Friday Top 5-Best Makeup Remover Wipes

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Almost every woman I know complains about having to remove their makeup at the end of the night. It is the last thing you want to worry about when you are exhausted from a long day, and just want to crash your head on the pillow. That is why I have always been obsessed with makeup remover wipes. Super easy and effective, they make makeup remover a snap! Here are my favorites.

1)Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack:
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are gentle, ultra soft cloths that have been my nighttime staples for years. Years! I buy them in bulk at Costco...so much that now Mike even knows where to pick them up when I am not with them. They gently dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and make-up and it is so effective it easily removes waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin feeling super soft, and is perfect when I am too tired to remove my makeup with my normal cleanser

2) Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes:
These wipes are ridiculously refreshing and use aloe vera to cleanse, remove makeup, and nourish skin...all in one swipe! Not only do these Yes To Cucumbers™ Facial Towelettes provide a spectacularly gentle clean, they are also: Hypoallergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Oil-Free Enriched with natural aloe vera & green tea. They are also made with biodegradable, natural cloth: FSC Fabric.  During the hot months of summer I keep these in the fridge for a mid day sweat removing swipe!

3)Eco-Beauty® Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes:
I count on these wipes for when I have just come home from an event where I have my full makeup face on.  I mean waterproof and long-wearing makeup madness. These lavender-scented cleansing wipes break down and whisk away even the toughest waterproof formulas. With every swipe, eyes and lips get refreshed and nourished with a luscious six-oil blend of olive, jojoba, sesame, grapeseed, vitamin E and lavender. Perfection!

4)Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads:  another necessity when I have on alot of eye makeup and want it off fast! This wipes liquid liner, or any type of heavy duty makeup off in a jiffy, and leaves your eyes moisturized and feeling refreshed.  Great for sensitive eyes, and also comes in an oil free version as well!

5)MAC Wipes: Most makeup artists I know swear by these, and keep them in their makeup kit for on the go cleansing. Oversized, luxurious, super-saturated with special MAC cleanser and infused with protective vitamin E. Extremely refreshing. Totally addictive. Slickly packed, re-sealable, ready to go!

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Best Makeup Tips for Beautiful Eyes

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We have been told the eyes are the windows to our soul -- maybe that’s why they’re such an important part of flirting! Want to look great at work and at play? Gorgeous eyes are the place to start, and these expert eye makeup tips will help you get there.

Stay Hydrated
"The key to flawless makeup and stunning eyes starts with a daily moisturizing cream,” says makeup artist and stylist Katie Stoner of Secrets of Hair Design & Day Spa, in Butler, Pa. “Before you apply any makeup to your face, you should always moisturize the skin, including eyelids, with a daily moisturizing cream.” Want a DIY hydration fix? Even a little dab of olive oil under your eyes and at the corners works wonders. And, believe it or not, adding moisture actually helps prevent greasy skin during the day, because your skin has no need to produce additional oils.

Stay Bright
“To perk up tired eyes, try an eye brightener with caffeine to help de-puff and brighten dark circles,” suggests Christina Farrell of TheMakeupBlogger.com.  Apply it under concealer, on top of the cheekbones and on top of the brow bone for the best effect. When choosing an under-eye cream, look for mica and albumin among its ingredients. Mica has reflecting properties that bring out the brightness under your eyes, and albumin alleviates puffiness.

Pump It Up!
We know we should tone our legs to look our best in swimsuits -- and the same applies to our faces! Before applying makeup, try the quick Facial Magic exercise technique. This mini-workout lifts your brows, creating a greater distance between your eyebrows and lashes and letting more light in your eyes.

Here’s how: Place the three middle fingers of each hand under your eyebrows, with your palms flat against your face, keeping your eyes open. With your fingers, push your eyebrows up and slightly outward toward your temples. While holding up your brows, slowly push your forehead muscle toward your fingertips for a count of five. Repeat twice more, holding the contraction for 10 seconds, closing your eyes at the seventh second.

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Cover Up
To mask dark circles and exhaustion, look for a water-resistant concealer in a peach or salmon tone, suggests Farrell. It’s best applied after your normal foundation.  Pat in the inner corners of the eyes and under the eye.  For extra brightening, use a light-reflecting setting powder. 

Find the Right Color
When choosing an eyeshadow color, avoid matching it too closely with the color of your eyes. Blue eyes should stick to warm browns and soft champagne shades. Green and hazel eyes look best in warm taupes, deep purples, golden browns or light peach. Brown eyes? Lucky you -- all colors suit your tones. If you’re fair, stay away from dark shades; if you’re darker-skinned, you can opt for bolder colors -- but don’t overdo it! “Eye makeup should enhance your eyes and natural beauty, but not be the first thing someone notices when they see you,” says Stoner. If your shadow tends to disappear during the day, apply a primer first.

Get Smoky
“For an easy and extremely flattering smoky eye, experiment with bronze!” suggests Farrell. Bronze shadows and liners enhance every eye color and create a natural, yet sultry look for evening. One to try: Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow Sticks in 2 and 3. Liberally apply these sticks right near the eyelash line, using the darker color on top and the lighter shimmer on the bottom lash line. Then, with a cotton swab or makeup brush, smudge the shadows together.

Widen Your Eyes
For thick, gorgeous eyelashes, start the mascara at the bottom of the eyelash and wiggle the wand in a back-and-forth motion all the way up and outward. Apply two coats. 

By Aly Walansky for Life & Beauty Weekly

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5 Ways to combat the effects of stress on your face

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Even though you lead a busy lifestyle, you don't want to advertise it on your face. All the stress you go through and lost hours of sleep cause you to look older than you really are.

You look in the mirror and all you see is dull, tired skin and more wrinkles. With a few makeup and styling tricks, you can easily combat the effects of even the busiest life.

1. Moisturize
The first step is to moisturize. Skin needs moisture to help heal itself. Plus, a moisturizing cream with SPF helps protect your skin all day while reducing some redness and puffiness. 

To learn more about the 5 Ways to Combat the Effects On Stress On Your Face via SheKnow.com 

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Friday Top 5- Best Face and Body Oils

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This Friday I would love to talk about my skincare obsession. Oil. Yes, you heard me right, I said oil.  For the past few years I have been incorporating different essential oils into my skincare routine. It started with the DHC Olive Oil Serum and Cleansing Oil.  The combination made my acne clear up and softened my skin in a way that no moisturizer ever had.  It was gentle and effective. Sold!

Now, essential oils are apart of my daily routine. The products I picked this week are my current favorites (although this list is constantly evolving). 

1) Patyka Absolute Face Oil: this oil is ridiculously rich, yet sinks into the skin immediately. Known as a "dry oil", it is even suitable for use under makeup. This  skin-enhancing cocktail of 11 essential oils and plant oils bring life back into your skin. Dog rose, packed with stimulating omegas, helps restore and strengthen your skin as protective wheat germ and olive oil nourish deep down. Jojoba oil provides non-oily hydration and squalene soothes irritations and inflammation.

2) Rodin Olio Lusso: Although this oil is on the pricey side, it is well worth the price of purchase.  Packed with eleven essential oils derived from flowers and other botanicals, this is the ideal liquid moisturizer for anyone seeking a simple solution to hydrated skin and a luminous, light-reflecting complexion. Like magic, it effortlessly melts into complexions that are "normal," oily, dry, or any combination thereof, without leaving any greasy residue.  This oil has transformed my skin on my worst days. 

3) L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: Not only does this shower gel smells amazing, but it lathers your skin in the most delicate oil.  I especially love to use this after I shave my legs as a finishing touch during my shower routine. It has a unique skin cleansing treatment that foams when in contact with water.  Even after washing off, the Shower Oil leaves a light veil on the skin for a smooth, satin-like feel, and the scent is a fresh almond that both you and your man will love! 

4)Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil:  Nothing makes me feel sexier than when I put on this body oil. Not only does it smell like a vacation at the beach, but I promise you that you will feel warm and sultry when you have this on your skin. This body oil gives skin a sexy sheen. Contains four essential oils (olive, sesame, avocado, and jojoba oils) and vitamins E and C to soften and nourish skin.

5) Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil: Another favorite from Bobbi Brown, this oil just recently came into my beauty repertoire.  This oil is particularly rich and emollient, so it is perfect for winter. This provides a concentrated boost of intensive moisture to comfort very dry skin. The lightweight formula absorbs easily, softening and conditioning skin with an oil blend of sesame, sweet almond, olive and jojoba.

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Blissfulicious All Natural Skincare

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The Angelina Effect: Turning Awareness Into Action

Blissfulicious is an all-natural skincare line that is making waves with its ability to crush the thought that natural means ineffective. We are excited to profile Founder Jael Torrez as she shares how the line came to be and where it is going.
Many of us live in fear of getting cancer. But what if you knew that you stood an 85% chance of getting it? Would you lop off body parts in an attempt to outwit the cancer? Well, as most of us recall, that’s exactly what Angelina Jolie did after testing positive for BRCA1 – the “cancer gene.” She made that difficult decision to undergo a preventative mastectomy in order to prolong her life.

After testing positive for the same cancer gene last year, Jael Torrez, has made it her mission to bring awareness to men and women of all ages of this deadly gene and what we can do to eliminate the effects of harmful chemicals in our personal care regimen.

Unable to find any face and body scrubs on the market that didn’t contain one or more of the harmful chemicals that her doctors told her to stay away from, she set out to create something on her own. And Blissfulicious was born!
She hand curated a long list of ingredients that she knew would be beneficial to her skin – lemon, lime, coconut oil, lavender, peppermint oil, cocoa powder, even coffee grounds – and went to work testing and researching in her own lab. Whatever got a passing grade from her and her doctors meant she could help other people in the same situation.

Her goal was very clear: she wanted the clinical effectiveness of expensive cosmetic actives, the healing aspect of natural ingredients, no animal testing, & every formulation was made with a conscious understanding of what our skin is: Our body’s largest organ.

One by one her testing and research came up as clear winners, and she began targeting the general population urging customers to become more informed about what they were using on their skin and the culprits that lurk in our personal care products that sometimes cause more harm than good.

This message instantly resonated with customers, with many voicing their surprise to the effectiveness of this natural product. Sales began to pick up week by week and they now have 9 different scrubs for sale on their website, as well as a men’s line and a teen’s line in the works.

What she ending up creating was not only natural – it turned out to be the best multi-tasker a woman could have. It’s a makeup remover, exfoliator, cleanser, and moisturizer – all in one jar. The coconut oil base soaks right into the skin without leaving a greasy mess as opposed to synthetic oils found in moisturizers. They like to say you will never need one drop of moisturizer after experiencing Blissfulicious.

The power is in your hands to take action with your health and be aware of what you put on your skin! Use the “Angelina Effect” to truly affect change for someone incredibly important: YOU. You owe it to yourself and those you love.

You can find Blissfulicious products at www.Blissfulicious.com

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Easy, Healthy Hair Tips

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Give Your Hair A Break - Not Literally

Frizz, dullness, split ends and the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong. I love my hair, but it doesn't always love me back. I treat it well with lots of heat, plenty of products and ample brushing and styling. It didn't take me long to learn that what I thought made my hair look great only made it look horrible in the long run. The solution was fairly simple. I needed to give my hair a break. You know, the kind of break that doesn't equal broken strands lying all over the floor.

Lose The Heat

I'm always in a hurry, so the high heat setting on the blow dryer used to be my best friend. I cut my drying time in half, but then I ended up spending all day trying to get my fried locks to stay down. By making sure I gave myself about 10 more minutes, I could use the medium setting until my hair was mostly dry and switch to the cool setting to help lock in moisture. You wouldn't believe the natural shine that results!

Okay, now for confession time. I do cheat and use high heat sometimes. However, I always coat my hair with a heat protectant spray before blow drying. Use one that not only protects by strengthens so you get double duty. Also do this before any type of heat styling. However, you should skip the heat as much as possible. Make time and you won't have so much repair work to do later.

Be Gentle

I know short hair tangles or so I've been told. I have long hair so I truly know the woes of massive tangles. Sometimes it's hard to be gentle. Brushes get stuck or you're brushing too fast and end up breaking strands instead of detangling. Be gentle at all times. Take your time. If it sounds like popcorn when you brush or comb, you're doing it too hard. For times when I've done something crazy like drive with the top down and my hair loose, spritzing my hair with a detangling spray and then combing prevents around 90% of the normal breakage.

Treat Less

I used to have products everywhere. Turns out, I only needed a few. Too many chemicals equals dull, lifeless hair. Now, I have moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (always use conditioner), a deep conditioning treatment, detangling spray, heat protectant and a gentle mousse to set my style. My counter has space and my hair's never looked better.

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DIY Manicure At Home

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Manicures are a weakness of mine, but I just don't have time for regular appointments each time I want to change my color or style. Actually, I only have a manicure occasionally since I was taught by the professional manicurists on set how to do my own manicures at home that look just as good as professional. It's actually extremely cheap. Remember that most of the products you need can be used many times. Though I do recommend investing in a cheap nail dryer. Many are under $20, especially around the holidays.

What You'll Need

• Nail file
• Cotton balls
• Rubbing alcohol
• Water
• Polish remover
• Base coat
• Polish
• Top coat
• Cuticle oil
• Strengthening clear coat

Shape The Nails

Start by carefully filing and shaping each nail. Always file in a single direction, never back and forth. Look to your cuticle shape to find the natural shape for your nails. Of course, if you want something different, go for it.

Prep

I'm assuming you're starting with clean nails. If not, remove any polish now. Prepare a small mixture of one part water and two parts rubbing alcohol (you can keep this in a small bottle for future use). Clean each nail with the mixture.

Once dry, apply a clear base coat. A strengthening base coat is ideal if your nails are weak. If you tend to keep them covered in polish, go for strength as the chemicals often cause nails to crack and peel.

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Pretty Polish

Most polish calls for two layers. Apply the first layer heavier than the second. Something I never thought about was applying polish horizontally. Pros recommend applying vertically and then applying a light strip horizontally along the top edge for added protection against chipping.

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