Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quick Tip! Moisturizer


I wondered across this tip a while back and thought I would make a short post on it, and share it with you. You should always apply moisturizer while your face is still damp, this goes for all lotion. Doing this locks in the moisture that the water skin better. I find that I sometimes let my face dry first so I typically lightly spray my face with water before applying moisturizer. Honestly I feel a difference from when I do this and when I don't, even if you personally can't feel a difference, it really does add just a bit more moisture to your skin and it great to do in the winter!

Is this something you do? If you haven't tried this and decide to tell me please let me know if you feel a difference too?

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Best Lotion for Dry Skin


Since it is Winter gotten so dry share my two favorite lotions for dry skin with you. I have a high end option and a drugstore option, both these lotions are thick and rub into your skin very easily, they also don't require too much product, but that my vary on the dryness of your skin.

Kiehl's Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer, this lotion is amazing but it is between 26usd for 3.4 oz or 48usd for 8 oz. This has done wonders for my hands, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good lotion for dry skin. They do have an Ultimate Strength Hand Slave, which is supposedly really great and it doesn't cost as much, I haven't tried this so I can't give my opinion on it. If you do decide to try this, keep in mind it expires in 12 months when picking the size. This is also fragrance free.,default,pd.html?start=35&cgid=body-product

The other lotion I wanted the Neutrogena Hand Cream, this doesn't work as well for me but does a pretty good job, this is only five dollars, and they have a fast absorbing version for six dollars, I haven't tried that one yet. This lotion can be found at most drugstores, I'm do believe you can get this in the UK but I am not positive; I usually get this at walmart. It can be purchased in either original scent or fragrance free, personally I suggest fragrance free since its less irritating on dry skin.

I do suggest the Kiehl's one over the Neutrogena, but both work great; so I recommend which ever is in your price range. Have you tried any of these, what were your thoughts on them?

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

This or That Tag!


I stumbled upon this tag the other day and thought it would be a really fun tag to do. I'm not going to tag anyone, but it is a fun tag to both read and do :)

Blush or Bronzer: bronzer, I use to hate bronzer and contouring but lately I have been obsessed!
Lip gloss or Lipstick: lipstick, never been a fun of gloss
Eye liner or Mascara: mascara, I feel this can do the job of both if done right :)
Foundation or Concealer: concealer, I don't actually wear foundation very much
Neutral or Color eye shadow: neutral, colors take to much time and are so easy to mess up.
Pressed or Loose eye shadows: pressed, loose are to messy and time consuming.
Brushes or Sponges: brushes, I feel they do a better job.

OPI or China Glaze: China Glaze, it so much cheaper and just as good in mu opinion.
Long or Short: long, I love long nails, but my actual nails don't grow long at all!
Acrylic or Natural: this one is really tough, I love acrylic nails I just don't like the price or the damage they cause, so I am going to go with natural.
Brights or Darks: darks, I go for darks more then brights, although I prefer pastels.
Flower or No flower: no flower, I have no nail art skills so flowers and other designs don't ever happen on my nails.

Perfume or Body splash: perfume, they last longer, although I do love the Victora's Secret Pink body splash, but they have perfume quailties.
Lotion or Body butter: body butter, I have super dry hands in the winter and lotion just doesn't cut it.
Body wash or Soap: body wash, does anyone else feel like soap leaves a weird sticky feeling behind, or is it just me?
Lush or Other bath company: there isn't a lush in my area, nor am I a big fan of bath type companies, but I'll go with Bath and Body Works since their stuff smells good.

Jeans or Sweat pants: neither, leggings all the way! I would pick jeans out of the two.
Long sleeve or Short: another neither, I actually like mid length, but I pick long.
Dresses or Skirts: dress, skirts are to complicated for me.
Stripes or Plaid: stripes, I am honestly not a fan at all of plaid
Flip flops or Sandals: sandals, I don't wear either to often but I feel sandals look nicer.
Scarves or Hats: scarves, hats look weird on my.
Studs or Dangly earrings: studs, I like how simple they are.
Necklaces or Bracelets: necklaces, I've never been much of a jewelry person but necklaces are more simple then bracelets, for me at least/
Heels or Flats: heels, I wear heels everyday.
Cowboy boots or Riding boots: Riding boots, not really a fan of the cowgirl look.
Jacket or Hoodie: Jackets, they look nicer and more done.
Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe: Charlotte Russe, I don't have a Forever21 in my area and Charlotte Russe has amazing shoes.
Abercombie or Hollister: There is no Abercombie in my area, and I have never been in Hollister, it makes me nauseous just walking past it.
Saks 5th or Nordstrom: neither or these stores are in my area, so I have never been to either.

Curly or Straight: curly, I hate straightening my hair, and it never stays straight.
Bun or Ponytail: buns, I love doing those sock buns.
Bobby pins or Butterfly clips: bobby pins, they are more discreet.
Hair spray or Gel: hairspray, I never do anything with my hair while it's wet and I think it would be odd to add gel once it's dry/
Long or Short: long, I just feel I look weird with short hair.
Light or Dark: dark, I have always loved my hair dark.
Side sweep Bangs or full bangs: side swept, I have done both, and let me just say that the full bangs were a bad idea for me, although I do love the way they look I just can't pull them off.
Up or Down: down, it's like a security blanket for me to have my hair down.

Rain or Shine: rain, I know that's weird, but I love the sound of rain, especially falling asleep to it.
Summer or Winter: winter, I love snow!
Fall or Spring: Fall, it is so pretty and I lover sweaters.
Chocolate or Vanilla: chocolate, excepts cake, I prefer vanilla cake and ice cream. So maybe vanilla
East coast or West coast: East Coast, that's where I'm from and will always live.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Tips for at home hair dying


I have been dying my hair for a few years now and a few tips I wanted to share. First I do want to say if you are dying your hair more then three shades lighter or darker go to a salon, you never want to go from black hair to blond, it is to easy to mess up and not worth it if you do.

So the first tip I have is to get some one else to dye your hair for you. I always have my sister dye my hair, but anyone would work, don't have some one who has no clue what to do dye your hair though. It's easier for people to get your whole head and not miss any spots then it is for you. These can also help with mess, both down your neck and face or house. If you can't get some one else to do or even if you can, dye it in sections, four usually works best.

Always have one more box of dye then you think you're going to need. It is always best to be safe and have an extra then to be short one, plus you'll have another for next time you dye your hair.

Before you even get to dying you should test it on either behind your ear or wrist, not going to lie this isn't something I do, I have been using the same dye for quite sometime and have never had a problem and I can never remember to do this, but it is something I do recommend doing especially if it's a dye you've never used before, I would wait an hour and if it doesn't react then I would say you should be fine.

Dye your hair when it's two or three days dirty, dirty hair holds better. I have always been told this by my mom, who is a licensed cosmetologist. Whither you are dying your hair or just adding a chemical treatment of some sort, do it on dirty hair.

Vaseline around the hair line, down the neck and on the ears; don't get this in your hair. This will keep the dye from staining your skin.

Using a hair dryer on your hair while the dye is in it will open the hair cuticle, allowing the dye to really get into it. Personally this isn't something I do unless my hair isn't dying.

So now that you've dyed your hair and are done with that, I recommend going a week without heat products. Dying your hair does some damage and its always nice to give your hair a heat free week after dying to prevent even more damage.

My last tip would be do a deep treatment in seven days, I always wait a week, I honestly don't know why I just do. By now all the dye that didn't get rinsed out should definitely be and the dye should be locked into the cuticle. Also wash your hair every two to three days, this is overall better for your hair but also helps prevent it from fading so fast. If your new to skipping washes you can check my post on dry shampoos out here.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ImPress Press On Manicure


I can honestly say I was not impressed with these nails. The concept is neat and they do have some cute designs but that's about all they have. I have been hearing a lot about these nails lately. I had gotten these about four months back, maybe a little longer through an Influenster VoxBox, so they were free.

The first flaw I found with these were the size, for me personally they were shorter then my own nails; which are pretty short naturally. Just to wear these I had to cut my nails as short as I possibly could. So they aren't really designed for adults, I feel as though they don't exceed the quality and size that the ones we all used as children have. This of course may not be a problem for you if you have small nails naturally. They look longer on other peoples nails, so maybe this was just a problem for me.

After I had sacrificed my nail length; I ran into another problem, they just didn't want to stick onto my nails. These lasted me maybe ten minutes before any started falling off and they were all off in thirty minutes. The product claims to last up to a week, I couldn't even get an hour out of these. I am rough on my nails but the only thing I was doing at the time of use with these was texting. Now you could always glue these on, but that defeats the purpose of using these so you don't ruin your nails with acrylics. I also don't like that they come in only one size, which are really short, when I get my nails done I get them done so I can have long nails, not shorter then my nails naturally are.

Don't get me wrong I think the concept of these is wonderful, but the product just didn't meet my expectations. I would have loved for these to work out, who wouldn't love acrylic without the damage to your nails and for less. Personally I would say pass on these, your better off getting tips at a nail salon or just sticking to polishing your nails. I am glad that I got these through Influenster though, it saved me from wasting money on these, and I hope this saves you from wasting yours.

If you still want to try them, they are available at any drugstore and are around 6usd, you can get them in Boots in the UK, but I would imagine they are in all drugstores there too, sorry I don't know the price but I do believe they start at five pounds.

Did you try these, how did they work for you? Maybe I did something wrong and just need to give them another chance, but for now they didn't work.

I also want to state that when using these my nails were polish free and had no oils or lotion on them.

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Influenster: I guess you need an invite now, if you would like an invite just leave a comment saying so with your email, I can only invite five people though, and I'm not positive if Influenster is worldwide.

Monday, November 5, 2012

At home cuticle oils


My cuticles are always dry and personally I can never remember to buy cuticle oil nor find it something I want to spend very much money on. These are a few alternatives I use that I and have heard of through others.

Lip balm, you would be surprised of the uses you can get out of lip balm, I find that the Vaseline and Carmex lip balms in the squeeze tubes work best. I just squeeze a little out, you need the tiniest amount, and just massage this into my cuticles. You could use just petroleum jelly without the chemicals, it doesn't make a difference, I just personally use the lip balm.

Oils, coconut, olive, hemp, vitamin E, and tea tree, these types of oils are great alone or mixed together, I have dry hands so I like to exfoliate with these types of oils and the rinse of just the sugar or salt and leave the oil on my hands and cuticles and put on a thick layer of lotion and a pair of gloves, I sleep with this and find that not only my hands but my cuticles are moisturized once I wake up. This is good to do once a week, depending on how dry your hands and cuticles are. I don't think I could have said and anymore in that last sentence.

The way that works best for me is applying these such things to my hands after I get out of the shower, but you could just soak your fingers in warm water for five minutes. The reason you want to soak them first is the oil or petroleum jelly will lock in the moisture that is added from the water and keep your cuticles softer longer, it will also do more overall for your cuticles this way.

I hope this helps! Do you have any other things you use to keep your cuticles moisturized or a great cheap cuticle oil?

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