For the past several years, as winter settles in, I’m in complete denial that my skin needs a lot more TLC. I usually wait until my skin gets dry to take action… and by then it’s about repairing damage not preventing it. This year I decided to get prepared early- but then the cold dry weather came early too (thanks a lot mother nature!). Luckily I seem to have caught it in time, and my hair and skin is doing really great so far (knock on wood!). Read more
Once again M.A.C has brought out a great new launch that I just had to get my paws all over- this time around it’s skincare minis! I love beauty minis (especially fragrance because I can never use a 3.4 oz bottle of juice) and I’ve been wanting to try a few of M.A.C’s obnoxiously popular Strobe Cream so when I was picking a few other things up, I had to get a few skincare minis too!
The video that will me embedded in this post will talk about a few serum moisturizers I’ve tried. There are lots of companies that make serum moisturizers, there are too many to list here, so I only listed the 3 I’ve tried/have on hand. The Moroccan Argan Oil was sent to me by Eden Allure (click here for their website) the When Hope is Not Enough I’ve had for about a year, and the Christian Dior HydrAction Deep Hydration Radical Serum was sent to me by myshimmer.com (click here for their website). Here on the blog, I’m just going to talk about what is in each serum, and talk about what those ingredients do.
100% Pure Deodorized Moroccan Argan Oil: ($30 for 2.2 oz on the Eden Allure Website) Argan Oil is derived from the kernels of Argan Fruit. Argan Tress only grow in a few places, most notably Morocco, making this oil rare and sought-after. Goats in actually will climb up the thorny branches just to get to the Argan fruit, so you know it’s good stuff Also, this oil is fair traded, and that story is pretty interesting: The Co-ops that produce the Argan Oil are owned and operated by Women, and share profits among the women of the Berber Tribe. So it’s a cosmetic, and a cause! You can use this oil all over your body, hair, & nails. Ok, down to the nitty-gritty of what’s in this wonderful oil:
Vitamin E is so multi-useful, I’ll only list a few things this one does: Protects this skin from ultra violet damage, Reduces moisture loss in skin, it is an antioxidant, so it retards the formation of free radicals from UVA rays, stress, aging, and most importantly, when you apply Vitamin E, the skin absorbs and maintains the Vitamin E, making this a excellent skincare ingredient (this is why this one is so buzz-worthy)
Squalene is an organic compound (meaning it comes from living things, i.e. plants, animals). Because it occurs naturally in our bodies, it absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave an oily residue, and it blend well with other oils and vitamins making it a great additive to cosmetics.
Phenol: naturally kills micro bacteria, and can aid in chemical exfoliation.
Argan Oil has other components, most of this information I found on wikipedia and other online sources (google is AWESOME)
When Hope Is Not Enough: ($38 for 1oz available many places including Sephora stores, and Sephora.com)
Soy this one gets a lot of buzz, and it’s well deserved. Soy is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin E (see above)
Glutathione Another powerful antioxidant
Vitamin C Yet, another antioxidant
Christian Dior HydrAction Deep Hydration Radical Serum The third ingredient is Alcohol Denatured, which not only drys out and irritates the skin, but it can PROMOTE free radical damage, making any anti-oxidant useless, since the alcohol undoes their positive effects. This serum is harmful to your skin. The only positive is the scent, which is useless since the serum is such a stinker. The only thing radical about this serum is the price. This costs $70 dollars for 1.7 oz, which if this was a good serum, I could over look.
I hope this post and the video were helpful for you. I have a bunch of stuff coming up including a “how I style my hair video” and 2 makeup tutorials for my Mom’s 50th (Hints: you will LOVE these, & one will take you WAY back to 1959)
Hi Guys and Dolls! I hope you’re all doing well! This video is an overview of my day and night skin routines. As I said in the video, I will be doing another video explain the “why’s and how’s ” and such of skin care.