Sunday, February 26, 2006

Beauty Tip: Perfect Eyebrows

by Sheila Dicks

Eyebrows are a natural frame for the eyes and should be in proportion to the face. Perfectly shaped eyebrows will enhance the look of your eyes, your face and will accentuate your makeup while; ill kept, unruly eyebrows will hide the beauty of your eyes.

1. Pluck only from the underside of the brow in the direction that the hair grows. Don't pluck from the top of the brow and chance plucking too much and losing the shape of the brow. You may also want to pluck any stray hairs between the brows. If you find it painful apply a lubricant before you pluck, preferably one that had a dulling effect like oral gel.

2. If you find your eyebrows are starting to thin use a brow color to fill them in using feather strokes, do not draw on lines in place of eyebrows.

3. Brows should be the same color as your hair or a shade lighter.

4. Your brow should start right above the inner corner of your eye. To determine where the eyebrow should start place a pencil against the nostril and line it up with the inner corner of your eye. Your eyebrow should end at a diagonal with the outer corner of your eye. To determine this, place a pencil at the side of your nose ending at the outer corner of your eye. The eyebrow should arch above the outer rim of the iris.

Be careful when you tweeze and if you are unsure go to a professional. Incorrect tweezing can ruin the look of your eyebrows and after a certain time the eyebrow will not grow back. If you do use a professional, keep regular appointments and don't let your eyebrows get too unruly between appointments. Or, after you have had a professional do your eyebrows keep them in shape by plucking the stray hairs as they grow.

Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who teaches women how to dress to suit their body type and look slimmer. You can visit her at to download her ebook 'Image Makeovers' and get 'How to Build a Wardrobe' free

Thursday, February 23, 2006

$.01 Jewelry Auctions Coming Soon!

Yes, you read right - $.01 jewelry auctions are coming soon! I will be auctioning off some of my best pieces at starting bids of $.01. If you'd like to be notified of when the auctions will start, visit my Yahoo! group to subscribe.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Project Runway: Down to the Final Three

I watched most of tonight's Project Runway show. So, it's down to the final three :) My feeling is that Daniel will win. Santino claims that overall, he's a good person, but I doubt his sincerity. Who knows, maybe he just does it because it'll make for good TV. And Chloe, yes she has good design - but I just don't see that passion in her eyes.

Who do you think will be "in" and why?

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Beauty Care - 7 Beauty Tips

By Michael Fortomas

Beauty care is one of the problems that most women (and men) of all ages face. Beauty, or the lack of it, is pretty much a state of mind. . .well almost. There are beauty tips for Hair Styles, Nails, Skin Care, Body and Shape, Weight Loss, Exercise, Fashion and Style, Inner Beauty and more.

Let's talk about inner beauty care. True beauty begins from the inside out. Outer beauty will only appear when you’ve practiced beauty within.

Knowing how and what to eat, can make a huge difference in how you feel. Improper eating habits can cause depression, overweight, illness and an overall lethargy.

Change your eating and exercising habits. You can do this. Do not try to change everything at once, unless you are just one of those rare individuals that can do that.

Beauty care starts with our diet. Diet does not mean just losing weight. Diet means the food you put in your daily eating habits.

1) A rule of thumb for eating habits are...don't eat more calories than you consume. Don't go one single day without doing something extra and physical for at least 30 minutes per day. This can be three ten minute walks. Or 30 minutes of vigorous aerobics, or 12 minutes of weight lifting and 18 minutes of walking.

2) Water, you need water. Try to add at least 4 more glasses of water to your daily diet. The rule of thumb for water is 8 glasses per day; and one extra for every ten pounds overweight you are.

3) Fats, you need to know about fats. There are different kinds of fats. Some fats are better for you than others. A rule of thumb on fats is, stay away from hydrogenated fats. These are fats that solidify. They are in store bought cakes, cookies, crackers, chips and even in bran muffins. Read the labels.

Choose fats that are polyunsaturated or fats such as olive oil. And, eat some fish to get some omega-3 fats. Carbohydrates - Are your immediate fuel source. An average is about 55 percent of your diet in carbohydrates. So, a rule of thumb is, figure your protein grams, get around 25% fat per day, and the rest would be in carbohydrates. The heavier you are, the more protein you need the less carbohydrates you will need.

Fats - try not to exceed more than 25 percent fat in your daily diet. 30 is fine, too. That does not mean you can't have a junk food fast food hamburger... it just means that if you do eat that 55 percent fat burger that you are going to have to cut down on other fat filled foods for the rest of the day to balance it out.

4) Fiber - work up to getting 25 grams of Fiber per day

5) Protein - averages about 20 percent. Divide weight by 2.2 and multiply that by .8 to get the kilograms. For men it is averages as one gram per each kilogram of weight. So, a man would divide their weight in pounds 2.2 then multiply that by .10

6) Make exchanges gradually. Suppose you drink whole down to 2 percent. Maybe replacing two of your cups per day until you can completely change over. If you are on two percent milk, work down to 1 percent.

7) Add bran to your cereals for extra fiber. Do add it in your baking. You need to balance your diet with vegetables and fruits, too. Try adding different colors to your plate. Maybe an orange yam, and some green beans, to add color. The more variety of food colors, bring more variety of vitamins. Eat more raw foods.

Remember, exchange things, add things, and do it gradually and remember, live all things in life in moderation and soon you will be bouncy and vibrant and well on your way to living BEAUTIFULLY!

Michael Fortomas is a teacher of Biology and his Free Guide "151 Beauty Tips" is a look at specific tips, old and new, to help women meet the current perception of our societal definition of beauty.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Natural Beauty: Quotes to Share

"The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth. For all beauty is truth. True features make the beauty of a face, and true proportions the beauty of architecture; as true measures that of harmony and music." --Lord Shaftesbury

"Beauty comes, we scarce know how, as an emanation from sources deeper than itself. "
-- John Campbell Shairp

These quotes are courtesy of: GIGA Quotes

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Your Face: Make It Up With Love

I overheard a conversation between three women at the bookstore the other day. One woman was raving about Mac makeup and how great their makeup was. The only thing I've ever bought from Mac was their lipgloss and I found that it was too sticky for me. I'm really not a big makeup person, and I probably only spend about $150 on makeup a year, if that.

One of my childhood memories involves a warning given to me by my babysitter:

"See my grandma's face? Her face is like that because she wore too much makeup when she was young."

I'm not sure if that was actually true, but the memory has stuck with me.

I believe that makeup should enhance your face and not cover it up. Makeup your face with love, not products, and your true beauty will shine through :)

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I Missed NY Fashion Week!

Ok, I'm a little late. NY's Fashion Week 2006 has drawn to a close. I've been preoccupied with work and seem to have missed all the latest :(

>>>Get Samantha Critchell's take on Fashion Week:

>>>Watch runway shows at IMG Fashion World

Friday, February 10, 2006

Beauty/Image Consulting With Noelle Wong

For many working women life can be very hectic. We're dropping kids off, going to work, doing laundry, cooking dinner...and sometimes we tend to forget about taking care of ourselves. Well, now you can get some help. I just came across a great blog that offers beauty tips and image enhancement for professional women (or for any woman for that matter)....

Noelle Wong, an image consultant, is one of my fellow writers over at KnowMoreMedia. One post I particularly like is her tip on how to choose the perfect blush. You'll never guess how easy it is to pick out your blush! Noelle also talks about image and self-esteem, which I think is a great read.

Find out more about Noelle by visiting:

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Celebrity Models

I browsed through the February 2006 issue of Vogue and noticed this trend in celebrities modeling couture clothing:

  • Angelina Jolie is the new face for St. John. I have to say that she does look fabulous. It's great to see that St. John is now targeting women in their 30's
  • Halle Berry now models for Versace. Not sure who's better - her or Madonna
  • Nicole Riche looks pretty cute in Jimmy Choo

My favorite celebrity model is still Uma Thurman for Louis Vuitton. She was definitely meant to model....


Saturday, February 4, 2006

Lessons from "Beauty and the Geek"

"Beauty and the Geek" is in its second season and I have to admit that it's a guilty pleasure of mine. I thought that this was going to be your typical reality show, but I've actually learned some fundamental lessons about interpersonal relationships.

One important lesson that the guys learn is that having confidence in yourself is very important to attract people into your life. It doesn't necessarily matter what you look like - it's the confidence in yourself that shines.

The beauties on this show are learning that they can't always get by on their looks. They're also beginning to acknowledge their own insecurities. There are more to people than just superficial qualities.

As a geek and a beauty, I've got the best of both worlds. One thing I can say is that confidence is everything - no matter who you are. Beauty IS all within.