My Beauty Secrets

My Beauty SecretsHello, dolls! Hope everyone is having a great week. I thought I would do a quick post on some of my beauty secrets. They aren’t really beauty secrets per say, but they have been forgotten or pushed behind all these new products that claim to do miracles. Sometimes you just need to take it back to the basics. You can’t get any better than these products – they’ve been around forever and you just can’t go wrong (in my opinion), so let’s get started!

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo: This stuff I use for a lot of things! Here is my list of uses:

Cleaning your makeup brushes: I recently did a post about using this to wash your makeup brushes. It does a magnificent job!  If  you want to know my complete process on how I wash my brushes, follow this link – Time to “brush up” on some basics: http://wp.me/p3o8m3-dn

Washing your hair: Well, it is shampoo after all! I use this once a week on my hair in place of my everyday shampoo. How much gunk do we have built up in our hair from all our styling products? All of those products weigh your hair down. Even after you use your everyday shampoo there is still some product hanging on to your strands. Sure, you could spend some $$$ on a cleansing shampoo, but why when this works just as well – if not better! It removes all the product build-up, leaving my hair clean and happy!

To shave your legs: Yes, this is amazing for shaving. I have tried baby oil and while it works, it also makes the tub so slippery you are one step away from being wet and naked wrapped in a shower curtain on a stretcher in an ambulance on your way to the ER for a broken leg. Do we really need to worry about that? Not me. I ran out of shave gel one day while showering and thought I’d give this a shot. Not only did it give me a close shave, I also had soft shiny legs. I also noticed it took longer for stubble to grow back – maybe it’s because I was getting a closer shave since I didn’t have that thick layer of shaving gel? Whatever the reasons, I am now more than sold on using this exclusively.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter (for lips):  Vaseline is a great product, so when I saw they had a cocoa butter lip balm I had to get it! It doesn’t matter what brand you purchase though, the secret is cocoa butter! I’ve had many different cocoa butter lip balms and they have all been amazing. If you suffer from dry cracked lips and have never found a product that truly worked then give this a try! Most people wouldn’t think of cocoa butter for your lips, but it’s great stuff. I recommend exfoliating your lips first if they are really dry and then apply this. You can make a quick exfoliator at home by taking a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of olive oil and mixing them together. Scrub your lips in circular motion with your finger, washcloth, or toothbrush (rinse off excess with a warm washcloth) and then apply your cocoa butter lip balm. Your lips will thank you!

Since we are talking about the Vaseline brand I also thought I’d mention –  I know a lot of women use it for removing eye makeup, and it really does work. So if you haven’t tried it then give it a shot.  I personally don’t like the greasy heavy feeling of it around my eyes, so I stick to my Almay oil free makeup remover pads, but I thought I’d mention it in case anyone was curious to try it.

Vitamin E oil:  This is the best moisturizer out there! No need to spend a ton of money, just use this after you wash your face at night. Just dab a tiny bit on your forehead, cheeks, chin, neck, chest, cuticles, and back of hands. A lot of women neglect their neck, chest, and hands. These can give your age away. We spend so much time trying to keep our face from aging we forget the other tell-tale signs of aging. Once you apply the oil, gently massage it into your skin for a minute or two. Vitamin E oil has many great skin benefits – it can be used to treat scars, acne, and wrinkles because it speeds up cell regeneration. This creates an anti-aging effect, which makes the skin look younger. It benefits the skin by helping it retain its natural moisture content. It makes dull-looking, dry skin look healthier and fresher. It truly is my secret to beautiful skin! I have also used olive oil on my face. Great benefits from that as well! Give either of them a try. It truly gives you glowing soft skin.
 Please note that everyone’s skin is different. What works for me may not work for you.

My Beauty SecretsContact lens solution: Yes, this is truly a fun little secret. I don’t know how much money I’ve spent on eyeliners because I wanted like 12 thousand different colors. Well, I learned this little secret – Dip your eyeliner brush into some contact lens solution and run it across any color eyeshadow. The solution and the shadow together become a gel like eyeliner with decent lasting results (better than just dipping your brush in plain water).  Now, it is by no means waterproof or fade proof – you should still use a primer if you want long lasting results, but the color selection is endless! Take any eyeshadow palette you have and you can try this trick!

So, there you have it – those are some of my beauty secrets. Hope it inspired you to try them out!

 Stay beautiful, darlings! xo

Time to “brush up” on some basics

Let's brush up

Let’s brush up

Hello, darlings! Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Last week I put a quick post on my Facebook fan page about washing makeup brushes weekly. I actually had quite a few questions regarding, “What type of soap I used to wash my brushes, why once a week, the process I use to wash my brushes, ect.,” so I figure I will give you a quick post on the how’s and why’s of my routine.

What I use to clean my brushes: I use Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo to wash my brushes. It is gentle yet gets the job done. No worrying about harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Why once a week?  I’ve heard some people wash their brushes daily, some weekly and some monthly. Then you have those who wash them like, NEVER. I obviously don’t advise the latter. I do find for me that once a week is perfect. I use my brushes quite often. Especially my blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow crease brush. These babies can get quite dirty, even after only one week. Since I became a religious brush cleaner I noticed I have less (if any) bumps on my face. I would get a few bumps in the area I applied my blush. I always chalked this up to the blush clogging my pores. It was, in reality, my dirty brush!  It was carrying all that bacteria!

The cleaning process:  I run my brush under warm water. Never turn your brush up and down when cleaning. You don’t want water to get trapped down in the handle. Once the bristles are wet I squeeze a small amount of the Johnson & Johnson shampoo into my freshly washed hand. I swirl my brush around and get the shampoo all through the bristles. I then run it under the water, gently squeezing forward. Do this until the water runs clear. I wash my brushes in the evening to let them air dry overnight on a clean hand towel. In a pinch, if you need them dry asap, just use your blow dryer on low (keeping the blow dryer a good distance from the brush, but close enough to dry the bristles without singeing them)!

Recommendation: I also recommend washing your eyeshadow brushes daily, only if you tend to change your eyeshadow color daily. I am always using different types of colors! I have quite the love affair with eye colors! I am never one to shy away from a bold eye look, or a subtle shimmer look. I will try it all!  So, naturally you will need to keep your brushes clean. You will muddy your color if you don’t wash them daily. If you go to wear a green shadow and still have yesterday’s purple hanging on to the bristles, you will not get the true color you are desiring.

So, that’s it! That is my routine. Hope it has been helpful.  If you have any questions for me, feel free to comment below!  Also, like my Facebook fan page!  I put up pictures of my outfit of the day (ootd), new makeup products and my first impression, etc. You can find the link on the sidebar of my blog. Hope you will like my fan page. It would make my day!

Take care, loves!  xo

Latest Makeup Finds (My video debut)

Hey, everyone! This is my first video review. I reviewed products from Wet n Wild’s Fergie line, as well as some nail polishes from Sally Hansen and Essie. Check it out! Sorry, for the filming quality. I used my iPhone and I didn’t use it in landscape mode. What was I thinking!? Also, they only let me choose from 3 screen captures as my main picture. They were all hideous! The one you see is as good as it gets! Haha. Anyway, hope you enjoy the reviews, and feel free to contact me with any question on the products I reviewed.

Happy first day of summer, my loves! And being on a Friday makes it all that much better. Let the summer weekend begin!

Beauty Experiment

Boscia, Garnier, Victoria's Secret, and Sephora

Boscia, Garnier, Victoria’s Secret, and Sephora

Happy Friday, darlings! I wanted to do a review on some beauty products I purchased over the past few weeks. I will review each product individually and let you know if it holds up to its claims and if it’s worth a repurchase.

The four products that were used in my Beauty Experiment: Boscia “Black Luminizing Black Mask”, Garnier “Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee”, Victoria’s Secret “So Sexy Style Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse”, and Sephora “Rogue Shine Lipstick in the shade Flashy”

Boscia “Luminizing Black Mask”: I received a sample of this from Sephora, and after reading it’s claims that it delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects – I figured I had to try it, instead of letting it collect dust in the back of my makeup drawer with the other samples that have been long forgotten! My initial reaction when I squeezed a tiny sample patch onto my finger was how thick and sticky it was – almost like tar. I immediately decided the best way to apply this mask was with a foundation brush. You can use your fingers, but you will be scrubbing your hands furiously to get it off! I will tell you I was nervous…maybe even a little intimidated by the consistency of it. Would this ever come off my face?! After application I sat on the couch (all the while being laughed at by the hubby) and after a few minutes I began to feel it tighten. I left it on for about 30 minutes. Before peeling it off I patted my face with my fingertips making sure it was completely dry all over. I then started the peeling process. I started at my jaw line and worked my way up. It doesn’t come off in one whole piece. It will come off in big pieces, but rest assured, it will come off! After the mask is removed use a warm cloth to remove any residue. This will come off easily.

Note: Make sure when you apply the mask to avoid your eyes, hairline, eyebrows, and lips -or you will be in for a painful experience.

My verdict: I LOVE this mask! My skin was instantly brighter. My husband who was laughing at me the whole time I wore it said, “Wow, your skin looks brighter,” when he saw the results. My skin was visibly brighter, and my pores were smaller and less visible. My skin felt vibrant and alive. I would highly recommend this product, and will be purchasing it myself when I have some extra $$. You can purchase it online or at your local Sephora store for $34 (2.8 oz).

Garnier “The Radiance Renewer“: I can’t say I was very impressed with this product. It claims that it gently renews & smoothes – for fresh, radiant skin. When I first pumped it into my hand it was very thick and got stuck between my fingers. I learned there was a special trick to using this, (at least for me anyway) I had to wet not only my face, (as I usually did) but also my hands. I had to make sure to pump it directly into the center of my hand, lather, and then apply to my face.

My verdict: After a week of using this product I haven’t noticed a difference. The positives are that it doesn’t leave behind a film, and it does a good job of washing away all traces of dirt and makeup. It’s a good cleanser if that is what your needs are, but if you are looking for a cleanser that makes your skin brighter and renewed – this isn’t it. I will not be repurchasing this product. The number one factor is – the scent. It smells like “Off!” Yes, the insect repellent. I don’t know if the scent of “Off” has changed over the years, but it smells like the same scent my mother would spray on me from head to toe when I was little. I can’t get beyond it. If you are still curious to try it out you can purchase it at most any store for around $6.

Victoria’s Secret So Sexy “Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse“: Who doesn’t want hair with amazing volume?! Who doesn’t want to have Victoria’s Secret status hair?! I know I do! Give me that Bombshell hair! I have fine hair, so I am always looking for ways to give my hair thickness and volume that will not only last through the day, but will not feel sticky and crunchy. After I towel dried my hair I added a golf ball size amount through my hair – concentrating on the crown area. The formula is light-weight. I almost felt like I was putting soap suds in my hair, but once you get the mousse distributed through your stands you will see it really isn’t soap! Then I used a blow dryer and finger combed my hair as I dried it – ending by turning my head upside down and drying for a minute or two. Then I took random pieces of hair around a 1 inch curling iron. and then sprayed with hairspray. Hey, this mousse is good, but you still have to put some work in to give it that sexy hair look.

My verdict: This is an amazing mousse! It gave me the volume I needed and didn’t make my hair sticky or crunchy. I was left with volume and shine. The smell is sweet, after all this is a product from Victoria’s Secret. I didn’t mind the smell, but for those who shy away from scents, please take this into account – Once you put the mousse in your hair and style it, you won’t smell it anymore. The scent softens considerably. By the end of the day I can’t say the volume doesn’t start to fade, but it’s overall a good mousse and I would definitely purchase this product again. You can buy it at your local Victoria’s Secret for $14

Sephora “Rogue Shine Lipstick in the shade Flashy“: I was looking for a red shade for those times I want to add some drama to my look. My problem with a red lip is the bleeding. I can’t stand the bleeding. I end up looking like a deranged clown. This particular shade actually leans toward pink. It’s a light cherry with shimmer. I still want a pinup red shade, but this is a pretty color as well.

My verdict: I love it! It is super moisturizing, and even though it is a lipstick – it goes on like a gloss. The pigmentation is great, very full color. This is a shimmer shade and it gives off a nice shimmery look. There was no bleeding, which I loved (no deranged clown. YAY!). The only thing I would say is a slight negative is that you have to apply quite generously to give even color, (as it is more on the glossy side) but once applied the staying power is good. It’s not a stain, so it does start to fade and reapplication is necessary. I would say I went up to 4 hours without having to reapply. I would definitely repurchase this, and other shades from this line. I still need to get that pinup red! You can find these lipsticks at your local Sephora for $12