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The Power of Face Serums and 5 Reasons Why You Should Use Them

The Power of Face Serums and 5 Reasons Why You Should Use Them

Many people ask me why they should use face serums. They often think that it is a load of hype and a waste of money. I wish it were true. I wish that we could get everything we needed from our moisturiser but unfortunately it is not the case.

Serums are liquid treatments that are high in concentrated ingredients to treat particular skin problems. These include redness, wrinkles, discoloration, dehydration, sagging skin and blemish skin.

Here are 5 reasons why serums are important:

1. It’s light texture allows for the concentrates and actives to be delivered a lot faster and more effectively to the deeper layers of the skin. Moisturisers only affect the top layer of skin because it has larger molecules. The best time to apply a serum is after a toner and before a moisturiser.

2. You can be selective with which actives to use according to your skin type and needs. Many moisturisers are formulated according to a one recipe fits most but if you are looking to address a particular concern you are best off tailoring your serum according to your needs.

3. Serums are packed full of vitamins, minerals proteins and antioxidants because they don’t contain fillers (ingredients used for viscosity and stability).

4. You can control the concentration levels as it is easy to apply and easy to combine with other ingredients. If you require a little extra you can do so without it suffocating your skin.

5. It lasts longer on the skin as it is sealed and protected by your moisturiser. That way you know your serum is working hard for your during the day and night.

I always recommend plant based ingredients because they have worked effectively for me as they tend to be more suitable for sensitive and fussy skin.

The quality and price varies significantly. You can get anything from $10 – $200 per 30ml. Some ingredients are harder to source (especially plant based ones) but you can often pay more for products that are supported by heavy advertising and top model marketing.

Personally I prefer my contributions to go towards quality natural based products rather than marketing. I love serums because that is what has worked for me.

If you are looking for ways to get more effect and value out of your skin care – don’t be too quick to change your moisturiser – consider what serums you could be using to complement your skin care usage.…

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8 Great Summer Jewelry Fashion Trends

8 Great Summer Jewelry Fashion Trends

What’s hot in jewelry right now? Summer 2011 is all about big and bold statement pieces, bright colors like aqua blue turquoise to match the summer sky, and let’s not forget to thank the ever-cool Steven Tyler for bringing back feather earrings! Here, in no particular order, are the top 8 jewelry fashion trends for summer 2011.

Summer jewelry trend 1: Statement necklaces take center stage. The neckline is one of the most beautiful areas on a woman. Do it justice by wearing a graceful, draping statement necklace. Visualize a waterfall of colorful gems or pearls cascading from a silver chain.

Summer jewelry trend 2: Rings with bling. This summer, your rings can’t be too big, bright or bold. Whether you prefer round, oval or square, costume cocktail rings are a great way to make a colorful statement without breaking the bank.

Summer jewelry trend 3: Teardrop-shaped earrings. Nothing says taste and class like a pair of teardrop earrings. They’re classic and versatile, too-pair them with a pair of faded bluejeans or with your favorite cocktail party dress for a special evening out. For an added bit of glamour, choose some teardrops with some sparkle. Cheers.

Summer jewelry trend 4: Cabochon-style gem jewelry. Like cocktail rings, bigger is better when it comes to Cabochon-style stone and gem bracelets and necklaces. Go for Native American Indian-inspired pieces with large round or oval sardonyx, agate and turquoise gemstones.

Summer jewelry trend 5: The big ’80s are back! Girls still want to have fun with plastic oversized bracelets in neon pink, green and orange. They’re fun and cheap, so hit the discount department store and get an armful!

Summer jewelry trend 6: Fringe is in. The 80s aren’t the only bygone era back in vogue. Retro 60s and 70s-style fringe and tassels are hip again, dig? Remember Natalie Portman’s purple fringe earrings from The Oscars? You get the idea. Or opt for some neck candy with a wavy tassel necklace.

Summer jewelry trend 7: Feather earrings rock! Ever the trendsetter, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler reminded us how cool feather earrings look floating on air and intertwined with long hair. Also consider rocking feather clip-in hair accessories. Hair flair!

Summer jewelry trend 8: Your Grandparent’s jewelry. Speaking of retro trends, old and romantic jewelry is definitely experiencing a rebirth. Revisit your grandparent’s jewelry box for pendants with photos, war medals with ribbons and ethnic necklaces and bracelets from the old country.…

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Men’s Fashion – 3 Things to Keep in Mind

Men’s Fashion – 3 Things to Keep in Mind

We are possibly the only living beings on this earth who have the ability to dress up to the occasion and make ourselves not just a mere bundle of cells, nerves and tissues but also present us as artistic objects from which aesthetic pleasure can be obtained. When we realized that our skin itself can’t afford us all the protection from the harmful rays of the sun, mechanical injuries, shocks of an electrical nature, etc, he wove for himself clothes out of the fabric spun from natural fiber like cotton jute, hemp and flax. As time flew by, he or she eventually got bored of wearing the same old clothes everyday and he started experimenting with different materials for different seasons. Soon festivals took the place of seasons and he ascertained a particular costume for each ritual.

As the human society became socially, politically and culturally more complex, man’s desire to express the artistic bent of his personality increased in leaps and bounds and eventually, he reached the twenty first century. In the present millennium, we are flooded by a range of choices, of choosing from retro, present or futuristic styles and in such magnanimous quantities and qualities, that practically no man feel left out. More than even women, men have realized the importance of being fashionable.

Metro Sexuality?

No, not really because, decorating one self up is akin to playing music or painting a picture or just simply writing a blog post. It’s just another means of saying, hey, look this is how I feel and this is how I blend into human society. Narrowing it down to metro sexuality is leaving out a lot of people who possibly do not even know what the term means and shirk from it for the fear of being tabooed.

How can a Man become Fashionable?

First of all, get that silly thought out of your mind that your size or physical deformity acts like hindrance in your way of being a style con. Your mind is your only barrier and who said, you have to be part of the in group to look well and feel well. Remember, fashion is all about wearing what you are comfortable in and what you can carry off in the situation you are faced. You’d obviously not go to work in a factory in a Reid and Taylor suit nor would you attend the dinner at a Posh club dressed in just your underwear. Then again, if you do these and can carry it off, the entire world will bow down to your attitude.

Some Simple Things to Lookout For

Know the colors that look good on but don’t stick to them throughout the year. That way you will turn yourself into just a nobody. Mix and match with the texture, patter, and quality of fabric to bring out the real you. Colors are not just of a contrasting nature, they can be supplementary, complementary and intermediary to cascade a whole range of emotions. You can be particular about the placement of pockets, the individual stitching of parts and even the additional accessories you carry, like watches, tie pin, cuff links, to make a holistic impression.…

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Men’s After Shave – Don’t Just Spritz, Splash Or Spray

Men’s “After Shave” – Don’t Just Spritz, Splash Or Spray

I am a member of the Health Club at my local Y, where I swim almost every day, and I have the opportunity to observe the shaving and “after shaving” habits, if you will, of a number of men on a regular basis.

In the locker room of the men’s Health Club, there are a number of amenities, such as disposable razors, hair dryers, cans of shaving foam, towels, of course, and flasks of a minty-blue substance that I see men routinely splash onto their face after shaving, and which has a rather pleasant, though not particularly distinctive, aroma.

This is a product universally recognized as a drugstore aftershave, and so common is it, that it has come to known by one word alone – much like Cher, or Madonna – a word which, by all that is right and natural, should really be two.

In fact, were it not for the myriad of other issues begging for my support and attention, I would be tempted to spearhead a movement to restore the words “after shave” to their rightful prominence, if not in the lexicon, then, at least, in the daily skincare regimens of North American men.

I take it back. I’m not that busy. I believe I will to take on this crucial mission.

Okay – I’ll make this brief and to-the-point.

As much as I am a very passionate and, occasionally, vociferous advocate of the subtle and elegant use of fragrance for men, I do not really “get” the aftershave thing at all.

After a man shaves, he should do three critical things:

1) soothe his skin of any irritation caused by shaving (razors are sharp objects and they can cause redness)

2) exfoliate dead skin cells and debris and

3) protect his skin from exposure to damaging radiation

That’s it. Three.

The typical “garden variety” aftershave accomplishes none of those three tasks. (Sorry, Mr. “I’m On a Horse”, but someone has to say it.)

Aftershave products with a high concentration of alcohol can sting or even burn the skin, if it is very sensitive, whereas anything with oil can clog pores.

The pungent aroma of most after shave products, while pleasant, is an unnecessary addition to what is already a dissonant cacophony of scents for most guys who use a deodorant, a shampoo, a shaving cream and a cologne, each with a different smell.

Guys, here’s how to get it together and keep it simple:

1) wash your face with a cleansing product that contains salicylic acid and glycolic acid to remove dirt, oil, bacteria, lipstick (lucky bastard) and dead skin cells

2) shave with a moisturizing shaving cream (foam is mostly air)

3) apply an alcohol-free, oil-free, hydrating “after shave product” (that’s three separate words) that contains glycolic and salicylic acid to gently remove leftover debris, and also soothing components to calm irritation and…

4) add a dab of sun protection of a minimum 15 SPF and preferably 30

Then, give yourself a little spritz of a classy cologne – on your hands, ears, neck – but not on your face – and you are good to go.

You’ve only got one face (regardless of how many people have said otherwise) so you may as well keep it looking its best.…

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Guide To Avoiding Dark Circles Around The Eye

Guide To Avoiding Dark Circles Around The Eye

Causes and cures

Dark circles may be caused by a number of things but there is a way to tackle them all. We have added a list of common causes and some suggestions on how to deal with them below:

Age Aging causes your skin to become thinner and unfortunately this unavoidable process can leave the veins beneath the eye more visible and lead to dark circles. The best way to improve the appearance of dark circles caused by aging is to use a light concealer. We recommend Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Touche Eclat’ highlighting pen for this purpose.

Fatigue Lack of sleep is another very common cause of darkening under the eye. Obviously the answer is to get more sleep but this can be easier said than done, particularly for those who work long hours suffer from stress related insomnia. If you suffer from insomnia at night you could try grabbing a regular ‘power nap’ during the day and try to avoid caffeine as this alone can cause dark circles.

Smoking Smoking is notoriously bad for your skin. If you smoke try to give up, period.

Sinus problems and allergies Allergies and sinus problems can cause dark circles because they obstruct nasal passages. If you think this could be the cause of your dark circles then you must treat the allergy and clear the nasal passage.

Stomach and kidney problems Dark circles can be a sign that there is a problem with your stomach or kidneys. If you suffer from stomach complaints or lower back pain you should seek medical advice. Meanwhile cut back on fruit juices and caffeine, focus on a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water, up to 8 glasses a day.

General tips

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Always avoid dehydration and tiredness where possible.

Try damp chamomile teabags or cucumber slices as an eye freshener – place on your eyes and rest for 10 minutes.…

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Guide to Choosing Your Pageant or Prom Dress

Guide to Choosing Your Pageant or Prom Dress

Plus size

If you have curves make the most of them in a well fitted dress. Avoid skin tight or satin finish items as they can be unflattering and make you appear larger.

No curves

If you lack curves go for details such as ruffles, pleats or ruching and don’t be afraid of layering around the skirt of your dress. You can try some of the very feminine styles that the rest of us are afraid to wear!

Pear shaped

Try dresses with detail around the upper half or a halter neck style, which will balance out your figure. Full skirts will disguise bigger hips while still showing off your waist.

Apple shaped

Go for an empire or drop waisted dress, they will help to disguise a thicker waistline and flatter your shape.

Top heavy

Choose a dress with a square or v neck or even a one shoulder dress which can make shoulders appear smaller. Drop waistlines and wrap styles in flowing materials also look good on this type of figure.

Small bust

Detail such as ruffles and lace trim can add volume to the breast area or you can try a halter neck style. Alternatively cheat and buy a dress with padded cups sewn in.

Other tips

The most important factor in your pageant or prom dress is that you feel comfortable and confident in it, so follow your instincts no matter what your friends or the shop assistant says! If you feel awkward in your dress it will show. Another tip is to choose lingerie or shape wear carefully.

When considering color go with what you know suits you and avoid the temptation to buy a dress in a color that you are unsure of. Brights should certainly be left for those with a tanned complexion for instances, while darker colors tend to flatter paler skin tones.

Whatever you choose, have fun!…

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The Truth About Anti-Aging Skincare Products

The Truth About Anti-Aging Skincare Products

The skin care market these days is full of all kinds of products claiming to be the best anti aging skincare products. While some may hold some truth to this claim, all the ones that are chemically enhanced are wrong. The only way to go in taking care of your skin is the natural way.

Would you eat a chemical? If you are using anti aging skin care products that contain chemicals, then you are basically eating them. Whatever you put on your skin is going straight into your system as though you were chomping right down on it so be aware of the chemicals in any product you put on your skin.

The best anti aging skincare products you can use are ones that contain ingredients like jojoba, keratin, and natural form vitamin E.

These are the kinds of ingredients that are going to work with your skin in producing what it needs to stay young and healthy looking. It is impossible for a chemical to do what nature intended. Finding ingredients in skincare products that are all natural is the only true way to the fountain of youth for skin.

The Brazilians Have Used One Natural Product For Many Years

Some products also claim to use natural ingredients while they add in all sorts of chemicals as well. You need to make sure that everything in the anti aging skincare products you are looking to buy has only pure natural ingredients, not ones that are modified in some way with a chemical.

Look for products that use ingredients like Babassu, an all natural wax that will protect your skin from dirt and any other unwanted substance. Babassu has been used for many years by Brazilians as a moisturizer and has been also proven to help those who suffer from eczema and other itchy skin rashes. Keratin is another natural ingredient that adds to the skin’s ability to stay soft and wrinkle-free.

Looking for anti aging skin care products that really work can be troublesome. Many have tried so many products out there that they have ruined their skin trying to make it look younger.

The best advice is go all natural, buying only products that will help your skin in its own functions. Taking of your skin is as important as any other part of you, so don’t cut corners and go straight ahead with all natural products.…