Tips and tricks for applying falsies

Applying false eyelashes can difficult the first time, and the second, third, fourth, you get the picture.  Here is a short guide to help you in your quest for long lashes.

Step 1

KISS Lash Couture Faux Mink Lashes ($5.99/Walmart).

Choose your lashes based on the look you want to achieve. If you want fullness, choose a more natural look. If you want thick mink-like lashes (a la Housewives) choose a couture lash. My favs are the faux mink lashes from KISS. They can be used up to 10 times too!

Step 2

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Measure and trim the lashes. Use tweezers to peel the lashes from the outer corner then place the strip lash along your lash line, making sure to follow the natural curve of your lashes. Trim from the inner corner if you want to keep the ends long, or trim the same amount from each end for a natural look.

Step 3

KISS Lash Couture Strip Lash Adhesive, $5.99 at Walgreens

Apply the glue directly onto strip lash with KISS Lash Couture Strip Lash Adhesive. This is my favorite because you can glide the lash on the glue wand instead of squeezing it awkwardly from a tube.Wait a few seconds until glue is tacky before applying lash.

Step 4

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Apply lashes. With a mirror in front of you, tilt head back, looking down and use tweezers or fingers to apply from the outer corner moving towards the inner corner. Press down as you place the lashes onto your natural lash line. As you get close to the inner corner, it is best to look directly into the mirror. Use the back of the tweezer to easily secure into place.

Tips

  • Don’t wear lashes for the first time for a big event. If you are a bride or in the bridal party and plan to wear lashes, test drive them before the big day.
  • Don’t rip them off! If you have trouble peeling them off, use an oil based makeup remover to help ease them off.

*Images and tutorial courtesy of KISS Products.

Differin Gel- a review

Differin Gel, $15.99

I have adult acne on my chin and have tried many products  to get rid of it. I was at the drugstore and saw Differin Gel 0.1 percent. Formerly a prescription drug called Adapalenethis retinoid is purported to clear acne, prevent  breakouts, whiteheads, blemishes and clogged pores and clear skin tone.

My Experience

I decided to try it out. I found a coupon online and bought the 15g version.  The gel is a milky color and did not cause any discomfort when I put it on. The directions say to apply it once daily, so I put it on every night before bed.  After about a week is when my skin started to peel. I mean really peel, like a bad sunburn when it heals. The area was also red. The peeling went away in about one week. I started skipping a day because my skin was getting red and irritated.

It did help clear the acne and make my pores smaller. About five weeks in, I had more peeling and redness. I also would get these tiny weird dry patches around my lips that were annoying. Around this time I went to my dermatologist and she told me to stop the Differin and come to her for a peel instead. She said it was causing too much redness that could turn into hyper pigmentation.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. I feel like keeping the acne away takes precedence over the hyper pigmentation. I can always cover that with concealer or foundation.

You can find Differin Gel 0.1 percent at drugstores in two sizes, 15g and 35 g. You can also find it at Amazon ( I may get a commission from this link).  See the link in the second paragraph for a $3 off coupon.

Review: Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy Powder

I am always looking for alternatives to my favorite hgh boosting supplement, SeroVital. This powder by Optimum Nutrition is equivalent to half of the effective ingredients the BCAA or Branched Chain Amino Acids. It contains a mix of amino acids and 160 mg of caffeine from natural sources (see below).

You mix it with water and can consume it once daily or prior to workouts. It is formulated to give you more energy, improve focus and help you recover faster from workouts.

I used it for a couple of weeks and I liked the fact that it helped me workout longer without feeling as tired. As for building more muscle, I’m not sure if it made a difference. It can make your heart race a little if you are sensitive to caffeine. I had to STOP using it because something in it messed up my digestive system (I won’t give you the gory details). I was dairy free and I had to go back to eating probiotic yogurt to get back to normal.

So suffice to say, I won’t be consuming this anymore. I wouldn’t discourage others from trying it. It comes in 16 flavors and is priced at about $19 for 30 servings and $35 for a 65 serving container. You can find it online at Amazon (I may get a commission from this link),  Allstar Health and many other health stores.

 

Three finishing powders for every budget

L to R: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder, $24; Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder, $20; E.L.F. High Definition Powder, $6.

Finishing powders are an essential last step in any makeup application. A good powder sets makeup, blurs imperfections and gives your skin an airbrushed look. Over the years I developed a coterie of favorites, starting with the original Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder and ending with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder.

I have a list of must haves when it comes to powder. It has to be light/ white (I don’t like beigey translucent powders), it has to be stable and loose. I don’t like finishing powders that come in a compact, they get gross. With a loose powder, you can shake it into the lid and just tap out the excess, keeping your powder pristine.

The first powder in the trio is Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Finishing Powder. It got a bad rap in the past for the white blurs in celebrity red carpet photos but they have fixed that problem. It’s super light and you don’t need a lot. I usually buy the travel version ($20) and it lasts a few months with daily use. The only thing I don’t like is that it is hard to get the last bit of powder out. I tried cutting the webbed cover but still couldn’t get it out. Find it at MUFE stores and Sephora.

Next up is the bargain, E.L.F. High Definition Powder. This powder is a little thicker than the others but at $6, it’s great when you don’t have $20 plus dollars to lay out for powder. It also comes in a skin toned version and a corrective yellow (banana powder).

Finally, my new favorite  is Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder by IT Cosmetics. This powder by the anti-aging specialists at IT Cosmetics sets and blurs lines and imperfections. It does have a yellow cast to it but I didn’t really notice it. If you have aging skin, you will really notice a difference. Get it for $24 at ULTA or itcosmetics.com.

 

 

The new place for beauty, discount department stores

Beauty moves at lightning speed these days. All the amazing products on the market can leave you with a bulging makeup drawer and an empty wallet! But there is way to make all your beauty dreams come true on a budget – discount department stores. 

Visit any TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls and you’ll find a vast beauty department filled with skincare, bath and body,  makeup, haircare and more. On a recent trip I found high end skincare like Elizabeth Arden and Estee Lauder, mermaid makeup brushes, products from Philosophy and The Body Shop, hair dryers, even hair extensions!

You can get really great deals, especially on clearance. I got one of those makeup eraser cloths for $2 and a package of collagen eye strips for $2.99. The thing to remember when shopping is to check expiration dates and the list of ingredients. Products made in Europe are a safer bet (even better than the U.S.A.)  because the E.U. has adopted laws that require ingredients to be tested before added to a product on the market.

Lastly, remember the cardinal rule in beauty products, never use a product on your skin you haven’t tried before for a special event! Allergies don’t care about your itinerary!

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