||Fashion Career Advice
Want to be a buyer
Q. I am very interested in becoming a buyer for a major department store or catalogue. Could someone give me more information on the type of background or credentials I would need to pursue this? Also, what would be a good way to get a start?
A.You need either a solid retail background or a merchandising degree to be a buyer and preferably both. Requirements vary by retailer, and e-commerce start-ups may want a "fresher" eye since the medium is so new so you might want to think about that.
Buyers need solid math skills (depending on who you work for, you'll be dealing with numbers a large part of your job) and a great ability to translate the trends into salable merchandise.
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|Free Beauty Tips
|Natural wart remover
Banana peel contains a substance that is highly effective at destroying warts and is recommended by dermatologists. Place a small amount of peel against the wart and hold it in place with adhesive tape. Change the peel daily as needed and continue for 2 weeks or until the wart is gone.
Tea's tannic acid absorbs oils that lead to blemishes. Saturate a tea bag in warm water and press on the affected area for about 5 minutes. Rinse, then dab on a some eye redness remover to get the red out.
Seal your pores
Close your pores with a skin tightening all natural clay or mud mask, or try this recipe: Mix 1 egg white with a few drops of lemon juice. Using a brush, massage onto clean skin. Leave on for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Protect your skin
Photo-aging is responsible for as much as 80% of skin damage--wrinkling, sagging, and discoloration or age spots. Use a safe sunscreen and apply it before exposing your skin to the elements.
Keep your skin smooth
Exfoliate in the shower at least two times a week. Exfoliate your legs before you shave them for a sleek smooth shave.
Eye mask , Homemade clay mask
Grate 1/4 of a apple and a small raw potato and combine. Apply mixture to eyes for 15 minutes, cover your eyes with a warm washcloth and relax with some soothing music.
Use 100% clay kitty litter, mix with water, apply to face, let dry, then rinse.
Homemade toner, Homemade summer exfoliator, Mask for excess hair on the face
In a blender, blend 1 peeled kiwi and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons lime juice. Add an equal amount of water and blend until smooth. Use a cotton ball to apply to face. Refrigerate any leftover toner in an airtight container.
Mix 1/8 cup of olive oil and 1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt. Scrub all over in the shower and rinse off. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Mix one tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice with 4 teaspoons honey. Smooth on in the direction of your hair growth and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off. Use this mask twice a week.
Firming Mask, Facial steam
Mix 1 tablespoon gram flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons water. Add 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to your face, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse. If mixture is too runny, add a little more flour.
Combine 1 cup fresh rose petals with 2 cups boiling water. Tent a towel over your head and let steam penetrate face for 10 minutes. Stay several inches away from the bowl.
Gentle skin exfoliator, All over body scrub
Mix 3 teaspoons fine oatmeal with 3 teaspoons double or heavy cream. Apply to skin and rub lightly; rinse off.
Mix 3 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal with 2 tablespoons almond oil. Scrub all over lightly, then rinse.
The ultimate treat, Sensitive skin soother
Try to give yourself 30 minutes a week in a warm bath. Listen to relaxing music, use aromatherapy oils, and enjoy this much needed time by yourself
Saturate a washcloth in one quart warm (not hot) chamomile tea. Press cloth over face, flooding skin with liquid; hold against skin for five seconds. Rinse cloth, resaturate and repeat two more times. Finish by gently patting face with a clean, dry towel.
Quick exfoliator, Exfoliate in the shower
After a steamy shower rub your skin with a towel gently but vigorously to remove dead skin.
Rub sea salt all over your face and body in the shower to get rid of dead skin cells. Do this at least twice a week.
Saturate a black tea bag with warm water. Press over clean lips for 5 minutes. Repeat if desired. Black tea is high in tannic acid which retains moisture and keeps lips smooth and taut.
Always scrub well before applying a self tanner. Any dry patches will absorb too much color and your tan will look uneven.
Milk bath for your feet
Warm 3 cups whole milk. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup coarse salt and 1/3 cup olive oil. Soak feet in milk for 10 minutes, then rinse. Scrub feet with salt-oil mixture. Rinse and apply a moisturizer and thick socks to seal in the softness.
Add 1 quart whole milk and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to a very warm bath. Slice the lemon and put in the water too. After 15 minutes you will be energized and your skin will be silky smooth.
Moisturize your room, Revitalizing hand wrap
To keep skin from drying use humidifiers and keep the room temperature moderate. Also, get some green plants; they add moisture to your room!
Coat hands with lotion. Slip into roomy plastic gloves, then into warm gloves. Leave on 30 minutes. Remove plastic and warm gloves, then tissue off excess lotion
Treat yourself, To keep feet baby soft
Have a salon facial every 4-6 weeks. You deserve it and it will help keep your skin looking its best. Plus, facials are very relaxing--two benefits in one.
After a shower use a foot file (at least once a week).
Remove your makeup!
Do not sleep in your make-up. As you sleep your skin is busy shedding and replenishing skin cells, so make sure your skin is clean and hydrated.
Red blotchy legs?
It is the shaving cream that is the likely cause. Shaving creams, gels, foams or soap can irritate your skin's open pores causing the redness and/or blotchiness. Try shaving with the same conditioner that you use on your hair.
Ear or nose hair?
Never tweeze or wax nose hairs. Use tiny manicure scissors made especially for the job. You can wax or tweeze your ear hairs, but if you want to cut them, ask someone to help you.
Want to wax?
Your hair should be at least 1/2 inch long the first time for the wax to be able to hold. Try one of the cold waxes on the market if you're a beginner.
Flaky skin, Flaky face
Mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1/2 cup of bran and let cool. Immerse hands into mixture and massage into hands. Rinse with warm water and follow with a hand moisturizer.
Mix 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and smooth on face. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Chapped hands, Chapped lips
Put a pair of cotton gloves in the dryer to warm. Massage olive oil into hands, nails and cuticles. Slip on warm gloves. You might want someone to help you! Leave on for 20 minutes or overnight.
Exfoliate your lips by using an old toothbrush and a menthol based lip balm. Apply lip balm first, then brush gently with the toothbrush.
Best time to shave?
Shaving at night will reduce redness. And wait about 12 hours after shaving or waxing before diving into a pool, spa, or ocean.
Rub wheat germ oil (get at your local health food store) on your breasts and tummy to keep skin elastic.
Drops for puffy eyes
Juice a cucumber. Apply drops to eyes for a cooling and soothing eye treat. Store excess in refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Remove redness from a pimple
Squeeze a little eye redness reliever on a cotton swab and hold it on the pimple for 15 seconds or until the redness disappears.
Lines around mouth
Apply almond oil around the mouth to keep your lips supple and soften the lines.
Apply almond oil on the affected areas.
Get rid of rough, dry skin
Grate the rind of one whole lemon into 4 tablespoons plain yogurt. Mix and rub over entire body concentrating on the driest patches. Rinse.
Reduce unwanted shine, Oily skin
Try this natural astringent; combine 10 drops lemon juice with 1/2 cup cold water. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture, dab over skin and do not rinse.
Put a 1/2 of a cucumber in a blender and blend until smooth; apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse. Follow with a lemon juice toner.
Place chilled teething rings on eyes to reduce puffiness and give you a wide awake appearance.
Get rid of residue
Wash your skin after shampooing and conditioning. Hair products leave residue of oil on your back and shoulders.
Run out of toner?
Lemon juice will remove any residue and refresh your face.
Fine downey hair on your forehead?
After cleansing gently rub with a towel. In a circular motion smooth a fresh cut lemon half over your forehead. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse. Repeat whenever new growth appears.
Herbal Beauty Recipe
Facial masks are beneficial for removing dead skin, unclogging pores and helping prevent premature lines and wrinkles. Applying a facial mask once a week can dramatically improve your skin's overall health.
If you're interested in making your own facial mask with ingredients you can find in your refrigerator, check out the two facial mask recipes below. These masks will your skin feeling soft and smooth and looking great!
Cucumber Avocado Facial Mask
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped avocado
1 egg white
2 tsp. powdered milk
In a blender combine all of the ingredients until they form a smooth, paste-like consistency. You can apply the mask immediately or refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
Apply 2 tablespoons of the cucumber avocado mask to your face and neck in circular upward motions. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, or until dry. To remove the mask simply rinse your face and neck with warm water, followed by a cold water rinse. Finally, pat dry your face and neck.
Lemon Egg-White Mask
Juice from half a lemon, strained
1 egg white
Beat together the egg white and lemon juice for three full minutes. Apply directly to your face, avoiding your eyes, and leave on for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes rinse your face with warm water and apply a moisturizer or cream.