Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Effective Ways to Wash Your Hands

5 Super Effective Ways to Heal Your Dry Hands Fast
 
 
Author: Alyssa Craig
 
 
While the holidays, the treats, and the beautiful leaves and snow are some of the many reasons people look forward to the fall and winter seasons, there are some downsides to the cooler weather. Depending on the climate of the location where you live, you may experience drier weather that comes from these end of year seasons. The reduced humidity, combined with more frequent washing of hands due to cold and flu season, can result in dry, cracked, and even painful hands. As these months make their appearance, there are a few things you can do to prevent and treat dry hands.


1. Water
One preventative tactic you can use is to buy a humidifier for your home. As the humidity goes down, you can make up the difference with your own humidifier in your bedroom. This will help your hands and skin to keep from drying out quite as quickly.
We often talk a lot about drinking water and staying hydrated in the summertime and the advice is no different come fall and winter. Drinking at least eight, 8 oz glasses of water per day will not only help your body stay hydrated and function well on a number of levels, it will also improve your skin and help with dry hands.
 
 
2. Moisturizer
Moisturizers can help your skin to rejuvenate and feel healthier. You can help your hands to keep from getting dry by applying moisturizer multiple times per day. Consider beginning this even before dry hands become a problem! For the best effect, use moisturizers that are oil based instead of water based. Specifically, look for non-clogging oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, and almond oil. If your hands are particularly dry, you may benefit from an organic moisturizer treatment such as those with tropical oils to help with deep healing and moisturizing. Read more about the benefits of these treatments here.
 
 
3. At Home Spa
 
Spa days are wonderful but they are not always realistic, so to heal your dry hands, consider treating yourself to your very own at home spa! Because the skin on your hands is relatively thin, it could definitely benefit from a little pampering. It is more simple than you think and will have you wishing you had been doing this at home all along.
First, exfoliate your hands to remove dead and dry skin cells by using an exfoliating cream that can be found at most drug stores and supermarkets.
Second, slather your hands in petroleum jelly. Be generous and be sure to cover all areas of each hand and in between fingers.
Third, put gloves over the top of the jelly and let this sit overnight. You will wake up with your hands feeling like new!
 
 
4. Wash Your Hands Gently
 
With the onset of cold and flu season and especially if you have a job that requires you to wash your hands often, such as a nurse, cook, teacher or mother, you may be washing your hands frequently, causing you to be even more susceptible to dry hands. Make sure you use mild soaps that will not be too harsh on your skin.
    Use warm water, rather than hot water.
    Towel dry your hands thoroughly after every wash.

Hand sanitizer, while alcohol based and known for drying out skin, is actually easier on your skin than soap and water. Consider carrying some hand sanitizer with you for small cleaning needs.


5. What Not To Do


It is just as important to know what not to do to take care of your hands as what you should do. Especially once the weather gets cooler and wetter, wear gloves to protect your skin. However, you will want to avoid wearing wet gloves for too long. Carry an extra pair with you when the first pair is likely to soak through or make sure the gloves you purchase are waterproof. You can also watch out for your hands by avoiding perfumes as much as possible, as these tend to be alcohol based and will dry out your skin.
Dry hands are a common, often forgotten, side effect of the colder fall and winter months. However, as you prepare in advance, take good care of your hands, and use the proper moisturizers you can restore your hands to their summertime glory.
 
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Favorite Hair Masks For the Fall



Hey beauties!!! One of my favorite beauty products EVER is a good hair mask.  I have dry, frizzy, damaged bleached hair and if I don't constantly repair it with repair masks and deep conditioners I would have a total mess on my hands.  Especially this time of the year it's absolutely crucial  to improve my hair's health because of monsoon season and how frizzy my hair can become. 



Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask ($20.00, carolsdaughter.com): To instantly fix dull, color-treated hair so it can have all the softness, shine and vibrancy you want. Enriched with Cacao Butter and Olive and Maurita Fruit Oils to rescue and deeply condition your hair.




One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask ($9.50, stylesource.com): This creamy, rich conditioning treatment is a moisturizing hair mask that revitalizes dry and damaged hair. It restores natural moisture balance and elasticity for shinier, more manageable hair.

Brazilian Tech Keratin Deep-Penetrating Conditioning Treatment ($6.38, stylesource.com): is a protein and vitamin treatment that helps to improve the strength of hair. This high-performance professional conditioning treatment helps to restore your hair's natural keratin that may have been lost or damaged during daily styling and chemical/color treatments.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Currenty Loving: VII O2 M Oxygen Mask Eye Repair



Summer is over which means your tan is starting to fade and before you know it you're back to pale with wrinkles, sun spots and all that other nasty stuff that happens when you age.Every year that goes by I notice more lines, more wrinkles, more crow's feet. And it all seems to be happening around my eyes. 

I've tried several different eye creams but none of them seem to do what they say.  Eye creams are good for moisturizing under your eyes but that's about it. I love putting a good eye cream under my makeup for better coverage and it really does help set your foundation and concealer.  

The reason I was drawn to the VII Oxygen Eye Repair Mask  ($55) is for a few reasons. This is an eye mask that you leave on the entire night long. Very intriguing. A box of the masks will run you $55 for 6 packets.   If that sounds expensive it isn't because they do work extremely well.


This eye mask is suitable for all skin types. We want your eye skin to be the best it can be from the inside out. VII oxygen mask provide everything your eye skin needs to be healthy - all the essential fatty acids. Say goodbye to tired eyes, dark circles, and fine lines - now you can always look refreshed, bright - eyed and lively, soothing eye by VII oxygen mask. These pics of cool gel conform to the shape around the eye, infiltrating the entire area in soothing botanical extracts, as well as targeting specific issues.

 Benefits: To awaken the eye skin cell viability and fade dark circles,eliminate wrinkles and puffiness ect.

 Details: VII O2M contains plant oxygen extracts(EOPE)to active cell oxygen capacity that is 24 hours repair the eye skin. The magical of plant oxygen extracts(EOPE) which stimulate the mitochondrial DNA of the core elements-cell memory(cimc),the release of precipitation memory gene in the state, to active cell memories ,to support energy, and repair fiber cells to improve vitality and elasticity,smooth the fine lines and wrinkles.

 Usage: Sleeping eye mask of improved version for EIGHT HOURS overnight, three times a week.The treatment are three boxes for one course, which can effectively keep the eye skin gloss, fade dark circles, firm the skin, eliminate wrinkles and puffiness.


Tips for how to use the eye mask: After facial cleaning, without any other steps, put the eye mask to your skin under eyes, that just starts it at the beginning of the corner of your eyes. You can use it after several minutes from the refrigerator, that will helps you feel more cooler. Before you go to bed, take a eye cover in case the eye mask will fall down.





The VII 02 Oxygen Eye Repair Masks are available for $55 (for 6 pairs) on their website. I love how I've noticed less darkness around my eyes and I look more awake and refreshed. each morning. 





Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Get Kylie Jenner Hair



Kylie Jenner is such a hot trend right now. I see all kinds of tutorials and website posts on "How to" Get her hair and look Here a few ideas!





(The Mermaid Ombre)

To get the Mermaid Ombre, Blue Or Green Streekers do the job:






(Blonde Ombre)





Use Touchback Blonde Or Ash to get the perfect blonde.




The Auburn Ombre

High-voltage color for hair. Brightly colored shoes are a must-have for spring. Instead of a matching bag, accessorize your look with vibrant hair color. With temporary hair color from Streekers, you can have a new look every day.  To get the Auburn Ombre both Touchback Shampoo & Conditioners plus the Streekers would put the look together.


 Touchback Plus adds vibrant color, smooths hair and repair damage and adds healthy shine while maintaining an Ammonia free quality!  

TouchBack Plus Color Shampoo: Cleanse hair and revive dull color with sulfate-free Micro Foam. Each wash adds a layer of shiny color to both natural and color-treated hair, while protecting hair from UVA/UVB damage, oxidation and fading. 

TouchBack Plus Color Conditioner: The perfect blend of hydration and color, this sulfate-free conditioner adds color to both natural and color-treated hair. Like the Shampoo, the multi-tasking formula protects hair from UVA/UVB damage, oxidation and fading.





Monday, September 1, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics + International Giveaway Prize Pack (Valued at over $100! Ends 9/12)




I'm back with another review of Gorgeous Cosmetics product line up. I have to say I haven't been this impressed with any cosmetic line in a long time.  Their eyelashes have been staying on me all day, and their lipstick is not only "gorgeous" as the line suggests, but it have a formula that lasts all day.  

I created one look with all the products listed below.  Keep reading to find out how you can win all the products listed too!






It's very few and far between that I trust new eyeliners. They could break easily, melt, or the worst? Crease on your eyes.  The Carbon Black Ink Pencil ($24)  is a gel based pencil, so it goes on creamy and stays on all day. I am a  liquid eyeliner kind of gal, so for me to use a pencil it has to go on super black and work as well if not better then my favorite liquids.  The pencil is super easy to use, and it's almost impossible to make a mistake. This is by far my favorite find in a long time. Love this liner. As you scroll down you will notice putting this pencil on both the top and bottom of my eyes really makes my eyes pop.  Usually I would never put black in my waterline but this one was trustworthy.




Gorgeous Cosmetics Cotton Candy Lipstick ($25) is packed full of pigment. I should have known since my favorite candy of all time is delicious cotton candy that this would be in my top 5 of all lipsticks.  This is not a "Pink Pink" yet it's not red, it's more of what I call an "extremely wearable" pink. Anyone can wear this from the pale skin all the way to black skin.  I like to think of it as Pink meets Nude.  My two favorite colors for my lips is a bright Nude and a light baby pink.  This is a mix of the two, unlike any color I've seen.   It goes well with any lip gloss, but the gloss is not needed because this is a creamy non drying formula that packs a full punch of color and has at least a couple hours of wear. If Cotton Candy isn't for you, Gorgeous Cosmetics  has a ton of other colors to pick from. 







To apply my foundation, (foundation review will be next week) I used this gorgeous Foundation Brush.  ($40) Similar to a Sigma  it really helps make your foundation apply evenly and doesn't suck up all the formula like some brushes can. You can really tell the difference in a quality brush and a badly made brush. The bristles  are made out of synthetic fibers and if taken care of correctly can last years. 







My favorite has to be the Colour Pro Blush.($25)  Coral is  is a soft peach pink with a huge pop of coral. Again maybe it's the perfect color match or the formula is really top of the line. It made my cheeks pop all through the day. Remember to keep your makeup going strong a primer and a finishing spray should be used as well; my problem has always been with blush is it's longevity.  Why does my blush smudge off after a few hours?   The Colour Pro Blush from Gorgeous Cosmetics is finely milled with powder dusts so that there really isn't any micro shimmer, it's more of a matte color.  I can only compare it to the consistency of MAC, the only other blush I put on my face these days.



Right now one winner will win a huge prize pack similar to the one above valued at over $100 Make sure you visit Gorgeous Cosmetics website for sales and coupon codes. This Giveaway is International!


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Nina Dobrev Debuts The Red Carpet Rope Braid At The Teen Choice Awards








Nina Dobrev dazzled on the Teen Choice Awards Blue Carpet tonight debuting what stylist Riawna Capri calls “The Red Carpet Rope Braid. “ Riawna created the unique look by blowing drying Nina’s hair using the KMS California Freeshape Quick Blow Dry  to cut down on drying time leaving more time for Capri to style to the hair. Once the hair was dry, Riawna used the KMS California Freeshape 2-in-1 styling and finishing spray before curling the hair with a 1-inch curling iron in big sections vertically to make a messy beach wave. Then Capri flipped over Dobrev’s hair and sprayed the KMS HAIRPLAY playable texture liberally to saturate the hair and create a disheveled texture. 



 To construct the unique rope braid, Riawna separated the hair into three sections, twisted them clockwise and then took those twisted sections and braided them counter clockwise to showcase distinct texture. Capri then spread out the braid and pulled out some loose pieces to frame Dobrev’s face and give an effortless look, sprayed her final masterpiece with the KMS California HairStay medium hold hairspray to keep the it in place.



The KMV Hair Stay HairSpray will hold your gorgeous braids in place and I should know. I've used this on my braids several times and they've held up quite well.   Even if it's for the gym or a lazy day, my braids stay in their place.



You can find all the products mentioned above and more at your local salon.   It works well on curls too. I used it for my ringlet curls and it held all day. So make sure you pick some of this up, totally love! (Curls after 6 hours below)








Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Head & Shoulders Saved My Life + #PartOfOurFamily Giveaway!





I talk about hair a lot on this blog.  But what I don't talk about a lot is my husband's horrible dandruff. I get it sometimes too as the Summer months turn into Fall/Winter, but just a little bit around my forehead and ears. He has suffered from this problem for many years and we haven't found a way to get rid of it yet.   Just a couple weeks ago we tried something we probably should have tried a while ago but just never got around to it.

 Head & Shoulders Shampoo & Conditioner is a breakthrough formula to leave you with 100% flake-free* hair that smells amazing for an improved in-shower scent experience. In all honesty I don't think I've smelled a shampoo like this in a long time. It reminds me of my citrus lotion that I cover myself in at night to feel like I'm laying in luxury.  Think of the best smelling oranges and peaches mixed into a hair conditioning treatment. And after I wash out the formula, my hair is left smelling just as fresh. Did you know most conditioners on the market today wash out 70% of your scalp's  healthy natural ingredients? Head & Shoulders protects these crucial ingredients so that you're not left with unhealthy dry locks.



As most of you know I've been wearing 100% human hair extensions for the past few weeks and I have double the hair I had before.  It's extra thick which means extra problems and extra time to do my hair.  It gets extremely knotted and matted especially when I'm sleeping at night. It's also hard to wash every bit of my scalp so I'm left with dry flaky pieces of skin flaking off on to my clothes which is so embarrassing to say the least . There's nothing like wearing an adorable black top and having white flakes of dandruff all over. It makes it look as if I don't take care of my hair or just have bad skin. Ugh. Pretty gross right?

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Now that I've tried the Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology Collection,  I can wear my hair long and on my shoulders without having to face the embarrassment. I don't "Only wear white" because I'm afraid of my bad dandruff. I can wear my hair like one of the hottest stars today, Sophia Vergara.  Head  & Shoulders has been in her family for over 20 years because of the amazing benefits. Now not only can these scents be part of your household, you can also enter to win a chance to meet the beautiful Sophia in the #PartOfOurFamily Giveaway.*


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"For a chance to meet Sofia Vergara, follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders Sweepstakes kicks off Monday, August 18 and will run until September 1August 18th through September 1st you can enter to meet Sophia Vergara live at an upcoming Head & Shoulders photo shoot."


My hair has never looked so healthy, I'm so happy that I'm not dealing with dry straw like strands anymore. Instead my hair has more volume, smells great and is all together healthier and best of all healthier looking! It's crazy how once your scalp and hair is healthy and conditioned it's so much easier to style, curl and straighten. Now my hair looks bouncy and fuller. I feel like a whole new person. So excited I got to try out and share my Head & Shoulders experience with you.








I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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