In our 20’s and 30’s ageing is the last thing on our mind but once you hit the BIG 40 those ageing concerns starts to creep in. So instead of trying to hide your age by covering up, here are some simple tips on how to master the techniques, textures and colours to keep you looking radiant and youthful.
Take It Easy
An overly made-up skin will make you look so much older, so take it easy with the make- up and if you have dark circles or some sun spots dot a tiny bit of concealer on the inner corners of your eyes or on those spots and not all over your face. The more skin you show the better, especially if it is well-hydrated skin. This will give you more youthful looking complexion than a heavily covered complexion.
Switch To A Lightweight Base
As we age our skin is prone to discolouration and dullness, so look for a foundation that illuminates as well as gives good coverage. Avoid heavy consistency foundations that will cake in your fine lines this will age you further. Tinted moisturizers with luminescent particles or lightweight liquid foundations are best for lined skin because unlike pressed powder, which settles into the wrinkles and makes the skin look even older that what it is, a light-reflective liquid formula creates the illusion of a glowing complexion. Also blending a lightweight foundation or CC Cream evenly into your face and neck with lightweight concealer to shadow problem prone areas, like around your nostrils and under your eyes.
To apply foundation flawlessly, you can use either a damp sponge or a foundation brush to dot it all over your face in tiny amounts, use loose translucent powder, on your face avoiding the eye area, to set it.
Open Your Eyes
Eyelids tend to sag with age, but with clever contouring you can disguise a lack of definition. Curling your eyelashes will lift sagging eyes, and a volumising mascara will thicken your lashes that have grown sparse with age.
Curling your eyelashes and adding a glimmer shadow as a highlighter are the easiest way you can make your eyes look bigger. Work a soft, matte shadow into your socket line to add depth but avoid pale and glittery products that can settle into fine lines and dull your complexion. As far as mascara go for the blackest black mascara you can find as it will make the whites of your eyes look clearer and whiter.
Thick and full brows can take years off your face and because your brows lifts and defines your face you want to fill them in to make them look fuller. So if your eyebrows are thin, use an eyebrow kit to fill in any gaps and add structure with an eyebrow gel. Select an eyebrow pencil in a natural colour like blond or brown and draw feathered lines to fake fuller brows.
Your natural lip line can begin to fade as you age and this will make your lipstick bleed so tracing your lip line with a clear lip liner can help lipstick stay in place. Avoid matte textured lipstick, which will shrink lips further. Instead, apply a dab of gloss to the centre of your lower lip to fake a well-hydrated, plump pout. Mid-tone coral and red lipsticks look good on most skin tones regardless of age, but steer clear of very pale pinks, dark aubergine and brown tones that flatten the mouth and pile on the years.
Blusher can knock off the years in an instant so add a creamy blush into the highest point of your cheekbones to create the illusion of structure. Luminous blush will bounce light off your face softening the appearance of fine lines and adding a rosy flush.
Fountain of Youth: Restoring, Repairing and Rejuvenating.
FOY rejuvenating Night Cream, Moisturising Day Cream and Eye Contour Gel and Anti Cellulite Gel. Four beautifully packaged products, great consistency.
Moisturising Day Cream
FOY is designed for mature aging skin, basically anyone over the age of 25 but for me the day cream was not rich enough. My skin absorbs quickly and I felt that I needed to keep reapplying in order for my skin to feel fully moisturized.
Rejuvenating Night Cream
I liked the rejuvenating night cream as it was richer and left my skin feeling great all night long.
I decided to give the gel to a friend who has cellulite to test out and see if it made any difference on her skin. She tried it for a few weeks and said the smell was great, the texture was amazing. When applied the gel created a tingling sensation. No visible improvement was noticed after two weeks of usage. Everyone’s skin reacts differently so this does not mean the product did not work but maybeon her skin type it needed to be used for a little longer to see any results.
Eye Contour Gel
My FOY top pick has to be the Eye Contour Gel. As a sufferer of dark, itchy, tired eyes I am always looking for the perfect gels to moisturise the eye area and this was perfect! Out of all the products this is the one I would definitely invest in.
Find out more about FOY and the other products in the range here: www.foy.global
Reviewed by Deborah St. Louis Fashions Finest CEO
Summer was all about glowing skin but with the changing season, the trend is all about natural looking skin with a matte finish. You can achieve this “no make- up look” with a skin nourishing foundation moisturising the skin while still looking fresh faced and natural.
Maybelline’s Fit ME dewy smooth, matches’ skins natural tone while it hydrates skin for a smooth skin texture and a luminous and seamless finish.
Up your natural “no make-up look” with bold lips. Master the bold lip by making sure that your lips are hydrated and flake free. Be sure to balance out the rest of your makeup by concealing redness, keeping skin fresh, and using a subtle colour on your cheeks and an eye-opening mascara.
Top of my list is;
• Clinique Pop lip colour + primer in Berry Pop , Cola pop and Passion Pop
• Maybelline’s Colour sensational creamy mattes in Divine Wine, Burgundy blush, and Siren in scarlet
A natural look with beautiful rich lipstick shades, defined and lightly glowing cheekbones with wide eyed and sensational lashes for autumn.
Combine your look with a sultry warm and woody scent and finished it off with the new Essie collection and you are ready to rock n roll!!
Summer is wedding season! It’s time to get out your shoulder-baring dress and flaunt tanned and toned legs. But if you’re feeling less than fabulous after a cold winter, now is the time to start getting ready to shine for those summer events.
Healthy Diet And Detox
True radiance starts from within, so the first step is to ensure you’re giving your body high quality fuel. Cut out the refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine; have water or a mocktail instead of a cocktail! Fresh fruit and vegetable juice in a refreshing cool drink will leave your eyes bright and your skin glowing. A healthy detox diet focussing on lean meat and leafy green vegetables will help you sleep well and wake refreshed and energised.
Sun Kissed Curves
Tanned summer skin doesn’t have to involve hours under the harsh rays of the sun or a sunbed. A high-quality airbrush tan will give you that gorgeous bronzed glow while ensuring you take care of your skin.
Keep your beautiful eyes looking flawless in those emotional moments with a high quality waterproof mascara. Or even better, invest in getting your eyelashes dyed by a professional beautician. You won’t regret it when the bride walks up the aisle and the tears start flowing!
A wedding is an excuse to add the latest fashion to your wardrobe. What better occasion than a glamorous summer event to get out the short skirt and Manolo Blahniks? Don’t let less-than-perfect legs hold you back from wearing what you want and looking your best. Varicose vein procedures these days are quick and low-impact.
Sun In Your Hair
Whether the big event will be set in a garden, a church or another special venue, you’ll want to keep that sunshine shimmer in your hair. Book in a visit to your favourite hairdresser a week before the day to achieve a subtly highlighted look that will turn heads.
Exfoliate For Gorgeous Skin
Exfoliation will buff away the winter chills to reveal your flawless spring skin to the world. Gently stroke your skin with a loofah or body scrub to remove dead cells and get a fresh glow. Don’t forget your neck and décolleté areas, but be gentle, as this skin is more delicate than the skin on your legs and arms.
There are lots of temporary cellulite fixes that can help you look your best in that little black dress. Drinking lots of water is key, as hydration will improve the texture of your skin and help your body release any retained fluid. Replacing the refined sugars in your diet with green vegetables will also help your body reduce dimpling.
Quick-fix Body Toning
Get a head start on summer with a combination of heavy and lighter weight resistance training, flexibility exercises and bodyweight workouts. Focus on the muscles that respond fastest to strength training – the shoulders, arms, lower abs and calves. Beginning even a short routine 6 weeks out from the big event will give you a sleeker, toned body, with inches lost around the middle.
Keep your skin fresh and smooth with a refreshing moisturising plan. A high quality and effective deep moisturiser will hydrate and penetrate the skin. Look for one that includes plant and marine active constituents to make your skin glow the natural way.
Finish The Look With A Pedicure
A pair of sweet feet peeking out of your open-toed heels will complete your sexy ensemble. Check out this hot DIY pedicure for a professional look.
Women are doing what? Microwaving their armpits!
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Really! Well yes, according to an article on Byrdie.com, first published in Marie Claire @ www.marieclaire.com
I have heard a lot of crazy things but this by far is too much for me, microwaving your under arms.
It is not an actual microwave but a laser gun–like device, by the medical company Miramar Labs.
“It's the same wavelength, but the delivery method, depth of penetration or range, and safety profile are totally different,” Dr. Snehal P. Amin, a board-certified dermatologic surgeon, told Marie Claire.
The device heats up the levels deep under your skin, where the hair root and sweat glands are located and subsequently destroys them. This is the only FDA-approved device of its kind, and the company has reported over 40,000 treatments this far.
Microwaving my armpits, need to think about that one for a minute, but with over 40,000 treatments I am sure that there are beauty crazed women that will invest in it.
But you know what they say, “different strokes for different folk” Would you microwave your armpits?
As I am now 31 years old and I have started to notice my body changing in ways that I am not too happy about, I have found myself frantically searching for a product to remove the bags from under my eyes. I wanted them to have that youthful sparkle once again. For a few weeks I have been using Essentials AA skincare collections Seaweed and Aloe refreshing eye gel. It comes in an easy to carry beige and green bottle with a pump style top and is suitable for all skin types. It soothes the skin and can be used for removing make-up.
The Seaweed that is in the eye gel is rich in vitamins and minerals and when not being eaten it can be applied directly to the skin. Seaweed is said to both strengthen and soothe skin and also has a natural anti-inflammatory so it keeps redness of the skin to a minimum.
The Aloe in the gel also known as the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians and has been used in medicines for centuries. It heals wounds while treating many other skin conditions. Unlike other eye gels this one will not break the bank as you can buy it online for only £6.96p.You only need to use a small amount therefore a 50ml bottle could last you a long time. After only using the eye gel a few times I noticed the puffiness around my eyes calming down. My family and friends have commented on my appearance and have been asking what my secret is. I was more than happy to share it with them and tell them that it was Seaweed and Aloe gel from Essentials AA skincare collection. Finally the area around my eyes feel youthful again, they are refreshed and ready for what life has to throw at me.
Written by Haley Sweeney
Just a snippet of what is making headlines in the world of beauty.
The British beauty brand Lily Lolo celebrates 10 years of beauty. The brands first product was a Mineral Foundation, and ten years later is still the brand’s bestseller and is now available in 18 shades to suit every complexion.
To mark its 10th year, Lily Lolo is launching three on-trend lipstick shades available in Natural Lipstick, Scarlet Red, Temptation and Nude Allure which will be available on August 27.
The brand will also be launching a Set & Stay Makeup Mist to leave make-up looking faultless without smudging or settling into fine lines which will be available from September 16.
Buy or find out more about Lilly Lolo @ www.lilylolo.co.uk
Miley Cyrus returns as Viva Glam campaign spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, launching two new products in September. The GLAM Miley Cyrus II consists of a Bright Orange Lipstick at £15.50 and a coordinating Lip-glass at £14.50 with sparkling pearl shimmer. Proceeds of Viva GLAM Miley Cyrus will be going towards helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Support and Shop @ www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Lancôme launches a new trio of eye products. The new range consist of a cream eyeshadow stick; Ombre Hypnôse Stylo, a white eyeliner; the Liner Plume and a waterproof eyebrow gel-cream; the Sourcils Gels.
The Ombre Hypnôse Stylo, selling price £22 and available in eight shades which includes, or Inoubliable, a soft gold and Violet Eternel, a bright amethyst shade.
The Liner Plume priced at £22 and available in white and features a thin flexible tip for precision application.
The Sourcils Gel priced at £22 and available in six shades from Blond, a mix of khaki and ash through to Noir, an intense charcoal shade.
IsaDora launches their Rock & Romance collection. The autumn collection for 2015 offers a complete make-up look inspired by bohemian rocker and romantic baroque colours like dark green, black and fuchsia.
The collection: Eye Shadow Quartet at £11.10 in 03 Urban Green, 04 Moon Rock and 44 Muddy Nudes.
Smoky Eye Liner Waterproof selling at £8.60) in 13 Dark Green, 11 Dark Grey and 12 Dark Brown
Perfect Moisture Lipstick at £11.10 in 177 Dark Romance, 176 Bohemian Rose and 176 Cool Cashmere
Wonder Nail selling at £6.80 in 517 Urban Green, 519 Dark Romance and 518 Bohemian Rose.
The Perfect Brow Kit selling at £11.10 also featuring a duo compact powder.
Have a look @ www.isadora.com
GHOST Fragrances to launch new fragrance GHOST Girl complete with a new look and feel, an urban-inspired graffitied bottle with Charlotte Free as the face of the new campaign.
The new feminist floral fragrance opens with notes of pear, pomegranate and raspberry with bergamot; a heart of tuberose, almond flower and orange flower; and base notes of amber and sandalwood.
Ghost Girl will be available nationwide from August 20 priced at £25 (30ml), £34 (50ml) and £46.50 (100ml).
Have a look @ www.ghostfragrances.com
Oriflame cosmetics are fast becoming a well know home brand. The brand which has its origins in Sweden, offers a wide range of high quality beauty and health products. Selling direct to their customers.
Here is a sneak peek into the brands, The One collection, an easy to wear and affordable collection for everyday beauty.
The One, Illusion Face Primer
Smooth’s out uneven skin and conceals the appearance of pores and fine lines. This is a lightweight primer, it glides unto the skin leaving it baby smooth and ready for, The One Illusion Foundation.
The foundation with its light-reflecting qualities, leaves skin with a natural glow and satin touch texture. Non greasy and with an SPF 20
Available in shades Porcelain, Fair Nude, Nude Pink, Light Ivory, Natural Beige, and Olive Beige
The One Illuskin concealer, a creamy liquid concealer. What is great about it, is that it does not settle into fine lines or crease and really conceals all blemishes. This is the perfect everyday wear concealer
Available in shades Porcelain, Fair light, Nude Pink, Nude Beige
The One Kajal eyeliner, available in Carbon black, Smokey charcoal and Midnight blue. Creamy textured and glides on easily for sultry eyes. Gives intense colour.
The One wonder Liner- dry’s quickly on application and gives a beautiful matte finishes with great staying power
The One Khol Pencil available in Black, Brown, Grey and Nude
The One Colour match eyeshadow duo, rich pigmented eye shadow with a silky textured, in complementary shades, good buildable coverage for a sheer or more dramatic look. Can also be used wet to double up as an. Available in shades, Black Pearl, Bronzed brown (pictured), Pink Mauve, Midnight purple, Denim blue and Forest green.
The 5-1 Wonder mascara, nourishes lashes while giving it more lift, length and volume with its high definition 3D lash-separating brush. One of their top sellers
Moisturizing and nourishing with shea butter and botanical oil and flexi wax that keeps lips well moisture all day. This is a multi-benefit lipstick with rich, lasting colour intensity and a luminous finish. Colour Comes in a variety of shades from light pinks, corals to red copper, colour featured- Red Passion
The One Triple core lipstick is a combination of vibrant colour, gloss and nourishment. With a high shine pearl in the centre for all day shine and colour.
The One Illuskin press powder is lightweight and gives skin a naturally luminous matte finish. With HaloLight Technology™ to perfect and illuminate complexion. Ultra fine silky texture blends into skin without caking or setting into fine lines. Colour variety – light, medium and dark
The One Illuskin Bronzing powder this is a versatile bronzer duo with darker bronzing shade for contouring and shimmering shade for highlighting, in a silky smooth powder. Perfect for that summer glow all year round.
Interested in finding out more about Oriflame cosmetics and finding a consultant in your area visit - uk.oriflame.com
I have spent most of my teenage, and early adult life scouring supermarket, and cosmetic store shelves, to find the latest and greatest innovation in skin care products, and if anything, it has left me feeling deflated, and unsatisfied.