Lilikoi Looks Beauty Blog

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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Sigma E-25 Blending Brush

The Sigma E-25 Blending Brush is a must have for makeup beginners and professionals alike.  You can create the perfect smokey eye fast and simple with this one brush alone!  

  The unique flat, tapered design of this brush makes it perfect for precise color placement.  The soft bristles enable it to blend colors to a flawless finish.     

CLICK HERE to see just how quickly you can create a polished everyday neutral smokey eye using ONLY the Sigma E-25 Blending Brush.  Also, be sure to visit Sigma’s website and add it to your makeup brush collection.   

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.

Green is in! The latest trend within the beauty industry is using natural and environmentally friendly ingredients. More and more so-called natural products are popping up on the shelves. However, what you see is not always what you get.

You have to be a savvy consumer when shopping for healthy beauty products. Some products are labeled with buzz words such as “natural”, “organic”, and “botanical”; more so as a marketing ploy than a claim of its quality.

The best way to determine the quality and purity of your beauty products is to take a look at the ingredients. Here are five ingredients to avoid the next time you’re shopping for healthy beauty products:

1.) Parabens (used as a preservative, mimics estrogen hormone in the body)
2.) Propylene Glycol (used to give a product a silky texture, also used in antifreeze)
3.) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (used to create foam and suds, can cause skin irritations)
4.) p-Phenylenediamine (used in dyes including some hennas, can cause eczema and rashes)
5.) Artificial Fragrance (synthetic chemicals that can cause rashes, breakouts, and skin discoloration)

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It’s a new year and it’s time to do things in a new way. Ms Toi will help you keep the right mindset to help you achieve your health and beauty goals.

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