L’Oreal Hydra Genius is actually genius

L’Oreal Hydra Genius in Normal/Oily

My favorite skincare ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Found naturally in the human body, this acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and is the ultimate “plumper” in skincare. Hyaluronic acid is also the main ingredient in the skin injectable Juvederm. See where I’m going here?  If you want healthy, moisturized and plumped up skin, this product is a good place to start.

L’Oreal Hydra Genius comes in three versions;  Normal/Oily, Normal Dry and Extra Dry. The normals come in a tall bottle and are a lot like a serum. It sinks right into your skin and can be used anytime you need more moisture, even over some makeup. The extra dry product is thicker and comes in a jar.

I use in the am and pm, not too sure if it lasts for 72 hours because I put it on daily anyway!  It doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts. A little goes a long way and it comes in a glass bottle with a dispensing top. It even looks pretty on your bathroom counter! One of the best things about it is the price. It retails (I may get a commission from this link) for $18.99 but you can always find manufacturer and store coupons. This week it is on sale at CVS for $13.99.  Sign up for Worth It Rewards and get 5 points for every dollar spent on L’Oreal products. You can link it to your store loyalty cards or simply upload your receipt. Exchange points for coupons, gift cards and other goodies!

 

Happy Birthday beauty freebies for 2017

 

 

 

 

One of the best benefits of joining those store rewards programs are the freebies! This year Sephora has three to choose from, skincare from Caudalie, blush and lipstick from Tarte or grooming essentials for men from Jack Black. This year I decided to go with Tarte. The blush is a nice pretty pink and the lip gloss is more like a liquid lipstick in a nude shade (and it smells minty). All you have to do to get your free birthday gift is sign up for the Beauty Insider club online or in store. You can get your free gift anytime during your birthday month – no purchase required!

ULTA changes their birthday gift every quarter or so. You can usually find it in the ad book sent out in the mail. Some stores are also giving out a freebie from Benefit (they used to do a free eyebrow wax). Getting your gift is harder. You have to be registered for the rewards program and wait to get an email in the mail that can be redeemed for your gift. Summer 2017’s gift is this cool NYX eyeshadow palette ($18 value ) filled with some great fall colors.

Other beauty rewards programs:

  • CVS Beauty – Separate from your regular CVS card, get $5 when you spend $50 and $3 for your birthday.
  • MAC – Free shipping, discounts and samples. No birthday gift but you’ll  get a free full size product on your anniversary.

 

 

Tips and tricks for applying falsies

Applying false eyelashes can difficult the first time, and the second, third, fourth, you get the picture.  Here is a short guide to help you in your quest for long lashes.

Step 1

KISS Lash Couture Faux Mink Lashes ($5.99/Walmart).

Choose your lashes based on the look you want to achieve. If you want fullness, choose a more natural look. If you want thick mink-like lashes (a la Housewives) choose a couture lash. My favs are the faux mink lashes from KISS. They can be used up to 10 times too!

Step 2

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Measure and trim the lashes. Use tweezers to peel the lashes from the outer corner then place the strip lash along your lash line, making sure to follow the natural curve of your lashes. Trim from the inner corner if you want to keep the ends long, or trim the same amount from each end for a natural look.

Step 3

KISS Lash Couture Strip Lash Adhesive, $5.99 at Walgreens

Apply the glue directly onto strip lash with KISS Lash Couture Strip Lash Adhesive. This is my favorite because you can glide the lash on the glue wand instead of squeezing it awkwardly from a tube.Wait a few seconds until glue is tacky before applying lash.

Step 4

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Apply lashes. With a mirror in front of you, tilt head back, looking down and use tweezers or fingers to apply from the outer corner moving towards the inner corner. Press down as you place the lashes onto your natural lash line. As you get close to the inner corner, it is best to look directly into the mirror. Use the back of the tweezer to easily secure into place.

Tips

  • Don’t wear lashes for the first time for a big event. If you are a bride or in the bridal party and plan to wear lashes, test drive them before the big day.
  • Don’t rip them off! If you have trouble peeling them off, use an oil based makeup remover to help ease them off.

*Images and tutorial courtesy of KISS Products.

Differin Gel- a review

Differin Gel, $15.99

I have adult acne on my chin and have tried many products  to get rid of it. I was at the drugstore and saw Differin Gel 0.1 percent. Formerly a prescription drug called Adapalenethis retinoid is purported to clear acne, prevent  breakouts, whiteheads, blemishes and clogged pores and clear skin tone.

My Experience

I decided to try it out. I found a coupon online and bought the 15g version.  The gel is a milky color and did not cause any discomfort when I put it on. The directions say to apply it once daily, so I put it on every night before bed.  After about a week is when my skin started to peel. I mean really peel, like a bad sunburn when it heals. The area was also red. The peeling went away in about one week. I started skipping a day because my skin was getting red and irritated.

It did help clear the acne and make my pores smaller. About five weeks in, I had more peeling and redness. I also would get these tiny weird dry patches around my lips that were annoying. Around this time I went to my dermatologist and she told me to stop the Differin and come to her for a peel instead. She said it was causing too much redness that could turn into hyper pigmentation.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. I feel like keeping the acne away takes precedence over the hyper pigmentation. I can always cover that with concealer or foundation.

You can find Differin Gel 0.1 percent at drugstores in two sizes, 15g and 35 g. You can also find it at Amazon ( I may get a commission from this link).  See the link in the second paragraph for a $3 off coupon.

Review: Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy Powder

I am always looking for alternatives to my favorite hgh boosting supplement, SeroVital. This powder by Optimum Nutrition is equivalent to half of the effective ingredients the BCAA or Branched Chain Amino Acids. It contains a mix of amino acids and 160 mg of caffeine from natural sources (see below).

You mix it with water and can consume it once daily or prior to workouts. It is formulated to give you more energy, improve focus and help you recover faster from workouts.

I used it for a couple of weeks and I liked the fact that it helped me workout longer without feeling as tired. As for building more muscle, I’m not sure if it made a difference. It can make your heart race a little if you are sensitive to caffeine. I had to STOP using it because something in it messed up my digestive system (I won’t give you the gory details). I was dairy free and I had to go back to eating probiotic yogurt to get back to normal.

So suffice to say, I won’t be consuming this anymore. I wouldn’t discourage others from trying it. It comes in 16 flavors and is priced at about $19 for 30 servings and $35 for a 65 serving container. You can find it online at Amazon (I may get a commission from this link),  Allstar Health and many other health stores.

 

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