The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them
Apr21

The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them

Not all acne is created the same, even if all different kinds share their awful inconvenience. When you see a couple (or more) spots on your face, you are probably only thinking about how to get rid of them. And the hell with letting anyone see you with them just hanging out all over your face! But knowing the different types of acne can help you find the appropriate treatment. 1. Teen acne Teen acne. The great equalizer. No matter who you are, no matter where you are. You will get it. It’s pretty much unavoidable. Your body is changing, producing all these weird hormones, adjusting to a new metabolism… Acne is a byproduct of that. Accept it as a fact of life and focus on treating it. There are things you can do to reduce its impact (like taking good care of your skin), but you will wake up to red spots on your face often enough. You can treat it with over the counter gels and creams. Look for products with Benzoyl peroxide, that will help kill the bacteria that produces acne. Other than that, exfoliate and cleanse your skin regularly, but remember to keep it hydrated and protected from the sun. And wait. Puberty doesn’t last forever. 2. Adult acne This isn’t fair. You paid your dues. You went through puberty already, you are a respectable member of society, with a job. Probably a blazer or a two-piece suit as well. You are not supposed to get acne anymore! If you want to enjoy the years between spots and wrinkles, you have to pay attention to your skin. Figure out what is triggering your spots. Make sure your make up is non-comedogenic, so it doesn’t clog up your pores. Change your pillow case every night (it really works). Cleanse your skin regularly and hydrate it. And stop touching your face. Your hands are filthy and bring nasty bacteria to your pores. When you do get the occasional spot, because you will, treat it topically. Find an over-the counter treatment that works for you, but avoid Benzoyl peroxide, as it has irritant effects on adults. 3. Chronic acne Even if suffering from acne is perfectly normal at any age, there comes a point where it becomes a medical problem. The occasional spot is expected, but when you are getting consistent, serious breakouts, it might be time to consult a doctor. Your dermatologist will work with you to determine the causes of your acne and the best course of action to treat it. For this, they might prescribe you strong drugs like Accutane, but make sure to discuss...

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How To Wear A Graphic Tee And Still Look Like An Adult
Apr17

How To Wear A Graphic Tee And Still Look Like An Adult

Graphic tees are a great way to showcase your personality. You can find cool logos, witty graphics, funny, thought-provoking and all around awesome prints. They come with one downside, though: they automatically make you look like you are 13 years old. Or so you thought. Here are some genius ways to wear a graphic tee without looking like a child. Maxi skirts = instant adult. Maxi skirts are usually perceived as more “mature” and “grown up” than jeans or miniskirts, and they are extremely comfortable to boot. Pair your graphic tee with a maxi skirt (if it has a cool print, all the better), heels and maybe some bracelets or a hat to make the outfit look more complete. Add some structure with a blazer. Blazers are one of those items that add years to your look because they are seen as more formal than other coats. But you don’t have to be going to a job interview to rock a blazer. Combine it with some structured pants, a nice belt and maybe a clutch. And yes, a graphic tee to make the outfit feel more relaxed. Dress shirts are the exact opposite of graphic tees. And yet, they work extremely well together. Even thought the weather is getting warmer, you can still rock your layering skills for your spring outfits. Find a collared dress shirt and wear it under your graphic tee to give the impression of a complete, balanced look and not a “I threw on the first top I could find” look. Leather adds edge to your life. And your look. Match your cool graphic tee with a well-fitted leather jacket or even leather pants, if you are feeling bold. Finish your outfit with some statement sunglasses and eye-catching jewelery to tie up your look. High waisted shorts will balance short tops. And they can work with waist-length tees too, as long as you tuck them in and pair with a nice belt. Accessorize with multiple bracelets or an eye-catching necklace,, and pair up with high-heels or flats. It’s all about the shoes. Even the most basic T-shirt and jeans combination can look more mature with the right shoes. Sneakers? You are in high-school. Heels or dressy flats? You are a contributing member of society with a job. Easy as that. Pencil skirts are your friends. Knee-length pencil skirts (or maybe just a little bit above the knee), combined with heels will give you the unmistakeable silhouette of a grown woman. Throw on your favorite graphic tee and tuck in the front, or completely tuck it in if you can add a belt. Finish the look...

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Find The Perfect Eyeliner Style For Your Eye-Shape
Apr07

Find The Perfect Eyeliner Style For Your Eye-Shape

Eyeliner is one of those make-up basics that is always going to make you look good, no matter what. Okay, maybe raccoon eyes are questionable and sparkly gold eyeliner will not go over well in that job interview. But for the most part, it’s really hard to do eyeliner wrong. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve your liner game, though. Here are some tricks that will get your eyeliner from “not bad” to “amazing” based on the shape of your eyes. Small eyes If you want your eyes to look bigger and wider, start with eyeshadow, not liner. A soft taupe color over the eyelid up to the crease will do the trick. Next, use a black kohl pencil along the upper lashline and smudge it a little bit with your finger, so the line is not as defined. Top it off with brown eye shadow, especially in the outer corners. Use the same black liner and brown shadow for the lower lashline and you are ready to go. Monolids So that the fold on your lower lid doesn’t hide your liner, focus on the upper lid when applying it. Any waterproof black pencil liner will work well, as long as you neatly apply it along the line, from inner corner to outer corner. If you want, you may smudge the outer corners a little bit, with a small brush, to widen your eyes. Close-set eyes What you want with this look is to create the illusion that your eyes are wider apart than they really are. Nothing that a little bit of concealer on the inner corners can’t achieve. Illuminating that area will lighten it up and make it look more “open”. Combine this with black liner on the outer third part of your eyes to draw the eye towards the outer corners of your lids. Create a “V” shape with liquid liner to form a thick wing and your eyes will look farther apart than they are. Asymmetrical eyes No pair of eyes is perfectly even, but if yours are a little bit more noticeably uneven or you are self-conscious about it, there are ways to make them look like a perfect matching pair. Uneven eyes call for uneven make-up to equal the whole thing out. Your best bet is to use a black kohl eyeliner, applied along the upper lashline, from the inner corner to the outer corner. Leave it pretty undefined and, on the slightly smaller eye, increase the width of the line at the outer corner, to make it appear wider and the same size of the other...

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Beauty Products You Should Never, Ever Share
Mar31

Beauty Products You Should Never, Ever Share

I like to think of myself as a pretty generous person, especially when it comes to my friends. “What’s mine is yours” pretty much sums up my philosophy and my friends know that in an emergency they can raid my closet for dresses, shoes, jewelery, a curling iron or anything they need. That being said, there are some beauty products I wouldn’t share with my BFF, and neither should you.  Mascara and eyeliner  I shouldn’t need to tell you: eyes are super sensitive. This means that you should be extra careful with any product that goes near your eyes. Your eyelids and lashes are the playground of tons of gross bacteria, that then hitches a ride on your mascara wand and eyeliner. This makes it really easy to transfer harmful bacteria to your bestie (and for her to transfer bacteria back to you). To make matters worse, the mascara tube is a dark, damp place, just the kind of place bacteria love to breed in. Avoid awful infections like pink eye, and keep your mascara and eyeliner all to yourself.  Lip gloss  Lip gloss, lipstick, chapstick, anything that goes on your lips, really. I know, it’s almost second nature to reach into your friend’s purse when your lips are dry or your rouge needs retouching, but this is a really bad idea. These products make it really easy to transfer contagious infections and germs, like the common cold. More worrying, this is a great way to transfer the oral herpes virus (HSV-1). According to Planned Parenthood, more than half of adults carry this virus, and it can be contagious even when not showing sores. It’s not a specifically harmful virus, but it is annoying and unsightly when flaring out.  Anything that comes in a jar  Be honest, do you wash your hands every time you are going to apply lip butter or lip gloss? That’s okay, me neither. I try, but sometimes I’m in a hurry or I forget, so I end up sticking my dirty fingers in the jar anyway. Now multiply this by how many people are using the same lip gloss. No need to do the math, the answer is “gross”. The same applies to face lotion, foundation, primer and any other product that comes in a jar.  Razors  I’m sure you went over this in middle school health class. Never share any personal item that can draw blood, like razors. Sure, this is to avoid HIV, as your health ed teacher told you, but that’s far from the only thing you can catch from someone else’s blood. Used razors are a great way to spread...

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Do ‘Knot’ Get Tied Up & Learn How To Grow Long, Luscious Locks
Mar28

Do ‘Knot’ Get Tied Up & Learn How To Grow Long, Luscious Locks

Some time ago you fell into the short hair fad and chopped off your mane, thinking a little ‘pixie’ never hurt nobody. And while you may have rocked the heck out of  that style, (unlike Penny from The Big Bang Theory) you just realized you oh-so regret it. Hey, it’s just hair, it will grow back, right? Of course it will. Problem is, you want it to grow now. You are tired of waiting for your strands to be long enough to braid, tie up in a bun and wear down in that carefree feminine way. Luckily, you can help your hair grow faster with just a few adjustments in your haircare routine. Trim your hair I know, I know, cutting your hair is the last thing you want to do when you are growing it back, but hear me out here. As your hair grows, the ends get damaged, no matter how careful you are. It’s a fact of life. And damaged ends are fragile and end up breaking off, which will, you guessed it, make your hair shorter. So trim the ends every month and a half or so to avoid breakage. As a bonus, your hair will actually look healthier as it grows! Take care of your scalp Do the smart thing and go straight for the source. If your hair gets a bad start, it will not grow as long or as healthy as it could. What’s worse, dead skin cells, oil and dirt accumulate on your scalp and actually make it harder for your hair to grow, which will considerably slow the process down. Use a gentle shampoo that’s right for your skin type and gently massage your scalp every time you are in the shower, this will remove all the impurities and promote blood circulation, improving hair growth. Change up your shower routine Ultra hot water might be nice and relaxing, but it can actually dry out your hair. Dry hair is brittle and prone to breakage, so you want to avoid that. Wash your hair with warm or even cool water to keep your strands hydrated and healthy. Once you are out of the shower, be careful when you dry your hair. Your wet locks are fragile, so you don’t want to wrap them up in a towel as soon as you are out of the shower. Twisting wet hair in a tower will break strands and increase hair loss. Instead, pat your hair dry, gently, either with a towel or an old, clean, cotton shirt. Style with care If you absolutely must style your hair with heat, find a way to...

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Essential Make-Up Trends For Spring 2015
Mar25

Essential Make-Up Trends For Spring 2015

Spring is already here and it’s time to renew your style from head to toe. You are probably reorganizing your closet right now, but this is also a great time to shake up your make-up case a little bit. Gone are the days of smokey eyes and other safe winter looks that you know damn well are your safe ‘go-to’ party looks. Spring calls for bold, vibrant make-up, babe! So here are some of the make-up trends for this season you can’t go without.  Fierce Blue Eyeliner  Ditch your regular old black eyeliner. It has served you well, but Spring 2015 requires a bolder color. Specifically, blue. It doesn’t matter the shade you choose, this season there is one perfect blue liner for every look. When you go to for your typical winged eyeliner, trade black for a rich, deep blue and create a sharp cat-eye effect. This will get you a dramatic and vibrant look. If you want something a little less out there, find a soft baby blue liner and apply it to your inner eyelid. This will make your eyes pop and look bigger. To avoid over-saturating your look, pair up your blue liner with a neutral, low-key color for your lips, to avoid taking attention away from your eyes.  Bold Oxblood Lipstick  Instead of dressing up your eyes, you want your mouth to steal the spotlight, Spring 2015 is the time to try out deep red lips and experience something we haven’t seen in other collections. This season, dark matte lipstick is your go-to rouge. Pick deep, purplish reds, like oxblood when buying a new lipstick this spring. And eye-catching red lipstick is the perfect way to tie up your look and look instantly dressed up in one simple step. The only thing you should be aware of is balance. Keep your eye make-up minimal and choose a shade of red that compliments your skin, to avoid looking overdone.  Strong, Thick Brows  Oh, yes. Strong eyebrows are still “in” this season. You can thank Cara Delevigne for that. We all know that the shape of your eyebrows can pretty much completely change your face, and it turns out that “thin, overly plucked Barbie brows” are not our only choice. Big, bushy, arched brows add strength to your look and the good news is you don’t need to be genetically blessed to achieve the fierce Delevigne brow. Just get some pencils, brushes and gels, and start filling in. Thick, perfectly shaded eyebrows are almost a complete look on their own, since they frame your face and draw attention to your eyes. This means that you should...

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