Friday, February 28, 2014

Retinol Eye Cream

Q. The skin under my eyes is getting so wrinkly. What can I use? 

A. Retinol. It is a great ingredient for reducing wrinkles. It can't get rid of them, but it can lessen them. 
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. It's is found in prescription skin care creams such as Retin A and Renova. It is also found in non prescription skin care cream in a lower concentration.

 Retinol increases cell turn over and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin making the skin younger and firmer looking. Retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinyl aldehyde, and retinal are some of the form of retinol used in anti aging creams.

Look for an eye cream containing retinol that is in a tube or a pump bottle instead of a jar. Retinol loses it's strength when exposed to air. 

You can also use an eye serum before you apply your eye cream for a double shot of wrinkle fighting retinol. A serum is a thinner liquid than a cream. A serum quickly penetrates the skin. It is more of a treatment than a moisturizer so a moisturizing eye cream goes on top.

Retinol can be irritating. Look for retinol palmitate and retinol linoeate on the ingredient list if you are sensitive. Use your retinol eye cream everyday unless you are sensitive. If you are sensitive and get irritated, try using it every 2-3 days. It is a good idea to use a soothing nourishing eye cream on the days when you are not using the retinol cream to keep the eye area hydrated.

Here are some retinol eye treatments that get high ratings:

Dr. Dennis Gross Age Erase Moisture with Mega 10 for Eyes. It contains retinol palmitate. $35. Less on Amazon:

Click here to shop for Dennis Gross eye cream.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum $68. Less on Amazon:

Click here to shop for Dr. Dennis Gross eye serum 

Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer. It contains retinol palmitate. A bit pricey at $95. Also less on Amazon, of course:

Click here to shop for Murad Eye Cream.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

OPI Brazil:Toucan Do it if You Try

Love this OPI nail color from the Brazil Collection. Toucan Do It if you Try! I can't usually wear orange, but this one works for me. It will look beautiful on my toes this summer. 

It looks fabulous with a little gold shimmer on top too!

Find it at salons and Ulta for $9.00

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Colored Eyeliner

Look at the gorgeous rainbow of eyeliner colors!
Colored eyeliner has been all the rage for the past couple years. Now it's hotter than ever with so many beautiful colors to choose from. Use it to create a colorful cat eye or smudge it for a colorful smokey eye.

Find these great Urban Decay, Stila and Smashbox eyeliner pencils at Ulta and Sephora for $20 each

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Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 Prom Makeup

2014 Prom Makeup
Look for bold color for prom this spring! 

Lips are bold shades of orange, berry and red. 

Eye shadow is metallic gold, cobalt, smoked lilac or a wash of white or pale pink. 

Try a colored eye liner in navy blue, cobalt or a metallic. Add a little upturned cat eye to the outer corner.

Lashes get a nice dose of black mascara and can have a spiky Twiggy effect.

Cheeks are dewy pink or berry with a touch of luminizer to give a fresh healthy glow.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection

OPI has come out with a new Muppets Collection to coincide with the new Disney Muppets Most Wanted movie.
 If you like sparkle and glitz, you will love this collection!
Miss Piggy's Big Number- A beautiful frosty sapphire
Muppets World Tour- A white with colorful sparkle
Chillin like a Villain- A sheer nude
Int'l Crime Caper- An opalescent pearl
Gaining Mole-mentum- A shredded gold and chunky pink glitter
Kermit Me to Speak- A shade shifting rosy mauve
Let's Do Anything We Want!- A rose gold glitter with white confetti
I Love Applause- A sheer pink
This collection will be released March 2014.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hydrating Serums containing Aloe

Here is a list of a few hydrating serums that contain aloe to soothe your dry winter skin. A serum is a treatment for your skin and works well alone or under your moisturizer.

Yes to Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum


$19.99 at Yes to Carrots and select drug and superstores

The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum

Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lanolin, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract.

$21.00 at The Body and Ulta

Antho Unscented Organic Face Serum with Seabuckthorn for Sensitive Skin

organic aloe oil* , organic jojoba oil* , organic sunflower oil* , organic grapeseed oil* , organic sea buckthorn extract* , natural GMO free tocopherols (natural vitamin E, not synthetic tocopheryl acetate) , * USDA certified organic

$17.95 at

John Masters Organic Green Tea and Rose Hydrating Face Serum

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin*, rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, cocoglucoside, coconut alcohol, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice) extract*, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract*, spirulina platensis (algae) extract*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil, boswellia carterii (frankinscense) resin extract, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, linalool†, geraniol†

$26.00 at John

Avalon Organics Essential Lift Lifting Serum

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Sea Silt Extract, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Dehydroxanthan Gum , Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract(1), Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract(1), Tapioca Starch(1), Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cabin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil , Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract(1), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract(1), Panax Ginseng Root Extract(1), Alcohol(1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool.

(1)Certified Organic Ingredient

$29.95 at Avalon Organics

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Friday, February 14, 2014

The color of Love

The colors we wear represent moods and emotions. It is known as color psychology.

Red is known as the color of love. It is stimulating, energizing, passionate and romantic. It quickens the pulse and stimulates the senses. Men are attracted to women wearing red!

Red is the color of good luck in eastern cultures. It can stimulate the appetite. The bold exciting color of red commands attention and gives a feeling of strength.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Inexpensive Lipsticks for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is the day for hot pink 
or sexy red lips. 
You don't have to spend a lot of money on a lipstick in a color you don't usually wear. Just stop into your local drug store or super store and pick up some Wet n Wild lipstick for about $3.00. 

Try  Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick #905D Smokin' Hot Pink, #966 Don't Blink Pink, #911D Stop Light Red or #910D Red Velvet! Here is a link to see the colors:

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pretty Pink Blush

Need a lift this cold, cold winter? Add some  color to your cheeks with Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush.

 This blush has the light sweet fragrance of violet, contains mood elevating plant extracts and comes in rose, pink, warm and natural. I just love the happy hearts printed on it!

I tried the rose. It is a nice clear color and has a soft reflective finish. The more you apply, the more the color builds.

Looks like a great little Valentine gift, too.  

$11.95 at drugstores and it is not tested on animals. Here is a link to check it out.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Is chocolate good for you?

Chocolate is loaded with

 flavonoids due to its cocoa content. The darker

the chocolate, the higher the cocoa content.

 Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found

 in plants that offer health benefits such as

 fighting destructive free radicals. 

 So chocolate is actually good for you! 

 Not the whole bag at once though,  just 1 ounce per 

day is recommended. Dove chocolate is 

 especially good for you because Mars

 has patented a process called "Cocoapro".  

 This causes Dove's Dark Chocolate to retain  

more oits healthy cocoa flavonoids.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Natural Cold Remedy

Feeling under the weather? Take an warm Epsom salt bath at the first sign of illness to dilate the blood vessels and boost circulation, decrease cold and flu symptoms and promote quicker healing. 

Epsom Salt, which is Magnesium Sulfate, eases muscle aches, detoxifies the body and actually raises white blood cell counts. Epsom Salt is easy to find in your local drugstore or superstore.
Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salt in a warm bath. Relax and soak for 20 minutes.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

How often should I wash my dry skin?

face wash

Q. My face is so dry this winter. Should I still wash it in the morning and at night?

A. You can if you are using a moisturizing facial cleanser. Wash your face at night with a moisturizing facial cleanser, not a soap, to remove dirt and makeup. Pat dry, apply toner and moisturizer.

In the morning, you can use the moisturizing facial cleanser or you can just splash your face with warm water, pat dry, apply a toner formulated for dry skin, then finish with a moisturizer.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pastel Polish for Spring 2014

This winter is just dragging on! 
I am looking forward to some fresh pastel nail colors for spring.

Here are some beautiful soft colors from Julie G
julie g nail polish pastels

And some from Seche Vite
seche vite colors pasrels

And some from Orly.
orly polish pastels

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Red Bump on Lash Line: Ingrown Eyelash Pictures, Treatments and Prevention

ingrown eyelash
An ingrown eyelash can be very painful. The lash grows into the skin instead of growing outward. The technical name is Trichiasis.  The ingrown lash causes a red bump on the lash line that can be itchy and painful. The inflamed  bump can develop a pimple like infection and may feel like there is something in the eye. It can also cause some swelling on the whole eye lid.

It is important to address the problem quickly since an infection around the eye can spread and turn into serious problem. See your eye doctor for treatment. The doctor will free the hair and treat the infection, usually with an antibiotic. 

Permanent removal of the lash may be in order if the lash frequently gets ingrown. This can be done with electrolysis or cryotherapy.  Electrolysis uses an electric current to destroy the hair. Cryotherapy destroys the hair follicle by freezing with liquid nitrogen.

ingrown eyelash
Home Remedies:
Warm Compress
Ease the pain and irritation with a warm wash cloth. Gently hold a clean very warm wash on the area that has the ingrown lash. Repeat frequently though out the day. Try cotton baby wash cloths. They are soft and gentle. See my Amazon picks at the bottom of this post for purchasing organic cotton baby wash cloths.

The wash cloth may also be used to help free an ingrown lash. Gently rub a warm clean wash cloth back and forth over the ingrown lash. The wash cloth will gently exfoliate possibly releasing the ingrown lash. 

Do not do this if you have the pimple like infection, because you can spread bacteria to the surrounding areas of your eye. A doctor is definitely in order in there is any infection!

Tea Bag Compress

Use a green tea bag as a compress. Wet the tea bag with warm water and place it on the eye with the ingrown lash for about 15 minutes twice a day. The tannin in the tea will help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Cucumber Slices

Use cucumber slices on the eyes to reduce inflammation, swelling and promote healing for about 15 minutes twice a day.

Artificial Tears 

Use artificial tears to ease the discomfort and keep the lash line moist. Softened moist skin allows an ingrown hair break through the surface of the skin easier than tougher dry skin. Moist skin also heals quicker. 


If you can see the hair poking through the skin, close your eyes and have someone with a steady hand carefully tweeze the hair out. 


Remove makeup
Reduce the chance of getting an ingrown eyelash by removing eye makeup thoroughly at night with an effective eye makeup remover.

Gently Exfoliate

Use a wash cloth to gently rub back and forth on the lash line daily to help reduce build up of dead cells that can trap hairs under the skin.

Apply coconut oil for it's hydrating, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Use a cotton swab to apply a very thin layer of coconut oil to the lash line at night to hydrate and help keep the lash line soft to make it easier for the lashes to come through the surface of the skin as they grow.

Hope this helps you with those annoying and painful ingrown eyelashes.

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