Friday, March 26, 2010

Clean & Clear: Morning Burst In Shower Facial Review

Soo I bought this last Saturday after hearing good reviews about it, and I used it on Sunday and my skin was fine. There wasn't any major change and then I used it again on Wednesday (3 FULL days later) and it said "Use 1-3 times a week" so I figured, about 2 times a week would be fine, BAD idea. I used it right when I got up and it really irritated my skin! My face was splotchy red and it did NOT look pretty, I ended up having to pack on the concealer in order to hide all the redness. I wasn't impressed.

I understand it's an exfoliator but I'm not sure why it was so irritating the second time, and it's too bad it's not less abrasive for regular use.

I'll try using it again next Wednesday (I'm going to wait a FULL week!)

UPDATE: I'm using it again and it seems to be fine for my skin, I use it 3 times a week, with 2-3 days in between, and my skin isn't becoming raw, I recommend giving your skin some time if you don't exfoliate that often, but afterwords, my skin had less of a harsh effect and you can use it more often.

Also, I made myself another honey facemask tonight, my skin feels so soft!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Optimism: Not just for optimists.

I fully believe in looking at the glass half-full, but sometimes, it's a little crazy. People live ridiculously optimistic and I feel like you could keep getting disappointed. But, I'm also a firm believer in not being too negative.

Yes, you're really not pumped for that exam you have to write, but is worrying about how you're going to FAIL really going to help you? I'm not saying be blind to your situation, but at least have hope. Never give up on yourself.

Honey, Honey, Honey!

I'm currently in LOVE with honey! So I just thought that I would list some of the amazing benefits of this miracle ingredient. (Obviously I'm not saying to eat it to excess, doing that with any food is a bad idea)

- way better than sugar!! or artificial sweeteners. Basically, it's the best sweetener out there.
- if you take a spoonful at night before bed (and obviously before brushing your teeth) it actually helps you LOSE weight because it gets your liver working (increasing metabolism) without having to digest anything.
- Honey + Cinnamon + Boiled Water = Delicious!!
- It will NEVER expire! (It's already been digested by bees so it's not chemicals thats making it indestructible.
- the beauty uses of it
- can be used in a face mask (makes your skin feel soo soft)
- can be used as a lip conditioner
- anti-aging.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

MAC Math

MAC has the awesome option buy pro palettesand fill with all of your favorites! (FYI all my prices are in Canadian!)
1) It's convenient for applying makeup, especially eyeshadow when you usually are using multiple ones at once.
2) It's easier to transport instead of having 15 awkward pots, you just have one cool
3) Price!


1) If you just need ONE color, you need to bring the entire palette.
2) You need to buy multiple pieces to justify the cost of the palette.

Alright, now I'm going to do the math.
Back2Mac Math!

You have 3 Options:

1) A 4 eyeshadow palette
Palette cost =$6

Eyeshadow pan cost = $13
Eyeshadow pot cost (reg.) = $17.50
Savings per eye shadow = $4.50

No. of eye shadows you need to buy to justify the cost = 2
Savings by filling it: $12

Cost to fill it = $58

(FYI, if you're thinking about buying 4 4 eyeshadow palettes instead of 1 15 you're total savings is $28.50, which is 22.50 LESS than the 15 palette.)

2) A 15 eyeshadow palette

Palette cost = $16.50

Eyeshadow pan cost = $13
Eyeshadow pot cost (reg.) = $17.50
Savings per eye shadow = $4.50

No. of eyeshadows you need to buy to justify the cost = 4
Savings by filling it = $51

Cost to fill it = $211.50

3) A 6 Blush palette

Palette Cost = $16.50

Blush pan cost = $22
Blush pot cost (reg.) = $18.50
Savings per blush = $3.50

No. of blushes you need to buy to justify the cost = 5
Savings by filling it = $4.50

That's right, you NEED to buy at least 5 blushes to justify the cost of having a palette. Because of this, I don't really think it's worth it. I understand the need to have multiple blushes, but at least 5? At once? Maybe it's just me, but I tend to stick with a few blushes (I usually just use ONE every day, am I a freak?) and I don't know if I need this many, and you don't save that much.

There's the math!


Friday, March 19, 2010

Flawless Fate #2: Honey, I masked my face!

When researching all the best skincare products (I'm a FIRM believer in researching before you buy!), I found a website that listed #2 as the best product as....honey!

"Honey's natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays, supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple."

SO tonight, I gave myself a honey mask. It's really easy to do!
Here's the recipe:
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
-1 egg yoke

1. Add all the items in a bowl and mix until creamy.
2. Put a warm cloth over your face to open up your pores.
3. Apply the honey mask, leave on for 20 minutes.
4. Rinse, splash your face with cold waters to make sure your pores are closed.

Voila! My skin feels really soft and I like it so far. I left it on for 25 minutes because I was on the phone, but I don't think that would cause a huge problem?

What do you all think?

I'm going to do this once a week. Probably on the weekend.


Flawless Fate #1: My (lack of) skin care routine.

I'm currently on the lookout for ways to get flawless skin so this will be a series on my blog about this quest! I don't have a lot of acne, just a little bit around my nose and on my chin, but my skin isn't perfect, it's uneven and I'm getting married in a few weeks and I want it to look amazing, my "flawless fate"!

I have a combination skin, with my T-zone being pretty dry but the rest being a little oily.

Currently my routine is as follows:
- I splash my face with water ($0!) and then I apply makeup (MAC NW15 Studio Sculpt Concealer, Chanel Pro Luminous Foundation, Bare Escentials mineral veil).

-Nivea Visage Clear&Refreshing Gel ($10 at drugstores)
- FACE Eye Makeup Remover ($7 from Sephora)

And that's it! I have bought the St. Ives Firming Mask ($7 at drugstores) and I wasn't very impressed, I used it a few times and I didn't see any change.

SO this is my goal. This is the beginning!

I'm getting married in a few months too.