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Beauty Treatment Highlight: Thermage


Thermage is a fairly new procedure that has gained popularity in the past few years as an alternative to other skin tightening procedures. It can take a while before you see the effects, but it is advertised by celebrities, so what is it and can you undergo thermage?

What is Thermage?

Thermage is not just a facial treatment but it is also a body treatment designed to stimulate the formation of collagen too tighten and lift skin. Because collagen can take a long time produce, this procedure needs to be repeated over a course of several months before you can see the changes.

What does it do?

Thermage uses a device called thermage radio frequency with has a heating mechanism that targets layers of the dermis that are supposed to be rich in collagen or are responsible for collagen formation. But the effect also spreads to the area called the fibrous septea so that it acts as a contour as well besides being a stimulant. When the dermis is heated, the fibrils contract then thicken so that it tightens. When it heals, it reshapes and more collagen are produced.

What is it for?

Thermage is an approved procedure in most countries that addresses several skin problems usually associated with aging such as wrinkles. It is a good alternative to surgical face lift and other face lift procedures because

How is it done?

Thermage will heat up the dermis to produce the best results, but it dies not damage the epidermis. The device delivers the radiofrequency energy to the dermis while at the same time a cooling spray cools the epidermis. The procedure can take up to two hours maximum depending on which areas need treatment, but you need to come back later for the next several months.

Are there any risks?

Thermage is not an invasive procedure, therefore the risks are not as severe. However, you should expect mild swelling and pain. It can also be painful which is why an anesthetic cream is applied before the procedure, but you should feel better within the day. There is a minor risk of skin indentation, burns, scars, and bumps which is why you should only undergo this procedure at a reputable clinic.                                            

Do I qualify for the procedure?

It may not be as effective for people with saggy and advanced wrinkles because it does not work like face lift. However, it is effective for those who have mild loose skin and fine wrinkles, especially in their 30s or 40s.

If you have problems with scowl lines, jowls, forehead lines, hoods over the eyes, bulges, cellulites, crow’s feet, acne scars, and uneven skin color then thermage might be a good option. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, however, a face lift might be better for you.

5 Tips to Get a Pain-Free Wax Treatment             


Let’s be honest here: Waxing can be a literal pain in the body. A really serious bummer, given that waxing is one of the best and most useful ways of removing unwanted hair from your eyebrows down to your bikini line. The good thing is, there are some easy things that you can do to minimize the post-treatment pain. We promise, you won’t feel like crying ever again after following these tips.


  1. Go to the Right Wax Specialist. Just in any other treatments, doing some research and finding the right person to perform your waxing treatment is important in reducing the pain during the whole process. Choose a wax specialist who will take certain steps to ensure that you’ll have a quick, flawless and more importantly, pain-free treatment. It would also be good if you’ll inquire about the products they’re using, the pre-treatment skin preparations they’re doing, as well as the methods they use to soothe the skin post-wax. Asking these things will help you decide whether or not you found the specialist that fits your needs.


  1. Schedule Your Waxing Appointment Accordingly. Your pain threshold is a bit higher on the first few days after your period, so it’s best that you schedule your appointment accordingly. If you want, you can try experimenting as to which time of the month would work best for your waxing appointment.


  1. Drink Lots of Water. When it comes reducing waxing pain, hydration is one of the important keys. Keeping your skin well-moisturized by drinking a lot of water will plump up your skin, allowing an easier and more enjoyable waxing experience.


  1. Ditch the Alcohol. Thought of drinking alcohol beverages to calm your nerves and lessen the waxing pain you might feel? Then you might want to rethink it again. Drinking alcohol actually tightens your pores, making waxing more difficult and painful process. So ditch your beer cravings for the meantime to open up your pores and enjoy a less painful waxing job.


  1. Opt for an All-Natural Wax. Remember that not all waxes are created equal. The synthetic types are harsh and can sometimes remove a portion of your skin. So before your specialist starts getting down to business, ask her to use an all-natural elastic wax. This type of wax is designed to only remove unwanted hair, and not a layer of your skin, making waxing a pain-free treatment for you.

Waxing really does hurt like hell, but by looking for the right specialist and properly preparing yourself for the treatment, you’ll surely be able to enjoy an easy and less painful waxing experience.


5 Makeup Shopping Mistakes to Avoid


We’ve all been there before. Getting overly excited to use your newly-bought makeup, only to find out that you bought the wrong shade, or a product that’s too watery to even go smoothly on your skin. It’s really frustrating and disappointing, right? But sulk no more. We listed down five of the common makeup shopping mistakes that you should watch out for the next time you buy your makeup goodies.


  1. Sampling Foundation under Artificial Light. While it may seem fine, sampling your foundation under the fluorescent light will only cause you to buy a foundation shade that doesn’t match your skin tone. Instead, apply your foundation in your neck area and examine it under natural light. If you want, you can also let it set on your skin for a couple of minutes then check whether or not the shade matches your skin tone.
  1. Testing Products at the Back of Your Hand. Although swiping a lipstick on the back of your hand will give you an idea on its pigmentation and finish, it still won’t show you how it will look like once you swipe it on your lips. The right way to do it is to have the lipstick tube disinfected first, then swipe it over your lips. If you want, you can also bring your own lip brush and apply it on your lips. The same thing goes for testing your foundation.
  1. Buying the Largest Product Size. If you’re only repurchasing a trusty beauty product, then it’s fine. If you’re trying out a new product though, we suggest that you stick with the product’s smallest available size first. You should know that makeup isn’t cheap, so make sure that you’ve assessed the product well enough before purchasing its biggest size or in bulk. If a free sample is available, then don’t hesitate to try that one out first.getty_rf_photo_of_woman_shopping_for_makeup
  1. Failing to Do Some Product Research. Just like in buying a new phone, you should also perform some research on the makeup product that you’ll be purchasing for the first time. Read some reviews on trusted sites, and see how the product worked for them as this will also give you an idea as to what kind of results you might get.
  1. Ignoring the Ingredients List. If you want to keep your skin smooth and youthful, then we suggest that you don’t commit this mistake ever again. Be always on the lookout for products that list alcohol, paraben, petroleum and artificial dyes as their ingredients, since these chemicals may cause some harm on your skin. So do your skin a huge favour and make it a habit to read on the label of each product.

Committing these mistakes can be quite easy to forget especially when you’re in the rush of buying a new product. But that’s just not an enough excuse to not shop wisely when doing your makeup purchases. So the next time you shop for an old or new makeup product, ensure that you’ll shop smart so that you’ll also get what you’re paying for.


5 Makeup Mistakes That You Might Doing  


When you’ve been doing your makeup in a certain way, breaking out of that routine can be quite difficult. However, that is until you get a glimpse of yourself in a store window and notice that things don’t look as well as how they appeared in your bathroom mirror. So, whether you got quite heavy-handed with your blush, or your face powder gave you that clown face look, we’ve listed down some of the makeup mistakes that might be preventing you from showing off your natural beauty.


  1. Over-powdering using translucent powder

Most women think that the translucent powder is their best friend, when in fact, it’s not. Not only will your trusty translucent powder leave you looking white, dry and cakey, overusing it will also cause it to settle in your wrinkles and fine lines.

Correct this by opting for a light powder and applying it on areas where it’s only needed. If you have an oily complexion, avoid putting powder first without blotting your skin, or you’ll end up with a rather chalky appearance.

  1. Putting on exaggerated eyebrows

Unlike Cara Delevingne, some girls are not born with natural, thick eyebrows. However, filling your eyebrows with a dark brow pencil won’t help either. You’ll just look awkward with those overfilled eyebrows.

To create full eyebrows without looking awkward, take your spoolie brush and direct your brow hair at a 45-degree angle, then set them with a brow gel. For brunettes, an eyebrow pencil with a shade lighter than their hair colour would be the ideal brow pencil, while a brow pencil that’s a shade darker will work well for blondes.

  1. Practicing a wrong bronzer application technique

When applying your bronzer, makeup experts recommend that you concentrate on the perimeter of your face, which is starting behind your ears, then working down your jawline. After that, lightly sweep some of your bronzer across your forehead, the bridge of your nose, your cheeks, and the tip of your chin. Applying some pink blush on the apples of your cheeks will also help in keeping your face from looking dirty or muddy.


  1. Applying concealer in a crescent moon shape

While it may seem like applying concealer over your dark circles will effectively conceal it, applying it in an upside down triangle shape below your eye creates a more brightening, and more natural effect compared to how you first applied it.

  1. Lining the edges of your lips

Unless you plan on having a ‘90s throwback look, don’t ever do this. Even if you’ll apply your lippie over your lip liner, remember that your lip colour will gradually fade, leaving the unflattering line around your mouth. Avoid this by entirely forgoing your lip liner, or fill in your lines for a more durable and longer lasting pout.

Wearing makeup does more than just making us look fabulous throughout the day. Knowing that you wore the right kind of makeup and applied them correctly also boost our self-confidence, and makes us feel sure about ourselves.

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5 Alternative Uses for Your Eye Primer  


Eye shadow primer is definitely one of the most loved cosmetic products by women, because it doesn’t only make your eye makeup look more vibrant, it also prevents the eyeshadow from pooling into your creases. However, your eye shadow primer isn’t just perfect for your eyes. It’s among the multipurpose beauty products that work wonders in several parts of the face. Want to learn how? Then jot down these alternative uses for your trusty eye primer.


  1. Under the Eyes: An eye shadow primer actually serves two purposes when it’s used under the eyes: prevent your concealer from creasing and make it long-lasting. Since the purpose of an eye primer is to prevent your eye makeup from creasing, the same principle also applies on your under-eye skin—allowing the concealer to cling easily to the skin and make it stay longer.
  1. On Eyebrows: Perhaps, most of us have experienced smudged off brows. Don’t let this happen again with the help of your trusty eye primer. Take a dot-size amount of your primer, and swipe it across your eyebrows. Let it set for a minute (or two) before applying your brow product. The primer will help keep the product in place, making your brows smudge-proof all throughout the day.
  1. Over Pimples: At some point in your life, you might have come across a foundation or concealer with poor pigmentation that doesn’t provide enough coverage to hide a pesky pimple. If this happens again, remedy this problem by dabbing a bit of your eye primer over the pimple before applying foundation or concealer. Lock the products in place by dusting some loose powder to ensure that the blemish is well hidden.


  1. Creases Around Your Mouth: As we age, it’s given that fine lines around the mouth will begin to crop up. You’ll eventually notice your foundation settling into these lines due to facial movement and oil production. Patting a small amount of eye shadow primer over these areas before putting on your foundation will prevent this from happening again.
  1. On Your Lips: Now, there’s an available primer for almost everything, including your lips. Yet, if you’re out of budget to purchase one for your lips, using an eye shadow primer will suffice. Have your lips moisturized before applying a tiny bit of primer. Once it sets, you can then coat your lips with your favourite lipstick. This trick will make your lipstick last longer and prevent the colour from bleeding or smudging off the lips

Multipurpose beauty products are real beauty savers—not to mention the time they save from putting on different products. With eye shadow primer being one of the excellent multitaskers, it’s no surprise why it has become one of the must-have products in every woman’s purse.



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