Paint Your Eyes with Color Contact Lenses

Dual Jade Green Contact LensesSkin care, anti-aging bargains, self improvement eyelids, moisturizing makeup and surgery: Whole industries have emerged to protect, maintain, enhance and even alter natural beauty. There is however an additional product that will create the desired effect. Today’s beauty tip is about color contacts and how they can make your eye sparkle.

The color contact is like any skin care product, meant to enhance natural beauty with the option of correcting eyesight. What many do not know, is the variety of ways in which it can be used. Contact lenses are for the vision impaired you say and color tints only fitting for Halloween.

There are however several types of color contact lenses:
* Enhancement tints
* Color tints
* Theatrical/Crazy/Special effect

All three types correct eye conditions such as myopia, farsightedness and light astigmatism, but can also be used on regular eyesight.

Enhancement color contact lenses

The color contact that enhances your natural eye color rather than replacing it, is perhaps the most unfamiliar of the three. Available is shades of common eye colors blue, green and brown, the enhancement tint will give the color of your eyes a distinct shade, increasing the volume of contrast for a more intense impression.

Color opaque contact lenses

For complete replacement of eye color, the opaque color contact lens is recommended. It gives you the freedom of switching the color of your eye while still keeping a natural look. This type of color contact is suitable for you with a natural dark eye color.

Crazy contact lenses

Popular in Hollywood, the theatrical contact lens is a frequent prop on movie sets. Indeed also suitable for Halloween and masquerades, thus type of color contact lens will transform your eyes completely, for a more fun and radical effect. While mentioned color contacts above only exist to decorate around the iris, the special effect lens is available in larger sizes, to alter the look of the whole eye, including the white of the eye.

Color contact safety tips

With or without vision impairment, using contact lenses require extra care. Faulty use may lead to any number of eye discomfort, including infections and dry eyes. If you choose to buy a pair of color contact lenses, the first rule of thumb is not to share them anyone. Also note for how long they are to be used (daily, weekly or monthly). Contact your local eye doctor for more information and instructions on proper usage.

Written by Jessica Elerby

I'm Gonna Wash That Milk Right Into My Skin

LOccitane Shower CreamL’Occitane Shower Cream in my favorite eye-opening fragrance, Verbena is a delicate, low-foaming, lightly scented liquid wash that softens your skin and gently cleanses your hair. Containing shea milk with its smoothing and protecting properties, and regenerating wheat proteins, this creamy mix helps preserve the natural balance of both skin and hair without stripping or drying. Great for apres sun skin and hair care. $9 for 2.5 oz. Perfect for your summer travel kit.

This Ain't Your Mama's Chapstick

Chapstick True ShimmerGrowing up, my grandmother always kept a tube or two of chapstick in her pocketbook. I can still remember the waxy feeling and slightly medicinal smell when she would drag it across my lips.

Chapstick’s come a long way since then. Even since the days of Suzy Chapstick (remember her?). With soft, moisturizing formulas that glide on silky smooth, they leave your lips equally so. No more “drag,” no more strange pharmaceutical smells.

This season’s latest addition to the Chapstick family, Chapstick True Shimmer provides the moisturizing benefits you’ve come to expect from a good lip balm, plus it adds shimmering highlights and a burst of mouthwatering scent and flavor. Beautiful on it’s own, True Shimmer also looks (and smells) perfectly marvelous layered over your favorite lipstick.

Currently available in Botanical Berry and Tropical scents, Chapstick True Shimmer will add Peppermint Rush and Fruit Sherbet in July. I’ve been lucky enough to sample these new scent-flavors, and I just have to say I’m kind of addicted to the Fruit Sherbet. It reminds me of my favorite childhood fizzy soft drink, Tiki Punch. Plus, even in the high desert climate of Santa Fe, my lips are soft and smooth. At $2.79, it’s the bargain of the summer.

Hey, healthy looking lips are more noticeable and more beautiful, and what girl doesn’t want a subtle shimmer? So, maybe it’s time to add a subtle highlight and luscious flavor to yours.

Hands on HiP's brilliant shades that pack real star appeal

HiP Color Presso Lip GlossJust in time for summer, L’Oreal Paris has introduced its newest HiP (high intensity pigment) cosmetic launches: Color Presso Lip Gloss and Kohl Eyeliner.

Color Presso Lip Gloss is a fun, innovative way to create your own signature shade. Available in a variety of duo-shaded tubes, as the name implies, it smells deliciously of a caramelly espresso drink. BUT there’s no flavor or sweetness, so there’s little temptation to lick it away.

With perfect, cushion-y coverage, Color Presso is a well-balanced gloss. Not overly pigmented, it imparts a beautiful translucent color and shimmer whether you use one side or both to create your desired shade. Best of all, it’s not sticky or gooey but instead is nicely moisturizing, leaving my lips soft and supple long after the color was gone.

In my opinion, the only drawbacks are that the color and gloss don’t last as long I’d like them to and the formula (oddly, these days) doesn’t contain sun protection — or if it does, it’s not mentioned anywhere that I can find. Other than that, Color Presso is absolutely lovely, and for around $13, it’s a steal, especially since you get two full-sized lip glosses in one really cool package.HiP Kohl Eyeliner in Gold

Also new and equally marvelous, L’Oreal’s HiP Kohl Eyeliner is a loose-powder (!) liner that glides on velvety smooth. From the first try, I easily achieved a beautiful, even line with a rich, luxurious finish. Available in six brilliant colors, what you see in the tubes is exactly what you get — refined shades of loose, iridescent kohl that define your eyes, from clean and classic to sultry and smokey.

I admit that I was leery of a loose powder eyeliner that would actually stay on, and although there was some “fall out” resulting in a few spots of color under my eyes, with practice I mastered the application to minimize these stray powdery particles. And (thankfully!) true to its claim, HiP Kohl Eyeliner is smudgeproof once it’s sets. Available for a bargain-priced $13 or so.

I almost forgot to mention that both of these beauties are also enriched with a healthy dose of Vitamin E. Bonus.

Bold, true color begins with high-intensity pigment. HiP high intensity pigments from L’Oréal is packed with pigments to deliver rich color in a variety of brilliant shades that pack real star appeal. To make a star’s entrance, reach for HiP.

Face up to it. FACE Atelier's got the goods.

I know. I know. I’ve been absent for a little while. So sorry, but springtime in Santa Fe has kept me outside. Plus work has been a bit of a grind. Okay, enough excuses. Let’s move on.

My absence has given me ample time to try out some new goodies from one of my favorite under-the-radar cosmetics companies,  FACE Atelier. If you aren’t familiar with this Canadian-based brand, they’re all about unscented, cruelty-free products that are “a carefully edited collection of versatile, sophisticated makeup and tools that simply work. And work simply.” And they’re devoutly against animal testing. Love that. I’ve actually been a fan for years.

Recently I tried out some new eyeshadow colors, mascara, a few lipsticks and TOUT, FACE’s lip plumper.

FACE Atelier Eyeshadow and Sculpt MascaraThe eyeshadows are lovely if not a touch powdery. Pigment rich in interesting, eye-color enhancing shades that are long-lasting and crease-free for the most part — the subtly shimmery colors are my favorite but they crease a little bit, although nothing a little lid primer can’t handle.

Sculpt mascara is one of my favorite all-time mascaras. One or two coats and you have the perfect lash enhancement for daytime. A few more coats and lashes become luscious, long, fat (and phat). Gorgeous. And little to no clumps.

My favorite things about Sculpt mascara are that it does not flake…ever, it’s virtually waterproof, and with Vitamins C and E it’s actually good for your lashes. Moreover, even with its maximum staying power, this mascara is a breeze to remove. Just water and your facial cleanser…voila. Beautiful.FACE Atelier Lipsticks and POUT Lip Enhancer

On the other hand, when I first tried FACE’s lipsticks, I wasn’t overly impressed. They’re fine. Not particularly long-lasting. But the colors were just okay, perhaps a little “off.” As I was determined to like them, I started experimented with layering, and then I realized the true beauty of these gems. Another fun thing about the lipsticks: the color intensifies with additional coats. These are like adding odd little accessories to your wardrobe — at first you’re not quite sure how you’re going to wear them, but then you try a little something here and and a little something there, and you realize you’ve just expanded your wardrobe into a full-fledged collection with a few, small unique touches. Cool.

Finally, there’s POUT, what FACE appropriately calls a lip enhancer. First off, the container –and the liquid inside — looks more like nail polish than lip goo. But, brushed onto your lips before or after lipstick, or on its own, and with its bright pepperminty-ness, Pout tingles pleasantly and plumps your lips a little. The greatest secret Pout touts is that it contains a healthy, exclusive peptide complex that will indeed plump your lips (quite nicely, in fact) with repeated and regular use.

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