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Here’s something to smile about.  There are simple ways to keep your teeth white and bright NATURALLY.  Using chemical whiteners are harsh and can permanently weaken the enamel of your teeth.  Add these five easy, inexpensive tips to your regimen for a whiter, healthier smile.

  1. It’s a given that you should brush and floss immediately after eating.  If this is not a convenient option, rinse mouth with water to remove any potentially staining residue from your meal.
  2. Use a straw to drink drinks that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, and red wine.
  3. Snack on crunchy foods such as carrots and apples.  The extra chewing required for these foods helps remove plaque build up.
  4. Brush teeth with baking soda.  It naturally oxidizes stains on tooth enamel.  It is also very inexpensive.
  5. Be proactive.  Visit the dentist every six months to have your teeth professionally cleaned.     

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Whether you have  a romantic date planned or not, this holiday of love is the perfect time to accentuate one of your sexiest  features:  YOUR LIPS.  Here are a few tips to help you achieve the perfect pout.

 1.  Use a lipliner.

    -Ideally you want your lips to be symmetrical.  Outline lips to create symmetry.

    -Completely fill in lips with lipliner to avoid a harsh lipline as your liostick fades throughout the day.

    –Click here to see Tips on Lips:  The Perfect Shape

2.  Choose a shade of lipstick by considering your skin tone and the fullness of your lips.

   -Pale and nude colors will make lips appear fuller.

  -Dark colors will make lips appear thinner.

Click here to see Tips on Lips:  The Perfect Color

3.  Lip care is a must.

  -Exfoliate lips at least one a week.

 -Apply a lip balm before to keep lips moisturized while you sleep.

Click here to see Tips on Lips:  Lip Care

Love the look of red lips, but afraid it won’t work for you? You really can look great in a classic Chanel red lipstick .   It all depends on the undertone.  Here is a quick lesson in color theory to help you choose colors that best compliment your complexion.

It is important to take the undertone of your complexion into consideration. The universal categorization of undertones is as follows:

Pink undertones: cool complexion
Yellow undertones: warm complexion

There is no real method to determining your undertone. However, if your veins appear more blue, you more than likely have pink undertones. If your veins appear more green, you more than likely have yellow undertones. Seek the professional assessment of a makeup artist if you are still unsure.

Cool complexion: complimented by blue based colors
Warm complexion: complimented by yellow, orange based colors

This is a very general explanation of color theory just to give an idea of how to choose colors that will compliment you. Click here to learn more about color theory.
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Did you know that your makeup has an expiration date? This cold hard fact can be almost devestating if you meticulously add to your collection with pricey new shades and textures every season.
Over time makeup can harbor bacteria that can cause infections. Keeping your personal care products and tools clean and free of bacteria is an important part of healthy beauty.

Here is a quick reference to determine if your makeup is past it’s prime:

MAKEUP EXPIRATION DATES: (beginning from the time you first open these products)
Powder, Blush, & Eyeshadow: 2 years

Cream Blush & Eyeshadow: 12 – 18 months

Foundation: 1 year

Lipstick & Lipliner: 1 year

Mascara & Eyeliner: 3 months

Makeup Brushes: Clean after each use with a mild detergent

Makeup Sponges: Replace or clean after each use with a mild detergent

Find more healthy beauty tips on the Lilikoi Looks YouTube Channel.

The next time you have a pounding headache or having a sleepless night don’t go to the medicine cabinet for help.  A few deep breaths of an essential oil could make all the difference.  Aromatherapy is an effective natural alternative to alleviate discomfort and give you some relief from various health symptoms. 

It may seem far-fetched that your sense of smell can have specific effects on your physical body.  In a nutshell, scents are inhaled and travel across the olfactory nerves stimulating the limbic system which releases endorphins, neurotransmitters, and other chemicals into the body. 

At one time or another we’ve all experienced smelling something that triggered a gut reaction; an actual physical sensation.  Scientific studies have found that the reaction of specific essential oils and our body’s chemical compounds can have various effects.  These include pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal, diuretic, sedating, and more.

For aromatherapy to be most effective you want to be sure that you are using pure high quality essential oils.  Many candles and fragrant oils are laced with toxic preservatives and other potentially harmful ingredients.  I recommend visiting your local health food store to find a  variety of high quality of essential oils to choose from.  The National Association For Holistic Aromatherapy is a great resource where you can find a wealth of information on aromatherapy.  Visit their website at http://www.naha.org .  I also personally recommend Young Living Essential Oils.  These oils are actually therapeutic food-grade and some of the purest on the market.

Today’s forecast:  Cloudy with an 80% chance of frizz.  The Weather Channel is now helping us avoid all of those bad hair days by providing a beauty forecast along with the weather report.  They provide beauty tips and product suggestions to keep you from being a beauty victim of inclimate weather.  To get skin and hair alerts based on your local weather forecast CLICK HERE

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