Lip & Cheek Color of Your Choice

One of my readers will have the opportunity to win a lip & cheek colorstick of their choice from Erzulie Cosmetics

Awhile ago I wrote a post about the lip & cheek colorsticks from Erzulie Cosmetics. You can read about them HERE.

All products from Erzulie Cosmetics are natural and organic. In 2014, I am going to make a commitment to myself to switch over to using all natural and organic products. I would like to invite you to join me!  To start your journey I have teamed up with Erzulie to give one of their lip & cheek colorsticks to one of my readers. I absolutely love their colorsticks because they are moisturizing, highly pigmented, and the color lasts!!

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How to Enter:

 This giveaway is International.

 Please understand that all entries will be verified for authenticity.

 If you are a blogger please do not enter to win this product for review. I would really like one of my readers to have this.

 o   Please leave a comment on this blog post stating which lip & cheek colorstick you would like to try.

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 A winner will be chosen at random on January 8, 2013. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to e-mail to claim prize.

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From Shea Moisture: Black Soap & Skin Healing Elixir

Do you shave?

I don’t have a lot of body hair but I do shave my legs, armpits, and bikini area regularly. Every once in awhile I will get an ingrown hair or razor bump which are not comfortable and they really aren’t fun to look at. I am more prone to razor bumps and ingrown hairs when it comes to my bikini area and that is the worst possible place to have them. I have tried a few products that say they will eliminate “Ingrown hairs” or “Unsightly razor bumps” and none of those products actually did what they said.  I wanted something that would help my skin heal.

When you shave (or wax or thread or whatever) any area of your body, you are opening up the pores. When you have open pores you are more prone to bacteria which can cause infections.

So how do I handle shaving? (I make it sound so ritualistic)

1) Never, ever, ever do I shave my skin while it is dry. That is just asking for razor burn, razor bumps, ingrown hairs and everything else unsightly and painful.

2) Prior to shaving I exfoliate my skin with black soap and a sea foam sponge.

african black soap

I recommend this soap to anyone and everyone. Why? 1) I absolutely love Shea Moisture products!! If you haven’t tried any of their products, try some because they are amazing!! 2) Because it is not harsh on your skin and if you do have problematic skin or acne prone skin it can help clear it up and prevent it from happening. I purchased this at Wal-Mart for $4.78 and the size of this bar of soap will last you quite some time.

3) I don’t have a special razor but I am very picky about my shaving cream. I use EOS shave cream. I like EOS shave cream because it is an actual cream and it is moisturizing and reduces the chance of me cutting myself while shaving.

4) After I am done shaving, I exfoliate again using the black soap and sea foam sponge. Then I spray some of Shea Moisture’s skin healing elixir on.

honey and black seed

Now let me tell you, this stuff is amazing. It truly does heal and protect. I must warn you though, it does burn but that is okay because that is what it is supposed to do. On the back of the bottle it says “Don’t be afraid of the tingle, it’s for your own good!” and it really is for your own good. Since using this I have not experienced an ingrown hair or razor bump. Not only does it take care of razor bumps and ingrown hairs it also helps with skin discoloration. I got this at Target for $7.99 and it is worth every single penny.  Oh, and it smells amazing!!

Just so you know, Shea Moisture products are made out of organic ingredients, cruelty free, and worth every single penny!

The process doesn’t take long and it is worth it when it comes to the health of my skin.

What items do you use for shaving?

Foods for Healthy Skin (Guest Post by Tracy of Healthline)

Foods for Healthy Skin

Genetics play a vital role in the health of your skin but is also important that the correct foods be eaten. The appearance of wrinkles and acne are reduced and younger looking skin achieved by eating properly. There are a number of products that can be obtained either over the counter or with a prescription to aid in problems with the skin but a glowing healthy complexion and slowing of the effects of aging can be achieved by making a few dietary changes.

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Eat Fruits to Get Beneficial Vitamins and Antioxidants

Antioxidants and vitamin C can be found in tropical fruits such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, guava and papaya. The production of collagen is stimulated and the body is aided in the fight against damage from free radicals with the nutrients found in these foods. Additional benefits of eating tropical fruit include boosting the immune system to help prevent diseases because of the high vitamin and mineral content.

Essential Fatty Acids

One of the best sources of the essential fatty acids the body needs is olive oil. The skin will look nourished and radiant by strengthening cell membranes and increasing elasticity with good fats. There are both anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants found in olive oil and it can be applied to skin directly as a facemask to moisturize. A combination of sea salt and olive oil can be used to exfoliate the skin. The appearance of the skin will improve by eating olive oil in daily meals.

Yogurt

Vitamin A is beneficial to the skin and found in large amounts in yogurt. Protein and vitamins in the diet are increased when yogurt is included as a regular part of your diet. This provides you with several benefits:

•        Premature aging is prevented

•        Skin discoloration reduced

•        Aids in the treatment of acne

•        Excess sebum is removed and the skin glows

        Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin

•        Sugar

•        Salt

•        High glycemic foods

While salt can be used to help exfoliate the skin, eating it can result in the swelling of the tissues and leave you looking puffy. The fibers that keep the skin firm are elastin and collagen, eating sugar damages them resulting in dull skin and wrinkles.

Acne has been linked to eating foods such as cakes, white bread and pasta that are known as high glycemic foods. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are found in oats and whole wheat so replacing the high glycemic foods with them can be beneficial to the health of your skin.

Supplying the body with the proper nutrients will help to keep the skin healthier and smoother no matter what type of skin you have.

Healthy skin begins with the foods that you eat, although simple things like protecting yourself from the sun will go a long way in keeping your skin beautiful and healthy. Including plenty of fruits and vegetables in the diet to ensure that you have the proper vitamins, minerals and proteins will help to fight aging and retain the elasticity of the skin ensuring that you have healthy skin.

Tammy Mahan is a medical/health freelance writer with 20 years of nursing experience. In her free time, she contributes articles to Healthline.com .

Yes, your makeup will expire!

Expired makeup can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Why would you apply bacteria to your beautiful skin?

I was at Walgreen’s today and I was speaking with the lady that works in the beauty section. I was telling her that I have more makeup than I can use (which is a sad truth). She told me “Oh, make sure you are checking the expiration dates on your makeup!!” I was thinking in my head “What the f**** do you mean check the expiration dates?!” .

Yes, I knew that makeup expired, but to be honest, I never cared to take notice. I asked her to show me how to check the expiration dates. She showed me the open makeup pot on the outside of the packaging like this…

makeup expiration

(M)=Months (Y)=Years, each of these products will expire after 12 months

Once you open a product, the expiration clock starts ticking. Now, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not require makeup distributors to put expiration dates on their products!!

When I started going through my makeup once I got home, I realized only a few of the makeup brands I use have an expiration date on the outside of the container.

I did a little bit of research to help me, and you, know when makeup should be disposed of.

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Just to remind all of you, these are what experts tell us beauty gurus. If it is open, it means it can expire.

Some quick tips to help you decide if a makeup product needs to be disposed of:

  • If a product is getting clumpy or smells weird, PLEASE THROW IT OUT
  • If there happens to be a change in color, PLEASE THROW IT OUT (unless it specifies that something such as that can occur)
  • If it has separated into layers, PLEASE THROW IT OUT
  • If your lip gloss or lipstick isn’t the same texture it was when you bought it, say it with me now, PLEASE THROW IT OUT

To prolong the life of your makeup:

  • Do not share your makeup with other people, that is the easiest way to spread bacteria and germs. If you do share makeup use disposable wands and invest in a brush sanitizer.
  • Please note, if you are trying on makeup at a store, such as Sephora, ask them to sanitize it for you and even than use a disposable applicator brush (they should have them)
  • Keep your makeup and other beauty products out of the sun. UV rays and extreme heat can damage and ruin a product.
  • Cleaning your makeup brushes can also prevent bacteria growth. Need help with that? Check out my makeup brush care pictorial!
  • Keep lids and caps on tight!
  • If you can’t keep track of how long you have had a product, take a little piece of tape and put it on the outside of the container that displays when you opened it.

I know that some of you by now are probably rolling your eyes, STOP IT!! Think about it, do you really want bacteria near your eyes or mouth?! Do you really want to apply makeup that has bacteria on it?! Would you drink rancid milk from your fridge or eat a piece of molding food?! Okay, do you get the picture? These are products that are meant to beautify, not destroy your beauty!!

We invest so much into our beauty and health, why not take simple steps to help sustain it?!

Just out of curiosity…

Have any of you had a bad reaction to a makeup or beauty product you have tried? Please share if you don’t mind.

I will go first. I purchased a face product that I thought was the answer to all my skin care prayers. After a few days, I started breaking out terribly bad. At first, I thought it was my clarisonic’s brush head. I changed that first because I thought to myself “There is no way it can be this holy grail product”. I went into Sephora again, because I wasn’t seeing any results from changing the brush. I told the beauty consultant my story and she instantly knew it was the face wash. After I stopped using it, my skin cleared up and I happily went back to my old regimen.