Archive | September 2013

FREE Clarisonic Travel Bag!

Beauty Store Depot has several free gifts with purchase (GWP) available right now.  Clarisonic’s free travel bag in vintage blue caught my eye:

Clarisonic sonic skin cleansing system gift with purchase

  • FREE with Clarisonic purchases over $150
  • $20 Value
  • Use Code:  CLARIBAG

To learn more about Clarisonic’s Sonic Skin Cleansing System, see my previous posts:

MAC Giveaway Haul!

I recently won DebE’s 100 Followers Thank You MAC giveaway!  DebE promptly ordered for me one MAC eye shadow + one MAC lipstick of my choice.  When I got back from vacation, these wonderful goodies were waiting for me.  What a nice treat to come home to!

MAC Grain satin eye shadow (golden beige with  icy shimmer) & Jubilee lustre lipstick (naked beigey-pink)

MAC Grain satin eye shadow (golden beige with  icy shimmer) & Jubilee lustre lipstick (naked beigey-pink)

For the picture below, I followed Heidi’s MAC Lipstick Secret explained in my previous post.

MAC Jubilee lustre lipstick (naked beigey-pink) swatch

I am very pleased with my MAC colour selections:

  • Eye Shadow:   Grain (Satin) (Colour: Golden beige with icy shimmer) $18
  • Lipstick:           Jubilee (Lustre) (Colour: Naked beigey-pink) $18

Thanks so much DebE for your kind generosity!  Much appreciated!   🙂

MAC Lipstick Secret!

Yesterday started and ended with awesome MAC experiences!  When I woke up, I discovered I won DebE’s 100 Followers Thank You MAC giveaway!  (I will do a post about that when my goodies arrive.)  I had been wanting to go to the MAC store for about 3 weeks since I learned Sicilianna Beauty’s tip about adding a layer of MAC translucent powder between coats of lipstick.  Winning DebE’s giveaway spurred me on to finally get to the mall last night despite an awful thunder storm and fatigue from a long day at work.

MAC Spice It Up lustre lipstick (mulled brown berry) & Burgundy lip pencil (brownish-burgundy) & NC5 Select Sheer loose translucent powder

I felt like a kid in a candy store surrounded by all those yummy-smelling MAC lipsticks!  But what made my experience was the cheerful and knowledgeable makeup consultant Heidi.  When I asked about translucent powder to make lipstick last longer, she demoed an awesome tip she learned from one of the head guys at MAC.

MAC lipstick steps:

  1. Line lips with lip pencil.
  2. Apply lipstick.
  3. Separate a two-ply facial tissue into two pieces.
  4. Dip powder brush into sheer loose powder.  Lightly tap brush against side of powder container in order to remove excess powder from brush.
  5. Gently press one piece of tissue against your lips, then gently press powder brush against tissue.
  6. Apply another layer of lipstick.

Heidi noted that lipstick is buildable with this technique.  Steps 5 and 6 can be repeated if you like.  She said that starting with lip primer would be even better in terms of making lipstick last longer.

Heidi patiently helped me with different lustre-finish lipsticks I wanted to try on.  To my surprise, she then suggested I try on a reddish-brown lipstick.  Red?!  I’ve been wearing more subdued lipsticks for the past few years, so I didn’t really expect to like it, but I gave it a try because she said red is the hot colour for this fall, particularly blue reds and Bordeaux.  I was surprised to discover that I liked it!  Please excuse the practically bare face and crazy hair in this pic.  Note to self: Don’t go shopping for beauty products when you look haggard because your outing may end up on your blog!

MAC Spice It Up lustre lipstick (mulled brown berry) & Burgundy lip pencil (brownish-burgundy) swatch

I ended up buying three products demoed on me (see pics above):

  • Lipstick:      Spice It Up! (Lustre) (Colour: Mulled brown berry) $18
  • Lip pencil:  Burgundy (Colour:  Brownish-burgundy) $18
  • Powder:      NC5 (Select Sheer/Loose) $30

Thanks DebE and Heidi for a great MAC day yesterday!   🙂

Eye Cream – Fact or Gimmick?

Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?

In my previous post Healthy Skin Needs Daily Maintenance, I left you with a gut-wrenching skincare cliff-hanger:  Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?  In today’s post, I will finally reveal the answer.  Whew!  Drumroll please…..

Yes, we do need a different moisturizer around our eyes, which is the first area on the face to show signs of aging (lines and wrinkles).

Skin around the eyes differs from other facial skin in several ways:

  1. It is thinner, which makes it more delicate and vulnerable.  As we age, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more transparent, resulting in more visible dark circles.
  2. It is more prone to dryness.  It does not contain oil glands that secrete sebum, the skin’s natural moisture barrier.  Dry skin is more prone to wrinkle development and makes fine lines appear more prominently.  Eye creams contain more emollients (moisturizers), which fill the spaces between skin cells, causing skin to swell enough to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  3. It gets a much greater workout.  Because our eyes are so expressive, the skin around them is constantly subjected to creasing when we laugh, smile, and squint, in addition to stretching due to puffiness.  When the skin around the eyes is void of hydration, the constant creasing of the skin will result in fine lines that can later develop into deeper wrinkles if left untreated.  Eye creams are thicker than facial moisturizers, so they will remain on thin, mobile skin better.  As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which is a protein that keeps skin strong and helps smooth out wrinkles.  Eye creams contain collagen-boosting ingredients (eg: retinol, antioxidants such as Vitamin C, and peptides).
  4. It is more prone to allergic reactions.  Facial moisturizers may contain ingredients (eg: sunscreens) that are too strong for the delicate skin around the eyes and cause stinging and burning.  Eye creams tend to be gentler than facial moisturizers.
  5. It is more prone to environmental damage.  Smoking as well as exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun can encourage the formation of wrinkles.

An effective eye cream should have the following properties:

  • An effective moisture barrier to prevent loss of hydration
  • A moisturizing complex to maintain the skin’s optimal moisture reserves
  • Ingredients to boost the production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s natural building blocks
  • High concentrations of multiple antioxidants to fight environmental aggressors and oxidation

BeautiControl’s BC Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme (16236) contains all of these components, along with an exclusive delivery system that allows each of the ingredients to penetrate into the layers of the skin where they will be most effective.  It helps maintain the skin’s hydration, prevent future damage, and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.  This cream is paraben-free and contains Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, which are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally present in our skin and joints.  Hyaluronic acid has been shown to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles by plumping skin and adding extra moisture.

Beauti Pick of the Month:

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References:

Jaracz, Jill. “Do You Really Need a Different Moisturizer For Your Eyes?”, health.discovery.com, accessed September 2, 2013.

Beauty Store Depot Labor Day Sale!

Save 20% at Beauty Store Depot Labor Day Sale

  • Save 20% on all orders.  Use Code:  2SAVEBIG
  • FREE domestic shipping on all orders (no minimum)
  • Sale includes NuFACE items and the NuFACE Trinity device, which is normally not discounted.  NuFACE uses microcurrent technology to trigger the body’s natural skin enhancement chemicals at a cellular level, accelerating cell repair and promoting healthier cell production.

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