Key Make-up Application Tips To Help You On Your Way To An Even Finish

The right make-up applicator for me has always been a matter of what feels best more then what is best.

I usually use my finger tips to apply foundation, that way I can easily target my problem areas. But I have recently started using a brush to blend my foundation into one, since I have been experimenting with contour make-up foundation. I have to confess, I have never been a fan of the sponge. But every make-up tool has it’s uses.

Here are some tips on the benefits of using your fingers, sponge and the make-up brush.

Application Tools And Tips:
– Clean fingers can provide the sheerest most natural effect onto your skin; especially when using liquid and cream foundation. The warmth of your hands will help melt the base onto your skin.
– Sponges provide more coverage and are good for blending cream to powder or thicker liquid foundation like your compact foundation. An all important rule with using the sponge is to tap and not rub, for an even finish (I always tell my mother this but she can’t help but rub and the foundation doesn’t fade into her skin as a result)
– The brush I have found is like a magic wand. It gives you a more velvety finish. It’s ideal for achieving a polished look

Getting to know more about your make-up applicators will help you achieve that professional look and help you get the look you want for longer.

That’s what women want right! Great make-up that lasts all day long despite the hugs and kisses we give and get we still manage to look picture perfect.

Remember make-up is about what looks and feel great to you.

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Tips On Choosing The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type

Choosing the right foundation can sometimes feel like choosing the perfect icing for a cake, you want everything to be just right. I have had my fair share of problems with choosing the best foundation for my skin type and tone. You definately do not want to have too much foundation or too little.

As easy as it might seem, do not be fooled, choosing the right foundation can be a daunting task. One that requires research and some professional advice.

With that said, the trick with foundation is to first determine your skin type – oily, dry or combination skin or mature skin. Secondly your skin tone – pale, medium, brown or dark.

If you take anything from this, remember this, the right foundation or tinted moisturiser will look as if you aren’t wearing any at all. Foundation should disappear into your skin.

Here are some tips on choosing the right foundation:
– Do your research first before buying foundation (make-up)
– Go to buy from a department store where you can get the help of professionals
– Go to the make-up counter with a fresh clean face with no foundation on (clean canvass)
– Try out the foundation (make-up) before you buy it
– Remember the best shade for you is the one that blends and disappears on your face
– Consider using an SPF40 UV moisturiser before your foundation for added protection
– Ask the make-up professional on ingredients to look out for when purchasing foundation for your skin type
– To test, apply a stroke of up to 3 shades from your cheek to your jawline (to find a shade that fades into your skin best)
– Once you have found the right shade, take a mirror and step out of the department store into natural light to see how the foundation looks in natural light

If you consider these simple tips next time you look for your perfect foundation, you will walk away a winner with flawless looking skin.

Share with us your experiences with choosing the right foundation.

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Basic Herbal Skin Toner And Anti-Inflammatory

Let’s face it our face plays a big role in the way we see the world.
Let us look at how apsom salt, apple cider vinegar and or lemon juice can help us face the world a splash at a time.

Apsom salt: Apsom salt flushes toxins and calms inflammation.
Apart from being great for a soothing bath and soaking our feet it has other uses and benefits. I sometimes suffer from cystic acne on my chin and I have found apsom salt to be very helpful.

Add 1/2 tsp to your favourite cleansing cream and gently massage all over your face in small circular circles. Use once or twice a week.

Here is a remedy for a basic herbal toner:
– 1 Tsp apple cider vinegar/lemon juice added to
– 1 cup water
Take this toner and splash it onto your face or alternatively, pour it in a spray bottle for convinient repeated use. You do not have to rinse this off, let it evapourate.

*I usually put my natural oils in a spray bottle with 80% water for convinient use on my hair on the go. It hydrates and moisturises.

Do you think natural remedys are worth a try?

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Did You Know Vicks Vapo Rub Minimises Stretch Marks And Kills Toe Fungus?

I have been overwhelmed by the number of people claiming to use vicks vapo rub for an endless list of ailments. If you google vicks you will find a lot of uses that vicks vapo rub is being used for by ordinary people.

Vicks vapo rub is well known for its’ anti-inflammatory properties. It contains menthol, campor and eucalyptus oil. The product information says it is for external use only, to be applied only to the chest, throat and back and massage for 3-5 minutes. Inhalation method read, if head cold and nasal congestion persist, melt one or two medicine measures (5-10ml) in 500ml hot (not boiling) water and inhale the aromatic vapours…

With all that said people it seems have been using vicks vapo rub in more ways then what has been listed on the dosage and direction for use guideline. Vicks vapo rub is claimed to remove stretch marks up to 85%, tighten lose skin, kill toe fungus, heal cuts, bruises, teac bites, musquito bites, splinters, cold relief through your feet, get rid of migranes, reduce the size of cystic acne, act as a pet and bug repellent, help in hair growth etc.

This triggered an interest in this product although these claims seem too good to be true, I couldn’t help but wonder if there is any truth to these claims. There was just too many unique stories of people claiming they used the product successfully and it worked in a shockingly short period of time.

As much as I wanted to disregard vicks vapo rub uses as a myth I couldn’t help but scratch the itch, so I tried it out. What harm could it do except prove me right. I applied it on my stretch marks on iether side of my waistline where I had dark stretch marks. And also used it on my toe nail which had fungus.

The next day my toe nail had turned black (this was the fungus) as I had read it would, on day 2 it lifted up and a healthy nail appeared underneath. I carried on using vicks on my stretch marks for 3 days progressively, without putting on a cling wrap as directed. On day 4 I noticed my stretch marks were 90% less visible the darkness had faded. Although the strech marks were still there they were hardly visible.

If you google vicks vapor rub uses you will find some articles that plead to people to stick to the directions stipulated by vicks as methods of application. I can understand why vicks would want people to stick to the stated uses for application. But with vicks being so effective it’s hard to ignore the many benefits that one gets from this simple yet diverse product.
If you want to try vicks vapo rub out for yourself do it keeping in mind vicks’s dosage and direction for use. As for me it was worth it, and by far the best product I have ever used to minimise strech marks and kill toe fungus.

What have you used Vicks Vapo Rub for lately?

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Get Kissable Lips In Less Then 5 Minutes

Kissable lips begin with love and care. Here is an easy way to get your prince charming going gaga over your lips.

Just like your skin is sensitive so are your lips. The harsh environment and your eating habits all contribute to the condition you find your lips in.

Lips need moisture just like any part of our body so make sure you have a good lip therapy treatment at hand with uv protection.
Do not use a lip therapy that strips away the layers of your lips leaving the skin on your lips thin and valnarable.
Dry cracked lips are unsightly and can be embarassing. So make sure you exfoliate your lips while softening them at the same time using caution at all times. Afterall, you want lips that are inviting not distressed.

Here is what you will need to soften and or lighten dark lips:
– 1 tsp Pure honey (pure honey is granulated)/liquid honey
– 1 tsp Fresh lemon juice
– Organic brown sugar (add if using liquid honey)
– A drop of cocunut oil

Mix all the ingredients together. Make sure your lips are clean. Apply mixture to your lips and rub gently in a small circular motion for 1 minute, remember that your lips are sensitive. While you might want to remove dead skin you want to be delicate and not leave abrasion.
*For lighter lips leave the mixture on your lips for 5 minutes. Lightly wipe lips with a disposable wipe. Repeat process 3 times a week (to lighten lips) or until you start to see results you are happy with.
If you just want to remove dead skin and soften your lips do this once a week or as needed.
Remember, lips love moisture. Moisturise your lips throughout the day especially after eating or drinking.

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