Do you have tips on how to curtail oily comedones from the T- zone of the face and sometimes in other places on the face? Many thanks for the attention.

Anonymous

Hello! Thank you for the question! Comedones (aka blackheads) are basically crap that are stuck in your pores. Especially with your skin type, definitely check to make sure that the products you are using are oil-free and non-comedogenic! Products that are especially helpful include clay masks, which really work to extract everything from the pores. Also, pore strips are a classic way to pull the gunk out of your pores (can’t forget those!) If you want to go the DIY route, try utilizing an egg white mask, in which you separate the egg whites from the yolk, and apply it to your face as a mask. [if you have dry skin, try using the yolk instead!] You will feel a tightening sensation when it dries, and proceed to rinse off and pat your face dry. I find that this does wonders for lifting blackheads (you might have to try it a few times)! Another thing I find that works pretty well is a facial steam! (Read my post here). Finally, can’t forget about good old exfoliation! This removes the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, allowing your products to penetrate better and loosing up dirt from within the pores! Good luck, and don’t hesitate to ask if anything is unclear! (:  

1 month ago on July 28th | J | 1 note

How To Work Monolids

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(magazine feature story sample - February 9, 2011)

When you think of Hollywood actresses Lucy Liu, Zhang Ziyi, and Devon Aoki, one thing comes to mind – exotic. These exotic women not only look good kicking butt on the big screen but also know how to work their monolids. Monolids are eyelids that don’t have a “crease” or that appear to have a thick lid that fold over the eye. Monolids seem to be one of the most overlooked type of eyes when it comes to makeup tutorials but with the following tips you’ll learn how to you can look just as good as them on the big screen.

It is generally Oriental women that find themselves with monolids; However, women of other ethnicities may also be born with them or similar almond-shaped eyes. But what can these women do with makeup to work around and emphasize their beautiful and unique pair of eyes?

Cosmetology honours graduate, Maggie Ng has worked with Oriental personalities and musicians helping them doll up their monolids. “Everything depends on their comfort level and preference.”

These women may get frustrated when they find that the eyeliner they ran across their top lash line get hidden by their heavy eyelids. They may also get frustrated after they contour the hollow of their eyes only to find their eye makeup looking really phony.

Sonia Leal-Serafim, a Vancouver-based professional makeup artist has worked with monolided Asian clients for over 25 years. She says her belief and style in makeup is to follow mother nature. “Anytime you work against mother nature, you’re gonna lose.”

 “One of the things I find with Asian women that have a monolid is that they fight so hard to apply or to want makeup to look like they have a Western lid. That’s the ultimate goal in how they do their makeup and that’s not ever going to work. Having no lid, in itself, is very exotic and very beautiful,” says Leal-Serafim. “I prefer to really enhance the fact that you have really exotic eyes. Get rid of being stuck on aiming for a Western-typical lid. Work with what you have and enhance it.”

EVERYDAY LOOK

For women who want a more natural quick-fix look, eyeshadow and eyeliner aren’t needed to come into the equation. “I would just super crazy curl the eyelashes, coat them with a nice amount of black mascara, I would fill in the eyebrows and I would really play up with the skin,” says Leal-Serafim. She says to use a highlighter on the bridge of the nose, and on the top of the cheeks to give your skin a glowing appearance. “People are looking and going ‘Wow, what a healthy, beautiful natural girl’. No one’s looking like ‘Oh, monolid.’”

SMOKEY EYE

The ageless classic style of makeup has been around for decades but there isn’t a quick go-to tutorial or explanation of how to actually apply it on a monolid. Its well-blended technique not only gives your eyes the illusion of depth but it also presents a sexy smoldering look.

Leal-Serafim says a really strong, dark well-blended smokey top looks really beautiful on heavy lids. There are also no rules to colour when it comes to smokey eyes, says Ng.

  1. Starting with a very dark transferable black pencil liner, line your top lash line.
  2. Take a very dark colour shadow and blend that on top of the liner.
  3. Continue to blend it up until you can no longer see the colour (usually about to most protruding part of the lid). You want to get a sort of gradient effect through the blending – this will create a lot of depth.

 “Anything that you make darker, makes it receed. Anything you make lighter, makes it protrude.” According to Leal-Serafim, a big common mistake is that women will use a very dark colour on top and leave it. “When the eyes are closed, it looks like a very thick amount of eyeliner. The whole point is that when the eyes are open, it comes beyond the frame of when your eyes are open.”

  1. Highlight your inner tear duct with a colour just a bit lighter than your skintone and blend it.
  2. Line your bottom lashline until your iris or another option is to push the highlight colour throughout your bottom lashline.

“Getting your lashes all pushed up from the root really opens the eye.” Leal-Serafim says a good eyelash curler is an essential, “the two that I think are the best are either Shu Uemura or Shiseido and it has to be those because those, for some reason, are the only ones that keep eyelashes curly for Asian eyelashes.” Ng recommends using false lashes saying it helps opens up the eye and widen it’s appearance.

  1. Curl your lashes, apply mascara and finish off with false eyelashes (if you wish to use them).

 

CAT-EYE

                The trick of the eyeliner creating that elongated cat-eye look. While this style will take a lot of practice and a steady hand, it’s bound to have a heads turning to check out those striking eyes.

  1. Line your top lashline with your favourite eyeliner.
  2. Using your bottom lashline as a reference, follow the angle of eye with your liner, blending until the end of the fold of your eye.
  3. Highlight your inner tear duct with a colour just a bit lighter than your skintone and blend it.
  4. Line your bottom lashline until your iris or another option is to push the highlight colour throughout your bottom lashline.
  5. Curl your lashes, apply mascara and finish off with false eyelashes (if you wish to use them).

Keeping in mind that throughout each of these transformations, Leal-Serafin says, “you don’t want people to look at you and go ‘Oh look, you have double lids. How did that happen? That looks great’. You want people to look at you and say ‘You look so beautiful, You look so pretty, You’re such a beautiful girl. That’s the goal.”

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I definitely recommend giving this video a watch, and also checking out this girl’s channel! It gives great insight,  and I truly believe in attacking a problem from the core. 

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getfit-stayfab:

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Here’s a couple of things I found for the anon looking for a master post about the benefits of  drinking water.

Also here’s a printable water tracker to help track how much water you’re drink so that you can make sure you’re getting enough. [here]

Didn’t realize this was still going around

New fitblr! I follow back fitblrs :)

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Yue Ning by Shao Jia for Numero China January 2013
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Ming Xi for Vogue China January 2014 photographed by Boo George

balenciwanga:

Ming Xi for Vogue China January 2014 photographed by Boo George

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lawofwomen:

Emirati teen Zahra Lari made figure skating history this week.
The 17-year-old not only became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in an international competition but the first to do so wearing the hijab, an Islamic headscarf.
YES YOU CAN!!!

lawofwomen:

Emirati teen Zahra Lari made figure skating history this week.

The 17-year-old not only became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in an international competition but the first to do so wearing the hijab, an Islamic headscarf.

YES YOU CAN!!!

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Gorgeous Eartha Kitt.

heckyeahvintagecompacts:

Gorgeous Eartha Kitt.

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