Makeup: Outdated Trends That Age You!

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When it comes to beauty and makeup, we’re all looking for the tip or trick that can help a multitude of goals. We may want to look younger. We may want to disguise spots or other marks (or even help us not look as tired as we actually feel). We may just want to dress down or dress up for an occasion.

But one thing we definitely do not want? Makeup that makes us look older. And unfortunately, too many people use makeup in a way that they don’t realize will add many years to their face. Take, for example, foundation. Cake it on or use too little, and you can do your skin a big disservice. And it’s also crucial to find the right tone, so no one is actually aware that you’re wearing foundation and so that you complement, with color, the inherent beauty of your face.

What other makeup tricks should you use? This graphic explains some:

 

Avoid These Outdated Makeup Trends That May Make You Look Older Than You Really Are
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Guest Post: Skincare – Winter to Spring!

Guest Post by Caitlin Miller

Our skin changes with the change of seasons. Therefore, we also need to change our skincare routine! We cannot maintain the same skincare methods every season. We need to follow a simple but effective routine to keep our skin perfect!

Winter is the season when days are short and nights are long. We feel cold, and our skin becomes dry and itchy. On the other hand, Spring is entirely different! Our skin will be exposed to more sunlight and environmental factors and naturally more hydrated. So, we need to change our skincare routine. For example, the moisturiser we use in the Winter months will not suit our skin in the Spring!

Here are my top tips for changing skin care while switching from Winter to Spring:

CLEANSING the skin

Cleansing helps us to remove dead skin cells, oil, and dirt from the skin. When Spring comes, using a good cleanser for your skin type will ensure you can show off your skin without having to use makeup and products to mask any blemishes, pigmentation and uneven areas. Cleansing day and night will also ensure that pores are minimised and limit breakouts!

 

Start exfoliating

In Winter, our skin dries out more quickly and leaves dead skin cells. So, Spring is the time to help skin recover! We all want smooth soft skin and we all know that smooth skin is the key element to helping us look beautiful. Scrubbing helps to clean our skin of old cells and clogged pores. It also helps us to increase the glow of our skin giving a more clear and radiant result! Many exfoliators also contain anti-ageing ingredients, an added bonus! However, you shouldn’t exfoliate more than twice a week as this can stress the skin.

Moisturising the skin

Moisturiser seems a simple thing to use, but it helps us in many ways. A lightweight moisturiser in the Spring will keep the skin looking hydrated and fresh and allows it to breathe without adding to any oil production. It can also be mixed with foundation to create a tinted moisturiser, avoiding the need for heavy foundation!

Apply (and re-apply) sunscreen

With the weather changes, our skin may suffer from peeling and redness as it adapts. Sunscreen can help protect us from this as well as prevent sunburn as the weather hots up! Sunscreen will also protect us from the risk of various types of skin cancer. Luckily, many face and makeup products already contain sun protection so if you haven’t already checked this it’s worth doing so and investing in a few key items if needed! An SPF factor of 50 is ideal – don’t forget to protect your lips as well!

Nature has a lovely relationship with our skin. In Winter we feel uncomfortable as our skin becomes dry. On the other hand, at the time of Spring, we can feel the extra oil in our skin. So, we need to ensure that we balance our skin needs which will result in glowing, naturally youthful skin!

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Guest Post: Put Your Best Face Forward: Vegan, Halal & Organic Skincare

  Guest Post by Joanna Cheng – Check out her Bio below!

“I’m Joanna, a travel enthusiast that’s always been obsessed with beauty. I grew up playing with eyeshadows and lipsticks. Now that I’m an adult, I spend my time exploring the world. I bring my makeup bag with me everywhere I go—from Puerto Rico to Japan. In addition to exploring the food and sights of new places, I love learning about their ways of beauty, too.”

Read Joanna’s advice on different skincare options:

Skincare is essential to growing old gracefully and keeping a youthful appearance no matter what your age. There are many skincare products on the market today. Finding the perfect ones for you is the first step to a successful routine. Unlike years past when women would use any products in the marketplace, there is a new shift worldwide for healthier and more natural products. Not only is beauty from within a growing trend among women, so are products that are applied to our skin. Smart consumers want to know what they are applying to their bodies and these are three niche markets that are meeting this trend:

Halal

Halal means acceptable in Islam culture where Muslim women have distinct beliefs about not combining their faith with their beauty. These women cannot use cosmetics and skincare products that contain alcohol, “pig-derived” collagen, fat or gelatin. These products are “haram” or not acceptable in their belief system.

Halal products are also cruelty-free. Because the Islam faith respects all earth’s creatures, no animals should be harmed. Halal products and cosmetics are permitted by Islamic law because they are made without the forbidden ingredients.

Halal products are made from all natural sources including plants, raw and unprocessed materials. No animals are harmed in any way to create these cosmetics and skin care products. So many women, especially the Millennials and those who live a holistic lifestyle and care about the way products are manufactured, are embracing Halal.  So that being said, many women in all walks of life, not just Muslims, are seeking natural products that will give them peace of mind and beautiful, healthy skin.

Here are four reasons Halal skincare is trending worldwide:

  • Halal products are holistic
  • They are cruelty-free
  • Halal products are made from natural resources
  • They are trending worldwide

Vegan

Vegan skincare is products that are manufactured without any animal or animal byproducts. Like a vegan diet where no meat or products from an animal is eaten, vegan-friendly skincare does not include any animal byproducts. It is made from plants, minerals, and safe synthetic ingredients. This differs from a vegetarian diet that includes eggs, cheese, and milk.

Vegan skincare products should not be confused with cruelty-free like Halal products. Vegan products are all about the ingredients rather than the manufacturing process. Consumers are becoming more and more educated and interested in the products they are applying to their skin. Because of the way our world’s animals and environment are affected by their production, vegan skincare is increasing in popularity. And that goes for dermatologists and health care providers, too.

Vegan skincare is natural and uses minimal ingredients that nourish the skin, unlike other skincare that is full of chemicals, fragrances, and irritating ingredients. Vegan skincare contains more good for the body ingredients like vitamins, minerals, and hydrating antioxidants.

Here is why vegan skincare is good for the skin:

  • Vegan products contain no animal or animal byproducts
  • The products use minimal ingredients
  • Vegan products nourish the skin with vitamins & minerals
  • They are endorsed by dermatologists

Organic Skincare

Organic skincare products are created from superior, high quality, organically farmed ingredients without pesticides, chemicals, herbicides, antibiotics and other harmful chemicals.  They are part of the growing worldwide trend that consumers want to know what they are applying to their bodies.

The benefit of organic skincare is the movement towards being kinder to yourself, your environment and the planet. Numerous research indicates that there is a connection between chemicals and illnesses. The synthetics in many skincare products and chemicals that are ingested into our bodies. Using organics offers a balance that delivers nutritional benefits and beautiful results. The bottom line is they work better than other products and are better for your beautiful skin!

Guest Post: Get Ready For New Year’s Eve Fast!

Guest Post by Brigitte Evans of High Style Life

The winter holiday season is a time for celebration. All the holidays are tightly bound and you get yourself a good two weeks of having fun with your friends and family while eating delicious food and getting presents! You then get to usher in a new year!

However, this winter wonderland is often spoiled with the amount of work we have to do around the holidays. Panic struck, every company and every school places a ton of work in front of you which you need to complete before the holidays or worse, during the holidays. That is why, as we get older, the amount of work increases and we need to find a way to work fast and be efficient. The ultimate goal is to still be able to celebrate the holidays guilt-free, which leaves very little time for actually preparing for the most magical night of the year. Luckily, we’re here to help out with some tips on how to manage to prepare for this night despite numerous obligations.

Pamper yourself

When it comes to nurturing your skin, multitasking is a natural process. You can definitely study or work at home while wearing a mask or waiting for your skin to soak in creams and lotions. You can also use scrub treatments while showering and apply hair products that will give your hair that velvety seductive look you crave. Start doing this at least a week before New Year’s and make sure to do it intensively. The sooner you start, the better the results will be. Having smooth, gentle and healthy skin is half the work for looking beautiful and the best thing of all is that it doesn’t cost you a lot of time.

Outsource

As you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, get yourself a mani-pedi and visit the dentist. It’s a time saver and at the same time, it’s something that will contribute to your general appearance. There are quick ways to refresh your smile and if you want to do that, there is a  great dentist from Sydney at Quality Dental that can examine you and recommend some of the procedures that will quickly beautify your smile. As far as nails are concerned, it’s much faster to have someone do them than doing them yourself. Otherwise, it would take too much time and the results probably wouldn’t be as good as your cosmetician’s work.

New year Make-up

On the other hand, you can do your own make-up even if that seems more time-consuming. Make-up needs to be done on the very day of New Year’s and therefore, needs to be scheduled in advance. In case you have a lot of work to do and you are unsure about your plans for the 31st of December, don’t worry. There are plenty of tutorials and advice online for doing your own make-up. For instance, Maybelline recommends a shimmery look that involves a lot of glitter and a bold lipstick. That way, you won’t be able to escape anyone’s sight.

Be healthy

Most importantly, you cannot look good if you’re not healthy. That is why you need to do your part and eat well, try to rest and stay hydrated. Going for a run here and there and doing some workouts would also be great, if you have the time. Not only will you look much better, but you’ll also feel better and you’ll have that natural glow and a spark in your eyes that no make-up can give you. That’s why under no circumstances should you neglect your own health as it’s the base of beauty.

As you can see, there are ways to be well prepared for New Year’s despite infinite chores and duties that accompany it. Don’t forget that the way you feel affects your appearance. That is why you should try to be happy and do what feels good. That way, you’ll be able to look great almost effortlessly and when the time comes for actually beautifying yourself, your job won’t be that hard with healthy, pampered skin, hair and teeth. Just add some make-up and put on your New Year’s outfit and you’ll be good to go!