Friday, August 31, 2012

LIPSTICKS: How to Apply Lipstick: Tips and Tricks


Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that applies color, texture, and protection to the lips. Many varieties of lipstick exist. As with most other types of makeup, lipstick is typically, but not exclusively, worn by women. The use of lipstick dates back to ancient times.

When it comes to makeup, lipstick is perhaps one of the more crucial elements to looking fabulous.

How to Apply Lipstick

Here you will find the easiest tips and tricks for applying your lipstick in the right way.

Tip #1

Understand which shades, kinds, and brands your lips prefer and would look good in. Consider your skin tone when selecting the right colors
  • Pale-skinned: try light, glossy colors (baby pinks and reds)
  • Moderate-skinned: use muted colors (muted pinks and even browns)
  • Dark-skinned: try using gold browns,cherry reds and even nude pinks.
  • It can vary, however, so find a shade that matches you.

Tip #2

Find a lip liner two shades darker than the lipstick. Lip liner is more important that one might assume because it creates a sort of foundation for the lipstick and can blend well. It also creates the illusion of plumper lips for those with thin ones.


Tip #3

Exfoliate your lips. Try scrubbing gently your lips with a toothbrush, or make a paste using sugar and water. Use the paste as an exfoliant and rub some on your lips for about 20 seconds. Rinse it off and smear Vaseline or lip balm on your lips. Wipe it off after a few minutes.

Exfoliate lips with a toothbrush

Tip #4

Outline your lips with the lipliner. If you have thin lips, you can color a little outside of the edge to give the impression of more plump lips.
  • Draw the line from the outside to the center.
  • Lipliner can also be used as a base if wished; add to all of your lips but be careful to keep the outline distinct.

Tip #5

Look in the mirror to make sure that you're filling in the lines correctly. Make one or two swipes of the lipstick across your top and bottom lip. It can be more effective to use a brush to apply; ask your makeup retailer for a lipstick brush and try it. 


After you have added the first coat of lipstick, apply a little more if desired. However, remember that less is more when it comes to lipstick, because greasy lips are not only unattractive, but also tend to rub off easily, onto everything.

Tip #6

Blot with the back of your hand or a tissue. Alternatively, suck your finger to blot. Apply gloss if desired. Dab a little in the center. You're finished :)))

Blot your lipstick with a tissue

Apply lipgloss over your lipstick

Finished Lipstick Look


Beautiful Lipstick Colors

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Glossy Candy Pink Lipstick


- Apply foundation on your lips before applying lipstick, its staying power will improve.

- Applying highlighter on the middle of the top of your lips will make your lips look fuller.

- After applying lipstick, take your index finger & pop it in your mouth, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth. This way you will keep the lipstick off your teeth.

- For 'plump' lips, apply liner just outside your natural lipline.

- You can use lipstick as a blush.

- Store your lipsticks in the fridge. They will definitely last longer.



The high-heeled shoe embodies leisure, sophistication and sexuality. Throughout history shoe fashions have defined its wearers by gender, race, and social class. Murals have depicted upper class men and women wearing heels around 3500 B.C. in Egypt, while lower class citizens went barefoot. There were also several useful reasons for heels: Egyptian butchers would wear heels to avoid the blood of dead animals, while actors in ancient Greece and Rome would wear sandals with heels of different lengths to illustrate social class and importance of characters they portrayed. During the Middle Ages, both men and women would wear wooden soles that are considered to be the predecessor of today’s heels, and were attached to expensive shoes to keep them clean. For women specifically, the Chopine became a popular style to indicate wealth. The Chopine was a tall platform-type shoe that usually was so high that it required 2 servants. The term “high-heeled” meant that someone had lavish wealth. High-heeled shoes actually dropped in popularity through the 17th and 18th century for both men and women because high heels became associated with wealth and aristocracy. During the 1800s the high heel resurfaced, but this time the heel was a fashion statement just for women. Today it still appears to be a symbol of social class and wealth.  


Today, in hectic cities, you will need to take lots of cabs if you plan on wearing heels all day. It is impossible to walk in those suckers for very long. To get a flavor of being part of a higher social class, you will see many office women carry their heels in a bag while they wear their sports shoes on the subway. Then at work, they quickly change into their lovely heels.

Wearing flat shoes for rushing to work

Why Women Prefer High Heels

- Heels make us taller (anywhere from 5' 6" to 5' 9").

- Heels make our legs look longer and a bit slimmer.

- Heels can add a more sophisticated look to any outfit; so we prefer to wear them  in evenings.

- At work, heels portray confidence and poise. They make us feel empowered when we wear them.

- Heels force our back to arch, pushing the breasts forward and buttocks back. Thus accentuates our figure.

- When you walk with high heels, it makes your buttocks move more. This is something sexy.

- It appears to be a symbol of social class and wealth. Most women desire that upward mobility.

High Heeled Sandals

High-heels force the body to walk differently and use muscles differently. High heels lead the wearer to tilt their center of gravity, which emphasizes a woman’s assets and highlights her sexuality. Heels also emphasize feet, which are often sexualized and part of erotic displays. Even though I believe heels are worn largely as social-status indicators, verbalized reasons for wearing high heels include accentuated calves, being taller, longer legs, and a more seductive gait.

Sexy High Heels

What is a Stiletto Shoe?

A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women. It is named after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s. Stiletto heels may vary in length from 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) to 25 cm (10 inches) or more if a platform sole is used, and are sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than 1 cm (slightly less than half an inch).

Stiletto Shoes


Stiletto Platform Sandals

Stiletto Shoes

Stiletto Heels/Shoes

What is a Pump?

Pump is a widely-accepted generic word for any high-heeled shoe. Pumps are lower heeled than stiletto shoes. They come in various heel sizes but none of them are very high or very narrow. In their most basic form, pumps have closed backs, and low-cut fronts that hit closer to the toes than they do the top of the foot. Mostly the heel tips are wider and so are the heels. Most pumps have round cut toes or peep-toes. Pumps have a formal appearance when worn in combination with a tuxedo or suit. They can be casual when accessorized with skirts or jeans. Nevertheless, the comfort factor rides high in case of pumps when compared to stilettos. 

Cole Haan 'Chelsea' Pump

White Pumps


What is the difference between stilettos and pumps?

A stiletto has a higher, thinner, pointier heel, while a pump has a shorter and thicker heel.

How does it feel wearing high heels?

High heels are a part of most women's lives, but they often cause pain.The feeling of wearing high heels is different depending on how high they are, and how thick the heel is. If they're really high with no platform, it's painful. If they're high with a little bit of a platform, they don't feel too different from normal shoes, apart from the fact that you're taller than normally.

The thicker the heel though, the easier it is to keep your balance and not be wobbling around when walking.

Apart from the comfort or the pain,  wearing high heels make you feel great about yourself. It makes your whole body look thinner and we like it :) Heels hurt after a while but you get used to it, and you get things to put in shoes so they don't hurt as much. As long as you pick the the right shoes, it feels sexy!!!

Why do men find high-heels attractive?,

High heels make the legs look longer and make the calf and ankle take on a more feminine appearance and draws more attention.

Men love high heels on a woman because it gives the illusion of having fertile-looking legs. High heels enhance a woman's sexual shape by lengthening her legs, arching her back, forcing her buttocks to protrude, making her feet appear smaller and thrusting her pelvis forward. This is why the shoe with the highest heel — the stiletto - with its bondage straps, is by far the most efficient sex aide on the market.


It is always your choice to wear heels or not. There are many social benefits to wearing high heels, such as indicating a higher social standing (by increasing your helplessness), and heightened attention to your sexuality. The many physical costs include back problems, knee joint degeneration, and foot deformity and pain. Research has shown that practicing moderation can make a big difference. Wearing heels just a few times a week – instead of every day – can significantly decrease the chances of developing some of the physical consequences. Many stars will attend photo shoots and premieres in high heels, but definitely are smart enough not to wear them every day. Heels are just a status symbol, but don’t necessarily need to be part of your daily look.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Healthy Skin: What Your Skin Needs



Our skin is the outer most protective layer of our body and is a very sturdy layer. However, there are a few necessities of this integral organ as well, something we must never miss to provide.

Healthy Skin needs:



The human body is full of water -- it's 55 percent to 75 percent of what we are. Water flushes toxins out of the body, allows our cells to absorb nutrients, and keeps our digestive processes moving smoothly.
But that water isn't a constant. The most basic bodily processes, like breathing and sweating, remove that water from our cells. So for our cells to function properly, we need to consume lots of water to replace what we lose.
The skin is no different from the rest of the body when it comes to needing hydration. Water helps to remove impurities from the skin that can lead to pimples, and it hydrates to keep the skin looking plump and smooth.
To keep the skin hydrated, you should drink at least half a gallon (2 liters) of water each day.


Cleansing is the most basic element of any skin-care routine. It not only removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis so it can remain blemish-free, but it also preps the skin for any subsequent products you'll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective.
But not all cleansers are the same. First, a facial cleanser should always be soap-free; the soap products you use on the rest of your body are typically too harsh for the face. And, as with most skin-care products, you need to pick one that suits your skin type. For very dry skin, you might want to go with a creamy cleanser. Dry and/or sensitive skin should always go alcohol-free, whether creamy or not. An oily epidermis can benefit from an acidic cleanser, like an alpha-hydroxy product, which does a better job of breaking up sebum -- the skin's oily secretion that can lead to clogged pores.
Whichever cleanser is right for you, be sure to massage it into your face for at least 20 seconds so it has a chance to do its job.
Cleansing is all about the surface of the skin. Up next, going a bit deeper…

3. Antioxidants

Antioxidants are widely believed to be beneficial for both cardiovascular health and cancer prevention. They're found in all sorts of foods, including fruits, vegetables, seafood and oils. Antioxidants' free-radical-fighting activities destroy molecules that can damage healthy cells, and as it turns out, they're as great for skin cells as they are for every other cell in the body.
While many different antioxidants can be beneficial to the skin, two in particular get lots of attention:
  • Vitamin C -- Builds collagen for plump, tight skin. Find it in whole grains, apples and citrus fruits. Aim for 75 milligrams a day .
  • Vitamin E -- Protects cell membranes and "boosts" skin-based nutrients that fight off UV damage. Find it in wheat germ oil, almonds, and peanut butter. Aim for 15 milligrams a day.
Other skin-beautifying antioxidants include selenium, thiamine, beta-carotene and zinc.

We should basically obtain antioxidants through our diet. Additionally, we can intake supplements or use antioxidant creams or oils topically.

4. Sun Protection

When you use sunscreen, you're not just helping to protect yourself from diseases like skin cancer; you're also helping to prevent the signs of skin aging that come from sun exposure. Skin that's left naked in the sun ends up more discolored and wrinkled and less elastic than skin that has been steadily shielded from UV radiation.
In fact, what most of us think of as "aged skin" is, more specifically, sun-damaged skin.
To protect your skin from the effects of the sun, you can choose either a chemical sunscreen, like avobenzone or oxybenzone, or a physical one, like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Either way, look for one with a sun-protection factor (SPF) greater than 15, and apply it at least 20 minutes before you're going to be in the sun. That way, the active ingredients have time to take effect before the UV exposure begins.
If you go swimming or have occasion to sweat a lot, be sure to reapply afterward.

5.Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are an important component of any healthy diet. They help to build up the lipid-based cell membranes that hold in water and nutrients. In the case of the skin, those lipids also form an oil barrier that protects the skin from UV damage and pollutants.
Without EFAs, skin-cell membranes and that overall protective barrier can't work effectively. The skin ends up overly exposed, dehydrated and prone to produce a more harmful type of sebum, leaving it dry, inflamed and blemished.
The EFAs you need to keep your skin looking great are primarily omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 is found in tons of foods, including poultry, grains and cooking oils, so you're probably getting plenty of that. Omega-3s are somewhat harder to come by; you'll find those in cold-water fish, like salmon and sardines, along with flaxseed and safflower oils, kidney beans, walnuts and spinach. Some skin experts also recommend another EFA, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), for its anti-inflammatory effects. GLA is founds mostly in plant oils.
You might find it helpful to take an omega-3 or GLA supplement to improve your skin health. You'll find those in most grocery stores, and definitely any natural-foods store.

Additionally, you can add gla containing natural oils like borage seed oil or evening primrose oil into your skin care regimen. 



A good skin takes a few weeks of proper care, attention and regime to revive it. Above all one needs to relax. This will keep you in the pink of health, mentally as well as physically. A healthy mind lives in a healthy body with a healthy skin. For this, a proper and balanced diet is the foremost requirement. You need a proper night's sleep for a healthy body with a healthy skin because this is the time when the body revitalizes and rejuvenates. Lack of proper sleep could invite stress and all other sorts of psychological problems which obviously will affect the skin's health as well.

Some Fast Facts About Our Skin
• Skin is considered the largest organ of our body
• It is composed of three layers, namely - the epidermis, the dermis and the sub-cutis
• Sub-cutis is the layer of the skin that accumulates fat
• Our skin cells renew itself almost every 28 days
• The finest layer is on the eye lid
• The amount of pigment melanin in our skin defines the tone of the skin.

Monday, August 27, 2012

How to Keep a Relationship Fresh

Keeping the spark in a long-term relationship is not easy. But, there are ways to nurture eachother and keep the home's fire burning.
Not everyone is looking for a long-term relationship, but most people who are in committed relationships are interested in keeping love alive for the duration. If everyone could afford regular romantic getaways, it might be easier. And if our time, money and energy weren't already dedicated to carrying out our busy lives, we might have more of it for planning romantic evenings, giving thoughtful gifts and maintaining a robust sex life.

Here are five positive ways to nurture these aspects of your relationship and keep the home fires burning.

1.Grooming and Hygiene

Remember at the beginning of your relationship when you always looked your best for each other, when not even a nose hair was out of place? As time passes, it's hard to maintain the same attention to appearance as we did in the beginning, what with the baby spit-up, weekly housecleaning and gardening chores, and lazy Sundays. If your relationship has lost a little of its fizzle, take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror. Paying just a little extra attention to grooming and hygiene can make the idea of spontaneous sex a lot more appealing.
Men, have you shaved recently or trimmed your facial hair (and removed food crumbs)? Trimmed your fingernails and toenails? Ladies, are you so comfortable in your favorite T-shirt-slash-nightgown that your lingerie has been forgotten in the back of the closet? Finally, everyone, have you bathed recently?
Don't forget about the importance of your surroundings. Groom your environment for romance with a little creative and cheap home redecorating. Dim the lighting or turn it off altogether and light some candles. Dress up the bed with extra pillows and soft, luxurious sheets to roll around in together. Try aromatherapy: Jasmine, ylang ylang and vanilla are scents that have been used for hundreds of years to arouse the senses and inspire sexy thoughts.

2. Maintain Outside Relationships

A couple's relationship can be both complicated and enhanced by outside relationships. Not all outside relationships will fit well into a couple's life together. Some of them, like those with mothers-in-law, can't exactly be avoided, but others can, and they should be kept separate from the couple's relationship. These friendships can enhance the couple's time together by giving each person time and space to nurture and develop interests that the partner doesn't necessarily share. A lunch date with a coworker is a much better outlet for discussing a work project than dinner at home. And sometimes it's really nice to be able to enjoy an inside joke without having to explain it to your significant other.
At the same time, it's healthy for couples to have friends they hang out with together. These friendships provide a way for a couple to be social together and explore common interests. They can also be a source of positive feedback for the relationship.
In the big picture, good relationships with family and friends, both singly and as a couple, can enhance the relationship and keep it lively and vital.

3. Learn to Argue Well

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