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Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

erase2Mustela, a brand geared toward new moms, has a product called Stretch Marks Double Action. Its whole purpose is to prevent and reduce the appearance of new and recent stretch marks. It works by supporting the elasticity of the skin, moisturizing, and enhances skin renewal. As the label suggests, we didn’t see a huge improvement on older marks but we liked the consistency and thought its biggest advantage would be in preventing stretch marks. Since this formula is made with all natural ingredients, the bland scent of this product isn’t typical of baby products you’re used to.

Tip: Worried about stretch marks? There’s no way to completely avoid them after extreme weight fluctuations, so the best beauty tip is to avoid excessive weight gain by eating well and exercising.

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Olay Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

eraseEven people with oily skin should wear lotion. However, many lotions are geared toward people with dry skin. Finally–Olay’s Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion is perfect for oily or combination skin. It’s light-weight with a matte finish, so it’s especially great for hot or humid days. We loved this lotion’s pleasant scent and how quickly it absorbed in the skin. Also, Satin Finish Lotion seems to take away the need for a mattifier. The product’s packaging doesn’t carry on about the ingredients so we’re not sure what’s in it, we just know it works. Notably absent is an SPF or a list of antioxidants, but perhaps that’s what keeps the lotion so light.

Tip: It may be tempting to not wear lotion if you have oily skin, but keep in mind that oil is not the same thing as hydration, and your skin will produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture.

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L’Oreal Voluminous® Million Lashes Excess Mascara

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

eraseVolumizing mascara is typically synonymous with clumping mascara, so we were intrigued by L’Oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara since it claims to be clump free. It definitely volumizes lashes as promised, and…it didn’t clump. The secret seems to be the brush. We found that wiggling the wand at the base of the lashes for more impact didn’t work well with this mascara—it causes the lashes to stick together. You’ll get the best results by applying it in a traditional upward swipe. No need to do two coats of Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara, just one is all you need!

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L’Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen

Monday, July 8th, 2013

erase2Are you guilty of not wearing sunscreen on your face daily? Besides adding an extra skincare step, it can be annoying to put a greasy sunscreen on when it’s hot. And of course it may not work well with makeup. We tried L’Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50+ Liquid Silk Sunshield For Face and were surprised by how lightweight it was – it felt more like a normal moisturizer and even contains Vitamin E and White Grapeseed. It’s not too heavy and absorbs quickly – a must for those with oily skin. We think this is a great product to try if you’re trying to do better with wearing sunscreen every day, and since it’s water resistant you can also use it for the beach. If you have oily skin you can use this instead of moisturizer, but if you have dry skin this won’t be enough to use alone.

Tip:  After you’re done applying sunscreen on your face, be sure to do a swipe on your ears and behind them. There are many skin cancer cases in the ear area, so be sure to cover up!

 

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Neutrogena® Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

Friday, July 5th, 2013

erase3There are many cleansers designed for sensitive skin that claim they thoroughly remove dirt and makeup, but after seeing a lot of magazine mentions for Neutrogena’s Ultra Gently Daily Cleanser we  had to try it. This is one of the best cleansers we’ve tested. It’s very thorough and strikes the balance between cleansing and leaving moisture behind. We think Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser would be appropriate for any skin type. It’s a gel like cleanser that lathers well. After a week or so you see a difference – skin is calmer and healthier. And at 12 fluid oz, there’s a very generous amount to use so we love the value.

Tip: Using a lot of products with active ingredients can be irritating. If you’re using a topical acne treatment for example, it can be too much to use an acne fighting cleanser and moisturizer as well. Trying pairing this cleanser with your stronger products to give your skin a break.

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