Combat Oily Skin

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Summer is officially here in the states. Yay for great weather and sunshine! The downside to the great weather is the oily skin that comes from it. Boo!

Here is what I do and use to combat oily skin:

I use a primer. I avoid primers with the words “shimmer” or “glow” during summer. I already get enough shine from oily skin. I don’t need to make it more shiny looking. Primer helps your makeup from disappearing and sliding. I make sure I use a primer for my face and eye makeup.

After I apply all my makeup, I set it with a translucent powder. This will further help your makeup from disappearing and your face appearing super oily.

I don’t always use a setting spray. I only use it when I know I’ll be outside for a long time or in a hot, humid area.

My best friend during summer: oil absorbing sheets. These are great to toss in your bag, purse, or even pocket. They quickly remove oil and shine quickly without smudging your makeup.

What are some of your tips and tricks to combat oily skin?

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Fight Dry Winter Skin

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Happy First Day of Winter! Even though my favorite holiday is during winter, I’m not a fan of winter. Yes, I get wear my pretty boots, eat yummy warm soup, and go snowboarding during winter. These reasons do not make me forget the main reason why I loathe winter: dry skin and chapped lips. I suffer from dry skin all year long. Once winter rolls around, it gets worse. This is how I fight against dry winter skin:

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1. Moisturize like crazy! I carry lotion every where I go. I moisturize after I wash my face and hands and after I shower.

2. Drink lots and lots of water. Stay hydrated so your skin doesn’t dry out.

3. Avoid hot showers. Just take warm showers.

4. Avoid heaters blowing warm/hot air directly at you.

5. Apply lip balm all day long.

How do you fight against dry winter skin?

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Guest Blogger: Holly Miller

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About Holly Miller

The author of this post is Holly Miller, a writer for Coupon Croc, where you can grab a Very discount code to save on your favorite beauty supplies, skincare products and makeup brands.

A Short, Believe-or-Not List of Weird Beauty Tips That Actually Work


For those of us who want to look great without going to a salon on a daily basis, we often search diligently for easier-cheaper-faster ways to accomplish our goal. Some of the hints, tips and tricks we read are so outrageous that we cannot move quickly enough to distance ourselves from those techniques.

Believe it or not, though, some of those weird beauty tips actually work.

  • Brushed Hairspray

Many people know of the Hair-Spray-on-the-Brush trick for a good hairdo hold that still leaves your hair pretty soft. But how many times have you struggled with the hair stragglers that follow the bristles or the air current as you begin another stroke? Have you felt aggravated from it?

When you finish the hairspray stroke, flip the brush over and lightly coat it with the same hairspray, then gently stroke from your scalp to the end of the strands. The hair won’t lift from the static electricity, yet you won’t plaster your hair to your head. If your brush has too many openings for this to be effective, take an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll and coat the cardboard and try the same thing. If no rolled cardboard is available, try a small baggie and use it like a glove. Don’t over-coat the plastic, though. Remember: This is to calm the strays, not further hold your ‘do.

  • Rough Hands

Want to gently clean or remove light calluses from your hands and fingers? Take one tablespoon of honey and add one teaspoon of sugar and mix well. Rub over hands and fingers for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse well with a gentle soap in warm water.

The natural sweetness of the honey and its heavier consistency will inhibit the sugar from dissolving into the thick liquid, and the sugar granules subtly exfoliate the dead skin cells, leaving your hands smooth and soft.

If you have thicker calluses, it will, of course, take time for the build-up to get scrubbed away, but be patient. This trick really does work.

  • Eyelashes and Eyebrows

Gently blow dry your eyelashes before you curl them. The bit of heat gets those molecules moving faster and makes the eyelash easier to curl without risk of damage. Really. Don’t scald your eyes, but this truly helps.

As an extra boost, a hint of Vaseline on your lashes can help keep them in great condition. It doesn’t take much, so don’t overload.

Take an old toothbrush and use it to smooth rough or independent eyebrows into place. However, remember that they don’t have to worry about cavities, so resist the toothpaste habit.

  • Cold Contact

Keep your creams and lotions in the refrigerator. It can help extend their life, and the coolness can refresh your skin and give it a great glow.

The same goes for washing. Taking cold showers is rarely a treat, but a cool ending to your shower makes your skin look terrific. You don’t have to shock your system by turning off the hot water all at once. You can decrease the temperate a bit at a time, so by the time you are finished, a 30-second rinse in cool water is easily endured.  You save on utility bills, too, by using less hot water, and who doesn’t want to save money?

Thank you so much Holly for being a guest blogger. If you would like to be a guest blogger, contact me!

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New Sunscreeen Rules

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Photo:  beautyeditor.ca

Did you hear? Last week, the FDA announced new requirements for sunscreen in the US. From what I understand here are the new requirements:

  • Only broad spectrum sunscreen that are SPF 15 or higher can claim to “reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.” Sunscreens that are not broad spectrum or are broad spectrum but lower than SPF 15 can only claim to prevent sunburn
  • Manufacturers can no longer label their sunscreen as “waterproof,” “sweatproof,” or “sunblock.” Doing so can overstate the sunscreen’s effectiveness
  • If a sunscreen is labeled as water resistant, it must include how long the sunscreen is effective for while swimming or sweating
  • All sunscreens will now include “drug facts”
  • The maximum SPF value a sunscreen can be labeled with is SPF 50, “because there is not sufficient data to show that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide greater protection for users than products with SPF values of 50

The new rules are to take effect by Summer 2012, but we can see changes to label take effect before then.

What do you think of the new sunscreen rules?

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Get Summer Ready Feet

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The lovely summer sandals season is right around the corner. Are your feet ready? Here are some quick tips to help make sure your feet are in tip-top shape all summer long:

Buff and Scrub those calluses away. I like to use a pumice stone after I shower this way the calluses are softer and easier to buff away. You can also soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes before you buff. If pumice stones aren’t your thing, you can use a scrub or foot file to get rid of calluses too.

Moisturize ’till your feet are baby skin soft. Before I go to sleep, I slather my feet with a thick, heavy layer of lotion/cream and then put on a pair of cotton socks. When I wake up, my feet are super soft. Of coarse living in California makes it difficult to go to sleep with socks on since it’s almost always summer here, so sometimes I’ll skip putting on socks and just moisturize.

Pedicures are your toe’s best friend. Don’t forget to show some love to your toes too! File your toe nails so they aren’t ragged. I also like to use bright nail polish to add a pop of color. For me, the brighter and bolder the better!

Do you have any tips you would like to share?

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