Products I Love: Skin Care #1

I have unbelievably sensitive skin. I have used many brands to control my acne and oily face (Clearasil, Clean & Clear, ProActive), all of which were okay for a while but then became extremely harsh on my skin. I’m talking rosacea, blotchy redness and chapped, tight,  dried out skin. Very uncomfortable.

So, naturally, my first post in my list of favorite products is about facial skin care. Sensitive skin and acne don’t stand a chance!

When I began having major problems with my sensitivity, it was tricky finding something to balance out the redness all over my face. Then, I found Eucerin Redness Relief.

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This line is awesome! After using all three for one week, my skin had balanced out and was replenished with hydration. The cleanser is a light gel-like formula that lathers just enough, and really soothes facial breakouts. The daily moisturizer has an SPF of 15 and a green tint that offsets the red skin tone. The night cream is ultra moisturizing and cools your face. I even gave these products to my friend, who has eczema, and she loved them!

 

Next, I began using products from St. Ives for a more natural feel. Specifically, the Green Tea and Apricot Blemish Scrubs.

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These were a wonderful choice because of their ability to clear breakouts and really smooth out the texture of my skin. They both smell great too!

 

After realizing that scrubs weren’t the best choice for an everyday cleanser, I introduced myself to Simple Skin Care, a brand for people with sensitive skin. To say I am obsessed is an understatement.

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I have tried and loved multiple products: 1) I use the Smoothing Facial Scrub once or twice a week to clear my pores. 2)The Moisturizing Facial Wash is perfect for those with dry skin who need that extra added hydration. 3) There is also a Foaming Facial Wash that I would recommend to those with oilier skin, because it seemed to dry out my skin. 4) All of the facial wipe are refreshing and perfect for make-up removal(eye and face). 5) I have tried both the Hydrating Light Moisturizer and Protecting Light Moisturizer(SPF 15) and though lighter, each one smooths and moisturizes evenly. There are so many other products by this brand that I would recommend even though I have not tried them! http://www.simpleskincare.com

 

Next I want to give recognition to a brand that I do not use all of the time, but would if I weren’t so crazy about the former brand in this post 😛  Yes To is a natural, skin-type specific brand. Each product line is designated for a certain skin type. Obviously, I used the Yes To Cucumbers for my sensitive skin. The two products I used and loved were the Facial Wipes and Eye Make-Up Remover Wipes. These are the best wipes, I would even venture to say I prefer these facial wipes over the Simple Brand ones.

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One last facial product that I cannot live without! Facial masks can be very stripping and harsh on sensitive skin. However, I found one that I use sparingly throughout the year. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque clears out your clogged pores and softens facial texture. It is an extremely reasonable price for a mask that only takes 15 minutes!

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 I am so excited to share my multitude of favorite brands and products! If you have any questions as to pricing or places to buy certain products feel free to send an email or comment below! YAY! Check in for my next Skin Care post where I will focus on the body!

L’Oreal Feria Wild Ombre

I have long blonde hair, and have been wanting to try the ombre look. However, I am not willing to spend hundreds of dollars!

So here is what I tried!

 

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L’Oreal Feria Wild Ombre

I kept the color on for the full 45min, applying more to the tips of my hair for a gradual look.

Before:

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After(Wet):

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After(Dry):

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Definitely lightened up!

After washing the color out, I shampooed with the treatment included in the kit twice(which smells amazing!)

I used Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Conditioner after shampooing for added protection.

I then gently towel dried and combed. It was a bit difficult to comb through the ends, so I put some of my Tresemme Smooth Silk No Frizz with Argan Oil on.

I recommend this for anyone wanting to try out the ombre look, because of the easy-to-use kit and the price($10.99 Walgreens)!

A few links I viewed as research:

http://pretty–wonderful.blogspot.com/2012/12/loreal-preference-wild-ombre-review.html

http://www.reallyree.com/2012/09/loreal-preference-wild-ombre-kit-review.html

http://shelookbook.com/loreal-wild-ombres-hair-dye-for-your-ombre-hairstyles.html

http://www.lorealparisusa.com/en/Brands/Hair-Color/Feria-Wild-Ombre.aspx?cid=lorus_rm_Google_HairColor+B+Feria+Wild+Ombre_Feria+Wild+Ombre&gclid=CJj-6OX3j7sCFXHxOgod-QcAhQ

Beauty Sketches

Beauty Sketches

Ladies, take a few moments  to watch this.

Growing up I always looked in the mirror and saw the small, unnoticeable things. Once I got into high school, I stopped caring.

It isn’t about how you look on the outside. (what a cliché)

When I look in the mirror I see what I love, which is everything. I tell myself the positive. I love being me, because no one else can.

If you use a mirror during your day do me a favor: Every time you see your reflection, find the beauty in yourself. You are a unique combination of the two human beings who brought you into this world. There is not another you. 

Your hair? Amazing. Eyes? Stunning. Smile? Breathtaking.

Dry Face: Solved

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With the cold weather my skin has gotten drier, and the Simple Light Moisturizer with SPF is great for daytime, but I needed something to rejuvenate my face overnight.

Customers constantly ask for Cetaphil or CeraVe, because these brands are recommended by dermatologists.

I decided to try out Cetaphil. My skin is sensitive, so either of the brands would be ideal.

I’ve only been using it for two days and it’s amazing. The dry patches on my face disappear overnight. No harsh fragrance, very smooth application. I’ve even used some on my arms and feet!

 

Foundation

I’m not much of a foundation, concealer, pressed powder user.

During the summer I decided to try a BB cream with SPF for protection and a hint of color.

I chose Maybelline Dream Fresh BB.

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This product is really nice because it smooths complexion and is very lightweight. I primarily used it as a sunscreen.

I have experienced rosacea and wanted a way to cover the pink tone and blemishes. Since I use a light moisturizer, I decided it would be beneficial to go with a shine-free mousse instead of a liquid or powder.

I chose to try Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse.

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For someone who doesn’t want a fake-cakey looking appearance and has sensitive skin, this product ended up being perfect.

I use a very small amount, less than what fits on the end of a Q-Tip.

It is very smooth to apply and when it sets it keeps your face matte and glowing all day long. It does not make me break out with blemishes nor does it clog my pores.

I highly recommend these products!

 

Thoughts? What do you use?

’tis the season for chapped lips

On my side of town, it is getting colder and lips are getting drier.

As soon as the temperature dropped below 40 my lips were instantly chapped.

Consider these products:

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1. It’s adorable.

2. It’s under $2

3. It also comes in Cocoa Butter formula

I put this on every night before bed.

Not interested in the tiny tubs? Just grab whatever vaseline petroleum jelly you have lying around the house and use that. It’s essentially the same thing!

 

Maybelline Baby Lips

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The original colors are sheer, with wonderful flavors. I have 2 and LOVE them.

Maybelline has also released the Electro line for a bolder pop of color Image

More related to this post is the newest line of Dr. Rescue Medicated balms

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These lip balms run from $4-$6 depending on the store and line you choose from.

Happy Fall & Soon to be Winter! & Go Steelers!

Drugstore Hair

Working at a drugstore, you’re introduced to many products, for me it’s beauty. I have long hair, and I try very hard to maintain it, but on a budget.

My problems: greasiness, thickness, breakage

1. Greasiness. After a day or two my hair gets greasy, so I started using dry shampoo.

0007940012211_180X180Suave isn’t a brand that I normally use, but this stuff is great. And only $3 i at most drugstores!

How I use it: Before work or school in the morning I would spray some on and then brush it through. I have learned recently that it is more effective and works better if you spray it on before bed and let it soak up the oil overnight.

2. My hair grows in quickly, making it thicker. To keep it manageable between cuts, I have to make sure that there isn’t constant buildup. Again, suave gets my vote

suave-daily-clarifying-shampooTheir clarifying shampoo is only $1 and I use it once a week.

3. For breakage, there a lot of tips in reducing it. Your hair is more prone to damage when it is wet and more fragile. Do not put your hair up in a pony tail, or run a brush through it when it is wet. Hair should be 80% dry before you brush it. To detangle, gently use a comb.

Everyone knows that heat styling causes breakage. I have been trying to stay away from my hair dryer and straightener. After towel drying I use a comb and let my hair air dry. This is a good time to put in anti-frizz or protective products. Once my hair is dry enough, I style using my round brush and blow dryer.

 

Shampoo and Conditioner I swear by: aun-1251b_1z. Clear is incredible. You instantly feel results. the shampoo is light, and you can feel your hair becoming smoother while in the shower! Make sure to massage your scalp! The conditioner is also light and won’t leave you feeling oily. TRY IT. $5.99. My hair has never felt so healthy!

Simple as this.

I have sensitive skin, so finding the right product took a while. With acne flaring in high school and still popping up every so often, it’s been rough keeping everything in sync.

Simple Skin Care.

If you are looking for something without harsh ingredients that will soothe and smooth your skin, this is it. I started using these products last year, and instantly fell in love. Image

I’ve used their scrub, towelettes, and lotion.

The scrub is exfoliating yet gentle. I use it in the shower, and on days that I don’t wash my face I use one of their Oil-Balancing Towelettes, because my face can get oily. They have 4 different kinds of facial wipes that can be used for cleansing as well as make-up removal. I use the light moisturizer for a clean, soft finish. They do have a rich moisturizer, and one with SPF as well.

My brother used my facial cleanser in the shower and ended up buying his own. He doesn’t normally use anything, but he said that because of the simplicity and non-flowery scent he liked it.

Try one of their many products, I’m sure you’ll love it! Let me know what you think!