What are Eyelash Extensions

 

The eyes are an important part of the human body. One of the first things you notice the first time you meet someone is their eye. Sometimes, our eyes are accentuated by the tiny hairs that line our eyelids. It is very interesting how these tiny hairs can make a huge difference on our appearance. There are a number ways you can even make them prettier. Two of the most popular ways are using fake eyelashes and getting an eyelash extension. Unfortunately, most women do not have the time to apply fake eyelashes every day. In fact, they even lack the time to use an eyelash curler. This explains the reason why eyelash extensions have gained so much popularity in the recent years.

What is an eyelash extension?

This is a revolutionary technique of extending the length and thickness of your real eyelashes. Lash extensions are individual strands of thin to thick synthetic eyelashes curved to replicate natural eyelash. These are applied on hair to hair basis on your own lashes for a natural, luscious beautiful look. This process leaves your eyelashes longer thicker and more gorgeous

How long does it take and how is the process done?

The process of applying lashes is done while you are lying down. The whole process is likely to take approximately one and half hours for a full set but again this depend with the set of lashes you want. Once you have clean and primed your lashes, the bottom lashes are first protected with an anti aging eye pad and a medical tape. The lash extensions are then applied hair by hair on the real lashes with medical glue. This procedure is very relaxing and non-invasive. In fact, most of the clients often fall asleep during the procedure.

How long will they last?

We have seen cases whereby some lashes come out as early as after two or three weeks but typically, if the lashes are taken good care of, they can last for up to 6 weeks. These extensions will shed with the natural growth cycle of your own lashes. However, if you choose to get touch-ups in between, the lashes will last for as long as you continue to fill them in.

How often can you get a retouch?

You can get a retouch after every 2 to 4 weeks. Unfortunately, if you wait for too long, your eyelashes will fall out and you will need a complete set replacement. There are also other factors such as exposure to humidity, steam or rubbing your eyes frequently can make the extension fall out soon. Unlike when the first procedure, touchups can take between 45-60 minutes depending on the period you have waited between appointments.

Eyelash extensions are however discouraged for people: having pre-existing eyelid or eye conditions such as blephritis; are very rough with themselves; cannot control rubbing their eyes and those that are in a chlorinated water most of the time. You are also discouraged from using mechanical curlers while you are on an eyelash extension. These curlers are likely to damage your extension and your own natural lashes. Therefore, what you are you still waiting for? It is time to achieve that sexy Adele’s shutter.

Eyebrow Grooming: The Difference Between Waxing and Threading

 

To look elegant, we must learn to value personal grooming. Ladies need to keep a vigorous check on every part of their face and body. Society has set certain beauty standards for women and they need to follow them. One such standard is to have a glabrous face and well-shaped eyebrows. Facial hair is very common in men as well as women. While men are free to sport a beard and have bushy eyebrows, women need to visit a parlor at least twice a month to get rid of facial hair and have well-shaped eyebrows.

Eyebrows widely affect our looks. Even if we have beautiful almond-shaped eyes (which is the most beautiful eye shape) accentuated with mascara and kohl, but we don’t have well-shaped eyebrows, we won’t get the natural, polished look. Eyebrows are those components of our face which we cannot afford to ignore. It is mandatory for women to wax or thread their eyebrows.

Generally, threading is considered ideal for getting shapely brows. A question arises as to what is threading? So basically, threading refers to removal of facial hair by using a 100% cotton thread. Its origin can be traced back to the antiquated Eastern culture. An expert usually taken two entwined pieces of the thread and wraps them around the unwanted hair, exhuming them from our skin in one clean movement. It is a natural and safe way for hair removal.

Waxing generally involves application of wax to the skin and putting a special sheet of paper over it. When the wax dries, this sheet of paper is pulled forcefully to remove unwanted hair.

It is important to consider the superiority of threading over waxing. Waxing is very harsh on sensitive skin. It may cause inflammation and acne which can worsen with time. Wax bought from the stores comprises of dangerous chemicals which are not only harmful to your skin but also to your health. It is laden with carcinogenic paraben, resins, artificial fragrances and dyes. Threading is a safer option as it involves the use of 100% cotton thread only. It causes little or no damage to the skin at all. There might be a small acne breakout near your brows but it can be avoided by applying astringent immediately after threading. In terms of longevity as well, threading is an ideal option. You won’t have to visit salon for the next 3-4 weeks after threading your eyebrows as the hair are generally plucked from their roots. Threading is also considered as a quicker option for removal of unwanted hair. You won’t have to wait for anything to dry. It grabs one line of hair at once and safely digs it out of your skin. Threading has greater chances of delivering flawless results as well.

In addition to these advantages, Sunita Batra, the CEO of Ziba Beauty has told many other merits of threading in her short video. It will give more points of difference between waxing and threading. Threading might hurt in the beginning. But after two sessions, you would never feel like reverting to waxing.

5 Baking Soda Beauty Secrets

 

Every girl strives to look her best. While this practice is excellent to boost one’s self-confidence, it may play havoc in one’s pocket, looking at the sky-rocketing prices of beauty products in the market today. Have you ever wondered what enhanced the beauty of the generations of women before us, when beauty products were not so prevalent in the market, and there was literally no cosmetic industry? Simple! They just raided their kitchen shelves and refrigerators for natural beauty enhancing ingredients, especially baking soda, and you can do so too! Baking soda is not only inexpensive but completely safe as well! So, feel beautiful from head to toe with these tried and tested 5 baking soda beauty secrets:

Baking Soda is a product in a form of a powder which aids as a cooking ingredient, deodorizer, and even a cleaning agent. Aside from these useful characteristics, it also acts as a beautifying ingredient to certain skin types.

Skin exfoliant: Baking soda face mask serves as a natural moisturizer and an aid for skin exfoliation. You may wonder why it can be used for skin treatment; this is because its sodium bicarbonate content acts as a mild abrasive that is commonly used in different skin care products. Such content excoriates the skin by removing impurities and dead skin cells from the skin. The best attribute about this face mask is that it is inexpensive and safe, and its ingredients are readily available in your kitchen cabinet.

Teeth whitening: When it comes to health and beauty, baking soda is primarily used for teeth whitening; even some toothpaste have this powder as one of the main ingredients. By putting some baking soda on your toothbrush along with your toothpaste, you can safely whiten your teeth at home at almost no cost. However, sodium bicarbonate should not be used for teeth whitening for more than once or twice per week, and as an only solution for keeping the teeth healthy.

Ideal hair care: Replacing regular shampoo with a little baking soda, and replacing conditioner with vinegar gains more followers every day. People who in the past have replaced the regular shampoo/conditioner with this kind of baking soda/vinegar often call this method of hair washing the “no ‘poo” (“no shampoo”) method. The method basically consists of dissolving the soda in water and applying the mixture as with regular shampoo. Some use “dry shampoo” method, by sprinkling soda, directly to dry hair, and brushing it off in order to remove sebum.

Dandruff removal: Baking soda is also said to be magnificent at combating dandruff. The way to do this is to massage some baking soda into your scalp while you shampoo.

Relaxation bath: To refresh your skin and add up your natural beauty, add a cup of baking soda to your bath water. This will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth. This mixture is also a good body scrub. It also helps relieve sunburned skin and quickly restores the damaged skin tissues.

Summary
Straightforward and healthy solutions are gaining more popularity among people, and baking soda is among top pure products which can contribute to less expensive but comprehensive beauty results. They can be used for cleaning, baking, teeth whitening, hair care, drain unclogging, and many more useful everyday errands.

Health Benefits of a Head Massage

 

The head massage has been practiced in the world for millennia. It began when mothers would massage their daughter’s hair with different oils and potions in order to aid long and lustrous locks. In Hindi, this became known as ‘Champi.’ It is still widely practiced throughout India both in the family home and at the barbers.

Currently, head massage has become a popular treatment option on spa treatment lists in recent years. Metha who was blind from birth became an expert practitioner and was the first to develop and formalise the head massage into the therapy that we see today. He started teaching this massage technique in England but it soon spread worldwide.

The head massage technique is based on the ancient healing system called Ayurveda. This is a holistic type of therapy that attempts to rebalance the body, mind and spirit. This particular method of massage is an uplifting treatment that can help to invigorate and revitalise the body and soul. It is growing rapidly in popularity in our fast-paced modern society, as it does not require you to remove any clothes for the treatment because it works primarily on the shoulders, upper back, face and scalp.

The recipient will simply sit in a chair while the masseuse proceeds to massage acupressure points in a gentle and firm rhythmic fashion in the scalp with an option to use oils too. This all helps towards balancing the wellbeing of the recipient allowing them to release stress and tension.

Well, a head massage with the many benefits of relaxation and soothing sensations that help carry some scientific quotient with it. It has been practised over centuries – pressure joints of the body refined over time to maximize the effect. Let us now delve into the importance of a head massage.

Furthermore, kneading as well as stroking the fore scalp can aid in stimulating the nerves as well as blood vessels under the skin that in turn relaxes muscle tension all over the head.

While it is being used for minimizing anxiety in parts, it further improves joint mobility. The sense of peace, calmness and well-being are the other perks a typical massage offers.

The massage continues to nourish the hair and scalp but can also be beneficial in relieving eyestrain, migraines and insomnia. This method will benefit those with insomnia by relaxing tight and uncomfortable muscles. It can also benefit those with poor immune systems as it can aid the removal of toxins in the body by improving lymphatic drainage and stimulating blood circulation. In fact, it can be so effective at purging toxins from the system that a feeling of nausea and tiredness soon after therapy is common. This reaction does disappear after two or three therapy sessions.

Summary
There are many health benefits to head massage because it is a treatment widely available to all. Apart from it being beneficial for health, it is still excellent for conditioning hair and the scalp. The most attractive quality of all is that the techniques are quite simple to learn. Anybody can learn to give an Indian head massage to his or her friends and family.

How to Reduce Puffy Eyes

 

Wondering how to reduce puffy eyes and wrinkles without having to try a dozen different products before being successful? This video will help assure that the next solution you get is a winner.

Let’s face it now, nothing makes you look older that puffiness, bags, and wrinkles under your eyes. And since the eyes and face are the primary places we look when we communicate (verbally and nonverbally) with each other, it’s hard to not notice them either.

Want to know how to reduce puffy eyes and wrinkles? Here’s a few keys to success to keep in mind when looking for the perfect solution.

  • Don’t discount skin care companies that you’ve never heard of before. I didn’t find an effective treatment to reduce puffy eyes and wrinkles until I started to look closely at brands I never heard of before (specifically, ones made outside the U.S.). The Internet is a great place to find effective anti-aging products because you can learn a whole lot more about them then by just reading a product’s label at the store. Just remember that a heavily advertised product isn’t necessarily one that works; it just means they advertise the most!
  • Don’t let price dictate which product you get. I know that price is important, but you can’t let it decide which product to go with. If you spend too little, you’re just going to waste your money. But you certainly don’t need to spend $75-$100 on a single eye care product. Pick which one to go with based on the ingredients it contains.
  • Realize what causes wrinkles, hand bags, and puffiness to form under the face. Wrinkles form because of a loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid inside the skin. Cost-free radical damage accelerates growing older also.Puffiness within the eyes forms as a result of increased fluid build-up on account of poor drainage and also circulation, an enhance in skin slackening, as well as a decrease is skin elasticity.
  • In order to cut back puffy eyes and also wrinkles, you need a cream or lotion that contains the right components in effective portions. Not only are you looking to get an eye treatment that contains the right things that address the problems as listed above, you also have to make sure that the product employs those ingredients throughout effective amounts. Many companies simply just use minimal degrees of some ingredients simply to add it to be able to it’s label.
  • Look for proof that the product (or at least the ingredients) is effective and does what it says it does. Unlike drugs, skin care companies do not have to prove their products are effective and safe. If a company really knew how effective their product was, they would have put it through clinical trials to prove it’s effectiveness. Whenever they didn’t, then how can they know it will eventually actually reduce fluffy eyes and creases?

You can also put the ice into water and then soak cotton pads in that water. You can use the chilled cotton pads to cover your eyes for around 10 minutes. This is an effective way to reduce swelling caused due to allergies. It will also alleviate eye irritation and itching.

Which is Better? Acrylic or Gel Nails

 

When it comes to getting their nails done, women have the option to get artificial nail enhancements like acrylic or gel nails, which tend to be glossier than natural fingernails. There are many reasons why women may consider the application of false nails. For instance, they may want their fingernails to look more appealing and presentable for a special event or occasion, such as a reunion or a wedding. However, they often get confused about deciding whether they should get acrylic or gel nails.

What Are They?

Acrylic nail enhancements are brushed onto the nails, either covering each nail entire or just their tips, or at times they are sculpted to increase the length of the nails. Exposure to air causes the liquid acrylic mixture to harden.

Gel nail enhancements resemble nail polish, in terms of consistency. They are also brushed onto nails just like acrylic nail enhancements. However, in order to get gel nail enhancements “cured” or hardened, they have to be placed under ultraviolet (UV) light for at least 2 minutes.

Acrylic Nails Versus Gel Nails

  • Acrylic nails are may not look as natural as gel nails, especially if your aesthetician does not apply them correctly. Gel nails tend to look glossier and more natural, like nails that have been freshly manicured.
  • Usually, it is less expensive to get acrylic nails applied, while gel nails tend to cost almost twice as much as a typical manicure in most salons.
  • Unlike gel nails, acrylic nails last relatively far more than 14 days.
  • Acrylic nails will not damage your nail bed if your aesthetician properly applies the right quantity along with using primers. Allergic reactions can occur if the material comes into contact with your skin. On the other hand, your aesthetician will be able to apply gels nails both with and without a base or primer, and applying them correctly ensures that the nail bed does not get damaged.
  • The nail bed can get damaged and etched if acrylic nails with a primer are overused and not applied correctly. A fungal infection can occur if the acrylic nails are constantly exposed to water. The same is the case with gel nails.
  • It takes relatively more time for acrylic nails to get cured. It takes relatively lesser time to cure gel nails since they are cured either using a gel activator or under UV light.
  •  When it comes to the texture of the material, you will not have many choices if you decide to get acrylic nails applied. On the hand, you can choose from over 250 colors when getting gel nails applied.
  • Even if your aesthetician applies acrylic nails correctly, they will still be quite hard and robust. While the flexibility of gel nails cannot be compared to natural nails, but they still tend to be relatively flexible.

Conclusion

Ultimately, it is up to you whether you decide to get acrylic or gel nails. However, the above certainly seems to suggest that gel nail enhancements are relatively better since they cure quickly, do not cause any damage and do not need to be filed. However, that is not to say that acrylic nails are bad, just that gel nails may be the better option if you have the choice.

The Benefits of a Facial

 

The demand for facials has increased in leaps and bounds in the recent past. Perhaps this is because people have realized that they are associated with a myriad of health benefits apart from enhancing the radiance of the skin. Indeed, the popularity of facials is only comparable to that of massage. Here are a few of the health benefits of facials on top of making your skin look younger.

Facials lower blood pressure

Blood pressure is a very serious and highly dreaded health condition that is common in these days when lifestyle diseases are on the rise. While people are exercising all the hours God sent in a bid to lose weight and reduce blood pressure, facials allow you to achieve the same results while you enjoy the soothing movements on your skin. The effect will be better if you take mild exercises and practice healthy eating habits.

They increase blood circulation

During the facial process, the pores on the skin and the blood vessels are opened, stimulating blood circulation. The increase in blood circulation comes with several health benefits. For instance, it leads to effective translocation of nutrients and oxygen to the skin. It also enhances new cell growth, and this partly explains the glow on the skin after the facial process.

Boosting the immune system

Boosting the immune system is perhaps one of the most desirable health benefits of facials. Everybody wants to be in the pink of health, but this is not always the case, as we are exposed to disease-causing organisms every day. Facials help your body to be always prepared to fight these organisms so that you remain healthy and fit as a fiddle.

They release congestion

Life is a conglomeration of vicissitudes that are sandwiched between scarce instances of happiness and joy that are few and far between. Activities, problems and plans normally congest our heads, making it difficult even to plan our activities well. Facials give you an opportunity to erase everything from your head, leaving you feeling fresh and reinvigorated. They release sinus pressure and induce a feeling of freshness that gives one courage and determination to continue with the daily struggles of life.

Facials also reduce fluid retention

Fluid retention in the body may open a can of worms in your life because it may cause several diseases. Facials help in keeping fluid retention at bay by enhancing the drainage in the body. They fine-tune the functioning of the lymphatic system and other components of the drainage system in the body to ensure that no unnecessary fluid retention.

They enhance self-esteem 

As you would expect, facials leave you feeling more confident about yourself. You look younger and tenderer after facials, giving you the tacitly desired up-to-the-minute looks that will make everyone attracted to you like moths to flames. You thus feel sure of yourself and your self-esteem escalates.
In summary, facials are not just for beauty. They also enhance the general health of the individual in question. They are therefore very important to all and sundry.