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Manicure Quick Fixes!

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We’ve all had it happen at one time or another, but luckily there are a few ways to fix chipped nail polish.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s experienced a nail polish disaster or two. Before you start getting out your nail polisher remover, try these quick fixes!

Grab a matchbook.
If you didn’t pack a nail file, use the striking strip of a matchbook to fix a small chip. Lightly move it in one direction (away from your nail) until you don’t see the chip.

Do some resurfacing.
Smooth the chip by gently filing it or by tapping a little nail-polish remover, like Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover 3-in-1 Formula, over just the crack in your polish. It flattens the surface enough that you can paint over it without making the polish look lumpy.

Go easy on the touch-up.
Painting the entire nail with a fresh coat of polish looks sloppy. Instead, wipe off the brush on the inner rim of the bottle and just dab a little color over the chip. Give it a minute to dry and then paint the entire nail with topcoat to hide any bumps.

Go French.
Hide chips with a colorful French manicure, using a polish that’s in the same color family as the one you’re wearing (pink and coral, indigo and teal). Or cover the top half of each nail for a color-blocked design.

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Removing Facial Hair

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Many people have unwanted hair. It’s common on the upper lip, chin, cheeks, back, legs, fingers, feet, and toes.

Since Cleopatra shaved her legs with the edge of a shell, women have searched for a better and more lasting way to remove unwanted hair.

The process of the removal of unwanted hair is an ongoing one. While there are various options to get rid of unwanted hair, here’s some pros and cons which will help you choose the right option for you.

WAXING

Pros: Hair is removed at the root so the results last longer and the hair grows back softer. And many women swear that the more you wax, the fewer hairs grow in.

Cons: The downside to waxing is you have to let hair grow out to wax again. It’s painful and you run the risk of the hot wax burning your face.

SUGARING

Sugaring, like waxing, pulls the hair from the root. The huge benefit is it’s less painful than waxing. You can buy sugaring kits to use at home or pay a pro to do it.

DEPILATORIES (Cream)

Pros: Quick and painless.

Cons: The creams have a strong, chemical smell, which may turn off some people. The creams don’t always work on thick, coarse hair and if you have sensitive skin, avoid this method or run the risk of chemical burns. I recommend doing a spot check on your leg or arm first to make sure your skin won’t react. Because hair is removed at the surface, it will grow back faster than with methods that pull it from the root.

THREADING

An aesthetician uses a doubled-up strand of cotton thread to twist around individual hairs. She then pulls the hair out from the roots. The procedure is used mainly on the eyebrows and upper lip and the huge benefit is the hair is removed from your face by the root so it grows back much slower than it does by shaving.

TWEEZING

If you only have a few hairs to remove, tweezing is a great option. Be sure to invest in decent slant-edged tweezers.

ELECTROLYSIS

Pros: Hair removal is permanent.

Cons: It’s pricey. It’s also somewhat painful (you get zapped). And you have to go many times for permanent results.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Laser hair removal is an option for women with light skin and dark facial hair. The lasers don’t work as well on light hair.

SHAVING

Shaving is not a good option for the face. It’s a myth that your shaved facial hair will grow back thicker but it will feel as if it grew in thicker. Why? Virgin, never shaved hairs have fine, soft ends. Shaved ends are coarser. This is why the hair that grows back after you wax seems to be “softer.” Save your razor for your legs and your bikini line.

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PREFER THE NATURAL APPROACH?

Turmeric And Milk: Turmeric powder has often been used for manufacturing beauty products. It cleanses your skin, beautifies it and ensures you are glowing all the time. Milk is also beneficial for your appearance. The combination of these two is surely going to help you remove upper lip hair naturally. This is how you should go about it!

1. Take one tablespoon of turmeric and milk and mix them in a bowl.
2. Once the mixture is prepared, apply it gently to your upper lip using your fingers.
3. Wait till it dries after which you can rub it off your skin.
4. Wash off with cold water.

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Bath Bombs You Can Make Yourself!

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Why spend $6 or more on a store-bought bath bomb when you make them for much less?

To soak away a stressful day, all you have to do is toss a bath bomb into your tub. Some of my favorite pampering products are the bath bombs from LUSH, but they are on the pricey side.

The hardest part of making bath bombs is finding citric acid. I bought some online from The Chemistry Store (www.chemistrystore.com) because it came highly recommended, but you might be able to find it at your local pharmacy.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 tsp. water
2 tsp. essential oil (lavender, eucalytus, rose are all popular for the bath)
2 tsp. oil (jojoba, sweet almond, coconut olive or even baby oil. Canola oil won’t compete with your essential oil fragrance)

STEPS: 1) mix baking soda, citric acid, and scented oil in a bowl. 2) Spray water onto the mixture while mixing it with your hands until it clumps–DON’T add too much water 3) Add the coloring if you wish (WARNING: it can stain your skin if you use too much!) 4) Add the confetti/sprinkles/glitter of your choice into the bottom of the mold if you wish 5) Press the mixture into the molds and let dry over night 6) Use when dry and enjoy!

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If you love bath bombs but can’t justify the price of fancy store-bought bath fizzies, then quench your skin-moisturizing thirst by making your own bath bombs at home!

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Soften Those Elephant Elbows!

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Elbows are knobby and generally awkward-looking, so as long as they do their job properly, we rarely think about them.

Even those of us who spend considerable time and effort to groom and clean the rest of our skin can be guilty of overlooking this spot.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for neglect and bad habits to give way to thick, uncomfortable buildup. Though some of that buildup is necessary for protection, there’s no need to settle for elephant-like extremities.

Elbows Off the Table

The first step to shedding the calluses and buildup coating your elbows is to become conscious of the bad habit that causes it. If you’re constantly leaning on them (which, if you have a desk job, could be hours every day), you’re causing a lot of friction that results in dry buildup.

Keep Them Clean

When your arms are straight, your elbow skin has no choice but to bunch up, and it’s easy for dust and germs to collect, which can be dangerous. Make sure you clean them often to prevent buildup and infection. Avoid skin care products containing alcohol and harsh acids, which can make dryness worse.

Exfoliate

Regular exfoliation is a great treatment for keratosis pilaris, which is a harmless yet bothersome condition that’s responsible for the “chicken skin” texture of your upper arms and elbows. For a yummy-smelling combination that will seriously soften your skin, mix two parts brown sugar with one part olive oil, and add a bit of ground ginger. Gently massage into your elbows and wash off with a wet cloth.

Moisturize

Despite folds and creases galore, elbows are woefully lacking in the glands that keep the rest of your skin lubricated, so it’s up to you to pick up the slack.

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This Scrub Is So Yummy You’ll Want to Eat It

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Looking for an awesome DIY Sugar Body Scrub Recipe?

Making your own sugar scrubs at home is easy and inexpensive to do, plus, it allows you to control the quality of the ingredients and avoid toxins.

This stuff is so yummy, you’ll be tempted to eat it!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basic white sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (buy this online or in a health food store and if you don’t have it, don’t sweat it, use 1/4 cup brown sugar instead)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil (regular coconut oil works, too)
  • 2 tbsp jojoba, sweet almond oil, olive oil or even coconut oil (my favorite: jojoba)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • oil from 5 400 IU vitamin E capsules. Take a pin and prick the capsule to remove the oil.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (if you loathe the smell, skip it)

Many women exfoliate their faces but forget about other body parts.

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As the weather heats up and you get bikini-ready, you should exfoliate all over. Exfoliation is also important before applying tanning products or when rejuvenating winter-weary skin.

Remember, beautiful skin takes work.

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What’s In Kim Kardashian’s Bag?

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Now you can get Kim Kardashian‘s flawless makeup look in the comfort of your own home.

Whether you love or loathe the Kardashian trio, one thing cannot be denied; the Kardashian make up trend is one we all aspire to. Thanks to two of her go-tos: hairstylist Michael Silva and makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, we’ve got the deets!

Nars Cosmetics Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilation
Use a wet shadow brush to blend the two shades in Nars Cosmetics Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilation ($45), and then apply to the lower lash line to give your eye makeup a little pizzazz.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
Mario filled Kim’s brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown ($21), but you can learn how to find your best brow color here. Finish by setting your brows with a clear gel.

Ardell Individual Medium Black Lashes
After Mario curled Kim’s lashes, he applied Ardell Individual Medium Black Lashes($4) for a doe-eyed look. Use dark lash glue to make the falsies blend in seamlessly to your real fringe.

L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
Finish your eyes with several coats of L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara($8).

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color in Love Lust
Apply the sexy flushed hue of Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color in Love Lust ($57) to the apples of your cheeks.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Mario used the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68) palette to add highlight to Kim’s cheekbones, nose, and Cupid’s bow. Try using a domed, fluffy eye shadow brush to do it yourself.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty
Paint on the perfect neutral pucker using Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty ($16).

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Set your look and add radiance with Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48).

 

Plump Your Lips Naturally

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Looking for a quick and easy way to make your pout look plump?

Many women dream about having fuller and more sensuous lips. Surgery is not always the best answer.

Here’s a few amazing ways that will make your lips bigger and fuller.

Peppermint oil doesn’t simply have a calming effect on your nerves, it also gives lips increased fullness. Peppermint oil irritates lips enough to cause slight swelling and add a temporary flush of color without causing serious harm.

Capsicum, the component of red peppers which gives them their spice, also comes in the form of an oil which improves blood flow and circulation. When applied sparingly to the lips, capsicum oil acts as a natural plumping serum and so your lips look extra alluring.

Exfoliating other parts of the body is considered a beneficial and glow-inducing exercise, so why not extend the practice to your lips? Exfoliating with a mixture of brown sugar and coconut oil will increase circulation to your your lips, naturally increasing their volume while giving lips a rosy glow.

For a quick method to simulate a voluminous pucker, apply highlighter to the cupid’s bow of your lips and a shimmering balm to the center of your bottom lip. The shimmer will reflect light and give lips the appearance of being much larger than they are.

You may have heard of the latest celebrity craze surrounding bee venom, but honey or beeswax are equally beneficial–especially when it comes to your lips. The honey will give your pout an enviable fullness.

Any substance which improves circulation will have the same effect on your lips, and cinnamon happens to be excellent for circulation. Apply cinnamon essential oil in a circular motion to give your lips an extra boost. As an added bonus, your lips will retain the enticing aroma of cinnamon throughout your day.

You don’t need an expensive medical procedure to make your lips rival Angelina Jolie’s, just a good lipstick, liner, and gloss combination. To create the illusion of fuller lips, apply a pink-toned lipstick, followed by a lip liner slightly darker than the lipstick, and top off with a light-reflecting gloss.

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Murad Wants To Help #ShadeAmerica

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Are you armed and ready for summer?

The sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. That’s not much time!

You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter.

Murad wants to help #ShadeAmerica!

Murad has partnered with the American Academy of Dermatology to build shade structures across America in parks and playgrounds and have created a special kit, the Shade America Sun Safety Kit, to help support the initiative.

It’s Murad’s hope that these shade structures will help protect a new sun smart generation from sun damage and skin cancers.

The limited edition Shade America Sun Safety Kit will be available May 2015 on Murad.com, Ulta and Massage Envy Spas nationwide.

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These products are AMAZING!

I was delighted by how quickly and noticeably they changed the quality of my skin. It worked great to reduce the pigmentation on my cheeks as well as diminish the sun spots from sun damage done in my younger sunbathing days. My face looked brighter, younger!

Tip: Make sure you get your entire neck or you’ll have a bright streak!

Advanced Active Radiance Serum (0.5 FL. OZ. – Kit Size) (1.0 FL. OZ – Full Size)

Advanced Active Radiance Serum restores skin’s natural radiance, resilience and clarity with Resilient-C Complex™, a stable Vitamin C technology that delivers 50 times the collagen-building, skin-brightening and cell-protecting power of ordinary topical Vitamin C.

· Improves brightness, clarity and radiance by 60% in less than one week*

· Hexapeptide-2, a skin brightening peptide and Indian Fig boost skin clarity and encourage cell renewal to keep skin radiant

· Ectoin and Green Tea Extract jump start the cellular defense system by helping cells resist drastic environmental stresses including UV exposure and chemical aggressors

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Essential-C® Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ (1.7 FL. OZ. – Kit Size and Full Size)

This antioxidant-rich broad spectrum sunscreen shields and restores environmentally stressed skin, prevents free radical damage and improves skin’s appearance and elasticity.

· Ectoin, a protective substance produced by organisms called extremophiles that thrive in the harshest conditions on the planet, improves skin’s barrier function by reducing trans-epidermal water loss to preserve deep hydration

· Contains MuraSol™ Antioxidant Defense, a proprietary blend of powerful antioxidants that penetrate the skin’s top layers and create a protective barrier of encapsulated free radical neutralizers

Pick up your kit HERE!

Disclosure: A complimentary sample kit was sent to The Beauty Stop for this review. No compensation was received and all opinions are that of the author.

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