Archive for the ‘Beauty Regimen’ Category

Vegan Cuts Makeup Box – Fall Collection

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Since I am a vegan when I first heard about Vegan Cuts I had to investigate. “What is this some sort of new frozen food-to-go?” Then I realized what I was hearing about was a makeup box filled with full-size samples of vegan and cruelty-free make up that matches the season. I love natural make up brands and only purchase products that do not possess harsh chemicals. So signing up for Vegan Cuts Makeup Box for $39.95 every quarter just seemed like the right thing to do.

The Fall collection box includes the following make-up:

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip – As you guys know I am a big fan of juice beauty skin care products. Therefore I was extra excited to see their liquid lip in the box. This plant based phyto-pigments liquid is combined with cold-pressed oils to lay down a vivid lip color and create a shiny finish. very pigmented indeed. $24

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Au Naturale Organic Creme Eye Shadow – I was looking for a new ivory color eye shadow. But now I don’t have to look anymore. This long lasting color and rich textured eye shadow nourishes the skin with essential oils. The versatile creme shadow can be used as a stand alone shadow, a base or eye liner. $20

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Ofra Cosmetics Blush Stripes – Allows you to create the high check bone look with a natural bronze glow. This product can also be used as a four-colored eye shadow powder! $35

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Bellapierre Cosmetics HD Makeup Primer – Okay I was looking for a brand new primer and this box fulfilled that request as well. Treat dryness, fine lines, excess oil and enlarged pores with this mineral-infused formula. This primer provides a one-of-a-kind smooth complexion and is amazing at holding in make-up to cover blemishes and dark circles. $75

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I immediately realized I really got my money’s worth with the Vegan Cuts Makeup Box. I paid $39.95 (free shipping in the US) and the products total value is $154.00. I feel good about this and can’t wait for the winter collection to come in December.

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Shea Moisture – Low Porosity Protein-Free Line

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Now that I know my hair is low porosity I recently started to use Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free products. This line includes a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. For about four weeks I have used this product and have not experienced hard, dry, brittle hair. Before it was soft and manageable only just after using certain products. Now, at any given day, when I touch my hair just to feel if the softness is still present, to my surprise it is. Because I live in New Mexico that is a very big deal!

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I apply the leave-in conditioner after I shampoo and condition my hair and also to twist my curls and when I wear an Afro. My mother can’t believe the change. She said now your hair is going to grow. I hope so.

While applying the product the softness isn’t there but when my curls are dry the moisture and softness is noticeable.

I didn’t want to write a post about this line right away because I wanted to wait to see how my hair would respond to the new line. Overall I am pleased and happy my hair is finally happy.

I hope this is it regarding trying different hair products.

Low Porosity

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

I didn’t understand why my hair was so dry. No products seemed to work. My curls broke off and just stopped growing. I couldn’t figure it out. When I revealed my problem on the web and on social media people reached out and said find out your porosity level.

I am old school and just tried various products and took it from there. However there is such a thing called low porosity and high porosity hair. After some research I took the hair strand test (on clean hair) using a glass of water and discovered that my hair is low porosity because my strand floated on top of the water.

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Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Because my porosity is low my hair cuticles are closed and moisture has a hard time getting in and staying in. According to the research I did below are some of the things people with low porosity hair should always do.

  • Moisturize hair when it is damp or dry. NOT wet. By doing this hair cuticles will open for moisture.
  • Deep condition with heat.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo. This is something I didn’t do because of the dry climate I live in.
  • Rinse using warm water
  • Use light oils such as olive oil or grape seed oil. This is something I didn’t do as well because of the dry climate.
  • Be careful using proteins. So should I stop using raw eggs on my hair?

After some more reserch I now know Shea Moisture has a line for low porosity hair. I plan to use it quickly.

When You Reach A Certain Age…

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Now that I have reached a certain age I am making sure I use anti-aging products to look youthful and wrinkle-free for as long as possible.

As you may know I use Juice Beauty skin care products. At one point the Green Apple line was anti-aging. Now it’s changed a bit. Green Apple still offers anti-aging ingredients but it now focuses on making the skin look bright and healthy.

The Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Skincare is Juice Beauty’s new anti-aging line. Well it’s not really new. It’s been around for a while. However now that I am of a certain age this is all I plan to use for everyday skin care.

As always Juice Beauty doesn’t disappoint. The products feel rich and creamy. I am happy with everything I tried.

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GO VEGANS!!!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Ummmm. I saw this video by PETA and had to post it. The video was initially slated as a TV commercial but got banned. I don’t think it was banned because it was too sexy I think the commercial was banned because it revealed facts that having a healthy/vegan diet can lead to a better sex life and healthier life overall. Check it out, judge for yourself and share your thoughts. Enjoy!

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Why Was This Vegan Commercial Banned From TV?

It has been known forever that vegans generally are in better health than non-vegans. This applies to sexual health as well. Most vegan experts agree that vegans are better in bed than those who consume diets with animal products. Do vegans last longer in bed?

I’d like to know why matters of human health are considered too risqué for TV? Why can we have TV shows and movies on every night that deal with sexuality but as soon as a racy vegan commercial is put on TV it’s too taboo for air? Could it be a conspiracy? It surely can’t because of the content. You can see much worse in the average sitcom.

Is it true that vegans have better sex than non-vegans? How about the claim that vegans ‘last longer? Below is what we do know about a vegan diet.

  • Foods with higher levels of zinc and vitamin B increase sexual desire and libido. These are primarily vegan foods.
  • Vegans typically are slimmer leading to what is widely considered as being sexy (yes we understand many prefer a fuller body)
  • Vegans have been shown to have more energy and stamina than their meat eating counterparts
  • Some studies have shown that vegans smell better, have better skin, and yes…even have better tasting bodily secretions.

While it’s not an absolute that vegans last longer, it’s not an unreasonable assumption. Either way, it really cleared the way for an exciting and attention getting video from PETA! We enjoyed watching it. What do you think?

 

 

 

Benefits of Juicing

Friday, March 4th, 2016

I’ve been juicing every day with my new juicer since I returned from the cruise. Right now my favorite recipe includes apples, carrots, beets and spinach. The drink may not look tasty but trust me it is.

I started juicing many years ago when I learned about its health benefits.

There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables and it’s a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat. Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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When making your own juice it is important to make only as much as you can consume at one time. In the morning I juice half a gallon to a gallon, and before evening, it is finished. Juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning. Exposure of the drink to air and bacteria can not only make you sick but threaten the nutritional value of the juice as well. Juice can be made the night before and stored in the refrigerator in a glass jar. Glass holds in the nutrients longer so please do not use plastic.

It is also necessary to wash all fruits and vegetables in hot water before juicing to remove any dirt, pesticides or bacteria. Make sure your cutting board and utensils are clean as well. E. coli is a very dangerous bacteria that can live on your fruits and make you sick.

Benefits of Juicing

  • Better Overall Health
  • Healthier Hair
  • Heals Acne
  • Brightens Skin
  • Weight Management
  • More Energy
  • Less Toxins In Your Body
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Lots Of Good Nutrition

Sounds good?

Sassy

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Look at my sassy new nail file I purchased at Sally’s for 99 cents.

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How To Achieve Healthy Skin

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Healthy eating, drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, sleeping seven to eight hours nightly, a skin care regiment and taking vitamins and supplements equals beautiful skin. When these steps are incorporated into your lifestyle at an early age the long term affect will be gorgeous skin no matter what your skin looked like when you were a teen. I know. I am living proof. However, if you want to improve your skin now, it is not too late to start.

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I started breaking out when I was 12-years-old. At 13 I realized my acne can be controlled, not cured, but controlled with a regular skin care routine. From then, until today, I have a daily method of caring for my skin. I changed things up a lot because my skin wouldn’t let me maintain one process but what stayed the same was a regiment. I had oily skin with pimples, white heads and black heads on my face, chest, back and shoulders! As an insecure teen I used to try to be confident but that was shot to pieces when strangers approached me and said, “You have really beautiful skin. All you need to do to clear up things is…” I know they were trying to be helpful but at the time all I noticed was that they saw my acne and I was trying so hard to act like it wasn’t there. I thought it must look really bad for a stranger to say something to me. And guess what? It did!

As an adult I realized one of the first steps of a healthy skin care routine is wearing less make-up. You want to obtain clear skin so you won’t have to need make-up. So not using make-up will help you get clear skin.

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As a teen and young adult I would apply make-up over my unhealthy skin. I wasn’t fooling anyone. In fact I looked worse with a layer of foundation smeared across the bumps, dry and oily patches, and scars that the make-up couldn’t cover.

If you are experiencing something like this now do yourself a favor and ditch the make-up. When you are able to start wearing it again opt to wear less and use brands that are less toxic. It’s important to understand that your lifestyle, including your cosmetics, all affect the health of your skin. Stop using brands that possess harsh chemicals and switch to organic and cleaner cosmetics to get healthy overall.

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When you have healthy, clear skin, your need or want for make-up vanishes. These days I don’t wear make-up every day like I used to. When I have a personal or professional meeting I apply a natural look that doesn’t include a lot of make-up. This is the benefit of healthy skin and this is the benefit I want you to have. It is important to be confident in your own skin than to hide behind a mask of make-up.

My favorite organic, vegan, and/or natural cosmetic and skin care lines are:

  • Shea Moisture
  • Tart
  • Juice Beauty
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • ZuZu Luxe
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)
  • Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc.