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Friday, September 27, 2013

The Truth About BB and CC creams and what's better! Tinted MoisturizerReview

So lately there has been this explosion of interest in BB Creams, CC Creams, and anything that basically isn't a full on foundation. I say meh to the BB Creams and CC Creams. I am a bit of an extremist I have to admit. Let me explain.

I'm either wearing Revlon Colorstay for Dry Skin in 320 True Beige, which is a full coverage foundation and gives MAC full coverage ones a run for their money. Seriously, if you haven't tried it the hype is for real. But, I can only vouch for the Dry Skin version and haven't heard such great things about Oily Skin version plus it has different colors with the same names. What's up with that right?

My other alternative is that I'm just wearing Olay sunscreen. Yep, that's right. This old gal goes out without makeup all the time. Not even a dusting of powder.

No, its not because my skin is amazing. It's truly because I am lazy most days out of the week and can't function without two cups of strong coffee and by then I am running late for work. Story of my life. Anyway, on to the solution.

Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 50
 
 
Yes, you heard that right, SPF 50! I know that you always hear about sunscreen and how its so important but really it is. Not just for your looks but for your health. Skin cancer isn't a joke, it happens and it can turn for the worst real fast. But lets say no skin cancer, having sun damaged skin is not a good look and it doesn't truly show up until your mid 30s which you already have other problems going on by then. I have been wearing SPF daily since the 7th grade because my mom and grandmother were on me about it. Back then I thought it was a drag, but now I'm in my 30s and I get asked for ID more than my younger friends and siblings. So say yes to SPF especially 50 and no to sun, unless its a spray tan!
 
The good
 
1. Ridiculously good SPF with zinc oxide that doesn't look white casted in person or photos.
                   I love Revlon, but their Photo Ready line is not photo friendly at all. The mica in some products make you have a white or grey cast and its not natural.
 
2. Doesn't really have a matte or dewy finish just looks like skin, plus it holds up in humidity and sweat like most sunscreens. Still though, I wouldn't recommend anything like this for oily skin ever because you really do need something to combat the oil breaking down products on your face.
                   Some BB Creams have sparkle or make you look greasy. No thanks.
 
3. Has better coverage than most tinted moisturizers and BB creams and doesn't cause breakouts thank God. I would easily say medium coverage. Remember, I'm used to a full coverage look so to me medium is less but I'm sure for most people it would be more than enough.
                    I'm looking at you, Garnier Nutrisse! Covers nothing but slight redness and ended in breakouts after one day. Ugh!
 
4. You can get this at most drugstores and it comes in 4 colors which don't have to be perfect because I am NC35 and my sis is NC 45 and it works for both of us. We use Natural to Tan, it comes in 2 other colors Ivory NC 10-20 to Fair and Fair to Light NC 20-30.
 
Physician's Formula has bad points, lets get that over with.
 
1. Smells like sunscreen.
                    Nope, not the tropical coconut kind. Like the old school white zinc oxide kind. Meh. But it goes away.
 
2. Feels like sunscreen.
                    It's a thick liquid just like a sunscreen and you need to get it all over. Then you have to let it dry. You wouldn't rub white sunscreen on you and then just stick a shirt on over it, so it has to dry a few minutes.
 
3. Its $14 + tax. Its readily available at most drugstores which is a big PRO, but that's kind of expensive for a drugstore makeup product. I got it at CVS when Physician's Formula had a buy one get one.
 
For not being full coverage, it still better cover something and nicely. It also can't cause breakouts or make me look sparkly. That's what I find most BB and CC creams have issues with. Either not enough coverage to bother, crappy SPF, or they are actually not helping anything but making more skin issues.
 
Is this product perfect? No, but it gives good coverage and its a makeup plus SPF lotion in one which means only one step in the AM. Yes, it smells and feels kind of gross but that only lasts a few minutes and at 6:45am it really is all I can manage. On days I want some makeup but not messing with a blending brush ( I just rub it on my face with my hands like regular sunscreen)  I use this, bronzer, powder, and mascara - looks great.
 
 


 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

LED Gel Manicure System Red Carpet Manicure Review

Do you have weak nails? Hey, it happens.

Either from picking, biting, genetic, new medicines, a hormonal imbalance or maybe you had acrylics or gels or something.

Well believe it or not this is for you. I know this is really about reviewing the LED Red Carpet Manicure at home machine, and it is.

I was on the hunt for a gel manicure system at home. I love painting my nails or having my nails painted but it never seems to last. It chips within 48 hours and then looks terrible for the rest of the week. That's not cute or economical.

I had a gel manicure at my local salon, it did what they said it would do. Stayed on for 7-14 days and stayed shiny, but the price was not so much plus not all polishes come in the gel formula. Well guess who figured it out? Yep, this girl.

Okay, so if you don't know this - gel or acrylic or any type of nail extension holds color better than natural nails. The down side to that is that it can ruin your natural nails and the upkeep can be costly or maybe you are one of those girls like me that don't like fake nails. Or maybe you tried the Sally Hansen one and hated it! Don't worry I hated it, too! What crap.

So how do you get your color to stay on and your nails to be stronger at a decent price? Invest in an LED system. I got mine from Ulta.com and tis the Red Carpet Manicure Pro 45 Starter Kit for $39.99 plus the store coupon for $3.50 off (which pretty much helps with shipping/tax $6-8). You know why you should invest? Because a gel manicure at a salon is $25-30 plus tip for one! So you are already breaking even with the first at home gel manicure you do yourself.

So in the box you get the LED light, the power cord, base coat, top coat, one complimentary classic red nail color, Prep (which is just vinegar), Purify (which is just alcohol), and Erase (which is acetone). Eventually you will run out of prep, purify and erase. Don't buy into the ploy, get spray bottles from CVS for the vinegar and alcohol. Buy 100% pure acetone instead of nail polish remover.



I know, I know there is a lot of skepticism. What if you suck at painting your nails? What about the gel colors being $10 a piece? Is this really worth it?

1. If you suck at painting your nails, you are in luck because this doesn't dry until you cure it under the light so you can take your time cleaning up around the edges with a qtip and some acetone.

2. Yes, the gel colors are $10 a piece. I only have 3 of them. The beauty about this is I only use the base and topcoat to make myself a gel overlay on my own nails. That causes my REGULAR $1.99 nail polish to stay on for 7-14 days. Genius right?

3. This is really worth it. Why? Every week or 2 you are putting a gel overlay on your natural nails and they are healthier, stronger and hold polish way longer than they ever could alone.

I have had this system since Christmas. I use it every week. I have only had to repurchase base coat and top coat once within almost a year time frame. For the 9 - 10 months I have had a long lasting, shiny, manicure (and sometimes pedicure!) and I only have chipping if I had been doing something super rough on my nails like home improvement projects.



It truly is amazing and I do use the gel colors once in a blue moon. Honestly, just for the base and top coat alone its totally worth it. The best part is I have a ton of regular nail polish and I love doing nail art. I get to use them all and they actually stay on for really long time.

You can buy it on eBay!
http://m.ebay.com/itm/131181540585
I hope this helps!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to use Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar

Have you heard about the apple cider vinegar hype? Well kids, its not just hype.

I am a healthy skeptic myself. Seriously how can something as simple as vinegar cure anything other than being a marinade?

Well its true. For all things beauty, ACV might be the way to go.

Hair rinse: wash away buildup with an apple cider vinegar rinse. This DIY treatment makes strands shinier, reduces frizz and seals cuticles. It also simulates the scalp to promote hair growth. My hair is crazy shiny after and my scalp doesn't itch like it normal does. Its better than any clarifying shampoo and any dandruff shampoo. No you won't smell like it afterwards. Just wash your hair as you normally would. Then, with a cup do a few ounces of ACV and water. Pour the mixture on your head and massage it in. After, just rinse and the smell is gone but all the benefits are there. Check out the photo down below. No hair dye, photoshop, no products or argan oil or hair iron. 

Toner: Psoriasis, eczema and acne sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on the parts of your face or body you are having issues with. This is best to do before you go to bed because you will smell a little like ACV.

Mouthwash: Mix apple cider vinegar with water, then swish around in your mouth. This antiseptic will break down plaque and bad breath-causing bacteria. ACV is known for healing and disinfecting.  

Face mask: When you mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, you get one pretty awesome mask. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. This is really good for when your face is just going crazy from hormones, or stress or even makeup. I am super allergic to MAC and Loreal foundations. 

Bath solution: The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar and Epsom salt. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin. Don't have time for a bath? That's okay. ACV mixed with some moisturizer on the parts of your body where you have cellulite will help drastically. Yes ma'am cellulite. Everyday ACV and coconut oil (my lotion of choice) I have almost no cellulite and I am no spring chicken.


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