Lengthening & Thickening With the Right Mascara

Are you in need of mascara and eyelash enhancement tips but are not quite ready to apply the fake eyelashes? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Day and day out, women who have in the past been curling their lashes, looking for the ideal lengthening products, and were not adverse to trying the supposedly organic and hypoallergenic mascara products dictated by cosmetic lore, are finally at a point where they are ready to leave behind the products that did little more than cake onto their eyelashes and –since being waterproof – took a long time to safely remove.

Intensifying their search for the best mascara in an effort to maximize the beauty of their eyelashes, these women have found a number of surprising beauty tips that will help you, too, to plump up your eyelashes using mascara with ingredients that will ensure thickening and sculpting without the clumpy mess.

A Little Extra Glam

Try something new for that special night out—false  eyelashes.  False eyelashes were once  only reserved for the most glamorous women, like movie stars and super models,  now you can easily apply some false eyelashes for a fancy night out on the  town, or any time that you’d like a more glamorous, sexy look.  This is no longer a secret for makeup  artists, today’s false eyelashes are easily applied with a thin strip of adhesive,  and the simple, safe removal process leaves your natural lashes unharmed.  While you’re wearing them, you’ll have the  flirtiest eyelashes that are fun to bat all might.  You’ll be ready for the red carpet!  Forget about trying to use traditional clumpy  mascaras that can smudge and smear after a long night, false eyelashes look as  fresh at the end of the night as they did when you first applied them.

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Ideal Mascara Products Won’t Cake or Clump

Begin your eyelash routine by using natural tools for conditioning them. Vaseline and even olive oil applied in moderate amounts are known to increase the health of individual eyelashes and thus prime the canvas for the application of mascaras like Max Factor, Kiss Me, La Femme, Maybelline and of course L’Oreal. Using bargain basement or no-name mascara is discouraged since it often contains fillers that are all but guaranteed to clump on your lashes at the first opportunity.

Damaged Lashes Need a Little Extra Care

If your eyelashes have suffered and you might have some bald patches on your lids, dispense with the use of mascara – even double wear products – and instead add an eyelash growth product to your beauty routine. After about six to eight weeks of consistent application, you will be rewarded with natural, longer lashes.

Lashes Should Be Curled Before Mascara Application

To avoid that ugly cake or clump of mascara, be sure to curl your eyelashes prior to applying the cosmetic. In addition to the foregoing, place a very light dusting of powder on your eyelashes for the mascara to properly adhere to and not slide off, forming odd clumps on the tips of your lashes. Putting on mascara – even the brushless variety – is a bit of an art and you may have to experiment with different techniques to find one that works best for getting that thick, healthy and voluptuous look you are aiming for.

Best Way to Apply Mascara to Eyelashes

The current wisdom suggests applying mascara by holding the brush still, but blinking your eye lashes over it.  Allowing the lashes to pick up their own coating. You should apply a second coat of mascara only to the top lashes for a long lasting, voluminous look. Have a mineral oil based eye makeup remover on standby to correct any mistakes without having to take off all the mascara. As a final thought, whenever possible, please purchase cruelty free products that will allow you to use products without the stain of unnecessary animal testing attached.

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How To Cover Tattoos

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Instructions
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Test different concealers or foundations on the tattoo to be covered. The makeup must match perfectly with skin tone. It might take a combination of several colors to get the right match.

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Prepare the skin by shaving off any hair covering the tattoo. Make up will stick to the hair possibly drawing more attention to the area than the tattoo would.

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Apply one thin coat of the matched concealer to the tattoo. The makeup should extend over the edges of the tattoo and blend with the skin so there is no defined line between the makeup and the skin. Blend with fingers, a foam wedge or a flat makeup brush. Allow the layer to dry completely.

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Repeat step three. Apply one very thin coat of concealer, blend and allow it to dry completely. Once it is dry, apply one more coat, blend and allow it to dry.

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Use the powder brush to reduce shininess by dusting a translucent powder over the tattoo. The powder should be slightly lighter than your natural skin tone. Not only will this tone down the shininess, it will help to set the make up underneath making for a longer lasting finish.

Stretch Marks And Tanning

Stretch marks can be irritating to look at, but luckily, they can be made somewhat less visible by using tanning treatments. Some people think regular tanning in the sun or spending time in tanning beds can also do the trick, but reducing the look of a stretch mark is actually best accomplished by over-the-counter creams or sprays in tanning salons.

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About Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body when the middle layer of the skin, or dermis, is stretched to a point where its elasticity breaks down. When this happens, microscopic bleeding and tissue inflammation occurs, which results in the raised reddish and purple look of a new stretch mark. When the dermis is stretched out, the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, is also stretched into translucence. After these marks heal, the scar tissue is what results in the permanent stretch mark. Over time, these scars may fade into a silvery white color that is lighter than the natural skin tone.

Tanning Creams

Some ways of achieving a tan without exposing the skin to the ultraviolet rays of the sun are by using tanning lotions and creams. These can include stainers, bronzers and tan accelerators. Creams and lotions are one of the most popular ways of achieving a tan without laying out in the sun since it has less health risks than direct exposure to ultraviolet light. They can also be applied anytime at the leisure of the user. It’s important to make sure that tanning lotions or sprays are applied evenly over the surface the skin to ensure an even tan.

Tanning Salon Sprays

Tanning salons that offer spray tans work the same way as tanning lotions and creams do. Although it is probably costlier than applying creams at home, a salon may be able to achieve a much more even-toned look over the entire body than a person is able to achieve at home.

Tanning in the Sun and Tanning Beds

A common misconception is that the whitish appearance of a stretch mark will go away if it is darkened by tanning in the sun or in tanning beds. This may actually worsen the appearance of stretch marks, however, because they don’t tan as well as the healthy skin surrounding it. Stretch marks don’t tan easily because they are scars, which are resistant to changes in color. Tanning in the sun also poses other hazards, such as damage to healthy skin and the risk of developing skin cancer.

Eliminating Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can’t be eliminated by tanning, but they may fade into less noticeable colors over time. To prevent stretch marks from becoming more obvious, it is important to use sun screen to prevent darkening the healthy skin around a stretch mark, which would make the scar look more obvious.

Tips On Beautiful Skin

TIPS for  BETTER, more BEAUTIFUL  SKIN

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1- WATER, WATER, WATER! – So simple and inexpensive yet SO EFFECTIVE.  Ladies, water is what the bulk of our bodies is comprised of.  It allows so many important cellular functions to take place AND by drinking enough of it, it can offer relief from things like constipation, food cravings, fatigue, dry skin, headaches, excess body fat even water-retention problems.  Without enough water, your body is not flushing out toxins properly.  If toxins are not being eliminated properly, it affects your physiology.  Everyone should be drinking EIGHT to TEN 8oz. glasses of water (preferrably purified) per day.  Try to do this for 3 months and let me know if you have noticed positive changes and more beautiful skin.

2- SUN EXPOSURE– Our sun is a magnificient wonder of nature and indispensable to life.  Being out in the sun is healthy and unfortunately there is too much negative press lately about completely avoiding the sun.  The skin cancer scares have caused the entire population to regress and retract from any sun exposure at all, which is not good.

The truth is, a regular dose of it is necessary for maintaining adequate Vit D levels, which in turn is necessary for a myriad of reasons (but that topic is for another website…).  Anyhow, limit an overdose of sun exposure and when you are outdoors, protect your skin with a good quality sunscreen to block out harmful rays which will decrease your chances of a nasty sunburn.

Years of neglect will, over time, render obvious signs of aging such as sun spots, hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles, spider veins, etc….

3- EXFOLIATION: Our bodies shed many many many dead skin cells every day.  Many of which are still laying on your body’s skin surface.  If not cleaned regularly, your skin, particularly your face can be greatly affected by these dead skin cells.  They can end up clogging your pores and creating the perfect harvesting medium for bacteria, thus, clogging your pores.  This results in blackheads, pimples and acne.  It is of great importance to exfoliate to rid your skin surface of dead skin cells.  A good cleanser will also allow a little deeper cleansing to ensure some of the stubborn cells still trying to cling on for dear life can be sloughed away as well.  A good exfoliator will get the job done without being too harsh on your beautiful skin.

4- OMEGA 3’s: Now here is one of the absolute best anti-aging and skincare tip around.  Unfortunately, little of us know about the effectiveness of OMEGA 3 fatty acids.

Did you know that upping your intake of omega 3 will help your skin look younger, decrease pimples/blemishes/acne, boost your brain power as you get older, help with inflammation in your body and keeps your heart health is check?  That’s right. Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid and fatty acids are vital for the proper functioning of every cell in your body and that includes your skin.

Omega 3 fatty acids maintain the structure and fluidity of the cell membrane making sure nutrients enter the cell and waste products are removed. They also have the ability to decrease inflammation (which is what acne is…inflammation/infection).  As your body can’t make these fatty acids – it has to constantly replenish them from food intake.

I had once recommended Omega 3 fish oils to our nanny who had serious acne.  I wish to this day I had taken before and after pictures to have been able to prove it to the world.  In just 5 days, the inflammation and redness had decreased so dramatically that my husband asked if I knew how she cleared up her complexion.  He was astounded.  If you have acne, you should seriously consider using the Omega 3’s I recommend below.  Why would you want to medicate yourself and burn your skin with prescription potions?  These can often had serious, permanent side effects. Try the OMEGA 3’s.  There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Omega 3 fatty acids are magic for achieving beautiful skin. It helps in  keeping skin cells moist and strong  which is an essential element of younger looking skin. Recent studies have shown that a diet low in essential fatty acids – and that’s around 99% of US citizens – can lead to dry skin and premature wrinkles.

So if you want younger, blemish-free looking skin, boosting your intake of fatty acids will do wonders for its smoothness and radiance of and help you stay wrinkle free for longer as well as keep pimples and acne to a minimum.  Give yourself 3 months for proven results.

Also, to maximize its effectiveness, be sure to use a fish oil made from small fish (sardines, anchovies, krill).  AND – be sure to look at mg’s of each EFA & DHA ratios.  The higher the better!  The one brand I have found most effective in terms of quality and high fatty acid content is here. I have not yet found a more superior and effective product.  Personally, Omega 3 fish oils are part of my daily supplement intake. This product contains a very high content of DHA and EPA, contains VIT E to prevent oxidation of the oils once ingested.  This means you make use of WAY more fatty acids once you swallow it.  If you choose a less superior product, you will need to take 8+ capsules a day to get the daily requirements of your omega 3 fatty acids AND you will get through the bottle much quicker.  You get what you pay for indeed.

5-ANTI-AGING TREATMENT CREME,: This product is one I CANNOT live without.  I swear by it and so does everyone else who uses this.

Now, if you’re like me and get overwhelmed and skeptical of products people swear by and promote, you are thinking – “whatever, another gimmick and an empty promise in getting results from yet another skincare anti-aging product…”

I am not going to try and promote it first of all because it is what it is. It speaks for itself and all I can do is speak of my experience with it.  One of my very particular clients emailed me one day and I quote:

“My mom went into the Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada’s leading retailer of beauty, health and pharmacy products and services)close to their house the other weekend and the lady at the cosmetics counter measured the moisture in her skin on her face.  I guess highest is 40% and she measured 34% and the woman was shocked!!  Wanted to know what cream she was using (was selling neutrogena).  IT WAS THE PENTAXYL!!  Can we order 2 more tubes… 1 for her and 1 for me when you get a minute?”

As you can see, PENTAXYL, a powerful new cosmeceutical that helps reduce the signs of aging, features an advanced formula that penetrates into the fine layers of skin for maximum results. The ingredients have been shown in clinical studies to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase skin firmness and thickness, improve skin discoloration and hydration and even improve skin texture and color. Regular use of Pentaxyl will leave you with a clean, vibrant and more youthful look without injections or surgery. Visible results can be seen within a few weeks.

My skin texture and suppleness has changed so much. That’s how I would describe the change.  I feel as though I have had my skin buffed over and over again.  It’s like it’s been polished and plumped.  It is simply amazing.

Primary Benefits:

-Works on both the epidermis and the dermis

-Contains Three Peptide formulas

-Matrixyl® is based on wound healing and tricks the skin to produce its own collagen

-Reduces the severity of wrinkles and furrows (especially in the brow, forehead and eye areas)

-Increases skin firmness and thickness

-Reduces skin discolorations and increases hydration

-Improves skin texture and color

-Reduces the appearance of stretch marks

***For optimal results apply day and night.  Must warm up cream between your fingers and massage lightly to create a little friction and heat.  It works.***

Flawless Skin Tips …

Secret to a natural, flawless look

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1. Apply foundation to your cheeks, forehead, and chin using a foundation brush, sponge, or clean fingertips. Blend the foundation all the way to your natural hairline with long, light strokes.

2. Continue blending over the jawline and onto your neck to achieve a natural, seamless look. Check your face and neck in natural light to make sure the foundation is completely blended in all areas.

3. If under-eye circles or red spots remain, do not add more foundation; it can look heavy and cakey. Instead, try a concealer.

Tip: Choose the shade of your foundation carefully. When testing out shades, pick one that matches the tone of your jawline exactly. It helps to use a mirror outdoors to see how shades look in natural light.

Tip: Begin by applying a small amount of foundation then increase amount to achieve the degree of coverage that suits your skin.

Tip: For daytime, mix your foundation with a light SPF moisturizer before applying for a smoother, more sheer application.

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To prepare a smooth canvas for your makeup, always start off with clean, moisturized skin. You’ll find that your makeup glides on and blends more easily.

1. Keep your skin free of buildup by using a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night. When cleansing your face, do so gently in upward motion stokes – do not tug, pull or scrub too hard to prevent irritation.

2. Freshen up your skin with a toner containing ingredients that suit your skin type.

3. Indulge your skin and keep it hydrated with a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type. Make sure your daytime moisturizer contains SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. Treat yourself to an at-home-facial 2 to 3 times a week. Use a mild cleanser, then exfoliate with a gentle scrub that contains exfoliate that are round and non-abrasive.

5. Apply a facial mask after exfoliating. Rinse off thoroughly and get a good night’s sleep!

Tip: Even when you’re steering clear of the sun, or it appears to be a cloudy day, always be sure your makeup foundation or moisturizer contains SPF 15 or higher.

Lashundra Easton (Shun) My Story

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My Story…

Cosmetic enhance the beauty of a woman it creates a flawless look and makes all young ladies feel good about their appearance. With all the training, seminars and attending trade shows not to mention Cosmetology School and working in beauty salons, she wanted to start her own freelance & cosmetic business here in Memphis, TN where she attended Jett Beauty College back in the 90’s. My vision is helping women all over the world look their best on a budget, with enhancing the natural beauty and building up there ego from soft to bold and glam.Cosmetic enhance the beauty of a woman it creates a flawless look and makes all young ladies feel good about their appearance.