Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patrick's Day

What better way to bring out your art abilities that nail polish. Every girly girl feels prettier with them painted.
The HOT Nails on the runways this season are short and opaque! Pastels with no sparkle are in Vogue! I'm wearing the lime green color. To be honest I think it looks ghastly on me. I'm too pale. Greens and yellows look better on darker tanned skin, but it's St. Patrick's day. I love the pink and purples! They look great on anyone and are so feminine. Just make sure you buy opaque colors. You don't want shimmer or sparkles this season. So run to the store and buy your favorite brand and shade and make the sidewalk your own personal runway. My favorite nail polish is OPI, but these are Ulta brand.

Visiting my sister

High on ginseng smoothies from Jamba juice, my roommate and I slid down our stairs on our pillows only to meet six new boys. That was ten or so years ago. My sister is now attending the same college. I couldn't resist a weekend trip with my mom to visit her. I did my sisters hair and makeup each day. It was so fun! The mall there had no new and exciting stores. So of course we went into the only half way decent store, Victoria's Secret, to try on bras and paint some color to our lips. My sister is wearing a bright pink. Pink is a really hot color this season. Just check out Sephora! Pink is everywhere! It's my favorite color so I'm super excited. Red lips are also on the runways paired with pastels. The key is go very light on the eye makeup and make it pop with the red lips. My college days are long gone for me, but the memories will last a life time.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Acne 101!

As my wedding day approached I got a zit of all zits right in the middle of my chin. I panicked and did all the wrong things. It was one of those deep zits with no white head. I tried squeezing it as hard as I could. That only hurt and made it more swollen. I scrubbed it with vigor. I covered it with alcohol. The night before the wedding I put toothpaste on it. I heard it dried it up quickly. No! Instead it was bigger and redder. That day my zit and I married my loving husband of almost 9 years.
1. Wash your face morning and night!
Especially at night to get off all that makeup and grime from the day. You are a lazy sucker if you go to bed with your makeup on. If your skin is oily a cleanser containing 2% Salicylic acid is good. You can also swipe a pad soaked in Salicylic acid over your face after cleansing, this will help soak up the oil without over drying your skin. I keep Stridex pads on hand. They're like $5 at walmart. There are other brands as well. You can also use Stridex pads to rub down your feet then apply lotion or Eucerine brand Aquaphor. This tip is from Paula Begoun, and it really helps dry cracked feet.
Suggested Cleansers with 2% Salicylic acid are:
Murad Clarifying cleanser, or Murad AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser
Neutrogena oil-free acne wash
DERMAdoctor aint misbehavin

3. Wash your makeup brushes! Wash them once a week with shampoo and let them air dry. This kills the bacteria that can cause or make acne worse.

4.Don't skip Moisturizer
Even oily skin needs hydration. Just make sure your moisturizer is oil free and noncomedogenic. Once again for my sensitive skin my favorite moisturizer is CeraVe. There are many good ones that also contain SPF. Like Aveeno Positively Radiant, Daily Defense Spf 30
Olay Complete Defense SPF 30

5.Pimple Treatment
I don't get much acne, but when one pops up I always put Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment on it before bed. I just dot it on. It contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. Look for products that contain at least 2% to be effective. I like this one because it doesn't totally dry out and irritate my skin. If the zit is really swollen a little 1% hydrocortisone cream helps reduce the swelling. You can even get Cortisone shots in your zits by a dermatologist.

6.Avoid abrasive products
Abrasive scrubs can irritate the acne and may even rupture pimples. This can lead to infection and prolong the healing process.

7. Consider switching foundation from liquid to mineral
Mineral foundation doesn't clog pores. I still use and prefer liquid foundation, but I'm not acne prone.

8. For stubborn persistent acne a prescription Retinoid may be needed, or birth control pills- I know, sounds strange, but the biggest cause of acne is hormones. you can use every product on the market and still have zits because of your hormones. Also if you stop taking your birth control pills, you may have major breakouts, even a few months after stopping. There is even evidence that taking 5 pills throughout the day of Cod liver oil will help.

Remember you notice the acne more than other people. Also putting on too much concealer that cakes around a zit can make it stand out more. Just embrace your natural beauty. Beauty comes from the inside out!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wrinkle cream

Since we are approaching 30 (I refuse to turn 30! I'm 29 and holding), my friend asked about a good wrinkle cream. Aging happens right- no way around it! Even if I say I'm 29 forever. In my previous post I listed my basic skin care regimen, but thought I would be a little more detailed in this one pertaining to preventing wrinkles. Use an antioxidant cream. I mentioned it in my last post. Eucerine COQ10. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF everyday. I like Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. Put it on your face and Chest and hands (they age too). Korres brand has a sunblock stick for sensitive areas like the eyes and lips, but it's about $30. I just bought Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream 32, I love, love love it. It's the first eye sunscreen I have used that doesn't stingUse a retinoid The stronger ones are better but require a prescription. But many over the counter brands can still help lessen the appearance of lines. A good one is Roc brand Deep wrinkle night cream. I want to get a Chemical Peel from the Dermatologist someday soon. You can get mini at home Chemical Peels like Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. There is a new product coming out in April I want to try called Aveeno Ageless Vitality. It's a line of products that use zinc and copper to produce charge that is supposed to stimulate the skin cells to make collagen or elastin. I'll let you know how it is when I try it. No one wants a wrinkled canvas!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Every woman is beautiful. Thank goodness we have a little help unveiling our beauty. Here is my skin maintenance routine. I have super sensitive skin and have been blessed with acne free skin (with an occasional pop up). I wash my face each morning with DERMAdoctor wrinkle revenge and  at night with Cetephil. I love to exfoliate! Everyday I use a face brush. I like the Clarisonic. . Sally's has a little face brush you use by hand for $2, that works also. Once a week I use Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion to exfoliate. I also think a washcloth exfoliates well. Then I get a washcloth as hot as I can stand to wring out and place it over my face to open my pores and because it feels so refreshing. I always apply a CoQ10 serum to fight fine lines and wrinkles. There are many on the market, Eucerine Redness Relief CoQ10 is my favorite on my sensitive skin, I can even put it on my eyes. I like to allow 10 mins for it to penetrate my skin. Antioxidants are so good for you. You should also try to get it in your diet. Follow with sunblock if it's day. Any sunblock is fine! I use many different ones or a moisturizer with it in. I just discovered my new favorite moisturizer CeraVe. I got a sample from the dermatologist and love it. It retains moisture all day without getting oily. The best part is it is around $12 at Walmart, Walgreens, even Costco pharmacy has it. I also really like Clinique Moisture surge. I also read that Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Night Cream is just as good as Clinique's moisture surge. It's very important to have a fresh moisturized clean canvass before you begin your work of art.