Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fast Funky Face Masks!

Here are some fast foodie- based blemish-busting face masks. If you prefer not to make it yourself then you should look for products with Kaolin(clay), tea tree oil, sulfur, camphor, lycopene (from tomatoes), or willow bark ( a source for salicylic aid) in their ingredient lists.

Now on to the masks:

~ Mash the pulp of a small piece of watermelon. Apply it to your entire face and leave it on until it tightens and the jucie dries (about ten minutes). Wash with warm water, then rinse with cool water.

~ Cut a tomato in half. Massage it on your face. Let it dry, then rinse. Don't apply to open pimples, as it may sting.

~ Grate an apple and mix it with 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply to a breakout area and leave it on for 15 min. Rinse with warm, then cool water.

~Soak a small piece of bread in milk. Lie down, place it on the pimple, and leave it on for twenty minutes.

~ Mix a squirt mint toothpaste (not gel) in your palm with a few drops of warm water. Dab on blemishes and leave on for five minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Color-Treated Hair!

Your hair is made of approximately 98% protein. When it's overprocessed by chemical treatments, the proteins break down and it becomes dry and brittle. For healthier hair color:

1) Look For semi permanent rather than permanent hair color- these use fewer harsh chemicals, which can rough up your hair.

2) Look for ammonia-free(or low ammonia) low -PPD dyes. Ammonia and PPD (p-phenylenediamene) help hair color stick to the hair shaft, but they can be irritating to the skin and dry out hair so use as little as possible.

3) Try vegetable based color or henna. Veggie based color doesn't last as long as conventional color, and it isn't easy to get a subtle look with henna, but they won't damage your hair. Veggie based hair color: Herbatint, Naturtint, Aveda Color Current Energized Gel Color, Light Mountain Natural Henna Hair color.

4) Last but not least if your hair is damaged, wash with shampoo for color- treated hair, use a moisturizing conditioner and give yourself a deep conditioning treatment once a week to help put moisture back into your hair.

Some Products for color treated hair: Paul Mitchell color protect re constructive treatment, L'oreal Vive Hi- Light Boosting Shampoo..

Monday, August 2, 2010

Bottom Drawer Beauty

To keep yourself looking fresh throughout the day- or to make the last minute transformation from day to night when you're heading straight from the office out on a date- stash these items in your bottom desk drawer:

- Concealer- to touch up the undereye area and any other spots (the area around the nose) or blemishes that need coverage.

- Powder, blotting papers, a mattifier or a shine stick- to tone down the 4 p.m. shine

-Blush and Lip tint- to give you back some color, especially if it's been fading under fluorescent lights.

-Toothbrush. toothpaste, and mini mouthwash-(self explanatory) stinky breath :)

-A mini bottle of rose water or mineral water to hydrate your skin.

-Eye Drops, especially if you get that bloodshot "Dawn of the Dead" look from staring at the computer screen.

-Lip Balm- for your crusty lips.

-Hand Cream to apply throughout the day- make it a habit nobody likes the look of dry ashy hands.

-A sample size jar of moisturizer to pat on areas that have been dehydrated by dry air