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Authored by A Kaminsky and can also be found here: http://is.gd/5cDnGN
The beauty salon has become an almost iconic figure in Western culture. It's where people go to have their hair and nails done, but is also a center for community news, confessions and general "hen parties." As such, choosing a salon is a process most women and men will undergo.
The first place to start in choosing a salon is to evaluate what needs to be done. A woman just wanting her hair trimmed may go to a different salon than one who wants a permanent, coloring, or other more extensive services. If she needs her hair cut quickly and that day, she might be better off going to a walk-in salon, rather than trying to get her regular stylist to work her in on short notice. For other services, a woman may want to think about a full-service, by-appointment-only salon. This means that she will have a stylist who is expecting her, knows what she wants done, and is not under pressure to squeeze in more clients.
Women should also choose a beauty salon based on their ethnic background. This may sound strange, but different ethnic groups have different hair needs. A salon that has a primarily African-American clientele, for instance, will be much better versed in working with the unique needs of black hair. A white stylist may not be as familiar with these needs. Salons also may carry different products, depending on the ethnicity of their clients. A full-service salon in a large city will probably have a multi-racial clientele, but smaller shops in smaller cities may not.
Referrals are often the next step in choosing a beauty salon. Women will usually readily share good and bad experiences with beauty salons and stylists. They will also share whether they feel a place charges too much for its services, and whether the work is worth the price.
Price does play a part in choosing a beauty salon. Some salons work off the famous name of their owner, and will usually charge more as a result. The local "beauty shop" probably will be a little cheaper.
Most states require that anyone who cuts hair and charges for it be a licensed cosmetologist. This means they have taken courses, passed written state exams and been certified by their cosmetology school and by the state. A woman should always make sure her stylist is a licensed cosmetologist, although most beauty salons would be in violation of the law for hiring anyone who is not.
Any beauty parlor should be clean, neat and brightly lit. Staff should be friendly and courteous, regardless of what they perceive as the customer's social status. Anyone who does not receive courteous treatment should report the incident to the owner or manager and go elsewhere. A customer should make sure the employees practice good hygiene, personally and with their customers.
Authored by A. E. Freeman and can also be found here: http://is.gd/JnlqFf
Keeping up with beauty trends requires time spent reading beauty magazines and books. You may also be able to keep up with trends by watching television programs dedicated to beauty and style. The Internet is also a great resource for keeping up with beauty trends. Online, you may find posts from beauty bloggers as well as articles on trends on the websites of online magazines and newspapers. Another way to stay up to date on trends is to visit cosmetics shops.
Subscribing to a magazine that focuses on beauty trends will help you keep up with what is going on in the cosmetics and beauty world. These magazines often feature reviews of new products from editors and writers. Some magazines provide a year-end or monthly roundup of the best trends. Usually, the magazines will publish upcoming trends, such as spring trends in the fall, so that you have time to plan. You can choose to subscribe to a magazine or two or visit a local library and read the magazines there. A lot of print magazines also publish articles on their websites.
Television also provides a way for you follow beauty trends. Some local news shows feature stories on the latest trends or have programming dedicated to beauty and style. There are also cable channels dedicated to beauty and fashion as well as reality television shows that feature people who work in cosmetics or the fashion industry. Some channels feature short segments between commercials and longer programming that shows you how to pull off certain looks or that offers advice on current beauty trends.
Beauty bloggers and other websites help you keep current with trends too. People who write blogs offer a person-on-the-street view of trends so you can see what real people are choosing to do with makeup and fashion at the moment. These blogs and websites also offer tips and advice so that you can try out new trends yourself.
Visiting a store that sells cosmetics is another way to get up to date on trends. You can ask a salesperson at the store for advice on what styles and products are popular at the moment. If your prefer, you can choose to browse the store on your own, taking note of new cosmeticsitems or colors that seem to appear frequently. For example, if blue is a popular eye shadow color, a lot of different cosmetics companies may offer a blue shadow. At the store, you can take advantage of samples and testers and try the trends out for yourself.
Authored by Amy Hunter and can also be found here: http://is.gd/w8ZSL3
Cosmetics have a limited lifespan. Using cosmetics that are old can cause several problems. Older cosmetics may harbor bacteria that may lead to breakouts or even infections. The color in some cosmetics may change over time, and a foundation that used to work perfectly may become too dark. It is a false economy to hang onto cosmetics that are outdated. It is a better idea to purchase fewer products so that you have time to use them before they expire.
When you buy new makeup, don’t think that you will be able to remember when you bought it. Instead, determine what the last date that you should use it will be, and write that date down on the package with a permanent marker. When that date arrives, even if the makeup still looks good, get rid of it.
The recommendations listed below are just guidelines. Some all natural products will not last as long as other types of cosmetics. They do not contain preservatives that extend the life of the makeup. Also, even if something is practically new, if it smells or looks funny, throw it out.
In general, powder products will last longer than cream formulations. Any cosmetics that are used around the eyes will not have as long of a shelf life as items used on the rest of the face. Finally, if you become sick, it makes sense to ditch your eye makeup after you recover. Along ith this talk about transferring bacteria, it goes without saying that sharing makeup is not something you should do.
Items that last for up to two years include face powder, powder blush, powder bronzer, powder eye shadow, lipstick, lip liner, and pencil eyeliner. While pencil eyeliner should remain safe for up to two years, you can sharpen the pencil frequently so that a clean surface is exposed. If you believe that any of these items may be contaminated, you can wipe off the surface area with a tissue to expose a clean area.
Cosmetics that should be replaced after one year include oil free foundation, cream foundation, compact powder, concealer, cream blush, lip gloss and nail polish. Replace liquid eyeliner and mascara every three months. Liquid eyeliner and mascara are easily contaminated, and should also be replaced if you develop conjunctivitis or other eye condition.
Replacing old makeup is an easy way to keep your skin healthy and looking good. Many people suffer from clogged pores and breakouts due to contaminated makeup. Although most people realize that eye makeup needs to be replaced frequently, they often do not realize other makeup can become outdated as well.
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Eyelash extensions provide the look of long, full lashes without the use of mascara or false eyelashes purchased from a store. Extensions typically are more dramatic but more natural looking than mascara or strip lashes that are glued on. They generally are applied at a salon and are semi-permanent, meaning that they can last several weeks before requiring a touch-up. As a result, eyelash extensions tend to be much more expensive than the store-bought options.
As with any eye-enhancing beauty product, the idea behind extensions is to make the eyes a focal part of the face. The striking yet natural look provided by eyelash extensions has made them popular among female celebrities in recent years. For the average person, extensions can be worn every day or reserved for special occasions.
Eyelash extensions consist of single, curved synthetic eyelashes. A salon technician applies the extensions to each individual eyelash. Extensions come in varying lengths and thickness allowing for a look that ranges from subtle to extremely dramatic.
It is safe to wear eyelash extensions while swimming, showering, sleeping or exercising. The length of time they will last depends largely on a person’s individual lash cycle. Usually, a natural eyelash will fall out within 90 days and a new one grows in. This cycle makes it necessary to get regular touch-ups for lashes that fall out.
Mascara is not needed while wearing eyelash extensions. In fact, a main reason for getting extensions is to avoid having to apply mascara on a daily basis. Mascara still can be used, however, if desired. It is best to use a water-based mascara that will not require a lot of tugging to remove it.
The look of lash extensions also can be achieved at home by buying semi-permanent eyelash kits. For most people, it is best to buy a kit that is designed for use by a novice. The salon versions likely will be too difficult for the average person to apply at home. When using a home kit, applying the lashes can take 30 minutes or more.
Specialized mascaras can provide a cost-effective way of achieving the look of lash extensions. They work by first using a wand to coat and extend the lashes. A traditional mascara is then applied to complete the look. These products are advertised as being able to extend the lashes by up to 80 percent. These mascaras are, of course, only temporary and not semi-permanent.
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To choose the best organic mascara, you may need to try out a few different brands before finding one that works for you. Organic mascara can be slightly hard to find in stores, but it may be found in some specialty cosmetics stores or ordered online. Keep in mind that some mascaras may just be partially organic, and still be marked as organic, so it is important to read the label carefully if this is important to you.
When selecting an organic mascara, make sure it is marked as 100% certified organic ingredients. This means that all of the ingredients used to make the mascara are certified as being organic, and that no non-organic materials can be used. Some mascaras contain only a percentage of organic ingredients, which is fine if you are not concerned about that, but it should be clearly marked on the label either way.
It is also important to keep in mind that just because a mascara is marked as organic or natural does not necessarily mean it will not irritate the eyes. If you have had allergies to mascara in the past, or to any cosmetics products, it may be a good idea to purchase organic mascara that is also marked as hypoallergenic. This means that the mascara has been tested by a dermatologist and determined to not cause allergic reactions.
Aside from these considerations regarding the percentage of organic ingredients and potentially allergenic ingredients, the best mascara choice is largely up to you. Organic mascara comes in different shades, generally ranging from brown to black, though some mascaras are available in jewel tones as well. In general, people with lighter skin tones and lighter eyes may choose brown mascaras, while people with darker skin tones or those looking for a more dramatic look may choose a darker, black mascara. Organic mascara is typically not waterproof, though some versions may exist as well.
Organic mascara is typically more expensive than regular mascara, but many people feel it is worth the extra expense to avoid any potentially harmful chemicals found in cosmetics. In addition, some cosmetics stores will allow customers to take samples, or even to return opened products if they do not perform as expected. Be sure that any mascara you choose can be easily removed with soap and water or with makeup remover; it should wipe off fairly easily without needing to rub the delicate skin of the eyes. Keep in mind that mascara is not the only organic makeup available; eyeliner, eyeshadow, and facial products are also available in organic versions.
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Authored by Dee Jones and can also be found here: http://is.gd/JtyqJQ
For those with sensitive eyes or allergies, or people who wear contact lenses, the chemicals and additives found in some commercial eye makeup can be too harsh and irritating. Mineral mascara can be an ideal alternative for anyone who prefers using natural cosmetics. These products are often marketed as being pure and natural, so they are often made using fewer chemicals, additives and preservatives than traditional brands. Mineral makeup, including mineral mascara, is made with ground minerals and other natural ingredients, and is less likely to cause damage or irritation to the eyes or eyelashes.
Some traditional mascaras contain ingredients that can not only irritate the eyes, but can also dry out and damage the eyelashes. One of the biggest advantages of using mineral mascaras is that they contain mostly natural ingredients, making them less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions. Many believe that mineral mascara keeps the eyelashes more soft and flexible than other brands, while also lengthening and thickening the eyelashes. Some believe mineralmascara makes the eyelashes look less “made up” than other brands, making it the ideal choice for those who want a natural look.
When buying any cosmetic product, it is important to read the labels. Some products marketed as mineral mascara contain fewer chemicals and synthetic ingredients than others, so look for mineral mascara that contains a high percentage of minerals. Those with sensitive eyes or allergies should look for mascara that contains no dyes, preservatives, or fragrances. People with brittle eyelashes should look for brands that contain natural conditioners like vitamin E, aloe or jojoba, as these ingredients will help to strengthen the lashes.
For the most part, mineral mascara can be used and treated just like traditional mascara. One difference is that mineral makeup doesn’t always provide as much coverage, which is fine for those who want more natural looking eyelashes. Others might find it desirable to apply two coats of mineral mascara to get the desired look. Like traditional mascara, mineral mascarashould be replaced every two to six months, depending on the frequency of use. Every timemascara is used, the wand being taken from and then returned to the tube adds air to the tube, which can make the mascara dry and clumpy, meaning the more often a mascara is used, the sooner it will have to be replaced.
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Makeup experts recommend mascara as one of the five essential cosmetic products every face needs, but unfortunately running mascara is one of the biggest aggravations that makeup can cause. Things as simple and unpredictable as getting caught in the rain, being brought to tears, or aggravated allergies can ruin a perfectly made up face. To avoid running mascara, there are a few things you can do when purchasing mascara and applying it.
Buying waterproof mascara is one way to eliminate running mascara, but many people don’t like to use it. While a good waterproof mascara is ideal for preventing “raccoon” eyes, even in the pool, it’s not easy to remove at the end of the day. An eye makeup removal product is often necessary to remove all traces of waterproof mascara, or a similar, suitable substitution like baby oil. People with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers often avoid waterproof mascara for this reason.
You don’t necessarily need to purchase waterproof mascara to minimize running, but don’t invest in cheap mascara either. Experiment with products that are "long wearing" or even waterproof mascara for sensitive eyes, which is more water resistant than waterproof, but can minimize running mascara all the same. Also look for mascara that has dual applicators with both a lash primer and a mascara. Similar to applying primer to a surface before painting, lash primer can help mascara adhere better and wear longer. It takes only a few additional seconds to apply, even with allowing for drying time in between applications, and can make a difference in the longevity and adhesion of your mascara.
Replace your mascara every six months, and immediately if you contract an eye infection. Bacteria from the eyes collect on the tips of the applicator brush and each time you replace the brush inside the container, the bacteria are transmitted. Over time, the collected bacteria can cause eye irritation, often resulting in watery eyes and the physical reaction of rubbing the eyes. Watery irritated eyes increase running mascara and smudges.
When applying mascara, use facial tissue or a small piece of toilet tissue as a barrier between lower lashes and the skin. This eliminates mascara being accidentally applied to the skin of the lower lid, which can run with the appearance of moisture. After applying all makeup, use a powder brush to apply loose powder over the entire face, including the eyes. Powder helps “set” makeup and increases the longevity of its overall wear. If you close your eyes while applying over your entire face, your lashes can benefit as well as your cheeks, lips, and eyelids. Just be sure mascara is dry before applying to avoid unintentional smudges and smears.
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