Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Look 10 Years Younger

10. Stand up straight - Just like your mother always said! You will look thinner, younger, and much more in shape.

9. Lighten up your makeup! First, lipstick: Forget those dark browns and burgundy shades. Instead, switch to a lighter pink or a soft nude. Lessen your eye shadow: Skip those dark, deep colors, and go for neutral shadows with just a hint of shimmer (NO GLITTER unless you are under the age of twelve). Keep your eyeliner very thin and close to the eye. Use a light hand when applying foundation. Caked on powder or liquid makes those wrinkles stick out! Yuck. Especially in the eye area.

8. Whiten your teeth. There is nothing like yellow teeth to age you. Give up coffee and tea for a few days while you use an over the counter teeth whitener to lighten you teeth a few shades. Or try a whitening toothpaste or rinse. Or consider veneers from your dentist if the discoloration is permanent.
 
7. Use a concealer..You can hide those dark circles under your eyes by lightly patting on a little concealer under your foundation. You'll look more alive, refreshed, and youthful. Also use it to hide blemishes, blotchiness, and age spots.

6. Drink enough water. Dehydration makes you feel - as well as look - tired and 'fuzzy'. Drinking your eight glasses a day will help your body get rid of water retention, which also makes you look old and tired (especially around the eyes).

5. Moisturize! Dry skin makes wrinkles more noticeable, but soft dewey skin looks young. Even oily skin can get dry in the winter. Use an oil free moisturizer.

4. Avoid trying too hard - you just age yourself when you try to wear clothes and styles that aren't right for your lifestyle and your body shape. Choose clothes that skim the body without creating lumps and bumps, but especially choose clothes that make you feel confidant.

3. Wear a peachy blush high on your cheekbones - you want your face to pull "UP" not "DOWN". Blend well!

2. Revel in who you are and enjoy this stage of life the best that you can. Happiness and joy are the bet anti-aging products ever invented. And they're FREE!

1. SMILE!!!! You are most beautiful and youthful when you are happy and smiling! The more you smile, the better you will feel and the better you will look!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Five Steps to Faster Hair Styling

Speed up your style time with these five simple steps.

Long hair can take forever to style. Even hairstylists need to leave extra time to blow dry and style long, thick hair. More than once, I've had salon clients apologize to me because their hair took so long to blow dry. Since my hair is neither long nor thick, I had to learn a few tips from my stylist friends whose hair is heavy and long. Here's what they taught me.

Blot dry. The first thing you need to do after you shampoo your hair is to gently blot it dry. Vigorous rubbing and scrubbing with a bath towel is truly counterproductive when you're trying to style your hair fast. It just roughs up the hair's cuticle, making it look frizzy and damaged. Hair is more fragile when it is wet, so over time, all that rough treatment can cause damage, especially to delicate strands. Instead, gently blot your hair with a soft towel. Carefully squeeze out as much moisture as you can.

Apply the right hair products. Investing in the right hair products will speed drying time and styling time. Applying the wrong hair products will be counterproductive. For instance, if your hair is fine and thin, applying a heavy straightening balm will weigh it down and make it look greasy, rather than volumized. Choose products with the least amount of alcohol, which can dry out strands and make them look frizzy or dull. Choose professional salon products that are created for your hair type, texture, and style. Purchase these products directly from a salon, as salon products that make their way into a big box or discount store could be expired, spoiled, or damaged.

Blow dry. Blow dry your entire head of hair as quickly as you can, until it is about 80 percent dry. Always try to aim down the hair shaft (from the roots of your hair towards the ends) for the smoothest, sleekest look. Be gentle, but be fast.

Style. First, you'll need to finish blow drying your hair. Now is the time to blow dry one small section at a time, with a round brush or a paddle brush, to achieve your desired style. The larger the round brush, the more volume you can create on top, and the straighter you can make the ends. Continue to blow dry down the hair shaft so you get a sleek, frizz-free look. Once hair is completely dry, you can curl or flat iron it. Flat ironing wet hair will cause damage and burning, so don't start until your hair is totally dry.

Finish. Put the finishing touches on! A bit of shine serum, a little pomade, or your favorite hair spray. Use a brush or your fingers to create the look you want.
Even though you want to dry and style your hair in a hurry, always be gentle. Treat your hair with the right care and styling and it will look great and be damage-free.

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