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The best beauty products?

I found this really interesting article on TheBeautyBrains.com and I felt a big need to share it with you guys! The article goes into the differences buying cosmetics and beauty products from small and big cosmetic companies. The bottom line is this: Cosmetic Technology. Big companies have lots of money to spend on research and development. When it comes to the technology of your beauty products, small companies have a hard time competing. Product Testing. Big companies spend more money on testing their products. More testing doesn’t automatically mean better but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Quality and Safety. Big companies have large...

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Looking for a cheap dupe for your foundation primer?

Ebony-Jewel commented on my latest ‘FOTD‘ asking me about the Monistat: Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. This is a powder gel that works as a skin protectant. I use it as a foundation primer. I started using the chafing gel as a foundation primer a while back until I start using the ‘Anti-wrinkle Velvet Touch foundation primer’ by Gosh, which I got during a sale. When I finished this primer (it’s only available in Europe), I switched back to Monistat. The reason I started using this product as a primer is because I read a lot of reviews online saying...

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Looking for a cheap dupe for your foundation primer?

Getting rid of blackheads

This post is about acne. If you always have flawless skin, you can skip this. 😀 I’m not covering every type of acne today, because not all acne is the same. To keep it simple: acne can be divided into: 1) red bumps and 2) blackheads/whiteheads. This will be about blackheads and whiteheads only. It’s important to separate these from red bumps, because each type is treated differently. Blackheads and whiteheads, known as comedones, usually come in groups, compared to red bumps that are ‘loners’. In this post I will go into blackheads and whiteheads (I don’t discriminate!) and how to get rid of...

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Why mineral make up should not contain mineral oil

I told my boo that I’ve started using my liquid mineral foundation again recently (yes, that’s what we talk about sometimes!) and his response was: ‘Mineral? Doesn’t that clog your pores? You mean, mineral oil?’ This is something that I hear quite often…. But people, Mineral make up and mineral oil are not the same!! Mineral foundation is usually powder (but it can also be liquid!) and are made up of ingredients that are mostly mineral and sometimes cornstarch. Mineral makeup is based on a hypoallergenic loose powder that naturally nourishes the skin, contains no perfumes, talc, alcohol, dyes, mineral oil...

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Why mineral make up should not contain mineral oil

Temptalia’s GENIUS Foundation Matrix (a shade guide)

I have another Beauty Find for you today! Have you heard about Foundation Matrix over at Temptalia.com? It’s GENIUS! I love the idea and I’m amazed that no one else has come up with something similar? Or is there something similar. I’d love to hear about it. Anyway, Christina has created a Google Spreadsheet using MAC foundation shades (like NW35, NW40, NC45 etc.) as the reference point. MAC Cosmetics foundation shades are pretty common with anyone who regularly buys make up. Picking this brand as a starting point would indeed seem like a logical thing to do. Christine then encourags visitors...

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Applying eye liner

I hardly ever leave the house without lining my eyes. It’s stupid, I know. But without eyeliner my eyes look…plain, boring and ugly. Haha! Even if it’s a ‘no makeup’ day (and honestly, I have a lot of those!), I always line my eyes when I go outside. Sometimes I use kohl pencils, but I prefer liquid liners since they stay on better (and longer!) without smudging. A lot of women are scared of liquid liner, but honestly: to me applying liquid liner is a lot easier than putting on different eyeshadows and doing the whole blending thing to create...

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Applying eye liner

How to apply eye cream

As you know, I recently purchased the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream. Because I was a newbie at applying eye cream, I decided to gather some information and share it with you guys! Applying eye cream might not sound like a big deal, but the fact is: if you do it wrong, it might result in redness or swelling of the eye area….Not what you want! Here are some tips: * Start with a small dot on one fingertip. You don’t need a lot. Be sure to treat each eye equally, or else you could wind up looking funny… *...

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5 Facts about cosmetics & skincare

I not only like the art of make up, I also love reading about what the chemicals used in cosmetics really do, how products are tested, and what all the advertising mean. I think it’s the ‘researcher’ in me. Here are 5 facts that you might not have known. Which one was more surprising to you? About pores: There are no such things as ‘small’ or ‘large’ pores. Pores however can appear larger than normal. They may be more visible simply due to lack of good skin grooming and poor exfoliation. Too much surface oil and remnant naturally shed skin...

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5 Facts about cosmetics & skincare

Tip: Stretch your shoes with ice!

Why haven’t I thought of this?? Stretching your shoes using water! I have AT LEAST three pairs of shoes that are slightly too small. I’m in between a 38 and a 39 (EU size), which sucks! I always have to try them on first before buying and even then it doesn’t guarantee my shoe satisfaction…. Anyway, I found this video from Michelle Phan (you gotta love her!) on how to stretch too tight shoes with ice. Such a great idea! I’m gonna try it out this weekend.Read more...



Caring for oily skin (an update)

I’ve written about dealing with oily skin often on this blog. It’s something I ‘suffer’ from and can not get rid of. Not for a 100% at least… 🙁 See? Ieew! Gross! Yes yes, I know that having an oily skin will delay the appearance of wrinkles, but sometimes it’s just not cool to be looking like someone dipped your head in a bucket of olive oil…. So in the last few years I’ve been collecting as many tips as possible on how to deal with oily skin: * I put on a peel-off facial mask every week (either Freeman’s...

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Caring for oily skin (an update)

How to deal with oily skin (5 tips)

I found these tips the other day online. I find them very useful, so I decided to share! 🙂 I myself have oily skin, so yeah…. See? Ieew! Gross! How to deal with oily skin 1. One challenge with oily skin is avoiding the urge to over-cleanse, which can confuse the heck out of skin, making it either crank up the oil production or swing between oily and excessively dry. Experts recommend avoiding alcohol-based cleansers, which can strip the skin. Instead, reach for gel cleaners and wash no more than twice a day. I may also use a gentle exfoliating...

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