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YOURSELF FROM STRESS
Stress is how we respond to the unknown; a small amount of stress is healthy to maintain alertness and keep us on our toes, but too much stress is what can make a person overwhelmed and burned out. Many people become stressed due to having an inefficient work life balance. We will give tips on how anyone can relieve stress and maintain their peace of mind. La'Bella MAFIA recommends these 10 approaches listed below.
1. Develop a space for relaxation. Think of times and places where you are the most calm. It could be the beach or a park. Go there as often as possible. For me, it would be just taking a drive down a scenic highway. These are the simple things in life that can give us relaxation. I would say, try doing these things on a weekly basis if not more.
2. Keep a stress diary and write down the times you are the most stressed. Try to avoid these stress inducers. For example, if going to a particular grocery stores makes you stressed, then go to a different one. Why add unnecessary stress.
3. Take baths. We have become a nation of now. Sitting in a calming, warm bath gives you time to yourself; also add bath salts or some aromatic oils which can relieve muscle tension.
4. Eat healthier foods rich in vitamins and nutrients. Foods high in sugar can make us crash and feel sluggish creating undue stress.
5. Take deep breaths. Shallow breaths can cause hyperventilation, which can in turn cause muscle spasms and chest pain. If you suffer from panic attacks, this proven method has helped many who struggle with anxiety.
6. Discover the benefits of massage therapy. There are numerous benefits to this ancient art; some include relieving muscle tension, eye strain, and headaches.
7. Get adequate rest. Sleep deprivation can cause people to be over-anxious throughout the day. No one can possibly be alert only obtaining 5 hours a sleep per night. Ideally, people should get 7-8 hours per night.
8. Use Aromatherapy. Scents can trigger many emotions in our olfactory parts of our brain. Smelling freshly cut grass can bring you to a time of innocence and worry-free times. Placing oils in your bath (Lavender oil) can induce relaxation.
9. Overcome fears. Fear is probably the ultimate cause of stress; so try to figure out what you are afraid of.
10. Go on vacation. You deserve it. Take your two weeks out of the year and go somewhere new. Going to new places enables people to find perspective within their lives and make needed changes.
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This lash curler can be used on bare lashes to prep for mascara application, or after mascara is applied to thin the mascara formula and perfectly coat every lash for even application. The results: enhanced lash curve and perfect, long-lasting hold.
This curler optimizes the lash care action of some Diorshow mascaras.
The original, award-winning Dior mascara that has been a backstage cult-favorite for 10 years.
This mascara delivers perfectly plush, everyday glam lashes with an innovative XXL brush for maximum show-stopping volume. Its creamy, buildable, customizable formula allows you to achieve the same dramatic lash volume that can be seen on the Dior runway for a glamorous, false lash effect.
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Do you wonder why some of the most beautiful women have long curly eyelashes? Many of the ladies are not aware of some beauty tools, such as the eyelash curlers. An eyelash curler is a special tool used to twist the eyelashes skillfully. It usually curls the upper eyelid lashes. These hand-operated devices can either be manual or electric. The latter produce heat because they use a powerful battery while the former do not. Manual styles need heating with a hair dryer so they can work well. The first device surfaced in 1931, by William McDonell who lived in Rochester, New York. Other names mentioned in the history of the eyelashes curler include Charles Stickel and William Beldue. If you have never used this item before, you probably wonder why it's necessary.
Any woman who is keen on looking elegant and sexy wants wider and brighter eyes. Since its impossible to increase the size of the eye or its sharpness, the best thing a lady can do is to try to enhance what she has naturally. By simply twisting the lashes with this wonderful device, any woman can easily transform the appearance of her eyes.
There are two types of curling devices: metal and plastic curlers. They have replaceable pads to ensure that the devices are gentle on your sensitive eye skin. Working with the ordinary metal or plastic eyelash curlers is simple and direct. First, clean your eyes, especially the lids because these gadgets function well on a clean lash.
Avoid any mascara and if you have it on, remove it with a makeup remover. If using a plastic option, you cannot heat it, of course, and so you should use it as it is. However, you could heat an ordinary metal curling device with a blow dryer for five seconds. If it is hot than the skin can handle, let it cool to avoid hurting the eyelid. Then, open the gadget and hold the lashes tightly near their roots for about half a minute, maximum. Twist them neatly and beautifully without bothering the lashes on the lower eyelid.
If lucky to have the battery-operated style, no heating is necessary. The item will produce heat on its own and it is therefore ready for use always. The first thing to do is to look down slightly or at an angle of forty-five degrees. This is the best twisting position and if not comfortable a mirror could help.
Next, open the curler and use it to clamp the lashes as near their root as possible. Allow at least ten to thirty seconds to pass. Then, glide the gadget from the root towards the tip of the eyelash, but before then you can grasp them halfway once again. Finish towards the end and your eyes should look spectacular.
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Many people think they already know how to apply eyeliner, and by all rights, they do a good job. In actuality, there is a big difference between the way you might apply eyeliner and the way a professional make-up artist does. Use these easy-to-follow steps and you can apply eyeliner like a professional make-up artist:
Select your eyeliner
An eyeliner must be applied near the base of your eyelashes. As there are varying products in the market such as cake eyeliner, liquid liner and pencil eyeliner, it is important to try each type so that you will know which type will best accentuate your own natural beauty. Also, to whatever type you prefer, practice the application so you can achieve a very fine line. Remember that it is not a pretty sight when you apply eyeliner in a very thick line. It will look harsh, at the same time loud, making your eyes as well as giving it a tired and heavy impression. Always bear in mind that a thin line is recommended - should you have any trouble applying it, a brush is helpful to smooth out the line and to blend it well.
Liquid eye liner
Liquid eyeliners are recommended to be used and should only be used above the top of the eye lashes, whereas an eye shadow or an eye lining pencil is suggested to be used under the eyes lower lashes. This kind comes usually in a bottle with an application brush, almost similar to an ink. This requires great precision during application, but can be perfected through constant practice. A note to remember is to always let the liquid dry before you open your eyes after application - if not, the liquid may smear the top of your eyes and give you a raccoon look.
Eye liner pencil
The easiest to use, works just like colored pencil. As the tip of this liner is dry, it has a tendency of pulling your eyelids fragile tissues; stretching the eyelids when lining it could help a lot in achieving a smooth application. A note to remember, you should always sharpen the pencil before every application to eliminate any bacteria that has accumulated at the tip.
Apply the eyeliner
- Begin at the inner corner of your eye. Always be certain to use a light hand when applying your eyeliner, as the area around the eyes is very sensitive and delicate.
- Put on your eyeliner only after you have already applied an eye shadow. Doing it before an eye shadow application would only cover the eyeliner.
- To achieve a dramatic and intense look, a kohl pencil with a color can be applied above as well as below the lashes, and then followed with black or very dark gray liquid eyeliner at the top. This will give the impression of dark eye lashes and will stay on for the whole day. A dark colored eye-liner will highlight the eyes form and outline as well as give them a deep look.
- While holding your head back facing the mirror, look down so that your eyelids will become tight making it easier in applying and controlling the liner. When necessary, smudge.
- The eyes will seem larger when you make a line with a pencil under your lower lashes - instead try a dark eye shadow applied with the help of a tiny makeup brush, to give an illusion of darker and fuller eye lashes. Below such line, you need to apply also a thin line with a lighter shade of eye shadow, preferably white, yellow or beige to brighten up your eye area.
- Pencil liners may be used on both above the top lashes as well as under the lower lashes. Liquid eye liners however, must only be applied on the top lid. Cake eyeliners are applied with water and may be put on to both the top and so too the bottom of the lid.
- If you have beautiful green eyes, try putting on a violet smoky pencil that will enhance your eyes, since basing from the color wheel, violet and green are opposite, so they will compliment each other.
- Refer to nature when you are in a process of deciding on a color. Green, beige and burnt orange are autumn colors.
- Others prefer using an eye liner not only for the eyes, but the lips as well. Should you decide on this, an eye lining pencil will be most suitable for the application. Make sure though, that you choose a certain shade of somewhat reddish brown or orangey-brown or a brownish plum, to compliment and flatter your lipstick.
Acne scars are unsightly and embarrassing but La'Bella MAFIA has some all natural alternative solutions so put away the mask because the masquerade is over. No matter what your age, acne is an unpleasant skin condition that can pop up out of nowhere or can inhabit your skin on a daily basis. One unfortunate side effect of acne is acne scars. Although, not everyone has noticeable acne scarring, people who are affected with scars are not only physically but also emotionally and mentally affected as well. Acne scars can leave damaging effects on the skin that most people live with for the rest of their lives. Dermatologists tote expensive acne scar treatments that the average person can't afford. However, there are natural acne scar treatments that can greatly reduce the appearance of scars and rejuvenate the skin.
Natural skin treatments are not only easily used, but they are relatively inexpensive with most of the products coming straight from your kitchen. Not to mention that there are no harsh side affects, or long healing periods and you can use these treatments in the comfort of your own home. Natural acne scar treatments can start to reduce your acne scars within the first week of treatment however; persistence and consistency are key when using natural remedies. Always remember to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated through the entire treatment.
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One of the standards of femininity, and the secret weapon of every femme fatale, is long, luscious eyelashes. From the pages of Vogue to the images of cartoon character Jessica Rabbit, long lashes are considered a universal characteristic of feminine beauty. Although every woman desires long, thick, glamorous eyelashes, not all of us have been blessed with Jessica Rabbits's glamorous look. To enhance the appearance of eyelashes, there a dizzying array of products and procedures to choose from. Long and full lashes are eye-catching and it appears as if this ongoing trend won't change anytime soon.
Eyelashes enhancements are so much different than they were back in the 20th century when famous Hollywood actresses like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow captivated audiences on the big screen. Back then, false eyelashes were constructed of fringe and literally lasted only a handful of hours.
Today, women have options to achieve beautiful eyelashes and don't have to depend on mascara to get the look they want.
One choice is eyelash extensions. Find an expert who is certified in this art to create a personalized look. In many cases, eyelash extensions may replace the use of mascara. These artists offer not only a natural and full eyelash contour appearance, but these lashes look like the real deal.
Others have chosen the route of an eyelash fortifier. Some may also refer to it as a serum, as well. This type of formula may incorporate peptides for thicker and longer eyelashes. Other powerhouse ingredients may also include one or more of the following:
These serums and fortifiers condition the cycle that your lashes go through. On average, people lose a few eyelashes every day. If they don't take good care of their lashes, this number can increase dramatically. So please be mindful of those lashes, because it may take up to eight weeks to have them grow back.
These products help keep lashes intact for longer. Users of fortifier formulas say that they have seen thicker eyelashes in as early as four weeks and noticed a significant improvement in the strength of their lashes.
Another popular choice is eyelash growth treatments. A unique ingredient, approved by the FDA contains a bimatropost ophthalmic solution. This formula has often been described as the "miracle" lash grower which reveals darker and fuller lashes in about 16 weeks.
In addition to the above options, here are some other helpful at-home remedies to improve eyelash health:
Using an eyelash curler should be done before mascara is applied to avoid lashes from breaking and splitting. Also, try not to pull on the curler to avoid yanked out lashes.
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Your cuticles could be stopping you from growing your fingernails. If your cuticles are overgrown this will stunt fingernail growth, and also cause hangnails.
Keeping your cuticles in shape not only helps the condition of your fingernails, but also the overall appearance of your hands.
An orange wood stick is a handy tool to have, to help push your cuticles back. If your cuticles are really bad then a metal cuticle pusher will do the trick.
Don't cut your cuticles, it is very easy to cause damage, and you may cut the cuticle in such a way that a bacterial infection can get in.
Soak your fingernails in warm soapy water for a few min to help soften them, and then apply a cuticle removal cream, (natural of course).
Another great way for softening cuticles is to soak your fingernails in warm olive oil for a few minutes, and then rub the oil into your cuticles.
Using your orange stick, or metal cuticle pusher, gently push down on your cuticles, holding the pusher at an angle and going all around the edge of your nail.
This will help remove dead skin and debris from around the nail. When you are finished, gently move the cuticle pusher around in tiny circles to help remove any flaking or dead cuticle. Cut any dead cuticle that is not coming off with a nail clipper. Nail clippers can be very sharp, so be careful you don't cut any skin, and don't cut deep into the cuticle.
Massage your cuticles each night and your fingernails as well, using almond oil, olive oil, vitamin E oil or coconut oil.
Try to avoid cuticles creams full of chemicals, always use natural when you can. In the long term, these chemicals are not doing your cuticles or your health any good. You are just wasting your money buying cuticles creams, when oil from your kitchen pantry is just as good, if not better.
Drink plenty of water and take a biotin supplement daily, and include fish oil capsules and vitamin B12. You will not only increase the health of your fingernails, you will have shiny hair and a clear complexion.
A wonderful little recipe for removing cuticles is to mix a teaspoon of sugar with some olive oil andmassage around your cuticles.
Always keep your hands and fingernails well moisturized daily; this is a must for dry cuticles. Wear cotton lined gloves when working around the house or in the garden.
If your damaged cuticles are not responding to anything you are doing, and your cuticles are receding then a trip to a dermatologist (people trained in skin disease) is a good idea.
Whether you fix your damaged cuticles yourself using a cuticle tool and your own oils, or have your overgrown cuticles done professionally, good fingernail care is always a must.
PLUMP YOUR POUTE
Full, seductive lips have been the rage for quite some time now. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have been named as among the world's most beautiful women because of their statement pouty lips. It comes as no surprise that women of every age search for the answer to this question: How to get plumper lips?
Medical methods such as collagen injections and lip implants are some of the widely used methods for lip plumping. They give you instant fuller lips that stay on for several months. As most medical procedures, however, these are often costly, painful, and may need many sessions for it to take full effect.
Lip enhancing products Another method on how to get plumper lips is by using a lip plumper. This tool is considerably new in the market yet has already gained acceptance, as it is known to be effective and easy to use. A lip plumper contains ingredients such as peppermint, caffeine, niacin, or cinnamon, which slightly irritates and inflames the sensitive skin on the lips. These ingredients make the blood vessels dilate, increasing the blood flow to the lips. This will in turn make the lips swell and look fuller. It is also safe to use and it helps keep your lips soft and nourished, as it usually has moisturizing ingredients that condition the lips. The most common of these ingredients are honey, aloe Vera, chamomile, olive oil, and almond oil. These elements are all natural and have the ability to nourish and provide moisture to our skin.
Natural Alternative Remedies You can also opt to use alternative ingredients that have the same plumping effect as the lip plumper. Some examples are the concentrated oil of cinnamon leaf, cayenne pepper or salt and even Niacin (a form of vitamin B3). These natural remedies increases blood flow to the lips, just like the lip plumper, and it causes a swelling effect, producing a full, red appearance. Caution must be applied in using these, though. These must only be applied in very small amounts and rubbing of the lips must be done gently in order to avoid excessive irritation. In the case of niacin, it must not be applied directly on the lips. Instead, it should be mixed with lip balm so as to avoid extreme irritation. La'Bella MAFIA suggests consulting with your physician before attempting the natural lip plumping remedies.
Makeup Plumping Tips One might also ask how to get plumper lips without the use of surgery or a lip plumper? The answer lies in the type of make up that you use and the correct application which can give the illusion of full, pouty lips. Before applying any make up, it is good to exfoliate the lips using a dry toothbrush with soft bristles, or a wet washcloth which when gently rubbed on the lips will remove dry skin cells. Then, apply on your lips a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone and pat with loose powder to set. Line your lips with a lip liner closest to the shade of your skin, making sure to trace slightly outside your lip line. Glide on a natural color lipstick and then blend carefully with the liner. Finally, apply lip gloss at the center of the bottom lip to create the impression of fuller, noticeably plumper lips.
Whatever the method you choose on how to get plumper lips, it is best to check the safety of your chosen procedure before applying it. It's also important not to overdo it, or you take the risk of irreparable damage and might get a trout-pout instead. This is not a good sight to look at, trust me.
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After shampooing and conditioning, start with a small amount in the palm of your hands and work it through damp hair. Style as usual. Apply a few drops as often as needed to achieve soft, shiny hair.
Before applying color, massage approximately 5ml of Moroccan Oil Treatment to hair. This will enhance the hairs ability to absorb the color. Do not rinse hair before applying color or bleach. Add 4 to 5ml of Moroccanoil Oil Treatment to color mix and continue normal color application and process.
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Limit the use of hair dryers
Ease up on the hair dryers and learn the proper ways to use one. Hair dryers make use of hot air to dry your strands. And if they are used too much, they can dehydrate and even burn your hair. First off, make sure that you use hair dryers that have the right wattage depending on your electrical outlet that can dry your hair at the least amount of time. And secondly, never put your hair next to the hot air too long. The best hair dryers should also give you a number of attachments for your styling needs.
Avoid brushing wet hair
Hair is naturally very easy to break off when it is wet. And even the slightest force, such as brushing can lead to hair breakage. What we usually recommend is to comb through the hair with your fingers or with a wide toothed comb after your bath or shower. Start brushing only after you have dried your hair thoroughly.
Trim your hair
Dryness is one of the most common reasons for hair breakage. And in a single hair strand, it is usually the tip of the hair that gets most dry. And when it does, it becomes very easy to break and split with the slightest force. Aside from that, they can look awful as well. Dry hair tips can look browned and shriveled. So the best solution to stop hair breakage is to cut the dry tips off up to a length where the condition of your hair is much better.
Ease up on the at-home chemicals
The common chemicals used in at-home hair color and in hair treatment creams can actually lead to dryness and hair breakage. So to stop hair breakage, lessen the amount of chemicals that you apply to your hair. Make your hair regimen as natural as possible. The less chemicals, the better. Do treatments at most once every 8 weeks and save the coloring process for a professional.
Supplement you hair with protein
Aside from dryness, the lack of protein can also make your hair very vulnerable to breakage. For cases like these, the best way to stop hair breakage would be to give your hair protein supplement. You can actually do the protein treatment at home since there are now plenty of protein based hair treatment creams that you can easily get a hold of. But remember, never overdo the treatment because they can lead to dryness as well. For those who do not want to do so, then you can always go to your nearest salon and have a professional perform the treatment for you.
It is crazy, how many different lip stick colors there are. Each brand has tons of different colors and shades, so it's very normal to have no idea what shade is good for you and your skin tone. You can't just go without lipstick, it is a makeup necessity when it comes to you looking your best. If you are having trouble finding a lipstick shade that is right for you and suits you, here is a guide that will help you get the best color and shade for you.
Finding Your Lipstick Shade
The best and easiest way to find your lipstick shade is to go about two shades darker than the natural skin tone of your lips. You will of course need to test the colors and to do that, all you need to do is apply it to one of your lips and not the other. This is a great way to see the difference between the color of your lip and the color of your lipstick.
When you are in a store where you cannot test the products on your lips, take a mirror along to the store with you and hold the packages up to your lips. You will easily be able to see the difference in your lips from the color on the package. Don't worry about the color being untrue as the example colors are the same as the colors of the lipstick.
This is the easiest and most true way to find the right lipstick for you. You will be able to compare it to your natural beauty, that way you can just accentuate it!
Day & Night
Because of the lighting difference between day and night, lipstick shades will appear differently. During the day you should try to use lipsticks that have a matte cream finish. This will give you a more refined look. For the night life, you should try to aim for a lipstick that is glossy and gives you a little bit of shimmer.
Choose The Right Colour
Gone are the days when wearing eyeshadows similar to your eye color was considered odd. Today, wearing an eyeshadow of the colour in shades of your eye color is the fashion and there are many shades to choose from. Make sure that you go for a shade that makes your eyes look gorgeous.
Use Eye Primer For Upper Eyelids
Applying eyeshadow often can be pretty taxing and irritating. If you want the eyeshadow to stay on for a longer time, then make use of an eye primer for your upper eyelid before applying the color. The eye primer will serve as a good base to the eyeshadow and will make it look smooth and help stay on for a longer time.
Highlighter Can Make Or Break Your Look
You need to be extremely careful while applying the highlighter. Be careful especially while using dark shadows to the crease of your eyes. If you accidentally get too close to your eyes, there are chances of the whole make up getting ruined.