Monday, October 5, 2015

Why You May Want to Avoid Volume-Building Shampoos After a Fresh Hair Coloring!

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Formulations of shampoos do matter when you have fresh hair to think about.
It is always in your best interest to give freshly colored hair enough time to set before your first shampoo.  Some believe 48 hours is enough time. But the real truth is that it takes 72 hours for that cuticle layer to completely close to lock in that color.

Of course, it is always better to use products designed for color-treated hair to safeguard the color from rapid fading.  Nonetheless, I was always under the assumption that the only shampoo that could strip hair color was the clarifying variety with their stronger formulations.  

However, I learned something the last time that I went to the salon. According my stylist, volume-building shampoos should be avoided as well because these also can speed up color fading since volumizers can open up the hair cuticle.  

For more tips of how to extend the life of your hair coloring, I hope you read my earlier post on the subject because it may get you more time instead of running to your salon or drug store to revive that hair color. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Review: Mineral Fusion Radiance Illuminating Powder

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One of the best ways to keep your complexion thriving is by making smarter choices when shopping for cosmetics and skin care.  After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ.  Therefore, you need to give some thought to the type of ingredients that your skin can absorb. 

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You can do a lot multitasking with this one highlighting compact from Mineral Fusion.  

Mineral makeup can offer an excellent solution to keep your complexion healthy like Mineral Fusion’s Radiance Illuminating Powder ($29.99).  This all natural formula is 100% vegan, paraben, phthalate, SLS, and fragrance-free to give you more peace of mind compared to other cosmetics, crammed with tons of barely readable chemical ingredients that could give you reason for concern.

You got to love how Mineral Fusion’s Illuminating Powder can add color like those others but also benefit your complexion with anti-aging skin care ingredients such as pomegranate, sea kelp, red and white teas besides vitamins C and E for addition natural UV protection.  This product also has aloe vera to keep the skin smooth.

The colors in this compact are a soft pink, a beige-gold, a mauve, and white that when swirled together with a big brush can really put the perfect finishing touch to accentuate your cheekbones, brow bone for your eyes or basically anywhere you want to brighten up your complexion.  This is not some artificial glittery type of glow but more of a subtle gleam that appears much more natural looking like you're standing in the light when the sun hits.

Once again, Mineral Fusion produced another product that I really love and will keep on using.  When you’re next in the market for a new illuminator, I suggest visiting Whole Foods to find Mineral Fusion’s Radiance Illuminating Powder because it is a wonderful one to keep you beautiful!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Why Not Try My Wonderful Homemade Flour Tortillas and Healthy, Never-Fried Refried Beans This Weekend?

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This makes a wonderful healthy lunch or snack.

If you love the taste of refried beans and flour tortillas, I want to show you how to cut the fat without sacrificing that awesome Mexican taste while saving money as you serve it on homemade flour tortillas.  

Before you start dismissing the idea of attempting to make flour tortillas, I want to assure you that you don’t need to run out and buy a tortilla press.  I have one, but I prefer just using my rolling pin to flatten the 18 little balls in this recipe to get the bigger size that I like.  

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You get 18 of these flour tortillas from my recipe.

Rolling is the most time-consuming part of making tortillas.  But think of it this way, you will get a stack of 18 tortillas that you can store in the refrigerator for future use.  

The day before you want to serve this up, you need to soak two cups of dry pinto beans
overnight.  Keep this mind because those beans will never cook in time if you get a last minute craving for these refried beans.
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Look at how much Healthy, Never-Fried Refried Beans this recipe makes.

My Flour Tortillas

4 cups of flour
1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
½ cup of canola oil
1-1/4 cups of warm water

Healthy, Never-Fried Refried Beans

2 cups of dry pinto beans
4 cups of water
1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon of garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

To prepare the tortilla dough:

Mix the flour, salt, oil and slowly add only enough of that water so the dough will feel smooth and elastic when you form it into a ball.  

Divide the ball into 18 smaller balls.

Roll each ball out onto a floured surface into a flat 12-inch circle.  The tortilla will be thin, but you need to be able to lift it and transport to your waiting, heated cast iron skillet or griddle. 

You do not grease the skillet or griddle.

Leave it on the skillet until bubbles form, then turn over and cook the opposite side. 

Repeat the process until you cook them all.

To prepare the Healthy, Never-Fried Refried Beans Filling:

Soak the beans overnight in the water.  Drain and rinse in the colander before adding fresh water and cooking until tender.  (This will take about three or four hours.)

I found it is easier to use the food processor instead of mashing by hand.  Drain the cooked beans.   Add some of the drained beans  and process them a little at a time.  Keep processing them until everything is mashed.

Add the cheese, salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper and garlic powder next and process until you form a fairly thick paste.  

To assemble your tortilla with My Healthy, Never-Fried Refried Beans Filling:

Spoon out the amount of filling to cover one side.  I like to fold two sides and then start wrapping from the bottom to roll it up.

I reheat a plate of three filled tortillas in the microwave for about a minute to warm it through.


Friday, October 2, 2015

Do You Know the Difference Between Humectants, Occlusives and Emollients When It Comes to Your Skin Care?

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Some basic knowledge about  your moisturizer's composition helps make a more informed decision when buying for your skin care needs.

Reading skin care labels can be confusing.  However, if you have a basic understanding of humectants, occlusives, and emollients when shopping for your skin care products, then you can better address your particular skin care needs.

Humectants are the ingredients in the product that attract water from the surface to the skin cell itself.  For example, some common ingredients to look for are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, urea, lactic acid, ammonium lactate, butylene glycol, sodium PCA, sorbitol, PCA, diglycerin, and sodium lactate among others.  

Occlusives are the ingredients that trap the hydration to keep the water from evaporating.  Occlusive agents are ingredients like squalene, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, propylene glycol, mineral oil, and lanolin are just some names they you might come across.  

Emollients, on the other hand, are the ingredients that do the actually softening and smoothing lubrication of the outer layer of the skin.  Ingredients such as plant oils like coconut, jojoba, sesame, and almond oils are wonderful emollients.  Others include olive oil, cetyl alcohol, and paraffin.  Shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax and squalene are multitasking ingredients that are both emollient and occlusive in how that function.

When you have an idea of how these types of ingredients work, it is much easier to pinpoint what to expect from how those moisturizers might work for you when they appear together in combination.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Discover the Beautiful Difference ViaBuff Facial and Body Buffs Can Make!

This is a sponsored post.
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We all know how important regular exfoliation is because without it our body lotions and anti-aging creams would just sit there on the top layer of the skin instead of penetrating deeper to do us the most good. However, I found a better way to exfoliate with ViaBuff Facial and Body Buffs that I had a chance to use.

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ViaBuff Body Buffs

What excites me is that the open cell polyurethane foam material of these buffs makes them more sanitary, for a more hygienic experience, being antifungal, antibacterial and allergen free than what’s typically out there for this purpose.  

Mesh nylon poufs, sponges, and loofahs with their porous construction can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, which can lead to skin infections if used improperly and not regularly replaced.  On the other hand, this company’s product offers a healthier method of cleansing and exfoliating wet skin that may have knicks or wounds with its superior resistance to disease-causing contaminants that may be harboring in those other forms, especially when you neglect thoroughly drying them in a cool place after every use and leave them hanging in your bathroom.

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ViaBuff Facial Buffs

Trying to keep those forms of buffs clean means frequent washing at least once a week.  Yet, you can’t toss that nylon pouf or loofah in your washing machine and expect to use them again like you can the ViaBuff, which can last up to 22 washes. 

Another thing to love about ViaBuff is that you are in control of the strength of exfoliation that you want to use.  Think of what this means for your face first of all.  Exfoliating with rough cleansing grains can exfoliate and also cause micro-tears in your complexion, if using too much or too harsh a product.  Using a wash cloth might not be abrasive enough to remove the dirt or makeup that is deeply embedded. 

I started with the moderate pink facial buff with some creamy goat milk cleanser and felt my complexion being exfoliated, but without any irritation or redness once I rinsed.  My skin was softer and glowed.  

Customizing the levels of exfoliation whether for you face or your body is one that you will appreciate.  Since each of us have different skin concerns, ViaBuff addresses that need with four levels of exfoliation strength. 

Level 1 (purple color)  is  extra gentle and recommended for those with sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin.  

Level 2 (green color) is slightly more mildly abrasive and geared for normal or those with eczema.  

Level 3 (pink color) is for moderate exfoliation and ideal for dry skin, ingrown hairs or those rough patches that can develop on arms or legs. 

Level 4 (white color) is the most powerful way to remove dead skin that is intended for  those with very dry skin.

Those with combination skin can simply combine the levels they prefer such as 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 1, etc. 

The pink and white ViaBuff that I sampled for my shower absorbed my shower gel well on the white side for lathering without needing to oversaturate it as I often need to do when using a bath sponge.  It also was abrasive enough to clean and stimulate circulation as it exfoliated.

I didn’t get a handle, which would have been great for doing hard to reach places like my back.  Good news though, ViaBuff has one that you can buy separately or packaged with their buffs.

Though this is a sponsored post written on the company's behalf, my opinion is my own honest one.  It was not necessary to provide it, but I really did like how both the Facial and Body Buffs performed for me as well. Do visit visit ViaBuff's website and shop because you will love these unique buffs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Do You Want a Better Way to Minimize Facial Redness?

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A big synthetic brush can be your best friend.

Rosacea can be frustrating to deal with when attempting to minimize that redness.  Though I don’t personally have this condition, I know the difficulty it presents because my mother has it to contend with. However, she has found some great tricks when using color-correcting bases that she wanted me to share with others dealing with the same problem.

When she first started using a color-correcting product, she always used to put it on with her fingers.  Afterwards, she mentioned that it seemed to make the redness more noticeable.  Of course, the heat of her fingers as she worked that makeup in was what made the problem worse.  Then, I made a suggestion for her to try a synthetic brush.

My first thought was a foundation brush.  You would assume it would be ideal for this purpose, but it went on a bit too heavy in spots.  Finally, it hit us.  We just needed to use a bigger brush like a powder brush to apply the product.

If you want to minimize that redness with makeup and be happier with the results, you will improve your coverage if you try using a synthetic powder brush to apply it.  This size of brush really makes this sort of coverage so much better.

Another tip that honestly helps is Reviva Lab’s Spider Vein & Rosacea Day Cream with vitamin P.  (By the way, I don’t gain financially for telling you this, but what I do gain is helping you in the same way this product helped my mother).  It really lightens the red color and improves the texture of the skin while protecting with SPF.  In fact, it might even help you use less makeup to cover it as well.

Sometimes, the simplest changes can often help the most.  So here's to you staying beautiful instead of miserable!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion

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Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion

I believe strongly in the benefits of regular exfoliation to encourage cell renewal for a better, glowing complexion.  Therefore, when iFabbo emailed about Dr. Brandt’s PoreDermabrasion, I thought why not see how this $58 pore perfecting exfoliator worked for this #iFabboMember.

According to the package, this product deeply cleans and refines the appearance of pores as it smooths skin texture through professional grade micro crystals and chemical exfoliator.

I followed the directions by damping my face first before applying a small amount of the Dr. Brandt #PoreDermabrasion.  I gently massaged the product on my face and away from my eyes for the recommended minute. Then, I gave it about two minutes as the box specified to activate the product’s ingredients before finally rinsing.

With my dry complexion, Dr. Brandt’s PoreDermabrasion left my skin feeling tight.  I did not experience redness or irritation, but I felt uncomfortable. Perhaps, those with normal to oily complexions would feel differently, but this is not a product for me.  

However, if Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion sounds like something that could benefit your complexion, this product ships free so follow this link and share.  You can also earn X2 loyalty points with that purchase.  In fact, if you share with friends and they return to, you can both save up to $10 on your next purchase when you click here.