Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve Face & Nails of the Day

Face: Jane Blushing Earth Sheer

Lips: Chapstick

Eyes: old LE About Face pigments + Great Lash mascara

Sally Girl Surfs Up & Art Deco white & silver glitters for the stripes

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Using Sea Salt to fight Acne, my 6 month update.

In July I wrote about how I had started using Sea Salt to fight my daily acne problem, and I just wanted to do an update and share this information with anyone who didn't read it back then.

I've had moderate acne since I was about 10-11 (I'm now almost 21). I've used Pro Active and a lot of drugstore products but nothing reduced my acne more than 20% if I was lucky. In June I read about using sea salt on your skin to fight acne. I didn't really think it would work but since I already had loads of it at home I thought why not try it.

Within a week I could already see that I wasn't getting as many breakouts a day as I usually did. Old breakouts were healing more quickly and my foundation looked better because I was exfoliating my skin every day.

After about 6 weeks 95% of my acne was gone. I wasn't getting more than 1-2 pimples a week and they were usually half gone before I noticed them. After two months I generally only broke out the week before or of my period.

My skin still isn't perfect but it hasn't been this nice since before puberty. I'm not ashamed to go around my house at night after I've washed my makeup off and have my family see my skin. I still wear foundation every day but I don't have to wear as much of it. I get a pimple every once in a while (mostly just when I forget to use the salt) but they don't get as big as they use to and they heal more quickly.

How I use it:

Its so simple, at night in the shower after I've used my regular face wash to remove my make up I put 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in my wet palms. I then gently scrub my face for 10-15 seconds and wash it off. Sometimes I'll do this in the morning too. I'm actually saving money because I don't use face wash in the morning anymore like I use to.

If my skin is acting up I'll put the salt on and leave it for 5 minutes. You can mix it with honey or your face wash and use it as a mask if you want a more intense treatment.

Also I've gotten one of those small travel size spray bottles from Target and mixed a tablespoon of salt with water and I'll spray that on my face at night every so often. This is good if you have body acne and can't reach some areas like your back or shoulders. Sometimes I'll add 1/2 a cup of salt to my bath just because I breakout on my legs.

Generally its better to use Sea Salt rather then refined salt because it has more 'nutrients,' for lack of a better word, but refined salt will work in a pinch. Try it out, its cheap and doesn't take much effort. I hope it works for any of you who have the same problem I did.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Review: Almay Truly Lasting Color Foundation

tlc truly lasting color™ makeup with SPF 15 delivers up to 16 hours of flawless coverage that won't rub off—even in heat and humidity. Plus, it nourishes your skin with antioxidant green tea to protect, vitamin E to help smooth, and lemon extract to brighten...for all day, natural radiance.

Quality: 3 out of 5
Packaging: 4 ouf of 5
Price: $12-$14
Where to buy: any drugstore
Would I Buy Again: No

I was expecting a lot from this foundation because I've heard lots of good things about it, but I was really quite disappointed with it. I've tried it out off and on for a few months and I keep going back to my other foundation.

The thing that bothers me the most about this foundation is the texture. Its very thick, and that makes it hard to blend. I usually have a few spots that don't get very much coverage, and others that have too much (so it looks cakey). For being so thick it has light-medium coverage and you can't layer it for more because it starts looking too noticable.

I like the pump but the plastic cover that goes over it comes off too easily, I wouldn't feel totally secure traveling with it.

It does have decent oil control when I use it with MAC's Prep+Prime SPF 50, but I still have to blot around 3-4 pm. Also it dosn't rub off when I blot so I guess thats a pro.

This did well enough with my acne prone skin, I didn't have any bad reactions to it.

I bought the lightest shade in Ivory, which is a shade darker then Revlon CS's Ivory.

Overall I think its an ok foundation if you don't know any better. I wouldn't recommend it though.