Monthly Archives: August 2019

Beautify Your Eyelashes

For Grown Lashes

To have beautiful eyelashes, they must be healthy in the first place. What you need to do is moisturize your lashes constantly, as they need the moisture just like your hair. Use vaseline to hydrate them. You can also use castor oil or almond oil.

If your eyelashes don’t seem to grow good enough, then you can rely on growth enhancers. They are rich in vitamins that extend the growth phase of the eyelashes.

For Strong Lashes

Your eyelashes are all grown now. What do you do to keep them strong? Here are some eyelashes tips. First of all, clean them well. Before you go to sleep every night, wash your lashes and remove any residue of mascara. They need to feel fresh and soft. Never sleep with your mascara on, as it triggers them to fall off constantly. Second, avoid rubbing your lashes with your hand, as this can pull and break them. If you feel they are itchy, pat them gently. Third, avoid using the eyelash curler frequently, as it also makes them weak and allows them to fall.

For Beautiful Lashes

It is true that false eyelashes make your eyes look gorgeous, however, they do your lashes much harm. Avoid using them often, and save them for big events. If you rely on false eyelashes, make sure you visit a specialist, as wrong application causes your natural lashes to be removed along with them. Rely on good mascara for beautiful eyelashes. It makes them look long and thick. Choose your mascara wisely, as in pick a mascara that is rich in vitamins that enhance the growth of the lashes at the same time.

Always remember that your eyelashes need much attention, and they are not to be taken for granted. Take care of them constantly and you’ll notice how prettier your eyes will be. Share with us how you make your eyelashes grow more beautiful.

Body Parts to Get Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can be performed on almost any area of the body where you have hair, ranging from your upper lip, down to your ankles. But which areas are considered the best? Many women give us the same three responses when asked this question; the upper lip, the underarms, and the bikini line.

  • The Upper Lip: Although having a mustache for a guy is okay, a woman with a mustache is not attractive! The upper lip is actually one of the most popular areas to receive laser hair removal treatment, and luckily it is one of the least costly areas as well. After just a few treatments, you’ll never have to worry about plucking or waxing your upper lip!
  • The Underarms: The underarm is one area that must always be hairless on a woman, especially during the summer time when tank tops are the only thing bearable. Having clean smooth underarms is the most wonderful thing. Many women claim that getting laser hair removal under their arms was one of the greatest decisions they’ve ever made. It isn’t painful and they no longer have to shave their underarms every time they shower.
  • The Bikini Line: The bikini line is one of the most requested areas for laser hair removal among women all over the nation, especially in the warm beach cities, such as our very own Miami Beach. Considering you’re wearing your bikini at the beach every day, the last thing you want is to have hair on your bikini line or major razor bumps. Many women suffer from ingrown hairs and razor bumps on the bikini line from shaving. Laser hair removal avoids all the trouble and leaves you confident enough to wear your bikini and not worry about shaving or waxing.

Traditional Halloween Makeup

Where would we be without the traditional corpse look? If you are holding a Halloween party or going to one you can certainly scare a few people with this disguise. In order to really look like a dead man walking you need to know how to apply corpse paint.

  • Apply base paint: This white base paint should make your complexion lighter but not become a mask like a cheerful clown. That is not the effect you want. Spooky pallor is the idea here.
  • Eye shadow: This should be dark blue, purple, or even black. Apply around your eyes from brow to lash. Do not forget to add some under the eyes, to really look the part!
  • Eyeliner: put a generous amount around the eyes. This will help to accentuate your eye shadow.
  • Lipstick: some people use black but if you really want to be a zombie you might consider purple.

Additional strategies: to keep the white base intact you can put a dusting of white powder over before applying the rest of your makeup.

Remember do not blend this make up use translucent powder between layers of base paint. Be careful what you are using you do not want to look like nothing on earth after the event due to allergies or eye reactions. Read directions carefully and test a small patch of skin if necessary.

To really look scary you can dress up as a murder victim with fake wounds and blood! Here are a few tips for this.

Making non toxic blood:

  • Mix 3 parts of corn syrup to 1 part of water
  • Add red food coloring drop by drop until a realistic blood color is reached
  • Mix chocolate syrup as a thickener
  • Let stand in a warm atmosphere for around 10 minutes
  • Apply and see how scary you can be

To make this ‘blood’ come out of your mouth:

Take a big mouthful of the non toxic blood and let it trickle out of our mouth. Let it flow down your neck and onto your costume, to really look authentic. Remember to wear old clothes as it can stain light cloth.

Making Perfume

Let me share with you a few tips that have helped me understand my perfume tastes, learn about those scents and most importantly to stay within my set budget.

  • Smell It First – I always recommend to my friends that they should first test out smelling a new fragrance. The best part is that it is absolutely free. Just walk into any store and spray on the perfume that you want to try out. Some stores will even provide samples that you can take home.

Focus on what the perfume evokes for you before making a decision on whether you like it or not. It’s important that we understand our tastes especially if we move outside of our comfort zone. Spraying perfume on a blotter is a low-commitment of which it can then be thrown away if you don’t like the scent.

  • Don’t Rush Into Buying – this is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Give yourself a chance to understand what your tastes are. That impulse purchase of perfume may leave you with a bottle of fragrance that you absolutely hate. If an expensive fragrance is not within your budget, then don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation to something similar that is more in line with what you can afford to spend.
  • Check Out the Classics – this is not to say that you should bust the budget by buying one of these. They can be quite costly, even the reformulated ones. However, just experiencing the impressive quality of a classic perfume is worth checking them out. Not everyone enjoys the classics so don’t feel obligated if the scent isn’t one that you prefer.

Niche perfumes can be very fascinating but can also come with a high price tag. Many niche perfumes are really nothing more than a dressed up classical idea. Smelling the classics will give you a more informed way of making a decision.

  • Use Your Nose – don’t limit your smelling just to perfume. Use your nose to smell the aromatic things around us. Such as, coffee, tea, chocolate, spices and herbs, to name a few. Training your nose to pick up on the difference in these scents will ultimately lead to better purchasing selections.
  • Buy Samples – most stores carry samples of perfume that are for sale. Nothing is more aggravating than to buy a bottle of perfume only to find out that you really don’t enjoy wearing it and it just sits there unused.

If you are just starting out with your perfume hobby, the most affordable approach is to start off small and build up your collection as your budget permits. Perfume doesn’t last forever so having a few fragrances in your perfume wardrobe goes a long way.

Vitamin C For Removing Dark Spots

Probably the most annoying spots are by far the black ones, as well as those dark patches.

They are very anesthetic and can create real psychological complexes to those people having to cope with these problems.

If you are one of those persons who want to get rid of dark spots and do not know which methods you have at your disposal for that, here are the most used types of treatments which can be used for an effective cure of your skin.

Yet, no matter what treatment you choose, it is essential to know what that treatment presupposes and if you are ready to take the consequences (if side effects have been reported). One of the substances which is highly benefic for the skin and can effectively remove dark spots without affecting the cellular structure or damaging the skin is Vitamin C. This vitamin is great for removing any color imperfection as it gets actively involved in the production of melanin, inhibiting it. The melanin is the substance which offers the skin that dark tint, thus if less melanin is produced, the new layers of skin which will be revealed in some weeks after the treatment with Vitamin C will be whiter and in most cases will have the same color as the rest of the skin.

In most severe cases, more than one session of treatment with Vitamin C will be needed so that greater effects will be seen.

Water is the main source of moisture for the skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day and the chances that your skin will get spotted will be reduced significantly. In addition to that, the skin will be moisturized and will have a healthy, glowing look, while the apparition of fine lines will be diminished considerably.

And believe it or not, the things you eat have a great impact on the way your skin looks like.

By eating foods rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers, amino-acids and carbohydrates not only will you keep your body healthy, but you will also have a great skin. When your body is functioning right your skin is healthy and glowing too.

Goth Makeup

Goth Makeup Foundation

Foundation is not essential for a great Goth look, but it certainly can help the image a lot. You need to decide whether you want to have a pale face or not (pale faces are generally much better to contrast against the heavy black makeup for a more striking effect), if you do go for a pale face look, don’t get cheap foundation as this will wear off too quickly and may not give a smooth finish.

Eye Makeup

Black is the key here. You will want to brush plenty of black eye shadow onto your eyelids and/or below the eye area to give it that dark, mysterious look. Don’t overdo the goth makeup, but if applied correctly it should really bring out the natural color of your eyes and really help to give a striking Goth look.

Lipstick

You may need to experiment with the lipstick color. Some Goths go for the traditional black lipstick which complements the eye shadow nicely and gives a much darker look, or you can go for much more colorful shades and have bright colors such as red which can work very well also. Bascially, you need to try a few out and see what suits you the best.

Cheek Highlights

An important, but often forgotten technique with goth makeup. Lightening your cheeks looks great and a soft pink color really gives your look that special edge, however you do need to choose a shade that matched your skin tone and color otherwise it may look odd. Practice makes perfect!

Choosing Foundation and Eye Make-Up Shades

Foundation

Always choose your foundation in daylight. You are looking for the shade that most closely matches your own skin. Test a small amount on your face, near the jaw-line, and never on your hand. If you hold your hand up to your face you will find that they are not the same colour.

Eye make-up

Lights (naturally blonde, blue/green/grey eyes, fair skin)

The lights need to choose pastel shades for eye-shadows – aqua, peach, fawn, soft greys, light greens and teals will work well. Eye pencils will also need to be quite delicate as browns, black and aubergine will look very harsh.

Deeps (Dark brown or black hair, dark brown eyes)

The deeps will need a natural base colour for the eyes but can then use strong shades of coffee, mocha, steel, mercury, aubergine and smoke for a stronger look. Because they have lots of depth in their own colouring these shades look balanced and do not over-power them.

Warms (Red-heads, fair or golden skin tone, often with freckles)

Apricot, toffee, gold, khaki and browns will look natural and will really enhance the warms’ colouring. By using deeper warm shades a more glamorous look can be achieved. Avoid pale greys and lilacs as these will drain.

Cools (Ash blonde or silver hair tones, cool (pink) or olive skin tone)

Greys, pewter, lilacs, light pink, purple tones are very flattering. Avoid gold and copper tones as these will look sickly.

Clears (Dark hair, lighter skin, clear blue, green or topaz eyes)

You have contrast in your own colouring and your eyes are bright so you can take contrast and brightness. Teals and peppermint work very contrasted with icy grey or champagne. Bright amethysts and purples also look great.

Softs (Light brown, medium hair tones, little contrast between hair skin and eyes)

Soft brown, greens, purples and greys are very flattering. Anything too bright and bold will stand out too much and people will notice the make-up not you! If you’re still unsure about which shades will work best for you, why not book a consultation with an image consultant who will help you achieve a make-up look you’ll feel comfortable with.

Structure and Function of Skin

The Epidermis

The Epidermis is made up of epithelial cells in 4 distinct layers over most of the body except the hands and feet which have an extra layer. The layers of the skin are:

Basal layer or Stratum Basale is the deepest layer of the epidermis. It is a single row of epithelial cells called Keratinocytes which are constantly dividing and sending new cells up into the next layer. This layer contains melanocytes and merkel cells.

The next layer is the spinous layer or Stratum Spinosum. It is the thickest layer of the epidermis and here the keratinocytes spread out and lock in to all the other keratinocytes creating a kind of patchwork quilt of oddly shaped cells. As many of the joins are at sharp angles, this is nicknamed the spiny layer. Melanin granules and Langerhan’s cells exist in this layer.

The Stratum Granulosum or Granular layer is the next layer towards the surface. This layer is less dense than the Spiny Layer as the cells flatten out and become more compact. The Granular layer is where fibres called keratin filaments start to gather together and lipids (fats) accumulate to prepare the layer to fulfil its job of protecting the body. It is at this point that the cells is no longer living.

The Stratum Lucidum or clear layer is only present on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It is made up of dead cells that look clear under a microscope. It gives an extra layer of protection and flexibility to areas of most friction.

The Stratum Corneum is the thick, outermost layer of the skin and consists of dead, keratinatised cells called corneocytes. The cells are bound together with connectors called desmosomes and their function is to protect the deeper layers from water and injury. The Stratum Corneum is constantly sloughing off its outer cells while being replenished from below.

The Dermis

The dermis is connective tissue. Connective tissue is a supporting framework. Its main components are Collagen, Elastin and Ground Substance.

The Dermis supports and strengthens the epidermis and is made up of connective tissue. It has 2 layers. They are not clearly defined as in the epidermis but rather a continuum, from the papillary dermis near the epidermis, to the reticular dermis below it, which then merges with the subcutaneous tissue.

Layers of the Dermis

The Papillary Dermis
The Reticular Dermis

The Papillary Dermis

The Papillary Dermis is the thin upper layer closest to the epidermis. It is called the papillary dermis because it projects papillae (nipple-like structures) into the epidermis. This fixes the dermis to the epidermis so they don’t slide over each other. The Papillary Dermis contains Capillaries – which provide nutrients to and remove waste from the cells of the epidermis.

The Reticular Dermis

The Reticular Dermis is the largest part of the dermis and it contains many structures such as hair follicles, sebaceous glands, sweat glands, nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels, muscles and other glands. This layer gives strength and resilience to the skin because of the presence of a scaffolding of Collagen and Elastin fibres in a kind of syrup called Ground Substance.

The Hypodermis or subcutaneous tissue

The Hypodermis is the tissue that lies under the dermis. It is mainly made of adipose tissue (fat), connective tissue and blood vessels but many of the structures of the skin such as hair follicles, glands, nerves and muscles extend to this area. The hypodermis anchors the dermis to the underlying fascia (layers that surround body structures such as bones and muscles). The reticular dermis blends into the hypodermis rather than the two being well defined separate layers.

Brazilian Blowout Treatments

A Brazilian blowout aims to give you smoother, shinier and more manageable hair, especially during the summer, where hot and humid weather might normally affect the quality of your hair. Although chemicals are used in the treatment, your hair will still feel natural. You will also still be able to use all of your favourite styling tools on it, including straightening irons and curling tongs.

The treatment is designed to give your hair a protective coating, which seals the cuticles and smoothes them to prevent frizz and to maintain shine. To get the best effect out of the treatment, the user must first wash and shampoo their hair to ensure that the product is clean, and then the chemicals are applied. Once the products have been applied by your salon stylist, they can be heated using flat irons, so that the chemicals will be activated. Heating may be repeated to give the best possible effect and to seal in the product. After about 60 to 90 minutes, you hair will be successfully straightened, smooth and shiny.

Once you have had your treatment, you may need to do some aftercare steps to ensure that it continues looking good for as long as possible. Using acai aftercare products is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that you reap all of the benefits of the treatment. Many specialists will advise that you avoid using products on your hair which contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, because this chemical works in direct opposition to the blowout treatment chemicals, and will strip your hair of its protective layer. If you have any concerns about products that you are thinking of using, you should discuss this with your stylist before you use it. People who follow the proper maintenance routine can enjoy shinier, smoother and straighter hair for up to 3 months after the treatment. People who don’t follow salon advice or who use an inferior chemical straightening treatment may only enjoy 4 weeks of good hair.

The Brazilian blowout is the perfect treatment for summer, because it helps your hair to fight against the elements which make it frizzy, curly and unmanageable. Having the treatment at the beginning of summer can make your summer days more enjoyable, because you won’t have to spend any time worrying about what your hair is going to look like when you go out.

Easy Foundation Makeup

You need to be matched to the right color to get a flawless look. It is not enough to look at the color that is in the bottle or compact and think that it is fairly close to your skin tone. This will lead to you looking like you are wearing a mask on your skin. You need to place the product on your skin and see how it blends in to get the best look.

There are many different formulas of foundation makeup to choose from. This is not a one size fits all item. You will want to match up the type with your skin type. If your skin is dry then you are going to want something that is creamy and even possibly moisturizing. It may take a little trial and error to decide on the best cosmetic item for your skin type, but it will be time well spent.

You can have the best quality foundation that you can get, but if you do not have the right tools to apply it then you are not going to look great. Once you have the perfect product, you need to have the best way to apply it. Whether it is a foundation brush or sponge, it is important to invest in good quality and to make sure that you keep your tools clean to get the best look.

Foundation makeup can make you look like you stepped out of a professional picture when done correctly. When it is done wrong, it can make you look like you are wearing a mask. It is important to make sure that you take the time to really focus on getting the most out of this cosmetic item.