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Natural Tips and Tricks to Get Shiny and Healthier Nails

Nails are probably one of the most neglected part of our health and body care rituals. But did you know that like the rest of the body our nails too reflect our inner health? Therefore, it is essential that we look after them to keep them strong and healthy. If your nails are thin and constantly breaking, this may indicate inadequate intake vitamins, minerals and protein as well as insufficient nail care. Pale nails can also be an indication of anemia while if a blueish tinge that appears on your nails it can point to inefficient blood circulation and not enough oxygen in your blood. Hence, it is important to look for these essential cues. Here are some natural ways to keep your nails healthy.

How to keep them healthy and shiny?

Ishika Taneja, Executive Director Alps Group, and Ragini Mehra, founder, Beauty Source, warn that continuous applications of nail polish make nails go dull. Rub lemon at least thrice in a week to get rid of yellowness. They also suggest massaging nails every alternative day for about three to five minutes with olive or coconut oil to add moisture to them.
 

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Natural remedies for dry and brittle nails

Beauty expert Suparna Trikha suggests a handful of remedies:

1.Warm 250ml of olive oil or castor oil, add half a cup of sage leaves and heat this mixture for 5 minutes. Let it stand for a while until cool, and then strain it. Rub it frequently into your nails.

2.Another effective remedy that can infuse life back into your nails, could be beating together 125 ml honey, 1 egg yolk, 125 ml avocado oil or castor oil and 2ml sea salt store it in top jar in a refrigerator. Rub into the nails daily, and leave it on for half an hour before washing.

3.Papaya contains enzymes that soften the protein tissue and are good for the cuticles. Mash papaya and add lemon juice and 1tsp vodka or vinegar. Soak your nails in this mixture for at least 20 minutes and massage into the skin regularly.

Nail-friendly Diet

It is time you start taking your diet seriously not only for your weight regulation or for good skin, but also for the impact it has on your nails. An intake of iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, D and E can work wonders for healthy and shiny nails. Vitamin D is known to cure nail ridges while folic acid and Vitamin C is effective for split nails. Heath Practitioner and Macrobiotic Nutritionist Shilpa Arora ND says, “Bone broth is an exceptional food for healthy nails. It helps boost pure collagen production and is full of minerals like zinc, sulphur, selenium and magnesium. Add sulphur rich veggies like onion, cabbage and broccoli to up the nutrients. Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta says, “A diet rich in protein and keratin, like meat and eggs, is essential for good nail health. Minerals like magnesium and zinc which you can get in whole grain cereals and beans could also prove effective.”

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http://www.ndtv.com/food/natural-tips-and-tricks-to-get-shiny-and-healthier-nails-1738149

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Pat McGrath’s New ‘Unlimited’ Makeup Collection is Fall’s First Mandatory Beauty Binge

After more than two years of maintaining statecraft levels of secrecy, Pat McGrathsteps into a glass conference room in her Manhattan studio and snaps the curtains closed, fussing over the gossamer fabric to make sure her staff can’t peek inside. “No one has seen this yet,” she says giddily, unloading a series of tubes and compacts from a bejeweled Prada sac—a gift from Miuccia—onto two velvet-lined trays. It is an early morning in late May, a few days before the influential makeup artist will accept the Founder’s Award at the CFDA Awards, and a few weeks before she will fly to Paris to create a holographic crimson lip for Maison Margiela, a highlight of the fall couture calendar. Today’s reveal marks another milestone for McGrath, one that is particularly special to her: After 25 years in the industry, and six limited-run launches from her brand, Pat McGrath Labs, “Mother”—as she is commonly known in the fashion community—is ready to reveal her first core collection of color cosmetics. “It’s major,” she whispers.

Whether McGrath—who is regularly summoned by Donatella Versace, John Galliano, and brands like Alexander McQueen and Valentino—would launch a full line was never a matter of if, but when. Following years of developing for other people, the self-proclaimed “ultimate makeup junkie” struck out on her own in 2015, flash-selling one-off creations produced by a group of handpicked international cosmetics factories. The wildly popular glitter-lip kits and metallic-eye foils nodded to McGrath’s “hoards” of samples and vintage compacts that are cataloged in a vaultlike space downtown. “But these products represent the crown jewels of my archive,” she says of the three shadow palettes, 40 lipsticks, five eye pencils, eleven lip pencils, “and one magnificent mascara” that round out the new range. (McGrath is mum on whether foundation and other skin-perfecters are in the works, emphasizing that, for now, she is focused on “resetting the rules of how color can be worn.”)

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Labs and its frenzy-inducing, digital-only deals will continue to “push the limits of what makeup is about,” McGrath insists. But the core collection, which hits patmcgrath.com at midnight on September 16th and Sephora counters, where it will be available exclusively, in early October, manages to more formally harness the drama, fantasy, and personal touch that are McGrath hallmarks: a thumbprint of her new, perfectly pitched shimmering lilac shadow with the give of velvet and the texture of silk, pressed daintily onto model Yasmin Wijnaldum’s lids at Peter Dundas’s resort debut this summer; an unbelievable powder-laced lipstick that models were demanding backstage at Prada’s resort show, where McGrath workshopped samples of the impossibly matte, yet ultra-creamy cherry-colored pigment. “I drove myself and my team mad in pursuit of a level of excellence on a timeline that no beauty conglomerate could ever allow,” she says of these exacting details, honed over decades of on-set experience—and a lot of arm-swatching.

“Her makeup is more of an art form,” says Slick Woods of what makes McGrath’s products so cultish. The model’s career skyrocketed last year after she joined the small army of McGrath’s muses, who are often scouted via Instagram, a platform she has leveraged to foster real-world collaboration better than most; beyond a mere #regram, McGrath has recruited members of her team through liked posts, and found “terrifically talented” artists to illustrate her custom packaging. That kind of democratizing spirit is deeply resonant. “That’s why I respect Pat’s work the most,” Woods adds.

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http://www.vogue.com/article/pat-mcgrath-labs-makeup-unlimited-edition-mothership-eye-palettes-pencils-lipsticks

This Is the Makeup Secret to Banishing Under Eye Circles, According to a Plastic Surgeon

Over 114 million American people bought concealer last year, according to Statista.com, mostly to cover facial imperfections including those dark circles under tired-looking eyes. (Maybe they just didn’t know these doctor-approved sleep tips for a good night’s rest.) Even plastic surgeons have noticed a major uptick in the number of patients requesting both surgical and non-surgical long term treatments for tired eyes.

John Paul Tutela, MD is a celebrity plastic surgeon with offices in New York and New Jersey who has noticed the increase in demand for under eye fillers (the same lip plumping products celebrities use to make their lips bigger and poutier), saying he has at least five new patients a week requesting the off-label procedure. Under eye fillers, while great, don’t come cheap or easy though—patients need to be open to having needles inject their upper cheek areas around once a year, and the procedure starts at $750 in Dr. Tutela’s office. It’s this reason that Dr. Tutela advises his patients to use what he calls a “secret makeup hack” to disguise the look of sunken, aging, and tired eyes either between injections or instead of them.

“A lot of what fillers accomplish is changing the contour of you face so shadows don’t fall in areas that make you look aged, like the tear trough which is right under your eye,” he explains. “By concealing dark circles it accomplishes a lot of the same look that is achieved with fillers.” The trick, he says, is using the concept of contouring beneath your eyes. This is definitely going to change the Instagram landscape, and you can add it to your list of concealer tricks every woman needs to know.

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“As we age and we lose volume in our face, our lower eyelids also loosens and fat from behind our eye starts to bulge out. The combination of this extra bulk (a mountain) immediately adjacent to the loss of volume in our tear trough just beneath this (a valley) creates a contrast that becomes very recognizable as an ‘always tired’ look,” he says.

How to Contour Under Your Eyes

BAIAJAK/SHUTTERSTOCKHe suggests patients swap their single shade of concealer for two separate shades, one that’s slightly lighter than the rest of the face, and one that’s the same color as the cheeks. He suggests using the darker shade closest to the under eye on the “bulge” area to effectively shrink the visible surface area of the bulge, while using the lighter color to conceal the lower area of the under eye.

“It’s basically creating an optical illusion. The darker shade conceals the fatty bulge directly beneath the lower lash line that comes with aging and exhaustion, while the lighter shade draws attention downward and reflects more light. It’s the same concept as using a filler, but more temporary.”

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http://www.rd.com/health/beauty/under-eye-circles-contouring/

Being a Woman in the Workplace Means Getting Pressured to Wear Makeup on the Job

This article is part of Pretty Pressure, a series exploring beauty labor: the idea that our beauty routines are work and should be considered as such. While beautifying can be a source of relaxation, bonding, and self-esteem, for others, it’s a chore — one which can take a real toll on us. Today’s installment of Pretty Pressure discusses the requirement for women to wear makeup in the workplace.

 

It’s clear that many women are pressured into wearing makeup at work. For some women, this pressure is explicit and comes from management, co-workers or customers. For example, Alex, 27, was working on the children’s floor of a popular clothing store when her manager told her that she “hoped she could start wearing makeup”.

Alex was stunned – she had also consistently hit her sales goals and never received a customer complaint, plus she always dressed in the clothing sold in store, as required, and wore her hair pulled back in a tidy ponytail. She was confused when her manager said people “wouldn’t want to ask her for fashion advice if they weren’t convinced by how she looked” because she was stationed on the children’s floor. She was also earning minimum wage and became concerned about how she was going to afford the “eyeliner, mascara, foundation, blush and lip gloss” that her manager suggested she start with.

Makeup is a significant cost for women, especially those on the lower end of the earning scale. A survey by SkinStore found that women walk around with an average of $8 worth of makeup and skincare products on their faces per day, which works out to a whopping $300,000 during their lifetimes. This means that, for women who are earning minimum wage, more than an hour of the work day simply covers the cost of looking acceptable enough to be there in the first place — according to our strictly gendered beauty standards, of course.

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After the winter season at the clothing store was over, Alex was told her contract wouldn’t be renewed. “I had a feeling I wouldn’t be asked to stay on,” she said. “My manager came over and asked if he could talk with me on a walk around the mall, and I said okay. He told me that they wouldn’t be extending my contract. He said that I was a great employee and that I could definitely apply next summer, but that I’d have to dress better to represent the store and that I should consider this my ‘wake-up call’. Meanwhile, he’s wearing a T-shirt and jeans.”

“When it happened, I felt like a mixture of the embodiment of the eye-roll emoji and resignation,” she said. “Like, well this was inevitable and here it is.”

Women who work in service roles are particularly susceptible to the pressure to wear makeup — sometimes this takes the form of unofficial requests by managers, hedged as “looking presentable” or “representing the company”. For example, Victoria, 32, was working as a concierge at a luxury apartment building where she was given a copy of the company dress code, which did not mention hair or makeup. However, the women in the office started to receive group texts from their manager telling them they needed a more “polished” appearance.

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https://www.allure.com/story/women-pressured-to-wear-makeup-at-work-as-a-double-standard

For Cosmetics, Let the Buyer Beware

When you wash your hair, clean or moisturize your skin, polish your nails, or put on makeup, deodorant or sunscreen, do you ever think about whether the product you’re using may do more harm than good?

Maybe you should. Thanks to a lack of federal regulations, the watchword for consumers of cosmetics and personal care products should be caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware.

To be sure, these products are not nearly as worrisome as drugs, which require extensive testing and premarket approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Still, disasters can and sometimes do occur from the use of cosmetics and personal care products, and the government is powerless to act until a slew of consumer complaints raise a red flag about a product.

In a recent editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Robert M. Califf, who served as F.D.A. chief under President Obama, noted, “The cosmetic industry remains largely self-regulated. History has repeatedly shown that when there is insufficient regulatory oversight, a few unscrupulous people or companies will exploit the vulnerable public for profit.”

Even when a hazard comes to light, a product can remain on the market for years until negotiations make their way through the legal system or the company decides to halt sales. (Although the F.D.A. finally banned antibacterial chemicals like triclosan from soaps, triclosan is still in toothpastes and other consumer products.)

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A current case is a classic example. The F.D.A. normally receives about 300 to 400 complaints a year about bad reactions to cosmetics and personal care products, all of which are sold over-the-counter without prior government scrutiny. When in 2013 the agency received 127 reports of adverse effects from a single line of hair-care products called WEN, it discovered that the manufacturer, Chaz Dean, Inc., had been sitting on more than 21,000 complaints of hair loss and scalp damage associated with the products’ use.

A class-action lawsuit filed by more than 200 women against the company and its infomercial producer Guthy-Renker was settled last year for $26.3 million. Yet the company claims that WEN hair care products are “totally safe” and continues to sell them.

Unlike drugs, cosmetics can be sold based solely on manufacturers’ tests (or no tests at all) and claims for effectiveness and safety. Even the ingredients don’t have to be filed with the government. (Only color additives require premarket approval.)

“The F.D.A. must wait for clues to accumulate from voluntary reports suggesting that a product may not be as completely safe as presumed,” Dr. Califf, a cardiologist, health policy expert and vice chancellor at Duke University School of Medicine, wrote.

Asked in an interview whether more can be done to protect the public, he said, “It’s highly unlikely in the current administration. There’s a tiny work force at the F.D.A. to deal with an enormous industry that’s currently self-policing. Voluntary reporting of adverse events linked to cosmetics and personal care products is a lot better than nothing, but it’s way inadequate for the job. There’s no legal requirement for manufacturers to forward reports of adverse events to the F.D.A.”

(Only manufacturers of drugs and medical devices are required to submit reports of hazards associated with their products to the federal agency.)

The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act defines cosmetics as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body … for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.”

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Victoria Beckham hopes her new makeup range with Estee Lauder will ’empower women’

The pop star turned fashion mogul is set to release her second beauty collaboration with Estee Lauder in September after the success of her debut range which came out last year.

The mum-of-four who is patiently anticipating the release next month revealed that she wanted to create makeup that wasn’t typical, after walking through a duty-free one day and seeing that ‘everything looks the same.’

 

She told Stella magazine: ‘For me it’s not about copying what everyone else is doing, it’s about creating make-up that women feel proud to own. Ultimately it’s about empowering women.’

Taking to Instagram, Victoria shared a series of pictures from the new line which include a creme blush, skin perfecting powder, a new shimmering lipgloss and her favourite nude shade named after her that now comes in a modern matte lipstick. Everything comes wrapped up in a glam gold-designed packaging.

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The 43-year-old also revealed that she tests all her makeup on herself and uses pictures of herself wearing the products before giving them the greenlight, while also getting some advice from her husband David.

She said: ‘I like to wear-test everything. Last night, I went home and was talking to David and he said, “You’ve got a lot of make-up on.” I test everything and keep removing, reapplying and layering it.’

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/14/victoria-beckham-hopes-her-new-makeup-range-with-estee-lauder-will-empower-women-6852127/#ixzz4plJ4yuyk

Maybelline’s Collab With Makeup Shayla Signifies An Important Change

Beauty brands collaborating with vloggers and Instagram influencers is a common trend these days. Iconic drugstore brand Maybelline, however, has strayed from the pack for the entirety of its 100 year existence, never once collaborating on a product. But that’s about to change. Maybelline has teamed up with beauty influencer Makeup Shayla for it’s first ever product collab.

But the announcement isn’t only important because Shayla is self-made boss. Shayla is also a boundary-breaking woman of color in a white-dominated beauty industry — and it’s time to take note.

Too many beauty brands lack diversity in products and influencer representation, often hiring white celebs or models as their ambassadors. Maybelline’s partnership with Shayla, however, allows girls of color to see themselves in the mainstream beauty industry — and to shop a collection designed with them in mind.  

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In the brand’s Instagram video revealing the partnership, Maybelline stated the company “couldn’t think of a better person than makeupshayla, a self-made boss who has built herself an inspiring career and empowered millions. Stay tuned to see what we’ve been working on together over the last year!”

I can’t disagree. Not only is Makeup Shayla a straight-up, strut-your-stuff stunner but she is also a major source of inspo.

With over two million Insta followers and an audience that pays close attention to her posts and endorsements, Shayla’s sphere of influence is major. I’m stoked that Maybelline realized that. And you should be, too.

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https://www.bustle.com/p/maybellines-collab-with-makeup-shayla-signifies-important-change-75690

Wearing makeup can make you feel confident, smarter and happier, says study

The results showed that although there was a significant increase in cognitive performance from the group who listened to positive music, as predicted it was those in the makeup group who performed significantly better than females in the other two groups.

The team pointed out that makeup wasn’t the only way of boosting test results.

These findings do offer new understanding into the ways in which boosting physical self-esteem through using makeup may interact with cognition.

They now suggest further research to look into whether makeup has longer lasting effects on cognitive performance.

The findings can be found published online in the journal Cogent Psychology.

If you’re feeling a little low, spare a little time putting on some makeup before you leave the house.

Wearing makeup can make a women feel more positive about herself, says scientists.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School, US, and the University of Chieti, Italy, looked into the “lipstick effect” among 186 female undergraduate students.

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The lipstick effect

The “lipstick effect” is a known psychological phenomenon in which wearing makeup can give individuals a confidence boost by making them feel more physically attractive, increasing feelings of self-esteem, attitude, and personality.

However, a less well-known effect is that a boost in self-esteem can also boost cognitive abilities.

Previous research has shown that positive emotions can improve academic performance.

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This new study set out to see if the positive boost in self-esteem from wearing makeup could have the same effect.

The female undergraduates were placed into different groups and given a series of tests to complete.

The tests consisted of answering multiple choice questions about a chapter from a general psychology textbook.

Before taking the test, members of one group were asked to apply makeup, another group listened to “a positive music excerpt,” and a third coloured a drawing of a human face.

The team believed that those wearing makeup would experience the greatest boost in positive feelings, and therefore would perform better in the tests than the other two groups.
Read more at http://www.star2.com/health/mind/2017/08/11/makeup-psychology-confidence-smarter/#4ZsKeoIj5i126dz7.99

KYLIE JENNER’S LIP KITS HAVE MADE HER AN INSANE AMOUNT OF MONEY

We all know by now that Kylie Jenner‘s lip kits have been insanely successful, but you probably had no idea just how successful Kylie’s company really is.

During a recent interview with Women’s Wear DailyKris Jenner revealed just how well her daughter’s business is doing. According to Kris, Kylie Cosmetics has reeled in $420 million in retail sales in just 18 months.

Let’s put that in perspective. WWD reports that Tom Ford Beauty — owned by Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. — reached $500 million in revenue after a decade, while the Bobbi Brown brand, also owned by Estée Lauder, took 25 years to reach a billion in revenue.

Kylie is all set to take only a fraction of that time to reach the same milestone. According to WWD, Kylie Cosmetics is expected to see a 25% increase in sales this year, and if things continue on at this rate, Kylie’s company will be a billion-dollar brand by 2022.

Not bad for $29 lip kits, right?

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http://www.oxygen.com/very-real/kylie-jenners-lip-kits-have-made-her-an-insane-amount-of-money

Woman’s horrific skin infection is motivation to keep makeup brushes clean

You don’t have to know what cellulitis is to guess that you most definitely do not want it.

And now a woman named Katie Wright, of Austin, Tex., has proven just how easy it is to get the infection — simply by not washing your makeup brushes enough.

When Wright discovered a painful pimple above her eyebrow, she did what so many of us (wisely or unwisely) do in that situation: She popped it.

But instead of being a little sore afterwards, her “entire face swelled up” within the hour and she felt like “something was going to burst out of my skin.” Sensibly, she took herself straight to a hospital.

 

The doctors said she had a very serious case of cellulitis, a type of staph infection that can spread to other parts of the body, such as the blood, muscle, and bone, and can become life-threatening if not treated quickly.

“Since it was on my face, there was a huge risk of it spreading to my brain or to my eyes causing me to go blind,” Wright wrote.

Now that it’s finally healing and her face is going “back to normal,” she has shared her story online to urge other people to clean their makeup brushes regularly — all of them.

“This most likely happened from bacteria getting on my eyebrow pencil brush,” she said. “I’m super strict on washing my face/beauty blender/brushes, but I never ever thought to disinfect my eyebrow spooly [sic]. If you wear makeup PLEASE make that a step in your cleaning routine! It’s a small thing to do to avoid a painful, expensive and traumatizing infection on your face.”

She shared the message along with photos of herself taken 48 hours apart — before and after the infection took its hold.

 

The after image should be graphic enough to persuade anyone to make brush cleaning part of their routine, but what should that routine look like exactly?

Because of how they’re used, it’s impossible to keep your brushes from ever getting dirty. So if that’s not motivation enough to spend some quality time with your beauty tools, know that the bacteria production on your brushes is contaminating your makeup and promoting acne and breakouts on your skin.

It’s easy to wash brushes: Just fill a bowl with warm, soapy water, submerge the brush, gently massage the bristles, rinse, rest on a clean towel, and repeat. There are soaps dedicated specifically to cleansing brushes and beauty blenders, but often gentle soap — like baby shampoo — will do the trick just fine.

While there’s a general rule to cleanse your brushes every month, timelines can actually vary according to what you use the brush for — so dig in to these guidelines and make a commitment to clean.

Oh, and a final bit of motivation: Wright’s ordeal was not only emotionally trying but also financially costly, and she just launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and recoup some of her losses. “Unfortunately, this was not a cheap lesson to learn. I was left with thousands of dollars in hospital bills that I haven’t been able to pay yet,” she wrote. “The doctors of St. David’s saved my life and it would mean the world to be able to pay them back for their services. Any help you may be able to offer would be greatly appreciated and every little bit helps!”

Source:

https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/womans-horrific-skin-infection-motivation-keep-makeup-brushes-clean-154526075.html