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Tips For Looking Good When You’re Feeling Bad

woman looking into mirror
When Jennifer Lawrence found herself sick the night of the Screen Actor’s guild awards, she could have just admitted defeat and stayed home with a bowl of chicken noodle, but did she? Of course not! J Law knew she couldn’t let her fans down, and besides, she had a midnight blue Dior waiting for her to wear it and she’d be darned if she was going to leave it on the hanger. So maybe you’re a little under the weather, but hey it’s the holiday season and then there’s that New Year’s Eve party! There are Auld Lang Synes’ to be sung, cocktails to be drunk, and people to be kissed at midnight and you’ve got to look your best. Here are some tips for looking good even if you’re not feeling it.

Use the Right Tissues
When buying tissues, it is very tempting to skimp on quality. After all, they are only destined for the trash and it’s not likely that your friends will say, “OMG, I really can’t hang out with you if you’re going to keep using those embarrassing tissues!” However, if looking good is your priority, lotion treated tissues will keep a red nose at bay.

Use Teabags to Depuff
Puffy eyes are one of the most common symptoms of a cold or flu. If you’re looking to de- puff’ try and sleep with your head propped on the pillow; this will allow congestive fluids to drain from your face more easily. Web MD recommends a tea remedy: Place cold wet teabags over your eyes and lie down for 15 minutes. You should see significant results.

Chill Out Your Eye Cream
Want another way to get rid of swelling around your eyes? Store your eye cream in the fridge. It will decrease puffiness and the coolness will refresh tired eyes.

woman using eye drop
Eyedrops
If you’re trying to look well, red eyes definitely will not help your cause. Fortunately, eye drops are an easy fix for cooling eyes and reducing redness. Stash them in your purse when you’re not 100%.

Primer
Nose blowing, sneezing and eye- rubbing are all sure -fire ways to decrease the likelihood of your makeup staying flawless all night. Primers will add staying power to your makeup and keep you looking picture perfect for hours.

Concealer
The best way to balance redness in your skin is to offset it with a yellow based, opaque concealer, in a shade a bit paler than you would usually go with.

Skip the Face Powder
Unless you’re going for that Lucrezia Borgia look, you’re best advised to lay off the face powder if you’re sick. If you want some coverage, try topping moisturizer with mineral foundation, which is less likely to cake.

Hey, if Jeniffer Lawrence can do it, so can you! Let us know how you toughed it out his holiday season! We want to know all about it!

Makeup That Accentuates Your Eye Color

No matter what color your eyes may be, there’s probably a song about it. Crosby, Stills, and Nash harmonized about “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes” in the 70’s while the Axl Rose sang about “eyes of the bluest skies” in “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in the 90’s. Van Morrison paid his tribute to a “Brown Eyed Girl” in a song of the same name in the 1960’s and Crystal Gayle did double duty with her 70’s mega-hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue?” Sugarloaf gave us the funky “Green Eyed Lady” and Kelly Clarkson gave hazel eyes some love in “Behind Those Hazel Eyes.” If for every eye color there is a song, well there too is an ideal make up for every eye color. So green, blue, hazel, or other, these eye makeup tips have it covered.

Woman with green eyes
Green Eyes
If you are a green eyed lady, like Rhianna, violet and plum shades are your best bets. However, you have a wide range of other hues to choose from, including deeper purples, mauves, and greens for a fall or winter look, peach or apricot for a spring blush or gold, bronze and copper for a sun- kissed effect. Lilacs and medium pinks are also good for a more subdued look. When highlighting the brow bone, avoid white, which will do nothing for your peepers; instead try apricot, taupe, or peach.

Woman with brown eyes
Brown Eyes
If you’re a brown eyed girl, congratulations. Your eye color is the easiest to complement, so you can get away with colors that might look garish on other girls. Go for purple, pinks, and blues for some added brightness or more neutral grays and greens. Golds and browns are great earthy options for you. You can also pull off a bright blue, which may be challenging for those with lighter colored eyes, so take advantage. Cooler tones make brown eyes pop.

Woman with blue grey eyes
Blue or Gray
The blue or gray-eyed are best advised to use shades that are slightly darker in tone than your natural eye color. Try contrasting shades of brown rose and violet. Soft peaches, lavender, lilac and fuchsia are great standout options, while golds, warm taupes, and rich browns will work for a more understated effect.

Woman with hazel eyes
Hazel
Hazel- eyed girls have a range of fun options! You can go for lavenders, deep greens and shades with ochre undertones. Gold -based shadows will create a cat -eye effect by bringing out those golden flecks, and brighter green shades will bring out the intensity in the green flecks. Try experimenting with different color intensities or use a combination. For example, you can try three different shades of purple to bring out blue specks, or if you just want to play up the brown base, use shades of natural browns.

Flecks
If you have pool or flecks other than your dominant eye color, decide which color you are trying to emphasize. For example, if you have green eyes flecked with brown, you can choose colors which accentuate only free eyes or only brown. Avoid trying to bring out both colors, as this may have the effect of neutralizing both rather than accentuating either.

Brown, blue, hazel, and gray- it’s all about drawing attention! Bring out your best this season and keep batting those lashes. What’s your fave makeup combo for your eyes? Let us know!

Beauty Products and Eye Infection

So here’s a really “great” video game to give your little girls for Christmas! The game is called “Car Make-Up” and the object is for girls to “do the unthinkable- apply makeup while driving!” The game then instructs the player to, “Click on each of the makeup options and try to get ready within the allotted time the car is driving,” and then warns, “The car will occasionally bump the side of the road and hit a hazard, so watch out. The more you avoid the hazards, the higher your points will be.”

woman putting on eye liner
Really? Has it come to this? While our little boys engage in virtual warfare, our little girls risk life and limb to apply makeup? Among the multitudes of dangers involved in applying makeup in a moving vehicle, perhaps getting cosmetics in your eye is the least of all worries, but it can be a pretty big deal. Let’s check it out.

Eye Problems Associated with Makeup

Scratched Cornea
Damage to the cornea is one of the most serious consequences of makeup application. It is most likely to occur when using eyeliner or mascara. The most common injury is corneal abrasion, which has the potential to lead to serious infection.

Allergic Reactions
Always check makeup labels to make sure you have no known allergies to the ingredients. Allergic reactions include irritation, infection, and redness If you develop any of these problems, your best bet would be to find a new product.

Woman with conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis
More commonly referred to as pink eye, conjunctivitis can be a result of bacteria from your makeup entering your eye. Although most makeup products contain preservatives to prevent this from happening, expired or insecurely sealed makeup may be bacteria-friendly.

What Can You Do?

Don’t Share Your Makeup
No matter how much your girlfriends drool over your new glitter shadow, tell them to keep their hands to themselves and get their own! And don’t be applying it on your better half either. Sharing makeup is an easy way for bacteria to transfer.

Keep Your Liner Outside Your lash Line!
No matter how many YouTube tutorials you see with girls dragging down their inner and upper lids to apply liner, it will never be a smart thing to do! Besides, professionals will agree that while large quantities of black liner looks dramatic, it actually makes eyes look smaller. You don’t need more places to put eyeliner on your eyes, and especially no if it scratches your eye or eyelids.

Replace Makeup Every Three to Four Months 
Expired products lose their ability to fight bacteria. If your mascara is starting to clump, it is probably time to replace, and, who wants clumpy mascara anyway? Also, if you do have the misfortune of getting an eye infection, you’re best advised to replace any products you used while infected to stop the spread of bacteria, as difficult as this may be.

Never Do Your Makeup in Your Car!
This may be right up there with texting when it comes to distracted driving and is also a very likely way to a scratched cornea or eye irritation. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and put the makeup on your face before you get in the car.

Remember, no matter how beautiful your eyes look with makeup, irritated and infected eyes are never a good look! Fell free to write in and tell us about your experiences with makeup and eye infections.

Facial Sprays & Misting Water

Woman using a facial spray

Ok, so you’re at your favorite makeup store and you’re loading up the little basket you have just gotten from the door attendant who has a pierced lip, black hair and what looks like a pack of ammo around her waist, although, on closer inspection, it seems to be makeup tools.  After you are assured that no violence is about to erupt, you hit the aisles.  You load up your little basket with about $100 worth of merchandise, the whole of which takes up no more than a fraction of your purse.  Then, as you approach the counter, you see it: a bottle of facial spray. Sure, you think you don’t need a $20 bottle of water after you’ve blown your money on everything else.  But think again. With essential oils, herbal extracts and antioxidants, that little addition may be the most valuable thing in your basket.

“But what can this product do for me?” you ask.  Well, more than you might think. Facial sprays can be used in combination with your moisturizer to help lock in hydration and prevent evaporation.  Skin get dry on airplanes?  Just pack your misting spray in your carry on and rejuvenate!  However, if you are using the mists and sprays to retain moisture,  make sure to use a moisturizing face spray with botanical extracts, saccharides or hyaluronic acid, all of which aid in moisture retention. If you  chose to use one  without these ingredients, it may end up having the opposite effect. According to Amanda Matcham, Skin Therapist at the International Dermal Institute, “Don’t let it (facial product without above-mentioned ingredients) dry on your face.  As the water dries on the skin, it evaporates and draws some of the skin’s existing moisture out with it.”

And who among us hasn’t been here?  You  go to the restroom in the middle of your day only to find you have just attended a meeting with your boss or had  a hot date with lipstick on your teeth or mascara under your eyes.  Well, assuming that is not your desired effect, it  can be avoided with just a little spritz of facial spray.  It will help to set your makeup and make sure you look relaxed, fresh and confident. For this, a regular water spray is best, according to Eddie Malter, official L’Oreal Paris makeup artist. It will help to set your makeup and make sure you look relaxed, fresh and confident all day.

So, what else should you know about facial sprays? A thermal water spray, rich in calcium and antioxidants, is the best for anti-irritation and sensitive skin.  Distilled water is good for basic hydration,  but those that contain botanical extracts and essential oils like aloe and lavender will do a better job.  Hydrosal, a.k.a. herbal water, is best for softening skin and will make you smell yummy too!  For mature skin, fruit based mists are best.  Look for products infused with orange and apple slices.

So, the takeaway?  Next time you’re in your makeup store, splurge.  That little bottle may be the best investment you make. And maybe you should smile at the door attendant on the way out.

Get Glowing Skin

Woman with glowing skin

Sometimes the youthful glow and soft, supple quality of skin you so desperately seek may feel like a wild goose chase. You’ll hear all kinds of tips and tricks that are supposed to give you flawless skin, but prove to be nothing but duds when put to the test. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a list of tested, proven ways to get the beautiful, glowing skin you want, no myths, no lies, no nonsense. Only the ones that actually work. For best results, do as many of these as possible.

Skincare
Of course, direct care for your skin is one of the most necessary and vital components to achieving and maintaining radiant skin. Certainly, it’s not the only thing to keep in mind, but it’s one of the most important. Make sure to exfoliate regularly. The dead skin cells on the surface of your epidermis will come off eventually, sure, but if you want to avoid dullness and encourage radiance, weekly or twice-weekly exfoliation is best.

Make sure your daytime moisturizer has SPF, as well, specifically broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. After all, few things are less radiant than skin cancer. You may also wish to use a night cream with retinol in it, to soften your skin and help prevent wrinkles. Finally, just remember to experiment to find what works best for you, personally. Everyone is different, and everyone’s skin is different. What works for someone else may not work for you. Keep trying until you find the perfect products for you.

Woman applying makeup

Makeup
While covering up your flaws with makeup isn’t necessarily the healthiest solution, “fake it ’till you make it” definitely applies here. After all, changes to the skin itself take time. While you’re waiting for your revamped skincare routine to kick in, you can use makeup to compensate in the meantime.

Dabbing and blending highlighter along your jawline, with a careful, steady hand, can certainly help. Using illuminating and radiance-boosting foundation can also go a great deal. Play around and find what works for you.

Remember to Catch Some Zs
Sleep! No, seriously, sleep deprivation makes your skin look dull and unflattering. It’s not called beauty rest for nothing. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re getting less than seven (or more than nine—oversleeping is bad too) reevaluate your sleep habits and make changes to your schedule if necessary.

Woman eating healthy food

Nutrition
Remember how we said skincare is one of the most important means to achieving glowing skin? Well, the other most important aspect is probably nutrition. That old adage “you are what you eat” is actually pretty accurate on a number of fronts, including your skin. After all, consider that the material for replacing and maintaining your body’s cells—what your entire body is made of—comes from what you put in your mouth.

For good skin, drink plenty of water. Keep water nearby at all times and sip whenever thirsty. Further, eat lots of dark, leafy greens and a variety of different fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. Finally, consider taking a daily multivitamin, and especially make sure you get 100% daily value of B-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, and Iron.

Vine Vera on Makeup Ingredients to Look For – VineVera Reviews

Woman reading the labels on the makeup in her cabinet Women have always been interested to know more about the ingredients that they slather on their faces. And with the kind of time and money being spent on skin care, it always makes sense to use cosmetic products that contain ingredients which are known to be beneficial for the skin. This helps to ensure that you offer your skin that extra boost and that you don’t end up undoing all your hard work by using ingredients that are in fact damaging your skin. There are a number of ingredients in your cosmetics and makeup products that can cause all sorts of skin issues like blemishes, serious skin irritations and more. We have already talked about these ingredients in our article titled “Makeup Ingredients to Avoid”. However, there are also a number of cosmetics and make-up products which contain ingredients that are super beneficial for your skin. Vine Vera helps you learn what the best make-up ingredients to look for are.

Zinc Oxide
Zinc Oxide is one of the best ingredients that is used in make-up products. The best part is that it is not a chemical. It is a mineral. Moreover, zinc oxide is hypoallergenic in nature. This makes it ideal for people with sensitive skin. Zinc oxide has also been attributed with the ability to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, thereby making it a popular anti-aging ingredient. However, the best part about using zinc oxide based cosmetics is many of these cosmetics contain a special type of zinc oxide that becomes transparent when applied to the skin. As a result, you don’t look powdery in your photos.

Titanium Dioxide
Titanium Dioxide is believed to be the next best thing in the world of make-up ingredients. It is another ingredient that helps to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and it is perfect for people with sensitive skin as well.

Ceramides
Ceramides are natural compounds that are produced by your skin. When ceramides are used in cosmetics, they help to prevent the loss of moisture from the surface of your skin and also restore the natural lipid content of your skin.

Bismuth Oxychloride
Bismuth Oxychloride is one of the most controversial ingredients being used in make-up. Some believe that it causes a lot of harm, while others believe that it is beneficial to the skin. Bismuth Oxychloride is said to be a possible skin irritant, but the number of people who have a reaction are actually quite few. Bismuth Oxychloride is basically a mineral that helps out with sun protection, prevents the loss of moisture from your skin and offers sensitive and acne prone skin with a calming effect.

Peptides
Peptides are ingredients that boost the functions of all other ingredients in order to allow them to become more effective. The best kind of peptides that are used in skin care and make-up products are polypeptides and oligopeptides.

Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl Palmitate, a form of Vitamin A, is believed to be one of the best anti-aging ingredients in the world. This powerful antioxidant is commonly used in skin care products and it is now being used in a number of make-up products as well. Vitamin A helps to boost the exfoliation of dead skin cells, prevents the development of acne and protects the skin from the signs of aging. Just make sure that your skin isn’t sensitive to the use of Vitamin A. Nothing that a patch test cannot ascertain.

Tocopheryl Acetate
Tocopheryl Acetate, also known as Vitamin E, is another antioxidant that is particularly beneficial for your skin. Tocopheryl Acetate is a popular skin soothing ingredient and it is ideal for anti-aging as well. However, the most important function of Tocopheryl Acetate is that it prevents oxidative damage and the growth of free radicals.

Vine Vera on Makeup Ingredients to Avoid – VineVera Reviews

Various cosmetic ingredients If you’re all for checking out the food labels when it comes to regulating what goes into your body, you should definitely ensure that you check out the ingredient list in your makeup as well. Despite the FDA regulations that are in place, you would find a lot of ingredients in your makeup that you should definitely stay away from.  Makeup products contain thousands of chemicals that get absorbed into your body through your skin and cause a lot of damage. You might not know this, but many makeup products contain skin penetrators, skin irritants and endocrine disruptors that are extremely damaging to your body. Vine Vera examines some of the makeup ingredients that you should definitely avoid.

 

1. Phthalates

Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are commonly used in makeup products to increase the softness of plastics. Some of the most common phthalates used in makeup products include phthalate, diethyl phthalate and dimethyl phthalates. These phthalates are popular endocrine disruptors that can increase the risk of breast cancer and reproductive birth defects.

 

2. Mercury

Mercury is a famous allergen that impairs the development of your brain. It is commonly found in a number of eye drops and mascara.

 

3. Imidazolidinyl Urea

The EU has termed Imidazolidinyl Urea as a formaldehyde  releaser. Short term use of products which contain these releasers can induce lead to dermatitis. Imidazolidinyl Urea is commonly found in eye creams, eye liners, eye shadows, face powder and moisturizers.

 

4. Parabens

Parabens are used as preservatives that can prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria in cosmetic products. Yes, they might be good in terms of keeping the bacteria away, but parabens have also been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer because of their estrogen-mimicking properties. Parabens get absorbed into the skin and are usually found in deodorants, makeup items and facial cleansers.

 

5. Talc

The biggest issue with talc is asbestos. There is a kind of talc that contains asbestiform fibers and a kind of talc that does not contain these fibers. Studies have shown that asbestiform fibers can lead to an issue known as mesothelioma. Generally, the talc used in makeup doesn’t contain talc which has these asbestiform fibers, but it doesn’t hurt to be sure. Some of the main products that you should check out for talc include blushes, nail polish, eye shadow, lip liners, foundations and bronzers.

 

6. Lead

Lead is a common carcinogen that is usually found in hair dye and lipsticks. Stay away from products that contain lead. It can really cause serious damage to your body.

 

7. Petrolatum

Petrolatum is a derivative of crude oil and petroleum that is a carcinogen and an endocrine disruptor. This chemical suffocates the skin and prevents it from taking in the oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. Ever seen those oil spills and figured out what happens to the sealife because of the spill?   Imagine the same thing happening to your skin. Petrolatum is mostly used in lipsticks, lip balms and lotions.

 

8. Toluene

Toluene is a petrochemical which is derived from coal tar or petroleum. It is commonly listed on makeup products as toluol, benzene, methylbenzene or phenylmethane. Toluene is a solvent that is usually used to dissolve paint thinners and paint. It can cause serious damage to the respiratory system, irritate the skin and cause nausea. Pregnant ladies should always avoid exposure to toluene vapors because it can cause developmental damage to the fetus. Toluene is commonly found in hair bleaching products, nail polish and nail treatments.

 

9. Coal Tar Dyes

Coal Tar Dyes are a carcinogen that are made from bituminous coal. They are commonly listed as p-phenylenediamine and are usually found in hair dyes and anti-itch creams.

 

Stay away from these ingredients and you should be able to immediately transform the overall health of your skin to make it look younger, smoother and healthier.