Simple Makeup Tips & Ideas: Beautify Your Eyelashes

The eyes are the window to every woman’s beauty, and the eyelashes are their bodyguards. They play an important role in making your eyes look fabulously beautiful. That’s why you need to take care of them and make them much more attractive. Some women are blessed with natural long and thick eyelashes, like Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox. If you’re not one of those women, then you are probably wondering how to get longer eyelashes. Read along through the simple makeup tips and steps to discover how to make your eyelashes grow faster and stronger.

For Grown Lashes

To have beautiful eyelashes, they must be healthy in the first place. What you need to do is moisturize your lashes constantly, as they need the moisture just like your hair. Use vaseline to hydrate them. You can also use castor oil or almond oil.

If your eyelashes don’t seem to grow good enough, then you can rely on growth enhancers. They are rich in vitamins that extend the growth phase of the eyelashes.

For Strong Lashes

Your eyelashes are all grown now. What do you do to keep them strong? Here are some eyelashes tips. First of all, clean them well. Before you go to sleep every night, wash your lashes and remove any residue of mascara. They need to feel fresh and soft. Never sleep with your mascara on, as it triggers them to fall off constantly. Second, avoid rubbing your lashes with your hand, as this can pull and break them. If you feel they are itchy, pat them gently. Third, avoid using the eyelash curler frequently, as it also makes them weak and allows them to fall.

For Beautiful Lashes

It is true that false eyelashes make your eyes look gorgeous, however, they do your lashes much harm. Avoid using them often, and save them for big events. If you rely on false eyelashes, make sure you visit a specialist, as wrong application causes your natural lashes to be removed along with them. Rely on good mascara for beautiful eyelashes. It makes them look long and thick. Choose your mascara wisely, as in pick a mascara that is rich in vitamins that enhance the growth of the lashes at the same time.

Always remember that your eyelashes need much attention, and they are not to be taken for granted. Take care of them constantly and you’ll notice how prettier your eyes will be. Share with us how you make your eyelashes grow more beautiful.

Eros and the Ladder of Love

Eros, the Greek god of Love, represents the passionate desire for all that is good, true, beautiful and meaningful. Eros, who traverses all levels of creation, is the Guide on the passage from the ‘Below’ to the ‘Above’, the Messenger between Earth and Heaven, the means to the perfection of the soul. Eros is the driving force and motivation behind all the great discoveries of science, all great art, all great social endeavors, all the magnificent efforts of the human mind, heart, and spirit.

In Plato’s Symposium, Socrates says that the mysteries of Eros begin in youth, when we find ourselves passionately attracted to one beautiful girl or boy. As a result of this experience we begin to entertain beautiful new thoughts and feelings. These soon lead us to an appreciation of beauty in other forms as well, and we begin to see that the beauty of one is akin to the beauty of another, and there is something magnificent and wonderful in the essence of all of this loveliness and beauty which attracts us.

Love then leads us to discover for ourselves that the beauty of a mind is even more precious and admirable than the beauty of outward form, and we find ourselves desiring friends and lovers of character, who have beautiful souls, and together we seek to bring to birth beautiful ideas and sentiments which may improve ourselves and each other.

Thence, in our converse with beautiful minds and souls, we become conscious of the beauty which exists in living well and righteously, in observing just laws, admiring excellent institutions, and meeting our responsibilities with honor. We begin to understand that the beauty of all of this is of one family, and personal physical beauty is but a sweet and fleeting trifle.

Eros then leads us further into deeper realms of the mind, where we discover the beauty of knowledge and science and reason, and we begin to desire the splendid loveliness of wisdom. And then, being lured by Love to surpass the limitations of reason, we begin to contemplate Universal Beauty. No longer enslaved to the attractions of just one form of beauty, Eros reveals to us a vast sea of beauty, and we find ourselves creating noble and majestic thoughts and emotions.

Finally, having been tutored and disciplined by all these experiences of Love, having gradually ascended this ‘Ladder of Love’ and thoroughly experienced and contemplated all the many aspects of the Beautiful, Eros leads us forth until we suddenly behold that wondrous noetic ‘Beauty’ that is no longer subject to death or decay, but is pure, divine, and eternal. In this sacred communion, beholding Beauty with the awakened eye of the soul, no longer seeing mere images or relying on human reason, but actually knowing Reality, we become a ‘friend of God’ – having purified and perfected our own immortal Soul.

Socrates often said that he had no wisdom at all, that he knew nothing either beautiful or good. In Plato’s Symposium, however, he announces that he is an expert on Love. These two statements only appear contradictory. Love, for Socrates, meant longing, and this state of longing is what he meant by being always between ignorance and wisdom, between ugliness and beauty, always seeking and questioning and desiring. Socrates understood Eros, and lived passionately and erotically, precisely because he acknowledged that he knew nothing, but was always an adoring lover and seeker of beauty, goodness, and truth. Plato and Socrates taught the West that these longings – for passionate relationships, for wisdom, for beauty, for immortality, for God – are what make human life meaningful. Eros is the key to the development and fulfillment of our souls. Eros makes possible the hope for human warmth, the hope for a deep connection with life and eternity, the hope for an understanding of the sense and meaning of existence.

But Eros has been badly wounded, just as the ancient myth of Eros and Psyche described so long ago, and he has taken wing and flown away – perhaps never to return.

Beauty – Need to Re-Discover It?

The spirit of our times seems to no longer value beauty.

Prince Charles was talking to the Royal Institute of British Architects at the occasion of their 150th anniversary about the proposed extension of the National Gallery.

“What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.” (Prince of Wales)

He had seen much British architecture as sterile and plain ugly.

Is this still true? And do we need to re-discover beauty around us?

Defining beauty

When we see something beautiful its beauty is subjectively felt. Yet, the concept of beauty and ugliness is elusive and difficult to put into words and define. Perhaps this is because of individual differences in our appreciation of it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What one person finds beautiful, another merely sentimental. One, attractive, another repulsive.

Beauty has been said to be something to do with appreciating harmony, balance, rhythm. It captures our attention, satisfying and raising the mind.

It is not the objects depicted by art that defines whether something is beautiful or ugly. Instead it is how the object is dealt with that makes it possibly inspirational.

Spiritual philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg suggests that what arouses our feeling that a human face is beautiful is not the face itself, but the affection shining from it. It is the spiritual within the natural that stirs our affections, not the natural on its own.

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives; the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” (Audrey Hepburn)

Beauty can also occur even in suffering.

“Even in some of the most painful moments I’ve witnessed as a doctor, I find a sense of beauty… That our brains are wired to register another person’s pain, to want to be moved by it and do something about it, is profoundly heartening.” (Physician-poet Rafael Campo)

Creative art

Roger Scruton, philosopher, points out that between 1750 and 1930 the aim of art or music was beauty. People saw beauty as valuable as truth and goodness. Then in the 20th century it stopped being important. Then many artists aimed to disturb, shock and to break moral taboos. The earliest of these was Marcel Duchamp e.g. his installation of a urinal. It was not beauty, but originality and irony and other intellectual ideas that they focused on. This is what won the prizes no matter the moral cost.

The art world now believes that those who look for beauty in art, are just out of touch with modern realities. Since the world is disturbing, art should be disturbing too. Yet I would suggest that what is shocking first time round is uninspiring and hollow when repeated.

“If the world is so ugly, what’s the point of making it even uglier with ugly music?… I have tried to make it sound as beautiful as I can. Otherwise what’s the point… So if you want to hear how ugly the modern world is,… you can just switch on the television and listen to the news. But I think that most people go to concerts because they want to hear beautiful music. Music full of melodies that you can hum or sing. Music that speaks to the heart. Music that wants to make you want to smile or cry or dance. (Alma Deutscher, 12 year old concert violinist/pianist)

If there are still any artists creating beautiful objects of art, I suspect, like any good news in the newspapers, they are not getting the headlines.

Awakening to the spiritual

In addition to much of our contemporary art and built environment, can we also detect a grating unattractiveness – not to mention self-centeredness and offensiveness – now coming into the language and manners shown in our mass media? As though beauty has no longer any real place in our lives.

So when we find ourselves in the soup of negativity, do we give ourselves time to be open to beauty?

“What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare…

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare. (William Henry Davies)

Effect on us of cultural change

I’m wondering if by losing beauty we are also losing something else. Something I would describe as a deeper perception of what is good and innocent in life.

Scruton suggests that living without this deeper perception is like living in a spiritual desert. He argues that the artists of the past were aware that life was full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this and the remedy was beauty. He reckons that the beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. It shows human life to be worth-while.

Beauty – A reminder of transcendent reality

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But is beauty only a subjective thing? Is there also an objective reality to it?

Perhaps we need to re-visit the wisdom of the ancients. According to Plato, beauty, like justice, and goodness, is an eternally existing entity. He said it eternally exists, regardless of changing social conceptions and circumstances. This would mean that beauty has existed even when there was no one around to notice it.

It takes millions of years for light to travel the vast distance to reach our telescopes. So we now see the beauty of the stars as they were before human beings existed.

I would say beauty is something, that at its heart, has the reality of innocence – the innocence of absolute Love Itself.

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” (John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn)

Is Dermaxin Right For You?

If you’re concerned about wrinkles, there’s a great possibility you’ve read about Dermaxin. The popular skin cream claims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, moisturize the skin, restore skin elasticity and smoothness, and give the user a healthy, youthful glow.

Since I am not easily swayed by marketing claims, I took it upon myself to investigate this product to check the veracity of these claims and find out exactly what makes Dermaxin tick. The data I came across was astounding to say the least since Dermaxin really does what it says. It truly has age-defying ingredients to fight the signs of aging and make you look younger.

One special ingredient that makes Dermaxin a breakthrough in skin care research is Matrixyl 3000. This tongue-twister performs several important functions that not everyone is aware of. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect from this skin-rejuvenating compound.

Matrixyl 3000 is the trademark for Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 now known as Glycerin-Water-Butylene Glycol-Carbomer-Polysorbate 20-Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4. This is a lipopeptide, a fatty acid mixed with five amino acids whose active ingredient is micro-collagen. Collagen is a tough, fibrous protein found in bones, skin, and other connective tissue. Since collagen is elastic, it gives these body structures the ability to stretch.

As we age, collagen production declines and the skin becomes thin, dry, inelastic, and wrinkled, according to Dr. Verretta Deorosan, a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine. Wounds take longer to heal since tiny cells called fibroblasts that help repair damaged tissue and form new tissue likewise become “old” and produce fewer collagen. Matrixyl stimulates the “matrix” or lower layers of the skin, helping fibroblasts produce more collagen. With increased collagen production, there is faster wound healing and a highly significant reduction in wrinkles.

The age-defying effects of Matrixyl were shown in three separate studies that wowed doctors at the 20th World Congress of Dermatology in Paris. The first was a six-month double-blind study that involved 35 women aged 34 to 72 with wrinkles or photo-damaged skin. Twenty-five women used a cream containing three percent Matrixyl on one side of the face and a placebo on the other. The remaining subjects did the same but substituted a vitamin C cream on the other side of the face. Using sophisticated imaging techniques, the researchers measured the effects of Matrixyl on the area, density, volume, and depth of wrinkles, and the roughness of the skin after a period of two, four, and six months.

After the trial, the researchers saw marked reductions in deep and moderate wrinkles on the side treated with Matrixyl that increased with time and no change whatsoever in the placebo group. Deorosan said deep wrinkles were reduced by 68 percent over six months while moderate wrinkles were reduced by 51 percent in the same period of time. Wrinkle volume also decreased seven percent in two months, 21 percent in four months, and 24 percent in six months. Matrixyl likewise reduced roughness, making the skin smooth and supple.

The second study tested Matrixyl on 49 women with photo-damaged skin with the researchers paying close attention to its effects on collagen and elastin. After four months, the women who used Matrixyl had substantial improvements in wrinkle volume and skin texture. It also triggered an increase in elastin and collagen levels in the subjects, prompting researchers to call it “a safe and potent alternative in wrinkle repair.”

“The most extensive of these studies presented at the world congress, however, came from Procter & Gamble Company. For 14 weeks, Matrixyl was tested in a randomized, double-blind, split-face study on 92 women aged 35 to 55 years. The women, who suffered from moderate to severe photo-damaged skin, applied Matrixyl to one side of their faces and a standard cream to the other. They did this twice a day; the effects were measured every four weeks during the study. Results showed that the application of Matrixyl cream had significant positive effects on facial lines and texture at every time interval. In addition, the women reported substantial satisfaction with the Matrixyl cream in self-assessment surveys,” the researchers concluded.

Considering Matrixyl’s potency that is backed not by one but – count ’em – three scientific studies, Dermaxin is your best bet in the fight against wrinkles. A product as powerful as this deserves a place in my personal medicine chest. Isn’t it about time you tried it too?

Book Review of Eating For Beauty

Don’t let the title fool you-Eating for Beauty runs more than skin deep! For years, I’ve toyed with the idea of buying this book. The title intrigued me, but it also remained outside my category of “must-have books.” Beauty doesn’t rank up there with, say, health. Or does it?

Raw food guru David “Avocado” Wolfe explains how physical beauty reflects the health of our inner organs. The idea that our skin reveals the condition of our colon is not exactly news, but David goes beyond theories and tells us why. He explains absorption, acid-alkaline balance, and free radicals in understandable terms. He then identifies certain “beauty minerals,” what they do, and why people tend to run low on them.

A list of the most beautifying foods includes more than superficial descriptions of anti-oxidants. David also cites chemical analyses, including which elements appear most strongly in any given item. Where not obvious, he suggests ways of eating these beauty foods, and sometimes he offers delightful historical uses. I find the book a valuable aid to share with students since it gives people an understanding of the “why.” The scientific, methodical approach, coupled with lovely Kirlian photography, helps readers to reach his conclusions with ease.

Besides theory and practical advice, David offers recipes and supplements. Yes, you can buy most things from his websites, and yes, that can get annoying in some books that read more like extensive product catalogs. Eating for Beauty provides so much background, though, that it leaves readers convinced of the value of those products.

Because David gives tips for inviting beauty into our lives on all levels, the book provides far more than a 186-page sales pitch. He talks about:

* Breathing, yoga, and laughter.

* The ancient Greeks’ connection of physical and spiritual beauty.

* The healing powers of organic produce items available at most grocery stores.

* How to use grapefruit to get rid of cellulite.

* How to produce more hydrochloric acid for better digestion.

* Fresh juices to banish dark circles or improve the singing voice.

I found this book a surprisingly fun and informative read, and it has already become a much-used reference book. Even if you think you’re looking for “more than beauty,” give this book a chance. With its encyclopedic scope, you’re sure to find something of lasting value.