Friday, June 25, 2010

Best Summer Moisturizers

As summer comes, many people with oily skin are constantly struggling between controlling facial oil and keeping the skin moisturized under the harsh treatment of some of the skin care products that claim to help eliminate excessive facial oil.

A good moisturizer for oily skin will not leave the skin shiny or greasy. Avoid moisturizer that feels heavy and apply only a pea-size amount every time. The function of a moisturizer is to prevent the dehydration of skin as water will constantly evaporate through the pores. Also, note that it is the water content, not the oil, that will evaporate.

A lot of people with oily skins are prone to acne or the occasional break out, and a suitable moisturizer can help prevent or even treat this problem. The moisturizer will form a protective barrier on the skin, leaving the skin soft and smooth. Since most acne treatments will dry out the area so much that the skin starts peeling or flaking, a moisturizer is important to restore the health of the skin and to prevent further damage done to the skin.

For an oil-free moisturizer, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel may be a good choice. This dermatologist tested moisturizer can not only provide hydration to the skin, but it can also balance the oil secretion in the T-zone area on the face. It can help smoothen, soften, and comfort the oily skin.

Lush’s Vanishing Cream Moisturizer performs its function very well while leaving a light smell on the skin. Made with honey, lavender, rose water, and an alternative for rich cocoa butter, shea, this product moisturizes the skin with plenty of natural ingredients. Apply this product after washing your face so it can drink it in

For people who are looking for all-natural ingredients, Normalizing Day Oil produced by Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is the way to go . This moisturizer comes in the form of light oil; however, it is quickly absorbed into skin and doesn't leave any residue behind. It is made with plant ingredients such as flowers, herbs, & seeds that are high in carotene, flavonoids, mucilage, and other essential oils. This product helps prevent excessive oil production and it reduces redness with natural antioxidants.

I have tried all 3 and I have combo skin an they are all great and comparable with one another in the fact that they don't overly moisturize your skin to the point where you will feel like you skin looks greasy. So these are 3 to consider if you are battling this problem this summer !

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Loreal Anti-Aging Lipstick Review

Loreal Anti-Aging Lipstick

L’Oreal has recently launched its "Colour Riche Anti-Aging Serum Lipstick" This product, with 16 different shades, boasts to give not only a luscious color, but also other effects that will enhance your lips leaving them luscious and making your pout look plump and proper all while slowing down the aging process what more could you ask for?

The anti-aging serum in the lipstick is comprised of collagen, ProXalyne, and other ingredients that can slow down the aging process of the lips. In addition to the anti-aging effect, this product helps improve definition of the lips, fills lines, and help create fuller looking lips.

It has my two thumbs up! And it definitely feels more moisturizing and nourishing that some other lipsticks I have tried recently !

I bought mine in the color "Pucker up Pink" and I must say the color is fab ! And at $9.99 you can't go wrong ! The one thing is, the lipstick is very matte so if you are a shiny lips girl apply some gloss over it for the perfect pink pout !

PS. The other colors are awesome too I am just partial to Pink lipstick lately !

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Moisturize Naturally !

One of my favorite gals Anna Pereira sent me some amazing lotion bars which is exactly what it sounds like. It's lotion in bar form so all you do is put it in your hand and spread it around to moisturize the areas you want to look, feel and smell delicious. The best part is a little bit goes a long way thats one of my favorite things about her soaps/lotions. I still basically have a full bar of the first full size product she sent me that I use everyday in the shower.

For starters she sent me "firm" lotion which is for areas like heels,knees,elbows basically any area that needs a little TLC. So every night after my shower I have been paying special attention to those areas especially now that summertime is in full swing. And my skin feels soooo great ! Plus the smell of "Lotus Flower"is simply to die for.

Next are the soft lotion bars which glide on with ease. I notice when I wake up in the morning my skin still has a shiny glow and you can still feel that it is moisturizing your skin. With most regular lotions your skin drinks it in and you are usually left needing to apply more, well not here ! So fab ! And the scent "Angel Wings" is a light subtle scent that smells exactly what its named after !
She also sent me over some samples of soaps and one that she sent me not only caught my eye but the attention of the Hub ! I put the "Peppermint" soap in the soap dish in our bathroom and I noticed it was going a little fast ! So finally he asked where did i get the soap it smells so good ! I was sooo happy so not only are these products great for me and you but some of the fragrances are good for the man in your life. The "Peppermint" scent is definitely unisex and WE both love it.

All of her soaps are all natural and Vegan, cruelty free and she makes everything herself ! She is an amazing person and I don't just say that about anyone !

Pick up your soaps and lotions and other cool stuff here :

And browse her ETSY shop here :

Follow her on twitter she fills you in on when she is having sales on her products !

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Color Ons (stick on eye shadow)

I had the privilege of being sent "Color On Professional" by Emma Bing my beauty partner in crime who is featured on websites such as and and So what she sent me was basically something that even the biggest makeup klutz could use.

It is press on eye shadow and can give you that perfect smokey eye you have always longed for but never been quite able to perfect. It is as simple as peel press remove and i wore the shadow all night without any signs of wear and I must say it was EASY and looked professional and would recommend it to any one even those who have perfected the smokey eye bc it comes in so many variations and is so simple and it actually lets you achieve the results it promises.

So if you want to look like you spent the day getting your makeup done you should definitely keep these in mind ! They are reasonably priced and easy to use...what more could you ask for ?

They can be purchased and you can look at all of the amazing designs here

"Mac to the Beach"

Just wanted to share my latest fave look that I put together with the "MAC to the beach" collection it is perfect for summer and simple and really looks great all paired together here is what I use to get an easy breezy summer look :)

FOR EYES, try Sand & Sun eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid, Firecracker eyeshadow on the middle of the lid,Amber Lights eyeshadow on the outer lid, and Antiqued eyeshadow in the crease. FOR CHEEKS & LIPS, tryHipness blush on cheeks and Beachbound lipstick paired with Flurry of Fun lipglass on lips.

Aveeno Ageless Vitality Regimen

The complete Aveeno Ageless Vitality regimen includes an SPF 30 moisturizing day cream, night cream, and eye cream. These products help improve skin elasticity and recreate the refreshing look of youthful skin.

Aveeno states that the Ageless Vitality day cream can improve firmness and jawline contour, while reducing wrinkles and diminishing age spots. The night cream, on the other hand, can reduce uneven pigmentation in four weeks and reduce overall sun damage and fine lines in two weeks. Since aging always affects the most sensitive area on the face–eyes, Aveeno Ageless Vitality eye cream aims to reduce under-eye circles and crow feet, and at the same time diminish puffiness and sagging around the eyes.

The texture of the products are amazing annd are very hydrating without feeling greasy. Even though I am in my twenties I worry about preventing the aging process before it starts. I saw some improvements around my eyes after a weeks use. I sometimes get under eye circles from lack of sleep and I have to say I noticed that even on minimal sleep my under eye bags did not look nearly as noticeable as normal.

Aveeno Ageless Vitality products are suitable for oily and sensitive skin, it helps restore skin elasticity, reduce lines, and diminish age spots. Made with natural ingredients, this regimen made me notice a positive change in my skin.

So, if you want an affordable way to keep wrinkles at bay this is the way to go !!! LOVES IT

Saturday, June 12, 2010

"You Are What You Eat"

Healthy aging starts with a good diet. Eating right is the single most important thing a person can do for themselves. It’s okay to treat your taste buds now and again with some of those manmade pleasures, but as the saying goes "You are what you eat"

Here are some foods that are proven to help you stay younger from the inside out :

  • Nuts. High in omega-3s, nuts will do wonders for your skin and health. The best nuts for aging beautifully would be the walnut, almond, brazil nut and the macadamia. They are high in iron, zinc, copper and magnesium. This will enhance your immune and digestive systems, improve your skin and can even help control cholesterol.
  • Ginger. This is a spicy root that is often overlooked. It will boost your circulatory system and even help with aches and pains. Try to include ginger in your daily diet.
  • Garlic. Forget about the scent, garlic is truly a health wonder. It is cholesterol’s natural enemy and the long-term cardio protective effects of garlic are well worth the temporary consequences to your breath. If you don’t like garlic, odor free garlic supplements can be used.
  • Avocado. High in healthy monounsaturated fat, avocado is tremendous for your health. It contains natrual Vitamin E which helps to prevent skin sagging and aging. It can also help with menopausal “hot flashes”.
  • Berries. Be it blueberries, blackberries or acai berries, get some berries in your diet! They contain phytochemicals known as flavanoids what are powerful antioxidants that will combat free radicals.
  • Water. This one may seem obvious but you wouldn’t believe how many people do not get their daily recommended 8 glasses of water. It flushes the toxins out of your body and nourishes your skin from the inside out. Providing you with moist, healthy skin.
  • Watermelon. Another fruit that is often looked, watermelon contains many beneficial vitamins such as A, B and C which aide against free radical damage and aging of your skin.
  • Whole Grain, whole wheat pasta, rice. Give the body a consistent flow of energy to keep you going through the day. Whole wheat pastas are high in Vitamin B and fiber, giving you double the fiber of regular pasta.
  • Kale, brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes. Also known as cruciferous vegetables, try and consume these raw in their natural state or steamed very lightly. This preserves the integrity of the vitamins your body needs to fight off toxins and disease. Vegetables should be consumed on a daily basis.
  • Green tea. For thousands of years green tea has been known to be a longevity supplement. It gives you a mild boost from caffeine and contains antioxidants that your body needs. It is wise to work this into your diet and even replace coffee with it because it will give you a boost and help your body fight the aging process at the same time.
  • If you work these anti-aging foods into your diet you will see a big difference not only in your skin but in your overall health :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

All Natural Soap, Feel Good --Smell Good

I just finished using my ANGEL KISSED LUXURY HAND MADE SOAP in black raspberry vanilla. It was probably one of my favorite showers because the aroma in the shower was so amazing and my bathroom still smells amazing ! I was sent the soap from Anna Pereira who is the owner and creator of her own Natural Vegan Soap Line AND clothing line "Super Sexy" .

So back to the soap, it actually changed my mood and calmed me down and that takes a lot after a long day of work ! It is made from the finest ingredients such as :

Olive Oil - is high in oleic acid and is a good skin cell regenerator. It is traditionally included within soap, cream, balm, body butter, herbal infusion and hair care formulations. Olive Oil attracts external moisture to the skin and still permits the skin to properly release sweat, shed dead skin and release sebum. It is a good oil for inclusion in massage oil formulations and it helps to sooth inflamed skin.

Coconut Oil - To make this oil, coconuts are cut and dried until the moisture content of the meat is minimized. The dried copra is then grated and expeller pressed to remove the oil. Finally, the oil is refined to produce an oil suitable for consumption. Coconut oil is useful in formulations for dry, itchy, sensitive skin. It will not clog pores, and it absorbs readily into the skin. Coconut oil is a gift to the soap making industry because of its resistance to rancidity and contribution towards making a hard bar of soap with a wonderfully fluffy lather. Coconut oil is light and non-greasy. It can be incorporated well into balms and stick formulations. Herbal hair infusions are often infused in coconut oil.

Aloe Juice- Soothing, Calming and hydrating to the skin

Shea Butter African healers have used Shea Butter for thousands of years as the ideal treatment for dry or aging skin. Its high content of non-saponifiables and unique fatty acid profile gives Shea Butter the ability to moisturize and retain the elasticity of the skin. Shea Butter also helps to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the sun while repairing cellular degeneration. The Shea Butter is extracted and refined without the use of harsh chemicals.

Cocoa Butter This edible fat from the cocoa pod is a stable fat containing natural antioxidants that give it a long shelf life of over 3 years. Cocoa butter is a soothing emollient that has been used for centuries in Africa for skin care. It has been traditionally used to heal and moisturize skin that has been exposed to the elements. Cocoa butter helps reduce the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy by keeping the skin supple. It is a nourishing addition to lotion bar, lip balm, body butter, soap and belly balm formulations.

Avocado oil has been used in African skin treatments for centuries. This highly therapeutic oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 (Panthothenic acid), Vitamin D, E, minerals, protein, lecithin and fatty acids. It is a useful, penetrating nutrient for dry skin and eczema. Avocado oil is said to have healing and regenerating qualities.

Apricot kernel oil is a light, yet emollient oil that is high in oleic and linoleic acids. It is similar in feel and properties to sweet almond oil and is readily absorbed into the skin. It is recommended for mature skin, sensitive skin and skin that is inflamed, irritated or dry. Apricot kernel oil makes a wonderful massage oil for babies and adults and is used extensively in aromatherapy.

Castor oil is rich in fatty acids and is soothing and lubricating. It is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin. It is routinely used in hair oils, balms, and other thick emulsions for the skin and hair. In combination with other oils and as a superfatting agent, castor oil lends emollience to soap formulations.

So as you can tell by this impressive list of all natural ingredients these soaps are very hydrating and I must say my skin hasn't felt this smooth after a shower in a very long time. And it was only my first time using it so I'm sure the results will only get better. The soap smells to die for. I'm not joking I must have smelled the soap twenty times before I got in the shower. So it's safe to say you can have delicious smelling soap that is hydrating, natural, vegan and cruelty free. It's safe to say that this will replace my shower gel ! I'm Converted and you should definitely give it a shot !

To purchase this handmade,vegan, wonderful soap go to
Buy a couple of different scents it will be worth it !