinkled defeating the purpose of the facial exercises in the first place. This makes sense because Botox injections paralyze the muscles and the skin becomes smoother do to the lack of movement.  Even if the muscles are toned, the skin will lose it's elasticity with age and sag.

I feel it won't hurt to try some facial exercises as long as they are not extreme. By extreme, I mean facial exercises that contort the face in such a way that creates many lines in the skin. There are some good facial exercises you can do that are subtle and don't scrunch up your face or over stretch the skin. Always make sure your skin is lubed up with a nice layer of moisturizer before you exercise it.

The website shapeyourface.com gives you a nice overview of the facial muscles and facial exercises. Scroll to the bottom of the first page and click continue to the facial map.

There are also yoga exercises for your face. Who knew! 

You can find many facial exercise videos on YouTube. There are books too. Amazon has lots of interesting facial exercise books you can browse through.  Click here to view facial exercise books on Amazon.

Our quest to look younger never ends.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Types of Eyeliner & Eyeliner Application Tips

eye liner
Eyeliner comes in a variety of forms each providing it's own unique look. Some are easier to work with than others. Let me go over the various type of eyeliner and give you some pointers on how to apply them.

Types of Eyeliner & How to Use Them

Pencil Liner:

pencil eye liner
Let's start with pencil liner. 

It is easy to work with and comes in a pencil form that can be sharpened or in an automatic pencil form that twists up as needed. I like the old fashioned pencil the can be sharpened to a nice point. 

Use that nice sharp pencil and apply the line in your lashes and just above. Smudge the line with a liner brush or pointed Q-tip for a natural look.  Use it on the top and bottom lash lines. 

A kohl pencil is softer and smudges easier that a classic pencil.

Here is an interesting tidbit about eye and lip liner pencils.

Pencil liners that are made in Germany are known to be high quality products. There are two factories in Germany that manufacturer liner pencils for drugstore and luxury brands using similar waxes and pigments to make them. 

Take a look at the pencil's packaging or on the pencil itself for where it was made. 

Prestige pencils are one of my favorites. Prestige pencils are made in Germany. 

You do need to read the packaging because a cosmetic company may use different factories in different countries to make their products.  For instance, I noticed L'Oreal's pencils were made in Brazil, Germany or USA.  Interesting, isn't it? 

Felt Tip Liner:

felt tip eye liner
It's is a liner that looks like a pencil but goes on like a liquid.

The tip is like a magic marker tip and provides a smooth liquid like line. 

The color does not look as intense as liquid liner but it is definitely easier to apply than liquid liner. 

The color is buildable allowing you to apply a light line then go over it to make it thicker. This liner looks best on the top lash line. 

Use a pencil or eye shadow for the bottom lash line.

Liquid Liner:

liquid eye liner
Liquid liner comes in a tube with a liner brush. 

It gives you that classic dark dramatic eyeliner look and is great for the 60's winged eye look we are see so much on celebrities like Adelle. 

Apply it to your top lash line.

Use a pencil or eye shadow on the bottom lash line for a more natural look. 

Liquid is a bit tricky to work with. When applying liquid liner to your top lash line, try making little connected dashes with the brush instead of one continuous line. It is easier. 

The color can be built up. Go over your line again to make it thicker and more intense. Make the line thinner at the inner corner of the eye and gradually make it thick as it reaches the outer corner of the eye.

Gel Liner:

gel eye liner
Gel liner is a bit easier work with than liquid liner but I find it takes a bit of work to get even coverage with the gel. 

It comes in a small jar and is thick and creamy. 

Use a stiff liner brush to apply it to top and also bottom lashes.

Dip it into the product then wipe your brush on the rim of the jar to remove excess. 

You can get the classic liquid line look or you can create a smudgy line.  It can be difficult to build up color with this type of liner because it seems to clump up.

Cake Liner:

cake eye liner
Then there is old fashioned cake liner.  

Cake liner comes in a powder form and is applied with a wet eye liner brush. 

This gives you the classic heavy top line like liquid liner but is a bit softer looking than liquid liner. 

It can also be used dry with a liner brush like an eye shadow.

Use it wet on top. Dry on the bottom. 

It is difficult to build up color with the wet liner brush. It washes away when you try to apply another layer.

Eye Shadow:

smoky gray eye shadow
Eye shadow is the easiest eyeliner. 

Use an eyeliner brush to apply any shade of eye shadow to your top and bottom lash lines. 

Many eye shadows can be used wet to create a more intense line. 

Eye shadow also works great over pencil liner to set the pencil and create soft smoky smudgy lines. 

Click here to shop for different types of eyeliners on Amazon.

I hope this post has inspired you to experiment with different eye liner looks. 

Let's get Creative with Makeup!

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