July 14th, 2014
Sometimes the best products that you’ll ever use are the most obvious inventions. The new bareMINERALS Perfecting Face Brush is so neat, it begs the question, why haven’t all companies come out with brushes like this? The unique section inside the brush is what makes it great. Whatever foundation you pump into the brush stays put, instead of dripping down the brush, onto your sink, down your hand, etc. The brush is also a high quality. The bristles are soft enough that they feel great on your face, but stiff enough to retain the structure of the brush. We recommend cleaning your brushes at least once a week. However, if you’ve used some inexpensive brushes on the market, you know that the foundation causes the bristles to stiffen—leaving you with a streaky foundation look unless you clean it after every use. With the Perfecting Face Brush that doesn’t happen, so you can still wash just once a week. The one downside of this brush is also why it’s so great. Since the bristles are so dense and make it hard for the foundation to spill outside the brush, it also retains more makeup. To wash this brush, you’ll need to be thorough to ensure that all of the makeup is out. We suggest swirling the brush in your hand in soap while running it under water, then turning it upside down and running your fingers back and forth over the bristles under the water to get all the makeup out the center. At $28 this foundation brush may be more than you’re used to spending, but it’s definitely worth it.
Tip: To get a seamless look, use a circular motion to apply your foundation. You can put your concealer on first, then use the brush to blend the foundation over it.
July 4th, 2014
RoC® is a well-respected anti-aging drugstore brand, so we tried their MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Why is it called 5 in 1? It’s supposed to fight discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull tone, and wrinkles. Fortunately, this product turned out to be a winner in particular with sagging, skin tone, and wrinkles. The product works because of HEXINOL technology. We looked it up and found out that it has molecules that improve aging, but not what it actually is. We’re curious to know what the actual ingredients are.
June 25th, 2014
Since we tried Garnier Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser and liked it, we wanted to try the cleanser for dry skin – Garnier Clean+ Smoothing Cream Cleanser. Fortunately, our tester with dry skin liked this cleanser as much as our tester with combination skin liked the Purifying Foam Cleanser. The Smoothing Cream Cleanser is great for dry skin since it has jojoba and macadamia oils. As you may already know, oil doesn’t always mean pore clogging. Including oil in this cleanser was ingenious because the oils dissolve your makeup. Those of you with dry skin know that cleansers for dry skin are typically gentle, and unfortunately gentle on makeup removal. You’ll like how it feels to get a thorough cleansing without stripping your skin. After washing dry skin, you have to reach immediately for moisturizer before your skin starts feeling tight. Smoothing Cream Cleanser gives you more time and leaves your skin feeling comfortable. Also, when you use water you’ll get a good lather, which is pretty unique for a creamy cleanser. The scent of this product (like all Garnier products) is refreshing, but we wonder if it may be too heavily fragranced for sensitive skin.
Tip: If you have dry skin, you know how important it is to drink enough water. But you can take it a step further and eat foods that are good for your skin as well. Try stocking up on salmon and avocado. Both are helpful to skin lipid layers!
June 23rd, 2014
- Go back to the basics – there’s a reason why applying foundation then powder is a traditional method. The foundation gives good coverage, and then the powder sets the makeup. If you haven’t tried it, you’ll love how your foundation lasts. The secret to it not getting cakey? Use a big fluffy brush with pressed powder to set your foundation. Pressed powder is finer and is easier to control
- Use foundation on your eyelids – you may not have blemishes or anything to cover on your eyelids, but a light layer of foundation will keep your eyeshadow where it’s supposed to.
- Put lipstick over your lip gloss – lip gloss is often the choice in the summer because it’s looks light and fresh. However, it’s not long-lasting. Put your lip gloss on first, and then use a light layer of heavily pigmented lipstick on top. You’ll get the best of both worlds, a light look and color that stays.
- Use a setting spray – you already know about makeup primer. But to really get your makeup to go the extra mile, use a makeup setting spray on top. It’s another step, but it’s well worth it!
- Use powder blush on top of cream blush – faded blush doesn’t look bad at all. But if you love the look of your blush, use a cream blush as a base and a powder blush to set it.
June 22nd, 2014
Some of the greatest beauty companies are across the pond. TONY&GUY was established by two brothers who founded their own salon in 1963. Their salons are now franchised and you can buy their hair products. We tried their Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner for Damaged Hair. These products are supposed to penetrate the hair shaft to revitalize damaged hair. With consistent use we noticed last hair breakage. However, if your hair is very dry you may want something more emollient. Since dry and damaged are hair issues that go hand in hand, we would have liked to see more moisture. If you’re not into heavily fragranced products, you’ll appreciate the subtle scent of the shampoo and conditioner.
Tip: Is your hair really damaged? The best thing to do is to trim damaged strands. But if you’re not willing to cut, try giving your hair a heat break and only using hot tools a couple times a week. Braids, pony tails, ballerina buns, sponge rollers…the possibilities are endless for heat free styles!
June 18th, 2014
Natural oils are very much important when it comes to selection of oils that make your skin beautiful, flawless and glowing. They work effectively since they are absorbed into your skin and don’t necessarily block pores. They are well known to increase the regenerative ability of your skin and are even good for wound healing. Natural oils are important as they have nutrients to nourish your skin—they moisturize while reducing the water that gets out of your skin during the day. Using oils can make skin radiant, but you should use oils appropriate for your skin type.
This magical oil makes your skin beautiful and flawless at the same time. A wonderful extract from a native tree in New Zealand with effective results, it works hard to ensure that your skin is hydrated at all times. Monoi oil is well known for its ability to prevent aging and absorbs well without leaving behind any residue.
The Moringa oleifera tree has been widely popularized in recent times due to its herbal nature and ability to treat many diseases. Moringa oil is a natural product with many antioxidants that serves to protect the skin from all ultraviolet rays of sun. It prevents aging and ensures your skin is wrinkle free. The Moringa oil is effective with anti-inflammatory properties that ensure your skin is well hydrated while reducing water loss. This oil is appropriate for all skin types.
MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL
Unrefined oils such as Meadow foam are also effective in making your skin naturally beautiful and flawless. They have antioxidants, vitamins and pleasant fragrance. It has the best antioxidants so is great if you’re worried about environmental damage
Widely known to offer relief from sunburn inflammation and eczema, this oil has compounds that regenerate and restore damaged skin. It ‘s also benefits by killing all harmful microbes in your skin.
Extracted from a native Moroccan tree, this oil absorbs into skin without leaving oily residue. It has molecular proteins which fights aging. It restores the water-lipid layer to moisturize the skin. It also boosts circulation of oxygen and nourishes skin cells. This oil is recommended for all skin types.
BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL
An extract of Cumin seed, this oil has the best antioxidant properties that help in healing your skin in case of a break out. It heals all inflammations on your skin including dermatitis, eczema and acne.
June 10th, 2014
Dyeing your hair can be scary, especially if you’re not great at doing your own hair. But there’s a step in between -hair gloss. We tried John Frieda’s Colour Refreshing Gloss in for Cool Reds, which is a weekly treatment that you can use to refresh your color in between coloring. You won’t get drastic results, this is more about maintaining the color you have. We were thankful that the whole glossing process can be done while showering, no destroying your bathroom! You shampoo and then put the gloss on before conditioning. After using it we got a moderate boost in hair color, but nothing hugely noticeable. Don’t be scared of the vibrant color, it won’t show up on your hair that way at all. It’s like a dark lip balm, it never goes on as pigmented as it looks. Another benefit of using a gloss is that like dye, it coats your hair, which is great for protecting your hair from damage. If you want noticeable but temporary results, we suggest using a rinse, which is a bit stronger than a gloss.
Tip: Squeeze as much excess water as possible before applying the gloss. Remember, the more water that’s on your hair – the more you’re diluting the product.