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When our mothers were young, makeup was a simple thing. They followed the same rules that were handed down to them from their mothers and stuck to tried-and-tested products. In the last ten years, however, makeup has become part of a whole new world. These days we can find blog posts with in-depth reviews of different brands, follow YouTube tutorials to get the perfect look and purchase endless products online. Despite this, many of us still make several big mistakes when it comes to makeup. Don’t fall victim to these troublesome (but all too common!) makeup sins.

Not Using Primer

Primer creates a smooth, flawless base for other makeup products to sit on. Without primer, your makeup will look less even and start to smudge and melt away more quickly.

Using The Same Foundation All Year

Most of us experience some shift in skin tone between the winter months and summer sun, so don’t expect the same foundation that looks good in December to suit you in June.

Overdoing Your Eyebrows

Bold eyebrows can look great, but many of us have taken the trend too far and use products that are overly heavy and dark. Try creating a lighter, softer brow and see how it compares to your usual look.

Forgetting To Clean Makeup Brushes

Dirty makeup brushes are fertile breeding grounds for bacteria and they also lead to patchy makeup application. You should wash your brushes at least once a month to keep them at their best.

Using A Dry Makeup Blender

If you use a sponge blender like the Beautyblender, wet it with cool water before every use. The dampness helps to blend your makeup evenly and stops the sponge absorbing too much product.

Failing To Blend Eye Makeup

When it comes to eyeshadow, always blend, blend, and blend some more! Making each color merge seamlessly into the next is the secret to a professional eye makeup look.

Overdoing It With Powder

Powder can be a girl’s best friend, particularly if you live somewhere hot, but a light dusting really is enough. Too much powder smears your makeup and makes fine lines stand out.

Choosing The Wrong Concealer

Most concealer users wear a shade that is far too light for their skintone. Your concealer should be just a shade or two fairer than your foundation, not ghostly pale.

Applying Concealer First

Conventional makeup wisdom said to apply concealer on problem areas under foundation. However, concealer actually works best when applied under the eyes and over blemishes on top of foundation.

Not Working With Your Features

Don’t follow trends or copy makeup looks just because they look good on celebrities or your friends. Work with your facial features to find colors, styles, and techniques that really work for you, and embrace your unique qualities.

You don’t necessarily need to buy new products or practice for hours to elevate your makeup skills. Simply using your products in the right way can make all the difference. Your face will look all kinds of better once you’ve said goodbye to these makeup mistakes and started painting your face like a professional.

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How to Have an Herbal Bath at Home

There’s definitely nothing better than a relaxing or an uplifting bath at the end of a hard day. Water has the ability to cleanse, soothe and refresh, and you can enhance your experience by adding herbs, as well as herbal oils and salts in your bathing routine. With the addition of some scented candles and tasteful music, you can enjoy an inexpensive spa-like bath in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Types of Herbal Baths

Depending on which herbs you use, an herbal bath can energize you, soothe and calm you down or relieve stiffness after a rigorous workout. Some baths are ideal for moisturizing your skin while others are just very fragrant and pleasing.

Sage, mugwort, strawberry leaves, chamomile and agrimony are great for stiff muscles and aching joints. If you want to have a tonic bath you can use a combination of alfalfa, comfrey, parsley and orange peel. For those of you who love rose petals, combine them with lavender and orange blossoms. For relieving tension and stress, try some soothing herbs like catnip, jasmine flowers, lemon balm, evening primrose flowers and valerian root. Other herbs such as plantain, lady’s mantle, dandelion leaves and alder are recommended for cleansing the skin. You can also try some particularly fragrant herbs like geranium, clove, jasmine flowers, patchouli, sandalwood or pennyroyal, according to your own preference.

Preparing Your Βath

Herbal baths are very easy to prepare. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different herbs and combinations to find what suits you best. One thing you need to be aware of is the temperature of the water. A cool bath will stimulate you whereas a warm one will relax your muscles. Very hot baths are not recommended because they dry the skin and dehydrate the body, so avoid temperatures over 104º F/40º C.

There are several different ways to enjoy an herbal bath. You can make an herb bag and hang it under the tap. You will need an organza gift bag with a drawstring, about 6 in. / 15 cm high. Add the herbs and essential oil of your choosing along with half a cup of oats. Oats are great for softening the water and your skin. You can also use the herb bag as a soothing compress while taking your bath.

If you don’t want care much for herb bags, there are other options that might appeal to you. Strong herbal infusions can be added directly into the bath water and they will give you the same results. Pour half a cup of boiling water over your dried herbs and let them steep for ten to twenty minutes. Alternatively, you can prepare a decoction by adding the herbs in cold water, then heating the mixture to a boil and pouring it into your bath.

Adding Bath Salts and Oils

Bath salts are great for giving your bath a healing boost. The trace minerals they contain can stimulate the body’s natural detoxification process. Each mineral possesses specific properties. For instance, sulfur helps with respiratory problems and colds, calcium and potassium may relieve the symptoms of arthritis and magnesium promotes heart health and strong bones. Salt is also said to draw moisture from the lower levels of the skin to the drier surface.

Herbal oils are great for skin moisturizing. Essential oils are very potent and you should always mix them with a base plant or nut oil. Almond and avocado are two great options. Add the oil after you have soaked in the water for about ten minutes. This will allow your body to absorb enough moisture before the oil traps it in the skin. If you are only interested in the fragrance, you can add a few drops of herbal oil directly into the water. Avoid spending more than twenty minutes in your herbal bath in total, because the process will be reversed and your skin will start to dry out.

Before you are ready to embark on your amazing herbal journey you must take some time to select your herbs and essential oils and make sure you store them properly. This way they will always be available to you whenever you need to relax or become energized with an herbal bath. You should always try to steal away some time for yourself. So, don’t miss out on a wonderful, affordable way to enjoy a spa-like experience in your own bathroom.

Sources:

Kowalchik Claire, and William H. Hylton, eds. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Emmaus, Penssylvania: Rodale Press, 1987.

The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs . Reader’s Digest, 2009.


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