St Ives Influenster Holiday Box

For someone who is not getting any younger, we need to understand certain needs of our skin especially of our face.  Our face is the first thing that people see of us and having those irritating pimples and acne problems is jut annoying.

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Living radiantly is what we want to achieve but dealing with different aging and stress problems is really hard to beat.  I have known St. Ives for years and their apricot scrub has been my favorite scrub especially on those break out days but learning about their other products is such a fresh start.  I’m so thankful that I get the chance to try their other products through the Influenster  Vox Box Program.  I have been receiving different awesome products from them for quite sometimes and the program helps many consumers especially bloggers to try different products to share to their family, friends and followers.

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The St. Ive’s Even & Bright Body wash is a combination of pink lemon and madarin orange with 100% natural exfoliants. The packaging design itself is already tempting and the smell can make a dully day brighter.  I always love micro beads on my skin care products and this one has it.  I’m a bit curious about the pink lemon since I haven’t seen that in real life, so i have to checked it out and found out that it’s good on brightening your skin.

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 I have mentioned earlier that I am a satisfied user of St. Ives apricot scrub especially during my break out days so this St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub is something worth trying for me.  It also has the same microbeads on it and the smell of the oatmeal is very inviting.  Honestly, I have been using DIY oatmeal scrub using oatmeal and natural oil with some honey on it ( which I will share to you on another post next time).

oatmeal scrub from St. Ives

Oatmeals has really great benefits not just for our health but also to our skin that’s why it was used in many skin care and soap products.  This oatmeal scrub from St. Ives also promises to smoothen away dullness and leave your skin really smooth.

But this St. Ives Refresh and Revive Pear Nectar and Soy Body Lotion is definitely one of my new favorite this year, with it’s very light smell and creaminess, it will definitely delight your senses and helps your skin smooth and oooh so soft.  I always love the idea of natural products and as much as possible, I do hope that all my skin care products comes from organic or natural since we never know what those chemical contents can cause in our skin.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary products via the Influenster Program. All opinions are mine.  I am not compensated for this review. 

How to get celebrity skin: best collagen in the market

Getting old should not be a dreadful experience. As years add up onto our age, what we should be gaining are experiences and happy memories. But with fine lines and dull skin developing as we age, it is an acceptable fact to fear the effects that comes with ageing. Everyday as we watched the television, we could not help but admire those pretty celebrities and how good their skin was.  There skins are glowing as if they were lucky to be born that way but then while following my favorite korean actress, she mentioned in one of her interviews that although she was born with silky white complexion, she also drink one supplements that help her to stay beautiful as she was.  She mentioned that she’s just lucky to have to many collagen in her body but later on she giggled and mentioned that she is drinking collagen to maintain her youthful look.

Collagen is one of the important structural proteins the body that keeps the skin, nails and hair of the body looking young and healthy. Unfortunately a normal health human being can only produce 10-20 amino acids, an amount less that what the body requires. Thus the importance of taking in amino acid supplements is required to provide the body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.This is also the same case with collagen. The amino acids in the body makes up the collagen required to maintain that youthful look and the supple and young looking skin we all desire to have.

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What are the benefits of collagen to the body?

Collagen are fundamental bricks of the connective tissues in the body. It also promotes weight loss by burning fats. Regular intake of collagen products helps in retaining the youthful glow and tone of the skin, improves energy levels, enhances body composition and fights against ageing and join pains. These are just a few of the benefits one can get from taking in Collagen by You Theory. It also has Vitamin C that helps in the promotion of amino acids in the body.

Low production of collagen  in the body results to sagging skin, wrinkles and age spots, a few of the things we hate about getting old. This can be prevented and the effects of ageing can be hindered and delayed with regular intake of collagen rich supplements. When we reach adulthood, the production of amino acids and proteins in the body lessens, thus taking in collagen rich supplements becomes more of a necessity than a fad or a want.

Suggested use is 3 tablets twice a day but i drink only two tablets twice a day and in a two weeks time, i can see the difference.

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Keeping the skin and the body healthy, as a whole requires discipline when it comes to exercise and the food that we take in, that is no secret of celebrities.  Taking in supplements and vitamins that will help in improving our body systems is also necessary to keep a healthy youthful glow inside and out if you wanted to be like them.

Rated as one of the Top Rated Collagen Nutritional Supplements and Best Sellers in Collagen Nutritional Supplements by Amazon.com, YouTheory Collagen is definitely worth checking out.

Additional disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links from Amazon, if you purchase from them, i get a chance to earn a small percentage that can help me maintain this site. I only promote and review  products that I personally use, my opinion may differ from others and you are free to check out other reviews before buying them. 

Get Rid of Acne Fast and Forever

The skin is the biggest organ in the body and the one that is prone to acne and other outside forces that causes damage and irritation to the skin. Sometimes, no matter how hard one tries to eat a balance diet,  clean the skin or take in vitamins great for the skin, acne still exists.

Keeping the external portion of the skin healthy and looking great still starts from within and can be greatly improved by proper hygiene and exfoliation.  Facing Acne is no joke. That is why, you need someone that can help and provide you the best possible solution on treating acne before it becomes too severe.  Facing Acne website’s offers a comprehensive report of the different types of skin conditions, type of acne as well as the appropriate solutions for handling such. Their free e-book “Acne Free 1-2-3 by Robert Rister which you can found on the sidebar contains Treatment to Get Rid of Acne for Good can you help identifies this common types of acne as listed below;

 Facial Acne

Facial acne is the most common type/occurrence of acne and can take several forms. It can either be in the form of pimples, blackheads and in severe conditions, cysts. Unlike back acne’s the skin is much thinner in the face.

Back Acne

Body acne is a condition that is similar to that of facial acne. It can take several forms: pimples, blackheads, pustules and cysts. The only difference the two has is that the skin in the back is thicker than that of the face and often with larger pores. The bigger the pores are, the more severe the acne lesions are.

Lupus

There is a wide variety of lupus. In some cases, the patient has to deal with swelling and joint pains or deal with fever and fatigue. But most cases of lupus deals with numerous skin rashes and lesions. This type of lupus that affects the skin is called as Cutaneous Lupus.

Eczema

Eczema occurs when a superficial inflammatory occurring in the skin. These include redness, itching, minute papules, oozing and crusting in the skin. In severe cases, scaling, lichenification and pigmention also occurs in the skin.

The website contains approximately 400 articles that will help you know and determine which type of acne you have which is very essential in treating it properly and effectively. All information are Science-based and written by a best-selling author  Start addressing your acne problem.  Do the skin test today, just click the link that can be found on their top menu.

Influenster VoxBox : Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara Review

disclaimer : I received this beauty product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are mine and was not influenced in anyway.  All pictures are mine unless specified otherse.

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I’m definitely loving Influnster.  Ever since i started with them, they just pampering me with awesome products that I can’t help myself being amazed sometimes.  This time, i must admit that my heartbeat got faster and my excitement grew up each day until the day I was actually seeing this box. I so love Yves Saint Laurent and I guess who doesn’t so.

They are not just well known brand in Fashion but their beauty products is a top notch too.  So,  I could say that I’m so pretty lucky to try this new products of them via Influenster.

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So pardon my excitement and let’s begin the serious thoughts. This Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara is very new in the market.  It only has 21 reviews on Sephora and 22 on YSL website at this time .  It has a retail value at $32 which can be considered as high end product.

Based on YSL website:

NEW improved formula does not dry out. The best gets even better, the original false lash effect mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. Achieve absolute dramatic lashes in a single stroke for eyes that instantly pop. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes. Available in 6 signature YSL shades to compliment eye color or to create a customized look. ysl US

Since it’s a high end beauty product, the expectation is generally high.  So does it trully provides high volume and a dramatic false lash effect? Of course since I so love mascara, my answer would always be yes. So, as not to corrupt the result on this review, i also let my niece try it for herself and let me know her thoughts about it.

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The shade is very nice and instantly create a dramatic effect, the effect of using a false eyelashes but never feeling that you are using one. It was easy to use and glide perfectly even on your small lashes.

I believed that it is not waterproof  and for someone like me who easily cries could be a problem. I do hope that they can create a waterproof product in the near future but so far it doesn’t seem to be a big problem since it stays in your lashes for quite a reasonable time without the hassle of removing it with the use of make up remover.

It can help your eyes pop and if you love making dramatic eyes, this would be a great way to start.

To learn more about this latest product, make sure to visit Influenster  or better yet check out YSL website. #yslmascaramadness #beautyreview

A Delusional Promise of Beauty

I’m not referring to all beauty products but if you could open your eyes, you will find products that are promising that when you used them for a week or two and even for days, you can see an astonishing result but it’s really far from my perspective.

Although, i am dying to name a few I would rather not to safeguard my quite personal life but I just don’t want to sit around and take it wholeheartedly that many innocent woman are falling for this tricky advertising.

I have tried a few products and yes eventually I am still with big hope that it can give me the results I have ever wanted but it’s not surprising that until now, it’s still the same as before although i can see a difference in some products I have used before but it takes months of religiously applying them. A delusional promise of beauty, that’s what i can tell.

Nonetheless, I really admire their brilliant marketing because this helps people to believe that this actually can work.  But still, I guess it’s different for every skin type and women I guess. Perhaps, my skin is just too stubborn that it doesn’t work for me while to others it does.

I never problem my skin when I’m still on my teens because It was very rare for me to have skin break outs and acne but today, I guess i’m really growing old and my skin is indeed changing making me more prone to it.

Back to broken promises, I felt i was deceived not just by the actual product but the commercial itself.  We all know that the actresses endorsing it are already white and pretty and yet they say that it can make you whiter and prettier but then the simple answer would be, who would make an advertisement with an endorser who is not pretty unless they want their products not getting any single consumer.

But, i wish it could be more realistic.

A dosage of beauty – Gourmet Skin products from Vanilla and Co.

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Beauty Tonic

 When I’m younger, i am not a type who cares too much on my appearance and what will other’s view about me. I can go out without a make-up or wouldn’t care much if I have used lotions or perfumes. There are many gourmet skin products in the market but this one is definitely stand out.

But when you grow older, even you like it or not, your skin will tend to  dry and break more.  That’s when I have my children that I came to a realization that I should have taken care of my skin and my health while I was still young.  Don’t misinterpret me, I’m not so vain , i thought it would only be righteous to reward myself since I have been working hard for my family.

I guess it’s not yet too late for me to look good and feel wonderful.  With the right products i can still bring back or even if not as baby like skin, i can achieve a more subtle and soft skin.

One product, i so like is witch hazel because I have heard from a friend that it was good for the skin especially those problem skins, like mine. So, imagine my delight when I got hold of this Beauty Tonic from Vanilla and Co.   Loaded with Witch Hazel, vitamin C, and tea tree oil, this Moisturizing  Witch Hazel Beauty tonic is indeed true to it’s name.  It’s currently my favorite and i always bring it wherever i go, so when the needs arises, i just splash some in my neck and face and voila, i feel so refreshed and my skin is hydrated.

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I love the mild smell of the product and since I have been using a tea tree essential oil for my break outs, this Beauty tonic  is definitely a great beauty dosage for me.  As suggested by Ms. Andrea, i’ve tried to use it before applying make-up which seems to be nice too and i have been using it before bed time as to help minimize my pores and help dry my pimples.  And the best part is, it’s organic and you know, I’m definitely a believer for all organic products thus I always prefers them over synthetic and those with heavy chemicals.

Priced at Php 199.00 or less than $5.00 , it’s very affordable .  So, no wonder their company is growing so fast, even my fave beauty box now carries Vanilla & Co. beauty products.

Make sure to check Vanilla & Co. Facebook page for their latest updates.

Skin Care Sunday : Benefits of Facial Treatment

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Getting a facial treatment is very important to help our aging skin to look supple and improve our skin appearance as well treat problems including acne, pimples , helps reduce blemishes and removes dead skin.  It also  help our skin smooth and glowing.

Facial treatment seems to be a relaxing period not just for our body but also emotionally although taking out those black heads makes me cry and totally hit my sensitive nose.

There are many kinds of facial treatments done by skin care professionals. Treatments ranges from cheap or affordable one to the most expensive treatments.

Whatever treatments you choose, it always comes back to the main purpose of getting a facial treatment which is to bring radiance and treat the aging skin.

Plump that pout with Avon’s latest True Color Technology

With the likes of Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and local actress Anne Curtis showing their big pouting lips, seems many girls are now rambling about big lips.

There was a time that I hate having this kind of lips.  Some of my classmates would even tease me for having  a different lips from my other classmates but I guess in time, I have learned to appreciate what was given to me  especially when I have learned how to apply lipsticks and the thought came to me that having big lips seems an advantage for me especially when I was growing up since boys find it more attractive.

But even though you don’t have a pouting lips, you can still plump that pout by knowing some tricks on applying your lipstick. (although, please don’t mind my chappy lips, i’m using a natural balm so it could get back on how it was, luscious and soft )

Anyway, here’s a simple way I have learned on achieving a plump lips which I regularly do.

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  • First, you need to outline your lips with a darker shade of lip pencil. To achieve a more fuller or bigger lips, outline it outside the line of your lips.
  • Choose the color that you like,   lipstick, lip stains, lip glosses , this are just some of the ideas.  Fill your lips with it.  You can directly apply the lip color or you can also use a lip brush to attain a more lasting result.
  • Remove the excess lipsticks /color using a Q tips.
  • If you want your lipstick to stay more longer.  Dab your lips slightly with tissue and apply another coating of lipsticks.
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Ultra Color Lipstick in Hibiscus

I am now loving this Avon’s Ultra Color Lipstick.  This vibrant lip color is really interesting because what color you see on the lipstick is the same color that will appear on your lips.

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Avon’s Ultra Color Lipstick in Lava Love

A little note:  I have learned that make up artist use concealer to help make the lips more fuller,  I guess, i need to learn this trick and I will let you know once i have perfected blending the concealer to achieve more desirable result.  

Of course, it doesn’t stop there.  You need to exercise your lips and practice on creating a beautiful pout.  Sometimes, i look at the mirror and push my lips as if kissing somebody. It does help me but of course I want to know the result on you.  Let me know what you think.