Beauty Tips-Voice Magazine
Let's Talk Makeup-Part I
By Kara Waters
Let’s talk make-up! Because there is so much to discuss in regard to the topic of cosmetics, I intend to share as much material as possible over the next few articles. Whether you’re a cosmetically savvy “diva” or one who considers the idea of wearing anything more than lip gloss a bit scary, I pray that the following information will both enlighten and empower you.
Make-up has two main purposes: to protect the skin and to accentuate our natural beauty. Our skin needs protection from visible and microscopic bacteria, debris, smog and harmful UV rays in our atmosphere. Cosmetic foundations are a great way to safeguard the skin and maintain a healthy moisture level. Foundations come in many forms, such as liquid, cream, cream-to-powder, and powder. There are also several types of cosmetic formulations, however, mineral make-up is one of the most popular choices. Mineral make-up products are made of finely ground (or micronized) minerals from the earth and are all natural. Mineral make-up has none of the chemicals, fragrances, binders, dyes, or preservatives found in traditional cosmetics. Therefore, it is thought to be more pure and less likely to cause skin irritation.
Everyone has at least one or two “favorite” facial features they would like to enhance and accentuate. By the same token, we also have at least one feature, blemish, etc. that we wish to diminish or conceal. Correct make-up application is the key to drawing the eye to your favorite features and away from your less preferred features, areas of acne breakout, and discoloration. Make-up is never intended to be like a mask. It should be natural-looking, especially foundations, which should be virtually undetectable.
Use a light touch when applying make-up: remember, it is much easier to add more than it is to take away after applying too much. Also, be sure to choose one feature to focus attention on at a time. This creates balance in your overall look. For instance, if you decide to somewhat dramatically play up the color and shape of your eyes, then choose a more muted, natural lip color (usually a gloss with natural-looking lip liner). Competing facial features can cause “visual confusion”, as though 2 people in a small room were talking loudly at the same time.
Over the course of the next few articles, we will explore make-up application more thoroughly. For now, I encourage you to simply try something new! If you are somewhat experienced with cosmetics and have reached a place of comfort, try a new eye shadow palette and wake up the windows to your soul! If you usually wear a little eye liner, mascara, lip liner and gloss, try a bit of mineral make-up and enjoy your skin’s healthy new glow! If you’ve been a little nervous about using make-up at all, try a new shade of lip gloss and a bit of mascara and explore a new facet of you!
As always, may the Lord bless and keep you. Be You! Be Free! BeLoved!
The Many Uses Of Rosewater
Beauty Tips-Voice Magazine
By Kara Waters
Healing herbs, plants, flowers and the oils derived from them are mentioned nearly 200 times throughout the Bible. One of the most popular flowers in American culture is the rose. We’ve fallen head-over-heels with roses due to their exquisite appearance, fragrant perfume, and wide-ranging hues and color combinations. However, within the petals of this beloved perennial flowering shrub we can unlock countless, ancient skin care and beauty secrets.Rosewater is an emollient, which is any substance that softens the skin by slowing the evaporation of water. It is astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic, meaning it will gently cleanse your skin while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rosewater acts as a great skin cleanser and toner, combating acne and tightening pores, while remaining gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Rosewater is even said to be used to relieve headaches. After soaking a washcloth in rosewater, simply rest it on your forehead and temples and your discomfort should soon subside. Rosewater can also be used to diminish “bags” under the eyes. Soak a washcloth or cotton balls with lukewarm rosewater, rest with cloth on your eyes for about 15 to 20 minutes then rinse eyes gently.
A distillate of fresh rose petals, true rosewater can be purchased in health food stores or it can easily be made at home. First, purchase organically grown roses so that no chemicals or pesticides will be transferred to your skin. Trim rose petals and rose hips to remove any stems and leaves. Use about 1 teaspoon of trimmed petals and hips per 1 cup of water, and place into a large pot. Simmer gently for 10 to 20 minutes, then strain carefully. Discard used petals and hips, cool rosewater, then store in the refrigerator for up to a week.A few more simple and easy uses for rosewater are:
- Refreshing Facial Spritz- Mist face and neck morning, night or anytime to experience calming, soothing, cooling sensation.
- Natural Air Freshener- Pour into spray bottle and spray as needed.
- Milk Bath- Drop 1 tablespoon and ? cup powdered goat’s or cow’s milk into tub of water.
Dare to discover the wonderful blessings our Father, God has sown into the earth for us! May the Lord richly bless and keep you. Be You! Be Free! BeLoved!
Honey Blemish Control
Beauty Tips-Voices Magazine
By Kara D. Waters
So often, people wait until something happens before they do anything differently. Yet, that thought process breeds procrastination & lack of preparation once the opportunity you’ve been waiting for arrives. Not quite sure what your purpose is yet? Spend time in prayer, study and meditation in order to discern the vision for your life, then begin to look the part! Also, throughout the Bible it is made clear that we were all created to praise the Lord and bring Him glory. We are afforded a great opportunity to give glory to God daily in the way that we dress and present ourselves.
In order to glorify God while fulfilling the vision for our lives, remember that health and beauty truly do begin from within. Adequate water consumption (at least eight 8 ounce glasses per day), a healthy diet, a regular exercise regimen, and stress relief program (such as prayer and meditation) are all vital to our physical, spiritual and intellectual health. You will be amazed at the increase in energy, improved condition of skin and hair, and level of peace that you will experience upon the employment of these practices!
Here’s a sweet tip for overnight blemish control:
After cleansing your skin thoroughly at bedtime, dip the first 2 fingertips of one hand into raw honey. Apply honey directly to any bumps or blemishes. Leave on and allow the natural healing properties of the honey to work overnight. In the morning, rinse skin thoroughly then apply a light moisturizer. In my experience with this honey treatment, overnight, blemishes shrink to at least half the size and some disappear completely!
May God bless and keep you. Be You! Be Free! BeLoved!