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About Face July 16, 2009

Filed under: Beauty and Health — bridaldaze @ 11:01 pm

Nutrition for your skin.  Here’s a daily nutritional plan that your skin will love you for.

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  • 2 cups of raw fruit
  • 2 1/2 cups of raw vegetable
  • 3 ounces or more of whole grain products
  • 6-8 glasses of water
  • Reduce coffee or tea intake to 2 cups or less.
  • Avoid drinking liquids 2-3 hours before bed to reduce puffiness.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Omega 3 and Omega 6.
  • Reduce saturated and processed fats.
 

Secrets to a Flawless Face June 15, 2009

Filed under: Beauty and Health — bridaldaze @ 2:21 pm

Every bride wants to showcase her beauty on her big day.  While makeup can conceal minor imperfections, nothing beats healthy, clear skin.  Let’s face it – no one has a perfect skin.

cover girl # 16Do no harm .  When it comes to your skin, remember not to harm it.  Usually you won’t be able to feel or see it, but accumulations of low levels of trauma may add up to skin damage and aging later on.  Here is a list if things you can do to protect the largest organ of your body.

  • Protect yourself against ultraviolet radiation by wearing sun protection.
  • Avoid harsh detergents that may be harmful to the skin instead use nonionic detergents.
  • Keep your hot showers and baths short if your tap water has high dosage if chlorine.
  • Avoid skin irritants which may directly damage the skin or trigger an inflammatory or allergic reaction (fro example, overuse of makeup or long-lasting makeup tend to contain harsher chemicals and require stronger solvents for removal.
  • Treat inflammations but not to a point where the treatment causes more damage than disease.
  • Minimize puffiness.
  • Be aware of certain facial expressions, which when repeated enough, may cause motion wrinkles.
  • Be aware of overusing skincare products.
  • Stay away from excessive cleaning and exfoliation.
 

Eye Spy June 3, 2009

Filed under: Beauty and Health — bridaldaze @ 6:54 pm

Want to leave the black rivers on your checks for another day?  Secrets to jaw-dropping peepers.

BANISH SMUDGES

When emotions are running high use Genie TLC mascara, a waterproof formula that defines and lengthens the lashes.  Then, to mop up tears while staying smudge-free, wrap a small piece of paper towel around your finger and dab – rather than wipe – away the moisture.

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Genie TLC mascara, $20; geniebeauty.com

GET LONG, LUSH LASHES

Fake lashes do not have to come off cartoonish (Betty Boop) or theatrical (Liza Minnelli).  The trick: Rather than attaching a full strip along the entire length of your upper lash line, ask your make-up artist to attach individual ones to the outer edge of your eyes.  Simply pluck them out with the help of an oil-based makeup remover. Try Ardell Lashtite Individual Eyelash Adhesive.

Ardell Lashtite Individual Eyelash Adhesive, $4; drugstore.com

Ardell Lashtite Individual Eyelash Adhesive, $4; drugstore.com

QUIT SMOKING

Instead of wearing event-inappropriate smoky eyes, line the inner rims with a water-resistant black eyeliner.  It creates drama without heaviness.

DARKEN BROWS

Skip the dye job and fill them in.

STEP 1 – Brush brows up and out with a clean spooley brush.

STEP 2 – With a pointed taupe (for lighter brows) or brown (for darker ones) eyebrow pencil, draw tiny feathery strokes on the skin beneath the hairs.

STEP 3 – For the color to look natural, use an angle-cut brush to go over the brows with eyebrow powder. It blends the powder and takes away the waxy finish of the pencil.

Anastasia Beverly Hills angled-cut small brush, $17; sephora.com

Anastasia Beverly Hills angled-cut small brush, $17; sephora.com

You have ripped up unflattering pictures of you in the past and your wedding snaps don’t want to have this final end.  If you are able to afford one, book your makeup artist for the day or at least until after dinner.  This way if you want to add a darker eye it would become much more appropriate after your dinner is complete.

 

Hands Down May 28, 2009

Filed under: Beauty and Health,Details — bridaldaze @ 2:04 pm

Polish off your bridesmaids’ wedding day appearance with a one-of-a-kind nail tint that’s custom-blended to match your palette.  Use fabric swatch of their dress es to guide you towards the perfect shade, or have your salon mix up a polish that is close to your favorite color.  Hands down, it’s the easiest way to get the very look you’ve been searching for.

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Custom Blend Nail Enamel, Giella, $25 each, giella.com

 

Shaping Up For The Big Day May 20, 2009

Filed under: Beauty and Health — bridaldaze @ 8:30 pm

Upcoming weddings start everyone thinking about getting into better shape. In addition to staying on a healthy diet, exercise is the best way to look good in the wedding photos. By following these steps you can get the best results in the shortest amount of time.

Step 1

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  • Plan for success by choosing a realistic start date. If you can, ideally you should begin your pre-wedding exercise program at least three months before the big date.

Step 2

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  • Find help. When working with limited time, it is extremely important to be sure you are choosing the right exercises and doing them properly. You can do this either with DVD programs designed for quick results or by hiring a trainer (which is the better choice if it is within your budget).

Step 3

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  • Determine what your focus is. It should be the parts of your body that will show the most. For example, if you are the bride or a woman wearing a sleeveless or spaghetti strapped dress, focus on exercises that strengthen your arms and back. Free weights will work best in a short amount of time.

Step 4

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  • Strengthen your core to help with your posture. This will improve how you look at the wedding. The best way to do this is by doing exercises using a stability ball.

Step 5

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  • Perform cardiovascular workouts to help burn fat. Aim for 30 to 45 minutes a day three or four days a week. Choose whatever activity will keep you going.

Its not just you who is going to be on that honeymoon in a bathing suit – get your fiancee out there with you.  It’s something that you can do together to get in shape and exercising is always easier when you have a buddy – or soon to be hubby.

 

Beauty is Skin Deep

Filed under: Beauty and Health — bridaldaze @ 4:01 am

Whether you want that special glow for your wedding day or you want to rejuvenate your skin, you always want a fresh look for your wedding day.  Some spa packages can get a a little pricey and for the more budget conscious bride you may want to try some at home recipes for facial masks.

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Facials increases and improves natural cellular regeneration by aiding in faster cell renewal of skin. Common ingredients used in home made facials are eggs, lemon, milk, honey, cucumber, tomato, essential oils and lots more fruits, herbs and other ingredients. Following are a few homemade facials that will help make your skin beautiful and vibrant.

As with any natural foods, if you have an allergy to any of the  ingredients below, please do not attempt to apply these to your face. Always consult with your doctor before trying anything new if you have severe food or contact/skin allergies.

Honey Banana Face Mask: I have been using a banana and honey mask for years and it makes your skin feel radiant. Just mix half a banana with 2 spoons of honey; apply to face and leave for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. Also banana skin (the inside) is excellent for hard skin on feet!! Relax and Enjoy!

Honey Banana Face Mask: Using a banana and honey mask makes your skin feel radiant. Just mix half a banana with 2 spoons of honey; apply to face and leave for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. Also banana skin (the inside) is excellent for hard skin on feet!! Relax and Enjoy!

Chocolate Face Mask: Ingredients: 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (sour cream will work as well), 3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder Preparation: Mix all the ingredient until the mass in consistent. Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water.

Chocolate Face Mask: Ingredients: 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (sour cream will work as well), 3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder Preparation: Mix all the ingredient until the mass in consistent. Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water.

Orange Face Mask for Oily Skin: 1/2 orange, 8 tablespoons of flour. Preparation: Squeeze orange and mix in flour. Start out by adding 5-6 tablespoons and keep adding more, until you get a compact, thick mass. Not too thick, but thick enough to be able to spread on the face. Apply and let it rest for 20 minutes and wash off with lots of luke warm water.

Orange Face Mask for Oily Skin: 1/2 orange, 8 tablespoons of flour. Preparation: Squeeze orange and mix in flour. Start out by adding 5-6 tablespoons and keep adding more, until you get a compact, thick mass. Not too thick, but thick enough to be able to spread on the face. Apply and let it rest for 20 minutes and wash off with lots of luke warm water.

Apple Moisturizing Face Mask: Apple is full of potassium, a mineral which when used in skin care, helps trap skin's moisture giving it a nice glow. Ingredients: 1 apple, 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of olive oil Preparation: Peel an apple and cut it in little slices. Boil it in a bit of milk, until soft. Mash it and add flour and oil. Apply to face while it is just warm (not hot! try it on your inner wrist first!) and let it rest for 20 minutes. Rinse off with luke warm water.

Apple Moisturizing Face Mask: Apple is full of potassium, a mineral which when used in skin care, helps trap skin's moisture giving it a nice glow. Ingredients: 1 apple, 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of olive oil Preparation: Peel an apple and cut it in little slices. Boil it in a bit of milk, until soft. Mash it and add flour and oil. Apply to face while it is just warm (not hot! try it on your inner wrist first!) and let it rest for 20 minutes. Rinse off with luke warm water.