23/03/2015

SK-II CC Cream: The Art of Glowing Nude Makeup

Spring time means it’s time to wear those floral print dresses and let your bare face shines. However, we were not all blessed with perfect skin, and wearing heavy foundation is a no-no in the humid weather.

CC cream is the perfect choice during this time of the year.

What’s the difference between BB cream and CC cream?


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Although BB cream and CC cream have been in the market for quite some time, many people still ask the question – what’s the difference?

To briefly explain it, BB cream stands for Blemish Balm, it is initially designed to protect and nourish traumatized skin. Later, cosmetic companies improved the formula and turned it into a makeup product. One common problem of BB cream is that the color is too grayish and unnatural, but recent products have improved a lot on this area.

CC cream stands for Color Control Cream, and it is an upgraded version of BB cream. It also boosts nourishing and color-correcting function, while strengthening nourishment benefits such as whitening, moisturizing and anti-allergy. The texture of CC cream is more lightweight and hydrating than BB cream, and has a more natural concealing effect.

SK-II Auractivator CC Cream SPF50+ / PA++++


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A CC cream that has drawn much attention recently, this product combines skin-nourishing and makeup benefits in one tube: whitening, moisturizing, brightening, concealing and UV protection. Not only does it conceal blemishes and spots perfectly, it also diffuses light on your face evenly to create a flawless, glowing complexion. This cc cream also has a high UV protection and active whitening ingredients, making it a comprehensive skin-protecting makeup product.

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5 major benefits:

Brightening: 40% of whitening ingredients from SK-II’s best-selling Cellumination Aura Essence, boosts skin’s inner luminosity. After trying for 4 weeks, skin illuminates with radiance.

Moisturizing: The light, hydrating formulation glides easily onto the skin.

Glowing: Iridescent micro pearl pigments instantly improve skin’s surface glow.

Coverage
: The natural tint conceals spots and imperfections for a flawless finish.

Protection: SPF 50+ PA++++ protects skin against future damage from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

With nourishing, beautifying effects and a lightweight texture, SK-II Auractivator CC Cream SPF50+ / PA++++ is your must-have makeup up this spring and summer!

20/03/2015

5 Skin Care Tips You Need To Keep In Check

Your skin says a lot about you. However, since we tend to look at people’s faces first, we seem to forget the rest. We exfoliate our faces, apply face masks and even toners. But, what do we do to with the rest of our skin? Admit it. Most of us are guilty of neglecting the largest organ of the body.

Your skin will thank you if you start making adjustments as early as now. Here’s a list of skin care routines you may need to incorporate in your daily activities:

❖ Sleep


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Have you ever woken up with a saggy skin and dark circles around your eyes? Not having enough sleep the night before meant your skin did not have enough time to relax and repair itself. Your skin gets exposed to several stress factors every day. You should give it sufficient time to renew itself. It gets tired, too.

❖ Exfoliate

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Your skin is your first layer of protection against pollution and dirt. With such exposure, your pores may become clogged and your skin may be filled with impurities.

Exfoliation works to remove all of these burdens from your skin. It takes away dead skin cells and unclogs your pores at the same time. However, you have to make sure to choose a gentle exfoliant. You don’t want to bring your skin more harm than good.

After washing, find a soft towel to pat dry your face. It’s never a good idea to rub your skin. The process actually creates unnecessary friction than can cause irritation.

❖ Moisturizer

After exfoliation or after washing your face, you need to apply a moisturizer to make sure your skin maintains hydrated. However, you also have to keep in mind that not all skin types are the same.

As such, you may want to try these products:

L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate has both milk and almond extracts. It’s a powerful
combination to keep your skin soft and nourished. It also gets easily absorbed by the skin to keep it moisturized for up to 48 hours.

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L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil also has almond oil. However, it also contains camelina oil to make your skin more nourished and elastic. As a spray, the oil gets easily absorbed.

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❖ Food

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The saying goes “You are what you eat”, and for a good reason.

Eating processed foods and preserved ones will clearly make those fine lines appear earlier than they should. If you want to have a healthier skin, you should nourish it from the Vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins and nutrients that can maintain your skin’s natural integrity. It can supply your skin with the essentials it needs to maintain its functions and to protect itself.

A healthy diet can also supply your body with protein to fuel your skin’s repair in case it experiences damages.


❖ Exercise



Did you know that exercise can boost collagen production? It works to keep your skin’s elasticity. It can reduce wrinkling, too.

Exercising also flushes out toxins from the body. It clears your pores to prevent acne build up. It increases your blood flow to enhance oxygenation to your cells. Moreover, exercise tones your muscles and skin.  You wouldn’t want to have flabby arms, would you?

Whether or not your skin tells good things about you will actually depend on how you take care of it. As such, you should start being kind to your skin now. Remember, it can say a lot
about you.

17/03/2015

Hair Styles That Never Go Old


Your hair is your crowning glory. So, why not make it your best attraction?

Each year, hair trends change from length, color and even texture. The styles of last year would actually feel a bit “obsolete” if you flaunt it in today’s runway. Say for example, the frizz. For 2015, experts say that there’s no need to tame it anymore. If the spring runways are giving any hint, it’s high time that you keep your serums locked away.

However, although hair trends vary over time, there are styles that actually never get old. If you’re not one of the brave souls to try in a bolder look this year, these steps and styles could actually make you feel refreshed.
 
     Curls
       
Want to change your look?


Perhaps, this is one of the easiest way to achieve that new look you have been planning about this year. You don’t need to cut your hair shorter or to dye it with another color. What’s more fun is that you can actually test first how it would look on you before you head to the salon to have it done.


1.    To start off, you need to go through your hair. Comb it and brush away any knot.
2.    You have to divide your hair into sections. This way, you’ll get the curling tongs to heat the sections evenly.
3.    Try parting your hair around an inch thick for each part. Take one part and wrap it around the barrel of your curling tongs.
4.    Remove and check the curls. Pin it against your head.
5.    If you’re satisfied with how it’s curled, you can allow it to set and cool.
6.    Repeat the same process for the remaining sections.
    TRICK:

       
 If your hair is a bit stubborn or if it is fine and limp, try misting it with2chic Ultra Volume Tangerine & Papaya Butter Big Body Hair Spray
It can give you more volume that can resist humidity. It’s long lasting, too.

     Volume Up

While curls look good as they are, it’ll actually be much better looking if you add volume to it. How?

1.    Start off by unpinning your curls and running your fingertips through each section.
2.    With the use of a teasing brush, you can start brushing at the roots of your hair. This way, you lift your hair while adding volume to it.
3.    As for the rest of the hair, you can run a paddle brush to make your curls more loose.

   
TRICK:

You can use the Lucido-L Hair Wax to fix the ends of your curls, whether you want them to stay inwards or outwards. It actually absorbs oil as well, so you won’t need to feel sticky the entire day.

You can also try for a hair oil, if you prefer. The Orofluido Beauty Elixir can give your hair both body and movement. It actually has a nice scent, too.

     
Actually, you can use both to manage your curls. Just mix a little amount of both wax and oil on your palm and work it on your ends.

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        Want to add spice? You can add braids to your curls.

1.    Take a small section of hair on top and near the front of your head. Make sure to leave some strands to frame your face.
2.    Put the section into a fishtail braid, keeping it flowing backwards as you go.
3.    Once you get to your ear part, you can stop braiding and pin the section behind it.

    TRICK:       

To keep the braid in place, you can try misting it with a hairspray. The
Logona Silk Gloss Hair Spray gives your hair volume without pulling it down. You can spray it around 12 inches from your hair and make sure to avoid getting the product on your eyes.


        There are several hairstyles that you can actually try if you want something new. However, since your hair is your crowning glory, you wouldn’t want to go overboard right? It’s still better if you keep it simpler.


12/03/2015

Eye Massage Techniques

Your eyes are one of the first things people notice when they look at you and unfortunately they are also where the first signs of aging appear. If you want to maintain a youthful look it is important to provide your eyes with a little tender love and care.

Benefits of Eye Massage

An eye massage is one of the best things you can do for your eyes because it delivers so many benefits:

  • If you have problems with sinuses/allergies an eye massage can improve blood circulation and relieves sinus pressure. Relieving these symptoms can also help reduce puffiness and dark circles.
  • The lymphatic system is positively affected by eye massage because it will speed up lymph drainage. Lymph is a bodily fluid that gets rid of bacteria by catching and then releasing it fromour bodies. Getting rid of toxins in the body can promote a clearer, brighter, more even skin tone.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles can be ceased with a simple eye massage. Targeting certain areas around the eye can help reduce stress, headaches, and tension. Many times when one or more of these things occur we squint our eyes and consistently squinting can eventually cause wrinkles around the eye, relieving these symptoms will cease squinting and reduce wrinkles.
  • An eye massage can also improve the way your products perform. Pressing formulas deep into your pores will allow them to drive through layers of the skin they may not have been able to normally.

Performing an Eye Massage


Carrying out an eye massage is simple all you need is two minutes and a product to create a slip, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Begin with your finger at the beginning of the brow, sweep out and around the entire eye socket including the bridge of the nose. Repeat this motion 8-10 times.
  •  Find two pressure points, one directly above the eyebrow arch and the other below the   beginning of the brow and push firmly for 3 seconds.

  • Push firmly on the temples for 3 seconds.
  • Use the thumbs to activate the pressure point directly above the inner corners of the eyes, press the area cautiously then release, repeat this step 5 times.
  • Use your two middle fingers to rub the temples up and down for about 1 minute.
  • Place both index finger on the back of the head directly behind the eyes and massage for one minute. This area can be delicate so be sure to use caution when massaging the head.

Product Recommendations for an Eye Massage

Performing an eye massage is always better with a product specifically made for the eyes, as discussed earlier the formula will drive deep and deliver results. Don’t own an eye cream? Here are several products that will have your eyes bright and wrinkles free.

Special recommendation:

1. Lilyth Absorption Age Eye Cream

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Infused with active Eyeliss™, Haloxyl™ and Argireline® that work best in treating puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines around the eye area.

Under USD50:

2. Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Cream (All Skin Types)
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A rich blend of water, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol and Butylene Glycol targets fine lines and lifts the eye area by defying the gravity.

3. Clarins Special Eye Contour Balm (Dry Skin)

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A perfect product for dry skin beauties. This creamy rich eye balm smoothes wrinkles, protects the delicate skin on eyelids and eye contours, and helps keep new lines from forming.

4. Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex
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An ophthalmologist-tested product that works great in smoothening and brightening the eye area. It also reinforces the skin's barrier and reduces fine lines. This product works well under makeup too.

Under USD 100:

5. Christian Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Eye Treatment
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Intensely corrects all visible signs of aging in the eye contour area: wrinkles and fine lines of the crow's feet, loss of firmness and radiance.

6. Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Firming / Sculpting Eye Crème
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Infused with the Photo-Activated and Nocturnal Lift Complexes that lifts your aging skin and makes it look firm, bright and younger than ever.

7. LANCÔME Advanced Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream
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All-in-one eye cream that works on dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles all together and gives you a radiant, look eliminating all signs of fatigue.

Over USD 100

8. Sisley Supremÿa at Night The Supreme Anti-Aging Eye Serum
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Clinically proven to extend cell life and repair cells, this product shows results just applying for one night. You will see it all in your reduced wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and lifted eye lids.

9. SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream
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Moisturizes, smoothens wrinkles and reduces dullness for a younger looking skin just in 3 days of application

10. La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Contour Cream
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The two-in-one eye and lip contour by La Prairie works well in treating age sensitive areas on your eyes and lips. Infused with natural oils and extracts, this cream firms the aging skin and restores the vitality.


An eye massage can be performed for as long as you please but it normally only takes 3-5 minutes. For brighter, smoother, and more youthful eyes try this simple massage technique each time you apply an eye product!

06/03/2015

The Best Blush and Brush Pairs


“You’re blushing!”


It’s a fact that almost everyone wants to have that rosy glow on their cheeks and be complemented about it. It makes them look more vibrant and young. However, mimicking the same blushing effect could be frustrating for some. Other than choosing the right color, you’d have to find the perfect brush to make it look natural.

To lessen your frustrations, here’s a list of the best blush and brush pairing:

           bareMinerals All-Over Face Color means natural beauty. It’s made up of pure minerals in  coral pink glimmer, making your skin safe and beautiful. Whether you’re light or brown skinned, this blush can make you look beautifully glowing.


Need a brush?


The bareMineralsFlawless Application Face Brush has soft tapered semi-round bristles to perfectly infuse that sun-kissed glow into your skin. It’s light and it gives off a light to medium coverage.
 Tip:

        Simply swirl the brush to get the right amount of color and tap to remove any excess. Swipe the brush to your centerpoints. That includes your forehead, your cheeks and your chin. Other than your cheeks, you can also apply it to your lips and pair it with a nice lip balm.

.        Tired of feeling sticky? This 3 Concept Eyes Powdery Lip&Cheek can give you a light powdery finish. It comes in  4 shades. Each of this shades blends easily with your skin, creating the illusion that you’re just simply aglow.

Need a brush?
       
        The Too Cool ForSchool Marshmallow Puff could probably catch your eyes anyway. It’s creatively shaped which makes it interestingly nice to use. Other than making you save on your creams more, its unique shape allows versatility in application.

Tip:



        You need to use the underside of the puff to dab the color on the apple of your cheeks. Start with a small amount and then just work your way until you get the right color.


Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color N has 4 colors in its box. You can choose to either use one or blend all shades for that dewy finish. Plus, it’s long lasting, too.

Need a brush?

  Chanel Touch-UpBrush has a rounded shape that makes it perfect to use for easy blending. It’s made of natural and synthetic fiber brush hair. It’s an ideal one to use for a quick fix if you’re on the go.
Tip:

  Adjust the amount first before you apply. You can load your brush and tap it on the back of your hand. This way, you can control the color you put on your cheeks.

4.     Bobbi BrownBlush
        If you want it matte and natural, this Bobbi Brown Blush will do wonders on you. Not only is it available in shades to fit your skin tone, it’s long lasting as well. It feels silky when you apply yet it delivers an even and more natural look.

Need a brush?

        Bobbi Brown FaceBrush is big and fluffy. However, it has a short handle which makes it easy to use when you’re on the move. Plus, you can also use this to remove excess products on your face.

Tip:

        Swipe the brush and tap to remove excess blush. Apply it to your cheeks in dusting motion for a more natural look.


       
        It’s more than a blush- it’s a mineral blush. Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush is made without any chemical dyes to harm your skin. Also, it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which make it even safer. You can use it on your eyes and lips.

Need a brush?
       
        Jane IredaleChisel Powder Brush is soft mainly because it’s made of goat hair. It can grab powders well and distributes it evenly on your face.


 Tip:
Pick up a small amount and begin by layering. There’s no need to load everything at once.

Whether you simply want to add color or just feel beautiful, putting on makeup can boost your confidence. However finding the right product can also give you a less than desired effect if you don’t apply it right. You wouldn’t want to overdo it, would you?



02/03/2015

Vogue’s Best: Your Top Picks to Beauty


So you want to look beautiful?

When they say that natural is better, that doesn’t have to mean you need to flaunt your pale cheeks and unlively set of lips around town. Whether you’re a professional make up artist or a simple beauty enthusiast, you know a little color wouldn’t hurt. And while you’re at it, why not try it with  the best ones?

Here’s Vogue’s Best of the Best.

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If you’re too scared to get an all out red lip color, you may want to try the subtle ones first. Burt’s Bees is the perfect piece to start getting your lips acquainted with colors. First, it’s a lip tint. Second, it’s a lip balm.
       
With 100% natural ingredients, you are not only splashing colors on your lips but giving them the hydration they need too. You may want to try it in Hibiscus - not too red, not to pink.

This tint can give you the natural glow you want. It’s not too strong and not too pale. It’s just the right shade to give you that rosy cheeks and kissable lips. Yes, it can give you both.
       
Just dot three spots on the apple of your cheeks or wipe some of the color on your lips. Either way or both, you’ll look instantly fresh and aglow.


You know you want those doll eyes, right?

Well, apparently, you don’t need to get too envious anymore. Lancôme can give you the same wide eyed look without clumping your lashes. This mascara also just doesn’t simply curl your lashes up, it makes each lash shine too.

If you don’t want the flare and flirty look or if you have tried and failed miserably at it, you can stop blaming your stubborn lashes now. Chanel found a good way of lengthening and curling them up. It makes sure they stay that way as well.

It has a long lasting formula that is also waterproof. You can stop hating the hot weather now.

OPI Nail Lacquer

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No, it’s not for your face.

However, if you’re afraid of painting your face, why not do it on your nails instead? OPI Nail Lacquer in Red can give you the same pretty feeling. It’s pinky-toned red in color that can perfectly match your tan.

Remember, a set of pretty nails can have the same effect as a well made face.

Not a fan of make up? There’s still something else you could try.

Burberry has a scent that can make you think of rain and the British Garden Floral. My Burberry is Burberry’s signature scent that at one whiff will remind you of its famous trench coat. If putting colors on your face is not clearly your type, why not smell beautiful instead?

If your confidence is low and you are feeling a little need to boost yourself, you may need to take a step forward and experiment on things. It may not necessarily require you to swipe colors on your face or curl your lashes. You just have to find what’ll work best for you. Besides, you also have to be comfortable in your own skin first.


20/02/2015

8 Tricks to Look Younger with Makeup

As we get older, our skin starts to lose its natural glow and plumpness. We tend to dab on more foundation and concealer in order to minimize wrinkles and dark spots. However, an overdone makeup can make you look older than you actually are. Try the below tricks to create a younger look.

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1. Moisturize

The key to youthful skin is moisture. The more hydrated your skin, the younger it looks. Be sure to slather on moisturizer before applying makeup. It also helps foundation to glide on more smoothly.
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2. Sheer Coverage

Tinted moisturizers or lightweight liquid foundations are the best for wrinkled skin. Unlike pressed powder, which settles into lines and makes skin appear older, a light-reflective liquid foundation gives the illusion of a glowing face.

To apply foundation perfectly, use a damp sponge or a foundation brush to dot a small amount all over the face. Run your sponge under water, squeeze out the water, and put a dab of foundation on the back of your hand. Pick up the foundation with the sponge tip and apply it in dabbing motions on your face.

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3. Conceal Lightly

As we age, the skin around our eyes become thinner and look more translucent, making eye circles appear darker. This can make you look tired and add years to your face. If you have dark circles or brown spots, instead of dabbing concealer all over the place, which can give a caked-on look, dot a tiny bit on the inner corners of your eyes then blend outward, and on the spots. This will give you a fresher and younger look.
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4. Try Highlighter

To re-create that glow in your twenties, dab a very sheer highlighter on your cheekbones, avoiding the brow bones, the apples of the cheeks, and the lips, as it will make your face look greasy. Highlighter help adds a youthful and pretty dimension to your facial contours.

5. Blush Up

Our skin starts to shrink as we grow older, due to the loss of fatty layer, collagen and elastin.
Emphasizing the apples of your cheeks can help draw attention to the fullness of your face. Choose a neutral rose color blush and apply it along the highest points of your cheekbones – it gives your face a bit of a lift.

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6. Glittery Eyes

Soft shimmer color is flattering because it lightens up to the face. Pick a creamy neutral shadow, like champagne or rose gold. Dab it over the lids and inner corners of the eyes to wake up the face.
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7. Curl Your Lashes

Curling your eyelashes is an easy thing you can do to make your eyes look bigger, and therefore younger. Apply one or two coats of the blackest black mascara you can find, as it will make the whites of your eyes look clearer and let your eyes stand out. Opt for a lengthening mascara that allows you to coat each lash easily and brighten eyes instantly.




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8. Plumped Lips

Lips that are soft and plump can lie about how old you really are. But your lips start to get thinner and lip line fades as you age. The best remedy is to apply lip colors that enhance your natural lip tone. Lookfor a neutral rose color or one that is between your natural lip color and a berry shade. That will add a flattering touch to your pouts. Then top it off with a clear gloss to keep lips full and hydrated.

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