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Common Beauty Myths
Beauty myths are often no more than old adages that are handed down to each generation. Some of these misconceptions are centuries old and just plain silly. While logic doesn't seem to play a big factor in beauty myths, they're still abundant. These common beauty myths are pure fiction and deserve to take their place in the "beauty myth hall of shame."

Soap is bad for your skin.
Older formulas contained animal fats and vegetable oils. Newer soaps are formulated to be milder and some contain moisturizers that don't dry out your skin. Clean skin is better than dirty skin.

Shaving your legs will make your hair grow in thicker.
You have as many hairs as is genetically determined, regardless of whether you shave them. However, shaving can make hairs appear "stubbier" and perhaps thicker.

Drinking a lot of water leads to beautiful skin.
While drinking water is necessary for our bodies, too much will only result in bloating and too many trips to the bathroom.

Split ends can be repaired.
The only way to rid of split ends is to cut them off and prevent them in the future with good hair care.

Dry skin causes wrinkles.
Not true. Most wrinkles are caused from the sun.

You can wash acne and pimples away.
Scrubbing too vigorously will increase oil production and only aggravate the condition.

The sun clears up blemishes.
While the sun will temporarily dry out pimples, it interferes with healthy skin cells. This can cause a worse breakout a couple days after sun exposure.

Stick to one brand and line of products.
This beauty myth was probably put out by cosmetic manufacturers who want to keep customers loyal to their brand.

You don't need to use sunscreen on a cloudy day.
The sun's UV rays penetrate clouds and can still damage your skin.

Natural ingredients are non-allergenic.
Whether it's a natural or chemical ingredient, if your allergic to it, you'll see a reaction.

Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne.
No one food has been proven to cause breakouts. If you find a correlation, quit eating that particular food.

You can shrink the pores on your face.
Your pore size is genetically determined. Pores may appear larger by bacteria and dead skin cells. Retin-A and alpa hydroxys are designed to break up these materials and bring the pores back to their original appearance.

Exercise Myths
Muscle can turn to fat.
Muscle and fat are two different tissues and cannot convert into the other. Decreased physical activity reduces your muscle tissue and your metabolism.

You can spot reduce.
You can't lose weight in any particular place before another. Your weight will first come off from the last place you put it on.

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Skin cancer of the lips accounts for 10 percent of all skin cancer cases. Over 3,500 new cases of skin cancer of the lips are diagnosed each year. Whether you’re skiing and snowboarding this winter, laying out next summer, or just cruising around town anytime of year, here are a few things you can do to help you keep your lips protected:

Choose your lipgloss
carefully - Because of it’s shiny, reflective nature, some dermatologists claim that applying lipgloss and then going in the sun is the equivalent of taking a magnifying glass and focusing the concentrated sun rays directly on your lips. Wow. I’m a lipgloss junkie and I’ve never realized how harmful some lip products could be. If you’re going to wear lipgloss, choose one that has a high level of SPF included in its formula.

Use a high SPF Chapstick or lip balm - If your absolute favorite lipgloss doesn’t have SPF in it, you MUST find a chapstick or baselayer lip balm that has it so that you can wear the protective product underneath. Look for an SPF level on the label, or for ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (sunscreens that will provide the protection your lips need). We would recommend wearing a lip balm with at least SPF 30 underneath all your lip colors at all times. The bonus: these products will keep your lips extra moisturized too!

Opt for a lipstick instead - Since lipsticks have more pigment than lipglosses, using one will provide you with better sun protection. Matte lipsticks especially have an advantage over glosses because they are less reflective and have the most coverage of lipstick formulas.

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Yellowing of the teeth is a natural part of aging, but lifestyle and dietary factors like smoking and drinking red wine and coffee quicken the process. White teeth make a beautiful smile! Simple tips at home for whitening your teeth can really work if you do them consistently. Listed below are some simple tips to turn smiles from ashen to alabaster:

1. Brushing and Flossing Habits: Brush your teeth twice daily - as soon as you wake up and last thing before going to bed. Brushing teeth daily with powdered neem leaves not only makes them pearl white ‘but also keeps them healthy. You can also try brushing with a mixture of soda bicarb and powdered salt to make your teeth sparkling white. Rubbing salt on the teeth and rinsing off after sometime is equally helpful in making the teeth sparking white. You should rinse your mouth after you eat anything, so that food does not stick to the teeth. Flossing after every meal helps to erase stains between teeth.

2. Things to avoid: Quit smoking as tobacco is the top tooth stainer. Smoking tends to discolour the teeth to an unpleasant grey. Do not chew betel leaf, betel nut or tobacco. Avoid excessive tea/coffee/beverages, as they tend to stain the teeth. Don’t scrape the surface of teeth with any sharp instrument as these will roughen the teeth and make them even more yellow.

3. Homemade remedies: Dry and grind orange peels to a coarse powder and brush your teeth daily with this powder for making them beautiful and sparkling white. Eat sugarcane daily to make the teeth strong and beautiful. Roast full turmeric and powder it. Apply this mixture on the teeth daily to get sparkling white teeth. Boil fenugreek seeds in water, let it cool and then gargle with the strained water to make your teeth strong and sparkling white. Powdered cloves and lump sugar not only makes your teeth white but also keeps them healthy if used daily.

4. Dentist’s choice: a dental tray together with a gel kit lightens teeth in about a fortnight period. Whitening strips are effective for whitening front teeth while paint-on gels can cover all the teeth.

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Normal Skin
One hundred percent normal skin is a rare blessing.
• It is smooth textured with no visible pores.
• It shows no signs of dryness in youth.
• It has an even tone that is not too pale, sallow or red.
• It will tend towards dryness with age and as a result of external influence.

• Cleanse using a wipe-off or wash-off cleanser for normal-to-dry skin.
• Tone using alcohol-free toner one a water-moistened cotton ball.
• Hydrate with a moisturizer for normal skin.

• Remove your eye make-up first, then cleanse, as above, but more thoroughly.
• Apply moisturizer or a lightweight night lotion.

Dry Skin
• It has a fine, matter texture.
• It may be on the sensitive side.
• There are usually no open pores.
• It is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles than other skin types.
• It is more vulnerable to the effects of central heating and sunlight.
• Very fair skin is often dry.

5-minute Skin-Care Morning
• Cleanse quickly, using a wipe-off cleanser for dry skin.
• Tone, using alcohol-free toner on water-moistened cotton ball.
• Hydrate with a moisturizer for dry skin, preferably one containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Avoid and protect your eyes.

• Remove your eye make-up.
• Cleanse as above.
• Apply a night-cream.

Oily Skin
• It has open pores.
• It will shine an hour or so after washing.
• It may look oily on waking.
• It has a tendency to spots and blackheads.
• It is less susceptible to wrinkles than other skin types.

5-minute skin-care Morning
• Cleanse quickly, using a wipe-off cleanser for normal-to-oily skin or a soap-free cleansing bar. Rinse very thoroughly.
• Tone using a toner that should be diluted if it contains alcohol so that it is not too drying. Moisten your cotton wool with water.
• Moisturize where needed, using an oil-free or gel moisturizer.

• Remove eye make-up, then cleanse as above, but more thoroughly.
• Apply moisturizer just where needed.

Sensitive Skin
• Looks fragile and translucent.
• It is generally dry.
• It may have freckles.
• It tends to become flushed, blotchy and irritated in extremes of temperature or through using harsh cleansing products.
• It may suffer from broken red veins, dermatitis, and allergies.

5-minute skin-care
Follow the program for dry skin.

Special tips
• Look for hypoallergenic products that are scent-free.
• Before trying a new product do a patch test. Rub a good amount on to your shoulder and leave it one overnight. If there is no sign of irritation, apply some to your neck and wait again. If there is no reaction, then the product will probably be safe to use on your face.

Black Skin
• Tends towards extremes of oiliness or dryness, which can be a real problem, since these conditions are more visible against a darker complexion. Dry black skin may appear grayish in color.
• It needs very gentle care as face scrubs, spots, ear piercing and hair removal can make the supply of melanin uneven, leading to skin that is darker or lighter in some places than others.

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Body care

  • Mix six-teaspoon petroleum jelly, two-teaspoon glycerin and two-teaspoon lemon juice. Apply this moisturizing lotion at least twice a week if you have dry and flaky, arms and legs
  • Peel and grate a cucumber. Squeeze the juice to this, mix half-a-teaspoon glycerin and half-a-teaspoon rose water. Apply this on sunburns, leave it for some time.
  • If you have cracked heels, melt paraffin wax; mix it with little mustard oil and apply on the affected area. Leave it overnight. After 10 or 15 days, your heels will become smooth.
  • Massage your body with a mixture of coconut oil and any of your favourite scented oils like lavender or rosemary.
  • For rough palms, use a mixture of glycerin and limejuice in equal proportion.
  • For cracked heals, massage the foot with coconut oil and keep the foot in warm water for some time. Wipe the water off the feet and apply a mixture of hibiscus flower(10), Henna (1 handful) and juice of half a lemon. when dry wash it off.

  • Remove scars on your hands and feet by rubbing them with lemon peel.

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Sun, wind, saltwater, pollution, and chemicals are just some of the shine-depleting elements your hair may be subjected to on a daily basis. They can strip your hair of its natural oils and create build-up leaving it dull and lifeless. Fortunately, Mother Nature has a few remedies to share.

The Alluring Avocado
Mash an avocado (one avocado for short hair, two for long) in a bowl until it forms a thick paste. Spread the paste on your hair from root to tip and leave on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and rinse. Avocados are high in fatty acids and nutrients. Feed your hair!

Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with one quart of water and use as a hair rinse after your regular shampoo. Rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, apple cider vinegar helps break down residue build-up leaving your hair soft and full of shine. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and it will be shining in no time.

Eggs Over Olive Oil
Beat together two eggs for short hair, three for long, and add in three tablespoons of olive oil. Coat your hair from root to tip and leave on for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse. Eggs contain eleven essential nutrients and are packed with protein. Combine them with olive oil for conditioning and nourishment and you have one powerful duo.

Coconut Craze
Warm three tablespoons of coconut oil and gently comb into your hair from root to tip. Wrap your hair in a hot towel and let the oil sit for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse. Loaded with antioxidants, coconut oil works to smooth dry and damaged cuticles and lock in shine.

Life doesn't have to be dull and neither does your hair! It's time to shine! Open your cabinet and start mixing, then sit back and bask in your natural glow.

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WrinklesYour skin is full of elastic fibres which give it an ability to stretch and then return to its original position. As you get older the elastic fibres break down and your skin becomes less elastic. Combined with too much drying sunshine, chemical pollution of the atmosphere and a drop in circulating hormone levels that's what causes wrinkles. Here are my quick tips for reducing your wrinkles: 1. Keep out of the sun as much as possible - or use an effective sunscreen cream. The sun is a giant wrinkle-making machine. 2. Use a simple moisturising cream regularly to protect your skin. 3. Keep away from cigarette smoke - if you smoke use a cigarette holder. Smoke will make you screw up your eyes - and that causes wrinkles. You can buy dozens of anti-wrinkle creams but most of them work simply by filling in the wrinkles! Once you wipe off the cream the wrinkles are still there. In my opinion the only permanent way to eradicate wrinkles is to have plastic surgery.

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The top 10:
Green leafy vegetables Eat them raw, throw them into a broth, add them to juices. Their chlorophyll helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides) and protects the liver.
Lemons You need to keep the fluids flowing to wash out the body and fresh lemonade is ideal. Its vitamin C, considered the detox vitamin, helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that's easily flushed away.
Watercress Put a handful into salads, soups, and sandwiches. The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps move things through your system. And cress is rich in minerals too.
Garlic Add it to everything -- salads, sauces, spreads. In addition to the bulb's cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes that help filter out junk.
Green tea This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more fluids into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity.
Broccoli sprouts Get 'em at your health-food store. They pack 20 to 50 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable.
Sesame seeds They're credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals. For a concentrated form, try tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste that's a staple of Asian cooking.
Cabbage There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver; this potent veggie helps activate both of them. Coleslaw, anyone?
Psyllium A plant that's rich in soluble fiber, like oat bran, but more versatile. It mops up toxins (cholesterol too) and helps clear them out. Stir powdered psyllium into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have psyllium-fortified Bran Buds for breakfast.
Fruits, fruits, fruits They're full of almost all the good things above: vitamin C, fiber, nutritious fluids, and all kinds of antioxidants. Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango, fresh berries, or a perfect pear.


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Skin whitening treatments
Have you ever wondered why early childhood photos of many top celebrities show a much darker skin color then they have now? Have you also longed for a much whiter complexion? Then you should go for skin whitening treatments.
Mainly the Skin Whitening Ingredients works in two ways to give you a whiter skin:
1. By absorbing the UV rays, thus preventing the sun from darkening your skin.
2. By reducing the production of melanin, the skin pigment found in your skin which is responsible for skin darkening.
Here are some of the ingredients you may find in your skin whitening products:
Kojic Acid:It is used to lighten the skin in Japan. It is a tyrosinase inhibitor. That would explain how it reduces the production of skin pigment, melanin.
Licorice Extract:This absorbs the UVA and UVB rays. It also is a depigmenting agent and inhibits the production of melanin.
Aloe Vera:Aloe Vera appears to absorb UV light. That would account for its mild skin lightening abilities.
Octyl-p-methoxycinnamate:This is a sunscreen. It absorbs UV light very well, preventing the UV rays from darkening your skin.
Octyl salicylate:This is a salt of the saliculic acid that is found in wintergreen leaves. It is a sunscreen, found in sun tan lotions.
Oxybenzone:This is a sunscreen chemical that absorbs UVA rays.

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Learn how to get the best hair styles
Your hairstyle should suit your facial features and hair texture: . If you have a long face, a short hairstyle, adding width to the sides will suit you. It should not be top heavy. A fringe, or hair falling on the forehead would help. Avoid: Hair hanging long on either side. . For a square face, have your hair cut with soft curls and waves, which fall around the face, playing down the jawline. Take a side-parting. Try a hairstyle which has width on either side of the forehead and curling forward at chin level. Avoid: Tying your hair back tightly. . If you have a round face, shoulder-length hair can be worn straight, with the hair falling straight on either side. Take a centre parting, Avoid: Hair falling on the forehead. . Very fine hair can look good in a blunt cut. It should be cut upto chin length. . For coarse hair, avoid a very short cut, as it can look bushy and stick out. You can wear it long, either with a blunt-cut, or have it ending in a u-shape, with curls. . Very straight hair is difficult to curl. Even if it is cut in layers, it can remain straight. You can have a soft permanent wave if you would like to change the texture.
If you blow-dry your hair front first, the top and front sides, which usually have less hair, dry up very fast. As you start drying the hair on the back of your head, the front hair gets extra dry or sapped of moisture. The result is that the hair looks frazzled in front making it look uncombed.
So the right way to blow-dry your hair is to start by blow-drying the back first (since that's where most of us have more hair). Use a clip to keep the top section of your hair in place so that you will have more freedom to dry the back of your head.
Out for a date this Valentine's? By evening hair can tend to become flat, look lifeless and often stick to your scalp giving it a flat appearance.
Here's quick styling for the evening out: . If your hair has become dry during the day, spray with water to dampen it slightly, then work over with your palm in rotating movements. This will lift the roots and provide instant volume and body. For added height, gently back-comb the crown area, smooth and spray lightly with setting spray. . For short hair which has become flat, apply mousse all over the hair and powder dry using the fast setting of the hairdryer to give instant volume and natural movement. Leave it ruffled or smooth back to original style. . To revitalise naturally curly or wavy hair, tip your head upside down and pump hairspray into the hair roots. Repeat with side sections for all-over volume. Finish by dipping your fingertips into pomade or wax and lightly running through the hair.
Want to add body and bounce to your hair? Try henna. Henna is a wonderful hair conditioner with natural protective and restorative powers. The herb does not alter the structure of the hair, the way some chemical lotions do. Instead, it strengthens, thickens and cleanses hair leaving it shiny and easy to manage.
To get the best results from the henna mask, ensure that the powder is free of impurities. Mix appropriate quantity (depending on the length of hair) of henna with 3 to 4 teaspoons lemon juice. Add a tablespoon or two of powdered dry amla and blend well. For dry hair, add two teaspoons of castor oil. Beat into a thick paste and add some sour curd. Let the paste stand for half an hour (ideally in an iron container) and use dab on hair (including roots).
While applying henna, wear rubber gloves (as you may easily catch the colour). Protect clothes by pulling a towel over your shoulders. Part hair into sections with a tail comb, apply henna on each section and wrap it around the head, till the entire hair is covered. You can wear a plastic cap over this. Leave on for half an hour and wash off with water. Ideally avoid shampooing hair while removing henna .

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Excessive sun-exposure can lead to loss of moisture from the skin, dark patches and even premature aging. The skin needs physical protection against harmful rays which is provided by sunscreens. A few tips on buying and using sunscreen lotions: . A good sunscreen should provide protection against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. . Check the SPF or Sun Protection Factor on the label. This is denoted by a number and is related to duration of sun-exposure. If your skin is more sensitive, choose a sunscreen with SPF of 20 and above. . Apply the sunscreen about 20 minutes before sun-exposure. This gives the skin time to absorb it. . Carry your sunscreen while holidaying by the sea or in the hills. Reflective surfaces, like water and snow actually increase the effects of UV radiation. . Reapply sunscreen if you stay in the sun for a long time. It's a good idea to carry one in your handbag. . Rubbing a mix of papaya, cream and sugar into the skin before your bath is also said to remove skin tan. . Juice of ripe tomatoes when applied over tanned body parts helps in getting rid of the tan!

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Facial Massage - Benefits of face massage
Well, you are not the only one to suffer the vagaries of nature. Even the most fair-skinned amongst start wearing our age on our face after a certain time and it is not always easy to camouflage it behind a ` I accept smile'. Massaging the face is an easy and important part of beauty regime to keep wrinkles at bay. Besides softening the skin, another good effect of moisturizer massage is that it stimulates blood circulation and removes dead skin. Facial massage is also known to tighten certain skin tissues that tend to go flabby and give the face a worn out look.
• Remove all traces of makeup, dirt and grime before massaging the face. Learn about make up or homemade makeup removers• Never exert pressure on the face while massaging it. Facial massage should always be done with a light, feathery touch of fingers.• Fingers should move in a swift, light but firm way. • Fingers should move in an upward and outward manner towards the temple. • Facial massage should not last beyond 20-25 minutes. • Tie a head band and drape a towel below the shoulder before you start the facial massage.•dry skin should be massaged with cold cream. Olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice is ideal for oily skin

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Growing Out Your Hair
Letting your short hair grow out will often give you some awkward stages to get through but there are several ways to glide through the rough spots. Whether you’re growing it out for a longer, overall length or just to get rid of layers, there’s still maintenance involved.
Of course, the oldest hair is on the ends and the longer your hair is, the more care it will need to keep it shiny and healthy. When growing out their hair, many people want to do it in the quickest manner possible, and that is, not cutting their hair at all. This is far from ideal and leads to breaking and splitting.
Why not make the decision to take it a little slower and keep it shaped and trimmed properly while it’s growing? This means trimming your bottom ends and also the ends of your layers regularly. The trick is to cut at a slower rate than it’s growing. You can go to your stylist a little less often but make it clear that you wish to have longer hair and have her cut off only what’s absolutely necessary.
Life goes on and there are going to be special events to attend while your hair is in an undesirable stage. Besides a regular trim, there are several things you can do to ease the growing pains and still look good:
Growth Tips
Be patient and squash the urge to get a full cut. This is a great opportunity to discover what length looks best on you.
Try out some new hairstyles. Take a cue from celebrities and enjoy diversity.
Invest in some hair accessories such as head-bands, barrettes, bobby pins, hair sticks, and ties. Use these to pin back awkward areas or wear a full-fledged bun or pony-tail.
When growing bangs out, you can pin them back or swoop them to the side.
If your hair is thick, ask your stylist to use thinning scissors to keep your hair more manageable.
Longer hair requires more time to maintain and style. Be sure to rinse out all of your shampoo and condition it properly.
There is no magic pill for hair growth but taking a multi-vitamin, eating healthy foods, and getting your beauty sleep is beneficial to both your hair and skin.
Avoid brushes and use only a wide-toothed comb on wet hair to avoid frizz and split ends.
If you really can’t wait, go to the salon and have a professional add some hair extensions. Keep in mind that this is not a permanent fix and can damage your hair over time. Better yet, buy some inexpensive, clip-on extensions and pony tails.

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How to Get the Best Haircut and Style
Have you ever come home from the salon in tears because you feel that your hair was ruined, and worst of all -- you paid for it? It's probably happened to just about all of us at some time or another but you can prevent it in the future. On a quest to the most fabulous haircut and style just for you, here are important five steps to ensure you get just what you're looking for.

Take Along Pictures
It's not always easy to describe what haircut and style you want. Your description may bring up something completely different in the stylist's mind, leading to a bad cut that can take months or even years to recover from.
Salons are full of magazines and styling guides for a reason. If you bring along a picture from home or select one from an in-house pictorial, you're more likely to get just what you want. Be reasonable. Not all cuts and styles may work with your texture and some can accentuate facial flaws. The best insurance is to bring along a few pictures and ask the professional for advice.

Be Precise
If you want your long hair to stay long, say just that. If you just want a trim, tell him or her how much hair you want cut and make a show with your fingers. Don't be reluctant to interrupt while your hair is being cut. If you just sit there, knowing you're on the wrong track, you'll kick yourself later on. A stylist who asks plenty of questions about how YOU want your hair to look is one that wants to make sure that you walk out happy.

Hair Styling - Watch Closely
Don't get into heavy chatting and then discover that you have no idea how to achieve that fantastic look. A great hairstyle is one you'll want to replicate over and over so it's important to watch carefully and see how it's done. Again, ask questions and you can pick up some good tips for manipulating your hair into the style that's just perfect for you.

Be Decisive
There are times when you're just not happy with the cut. If you know this before you leave the salon, make it known. If the salon is not busy, this may be able to be corrected then and there. If you feel rushed, tell the stylist and let him or her know that you may be in touch soon. If you discover that the haircut is not to your liking after you get home, make another appointment to follow up. After all, you wanted to look better, right? The best way to do this is communicate with the professional.

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Being a woman means having a little vanity -- or a lot. We've got some quick beauty shortcuts to make you life easier when you're in a hurry with no time to spare. These tips will help you save money while cutting your beauty routine in half.

Skin & Make-Up
Add a little moisturizer to your foundation to and it will glide on smoothly.
Skip eye shadow and use an eyeliner pencil underneath your eyes, followed by mascara.
Don't use lip liner, instead choose a matte lipstick for staying power. Max Factor's "Lipfinity" requires just one application for hours of wear.
Use a matching eyeliner pencil to touch up sparse areas in your eyebrows.
Don't have time for a tan? Invest in some bronzing powder for your face and shoulders.
Use disposable make-up remover cloths for removing eye shadow and mascara. Baby wipes serve the same purpose.
Have an electric razor on hand for quick shaves.
Use neutral shades and you don't have to worry about your cosmetics clashing with your clothing.
Periodically sharpen all of your make-up pencils so you're not fishing for the sharpener at the last minute.

Need your bangs trimmed, but have no time to visit the salon? Trim them yourself. While they are wet, pull them forward and divide into three sections. Snip the middle first, followed by the sides. Snip upwards, at an angle for fringy bangs.
Use an all-in-one shampoo and conditioner.
Since the tousled look is in style, run your fingers through your hair (without brushing or combing) and pull it back into a ponytail.
Run your blow dryer on high, but use a diffuser.
Scrunch your hair while blow-drying and skip the curling iron or hot rollers.
When your shampoo or conditioner gets low, add a little water to get the last drop.
Soak your hair in conditioner while bathing.
Sleep on a satin pillowcase to save your hairstyle.
Add a light dab of cornstarch or talcum powder to your hair to absorb any excess oil.
For a quick, tousled look the next day, wash hair the night before and put it up in a messy bun. In the morning, take it down and finger comb.

Check the weather forecast and lay out your clothing the night before.
Skip the pantyhose and opt for the natural look.
Wear halters with built-in bras.
Avoid button-fly jeans
Buy slip on shoes.
Rub soap or wax on a zipper to make it slide smoothly.
Choose pants and slacks with Velcro fasteners.

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Tips for Fuller Lips:
1. Prepare lips with a generous amount of lip balm, then wait for the lip balm to settle down.
2. Line and define your lips with a natural colour lipliner.
3. Add a natural colour lipgloss, make sure you keep it handy all day.
4. Now using a white shimmery product like blusher, eyeshadow in the centre of your lips. Start slowly and blend carefully.
5. This creates a natural looking shade. Apply a lipstick now if desired
To obtain fuller, softer lips, apply lots of Vaseline to your lips just before you go to bed. In the morning your lips will appear larger and much softer. Try it, it really works.

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Pedicures, Tips
Don't even think about going to a beach party or wearing those sexy, strappy sandals without properly groomed toenails. If you're baring them, they're going to be noticed -- so give them some attention and make them feminine and flirty.
Conservative or trendy, we've got some quick tips for home pedicures to make even the dullest toenails look hot and professional! It doesn't take long if you learn the basic routine, then you can modify it however you like. Let's take it step-by-step...

Prepare Your Toenails
Before you begin a home pedicure, you need to remove your old nail polish with polish remover using a cotton ball or swab. Swipe around the edges to ensure the polish is removed completely.
Use clean fingernail clippers to trim your nails straight across. Don't cut them too short, you can then use an emery board or fingernail file to shape your toenails exactly how you want and remove any sharp edges.

Soak your toes in a basin of warm water (with salts if desired) for about 5-10 minutes to clean your toenails and soften up your cuticles. Cuticle cream or lotion can also help soften your cuticles if you plan on trimming away any access. If you want to push back your cuticles, use an orangewood stick to loosen them and press gently back so they don't cover your nail.


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Brushing Hair Tips and Tricks Hair Brushing is an activity which is often done without even thinking about it. "My hair needs a brush" - and one minute afterwards it's all done. If hair get's brushed very often, it's important to do it right. First rule: never ever brush wet hair. It's better to leave wet hair alone until it is dry. There are special products on the market to prepare hair for the dry condition, to allow e.g. easy combing. Most of these products are applied in the last wet phase. After applying e.g. a rinser to your hair and drying it off, you can detangle it with your fingers. I suggest to not even comb it in wet condition. Second rule: whenever possible, start to comb your hair before you start to brush. Combing has to be done bottom up. Start combing at the end of your hair. Go through some inches until all knots are combed out, then restart some inches higher. If your hair is really messy today, separate it and comb each strand on its own. After you detangled your hair by this method, you can use a brush to go through the whole length, top down. Don't brush rude. Often the end of a hair fiber is much brighter than the hair cuticle just one inch above. This indicates that the hair fiber was broken, or stretched to rip, which is the result of rude brushing or combing. You have to use a good hair comb / brush. Don't buy cheap plastic stuff! The problem is not that it might rip your hair, but it causes electrostatic, which has an effect like glue - whatever you do with your comb, it will only catch more static. Here's a trick to get rid of static (also known as flying hair): use a mister, and spray some water onto your hair. This will discharge your hair. After brushing you can apply a spray to make your hair more shiny. If it is a good product, it will also protect your hair additionally. If you like to give your hair style and form, you may use styling gels or foams. Additional products will be necessary for a variety of hairstyles, some ladies do use quite some hairspray to protect their long hair during the day to catch static and become flying hair.

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Spring & Summer Beauty Tips
As the weather changes, so should your beauty routine. When the mercury rises, your body and skin reacts differently than it does in cold climates. A change is in order for your skin, make-up and hair to keep it healthy and looking fabulous.
If you want to look great when the temperature rises, take note of these basic summer beauty tips to adjust yourself to a different climate and keep a youthful glow.
Change Your Skin Care Routine
Hot weather means more humidity and your skin will need less moisture than it does in the winter. Switch to a lighter moisturizer to keep your pores clear and you will be less likely to experience blemishes.
Keep your feet in top-notch shape by exfoliating to slough off dry skin and calluses. Moisturize to the max and treat yourself to a pedicure so that you can show off your feet in a pair of strappy sandals.
Drink More Water
Water is the trick to beautiful skin. Your body needs more water in the Spring & Summer to stay hydrated. Since you'll sweat more in hot weather, it's vital that you restore your fluids when exercising or simply being out and about in warmer temperatures. Always keep a bottle of water handy in your car so it's ready to go where you are.
Keep Your Tan in Check
A healthy tan is a myth. There is no such thing. Your goal should not be to get a suntan, but to protect your skin against the sun's dangerous UV rays so you don't age prematurely. Wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 on all exposed areas of your body when you're outdoors. Don't forget less obvious areas such as your lips, neck and the top of your hands where the sun can wreak havoc over time.
You can still get a healthy looking tan without skin damage if you use sunless tanning lotion. For more tips on this, check out our Fake a Tan page for tips on how to get a dark, healthy, fake tan.

Exercise in Cooler Temperatures
If you have to do your walking or jogging outdoors, then doing it in the morning is beneficial because the temperatures haven't risen to day-time highs yet. If this means getting up a little earlier, then give it a try. You may find that a little time alone is good way to start the day.
Another alternative is to work-out indoors, where the temperature is controlled. Whether you do this at home or in a gym, use your own personal towel to keep your skin clean and dry.
Use Insect Repellant
Bugs and mosquitoes are common pests in the Summer, particularly in the evening and early morning hours. When outdoors, especially camping and hiking, use bug repellant to avoid any irritating bites and bumps that go along with it. Sometimes it's not a pimple that sprouts on your face, but an insect bite!

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Eyebrow Grooming and Tweezing Tips for Men
How your eyebrows are groomed can make a considerable difference in your appearance. Eyebrows help shape your eyes and give you character. If you have bushy eyebrows, it's important to keep them trimmed and well groomed. Most people need some kind of eyebrow maintenance. Many of these tips work well for women as well as men.
Never shave your eyebrows for a quick fix. You will regret it later when they all start growing back in. It will look obvious, and require constant maintenance -- so save the razor for your beard.
Depilatories are not a good idea to use around the eye area and there's plenty of room for mistakes. This can irritate your skin and your hairs will also grow back much quicker than waxing or tweezing.
Waxing your eyebrows is best done professionally, however there are many kits on the market for this purpose. They come with step-by-step instructions to simplify the process. If you decide to do this at home, have a professional do it the first time so you can see how it's done. Be prepared for some temporary discomfort and pain.

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Beauty and Grooming Tips for Men
While doing some research, I was surprised to find out how many guys are searching for beauty advice and grooming tips. Women aren't the only ones who care about their appearance!
In today's world men are not afraid to make themselves more attractive by using personal care products. You're already gorgeous, but why not help nature out a bit and boost your ego?
Some of these beauty and grooming tips are basic, while others go beyond a simple hair cut. Choose what's right for you and pamper yourself. Don't forget to check out the beauty tips for women -- nobody will ever know.

Men's Grooming Tips
Keep your fingernails trimmed and clean.
Same for toenails.
Trim your nose hairs occasionally. What you're used to, others may notice.
If you don't iron your clothes, remove them immediately from the dryer so wrinkles don't set.
In hot weather, wear light-colored, cotton clothing and socks. This will absorb less heat and "sweat stains" will be less visible.
Consider trimming your arm pit hairs in warm weather. Less hairs, less bacteria, less smell. Think about it.
Don't be reluctant to trim or tweeze any stray eyebrow hairs.
Good dental hygiene means a dazzling smile.
Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. Your tongue attracts bacteria and can cause bad breath.

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Excess HairUnwanted body hair is a major problem for thousands of women - particularly as summer approaches! The growth of body hair is controlled by your hormones and your genes (neither of which you can change). But there are several ways you can remove unwanted hair - different methods are best for different sites! Cutting off excess hair with scissors or a razor is the simplest method. It's not true that shaving will make hair grow faster or more bristly. Electric razors are easy to use and you can't cut yourself. But most women get a closer shave by using a blade. Always remember that wet hair is easier to cut than dry hair. Chemical removal with special depilatory creams is most effective where hairs aren't too thick. The big problem with them is that they can cause nasty allergy reactions. Always try them out first on a tiny piece of skin. Waxing sounds horrific but is good for large areas - such as legs - which need rapid treatment. Wax is put onto the skin and allowed to set. When the wax sets the hairs stuck in it are pulled out! It can be as painful as it sounds if done by inexpert hands. The big advantage with wax is that because the whole hair is pulled out the skin does feel smoother. Electrolysis is the only method that will produce permanent hair removal. It has to be done by a skilled operator - and can be expensive if you have a lot of hairs to remove. A small electric current has to be passed into the root of each hair - which then dies. Done well - by a good operator - it is remarkably effective. Done badly hairs often regrow. Electrolysis is particularly useful for isolated and easily visible hairs - eg on your face.

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Dry HairDry hair is dull, brittle and difficult to manage. It breaks easily and the ends split. The reason for dry hair is a lack of natural oil - probably because the oil producing cells aren't working properly. If you suffer from dry hair you can help yourself by: * Keeping out of the sun and avoiding electric hair dryers and sunlamps. Let your hair dry naturally or dry it carefully with a towel after washing. Too much heat will make the problem worse. * Frequent brushing and combing may help - by stimulating the oil producing glands. * Using a good conditioner. It will give your hair more bounce and make it easier to manage. But don't buy a shampoo that contains a conditioner. That's like trying to put your make-up on while washing your face! Always buy a separate conditioner and apply it after shampooing. * Be especially careful when changing the shape or colour of your hair. Dry hair is very easily damaged so avoid home perms and only let skilled hairdressers handle your hair. * You may be able to improve dry hair by rubbing an oil directly onto your hair and into your scalp.

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DandruffDandruff is the commonest hair complaint. It affects just about everyone at one time or another. But it's NOT catching! Most people feel embarrassed when they get dandruff. TV adverts for anti-dandruff products don't help - they remind us that dandruff is anti-social! But in fact dandruff is common, simple, harmless and relatively easy to treat. Your skin is always being replaced. As new cells are produced so the old ones have to be shed. Occasionally skin produces new cells too quickly and the older, discarded cells fall off like snowflakes. For reasons which no one entirely understands this problem most commonly affects the scalp - dandruff! Scientists and hair specialists have spent years trying to work out what causes it. Their best guess is stress. It seems that most people who are susceptible to dandruff get it worst when they are under pressure. The good news is that it's fairly easy to treat.



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Brittle NailsBrittle nails - and split edges - are almost certainly caused by putting your hands in strong detergents or by using nail varnish solvents too often. There are numerous branded products available for the treatment of brittle nails. But the best solution is to take care of your nails more carefully! * When washing up use rubber gloves. Modern chemicals are strong enough to strip metal - they'll ruin your skin and nails. * Use a long-handled mop if you do any dishes without your rubber gloves * Try not to change your nail varnish too often. If varnish gets scratched or chipped, touch-up rather than remove and repaint. Cleaning off nail varnish can weaken your nails. While your nails recover keep them short - to minimise the risk of breaking them. I don't think any products sold to harden or condition your nails are worth buying. But do use a moisturising cream around your nails.

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Massage is a very ancient healing art, which was known in different parts of the world already thousands of years ago. Throughout history, the magical power of touch was widely practiced by Indian Ayurvedic healers, Chinese accupressurists, Tibetan lamas, and even European “white witches” who used massage together with herbs, spells, and powerful amulets to oust negative energies and cure people from diseases

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Treat your body with the respect it deserves. If you fill it with trash and you’ll be left looking 15 years older. Your skin reflects your overall health. So try out these 9 best foods for your skin and see the difference!
1. Low fact yogurt
Low fat dairy products are full of vitamin A. This essential vitamin does wonders for your skin. If you have a thyroid problem or diabetes that’s even more reason to stock up!
2. Berries
Now we’re talking about plums, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (No, not the phone!). These fruits have great antioxidant capacity and that translate to you have wonderful and healthy skin.
3. Salmon
Your skin needs essential fatty acids. If fish isn’t your thing, then try walnuts, flax seed or canola oil. All these lead to the same result! Omega 3 and Omega 6 may sound like a Sci-fi flick but these fatty acids are required to keep you healthy.
4. Green tea
Although a beverage this drink has polyphenols which have anti-inflammatory characteristics. Now that spells goods news for your skin.5. Water
Need we even mention it! Good hydration is your skin’s best friend. Now we’re talking about good old water in its purest form and not soup or soda. So ensure that you’re getting at least 8 glasses down your system.
6. Avocados
This green fruit is rich in B-complex vitamins and essential oils and works like an anti-inflammatory agent. It also soothes skin that is red, irritated or just blotchy. You can even mix this fruit with yogurt and berries to give you a great breakfast drink.
7. Mangoes
Yum! I’m glad this one’s on the list. Lots of vitamin A is in store with this skin do-gooder! This fruit will repair your skin cells so it doesn’t look flaky. It has only 70 calories for each serving so it’s ideal for your weight loss program.
8. Almonds
Vitamin E helps to moisturize your skin from within. It also protects your skin from damage and early aging. Eating mangoes can help your facial tissue stay healthy and in shape.
9. Cottage cheese
Apart from calcium, cottage cheese is great for selenium. This antioxidant agent helps produce this essential mineral.
Those are 9 best foods for your skin in no particular order. So stock up your refrigerators with the right ingredients and you could be on your way to bright, young, healthy and glowing skin!

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we have all seen the horrid red, orange or brown foundation line down the side of the face, disappearing under the chin. At times, the line is so recognizable, you are unsure whether the wearing party actually meant for it to be there. This line does not have to happen to you. Finding the perfect foundation for your skin, color, and weather conditions, is a process that does not have to be overwhelming. The daily condition of your skin, before showering or applying moisturizer, will tell you the type of facial skin you have. Some women experience oily patches here and there, while other tend to find their facial skin, dry and flaky. Foundations are made for every kind of skin, but you truly need to diagnose your skin first. Just because your skin appears oily on a hot summer day, does not mean you have oily skin. That is why is is truly important to look closely at your skin immediately after waking. If at that time you find oily patches or flaky sections, purchase a foundation geared toward that type of skin. Your skin color will also determine which foundations are right for you. In the past, women have only had three choices for foundation colors, light, medium and dark. Well ladies, those times are over. Now there are shades and sub shades from stark to dark, you can be sure you will find the perfect match for your tone. For those who feel overwhelmed with choosing a foundation color, try the revolutionary shade matching foundations now available. All you need to do is buy the general shade, and the foundation changes color to match your skin.Skin condition and color are the top two considerations for choosing the perfect foundation, but we can not forget the condition of your air. The city, town or region where your home is located will affect your skin and thus your foundation choice. Areas with high humidity may cause abnormal oiliness, while areas of extreme dryness, may change a normally oily skin to dust, in no time at all. In these extreme situations, it is important for a woman to alter her foundation choices based upon both skin and air conditions. Your foundation color choice will not remain the same all year long. During the summer months, when your tan is golden and bronze, you may need a darker shade. But, when winter hits and you spend less time out of doors, your skin color will fade and so should your foundation. Changing your foundation with the seasons, helps to keep your makeup from appearing too dark or too light as your skin color changes.Choosing the perfect foundation to match every aspect of your skin does not have to be a daunting task. That ring around the face syndrome that drove you to tears, does not have to be you. Taking a careful look at your skin condition and color, as well as, the affect of your air on your skin, will help you to make the best foundation choice for the skin you live in.

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