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Indian Beauty Secret: Homemade Skin Polisher

This is used by women all over India. The turmeric acts as a natural cleanser and disinfectant and will not turn your skin yellow. The chickpea flour sloughs off dead skin to give unimagined silkiness and the milk will firm up the entire body. Even the tiniest of babies are massaged with this body polisher, but do be careful if you have a history of allergy to wheat or lentil flour – use rice flour instead.

1 tablespoon chickpea flour

Pinch of turmeric

About 2 tsp of milk

Mix all the ingredients together and rub on to wet skin instead of soap.

Originally published in The Times UK


Get Keri Hilson’s Billboard Awards Retro Chic Look

If you saw Keri Hilson at the Billboard Awards you saw how flawless her makeup looked. Here are some of the steps on how she created Keri’s look:


Start with Skinflash Primer Radiance Boosting Makeup Primer, then apply DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Creme Gel in #40. I applied Tarte Dark Circle Defense Natural Under Eye Corrector in Medium-Deep to under eye area and applied Banana Powder from Ben Nye so eyes lifted without looking too light and unnatural. I then used Queen Collection Mineral Bronzer in Light Bronze and  applied all over the face to create a light contour on the nose.


First spray legs with Dior Airflash Bronzer on her legs then apply Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil Shimmer Spray on top to add shimmer,  it makes legs look slimmer.


First apply Smoky Shadow Blast in Bronze Fire the golden color on the lid and brow and the bronze color in the crease then blend so the color natural fades. Apply Green Glow Liquiline Blast on top and bottom lash line then blend with a small tapered brush to diffuse color. Lastly add  2 coats of DiorShow 360 Mascara to lock in lashes so they blend with the faux lashes, this gives a natural look. I completed the look with Milani Black Liquid Liner with a slight wing for that retro chic look of the 70′s.

I added Girlactik Heaven’s Dust in Gold in the inner corner of the eyes and cheekbone so it really made Keri’s face pop!

Lip Perfection Lip Color in Heavenly, Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Mocktail Hour in center of lips so lips look full and sexy.

We wanted to mute brows so I used Dior Brow gel in Shiny Blonde which really lifted Keri’s eyes.

I applied Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blush in Tipsy on the apples of the cheeks.


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The Skinny On Asian Lotions/Hydrating Toners

Moisturizing is one of the most important steps in the Asian skincare regimen. Asian women believe that a “watery”, radiant complexion makes a crucial base for good makeup and their secret to achieving that? Applying lotion religiously.

Unlike the regular moisturizers that we call lotion here in the US, “lotion” (化妝水) is a hydrating toner that should be applied after cleansing and before moisturizer. While some people argue that toners are redundant and just another marketing gimmick, I personally can’t live without them. My rationale? If your skin is dehydrated and you slap on layers and layers of moisturizers, they will just sit on top of your skin and not get absorbed. But if you use a hydrating toner to soften the top layer of your skin first, it will help any moisturizer or treatment that follows to penetrate better into your skin.

The Proper Way To Apply Lotion/Toner

1. Pour the toner onto a piece of cotton pad and make sure the cotton pad is completely saturated with toner.

2. Apply in a patting motion until the cotton pad is dry.

3. Massage the toner into your skin and gently press the palm of your hands onto your face for a few seconds to help your skin absorb the toner.

A good hydrating toner also makes the perfect hydrating mask that is great through out the year.

This can be found in a lot of skincare products and its well-known moisturizing and soothing properties makes it the perfect toner for all skin types. You can also find rosewater at most drugstores for less than $10. I highly recommend you ladies give this a shot.

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4 Easy-to-Recreate African-American Hairstyles

1. Angell Conwell

For bouncy, defined curls, start by applying a heat protecting defining gel like Ouidad Climate Control Gel, $22 to damp hair. Diffuse until dry then wrap quarter-inch sections of hair around a small-barrel curling iron. Curl sections of hair in different directions to create texture. Then, once your entire head is curled, rake in a small amount of hair cream like Hamadi Beauty Shea Hair Cream, $24 to individually piece out curls to add further definition, says Pohl.

2. Tatyana Ali

To get this glam, curly updo, start by applying a gel that will relax your hair and protect it from heat styling like Davines Defining Relaxing Fluid, $19.99. Next, blow dry hair using a round brush, making sure to lift it at the roots while directing hair flow from the dryer downwards to create mega volume and shine. Once hair is dry, start wrapping small sections of hair around a small-barreled iron (try Amika Tourmaline Clip-Free Curler, $128). To create the updo, spin individual curls around a finger and start pinning them to the back of your head, leaving front pieces out to frame your face. Finish by misting with a strong-hold hairspray, says Pohl.

3. Gabrielle Union

To get loose waves, apply a setting lotion and blow dry hair straight. Lightly mist small sections of hair with hairspray like Kerastase Double Force Multi-Protective Hairspray, $36 before wrapping around a one-and-a-quarter-inch iron. Next, put a bit of texturizer like L’Oréal Professional Texture Expert Lumi Controle, $22.99 into your hands and rake through your curls with your fingers to add definition.

4. Jennifer Hudson

For a thick, on-trend side braid, start by applying a small amount of hair wax like Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip, $24 to palms and rub hands together to emulsify. Work the product evenly through dry hair with fingertips. Use a comb to tease the bottom half of your hair to create the gritty texture and volume then pull hair to one side and begin braiding. Secure with an elastic and then use your hands to loosen up the braid for that messy-in-a-good way look, says Pohl.

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4 Things a Makeup Counter Salesperson Doesn’t Want You to Know

No. 1: Germs are everywhere :

While most makeup counter artists and salespeople clean the makeup brushes (a common breeding ground for bacteria) after they use them from one customer to the next, you can never really trust any brush that isn’t yours, says one former Estee Lauder artist.

But “it’s not the brushes consumers should worry about, it’s really the products themselves,” she says. “No matter how many times a day the sales rep cleans them, people love to come stick their dirty fingers in the colors to test them. It’s amazing! Women walk right up to the counter, grab a lipstick tester and put it right to their lips. I think that’s one of the most shocking things about working at the counter — the general public’s complete disregard for bacteria,” she concludes.

No. 2: You can get a refund on almost anything

While the return policies differ, most big department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s are notorious for giving full refunds or store credit back for products that have been used — and used more than once. You can test a makeup product several times before you decide whether it’s right for you.

One former salesperson said that Nordstrom’s policies are so lax that they were even giving cash back to a man that they knew was stealing perfumes off the counter of the nearby Macy’s and “returning” them to Nordstrom. Why? Because “they didn’t want to make a scene in the store.”

No. 3:  They play on your insecurities

Do you feel special when a salesperson says you are pretty or goes on about how great your skin is? Well, for the most part, they are complimenting everyone.

“Usually if I compliment them, they open up about what they are looking for,” says one former makeup artist. She says she found that women were “shy and self-conscious” and that with a little “boost” from her, they were more likely to talk to her about their skin or makeup concerns and buy products.

No. 4:  They make things up

“Cosmetic training in a department store or beauty supply focuses mostly on sales and not about product knowledge, which is unfortunate,” says one former counter makeup artist.

“We do learn mediocre product information, but that doesn’t come until several months after working there, so we spend the first couple months making stuff up or sharing our limited experience,” she says. “I would generalize that most beauty advisors know a little more than what the average woman does about beauty,” and the ones that make “good money” off commissions are “sales people, not beauty experts,” she concludes.

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The Secrets to Making Your Makeup Last Longer

Tip 1: Protect Your Skin
Unless you want your skin to tan darker throughout the day, be sure to wear skincare products that contain SPF while outside, says Smashbox Cosmetics artist Green. She uses SPF formulas on models to keep their skin from tanning and appearing inconsistent in photos during all-day shoots.
Try: Olay Complete Daily Defense UV Moisturizer SPF 30, $14.99

Tip 2: Blot A Lot
“A lot of people make the mistake of toning down shine with powder puff and face powder, which can be problematic,” says Green, who uses blotting papers instead. “If you’re hot, sweaty, and shiny, you don’t want to add powder onto oil and perspiration, you’ll get a floury, chalky mess!” Instead, blot forehead, nose, upper chin, and the area above the eyebrows with tissue or blotting papers to absorb oils without disturbing makeup.
Try: MAC Blot Film, $12.50

Tip 3: Cool off Your Body
“Don’t expect to apply perfect makeup as soon as you jump out of the shower,” Green says. “All it’s going to do is absorb into skin and make you break out. If you’re hot and sweaty post-shower, allow yourself ten minutes to let your body cool down before applying makeup.” On the go? Green suggests carrying a portable, paper fan to cool off whenever you feel sweaty while Stern suggests keeping a facial mist in your bag for “a refreshing boost.”
A mist to try: Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist, $24

Tip 4: Use a Primer
“[It] helps makeup cling on to skin a little tighter for longer-lasting grip and keeps you from getting oily and greasy during the day,” Green says. Another option (great for guys too): Dab a little bit of anti-shine gel under or over makeup to take down the gleam of oily skin.
Try: Lola Refine Shine Anti-Shine Gel, $24

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Mascara

Tip 1

If you have a traditional brush wand, improve lash separation while applying mascara by moving the wand in a swift, zig-zag fashion from lash root to tip as opposed to one sweeping motion.

Tip 2

Don’t forget to coat your inner lashes. “Many women only apply mascara to the middle and outer corners of their lashes,” says Hezekiah. This can give off an illusion that changes your eye shape, making them look closer together or more narrow. Think of your lashes as a fan with three sections. You want to amplify every section of the fan—middle, outer side, and inner side—to really open up your eyes and flatter your eye shape.

Tip 3

Dab the tip of your mascara on a tissue to get rid of the glob that tends to form there. This will keep you from getting uneven, goopy product distribution, especially on your shorter lashes.

Tip 4

It’s okay to bend your wand to help you reach smaller lashes. (You can always bend it back carefully.) It’s a great, cost-effective option if you don’t want to buy a separate mascara with a bent-wand applicator like Napoleon Perdis Long Black Mascara, $22.

Tip 5

If you use a lash primer, particularly a white one (like that in Jane MaxLash 2 Mascara & Primer in black, $4.99), wait ten to thirty seconds for the primer to dry, then apply your mascara. This keeps the color of your mascara from looking “diluted” (i.e. gray instead of black).

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The Five Worst Cities for Your Skin

By: Total (June 2009)

Before blowing your next paycheck dermatologist’s office or on pricey skin care products, take a closer look at the place you call home. We looked at pollution levels, sunshine and humidity averages, skin cancer, smoking rates, and even tanning salons per capita to determine which U.S. locales could be disastrous for your skin. Did your city make the list?

No. 5: Charleston, West Virginia
West Virginia’s capital city is also the country’s unofficial capital for tanning salons. With a staggering thirty-four tanning salons per capita, Charleston—along with being polluted and stiflingly humid (83 percent humidity on average)—is the U.S. city most addicted to those harmful “UV coffins” (a.k.a. tanning booths). Take a hint from our favorite bronzed celebs and spend the tanning dollars on some self-tanner instead: these tips will show you how to achieve their look, sans skin damage.

No. 4: Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix residents need to beware of the skin damage trifecta: Pollution, sunshine (85 percent of days are sunny annually), and dry heat (only 50 percent average humidity). Lack of humidity can cause skin to dry out, making it more likely to wrinkle, says Bank. If not properly protected, this combo could leave you with dry, deep wrinkles and a high risk of skin cancer. Sounds like Arizonans could use one of these antioxidant-rich sunscreens to protect them from skin damaging free radicals and UV rays.

No. 3: Las Vegas, Nevada
Sin City residents are likely committing skin sins on a daily basis, even if they aren’t spending late nights in the clubs and casinos. The stress level and smoking rate are through the roof here, and the year-round sunshine and only 39 percent average humidity doesn’t help the good skin cause. If you call Las Vegas home, slather on an antioxidant infused moisturizing lotion and plenty of SPF daily.

No. 2: Houston, Texas

The Lone Star State’s largest city has very high ozone pollution combined with a high smoking rate and 90 percent humidity (our pores are clogging just thinking about it). And it looks like H-Town wreaks havoc on more than just skin because it also made our list of the worst hair cities.

No. 1: Bakersfield, California

The American Lung Association ranks Bakersfield as the city most polluted by year-round particle pollution. The area’s dry, stagnant weather doesn’t help matters either (nasty pollutants and no fresh, cool air to blow them away). This combined with Bakersfield’s record-high sunshine and heat makes this Cali locale a combat zone for your skin. As Dr. Kunin explains, the actual particle pollution obviously isn’t good for skin, but what’s even more damaging is when the pollution depletes the ozone layer and allows stronger, more damaging UV rays to reach us; Bakersfield is the second most ozone-polluted city.

What is the One Makeup Product We Can’t Live Without?

“If you were stuck on a desert island with a cute guy and had access to only one makeup product what would that product be?”  One of the toughest questions any Makeupista (makeup guru) has to face. When we posed this question on  the top result was:

  • Eyeliner

The items that came in next were mascara followed closely by lipstick/lipgloss. My choice was mascara. Time to spill the secret ladies: what makeup product can’t you live without?

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