Different Types Of Lash Extensions- Which Lash Type Should I Choose?

I like to wear false eyelashes every now and again, not that I need them. I grow my own lashes to wonderful lengths. I never knock a lady for wearing false lashes, I say do what makes you happy as long as it is not causing harm to you or those around you. A lavish look or a playful eye shadow are my go to’s every now and again. That is why I add some false lash extensions to my makeup every so often. There are different types of lash extensions to choose from. Regardless of the type of lash extension, they are all categorized under these 3 main types of grouping:

  • Strip Lashes
  • Individual Flare Lashes
  • Individual Single Lashes

Ensure that you do your research and figure out which one is best for you. Most beginners use strip lashes.

A Bit Of Lash History

In 1882 the residents of Paris started sewing hair into their eyelids to create false eyelashes. I am very glad this beauty extension has evolved and come a long way.

Mink Lash Extensions

There is a lot of controversy around the subject of mink lashes. Some mink manufacturers say that the animals are not harmed during the process of obtaining the fur. This does not sit well with the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) organization because they believe these mink farms keep the minks confined to small, cramped wire cages in filthy conditions.

Mink lashes are made by manufacturers brushing the fur of minks to obtain the fur to make the lash extensions. The wash and sterilize the fur before turning them into lashes. The fur is not only curable, but it is soft, thick, and light in weight. Mink lashes add volume and length to your real lashes; It does not give off the fake appearance most other false lashes do. They hold their curl well, plus, they are very durable. This means that they can be used over and over again up to 25 times or more if they are cared for properly. One pair of these gorgeous lashes will cost you approximately $25 to $50. However, they are so worth the investment because you can use them over and over again for a long time. In the end you wind up saving way more money than you initially spent.

Faux Mink Lash Extensions

Faux mink lashes are light and soft, like a mink’s fur. They are not comprised of a mink’s fur. Faux mink lashes are made from a material that mimics the fur of a mink. These lash extensions are comprised of a synthetic material called PBT (Polybutylene terephthalate). It is a type of polyester that is used in all sorts of products like… Toothbrushes, sports and swimwear and, of course, false eyelashes. Even though these false lash extensions are made to appear natural you will need to do a bit of leg work to get them to look as if they are yours.

You will blend your lashes and the false lashes together by using mascara and you will use an eyeliner to cover up the lash extension band. It is common for these type of lashes to look their luster after a couple uses or so. Faux lashes, in my opinion, are great for a night out on the town or a special occasion, but they can become uncomfortable during the course of the evening. This is due to the lash band being unyielding by nature and design. A single pair of these lash extensions can cost you $4 to $15, which is not bad, but considering the fact that you may have to replace them more often this will add up over time and probably more than you would like it to.

Sable Lash Extensions

Sable lash extensions are made up of high quality PBT fibers. They are very similar to mink lashes concerning the flexible form, really lightweight, and the shine that the mink lash embodies. These lashes last about 6 to 8 weeks, or until they start to thin out, similar to the way our lashes does from time to time.

Sable eyelashes are the thinnest and softest of all the lash extension types. Some sable lashes are made from real hair. They are not to be confused with mink lashes. In my research I could not uncover exactly what hair they are made of, so I assume its safe to say human hair. Sable lashes will cost you about $300 to $500. These are really worth the money invested if you don’t mind spending that amount of money on lashes.

Silk Lash Extensions

Some say silk lash extensions are better than mink lashes, so I like to think I saved the best for last. Silk lashes can be reused multiple times, they are so easy to care for, and some styles of silk lashes possess a more dramatic and intense curl. I don’t know about you but nothing is better than a dramatic and intense anything ( shows, makeup, and lashes). The curls in silk lashes hold their curl well. In addition to all those wonderful things, the fact that they are cheaper than mink lashes has got to be the cherry on top. The only difference between mink lashes and silk lashes is shape, finish, and weight. Due to their thickness, and full body they are used in more dramatic sets. Silk lashes will cost you around $18 to $25.

My Final Thought

Even though there are different types of lash extensions if can be daunting to choose the right lash extension for you. As I always say, do your research. Think long and hard about the look you want to achieve, and go from there. All in all, I like every kind of lash extension there is. For me it is all about what look I want to achieve for that day.

I know what lash to pair with what type of makeup. Let’s just say I want a more dramatic look I can then I will go for silk lashes, if I want a more natural look I have 3 lash types to choose from. Okay, now let’s say I want a lash that will not irritate my eyes before the night is out I will most likely choose every lash except faux mink lashes. When choosing the right lash extension(s) you have to know yourself and what you want if you do not know yourself, no problem, you can take the time to learn yourself. Please leave a comment and tell me about your favorite lash extension below.

The Benefits Of Grape Seed Oil On Skin- Grapy Goodness

There are a lot of oils that are good for your skin, and honestly there are times when I cannot choose which oil to use on my skin. BUT!!! Grape Seed oil is one of my absolute favorite. It can do so much for the body, inside and out, but I will only be speaking about the skin today…. To narrow it down more, facial skin. I am a person who likes to put their best face forward, and you can only do that by having healthy skin. Your makeup is only as good as the face underneath it. Without further ado, the benefits of grape seed oil on skin.

Grape Seed Oil History

Grape seed oil goes back a long way. Documentation from historical archives show that grape cultivation dates back between 6,000 to 8,000 years ago in the country of Georgia which is located between Eastern Europe and West Asia.

The oldest winery was located in Armenia. Many other ancient nations in the Middle East and throughout the world have records that show they too used grapes in their cultures. Grape seed oil is also mentioned in the Bible as ancient healer and it was used by Daniel in the Old Testament.

The Ideal Setting To Grow Grapes

Grapevines can thrive in temperate climates that allow the vines to grow long, that allows for warm periods during the crucial flowering, and for the fruit set and ripening periods. This process starts when temperatures reach 10 degrees Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nowadays, a person can grow a grape garden or a vineyard just about anywhere if the conditions are right. This is because grapes adapt to the surrounding environment. Grapevines can grow even in extreme temperatures, however, if you are really interested in growing a grape garden or a vineyard it is imperative that you do not plant grapevines near trees or structures that block sunlight and cuts off-air circulation.

Grapeseed Oil

Grape seed oil manufactures get the oil by squeezing the kernels of wine-producing grapes. To me, the best kind of grape seed oil is refined grape seed oil. I do not like dealing with anything that is ladened with chemicals, as they can have adverse effects on the body. This oil can be commercially produced, during this process it is produced by using chemical solvents like Hexane. Hexane is classified as and air pollutant and neurotoxin.

Hexane- Chemical solvent that is found in oils

Hexane is mainly used as a solvent to extract edible oils from seed and vegetables crops ( soybeans, peanuts, corn). Commercial grades of hexane are used as solvents for glues ( rubber cement, adhesives), varnishes, and inks. It is also used as a cleaning agent (degreaser) in the printing industry. It is used in low temperature thermometers.

The potential health hazards of hexane

When people are exposed to high levels of this chemical research shows that it causes mild CNS (Central Nervous System ) depression. CNS happens when a person’s body’s normal neurological functions slowdown. CNS effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Giddiness
  • Slight nausea
  • Headaches

Other exposures to hexane vapors may cause dermatitis and irritation of the eyes and throat in people.

Industries where hexane Is found

According to a few articles that I’ve read, several hundred million pounds of hexane are produced in the Untied States each year in the form of solvents. It can be found as a cleaning agent in printing, shoe making, textile, automotive brake repairs, and furniture making and the food industry uses it in some products as well.

How Long Does Grapeseed Oil Last?

Grapeseed oil lasts about 6 months, while the bottle is still closed. Once you open the bottle of grapeseed oil is open, it is exposed to the elements ( air, heat, and light) this is where the oxidation process begins. The oxidation of oil is an undesirable process to say the least, it is composed of a series of chemical reactions involving oxygen that degrades the quality of an oil. Oxidation eventually causes the oil to spoil in a sense, this is accompanied by off flavors and vile smells. Once this process starts it cannot be stopped, nothing lasts forever. It can be slowed down in many ways. Here are some ways to slow the oxidation process:

  • Add an antioxidant

Side note: You can add absorbic acid ( vitamin C) to your oil to inhibit the oxidation process, this is the sole purpose of adding an antioxidant.

  • Store oils in airtight containers.
  • Refrigerate oils
  • Replace the oxygen in the containers with another gas

Side Note: A good and safe gas to use for this is Nitrogen. (It is an inert gas, which means that it does not interact directly with the product).

The benefits of Grapeseed oil

This particular oil is jammed packed full of vitamin E, a lot more than olive oil. Vitamin E works as a fat-soluable axtioxidant. this fat-soluble antioxidant helps protect the cells from damaging free radicals that may cause cancer, heart disease, and more chronic illnesses. Grapeseed, whether in extract or form or oil is used to treat a number of diseases.

The uses of grapeseed oil on skin

This miraculous oil can be used in various ways on your skin:

Moisturizes Skin

Grapeseed oil is great over all for moisturizing the skin. It is lightweight and it can be used on most skin types, since it has anti-flammatory attributes. It possesses high levels of linoleic acid and it doesn’t clog pores.

Stops and prevents reoccurring breakouts and heals scars

If you have constant breakouts, grapeseed oil will be your best ally in the war on acne. It is known to clear up breakouts due to its ability to reduce redness and inflammation. Grapeseed oil may promote cellular regeneration, which helps replace the skin that has been damaged. It may seem like a super oil, however, it does not have the ability to treat blemishes below the skin.

Shrink pores

Grapeseed oil is a carrier oil. It ids in the reducing of large pores. When applied to your face it shrinks pores down because it has astringent properties.

My Final Thoughts

As you can see the benefits of grapeseed oil on skin withstands the test of time, and we have’nt even scratched the surface for possible uses for the oil. Who knows, maybe one day we may even use grape seed oil as a fuel. It is one of my favorite oil to use for the reasons I listed above. It has so many great uses and it is packed with a plentiful amount of vitamin E, more than olive oil. I believe it will continue to withstand the test of time as it has for many years. As I said before, I prefer refined oils versus commercially manufactered oils to me they are healthier.

How to grow longer eyelashes- The longer, the better

Every lady I know wants long healthy eyelashes. I am not one to use fake lashes excessively, I only use them on special occasions to really make my makeup stand out. There are various ways to grow your eyelashes, these ways can be chemically and naturally. I personally prefer to do things naturally because I feel like products that contain chemicals can cause problems to occur in the body, but that is how I feel. Longer lashes can be achieved anyway you choose, but as for me, I use Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Oil. This is my how to grow longer eyelashes

The History Behind Aloe Vera

The first species of Aloe was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species of the Genus Aloe. It originates from the Arabian Peninsula, however, it can grow wild in tropical climates all over the world. It is used for medicinal purposes and it is cultivated for agricultural uses as well. This particular species has been known to be used for decorative purposes; it can be grown indoors as a potted plant. You can find it in many consumer products, which include: Beverages, skin lotions, cosmetics and skin ointments.

Benefits of Aloe Vera on hair

 Aloe Vera is a wonderful way to grow your lashes longer if your are wondering how to grow your eyelashes longer. Aloe Vera is present in many industries from beauty creams to healthy juices to supplements. Aloe Vera contains antiviral and bacterial properties. It contains proteolytic enzymes, they repair dead skin cells. Aloe Vera acts as a great hair conditioner; it leaves your hair smooth and shiny. It encourages hair growth, prevents itching of the scalp, and reduces dandruff.

The primary protein of hair is Keratin. Keratin consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and tiny amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulfur. Aloe Vera’s chemical makeup is similar to Keratin’s make up; it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, which gives it more elasticity, preventing breaking. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the scalp.

Can you apply Aloe Vera directly to your eyelashes?

The short answer to that question is yes. The most beneficial form of Aloe Vera to use on your eyelashes or hair is the raw gel of the plant.

How to properly apply raw Aloe Vera gel to your eyelashes:

  • Use an old (clean) mascara brush.
  • Cut the Aloe Vera leaf down the center in order to get to the raw Aloe Vera gel.
  • You can either rub the mascara brush directly on the gel, or scoop it out with a spoon( Make sure you hold on tight to the Aloe Vera leaf because it slippery), place it in a container, and dip the mascara brush in raw gel in the container.
  • Use a light amount of the gel; use the brush as if you were putting on mascara.
  • Leave the gel on your eyelashes overnight for optimal results.
  • Wash off in the morning.

Use caution, try not to get it in your eyes. I have’nt done that so far, but I do not think it would be a pleasant experience.

Sidenote: I combine Aloe Vera and vitamin E oil together and I do the above mentioned steps.

History behind vitamin E

Vitamin E was discovered in 1922, isolated in 1935, and first synthesized in 1938. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that can come from several foods as well as supplement form. Some research shows that vitamin E has a positive impact on hair health.

Benefits and facts about Vitamin E

Natural Vitamin E is derived from vegetable oils, primarily soybean oil. Whereas, Synthetic Vitamin E is a product of petrochemicals. Though they may have the same name and some similar composites, they differ.

  • Natural Vitamin E is a single stereo isomer

Stereo isomers are molecules with one or more “chiral” centres (are tetrahedral atoms (usually carbons) that have four different substituent) that allow the possibility of forms with the same chemical formula but differing spatial arrangements.

  • Synthetic E is a mixture of eight stereo isomers, only one of which is the same as natural Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol).

If you are curious about how to find out which vitamin E is natural and which one is synthetic just read the back of the vitamin E bottles. Listed below are the differing two names:

  1. Natural = d alpha-tocopherol
  2. Synthetic = dl alpha-tocopheryl

Vitamin E’s roles in healthy hair has a lot to do with its antioxidant properties. They can reduce cell damage and improve hair growth. The natural antioxidant create an environment in which the scalp and the hair can grow and maintain its steady growth pattern. The vitamin’s antioxidant properties help reduce the amount of oxidative stress and free radicals that may cause the hair follicle cells in a person’s scalp to breakdown. A lot of oils contain some portion of vitamin E. It is wise that you mix vitamin E oil with a carrier oil to dilute it, if this is not done it can irritate the skin.

Will what I eat impact my eyelash growth?

Yes, the healthier you eat the more nutrition your body gets. Eating a healthy can excel your hair growth, thus, making your eyelashes grow longer, stronger, thicker, and healthier.

Vitamin E is present in a bunch of different foods:

  • Leafy Greens
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Vegetables oil
  • Fortified breakfast cereal

You can grow your lashes from the inside out. Using a healthy diet to grow your eyelashes is better because even if you do not use vitamin E topically you will still have long beautiful eyelashes.

My final thougths

In my experience, I have learned that you need multiple things working together all at once to achieve the results you desire, growing your eyelashes longer is no different. As you can see, from reading my article, I use Aloe Vera, vitamin E and a healthy diet to do this. As always, I encourage you to do your research. Do not just take my word for it. Use the trial and error method, Milton Hershey went bankrupt a couple of times before coming up with his world-famous chocolate recipe. Do a skin patch test, and dream big, even if longer eyelashes is your only dream.

Leave a comment below

              Uncle Lee’s Tea Organic Green Tea Review- Smooth and pleasant

              Product: Uncle Lee’s Tea Organic Green Tea

              Price: $21.99

              Cheapest place to buy: Amazon

              Size of container: 5.64 OZ (160g) 100 Tea bags, 4 pack

              My rating: 9.8 out of 10

              Uncle Lee’s Tea Organic Green Tea

              This tea comes packaged individually, it contains about 20 to 30 milligrams of caffeine per cup. This comes from the green tea. It contains black tea as well which possesses about 80 to 120 milligrams of caffeine. I am in love with this particular company because their teas are really tasty and they’re have many beneficial qualities too.

              I’ve always used green tea for various reasons; I drink Green Tea and use it on my skin to rejuvenate it and bring life to it in the hot Summer months or the cold Winter months. My experience with using this particular brand of green tea has a been a pleasant one. In my experiences with different teas, I have tasted many a tea in my adulthood and this company stands apart from other tea producing companies.

              Taste Makes Or Breaks A Tea?

              Unlike many teas that I have tasted, this green tea is not pungent, nor does it taste like I am just drinking water. I actually really enjoy it and I drink it on a day to day basis. I mix it with other teas as a pick me up when I am drowsy, or just to drink it for the health benefits. This brand has tea bags, the tea leaves are not loose. It steeps quickly. To me, this tea has a sweet taste for a green tea. Maybe it is my taste buds, maybe not… I have no idea. I have tasted teas that are watered down and lack something this green tea is not one of those teas. Sometimes I have to add honey to my tea, especially a really strong bitter tea. I like to live on the sweeter side of the taste spectrum. I do not have to do that with Uncle Lee’s Tea Organic Green Tea.

               

              I Go For The Organic Teas

              I use organic teas because I do not want chemicals can to wreak havoc on my body. Harsh chemicals can cause your body to become imbalanced and that will lead to unwanted things happening. The only thing I found that concerns me is, the tea bags are oxygen bleached. I did my research on the process and it turns out that manufacturing companies use it as an alternative to bleaching with chlorine bleach. Oxygen bleaching as a process where oxygen, ozone, or hydrogen peroxide are used instead of chlorine.

              My Final Thoughts

              I would recommend the Uncle Lee’s Tea company to anyone. I give it a thumbs up to the Uncle Lee’s Tea Organic Green Tea for its numerous qualities. I love the way this tea tastes and I am in love with the health benefits.

              Let me know what your experiences were with Uncle Lee’s Tea Organic Green Tea, or any other tea by leaving comment below.

              Different Types Of Makeup Foundation

              There are different types of makeup foundation, foundation is not a one size fits all product; there are a vast variety of makeup foundations. They come in different shades, coverage, tints, and compositions. It is recommended that you choose a foundation that pairs well with your skin, gives you exactly what you are looking for and makes your skin better, not worst.

              All foundation fall into one of 4 main categories, depending on how you want to view things.

              • Liquid Foundation (Matte- finish, moisturizing liquid)
              • Stick Foundation
              • Powder Foundation
              • Mineral Foundation

              Liquid Foundation

              This particular foundation is the most popular type of foundations and it is the grandfather of all the foundations. Most people like it because it glides on with ease, leaving the very nice finish. It is good for both dry to combination skin types. Liquid foundation comes in bottles and tubes. The coverage ranges from a light sheen to a full. This foundation is very easy to blend so much so you can mix 2 different shades together to achieve the color or shade you desire.

              There are 2 sub categories that fall under liquid, if you don’t count creams and waterproof formulated foundation,

              Matte-Finish Liquid Foundation

              Matte-Finish foundation is lightweight, it falls under the liquid foundation category it is easy to blend. This foundation is great at holding back the excessive oily shine that we all dread. Those who have blemish prone skin can use this foundation because it covers well, but it also does not cause blemishes or make them worse. It is great for people who live in humid climates. Like all things it has its pitfalls, foundations with matte-finish can amplify flaky skin or wrinkles if the finishes lacks moisture.

              Moisturizing Liquid Foundations

              The moisturizing liquid foundation can have a light to medium coverage, it makes your look more natural. It is great for hydrating skin, it does not leave your skin with a greasy appearance. It is perfect for normal to dry skin. Moisturizing foundations embody a light sheen to make the skin look more youthful. This particular foundation is not a good choice for oily skin, it makes the skin look more oily.

              Stick Foundation

              This is similar to a cream foundation, but they provide a medium to full coverage to cover up imperfections. They provide a heavier type of makeup coverage; they are practical. They are great for traveling, they can also be used as a concealer. It works well for those situations where you may need to touch up your makeup on the go. Foundation sticks contain oils which make this foundation have a waxy, texture, this may lead to your pores clogging up. or worsen a previous breakout. If you are prone to breakout this foundation is not for you.

              Powder Foundation

              Powder foundation is easy to apply. It normally comes in a compact case; it is also good for creating a matte finish and you can use it for touch ups. It has dual capabilities, it can be used wet or dry for more coverage. If you feel that liquid foundation is too messy, this foundation will be a good fit or you. It is best for those with oily skin and skin that lacks fines lines.

              Mineral Foundation

              Mineral foundation is for those who are interested in natural and organic makeup. There are more mineral foundation choices nowadays than there previously were. These beauties are composed of crushed minerals extracted from the Earth. A lot of people like them because they are free of preservatives, talc, oil fragrance and other things that might harm the skin.

              This type of foundation comes in a loose powder; it comes in a compact or sifter providing medium to full coverage. This foundation does less harm to the skin and you can even sleep in some brands. Mineral foundations are better for those who have sensitive skin and those who suffer from acne or rosacea. This foundation might be a bit too dry for those who have dry skin. One thing about this particular type is you have to get the right brush for the best application, and it does take time to master the process of applying the foundation.

              Conclusion

              There are different types of makeup foundation, they come in all shades, tints and compositions. The right foundation for you is out there, you just have to find it. This quest may seem daunting, but with a little time, research, and perseverance you will achieve your goal.

              Leave a comment below.

              How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

              I have a had my fair share of skin issues… My worst adversary was the blackhead. Blackheads plagued my teens and early 20s. They are an eyesore, and they can be very embarrassing for the sufferer. I love helping people feel good about themselves, so I write these articles to aid others in their search for flawless skin underneath er their makeup.

              For the guys, flawless skin period. I sat for a long time contemplating about what I should share with you all this time, and it hit me as I was peeling off one of my masks…. BLACKHEADS!!!! I am not happy at all when one appears on my face. Without further ado, I give you How to get rid of blackheads.

              What is a blackhead?

              A pimple is born

              Many think that pimples and blackheads are the same, that could not be farther from the truth. You see, pimples are born when your pores become clogged with too much sebum, or dead skin cells. Bacteria gets trapped inside the pores and it multiplies, which leads to swelling and redness. Birthing a pimple on your face.

              A blackhead forms

              Blackheads appear when a plug develops in the hair follicle. A blackhead develops when there is a plug at the skin’s surface. A pimple or acne is born when bacteria gets trapped in a pore deep within the skin.

              Witch Hazel

              For years my mom told me about the capabilities of witch hazel. I always wondered why her skin always stayed so acne and blackhead free. Once day, I listened and the results were phenomenal.

              Benefits of Witch Hazel

              Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a shrub that is native to the U.S. For centuries the Native Americans used this shrub as a remedy for various skin ailments that were related to irritation and inflammation.

              It is a great remedy for acne which makes the skin inflamed, but it also helps with blackheads which do not cause swelling and inflammation. Witch hazel acts as an astringent by drying out your acne and blackhead blemishes.

              The active tannins in witch hazel is the causes the drying out of the blemishes, these plant-based compounds have antioxidant effects.

              How to apply witch hazel to your face

              • You apply witch hazel with a cotton ball all over your face, or in your problem areas.

              Let it dry, avoid your eyes, and always do a skin patch test.

              Green Tea

              Benefits of Green Tea on skin

              Green tea originated in China, it can be traced all the way back to 2737 B.C. Green tea has a lot of benefits, but many do not know that it can be used on your skin yielding optimal results when it comes to blackhead banishment. Green tea is very high in antioxidants. It decreases oils and inflammation on the skin. It also helps prevent future breakouts as long as it is used frequently.

              The tea contains a powerful antioxidant (EGCG). EGCG fights damage from UV rays that can cause Cancer preventing the development of Cancer cells. It is also a potent anti-aging ingredient which helps fight signs of aging when ingested or used topically. Green tea contains a powerful antibacterial agent that is great for treating acne and unclogging pores.

              How to make Green tea for your skin

              • You can use green tea bags or loose tea leaves.
              • Put them into a pot, pour in a cup of water.
              • Bring to a boil.
              • Once the tea bag or leaves comes to a boil, let it steep for 5 minutes.
              • Let the hot tea cool down.
              • Apply it to your face with a cotton ball.
              • Let it dry on your face.

              Apple Cider Vinegar

              Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar


              Apple cider vinegar helps control bacteria that causes acne, and reduce the appearance of scars. The acetic acid that is in apple cider vinegar dissolves the dead skin cells and removes other impurities, these impurities are the cause of clogged skin pores and can be the cause of blackheads.

              Apple cider vinegar boasts antibacterial properties that can do away with acne. The miracle liquid unclogs pores from bacteria, excess oil, and other debris. It also balances the pH level of our skin.

              How to apply apple cider vinegar to the face

              You would apply apple cider vinegar to your face like you would witch hazel.

              • Apply with a cotton ball. (You should dilute the apple cider vinegar because it is acidic)
              • Apply on face, and let dry. (Be sure to avoid your eyes)

              Conclusion

              I hope my article, how to get rid of blackheads, shed some light on a few ways to get rid of unsightly blemishes. I hope anything I post aids you in your many skin endeavors.

              Leave a comment below.

              Natural Ways To Moisturize Skin

              There are several different natural ways to moisturize  skin.  I want to share some of the ways with you all. These are the moisturizers that I deem vital or feel like that are a good addition to your skin care routine. Your skin naturally produces oil, called sebum. Sebum helps protect the skin from moisture loss, but everyday actions like forgetting to put on moisturizer and other daily things tend to strip natural oils from the skin. Those of us who do not suffer from acne can use oils can help restore skin’s sheen and protective barrier. Acne is caused by an overproduction of sebum.

              Aloe Vera

              Benefits of Aloe Vera

              Aloe Vera gel could be your new favorite moisturizer. It’s good for  a lot more than burns. If you are looking for a moisturizer that will not weigh your skin down then you should think about using aloe Vera gel. … Aloe Vera has a good reputation for improving acne and clearing up clogged pores.

              Aloe Vera gel absorbs easily, which makes it really good for oily skin.  Sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad for your, or your skin in this case, so you do not want to get too happy with the gel because excessive use can dry the skin out.  There are no  special instructions written for Aloe Vera. As usual, ALWAYS do a skin patch test, if it starts to dry out your skin just scale back your usage until you have corrected the problem.

              Avocado Mask

              Benefits of Avocado

              The avocado (Persea americana)  hails from south central Mexico  between 5,000 to 7,000 B.C.  Archaeologists in Peru found avocado seeds that date all the way back to the time of the Incas. Sir Hans Sloane is believed to be the one who coined the word “avocado” in 1696. The avocado is packed full of healthy benefits.

              The fruit is jam-packed a bunch of rich nature goodness It is an excellent wellspring of twenty vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B, C, E and K, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, lutein, beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and anti-ageing antioxidants.

              Avocado face masks recipes

              Because of its high healthy fat, vitamin and antioxidant properties that it possesses, using the avocado face mask can leave the skin feeling softer. Here are a few recipes to try out:

              Avocado, honey, and yogurt

              Honey and avocado have natural moisturizing  properties that are great for dry skin. The anti-ageing antioxidants in avocado make this an excellent mask for a more youthful appearance. The lactic acid in the yogurt restores the natural pH balance of the skin, and tightens the  pores.

              • Take a spoon and mash up half of an avocado and put it into a small bowl with some organic yogurt and honey.
              • Mix until it is blended well together and apply to the skin after first washing your face initially.
              • Leave it on for 20 minutes, or until it has hardened
              • Thoroughly rinse off the mask with warm water. Ensure that you wash your face good because avocado is hard to get out of the eyebrows or facial hair (for guys) sometimes.

              Repeat weekly for the best results.

              Avocado, banana, egg yolk mask

              This mask possesses high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C contained in bananas. They are great for maintaining the skin’s elasticity. Bananas contain vitamin A, this can leave the skin moisturized. Egg yolk contains fat that serves to plump up the skin, which leaves it more supple. Egg yolk also contains vitamin A it is also known as retinal and thus, is an excellent anti-ageing ingredient.

              • Mix half a ripe banana, egg yolk and half an avocado to form a paste and smear all over cleansed skin.
              • Leave on for 20 minutes or until mask has hardened some.

              Avocado, egg white, and lemon mask

              Lemon is antibacterial and contains vitamin C, these properties fight oily skin. The egg white helps to tighten the skin, it makes  a reputable natural remedy to fight acne.

              • Stir up the egg white until it is bubbly like the foam of a beer, combine with half an avocado, mashed up, and  a good amount ( use your own discretion) of freshly squeezed lemon juice to create a paste.
              • Apply the  paste to your skin and leave on till dry
              • Rinse off with warm water.
              • Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

              Due to the harshness of the lemon, do your best to avoid getting the mask near the eyes and rinse off if the mask starts to irritate. ( Avoid this mask if you have sensitive skin or if you have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients listed above.)

              Homemade Oatmeal Honey Mask

              Benefits of oatmeal

              Oatmeal has 18 different amino acids, these little guys are essential to healthy skin. They act as building blocks for the body, helping to rebuild tissue and promote healing.

              Oatmeal has skin-soothing properties and it is hypoallergenic.   These characteristics can also help alleviate rashes and allergic reactions, and other skin damage.

              Oatmeal by itself will not moisturize your skin, it is a beneficial part in a moisturizing face mask. Oatmeal helps your skin retain moisture.

              • Mix 2 tbsp of oats with a tablespoon of honey and a dash of water.
              • Warm up the mixture, then rubbing it into your skin.
              • You can use it just to exfoliate and wash it off right away, or leave it on for 20 minutes.

              Milk

              Benefits of milk

              Milk  is rich in B-vitamins, calcium and other potent antioxidants. It nourishes skin cells from deep within and keep skin moisturized all day.

              Darker skin tones and hyper pigmentation can be rectified by applying raw milk on the trouble spots. The high lactic acid content not only has skin-lightening properties.

              Beta hydroxy is a lactic acid, a form of alpha hydroxy acid found in raw milk. This potent alpha hydroxy acid mildly gets rid of  excess dead cells off the skin’s surface, revealing soft skin underneath.

              • Dip a cotton ball in some milk and dab gently all over your dry skin.
              • Let it to sit for 20 minutes.
              • When the mask is drying up, DO NOT move your face because  you may stretch the mask which will lead to fine lines.
              • Wash off with cool water.

              Conclusion

              There are plenty of natural ways to moisturize skin, honestly, too many to place in this article. I hope what I did write helps someone.  As I always say, you should aim to take care of your skin underneath the makeup you put on your face. The health of your skin is very important. Your face is the first thing people see when they approach you or you approach them. The examples I listed above are unisex, they can be used for males and females, I try not to leave anyone out when I am writing my posts.

              Please leave a comment below

              Natural Oils For Skin Care

              Natural oils are great for skin care. They are a good moisturizer.  Using natural oils for skin care can help prevent and fade  damage as a result of time moving along. Natural oils for skin care is centered around natural oils and their skin cleansing capabilities which help remove  harmful pathogens from the skin. 

              Coconut Oil

               

              Benefits of coconut oil

              Cocos nucifera, the coconut, is set apart from other fruits by its higher than average water content. It is has been harvested for years for its coconut water or “juice.”

              It can tame frizzy hair and moisturize dry skin. For centuries it has been used in a wide and diverse range of beauty enhancing products. Coconut oil has become a popular ingredient in many beauty products. 

              Coconut oil is known for its anti-aging properties. Coconut oil has anti-oxidant properties and it has been used to treat various skin illnesses such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Coconut oil can help to restore the skin’s natural PH levels.

              How To Use

              Rub a bit of coconut oil around your eyes

              Coconut oil is a really good under eye cream. It helps by improving dark circles and keeping wrinkles from forming.

              • Use your fingertip to dab a half of a dime size amount under your eyes. ( Make sure your hands are clean before using your finger to apply the coconut oil)
              •  Gently run your fingertip along your under eye.

              Rub coconut oil on your lip

              Coconut oil will moisturize dry lips. It’s edible, so you do not have to worry about ingesting a little. Eating coconut oil is awesome for your health.

              Use coconut oil as a face cream.

              If your skin seems to be dry, then you should consider applying coconut oil as a face cream.

              • Put it on after washing your face.
              • Let it absorb into your skin for 10 minutes before applying makeup.

              Experiment by using coconut oil on just one patch of skin for a couple of days. If you see no signs of a breakout  then use it as you like.

              Olive Oil


              Benefits of Olive Oil

              Olive oil is one of my favorites natural oils to use. Olive oil acts as an antioxidant; This is a substance that prevents oxidation. Oxidation is a process where free radicals are produced. Free radicals are chemicals that can damage cells and may contribute to cancer developing over time.

              Antioxidants can prevent premature aging. Olive oil contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Some of these vitamins may be beneficial for the skin.

              It has been shown to have antibacterial properties; Virgin coconut oil is more effective at eliminating the bacteria.

              Use the oil cleansing method

              Remove makeup

              Olive oil can be used to remove makeup alone, or you can add a bit of lemon juice to help prevent breakouts.
              Lemon juice helps treat acne because it is a disinfectant. It can destroy the bacteria that cause breakouts. Olive oil is a preferred makeup remover for people with sensitive skin.

              Exfoliate

              • Mix the olive oil with sea salt or sugar to concoct a natural exfoliate.
              • You will mix a tablespoon of olive oil with ½ teaspoon of salt or sugar.
              • Apply to your face.
              • Rinse with warm water.

              Sugar is less harsh than salt, so use sugar if you have sensitive skin. (I recommend that you use brown sugar )

              Moisturize

              Olive oil is a better moisturizer than many cosmetic products because some products can be harsh on the skin.
              You can massage olive oil into the skin by itself.

              Create a mask

              Olive oil can be combined with a lot of different natural products to create a face mask.

              • For those who suffer from dry skin, you would mix a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil with an egg yolk and a tablespoon of flour. If the paste becomes too thick and is difficult to spread, add more oil.
              • Spread over your face.
              • Leave the mask on your face for 20 minutes to fully moisturize.
              • Wash off with warm water.
              • Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

              Sunflower Seed Oil

               

              Benefits of Sunflower Seed Oil

              Sunflower oil is a non-comedogenic carrier oil. That means it is highly absorbent, and will not clog pores. It’does not irritate the skin of most people.  It can be used on all types of skin.

              Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect skin from free radicals and from adverse effects of the sun, such as premature aging and wrinkles.

              Linoleic acid helps to maintain the skin’s natural barrier. This function supports its ability to keep moisture in. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect when used topically, which makes it  very beneficial for dry skin and for conditions, such as eczema.

              Sunflower oil is effective at improving skin hydration.

              One way to use Sunflower seed oil

              There are various ways you can use sunflower oil on your skin. You can use sunflower oil on your face for moisturizing:

               

              • Use as you desire, but I prefer to use a tiny amount of sunflower oil directly into your hand.
              •  Then you would massage it  gently into skin until all of it has been absorbed.

              Jojoba Oil

              Benefits Of Jojoba Oil
              The jojoba plant is a robust, perennial plant that grows in North America. The Jojoba plant  produces a nut with many healing properties.

              The nut of the jojoba plant can be made into an oil. Jojoba oil is really gentle so it can be used as a carrier oil to mix with other natural oils. You can also use it on its own.

              Jojoba oil works to seal your skin with a protective barrier to keep it from losing moisture. It can kill certain bacteria and fungi that can cause salmonella, an E. coli infection, and candida.

              Conclusion

              Honestly, the list of natural oils is long. I just wanted to provide you all with a glimpse into a vast world of oils. Before you do anything I encourage you to do your research, do skin patch tests, and try, try, try again. What may work for you may not work for someone else. That is okay; we all come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and ethic backgrounds. Be you, love you, and stay different.

              Leave a comment below

              How To Remove Facial Hair Naturally- Oh, so smooth

              I, too, am a sufferer of unwanted facial hair. It is unsightly, annoying, and downright embarrassing…. Yes, I understand your pain more than anyone, Ladies. When I think of how I envisioned my face, I did not envision it with more than peach fuss on it. This is why I am going to let you in on MY little secret. How to remove facial hair naturally with four different face masks. These DIY techniques remove the unwanted hair while nourishing your skin at the same time. You have to take care of your skin before you put on your makeup and face masks are your go to for this. Without further ado. I give you… How To Remove Facal Hair Naturally

              Egg White Mask

              This face mask is cost-efficient, and simple.

              Benefits of eggs

              Eggs are great for deep cleansing treatments and the protein is good for firming up your skin. Shrink or tighten pores with an egg white face mask. This egg white mask will leave your skin smooth and soft. Protein in the egg whites help with the skin’s elasticity.

              This you will need to round up:

              • One egg
              • A roll of one ply tissue paper
              • Flat-head makeup brush
              • Small bowl
              1. Crack open your egg. You want to do your best to separate the yolk and the egg white into a small bowl.
              2. Whisk your egg whites, or stir your egg whites very well.
              3. Apply a thin layer of the egg white with your flat-head makeup brush. It is a good idea to put the egg white on the area that are prone to blackheads.
              4. Cover the areas that you have applied the egg white to with pieces of tissue from the tissue roll mentioned above. Ensure that you layer these areas very well to get good coverage, the more layers the better. It should feel like you are a mummy from ancient Egypt.
              5. Wait 40 minutes, or until you feel that the mask has fully hardened, then pull off in an upward motion, starting from your chin.  I recommend using a timer because I’ve fallen asleep too many times doing this mask. Trust me, it is a very easy thing to do.

              Sugar and Lime

              This is a good cost-efficient mask. Warning: I do not deem it wise to do this particular mask if you have sensitive skin. As usual do a skin patch test.

              Benefits of sugar

              Sugar is used a lot in skin products for a various reason. Sugar is a humectant, it draws moisture to your skin from the environment. Sugar contains glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps condition and moisturize skin and protect it from toxins. Last but not least, sugar makes an excellent exfoliate due to the small particles it embodies. The particles remove  dead surface skin cells by scrubbing them away.

              Benefits of honey

              Honey is also a humectant; It offers antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help when fighting against acne. Honey has natural antioxidants, these little soldiers help protect the skin from ultraviolet damage. It pull impurities from the skin and aid in the healing of the skin. Finally, it offers anti-inflammatory properties that reduce fluid retention under the skin and minimize scarring.

              Benefits of lime

              Limes have astringent qualities, these qualities cause tightening of muscles for a short period of ti,me. Putting lime juice on your skin can make pores smaller and make your have a smoother appearance, thus improving the appearance of your complexion overall. Lime juice contains vitamin C and flavonoids, which have antioxidant, antibiotic and disinfectant agents. The citric acid found in limes helps remove dead skin from your face the citric acid keeps your face clean and acne-free. You will only need… Honey and sugar, any kind of sugar will do. However, I like to use brown sugar, it is softer than regular sugar.

              To achieve a smooth face you will do the following:

              1. Mix together to form the mask.
              2. Apply to unwanted facial hair in the direction of the hair growth. Apply a thin layer.
              3. Let sit on face for 10 to 15 minutes or until tight.
              4. Wipe off with a warm washcloth. It is wise to wash this mask off fully as sugar can make your face feel stick if it is not wiped off completely.

              Tip: If  the hair on your face is stubborn you can apply a thick strip of cotton cloth to the mask after it has set and pull the hair off. Pull  in the opposite direction of hair growth in a swift motion to remove facial hair.

              Conclusion

              There are many ways to remove facial hair from your face, I personally like the natural. Whatever way you choose to remove hair is perfectly fine. Thank you so much for your time. Please leave a comment below.

              Makeup mirror with lights- Dare to be VAIN

              Mirror with lights

              We all like to make ourselves up, get dressed up, and have a night out on the town from time to time. If you are like me, when you step out you want to do it the properly. However, with anything you need the proper tools. The same way you would shop around online at Best Buy, Brands Mart, or other store to compare the prices of a TV or a laptop you would do the same for your makeup mirror with lights (Vanity). You would research different types of vanity mirrors and the lights that up the mirrors, such as back lighted mirrors or lighted mirrors (LED illuminated). Before you go to purchase your mirror, you want to ask yourself these questions while during your research.

              1. What is the best light up makeup mirror?
              2. What kind of lighting is best for applying makeup?
              3. Are back lit makeup mirrors good for makeup?
              4. What are the differences between back lit and LED illuminated mirrors?

              It is imperative to do your research before purchasing anything. You do not want to go buy anything on a whim. You should compare the prices, research the brands you would like to purchase, and see if the online store offers mail-in rebates. Figure out exactly what it is you want down to the very minute detail. You want to be happy with your purchase. Leave no stone upturned! I cannot stress enough how much you should research a product before you purchase it.

              Read the reviews, and ask someone you know who has purchased an item similar to what you are trying to purchase, word of mouth is still valid. Make sure you know how many different variations the item comes in. And lastly, enjoy the experience. You only have one life to live, live it well.

              Shedding some light on history

              The vanity table has a long history. Today it is called a vanity table. I am writing this article about the mirror portion of the vanity table, just to be clear. In the 19th century it was called a dressing table they were used as accessory furniture and served both functional and a decorative purpose; a mirror that could be tipped for a better view was attached to the top of the table in the 1750s.

              There are different kinds of vanities, you have freestanding vanities and vanities where the base is cut out in the cabinetry. The vanities cut out in cabinetry are the ones with the makeup mirror with lights mounted on the wall. The freestanding vanities have the mirror attached to the base.

              What is the best light up mirror?

              After doing much research, the Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror With 5x Magnification reigned supreme amoungst all the other mirrors on Amazon. People noted how easier it was to apply makeup with a mirror from Jerdon. Some women stood strongly behind the mirror saying that they use it every day. The magnification on the item stands on its on with little to no competition.

              What kind of lighting is best for applying makeup?

              Good lighting allows you to apply face makeup without having to worry about shadows. Too much light creates heat which can lead to sweating, and too light doesn’t allow you to apply your makeup correctly, making it difficult to achieve the look you want.

              The best condition for applying makeup is a warm or natural light source. Natural sunlight provides the most accurate reflection of your face. When you are indoors or if the day is cloudy it is best to use a LED light as LED lights mimic the sun’s rays. LED lights are designed to define color contrast in your space which makes your room look more colorful and brighter.

              Are back lights good for makeup?

              There are different kinds of lighting on makeup mirrors with lights, back lighting is just one type. Backlighting can only be done when the mirror is mounted on a wall. Backlit mirrors are one of the most popular mirrors.They are installed in the bathroom; LED lighting tubes it behind the mirror, outlining its perimeter. It gives off a subtle, but sufficient light that make it easier to shave, tweeze, minimize pores, or whatever you need to do that requires a well-lit reflection.

              Through the LED lights, the mirror can create a glow, which can be a standout light source in the bathroom, creating a certain mood. The subtle lights from the mirror outline can make the mirror stand out, and come off the wall, creating a layer of depth, but still enough to let people use it for makeup and other essential activities inside of the room.

              What are the differences between back lit and LED Lit Mirrors?

              Backlit mirrorThe difference between a back lit and standard LED illuminated mirror is where the bulbs/ lighting source is situated. The LED mirror can drastically transform a darker room into a very well lit, and welcoming environment. A good illuminated makeup mirror with lights can bring your bathroom or makeup room to life, adding a warm glow that enhance the relaxing mood of your personal space.

              They are highly popular for en suites ans smaller rooms, illuminated or LED lit rooms mirrors reduce gloom and can make a room feel larger and more expansive. LED lit makeup mirrors are the most popular due to the light output the tiny LED bulbs produce. LED bulbs are more energy efficient than a standard light bulb. It helps to reduce electricity costs, as well as bathing your room in a soothing, flicker free light. These mirrors, if mounted permanently to a wall, are usually wired directly in your mains supply. Freestanding makeup mirrors with lights can be battery operated, or plugged into the wall through a cord connected to the mirror.

              Backlit mirrors offer some same advantages, but can be slightly cheaper depending on the size of the mirror. Backlit mirrors have their bulbs mounted towards the back of the mirror with the light shining beautifully through carefully etched shapes of glass. This is opposite to the mirrors mentioned above, which have their bulbs mounted on the top of or within the surface.

              Thanks to their design, these mirrors can incorporate a wider range of lighting shapes than many other types of mirrors, allowing new and unusual styles and designs which can truly make your room stand out. While these lights are not as bright as the LED makeup mirrors with lights mentioned above, they provide a subtle and warming glow which can would greatly benefit any room. These are perfect for your morning shave or putting on your makeup.

              Conclusion

              Antique vanityTo sum it all up, you need the right tool for any job. Even though it may seem minuscule to some many makeup gurus, makeup hobbyists, and professional makeup artists will tell you that good lighting is everything in their world. You had better believe they do their research on each and every product they use. I believe you should as well. Besides, it is your face. Wear it well.

              Put your best face forward,

              Ye’Keiseaya