Archive | October 2017

A Review of Nail Vinyls and Doing My Nails for the First Time

 

nail vinyl review

I admit, I don’t do my nails at all.  Just clip them, file them and use hand cream and that is the extent of my nail care.  I don’t remember the last time I went to a salon to get a manicure and pedicure done, that’s how long I’ve had my nails painted.  So when I received these cool nail vinyls courtesy of nailpoloishcanada.com I was excited to do something different with nails.  And it’s Halloween themed so it’s even more fun to do.

I’ve never used vinyls or stickers of any kind on my nails and that’s why I got curious wondering if these would be easy to use.  I was a bit concerned about how it would turn out or if it would fit my small fingers (I have a size three ring finger) but I figured out you can cut it to your nail and that’s what I did for some.  Here are my results on these graveyard vinyls.

What’s up vinyls for nails

First of all I have to say that this process was fun and cool.  I did play with a few different looks before I chose to do the ombre effect.  I used tweezers to take the sticker or stencil and peeled it off to avoid ripping it and carefully placed it on my freshly painted nails.  I then painted the stenciled part with black nail polish to show the graveyard on my nails and while it is still wet slowly and gently pull off the stencil with tweezers and you have your design.

So was this easy or not?  Again I said before that I don’t do my nails and as a beginner I was truly amazed at how easy these vinyls were to use.  The only hard part was me trying to get the ombre look on my nails, but that was my choice and I was excited to do my nails in a different way.

So because I was chosen to do this for nailpolishcanada.com they gave me a code to my first 10 readers to get these graveyard vinyls for free.  If you choose to get them here is the code and the link and they will show you step by step how to receive them. (Now sold out)

So enjoy your week beauties and have a great day!

nail vinyl review

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Why Retinol Is A Good Thing: A Neostrata Eye Serum Review

I just recently got a few essentials for my skincare routine including an eye serum.  The great thing about this serum is that it contains retinol which is great for ant aging.  I love using eye creams because it helps to protect and moisturize the eye area, plus the skin around the eye area that is thinner than the rest of your face, so you want to make sure you buy the right eye cream to address your needs and concerns.

I personally haven’t use retinol since I was in college and I used it for my acne.  It was a topical cream that contained 1% pure retinol and boy did I see a change in my skin.  It cleared my skin of acne by smoothing my skin, making my pores look smaller and help with my acne scars and spots.  That is what retinol is used for usually but now it is widely used for wrinkles as well.

Now many years later, I am using retinol again but this time an eye cream and I hope that I’ll get the same results as I did years ago.  Or am I asking too much of my eye cream?  Here is my review and description of this eye cream.

Neostrata all in one eye serum with 0.075% retinol

This as an eye serum which sinks into your skin quickly and serums tend to be 3 to 5 times more effective.  You can pair it up with an eye cream if you need to moisturize the eye area because if you have dry skin the eye serum will not be enough.  I have oily skin so it’s perfect for me.

The most effective ingredient in this product is the 0.075% retinol which is great for the eye area and also safe enough for the skin around the eye area.  It is supposedly safe for sensitive skin, but for me I had to build up a tolerance for this eye serum because it was making my under eye area feel tingling and a burning sensation.  I can wear it in the daytime now but every now and then I still feel some tingling, but I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks now.

Right now as far as I can tell it’s taking some time too get used to the product.  Again this is my first time in many years using retinol on my face.  So if your first time users of using retinol you will experience tingling, burning sensation maybe even a little irritation around the eye.  Try to build your tolerance to it by using it only at night time or every other night or what ever is comfortable for you.

You must wear sunscreen because in order to get the best results like glowing skin sunscreen will at least protect your skin and help with the results you want to get from your creams. Plus retinol is fairly strong and may cause sensitivity so wear the SUNSCREEN!

Thank you for reading my post and I’ll see you nextweek. Have a good day my beauties!

Upping My Cleansing Game with Clarisonic

clarisonic review

What do you do when you are given a cleansing device that supposedly cleanses your skin six times better than your hands?  What’s wrong with using my hands?  I mean I’ve used them this long?  So what’s so special about this cleansing device?  That’s when me being open minded came in handy and I’d just dove right in.

So not only does it deep clean your skin, you will use less cleanser and your face treatments such as your serum and moisturizer will work better to give you that beautiful, glowing skin that you always wanted.  Well do you think it worked?  Did I get those results that I’ve longed for and have been chasing for many years?  Well read on to find out more about the cleansing devise that I awkwardly started using many years ago.

Clarisonic Mia two cleansing device

3-4 years ago when I received the clarisonic cleansing devise they only carried three devices at the time.  It was only sold in Sephora and now in shoppers.  Now they have many types of cleansing devices to choose from as well as a makeup brush and also many brush heads to choose from.

The one I currently have is the Mia two which has two speeds.  First speed is gentle and the second speed is a bit more vigorous for cleansing.  I honestly thought it would slow down my cleansing routine but I am happy to say that I actually enjoy washing my face now.

Weird right?  I mean it’s only adding to your cleansing routine, what is so different about this device?  Well it only takes a minut

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e and at each part of the face there are a certain amount of seconds before it vibrates to let you know to move on to another part of a face.  The rule of thumb is 20 seconds on the forehead, 10 seconds on each side of the face which are your cheeks and 20 seconds for the T zone area.  Plus it will accept any type of cleanser whether it’s a creamy or gel type, it ensures that you get the best results possible.

It’s definitely results I have gotten from this device.  My black heads have been reduced, my pores are definitely smaller and overall my skin is more uniform.  I seriously cannot wait to wash my face because I know it will help to brighten and also helps with my breakouts when I have them.

I have personally seen a difference in my skin.  When I first received this device I did cleanse my skin with it twice a day.  Now I just use it once a day when it’s colder and twice a day during the warmer season or when my skin is breaking out or looking a little dull or tired.

My choice of brush heads have also varied over the years.  So far I have used the one for acne prone skin, normal skin and my current one, the radiance brush head has been my current favorite one for the last couple years.

Now there are many different cleansing devices out there.  Just be sure to do your research on these devices as they are not that cheap!  Find one that is right for you and get cleansing.  Have a good day my beauties!