Thursday, December 14, 2017

Meaningful Beauty Review 2017 – An Inside Look

As you know, I love to review face products. Whether it be an anti-aging cream or my favorite make-up, it is my responsibility to my readers to give you the most honest reviews possible. Today, I am going to be talking about Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. If you haven’t seen the TV ads, you must be skipping through commercials, because the marketing company for this product is none other than Guthy-Renker, the same company that markets the Proactive product line. I have no idea what they charge for advertising, but from the looks of things, you would have to be a celebrity (no pun intended) to afford their services. Today’s post is just an introduction to my first impression of Meaningful Beauty. I will need some time to fully review the affects from using the product (if any), however, there is one product that proved a noticeable difference on day one. We’ll get to that in a minute. I always like to show proof of purchase whenever possible, so here is a screenshot of my purchase receipt. Unfortunately, the date is not present, but I ordered the product on March 3, 2017, and received it on March 7, 2017. Today’s date is March 10, 2017. Shipping Cost and Speed of Meaningful Beauty I used the Free Option being advertised on television which gives you the choice of 3 different kits. We ordered one of the 7-piece kits, and it arrived 4 days after purchase. The link is www.meaningfulbeauty.com/free if you are interested in checking it out. The shipping was Free, which is always a plus. I Chose the 7-Piece Youth Enhancing System This kit includes: Creme de Serum Antioxidant Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Skin Softening Cleanser Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment Lifting Eye Cream – Advanced Formula With the purchase of this kit, you are permitted 2 bonus items to make 7 pieces. For my bonus items, I chose: Glowing Serum Skin Softening Brush The packaging was secure, and all items were wrapped in protective plastic. You also receive an instruction book, and a handy card explaining an “order” so-to-speak of how and when to apply the products (Day and Night Routine). My initial review of my first order was great. However, when I logged into my profile on their website, it automatically adds you to a subscription service, which does not bother me at all. What does bother me is the cost of future shipments. I will do some research on this for future purchases if I decide I want to continue using the product, and as always, I will post my findings. I obviously cannot give a full review, as it has only been 4 days, but there was one product that stood to me from the first use. After I used the cleanser on day one, I applied the Glowing Serum before applying my make-up. My normal procedure after cleansing is to apply my favorite foundation primer made by Bare Minerals but I decided …

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Bare Minerals Matte Foundation vs. Original

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation vs. Original

Why I Decided on the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Vs. the Original I have been using Bare Minerals for a short time (approx. 4 months as of the time of this post), and I quickly became an addict of their products. My first foundation purchase was their original foundation formula. It was summer time, I had a nice tan, and the original looked gorgeous on my skin. As we neared winter, my tan was gone, I began noticing that I did not feel that the original foundation looked the same on my skin, as now I am pale, and I have always had combination skin. I decided to give the Bare Minerals matte foundation a try. I was a little worried that it might be too much coverage because of the “matte” description. I could not have been more wrong. If you have never tried their foundations, the first thing to recognize is that they are powder. Bare Minerals does not offer any form of a liquid foundation. The matte foundation gave complete coverage without looking like I have caked up makeup on my face. My skin looks just as gorgeous now as it did in the summer when I was using the original. Who Should Use the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation and Why? I mentioned that I have combination skin, so if are in the same boat, you may want to give the matte a try. When I first looked into it, I learned that their matte foundation is also geared toward women who have oily skin. It absorbs oil keeping your face from having that “shine”. The matte foundation formula is also proven to minimize the look of large pores. I have larger pores on each side of my inner face (near my nose), and this foundation actually minimized them to almost being invisible. The original foundation comes in 19 shades, and the matte comes in 20, so you should have no problem finding the right one for your skin tone. I use medium beige in the summer, but when I ordered the matte, I ordered it in Fairly Medium, and I am so happy that I did. From now on, I will keep both the original foundation in medium beige, and the matte foundation in fairly medium so I can get the same look even when I have no hint of a tan (like right now, come on summer!) If you have normal or dry skin, you should be fine with the original foundation unless you are trying to shoot for more coverage. I should also note the importance of using the right foundation brush. I was reluctant to spend the money on the Bare Minerals finishing brush, but I finally understand why using the right brush is important. I chose the Beautiful Finish Brush, and it really does make all the difference. If you are new to their products, check out our review on the Bare Minerals starter kit here.  We also provide a price comparison …

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How to Use the Bare Minerals Starter Kit

How to Use the Bare Minerals Starter Kit

Applying Bare Minerals Is a Science… Ok, Not Really Chances are, you have the Bare Minerals Starter Kit. If not, read this post to find out where to buy it at the most reasonable price, and what you get in your starter kit. So, assuming you have it, you are probably in the position I was… what the heck do I do with this stuff? Read On for Instructions on How to Use the Bare Minerals Starter Kit I will take you step-by-step in how and when to apply the different products. Recommended to be applied on a clean face. Apply your favorite moisturizer. Allow your moisturizer to dry completely, then apply the Bare Minerals PrimeTime Primer. Let the primer dry completely. I usually dry my hair or get dressed while waiting. Take your favorite application brush, our number #1 pick is the Bare Minerals Beautiful Finish Brush. You can use any brush you have, but ultimately, when you have the extra cash, get this brush. There is something about it that makes your foundation look seamless. Next, apply the warmth all over face color. I also like the bronzer if you are a sun-tanner like I am. It works great, even in the winter. I usually apply my eyeliner, eye shadow if you wear it, brow liner, and mascara last. I know this is about Bare Minerals, but our favorite brow liner is made by IT Cosmetics. Just trust us. Last, take your application brush, and apply the mineral veil powder. I use it on my cheekbones and above my eyebrows. Try to avoid your nose unless you really want it to stand out. Do not apply this powder to your entire face. Keep in mind that where you apply it is what is going to “glow”. I know that I do not want my nose or chin glowing. The choice is yours. Once you have followed the steps above, you will naturally want to apply your Bare Minerals products in the same fashion.    

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Bare Minerals Makeup Kit

My Bare Minerals Starter Kit Review

A Full Review, and a Price Comparison of Bare Minerals Starter Kit on Amazon I just started wearing Bare Minerals in the summer of 2016. It was a product line I had been wanting to try, but I was so attached to the “compact foundation” I had been using for nearly 20 years, that I was comfortable, so I kept putting it off. In my early 20’s, I began using Clinique’s matte powder, and I absolutely loved it. I had a bit of trouble with my skin in my earlier days when I suffered from mild acne breakouts (you can read my review of X-Out vs. Proactive here if you too have a mild acne condition), and this foundation did a wonderful job at smoothing out my skin. No that I am a bit older, I was looking for something that was less obvious that I was wearing makeup, and I wanted my face to look more natural, yet have a slight “glow”. I had seen the commercials time and time again, so while shopping at the mall, I decided to go in to their boutique. I purchased the Bare Minerals starter kit, which at that time included: foundation powder one foundation brush eyeshadow brush Prime Time foundation primer bronzer BareSkin serum concealer lip color mineral veil powder and of course the Bare Minerals makeup bag. Let’s Look at How to Apply The Items In Your Bare Minerals Kit You can also read our post with detailed instructions on how to use your new Bare Minerals kit. How I Use Each Product: The Matte Foundation – Medium Beige Review I applied the matte foundation after applying the primer, but it certainly did not look “flawless”. It was hot, and I was going to my daughter’s soccer game. I looked in the mirror in the car, and it looked like I had liquid foundation on. Needless to say, I was disappointed, but I knew that I had done something wrong. I might add that it was the first time I had used primer under my foundation, so keep reading because this is important. When I got home, I did a little research, and I learned that after you apply your moisturizer, you have to let it dry completely before applying the primer, and then the same thing applies with the primer – let it dry! Only then do you put on the foundation. This foundation will last you approximately 3 months depending on how often you use it. I just replaced mine this week (December 15, 2016). Here is a screenshot of my receipt, just so you know that I really do use Bare Minerals products. The Foundation Brush Review I have to be honest, when the girl (young girl) who was helping me at the Bare Minerals Boutique began talking about all of the different brushes, I thought, now this is crazy. Why can’t you just buy a $10 brush from the drug store? Let me tell you, the foundation …

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Best Deep Conditioners For Bleached Hair

Best Deep Conditioners For Bleached Hair

Let’s face it ladies, beautiful hair is just another of the hundreds of manipulation tactics hidden up our sleeves. It gets tossed, tucked, flipped, or heaven forbid falls over your left eye making the most manly of men sink to his knees. It doesn’t matter if you’re known for your long locks, or a short pixie that would make Pink jealous, gorgeous silky hair is a woman’s greatest tool in her tool shed. But like a man’s favorite hammer, we too abuse our hair. We dry it, brush it, iron it, and to really put the nail in the coffin, we bleach it, taking it from a silky, gorgeous state, to dry and brittle. We have the low down on the best deep conditioners for bleached hair, which include hair masks, to get those locks shiny and silky again. Our Top 5 Deep Conditioners Your last attempt to add even more blonde streaks to your gorgeous mane did not go unnoticed, but unfortunately not in the way you had hoped. For all you ladies with dry, over heated and bleached hair who have maybe gone a few months too long without a trim — allow us to introduce your new hair defense. Damaged, bleached hair, meet deep conditioner. We know the two of you will be a perfect match. You simply use them after regular conditioning once – two times per week. apply product so that it covers your hair entirely put on a shower cap while you’re finishing up your shower (about 10 minutes) allow the deep conditioner to work it’s spell, and once again, beautiful, shiny, healthy, drop him to his knees hair More About the Top 5 Conditioners We Mentioned Above Argan Oil Hair Mask This hair mask is a moroccan oil by Grace & Stella that works to restore your hair to a healthier state. Bring you hair back to life by restoring split ends, adding in some shine, and get back to the time when you loved running your fingers through your hair. It’s ingredients are 100% pure, and include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Chamomile Extract, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Jojoba Oil, Hickory Back Extract, Thorn codium, Amino Acids Protein.   Joico K-PACK Revitaluxe This treatment not only helps to restore your hair, but also works to protect it against future damage. It too holds Jojoba Oil and Aloe Extract, and also has 19 Amino acids to improve luster and elasticity.   Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist It’s not often you see a product make a “top 5” list that is a regular on the grocery store or pharmacy shelf, but Aussie created a winner with this deep conditioner. It is the least expensive from our list, but don’t let that fool you. Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Moist is a consistent winner of  beauty product awards, including the 2011 and 2012 Allure Best of Beauty Award, and 2013 Glamour Glammy Award for “Best Conditioner”.   Alterna the Science of 10 You could …

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X-Out Reviews Vs. Proactiv | Mom and Daughter Tell All

X-Out Reviews Vs. Proactiv | Mom and Daughter Tell All

  Proactiv has been on the market since 1995, and is a world-wide brand marketed to acne sufferers. But what about X-Out? Where does that product fit into the picture? I chose the image on the left because it speaks a thousand words to those who have suffered with acne. UPDATED X OUT REVIEW: CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Read on to find out how we rate Proactiv vs. X-Out. Proactiv Review By Mom I began using Proactiv in my twenties, as I had mild acne, but consistently mild. It seemed that I never had a day where my face was without a few pimples. I used the product faithfully, all 3 steps, every day. At first, I used it once a day until my skin accepted the product, and then began using twice daily. The results were pretty good.  My face felt smoother than it had in years, and as long as I never skipped a day, my mild acne was for the most part, under control. I was a sun worshiper, so if you too love to tan, be careful in the sun when using this product. If you know you are going to be out in the sun, avoid using the product until evening so you do not end up with a badly burned face. As I got into my thirties, I finally felt like a “real” adult, and my face began clearing up on its own, so I stopped using Proactiv. Proactiv Review By Daughter When my daughter reached the age that her face began to break out, I ordered Proactiv for her.  At this young age (she was about 12), getting her to wash her face with a 3-step product twice a day was a little too much to ask of a pre-teen. Without using it faithfully as directed, her acne was not clearing up as I had hoped. I took her to see a dermatologist, and he prescribed a cream for her face, but it was too strong for her young skin, and she had a constant burning sensation, along with a red face, so I had her stop using it. My Daughter’s X Out Review About a year ago, we discovered X-Out. All I can say is, her face has never been so clear. As with any medication or over-the-counter medication, it is important to use as directed, but as long as you do, you will see results. She began using it every other day until we knew that it was not going to cause any redness or burning. Once she was on a daily routine, her skin was almost 100% clear. She is not the sun-goddess that I was, but there are obviously days that she is in the sun, and the same applies as with the Proactiv. Avoid using the face wash before going into the sun for any length of time, and always use some form of sunscreen while in the sun. Our Top Picks Proactiv VS. X-Out If X-Out …

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Exposed Reviews

Exposed Skin Care | Customer Reviews

Exposed Skin Care is an acne treatment that uses specialized scientific actives and other powerful natural extracts to remove acne fast without causing irritation, redness or dryness. The Exposed line promises to clear your skin and reduce any side effects associated with its use. The acne treatment product is developed by experts such as chemists ,cosmetologists, and dermatologists. It is used to return your skin to it’s normal natural and healthy condition. Exposed is one of the best products on the market today to clear acne and blemishes. Its prices and terms are the best compared to other effective acne care products that are on the market today, the other products includes Neutrogena,Oxy and ProActive. It is known to be the best and its success rate is reported to be up to 98 percent. The other reason why exposed is referred as the best is the additional discounts that are offered when you buy them. The discount ranges from 40 percent up to 50 percent and comes with a guarantee of up to one year after purchase. Exposed Skin Care Customer Reviews: – I am 30 years old and I have tried just about everything on the market but Exposed Skin Care is the first product that has worked. My results have been life changing, for the first time I don’t feel like I have to have make-up on to leave the house. Thank you! Maureen – Tulsa, OK – I am just writing to let you know that your product is the only one that has ever worked on my acne. I had more blackheads and whiteheads than pimples and I say had. Even friends are noticing the miraculous changes in my skin. I am so happy and will continue to purchase this product. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pam – Niagara Falls, NY – I am a 37 year old woman who has literally tried everything under the sun for my mild, but persistent acne problem……I mean everything!!! Your products are absolutely wonderful. Jacqueline H. – Bayport, NY Clearing of acne-prone skin involves several treatments such as the use of a good cleanser, a good clearing tonic and other treatment for opening the skin pores. There is no acne cleaning product in the market that is capable of cleaning 100 percent of acne blemishes without adding other treatments. A good cleanser that is not left to dry on the body is very important to someone with acne. This is because acne begins to develop when a person’s skin starts accumulating and clumping on top of oil inside the pores. For gentle loosening of dead skin and the removal of excess oil out of the skin pores, Exposed cleanser uses similar skin ingredients in water along with a small amount of sage extract so as to kill bacteria. The clearing process works by providing green skin extract, thereby reducing the production of oil by sebaceous glands in pores. The tonic contains a small amount of witch hazel extract that is no good for …

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how to repair bleached out hair

Repair Bleach Damaged Hair

Damaged hair is many times caused by too many color treatments, perming, and of course, bleaching of your hair. Exposing your hair to harsh chemicals will eventually lead to damaged hair. Some of the chemicals used on your hair will cause your hair to be frizzy, dry, brittle, and you may experience falling out altogether. Using bleach on your hair may destroy the growth and structure of your hair. It all starts in your roots because the roots now lack nourishment that leads to drying. If you have already bleached your hair may times, the after-math may be clear. Here are some tips for you to repair bleach damaged hair: • It is a priority to wash your hair in order to regain its moisture and nourishment. Try your best not to overly pull your hair when shampooing  because it might lead to breakage. • Use shampoos and conditioners that are made specifically for dry and damaged hair because it includes ingredients that will restore the moisture of your hair. The Best Conditioner for Bleached Hair We have researched the best conditioners for damaged hair, you can read that article here. There are other bleached hair care products on the market as well, so if you decide on what that we did not list, be sure to do your research first. Since alcoholic contents may also dry your hair, avoid products that have this. If hair is too brittle or damaged, use an overnight conditioner for additional moisture,  or a leave-on conditioner for 2 to 3 minutes before your blow dry or style. Try to avoid using a blow dryer, flat irons or curling irons because it will contribute to the dryness. Whenever possible, allow your hair to air dry. • It is also recommended to try and cut or trim the edges of your hair every three weeks or every month to make your hair grow back the natural way.  It is also important to get rid of the split ends that occur when the hair is dry. • There are a lot of remedies to repair bleach damaged hair that can also be found at home. If you want to give extra moisture in your hair, apply mayonnaise to the strands as it contains natural conditioning ingredients. Spread it around your hair and leave it for about 30 minutes or so before washing it with a shampoo. You can also leave it overnight and rinse it in the morning if you want to. Olive oil is also an alternative hair moisturizer which adds natural oil to your hair. All you have to do is massage a half cup of warm olive oil throughout your scalp. Wrap it with a plastic cap and cover it with a towel to keep warm. Leave it for about 30 minutes and wash out with shampoo afterwards. Trying these natural remedies should help improve your hairs natural beauty.

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BareMinerals Beauty Surprise Box

BareMinerals Beauty Surprise Box

This 9 piece Beauty Surprise Box comes with: BareMinerals All Over face Color  ( Secret Radiance ) 2 BareMinerals Eye Color ( Spellbound, Surreal ) 1  BareMinerals Liner Shadow ( Suspense ) 1  BareMinerals Blush ( Intrigue ) 1  BareMinerals Double Ended 100% Natural Lip Gloss ( Angel Food Cake, Brilliance ) 3  Brush ( Liner Diffuser, Tapered Crease Defining, Soft Sweep Cheek ) BareMinerals Beauty Surprise Box is becoming more and more popular with even the younger generation.  Nothing like flawless skin to begin your day. UPDATE: The Bare Minerals Beauty Surprise Box is no longer available. You can read our review on the Bare Minerals Starter Kit if you are interested in that option. You may also want to read our review of Origins Ginzing Eye Cream.   Click Here to Check Out Bare Minerals Surprise Box  

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Lancôme Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl

Lancôme Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl

It is no secret that skin is very sensitive. The skin of a woman is even more sensitive, and Lancome’s Genifique Yeux is prepared to prove it. Skin, for women is the testimony of her outer beauty, to her feminine self, to her youth. The beauty of a woman lies in the beauty of her skin. No wonder why women always want beautiful and healthy skin. But unfortunately, the skin isn’t always young and healthy. It ages, and with that, the skin loses its brightness,  tautness and begins to wrinkle. Dark circles and sagging skin under the eyes, spots and spores are other undesirable effects of skin aging. Wrinkles and dark circles are a natural aspect of aging. They are common to all, men and women. Wrinkles and sagging skin appear when the protein which binds them to the muscles is deteriorated. These proteins, namely collagen and elasticin, are responsible for the supple and taut skin during our young age. As the skin ages, the proteins die and the skin loses its tautness and sags. This is even more prominent under the eyes. As they say, the eyes of a woman speak millions. For you and for millions of women around the world, sagging skin under the eye is one of the most common skin related problem and hundreds of products have hit the market promising younger skin. But, there is always a need for a better one. Lancôme, the international skin care company, with the wishes of millions of women in their mind, has come up with a revolutionary product to help the feminine world to have better and brighter eyes forever. Genifique Eye Light- Pearl from Lancôme is that path breaking serum complex, which is engineered to help you achieve brighter eyes by eliminating dark circles, sagging skin and wrinkles around your eyes within weeks of its usage. The product comes with a complex, so powerful and yet so subtle on the skin that it reduces skin wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes within weeks of application. Thanks to its engineering. The formula: The product is a complex serum containing water, glycerin and other complex protein and vitamin compounds which replenish the skin under your eyes by energizing the inner layers of your skin. The complex mimics the protein collagen and elastin and helps you to get back the skin you had when you were in your teens. Taut, bright and supple! The benefits: The benefits of the product are multifold. With thousands of happy customers around the world expressing their gratitude towards the product, this one is sure to help you with your skin problem. Hundreds of our customers have expressed their love for the product and how it has helped them to achieve radiant and illuminating skin. People who suffer with dark circles, patchy skin under the eyes and those with wrinkles, regardless of white or black skin, have also been very satisfied with the results after using the product for 4 weeks. This product …

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