Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How to Look Great Without Makeup

There are times when makeup just isn't an option... you are either in a rush, traveling, or unequipped with your favorite products. This doesn't mean you can't still look great, and here is how:
Skin Care / Perfect Skin.
A good skin care routine is an absolute must to be able to get perfect looking skin without makeup. Exfoliating, cleansing, toning and moisturizing are a few essentials whether you decide to wear makeup or not and so is wearing sunscreen. Aside from these recommendations, you should also include additional rituals that are meant to help you look your best depending on your age. Steam facials might be particularly useful in your teen years, while a retinol cream is beneficial if you are trying to fight skin aging. Homemade facials, when chosen properly, can also help you get a more radiant skin naturally.

Emphasize your facial features.
When it comes to emphasizing the eyes, curling your lashes is a simple and quick solution. This simple gesture will open up your eyes while also emphasizing your eyelashes, even if you don't wear mascara.

Shape your eyebrows.
The shape of your eyebrows will also influence your overall look, so make sure they are properly groomed. It's a good idea to have your eyebrows plucked or waxed professionally initially to ease your efforts and ensure the best results.

Minimize under-eye circles.
Not using concealer can be a real challenge for those who want to correct dark under eye circles. However, there are plenty of options you can use to diminish this problem naturally. Although cucumber slices and tea bags are two popular homemade remedies that are used to solve this problem, some say that a low temperature is the secret to get rid of dark under eye circles and puffiness. Therefore, cold water or even an ice cube can be an effective solution to solve this problem relatively quickly.

Choose flattering hairstyles.
A good hairstyle can be just as important as a flattering makeup style. A hairstyle that flatters your face shape can hide a lot of flaws by changing the main points of interest or by creating all sorts of optical illusions. Do your best to find the hairstyles that most compliment your features and you will be one step closer to the desired look.

Wear colors that flatter your complexion.
A sensible clothing style is also essential in order to look great in spite of wearing no makeup. Paying attention to the color choices you make is extremely important. The right pop of color along with a few accessories can do wonders for your overall appearance, not just your face. 

When all else fails... resort to sun glasses!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Drinks for Dieters


4 oz. Chardonnay90 Calories

4 oz Dry Champagne105 Calories

6 oz. Rum and Diet Coke65 Calories (1 oz. Rum, 5 oz. Diet Coke) 

6 oz. Vodka and Soda65 Calories (1 oz. Vodka, 5 oz. Soda Water)

10 oz. Bloody Mary180 Calories (2 oz. Vodka, 8 oz. tomato juice, Dash of Tabasco and pepper)

7.5 oz. Gin & Diet Tonic115 Calories
  (1.5 oz. Gin, 6 oz. Diet Tonic)

12 oz. Guinness Draught126 Calories

12 oz. Bud Light 110 Calories

4 oz. Cabernet Sauvignon90 Calories

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Are you getting enough sleep?

We all need our beauty sleep. So how much sleep do we really need?

According to sleep experts you’re getting the right amount when you are able to get up easily, stay alert throughout the day and then go to sleep easily at night. The right amount of sleep can vary from person to person, says psychologist Dr. Joseph De Koninck, president of the Canadian Sleep Society. “It’s a bit like your height or the size of your nose, it’s something that is most likely genetically determined.” Everyone is different – some people feel rested after 4 hours while others may need 10 to feel good.

De Koninck also says that if you need an alarm clock to wake you, you probably aren’t getting your ideal amount of sleep. “You’re interrupting your natural sleep needs. So if you require an alarm clock you should go to bed earlier.” Once you adjust the time you go to bed to suit your sleep requirements you may not need an alarm clock to wake you on weekdays.

Here's a trick to find out how much sleep you require to be fully rested:

On a non-work night, go to bed at your regular time and set your alarm as you would for a normal work day. Wake up, turn your alarm off, and go back to sleep. See how many hours you keep sleeping. That is the amount your should add to your regular sleep routine.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Eye Makeup for Your Eye Shape

Determining eye shape is just as important as choosing the right colors for your coloring. Depending on the shape of your eyes you should choose different colors and ways of applying eye makeup. Learn how to determine eye shape and apply eye makeup for each eye shape.

Eye Makeup for close-set eyes
If the space between the inner corners of your eyes is shorter than the width of one eye, you have close-set eyes. So your aim is to make your eyes look further apart. To create the illusion of width, you should emphasize the outer corners.
  1. Apply light eyeshadow from the inner corner of your eye to the middle of your eyelid (from lashes to browbone) to widen the space between the eyes. Keep small highlight color in the inner corner of the eye.
  2. Extend the darker eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eye from lashline to browbone.
  3. Use the most intense color of eyeshadow in the outer corner.
  4. Use eyeliner to draw a very thin line along the upper eyelashes. To bring the attention to the outer edge of the eye thus making your eyes appear further apart, apply eyeliner so that it becomes thicker near the outer corner of your eyes (both top and bottom). You should draw the line as close to the lashes as possible.
  5. Use mascara in the outer corners of the eyes.
  6. Widen the space between the brows by plucking. Extend the brows with a brow pencil line at the ends.
Eye Makeup for wide-set eyes
If the space between the inside corners of eyes is wider than the width of one eye, you have wide-set eyes. So your aim is to reduce the space between the eyes to make your eyes look close together. To bring eyes closer together, you should emphasize the inner corners by using darker colors in the inner corners.
  1. Reduce the space between the eyes by applying dark eyeshadow in the inner corner.
  2. Apply the lighter eyeshadow to the outer two-thirds of the lid from lashline to browbone.
  3. Use eyeliner to draw a very thin line from inner to outer corners on both upper and lower lids.
  4. Pencil eyebrows a little closer to the nose. Don't extend eyebrows out at the ends

Makeup for prominent eyes
Prominent eyes which set far forward in the face tend to dominate the facial features.
With special makeup prominent eyes can be made less obvious:
  1. Apply dark eyeshadow over the entire lid and extend eyeshadow into entire eye crease
  2. Use a highlighter under the brow to lighten and lift.
  3. Use the eyeliner to minimize the lid
  4. Apply plenty of mascara to emphasize top lashes.

Makeup for almond eyes
These are the most common eye shape. Almond eyes are characterized by upswept outer corner. Almond eyes considered the classic eye shape and therefore if you have almond eyes you can easily experiment with various eye makeup looks.
  1. Apply light eyeshadow on the lid from lash to brow. Use neutral eyeshadow.
  2. Apply dark eyeshadow of the same color on outer corner of the eyelid.
  3. Blend light eyeshade under the brow for highlighting.
  4. Use eyeliner on the upper lid to make almond eyes appear large. If you want your almond eyes look more round, stop eyeliner before the outer corner of the eye.
  5. Apply mascara on upper lashes with emphasis on outer corners.

Makeup for small eyes
They are proportionately smaller in comparison to the rest of the facial features.
  1. Apply light shadow on the eyelids.
  2. Apply medium-toned shadow in the creases.
  3. To give the eye more prominence, apply highlighting shade under the brow
  4. Line upper and lower lids with soft-colored eyeliner to enhance small eyes.
  5. Apply black mascara on upper lashes.

Makeup for hooded eyes
If you can't see your eyelid, you have hooded eyes. To enhance hooded eyes:
  1. Apply lighter shadow in the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone .
  2. Apply medium or dark shadow on the crease and hooded area.
  3. Line upper lid to open the eye.
  4. Apply black mascara to upper lashes.

Makeup for round eyes
To elongate round eyes and make them appear more almond-shaped:
  1. Apply medium eyeshadow on the eyelid up to the crease.
  2. Extend the shade to the outer eye corner and continue down along the lower lid.
  3. Use darker liner to line top and bottom lid. Extend eyeliner out and up beyond the eyelid at the outer corner.
  4. Apply mascara for top lashes only, more on outer half.

Makeup for deep-set eyes
You have deep-set eyes if you can see some of your eye lid in the outer corners of your eyes, but this section of eye lid narrows as it gets closer to the inside corners of your eyes. If you have deep set eyes:
  1. Apply light or medium eyeshadow from the inner corner of your eye to the outer to bring deep set eyes forward
  2. Apply dark color on the eye crease
  3. Use eyeliner on upper lids
  4. Use mascara on top lashes only.
  5. Raise the brows slightly by penciling in a little above the born

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