Archive for the ‘Make-up/Cosmetic’ Category

SPF & PA

September 18, 2007

SPF and PA are the two measurement for sun protection capability. The terms can be observed not only in sun protection lotion, but can be also found on cosmetic and skin care products like liquid foudation, stick foundation, compact foundation, body lotion or even hair shampoo.

SPF stands for sun protection factor. It is the index which displays the prevention effect of the UVB wave. In other words, SPF measures the length of time a product protects against skin reddening (sunburn) from UV radiation, compared to how long it takes to redden without protection. The higher the SPF, the more protection a sunblock offers against ultraviolet ray. For example, let’s say a person will have red spots appear on the skin after 20 minutes under sun exposure without sunscreen lotion. If she has suncreen lotion SPF30 applied to her skin, she will manage to extend the time to 30 times before she will got the red spots. 20 minutes x 30 = 600 minutes = 10 hours. Wow! It means the anti-sunburn protection will effective for 10 hour!

On the other hand, PA stands for protection grade of UVA. The index displays the prevention effect of the UVA wave. PA prevents skin darkening under the sun. PA is measured under 3 categories: PA+  enable for UVA protection; PA++ for considerable UVA protection; and PA+++ have the greatest UVA protection capability.

SPF and PA not only protect our skin from darkening or sunburn, but rather than prevent our skin from aging, pigmentation and skin cancer in the long run. So be wise when selecting skin care product.

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Lips Make Up

September 16, 2007

Lipstick color 1, 2 and 3 that one must have for the new season.

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Figure 1

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Figure 2

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Figure 3

Color 1 (Fig 1,2 & 3): It’s time for playful feminine touch with a sheer pink lip. It brings an effect to a girly look.

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Figure 4

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Figure 5

Color 2 (fig 4 & 5):Nude lips, a trend that’s here to stay. There are some who look marvelous in the nude lips makeup. However, I personally prefer to show off full lips. I look pale in nude lips.

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Figure 6

Color 3 (Fig 6): An aqua sensation moisturizing look. Water shine combines luscious lipstick color and gloss shine into one.

I’ve experimented several methods to apply lipstick, just to discover a better way of getting a pair of lovely lips. I’m satisfied with the result when I followed the few steps below:

Step one: Put on other makeup, and leave the lip make up for the last. Lipstick leaves the final touch to any make-up application.

Step two: Nobody likes cracked and frayed lips. Begin by dabbing on a very small amount of lip balm to give your lips a little moisture.

Step three: Draw a thin line along the edge of your lips with a lip liner (color is slightly darker than your lipstick). Start at the center of the upper lip and work outward. If you get a wobbly line, please remove it and start again.

Step four: Apply lipstick from the tube or by using a firm, small lipstick brush. Coat the lips evenly. Pay special attention to staying within the lips’ edges. Blot to remove any excess color and to even out the texture.

Step five: If you want your lips look plumper and glamorous, apply a thin layer of natural color lip gloss. I love the glossy and seductive shine effect.