Korean skin care

Get Glowing Skin with Korean Skincare Routine

I’m sure you’ve heard about the 10-step Korean skincare routine, right? A lot of websites tell you that it is essential to do all of these steps every day, but I am here to tell you that it is not the case. You can in fact tailor your choices of the day to match your skins needs. However, there are some things you will need if you wish to get skin that glows!

The Art of the Cleanse

The Korean skincare routine puts an emphasis on efficient cleansing, which is why a lot of people (yes, men too!) choose to double cleanse their skin. If you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, you can skip this step, but if not – buy both an oil cleanser and a water based cleanser, using the oil one first.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is essential in any beauty regime, but the Korean skincare regime is quite different to the traditional regime which consists primarily of abrasive ingredients that physically scour off dead skin. The Korean regime focuses heavily on gel based exfoliation that utilize acids, sometimes fruit acids, to remove dead skin. The benefit of this is that you cannot over scrub, and you cannot accidentally scour fine lines into your skin.

Toner & Essence

Toners prepare your skin for the avalanche of products required in the Korean regimen. The toner balances your skin’s pH levels, and the toner leaves your skin feeling refreshed. The next step is the essence. An essence feels similar to a toner, but is applied after the toner. What an essence does is it helps with cell turnover, effectively brightening your skin.

Serums & Ampoules

Next comes your serums and ampoules, which are products designed to address specific skin problems, such as uneven skin tone. This step can be skipped if you have no skin issues to address. One tip here is if you use a serum, you can mix a drop in with your daily makeup application, a lot of girls do this to give their makeup that classic Korean dewy look; easy to achieve with any brand of foundation or BB cream and a simple drop of serum.

Eye cream, Moisturizer & Sleeping Mask Packs

Eye cream is an essential daily cream in the Korean skincare regime, which you can gently apply along with your choice of moisturizer. You can then add a sleeping mask pack on the top, which is basically a heavy mask designed to be worn while you sleep. The sleeping mask pack is my absolute favorite, and an essential for a glowing complexion as it will hydrate your skin all night long.

Face Masks

Face Masks can be done a few times a week depending on your needs and there are masks for every need imaginable! You can buy the one time use fabric sheet mask, a gel mask, a reusable fabric mask where you apply your own mask pack, or a brush-on mask from a tub or tube. You can also buy mask brushes to aid with the application of your mask and sometimes bigger companies give them away for free when you buy a mask, handy! A mask pack is a nice biweekly treat for your skin and a nice way to relieve stress during a busy week, but don’t do it every day – sometimes your pores just need a break!

Classic red lip

Summer Trend: The classic red lip is back

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The Spring/summer 2016 runways were packed with new makeup trends for the upcoming summer. It seemed, however, that a large majority of the world’s top designers were set on two very specific looks: the vibrant blue eyeshadow and the classic red lips.

Now before we get overwhelmed, as this is a lot of look, these are two separate looks (although, for you bold girls out there I say go for it!). Both of these summer trends are quite strong statements so initially, you might be reluctant to try them. Fear not, we are here to help to ensure you look on trend and confident pulling it off.

The classic red lip is back

The red lips have always been finding their way back into fashion, and they always will. The sexy red lip can be traced back in the 1930s and was made into an iconic look by Marilyn Monroe. To this day it remains as one of the most sensual alluring looks a woman can wear, as red is the ultimate color of passion. This year red lipstick is worn practically on its own. Just tap a bit of concealer where needed and you’re ready,

With the growing popularity of matte lipsticks, red has never been easier to wear for us gals who love a bold lip. Remember, as it is summer we recommend using a warmer shade of red. Cold shades usually work better in autumn and winter time. MAC’s Le Vie En Rogue or the super affordable Pure Red by NYX are both great choices.

To assure the color pops and stays on your lips throughout the day I recommend powdering your lips before applying, this way the color payoff is even stronger. With bold colors I recommend always using a lip liner. Not only does it enable you to draw on the desired shape, the oils in the product ensure the lipstick doesn’t “bleed” into the fine lines around your lips. To sharpen the edges use some light concealer on a lip brush and carefully line the edges.

Blue mood on the eyes

Blue is definitely a statement color. The trick to wearing this like a true fashionista is choosing complimentary shades that go with it. As the eyes will be the center of attention try combining it with a nude lip or some gloss. Also, I would highly recommend using an eyeshadow primer so you don’t have to worry about creasing and smudging.

Blue is a fun color so experiment with the looks you create. Try NARS’s Outremer for a very vibrant smokey eye, or the metallic Riviera palette from Chanel for a more shimmery look. Another option, which was seen on various runways, was to line the eyes with blue eyeliner pencil. A big trend is cobalt blue eyeliner which is applied in the waterline and lining the eyes in a slight cat eye shape. Top makeup artists praise the waterproof eyeliner in Fervent Blue by Chanel.

Summer is the time of the year we relax and enjoy ourselves. Let this season’s trends reflect our playful spirits with these vibrant fun looks!

Eye makeup

The right makeup to enhance your eye shape

We all want the sexy defined eyes that draw you in. Like those of red carpet celebrities and models from the latest makeup ad. Sans Photoshop, how do you achieve the best look for your eye shape?

What eye shape are you?

Eyes, like people they are attached to, come in a million different shapes and sizes. With the right use of makeup, we can enhance them in any way we please. No matter what shape your eyes come in you can you can make them pop with the right makeup.

Small eyes: if you have small eyes chances are you want them to appear bigger. A big mistake lots of woman make is that they line the eye with dark colors, thinking this will make them look more defined.  The result is the opposite; that much black around your eye actually makes them look smaller. Instead, use white eyeliner inside your waterline and lower lid. Take a small brush and softly apply your eyeshadow just underneath the lash line. Use an eye pencil or apply the same color on the upper lid as well creating a soft eyeliner effect. To finish it off add a light shimmer on the inner corner of the eyes. Don’t forget mascara or even fake lashes, as eyelashes really open up your eye! Celebrity example: Taylor Swift

Wide-set eyes: in order to make your eyes appear closer together firstly extend the eyebrow inwards with filling it in with some brow definer. Use your crease color and apply it on the inside of the eye. Blend it outwards you eye socket. For a dramatic look apply to the inner lower lid as well. Finish it off with blending in a lighter complementary shade on the outer eye corner.  Now you can use eyeliner to can create an optical illusion with actually elongating your line in towards the inner corner of your eyes thus making them look closer together. Celebrity example: Kate Moss.

Close-set eyes: this time you do the opposite. Apply your dark eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eye, extending the eye into a cat shape. You can use the same color or a medium tone for your eye socket.  Don’t bring your eye socket shade in further than 2/3 of the length of the eye. On the inner corner of the eye apply a light highlight shade. You can use shimmer as well. Now you can use your eyeliner to draw on a playful cat eye to the outer courier of the eyes. Celebrity example: Jennifer Aniston.

Deep-set eyes: for people with a very prominent eyebrow bone it is necessary to bring the eye forward. This is done best with the use of a shimmer eyeshadow on the upper lid. Shimmer reflects light and pulls things forward. Add some shimmer on the lower lid as well. Now apply a crease color. If your natural socket is less visible blend the socket color upwards towards your brow bone to create an illusion. Apply the darkest color to the corner of your eyes thus focusing attention on your beautiful eye shape instead. Celebrity example: Kiera Knightley.

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Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin

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By now we all know cleanse, tone, moisturize should be a part of our daily makeup routine.  Good makeup always starts with healthy skin. Choosing the right moisturizer, with such a variety of products available to us these days, can prove confusing.  There are few factors to consider and, believe it or not, price is not one of them. Quality moisturizers don’t have to be expensive – what matters is what’s in them.

How and when to moisturize?

Firstly, I will quickly skim through the rules of proper moisturizer application.  After you remove your makeup, cleanse and tone your face, you apply moisturizer. It’s important not to overdo it as the skin can react to excessive use of product; applying in the morning and before bedtime is enough. A moisturizer is applied gently to a damp face. Don’t forget to apply it over the neck as the exposed skin gets very dry during the day. Avoid the area under your eyes; the skin here is extremely thin and sensitive, I recommend using an eye cream which is designed especially for that area.

How moisturizers work is simple: they provide skin with hydration by either blocking water from escaping from the surface of the skin, or drawing it from the inner lawyers toward the top lawyers of the skin. They also replace the moisture that is lost with cleansing.

Read the label

When purchasing a moisturizer there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the package says “non-comedogenic” as this won’t clog your pores. Also, make sure it has SPF protection since the most damage to the skin is caused by direct sunlight (SPF 30 is ideal). Lastly, read the label: the right ingredients are crucial when choosing the right moisturizer. Look for the common active ingredients. The words you are looking for are lanorin, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, retinoid. For anti-aging properties keep an eye out for vitamin E as well.

Keep your skin type in mind

So let’s talk about skin types. The most difficult skin to please is sensitive skin. Look for the moisturizers labeled “hypo-allergenic”.   Avoid using perfumed products, especially if you have sensitive skin, because they tend to irritate the skin.  A dry skin, on the other hand, might need a very hydrating moisturizer. Look for oil based products with glycerin butter and mineral oil. Oilier skin is the opposite: choose oil-free gel-based formulas. For normal or combinational skin I recommend non-greasy water-based products with silicone-derived ingredients.

Your moisturizer might change with the seasons

The type of moisturizer you use might vary with the change of seasons. During summer, when the air is warm and more humid, you might want to keep to a lighter moisturizer. Rich moisturizers might trigger skin problems and acne. On the other hand, during winter when the air turns dry and cold, it’s very likely the same formula won’t provide your skin with enough hydration. During winter, our skin requires more protection from the chilly weather. Keep the skin hydrated with a richer moisturizer to prevent the face from drying out. (Would you like to see other latest contents? YES – go to Home page, otherwise, Thank you for reading)

Nail art by Tricia

Hit the latest trends on the NAIL

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The trends of nail art are ever changing, so I’ve decided to nail down the top 3 classic designs that have reigned for a long time, and show you what have to switch up to keep in with 2016’s new styles.

Trend Tip #1:

French tips will always remain in-style, but it doesn’t always have to be white on nude. Change up your game by colorblocking your manicure with contrasting colors to give your nails that vibrant pop! This is one of the simplest yet most elegant and fun looking manicures that you could create, depending on the color scheme you choose.

How to nail it:

You can purchase French Tip sticker guides from your nearest beauty store for less than $2 for a pack of 10 or 20. If you can’t get your hands on these sticker guides, you can also use paper reinforcements (which can be found at any stationery store) or scotch tape.

Trend Tip #2:

Gradient designs are the cutest and most versatile of nail art designs, so while most people would traditionally have it go from a lighter to a darker shade or vice versa, explore your color palette by using different shades to fit a mood. If you want to take it to the next level, play with glitter gradients to get a sparkle that’s bound to light up any party!

How to nail it:

Gradient designs are usually done with sponges to achieve a smoother transition between the two colors as sponges spread the polishes more evenly.

Another method would be using a fan brush to create a more obvious distinction between the colors. This method would be preferred if you want to use less nail polish to achieve your designs as the brush does not soak up as much polish as a sponge.

Trend Tip #3:

Accent nails have been hailed as the “in thing” since the mid 2000s, but the fashion of it has constantly been changing. Solid colors are of course the most classic choice you could go for, but fancy accent nails can help spice up your manicure! When you don’t have enough time to complete a full blown intricate manicure, focus on making that one accent nail stand out and fit the rest of the nails to follow that scheme, to really let your hard work shine!

How to nail it:

Use your creativity! Draw up a design from scratch, search up your favourite pattern or improvise off another nail art design. Accent nails don’t need to be fancy, but the most important thing to remember is that the leading woman is nothing without her ensemble, so be sure to make sure the design pulls together with the rest of your nails!

Have fun trying out these styles and be sure to experiment with all your designs because you never know if you’ll be the one creating the new “in” thing!

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Volumized Hair: Without the Products

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Looking to revive your limp strands for a grand night out? Or do you want to avoid the frequent bad hair days you seem to be experiencing? Well, you’ve come to the right place for the best hair care advice and guess what? You won’t be needing any fancy mousse products to get the results.

Wet hair, don’t care:

The journey to beautiful hair starts with you washing your hair! Be sure to use a lightweight shampoo so your locks won’t be weighed down. Some ingredients you can look out for in your shampoo to really volumize your locks would be sea salt, rosemary and lemongrass. I’ve been using Lush’s “Big”, one of their bestselling products which has sea salt in it, when I need an extra oomph once in awhile. However, while pumping up the volume, this shampoo doesn’t strip your hair because it contains a seaweed infusion and extra virgin coconut oil to give your hair the nourishment it needs.

Similar to shampoo, be careful not to use a conditioner that’s too heavy on your hair. So avoid any products that have shea butter or argan oil in it as this typically tends to weigh down your hair a little more. I’ve used Avalon Organics’ Volumizing Rosemary Conditioner which gives your hair a lovely fresh smell after every shower.

Dry it out:

Use a blow dryer to give your hair some extra volume after your shower! First, use a soft towel to remove the initial moisture with a towel. Following that, give your hair a general dry with the hair dryer so it’ll remove more of the water before you can begin brushing out your hair. When the excess water is removed and your hair is somewhat dry, use a round brush to slowly brush and tease out your hair while using the blow dryer to set in a slight curl as well as volume. While drying your hair, be sure to make sure that the heat isn’t too high as this can damage your hair and also cause frizzing.

Another important thing to take note of is to not brush your hair while it’s too wet, because this is when your hair is at it’s weakest. Brushing it at this point of time could either cause your strands to break or frizz.

Style it up:

Volumising your hair is the first step, but maintaining it through the day is one of the harder parts. Keep your hair volumized and styled up with some dry shampoo, or in a pinch, baby powder. By sprinkling some on your roots, it would absorb the oil and would prevent your roots from being weighed down, hence keeping the volume there.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed these tips to better hair, and I hope it’s increased your volume of knowledge on this subject!

Skin glow

Summer Skin: How to Glow

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Given that it’s summer, which is one of the most difficult seasons for your skin, this article is going to help you combat the bad and the ugly by giving you some good tips on how to keep your skin clean and clear!

Tip #1: Clean it up

Cleaning your skin has to be the first step to any skincare regimen so as to cleanse out any impurities so that any other products you put on your skin would be able to get into your skin.

If you are prone to oily skin, summer most likely aggravates the skin to break out more. While it might seem tempting to pop into the shower for a douse of cold water, lukewarm water would actually help dissolve oil better than cold water. It also relaxes your face, while cold or hot water dries out your skin, which is something we don’t want.

For those with dry skin, cold showers would be your best bet. Hot or warm water would open up your pores and release the oil you want your skin to keep. If your skin releases too much oil, it’ll dry your skin out even more, which could lead to your skin flaking and red patches emerging.

Tip #2: Clear the way

Exfoliating is one of the most important things one has to do because this is the key to paving the way for clear, new skin. Be careful not to go overboard though, as exfoliating should only be done once to twice a week lest you irritate the new skin and excessive exfoliating in the summer can cause an increase in sun sensitivity for your skin.

Those who have oily skin have to make exfoliating a part of your weekly regimen, because this is the step that can help remove any dirt clogging your pores, such as sebum and bacteria. Make sure to use physical exfoliants that contain more of a scrub to it as this clears the pores more easily.

People with dry skin don’t have to worry about exfoliation in the summer as much, but it’s still a good idea to exfoliate every one or two weeks. Exfoliants which aid in removing dead and dry skin while providing some form of hydration would be the best bet for those with a dry skin type as it gives your skin its much needed hydration.

Tip #3: Protect your turf

This tip is universal to all skin types because prevention is better than cure, and protecting your skin is would help guard against future skin problems.

Using sunscreen in the summer is especially important due to the harmful UV rays in the sun. Find the right kind of sunscreen for your skin type, which should be somewhere on the levels of SPF 50. I’m currently using Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen with SPF 50+ which is fantastic because it absorbs right into your skin and doesn’t leave any kind of filmy white substance behind. It’s also non-comedogenic, which would prevent the blocking of your pores and is water and sweat resistant, which means you can have your summer fun as well!

With all that’s been said, have fun and enjoy the summer heat and be sure to clean, clear and protect your skin!

 

Contour and Highlight makeup.

Contouring: Sharpen your makeup knowledge

Contouring is one of the most fashionable beauty trends there are right now, with celebrities swearing by it to give your face a sharper, more defined look. However, there are so many types of contouring products out there that it’s hard to pick one that’s best suited for you, so here’s the definitive guide that you’ll need to pick out what’s suitable for your skin type.

Oily Skin:

Those with oily skin should steer clear of cream products as they tend to shift more easily through the day, especially when you have oily skin. Cream products also tend to “cake” onto oily skin and that’s not the kind of makeup anyone wants. Powder contour products would be a much better choice, as they would also help mattify the skin on top of staying in place.

A good powder product would be the highly raved Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit if you’re looking for something more high end. However, a really effective dupe would be the Australis On Tour Powder Contouring and Highlighting Palette for a much smaller price and for almost the same effect.

Dry Skin:

For those with a dry skin type, cream foundations would be perfect for you! Since your skin is dry, it provides the greatest base surface for the cream foundations not to shift. It’ll also provide a form of moisture that your skin needs and it won’t accentuate patchy spots like powder contours will.

A good cream contour can come in two forms, either in a palette or in a stick form. Palettes offer a wider range than sticks so this would be a better choice for you if you haven’t decided what shades you prefer. A wonderful palette to invest in would be Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit, but for those on a budget, the E.L.F. Cream Contour Palette would be a great swap for it’s extremely low price.

Stick contours can be so much faster and easier to bring around, so it’ll probably be good to invest in a handy one like Lancome’s “Le Duo” Contour and Highlight Stick which you can use to blend on the go with your favourite Beauty blender. This can prove to be a bit on the luxury or high-end side, so NYX’s Wonder Stick would work really well for you if you’re tight on a budget.

Hopefully, this article on contouring has managed to sharpen your makeup knowledge, and edged you a little closer to trying out your hand at the contouring trend.