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Bizarre Beauty Habits

By: Yohana de la Torre, Chief Editor

Bizarre beauty tips are currently the hot trend for your skin, hair and body.

Bizarre beauty tips are currently the hot trend for your skin, hair and body.

It’s Spring and the time to scuff off dry skin, perk up those tresses and cleanse the body should be on the top of your list.

But what if those beauty habits you’re hearing about, leave you scratching your head, it’s for a good reason.  Bizarre beauty tips are the hot trend right now, so, lets take a look at what is in style:

SHEEP PLACENTA

Nourishing skin after the harsh Winter is a must!  And believe it or not, celebrities Simon Cowell and Donatella Versace swear by sheep placenta facials.

Apparently, the placenta of mammals contains nutrient rich stem cells that repair and revitalize cells.  Although it is pricey, the treatment is said to help maintain a youthful glow.

Dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu explains, “It’s chock-full of nutrients from the placenta, things like growth factors, nutrients, amino acids,” she says.  Therefore, combining sheep placenta with a light chemical peel makes the skin more receptive to nourishment.

HEMORRHOID CREAM

Every woman dreads bags under her eyes, and it is said that some hemorrhoid creams keeps those pesky buggers at bay.

Cosmetic dermatologist Fredric Brandt, M.D. says the active ingredient in most hemorrhoid creams— benzocaine— causes blood vessels to contract, which reduces puffiness.  However, use it sparingly.  Hemorrhoid cream can be dehydrating and induce fine lines and irritation.  Therefore, use it only for the rare instance you need to look your best.

KITTY LITTER

Deep pore cleansing is necessary for a natural glow.  And if you’re looking for a natural exfoliant, seek no further than your local pert store.

Yup!  Your pet store…disgusting!

Jersey Shores Snooki says kitty litter works wonders.  You see, exfoliators work best the grittier they are.  So, using a rocky kitty litter in your exfoliant can give you that deep cleanse you are looking for.

Nonetheless, know that some cat litter contains aluminum silicate, the same ingredient used in glass-making as well as housing insulation that can cause permanent damage to the skin.

OIL PULLING

An enviable smile is something we all want.  And recent studies show that the ancient Ayurvedic ritual of oil pulling can give you just that.

Oil pulling is an ancient dental practice where you swish around a tablespoon of coconut, sesame or sunflower oil in your mouth for 10 – 20 minutes on an empty stomach to improve oral health and draw out toxins.

Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath.  “Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell,” Emery says.  “Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell’s skin.  When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other.”

Beware though, if done improperly, you run the risk of loss of sensation or taste in the mouth and excessive thirst.

HONEY & BEER

Suffering from dull and lifeless locks.  Look no further than your kitchen because honey and beer are said to magically condition tresses.

Beer is filled with vitamins and proteins that enrich hair and make it shinier, especially if you have dark hair.  And although it is inevitable that you will smell like a walking bar, the benefits are worth it.

The treatment not only moisturizers; it brings back luster by getting rid of any overstyling/product buildup while leaving hair soft and supple.

CLAY

Since the ancient times, clay’s healing properties have been known to be used in alternative medicine.  Clay is a mixture of metal oxides and organic matter that for many years has been used in facemasks or body detoxes.

This indigenous practice of using clay has gone a step further from topical use.  Now, people are eating clay to clean bacteria and heavy metals out of their system.  Kaolin clay is one of those examples of a natural detox treatment.

Another clay that is a power cleanser is bentonite.  Naturally absorbent and gentle on the body’s system, bentonite contains a certain mineral called montmorillonite, which is believed to be the primary component responsible for its health properties.  It also contains magnesium and many other trace minerals that attract all sorts of toxins, including bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides.  Finally, it enriches and balances the blood, absorbs radiation and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract.
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‘Tini Beauty
Intoxicating eye looks

'Tini Beauty Eye Shadow Palette ($39.50)

‘Tini Beauty Eye Shadow Palette ($39.50)

What happens when you let celebrity makeup artist Rob Scheppy take the reins behind the ‘Tini Beauty bar of cocktail-inspired cosmetics?  The must-have eye shadow palette of this season, stocked with 8 shades of silky powder shadows will put a multitude of intoxicating eye looks at your fingertips. 

The Rob Scheppy for ‘Tini Beauty eye shadow palette ($39.50) was personally crafted by the creator of Kim Kardashian’s signature smokey eye himself.  This dual-textured collection boasts 4 pigment-rich matte and shimmer shade pairings designed to “cocktail” – wear alone or in any combination to create custom looks.  The designer wanted the palette to be light lightweight and portable for travel or touchups on the go.  It includes Scheppy’s go-to shades for every occasion, to pair matte and shimmer versions of those shades, and for the formulas to work wet or dry. 

 “I’ve always loved and been inspired by shadow palettes and the creativity they provide,” said Michelle Toma Olson, founder of ‘Tini Beauty.  “Working with Rob to create this collection was incredible.  He knew exactly what he wanted and why, and I am thrilled to have been able to use our incredible formulations to bring his vision to life.” 

Above all, the notion of “cocktailing” spoke directly to Scheppy’s aesthetic.  “I love to blend and combine products to customize looks for my clients for different events,” said makeup artist, Rob Scheppy.  “I wanted my palette to be intuitive, easy and fun for women to do on their own.” 

So, get ready makeup mavens and cocktail your Spring look by layering, mixing and visibly shaking things up for clamoring success!

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