Sunday, October 1, 2017

Banishing Blackheads To The Bin

No matter how old you are, blackheads can appear without warning. Whether Prom is tomorrow or you have to go to work, it has to go. Otherwise, you’ll forever be the girl who came out in public with a skin blemish. The problem is not understanding the gravity of the situation, but finding a suitable solution. Blackheads are stubborn and inflexible, which makes them hard to move. The good news is that they aren’t impossible to banish to the bin.

Here are the best ways to tackle blackheads head-on and maintain flawless skin.

No Scrubs

Don’t wage all-out war on blackheads. Remember that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. As soon as one it appears, it’s tempting to try and scrub your troubles away. Please don’t because this only makes it angrier. Plus, it can blemish and even scar the skin if you rub too hard. Rather than being rough, take the gentle approach and try and coax it from your face. Just don’t dig your fingernails all the way if you do try and squeeze it free. When it comes to scrubbing blackheads, less is more.

Full Steam Ahead

It is by no means a modern-day beauty hack, but it was all the rage back in the day. Sitting with your head above a bowl of hot water was their version of steaming face. Nowadays, there are high-tech facial steamers which do the business. Regardless of the hardware, keep in mind that steam opens the pores. Once they are open, it is much easier to remove blackheads, dead skin cells, or anything which acts as a blockage. For the best results, don’t be afraid to add an antiseptic to clear away the harmful bacteria and keep the skin feeling fresh.

Try An Acid Or A Retinoid

For the people who are too 21st century for a bowl of steam, there are effective beauty treatments. And, they are usually available over-the-counter, so there is no need for a prescription. To begin with, try a retinoid which unclogs pores. Thanks to the collagen element, it gets into the nooks and crannies of the skin without leaving lines or wrinkles. People with sensitive skin won’t like the strength, which is why a salicylic acid gel is an excellent option. Rather than lifting blackheads, it dissolves and loosens them away.

Be Proactive

The best form of defense is offense. What this means is that you should be on the attack and try and prevent blackheads from forming in the first place. That way, there is no reason to deal with a skin blemish before a big work day or social occasion. Wearing less makeup is a great start, as is wiping and moisturizing your face every day. Keeping the skin fresh and moist is the key to preventing blemishes, especially when it’s dry and rough. As long as you can keep on top of the regimen, your skin should shine.

Whisper it quietly, but blackheads don’t have to be a major problem any longer. Keep this advice in mind and you’ll be blemish-free and skin happy.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Best Cotton Candy Scents/Scrubs 2017

Hey guys! It's about that time to announce my new favorite cotton candy companies/scents that I found on the internet. These are all approved by me and super affordable.  The first one is a new company I found called SoakedSquared.   I am putting this company right up there with LUSH, which is something I never do. I love LUSH just like the next girl, but it's a tad pricey for me. So when I found SoakSquared, I was super excited to let all my readers in on the amazing smelling soaps and fragrances I found.

As you all know, my favorite perfume, soap/scent is Cotton Candy. SoakedSquared's cotton candy is more of a fancy thick candy smell. Not a cheap cotton candy fragrance like some companies carry. Their body scrubs (shown above) are extremely well made with sugar and rich mineral salts that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.  For $39.99 you get 1.5 pounds of luxurious scrub, in all different delicious and flowery scents.  The dark blue one is cotton candy, and when I tell you this smells like cotton candy, WOW does it ever! I can't even explain the candy I can literally taste when I slab this on my skin.  The pink one is strawberry lemonaid and I plan on trying that one next. Other scents include coffee Sugar, Lavender Rosemary, Passion Fruit & Coconut lime.  If you're unsure which one you want to try, they sell the Rainbow Sampler ($29.99) shown above where you can try each scent and decide which one you want to commit to. 

SoakSquared also sells bath soap, hand sanitizer, nail polish, bubble bars and more. Find them here, I guarantee you won't be dissapointed. 

My 2nd favorite is Demeter Fragrances. If you have sweet smelling tooth, you probably have already tried Demeter.  They have a huge library of scents to choose from. Some pretty crazy. Such as Tomatoe and Kitten Fur.  They have a huge variety of flowery scents, but also the TOOTSIE scent category which includes Tootsie Rolls, Junior Mints and Dots.

Their Cotton Candy Fragrance (shown above) is more of a lighter body spray instead of a perfume. From Demeter, I prefer their lemon pie scent and cupcake, because the scents are so light they don't stay on too long.  The Cotton Candy smell is more of  something I would spray on after I get out of the shower to have that little "hint" of candy smell on my body. I found this fragrance really hard to explain. It's just something you have to smell for yourself.

When you choose the fragrance you want however, you have many options on what size and what form you want it in. You can buy a mini splash for $6,  a sampler for $4 or body lotion, shower gel, or you can commit to a full size spray for $21 which is still super affordable. I have tried many scents from Demeter, but my two favorite are seen below - (click the picture to go directly to the link)

You can find more about Demeter on their website 

And last but not least, I found this company on my own and purchased all the products on my own because I was so intrigued by the website. ButterToki advertises handmade bath and body goodies is such unique flavors such as Banana Milkshake, Rice Krispy, Fluffy Pancakes. The bottles come in a an adorable bottle with a ribbon tied about the top. So cute and makes me so hungry.

 Cotton Candy is currently sold out on their site, but this is my faavorite Cotton Candy fragrance on the internet hands down. For $18 you get this cute little bottle, and the smell is intense and strong. It smells like the sweetest candy you have ever tasted, and it makes me crave a state fair. It reminds me of the Cotton Candy perfume back in the day from Body Fantasies,  It doesn't have a "cheap" smell, but it's more a sugar scent then anything. So you either love it or hate it, I personally love it.

If you're looking for a cotton candy smell, I suggest you put your name and email address in the waiting list, and when this comes back, check it out. For $18, it's worth the price tag. 

ButterToki however dissapointed me in another way, and that was the SnowCone Whipped Soap. When I found out they had a scent called "SnowCone"  I was wondering how that would smell, since snow cones come in many different scents and I can't put into words how a SnowCone would smell all by itself. And it looks like ButterToki could not do it either.

For me, this didn't hit on a Snow Cone scent at all. In fact it has a flowery smell to it, almost like baby powder.  Don't get me wrong it is a good soap, and for $10, they are rather generous with the bottle size, but the smell just wasn't sweet or what I thought it would be. So it was a bit of a dissapointment. 

But ButterToki  has some other amazing scents. Creamy Vanilla Pound Cake smells incredible, and just like the title describes.  Rice Crispie Treat is spot on for the delicious cereal. This is probably one of my favorites, and I might like it even more then the Cotton Candy Scent. I have yet to try Gummy Bear, but I plan on trying that next. And for $11, you can't go wrong with a ButterToki Body Butter, (unless it's snowcone) Banana MilkShake reminded me of a suntanning lotion, so that was another "so-so" one. But I'm very interested in what Gummy Bear, or Caramel Smells like.  You can find all the different body butter scents here.

Am I missing your favorite Cotton Candy scent? I would love to hear which one I missed. Let me know, and I will buy it and order it, and then review it ! Thanks for everyone who sponsored this post. I received free product in order to review some of the products mentioned. 

On a side note, does anyone remember Juice Bar Cotton Candy smell? I remember this in junior high. I am curious to know if I would still enjoy the smell 20 years later!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Facing Up To Realities Of Maintaining The Beauty Of An Ageing Face

Oh, to be young and free from the need of facial maintenance once more...
Unfortunately, the days of looking perfect from the moment we wake up are long gone. While you may feel young at heart, your face will say otherwise, especially when you let you it go untreated. Frankly, the acceptance that your beauty regimes need enhancing is one of the most depressing realities of getting older.   
Following the right beauty routines is essential for keeping up appearances. Consider the key factors below to maintain your natural glow for years to come.   

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The Body Needs Time To Recover
Back in your youth, it was possible to survive on a few hours sleep before waking up to look and feel fresh as a daisy. But not any longer...
With age comes an increasingly greater need to get a great night’s sleep. A good 40 winks can reduce darkness under the eyes and the appearance of lines. Meanwhile, you’ll be sure to feel full of energy and in a far happier mood. Teeth and hair can benefit from a better quality of rest too.
Whether it’s treating yourself to a new mattress or changing daily routines to get an extra hour is up to you. Either way, acknowledging the need for recuperation is key.
Ageing Brings Unwanted Hair
Getting older will lead to several changes, but the addition of hair in unwanted places is undoubtedly one of the worst. If left untreated, it can look rather unsightly. However, the hassle of constantly trimming or plucking can be equally unappealing.   
Thankfully, there are ways to get the situation under control. Vaniqa cream helps reduce female facial hair in a safe and effective manner. In turn, this makes it far easier to prevent hair from ruining your appearance. Better still, you'll do it without the need for the continued time and pain related to more traditional methods.
Additional hair growth isn’t an enjoyable part of the ageing process, but it cannot be ignored. Sadly, the longer you leave it overlooked, the worse its impact will become. If that doesn’t encourage you to do something about it ASAP, nothing will.
The Skin Needs Additional Support
The health and appearance of your skin will have a huge influence on your overall look. As such, keeping it hydrated should be at the heart of all beauty routines regardless of age. Having said that, mature women should be eager to go the extra mile for continued beauty.   
Moisturisers and facial packs can keep the skin looking fresh. Meanwhile, finding tools like a dermaroller should enable you to cure scarring and fight others signs of ageing. It may take some time for the results to show fully, but the long-term rewards can be huge.
Perhaps most importantly, you must avoid negative influences. Sleeping with makeup on, for example, will speed up the ageing process. Therefore, adopting the habits of keeping skin clear is essential. Just remember that any skin routine should be tailored to the individual oiliness and tone also.
Good Health Equals Great Look

As the body ages, deterioration isn’t only limited to aesthetic features. Overlooking the negative health impacts can cause major problems for your look too.   
It can be very easy to ignore fading sight, hearing, and other issues. But the sooner you react to those problems, the better. Straining the eyes, for example, will only lead to aesthetic changes in this area of the face. Seeing an optician and finding the right glasses is vital. Aside from enhancing your appearance, the direct benefits of improved sight are vast.
Essentially, good health and good appearances work together. Focus on getting the former right, and the latter will follow.   
Fading Colour Is A Huge Sign Of Age
Ageing makes the skin and facial area look a little grey. Frankly, that lack of colour is synonymous with maturity. So, if you want to inject a youthful glow, this is one area that must receive attention.   
Makeup, Lipstick, Make Up, Color, Style, Lip Gloss

Your makeup choices are essential. These solutions designed for a slightly older woman can be particularly wonderful. Moreover, while subtly is key, a little eye shadow and lipstick can make a world of difference to the overall facial aesthetic.
A little colour brings a youthful look that can make you seem more energetic and happy too. Make this the main goal of all makeup applications, and you’ll see huge improvements in the mirror and your mind. If those improved looks enable you to keep living life to the fullest, those efforts will all be worthwhile.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Banish The Tell-Tale Signs Of Tiredness For Good

We all have such hectic schedules these days, and work life and home life can often seem to easily get on top of us. Our busy diaries mean that we rarely get an early night and, for most of us, all of those late nights and early mornings are written all over our face.

Sometimes, no matter what you do, it can be impossible to wipe the tiredness off your face and to give yourself a fresh look ready for the day ahead. But don’t worry - it isn’t completely impossible. You just need to use the following tips, and you will find that you can banish the tell-tale signs of tiredness for good!

Sip Green Tea

If you rely on strong cups of coffee to get you through the day, it’s a much better idea to switch to green tea. Sure, coffee can help wake you up, but it will also dry out your skin and increase the growth and development of wrinkles. Instead, sip green tea for a natural pick me up.

Don’t Skip The Cleanser

All good beauty routines require cleanser. It will effectively clean and purify your skin, and will also remove toxins in the process. It’s all those toxins that can darken your skin and increase lines around the eye. Once you’ve cleansed your face, your skin will look a lot fresher and brighter!

Invest In Good Concealer

Concealer is a great way to hide those most stubborn of tiredness signs. For instance, you just need to rub some around your eyes and blend it in to quickly hide the appearance of tiredness lines and dark circles. One thing to remember, though, is that you shouldn’t apply too much concealer. Otherwise, this will make your skin appear very greasy and oily.


Brighten With Color

If you think your cheeks are looking a bit dull, simply remember to get some blusher and highlighter next time you buy Violet Voss makeup or another brand. Simply adding a quick brush of blush to your cheeks can brighten your face and help you look a lot more awake! It’s also a good idea to buy some highlighter as well. This can brighten your face without making it look too oily.

Work On Your Smile

There are going to be days when you look quite tired no matter what you do. But don’t panic; you just need to distract attention from all the bad spots on your face. And you can do that by getting the best possible smile. Everyone loves a good smile, and people can never take their eyes off a dazzling one. So, be sure to work on your dental hygiene and help your smile pop with a gorgeous red lipstick. It’s also a good idea to check your teeth after every meal - you don’t want to leave any spinach in between your teeth!

Hopefully, all of these tips can help you look as fresh as a daisy even if you only managed to get a few hours of sleep.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

How To Avoid Looking Old Before Your Time

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We'd all like to look a little bit younger if we could. In fact, if you asked most people they'd probably tell you that if they could have stopped the clock at 21, then they probably would have. Of course, just because that's impossible doesn't mean that you should be willing to end up looking even older than you are. Nothing feels worse than someone mistakenly thinking you're even a few years older than you are. To help you prevent that from happening, here are a few ways to avoid looking old before your time.

Adjust your diet

A lot of people don't realize just how much of an impact their diet can have on their skin. If you're constantly eating greasy junk food, then you're going to end up causing your skin to look a lot more dry and greasy than it might otherwise. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you're eating as balanced a diet as possible with as much fresh fruit and veg as possible. Of course, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself every now and then, but it's important to remember that your diet affects every part of your body. Not only that but you need to make sure that you're well hydrated. If you're not drinking enough water, then your skin's just going to end up drying out.

Take care of your skin

Looking after your skin is one of the very best ways that you can avoid looking much older than you are. One of the best things you can do is to use a face moisturizer regularly so that your skin always stay hydrated. Not only that but it might be a good idea to cut back on the amount of makeup that you're wearing. Now, there's nothing wrong with makeup, and you certainly don't need to cut it out entirely, but going a few days a week without it and letting your skin breathe can be incredibly good for it.

Change your lifestyle

The way that you live your life can often be seen on your skin whether you realize it or not. Things like drinking and smoking can often wreak havoc on your complexion, and it's a good idea to cut them out of your life as much as possible. (Of course, that's certainly not the only reason to do that!) You should also make sure that you're getting as much sleep as possible. The term "beauty sleep" might be a cliche but it's definitely true. If you're not sleeping enough then not only are you going to end up with big bags under your eyes but you're also going to find your skin suffering in other ways as well.

Of course, the only real foolproof way to avoid worrying about how old you look is to simply stop caring! After all, we're all going to get older eventually and just because you're a little bit older doesn't mean that you have any less value or that you're any less gorgeous!

Monday, August 28, 2017

How To Get Youthful Skin

How to get youthful skin

Our skin is a reflection of the inner state of our bodies. All of the marks and discoloring’s a great way to determine, whether we are dehydrated, stressed or simply tired. This is why a healthy and glowing skin is not only the reflection of our outside appearance but also our inner health and we need to take good care of it.
If you are interested in how to achieve that perfect, glowing and youthful-looking skin, then here are few helpful tips.

1.    Avoid sugar
You have probably heard this advice before, but if you haven’t taken it seriously, then it is the right time to start doing so. Sugar causes not only breakouts on our skin, but is also causes loss of collagen and elastin, which are crucial for our skin.
After sugar gets into our bloodstream, it breaks down and connects with protein molecules, which are also found in collagen and elastin. This later results in loss of collagen and elastin, and causes our face to wrinkle and sag down.

2.    Sun protection
This is another well-known fact that you should start taking seriously. Sun is one of the biggest dangers for our skin and too much exposure to it, can lead to the development of skin cancer and other skin-related diseases.

You should always use SPF protection, especially in the summer when the sun shines the brightest and most often. Those of you who frequently fly on planes, should also stay away from windows and protect your skin from the sun rays coming through, because you are much closer to the sun when you are on the plane, than when you are on the ground.

3.    Avoid stress
This is easier said than done, but if you really want to look youthful and protect your skin from damage, make sure you find a good way to relax and rejuvenate after a stressful day. Stress is something that is unavoidable these days, and we can’t do too much about it.
The best way to fight against it is to relax and give you a nice spa day, away from all of the problems.

4.    Beauty sleep
Another great tip (that you are going to love) is more sleep. Sleep is crucial for our body and therefore for our skin too. There is a reason why the phrase “beauty sleep” was invented, and it definitely reflects the end result that you are going to see, on your skin, after you’ve had a good night sleep. 

5.    Prevention
And lastly, prevention is the key. If you want to look young and more importantly, if you want your skin to be healthy from inside and outside, give the best care possible. Always take your make-up off at night, use the best anti-aging night cream, visit your dermatologist to find out more about your skin and her needs and don’t expose your skin to something that could damage it. Avoid spending too much time in the sun and also avoid sunbeds.
A lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are always a good idea, especially if you want your skin to reflect your inner health.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Perfume for your Hair- Kerabotanica

I like to think my hair always smells beautiful and fresh, but sadly that's not always the case. Especially after the gym and a case of sweaty hat head. (My hubby has this a Lot!) He will take off his hat and I swear his hair smells like a mixture of sweat and must. It's so gross. So no one benefited more then he did from receiving Kerabotanica Hair Fragrance.
Kerabotanica is not only an amazing smelling hair fragrance, it's a hair conditioner that leaves your locks hydrated and feeling fresh. Kerabotanica created 4 separate fragrances that I had the luxury of trying. Each one is completely different and has a unique smell.

My favorite scent is "Love is In The Hair"  which smells of White Mulberry and sunflowers. It gives off the scent of fresh crisp fruit and it was quickly my favorite smell. The best part about it is that it keeps your hair smelling fabulous all day long. It doesn't smell nice at first and then fade withini a hour, it lingers so hours later people are asking, "What is that amazing smell?" "What shampoo do you use?" It smells sooo good. If you're a female and you like fresh citrus flowery scents, this is the one I would choose. It sells for $22 on the Kerabotanica site.

My 2nd favorite, (and my husband's choice) is You Have Me At Hello which is fresh italian lemon, Mexican plumeria and Spanish mandarin. This is more of a perfume fragrance that lingers all day long and I can really smell the mandarin and lemon in this scent. This perfume appeared to give me a bit more shine and luster in my hair then the others. I love the catchy names for the different scents too. It also helped keep the frizz and flyaways down. It tames my hair almost as well as my hairspray, but with the combination of my hairspray and the hair fragrance, my hair didn't move an inch throughout the entire day. And after 3 hours, my hair still smelled fabulous.

Kerabotanica really helped maintain, hydrate and make my hair smell so freakin fabulous all day long. A couple spritz really lasts all day, and you don't have to keep spraying the bottle hour after hour to maintain the product's effectiveness..  Kerabotanica also sells Slay & Play, #FollowMe, Shore To Please Beach Girl and a few more. Truthfully, they are all extremely unique scents, and I wish you could reach right into the screen and take a sample of each bottle, but until the internet figures out how to do that, you will just have to take my word for it. Kerabotanica sells the hair fragrances at $22 for a 4 ounce bottle. Quite a deal when you think about how many products this is in one. ( Moisturizer, leave in conditioner, perfume, etc)

You can purchase this at Kerabotanica's website and local hair salons. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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