Expensive creams, facials, injections, and doctors – keeping your skin in tiptop shape isn’t cheap. So it’s no wonder I look for inexpensive ways to take care of my skin. A healthy diet, lots of water, and relaxation all work well. But the number one trick to better skin is keeping my hands off my face. It’s such a simple concept. And sometimes it’s the simplest things we often overlook. Unless I’ve just washed and dried my hands, I try not to touch my face.

I say “try” because it’s impossible to go totally hands free. And there’s an equally simple reason for this. All those germs and bacteria inhabiting cell phones, remote controls, and door handles (just to name a few) have no business being on your face. But it’s not viable to completely eliminate them from day to day life.

This week we are excited to be giving away a Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman miracle complexion sponge. It is a quick, easy and attainable way to achieve a fresh-faced and fabulous look.

One of my favorite pastimes is rummaging through other people’s makeup bags. Whether it’s my own friends or complete strangers, I love seeing what products other people are using and loving. Since I figured there must be others out there like me, I decided to reveal my makeup bag must-haves.

I enjoy doing these first impressions because I love trying out new products. I recently saw this primer while I was shopping at Ulta so I thought I would try it out and let you all know what I thought. I go through phases where I use a face primer, but recently I’ve found that I’ve especially been in need of one. I find that my foundation has trouble lasting all day and my face ends up looking really shiny by the afternoon. This product claims to help with shine control, and after trying out this product and seeing the improvements in my skin, I feel as though this purchase was long overdue.

After a long night, it’ s tempting not to remove your makeup. And it doesn’t help that makeup removers are pricey. But this habit can lead to an allergic reaction, irritation or infection. Well, I’ve discovered 5 great alternatives to makeup remover that won’t be as costly but have the same benefits.

I have come to notice that most women seem to be mystified by the smoky eye. Those who know how to do them most often don’t realize that they re pretty versatile. Once you get the color shading down you can pretty much make a smoky eye out of any color scheme. Here is a natural brown smoky eye tutorial. 

I have a confession to make: this isn’t really my makeup bag. But it’s red and comes closest to picturing the red pencil case I use to store what little makeup I have. Yes, a red pencil case. Though I’m a bit embarrassed by that, I’m going to embarrass myself a little more and reveal to you the contents of my “makeup bag.” According to Fit and Fab, I scored a 3/8 for the essentials to have in your makeup bag. Is it bad to say that I’m actually quite impressed by this?

 

Of the many things I love about summer a shiny, oil streaked face is certainly not one of them. My battle with shine has led me to three products that I can actually trust to control the reflecting mirror that is my forehead in the summer. Believe me I’ve tried it all, but with combination, sensitive skin it’s rather hard to find products I can trust. That is, of course, until I tried these. 

 

Ever wished that some day they would discover a way to tan that would actually be good for you? No free radicals, no harmful UV lights, just the sun-kissed glow that we all strive for in these short summer months. Perhaps there is a solution: bronzer.  But not just any bronzer, this VMV Hypoallergenics “Tarte-à-Tan” powder works miracles for your skin. 

Okay let’s count up how many completely useless “exfoliating” soaps, bars, gels etc. that you can find in your bathroom. Something like “way too many” right? They may work right when you get out of the shower or for a couple hours if you’re lucky but in reality, they never really make your skin baby-bottom soft. Well, all that’s about to change. I tried LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics “Buffy” body butter and I love it!

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