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.

Remove Dark And Dry Skin On Elbows With These Natural Mixtures

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A lot of people feel self-conscious when they have dark knees or elbows. They feel they are unable to rock some trends because of this issue and thus spend money on products to even out the skin tone. Well if you fall into this category, and it makes you feel uncomfortable, these mixtures below might just be the solution you need.

Try these mixtures below and let us know if it worked for you.

1. Shea Butter or Coconut Oil:

These two natural products help to soften and hydrate the skin so you can use the two interchangeably.

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Procedure:

-Massage your elbows with coconut oil or shea butter before going to bed. Leave it all night and repeat the procedure every day for one month.

2. Olive Oil and Sugar

This is the best combination for hydrating the skin.

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Procedure:

Mix this two ingredients. It’s recommended one tablespoon of them. Then massage the elbows with this mixture. After 5 minutes put shower gel on your elbows.

It’s recommended one tablespoon each.

Then massage the elbows with this mixture. After 5 minutes put shower gel on your elbows.

Wash it off after five minutes.

 

3. Turmeric Milk

This is another natural product that is good for hydration and protection of the skin. Turmeric milk is a mixture of milk and turmeric powder into a paste.

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Procedure:

Apply this paste on your elbows for 5 minutes.

Then massage your elbows with warm water. At the end rinse with soap and water.

Rinse off with soap and water.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

19 Best Waterproof Mascaras for 2017

 

It’s the first day of April, and as tempted as I am to prank readers, I wouldn’t. Moving on, in this humid weather we are in, especially readers in Nigeria, the need for a durable waterproof mascara has become necessary.

The truth is, we all want a mascara that will last long on lashes without that clumpy look, and even though finding one is a task that might seem a bit daunting, it’s not impossible.

mascaraBut we have compiled a list with 19 of the best waterproof mascaras on the market right now to take out some of the work for you. So you can just sit back, find your best waterproof mascara fit and think warm thoughts; the sunny weather is just around the corner!

1. Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara

This volumizing waterproof mascara is made in an intense black. Its brush has an hourglass shape that is designed to target each individual lash for an even coat. You can put one, two or three coats on for varying levels of intensity and definition, and you can also choose between a standard-sized tube or a travel size.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara

2. Urban Decay “Cannonball” Ultra Waterproof Mascara

This waterproof mascara features a formula that promises security no matter the circumstances (“whether you’re swimming fast in the ocean or going hard at the gym.”). The formula works with the brush so that your lashes are getting volume without coming off or looking cakey. It’s a light mascara, plus it comes in a fabulous teal tube.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Urban Decay "Cannonball" Ultra Waterproof Mascara

3. Dior “Diorshow” Waterproof Mascara

Dior’s waterproof mascara option is all about glamour. It promises an intense colour that will curve and thicken your lashes, which is attuned to its waterproof formula. You can snag a waterproof mascara shade in Black,Chestnut Brown or Azure Blue, so there’s a bit of room to play around with what you already have and what you need in your makeup supply.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Dior "Diorshow" Waterproof Mascara

4. Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula

A promise of 24 hours without smudging or smearing is a major draw to this waterproof mascara. It boasts the durability to last through a day of water – “rain, sweater, humidity, and tears” – while still being easily removed with warm water. It also has a brush to lengthen each individual lash; it is available in Black Onyx and Dark Chocolate.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula

5. MAC “False Lashes” Waterproof Mascara

If you want your lashes looking ultra-thick and lush, this mascara can offer that plus the extra waterproof longevity. The brush is designed to give your lashes an extra layer of pigmentation that will last for 12 hours. So even if you’re going to be out for more than half of your day, all you’ll need is a quick touch-up to keep your eyes looking full-feathered and long.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: MAC "False Lashes" Waterproof Mascara

6. Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

You’re already looking super fierce when you’re working out at the gym, but this waterproof mascara will really amp up the volume. The formula is made to be worn while exercising – “even in the most extreme sporting conditions” – so you can look doubly fierce while you’re working up a sweat. It also comes in a squeeze tube for maximum ease and practicality.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

7. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara

This waterproof mascara option is all about precision. As long as you swipe it right, your lashes will instantly be voluminous and expanded to their fullest extent. The Chanel “Snowflaked” brush that comes in the sleek black tube uses a combination of short and long bristles for an additional texture effect. It comes in Noir (black) and Brun (brown).

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara

8. Tarte “Lights, Camera, Splashes” Waterproof Mascara

A stylish purple tube isn’t all you get from this waterproof mascara. It’s a four-in-one waterproof formula that gives you long, voluminous, curled and conditioned lashes. It includes ingredients that help to soothe and soften your lashes for a more luscious, natural makeup experience. So it’s durable and voluminous, but also good for your lashes’ health.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Tarte "Lights, Camera, Splashes" Waterproof Mascara

9. Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Four-in-One Mascara

The brand’s signature lash-boosting formula is used in this waterproof option to best suit your daily practical needs. You can enjoy having the sleek silver Givenchy-embossed tube, with its “tri-spherical wand” designed to separate and curl your lashes so they are at their fullest and longest, while still having a smooth and long-lasting finish.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Four-in-One Mascara

10. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof

Silver tubes sleek and special, but gold tubes have their own classic glamour. This YSL waterproof mascara comes in black and brown, and both shades promise a great deal of drama. It gives a false-lash look that boasts a 24-hour hold so you won’t have to worry about mid-day touchups – it doesn’t smudge and leaves your lashes thick and bold.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof

11. Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara

Sticking true to its brand with a sleek and simple design, Lancome’s waterproof mascara option promises full-bodied coverage in one stroke. The coverage will last 24 hours, so your eyes will be looking fanned out and elegant throughout the day. The brush is made with an S-shape, so as to grasp each lash in a unique way to achieve the even makeup look.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara

12. Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara

This water-resistant Eyeko option uses its “fat brush” to maximize lash volume and provide you with the thickest, longest and most defined lashes possible. The formula uses Keratin to give its carbon-black shade for a dramatic eye makeup look. Its formula boasts a no-crumble hold that will last longer than 12 hours, and it comes in the brand’s squeeze tube for ease.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara

13. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Spectacular Volume & Curl Professional Mascara

The name may be a bit of a mouthful, but this waterproof mascara will provide your lashes with glamorous curl with a lasting hold. Its curved brush, which comes in a sleek silver tube, was inspired by hair curling tools, so it is crafted to work from root to tip with a high precision. You’ll get oversized volume and curl for a dramatic look in black, blue or brown.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Spectacular Volume & Curl Professional Mascara

14. Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara

The tried and true full exposure mascara formula from Smashbox has adjusted its formula to be waterproof that will keep your lashes full and dry through your day and/or night. Its structure works the same as its non-waterproof predecessor, so it won’t clump and will lengthen and give volume to your lashes without going over-the-top.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara

15. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara

No weather can get between you and your perfect lashes, as promised by Estee Lauder’s waterproof mascara. You will get 10 hours of “extreme” wear protected against all weather and all water you might come into contact with. The vitamins in the formula are set to keep your lashes conditioned and supple, while the oversized brush keeps them clump-free and separated.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara

16. Lashfood Conditioning Drama Mascara

With this semi-waterproof mascara, you get lash health benefits and deep pigmentation. If your lashes are naturally thin and flimsy, this mascara will make them stronger and thicker while providing a daylong colour boost; Biotin and Arginine in the formula also promote natural hair growth. The brush features long bristles to keep from smudging and to keep your length graceful.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Lashfood Conditioning Drama Mascara

17. Giorgio Armani Beauty “Eyes to Kill” Waterproof Mascara

One swipe is all it takes for this 24-hour waterproof mascara. You’ll have definition, length and volume – the three mascara staples – as well as intriguing lash texture. The formula was created to make for an easy application that leaves your lashes lightweight and long, with an oversized brush designed to get the perfect amount of mascara coat your lashes in one stroke.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Giorgio Armani Beauty "Eyes to Kill" Waterproof Mascara

18. Clarins Double Fix Mascara

This is a product you might want to invest in if you have a killer mascara you just don’t want to give up. This is a clear top coat for your lashes that will essentially turn any mascara waterproof. It also works on your brows, to keep them in place. So it’s a 2-in-1, clear gel fix that can turn your go-to mascara or eyebrow makeup waterproof – it’s a no-brainer product to keep around!

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Clarins Double Fix Mascara

19. Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Waterproof Mascara

An intense, seductive waterproof mascara option, your lashes will have drama in their curl and volume. It’s made to wear all day, so you can toss it on in the morning and forget about it (or go for a brief touch-up as your transition to night). Its brush is round and made to curl and stay voluminous through water and humidity to any extent. Add additional coats to increase the volume.

Best Waterproof Mascaras: Guerlain Cils d'Enfer Waterproof Mascara

Photos courtesy of Dior, Sephora, Nordstrom

Don’t miss: 

Why You Shouldn’t Use Milk of Magnesia as a Primer

How to Stop your Makeup Brushes From Getting Ruined

6 Simple Tricks To Avoid Dry Lips

 

Thanks for reading.

by Yejide Erogbogbo

Discover 4 Amazing Beauty Benefits of Sandalwood Oil

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Sandalwood oil is an essential oil obtained from the steam distillation of chips and billets cut from the heartwood of various species of sandalwood trees. Sandalwood oil is used in perfumes, cosmetics, and sacred unguents.

Let’s look at the benefits the sandalwood oil has to offer for our skin and health.

Sandalwood Oil as a Sleep Aid

Throughout the ages, sandalwood has been heralded as a potent sleep aid and remedy for insomnia. And how the compounds alpha-santalol and beta-santalol impact the central nervous system was revealed in a 2007 study performed on rats. Inhaling a concentration of santalols caused a sedative effect in the rodents and increased the duration of non-REM sleep, a finding that would be particularly beneficial for those who have trouble staying asleep.

Sandalwood Oil as a Treatment for Acne

The results from a clinical trial published in 2012 revealed that sandalwood oil is an effective treatment for facial acne. Using a mixture of sandalwood oil and salicylic acid in 47 adolescents and adults with mild to moderate acne over eight weeks, researchers found that 89% of subjects saw a reduction in lesions and inflammation, with 66% improved, 19% much improved, and 4% very much improved.

Sandalwood Oil is Anti-Inflammatory

The active ingredients in sandalwood oil were found to have an impressive anti-inflammatory action that functions similarly to ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects. Shown to substantially suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, the researchers speculated that sandalwood oil could be an effective treatment for sunburns, psoriasis, skin warts, and other inflammations of the skin.

Sandalwood is Anti-Microbial

Botanical oils have long been used as antibacterial and anti-viral agents in traditional medicine. While the unnecessary overuse of antibiotics has led to a rise in drug-resistant infections, essential oils are proving to be a potent cure for an array of difficult-to-treat bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

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.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Milk of Magnesia as a Primer

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Milk of Magnesia

What Exactly is Milk of Magnesia?

Milk of Magnesia(MoM) is magnesium hydroxide suspended in water with a bit of sodium hypochlorite. Magnesium hydroxide is an inorganic compound patented in 1818 for digestive issues. It is formed by a simple salt metathesis reaction in which magnesium salt is added to ammonium hydroxide.

It is most commonly used as an antacid or as a laxative. When used as an antacid, the OH groups will pop on off the molecule and bind to the extra H+s you have in your painful, acidic belly, leaving you with water. This prevents your stomach’s hydrochloric acid from reaching your gastrointestinal nerves, meaning that you won’t be in horrible pain. So I’m sure you’re wondering when this amazing “milk” became a face primer.

Why it is bad for your skin?

MoM is bad for your face because in order to ward of particularly unpleasant bacteria, your skin needs to maintain a mildly acidic pH.  Your skin evolves to maintain this balance very effectively. Your sebaceous glands secrete a thin layer of acidic film called the acid mantle, which protects you from viruses, bacteria, and other potential threats. Milk of Magnesia was formulated to neutralize stomach acid. It’s going to do exactly that, but on your face. This totally destroys your acid mantle, leaving your skin unprotected. Using Milk of Magnesia as a primer sounds like the perfect way to turn your face into a free zone for bacteria.

Interfering with the acid mantle may also cause contact dermatitis, interfere with the activation of enzymes involved in extracellular lipid processing, impede your skin’s ability to shed its dead layers, and damage overall skin integrity.

 

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Normal Face Primers

 

When you use Milk of Magnesia as an everyday primer, you are coating your whole face in this chemical on a daily basis. This has the potential to be quite damaging. Milk of Magnesia may be effective for oil control, but there are also a truckload  of primers that can help control oil and they are actually supposed to go on your skin. I would recommend buying one of those, instead.