Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup

Happy Friday loveys!
So today's post is dedicated to Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. 
I have been wearing this foundation for about two months now.
This foundation is a medium to full foundation and is great for those of us that have oily skin. Usually my oily skin breaks through makeup and by the end of the day, I have no foundation left on my face.  This foundation seriously does not budge! I will say that when you first apply this makeup it does feel a little thick on your face, but after a few minutes after applying it you will not feel it. This foundation is also great for anyone that does have redness or scars since it is a medium to full foundation. 
It does a great job of hiding imperfections. 

Estee Lauder's Double Wear has a great color selection to fit different skin tones. I was color matched to 2N1 Desert Beige which is a fairly light shade. This foundation is oil-free, dermatologist tested, non-acnegenic so it won't clog your pores, and fragrance-free. Although it is described as non-acnegenic and dermatologist tested it still broke me out. I do have very sensitive skin ad unfortunately my skin didn't like this foundation. It caused me to have a lot of tiny bumps on my forehead and around my jawline. I was really hoping it wasn't the foundation that was causing the break-out, so I stopped using it for a few days to see if I noticed a difference in my skin.... My bumps cleared up immediately. I am very bummed that my skin doesn't like this foundation because I had really high hopes for it. 

Another con about this foundation is that it does not have a pump. It is just an opened bottle. I have a tendency of accidentally pouring too much of the product out, so this was definitely a huge con for me. I have heard that some of the foundations from MAC have pumps that fit this bottle. It is also a glass bottle, so you will definitely have to be very careful. 

Have you tried Estee Lauder's Double Wear 
Foundation before? 
What are your thoughts?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Guest Post: 5 Tips to Reduce Waxing Suffering

5 tips to Reduce Waxing Suffering

Getting rid of unwanted hair is always a priority especially at this time of the year. With a number of hair removal options available, waxing is one of the commonly used options among many people and this method can help rid of unwanted from different parts of the body. Whether it is the legs or the bikini line, waxing can give you amazing results if properly managed.
Bikini wax can be painful and unbearable if handled poorly. These complications can be experienced during and after the procedure but things do not have to be like that. Some of the most common side effects associated with waxing include pain, redness, inflammation, ingrown hair and bumps among other things. You can however get the best hair removal waxing treatment devoid of these complications and suffering by considering the following tips.
Tips to prevent discomfort associated with waxing
  1. Avoid trimming your hair too short before the treatment
Many people make the mistake of trimming their hair too short before or in between the treatment sessions thinking it will ease the pain and make the process faster. However, this can only produce the reverse results and should be avoided. If your hair is long, the best thing will be to trim it to around 1/8 inches. This way, you will get the best results while minimizing pain during treatment.
  1. Exfoliate the treatment area gently before the treatment
Exfoliating the specific area where you need to remove unwanted hair will help unblock hair follicles and skin pores thus making it easy for the treatment to be done successfully. The process helps by removing dead skin cells which in return helps avoid chances of ingrown hair.
  1. Protect your skin from the sun
Exposing your skin to the sun a few days after the treatment could cause unpleasant redness. However, this can be prevented by using sun protection especially during the first 24 hrs after the treatment. In addition to this, it will be advisable to wear clothes that are not too tight. This will help avoid friction on the skin thus preventing unwanted redness.
  1. Avoid waxing if under medication
Before undergoing waxing hair treatment, it will be important to discuss your health with the therapist involved. Some allergies could complicate matters for you in addition to some medications such as Differin and Accutane and therefore you should not undergo the treatment if using any of these. Additionally, you should avoid waxing in case you are using some tropical creams and lotions including Retin A or AHAs. These products are incompatible with waxing treatment.
  1. Avoid alcohol and pain relievers prior to the treatment
Many people make the mistake of using pain relief medicine or alcohol with the hope of minimizing the pain associated with waxing. However, these should be avoided as they do not produce the desired effects but instead tightens the pores making the treatment rather painful.

Waxing hair removal does not need to be painful if done professionally. The side effects associated with the procedure are minimal when the treatment is done in the right environment and by a trained therapist. Always seek to work with a qualified therapist for quality results.

Written by: Molly

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Quench! Argan Oil

Happy Friday!
I hope y'all have lots of wonderful things planned for the weekend. 
Today's post is all about Quench! Argan Oil. I was approached by Mat from Yaz Design to try out the Argan Oil and then write a review. I am a huge fan of argan oils, so I was very excited to try out this product. 

Here is what they say about the Argan Oil:

Important Information

-Anti-Aging -Lightweight Effective Moisturizer for Dry Skin, -An All Natural Treatment for Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis & Rosacea -Soothe Muscle Pain -Reduce the Appearance of Scars & Stretch Marks -Reduce wrinkles -Treat Dark Under Eye Circles -Mild Anti-Bacterial -Restore Brittle, Frizzy or Damaged Hair -Soothe Sunburns

100% Pure Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil

Use 2-7 drops for skin treatment. Rub between palms then massage onto desired area. Use a pea size amount for hair treatment. Rub between palms and apply to split ends, roots or strands. Reapply as needed. For a moisture boost add a few drops to your shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face cream or sunscreen.

Product Description

All Natural Lightweight Face Moisturizer
restores vital moisture, skin elasticity & smoothness 

Moisturizes Dry Scalp to Split Ends
and all of the Hair in Between conditions hair, tames frizz & flyaways leaving your hair healthy, shiny and smooth 

Multipurpose Moisture!
leaving your skin soft, smooth and refreshed from head to toe 

Luxurious Hydration at your Fingertips
great for conditioning and restoring cuticles and nails 

Boost Moisture
add a few drops to your shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face cream, sunscreen or body wash 

Nourishing Eye Treatment
glides on easy & can reduce fine lines, puffiness, and dark under-eye circles 

As a Natural Treatment
for Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis & Rosacea while hydrating, soothing, toning, and restoring

Soothes & Heals
sunburns, achy muscles, cracked heels and can reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks

My thoughts:
Before I tried Quench! Argan Oil I was already a big fan of Argan Oil, so it is no surprise that I did thoroughly enjoy this product and was impressed with the benefits I received from using it. I can tell a difference in my hair from the two weeks since I started using this oil. My hair is softer and shinier. I have tried applying it on towel-dried hair right before I blow dry my hair and also I have put a few drops in my palm and mixed it with my conditioner while I am in the shower. I couldn't tell a difference between the two methods. I will say though that you definitely have to be careful and not put too much in your hair because since it is an oil it can definitely cause your hair too be very greasy. yes, I am speaking from experience--I thought I might a try a little more than what they recommend. I definitely learned my lesson ;) 
My favorite way of using the Argan Oil is rubbing it into my skin, especially my dry areas, such as my heels and elbows. I could definitely tell a major difference just after one use. I put it on right before I went to bed and the next morning I woke up and my skin felt very soft. 
I do like that the bottle does have a dropper to it. It makes it a lot easier to monitor how much product you are getting out. I am very klutzy so this was a great feature for me. I probably would have poured out way too much or spilled the oil everywhere if it didn't have the dropper. 
Overall, I am pleased with the Quench! Argan Oil. I will definitely continue to use it.

If you are interested in learning more about this product or want to 
purchase a bottle for yourself visit HERE.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Holy Grail Lipstick

Hey lovelies! I hope y'all had a wonderful, relaxing Labor Day Weekend. My husband and I actually decided to make a trip to the beach and it was so nice! I could seriously just sit and stare at the ocean for hours. 
Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

So today's post is dedicated to my holy grail lipstick, Rimmel's Lasting Finish Kate Moss 08. It is the perfect "my lips but better" lipstick. It is a dark pinkish mauvey color that is highly pigmented. It is perfect for everyday wear. It is very creamy, but not too creamy that it slides right off of your lips. After about an hour of wear it does look more matte though, but it doesn't dry up your lips. I really do like the packaging. 
It is all black with Kate Moss' signature in red.

The only downfall with the lipstick is the lasting power. I definitely have other lipsticks that last longer, but I honestly don't mind reapplying this gorgeous color every 2-3 hours.

 The price is amazing since it is a drugstore lipstick. You can get an extremely great deal on it when the drugstores run their BOGO 1/2 price deal. 

Price $5.79 at Walgreens
found HERE

What is your Holy Grail Lipstick?

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