7/10 Makeup Mistakes That Can Age You by By Maura Fritz

This is one part of my eyes that I’m having a hard time putting make up on.

7.0 Mistake: Going Too Heavy on the Concealer

Many women cake on concealer in a mistaken attempt to cover up fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. But Spackled-on concealer actually highlights lines and wrinkles as it dries and cracks.

SOLUTION: Keep delicate skin moisturized.

A better approach is to keep the delicate skin around your eyes moisturized, which will plump the skin to “fill in” the wrinkles. Use a minimal amount of concealer on the inner corners of your eyes only, where your skin is naturally darker. Choose a product with luminosity (like Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, $8, walgreens.com), which has the added benefit of lighting up your face, giving it more radiance.

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Will definitely try this!

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6/10 Makeup Mistakes That Can Age You by By Maura Fritz

Guilty on this one too…

6.0 Mistake: Underapplying Lip Color

Remember: Lip liner is meant to define your lips and lip color, not act as your lip color. Though admittedly 20 years back this look had its moment, women have since wised up: On its own, lip liner looks way too hard.

SOLUTION: Coloring Between the Liner

What lip liner is really meant to do: Hold your lipstick in check, preventing it from bleeding. After lining your lips, use the pencil to fill them in, then apply lipstick on top. The lip liner (Rae recommends Stila Long Wear Lip Liner, $18, sephora.com) will give your color something to hold on to, so it stays on longer.

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5/10 Makeup Mistakes That Can Age You by By Maura Fritz

I’m guilty on this one, I usually do my lip liner not knowing it looks bad.

5.0 Mistake: Overdoing Lip Liner

Here’s a trendy look. . .back in the Clinton Administration. Dark, heavily lined lips will date you as fast as a pair of stirrup pants. And then there’s this: Go too far outside your lip’s natural line, and your lip color will get caught in the fine, feathery lines around the mouth and emphasize them.

SOLUTION: Softening the Look

To keep lip liner from looking severe or jarring, match it to the color of your lipstick. Another way to avoid telltale lines is to match the lip liner to your natural lip color. Use a creamy pencil for best results (one to try: Lancôme Le Lipstique, $24.50, lancome-usa.com)—if your lips have any dry patches of skin, a dry pencil will adhere to them, so the makeup will look patchy, not smooth.

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4/10 Makeup Mistakes That Can Age You by By Maura Fritz

4.0 Mistake: Choosing Blush in the Wrong Color

When blush is not harmonious with your lip color, it looks harsh, as the blush here—which is too dark, too blue—does: The blue-purple undertones almost make the skin look bruised. Choose colors that are soft and sheer, giving the cheeks a fresh glow.

SOLUTION: Look for the right color of your blush.

Women with fair skin look best in rosy pinks and peaches, “nothing too brown,” says Silver. Pinks and peaches work well on medium skin tones, too—even something slightly mauve will flatter those with cooler skin tones. Corals, oranges, berries, and rich bronzes complement darker complexions; avoid anything too blue or too light, which will look ashy. Silver recommends Three Custom Color Specialists’ Crème to Powder Blush ($22.50, threecustom.com) for all skin types. “It applies easily and is totally controllable, never going on too heavy, and comes in all the right shades,” she says.

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3/10 Makeup Mistakes That Can Age You by By Maura Fritz

3.0 Mistake: Applying Blush Incorrectly

A frequent makeup mistake: adhering too literally to that old adage about putting blush on the apples of your cheeks. The clown-like rounds of makeup that can result flatter no one. Another no-no: brushing on blush too far below the cheekbone, which visually pulls down the face, making you look jowly.

SOLUTION: Apply the blush correctly.

Applied correctly, blush should look like, well, a blush. Rather than concentrating it on the apple of your cheek, brush it—sparingly—up along the cheekbone, using the center of your eye as a guide for your starting point. The upward sweep also gives the illusion of pulling your face upward, slimming it. One blush to try: Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($43, chanel.com).

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2/10 Makeup Mistakes That Can Age You by By Maura Fritz

Here’s the next makeup blunder that you might be doing on putting makeup.

2.0 Mistake: Going Too Natural

Even the loveliest skin needs foundation to even out the tone—note the ashy patches when the model goes without—plus smooth the skin and give it a flawless, polished look.

SOLUTION: Covering Up

To find the best color for your skin, test the foundation on your cheek, close to the jawline. “This area will give you the truest match,” says New York City–based makeup artist Tanya Rae. When in doubt about the best shade, choose one that’s slightly darker—rather than lighter—than your complexion, so it warms your skin; going too light can make you look ashen. Blend with a damp sponge (or a brush) so the foundation lines disappear into the skin, says Rae, who likes Lancôme’s Teint Miracle.

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1/10 Makeup Mistakes That Can Age You by By Maura Fritz

I’m sharing you these makeup mistakes and solutions by Maura Fritz today and in the next few days.

ENJOY!

1.0 Mistake: Skipping Foundation

You may think that the older you get the more makeup you need to “youthify” your face, but the opposite is true. Pack on the makeup and you run the risk of looking older than your years. But one makeup item you should never skip in the name of lightening up your routine: foundation. The right one may be your best friend. “No foundation is better than bad foundation, but good foundation is best,” says Maybelline New York makeup artist Melissa Silver. Shown without foundation, the model’s skin tone is dull in places, shiny in others, and noticeably ruddy. But the sheer, translucent finish (note: not a mask of makeup) that a good foundation provides not only corrects those issues but livens the skin. Want proof? See the next slide.

SOLUTION: Wearing the Right Foundation

With foundation, her tone is even, with a youthful glow. A powder foundation, like Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15 ($35, lauramercier.com), is best for oily skin; sweep it on with a fluffy brush for a soft finish. For dry skin, apply liquid foundation or a tinted moisturizer with a slightly damp sponge (try Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $42, sephora.com). If you have normal or combination skin, “use the formulation you feel most comfortable in,” says Silver.

“When trying out a new foundation in a department store,” she advises, “wear it for a few hours and check it out in natural daylight to see how it settles. Cakey? Try again. Looks natural? It’s a winner.” A trick she likes, especially for women who shy away from foundation altogether for fear that it will settle into (and highlight) any fine lines: “To sheer out a foundation that you feel is too opaque, mix it on the back of your hand with a drop of moisturizer—which also creates your own customized tinted moisturizer.”

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My New Lip Balm.

Here’s my recent purchase and I’m hoping it would heal my chapped, dry lips.

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The classic carmex lip balm. I’ve read good reviews about this product so I’m expecting it will work. (*grin*)

Here’s a good advice from their website about how to take care of dry and chapped lips. Read on…

It’s the problem that plagues just about everybody: Tender, dry lips that start cracking and rapidly get worse. The most common causes of chapped lips are excessive lip-licking, dehydration, and damage from the sun.

Every time you lick your lips, it removes natural oils that keep moisture in your skin. In turn, that moisture evaporates, leaving behind dried-out, cracked lips with nothing to protect them. Dehydration can happen when you spend too much time in dry environments (air conditioning and heating systems are culprits here), if you breathe through your mouth at night, and if you’re not drinking that all-important daily amount of water. In all cases, a soothing, moisturizing lip balm can mean the difference between miserable lips and a huge smile.

Recommended products: Carmex Original Jar, Carmex Original Tube

When out in the sun, covering your head and your skin has become second nature, but people often forget to add sun protection to their lips. The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage the keratin-producing cells of your skin, and since keratin is essentially the layer that protects and preserves everything underneath, you want that layer to remain as healthy as possible. Using a lip balm with sun protection—ideally broad spectrum sun protection to screen both UVA and UVB radiation—preserves your keratin layer, plus covers new skin cells developing underneath.

Recommended : Carmex Cherry Stick, Carmex Ultra Smooth Sticks

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Checking Out more Vouchers for Summer

The advantage of being online ALL the time is that I get to watch out for discount vouchers that I get to use for shopping. I’ve mentioned earlier that I’m a Mom of two and working part time so I have to watch out for our budget. I set aside for shopping, but most of these I shop only for essentials. These are clothes, shoes that are mostly outgrown by kids and school stuff. Yes, these are basically the things that we need to buy.

Of course I also get to treat myself every once in awhile like a pair of shoes in a nice color for summer or a nice hand bag that would match our office uniform. That’s why I’m happy to find websites such as Zeal Vouchers. They allow Mommies like me to splurge once in awhile. And oh, the brands that they cater, wow, mostly are the brands that I like – Staples, Argos, Philosophy UK and more. They even have vouchers for techy Dads too such as Crucial Memory Experts and Great Web Hosting. I would benefit on this one too since I will be renewing my web hosting in the next couple of months. I love that Zeal Vouchers is so easy to use too! Just click on the button where you need to get the voucher code, then you are ready to shop!

Oh, the joy of shopping with a voucher! I just love the thrill of finding the product that I really, really want ON A discount. Isn’t that the most exhilirating feeling? Oh yes, indeed. I’m hoping I get to find deals for the kids’ summer outfits and bathing suits. They’ve been using theirs for years now and it looks like they need a new set. We’ll see if today is my lucky day. Again. (*wink*)

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7/7 Shopping Haven in Langkawi: Shopping Malls at the Langkawi International Airport

You won’t believe that up until our flight back to KL, I was still on shopping mode. Yes! You read that right, I shopped for the last time at Langkawi International Airport.

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That airport is full of duty free shops. I told you, these type of shops are just everywhere in Langkawi!

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And the shopaholic in me was ecstatic! It was a nice vacation and shopping experience we had in Langkawi. Until next time, Malaysia! (*wink*)

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