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March 17, 2019

SURPRISING SKIN SINS THAT AGE YOUR FACE

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that smoking, not wearing sunscreen and going to bed with your makeup on hardly produces the coveted look of Instagram’s “glass skin.”  Aside from these three ‘skin sins’ there are many others that are not so obvious. We turned to Denver Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Manish Shah who is a big believer in pre-juvenation and a holistic approach to youth. 

Inconsistent Dieting

“Many people think caring for your skin is skin-deep,” quips Dr. Shah. “It is not.“ Inconsistent or inadequate nutrition that has your body mass and weight moving in a yo-yo motion up and down the scale can contribute to ruined elasticity and reduced collagen in the skin. This is part of the reason why specialists will recommend a two-pound maximum weight loss goal per week because your skin needs time to adapt to the loss of mass. Dr. Shah explains that the skin needs to be nourished from the inside as well and many of the trend diets like keto and paleo focus on one group of food and though it can help keep a caloric deficit, it can also create a deficit of the necessary vitamins and minerals you need to keep your skin looking healthy.

Drinking Too Much Coffee

“Excessive amounts of caffeine can increase the levels of insulin and cortisol in the system,” explains Dr. Shah.  Insulin increases inflammation and cortisol is known as the stress hormone. This combination could mix up your sleeping habits and contribute to continued stress which can lead to sleep deprivation. “Sleep deprivation prevents that regenerative rest our skin and mind need to stay healthy.”

Neglecting the Skin Around Your Eyes

“The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and has very few oil glands,” says Dr. Shah. Pamper your eyes and stave off signs of aging by choosing a daily eye cream that includes peptides. Dr. Shah explains, “They work to stimulate collagen production and prevent fine lines. Be sure to check the label.” Other notable ingredients that reduce puffiness, lines, wrinkles, and under eye circles are caffeine and nicotinic acid (a form of the B vitamin niacin).

Expecting Instant Results from Beauty Treatments

Most of us are guilty of trying a face cream or anti-aging treatment once or twice and then giving up on it before it has had a chance to work. A majority of anti-aging treatments take up to a month to begin showing positive effects. Dr. Shah explains, “This is due to the cycle of your skin, which undergoes a period of cellular structure renewal over a span of 30 days. In our instant gratification mode, we often toss a product before giving it time to work.”

Taking Medications With Side-Effects on the Skin

Certain medications like corticosteroids for asthma and arthritis cause the skin to thin and weakens blood vessels. Medicine to treat seizures can cause heightened sensitivity to sun damage in the skin which is a common perpetrator in premature aging. Blood pressure medications that block calcium channels have been studied in relation to their inhibition of collagen production by obstructing the absorption of vitamin C by the cells. Vitamin C is an important part of collagen production.  “If these medications are being prescribed to you by your physician then the benefits outweigh their effect on collagen production. There is no need to stress over this, as long as you take care of your skin in other ways you should be fine,” explains Dr. Shah.

Consuming Excessive Amounts of Salt

“By all measures, an excess of salt in your diet is detrimental to your kidneys, your cardiovascular health and, yes, your skin,” says Dr. Shah. Salt absorbs moisture and it can aid in making your skin look dry and less vibrant. Reducing your sodium intake and sticking to a moisturizing routine should help your skin stay healthy and smooth.

Facial Expressions

Every time you move that beautiful face, your skin wrinkles a little bit. Most of the time your face bounces back and those little wrinkles disappear once new skin cells grow.

Soap

While you may think that soap is your skin’s best friend, this is actually not the case. The reason for this is that your skin has an acid mantle which is a natural protective barrier of the skin. When you wash with soap – which is generally alkaline – it can remove this protective layer of oils and dry out the skin, eventually leading to wrinkles. Dr. Shah says that “While it is not advisable to stop washing entirely, try swapping the soap for a PH-neutral and chemical-free cleanser, and bear in mind that there is such a thing as over-cleansing your skin.” 

Tugging on Your Skin While Applying or Removing Makeup

To minimize the damage to the skin around your eyes, follow these quick tips from Dr. Shah:

Use your ring finger to pat on products around your eyes, including serums, oils, moisturizers, and concealers. Your ring finger is the least likely to pull or tug at your skin.

Apply eyeliner and eyeshadow by gently closing your eyelids, rather than by pulling them taut. If you’re struggling to apply without pulling, consider investing in products that are made to apply smoothly, like cream or gel formulas.

Have patience when removing makeup from the eye area. Use cotton or another soft product, coated well with your favorite makeup removing solution. Hold the cotton over your closed eye without wiping, allowing the product to break down the makeup. After a minute or so, wipe gently to remove the makeup. 

Picking Your Skin

You’re not a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. You should not be picking at your pimples, ingrown hairs, or anywhere else on your face. It’s one of the biggest assaults against your skin and can have permanent effects. “The more people press and manipulate blemishes, the more inflammation they create underneath,” explains Dr. Shah. “The result is scars, pockmarks, and discoloration that can become permanent.”

Licking Your Lips Constantly

There’s a myth out there that claims people can get addicted to lip balm. “These people just have dry skin and miss the feeling of the balm when it’s gone,” says Dr. Shah. Lip licking can become a bad habit. But when you moisten your lips that way, you actually wind up making things worse. The water in your saliva evaporates, leaving lips dry and cracked. “Saliva can contain bacteria and irritants, so you can end up with a rash around the lips as well,” says Dr. Shah. Try a lip balm such as Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Original Beeswax with Vitamin E & Peppermint Oil.

About Dr. Manish Shah:

www.drmanishshah.com

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who has undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.

Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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July 9, 2018

Will I Be Able to Feel My Facial Implants?

Facial implants are becoming more popular as plastic surgery benefits are becoming more well known and publicized. People of all ages are eager to maximize their natural potential to look and feel their best, which is something facial implants can often achieve.

However, patients often have questions about the process of choosing and receiving facial implants. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Will I be able to feel my facial implants?”

Not surprisingly, the answer to this question has a lot to do with the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon you select. Read on to learn what you need to know about facial implants.

What Are Facial Implants?

Facial implants are designed to be solid, durable, lightweight and fully compatible with the natural human tissues and structures in your face. There are many different sizes of facial implants to deliver the results you are seeking.

Facial implants can be placed in multiple locations within the facial structure. Cheek implants, chin implants and jaw implants are three of the most common and popular types of facial implants. Choosing the shape, size and placement of your facial implants will be a collaborative process you share with Dr. Frankel.

Can You Feel Facial Implants?

As mentioned in the introduction here, this is perhaps the part of facial implant procedures that patients are most worried about. The good news is that no, you should not be able to feel your facial implants at all!

However, there will be a post-operative recovery period, and during this time you may feel some normal and temporary pain, pressure, swelling or itching as the surgical sites heal.

Dr. Frankel will give you specific instructions regarding post-operative recovery and site care, including prescriptions to manage any discomfort you may feel. Once this initial recovery period has passed, your facial implants will fully integrate with the surrounding tissues to become a seamless part of your facial anatomy.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Facial Implants?

For general purposes, it is best to wait until your facial anatomy has matured fully before seeking facial implants. It is also ideal to be healthy in every other way and to be a non-smoker (or be willing to stop smoking for a period of time before and after your surgery so your body can have its best chance to heal).

Having realistic expectations for post-operative outcomes and a generally optimistic outlook can also be important criteria for successful facial implant procedures.

What Is the First Step to Schedule Facial Implants Surgery?

Your one-to-one consultation with Dr. Frankel is your first step on the road to scheduling a facial implants procedure. This is your personal time to share your goals, review your medical history, share pictures of your desired results if you wish, ask your questions and discuss the best approach to achieving your facial appearance goals.

Dr. Frankel will do a physical examination of the procedure area and take photographs for your medical file. He will talk to you about what to expect, the costs, the post-operative recovery period and enjoying life with your enhanced facial appearance. If you are a good candidate, then before you leave Dr. Frankel’s office, you can schedule your procedure date.

Are There Any Risks to Be Aware Of?

As with any invasive (surgical) procedure, there is also some minimal risk of bleeding, scarring, uneven wound healing and surgical site infection. However, every precaution will be taken to ensure your post-operative experience is free from these risks.

It s very important to carefully review your medical history with Dr. Frankel as well as any current medications you may be taking to ensure there are no possible interactions with the anesthesia. As well, be sure to tell Dr. Frankel if you have any allergies to any medications or you have ever had a reaction to sutures, stitches or surgical tape. This will be essential to planning for your optimal surgical experience.

What Is Recovery from Facial Implants Like?

Another very common question most patients are eager to ask is what the postoperative recovery period is really like after getting facial implants.

There are two vital things to know about the post-operative recovery period: first, your results will be visible right away, and second, your full results may not be visible for a few months.

This is because even though the surface swelling will subside within several days, there are deeper internal tissues that can take longer to heal fully. However, once all of these structures have recovered completely, your beautiful results will be with you for life!

How Do You Prepare for Facial Implants Surgery?

The best way to prepare for your facial implants procedure is to be sure to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, stay physically fit, eat a healthy diet and arrange for any post-operative care you may need (including childcare as you recover) before your procedure.

This way, you will arrive on the day of your procedure with a calm, clear mind and a healthy, rested body. Also plan to bring someone with you who can drive you home and remain with you to care for you for a period of time following your procedure.

Also, be sure to have any prescriptions filled so you have them if needed as you recovery.

Dr. Andrew Frankel is double board certified. He focuses exclusively on performing produces his practice wholly on the head, neck and face. In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Frankel holds two professorships and has been chosen as one of just 36 Fellowship Directors (American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). He also consults for a Hollywood-based special effects group to support their efforts at transformative aging for actors.

 

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June 25, 2018

HOW TO BEAT SWIMSUIT SEASON ANXIETY

Expert Neuropsychologist —Gives 7 Hacks for Body and Mind

Since January we’ve been bombarded with ads urging us to slim down and “get your body in shape by summer.” “Lose weight by Memorial Day.” While some women manage to meet their weight loss goals in time to feel confident in their swimsuit, the majority of us don’t. While we can disguise unwanted pounds in heavy layers during winter, in summer there’s nowhere to hide when you’re invited to that pool side BBQ. Why should we have to hide? We turned to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, New York City based neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty Member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College to give us some tips on how to boost body image despite the number on the scale.

  1. Recognize (and Stop) all the fat talk.

“Women are notorious for commiserating when it comes to body image,” says Dr. Hafeez. If a woman says, ‘I’m so fat,’ the other woman might feel like she has to say ‘no, I’m the fat one.’ ‘Have you seen my thighs?’ Then there’s this back and forth over whose body is worse to elevate the other person. “Even women who don’t feel negatively about their bodies will engage in this behavior and eventually, it can make them feel worse,” says Dr. Hafeez. Dr. Hafeez suggests taking the lead in offering compliments to friends and steering the conversation away from negative self-talk which serves no one.

  1. Don’t compare yourself to the ‘Insta thin.’

Comparing your “booty” or thighs to the countless fitness influencers on Instagram will do nothing to bolster your self-image. Instead, follow and like beautiful photos of healthy foods, plated and perfect. “You want to encourage well-being not get yourself down by comparing yourself to women who work out with trainers, are significantly younger and whose livelihood it is to be a swimsuit model. Comparison leads to discouragement, warns Hafeez.”

  1. Focus on improvement.

When it comes to your body, focusing on what you think is a problem area is just going to make you feel worse. Once you’ve acknowledged what you want to work on, focus on ways to improve and celebrate what you’ve accomplished so far. “If you haven’t reached your fitness goal understand it is a work in progress. Stick with it. Working out will also raise your endorphins which help to induce feelings of pleasure and reduce anxiety naturally,” says Dr. Hafeez.

  1. Be kind to yourself and commit not to a size, but to a lifestyle.

Doing something kind for your body serves as positive reinforcement. “You want to stay focused on the bigger picture. It’s about a healthy lifestyle not looking like a swimsuit model,” says Dr. Hafeez. Did you try new healthy recipes, opted out of dessert, drank water instead of coffee or diet sodas? Then praise yourself and treat yourself to a massage, a nice long uninterrupted shower with music, a pedicure, a facial or a delicious smelling body lotion.

“By taking some time for you, and doing something that makes you feel physically great, it’ll help you’ll feel well emotionally,” Dr. Hafeez explains.

  1. Undo the negative programming about your body.

Undoing negative thoughts about our bodies doesn’t happen overnight. Here are a few questions to consider when feeling down or anxious about your body.

How would it feel to savor the sensation of warm sun on my skin?

How would my body feel immersed in water on a stiflingly hot day?

How might swimming help me relax or exercise more?

What am I willing to do to reach my goal weight?

What 3 things can I appreciate about my body right now?

“It may also help to remind yourself that most people at the beach or pool are feeling sensitive about their bodies, too. They may not show it, but that doesn’t mean they are totally secure, happy and confident with their body.”

  1. Focus on the fun!

The majority of us live in climates where the summer is over quickly. Do you really want to spend the summer complaining about your body or, would you rather have fun? Think about how relaxing it will be to enjoy that good book with the sound of the waves in the background, napping under the umbrella, warmer temperatures, backyard get-togethers and night swimming in the pool. “You can spend your summer obsessing overcellulite or, you can enjoy time with your kids eating homemade fruit pops. Always choose fun,” suggests Dr. Hafeez.

  1. Finally, remind yourself why you are here?

You are so much more than your body. What are you doing with your life, besides obsessing about your body? Are you a parent who is raising confident kids, a student advancing your education, a loyal friend, pet owner, or a self-employed trailblazer? Focus on all you do, and want to do, with your mind and body. You’ll quickly realize you have more to offer the world than a 24-inch waist.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens.

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com

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June 23, 2018

Wardrobe Overhaul: How to Give Yourself a Much-Needed Style Update

organized closet

Fashion comes and goes, meaning we can buy more than ever and have styles from every era in our closet. If we aren’t making the most of what we own, however, and have things that are gathering dust and taking up space, then the only thing that you are doing is crowding out the items that you love, and not giving yourself the chance to be truly creative with your outfits or what you own. By giving yourself a wardrobe overhaul, you can become the stylish fashionista you have always wanted to be, but on your own terms.

Sort Through Everything You Own

Budget-friendly clothing means we can have massive wardrobes. Even a moderate wardrobe can be filled with things we don’t often wear or don’t care about. Some pieces might be too worn-out to wear; others might not even fit you. There is no reason to keep these pieces in your wardrobe. Instead, go through everything that you own and sort through it. There should be three piles, pieces that you like or often wear, pieces that are in good condition but you don’t want, and pieces that need to be discarded. Put everything you love and often wear back into your wardrobe, sell or donate the pile of clothes that are in good condition, and recycle the rest.

Tips on Designing a DIY Wardrobe Space

The better you can see your clothes and the better they are displayed, the better you will be able to value what you own and come up with creative and incredibly stylish outfits. If you don’t have the actual wardrobe space, go minimal. Pick up a clothing rail or make your own and make your clothes the work of art they deserve to be. Transform your closet space into a beautiful creation that you love to showcase to your friends and family. The better the space, the more fun you can have when getting dressed.

Budget Tips to Help You Curate the Ultimate Style on a Budget

Clearing out your wardrobe is a great first step, but chances are you will want to shop for more items as the years go on. Not only is it fun, but it also helps your wardrobe stay refreshed and inviting! The only issue is that with as many fast fashion brands as there are, it can be all too easy to want to choose the cheaper fashion pieces. The problem with doing this is that these items are very delicate, meaning they won’t last and can start to look crumpled after just a few wears. That is why opting to shop at a department store that has price match guarantee and financing options can be a lifesaver to your closet. Opt for the better-made garments, and enjoy them for as long as you want to, not for as long as they look good.

Every so often a wardrobe overhaul is needed, to ensure that you only keep the best and most versatile pieces in your home. Improve the design of the space itself, and improve the garments you add to it, and you can cultivate your own unique look that has a timeless appeal.

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June 13, 2018

HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT WEDDING PROPOSAL


If you’ve found the love of your life, then there’s a good chance that this proposal will be the first and last time you’ll ever propose. This is precisely why it needs to be special and a romantically marvelous gesture of your love. With this said, it needn’t be an expensive and grand display, and it’s not always necessary to spend months preparing, although you need to be very sure that you’re completely in love with this person and want to spend the rest of your life with them, of course. You need to be sure that you’re ready for marriage and that the proposal will meet both your and their expectations.Find The

Perfect Ring

The perfect proposal should be accompanied by the perfect ring. Before asking your partner, you should spend some time selecting an engagement ring you know they’ll love. If you’re unsure about which one to pick, then consider asking them which ones they like when looking in shop window. You could pose hypothetical questions and act as though you’re not thinking about proposing, just curious as to what constitutes a gorgeous ring that your (hopefully) future fiancé would choose. Consider looking for rings such as black diamond engagement rings that might complement your partner’s individual tastes. The engagement ring is often the more special ring, with more detail. These rings are set to wow and be visually stunning, whereas the wedding ring is typically a plain band in either solid platinum gold, white gold, or silver.

Set The Scene

The place you propose traditionally will require some thought behind it, and the spot should ideally be beautiful and at a suitable time of day, accompanied by a glorious sunrise or a sunset, for example. It’s not every day that you propose, so the scene should be special, and the moment should be one to remember. This site will be forever marked as the site you professed your love. It’ll be a distinctive place for you and your partner, so consider whether you wish to ask them in another country that they’ve always wanted to go to. Asking them in another country will be memorable and fantastic. However, you probably won’t be able to return to the spot on every anniversary. Paris is considered to be the city of love. If you decide to venture to France, you can try and make the trip more special by exploring your options, and maybe travel around to find a unique location.

Rehearse

Before you ask the big question, you should have rehearsed what you’re going to say and how you’re going to ask your partner to marry you. You can even carry small notes in your pocket to look over beforehand if you’re feeling nervous or worried your fluff your words. Remind yourself that you’re going to be asking the person you love to marry you, and although it’s nerve-wracking, it’s also incredibly exciting. Consider traveling to the place whereby you plan to propose and work out how long it’ll take to get there, what traffic might be like, and if there are eateries nearby that you can then take your (fingers crossed) fiancé to dinner.

 

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June 12, 2018

How to choose a good set of makeup brushes

A good makeup kit includes the use of high quality products, as well as a set of makeup brushes. This must be composed of all the elements that are used during the make-up process, from the transport of the equipment to the utensils to prepare the skin, through a set of makeup brushes.

These tools are the key for a make-up artist to perform their work correctly, since the suitability and quality of the brushes have a great influence on the final result. In this article we will give you some of the keys so that you have a good judgment when choosing your make-up team. We will show you a wide variety of brushes, which you can obtain in online makeup stores, and we will explain what and how to use them.

The basis for a spectacular makeup goes through the correct choice of materials!

Basic knowledge about brushes

To choose the necessary equipment on each occasion it is essential that you have some basic notions about these products. The type of hair, the design, length or shape are factors that decisively influence the final result. To achieve the desired results you have to learn to choose the one that best suits your needs.


The hair of the brush


The brushes can be of natural hair, synthetic or a combination of both.

Natural hair is very useful to apply powdered products, compact or loose, and diffused. Natural hair materials are usually made from pony hair, a type of weasel whose fur is very precious. The brushes with synthetic hair, on the other hand, are harder, and are used for more precise applications, since they allow you to draw clean strokes. The creamy, fatty and fluid products are applied very well.

Characteristics that make a difference

Apart from the type of hair used, you must take into account other factors when choosing the tool in question. The size of the hair, the shape and length of the brush, for example. All the elements are important. In order to know which brush to use in each case, we will tell you in detail the different types and their use.

Within this category are several types of brushes, cataloged according to their numbering and characteristics, which serve both to extend fluid bases quickly and accurately and to apply the product in specific areas of the face. Our favorite are 15Pcs Two Tone Mermaid Facial Makeup Brushes – Pinkish Blue. They are easy to use and can blend multiple mediums. We also like 22 Pcs Nylon Eye Lip Makeup Brushes Set – Black since they bring black-elegant look. They are a complete set of brushes including Eye Shadow Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Smudge Brush, Eyebrow Brush, Eyeliner Brush, etc for more information Click Here for more information.

Brushes for backgrounds

They tend to be combed hair, since each type provides a different effect. The synthetic hair slides and extends the fluid base, while the natural hair is responsible for providing strength to blend with a natural finish.

Within this category are several types of brushes, cataloged according to their numbering and characteristics, which serve both to extend fluid bases quickly and accurately and to apply the product in specific areas of the face.

Powder brushes

The brushes to apply powders tend to be of natural hair, since it is the most suitable material to apply this type of products. The natural hair of white goat is one of the most frequent options. They serve both to apply the powders evenly and to define the cheekbone. They are usually large, soft and with long bristles. It is very versatile, since it has different uses.

Diagonal brushes

The brushes have a diagonal shape. In this way, when the brushes run along the line of the cheekbone, they do it so more precisely.

However, whatever your choice, you should buy at only reputable makeup stores. Based on our years of experience, is best of the best as it provides various high quality makeup brushes at very affordable prices.

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June 4, 2018

Liquid, Pencil, or Gel? What Kind of Eyeliner Should You Use

 

Liquid, Pencil, or Gel? Did you know that you have to factor in your skin type when choosing an eyeliner? That’s right! Picking the best type of eyeliner depends on quite a few factors, much like your foundation or lipstick. To help you make the right choice and up your eyeliner game from here on out, here’s a rundown of the three most common forms of eyeliner (we’re not counting eyeshadow used as eyeliner this time) and their pros and cons.

Liquid Eyeliner

Best for: Sharp Lines, Steady Hands, Normal or Dry Skin

Liquid eyeliner is made for clean, crisp lines so there’s no room for error. If you’re a newbie at makeup or if you know that you can’t hold your hands steady for a few seconds, you might want to choose another kind of eyeliner instead. This kind of liner also stays put once it’s applied — Shu Uemura’s Calligraph:ink liquid eyeliner is formulated to last up to 12 hours, for example — so it’s best used for special, dressier occasions. Sure you could wear liquid eyeliner everyday if you want to, but be prepared double up on your makeup removal regimen, too.

Liquid eyeliner isn’t for the smoky, smudged effect but rather a sharp and polished look. It’s best for those with smooth complexions, or at least those whose skin can be evened out easily with the use of foundation and/or concealer. That’s because liquid eyeliner adds a certain sharpness to your features that can throw imperfections into greater relief. If you need something more forgiving, perhaps a pencil liner is the better choice. Liquid eyeliner also tends to cling better to normal and dry skin; if you have oily skin, applying a setting powder or even a bit of eyeshadow powder can help the liquid to settle better.

Pencil Eyeliner

Best for: Smoky Eyes, Waterline Application, Oily Skin

The pencil eyeliner (also called kohl eyeliner or kohl pencil) has been a mainstay in the makeup industry, and its easy to see why. Kohl liners are easy to apply, even for beginners, and is the best tool to use to achieve the perfect smoky look. You can also smudge this type of eyeliner without removing it completely, creating a softer look that you can’t achieve with a liquid eyeliner. It’s also easier to find various colors of pencil eyeliners and they’re also great for waterline applications for that pop of eye-opening color. Another unbeatable advantage of kohl? They have a much longer shelf-life compared to liquid and gel liners.

If you have oily skin, pencil eyeliners are the best product for you since their formula can soak up some of the excess oil. However, it’s still good to use a bit of powder to set your eyeliner and prevent it from accidental smudges. One downside of kohl is that it doesn’t last as long as liquid or gel liners; you might need a couple of touch-ups throughout the day. However, since they’re so easy to apply (and cheap, too), it’s not as troublesome as you might think. Just make sure that you keep the tips of your kohl liners properly sharpened and you’re good to go.

Gel Eyeliner

Best for: Various Looks, Normal or Oily Skin

Gel eyeliner, despite its name, has a creamy consistency that makes it easy to apply. It is as versatile as you can get when it comes to eyeliners: you can create both a sharp cat-eye or a dramatic smoky look simply by switching the brush that you use to apply it with.  And because you can choose the kind of brush to use (unlike liquid eyeliners that usually come with a built-in applicator), gel eyeliners are quite easy to control and achieve the look you want.

One thing to remember is that you should wait for a few seconds for the gel eyeliner to set before smudging it, so you don’t wipe most of it in one go. It can also dry out your skin rather quickly, which makes it a better fit for normal or oily skin. If you have dry skin, make sure you apply enough moisturizer around the eye area so the gel liner doesn’t flake off over time.

As you can see, there is really much more than meets the eye when it comes to picking an eyeliner. With this guide, we hope that we’ve made your decision a little bit easier to make.

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June 4, 2018

10 Relaxation Techniques To Reduce Stress

Article by Relax Like A Boss

Relaxation techniques can be really beneficial to your mental and physical health, if you practice them regularly.  So in this guide, we’ll cover 10 relaxation techniques to reduce stress – and the reasons why.

Physical Relaxation Techniques.

1. Breathing Exercises.

Breathing exercises have been recognised for centuries as a powerful tool for relaxation.

From the towering mountains of Tibet to the humble office of a psychological therapist, breathing is an incredibly versatile, way to reach a state of calmness and serenity.

2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation.

Based upon the premise that muscle tension is the body’s response to poor mental health, progressive muscle relaxation has been known to significantly improve symptoms of stress and anxiety.

3. Humming.

Simply find a quiet place to sit, relax the body, inhale and let out a long ‘hmm’ sound as you exhale.

When you run out of breath, breathe in and repeat. Continue this exercise for 10-15 minutes.

4. Yoga.

Many studies have even recognised yoga as an effective intervention for illnesses such as asthma, schizophrenia and heart disease.

5. T’ai Chi.

T’ai chi has also been measured to reduce levels of cortisol in the blood, increase endorphins and reduce levels of inflammatory markers in the body.

6. Exercise.

Physical exercise is known to stimulate the release of endorphins – hormones that interact with the brain and trigger positive bodily feelings, similar to those associated with morphine.

7. Meditation.

Meditation is incredibly effective in reducing stress and promoting feelings of relaxation.

In one study conducted by Harvard, just an average of 27 minutes of daily meditation over 8 weeks produced profound changes in the brain.

8. Listen To Nature Sounds.

When you find your mind overrun with anxiety or by stress, simply reconnect with nature.

Step outside, take a deep breath, and embrace the modest beauty of the world around you.

9. Get Into A Routine.

Simply establishing a daily or weekly routine, built to maximise productivity and wellbeing, can have tremendous effects on overall health.

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10. Listen To Music.

Music has long been recognised for its powerful impact on mood and wellbeing.

Choose a peaceful, soothing track or album to enjoy. Perhaps light some candles and enjoy the melody with a hot mug of tea in hand.

Summary.

If you want to make the most out of these relaxation techniques, keep practicing them.

Be persistent. Consistent. And find the techniques that work for you.

Enjoy!

 

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June 4, 2018

How To Revamp Your Beauty Cabinet With Top-Shelf Products

When it comes to beauty products, you want the best you can buy. Don’t settle for low-quality brands just because of the thrifty price. Upgrade your beauty cabinet with products that will actually help you achieve a gorgeous glow. As you revamp your product selection, make sure you know how to tell the difference between quality products and cheap knock-offs. Here are some tips on how to find the best beauty products:

What Makes A Top-Shelf Beauty Product?

The phrase “top shelf” is used to identify more refined, high-quality products in a variety of industries. The same goes for top-shelf beauty products: these are the beauty items that are the best on the market. Top-shelf products will have higher quality ingredients, compared to the lower shelf brands that go for cheaper materials and additives. Be mindful of what is actually in your beauty products because ingredients truly matter. When you read the label of your product, take a look at the first few ingredients because they will make up the bulk volume of the product. You should also do an internet search of any ingredients that are unfamiliar, as you don’t want to put something on your body that will cause a negative reaction. Make sure your products have a blend of vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that will rejuvenate your skin.

Which Types of Products Need to Be High Quality?

If you aren’t able to do a complete overhaul of your beauty cabinet, there are some essential items you should upgrade. You will want a high-quality nighttime facial moisturizer, so your skin can recover from your day. Choose a facial moisturizer serum that has naturally derived ingredients that are paraben free for a glowing and dewy look. Also, splurge on a facial serum that has collagen as an ingredient, so you can combat any damage from UV rays and pollution and reduce the development of wrinkles and an aged appearance. Another way to identify which top-shelf items you need is to assess your daily beauty routine. For example, if your daily makeup routine mainly relies on primer, foundation and mascara application, you should invest in the best brands of those items.

Tips For Finding Top-Shelf Products

Now that you know what a top-shelf product is, it is now your job to find products that are right for you. But where do you start your search? Begin by looking at the social media pages of leaders in the beauty industry, such as Amway, so you can follow the latest trends in top-shelf makeup. Beyond company profiles, you should also follow the most popular beauty bloggers that consistently review products. Be careful though, as many bloggers are advertising products provided by sponsors and their review may be skewed. Look for recommendations that use hashtags like #notanad and #notsponsored, so you know you’re getting the opinion of the beauty blogger rather than their sponsor.

You can also follow top-shelf beauty trends on websites like Into the Gloss, which feature the beauty collections of celebrities and other notable women. The blog won’t only guide you toward high-end products, but will also help you refine your skincare and beauty practices and routine.

The value of top-shelf products is priceless, as they will make a world of difference for your appearance. With thorough research, you can find outstanding beauty items that will work best for what you need and take your routine to the next level.

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May 28, 2018

Why Taking a Vacation Can Be Good for Your Health

How many times have you said to yourself that you wouldn’t take a vacation this year as you don’t have the time? How many days have you had to drag yourself to work because you have been so exhausted? Although work is important, it isn’t good for your health to always be working and not taking your vacations, especially if you work in a stressful environment. Here are some of the reasons taking a vacation can be good for your health.

Reducing Stress

With the business world now a 24-hour operation, there is becoming more demand on employee’s time to do more hours and work odd shift patterns. All of this can cause anxiety and stress that can take its toll on your body. A study by the American Psychological Association found that vacations can be effective because they remove the employee from the reason and the environment that’s causing them stress. If you are not taking your vacations, then your stress levels can become so high that it can cause you serious problems including headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities.

Prevention of Heart Disease

There have been a host of studies that have highlighted the importance of taking vacations to prevent heart problems. In one study, men were found to be 30 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease if they skipped their vacations for five consecutive years as opposed to those who took at least one week off a year. In fact, missing one year’s vacation could increase your risk of a heart attack. These studies have found a similar correlation in women, finding that they were eight times more at risk of a heart attack if they missed a vacation for more than six years. All the more reason to be booking your hoteles en Veracruz economicos for a nice vacation.

Improved Productivity

Many people think that they are more productive if they don’t take vacations or breaks. However, the truth is that trying to maintain your peak performance for an extended period of time can be extremely difficult. Without realizing, your productivity could be slipping due to working too long without a break. It has been shown that for every 10 hours of vacations time that employees have taken, their productivity has gone up by eight percent.

Better Sleep

One of the most common problems for those with high-stress levels is sleeping issues. Restless nights and disruptive sleep are the most reported problems, due to having too much on their mind in the evenings. A lack of sleep can cause additional issues such as impaired memory, lack of alertness and lack of focus. However, there have been improvements in people who have taken a vacation at least once a year, because the time off gives them the opportunity to relax and unwind.

Taking regular time off work is something that everyone needs, whether you are the boss or a worker in a company. There are significant reasons why getting the rest you need is important to your health both mentally and physically.

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