Beauty Basics 101

  1. December 09, 2019

    Get rid of blackheads overnight with these simple ideas

    Get rid of blackheads overnight with these simple ideas


    Even the brightest complexion can struggle with the occurrence of blackheads from time to time. Blackheads and pimples are usually a big issue for teenagers, but not only for them. Hormonal imbalances, as well as dust and stress, can leave their marks on our skin, and blackheads can occur. Most women and men are confronted with visible blackheads or pimples at one moment or the other in their lives. From an aesthetic point of view, this can be rather unpleasant, even if they are not real medical issues. And we all know that once you spotted a pimple or blackhead, it can be complicated not to obsess about it. However, it is important to know that there are fast and easy methods to get rid of blackheads overnight. 


    What are blackheads?

    Blackheads are actually large, open pores that have been clogged with sebum. The sebum can solidify and

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  2. November 18, 2019

    5 Beauty mistakes that add years to your face

    5 Beauty mistakes that add years to your face


    The role of makeup is to accentuate our strengths and to correct small imperfections. However, some women make beauty mistakes that can add years to their faces. As a rule of thumb, the makeup should only be applied after your daily skincare routine. This means that you should prepare your face before putting on makeup. Always choose natural shades that compliment your skin tone and avoid any type of excesses. When it comes to makeup, the “less is more” rule is always valid. More than this, it is very important to choose your makeup according to the outfit you wear, as well as the event. The makeup you wear for an evening out with friends should be different from the makeup you apply for a day at the office. 

    Now let’s have a look at five very common beauty mistakes that can add years to your face:


    1. You forget about skincare


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  3. November 11, 2019

    How to get rid of bags under your eyes

    How to get rid of bags under your eyes

    Those bags under your eyes are not only unaesthetic but also tricky to get rid of. Often, they are considered a sign of aging, but they can also be caused by the lack of proper sleep, some allergies, and other unhealthy habits that lead to water retention. The good news is that there are means and methods to get rid of the bags under your eyes. But first, let’s have a look at what causes bags under the eyes. 

    Causes of eye puffiness

    In a vast majority of cases, bags under the eyes are not a symptom of a hidden affliction, but just an annoying aesthetic imperfection. However, they can be caused by several factors, such as:

    • The weakening of the fine muscles around the eyes
    • Water retention under the eyes
    • Decreased collagen production that occurs with the natural aging process
    • Genetic inheritance

    If bags under the eyes come a

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  4. October 07, 2019

    Best night creams for your skin type

    The skincare routine needs to be adapted to the skin type you have. Also, it should target specific needs and issues such as dehydrated, pigmented, acne-prone, dull skin, etc. There are several general categories when it comes to skin type. It is important to know where you stand before purchasing your skincare products. Using only suitable skincare products for your type of skin can provide results and a long-lasting glowing complexion. 

    Using a night cream should become an essential part of your beauty ritual after reaching your 30s. The night cream should provide optimal hydration and correct skin imperfections while you sleep. Sounds dreamy, right?

    To choose the best night cream for your skin type, you need to get an idea about what your skin type is:

    1. Normal skin

    Normal skin is the ideal type of skin that we often have in our youth. It is balanced, looks fresh and hydrated and without skin conditions such as blackheads or very dry or

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  5. September 23, 2019

    Liquid, powder or cream foundation - Which type should you use?

    With so many options in foundations, picking one can be a daunting process. We have an easy guide to help you pick the foundation type that is best for your skin.


    Liquid foundations are generally best for dry skin types. It is best to go for a moisturising liquid foundation. The Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation contains a powerful deep-sea hydrating complex, which is ideal for those suffering dehydrated skin.

    If you have dryer skin but prefer a powder foundation, a low coverage powder is best suited as highly pigmented powders tend to stick to dry skin, making it more obvious. Everybody’s skin has a thin layer of fatty substance that retains moisture and help to keep the skin soft.

    If dry skin is ignored it can sometimes develop into swelling and infections or dermatitis, t

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  6. October 17, 2016

    Five Rules for Healthy Nails

    Ditch the brittle, and get beautiful nails. Follow these easy five nail commandments for strong, flawless nails.  


    Avoid dry patches, flakiness, splitting and peeling by using a hand moisturiser daily. Look out for hand creams with Vitamin E, a super antioxidant that comforts and repairs the skin leaving hands soft, supple and rejuvenated. Nail and cuticle oils with Vitamin E will prevent cracking and splitting of your nails too!   

    Pro Tip: If you're in need of a quick hydration boost, lather your hands in a moisturising hand cream and wear latex or vinyl disposable gloves for 45 minutes. Your hands will be left feeling soft and supple.  


    If you suffer from brittle and weak nails that split, look into taking daily silica or vitamin E supplements. Miss Vitality

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  7. September 16, 2016

    Achieve Weekend-Ready Brows

    If there’s anyone that knows how to achieve weekend ready brows in minutes, it’s the experts at Jane Iredale Makeup. Scroll for the Jane Iredale three-step guide for perfect eyebrows everytime.


    Expertly fill and define brows with this ultra-fine 1.7mm retractable precision tip to create precise hair-like strokes. Using the spoolie brush, comb your brows into place by combing hair up and across. Next, outline the underside of the brow then outline the top, lightly fill in any gaps with short feathery strokes. Using a clean spoolie brush, soften and blend the brow pencil by combing through the brows.


    A take any-where brow kit that includes a dual-ended applicator, transparent botanical brow wax and a pigmented brow powder to ensure you get a personalised shade. Using the mini brow brush, apply the clear wax to define the out

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  8. May 31, 2016

    Retinol Review - Dermalogica, SkinCeuticals & PCA Skin

    Retinol or Retinoids are simply other names for Vitamin A, a powerful ingredient that has the remarkable ability to improve the skin. For the skeptics out there, Retinol has a large amount of clinical research behind it to back it up, and with continuing research underway there is even emerging initial findings that show it’s potential to build elastin in the skin!

    Retinol – The benefits, formulation & uses

    Retinol’s anti-ageing abilities are the most well known benefits of using a vitamin A serum, however this power ingredient has an array of proven other benefits including helping with acne and large open pores. By stimulating cell turnover and collagen growth, proven anti-ageing results from retinol use include the reduction of fine lines, smoothing of skin texture and the normalisation of pigmentation. But don’t be fooled, these results don’t happen overnight! Experts believe it takes around four to six weeks on average for results to become

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  9. February 09, 2016

    Why Medik8 White Balance Works

    Effective skin brightening and whitening products are difficult to find among the hundreds that are available, and you’ll soon discover that the products that do work are the ones that contain highly concentrated formulas. Dullness, uneven skin tone, pigmentation and scarring are common skin concerns for clients at the Alive Medispa, as well as for customers that call or write to us at Alive Skin + Hair.


    The Medik8 White Balance range is comprised of a serum (White Balance Click) and morning/evening moisturisers (White Balance Duo).

    The key difference with Medik8 White Balance Click (now Medik8 White Balance Brightening Serum) is the high concentration of Kojic Acid, which works to brighten and balance skin tone whilst fading dark spots and freckles caused by UV e

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  10. January 19, 2016

    Which Makeup Primer Should You Use?

    Makeup primers work as a base for your foundation, giving you longer lasting perfect skin. Makeup primers are an absolute godsend when trying to control excess shine and achieving a smoother complexion. Basically, if you haven’t been using a makeup primer, then you’re missing out! Apply makeup primer to dry, clean skin before applying makeup. There are also many primers than can be used before and after makeup application to help control shine – perfect for those with oily skin.

    Makeup primers come in various formulations and finishes, however the most common are powdered primers, cream primers, pressed primers and gel liquid primers. Whether you wear a full face of makeup each day, or keep it simple with a tinted BB cream and lip balm, a primer is your new best friend! 

    But, which makeup primer should you be using?


    Perfect for all skin types. Those with dry or mature skin will benefit from a liquid primer most.

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