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June 29, 2018 | Using your cosmetics well

Nair Cire Divine - Reminder of precautions for use

In agreement with Ansm, Sofibel reminds consumers of the precautions to take when heating"Nair Cire Divine" depilatory waxes in order to prevent the risk of burning.

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Nair Cire Divine - Reminder of precautions for use

In agreement with Ansm, Sofibel reminds consumers of the precautions to take when heating"Nair Cire Divine" depilatory waxes in order to prevent the risk of burning.

Which care program for an oily skin?

Oily skins make many teenagers unhappy (or, even, lead them to feel great misfortunes) every day … but also some adults. Shiny, with pimples and spots: in simple words, the exact opposite of a clean, thin and impeccable skin, which is still the must in the beauty world. Nevertheless, it ...

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7 golden rules for the best use of cosmetics

Some things are known, point. Others, we are sure to know them … while we do it wrong, sometimes! For instance: do you use your cosmetics the best way? Do you know how to get the best from them … and how to avoid the most common errors? A small ...

Makeup for children: when having fun rhymes with safety

Shrove Tuesday and other carnivals represent an opportunity for children to dress up. Most often, in addition to sporting a costume, they are keen on wearing makeup to look like their own favourite heroes. If all this is a game, there is a prerequisite: preserve the nature of their skins ...


Special care for dry skin

You take care of what you love; when your skin struggles to produce enough lipid to keep it moist, then it is time for you to give and extra hand to your body, pamper your skin with some extra care and make it soft and glow again. And here’s how ...

A short handbook on makeup cleansing

If cleansing your makeup is a prerequisite for a healthy glow at all times, it is even more important to do it well. Indeed, there are several essential parameters to this gesture. Here is an opportunity for you to catch up and offer your skin a makeup cleansing session worthy ...

How to control your curly hair

Supposedly hard to do, frizzy and curly hair wrongly suffers from a bad reputation! Of course, it is drier than Caucasian hair, but it simply needs to be taken care of properly, with adapted products.

Party makeup: make it shine!

Only a few days before celebrations get started, and you are all stressed out! You still have a few presents to buy, the dinner to prepare, and your outfit to choose, so the issue of party makeup is not on the agenda yet. No panic! CosmeticOBS has made a list ...

Beautiful hair requires preparation

Dry, brittle, dull, unmanageable… Sometimes our hair just does exactly as it pleases. And yet, if it makes our lives difficult, there is no doubt it is because it is ill-treated, and it wants it to be known.Healthy hair requires a hair care routine with several steps. Here is a ...

5 steps for a flawless complexion

A perfect complexion with no imperfection: that is the ideal many of us long for. But it is not that simple. Hormonal disruptions, food, stress, or pollution are all factors that can harm the skin condition. Still, there is no need to flee to the countryside to get a doll ...

Makeup brushes: how to use them?

Using fingers to put on makeup? An absolute scandal for makeup aficionados. If applying foundation with the hands used to be common practice for ordinary mortals, it is now trendy to have the same tools as professional makeup artists (but beware: ‘identical tools’ does not necessarily mean comparable results!). Except ...

Highlighter: a user guide

Highlighter… This term is everywhere in the feminine press, in beauty blogger posts, and in cosmetics points of sale. More than a fad, highlighters seem to be settling for good in the average woman beauty kit. Very well, but what is it? How should it be used? Here is a ...


Top 6 of beauty gestures for a beautiful skin in winter

It is the same story every year: winter comes with its great charm, but also its drawbacks. And one the first to suffer from it is the skin: greyish complexion, dryness, tightness sensation… we must take good care of it. Here is the Top 6 of the essential gestures to be adopted ...

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26 Sept. 2016 Using your cosmetics well

Make-up: colours of fall

Year after year, we see a bright spectacle of green, brown, yellow, and red shades: as the sun belongs to summer and snow belongs to winter, the variety of colours is part of the fall season: Not only is it the most colourful season of the year but also a ...

12 Sept. 2016 Using your cosmetics well

5 magic ways to away skin blemishes

It’s a dream for most of us but only very few have it by nature: flawless skin. Indeed, redness, blemishes, pigmented spots and other impurities ruin the magic of perfect skin. Not only is required to take special care but also to wear the proper make up! Learn how to ...


Pure and fresh face: 4 tips for facial cleansing

It's a familiar sight to every woman: jars, bottles and tubes piled up in our bathroom. Even though we consequently stick to the daily beauty routine, our skin is lacking in radiance. Why is that? Facial cleansing can often be the root cause: minor as it may seem, it has ...


5 tips to take care of makeup accessories

Every morning, we think of cleansing our face to make it cleaner and fresher, we apply a cream to keep our skin healthy, we put on makeup to even our complexion and make our eyes shine… But we often forget about this one tiny detail: cleaning the accessories we use. ...

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Summer colours in beauty

Bright colours, delicately melting textures, and fresh, fruity fragrances: summer has finally arrived! After having seen the Pantone Color of the Year, we already got a first impression of what the trends are going to be about. However, the colour palette has much more to offer for the sunny and ...


Quick beauty fixes: getting beautiful in no time

Time is one of our most precious belongings that, due to our jobs, families and households, can sometimes be rare. Besides their duties and obligations, women don't always find time for an extensive beauty routine. The good news is that there are some quick beauty fixes, making us beautiful in ...

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27 April 2016 Using your cosmetics well

A perfect kiss! Lipsticks, lip care and dental hygiene

Say cheese! Besides shiny hair and sparkling eyes, our mouth is one of the most important attractively features of our time. However, not only soft lips but also groomed teeth make up the perfect kiss. How to get it? Follow the guide!

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Low poo, No poo: what for, who for?

Less or no shampoo… such is the new ‘trendy’ recommendation for washing our hair. And it covers a vast scope, from only rinsing out your hair to more elaborate routines including cosmetics, which are booming to meet this new demand. Here are the pros and cons…

Gloss always&nbsp!

For almost a hundred years, lip gloss has been used to dress lips with glamour. For young girls, it is often the first cosmetic purchase while for mature women, it helps mask wrinkles. Transparent, tinted or glittery, back on this essential make-up.

How to prevent tooth erosion and stains

As time goes by, good oral and dental hygiene is no longer enough to preserve tooth enamel and whiteness. Here are the good habits and right cosmetics – with or without fluorine – to be adopted to keep or recover your stainless smile.
07 Sept. 2015 Using your cosmetics well

Spotlight on the Eyes

For many women, eye makeup is the most important part of their beauty ritual. To follow the seventies trends of autumn or the metallic looks of winter to come, whether you opt for deer eyes or a natural look, take a look at our tips and tricks!

Ozone and skin ageing: 3 experts give their opinions

What influence do ozone and fine particles have on skin ageing? Which cosmetic active ingredients help protect the skin against environmental pollution? What beauty rituals to adopt to prevent wrinkles and loss of radiance? The point with three experts. /Kurhan

Fresh breath and cosmetics

Using cosmetics, mainly toothpaste and mouthwash, on a daily basis, is essential for a good oral hygiene. And specific actives favour a fresh and healthy breath, in addition to a few right gestures to optimize their efficacy.


Redness and rosacea up close

Red spots on the face are a pathology that affects some people with sensitive skin, and they are becoming the reason for more and more dermatologist visits. Focus on what rosacea sufferers should avoid and which cosmetics to use.


Which skincare programme best suits men’s skin?

It is thicker and more resistant to the effects of time. It gets marked by the signs of ageing later than women’s skin. It is also usually oilier – particularly that of the face – with dilated pores that are not always very clean. It suffers from a lack of ...

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Fasting therapy for your skin?

Fasting therapies are not only good for your body. Your skin can also greatly benefit from both a regular “cosmetic diet” and the total absence of any manipulation. A complete rest, is all that is on the agenda. Here are a few explanations…

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12 March 2014 Using your cosmetics well

Spring-cleaning: face scrubbing

Temperatures are getting warmer, sun rays less shy, buds are peeping out in the trees and gardens are blooming: yes, spring is here! With the big cleanings going with it, from the bottom of your wardrobes… to the pores of your skin! Cleansing, getting rid of impurities, refining texture, eliminating ...
11 Sept. 2013 Using your cosmetics well

How to use flower waters

They may be the basis of a cosmetic product; further, they may be used as such to freshen or as make-up removers. Flower waters are mainly water, but with additional properties making them a true active ingredient.

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Flying with cosmetics

What does our luggage contain when we leave for the airport? Many essentials, and therefore, obviously cosmetics. They cannot but be part of the trip, especially when we are not sure to find any equivalent once there. Are they insignificant passengers? Not necessarily. Our favourite products are subject to very ...


Sensitive and reactive skins: the first tips

Epidermal if ever there was one, sensitive and reactive skins require a lot of attention and precautions to (re)become liveable on a daily basis. This starts with a few habits, which are to be acquired… or forgotten. It is that they are not always treated exactly as they should be, ...

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20 Sept. 2012 Using your cosmetics well

Oral hygiene: a tribute to good health!

The mouth and teeth hygiene (oral hygiene) is a part, or should be a part, of the daily cosmetic cares. However, study after study, it is known that it is often badly applied, when not applied at all. In fact, it is a factor of a good overall health and ...

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11 Sept. 2012 Using your cosmetics well

Body cares: five useful cosmetic supplements

Slimming treatments, creams for the bust, gels for lighter legs or massage oils…are not cosmetic cares to be used daily. However, they can be a meaningful help, sometimes quite efficient, for the reshaping of the line, for the improvement of the toning (and younger) aspect of skin, or just to ...

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Hygiene and daily cares: the right programme for your body

It is essential to choose carefully one’s products. Further, it is not useless to remind you that using them the right way is also essential. Sometimes, a thorough reading of the advice provided on the label is very informative. Just not to forget to rinse a product that shall be ...

The right summer care program

What cosmetics were in the suitcase before the great summer migrations? Not quite the same as usual! Sun, fresh air, idleness and rest represent very special conditions for the skin and hair that are very different from everyday life. And a few hand-picked cosmetics can help them get through this ...

21 April 2012 Using your cosmetics well

Body care : the male way

Shower and shampoo one’s hair: is that so different for a woman or for a man? The movements look the same, yes … though the needs of our skins may be somewhat different, as the most suitable cosmetics are also! Hygiene, to control body odours, moisturization … this is the ...

05 March 2012 Using your cosmetics well

Oily skins: the right first responses

One is often too harsh with one’s oily skin, hoping that a shock therapy will definitely solve the problem. What a mistake! It may even have dramatic consequences. Indeed, the epidermis, and, above all, the sebaceous glands that one wants to make inert react in a similarly dramatic way, as ...

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How to have a beautiful hair

They are often said to be too coarse, too dry, too static, too flat, too oily, too thin, too unruly, too this or too that … What about giving them the opportunity we like them? By treating them with consideration, contrary to what we give them through our daily shampoos, ...

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A successful make-up

It is yet (for how long?) a basically female action. Be it a daily custom, or performed only on gala days, be it almost undetectable or sometimes more intense, make-up gives a hand to beauty … if successful! Here are some clues not to fail, step by step …

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How do we know of an oily or a combination skin?

Oily skins and combination skins, young or mature, display very specific characteristics. When looking for the most suitable cosmetics, it is necessary to assess the type of your skin to choose the right cares for it. Do not make a mistake that could be detrimental to it.