Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Restoring Sun damaged Hair!!!

My Favorite product from Birchbox:

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Conditioner
This product works wonders with dry hair. Especially when you're out spending hours at the beach or in the sun in general, hair tends to deal with the worst end of it. Hair becomes dry and fraily. This product is the perfect solution for dry dull hair! Here's why:

Why I love it so much? I've been using it for the past few days and it has made my hair amazing!!! Since I only had a sample --and my hair isn't very dry, its more normal if anything.. I mixed it with my regular conditioner and recently, Ive applied it just to my ends (since they end up drying out the most). Its made my hair feel stronger, smoother, extra shiny and it still has body. 

Product Detail: This lush, concentrated daily conditioning balm doesn t just sit on the surface. It actually surrounds dry, brittle hair with nourishing lipids including pure Ojon oil, nature s golden elixir, Brazilian Buriti Oil and Murumuru Butter. Helps seal in vital moisture and create the perfect buffer against daily damage. Instantly detangles. Hair looks healthier, silkier, smoother and shinier. 

Retail Value: 25.00 USD

Can be purchased at and other Beauty online retailers 

**Like many of you, I did sign up for Birchbox, My Glam and GlossyBox. I've cancelled my subscription to 2 of them and awaiting on Glossybox. But I won't get into why I did for this blog entry.


Monday, June 25, 2012


So I, like many people, suffer from Acne- and unfortunately this method, hasn't worked for me but (as I have mentioned previously-those products do solve a lot of problems that come with Acne, i.e. discoloration, scarring, marks, whiteheads, blackheads, flaky skin etc.
I have come across many sources including GOSSMAKEUPARTIST-on as well as ACNE.ORG that would back this up.

First use a:- Mild cleanser, the less chemicals the better. Many people have recommended Cetaphil. I have both the regular one and the sensitive one- One is foamier, while the other one is lotionish- or a milk cleanser- or a soap bar (glycerine based preferred or Olay/Dove) usually work really great.

Use a Benzoyl Peroxide Topical ( this does not work for me because I'm fairly positive I do have an allergic reaction towards BP. I usually get super blotchy and a bit swollen in the face with a small application, therefore I can not use it. Apply all over area instead of just on spots.. generously. This comes in 10% or 25%. I recently found out Walmart carried it in the generic brand and it is not costly AT ALL. (Benzoyl Peroxide kills bacteria that lies deep inside the epidermis that cleansers may not get to, although you will experience dryness, using an emollient moisturizer + sunscreen will help minimize excessive dryness. 

Third- Use Moisturizer as well over sunscreen.

This should bring your acne down DRAMATICALLY.

I told my sister about this a few weeks ago. She had whiteheads/papules all over her face especially from cheek to jaw line. Shes a bit lazier but has done this all week with a few natural masks, in the past 2-3 days and it has gone dramaically! Mind you, this is someone crazy who just went to the Derm, and was recommended ACCUTANE! for the 2nd time. :S

She was gonna start on an Accutane regimen, with antibiotics (oral) and  Retin-A topical= HOTMESS for 2-4 months before even her skin gets to a decent place.

 If you have specific questions for this regimen, or acne products please leave them below!!

** This regimen is super affordable and can make a huge difference on your skin and in your life! 


Friday, June 22, 2012

More Fav Products!

So, I've put this off for a while- and since Ive been excessively buying products, I thought I'd more to my list. I was thinking monthly but my schedule's kinda off now so I'll just add as I go.
So, today someone told me my skin looked "great", and it was kinda in the dark but regardless of the fact that I did wear makeup today, I generally NEVER do. Just b/c I'm always afraid of breaking out bc it happens randomly... as well as I just don't need to wear it.
I prefer just working on my skin and getting it to a place wear makeup is not really needed- like in my early 20s (sad).
Anyway- So here are some things I've been using!

Elizabeth Arden Peel & Reveal Revitalizing Treatment, 1.7 fl. oz.

What it Claims: This intensive retexurizing treatment brings skin the natural protective powers of cabernet grapeseed extract and the exfoliating capabilities of alpha and beta hydroxies - in one simple brushstroke. Lift away dullness, dry flakes and surface signs of stress. Discover new texture and tone as pores look diminished and fine lines seem to fade away. Reveal skin that is visibly firmer, incredibly smooth, clearly glowing.

My take:  Back when I worked for EA, I ordered this to try it. Back then it was amazing and it still is! I Know EA reformulated it and I have not tried the new formula but I am sure some of the EA counter's still carry it. Or you can find it at like a TJMAXX for 1/3 of the cost!
Great exfoliant, especially for sensitive skin. You can use it once a week or 2x. This makes your skin incredibly smooth and soft. It also takes away the dry patches or any flakiness and is super easy to peel off. It dries off in about 15mins and the best way to take it off is from the jaw upwards. I like the brush, for an even application- that is not super thin or too thick but using the fingers works well too. Tho my skin is more on the oily side, this product balances the oils out more than anything. Im totally obsessed with it. Definitely worth the try!

Cost: 12.00-36.00 USD

AT-Home Brazilian Peel

What it claims: An at-home, professional-strength peel with four once-a-week applications. The Brazilian Peel firms skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and helps you maintain a radiant, youthful complexion. Formulated with 30-percent glycolic acid, the nourishing antioxidant açaì, and the innovative Q-Mag Neutralizer, Brazilian Peel is the first professional-strength peel designed to deliver deeper, long-lasting results at home.

My take: I ordered this off ebay, for one application. The actual product comes with 4. Its a tad pricey so I thought I'd try it first. A friend recommended this product and absolutely fell in love with it. She was having issues with Acne. Since Acne happens to be an on-going battle and I tend to get lazy with the amount of work that goes into "keeping skin clean" jk..I wanted to try it as well.
First thing's first, it definitely reduced the marks in my face = success or as some of you may call- "winning"..
Another huge benefit, with just one application was the fact that it made my skin more even-toned. So double winning.
The application, "Clear" which is a newer formula, comes in a syringe like apparatus which has 2 formula's when pushed out together, and mixed the formula becomes "active" which lasts about 10 mins. So for those who don't know, chemical peels with 30% glycolic acid, ususally are used in Spas or medical settings supervised by a professional but this is something that you can do it home.

Asides from a bit of tingling and followed by  tightness of the face for a few days, there is virtually no down time- THAT means now harsh peeling, extreme redness, or swelling. But if that does happen, call the doc! Haven't heard or seen it yet..

**A little secret: So since the formula doesn't activate till you push out, you can use 1/2 of the syringe first and 2nd 1/2 later- so that's 8 applications vs 4-
** And since it only works for about 10 mins, even if you leave it on, you won't burn your skin- unlike some formula's.
 Price: 12 for 1 app, on Ebay but 78.00 USD @ Sephora!

If you want even tone skin, brighter skintone and clearer face definitely worth every penny!!

Hope you like! If you do get to try these or have tried them I would love to hear your experience!
Pls comment below!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Latest Drug Store Obsession

 Attending this year's THE MAKEUP SHOW in NY, I got a little surprise!!! At Johnny Lavoy's Seminar,  we got L'oreal's Fiber Lash Mascara <3 It is SUPER amazing, not just because Johnny was just the biggest sweetie for giving us one, but because it is actually super goodd!!! One of my Favorite Mascaras actually was a fiber mascara made by Shisiedo but I love this one b/c its like an ALL IN ONE!
Why I LOWE this Mascara:
+ Doesn't dry in the bottle
+ The first coat comes on super dark, so eye liner is not necessary
+ Applying more coats doesn't make it chunky or clumpy
+ The fiber's create length while the formula creates mega VOLUME!
+ Doesnt feel stiff when applied
+ Great Price
+ Cute Bottle

In conclusion, the name says it all.. and I definitely won't need fake eyelashes for this baby!