Finding Best Foundation for Oily Skin

A liquid-based foundation gives you a shine Charlie Chaplin’s shoes would be proud of, besides enlarged pores! It’s foul play, for the luminosity of the skin bears the brunt no end. Whereas, a powder-based foundation tends to rub off very fast, lasting for little more than an hour or two. Plus, it clogs pores, and acne might be the so-called “reward” for your skin. If your experience with using a foundation is similar, then perhaps, you have oily skin.

To judge your skin type, use the simple blot-test: Right after you wake up in the morning, grab a tissue, place it to cover your entire face, and press gently. Observe the tissue — if there are oily spots on most of the area, you have oily skin; if the spots are only in the T-zone, you have combination skin; and if the tissue has no spots at all, you have normal to dry skin.

► The Best Picks

The trick to get gorgeous, vibrant skin is to find the right foundation — one that covers spots, blemishes, hides the pores effectively, and doesn’t look cakey. It should also reduce shine and stay good for a minimum of 4 hours. Following is a list of foundations in the market that seem to work best on oily skin:

  • Burberry Velvet Foundation
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation
  • GloMinerals GloPressed Base – Powder Mineral Foundation
  • Clarins Ever Matte Skin Balancing Foundation
  • Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Foundation
  • Naked Minerals Pressed Powder Foundation Duo
  • M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation
  • Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer
  • Flawless Skin Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF15 Foundation
  • Bare Escentuals – Bare Minerals Ready Foundation
  • Clarins Ever Matte Skin Balancing Foundation
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Makeup
  • Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup
  • Laura Mercier Silk Crème
  • Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation

► Criteria to Choose the Best Foundation

When choosing a foundation for oily skin, the most important words to look for are noncomedogenic. These products are formulated for oily, acne-prone skin, and are less likely to cause breakouts. In case they are not available, go for oil-free foundations — gel-based or liquid-based, powder or mineral products work best. Other words to look for, include mattifying and shine-reducing. Avoid using heavy cream-based foundations as they are more suitable for people with dry skin. These will not only leave your face looking greasy and shiny, but it will also lead to clogged pores and blackheads.

The next criterion to consider would be the kind of coverage you want besides the condition of your skin — if you have a relatively smooth skin, i.e., free of spots and blemishes, then you may opt for a light-tinted moisturizer for daily wear. It provides coverage while letting your skin breathe. However, if your skin requires more coverage and you are planning to attend an important event or party, you, definitely require a foundation that can conceal all your imperfections. Most women keep two foundations — one with sheer cover for daily wear and the other offering medium-heavy cover for special occasions.

The third step is determining the right shade for you — the right shade will make your skin look naturally flawless. Go to a department store and use the testers there. Apply a shade that you think is the closest match to your natural color, then a shade lighter, followed by one that is darker. Blend the shades in your skin, then go for the one that doesn’t show any lines around it, and has a slight yellow undertone. Test the shades on your jaw as well as forehead. Do repeat the test every 4 months as your skin tone changes.

► Applying Foundation — Learn What’s Right!

Just buying the right foundation that is suitable for oily skin is not enough, it is also vital that you use it right. Never apply foundation directly on your skin. Apply an oil-free primer first; if you don’t have one, use a light moisturizing lotion. A primer allows the foundation to glide smoothly on your skin and helps the makeup last longer.

If you have a lot of freckles or discoloration on your skin, the best way to hide them is to use a good-quality concealer. Use it before you apply the foundation so that it blends well, and stays invisible. Take a small amount of foundation on your makeup brush, then start from the center of the face and move outwards. Do not forget the neck region — apply the foundation right till your shirt starts, so that you don’t get a ‘mask-face’. Wait 5-10 minutes for the foundation to set and then use a face powder to absorb any excess oil and ‘set’ the base.

For best results, use a shade darker than your original shade with warm, yellow undertones. Invest in a good-quality brush, too, for it gives a lissome finish to your makeup. Do sanitize all your makeup brushes and sponges regularly as they tend to harbor bacteria. Remember: The ideal foundation for oily skin is one that will conceal enlarged pores and give you a luminous finish without a hint of shine, lasting for more than 6 to 8 hours.

Ways to Test Makeup Products

download-46Women are always attracted to shiny, shimmery, sparkling, glamorous, and all such similar things. Makeup is one of them. Some are born with an innate flair for choosing the right products, and then there are the rest who find it tough to decide which is the best.

To catch the latest trend, they run bonkers from one cosmetic store to another. In the hope of transforming their look with a single brush flick, they end up buying junk that they either don’t use or don’t know how it’s used.

But it’s not the fault of women! Our cursory society gives so much importance to physical appearance that it becomes necessary to don a made-up look. That being said, it can be declared that makeup is cardinal. It packs our confidence and happiness in smart covers and makes it easily available at multiple beauty counters.

These beauty counter encounters are, most of the time, painful and downright confusing. The staff at the counters are eager to take you through a humble demo of almost everything. To stop them and tell your preferences, you need some real guts.

Here, you will find some tips on how to test makeup products before buying, so that the next time you approach that department store beauty counter, you will do it with aplomb.

Checking for Suitability: Do a Patch Test

It is the most important step before purchasing any kind of makeup products, especially if you have sensitive skin. Doing a patch test is very easy. It should be done on the inside of the wrist or elbow. The patch should be cleaned thoroughly, and the product that you want to check should be applied on it. For at least 24 hours, the area should not be wetted or washed. After 24 hours, you should check for any redness, irritation, rashes, itching, burning sensation, swelling, or soreness. If there are no visible cues that would suggest an allergy, then you can safely use the product.

Checking for Skin Tone

Before I move ahead to tell you about the correct way of choosing cosmetics, everyone should keep in mind the following points:

For fairer skin, the colors chosen for cosmetics should range from soft pink to beige. Anything pastel with pink undertones would enhance your features without becoming overwhelming.

For medium-fair and medium-dark skin, the colors chosen should be neutrals that are spiced up with hues of gold. Anything that reads ivory, honey, caramel, or buff is the one for you. Well-known makeup artists say that these type of skin colors can handle a wide range of colors.

For dark skin, colors like tan, coffee, copper, bronze, or chocolate are the ones for you. A little care should be taken while choosing foundation. Choose as close a shade as possible to your natural skin color. For lips, anything in red, brown, raisin, or plum will work.

Foundation

Dab a small amount of it on your neck (not at the back of the palm, for heaven’s sake!), and rub it till it dissolves away into your skin. Choose the most natural-looking color. Those with oily to combination skin, should prefer a non-shiny or matte variant, and those with normal to dry skin should opt for satin, creamy, and glossy variants. It is a safe bet to select variants with yellow undertones than that which have pink undertones.

Concealer

It is recommended that you should invest in two good quality concealers – one with yellow and one with a pinkish shade. Why? Because the yellow-tinted one works well on dark spots as well as pimple spots on the face, while the pink one works on the under eye area. You should find the perfect color by swiping it on the inner side of the wrist. Concealers that have words, like illuminating, lightening, brightening, or highlighting can be chosen.

Blusher

There is one thing that needs to be remembered about color cosmetics – never be afraid of the brightness of the color because it spreads and sheers out on the skin. When choosing a blusher, you should first try it on the back of your palm. Now, be careful with this one, because a blusher will show different shades when applied with and without foundation. It is seen that cream blushers give a more natural look than powder variants.

Bronzer

They are meant to mimic the tan that you get after a sunbath. If it has shimmer, then don’t opt for it. Also, too dark a shade will look artificial. The trick to test a bronzer is to apply it on the inner side of the arm. Now check if you are able to see the speckles on the skin through it. If not, then better not to go with it.

Powder

“Translucent” is the word for powder. Dab some on the back of your palm, and it should disappear after a little rubbing. Ideally, it should not have any color. A powder can have multiple benefits. If you apply it under an eyeshadow, you can make the eyeshadow last longer. Even while applying mascara or eyeliner, you can apply it on the under eye area to avoid the fallen mascara droplets from smudging.

Pressed Powder

It is a type of foundation but without the mess. An ideal pressed powder is tinted but still translucent. It should reduce the shine on the skin and give it a natural matte look. Just like foundation, a pressed powder should be tried by applying it on the neck. It should blend seamlessly and should be lightweight. The idea behind applying pressed powder is to even out the skin and reduce the shine, and not for getting a fair look.

Mascara

While choosing a mascara, it is advised to stick to black. It is the safest option and suits almost all eye colors. If you want to experiment a bit, then you can go for blue, green, or purple. These colors look great on brown and blue eyes. But those with black eyes need not be disappointed. With a little care, even black eyes can be made to look gorgeous. Make sure that the wand you select is thin because only then it will be able to reach the roots of the lashes easily. Mascara with the words, like volumizing and lengthening should be picked.

Eyeliner

While selecting an eyeliner, try to pick the waterproof version so that you can apply it and forget about it. But if you have sensitive skin, try to stay away from waterproof eyeliners. If you are opting for a pencil, then an oily tip would not be a good choice. Oily tips tend to smudge easily, but if you still want to go for it, then make sure it has words, such as ‘firm’ or ‘lasts 10 hours’ written on the package. One advantage of oily tips is that they draw easily. When compared to a pencil, a liquid eyeliner is always the better option. They can be tested by applying a stroke on the back of the palm, waiting for it to dry, and then trying to smudge it. It is fine if it smudges a little, but too much smudging is a sign that it would run out under your eyes.

Eyeshadow

Eyelids have creases; therefore, a good eyeshadow should have the capacity to resist creasing after applying. To test it, you should apply a little of it on the backside of the palm and also on the inner side of the wrist. You should bend the wrist a few times to see if it creases. A little creasing is fine, but it should not cake inside the crease. For an everyday natural look, you should opt for colors that are pinkish to beige and have a little shimmer. People with fairer skin tones should opt for more translucent and sheer variants.

Lipstick

This is a cosmetic that is every woman’s favorite. Over a period of time, it has gained the reputation of being a “handbag essential”. So, how do we choose the perfect color? First, make sure you are standing in a well-lit area. If you have a tester, you should apply a little on the pad of your fingertips (not at the back of the hand) and check how the color comes out by tilting your hand back and forth a few times. It is seen that matte finishes give a heavy color payoff as compared to glossy finishes, but they dry the lips. In today’s fast-paced life, I can say that it is better to stick to glossy or satin finishes that serve both the purposes – color and shine.

Lip Gloss

Again a “handbag essential”, lip glosses come in various types to choose from. The current trend is flavored lip gloss. To test a lip gloss, you should test it in the same way as a lipstick. Apply a little on the fingertip and join the two fingertips to feel the consistency of the lip gloss. Check if it is too sticky or runny. If you want a heavily pigmented lip gloss that would also serve as a lipstick, you should pick up the one that has the word “lacquer” written on it.

Perfume

I feel the quote “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting” by Christian Dior speaks volumes about the importance of perfumes. To select a good-quality perfume, you need to follow certain steps. Always test the perfume after taking a bath and without applying any scent or moisturizer. You need to spray the perfume on the wrist as well as paper strip.

On your wrist, the perfume will get absorbed fast, and the smell will stay on your skin. In this way, you will be able to judge if the perfume is long-lasting or not. When testing on a paper strip, you need to spray the perfume on it and smell the strip after about 30 seconds.

It is essential to sniff coffee beans between each testing. They neutralize the smell and keep you away from getting a headache.
Quick Tip!
Check your drawers, and if you find some old business or visiting cards, take them along. According to expert perfumers, they are thick enough and have the texture to absorb a scent to give out the real notes as well as the subtle base notes.

While you have gone shopping for cosmetics, in all that enthusiasm, do not forget to check the makeup expiration dates as it could have harmful effects, like acne patches or blemishes, which you obviously do not want to encounter.

Here’s one last thing to be mentioned before I sum it up – never apply any makeup tester directly on your face, especially the lips and eyes. They may be contaminated due to frequent use. As far as possible, try to test it on your hands. If you are testing liquid products from a tube, then just squeeze out a bit of it on a tissue and throw it away, and then squeeze again. The reason being that bacteria always thrive on the topmost layer. Also, make it a point to ask the sales staff for disposable testers or at least wands and sticks. I’m sure with these tips in your kitty, you will pick up the most suitable product for yourself.

Ways to Do a French Pedicure

download-45A French pedicure is a clean form of nail art that doesn’t require elaborate texturing or patterning. It’s a simple yet impactful technique that can be done in the comfort of your home. Today, companies have caught on with the trend, providing helpful pedicure kits that come with nail guides to allow users to perform this technique, like a pro. The following steps provide an alternative to buying a French pedicure set, making it simple even for those who can’t get their hands on one.

French Pedicure Steps

Things You’ll Need

  • Nail Polish (Nude, clear, and white (you can choose another color if you’d like)
  • Scisscors
  • Paper tape
  • Nail filer
  • Nail buffer
  • Tub of hot water
  • Shower gel
  • Bath salts
  • Pumice stone/scrubber
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover (acetone)
  • Soft cloth
  • Cuticle cream
  • Olive oil

Step 1
First, remove existing traces of old nail polish, thoroughly cleaning the surface of your toenails and the ridges along either side. If it doesn’t come off easily, apply a clear coat of nail polish over it and immediately wipe it away with acetone. Next, soak your feet in a shallow tub, using a soapy mixture of hot water and shower gel. Use bath salts to scrub (gentle, circular strokes) away dead skin between the toes and front of your foot, using the pumice stone or scrubber.

Step 2
After 10 minutes, dry your feet using a soft cloth, focusing on the areas between your toes. Use a coin-sized amount of olive oil to massage your feet; gliding over your toenails to soften the cuticles. Use cuticle cream (leave it on for about 2 minutes before washing it off) right after, before cutting your nails to an appropriate length; don’t cut it too short or you won’t have enough area to work with. Using a nail filer, shape your toenails using swift, angular moves to acquire a round or square shape. Buff the surface of your toenails to give it an even finish; nail polish looks better post buffing.

Step 3
Apply the nude color (peach-toned) of nail polish as the base coat, followed by a clear coat, to protect the underlying layer. You can apply two coats of the base nail polish to help it last longer, followed by two coats of the clear. Wait for it to dry before moving to the next step. You’ll need a bottle of white nail polish to perform a class French pedicure, but with trends evolving as we speak, you can opt for any color you’d like besides white; use black for a demure, dramatic finish, or anything from a neon palette that can take you easily from boardroom to dance club.

Step 4
Cut a strip of the paper tape with the pair of scissors. Hold the strip of tape horizontally, angling the scissors from the bottom-left corner and snipping it upwards in an arch-like fashion, until you reach the bottom-right end; get rid of what’s left. You should be holding a semicircle piece of tape, that’s been cut away from the strip. It should resemble the curved end of a fingernail.

Step 5
Place the arched piece of tape on your big toe, leaving the top of the nail exposed by a quarter of an inch. Stick it firmly into place before painting the exposed end of your toenail with the nail polish of your choice. Do this for the rest of your shoes using the same piece of tape; the arch size doesn’t matter as long as the curvy border is in place. If it loses its stickiness, cut another one out.

Finding Foot Care Tips for Men

download-44Let’s face it, our feet are indeed one of the most overworked and under-tended parts of our body. Especially in the case of us men, foot care is the last thing on our mind. Unless something serious happens, we aren’t really bothered about taking care of our feet. This kind of attitude does eventually lead to a lot of foot problems that can otherwise be easily avoided by maintaining basic foot hygiene.

Following are some foot care tips that can help to protect your feet from infections as well as keep them healthy years down the line.

Cut Your Toenails Properly

You may be trimming your toenails regularly but make sure you do it correctly. Cutting them in an improper way can cause the nails to grow in an unnatural or crooked manner. Unknowingly clipping the nails too short can lead to inward toenail growth, a condition in which the edges of a nail bend and penetrate into the skin as it grows. As a result, the edges of the nail become red, swollen, and painful. Also, long nails are prone to damage as they have a tendency to split and break. So, one should shun the habit of keeping long nails and trim them whenever needed.

Also, many people have the wrong habit of cutting their cuticles, which can increase the risk of infections and nail problems. Instead, take care of your cuticles by applying cuticle oil. This will make the cuticles soft and supple. Applying Vaseline can also help to soften the nails, making it easier to trim them.

Wash Your Feet Everyday

When having a bath, we often forget to wash the most frequently used part of the body-the feet. We often use expensive soaps and lotions to ensure our skin is soft, smooth, and well hydrated. In this process, we tend to ignore foot hygiene, making way for dirty, smelly feet. Washing your feet daily with soap is an integral part of personal hygiene. The spaces between toes are breeding grounds of dirt, bacteria, and bad smell. Hence, foot hygiene is a matter of great importance and cannot be overlooked.

Pat Your Feet Dry

Wet or moist feet attract bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens, which can cause a wide range of infections including athlete’s foot. So, once you wash your feet or visit damp places barefoot, it is necessary to dry them thoroughly. Pat your feet dry with a towel. Make sure your towel reaches the spaces in between the toes.

Use a Foot Moisturizing Cream

Rough, scaly feet are indicative of uncared for feet. In order to get relief from dry feet, massaging with a foot moisturizing cream is recommended. Applying an appropriate moisturizer daily can work wonders to soften dry feet. Before using a moisturizer, firstly immerse your feet in moderately hot water for 10-15 minutes. Then rub your feet gently with a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells. Once it is done, wash your feet with warm water, pat dry with a towel, and apply a foot moisturizer. Practice this foot care routine daily and you will soon notice your feet looking healthier and smoother.

Choose the Right Shoe Size

Choosing proper shoes is extremely important to keep foot problems at bay. Wearing wrong size footwear all day long can cause heel pain that can last for weeks. Also, ill-fitting shoes increase the chances of developing calluses and ulcers on the feet. People who wear shoes that are not roomy and have a small toe box are at increased risk of hammer toes. So, buying comfortable shoes that come with a large toe box and extra depth is necessary to keep feet healthy.

Also, buy shoes that provide adequate support to your foot arches. The design should be such that it gives a great deal of cushioning and shock absorption. Inserting insoles is also helpful as it adds padding, which protects your feet from shoe rubbing.

Beauty Tips for Your Face

Well, all that is fine, certainly, but it is no reason why you cannot have a perfect, blemish-free face to look back every time you peer in the mirror. And, exposure to sun, pollution, late nights, and long hours just add to your misery all the more. The market is full of beauty products that splash those beautiful women, just to add further more to your agony. With all this, the question that haunts most of the women is, how to keep those wrinkles and marks away? Well, worry not, for this article enlists some beauty tips for the face that you can all try to get the desired results.

The Golden Rule: The rule of ‘Keep it Clean’, will work wonders if followed religiously. Sleeping with makeup and pollutants stuck on your face is an absolute NO NO!

Tips to be Followed

Cleansing: Dab a rich, cleansing lotion or cream all over the face and neck. Massage it gently into the skin in an upward motion. Make sure you keep your eyes closed at all time. Use a damp facial tissue or a cotton ball to remove the cleanser, again in the upward direction.

Exfoliating: Exfoliating should be a part of the weekly cleansing process. Daily exfoliating upsets the skin. It will help remove dead skin cells that block the pores, causing acne and dull skin. Exfoliation is suitable for normal and oily skin, whereas, dry skin should be scrubbed with facial scrubs that have lesser amount of granules and more cream. Always use the scrub in a circular motion all over the face and neck and wash it out with water.

Toning: Toning helps to remove traces of dirt, make-up, or residual cleanser that have been left behind. It will also help to restore the natural pH level of the skin, and close pores. Soak a cotton ball with the toner and apply it all over the face and neck. Pay more attention to the nose and chin area, these two places are more prone to blackhead deposits.

Moisturizing: Daily wear and tear of the skin, depletes it of its natural softness and suppleness. Moisturizing it regularly with a good quality lotion or cream, will replenish the facial skin making it smooth. For the day, use a light cream or lotion with a sunscreen in it, while at night use a repair cream. Apply the moisturizer in circular motion all over the face and neck. Reapply, if out in the sun for more than four hours.

Homemade Beauty Recipes

Cleansers

Milk Cleanser: This is one ingredient that forms the base of many cleansers. Take full cream milk in a small bowl. Dab a cotton pad in it and spread it all over the face. Using clean fingers, massage the milk into the skin in upward and circular motion. Take another cotton pad, dip very cold water and remove the milk from the face and neck.

Buttermilk and Fennel Cleanser: In the top part of a double boiler, heat ½ cup buttermilk and two tablespoons of crushed fennel seeds, for half an hour. Remove from heat and let it sit for a while. Strain and pour into bottle and refrigerate. Cleanse the face with this concoction using a cotton pad.

Toner

Cucumber Honey Toner: Puree one medium-sized cucumber in a blender and sieve it to get the juice. Add one teaspoon honey in it and blend well. Store covered, in the refrigerator. Smooth over face and neck twice in a day.

Apple Toner: The juice of a well-cleaned apple works as an excellent astringent. Smooth over the face and let it dry.

Moisturizer

Cream Moisturizer: Blend two tablespoons of sour cream and one tablespoon of honey with a half mashed banana. Apply to face and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water.

Tomato Yogurt Moisturizer: Blend two tablespoons of tomato juice with four teaspoons of full cream fresh yogurt. Smooth over face and neck for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Night Lotion: Mix two parts pure rose water with one part good quality glycerin. Massage into the facial skin in circular motion every night.

Exfoliator

Oatmeal: Take one tablespoon of oatmeal and two almonds and powder it. Add some full cream milk in it. Smooth over the face and neck. In a circular motion, gently exfoliate the skin with it. Rinse it off with cold water.

Honey Scrub: Powder four almonds, add to it two teaspoon of milk, half teaspoon honey and flour to make a thick paste. Rub gently into skin and rinse with warm water.

Face Masks

Honey Mask: Soak a clean hand towel in warm water, squeeze out all the water, and place it on your face for a minute. This will open up the pores. Now, apply honey on the face and neck and rinse it off, first with warm water, then with cold after half an hour. Use it once a week after cleaning the face well.

Egg White Mask: Separate the egg yolk from the white and add a little milk to it. Blend it well, and using a thick clean paint brush, apply it all over the face and neck in upward direction. Let it dry, let it really stretch the face. Rinse with cold water. This is an old beauty treatment used by Japanese women.

Avocado Carrot Cream Mask: Combine one ripe avocado (mashed), one steamed and mashed carrot, half cup fresh full cream, one well beaten egg, and three tablespoons of honey in a bowl. Blend it well until smooth. Spread it all over your cleansed face and neck and leave it for half an hour before washing it off with cold water. It is best to lie down when you have the mask on, else it could drip down.

Well, I hope these homemade beauty tips, will get you the desired results. Many of the things that can enhance our skin are easily found in our kitchens. An important thing to bear in mind is, most of these homemade beauty recipes will work extremely well if you combine them with good eating habits and exercise.

How to Store Your Shoes

Shoes! Next to diamonds, a woman’s best friend … with a twist. She’s never satisfied with how many she has. It doesn’t matter if she bought a pair just last week, if she sees her dream sandals in a store window, nothing can stop her from buying it. Try! And then when she gets home, tries on her new shoes, and has decided on which outfit she’s going to wear to work with it the next day (after sending a picture of the shoes to all her girlfriends, and Instagramming the life out of it, of course), she drags her feet to ‘that area’ where she stores her never-ending collection of shoes. She’s filled with a sense of foreboding as she approaches the huge pile. She sighs as she places her new box ever so delicately next to the mountain, knowing that soon this new pair too will become one with the labyrinth that is her shoe collection.

Try as we may, we simply cannot deny the mess that our shoe lives are in. We promise ourselves that the one we bought today will be the last for the week, but give in to temptation quicker than we can say the word ‘shoe’. As a result, the way we store our shoes is in such dire straits that we have finally resorted to the Internet to guide us on how we should preserve our precious footwear. As usual, it never fails us. At Buzzle, we have for you clever shoe storage solutions that you’ll absolutely love!
Good ‘ol Shoe Boxes

A nifty way to store your shoes, this one. Here’s what you do.

  • Fancify old shoe boxes and place the shoes inside.
  • Click a picture of the pair and paste it on front of the box.
  • Never, ever be confused about which one is in which box again.
  • Empty, Unused Suitcases

There are two things that can take up too much spaces―empty suitcases and heaps of shoes. Kill two birds with one stone. Store your shoes in empty suitcases and keep them accessible. Make sure you line the bottom of the suitcase with either paper or old fabric, to prevent it from getting dirty. Also, ensure that you don’t stuff too many shoes in one suitcase, else you’ll just be going around in circles.

The Closet, of Course!

Tired of getting late to work every day ‘cos you cannot decide what to wear? On your day off, plan an entire week’s attire and keep the shoes that you’re most likely to wear (of course you can change your mind; see how understanding we are!) with an outfit right below it in the closet. This way, more than half your look is complete in a jiffy, and it makes great storage sense too!

Ever-faithful Organizers

Organizers are the best thing to have happened to women. Not only can you store your clothes, you can use this portable wonder to keep your shoes too! Just drag it to the mirror, perfect your look, and put it back where you found it!

Watch Your Step(s)

What a wonderful world, with houses that have indoor stairwells, isn’t it? Use the stairs to store your shoes. This way, you can easily keep count as well. It has another use too. Frustrated with guests leaving their shoes all around the house? Have them take off their shoes each on a step of your flight. They’ll never lose them, and they’ll leave that much sooner.

A Pedestal for the Pretties Please

You adore your shoes. Why be ashamed about it? Show the world you mean business when it comes to them. Instead of hiding it in some dark recess that no one can see, flaunt your footwear on wall-mounted pedestals.

Wardrobe to the Rescue. Always.

Whoever said wardrobes are meant only for clothes! With the varying number and sizes of shelves that wardrobes have these days, you can easily reserve a couple of shelves for your shoes alone.
*Psst: Get a whole wardrobe just for your shoes. Make your dream come true!

Load Up Your Ladder

Have an old wooden stepladder in the basement/garage? Get it out. Clean it up. Give it a distressed look by scraping it with sandpaper and applying a coat of varnish. Voila! You have a pretty shoe stand!

Hang ’em Away

Give your prettiest/funkiest/glitziest shoes a place of honor. Make them more than just something that adorns your tootsies. A wooden plank and some door knobs are all you need to create a storage space that doubles up as a talking point in any room. Hang your shoes there and let them make a statement without saying a word.

Multipurpose Solutions Unlimited

Know those regular multipurpose storage racks that you can buy dirt cheap? Instead of storing multi-whatevers, buy a couple of them and store your shoe collection. Each pair will get its very own shelf. How cool is that!?

Classic Shoe Rack

It’s true. When all else fails, you can resort to a tried and tested method of shoe storage―a shoe rack. It may be simple and not very pleasing to the eye, but it gets the job done. No one can argue with the practicality it brings.
You’ll never have enough shoes ladies, no matter how many storage options you try. The trick is to be strong, and discard the ones you don’t wear anymore (be honest with yourself). This is the only way your shoe life is going to begin recuperating from the damage you’ve unknowingly done. If you’re still not convinced, here’s a way of looking at it: the more shoes you discard, the more you can buy to replenish your collection!

Online Scheduling For Beauty Salons

Online scheduling has become a popular way of booking appointments today. Many businesses have discovered the benefits of the associated software and its inherent organizing as well as managing abilities. Each passing day brings to light a new business enterprise that is impressing clients with the help of this software. From stay at home pet groomers to expansive salon chains, businesses large and small are utilizing this tool.

Now, some owners would still question the advantages of this tool over the traditional methods. The traditional methods have helped businesses find their niche and maintain their stand for a long time; it is understandable that larger concerns and their conservative counterparts would hesitate before trying something so new. But on being informed about how easy and effective online scheduling software really is, they usually make the switch immediately.

The benefits are many and some of them are listed below:

  1. The self-scheduling facility for customers: The interested customers can schedule their own appointments through the official website or Facebook page. This can save a lot of time of both the client and the staff at the business front.
  2. Reduced no-shows: Online scheduling tool sends automatic reminders to the clients who have booked an appointment through emails and text messages. These dramatically reduce missed appointments that cost your business money.
  3. Accessibility: Online scheduling workstations can be accessed anywhere and at any time from Internet-connected devices. This includes laptops, smart phones and tablets. Since about 35% of clients want to schedule appointments during non-business hours and 25% of millennials will only book appointments online, this is a matter of enhanced accessibility which will surely impress and attract this crowd.
  4. Staff scheduling: The tool can manage the staff schedules which in turn mean that the owner or the manager does not have to keep working at updating the work status of each staff. It also keeps a space open for flexible scheduling to keep the employees happy and managed efficiently.
  5. Marketing: One-click book now buttons and links on the official website and social media pages not only allow easy scheduling, but are excellent marketing tools as well. The auto-generated offer related emails and messages along with the advertisements are great marketing tools too.
  6. Customization: Some online scheduling software programs offer sophisticated customization options to fit a unique business’s specific needs. Every business is different and functions differently in various situations; that is why this quality is well appreciated by business owners.
  7. Customer Support: Some providers of the online scheduling tool offer 24-hour customer and tech support in case of an emergency. But, this facility is not offered by every developer/ provider so it is in the best interest of the user to purchase a tool which comes with this guarantee.
  8. User Friendly Tool: This software is generally user-friendly in nature. Every user can understand the workings of it with ease. If a problem

The businesses that have chosen this software have brought into limelight the truth about extreme favoritism. This entails that the ones using this tool are ignoring the disadvantages and presenting it to be invincible and all powerful. The faster a business owner grows out of this concept, the better it is for him or her.

Salon businesses use this program abundantly. But, owners are finding it hard to locate the best salon and spa online Appointment book. This in turn is creating disturbances, conflicts and monetary losses. That is why businesses are advised to do their research well before purchasing or downloading the software

Finding Great Manicure for Men

Benefits
Manicure, when done on a regular basis, keep nails clean healthy and free from bacteria and fungus. Thus, protecting nails from several problems like fungal infections, pale nails, ingrown nails and hard or brittle nails. Manicures promote nail growth and strength, and helps keen hands healthy and soft. Apart from making your hands look aesthetically pleasing, they are also a way of sitting back and relaxing whilst your hands are being pampered. The hand massage done during a manicure eases stress and produces a long-lasting positive effects.

Procedure
You will need cotton pads, orange wood stick, soft nail brush, nail filer, cutter and warm water in a bowl. Cut the overgrown nails with the nail cutter. File the nails in shape with the metal filer. Ideally, a man’s nail should be in a round shape with the white nail ¼ inch beyond the fingertip. Apply a small amount of olive oil or cuticle serum to each nail. Fill a bowl with warm water. Add a dollop of a mild shampoo and 5 – 6 drops of rose water. Mix all the ingredients well. Lather will be formed in the process. Soak your hands into this mixture. Do make sure that the water temperature is tolerable to you. Keep the hands soaked for 10 – 15 minutes.

The warm water will soften the cuticles. During the soaking period, gently massage your hands. Brush the nails and the skin around it with the nail brush. This will get the blood flow through your fingers. Take a pumice stone and rub it on the fingers, both on the inner and upper side. A pumice stone gently removes the dead skin from the fingers. When the cuticles have become soft, dab some amount of cuticle remover on the nail base. This will ease the pushing back of the cuticles. Hold the orange stick at an angle and push the dry skin of the cuticles towards the nail base. Also, push back the cuticles along the sides of your nails. Perform this step as gently as possible.

If dead skin chips are present, wipe them away with a cotton pad. Do not use a cotton ball as it may leave streaks behind. Buff the nails in one direction. Do not rub them as rubbing may heat up the nails. The purpose is to improve blood circulation through the nails. Try this procedure once or twice a month, and you will love the experience.

French Manicure Designs for You

Women hanker a lot for those beautifully groomed long fingernails. In the true sense, there is no greater method to make them more attractive than getting a French manicure done. This is a classic and sophisticated form of manicure and one of the most elegant types of nail art.

With this style, the nails look beautiful and well-groomed, which play a vital role in establishing the personality of a woman. Traditional French manicure has a light pink (or nude) base nail coat and stark white polish on the nail tips. The latest designs are suitable for all occasions, right from a formal dinner night to a dazzling cocktail party. They look attractive, and one can learn the art of creating them easily.

Unique Designs

One of the biggest advantages of having them is the escape from the ‘ordeal’ of picking the perfect color shade for each evening. They look trendy with their basic light pink and bright white combination and suit every attire and every occasion. Today, the classic French manicure is modified with the use of some trendy artistic designs, patterns, colors, and styles. They are now transformed into stylish French nails with numerous additions in their basic texture.

Reverse
One of the unusual and unique designs, it brings great relief for girls who are yearning for a stunning color shade, rather than the lily white tips. If you want to sport this style, first cover the nails with a base coat of any opaque color shade. Once it is dried completely, apply a half moon nail tip with a darker color shade than the base coat. For instance, if you are using the white nail color as the base, then opt for black, bright red, or silver color for the tips. Once the tips are dry, seal both the layers with a nice top coat.

Marbled
This art requires a bit of skill to get those swift brush movements. You can apply it on the regular manicured nails, as well. All that you need is a few interestingly contrasting nail polish colors. For instance, red, green, yellow, white, silver, and blue or pink, yellow, and red, etc. The choice is yours. Now, apply a few dots (4 to 5 each) of all the nail polish colors on the nail tips in a random manner. There is no rule for this application; just do it freely. Now, to get a marbled effect, drag a striper brush over the color dots and move it in a soft swirling motion.

Diagonal
This is great for teenagers. When done with sober and formal colors, it can also be a nice design for the wedding nails, too. All you need to do is to create a diagonal line near the nail tips with the help of a strip tape. The area above this line will serve as the tip of your nails. Now, coat this tip with an opaque color shade and the remaining nail with a sheer nail polish. Making this design is very easy. To make it more attractive, you can create marbled manicure on the diagonal tip of your nails, too. Once you learn and get acquainted with this art, then modifying the base design and developing your own style is not that difficult.

Chevron
It doesn’t require a lot of modification. Chevron art emphasizes adding angles to the regular half moon tips. The sharp edge, which is formed in the middle of the nail tip, boasts an elegant and utterly feminine nail art. The nail tips have a sharp or slightly curvy (petal-like) shape, with a point in the middle. You can decorate this middle point with an artificial stone or a simple dot of a contrasting nail polish. Chevron manicure can also be performed with the reverse method by using the desired color combination.

Modified
This is the latest invention as far as this nail treatment is concerned. This design is all about an attractive change in the original French manicure. It emphasizes having the same stark white, half moon tips, with a small curve at the base of the nail, which looks stunning and unique. All you need to do is to create a small curve at its base (with the same color that you intend to use on the tips) and the regular French manicure tip. When both these curves get completely dry, then color the remaining nail with a contrasting shed of nail polish. This look is indeed unique, and you can do a lot of color variations with this design, as well.

Well, all said and done, now all you need to do is to learn these techniques and then get trendy with some of the above-mentioned designs. You can also add glitter on the regular white tips to give your nails a trendy look.

Beautiful Combinations of Manicure and Pedicure

Selecting a color for manicure is always a mind-boggling task. Sometimes you are in the sexy red nails mood, while at other times, you prefer to keep it subtle with nudes. Then again you have to choose pedicure options. And many times, after you apply a color, you feel like going for a different one.

So to make your task a wee bit easier, and to give you some exciting ideas and combinations, we have compiled some must-try manicure-pedicure options in this Buzzle post. Of course choosing one from the ones listed here can be a little confusing, but no worries; all of them will earn you lots of compliments!

Nail Polish Combinations for Manicure and Pedicure

You don’t have to flaunt the same shade on your fingers and toes. Why settle for one when you can get more! More the contrast better the pairing works. Darker shades work better with toes, but that does not mean you have to stick to the rules. Play with colors and textures and you will be surprised how stunning some unexpected combinations look.

The subtlety of nude is perfectly balanced by the attention-grabbing red

Ideas and Inspiration

If going for French manicure or nail art, it is advisable to co-ordinate your nails and toes. It will give a more sophisticated feel. Even when opting for nail art, it is better to keep the base color same or at least coordinated.

If you want a classy and formal look, then the best option is French manicure and pedicure.
You can include other elements or even a little color to make your nails stand out.

Red! Nothing can match the class and glamor of red nails. All you gotta do is choose the right shade for your nails.
Red and brown or red and black is a classic pairing, and you can never go wrong with it.

Coral lips and coral nails won’t ever go out of style. So, if you want to keep it simple, go for this striking color.

Make simple French nails look trendy and chic, with a little nail art.

Add a little color to your regular French nails; light or bright, everything looks good with French tips!

We can never get enough of pink and blue. So paint your nails with this trusted combination, any day!

Can’t make up your mind? Then apply as many colors as you want! More is always merrier when it comes to nail polish. But having a color scheme will make your nails look more chic.

Yellow and orange, bright and sunny, instantly make your nails look glamorous and stunning. Just one look is enough to cheer anybody, isn’t it?

There are literally infinite combinations you can try, so get going. Try out the ones listed here, and more! And, don’t forget to share with us your go-to manicure and pedicure combinations.