Month: March 2015

Friday Feature: Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade

Just a few months ago, I was introduced to the world of Anastasia Beverly Hills and my eyes were opened and the heavens sang and my brows were finally bold and beautiful. I know, melodramatic, but it’s the truth. I started off with an Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown and loved the way it made my brows look filled in and natural and was also super attracted to the convenience of its top-of-the-line spooly at the end!

 

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Skincare Sunday: Microdermabrasion at Home 

On a recent trip to The Body Shop, I was introduced to their Vitamin C Microdermabrasion exfoliator. At-home microdermabrasion is something I have been interested in since hearing about a PMD (personal microdermabrasion) and the DermaE microdermabrasion scrub. These two initial introductions to this world of at-home microdermabrasion, however, proved to be a little bit too much for my budget, which led me on this quest to find an affordable, yet effective way to microderm at home. 

The premise behind microdermabrasion is that it is a type of what I like to call “fine exfoliation.” Generally, when one thinks of exfoliating (or when I do, at least), they think of the traditional St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub kind of exfoliation, a gritty medium mixed with some goop in order to make your skin feel soft and smooth. Microdermabrasion has a similar effect except for the fact that particles used in microderm are much finer and smaller, therefore allowing you to exfoliate only the superficial layer of the skin rather than going deeper like coarser grains do. This removal of the top layer of dead skin cells leaves the smooth, soft underbelly of young, fresh skin; exactly what you want when you are ready for a night out on the town. 

I tried this Vitamin C microdermabrasion scrub and I have to say that I thought it felt great! Not too gritty or so fine that I felt like I was rubbing sand all over my face, but I definitely felt like it was doing something. Furthermore, it felt really moisturizing, thanks to the properties of its other mixtures (includes some great natural moisturizers, awesome!). In addition, I really enjoyed the scent, which I found was uplifting and refreshing. The Body Shop recommends that you use this scrub twice weekly at most, but since my skin is sensitive and prone to dryness, I will probably only use this scrub once a week. This time, I used only my hands but another way they suggest using it is with a facial exfoliating sponge or buffer, for added benefits and an even deeper clean. 

Stay tuned for updates and tidbits on microdermabrasion! Until then, happy beginning of the week and happy adventuring! 

Love, PB

Friday Feature: J&J No More Tangles

For those of you that don’t know me (which, let’s be real here, is most of you readers out there), I have extremely fine hair. It is fine and thin, but silky smooth. Unfortunately, as my hair lengthens, it becomes tangled, which has led me through a futile search for something to help de-knot the knots! Cue Johnson and Johnson’s No More Tangles.

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Angels Everywhere

Thanks to my two new besties at Lush (Hey, Noelle and Jordan), I am now the queen of all masks. Basically of everything. After a long in-depth discussion about other beauty problems in my life, I have decided that these two masks are my absolute favorite. Ready?

The first is my go-to mask of all time. It’s actually categorized as a facial and body cleanser but, if you work enough of it into a paste and leave it on for about fifteen to twenty minutes, it becomes a mask. It’s called Angels on Bare Skin and it is absolutely flawless. Like we discussed in the last post, it is made with a base of kaolin clay and infused with a myriad of yummy goodness for your skin. It is a balancing cleanser with ground almonds and whole lavender flowers folded into the lavender-oil, chamomile-oil infused white kaolin clay. I promise that it will leave you more balaned than you can possibly imagine.

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Mask Madness

While I’m not really an NCAA fan, I do my fair share of madness in March, which is why I’m bringing this lovely set of posts to your screen. Inspired by my exploration of skincare products (which I feel like no one really focuses on, but is as important as what you put on your face), I have decided to devote half of my weekly posts to masks. All kinds of masks. Every kind of mask that is currently in my makeup kit, on my vanity or in my dresser drawers.

There are many different kinds of masks and here’s an introduction. Much of the time, people think “mask” and think back to those 80s high school romcoms that have girls sitting in a room at a slumber party with cucumbers over their eyes and some sort of unidentifiable green slime all over their face. This is not the be all and end all of all masks. Observe:

  1. Clay masks are generally made from natural clay dirt that is made into a paste and then placed on the skin. The clay then draws out impurities and purifies the skin as the mask dries. There are a variety of clay masks made from different natural clay bases.
  2. Peeling masks are masks that literally peel of your face like a layer of dead skin after they have dried. They’re usually great for feeling refreshed and renewed and are not as harsh for the skin. They can be used on a more regular basis.
  3. Sheet masks are sheets of paper, made from natural fibers that are imbued and impregnated with natural substances that can help the skin in a variety of ways. Generally sheet masks are more focused in scope and center on an aspect of the skin that needs improving, like brightening, rehydrating or cleansing.
  4. Natural masks are generally made from all-natural products and focus solely upon the healing qualities of food items like fruits, vegetables, oils, oatmeal, etc. They are great for people with sensitive skin, generally, since they come directly from the earth. Natural masks are also more accessible since many of them can be made in the home.

This is just a grand overview of what I’ll be focusing on in the coming weeks, with some other posts sprinkled in, of course! Stay tuned and get excited…

It’s time for MASK MADNESS.

 

Happy adventuring!

Love, PB