Nail Shades to Nail Shapes

Tired of going through different nail colors and nail art? Maybe it’s time to go from picking nail shades to picking nail shapes. There are so many different varieties of nail lengths and shapes available. Here’s a 101 on the basics of different nail shapes you can try:
Round– edges are softened
Squoval– squared-off oval shape
Almond– rounded point
Square-top off nail is shaved flat, producing a square shape
Ballerina/ Coffin– long nails thinned on the sides and squared at the top
Stiletto– a trending nail shape, nails are long and end in a sharp point
The variety of nail shape and color is endless. Try a different shape with your favorite color and see how impressed you’ll be!
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The Fountain of Youth May Be in Your Kitchen Sink

There’s a reason that we seek out the fountain of youth. That fountain may be coming right out of your kitchen faucet. Water is the fluid of sustenance. Without it, we wouldn’t be here. It may be the best thing to keep us staying healthy and beautiful. Nearly 2/3 of our body is composed of water. This includes our largest organ; our skin. When we don’t get enough water, our skin loses its elasticity and youthfulness. Water hydrates the skin, lessening wrinkles on your face and brightening your complexion.

It is a good idea to replace sugary drinks with water. This way you are cleaning your body from the inside out. But how much water is recommended? Just like the changing times, this number always seems to change. It use to be written in stone that everyone needed to drink 8 glasses of water a day.Then, some experts recommend drinking 2/3 in ounces of your body weight. Others started to say drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces. there is even this Hydration calculator to guesstimate how much water you should drink. (http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm) But just as every body is different, so is the amount of water needed for each person. Drink enough water so that you feel fully hydrated and try to drink more water in the summer when it’s hotter out. There is no magic number of how much water to drink; it is whatever works best for you.
And back to the beauty aspects of water, not only does it help to hydrate the skin. It also helps to shed unwanted weight. Instead of grabbing that high calorie midnight snack, try drinking a cup of water first. We often associate thirst with hunger. Also, first thing in the morning, try to drink some water to re-hydrate your body and break it’s eight hour fast while you were sleeping.
If you’re not a huge fan of water, try drinking it with a spritz of lemon. Sometimes, I add lemon and 1 packet of no-calorie sweetener to my 16 oz glass of water for a delicious 0 calorie lemonade. Feel free to add other healthy fruits for flavor. The fruits with the water will be great for your health and beauty.
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How to Stay Dry on the 4th of July

This summer, it looks like it’s going to be a hot one! Despite the overcast and rainy looking skies on the fourth of July this year, it’s not rain I’m talking about keeping you dry from. The heat seems to do a number on makeup. Here are some tips on how to keep dry this sizzling summer.

1) Stay hydrated!

Water, water, water! Not only does it cool you down, it keeps you hydrated, your skin included. I try to carry an ice-cold water bottle with me everywhere I go. You never know which places may have no air conditioning.

2) Use a primer

In one of my previous posts, I mention why it is great to use a primer. Not only does it provide a smooth surface for you to put you makeup on, it also keeps your makeup in place.

3) Use waterproof eye makeup

Nothing says heat of the summer more than raccoon eyes. Prevent your eye makeup from sweating off and running by using a waterproof eye makeup. This is great for any eyeliner or mascara. It will leave your eye makeup looking fresh all day.

4) Use a makeup sponge to dab sweaty areas, without caking on more makeup

I like to keep a makeup sponge in my bag to dab my t-zones when I start to sweat. This is great because it makes your makeup look refreshed and you can easily replace your sponges.

5) Use SPF lotion

Protect your delicate skin by using SPF. This has less to do with preventing sweat, and more to do with protection. It is still an essential step to making your skin look. Also, make sure it is not a heavy moisturizer, or you will sweat more.

6) Use oil-blotting paper

These are great to keep in your bag. When you start sweating, just take a sheet, and blot your t-zone areas. This helps to control the shine on your face.

7) Purchase a finishing spray or setting spray

There are some great finishing sprays out there that help to hold your makeup in place. These sprays can allow your makeup to look flawless for 16-18 hours, depending on the brand and type you purchase. I have tried the Skindinavia brand and it works pretty well. There are other great brands to try, including NYX, MAC, Urban Decay and Dior. The prices vary, so there is a spray for all budgets. They generally work very good and stop the oily shine on your face.

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The Deal With Concealer

It seems like everyone has a method for applying their makeup, concealer included. Some people were born with a perfectly, flawless complexion. But for the rest of us, there is nothing wrong with a little help. Whether you want to hide under eye bags or conceal a blemish before a big night out, concealer can work wonders.

Concealer comes in two textures: liquid and cream. There is a lot of debate going on whether you should apply concealer before or after you put on your foundation. For years, I’ve been putting on the concealer before my makeup. But beauty experts say that doing so can waste concealer because it rubs off with the makeup. Many say that the foundation can cover up imperfections on its own. Others say to apply the concealer before to know what areas that you want covered, and build coverage with the foundation after.

And the correct way is:

There is no right or wrong answer. Whether you apply concealer before of after, it is all based on preference. I prefer to dab it on under my eyes and on imperfect areas to even out my skin tone before I apply my foundation. Others swear by it the other way around.

My go-to concealer is the MAC Matchmaster concealer, which comes in a nice little stick compact and is easy to apply to the skin. It goes on natural and corrects any problems areas. It is also buildable if you need that extra coverage. The Matchmaster concealer stays put for many hours and doesn’t start to crease in the lines on your skin. It brightens dark areas and gives you a flawless look.

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To Prime or Not To Prime

Using a primer before applying makeup is all about personal preference. I personally like using a primer because it provides for a smooth, even base to apply your makeup to. Just like painting a wall in your house, you want to provide a nice even base to your wonderful paint job. The same thing applies when putting makeup on your face. The more even your base underneath, the more even and flawless your makeup will look when applied.

What exactly is primer? A makeup primer is a clear or tinted gel (or liquid) applied to the face before putting makeup on to conceal uneven skin. It also helps your makeup to stay put longer.

The primer would normally go on after washing your face, and applying a moisturizer. When I prime, I like to wait a few minutes and let the moisturizer set in on my face and dry first. Next, I would apply the primer, using my hands. I use a bean-sized amount to fully apply to my face, working it into my skin. Then, I would let my primer dry, and apply my makeup routine as usual.

There are many great primers out there on the market. I’ve tested a few of them and my favorite one is the translucent “Photo Finish” by Smashbox. It is oil free, which is great for acne prone skin.

You can buy the 1 fl oz, but I always buy the .5 fl oz because they are smaller, portable and last an extremely long time. A little bit goes a long way with this product.

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Put your best face forward and try a primer to see if you like it. With so many to choose from, you’re bound to like one of them! To prime or not to prime? It’s all up to you.