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In today’s workplaces, web conference calls are commonplace. Whether this is a daily or quarterly event in your office, you know the pain of seeing your face on screen and thinking “Is that how I look today??”

First of all, video – particularly webcam video – distorts your features slightly, depending on the angle, quality of the camera, and lighting in the room. So, don’t worry. That’s not really how you look today.

Of course, you still want to look nice for the others in the online conference. Especially when you’re trying to make a good impression at work, appearances are important.

Luckily, there are three simple tricks to help you improve your web conference look – without piling on tons of clown makeup.


Poor lighting can do things on camera that it doesn’t do to your face in real life. If you can select your space, take your laptop somewhere that’s bright. Natural light on a sunny day is always a winner. This will reduce the amount of dreary shadows that creep under your eyes and mouth.

If you’re stuck in a dim and crowded conference room, try to sit closer to the camera so your face picks up the light of the monitor.

Eyes and Lips

The shadows and other minor distortions of webcam calls darken your eyes and mouth, so that’s where you need to focus your makeup attention. There’s no need to overdo it; a little goes a long way.

The goal is to brighten your eyes and make them “pop” as much as possible. Eye liner and mascara are essential.

Concealer is great for quick fixes under the eyes or covering pimples and wrinkles around the mouth, but remember that opposite colors on the color wheel actually cancel each other out. If you have redness or dark circles, check with your beauty specialist for the perfect correction color.


Overall, aim for color contrasts. There’s no need to go overboard. Focus on adding warm color to your cheeks to send a message that you’re happy and pleasant to work with. Choose a lipstick color that contrasts with your hair and skin. This will help your lips stand out, and it will bring attention to you when it’s your turn to talk.

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Having sensitive skin to various chemicals and/or ingredients, it often limits you on the types of products or treatments you can use. Thankfully, you can keep your sensitive skin calm and avoid flair ups by following the sensitive skin do’s and don’ts listed below:

Don’t Use

According to an article on Byrdie, Renee Rouleau, who is a skin care expert, the following is true about sensitive skin:

“The majority of the time, it’s the person’s use of harsh products that causes irritation. Simply put, avoid using irritating ingredients and your skin will be less irritated!”

Avoid The Following Ingredients to Reduce Skin Sensitivity

  • Alcohol: Creams and toners often include alcohol as it helps deliver a quick-dry finish. Unfortunately, it will also sap the moisture level of your skin, thus causing uncomfortable, irritated skin.
  • Fragrance: A pleasant fragrance smells wonderful, obviously. However, fragrance can cause skin inflammation, so it’s best avoided when you have sensitive skin.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate: These ingredients are mainly responsible for the lathering process in countless products. In addition, though, they are also responsible for causing skin irritation.
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Do Try

Thankfully, there are some treatments you can use and ingredients to look for that will help calm your sensitive skin. Like the following:

  • Green Tea: You have likely heard about the many health benefits provided by green tea. What you might not know is that it’s also great for topical use. Look for treatments like Boscia’ Green Tea Oil Control Mask for an example of using green tea in your skin care regimen.
  • Sunflower Oil: If your skin is dry and easily irritated, you should be using sunflower oil. This natural substance contains large amounts of vitamin E, which means it will help repair your skin and restore your skin’s moisture barrier. Phytolipid Comfort Crème is a great example of a skin treatment that contains sunflower oil.
  • Bisabolol: This plant extract has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, making it ideal for sensitive skin. You can look for it as an ingredient in many types of moisturizers or serums. One example of a product that contains bisabolol is Clarin’s Beauty Flash Balm.
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Having sensitive skin causes all kinds of problems when it comes to finding the right beauty products. Obviously, you can’t simply pick something off the store shelf like other people. Instead, you have to be careful about everything you use on our skin. Thankfully, by following the sensitive skin do’s and don’ts listed above, you can find some amazing products, treatments, and ingredients that will work for you and help your sensitive skin.

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Until very recently, an online search for “snails” would yield plenty of tips for removing the slimy suckers from your garden and a few escargot recipes, but not much else. Recently, though, these garden critters are making waves in a whole new industry – skincare.

Why are beauty brands from the US and around the world suddenly touting snail essence and snail based products to customers? A look at the goop that snails leave behind – and the way it interacts with human skin – reveals why the gastropods are suddenly so popular.

Gastropods Making a Mark on the Beauty Industry

Snail essence is not a particularly new trend, according to ABC news, snails were used for skin treatments by ancient Greeks. The new wave of snail based products began today in Korea and France; with big brands shelling out lots of cash for the tiny critters.  High end salons are also offering “Escarglow” facials that offer all of the benefits of snail mucin in a spa environment.

Is it Really from Snails?

It is. When snails get upset and defensive, they emit a thick, gooey fluid to protect themselves; this mucin can help benefit human skin in a variety of ways, according to dermatologist Tabasum Mir, speaking to the Huffington Post. This snail goo, or mucin contains hydrolauric acid and can hydrate skin, prevent the signs of again and even improve the appearance of scars or wrinkles. In one study, 25 participants tried snail mucin cream and found that they had improved texture and fewer wrinkles after 12 weeks.

Are Snail Products Worth Buying?

Possibly. For home use, the mucin in products may not be as concentrated as it needs to be to gain the advertised effects. Salon use is likely better, since products for professional application are more concentrated and likely contain higher amounts of beneficial mucin. The bottom line? Snail products could be beneficial for home use over time, but due to differences in concentration and even snail types, your best bet is a visit to your local spa or salon for a facial or for products designed for professional use.

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Body scrubs are great at exfoliating your skin. Most often, people use them in the shower, but you can use them anytime you feel like you need to slough away dead skin cells or to renew your skin’s glow. With the popularity of body scrubs, there are lots of formulations to try. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in body scrubs, how they work and how best to use them.

How Are Body Scrubs Formulated?

The primary role of a body scrub is to rid the skin of dead surface cells. After use, your skin will be instantly softer, smoother, and feel great to touch. Since body scrubs have to slough away dead cells, they all contain some kind of granular ingredient. For this purpose, most body scrubs contain either salt, sugar, or a combination of both. Since salt and sugar both dissolve in water, they are equally good as a body scrub ingredient. Other granular substances commonly used in body scrubs include seeds and even ground fruit pits.

Body scrubs also contain an emollient, because the secondary purpose of a body scrub is to leave skin softer, and the granular ingredient won’t do that alone. So body scrubs also contain an oil such as almond oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, shea nut oil, or jojoba oil. Many body scrubs contain not one, but a combination of oils to soften and moisturize skin. Finally, if your body scrub brand claims to have cleansing properties, it most likely will contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a gentle foaming ingredient.

How Body Scrubs Work

Body scrubs work by acting like a natural loofah on your skin. The granular ingredients slough away dead skin cells, while the emollients provide a barrier to keep moisture in your skin, and smooth the surface. This is why regular use of a body scrub not only softens skin right after your shower, but for the long term, too.

How to Use Body Scrubs

Body scrubs are perfect for use in the shower, but for best results, wait until the end of your shower to apply. That’s when dead skin cells are more easily removed. You can also use a body scrub effectively after a sauna, when pores are open.

To apply a body scrub, use only your hands. Using a loofah or scrubby might be too rough on skin. Firm but gentle pressure in a circular motion with your bare hands is sufficient to get good results from any body scrub.

Choosing a body scrub that’s right for you really has to do with the ingredients, the scent and the consistency. Opt for on you’ll enjoy using, and that gives you the results you’re hoping for.

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Whether you are getting a new head shot for your business portfolio, are assisting a bride-to-be prepare for her photo session, you want to look your very best. One crucial aspect that demands consideration and focus is makeup. A regular day-to-day makeup routine may not translate well in a photo; you’ll need to step it up a bit.

1. Prep Skin Well

According to Fashion Magazine, the first step to any great look is great skin. Therefore, the day before the photo session, make sure the model understands they will need to clean their skin well. Go with a gently abrasive scrub or non-abrasive liquid for cleansing. If their skin is naturally dry, apply moisturizer the day of your session before beginning makeup application. If they have naturally oily skin, you can skip the moisturizer altogether.

2. Build Foundation

Blend your foundation evenly with a brush then use concealer to hit any places you think still need work. Regan Rabanal, who is the senior artist at MAC Cosmetics, said the following about this step, “Apply foundation first and then conceal the problem areas that still stand out. Usually, the best areas to conceal are around your nostrils, the shallow area underneath your eye and into any laugh lines. Use a minimal amount of concealer and blend well.”   Finally, apply translucent powder to remove shine.

3. Move on to the Eyes

To really get those eyes to pop in photos, choose three different shadows: a neutral color close to your skin tone, and one that is darker and a highlighting color. This will make your eyes appear larger and brighter. Use the neutral color over the eye lid, the darker color in the crease and the highlighter on the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes. Don’t forget to line your eyes and fill in your eyebrows as well. Try fake eyelashes to for more edge!

4. Finish it Off With Lipstick

To get the color to stay put, use a lip brush to press the color into the lips. Nude is a great option with a slight shade; nothing too dramatic– just saturated and symmetrical lips.

The main thing to remember about makeup for every photo session is to blend, blend, blend! The camera will find any clumps or smudges. If you’re interested in phenomenal makeup job for wedding or engagement photos, it’s absolutely worth the investment having a professional makeup artist do it for you. Make sure you do a practice run before the day of your photo shoot to ensure you and your makeup artist are on the same page.

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In the age of rampant Google searches and WebMD, everyone solves their own skin care issues. You type in a list of symptoms or concerns and…Voila! It spits out a list of possible solutions.

The internet is genius, but it has its limitations.

For instance, imagine that you are a person of color who has sensitive skin, but also wants some anti-aging benefits. How do you address all the unique needs of your skin without using a million different products (and possibly having irritation and other undesirable reactions)? Guessing or trial and error are both options.

Luckily, you can accomplish this more easily by seeing a professional esthetician for personalized skin care advice.

What is an Esthetician?

An esthetician (or aesthetician) is a licensed health and wellness professional who has advanced knowledge in beauty and skin care. This person is specially trained in performing a variety of treatments and procedures that not only address troublesome skin care problems, but also promotes healthier, more radiant skin in the process. These professionals work with clients to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, alleviate acne breakouts, and even out and smooth complexion issues.

Estheticians may do the following treatments:

  • acne treatments
  • body scrubs
  • chemical peels
  • facial massages
  • facials
  • hair removal (waxing, threading, and chemical treatments)
  • laser resurfacing
  • makeup applications
  • microdermabrasion

Reasons to See an Esthetician for Personalized Skin Care Advice

In addition to providing a variety of skin care treatment and procedures, estheticians also offer personalized skin care consultations. Here are just a few advantages of getting a personalized consultation:

Say “goodbye” to product overwhelm. You can’t figure out which products are best for your skin. Perhaps they work okay for a while and then lose their effectiveness. An esthetician can do the work for you in selecting the products that best suit your skin.

Figure out crazy skin issues. If you have a mixture of skin types or a variety of skin issues, an esthetician can design an individualized plan using custom skin care products that address your skin’s every need.

Wear less makeup. Many people with troublesome skin use makeup to cover problems they can’t seem to resolve. When you have your skin evaluated by an esthetician, this professional will recommend the best products and regimens to help you get clearer more youthful-looking skin. With clearer skin, you can wear less makeup!

Everyone’s skin is different. That’s why everyone deserves a one-on-one skin care consultation with a professional who understands how to keep skin looking healthy and gorgeous.