Manicure Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

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We love our painted nails looking all fresh and sexy, ready to go out for a night on the town. What we don’t realize is that there is a certain way to paint them and there are mistakes we should be avoiding if we want the perfect DIY manicure. Even your professional manicurist might be making these mistakes. Those 30 minutes you put into getting a manicure per week should be relaxing and not thinking about all the ways this half hour is going wrong. So here are some manicure mistakes to watch for, that can lead to a bad manicure session because a personalized pampering at the family salon was cheap and fast.

Manicure Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

Every salon is different and we shouldn’t be generalizing to everyone, but what many do is just follow a routine, from the filing and buffing to the painting and nail design. Some places even let you customize your appointment, depending on how much you are willing to spend on the experience.

1. Do not cut those cuticles: Honestly, we have no idea why so many salons continue to do so, but cuticles are important in keeping out bacteria and cutting them is the worst thing you can do. You should only be pushing them back as far as they go, not removing them. To push them back, use cotton covered orange sticks instead.

2. Don’t oversoak: This is another problem beauticians seem to have a lot more than individuals doing their nails themselves. You should be soaking the nails in warm water for a few minutes, but nothing longer than that, which only makes your fingers look pruney and the nails become brittle. You don’t want to weaken the skin either. Furthermore, you should not be using products in that water unless they are fully natural.

3. Don’t use quick-dry polishes: A quick dry topcoat is often used at most salons so that you can go back to working on whatever you were working on. The problem is that while the topcoat may dry, the undercoat still needs time and those dreaded smudges become a major problem. A smudge or a dent in a fresh manicure after you have just left the salon angers even the best of us.

4. Don’t make too many color coats: Two coats of the color lacquer are more than enough to get the look you want. Any more and you’ll be looking at too thick, gloppy, dented, chipped, smudges or just simply gross looking nails. You want them to look perfect and if the color just isn’t the right consistency, we suggest changing the lacquer and not just adding coat after coat like a teenager trying to get things right.

5. Don’t forget to use the tools: Some nail artists think that using their hands instead of a tool to get the job done will be more efficient, while in reality it just ends up causing problems with sanitation. Sometimes they sue a fingernail to wipe away a bit of polish that escaped the nail but that just isn’t right. You shouldn’t even do so on yourself, instead using a sanitized tool to keep things clean and polished.

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20 Expert Beauty Hacks That Will Change Your Life

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Beauty is a woman’s trump card wherever she goes and whatever relationship she enters into. It may not be fair, but it most certainly is the truth, so much so that even newborn children respond better to beautiful faces. A beautiful face need not be one that’s been sculpted and moulded, but often is that which allows inner radiance to shine out.

With all that said and done, we establish habits to keep our beauty shining through with as much light as possible. Some secrets are best when shared with those we care about and here are 20 little known beauty hacks that would have you looking fresh and healthy every day of your life.

20 Expert Beauty Hacks That Will Change Your Life

1. 60 Seconds to Moisture: After cleansing your skin, don’t leave it bare for over a minute as that could lead to dehydration. What you need to do is moisturize as quickly as possible to lock the moisture in and protect the skin against the elements. You will not want a tight, dry feeling when the dry air sucks the life out of your skin.

2. No Alcohol Before Wax: It may sound strange to say but it’s best to refrain from having that lovely refresher of a Cosmo before heading out for a waxing session as this will lead to tightened pores and more difficulty in removing the hair. Hydrated bodies are best while skin-care products are great preps before yanking those unwanted pieces of hair off baby-soft skin. Leave the alcohol celebration for after you have gone through that painful but necessary experience.

3. Careful with your Teeth: We often don’t realize it when we’re clenching our teeth, but that in itself begins to age our skin by creating tension around the mouth and effectively causing protruding jaw muscles and lines around the corners. A mouth-guard might come in handy to wear during some activities or while sleeping but simply being careful not to clench the teeth should help as well.

4. Wet Hair Locks in Color: If you are about to jump into a pool with chlorine or the salty ocean, you might want to consider wetting your hair first and allowing the tendrils to drink up the water that won’t damage the look, leaving little room for the chlorine or salt that would dry out and/or fade out your hair color. Coating the hair in conditioner also does the same job and protects against the harshness of chemicals and natural salt. Just make sure you rinse your hair again after a swim.

5. Sour Cream for Sunburns: Natural ways to heal burns are aplenty and often used but few know about the grand effects of sour cream. It may sound weird, but it really works. The fats nourish the skin, effectively getting rid of the need to scratch and feel uncomfortable, while the chilled sour cream cools off the burning sensation, soothing your overworked skin. A cold shower after applying the sour cream mask should work wonders on your skin!

6. Cotton Balls are Unnecessary: You have been using cotton balls to apply toners and other products to your skin for a while now, but that just means you have been wasting the product and getting little effect out of it. Instead, you should be using you palm and fingers in an upward motion to firm up the muscles in the face. Cotton balls should only be used for hygienic purposes when applying certain acne care solutions.

7. Smokey Starts with Dark: You may not realize this, but some people seem to not start their smokey eyes with the darker shadows, effectively leading to less enchanting results. You should be applying primer, a translucent powder, line and the deepest shadow, and then work into the medium colors and end with the light shades over the brow bone. Putting on the light shadow first dilutes the look of the deeper colors.

Don’t miss: 105 Beauty Hacks, Tips And Tricks Every Woman Should Know

8. Shampoo Helps Eczema: As strange as it sounds, washing your face with shampoo helps soothe the irritation of eczema. The shampoo should be specifically for dandruff and with pyrithione zinc in the mix to help calm the skin. It does work though!

20 Expert Beauty Hacks That Will Change Your Life

9. Razors Out of Shower: We all have a tendency to keep our razors in the showers for quick reach and ease of use. However, by keeping it in the wet environment, you increase the rate at which you need to go through blades as the tools begin to rust and the edges begin to dull. Instead you should always pat the razor dry and store it in a cabinet that will not let moisture affect it, ensuring you always get the close shave you need without all the nicks and cuts you are prone to.

10. Powder to Last: Your makeup will last much longer if you add a bit of powder over it, essentially sealing it off from the elements. This works with cream makeups, including blush and shadow, as well as concealers. Makeup is prone to fading, to running, to being washed away in sweat and tears, but this hack helps keep you more put-together and ready to take on the world.

11. Coat of Product on Bobby Pins: Your hair is bound to come undone out of those bobby pins no matter how well you have coiffed it, due to the slippery nature of the pins. Sometimes they’re just not as reliable as they should be. However, coating them with hairspray and dry shampoo should give them the grip needed to hold up that ‘do for as long as you need it held up, from a couple of hours to a couple of days if need be.

12. Baking Soda a Great Hair Cleanse: Over time your hair turns dull and lifeless due to the waxes, silicones, oils and minerals building up in there and taking away from its natural beauty. To deep cleanse you hair, a teaspoon of baking soda can be mixed in with a quarter sized amount of clarifying shampoo and massaged into the hair and onto the scalp. Rinse it and condition to moisturize the beautiful locks. However, make sure you only do this a maximum of twice a month if your hair is natural and only once if it’s been dyed. You don’t want to dry it out.

13. Toothbrush before Breakfast: People normally brush their teeth after breakfast, but it’s been found that doing so before you eat is better, particularly since the bacteria accumulating in your mouth as you sleep could be digested with your breakfast, which doesn’t have the most positive effect on the skin. You want your immune system working well and feeding it bacteria that can weaken it is not part of the equation.

14. Don’t Rub Perfume: We’ve seen it done in the movies and we do it in reality, taking the perfume, spritzing on the wrists and rubbing them together. The friction takes away from the initial fragrance. You should let it settle and perfume the air on its own.

15. Wax When Dry: It may seem common knowledge but there are still those who try to wax after taking a shower, when the body still retains moisture and is still hot to the touch. What you need is to make sure your skin is dry because if you are hot and sweaty, the adherent will only melt onto the skin, making the experience more sticky and painful than it need be. It’s worse if you use a hard wax over the DIY wax strips, but both have the same nasty effect. You will want to do this after the moisture has been absorbed and the skin is dry.

Also check out: Top 123 Most-Asked Beauty Questions Answered

16. LukeWarm Water is Best: You do not wash a baby’s skin with freezing cold or boiling hot waters and you shouldn’t wash yours thus either. What you need to use is lukewarm water that will neither dry out your skin nor freeze it in place. As such, a shower shouldn’t be too hot either, as your broken capillaries will be showing clearly. If no marks are left on the skin, it’s perfect.

17. Coconut Oil Saves Powder: Your powdered makeup often gets shattered without you noticing and then you are left with a bit of a mess to clean up and powder too loose to carry about. You can turn this into a lightweight cream by mixing with coconut oil, blending a drop with a pinch.

18. No SPF in Foundation: Honestly, unless you wish to look like a mime, make sure the foundation you are using does not contain SPF, as this will reflect quite brightly when being photographed. A moisturizer with SPF is what you need underneath, but makeup is not soaked in and that means you will be looking rather white when those negatives are developed.

19. Saline for Mascara Life: Your mascara is typically used daily and will run out, or you will think it has. Drop in some saline solution and it will mix with the dried mascara and extend the life of that cosmetic for weeks if not months. Thus you get more than you money’s worth with a simple hack.

20. Flatiron Maximum Efficiency: When styling your hair with a flat iron, turn the heat up to 365°F for maximum result. This closes the hair cuticles, making it more resilient to damage and giving it a glossy shine. Too much heat will damage the hair, while too little will mean the style won’t last. 365°F is the perfect balance.

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Professional Cat Eye Makeup Tricks from Makeup Artists

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Fashionable looks these days seem to center around animal related designs, and the infamous cat eye makeup is no exception. Surprising enough, this look seems to be a favorite even amongst the most reluctant of women who normally sneer at the thought of all that gunk on their faces. The cat-eye has been around since the time of the Egyptians when kohl was used to shield the eyes against the harshness of the sun’s rays. Except perhaps those lovely predecessors of ours probably had eyes slightly tilted upwards anyhow to achieve that effect. Then again, the worship of cats might have spawned this artistic manner of applying dark kohl and/or liner around the eyes. Today, the tilting of the eyes is but an illusion achieved by a steady hand and the knowledge of finding just the right angle to achieve the most glorious of results.

Professional Cat Eye Makeup Tricks from Makeup Artists

The average woman will spend years trying to perfect the cat-eye look. Worst part is, even all that time trying to learn that little flick right at the end of the liner might not bear any fruit and we may still need a few tries to truly be happy with the final masterpiece. We really wonder what the cat eye makeup secrets those pro makeup artists utilize are, particularly since they can achieve the perfect cat-eye with nary a sweat broken and before we can bat an eyelash twice. Here’s what we’ve learn from them!

1. Three’s a Charm: Apparently a single step will not do it and nor will two be enough. By first perfecting the flick at the end, you can then focus on ensuring the line is as thick as you need it to be and even on all sides. Finally you add a little line over the tear duct and connect it all with a line. In essence, you start from the end and come closer to the nose. Most of us do it the other way around.

2. The Shadow’s Your Friend: A rather smokey dark shadow should do the trick for this step. You should grab an angled brush and some water as well, wet the bush and use some shadow from the middle of the lid and spanning outwards. Fill it in nicely and add some mascara that starts from right at the edge of the lash for a truly sultry feline look.

3. Wings of the Cat: One particular hack that must be taken into consideration is the use of the angle of the lower lash line as a guide for creating the wing just right, making it look more like an extension from the bottom than just a line extending from the top. This will ensure symmetrical flicks every time.

4. Guiding with Taupe: This color of eyeshadow adds depth to the eyes and looks quite natural itself. If you create the shape and the angle with this taupe, tracing over is no hassle and instead it’ll create the perfect backdrop to the perfect cat-eye. It’s a really good hack to use before you actually draw on the liner.

5. Sticky Notes are for more than Just Remembering: Use the note as a ruler to draw the perfect angle on the outer corner of the eye with it, if you are having trouble with this. A marker liner is also a great choice with this hack, as you will get the right look with ease.

6. Wing Comes Last: If you put on that liner without the wing first, you might have a little less trouble with the concept of the cat-eye as a whole. Curl your lashes, put your mascara on and then combine all the pieces, as you will already have a good idea as to the angle you should be using. According to one expert, should your eyes angle down, it’s best to stop the line just before reaching the outer corner and winging slightly out, while rounder eyes should have the line extend straight out. You don’t need a diagonal angle at that point.

7. Pointers and Gels: Sometimes the best route to take is to use a thin pointy brush with a gel liner that is applied while you stare at yourself straight in the mirror, allowing you to see how it will look with your eyes open. We often pull the skin out and I myself am guilty of this crime. When we do this, it creates a different sort of line and might not be exactly what we envisioned.

Professional Cat Eye Makeup Tricks from Makeup Artists

Of course, there are many other cat-eye hacks to consider.

1. Using concealer will keep the liner in place all day instead of having it smudge to create a racoon-eye look.

2. The use of white eyeliner will add to the drastic look of the cat-eye. You can use it to outline under the brown, on the lower lid before you start with the black liner, and over the top of the lid to really make it pop.

3. After lining the rim with pencil, add some black eye shadow as well to keep it from smudging out.

4. Outlining a tiny triangle the angles out from the bottom rim’s edge will help keep things symmetrical and is easily filled in. You can also make a smaller triangle from the top rim and tone down the austerity of the look.

5. Instant eyeliner tapes are probably the best hack of all!

6. You can also add glitter to make your cat-eyes pop and really look festive this holiday season

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Lauren Conrad’s Best Hair Moments So Far

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Lauren Conrad is as fabulously fresh as she is corky, and an Urban Outfitters fan to boot! We have to love it, for there’s no denying that dear Lauren makes us little people feel like we actually can compete with celebrity lifestyles. Furthermore, her hair is simply luscious and rather easy to emulate (of course, never really achieving the same look of perfection). Now, if the style matches us, that’s a different story, but Lauren Conrad’s glorious hair has been the talk of the last long while and most particularly the last week. We also could not refrain from creating a tribute list to her “glorious, glorious hair.”

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles

She’d looked magical as a clown, angelic with a flower crown, like a mermaid princess when curled, and now the bob looks simply delicious. She’s beautiful and it simply cannot be denied. We love that hair. Every last inch of it, despite the fact that she finally had it cut. She’s also just launched the new LC Lauren Conrad collection for Kohl’s, fresh from her honeymoon. The girl doesn’t seem to want to take a break it seems and she’s still rocking the fashion world.

We should take a look at some of the grandest Lauren Conrad hairstyles, actually. They are most definitely worth a special mention.

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Short Hair

Side part and Long Curls

She’s chic, she’s fab and she’s downright sexy when Lauren Conrad parts her hair from the side and lets it down in loose long curls. The warm blonde suits her coloring well while the style leaves us with little to say. We cannot imagine the look suiting anyone better than Lauren Conrad.

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Loose Hair

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Loose Hair

Bobby-Pin Updo

Bobby pins are the stuff of miracles if they can create the ingenuous looks Conrad rocks. It’s not only chic. But it pretty much has us drooling over the perfection of the style. Best of all, it’s not so overdone that this red-carpet look cannot also be used for a stroll down the street or out on a date. We bet it has heads turning left right and center!

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Bobby-Pin Updo

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Bobby-Pin Updo

Classic Bun

We have little to say at the moment because we cannot quit looking at how adorable this ‘do makes Conrad look. She’s positively glowing and her natural contours are accented with the tight pull on the hair. The big bun is just as neat, no flyaways that might affect the sleek, professional, ready-to-teach-a-class look (many teachers opt for a classic bun when they think they are feeling lazy… it actually works in their favour), and we are left gaping at the final product.

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Classic Bun

Loose Bun

When we’re talking about gaping at buns, we most definitely have a hard time keeping our mouths shut and eyes off the mesmerizing image of Lauren Conrad with a loose bun. Her hair’s divine in of itself without adding this particular look to the mix. She’s sheer perfection and there isn’t a single man or woman out there who would dare disagree. We’d be seriously doubting their ability to see properly if that were the case.

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Loose Bun

Sleek Pony Tail

Ponytails are sleek, they’re stylish and they work really well in the professional world, whether or not it be the fashion industry. Lauren’s got all the right features to make a simple ponytail look positively ravishing, as if she just walked out of an expensive salon and suddenly declared she’s royalty. We can imagine some fans might actually see her as such, but what we see is simple beauty. After all the waves and buns and hair knots we’ve seen, this simple hairstyle is simply perfect. We might love it almost as much, if not equally so, as the loose bun. It depends on the day and event, we suppose. Then again, she’s look amazing no matter how Lauren Conrad wore her glorious hair.

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Ponytail

Lauren Conrad's Best Hairstyles: Ponytail

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Want It Wednesday: Warm Fall Sweaters and Sweatshirts

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Want It Wednesday Sweaters

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Moisturizing Ingredients You Should Use In Your Fall Skin Care Routine

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With winter almost at our door and the fall season nearly over, our skin is already feeling the effects of too little moisture and too little exposure to natural air. The heating indoors is making everything static, starting to crack the skin and driving us just a little crazy. The moisturizing lotions we had stocked up on are starting to finally get some use as well. Yet, not every lotion is good enough and some only serve to deepen the damage. Instead of preventing the dryness, we are seeing irritations and very little help from our expensive creams. That might be because the moisturizers you are using lack some essential ingredients used to truly protect, heal and soothe your skin. If you haven’t already, check your product ingredients for traces of any of these lovely essentials perfect to be used in your fall skin care routine!

Moisturizing Ingredients You Should Use In Your Fall Skin Care Routine

1. Glycerin: There’s even a hand cream itself called Glycerin, one, which my family has always kept in our travel packs. Often a change in atmosphere causes the same damage to the skin as staying indoors in dry heat or being whipped by cold winds may. Glycerin, with its strange tendency to take all the moisture from the air around it and pull it into your skin, is actually working at its best when you step right out of the shower. It is a silky product, which doesn’t cause any stickiness and allows you to apply makeup immediately afters, while also being quite inexpensive. This means most products have a healthy amount of glycerine in their ingredients.

2. Urea: Kind of sounds like Urethra… or something else you would find in a doctor’s dictionary. However, synthetic urea is crucial in exfoliating as well as moisturizing the skin, best worked into the roughest spots on the body. This most definitely includes you heels and elbows. While most other products will simply stay on top of the skin, urea helps pull away the dead skin, allowing for a deeper penetration and better results overall.

3. Ceramides: Glowing might not be the first of your worries, but it’s most definitely an added benefit to having ceramides relieve dry, itchy skin before they start cracking and bleeding. They work around the clock to ensure moisture is sealed into the skin after they are immediately absorbed, acting as a natural defense for the skin.

4. Hyaluronic Acid: This is a molecule that loves to attack fine lines and less than smooth skin. It is a glutton for absorbing water and really fills in those lines immediately. However, it is quite an expensive ingredient that is used sparingly and is often only present at lower concentrations. If you have this included in the ingredients list, you are in luck!

5. Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly or, in its finished product – Vaseline, petrolatum is an extremely thick ingredient which creates a protective film trapping moisture inside and preventing the natural loss of water from the human body. It is quite greasy and should only be used on the outer skin, but it works its magic perfectly. Sleeping with Vaseline on will have you looking fresh and soft come morning. It is certainly a staple in every old woman’s home and we can see why!

6. Lactic Acid: Dry legs are a huge problem in the winter. We know how much moisturizer you lather onto your body after every shower, hoping against hope your skin doesn’t appear or feel scaly. It is quite the beauty fear and we cover up the unattractive look with long skirts, pants and dark pantyhose. Lactic acid is a miracle drug for dry legs, especially when used as a base before using another moisturizer. Between its ability to hydrate and exfoliate, it might just be perfect to use on every part of your body, including the skin around your breasts that’s both dry and itchy after a whole day in a bra and multiple layers of clothing preventing any air from soothing it.

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