By Midori Heckman
Women spend so much on beauty products (guilty as charged). That’s just the fact of life, but since we’re already spending money, why not spend it on the beauty products that make the most impact?! Isn’t that what we’re going for? If we use a beauty product, our hope is that it will make a difference in our appearance, a noticeable, difference, that is :haanji: . So ladies, here are my top five beauty products that create a major impact on your look!
1. Crest White Strips
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When you have yellow teeth, your smile is not as bright as it could be. It ages you and it also might make people question your dental hygiene. I think that is because a woman’s smile is one of the most beautiful things that she possesses, it makes a huge impact to get your teeth whitened. Having glistening, bright teeth will also make you more confident and will encourage you to smile more often, which makes the most impact on your appearance. People who smile often are more approachable and are considered more attractive to the opposite sex.
From personal experience, I’ve actually used the dental whitening system at a professional dentist’s office, ( I won it at a hockey game!) It was worth $350 and to be honest, was kind of a let down.
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I saw more of an impact when I used Crest White strips at home. They are so easy to use and compared to $350, you could spend at the dentist’s office, $40 something bucks doesn’t seem like that much. I use white strips once a week for maintenance now, and leave them on for one hour instead of the recommended 30 minutes. Also, my brother read that peroxide’s benefit is lessened when it is exposed to light, so I recommend wearing them when you don’t have to smile or talk to people for an hour and that way light doesn’t lessen its benefit. I know there are quite a few “Crest White strips” to choose from, so I’ll tell you right now which I like the best: “Crest 3D White Whitestrips With Advanced Seal Professional Effects Enamel Safe Dental Whitening Kit 20-count box.” The advanced seal is what’s most important. It honestly does not budge when you put it on your teeth!
Even after just one use, you’ll be able to see a small difference. After a week, you will see a noticeable difference! You can thank me later:) By the way, my husband’s dentist even recommended these strips, so don’t worry about them messing with your enamel. If your teeth are sensitive, lessen the amount of time you wear them by 15 minutes until you find the right length of time.
2. Patricia Wexler Products
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You know what is inconvenient? I have super dry skin and it is acne prone :headbang: ! That’s just not fair! Every time I use acne products, it dries out my skin even more. Every time I moisturize my skin, I’m afraid the oil is going to clog my pores and make my skin break out! This has been my big skin dilemma and I’m happy to say that these problems are now just a distant memory. I used to struggle with acne, always having at least one large, painful one on my face, and old dark acne scars from previous large pimples. After one would go away (or I’d mess with it), sure enough, another one, or two would pop up :struggle: . It was such an inconvenience always having to cover my face with concealer just to feel confident enough to go out in public. Now, I feel just as comfortable going out in public with “no make up” at all. I never thought I’d see this day. I never thought I’d be the girl with good skin and this is why I want to share this beauty product with you.
Great skin is the foundation of having a makeup look that looks flawless. It is also the perfect starting point to make your skin look luminous and glowy. Finally, there’s a skin care line for those of us who have dry, sensitive and acne prone skin. I swear by Patricia Wexler’s Universal Anti-Aging Cleanser made with moisturizing olive oil that does not strip your face of natural oils and also her MMPi.20™ Skin Regenerating Serum. It is the most luxurious, most hydrating serum, but it has the effect of making your face look matte and youthful instead of greasy and oily! Amazing!
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3. Define-a-Lash Volume Mascara
When someone looks at your face, they notice your eyes first. That’s where their eyes gravitate and although women love to play around with liners, eye shadows, lipsticks, rouge and bronzers, really, guys like it most when women are natural. Just a little mascara makes a huge difference on your look. This mascara lengthens, volumizes and doesn’t clump! I think it’s one of the best, if not “the” best drugstore mascara. Mascara makes an impact without making it look like you’re wearing too much makeup. When done right, it looks like you’re not even wearing any makeup at all! The secret is to make sure to start at the base of your lashes and do several applications. You can get to the very base/root of your lashes by gently pulling your eyelid up on the corner like this picture below.
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4. Tweezerman Tweezers
Why tweezers? Because having well defined, neat, eyebrows has the effect of framing the face perfectly. I wrote an article about why eyebrows are important here. I also show you some “before” and “after” pictures of people whose eyebrows I’ve done. You will notice it makes a huge impact! Basically, if your eyebrows are not shaped, it will distract people from really noticing your really beautiful features, like your eyes, your lips, your smile. You want to make sure that your eyebrows play a “supporting” role, not the “lead” role when people look at you. If you don’t feel comfortable trying to experiment with your own eyebrows, leave it to a professional! It is worth the investment to go in at least once, that way, you’ll have a shape you can follow, and if you tweeze every couple of days at home, you’ll maintain the shape and won’t have to go back! The important part is to be disciplined enough to deal with the maintenance.
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I recommend Tweezerman tweezers, especially the slanted tip, but even if you choose to go with another brand, the most important thing is to buy the tweezer with a slanted tip.
5. Revlon Photo Ready Concealer
I’ve been wearing makeup since I was 13 and now I’m 30. I’ve tried so many brands of concealer and this is one of the best drugstore concealers I’ve found. It is creamy, covers well, and when set with translucent powder, lasts all day. The best part is that it comes in colors that don’t have a “gray” undertone. Many drugstore brands have an unflattering “gray” undertone. Because I’m Asian, I need a yellow or orange undertone to my foundations and concealers. It lends a warm glow as opposed to an “ashy” look and its very nice.
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White teeth, nice skin, shaped brows, concealed flaws, and pumped up lashes; these things will make the most impact on your look and don’t forget, a smile is your best feature:)
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