Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
- Three brushes -- a fluffy brush, a stiff, medium-sized brush and a liner brush.
- An eyelash curler. I love the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $19.
- •A dark pencil eyeliner. Try the top-rated MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil, $17.50.
Step 1: Sweep the lightest shadow across your lids using your stiff brush.
Step 2: Next, work the medium shade into the creases of your eyes, blending upwards.
Step 3:Carefully blend the darkest eyeshadow shade on the outer corners of your creases only, extending it past your eyes slightly.
Step 4: Line your top lashlines with your eyeliner pencil.
Step 5: To create the smoky effect, dampen your liner brush and dip it into the dark shadow shade. Smudge the shadow on the outer part of your lashlines, dragging it up and outward slightly.
Step 6: Pick up your pencil liner again repeat Steps 4 and 5 on your lower lashlines.
Step 7: Finish by curling your lashes and applying two to three coats of mascara.
If your eyes are small ...I recommends using medium and light shades only. Just sweep a medium-toned shimmer shadow on the lids and a lighter shimmery color up into the browbone. For liner, I like to extend the liner past the eye shape and smudge [it] into the shadow with a small stiff brush or a Q- tip. A flesh toned or white eyeliner can be used on the wetline [or inner rims] here to make eyes really look bigger and pop.
If your eyes are far apart ...To make your eyes appear closer together, Schlip recommends keeping the darker shadows focused on the inner corners of your eyes. And avoid extending your liner beyond your outer corners.
If your eyes are close together ...To make your eyes appear further apart, apply "white shimmery shadow" with a small brush to the inner corners of your eyes. Then, when applying your liner, apply it in a very thin line at your inner corners and extend and thicken the line as you reach your outer corners "to draw [your] eyes outward."
I hope you guys enjoy and try this look for yourself.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
I use regular epsom salts available at any pharmacy and add my choice of essential oils I get at the health food store. I love to use eucalyptus and mint or orange. Add it to the bath. It really helps clear the sinuses when you have a cold or just plain makes you feel relaxed.
- Hair Masks:
1. Mayonnaise for dry hair
2. Olive Oil - apply to your hair. Enclose your hair with plastic wrap. Leave on at least an hour, or overnight if you have very dry hair. Shampoo out. This leaves your hair feeling very luxurious.
4. Beer rinse on hair makes it nice and shiny.
5. Peanut Butter - use as a super conditioner. The peanut oil will condition your hair deeply. Comb it into your hair and let it sit for about 10-20 minutes, then shampoo it out.
6. Herbal Tea - Use as a cleanser for your hair. Rinse it in.
Homemade Facial Masks
Avocado ~ Mash half of an avocado and apply to your face. Apply to face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Banana, Honey & Sour Cream ~ Mash 1/2 banana, add 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons sour cream. Apply to face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Almonds & Berries ~ In a food processor or blender, combine 1/2 cucumber, 1 tablespoon yogurt, a few strawberries, and 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to face and leave it on until it dries. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Cornmeal ~ Mix two tablespoons of cornmeal mixed with a bit of water to make a thick paste. Apply to face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Apricots & Cream ~ Soak 1 cup dried apricots in water until softened. Then puree in blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons skim milk powder. Apply to face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Cucumber & Yogurt ~ Puree 1/2 peeled, sliced cucumber in a blender or food processor and add 1 tablespoon yogurt. Apply to face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Ok so I really hope you guys enjoy and do this fun recipes at your own home.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Alas, it gets worse. Because product labels and advertising can be misleading (and there are no strict regulations regarding “natural” beauty product claims), it can make finding makeup without harmful ingredients a little tricky.
I can’t possibly begin to list every potential health-threatening chemical found in makeup, but there are definitely a few that should be avoided at all costs. The following guide will show you which chemicals to avoid, and how you can be a smarter beauty shopper.
Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid
Synthetic fragrances are found in a huge variety of beauty products, including makeup, cleansers, hair dye, shampoos, conditioners, perfume… you name it, chances are, fragrance will be included as an ingredient. What many people aren’t aware of, however, is that synthetic fragrances can be quite damaging to your health. Additionally, “fragrance” can include hundreds of different ingredients combined, each ingredient not required to be on the label!
According to the Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database, artificial fragrances in makeup are known to be an immune system toxicant, meaning many people experience allergic reactions and other side effects from using products that contain fragrance. What’s more, this ingredient has also been linked to several nervous system ailments.
Commonly used as a food additive, BHT can also be found in makeup and beauty products such as lipstick/balm, foundation, eyeshadow, etc. This chemical has been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals, and has been linked to immune system problems, endocrine system disruptions, nervous system problems, respiratory problems, reproductive harm, and skin irritations.
This ingredient is typically found in sunscreens and moisturizers, but can also be used in foundation, nail polish, and other beauty products that contain SPF. According to the Cosmetic Safety Database, oxybenzone rapidly absorbs into the skin in large amounts and often results in photoallergic reactions. The chemical has also been linked to cellular damage, cancer, and other health issues.
That sounds scary enough, but consider this: Oxybenzone has been linked to so many health problems that some countries have severely limited its use in cosmetics or strictly banned it from use — period. Knowing that, you have to wonder why this toxic chemical continues to be used in the cosmetic industry.
Used as a fragrance ingredient, or a pH adjuster and/or an emulsifying agent, triethanolamine can often be found in mascara, anti-aging products, foundations, moisturizer, and other beauty products. There’s some pretty compelling evidence that links this chemical to immune system problems and skin allergies, and may cause respiratory distress or other illness.
Phthalates (comprising several different chemicals, including dibutyl phthalate and diethyl phthalate) are typically used in nail polish, hair gel and other products to give the product more staying power. However, these toxic chemicals have been shown to cause liver, kidney and other organ damage.
Phthalates have also been linked to lung problems and a host of other potential health and reproductive harm. The use of phthalates have been banned in Europe, but the United States and Canada continue to expose consumers to the potential toxicity of these chemicals.
These are only 5 ingredients that have been shown to cause potential health problems in consumers. Unfortunately, I cannot possibly begin to list all of the makeup ingredients known to be carcinogenic or harmful, but these are definitely some of the worst ingredients you should strive to avoid at all costs.
Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a cotton ball, apply directly to blemish. Maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes, to soften blemish. Using a cotton swab, dab honey on blemish; leave on 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores) and enough flour to form a paste. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Mix 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2 tablespoons oil for normal to oily hair.) Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal.