Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

Food For The Face

In this tough economy, we need to find ways to save a cash and splurges like facials are one the first things to go. Fear not my pretty things! You can open your own fridge to find fresh and fast ways to beautify yourself. Most of these ingredients I’m sharing with you are found in high-end facials and masks anyway that cost up to $185 at a fancy spa, but at home they are FREE! We like that word and the results are the same..if not better.

My favorite fast food for the face trick is the ultimate white sugar scrub. You just simply lather up your face with a little cleanser, pour a handful of white sugar in the palm of your hand and scrub in circular motions. It will remove all dead skin cells and keep your complexion smooth and sweet.

Apple cider vinegar mixed with water can be the best toner and pore minimizer. Pour in 1 cup of this “kinda smelly stuff” in your sink and fill the rest with cold water. Splash your face about 10 times and you are toned and tight.

smallbananas.jpgMoisturizer is key for the final steps of a good facial and there are a few great things you can use. Mash up 1 really ripe banana and smear all over your face. Leave on the skin for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water. It will leave your skin moist and smooth. You can do the same thing with honey, although a bit sticky, but after you apply it, lay a hot washcloth over your face and let it steam the honey into your skin. Wash off with warm water and the hydrating properties in the honey will make your skin really supple.

Swollen eyes? Chill slices of cucumber in the fridge and then gently lay them over puffy eyes for 15 minutes for a smooth fix.

Last is a good eye and lip balm. Coco butter dabbed onto these dry areas will keep them soft and lovely.

MASCARA WARS: The battle to find the most fabulous mascara

When it comes to the overwhelming quest to find the perfect mascara, I personally believe that size matters. Now this is the only time when I will say the smaller the better, but trust me, the results will be fantastic. I’m talking about brush size, by the way. There are so many mascara formulas to choose from that you could probably try one a day for a year and still not be able to test them all out. I have chosen 7 of my top favorite mascaras to share with you, explaining what type of lashes they are good for and what they do.

When it comes to mascara I believe it’s one of those “must have on a deserted island” products. Intensifying your lash line is the quickest way to frame your gorgeous peepers with a flirty fringe of fabulosity with little to no real commitment. Just sweep and go. No matter what shape, color or size your eyes are mascara will enhance them naturally.

Define Mascara

If you like a natural looking lash that really enhances your true lash line and goes on in a flash, the three best mascaras for you are Maybelline Great Lash, Maybelline Lash Discovery or Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Lift and Define Mascara (shown at right). These mascaras give a light clean even coat with no clumping or smudging. The small brushes will reach every little lash and they are not the size of a football like other mascara wands so smudging never happens. These are really perfect daytime mascaras.

Diorshow Mascara

For those who are not afraid of a clump or smudge and really want to make a statement with their lashes, go for Diorshow Mascara (shown at left) or Benefit BadGal Lash. The larger brush size of the Diorshow and Badgal sweep on a rich thick coat of mascara (keep a metal lash comb and a Q-Tip handy), but the result is fun and sexy. I personally would save these mascaras for parties, special events or clubbing with the girls.

For ladies who are interested in funky shaped brushes that deliver a good curved lash try Rimmel Glam Eyes or Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara. These interesting shaped brushes take a little more precision when applying, but deliver a fancy lash that looks incredible. These small but unusual brushes really do the trick if you take a little time. Work on one coat, then reapply a second for best results.

Last is the all daywear with no smudging tube technology group. Blinc Kiss Me Mascara and L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is the new wave in mascara technology. These formulas tube your lashes in little polymers creating a smudge-free longwearing lash that slips off with a little warm water. No need for messy makeup remover cloths. These mascaras are perfect for mature women who find that mascara runs down their face by the end of the day. I love them too for ladies living in hot humid climates that don’t want the hassle of a hard to get off waterproof formula. 

These are pretty awesome for any age group so I do recommend giving them a go.

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