Sunday, February 28, 2010

Simple step for glowy skin

So friday i was at this huge party with seniors from  my school. It started at 6 p.m. and I came home at around 7 a.m. Yeah... thats what I like to call a good party. Whole time we spent indoors, filled with smell of smoke(well... what do you expect from a hundred 19 year-olds?), alcohol and lots of dancing and fooling around. I came home and went to sleep immediatly. Next morning...well day to be honest... i woke up feeling gross...You know that feeling, when you can smell smoke in your hair, on your pillow in your clothes from last night...ugh....  I took a shower, and even treated myself with hot bath... but my face skin was feeling weird. Black under eyes, blotchy skin, dull, grey-ish and tired... I talked to my mom complaining about that and she said she used to do this routine for a week after big parties: 
  • Fill a glass of boiled cooled water and place it in a freezer. You can do this right after the party, or before the party in the evening.
  • Take the glass out before you go to sleep and place it on your night stand. Let the ice melt
  • Drink the glass of melted water first thing in the morning. Before eating.
You can actually do this routine every single morning. You will start to notice, that your skin is more glowy, healthy-looking and even cleaner. Or you can do this for a while after a huge party. Alcohol causes dehydration, so glass of water in the morning is a must-do, but melted ice water is special. I didn't found any info on the internet about what's so special about it, but i actually remember reading somewhere in the magazine that it's better then just simple water. Oh well.... you just gonnna have to take my word for it :)

If you have to go out somewhere next day after the party there's a few things you can use to disguise your hungoverish looks:
  • To freshen up skin make sure you use a good moisturizer, preferably with SPF in it. I like to use L'oreal's Happy Derm. It's fresh and cooling, has nice consistency(a creamy gel), and leaves skin glowing.
  •  Also, Smashbox Photo Op under eye brightener - amazing product to ged rid of those bruise-like dark circles. Or actually bruises if you really got into a fight lol.
  • To get rid of greyish face color use sheer tinted moisturizer. It will give you fresher look. E.g. Benefit cosmetics High Beam luminescent complexion enhancer.
  • The best trick for tired eyes that gives out the lack of sleep is just to put some light sheer eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes. It makes you look like you had 5 extra hours of sleep.
Do you have any special tips or tricks to treat the morning-after skin? Please share them, while i'll be sleeping cause my head is still hurting and my muscles are still sore form dancing all night long... :(

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tanning without sun! Dove vs. Johnson's

Last winter i was all about tanning beds. I used to go to chill there at least once a week. Yes, i was looking very nice and tanned, but after doing some research and carefully analyzing my skin i saw quite a few new moles so i decided that it's just not worth it. Health is worth so much more than a tan, right?
So i was looking for an alternative way to tan because i was getting pale. And the spring was coming.
The skirt season!
So one day i saw Dove Summer Glow on sale and decided to give it a try. I liked it. Since then i allways have these kind of products in my bathroom. I gave one of them to my mom, so that i could get her opinion too.

Both product labels claim to "gradually build an even flawless tan" and "give your skin 24h moisturisation".So it's basically the same product. Can one be better than another? Let's compare them, shall we?
  •  Dove Summer Glow
This one i got first, so as i had nothing to compare it with, so back then i really liked it. It really did a good job moisturizing my skin, it felt so soft and smooth even untill the next shower. The smell is a little unusual, bet that's the problem with all these kind of lotions. It's not that bad, it's actually nice fragrance. But just a little strong. It seems that they tried to cover the self tanner agent stink so bad they had to use stronger scent. But i was okay with it. The label says that the tan should be visible after 5 days of using. The light "glow" was visible actually after few hours after application. After second day i was even more "glowy". Third day - more. Fourth day i began to see streaking on my legs. It was really unattractive. Though i used exfoliator before using it, every day...It didn't seemed to work. The same thing happened to my mom. The biggest minus of this product is that it takes a while for it to dry on the skin. I had to walk around for like a good 20mins to be completely dry. Also, it fades out a little bit uneven... but if you use exfoliator it should help. I bought it in "fair to normal skin", but it looked a little bit too orange on my legs(yup, that's my problem area). But it did it's job- gave me beautiful tan on my arms and the rest of the body(except legs), my skin was amazingly soft and glowy. :) I'd rate it 4 out of 5. My mom gave it 5 out of 5. Even with the streaking...
  • Johnson's Holiday Skin
I bought that one just to compare it to the Dove one. Though this one actually was the first that kind of lotion ever. So Johnson's is an originator for lotions with self-tanner. I actually liked the smell of it more than the smell of Dove's Summer Glow. Though for a lot of people it's more unpleasant. It's also has the same hint of self tanner stink, but it's covered differently...In a lighter way. I liked it better. It is more thick compared to Dove, but it dries out way faster. As it claims, it leaves my skin soft and moisturized for a long time. I was able to see some soft tan other day after the application. After using it for 5 days i never saw ANY streaking. Even on my legs. I bought it in Fair to medium, but it wasn't orangish as Dove. My skin looked like i had spent the weekend in the beach. I'd rate it 5 out of 5 :)

So to conclude- both products live up to their expectations. They both give you a nice natural glow and keeps your skin moisturized. I rated Johnson's Holiday Skin higher because i didn't get streaky from it. And i like the smelll better.

Since this is a nice way to give yourself "back from the beach" look, i wouldn't recomend it to use every single day. Eventually, after putting layer after layer of fake tan you will start to look orange. This is a great way to enhance your tan, or to look less pale before some event, or the beach season.
Or to make yourself feel better in this cold and snowy winter :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lipstick shades for.. whiter teeth?

Yup. It's possible. Just know which lipstick shade you need to grab.
For a while now, there is known that lipsticks who have blue undertones actually make teeth look whiter.
Though sometimes it may be hard to determine what is this "blue undertone", because red with blue undertone - whiter teeth, red without blue undertone- unnattractive yelowish smile...
Drrrrums rrrolss please.... Enter - Clinique.
Using a dental color guide, Clinique compared the brightness of teeth before and after applying certain lipstick colors. These 10 were found to make teeth look a full shade whiter (believe it or not - it's optical illiusion)
Photo: Time Inc. Digital Studio
Clinique lipsticks in (from top) Peach Pop, A Different Grape, Cranberry Cream, Red-y To Wear, Raspberry Rush, Raspberry Glacé, Go Fig, Pink-a-boo, Ice Bloom, and Twilight Nude, $14 each;

So, you can grab the shade you like from Clinique, or just try to detect this shade on the other brand lipstics you like :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cheap eyeshadows? Sure, why not!

Last friday I did my friends make-up for some party she was going to. She almost never uses make up. Even mascara! She's one of those lucky gals who looks good without it. I hate her for that.
So, she asked me if i do her make up, cause she's not good at it. She was very surprised when she saw herself in the mirror (i wouldn't let her watch while i was doing her, cause i didn't want to jinx the special extreme makeover "OH MY GOD! I'M SO PRETTY" moment).
So here's the final result:

All the shadows used are just simple drugstore brands. And one shadow is from Avon. 

The violet-pinkish color in the crease is from Artdeco shadows - No95. My friend got it for me to try and I didn't really like it. It's too dusty.So when you tap it off the brush everything falls down :/ But when you finaly manage to pick up some of it - the color is well pigmented and blends out really well. So... i have mixed feelings about this one lol.
The grey which is used on the lid is avon color trend duo eyshadow in color Snow Storm. I can tell I am a little surprised by this shadow. As you can see i've been using alot of it. As an eyshadow which is as cheap as this one - it works well. The pigmentation is not so good(it doesn't come off on the lid as it looks in the pot as you can see), but it's definetly usable. I like to use the white(it's actually not white it's alittle darker than white) as a highlight. It's not so bright as tidy white -it's perfect for it.

Aaaaand  to brighten all the look i added just a tad of essence duo eyshadow in Newcomer. I used the black on the outer corners and blent it out. And blent it... and blent it...
All black colors are just a pain in the...
I just don't know how to use them lol. And i used the tidy white for the highlight... As you can see - i was tired from blending in the black, so i didn't blend the highlight well....Oh well....

So using basicaly just 3 colors you can pull of something like this:
Not THAT bad :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Alternative use of beauty products

We all have some shelf or a drawer dedicated to beauty products we don't use. Some of them don't match our skintone, for some we have allergies or maybe it doesn't match your skin or hair type. So they just stack up and take up space, but we don't want to throw them away because we paid our own money for them. And for some of them-big money.
So is there a way to still use those products somehow?
Through time ladies all over the world, found out how it's possible. Though not how they originally were intended to be used. So if you have your share of unusable beauty products - sit back, relax, and keep reading ;)

  • Probably the most popular usage "off-label" is hair conditioner as a shaving cream. It works just as well (tried it myself). It has similar thickness and the skin stays soft and smooth afterwards.Yes, no razor burns or bumps. You can also use a baby oil for that matter, works good too.
  • Baby oil also can also be used as make-up remover. Pour a littlle amount of it on to the cotton swab and use it to remove eye make-up. Just be sure to rinse it off well with lukewar water.
  • Hair spray instead of antistatic (for clothes). Just spray a little bit on your skirt's inner side, so it won't stick to your legs due to the static. But be careful, because it can stain on some materials.
  • All girls know that lipstick, is a perfect blush. Just be sure to buff it real nice.
  • If you have foundation that's too dark for tour skin tone- mix it up with your face moisturizer. You'll have great tinted moisturizer.
  • You also can do this with self tanner- mix it up with your face cream or body lotion and you will gradually build nice and natural tan.
  • Maybe you have baby powder lying in your house somewhere? Use it as dry shampoo. Dab a little bit on your roots and work it in your scalp. It's not as great as label dry shampoos, like Oscar Blandi and others but it will do the job - soak up the oil on your hair. The effect won't last long, but if you have to go somewhere quick and want to get rid of your second day hair look - try it. Note if you have dark hair be extra sure that you worked it in good, cause... you know... lol

I hope that helped someone.
All the things i wrote are quite popular, but maybe someone didn't know it yet :)
If you have any thoughts, or if you know more clever uses of beauty products let me know in the comments section :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Color 101

Understanding and knowing how to mix and match colors for say eye make-up, or outfits is important isn't it? Some colors match and others not so much. Well duh, 1st graders know that.
But not everyone knows WHICH colors match. We all understand simplest combinations of them, but it's really useful to know as many as we can. I can even begin to tell you how many times i saw girls wearing non-matching color outfits or make-up. Of course, sometimes being bold and hip pays off. Remember the times when no one ever thought that brown and teal would look good together?
Well.... yeah... So i kinda lost my whole point there lol.
But seriously, it's just basic thing to know the color matches, and in my opinion every girl even slightly interested in make-up or fashion should know it. You may ask "how on earth am i supposed to know that? there's so many colours, shades, tones and tints!" (which are actually not the same thing: Tint refers to the original color + white. Tone = original color + gray. Shade = original color + black.) Enter - magic color wheel! (I added the "magic" part, it's just really cool thingy lol.) Color wheel is this little thing from hard paper or plastic, with colors all around it.

This one is just pic from the internet, the real ones, are 3 dimensional and slightly different, but they work the same. Of course if you want the real one you can ussually get it from some craft store, or anywhere where they sell paints (like the ones for walls and stuff) cause they are originally for painters, and interrior designers, but it's of course suitable for make up and outfit matching. So it may seem complicated to understand but it's really not. So this is how it works:

  • All the colors that are in one row or slice (whatever you'd like to call it) vertically are matching ones, they are the top color shades, tints and tones etc. Colors from the same family generally look great together.
  • Another compatibility option - rows that are oppose to each other e.g. Blue and Orange - matches. These are called complementary colors. For example, blue is the complement of orange. One complement is always warm whereas the other is always cool.
  • Last matching option known for me (i guess there might be more, but the 3 i know is surely enough) is color combinations that are next to each other on the wheel. So, e.g. for Red it would be Red Violet and Red Orange.
Thats is basically enough to know, to put togehter great matching outfit, or do an aaah-mazing eye make-up. :)

More coming soon...