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Summers makeup

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2009 by LPB

I am indulging myself with some outstanding products from Clinique; while the summer sun is fading away…….

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This wonderful powder is great for calming & concealing my sunkissed (over ) face.

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Perfect with sundae! I prefer light lipstick / gloss during the warmer months.

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Skin resolutions

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by LPB

Make this year the year for beautiful skin with these 10 MUST-DO Skin Resolutions, from Dallas-based skin care expert, Renée Rouleau.

1. Always wash your skin and moisturize at bedtime. Research indicates that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, so you want to put your skin in the best possible condition for its repair. For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, try this! Your nighttime routine doesn’t have to be done minutes before you hit the bed. Wash your face when you get home from work, or even after dinner. Do it earlier rather than later! So, washing off the day’s dirt and grime and nourishing it with good moisture and nutrients will give your skin a chance to renew while you sleep! And remember, quality moisturizers that do not contain clogging ingredients, will not suffocate your skin.

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I remember reading some advice regarding putting your face cream on before 8pm, so that your skin will have enough time to absorb all the nutrients before its peak renewal period (10pm – 2am)

2. Wear a sunscreen in your moisturizer daily. Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure you get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, “I’m not out at all during the day.” Just walking to your car, even driving in your car will give you unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! And we know that sun exposure is the #1 cause of aging!!!! A minimum of SPF 15 should be used every day, winter and summer. Don’t forget to apply it to the neck and ears.

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I prefer sunscreen that contains molecules that are  stable (under UV irradiation), provides broad spectrum screening and has antioxidants (for free radical protection). On the day that i dont wear a sunscreen, i try to make sure i use a foundation/powder will SPF.

3. Use a topical stable vitamin C product daily. In addition to using a moisturizer containing antioxidants, topical applications of high amounts of Vitamin C have been shown to prevent premature skin aging by fighting free radicals, lighten skin discoloration and actually increase the sun protection in a sunscreen! However, most Vitamin C products out on the market use the acid forms of the Vitamin (like Ascorbic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid). These are in fact, acids, which is why you can feel a stinging sensation on the skin.

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The new research on skin aging indicates that daily use of skin irritating acids actually encourage free radical formation, which counteracts the reason why you’re using Vitamin C in the first place! Plus, the problem with these acid types of Vitamin C is that they are highly unstable and break down every time you open the bottle and oxygen gets to the product. If your Vitamin C starts to turn brown half way through the bottle, that’s a sign that it is oxidizing and is losing its effectiveness. (Think of an apple that turns brown 20 minutes after taking a bite.)

I personally prefer products that have a combination of vitamins, like  A,C & E.

4. Use the latest ingredients to address certain skin conditions.

  • Peptides-collagen stimulating ingredient for firming the skin
  • White Tea– the most calming antioxidant of all teas, for soothing redness.
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate– stable Vitamin C that not only provides powerful antioxidants to the skin, but works to lighten pigmentation (brown spots).
  • Pomegranate– a highly potent antioxidant.
  • Shea Butter-ultra-moisturizing to alleviate dry skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid– helps retain the skin’s natural moisture. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water resulting in enhanced elasticity, lubrication, plumpness and moisture of skin. Also has healing properties.

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    5. Don’t pick at your skin. The life of a breakout is just 3-5 days, but when you pick at a blemish, the red mark that lingers can be there for 1-2 months! We know it’s tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. 

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    I use blemish cream/drawing paste/spot gel to get rid of blemishes. Choose those that contains sulphur (smelly but effective), benzylperoxide (again,smelly), tea tree oil ( medicinal) or salicylic acid.

    6. Clean your cosmetics brushes once a week. Bacteria and oil can build up on your cosmetic brushes, which can lead to clogged pores and break outs. Using a mild liquid dish soap and cold water, carefully wash out your brushes and rinse thoroughly. Comb the bristles to prevent tangling. Stand brushes upright in a glass to let dry. Cosmetic sponges should be washed with mild soap and rinsed thoroughly after each use.

    I use baby shampoo to clean my brushes after wiping them with eye make up removal ( dont use waterproof eye make up removal as it will leaves oily residue )

    7. Throw out your bar soap and exchange it for a liquid cleanser. The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance) which will strip all the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, acne conditions, sensitive and dry skins will be aggravated. 

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    8. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is the key to untrapping clogged pores, fading post-break out red marks, smoothing the skin and stimulating new and healthy skin cell growth, but people forget to make exfoliation a regular part of their routine. Keep your facial scrub in the shower, that way it’s staring at you and your most likely to then use it. 2-3 times a week is a must for healthy and smooth skin!

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    I use topical retin A a few times a week underneath my night cream, so i couldnt be bothered with manual exfoliation.

    9. Always use an eye cream. This delicate area is the first place to show aging and also contains the fewest oil glands on the face. Daily use of an eye cream applied in a patting motion with your ring finger keeps this area moist and plump resulting in a lesser appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Be sure to avoid eye creams that contain Mineral Oil or Petroleum as these ingredients will weight down the skin tissue resulting in premature sagging of the skin. And always apply eye cream with your ring finger. It’s the weakest finger and won’t unnecessarily tug at the skin tissue.

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    10. Avoid drinking out of straws.  We know that the reason for lines and wrinkles is from sun damage, but it’s also caused from facial expressions. (Think smiling as the cause of crow’s feet around the eyes.) So when drinking out of a straw, you have to purse your lips which causes unnecessary wrinkles and lines around the mouth. If you’re concerned about lines and wrinkles, then drinking directly from the glass is a much better option. Save that expression for kissing!

    Great Makeup Tips?

    Posted in makeup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by LPB

    Here is the 10 Great Makeup Tips i found on the blog.

    Frankly, i disagree with most of the tips; don’t get me wrong, the principles are right, but rules are meant to be broken! Aren’t they?

    IMO, we could be more resourceful, creative & daring.

    Remember, you are your own guru.

    Put on whatever you feel comfortable with; whatever makes you happy.

    Makeup Tip 1)

    Apply concealer to the areas of concern like eye bags, dark eye rings or any blemishes for better foundation coverage or for a more natural skin tone.

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    Well, i find optically illuminating highlighter offers a much credible and forgiving coverage to dark circles.

    If you couldn’t be bothered by concealing, why not try the smudged smoky look? Bet you got a fairly good base to begin with already.

    In terms of blemishes, i tend to cover mine with my usual foundation. I just apply mine in layers with a concealer brush to build up the coverage, allowing each layer to dry off completely before the next.

    If the blemish is not to prominent and i am in a playful mood, i actually turn it into a mole by painting it with liquid liner.

    Makeup Tip 2)

    If you have not been sleeping well and need to look fresh in an instant, blend a little concealer to the outer corner of your eye, put on simple eye shadow and a tinge of blusher to make your face glow.

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    I believe in applying a highlighter or beige shade with subtle shimmer over the inner corner of my eyes, lining the lower rim of my lids to open up and freshen up the windows to my soul.

    When i am really tired/busy, i just put on a pair of shade or glasses with nice frame.

    Makeup Tip 3)

    Make your lipstick last longer by brushing your loose powder gently across your lips, press tissue paper onto it and reapply the lip stick again.

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    I just make sure I buy a good lipstick with great staying power; it’s not difficult to find a long lasting lipstick in a shade you like these days.

    Makeup Tip 4)

    To save money on specialized face contouring products, use any ordinary face powder which is few shades darker than your usual one and apply to the sides of your jaw line.

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    Contouring? It’s so 80s, it’s so “dynasty”! I firmly believe that contouring should be left to the professionals. I do not try this at home, okay, maybe for my halloween do.

    Makeup Tip 5)

    Add a drop of witch hazel to turn normal foundation into a medicated one to prevent acne and pimples.

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    Witch hazel distillate shrinks pores temporarily ( by irritating the skin so that the pilo-sebaceous units swell up and you  pores disappear ), it doesn’t prevent acne/pimples/oily breakthrough!

    Would you rub chillies on your lips to make them appears redder and more voluminous?

    When it comes to foundation, my mantra is the 3C1F -Chemistry ( formula), Colour ( shade & tone ), Coverage and Finish.

    I like Tiffany, De Beer, Cartier, Harry Winston on my ring finger; I will not put any inferior foundation on my face.

    Makeup Tip 6)

    Extend your eyelashes by using mascara with lengthening and volumizing properties.

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    Well, what can i say? A mascara is a mascara; A great mascara is a miracle. It’s the lingerie equivalent of your wardrobe; It’s tiny, it’s sexy, and never underestimate its charm. Yes, it does need to have a clean, polished finish that oozes elegance & sultriness. 

    Makeup Tip 7)

    Rub your hands together before applying your moisturizer to your face for better absorption.

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    Yes, heat does enhance penetration of your moisturizer, so does serum or any lotion/potion with superb spreadability. Unless you are using that La Mer stuff……

    In fact, i do like massaging my face oil/cream in a fashion my facialist once taught me, in order to aid the lymphatic drainage & improve circulation.

    Makeup Tip  8)

    When using blusher, always brush your cheeks in an up-down-up “U” shape to create that smiley look on your cheeks.

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    I like to apply blusher to the apples of my cheek – this gives me a radiantly flushed appearance; and i only smile if i fell like smiling.

    I disregard the rules about matching the hue of your blusher to you underneath skintone ( cool,neutral,warm ). Sometimes clashing of elements make wonders.

    Makeup Tip 9)

    Apply only a dot of lip gloss to the center of your lips and spread it out gently. Do not coat your entire lips with lip gloss as it will make your lips look oily.

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    Gloss in the center makes your lips look poutier/fuller.

    If you like full on gloss effect, go ahead, a gloss is a gloss, it should be shiny & juicy. I even apply gloss over my eyelids for a sparkly look!

    Oh yes, i hate to admit this, but expensive gloss does smell nicer, taste better & last longer.

    Makeup Tip 10)

    Give your eyes that lift by applying the correct type of eye shadow colors and also highlighting the eye ends near the nose area.

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    Remember what Coco Chanel said? Always minus 1! Do not go overboard with the shades. I know Dior’s 5 colour palette looks great over the display counter, but putting all 5 shades onto your lids will be another story.

    My experience is pinkish shades never look good on puffy lids; Monotonous finish can be very flattering if done right; cream shadow is great if you are in a hurry.

    No, you dont have to match the colour of the shadows to your iris; you can highlight wherever you want.

    Make up tips for dummies?

    Posted in makeup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by LPB

    While surfing the net, i came across this article by the non-blonde, it’s kind of like the 10 make up mistakes you should avoid if you want to look great. I agree with most of the rules, but  as my usual rebellion self, some rules are meant to be broken!

    1. Not Using Primer-
    Eye primer and face primer not only make your makeup last longer, but they provide a smooth, receptive canvas for other products. You can use less foundation and get a better coverage. And they prevent color migration.

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    Laura Mercier & NARS are the best, in my opinion.

    2. Concealer Before Foundation-
    If your applying concealer to problem areas (zits, spots, uneven patches) before foundation, chances are that you’re using more product than needed. Start with your foundation and spread it evenly. It gives some coverage and evens out things. Then add just enough concealer and blend it into your foundation. The result is more natural looking and far less likely to look caked.

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    A stick foundation with medium to full coverage could be used as a concealer, just choose one shade lighter than your all over shade and apply it with a concealer brush, i like Bobbi Brown ultra versatile stick foundation.

    3. Too Dark Foundation-
    And I’m not even talking about the dreaded oompa loompa look. Between the weird lighting in department stores and our own tendency to look for coverage, it’s very easy to choose too dark a foundation. Next time you’re at your favorite counter ask for a sample of a foundation that’s one shade lighter than what you’re wearing. Test it under normal conditions. Chances are you’re not as dark as you though.

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    Totally agree on this, and the best thing you could do is to get you foundation custom made. Prescriptive exact match color system not only customizing your shade, it also let you choose the coverage, finish  & skincare formula!

    4. Not Using a Lip Liner-
    Seriously. If you’re wearing a dark lipstick, be it a sexy red or this season’s vampy browns, you need a matching lip liner to outline and keep your lip color in place. Not doing so results in a sloppy look and color bleeding. Also, a liner in a natural shade would do wonders for your neutral colored lipstick and would make it last longer if you use it to fill the lips.

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    I personally think that using lip liner is great if you want a perfectly polished finish that will last forever. However, with some good lipsticks, i could usually get away with a natural, nicely stained pout.

    5. Bright And Shimmery Blush-
    A blush is supposed to give you a naturally flushed look. Do you know anyone who actually blushes in shimmery coral? Consider a mutes rose or a gentle plum. If you want extra shimmer add it subtle where and when appropriate (which is rarely over your cheeks).

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    NARS  multiples defy this rule; most of the shades  will give you a glowing sheen when you use them as a blush – you know, the angelical halo effect.

    6. Old Mascaras-
    Yes, I know the tube isn’t empty yet, but there’s a good reason you’re told to toss your mascara after three months. All the air that’s getting pumped inside every time you deep the brush in to it doesn’t just make it a breeding ground for bacteria, but also dries the mascara out and makes it clumpy.

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    Yeap, old mascara is messy & clumpy. Buy some great yet inexpensive drug store brands like Maybelline or Max Factor; My mantra is thrifty on mascara & generous on foundation.

    7. Black Eyeliner-
    Don’t get me wrong: I love black eyeliner. It’s sexy. However, even someone with my coloring doesn’t need a very contrasting color for daytime. It can look very harsh, and if you’re fair skinned or blonde it might look overdone and garish. There are so many better options, from the almost-black-but-not-quite to caramel. they will give you the contouring and definition in a modern, non-Amy Winehouse way.

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    Well, i loves pitch black eyeliner; as i am lucky enough to get a natural finish/definition by wearing mascara alone, i want a dramatic look if i am bothered enough to apply  liner.

    8. Skipping Powder-
    Powder has somewhat of a bad rap that’s not necessarily justified. Of course, you don’t want to go overboard or to look ashy (the result of too many “translucent” powders that are actually more white than naturally colored). But for a truly polished and natural face, you need a good finishing product that would even things out even more than before and would keep things in place. Opt for a pressed powder (easier to handle, less likely to look ghostly, travels better) that has a color to match your undertone. Apply with a good, thick brush.

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    I am a believer in using pressed instead of loose powder; Trust me, if you choose the right product and apply it with a professional face/powder brush,  the finish will be stunning & long lasting. I also use this technique to tone down blusher/bronzer. MAC is great when it comes to shades diversity, Clinique & Bobbi Brown have the sheerest finish.

    9. Penciled Eyebrows-
    A penciled eye brow looks painted and weird. Even if you found the perfect color. It always surprises me to see how many women (otherwise well-informed and makeup savvy) make this mistake. Choose an eye shadow color that matches your hair color and apply with a thin, stiff brush using tiny strokes.

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    I like Chanel’s as you could blend the shades to customize the intensity. Model Co. is great as well – usethe coloured wax to tame/groom the brow , follow by the powder to set and color your primed brow.

    10. Clinging To Discontinued Products-
    I know you loved that perfect eyeliner/lip gloss/stick foundation the evil people at the marketing department decided to discontinue. You loved it so much you wrote the company and had them send you every last scrape of it they had in their warehouse and then you haunted eBay for months searching for more. I did it, too. But it’s time to let go. There are new and better formulas, updated and subtler shades and lots of new awesome products. There are constant improvement in textures and modern pigments. today you wouldn’t touch even the most luxurious lipstick or concealer from 10 years ago. They just don’t measure up to the ones on the market today.