Sunday, February 28, 2010
I've had such a hard time finding a face washing routine I can stick to. I like my face cleansings to be 1-2-3 and your outta there! Taking more than 5 minutes to get a good deep down scrub and clean aggravates me. Often before this I would find myself just using one cleanser (usually St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which by the way, I know is horrible for your skin) and forget about it. But finally I have found something that works for me and that I love!
It's important to have at least a three step skincare routine before going to bed or applying makeup, especially in the winter. Exfoliate/cleanse, tone and moisturize! Of course, you can include as many steps in your morning/night routine as you’d like but I'm just lazy and like the shortest route possible. Mine is only four steps.
I've been using mainly Biore products lately in order to stick to one brand, so that my skin is not surprised by different brand's ingredients. I am in no way promoting just using one brand. Everyone has different skin and should use whatever products works best for them.
This is my nightly routine before going to bed. My morning routine is slightly different.
First I use:
Biore SkinPreservation Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator
This polishes and buffs my skin using tiny little crystals (the same ones used in professional microdermabrasion). It also improves skin tone and texture. However, do not go overboard with this product. Just a tiny dime size will work for your entire face. The first time I used it, I scrubbed so hard with it, that my face compeltely broke out. It felt like I had scrubbed the first two layers of skin off! So be gentle with it. I love how this makes my skin so soft and prepares it for cleansing.Biore SkinPreservation Clean Things Up Nourishing Gel Cleanser
Next I use:
Next I use:
I love this cleanser!! It's super gentle and has little Vitamin E beads that dissolve into your skin. It has definitely improved my skin's texture as well. It used to be really dry and tough, but now it is really soft. I especially love how it leaves your skin feeling clean and moisturized without leaving it greasy. By the way, it smells amazing!
After I use:
Proactiv Solution Revitalizing Toner
I use this because it is what I have handy and I really like that leaves my skin refeshed. However, I have always used L'Oreals HydraFresh toner and I love it just the same. I really find that most toners (for me anyways) are very similar and any one will work.
And finally I use:
Biore Skin Preservation Hard Day's Night Overnight Moisturizer
This overnight moisturizer leaves my skin super hydrated and is a little bit thicker than most moisturizers. It isn't greasy though which I like. I will put it on before bed as my last step in my routine and wake up in the morning with my skin feeling extremely soft and flexible. It's also made my skin less dull and more dewy, making it healthier looking.
So far, I am really pleased with my four step night routine. It's fast and easy and I've seen great results in my skin's texture and appearance.
What skin routines do you use?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I've been using Lux Naturals soap all week and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. As I said in my previous posts, I am not a natural, handmade soap kind of person mainly because of the smell. I tried Lush and hated them. Lux Naturals soaps however smell so good. They lather nicely and cover you in bubbles. They also leave you skin feeling squeaky clean which I love.
These are the samples I got:
1. Moonlight Pomegranate
2. Sweet Pea
3. Honeysuckle Breeze
4. Coco Mango
5. Red Apple
7. True Honeydew
8. Coconut Lime
10. Blackberry Sage
They smell just like their names! My favorite one hands down is Moonlight Pomegranate. It smells like nothing I've ever smelled before! Love it!! And it is so pretty! It's got all different swirls of vibrant colors.
All there soaps are $6.50 for a big chunk (4.5 ounces)! They also have huge 7.2 ounce bath fizzies (bombs) for $5.00!!
I'm really happy with the quality and smell of their products as well as their awesome service! I will definitelly be purchasing from them. check this company out and let me know what you think. =) Click here for their site.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
My boyfriend picked up this bag for me in Portugal when we were there on vacation. I love it!! It's by Lookat, and we bought it at some random purse and accessories boutique in the town of Chaves. Check out its super duper-ness!!
The material feels sort of like suede, but it's not.
I am just absolutely in love with the hardware and industrial look of it!!
Also, the navy blue color is really pretty.
Here I am! Look how big it is! Love it!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Warning: Long rant ahead. Read at your own risk!
I am not going to lie, I am not a big fan of "organic" soaps. I just never liked the smell of them or their greasy consistency. However, after hearing about Lush and its awesomeness (if that's even a word) from about every single Blogger and Makeup Guru out there, I figured that I would fall in love like the rest of you guys. I mean the Lush brand itself promises clean, vegetarian, no-testing-on-animals, great smelling products for both bath and body, so how could one not be intrigued. I was on a mission to indulge in these products myself, so I found the closest store (about 50 minutes from where I live) and dragged along the sweet boyfriend. I say sweet because 1. I talked his ear off about how great these products were going to be, 2. we got lost along the way and actually ended up taking about an hour and a half to get to the store, and 3. because well he's a boy and most boys don't care about anything cosmetics related. But nonetheless, he accompanied me anyway and we drove up with visions of Honey I Washed the Kids, Rockstar, and Sultan of Soap dancing in my head.
Now, let me say this before I continue. I understand that my opinion is my opinion and that about 90% of you love Lush, so understand that I am in no way criticizing anyone when I say the following: What are you people seeing that I'm not seeing?! No in all seriousness, did I miss something?
Unfortunately, to my great dissapointment, I did not like one single thing in that store. I feel so unbelievably disillusioned with Lush that I don't even know where to begin. I was expecting wonderful smells when I walked in to it. Nothing. That's what I smelled. Not kidding. Nothing. Also, all of the smells were so hemp and incense like, that I felt sort of light headed when I left. Not even the Honey I Washed the Kids bar smelled good to me. In fact, it didn't smell like anything it promoted. Rockstar? What a joke! I've heard that it's smell is other worldy and also like nothing else you've ever smelled. Really? It smelled just like bubble gum to me which is not anything I want to smell like when I get out of the shower since pink bubble gum flavor/smell makes me want to gag. The bath bombs, well the only good thing about them was that they were a nice big size. Again, their smells were nothing amazing and some of them smelled like old perfume.
The sea salt scrub, which I was so excited about smelled horrible and felt like sandpaper of a gradient 3 on my skin. The only bar of soap that I didn't mind the smell of was Sultan of Soap. But it had so many full size nuts and raisins in it that my boyfriend made a good point of how it would most definitely clog the shower drain. His favorite was porridge. I thought it smelled like dirt.
And finally, the biggest disappoinment of all were the prices! Even though I practically hated everything, I still was going to cave in and buy Honey I Washed the Kids, because aside from its smell, the honeycomb pattern on the side looked like it would be a good exfoliator and even though I was skeptical, I still thought that it would smell better maybe when I used it in the shower. So I walk over to the register (where the friendly cashier was) with a bar the size of a 3x3 square (much smaller than any store bought soap) and it weighed in at a mind boggling $14.92!! WHAT?! Any last hope that I would buy anything from Lush was left there in the dust at the register. That is beyond ridiculous. Who ever pays fifteen dollars for a tiny bar of soap is just letting money go down the drain (no pun intended).
Ugh! I'm sorry to be such a downer, but I was just so completely dissapointed. I really, REALLY, wanted to love Lush like all of you guys but I just did not get it.
Are there any other companies out there that also create handmade soaps that I should try out. Let me know what your experiences are with Lush soaps and products!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Concealers and I have a love/hate relationship. I try to do most of the loving but they always end up doing most of the hating!
I don't know about you, but I can not stand when a concealer is sticky and gooey. I just feel like it sits on my skin attracting any lint particle to it and then eventually melting away. Often I find that 85% of concealers out there, are too watered down, so I don't get the coverage I need for my dark undereye circles and my monstrous hormonal pimples that decide to pop up whenever I am stressed. It's hard to find a concealer I love.