Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dry Skin Remedies

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Dealing with dry skin is a problem almost everyone has to face at some point in their life. But know that there are daily changes in your routine that can serve as a dry skin treatment if you want soft skin. Here are four easy steps to getting smooth skin.

1. Exfoliate
Exfoliating sloughs off dead, dry skin, leaving a layer of fresh, soft skin exposed. By eliminating the layer of scaly skin cells on top, you can enjoy the supple skin underneath. That said, the supple skin will only stay soft if you take care of it.

2. Moisturize
Moisturizing your skin (especially freshly exfoliated skin) is crucial. If you've exfoliated in the shower, then pat your skin dry and immediately slather on a hydrating oil or a rich emollient. Your pores are dilated after a shower, which makes it an ideal time to rub on a moisturizer since your skin will absorb and retain it better.

Read the rest of my tips at Daily Glow

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tips: How To Wear Red Lipstick

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Wearing red lipstick during the day or in the evening creates an elegant and timeless look that will inevitably make a statement. However, to effortlessly pull off a red lip, certain steps must be taken. Here are the six steps to a perfect red lip.

Find the Right Color for Your Skin Tone
Different shades of red suit different skin tones, so be sure to identify the undertones that best suit your skin. The general rule of thumb is that people with pale complexions should use true red hues, people with olive complexions should use brown tinted reds or mahogany, and dark skin tones should consider reds with a blue undertone. And if you want your teeth to seem whiter, then opt for a red lip color with a blue undertone.

Prep Your Lips Properly
A perfect application is what makes red lips a success. Make sure your lips are not dry, or have been exfoliated, prior to applying red lipstick.

Prevent "Bleeding" With Concealer
By applying concealer around your mouth, you'll prevent the lipstick from bleeding into your skin.

Read the rest of my tips at Daily Glow

Friday, January 25, 2013

Treating Dry, Cracked Feet

During the winter, it's not uncommon for your feet to be dry and cracked. But know that treating dry, cracked feet can be done in three simple steps.

1. Pumice Stone
Use a pumice stone to exfoliate your feet while you're in the shower. The steam from the shower will soften your skin, making it easier to remove the accumulated dead skin cells and slough away the dry skin. Exfoliate your feet at least once a week, if not more, depending on how dry your feet are.

2. Moisturize
A pumice stone alone will not curb cracked feet. After showering, lock in the moisture by applying a strong emollient, such as an oil, a heavy cream, or Shea butter. If your skin immediately absorbs the emollient (this commonly happens with dry skin), then reapply as needed. How frequently you moisturize your feet depends on the condition of your feet. If your skin is dry, then apply at least twice a day. If your skin is normal, then once a day should suffice.

Read the last tip at Daily Glow.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

TED Talk: Model Cameron Russell

This brief (ten minutes!) talk by model Cameron Russell is a must watch. I don't want to waste words explaining what she says, so my message is simple: Watch it!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Five Tips for the Perfect Smoky Eye

If you're looking for a go-to evening makeup look, then the classic smoky eye is a look you should master. No matter how casual or how upscale the event, the look can be worn effortlessly with any outfit on a night out. But before you start practicing with dark eyeshadows, remember these basic five tips on how to pull off this look.

Always Prep Your Lids
Use a primer or a base on your lids before attempting your evening look. A good primer will ensure that any excess oil on your eyelids is absorbed and that the shadow sticks to your skin without rubbing off or smearing. Read the rest of my tips at Daily Glow.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid has been seen on the red-carpet being worn by celebrities of all ages and backgrounds, from Blake Lively to Kim Kardashian.

There are a lot of variations in braid styles , but this unique braid is all the rage right now, and can be sported at upscale events, if a celebrity can wear it on the red carpet, you can wear it to any event, and more casually as well. If you're wearing your braid as an evening look, then make it sleek and have the braid run down your back. If it's a bit more casual, then opt for a messier braid that is placed off the side.

That said, don't hesitate to wear the messy version of the fishtail braid for a more formal event. It may seem counterintuitive to do so, but the messiness of the hairstyle will counterbalance the structured feel of an evening gown or look, creating an overall unique look that works well. Read the rest of my article at Vista Magazine.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

3 Ways To Exfoliate Your Body

Exfoliating your skin regularly guarantees that you have healthy, glowing skin since the process removes dry, dull skin. Most people exfoliate their faces and feet, but the reality is that you should be exfoliating your entire body, especially if you are prone to dead skin buildup. That said, be careful of overexfoliating as this can irritate your skin and make it dry.

1. Scrub
A sugar or salt scrub is the most common exfoliating method for your body. These scrubs typically have an exfoliating agent (e.g. salt or sugar) that removes dead skin and a moisturizing agent (such as oil) that serves as an emollient. If you want to make a DIY scrub, then mix equal parts sugar and extra virgin olive oil for a homemade body scrub.

Read the rest of my article for two more ways to exfoliate at Daily Glow

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Facial Cleansing 101: How to properly clean your face

When it comes to cleaning your face, most people focus on the products used instead of technique. Sure, the products you use are important, but how you apply them is just as important. There is a very specific art to facial cleansing that will ensure your products work well and you don't inadvertently damage the delicate skin on your face.

Wash Your Hands
The first step to washing your face is to ensure your hands are clean. After all, isn't it counter-intuitive to cleanse your face with hands that are packed with germs and bacteria?

Remove Eye Makeup
Remove your eye makeup prior to cleaning your face. This is the most efficient process since it allows your cleanser to work on a bare face and eliminates the extra step of removing eye makeup residue after you've cleaned your face. Read the rest of my article on how to properly clean your face at Daily Glow.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Natural Beauty Masks

When you're looking for a quick face mask, consider an at home alternative to the store bought ones. The benefits are two-fold: It is cheaper and all-natural, and a great natural beauty treatment for Latina skin. Here are five easy DIY natural beauty masks that you can make with the ingredients in your kitchen.

Egg White Face Mask
This simple mask only requires two ingredients: An egg and a lemon. The egg (specifically, the egg white) will tighten your pores, and the natural acid in lemon juice will even out skin tone. Simply add 1 egg white and a few tablespoons of fresh strained lemon juice into a bowl and beat the ingredients together until they are evenly incorporated. Apply to your face, avoiding the eye area, and leave it on until the mask dries. Once dried, remove the mask by rinsing your face with warm water. Make sure to apply sunscreen, as lemon may make your skin sensitive to the sun and prone to hyperpigmentation. Check out the rest of my article (and recipes for three more face masks) at Vista Magazine.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush makeup has an intimidating reputation since most people hear about it being used on wedding days and on celebrities. Not to mention, the makeup technique has a very specific application process and expensive tools.

Despite all that, the finish airbrush provides is coveted by many because it offers sheer to full coverage without looking cakey or as if you're wearing a mask. The reason behind this is that the foundation is sprayed on your skin in small particles with an air compressor, which creates a natural finish. What's more, makeup applied by airbrush has a longer staying power since it is water resistant and thus can stay put regardless of sweat and tears. Read the rest of my article at Daily Glow.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Home Remedies for a Dry Scalp

A dry scalp leads to a variety of problems, including dandruff, hair loss, and other skin conditions. In order to figure out how to combat a dry scalp, you need to understand what causes a dry scalp. Your scalp naturally contains sebum, which naturally moisturizes your hair and scalp, and a dry scalp simply means there is a shortage of sebum. Fortunately, there are many treatments and home remedies for dry scalp that will moisturize your scalp the way sebum does.

Apply Coconut Oil

Massaging coconut oil into your scalp is a foolproof way to moisturize your dry scalp. Studies have found that coconut oil, in comparison to other mineral oils, can penetrate skin and hair the deepest. While any oil will help moisturize a dry scalp, extra virgin coconut oil will be the most effective. Be sure to evenly apply oil to the entire surface area of your scalp. Read the rest of my article to learn about other ways to battle a dry scalp at Daily Glow.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Fact or Fiction: Do Prenatal Vitamins Help Hair Growth?

For the longest time, advice has been passed around that prenatal vitamins are great to take if you want hair growth. And it's not just for hair growth; prenatal vitamins allegedly help you grow thicker hair and give more sheen to your hair. But is there really a correlation between prenatal vitamins and hair growth?

Prenatal vitamins include nutrients to help a woman's body prepare for pregnancy and to help the body throughout the pregnancy. When compared to multivitamins, prenatal vitamins contain elevated levels of iron, folic acid, calcium, and biotin. The latter, biotin, is believed to promote healthy hair and nail growth. It is also naturally found in vegetables, legumes, berries, goat and cow's milk, almonds, and eggs. Read the rest of my article at Daily Glow.

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