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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Face Serum

Ingredients such as petrolatum or mineral oil keep water from evaporating, hence locking in moisture. A serum does not contain such occlusive or airtight ingredients commonly found in moisturizers.

Serums also contain a lesser amount of lubricating and thickening agents, as most of them are water-based. This helps them get absorbed more easily and makes them a great choice for those looking for a lightweight skincare product.

How do serums work?

Moisturizers contain bigger molecules that form a barrier on the skin surface. This tends to lock active ingredients out. Serums, on the other hand, are made up of smaller molecules which makes them fast and easy to absorb. The ingredients penetrate deep within the skin and restore skin health.

In order to ensure that you are purchasing the best beauty product, you should look out for the following ingredients in a face serum.

• Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect skin from damaging free radicals. Generated naturally by the body and found in UV radiation and cigarette smoke, free radicals can cause considerable skin deterioration.

Vitamins C, B and E, pomegranate extract, grape seed extract, green tea and resveratrol, can have potent antioxidant effects, helping restore your skin’s youthfulness.

• Hydrators

Hydrators add moisture to your skin, instead of sealing it like moisturizers do. Hydrators such as ceramides and amino acids can help build strong cell membranes and strengthen the skin’s barrier. These ingredients would help prevent your skin from dryness and fine lines.

• Cell-communicating ingredients

Cell-communicating ingredients like retinol and niacinamide have the ability to regulate skin functions by using existing chemical pathways and receptors. These ingredients complement antioxidants to improve the function of skin cells. They can tell skin cells to behave like a healthy skin cell and can prevent cells causing skin damage from doing so.

Permanent Facial Hair Removal

Suppose you have bushy eyebrows and you want to make them look better and tame, the best option for the perfect arched eyebrows is plucking. By removing hair one at a time, you make sure you create the design you want. Although it is not permanent, you only need to do it once every fifteen days. You only need to buy a good pair of tweezers, which are never expensive. Plucking is fine for the eyebrows; it is not an effective method for the light hair on your face.

An efficacious method for the hair removal is waxing. Although not permanent, this technique will provide good results. You need to assess your tolerance to pain before going for a wax because waxing can be painful.

The last and most effective method is laser hair removal. This procedure is permanent and you will not have to worry about facial hair anymore. What the laser does is to weaken the hair follicle; within a couple of sessions the follicles are no longer able to hold hair and therefore it does not grow back. You need to make sure the follicles are sterile so they do not have a chance of growing hair again. The great aspect of laser hair removal is that you will get permanent results. The drawback though, is that the sessions can be expensive and you may need one or two sessions every month. As I see it, laser is an investment if you have a lot of facial hair.

Get Rid of Bangs

If you do not like extremely straight bangs then avoid the use of a straightener. Replace it with a smaller version of ceramic brush, to style your bangs.

The first technique is really simple, just round your hair on the brush and use a blow dryer for 1 to 2 minutes. After this you will get curvy above eye bangs that look really nice.

Second way to style your hair, is to start braiding any one side of your hair and braid it in the opposite direction. It is really simple to do because you are only required to create a simple side braid with your bangs. Secure your braid with bobby pins and to add some style in it you can push some hair over the braid.

If you do not like braids, then grab your bangs to twist them sideways and away from your hair. After completing your twisting process use a bobby pin to secure it down. Now take the hair and push it over the bobby pin to cover it.

Next, use a round ceramic brush, grab the section and round your hair inwards or outwards. Use a blow dryer for a couple of minutes. Stop brushing before unwrapping your hair and then release your hair. And voila you now have side bangs.

You can style bangs in a nice poofy style as well. Grab the first layer of your bang, spray your hair and tease it with a rat tail comb in a downward direction. Grab other sections one by one and repeat the same teasing process with it. After teasing, comb your hair away from your face to get a smooth texture, push them in an upward direction, grab a bobby pin and secure your hair. If you have thin hair then does not forget to use a holding spray as final touch. You will get a cute little poof.


About Cosmetic Brushes

Concealer brush

Not many of us were born with perfect skin. Concealer is used to hide those few blemishes. Most people simply use their finger to apply concealer on a spot. A small concealer brush does a better job. You just need to pick the right amount of concealer with the brush and apply it gently on the spot. If you plan to apply foundation, you have to conceal all the spots first. Remember to thoroughly wash the concealer brush or the next application will be cumbersome.

Eye shadow brush

Eye shadow brushes come in many shapes and designs. You need two eye shadow brushes: the flat stiff eyeshadow brush and the crease brush. The former is used to apply the eyeshadow on the lid. It is a medium sized brush that is smaller than your eyelid so that it can swipe across the lid. The crease brush is smaller and tighter. It is used to add depth to the crease and corners of the eyes.


The spoolie is a cosmetic brush that resembles a mascara wand. It is used to gently put the eyebrows in line. It is also used to apply eyebrow gel. Advanced users use it to soften eyebrow color after lining and filling.

Brow and lash comb

This comb is two-sided. One side has bristles while the other side is a comb. The bristles are used to gently brush and groom eyebrows. The comb side can be used for the same purpose but it is more effective separating eyelashes after mascara application.