Tuesday, March 31, 2009

dkmommy spot Herbal Giveaway

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Makeup Techniques

~SKIN~

Foundation -
  • When to Use - when you want to even out your skin tone all over your face, use after moisturizing.
  • How to Apply - liquid or stick; dot all over, spreak with fingers or use damp sponge to apply. Cream or compact; use damp sponge to stroke on.

Concealer -
  • When to Use - when you want to hide smaller imperfections
  • How to Apply - can be used before, after or without foundation. Dot on and blend, using a tiny lip brush to dot on and blend allows better coverage and control.

Powder -
  • When to Use - to reduce facial shine, to set foundation and concealer to make them last longer.
  • How to Apply - can be used without foundation. If in a compact, powder brushes are good;knock off extra powder before applying. If using a powder puff, must be patted onto the skin, not rubbed

~LIPS~

Liner -
  • When to Use - to define edge of lips, to change apparant shape or size of the lips.
  • How to Apply - can be used before or after lipstick, can colour in lips entirely for very long lasting colour.

Lipstick -
  • When to Use - can be used with or without liner, can apply straight from the tube or with a lip brush for greater precision. Blot with tissue, then apply more for longer lasting colour.

Gloss -
  • When to Use - Usually on younger people only or over lipsticks for adults
  • How to Apply - use your finger or use the wand if it comes in a tube with applicator.

~EYES~

Liner -
  • When to Use - to emphasize eye colour, to change or emphasize eye shape
  • How to Apply - keep a rounded tip on pencils, rub with a tissue to soften sharp ends. Can smudge with a finger or cotton swab or can be left as a sharp line. Use brush included with liquid liners, do not try to smudge.

Shadow -
  • When to Use - same as eyeliner
  • How to Apply - apply with a sponge applicator, finger or brush. Powder can be applied wet (for more intense colour) or dry. Use before, after or without liner. Blend edges well so there is no defined edge.

Mascara -
  • When to Use - to lengthen, thicken, or darken lashes
  • How to Apply - stroke from base or lash to ends. Allow to dry between coats. Use lash comb to seperate and remove clumps.

False Lashes -
  • When to Use - for extra dramatic effect, usually used in dim lighting or when you will be seen from a distance.
  • How to Apply - follow directions on package carefully and exactly

Brow colour -
  • When to Use - to darken, reshape eyebrows or fill in bare spots. Mascara and gels hold brow hairs in place.
  • How to Apply - If powder use small angled brush or lip brush, if pencil use short strokes.

~CHEEKS~

Blush -
  • When to Use - puts colour on cheeks, empasizes cheek bones
  • How to Apply - Use fingers if gel or cream, apply in stroking circular motions. If powder use brush, blend edges well so no stripes show.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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*Review* N.Y.C Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup

I bought this product awhile ago but didn't use it till last week. I got it home and it was darker then my skin tone it looked more orange and fake looking so decided to keep it for stage makeup. There were no testers in the store but it was the lightest of the three choices and it looked light enough for my skin in the store so I bought it because it was inexpensive (about 2.99 for a 35ml tube on sale from 4.99). It is oil free as well as fragrance free which is another bonus since I have really sensitive acne prone skin.
I used it for the first time last week as my foundation for a show I was in. I think it was a mistake to go ahead and use it on my entire face for the first time. The first night I was ok didn't really notice anything odd when I took my makeup off. I did wake up with a few pimples that weren't there before in places that I normally don't get acne, but didn't link it to the makeup as I usually get acne fairly often. I used it the second night for the show as well, but this time ended up leaving my makeup on longer then a few hours because we had a cast party afterward and I didn't get a change to take it off for about 5 or 6 hours. I woke up the next day to a disaster zone. My face was completely covered in welts. Not the normal acne I get, plus they are in areas that I never get acne like my cheeks I normally just get it on my chin and forehead so I was thinking this is odd.
The product doesn't have a list of ingredients so I went searching for them online to compare to my other makeup to see if I could pinpoint the one ingredient I am allergic to so I can avoid it in the future but couldn't find much. I did find the one site that shows if the makeup you use is hazardous to your health so I searched for this product and found out it has something called "propyl paraben" in it which is a skin irritant, so I am assuming that is what I am allergic to in this product, and it doesn't show up as an ingredient in any of my other makeup that I looked at either so I think it might be safe to say that is the ingredient that severely irritated my skin.

Pros
  • inexpensive
  • will last a long time as its a fairly large tube
  • oil free and fragrance free
  • not tested on animals
  • non pore clogging
Cons
  • ended up having a huge allergic reaction to it which my skin is still recovering from
  • the lightest colour available appears orange and fake if you have really fair skin
  • doesn't really cover evenly, went on streaky
  • no list of ingredients on the tube just the packaging which was destroyed and thrown away when I got it home after purchasing
  • contains propyl paraben which is supposed to cause skin irritations
  • couldn't find the contact info for the N.Y.C Canadian company to send them an email about how my skin reacted and to ask them about the ingredient that is supposed to cause skin irritations but will keep looking for it or may try emailing the american info I have for them.
Overall I would give this product a 1/5

Almond Skin Cleanser for Oily Skin

Ingredients you will need:
1 cup almonds
2 tbs. yogurt
1 tsp. lemon juice

Blend almonds in food processor until finely ground. Mix with yogurt and lemon. Cleanse face with mixture, gently massaging and paying close attention to oily zones. Rinse with warm water.

Monday, March 23, 2009

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Choosing the Best Eyeshadow for You

Picking a suitable eye shadow depends on your eye color and skin color. The best is to choose contrasting colours for eye shadows since they make your eyes stand out more.

Blue Eyes:
Choose warm brown and peach shades these will make your eyes stand out. Brown is the contrast colour and will make the blue of your eyes stand out more. You should avoid blue eye shadow. A cool rose colored eye shadow will also compliment your eyes nicely.

Gray Eyes
Choose cool brown and cool purple shades as they tend to look the best with your eyes. Cool colors match gray eyes because of the cool tones in your eye colour.

Green Eyes
Choose warm orange-brown eye shadow shades as it will make your eyes stand out. Green eyes are earth tone eyes. Try using violet or purple colors as well as they also compliment your eye colour the best.

Hazel Eyes
Choose warm orange/brown shades of shadow as they will make your eyes stand out. Hazel like green are earth toned so violet and purple shades also compliment well.

Brown Eyes:
Brown eyes can get away with wearing almost any colour. Different shades of purple tend to look best though.


Important notes:

Be careful with green shades of shadow. Most tend to look unnatural if not done properly. Also the shades of green you use are also important, bright green looks very unatural and darker greens tend to look dirty.

Be careful with pinks as well, they tend to make eyes look puffy (think crying look). Pink eye shadows are for people that have deep set eyes, if you don't have deep set eyes avoid any and all pink shades of shadow.

If you have lighter skin, wear lighter colors as they look best as well as more natural for your skin tone. For darker skin, wear darker colors as they look best.

Wear brown eye shadows for a more natural look. It will enlarge your eyes because it's a natural color for shadows. It is also great to wear everyday as it tends to look the most subtle and natural depending on the shade.

Homemade Honey and Roses Hand/Body/Lip Balm

4 teaspoons beeswax granules
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 tablespoons honey
4 drops rose essential oil
Directions: Heat beeswax and olive oil in a small bowl over simmering water. Once beeswax is melted turn off heat and stir in honey and rose oil, then pour into a jar. Once it has begun to cool but is still slightly warm, stir until creamy.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Good Guide Check Out How Good Your Makeup Is!

Just found out that the makeup I used the other day for my show and broke me out badly has an ingredient in it that causes skin irritations...

Good Guides

HairStyles By Face Shape

I found this guide years ago and now I can't remember where it was that I got it from but it has helped me figure out my face shape and what cuts will look best.


The Scientific way to figure out your face shape:

A. Measure your face across the top of your cheekbones. Write down the measurement on a piece of paper.
B. Measure across your jaw line from the widest point to the widest point. Write down the measurement.
C. Measure across your forehead at the widest point. Generally the widest point will be somewhere about halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline. Write down the measurement.
D. Measure from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin.

OVAL faces will have length equal to one and a half times width.

ROUND faces will be as wide as they are long. This may vary a little but generally the measurement is close.

OBLONG faces are longer than they are wide.

HEART faces are narrow at the jaw line and wide at cheekbones/and or forehead.

SQUARE faces are about as wide they are long.


OVAL
The oval face is the most versatile face. You can pull off almost any look: short, long, straight or wavy.

Styles that are flattering: Chin-skimming bobs, blunt bangs, long, beachy waves. No matter the length of your cut, you'll look best with layers near your cheekbones, lips or chin -- basically whatever feature you want to highlight. You will look best when styling your hair off your face. Most oval face shapes can wear slicked-backed looks as well.


Styles that will NOT flatter: Short layers that add height on top of your head. This will make your face appear long. If your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. You'll look like a pyramid. Heavy bangs, or too forward-directed styles.

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ROUND
Your goal is to create less volume around the face. You also want to minimize the appearance of roundness.

Styles that are flattering: Try cuts that fall just below the chin. Soft, graduated layers are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends. These de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Bangs are flattering, but keep them long or sideswept. Off center parts. By layering the top to achieve fullness and keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face, your face shape will appear longer and narrower.

Styles that will NOT flatter: Short-short crops, straight "chopped" bangs. One-length, blunt cuts if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no, as are center parts. These only emphasize your roundness.

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OBLONG
The perfect haircut for you is one that doesn't drag down the face, yet adds width.

Styles that are flattering: Side-swept bangs. Chin-length bobs are also ideal for you because they create the illusion of width. You will look great curly or wavy (these also add width). Fullness at the sides of your face will add width to the look of your face shape.

Styles that will NOT flatter: Stay away from extremely long or short cuts. These will make your face look even longer. Long hair looks best with a few layers cut in, especially around the face, but remember, when your hair gets past your shoulders there is a good chance it is doing you more harm than good. You might also consider a v-shaped style, where the length is mainly in the back, while the sides and front of your hair appear shorter.

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HEART
Your pointy chin tends to be the focal point of your face.

Styles that flatter: Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones with sideswept bangs, brow-grazing fringe, a side part and hair that falls at or below your jawline.
Have short hair? Keep top layers soft and long.
Long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheekbones.

Styles that will NOT flatter: Short, blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers. Severe, slicked back looks. If you are a dramatic heart shape, the short full styles with tapered necklines which emphasize the upper face will make you look top heavy. Height at the crown. Too much height at the crown will give the appearance of a longer and narrower chin.

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SQUARE
If you have a square face, you'll want to play down your strong, angular jaw.

Styles that flatter: Texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends, do this brilliantly. If your hair is straight you may want to consider a body wave, as some curl or wave to the hair will achieve a nice balance to the straight features of your face shape. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jawline and continue downward.

Styles that will NOT flatter: One-length bobs (especially chin-length) and blunt-cut bangs. These will make your face look even more square. You can wear a layered bob, however it should end above or below the jaw line. Make sure in styling that you achieve some roundness to the shape and some height at the crown or bangs.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sephora Beauty Insider

If you become a beauty insider you earn points when you purchase Sephora products then when you reach a certain level you can redeem them for free stuff! Also if you go the two weeks before or two weeks after your birthday they will give you a free birthday gift! no purchase required!
This year its a set of three very cute lip glosses. I don't have a Sephora anywhere close to me but I picked this up while I was in Toronto about 10 days after my birthday.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How To Beat Winter Dryness.

Now I don't have this problem at all because I have naturally oily skin that is like that all year around! But I do battle with dry itchy scalp in the winter.

  • Adjust your bathing habits. Take shorter baths or showers and use warm water not hot. Also if possible skip a day showering or bathing (depending on skin type.)
  • Dry off gently, patting the skin dry in order to retain as much natural moisture as possible.
  • Apply a good moisturizing lotion over entire body. If you have severe dry patches use hydrocortisone cream.
  • Don't use soap or cleanser when washing your face as it takes away more moisture and nutrients from your skin.
  • Moisturize your face and neck with a good moisturizer morning and night. Tip: don't use a heavily fragranced moisturizer for your face, most cause unwanted pimples.
  • Use a loofah to remove dead skin cells.
  • Use a good hand moisturizer to keep your hands from chapping.
  • Use a gentle shampoo and a good conditioner to prevent dryness and flaking.
  • Drink lots of water as it helps to make up for the loss of moisture in your body during the winter. As well as eat a well balanced diet.

*Review* The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Exfoliator


I bought this stuff from The Body Shop when they had an emailed printable coupon for $10 off any purchase of $10 or more in August. It's a bit on the pricey side $13 for a 100ml tube but I got it for $3 and tax so a really good deal at the time. I can honestly say that I love this stuff and plan on buying more when I run out because it works really well for my skin. It is a little on the pricey side compared to what I usually buy but I think its worth it since the directions say to use it max. twice a week. I got it in August and have used it twice a week since and still have 3/4 of the bottle left! I don't use it on my whole face though just the areas that need it that way I get more use out of it. I also use an inexpensive tea tree oil face wash from St. Ives (around $3.77 a bottle).

Pros
  • dries out pimples really well even on my very oily skin
  • keeps my skin smooth and soft for hours after washing my face
  • is a gentle scrub not harsh like some scrubs can be on the skin
  • lasts for a long time if you use it as directed and only on the areas that need attention
  • not tested on animals
  • made with community trade tea tree oil
  • minimizes breakouts
Cons
  • can be too drying depending on your skin type (I would only use it if you have really oily skin or you may get the peeling sunburn look which is worse then acne!)
  • a little on the expensive side at $13 per 100ml tube
  • is only one product out of an entire line of tea tree oil products that the body shop has and recommends you use them all together as part of a daily routine for more results which equals way more money then I am willing to spend on face products.
Overall I would have to give it a 4/5

I love this product though it is pricey and not something I would buy the complete set of because thats just too much to pay for my liking. Each product in the line costs around $9-13 which is too much if you are buying one of everything there. If you are just getting one product to use in combination with other less expensive products it is completely worth it to splurge and get the exfoliator or the pure tea tree oil.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

When to Throw Out that Old Makeup!

Throw out your old makeup!!!!!

Some makeup needs to be thrown out after a certain amount of time. Some ingredients expire and can cause serious skin reactions such as rashes, infections and acne. Most manufacturer's don't put an expiration date on the package because they assume we will use the product up before it expires. Also if you don't replace certain products regularly they will breed bacteria also causing serious skin reactions. Here is an approx. time line for keeping open used makeup.

Mascara : 3 months

Powder Eye Shadow : 9-18 months

Cream Eye Shadow : 6-12 months

Foundation : 6-8 months

Cheek and Lipstick Color : 6-8 months

Sometimes powder expires after around 8 months to a year depending and your skin may start reacting to it after 8 months.

If the products are unopened or unused they should keep for much longer as long as you don't open them or break the seals on the containers that way air stays out.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Aspirin Mask

ingredients:
about 10 aspirin (depends how much paste you want to make)
water
cup

put the aspirin in a cup and add a little bit of water (a couple drops)
when they start to dissolve crush them into a paste
put the paste over the areas of your face that have acne (i would just dab it on each individual pimple if you dont have that many)
wait about 10min for it to dry
rinse it off

if you have a lot of acne do it daily till it clears up then use it maybe once a week or so to keep it from drying out your skin (also the reason I suggested to put it only on your pimples rather then full face)

Homemade Face Scrub!

1/4 cup of sugar
add a splash of water (just enough to get the sugar wet but not to dissolve it)

Apply to your face as you would normally would face scrub. Rinse off well with warm water, followed by cool water (cool water closes your pores up)

this actually works quite well I must say...but I prefer eating my sugar LOL but it does make your face really really soft after.

How to make your face look slimmer (tips and tricks)

Eyes

The bigger and wider your eyes look, the slimmer the rest of your face appears. False eyelashes applied to the outer corners of your eyes will make them look bigger (think doe eyes), and so will extra mascara (but only on upper lashes as applying on lower lashes makes eyes appear smaller).
Tip: Well-groomed brows add definition and interest to the center of your face and take the focus off the perimeter.


Lips

When your lips look small, the rest of your face looks larger by comparison. The best way to plump up your lips is to dab a shimmery gloss in the middle of your lower lip (on top of a nude lipstick or gloss pick one that closely matches your natural lip colour).
Tip: Don't line your lips with liner dark liner, it'll make your lips look smaller.


Cheeks

Bring out the angles in your face by highlighting the "high points" of your face (cheek and brow bones) using iridescent powder.
Tip: Use your regular blush and eye colors in the areas that recede, like the hollows of your cheeks and the creases of your eyes, to exaggerate the effects.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

*Review* N.Y.C Concealer Stick


I have been using this stuff for a couple years now, but have since replaced it with a liquid concealer stick since I find it looks more natural when you cover. That doesn't mean its not a good product to use it just depends what you need to cover and what type of coverage you are looking for. It retails for around $2.99 and comes in three different shades: fair, medium and dark.

Pros
  • provides full coverage over acne and other skin imperfections
  • comes in a shade that is light enough for my skin tone (very fair)
  • goes on dry (can be a good or bad thing depending on how oily or dry your skin is)
  • inexpensive compared to other similar brands
  • the stick lasts a long time depending on how much you need to use it
  • coverage lasts all day
Cons
  • depending on what you are covering sometimes it looks obvious (not natural dotty appearance)
  • can look cakey depending on where and what you are covering
  • goes on dry (can be a good or bad thing depending on how oily or dry your skin really is)
  • might not come in a shade to match your skin tone (say if you are in between a fair and medium tone)
Overall I would give it a 3.5/5

I like a more natural lighter looking makeup when I am just going out shopping and am in more natural looking light. I do like using it when I do theatre though, because it goes on a bit heavier then liquid concealer, and it hides more imperfections which is perfect for performing.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe!

Ok so I know this has nothing at all to do with the rest of the blogs content but it will make women everywhere happy. It's chocolate cake you make in the microwave and the best part...it takes 5min!!!!!

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug



Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.