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Beauty Tips And Tricks

Whether you are young, middle aged or well seasoned, all women want to look their best – if only for ourselves.

I find there is nothing better than to feel good about yourself as you slip your smooth legs between the sheets; believe me you get better nights sleep!

Below are a few things that will make you look and feel good.

Body Hair

First things first, when we say “hair” what we really mean is hair removal. Looking like big foot is not attractive, or so my boyfriend says.

Eyebrows

Eyebrows are one of the first thing people see when they look at you, after all making eye contact is polite. When the eyebrows over take the eyes for attention, it’s time to get the tweezers out right? Maybe not.

If you go for the plucking technique, here are a few things to remember: always use moisturizer on the brow area about 10 minutes or so before plucking; it softens the skin so the hair can slide out easier. Second and most importantly, always pull the hair out gently in the direction it grows, don’t yank or attempt to grab more than 2 or 3 hairs at most, one at a time is best but it will take a while.

Or..

If you find that you are like me – either you don’t have the time or find it hurts too much (truthfully I can be lazy), grab a bottle of hair removal cream. Any hair removal cream will work but it is probably best to use facial hair removal cream as it will be gentler on your skin, especially as the skin around the eyes is quite sensitive. I will usually draw my eyebrows on with a brow or eye liner just to make a kind of template of where you want your eyebrows to be.

Step 2, apply the cream to a cotton bud and apply it to the hair outside the “template,” leave on for the directed time. I usually go for 10-15 minutes and wipe off with a cotton pad or facial wipe. I’d also advise to wash your face after because the cream always has that horrible smell, but that’s it, no plucking, no pain, just good eyebrows.

Legs and Other Miscellaneous Areas

I have found lately that the price of shaving foam seems to be climbing ever higher, and for me who can get through a whole can a week – it’s just not good for my purse. A better alternative is to use soap; it gets just as close a shave as foam and just generally makes me feel cleaner, plus a bar of soap can be bought from about 20p.

For a big night out there is a way to get an even smoother shave without waxing or expensive hair removal creams. Hair conditioner is the way to go. It clings to hairs closer to the skin, and if you use a moisturising conditioner you even get that beautiful sheen on your legs. Using conditioner doesn’t have to be expensive either. Go to a discount 99p shop or similar and grab a bottle from there. It doesn’t have to be a big brand or have added nutrients if it’s being used on leg hair. I have also used conditioner on other miscellaneous areas with no problems and a very close shave.

Skin

Skin covers every area of your body and is affected by everything it touches: sunlight, water etc. If the winter is rough on your skin like it is on mine you will know the pain of dry, cracked and bleeding skin. The best way to tackle these sort of problems is to prevent the problem before it occurs.

Before any treatment

The best way to prepare the skin for any treatment or moisturizer is to clean the area first. Soap and water is the best because it is milder and won’t contain any added ingredients or oils etc. Just soap, water and pat dry.

Face

Facial skin isn’t always as sensitive as people realize. Because the skin on your face can be just as exposed as your hands, sometimes you won’t need to use any gentle products. If however, you are like me and make up is worn almost every day, then your facial skin will not be exposed as much to weather condition.

The best type of treatment for facial skin is simple: wash and moisturise. Moisturizing will help keep the skin supple and also stop excess dirt getting into the pores in the first place. The best moisturizer to use is glycerine based. Usually glycerine will be found in hand and nail creams, so grab a tube and use it on your face. It sinks straight in and doesn’t leave a residue when you rub. Do be warned though, using foundation straight away will make a lot of mess; best to either moisturize before bed or wait at least an hour before make-up.

Body

Most people will simply use a normal body lotion for the rest of their body. If that works for you then keep it going. Once again I fall into the awkward category. My skin it terrible. There are not 2 places on my body with the same skin type. I have certain areas which seem to be dryer than others: the tops of my arms, just between my breasts and my shins. As with most other people I also get dry elbows and knees and this isn’t help by shaving my legs.

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First thing once again, soap and water, pat dry (I like to advocate cleanliness wherever I can). Normal lotions and such can be used on all the body, so slather away but ignore the problem areas. Also ignore tubs of watery moisturizer which claim to give deep hydration. These will not help you now. Best thing to go for is really thick cloggy types. Emollient creams are fantastic if you can – sometimes they can be a little costly but if your skin is bad try and get them on prescription. I have found quite a few of these “cloggy” creams via Avon. They are inexpensive and do the job brilliantly, just apply maybe twice a day and your dry skin will be smoothed away.

Feet

Once again like the face, feet are not usually exposed to the sun and especially the soles. Soak your feet in hot water, or just do it when you’re in the bath. Grab a pumice stone and get that hard skin off – be careful the skin does not appear pink as this may indicate you have gone a bit too far. Once you’re done, get the glycerin moisturizer out again and use on your feet. As before it dries quite quickly so no need to stay off your feet for an hour.

Hair

Hair is the best accessory you will ever own. There are hundreds of ways to wear your hair and you can make bold statements or express feelings. Keeping your hair in top condition is one of the basic rules of being human.

Keep it clean

It’s no good just throwing on some 2 in 1 when you’re heading somewhere important although doing so on days off is fine – I do. Most shampoos’ directions state to lather and repeat. Washing your hair in shampoo twice will actually make a huge difference to your hair; it’ll be so much softer so is a good option for dry or lightened hair. If your hair is prone to “fluffiness,” then shampooing twice isn’t the best idea. For fluffy hair, go for quite a heavy conditioner; it’ll weigh the hair down so you won’t have as much trying to escape.

Glossy hair

This is where it get’s interesting. Some girls like Catherine Middleton seem to be graced with the most silky looking, glossy hair that drives me insane with jealousy. To be honest I have no idea how she does it every day, although having unlimited hairdressers on call does help.

How to cheat: very simple, get some frizz-eaze. Couple of drop, rub over your hands and through your hair, instant gloss and no frizz. Too expensive to use every day, but for the weekends a bottle will last quite a while.

Shine

Getting a great shine without looking greasy isn’t too hard. Once again clean first, but for shine you need to get your hair to squeak. Grab a bottle of vinegar, normal brown table vinegar is great, rub it through damp hair like you would a conditioner. Leave it on for a couple on minutes and wash out. Shampoo your hair with your normal product, but I’d advise doing it twice just so you can be sure the vinegar smell is gone – I get paranoid too easily. Rinse the shampoo and then condition normally. When you’re ready to wash the conditioner out use cold water – not advisable if you’re under the shower, so lean your head over and wash out. Bang, instant shine and a squeaky clean.

Beauty Solutions For The Mindful Shopper

Beauty on a Budget: Simple, Inexpensive Solutions for Beauty Buys

Healthy, beautiful skin and hair often comes with a high price tag and the constant barrage of advertisements does nothing but confuse buyers and encourage spending. Fortunately, there are options that do not cost an arm and a leg, some that you already may have access to at home, that can help reduce the cost of beauty. You can make small changes that will put money back in your wallet.

Ten Beauty Tips to Consider

  1. Drink tons of water. It may seem like common knowledge but many women do not realize that they do not drink enough water. Summertime is the prime season for reminders that sunning outside or sweating in the gym can case our bodies to cry out for more water. It is the culprit of many common ailments such as headaches but also affects the condition of your skin. Stay hydrated and looking radiant by drinking 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water per day, or 4 of your standard water bottles.
  2. The twice a day routine of washing your face and neck can not only get expensive when using brand name cleansers and toners, but also can seem time consuming which may make you want to skip it. Cut time at the sink short by eliminating one of the “washes” with water and switch up your routine. You can find Witch Hazel in the first aid isle of almost every grocery or drug store and most women have cotton balls at home. Use a few cotton balls, rounds, or squares and a dab of Witch Hazel to clean off your makeup at night before bed. It is a faster way to clean skin and leaves you feeling refreshed.
  3. Another before bed routine that I’ve found works wonders is to put a bit of petroleum jelly on my eyelashes before bed. If you tend to rub your eyes in your sleep, like I do this eliminates lash breakage and the inevitable but accidental pulling out of lashes. You’ll notice that your lashes are fuller and longer because you are not damaging them at night. (This also is good for dryness or under eye circles that occur from allergies at night.)
  4. If your lips tend to be chapped or dry in the summer months, and easy way to get them feeling soft and plump is to brush them gently with your toothbrush in the morning when you brush your teeth. This works best with a soft or medium toothbrush. The effect is smoother and rosier lips that look great with a bit of gloss or sunblock chap stick.
  5. When your hair is unruly and you’ve got flyaways, try this tip for a quick fix. When you put lotion on your hands after washing, smooth your hair with the excess lotion or run your hands over the tips to bond strands. Not too much, of course, or you’ll end up with greasy looking hair.
  6. Tan skin, (from a spray of course) does not need as much makeup, so why not take advantage of the color by using less foundation. Apply your foundation sparingly in the summer, as a fresh look wins over a fully made up face when the temperature rises. Try using it only on the T-zone and under your eyes, keeping more in the bottle for when the weather cools off.
  7. Bothered by a heat induced pimple? Don’t dare squeeze it; sunscreen and sweat will only exacerbate the problem if the skin is broken. Ice the little bugger instead to reduce redness and swelling. Store bought products are great, but for a girl on a budget you can’t beat a little frozen water.
  8. Although high end moisturizers and creams are meant to do wonders, many of them do nothing more than your regular lotion. Try to stick with a fragrance, dye, and oil free moisturizer that is as simple as possible. I like Cetaphil, which is dermatologist recommended and comes in store brand (generic) as well. It can be used all over, even on your face, which saves a bundle.
  9. Eating healthy, balanced meals can greatly affect your skin tone, the plumpness in your cheeks, and how your skin feels to the touch. I know many of us diet to fit into our bikinis comfortably, but eliminating all fats from your meals causes sunken cheeks and dull skin. Be sure to fit healthy fats like fish and avocado into your diets to be sure your skin looks great while still minding your waist.
  10. Don’t smoke! There is no excuse that has not been said and now that we are in 2018, no one thinks smoking is cool. It sucks the life out of your body and face, creates wrinkles, and causes teeth yellowing. The physical damages to your appearance alone are reason enough to nix this bad habit.

Don’t Forget!

One bonus tip for the busy woman who is trying to do it all: Get enough sleep. The number varies from woman to woman, but on average a woman need 7-8 hours to get the beneficial effects of sleep. By ensuring you have at least 7 hours of (hopefully) uninterrupted sleep, you will wake up looking bright eyed and under eye circles will be minimized. Therefore, less makeup will be needed in the morning.

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Whether you are working with a shoestring budget or just like to keep things simple, the tips above are good to keep in mind. As the saying goes, sometimes less is more, as is the case of many of these beauty tips; your wallet and your cupboards will thank you for it.