Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category

Woman Wearing a Mud MaskMany, many women have one similar problem in common when the weather brings icy, raw winds and snow.  We all get skin problems — like dryness, patches, puffiness, etc. — that can seriously hinder our makeup routine or even destroy it altogether.  It’s very difficult to have a perfect look if you’re over moisturizing or using too many concealers to try and combat a problem brought on by the winter weather.

There’s some fantastic at-home face masks you can make that can help protect your skin, as well as heal it before the next day’s beauty routine.  I’ve got a collection myself:

˟˟ Skin Smoothing Brown Sugar Mask

˟˟ Moisturizing Olive Oil Mask

˟˟ Rejuvenating Aspirin Mask

˟˟ Softening Cucumber Melon Mask
I hope you enjoy making them and using them as much as I do!  If you’re looking for facial scrubs you can make right at home using natural ingredients to use before your mask, I’ve got some of those too:

˟˟ Exfoliating Cinnamon Face Wash

˟˟ Deep Cleaning Lemon Face Wash

˟˟ Pore Cleansing Tomato Basil Wash

˟˟ Soft and Sweet Coconut Milk Wash

Stay natural ladies, and keep your skin safe and healthy this winter!  Happy early holidays!

xoxo webcake ❤


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Nail Brush and SoapDid you know that many of the leading brands of bar and liquid soaps we buy every day are filled with things that have been proven to be unsafe for your skin?
Why would you buy a product that’s supposed to heal, clean, and soothe your skin…when it’s full of agents that do just the opposite?

There are a few of the main things in soap that you need to look out for:

  • Harsh Fragrances
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium EDTA
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Mineral Oil
  • Sodium Fluoride

These are all super bad for your skin, and some of them have even been found to be linked with cancers, skin diseases, and other serious problems!  Read this article to find out more about the bad yucky stuff I just mentioned, and how it’s used in your soap.

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Makeup with brushBelieve it or not, a lot of ladies are poo-pooing at mineral makeup still because the coverage it offers isn’t really top notch.  That’s not really the case anymore though, thanks to genius combinations of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and natural pigments mixed with mica powder brought to you by top scientists at cosmetic companies.  Who thought you’d get your pretty, blemish-free face from a scientist? (me.)

For the people that still aren’t willing to give up their pastey face for a warm natural glow, I would imagine the thought of putting dirt and/or rocks on their face is a deterrent.  I would imagine that’s what it is, because I just can’t understand why someone wouldn’t choose something that’s obviously far better for your skin.  So, let me outline the plus sides of mineral makeup with a mica base.

So, WHY is mica so important in your makeup?

It’s natural. I mean, what’s more natural than rocks, right?  Nothing says ‘earth’ like a big old hunk of… earth.

It’s naturally shimmery. I’ve never met a person that complained even in the least about the faint natural glow they get from mica based mineral foundations.

It blends well. VERY well.  Even with a cheap brush (which I would never advocate using), it’s just so much easier to blend with other colors you might be using, whether it be on your eyes or cheeks.

There really isn’t anything negative I can say about mica based mineral makeups.  Mostly because the only problem I’ve ever had with them, is that the foundations don’t really offer the painted-face coverage that many drugstore chemical laden formulas do.  But…is that really a bad thing?  Do I really want all that stuff in my pores?

Still have questions?  Are you asking yourself; What is mica, and why is it in my makeup?  Well, click it, and find out.

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Goth.  You know what I’m talking about.  Dark eye makeup, deep blacks, reds, and purples…sexy lace, hot dark dresses, chains, spikes, thorny roses.  Goth style has been around since the early 80s, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. This makes webbycake very happy.

I’m not talking about those pink shoes wearing, blonde pigtails having, poofy backpack owning “goths”.  Those are just girls adapting punk/chic style, and while that’s still adorable, that is not at all what I’m talking about.

There’s truly nothing hotter than a girl with porcelain white skin and dark, spooky features crawling up to you with that yummy eerie look in her eyes.  Whether you’re the sort of goth that likes to wear big frocky-like lolita wear or striped stockings and tight band shirts, you’re still considered stylish in many fashion circles.  There’s just something worth clinging to when it comes to a style that’s survived decades upon decades.

There’s something about goth style that’s always bothered me;

Why are there still some fashionistas that shun goth style clothes, hair, and makeup?

Embrace it!  Sure, the trendy vamp-goths of today are a little annoying, but remember the REAL goths!  The girls that truly like the taste of blood, those sexy long black boots, raven black hair and rose red lips!  How could you not at least appreciate their beauty?

Well, whether you like the way they look or not, you have to deal with the fact that goths are here to stay.  Not only are there everyday goths, wearing their dark garb and makeup every day —

Smiling young Goth woman with hand in fist, close-up

But there are plenty of fashion savvy, trend hungry women that take a break from their flesh colored leggings to tie on a corset and boots.  Lots of ladies nowadays are wiping off that pink lipstick to replace it with deep, dark black, and more and more girls are wearing dark, spooky, winged eye makeup at least once or twice a week.   It’s even gotten to the point where goth style is considered “edgy”, and looked at as a huge part of new age fashion, even though it’s been around for so long.

I’m not just an advocate of goth style clothing.  I’m also a big fan of goth cosmetics, and would like to promote this style as much as possible.  It’s just…so hot.

Yes, you can buy white face makeup.  (And hey, a lot of goth cosmetic companies actually use formulas similar to what Geisha use.  White skin and rose red lips were *always* considered attractive. Take that, skeptics!)  There are a lot of neat and quite popular cosmetic items that seem perfect for sexy goth eyes. (MAC Greasepaint Stick in BLACK, their shadow pot in CARBON and their paint pot in BLACKGROUND, also a pretty thick dark lashes with Lancome’s Definicils mascara in DEEP BLACK)

So, enough BS. Onto the neat resources!

If you’re looking for more information on goth trends, and want to dig a little deeper into the ‘how’s and ‘why’s, check out this page at Times Higher Education.

And here are some excellent places to find tips for your goth cosmetics, as well as places to buy them:

Dream-Gate Gothic Cosmetics

Goth Makeup Tips Article @ AC

And something really neat that I found:

Gothic Bride?  Find some super sexy gowns and other tips on your goth wedding HERE.

Enjoy your cake.

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Mint is common and used by most women every day, even without realizing it.  Mint extracts can be added without the flavor or scent of mint, and is used often in lots of cosmetics and many skincare products because of it’s soothing properties.

Many of the world’s top organic products use mint as a main ingredient, and it’s easy and green to make your own great minty stuff right at home.

If you’re lucky enough to have some peppermint / mint leaf essential oil, you have a lot of options available to you to spoil your skin and soothe your stressed out mood.

You can add it to bath salts, or try even adding a few drops to some olive oil and sugar and go to town scrubbing your face.   A mint sugar scrub is a great way to clean your pores, moisturize your skin and leave it feeling cool and refreshed. 

Mint’s got anti-inflammatory properties that help to smooth out any irregularities in your skin and even out the overall tone and color.  Mint also is full of skin food — vitamins A and C, as well as lots of iron and folate.  (Folate is the natural form of vitamin B6.)

Looking for products that contain peppermint and mint extracts?  Try some of these nifty natural goodies:

Mint face wash from GreenValleyLabs

ULTA’s mint soap bars

Organix hydrating teatree mint shampoo

If you’re looking for awesome stuff you can do with mint and peppermint at home, there’s a world of minty DIY beauty secrets at your fingertips:

Make your own mint bath salts

Create a chocolate mint lip gloss

Peppermint foot scrub recipe

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Woman screamingEveryone deals with loads and loads of stress every day.  Not only does it have a huge effect on our moods and the moods of those around us, but it has a large and lasting effect on our skin and our bodies!

It’s common knowledge that stress can cause wrinkles, sagging, and all sorts of other bad stuff that can completely destroy a youthful looking face.  There are plenty of products you can buy to attempt to soothe the effects of stress and depression that you face every day, but wouldn’t a better option be to begin treating it before it happens?

Leading a less stressful life would help, but as we all know, that can’t be done.  Instead, why not try to prevent the inevitable stressful situations from taking their toll on your skin?  And while you’re at it, why not erase the effects other things are having too, like the sun, and pesky collagen depleting free radicals?

Alpha-hydroxy acids can help rebuild and repair your skin, and you can get a good dose of these by using natural remedies that include grapes, pineapples,  papaya, and even milk!  You can also use other useful natural goodies like cucumbers to help discoloration, lemon to unclog pores and firm sagging skin, and rosemary for a smooth, natural radiance.

Natural oils are also useful and can be utilized in DIY face masks and scrubs.  Try using almond, coconut, and avocado oils.

For some more useful references on stress, depression and your skin, try these articles:

º♥º  Using your senses to overcome depression
º♥º  The effects of stress on your skin
º♥º  The heartbreak makeover
º♥º  10 foods for young, healthy skin

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close-up of a woman holding a wire brush to her faceSo you’re tired of irritated red spots, dried or damaged skin, or any other sort of irritation commonly caused with abrasive and harmful chemicals and exfoliants. I’m sure you know why — because when you want to get rid of that nasty stuff from inside your pores, you’re putting all sorts of products on your face, and wiping them off with sponges that might be full of product and chemicals themselves.  If you want to clean your skin completely, leaving no residue or leftover dirt, oil, or makeup, but would like to do it in a gentle, natural way…read on!

There are many products on the market today that have more natural and gentle ingredients, that are made specifically for softly pulling extra nasties from your pores and the surface of your skin, letting them rinse away with a soothing splash of water.  Some of these products (and I only choose the affordable ones, make sure you check the ounces to be sure you’re getting a good price! Buying in bar form is cheaper!) include:

ₒ• Evan Healy’s Tea Tree Cleanser

ₒ• Alba Coconut Milk Face Wash

ₒ• Sea-Chi’s Rose and Geranium Face&Body wash

ₒ• Green Tea Botanical’s Cleanser

ₒ• Organic Fiji Cucumber Melon Soap

(All of these natural products can be found on Pristine Planet’s natural facial cleansers page.)

If you aren’t looking to spend any precious cash, but still need to gently remove the icky stuff from your face and other areas of your body, why not try the D.I.Y approach?  I have some neat articles that can help you out.  For do-or-die situations that are considered a makeup do-over emergency, try this article.  For quick and easy tips to remove makeup using things from your kitchen and bathroom you probably already have, try this article.

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