4 Things Men Might Not Know About Shaving

Thank you all for your kind words. They really make me enjoy writing this blog every week. 

I have decided that because I have been getting a lot of male readers, that I will change up my blog topics every week, so that one week is for females, and the other week is for males. So here are 4 things men might not know about shaving.

1) When men shave there face, they tend to get a terrible rash or breakouts afterwards. To prevent this use a daily moisturizer on your face. It will help to reduce the irritation and dryness of your skin. And if possible, by razors that have moisturizing strips on them to add extra moisturizer to your skin while you shave. You will see that your skin is much softer and smoother after.

2) The Ingrown Hairs. Ingrown hairs form from razor irritation against the skin. Ingrown hair s tend to look just like acne but do not pop them. It can cause more irritation to the skin. especially if the hair is not removed. To prevent ingrown hairs, shave in the direction of the hair growth instead of against it. It will help to not irritate your skin as much. Also, avoid using a dull razor blade. When you use a dull razor blade, it can cause irritation and you are more likely to cut yourself and bleed. It is best to use a new razor blade each time you shave and shave slowly.

3) If you rush through shaving, you are much more likely to miss a spot or two, as well as cut your self. Always double check your face after you are finished, to make sure you do not leave hair behind. Keep a razor in your car if you do, that way you can pick up any missed spots. After you have finished shaving, do not apply products that have a lot of alcohol in them. This can cause more irritation then not properly shaving. Your best bet is to use a little bit of baby powder to soothe the irritation, and before you leave wipe the powder off gently with a damp cloth. 

4) Managing your facial hair. If you have problems with your facial hair, like it grows in, in patches, or has weird colors to it, it may be best to just have a clean shaven face. It will be easier for you to maintain, and won’t look weird. If you notice your facial hair starting to become fuller and less patchy, then go for a beard. If you are going to have a beard, mustache, or goatee, before you trim it, apply conditioner to soften the hair, dry it off, then trim the hair. It will make the hair easier to comb through, and result in less pulling.

And men remember to take tweezers your eyebrows. There should be two of them not one. Just remove the hairs from the middle to keep you looking great. Thank you again for all the great comments!

~aphrodite

More Tips & Tricks For When Your On The Go!

This are more tips and tricks for when your always on the go. From easy hair styling tricks to easy make-up tricks to what to keep on you for a daily use. After these tips, you will be apply to go any where at any time.

Hair:

1) The T-Zone Blow-dry. The t-zone blow-dry is a quick way to style your hair without having to style the whole head. The t-zone is from behind your ears forward, and the top of your head. First, apply product to your hair to help it dry quicker and smoother, such as Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny. Then rough dry your head with the blow dryer on high heat for about 5-10 mins, then run a brush through it. Section out the front of your hair and top section. Use a round brush and blow-dry these sections as desired. The t-zone blow-dry the top and front of your hair is styled, so it will give you a polished look.

2) Fix Flat Hair. If your hair constantly falls flat, next time condition your hair first, then shampoo it. The conditioner will give your hair the moisture it needs, and by shampooing it after it will keep your hair from becoming weighed down. If your hair is flatter by the next morning, flip your head upside down and blow-dry your hair on cool. When you flip your head back over, it will give you more volume. Spray lightly with hair spray to help hold.

3) Fix Frizzy Hair. If you have curly hair that tends to get frizzy after it dries or anytime you try to brush it try this trick. Use a squirt bottle and fill it with water. Lightly spray your hair. Take a nickel to quarter size amount of lotion and rub it in both hands. Apply on your hair (without touching the scalp) starting at the top and go in a downward motion. Then rub your ends in between your hands. The lotion will help to reduce frizz and give your hair a nice scent from what ever lotion you chose. 

Make-up:

1) Refresh your make-up. Every morning you go through your daily make-up routine. Concealer, foundation, and cover-up are all part of this routine. Usually about half-way through the day you notice that you need a touch-up, but instead of applying more and more product, you can use a different technique to refresh your make-up. Dab your brush in a little bit of water and re-blend your make-up. It will have it looking fresher, and not dried out. 

2) Lips & Cheeks Matching. If you are in a crunch for time and do not have any blush, you can use your lipstick as blush. Apply your lipstick as you normally would, and if it is shade of pink, you can apply a dab on each cheek. Blend in with your fingers like you would with a blush brush. It instantly adds color to your cheeks, and nobody will know that you used lipstick instead of blush.

 

If your skin tends to get oily through-out the day, keep a stash of paper towel in your purse, desk or pocket. Take one out and gently pad your forehead, nose and chin to absorb oil. Do not rub your skin because it will remove your make-up, making it look smeared. 

 

Using these tips will help you look polished, even if you only took a few minutes to get ready. And keep you looking great all day long. Thank you for all your kind words and support.

~aphrodite 

Tips & Tricks To Fix You Up, When You Are Always On The Go!

Everyone has one of those day’s were you just don’t have time for that morning routine. Well, instead of going out in sweats, yesterday’s make-up, and that slept on hair, try some of these tips. It will give you a fresher appearance, no matter what your wearing or were your going.

Hair:

1) Dry Shampoo. Dry Shampoo is the best invention ever! If you are in a rush and do not have time to wash your hair, spray dry shampoo from about 8-10 inches from your scalp on the roots. Wait two minutes, then brush threw your hair. It will eat up an access oil and leave your hair styled as desired.

2) Natural Hair. If you are tired of blow-drying your hair after washing it, why not go natural?  Add a drop of Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny in your hands, rub together and apply over the mid shaft (middle of hair) to the ends. It helps your hair to dry quicker, and makes it easier to brush. If you have curly hair, add mouse and scrunch your hair for nice curls.

3) EXTREME Side Part. Tired of your everyday part? Want to change up your hair without being to drastic? Try the extreme side part. If you already part your hair to one side of your head, move the current part over 1- 2 inches. If you part your hair down the middle, move your part either right or left 2 1/2-3 1/2 inches.  It will give you a different look, and add volume to the top of your head.

Make-up:

1) Lip Balm. If your in a hurry and need to apply something to your lips, try a lip balm. It is great for adding a moisture to dry lips and gives you an added shine. You can also buy colored lip balm if wanted. Keep it on you and apply it multiple times a day for long lasting shine.

2) Tinted Moisturizer. Tinted moisturizer is great if you do not have time to apply foundation, blush or bronzer. Find a tinted moisturizer like Dermologica’s Sheer Tint Moisture in your shade and apply. It has an SPF of 15 in it to protect against harmful rays, a tint of color to have you looking radiant, and the moisturizer you need to keep your skin from becoming dry and flaky. It works for all skin types, and will give you an long lasting glow.

3) Eyelash Curler. To really bring out your eyes, apply a coat of mascara then use an eyelash curler on your top lashes. By doing so your lashes will curl upwards making you appear more awake. It helps to take away from eye creases, while giving your eyes a youthful appearance. If you have short lashes, it will also make them appear longer.

Next time you are in a hurry, try these simple hair and make-up tricks to give you that little fix-up before you leave. 

*Added Tip. Apply hydrocrotisone cream over razor burn to help minimize it, and reduce itching.

~aphrodite

 

Make-up To Match Any Hair Color!!!!

I want to start off by saying thank you to everyone. Your comments are truly wonderful, and your support has really made our blog grow so much. It is a pleasure to write this every week. Today’s topic is finding make-up colors to match your hair color. If you recently changed your hair color and aren’t sure if the make-up your using goes well, we will reassure you what colors will look best with your new look.

1.Dark Brown. For women with dark brown hair, bolder colors tend to really bring out your natural features and enhance your hair color. For eye shadows, try metallic colors, plums and burgundy. When applying your make-up, use metallic colors on your eyelids paired with a black liner and a few coats of black mascara. It will really bring out your eyes and make them pop. On your cheeks, use a bronzer with a bit of gold into it. It will give your skin a nice glow, and add color to your face. And lastly on your lips go with rich reds, or burgundy’s to really bring out your hair color. Add a lip gloss over top for that extra shine.

2.Black. For women with black hair, it is best to go with a more dramatic eye, and keep the rest of your face more natural. On your eyes, use gray and navy to create a smokey eye. Line your eyelids with a charcoal gray liner on top and bottom, then lightly put a navy shadow over it. It will really make your eye color stand out. Finish your eyes with a black mascara. On your cheeks, use a light pink blush, just to add a bit of color. On your lips, use a very light pink gloss. It will add color, but not to much so that way people keep there focus on your eyes and hair.

3.Blondes. Having blonde hair, gives you a warmer all around look. To play that up, keep with the natural shades all around. On your eyes, use light browns on your lids and right under your lower lashes. Use a brown eyeliner on your top lashes, and black mascara. The brown eyeliner will really bring out the colors in the shadow, as well as the color of your eyes.  For your cheeks, add a bit of color with a peachy-pink blush. And finish your look off with a warm peach or pink lip gloss that has lots of shine. It really ties the whole look together.

4.Red. Red hair is hard to enhance without going overboard. On your eyes, use a green shadow. Try to stick with medium to dark greens, like moss or forest greens. Add a reddish-brown liner on top lashes. It tones down the green just slightly to give it a beautiful look. On your cheeks, use a rosy color. It gives your that natural blush look, without making your face look red. And on your lips, nudes or pinks with hints of brown. It gives you a splash of color without doing too much.

5.Medium Brown. With medium brown hair, you can pretty much use any color pallet you would like. On your eyes, I would go with a mix of beige and grays, while using a blue liner on the top lashes. Use a medium pink blush to add radiance to your skin. Finish with a berry hue. It will give your lips a sexy look, and really makes your lips stand out against your hair.

Don’t be afraid to change up your hair color. With these make-up tips, your will have beautiful make-up to match your already beautiful hair. 

~aphrodite

More Make-up Tips To Keep You Looking Younger!

On Tuesday we gave you 5 tips on how to make you look younger by changing up your make-up some. Today we are going to give you 5 more tips, and you should then have the complete younger look!

1. Switch to a Gel Liner. As you get older, using eyeliner can be a great way to make your eyes POP. Pencil liners tend to smudge, which can enhance fine lines and wrinkles. Liquid liner can tend to look very thick and over done. For a simple look, use a gel liner, which creates a nice line, without smudging. To change it up a little try the cat eye effect. Just apply your liner on the top lid, and add a small flick up at the end of your eye lid.

2. Use an Eyelash Curler. As you get older, your eyelashes can become thinner. Applying many coats of mascara, can give you clumpy, unappealing lashes. Apply one thin coat of mascara, and use a lash curler on your lashes. Apply another thin coat of mascara on the top lashes only. It will make your lashes appear longer, and your eyes brighter. Also try a volumizing mascara for an extra boost. 

3. Fill in your Brows. If your eyebrows are starting to become a lighter color, and less full looking, try lightly filling them in. Outline the shape of your brows, and going from the middle, go fuller to lighter while gently filling in with a brush. It will give you an instant eye lift, and give you more defined eyebrows. Make sure to use a color that is close to your natural eyebrow color, and only up to a shade darker. You want to make sure it looks natural and not drawn on. Another option is getting your eyebrows tinted. It lasts for over a month, and gives you nice natural brows.

4. Stay away from Dark Lip Color. Dark lipstick can make you look older, and bring out fine lines on your face. It will make your lips appear thinner. Go for a more natural color choice, like a light pink, with a gloss over it. The gloss will give the effect of fuller lips, and add an extra shine.

5. Invest in a Nude Liner. A nude liner is used by professionals to keep eye make-up as well as lipstick from running. Use it to line the inner corners of your eyes as well as the lower eye rim. Or line your lips with it before applying lipstick. It will make your eyes look more awake, and give long lasting make-up that stays put. 

 

For all those lady’s out there, you are beautiful at any age, but if you think you want to take a few years off, try these tips. It will make you look younger and bring back that killer confidence. 

~aphrodite

Make-up Tips To Have You Looking Younger Than EVER!

Every women is always worried about aging. And they are wondering why they cannot age like the stars. Well, you can if you use the proper make-up techniques. Here are 5 ways you can apply your make-up to make your-self look younger, and better than ever.

1. Lighten up your Foundation. When you use a dry or heavy foundation, it can exaggerate your wrinkles. Avoid using matte foundations. Look for a foundation that has moisturizer in it, subtle coverage (if you have age spots), and has a light- reflecting pigments. It will add that natural glow, which is common in younger women. When applying your foundation, be sure to blend it in down your neck, and even into your chest. It will give a much more even coverage.

2. Use a serious Concealer for Dark Circles. Using a small amount of concealer might seem to do the trick, but after a few hours the dark circles will begin to show threw. As you begin to age, your eye area becomes thinner and more hollowed, which can make it harder to hide shadows. Apply a thick concealer in the inner corners then dot it all across your eye hollow. Blend well.

3. Learn a Contouring Trick. Bronzer isn’t just for keeping up that beautiful tan in the colder months, it is used by professionals to downplay on saggy cheeks, jowls, and necks. When you look for a good bronzer, make sure it has a matte finish, and that is not orange. Apply the bronzer in a sweeping motion, under your cheekbones, chin and along the jawline. IT provides an instant visual of a nip and tuck. After apply a soft powder to prevent the bronzer from looking striped, and making it well blended. This is the best way to give yourself a tan without aging your skin.

4. Switch to a Cream Blush. After you hit 40, your skin becomes duller and flatter than in its more youthful days. Using a powdered blush will only bring out the dullness. Using a cream blush, will add a youthful appearance to dry, mature skin, by never settling into fine lines. When applying, do not apply straight across your cheeks. It will give you a dated look, and make you appear even older. Instead, apply to the apples of your cheeks, and blend into your hairline. It will keep you looking young and fresh faced.

5. Give your Lids a Lift. Many things begin to sag and drop with age, including your eyelids. An easy way to help your eyes look less saggy is by using eye shadow. Pick an eye shadow in a cream, peach, beige, or light gold tone. It will give the illusion that you had an eye lift. Make sure you use a matte color, because anything with a shimmer can make lines that criss-cross, which will just make your eyes look worse.

 

Try these simple make-up tips. They will leave people guessing your age, and never believing it when you tell them. Thanks for reading!

~aphrodite.

Keeping Your Hair Color Beautiful! From Start to Finish

Tired of constantly coloring your hair to have it fade out in a matter of weeks? Well try these tips before and after getting your hair colored to keep your color vibrant and beautiful.

1. Start Strong. One week before getting your hair colored, use a clarifying shampoo to remove any access oils and dirt from your hair. This will give your hair a deep clean, while making it easier for the color to take to your hair. After the shampoo, use a Moroccan Oil deep conditioner. It is all natural, and will help to protect your hair from any damage from the hair color.

2. Do your research. Look up different hair color ideas, to find colors you like and do not like. It will help give you a better idea of what you are looking for. If you find a picture with the color you really love, print it out. It helps to have a visual, so your stylist can easily match the color, and see how it will look with your skin tone. If the stylist does not think it is a good match, they can show you other color options that will be.

3. Keep your hair dirty. Do not wash your hair for at least 24 hours prior to getting a hair coloring service done. If you do, it can strip your hair of its natural oils, causing your scalp to be more sensitive. Those natural oils help adhere the color to your hair.

4. Make it last. After your hair stylist has finished your hair color and you have left the salon, do not wash your hair for 48 hours. It takes 48 hours for the hair color to completely lock into your hair. After 48 hours, wash your hair in warm water, with a color safe shampoo and conditioner to keep color from fading.

 

To keep your color for as long as possible, do not wash your hair everyday. Wash it every other day or every two days. The more you wash your hair the more your color is going to bleed. In between washes, use a dry shampoo. You spray it on your roots, and rub it in with your finger tips. It will eat up the access oil, so your hair does not look greasy.

Hope you enjoyed these tips, and have beautiful, long-lasting hair color. 

~aphrodite

5 More ways to add volume!

Here is 5 additional ways to add volume to your flat lifeless hair.

1. Use Dry Shampoo! In between washes or to rock a style from the day before use a little dry shampoo. It will remove the excess oils and give your hair extra lift. Just spray on your roots and rub in with your fingers.

2. Match hair texture to the right product! To get the best looking hair use products for your hair type. If you have thinner hair use light weight products like a mist or light serum to give added volume. For medium textured hair use a mousse to add bulk to the hair without weighting it down.

3. Feed your scalp! A Healthy scalp leads to healthy hair growth. If your hair seems thin and straggly, use a vitamin enriched treatment. It will give the nutrients your scalp needs to help grow healthy hair.

4. Tease it! When you tease your hair it creates a padding of hair that the rest of your hair sits on. Thus giving it volume. When you tease your hair be sure to fully remove the teeth from the hair after each stroke.

5. Add some curls! After you ruff dry your hair roll in curlers. Let them sit until the hair is completely dry then remove. Not only will you have loose waves or curls, but it will give you added volume on top.

~aphrodite

5 ways to boost volume.

Here are 5 simple tricks to help your flat lifeless hair.

1. Lose the part! Keeping your hair parted the same way tends to flatten the hair. Switch your part to the other side for an instant volume boost. You can also lose the part completely by pulling your hair straight back. Use hairspray to keep the hair in place.

2. Condition first, Then Shampoo. While most people shampoo their hair before they condition it, that causes your hair to become weighted down reuslting in a flat look. By conditioning  your hair before you shampoo you will remove excess build up, and result in fuller hair.

3. Get the right cut! If you have thick hair avoid getting a one-length cut. This will cause your hair to look weighted down. Instead use longer layers to give your hair the movement it needs. With thinner hair try a shorter more layered cut to give and appearance of thickness.

4. Blow up, Not out! When blow drying first ruff dry your hair, then blow dry in an upward motion to create volume. Use the cool shot at the end to freeze the hair. 

5. Add oils! Use an all natural plant oil to help remove the heavier oils on your scalp. When you wash your hair it will be healthier and cleaner.

~Aphrodite

3 More Easy Make-up Saving Fixes

In the last post about make-up saving fixes, we told you how to fix clumpy mascara, cakey foundation, and chipped polish. Today we are going to help you out even more by telling you how to fix an oily t-zone, smudged eyeliner, and runny lipstick. After these tips you will no longer have to throw away your favorite make-up.

1. Oily T-zone. When you have a oily t-zone, you can use a large powder brush to apply powder as needed to absorb oil. It will keep your make-up looking great, while getting rid of the excess oil on your face. If your face is prone to becoming oily, try use an oil free moisturizer, and try using a once a week oatmeal scrub. It is great for exfoliating your skin, and it helps to decrease the oil.

2. Smudged Eyeliner. Not everyone loves to rock the smudged eyeliner look. If you do just evenly smudge both eyes with a make-up sponge. If you do not want the smudged eyeliner look, take a cotton swab to blot and lift way the streaks the best you can. You can prevent the smudged eyeliner look by staying away from heavy moisturizers around your eyes, and use a gel-based liner. They go on much smoother than liquid eyeliner, and do not run. Also try using eyeliner just on the top lid.

3. Mussed/Runny Lipstick. Lipstick that doesn’t stay in place is not a good look for anyone. To clean up runny lipstick, dip one end of a cotton swab in make-up remover and wipe off the area. Use the other side of the cotton swab to remove any access remover. Use a small dab of concealer to cover up any left over discoloration. To prevent lipstick bleeding, use a clear of color close to your lipstick as a liner. Or you can use a matte lipstick. They have fewer moisturizers, so it is less likely to bleed. To add shine, just use a simple lip gloss.

I hope this simple make-up fixes give you beautiful, long lasting make-up. Come back to see our next blog post.

~ aphrodite