Blot The Shine Away

Spring is upon us. It’s time to bring the cute dresses out and throw some shades on. While the weather is beautiful, your face might not be agreeing with it. This is the season when oily skin is most problematic. Oily skin can’t be completely done away with, but it can be somewhat prevented.

Washing you face nightly is key. You don’t want the dirt and oils clogging your pores overnight. After washing away all the icky stuff try an astringent. Using a cotton ball you pat it all around your face. Not only is it great at helping to clear up your skin, but it removes the shine from your face. I use Biore’s Triple Action Astringent. It’s sensitive enough to use daily and doesn’t dry out my face.

Obviously you can’t go around patting your face with an astringent and that’s why blotting sheets were created. My faves are Clean&Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets. You pat the sheets all around your face, especially where you’re most oily. And wha-lah!… the greasy shine is gone. You can actually see the oil on the blotting sheets. It’s easy, discrete, and it fits in your purse. Don’t let unwanted shine on your face ruin this summer.

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Look Pretty While Getting Skinny

I’ve seen just about every weight loss product out there so I’m not really shocked when something new comes out. I guess I hadn’t really seen it all, because there’s one that actually caught my attention. Who likes taking pills, drinking weird tasting concoctions, or doing those awful cleanses? Purple Lab has come up with an amazing product that’s more than just a weight loss tool. Big Lips, Skinny Hips is a lip gloss that plumps your lips and suppresses your appetite. The gloss consists of five main ingredients. Lemon peel oil cools the lips while the meadow foam moisturizes. The plumping is created by the Vitamin B3 in it. It stimulates the blood flow and gives you fuller lips. The gloss also has orange peel extract to help boosts your metabolism and Hoodia. Hoodia is a cactus-like plant found in southern Africa. It works as an appetite suppressant by making the brain think the body is full.

With a variety of flavors to choose from, there’s no way I’m only trying one.

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Get The Gunk Out

You’re taking care of your skin and drinking plenty of water, yet the pores on your nose are still clogged. Sometimes all of the exfoliating and washing of our faces doesn’t seem to be enough. It’s important to know why our pores get clogged in the first place. Our skin produces a Sebum, which is an oily mixture that’s actually good for the skin. It keeps it healthy and feeling soft. It can however become a problem when dead skin cells attach to the sebum and clog your pores. This usually happens to those of us with oilier skin, but it can also happen when you apply lotion to your face. Our faces our more sensitive than the rest of our bodies and can’t handle the thickness of lotions. Applying a light moisturizer or serum can prevent clogged pores. Touching our faces too much and sweating can also clog pores.

Don’t freak out there is something you can do at home to unclog those bad boys. I love using Biore’s Nose Strips. The strips are placed on your nose and dampened with water. After 10 to 15 minutes you remove it and will be amazed by the results. You can actually see the dirt and blackheads that have been removed from your nose on the strip. Continue this routine once or twice weekly and soon you’ll be seeing less and less gunk on the nose strips. Biore also makes the same type of strips for your forehead. If you think your clogged pores are more serious check out OnlineAcneRelief for more solutions.

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to use the nose strips or just want to check if you’re doing it right check out Biore’s website for a step by step video.

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Clean Those Dirty Brushes

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Do you clean them at all? Did you even know you were supposed to clean them?Cleaning your make-up brushes in an essential part of keeping your skin clear. Bacteria builds up on the brushes if they aren’t cleaned once in a while. That bacteria ends up on your face every time you apply make-up. Think of the hair on the brushes like the hair on your head. You wouldn’t go your whole life without washing your hair, and neither should your brushes. Determining how often to clean your brushes depends on how frequently you use them. Cleaning them every two weeks will keep them bacteria free.Choosing what to clean your brushes with is simple, since you can use any brush cleaner. Baby shampoo is also an option. It’s sensitive enough to clean make-up brushes without damaging them. Using warm water rinse excess make-up from the brushes and then lay them flat to dry.

Sephora sells daily brush cleaners for those of you who don’t want to wait every two weeks to clean them. Just spritz the cleaner on the brush and let it dry for 3 to 5 minutes. If you don’t want to use a spritzer try their Make Up Brush Cleansing Wipes. It cleans the residue from the make-up and dries in up to three minutes.

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Choosing A Foundation Made Simple

When I was younger I swore I would never need foundation and had no desire for it. It always looked unnatural and caked on. Foundations however, have come a long way and when applied properly will give your face a flawless look Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin choosing the right foundation for your skin type can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Some of you are looking for sheer coverage, while others want full coverage. Here’s how you can go about choosing the best foundation for your skin:

Oily Skin: Pay attention to the words placed on the label that describes the product. If you have oily skin look for words like, “oil free” and “mattifying”. Foundations that work great for your skin are cream to powders, mineral foundation, and powders. I’m addicted to Bare Mineral’s MATTE  SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Tan. It glides on, provides full coverage without looking heavy, and has an SPF 15.

Combination Skin: For those of you with combination your T-zone is you problem area. Stick foundations are great, because it gives control of where to add more or less coverage. Mineral and powder foundations are a great choice as well as long as they’re not as heavy.

Dry Skin: When it comes to dry skin you can get away with a lot more. Liquid foundations are great for you’re skin, but you can also try a cream or mousse foundation. They’re heavier and provide more moisture.Many times the most difficult part of this whole process can be finding the color closest to your skin tone. Some say to test it on the back of you’re hand, but your hand and face don’t match perfectly. Instead test a strip of the foundation on your jaw line. Check it out in natural lighting and the one that blends or disappears into your skin is the perfect match for you. Or you can just ask one of the consultants to help you out.

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