Get Hot Hands...

With or Without Long Nails

If hand care is not part of your beauty regimen, it should be! Hands are one of the first body parts to show signs of aging and they are on display 24 hours a day – which is all the more reason to take exceptionally great care of them! The good news is that soft, sexy hands are not as hard to come by as you may think – even if you don’t have long fingernails. A little TLC goes a long way. Don’t believe? Try these tips:

Exfoliate!
You slough off the dead skin on your face, décolletage and even your feet – why not your hands? Take whatever extra scrub you’ve got left after a deep facial cleansing and rub it on your hands to lighten/lessen dark spots and keep skin soft and smooth.
 
Show your cuticles some love!
One of the keys to strong nails lies in a healthy nail bed. By pushing your cuticles back and oiling them (being sure to get under the cuticle itself… just not too far), you’ll give even the most delicate nails a fighting chance. You’ll also improve the overall appearance of your hands! Trim those hangnails, ladies… as long as you’re careful while doing it!
 
Don’t be afraid of polish!
Short or long, a clear coat of polish (or non-toxic color) will not only help strengthen your nails, it’ll give you a put together look. If regular manicures are out of the question and you’re not super-skilled with DIY painting, try decals. Short nailed girls, take note: some of the trendiest ones are actually designed for you!
 
And finally, amp up the moisture!
The importance of replenishing moisture cannot be overstated – especially on thin skin! To help you remember to replenish your hands any time you wash them (or the dishes!), keep a bottle of your favorite moisturizer by your sink. While you’re at it, throw a bottle in your purse. A little dab a few times a day, especially during the colder months, will help your hands stay soft and youthful. Just be sure to keep it on the backs of your hands – this way, your fingertips and palms aren’t greasy when you touch your steering wheel, smartphone, computer keyboard, etc.
 
For an extra boost, try slathering your hands in salve at night before bed and wearing cotton gloves to sleep. It’ll have the same effect of a paraffin dip and done regularly, will last longer!

Gorgeous Winter Makeup

This Season’s Best Makeup Trends

The weather has cooled off and it’s an exciting time to try winter’s new makeup trends.  This season, the look is a combination of fresh, sexy and sophisticated.

Berry red lips
A chic deep berry lip is key for this season. Prep your lips for this intense color by exfoliating with a toothbrush or petroleum jelly mixed with sugar; this will create a smooth base for the color. Next, prime lips with foundation or a creamy concealer (this will create a blank canvas for the rich color) and apply the lipstick with a lip brush. Look for lipstick tones from raspberry to ox blood to black plum to stay on trend.
 
Simply smokey eyes
This season, eyes are emphasized with kohl or kajal-inspired pencils to create a smoldering look. Using the tip of the pencil, line the upper and lower lash lines. Next, using a cotton swab or smudge brush, gently smudge the color into the lash line to create the easiest, smoldering, smokey eye ever! If you feel the black is too much for day, try a brown or navy kajal pencil for a softer, tamer look.
 
Flushed cheeks
This season, the idea is to look like you just went for a brisk walk in the crisp winter air or stepped off the ski slopes. Try a rose or peach toned blush to create the look depending on your skin tone. Light skin can try peach or pink tones, medium skin can try rose tones and dark skin can try raisin tones to get the look. To apply, start by smiling in the mirror and applying a small amount of blush to the apples of your cheeks. Next, blend the blush into the skin by using circular motions to create a natural look. If you need more color, you can build up, but it’s always better to start with less and work your way up.

Turn Heads this Holiday Season

Easy and Glam Holiday Party Makeup

The holidays will soon be here which means it’s time to glam-up for party season. Here are some quick and easy makeup ideas to make you look and feel festively fabulous!
 
Eye sparkle
A silver or gold eyeshadow swept across your lid and on the inner corners of your eyes creates a glitzy, party ready look in minutes. The color on the inner corners of your eyes will brighten your eyes and will make them seem to sparkle! Line in black eyeliner, top off with a coat of mascara and you are off to the ball!
 
Fun, bright lips
Tis the season to be merry and bright… especially your lips! Holiday parties are the perfect occasions to have fun with lip color. Try bright or intense tones that you wouldn’t usually wear like hot pink, orange-red, cherry-red or deep berry. This look works best by keeping the rest of your makeup to a minimum; so it’s a great choice when you are pressed for time.
 
Va-voom lashes
Playing up your lashes is one of the simplest ways to feel glamourous.  To create the look of false lashes, use an eyelash curler to open up your eyes. Next, line the inner upper waterline and the upper lash line with a black pencil eyeliner; this will create the illusion of thicker lashes. Follow by lining the upper lash line with a liquid black eyeliner; the precision line and intense color will help open up your eyes. Now apply two coats of a black lash maximizing mascara from roots to tips. Finally, to create the faux lash look, use a clean lash brush to apply a thin coat of translucent powder and finish with one more coat of mascara; you will feel youthful and flirty! When you emphasize your lashes remember to keep the rest of your makeup simple; flawless skin and a sweep of nude or pink gloss will keep this party look sexy, not vampy.
 
 

Winter Skin Rehab

Simple Tips to Beat Dry Winter Skin

As the air gets cooler and dryer, so does our skin. This is the time of year to boost moisturizing routines and nourish skin. Here are some simple tips to hydrate your skin from head-to-toe all winter long.
 
H2O All Day Long
Drinking water is a well-known but sometimes forgotten beauty tip; it helps to hydrate our bodies from within. Depending on how much you usually drink, try increasing the amount during the winter months. An easy way to track how much water you are drinking is to use a large reusable bottle and focus on finishing it during the day. Cold water also tastes great and refreshing; or if you want hot water, try adding lemon to make it a soothing treat.
 
Think Omega
Omega 3 fatty acids have been credited with making our skin look healthier. Like water, they help to moisturize our skin from the inside out. Try eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts and flax seed. You can also try omega-3 fatty acid supplements (but always talk to your doctor first before taking any supplements).
 
Try a Humidifier
When the air is cold and dry, we need to pump moisture back into our personal atmosphere. A humidifier in your home or bedroom can do the trick. If you don’t want to purchase a humidifier, you can make your own by punching 20 holes into a plastic freezer bag and then place a damp sponge in the bag.
 
Moisturize Day and Night
Winter is the time to add moisture to every skin care step. Start by switching to a gentle, moisturizing cleanser and focus on cleansing just at night. During the day, it’s a good time to incorporate a moisture serum into your skincare and apply it under your sunscreen (yes, sunscreen even in the winter!). In the evening, for an extra boost of moisture, apply a few drops of your favorite oil (try argan or olive oil) first, followed by your moisturizer; your thirsty skin will love it!
Displaying results 53-56 (of 57)
 |<  <  6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15  >  >|