Archive | December, 2011

Smooth Skin In an Instant

30 Dec

The best way to get smooth skin is by exfoliating and getting rid of dead skin cells.  However, that usually means using some sort of scrub, which I don’t particularly care for.  They usually just make my skin feel sticky and I don’t really feel like they do all that much.  Last Fall I started using Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Body ‘Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($65 www.katesomerville.com) and it is the BEST way to get smooth skin.  You can simply rub it on your body in circular motions with your hands, sponge, mitt or use your Clarisonic Body Brush.  Once it is on you can leave it on your skin for up to two minutes.  You WILL feel a slight tingle which is the fruit enzymes smoothing the skin, it doesn’t hurt at all, it feels like a spa treatment.  Then you simply rinse it off and you will notice you already have smoother skin!  I love this product because it doesn’t only help with getting smooth skin but it helps prep your legs for shaving and prevents ingrown hairs.  This is good to use before you apply any “fake” tanning products to the skin, it will make your tan last longer and it will also remove any tanning products you have applied to your skin.  The ingredients include: caffeine which stimulates and oxygenates the skin, gentle acids polish the skin and refine the texture, fruit enzymes smooth the skin, and essential oils soothe the skin.   It may seem pricey but the tube is 5oz. and you only use it once or twice a week.  I hope you try it, I know you will love it as much as I do!

All In One!

29 Dec

I am addicted to the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($5 www.sallyhansen.com) nail polish.  It is 5 steps in one!  The nail polish has: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color, and Top Coat.  There are 42 different colors and this polish is totally affordable!  I love to use a light shade or neutral shade on my finger nails all the time to keep them from breaking.  I use the bright colors on my toes to make them pop especially when I wear sandles or open toe shoes.  It is so easy to apply because the brush is shaped just for your nail beds.  I recommend giving this a try if you are someone who does not have time to get a regular manicure!

A Moroccan Vacation

28 Dec

 

I am sure you are using or have heard about the Moroccan Oil hair products.  I have a sister that is an esthetician and she works in a salon that started carrying the products months ago.  She has been using them and has recommended that myself and my other sisters try it too.  So, I have been looking for something to help fight breakage since I am addicted to my flat-iron, and my hairstylist recommended trying the Moroccan Oil Treatment.  I have thin hair and I wash it every other day, I have to be careful about what products I put in it because they can make it greasy.  So, the idea of putting OIL in my hair made me a little nervous but I thought I would give it a try.  The Moroccan Oil Treatment comes in both the regular and light formula.  I bought the light formula since it is for Fine Color Treated Hair.  After washing my hair I just put a small, and I mean TINY amount on my finger tips and only apply to the ends of hair and then comb through.  Then you can style as usual.  After using the oil my hair was soft, smooth, and so SHINY!  The website says that the oil helps to control frizz, protects hair from environmental damage, detangles hair, smooths and shines hair, softens thick unruly hair, repairs damaged hair, nourishes scalp, and increases hair elasticity.  The oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants and it is a treatment you can use everyday.  I recommend using this product because it really gives you the hair your see in magazines ads and it makes your hair so soft and shiny even after just one use!  Give your hair a vacation and take it to Morocco! ($16 www.moroccanoil.com)

Natural Daily Scrub

27 Dec

 

I was really curious about the Neutrogena Naturals line when I started to see the commercials.  As you can tell from reading this blog my curiosity got the best of my and I decided to try the Neutrogena Naturals Pore Purifying Scrub  ($8 www.neutrogena.com).  What makes this a “natural” product?  Well, instead of having chemicals in the scrub to help cleanse the skin, it has natural plant ingredients.  This product contains willow bark, which is great for clearing the skin and fighting blemishes.  The Neutrogena website is a great place to read about their Natural product line, it provides a lot of information which will help you determine whether or not natural products are something you want to try.  I really like this product because it is gentle enough for daily use.  I use a small amount and when you put it on your skin it feels gentle but you feel “clean” and like it has done its job.   When I use a product, especially a scrub, I like my skin to have that “clean” feeling afterwards and that something is “working” while it is on my skin.  Some natural products don’t give me that feeling but when I use this product I get the feeling that it is doing its job!  If you are interested in using natural products I think this is a good line to try.  It is easy to access and very affordable.  Try one of the products first to get a feel for the line, if you enjoy it then invest in the others.  Good luck and cheers to natural beauty!

Tone It Up!

26 Dec

 

I have always been on the fence about toner…I mean really, what is it for anyway?  Recently when I was having some blemishes one of my “Beauty Guru’s” recommended trying a gentle toner.  She said it would “help to cleanse and calm the skin before I put on my moisturizer.”  I was a little skeptical but I decided to give it a try.  The toner she recommended was Clarins Toning Lotion For Normal or Dry Skin ($20-$30 www.Clarinsusa.com).  It has chamomile in it which helps to calm the skin but it does not have strong odor or plant smell.  I use it in the morning and it has really refreshes my skin.  It does not make  my skin tight or dry it out like other toners, it is refreshing and feels like you are putting something that is healing on the skin.  If you are not using a toner but need to complete your cleansing program, try this gentle toner from Clarins.   They also have an option for Combination or Oily Skin.  The bottle us HUGE!  You get 70z.-14oz. depending on the size you buy.  I really am enjoying this refreshing toner as part of my morning routine and if you haven’t tried a toner get a sample of this and give it a try!

Line and Define

24 Dec

If you are tired of using your traditional eye pencil, try using Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner ($21 www.bobbibrown.com).  This eyeliner gives you the look of a liquid liner but goes on so much easier!  You apply it with an eyeliner brush ($25 Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush) and it goes on very smooth with out the mess of a liquid liner.  It is long-lasting and stays put all day!  You can use it on upper and lower lids as well as the inner lid for extreme definition.  I think this is a great update to an eye and it also makes your eye color really POP!  I use Caviar Ink which is one shade lighter than black for everyday.  I have had so many compliments on my eye makeup recently, I suggest using this to update your look too!  There are 13 colors to choose from so the options are endless.  Don’t be scared to try this, practice makes perfect!

Daily Dose of Vitamins

23 Dec

 

I have been taking vitamins for my hair for past 10 years.  For the past five years I have been taking  Schiff Hair,Skin & Nail Vitamins and these are by far the best.  I experimented with all different kinds of hair vitamins.  I used all the different expensive ones that you buy at the department store and tons of different brands from the drugstore.  I saw the Schiff vitamins in my local drugstore  about 5 years ago and have been using them ever since!  It takes about 1 month to see any results from any vitamin or supplement.  My hair and nails began to grow like weeds!  I had  a really short bob hairstyle at the time and I was constantantly having to get it trimmed.  Then last year I decided to grow my hair out and it is already down my back!  My hair  grows so fast that  my hair colorist has even started taking hair vitamins!  Along with your hair looking healthier, you will also notice that your nails  begin to grow faster  and  are stronger.  I was a nail biter for many years and had really weak, thin nails…now they are strong and they are a great length and I have stopped biting!  I can’t tell you how great the  results are from these vitamins, you really need to try them for yourself.  I take one to two pills every night before bedtime.  I prefer to take vitamins at night so that they are easier on my stomach.  You will begin to  notice results after a month and with continued use things will only get better!  You can go onto the Schiff website and search for a store that sells these vitamins near  you! ($17 www.schiffvitamins.com)

 

Kissable Lips All Year Long!

22 Dec

 

I have always had dry lips.  I hate using chapstick because I am a lipstick person.  When the weather started to change this Fall and started to get really cold, my lips became so dry and even cracked.  I did some research and read a lot of great reviews about “The Lip Balm” from La Mer.  I knew that their other products were great but I had actually not tried anything from this line before.  I decided to give “The Lip Balm” a try as a solution for my “aching” lips.  I used this product for one night and saw results by the next morning!  When I woke up the cracked areas of my lips had healed and the moisture had been restored.  When you read about this product on their website it says “Applied at night, lips are renewed by morning.”  I was a skeptic I must admit but it worked overnight just as the website said!  this is a pricey product but you get a large amount in the container and you only need a small amount with each application.  I apply this every night as the last step of my beauty routine and in the morning before I apply lipstick.  My lips have been so soft since I started using this it is amazing!  It even has a nice mint flavor and the La Mer Specialist at the Counter told me that it helps to keep your breath fresh!  If you are looking for something to rejuvenate your lips and keep them soft all the time go and get a sample of “The Lip Balm” from La Mer, you won’t be disappointed! ($45 www.cremedelamer.com)

The Perfect Curl

21 Dec

 

I can’t tell you how important it is to add the Shu Uemura Eyelash curler to your beauty tools!  I am sure you have seen it in tons of beauty magazines as the “Top  Rated” eyelash curler but let me tell you…all the hype is true!  This eyelash curler will change your life!  Before I had the Shu Uemura I had a cheap curler from the drugstore that pulled and tugged on my eyelashes and hurt at times.  My sister decided to try the Shu Uemura after we kept seeing  it in every beauty magazine we read and once she did she told me, “You have to buy this immediately!”  I have been using this eyelash curler ever since and that was about 6 years ago!  When you buy the eyelash curler, you must take care of it.  That means you need to wash the curler and the silicone pad.  Once you use the second replacement pad it is time to buy an entire new curler.  I know it seems like a pain but just like everything else eyelash curlers wear out and need to be replaced.  The curler is gentle on your eyelashes, it will not pull them out and it will give you the perfect curl every time!  The curl that you are given helps tremendously when you are applying makeup.  It helps give you a clear defined lash line so applying eyeliner is a ‘piece of cake!’  If you currently look at your eyelash curler as a “torture device”, please switch to the Shu Uemura, it will make your morning beauty routine one step easier, the curl is so perfect you can even skip mascara if you are in a hurry!  Currently the curler is only available online ($19 www.shuuemura-usa.com)

Beauty Bar

20 Dec

I have been using the Dove Beauty Bar as my body wash for 10 years!  It was actually recommended to me by my gynecologist when I was in high school!  She advised that you should never use scented body washes or body oils because they can lead to bacterial vaginal infections as well as yeast infections.  I am a little bit of a “germ freak” so I immediately when out and bought the Dove Unscented Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar ($5-$11) and have been using it ever since!  I like to feel really clean after I get out of the shower which is why I like using this so much.  It doesn’t leave a scent so when you use your favorite perfume or lotion, that is all you can smell.  You shouldn’t spend a fortune on body wash either, because you are only using it to clean your skin and then rinsing it down the drain.  The great thing about Dove is they have a lot of different beauty bar options to choose from that will fit your skin type.  They even sell it in body wash form if you do not want to use the beauty bar.  Each beauty bar also has ‘Moisturizing Cream’ which makes your skin feel really soft.   Also, it is great for travel and if you forget it in the hotel room, you won’t be mad at yourself for leaving your “expensive” body wash behind.  Check out all the different beauty bars on the Dove website at www.dove.com