Pretty in PRIMER.

 

How do you know if you need primer? Is it a must-do part of the beauty routine or is it just another faux item created by make-up companies to trick you into spending more money? Hmmmm.

After much research, followed by much thought, I’ve come to terms with the fact that…..I probably should be using primer! GAHHHHH! I’ve totally been skipping this step every morning because I’ve never been exactly sure WHAT it is and if it’s a product truly worth buying.

Come to find out, there’s several helpful roles primer can play IF you’re a candidate for adding it to your routine. Not everyone will find it useful or necessary depending on age, skin type, makeup brands, etc. It truly depends on you and the everyday look you’re going for! 

First, let’s consider the purpose of primer. Within the list below, ask yourself if any of the bullet points would pertain to your overall goal in personal skincare and appearance.

PRIMER IS KNOWN TO:

  • help your makeup last longer throughout the day
  • stop your eyeshadow and foundation from creasing
  • soften signs of aging (wrinkles/scars) 
  • even out skin tone (giving an overall clean, air brushed look)
  • prevent foundation and other makeup from soaking into/irritating your skin
  • protect skin from extreme and damaging weather conditions
  • contain SPF to provide protection from the sun

OK! So with that being said:

WHY I SAY YES TO PRIMER? Top three reasons:

  • I want my makeup to last longer! Yes, I have to spend money on purchasing the primer….but applying it before my foundation will actually SAVE money in the long run. Primer prior to foundation will assist in smoothly applying a lesser amount of product. AKA – saving money on foundation in the long run. 
  • To stop my eyeshadow and foundation from creasing. No matter if I’m at work, out on the town, or simply just walking around my apartment; I’m one energized and animated person! All that talking, smiling, eye rolling, and scowling takes a toll on the makeup applied, causing lines to appear. Bleh! Could I pull a Kim Kardashian and stop smiling to ensure I protect all the hard work I did while in the mirror? Probably not, so primer it is!
  • Protect my skin from the sun. You’ll find that a lot of your favorite brands now have primers containing sunscreen. Yay! This means an additional layer of protection for US and a hard loss for those evil UVB rays.  

WHY POSSIBLY SAY NO TO PRIMER:

  • If you don’t wear a full face of makeup. One of the main functions of primer is to bond with foundation and eye shadow, giving it a smooth/air brushed appearance. If you don’t regularly wear heavy makeup, you may not find it necessary to add primer to your routine.
  • If additional product irritates your skin. Although there’s plenty of brands out there to try, breaking out may not be worth the hassle. If you have a routine that works – that’s great! Stick with it.
  • If you’re full of youth and/or not eager to hide fine lines and wrinkles. *rolling my eyes* Good for you…I guess.

See below for our favorite primers!

Dermologica – SkinPerfect Primer SPF30

  • A make-up primer, sunscreen and treatment for skin aging in one.
  • Stimulates collagen production to increase skin firmness.
  • Has a silky feel and provides a smooth surface for a “soft focus” effect.

Too Faced – Hangover Replenishing Primer

  • Hydrating
  • Brightens skin for a healthy look
  • Infused with coconut water

Kat Von D – Lock-It Hydrating Primer

  • Nourishing ingredients: aloe vera, jojoba and shea
  • Free of fragrances and dyes
  • Water-based, fast-absorbing formula
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Crafting Body Scrub

Looks like the cold weather is here to stay! Which means – you will find me inside, keeping warm, and CRAFTING.

I conjured my latest idea for an in-home arts and crafts project after randomly receiving a sample size of “body polish” from a friend. [SIDENOTE:….What the heck is body polish?! How is it any different from body scrub?] Apparently, body polish is used to remove dry skin and dead skin cells whereas, body scrubs are used to cleanse your body.]  Both exfoliate your skin so your skin feels softer and looks fresher.  Well, OK – you learn something new everyday!

Throughout the winter months, year after year I find my skin gets so dry, flakey and alligator-like. Well NOT this year! While researching the difference between scrub and polish, I realized just how easy it is to make your own scrubs at home. Yes – super easy! So, why have I been spending so much money at (one of my all time favorite stores in the whole wide world) LUSH? All products can be found at your local grocery store (or my other favorite store in the whole wide world – TRADER JOE’S)

INGREDIENTS:

SALT.

Coarse sea salt. Sea salt is essentially evaporated seawater that doesn’t contain any additives. It naturally exfoliates by removing the dead skin cells from your body, allowing smoother skin cells to replace. 

NOTE: If you’re like me and have sensitive skin, feel free to substitute your mixture with brown sugar.

OIL.

Specifically, coconut OR almond oil. I prefer coconut as it seems to absorb the quickest. No one likes their hands feeling greasy!  

Essential Oils/Fruit/Spices.

Based on the recipes I’ve found, it seems super popular to use lavender, bergamot, chamomile, and any of the citrus flavors (lemon, grapefruit) for essential oils in mixtures.  

HOW TO:

Instructions (if using essential oils)

  1. 1 cup coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil, 5 to 7 drops of essential oil, and a 10-ounce glass container.
  2. Pour 1 cup of salt into the empty glass container.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of coconut oil over the salt.
  4. Add essential oil. (About 5 to 7 drops)
  5. Stir well.

Here are two household items in particular that I was SHOCKED to see folks using when making their home-made body scrubs: 

  • SLICED TOMATO
  • RIPE BANANA

SEE RECIPES HERE: https://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/8-homemade-salt-and-sugar-body-scrubs.html

What ingredients will you be using this winter? Head to our Facebook page to share! 

ALSO NOTE: The holidays are coming up! Head to Pinterest to see how others have taken their body scrub crafting and turned it into GIFTING. 

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/homemade-body-scrubs/

 

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To Bo or Not to Bo? TOX that is.

That is the question. Well, one of many.

There’s no way around the fact that maintaining a youthful, en vogue look is time consuming and expensive. Hair extensions, gym memberships, monthly facials, bi-weekly visits to the salon for a mani/pedi, cryotherapy, organic foods all add up! Is botox just another expendable expense?

If you look at celebrities before-and-after photos, you’ll start to realize that prior to botox (among countless other adjustments) they weren’t necessarily “unattractive” but clearly didn’t have the funds at the time to reconstruct their assets (or lack thereof). Now, they’re in the lime light and being beautiful/maintaining their look is part of their job…but what excuse do I have? Exactly, what thrill do the average Joe and Josefina get from injecting this “botulinum toxin”?

The most obvious answer is botox is practically the! And anyway, this is Southern California – who doesn’t want to look great?! The procedure itself doesn’t seem so severe if the results truly reverse the creases your forehead makes when you raise your eyebrows….or the upside-down V shape in between your eyebrows when you frown. Didn’t notice you had those? You will now that I’ve mentioned it!

Vanity aside. Did you know there’s also plenty of FDA approved uses for botox? Maybe you suffer from one of these issues and have tried everything under the sun but botox. Could be worth looking into!

FDA APPROVED:

  • Severe underarm sweating (apparently can also treat overly sweaty hands and feet)
  • Chronic migraine
  • Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
  • Overactive bladder
  • Strabismus (where the eyes do not line up in the same direction)
  • Severe neck spasms
  • Frown lines between the brows
  • Smile lines, Crow’s feet, sagging jawlines, jowls, deep neck wrinkles (had to throw these in as a reminder 🙂

NOT FDA APPROVED:

  • Depression
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Severely cold hands
  • Painful sex (for women due to muscle spasms on their pelvic floor)

Source: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/103000s5232lbl.pdf

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