Bleeding lips, color that is

If your lip color bleeds over the natural lip line, then you are in dire need of a lip liner.  Liner gives your lips a shape and helps provide a boundary for the lipstick so it does not smear over the lip line.  Apply the lip liner first and then use the lipstick and if you are really feeling daring even apply a small amount of gloss over the color.  Your lips will be very kissable looking.

For softer lips, apply a chapstick with a moisturizer before applying anything on the lips, then dab it off slightly leaving a very thin coating.  Sun damage is a popular culprit for chapped lips no matter what season it is outside.  Then apply your other lip products.

If your lips are excessively dry and flaky, you may want to consider brushing your lips gently with a baby toothbrush to keep them smooth, soft and healthy.  The apply your lip products as mentioned above.

Why do lips even get those fine lines, you ask?

Children always seem to have perfect puckers.  Well the aging process takes a toll not only on our bodies internally and externally but it especially affects the soft thin tissue of the eyes and the lips.  The lips become flatter and thinner with age.  The angles of the mouth begin to turn downwards with gravity casting an unhappy expression.  Years of smiling, puckering and eating build muscle mass, if you smoke that makes them even worse.  Bulky muscles make for deep grooves.  Not only can lipstick bleed into these lines that exaggerates their visibility, they add years to your face.

The question then becomes solving this dilemma?

There are many answers for that one….

We can under botox injections to add botulism to our lip line making them swell.  This is only a temporary effect by the way.

We can add human derived tissues…yuck but it works with less risk.  Just don’t ask the doctor where the human tissue is coming from.  If your lucky it will be from your own body, in an area that no one will notice.

We can begin taking better care of our skin and our lips before any tell tale aging sign appear by using a high numbered sun screen, always moisturizing our lips and keeping them protected…always.

The final point to this topic, is not only a women’s problem it also affects men. 😉  The products I use for lip issues come from a company that I love called Arbonne International.  They are part of the BEfore Sun Skin Care Line and Arbonnes cosmetic lines as well.

Check it out here:  gorgeousnaturally (dot) myarbonne (dot) com

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Chapped Lips?

Lots of factors can cause chapped lips – the air, sun, humidity, decrease in water content, and more. If you constantly have a problem with chapped lips, check out some of the following tips to make sure your lips are always smooth and refreshed.

1. Apply lip balm. Of course, this is the number one method to avoid chapped lips. However, many people still forget to constantly apply lip balm. You can also use petroleum jelly.

2. Drink a lot of water. This increases moisture in the tissues and prevents lip drying. As much as possible drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

3. Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is one of the fastest ways to dehydrate, so better cut down if you’re a caffeine addict or switch to low-caffeine or decaf options.

4. Eat foods with lots of vitamins and nutrients. Chapped lips can signal nutritional deficiency. So make sure you aren’t lacking in all the important vitamins like calcium and magnesium.

How do you prevent chapped lips?

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Yves Saint Laurent Lip Twins

If you’re like me who loves lipstick and likes to experiment with it, then you’ll surely enjoy lipstick twists like Yves Saint Laurent’s Lip Twins. Each tube of the Lip Twins offers two textures: the actual satiny lipstick and a shiny gloss. You can choose from 12 color combinations and mix colors or textures to get the shade and look you want.

Lip Twins is rich in color, glides easily, and contains anti-oxidants that both moisturize and nourish the lips. The formula also contains SPF 8 for sun protection. But what I really love about this product is that it comes in a gorgeous jewel-like tube, making it look almost like a perfume. Definitely a winning product from YSL.

Image from this site.

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact

L’Oreal Paris has come up with a new lip product that is said to have a breakthrough formula and a revolutionary three-in-one packaging. By three-in-one that means there is a vibrant lip color, moisturizing balm, and built-in mirror in one package. It’s no other than L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact.

The lip color alone would have been fabulous as it offers 16 hours of gorgeous color that won’t dry out. But the compact also features a moisturizing balm with Vitamin E and Marine Collagen that makes sure your lips are nourished all those 16 hours. Add the patented precision applicator and stylish mirror and you’ve got one great package!

You can choose among not 3 nor 10 but 24 beautiful shades of glorious lip color. What are you waiting for?

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Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant

I am one of those people that constantly have chapped lips, no matter what season of the year. Thus, I am always in the look of new and great lip balms and moisturizers that truly moisturize and keep my lips looking fresh and young.

If you’ve got chapped lips as well, check out the Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant. It’s not exactly a leave-on, all-day lip balm but more of an exfoliant that you leave on for about five minutes and then wipe off with a tissue. Do this regularly and in no time at all you’ll have the freshest, smoothest lips you’ve wanted.

If you have used this one do share if it did work wonders for you!

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Activate your days

The average weight gain for most Americans is 1-2 pounds per year.  WHile this does not sound alarming the problem really begins when those 1-2 pounds start adding up year after year.  Carrying those extra poubnds means being physically active gets more straining on your body.

Unfortunately eating healthy foods alone may not do the trick.  Regular activity is key in keeping yourself physically fit.  Being physically fit also means looking and feeling healthier and younger!  Researchers have found that exercise itself has a unique important health benefit.  It is highly unlikely that being physically active only on weekends will help if you have a sedentary lifestyle the other 5 days a week.  Activity even in small doses daily will help ward off those extra pounds.

After reviewing thousands of research studies to analyze how diet, activity and body weight are linked to cancer risk, the panel of 21 experts who prepared a report on this issue have found the physical activity is essential in lowering the risk of cancer.  Together with eating healthy and a healthy body weight, and a good level of physical activity the chance of getting any type of cancer decreases substantially.

These same scientists have convincing evidence that physical activity protects against colon cancer.  It probably also protects against breast cancer (in post menopausal women) and endometrial cancer as well.

The recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day, everyday!

Being active makes the body respond better to insulin it produces.  Other perks that come with physical activity are a stronger immune system, a well functioning digestive system and less a chance for osteoporosis for women.  While 30 minutes of exercise per day lowers cancer risk, preventing weight gain requires 60 minutes per day.  Examples of moderate exercise are brisk walking (about 3.5 miles per hour) or swimming at a leisurely pace.  Thirty minutes of daily vigorous activity, like tennis or running (5 miles per hour) can replace the 60 minutes of daily moderate exercise.

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Power up on Power Foods

By Michael Mosier

Is there such a thing as a perfect food? We’ve heard of super-foods, but what about a food that is simply all-around good for you? There are some that would argue eggs are just such a food – and there are several others that certainly come close and that should be integrated into your anti-aging process to help you turn back the clock from the inside out.

Back to eggs. They are a great way of getting protein into your diet, and as long as you eat in moderation and don’t already have cholesterol problems, they won’t mess up your cholesterol levels. For ease in slipping them into just about any meal, keep some hard boiled eggs on hand for sandwiches, salads and much more. 

 Tofu or tempeh

Many who aren’t used to tofu aren’t sure about incorporating it into their diet. It tends to get a bad rap in non-ethnic or non-vegetarian settings. And while you may not replace the meat in your meals with it, the good thing is that if you’re not sure about it, it’s relatively easy to disguise. It takes on the flavor of the rest of the food, but if you’re still not OK with the consistency, blend it up and put it in chilis, sauces and other liquid-based dishes. 

Tofu and tempeh are both are high in protein, but they also have flavanoids,  which helps to decrease the amount of bad cholesterol you have.

Blueberries

Small but powerful, blueberries are the berries chock full of  antioxidants. They’re tasty by themselves and in a number of breakfast-based foods like cakes and breads, but to keep it simple eat them alone, or use them to top cereal. 

By choosing to incorporate these foods into your diet you’ll be able to make changes that will taste great and hopefully have you looking and feeling better as you age!

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