Friday, August 31

A Guide to Looking and Feeling Fabulously Chic

Looking chic is not effortless. It takes a lot of work and dedication to achieve and maintain a fabulously chick look. While makeup and skin care products are necessary for a polished and elegant look, a well-balanced diet and the right attitude are just as important. Here are some tips to help you rival even the most fabulously chic celebrity. -Judy

Tip #1: “You Are What You Eat.”
I cannot stress this enough, especially to some of my junk food-loving friends: What you put in you body is more important than what you put on your face. Most people buy the ridiculously priced cleansers and moisturizers to achieve a flawless, radiant complexion, while my mother will use whatever brand is on sale at C.V.S. and women constantly compliment her on her perfect complexion and ask her for her secrets. A diet rich in protein (red meat), fish with omega 3 fatty acids (i.e. salmon), fruits and veggies, and a lot of water is the secret. If you eat foods that have the necessary vitamins and anti-oxidants which promote healthy skin, then you will have beautiful, healthy skin no matter what brand of makeup and skin care products you use.

Tip #2: Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliation keeps the pores of your body unclogged and the blood circulation flowing which, as I was taught by my mother, promotes radiant-looking skin. I do a thorough exfoliation weekly with a Korean Sauna Bath Towel (not available on the web but can be found in any Korean supermarket). Whenever I use it, I can see all the pore-clogging dead skin cells come off my body. In between deep exfoliations, I use a body scrub such as Sabon’s Body Scrub in Lemon/Mint. It exfoliates, moisturizes, and leaves my skin smelling sweet! (The new enzyme peels are also great!)

Tip #3: Away With Grungy Locks!
Whether you style your hair down, pulled back into a pony tail, or in an updo, healthy-looking hair is a MUST. Hair should always be treated weekly with an intensive deep conditioning treatment. I like to think that when my hair is being deep conditioned, it is being rejuvenated from daily styling with hot irons and harsh elements from styling products and the environment (i.e. sun, pollution). A little silly I guess, but the benefits are not.
Shampooing daily is considered a “no-no”, but there are products such as dry shampoos and hair mists made especially for in-between shampoos. They leave your hair and scalp feeling clean and smelling fresh.
Tip #4: Find a Skin Care Regimen
And stick to it religiously. Aside from the usual cleansing and moisturizing ritual, regular exfoliations (2-3 days a week) and a weekly detoxifying facials or facial steams are excellent ways to clear out the pores. Some, like me, may benefit form using a gentle exfoliating cleanser every morning. Whatever you preference, you skin care regimen should consist of products that will leave your skin clean, well moisturized, and blemish-free.

Tip #5: Keep It Simple
Too much color on the face especially colors that do not blend or coordinate well with each other, can make you look more like a circus clown than a fabulously chic female. Here is a rule I swear by: If you choose to wear a deep lip shade, go neutral with the eyes, and vice versa. As far as cheeks go, it’s best to stick with shades that match or enhance your natural “I’m gushing” shade such as pinkish brown shades. Using a bronzer is just as good if you want a little sun-kissed color. However, don’t go crazy by applying it all over your face. You want a natural sun-kissed look. Dust bronzer directly on your T-zone (forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin) since that is where the face tans. Oh, and never forget to use an eyelash curler. It’s the best instant eye opener.

Tip #6: Hands Up, Feet Out
A fabulously chic female’s hands and feet are always shaped, polished, and well-moisturized. She will not, and does not, let something silly as freezing weather and snow prevent her from treating her hands and feet from a relaxing mani/pedi. If weekly visits to a nail salon does not fit into your budget that is still no excuse for walking around with chipped nail polish and dry hands and feet. It doesn't have to take too a lot of money or time to make sure hands and feet are well groomed. So don’t let unpolished hands and feet ruin your fab look.

Tip #7: Never Leave the House without Wearing Your Favorite Fragrance
However, if you use the Sabon’s Body Scrub, you’ll realize you won't need to spritz any perfume on.

Tip #8: Attitude makes all the difference.
It is one thing to look beautiful and another to be a beautiful person. I have often seen an attractive female look less attractive because of her negative, often rude remarks toward others. A female who lacks courtesy and congeniality is very unbecoming no matter how well-dressed and well-made up she may be.

Confidence – a healthy dose of confidence – can make a big difference. Before you expect others to see you as beautiful and fabulously chic, you have to believe that you are. I guess it sounds kind of cheesy. I’m a step away from telling you to wake up each morning saying “I Am Beautiful!” But how you see yourself influences how you treat yourself and how others will see you. Therefore, if you want people to perceive you as beautiful, then tell yourself that you are beautiful (just took that step and now in Cheesyville, USA) and BELIEVE IT.

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1 comment:

Fabi said...

great tips! especially #8 ;)