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Beauty Benefits Of Cucumbers

Benefits of Cucmbers

Because they are 95% water and include vitamin E, cucumbers are perfect for promoting healthy skin. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are ridiculous.

Because of the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, the cucumber flushes out excess fluids and junk in your body. You can apply it topically to help sunburns, reduce redness, and inflammation. Also since cucumbers reduce water retention in your skin and tighten collagen, you can use them to reduce the effects of cellulite and wrinkles.

No wonder so many of our beauty products already include cucumbers!

Honestly, a cucumber a day will keep the doctor and the cosmetic surgeon away. Why go under the knife or spend tons of money on product when you can buy the cure-all for less than a buck. So add cucumber to your water, chop one up and throw it in a salad, or smother your face in a few slices. A cucumber face mask sounds delicious. Crazy how one simple green fruit-veggie thing can reverse the signs of aging just like that.

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How To Create The Perfectly Winged Eye


Winged eyeliner can be one of the most desired makeup trends to master, yet the most disastrous to perfectly achieve.

Learning how to get the perfect wing and shape can sometimes be extremely tedious, and make us want to give up trying all together. Being one of the most classic, iconic makeup looks that is still extremely relevant today in the beauty industry, winged eyeliner is definitely worth perfecting until you get it right, even if it takes you a little longer to get there.

1. Start With an Angle: Instead of starting in the corner of the inner eye and working your way up to create the angle you want, why not create the angle first? This can be easily done by drawing an upward line at the end of your eye, usually 1-2 centimeters in length. By creating the upward angle at the beginning, you can then set yourself up for the right shape. Next, start at the top of your angle and slightly slant the liner down-ward towards the lash line, moving it in ever so slowly towards the inner eye. This works almost like a stencil, and you can fill in the gap with your liner until it’s perfectly black.

2. Use an Angled Liner Brush: For most people, liquid liner takes getting used to and practice. If you aren’t confident in using a liquid liner just yet, try using an angled liner brush with a gel liner instead. The brush is a great tool to help guide you to getting the perfect line. Dip the brush in the gel liner and follow step one, slowly shaping your wing and smoothing out the line as you go.

3. Connect the Dots: When using liquid liner, draw tiny dots along the lash line to give you a base for setting up your line. You can “connect the dots”, if you will with the liquid liner to give you a cheat sheet for getting it straight and neat. Use a black eye pencil underneath the lash line to help fill in any gaps, so there’s no spaces or eyelid showing. If you mess up the liquid liner, use your angled liner brush or eyeliner pencil to help smooth it out, until you can use liquid all by itself.

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How To Stop Biting Your Nails!


Biting and picking at your nails is kinda gross. It also is a sure-fire way to make your manicure that was supposed to last all week last only a day. And while it’s a nervous habit that’s certainly on the more innocuous side of the spectrum, it can still affect your health.

Telling a nail biter to stop won’t help. Sheer willpower may also not stop the habit. But there are a few options for nail biters.

1. There are actually products created to stop nail biting. Look for a polish that contains denatonium benzoate, a bitter chemical compound that tastes so bitter and nasty, it discourages biting. Mavala Stop is an excellent option. You paint a tiny bit on your nails. It can also be used to discourage thumb sucking in children. But a little bit goes a long way.

2. Habit Reversal Training is a method that teaches a nail biter to replace one habit with another. It has shown a lot of promise. Read more about this technique on’s Obsessive-Compulsive site.

3. Nail grooming. Keeping nails painted on a regular basis can cut down on nail biting because the biter may stop and consider what they are doing. My friend Deirdre swears a pricey manicure keeps her biting at bay and she suggests the brighter the color the better. After all, if your nails are painted, you won’t be as apt to bite. Especially if you paid for the color.

4. Get fake fingernails. If you have fake nails glued to your real ones, the chances of you biting them off are low.

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Miley Cyrus Named New Spokesperson For Viva Glam!


Miley Cyrus now a Viva Glam spokesperson for MAC!

Miley made the announcement on Twitter saying, “Going #VIVAGLAM with @MACcosmetics. Look for my lipstick in early 2015″ and “Every cent from the sales of my #VIVAGLAM shade will go to @MACAIDSFund to help people affected by HIV.”

According to the brand, Miley is releasing “a super-sexy hot pink lipstick and matching lipglass with sparkling pearl shimmer.”

Viva Glam goes through spokesmodels just like candy.

Other spokespeople have included: Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.


Shimmery Eyeshadow Used as Eyeliner


Shimmery metallic lids are making a major comeback according to the fall runways and we’re not mad!

Inspired by extravagance and the club culture of the 70’s and 80’s, the trend on the runways was all about a fun accent of color and sparkle.

Whether you downplay the trend for office-appropriate wear or hype it up in honor of your next night out, shimmery eyeliner is a fun Fall 2014 makeup trend that anyone can wear.

To get this look:

• Apply eyeshadow primer (I like Urban Decay’s) to your lids.

• Dip a small rounded eyeshadow brush in your glittery eyeshadow and line below the bottom lashes. You can extend the color on the top lashes as well or try another color.

• Sweep a light shimmery base shadow on your lids.

• If you don’t want to use eyeshadow — you can use an eyeliner.

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Support Breast Cancer Awareness With These Beauty Products

Breast Cancer Awareness

It’s time to THINK PINK!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, why not pick up something new and help support a good cause?

One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. But there is some hope. When breast cancer is caught early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

From special edition packaging to pink-themed color collections, nearly every woman can find something that is usable, beautiful and good for the cause. Here are just some of the products that you will find and which will also make terrific holiday gifts.

Murad Hydrate for Hope

Murad Hydrate for Hope
This limited-edition moisturizer, which comes with this two-toned pink cosmetic bag. 10% of sales will go to City of Hope, a leading research and treatment for cancer.

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection
These gorgeous hues of pink are available for a limited time only. Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every sale to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Advanced Night Repair' Synchronized Recovery Complex II with Pink Ribbon Bracelet

Advanced Night Repair’ Synchronized Recovery Complex II with Pink Ribbon Bracelet
Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from August 2014 through June 2015.

Clinique Pink with a Purpose

Clinique Pink with a Purpose
Let your generosity shine with this $16 lipstick and cosmetic case from Clinique. Clinique will donate $3.00 from this purchase will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Mini-Four Pack

Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Mini-Four Pack
These happy hues of pink from Essie are helping to raise awareness and support for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

EOS Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

EOS Breast Cancer Awareness Collection
This set includes a limited-edition strawberry-flavored sphere lip balm, pomegranate raspberry stick lip balm and a berry blossom hand lotion—they work as good as they smell! 100 percent of the net profits will be donated to the breast cancer research department at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Pumpkin Mask For Brighter Skin!


If you want brighter skin for fall, you might give your jack-o-lantern the side-eye. Besides the fact that pumpkins are seasonally appropriate, they’re also great for your skin.

Pumpkins have nutrients and antioxidants to replenish tired, dull skin, giving it a healthy glow? They are also great for nourishing sensitive skin, or skin that has been damaged from sun exposure and skin conditions like acne.

Skin Repair

Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which heals and softens skin, antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E to help repair skin, protect it from free radical damage and help boost collagen production, beta carotene protects against skin cell degeneration all contributing to healthier skin.


Pumpkin helps acne-prone skin due to its ability to:

• Fight inflammation
• Reduce pore size
• Control excess oil
• Prevent the appearance of breakouts of pimples and blemishes
• Repair skin after acne damage

Dry skin

Pumpkin hydrates and softens dry, cracked skin.

Pumpkin is often used in facial masks and peels because it contains natural enzymes that help dissolve dead skin cells, promote cellular turnover and new cell production. When used with other ingredients, pumpkin acts like an accelerator helping the skin to quickly absorb nutrients and vitamins.

Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe:

    1. Start with 2 Cups of Pureed (Cooked Fresh or Canned) Pumpkin

    2. Add 4 Tablespoons Unflavored Yogurt, 4 Tablespoons Honey, 1/3 Cup Ground Almonds, 1/4 Teaspoon Olive Oil.

    3. Mix and apply to clean, moist skin.

    4. The enzymes are more active when moist, so sit in a warm tub or shower for 5-10 minutes.

    5. Remove with a clean washcloth.

Top it off with your favorite moisturizer!

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Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


Most experts suggest cleaning them weekly, but if you tend to forget or just think that’s not accurate, then try to wash them at least every 2 weeks. It will only take a few minutes to wash them all, and if you do it at bedtime they will be nice and dry for use in the morning.

Follow these easy steps …

Turn your faucet on to cold, and take one brush and run it under the water. Make sure you clean the bigger brushes one at a time, but you can combine some of the smaller brushes together when washing. Wet the brush thoroughly before applying the shampoo.

Add 1-2 drops of the shampoo directly to the brush. Depending on the size of the brush, you will want to alter the amount of shampoo you need. For larger, face brushes use at least 2 drops, and for smaller, eye and lip brushes use one drop.

Once the shampoo is added, gently massage it into the brush. Once incorporated, flip the brush downward and rub the brush in the palm of your hand, using a circular motion. Wash each brush in this way for 1-2 minutes, rinsing slightly during the process until the suds and brush look clean.

It is very important that you rinse the brush well. If you don’t rinse them well you can leave behind soap residue and traces of makeup, not to mention bacteria. Begin by rinsing the brush under cold water, while gently massaging the bristles with your fingertips. Do not pull on the hairs and make sure you rinse from base to tip. Continue rinsing with cold water until all traces of soap are gone and the water runs clean.

Once the brush is accurately rinsed, begin removing the excess water by squeezing the brush from base to tip. After you remove the excess water, take one of the hand towels, fold it in half, and gently tap the brush onto the towel.

If the brush is still very saturated, then fold the towel over the brush and gently squeeze the water from the brush. Remember to move in the same motion as before, starting at the base and going to the tip. If you need to do this, remember to be gentle so you don’t pull the hairs out of the base of the brush.

After you have successfully removed the excess water from the brushes you will need to lay them out, overnight, to air dry.

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