Kerry Washington Collaborated With OPI

Kerry Washington’s name has come to be associated with Washington, D.C., mostly thanks to her turn as Olivia Pope on Scandal. But what many people don’t know is that her relationship with our nation’s capital began long before she donned those gorgeous neutral jackets (and downed too many glasses of red wine to count). “I have a real relationship with Washington. “I went to college there and, the truth is, I worked for the real White House before I worked for the fake one.” (Washington was a campaign surrogate during both of President Obama’s runs.)

So when she was approached by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, cofounder and brand ambassador for OPI nail products, it made sense to collaborate on a D.C.-focused collection. “It was Suzi’s idea,” Washington says. “I’ve been a fan of hers from afar for a long time, and I thought the idea was really fun.” It also marks a milestone for the brand. The line, named Washington D.C. (because, of course), is the first time OPI has collaborated with an actress — all of its previous collabs have been with musicians.

Together, Washington and Weiss-Fischmann created 15 shades that are just as cheekily named as you’d expect an OPI bottle to be. Look out for colors like Kerry Blossom, Squeaker of the House, and Freedom of Peach. All the shades are available for purchase today at Ulta Beauty — so click through and shop your favorites. Democracy never looked this good.

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Urban Decay Eye Primer

For most of my makeup wearing years I was frustrated with the fact that I couldn’t keep my shadow from fading…or creasing on my eyelid mixing with oil. How many of us have purchased the wrong eye primer at the makeup counter. Or what about the embarrassing moment when you out on a date and you tell him…I’m going to the ladies room and once you get in front of the mirror to find that your eye shadow has creased so bad that you look like you intentionally left a strip in the middle of your eyelid. Well ladies I can confidently say with my experience that the eye primer will in fact ease your eye shadow crease. So what is eye-shadow primer and how does it work? Magic of course. Ok maybe not magic but it does come close. Primer goes on as a smooth cream and quickly dries to create a base, or a canvas if you like, for your eye shadow. The primer bonds with the shadow and voila! No more creasing. No more fading.

Home Remedies for Teenage Acne

Natural Acne Treatments for Teenagers

One of the most significant problems for adolescents is having to deal with acne, which inevitably appears at this age. The problem becomes more serious because at this stage, kids give great importance to their physical appearance and what others think of them. They see a small pimple on their face as the worst blemish in the world. Moreover, when the problem of acne is severe, it has a very negative impact on their self-esteem.

 

Often parents do not give importance to this issue because they think it is a natural stage of life. The teenager, who has no money nor the means to see a doctor or to buy an acne cream, feels in despair.

Fortunately, there are home remedies that young people can put into practice. These natural remedies are inexpensive and readily available. If you look in the refrigerator or pantry in your kitchen, it’s very likely that you will find the ingredients there.

Some natural remedies to combat acne in adolescents are:

  • Oats mask: Cook the oats and apply as a mask for 15 minutes. Repeat every two weeks.
  • Crush a handful of bay leaves and soak in a cup of water. Let stand for one day. Apply the water with a cotton swab.
  • In a bowl, add equal parts of rose water and lemon juice. Apply the mixture with a cotton swab, leave on for half an hour. Wash your face. Repeat every two weeks.
  • Strawberry mask: Strawberries are high in salicylic acid, the active ingredient in many commercial anti-acne creams. Mash some strawberries and apply as a mask. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Wash your face with neutral soap and dry. Apply apple cider vinegar with a cotton swab.
  • Garlic and milk: Cut garlic into pieces and soak for half an hour in a cup with milk. Remove the pieces and rub the affected area with them.

For severe cases of acne consult a dermatologist.

I Love My Bloggers!

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I’ve just added my blog to mobile, so you guys will here from me more often. If you need any information on anything let me know, so I can blog about it. Feel free to ask me as long as its on beauty, skin, hair or music then we can talk….lol, I really want to here from my bloggers and readers out there I love you guys!! Thanks, Lashundra Easton / http://www.facesbyshun.com

Natural Oily Skin Remedies That Really Work

Have you tried various products for oily skin but nothing seems to do the job? Have you heard about natural oily skin remedies but you’re too skeptical to try them? If you are desperate to find a solution to your oily skin problems, here are some home remedies that actually work.

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Lemon

Why it works: It is rich in Vitamin C that moisturizes, softens, exfoliates and stimulates the skin’s collagen production. Lemon juice is a natural astringent and can be used as a toner for greasy skin. It removes excess oil, dirt and clears acne and helps to fade acne scars at the same time.

How to use it:

Mix lemon juice with water (or not) and apply on the face using a cotton ball. You can also mix it with Aloe Vera which is the best moisturizer for oily skin. Apply it on the face, leave it on for a few hours then rinse off or leave it overnight.

Word of caution: Lemon juice is quite acidic; so, be careful not to let it get to your eyes. You should also apply sunscreen on your face because this treatment can make your skin temporarily sensitive to sunlight – you’ll burn a lot more quickly.

You may also feel a tingling sensation after putting it on your face, but the sensation should subside quickly. However, if it continues to sting and leaves your facial skin irritated, you stop using it.

Witch Hazel

Why it works: The leaves, twigs and bark of this plant have high tannin content, which has astringent properties as well. Astringents are great for tightening the pores and in removing excess oil. It also contains resin, flavonoids and procyanadins, which are best known for their anti-inflammatory and soothing effects to acne-prone skin – a common side-effect of oily skin. You will find witch hazel present in moisturizers, toners and face washes.

How to use it:

Buy a bottle of 100% natural and distilled witch hazel from any drugstore or pharmacy. Use it as a toner and apply it liberally after cleansing your skin, using a cotton ball. You may also mix it with lavender essential oil to make a naturally refreshing toner.

Word of caution: Always read the label first before buying witch hazel because some contains alcohol and other ingredients that can be harsh to your skin. You should avoid such varieties.

Clay Powder

Why it works: The French green clay powder is widely known for its cosmetic use because of its ability to absorb oil and impurities from the skin through exfoliation of dead skin cells. It also improves blood circulation on the epidermis, tightens the pores and firms your skin.

How to use it:

You can buy it in powder form and concoct your own facial mask. Just mix 1 tbsp of green clay powder with 2 tbsp of water to create a paste. Put the mixture on your face, leave it on for 10 minutes, and then wash off with warm water. Aloe Vera gel or jojoba oil is a good clay mask enhancer and works great for oily skin.

Word of caution: Clay masks can be drying and may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Even if you have greasy skin, you still have to use this with caution. Using it 1 to 2 times a week is recommended after using an exfoliant or facial scrub. If you want to go with the “all-natural” theme, oats mixed with warm water will make for a wonderful facial scrub.

These remedies are not meant to replace your basic skin care regimen. It is still highly recommended that you stick to a your usual facial care routine and incorporate these natural home remedies for more effective oily skin treatment. As a reminder, know that there is probably no way to cure oily skin totally – there is only maintenance. If you are looking to reduce the greasiness, consider the option below.

Using Birth Control Pills To Control Oily Skin

An overload of the hormone known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT triggers the sebaceous glands to produce way too much sebum. Some forms of birth control pills, specifically the ones used for estrogen dominance, help control the surge of DHT in the body. Less DHT means less oil gland stimulation. Birth control pills really do work in helping you bring your sebum levels back to normal and give you that shine-free complexion, as they are widely and effectively used to treat acne.

This is not an over-the-counter drug. You should consult your doctor first to get proper medical advice, prescription and clear instructions for its use.

Word of caution: Most birth control pills are FDA approved for acne treatment but not specifically for oily skin. An off-label prescription may be used by your dermatologist. You should know that most women who stop using contraceptives after taking it for a long time may experience breakouts. Also, it takes time (2-3 months) for your body to adjust to its effects. In general, long-term use of birth control pills isn’t good for your health. Seek your doctor’s advice should you have any concerns about this.

Eye Shadow Tips…

shunblondehairCream eye shadows have emerged in recent years, yet the most common complaint is that they crease and fade quickly. The easy fix is a primer, which preps the skin, allowing the color to act more like a powder. Cream-to-powder formulations, English said, “Start out fluid and amorphous but dry down to set themselves,” so you get both the pigment and longevity. Some cream eye shadows come in a stick and can be applied directly to the eyelid and blended with your fingers. Powder eye shadows can be applied with a brush or your fingertips and are especially good for creating a smoky eye.

How To Be a Classy or Sophisticated Lady

It’s getting more and more difficult to identify a classy woman these days because society is losing its moral fiber daily and people are accepting it as “This is how it is these days.” Guess what? Wrong. There is a way to identify which lady is accepting the status quo and which lady is that classy lady who is heads and heels above the rest.

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Instructions

How to Identify a Classy Woman
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There is no classier woman than a woman who spends time with herself for grooming purposes. Look at a lady from head to toe. Her hair should look like it’s been brushed and styled. It should not look like she just got out of bed or have been lying around on the couch all day (like some untalented stylists have lead some women to believe).

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Look at the hands. They should be clean and groomed. The nails can be short or long. They can be polished or unpolished. The polish should not be chipping off.

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Look at the feet, if they are exposed. They should be clean and smooth. There should not be the appearance of a light “pie crust” around the feet. The nails should be short. They can be polished or unpolished. The polish should not be chipping off.

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The lady should have a smooth and flowing gait. They should not walk hunched over. They should not drag and slide their feet. Their head should be up and not starring down. Their arms should be close to their body as they walk.

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A classy woman will always leave you with the impression of “I wonder what…”. However, if a woman has a nice body and she feels she has to practically be undressed to make sure you see her (The ole if you got it flaunt it mentality), not only is she not classy, she is insecure. This is evident by the fact that when she goes to meet your mother, she tries to dress like a librarian.

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A classy woman will always leave the privilege of seeing her assets to the special man in her life. You must ask yourself, does a woman have to advertise to every man on the planet what her body looks like? If so, is there anything special she’s reserving for the special man in her life to see?

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Look for confidence in a classy woman. They make men wonder. They treat themselves as if they are royalty. A classy woman understands that if she doesn’t treat herself as if she’s special, she shouldn’t expect a man to treat her as if she’s special.

Waterproof Makeup Give you a Lasting Flawless Look

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Whether you’re sunning yourself on the beach or sweating it out on the commute, make-up never seems to stand the test of time when the heat is up. Mascara clumps and streaks, foundation melts and lipstick washes itself away.

But there are products out there that won’t melt at the first glimpse of sunshine!

We’ve compiled a few of the best products, from waterproof foundation to eyeliner, so you can splash about in the ocean or relax in the garden without having to worry about streaky marks or smudged panda eyes.

What Is Disulfide Bond?

In chemistry, a disulfide bond is a covalent bond, usually derived by the coupling of two thiol groups. The linkage is also called an SS-bond or disulfide bridge. The overall connectivity is therefore R–S–S–R. The terminology is widely used in biochemistry. In formal terms, the connection is a persulfide, in analogy to its congener, peroxide, but this terminology is obscure and is no longer used.

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disulfide bond

n.

The covalent bond between sulfur atoms that binds two peptide chains or different parts of one peptide chain and is a structuraldeterminant in many protein molecules.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

bond

[bond]

the linkage between atoms or radicals of a chemical compound, or the symbol representing this linkage and indicating the number andattachment of the valencies of an atom in constitutional formulas, represented by a pair of dots or a line between atoms, e.g., H—O—H, H—C≡C—H or H:O:H, H:C:::C:H.
coordinate covalent bond a covalent bond in which one of the bonded atoms furnishes both of the shared electrons.
covalent bond a chemical bond between two atoms or radicals formed by the sharing of a pair (single bond), two pairs (double bond), orthree pairs of electrons (triple bond).
disulfide bond a strong covalent bond, —S—S—, important in linking polypeptide chains in proteins, the linkage arising as a result of theoxidation of the sulfhydryl (SH) groups of two molecules of cysteine.
high-energy phosphate bond an energy-rich phosphate linkage present in adenosine triphosphate (ATP), phosphocreatine, and certainother biological molecules. On hydrolysis at pH 7 it yields about 8000 calories per mole, in contrast to the 3000 calories yielded byphosphate esters. The bond stores energy that is used to drive biochemical processes, such as the synthesis of macromolecules,contraction of muscles, and the production of the electrical potentials for nerve conduction.
high-energy sulfur bond an energy-rich sulfur linkage, the most important of which occurs in the acetyl-CoA molecule, the main sourceof energy in fatty acid biosynthesis.
hydrogen bond a weak, primarily electrostatic, bond between a hydrogen atom bound to a highly electronegative element (such asoxygen or nitrogen) in a given molecule, or part of a molecule, and a second highly electronegative atom in another molecule or in adifferent part of the same molecule.
ionic bond a chemical bond in which electrons are transferred from one atom to another so that one bears a positive and the other anegative charge, the attraction between these opposite charges forming the bond.
peptide bond the —CO—NH— linkage formed between the carboxyl group of one amino acid and the amino group of another; it is anamide linkage joining amino acids to form peptides.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

bond

the linkage between atoms or radicals of a chemical compound, or the symbol representing this linkage and indicating the number andattachment of the valencies of an atom in constitutional formulas, e.g. H−O−H, H−C= C−H and can be represented by a pair of dotsbetween atoms, e.g. H:O:H, H:C:::C:H.

coordinate covalent bond

a covalent bond in which one of the bonded atoms furnishes both of the shared electrons.
covalent bond

a chemical bond between two atoms or radicals formed by the sharing of a pair (single bond), two pairs (double bond) or three pairsof electrons (triple bond).
disulfide bond

a strong covalent bond, −S−S−, important in linking polypeptide chains in proteins, the linkage arising as a result of the oxidation ofthe sulfhydryl (SH) groups of two molecules of cysteine.
high-energy phosphate bond

an energy-rich phosphate linkage present in adenosine triphosphate (ATP), phosphocreatine and certain other biological molecules.On hydrolysis at pH 7 it yields about 8000 calories per mole, in contrast to the 3000 calories yielded by phosphate esters. The bondstores energy that is used to drive biochemical processes, such as the synthesis of macromolecules, contraction of muscles, andthe production of the electrical potentials for nerve conduction.
high-energy sulfur bond

an energy-rich sulfur linkage, the most important of which occurs in the acetyl-CoA molecule, the main source of energy in fattyacid biosynthesis.
human-animal bond

the psychological interdependence between humans and companion animals.
hydrogen bond

a weak, primarily electrostatic, bond between a hydrogen atom bound to a highly electronegative element (such as oxygen ornitrogen) in a given molecule, or part of a molecule, and a second highly electronegative atom in another molecule or in a differentpart of the same molecule.
ionic bond

a chemical bond in which electrons are transferred from one atom to another so that one bears a positive and the other a negativecharge, the attraction between these opposite charges forming the bond.
peptide bond

the −CO−NH− linkage formed between the carboxyl group of one amino acid and the amino group of another; it is an amide linkagejoining amino acids to form peptides.
phosphoanhydride bond

a high energy bond present in ATP.
phosphodiester bond

links between nucleotides in nucleic acids.
Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 3 ed. © 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved

di·sul·fide bond

a single bond between two sulfurs; specifically, the -S-S- link binding two peptide chains (or different parts of one peptide chain); alsooccurs as part of the molecule of the amino acid, cystine, and is important as a structural determinant in many peptide and proteinmolecules, for example, keratin, insulin, and oxytocin. A symmetric disulfide is R-S-S-R; R’-S-S-R is a mixed or asymmetric disulfide.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

di·sul·fide bond

(dī-sŭl’fīd bond)

A single bond between two sulfurs; specifically, the -S-S- link binding two peptide chains (or different parts of one peptide chain).
Synonym(s): disulphide bond.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.

master the basics

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.