Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dermalogica PreCleanse

I have always believed in pretreating the skin before cleansing. I use to be scared of putting oil on my skin but have come to learn that the right oils can have wonderful benefits for the skin. First, I would like to say I in no way am endorsing this particular product and not have been compensated for showing this video or writing about this product. This is my own opinion. Now to the good part.  I have tried many oil cleansing methods but this product by far exceeds my expectations. It really does what the video shows. It gets rid of oils, makeup and dirt effortlessly. It makes your cleansers job much easier and allows it to penetrate your skin better. Especially cleansers with BHA or Glycolic Acid. The oils in this cleanser are non-pore clogging and benefit your skin. It will not cause breakouts and hydrates your skin. A lightweight Olive and Apricot Kernel-based cleansing oil, fortified with Kukui Nut, Borage Seed and Rice Bran oils, that gently liquefies sebum and oil-based debris from the skin’s surface. The hydrophilic (water-loving) formula enables PreCleanse and oil-based debris to be readily rinsed away without leaving behind any greasy residue.

How to use: Dispense into dry hands. Massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion or stubborn debris. Wet hands and continue massaging to create a light, milky emulsion. Rinse with lukewarm water

It reduces microcomedones and congestion which causes breakouts. Pore size is reduced and skin takes on a healthy glow.

I am one of the biggest critics when it comes to skin care products. I have tried hundreds of products and loved some but have been disappointed most of the time. This is truly a great product and should be a staple in every ones skin care regime. I am not saying that you have to use this particular product, there are other oil cleansing precleansing products out there. Find the one you like and incorporate it in your daily regime. This just happens to be my favorite oil cleansing precleansing product.

If you have any questions feel free to ask. Chau for now.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My new favorite Vitamin C Serum

I already did a post on my love for Avalon Organics Vitamin C Toner, but now I have a new lover. His name is Avalon Organics Vitality Facial Serum with Vitamin C. First I would like to say how much I adore this line of skin care. It's safe, effective, Pro-Organic skincare without artificial colors, synthetic fragrances or parabens. It contains 100% vegetarian ingredients and does no animal testing. I try to keep my skin care as natural as possible. Not to say I don't use some products that contain a fragrance or a paraben here or there, I mean come on we can't be perfect girls. For example, I love Olay products, but my god they have to get up to date and limit the amount of fragrance and parabens they have in there lines. That's a whole other post I won't get into right now. This serum is light as air and makes my skin glow. It brightens my complexion as soon as I apply it. It also works wonders on dark spots and protects your skin from free radicals.

What it claims to do:

Our Vitality Facial Serum with concentrated delivery of Vitamin C for premium sun-aging protection plus the antioxidant action of Lemon Bioflavonoids, Melatonin and organic Green Tea and White Teas. Organic Borage and Flax oils, with omega fatty acids, nourish and repair delicate skin for a renewed, luminous complexion. Features and benefits: Targeted cellular repair and renewal plus concentrated antioxidant protection. This concentrated antioxidant facial serum with Vitamin C will energize your complexion with improved circulation, clarity, tone and texture. Scented with the refreshing aroma of organic Sweet Orange essential oil.

What it really does:

 It brightens, moisturizes, lightens dark spots and plumps up the skin. It's nice under an SPF for extra protection.

What it contains:

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) (1, Organic Lavender), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) (1, Chamomile), Camellia Sinenis (Green Tea) (2, White Tea), Arnica Montana (Montana Flower) Extract (3, Organic), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (2, Aloe Barbadensis, Organic), Emulsifying Wax, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C), Vegetable Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Olive Squalane, Helianthus Annuus Oil (2, Organic Sunflower), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) (Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) (Vitamin E), Glyceryl Laurate, Lemon Bioflavonoid, Melatonin, Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage, flax seed oils [2]), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil (Rose Hip), Soy Lecithin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter (Cocoa), Laminaria Digitata (Kelp) Extract, Allantoin (Comfrey Root) (Comfrey Root), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract (2, Organic), Cetearyl Alcohol, Steareth 20, Glyceryl Stearate, Amodimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol

 Another plus is it's price, you can get this little baby at Walmart for 18.99. I did my homework and I believe that Walmart is the cheapest place to buy it. You can use it in conjunction with the toner which I adore for an added bonus of Vitamin C. The Toner contains some of the same ingredients as the serum.

Here are the ingredients for the Avalon Vitamin C Toner:

Active Ingredients: Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) (stabilized vitamin C) Inactive Ingredients: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Floral Water (lavandula officinalis), Chamomilla (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract (Certified Organic) (chamomilla recutita), Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) (echinacea purpurea), Ginkgo Biloba, Green Tea, Lavender (camellia sinensis, lavandula officinalis), Papaya, Cucumber Extracts (carica papaya, cucumis sativus), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Na PCA, Vegetable Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil (ricinus communis), Methyl, Propylparaben, Pure Essential Oils

With any Vitamin C product I suggest you place it in a cool dark place to protect it from oxidizing. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Chau for now.

Please watch this video on the story of toxins in our cosmetics!

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I love my city
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One of my favorite You Tube Gurus

I finally found the perfect shade of Auburn

I finally found the perfect shade of Auburn
Loving my new haircolor, its Loreal Lightest Auburn and as they say in those Loreal commercials "Im In love".

My new hat

My new hat
Reminds me of the south!

My baby boy

My baby boy
Hes my joy!

My daughter

My daughter
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A much needed date night with the hubby

A much needed date night with the hubby