5 Essentials for the Perfect Brows

Whether you’re going for a glam look or keeping things minimal and fresh-faced, there’s one feature on your face you should always pay some extra attention to your brows. Your eyes are regarded as the windows to your soul, so it’s essential that the things that frame them are suitably groomed. It’s amazing the difference a bit of attention paid to your brows can make to your entire face. So we’ve put together our favourite essential eyebrow products to help you achieve the perfect brows.

1. Mascara Wand:

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This is one of the simplest and most useful tools to use for your brows. It is used to groom as well as tame fly-aways helping you neaten your brows in the long run. You can buy one or simply reuse one from an old mascara. Brush it through your brows angling slightly upwards. If you want to add some hold, spray some hair spray or dab some Vaseline on the wand first. You will be amazed how thicker, tidier and completely revitalized your brows will look.

2. Tweezers:

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Another must-have brow tool is tweezers, for best results opt for a sharp, slanted one because unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs. Make sure you tweeze with a normal mirror, not a magnifying one as it makes it difficult to know your arch limit, and you think you have more hair to tweeze.

3. Brow Scissors:

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Brow scissors are great for sculpting the brows. The sharp blades with ultra-thin edges are designed to lift, isolate and trim each hair. And with calculated accuracy and control, you can achieve a perfect arch.

4. Eyebrow Brush:

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This multi-functional brush is used to outline your eyebrows. It’s stiff, yet really soft on your skin and brow hair. The mini tool also helps shape and define your hair as you trim, the bristles can also be used to gently smudge liner on your eyelids.

5. Brow Razor:

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Finally, if you’ve always depended solely on your pair of tweezers for shaping your eyebrows, then it’s time to try something different. While tweezers can be painful when plucking, razors are great in whisking away small sections of hair painlessly with its thin blade which allow for exact trimming. However, the downside to shaving your eyebrows is that the hair will grow back faster.

The 8 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Skin

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If the most important relationship you have is with yourself, we’d argue the second-most important one is with your skin. After all, you have to live in it every day for the rest of your entire life. And yet, try as we may be good to our skin, we end up hurting it in little — and big — ways all the time. (The good news is, it’s usually always willing to give us a second or third or hundredth chance.)

1. Pimple-Popping

To be honest, we were surprised this one was the lowest-level offender. The problem is less with popping your pimples and more with the fact that the vast majority of us do it incorrectly and without taking sanitary precautions. Still, by forcefully breaking the surface of the skin, not only are you opening the door for bacteria to get in, you’re also damaging the tissue, leading to inflammation which slows down the healing process.

2.  Staring At Screens 

You’re looking at one right now and you’ve probably been looking at one all day — whether it’s for work or just scrolling through social media. And it’s not a good thing for your sleep, your eyesight, or your skin. Monitors emit UV light — albeit not as much as they used to — which is particularly damaging to skin health as it penetrates right down to the collagen store which triggers premature aging.

3. Eating Too Much Sugar

It’s always the best stuff that’s bad for you, isn’t it? Eating a lot of processed sugar stiffens collagen (taking it from a spongy cushion under skin to a flattened one that won’t plump anymore), which causes wrinkling. If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables with a high concentration of antioxidants, then your skin is going to glow — whereas if you just eat a crappy diet, you’re filling your body with chemicals.” Not only that, sugar causes inflammation that can make acne more aggressive and swollen. Pack your diet with leafy greens, proteins, and healthy fats, and your skin will show its gratitude.

4. Skipping Face Washes

We’ve all guilty of this one after a late night, but we tend to think it’s only bad in terms of the makeup we’re leaving on our skin. Not the case. In fact, removing the build-up of pollution that hits us just by walking around the city is even more important.

Air pollution consists of a mixture of harmful toxins and carbons that increase something in our skin called metalloproteinase (an enzyme) that starts attacking collagen production. It also increases inflammation, as skin is fighting off toxins and put under enormous pressure. Interestingly, even if you don’t live in a congested area, there will be some kind of air pollution, although not as severe as others.

5. Not Sleeping Enough

We knew sleep was good for us (they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing), but we didn’t realize just how important it was for skin health.

“Sleep deprivation decreases the barrier function in skin, so there is more water loss and increased dryness. It also increases the [production of the] stress hormone cortisol, which behaves like a sledge hammer to collagen production and elastin. It decreases the growth hormone which is needed to help skin repair cells overnight. For skin to fully go through this nightly repair process, you need to getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

6. Excessive Drinking

Your skin definitely doesn’t have as much fun taking shots as you do. Alcohol dehydrates your body and skin, plus it creates a histamine reaction, which causes redness and flushing from dilating blood vessels. It’s also an inflammatory, which is why your face looks swollen the next morning. Repeated inflammation from drinking damages muscle tissue, which stops it from springing back so fast and instead leads to sagging. It also puts a huge amount of strain on your liver as it tries desperately to detox the body; while it’s doing that, it’s too busy to do the same filtering process on your skin, which is why you get a huge “alcohol pimple” as a hangover gift. Oh, and there’s more: Too much alcohol also robs your skin of its vitamin A, which helps with cell renewal and brightness. Is there no end to this torture?

7. Not Staying Hydrated

If you don’t water your skin, it will shrivel just like a plant. You’ll have more fine lines as skin starts to crinkle and you’ll have dry flakes on your face, body, and lips to deal with. You’re also much more likely to suffer more breakouts, as water naturally flushes out toxins. We excrete waste through our skin. Dehydration hinders that process, which leads to an unhealthy complexion. There’s disagreement on whether you need eight glasses or a gallon of water a day, but chances are, you won’t overdo it. Additionally, stock up on water-rich foods like cucumber, and citrus fruits.

8. Smoking

You knew this one was coming…

Nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the skin, which decreases the blood supply to the skin, which starves it of oxygen and other nutrients like vitamin A. There are also 4000+ toxins in tobacco smoke that attack collagen and elastic fibres, which causes the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. It adds at least ten years to your age.”

It’s not just what’s in cigarettes, either: The physical act of smoking ages you, too. “Smoking instigates repetitive facial expressions which cause wrinkling. For example, if you’re puffing on a cigarette, you get the smoker’s creases on the lips and when you inhale a puff of smoke, you crinkle your eyes. Over time, those wrinkles get deeper and don’t spring back because you’ve damaged the elastic fibres.

5 Essential Oils to Always Have in your Beauty Drawer

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If the average person hears the words “essential oils,” it’s quite likely that the first association they’ll make has something to do with the perfume industry, soap, or flaky aromatherapy practitioners. Yes, essential oils (which may be referred to as EOs) are indeed used to perfume various personal care products, but they have many uses other than enhancing one’s mood or making one’s underarms slightly less offensive.

The 5 essential oils listed below have a number of different benefits that range from health care to home and many other uses in between. Many other oils out there also have numerous uses, but if you only plan to have a few in the house at any given time, these may be your best bet.

1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, aka Lavandula officinalis)

If you only plan to have one essential oil in the house, make it this one. Lavender has been used for medicinal and home care purposes for thousands of years and is one of the most versatile EOs you can get. When it comes to therapeutic uses, lavender can be applied topically to alleviate skin rashes, acne, insect bites and minor burns.

 

2. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

This is one of the most beneficial and useful essential oils to have on hand, and with good cause: it’s often been called “a medicine cabinet in a bottle,” as it can be used to treat almost any common ailment. Although you’d never consume tea tree oil, you can use it topically to treat athlete’s foot, dermatitis/eczema, acne, cold sores, nail fungus, warts, and insect bites.

3. Lemon (Citrus limonum)

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Lemon Oil

 

This is one of the best essential oils for home use, as it has more applications than most other oils will ever dream of. A few drops of lemon EO in a glass of water, gargled can relieve bad breath, few drops added to shampoo can alleviate dandruff, added to a bath or diffuser can alleviate anxiety and blended with aloe gel, it acts as an anti-microbial hand sanitizer.

4. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Most people have probably taken a cup of peppermint tea to alleviate nausea or an upset stomach, but you can also massage your abdomen with a carrier oil that has a few drops of peppermint essential oil added to it to relieve stomach cramps and queasiness.

Blended with pine and eucalyptus and added to a carrier oil, peppermint is great for applying to the chest and throat to calm coughing fits and help relieve bronchial congestion, and a drop or two added to cool water can make a great foot soak to soothe tired, overheated feet.

5. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Hailing from Australia, this essential oil can be recognized easily by scent.

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Eucalyptus Oil

As mentioned above, eucalyptus EO is great for alleviating chest congestion (either blended with other oils or alone), and a salve made with it can also ease asthma attacks when spread on the throat and chest. That same salve may help to alleviate the pain of fibromyalgia if rubbed into the affected area a few times a day. A few drops added to a compress and placed on skin affected by shingles can ease the pain associated with that condition and may speed the healing process.

Eucalyptus’ disinfectant properties make it ideal to use in a spray for your kitchen and bathroom or diffuse the oil in your bathroom to eliminate germs and odours.

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5 Ways to Get Your Hair Growing Faster

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Trying to grow your hair and not having much success? While there aren’t many “miracle products” that’ll give you gorgeous locks in no time — aside from extensions, of course — there are actually lots of things you can do to optimize your hair growth. So to find out what you can do to get your hair flowing quickly, just keep reading.

  1. Eat more spicy food.

    Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers spicy, has been shown to promote hair growth by mimicking natural human growth factors.

  2. Drink soy milk.

    The isoflavones in soy are also known to increase hair growth.

  3. Take a Biotin supplement.

    If you’re not getting enough biotin in your diet, it could be hampering your length. Biotin also naturally occurs in tomatoes, carrots, romaine lettuce, and chard. You could buy biotin supplements as well.

  4. Give yourself a scalp massage.

    It increases circulation, helping stimulate your hair follicles.

  5. Cut down on your stress.

    Stress slows down hair growth, among about a million other ill effects. Finding a healthy way to manage it can help speed things back up.

6 Simple Tricks To Avoid Dry Lips


Dry air during harmattan  (both inside and outside) is a major cause for dry skin and chapped lips. However, getting addicted to lip balm isn’t the best idea, so we’ve looked into tricks and products that will keep your lips in the best shape possible:

1. NO LICKING. Don’t lick your lips. They may feel moisturised for a few seconds but you’re only making them worse. Your saliva ends up accelerating the dryness. 

2. EXFOLIATE. Give your lips a peeling once a week. Brown sugar and olive oil is an amazing mix that gives great results.

3. LIP MASK. Follow up the exfoliating session with a lip mask or treatment instead of just a regular balm.

4. OLIVE OIL. Don’t have any lip balm around? Use olive oil! 

5. NATURAL OILS & VITAMIN E. Avoid lip balms (your lips will get addicted) and try to find lip products that are made of natural oils. Check if Vitamin-E in the ingredient list since it is a great means to protect yourself from free radicals and get a boost of antioxidants.

6. NOURISHING MAKEUP. If you’re using a lipstick, pick a nourishing alternative!  
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