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3 Myths About Waxing You Need To Stop Believing

The idea of applying wax on your skin and then yanking it out to get rid of unwanted hair might sound daunting and even painful, but it’s actually no big deal. Let us help you get the facts right, allay any fears you may have and send you on the road to silky smooth skin (because it’s going to be worth it)!

Myth: It pulls the skin and causes wrinkles
Fact:
 When wax is pulled off, your skin should be firmly held taut for effective hair removal, and not involve any pulling or stretching. Beeswax treatments glides smoothly onto your skin and shrink-wraps around the hair as it cools down, further minimising any tugging on the skin and quickening the process.

waxing_0Myth: I can’t wax if I have sensitive skin
Fact:
 You can wax, but choose a treatment suitable for sensitive skin, such as one that uses beeswax as its key component. Beeswax is popular as a skin-conditioning agent with moisturising properties, so you will walk out with silky smooth skin after!

Myth: It’s excruciatingly painful
Fact:
 We’re not going to lie; yes, it can be painful especially if you’re a first-timer or getting hair removed above the lip and at the bikini line. However, some women feel that it is more comfortable than tweezing or threading. Give arm or leg waxing a go if it’s your first time.

Is It Better To Exercise Inside Or Outside?

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This time of year, debating between hitting the gym and kicking it outside can be as tricky as choosing between hot or iced coffee. Here to make your life easier? Research. Check out the perks and pitfalls of both, so you can get exactly what you want from your workout.

INDOORS

Perk: More Intensity. Without natural distractions that are annoying (gah, wind) or cool (what a view!), you can laser-focus on your routine, allowing you to maintain your level of ferocity.
Perk: Better Results. Increased intensity brings greater physiological changes, as in more fat loss and a stronger cardiovascular system.
Pitfall: Are We Done Yet? There’s not much stimulation to keep you motivated on the treadmill—though endorphins, in any setting, do help.

OUTDOORS

Perk: Reduced Stress. Studies show people have less anxiety after exercising alfresco. Green spaces are inherently calming, giving your antsy mind a rest.
Perk: Stick-to-it-iveness. That soothing feeling? It’s pretty addictive. If you’re starting a new program, begin outside to lock down the habit—then take it indoors when temps plummet.
Pitfall: Ugh, Rain. You have to prepare yourself for unexpected variables that may cramp your game. Not ideal if you’re training for speed.

Holiday Beauty and Grooming Gift For him


Your man should have an established daily hygiene routine that keeps his skin fresh, his beard in style and his body smelling good. Treat him with a practical gift with a personal and pampering touch that he’ll enjoy for the everyday and extraordinary!

Rev him up to face every day with this collection of classic Kiehl’s formulas for men featuring limited-edition packaging by designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra.

kiehls Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling SetKiehl’s Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling Set($59, kiehls.com)

The perfect gift for any man, The Jack Pack set contains a bounty of Jack Black customer favorites to leave skin healthy, hydrated and protected so you look and feel your best.

Jack Black The Jack Pack Set Limited EditionJack Black The Jack Pack Set Limited Edition, ($49,nordstrom.com)

A limited-edition set featuring a LUNA™ for Men, a gel cleanser, and Proraso shaving and grooming products to provide a luxurious skincare and grooming experience.

Foreo LUNA™ for Men Ultimate Grooming Collection with PRORASOForeo LUNA™ for Men Ultimate Grooming Collection with PRORASO, ($199, sephora.com)

The Full Size Kit includes all four elements of The Perfect Shave®, Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, a Shaving Brush, and our After-Shave Balm. The combination of these quality ingredients, handcrafted accessories, and expert shaving technique provides optimal closeness while helping ward against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts, while leaving behind a soft and smooth face.

theartofshavingThe Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ – Unscented Full Size, ($120, theartofshaving.com)

The pure, clean floral woodiness of Lacoste’s White Edition wraps the skin in a clean, crisp, fresh scent that makes you feel elegantly audacious, light, and cool. The bottle echoes the timeless simplicity and understated sophistication of the Lacoste polo shirt itself—and the elegant audaciousness of the fragrance inside.

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White Gift SetLacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White Gift Set, ($75, sephora.com)

Designed specifically for men’s skin, MAX LS by Lab Series Skincare for Men is a premium anti-aging skincare regimen. The products help maximize skin’s performance with advanced technology that promotes natural cellular repair and delivers both immediate and long-term benefits, for younger-looking skin.

Lab Series Skincare for Men 'MAX LS' Deluxe SetLab Series Skincare for Men ‘MAX LS’ Deluxe Set, ($120, nordstrom.com)

Wake up winter showers and deeply cleanse your skin with this limited-edition set for him by MOLTON BROWN London. Dynamic, hearty and invigorating.

MOLTON BROWN LondonMOLTON BROWN London ‘Signature Washes for Him’ Set, (£45.00,johnlewis.com)

Customised formulas meet the daily needs of his skin. It’s the science behind smooth, comfortable, revitalized skin.

Clinique-For-Men-Essentials-KitClinique For Men Essentials Kit, (£30.00, boots.com)

This Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Pure Badger and Shaving Cream Bowl Set is the perfect package for the discerning gentleman. Formulated without any parabens making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin, this set contains a handmade pure badger shaving brush, which helps to produce a really creamy lather that lifts the hairs from the face, and a bowl of luxury shaving cream from the Jermyn Street range.

Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Badger Shaving Brush SetTaylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Badger Shaving Brush Set, ($55, mankind.co.uk)

A seductive fragrance for men, Armani Code is a sexy blend of fresh lemon and bergamot softened with hints of orange tree blossom and warmed with soothing guaiac wood and tonka bean.

3614271202000_Code-Men-Gift-Set_01Giorgio Armani Armani Code Gift Set($84, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)



Stem, Stemless And Thickness For Wine Glasses

Thickness for Wine Glasses
The ideal wineglass is paper-thin. Thin glass keeps the wine cool whereas thick glass absorbs the coolness and raises the wine’s temperature. Thin glasses also tend to have cut rims that permit the wine to flow smoothly onto the tongue. Additionally, thinner glass helps create a finer stream of wine to run across the taste buds on your tongue and it’s much more easier to appreciate what your wine looks like if you use thin wine glasses.

Thicker wineglasses are more durable and can usually be washed in the dishwasher, but they often have rolled edges that inhibit the smooth flow of the wine and tend to accentuate acidity and harshness.

Stem vs Stemless Glasses
Stemless wine tumblers have become very popular in recent years and there is no denying that they can look very nice. However, there are good reasons to avoid them if you want to get the most out of your wine drinking experience — as opposed to simply wanting to look hip and stylish. Stemless glasses force you to hold the glass by the bowl which the warmth of your hand will heat up the wine, changing its temperature from whatever is optimal to something higher. Even your first sip of wine may not be at the right temperature.

Wine glasses have stems not just for aesthetic reasons, but mainly so that the wine glass may be held without covering the bowl in greasy fingerprints (impeding your ability to see the wine properly). Holding by the stem also ensures that warmth from the hand does not influence the temperature of a wine that has been served chilled. This ensures that the heat of your hand isn’t transferred to the wine and keeps the glass bowl from being smudged. Another advantage of stemmed glasses is that they can be stored by hanging them upside down so no stale air or dust gets trapped in the bowl.

Riedel 'O' Syrah Shiraz Stemless Wine Glasses Riedel ‘O’ Syrah/Shiraz Stemless Wine Glasses -Set of 2, $24.95(wineenthusiast.com)

Lulie Stemless Wine Glass

Lulie Stemless Wine Glass, $4.95 (crateandbarrel.com)

Etched Fleur-de-Lis GlasswareEtched Fleur-de-Lis Glassware – Set of 4, $69.00 (cuddledown.com)

Connoisseur Pinot Noir Glasses, Set of 4

Connoisseur Pinot Noir Glasses Set of 4, $23.99 (worldmarket.com)

Guys Should Know How To Choose The Right Lingerie For Her

“Buying lingerie requires precision and finesse,” says Lash Fary, author of Fabulous Gifts. “If you find something that fits her personality, she’ll feel sexy and beautiful, and she’ll act that way when she’s wearing it. But if you buy her something that doesn’t complement her sexuality, she’ll feel self-conscious, and her passion will be stifled.”

Different Fabrics, Different Looks and Feels

Silk – Silk is a natural fiber that we associate with luxury, comfort and softness. It hangs smoothly and feels amazing to the touch. Silk doesn’t stretch, so it works well in flowing babydolls, robes, and gowns. Silk is a natural fiber.

Lycra® Spandex – Used in many styles of lingerie, Lycra® Spandex is the ultimate body-hugging material. Used in many sexy styles of men’s underwear as well as women’s, it conforms to her body perfectly and gives support. Lycra® Spandex will stretch and spring back to its original shape.

Cotton – Cotton is a natural fiber used in many clothing types. In lingerie, cotton’s most common use is for underwear and in the panty-lining. This is important because cotton is a wicking fiber that allows her skin to breathe and stay cool & dry.

Nylon – Nylon is a synthetic fiber that holds its shape and size and is highly durable. Nylon apparel may be machine washed & dried and requires no ironing. Another name for nylon is Polymide.

Rayon – Rayon is very much like silk, but it is made with wood pulp or other vegetable matter. Rayon is a soft, breathable fabric that feels wonderful against the skin. It is not a highly durable fabric on its own, but when blended with other fabrics, its strength increases.

Vinyl – Many fetish lingerie and men’s wear is made of patent (shiny) vinyl. Vinyl allows lingerie and underwear makers to produce patent leather-look pieces at more affordable prices than genuine leather. The material is also more flexible and lighter-weight than leather.

Microfiber – Microfiber is made with extremely small fibers, smaller than silk even. This creates a lightweight fabric that is very breathable. Usually microfiber is made of polyester or nylon fibers. The fabric is known to be lightweight, breathable, soft, and smooth.

Latex – Latex is made with rubber and thus has rubber-like qualities. Used in some elastics to provide greater elasticity. Breaks down easily when exposed to sun and body moisture. Many are allergic to direct contact of latex on their body, for whom spandex is an alternative.

Find the right fabric and style to match her exact body type and tastes.
All New Sexy Holiday Lingerie

Eyeliners – Pencil vs Liquid vs Gel

Pencil Eyeliner
For a natural look, a pencil eyeliner is the best option. Pencil eyeliner available in countless colors and textures and it’s remotely easy to use.This is a basic bag staple, and is especially good for beginners. It is easy to smudge for a sultry sexy look but doesn’t necessarily last all day. You need to be sharpened regularly. Be careful about sharpening the pencil too much.

Recommended:
•    Jane Iredale Eye Liner Pencil
•    Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil
•    MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner
•    MUFE Aqua Eyes pencils
•    Milani Liquifeye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil

Jane Iredale Eye Liner Pencil  Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil    MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner MUFE Aqua Eyes pencils Milani Liquifeye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil

Liquid Eyeliner
These are great for giving a sharp cat eye look. They are good for drawing clean crisp lines along the upper lashlines, and look fantastic when doing the flick. Liquid liner works great once you’ve developed a steady hand, therefore it may not be suitable for beginners There is very little room for error when using this since the liner dries almost instantly and it’s a quite difficult to fix once it’s on your lids. This type applies much more smoothly than pencil and gel. Liquid liner usually long-lasting, therefore it may be harder to remove.

Recommended:
•    Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
•    theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner
•    Maybelline New York Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner
•    Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner   theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner   line-stiletto-ultimate-precision-liquid-eyeliner   Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner

Gel Eyeliner
Gel liners have a better staying (waterproof) power than pencil eyeliners and are pretty easy to apply. They come in large range of colors. It’s also easier to adjust thickness of your eyeliner depending on the brush you use. It not only blends in smoothly, but it’s thick enough to make your eyes pop. Gel eyeliners are also extremely flexible; you can apply it heavily with ease or you can smear it a little. Gel liner can be used also as an eyeshadow.

Recommended:
•    Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner
•    Sigma Gel Liner
•    Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner
•    Sephora Outrageous Intense Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
•    Vincent Longo Crème Gel Liner

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner  sigma Gel Liner  Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner  SEPHORA outrangeous intense waterproof gel eyeliner  VINCENT LONGO Crème Gel Liner


Types of Makeup Brushes


 

Concealer Brush A good concealer brush is definitely good to have for applying product very precisely to small areas. Use to apply concealer under the eyes, to spots specific areas that need extra coverage. A soft bristled, flat brush with a wider base and a pointed tip will help you cover and conceal the targeted spots and blemishes perfectly. Recommended : Sigma F70 Concealer Brush

sigma F70 concealer Foundation Brush This brush is designed for applying liquid foundation. Foundation brushes have tightly packed bristles of varying lengths to help achieve a smooth and flawless finish. Recommended : Tom Ford Beauty Cream Foundation BrushTom Ford Beauty Cream Foundation Brush Powder BrushMineralHygienics.com This is the most common of all brushes and should be in every makeup collection. It should be used to apply any type of powder foundation product. The powder brush is one of the largest make-up brushes and has a wide variety of purposes. Recommended : bareMinerals Full Flawless Facefullflawless face brush Fan Powder Brush This brush actually has several uses. it can be used to apply blush, blend, clean up excess powder and highlight cheekbones. The fine fan sweeps a light dusting of powder onto the skin for a soft, velvety effect. This application technique avoids heavy coverage which can highlight fine lines and imperfections. Recommended :  Benefit Fantail Brushbenefit fantail brush Blush Brush The perfect blush brush is about the same width as the apple of your cheek, lightly domed, with loosely-packed bristles. Made with fine, gentle fibres the blusher brush has a rounded head which is perfect for giving a pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks. Recommended :  Sonia Kashuk #02 Blusher BrushSonia Kashuk Tools No. 02 Blusher Brush Eyebrow Definer Brush Eyebrow definer brush is used for filling in your eyebrows for a beautifully symmetrical appearance, it’s angled in a way to make it easy for you to fill in the empty spaces. The angled makeup brush can also be used to apply eyeliner to your inner water lines. Apply powder, liquid or cream in short strokes mimicking the hairs, fill sparse areas, shape and elongate for a perfect brow. Recommended: MAKE UP FOR EVER 270 Angled Eyebrow BrushMAKE UP FOR EVER 270 Angled Eyebrow Brush Brow Comb/Brush This makeup brush consists of a brow brush, comb. You can use this duo to comb, smooth down, and declump your lashes and brows. It is used to brush the lashes to get a precise and flawless look. Recommended: Sephora Brow Combsephora eyebrow comb Eye Shadow Brush This flat with thin bristles makeup brush is used for applying eye shadows and eye shadow primers. Look for a brush about 1/3 the width of your eyelid, or the width of the fingernail on your middle finger, with fluffy yet dense bristles and a flat edge.The soft bristles have a bevelled edge for a smooth application without ‘dragging’ the eyelid. Use to apply all over color. Recommended: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow BrushBobbi Brown Eyeshadow Brush Smudge Brush This is an essential makeup brush when you want a naturally smudge effect for your shadows under the lower rim or eyeliners. Sometimes found on the other end of an eye pencil, a smudger brush is ideal for softening hard lines and creating a smoldering look. You can also use this for smudging lip liners for a natural edged look, especially when you are using bold and bright colors for a lipstick. Recommended : Sephora Smudge Brush #70Sephora Smudge Brush #70


Blending Eye Shadow Brush
The perfect blending brush is long, thin and flexible, with loosely-packed bristles and a tapered tip. This will ensure that it blends your eye shadow, rather than smearing them around. You can also use the blending brush to blend in your foundation at the hair line.
Recommended: Sigma E25 Blending BrushE25_blending

Lip Brush
The sculpted tip of a lip brush is perfect for achieving a flawless line. The bristles are short and firm for controlled application. It helps you for a longer lasting smooth application and your lipstick is not wasted either.
Recommended: Laura Mercier Lip Color BrushLaura Mercier Lip Colour Brush

Top Cushion Foundations 2015



IOPE, Air Cushion Compact
IOPE is one of the favourite product in Korean. It’s Air Cushion Compact combines the functions of both makeup and UV protection simultaneously through the inventive product design, which is use to use and simplifies the makeup process. You can use it as your foundation compact since the coverage can perfectly cover all the blemishes on the skin, at the same time moisturized, radiant and smooth skin all day long. IOPE Air Cushion available in varying finishes like natural, heavy coverage and shimmer. No worry that IOPE cushion will clog your pores and even with those who has sensitive skin type. This IOPE Air Cushion is great for normal and combination skin. It will leave you with a natural dewy finish.

IOPE, Air Cushion Compact

IOPE, Air Cushion Compact ($38.99)

HERA, UV Mist Cushion
HERA UV Mist Cushion played a huge role in popularizing the BB and CC cream. It protects from harmful UVs and one looks fresh and not of lots of make up in hot temp area in summer you do not look over made and like your face will melt along with regular make up. Thus, it is a hot pick during summer. Its mist cushion construction provides the cooling and moisturizing effect, while the foundation itself will protect you from the sun without the oily feeling of some sun protection options.

HERA, UV Mist Cushion

HERA, UV Mist Cushion ($43.99)

INNISFREE, Ampoule Intense Cushion
Innisfree cushion compact provides a very light and blooming skin look. This cushion is perfect for dry skin since it gives moisture to the skin and make the skin looks bright and glowing. You can wear it for your daily routine makeup as it has UV protection, whitening and prevent from wrinkle. This makeup sponge came so fast it is really good and feels like you have nothing on you face. Its dewy finish and flawless coverage is the best way for me to achieve the Korean makeup look.

INNISFREE, Ampoule Intense Cushion

INNISFREE, Ampoule Intense Cushion ($22)

LANEIGE, BB Cushion
Laneige’s BB Cushion touts six benefits in one chic compact(Whitening + Moisturizing + Sunscreen + Water resistant + Soothing + Makeup Effects). Available in two options: Original and Pore Control, Laneige’s BB Cushion uses Green Tea and Vitamin B extracts to give your skin a radiant even finish. The coverage is fairly good and can be easily built up. It does not emphasis fine lines and gives a very natural effect. If you have enlarged pores or blemishes ,it’s best to go in with your favourite concealer first, and then finish with this cushion.

LANEIGE, BB CUSHION

LANEIGE, BB Cushion ($34)

LANCÔME, Miracle Cushion
Lancôme Miracle Cushion is great for normal-dry skin, and gives a beautiful healthy dewy effect. Its innovative cushion sponge contains over 800,000 pores to transfer the ideal amount of product for an effortless makeup application so that you will look plump and young.The best part of this one is that not only does it give you a hydrated and glowing complexion, it comes in a whole range of 11 shades from super fair to deep dark. Lancôme Miracle Cushion provides lasting, natural-looking coverage that leaves a healthy glow and hydrates your skin without feeling slick or greasy.

Lancôme MIRACLE CUSHION

LANCÔME, Miracle Cushion ($46.50)

SULWHASOO, Evenfair Perfecting Cushion
A multi cushion foundation that gives you flawlessly healthy resilience and radiance with perfect coverage and long-lasting hydration. Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion comes with a relaxing herbal scent, yet not an overwhelming nor artificial scent. The brand primarily targets mature skin, so even its BB cushion is infused with a plethora of anti-ageing ingredients such as white lily and apricot kernel oil. From whitening to anti-wrinkle benefits, Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion seems like the anti-ageing BB cushion to beat.

Sulwhasoo, Evenfair Perfecting Cushion

SULWHASOO, Evenfair Perfecting Cushion ($54.50)

Pet Health Insurance Coverage

A decrease in students applying to and getting accepted into veterinary colleges, expensive state-of-the-art equipment, liability insurance, expensive prescription drugs, and the cost of maintaining a veterinary clinic/office has inflated pet owners veterinary bills to never before imagined prices. When the beloved pet suddenly falls ill or is injured in an accident many pet owners find themselves forced to put the pet to sleep in a decision called economic euthanasia. Many pets could have been saved from economic euthanasia if their owners had only thought to purchase pet health insurance coverage.

The cost of veterinary expenses for the average dog owner is approximately two hundred and eleven dollars a year.  The average dog owner will visit the local veterinary office about 2.8 times a year. The typical reasons for dog owners to take their dog to the local veterinarian is their basic routine health care such as physicals, vaccines, dental work, neutering or spaying, nail trimming, and heartworm testing.

The typical cat owner will visit the veterinary and 2.3 times per year to take care of declawing, physicals, vaccines, dental work, neutering or spaying, and ear mites and average yearly cost for these 2.3 visits to the local veterinarian each year it is approximately one hundred and seventy-nine dollars. These statistics are based on a 2005 survey done by the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association.Drool Fuel

Pet health insurance coverage and is insurance coverage that helps pay veterinary costs if your family pet becomes ill or is injured. Depending upon the policy you purchase your family may be reimbursed if your family pet is stolen, lost, or dies. Pet owners purchased pet health insurance coverage for a few various reasons. The main reason people purchase pet health insurance coverage is to pay for unanticipated and extremely expensive veterinary bills. In many cases the purchase of pet health insurance coverage can be the difference between a recovery and economic euthanasia for many family pets.

Purr-Packs are toys, treats and treasures delivered to your door every month!Pet health insurance coverage is not a brand new concept.  Horse owners have been ensuring their valuable show and pleasure mounts against major medical bills and the fatality/mortality for years. In Europe cut health-care coverage has been available since the 1940s and approximately 25% of all British pet owners care in some type of pet health insurance coverage. It is estimated that nearly 50% called loved household family pets have some type of pet health insurance coverage. All developed countries offer some type of pet health insurance coverage.

Many dog owners in the United Kingdom also carry a type of insurance called Third Party Liability insurance. This insurance became popular after the 1971 animals act came into being; this act states that if a dog is directly responsible for an accident, like a car crash, the dog’s owner will be held accountable.

Pet health insurance coverage does not typically cover potential hereditary conditions, pre-existing conditions, and normally include a cap on surgeries and other miscellaneous medical expenses. Some pet insurance companies will also cover the cost boarding your pet at a local kennel or veterinary hospital.

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