An avocado mask is perfect for dry skin that may become very irritated in the winter.
It is easy to make: mash the flesh of avocado with a fork, add a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, and apply this smooth, fragrant mixture onto your face.
This nourishing mask will supply your skin with a whole range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and softening agents to fight winter dryness.

If you have combination skin suffering from winter elements, try a softening banana mask. Mix mashed banana with fresh sweet cream and apply this wonderful mask all over your face for 30 minutes. It will smooth, soften, moisturise and nourish your skin whenever necessary and will make you forget about the cold, harsh, and nasty winter outside!

Skin Care Treatments - Face Mask

All women deserve a fabulous beauty indulgence occasionally. Try these facial masks as a special treat after a hectic week, a quiet night in, or special eve

A facial mask is an amazing treat after a hectic week, for a quiet night in, or before a special event. A face mask involves quiet time, deep cleaning, and relaxation of the facial muscles. Facial masks can be found at the beauty counter or the kitchen pantry; all that is required is a bit of extra time and the desire to look and feel great.

Types of Face Masks

There are different face masks to address different types of skin: dry, oily, or combination and specific concerns like deep pore cleansing, acne, lifting, revitalizing and so on. Facial masks can contain herbs, fruits, vegetables, minerals, and other ingredients. All facial treatments are beneficial; just match the skin type and the desired outcome.

Deep Pore Cleansing Masks

Oily skin is prone to large and clogged pores, blackheads, and acne that can benefit from deep pore cleansing masks. Mud and seaweed are among the types of treatments that detoxify the skin, cleaning out pores and controlling shine. Good face masks for oily skin are Mario Badescu Special Mask for Oily Skin, Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Renewal Clay Mask with High Potency Plant Stem Cells, or make a homemade mask by purchasing pure Dead Sea mud or seaweed.

Beautiful Eyebrows

Perfect eyebrows almost transcend the beauty of the face and make an immediate visible impact in a makeover session. The most coveted eyebrow shape is the one that starts directly above the inner corner of the eye, while its highest point is little beyond the outer corner of the iris. It tapers off to the end in a rounded bow like shape. However, not many women have been endowed with that perfect brow so most of them have to resort to many other procedures to attain the desired shape or reach nearest to it such as plucking, tweezing and waxing the brows. Here are some simple tips to tame your brows:
·        Spray a little hair spray on your brows and brush them using your toothbrush to keep them in place.
·       If you don't have time for tweezing, you can get the desired contour quickly by brushing them upwards and then snipping the longest hairs beyond the natural arch using a pair of tiny scissors.
·         Eyebrows slanting upwards make you look angry, so be careful not to take off too much at the outer corners.
·         Before tweezing your brows, you must prepare your skin by wiping the brow area with a cotton ball soaked in astringent. The cooling effect numbs the skin for sometime and thus, you do not feel much pain.
·         Hold the tweezers at 45 degrees and pluck the stray hairs below the brow line in the direction of the hair growth.
·         If your brows are sparse, use a freshly sharpened brow pencil to fill in the areas with light, quick strokes.
·         To get a natural and more defined look, you can brush your brows with a brow brush dipped in brow powder in upward and outward strokes.
·         It is important to use the correct shade for your brows. Fair women can use blonde shades while olive colored women should choose tawny or brown. Dark African-American women can use gray shades.
·         To add volume to your brows, use a stiff, slanted brush to apply eye shadow in short gentle strokes.
·         In case, you have over tweezed certain brow area, try to fill the patch using brow shadow, applying in the direction of the hair growth.
·         Eye shadow gives more natural look to your brows than an eyebrow pencil!
·         Brow shade should be about two shades lighter than hair color for olive or dark skinned women and two shades darker than hair color blondes or women with grey hair.

Herbal Beauty

External impurities and internal toxins are the worst enemies of our body and skin and herbal beauty products and detoxification remedies help us not only to get rid of them but also provide additional nutrients to the body. Some of the popular herbs known for detoxification, elimination and expulsion of toxins from the body, providing nutrition and stimulation to skin and other vital organs such as liver and digestive system, are Burdock Root, Cascara Sagrada, Dandelion Root, Echinacea Purpurea Root, Fenugreek, Ginger Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Marshmallow Root, Milk Thistle Concentrate, Pepsin, Red Clover Flowers, Sarsaparilla Root and Yellow Dock Root among many others.

Natural herbal products are skin-friendly, have almost nil side effects, provide nourishment to skin and contain minerals and vitamins that keep your skin healthy. Skin care products must be fragrance free, should not have artificial colors, should be non-irritating and non-comedogenic and must be cruelty-free. Sometimes beauty problems are born out of dietary imbalance and must be paid attention to from that aspect. Weak fingernails may be symbolic of calcium deficiency while lusterless hair may speak of silicon deficiency. Dull and dry skin needs more vitamin D.Healthy person looks naturally beautiful. Green tea, calendula, linden, chamomile and rosemary are some of the natural herbal products that work quite well as sunscreens and skin revitalizers.

Choose lip balms with Aloe Vera for they soothe cracked and dry lips and get rid of painful cold sores and fever blisters. Other herbal lip balms can include Apricot, Bee Propolis, Beeswax, Camphor, Castor Oil, Golden Seal, Icelandis Moss, Jojoba Oil, Menthol and/or Squalane. Products that use animal testing should be strictly avoided. Use only cruelty-free products. Herbal products are the safest bet in this category. Herbal shampoos and conditioners are gentle, organic, environmental-friendly, safe and are made from herbal extracts.
They have ingredients like Aloe Vera, Burdock, Chamomile, Coconut Oil, Comfrey, Jojoba Oil, Marshmallow, Rose Hips, Rosemary and/or Sage. They are effective in treating dry and damaged hair, cleanse and nourish the scalp and hair and prevent dandruff. Natural botanical moisturizers with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and humectants have herbal extracts of Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Jojoba Oil and are usually free of color and artificial fragrance.

Makeup Guide

All those models may appear damn gorgeous, but very few know the factor behind those killer looks. Obviously to look beautiful, one needs to be in perfect shape; but one more thing contributing to that perfection is the right make-up. An average looking face can be made pretty by using correct make-up. Coming to the technical part, make-up is a sub-set of cosmetics and refers mainly to the colored products which are used to change the user's appearance. In today's world when there are ample of make-up products in the markets, it becomes difficult for a person to choose the right ones. Read make-up guide further to gather more information about make-up, its types and variation ideas.

Understand Your Skin Type 
The first key to make-up is, understanding your skin type. People with different skin types require different type of make-up. Say, a woman having oily skin could not afford glossy make-up. Likewise, a girl with dry skin cannot use matt-finish make-up. However, a person with normal skin can experiment with any type of make-up. If you know your skin-type, it would be much easier for you to buy the right make-up products. 

Check Out The Make-Up Products 
As mentioned, markets are loaded with beauty products. Some of the make-up products for lips are lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, lip plumper, lip balm, lip conditioner, and lip booster; for face are foundation, powder, rouge, blush or blusher, bronzer, and concealer; for eyes are mascara and lash extender, lash conditioner, eye liner, eye shadow, eye shimmer, and glitter eye pencils, eyebrow pencils, creams, waxes, gels and powders; for nails are nail polish, etc. Choose the products about to your requirements and skin type.

Types of Make-Up - To Know What Suits You The Best 
Some people prefer to have natural look, while some wanted to have those stunning looks. It is a matter of choice that's for sure. For a sun-kissed look, women use more of bronzer and shimmers. However, makeup in the form of gel is usually used to impart wet-look. Women, who want to look beautiful at all times, get permanent make-up done which is actually a type of cosmetic surgery. However, ladies, who prefer natural look, opt for organic mineral make-up which contains mineral pigments and organic plant extracts, oils and waxes. Organic make-up is definitely good as it doesn't cause any harm to the skin or other body parts. 

Make-Up According To Occasions
Every time you cannot afford to look like a princess. According to the occasion and time, you must make variations in your make-up. Say, on a hot summery day, glossy make-up or dark shades won't make you appealing to the onlooker. At that time, it would be better to use mild shades and sober make-up. For a social gathering, you must do make-up according to your attire and party-mood. Perhaps it is always better to use softer shades in summers; however dark shades appear okay at night. Likewise, dark shades and glossy make-up appear nice in winters. On daily basis, women like to do minimal make-up which is easy to apply, making them look naturally good.

Seasonal Makeup

All seasons have their unique style, technique and type of makeup that may look out of place in other climatic and weather conditions. Winter makeup may look and prove very laughable and difficult to manage during the monsoons while makeup for summers may leave a person looking quite pale and colorless in a Christmas party! This section has come up with some very handy tips to apply appropriate makeup and look pretty in all seasons. Simple skin care can also keep you free of many worries such as dry and cracked lips. Use a bit of petroleum jelly and a soft bristle toothbrush to exfoliate any dead skin from the lips. Apply vitamin E oil over them to make them look soft and kissable. Vitamin E oil is good for your nails, hair and skin in general too.

Acne is a common problem in summer, especially for people with oily skin. However, they can be easily treated too. Mix one spoon of sea salt in 4 ounces of warm water and use the solution to clean the area and cover it for 2 to 3 minutes using a cotton ball twice or thrice. Then pat the area dry. Sexy beach girls on screen always have beautiful lustrous hair that you think is impossible with all that sun, sand, wind and salt. Well, here is the trick. Braid your hair in as many parts as you want depending how many waves and curls you want. Then, go for a swim in the ocean and let them dry in the breeze naturally. Open up the braids and run your fingers through hair for the beautiful look. Champagne rinse plays up blonde highlights while beer conditioning adds shine to hair. So, now you know all those bottles are not only for drinking and having fun.

Thin slices of lemon in a tub of warm water remove dead skin, help in cleansing, hydrates skin and give you a wonderful citrus aroma. Baking soda absorbs excess moisture and works as an excellent deodorant. Body moisturizers with shimmer and tanning lotions are great for showing off your beautiful legs on beach. Summer and hot weather means more skin on the show and greater use of body makeup such as tanning powder and lotions that make arms, legs and shoulders look more athletic and sexy. These are also great for covering up any freckles or skin imperfection when going for bolder fashions. Winter is the best loved season by all women for there is no more need to worry about sweat smudging our carefully applied makeup and also allows us to go for a lot more brighter colors and fashions we have always wanted to play with. The color range is largest for cold chilly winters ranging from neutrals such as white, light grays to charcoal gray, black, taupe, navy, true blue, royal blue, turquoise, royal purple, true green, emerald green, pine green, hot pink, magenta, fuchsia, burgundy, blue-red, true-red and icy colors such as icy green, icy yellow, icy aqua, icy violet, icy pink and icy blue. Silver jewelry looks best in winters.

Basic Skin Care

Healthy and supple skin is not so much of a dream if you take proper precautions and pay attention to your diet and exercise. Balanced diet, hydration and protecting from sun and wind should be a part of your daily regimen. Here are the four basic steps to skin care that are mandatory and cannot be skipped on any account, if you want a naturally glowing skin. It is important that you use the products according to your skin type. You have to pay attention to the order of the steps too:

1. Cleansing The Skin
Cleansing is quite essential to avoid acnes and other skin problems. Wash your skin often using a mild face wash and wipe off with a clean washcloth. It is quite important to get rid of any impurities such as dirt particles and makeup before going to sleep so that your skin can breathe properly at night. Use mild cleanser at least twice a day but make sure that it rinses away easily, does not cause skin irritation and do not wash away natural oils too.

2. Toning The Skin
Toners not only cleanse the skin further and help in removing any remnants of particles that you may have left behind but also cools, nourishes, hydrates and freshens up your skin. It tightens up skin and close up any skin pores that may have opened up while deep cleansing the face. Toners must be alcohol-free as alcohol dries off skin.

3. Exfoliating The Skin
Exfoliants remove dead cells from the skin, rejuvenate the skin and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles from the face. The younger skin that surfaces after exfoliation naturally looks more beautiful and glowing. These products usually have alpha or beta hydroxy acids to quicken up the process but do avoid the ones that are granular as they tend to damage the new skin too that is much more sensitive than the mature layer that it digests.

4. Moisturizing The Skin
Like our body, our skin also needs hydration and proper nutrients to keep it healthy. So, treat it with a good moisturizer and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with more than SPF 15 daily and night cream daily that helps the skin to balance and restores any damage that might have occurred to it overnight.