Friday, June 3, 2011

Exfoliate Right


Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about exfoliating. This all started because we were watching a basketball game and I mentioned to her how it literally hurts me to see the players wipe the sweat off their faces with a TOWEL!!! (told you it was painful) She then tells me that she doesn't understand why if it's good for their skin because it is helping them remove dead skin cells and proceeds to tell me that when she was younger she was taught to exfoliate with a washcloth. Yes it is true, I tell her, you can use a washcloth BUT NOT ON YOUR FACE. First of all the material is very rough for the delicate skin on your face and depending on how much pressure you are using you could be doing more harm than good. After this discussion we decided that it might be a good idea for me to blog about proper exfoliating techniques and maybe help you understand the importance of doing it right. 

Exfoliate: 1. To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.

There are two types of exfoliation techniques, manual and chemical. Manual exfoliation is when you use a scrub either with your hands or a brush (designed to be used on the face) to remove dead skin cells another example of manual exfoliation is microdermabrasion. Chemical exfoliation is when you apply a chemical to your skin and let it sit for a few minutes without the need to rub or brush the skin. There are different types and grades of chemical exfoliants depending on their concentration level they have to be done by either an esthetician or dermatologist. 

There are different factors to consider when you want to exfoliate. It is recommended to do it at least once a week but no more than 3 times depending on how sensitive your skin is. You also want to make sure that if you use a scrub it is one that is made specifically for the face and that the actual beads that remove dead skin do not have rough edges as this can be very harmful to your skin because it can break skin and capillaries. Lastly I just want to mention that no matter how gentle and exfoliant claims to be you do not want to use it everyday as this can irritate your skin in the long run. 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review: Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion SPF 30

Hi Everyone!!

Quite often people ask me for recommendations or my opinion on different products whether it's makeup or skin care and even sometimes hair care. There is a certain catch here because I can definitely recommend something that has worked for me but most of the time when something DOES work for me I stick to it end of story. Now for the sake of the blog ☺and also the fact that I would like to be more 'knowledgeable' when it comes to certain products I am going to using more products and sharing my thoughts and experiences with you guys.

Recently, I ran out of my trusted Repechage Hydra Refine Pore Perfecting Serum and while this is a great moisturizer for my skin type (oily) I did want to try out something new. Unfortunately, my experience with trying out a new moisturizer was not good because I started to break out a couple days after using Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion.

My first impression was good... when I first applied the product (one pump) to my face it seemed to apply easily. The consistency was neither watery nor too thick of a cream, it was just right. I didn't notice any special scent which was good because it indicated being 'fragrance free' but it did not have a bad odor either. Lastly the cream seemed to be absorbed by my skin within minutes and it did not leave behind that greasy feel that some creams can  leave on the skin.

After using it twice daily for a couple days I notice a pimple was surfacing on my cheekbone. At this time I wasn't too alarmed because I do get one every now and then but the next day I noticed more pimples on my face and by now I knew it was something I was doing wrong because this is not like my skin. Still unsure whether it was the moisturizer itself or just really bad timing with my skin I decided to continue using it. Bad idea!!! A few days later and still dealing with the stress on my skin I decided not to use makeup that day because I was letting my skin breathe and relax, I noticed that I had something white towards my temple and paying close attention to this I realized that it was the moisturizer that was not being absorbed by my skin and instead it was just sitting on top of my skin in a very thin layer just obstructing my skin from oxygen.

Needless to say that I stopped using it immediately and for the time being and until my skin goes back to it's normal state I am back to using the Hydra Refine Pore Perfecting Serum. It has now been several days since I stopped using the Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion and my skin is already seeing the difference.

Thanks!! Please make a great day ☺ YENUHEN

*Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. Please keep in mind that what works for me might not work for someone else and vice versa. All I'm doing here is giving you some insight on my experience and just be cautious if you decide to try this product out.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fool Proof Way To Apply Eyelashes

Hey Everyone!! 

A lot of the times when I wear false lashes there are people that ask me why I wear them if my lashes are already long. And the answer to that is, really who is ever content with the length of their lashes?!? HA!! But the truth of the matter is that lashes don't just add length but volume as well and depending on the falsies you use they can add a dramatic, fun, or even sexy feel to your look. 

Unfortunately, for some people putting falsies on can be tricky just remember that practice makes perfect and with time you will be a pro. If you still find that applying the entire strip of lash a bit difficult there is another way to do it.This method wouldn't be useful for lashes with a lot of detail on them like stones or feathers because you have to cut the strip of lash preferably into three sections.

Here are some pictures to show you how its done:

I'm using Ardell Sexies for this
I will apply one full strip and the other eye  I will cut these into 3 separate pieces, make sure to keep the lashes you cut in order because most types of lashes are shorter on the inner end and longer toward the outer corner
Apply DUO lash glue to the lash straight from the tube, give about 30 seconds for the glue to get tacky and then apply
or you can apply a line of glue to the back of your hand and pick up the lashes with a pair to tweezers and 'dip' into the glue on your hand
again let the glue get tacky before you apply 
this is me without falsies

 My right eye (left on the screen) has the full strip and my left eye (right on screen) has the 3 mini lashes
you can't tell that they were cut to ease application and they still get the job done ☺

*Remember lashes, like anything else, will last you a long time if you handle them properly. 

Have fun trying on your lashes and please subscribe ☺
Thank you very much for reading and make it a great day!!