• Manicure Obsession

    To perk up your mood during dreary cooler months, try a good manicure. Even though most of your body will be covered in layers of clothes your hands will be visible from time to time and you would want to make sure that your nails are on point.

    Painting your own nails can bring out your creativity.  Nail polish of various colors may be combined together for creating unique designs of one’s own choice. Bring together luxe & bold, matte, cream or even a standard French manicure, there are plenty of nail polishes and nail shapes.   You’ll just need to choose the best for design as well as the amount of time you have to commit to nail maintenance.

    For the fall/winter season short, rounded nails are actually more in line with designer trends. The top shapes for nails are:

    • Rounded
    • Oval
    • Squoval or Squared Oval
    • Long Almond

    Beautiful and well-groomed nails enhance the beauty of your hands and give your nails an attractive look. Possibilities are endless. Just watch out you may make your toes envious!

     

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  • Cozy Up To The Best Cheek Colors For Fall

     

    It’s time to cozy up to the best cheek colors for fall. There are many factors to consider when choosing a blush.  Incorrect shades will stand out and correct colors will seamlessly blend. The correct tone of blush can be such an asset to one’s overall looks because it adds warmth and a healthy appearance.

    There’s a simple trick to determine whether to wear a warm or cool tone blush. For a natural look, choose a blush with the same undertone as your skin. If you want a bold looking blush, pick one with the opposite undertone as your skin.  In other words, if you have a warm skin tone (a yellow undertone), choose warm blush shade for a natural look and a cool blush shade for a pop of color. Vice versa if you have a cool skin tone (a pink undertone).

    • Warm Blushes: Coral, Peach, Tangerine, Brown
    • Cool Blushes: Fuchsia, Pink, Raisin, Berry
    • Neutral Blush: Mauve

    A swipe of blush on the apples of the cheeks is an instant cure for a dull and sallow complexion, but finding the exact shade that will deliver a natural flush isn’t so simple. If you’re thinking of trying out a strong cheek color or a non-traditional cheek color, heed these tips to make sure things go smoothly.

    • Don’t judge a blush by how it appears in the pan.Blushes are supposed to be blended out, so always expect a softer version of the color you see in the pan.
    • There is such a thing as too pigmented.Pay attention to how well the blush blends when you’re testing it in-store. Steer clear if it’s firm and won’t soften up.
    • Always use a light hand to apply dark blush since it’s easier to add more blush later on than to remove it.
    • Use a clean brush to diffuse the color after the initial application for a more natural look.
    • When in doubt, match your lip color to your dark blush. It’s actually easier to do than doing completely neutral or bare eyes or lips. A lipstick in a shade similar to the blush helps bring out the color of the blush without completely stealing the focus from the cheeks. Lighter cheek colors, of course, work with a wider array of eye and makeup looks.
    • Think you’ve over-applied your blush? Try lightly patting or dusting powder foundation over your cheeks to soften the color. Or, if all else fails, I like using the back of my hands or cotton balls to gently wipe away excess blush.

    There are far too many new blushes not to have a rosy hue to embrace a just-pinched look of winter’s muted, deep tone colors.

  • Baby It’s Cold Outside, So Moisturize

     

    You’ll need to reach for the body butter when you need more intensive moisturizing.  The different severity of dry skin requires different types of moisturizer. Natural oils & moisturizers act as a protective barrier to prevent dehydration and irritation of the skin.

    Body butter products are typically manufactured using a combination of carrier oils and do not typically contain water. Carrier oils are the substances that are used to hold and deliver the essential ingredients into the skin.  Essential fats and minerals are extracted from natural ingredients (palm, shea, cocoa, mango etc.) will vary in unique texture, rigidity, and absorbency.

    Body butters are applied to retain moisture, lubricate and nourish the skin. Some spas and dermatologists suggest that people use body butter on their lips, hands, elbows, legs and feet. Some absorb into the skin quickly while others may leave a slight oily barrier depending on skin type and formulation.  Apply liberally when you get out of the shower for best performance.

    Because it’s a heavier product, you don’t need as much. The largest organ of the body should be given adequate attention and body butters provide a more intensive moisturizer. It is ideal for rougher skin, as well as all over the body.

  • Dark Bold Lipstick Shades Are Not For The Timid

    Berry deep rich hue is not for the timid.  If you’re going to wear this shade, you’ll certainly need some prep work to carry out this luscious berry look.

    We all know the power of a bold lipstick.  It can be an instant pick-me-up. But the downside to a dark bold shade is that it can bleed into the lines around the lips – not an ideal look! But there are simple ways to stop this – the key is in the preparation.

    Fashion Fair Lip Balancer is a color-correcting lip treatment that helps to neutralize and balance “lighter” or “pink” lips.  Gentle conditioning agents caress lips in a wash of color to help camouflage hyperpigmentation.  Apply before your favorite lip colors to help achieve even coverage and a lasting finish.

    Lastly, lipstick on dry, flaky lips wears off faster than the color on moisturized, smooth lips, so before you do anything make sure you prep your canvas. You’d be surprised how often this step is overlooked.  This step doesn’t have to include expensive, elaborate products.  If you’re having inner lip issues with dark colors or highly pigmented shades, the lip-enhancing moisturizer instantly infuses lips with soothing hydration while improving the appearance and volume of lip contours. It diminishes fine lines and contains a powerful, anti-aging polypeptide complex that supports collagen in the lips so they look naturally firm and full. Feels amazing on chapped lips and provides lasting moisture for continued healing.

    Your lip color has a fighting chance of clinging…and it’s ideal for all skin types.

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  • Foundation is Key With Combo Skin

    People with combination skin tend to see more oil buildup especially in the T-zone area (forehead nose and chin), including the forehead, inner parts of the cheeks, nose, and chin.  Combination skin is similar to normal skin because the focus is still on keeping balance but it can look a little different to the naked eye. Here are a few things that can clue you in about combination skin.

    After periods of long-wear, and oil buildup, the makeup that is layered onto the skin tends to separate and you’ll begin to notice your blush breaking up, the oil will break up the foundation around your mouth, particularly if you have smile lines.   It’s a natural separation that happens over time but it can be minimized or avoided with the right products, like a mattifying primer, as well as a change in foundation formula.

    Look for an oil-free formula that contains enriching ingredients to hydrate drier areas.  It should have the ability to build up fuller coverage as needed in drier areas but stay sheer in oilier places where skin needs more breathing room.

    FOUNDATION IS THE KEY

    Make-up foundations suitable for combination types of skin are those with a light and fresh consistency and that provide good coverage and hydration. Liquid and matte foundations without any added oils are ideal as they help to combat excess shine in the T-zone. Applying using a damp sponge or a makeup brush. Avoid using your fingertips as they could exacerbate the excess shine on your face.

    A setting powder could be helpful. Skin that’s really combination runs the risk of being perfect on the cheeks but a total shine hazard in the T-zone. If you need an oil-based foundation, try using a setting powder on top to get the full coverage you’re seeking. These will also provide a beautiful finish and will even out your skin tone, leaving a beautiful, radiant finish. As is the case with oily skin tones, you need only to apply to the forehead, cheeks and nose.  Simply apply a light coating to the T-zone with a powder brush.

     

     

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  • Discover Your Signature Scent

    A signature scent is a scent by which someone is recognized. It captures the total essence of the person wearing it and, just like fashion, is a way of showing your personality. When selecting your signature scent, you should think carefully about whom you are and what aspects of your personality you would like to put forward. You should never make a decision based on fragrance notes or ingredients. The emotion and what you personally feel when you wear a particular scent is what makes it signature.

    How to find my scent? With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect one. Believe it or not, there are certain scents that connect  well with particular personality types.  For example, those women that are mostly shy will probably go for subtle fragrances, while the outgoing types will most likely choose a stronger perfume that will make them stand out in the crowd. Nonetheless, your signature fragrance should be the one you’re most comfortable wearing, and one that embodies who you are. Choose your personality type to discover the scents that are right for you.

    There are about ten main categories of fragrances.  Start with the basics: floral, oriental, wood and citrus and get familiar with these scents before you start adding notes like fruit, powder and grass to your perfumes.

    Floral – The most popular of all fragrance families, floral fragrances range in single flower notes such as rose, jasmine, or gardenia, to a variety of mixed bouquets.

    Wood – based scents and orientals can seem quite similar but woods are deeper and heavier than orientals.  If you think you are wood woman you might want to consider trying unisex or men’s fragrances

    Citrus – fragrances are clean, youthful and summery. They carry a distinctive, vibrant aromas from the zests of lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit  lemons and bergamot to name a few.

    Oriental – fragrances usually have incense, amber and vanilla as their main notes. Imagine chai tea, beautiful vases of jasmine flowers and vanilla bean custard tarts. Oriental scents are quite sexy and seductive.

    Perfume Terminology

    Absolutes – are pure, natural extracts and oils from flowers and other vegetable materials. These oils are primarily used in the perfume industry to give scent to products.

    Note
    The base notes are an odoriferous element in the perfume or cologne. When we smell a composed fragrance, we smell different notes within it. When the first scent — or top note — dissipates, we smell the middle note, also known as the bouquet. As that fades, we are left with the basic note, which is the third element of a composed fragrance. It’s best to not commit to a scent until you smell the final note.

    Eau de Cologne
    Eau de Cologne is three to five percent oil in a mixture of alcohol and water. It tends to be lighter and refreshing, typically with a citrus oil component.

    Eau de Toilette
    Containing about the same amount of perfume oil or a little more — somewhere between four and eight percent — than Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette is mixed with alcohol instead of water.

    Eau de Parfum
    A higher percentage of perfume oil — roughly 15 to 18 — mixed with alcohol makes up Eau de Parfum. It is more expensive than Eau de Cologne and Eau de Toilette.

    Perfume
    Perfume is 15 to 30 percent perfume oil mixed with alcohol. Because it contains such a high percentage of perfume oil, it is far more expensive than Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, or Eau de Parfum.

    When choosing your signature fragrance focus on the things you really like. If you’re into vanilla, rose, lavender or bergamot, then sweet floral fragrances are the ones that match your caring and loving personality. However, if you love the fresh summer ocean breeze, you’ll probably go for an aquatic fresh scent, and you’ll make it your signature fragrance.

     

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