“Totes” Necessary

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A cluttered work tote is all-too-common, and no one can deny the frustration that arises from hurriedly scrambling around inside a work bag, searching for a specific item that has been buried at the bottom. This disorganization is never productive, making it time to ditch all of the unnecessary extras and stock your work tote with these essential items.

Notepad and Pen
With all of the laptops, tablets and smartphones that are likely at your fingertips at work, carrying a notepad and pen around with you in your work tote may seem unnecessary, but there will always come a time when you need them. Whether due to low battery on your tablet or simply the need to quickly jot a few ideas down, a notepad and pen will always come in handy, and can be clipped together to ensure that they can both be easily reached for in your bag at the same.

On-the-Go Makeup Bag
Every woman should have an on-the-go makeup bag, containing the most essential products for a quick makeup fix that only takes a few minutes. The exact products that you include will depend on your own personal makeup style, but common items include a concealer stick, mascara, a dark colored eyeliner, and some tinted lip balm. It is also always a good idea to include a small bottle perfume, as this will help you to quickly freshen up during a busy day, as well as some hair items, such as bobby pins and hair ties. Keeping all of this together in one small makeup bag will help your work tote to stay clutter-free, and will make all of these small items much easier to find when you really need them.

Mini Sewing Kit or Safety Pins
A fashion crisis at work is never good, whether your blouse is missing a button or you end up with a tear in the seam of your skirt. Keeping a mini sewing kit in your work tote, or even just some safety pins of different sizes, will ensure that you are always covered for the majority of fashion emergencies, at least until you have a few spare minutes to find a more permanent solution!

Mini Moisturizer
The stress from a day at work can quickly take its toll on your skin, which is why it is always useful to keep a mini bottle of moisturizer in your work bag. Applying this during the day will give your skin an added boost of hydration, keeping it looking clear and fresh.

Headphones are another one of those items that are always useful to keep nearby, and can be used both during the work day as well as during your work commute. Whether needing to quickly watch a couple of important work videos on your phone on the move, or simply listening to some tunes as you unwind on your walk home after a long day, you will always appreciate having a pair of headphones in your work tote.

Mini Umbrella
The need for a mini umbrella depends largely on where you live, but if you find yourself frequently caught in the middle of a torrential downpour, then this is an item that you definitely need to include. There are many stylish mini umbrellas available that are the perfect size for stashing away at the bottom of your bag, and while you may not use it that often, having it with you will make a huge difference on the day that you really need it!

If there are other items that you need to keep in your work tote, it is always a good idea to group these into categories to keep your bag from getting too cluttered. Having sections in your tote will help you to stay organized and know exactly where each item is at all times.


Choosing the Right Cover-Up

If you want your cover-up to look natural and flawless, rather than highlighting those very same issues that you were trying to hide, then you need to choose it very carefully. Not only do you have to pick the shade that will work best with your skin tone, but you also need to choose a formula that best suits your skin type, and, while it may seem difficult to achieve the ideal balance between the two, this is what you need for the most effective cover-up.

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Dry Skin
For those of you with dry skin, it is essential that the cover-up formula that you choose is hydrating, as your skin will need this extra moisture. Usually, the formulas that have the most moisture are either liquid and stick foundations or tinted moisturizers, so pick the one that will give you the level of cover that you need. There are also hydrating powders available, and these are blended with certain ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin whilst providing more coverage than regular powders would.

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Oily and Combination Skin
Powder foundations are usually best for those with oily skin, as well as for those with combination skin and an oily T-zone, as they will help to absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a matte finish. Liquid foundations can also work for oily or combination skin, but you need to make sure that they are oil-free.

Woman applying concealer

Using a cover-up is a great way to hide acne, but it can also make your acne worse, so you need to be extremely careful when choosing cosmetic products. Not only should any formula that you use be oil-free, but it should also be hypoallergenic, meaning that it will not cause an allergic reaction, and noncomedogenic, meaning that the formula will not block your pores. There are some liquid foundations that contain salicylic acid, which help to fight your acne while giving you coverage at the same time.

Choosing a Shade
It is not usually a good idea to buy a new shade online for the first time, as it really does help to try before you buy when it comes to cover-up. Many stores will have trained makeup artists that will be able to guide you in choosing a shade, color matching you to a few different options. When testing out different shades, swipe the cover-up onto your jawline, so that you can also compare it to the skin on your neck, which tends to be lighter than that on your face. The color that best matches your skin tone should disappear seamlessly into your skin. However, don’t forget to do any testing in front of natural light, moving to the store window if you have to, as harsh overhead lights can often cast shadows that make it tricky to really see how well a shade suits you.

Navigating through the many cover-ups available in order to find the best one for your skin can be tricky, but you will soon learn what you need to look for and the task will become much quicker. If you are new to using cover-up, it is always a good idea to visit a cosmetics store and speak to a trained beautician, as they will be able to give you some fantastic advice on products and techniques.

Camouflaging Fine Lines

Woman with aging skin

There comes a time in every woman’s life when fine lines become unavoidable, and so begins the search into all of the different ways to cover them up. From skin care tips to makeup advice, here are some of the best ways to go about camouflaging fine lines.

Invest in a Primer
A primer, one that is silicone based in particular, is fantastic for camouflaging fine lines. A primer is applied as a base, before any of your other makeup, and works by filling in fine lines, wrinkles and other areas of uneven texture. By giving your skin this extra cushion, your subsequent makeup products will be able to lightly sit on top, rather than settling into those lines that you are trying to hide. You will also notice that your makeup products will be much easier to apply, and your overall look will seem and feel much more natural.

Woman moisturizing skin

Skin becomes drier with age due to changing hormones, and extra dryness will only make fine lines even more visible. Frequently moisturizing your skin will give it the hydration that it needs, which, in turn, will help to keep it looking plump. Drinking plenty of water will also help, as this will hydrate your skin from the inside.

A Tinted Moisturizer Instead of Foundation
It can often be tempting to slather on the foundation to try to hide those pesky lines, but this will usually just make them look worse. A tinted moisturizer will be much more hydrating, and not as heavy, giving you enough coverage without settling into your lines and emphasizing them. You should also pay attention to the areas of your face that do not actually need the extra coverage, and only apply the tinted moisturizer to your problem areas.

Woman applying eye makeup

Emphasize Your Eyes
While this may not be so much about camouflaging fine lines, emphasizing your eyes will help to make them the focal point of your face, shifting attention away from any lines. However, make sure to not go too heavy on the eyes, as heavy makeup can easily be quite aging. A simple eyeshadow and maybe some subtle eyeliner is all that you should need.

Cream Instead of Powder
Whenever possible, using a cream-based makeup formula rather than a powder will really make a difference in hiding those lines. While powders are great for setting makeup, they can also draw more attention to your lines. Cream-based formulas will not only do a better job at camouflaging fine lines, but they will also give you a much more natural overall look. This works for everything from a cream blush to cream eyeshadows, and, if you still want to use a powder, you will be able to use it extremely sparingly, since you already have the cream underneath.

Fine lines can be frustrating to deal with, as many makeup products can often make them stand out even more. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, using a primer, and opting for products that are cream-based, you will definitely be able to camouflage those pesky lines.

Date Night Skin Care Routine

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While the outfit and makeup that you choose to wear for date night is important, your skin is the foundation of your whole look, and needs to be glowing and radiant. Whether it’s a first date or a 20th anniversary, this date night skin care routine will help you to strike that perfect balance between alluring and effortless.

Woman exfoliating skin

Exfoliate the Night Before
Getting your skin ready for date night is all about the preparation. Exfoliating the night before will clear your skin of any dead skin cells, ensuring that your skin is bright rather than dull. It will also mean that any products that you apply before your date will be able to thoroughly penetrate into your skin. It is important to remember to moisturize immediately after exfoliating, or your freshly exfoliated skin will quickly turn dry.

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Thoroughly Cleanse
On the night of your date, the first step to flawless skin is to thoroughly cleanse. Use a gentle foaming cleanser, and make sure that it is one that you have used before, as you don’t want your skin to react to it right before your big night.

Woman with beautiful skin.

Hydrate and Brighten
Once you have cleansed, a hydrating facial mask will provide your skin with essential moisture and nutrients, while drawing out any dirt that your cleanser may have missed. As soon as you remove the mask, be sure to apply a hydrating serum, as well as any other serum that you need to use for specific skin issues. The mask should leave you with a healthy glow, and the serum will help to maintain this throughout the night.


De-Puff Eyes
Puffy eyes are never an attractive look, but luckily, there are many products that you can use to reduce any eye puffiness as well as clear your eyes of any dark circles. Once you have done this, follow it up with an eye serum or an eye cream, as this will instantly plump up the area around your eyes, making it look much more youthful while giving you a clear canvas to work on when you apply your eye makeup.

Woman applying hand cream.

Moisturize Before Priming
The next step in the routine is to apply a moisturizer to your skin, as this will keep it hydrated throughout the night while giving it some extra protection from the environment. An oil-free formula is best if you frequently experience breakouts, while a formula containing oil should be chosen if you have dry skin. It is important to apply the moisturizer before your primer, as this will help to ensure that your primer is applied much more evenly. When it comes time to applying your primer, remember that a little goes a long way. Start at the center of your face and work your way outwards, leaving it to dry for a few minutes before applying anything else.

When it comes to preparing for date night, your skin is the canvas for the rest of the look, so it needs to be as flawless as possible. Luckily, this simple date night skin care routine doesn’t take long at all, leaving you with plenty of time to choose a fantastic outfit and perfectly apply your makeup.

Asian Beauty Secrets

Western culture wasn’t caught unawares by the beauty of Asian women. Their beauty appears in countless stories as well as the now antiquated mystique of exoticism. Asian woman have been making their appearance known again lately thanks to an increased interest in their beauty routines. Whatever steps they are taking seem to ensure they tend to have beautiful and seemingly flawless skin. OROGOLD knows a few of their secrets and will be happy to share. The good news is that you can easily adopt some of their secrets into your standard routine without ever even noticing any huge expansion to your skin care routine. The even better news is that you don’t have to worry about all that beauty being purely genetic either.

Asian woman applying body cream.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Most Asian skin care routines place a heavy emphasis on keeping the skin moisturized. This isn’t just due to their particular style of cleansing, but is simply a routine part of their day-to-day lives. Use moisturizers and serums appropriately during your normal routine is something you probably already do. Just make sure you’re applying them in the right order for the best effect. The secret to take away from all this though is that Korean women in particular also rehydrate their face throughout the day. They use misting products a couple of times a day to keep their skin looking full and healthy even if it happens to be the dryer part of the year. Try experimenting with doing the same. Just remember to keep an eye on your skin as your skin reacts to external hydration differently from anyone else’s.

Asian woman cleansing her face.

Double Cleanse or Swap Your Cleansing Product
Double cleanse refers to the practice of using two separate cleansers one after another to clean the skin even more deeply than a standard cleanse. The trick is that you need to know the products to use to make the most of this. Asian beauty routines favor oil based cleansers for the first step as they can help disrupt other oils readily without the potential harshness of other cleansing products. Their effectiveness isn’t diminished by them being gentler though. If you don’t want to try a double cleanse, then just stick to this first step and swap to a good oil-based cleanser. You can do a full double cleanse by getting a quality facial soap or foaming cleanser to follow up the oil cleanse though. This will allow the lighter cleanser easier access to your skin since the surface grime gets striped away by the oil cleanse. The combine cleansing should leave your skin feeling cleaner than it ever has before.

Asian woman exfoliating her face.

Exfoliate Properly
No one will ever argue that exfoliation isn’t good for your skin when done properly, but plenty of people will argue over how to exfoliate properly. Asian women tend to favor exfoliating once or twice a week at most with a very particular requirement: only exfoliate the areas that need it the most. Instead of rubbing their entire face with an exfoliating product, they specifically go after problem areas for their routine exfoliation and save full face exfoliation for facials and other occasions. This allows them to focus on containing the problem areas of their face without necessarily worrying that a product will hurt the rest of the face’s appearance. It also slightly reduces the amount of time needed in a routine for exfoliation and frees up that time for other steps.

These steps don’t cover a full Asian beauty routine, but those are easy enough to find. OROGOLD has even done its best to summarize the routines. The main thing to remember is that these secrets tend to favor precision and mindfulness. Taking care of their skin isn’t just an incidental thing for Asian women, but an integrated part of their lifestyle. If you want to see similar results, then prepare to dedicate yourself to your skin’s health all over again.

What Happens to Skin As You Age? OROGOLD Reviews

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and as the main shield between you and the environment, it encounters huge amounts of abuse. To help you better understand the phases that your skin goes through, OROGOLD looks at what happens to your skin as you age.

Woman in her thirties at home.

Your Thirties
Aging concerns usually begin at around 30 years of age, as during teenage years, as well as in your twenties, lines would have not yet started to form. By the time you reach your thirties, collagen, which gives skin its strength, and elastin, which gives skin its flexibility, begin to get weaker, leading to the start of wrinkles and ‘expression lines’. You may also begin to lose some skin tone in your thirties, as the elastic that supports your lymph nodes starts to weaken, causing puffiness around the eyes and a duller complexion. OROGOLD recommends upgrading to a more hydrating moisturizer once you reach this stage in life, as the products you used in your twenties are likely to not be rich enough to meet your skin’s new needs.

Woman in her forties sitting on a sofa.

Your Forties
Lymphatic drainage is the way in which the body gets rid of toxins, and once you reach your forties, this begins to drastically slow down. The body also starts to produce less sebum, which is the skin’s protective outer coating that protects it from the environment, meaning that you will now be more vulnerable to external factors such as pollution or a smoky environment. By the time you reach your mid-forties, certain hormones, such as estrogen, stop being produced, meaning that the skin around your neck and chest may start to sag and wrinkle more. In addition to this, more fat deposits, also known as cellulite, are deposited around your hips and thighs, bringing about the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect. OROGOLD recommends massaging your face each day when applying moisturizer, to increase circulation. You can also have a look at some of the firming facial treatments available, which help to replace the lost sebum.

Woman in her fifties sitting in a beach.

Your Fifties
Your fifties are when age spots, patches of pigmentation, begin to appear on your skin, as your cells produce this pigment in the absence of sun. It is also possible that your pores increase in size, as your skin becomes much looser and each pore opening seems more pronounced. Wrinkles are usually apparent by this stage, as your collagen and elastin are too weak to support the skin cells. OROGOLD suggests using a Vitamin A product that is retinol based, as this will help to firm the skin, and, when used regularly, will help to speed up the production of collagen, as well as the production of new skin cells.

As you age, your skin becomes drier, and moisture becomes more important than ever. Although the rate at which you age is partially dependent on genetics, your lifestyle choices also play a huge role, and there are plenty of great serums, moisturizers and nourishing masks that you can purchase to help keep your skin as youthful, healthy and hydrated as possible.

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