PREPARE FOR COOLER WEATHER WITH DIY REMEDIES FOR FINE LINES AND CHAPPED LIPS

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Crow’s feet and fine lines become more noticeable as the weather becomes cooler.  Eye creams and serums are the answer, but the money you spend on the products adds up.  So why not make your own eye cream and save some of that hard earned cash.  Here is a simple and effective eye cream that you make right at home.

DIY EYE CREAM

DIY Eye Cream with Coconut Oil Rose Oil1/2 cup coconut oil

5 or 6 vitamin E capsules

1 teaspoon of rose oil

Heat the coconut oil until it has melted.  Then poke holes in the vitamin E capsules and squeeze into the melted coconut oil.  Next, blend the rose oil into the mixture and stir.  Once the mixture has been stirred, pour it into a glass container and place it in the refrigerator until it hardens.  After the mixture has become solid, you cam leave it out without worry of it going bad.  Use the eye cream everynight before going to bed.

We not only experience dry skin, we also experience chapped lips.  Everyone know there are plenty of lip scrubs on the market.  The most popular being a brown sugar lip scrub.  But again, why pay $8.00 or more when you has the ingredients at home to make it yourself and save that money for another day.

DIY BROWN SUGAR LIP SCRUB

DIY Lip Scrub with Brown Sugar Honey Vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon honey

Mix all four ingredients in a bowl, then place the mixture into a small container.  Rub the brown sugar mixture on your lips with your finger and wipe off excess with a wet towel or face cloth. You can follow up this ritual with your favorite lip balm.

Don’t let the media fool you.  Expensive does not equal quality.  And if you are like me and watch your money, every penny saved counts.  I hope you find these DIY projects helpful and fun!

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GO PRO WITH BAREMINERALS BAREPRO PERFORMANCE WEAR POWDER FOUNDATION

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It’s the latest in the BareMinerals line of foundation that has buildable, breathable, long-wearing coverage.  It is vitamin and mineral-infused with super smooth texture. The BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation has high-impact, skin-matching pigments for stay true color.  And talk about glam coverage. You will get at least 12 hours worth of wear with its photo ready matte finish.  The texture is very silky and glides on without effort for customizable coverage.

BAREMINERALS BAREPRO PERFORMANCE WEAR POWDER FOUNDATION

As I said before, you will get breathable coverage. What does that mean?  It means with the BarePro foundation will let your complexion breathe with its weightless, micro-mesh formula does not clog pores or cause breakouts.  It is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.  While doing my research of the product, I read that people with oily complexions really like the BarePro.  The foundation stayed on, did not cause breakouts and made their face healthy and natural.

Personally, my skin is dry.  If I am not careful with powder foundation, the foundation looks very cakey. But when I tried on the BareMinerals BarePro foundation, I found that it did not settle into any fine lines and it did not appear cakey.  Also, I was impressed with the texture of the product.  It was is very soft and silky.  The foundation lasted for about 10 hours on my face; two hours short of what it is proposed to be.  But for me personally, 10 hours is plenty of time.

BAREMINERALS BAREPRO PERFORMANCE WEAR POWDER FOUNDATION SWATCH

In the end, I would recommend this product.  I like the fact it won’t clog your skin, settle into fine lines or make you break out and will last you throughout the day.

BareMineral BarePro retails for $30.00.  It may be purchased at BareMinerals, ULTA and www.bareescentuals.com.

LOCK YOUR CONCEALER FOR 24 HOURS WITH KAT VON D LOCK-IT CONCEALER

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This concealer offers a HUGE array of shades to fit nearly any skin tone. The concealer does have a matter finish.  It is not as hydrating as some other concealers.  However, The shade range even includes a pure white, White Out, for dramatic highlighting and mixing into other shades to create custom tones.

My color was M19 Cool.  It was a perfect fit.  It felt thick at first, but once you blend it in you will see the difference.  Personally, I love complere coverage without creasing.  But with the Kat Von D Lock It concealer, I would not recommend this concealer for anyone with fine lines as the concealer may make the lines appear more prominent.

KAT VON D LOCK IT CONCEALER

KAT VON D LOCK IT CONCEALER Swatch

To go with the concealer, I purchased the Kat Von D Edge Concealer brush.  I really like the thickness of the brush.  It is very sturdy and blends the concealer perfectly. I am glad that I purchased the brush as it seems that once you put on the concealer, the brush smooths everything out giving it a airbrush look. The custom brush design features a sculpted shape that conforms to the unique curves of your face and eye area.

Kat Von D Edge Concealer Brush

I have been ga-ga ever since trying the Kat Von DLock-It concealer cream.  It’s full coverage, creamy, lightweight, and doesn’t cause my skin to dry. I use my brush to blend out, and then a few taps with a beauty blender. It stays put all day and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. I am so impressed with this concealer.

The Kat Von DLock-It Concealer creme retails for $26.00.  The Lock It Edge Concealer brush retails for $24.00.  Both may be purchased at Sephora.

L’OREAL ROBUST PRIMER MEETS L’OREAL MIGHTY MASCARA

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L’Oreal has done it again.  It has come out with their Voluminous Mascara Primer and Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara in blackest black.  The Voluminous Mascara Primer claims to be the ideal pair with your favorite mascara and to boost your lash look.  The L’Oreal primer is lightweight and automatically builds volume and length on your lashes.  The lash primer conditions over time for nurtured lashes.

TIP:  Put primer on then mascara one eye at a time before the primer has time to dry.  If you want, add two coats of primer for a blast of impact.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer

L’Oreal has also come out with its Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt.  The miraculous mascara claims to give a tightline effect at the lash roots, and have a sculpting wing tip to help create fanned out volume at lash tips.  What is tightlining? It’s lining the upper lash line to create the illusion of fuller lashes and more defined eyes. The smaller and tighter bristles come as close as possible to the lash line filling in between the roots to deposit maximum volume for a no-gap tight-liner effect.  This mascara darkens and lengthens my lashes more than before. I have only had the mascara for a week and a half, and I have found that the Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt went on smoothly.  But there were a few times when the mascara went on messy, but it could have been me.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara

When I used the primer and mascara together, it made a great combo.  The mascara went on smoothly over the primer and my lashes. I felt that my lashes appeared thicker and longer.  I have been using L’Oreal mascara for many years, and I have always tried their new products.  The L’Oreal Voluminous Primer and Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt are worth a try.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer 'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara Swatch

L’Oreal Voluminous Primer retails for $5.99.  You may purchase it at your local drugstores, WalMart, Target and ULTA.  L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt retails for $6.96.  You may purchase it at your local drugstores, Wal-Mart, Target and ULTA.

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DRUGSTORE DRY SHAMPOOS – WHO’S THE BEST?

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Dry shampoos are nothing short of a miracle.  These little gems refresh your hair in between shampoos without using water.  Dry shampoos absorb oil and fluff fine, limp hair. Like you never missed a shampoo.  But with so many dry shampoos out there, it is hard to determine which is the best.  I went to my local Walgreens and did a little shopping for dry shampoos.  I discovered three which I thought would give you the best bang for your buck.  So in no particular order….

DRUGSTORE DRY SHAMPOOS THE BEST

1)  DOVE HAIR THERAPY – Dove dry shampoo it supposed to refresh and revive hair without water while instantly absorbing oil.  When I used the Dove dry shampoo it smelled fresh and light.  It has a weightless formula and changes your hair from limp and oily to full of bounce and life.  Dove Hair Therapy retails for $5.29.

2)  NEXXUS DRY SHAMPOO REFRESHING MIST – I fell in love with the smell of this dry shampoo.  It smelled as if I spent a day on the beach.  This dry shampoo will refresh your hair between shampoos and extend the life of colored hair.  If you have colored hair, the last thing you want to do is to wash your hair everyday.  If you use Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist, you can skip a shampoo and have your hair still look refreshed.  Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Misting retails for $11.99.

3)  TRESEMME FRESH START DRY SHAMPOO – I have used this product before and got good results.  The dry shampoo contains B12 and Keratin. Tresemme is fantastic for dull hair in that it removes excess oil and impurities, and by helping eliminate any type of odor.  The dry shampoo has a light, somewhat powdery smell,  but nothing overpowering.  Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo retails for $5,99.

So which dry shampoo would I choose?  I would vote for the NEXXUS.  While all dry shampoos help those with colored hair, I really liked the smell of the NEXXUS. I also liked the way it made my hair appear washed when it really was not.  It costs more than the other dry shampoos, but I think it is worth the cost.