03/07/2015

10 Minute Secret to Getting The Perfect Make-up

As the cliche goes, time is gold. For most women, getting one or two extra hours every morning to get ready for the office can seem like a miracle. 



It rarely happens. Fortunately, there’s actually no point in spending two full hours getting dolled up when you can look as glamorous in just ten minutes. 

Take a look at these essential steps and you’ll never look at your morning makeup routine the same way again:

Hair

Estimated time: 4 minutes

Amika Dry Shampoo
Amika Dry Shampoo
Washing your hair can really be time consuming. As a solution, you can opt for dry shampoo instead. Prior to its application, make sure you have combed and detangled your hair thoroughly. Use the dry shampoo close to the roots and do a rubbing motion to make sure it absorbs the oil and grease in your hair. 

As for styling, you can skip the use of heating devices this time. You can just pull your hair back into a ponytail. If you want to create a different look, you can try putting your hair in a braid or just let it hang loose if you prefer the natural look. 



Makeup

Estimated time: 6 minutes

Face

For a fresh and vibrant look in the morning, you can splash your face with cool water to revive your dull skin. Tinted moisturizers, like the BB creams, are your best options when you’re in a rush and you still want to look flawless. 

Eyes

Instead of eye shadows, you can use shadow pencils. You can just glide it on your eyelids forming sharp lines or just smudge the color for extra drama. You can sweep some concealers on your dark under eyes and fill in your brows to make you more awake. 

As for mascara, choose brands with curling effects. It can give your lashes the length and flare they need to look more noticeable. 


Cheeks


Add a hint of color to your face by swiping a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Blend everything well to make you look naturally glowing.

Lips

Tinted lip balms are good alternatives if you want to skip the accuracy lipsticks need. You can even dab the color on your way out of the door or when you’re starting your car.

Life is meant to be lived and beauty is meant to be appreciated. Why waste too much time in front of your mirror?. 





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There are a lot of factors that can cause thinning hair. Whether it’s hormones, chemical damage or even anxiety and stress, you still want to avoid it, right?

To ease your worries and to help you get thicker and luscious hair, here’s a list of tips you can follow: 


1. Listen to your hair

Hair Growth Cycle
Generally speaking, hair growth follows a certain cycle. It starts off with a growing phase and then followed by the phase where almost two thirds of your hair is damaged. The last phase involves the resting phase. 

By knowing which cycle your hair is in, you’ll be able to recognize if the thinning is simply a manifestation of a healthy cycle or not. You should also know when your hair has had enough of heating and chemical treatments. Pay attention to your hair to better understand its health.




2. Choose a healthier diet

Kale & Mushroom Quinoa 

Food choices have great effects on the health of your hair. To ensure it gets the right nutrients it needs for growth, you can include more foods containing Vitamins A, B and C. You can also increase the amount of Folic Acid in your diet.


3. Moisturize your hair

Deep conditioning your hair can help you restore its youth and health. Chemical processes can strip away your natural hair protection, making it more prone to damage and breakage over time. You can counter such effects by soaking your hair in a deep conditioning mask for 20 minutes once a week . 



4. Massage your scalp frequently

Massaging your scalp can increase the flow of blood in the area. An increased blood supply can mean better nourishment for your scalp and your hair.


5. Choose better hair products

There are hair products that contain volumizing ingredients. Humectant, for one, is a non oily substance that directs external hydration to the inside of your hair roots.


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6. Color your hair

Colors can create depth and you can use this principle in making your hair look thicker. You can ask your stylist about the best set you can use.


7. Use extensions temporarily

While you’re working on making your hair thicker, you can ask your stylist about the best extensions you can use to add volume to your hair.



Your hair is a reflection of how well you care for yourself. As prevention is always better than cure, you may want to make the healthier change now.


25/06/2015

Skin Care: How Morning and Night Routine Differ


Is your nighttime skincare routine any different from your morning?

With all that your skin has to go through the day night, it is actually essential that you make your morning skincare routine different from the one you carry out at night. You don’t need to have a lot of beauty products.  As a matter of fact, you can keep using your trusted products and just include some basic additions. 

The most important thing is that you meet your different skin’s needs at different times of day.

If you are a little unsure, then this list can help you better understand why you need to have separate routines for your mornings and nights.




Morning Skincare Routine


Your morning skincare routine should be all about protection. During the day, your skin is exposed to a lot of harmful factors. These include dirt, pollution, stress and even intense heat. 


  • Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any sweat and oil buildup on your skin while you were sleeping.
      
  • Apply a toner that is alcohol-free. Other than the toning effect, a toner can also bring back your skin’s moisture and hydration that have been lost during washing.
    Toner for: Normal Skin | Combination Skin | Oily | Dry | Sensitive
      
  • Use a moisturizer that contains SPF. It can make your skin moisturized while giving it the protection it needs against the harmful rays of the sun.
  • As for makeup, try using mineral based cosmetics as much as possible. These products allow your skin to breathe.

    Mineral Based Cosmetics: bareMinerals, YoungBlood, Jane Iredale, Laura Mercier.
      
  • You should also consider eating more fruits and vegetables during the day as these food are very high in antioxidants. They can help you combat wrinkles and premature skin aging.



Night Skincare Routine


Your night time routine, on the other hand, should focus more on nourishment. During the night, your body, including your skin, repairs and rejuvenates itself from all the damage it endured during the day. 
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner
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  • Thoroughly clean your face with a gentle cleanser and remove any makeup you have.
  • Use a toner to remove deep seated dirts and to restore hydration on your skin.
  • Apply a rich moisturizer and if you prefer, you can also use a night time serum. It can help your skin repair itself faster to avoid premature skin aging.
  • You can include a good eye cream as well.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep – nothing beats a proper night’s rest.







It can be quite hard to break a routine particularly if you’ve grown comfortable with it. However, you should also remember that, change is often necessary for growth.

23/06/2015

New Product Arrivals You Should Get Your Hands On

If you have been using the same set of products for years, don’t you think it’s about time to try something new?

The industry of skin care is very dynamic and it’s quite easy to get left behind. Each year, more and more skin care products are developed that can do more and better things for you and your beauty. 

In case you’ve been missing the news lately, here’s a list of the newest skin care products to arrive in the market. We can help you catch up


New Products on COSME-DE.COM



Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask

Peter Thomas Roth - 24K Gold Mask
Peter Thomas Roth - 24K Gold Mask
available on COSME-DE.COM


Peter Thomas Roth is literally a pot of gold. It contains pure 24k gold together with colloidal gold to brighten, freshen and smoothen up your skin. It also has Hyaluronic Acid to increase your skin’s hydration to make it more supple and healthier. This gold mask even has micronized Peridot to greatly diminish any free radical damage. 


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Eye Palette


This Bobbi Brown’s limited palette has ten shimmering shades, mostly from the brown to warm shades. The colors are fairly pigmented without being too glittery. As a matter of fact, the colors in this palette can give you the sheer color you want on your lids. They last long, too.





DR. WU Instant Whitening Capsule Mask With Vitamin C


It’s known fact that Vitamin C is very good for the skin. It has the ability to stimulate collagen elasticity which is actually essential in keeping your skin looking young and healthy. Dr. WU Instant Whitening Capsule Mask, however, can lighten your skin and make it look less dull and stressed. It also has the ability to lighten the dark pigmented areas of your skin. This product is equipped with Sustained-Release Encapsulation Technology which can assure you of its efficiency.





Courreges Eau de Toilette

Courreges Eau de Toilette
Courreges - Eau de Courreges Eau de Toilette
available on COSME-DE.COM

An Eau de Toilette is a little softer than an actual perfume. However, this doesn't mean it can’t be any good. As a matter of fact, the Courreges Eau de Toilette is good for both men and women. It represents independence and generally reflects the smell of outdoors.  It is chic and zesty particularly since its base is a mixture of hint of mint and citrus.

Usually, going out of one’s comfort zone leads to bigger and better things. If you’re afraid of trying out new things, 


how would you know if you never try?

19/06/2015

Summer Sun Care Must Haves

Summer can mean a lot of fun, but are you sure you are being safe enough?

beach run
With all the exciting and fun activities you can do under the sun, it’s quite easy to forget about your skin. To make sure you’re protected, here’s a summer sun care list you need to include in your daily routine this season.



1. Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 / PA++++
Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 / PA++++

This product can protect you against sun damage and sunburns. It contains a high amount of sun filters to make sure you’re safe against UVA and UVB rays. It’s also enriched with Vitamin E to help your skin avoid wrinkles and other signs of  premature skin aging.

The Kiehl's UV Defense is available at COSME-DE.COM at great prices 







2. Banana Boat Ultra Protect Sunscreen Lotion SPF / UVB 50 / PA+++

Banana Boat has a wide selection of products that your skin will surely love, particularly this summer. 
Banana Boat  Ultra Protect Sunscreen Lotion SPF / UVB 50 / PA+++
Banana Boat Ultra Protect Sunscreen Lotion SPF / UVB 50 / PA+++
available at COSME-DE.COM


This sunscreen, for one, can be quickly absorbed by your skin to give you a long lasting UVA and UVB protection. It has Vitamins C and E that nourish and moisturize your skin. It also contains Aloe Vera


3. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen
Hawaiian Tropic
The Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen can do three things for your skin. It can protect your skin while making it soft and glowing. Interesting, right?

This sunscreen is waterproof which means it can resist water for around 80 minutes. It also has a tropical smell and a non- greasy feel. Aside from its Vitamin C and E content, this product is also endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. 

Hawaiian Tropic  Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen UVB / SPF50 with UVA / PA++++


4. Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen A+N SPF50+ / PA++++
Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen A+N SPF50+ / PA++++, available at COSME-DE.COM
Available at COSME-DE.COM

This sunscreen is a bit runny and has a lotion-like texture when you apply it on your skin. However, it isn’t oily or sticky. You can even use it for both your face and body. Other than protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, this sunscreen makes sure your skin is hydrated and glowing even under the sun. 

Your skin needs more of your attention during summer. However, this doesn’t mean proper skin care should only be done in this season. The truth is, your skin is at risk for damage every single day. Be sure to give your skin proper attention all year round as it’s still better to be safe now than have regrets later on.



Remember, one of the best pieces of advice you will ever get: Always wear sunscreen. 

17/06/2015

3 Asian Cosmetic Brands You Really Need to Check Out

Asian skin seems to be capable of defying signs of aging. 



More than skin care, Asian cosmetics are also known to play a major role in giving Asians their youthful glow. This could also be one of the reasons why some Western countries are suddenly taking interest in their beauty products.  

To help you get a clearer idea on how asian cosmetics contribute to their bright and beautiful skin, here’s a list of some of their cosmetic brands. 




CHA LAB is available on COSME-DE.COM
CHA LAB is a medical cosmetic institute in South Korea that provides researches and discoveries to the country’s top hospitals.  This research institute’s most popular cosmetic product is the Pore Clear Mask.
CHA:LAB Pore Clear Mask can be bought at COSME-DE.COM
CHA LAB’s Pore Clear Mask at COSME-DE.COM

CHA LAB’s Pore Clear Mask is also known as the Vacuum Cleaner Pore Mask because of its ability to suck away blackheads and pimples

The product also claims to provide seven efficiencies. The list includes opening pore channels, shrinking your pore size, improving your skin’s texture and even enhancing your skin’s brightness. It can also hydrate your skin by 72% while nourishing it with several essential nutrients. 




IOPE is available at COSME-DE.COM
IOPE believes in the harmony of science, nature and human. It’s the first cosmeceutical brand that also specializes on quality herbal extracts in creating the best products for your skin. IOPE’s signature product is the Air Cushion XP SPF50+ / PA+++.
IOPE Air Cushion XP SPF50+ / PA++ at COSME-DE.COM
Air Cushion XP SPF50+ / PA+++ at COSME-DE.COM


The Air Cushion XP SPF50+ / PA+++ is a moist foundation that helps protect your skin against the harmful UV rays while making sure you look radiant and glowing.  It repels sweat and oil that makes it last longer on your skin. 

This product also has 30% mineral water for a moisturized dewy finish. As IOPE focuses on nature’s essences, it has infused six Siberian plant extracts to minimize your pores and protect your skin.




VDL Cosmetics is available at COSME-DE.COM
Violet Dream Luminous aspires to enhance women’s beauty through colors. The brand is a collaboration between makeup artists and several professionals. VDL’s most known product is the Expert Color Lip Cube Moisture SPF10.
VDL Expert Color Lip Cube Moisture SPF10 (Multiple Color Option) at COSME-DE.COM


The Lip Cube takes lipsticks to a whole new dimension with its edges. It contains SPF for protection against the sun’s harmful rays and is also infused with elegant and luxurious colors.  This lipstick has a silky feel upon application and vows to  last long on your lips. 

12/06/2015

Tips for Dealing with Splitting Cuticles

Healthy, nicely groomed fingernails say something about a person. They show attention to detail. Besides, who wants to deal with the headache of dry, peeling cuticles? 

Splitting Cuticles


Splitting cuticles are a common problem - particularly if you work in a profession where your hands are exposed to harsh chemicals and water. Ragged, peeling cuticles are not only unattractive, they can be painful. 

Need guidance? Here are some tips for turning damaged cuticles into healthy ones.


The Causes of Splitting Cuticles 

Keep Moisture. Don't let it crack!

The most common cause of splitting, peeling cuticles is a lack of moisture

When you expose your hands to harsh chemicals or repeatedly place them in soap and water, it dries them out and leads to unsightly splitting and peeling. 

Another way cuticles become damaged is when you trim them with scissors. Trimming cuticles not only damages them - it increases the risk of a cuticle infection called paronychia, which can be quite painful. Some people also pick at their cuticles which cause them to split and peel.
  

How to Deal with Damaged Cuticles: Stop Trimming Them 


It's important to stop trimming damaged cuticles with scissors and avoid picking at them. If the cuticles are covering too much of your fingernail, use an orange stick to gently push them back after soaking them in warm water. Then apply some light oil such as olive oil to the cuticle for softening. 

Never try to push your cuticles back aggressively or use any type of instrument that isn't sterile. This will only increase the risk of infection. 

Once your cuticles are groomed, apply a layer of cuticle moisturizing cream to give them added protection against dryness. If you're in a bind, you can use petroleum jelly as a cuticle moisturizer.


For Healthy Cuticles, Keep Hands and Cuticles Moist 

Soothing 24hr moisture... by Shawn Campbell, on Flickr
If you expose your hands to chemicals or soap, wear rubber gloves. Repeated exposure to water, soaps, and chemicals leads to dryness and further damages already damaged cuticles. 

Use restraint when grooming your fingernails. Pushing back the cuticles too often increases the risk of irritation, splitting, and peeling. Do it only as often as necessary.







Damaged Cuticles and the Risk of Infection 

Monitor for any pain or swelling around your cuticles. These signs can indicate a paronychia or cuticle infection. Look for signs of redness or drainage from the nail. If you see any, contact your doctor. 

Some paronychias are caused by fungi and will respond to anti-fungal medications, while others are bacterial and need an oral antibiotic prescribed by a doctor. In severe cases, a cuticle infection may need to be drained by a doctor.

Splitting Cuticles: The Bottom Line? 

The key to preventing peeling cuticles is to keep your hand moist and avoid exposing them to trauma


Don't pick at them or overgroom them. 

Wear rubber gloves to shield the hands from soaps and chemicals. With the right habits, almost anyone can have healthy cuticles and more beautiful hands.







References: 
Am Fam Physician. 2001 Mar 15;63(6):1113-1117. WebMD. "6 Ways to Care for Your Cuticles" (2014)

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