Exfoliation is a simple idea and has long been a trick of the professional stylists trade, but only recently has exfoliation hit the mainstream. When you exfoliate your skin you buff away the dead skin cells that linger on the top of your face, thereby revealing a glowing layer of fresh, young skin. The layers of new skin that your face produces are smooth and soft, and are the perfect surface for flawless makeup application. If you are troubled by flaky areas on your face, or if you find your makeup clumping rather than settling evenly onto the natural contours of your nose, cheeks, and chin, exfoliation may be the answer to your beauty woes. The most affordable and convenient way to exfoliate is at home with an over-the-counter facial scrub. A scrub containing small, abrasive granules of sugar, crushed walnut shell, or oatmeal can help you whisk away dead skin cells on your face and body. For best results, thoroughly cleanse your face with warm water; then apply the scrub using your fingertips. Draw small circles with your fingers all over your face to gently buff away the dead skin. Splash your face with cool water, pat dry, and enjoy the healthy look of your radiant complexion. Exfoliating helps keep your best looking skin out in the open where everyone can see it, instead of trapped under a thin layer of dead skin cells that can obscure your natural beauty. For a more complete exfoliation, visit a cosmetologist or a plastic surgeon that specializes in microdermabrasion. This unique treatment makes use of modern technology to give you the most thorough possible exfoliation without damaging the vulnerable young skin you are seeking to reveal. In microdermabrasion, a device not unlike a sandblaster is used to coat your skin with tiny crystals; then a gentle mix of abrasion and suction is applied. The crystals loosen the dead skin cells from the surface of your complexion; then the suction lifts them away. With multiple treatments, microdermabrasion may reduce the appearance of small wrinkles, helping you achieve a perfect, youthful looking visage for far longer than mother nature intended. This makes microdermabrasion very popular with people in the entertainment and fashion industries, where a youthful appearance is almost a job requirement. However, microdermabrasion can cost a pretty penny. Exfoliating at home can be done quite inexpensively, as facial scrubs start in the range of five to ten dollars. By contrast, a single session of microdermabrasion can cost well over a hundred and fifty dollars.
Shopping is an activity that almost of all us have to endure rather we like it or not. Not everyone was born to shop, while if you ask most of us women, we were! Shopping can be extremely fun, especially when you find that perfect item, you have been searching for or find a great deal. When you want to shop online, there are a few things you should be mindful of so you do not make wrong choices or become confused. This article is geared towards helping you have an enjoyable shopping experience online.The first thing you want to make sure of with any online retailer is to make sure they are extremely secure. There are a few things you can look for to ensure this, first you should look for some sign of a digital certificate in use by that specific retailer. Shopping online is a great resource for those without a lot of time to spend in a department store, but it should be with a retailer that has the consumers best interest in mind from beginning to end. When being transferred to the screen to make the transaction, look at the bottom of the webpage and make sure you see a symbol that resembles a lock it should be closed. If you click upon this, it will provide you with all details about the security and its verification. Another strong indication will be the web address; it should begin with https and not httpAnother thing you should look for is the shopping standards the online store has with their procedures. You should have ease in shopping and checking out, everything should run smoothly beginning to end. You will required to provide shipping and billing information, occasionally you could be asked to think up a password and username to ensure that you will have easier access in your future shopping ventures.You should also check that the website offers a high level of customer service and support. Email only is not efficient; they should clearly publicize their business telephone number, email address, and physical address. You should not be afraid to call them prior to doing business with them if you want to make sure they are a reputable and real company. Make sure you feel comfortable in shopping with any online retailer prior to any transaction.
We all know that thermal styling can cause damage to your delicate tresses and that by choosing the right styling tools you can reduce that damage considerably. But how do you know which tools are the right ones? I mean, the packaging on most thermal styling tools announces that the dryer or curling iron contained inside is your best option. With all of the manufacturers touting their products as the best on the market, just how are you supposed to choose your tools wisely?When it comes to hair dryers, there arent very many options at the department store but you will find a wide variety of prices there. While many dryers will look different in style and design, most conventional dryers are fundamentally the same no matter how much you pay for them. If you want to save on hair damage by purchasing a hair dryer at a department store, you should pay attention to how hot the dryer gets since heat causes the most damage. Also, look for a dryer that has heat control settings and a cool shot button. If you have naturally curly hair, try to choose a dryer that comes with a diffuser to eliminate frizz. The rest of the frills you can do without. Aside from the conventional blow dryer found in most department stores, beauty supply stores have started to carry state-of-the art blow dryers and thermal styling tools that utilize ceramic and negative ionic energy to style hair and keep it healthy. A blow dryer that uses this type of energy dries your hair in half the time using less heat. The construction of the ionic blow dryer also utilizes ceramic heating elements instead of traditional metal ones to infuse moisture and health deep into the hair strand while at the same time drying it. While the ionic hair dryers are the best for your hair, they come with a hefty price tag: most models cost around $100. When compared with the fact that you can purchase a conventional hair dryer for about $10, the cost may not seem worth it for many people. But for those who dry their hair daily and want to keep their hair shiny and healthy, no cost is too high. The bottom line to choosing the right hair dryer is this: Choose the least damaging hair dryer that you possibly can while staying within your budget. If you can afford more, it is best spent at the beauty supply than at the department store where you will spend more for looks rather than quality.
Identity theft is the fastest growing criminal activity in the 20th Century, replacing illegal drug sales. How BIG is this Problem? Banks, credit card companies and businesses that house servers storing passwords or other sensitive information all report break-insthrough Trojan viruses or other online hacking methods resulting in the loss of millions of pieces of information. Instances of lost information are employees selling it and other lax security measures resulting in thieves having access to your identity. Thieves Want - Your Name - Date of Birth - Home Address - Phone Numbers - Social Security Number - Drivers License Number - Credit Card Numbers - CW2 Security Code (the number on the back of your credit card) - Your Credit Report - ATM Cards - Telephone Calling Cards - Mortgage Details Where Are They Getting Your Information? - Banks - Credit-Reference Agencies - Retailers - Credit Card Networks - Data-Brokerage Companies - Payment Processing Companies - Phone Companies - Schools - Your Employer - Doctors, Clinics and Health Departments - Government Agencies There are other effective methods: - Dumpster Diving - Mail Theft - Retail Theft - Phishing/pretexting/pretending - Purse/Wallet Theft What are Thieves Using Your Information For? - Making charges to your existing credit cards - Opening new credit cards in your name - Having phone or utilities turned on - Withdrawing money from your existing bank accounts - Employment purposes - Drivers Licenses - Tax Fraud - Social Service benefits - Student loans - Business or Personal loans - Health care - Mortgage loans/leases - Auto loans - Using your ID when caught committing a crime How Can You Protect Yourself? - Keep a photocopy of your credit cards, bank account numbers and investment account numbers in a safe place - Keep your credit card receipts - Put a fraud alert on all your credit reports - If you apply for credit and the card doesnt arrive on time, call the card issuer - Choose difficult PIN numbers or passwords. (Dont use birth dates, your mothers maiden name, etc.) - Never give personal information to anyone who sends you an email, a letter or calls you asking for it - Shred personal information - Dont use the ATM machine if someone is watching you - Pay attention to whats going on around you cell phones often have cameras in them. If someone is standing by you with a cell phone while you're entering a PIN number, block their view - Review your bills each month. If theres something you dont remember, call the creditor. - Check your credit report at least once a year - Store your cancelled checks safely. - Dont leave your purse in plain sight when driving - Keep your valuables locked in the trunk or glove box when driving - Make all personal information on your computer password protected - Dont carry information about your PIN numbers, passwords and account numbers in your purse or wallet Warning Signs that Your Identity Has Been Stolen: - A loan application is denied, or youre refused extended credit requests - You are contacted by a debt-collection agency - Your purse or wallet has been stolen, or your house broken into - Unfamiliar activity on your credit report What to do if it Happens to You: - If your purse or wallet is stolen, call the police - Contact your bank, credit card and other credit extending companies and report the theft - Close accounts - Contact the credit-reporting companies - Have fraudulent activity removed immediately and monitor your credit report every 90 days for the next year - Put everything in writing - File a report with the Federal Trade Commission - Change passwords on your existing accounts and create new ones for new accounts Identity theft is real. There are no guarantees you can keep your information safe, by taking proactive steps to protect yourself, you can minimize your chances of having an identity crisis.
Isnt this the question that everyone with a formal occasion wants to know about their hairstyle for the big night? While it may seem like a trivial question to most, how you wear your hair can make a big difference on your overall formal appearance. Choosing the wrong hairstyle to wear with a certain dress can make you look too over the top or make you look like you didnt pay as much attention to your hair as you should.When it comes to choosing a formal hairstyle, the most important thing to consider is the dress that you are wearing. Take into account the cut of the dress. Is it long, cropped, off the shoulder? Or does is have plumes of fabric on the shoulders or lace around the neck? All of these are important factors when it comes to deciding whether you want to wear your hair up or leave it down.Here are just a few basic rules of thumb to help you decide: Off the shoulder or strapless dresses These types of dresses show a lot of skin on the neck and shoulders. While it may be the tendency of some to sweep the hair up and off of the neck, doing so can make your neck look too long and thin and can detract the eye from the graceful curve of your neck and soft shoulders. Im not saying that you cant wear your hair up with this kind of dress, but if you do, choose a style that leaves a little hair hanging softly down on the neck and shoulders. This will help soften your look and direct the eye to wear it should go. It will also balance your complete look. Full-shouldered dresses These dresses are the ones with the full, intricate or puffy sleeves. With this type of dress, you almost always have to wear your hair up. Leaving it down, only makes your whole style look much too busy. You should also choose a simple updo over an intricate one so that you do not end up looking like youve tried too hard. If you want the focal point to be your dress, try a simple French twist. Classic cut, simple gowns These are the gowns that will really allow you to get creative with your do. You can choose just about anything. You can wear your hair up or down and style it with intricate weaving and braids or leave it simple. So, the next time youre battling with formal hair decisions, let your dress be your guide. Doing so will allow you to create a complete look that is complimentary rather than over the top.