Saturday, May 31, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Detoxifying & Remineralizing Mask
4 tbsp kelp powder
1/2 c aloe vera gel
3 tbsp distilled water
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Apply generously. Relax for 10. Rinse with tepid water.
Exfoliating Pineapple & Olive Oil Mask
4 large fresh pineapple chunks
3 tbsp olive oil
Blend ingredients in a blender until mostly smooth. Apply to face, neck, and back of hands. Relax for 15. Rinse with warm water.
Rose Oil & Homey Mask for Dry Skin
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp almond oil
5 drops rose essential oil
Blend ingredients. Apply to face, neck, and decollete'. Let it set for 15. Rinse with warm water.
Pore Refining Mask
Remove yolk and the whip egg white. Apply. Let sit for 20. Rinse with warm water.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
So what are free radicals? Well, I'm not going to give you the dictionary definition, but free radicals basically are scavengers that accelerate the aging process. Free radicals are created by pollution, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. They are all around us even though we can't see them. That is why it is imperative to cleanse your skin morning & night, and to use a topical vitamin. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals preventing premature aging. Like rust aging is oxidation. Anti-oxidants slow oxidation, thus slows aging.
Our skin functions in two ways. It's absorbs nutirents during the day and excrets toxins at night. So we cleanse at night to remove free radicals off the skin which helps protect against free radical damage. We cleanse in the morning to remove the toxins the skin excretes at night. Similary, when you use an topical anti-oxidant in the morning it helps your skin win the war on free radicals. When you use it at night, it repairs any damage that skin may have received. So with any skin care regimen the plan is to defend during the day and repair at night.
Internal vitamins helps protect against free radical damage internally. They also can help with a variety of skin disorders. Vitamins good for the skin include; your regular multivitamin, fish oil, primrose oil (especially if you have severe acne), garlic oil, flax oil, borage oil & grape seed extract. Internal anti-oxidants keep your body functioning normally and slow the aging process. It's especially important in our polluted world. One of my grandmothers is a health nut. She has taken anti-oxidant for as long as I can remember. She has aged so gracefully. I truly believe it is do to her taking really good care of her skin, staying out of the sun, and taking her anti-oxidants.
To purchase a topical vitamin you can either visit your local day spa, or visit the Ibrow Studio Store online to purchase a Vitamineral Power Pen. When your purchase online with the Ibrow Studio not only do you support my blog, you also save 25%! ( The Ibrow Studio offers The Beauty Review Junkie discounts on all their products. Use code spring08.)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Sun damage is real. You don't see it right away even though it's there. It typically doesn't show up for 10 years after the damage occurs. I think that is why it's so difficult to convince people to stop tanning and get a spray on tan. An SPF 30 is best. Wear it year round. UVA (the aging rays) penetrates the clouds zapping the youth right out of you (even if your just a teen). Do you know what a tan really is? It is an immune response. Your body goes into protect mode. Cells called malanocytes splatter up pigment, trying to defend your internal organs against the sun. So a healthy tan, is really not so healthy.
One of my favorite sun blocks Bioelements Year Round Protector SPF 30. It's a face block, it doesn't stink like most sun blocks, it's not sticky. and it contains age fighting bontanicals to further protect the skin. Apply sunblock liberally, the more the better. Don't forget the back of your hands and your ears. Wear your sunblock 365 days a year. Yes even if you don't spend time out doors. When you walk to and from your car you get sun, and when you drive you sun through your wndows. Even a computer screen releases ultraviolet rays!
The sun causes; fine lines, wrinkles, skin cancers, dry skin, & painful sunburns. People are hospitalized every summer with sun poisoning. So, protect your beautiful skin and keep it healthy and youthful with a daily dose of SPF 30!
Where do I start? Lipstick & lip gloss choices are so numerous: sheer, matte, shimmer, satin, lacquer, gloss, plumping, vitamin-e, SPF, stain, and so on, not to mention the ocean of color choices. I think the best way to sort through these choices is to understand what texture, mood and look each brings. So, I'm going to help you understand just that!
One thing I would like to encourage you today is to try a different shade then your comfortable in. So many times we get stuck in a rut and for some reason convince ourselves that we don't look good in any other color. The problem with this is that your current shade is probably not doing you justice, (is that the same shade since high school?).
Cosmetic looks like fashion and hairstyles keep changing. If you stick with the same-o-same-o, you begin to date your look. Don't get me wrong there are some classics, however with any "new" fashion taken from inspiration of old, there is a new spin on it. To look fab today, slip on a shade that's you "today".
The trick to picking out a new daring lipstick is to simply try it on, take five, and go walk around the mall. Look in every mirror along the way. Get used to seeing yourself in your new shade. By the time you make it back to the make-up counter you will have fallen in love with your new shade, and will end up purchasing the matching lip liner and gloss!
Texture- wash of color.
Look- for a subtle look.
Texture- glittery (fine or chunky)
Texture- Thick & ultra shiny, hence "lacquer".
Texture- comes is matte and gloss
Look- fuller lips
Mood- health conscious
Look- smoother lips (great under lipstick and glosses)
Mood- health conscious
Mood- low maintenance
can be cool or warm depending whether it's base is blue or orange.
Since pink is a tint of red it also can be cool or warm.
brings warmth to a look.
are neutral and many woman mistake this color family as "natural". However, only a shade that matches the pigment of your lips is natural.
Today lipstick confusion ends and the next time you pick up a tube of lip stuff you'll have a whole new perspective. Ok, so what are you waiting for? Go get that new lipstick!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Square- Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks to your temples. This will softens the angles of your face
Oval- To create a soft natural glow, apply blush on the apples of your cheeks.
Round- If your face is round start at the height of your cheek bone moving toward your nose, not taking color past the center of your eye. This technique is slimming to the face.
Diamond: Show off those gorgeous cheek bones (which all diamonds face shapes have) and start at the apples of your cheeks & sweep up to the height of your cheek bone.
Heart: To add balance and symmetry begin at the apples of your cheeks toward your ear lobes.
Snow bunny- Apply a red to your cheeks and nose for a weekend in Aspen look, burr.
Orange/Peach- Brings warmth to your look. A soft peach is excellent for making one's appearance more youthful!
Accent your look with contour & highlighting.
Contouring and highlighting accentuates your features, down plays your flaws, and spices up your look. I especially make sure to use this technique for special occasions, pictures, or if I just feel, ugh, and need a pick me up.
From my experience teaching make-up lessons, this is where it gets confusing for most people. Don't worry. I'm going to share with you a few simple artistry techniques that will show you how to glamify your make-up. Tools you will need are; contour blush brush, sponges (for blending), small and medium fluff brushes.
Let's start with two art basics. Light brings out (highlighting) and dark recedes (contouring). Now apply that to make-up. It's that simple!
Forehead, brow bone, corner of your eyes, bridge of nose, cheeks, chin, the center of your lips, and collar bone.
Colors to use: Matte or Sheer Shimmery whites, creams, bone, basically any color one to two shades lighter than your skin color.
Hollow of your cheeks (under cheek bone), hair line, jawline, sides of the nose, under chin, neck and in the hollows your collar bone creates.
Color to use: A foundation or pressed powder one to two shades darker then your skin color or a bronzer. Make sure to blend! You don't want to appear like you have streaks of dirt on your face like the picture above.
This technique is one of the reasons models and movie star look so perfect! Now that you know the secrets of contour and highlight grab your tools & make-up, head to your vanity & try it out. If you don't get it the first time, try again, practice makes perfect!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Mirror mirror on the wall who has the fairest eyes of all?....
The magic of eye make-up is in the tools and in the pigment of the cosmetic. Yes, that is why when you try and try to apply your eye make-up it always turns out like that. Throw away those cheap brushes you got from your grandparents last Christmas that came in a JcPenny make-up kit and hit the MAC counter, Japonesque online, or the Ibrow store online, for quality brushes.
Now that you have quality tools. It's time to invest in high pigment eye make-up. Some of my favorite brands are, MAC, Sorme', Bioelements, and Jane Iredale to name a few. High pigment eye cosmetics have exactly that more pigment in them. Higher concentrates of pigment make application easier and more flawless. You don't have to keep layering to make the color of the shadow show up. With high pigment products one sweep is all you need. Granted you can change the intensity depending how little or how much you put on.
To mimic looks you see in magazines or to create your own unique style, combine good tools and high pigment make-up together and walla, you are on your way to glam eye's. Try it and see how simple (& prettier) it is to accentuate your eyes!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Now that we have a healthy canvas, we're off to find the perfect foundation. The foundation of our dreams, matches our skin color, is the right formula for our skin type, and makes our skin look flawless (and how about ten years younger?). The wrong foundation can make you look made up, accentuate fine lines, clog your pores, dry out your skin, or make you oily.
- If you have a dry skin the best foundation formula is a liquid or cream, and if you can't live with out powder, loose powder is best.
- If your skin is combination you will want to use an oil free liquid or a powder foundation. Use a translucent pressed powder to touch up.
- If your skin is oily choose a powder foundation and use a translucent blotting powder for touch ups. Blotting powder is oil absorbing and cuts shine without layering color.
So, how do you choose the right color? First get a piece of white printing paper, hold it under your wrist along your forearm. Standing in natural light, look at the back of your forearm in contrast with the paper. What undertones in your skin do you see? Does the hue of your forearm appear yellow, green, pink, or blue? The tone of your foundation should favor the dominate color you see.Now that you have found your tone, it's time to choose a color! Pick out three foundations in your tone range that appear to match your skin color. Place a stripe of each color on your jawbone. Grab a hand held mirror and hit some natural light and go compare the colors. Which one blends best with your skin? Which color matches your neck? (You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a mask). Which foundation appears the most natural? The one that possesses all three qualities is the best foundation color for you.
Try before you buy. Most make up counters give out samples or assist you in finding the right color and formula. If no samples are available ask to try it on, wear it around to make sure it looks right in all lighting, Make sure it does not change color as you wear it. Liquid and cream foundations can oxidize after they are applied, making the foundation color darker. Once you are satisfied with how a foundation looks, wears, and feels, you can confidently make a purchase you will be happy with. Some cosmetic companies have a no return policy on open cosmetics for health safety reasons. So if at all possible try before you buy.
Yes it took some effort to find the right base. But hey, we got to play at all the makeup counters, got a few free make-overs along the way, and found the perfect foundation! (Until next season).
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Great makeup starts with great skin! So your skin is not so good. That’s ok. With some good habits and the right products you can have beautiful skin in no time. Start with the basics; cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Follow this routine morning and night; If you have acne stop picking on your skin it will only spread acne, change your pillow case out daily (until your acne is cleared up), take supplements like fish oil, odorless garlic, a good multivitamin, and of course drink lots of water (add a slice of lemon to promote detoxification). For those of you who've traded acne for wrinkles, drink your water, supplement with flax and fish oils, stop over exfoliating ( once or twice a week is recommended), & wear sun block year round.
The tricky part is to find the right skin care products that work for your skin type and condition. A licensed Aesthetician can help you find the right products for you. An Aesthetician is a skin care expert. Many spas offer free skin care consultations to help you find the exact products your skin needs. You can also log onto http://www.348brow.net/SkinAssesmentForm.html and receive your skin type, condition, and a list of recommended products in your email, free!. Use discount code spring08 for a 25% discount when you order your recommended skin care.
It's important to remember to use products from the same line. Products systems are created to work together to give you maximum results. If you mix skin care lines you could cause a chemical reaction that either cause the products not to work as effectively, or worse cause a skin irritation.
So grab a glass of crisp lemon water, head over to our friends at the Ibrow Studio to find out your skin type, get on a good skin care system, and remember to take your vitamins.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tinted Undereye and Lid Smoother contains light reflectors that bounce light and blurr imperfections, a.k.a. fine lines & dark circles. It also contains Bioelements' exclusive MariBright Complex, a blend of Marigold, Golden Seal and Eyebright botanical extracts to heal, calm and soothe the eye area.
Monday, May 5, 2008
I have baby fine hair, so when I was asked to try KMS Add Volume line I was a bit of a skeptic. I've tried what is seems like every product on the market that promises thicker fuller hair. What the heck, new products are fun! So, I took home the shampoo, conditioner, blow dry lotion, & the root boost. I was going to have volumous hair yet!
The next morning I lined up all the products on my blue tile counter, took the shampoo and conditioner with me and headed to the shower. I opened the green capped bottle, lifted the bottle to my nose and reluctantly took a quick sniff. Oooh...Not bad. This time I inhaled the intoxicating fragrance of eucalyptus and cinnamon. I curiously sudsed up. I felt like I was in an herbal essence commercial. After my invigorating shampoo, I rinsed and grabbed for the conditioner. Excited to try what was in the contents of the bottle I poured the light green gel into my palm, ran the conditioner through the ends of my hair, sat for three, then rinsed. My hair was feeling clean and silky.
Lured by the other products I’ve yet to try, I hopped out of the shower into a dry warm towel. Standing at my counter I picked up a capsule looking bottle labeled Blow Dry Lotion. This was the product that was supposed to give me luscious volume of my dreams. Hopeful, I poured a large amount into my palm then slathered the jelly liquid through my hair. The more the better right?. Then, I picked up the root boost and boosted my roots.
Now to put these styling products to the test. I reached for my ionic blow dryer. I turned it on high and started to dry my hair like my stylist taught me. As my hair begin to dry out I couldn’t believe it. My hair started to feel thicker! Excitedly I finished styling my hair.
For those of you who have fine hair, know that styling your hair is only half the battle. Keeping it that way is the other half. Fine hair has a tough time holding up against the elements. Super charged for my day and my new found volume, I went about my daily tasks and hoped my hair would too. I went to return an outfit, ran to the post office, went to lunch with a friend, picked up kids, dropped off kids, straightened up the house, and cooked dinner. By the end of my busy day, my hair actually held its shape. My hair still felt thicker and looked fuller! A bit tousled yes, but definitely fuller.
So does KMS Add Volume live up to it’s claim? I have to admit it does. My favorite thing about it is that it gave my hair thicker texture and over all volume with out feeling weighed down or sticky. It's fantastic!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
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Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
So, what is a skin analysis anyway? Glad you asked. A skin analysis is when a professional skin care therapist also known as an Aesthetician consults with you, looks at your skin under what is called a mag lamp (or magnifying lamp), and asks you a series of questions about your skin and diet habits. Then the experienced licensed professional will determine your skin type, any skin conditions, and develop a skin care regimen that is perfect for you. I stress licensed professional since any random person can represent a skin care company and sell skin care products without any formal training. Non-licensed individuals are trained by a company that has hired them to SELL you products. An Aesthetician is formally trained and actually knows the anatomy, physiology, and histology of the skin. With her formal education she will recommend products that are best for you. In addition, she will recommended a skin care regimen that is either corrective, preventative, maintenance, or the combination. It will just depend on what is going on with your skin.
Believe it or not, skin analysis now can be found online! An online skin analysis is slightly different than one done in person. You get to skip the scary mag lamp that every one hates to be seen under. An online analysis will consist of you answering a series of questions about your skin, skin care habits, and diet. Then a regimen will be recommended based on your answers. If the Aesthetician has further questions about your skin she will contact you through email. Once your analysis is complete she will email you will receive your results and product recommendations. Now that's service!
There are a variety of websites that offer skin analysis. This service ranges from free to $100 depending on where you shop. The Ibrow Studio Salon and Spa offers a free in store and online skin analysis. To get your free skin analysis visit http://www.348brow.net/SkinAssesmentForm.html
A skin analysis will prevent you from making huge purchasing mistakes! With a skin analysis you will purchase products that are meant for your skin type, condition, and that will produce results. Wow, finally the end to the perpetually skin care product search! And no more disappointment! Like disappointment you've experienced with all the products that have joined the ranks under the dark damp sink! It is worth your time to check into a skin analysis and worth your money to invest in products that are right for you.
Don't be discouraged if you just purchased a whole new skin care line that has promised to make you would look 10 years younger before reading this blogticle. You can either take it back or give it to a friend or family member. Make a mad rush to get a skin analysis and invest in a professionally recommended skin care line. Shh...I won't tell any one. :)
Tomorrow I will discuss why choosing professional products over a brand name over the counter product is smarter and more cost effective.