10 Solid Drugstore Beauty Products

Been seeking a few beauty products that are top notch quality, at a bottom dollar price?  Here’s a list of 12 products (in no particular order) that I swear by that are beauty must haves that you can find at your local drugstore…

1. Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Silicone Free Shampoo:

Pantene Pro-V Ice ShineWhen you look good, you feel good…and Pantene will help you get there.

Do you have hair that looks lifeless and lacks shine? Get healthy-looking hair with brilliant shine that lasts 24 hours with Pantene Pro-v Ice Shine Products.

Even after the first use, you will see a difference in the way your hair looks and feels – silkier and shiner. Pantene’s Ice Shine shampoo is specially formulated to remove dirt and styling residue, which can make hair look dull and lifeless. Created without silicone, dyes, or parabens. It is gentle and mild which makes it appropriate for color-treated or permed hair.

2. Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup-even waterproof mascara-for clean, fresh skin in one easy step.

These gentle, ultra soft cloths contain superior cleansing technology so effective it removes even waterproof mascara. With one step, it leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. And it’s gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even for contact lens wearers. Refill and traveling packs are also available. Make your skin make-up free the easy way.

3. Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Styling Creme

Tousle Me Softly Styling Creme

Ever need that extra “umph” to get those full bodied waves you crave? Ditch that blah crunchy-curl hair gel and try Tousle Me Softly Tousling Styling Creme by Herbal Essences! It gives damp hair a smooth start for a soft, messy-hair look. Then it goes to work on dry, styled hair to calm anxious fly-aways and touches up tousles throughout the day. And if you really want to tousle it up, get a good base with Set Me Up Stylers Mousse or Spray Gel before finishing with this hair cream. Become a shapeshifter. The power to create looks in minutes.
4. Maybelline New York Great Lash Big Mascara
Great Lash BIG

Live big! Great Lash Big has a bigger brush for great big live-it-up lashes! The great big brush provides a bigger, bolder lash effect. Great buildable formula still conditions as it thickens with even greater intensity. No clumps or globs.

  • Features a bigger brush
  • No clumps or globs

5. Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F.) Brushes

E.L.F. Brushes

Become your own makeup artist with E.L.F Brushes and Brush Sets. Each brush has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand to facilitate a flawless finish with every application. You can count on fluffy, non-irritating bristles on each brush – everything from eyes, lips, and face.

6. Sonia Kashuk Sheer Magic Mineral Face Palette

Sonia Kashuk Face Palette

(Exclusively sold at Target) These precious stones work to soften, treat, and smooth the skin while reflecting light and inducing a flawless and natural radiance. This 3-in-1 palette perfectly combines mineral concealer, foundation, and sheer blush. Powder foundation and loose blush are talc-free, lightweight and extremely blend-able. Minerals work with all skin types and are especially gentle for sensitive skin.  The creamy smooth concealer camouflages skins imperfections while preserving skins elasticity and preventing dehydration.  Soften, treat, and smooth skin for natural radiance. Known to brighten and energize the skin, minerals bring luminosity using ultra-fine coverage.
7. Organix Ever Straight Flat Iron Spray: Brazillian Keratin Therapy
Flat Iron Spray
Rich Brazilian cocoa nut oils combined with hydrolyzed keratin protein to seal and protect your hair from thermal heat styling. Protects against heat damage caused by flat irons, curling irons and any other heat tool. Keeps your locks glossy with a healthy-looking glow. An exclusive blend of antioxidant rich organic coconut oil along with rich keratin proteins infuse to strengthen the hair, while organic avocado oils and cocoa butter smooth the cuticle for straight, strong tresses adding a brilliant glow and luminescent shine.
8. Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque
Repair Masque
A rich, luxurious deep conditioner that renews damaged hair, as well as hair that has been chemically treated. With a blend of marine derived amino acid to restore hair’s strength, your hair  becomes shinier and healthier. Co-polymer botanical proteins improve body and manageability, and repair split ends.
9. Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Automatic Eye Liner
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Characterize and outline your eyes with the Maybelline Define-a-Line eyeliner. IHighlight and beautify your eyes with the ebony black eyeliner to give it definition and depth that will capture everyones attention. The eye makeup liner will smoothly and precisely glide along your lash line and under your eyes, in a single stroke. Apply from the inner to the outer corners to outline your eyes. It comes with a built-in contour smudger that you can utilize if you wish to add a smokey effect to your eyes. The Maybelline eye liner is ideal for all day wear. It has been ophthalmologist-tested and is also safe for use on sensitive eyes.
10. Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
PhotoReady Concealer
Camouflage and illuminate your skin with Revlon’s PhotoReady Concealer. For a flawless, airbrush finish, Revlon’s silky smooth formula instantly conceals imperfections and highlights while providing full coverage. Be photo-ready with the photochromatic pigments blended into the formula to reflect and diffuse light.
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From Wand to Lash: A Mascara Guide

mascara-wanderApplying Mascara – The Right Way

  • Don’t pump the wand in and out of the bottle. This pushes excess air into the tube which will make the mascara dry out faster causing exactly what you want to avoid: clumping and flaking. Instead, gently twist the back and forth or in circular motions to gather the desired amount of product.
  •  Before applying mascara, consider curling you lashes with an eyelash curler. If you decide to curl your lashes, begin at the root of the lashes being careful not to get any skin into the eyelash curler. Press the curler together and hold for about 10 seconds and move the curler out to the end of your lashes and repeat. Again, this step is optional but it does make for longer looking lashes and opens the eye.
  •  When you remove the wand from the bottle make sure to scrape off any excess mascara from the wand, especially towards the tip of the wand. This will help you avoid making your lashes clumpy and unwanted mess.
  • For the top lashes, look straight forward, holding the wand horizontally, place at the root of your lashes. Using a back-and-forth, wiggling motion to keep lashes from clumping together. While moving the wand up your lashes and sweep upward, to help give your lashes a curled effect. Keep repeating this until you get your lashes as thick as you want, usually 2 coats is enough.
  • Clinique Bottom Lash MascaraFor the bottom lashes, tilt your head forward slightly to keep from getting mascara elsewhere on your face. Hold the wand vertically and use wiggling motions starting at the roots, towards the tips of your lower lashes. In case of mess, you may want to fold a tissue in half, holding the edge just under your eye to prevent smearing etc. If desired, you can even purchase a mascara specifically for your lower lashes. Check out Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara : the brush was engineered to grasp and coat your tiniest lashes; while the expert formula resists pesky formulas.

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Keep Lashes From Clumping

Lash combs are great to keep your lashes from clumping.  To use a lash comb, first applymascara at the lash base, and then wiggle the lash comb through to the tips of your lashes.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Mascaras

It’s okay to have two favorite mascaras, so why not combine them? Easily make your lashes pop by applying one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of a volumizing mascara.

Try a Colored Mascara

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Basic mascara rules are simple:  Black works for everyone but can be harsh on light-skinned blondes.  Blondes should opt for brown/black by day and reserve black for night.  Burgundy or plum colors make blue eyes pop, as do blue mascaras.  Purple mascara looks great on brown eyes. Here’s a great example of hued mascara by Estee Lauder, it’s the Sumptous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Violet. Estee Lauder carries a variety of colors from this line to add that pop of color to enhance your eyes.

Use a Mascara PrimerSmashbox Layer Lash Primer

Just like you do before applying foundation, prep your lashes with a primer.  The primer can help you get the most out of your mascara, while working with the formula to get maximum, lasting effects. Try Smashbox Layer Lash Primer, packed with strengthening and conditioning panthenol for longer, healther lashes.

Wait to Blink & Double-Check Once Dry

Before you blink or even think about touching around your eye area, wait a few minutes to let the mascara dry to prevent smudging, smearing, and raccoon eyes.

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Picking the Best Mascara for You
There are what seems to be a zillion mascaras out there – so how do you know which one is the one for you? Consider what your target concern is: length, volume, growth, waterproof, extra curl,  multi-tasking etc. Once you decide what you want from your mascara, your search has narrowed down! Here are a few picks I selected that you may want to try for yourself…

Multi-Purpose Mascaras

Too Faced Lash Injection MascaraToo Faced Lash Injection

Elastic polymers surround each lash to stretch beyond the natural lash for extreme volume and intense drama. In one coat, have rich, full lashes. With 2-3 coats, get extreme volume and intense drama. Long-wearing, weatherproof formula ensures lashes never smudge or flake. Blended with a generous dose of moisturizing Vitamin E for longer, healthier lashes. Free of parabens, chemicals and phthalates.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin MascaraPhysicians Formula Organic Mascara

Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.

100% Recyclable Eco-Brush defines each lash with ultra-soft plastic bristles and 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, Synthetic Preservatives, Parabens, Clumping, Smudging, Flaking, Fibers & Dyes.

Maybelline Great Lash MascaraMaybelline New York Geat Lash Mascara

A lengthening and thickening mascara.

It has a medium-size brush; the tube has a wiper to keep the formula from getting gloppy on the brush; it’s ophthalmologist-tested and safe for sensitive eyes and contact-lens wearers.

Great for everyday, the light formula delivers long, evenly spaced lashes and keeps them soft, not brittle or spiky.

Endless Lengths

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

Maybelline Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

The hottest thing lashes will ever wear. The mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.

Grip & Extend brush grasps each lash and coats from every angle. Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length. Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula conditions and smooths for black-patent shine.

 Contact lens safe.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara

BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

A lash-defining and lengthening mascara

The wand has a thin, tapered brush that evenly deposits the dark formula.

This conditioning formula (loaded with jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils and shea butter) is paraben-free, and the narrow brush grabs and defines every last lash for a natural, you-but-better look.

Pump up the Volume

Buxom Lash

Buxom Lash

An intensely volumizing mascara for bigger, fuller lashes.

This vitamin-enriched formula deepens, darkens, and thickens from root to tip. The curvy hourglass-shaped brush holds the ideal amount of mascara to ensure every lash is coated evenly with a silky, clump-free formula.

L’oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof

Wimpy lashes turn big and beautiful in a few smooth, clump-free swipes.

(Shown in waterproof formula)

The Millionizer brush has a multitude of bristles to separate lashes for a fanned-out lash effect. The excess wiper removes excess mascara. It leaves the brush coated with just the right amount of formula to achieve maxed up volume with no overload and no clumps.

MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara

MAC Haute and Naughty Lashes

The double, screw-on tops are placed one over another on a single tube: the hot pink cap puts less color on the wand; the sparkly purple one beneath loads the brush with more product for a thicker application.

The top precision wiper combs lashes for length and hits the teeny corner hairs and bottom baby ones; the other gives plenty of fullness and lush-looking color, but with a few more clumps.

More Curl

Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes Volumizing & Thickening Mascara

Lorac Multiplex 3d Lashes Volumizing&Thickening Mascara

This buildable, smudge-resistant and multidimensional mascara contains Silk and Keratin, which help to nourish and condition your lashes.

This mascara instantly delivers up to three times the volume of your natural lashes for a dramatic lash look while silk and keratin nourish and condition. Its professional curved brush easily grabs, lifts, and curls for maximum coverage and length.

Urban Decay SuperCurl Curling Mascara

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This formula boosts curl, separates lashes, and literally crafts each one into an expertly-shaped, battable set.

Part of the secret lies in the molded and curved new technology wand that shapes lashes AND holds curl effectively throughout the day. The incredible conditioning ingredients of the  formula – packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for conditioning and smoothing. 

How to Fake A Good Morning

Rough nights & Rough mornings? Ease the stress, and find out how to get some sleep in peace and wake up in a better mood – or at least make it look like it’s a good morning.

Sleep: GET INTO THE MOOD

Falling asleep and staying asleep after a stressful day is almost impossible; however changing a few things to your bedtime routine may help you get into the mood with ease…

Herbal Tea Remedies

Stress, anxiety and sleepless nights are both common and frustrating. Alternative methods to drugs are becoming more popular, as people try to care for their bodies naturally. Instead of reaching for a pill to encourage sleep or a glass of wine to relax, make a cup of herbal tea and reap the rewards of a helpful and healthy alternative. By just sipping some tea about an half an hour before bed can help put your mind and body at ease, and prepare for rest.

Chamomile  chamomile-teaworks as a gentle sleep aid, and also soothes upset stomachs and nausea because of its amazing ability to calm nerves and to work as a sedative. It is one of the most popular herbs and is commonly combined with other natural herbs to soothe different health concerns. Particularly, if a part of your disruptive sleeping pattern is due to stomach pains, muscle aches, or even anxiety and nervousness – try some chamomile tea.

Lemon balm  is an alternative herbal aid if chamomile isn’t quite your thing. It is actually part of the mint family, and looks similar to a mint leaf. It’s a unique remedy for the relaxation of the whole body and mind and so is an effective herbal tea that helps sleeping difficulties and calms the whole mental and physical tension. It’s also perfect for digestive tract, strengthens the memory and other brain functions and is noted to improve moods as well.

Valerian tea is a long known sedative to deal with restlessness; it acts as a natural sedative to reduce anxiety. One of the most popular herbs for sleep, valerian root is also a herbal treatment for nerve and muscle disorders as well as fatigue and mental disorders. The tea contains essential oils extracted from the root of the valerian plant. While relieving your cramps and pains, it also stops your mind from racing and so that you can fall asleep more easily.

Peppermint  Drinking peppermint tea has a number of medicinal qualities to help conditions that can interfere with restful sleep, such as a nervous stomach, nausea, and other digestive and intestinal problems. A cup of peppermint tea at night naturally soothes  the body, preparing it for a restful night’s sleep. It also works well for headaches.

De-stress Your Body

Kiehls Creme de Corps Soy Milk Honey Whipped Body ButterThose long, hot baths (or showers) really can put your mind and body at ease and help you prep for bedtime. Escaping stress and clearing your mind can be as easy as simply massaging your scalp or calming your nerves with a long soak. Don’t fret, try out some new shampoo or body butter – it may be just what you need. I suggest Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter. Massage yourself with this luxurious formula infused with shea and jojoba butter, for maximum hydration and skin that’s soft and smooth to the touch.

 

Stop Counting Sheep

Why encourage a restless mind by counting sheep? At night you want to unwind and clear your head, not fill it with jibber-jabber to bore yourself to sleep. Instead, try to picture yourself in a serene setting (like the beach) anything that seems quite, serene, and free from outside stress. This way, you can meditate yourself to sleep so to speak.

 

Disconnect 

You probably carry your phone with you every where you go, every single day – do you sleep with it though? It is not uncommon to have your phone next to your bed on the night stand so that in the morning you can immediately check your messages etc. But through the night, the last thing you need is another distraction to keep you up. Try turning the sound and vibrate off your phone (facing down so that the light won’t disturb you), or just turning it off completely to ensure a restful night.

 

Fake It: MAKE-UP FOR LOST TIME

Whether or not you got a full eight hours last night, the last thing you want to do is look like you had a rough night. Here’s a few tricks to help you look well rested, and feel ready to take on the day…

Wake Up Beautiful

Sure, that annoying alarm does it’s job by promptly waking you up, but it’s irritating. Wouldn’t you rather have the first thing you hear in the morning be welcoming while stimulating to your awareness and surroundings? Ditch that wretched buzzing alarm and try out something more harmonious and delightful – it could change how you look at waking up for good.

 Get Going

Foam Call

Days when you can’t hide from your agenda under covers, you can’t afford to spare not even one minute. Get going with a splash of water (a little colder than lukewarm) on your face to wake you up, or even take desperate measures and hit the shower! Though the water’s cold, it’s beneficial because you will be even more alert.  For an invigorating rinse off, try peppermint body washes that’ll wake you up head to toe. Try Soap & Glory’s Foam Call Body Wash. It’s a moisturizing body wash infused with grapeseed and peppermint oils, fruitiliquid fig, and orange waterjuice – perfect for that morning boost.

Scrub-a-dub!
Angels on Bare SkinRefresh your face, and scrub away the worries of yesterday behind. Use an exfoliating face wash to reveal healthy glowing skin, and get rid of ickyness. You may not be fully awake yet, but you’ll be ready to take on the day. Check out Lush Cosmetic’s Angels on Bare Skin exfoliating face cleanser. This gentle lavender scrub is preservative free, and fit for all skin types. For heavenly soft and balanced skin, this wash blended with ground almonds, rose, and lavender will help you gt there.
Freshen Up & Moisturize
Philosophy Breath of Fresh AirWell moisturized skin, is healthy skin; thus, when you moisturized you’ll look better rested. Take the time to show your skin a little t.l.c. especially your face. May I suggest Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Face Moisturizer? This oil-free formula is an energizing oxygen gel cream that is revitalizing and protective to your skin. The blend of antioxidants combat signs of stress while the oxygen detoxifies skin and supports skin cell respiration.

Mark Save the Day Anti-Acne Concealer Stick

Lighten Up 
While there are a zillion eye creams that promise to help dark circles, none of them offer an instant fix. Concealer, on the other hand, is a sure thing—so start by choosing a creamy formula that is slightly lighter than your skin (but be careful not to go more than one shade lighter than your natural skin tone). Cover just the dark areas after applying foundation, not the entire under-eye, and resist the urge to overblend. A great product to try is the Save the Day Anti-Acne Concealer by mark.
NYX Liquid IlluminatorAdd Sparkle
Put just a tiny touch of shimmer cream right in that little hollow in the inner corners of the eyes. Use a golden color if you have dark skin, silvery or pearlescent if you’re pale, and then blend well with a Q-tip. You will instantly look refreshed and awake. Try a dab of Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator by NYX.
Defined Liner
Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner
To define your upper lashes, go with something a little less severe than black, like a charcoal or a chocolate brown, and push the point into the lash line as you go. Then wing it outward and upward just the tiniest bit at the end. This will give the illusion of more opened eyes. Try Tarte’s EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner. The deep chocolate and navy shades are great to achieve smoldering looks, or even striking liner if you wish.
Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush BlushBlushing Beauty
Using cream, or baked powder blush, apply a light layer of bright blush. These formulas are great to give the appeal of blush that has melted into your skin so that it looks almost natural. Try applying the color slightly higher on the face than usual when you need to look more awake. Use your fingers to rub it on the highest point of the apples, right over the edge of the cheek bone, blurring that line a little will help draw attention away from any darkness or puffiness there. Check out Too Faced’s Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush for a baked blush trio combining peach coral, and bubble gum pink shades for a enhanced, primped glowing finish.

My Favorite Things (February 2013)

Here’s a list of some of my favorite self care/ grooming products right now; read on and maybe you’ll find something worth trying for yourself!

Lush Cosmetics: Shine So Bright Split End Treatment

From the hair dryer, to the flat iron, the occasional curling iron, and some color treatment here and there, my hair needs some extra love and care. This hair repairing balm is one of my newer purchases, but has been proven to be worthy of become staple item to include in my hair products. Shine So BrightThis product works great on wet or dry hair, and will protect your ends from those hot tools you may use on your hair: Just scoop a small amount with your fingertips and rub in the balm until it become transparent, and then stroke onto the ends of your hair.  Although it comes in a small tin, it actually lasts for over 3 months and is well worth the price of ten dollars. If you are unfamiliar with Lush Cosmetics , you should seriously check them out! They have become one of my favorite cosmetics companies because they do not test on animals, all of their products are hand-made with fresh and organic ingredients, and not to mention everything smells so good!

Lush Cosmetics:Tea Tree Water

As a toner, Lush’s Tea Tree Water is my saving grace – it is targeted to help oily (or combination), blemish prone skin to find the right balance and encourage soft, clean skin. In the form of a spray, I find this product to be suitable for anyone on the go, and makes usage completely sanitary.Tea Tree Water Most customers have said the product is great for daily use, those with sensitive skin, treating redness, minimizing pores, and uneven skin tone, and I couldn’t agree more! I use this toner every day and actually look forward to it! Your skin instantly feels fresh, smooth, and any excess dirt and oil is diminished.

 

 

 

 

Grease Lightning

Lush Cosmetics: Grease Lightning

If you suffer from blemish prone, or oil prone skin and have yet to find that perfect product that soothes your skin, you may want to try Grease Lightning. This particular product was definitely on my shopping list when I made one of my trips to my nearest Lush destination because I too have these concerns and heard that this is a must try! When you feel like you’ve tried every product on the shelf, and have too often been disappointed, this tea tree treatment makes up for everything. In the form of a gel, this treatment only takes a small amount to provide full strength results to sooth troubled skin and provide a matte finish.

Lush Cosmetics: Herbalism

Known to unclog impurities from pores, this face cleanser has become one of my all-time favorite washes I have ever used. My skin is unusually sensitive and I always have to look out for certain ingredients and chemicals in the products I use on my face and this one is perfectly harmless with natural ingredients.Herbalism It’s a gentle exfoliant (gentle enough to use daily) that clears up blemishes on oily skin and can be paired with Grease Lighting to help even skin tone. I would have to say that because Lush insists on all natural products, and really focuses on quality products, I really look forward to using all of these products in the morning and at night so that my face routine isn’t so much of a chore, but more of an enjoyable activity that I know is beneficial for my skin.

Freeman Beauty: Pomegranate Facial Revealing Peel-Off Mask

I love DIY Face Masks, but sometimes I go for pre-made masks instead. I really like Freeman products because they are affordable and are high in quality in regard to product, and results. Pomegranate Peel-Off MaskThis Pomegranate Peel-Off Mask is one of my favorites because it is just what my skin needs when I am under stress, and want to revive texture, and balance.  When used 2 times a week (as suggested) the results are clear: your pores absorb less oil and your skin is free of impurities, not to mention soft and supple. For a quick refresher for your facial routine, I highly recommend this product, and it’s great for all skin types!

Freeman Beauty: Pomegranate Sugar Body Scrub

Sugar Body Scrub

Perfect to for anyone looking to get that all-over natural glow on their body, Freeman’s Sugar Body Scrubs work wonders! I particularly have grown fond of the Pomegranate Sugar Scrub because the rejuvenating formula is incredibly refreshing to my skin, and smoothing for softness.  It smells good enough to eat (though I wouldn’t suggest consumption), adding this scrub to your shower routine will only make you love your skin even more!

Garnier: Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-CreamMoisture Rescue Gel-Cream

Although my skin is oil-prone, I still cannot shy away from including a moisturizer in my skin care regimen. I have used Garnier’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream for over a year and fell in love from the first use. The oil-free formula makes this gel cream perfect to balance my skin while still providing key nutrients to keep my skin’s moisture in tact. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and is great for daytime and nighttime use for lasting hydration.

 

Herbal Essences: Touchably Smooth Split End Protector

Split End ProtectorAlong with my Lush Shine So Bright treatment, I have been a loyal user of Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Split End Protector for at least three years now. My long locks need all of the help to prevent breakage and promotion of  healthy, strong hair in all aspects, and this cream is a prime supporter of all of my concerns. I use some serums to protect my hair from heat too, but the split end treatments really quench my hair and at the same time enhances smoothness and silkiness for touchable looks.

 

 

 

Earth Therapeutics: Organic Nail & Cuticle Care

Nail and Cuticle TreatmentMade with an all natural formula, I love Earth Therapeutics Organic Nail and Cuticle Care cream. With it, I am able to nourish my nails and cuticles with essential oils and vitamins that will strengthen the nails, while promoting health, and soften my cuticles. It’s just a must-have item in my manicure drawer to deep condition my hands with beautiful results.

 

 

 

So those are my current favorite items that I use on generally a day-to-day basis, I hope you have some ideas of some new products to try or will even check-out some of these brands to find the perfect products for you.

 

Tips to Naturally Glowing Skin

The most natural-looking glow comes from well-cared-for skin. Here’s how to get it.

Splash with Care

Here’s the cold, hard truth: Rinsing your face with icy water won’t tighten your pores. And using hot water, though it may feel good, can dehydrate skin. Lukewarm is best, and if you have redness, try cool — not cold — water, to help constrict blood vessels.dd_btbm_1

  • Use a gentle soap. Unless you have exceptionally oily skin, this should do the trick for most people. Remember that you want to clean your skin, not completely strip it of all oils — if it feels tight and dry after washing, you’re using something too strong.
  • Lather the soap around all the areas of your face. Make sure you get your forehead (especially along the hairline), cheeks, nose, upper lip, chin, and jawline.
  • Rinse off by splashing water on your face. Using a washcloth or rag to roughly wipe your skin clean can irritate it more. Instead, bend your face over the sink, cup your hands together, and bring up small amounts of water to splash over your face. About 10 splashes should do it.
  • Pat dry. Again, don’t roughly rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, dry it with small, gentle pats or let it air dry.
  • Always wash off your makeup at night. Even if you’re too tired to do the rest of the routine before you go to bed, at least make sure your makeup comes off your face. Not only does this prevent it from clogging up your pores and causing breakouts while you sleep, it also stops you from smearing bacteria on your pillow — where it can get into your skin night after night.

Figure Out Your Skin Type

D.I.Y. test:

Rinse your clean face with 10 splashes of lukewarm water, then pat it dry and wait 45 minutes.

If your face feels tight or looks ashy, you probably have dry skin.

If it’s shiny all over, it’s oily.

If just your forehead, nose, and chin — the T-zone — are shiny, you likely have combination skin.

And if your skin is easily irritated, that usually means it’s sensitive.

Give Products Time to Work

Changing your products every couple of weeks can also be counterproductive.

Finish the entire tube or bottle of a skincare potion before you decide how well it works.

You might, though, want to adjust your beauty regimen seasonally, swapping, say, the oil-free moisturizer you use in the summer for one that’s more emollient during the winter when frigid temperatures and indoor heating can rob your skin of moisture.

The exception: If your skin reacts with swelling, redness, or burning to a new product you’ve tried, stop using it immediately.

A Balanced Life Leads to Your Best Skin

  • Work out. Cardio is what will give your skin that glow because it stimulates blood flow. It’s also healthy for your body and will make you stronger.glass-of-water
  • Drink up. Aim to get 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. The water will clear your skin and make it glow because it makes it easier for your body to flush out toxins quickly.
  • Eat a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and incorporating healthy food like vegetables, fruits, grains, and protein will help.

»Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in fish and walnuts is especially beneficial to your skin.

 

»Vitamin C will help existing pimples heal faster, so eating a few servings of things like citrus fruits will help.

»Eat fiber-rich foods (fresh vegetables, nuts, fruits all with skins on) to help keep a fine balance.

»Try to consume less than 45g of sugar on a daily basis.

»Cut down on salty foods. Eating too much salt can make your face look bloated.

Use a toner neutrogena-alcohol-free-toner-8.5oz-1

A toner removes excess oil and dirt from your skin that the soap missed, in addition to closing your pores. Not everyone needs to use a toner, but some people find it helpful.

  • Put a few drops onto a cotton ball or pad. Swipe it lightly over your skin.
  • Only use astringent if your skin is exceptionally oily. Astringent is a stronger type of toner that can be up to 60% alcohol. If your skin tends to be dry, using astringent could actually cause acne by driving your oil glands to overcompensate.
  • Witch hazel is a natural alternative to buying synthetic toner/astringent.

Consider applying toner to only the areas of your skin that tend to break out. For instance, you might only use it on your nose or forehead.

 

BGC04NP_mxMoisturize twice daily

Using lotion in the morning acts as a primer for your makeup, helping it “stick” to your face throughout the day. Moisturizing at night helps your skin repair itself and stave off wrinkles. Bottom line, it’s one of the best things you can do for glowing skin over the long term.

  • Consider using a lighter moisturizer during the day. If you’re prone to breakouts, save the heavy cream moisturizer for nighttime and use a light or gel moisturizer during the day.
  • Don’t forget your neck and décolletage. These areas can get super dry and irritated if you never moisturize them.

Exfoliate once a week images (1)

If your skin tends to be dry and flaky, a weekly exfoliation can clear out dead skin cells. Find an exfoliant that has a super fine grain, and don’t rub it roughly into your skin — use light pressure and gentle motions.

Protect your skin from the sun

Avoid leathery, tough skin by applying a light sunscreen every time you plan to be outside. The lack of sun damage will keep your skin dewy and supple for years to come. Remember, it only takes 15 minutes to get a sunburn, so be prepared.

  • Stick to SPF 30 — anything higher doesn’t have much more benefit.
  • Search the makeup aisle for spray-on sunscreens that are light and dry.
  • Use a foundation or tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, so your face is already covered.

Quick Tips

  • Tea tree oil with 15% concentration works wonders for Acne-prone and blemished skin. Apply directly onto the acne areas and keep it overnite. This might cause some dryness but it’s totally harmless. In the morning, after washing your face with a neutral-ph face wash, apply a mild moisturizer and ta-da your skin will glow!
  • Make sure you have a cleanser and moisturizer made for your skin type.
  • Have patience – you should see improvements in about two weeks.
  • If you have sensitive skin, try mixing small amounts of castor and body oils onto your troubled acne spots once a week after opening your pores with warm water and steam. This may sound counter productive, but it really helps.
  • Change bed covers at least every 4 weeks (better every 2) bacteria stays on your pillow case and covers.
  • Be sure to cut your nails as they can hold a lot of bacteria which you don’t see.
  • Work out at least thrice a week even if its for 30 mins only. It improves skin glow.
  • Never try to bleach the skin artificially; it causes dryness and rips off your skin of essential oils.
  • Don’t use toothpaste or lemon juice to clear acne, it may dry out your skin and make it feel worse. If you do decide to use lemon juice as a chemical (acid) exfoliant, you can replace the lost oils afterwards with a moisturizer or olive oil.

DIY Face Masks

Who doesn’t enjoy doing a relaxing, skin reviving face mask at home? Here are some different masks for you to try that will help you wind down and blow off some stress! They’re fun and easy to make – and include common household ingredients, enjoy!

For All Skin Types

Oatmeal and Yogurt Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground06-honey-and-yogurt
  • 1 tbsp live, organic yogurt (skip the flavored stuff)
  • A few drops of honey

Preparation:

Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together.Warm a few drop of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon.Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture.Apply the mask to the face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth.Apply moisturizer.

imagesCoffee & Cocoa Mask

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. finely ground espresso or coffee beans (I use my own grinder, but already ground coffee and even instant coffee work, too)
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (your basic Hersheys is perfect here)
  • 8 Tbsp. dairy product. Choose whole milk, heavy cream, yogurt (must be unflavored!), almond milk or coconut milk. Use less dairy if you like a thicker paste. Substitutions are allowed: Try an egg instead of dairy if you are an egg mask lover, or substitute oils, such as olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil or almond oil if you have dehydrated skin. If using oils, halve the amount or it will be too runny.
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (if you have dry skin) or lemon juice (if you have oily skin)

Preparation:

If you have whole beans, finely grind beans in a grinder. Remember, beans should be finely ground so they don’t scratch your face. If you just made coffee, you can use the freshly brewed coffee grounds, although they won’t contain as much caffeine.Mix coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl.Add the dairy product and stir until a smooth paste forms. You can use less dairy if you like a thicker paste.Stir in the honey. (I like to warm up the honey in a warm water bath or in the microwave so it mixes better).Apply the paste to your clean face and neck.

Let the mask dry.

Wet a washcloth and press it to your face to loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid rubbing your face because the coffee grounds could potentially scratch your skin. It’s really up to you, you’ll get a feel for what your skin can take and how finely ground the coffee is.

You can store the leftover paste in the refrigerator for several days.

Egg Whites and Yogurt Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (I like Greek yogurt)

Preparation:

Separate the egg whites from a couple eggs and place them in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt (do not use flavored yogurt!). Mix them up and apply to face. Leave on face for a few minutes then rinse face in warm water, followed by a warm washcloth.
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For Sensitive Skin/Acne Prone/Troubled Skin

Yogurt Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold because it’s creamy and thick)
  • ½ cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)

Preparation:

Mix the ingredients together.
Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.
Wash off mask with a washcloth steamed in the microwave (careful that it’s not too hot).

strawberry-facial-maskStrawberry Mask

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preparation:

De-stem the strawberries, and cut them up into small pieces. Create a pulp from the strawberries by mashing them with a fork or the bottom of a glass cup. Place the pulpy strawberries into a bowl.Add lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. Stir until combined.You can add more of any of the ingredients to create a consistency you like.Apply mask to face for 10 minutes and remove with a warm wet washcloth.

Banana and Honey Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal, cooked with milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Preparation:

Mix ingredients together. Massage onto face in a slow, circular motion and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. Oatmeal is high in nourishing vitamins and minerals; it gently cleanses and heals skin. Bananas contain vitamin A; eggs contain lecithin, a natural skin emollient; and honey helps to maintain the skin’s natural acid mantle.
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For Oily Skin

Juice Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • Optional: 4 drops of your favorite essential oils

Preparation:

De-stem the strawberries and mash them with a fork until they are a pulp.Add the other ingredients and mix them together with a whisk.Smooth over face. Let it stay for 10 minutes, then rinse.

Cucumber and Oatmeal Mask

Ingredients:

  • About 1/3 of a cucumbercucumber
  • 1 Tsp. of Yogurt
  • 1 Cup oatmeal

Preparation:

Take a small cucumber piece, one tablespoon of yogurt and a cup of oatmeal. Chop cucumber into small pieces and put it in a blender. Put yogurt and oatmeal also in the blender and make a smooth paste. Apply this on the face and leave it for 10 minutes and rinse. This cleanses the skin pores effectively.

Oatmeal Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 boiled apple
  • One teaspoon of honey
  • Two teaspoons of ground oatmeal

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients until you get an uniform mixture, apply on the face for ten minutes and wash carefully afterward.

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For Dry Skin

Milk Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp powdered milk
  • 1 tbsp runny honey (microwave in microwavable bowl for 5 seconds)
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 2 drops essential oil (tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, rose hip oil etc)

Preparation:

This is a classic milk mask for the face. Mix ingredients well, apply to face, let sit for 15 minutes, wash off with warm water. This recipe is enough for two.

Avocado and Jojoba Oil Mask 

Ingredients:

  • One Half Mashed Avocadoganze und halbe avocado isoliert auf weiss
  • One Teaspoon Jojoba Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil works fine)

Preparation:

Mash one-half of a ripe avocado with one teaspoon of jojoba oil. Apply over the face and neck. Wash the face clean with a wash cloth after 10 minutes.

Chocolate Avocado, Honey, Oatmeal Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup organic honey
  • 2 Tbsp smashed avocado
  • 3 tsp oatmeal powder (leave this out if making soft fudge, leave in if you want a harder texture)

Preparation:Mix all the ingredient until mass is consistent.
Apply on face, gently massaging so oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer.
Leave on for 15-20 minutes
Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Team BB Cream

You’ve heard about them, but have you tried them? BB Creams (short for Beauty Balm, or Blemish Creams) are becoming more and more popular in the beauty industry. These differ from tinted moisturizers in that they are multi-tasking skin perfectors that provide multiple benefits for your skin and make-up regimen. Continue reading for a list of some of the top rated BB’s out there and some facts about them you need to know.

All-in-One Results

  • Most BB creams have similar qualities as foundation, are rich in SPF like sunscreen, and resemble products of your usual skin-care system. Specific features and benefits of BB creams include: hydrate skin, even skin tone, texture improvement,anti-aging benefits and protects the skin from UV sunlight and pollutants in the air. If that wasn’t enough reason to include BB creams into your make-up routine, they are generally lightweight formulas; wearing a BB Cream feels natural on the skin.  Even so, they will help enhance whatever skin care you use.
  • Since BBs are designed to be multitaskers, finding the best one requires prioritizing: Choose one based on your primary complexion concern, and the other benefits will follow.

Caution – They’re NOT one shade fits all. Despite what some packages claim(most seem to adhere to a general spectrum, i.e. “Light to Medium”, “Medium to Deep”, etc.), it seems that for the best results, you go and test out a few formulas that match your skin tone before settling.

THE LIST:

  • Clinique Age Defense BB Creamclinique-bb-cream

What it is formulated to do:
– Antioxidants to prevent and banish imperfections
– Features SPF 30 sun protection
– Comes in three shades

This instant morning routine gives skin just about everything it needs for a quick start: SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, and just enough coverage to banish imperfections. In addition to these beneficial factors, it makes the perfect primer, too.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates
What Shade is right for you?
Very fair complexions with pink undertones, use Shade 01
Very fair to moderately fair complexions with golden undertones, use Shade 02
Moderately Fair to Medium with Golden Undertones, use Shade03

Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

  • Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

What it is Formulated to do:

Skin concerns, such as discoloration, dullness, blotchiness and dryness can come from a number of different sources. It’s hard to find just one product that addresses all these concerns at once.Garnier introduces it’s first BB Cream, Miracle Skin Perfector. Multi-benefit skincare that combines intense hydration with tinted minerals and vitamin C.

How It Works:

Vitamin C provides antioxidant properties, boosts radiance and luminosity of skin. Mineral Pigments delicately and immediately beautiful skin. The rich pigments instantly melt and spread flawlessly over skin.

Too Faced Beauty Balm

  • Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20

What it is:
A multi-benefit BB cream that tints, primes, nourishes, prevents, and protects skin in one easy step.

What it does:
This innovative cream offers both makeup and skincare benefits in one effortless step. Achieve better-than-real looking skin today and healthier skin long term by using this antiaging, multi-mineral complex that promotes cell health, strengthens skin’s elasticity, and enhances luminosity. This versatile tinted skin perfector instantly delivers oil-free hydration and primes the skin while protecting with a chemical-free SPF 20 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen. Wear any of the shades alone or under foundation to achieve your ideal level of luminous coverage.

  • Tarte BB Tinted TreatmentTarte-BB

What it does:
Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skintone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

What else you need to know:
This product is powered by tripleB complex, a proprietary blend of natural diamond dust, plants, and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity.

 

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin BB CreamUrban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream

What it is:
A five-in-one beauty balm that minimizes pores, lines, wrinkles, and redness instantly and gives you significantly firmer, more-lifted skin in eight weeks.

What it does:
Blur flaws in seconds and get serious antiaging benefits in just eight weeks. This lightweight, velvety, oil-free miracle works instantly and over the long term. Naked Skin Beauty Balm is invisible on your skin (zero rub-off): the universal shade glides on and dries down to a translucent, flawless finish that works on most skintones. While many beauty balms are tinted to provide coverage, Naked Skin diffuses light with high-tech pigments to give you amazing, natural, naked-looking skin that keeps getting better every week. Unlike a lot of beauty balms, Naked Skin delivers measurable antiaging benefits—and the claims to prove it.

  • Stila Stay All Day Beauty BalmStila BB

What it is:

Age is nothing but a number with Stila’s Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm, a luxurious, priming beauty balm that seemingly turns back the hands of time by visibly improving the look and feel of skin and creating an impeccable canvas for flawless makeup application. Enriched with broad-spectrum SPF 30.

What it does:

Luxurious beauty balm glides onto skin and leaves a silky, powdery finish. High-definition formula helps reduce pore size and provides oil and blemish control. Contains innovative micro spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce wrinkle depth by up to 84%. Features an exclusive complex, which helps reduce redness and skin irritation. Enriched with Tripeptide-37, bamboo and pea extracts, which help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with natural, skin-protecting emollients which have been shown to increase anti-oxidant activity by up to 89.7%. Uses the smallest particle size of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage. Ideal for all skin types and skin tones. Oil-free, paraben-free and dermatologist tested