Current Favorites: Skin

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Hey girlies!  I haven’t updated you on my “favorites.”  I believe it’s been almost a year since I last told you what I was absolutely loving.  I decided to start off with makeup/skin, just because I think it’s funner.  I will later share with you my current hair favorites.

Let’s start with skin protection.  I have really sensitive skin.  Just sneeze on me and I’ll break out in hives.  I know some of these things aren’t really “makeup products” but it’s better to apply makeup on skin that has been taken care of!

Dove Sensitive Skin Soap Bar

 

dove-skin-bar$3.47, Walmart

Yes, at $3.47 (for a two-pack) is pretty expensive, but if your skin gets easily irritated like mine, you will forever be grateful for this.  Of course, it’s unscented, sadly.  I’ve almost jammed it up my nose trying to smell it.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

 

Shampoo$3.98, Walmart

I know what you’re thinking.  “But I don’t have a baby.”  Ok, you don’t have a baby, but if you do, save yourself some bucks buy using this as a makeup remover!  And if you’re not a momma, just get yourself a bottle.  It doesn’t dry my skin and it’s super gentle.  Removes makeup in no time.  It’s perfect for sensitive skin, unlike makeup removing cloths.  Those things leave red patches on my face.  No bueno.

Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion

 

neutrogena$9.97, Walmart ($12 if you’re in PR)

I’ve noticed my moisturizing lotion (with SPF 15) just wasn’t cutting it.  My nose was peeling due to sun exposure.  I had seen this at Walmart during one of my weekly grocery shopping trips but didn’t buy it because I thought it was expensive.  I regret not buying it sooner.  It doesn’t stink up my face like ordinary sunscreen, resists sweat (a big woo-hoo!) and it won’t clog pores.  Yes, it’s also water resistant (up to 80 minutes).  This blends smoothly and quickly onto my skin and applying makeup over it isn’t a hassle!  The best part?  SPF 70, baby.

L’Oréal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

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$10.97, Walmart

Do you believe in magic?  Get ready, ’cause you’re about to.  This foundation really impressed me.  Within seconds, my face looked as if I had already applied powder.  The down side?  It’s not for dry skin.  My skin was going through a dry phase at the time and this looked horrible.  After a few scrubs with my Baiden mitten, the problem was fixed.  Oh la la!  Matte skin!

BareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener 

 

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$18, Ulta

This thing really does brighten the under-eye area, making dark circles less visible!  But!  A tiny bit goes a long way!  Seriously, too much will make your face look oh-so-cakey.  Yuck! I don’t even remember how I found out about this product.  It was probably thanks to a beauty guru on YouTube.  Thank you, beauty guru!

Hopefully you’re willing to give at least one of these products a try.  I enjoyed trying out each and every one of these and I swear I’m sticking with them for at least a year.  Ok, maybe not.  (So many things to try out!)

 

 

 

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Pin Up Skin

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Picking up where we left off: Pin Up Skin.  Family members and friends often ask me if I have a skincare routine.  I do.  My skin is not perfect.  It’s very sensitive, meaning I have to take extra good care of it and watch what I apply on my face.  I break out rarely, but when I do, I get irritated and self-conscious, like most women.  So let’s start off with cleansing.

Cleansing

I alternate between St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub and Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser.  I use only one of the products each day, not wanting too many chemicals coming in contact with my skin.  I use the Morning Burst in the mornings, of course, and I like to use the Green Tea Scrub at night while I shower.  They’re both oil-free and leave a light, fresh fragrance, not too harsh for those with sensitive skin.  These are affordable; both sell for less than $8, full size.  I like buying them travel size, because they’re easier to store away when sharing a bathroom with three other women. 

                               

Sun Protection

I walk to school each day with the bright sun following me.  Sunscreen is a must over here.  I suggest getting sunscreen that has at least SPF 15.  The more, the better.  If you don’t like the feeling of regular sunscreen on your face, you can opt for a BB or CC cream.  These are very similar.  BB creams are a lighter alternative to foundation while having SPF and antioxidants.  I don’t like the idea of wearing foundation each day, so I try to use it only for special occasions.  Pores need to breath as much as possible.  BB creams give more coverage than tinted moisturizers, for those wanting to hide a few blemishes without having to pack on foundation.  A friend suggested Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream.  It has SPF 15.  I wish it had more, because I noticed my skin peeling a bit after a few weeks of walking under the sun.  I’d say it’s good for women who spend most of their time away from the from it: offices, classrooms, etc.  I use it only when I have to work because it leaves your face looking a bit dewy.  (I work in a bar, so it’s perfect.)  I got it at Walmart for $11.99.

A couple of months ago, Ipsy, a monthly make-up subscription, sent me a sample of Coola’s Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer.  I fell in love with this thing.  They sent me the Rose Essence one.  I was not too fond of the scent, but I love the texture.  It’s extremely light, but it has SPF 20.  My skin hasn’t flaked at all since the beginning of the semester and it does, indeed, correct color, which is what CC creams are supposed to do.  It leaves my skin with a matte finish.  I had to purchase the full size after running out of my sample.  It’s pricy, but it’s the best $30-something dollars I’ve spent on a beauty product.  I found out they have an unscented one as well.  The best part?  It’s organic!

Exfoliation & Mask

Years ago, after “liking” Pin Up Passion on Facebook, Sorelle Amore began posting videos on how she achieves a flawless look using the Baiden Mitten.  This mitten, scrubs away dead skin cells and in a way, “attacks” your skin, making a new layer emerge.  It takes some getting used to and you can scrub away your whole body with it after taking a hot shower (to loosen the yucky stuff).  It’s fun and gross to see bits of dead skin coming off.  The mitten is durable and sells for $40-$50.  It’s worth it.

baidenIf you want to take skincare a step further, try Michael Todd’s Pumpkin Mask.  Ipsy sent it to me.  Be sure to get one that’s appropriate for your skin.  For some reason, Ipsy sent me one for non-sentitive skin and it burned a bit.  I didn’t like the scent at all – it smells like baby food, but it did leave my skin extremely smooth.  I suggest using it only once a week, since it can be harsh.

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Remember to apply powder with a Kabuki brush!  It applies the product smoother, giving you a more natural look.  These can be found at your local Walgreens or CVS for no more than $10!  If you want to splurge, but not too much, try Soho’s!

I hope you found this post helpful  and may you become even more comfortable in your skin!

Sally Hansen creme hair remover: a review

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I know how important it is for some of you to have “pin up skin.”  It is important for me as well.  I’ve been breaking out a lot lately and I’m blaming stress and an irregular menstrual cycle.  But pin up skin isn’t just clear skin; it’s also what seems like hairless skin.

You must already know what I’m going to talk about: lady stache.  Yep, that hair on your upper lip.  Some women are lucky enough to have an almost unnoticeable stache, like me.  Others have to wax, bleach, or remove it.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I went to Walmart this weekend, but I purchased the Sally Hansen creme hair remover for $5.47.  I enjoy giving new products a chance, so I did.

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I read the instructions and followed them.  Just like a goody-two-shoes.  It said I should first try it out on my arm and if no redness or burning occurred, my face would’ve been fine.  Sally lied.  Sally lied big time.

It only took four minutes for my face to feel as if it was being greeted by Satan himself at the gates of hell.  I wiped the product off with some damp toilet paper and saw how the hair easily came off but was left with a chemical burn moustache.  My upper lip began sweating excessively which only made matters worse.  The sweat made the burning sensation go up a notch and as I patted my upper lip with  some tissue, I noticed it was numb.  Numb and burning at the same time.  Do you believe in magic?  Sally does.

I searched for reviews on this product on YouTube after my experience and to my surprise, most women went through the same thing.  I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone.  The chemicals are too harsh (why is this thing even approved to be used on one’s face?)  Although it does do what it’s supposed to: remove your lady stache, it also leaves another: one of dry, flaky, chemically burned skin.

Stick to waxing, ladies.  This thing is not painfree, it’s not gentle, it does not smell like vanilla.  It’s fast, becase you won’t be able to leave it on for more than 4 minutes.

Evidence

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Same pictures but I played with the brightness and contrast of the one on the right.