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Steam Power

Written By: Brigitte on October 3, 2009 4 Comments

Fall is here.  Feel that drab complexion coming your way?  Steam will get rid of that problem in minutes.  It “irons out” the face, gives it some healthy color and cleanses the pores.  At the same time it will clear out your sinuses and help if you have a cough.  What more could you want?

The easiest way to get it done is to invest in a device called a Facial Sauna, which you can find in a well stocked drugstore or online for approximately $20-30.  This great little machine allows you to lean your face inside a neat transparent plastic shield thus keeping your hair and your clothes steam-free.  I recommend a model that uses small quantities of water because it is easy to clean without creating a major mess.

If you don’t have this gizmo, you can always boil some water in a sauce pan, take it off the stove and place it on a table.   Put a towel over your head (like if you were hiding) and lean over the pan at a safe distance, but close enough that you can feel the steam doing it’s magic.  Cover your head as well as the pan with the towel.  Breathe in gently.  For an instant spa experience, add a couple of drops of essential oil in the water.  Try one of the following: lavender, eucalyptus, spearmint or bergamot.

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4 Responses to “Steam Power”

  1. Nadine on: 4 October 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I have already seen it somethere…

  2. Brigitte on: 4 October 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Of course you might have seen this advice somewhere because it’s a very old trick in many cultures. However, it’s surprising that more women aren’t using it. A mystery right up there with why more women who are into makeup don’t curl their lashes. I’m gonna do my best to change that…….

  3. Lisa on: 3 May 2011 at 9:22 am


    I have thick eyebrows, the shape is okay, but they’re not very dark- and even have a grey or two.

    How can I darken my brows without looking too powdery, or weird? (pencils look weird, powder doesn’t stay, wetted powder looks paint-y)



  4. Brigitte on: 3 May 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Lisa,
    There is no area in makeup that is more neglected than eyebrows. The products are generally badly designed or way to dark. There are two secrets for darkening eyebrows without any of the issues you mention above. First, you have to pick the perfect color – if you are just filling them in, the shade should be match what’s there. If you’re blond to light brown, look for a matte light taupe eye shadow or eyebrow powder. If you are darker, stick to dark brown, never black. Use a fine, tiny, hard brush and brush in the color in tiny little strokes that imitate hair. I also use the marvelously dry and powdery eyebrow pencils from Armani, which carries beautiful shades as well. The second secret is to brush on shadow or pencil, but only on the hair and not the ski, since you’re not recreating your shape. You know what I’m saying? Don’t color the skin part, that’s what makes it heavy and “painted” looking. Good luck!

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