Friday, 28 December 2012

What’s Your Skin Type?

Skin types include normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin.

Your skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type.

Skin types vary depending upon factors such as:

Water content, which affects your skin's comfort and elasticity Oil (lipid) content, which affects your skin's softness and sensitivity level

Normal Skin Type

Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has:

No or few imperfections No severe sensitivity Barely visible pores A radiant complexion

Combination Skin Type

A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.

Combination skin can produce:

Overly dilated pores Blackheads Shiny skin

Dry Skin Type

Dry skin can produce:

Almost invisible pores Dull, rough complexion Red patches Less elasticity More visible lines When exposed to drying factors, skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.

Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:

Genetic factors Aging or hormonal changes Weather such as wind, sun, or cold Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds Indoor heating Long, hot baths and showers Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers Medications

Here are some tips for taking better care of dry skin:

Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily. Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps. Don't scrub while bathing or drying. Apply a rich moisturizer right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin but are often messier. Reapply as needed throughout the day. Use a humidifier and don't let indoor temperatures get too hot. Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.

Oily Skin Type

Oily skin can produce:

Enlarged pores Dull or shiny, thick complexion Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin can be caused or made worse by:

Puberty or other hormonal imbalances Stress Exposure to heat or too much humidity To take care of oily skin:

Wash your skin no more than twice a day and after you perspire heavily. Use a gentle cleanser and don't scrub. Don't pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. This prolongs healing time. Use products labeled as "noncomedogenic." They tend not to clog pores.

Sensitive Skin Type

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it's in response to particular skin care products.

Sensitive skin can show up as:

Redness Itching Burning Dryness

The Basics of Skin Care

These tips will help your skin stay healthier no matter its type.

Use a broad spect rum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid direct sunlight and wear a hat and sunglasses. Don't smoke. Stay hydrated. Wash your skin thoroughly every day and never wear makeup to bed. Moisturize your skin.

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Breast Cancer Reconstruction Blog-latest news

Latest news and views on breast cancer reconstruction from a breast reconstruction specialist.....

The Breast Cancer Reconstruction Blog: Breast Reconstruction Surgery Options After Mastectomy

Every woman has a right to breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer. This has been a federal mandate for some time and insurance companies have to pay for breast reconstruction surgery by law. There is no age limitation for breast reconstruction and there are many different options available.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Body Shop: 50% Off Entire Purchase, Plus Free Shipping!

The Body Shop® offers a full assortment of naturally-inspired products, including bath & body, men's and women's skincare, and creative gift ideas for a variety of occasions. They also offer classic and unique fragrances, home fragrances, makeup, and accessories.

Friday, 7 December 2012

CND Shellac™ ~ Power Nail Polish

Award-winning CND Shellac™ guarantees brilliant results. 
14+ day Wear. Mirror Shine. Zero Dry Time. Really! 

CND Shellac™ is the original and only Power Polish service, empowering you the real woman, with 14+ days of superior color, no matter what life brings you. Set it and forget it. Practical and fearless. Improve your nails with an armor coat that says, "see you in 2 weeks".

Thursday, 6 December 2012

A Guide to a Healthier Life: The Diet Wars: Which is Best Low Cal or Low Fat

A Guide to a Healthier Life: The Diet Wars: Which is Best Low Cal or Low Fat: ve3cnu In 2004 Frontline had an extremely good special on the diet wars; which debated the validity of the best way to  lose weight and ...

Interviews of Many Diet Plans

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Skin So Soft

Shop Avon

Skin So Soft Signature Silk Creamy Body Wash

Now with argan oil. Boosts radiance and illuminates skin. 

Experience soft gardenia and exotic woods fragrance. Leaves skin feeling beautifully conditioned. 350 ml

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A Year of Healthy Living 2013 Wall Calendar

A Year of Healthy Living 2013 Wall Calendar: Recipes and Tips for Your Health and Well Being

By Ann Lovejoy

A Year of Healthy Living Wall Calendar by Ann Lovejoy is a warm, heartfelt invitation to expand your awareness, improve your meal choices and enjoy life more every day. Each month features topics that approach food as a nurturing component of life that supports and sustains you. Artful fruit and vegetable photographs are paired with nutritious recipes and helpful tips, while weekly affirmations encourage steady progress at your own pace and invite you to rejoice in the simple joys that surround us all. A Year of Healthy Living is about wanting the very best for ourselves and choosing health and well-being.

Lovejoy is the author of more than twenty gardening books and two cookbooks, and is a regular cooking and gardening columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She is also the author of The Essential Rose and The Organic Kitchen Garden wall calendars.

The interior pages of this calendar are printed on 100% recycled, 50% post-consumer paper, processed chlorine free and printed with soy based inks.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Vanisher Mask

It is obviously very important for you to ensure your skin is clean. The Vanisher Mask is going to open up your pores and help lift dirt as well as impurities from the skin. You will only have to use this portion of the system a couple of times each week, or maybe more frequently according to the seriousness of your condition.

We include Allantoin which is soothing and non-allergenic.It improves the smoothness of your skin by increasing its water content and improves the natural exfoliation of dead skin cells, which makes it a superb moisturiser.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

94% Satisfaction in Sensory Hydration

Distinctive® Squalane Butter 45 

A naturally moisturizing emollient derived from sugar cane squalane offers multiple benefits for skin care:

Highly satisfying sensory experience on application substantiated with a 100 participant consumer panel

Mimics skin's natural lipid chemistry to restore hydration and barrier function

Offers cellular protection against environmental insults

Derived from 100% plant-feed stock

Odorless, colorless soft butter texture makes a great lanolin substitute which melts at body temperature

Excellent for creams, lotions, toners, and makeup products

Leaves skin ultra-soft and silky

Friday, 23 November 2012

Clear Skin Diet

By Alan C Logan

While acne has long been a problem for adolescents, in recent decades - the last fifty years specifically - acne has been on the rise among adults as well, particularly among women. Many scientists have traced his upsurge to changes in the dietary habits of North Americans. The Clear Skin Diet is designed to help those who suffer from acne to understand: What it is Why they have it What it has to do with their eating habits And what they can do to prevent it or lessen its impact Modern research shows: That there is a strong causal connection between certain kinds of foods and acne. 

That certain fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, protect against acne, while others, saturated or trans fats, can promote acne by increasing the level of inflammation and oxidative stress in the skin. Culinary herbs like ginger and turmeric are known to dampen acne breakouts. 

These same dietary stresses also influence the level of the hormones that cause acne. While fruits and vegetables, green tea, soy, fish, berries, and fiber-rich whole foods lessen these androgens, meat and milk promote these acne-related hormones, as do sugar and low-fiber carbohydrates. There also is a strong causal connection between the brain and the skin. When a person experiences anxiety and depression, acne-producing hormones are released, which can lead to poor dietary choices high in saturated fats and sugars.

The Clear Skin Diet introduces the acne diet and lifestyle. Dietary requirements for protecting the skin are listed - along with suggested food supplements when they cannot be easily met - and summarized, as well as mind-body medical interventions that can influence acne hormones and lessen their impact. Also included are 50 acne-preventive recipes, along with information on how one can locate the ingredients that are not readily available in most grocery stores.

Friday, 16 November 2012

The Body Shop Canada ~ 40% Off Sitewide

The Body Shop® offers a full assortment of naturally-inspired products, including bath & body, men's and women's skincare, and creative gift ideas for a variety of occasions. They also offer classic and unique fragrances, home fragrances, makeup, and accessories.

Thursday, 15 November 2012


AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion


AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion with
ACTIVE NATURALS® nourishing oats is
clinically proven to help restore dry skin
back to healthy-looking in just one day.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The zany advice women were given when they first g...

Don’t clean the freezer. Avoid tennis. Watch out for sharks.

-- Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360™ Tampons collects the zany advice women were given when they first got their periods--

 Don’t get a perm, because your hair won’t hold the curl. Only sleep on your side and switch sides every three hours. Don’t swim in the ocean, or sharks will find you. Canadian women are often given advice from mom, relatives and friends when they get their period for the first time. But is the information accurate and informative? According to the zany, hilarious and touching information being shared, perhaps not.  

To get the conversation started about ‘that time of the month’, Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360™ Tampons are asking Canadian women on Twitter to share the advice they were first given. Women are invited to tweet their best, zaniest and funniest advice to @PlaytexGG until November 22.

“Our Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360™ Tampons experiment showed us that women were given some very interesting - and occasionally really funny - advice,” says Sohana Samanta, Brand Manager of Playtex Feminine Care. “Some of the advice was clearly very inaccurate, such as: ‘if you swim during your period, your tampon will absorb water and you’ll sink.’ At Playtex, we understand that this is a sensitive topic for many and there might not have been a lot of discussion the ‘first time’, but it is important that women educate themselves on what is really happening to their bodies - and how they can feel confident, comfortable and protected.”

Some of the more entertaining tweets submitted to date are:

Don’t go dancing because your period makes you crazy

Don’t wash your hair because it will give you headaches

Don’t get a filling during your period, it will fall out

Don’t swim in the ocean, sharks may find you

Lay across two chairs to stop your cramps

Switch the side you’re sleeping on every 3 hours

You can’t perm your hair, because your hair won’t curl

Don’t touch or hold ice, or clean out the freezer, it makes your cramps worse

· Do not play tennis or ride a bike

THE NEW PLAYTEX® GENTLE GLIDE® 360 ™ TAMPONS Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360 ™ Tampons have recently been redesigned with triple layer protection This new three-layer design shapes to a woman’s body for a fabulous fit. The comfort shape plastic applicator provides sure fit placement, and the DuraClean™ wrapper is purse resistant for protection on the go. They are available in scented and unscented varieties and come in multiple absorbencies for all protection needs (Light, Regular, Super, Super Plus, Multi Pack).

“Redesigned with three layers, our Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360 ͦ™ Tampons provide great protection,” says Samanta. “Knowing you’re fully protected and feeling comfortable will give you the confidence you need to take on the world, no matter what time of the month it is.”

Women looking for more information about their periods, and tampons, can visit

PLAYTEX® GENTLE GLIDE® 360 ™ TAMPON PLAY ON CONTEST From October 22nd to November 22nd Canadian women are being asked to share the advice they received when they first got their period to be entered to win a $1,000 Visa® gift card*. Contestants can tweet their advice to @ PlaytexGG using #PlayOn daily and their first tweet of the day will count towards the grand prize. 

The winner will be selected after 5 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 22nd.

About the Playtex® Feminine Care Brand The Playtex® Feminine Care brand believes that nothing should hold women back, including their periods. That is why Playtex® Sport® and Playtex® Gentle Glide® tampons are the only tampons that feature 360 Degree Protection® designed to fit the life women want to live. Developed for women who lead busy and active lives, Playtex® tampons offer multiple levels of absorbencies to give women confidence and freedom in everything they do.

About Energizer Personal Care Playtex Products LLC, a division of Energizer Personal Care, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of feminine care products including Playtex® Gentle Glide® and Playtex® Sport® Tampons. Playtex and all other trademarks are owned or licensed by Playtex Products, LLC. 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Hairstylists Spot Skin Cancer Warning Signs -

Hairstylists Spot Skin Cancer Warning Signs -

Could hair professionals lead a new front in the war against skin cancer? At least one melanoma patient credits her stylist with saving her life. “Sharon noticed a quarter-sized salmon-colored spot on my scalp,” Bonnie Sedlmayr-Emerson, of Tucson, AZ, told The Skin Cancer Foundation. “She said she’d never noticed it before and showed it to me in a mirror. She thought I should have it looked at.” A biopsy revealed that the spot was a melanoma, and it was deep. She is currently being treated with YervoyTM (ipilimumab), a groundbreaking drug for advanced melanoma. “I’ve had very positive results to date,” she said.
Sedlmayr-Emerson’s stylist is not alone in her commitment to her clients’ health: a survey of 203 Houston, TX-area hair professionals published in theArchives of Dermatology found that a significant number of cosmetologists and barbers are checking customers’ heads and necks for abnormal moles in an effort to help detect suspected skin cancers. Their observations could encourage some clients to see physicians promptly, and possibly have skin cancers diagnosed at an early stage, when they are almost always treatable.
Most skin cancers occur on sun-exposed areas, like the head and neck. Skin cancers of the scalp are easy for patients to over- look, which can delay their detection. This increases the risk of the cancer spreading, which can be deadly. Delayed detection could be one reason why melanomas of the scalp and neck make up six percent of all melanomas, but cause 10 percent of all melanoma deaths. [See “The Most Dangerous Melanomas,” below.]
The authors of the Archives of Dermatology report suggest that a skin cancer education program for hair professionals could increase early detection of skin cancers on the face, scalp, and neck; they are currently studying the benefits of one such program. Sedlmayr-Emerson, for one, doesn’t need to be convinced. She remains forever grateful to her stylist: “She’s my hairstylist and my lifesaver.”

Hairstylists get a close look at your scalp when you’re in the chair, and they can play a particularly important role in skin cancer detection, since melanomas of the scalp are more dangerous than those located anywhere else on the body. In a new study by researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA, investigators found that only 58 percent of patients with scalp melanomas survived five years, compared to 77 percent of patients with melanomas on the arms, legs, hands, and feet. So be sure to inspect your scalp carefully whenever you perform a skin self-exam; The Skin Cancer Foundation advises everyone to check their skin head-to-toe monthly.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

A New Natural Baby Shampoo

Continuing the trend toward natural products, Nature's Gate has launched Baby Soothing Shampoo and Wash. The product's natural formulation doesn't contain any of the controversial synthetic ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. The product is also formulated without synthetic fragrances and animal-derived ingredients.

Nature's Gate says they also try to use recycled materials in packaging whenever possible, and all of its bottles are recyclable.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Get a preview of the new Winter 2012-13 collection - Glamour Rose, from Lise Watier Cosmétiques.

 Learn how to get the Look with International Makeup Artist David Vincent.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Chemical-Free Skin Health

By Bob Root

This is a perspective on the chemical world we live in and why I believe all of us should be concerned for our lives, the lives of our families, friends and the animals that share our lives. It is not intended to scare you, although it might. It is really to draw attention to what our lives have become and the chemicals, companies and products that rule it. 

Our skin is our largest and most vulnerable organ. Love it and it will love you. Protect it and it will protect you. Abuse it and it will shorten your life. There have been more chemicals developed in the last twenty years than in all of mankind. 

Of the thousands of chemicals in use in the cosmetic, personal care and household products industry, less than 1% have been tested for safety. 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Red Berry Lip Tint

Red Berry Lip Tint

86% Organic Ingredients

Contains all the nourishing ingredients of our Shea Butter Lip balm, but with the addition of sheer colour. All natural alkanet root gives this balm its rich berry hue, which leaves lips shiny, soft and with a hint of natural colour. Scented with sweet orange essential oil.

Apply tint to lips as often as desired.


Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Alkanet Root Extract.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Body Shop Canada -online offer

Save up to 40% off your entire purchase at The Body Shop, Nov. 1st through Nov. 14th!

The Body Shop® offers a full assortment of naturally-inspired products, including bath & body, men's and women's skincare, and creative gift ideas for a variety of occasions.

They also offer classic and unique fragrances, home fragrances, makeup, and accessories.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

PRIORI® Lash Recovery Serum


Triple Lipopeptide Complex™ stimulates hair follicle sites to enhance the appearance of length and thickness of the lashes.

The first prostaglandin-free product on the market with a unique complex of three different potent lipopeptides working in synergy to give compounded results.

Clinically tested to enhance lashes in only two weeks – a technological breakthrough that helps make lashes and brows look fuller, thicker and more voluptuous.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Hyperpigmentation aka "brown spots": the new wrinkle

According to Elle magazine, September 2012, in the United States, we are very devoted to moisturizers and collagen-boosting serums, but our demand for brown spot lightening is steadily rising, especially since publication of a 2006 study, indicating that hyperpigmentation can impact on a woman’s perceived age by up to twenty years.

The Japanese spend a huge percentage of their beauty dollars on targeting “shimi.” Here we call them “spots” and they can apply to any skin discoloration, including freckles, UV-induced brown patches, melasma and those pinpoint spots that remain after a pimple has healed.

Hyperpigmentation aka "brown spots": the new wrinkle

Friday, 19 October 2012

Is This the Best Maxipad Commercial Ever? Bodyform Ad Takes Periods, Men and Own Brand to Task

By Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

Love Your Body – Wed, Oct 17, 2012 4:30 PM EDT

Ad campaigns for maxi-pads and tampons tend to look like commercials for exotic resorts, replete with beachside strolls, yoga at sunset, and well-absorbed blue dye the color of a crystalline sea. With that Zenlike imagery on the one hand, and on the other the misguided stereotype of the crazy PMSing woman, it must be awfully confusing for men--or at least it was for one Richard Neill, whose amusing tongue-in-cheek comment about period confusion posted to the Facebook page of Bodyform, a British brand of maxipads, has now inspired a national campaign.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Hyanify™, replenishing effect from the sea

Hyanify™, replenishing effect from the sea

Rejuvenated Skin through Marine Biotechnology

The latest discovery of Lipotec in the field of biotechnology-derived ingredients, Hyanify™, illustrates in this seminar the increasing advantages in the use of advanced technology in skin care anti-aging cosmetics, which innovate while offering efficient results.

Thanks to its natural hyaluronic acid boosting capacity, Hyanify™ is an expolysaccharide which can be seen as an ideal ally in the fight against time by the way that it reduces wrinkles safely and efficiently: nasogenian folds reduced significantly in only 14 days of treatment as shown in vivo.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Banana Facial Mask

2 ripe medium size bananas     


Mash the ripe bananas with a fork and avoid over mashing.

 Add about one tablespoon of honey. Smooth the mixture over the skin and leave it on for approximately ten minutes.

 Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Monday, 1 October 2012

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

7 Surprising Complexion Killers

7 Surprising Complexion Killers
by Holly Corbett, Redbook

Habit: Overdoing it on the exfoliating 

There's no need to rough it. "Many women think they must scrub their faces or do harsh peels," says Bannon.

Although exfoliation is important for skin cell turnover, which contributes to a perky complexion, it is possible to go too far. "Overstimulation can trigger irritation and breakouts,"

Monday, 24 September 2012

Distinctive® Squalane Butter 45

Distinctive® Squalane Butter 45 is a soft, naturally-derived butter from 100% renewable, plant-based emollients. This colorless, odorless material melts at skin temperature to provide a soft, luxurious skin feel. It is an excellent alternative to lanolin, offering improved aesthetics and superior product stability.
Use of Distinctive® Squalane Butter 45 in the oil phase helps protect skin against trans-epidermal water loss and environmental aggressors. It contains 45% stabilized plant squalane to mimic skin’s natural lipid chemistry, offering superb bio-functionality, ideal for numerous personal care applications.

INCI Name: Squalane (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Behenyl Behenate (and) Tribehenin  
Learn more at Resources of Nature
or by calling 908-226-5123.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Do antioxidants in your diet help your skin?

It seems like every few weeks yet another study comes out touting the health benefits of antioxidants, which can be found in foods like berries, nuts and fruits. You may have also heard that such nutrients not only help with general health, but can also benefit your body's largest organ - the skin. A recent article in The Canadian looked at whether such claims are true, or really just fluff.

Hydration is also key to healthy looking skin, the news outlet reports. Water flushes out the toxins in your body, not to mention it keeps you feeling energized and balanced

Read more: Do antioxidants in your diet help your skin?

Friday, 14 September 2012

How to get rid of cracked heels?

What to do for cracked heels ?

Cracked heels can be a common manifestation among many of us and a rise in its incidence can be seen during winter months when the skin gets exposed to extreme colds and therefore to excessive drying.

The so called cracks occur in the superficial layers and in most instances it may not be extending to deep layers of the heels and therefore will most likely to be asymptomatic. But, for some, having cracked heels could be both discomforting and cosmetically disheartening and unless an intervention is made activities of daily living could become hampered.

What causes cracked heels?

Being a thick layer of skin, cracking is the painful outcome of extreme pressures that the heel has to undergo each day along with extremely harsh conditions it has to encounter while performing its functions. Such pressures and harsh conditions can cause minute cracks in the superficial layers of the heel to expand and become deeper while it will be augmented by the presence of calluses and excessive dryness of the skin.

Who are most susceptible to develop cracked heels?

Although it can appear in anyone, it is more common among those who devote less attention to take care of their feet. At the same time, the elderly, people with thicker skin over the heel, people whom would have to exert more pressures on the heel as in the case of prolonged standing, walking…etc are also having a higher incidence although many other factors can aggravate this condition among susceptible individuals.

How to get rid of cracked heels?

In order to get rid of cracked heels, one may have to undertake multiple measures. Thus, following are some of the methods which can be easily incorporated into your day to day practices while some would require perseverance and mindfulness to obtain the best results.

-Keep the sole of the feet including the heel clean and moist.

Thus, before going to sleep, washing the sole of the feet thoroughly with soap and water will soften the surface layers and will help in getting rid of dead tissues from the surface which can contribute to cracking of the feet.

-Apply a moisturizing lotion on the feet including the sole and keep it covered during sleep.

-If excessive calluses are formed in the sole of the feet, application of lotions containing lactic acid and glycolic acid before bed time will help exfoliation and therefore to thin out the calluses just enough for moisturizing agents to penetrate the sole. It will therefore improve the softening of the heel. Similarly, rubbing a pumice stone will also be helpful to get rid of the excessive skin during the bath time.

-Use an antifungal agent in case there is a obvious infection to be seen or else can make use of an antibacterial cream as a prophylaxis treatment to prevent a possible bacterial infection from taking place.

-Wear shoes with a closed back when you are suffering from cracked heels as it will reduce the pressures exerted on the heel and therefore will prevent the formation of cracks to a certain extent while allowing existing cracks to heal.

By adhering to these strategies, one can get rid of them to a certain extent although it may not be as easy as it is said when it comes to curing cracked heels which takes place with age.
Dr Pandula Siribaddana.

What to do for cracked heels ?

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Five best beauty tools |

You can have all of the fabulous makeup and grooming products in the world, but if you don’t have the right tools you can’t do a beautiful job. Here are the top five beauty tools that every woman needs to own:
Chatelaine Beauty 100
Makeup kit must-have: Sephora Pro-Angled Blush Brush #49, $38.

This blush brush's slanted shape offers precision so that you can accentuate your cheekbones by creating a contoured edge. The puffy top is ideal for picking up more powder to give the apples of your cheeks extra pop.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $24.
Eye-opener: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $24.

Every makeup artist worth her salt will tell you: this is the eyelash curler to own. Its mushroom-shaped silicone pad provides stay-put protection, while its über-calculated frame and shape guarantee perfectly curled lashes.

Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer
Get plucked: Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer, $23,

Perfect for women who like to DIY at home, this eyebrow tweezer's tips are slanted: the edge helps you have better control grabbing and removing pesky, unwanted hairs.

Brow fix: Lancôme Le Regard Pro Eyes and Brow Kit, $58.

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your eyebrows frame your face, so you need to have a well-groomed set. Lancôme's Brow Kit is a must-have, replete with an eyebrow brush, tweezers and four eyebrow-perfecting colours.

Smooth finish: Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor, $11.

Even the most accident prone can wield this razor like a pro. The handle has a textured grip, so slipping isn't an issue and its three blades are surrounded by gel-infused bars to avoid painful scrapes and nicks.

2012 beauty guide: Check out all 100 of our favourite expert-approved beauty products

Five best beauty tools |