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Hi Guys and Dolls!
Once again M.A.C has brought out a great new launch that I just had to get my paws all over- this time around it’s skincare minis! I love beauty minis (especially fragrance because I can never use a 3.4 oz bottle of juice) and I’ve been wanting to try a few of M.A.C’s obnoxiously popular Strobe Cream so when I was picking a few other things up, I had to get a few skincare minis too!
more after the jump
Hi Guys and Dolls,
The video that will me embedded in this post will talk about a few serum moisturizers I’ve tried. There are lots of companies that make serum moisturizers, there are too many to list here, so I only listed the 3 I’ve tried/have on hand. The Moroccan Argan Oil was sent to me by Eden Allure (click here for their website) the When Hope is Not Enough I’ve had for about a year, and the Christian Dior HydrAction Deep Hydration Radical Serum was sent to me by myshimmer.com (click here for their website). Here on the blog, I’m just going to talk about what is in each serum, and talk about what those ingredients do.
100% Pure Deodorized Moroccan Argan Oil: ($30 for 2.2 oz on the Eden Allure Website) Argan Oil is derived from the kernels of Argan Fruit. Argan Tress only grow in a few places, most notably Morocco, making this oil rare and sought-after. Goats in actually will climb up the thorny branches just to get to the Argan fruit, so you know it’s good stuff Also, this oil is fair traded, and that story is pretty interesting: The Co-ops that produce the Argan Oil are owned and operated by Women, and share profits among the women of the Berber Tribe. So it’s a cosmetic, and a cause! You can use this oil all over your body, hair, & nails. Ok, down to the nitty-gritty of what’s in this wonderful oil:
Vitamin E is so multi-useful, I’ll only list a few things this one does: Protects this skin from ultra violet damage, Reduces moisture loss in skin, it is an antioxidant, so it retards the formation of free radicals from UVA rays, stress, aging, and most importantly, when you apply Vitamin E, the skin absorbs and maintains the Vitamin E, making this a excellent skincare ingredient (this is why this one is so buzz-worthy)
Squalene is an organic compound (meaning it comes from living things, i.e. plants, animals). Because it occurs naturally in our bodies, it absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave an oily residue, and it blend well with other oils and vitamins making it a great additive to cosmetics.
Phenol: naturally kills micro bacteria, and can aid in chemical exfoliation.
Argan Oil has other components, most of this information I found on wikipedia and other online sources (google is AWESOME)
When Hope Is Not Enough: ($38 for 1oz available many places including Sephora stores, and Sephora.com)
Soy this one gets a lot of buzz, and it’s well deserved. Soy is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin E (see above)
Glutathione Another powerful antioxidant
Vitamin C Yet, another antioxidant
Christian Dior HydrAction Deep Hydration Radical Serum The third ingredient is Alcohol Denatured, which not only drys out and irritates the skin, but it can PROMOTE free radical damage, making any anti-oxidant useless, since the alcohol undoes their positive effects. This serum is harmful to your skin. The only positive is the scent, which is useless since the serum is such a stinker. The only thing radical about this serum is the price. This costs $70 dollars for 1.7 oz, which if this was a good serum, I could over look.
I hope this post and the video were helpful for you. I have a bunch of stuff coming up including a “how I style my hair video” and 2 makeup tutorials for my Mom’s 50th (Hints: you will LOVE these, & one will take you WAY back to 1959)
<3 you guys, see you later!
Hi Guys and Dolls! I hope you’re all doing well! This video is an overview of my day and night skin routines. As I said in the video, I will be doing another video explain the “why’s and how’s ” and such of skin care.
I’ve been asked a lot of good questions on my Sun Protection video, that there were a few I’d like to share with you:
“Can You recommend a good drugstore Sunscreen?”
A drugstore one that Is great that I used a lot last summer is the Neutrogena Ultra sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock With “Helioplex”(whatever that hype word is) (it comes in multiple SPF’s)
It feels nice and Light dries pretty matte, and I love using this all over my body, but it DOES smell like sunscreen, which is a turn off for some, but it’s pretty cheap. It’s Water Resistant ^_^
” I was wondering if you have to use a moisturizer with SPF if you already use foundation with SPF?”
Doubling up your sun protection is a really good idea. There are so many formulas out there, I’m certain you will find one that will work for you! The problem is, even if you foundation says it has SPF, many of them do not have adequate amounts of the SPF ingredient. And even if it does, you need to apply a lot of your SPF product to get accurate coverage, and most people don’t apply that much foundation to their face.
That’s semi-true. some sunscreens cause allergic reactions in some people. Titanium Dioxide sunscreens are usually fine for all people
“SPF 15 means it protects for 1.5 hours. SPF 20 is 2hrs ect. so after 1.5hrs, you need to reply or it wont work anymore “
” If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, for example, wearing an SPF 15 sunscreen would theoretically allow you to stay in the sun for 150 minutes”
-Source Cosmeticsdatabase.com Question 20
“What if you go out in the sun but just don’t burn? How do you know how much damage you are getting and what spf do you need? I’m mixed so I almost never burn.. Only on my knees and the very tops of my cheeks and that is very rare for it to happen.. What do I do? I have cancer on both sides of my family so should I use like spf 45?”
Use at least 15 for everyday, and 30 to 45 for long days out side. Keep in mind, It’s not only burning, it’s wrinkles that we’re trying to prevent^_^.
“Hey Cora i actually have a question related to sunscreen. I have moderately dry skin and i was wondering i put on sunscreen in the morning do you think its necessary to still wear a moisturizer?”
That Really depends on your skin’s needs, and how Good of quality you SPF product is. Obviously, if you skin still feels dry, you’ll need to use both, But I’m certain you can find a product that will be a two in one for you ^_^