15
May
12

Best Nail Polishes for Summer

The temperature is rising, beach vacations are being dreamed of and swimsuit shopping is in full swing. You have the beach hair perfected and now you need to finish your look down to your pinky toe; have no fear summer nail polish is here:

Haute as Hello by Essie- This creamy coral colour is a must-have for your weekend beach getaway. An eye-catching pastel that brings out that summer tan is essential. Plan on buying two bottles, because once your friends spot this color, they will snatch it up in a heartbeat.

Do You Lilac It by OPI- It’s that perfect sweet shade of light purple that fits in with the oh-so-cool summer days. This colour is perfect for the playful and young at heart!

Smokin Hot by Essie- This is for your late, sultry summer nights. Pair this sexy subtle grayish purple with a simple maxi dress and you are one step ahead of everyone.

Don’t Touch My Tutu by OPI- That almost natural look is always lovely and never overdone. This colour is finished with a slight white color; giving your nails that natural but pristine look. A great look to take to work and into a night on the town.

Turks & Caicos by Essie- Hello teal! You can’t help but feel like hitting the pool with the bright and cheerful summer teal that is perfect paint for your toes. Wear this coluor and you are sure to get lots of compliments.

Ladies and Magenta Men by OPI- You have seen the neon trend all over. This is a fun summer trend and this lovely neon-like magenta is perfect for channeling your inner 80s child.

Now go get yourself that perfect pair of summer sandals and get yourself a mani/pedi quick. Nail polish is a fun way to express your favourite summer style and trend. Have fun with your colours and think about mixing up your nail polish look with playful patterns or simply painting your ring finger nails a different, but complementary, colour. Happy painting!

Written by Liz Nelson; just a simple lady trying to convey what it is like to date online through dating websites. For any further information on online dating you can email her at: liznelson17@gmail.com.Image

02
Dec
11

Mobile Makeover: the make-up guide on the move

For girls on the go, Mobile Makeover offers professional step-by-step beauty tutorials to be picked up wherever you happen to be in the world.

Written by leading make-up artists and hair stylists, each beauty guide is available in two versions – a printable PDF file that can be accessed online, and a mobile-friendly version that can be viewed on your Smartphone.

Each guide costs £3, with a complimentary sample guide available to you on registration with the site.

Precision results can be achieved with Mobile Makeover’s library of guides which boast clearly written instructions, beautiful photography and incredible high-end make-up looks.

With 40 different looks to choose from and with regular archive updates, whether it be a subtle daytime affair or high-impact experimental style, Mobile Makeover will have your needs covered. Take inspiration from a certain celeb and be sure that the site will have a corresponding look to satisfy your requests.

30
Nov
11

Guestpost: 5 Tips to Keep You Fresh this winter

Protect yourself against the harsh elements of winter

 

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, winter can be a real drag at times. You’re faced with seeing less sunlight and dealing with all the woes of being trapped indoors day in and day out. The cold weather brings on scarves and boots… and dry skin and static hair. What’s a girl to do?

 

1. Don’t neglect the SPF

Just because you think you’re not seeing the light of day doesn’t give you a free pass to skip the sunscreen – you still need to lather that pretty face up. Find a facial moisturiser that has SPF built into it to combat not only the sun’s sneaky little rays, but also another irritating winter foe: dry skin. Ahava’s Facial Moisturiser fights the sun’s rays as well as providing a unique anti-ageing formula and intense hydration.

 

2. Take warm, not hot, showers

As tempting as it may be to turn the shower to piping hot to warm you up in the mornings, that’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Taking hot showers will dry your skin out. Instead take warm showers and be sure to lotion up after to keep your skin from getting dry and flaky.

 

3. Pay attention to your lips

It’s easy to get caught up making sure your hands and face are receiving adequate moisturizing, but your lips shouldn’t be neglected either! Winter brings chapped lips on in full force, so always keep a tube of lip balm – preferably one with SPF – with you to keep them from cracking. Remember to treat your lips to a DIY exfoliation treatment from time to time, as detailed in this previous PTTS article.

 

4. Exfoliate weekly

No one wants to show up to the company Christmas party looking like Rudolph. Since your nose is one of the most exposed parts of your body, it needs some TLC too. Body Scrubs from The Sanctuary, such as their Thermal Body Polish will do just the trick while warming your skin.  Exfoliate once or twice a week and make sure to keep your skin hydrated with a hydrating moisturiser, such as Origins A Perfect World Hydrating Body Lotion.

 

5. Feet matter too

It’s easy to forget about your feet because they stay bundled up during the winter months, but winter is the prime time for them to become dry and cracked. Use foot balms before putting on socks to keep them smooth, so that they emerge from the winter months looking healthy not scary. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Foot Cream is an indulgent foot remedy that doesn’t break the bank.

 

Most people think that dry skin is just a by-product of the harsh winter months, but there are ways to keep you looking fresh and vibrant throughout even the coldest winters. By implementing these tips the winter blahs won’t stand a chance!

 

Written by Mary Edwards – a contributor and editor for various dating sites. She is passionate about thought leadership writing, regularly contributing to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting and online dating communities. Contact Mary: edwardsmary936@ gmail.com.

25
Nov
11

Guestpost: 7 tips to combat winter skin

Take care of your skin this Winter with Vitabath's tips

Winter is the hardest season of the year for keeping your skin moist, because dry heat – whether from a fireplace, furnace or electric heating system – dries out the air your skin is exposed to.

Even people who live in a tropical climate might feel as if their skin is tighter after a long shower, or spending time in the pool. Traveling to the ski slopes, warmer climates or to visit friends for the holidays can dry your skin as well.

Here are some helpful skin care tips to help you get through the winter:

1. Use a humidifier – Keeping the air around you moist can make a big difference in reducing the dryness of your skin. Either a portable humidifier or one attached to your home furnace will provide moisture around the clock.

2. Cover your face, hands, arms and legs – Any exposure to cold weather will have an effect, so minimise that exposure. Those minutes can add up to a lot of dryness, so be sure to cover any exposed areas.

3. Avoid wet gloves or socks – It’s tempting to ignore this when you’re busy, but even limited exposure will dry your skin. Keep extra pairs handy wherever you run the risk of spending time in wet socks or gloves.

4. Take shorter showers - Too much exposure to water can keep your skin from replenishing its own natural oils. Hot water is more damaging than warm water, so make the temperature as low as is comfortable.

5. Choose natural fabrics – Cotton and cashmere are gentler than wool. If you wear wool gloves, consider putting on a thin cotton pair first.

6. Use Dry Skin Care Body Lotion - Select a moisturizing body lotion that is formulated to offer the protection your skin needs throughout the winter. The lotion will typically be clearly labeled “for dry skin” on the bottle.

7. Drink enough water – Since the normal amount required for good health is enough to keep your skin hydrated, there’s no need to go overboard. Eight 8oz glasses a day is plenty unless you’re perspiring or thirsty.

Other causes:

The simple tips above can make a difference in keeping your skin moist, but sometimes dry skin is caused by medical issues. Be sure to mention any skin problems to your doctor if you’re affected by:

* Hypothyroidism, which can reduce the oil your skin produces
* Diabetes, because changing glucose levels can be dehydrating
* Eczema or psoriasis, which require special treatment

Otherwise, you can rely on common sense and moisturising products to help you beat the effects of winter on your skin.

By Vitabath

03
Oct
11

Guestpost: Chocolate Therapy

Chocolate

Choco Therapy has revolutionised the anti-ageing market

Chocolate is the very ingredient of happiness. Since time immemorial, chocolates have lifted the mood of mankind. But nobody could have predicted that chocolate could be an anti ageing agent – Karin Herzog has achieved just that.

 

The recipe of staying young

It is a known fact that antioxidants are good for the heart. They are also known to have cancer preventing and anti ageing properties. The official developer for the Karin Herzog brand, Julie Cichocki, combined this knowledge with her expertise as a Global Treatment Developer to come up with this formula. The formula combines antioxidants with water and oxygen; the results are simply amazing. According to industry experts and beauticians, the Chocolate Therapy facials have indeed taken the cosmetic world by storm.

 

Choco Therapy

This therapy is indeed one of the biggest breakthroughs of the year.  According to Cichocki, there are significant differences in the formula when compared to other such products claiming similar outstanding results. What makes this facial stand out is its unique integration of chocolate into the bigger scheme of things, that which is anti-ageing.

It is a known scientific fact that as we get older our skin’s absorbing abilities are significantly reduced. This depletion can be attributed to a lack of oxygen pressure. Habits like smoking, drinking and medication also play a huge role in exaggerating this depletion. The end result is sagging, wrinkling and a loss in general firmness and this is particularly true for the facial muscles which are most prone to such effects. But Choco-Therapy claims that it can significantly reduce damage to the skin during the ageing period and can restore its general health.

 

The oxygen-rich chocolate facial
The theory that Cichocki extensively worked on is based on the principal that the ageing process can be reversed by increasing the oxygen pressure within the skin. This not only results in more cellular regeneration but also rejuvenates the skin’s energy used to absorb vitamins. The initial results have been very successful. Some clients have even claimed that they felt ten years younger after using the treatment. It’s certainly not an exaggeration to say that this is the only clinically proven product that addresses this sort of energy deficit. Merely increasing the levels of oxygen and supplying enough water to the skin can work to reverse the ageing process. What’s more, this form of anti-ageing treatment demonstrates that any kind of free radical activity within the skin can be avoided.

The cosmetic industry has been blamed for years for the gap between the claims made by branded products and the actual results. This product could perhaps be the industry’s saving grace. The scientific backing that this product has already received is simply amazing in itself and testament to the fact that it does not over-promise to its clients.

The official launch date of Choco Therapy is still in talks but inevitably, the anticipation is soon to reach boiling point.

 

About the author: Kate Wilson is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on health, weddings and technology. Beside this she is very particular about her fitness and follows a diet plan that keeps her in shape. These days she is busy in writing an article on basic hair care techniques.

29
Aug
11

BB Creams – a new beauty trend

BB Creams are huge in Asia

A new beauty must-have has reached British shores and it looks set to be THE  cosmetic essential for years to come.

BB Cream or Blemish Balm, in its non abbreviated form,  is a multi-purpose formula which promises to banish blemishes, even out skin tone, moisturise and hydrate while simultaneously protect from harmful UV rays.

As such, make-up bags overspilling with foundations, suncreams, moisturisers, primers and all other single-function lotions and potions may just be a thing of the past.

With its smoothing properties and offers of a flawless natural finish, it is no wonder that people are catching wind of the beautifying product.

Developed by German dermatologist Dr Christine Schrammek in the 1950’s, the hybrid cream has become particularly popular in Asia, where it accounts for 13% of the make-up sector.

And it seems multinational beauty companies are slowly catching on. Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream has just hit the shelves and is already reaping rave reviews from the public, as is the first ever BB cream to hit UK soil, Dior’s Snow White Reveal UV protection BB cream.

For a BB cream that is tailored to your skin colour and attention requests, consult BestBBCreams.com.

Have you used a BB Cream? We want to hear from you! Please leave your comments below.

25
Aug
11

Guestpost: Anti Ageing – Tips to protect your hands

Hydrate your hands with these anti-ageing tips

Our hands are overexposed.  They’re in the sun all day; they’re touching the desk and the computer screen; they’re dumped in buckets of water and scraped with paper towels and napkins.

And because of this overexposure, our hands are usually the first place on our body to show signs of ageing;  our skin becomes dry and brittle, and the back of our hands develop sun spots or large, bulging veins.

We all need to do a better job in protecting our hands; and so here are a few tips to help you do just that.

Tip 1: Wear gloves when doing laundry

Detergents (particularly antimicrobial detergents) can cause extreme dryness and irritation over long periods of use.  So when doing the laundry, try wearing gloves to protect your hands.  As an alternative, find detergents that are safe for your hands or that are not antimicrobial in nature.

Tip 2: Moisturize after showers

Showers dry out your hands quickly.  Water strips your hand of protective oils which causes your skin to lose moisture, and hot showers do this at an even quicker rate.  Be sure to replenish your skin’s natural moisture supply by applying plenty of hydrating moisturiser.

See Paint the Town Scarlet writer, Sarah George’s, top 5 hand creams.

Tip 3: Always pat dry

Everyone knows to pat their face dry instead of rub, so why doesn’t everybody do the same for their hands?  Your hands are just as delicate as your face—so treat them the same way.  Always pat them dry with a soft towel, and opt for the hand dryer when possible.

Tip 4: Put sun screen on your hands

It’s quite funny, actually.  We put sunscreen all over our bodies expect for the part that never hides from the sun.  Wear an SPF 15 sunscreen even on dull days, and you’ll protect your hand from heinous sun damage.  Note: some hand creams and natural skincare products contain SPF 15 sun block.

So that’s it for our tips.  How did we do?  Any other tips you’d add to the list?  Please let us know in the comments section.

Written by Jesse Ortiz, a writer for Dr. Samir Bute and www.Alluskincare.com, who specialises in topics that include anti-aging, natural skincare products, and general skincare.  Follow him on twitter @OrtizJesse.




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