Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ways to Get a Beautiful Complexion – Skin Care Tips 2010

Ways to Get a Beautiful Complexion – Skin Care Tips 2010: Beautiful, flawless skin doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes work, perseverance, and most of all, patience. Here are 7 ways to get beautiful skin…keep these up and within a few weeks you’ll have amazing skin.

#1. Cleanse Morning and Night
One of the most important steps in skin care is to cleanse your skin every single morning and every single night before bed. If you fall asleep with your makeup on, you’re basically giving bacteria a perfect breeding ground and you’ll wake up with some unwanted pimples.

#2. Know Your Skin Type
Whether your skin is dry, oily, or combination, you need to get the right products for your skin type. So if you have oily skin for example, make sure that your cleansers, toners, and moisturizers are designed for oily skin. Also, make sure your foundation matches up with your skin tone. Again, if you have oily skin you should stay away from heavy, cakey foundations and instead go with minerals.

#3. Exfoliate
Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells that can accumulate on your skin. This is important not only for your complexion but the rest of your body as well. Your skin cannot absorb creams and lotions if it has a layer of dead skin cells hanging around. Get a good, gentle exfoliator that you can use 2-3 times a week. Wet your face, and exfoliate very gently. If you’re too rough on your skin, you’ll just end up breaking the soft tissue and that’s when bacteria starts harboring.

#4. Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping a healthy diet is one of the most important things when it comes to skin. So if you want a beautiful, glowing complexion it’s important that you consume at least 8 glasses of water a day. Oh and, no smoking! Smoking is not only horrible for your skin, but also for your hair, and well…pretty much everything else!

#5. Let Your Skin Breathe
If you must wear a concealer and foundation every day, make sure you remove it as soon as you get home. The longer you wear foundation, the more you clog your pores so if you don’t need to wear it, don’t! If you do, just make sure you give your skin a breather and go without any foundation or concealer whenever you’re at home.

#6. Take Vitamins
I’m not much for taking pills, but vitamins are very important and there’s just no way we can get all of required our vitamins and minerals in one day. To get beautiful skin make sure you take vitamins A, C, D, and E daily. An easier alternative would be to just take a daily multivitamin to help ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your skin and body needs.

#7. Pamper Your Skin
Find time once a week to pamper your skin from head to toe. Exfoliate, moisturizer, and prepare an all-natural mask. This avocado and carrot cream mask is one of my favorites not only because it’s all natural but because it actually works. The avocado combined with the carrots leaves your skin feeling soft, fresh, and young again, so don’t forget to take some time out for yourself in indulge a little!

Skin Care Tips 2010: How to Get Rid of Dark Circles

Skin Care Tips 2010: How to Get Rid of Dark Circles:Drink Water, Cucumbers, Potatoes,Rosewater, Tea Bags, Sleep. Dark circles under the eyes can give your face a less than youthful glow. Even if you have no other lines or wrinkles, those bags under your eyes can make you age instantly. Thankfully, there are many different ways you can prevent and treat dark circles, and there’s no better way to do that than with homemade remedies that you can find in your own kitchen.

#1. Drink Water
One of the most important steps in preventing dark circles is drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is not only beneficial in preventing dark circles, but also keeping your skin hydrated all day.

#2. Cucumbers
One of the oldest tricks in the book, and most widely used too. Make it a habit to place slices of cold cucumber to your eyes 2-3 times a week. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

#3. Potatoes
Just like cucumbers, potatoes also help to take away the darkness from underneath the eyes. Place two cold, thin slices of potato on your eyes and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

#4. Rosewater
Another great way to reduce dark circles is to soak a cotton ball in rosewater and place on the eyes. Make sure the rosewater is chilled and sit back and relax for about 10 minutes!

#5. Tea Bags
Tea bags are also a great way to reduce dark circles. Just place two warm teabags over your eyes and leave on for 15 minutes. You’ll notice a different almost immediately.

#6. Sleep
It’s no wonder that sleep is the number one cure for dark, tired eyes. So make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and that you drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and veggies!

Skin Care Tips: How to Minimize Enlarged Pores

Skin Care Tips : How to Minimize Enlarged Pores, include Exfoliate, Get a Facial, Microdermabrasion, Alpha and Beta Acids, Tretinoin. We all have them and we all hate them, but how can we minimize those gross, enlarged pores? Well the fact of the matter is that you can’t get rid of them…just make them less visible.
Why? Because pores are a part of your skin: they’re actually the little openings from where your hair grows, so if you somehow managed to completely eliminate your pores, your skin would be in a lot of trouble because it wouldn’t be able to push the hair follicle out or the oil that your skin  needs for natural protection.

1. Exfoliate


I cannot stress how important it is to exfoliate at least once a week. Use a soft, grainy exfoliant (you can even buy gentle exfoliators that you can use every day) to remove dead skin cells which cause the enlarged pores. Make sure to scrub well around the pore-invested area to see results.

2. Get a Facial


Getting monthly facials is a great investment because you get the really deep-cleansing treatment, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and minimizing those enlarged pores. Also, a facial is usually customized to your skin type, so make sure you consult with a specialist  before proceeding.

3. Microdermabrasion


Microdermabrasion treatments can be quite effective in minimizing pores since they slough off the dead skin cells, leaving your skin completely rejuvenated. If you’ve got the dough, you can get it done by a  professional, or just pick up one of many home microdermabrasion kits.

4. Alpha and Beta Acids


Alpha and beta hydroxy acids are great at really getting deep into the skin, and preventing dead skin cell buildup. While alpha hydroxy acids are more water soluble, beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) is oil soluble, so it’s able to get really deep into the skin, exfoliating the sebum-packed pore. Therefore, look for products that contain salicylic acids.

5. Tretinoin


If all of the above don’t seem to work, resort to stronger solutions such as tretinoin, also known as Retin-A. It helps unclog and minimize pores by speeding up cell turnover.

Fashion Tips: 10 Fashion Rules for Wearing Denim in winter 2011

Jeans have survived generation after generation of come-and-go fashion fads, yet stand firm as an essential wardrobe staple.
The key to looking good in denim is about understanding your body shape to find the perfect fit.
Don't be a slave to fashion, and know how to accessorize jeans with pieces that compliment your look, rather than cheapen it.

Rule 1 - The Perfect Fit

  • Ill-fitting jeans do nothing for your style or your silhouette. Finding the right pair is not so much about fashion, but more about style. Concern yourself with finding the correct shape for your body type rather than keeping up with the latest trend. Seek advice from a store's personal shopper usually the service is free. Alternatively go to your favorite specialist jeans store and ask for help. These sales consultants know their stock well and have a good idea about each brand's styles and fits.

Rule 2 - Patience Pays Off

  • There is no quick fix to finding the perfect pair of jeans. Even though you may be faithful to a particular brand, they will vary from cut to cut. No matter what size and shape you are, be prepared to go from shop to shop and spend several hours in the fitting room. When you finally find a fit that really flatters your silhouette, it is worth it in the end. Save time by researching your body type and potential suitable styles on the net. When you get to a store you will then know which ones to try.

Rule 3 - Work and Play

  • ''Denim should be used but not abused,''. This celebrity stylist guru goes on to warn that there is a time and a place for jeans, no matter how dressy they may be. Whilst they are ok for casual wear, a nightclub and semi-formal social occasions (and in some cases, work) when it comes to attending a big corporate event, a dress or smart pants win over every time. No matter how you dress it up, denim is always denim.

Rule 4 -Dress Up Your Jeans

  • For a party, date or meal out, dress up jeans with a chic, trendy scarf or lots of great jewelry. Add a pair of flashy flats or look-at-me heels and you're off! A tucked-in classic white shirt and a narrow belt threaded through the belt loops can transform a casual pair of jeans into something much more elegant

Rule 5 - Fleeting Fashion Fads

  • Do not follow short-lived seasonal trends at the expense of spoiling your look. Low-rise hipsters work on very few body shapes, and skinny jeans are best left to those with long legs and slim hips, although there are some exceptions. Flares and boot-leg cuts are far more forgiving, as are high or mid-waisted jeans.

Rule 6 - The Overstuffed Sausage Factor

  • Avoid styles which cut into your hips or constrict your legs to the point of discomfort, (as in super-skinny jeans). High-waisted jeans are kinder to large stomachs and bottoms, not forgetting oneof the greatest recent fashion inventions, tummy-tuck jeans. No matter how much you love that skinny pair on the rack, do not, repeat not, try to squeeze yourself into too-tight jeans, at the expense of looking like an overstuffed sausage.

Rule 7 -Butt Cleavage

  • Avoid butt-cleavage at all costs. In the UK, this is known as ''Builder's Bum,'' an unsightly offering of butt peeking out from your waistband, made even worse if it tackily shows a glimpse of thong. If you are wearing low-waisted jeans, then make sure you pull up the waistband before you sit down, and pull down your shirt or top.

Rule 8 -Overspill - "The Muffin Top"

  • Due to the current trend in low-waisted hipsters, a muffin top, caused by ill-fitting jeans is a common site amongst women who are trying too hard to be fashionable. Avoid any jeans which cause your flesh to spill out over the top of your waistband. Don't be downhearted - persevere until you find a better style, as this is usually not so much about size but more about finding the right cut and fit.

Rule 9 - Colored Jeans

  • White is the new black this season, so white jeans are currently chic and trendy. Don't overdo other colors though, unless it's black or gray, which can dress up a pair of denims with an edgy elegance. Although stores are currently full of spring-like colored jeans, these are best left to women the right side of 24 and not a 40-year old.

Rule 10 - Build a Jeans Wardrobe

  • Having at least one pair of great fitting, go-anywhere jeans is a crucial element in any woman's wardrobe,'' says Zoe. To cover all bases, ideally you should have a pair for smart and casual wear, a close fit and a baggier fit, and a pair in a deep, dark rinse as well as a lighter wash.

Makeup Tips 2011: Mineral makeup 101

Mineral makeup tips for Women 2011, makeup tips 2011, Mineral-based cosmetics can make your skin look flawless.

Why mineral-based cosmetics can make your skin look flawless. When cosmetic companies first brought their lines of what they called “mineral makeup” to the public in the late ’70s, corporations called them radical, and quickly pushed them out of the mainstream market. However, after grinding it out for the last 30 years on infomercials and by word of mouth, mineral makeup is finally getting the public’s attention. Today, it’s in the pages of magazines and at the top of celebrities’ must-have lists. But what is mineral makeup? Read on to find out.

What is mineral makeup?
“The whole idea behind mineral makeup is to not use anything known to interrupt the skin’s natural function,” explains Ruben Potrebenko, makeup artist and national educator for Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. “What makes it so unique,” he continues, “is that it’s usually free of fillers like talc — which clogs pores — and FD&C colour — a known carcinogen.”

According to mineral makeup manufacturer Pure + Simple Cosmetics, the minerals themselves, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide mixed with pure pigment offer many skin care benefits. Titanium and zinc are natural anti-inflammatories, so they calm and soothe the skin; titanium dioxide is a natural sunscreen and carries an SPF of 15 to 20; and the minerals won’t support bacteria growth like standard makeup, because the minerals are inert.

Quick application
Most mineral foundations are four products in one — foundation, concealer, powder and sunscreen. What this means for you is that it’s faster to put on. “Another thing that makes this product so easy,” explains Potrebenko, “is that it can be as simple as possible for the makeup beginner or challenging enough for the makeup artist — it covers every realm. The more you put on, the more colour, coverage and sun protection you get.”

While it’s true some women swear by mineral makeup, others find it can look or feel dry or even cakey. If so, manufacturers recommend trying a lighter application of the product, or waiting for your moisturizer to completely absorb before applying. It may be worth trying it out at a makeup counter before buying.

Get some glow
Not only are the minerals lighter and easier to put on, but they also give you a fantastic natural glow. “The reason mineral makeup is doing so well is because it makes the skin look fantastic,” Potrebenko says. “The minerals actually reflect light off the skin like millions of little mirrors, which make the wearer look flawless. This product is also highly water resistant, so it won’t rain off, snow off or cry off, and you can swim in it for up to 80 minutes without it lifting off the surface of the skin.”

10 Winter Skin Care Tips for Healthy Skin

Easy and Natural Winter Skin Care Solution

Contact Lenses

In this fast and modern world contact lenses are replacing spectacles at the same time gaining popularity as an added beauty product.

But people are not much aware of the instructions to be followed while using contact lenses. Nor they properly followed the right procedures to wear the lenses.
Oculist and opticians can give you the right information. Here are answers of some simple question for those who do not know how to move along with their new eyes.

Cleaning Solutions

Prior Information about the cleaning solutions recommended by your oculist is essential. Solutions available in the market are although harmless. But information about their chemical content and method how to use expiry dates etc. should be noticed.

Most of the solutions available in the market are no rub solutions. Before putting them on your lenses just rinse them once and use. They are the most effective and highly prescribed solutions currently. As they comply removes, dirt particles and bacteria from lenses surface.

Tips to follow;

  • Rinse before inserting the lenses into solution Debris should be washed away from the surface of the lens.
  • The whole bottle can be contaminated if the tip of the solution comes in touch with the contact lens or your eye.
  • It’s essential to change the case after 2-3 months. Wash your case with soap and water, scrub with a new tooth brush. Warm water gives good washing. Air dry it, eyes are sensitive so hygiene is necessary.

Preparation of Soft Lens:

Wash your hands before using your lenses. As most of the bacteria, dirt and germs are carried by unwashed hands. It’s good to create a healthy and sterile environment for your sensitive eyes. Check the lenses after washing your hands whether they are right or inverted. The proper way to place the lens on eye is inside out. But it feels uncomfortable and pops out at once, it’s very common and happens mostly. Following are the three steps to learn the proper way of placing contact lens with the correct side on eye ball.
  1. The Taco Test: Can be checked by placing the contact lens in the crease of your hand slightly to the outer side of your palm. Close your palm and notice that the lens obtains the taco shape if correctly done. The corners of the lens will fair out, and lens will be folded against itself from middle. In case of inside out position.
  2. The Code Words: are engraved on lenses by same wise manufacturers. if you have  a good near vision you read them easily for placing right side. Letters are at backside in inside out condition. So, supporting a more convenient use.
  3. Bowl Technique: Place a lens on the tip of your finger. Observe closely that it forms bowl edges flair out when the lens is inside out. Flip it and check it again for the other side, be sure before placing on that you are wearing right side.

Don’t Forget!

To wash your hands properly with soap and water before checking out contact lens.
Remove all eye makeup, creams or lotions before placing lens. It’s better to do makeovers afterward. As it helps in keeping your lens wetter, cleaner for vision and hygienic for health of eyes.

Insertions of Lens

There are numerous ways or techniques of placing lenses correctly. We are here mentioning the most commonly used one. If you feel that you are following a better way, as it suits you go on with that one.
  1. Pick up the lens with your Index finger.
  2. Middle fingers of the same hand should be sued for holding lower lid of eye.
  3. Hold the top lid with the other hand.
  4. Make a large opening for your lens to touch the eye directly and smoothly without touching another surface around.
  5. Calmly bring your index finger close to the eye ball. Softly place the lens over cornea. When you feel that corners are accurately attached. Release the lens from your finger.
  6. Softly pull out your finger, close your eye slowly and pad your eyelid softly.
  7. As gentle padding helps to remove air if any trapped under your lens. Repeat the same procedure successfully for the other eye.
Hopefully, this information will solve your problems related to the use and care of Contact lenses.

Celebrity Fragrance Fashion - Perfume & Cologne..

Every woman wants to smell divine. But the quest for the right fragrance can be as elusive as that search for the perfect Prince Charming. Yes, there are plenty of fish in the sea. And, sure, it's easy to steer clear of the cheaper, less desirable, options. But even when you limit yourself to the high-end stuff, the choice of fragrance is overwhelming.

Shopping for perfume or cologne is additionally complicated by the fact that the olfactory system quickly becomes overwhelmed. After three or four fragrances, your ability to differentiate between scents is probably shot. And, because you absolutely have to try fragrance on your own skin (it will react differently with each person's skin), you've probably run out of places to spritz it too!

Memory & Smell:
While cologne and perfume are known for providing fragrance, perfume bottles have long been sought after for their display-worthy design.
Our sense of smell is deeply connected to our faculty of memory. Marcel Proust, the French author, described in great detail how a smell from childhood can trigger an intense and involuntary graphic memory of a certain event and emotional state.
It makes sense, then, that we are attracted to fragrances that are somehow connected to positive memories, however abstractly. The types of fragrance each of us is drawn to will fall into one of two camps: light and dark.

A Lighter Fragrance Touch
As the name suggests, light fragrances are floral, ozonic and fresh. They evoke a sense cleanliness and youth, smelling of line-dried laundry and fresh growth, of freshly chopped wood, spring rain and newborn babies.
Even in the sterile environment that most modern homes and offices epitomize, there exists a desire for a fragrance that spells "clean", but yet adds gentle warmth to our anonymous surroundings. Lighter scents accomplish this task with subtlety and style. Their wearers are vivacious and playful, yet they don't take themselves too seriously.
But though these discount designer fragrances are light, they are not necessarily un-complex: The bouquet can be a blend of many floral fragrances, with dashes of fruit, citrus, water or 'green' notes such as grass and herbs, which will evolve differently on each wearer.

A Little on the Darker Side
At the other end of the Globe, there are dark fragrances. Dark scents are not the natural choice of most girls: They're gritty, tenacious, dirty and full of depth. They smell like old books, of worn leather, wet earth and rotting wood.
The original purpose of all fragrance was, of course, to stop us from stinking in times when people could not bathe daily; hence the name "toilet water" or eau de toilette. The ingredients chosen were ones that signalled freshness, like lemon, lavender and roses; ingredients we associate with lighter scents. But people soon developed a use for fragrance beyond that of plain deodorizer, and there lies the origin of darker fragrances.
In 18th century France, perfumers began to add excrement, diluted extremely, to floral fragrances to create depth and complexity. Nowadays, the equivalent ingredient is musk, which will add an animal note to any fragrance.
Of course, the original perfumer employs these ingredients with skill. Adding musk to floral and fruit scents will create a sickly, sweet scent, that's at once nauseating and luxurious. Dark fragrances speak of a woman who is confident, mysterious and passionate.

Trendy Watches Transcend Time.

Watches have been in style for centuries. Before watches even existed, time was still very fashionable. There where beautiful clocks built in the most stunning buildings and gracing the walls of castles. Eventually, watches made there way into our pockets, and then, out of convenience, onto our wrists. The classics; a men's gold watch, a ladies designer watch like Bulova, or a Luminox Navy Seal have not changed much over the past hundred or so years. These styles still grace the wrists of the most stylish women and the most prominent of business men.
Even though these styles are timeless, this is not to say that the styles and trends have not changed. Over the years, as technology has developed and designers are becoming more innovative, new watch styles are on the rise. Digital watch are a recent trend from the past twenty or so years. They are still developing and sports watches are moesre high-tech than ever before. But as far as fashion watches go, the same styles are recycled over and over again. The same styles from the beginning of time are trendy at one moment, then out of style the next, only to be replaced by a different trend from a different period of time.
Currently, watches with large faces are more in style than small faced watches. Large, chunky, mens watches for women are extremely trendy. Look at the large Chanel watch as an example. White is another popular trend for watches right now. White watches are considered classic, yet modern. Square watches are also very in style right now. These exude a modern look as well. As far a men's watches go, the same classic styles found on a typical men's gold watch are still common, yet they are decked out with all the technology and best materials available.
The watch has developed over the years, making its way from a grand structure to a convenience so small and precise we can wear it on our sleeve. Watches take on the styles of the time, and are considered a long lasting fashion symbol of an era. These time pieces are literally that. Watches are not only meant to tell the time of day and date, they also capture a moment of time when the watch was designed, exuding trends and styles that are sure to come back in fashion.