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5 Natural Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Waking up with puffy eyes is hardly a crisis, but it can really decrease your self esteem, especially if that miracle concealer isn’t doing the trick. Try these amazing tips to eliminate puffy eyes in just seconds, and create an even, flawless base for your makeup – sans surgery!

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Tea bags

Pour a cup of tea and allow the bag to cool down to room temperature. Apply directly over your closed eyes, then lie down and relax. The caffeine helps to constrict the blood vessels and actually reduces swelling and inflammation.

The best type to use are chamomile and green tea, but any caffeinated beverage will do the trick. If you’re ever in need of this without a moments notice, fill an ice cube tray with the mixture, and keep it in the fridge for easy access!

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Potato

Carefully remove the skin from a small potato, then dice into little pieces. Using a fork, mash the inside until the consistency is smooth and soft. Apply onto your eyes and try to relax. The starch from the potato combats inflammation and will decrease the puffy appearance of your eyes.

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Cucumber

Slice a cucumber and place directly over the entire eye area. The cool, astringent property helps to decrease swelling in a matter of seconds and will also help with any dark patches or discolouration of skin. Use on all aspects of your skin for a quick and natural pick-me-up.

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Coffee grinds

Apply some coffee grounds onto the base of your eyelids, then sit back and relax for 10-15 minutes. The coffee is packed with antioxidants which helps to eliminate baggy eyelids and save skin which has been left swollen or distressed overnight.

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Egg whites

Gently whip 1-2 egg whites and apply just below the eye. They actually help to tighten the skin, and will decrease those puffy eyes in no-time!

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

What are some of your tricks to de-puff your eyes?

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April 19, 2015

The Benefits of Orange Concealer

Ever wanted to get rid of those annoying dark circles under your eyes, but to no avail?

The secret could all be in the humble concealer, but not the standard formula that we’re all accustomed to using.

Orange or salmon coloured concealer is actually ideal for dark circles since it cancels out dark lines in all skin tones.

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The way that these concealers work is by balancing out the cool tones of the skin, especially if you’re suffering from chronic dark circles, or even skin discolouration.

Shop our favourite orange/salmon coloured concealers from luxe to less:

Giorgio Armani Master Corrector, $53.69

An ultra-lightweight, liquid concealer which brightens dark spots, and gives your face an instant glow. Use it to contour your entire makeup for a dramatic evening look, or hide hyper-pigmentation spots with ease.

Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter, $36

A bright pop of orange is perfect for this little compact product which easily removes unwanted dark circles from both the face and body. Use it under your makeup, and buff it in with your fingers or a stippling brush for ultimate coverage.

Bobbi Brown Corrector, $34.42

Carry this lightweight colour corrector in your purse to touch-up any spots throughout the day, and give your face a genuine glow. Apply with your fingers directly onto the skin, and dab until it sets.

Natio Pure Mineral Dark Circle Corrector, $14.95

Give your visage a subtle glow with this liquid corrector which melts flawlessly into the skin. Set the liquid with a powder if your skin is on the oily side, to prevent sheen throughout the day.

e.l.f Studio Corrective Concealer, $3.00

Don’t let the cheap price fool you, this product is amazing at cancelling out those darker dimensions of your face. Mix the colours together to find a perfect shade for your skintone.

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April 11, 2015

5 Fun Facts About Turmeric For Your Skin

While you probably know about turmeric as the main ingredient in your favourite curry recipe, it has been used for centuries as an alternative skincare treatment. Just one of the many helpful chemicals helps to decrease swelling and inflammation, while clearing up skin which has been subjected to skin damage or even acne.

Below are just a few facts about turmeric which should make it an essential in your skincare routine.

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Fact 1: Acne treatment

Turmeric is praised for it’s antiseptic qualities since it helps to clear away pimples, and fight against any antibacterial cells on the surface of the skin. You can make your own turmeric face mask which is perfect for even sensitive skin, to reduce oil and unclog sebaceous glands in the face and body.

Mix with lemon juice for an amazing fake tan remover minus the irritable skin!

Fact 2: Wrinkles

Put down your anti-ageing creams and whip yourself up a turmeric face mask instead. The fine particles are ideal for both women and men who wish to reduce their fine lines and wrinkles.

We’re not saying it’s the fountain of youth, but it will help to clear your skin and brighten the delicate under-eye area.

Fact 3: Stretch marks

If you suffer from stretch marks on your arms, legs, breasts, and thighs, turmeric can prove to be a natural skin lightener. Simply apply a concentrated paste of turmeric with yoghurt, milk, and water then apply to your problem areas.

Fact 4: Facial hair

Sometimes that annoying peach fuzz on your upper lip or chin can prove to be difficult to remove with waxing and strenuous laser treatments. Turmeric can help to decrease facial hair growth in these areas by mixing equal parts of chickpea and exfoliating the skin consistently for one month.

Fact 5: Cracked heels

Summer season calls for sandals and flip-flops, but cracked skin around the heels can often compromise your plans. Mix 3 tablespoons of turmeric and coconut oil and apply onto cracked skin to soften your heels without the use of a harmful exfoliating agent.

How would you incorporate turmeric into your skincare or beauty routine?

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November 11, 2014

Beauty Tips For Dark Eye Circles

Whether they come with age, are passed down by your mother, or even come from a late night out, dark circles are always a nuisance to deal with. Before you know it, you’ll catch yourself violently searching through your makeup bag for a quick and easy way to cover them up, or even magically diminish them overnight.

Regardless of the way you choose to conceal your dark circles, below are just a few ideas which are worth a try.

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Vitamin E

Banish dark circles with a generous dose of Vitamin E before heading to bed. Not only will this soothe the area completely, but will also leave your eyes feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Vitamin E is perfect for the entire face, since it works wonders at improving skin tone, hydrating dry patches, and best of all – it works while you sleep!

Cucumber

Cucumbers are super-hydrating since they’re made up of mostly water, and even professionals still resort to this remedy to cure dark circles. The cucumber actually works as an astringent, and will lighten the dark circles over time. Simply chop into thin layers, and apply over your eyes for 10-20 minutes. The longer, the better!

Concealer

Needless to say, there is actually a concealer that will hide your dark circles without breaking the bank. Look for products which are packed with vitamins and minerals, since they are the best for your skin and won’t clog your pores.

Apply the product with your fingers around the inside of the eye, and down towards the cheek. Instead of doting the product on, fan it out under your eyes and make sure to pat it into the skin. This will ensure a flawless application, and won’t leave your concealer from sagging, or settling into those fine lines around your eyes.

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Rose water

Did you know that rose water is an ingredient which features prominently in most skincare products? It mostly serves the same purpose as a cucumber treatment – which soothes the dark circles and makes them less visible. The anti-inflammatory properties in rose water make it the perfect solution to puffy or swollen eyes due to a late night out.

Moisturise

This may not be a quick-fix solution for dark circles, but it does help if they are hereditary. The best way to prep your skin is by keeping it moisturised, since this will avoid any dry patches from emerging on the skin. Then simply prime your skin according to its ideal type – oil, dry or combination.

Correcting

If you suffer from extremely dark circles, the best way to tackle this is by correcting the skin. Use a correcting pen or paint-pot and lightly dab the product away from the nose. You can also use a small concealer brush, but your fingers are ideal since the natural oils will help to create a flawless base.

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October 16, 2014