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Sunday, November 11th, 2018

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A Japanese proverb states that one kind word can warm three winter months. What can also make the cold winter months better is a great skincare routine and your beauty must haves! Our friends at share some winter recommendations

SUN PROTECTION  Stick to your sunscreen. It may be colder, but experts advise that we keep on applying a sunscreen cream on our face even after August. The UV light, however weaker during winter, can still have aging effect.

LIGHTEN UP ON EXFOLIATION  Yes. exfoliating is great to get rid of all the dead skin cells, but be careful if you do it during winter as your skin is more likely to be sensitive due to the cold weather.  An over-solicitous exfoliation can lead to scarring.  Break out the hydrocortisone cream when soothing chapped, scaly skin and the topical antibiotics should the skin break.

COFFEE OR WATER?  Limit your intake of coffee and alcoholic beverages during the winter months. Days become shorter and the sun is not out as long, so you will inevitably feel sleepier. Instead of caffeine, top up with water to feel more energized during your mid-day dip at work. (more…)


Sunday, July 29th, 2018

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Glycerin is a natural component of healthy skin. It’s also known as glycerine and glycerol, the latter being the term most often seen in studies about this ingredient.  Glycerol is a humectant which helps to retain moisture in creams and cosmetics.  Whether derived from vegetable or animal sources, or made synthetically, glycerin is hygroscopic. It plays an important role in improving skin texture and hydration.  Binding with water, it not only keeps the moisture in products, but improves skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Research has shown that glycerin mimics what’s known as skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), which is why it’s compatible with all skin types, of all ages. Replenishing skin’s NMF is important because it becomes depleted as we age, are subject to environmental exposure, and use irritating ingredients like denatured alcohol.

Glycerin can be applied directly as a moisturizer.  It especially effective when combined with other products such as water-based cleaners and creams. Some question the safety of glycerin in cosmetics.  Whether it is useful or harmful is probably dependent on the concentration used. If it is too high (≥ 30%), it will deprive the skin of moisture; however, if properly dosed (≤ 10%), it will keep the moisture in the skin supplied with the cream.



Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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No matter, if you are an edgy girl or classy lady, there are easy ways to make ethereal light hues work for you. This season they make their comeback, and just like crayons on white paper, they leave their cheerful mark in the make-up and beauty products. From mint greens to yellow sorbet, here’s how to make color work this season…

Candy Crush  We associate colors, smells and imagery with past experiences. What do pastels remind you of? From scoffing sherbet sweets to doodling in coloring in books, your childhood memories can be recreated (albeit a little more sophisticated!) by playing with the tools in our makeup bag. To put a spin on the everyday eye makeup, what about using a pastel colored eyeliner?  Milky pastels are best paired with a neutral foundation base, soft pinky cheeks and rosy lips. The colors of eyeliner choice are endless – vary from pale yellow, green, light pink to baby blue. Draw it is in the crease of the lid to convey a more whimsical look or opt for a chic cat eye.  To accentuate the eyes and make the color pop, apply an eyelash extension serumand a black mascara (or even a contrasting color to your pastel eyeliner if you’refeeling quirky). If you can’t get enough of the pastels, add some holographictopper to your eyelids…you’ll look out of this world!

How To Nail The Pastel Look?  And the pastel party doesn’t stop there – the candy cotton trend is perfect for every lover of matte, milky shades of nail varnish – and it suits everyone frompale to darker skin types, meaning there’s no excuses for your mani not to look marvelous!  Asides from painting your nails with just one block color, there are tons of nail designs that implement pastels. For instance, the classic French mani has undergone a slight twist this season – instead of a white tip, paint your nails with a pastel toned varnish. Better yet, on a clean base or neutral nail polish, draw on pastel stripes using a thinner brush or a specific nail kit for the perfect, precise designs on your nail canvas.  The colorful mosaic of creamy hues is a great way to round off summer and make the transition to darker matt colors in fall.