Your First Time…Getting Your Legs Waxed

(Image Credit: Maegan Tintari)

(Image Credit: Maegan Tintari)

Brace yourself. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and, like they always say, don’t look down!

As the hot wax begins to coat your legs, you’re probably beginning to think either a. This can’t be too bad, right? Or b. This is absolutely the dumbest idea I have ever had (besides that one night during spring break…)

But do not chicken out because the benefits of waxing will rid you of all of your lingering hesitations. Summer will be here faster than you think and if you can tolerate just a little excruciating pain you can have Venus commercial-ready legs that would make Victoria’s Secret models jealous.

Hair removal from waxing typically will last up to three weeks. That is three whole weeks of razor-free showering. The time saved by taking shaving out of your morning routine is bound to give you an extra five minutes of beauty sleep, and we all know what wonders those five minutes can do.

Not to mention, you are stubble free for three whole weeks. No more embarrassing razor burn, in-grown hairs and thick, coarse hairs that could sand wood. Hair continues to grow back finer and sparser after each waxing.

Okay, so before you just waltz into the salon there are a few things to know first.

You will want to grow your hair out for at least two weeks, minimum. You will need your hair to be about as long as your pinky nail, which is around a quarter of an inch. So, you might want to postpone any leg-revealing skirts or dresses and cancel any dates you may have planned. Most men aren’t into the bushman look.

During the hair growth process, exfoliate your legs daily by taking a loofah to those gams. This will prevent in-grown hairs that could potentially pop up. It also will leave your legs flake free and smooth.

Waxing will be unpleasant the first few times since your skin is not used to the ripping sensation that occurs when you pull the wax off.  To avoid pulling a 40 Year-Old Virgin and screaming Kelly Clarkson’s name at the top of your lungs, you might want to invest in some pain relievers. Numbing creams and Advil can help ease the pain somewhat. Even if you think you have a high pain tolerance, keep in mind that waxing can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Ankles and shins always hurt a little more so you might squint a little tighter and let loose a little “ooh!” The knee is also another point of pain.  It may seem like they are trying to wax the skin off of them with the number of times they go over it, but the hair on the knee is very fine and requires a lot of wax.

(Image Credit: Crestock)

(Image Credit: Crestock)

Expect some redness and a little swelling; I mean you did just yank your hair right out of its root. It should subside in a few hours depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

If you have any kind of sunburn, rash or cut, wait until it goes away before getting waxed. It will not only be oh so painful, but it could cause some potentially dangerous infections.

While it is important to exfoliate and moisturize beforehand it is recommended to leave your skin alone for at least 48 hours after waxing. If bumps do happen to appear, avoid the urge to squeeze or tweeze. It will only make them worse! Try antiseptic ointment first.

Continue to wax every 4-6 weeks; the more consistent you are the less you have to go in. Hair grows on three different layers of skin, so the consistency will keep you smoother for longer. Once all the “cycles” of hair growth finally sync together, waxing will be a breeze.

One piece of advice: You may think you can be an in-home esthetician, but it can get messy. Ripping your hair off with hot wax is way easier when someone else is doing it. This is not something you want to learn the hard way!

Originally posted April 20, 2014.

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5 Ways to Instantly ‘Fake’ Whiter Teeth

(Image Credit: Kegfire)

(Image Credit: Kegfire)

We’ve all been there—getting all dolled up and feeling really good about ourselves until we flash one last smile in the mirror… not the pearly whites we were expecting to see.  Then our minds go into snowball thinking.  “Too much coffee; never bought those white stripes; did I brush after all that red wine?”  Surely if we had a brighter smile we’d feel totally confident, but how can we erase those stains fast, like, right this second?  We can’t BUT we can ‘fake’ it ‘till we make it.

Here are 5 easy ways to instantly fake a whiter smile:

 

Quick brush with a BLUE toothpaste

Remember the color wheel in art class?  Blue sits directly across from yellow/orange – so the two cancel each other out.  Using a fast whitening blue toothpaste will cancel out a layer of color making your teeth look whiter in just one use.  I like Luster NOW! Instant Whitening Toothpaste.

 

Dress in darker colors

Creating a stronger contrast between your outfit and your smile can instantly make your teeth appear brighter.  Wearing something in the white family can make your teeth look dull or yellowed.  Opt for darker colors- navy, black, etc.  The large contrast in color will make your teeth (and eyes!) look brighter.

 

Bronzer is a girl’s best friend

Ever notice that when you have a fresh tan your teeth look super white?  Again, it’s all about contrasting colors.  If you’re feeling a little pale, give a light sweep of bronzer to the areas where the sun would touch you first (top of forehead, cheek bones, nose, and chin) for a natural sun-kissed glow.

 

Hues of Blue

The next two tips are for the lips.  Applying the right lip color is key since it will directly contrast your teeth (if done properly).  Find shades of pink or red or berry that best work with your skin tone and then make sure they have blue undertones.  This also means looking for ‘cool’ tones.   There are two types of undertones in cosmetics: warm or cool.   Warm tones are your yellows and oranges.  Cool tones are your blues.   Finding blue tones means spotting the colors that seem cool, without the presence of any orange or yellow.  MAC’s Ruby Woo has been a cult favorite for years.

 

Finishing Gloss

Finish off your total look with a blue lip gloss.  Yup, I said BLUE lip gloss.  Don’t worry; you won’t walk around looking like you just devoured a blue raspberry slushie.  Blue glosses are tinted blue but appear clear when applied.  This finishing touch will totally make your smile appear whiter.   Creator of IT Cosmetic, Jamie Kern Lima, created this blue lip gloss because she was a News Anchor and knew how important a white smile was for the TV business (and knew the secrets to getting one!).   If you’re looking for the appearance of fuller lips AND a whiter smile, try DuWop Blue Venom Lip Gloss.

 

With these 5 easy tips, bring the confidence back to your smile—it is your best accessory 😉

The 5 Best Products for Shaping Your Eyebrows

(Image Credit: Miya227)

(Image Credit: Miya227)

2015 has been the year of the eyebrows. Everyone seems to have suddenly remembered what great things eyebrows can do for your face! A strong brow really does frame the face — anyone who’s seen edited photos of celebrities without eyebrows would agree — and can seriously change your look for the better. Check out these products to see which options might be right for you!

 

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

A brow pencil is the most obvious choice. There are lots of different shades to choose from, they’re easy to control, and they can look as natural or artificial as you want. This pencil by Hourglass is one of my favorites because of its shape; since it’s already on an angle, you don’t have to put too much effort into creating hair-like strokes.

 

Benefit Gimme Brow

This kind of product is perfect for someone who wants to achieve a quick, natural look. Gimme Brow is a tinted gel with fibers that volumize the brows. Comb through brow hairs, focusing on areas that need a bit more filling in. You’ll get added volume without looking like you’ve spent the last hour painting product on your face.

 

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

If your goal is to have a flawlessly executed brow, look no further than this brow pomade. You’ll need to pair it with an angled brow brush, and make sure you go easy on the product application! With a light hand, fill in spaces with tiny brush strokes to mimic hairs. Once you’re done, comb through with a spoolie to spread the product evenly. This will last you through a day at the office or an intense cardio session at the gym.

 

Sigma Brow Powder

This product is also a great one if you’re going for a more subtle look. Like the brow pomade, you’ll need an angled brush to pick up the product and mimic brow hairs with small strokes. However, this option isn’t as “permanent” and is a bit easier to control and fix up if you make a mistake. Plus, each duo comes with one light and one dark shade, so you can focus them in different areas depending on how intense you want your look to be.

 

NXY Control Freak Eyebrow Gel

If you want to set your look in place, or if you just want to keep your natural brow hairs from moving around too much, using a clear brow gel is the way to go. It will keep everything in place without the appearance of adding on any more product, and this one won’t leave you with a shiny coating.

 

Be sure to let us know if you try any of these out, and comment below with other brow products you’ve been loving!

What We’re Loving Right Now: Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace Razor

(Image Credit: Gillette)

(Image Credit: Gillette)

Most of us love to travel. Jet-setting off to somewhere warm sounds pretty great as I sip a hot tea in the middle of March in Central Wisconsin. The only down side of packing for air travel? You know it ladies… packing the cosmetics and shower kit bag. Is it three three-ounce bottles or three three-ounce bags? Ugh. You need to take it all, but it’s always so hard to fit everything neatly.

Well prepare to say goodbye to those packing-for-flight woes. Gillette’s new Venus Snap with Embrace Razor will make sure that your shaving needs won’t be left at home due to lack of space in your bag. (I mean bags, let’s be realistic.)

The Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace Razor is adorable. Who ever is responsible for this cute mini design deserves an award. With ladies who are on the go clearly in mind this razor fits the bill for year-round jet-setting adventures.

The Snap features a mini version of the traditional Venus Embrace easy to grip handle that is great for traveling and storing. The Snap also comes with its own portable compact and the Venus Embrace 5 blade refill, which is a personal favorite of mine. The Snap fits any cartridge, so if you have another preference in blade refills feel free to indulge.

You can buy the Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace Razor at most drugstores, Target and Walmart for about $10 USD. According to the product’s webpage, “You’ll be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere.” What’s not to love? Let us know what you think about the Snap with Embrace Razor in the comments below!

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The Best Products for Longer and Fuller Lashes

(Image Credit: Lithiumphoto)

(Image Credit: Lithiumphoto)

Long lashes never, ever go out of style. I mean, there’s a reason why women can get away with a lot of things simply by batting lashes and flashing a smile. A longer, fuller, set of lashes can lead to many things. But first, you need to find the right products. There are many different products today that offer the strengthening and lengthening of lashes in a variety of price ranges. So, whether you’re working with a tight budget or you’re ready for a lash splurge, TDQ has you covered. Continue reading

The Best Fake Tanning Products for Spring

Fake Tan

After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived! This means it is officially time to dust off the shorts, tanks, and dresses. But after hiding indoors for the past few months, most of us are far from looking sun-kissed. Although it is tempting to lay outside to tone down the pastiness, it’s no secret that the sun’s rays can be extremely damaging. This is where the magic of self-tanning products comes in handy. Check these out if you’d rather not blend in with the sand on your first beach day of the season. Continue reading

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The Unexpected Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple Beauty (Image Credit: Andrey Maximov)

Apple Beauty (Image Credit: Andrey Maximov)

Apple cider vinegar—the name may mean nothing to you now— but try using it for one of its many unexpected properties, and you might just fall in love. In its organic and unfiltered state, ACV (as some call it), provides natural, beauty and health benefits, that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Whether you’re seeking more radiant skin, or trying to fight exhaustion this winter—it might be time to let ACV work its little magic on you! Continue reading

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How to Get Super Smooth Legs!

Legs (Image Credit: Peter Busse)

Legs (Image Credit: Peter Busse)

We, as women, put ourselves through many beauty regimens: plucking or waxing our eyebrows, trying to achieve the perfect (real or fake) tan, mastering the art of eyeliner and learning how to create the perfect curls without looking like Shirley Temple are just a few many of us choose to go through.  While many of those are optional according to your fashion taste, there is one beauty regimen that all women can agree on: wanting to get smoother, silkier legs! Below I give you the best tips on how to get goddess-like legs that will make you feel confident and sexy. Continue reading

Castor Oil: Nature’s Chia Seed?

Eyelash & Eyebrow Growth (Image Credit: Piotr Stryjewski)

Eyelash & Eyebrow Growth (Image Credit: Piotr Stryjewski)

The beauty world’s best kept secret for promoting growth of eyelashes and over-plucked eyebrows might just be something as simple and as common as castor oil. Many women, including myself, have fallen victim to over-plucking their brows or have skimmed through the pages of magazines only to be left seething with jealousy at the lush beautiful lashes of the women in the beauty ads. Continue reading

How to get the perfect eyebrows!

Eyebrow (Image Credit: Yuri Arcurs)

Eyebrow (Image Credit: Yuri Arcurs)

What is the first thing you notice when you look at someone? Our eyes, and more specifically our eyebrows.

The eyebrow is a sacrosanct part of a woman’s body. It can really make or break you in the looks department. You may be thinking: how can a few stray hairs over my eyes really make that much of a difference? But they really do.  It is a distinguishing feature that sets us apart from everyone else. Continue reading

Your First Time… Getting Your Legs Waxed

Leg Waxing (Image Credit: Crestock)

Leg Waxing (Image Credit: Crestock)

Brace yourself. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and, like they always say, don’t look down!

As the hot wax begins to coat your legs, you’re probably beginning to think either a. This can’t be too bad, right? Or b. This is absolutely the dumbest idea I have ever had (besides that one night during spring break…)

But do not chicken out because the benefits of waxing will rid you of all of your lingering hesitations. Summer will be here faster than you think and if you can tolerate just a little excruciating pain you can have Venus commercial-ready legs that would make Victoria’s Secret models jealous. Continue reading

You are 10 Steps Away from Perfectly Plucked Eyebrows!

Image Credit: Maria Morri

Image Credit: Maria Morri

I am not sure about everyone else, but when I have my eyebrows newly plucked and/or waxed, I feel like a completely different person. The shape of your eyebrows can change the look of your entire face. I used to get my eyebrows waxed every month. In the past year, I decided to grow my eyebrows in a bit (that thin straight line that was the “look” in high school, thankfully is not in anymore). Continue reading