Saturday, March 19, 2011

I Wanna Know!

Clinique has come out with a mascara called "Bottom Lash Mascara." It's claim is: "Small by design. So bottom lashes can show off. Big time."

I wanna know what you think? Would you spend $10 for a mini mascara meant only for your bottom lashes. I most certainly would NOT! It's a horrible marketing gimmick (although the tube is cute). Regular mascara works just fine. Boo to you, Clinique, well, for lots of things, but this mascara isn't going to be a great money maker. You just watch!

Tip: hold your regular mascara wand vertically and lightly brush the tip of the wand across those tiny lashes, and that should do the trick.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dry vs. Dehydrated

Many people come see me complaining of “dry” skin. After taking a look through the magnifying lamp, I usually see one of two things. There are clogged pores, blackheads, and even some tiny whiteheads. Or, it’s the opposite: No breakouts, but flaky, irritated, and tight skin. In either case, the skin is suffering from dehydration. Now listen very carefully. A truly dry skin has zero oil, which means it would never, ever break out! So, with that said, most people fall into the category of dehydrated skin.

How can you tell if your skin is dehydrated?
Do you wash your face with soap or something foamy?
Does your skin feel really tight after you wash it, like if you don’t put moisturizer on right away, your face might crack?
Does your skin flake an hour or two after moisturizing or using specialized treatments?
Does your skin have red splotchy areas that look similar to a sunburn?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably have dehydrated skin. Most of us do. We are so obsessed with exfoliating and getting our skin squeaky clean that we strip the protective barrier and all the oils in our skin to keep it nourished.

This is my easiest explanation:
Your skin feels really tight after you wash it, right? That tightness you feel is dehydration. That dehydration is actually water loss, and what happens when your skin loses water? It sends a signal to your oil glands to produce more oil to lubricate your skin.

Ok, let’s pretend for a second that you have a layer of saran wrap on your skin. That layer is so tight that now your over productive oil glands have nowhere to put that excess oil. The pores are working so hard to let the oil out, but they have no place to go. Hence, your pores get stretched out (large pores), and your pores get clogged. It’s really that simple. I see too much exfoliation and stripping of the skin with oily clad gals. Stop it! Oil is good for your skin. It’s just when you have an overload of oil that it needs help simmering down.

Dehydration feels the same way for dry skin, but instead of getting over active oil glands (remember? Dry skin has no oil), this skin utilizes its collagen and elastin for replenishment. Therefore, dry skinned people are more apt to get premature wrinkles and sagging skin far sooner than their oily skinned peers.

The most common thing I hear is this: “But, I drink so much water!” And, my reply? That’s great! But, our skin is the largest organ in our body so it the last to receive anything we put into it. That’s why it is so important to nourish our bodies both inside and out. Whatever we put on our skin absorbs into our body, and vice versa.

It is crucial to use the correct products for your skin type. Start thinking of your skin as an organ (because it is!) that is just as important as any other organ. You wouldn’t neglect your heart if it was on the outside, would you?

We all need hydration, even oily skins. Without it, we are depleting our skin of the nutrients it needs to survive. I hope that helps!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Product Review-Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

This is my favorite Burt's Bees lip balm. It leaves my lips moisturized with a tiny hint of color, and a good amount of sheen. I love that the use of this balm has never broken out the skin around my lips (yes, some do), and it is not sticky or waxy. It is a great everyday lip balm, especially on those i-want-it-to-look-like-i-have-no-makeup-on days, or over a matte lipstick that you love the color of, but want a little shine over it; not necessarily a gloss. It's a must have in my car, my junk drawer and on my nightstand! Plus, the price is right for a natural lip product. I can't wait to try out the new tinted lip balms next! Have any of you tried them yet? I'm anxious to see how they work!

Sidenote: I rarely buy items like this twice. I am a product junkie. I love to try new things, hence my EOS lipbalm purchase.

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Product Review-EOS Lip Balm-Smooth Sphere

I'm gonna have to give my frown lines to this product. It claims to give long-lasting moisture, and with the shea butter and vitamin E, you would think so. After applying this once, I felt the need to reapply 2-3 minutes afterwards. The packaging is cute, but it gave little moisture and zero shine. At almost $5 an egg, it's just not worth it, unless looking cool pulling it out of your purse is worth $5 to you. The sphere would be an attention grabber for sure, especially to your not-so-trendy friends. Personally, I'd rather stick to my Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm. The only unique pro is that it is gluten-free (not why I bought it, though), and that is hard to find. Bottom line? Save your money for something that works...


Monday, March 14, 2011

A Budding (Makeup) Artist

My husband would not be so proud of this. But, what happens when your toddler has been watching you apply your makeup pretty much every day since he was born? This happens:

Hmm...This doesn't seem like how Mommy does it.

I think I'm getting close!

Mommy, does this go on your nose?

Now I got it! It goes on your eyes!

Ok, now let's figure out these fluffy things. 

By the way, Lil' C was trying out the GloMinerals eyelash curler. I know, I know. How dare I use something other than the holy grail Shu Uemura one that everyone raves about? Well, I have, and to be honest, I love the GloMinerals one so much better! The spring on it makes it completely ouchless. I have not once pinched myself, and I find that my lashes curl faster and at a better angle than the Shu one. Plus, it is so lightweight! So, there you have it-A mini-product review and some adorable pictures to look at. 
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I Wanna Know!

I wanna know what you think of Katy Perry. I can't quite figure her out. She is gorgeous. Have you seen her on the cover of People Style Watch? 
Her makeup is impeccable, and those eyes are hypnotic! But, her music? It's so cheesy. Albeit, she has some catchy tunes, but her look and music, to me, don't add up. So, I wanna know! Is Katy Perry on your iPod or not?