Take Care of Your Feet There is a well known saying that if you take care of your feet then they will look after you. Think about how much you use yours every day – they carry you everywhere. From rocky terrains to city streets, many people take their feet for granted until it’s too late and they start experiencing painful problems with them. Fortunately, here are a few helpful tips on how to take care of them without breaking the bank. Good Quality Footwear One of the worst ways in which we can cause damage to our feet is by wearing uncomfortable or ill fitting footwear. Shoes are a fashion statement, and our choice of them says a lot about the people we are. Whilst you may have to wear your stilettos to a high end fashion event, it would be unwise to wear them in everyday life. Good shoes will provide decent support for the arch of your foot, and be large enough to give your feet room to breathe properly when they get hot. If you exercise on a regular basis, go to your local sports shop and ask them advice on the best types of shoe to wear for your particularly sport. If you are the type of person who has to stand up for the majority of the day at work, make sure that your shoes are comfortable, smart, and durable. Pamper and Moisturise Whilst it is not necessary to do this on every night, it may be a good idea for you to invest in a quality foot moisturiser to apply at least once a week. If you already have existing problems such as Athletes Foot or dry skin, book yourself an appointment with a recognised chiropodist. Not only will they be able to provide you with suitable treatment, they will give you industry recognised tips on how to look after them in the future. Foot spas can be found at a number of high street shops, and there is nothing better than having a soak in bubbly hot water at the end of a long hard day. Even better, treat yourself to a trip to a local spa and let other people pamper you instead. Treat your feet like a true best friend. No matter what you do or how you treat them, they will always be there for you as long as you give a bit of time to looking after them now and then!
For many people, a good scrub at the end of a rough day is a must. Scrubbing not only eliminates stubborn dirt on the skin, it does much more than that. For starters, it improves blood circulation. The ‘roughness’ in the scrub invigorates the skin, especially if applied in a way that mimics massaging. This brings about a relaxing state of mind. You feel both pampered and calmed, not to mention fresh and clean at the end of the scrubbing session! Go For Homemade Body Scrubs While there are many commercial body scrubs available out there, many people swear that the best are the ones that they make themselves. It is not so much the money factor that makes people want to create their own, although some body scrubs can be very expensive indeed. Making your own scrub is both easy and satisfying that it becomes part of the calming and relaxing activity that occurs before the actual body scrubbing routine takes place. There are many recipes that can be used for making body scrubs. Some are simple while others are sophisticated. Generally, there are three main categories of ingredients present in any body scrub recipe – exfoliant, carrier oil, and fragrance. The exfoliant is the gritty stuff that provides the ‘roughness’ so desired in any scrub. The most common exfoliants are salt and sugar, because these dilute in water and hence you need not worry about dealing with a messy bathtub after use. However, some people like to try more ‘exotic’ exfoliants like ground coffee, oatmeal, almond meal, rice bran, and several others. Ground coffee gives a fantastic aroma, making it rather popular among scrub lovers. Carrier oil (or base oil) is the stuff that holds the potion together, and at the same time, it moisturizes your skin. Sunflower oil, grape seed oil, and hazelnut oil are quite common. Some oils tend to be heavy, leaving your skin rather greasy after use. Which oil to choose depends on how you like your skin to feel after the scrub. Many recipes call for 1/3 cup of carrier oil for every cup of exfoliant used. The last ingredient is fragrance, which comes from essential oil or synthetic fragrance oil. Essential oil is, of course, the better option, and choosing one depends on the type of skin you own. For example, if your skin is normal, then several drops of germanium, lavender, and ylang-ylang will work out wonders. Experiment and Enjoy the Result! Try out a few simple recipes first, and see how the body scrubs of your very own creation suit your skin and your mind. Experiment with different combinations of exfoliants, base oils, and fragrances. You will find that the whole routine of making, storing, and then using the body scrubs is a comforting and soothing experience that is well worth your time!
Find the Perfect Eyeshadow Eye make-up is perhaps one of the trickier products to buy and even to apply. With such a diverse selection of colours, styles, brands, palettes and varieties, it’s not always easy to understand what the best product is for your needs and also what suits your look. Should you match it to the colour of your eyes? Do you apply it both above and below the eye? Must you stick to one colour or can you mix them? What type of brush is best for application? And how do you create a smoky eye look? Natural and Everyday Looks While most people see eyeshadow as a fundamental part of their going-out and party image, very often women avoid eyeshadow for every day looks as it can be seen as too heavy. This does not have to be the case. Eye-make-up can still look very subtle and flattering even if it is light and natural looking. The key is to choose the most appropriate shade and apply it correctly. For example, if you have brown, hazel or dark eyes, opt for a palette of warm, earthy, neutral tones such as browns, beiges, golds and taupes in a range of strengths. These shades should be applied lightly and subtly over the lid to compliment the eye – not overpower it. Sticking to these neutral tones creates a natural look that flatters. If you have blue eyes, stick to light shades of blues and greys. Do not saturate the eye area in a single sheet of shadow – simply apply it to the crease of the eye socket and gently sweep it out towards the outer corners. Glam Looks Weekend make-up is a great excuse for creating more dramatic looks like the smoky eye. To do this, you must first identify the different sections of the eye area, namely, the lid, the outer corner, inner corner, the socket line and above the socket, and under the eye. Each section requires a slightly different shade or strength to create a dramatic look that enhances the eye and makes it look bigger and better. Begin by sweeping the entire eyelid with the lightest shade. Blend in a darker shade towards the outer corner and the darkest shade within the crease of the socket. You can also apply a little under the eye but be careful not to overdo it here as it is easy to end up with a panda-eye look without even realising!
You can transform your look within five minutes by cutting your own bang. A hair bang is also known as a “fringe”. You can achieve looks such as pin-up, choppy, straight, shaved, parted and side fringes among many others. To know how to cut the hairstyle you need materials such as scissors, comb and a mirror. Follow these steps to achieve a great fringe: a. Sit in front of the mirror and visualize where you want your trims to hang when learning how to cut bang. b. Comb the hair to the front and let it fall freely. c. Select the hair to cut and part it to create a triangle. d. Use the pins to secure hair you do not want to cut. e. Grasp the hair you want to cut between your fingers. f. Keep the hair you want to trim centered, hold it with your weak hand and twist it to secure all the hairs. g. Cut your hair using your dominant hand to ensure steady trimming. h. Start at the center of the forehead and snip a quarter-inch at a time until you are satisfied. Cutting your own hair is tricky and can be a disaster if you do it wrong. You should note that it is easy to cut hair but impossible to attach it back. These tips will guide you to know how to cut it perfectly. Tips When Cutting your Own Bang Prior cutting, ensure your hair is dry. Do not wet it because you are likely to make a mistake when cutting it. You can begin cutting your wet hair only to end up with shorter hair than you wanted. You also need to decide the size of your fringe before cutting. If you desire a thicker trim go further back to find where it will start. In addition, choose sharp hair-cutting scissors for the work. Begin by separating the rest of the hair with a band or clips to avoid accidentally cutting it. Thereafter, twist the hair before snipping to allow a “wispy” look rather than a blunt chop. While cutting the selected hair, comb it down to decide on the length. Tips When Trimming your Existing Bang First, style your hair as you do normally including the fringe to make sure your trim will fit. Then hold the hair back and leave the cuts out. You should pull the cuts in front of your face and trim. Furthermore, make sure the cuts are even and snip while holding the scissors up. You can begin from the center and trim outward until you obtain the desired length but do not cut across. Lastly, comb your hair using your fingers and cut hairs that are out of place.
How to Manicure at Home Giving yourself a home manicure is a great way of saving money. Manicures are treatments that really require regular, even weekly, updating which adds up to a lot of cost. But most women see it as an essential part of their grooming and look so are not willing to sacrifice their perfectly coiffed nails in order to save the pennies. But there is a compromise in the form of home manicures. By doing it yourself, you get the nails you want while also saving money – the perfect solution! The Initial Problems with a Home Manicure Nail treatments and colours demand a steady hand, the right equipment and more than anything, practise. Home manicures are not something you will be immediately good at upon your first try. It’s hard enough to master the art on someone else let alone doing it to your own hands. There is also the issue of one hand being more dextrous than the other so practise and persistence is certainly required but will pay off in the end. The Basic Components of a Home Manicure To begin, you will need a nail buffer, emery board, cuticle sticks, cuticle lotion, nail varnish remover, cotton wool pads, nail varnish colours – whichever you please, and a bowl of warm water. A clean and even workspace that you are comfortable in, and from which you can easily access all the products that you need, is also essential. Remove any old nail varnish residue with the cotton pad and nail varnish remover. Using an emery board, sand down each nail in a smooth curve and use the buffer to smooth the nail surfaces. Immerse your hands in the bowl of warm water to soften the cuticles and then push them down or remove them completely. This encourages nail growth and also makes for a neater surface. The Finishing Touches Once the grooming process is over, then you can decide if you want to colour your nails. There are so many great options to choose from depending on your taste – a French polish, white tips, completely neutral, bright and neon or even the new stick-on extras that are on trend at the moment. Applying the colour can be tricky, particularly if it is a strong colour but again, this comes with practise. Steady your hand as much as possible and ensure that your hand is over a towel or cloth so that any fallen drops are neatly collected. If more than one coat is needed, ensure that the first coast is completely dry first, as applying a new layer on a damp one can result in clumping and uneven coverage.
Enjoying the beautiful fragrance of a perfume can be one of life’s most joyous experiences. If you already have a few favorite aromas, well and good. Most people stick to the fragrances that they already know. But what if you are a newbie and do not know where to start? There are so many types of fragrances out there, that it is easy to get overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Know What You Like The first thing to do when you want to choose a new perfume is to decide on what you like and what you don’t. For example, do you like floral? If you do, there are two kinds – single floral and floral bouquet. The bouquet is of course a combination of a few flowers, resulting in a rather heavy scent. On the other hand, there is the oriental aroma that is quite ‘animalic’, and the woody aroma dominated by woody scents of sandalwood, cedarwood, and several others. There are a number of other classes of smells, and once you know which category you like, it will be easier to focus on your target scents. Finding Your Signature Scent The reason to choose a new perfume goes beyond the joy that the smell brings to your senses. Your perfume is an extension of your personality. It is your signature feature, something you want people to associate you with. That is why it is important that you take your time when you choose new perfumes. At best, you can try only two different scents in a day, and smelling the two should be done hours apart from each other. By trying more than one smell at one time, you might be blending the scents to create a ‘new’ perfume that does not really exist. Your Nose Might Shut Down Your nose is designed with some smell sensors embedded in it. Unfortunately, the sensors cannot handle many smells at any one time. If you force them to smell beyond their capacity to do so, they might just shut off, leaving you not smelling anything at all. It takes more than half an hour in a no-smell environment to get the sensors working again. That is why some shops provide coffee beans for their customers to sniff on when they choose new perfumes. The beans are supposed to refresh the senses so that you can try a couple more smells before they shut off. This works fine on some people, but not on all. So depending on the strength of your sensors, you might not be able to choose your new perfume effectively in just one day. The effort you take to choose new perfumes is well worth your while, because once you have identified the most suitable perfume for yourself, you will be able to enjoy it for many, many years to come.
Easy Ways to Reduce Cellulite Cellulite is the infliction of most women and the dreaded cottage-cheese look is something most will do anything to avoid or lessen. The lumpy, dimple-infused areas are usually the thighs and buttocks but can actually be anywhere that have a certain amount of fatty deposits such as the arms and stomach. It is certainly a commonly believed assumption that only women with significant weight problems have cellulite but this is not the case. Even thin women can get cellulite though perhaps not to the same extent as an overweight person. Cellulite is basically uneven textures in fatty deposits on the body and there are many things that you can do to reduce it, though it is almost impossible to eliminate completely so make sure that your expectations are realistic! Diet and Exercise Most things boil down to better diet and exercise and cellulite is no different. Reduce cellulite by enhancing your diet to include as much anti-oxidants and nourishing foods as possible. This smoothes out fatty deposits and breaks them down so that areas of cellulite are seen to be more smooth and less lumpy. Foods which are great for this are all types of berries and fruits, avocadoes, nuts, fresh, natural produce and wholegrains. Cutting out as much processed food as possible will do wonders as salt is a big culprit in making cellulite worse. Reduce cellulite easily by flushing out toxins and salt using water and natural juices. Water retention and high levels of salt in the body leads to more pronounced cellulite so simply by drinking more water and reducing processed foods in the diet, you can reduce cellulite easily. Supplementary Products Reduce cellulite even further by investing in a good product that targets cellulite-prone areas. These products usually require the user to apply a cream, serum or lotion into the problem areas regularly over a certain period of time. Alternatively, body-brushing in the shower has been to shown to reduce cellulite easily. This involves a hand-held body brush that you basically brush down your body with, which helps to flush out toxins and promote blood circulation. This simple activity can make a difference as it encourages oxygen flow which in turns breaks down fatty and toxic build up in cellulite-heavy areas. Regular massages are also a great way to improve this condition. Again, by manipulating the skin and encouraging blood flow, cellulite can be improved. There are also a range of innovative and evolving treatments available in beauticians which target cellulite if you have a bigger budget.
Choose the Perfect Foundation Cream for Your Skin The vast majority of women use some type of skin cream as a basic primer or foundation for their look. But while many simply go for a recommended brand or an expensive looking product, it is far more important to identify the perfect foundation cream for your individual skin type rather than assuming that a good brand will suit all as this is not the case. Cosmetics like skin creams are made to support the healthy and youthful appearance of skin. If the correct type of product is not used, then the purpose of the cream is bring defeated. Identify your Skin Type One of the very first things to do in order to find a skin cream that will optimise your skin type, is to identify exactly what type of skin you have. The 3 main categories here are oily, dry or combination. It is also worth noting if your skin is sensitive and how old you are. Once you have done this, you may come up with a description like; oily, sensitive and mature or; dry, normal and teenage. Oily and dry descriptors are pretty self-explanatory whereas combination skin usually means that the person has an oily t-zone but is dry in other facial areas. Establish what needs to be Corrected or Helped Once you know your skin type, think about problems you have with your skin. Many common skin-related issues centre on things like enlarged pores, blemishes, uneven tone, wrinkles, dullness or pigmentation. Establishing any such problems will finalise what you need from your skin cream. Typically, those with oily skin should always go for oil-free products as oil blocks pores even further. Those with dry skin should choose extra moisturising properties to balance their skins hydration and prevent dry patches and flaky skin. Finding the Perfect foundation Cream So, now you know what skin type you have and have recognised problems that you need help with. This information is vital in order to find the perfect cosmetic that will protect and perfect your skin while supporting the problematic issues. For example, an individual with oily skin in their early 30s with blemishes should opt for creams that are oil-free and loaded with protective nutrients to fend off early signs of aging. A woman with dry skin in their 50s should choose enhanced moisturising lotions with wrinkle-fighting ingredients and a wealth of sun protection properties. A final thing to consider is day or night cream. Day products should always include UV protection while night creams should act to restore and replenish the skins natural properties.
The Importance of Sun Protection Everyone knows that it is important to protect yourself from the sun, especially with global warming on the rise. However, there is a long way to go before the general population uses sun protection on a regular basis in their day to day lives. Whilst it is unrealistic to expect people not to tan, there are a number of ways in which to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Ultraviolet light can be extremely harmful to human skin, and if it were not for the Earth’s atmosphere protecting us from approximately 97% of the sun’s heat most living organisms would be in huge trouble. From sun scream to sun glasses, here are a few important tips to help you form a daily sun protection regime. Sun Cream One of the most effective ways of protecting yourself from the sun is by applying sun cream on a daily basis if you know that you are going to be outside. The sun can burn you even on a cloudy day, so it is especially important that young children with delicate skin are properly looked after. Sun cream is ranked by factors, and the higher the factor the more protection you get. For children, it is best to apply sun cream of factor 30 upwards. If you are going to the beach or a river, you may also want to invest in some waterproof cream. Sun protection for children is incredibly important as prolonged exposure to the sun can result in severe forms of skin cancer and other such complications. Cover Up Of course, the best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up. Wearing loose fitting linen or cotton clothes will help keep you cool, and a sun hat will help shade your head. Prolonged exposure to the sun can start premature aging in your skin, so to combat the stresses of daily life outdoors invest in a decent face moisturiser to apply every night. Avoid the use of sun beds and instead enjoy the real thing. There are countless horror stories of people receiving severe sun burn from sun beds, and children under 16 should never be permitted to use one. Wear a decent pair of sun glasses which have recognised UV protection. Aside from the practical benefits of helping you to see properly, good sun glasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Having said all this, it is good for you to enjoy the sunshine outdoors so don’t be tempted to stay inside all the time – it is up to you to protect yourself properly.