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  1. Guys, I needed some help in achieving a specific makeup look. I included two pics below. (Two parts) 1) For the eyes, I wanted to create a wide, doll-eyed look (*without the help of fake lashes), and do some shadowing in the crease but still making it look natural (not too dark or overdone). (See pic #1) My eyes are a little closer set than the model's. Any specific application tips to help create this look would be really appreciated! (including types of products & tools/brushes for application) Pic #1 ... https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/0d/b6/0b/0db60bc1edbb0a5aee173698b350312f.jpg 2) For the lips, I just needed some help in finding a lipcolor that matches that worn by the model in pic #2. A soft brown color with a little mauve/plum mixed in. If you know any specific product that matches this shade, please let me know (brand & name of shade). Pic # 2 .... https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/d9/e5/69/d9e569cb2efcdbeecea624a9ab2589d1.jpg Thank you!
  2. Know your triggers. If you're an emotional eater, have a sweet-tooth, etc do what you can to avoid falling (back) into unhealthy patterns. Clean out your fridge, freezer and cabinets and replace (tempting) unhealthy foods/drinks with healthier options. And don't assume that when something says 'Fat Free' that it is healthy (many companies just do this as a marketing scam, and the ingredients they are replacing the fat with can actually be just as unhealthy.) Similarly with foods that say 'Sugar-free' (they are simply replacing sugar with a chemical substitute, and are often still full of starch/carbohydrates... which your body can eventually convert and store into fat anyway). Pay attention to nutrition labels and ingredients on all food. The first three ingredients listed on a product are what the product is made most out of of... If sugar, salt, refined grains or saturated fats are listed (within the first few ingredients), don't eat it. Sugar goes by many (many) names, so look out for any of these...: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Other-Names-Sugar-Appear-Labels-810571 Also look out for unnecessary sugar and sodium in soda, smoothies juices and energy drinks. As a rule of thumb, fresher is better. So anything that can sit on a shelf for months at a time is typically full of preservatives and not good for your body. So-called 'health' foods labeled 'Multi-grain' are also not really good for losing weight. WHOLE grains are what you want to look for. Avoid foods and drinks high in sodium, as these can cause your body to retain water (i.e. 'water weight). Reducing (or cutting these out of) your diet can also help you quickly shed a few pounds. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/bloating-foods-eat-gas-abdominal-discomfort_n_3320124.html Do not think that all 'fat' is unhealthy however. Your body (especially skin, hair and heart) needs healthy fats to function. ( these can be found in fish, olive oil, and almonds just to name a few) Include more water and green tea daily (eliminate soda entirely if you can. it has no nutritional value and will not help you lose weight). Add a squeeze of lemon or ginger, and try to drink 5-6 glasses a day. ( I personally brush my teeth as soon as I wake up, followed by two glasses of warm water, with a spoonful of ginger and tumeric, followed by a cup or two of green tea.) Don't skip breakfast. (when you skimp on meals or try to starve yourself, your body's metabolism plummets and your body tries to hang on to every calorie it can). http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Breakfast-Ideas-You-Can-Make-Night-Before-20048633#photo-20048633 And in general, it is wise to plan meals ahead. This way (when you are hungry), you will already have healthy option(s) prepared and won't be tempted to grab something unhealthy instead. If you eat meat, always opt for lean protein (like chicken and turkey) that is also organic (no chemicals or hormones) and *skinless*. If you like pasta, switch out reg pasta noodles for cucumber or zucchini noodles instead. Flavor your meals with spices, citrus juices, marinades and viniagrettes (instead of butter, dips, creams and sauces). http://www.spicesinc.com/t-salt-free-seasonings.aspx http://lowsodiumgourmet.com/browse-recipes/ http://www.cookinglight.com/healthy-living/healthy-habits/lower-sodium-condiment-recipes/lower-sodium-salad-dressing Cookbooks I recommend... The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook: 200 Delicious Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out The Complete Vegetable Cookbook: Easy, Delicious Recipes for More Than 200 Vegetable Side Dishes Lastly, mind your portion size. (your plate should look like this) https://blogthoughtforfood.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/platefoodportions.png These (below) are foods/snacks you can feel free to munch on anytime, however, as they are negative calorie foods. http://bembu.com/zero-calorie-foods Keep in mind *any* diet is more effective when paired with regular exercise. Weight loss should be gradual. When paired with exercise (esp weight resistance & cardio), your body's natural metabolism can be elevated, so you will continue to burn calories even after you've finished your workout. Find a routine that works into your schedule and is something you can stick to. Remember to keep what you eat (and your exercise regimen) BALANCED. (Your body needs fuel to function!) And always stay hydrated. (the more you exercise, the more fluid your body loses, so re-fuel with water, green tea and plain coconut water). Make your daily choices sensible, and don't compare yourself (your weight, or your body) to anyone else's. Everyone is different. You have to find the best balance that works for you.
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  4. What is the best base eyeshadow (cream or powder) to help eye makeup last and look vibrant/bright -- ..... a more neutral color (close to my skin color) ?? ...... or something whiter / brighter (like a white or soft pearl color?) (* I have pale skin with olive undertones, and hate it when my color seems to fade or look too 'drab'. I am allergic to most primers, so a base shadow (cream or powder) is my only option.)
  5. Alcohols can dry out and damage skin (actually speeding up the breakdown of collagen in the skin) and many facial products contain this. So it is best to go organic and look for products that are alcohol-free and are in gel or cream form (foaming cleansers can be too drying). Same goes with toners and moisturizers - alcohol-free only! If your skin is dry, opt for more cream or oil-based cleansers. (If you have combo or are acne-prone, stick to gel cleansers). Over-exfoliating can also be damaging, as well as over-scrubbing, and any facial products with coarse texture or beads (they actually cause microscopic tears in your skin). So stick to gentle products and don't overdo it. Retinol is one of the most recommended anti-aging ingredients, however some people's skin is too sensitive to use it. (There are many products which contain retinol, however most of them also contain a lot of chemicals and fillers, so I personally would not use them.) Antioxidants like green tea, astaxathin, Vitamin A and C are all great for fighting free-radicals (which lead to premature aging.) Be sure to wear sunscreen every single day (even if it's cloudy). And always moisturize (under makeup and before bed). Keeping hydrated (with water, green tea, coconut water) and eating healthy are also important in having vibrant skin. ( **Consuming too much sugar makes your skin's collagen break down faster. ) Consume more water-rich foods (fruits and veggies) as well as dark leafy greens. Lean protein also helps keep skin (and hair) strong and healthy. Also be sure to include healthy fats and oils (like those found in fish, avocados, walnuts, and olives) to keep skin supple, as well as Vitamin D (helps your skin retain moisture, along with omegas). Hyaluronic acid is another important ingredient that can help skin looking young and healthy. Products I use/recommend: Sunscreen: - Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46 Moisturizers: - Earth Science's Fragrance-Free Almond Aloe moisturizer (day or night) - Oshiglow's oil-free Hyaluronic Acid moisturizer (day or night) - REN's Evercalm Global Protection Cream (heavier cream suitable for drier skin types) for daywear, under makeup Cleanser: - Eilieen Mai's Salicylic Acid gel cleanser (if you are still prone to breakouts) - NYLSkincare's Rose Water face wash (very mild, gentle cleanser; non-exfoliating) - Detox Charcoal Cleanser by HolisticOrganics (etsy) - deliziososkincare's Watermelon & CoQ10 cleanser Toners: - deliziososkincare's Green Tea toner - deliziososkincare's Watermelon & CoQ10 toner - Derma E's Age-Defying Toner with Astaxathin and Pycnogenol - Astara's AHA Nutrient Toning Essence Lotion - Aphrodite's Aloe & Olive oil toner (if your skin is dry) - SilkNaturals' AHA and BHA toners I also recommend checking out Gabriel Organic's organic skin care products, as well as The Body Deli's, and the organic FacenEarth skincare line (etsy). Consider incorporating facial steaming into your skin regimen (a couple times a week) to really help open up and cleanse your pores. Keeping the air in your home clean (with an air purifier or houseplants) also helps your skin. (Avoid being around smokers, as second-hand smoke can also cause premature aging.) Daily supplements: Green tea, ginger, vitamin c, astaxathin, resveratrol and a hyaluronic acid supplement. Drink with plenty of water. And never, EVER skip sunscreen. While much of skin's aging is predetermined by genetics, we can control the environmental factors (photoaging) and how we treat our skin. So always be gentle and take time to invest in the right products, lifestyle and regimen.
  6. Because I have oily, acne-prone skin, I use a gel cleanser that has (mild) fruit acids which do help gently exfoliate daily. However, anything more intense (like a masque) is only recommended 2-3x a week (max). If you have drier or sensitive skin, be especially careful. ** Too much exfoliating can actually damage skin (by weakening your skin's natural moisture barrier). ** **Stay away from anything with grains or beads (as these can actually cause microscopic tears in your skin). I alternate with a salicylic acid gel cleanser (mainly in my t-zone), which helps clean pores of debris and dead skin cells, and fruit acids/AHA/BHA cleansers. Simple facial steaming a few times a week (with a mild non-acidic cleanser) can also help deep clean pores without the need for everyday exfoliation. Make sure whatever cleansers you use do not contain alcohols or sulfates, as these can be harsh and damaging to your skin as well. Products I personally use and recommend are: -- Detox Charcoal Cleanser by HolisticOrganics (etsy) -- Astara's AHA Nutrient Toning Essence Lotion -- Indie Lee's Brightening Cleanser (every other day, just in trouble spots) -- Eileen Mai's Salicylic Cleansing Gel -- Silk Natural's AHA or BHA (alcohol-free) toners.... the BHA one is more exfoliating & concentrated, so only use every other day or every few days -- NYLSkincare's Rose Water face wash (very mild, gentle cleanser; non-exfoliating) and moisturize with: -- Earth Science's Fragrance-Free Almond Aloe moisturizer or -- Oshiglow's Oil-fee Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion Oshiglow's Bentonite & Kaolin Clay masque is also great for a deep clean once or twice a week.
  7. Has anyone tried any of the Eye Shere Liquid Eyeshadows from Jane Iredale? I've read some reviews for the Champagne color, but was curious about the other shades....
  8. I have naturally dark brown hair with remanents of a reddish hue from when I had (professional) low-lights (about 3 or 4 ) years ago. Are there any (specific) shampoos that will add a SUBTLE hint of red (just to bring out what's already there) without turning it orange or pink?? (something very mild/gentle ) The lowlights I had several years ago were very dark cranberry red, and blend really nicely with my natural hair color. I just wanted to gently 'refresh' the subtle red that's already there... Nothing drastic! Can anyone recommend a specific shampoo for this? * I do not use any products containing sulfates, chlorides or parabens.
  9. Just wondering if anyone here has tried Dayle Breault's Radiant Toner & Skin pads, and/or Paula's Choice Scar Reducing Serum? ** Please share if these made any difference/improvement in your skin, and also what skin type you have. ** I've read that several celebs use the Dayle Breault products, and have read other reviews (elsewhere) about the Paula's Choice serum, but I am curious for more opinions from you guys. Thanks! P.S. - My skin type is very pale/fair, sensitive, combination and acne-prone. I keep my acne under control pretty well (thanks to antibiotics), but stil have very stubborn (chronic) blackheads and old acne marks that take forever to fade. Since I am very pale, these are very noticeable on my skin. My skin is too sensitive for any type of peels, so I'm always looking for gentler (yet effective) alternatives...( with no fragrances, parabens, glycols, mineral oil or fillers).
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