Monday, July 31, 2006

3 Beauty Tips for Week of July 29

Here are three makeup tips to give you a more natural look.
Tip One: Concealer is your best friend. Find one that's one shade lighter than your foundation and apply it wherever you need to even out your skin tone.

Tip Two: Browns and golds are amazingly attractive on eyes and lips. They warm the skin and give subtle definition to the features. Choose a brown shadow that's slightly deeper than your complexion. If you have dark skin, look for shades with coral undertones.

Tip Three: Create dimension in mature eyes with shimmery mousse eye shadow that gives a wash of luminous color without drying or caking. Add drama by defining the eyes with full, well-groomed brows and a sweep of mascara.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Acne Prevention - Some Basic Strategies that Work!

by Tony Buel
Copyright 2006 Tony Buel
Is it possible to take some basic preventive measures to thwart acne outbreaks? What kinds of preventative maintenance should you do to cut down on your acne?

Let's quickly scan some of the most effective strategies, shall we?

The first, most obvious, and most important measure to help prevent acne is to have a healthy lifestyle. It is too easy to neglect this, but don't do it! Eat three good meals a day, get the proper rest at night, and drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. Don't let stress control you even if you do have a frantic and unpredictable lifestyle.

Now that the first one is out of the way, let's move on to the rest.

Make sure you are cleaning your face every day and for best results, twice a day. Use a mild cleaning bar or liquid that also minimizes sensitivity and irritation. Use various mild scrubs or exfoliants that remove the outer layer of the skin and opens pores. The products that contain fine granules or salicylic acid make it a mild peeling agent.

Reducing oil is an important step in preventing outbreaks of acne. You can't stop your oil glands from forming oil but you can get rid of the excess oil on your skin. This will help in keeping the pores open and lessen the shine that often accompanies oily skin. A gentle astringent can wipe away excess oil and are easily found where cosmetics are sold.

Pharmacies now carry strips under various names that you can use on your forehead, nose or chin, or wherever you notice blackheads to pull out all that unpleasant material from your pores. Remember, this is oil and not dirt. They are inexpensive and while they aren't as effective as a professional pore cleaning, they are safe and effective.

Killing bacteria is an important part of the therapy to minimize or prevent outbreaks of acne. Antibacterial cleansers can be found in over-the-counter products. They usually contain benzoyl peroxide. Topical or external applications can be applied to the affected area to kill surface bacteria. You can find these in the form of gels, creams, and lotions.

When using moisturizers, use oil-free moisturizers that also contain an antibacterial agent. If you use make up, use oil-free foundation. A thick coat of make up can block the pores and cause acne to flare up.

Apply a honey mask once or twice a week. Honey is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes and takes it easy on sensitive skin.

Avoid wearing excessive make up. Also, be sure it is water based.

Drink eight full glasses of water per day.

Keep your hair off your face.

Take a good multivitamin.

Take a chromium supplement once a day.

Eat carrots; they are rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin A. Both are essential in repair tissue of the skin and mucous membranes.

When you sleep at night, be sure you are sleeping on a clean pillowslip that no one else has used. Pillowslips absorb oil during the night and acne can be irritated. If you have long hair, keep it pulled back during the night as the oil in your hair can also transfer to your pillowslip and to your skin.

Don't pick or squeeze your pimples -no matter how tempting! This can't be said too often.

These are just a few simple measures you can start to follow right away. Don't look for extreme remedies when a simple solution is all you need. For many acne cases, when following these simple strategies you will begin to see gradual steady results in just a few days.

Tony Buel may be contacted at Click here to view more of their articles.
Tony has been working diligently to provide free cooking related resources for the chef in all of us. His website is full of Easy Crockpot Recipes and is a labor of love which provides delicious and easy to make crockpot recipes as well as related tips and advice.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Beauty Tips of the Week: July 8

The darker your skin tone, the safer you may think it is to catch those rays. But new research shows that all of us should use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 protection every time we go to the pool or beach. The lighter your skin tone, the higher that number should be.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Beauty Tips for June 2006

Beautiful Brows

Use the tweezer's pointed tip to grasp smaller, finer hairs, and the slant for general tweezing.

Fast Fix

Touch up makeup throughout the day with loose powder. Dab onto brush, then apply to shiny patches where foundation has thinned.

The Perfect Curl

Use a heated lash curler before applying mascara or eye color. For extra drama and lift, follow with Extreme Volume Mascara. Avon's heated lash curler gently and safely curls lashes in just 10 second and is only $5.99 until July 2. Extreme Volume Mascara only $2.95 until July 2. Comes in Navy, Brown/Black, and Soft Black.

Go Straight

For temporary release of curls, use Avon's Straight and Sleek Shampoo, Conditioner, and Smoothing Balm, then section hair and straighten for a silky, shiny, curl-free finish. Shampoo and conditioner are only $2.49 each for 12 fl oz per bottle until July 2. Smoothing Balm only $2.99 for 5 fl oz bottle until July 2.

Curly Cue

For a curly or fuller look, try Avon's bendable rollers. Wrap hair tightly around roller, roll to scalp and twist roller ends together for a secure hold. Only $6.99 for a set of 12 until July 2

Feet First

Exfoliate using a callus remover to smooth down tough calluses. Then apply a moisturizing cream to leave feet soft and pretty.

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5 Tips To Improved Skin Care

5 Tips To Improved Skin Care by cristi

Your skin is the first thing that people notice about you and that is why a proper skin care regimen is so important. There are many products that claim to help improve skin tone and promote a flawless complexion, but the truth is that there is no such thing as instant results. An effective skin care regimen is one that is done consistently over a time before results will begin to develop.

Skin Care Tip 1:

Always use some type of exfoliation product, which will help to remove old skin cells and other debris and particles from your skin. This will expose the healthy cells and rid your body from the old ones.

Skin Care Tip 2:

If possible, avoid constant sun exposure and tanning beds. In addition to being dangerous where health is concerned, these may also lead to early signs of aging. Everyone loves a suntan, but there is no reason to sacrifice your skin or your health in order to achieve it. Therefore, many individuals opt for a self-tanning lotion instead. Back in the day, these products had a tendency to turn the skin orange, but that is no longer the case. Improvements have helped to give self-tanning products a more natural, streak-free look. Before applying the lotion to your entire body, apply it to a small test area just to make sure there is no irritation.

Skin Care Tip 3:

If your lips tend to become chapped in the winter months or wind burnt at other times, using lip balm or lipstick will help to protect the lips from nature’s worst.

Skin Care Tip 4:

Dry or cracked skin can be very unbearable. Not to mention the discomfort of tight red skin, it can be downright embarrassing. A container of Pacquin Plus hand & body cream will eliminate soreness, redness and help to add moisture back to dry skin.

Skin Care Tip 5:

Do not use products that irritate your skin in any way, including soaps that have harsh ingredients. If possible, use a moisturizing soap or that which is designed for sensitive skin.

In addition to these tips, skin care products are available as commercial or prescription based treatments. A dermatologist is often consulted for matters relating to acne or other skin disorders, especially if they are severe. Many skin care enthusiasts also believe in using plenty of moisturizing body lotion in order to replenish the skin’s natural moisture, which is often stripped in today’s harsh environment.

The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes. It should not be considered as, or used in conjunction with, professional medical advice. Consult your doctor prior to beginning any skin care regimen or if you have been diagnosed with any disorder involving the skin.

Find more on acne scar removal, ring worm, Mac Cosmetics and many others skin care products and subjects.

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7 Steps to Great Makeup

7 Steps to Great Makeup
by Sheila Dicks
1. Avoid wearing too much

Makeup is meant to enhance features not bring negative attention to you. That's what wearing too much makeup will do; it will bring you unwanted attention. Don't wear too much of anything such as:

1. Eyeliner: dark, thick eyeliner will make you look overdone and will ruin the rest of your makeup.

2. Mascara: too much mascara looks fake and will flake. It looks especially bad if worn with thick eyeliner or dark blue eye eye shadow.

3. Foundation: Make sure your foundation is the same color as your skin. Foundation is meant to protect and give the face a smooth look. The magic word is blend.

4. Powder: The same holds true for powder - not too much. Also, be sure to blend your makeup so there are no obvious lines.

2. Lips

Apply lip liner to completely cover the lips, add color and your lipstick will stay on much longer. Make sure your lip liner doesn't show. Also, your lip color should match your skin tone; wear cool colors if you have cool coloring and warm colors if you have warm coloring. If you want to make your lips look smaller, keep your liner on the inside of your lips. However, if you decide to make your lips look larger, going outside the natural outline of you lips is a mistake. This can look quite messy and unnatural.

3. Appropriate makeup

Wear makeup that is appropriate for the occasion. If you are going to the beach you shouldn't wear the same or as much makeup as you would if you were going dancing. Also, when you are in daylight your makeup should be a lighter than when you are out for the evening.

4. Too little or no makeup

Some women don't wear makeup because they are not sure how to use it and are afraid of being overdone. If you are unsure, start will light colours in your shade. Start slowly and add one product at a time. Maybe start with foundation, add mascara, blush or lipstick. If you are not used to wearing makeup, using a lot a first may be a little too much for you, so start slowly. The bottom line is a little is better than none. If you are still unsure seek professional advice.

5. Overall look

When your makeup is completed it should look natural. That means avoiding colours that clash. If you have dark skin and hair you will look better in darker shades; light colours will make you look washed out. If your hair and skin tone are light, light colours will look better on you. Dark makeup will make you look older and harsh. If you have oily skin, first use oil control moisturizer and foundation. Then be sure to wear loose powder, keeping pressed powder with you for touch ups.

6. Hair color

Your hair color should also be in harmony with your skin. If you have dark hair and you want to add color, keep it close to the same shade. If you have light hair, use light colors. As you age your skin will lighten, so should your hair color. One last thing about hair color - if you do color you hair be sure you keep it up, don't let your roots show.

7. One last thing

Keep makeup looking fresh all day by doing regular touch ups. Don't let your makeup fade or crease. Smile!!!

Sheila Dicks is a wardrobe and image consultant who teaches women how to look slimmer by dressing to suit their body type. Visit her at to download a copy of her e-book Image Makeovers and get How to Build a Wardrobe free.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Flattering Styles For Women With Curves

by Her Plus Life

Are you one of those fabulous women that has curves, and you would like to know a fun way of showing them off? There are several ways to make your figure look the way that you want. It is all in the manner that you carry yourself. Being confident and following a few basic rules on how to dress will make you look like the woman you want to be.

The first rule is to go out and buy the correct size bra. A good bra will make your outfits look the way that they should. Having curves is a wonderful thing to have, but you need to know how to make them fit right with your clothing style. It is amazing what a great bra can do for your figure.

The second rule is buying clothes that are the right size for you. So, go ahead and throw away all those clothes that are too baggy on you. Say hello to a more fun, alive figure. Stop hiding it. Wearing sizes too big or small for your body frame will only accentuate your weight, and not your lovely curves. You do not want to wear shapeless styles. Try wearing semi-fitted separates. It will make you look taller and thinner, and make it look like you have a more sculpted waist. Wear tops that just skim your waist and hips. Jackets should be worn just to the length of your fingertips. As for your bottoms, select clothes that tend to taper downwards. It will look better than other styles. Skirts will look good if they are not too high. If you can sit in your skirt without it ridding up on you, then you are all set. Shift dresses are great especially with a round neckline. It will even out your proportions wonderfully.

The third rule is not to wear anything that is too bold, and that calls extra attention to yourself. That means no super bold prints, no big patch pockets, no oversized buttons or bows, and no horizontal patterns. You want to wear a nice crisp line of color, and then accessorize with just a few simple accessories such as jewelry or a scarf. Sometimes even just wearing one solid color all over is great look. It will add height to your frame, and shrink your width.

The last rule is very easy. You should buy the best quality that you can afford. Quality fabrics can make all the difference in how you look. Fine fabrics look better than stiff fabrics that can add inches onto your body. In addition, well-made clothes will hold their shape better. Better shape will improve your shape too. If you follow all these rules, you will look and feel better. So go out, and let your light shine. Better clothes, for a better you!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Giving Your Face Added Dimension

No matter what makeup look you decide to wear this spring, the addition of Beyond Color Easy Glowing Face Luminizer will give your face added dimension plus a subtle freshness you can't get with heavier powders or cream highlighters.

Luminizer is a fantastic tool for adding dimension to your face because it illuminates certain features just like highlighter, but puts them in a softer focus. Add a touch of Luminizer to the brow bone, cheekbones, and around the hairline to mimic the reflection of light on the face. And for an extra dewey spring look, use a combination of cream shadows such as Beyond Color Mousse Eyeshadow and Luminizer.


You can improve the appearance of cellulite by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which reduces fluid retention, immediately improving cellulite from within.

Avon Solutions Super Scupt Anti-Cellulite and Stretch Mark Cream 'feeds' the skin a rich diet of botanical ingredients that help reduce the dimpled texture of cellulite and soften the look of stretch marks.

To Keep Nails From Getting Brittle

To keep nails from getting brittle, apply one coat of Strong Results Length and Strength Complex every day for a week. Soy protein and vitamins promote growth while diamond dust strengthens and hardens to fortify your nails so they don't peel or break. It makes a huge difference in a short amount of time.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Keeping Your Hands Soft and Beautiful

Before you go to bed, start with skin So Soft Exfoliating Hand Treatment to smoothe away even the roughest skin for younger looking hands.

Next, moisturize with Soft and Sensual Extra Hydrating Hand Cream, a luxuriously rich cream with Vitamins A and E.

Finally, put your hands into a pair of Moisture Gloves to seal the moisture in. When you wake up in the morning, your hands will be moist and silky-soft.