Got water?

Drinking water is one of the best things that you can do for your skin.  

I’ve found that Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent. That may be because water plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to more or less, get filled in.

There are a variety of structures in the skin that support collagen require water to work effectively.

When skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.


Makeup brush cleaning day!

I recommend deep cleaning (sanitizing) your makeup brushes once a week (with soap applicable for makeup brushes and warm water) and quick cleaning with a makeup brush spray daily to prevent break outs.


Quick beauty tips for moms ( part 1)

Many moms wonder how do you have small children and still have the time to look like you care for your self as much as you do your little ones? Here are some quick tips that will help.

1. For makeup, curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara, this will make you appear more awake. Apply your favorite tinted lip gloss this will make you appear fresh and youthful, and a quick brush of cheek color. This process should take no more than 5 minutes but will make all the difference between a mom who makes parenting look easy and a mom who has let parenting rob her of her glamor.

Moms that spend lots of time with their little ones can be exhausted but we don't have to look like it.

Spring beauty tips

Fresh and romantic! A natural, discreet makeup can be worn anytime and anywhere regardless the occasion as it hides all beauty imperfections and adds a special, glossy touch. For spring 2013 think adorable lips and a baby complexion! Keep it simple opting for a luminous, soft skin and barely there makeup. Avoid the caked-on face using a tinted lotion in order to even out your skin tone.
However, for visible breakouts or other skin issues, apply a small amount of concealer. Remember that using too much will only emphasize the flaws you are trying to camouflage. If you are facing a shiny complexion, fix the problem with a special oil-absorbing powder. For a youthful, baby doll look, choose a cream, peachy cheek color, and voilà a spring time beauty.

Make up tips!

Leonard Engelman: Make-up Tips


Color can be separated into two categories.

1.) Skin Tone- Stays the same unless you become tanner or paler. Skin tone is enhanced by: Foundation, Base, Concealer, Powder, Shading or Contouring.

2.) Accessories- Change with your wardrobe and include: Eyeshadow, Mascara, Blush and Lip Color.

A commonly asked question is, “What color should I wear?” Color is an accessory. If you are wearing a red shirt, find something with a red tone. If you are wearing purple, you’ll wan t to find something with a mauve tone.  

Which do I apply first, concealer or foundation?

Apply foundation and then concealer. By applying the foundation first, you see exactly where you still need more coverage. And as you apply the concealer, you will see if more or less is required.

How do I select the proper foundation shade for my skin?

The best place to test match your skin tone is on the chin and lower jaw area.  To test a color, apply a small amount of foundation and feather out the blend. If the shade isn’t quite right select the next shade up or down in tone. Expect that the foundation chosen in mid-summer may be too dark in mid-winter. The objective of foundation is to smooth and blend skin tone and color differences to a natural healthy look of natural skin. If it looks like a mask, (or feels that way) than too much has been applied. If you see no difference, you have applied too little. Remember foundation should help you look simply beautiful.  

Sometimes I need a lot more coverage than my regular foundation can give me. What do you suggest I use?

When a great deal of coverage is needed in a specific area, don’t apply heavy foundation to compensate. Use a concealer which should be applied easier, faster and with better results. 

How do I find the right concealer?

Forget all the rules on concealer: green covers red, yellow covers red and brown, orange covers blue. This doesn’t seem simple. Many companies have developed concealers that match the skin tone. They are formulated with a great deal of pigment so a thin application will actually conceal or hide the various undertones. This makes the choice and application much easier and the results flawless. Simply pick the shade that best matches the skin tone at the lower eyelid.

Application Tip: Apply concealer with a small brush. This way you can apply the product in the same exact size and shape necessary. If you use your finger, the size of the area you cover is dependent on the size of your finger.

Where can I apply concealer for the best coverage?

Under the eyes where discoloration is prominent. Between the inner eye and the nose often shows discoloration that can pinch the nose area, making one look tired, and can give the appearance of changing the eyelid shape. At the outer eye, where the upper and lower lid join, there is often a dark line of discoloration that draws down that can be concealed. You can also apply concealer to cover broken blood vessels and skin irregularities.

What is translucent powder used for?

Translucent powders are designed to “set” make-up. The powder absorbs the oil or moisture in the make-up to create a dry surface on the skin. Translucent powders should not add color to your make-up. (Powders that incorporate foundations are used for coverage as a foundation and are not recommended for setting make-up)

Application Tip: A powder puff or large brush may be used to apply the powder as well as brush away any excess.

I tend to crease under the eyes when I apply powder, what am I doing wrong?

You should smooth the area underneath the eyes before powdering to insure your application is flawless before setting. If you have applied concealer thinly under the eyes, you will avoid creases. Powder does not create a crease or accentuate lines-- thick make-up on the thin tissue under the eye does.

Various companies have perfected shading or contouring powders. These brush on easily with a blush brush and are almost fool-proof. If the shading is applied too heavy, you can minimize it with a little translucent powder.

I always hear about “shading” and “contouring” but what exactly are they used for?

Most make-up artists use shading or contouring to minimize fullness under the jaw area, emphasize the cheek bones, or give the appearance of narrowing the width of the nose.  

How do I choose the perfect lip color?

Observe yourself but remember color is an accessory. What color is your wardrobe and what color are you currently wearing? Select three colors in the same range- light, medium and dark. Try on each color and pick the one you feel most comfortable wearing.

I could really use some lipstick tips -- any suggestions?

That depends on what you’re going for. For a natural lip look- cover the entire lip area with a pencil close to your lips natural shade. For intensified color- apply pencil over the entire lip area followed by a coordinating lipstick. For fuller lips- outline lips slightly outside the lip line and fill in with lipstick. In most cases you will want a pencil slightly darker than the lipstick. (Remember the lips have more color then the surrounding skin. Therefore the darker pencil is necessary to compensate). To correct uneven lips- Simply even the lips with the lip pencil and fill with lipstick. To minimize lipstick bleeding- Outline the lips with a broad line using a lip pencil. Powder the pencil line. Fill in the lips with lipstick, but carry the lipstick just up to the lip pencil. This helps set a barrier for the more emollient lipstick.

How do I know which shade of blush to wear?

Once the lipstick and lip pencil have been selected, simply choose a blush in the same color family. 

5 Beauty tips every woman should know

Standing tall, feeling confident, believing in yourself -- these are all important ways to feel your best. But as any woman who's ever stood in front of a mirror can tell you, beauty secrets count too!

While the way we look may be only one part of who we are, it is still a part of us. And feeling that you look your best can be a real confidence booster.

Looking your best doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, either. Experts say most of us really only need to pay attention to a few basic beauty secrets - essentials that can help you look and feel great without spending a lot of time or money.

To help you find the beauty tips that really work, WebMD talked to top skin care and beauty experts, who parted with their personal tips for looking great:

Beauty Tip 1: Never Underestimate the Power of Moisturizer

Whether your skin is dry, normal, or even oily, if you can only afford one skin care product, experts say, your dollars will be well spent on a good moisturizer.

"Sometimes, all you really need is a good moisturizer and a mild cleanser, and you can take years off your face," says New York University professor Rhoda Narins, MD, president of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. When skin is dry, says Narins, every wrinkle is accentuated, making you look older.

If you're in your 20s or 30s, doctors say, moisturizers will give you some of the protection you need to keep skin from prematurely aging.

"In your 20s and early 30s, a good moisturizer can take the place of a lot of products," says Park Avenue plastic surgeon Darrick Antell, MD.

So what exactly is a "good" moisturizer? Dermatologist Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, describes it this way: "It's a product that will do anything from gently adding moisture, to sealing in the moisture you've achieved, to helping your skin produce more moisture -- and which type you choose should be based on your skin's individual needs."

If skin is normal to dry, look for moisturizers containing alpha hydroxy acids. They can help skin produce more moisture on its own, says Crutchfield, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

If skin is very dry, he also suggests products using a technology called vesicular emulsion.

"This technology uses microscopic spheres that are alternating layers of moisture and water that slowly release throughout the day, so you get continual moisturization," says Crutchfield.

If skin is oily, look for a light, gentle moisturizer - but don't skip this step, cautions Crutchfield.

"Oil is not moisture, and even if you have excess oil you still need moisture," he says. 

Beauty Tip 2: Sunscreen Is Your Best Antiaging Product.

Before you see the plastic surgeon, before you plunk down half a paycheck on that pricey anti-aging cream, in fact, before you do anything, put on sunscreen.

While most of us know it reduces the risk of skin cancer, did you also know it's an amazing beauty secret that can help keep skin looking young?

The reason, say experts, is that when sunscreen blocks out the sun's damaging rays, it also blocks their aging effects.

"The sun impacts collagen production in the skin, and without collagen, skin won't naturally maintain that plump, moist, youthful, wrinkle-free look," says Antell. Get enough sun exposure, he says, and skin will wrinkle long before its time.

Without the protection of sunscreen, just a few minutes of daily sun exposure over the years can cause noticeable changes in how skin looks and feels, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Not only will you see more wrinkles and fine lines, but also more freckles, age spots, and spider veins. Skin itself can look rough and leathery or loose and slack - all thanks to the sun.

Sunscreen can protect your skin from these damaging rays, so that even if you do spend time outdoors, your face is less likely to give away your age.

Crutchfield advises choosing a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Because sun breaks down its effectiveness over time, if you're going to be in direct sunlight for an extended period, reapply every hour or two.

Another option: Use your regular sunscreen before putting on makeup (it should go on first, before anything). Then, for touch-ups, use a light, translucent mineral powder to add extra protection throughout the day.

"These powders contain a natural sunscreen, and since they generally don't build up on the skin you can keep adding protection all day long," says Crutchfield. 

Beauty Tip 3: Choose Your Cleanser Wisely

If you're a "soap and water" girl (or guy), you may want to rethink your cleansing strategy. Dermatologists say that one of the best beauty tips around is to use the gentlest cleanser you can find - and use it sparingly.

"While the temptation may be great to wash your face several times a day (or more if skin is oily), not only will over-cleansing not help you, if you're using a harsh product -- particularly soap -- you could be harming your skin," says Crutchfield.

Wash your face too often - more than twice a day - and you can damage the natural lipid barrier, the protective mantle of lubrication that keeps skin looking and feeling healthy.

"Once that protection is lost, and the integrity of the skin barrier disrupted, skin becomes dry - which means it can crack, peel, itch, burn, sting, or any combination," says Crutchfield. It also means you can look older than your years.

The solution: Wash skin no more than twice a day and choose your cleanser wisely. 

Beauty Tip 4: Use the Right Tools for the Right Job

You can have the best eyeshadow money can buy, the world's most luxurious foundation, a bronzer straight from the cosmetic bag of a supermodel. But if you don't have the right tools to apply them, their benefits will be lost. 

What constitutes the "right" tools? Brushes should be soft and feel gentle on the skin, but also have substance so the product can be moved to the surface of your skin. If you dip a brush in shadow or blush and the color falls off before you make it to your face, that's a bad brush, experts say.

Beauty Tip 5: Update Hair and Makeup Every 2 Years

If you walk into your high school reunion and hear a chorus of "You haven't changed a bit," run, run, RUN to the nearest beauty salon!

Experts say that if you can't even remember the last time you changed your hair and makeup, it's way overdue.

"Ideally, your image, including hair and makeup, should be updated at least every two years - and sooner if the styles change dramatically," says Beverly Hills hair expert and QVC personality Nick Chavez.

By keeping your look current, says Chavez, you also look younger and more modern. "Nothing dates a woman more than outdated hair and makeup," says Chavez.

If it's been a while since you've had a change, visit the makeup counters at your favorite department or beauty store, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Most of the better lines are sold by makeup artists who can quickly catch you up on what's new.

Age spots

What are Age Spots?

Age spots are generally caused by ultraviolet rays.  When your skin is exposed to UV rays, extra melanin is produced to help to protect the deeper layers of your skin.  Age spots appear as flat, dark brown spots.  They vary in size and shape.

Age spots are harmless, and you do not have to worry about them forming into cancer.  You will generally see age spots appear on places that have had the most sun exposure, such as:  the back of your hands, forearms, face, shoulders, and upper back.   Those who have fair skin and who spend a lot of time in the sun are those who will generally be looking for some type of age spot removal.


Best Age Spot Removal Technique

The best age spot removal technique is prevention.  Simply apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and stay away from tanning beds and any other sources of UV rays.  Staying away from the sun is important in preventing age spots.

Surprising Tip for Preventing Age Spots

Did you know that the majority of the sun damage to your skin comes from driving or riding in a car?  Your car windows actually prevent the UVB light from coming in, but it does not prevent UVA light.  UVB light is the light that causes a burn, while the UVA light is responsible for sun damage and aging skin.  Consider having a UVA protecting film installed on your car windows.

More Invasive Age Spot Removal Techniques

While there are many different types of age spot removal treatments, aside from prevention, the safest and less invasive age spot removal techniques are natural.  Some age spot removal treatments can involve freezing, acids, skin sanding, electric needles, etc.  While these may provide quicker results, they could have more side effects and can be more damaging to your skin.

7 Natural Age Spot Removal Techniques

1.             Papaya Skin – Apply the fleshy side of a papaya skin to the age spots for 15 to 20 minutes once a day.

2.             Aloe Plant Juice – Apply fresh juice from an aloe plant twice a day.

3.             Garbanzo Beans – Mash 1/3 cup of garbanzo beans.  Mix it with a tad bit of water to form a paste.  Apply to your age spots and keep on until it dries.  It should begin to crumble off.

4.             Onions and Garlic – Extract the juice and apply.  You can also slice them and rub them directly onto your age spots.  The acid in onions and garlic will shed the outer layer of skin.  These age spots should begin to disappear within a couple of months.

5.             Cucumber – You can lighten age spots with fresh cucumber juice.  Stay away from direct sunlight after applying.

6.             Orange Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar – Mix 1 teaspoon of orange juice with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.  Rub the mixture on your age spots.

7.             Nutgrass Root – This root reduces melanin production in your skin by up to 40%.  It has been scientifically proven to naturally and safely lighten your skin, which will cause the age spots to fade and then disappear.t out.


A Quick hand treatment

Hands are the most visible parts of you, but they also take a lot of abuse. You use them in everyday activity, and yet, they are the ultimate accessory. You must give them the same attention you give your face.
* Soften your hands even while you do the dishes. Add a little almond oil (about a teaspoon) to dishwater. The water will soften rought skin while the oil seals the moisture.
* Slough off dead skin cells with a solution made of sea salt lemon. Brush it into hands with an old toothbrush. Do this twice a week to soften hands and remove discoloration.
* Wash hands thoroughly with warm water, then, using a coarse washcloth, rub briskly. While skin is slightly damp, apply a mixture of one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon olive oil. Place hands in small plastic bags, then in a pair of cotton gloves for thirty minutes. The heat helps the treatment penetrate.
* Warm a cup of milk in the microwave for thirty seconds (or until warm, but comfortable to the touch). Soak your hands for five minutes to strengthen nails and hydrate skin. Not only is milk loaded with lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates dead skin, but its high calcium content will strengthen fragile nails.

Best and Worst "Low Priced" Makeup Foundation

In a perfect world, every foundation would last all day, and conceal all of those little imperfections that you'd rather the world didn't see. In reality, picking foundations is a trial-and-error process where the errors leave you with oily, breakout-prone skin. So in an effort to avoid foundation horror stories and wasted money, here is a look at the best and worst skin foundations on the market.

Best: Maybelline SuperStay 24HR - While some foundations throw the "24HR" tag at the end of their product to trick unsuspecting consumers, Maybelline SuperStay 24HR actually means something. And it's cheap too since you can get SuperStay 24HR for just $10! Grab this product if you're pulling an all-nighter, or just want assurance that your foundation won't be covering shirt sleeves and pillows more than your face.

Worst: L'oreal Roller Match Foundation - If you're short on Halloween costumes, you can always grab L'oreal Roller Match Foundation because it will literally make you look like you're wearing a mask. The mask-like appearance of Roller Match Foundation also makes your face feel extremely heavy. On a positive note, L'oreal Roller Match Foundation does do a decent job of providing coverage, and the price isn't horrible at $15.

Best: Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Foundation - The great thing about Neutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation is that it not only helps to clear your skin, but it also prevents dreaded acne as well. Besides this, Neutrogena's liquid gem lasts throughout the day, and won't feel heavy on your skin like other foundations do. The $12 price tag on Neutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation makes this product a steal.

Worst: Maybelline New York Super Stay Silky Foundation - Maybelline's Super Stay Silky Foundation has a lot of problems beginning with the fact that it's too dry and thick. In fact, you might even be better off using this as a concealer if you've already made the mistake of buying it. Another problem with Super Stay Silky is that it's pretty cakey-looking, so it's pretty obvious that you're wearing foundation with this product.

Best: Revlon ColorStay - If you're looking for a foundation that does an adequate job of covering imperfections without breaking the bank, Revlon ColorStay products are certainly worth $10. You don't have to worry about ColorStay smudging, and it won't appear caked-on like some makeup does.

Worst: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish - While MAC certainly offers some quality makeup products, Mineralize Skin Finish isn't exactly their best effort. For starters, this foundation doesn't offer much coverage for pimples, and it can even take you back to those embarrassing high school days by causing more unsightly blemishes. On top of this, the price is pretty unsightly too at $26-$28.

Best: Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid - Maybelline's Dream Satin Liquid isn't the best of the best, but it does live up to most of its claims. Dream Satin Liquid makes your pores a lot less noticeable just as advertised (though not exactly pore-less). And while you probably won't get the "airbrush finish" that Maybelline claims this product will provide, Dream Satin Liquid feels light and smooth on your skin. In any case, the $12 price makes this foundation worth a try.

Worst: Covergirl TRUBlend - Covergirl's TRUBlend foundation is a perfect example of getting what you pay for. At just $8, TRUBlend is one of the cheapest foundations you'll find. However, it can also turn orange as the day wears on and your skin starts getting oily. Even before the orange coloration sets in, TRUBlend tends to create a flakey appearance on your skin.

Best: Clinique Superfit Foundation - Clinique Superfit is one of the top foundations for those who don't want to advertise that they're wearing foundation. SuperFit is super light, and it gives you a natural look that's totally void of the average cakey, breakout-causing foundation. One thing to keep in mind with Superfit is that it's a little more costly than some foundations at $22.

Worst: Almay Nearly Naked Touch Pad Foundation - For $30 makeup, you'd expect more from Almay Nearly Naked Touch Pad Foundation. Unfortunately, this product can make your skin oily and blotchy just a few hours after application. One more mark against Nearly Naked Touch Pad is that it starts to smell about a week after being opened.

How to care for your nails at home

1. Eat a wide range of healthy foods including plenty of fruits and vegetables to make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals necessary to keep your nails healthy.

2. Protect your nails and hands by wearing gloves when you do housework, gardening or any other form of labor.

3. Avoid using your nails to open soda cans, remove staples or do anything else that might cause them to chip or break. Use tools instead of your nails.

4. Protect your nails by applying a coat of clear nail hardener on either bare or polished nails. This is a good way to strengthen weak nails and helps protect them from water damage too.

5. Trim your nails by cutting straight across rather than into the corners. Then file using an emery board.

6. Keep your hands and nails well-moisturized.