28/07/2015

The Hype About CC Creams and BB Creams

The beauty industry has created tons of products that vow to make your skin flawless. In case you are new to makeup shopping, the long list of products can be quite confusing. Two of the most recent products to hit the market are the CC cream and the BB cream and they seem to be all the rave so read on to find out why, and what’s the difference between them.

Although these products are named after an acronym with only two letters, they can actually do a lot for your skin. Here’s what you need to know about these creams:


BB Creams Blemish Balm Cream


BB creams took the Asian market by storm and spread throughout the west quickly after. BB cream stands for “Blemish Balm cream” and is suitable for any skin type. It varies in coverage, ranging from matte finish to dewy effect.

BB creams are a lot lighter than foundations. They allow your skin to breathe more without compromising coverage. It has sun protection as well as anti- skin aging benefits. This product can be used for both men and women.
 Clinique  Anti-Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF 40

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF 40


If you have naturally oily skin or have many blemishes, this BB cream is the right product for you. It has a matte effect that can last for 12 hours. It also has sun protection and it is available in medium to light medium shade.

Link: http://www.cosme-de.com/en/product/product_page.html?pdid=11721


Christian Dior  DiorSnow UV Shield BB Creme White reveal UV protection SPF 50 - PA+++Christian Dior DiorSnow UV Shield BB Creme White reveal UV protection SPF 50 - PA+++


This BB cream is lightweight in texture and has a great smell, as well. Despite being light, this product has an amazing finish on your skin. It also has SPF 50 to protect your skin against the harmful rays of the sun.


Link: http://www.cosme-de.com/en/product/product_page.html?pdid=11217


CC Creams Color Correcting Creams


CC creams, on the other hand, are certain times called as “Color Correcting Creams” because of their ability to give your skin instant protection while improving your skin tone. Technically, CC creams are lighter than the BB Creams. They are also fast absorbing.


Erborian High Definition Radiance Face CC Cream Skin Perfector SPF25 Sunscreen

 Erborian  High Definition Radiance Face CC Cream Skin Perfector SPF25 Sunscreen

This CC cream works great if you have fair skin. It protects and nourishes your skin while hiding away those unwanted dark spots and blemishes. Since it is in HD, this product will make you look instantly flawless.



Knowing a lot of product is not totally a bad idea. Since you have several choices, you won’t be having a hard time finding one that fits your skin best.


Have you tried any BB or CC creams? Let us know in the comments below.

27/07/2015

New Products to Get You Ready for the Summer

Summer is the best time to flaunt your skin!

However, other than aiming for the perfect beach body this summer, you also have to make sure your skin is ready for the exposure. If you aren’t sure about that, here’s a list of the newest products you can try before hitting the beach:

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

 Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

This brush was specially made by dermatologists to help you achieve your most perfect skin for the summer. Because hand washing doesn’t clean off everything, this Clinique brush utilizes Sonic movements together with its two brushes to clean your targeted areas. 

It’s perfect in cleaning the areas around your nose, your chin and your forehead. It has an angled tip for effective cleaning particularly in hard to reach areas of your face. The brush is also gentle enough to use on all skin types. You won’t have to worry about irritation.


Dr. Scholls Velvet Smooth™

 Dr. Scholl  Velvet Smooth

Because dry, calloused feet are never sexy, you can use Dr. Scholls Velvet Smooth to improve and soften your feet, leaving the skin smooth and without visible callouses. It’s an electronic foot file that uses micro-abrasive particles to take away the hard skin on your feet. It has an ergonomical design and is battery operated. You can even change its roller heads.


Beautiful Healthy Changes Blueberry Enzyme Smoothie

 Beautiful Healthy Changes - Blueberry Enzyme Smoothie

Smoothies can help you achieve your goal of being fit. This Smoothie powder contains around 384 types of enzymes from fruits and vegetables. It’s relatively easy to make as you only need to blend it with around a cup of water or milk, if you prefer. Each serving creates around 21.85 kcal so it won’t break your diet plan.


NARS Dual-Intensity Blush 

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush

Because summer means sun kissed skin, you can mimic the flushed look by applying the NARS Dual Intensity Blush. You can apply the blush depending on the effect you want to achieve. Applying it dry can give you the healthy and rose glow. The blush is also a lot easier to blend when used this way. However, when used wet, you’ll be able to achieve the translucent effect. You have to keep in mind to use the right blush when applying this product damp on your skin. 




These products can surely make you beach ready anytime. Keep in mind to also pack some confidence with you. It’s guaranteed to make you a hundred times more attractive.

17/07/2015

The Top Five Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients

Nobody wants to get older, and this is one of the main reasons why there’s a huge market for skin care products that claim to keep your skin looking young and healthy for as long as possible. 

However, many of these products contain potentially irritating or harmful ingredients that you may not want to put on your face. Luckily, there are pure ingredients that occur naturally in nature that you can use to help keep father time at bay. 



Shea Butter


The shea tree is native to Africa, and the fruit is commonly referred to in African lore. Shea butter not only leaves the skin with a soft, natural texture, which is ideal if you have dry skin, it’s also chock-full of antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage that can prematurely age your skin. 




Kola Nut Extract

Kola nut extract is taken from the kola nut, and is commonly used in natural medicine to treat dysentery, diarrhea, stomach ulcers and upset stomach. When applied to the skin topically, kola nut has rejuvenating, energizing properties that can tighten the skin for a short period of time. Look for kola nut in products like natural night creams, serums and moisturizers.







Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract contains polyphenols – powerful antioxidants that can help to in strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation, which can give your skin a natural, healthy glow. Grapeseed extract also helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which breaks down naturally as you age. Healthy collagen and elastin fibers keep you skin looking firm, tight and supple. 


Green Tea Extract 

Green tea extract is high in the epigallocatechin gallate, commonly known as EGCG, which has been shown to be more powerful than both vitamin E and vitamin C, both of which are common antioxidants. When used in skin care products, green tea can help to stop free radicals that can make your skin look older and dull. Green tea also contains caffeine, which can temporarily tighten and firm your skin. Drinking green tea also has health benefits, and some research shows it may be beneficial in prevent the formation of cancer cells. 





Guarana

Guarana seed was used by both the Mayans and Maue Indians as a natural tonic, and it has been popular in natural health and skin care circles for many years. Guarana contains a compound that that is very similar to caffeine called tetramethylxanthine, though it contains some vegetable fat not present in caffeine. Tetramethylxanthine works topically on the skin as a stimulant, stimulating and firming aging skin, while the fat content provides moisture that is essential for healthy skin.

Keeping a young look is actually easier than most people think, so make sure you take a natural approach. Do you have any good tips to share?




16/07/2015

The Art of Choosing Foundation Like A Pro

One of the most important cosmetic decisions a person can make involves the selection of the right foundation. 


Foundation serves a variety of purposes including protecting the skin from sun damage, evening out skin tone, minimizing fine lines, and giving your skin a more polished, healthy look. Some foundations even add a subtle hint of color to the face. If you’re confused about all the options available to you, here are some guidelines on how to choose the right foundation:

Consider your undertones


Everyone’s skin has an underlying tint that’s either cool or warm. This information is important for selecting your foundation shade. 

To determine your undertones, look at the skin in an area where you’ve received less sun exposure such as the underside of your wrists. Study the skin tone and the color of the veins. 

If your skin has a golden or reddish cast and the veins appear green in color, you most likely have warm undertones. 

If your skin in this area appears pink or blue and you have blue coloration of your veins, you probably have cool undertones. You’ll want to choose a foundation shade that matches these undertones. 

Know your skin type


If your skin is predominantly oily and you’re prone to outbreaks of acne, you’ll want to purchase a foundation that’s oil free and non-comedogenic. A foundation with added oil can be a disaster when applied to acne prone skin. Likewise, if your skin is dry or more mature, you’ll want a creamier or more moisturizing foundation. Always choose a foundation with sunscreen if you don’t plan on applying a separate sun block formula. 

Consider the time of year


If you are in the middle summer time and you’ll be out in the sun, you may want to choose a slightly darker shade of foundation to avoid a chalky or pasty look. Again, be sure your selection has added sunscreen. You may want to purchase a foundation for use in the summer and a separate one for use in the winter months when your natural skin tends to be paler. 

Consider the amount of coverage you need

If you’re looking for minimal coverage, you may be able to get by with a tinted moisturizer or a very sheer, liquid foundation. Another option are the newer mineral foundations that provide sheer coverage. If you want heavier coverage, you may want to consider a heavier, cream foundation or a foundation stick. You can also enhance the coverage of a foundation by applying concealer to areas that need extra help. 



When choosing a foundation, it’s best to start at the cosmetic counter where you have the freedom to try different colors and formulations. Avoid wearing makeup when you shop for foundation and carry a small hand mirror so you can view different shades in direct light. Don’t rely on the lighting at the cosmetic counter. A foundation may look totally different when you walk out into the light. 

Choosing the right foundation doesn’t have to be an impossible task once you understand your skin type and underlying skin tones. Keep these tips in mind the next time you set out to choose a foundation. 

10/07/2015

Top Post-Sun Products You Need For Your Skin

Sunburn!

If you think you need to have painful sun burns first before you can use post-sun products on your skin, then you may actually have to think again.  


While sunscreens can give your skin the protection it needs against the harmful UV rays, post-sun products are essential in that they help your skin rejuvenate and recover. Post-sun products are designed to bring back your skin’s hydration and to give your skin the anti-oxidants it needs to flush out the harmful effects of UV exposure. Moreover, it can help soothe your red, irritated and inflamed skin. 

Here’s a list of the best post-sun products you can use on your skin after a long day under the sun:

For your face: 

 Dr. Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Aloe Cool

Dr. Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Aloe Cool
The Aqua-Collagen-Gel Aloe Cool is rich in aloe vera extracts that are effective in calming and soothing inflamed skin. If you’ve been under the sun for too long, applying this product can rehydrate your skin while leaving it soft and moisturized. This product is also an all-in-one moisturizer that contains around 120 natural ingredients. Its key component is the marine collagen.


For your face and body:

 Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
If you find buying separate post-sun products for your skin and face inconvenient, you can try Nature Republic. It contains a high amount of aloe vera that is very efficient in soothing irritated skin.  It is moisturizing and can be absorbed by your skin quickly. 


For your body:

 Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel

Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel
Banana Boat is known for its sunscreens and sun protection lotions. For post-sun recovery, Banana Boat has its Aloe Vera Gel that can give back your skin’s moisture and hydration to relieve irritated and sensitive skin. Since it has aloe vera, it’s very effective in treating both sunburned and weathered skin.



 Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera

Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera
Aubrey Organics uses real aloe vera for its post-sun products. It doesn’t use any artificial thickeners for its products which is why you’ll find variety in its thickness and clarity. This product is effective in nourishing dry skin as well as in hydrating sun-exposed skin.



Enjoy!


Your skin’s need for nourishment doesn’t end with sun-exposure or with summer. As a matter of fact, it needs care all-year round. Giving it proper care and attention as early as now can guarantee your skin’s health in the coming years. 

09/07/2015

Best Cosmetic Brands You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

There are a lot of cosmetic brands that can make you feel and look good. 

Many Cosmetics Brands


However, as you tend to stick with a specific brand because of familiarity, it’s quite easy to lose track of the other new ones that should definitely make your list.  In case you haven’t heard, there are other top cosmetic brands that can work as efficiently as, or probably even better than your current favorites.

Here’s a list of some of the best brands and their top products that can actually change your mind:

Astalift and Astalift’s Essence Destiny

Astalift at COSME-DE.COM

Astalift is the reflection of Fujifilm’s expertise on anti-oxidation and collagen. Through the years, they were able to develop three distinct types of collagen that they infused with their own Nanotechnology. 
 Astalift Essence Destiny

Astalift’s Essence Destiny contains a very potent source of anti-oxidants which is extracted from marine algae. The Astaxanthin is deemed to be more efficient than Co Q-10 in renewing your skin’s radiance and glow. It can make your skin supple and smooth with its three different collagen sizes.





More Astalift products: 
http://www.cosme-de.com/en/brand/brand_page.html?bpid=b00000437




Earth Line and ACEQ10 Anti-Age Day & Night Cream

 Earth Line at COSME-DE.COM

Earth Line, as the name implies, is made up of all natural ingredients. Its products are generally safe to use as they have been tested for allergies and because they do not contain parabens or chemicals. Earth Line’s most popular product is its ACEQ10 Anti-Age Day & Night Cream.

 Earth Line ACEQ10 Anti-age Day & Night Cream
This product fosters skin rejuvenation by aiding in cell renewal. It can make you feel and look younger because of its ability to slow down the process of skin aging, hydrate your skin and making it smoother. Earth Line’s night cream stimulates the natural production of collagen which can help keep your skin supple and moisturized. It’s even good in cases of acne and skin discoloration.




Products of Earth Line:
http://www.cosme-de.com/en/brand/brand_page.html?bpid=b00000491




Youngblood and Natural Loose Mineral Foundation

 Youngblood at COSME-DE.COM

Youngblood is well known for its gentle yet effective products. The brand uses natural minerals instead of chemical, dyes and preservatives you can commonly see among other cosmetic lines. Youngblood mineral cosmetic is generally safe even on recovering skin or those inflicted with rosacea and other skin problems.
 Youngblood Natural Loose Mineral Foundation

Youngblood’s Natural Loose Mineral Foundation, on the other hand, can act as a powder, concealer and foundation all at the same time. It doesn’t contain any perfume and is also non-comedogenic. It can make you look radiant without looking glittery. 



Youngblood products on COSME-DE.COM:
http://www.cosme-de.com/en/brand/brand_page.html?bpid=b00000611




Which of these will you try first? Do you have any slightly lesser known brands that you think everyone should try? Let us know in the comments

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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