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Your skin can be your biggest beauty feature or your biggest pet peeve. In a world where women are made to think that makeup is an absolute must – and where wearing makeup can be fun and pretty – more often or not, your skin takes a beating. Forgetting to go through a skin care routine once or twice might be okay, but not to do it at all is the worst thing. Not only can it clog up your pores creating those pimples everyone hates, but it can also age you prematurely and create blemishes and discoloration.

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Type of Skin

The first thing you need to do is recognize what sort of skin you have;

  • Oily skin is greasy, shiny and can have large pores.
  • Dry skin can be flakey, scaly and rough.
  • Combination skin can have both of the above, usually oily centers around the nose and forehead, and the dry skin stays on the cheeks and chin.
  • Sensitive skin can react to different products and can be a result of asthma or Rhodesia.

You should always buy products that are right for your skin type. If you’re unsure which, then ask a beautician or a trained someone at your drugstore of choice.

Skin Care Routine

A daily skin care routine doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming.

  • AM: wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel – change your towel daily to avoid dabbing bacteria on your clean face. Washing first will rinse off the sleep and sweat from the night. Then apply a cleanser that is right for your skin type. Once this has been absorbed or washed off, continue with a toner, this helps to reduce any blemishes or discoloration. Next, apply a face moisturizer – these are different from what you would put on your body as it is lighter and conditioned to not clog up your pores.
  • PM: Wipe off your makeup with a makeup cloth or good old water – no soap and try not to scrub at your skin. Then repeat your morning routine, after your moisturizer has absorbed apply any particular skin treatment you might need. This might be some Marine collagen treatment or localized acne treatment.

Never go to bed with makeup on.

Makeup

When choosing your makeup make sure you avoid oil-based products, you want something water based and light for your skin. Again check if there are any that suit your skin type.

Apply an SPF primer before putting on your makeup, this helps to even out any blemishes and protects your pores from the worst of your makeup.

If you need to cover up, then use a green concealer for redness, purple for yellow undertones and peach or yellow for dark circles or bruising.

Avoid layering your makeup throughout the day, and try to not redo your makeup multiple times. The act of scrubbing clean your face and immediately applying chemicals will just irritate your skin.

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If you dread taking photos of yourself, you’re not alone. According to estimates by the skincare company Dove, more than 75 percent of women didn’t like taking pictures of themselves because of the way that they looked. More than 96 percent of women classified themselves as looking “average,” which, of course, is a contradiction in terms.

Believe In Your Selfie

So what can we do to improve the way we look in every selfie? Here are some tips from medical professionals, photographers and stylists.

Groom Your Eyebrows

According to celebrity stylish Kelley Baker, one of the most important things you can do before taking a photo is grooming your eyebrows. She says that eyebrows that are arches rather than round like to make round faces look fuller. If, however, you have an oval face, softly angled eyebrows look better.

The bottom line, she says, is to choose the right eyebrow shape for your face. You can have thicker brows, she says, so long as you have wide cheekbones and a wider face.

Brighten Up Your Skin

Ask any medical aesthetic doctor and they’ll tell you one of the main problems with people’s skin is oxidation of fat just under the surface. No matter what your skin tone, this makes skin appear darker and less healthy, especially as we age. It’s a good idea, therefore to try to brighten it up. Reality television star Holly Madison says that she uses an old trick employed by Marilyn Monroe. To bring extra brightness to her face, she uses a light foundation and then pairs it with brighter, light jewelry and hair dye. A white stone in her diamond earrings, she says, brightens up the rest of her face enormously.

Go For A Jog Before Hand

Our bodies are designed for movement. If they’re not moving, they don’t look their best. For instance, one of the reason people’s faces look puffy in the morning has to do with the buildup of lymph just under their skin, especially around their eyes. But the good news is that exercise helps to drain this away, returning the face to its natural complexion. Next time you want to take a selfie, try going for a jog beforehand.

Keep Your Chin Up

If you want to look good in your next selfie, smiling might not be such a good idea. Why? Because when we smile, we naturally draw our faces back into our necks, creating the impression that we have a double chin. A better idea is to imagine that your nose is being pulled towards the camera. This will help keep the face from sinking back into the neck, making it appear chiseled and refined. It might feel funny not smiling for the camera if you’re not used to it, but it does make a big difference.

Get In The Right Frame Of Mind

Even small fluctuations in our emotions are written all over our faces. That’s why it’s so important to get yourself in the right frame of mind before a photoshoot. Nigel Barker, a celebrity photographer, says to imagine eating something delicious before you take the snap.

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I used to have really bad skin. In middle school, my forehead was constantly broken out. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand how skincare worked so I was essentially burning my skin off with Stridex, causing it to produce more oil and break out more. Luckily, towards the end of high school, a friend of mine introduced me to a facial moisturizer that was actually made for skin prone to breakouts, and I got hooked.

Unfortunately, around this time, I also got hooked on full face of makeup every damn day. I was putting layers on layers of foundation on to cover the cystic acne that came from unhealthy lifestyle choices in college- not drinking enough water, drinking too much everything else, eating crap, not sleeping enough… you get the picture. My skin got very little time to breathe and I wasn’t worried a bit about providing it with any sun protection either.

While I still break out along my chin during certain times of the month, if I’m stressed/ sick, or if I don’t wash my face well enough when I do use foundation (maybe a couple times a month), my skin is so much happier with me now that I treat it with care, not aggression. This summer I’ve tried two products that I want to compare for my real-girl women on the go.

While we’re on the subject of makeup… my amazing sister in law is donating the entirety of her profit on her sales from her Limelight shop to victims of Hurricane Harvey through tomorrow night! If you were looking to try a new brand or color, now is it! Just join her VIP Facebook group  and click on any of the shopping links. I got myself a cupcake gloss!)

e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20||Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

While the e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20 had heavier coverage, it might have actually been too heavy. This may be a weird thing to criticize, but it was difficult to wash off my hands after applying it and left my fingers feeling dry. That being said, it did cover up my blemishes quite nicely- almost with the thickness of a foundation. It also left the same feeling on my skin as a foundation when I removed it, which I wasn’t crazy about. I do appreciate the SPF 20 as should we all, and for $6, it really packs a punch. Honestly, for that price, I’d probably buy it again to use as foundation in a pinch while traveling or if I run out of the real stuff, but I might not go back to it for my every day.

The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer is much lighter coverage. Enhancer is definitely the right word because it certainly doesn’t cover much. The trade-off is that my skin is happier with this product and there really isn’t a whole lot I need to cover. Honestly, if I do my whole routine with bronzer, highlighter, blush and all- this works plenty well as a base. By the end of the day, my skin still feels moisturized. It is double the price of the e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20- but that only brings it to $12.99, still making it budget friendly. There’s an SPF 20 in this one too and I have to claim it as my favorite for everyday face. Usually, it’s just this stuff, mascara on my top lashes, and out the door.


e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20||Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

Let me know if you’ve tried either of these and what you think. Do you have a favorite everyday beauty product?

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The reality of life is that no two people are the same, and some women are blessed with better genetics than others. However, natural beauty is somewhat of a myth. Or, at the very least, even the most gifted women have to work on their looks.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic recipe to make you look like Jennifer Aniston. Still, following the right formula will maximize appearances to provide the natural glow that you deserve.

Here are the tricks utilized by women who boasts that seemingly natural glow. Embrace them today, and you should see noticeable impacts in no time.

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Eat & Drink Well

Nutrition is at the heart of everything we do in our lives, not least when it comes to our appearances. As well as heavily influencing our body size and shape, it can have a crucial impact on various aspects of our natural beauty.

Staying hydrated is a responsibility that nobody can afford to overlook, and you should look for at least two litres per day. Meanwhile, eating healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients can aid the appearance and health of skin, teeth, and nails.

There’s nothing wrong with eating the occasional pizza or going out for a night on the town. Generally speaking, though, sticking to a balanced diet is vital.

Exercise Regularly

Like healthy eating, getting regular exercise is something that none of us can afford to ignore. It’s a crucial component of living a healthy lifestyle and plays an integral role to aiding your looks.

A mixture of cardio and strength training will reduce fat and tone muscles. Whether you have a thin and athletic body type or a curvier shape doesn’t matter. Taking control of your body by keeping it fit and healthy will make every outfit you wear look twice as good.

Regular exercise also helps to clear pores and leaves you with the energy levels needed for that confident and natural glow.

Employ Good Skincare Tips

When a woman looks her best, the fact that she has visibly clear skin is normally one of the main reasons. While some girls are luckier than others when it comes to tones and wrinkles, protecting it is a necessity for everyone.

Hydrated skin always looks healthier. Meanwhile, using a pure hyaluronic acid serum can prevent fine lines from surfacing. Those treatments will keep skin looking fantastic for the long-term as well as the immediate future. This is why they play a central role for those women with that natural glow.

Meanwhile, women with great skin tend to wash morning and night to fight off dead cells and damaged particles.

Reduce Stress

Stress is the main cause of many image-related problems. In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to remove it completely. Nonetheless, making a conscious effort to minimize it can have a telling impact on your looks.

Getting a good night’s sleep is the most important factor. Meanwhile, building a bathroom that allows you to shut off from the world can make a telling difference too. Soothing music and a few scented candles will set the perfect atmosphere.

Vacations are another perfect opportunity, not least because it’s a chance to soak up some sun. If budgets don’t allow for this, however, you can still enjoy staycations and short breaks. It’ll improve your quality of life and appearances in one fell swoop.

Get Hair Regularly Styled

Many women fall into the trap of seeing hairstyles as an afterthought. In truth, though, it’s one of the most important factors of your entire look. It can shape your entire face, which is why finding the right style and color is essential.

However, there’s also an equal need to maintain the hair on a daily basis. Finding the right hair care products is a crucial factor in any woman’s beauty rituals. When the hair has a healthy glow, it extends to the whole face and beyond.

Extensions and other options are available. Either way, great looking hair goes a long way to achieving that goal.

Wear The Right Clothes

Possessing a beautiful natural canvas makes it a lot easier to look and feel your best. Having said that, the importance of outfit choices should not be underestimated for a second.

Finding your style isn’t easy, but it’s important to remember that your current choices might not be the best. Most crucially, though, you need to consider the sizes. Beauty has no size but wearing ill-fitting outfits will instantly reduce your attraction. In turn, it will harm natural features too.

Clothing should enhance natural beauty rather than detract from it. Any woman that has successfully mastered this task will look her best day after day. Whether you boast the same charm as your favorite celebrity or not, this is all any woman could ever ask for.

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Our best friends are there for us when we need them the most. They’re there for the good times and the bad times. Even if they’re not with you all the time, you know you can always rely on them. Whether you want to say thank you for some help they’ve given you or just to show that you care – a special gift and unexpected gift makes a lovely surprise. Here are some great picks for thoughtful gifts to give to your best friend.

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A spa day

Between busy work and family lives, it can be difficult for you to spend quality time with your best friend. Buying you both a gift certificate to a spa offers an excellent opportunity for you to relax and take some time to get away from it all. A friend who’s been going through a tough time can benefit from a de-stress and a spa day is a gift that will always be appreciated. If the spa isn’t her thing, do some research on best friend dates to find an activity you’ll both enjoy. You might even find a new hobby you can take up together!

Personalized Name Jewelry

A name necklace

Personalized jewelry is a thoughtful gift that shows that you really care for the recipient. If your friend is a fashionista, she’ll appreciate a Sex and the City-style ‘Carrie’ necklace – a simple but stylish piece that goes with everything. For beautiful and chic personalized name necklaces – Soufeel is a great retailer that offers them in different styles and colors. Get one for yourself too for a cute reminder of the special friendship you both share.

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Some luxury skincare

It’s important that we look after our skin, and if you’ve been raving about a new skincare product recently – why not give one as a gift to a friend? Being able to say, ‘I thought you might like this,” shows that you think about your friend and that you know about her likes and dislikes. There are some amazing skincare products available at the moment, including skincare made from natural ingredients that make an excellent gift that she’ll love to keep on her dresser.

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A framed photograph

This might be considered a bit of a retro gift, but how many of us take the time to print photographs anymore? With phones and Facebook to share photos on there’s a very real possibility that you don’t have any photos up in your home of the two of you together. Pick a stylish frame or fill an album with some of your favorite memories for a gesture she’ll really appreciate.

Treating your best friend is a wonderful way to lift her spirits or show her how much she means to you. If you struggle to think of ideas, look back at some of your favorite memories and let the inspiration hit you – an inside joke might be all that’s needed to spark an idea. Sometimes it’s the smaller gifts that we appreciate the most, and in the end – it’s always the thought that counts.

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