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Permanent Lipstick



Never Wear Lipstick Again with Permanent Lip-color

There are some women who just don't feel dressed without wearing lipstick. Of course, this usually means reapplying lipstick several times a day. With this in mind, aestheticians developed permanent lipstick, a cosmetic tattoo that lasts forever.

Pros and Cons of Permanent Lip and Cheek Color Tattoos

Permanent lipstick, permanent blush, and permanent eyeliner have become a new trend among busy, beauty-conscious women. Permanent cosmetics can certainly be time savers. Imagine being able to "wake up with makeup." There are a lot of Pros to having a permanent lip and makeup tattoos. Permanent lipstick will:


  • Enhance the look of lips

  • Save time applying makeup

  • Save money since there will be no need to buy new makeup in the future

  • Prevent lipstick color bleeding or fading.

  • Reduce exposure to chemicals found in some lipsticks and other makeup that can cause an allergic reaction


But with all the pros there will also be cons of having permanent makeup tattoos. Here are some of the cons to take into consideration before undergoing such a procedure:


  • Permanent makeup procedures can be painful, especially to the lips because the tissue around the lips can be very sensitive and delicate.

  • The healing process will take awhile, and the chosen shade won't appear instantly, but over the course of several weeks.

  • Like with any type of evasive procedure, there is always the risk of infection.

  • The color you have chosen will be permanent, so there will be no turning back.

  • Although this procedure can save money on cosmetics in the future, it is expensive initially.

  • To avoid fading, touch-ups will be required in the future.

  • The tattooed color can cause an allergic reaction and skin irritation. There have also been incidents of scarring.

  • Tattoo removal is expensive, as well as painful. Also it may not be successful.


So is it worth it to have permanent lipstick or any other permanent makeup done? Ultimately, it's a personal decision. Before going through with this type of cosmetic tattoo, there are some things you should do to ensure that permanent makeup color for lips and other facial areas is done well.


  • Always select an experienced technician. A good place to look for such a technician is through the Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals. Get referrals if possible.

  • Consult with the technician before the procedure about what you want done. Tell her about any skin problems you may have had in the past, such as cold sores and acne.

  • Discuss what the procedure will cost, including the cost for anesthetics, follow-ups and any other fees.

  • Make sure to follow all of the post procedure guidelines to the letter. This is one way to prevent infection after having tattoo work done.

  • It will be necessary to keep the tattooed areas moisturized to prevent flaking of the color. Also, make sure to use a good sunscreen before going outside.


Permanent lipstick and other permanent makeup can have advantages, but there are also disadvantages. The important thing to remember is that, as with any cosmetic procedure, it's always important to do research and become properly educated before entering into the procedure.




Caring For Elderly Parents


Is It Time for Your Elderly Parents to be in a Nursing Home?


It can be a hard thing to face in life: the older you get, the older your parents become. There could very well come a time when they can no longer care for themselves, and it could up to you to decide what is in their best interest in the way of care. Will you be ready to start looking after elderly parents?

Deciding to Care for Your Elderly Parents at Home

For some of us, moving a parent into our homes isn't a hard decision to make. This is the person who raised us, cared for us, and was there for us. Now it's our turn to be there for them. For some, being able to help elderly parents won't be something to debate, just do. Looking after elderly parents is, after all, the least we can do. The decision may be even easier when it's a soul-surviving parent.


Unfortunately, for some of us this can be a hard decision. Some people have their own families to deal with along with a full time job, and other responsibilities. It isn't wrong to have reservations about taking on the care of an elderly parent. It's natural to be cautious about what this may require and just how much time it could take away from other obligations. If it is possible to become your parent's caregiver or care attendant, there are programs that employ members of the family to do just that. This way, it will become a full-time job caring for a parent. This is a good solution for those who want to keep looking after elderly parents but can't afford to do so without a source of extra income. If you have kids and family, you could consider having your parent come live with you. If might be good for both parent and grandchildren to spend more time together.


There can be other major factors that which could have you re-thinking the possibility of a nursing home or elder care center. There can be elderly dementia, which can also lead to Alzheimer’s. This can be a hard situation to handle, especially if you have kids in the home. Children may not understand why their grandparent can be talking to them about something one minute then forget about it the next, or even forget the child's name. Another situation is an elderly, bed-ridden parent. This is definitely a situation where you will be pressured by many to put your parent in a nursing home. While your initial reaction may be to ignore these suggestions, they may be insightful. Severely disabled or bed-ridden people need to be somewhere that they can get proper care. If you are not able to meet the demands of an elderly parent, it may be better to find a place that can.


If you decide to turn the care of your parent over to a nursing home or other facility, consider the following:


  • There are hospice type programs where doctors, medical staff, and therapists will go into a patient's home to provide care.

  • See if your parent's insurance will at least cover most of the cost.

  • Do thorough research. Talk to doctors about some good nursing homes in the area.

  • Choose a place (or help your parent choose one) that is close so you can visit often.

  • Always stay on top of the care your parent is getting. Make sure the staff knows who you are and that you are monitoring your parent's health and well being.

  • Visit your parent whenever possible and take the kids to see them too.



Ultimately, the best elder care choice is the one that benefits you and your parent the most. This could be a home-based situation or a facility like a nursing home or independent living center. Be sure to explore all the options and make your parent a part of the process as much as their health allows. In the end, you'll both rest easier knowing you've made the best decision possible.



Peri-Menopause Symptoms


Is it Menopause or Peri-Menopause?


We can all remember how easy it was when our monthly period began. One day there it was, and puberty set in. Going into menopause isn't easy and most women will have fits and starts through what is know as "peri-menopause" before they can say they have finally experienced "menopause". So at what point does this huge transition in a woman's life become the "real thing"?

Symptoms of Peri Menopause

As all women know when we reach our early to mid fifties odds are we will go into menopause. For some of us it can happen earlier, in the mid to late forties. In fact this is the age group in which some women start to experience menopausal symptoms but haven’t officially gone into full-blown menopause. This condition is known as peri-Menopause.


Peri-Menopausal symptoms are very similar to those of actual menopause, except for one important factor; a woman will still have a monthly period. They just may find that it’s no longer monthly, but maybe every other month or every three months. So what are the actual symptoms of peri-menopause. Here is a list of some of the classic symptoms of this condition, please note that not every woman will have all these symptoms when in Peri-Menopause.


  • Hot and cold flashes.

  • Missed monthly cycles

  • Hormonal imbalances that make you feel irritable.

  • Heavier and maybe longer periods when you do have one.

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Loss of bone mass, due to declining calcium levels.

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Weight gain


These symptoms are similar to that of menopause, except of course for the fact that there is no monthly period. Most doctors will tell you that you haven’t technically reached menopause until you haven’t had a monthly period for almost a year. This fact may still have some of you scratching your head and going, "wait, I am having some of these symptoms; but I have been told that I am in the early stages of menopause. Now I’m being informed that this is peri-menopause, so, which is it?

Pre-Menopause and Peri-Menopause: The Distinction

The fact is: some doctors will refer to this time as "entering into menopause", others will call it pre-menopause and others will refer to it as Peri-Menopause, but its all the same thing. Peri-menopause is the transition where a woman is entering into the stage of early menopause.

So how long does peri-menopause last? Some women deal with this condition for years, while for others the transition is very crisp. No two women are exactly alike.

Emotional and Social Implications of Peri-Menopause

Now that we have discussed the physical symptoms of Peri-Menopause, what about the emotional state of it? Because of this society's take on "aging" issues there is a sense of denial when women are informed that they are showing signs of entering menopause.


Women may wrongly believe that this change is one that makes them "less than". Nothing could be further from the truth. Once child bearing years are over a whole new part of a woman's life can begin. Many women, once the physical symptoms have subsided, will realize that this point of their life is liberating.


Think about this for minute no more monthly periods with the discomfort and inconvenience that they often elicited. A woman's beauty and sexiness will change but is intact. In fact, once the transition is complete, it's hard to find a woman who wants to "go back" to her younger days




Peri-Menopause Symptoms


Is it Menopause or Peri-Menopause?


We can all remember how easy it was when our monthly period began. One day there it was, and puberty set in. Going into menopause isn't easy and most women will have fits and starts through what is know as "peri-menopause" before they can say they have finally experienced "menopause". So at what point does this huge transition in a woman's life become the "real thing"?