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10 Top Winter Beauty Tips

Except for Christmas, reindeers and presents, cold weather also brings sullen skin, itchy scalp and other non-attractive things. Before panicking about your appearance, read a list of beauty tips that will make you shine this winter.

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1) In winter we tend to feel less thirsty and often neglect drinking plenty of water. It is very important though to drink 8 glasses per day even if doesn’t come naturally. Herbal teas and clear soups can also replenish your skin’s moisture.

2) Avoid long, hot showers. According to dermatologist Barbara R. Reed, “Just as you use hot water to get grease out of dishes, you can wind up removing natural oils from your skin”. Lukewarm showers might not be that comforting but at least they will not contribute to your skin dryness.

3) If you feel like snacking prefer seeds and nuts. You will get a zinc boost, essential for preventing rashes and skin irritations. On the contrary, sugary snacks will make your skin look even more sullen.

4) To protect your lips from dryness use a moisturizing, natural lip balm which does not contain ingredients like camphor and menthol (they only worsen a cracked mouth). You can also try an exfoliant on your lips to get rid of flaky patches.

5) To soothe lackluster hair use conditioner. Scan the labels for quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”. Quats such as cetrimonium chloride and behentrimonium chloride “neutralize the static electricity that causes flyaways leaving your hair soft and silky” says cosmetics chemist Jim Hammer.

6) Bolster your beauty from the inside by consuming enough Omega-3s, the essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon and walnuts. Omega 3s are so vital for skin health, that we should take supplements to ensure we get enough, said Doris Day, M.D., at Womens Health magazine.

7) The lack of humidity in winter can cause our scalp to peel. If the peeling is accompanied with symptoms such as limp locks, super dry face and rashes on the body, then it is probably dandruff. To get rid of the annoying white flakes use a shampoo with zinc or sulfur. Their antibacterial action free follicles of buildup and eliminate flakes in a few weeks.

8) Some body parts, like arms and legs, have fewer oil glands than other parts and tend to be drier, especially in winter. It is essential to moisturize these parts with a lotion to keep them hydrated and soft. You can try a soothing lotion with milk as the main ingredient. The natural fats and lactic acid in milk can soften our skin, lightly exfoliate, and abate irritation, says Regina Viotto, skin-care specialist.

9) Heat styling your hair in winter could dry it out more. Warren Holmes, International Creative Director at Nicky Clarke, who has styled the locks of Kate Moss, recommends using a low-heat setting on a dryer with ceramic technology, to achieve silky styles without damaging it.

10) You can try adding some moisture to your home with a humidifier in the bedroom, which can help clear sinuses in cold weather and keep skin from over-drying. To prevent your humidifier from becoming a germ haven though, change the water daily and clean it every three days.

Katerina is an avid blogger with a real appreciation of beauty. She is currently blogging about fashion trends, hairstyles and beauty tips for Vixen and Blush vixenandblush.com/contact/hair-extensions-salon-hoxton-shoreditch/ a hair extensions salon in Shoreditch, London.

10 Easy Beauty Tips You’re Overlooking

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There is an old adage that “It takes pain to be beautiful,” but this is certainly not always true. Many beauty secrets are much easier and more painless than we imagine though they are so simple, we may be overlooking them. Here are ten easy beauty tricks so simple you may not be taking advantage of them.

1. Have a nice pair of large sunglasses in your wardrobe.

Sunglasses are fashion’s way of allowing you to travel incognito. Have errands to run but not time to put on make up? Simply throw on a pair of shades and some lipstick and instantly look put together.

2. Fix broken eye shadows and powders with rubbing alcohol.

Few things make a shadow palette look unusable like cracked or broken colors, so mend shattered make up by mixing in a little rubbing alcohol. Reshape the color and let it dry.

3. Eat your apple last.

Apples are a natural breath freshener and tooth cleaner, so if you pack a lunch at work, save your apple for last, which will keep your smile looking fresh and clean all the way through the afternoon.

4. Use baby powder as dry shampoo.

Depending on your hair type, shampooing too often can lead to brittle, overly dried hair. Unfortunately, not shampooing enough can leave hair looking oily. Dry oily roots without washing your hair by sprinkling in a little baby powder.

5. Use lotion at least twice a day.

Moisturized skin looks healthier and has a much nicer glow than dry, ashy, skin, so don’t forget to stay on top of your moisturizing schedule. Using lotion all over your body once in the morning and once at night will keep skin soft and smooth.

6. Reduce the appearance of scars with cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is one of nature’s most helpful and magical formulas. This inexpensive oil can be used to soothe rough and dry patches, and can also help reduce the appearance of scars.

7. Look to your pantry for beauty products.

Many simple household objects can be wonderfully beneficial as beauty products. Try using an avocado as a quick and easy face mask for instant moisture or slathering dry hair with coconut or olive oil. Cucumbers can be sliced and used to bring down puffiness in eyes.

8. Get your beauty sleep.

Getting enough sleep is beneficial for mental and physical health, and it is also a wonderful way to stay looking young and vibrant. Aim for seven or eight hours a night for a great skin tone and bright eyes.

9. Ask for samples at the beauty counter.

Never get stranded without make up again! Keep a small bag of samples of your most important items in your purse at all times for emergency touch ups anytime and anywhere.

10. Drink plenty of water.

Water has a detoxifying effect on the body and keeps skin looking clear and fresh. Carry a reusable water bottle with you all day to make sure that you’re sipping often enough.

Teresa Thomas is a fashion and beauty logger who loves dispensing advice to help people look great. Learn more about her work at Hollywood Tans.

How To Apply Metallic Lips

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The Do’s and Dont’s of How to Get and Maintain Metallic Lips. It’s Easier Than You Think!

The metallic runway trend from everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Dior is not just for clothing. Celebrity make-up artists have translated the look into a fall beauty staple: the bold, metallic lip. Whether you choose to boost a casual outfit or elevate your favorite date look with extra shimmer, take a look through these do’s and don’t to ensure a gorgeous metallic lipstick look this season.

Metallic Lips are fun to wear for special events, to parties, or when you want to make a statement on a girls-night out. Think Las Vegas or NYC for a crazy weekend. You can get Metallic Lips in less than 10 minutes and can easily be done at home. Right now, metallic or “two-tone lips” as they are sometimes called, are a major trend right now amongst young people looking to make a statement. Here are our quick lip tips that will teach you the art of applying lipstick, the right way, to get that look everyone wants!

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The Do’s of Getting Metallic Lips

  • Wash your face – including your lips gently with a washcloth
  • Prep your lips first by exfoliating lightly with your toothbrush and then apply a moisturizing clear balm or lip primer to ensure your look will last
  • Metallics can be very wearable if you stick to colors that are in-line with your skin tone. Think bronze, lilac and dark rose colors
  • With a metallic lip, keep your lids simple so that your eyes don’t compete or overpower your lipstick. If you must carry the metallic trend upwards, try a dash of gold eye shadow in the corner of your eye.
  • Add a dash of metallic to your favorite lipstick by dabbing your metallic color in the center of your bottom lip and blending. This is great a great option if you are nervous about going full force metallic but still want to try the trend. Play around with your favorite shades of red and pink to find your perfect, one-of-kind metallic shade.

The Dont’s of Metallic Lips

  • Wear blush, unless it is a nude with shimmer. All the focus should be on your lips.
  • Go too festive with gold lips, shoes AND dress, you’ll end up looking like a Christmas ornament. Instead only pick one metallic item to compliment your lips, like a bronze clutch or cute metallic detailing on your shoes. A simple outfit will go a long way when wearing metallic lips.
  • Avoid silver lipstick shades  – you’ll look like a frozen zombie! If you must try silver, pair it with a pink shade to tone down the harsh grey tones and add color to your lips.
  • Confuse metallic with glitter. Unless it is New Year’s Eve or Halloween, refrain from dousing yourself in glitter.

Now that you’ve got metallic lips, rock it with confidence and style. To view pictures, checkout Tumblr for inspiration or  ideas. Don’t be afraid to submit your own pictures for others to envy.

Sarah is a fashion writer, and she gets her fashion inspiration from sites like trendy junior’s clothing brand, Ali & Kris.

Understanding The Zombie Craze

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George Romero, revered director of arguably the most famous zombie film, Night of the Living Dead, was once quoted as saying, “I have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us.”

Romero’s opinion is a celebrated one today. Indeed, with the recent influx of zombie-centric entertainment it appears that Western society is a little bit infatuated with the notion that the next big disaster could be residing within humankind. Today’s world is a veritable cornucopia of ominous warnings regarding global perils, such as climate changes, dissipating food supplies, terrorists, nuclear warfare, and increasingly dangerous human error. And, of course, this includes disease.

So how have zombies become so much fun? Perhaps the obsession with bolstering apocalyptic aptitude through zombie mobs, popular television, and even zombie games for kids is a way of preparing for the worst. Here are some theories on the zombie craze, and some ways to get you started on the madness.

It’s better to laugh at what scares you than to let it control you

Since the possibilities of zombie-like pandemics are more difficult to write off, it makes sense to look for a way to make the idea less terrifying. Whip out the ol’ “Thriller” costume and dance in the streets or raise money for charity. Those new to zombie mania could start by watching The Walking Dead, a contemporary take on an old and fabled speculation.

All monsters, imagined or real, instantly become less paralyzing when they are adorable, and even the Center for Disease Control is in on the joke. The popularity of zombies is so widespread that it has reached the American school system. It is now integrated into academia as a teaching method.

The Survival Instinct Wouldn’t Mind a Hopeful Ending

Consider the fact that nearly every widely-known zombie film was released during the most tumultuous times in modern history—”White Zombie”, 1932 (the Great Depression); “Night of the Living Dead”, 1968 (Vietnam); “28 Days Later”, 2002 (one year following 9/11 and on the eve of the U.S. entering Iraq); and this year’s top-grossing “World War Z”. This latest block-buster has debuted during what appears to be the culmination of the largest threats imaginable: possible nuclear meltdown, evaporating ice caps, and massive political unrest throughout much of the world.

Yet, these films have followings for reasons beyond their cinematographic superiority. After all, who wouldn’t rather be entertained by fake situations that are objectively worse than contemporary realities especially when they end in some form of triumph?

We’re Suckers for Great Marketing

There is always the simple notion that we’re just falling for highly successful marketing. The brilliance of a successful entertainment industry is that it utilizes years of gathered data on what entices the human psyche. People are drawn to chaos, but how much of this is perpetrated by the entertainment industry itself? It’s a cheap psychological thrill. Zombie movies, even romantic ones, video games, and even zombie mobs offer this sort of joy ride, in which people get to witness what if scenarios without having to physically participate in them. It’s the search for the classic paradigm, the coexistence of enjoyment and fear, or the perfect zombie wedding.

This article was provided by Anna Roberts, arts & entertainment writer and zombie fanatic.  If you’re looking for the perfect zombie costume, Anna recommends visiting buycostumes.com for all your zombie needs.

Top Story: The Biggest Makeup Faux Pas That You Should Avoid At All Costs

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Most of us teach ourselves how to apply make up to our face. The majority of us don’t get help from the professionals. We tend to improvise in our teens, experimenting with different colors and styles until we find a look that suits us. With no lessons to tell us what is right and wrong, it can be easy to accidentally pick up makeup habits which are unflattering. Below we have a few of the biggest makeup faux pas to avoid.

1 – Getting your foundation color wrong

You may have heard people speaking of women as looking like they’re wearing a mask. This refers to a woman who wears a foundation which is far darker than her natural color. This creates a line around the chin and neck area which reveals the difference in skin tone. Even if you have mastered the art of blending, it is important to opt for a foundation which suits your skin tone.

If you’re keen to create the illusion of lighter or darker skin, foundation is not the answer. To create the illusion of a darker skin tone, wear the correct foundation for your skin type with a bronzer. If you’d prefer to look paler, use the correct foundation for your skin along with a highlighter.

2 – Wearing makeup that is not appropriate for your age

As much as you want to keep up with the latest trends, there are certain styles which are intended for teenagers and very young women. Just like fashion, some styles suit a younger girl, just like some make up suits a younger girl. Glittery makeup is generally designed for teens. Throughout your twenties, you can still pull off glitter but by your 30s and 40s, it is not recommended.

On the other hand, young girls should not use makeup to create the illusion of age. Makeup should be used to accentuate what you already have, it should not be used to become something you’re not.

3 – Sleeping in makeup

Everyone knows that sleeping in your makeup is a big no-no, but sometimes it just feels like a little too much effort to take it off after a hard day. If you don’t take off your makeup at night time, your skin will suffer. If your usual makeup removal regime consists of eye makeup remover, cleanser, toner and moisturizer, buy some face wipes for the days that you’re too tired to go through the full process. It only takes a few minutes and your skin will benefit greatly.

4 – Putting on concealer without foundation

Many women try like to think they can go au natural and bypass the foundation. This is all well and good, but don’t wear concealer on its own. When used on its own, concealer does not mask your dark circles and blotches, it draws attention to them. Remember that foundation is there to even out your skin tone, so adding the unnatural tone of concealer to the natural tone of your face creates an overall uneven look. Most concealers are not designed to match your skin tone, they are designed to be used alongside a foundation.

Sarah Smith is a renowned author of all things health and beauty related. Sarah frequently visits worldsend.co.uk to get the latest information on natural beauty products.

 

Skin Care Essentials You Must Focus On At The Age Of 30

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Most women dread turning 30, because they know that this is the age where fine lines and wrinkles will start to develop on their face. Worse, for women who have been regular smokers or drinkers, these lines start to develop very rapidly, and can sometimes even start to appear on the face much sooner than the age of 30.

As most experts say, if you don’t want a bad skin later on, then the best way to solve the problem is to protect it and take care of it right since the beginning. If you are genuinely scared of looking older, then you must ensure that you do all that it takes to keep your skin looking healthy and young. Some skin care products come in handy during this process.

Here are some of the skin care essentials that you must definitely have with you at the age of 30:

1. Sunscreen

If you have been ignoring this basic product all your life, then it is extremely important for you to start using it when you have turned 30. This will not only save the skin from tanning, but also saves it from other harmful effects of the sun that include fine lines and age spots. With regular use of sunscreen, you will be able to delay the signs of aging to a good extent and can make you look more radiant than ever.

2. Toner

Most women tend to invest a lot of money in cleansers and moisturizers, but what they don’t realize is that a toner is equally important. So it is very important for them to at least get a toner at the age of 30, which helps to give their skin a smooth texture, and also complements the work that a cleanser and a moisturizer does.

3. Natural Concealers

Women love make-up, and one of the reasons why they can’t avoid it is because concealers and foundations hide the imperfections on their skin, making their face look flawless and beautiful. As you turn 30, you must realize that chemical based beauty products can spoil your skin. And if you must use make-up, then you should opt for organic or natural elements based concealers, which don’t cause any damage and work just like the chemical ones.

4. Anti-Aging System

There are various technologies available in the market these days to help people delay the signs of aging. However, when women turn 30, it becomes very important for them to choose or opt a technology that gives long-lasting and effective results. For that, the best choice is to go in for the 3DEEP technology, part of NEWA anti-aging system, which is a painless and harmless way of getting a younger looking skin.

So make all these products your new best friends when you turn 30. With these skin care essentials, you will be able to get a younger looking skin easily. Moreover, with a proper skin care regimen, your skin looks glowing and healthy always, thereby adding to your overall personality and charm.

The author, Dr Michael Schiel, is a renowned skin specialist. He shares his views about the world of beauty and medicine through his articles. He feels that the anti aging product can only slow down the aging process to a certain extent but regular exercise and healthy food habits can help you retain your youthful look.

Fun Summer Makeup

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Now that summer is here, you may be tired of wearing the same smoky eye makeup each and every day. It is time for you to switch it up and try something new. It is also time to break out a new color pallet and try wearing some new colors. Summer is the perfect season for trying something new and bright colors are all the rage. Here are some colorful makeup tips that you can use when doing your makeup this summer to be perfectly in season!

Try Shades of Blue

Since summer is all about laying by the pool or on the beach, you can use shades of blue on your eyes instead of basic, natural colors. There are many shades of blue eye shadow out there that you can use on your eyes. You can even blend them together like you would with a smoky eye for a look that is all your own. When you add some greens and a hint of gold to the look, you can really change it up. Blue eye makeup paired with a coral lip is a great look for a day in the office or a night out on the town.

Keep it Basic

Another thing that you will want to try this summer is to keep your makeup looking pretty basic and minimal. You will want to wear only the bare necessities sometimes when it comes to makeup. This means that you can use some bronzer, but try to skip the foundation. You can also use mascara to lengthen and add volume to your eye lashes, but you will want to either go light on or skip the eyeliner all together. If you do feel the need to wear eyeliner, use it only on your bottom water line so that it looks natural and not overdone.  If you want to, try using mineral makeup for the most natural and minimal look.

Keeping Your Skin Healthy

No matter what kind of makeup you wear this summer, remember to always keep your skin healthy, as well. Be sure to wash your makeup off at the end of the day so that it is not clogging your pores or causing a break out. You will want to use an oil free makeup remover if you need to on the mascara, especially if it is water proof. Additionally, stay hydrated and drink lots of water so that your skin can look its best.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a process that helps your skin stay healthy and vibrant with a wonderful glow and vitality. The first thing you should know about microdermabrasion is that there really are no risks that come with it, so don’t worry. What happens with microdermabrasion is that the top layer of your skin is removed, unveiling healthy skin underneath. You don’t have to do it everyday, but at least once or twice a month will keep your skin looking healthy and alive.

The summer is a great time for you to try something new and that goes for makeup and skin care as well. if you are someone that always wears natural colors, try switching it up this year and wearing something bold and bright for fun. Trying mineral makeup may also be a great idea because it has no harmful effects on your skin and can give your skin a natural glow without looking fake. Just remember to take care of your skin and stay hydrated on hot days. By following these makeup and skincare tips, you will be looking hot this summer!

About the Author: Lynn Garner is a licensed cosmetologist and beautician who loves to write about makeup, beauty, fashion and style. She uses the Riiviva Microdermabrasion System for an at home treatment that gives spa-like results.

8 Summer Beauty Essentials

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Summer is a wonderful, magical, romantic, relaxing time of year.  It is also hot, humid, and uncomfortable!  But just because it is hot doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous.

To look fabulous, you need the best beauty products that were specially designed with summer in mind.  Many people focus on their skin during the sun-scorching summer months.  While that is great, it is not ideal for optimal beauty.  You should never focus on just one aspect of your beauty regimen.

Your hair, makeup and everything else is just as important as your skin.  Here are some products that will help you look great this summer – from top to toe!

1. Sunscreen

While sun protection isn’t the only thing you should worry about, it is worthy of some thought.  So, we’ll get the most obvious out of the way right now!

Invest in some long-lasting, sweat resistant sunscreen.  Check to make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.  If you have sensitive skin, you might need to invest in two bottles; one for your body and one specifically designed for your face.

2.  Lip Balm

It is easy to overlook our lips when slathering on the sunscreen.  But just like the skin on any other part of our body, our lips need a little sun-preventative TLC too.

Look for a lip balm that includes SPF.  When you find one that looks great, tastes yummy, and protects your lips, stock up!  Lip balm is notorious for disappearing at the exact wrong moment!

3.  Aloe

Isn’t it frustrating to come home after a fun day in the sun to find you did get burned, despite your best efforts with the sunscreen?  That is where the aloe comes in.  Aloe won’t be able to undo the damage you’ve inflicted, but it will help soothe the pain.

4. Waterproof Mascara

The summer months are usually packed full of trips to the pool or beach.  Don’t be stuck on the sidelines because you are afraid of being seen without your makeup.  Or worse – with raccoon eyes!

Invest in some waterproof mascara.  Then, you can sashay out of the water knowing your lashes still look plump and fabulous.

5. Light-Colored Eyeshadow

Summer is all about embracing natural beauty.  You don’t need to go crazy with obnoxious colors during the summer.  However, it is beneficial to have some color.  And at the very least, eyeshadow can help protect your lids from the sun (it all comes back to sun protection, huh?!).

Try out various natural, light-colored tones.  For example, a golden shadow could be perfect.  Or, try an apricot.

6. Nature-Inspired Fragrance

Since you’re trying to go natural this summer, make sure nature permeates your scent.  Find something that really highlights the season.  For example, a sweet floral would be great.  Or a citrus aroma brings to mind summer fun.  Something beachy – like coconut – is often very appropriate for summer.

7. Beauty Pillow

A beauty pillow should be a must at any time of the year.  However, it is especially important during the summer.  Acne outbreaks are especially maddening when you have big outings planned with a ton of people – which happens a lot during the summer.

Your face is already taking a beating because of all the sunscreen you are applying on a regular basis.  Don’t add more chemicals to the mix.  Instead, try this all-natural skin care solution to keep breakouts at bay.  Natural skin care products work wonders any time of the year – but they are especially great during the summer.  You’re going natural with your makeup tones and fragrance; why not naturalize your other beauty products too?

8. Pink Nail Polish

No self-respecting female should ever be sans polish on her toes!  Whether you do it yourself or schedule a mani/pedi appointment every week, make sure you cover the essentials all summer long.

Go girly!  Summer is the perfect time to be a little flirty.  Dump those drab hues you’ve been using all winter.  Grab something bright, festive, and feminine.

What do you think of our list of summer beauty essentials?  Do you have any suggestions we left off the list?  Have you gotten all your necessary supplies rounded up already?  Or, which do you still need to pick-up?  Let us know!

Martha Delgado is a health, fitness, and beauty writer.  Do you want to read more of her suggestions for staying healthy and beautiful this summer?  Look her up on Google+ or Twitter!

Top Story: Cleaning Tips To Save You Time

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Nowadays we all lead such busy and fast-paced lifestyles that it can be hard to find the time to get on with the household chores. It’s understandable to feel like you are just far too hassled to have the time to clean your home properly – you need to know the tricks to save you time and maintain a clean and dirt-free home. That’s why I’ve compiled these home cleaning tips to help busy people like you find the time to clean as well as play.

Concentrate on one room at a time

It can be all too easy to get caught up in the stress of having to clean an entire house, which is why it’s important to keep your mind clear and focused by concentrating on one room at a time. So each week, pay special attention to one room of your home to save you more time when it comes to spring cleaning, because you’ve cleaned thoroughly throughout the year.

Use an efficient cleaning apron

Cleaning can be made far faster simply by wearing a cleaning apron. Not convinced? Fill the apron’s pockets with dusting rags, polishes, brushes and other cleaning materials so you will have everything to hand as you go from room to room.

Clean from top to bottom

Dust settles downwards so avoid making what you’ve just cleaned dirty again by working from top to bottom. Make sure you leave the floor until last to clean to save you from vacuuming twice.

Never let anything get too bad

Mess accumulates faster than you realize, so putting off the cleaning even by just a day could actually make the job a lot more time consuming when you next get round to it. Remember the old adage, don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today. If you have a spare twenty minutes, give your house a vacuum.

Work efficiently with your admin

We all receive irritating junk mail through our doors but rather than throw it in the bin, we tend to leave it to gather dust on the sideboard. And what about that sun cream that’s been sitting in your bathroom cupboard for over a year? It won’t be any good to use now so you might as well throw it away and use the extra space to house another beauty product. If there’s less mess on worktops to clear away first, you’ll be more inclined to give empty worktops a quick wipe with a dusting cloth.

Ask the kids to help

Many people seem to forget that kids are perfectly capable of lending a helping hand with the cleaning and tidying. Put your kids to work on their bedrooms and ask them to tidy away their toys in the living room to make your cleaning job simpler.

Invest in a feather duster

Feather dusters have been used continually throughout the years as efficient means of cleaning the dust from worktops and hard to reach places. So investing in a feather duster will make light work of all of your household cleaning chores.

Keep your bathroom sparkly clean

For hygiene reasons it is essential that you keep on top of your bathroom cleaning chores. Set aside time every few days and it should only take around ten to fifteen minutes to get it back to sparkly and germ free condition again.

Guest post contributed by Simon Hardman, who currently runs an independent business of carpet cleaners and helps people understand the importance of regularly cleaning your carpet and having it done properly by a carpet cleaning company.

 

5 Ancient Skin Care Techniques

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Ancient civilizations all over the world used a multitude of methods for skin care before the area of modern medicine and dermatology. We’ve put together a list of five ways people cared for their skin way back, some of which you might even consider using today. Many substances and techniques ancient people used in the past may even seem like simple at home skin care solutions today.

Clay

Clay was common in aiding the healing of skin that was damaged from disease or sunlight. Egyptians used to mix clay with oil and ash to form a type of soap wash. It helped them stay clean and provided a pleasant smell. It is thought clay has many healing properties and is gentle with sensitive skin. Different types of clay (i.e. brown, green, white, etc.) each have different properties. Clay is still used today in many types of creams and face masks as well.

Olive Oil

Other than pasta, olive oil is common in many skin products today. The ancient Greeks used it as a natural sun screen as well as to moisturize. Today olive oil is particularly desirable for those who have very dry skin or are sensitive to allergies. Studies have found that the oil also potentially protects against forms of cancer due to exposure to UV light. Of course keep note olive oil isn’t as kind to your fabrics, and not everyone may like the smell of olives on you.

Salt

Salts were used by societies as a natural exfoliate. Today you will find skin care products with micobeads and other abrasives to help remove dead skin and clean pores.  Of course salt is still available and widely used for skin care. One common type is natural sea salts which help improve circulation and aid in reducing skin irritations such as itching or pain.

Almond Oil

Produced through dried almonds, almond oil is rich in vitamins E and A. It aids in preventing wrinkles and can keep you looking young. The oil also helps protect the skin. It also helps in dealing with skin that might be flaky or suffer from uneven skin tone. It was used by the ancient Egyptians to keep a youthful complexion, and offers an all-natural method of looking young today.

Milk and Honey

Lactic acid in milk is said to aid in the removal of dead skins cells. This helps to make skin look smooth. It is said that Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey to keep you skin looking young. Honey provided for a moisture lock for skin with its ability to retain water. While this may not be a practical skin care method today, the addition of milk to create a milk bath is not uncommon.

Keeping these ancient skin care techniques in mind, it’s funny how many of our skin care regimes echo those of the past. Essential oils like almond oil and olive oil are commonly used in hair and skin conditioners. Honey and lactic acid components are also still used in beauty products today.

Dr. Steven E. Zimmet is the head of Zimmet Vein & Dermatology in Austin, Texas. The team at Zimmet Vein & Dermatology offer a wide variety of procedures ranging from vein or skin treatments to body contouring and aesthetics such as peels and spider vein

Dangerous Lee Interview: Nicci Leigh Teaches Us To Love Our Skin

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Why do people need your book,  “Love Your Skin”?

Because we deserve to. Many people are unhappy with their skin; with aging, dry skin, and acne, being the most common concerns. Caring for our skin goes beyond just cleansing it and slapping on some moisturizer and SPF. You don’t have to live with skin you’re unhappy with. If you could understand how to view and treat your skin like a professional you can get the skin you love. Skin care can be fun when you know what you are doing!

Does LYS focus on the entire body? 

Love Your Skin focuses primarily on the skin on our face, neck and décolleté (chest). However, the “Love Lessons” apply to the skin on our entire body and there is a specific chapter “Body Conscious” that details the top expert tips and treatments for the body, you can implement into your skin care routine.

Can the tips in this book be used by men and women of all ethnicities?

Yes, the tips can be used by men and women of all ethnicities. I did write the book geared toward a female audience (I kept it interesting by giving it a “Love and Relationships” theme to help associate the relationship we have with our skin to the more familiar one between men and women!). Still, the information can be applied to both genders, all ages and ethnicities. I help you to identify your skin type the way skin professionals do which uses a standard based on oil production, skin sensitivities, and the overall characteristics of your skin. Men and women’s skin differ in texture, thickness, and protection, and so does different ethnicities. The techniques I offer are universal, making Love Your Skin for everyone.

Does this book give any ideas how to treat problems, like eczema?

Skin disorders, like eczema, are treated by a dermatologist. I am a licensed aesthetician and skin care educator, so my specialty focuses on the health and care of the skin which can in turn improve the dysfunctions on the skin. So indirectly, yes it does. Love Your Skin covers everything from how your skin functions, natural and DIY treatments, to top product recommendations, and everything in-between—providing a fun and original perspective on skin care.

What are some of the biggest mistakes you think people make in regards to their skin? 

I think some of the biggest mistakes people make are: Viewing the care of their skin as only “beauty” related. In the same way that dental health isn’t purely cosmetic, skin care isn’t either, yet many individuals still see it as such. Love Your Skin will teach you why (in a very memorable way!). Another mistake people make is assuming that what we put in our bodies, on our bodies, and expose ourselves to, is not directly related to our skin’s health; all of which I discuss in detail in the book.

What do you use on your skin every day?

What don’t I use on my skin everyday!

In the shower I use: a natural body wash, oil and sugar body scrub, natural sugar or mineral face wash and an exfoliating rotary facial brush.

In the morning I use: a hydrating toner, a vitamin C / multivitamin serum, a firming moisturizer, mineral SPF and mineral makeup.

In the evening I use: a deep pore cleansing face wash, exfoliating toner, rich repair serum and moisturizer.

I do a weekly deep exfoliation and hydrating masque.

You will have to get the book to see what brands I recommend! I hope everyone enjoys the book, falls in love with their skin, and has fun doing it!

Download Love Your Skin on Kindle FREE April 17th & 18th!

Nicci Leigh’s ambition began at a young age selling Avon door-to-door. He passion has carried her through a lifelong exploration of personal development methods for women. She’s had a prolific career in the fields of beauty, wellness, and education; with a list of credentials including: Licensed Aesthetician, Licensed Skin Care Educator, Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, former business professor of Charles C. Mott College, and spa owner; before turning to writing full-time. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons, and is working on several books, including the sequel to her debut book Princess Bitch and her first novel.

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Top Story: 6 Alternative Uses For Nail Polish

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Ask any woman how many bottles of nail polishes she owns and she probably wouldn’t be able to count. Women often have a surplus of bottles in multicolored hues that they use to adorn their nails with chic color and designs. Well-painted nails have long been a fashion statement ever since the first modern nail lacqeur was introduced by Cutex in 1917. Even before then, Cleopatra was said to have adorned her nails with red henna. Nail polish has long been a mainstay in modern fashion, and throughout the years, several other novel uses have been discovered for this versatile varnish. Who would have thought there would have been more uses for polish than just to paint a pretty pedicure?

Shoe Polish

One novel use for nail polishes is to use them in place of shoe polish. Once a great pair of shoes gets scuffed up, they are often thrown to the back of the closet and forgotten about. But with the multitude of shades that nail polishes come in, one is sure to find a great match. Just make sure to test the color out on a piece of paper before applying to the shoe, as the polish may change shades slightly once it’s out of the bottle.

Protect Jewelry from Tarnish

It can be difficult to find great pieces of costume jewelry, and when one finds that perfect piece of jewelry, it’s always a matter of time before that piece becomes tarnished and unwearable. The reason for tarnish occurring in the first place is due to the air hitting the metal. A great fix for this problem is to apply a coat of clear polish to the jewelry in order to form a protective barrier around the metal. This will keep costume jewelry from tarnishing quickly, thus saving money in the long run.

Protective Coating

For individuals who may have a nickel allergy, the backs of buttons on jeans and other items of clothing may cause skin irritation. An easy fix for this problem is to take polish and paint the back of the buttons where they may rub up against the skin (be careful not to get polish on the clothing before it dries). This will create a barrier between the metal and the skin, which will reduce any further skin irritations.

Curing Warts

Clear polish is also a great home remedy for curing warts. Warts thrive on oxygen, so by coating a wart with clear polish, this will greatly reduce it’s size within a week. Just be sure to coat the whole wart and to reapply polish if it begins to flake off.

Fix Your Panty Hose

Polish is also a great way to stop a run in one’s panty hose. By dabbing a small drop on either side of a run, it will greatly increase the life of one’s panty hose. Polish is also a wonderful remedy to apply to any other clothes which may have frayed, including hair ribbons and accessories.

Protect Split Fingernail

Splitting a fingernail can be a painful ordeal, especially when one continues to re-injure it while waiting for it to grow out. To cover and protect the injured nail, simply split open a tea bag and cut the paper cloth down to the size of the nail. Place it over the nail and coat it with a layer of clear polish. This will serve as an effective temporary Band Aid until the split is able to grow out.

With the abundance of great alternative uses for nail polish, it is almost easy to forget the main function of this fashion staple. With a multitude of uses and more uses being discovered every day, nail polish serves as a great quick fix to many of life’s little dilemmas.

Tanya Loo is a beauty writer for an online beauty store based in Singapore. She offers advice on everyday beauty products like nail polish, makeup brushes and other popular beauty tools.

5 Beauty Products You Can Make From Garden Herbs

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A lot of today’s beauty products are filled with chemicals that can actually do a lot more harm than good. The good news is that you can make your own beauty products using herbs from your garden. Below are five products that you can make from herbs:

Bath Oil

It is very simple to make bath oil. All you need is one essential oil, such as lavender or rosemary. You can also mix lavender and rose together. Additionally, orange and rosemary is another good mixture. If you do not have a garden, then you can find these products at just about any beauty shop or health store. The invigorating smell of the fragrance from these oils and herbs will help you relax while you are taking your bath.

Soap

Many of the soaps on the market today have ingredients that can actually dry out your skin. You can make your own soap with cucumber and mint. You will need four fluid ounces of spring water, ½ of a cucumber, four ounces of white vegetable fat, two teaspoons of caustic soda and six drops of essential mint oil. Once you have made the soap, you will need to let it set for two days before using it. It should last two weeks.

Herbal Facial Mask

A facial mask can help remove dirt and oil from your skin. It can also help even out your skin tone. You can make a facial mask with apples, sage and honey. You will need to chop up the apple and place it in the blender with the sage and honey. You will need to blind all of the ingredients and then place them inside of a bowl. After you have finished making the mixture, you should allow it to set on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse.

Shampoo

Soapwort can be used to make shampoo. If you have light hair, then you will need to use chamomile along with the soapwort. Rosemary is a better choice if your hair is dark. The herbs should be placed in 500 ml of boiling water. You should let the shampoo stand for about 30 minutes before you pour it into a bottle. Store the shampoo until you are ready to wash your hair. You should use about 250 ml of this shampoo every time that you wash your hair.

Moisturizer

You will need calendula flower, glycerin and water to make a moisturizer. You will need to place the calendula flower in boiling water. Let it stand for 20 minutes and then strain the mixture. After that, place two tablespoons of glycerin and rosewater into the mixture. Mix all of the ingredients together until they are blended thoroughly. Put the moisturizer in a bottle and store it until it is ready to be used. This moisturizer can be used on every skin type.

Kelly is a single mother living in South East Queensland who is a strong believer in the benefits of using natural remedies. Kelly loves nothing more than working in her garden and has become an expert in Brisbane landscaping techniques over the years. Kelly also enjoys growing her own organic produce.

How To Get Dark and Sultry Smoky Eyes

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Many women feel that they cannot go out in public without wearing makeup and for many of these women, dark eye makeup is the look of choice. If you have always liked the way that smoky eyes look for quite some time, you may be wondering how you can get the look. Dark and sultry smoky eyes look sexy and give your eyes definition, no matter what color they are. Creating a perfect smoky eye is not as hard as it may seem. It can be done easily with just a few, simple products.

Getting Started

If you are planning on creating a smoky eye look, the first thing you will want to do is to  be sure you have the products you will need. You won’t need many, just a few. The first thing you will need to create a smoky eye look is some eye shadow in dark colors. You can usually get a quad of dark eye shadows that will all blend together in stores like Wal-Mart. Black eye shadow is important as is grey. You will also want to have some eye makeup primer to be sure that the eye makeup sticks to your eyes. Additionally, you will want to have some eye liner and mascara. Fake eyelashes are optional for this look. If you have all of these things, you will be ready to start doing your makeup.

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Doing Your Makeup

When you are doing your makeup, the first thing you will want to do is be sure that you have your foundation all done. You can use Revlon Photo Ready foundation to give your face a nice, airbrushed finish. Next, you will want to apply a bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks and some bronzer to give your face definition. You can now work on those eyes. Apply the eye makeup primer to the entire eyelid. You will then want to take some black eye shadow and apply it to your eyelid. Blend it with some grey eye shadow and use a nice, white shimmery eye shadow on the brow bone. You can also apply the white shimmer in the corners of your eyes. Next, take your eye liner and use it to line your eyes on both the top and the bottom. Finally, use either mascara or apply fake eye lashes to your top eyelid and you will be ready to rock and roll.

Creating a dark and sultry smoky eye look is not nearly as hard as many people make it seem. You will just need to have the right products on hand and know how to blend them together to create the look you want. It’s easy to do and won’t take much time at all. Give it a try today and see how easy it truly is!

About the Author: Pat Froeman is a college graduate pursuing a career in photo journalism. She loves to write about make up tips and ideas she learns from the professionals. She also recommends Microdermabrasion from Riiviva.

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