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Zombie Makeup Tips

It’s not all about blood. Sometimes it’s about bruises.   Here are some tips to make your Halloween zombie makeup look really scary!

I like to save all the makeup I don’t like anymore in a special container that I use just for Halloween or costuming. It is usually much better quality makeup than the costume stuff you can purchase at Halloween stores, and it doesn’t cost you anything because you already own it! It’s a great way to re-purpose old makeup that you  otherwise never use.

To be the best looking zombie you can be, here are some tips:

  • Don’t over-whiten your face.  You want to look pale, but not like you’re wearing a mask. Blend it well down your neck and any other areas where your skin is showing. Be sure to blend it up into your hairline as well if you want to look realistic. And don’t forget your ears if they are showing.
  • Use some bright purple or red eyeshadow under your eyes to give a nice sunken bruised look. Most people just go for the black makeup, but trust me, you want a variety of colors.  Best colors for rotting flesh and bruises: black, purple, gray and dark green.
  • Forget mascara. You are trying to look sick and dead, remember? You want your eyes sullen. Don’t bother with eyeliner either. Seriously.
  • Use some fiber material such as Metamucil or oatmeal mixed with a little water for a thick paste to create areas of rotting flesh. Cover it with powder and then enhance with fake blood (corn syrup and food coloring), and with white rice to look like maggots crawling around in your wound.
  • Make areas of grey and purple, and some dark green eyeshadow on your arms, hands and face to highlight bruises.  Use a makeup brush to draw long veins on your arms and neck with purple or greenish tinted eyeshadow.
  • Create only a couple of strategic wounds instead of just dousing yourself in fake blood all over.
  • If you want to look like you came up out of the ground, add some decorative moss to your hair.
  • Get some black tooth wax to really change your appearance. Rub it on your teeth and your own friends won’t even recognize you anymore!  It comes off easily, so you don’t have to worry about it staining your teeth, and it usually costs about a dollar.
  • Hairspray can make your hair hold that hideous tease job you’re going to give it.
  • Most important: Stay in character!  Nothing sets off your zombie look like your behavior does!

 


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October 16, 2012   Comments Off

Shimmery Diamond Makeup tips

Compliment your smile by making your eyes sparkle like diamonds.  Glitter makeup products around your eyes for special occasions can make the occasion even more special.  Glitter or sparkling appliques are actually quite easy to apply. In fact, you really can’t go wrong, because the whole look is kind of over the top anyway.

Make sure your skin is moisturized before you begin. Apply all of your foundation and concealer that is needed.  Then it’s time to start on the eyes.

Begin with a dramatic eyeliner and then go for bright eyeshadow colors on your lid.  Don’t apply your mascara just yet, otherwise you will have it stuck all in your eyelashes.   Now you are ready for the glitter.  Apply it to the brow area and along your temple and cheeks if you are really going all out.  Be sure to add just a touch under your lower lash about two thirds of the way out, but not in the inner corner of your eye since that will make you appear too crosseyed.

If you are applying rhinestones to your skin, do not use your fingers. Use a swab or a q-tip for a more precise application.  Rhinestones often look good under the eye along the cheekbone. You can even do one eye for a more dramatic effect.  Once you have applied your glitter, you are now ready for a thick dramatic coat of mascara.  Make sure your lips are super glossy and shiny as well.

Finally, compliment the entire look with some  synthetic diamond rings to complete your entire outfit like these moissanites.  These are so beautiful, and will look great on you! Nothing glitters like diamonds!


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October 15, 2012   Comments Off

Organic Skin Care Tips

Some of the best and most cost-effective skin and hair products are natural ingredients that are also environmentally friendly. Instead of using a harsh astringent to clear out pores after you wash your face, try using witch hazel instead. It is much less abrasive but provides the same cleansing and antiseptic properties. Once pores have been thoroughly cleaned, whip up an egg white and chill it for 5 minutes. Then apply it evenly to skin for a few minutes and feel those pores tighten and shrink.

To keep hair looking bright, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to lukewarm water for an after-conditioning rinse. If it’s been a long day and the eyes are looking tired soak a couple green tea bags in cool water then apply to eyes while you relax for a few minutes. The naturally-occurring caffeine will tighten under-eye skin in no time.

A little baking soda on your toothbrush can whiten teeth as well as fingernails with a gentle scrub. Be sure to rinse well though. These quick and easy fixes already exist in most homes, we just forget to give them a chance in a new role sometimes. Give it a try!


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October 1, 2012   Comments Off

Three new free makeup samples this week

These are some freebies that are good just this week from one of my favorite freebie places. Get them while they’re hot!! Here are the direct links


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September 24, 2012   1 Comment

Sparkling Smiles

A smile may be one of the most attractive facial features we as humans have. It’s also one of the first things that people notice about you when you meet and greet. In order to have a dazzling smile, start with a healthy mouth. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing should be daily habits for everyone both at morning and at night. Choosing products with whitening agents such as baking soda or peroxide can help to reduce discoloring and prevent further stains. In addition, there are several products out there to help whiten teeth for all budgets. From $5 gels like 5-Minute Whitening to $40 Crest Whitening Strips, you can find an at-home product to use regularly. Be sure to follow the instructions and discontinue use if sensitivity occurs.

Once the inside of the smile is healthy and happy, make sure the frame is in good shape as well. When brushing your teeth, gently brush over lips to remove any dead skin cells. Even if you do not wear lip color, be sure to protect lips with a gloss or chapstick that contains an SPF of 15 or higher. Blistex has a great line of lip protection that offers a tiny bit of natural color, a little sparkle and even age-defying nutrients. Once your smile is prepped and ready to go, use it often and with everyone you meet.


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September 24, 2012   Comments Off

Smooth Shaving

shaving tipsI’m not sure who decided that smooth, hair-free legs were the sexy way to go, but it is the standard now. I do love the way my legs feel just after a good shave, but the process of getting those soft, smooth stems isn’t always as pleasant. Start with quality products that you are comfortable with. Choose a razor with wire guards and a lubricating strip of some kind. Make sure the grip is comfortable for you. Then choose a shaving lotion, cream, gel that you like. Most products are created equally, so just pick one.

I actually prefer to shave with hair conditioner rather than a shaving cream. It seems to condition and moisturize my skin better and is A LOT cheaper per use. Always allow your hair/skin to soak in warm water for a few minutes before you begin shaving. Shaving in the opposite direction of the hair growth will earn you a closer shave. Go slowly, pay attention, and be sure to moisturize when you are finished.


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September 17, 2012   Comments Off

Ageless Hands

ageless handsMany people have those happy little lines starting to appear near the corners of their eyes, some even as early as their twenties. These little devils make frustrate some of us, but they don’t give away our age nearly as quickly as our hands. The skin on your hands is so very thin and delicate, yet most of us just take those paws for granted as being out-in-the-world-everyday tough. To help keep hands looking younger try these tips:

*While showering, use a gentle exfoliating body wash and actually scrub the backs of your hands.

*Use a moisturizer with sunscreen daily before leaving the house.

*Moisturize every time you wash your hands.

*At night, use an age-defying night cream/spot remover on your hands as part of your final bedtime routine.

If you treat your hands with as much TLC as you do your face, they will stop giving away your age and might even mislead some folks to find you much younger!


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September 10, 2012   Comments Off

Quick and Easy Hair

The most important tip for quick and easy hair is to allow your hair to be itself. The more we fight what nature has given us, the more frustrated we get and the longer our daily hairstyling routine takes. It’s just a rule of human nature to want what you don’t have sometimes and envy the perfect tresses of your best friend, but just remember that she is usually just as envious of your hair as you are of hers. Your hair is what it is, so start learning to work with it instead of against it.

Experiment once or twice on a day at home with this and see what you get. After your shower, gently comb out your hair, flip your head over, give it a gentle shake or finger toss, then flip it back over. Notice where it naturally wants to part and land and go from there. No matter what your hair type, take a little dab of Biosilk and work it through you hair, starting at the ends. Allow your hair to air dry and see what you get. Learning how to use this as your starting point and accentuating your natural beauty will take significant time off your daily beauty routine. Plus, a natural beauty is always more attractive.


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September 3, 2012   Comments Off

Must-try Products

We all have our go-to products that travel with us, always are at our fingertips on the vanity, or that we recommend to friends without hesitating. Here are a few to keep in mind:

1. Neutrogena On the Spot acne treatment. This little tube is a lifesaver, especially for the blemish prone of us. At the first sign of a bump or blemish, dab on a dot, massage in completely, and go. It usually will eliminate the pimple in two to three applications. So if you see the zit Friday morning, it can be gone by Friday night. Amazing!

2. Revlon Blowdryer/Round brush Combo. I love this hair styling tool. It’s a handheld blow dryer with 2 different sized round brush attachments. It eliminates multiple steps in the hairstyling process by allowing you to dry and smooth or dry and curl at the same time with one hand. Whether you prefer smooth locks or big sexy curls, this is a must for everyday styling.

3. 5-Minute White teeth whitening system. This is an incredibly inexpensive and simple to use product. For less than $5 at most drug stores, you get the gel, tray, and pre-rinse. Add a little of the gel to the flexible rubber tray, insert it and go about the rest of your morning beauty routine. By the time your hair or make-up is done, your teeth are brighter and whiter than before.


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August 27, 2012   Comments Off

Beautiful Body Skin

Many of us spend a lot of time and money making sure that the skin on our faces is protected, clear, and beautiful. But what about the rest of your skin? Your skin is the largest organ you have and all of it deserves to be treated with great care. This is especially true in the summer when we are showing more skin than any other time of year. In order to keep yourself beautiful from head to toe, start by using an exfoliating sponge, loofah, or bath puff for your daily cleansing.

There are also some great exfoliating body washes on the market at very reasonable prices. Try the Suave exfoliating body wash with shea butter for deliciously smooth skin. Once you have removed the dead and dulling skin cells, be sure to moisturize after the bath or shower. There are several “healthy glow” type lines available now that provide quality moisture plus an added tint of color to the skin. Just make sure to apply these products evenly and air dry for a bit before dressing.


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August 23, 2012   Comments Off

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