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How to Get Smaller Pores

makeuploversunite:

When an excess amount of oils and dirt are clogged into your pores they become enlarged. Unfortunately there is no one trick that you can do to solve big pores for life. However, you can make them appear smaller and tighter through a good skin care routine and with a few makeup tricks!

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powderdoom:

New skincare products I like (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Here are a couple of skincare products that I have been really impressed with recently. I haven’t really been trying anything particularly new in my basic skincare, since I believe I have finally found a system of products that I can rotate that my skin actually enjoys. A mini skin profile for me: combination skin (oily on the t-zone, normal on the cheeks and chin), prone to acne (especially hormonal), and my skin is ridiculously sensitive to almost everything. With that said, here’s a list of the products and my thoughts on each one.
Mario Badescu Silver Powder ($12 | link): According to the Nordstrom website, this is supposed to ‘unclog congested pores and minimize buildup’ to promote ‘a healthier, cleaner-looking complexion and prevent pimples.’ My pores get very clogged on my nose and chin, to the point where if I don’t take care of my pores, my foundation will form many tiny bumps in my pores and prevent my foundation from being smooth. The product itself is a powder that you can apply on the face using a wet cotton ball. When I used the product for the first time, I got way too much powder on my cotton ball (lightly tap the cotton ball into the powder) and managed to get a good portion of powder on my (of course) black pants. :| Waited for ten minutes, wiped it off and I was amazed. Amazed I tell you, my pores were absolutely unclogged! Completely unclogged that night and I thought to myself “maybe it’s just a combination of me wanting a product to work and my eyes deceiving me let’s see how my foundation tomorrow applies.” It was completely smooth the next afternoon. Why hello one of my new favorite pore-declogging products, and it completely eliminated my blackheads. I use it up to two times a week (per directions) and it has worked wonders on my problem areas. Complete and total recommendation.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17 | link): I finally ran out of my Etude House AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot + Extreme acne spot treatment (link - which I actually recommend as well, one of my absolute favorite products for stubborn/inflamed/oncoming pimples) and I was not planning to haul from the Etude House Gmarket store (which is where I purchase all of my Etude House products), so I decided to try this. It’s a bit more expensive than the Etude House product, but I think it works a tad bit faster than the Etude House one. For example, when I applied this on an already exposed medium-sized pimple, it dried up over two nights and the redness was almost gone in the same time period. With the Etude House product, it usually takes three to four days. Other than that, it is quite an effective product, and I use it as a spot treatment for pimples that just will not go away and/or quite painful.
C.O. Bigelow Rice & Bamboo Gentle Dermabrasion ($18 | link): Finally, this is one of the products that I purchased quite a while ago during Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual sale. Where I was at the time, the Bath and Body Works had all of their skincare line (C.O. Bigelow) on clearance, so I purchased this for three dollars. As I have mentioned before, I have started using the PMD to combat my old acne scarring, so I’m hesitant to use any other strong exfoliators because of the fear that it might create new scars. However, this product is actually quite gentle with little granules that gently smooth away dead skin. It’s not a product that I would recommend as your only exfoliating product unless your skin is very sensitive to exfoliation; but if you’re looking for a product that you can use in conjunction with a slightly stronger product later on in the week, then I completely recommend the product.
And that’s it! \( ̄ー\)(/ー ̄)/\( ̄ー\)(/ー ̄)/ Toodles~

powderdoom:

New skincare products I like (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Here are a couple of skincare products that I have been really impressed with recently. I haven’t really been trying anything particularly new in my basic skincare, since I believe I have finally found a system of products that I can rotate that my skin actually enjoys. A mini skin profile for me: combination skin (oily on the t-zone, normal on the cheeks and chin), prone to acne (especially hormonal), and my skin is ridiculously sensitive to almost everything. With that said, here’s a list of the products and my thoughts on each one.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder ($12 | link): According to the Nordstrom website, this is supposed to ‘unclog congested pores and minimize buildup’ to promote ‘a healthier, cleaner-looking complexion and prevent pimples.’ My pores get very clogged on my nose and chin, to the point where if I don’t take care of my pores, my foundation will form many tiny bumps in my pores and prevent my foundation from being smooth. The product itself is a powder that you can apply on the face using a wet cotton ball. When I used the product for the first time, I got way too much powder on my cotton ball (lightly tap the cotton ball into the powder) and managed to get a good portion of powder on my (of course) black pants. :| Waited for ten minutes, wiped it off and I was amazed. Amazed I tell you, my pores were absolutely unclogged! Completely unclogged that night and I thought to myself “maybe it’s just a combination of me wanting a product to work and my eyes deceiving me let’s see how my foundation tomorrow applies.” It was completely smooth the next afternoon. Why hello one of my new favorite pore-declogging products, and it completely eliminated my blackheads. I use it up to two times a week (per directions) and it has worked wonders on my problem areas. Complete and total recommendation.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17 | link): I finally ran out of my Etude House AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot + Extreme acne spot treatment (link - which I actually recommend as well, one of my absolute favorite products for stubborn/inflamed/oncoming pimples) and I was not planning to haul from the Etude House Gmarket store (which is where I purchase all of my Etude House products), so I decided to try this. It’s a bit more expensive than the Etude House product, but I think it works a tad bit faster than the Etude House one. For example, when I applied this on an already exposed medium-sized pimple, it dried up over two nights and the redness was almost gone in the same time period. With the Etude House product, it usually takes three to four days. Other than that, it is quite an effective product, and I use it as a spot treatment for pimples that just will not go away and/or quite painful.

C.O. Bigelow Rice & Bamboo Gentle Dermabrasion ($18 | link): Finally, this is one of the products that I purchased quite a while ago during Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual sale. Where I was at the time, the Bath and Body Works had all of their skincare line (C.O. Bigelow) on clearance, so I purchased this for three dollars. As I have mentioned before, I have started using the PMD to combat my old acne scarring, so I’m hesitant to use any other strong exfoliators because of the fear that it might create new scars. However, this product is actually quite gentle with little granules that gently smooth away dead skin. It’s not a product that I would recommend as your only exfoliating product unless your skin is very sensitive to exfoliation; but if you’re looking for a product that you can use in conjunction with a slightly stronger product later on in the week, then I completely recommend the product.

And that’s it! \( ̄ー\)(/ー ̄)/\( ̄ー\)(/ー ̄)/ Toodles~

imaynotloveyou asked
I adore your blog, thank you for putting all of this together! On to my question: I'd like to order on Sasa for the first time to try out some brands from Japan & Korea, but there are sooo many of them, it is hard to choose and get an overview as a newbie. I have dry to combination skin with regular smaller breakouts. I'm esp. interested in products that are paraben-free & more on the natural side - masks, creams etc. I'm already a BB cream user. Would be wonderful if you had some recs. Thank u!

powderdoom:

Hmmm…I’m going to focus on skincare brands that I know are mostly paraben-free (because ‘natural’ can classified in a couple different ways).

I am almost positive that a good majority of Innisfree (a Korean brand) skincare items are paraben-free (if not all), and all of their skincare is great quality. I especially love their sunblocks, their serums and their masks (their Olive Real Essential Serum is amazing for moisturizing, especially in the colder months). They also make a really nice spot treatment for breakouts (well at least I use it as a spot treatment), which is their Mint Blackhead Heating Gel.

Another Korean brand that I like is Etude House. The thing is that some of their products are paraben-free, oil-free etc and some of them aren’t. For instance, the only primer I like and use (during the winter) is their Dr. Oil Solution Shine Free Dual Primer) is paraben-free, but some of their other skincare products are not. Still recommend trying some of their products though, especially their AC Clinic line (for acne) and sleeping packs/masks (their Honey and Yogurt Wash Off packs are nice).

Specifically for masks, one of the best skincare brands is the Taiwanese company My Beauty Diary. They make sheet masks for every skin problem and type of skin (and have tons of different types and sets), so definitely check out that company. …the thing is, from my experience, a good number of these masks have parabens, but the quality is so high so it doesn’t matter in my opinion.

Other than that, with Japanese brands, as I alluded to in my huge Japanese makeup brand post, there are a couple Japanese brands with tons of lines, and with their skincare, it’s organized the same way. For example, with Kanebo, some of their skincare had parabens and some of it doesn’t. My only advice for that would be to either message Sasa or to see if you can Google the ingredients list if it’s a product that you’re actually interested in (which is what I do). To be honest, I have really good luck with ordering skincare that randomly does not have parabens (even though I was not necessarily looking for that specifically).

That said, definitely check out Hadolabo, Kanebo (skincare lines under this brand), Juju Cosmetics, Kose (a couple skincare specific lines under this brand), Shiseido (specifically their Anessa sunscreens), SK-II (especially for serums, lotions and the like), Ishizawa Labs, Skin Food, Tony Moly, and Holika Holika. These are only a couple of brands and lines that I’ve tried products from that had no parabens, but again, I can’t guarantee that whatever you’re ordering will not have parabens, so my best advice is research, research, research! (And compare prices to other sites. Sasa pricing is great for somethings and not-so-great for others)

I hope I helped at least a little bit! <3

How To Get Your Foundation To Look Flawless

makeuploversunite:

Here are some tips to get a flawless face! :)
Moisturize before foundation.
  • You want to apply foundation on freshly moisturized skin because applying foundation on dry skin can look flakey and cakey. Moisturizer will help the foundation blend & sit on the skin better!
Primer.
  • A…

Save $$$ with Fern's DIY summer staples!

pureejuicebar:

Keeping a pantry stocked with these essentials will save you money and the trip to the market! Would you like to use the best products for radiant skin and healthy hair without spending thousands each year on beauty products? Especially when considering the overwhelming amount of chemicals found…

rightatrium:



 TEST SMART: HOW TO PASS NCLEX 
I. Prioritizing - Means ranking the client’s problems in order of importance depending on:
Issue of the question
Clinical setting
Client’s condition
Needs/problems that require immediate attention
A. Priority
High priority - life threatening conditions if untreated would result in harm/injury
Intermediate priority 
Low priority
B. Guides for prioritizing
Keywords or key phrases
Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs Theory
Physiological needs are the first priority (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
Pain
Safety
    3. Steps of the Nursing Process
Assessment vs. Implementation (Assess first)
Expected outcome
C. Other priorities
Most acute/least stable patient
Complication of the disease condition (not an expected outcome)
II. Delegation and Assignment-making
A. Principles and Guidelines
Ensure client safety
Focus on what the question is asking for
Determine which activity can be delegated safely and legally.
Match the activity on the basis of the nurse practice act.
Provide adequate supervision (supervise RNs who are new grads.)
B. Who can do that?
Unlicensed personnel - Noninvasive tasks and basic client care activities that include the following:
Ambulation
Bathing
Client support
Grooming
Hygiene measures
Positioning
Range-of-motion exercises
Skin care
Some specimen collection, such as urine or stool.
   2. Licensed Practical or Vocation Nurse - Certain invasive tasks and client care activities that include the following:
Administering oral medications
Administering intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
Changing dressings
Irrigate wounds
Monitoring an intravenous flow rate
Suctioning
Urinary catheterization
   3. Registered Nurse - Some of the tasks and client care activities that only the registered nurse can perform are as follows:
Administering intravenous medications
Leading others and managing the client care environment
Teaching
Using the nursing process: assessment, analyzing data, planning client care, implementing care and evaluating care
III. Test-taking Techinique
A. Identify the parts of a question
Case situation
Question stem
B. Read the question carefully. Look for keywords or phrases in the case situation and stem the question
Examples:
What is an early sign of shock?
What is the initial nursing action? Indicates that options are correct and you have to prioritize.
Which statement by the client indicates understanding of the instruction? Indicates a true response questions
Which statement by the client indicates the need for additional teaching? Indicates a false response question
C. Identify the issue. (What is the problem asking?)
D. Use the process of elimination. Involves reading each question and removing options that are incorrect and do not address the issue of the question.
E. Avoid asking yourself “what if?” or “reading into the question”. Means that you are considering issues beyond information presented in the question. Moves you off track with regards to what the question is asking.
F. Additional tips and strategies
Eliminate options that contain absolute words e.g. all, always, never, none, only
Focus on nursing rather than medical interventions.
Ensure that all parts of an option are correct.
Look for an umbrella option. (more comprehensive answer)
Visualize the information (arrange in sequence/order)
Look for the option that relates to the question.
Don’t expect the test to end after 75 questions!
Source: (Nocturalnurse)

rightatrium:

TEST SMART: HOW TO PASS NCLEX

I. Prioritizing - Means ranking the client’s problems in order of importance depending on:

  • Issue of the question
  • Clinical setting
  • Client’s condition
  • Needs/problems that require immediate attention

A. Priority

  1. High priority - life threatening conditions if untreated would result in harm/injury
  2. Intermediate priority 
  3. Low priority

B. Guides for prioritizing

  1. Keywords or key phrases
  2. Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs Theory
  • Physiological needs are the first priority (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
  • Pain
  • Safety

    3. Steps of the Nursing Process

  • Assessment vs. Implementation (Assess first)
  • Expected outcome

C. Other priorities

  1. Most acute/least stable patient
  2. Complication of the disease condition (not an expected outcome)

II. Delegation and Assignment-making

A. Principles and Guidelines

  1. Ensure client safety
  2. Focus on what the question is asking for
  3. Determine which activity can be delegated safely and legally.
  4. Match the activity on the basis of the nurse practice act.
  5. Provide adequate supervision (supervise RNs who are new grads.)

B. Who can do that?

  1. Unlicensed personnel - Noninvasive tasks and basic client care activities that include the following:
  • Ambulation
  • Bathing
  • Client support
  • Grooming
  • Hygiene measures
  • Positioning
  • Range-of-motion exercises
  • Skin care
  • Some specimen collection, such as urine or stool.

   2. Licensed Practical or Vocation Nurse - Certain invasive tasks and client care activities that include the following:

  • Administering oral medications
  • Administering intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
  • Changing dressings
  • Irrigate wounds
  • Monitoring an intravenous flow rate
  • Suctioning
  • Urinary catheterization

   3. Registered Nurse - Some of the tasks and client care activities that only the registered nurse can perform are as follows:

  • Administering intravenous medications
  • Leading others and managing the client care environment
  • Teaching
  • Using the nursing process: assessment, analyzing data, planning client care, implementing care and evaluating care

III. Test-taking Techinique

A. Identify the parts of a question

  1. Case situation
  2. Question stem

B. Read the question carefully. Look for keywords or phrases in the case situation and stem the question

Examples:

  1. What is an early sign of shock?
  2. What is the initial nursing action? Indicates that options are correct and you have to prioritize.
  3. Which statement by the client indicates understanding of the instruction? Indicates a true response questions
  4. Which statement by the client indicates the need for additional teaching? Indicates a false response question

C. Identify the issue. (What is the problem asking?)

D. Use the process of elimination. Involves reading each question and removing options that are incorrect and do not address the issue of the question.

E. Avoid asking yourself “what if?” or “reading into the question”. Means that you are considering issues beyond information presented in the question. Moves you off track with regards to what the question is asking.

F. Additional tips and strategies

  • Eliminate options that contain absolute words e.g. all, always, never, none, only
  • Focus on nursing rather than medical interventions.
  • Ensure that all parts of an option are correct.
  • Look for an umbrella option. (more comprehensive answer)
  • Visualize the information (arrange in sequence/order)
  • Look for the option that relates to the question.
  • Don’t expect the test to end after 75 questions!

Source: (Nocturalnurse)

In the battle of Acne vs. Chi-Chi: Acne 32398423 - Chi-Chi 0

powderdoom:

acne products

Sometimes, I would like to ask my face one question. Why? Why is it that when there is something important that I have to attend, you decide to become dull, dry in certain places and breakout on one cheek and magically disappear the next day? Why is that you decide that the current topical treatment that I use should not work anymore (and not only that, make me breakout absolutely everywhere)? Why is it that one day you become an oil slick and the next day a desert everywhere except the nose?

In dealing with acne since middle school, here are a couple of my thoughts on dealing with acne, including numerous things I did that I would not recommend trying and what I’m using now. (Disclaimer: I am in no way a dermatologist…yeah.)

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CLEAN REGIME: Kimberly from Kimberlyloc.com

thecleanbeautyblog:

Photo By Denene Brox Photography

Kimberlyloc.com has the perfect recipe for a blog: one part natural beauty reviews, a pinch of outfit inspiration and wardrobe snaps, mixed with recipe ideas and the occasional cupcake! As a similarly minded clean beauty aficionado, I couldn’t wait…

HOW TO: Make Up With Blemishes

thecleanbeautyblog:

I’ve had a fairly shocking week with my skin - a total of SIX pimples reared their ugly little heads - two on my forehead, and four on my chin. I was feeling absolutely horrendous, especially as my skin has been quite well behaved over the past few months, so I was caught by surprise by…

diychristmascrafts:

 DIY Roundup of Eighteen Natural Organic Skin Care Recipes from Soap Deli News here. Lots of good gift ideas like:
How to Make Your Own Moisture Packed Beauty Products (Lip and Nail Butter + Body Butter + Bath Fizz)
Homemade Grapefruit Bath Salts
Tea Tree Oil Face Cream 
Lotion is for Sissies Solid Lotion Bars 
Birch and Lavender Nourishing Hair Lotion 
DIY Cranberry Lip Gloss
DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub 
Homemade Honey Shealoe Butter
DIY Natural Skin Care (Beer Hair Rinse + Avocado Foot Scrub + Lemon Honey Mask + Coffee Scrub + Chocolate Face Mask + Baking Soda Blackhead Remover) 

diychristmascrafts:

DIY Roundup of Eighteen Natural Organic Skin Care Recipes from Soap Deli News here. Lots of good gift ideas like:

  • How to Make Your Own Moisture Packed Beauty Products (Lip and Nail Butter + Body Butter + Bath Fizz)
  • Homemade Grapefruit Bath Salts
  • Tea Tree Oil Face Cream 
  • Lotion is for Sissies Solid Lotion Bars 
  • Birch and Lavender Nourishing Hair Lotion 
  • DIY Cranberry Lip Gloss
  • DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub 
  • Homemade Honey Shealoe Butter
  • DIY Natural Skin Care (Beer Hair Rinse + Avocado Foot Scrub + Lemon Honey Mask + Coffee Scrub + Chocolate Face Mask + Baking Soda Blackhead Remover) 

makeupbox:

Quick Flawless Base Routine (using Make Up For Ever HD Foundation and Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation)

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Ok, I’m not saying I have a lot to cover. Neither do I have flawless skin, obviously. I have dry spots, some areas with obvious pores, some unevenness, old acne marks, and dark circles.

This is not a tutorial for covering serious acne (I always recommend you get that treated rather than covered) or scarring. It’s just a quick way to look as flawless as possible, without caking up your face with lots of unnatural-looking makeup.

You want products that can give maximum pigmentation with minimal texture, so it still looks and feels like skin up close.

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The products:

Unfortunately, in my experience, good “fake” real skin does not come cheap. But if you are doing this for your wedding or a special occasion, I think it’s ok to consider a once-in-a-blue-moon splurge to feel really confident.

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Make Up For Ever HD Foundation: The best balance between lightweight texture and high pigmentation. It sets into a real skin texture, so you get coverage but not that powdery, mask-like texture of matte foundations. A tiny bit goes a long way so this is an investment if you’re willing to shell out. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a perfect match. I don’t have one, so I have to mix 123 and 117 for a perfect match. Ouch.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup: I don’t use this as a foundation. I use it as a concealer because it’s SO high coverage. I prefer it over some other products because it lasts a lot better but doesn’t feel TOO dry on the under-eye area for my combi/dry skin. If you’re on the market for a good liquid/cream concealer, I highly suggest checking this out because it comes in a huge 30ml tube and lasts FOREVER.

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Sigma F05 brush: You can use any duo-fiber stippling brush, but I find this works a lot faster and blends the foundation out a lot more flawlessly for that really airbrushed finish.

MAC Fix+: Or any alcohol-free toner or setting spray

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Step 1: I pump out a small amount of foundation on the back of my hand and then lightly dip just the tips of the brush hairs into it. You want the tips of the hairs to have a small bit of product, so that the fibers are still pretty much separated from each other. Avoid wetting chunks of fiber so they clump together.

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Step 2: Stipple the brush onto your face lightly to distribute the foundation and then very lightly buff the tips of the brush into your face in circular motions. Some people like to just dab-dab-dab, but I find the swirling helps to “airbrush” away your pores. Just don’t be too rough if you have dry, flaky skin as this can make it worse.

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Step 3: Apply dabs of concealer on dark marks. In general, I like to use my finger to pat and blend undereye concealer. For spots, I like to dot onto the spot directly, and then use the F05 brush to stipple lightly. This once again “air-brushes” the area without looking like you have a patch of heavy product.

Areas to look out for include:

  • Inner corners of eyes
  • Outer corners of eyes
  • Uneven areas
  • Spots
  • Veins around the nostrils
  • Corners of the mouth

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Step 4: Set the T-zone. I don’t powder all over at this point. I just use a transparent setting powder like Silica, Make Up For Ever HD, MAC Prep + Prime, etc on a sponge wedge and lightly press (not rub!) onto the T-zone, chin and sides of the nose where the pores are more obvious.

P.S. I also like to do my brows at this point. It’s not important; just a personal preference.

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Step 5: Adding some glow back into the skin so you look fresh and dewy. I apply some highlighter onto cheekbones and brow bones.

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Step 6: Finish with a hint of pink blush along the temples. The softer and looser your brush, the more natural your blush will look.

And that’s it! You can move on to the rest of your makeup!

Vegan + Cruelty-free Cosmetic/beauty brands List

veganmakeup:

There are too many “cruelty-free” lists out there, I wanted to create a list with only VEGAN products, because truly… something can’t be “cruelty free” if it has animal ingredients in it!

Cosmetics:
Alythea
Arbonne

Aromi Beauty
Au Naturale Glow
Beauty Without Cruelty

Beauty…

makeupbox:

Beauty Find: Stick Kajals / Khols

For those who may not be aware, “kajal” (South Asian) is simply another word for “khol” (Arabic), an eye cosmetic used to darken the lids and lash line for centuries in parts of Asia and Africa, and heralds back to the Protodynastic periods of Egypt.

Besides being a beauty aid, it was believed to guard from harsh rays of the sun, had components that treated eye ailments, and was also used to “strengthen the eyes” and guard against evil spirits.

I personally LOVE khols and kajals for their ability to go on jet black, or smudge out to the perfectly-sexy “last-night’s makeup” look, all the while retaining that slightly glossy, creamy finish. This is by far the best way to get that sexy, smoky under-eye. (Think of the divine Eva Green in Kingdom of Heaven and as Vesper Lynd in James Bond.) 

Premium brands like Guerlain have done their own exorbitant versions of it, but you can get great-quality products from for just a few dollars (Under $7 PLUS SHIPPING) from reputable sellers on eBay.

  • Good kajals should go on very smooth and build to a dense jet black in about 2 strokes/coats.
  • You should not notice any smell.
  • It should not contain any lead (lead sulfide) so make sure you get it from brands that specifically say “No Lead”

I previously first got into the traditional pyramid/lipstick-shaped kajals via a Limited Edition collection by The Body Shop a couple of years ago, and I loved it so much for the waterline and as a smudgy base that I bought a backup before they discontinued it. 

(Don’t you hate how drugstores and high-street brands tend to create products, bring it in, discontinue it, bring it in, then discontinue it again?)

I have not tried the stick/applicator versions (a la L’oreal HiP khols), but I’d imagine kajal sticks will give you much more intensity as you’re applying the product directly onto your skin instead of via an applicator.

Application:

  • These obviously can’t be sharpened, and you shouldn’t need to. 
  • You are supposed to use the sides rather than jab the very tip right into your eyes.
  • Press the kajal to the inner rim of your lower lids, with the tip pointed inwards toward your tear duct. Then close your eyes on the tip and gently pull the kajal outwards to the outer corners. This should place the color right along your lashes without poking your eye balls out.
  • This gives a messier, smudgier line than if you use just the tip for application, but you will be doing “self-sharpening” by using the sides.
  • As you get right down to the end of the tubes, you may need to start using a brush to apply the color (but these are so affordable that you might as well just get a new tube).
Buying:

I’m no expert in terms of the many brands and options available from the Middle East and India, but one of the most accessible and reputable that I’ve heard of is Shahnaz Husain. They do not use any lead in their product, and include herbal extracts that are supposed to condition/treat your lashes and skin.

I can’t verify the treatment claims, but so far, the kajal has performed exactly to expectations. It’s rich, dark, smooth, and will be a splendid (and cheaper!) replacement for my Body Shop kajal. *Note that if you’re in a very cold and dry climate, kajals, like any other cream product, may perform a little differently.

There are a few top-rated sellers on eBay selling Shahnaz Husain Herbal Eye Kajals for very good prices. Make sure you look for those who INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING in the cost. The total cost (as of mid-2012) should be under US$7 per tube.

Shahnaz Husain kajals come in plastic trays with foam wrapping to prevent shipping accidents, and should be sealed with a holographic brand sticker at the side, with date of manufacture and expiry printed on the bottom for quality assurance.

Each stick should stay good for about 3 years at least.

Note: I’m in Asia, so it took under a week for the package to reach me. If you’re in Europe or America, it might take up to 2-3 weeks.

makeupbox:

10 Beauty Tips for Surviving the Long Haul Flight 

(… and HOPEFULLY emerging on the other side of the planet looking fab)

For those of us toughing it out in Economy class for upwards of 20 hours, the worst thing is arriving on the other side of the world in the middle of the day looking as bad as you feel.

Here are a few ways to mitigate the “damage”.

1. NO to thick makeup.

I’ve heard of women who sit there for 20 hours with a full face of makeup. Now, why would you want to do that if you wouldn’t wear your foundation for 24 hours straight in real life? Not only would you be unable to moisturize your face in-flight, but your makeup would be horribly cakey by the time you arrive.

2. YES to moisture on the inside.

Drink lots of water and avoid too much caffeine, soda, alcohol. You lose a lot of moisture in the air, AND you also “expand” due to the air pressure change, so the last thing you want is to arrive bloated and sluggish from too much alcohol or sodium.

3. YES to moisture on the outside.

The cold dry cabin air can wreak havoc on normal-to-dry skins. The whole trick to looking fresh and beautiful at the end is to make sure you prevent moisture loss BEFORE your skin gets to the point where repair is needed.

Something that contains ceramide oils does the trick for me. In fact, they’re often better than thicker, heavier, more expensive creams (La Mer, I’m looking at you). (Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules are an old favorites of mine. They’re lightweight, non-greasy, hygienic and come in sealed doses that won’t violate any air security regulations.

4. NO to contact lenses.

Even if I wear them onto the plane, I remove them on long flights and pop on my glasses. You don’t want to doze off and wake up with the things fused to your eyeballs from the dryness. NOT fun to try and peel them off.

5. YES to lightweight, comfortable clothes that are long-sleeved and cover your entire leg.

It can get cold up there, so unless you’re the kind that walks out into 10 degree Celsius weather in a T-shirt, you will be freezing. Most airlines provide comforters for warmth, but wearing a long-sleeved T or jersey and tights or stretchy pants can really help retain heat AND also keep your skin from drying out too much.

6. YES to dry shampoo.

I don’t know about you but while my skin dries up, my hair gets limp and greasy after 24 hours.  That’s where dry shampoo works wonders. It’s not exactly going to make you feel clean, but at least you won’t feel as gross.

7. YES to socks.

If you don’t fancy wearing your shoes for 20 hours and want to remove them, at least bring a pair of clean socks and wear those so your feet stay clean, AND you don’t unintentionally stink up the cabin.

8. NO to inflight-shopping.

I’m a fan of Duty Free stores, but not so much the push carts on the plane. It might be tempting to get an “exclusive” Dior or Chanel clutch compact with 4 shadows, 2 blushers, 1 highlighter, 1 mini-mascara, 1 eyeliner and 2 lipstick shades, but all these jumbo packs of travel-sized or full-sized items weren’t tailored for anyone in particular, and are just a waste of money because you’ll only like some of the items in there. Have fun flipping through the catalogue, but do your actual shopping after you land, when you can swatch, smear, smell and test properly.

9. YES to sleep.

What with stopovers, turbulence, announcements and wailing babies in the cabin, you’ll need all the rest you can get. Things that help include an inflatable neck-rest pillow, ear plugs, eye shades, and for the desperate, sleeping pills or melatonin.

10. YES to fasting.

This is just food for thought. A recent study found that fasting for about 16 hours prior to touch down, and then breaking your fast by having “breakfast” at an hour that corresponds to your destination tricks your body into resetting its circadian cycle and allows you to minimize or completely skip the jetlag. (e.g. If you are landing at 12pm in New York, start your first meal 3-4 hours before that, as if you were having “breakfast” in New York.) I usually end up sleeping through most of the flight so I don’t even consciously fast. But if you have blood sugar issues, don’t risk your health and sanity; eat when you need to.

My Routine:

  • Get to seat, store any carry-on that you need, with the exception of a small “beauty pouch”.
  • Go to lavatory, cleanse face with mild cleanser (or remove makeup if needed) and slap on ceramide oil and plenty of moisturizer. Remove lenses, put on glasses.
  • Go back to seat, get comfortable and start moisturizing all other exposed parts of my body. (I keep a tube of moisturizer in the back pocket of the seat in front, beside the inflight magazines, and reapply liberally every couple of hours.) The trick is not to wait until it gets dry and flaky.
  • Look through ALL the magazines.
  • Catch a show or two.
  • Eat a light meal if I’m hungry when it’s served.
  • Zzz
  • Wake to eat and freshen up
  • Wash face, moisturize once again, and then apply minimal makeup (Face & Body Foundation by MAC, Studiofinish concealer, mascara, lip balm).

Come on! My face.

Apparently I have good skin, which is weird because my whole life I’ve had terrible skin. Like a garbage Pail Kids situation. For me, the battle against bad skin started early. As a teenager i took accutane. My derm told me it would possibly cause “anal leakage,” for my skin to break out more,…