Sorry everyone. I caught a nasty could, so there will not be a Glam and Uncensored post tomorrow. The blog will be back next week, as long as if this cold does not kill me.
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Does your skin have the need to be refreshed, hydrated, energized, and all the while setting your makeup? With The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Energizing Face Mist and the Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist, this skin treatment is achievable without hurting your wallet.
VITAMIN C ENERGIZING FACE MIST
The Vitamin C mist is enriched with Camu Camu from the Amazonian Rainforest. This energizing mist is best used for people with dull looking skin who are looking for a radiant and smoother complexion. This mist does not smell like chemicals, but instead has a light orange scent to it. It’s a great way to not only tone and tighten pores, but to keep skin clear and balanced after you cleanse your face. I love the burst of the mist on my skin, and use it a couple of times a day. It makes my skin look and feel amazing.
And in addition to the refined effects the Vitamin C Energizing Face Mist has on your skin, it even helps to set your makeup! I usually use Skindinavia to set my makeup initially, but will follow up with a couple of spritzes during the day with the Vitamin C mist. My makeup remains fresh, as if I had just applied it.
I love the smell, of the Vitamin C Energizing Face Mist. I use it everyday in the morning to help give my skin a healthy glow and help rid of the dullness.
VITAMIN E HYDRATING FACE MIST
The Vitamin E Hydrating Mist is enriched with protective and moisturizing wheatgerm oil and, of course, Vitamin E. The mist has rosewater to help refresh your skin and boost hydration. The facial mist is suitable for all skin types and is an excellent skin refresher for an instant pick-me-up. This spray is infused with Vitamin E to provide natural antioxidants to protect against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution, and smoke. Not only is it reasonably priced, but it gives you just enough moisture boost without being sticky. It sprays fine so you don’t see droplets. The scent is light and fresh and has no strong odors or chemicals.
And like the Vitamin C Energizing Mist, the Vitamin E mist will also set your makeup. Again, I would not use this to set your makeup after you have just applied it. I would use this mist for during the day when you need a little boost of moisture. This too will aid in keeping your makeup fresh.
Let me note that the Vitamin C and E mists are not as effective as a skin toner. Toners are meant to be used after cleansing to help remove any remaining impurities and help prep your skin for the next steps in your skin care routine. While this face mist will help soothe and feel refreshing, it does not act as a replacement for a toner.
Both misters can be purchased at The Body Shop. The Vitamin C Energizing Mist retails for $20.00 and the Vitamin E Hydrating Mist retails for $17.00.
Eye primer is usually the first in the process of putting on our eye makeup so it can last longer, keep it from smudging, and helping to create a vibrant eyeshadow color. Taking an extra 10 seconds in the morning to apply eye primer is much faster than spending 10 minutes wiping eyeliner off your lower lids in the mid-afternoon. So out of the many, many, eye primers on the market today which one do we choose?
I will state this. I suffer from watery eyes. And during the years of wearing makeup, I have tried primers which completely failed on me and some which kept my eye makeup intact. The ones which held my eyeshadow together, are pretty decent. Therefore, I share with you the top three primers, in my mind, which have kept my eye makeup together.
1. URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW PRIMER POTION:
This primer is known for its easy application, smooth feel and strong eyeshadow hold. When I applied this primer, it held my eyeshadow for about ten hours, maybe a little more. Basically, your normal workday. I have been buying this primer for years. I usually wait until it goes on sale, then I stock up. You will get a lot of product out of this. The packaging takes up at least half of the length of my hand. And since you use only a small amount of it, the primer should last you a while. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is on sale for $8.00 at Sephora. But it normally retails for $20.00 and may be purchased at ULTA and www.urbandecay.com.
2. BENEFIT AIR PATROL BB CREAM EYELID PRIMER:
This particular eye primer has a neutral yellow tone. Air Patrol BB cream eyelid primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 20 contains EnviroDefend complex which is known to help guard your delicate eyelids against sun, smoke and pollutants. It also extends the wear of eyeshadow for long-lasting color that won’t crease, fade or smear. My favorite is its applicator tip. It is quite unique. The tube has a “CushionCalm” tip. The tip is very rubbery and soft. Applying the product with this tip is great for the delicate eye area. The BB Cream has helped my eyeshadow stay in place for more than 12 hours, kept my eyeshadow from creasing, and did help my eyeshadow appear more vibrant. The Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer retails for $29.00 and may be purchased at ULTA, Sephora and www.benefitcosmetics.com.
3. NYX PROOF IT!:
Yes, you do not have to spend $20.00 or more to get a good eyeshadow primer. NYX Proof It is a fantastic primer for under $20.00. After placing this eye primer on your lids, your eyeshadow will stay in place all day, no matter what the weather and without creasing or smudging. When I first applied the product, I felt a tiny bit of stickiness, but it quickly went away. There were times when I applied my eyeshadow and then change my mind on the color. When I went to rub it off, the eyeshadow did not come off. I actually had to wash it off. Not even my watery eyes could make eyeshadow crease while wearing the NYX Proof It. The NYX Proof It! retails for $6.99 and may be purchased at ULTA and most drugstores.
These are my go to eye primers. They are in no particular order, and each are equally good in their own right. But each do not make your eye makeup fade, crease or smear, and all the while makes your eyeshadow give the appearance of vibrance. There you have it: a triology of Holy Grail eyelid primers.
CoverGirl is well known for its line of drugstore mascara. Over the years, we have seen the change in their mascara and its formulas. I have come across two mascaras which I think are note worthy; Katy Kat Eye and Clump Crusher. These two mascaras which can be the best of the best when it comes to CoverGirl mascara. So who will the winner in my view?
COVERGIRL CLUMP CRUSHER
The curved molded brush will separate your lashes, while the fine toothed brush makes sure your lashes are completely covered. I found that the mascara could be easily applied and there was zero excess mascara being applied to your brush when you pull it out of the tube. There is a light barrier that only lets out a certain amount of product. It is not easy to layer this product, and it does not give the big voluminous lashes that some other mascaras can give you. Also, with this mascara, there is not a lot of product in the tube, and it has the potential to dry up fast.
COVERGIRL KATY KAT EYE BY KATY PERRY
The brush for this mascara gives you a 360 degree sculpting brush, which sweeps your lashes up and out. It is very pigmented, will not smudge or smear, and it can be removed easily with soap and water. I like the way that this particular mascara gave my lashes both volume and length with no effort. I read there were a lot of complaints about the Katy Kat Eye mascara clumping. I personally did not have this problem. This is not to say this problem does not exist. I actually believe that the wand is the best part of this mascara. This is pretty good for being a drug store product. There is no crumbling through the day, and it adds lots of volume to my lashes.
You can already tell by now I favored the Katy Kat Eye mascara by CoverGirl. And I know I am most probably going against the majority. But I must go with the mascara which gave me the best overall appearance, and that was the Katy Kat Eye mascara. The CoverGirl Clump Crusher is good, but I found that Katy Kat has it beat.
If you are interested in purchasing either mascara, you may purchase them at your local drug store or ULTA. The CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye mascara retails for $8.99, while the CoverGirl Clump Crusher retails for $7.99.
It is winter and everyone’s skin is drying out. Some people’s skin is so dry that it is beginning to crack. No matter how you add it up, dry skin can be painful. And if your face is dehydrated that is when the flaws show. Fine lines, wrinkles, etc. all come to the surface of your face. However, I have a product which will help get rid of the dryness on your face. Etude House’s Play Therapy Sleep Pack will put the moisture back into your skin.
The Sleep Pack is a deep moisture sleep pack which provides ample moisture with Marine Mineral and hyaluronic acid. So what is Marine Mineral? It is an ingredient from the coral in the emerald colored Caribbean Sea, which contains sufficient minerals for bright, moist, healthy looking skin.
With the Sleep Pack you massage the moisturizer during the very last step of your night skincare regimen. You wear the Sleep Pack overnight and wash off the moisturizer the next morning.
I have always claimed to suffer from dry skin. The Sleep Pack helped a whole lot, and made a difference in the appearance of my skin. The area under my eyes appeared more plump, the skin around my cheeks and forehead appeared brighter and healthier. I just had an overall healthy appearance.
This Korean skincare product really gives deep moisture to your skin while you sleep. And if you are suffering from dry skin like me, I highly recommend this Sleep Pack as an answer to that dry skin.
We all know how great coconut oil is for your skin and hair. But what about avocado oil? Yes you can make some very tasty guacamole with avocado, but avocado oil is just as effective as coconut oil. The avocado fruit is extracted from avocado and cultivated in various parts of the world. The oil squeezed from an avocado fruit has high nutritional value, but is more expensive when compared to other oils.
Avocado oil comes in two forms, organic and inorganic. Organic avocado oil is considered healthy and stays fresh for longer periods of time. Cold pressed avocado oil can be the active ingredient in many cosmetic skincare and hair care products because avocado oil has one of the best moisturizing ability of all oils.
You can apply avocado oil directly on your skin or through consumption. Avocado oil has high level of Vitamin E which helps prevent skin inflammations and itchiness, and it helps your skin maintain softness and good health. Avocado oil also helps your skin from drying out helps it stay hydrated for longer periods of time. And if you suffer from dry skin like me, the avocado oils will benefit you the most.
As an anti-aging ingredient, avocado oil has high anti-aging properties capable of protecting your skin from free radicals. The oils in the avocado deeply penetrate into your skin cells, allowing them to function while being attacked by free radicals.
For a face mask, which is refreshing, mix equal portions of avocado and cucumber in your blender. Apply the mixture to your face and neck, and leave on for about 15 minutes. If you do this 2-3 times a week, you will notice softer and fresher skin.
You can also soften your hands with this avocado mixture. Mix mashed avocados with finely ground oats or sugar and gently rub the mixture into your hands. Leave on for five minutes, and wash off without soap. This mixture is going to remove dead skin cells from your hands and will leave your hands soft and moisturized.
As well as being a way to treat dry hair, avocados can also be used to treat a dry and itchy scalp. How do you treat your dry scalp? Massage some mashed up avocado into your scalp to help heal, nourish and improve the overall condition of your scalp and hair.
If you have frizzy or damaged hair, avocado oil can help with this too. Before shampooing, mash up half an avocado and add two tablespoons avocado oil. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes. After rinsing, that unruly hair will be smooth and manageable.
If you have the desire for shinier hair, avocados can help you. Mash a ripe avocado and mix it with an egg yolk and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp, and leave the mixture on for 15-20 minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. The hair mask should leave your hair with extra shine.
In conclusion, avocados and avocado oil is a cheaper way to keep your skin moisturized and your hair healthier. During the winter everyone experiences some degree of skin and hair dryness. I know all too well the feeling of being dehydrated, and it is the most uncomfortable feeling ever. There are not a lot of people who can afford skin and hair maintenance on a weekly basis. So why not treat your skin and hair at an affordable price? You deserve it!
There is nothing that I love more than a relaxing shower. The kind of shower where you go in with a horrible mood, but come out feeling much better. Well, the products at LUSH help me do just that. I get that nice, relaxing shower and come out feeling better than I did when I went in. Plus, I get the benefit of treating my skin, making it softer and smoother than before. And the aromatherapy is a fantastic bonus.
In New Orleans, there is a large LUSH store where I shop. It can be very overwhelming, but in a good way. In addition to shower products, there are bath products such as “bath bombs” that contain essential oils and moisturizers, hair products and the list goes on. All products are handmade and cruelty free. The company also makes donations to charities like grassroots organizations.
There are plenty of items for you to pamper yourself, but the ones I am liking now are these three products which I like to use in the shower:
Those are my main LUSH go-to’s. If you are looking to save money, and who isn’t, just buy the Karma Kream. Whatever soap you use, you can always count on the Karma Kream to moisturize your dry, winter skin. You can find your local LUSH store by going to their website www.lush.com. You can also purchase their products at this site.