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All About the Base: Why You Should Try Stick Foundation

When talking about stick foundations, thick and cakey make-up immediately comes to mind. Though they are often used for heavy duty make-up, like for photoshoots and theatre acts, more and more cosmetic brands are reformulating their products to suit the needs of everyday make-up wearers.

Today’s generation of stick foundations guarantee to provide all day full-coverage, minus the creasing and caking. Incorporating this product to your make-up routine may just unlock many benefits. Here are some of our favourite reasons why we think your should try giving these products a go.

1. Better Coverage for Lesser Product
Stick foundations are particularly made compact, unlike liquid foundations which are in aqueous form. The density and pigmentation of the product even allows it to double as a concealer during those days when you don’t feel like going full glam. You can get similar coverage as your favourite liquid foundation with lesser amount of product—think four swipes instead of one full pump to cover the whole face.

2. Quick to Apply
Unless you need heavy-duty make-up that will provide full coverage whole day, you just need light, quick swipes across your T-zone and cheeks, and you are ready to blend. Stick foundations are life savers for those who are always on the rush in the morning. Use a beauty sponge instead of a brush or your hand to help melt the foundation into the skin, giving the make-up an airbrushed finish that’s less prone to caking.

3. Easy Touch Up When On the Go
Liquid and cream foundations are not the best products to use for mid-day touch ups. They are often contained in glass containers, which make them less travel friendly. Neither are they the ideal products to layer on a face that’s already set with powder. However, stick foundations layer beautifully and are easy to carry for touch-ups on the go. They also come in plastic twist containers, so it’s quite rare you will run the risk of breaking your stick foundation.

Stick foundations have formerly had bad reputation. While it may remind you of unpleasant memories of backstage make-up back in the days, do not shrug off trying the latest releases available in the market today. Many drugstore and high end brands have released their own versions of stick foundations, so you’re sure to find one that will suit your skin type and shade and the type of finish you want in order to achieve a more natural make-up look.

5 Amazing Beauty Uses of Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly isn’t the first thing that would come to mind when you’re thinking about makeup bag essentials. It’s one of the unsexy beauty products that we don’t remember buying, but we all have a jar of it lying around our room. While it might not be the first thing you’ll reach for in your daily routine, it’s certainly one of the best multitaskers in the beauty department. From smoothing your strands to taming your eyebrows, we listed down some of the best ways on how you could incorporate this versatile item into your beauty regimen.

1. For Creating New Eyeshadow Shades

Tired of using the same eyeshadow palette every day? Create new shades by mixing two to three eyeshadow colours with your petroleum jelly. It’s a cheap and easy way to get pretty new shades, or even an entirely new palette.

2. For Getting Rid of False Eyelashes Glue

Taking off false eyelashes requires extra care so as to avoid ripping off your real lashes. However, the adhesive glue that’s keeping your falsies in place can be quite difficult to remove – and that’s when your petroleum jelly enters the scene. All you’ve got to do is apply a bit of jelly over the glue, wipe it off with a damp cloth, and you’ll be falsie-free in just a snap.

3. For Removing Eye Makeup

Removing eye makeup often takes a considerable amount of time since you need to repeatedly wipe your eyelids until there’s no single trace of eyeshadow left. To remove your eye makeup faster, simply dot petroleum jelly on your lids, then wipe it off using a cotton or facial tissue.

4. For Making Cream Blush

Cream blush is capable of giving your skin a dewy finish, which is why most makeup junkies prefer using this formula to nail that au naturel look. But instead of purchasing a new blush, try making your own. All you need to do is mix a good amount of petroleum jelly with your favourite lipstick shade, and you already have a cream blush in a unique shade.

5. For Highlighting Your Cheekbones

Dreamt of having cheekbones like that of a supermodel’s? Well, you can achieve just that by dabbing a bit of petroleum jelly across your cheekbones. Whenever the light hits your face, you’ll achieve a gorgeous contoured and dewy look.

After knowing the greatness of petroleum jelly, we suggest that you incorporate it to your beauty stash ASAP and give the aforementioned tricks a try. Just make sure that you purchase a hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic petroleum jelly to ensure that it’s perfectly safe to apply on your face.

Every Girl’s Guide to Disposing Their Empty Beauty Products

For every woman, the satisfaction you get from emptying your beauty product is just incomparable. There’s a sense of accomplishment that only a true beauty junkie would understand. But how do you exactly dispose the product’s container once it’s emptied? Well, it certainly won’t make sense if you’d still keep them on your beauty stash. To help you deal with that, here are some simple and eco-friendly ways to get rid of your empty beauty products.

1. Ensure That the Container is Empty

One of the basic rules in recycling is cleaning an empty container before tossing it away. Before heading straight to the sink, however, you should first ensure if the product you’ll be discarding is safe to be flushed down the drain. So unless your beauty product is all-natural or non-toxic, it’s better to just use it all up than mix unknown chemicals into the waters.

2. Think of an Alternative Use for Them

That pretty tub of moisturizer should look cute as something else –an earrings jar or a pencil holder, you decide. The possibility is just endless. Your used lipstick? You can depot it and recycle its tube. If you’ll just clean it, you can definitely reuse it.

3. Check the Recycling Logo on the Packaging

Most brands place the recycling logo on their products if they’re recyclable. Once you’ve confirmed that a particular product is recyclable, you can simply surrender it to a recycling facility near your area in Singapore – or just toss into the right trash bin.

4. See if its Compostable

Compostable products refer to anything that’s biodegradable, such as cardboard and paper. This can be the packaging or the product itself. Some brands have biodegradable makeup wipes, cotton pads and other compostable tools, which you can throw in the trash without a second thought. Just ensure that they’re thrown in the right trash bin, though.

5. Return the Containers to Its Store

Being conscious about your beauty consumption has its own perks. For instance, surrendering a certain number of product containers to its store could get you a free beauty items like face masks. Some brands also accept containers as a part of their outreach program for local communities.

6. Sell Them to a Junk Shop

If the brands you’re using don’t practise recycling programs, you can simply collect and clean your empty product tubs or bottles to get extra bucks. All you’ve got to do is sell them to a junk shop or a recycling plant and you’ll get some money in exchange.

Knowing how to properly dispose or recycle your beauty product containers will definitely help improve your beauty practises. So be sure to keep these recycling tips in mind to enjoy a more eco-friendly beauty experience.

Hair Treatments You Should Do for Your Strands

 

If you think that shampooing and conditioning your hair is all it takes to achieve gorgeous, shiny tresses, then you’re wrong. Achieving perfect-looking strands need a lot work, but by using the right hair products and getting the right hair treatments, making your hair look stunning should be easy. With that in mind, we listed down some of the hair treatments that you could do on your own to give your strands its much deserved TLC.

  1. Hair Mask

Unlike the conditioners you use regularly, hair masks are capable of penetrating deep into the hair cuticle to bring back moisture and repair damage. Just keep in mind though that not all hair masks are the same, so be sure to purchase one that’s specifically made for your hair type. For best results, use it once a week or every two weeks.

  1. Hair Spa

Whether you’re dealing with hair loss, dandruff or just want to get soft, shiny tresses, giving yourself a hair spa treatment should already do the trick. Similar with hair masks, hair spa products are made for different uses so make sure that you get the right product for your hair care needs. All you’ve got to do is generously apply it on your scalp and hair after shampooing, leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse. You can also use it as an alternative for your daily conditioner to get amazing results.

  1. Hot Oil

Tired of managing your dry and frizzy hair? Then give your tresses the hot oil treatment it deserves. Apart from restoring the moisture of your strands, hot oil treatments also fight dandruff, prevent split ends, and promote hair growth. Simply apply coconut or olive oil on your hair, cover it with a shower cap and rinse after 15 to 20 minutes. For ladies who are always on the go, those one-minute hot oil treatment products would be your best bet.

  1. Hair Cellophane

Give your locks a subtle hue and a boost of shine with cellophane treatments. This process helps by locking in the moisture in your hair cuticles, as well as restoring the normal texture of your hair. Its colour will only last for several months, making it less damaging than semi-permanent hair dyes.

By performing these hair treatments, achieving shiny and gorgeous locks is now easy. So make sure to give your strands all the extra TLC it needs, so you can enjoy that stunning hair whenever you want.

How to Keep Your Skin Glowing and Healthy

Aging can be a very daunting fact of life. As much as possible we tend to do everything and apply anything to our skin just keep it fresh, glowing and healthy like some people in Singapore. Their skins are flawless and sometimes it’s hard to distinguish one’s age. Well, if you want to have the same ageless beauty, follow these tips:

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1.Wash your face before you hit the sack. Before you go to sleep, you should wash off the dirt in your face and especially your make-up. Let your skin breathe at night time and make sure that it is clean as much as possible.

2.Sleep Early. Do not deprive yourself from sleep. If you sleep late, your blood circulation will lower which would cause your skin to look pale and dry. Sleep as early as you can so that your skin can rejuvenate.

3.Avoid sunbathing and tanning. Restrain yourself from these activities as they harm your skin more than you know. Although your sunscreen can help you but it can’t protect you forever. Too much sun exposure could not only give you age spots, acne and other sun damages but it could really hurt you and your skin’s health.

4.Use moisturizing soaps and creams. To keep your skin more hydrated, youthful and glowing, apply moisturizing creams before you go to sleep at night and after you take a bath in the morning. You can also use soaps that are moisturizing and not those deodorant or anti-bacterial soaps since they dry up your skin.

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5.Exercise. Sweat yourself off in order to help maintain your body’s blood circulation and eliminate toxic chemicals that usually build up under your skin.

6.Exfoliate. Scrub off your old and dead skin cells to help renewed cells become more vibrant. You can use a loofah every day to keep ingrown hairs and scaly skin under control. You can also use exfoliating face wash and cream in order to lighten your face without scrubbing and irritating your skin too much.

7.Eat fruits and veggies. Your source of vitamins and nutrients of course comes from what you eat. Eat healthy all the time especially with fruits rich in lycopene, food and veggies rich in zinc and vitamins as they are good for the skin.

8.Drink an extra glass of water.  Hydrating yourself with pure water is an essential component of a healthy skin. It is paramount that you drink eight glasses a day or more if you live in a warm place or if you are active in sports and other activities. Drink as much as you can in order to avoid dry and dehydrated skin.

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How to Take Care of Your Skin during Summer

Your skin is the largest organ in your body so you need to protect it especially from the sun. During summer season, you need to know how to take care of your skin so that you won’t be able to experience the high costs of sun damage. Some beach bums from Singapore shared the following tips:

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1.Moisturize and Keep your Skin Hydrated. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking 8 to 10 glasses a day and make sure to apply moisturizer. Do not keep your skin dry with too much exposure from the sun so always bring a bottle of water and a pack of moisturizer with you.

2.Use sunscreen. This is really a must-have during summer and if you expose yourself under the sun while on the beach. Use your most preferred sunblock and make sure that it states that it could protect you from UV rays. Choose those who have SPF, UVA and UVB protection so that you can be complacent that you will be protected and that you won’t have sunburn.

3. Wear sunglasses. It’s important that you wear sunglasses in order to protect your eyelids and most especially your eyes. The sun can damage them and could block your vision as it can give you cataracts and pterygium. Aside from the fact that it would make you look cool and sassy, you get to protect your skin and eyes too.

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4. Wear hats or use umbrellas. Your scalp can’t handle all the heat and surely your sunscreen will melt away from your skin or will be washed out with saltwater. Given that in mind, you have to wear your summer hats and bring an umbrella with you especially at times when you know you can’t handle the heat anymore. Prevention is always better than cure so make it a point to bring the essentials.

5. Wear less make-up and use lip balm. Go as natural and bare-faced as possible if you face the scorching heat of the sun. You wouldn’t want people to see your make-up melting off your face, right? For a useful tip, just use a powder or a foundation that also has UV protection and a lip balm for your lips.

Cold shower. After you enjoyed your stay under the sun, don’t forget to get a cold shower. Hot showers after exposing yourself under the sun can make your skin very dry and dehydrated so cold showers are more recommended. After all, it’s much more comfortable to relax after you have given yourself a good cold shower.

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