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January 2012

In Beauty, Review on
January 30, 2012

The Mascara Diaries: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Layered with Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara

 

Today on The Mascara Diaries I’ll be layering Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes in black and Physician’s Formula  Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara (c/o) in ultra black. The results were really impressive.

Pictures of the wands:

Physician’s Formula

 

Tarte

My lashes curled with the mascara (shown without them curled in the video):

What is your favorite mascara combination? Share them in the comments!

Previously on The Mascara Diaries: Benefit BADgal Lash and Physician’s Formula Organic Wear.

In Beauty on
January 23, 2012

The 30 Day Skin Transformation

Want to transform your skin in 30 days? Me too! This is where Naturopathica is going to come in. I was contacted earlier this month to try out their new skin care regimen kits and see my 30 day skin transformation. My kit, for normal to dry skin, says that it “improves the health and appearance of the skin by reducing inflammation, correcting moisture loss and enhancing elasticity.” I was really excited to give this a shot since I really loved their Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex from my former skincare routine.

Skincare kits: Normal to DryNormal to OilyAge Defense

Here are all of the products in my kit and their descriptions:

Oat Facial Polish: Soothing Oats and Jojoba Beads gently sweep away dry, flaky skin, removing impurities and leaving the face soft and radiant.

Chamomile Cleansing Milk: A soothing blend of German Chamomile and Rose gently cleanses and calms dry, sensitive skin, leaving the face smooth and soft.

Plant Stem Cell Serum: A concentrated serum, designed to significantly slow down the aging of the cells due to inflammation caused by UVA photo-damage and oxidative stress.

Beech Tree and Ginseng Moisturizer: This nourishing moisturizer blends antioxidant rich Beech Tree and Goji Berry with firming complex of Ginseng to help protect skin from free radicals.

I don’t know if I will be able to see a huge difference in just 30 days but I thought that just in case I would include a before picture for comparison…. Eek!

My regimen:

Every morning I will wash my face with the cleansing milk and follow with the moisturizer. At night, I will wash my face with the cleansing milk and my Clarisonic Mia, apply the serum, and then the moisturizer. Then every Tuesday and Thursday I will use the oat exfoliater in the morning.

Concerns:

I recently started using the Clarisonic Mia so my skin may improve a little on it’s own, screwing with the results of the skincare transformation. I can’t suddenly stop using the Mia though because then my skin may go through the purging phase again when I restart. Also, only being able to use these products messes with my living minimally campaign to get rid of my old skincare products before I buy new ones…. So, I’ve decided that to be able to continue to use other products I have store up, I won’t use the Naturopathica products on my neck or décolletage. I could also use my other skincare cleansers as body wash, etc, so I can still continue.

First impressions:

This morning was the first time I used the skincare kit. I washed my face with the cleansing milk and put on the beerch moisturizer. I wasn’t a fan of how the cleanser smelled but it was very gentle on my skin. The moisturizer was surprisingly thick, smelled nice, and in one pump I was able to spread across my whole face.

I can’t wait to keep going with these products! I will be reporting back with my progress.

If you want to try the 30 day skin transformation, check out Naturopathica. They also have a coupon for free shipping with the code NY2012.

What are you going to do for your skin this month?

Skincare kits: Normal to DryNormal to OilyAge Defense

 

In Beauty, DIY on
January 20, 2012

DIY Cleopatra Milk Bath Video Tutorial

DIY Cleopatra milk bath recipe

I have a lot of fun googling and finding different DIY projects. This one was so very relaxing! Today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY Cleopatra inspired milk bath.

 

Cleopatra was said to famed for her beauty and one of her many claimed beauty secrets was to take a bath in pure milk. Can you imagine that?

Here is my modern version:

  • One quart of milk (four cups, powdered or regular milk. The more fat the better it is for your skin.)
  • A few squeezes of honey
  • Bath oil or EVOO
  • Optional: Oats to calm the skin

The lactic acid in milk will help aid exfoliation so I recommend rubbing your skin with a wash cloth while in the bath. The honey is a natural anti-bacterial and a humectant, which helps retain and add moisture to the skin. EVOO acts similarly to honey in that way but it is more moisturizing than honey alone. I use EVOO as a moisturizer whenever I shower because of this. Just be weary because oats can clog pipes when used regularly.

I hope you enjoy this DIY project.

Share your favorite DIYs in the comments below and one of them may be picked for the next DIY Friday! 

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In Beauty on
January 17, 2012

How to Clean Dirty Makeup Brushes

How to spot clean and deep clean your makeup brushes

Hi Kind Friends! It is important to clean your makeup brushes. That goes without question. If you are putting makeup onto a brush, then on your face, repeat, repeat, repeat… bacteria is going to accumulate. This can be for a million reasons. It could be that your face wasn’t clean, your hands weren’t clean, someone coughed in your vicinity, something touched your brush without you noticing, etc. No matter what you think, your brushes have bacteria on them. Also, product build up makes brushes act in a different way then when they are clean and new.

Cleaning your makeup brushes will not only make your makeup go on smoother it will also help prevent you from getting blemishes because of the bacteria build up.

So, you need to clean your brushes. How to spot clean and how to deep clean your brushes are outlined in the videos below.

 

Method #1: Once a week I use the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner and a towel as demonstrated above. It is really easy and quick.

 

Method #2: Once a month I deep clean my brushes using soap, a bowl, water, and the Sigma Dry n’ Shape. Before I got the Dry n’ Shape I had to wait more then a day for my brushes to dry. This has saved me hours!

Now that you know how to clean dirty makeup brushes you’ll have a cleaner face and more precise makeup application. Enjoy!

There is so many ways to clean brushes, share your method in the comments!

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In Fashion, Sponsored on
January 16, 2012

On the Go Outfit of the Day: Pink Poncho

Last week when I was out with Chris I filmed an outfit of the day video wearing my new poncho from the LC Lauren Conrad Collection. This outfit was incredibly comfortable to wear on a long day away from home like this one. I felt chic without being bared down by uncomfortable fabrics.

Video sponsored by MyLikes

 

My outfit and accessories:
Pink Poncho, LC Lauren Conrad
Black tank top, Forever 21
Skinny jeans, Forever 21
Brown wedges, Payless
Rose gold watch, Burgi
Fantasia necklace, JewelMint

Have a lovely day!

What do you wear when you have a lot to do but still want to be comfortable?

In Beauty, DIY on
January 13, 2012

DIY Banana Face Mask

Easy banana face mask to help prevent wrinkles

To add some moisture to dry or sensitive skin, try this DIY banana face mask! This mask is great to add antioxidants to the skin, help heal blemishes, and even help prevent further wrinkle development.

Get some more details in the video below:

 

Instructions:

  • Mash up a quarter of a banana and leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser

I would suggest blending the banana rather then mashing it with a fork like I did, so it will apply smoother.

Optional additions from oprah.com:

  • For dry skin, enhance the moisturizing effect by adding one tablespoon of natural yogurt and one teaspoon of honey.
  • For oily skin, add one teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • To make the mask thicker, add one tablespoon of ground oatmeal.

Have a lovely weekend!

What foods have you been putting on your face lately?

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In Beauty, DIY on
January 12, 2012

Easy DIY Lip Plumping Scrub

Easy DIY lip plumping scrub using cinnanmon

Lately my lips have been so chapped that my lip color just doesn’t go on as smoothly as it used too. I don’t know why but I completely forgot my own advice. Exfoliate! Your lips, like your skin, builds up dead skin cells. I’m going to try and remember to exfoliate my lips with this DIY lip plumping scrub at least once a week so that my products will apply a little smoother.

Here is a DIY recipe I put up on my YouTube channel in March of last year. Wow, my hair was long back then!

 

All you need:

  1. Sugar
  2. Honey
  3. Cinnamon (to plump lips)

Have a lovely day! Share some of your DIY beauty secrets in the comments.

Better yet, do you have any tips for long lasting lip color?

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