What is Gommage and How to Use It

Facial Care

The word “gommage” comes from French “gomme” which literally means “eraser”. Gommage is a cosmetic product or procedure specially created to remove upper layer of skin in order to peel dead cells off. This helps to improve structure and look of the skin.

Skin peel-off is a natural physiological processes. However, a number of negative factors may break this process and this leads to breaking of most important skin functions such as breathing. These negative factors are:
– inadequate skin hygiene;
– vitamin deficiency;
– poor ecology;
– stresses and diseases.
As a result skin becomes dull and looks unhealthy. It needs a special care.

With time, skin loses its ability to remove dead cells alone. It needs our help and here our best aids are gommage or scrub.

What is the difference between gommage and scrub?
Both gommage and scrub are exfoliators and have the same function – to remove upper layer of skin that is dead cells. What differes them is the approach to the removal. Scrub acts mechanically with small particles, while gommage acts with fruit acids or enzymes. This makes peel-off with gommage softer and more delicate. Due to its roughness, scrub is not recommended for sensitive and tender skin. However, all types of skin need additional cosmetic peeling and here comes gommage! It is suitable for all skin types!

Gommage contains no hard particles like scrub. Its fruit acids or enzymes dissolve dead cells and in this way they are gently removed. Besides effective exfoliation, micro massage of skin stimulates blood circulation, accelerates cellular metabolism eliminates stagnant conditions, and improves protective function of skin. In case of regular gommage use, skin becomes fresh, more elastic and looks younger.

Gommage contains ingredients which actively moisturize and nourish skin, enhance metabolism, improve aqua and oily balance of skin, but aromatic olis make the process of peeling especially pleasant.

How often gommage should be used?
Well, it depends on skin type:
– oily or mixed skin type – 3 times a week;
– normal or dry skin – 1 time a week;
– mature skin (45+) – 1-2 times a week.

When gommage should not be used?
Do not use gommage before sun, freeze, wind exposure because after procedure the skin is extrimely vulnerable.

Is there any age limits on gommage use?
No. Women of any age may easily use it as skin always needs additional peeling.

In the end it may be said that gommage is a magic solution. Women with problematic and oily skin were waiting for such a solution for a long time and now may enjoy the novelty from French cosmetic makers. Yeah, French created it and they are best makers of gommage. Therefore look for French producers: Yves Rocher, Yon-Ka, Payot, Clarins and more. On some gommages is written “scrub”, so be careful and look on ingredients.

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Best Mascaras for Winter 2015

Emily Didonato

Winter time is a very special time when your face is exposed to freeze and precipitations in form of snow or wet snow, sometimes high humidity and temperature differences. You should be ready for any of these conditions and your make-up must remain perfect just like you did it at home in the morning! Pay a special attention to your masacara — it must be waterproof otherwise your skin under eyes will become black and this lapse will spoil your pretty face and may spoil all your day. Choose good professional mascaras from well known brands.

Be ready for winter and better use waterproof mascara as you never know what weather is waiting for you outside.

Take into consideration the list of best mascaras for winter:
Maybelline – Volum Express The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara

Maybelline - Volum Express The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara
It has collagen which thicken lashes in the same way it fills out wrinkles.

Givenchy – Noir Couture

Givenchy - Noir Couture
Are you dreaming of cartoonish lashes in winter 2015? Yeah, with three-spiraled brush of this mascara you may have them as it perfectly curls and contains beeswax to care about your lashes.

Clinique – High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

Clinique - High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara
Its unique brush combs through lashes and they do not look heavy at all.

Bourjois – Queen Attitude Mascara

Bourjois - Queen Attitude Mascara
Its canting brush cathes the lashes and makes them easier to separate from each other.

Also I decided to include new mascaras of the winter 2015.

Clarins – Truly Waterproof Mascara

Clarins - Truly Waterproof Mascara
It is avialble in three shades: Intense Black, Curacao, Aquatic Green and each of them will make you fashionable this winter.

Essence – Plump No Clump Mascara

Essence - Plump No Clump Mascara
This mascara gives amazing volume  to the lashes. This is an inexpensive masacara for thrifty beauty queens as it costs less than $5 🙂 The brush separates the lashes for perfect definition.

MAC – Mineralize Multi Effect Lash Mascara

MAC - Mineralize Multi Effect Lash Mascara
This is a mineral mascara by  MAC which decided to extend its popular mineralize collection. No clumps. Only beautiful lashes.

Rimmel London – Wonder’Lash Mascara

Rimmel London - Wonder’Lash Mascara
The new mascara contains argan oil which prevents clumps and cares about the lasjes. It is feather-soft and lightweight.

Beauty Trends for Autumn-Winter 2014

Eyes

1. Eyes
90s are back! Autumn and winter 2014 are all about eyes. Use blue color to show their beauty. For daytime use a blue undereye liner and for the evening cover full lids with blue glitter. Before applying glitter cover lids with vaseline so that glitter could stick. In order to look like a real girl from 90s, add red blotted lips to blue eyes. Generally, everything what sparkles is welcome this season, so experiment with metallic effects on yout eyes, cheeks and even lips.

Full fluttery lashes which make you look like a doll are very trendy because retro style is back this season. For a retro effect use a nude lipstick, lash mascara, black eye liner.

Cara Delevingne

2. Brows
They should be just big! Here seems the influence of fashion model Cara Delevingne. In case you do not have natural big brows, do not worry, fill the shape of your brows with a brow pencil! Find an appropriate shade and do not forget to blend well.

Another trend of 2014 season is invisible brows, which will make you look like Mona Lisa. No matter what hair color you have, bleach your brows and you will look trendy. Contrast your vhite brows with a tonal eyeshadow or blend it in with your skintone.

Face

3. Skin
Use highlighters and luminisers to add glow to your complexion. For a trendy evening look combine luminous skin with blushed cheeks and a sleek ponytail. Adding glow to your lips will make you look fresh.

Do not forget to use a good rich night cream, which will help to rehydrate your skin in conditions of rapid change of temperature when outside is freezy and inside is hot.

When you moisturize generously your skin, use small amount of foundation.

Best CC-creams

In my previous post I wrote what CC-creans are. Now let us move to best CC-cream brands.

1. Clinique, Superdefense CC Cream Colour Correcting Skin Protector SPF 30

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Multifunctional moisturizing skin color tone balancer contains two-layer optical particles which make dull skin look radiant, yellow skin acquires peach freshness and blemishes become invisible. Hyaluronic acid instantly fills skin with moisture while trehalose and sorbitol help to keep it healthy. Antioxidants protect skin from external aggressors.

2. Olay, Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer SPF 15

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This CC-cream contains vitamins B and E which help to fight seven signs of aging thus they help to:
– reduce wrinkles
– smooth tone
– brighten pigmentation
– improve facial cell renewal
– moisturize skin
– improve natural skin protection from moisture loss
– give radiance

3. L’Oreal Paris, Nude Magique CC Cream SPF 12

L’Oreal-Paris-Nude-Magique-CC-Cream-SPF-12
L’Oreal is concentrated on production of primers. Their CC-creams have three shades:
-Apricot refreshes the complexion
– Green neutralizes redness
– Lilac brightens
Like Nude Magique BB Cream, this CC-cream contains microparticles of foundation. When applied , they do dissolve and get mixed with colored pigments to create a double effect. A great bonus – all day moiturizing.

4. Max Factor CC Cream SPF 10

Max-Factor-CC-Cream-SPF-10
This CC-cream provides intensive color correction and care. Cucumber water and extracts of rose hips and sea-buckthorn give moisture and smoothness.

5. Chanel, Complete Correction SPF 30 / PA +++

Chanel-Complete-Correction-SPF-30
Light coverage hides reddness, pigmentation and large pores. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for hydration throughout the day. Cornflowerblue water calms down sensitive skin.

What CC-creams Are

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Each month on shelves of cosmetic stores do appear several new BB-creams. Moreover, Dior has released  bb-cream for eye area and L’Oreal Paris has released concealer, powder and blush — all with prefix bb. In the meantime, beauty brands continue to explore other letters of the alphabet. Meet CC-creams.

Before familiarizing with CC-creams let us remember features of famous BB-creams. He is multifunctional — one cream should replace 7 products: foundation, moisturizer, sun protection cream, anti-acne treatment, anti-wrinkles cream, primer, and corrector. BB-cream was accepted by women with a great enthusiasm and now specialists are working over a new cream that is going to be much better.

The abbreviation CC stands for several meanings: Complete Correction and Color Control (most common one). Like BB-cream, CC-cream came from Asia where it was launched in 2011 by Rachel K, a cosmetic company from Singapure. That cream was Mineral CC Cream and it conquered the Asians with high contents of botanical extracts and shade thus opening the way for the new trend.

So what is CC-cream?
CC-cream is an improved version of BB-cream. CC-cream contains less oils and therefore it has a light texture. It improves much better visusl lining of color and skin relief. It makes possible to apply cream on eye area for both covering and care.Besides this, CC-cream provides radiance and matte finish of T-zone. The cream provides persistence and therefore there is no need to use powder   to fix make up. The cream contains more moisturizing, anti-aging and other helpful components. As with BB-creams, CC-creams have a modest range of colors — two or three shades.  The ability to adapt to skin shade is greatly improved.

In my next post I will write about CC-cream brands.

Where To Buy Wedding Dress Online?

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Shopping for a wedding dress is a wonderful experience, but a quite stressful one. Today there is a large variety of wedding dress styles and future bride may get lost in such a diversity. Besides this, it is quite exhausting to try on several dresses a day to find one that suits perfectly. Some consider that the best way to find a dream dress is to find it on the web. Fortunatley today there are a lot of online stores where you may buy a wedding dress. Let us first see what should you know before buying a wedding dress.

First of all, you should determine your style on the wedding day. The dress will give tone to the whole wedding day and therefore you should feel yourself comfortable in it. What length to choose? Give your preference to a tea-length dress if you plan to make wedding outside in the garden. In case the wedding would take place in an restaurant then it would be better to choose a full-length dress. However, these are not written laws and it is up to you to decide what is better for you. Even if you decide to buy wedding dress online, you should try dresses alike in reality to know if such style suits you.

Is it safe to buy wedding dress online? Unfortunatley no, because there are a lot of scammers and you must be attentive here. Use only secure payment options and never pay with wired money or a check. Search first on the web reviews about the site you intend to buy from. Not least of all, check out site’s return policy.

Here are some recommendations for secure sites where you may buy wedding dress online:
http://www.lightinthebox.com/
http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/
http://www.voguequeen.com/wedding-dresses-i5878/

It is common for sellers not to provide opportunity for returns. You will notice that most sellers use policies like “All Sales Are Final.” When a seller has a return policy, nomally he takes  5 percent restocking fee.

Where To Buy BB Creams?

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Today BB creams make a revolution in makeups and facial care. This innovation product combines best properties of a foundation and creams, but it is not a foundation or cream itself.  Six properties of a BB cream:
– moisturizing
– nourishment
– primer
– corrector
– sun protection
– whitening

Earlier you worried that foundation clogs up pores but with BB cream you do not have to worry about it. BB cream not only conceals skin blemishes but treats it. When used regularly, unique composition of BB creams helps to treat acne and prevent appearing of skin problems.

Most unusual and unique property of BB creams is their ability to ideally adjust to skin tone, therefore you should not worry about cream tone that may not suit your skin tone. With a BB cream your skin looks so natural that no one may even suppose that you have applied something on your face.

First BB cream was invented in Germany and initially it was used to help restore tissues after laser plastic operations on face. Its properties to camouflage scars and reddenings was just amazing. The trend quickly spread in Asia and then in Europe and the USA.

Though today practically all cosmetics brands worldwide have BB creams in their products lines, best BB creams are made in Asia. Such brands as Missha, Skin79, Hanskin are best brands that produce BB creams.

BB creams provide next effects:
– visible flattening of skin
– high sun protection factor (from 20 to 50 depending on brand)
– natural look
– ideal coverage
– skin regeneration
– anti-aging effects
–  whitening
– adjustment to skin tone

Where to buy BB cream?
I buy BB creams at sasa.com, an Asian web site with large assortment of Asian brands. What I like is that they do sell not only BB creams but many other products for hair care, facial care. I am satisfied with their products, prices, service and delivery terms. If you know other sites with large aasortment of BB creams, please feel free to write about it in comments!