Beauty Tips

Sole Sisters!

Just a friendly reminder, it's that time of the year again. Please raise your big toes and repeat after me:

As a member of the Beautiful Woman Sisterhood, I pledge to follow The Rules when I wear sandals and other open-toe shoes:

I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. The sides and tops of my feet will not pudge out between the straps.

I will go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.

I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow.

I will shave the hairs off my big toe.

I won't wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother, sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.

If a strap breaks, I won't duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.

I will not live in corn denial; rather I will lean on my AVON lady and her Footworks products if my feet need her.

I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low price of $4.99 even if my feet are small enough to fit into the kids' sizes. This is out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others. No one can walk properly when standing in a pool of sweat and I would hate to take someone down with me as I fall and break my ankle.

I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.

I will be brutally honest with my girlfriend/sister/coworker when she asks me if her feet are too ugly to wear sandals. Someone has to tell her that her toes look like they've been dragged behind her car on the way to work and no sandal in the world is going to make her feet look good.

I will promise if I wear flip flops, that I will ensure they actually flip and flop, making the correct noise while walking and NOT to slide or drag my feet while wearing them.

I will promise to go my local beauty school at least once per season and have a real pedicure (they are about $15 and worth EVERY penny). I say spend another $20.00 and get a even better one.

I will promise to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show of wear... nothing is tackier than dirty white sandals.

For all our sakes, please don't keep this to yourself - pass it on to Other Sisters. May God Bless your Soles as well as your Soul!

14 Ways to Use Fragrances

  • 1. Spray cologne on damp towel-dried hair before combing.
  • 2. Dab a few drops of perfume on light bulbs. The heat will diffuse fragrance when light is on.
  • 3. Saturate cotton balls with scent, let dry, tuck in pillowcases.
  • 4. Spray cologne on underside of wooden book shelves. Wood holds scent.
  • 5. Store scented soap, unwrapped, in lingerie drawer.
  • 6. Spray panty-hose from waist to knees
  • 7. Dab cologne on a sheet of plain-bond paper, let dry, keep it in your attaché case under business paper.
  • 8. Pick up comers of rug and carpets; spray underside with cologne.
  • 9. Saturate lace hankie and tuck in comer of your purse.
  • 10. Put all your empty perfume bottles and stoppers in bureau drawers. Throw out only when all traces of fragrance are gone.
  • 11. Dab perfume on radiator vents.
  • 12. Put perfume on petals of artificial flowers.
  • 13. Spray fabric-covered hangars in clothes closet.
  • 14. Spritz perfume on your bra before putting it on in the morning. 

Cosmetics Shelf Life

 Two Reasons to Know the Shelf Life of your Cosmetics.

1. To be sure they are still effective
2. To assess their possible contamination with bacteria that can cause rashes or infection.

Foundation: up to 2 years Throw out sooner if the pigment has started to change or the consistency becomes clumpy. 

Lipstick: 1 1/2 to 2 years When the waxes eventually dry out, you'll feel a loss of the slip that makes application easy.

Mascara: 3 months Because the process of applying involves moving the wand from lashes to bottle and back, the risk of introducing bacteria is high. A new tube every three months is simply sensible eye hygiene.

Eye Shadow: 3 years If either power or cream varieties exhibit an odor or a color or texture change, discard sooner. 
Lip/ Eye Pencils: 2 years If the pencil starts to stick and get more difficult to use, it's probably dried out. Time to toss it.

Blush: 3 years Despite a long shelf life, be alert to changes in color, smell or consistency. 

Moisturizers: 3 years Discard them sooner if you start to smell an off odor or the overall texture seems to have changed. 

Sun Protection: 2 years When it's time to discard, you'll notice that the product starts to separate and may have an odor.

Self -Tanners: 6 months to 1 year Self-tanners take on a funny smell when they're past their prime. They become less effective and you may get a lighter or inconsistent "tan"

Fragrance: 1 to 4 years Perfume fades in 1 to 2 years: Toilet water: 2 to 4 years. Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Deodorant: 3 years The active ingredients don't last; forever, and once they're inert, the deodorant isn't effective.

Nail Polish: 6 months to 4 years The less it's exposed to air and sunlight, the longer it last. Store in the refrigerator. 

Beauty Tips

Makeup Application Tips                   

v  Start with minimal product.  It’s easier to apply more than it is to apply less.
v  For a more natural look, use shades with equal intensity and undertone, use matte shades rather than shimmer, and apply less rather than more.
v  For a dramatic look, use deeper or darker shades, use shimmer shades instead of matte, and apply more rather than less.
v  To emphasize a specific feature, select a shade one intensity lighter or darker.

Ten Steps of Makeup Application 

  1. Concealer
  2. Foundation
  3. Powder
  4. Base eye shadow and accent eye shadow
  5. Eye liner
  6. Brow pencil or brow powder
  7. Blush
  8. Mascara
  9. Lip liner
  10. Lipstick 

The Daily Dose of Skin Care.  Who’s on First? 

v  Cleansers always come first.  When special exfoliators are used they come between cleansing and toning.

v  Toning, if separate, comes after cleansing.

v  Treatments come after toning.  If multiple treatments are used, apply the lightest in consistency before heavier, richer, creamier consistencies.

v  Eye creams are applied just before or just after moisturizers.

v  Moisturizers are applied last, if they contain a sunscreen. 

3 Ways to Perfect Your Pout 

  1. Soften delicate skin.  Use a conditioning treatment.  When lips are hydrated, color goes on evenly and lasts longer.  
  2. Create the illusion of dimension.  Apply a pearly illuminator directly above the indent of lip’s V-shape.  The highlighter creates luminosity and gives lips a lift.  
  3. Add shine.  Shiny lips always look smoother and fuller.  Wear an intense-shine gloss alone, or dab on a clear coat in the center over lipstick.  

3 Instant Skin Fixes 
Neutralize Ruddiness
Spritz on a moisturizing mist that contains botanical soothers like oat extract to calm redness.  It will also help rehydrate dry skin for an instant glow.

Banish Breakouts
Blemishes look inflamed because they’re mildly infected.  For faster healing, spot treat to kill bacteria.
Hide Fine Lines
Plump up wrinkles – and uncover softer skin – with a gentle exfoliator.  Removing the outer layers of the epidermis stimulates collagen production beneath the surface.   

Get Knockout Legs 
Conceal imperfections like bruises, veins, and cellulite with a bronzing cream.  Self-tanners even out skin tone and look more natural than stockings.  Smooth dry areas like knees and ankles with a gentle exfoliator then apply a buildable tanning lotion from hips to feet.

Create Sexy Cleavage 
Make a small chest appear voluptuous by outlining cleavage with a gold or pink body illuminator.  Adding a shadow between breast works as well as your favorite push-up bra.

Reshape Your Derriere 
Tone your bottom with a body cream that contains a combination of hydrating and anti-cellulite ingredients.  Apply immediately after washing to trap extra moisture.   

Erase Body Blemishes 
Clear breakouts on the back, shoulders, and chest with a clay body mask.  Clay acts like a sponge to absorb excess oil. Apply to dry skin and rinse with warm water, especially after working out to remove blemish-causing sweat.   

Get Silky Soft Skin 
Turn dry skin so luxurious that it’ll give your favorite lingerie serious competition.  In the shower, gently buff away dead surface layers with a sugar scrub.  Exfoliating allows lotions to penetrate deeper and heightens your glow.

Step-by-Step Summer Beauty 
1.  Shed Dead Skin

      To make any treatment more effective (moisturizing, waxing, or self-tanning, first slough away dull cells with a body scrub.  Plus, removing dry patches makes your skin appear more even-toned.  
2.  Smooth Cellulite
Treat dimples on areas like your abs, butt, and the backs of your thighs with a treatment that contains circulation stimulators, such as seaweed or caffeine.  Massage using circular motions for a few minutes to temporarily firm the skin and make bumps less noticeable.  
3.  Get Hair-Free
      Yes, waxing hurts more than shaving, but it removes hair from the root to keep skin smooth up to three weeks longer.  Hold the area taut and apply a thin, even layer of wax.  Press a paper strip firmly over was and use the other hand to pull it off quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth.  Heal irritation by covering the area with a cotton pad soaked in soothing oil. 

4.  Go Beyond the Pale
      The darker you are, the slimmer you look – it’s an optical illusion.  Apply self-tanner at least 15 minutes before bed so tanning agents have time to fully develop.  Color will fade more evenly when the skin is hydrated, so apply a lotion with a touch of self-tanner every other day to moisturize skin and boost your shade.  
5.  Enhance Your Assets
      Add a hint of luminosity to areas you want to draw attention to.  For a subtle effect, dab a shimmering lotion along your collarbone and down shins.  To go deeper, sweep bronzing oil between your breasts and over your legs.  This reflects light off your skin, which diffuses imperfections.

5 Tips for No-Melt Makeup 
Fake a Glow
Instead of applying terra-cotta bronzer over moisturizer, start by stroking a gel bronzer across your forehead and cheekbones and down your nose.  Then dab on lotion and blend for a dewy, sun-kissed look.
Keep Yours Cool
Stash your tinted moisturizer or foundation in the refrigerator.  When you smooth it on, the heat from your face will melt it in – you’ll look like you have naturally perfect skin.
Get Bright-Eyed
Pull the focus upward by brushing lids with a single shade of tropical-colored powder shadow like violet or peacock green. To add drama for evening, use a pencil to line along upper lashes and smudge.
Stay Cheeky
Use a cream formula instead of powder, which will streak if you sweat.
Make It Seamless
Avoid obvious-looking makeup by wearing the same shade – such as peach or pink – on eyes, cheeks, and lips.   

3 Tips for Sandal-Perfect Feet 
Light Up the Beach
If you’re beach bound, choose a vibrant red or bright pink nail color for toes.  Pales tend to turn yellow or fade when exposed to sand and UV rays, even with a sun-protecting top coat.
Soften Up For Sandals
Drizzle warm body oil on heels and wrap in cotton gauze for 15 minutes to reveal the softest, sexiest, most sandal-perfect heels ever.
Mellow the Yellow
Soak feet in a basin of water with a capful of Clorox bleach for a few minutes to deep-clean dingy feet and turn yellow-stained nails a bright white.

4 Steps to a Flawless Complexion
Want perfect skin?  Return to the basics:  daily cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. 
1.  Target your T-zone.

      Most women have a greater buildup of cells on the forehead, nose, and chin, which can lead to clogged pores.  Sweep a cotton puff or pad steeped in salicylic acid-based toner over your face, concentrating on those areas.  
2.  Do a weekly mask.
      Feed skin extra nutrients or anti-aging ingredients with a once-a-week treatment.  Masks can penetrate more deeply and are more effective once dead skin cells have been diminished. 
3.  Use an SPF of 15 or higher.
      Consistent sloughing helps diminish hyperpigmentation like brown spots and freckles.  To keep skin tone even, you must use a protective product with an SPF of 15 or higher – even for incidental sun exposure. 
4.  Apply makeup with a light hand.
      When skin is properly exfoliated, you don’t need a ton of coverage.  You won’t have to worry about the cakey look that can result from pigment clinging to clumps of dry cells.

1-Minute Makeovers 
      Think pink.  Swap your dull powder blush for a bright pink or berry cheek stain.  Blend color onto the apples of your cheeks in circles.   
      Give some lip.  A barely-there gloss that’s just a bit brighter than your natural lip color will give you reason to smile.   
      Flip you lids.  Swipe a cream shadow in a bright hue, such as green, plum, or bronze, across your lid from lash line to crease.  A strong color around your eyes makes them – and you – immediately noticeable.  

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