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Imperfect Images

Sometimes we have expectations of things we have not seen or experienced and when it happens, it is nothing like you expect. Sometimes, they are full of imperfections and flaws that you never pictured before. I felt this the first time I saw the Colosseum in Rome. I had this beautiful image of a gigantic structure that was so architecturally intricate and intact. I pictured it like the images of it in the movie Gladiator. Even though I knew it was aged and weathered by the climates of many centuries, I still thought of it as that beautiful art of work. As I stood there in the light rain shower, I stared up at the structure, much smaller than I had thought.
It was very little of what I had imagined. However, there was beauty in the ruins of what was left behind. It contained a history, a story one could never remove from the boulders of stone that occupied the small Colosseum center.
It was then that I discovered something. The things that are truly beautiful are never how we picture them to be. Young women grow up hoping to meet their prince charming; many of us hope for this strong handsome man with a perfect job, resembling much of the stories we were read to as children. In reality, we grow up searching for this and we end up finding love in the imperfections of a man. This man may be similar to our prince from our childhood but full of beautiful imperfections that you would have never imagined in your prince. They come with a story that makes them who they are. That is beautiful.

Post-Photo Shoot Aftercare

Everyone is always concerned with photo shoot prep and they don’t realize the effects of makeup and hair styling on your face and hair.
Face:
Your makeup looks gorgeous. You are stunned by how beautiful you look and want to keep your makeup on as long as possible even hours after the dozen selfies you took and long after the shoot is over. Problem is that the makeup that was caked on your face is clogging all your pores. Models tend to break out typically after photo shoots due to the fact that the face is getting covered in impurities from brushes that may not be cleaned properly and potentially old makeup.
Solution: Remove the beautiful makeup as quickly as you can. Although it’s pretty, the quicker you remove it the less time you have it clogged up with all that makeup. I recommend using a makeup wipe to remove most of the excess makeup and follow with eye makeup remover and another full facial makeup remover. Then, use a cleanser to clean off any remaining impurities then apply some toner. Most importantly, apply moisturizer to hydrate your skin.
Hair:
Hairstylists love to experiment during photo shoots with new styles and products to attempt crazy up dos. All this product and heat can severely damage your hair if not done properly or if not taken care properly. You want to avoid breakage of hair follicles and other damage as much as possible.
If your hair was teased, kindly ask the hair stylist, if possible, at the end of the shoot if she can remove as much of the teasing as possible. You can severely break your hair strands if not done the right way. If this is not possible, wash your hair with a ton of conditioner and use a wide-toothed comb in the shower to carefully untangle it.
Don’t leave any hair spray or other chemicals in your hair. Hair follicles are very sensitive and can get damaged very quickly. You should always do a hair conditioning treatment after a lot of product or heat is applied to your hair.
I hope these tips help!

Lip Exfoliation

Now with the cold weather to come, your lips may start to appear dry and cracked. Sometimes, chap-stick doesn’t help to remove the dryness but rather mask it a bit. To remove the dry, dead skin, it is recommended to exfoliate the lips every once in a while so that you can apply lipstick and other lip makeup without the appearance of dry lips.You can make a simple exfoliant with ingredients found at home.

  • Steps:
    • Mix a bit of olive oil or honey with some sugar in a small bowl. You want to have a little bit more of the oil or honey than the sugar and it should be rather pasty.
    • Apply the mixture on your lips and use a washcloth to massage the lips in a circular motion. The length to which you do this is determined on how dry your lips are. The dryer it is, the more time you should spend doing this, however do not scrub too hard or for too long because you may chap them.
    • Rinse the mixture off with warm water.
    • Apply lip balm, chap-stick or Vaseline (petroleum jelly) to seal the moisture in.

    Best part of this is that it is non-toxic; if you swallow a bit of this, it won’t harm you. The oil and honey help moisturize the lips and honey also has anti-bacterial properties that help heal cracked lips. Now your lips are ready to battle the winter-damage!

First-Time Facial

Ever wanted to get a facial but didn’t know how to prepare or care afterwards?

Here are some tips:

  • Before booking a facial you want to make sure you do not have any contradictions to them. IF you are regularly seeing a dermatologist, ask if a facial is recommended if you are getting treatment for a certain skin care problem.
  • If you are getting any radiation or chemotherapy, make sure to ask your doctor if facials may be okay with you.
  • Do not get a facial if you have done waxing 24-48 hours before your scheduled appointment. This may result in irritation of your skin because your pores are more opened and sensitive after waxing.
  • Make sure you don’t have any plans to be in the sun for long after your facial. Again your skin is very sensitive after a facial do to the deep cleansing process.
  • When booking an appointment, ask what kind of facials they offer and whether the aesthetician determines your facial based on skin type. This way you know what kind of facial you may be getting.

Right before your appointment:

  • It’s best to go to a facial with your hair clean and pulled back because you don’t want those oils getting into your face right after you are done.
  • Go to your facial with little, preferably no makeup. They do remove your makeup prior to the facial but it is best to go with a clean face.
  • Remember which products you use regularly on your face and as well as what allergens you may have to avoid any contraindications with the products used in the facial.

After the facial:

  • Stay out of the sun for about 24 hours. This is very important if you had a facial to address acne issues; most products in an acne facial make your skin very prone to redness if in the sun for too long as well as dryness.
  • Avoid any places that would involve high humidity and heat such as saunas and sun beds.
  • Drink plenty of water to increase hydration
  • In terms of skin care, avoid exfoliating products for 3 days to avoid irritation and keep makeup and other skincare products to a minimum for 24 hours. Again, pores are very open during this period and you don’t want to clog them up. You should continue using sunblock everyday.
  • You may also be sensitive to perfumed products.

Other tips:

  • Follow any skincare regimen recommended by the aesthetician. You should take advantage of your time with them and ask them what products they recommend for your skin and which of your current products you should ditch or keep.
  • IF this is your first facial, you may see some acne pop up a few days after your facial. This is because any impurities will be rising to the surface, so use an acne spot treatment only on the areas where they appear.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment and do not receive another facial treatment for another 24 hours.
  • If you have any allergic reaction or redness, contact your aesthetician to see how to treat it. It is normal to experience some slight redness and skin sensitivity.
  • As you continue to receive facials and use proper skincare, you will see less impurities and blemishes.

Enjoy your facial and the wonderful glow that results!

What makes her attractive?

Some of you may be wondering why the girl next door gets so much attention. You may be wondering how she got all that attention in the first place. Well, here are some tips:

Confidence:

  • Many times it doesn’t come down to a person’s beauty (beauty is subjective, anyway). In order for other people to believe you are amazing and attractive, you have to believe it yourself. It is not that you must be cocky; it comes down to improving your body language.
  • Making simple changes such as standing tall, having proper posture as well as making eye contact can show a difference to others about your confidence.
  • Your tone of speaking is also very important; speak clearly and at a normal volume in which people can understand, not only does this show confidence but it also shows class. Speaking in a low tone and mumbling shows insecurity; speaking loud shows that you are unclassy.

Grooming:

  • Your hygiene is most important. You should always leave you home expecting to run into someone you know; always look your best. It is possible to look well even when you are sick or down. The one day you leave your house a mess is the one day you run into everyone. Trust me.
  • Follow proper maintenance: maintain your skin soft and clean, if you dye your hair, properly upkeep it so your roots don’t show and keep nails trimmed.
  • Odor is important: keep it as neutral as possible. Don’t overload yourself with perfumes and wear deodorant. People don’t need to suffer from your lack of hygiene unless your goal is to repel others.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for your body. Learn how colors and patterns affect your body (example: black is slimming, horizontal stripes make you look shorter and thicker).

Health:

  • Stay in shape; If you love your body, it will boost your self-esteem and confidence.
  • IF you live an active lifestyle, you will see an improvement in your mood and will improve your overall health.

If you want a good catch, be a good catch. We attract people based on what we give off to others. Hopefully this helps!

10 Simple Beauty Tips

Here are several beauty tips that you can do with products you may already have at home:

1. No time to shampoo your hair? Use dryer sheets. It helps tame flyaways as well as make your hair smell good.

2. If you are in need to touch up dark hair roots, spray some light hair spray on them and brush a shimmering gold to brown eyeshadow on them until your next visit to the salon.

3. For yellow nails, apply any of the following; toothpaste, hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice to whiten them.

4. Have some blemishes you need to get rid of? Apply some honey-leave it for 5-10 minutes. It helps kill blemish-causing bacteria.

5. If you have a small rip in your stockings, apply a bit of clear nail polish to prevent the rip from getting larger.

6. Various uses for clear tape: use the sticky side to remove dry skin from lips, use it to create the perfect winged eyeliner, or use small strips on your nails to test nail polisj colors.

7. Have a burn on your skin? Use a bit of plain yogurt to reduce the redness as well as speed up the healing process.

8. Greasy roots? Apply some loose powder.

9. Use coconut oil to protect your body from UV Rays. It is better for you than SPF lotions.

10. When you are out of shaving lotion, use hair conditioner to shave.