Sunday, March 17, 2013

How to avoid cosmetic allergies

Contemporary cosmetics fulfill different purposes – they can nourish, moisturize, cleanse, tighten the skin or fight aging. Not all cosmetic products, especially the anti-aging ones can be produced out of 100% natural ingredients. They must have chemical components, which are potential allergens.

If your eyes suddenly begin to water or your face becomes itchy, or develops a rash, you are most likely having an allergic reaction to the cosmetics you are using.

What can be done to avoid these allergies?

  • Use testers every time you buy new cosmetics. They will give you an idea of which product is OK and which you have to shun.
  • Do not use cosmetics with a strong aroma. Perfume is among the potential allergens too.
  • Cosmetic products whose expiration date is far in the future are also a risk for your skin. They contain preservatives, which are very good at keeping the product fresh for longer, but unfortunately are also good at triggering allergic reactions.
  • Choose tested and approved products and stick to the same brand.
  • It is preferable that all products you use (tonics, lotions, masks) are from the same line. This will protect you from exposure to a “cocktail” of different preservatives used in different products.
  • Don’t overstock. All cosmetics deteriorate in time and can become hazardous to the skin.
  • Don’t forget or be too lazy to remove your makeup each evening. Foundation and face powder clog the pores and do not allow the skin to breathe properly. When you are too exhausted to make it to the bathroom, use hypoallergenic wet wipes.
  • Do not disrupt the texture of the product. For example, do not add water or alcohol to mascara. This way you can trigger an allergic reaction. I use to be guilty of this in the past until I learnt better.
  • Carefully read the instructions of all cosmetics you use. If it says that the mask should be applied for 5 minutes only, do not keep it longer than that.
  •  Do not experiment with new cosmetics when you are ill or your body’s immune system is weakened. The skin is more susceptible to allergens then.
  •  Carefully monitor your cosmetics. A change in color or texture means that the product should not be used any longer.
  •  Do not go overboard on homemade cosmetics. Although fruit and vegetable masks are very beneficial, keep in mind that some of them can cause food allergies.
Source: makeupsjournal

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Little secrets for perfect lashes

For lengthening the eyebrows use single strokes without accumulating lot of mascara.

For a natural but maintained look use a small brush to remove the extra mascara.

For curly lashes, if you do not want to use curlers which guys seem to think of as torture devices, then apply mascara first to the upper side of the upper lashes, and then to the lower side as usual.


Black mascara is classic, especially for brunettes. For women with lighter hair and eyebrows black should be reserved only for evening makeup. Use brown mascara for the day.

Blue and green mascaras are not amongst the most flattering, but you can still use them if you like. Just keep in mind that the color of mascara should not be the same as the color of your eyes.

Little secrets

Eye lashes can be lengthened if you brush them beginning at the tips and then zigzagging your way toward the roots. It sounds complicated, but it’s pretty easy.

When lashes are very long they can stain the lids with horrible little black dots. Use q-tips to wipe them off.

Do not cover the lower lashes with mascara, because this underlines the dark shadows beneath the eyes.

And last, but most important – no matter how expertly you have applied your mascara, you have to remove it every night with the appropriate product. Otherwise you may have to treat your eyes for inflammation.

source: makeupjournal