Makeup

How-to: Using an eyelash curler for fuller lashes

How to properly curl your eye lashes has plagued me for years. I tried it once before, when how-to’s weren’t readily available, failed miserably, and never tried again. Well, I’m back and this time spreading how to do it right. If you want longer, fuller looking eye lashes this an easy way to accomplish that without enhancements or drug therapy.

The first thing you need to get started is an eye lash curler. There are many of them out there on the market so you will want to pick one that works without crimping the eyelashes or pulling too much. One of the top recommended curlers by professionals is one by Shu Uemura ($20), but other, less expensive options such as Revlon work just as well.

Here are simple step-by-step instructions:

  1. Make sure your lashes are clean and mascara free. Using a curler after mascara can cause it to crumble and the lashes to stick together.
  2. Start at the base of your lashes, as close to the roots as possible while making sure not to get any skin. Hold for 5-10 seconds until you have the desired look.
  3. Curl your lashes in 3 segments: the base, middle and the tip to get the natural curl you are looking for.
  4. Never pull on the curler, it will pull your lashes out.
  5. To separate the lashes use your favorite mascara or the spoolie end of a brush. It looks like the end of a mascara wand but it’s just a brush.

There are many professionals who recommend using a blow dryer to warm up the eyelash curler or heated curlers. With heated curlers you run the risk of possibly burning your eye and it can cause more damage to the lashes themselves by creating breakage. Think of your lashes as you would your hair. If you over curl or add too much heat you run the risk of damaging them. It can create a more dramatic curl, but if you invest in a good curler you can get great lashes without the risks.

There you have it. A simple and easy trick to getting fuller, longer looking lashes without too much hassle whether you wear makeup or not. Click here for a great video tutorial. If you found this helpful please share or leave a comment if you have suggestions or questions.

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Back to Basics, Skin Care

Back to Basics: The low down on exfoliating

Basic skin care wouldn’t be complete without an introduction to exfoliating. I must confess that exfoliator’s are my favorite skin care product. Exfoliating could be the extra boost you are looking for to complement your daily routine. The best part is: it benefits all skin types!

First, what is exfoliation? Exfoliation is the use of either manual, scrub, or chemical, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, means to remove the top layer of dead skin cells . This prompts the live cells deep in the skin to generate new cells, refreshing the outermost layer. Your skin can fully regenerate in 2-3 weeks.

So, now you may ask why you need to exfoliate if your skin automatically regenerates itself. Exfoliating immediately energizes your skin revealing a more radiant look. It feeds and nourishes from below through increased micro-circulation, circulation of blood in the smallest vessels, bringing oxygen to the top layer to stimulate circulation and regeneration.

If your skin is prone to breakouts exfoliating could be very helpful in clearing it up. Acne prone skin sheds more cells than other types and the dead cells don’t fall away. The cells stick to pores, causing excess oil to build up, ultimately clogging them and creating a breakout. Exfoliating removes the cells causing the blockage and when done regularly, it reduces the likelihood of future breakouts.

Moisturizers, creams and other products are better absorbed by the skin after exfoliating as the layers of dead skin cells no longer block them. This makes the products you use more effective, which is great news for your skin and wallet. Exfoliating regularly helps your skin to be properly moisturized, makeup go on smoother,  and more evenly.

When looking for an exfoliator steer clear of ones the use shells and other jagged, uneven materials. You are looking for smooth, uniform exfoliators so they evenly exfoliate your skin. You should also only exfoliate 2-3 times a week and never on back-to-back days as doing so more often can cause skin irritation. Test the exfoliator on the underside of your arm before use on your face to test for possible reactions.

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Back to Basics, Skin Care

Back to Basics: Why moisturize?

As the case with cleansers there are many moisturizers on the market. The most important question to answer is: Why moisturize? A common misconception is if you have normal, combination, or oily skin you don’t need moisturizers because your skin already produces just the right amount or too much oil. In fact, if you don’t, your skin will actually over-produce oil trying to compensate after cleansing.

Woman-moisturizing-face

Cleansers are designed to wash away the impurities and extra oil. Moisturizers are just as essential as they hold water in the outermost layer of your skin and create a barrier against environmental elements. Skipping this important step can throw your skin’s natural moisture off balance and speed up the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If too much oil is a problem, you want to make sure you find a moisturizer that is non-comedegenic (won’t clog pores) and oil free so you don’t add more oil to your skin. These are lighter and you will be able to feel the difference between one meant for combination/oily skin vs. one for dry skin. If you use acne products you should moisturize right after to minimize the skin’s irritation. I can’t stress enough the importance of using a light moisturizer if you have combination/oily skin to maintain balance.

If you have drier skin you will want a creamer, more robust moisturizer. It will tend to be thicker and contain an emollient such as Shea butter or Vitamin E. Emollients seal and lock your skin’s moisture in, providing a protective barrier. You will see an immediate difference in your skin when you apply the right moisturizer. It will appear plump, feel hydrated, and the flakes will be gone.

If your skin feels tight, it means you need a product with more moisture. If it is too oily, dial back and find a lighter moisturizer. Your skin will also change with the seasons so if you found a product that works great in the summer and all of a sudden it doesn’t do anything in the winter, listen to your skin and find a moisturizer for the season.

When picking out your moisturizer you will find that some boast anti-aging benefits, organic ingredients, etc. You will need to determine what is important to you.  You may have to try a few different products before finding the right one. Don’t be afraid to return the product if it’s not working for your skin. Using the wrong product is one of the worst things you can do.

If you are unsure of your skin type, refer to my previous post about choosing the right cleanser for your skin. If this information was helpful please share it by liking my post and if you have any questions or comments post them below. I would love to hear from you!

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Back to the Basics: The right cleanser for your skin

The first step to healthy skin is choosing the right cleanser for your skin type. Cleansers are the cornerstone of a good skincare regimen as it removes the makeup, impurities, oil buildup, and dead skin cells accumulated throughout the day. It also refreshes the skin and prepares it for any products you will use after the cleanser.

There are so many out there and it can be confusing which one to choose. We will start with determining whether you have dry/normal skin or combination/oily skin. Keep in mind your skin type can change over time. I will go over each skin type and what you should be looking for in a product to maximize the benefits.

Dry Skin:

If you have dry skin your skin will have small pores and/or a matte (dull) finish with no extra shine or oil. Dry skin can become rough and could flake or crack. If you have dry skin you want a gentle, creamier cleanser that won’t over strip the moisture from your skin and will help restore the needed moisture to soften the skin.

Normal Skin:

If you have normal skin it will have a healthy look with a smooth texture. You skin has a natural balance of oil and moisture. It is also not prone to blemishes or clogged pores. If you have normal skin you want a cleanser that maintains the balance.

Combination Skin:

If you have combination skin it will have a healthy look, as well as oiliness in T-zone areas. The “T-zone” goes horizontally across your forehead and vertically down the center of your face over the nose. There can also be signs of dryness across the cheeks and by the hairline. You want a cleanser that won’t over strip the moisture but that will help control the oil prone areas. This skin type can be tricky because if you use a cleanser that is too harsh the skin will over-compensate and produce even more oil to try to gain balance and the dry areas will become even drier. Look for one that specifically states combination skin.

Oily Skin:

If you have oily skin your skin will have a shiny appearance as the oil glands tend to over-produce. Even after cleansing a sticky or greasy feeling can linger for hours. You will also see larger pores and the skin is more prone to breakouts. You want to look for a cleanser that helps control surface oil so your skin feels smooth after cleansing. If you skin feels tight afterwards chances are the cleanser is too harsh and is removing too much of the skin’s natural oil and moisture. You may also want a cleanser with deep cleansing properties to clean pore openings of the buildup.

The next step is proper application. You will want a good lather and to move your fingers in a circular motion outward toward the hairline. Don’t forget to cleanse around the hairline and neck areas. You should wash your face twice a day, once in the morning to remove the toxins from the night and once at night to remove all the impurities and buildup that occurred throughout the day.

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Makeup, Skin Care

Everything Beauty

Women are constantly searching for the right products for their skin type, coloring and personal style. I chose to discuss everything beauty not only because I am a Mary Kay beauty consultant, but because there is more to beauty than just the makeup you put on your face. It is about feeling good in your own skin and bringing out your inner beauty.

Many women don’t know they are using the wrong cleanser, that moisturizer is a must or that their foundation is not a good match. I used to be one of those women and it was frustrating. I tried many products until finding the right ones for me. It took quite a bit of education on my part and it was worth it. I want to help others find their perfect matches by sharing what I learned along the way.

We all have our unique features and there are makeup application strategies that maximize each one. I am constantly looking for the latest trends in skin care, new ways to apply makeup and other beauty related topics. This not only includes different products but living a healthy lifestyle and bringing out one’s inner beauty. Inner beauty is just as important as what you see in the mirror and I don’t want to diminish the importance of loving yourself for who you are.

Topics will include, but not limited to:

  • Skin care
  • Makeup
  • How to’s, tips & tricks
  • Trends and styles
  • New product releases
  • Other beauty related topics

I will be posting my findings here. If there is a topic you would like to see here or have a comment about a post don’t be shy, let me know. I will be more than happy to share with you.

-People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder.- 

Salma Hayek