On this episode, Bobbie shares affordable ways to exfoliate skin, freshen up manicures and whiten your teeth in preparation for Fall(My Favourite Season!).
The first item she shows is Le Edge Full Body Exfoliator. This looks like those plastic razors you sometimes get with depilatory creams. It is a stainless steel tool. It kind of looks like fun, but I wonder how well it would work? And for how long? (Available in Pink and Blue). The product webpage says:
Le Edge is a hygienic personal exfoliating tool. Le Edge is precision designed to remove with ease dead skin cells and debris from the skin’s surface, revealing the newer younger cells and more radiant skin. Le Edge removes dulling surface debris such as toxins, oil, dirt, pollutants and dead skin cells. This process helps to restore the skin texture and by doing so, helps to reduce the size of the skin’s pores naturally.
The next item was for all those new gel manicures. Because you can’t just take the polish off (you’ll be removing part of your nail!), you need Red Carpet Manicure Erase Gel Nail Polish Remover. Actually Bobbie showed a kit with a buffer, orange sticks, and I guess some remover pads; but you really just need this!
Finally, for those darker lipstick colours (hooray for plums and crimsons!), Supersmile Quikee Instant Tooth Whitening. Bobbie says this is what Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez use when they wear bright lip colours. She says it will keep teeth whiter and remove any film, so you can get away with wearing that bolder lip for fall.
On the May 1 episode of The Talk, beauty expert and author of “Hollywood Beauty Secrets”, Louisa Graves came on the show with 5 simple tips to keep a youthful appearance using every day ingredients.
Her first remedy was for age spots and fine lines.
THE FACE REJUVENATOR
A Microdermabrasion Scrub Alternative - Instead of paying for costly microdermabrasion treatments, use this treatment that just costs pennies and will give you similar anti-aging results using baking soda. First wash your face, then while skin is still wet, scrub a handful of baking soda into the face in a GENTLE circular motion. Do this for about 30 to 60 seconds. It will remove dull surface skin and reveal those fresh, new skin cells. It will also help fade age spots and smooth fine lines for youthful looking skin. You can do this twice a week.
THE NECK TIGHTENER
Her next tip was to help tighten neck skin, so you can get rid of that turkey neck. Put some shea butter in the microwave for about 15 seconds (she recommends a 1 oz jar, with the lid off – I love shea butter from L’Occitane, but it is in a tin so don’t microwave the tin!), melting the butter. To that, stir in 2 tbsp. of emu oil and 1 tsp. of lemongrass. Apply this neck balm every morning and night for fast results.
* Please note the emu oil is not necessarily animal friendly. She said it is used as a carrier oil, so maybe you can use another carrier oil, such as grapeseed (which is a great anti-ager as well) or almond oil or jojoba.
THE LIP SMOOTHER
I get terrible chapped lips, so I think I will try this next one! To help smooth dry, cracked lips, warm some milk in a microwave for 10 – 15 seconds. Then, dip a cotton ball into milk and dab onto lips for a minute or two. The lactic acid in milk is a gentle exfoliator. Next, using a q-tip, apply some raw honey onto lips. Honey is a humectant (moisture magnet) and is naturally antibiotic. Next, poke open the Vitamin E capsule and apply over the honey to seal it in overnight. (Also – if you have extra vitamin E oil, try rubbing some into your cuticles instead of cuticle balm! It is great for nails!)
THE HAND REJUVENATOR
It’s also a nail brightener and cuticle banisher! – Apparently, Louisa knows what she is talking about for this next one, she is/was a hand model! To rejuvenate hands and banish those stained yellow nails combine 1 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice with 2 or 3 tbsp. baking soda, mixing it to a paste-like consistency. Scrub each nail for 60 seconds, then leave on nails for 5 minutes. Then take the remaining paste and scrub the tops of the hands to fade age spots. Leave on hand tops for 5 minutes before rinsing. You can then massage lip balm into the areas, to instantly rejuvenate and smooth wrinkled-looking knuckles and banish dry cuticles.
THE CELLULITE BUSTER
As we age, collagen breaks down and cellulite becomes more noticeable. A great way to draw out toxins and help tighten and smooth the look of dimples is to make a mask combining 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 3/4 cup of bentonite clay (you can usually find this at the drugstore or natural health foods stores), and stir to a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste onto wet thighs and arms where you see cellulite and let dry. You’ll experience a pulling and tightening sensation. Wash the mask off in the shower with tepid water and a face cloth.
Please note that Hollywood Beauty Secrets is out of print, but it is available as a kindle edition:
Sooo…. In the same vein as Rebecca Black (Friday), Double Take has a new single, Hot Problems, lamenting that Hot Girls have problems too. It is quickly becoming known as the worst song EVER!
I think the timing of the song is ironic considering a few weeks back their was a hailstorm of backlash for article on the UK Daily Mail by Samantha Brick about how women hate her because she is so beautiful.
Capture of Samantha Brick’s Article (from The Mail Online)
So what do you think?
Worst song ever or are you planning on buying this on iTunes? Do you have hot girl problems as well?
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown was on the Today show today to give some tricks and tips on the perfect foundation. Bobbi says it is the simplest thing when you get it right, and the trick is it needs to match your face, your neck, your hands; it just has to be the right tone. My mother has this problem finding foundation, as her neck is a different colour from her face.
Her number one tip for buying foundation is getting the proper colour. You need to get the one that blends into the side of your face. (Don’t use your hand – wow, I am so guilt of this sometimes!). Try to look in natural light, and try a yellow-based foundation. Yellow foundations get rid of redness, and it is tones we already have in our skin. Second tip is choose the right formula. She also loves tinted moisturizers, they are sheer and great for weekends. You need to adjust your foundation for spring, as your skin gets dryer or oilier. You can also adjust the formula by adjusting the moisturizer you wear underneath.
The first model had some dark spots, so Bobbi suggested putting foundation on first, taking a touch up stick (not a concealer, because concealer is lighter than your skin, Bobbi applied this with a brush), go wherever there is a spot, let it sit and use powder on top to lock it in place. Bobbi says if you have dry skin, you can still use a mineral-based powder foundation.
The trick is to use a yellow tone foundation. Apply all over. Use a yellow powder. A translucent powder could cause ashiness. By using a good moisturizer underneath, you can still get a great dewy look, even when using powder. She also used a a cream blush on her cheeks, as well as a bronzing powder all over with a big brush, including a little on the neck.
Never apply foundation on the neck. Avoid over applying to cover dark spots. Apply foundation with fingers, sponge or brush. A brush will give you more coverage. Reduce redness with a tinter moisturizer. You can also correct redness with bronzer. Avoid using a product that is too dense.
Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin
The Moisturizer and Cleanser
So I received a kit to review the Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin moisturizer and cleanser from Burt’s Bees. The letter that came with the kit says:
“It puts an end to redness and over drying with gentle, natural ingredients including Cotton Extract to soften, Rice Extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe”
I am sometimes wary about “natural” products, but Burt’s Bees is a line I trust; I like quite a few of their products (especially their Tinted Lip Balm and Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil). The Facial Cleanser is a soap-free one that is supposed to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing it without over-drying or causing redness or irritation. It also contains Quillaja (an extract from soap bark trees) to provide natural foaming lather; and Yucca (a desert plant high in saponins, which are traditional cleansing agents. The Daily Moisturizer is a day cream that is meant to provide nourishing moisture to sensitive skin without causing redness or irritation, and is labeled as non-comedogenic. It also contains the rice extract and aloe.
so I put a bit of moisturizer on my hand, and the texture was smooth and blended easily. I liked the fact that they basically smelled like nothing. One thing that I did not like right away was the disproportionate package sizes. The cleanser is 170g and the moisturizer is only 50g. So you will probably have to buy about two packages of moisturizer for every tube of cleanser. I was also a little bit put off that they had a separate box for the moisturizer. It seemed a bit superfluous. I don’t really like excess packaging. I did like the packaging choices of a tube for the cleanser and the pump for the moisturizer. It made them both easy to apply! One caveat – the pump puts out too much product, use only half a pump.
The Moisturizer is on the Left, Cleanser on the Right
Using the Product
Unfortunately, these products just did not work for me. I think it has something to do with the cotton extract. I had a similar reaction to the Ultra Comforting Organic Cotton line from L’Occitane which is also supposed to be a great product for sensitive skin, just not mine.
The cleanser I didn’t really like. It made my skin kind of itchy. It is a weird putty colour, and is almost the consistency of putty. It is very thick, and I found I needed to rinse A LOT to get it all off. I also had to rub my face, which I don’t think is suitable for sensitive skin. I usually prefer a sudsy cleanser (which I know is not the best for sensitive skin, but I like the feel of it!) and this one is very creamy. Just not my taste.
The moisturizer is nice (even though I had a reaction to it!). it is silky smooth, bright white and absorbs quickly. Perfect for applying makeup over it in the morning. Skin feels nice afterwards, but it did not get rid of my dry patches. I think this would be better for normal to normal-oily skin, as I just didn’t feel it moisturized my dry skin enough. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream
Unfortunately, when it comes to sensitive skin you need to go through a lot of trial and error. You just can’t please everyone, since their sensitive skin can be caused by an infinite number of reasons. This product line just did not work for me. It caused my skin to get red and itchy, and I even ended up with a few blemishes and dry patches. That being said, I think if you have sensitive skin, you should feel free to try it out. What works for me might work for you. For example, I prefer a foaming type of facial cleanser but if you like creamy cleansers, this might be the perfect product for you. I think I am sensitive to cotton in my products, but maybe you won’t be.I do like the silky texture of the moisturizer, the fact that it is fragrance free, and that it was fast absorbing and non greasy. The line also has Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream and Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream (which I did not get to try). So if you are still searching for the right sensitive skin line for you, this could be one you can try out.
Some more info from Burt’s Bees on their line:
“The folk’s at Burt’s Bees have formulated their new Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin line with Cotton Extract because its gentle touch is perfect for sensitive skin. It includes seven “oligosaccharides.” or sugars, that help support the skin barrier, reduce the appearance of skin redness and promote the production of keratin. Keratin is actually the key material making up the outer layer of skin, and it gives skin its strength, flexibility and water retaining capabilities. It also helps carry moisture where it’s most needed….. it can provide all kinds of benefits including:
Moisturizing the skin
Increasing the softness and suppleness of skin
Supporting the skin’s barrier function
Helping to maintain skin’s natural moisture
Helping to even out skin tone.”
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to provide a review. It in no way affected my review, and this review is honest and true to me – Sarah
I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent.
On the March 1st episode of Dr. Oz – “Dr. Oz goes Head to Head with the Men who Hate Him” (funny title!) – Eucerin dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton was on to talk about dry skin. (you can head over to EucerinUS.com to get US coupons). Its winter and people (including me!) are starting to feel the effects of dry, heated air. Also, the older you get, the more issues you have with dry skin.
She said that dry skin goes beyond just comfort, that it can become a health issue. If yours is so itchy that you start scratching, you can open your skin up to all sorts of bacteria, viruses and fungi (Ummm Yuck?!). So according to her the three biggest reasons you get dry itchy skin are:
1. Your Morning Routine
Most people take too hot and too long of a shower. It just irritates your skin and removes its natural oils. I know I am totally guilty of this. Also, many women are applying anti-aging products like retinols and retinoids that prevent wrinkles, but at the same time irritate and dry out skin. Also, some soaps may be no good. It doesn’t protect oils, just removes dirt. The fragrances and dyes some contain are no good either.
2. Genetic Reasons
Some people may be genetically predisposed to certain dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. These can be causes of red patches and scaly skin.
Heating and air conditioned air suck moisture from skin. It is usually less humid in winter as well.
Her suggestions for helping skin:
Eat salmon. It has fatty acids and oils in it to nourish skin.
Eat bran. It is rich in zinc which repairs skin cells.
Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio, was on “The Talk” on February 29 to discuss common myths. She said that misinform abounds, and it doesn’t hep that there are so many crazy claims out there; and that so many regimens and products are used incorrectly. Well, I don’t necessarily agree with some of the things she said. These are her 5 biggest myths:
Acne is the Result of Dirty, Oily Skin
Often acne is caused by over-washing. There are many factors that can cause acne, such as genetics and hormonal changes. But she says dirty, oily skin is not one of them (say what?! Sorry, while I don’t think that it is one of the main factors, I don’t think you’ll have nice skin if yours is oily or dirty, and not taken care of. I think it is evidenced by so many teenage boys with oily skin, who probably don’t have the best hygiene habits having terrible acne…. but I do agree that there can be other causes for it. I tend to get a lot of breakouts when I am under stress. – Sarah) Over-washing skin, especially when you over scrub, can over dry the skin and cause irritation. It can make your skin kick start your oil producing sebaceous glands, and make skin greasier (which causes ACNE, see?! – S). So don’t wash more than twice a day with the appropriate cleanser for your skin. Using cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help decease bacteria on the skin and minimize blackheads and other blemishes.
Adults Shouldn’t Have Acne
Since hormones and stress can mimic puberty, adults can definitely get acne. Make sure you wash off your makeup!
Cocoa Butter prevents Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are deep under the skin. They are a disruption of skin’s elastic fibers when skin expands rapidly, such as during pregnancy, rapid weight gain/loss or during growth spurts. Some may even have a genetic predisposition that makes them more susceptible to them. Dr. Mauricio said that some people use a mixture of coconut oil mixed with the lime juice (for vitamin C) as a natural moisturizer to help repair the connective tissues beneath skin’s surface that cause stretch marks. (Well, I kind of think THAT sounds a bit like a myth…. I have to say I also kind of disagree with this one, to an extent. While I don’t think that cocoa butter will prevent stretch marks, I think that it is important during certain times, like pregnancy, to keep skin moist and pliable, which cocoa butter does, to help reduce stretch marks. If you have a dried out rubber band, it might crack when you stretch it. – S)
Facial Scrubs Make Your Skin Glow
Facial scrubs may make your skin feel instantly smoother by removing dead skin cells. But over-exfoliating can cause problems, especially for those who have have eczema or sensitive skin. Over-scrubbing may also cause some superficial blood vessels to appear, especially on patients with rosacea. It may also worsen redness of the skin. For those who are acne prone, over-exfoliation can elicit overproduction of oil and make acne worse. (see Myth 1)
Dryness Causes Fine Lines
Dryness causes flaking and peeling. It may make lines look worse but it will not create the wrinkles. A mask of milk, buttermilk and yogurt contains alpha hydroxy acids that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in some people. Try soaking a cotton cloth in cool, whole milk or buttermilk, and dab the liquid onto your face and neck in order to treat fine lines.
Toothpaste Dries Out Pimples
Toothpaste can actually be irritating to skin, and make acne worse. It contains no ingredients that will dry out a pimple. What it could do is cause irritation, burns and even more breakouts. Many toothpastes nowadays have bleaching and whitening properties that are even more irritating. She says there are more effective spot treatments for acne, so save your toothpaste for your teeth. She suggests to help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of milk of magnesia over your face as a mask, which can help oiliness and blemishes.