Beautiful By Liz

Beautiful By Liz

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Natural lip plumpers

Want Angelina lips without the injections? Natural lip plumpers include Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint, Cayenne or Red Peppers. You can use beeswax, vaseline (if you must), coconut/grapeseed oil, plain chapstick, or shea butter as your base! Before applying, grab a little sugar and exfoliate your lips, make sure you get all the sugar off with a cleanser after. Why do we use the sugar before you ask? Who knows the answer?!?!
Because exfoliating helps product penetrate deeper into the skin therefore actually helping the problem, not just softening dead skin!
If you guessed right CONGRATS! I don't have any prizes for you sorry, BUT you are starting to learn the science of skincare :) (Make sure if you are using pure essential oils that you are not using to much, they can be really traumatic to the skin!)

Old makeup

Beauty tip for the day: How old is your makeup? Wondering why your skin is breaking out even though you are doing all my tips? Maybe it's your makeup. This is one of the biggest problems I've seen for women. Is your mascara older then 3 months? Do you still have your liquid foundation from last summer? Did you buy a new favorite eyeliner and want to hold on to your old one "just in case"? You ain't foolin me sister! Do you know how much bacteria harbor in a old sponge or old bottle of foundation? No? Well.. LEMME TELL YA.. enough to cause eye and skin infections. Think about it, a pimple is already an infection, now go and add some bacteria ridden concealer to that puppy and you're bound to be on your way to the nearest dermatologist. Did you know the FDA does not require a expiration date on cosmetics? :) Pretty gross huh? Play it safe. Every liquid needs to be out of your makeup bag within 6 months, mascara/liquid eyeliner every 3 months. NO EXCUSES!!!! However powders can last you up to two years. The reason? No moisture! Bacteria can't grow as easily! I prefer cream concealer and powder foundation anyway, so much faster.
Don't think I'm serious about makeup hoarding? Haha check out this lady..
http://www.today.com/id/41972842/ns/today-today_health/t/germs-lurking-old-makeup-it-isnt-pretty/#.UUnOU1e9DSs

P.S. She's Miss Washington 2010

At home facial

 

Beauty tip for the day: Giving yourself an at home facial? Get a pot of boiling water ready, cleanse and exfoliate, then put your face over the boiling water, the steam will open pores making anything you put on it after penetrate more effectively, also it's best to steam before extractions. If you have any blemishes, now would be the time to remove them. Afterwards, wipe skin with an antiseptic toner and finish with a mask that kills bacteria and draws out impurities. Try a ...clay based mask or my ALL TIME FAVORITE - Key Lime Mask by A Natural Difference Skincare U.S. Even if you have dry or aging skin, I still prefer this mask since it keeps skin clear and tightens. Finish off with a hydrating moisturizer that will fill pores with the good stuff!!! It's best to do this before bed so your skin has alot of time to benefit from the products, and also in case it's a little inflamed, it gives it a chance to calm down. Recommended amount of facials per year? 12. One every month, exfoliating 2-3 times a week and moisturizing with spf EVERY DAY. Happy Tuesday!! www.facebook.com/BeautyNBrows
 

Strong Nails!

To make nails super strong, skip the nail strengthener and vitamins (of course they will help but...) The biggest cause of weak nails are the way you file them. Always file from right and then from left. Never start in the middle. Then finish them up with a 3 sided buffer to make them smooth. (I like OPI Brilliance Buffer) If any of your nails have started to peel, this smooths them down to a glass like surface, buffing out the flaws and making them strong and beautiful!

Dirty hair does curl better!

Beauty tip of the day: Dirty hair curls better because of the moisture in the hair. Have you used hairspray before you take the curling iron to your hair? Well....dont :) You are just causing unnessesary damage, drying it out evenmore. Instead, get yourself a curl setting spray to use before, let curls cool, style the way you want it to stay, and then spray with hairspray. Don't try to style your hair after hairspray or it will just look like a frizzy hot mess. I always turn my head to the side, spray from underneath and scrunch, I think it gives the best curl. Happy Weekend everyone!

Concealer and Color Theory

Which concealer is best? Well that all starts with color theory! If you put a light concealer on a red blemish, all it's going to do is turn it a lighter shade of red. Instead you have to neutralize the color first. For red use green. For dark circles, use yellow. When you use the color to neutralize, it makes your job a lot easier, and you use less product. You can now go over with your regular concealer, or a pressed foundation. I would suggest a small correcting concealer pallet that has a few colors, don't waste your money on a single color because chances are you're sitting in the mirror wondering what you're doing wrong :) This works great with people who have red in their cheeks too (you can even use a green based primer) Oh the possibilities!

INGROWN HAIRS!!

 "What are ingrown hairs and how do I get rid of them?" Ingrown hairs are a result of (take a guess) NOT EXFOLIATING!! The skin builds up over the pore trapping the hair inside. This usually becomes infected and painful. The thicker/darker the hair is, the more prone to ingrowns! To prevent: Take your exfoliating glove (for body) or scrub (for face) before you shave, use warm water to open pores and soften skin. Then take your razor to it and follow up with a good cream/oil if you start to feel irritated. What's the best aftershave for the gents? TEA TREE OIL. It's antiseptic so it will kill all the bacteria before it even has a chance! It also smells good and can help with congestion! Other great ingredients that kill bacteria and calm skin include; aloe, lavender, witch hazel, geranium, pine, lemon and clove! SO once again kiddies: Exfoliate first to release dead skin, apply heat to open pores, then go to shave town!

MYTH: Waxing makes your hair grow in darker/thicker
FALSE!! Shaving makes it appear to be thicker because the tip of the hair is cut at a blunt angle instead of it's natural tip (so it feels and looks thicker) When you wax, the hair has to grow all over again in it's natural state with it's natural tip.

Are Professional products really worth it?

Are professional products really worth it? YES.

Did you know? Over the counter skin care (neutrogena, clean and clear and the most recently popular olay) only has to contain 2% of the ingredient it states to be advertised on the product. "Packed with Vitamin C!" really means "you might as well pour a gallon of orange juice on your face" It has basically the same effect. They are also packed with "fillers" which are exactly what they say they are, they just fill the remainder of the bottle to make it look like you're getting alot of product. And mineral oil, ohhhhh mineral oil. Same with shampoos and conditioners. Sorry Suave, but yeah, you're not salon quality.

You are actually spending more money because you have to pay for additional products to solve the problems they were supposed to! Skin still breaking out even though you got your morning burst cleanser? Oh gosh! Must need 10 other products to put on it now! Spend smart. Buy from a spa or salon. Yes it's worth it. You wouldn't eat mcdonalds your whole life and expect to look healthy and thin. Same with your skin hair and nails! Buy the right stuff and you won't have the continuing problem!

My favorite lines?

Skincare: Rhonda Allison and A Natural Difference

Hair: Redken and Kenra

Nails: OPI for regular polish or Gelish for Gel... Base and Top Coats by Creative CND (stickey, super shiney) 

Self-Tan: SUN LABS!

My BEAUTY BLOG begins!!

I started posting "beauty tip of the day"s on my facebook and a few friends had mentioned creating a blog. I thought I would give it a try. So here it is. I am going to do my best to keep up on it. Wedding season is on it's way so I will be very busy soon. So here goes nothing!

 

Exfoliating 101: Exfoliating is the number one thing you should have in your skin care routine. You can wash your face multiple times a day, but if you aren't getting all that dead skin off the surface, you are still going to break out. Exfoliating is alot like sanding a piece of furniture. Think of it this way. If you want a smooth, shiny finish with minimum bumps and imperfections, you would get a smaller grit so that the furniture is polished flawlessly. If you use a larger grit on the furniture, you are going to have scratches and a rough texture. It is the same with your skin! So when you are looking for an exfoliant, the smaller the scrub or "granules" the better! On a microscopic level, these granules are polishing the skin, removing the layers of dead skin evenly. The harsh scrub is scratching off pieces and leavin pieces of dead skin behind.

Stay away from St Ives Apricot Scrub! I know alot of people have used it, myself being guilty of the cheap fix, but you're only making matters worse by doing so. You can fool around with a natural scrub using honey, ground pumice, sugar, ground rice, lemons, essential oils and more! There are tons of recipes all over the internet. If you are looking for a professional exfoliant, my go to is Rhonda Allisons Skin Brightening Scrub or the ever popular Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. There are tons more I can list but don't get me started on the pro stuff! 

Another great way to maintain a freshly exfoliated face: As soon as you get out of the shower, take your dry clean towel and rub it against your face. It will free the rest of the dead skin and you will be smooth as a babies bum!

For your body: I suggest a exfoliating body glove and a body brush for your back!! MUST HAVES! Loufahs = meh..

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