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Follow These Skincare Routine

skincareEvening Skin Care Routine

Cleanse & Tone

Cleanse and/or tone with your favorite products.

Treat & Moisturize

Apply serums, gels, and any topical spot treatments and let them soak in for 10 minutes. Spread serum onto damp skin for extra hydration.

Nourish and Moisturize

Dab eye cream around the orbital socket of the eyes. Be sure not to apply eye cream too close to the lashes. Apply moisturizer as usual.

Morning Skin Care Routine

Cleanse and tone.

Cleanse and/or tone with a gentle formula to prepare your face for treatment and makeup.

# Treat and moisturize.

If you use a serum or gel, apply it to clean skin and let it soak in for five minutes. Apply moisturizer after the treatment is fully absorbed.

Protect and perfect.

Slather on a quarter-sized dollop of your favorite sunscreen allover the face and neck and let it set for a few minutes. Apply your makeup after as usual.

Exfoliants and Masks.

Exfoliate once or twice per week on clean skin. Put on a purifying or hydrating mask onto clean skin once a week on evenings you don’t exfoliate.

Do-It-Yourself Face Skin Care

face-skin-careSpoiling yourself doesn’t mean you need to spend your well deserved money at expensive spas or on costly items. You can make your own special DIY excellence formulas right in the solace of your own home with items you most likely as of now have laying around in your kitchen.

Skin Brightening Mask

  1. 1/2 cup unripe papaya, diced
  2. 1 Teaspoon Plain Yogurt
  3. 1 Teaspoon Honey

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer

Milky Facial Scrub

  1. 1 Teaspoon Powdered Milk
  2. 1 Teaspoon Honey
  3. 3 drops lemon juice

Mix the ingredients into a bowl and gently massage the mixture on your clean face in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly. Do not save the mixture since this scrub does not contain chemicals to prevent the natural ingredients from souring.

Rice Flour and Green Tea Face Mask for Oily/Red/Blotchy Skin

  1. 1 green tea bag
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 Tablespoon rice flour

Soak the green tea in a cup of hot water as if brewing tea for 10 minutes. Add the rice flour and stir until you have a smooth and consistent texture like a spreadable paste. Apply the mixture to your clean skin and let it set for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and follow with a splash of cold water to tighten your pores. Gently pat dry.

Citrus Scrub

  1. 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (or other citrus juice)
  2. 2 Teaspoons Honey
  3. 6 ounces plain yogurt
  4. 1/4 cup ground oatmeal

Blend all the ingredients together and apply it to clean skin in circular motions. Allow for the mixture to to dry and rinse it off with warm water

Avocado Mask for Dry Skin

  1. 1/2 of a ripe avocado
  2. 1/4 cup honey

Mash the avocado in a bowl and stir in the honey. Apply to clean skin for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Follow with a hydrating moisturizer.

Pick The Proper Eye Shadow

eye-shadowWith regards to picking which eye shadow to purchase, I am enormous supporter of one straightforward truth: get the shade that makes you feel stunning. Be that as it may, to feel astounding, you have to feel sure. What’s more, with regards to cosmetics, nothing gives you more certainty than a decent comprehension of shading hypothesis and how it applies to your common eye shading, hair shading, and skin tone.

In this way, how about we give you some shading hypothesis rudiments so you can buy with force. The following are a few components to consider when purchasing an eye shadow — whether you need a regular look or moment show.

Skin Tone  

Today, skin tones tend to be categorized into two columns, warm and cool. It doesn’t help that some makeup brands will categorize pink tones as warm and yellow tones as cool while others will do just the opposite, because the color wheel is divided down the center and yellow can be considered cool or warm.

But if you are aware of your undertone, you can navigate through all this product with decisiveness. To find out your undertone, check your veins. Our veins are naturally blue, so a yellow skin tone will have veins that appear more green. A pink skin tone’s veins will appear more violet.

If you have a warm skin tone, any warm eye shadow color will look more natural; if you are cool toned, any cool color will look more natural. Selecting shades further to the opposite sides of the color wheel will give you more drama.

Warm skin tones should try colors like bronze, vanilla, ivory, taupe, light and dark brown, pink, and coral. If you have a cool skin tone, play with pale blue, lilac, teal, gray and turquoise.

Hair Color

Black/ Brown – Brunettes have more fun when it comes to choosing makeup as many eye shadow colors suit them well. Deep, dark colors like black, browns, and purples are perfect. And for a more natural look, neutrals like gold, beige, cream as well as lighter, softer shades of green, red and yellow all work well with dark hair.

Blonde – Blondes traditionally tend to have a fairer skin tone, meaning a softer palette will be more flattering. Color tints work well for fair skin, so try tints of your favorite reds (pink), oranges (peach) and violets (lilac) for a look that is sure to work.

Red – For a long time, red heads were limited in their options because of fashion norms, but these days, anything goes. Neutral shades will give a more natural look, but strong and bold greens are gorgeous for drama. Let your personality be your guide here and make your own rules.

Bold Color – In this “anything goes” age for hair color, people are wearing bright shades and mermaid-inspired looks. An easy tip to choosing eye shadow: complementary shades are for drama and similar colors are for a softer look.

Still feel a little nervous? If you are a beginner, you may want to buy a color wheel from your favorite art supply store — a great way to feel more secure with color theory.

Eye Color

Using your own eye color to choose your shadow palette is a perfect way to put the focus exactly where you want it. Using an eye shadow shade that is complimentary to your eye color (one that is opposite on the color wheel) is an easy way to draw attention and make the eye pop or look more prominent. Choosing a shadow that lies close to your eye color (we call this analogous) will give a soft and easy effect that looks beautiful. Here is a simple breakdown.

Green eyes – Eye shadow with red undertones like burgundy, maroon, and pink, or close colors like violet, lavender, peach, plum, and red are ideal complements to the green of the eyes. Warm metallics like red-based copper and bronze tend to bring out not only the green, but often accentuate the beautiful grey and brown flecks that green-eyed people tend to have.

Blue eyes – We know that orange is opposite blue, so anything in that color family or on either side of orange will create a lovely, dramatic effect. Try shades and tints of orange, red and yellow to get a ‘wow.’ Think copper, gold, peach, coral, pinks, and warm browns. For a more subtle look, something that is next to blue on the color wheel like violets, purples, or greens can create an unexpectedly natural look. Lilac, lavender, deep purple, plum, khaki, and olive are all excellent choices.

Brown Hazel eyes – Brown is not boring. In fact, brown-eyed people are able to experiment with the widest variety of colors. Brown-eyed makeup wearers are lucky to have their pick of the lot — from warm, rich amber, copper, and gold tones to cool, slate-grey, charcoal, and lavender hues.

Remember that the three primary shades (red, yellow and blue) combine to make brown, so essentially the world is your oyster. Decide what effect you want to achieve and be creative.

Finally, one overall rule: matching your eye shadow with the color of your eyes will look dull and diminish the impact of both colors. This does not mean that blue-eyed people should not try blue shadow, or that brown-eyed individuals shouldn’t brush on a rust color. It just requires blending in complimentary colors to make the appearance more captivating.

Tips on Going Green for Your Event

With almost everything going green and sustainable, it’s time you turn your next party green as well! Whenever someone hosts a party, a lot of things go to waste, from food to disposable utensils. Turn your event green and maximize environmentally-safe options. Work with your caterer in utilizing everything you can to host a creative and greener party.

  • Go paperless on your invitations

Obviously, the best way to start going green for your next event is to send out e-invites instead of mailing the less environment friendly paper invitations. Email invites are also more practical since it won’t get damaged in the mail or be misplaced by your guests. In the occasion that you really have to use paper invitations, then why not consider recycled paper?

  • Consider group transportation

One of the biggest contributors of individual carbon footprint is the one we leave behind because of our vehicles. For your event, you can arrange group transportation for your guests. Aside from this being more environment-friendly since your guests do not have to bring their own cars, your guests will appreciate not having to worry about their transportation arrangements. You will also know when your guests will be arriving and leaving.

  • When it comes to food, go local and organic!

Plan your event’s food by asking your caterer for a green menu. If possible, ask them to source their ingredients from local producers. Locally sourced food are better and cheaper, plus you are helping out local suppliers who produce their organic food through more sustainable means.

  • If possible, provide a vegetarian menu

Not only will your vegetarian guests get ecstatic over your vegetarian menu, your health conscious guests will also appreciate it. Ask your caterer for a vegetarian menu. Since vegetable farming is more environmentally friendly compared to animal farming, you are helping reduce the planet’s carbon footprint.

  • Swap disposables with reusable

For your tableware, it’s best to use reusable ones since they’re better for the environment. It’s better to wash and reuse your flatware, glasses, and plates instead of buying and throwing disposables that help destroy the planet. If you must use disposables because of tableware scarcity, then consider getting biodegradable disposables since these products are more environment friendly and also recyclable.

Going green is not just a trend; it’s a lifestyle change for the better. You will not only feel better, you will also help in saving the environment. Make the planet a better place by going green one party at a time.

Written by bleu events, one of the top caterers Columbia, MO has to offer.


Caring Oily Skin, Here Its Tips

# Don’t scrub your face as this can stimulate oil production.

# If you use a toner, use it only on areas that are oily, such as your forehead or around your nose. If you have areas that  aren’t oily, toners can create dry patches.

# If you have oil build up in between facial washings, use a medicated pad or blotting paper to remove excess oil. These products have the added benefit of being portable, allowing you  to freshen up your face no matter where you are.

# Wash your face twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed. Washing more often can strip your skin of  all the natural moisturizers and increase oil production. The only time you should wash your face more than twice a day is if you have been perspiring.

# Use a gentle cleanser. If you need something stronger, look for ingredients specifically made for oily skin and acne, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid. Although usually marketed for acne, these products work well for oily skin too.

# If you are experimenting with different cleansers to find one that works for you, keep a notebook and write down the date, what cleanser you are  using and keep track of how your skin looks after a few weeks. If you notice irritation, write that down so you know not to try that cleanser again.

# Exfoliate once a week to help loosen and remove dirt and oil in your pores.

# No matter how tempted, don’t pick, pop or squeeze pimples as it can cause scarring and leave red spots on your face

# Oily skin still needs to be moisturized, but be careful to choose the right moisturizer. Look for water based or oil-free moisturizers and stay away from creams and heavy moisturizers.

# When choosing foundation and other make-up, pick those with gel, liquid or powder bases. If using a liquid make-up make sure it is water based, not oil based. Makeup labeled “noncomedongenic” contain ingredients that won’t clog your pores.

Do-It-Yourself Body Oil

The utilization of body oils can mellow your skin and keep it supple. Body oils ought to be kneaded well into the skin. It’s best to apply them directly after a shower so that the oil can saturate the upper layers of the epidermis and hydrate the skin. At the point when skin is somewhat soggy, it resembles a wipe, dousing up all the oil’s integrity. At the point when skin is totally dry, the dead external skin cells (called the stratum corneum- – these are the dry cells that are in charge of the look of textured skin or ashy skin) carry out their employment of protecting the epidermis from any interlopers (regardless of the fact that the “gatecrasher” is some very much required dampness). Keep in mind, with regards to body oils, a little goes far, so utilizing a couple drops on specific zones ought to be adequate. I adore the way my skin feels after application- – greatly saturated, however not oily. An extraordinary advantage of making your own hand crafted oils is that they are free of chemicals and additives. Here are three hand crafted body oil formulas we cherish.

Rose Body Oil
  1. Clean airtight storage container
  2. 1 cup rose petals
  3. 1 cup sweet almond or olive oil

Place the roses in your container and press the petals down into the container so they release their natural oil. Pour your almond or olive in the container on top of the petals, then shake gently to mix everything together. Let your rose oil sit in a dark, dry area for three to five days. When it’s ready to use, strain out the rose petals and enjoy the heavenly scent!

Coconut Body Oil
  1. Clean airtight storage container
  2. 1/8 cup jojoba oil
  3. 1/8 cup coconut oil
  4. 1/8 cup grape seed oil
  5. Four to five drops of essential oil (optional)

Blend all of the oils together in an airtight storage container and store in a dark, dry area. Be sure to gently shake the container before each use so the oils mix.

Lavender Body Oil
  1. Clean airtight storage container
  2. Dried lavender flowers
  3. Almond, jojoba, sesame, or safflower oil

Place the lavender in your container and press the flower down into the container so it releases its natural oil. Pour your carrier oil in the container on top of the lavender, then shake gently to mix everything together. Let your lavender oil sit in a dark, dry area for three to five days. When it’s ready to use, strain out the lavender.

Refresh Your Hair Style Tips

Dry cleanser is a beautician’s mystery weapon. Not just does this splash on powder give haircuts additional body, include surface, invigorate victories, and fix oily roots, yet it likewise spares your hair shading as well. Water is hair shading’s adversary, bringing about issues like blurring and brassiness. By spreading out the time between shampoos, you’ll have to invest less energy (and $$$) shading your hair.

Be that as it may, before there was dry cleanser, there was a more straightforward (and less expensive) arrangement: Baby Powder. Continue perusing for redesigned tips on the best way to utilize child powder to style your hair. On the off chance that you’ve ever taken a stab at shaking infant powder specifically from the container onto your scalp, you realize this is NOT the perfect approach to apply child powder to your hair. An excess of infant powder turns out, making hair look dusty, similar to you’ve been doing development work throughout the day or _really truly _need some dandruff cleanser, detail. What’s more, the best way to get that out is to wash your hair- – precisely what you were attempting to keep away from, correct?

Apply Baby Powder To Your Hair

  1. Gently shake some powder onto your palms, then rub your hands together so the powder is evenly spread on your fingertips and palms (and you don’t see any big white clumps).
  2. Now run your fingers through the root area of your hair. Massaging your scalp (with your powdery fingers) will help soak up the grease and mattify oily roots. Fluff up your hair with your fingers to add sexy body and texture. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 if necessary.
  3. Using a natural boar bristle brush, brush hair from root to tip to evenly distribute the powder all the way down the hair shaft. Hair is always more greasy in the root area than near the tips, which is why you want to apply the powder to the scalp and then brush it downwards. Boar bristles help grab the baby powder and slide it down the hair shaft, which is why natural bristle brushes work better than plastic or rubber brushes.

Great Red Lips Tips

Red : The color of passion, the color of love. It’s probably the sexiest color around and when painted on your lips, it’s dynamite. Like with all lip makeup colors, certain shades of red look better on some skin tones than others. Because of this semi-frustrating fact, we are constantly asked by readers to help them find the best red for them.
To shed light on which shade of red lipstick complements your unique skin tone, we, of course, consulted an expert. We showed Raychel Wade, NYC makeup artist, La Prairie Colour Ambassador and founder of Cheek to Chic a slew of celebs in red lipstick shades to decipher which shades really, truly compliment which skin tones the best and ten celebs made the cut.

Before finding your ideal shade of red lip color, check out these quick tips for making your application of this semi-tricky shade to last:
1. First, wipe off any lip balm or moisture on your lips as this will keep the lipstick from sticking.
2. Try using a clear (or reverse) lip liner like CARGO The Reverse Lipliner, $14 to line and fill in your lips. This will help the red color last longer when applied on top.
3. For a precise look, use a lip brush to carefully apply your red lipstick to your lips. Or, if you want more of a stained look, use a fingertip to apply.
4. After you have applied a strong lip shade, “dip a clean lip blush in a little concealer and gently trace the outside of your lips to ensure a clean, sharp line,” says Wade.

Do-It-Yourself Make up Remover

On the off chance that you utilize any sort of cosmetics, you should wash everything off before you go to bed during the evening. Resting in your cosmetics can stop up pores (bringing on breakouts) and dozing in mascara may even make lashes get to be fragile and drop out! As of late, I have been somewhat apathetic and my brow has turned into a dismal combat zone of skin break out. We’re all blameworthy of this now and again, yet with the innovation of expendable cosmetics wipes, there’s truly no reason. Furthermore, in case you’re feeling shrewd, an incredible other option to locally acquired chemicals are characteristic custom made recipes. With a couple of fixings, you can make your own special chemical that doesn’t contain any additives or chemicals. Continue perusing for formulas on the most proficient method to make your own common cosmetics removers at home.

Yogurt Face Makeup Remover

  • Plain unflavored yogurt

Dip a cotton ball in the yogurt and gently wipe your face. Rinse with cool water.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Makeup Remover

  • Extra virgin olive oil or almond oil

Add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton pad and wipe your face in a circular motion. When removing eye makeup, place the cotton pad against your closed eye for 10 seconds and gently wipe. If you don’t have any cotton pads on hand, just apply a few drops on your hands and rub the oil on your face. Use a towel or soft paper towel to remove excess oil on your face.

Milk & Almond Oil Face Makeup Remover

  • 1 Tbsp. of whole milk
  • 2 – 3 Drops of sweet almond oil

In a small bowl, mix the whole milk with a few drops of sweet almond oil. Dab the milky cleanser on your skin with one cotton pad and use a second, clean cotton pad to wipe your face clean. Make sure to rinse your face thoroughly to remove all traces of milk.

Do-It-Yourself Body Scrubs

Coffee Body Scrub

  1. 1 cup gluten free oatmeal
  2. 1/2 cup organic sugar
  3. 1/2 cup organic coffee grounds – Brewed or fresh
  4. 1/2 cup raw honey
  5. 2 Tablespoons organic olive oil or grapeseed oil – Other high quality oil like almond, coconut, apricot kernal, or palm will do

Place oats (and coffee beans, if grinding fresh) in a food processor and pulse until fine. Add grounds, sugar and vitamin C crystals, and pulse a few times, then add honey and oil, as well as vitamin D drops, and pulse to form a paste. Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator. If you’d like, you can scoop out a small amount and keep in the bath, whatever you’ll use that week.

Brown Sugar & Lemon Body Scrub

  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup salt
  3. 1 Tablespoon Kalamansi or Lemon
  4. 1 Tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil
  5. 1 Tablespoon Honey

Mix together the brown sugar and salt. Then add in the kalamansi or lemon juice, virgin coconut oil and honey and mix well.

Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Body Scrub

  1. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup ground oatmeal – Not the instant kind
  3. 1/4 cup pure honey
  4. 3/4 to 1 cup of oil – Example: Extra virgin olive, Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond oil
  5. 1/4 teaspoonx Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (like vanilla) – Optional

Mix the brown sugar and oatmeal together in a large bowl. Add the honey and drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix everything together. When your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top, you’re done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil if you would like.

Do-It-Yourself Spa Treatment


# 1 or two large or three or four medium apples

# 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

# 1 Teaspoon lemon juice

# 1 Tablespoon corn flour

This mask solves dry-scalp problems such as itchiness and flakes. Peel, core, and grate the apples. Combine the grated apple with remaining ingredients and stir well. Spread the mixture over dry, unwashed hair and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. You can cover your hair with a shower cap or a PVC-free food film, then wrap it with a towel. Rinse the mask off with tepid water and follow with a mild shampoo if desired.

Lash Conditioner by Own

The majority of us long for full and normal lashes. In spite of the fact that we can’t change the lashes we have from within, we can utilize topical medications to help them become more advantageous and more. There are various diverse eyelash serums and development conditioners you can buy from the store or have recommended from your dermatologist. They have their advantages and dangers so make certain to do your exploration or converse with your dermatologist to see which item would suit you best. There are various distinctive characteristic solutions for make your own natively constructed eyelash conditioners. Results won’t come overnight however over a time of weeks- – perhaps months- – so be set up for a moderate procedure. Enjoy a reprieve from mascara and twisting your lashes on occasion to offer them a reprieve from all the lash stress. Try these normal eyelash conditioners formulas out to accomplish longer, thicker, and more full lashes!

Coconut Oil Eyelash Conditioner

  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. Vitamin E oil or capsules
  4. Small container
  5. Disposable mascara wand or cotton swabs

Pour equal parts of the three oils into a clean container. Dip your mascara wand or cotton swab into conditioner and apply it on the base of your lashes, twice a day. Be sure to use conditioner on clean eyelashes.

Castor Oil Eyelash Conditioner

  1. Castor or almond oil
  2. Vanilla extract
  3. Disposable mascara wands
  4. Small container

Pick up a small bottle of castor or almond oil from the grocery store and disposable mascara wands from the beauty supply store. If you have an old mascara that you aren’t using anymore, disinfect and clean the wand thoroughly to use instead. Just be sure to clean the wand after each use. Pour the castor or almond oil and vanilla extract into your small container (three parts oil to one part vanilla) and shake up the mixture. Dip your mascara wand into conditioner and apply it from root to tip to your top and bottom lashes, twice a day.Be sure to use conditioner on clean lashes.

Vitamin E Eyelash Conditioner

  1. Vitamin E oil or capsules
  2. Small container or plate
  3. Cotton Swabs

You can use vitamin E capsules or vials of oil to use as an eyelash conditioner. Squeeze or add a few drops of vitamin E oil into your clean container or plate, making sure not to touch the oil with your fingertips. Dab the cotton swab in the oil and sweep the swab across clean eyelashes from root to tip on both sides of lashes, twice a day (typically in the morning before makeup application and before you go to bed).