Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Reasons Why You Need a Personal Beauty Consultant

Everyone is so busy these days, rushing here and there. In our age of technology we are missing so much of the human interaction in our customer relations. In today's world we can buy most anything from a discount store, department store, or online. Many times we make these purchases based on the advertising and the emotion behind the advertising only to realize we do not truly want to use the product nor do we like what it does or said it would do!

So now, why do you need a personal beauty consultant? Have you ever walked into a department store, gone to the counter and really needed some help in choosing either skin care or a specific color cosmetic question? Then only to find the gal behind the counter has very little, if any, knowledge about the products, doesn't even wear them herself, and you certainly don't want to look like her?!

Or have you ever had a "mascara emergency" where you are going out of town and the store you buy your favorite mascara is closed? Having a personal beauty consultant prevents those disappointments.

So here are the 5 reasons why you need a personal beauty consultant:

1. Try before you buy. Yes, you can actually try products on your face before making your initial purchase decision. The opportunity to experience a product will help you decide if you like the way it feels and even more importantly like the way it looks! How many times have you ever seen a lipstick shade in the tube you thought was absolutely gorgeous only to get it home and it looks horrid on you! Then what happens to that purchase? We throw it in the back of a drawer in our bathroom forever reminded of our buying mistakes! Have you ever done that? Also, with a personal beauty consultant you have the opportunity to try all the products and how they work together, not just a hodge podge of products!

2. Receive customized information an recommendations for your skin type, tone and makeup preferences! Many times we see makeup applications that look great on models that have no similarities to our skin tone, type or how we prefer to wear makeup. A personal beauty consultant can make recommendations for you to try based on their experience so you can see how you feel in a new look! If you are dealing with a certain skin condition or a product that is causing problems for you, they have the expertise to make a recommendation of a product and how to fix it!

3. Update your cosmetic look by season. You can choose to see your beauty consultant for a hot new look whenever you feel like it! Even as seasons change your skin may also change. Your mood for your makeup will also change! How many years have you been wearing the same color eye shadows? Do they date how old you are? Can you remember how it feels to have a fresh new look and the comments you receive from your circle of influence? As the fashion industry changes, isn't it fun to have an updated makeover to see how you feel in the new trendy looks?

4. Receive hot new fashion and trend information on a regular basis. When you have a personal beauty consultant, they will make sure you are receiving the latest news, tips, trends, new products that are out and all kinds of information to keep you in the loop! You will not receive this from and department stores! Are you a gal that likes to be "in the know". You can be with your personal beauty consultant providing the hot new information via her catalogue mailings, monthly beauty newsletters, and other correspondence as is necessary.

5.The final reason why you need a personal beauty consultant ...! Have you ever purchased a product, used it all, loved it enough that you wanted more of it but could not remember the shade? Your personal beauty consultant will keep up with this information for you! It is their job! I know I have thrown away tubes and bottles when they were empty thinking I could remember the shade, only to get to the store and be so confused! Or even when you try a sample of a product, wouldn't you love if a consultant could remember the samples they gave you to try so when you are ready to buy the product you don't have to remember the name! It is awesome!

So find your self a personal beauty consultant today. Look for brands that offer the services I mentioned above. Once you find a personal beauty consultant, treat them like husbands. You can have as many as you want in your lifetime but only one at a time! This benefits you by your consultant knowing what products you have tried, are using and which products are on your wish list! This will help you with your beauty routine in the future!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Misconceptions About Cosmetic Chemicals

Everyone likes taking care of how they look. If that wasn't so, none of us would care about what to wear everyday or spend time in hair salons, etc. On a similar note, who wouldn't like healthier hair? Most people, especially women spend a lot of money on hair care products.

Research reveals that most women in Africa decide upon buying beauty products like moisturizers, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, etc. depending upon the fragrance they carry. Apparently the fragrance of flowers, lime and other refreshing fragrances are in demand. But the fact is that the better the scent in the product the worse it is for the scalp and hair. But there are a few consumers becoming conscious about reading the ingredients mentioned at the back of the pack. One of the ingredients they stay away from is any kind of alcohol in beauty products.

Many people think of alcohol as a bad ingredient. Alcohol causes much harm when consumed. Thus wouldn't it harm your hair? This ingredient if included to your products could surely dry your hair. Well it turns out that some kind of alcohol used in products is good for your scalp. Take for example a fatty alcohol like Cetyl alcohol, a bulk chemical supplied to Africa: An ingredient such as Cetyl alcohol normally added to beauty products is generally extracted from natural sources.

This ingredient has a good amount of carbon giving it an oily texture. For those worried about this ingredient harming dry skin and scalp, you should know that Cetyl alcohol helps prevent moisture loss. Thus it is widely used in conditioners, giving your hair luster and making it easier to comb through.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

MAC Makeup - Things You May Not Know About MAC Makeup and Cosmetics

The best makeup on earth is MAC makeup, hands down. Created in 1985 by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo, MAC cosmetics were designed to hold up to the most grueling conditions. Ordinary drug store makeup doesn't look good under bright lights, and most of it sweats off or wears off under normal circumstances anyway. The chemists who created MAC cosmetics, however, designed it to hold up to just about any challenge you can throw at it. It's good for all ages, all races and all sexes, which later became the company's motto.

MAC makeup is also a socially conscious brand. There are four social initiative problems that the company currently has in place: MAC Cruelty-Free Beauty, Back to MAC Recycling, MAC Kids Helping Kids and the MAC AIDS Fund. Even though MAC cosmetics was bought out by the Estee Lauder Companies in 1994 and the original founder Frank Angelo died in 1997, the MAC AIDS Fund has been continued by the new owners. The coolest thing about it is that every penny of the sale of the eight products under the Viva Glam name get donated to the charity. This has raised more than $86 million for the charity since 1994.

If you're a makeup artist, you can get 40 percent off of the price of MAC makeup. Other beauty professionals can get a 30 percent discount. The brand is also extremely socially diverse. Spokespeople in the past have included everyone from RuPaul to Linda Evangelista. MAC Beauty Icons have included Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Raquel Welch and Catherine Deneuve. All in all, MAC makeup has done a lot for the industry as well as the community. They perfected makeup and are a great role model for other American companies. It can be said that part of their success is due to their acceptance of all things beautiful, and that's something we can all stand behind.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Guide For Cosmetic Surgery Costs

Today, cosmetic surgery is an extremely well-known term to men and women who want to change their look. It is very much connected to celebrities and as we all know, most of the celebrities have undergone some kind of surgery to look beautiful.

The definition of cosmetic surgery is "plastic surgery for improving a person's appearance by restoration of damaged areas of skin, removal of wrinkles or blemishes, etc". With the surgery, we can get the look that we have always wanted, which we did not get naturally. So, how much does a cosmetic surgery cost?

Cosmetic surgery costs are dependent on many features of the cosmetic treatment. There are features like time period of the treatment, type of surgery, cost of facilities, standard of the surgeon etc. The type of surgeries are botox treatment, nose job surgery or Rhinoplasty, liposuction, gynecomastia or male breast tissue removal, breast enlargement, vaginoplasty or vaginal tightening, tummy tuck and so on.

Rhinoplasty or Nose Job
A very common cosmetic surgery is Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery. The cost for nose job surgery can be from $3,000 to $8,000. This will be dependent on the surgeon that you choose, locations, facilities costs and other factors.

Breast Augmentation
Female breast augmentation is also a very famous cosmetic surgery. Women with small and disproportionate breasts are suitable to have breast augmentation. The surgeon who are going to perform the breast surgery must have advanced surgical skill as the objective for this procedure is to make your breasts look as natural as possible, as well as to enlarge them to the patient's preferred size. The average cost for this treatment varies from $3,000 to $5,000.

Liposuction
Another popular surgery is Liposuction. A person with normal weight and with isolated fatty areas can have liposuction. Liposuction is a body sculpting or body contouring technique which involves the process of removing excess, ugly fat from specific body areas. You can have liposuction done at your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, hips, back, calves, upper arms, ankles, cheeks and neck. The average cost for a liposuction varies from $2500 to $3500. Again the treatment will be dependent on the surgeon that you choose, locations, facilities costs and other factors.

Tummy Tuck
If you are a woman who has given birth, you may find that your skin, muscle and fat at your abdomen area sag. If you want to overcome this problem, an option for you is tummy tuck. The sagging skin is almost impossible to get rid of even if you go on a diet and exercise. Tummy tuck can flatten your mid-section by getting rid of the superfluous skin and fat. It also tightens the muscles in your abdominal wall. The average cost for a tummy tuck is from $3,000 to $8,500.

While to comprehend the cosmetic surgery costs is important, the quality of the surgery is also important. Basically when the cosmetic surgery costs is higher you will have a quality surgery and potentially less problem.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Moisturizers and Cosmetics Can Be Your Skin's Worst Pollutant

If an evil genius wished to harm the skin of women, he could not have devised a better tool than cosmetics. Rubbing more oils into the skin is the worst possible thing an acne sufferer can do.

Some cosmetic ingredients are so potent that they can induce a form of acne even in women who are not otherwise genetically acne-prone. In fact, one out of every three women can expect to be affected by the condition dermatologists are now calling acne cosmetica. It is no small problem. Acne cosmetica may be affecting 30 million women in this country. While no one in the beauty industry set out to intentionally ruin the complexions of millions of women, it is happening. What originally began as an accident born out of ignorance continues today in the name of commercial expediency.

Who Gets Cosmetic Acne?

Any woman who is genetically acne-prone or suffered acne as a teenager -- even if only a mild case -- is almost certain to be affected by comedogenic ingredients in cosmetics (comedogenic refers to a substance's ability to penetrate down into the pore and cause the formation of comedones). Additionally, plenty of women who would otherwise never have acne are literally giving themselves acne with comedogenic makeup and skin care products they are rubbing into their skin. Young women in the "natural" acne age are the most likely to react badly to comedogenic ingredients. Therefore, teenagers and women in their twenties are the most susceptible to cosmetic acne.

Cosmetic acne manifests as fairly numerous, slightly elevated small whiteheads, appearing over the cheeks and chin and sometimes the forehead. Periodically, some of these whiteheads turn into inflamed pustules.

Women with cosmetic acne often get caught up in a vicious cycle. Because it may take up to six months before cosmetic acne develops from a particular product, she is unlikely to connect her makeup use with the acne. The more she breaks out, the more makeup she uses to cover it up which leads to more blemishes and more covering up. The problem spirals. Already deeply committed to cosmetic use, she is likely to try one cosmetic solution after another, each one more expensive than the last -- and all of it only worsens the situation. Thousands of women walk around with easily preventable cosmetic acne for as long as ten or fifteen years, never knowing what is causing their constant complexion problems.

How Did the Acne Causing Ingredients Get in the Cosmetics?
Cosmetic chemists historically have tried to mimic sebum, the skin's own surface oil, in order to derive some of its assumed benefits -- "assumed" because there is no real benefit to sebum. The claim that sebum (or oil~ is necessary for moisturizing the skin is misleading. Children do not produce sebum, yet enjoy moist skin. Sebum doesn't even prevent wrinkles. Wrinkling or aging of the skin is a reflection of accumulated sun damage and hereditary.

Assumed benefits -- "assumed" because there is no real benefit to sebum. The claim that sebum (or oil) is necessary for moisturizing the skin is misleading. Children do not produce sebum, yet enjoy moist skin. Sebum doesn't even prevent wrinkles. Wrinkling or aging of the skin is a reflection of accumulated sun damage and hereditary programming". Whatever its original purpose, sebum's various chemical components, such as wax esters and fatty acids, are troublesome. Yet many cosmetics contain these same highly irritating fatty acids such as stearic acid. Even worse, many cosmetics contain chemical derivatives of these fatty acids, such as isopropyl myristate or butyl stearate, which are even more potent than their parent fatty acids.

You don't have to understand these chemical names or know how to pronounce them to get them out of your life. All you need to do is take a list along with you to the drug store and check ingredient labels. It is best to purchase all natural products when possible to be sure you are not contaminating your skin. It is also possible to get products that have been created without preservatives that contaminate the skin as well. Again, be sure to read the labels.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Encourage Your Daughter to Feel Beautiful and Comfortable in Her Own Skin

In the age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking sites, image seems to be everything. If girls from a few generations back had problems feeling confident about themselves once they see reed-thin models or Hollywood celebrities walking down the red carpet, there is even more pressure for young girls these days to look a certain way. Aside from peer pressure, the constant exposure to self-portraits of pouting girls on social networking sites make them feel as if they should look and act that way, too.

As a parent, the issue that you would be dealing with related to this is making your daughter feel beautiful and comfortable in her own skin. Here, we will take a look at the ways that you can encourage your daughter to feel beautiful and happy with exactly how she looks.

Helping Young Girls Feel Good about Themselves

During your daughter's preschool or kindergarten years, it is but natural for her not to feel too conscious about how she looks due to her young age. It's also during this age that everyone seems to treat her like a princess, so she definitely feels like one, too. But once your child reaches that crucial stage of being in between childhood and a teenager, that is when she begins to have issues with her face and body.

If she's a bit heavyset or has a different complexion than others, she may not feel as beautiful as she should. If she sees a Hollywood celebrity wearing skin tight clothes and looking attractive in it, she might feel lacking if she does not have the same body type. These are perceptions that you would have the chance to change as a parent, simply by helping your daughter feel good about exactly how she is built and how she looks. Here are a few more tips on how you can achieve this feat:

• Practice what you preach!
There is probably no woman in the world who does not have something that she does not like about her body - especially once she starts comparing herself with others. But if you have an impressionable young daughter, do not let her see you frowning over the figures on your bathroom weighing scale. Do not make comments about how conscious you are of your own looks, because she might follow suit and have her own insecurities with her body or her looks.

• Encourage your daughter to have fun with clothes and yes, makeup.
Girls naturally veer towards fashion and makeup - and it's perfectly fine to encourage them to have fun with it. However, you should still stress that natural beauty is the way to go and cosmetics are a simple way to highlight one's own features.

• Highlight the importance of beauty from within.
This may sound like a cliché but if you would like your daughter to feel comfortable in her own skin, you should highlight the importance of beauty from within. Tell her about how each and every woman is made differently - but it does not mean that she should be insecure if she does not look the same as others. Always tell your daughter how beautiful she is from the inside, and that will translate to how she looks outside.

All these may sound easier said than done. But as long as you are real in your intention to make your daughter feel beautiful and comfortable in your own skin, you should be able to make her feel good about herself, exactly as she is.