Sunday, January 30, 2011

Women’s Workwear Fashion Tips For The Office


(photo by DiscountsGrab)


Looking smart but staying stylish can often be a difficult task when you’re trying to figure out what’s appropriate for the workplace, you need to not only be elegant and wear something appropriate but you also want to be comfortable.

There are certain pieces of clothing you should always have in your wardrobe for the office, but there are also other items that you’ll be able to team with your staple clothing to create a different look. Here is a guide to dressing for the workplace and how you can add your own touch to those staple items.

A staple for any woman’s workwear wardrobe, a pair of comfortable and versatile formal trousers are a must. You’re probably best having a few pairs of different styles in your wardrobe in black and grey; they’ll work with knitwear, blouses and casual tops and are a failsafe option for the office. When buying some new work trousers, try and think what shoes you’ll usually wear them with and buy the right length so that they fit well.

Of course, tailoring is made for the office and if you like to feel smart and make an impression then a simple yet sophisticated women’s trouser suit is key to your look. Choose one that will work with different tops and blouses like grey or black, while a thin pinstripe one will be rather flattering on a fuller figure. Instead of trousers, why not go for an elegant tailored skirt suit? It’ll give you a more feminine style while still looking smart.

If you’d prefer something even more feminine and aren’t a fan of the tailored look then a smart dress or a skirt will work well while still being stylish, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to dress down a little bit a floral print will really brighten up your look. You can’t go wrong with a little black dress for the office; team with a simple knitted cardigan and a pair of court shoes to add a smarter touch.

Avoid anything too low cut or tight when choosing a top; for a sophisticated work look go for something quite plain and you’ll find that it works much better than a top with too much detail. Short sleeved shirts and blouses are always a safe bet, while simple cotton tops, knitted cardigans and jumpers are so easy to wear.

When it comes to choosing shoes for the office then you need to consider colour, heel height and style, while all the time thinking about comfort. You’ll be wearing your work shoes all day and may even be walking to work in them, so it’s important that you think about comfort and fit when buying. You can’t go wrong with a pair of simple black court shoes with a mid-heel height, while many women love to wear sky-high heels with their suits. If you’re not a fan of heels then some flat pumps or loafers will work well and are so easy to dress up or down.

If you’re a bit conscious that your office outfit is a bit too plain then bring it to life with some accessories. A waist-clinching belt will accentuate your shape and transform a dress; a brooch will add a fashionable touch to a plain top, while some simple jewellery will bring an elegant style to tailored look.



Article Source:
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/women/article_4006.shtml

Friday, January 28, 2011

5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Taylor Swift's Gorgeous Hair

If you want to keep your crowning glory in tip-top condition, then make sure you take good care of it. Hair that is neglected tends to weaken, get split ends, get too dry or too oily, and even fall out. 

The thing about hair is that, it's not something which can be looked at on its own. Your body works holistically, which means each part of your health and wellbeing is intrinsically connected to other aspects of your health and wellbeing. So if you are sick or lacking nutrition in one aspect of your health, it may significantly affect your hair growth and hair quality. 

Having shiny, strong locks requires that you take control over other aspects of your health as well.

If, for example, you're pregnant, certain hormones kick in that make most women's hair look and feel fantastic. But once the baby is born, many women experience some hair loss, a response to the loss of the pregnancy hormones.

Here are some ways you can ensure that your hair looks its very best:

1. Eat healthy. Your diet needs to be balanced, i.e. contains food from all food groups so that your hair gets the nutrients it needs. You need vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies, calcium from soyabean and milk, and protein to keep your hair long and strong.

2. Reduce stress. People who suffer from high levels of stress and anxiety tend to complain that their hair is falling out.

3. Drink water. If you get dehydrated, your hair will most likely suffer. Dry hair could be a result of a dehyration or lack of water, so drink accordingly - ideal is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

4. Check your medications. If all of a sudden you find yourself losing more hair in the shower or when you brush your hair, ask your doctor if any of the medications that you're taking can adversely affect hair growth or cause hair loss. You might want to switch to a different medicine with fewer side effects.

5. Don't always wear your hair up. When you pull your hair back tightly into a ponytail for too many hours, the roots get pulled at and the hairs can loosen and fall out.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crick in the Neck: 2 Simple Stretches to Ease and Prevent Neck Muscle Spasms


It always happens to me in the middle of the night.

A big deadline is quickly approaching so I spend extra hours stressed out and hunched over my computer. When I finally climb into bed to get some sleep I toss and turn trying to get comfortable. That is when I get zapped. Ow! My neck! By morning my neck hurts so bad that I can hardly roll out of bed and I can't turn my head at all without breathtaking pain.
Sound familiar?

Muscle spasms and torn ligaments are the causes of most neck cricks which feel like eye-popping pain in the neck and shoulder area. You can self-diagnose the cause of your neck pain; if gentle stretching provides some pain relief then it is a muscle spasm. If stretching makes the pain sharper the problem is ligament damage; if this is the case, stop stretching.

A crick in the neck caused by muscle spasms will generally resolve on its own in a few days but there are 2 simple stretches that speed up my recovery time. If practiced regularly, these exercises can prevent this type of neck injury.

Palm Extension
The Palm Extension exercise is a three part stretch for the upper back, shoulder and neck muscles.

Stand up straight with your feet at a comfortable distance apart. Intertwine your fingers in front of you and then raise your arms straight out in front of you to about shoulder level. Turn the palms of your hands away from you and then very slowly and gently press your palms outward. Allow your shoulders to round forward as you stretch. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and breathe deeply.

Relax your stretch but maintain the outward facing palm position and lift your arms up high so that your shoulders are by your ears. Gently press your palms upward and outward. Hold for 30 seconds.

Relax your stretch and allow your arms, fingers still entwined, to fall in front of you. With palms facing outward, gently press your palms down toward the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and don't forget to breathe.

Push Down
The Push Down exercise stretches the muscles that run along the top of your shoulders and the side of your neck.

Stand up straight with your arms at your sides, feet at hip distance apart and your chin parallel to the floor. With the palm of your right hand facing the ground, lift your right arm allowing your elbow to bend outward and bring your right hand up to your armpit. Keep your palm facing down. Imagine that there is a heavy spring at your side under your right palm that you want to push into a tight coil. Push down hard on the imaginary spring until your arm is fully extended at your side. With your arm fully extended, palm still pressing down, stretch your neck and shoulder by gently bringing your left ear as close to your left shoulder as possible. Do not rotate your head. Breathe in deeply and exhale. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.

Switch sides. Bring your left hand up into your armpit and then push down, palm facing the floor while lowering your right ear toward your right shoulder. Hold the position for 30 seconds and breathe.

You should repeat these stretches several times a day until the muscle spasm stops. If at first it hurts too much to hold the stretches for 30 seconds, then try holding for 15 seconds or as long as it is comfortable for you. You may also find that you can hold these stretches longer if you do them right after a hot shower or after applying a warm compress to your neck.

Remember to be gentle with yourself and to breathe. Your body can't relax when you hold your breath.

Lacey Bloom is a health enthusiast for dogs and humans alike. She specializes in safe and effective exercises paired with healthy diet options to reach and maintain peak performance for 2 legged and 4 legged creatures. Lacey is a freelance writer for various online sources where she writes about health, food, dogs and life.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hair Care: The No-Poo Method for Shiny Hair


My blue eyes turned green with sheer jealousy when shampoo ads came on the TV. I envied the beautiful women swinging and flipping their luxuriously long shiny hair. Their glossy locks were annoyingly perfect, without a single split end or frizz to be found. My hair was not so perfect or shiny.

As a beauty product addict, I snatched up every shampoo that promised me shiny healthy hair. I bought expensive brands, inexpensive brands, sulfate-free products, amino acid enhanced, no-lather, non-surfactant, all natural, and even just for blonde hair products. My hair was still not swing or flip worthy.

One night I ran out of shampoo and day after day I kept forgetting to buy more. I was surprised to find that my hair didn't look or smell unwashed even after a few days with no shampoo. After a week of no shampoo my hair was soft and glossy! The solution to my dull hair dilemma was to stop using a product.

The No-Poo Method of hair care is simple; don't use shampoo.

As you stand in the shower use your fingertips to massage your scalp using just warm water. This feels so good! The massage loosens up hair products and dirt so they can rinse away. It also helps your natural oils spread from the hair follicles all through your hair giving your hair a nice sheen. For normal or dry hair, conditioner is still a must. If you have long hair, collect your hair as if you are making a pony tail and apply your conditioner of choice to the pony tail section and rinse as usual. If your hair is short, simply apply conditioner to the ends. That's it!

If you have naturally oily hair or skin you may doubt that this No-Poo Method is for you. The first 7-10 days without shampoo your hair may feel oily to you. If you feel the need to disguise unwashed hair, tie your hair back in a pretty ponytail or push your hair away from your face with a headband. But don't give up! After the first week your scalp will not produce as much oil and the oily feeling will clear up and your hair will look and feel amazing.

I have to admit that once every 3 weeks or so I massage a little bit of apple cider vinegar into the roots of the hair around my face and let it rinse though the rest of my hair. Be careful to not let vinegar get in your eyes. I am a runner and a swimmer and it is not unusual for me to come in from gardening with real dirt in my hair, so sometimes my hair needs some cleansing. The apple cider vinegar will wash out dirt and any leftover residue from gel and hair spray.

These days I swing and flip my super shiny locks in every reflective surface I pass. But don't hate me because I'm beautiful! Try the No-Poo Method and before long you will be swinging and flipping your spectacularly shiny hair, too. And use the money you're now saving to buy that juicy new lip gloss you've had your eye on.

Lacey Bloom is a freelance writer for various online sources.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lacey_Bloom
Photo Source: www.cmedicine.info

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Curly Hair Care Tips


Wanna have beautiful curly hair like Taylor Swift? It looks elegantly beautiful indeed, but curly hair tends to be dryer, more brittle and prone to frizzing, so it requires more care than straight hair. 

Below are some tips on managing curly hair.


Curly Hair Care Tips
Limit shampooing your hair to no more than twice a week., shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils.
Use a conditioner every time after you shampoo to re-moisturize your hair.
Use a leave-in conditioner like Bumble and Bumble Leave in Conditioner on your hair daily or every other day.
Use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically geared towards curly hair.
Avoid using narrow toothed combs and brushes, use wide-toothed combs instead which has less of a tendency to cause breakage and frizzing.
To detangle your hair, in the shower start with your hair moist and conditioned (which will protect it from breakage), use your fingers to begin the untangling then finish with a wide toothed comb starting from the end going up finishing at the root of the hair. Then rinse your head with water and try to retain half of the conditioner in your hair. If you try to detangle your hair when it's dry, you will cause it to frizz.
Let your hair aid dry to reduce frizzing, avoid brushing and using a towel to dry your hair. If you need to your hair to dry quickly, blot your hair with a towel, but do not rub it.
Deep condition your hair once a month or more to re-moisturize your scalp and hair.
Use a small amount of styling product with moisturizing ingredient(s) in it to keep your hair from frizzing when your hair is still slightly moist and gently style with your finger. Apply the styling one section so that it is equally distributed.
Avoid playing with your hair or touching it as much as possible, the more friction that occurs on your hair will cause it to tangle and/or frizz.


Source: HairCareGuide.com

Friday, January 21, 2011

Makeup Samples For Free

Jane Iredale Sample Kit - Medium
When you want to know how a product is going to look on you the best way to find out is to use makeup samples. These are trial sizes of some of the most popular items that cosmetic companies sell. Just about every company out there that is in the beauty industry utilizes this very effective marketing strategy to get business. So you might be wondering how you can get your hands on all these makup samples for free?

Tip One
Head to web site of your favorite beauty lines. From Cover Girl all the way up to Dior makeup, they all have web sites that promote their products. These sites will also feature their newest releases. Especially during a time of a new product launch, the site may offer makeup samples for signing up for a newsletter or just to get you to try the new item.

Tip Two
Department store cosmetic counters are a great place to get makeup samples for free. You can start out by getting yourself matched to a foundation from your favorite company. Once that is done, you can ask to get some so that you can try it out at home to see if you like how it looks and feels. This will help you to make the right shopping decision.

You can also see if they have any mini versions of their color products like lipstick and eye shadows. Many of the lines that run gift with purchase campaigns will break up the gifts and give out the items for free after the campaign is over.

This is just the beginning of where you can find makeup samples. From your local Avon lady to the store down the road to you, all beauty businesses know that this marketing technique is the best for convincing people to buy your product. When you are dealing with any sales person in this industry, you should always ask if there are any makeup samples available of the newest products for you to try out.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Magnificent Lavender oils Loaded with Therapeutic uses

Lavender oils are nature's blessing. Integrating booming qualities, this essential oil is serving the mankind in amazing way. There are loads of benefits which are associated with oil and a aid to manage skin and health related issues.Lubricants are very necessary and vital in our life as they can cause movement. Oils are great source of lubricants and provide the smoothness which is also coupled with the benefits of curing many things. Since ancient times our forefathers highly focused on the advantages which are integrated in these oils. Though not sticky, but essential oils are keys to cure many illness and health related issues.

Essentials oils are used in aromatherapy to take care of health and skin. Great benefits can be tapped from the oils as there are great way to take care. There are varieties of essential oils which are available in the market having their own unique qualities in them.Amongst many, lavender oil is versatile oil as it is most widely used in aromatherapy and also in perfumes due to the fragrance. Lavender oil also has great therapeutic benefits. The oil is extracted using flower of lavender angustifolia. The source of extraction is pure and natural which can be safely used.

The aroma of lavenders help in gaining relaxation and also calm downs anxiety. Though there are essential oils which are extracted using plants which are nurtured using pesticides but such oils have no therapeutic advantages.High quality therapeutic grade lavender oil is pure and natural helping to cure from tension, stress and headaches. The oil is laced with amazing benefits, as it is pain reliever, maintains body balance, smoothing agent and also cure ailments.

The multiple purpose lavender oil is desired due the magic which is present in it. Inhalation of 2-3 drops of pure lavender oil help in curing headaches and fight against cough and cold. The oil is good checker of health and blood circulation. Lavender oil is blessed with the qualities of antiseptic. It provides complete relief from minor burns, injuries, insect bites etc. Beside it is also a source to keep insects and bugs at bay. Smearing this oil on body can manage scarring, stretch marks and wrinkles.

The entire day you would remain fresh and energetic, if few drops of lavender oils are mixed in the bathing water. The natural oil is safest and is highly effective against stretch marks during pregnancy. Few drops of this oil on the pillow ensure good sleep.Magnificence of the lavender oil has made it to rule to the heart of every user which craves for beautiful skin and perfect health.
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/cosmetics-articles/magnificent-lavender-oils-loaded-with-therapeutic-uses-4060009.html
About the Author

Abhinav Singh Solanki -  essential oil and lavender essential oil -  I am a distiller of essential oils, absolutes and attars. I have several years experience on distillation, customized perfumery etc. I am specialize in rare, handmade Indian Attars.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fall/Winter Fashion Essentials

BASIC Southpole Junior's Big Logo Embroidered Back Pocket Skinny Jean,Yellow,7LONG CARDIGAN BLACK, SL.A.M.B. Williamsfield Oversized Tote,Dayglo Sunrise,one size

Fall in love again with timeless classics updated with a playful edge for 2010. Key fashion trends this year represent wearable styles and luxurious fabrics that are about building a beautiful, functional, long-lasting wardrobe. Animal prints get a style update in a mix of tones and textures. Styles are romantic yet edgy, mixing denim and lace. Military influence continues to be a hot trend this winter.

Outerwear is Calgary's Statement Piece
Grown-up fashion is reflected in finely tailored coats, capes and sweaters with emphasis on minimalist, clean lines from Sao Paulo and Spanner. Fall's neutral colours are spiced up with contrasting fabrics and glamorous accessories from SNO of Sweden jewelry.

Knitwear is a Fall Must Have
Heavy textured knits embody everything that is cozy about colder days and designers like Eric Alexandre, and Sandwich play with proportion in everything from sleeveless vests to draped floor-length cardigans. Mid-length bulky knits from Pure and Co and Neon Buddha come in the guise of loose-knit ponchos and funnel-neck coatigans. Colorful tonal yarns adorn wrap-around cardigans - perfect for layering and pairing with your favorite skinny leg pant and a great pair of boots.

The Skinny on the Skinny Leg Jean
The skinny leg jean remains a strong staple for fall. You can do this look in either a slimmer full-length jean by Jag Jeans or go for the skinny "Twiggy" ankle jean from Not Your Daughter's Jeans. All three are a perfect match to the longer lengths in fall's bulky knits, tunic blouses or long cardigans.

Tis the Season for Looking Fabulous
Joseph Ribkoff presents versatile dresses for all occasions, day or evening. Semi-casual party wear like sequined boleros, vests and ruched tunics are a great way to dress-up your every day skinny jean or legging for the holiday season.

Going to great lengths with THE BOYFRIEND JACKET, TUNIC BLOUSES OR LONG CARDIGANS
You can go for the on-trend Boyfriend jacket by Kathryn Barclay or take the more classic blazer by Louben, roll up the sleeves, pair it with jeans and you are so in style! Tunic length blouses, tops and sweaters are a great way to spice up your basic bottoms. Find these with Jackpot, Sandwich, and Sao Paulo.

Say it with a SCARF
Still the must have accessory this season is in every colour and fabrication imaginable! Not only do they keep the cold out they are long, smooth, crinkled, solid and printed. They are FABULOUS! The infinity scarf is offered in a more refined version by Echo in rayon jersey, crinkle ombres, or animal prints. And don't forget the matching gloves. Echo Touch gloves will keep your hands warm while you keep in touch and still look great! Available in a variety of great colours, the elink fabric interacts with touch screen devices like your iPhone.

ACCESSORIZE!
Necklaces are layered. Metals are mixed, pearls and stones adorn them. Bangles are worn in multiples and eclectically mixed. Some of our favourite pieces this fall are from SNO of Sweden, Karen Chopick of Vancouver, Danon of Israel, Rosie and Lucy the First.

Handbags are colourful and range from oversized totes to the chic clutch. This season we have beautiful leather purses by Leather Works, Big Buddha, Jak's and fun colour from ESPE. And don't forget a great belt to finish off your outfit. La Chik Belts instantly update your look.

Article Source:
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/women/article_3

Saturday, January 15, 2011

iLove my iPhone Case!


I just bought an iPhone case from CafePress @ the 'Simplicity Store'
The designs are simple & stylish. Totally my style.
Not many choices yet, but there'll be more designs coming up, I hope.

There are a total of three (3) designs.
1 for the 3G case, 1 for the iPhone 4, and the 3rd one for iPhone 4 slider case.
I bought the 1st and 3rd one (for my friend).

Check them out below!

iPhone 3G Hard Case (White)


iPhone 4 Slider Case (White)
Silver and Pink colors available!


iPhone 4 Clear Case (White)
Black color available!


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Written by iLuvDesignz

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How To Have More Sex Appeal


That being said there are some tips for you to examine your sexy-factor and make improvements.

1. Take pictures and or video's of yourself to see yourself as others do. Really look at them objectively and with an honest curiosity. Would you be attracted to this person? Why or why not? Now look at pictures of people you are attracted to and admire. Pick out some of the same qualities in yourself and play them up.

2. Time for a makeover. Treat yourself to some new clothes, a haircut, and or spa treatments to make you feel like you look your absolute best. Stand proud and take pride in your appearance. Feeling good about yourself first is a big factor in being appealing to others.

3. Have confidence in yourself. Make a list of your accomplishments and things you are most proud of in yourself. Hang the list on your fridge, your bathroom mirror and remind yourself you are an awesome person. Sex appeal is all about attitude and aura and making the best of what you've got.

4. Just remember as well that while looks count it's your personality which makes people stick around. Smile, laugh and be a happy person. No one wants to hand out with a hound-dog. A smile is truly your best accessory. Remember to speak in a positive upbeat manner. Ask questions about the other person, don't hog the conversation with your own life stories.

5. Make eye contact. When you are talking to a date, you want them to know you are interested in them. You want them interacting with you as well. If you don't even look each other in the eye... the date is a bust. Practice in the mirror and get your "sexy" look down pat.

6. Pay your date a compliment. Don't go overboard only compliment people once on that particular attribute. When we are given a compliment like when someone tells us we're pretty, funny, smart - whatever - it has the optimum effect the first time it's said. Yet, if you keep blabbing on about it you not only weaken the compliment, you will have the opposite effect to the one intended.

7. Give feedback to your date. They aren't mind readers you know. If you like someone make sure you have communicated that fact.

8. Relax about your body. If you have poor body image, take baby steps to boost your positive image of yourself. Remember none of us are perfect. My mother always says "Angels are in heaven". Eating right and exercising are always good body choices to make. If you look good you feel good and the reverse is true too. Take vitamins, they will keep you healthy and feeling good as well. Lastly, get rid of unrealistic images that contribute to a poor body image of yourself.

9. Watch something hot. Ignite certain desires through the stimulation and imagination. Think sexy - be sexy!

10.Take natural sex supplements to boost libido. Time proven aphrodisiacs have been around for centuries - because they work! Try male sex supplement Irexis and see results.

Jennifer Hughs is the pen name for the health and lifestyles writer who is compensated by Value Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Lab88. The author has 20+ years in the cosmetic and health industries and has worked with leading beauty and health publications.

Monday, January 10, 2011

75-min Red Wine Full Body Massage + Detox Back Scrub / Dermasonic Facial + Neck Treatment @ $22 Only

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A refining face treatment combined with intense hydrating and nourishing neck treatment specially designed for optimum skin efficacy.
- Helps to remove excess sebum from skin surface and clear impurities
- Refines and tightens the pores- Stimulate epidermal cell renewal for cell regeneration
- Improves collagen synthesis and firm skin structure
- Restore radiance to dull and uneven skin tone
- Skin becomes firmer and younger looking

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An ultra-relaxing body massage luxury to reinvigorate senses of the body, mind and spirit. Soothing back polish deep cleanses, tones, exfoliates the neglected back area for flawless and glowing skin.
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Centrally located at Raffles Place, the 2,088+ sq ft Zenique De Beatu is equipped with 11 treatment rooms including 2 couple suits. Applying the state-of-art treatment product C-Power from Paris and USA, the signature treatment will empower skin’s ability to turn back time – reveal the real and youthful you.

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How To Grow Long Eyelashes

Lash Relongé - Clinically Proven Eyelash Lengthener - Maximum Eyelash Growth - Get Longer, Darker & Fuller Lashes! - Enhance the Natural Beauty of Your Eyes - Stunning Results - By Beauté de Paris - A Great Gift for the Women in Your Life! Lash Relongé Eyelash Lengthener (2 pack)- Maximum Eyelash Growth - Clinically Proven Stunning Results Get Longer, Darker & Fuller Lashes! - By Beauté De Paris
What beautiful woman doesn't know the allure and magic of having beautiful long eyelashes and thick eye brows to frame her eyes? But what can you do if nature only handed out to you short stubby lashes? Until now we accepted this unjust fate and did our best to enhance lashes with cosmetics. Would you believe it is now possible to grow longer, fuller, darker lashes naturally?

Eyelash growth serum and conditioners are relatively new. Many companies have jumped on the bandwagon to rush products to market. Be cautious, however, since many of these same vendors do not list ingredients, provide information as to what the ingredients do to enhance lashes or provide clinical data. Yet for the companies that do - this is an excellent choice for women who want to have longer, fuller eyelashes.

One company has published that on average their testers have seen a 55% increase in lash length after using the growth serum for 4 weeks. Some testers have seen results even as high as 82% increase in lash length.

How does it work?

Simply apply a thin line, with the application wand, nightly to each upper eyelid at the lash line, as you would apply an eyeliner. Most women will begin to notice the appearance of thicker, fuller, longer lashes in 4-6 weeks time. Others may see results in as few as two weeks time.

Are the results permanent?

Results are not permanent. To maintain the appearance of the new longer lashes you must continue using the product at least 2-3 times weekly, after the initial month of nightly use.
Can you use mascara and or eyelash extensions with lash growth serum?

Most products claim you may. However, after 4 weeks as your natural lashes appear to grow longer and thicker, you will find yourself not wanting to use false lashes and less and less mascara too!

The best part about lash growth serum products?

They actually work. It is so wonderful to use a cosmetic product and truly see the benefit in just a few weeks time. I tested out some products...only ones that listed ingredients, provided information as to what the ingredients do to grow lashes and most importantly provided clinical data (check out review sites to guide you). My lashes are visibly longer and even rub against the lenses of my eyeglasses!

There are review sites that help you sort out the most reliable eyelash growth serum available. EyelashProductsReviewed.org is very helpful. Their highest rated product is Lash Relonge.

Jennifer Hughs is the pen name for the health and lifestyles writer who is compensated by Value Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Lab88. The author has 20+ years in the cosmetic and health industries and has worked with leading beauty and health publications.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

DIY Pore-Minimizing & Whitening Mask with Lemon & Tomato

Fretting over large pores?

If you have large pores, you might have oily skin. The onslaught of oily skin is especially dire to people who have large pores. And because the pores are of large size, this leads to excess sebum production (substance secreted by our sebaceous glands that prevent hair and skin from drying out) which results in oily skin.

Besides being unpleasant to look at, large pores are prone to skin irritations. Excess sebum production from large pores can lead to a number of skin problems such as acne, unsightly skin, rashes and blackheads.

While you can't minimize pore size without surgery, an easy and inexpensive beauty remedy like a homemade tomato and lemon mask can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, as well as minimize the excessive sebum production of your skin.

Benefits of Lemons and Tomatoes

Tomatoes have naturally acidic properties, thus help to balance the skin's natural pH value and get rid of excessive oil. Its cooling elements help soothe raw skin. It also packs tons of vitamin C and A, good for brightening dull skin!

Rich in phytochemicals, tomatoes aid in our system's process of preventing diseases and eliminating toxins out of our body, leaving us and our skin healthy and nourished.

Lemon, on the other hand, has many flavorful and healthy uses when added to foods and drinks, but did you know that lemon juice can be used as a natural antiseptic medicine? As lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, it helps cure skin dullness and whitens skin. Lemon enhances skin by rejuvenating it from within and thus bringing that lovely glow on your face. Its antiseptic properties aid in removing blackheads and unclogging pores with excess sebum.

By combining the skin-enriching properties of lemon and the cooling effect of tomato in a simple DIY mask, one can deeply and effectively cleanse and minimize enlarged and clogged pores. Blend these two simple home-based ingredients together and see for yourself the power of nature!

Lemon & Tomato Mask

Ingredients:
1 ripe tomato
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. oatmeal

Instructions:
1. Mash one (1) ripe tomato in a bowl.
2. Put all ingredients in a blender, then puree.
3. Apply to clean face and leave on for about 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with warm water then pat dry.
5. Apply toner and moisturizer.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tips For Beautiful Eyelashes


Don't want to use harsh adhesives with false lashes or lash extensions on your delicate eyelashes? How is a girl to get longer, fuller, darker lashes naturally? Read on:
  1. Invest in a quality eyelash curler. Using an eyelash curler before applying mascara makes lashes more visible and gives a longer appearance.
    1. Be sure not to clamp down too tightly as to "cut" lashes.
    2. Always curl BEFORE applying mascara.
    3. Keep curler clean. Wipe down after each application.
  2. Use a eyelash separator after applying mascara to remove clumps and improve appearance of lashes. DO NOT USE A SAFETY PIN. This is very dangerous and not as effective as separator brushes specifically designed for this purpose. Eyelash separator brushes are inexpensive and can readily be found in the drug store.
  3. Remove all makeup thoroughly each night before bed. Makeup can be drying. By removing makeup each night before bed prevents the lashes from becoming too dry and brittle which will cause breakage.
    1. While removing eye makeup use an eye-makeup-remover designed especially for the delicate eye area.
    2. Remove makeup with a gentle touch, so you do not pull or damage the delicate skin in the eye contour area.
  4. Condition lashes nightly before bed.
    1. Using an eyelash conditioning serum hydrates the delicate eyelashes from becoming brittle, damaged and broken. Look for one that is clinically tested and formulated with ingredients that promote hair growth.
  5. Diet and supplements.
    1. Eat foods like avocado that are known for yielding healthy hair, skin and nails.
    2. Take a vitamin supplement like Biotin also well known for its hair growth properties.
  6. Do not wear waterproof mascara daily.
    1. Unless you are a marathon swimmer there is no need to wear a waterproof mascara daily. These types of mascara are clumpier and more drying to your lashes, also making them more difficult to remove and thereby more likely to damage and break your lashes.
  7. Do not apply too many coats of mascara.
    1. Two coats of mascara should do the trick. Additional product is just too drying without any real benefit. Too many coats of mascara yield the Tammy Fay Baker effect - simply NOT flattering!
    2. Proper application for best long lash look is as follows:
  8. Curl lashes at base on clean lashes.
  9. Apply one thin coat of brown mascara on full lashes. Let dry.
  10. Apply a second cost of black mascara on top half of lashes only. This gives the lashes a longer appearance - you will love the results.
  11. Rule of thumb: black lengthens, brown thickens.
  12. Toss mascara tube after 3 months.
    1. Mascara does not have a long shelf life. The constant push of the wand in and out of the tube exposes the product to bacteria which over time can produce infections.
    2. Drug store bran mascara's are often of high quality and you won't mind tossing the tube after 3 months even if there is more product left. For the health of your delicate eyes this point isn't negotiable.
  13. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions are applied with glues that are drying to your natural lashes, making them susceptible to damage and breaking. Save Falsies for only special occasions.
  14. Be wary of home treatments. Some well intentioned friends may advise using petroleum jelly, castor or olive oil or even glycerin. Remember we are talking about the delicate eye area. Eyes are extremely sensitive and prone to infection when exposed to bacteria and dirt.
    1. Unless you are using a brand new bottle of said home remedy with an applicator for your eyes and only use this one bottle only for your eyes you are taking a BIG risk of exposing your eyes to infection and damage.
Fortunately today there are many eyelash serums available specifically formulated for eyelash growth. Be sure to purchase one that has been clinically tested and dermatologist approved for the eye area. Lash Relonge is formulated with time proven hydrating and hair growth enhancing natural ingredients. Lash Relonge' is clinically tested by independent laboratory, AMA Labs, and formulated specifically for delicate eyes. Safe and effective.
Jennifer Hughs is the pen name for the health and lifestyles writer who is compensated by Value Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Lab88. The author has 20+ years in the cosmetic and health industries and has worked with leading beauty and health publications.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tips For Tighter, Smoother Skin

1.Treat your skin to a Steam
Steaming the skin will flush out the toxins and makes your skin feel tighter. Great as a quick-fix, give yourself a 10 minute facial, or you can steam-shower your entire body for a more complete skin firming treatment.

2. Go Sulfate free.
Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used in many cosmetic and hair products because of sought after rich lather and foam. But are the benefits worth the risks? This chemical is very drying and irritating to skin and hair, stripping away the natural body oils that keep sin moist.

3. Be Cautious With Home Remedies.
Have you heard of these popular home remedies??
  • EGG FACIAL
Take a raw egg and crack it saving only the egg white. Add the white layers that are stuck to the inside of the shell mix and apply over your face. As the egg dries you will feel it tighten the skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with tepid water.
  • BANANA MASK
Mash a banana to a paste and spread all over your face. Leave the banana mask on skin for 10-15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
  • COFFEE MASK
Why waste your used coffee grinds in the morning, use them as an revitalizing facial mask to wake up and firm skin. Mix 1/4 cup used coffee grounds with one egg white and spread it all over the face. Allow mask to dry 10-15 minutes or so, then rinse off with warm water.
  • PREPARATION H
Many old wives tales claim to either mix Prep H with your daily moisturizer or even with Visine to pat around the eye area for firmness. The Visine version helps with blemishes too. However, Prep H changed its formulation and results are now questionable. Furthermore, this is meant for an "emergency" treatment, not everyday as long term usage may cause scaly irritated skin. Lastly, if you must try this ghastly remedy be sure to use the cream and not the oily and shiny ointment.
We all like the thought of saving money and being holistic, however, using products lying around the fridge and our cupboards may not be sanitary for our delicate skin. Why risk infection when there are skin care products designed and formulated with ingredients known to be beneficial to our skin - particularly if the product has clinical testing to back it up. That's why I choose Instante' to firm my face and eye contours in just minutes.

4. Exfoliate Skin Weekly
Exfoliate skin once or twice a week as a good preparation to absorb and aid skin absorption of tightening and firming treatments.

5. Reduce Sun Exposure.
Sun exposure is the skin's worst enemy. UV light damage breaks down the skin's elastin causing sagging and stretching, meaning lack of firmness.

6. Don't Smoke.
Repeated pursing of the lips around a cigarette causes lines and wrinkles. In addition, smoking dehydrates skin causing the dryness that makes skin prone to damage. Lastly, the nicotine colors skin yellow.

7. Drink More Water
Keep your skin hydrated with nature's beverage - water. Dehydrated skin is less elastic and more prone to wrinkles and damage. Another beverage tip: Limit alcohol which is drying to skin. Alcohol enlarges the blood vessels near the skin's surface, causing itchiness, uneven tone and red spots - not pretty!

8. Bath in Tepid Water
Hot water will strip the natural oils from your face and body leaving skin dry and vulnerable to skin damage.

9. Sleep on Silk and Satin
Silk and Satin are better than cotton because they are softer and smoother causing fewer of the crease-lines on skin that will ultimately turn into wrinkles. Another sleep tip: Lay on your back. Sleeping on your side and stomach causes more creasing thus producing more wrinkles.

10. Avoid drastic weight change.
Putting on weight or taking it off too quickly can irreparably damage skin. Skin becomes stretched then slackens as elasticity is lost. Keeping skin well hydrated all the time will help minimize any lasting damage.

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Jennifer Hughs is the pen name for the health and lifestyles writer who is compensated by Value Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Lab88. The author has 20+ years in the cosmetic and health industries and has worked with leading beauty and health publications.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

10 Tips To Reduce Facial Wrinkles

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Don't you wish you can make your wrinkles vanish! Thankfully there are tips and tricks you can do to help make skin appear more youthful. Read on:
  • Minimize sun exposure.
    • The majority of visible signs of aging is caused by over exposure to the sun.
  • Get Your Beauty Rest
    • The body produces HGH during restful sleep,generating thicker and more elastic skin.
  • No Smoking Please
    • Smoking causes the collagen in your skin to break down producing wrinkles and making you appear older.
  • Eat Right
    • Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is the best source of anti-oxidants proven for their youth enhancing beauty benefits. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause skin damage.
    • Adding healthy fish proteins with their fatty acids to your diet keeps skin looking younger and wrinkle free. Likewise eliminate fatty, greasy junk foods from your diet.
    • Other sources of fatty acids include Flaxseeds, avocados, nuts, and olive oil - these beneficial fats in your diet are terrific for your skin as well.
  • Gently Cleanse Skin
    • You don't want to over-strip your face of natural oils. Dry skin leads to more wrinkles. However, DO be sure to cleanse skin nightly removing all makeup and dirt from skin's surface. Follow with anti-wrinkle cream morning and night.
    • Wash skin with cool or warm water. Avoid hot water on your face as it causes the drying that leads to wrinkle formation.
  • Drink Water
    • Keeping your body hydrated as well as flushing away toxins that build-up in your digestive system help to keep your skin supple. Eliminate carbonated, sugary beverages and minimize alcohol consumption.
  • Sleep on your back
    • Sleeping on your side or stomach can crease the skin, causing it to sag.
  • Stop Frowning
    • Facial gestures like frowning and squinting can cause furrows and lines in the skin. Additionally, you want to be gentle handling your face - try not to lean on your face or tug at in unnecessarily including during cleansing.
  • Minimize Stress
    • We all know that stress can be aging. Tension can affect cells located beneath the skin surface resulting in a decrease in elasticity and deeper facial lines.
  • MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE!!!
Jennifer Hughs is the pen name for the health and lifestyles writer who is compensated by Value Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Lab88. The author has 20+ years in the cosmetic and health industries and has worked with leading beauty and health publications.