Skin Care Secrets

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This month I’ve decided to spend a lot more time on my skin.  I’ve never had a problem with acne or oily skin, so washing my face when in the shower was the most time I dedicated to it.  Envious? Don’t be.  When you’re not used to working to keep your skin clear, you can fall into the habit of neglecting it.  Taking care of your skin is incredibly important, especially if you want to stay looking youthful.

meeshme.comBeing a California native I’ve spent plenty of time sun bathing.  Having an olive complication thanks to my Middle Eastern roots, I never worried about sun block.  While others slathered on the sun screen, I laughed.  That’s come back to bite me in the a$$.  Sun screen is vital to the health of your skin.  The sun’s rays don’t just make you more susceptible to skin cancer, they also cause your skin to lose its elasticity.  Too much exposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, sagging, and freckling.  To protect your skin, avoid sun bathing for multiple hours a day or hitting the tanning bed.  Always put on sun screen.  I remember putting on the lowest SPF sunscreen I could find, don’t! Make sure to purchase something with an SPF of 30 or higher.  I hate rubbing in sunscreen, so I always opt for the spray-on versions like Coola organic sport sun screen.  Purchase it here.  Coola has enough SPF to provide protection without leaving your hands or legs white from residue.  It also doesn’t seep out of your pores when it’s hot, like traditional lotions will do.

meeshme.comI never was addicted to the tanning bed, but I definitely made visits at least once a month in preparation for the summer.  Who doesn’t appreciate the effect of a tan?  It can hide those pesky imperfections like nothing else.  I liked tanning not just for the look it gave me, but because it relaxed me.  Laying down in that warm bed would put me to sleep.  I’d listen to some music and just let go of everything going on in my head.  While I do miss this experience, it isn’t worth putting myself at risk for skin cancer, nor is it worth even the perfect tan.  I’ve never been a fan of spray tans, but there are other options.  Jergens Natural Glow will slowly increase the pigment in your skin without making you look orange.  Clinque also has a fabulous product for $23.  Buy it here.

meeshme.comTo help correct some of the sun damage on my face, I started researching moisturizers with SPF.  My skin is naturally on the dry side, so applying a moisturizer after washing my face is mandatory.  I read that ROC Multi Correxion 4 Zone daily moisturizer was rated by users as one of the top products for reversing sun damage and aging.  The ROC moisturizer, “targets four key areas of the face to diminish the look of multiple signs of aging.”  The moisturizer has an SPF of 30 which is higher than many make-up counter moisturizers.  The moisturizer claims to target the four zones of the face.  It claims to diminish the signs of lines and wrinkles from the forehead, decreases the appearance of crows feet from the eye area, removes brown spots and uneven skin tone from your cheeks, and improves elasticity of the jaw line. The ROC 4 zone moisturizer can be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and Target for around $25 a bottle.  This may seem expensive for the size of the bottle, but it’s cheaper than many brand name moisturizers that claim to do the same thing.

meeshme.comTo repair deep set wrinkles try L’OREAL’s Revitalift.  Botox and similar services can be a scary experience and costly investment.  I’ve never tried it myself, and horror stories keep me from making an appointment.  I’ve known women who have had it, and I can’t say that I saw too much of a difference.  If you do choose to invest in botox, make sure you don’t skimp on the cost in exchange for the right doctor.  These days almost anyone can provide injections, so make sure you go to someone who knows what they’re doing.  In the meantime Revitalift may provide you with the skin assistance you need.  This wrinkle repair cream works overnight to bring elasticity back to your skin, and plumps up the gaps which create wrinkles and lines on your face.  Users see results over time.  I myself only started seeing results after a couple of months.  Your wrinkles weren’t built in a day, so it won’t take a day or two to fix them.  Dedicate the time every night and a.m. to taking care of your skin, and you’ll see the results.  You can get Revitalift at CVS for just $15.99.  Buy it here.

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February: Things I love (This Month)

I get really obsessed with certain products, and then play them out until I can’t have anymore.  I like what I like, and I don’t stop liking it until I do.  Right now I’m obsessed with:

SNACKS

meeshme.comSpecial K Fruit & Yogurt Cereal

I have always been a fan of special K, a cereal I can eat to help me keep the pounds from fighting their way back.  I can however, eat more than one bowl of special K at a sitting, negating the dietary benefits of the cereal.  That’s why I love the new fruit and yogurt version.  This new twist on the classic fills you up much quicker than the regular cereal.  Added bonus: the dried berry clusters transform the remainder milk left into the bowl into a bowl of strawberry milk.  Find the fruit and yogurt special K at your local market.

meeshme.comPretzel Crisps & Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges

When I was around 5 years old I used to spend a lot of time with my Arabic uncle Emad.  He would give me these triangle of soft cheese as a snack.  He ate a lot of traditional food back then, so I thought he was giving me some special Arabic cheese.  Fast forward 20 years later, and I finally realize that those yummy cheese triangles came from Vons.  The laughing cow makes a variety of flavors now including a delicious sun dried tomato flavor.  At just 50 calories for the regular, and 35 for the light version, these cheese wedges can calm your hunger pains when you’re in between meals.  OMG do I love pretzel crisps.  So much better than a regular cracker.  At just 110 calories for 11 crisps, you can enjoy this treat guilt free.  I’ve recently topped my pretzel crisps with the Laughing Cow swiss cheese  flavored soft cheese.  It’s a great snack and fills me up.

MAKE-UP

meeshme.comNARS Sheer Glow Foundation

For years I went without using foundation.  I hate the feel of caked on make-up, and I was fortunate to avoid acne growing up.  It wasn’t until two years ago that I started to think I needed a little foundation.  I started using M.A.C tinted moisturizer, because it gave my skin a little color, concealed small imperfections, and protected my skin with it’s SPF.  I used the tinted moisturizer for almost two years, but started to notice that it gave me an orange look, especially in pictures.  I was afraid to try a true foundation, but the girl at the NARS make up counter insisted a try their foundation.  She said it was light, and she wasn’t lying.  I am in love with this product.  She worked with me to find the perfect color for my skin.  The light coverage hid what I wanted it to, but didn’t leave my skin feeling or looking cakey.  My skin looks smooth and soft.  The best part is that my skin doesn’t look white in pictures.  Most foundations contain a chemical that turns white under a flash, but it’s not found in NARS foundation.  The only downside is that the foundation can dry skin if you already have an issue, so always put on moisturizer before applying the foundation.  NARS sheer glow foundation can be found at your local department store for $44.

meeshme.comDisney Collection for Sephora

For Christmas my boyfriend’s little sister bought me the Cinderella eye shadow palette by Sephora.  Not only is the case beautiful, but the eye shadow variety is amazing.  I hate it when I have to use a ton of eye shadow just to make the color pop.  That’s not the case with this eye shadow palette. The color pops with a small amount of shadow, and lasts throughout the day.  The variety was awesome as well, with shadow colors ranging from purple to brown.  No matter what outfit I put on, there is an eye shadow to match.  Sephora recently released the newest set which is called the Jasmine collection. View the collection here.  You can order from Sephora online with no shipping cost for $55.  A great price for the amount and variety of shadows you get.

Shopping

meeshme.comLulu’s

I tend to purchase a lot of clothing from one particular store.  I’ll find an outfit I love, and keep going back.  This month I’ve been obsessed with Lulus.com.  I love pretty, delicate things, and Lulu’s has so many lovely things to choose from.  I’ve purchased four dresses from them so far, and one pair of heels.  If you love to look feminine, you have to check Lulu’s out.  Visit them here.

 

Prepping for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you.  I hope you’re spending this day with a loved one, be it romantically or with your best friends.  Today I’m going to feature my favorite red and pink products in honor of the holiday.  So without further ado here they are:

Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter

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Strawberry set

Whether you purchase it in a set along with body gel and soap, or on it’s own, the Body Shop’s Strawberry body butter is addicting. Rub some of this creamy lotion on, and enjoy the smell of fresh strawberries all day. The thick cream will keep your legs from getting ashy, even in the colder months. Trust me, try it once and you’ll never use anything else. Purchase the body butter in stores, or online now.

Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lip Stick

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Pretty in Pink

Mac lipstick is long lasting, and vibrant. No need to put on several coats, and your lips will truly stand out.

Available in a variety of colors, this lipstick can be found online, in M.A.C stores, or at your local department store.

Viva Glam lipstick sells for $15.

Love Spell

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Love Spell

Victoria secret sells a variety of scents, but Love Spell is my favorite.

It’s also perfect for the holiday.

This light fragrance won’t overpower or overwhelm.

Love Spell the scent can be purchased in lotion or body splash form.

Find it in stores or at Victoria Secret online for $12.

Something Sexy

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Something Sexy

Let’s not forget the little something sexy.

Baby dolls and slips are cute, but there’s nothing boring about this old fashioned look.

Find this garter and more at Victoria Secret online.

While this garter costs $88, there are many more affordable options online.

The Hair Bow

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Cute & Functional

 

My boyfriend just started a new job at Disney.  He was showing me their newly developed web page dedicated to Disney Princesses.  If you’re a Disney Princess fan, or have a little girl at home, you should definitely check it out.

There is a portion of the website where you can access videos from “Cute Girl Hairstyles”.  They feature videos on how you can achieve the Princess Jasmine look, or get a braid like Rapunzel.  I watched a video where a mother gave her daughter a hair bow.  It was cute, and simple, and I thought why not give it a try?

It was really simple to achieve this look.  It literally took me under five minutes, and it stayed the whole day without hair spray.  I workout every day, and I’m always frustrated with my hair.  My bangs are falling in my face, the bun is coming undone, the ponytail is whipping my face.  I wore the hair bow to the gym, and it stayed in place the entire time. I was able to get my workout in, and not worry about my hair.  If you have little girls who are active, you have to try this hairstyle on them.

All you need to achieve this look is: a hair tie, two to four bobby pins, and hairspray (if needed).

Watch the video Here.

 

Curling Wands: Why You Can Throw Away Your Curling Iron

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For waves

I hesitated to write about curling wands, because it seemed to me like an item that every girl had by now.  However, throughout the past couple of months I was approached by women asking, “How do you get your hair to look like that?” When I mentioned the curling wand, they had never heard of it.  I think I’ve helped sell quite a few curling wands in the past year or so, but really every girl should have one.

If you use a curling wand, you know the benefits over the traditional curling iron. I used to look at celebrities, and wonder how they got their hair so lush and wavy.  Every time I attempted to curl my hair I would get the “George Washington” curl.  It wasn’t nearly as sexy as I had hoped.  Then I discovered the curling wand, and my life was changed forever.

Here are a few benefits of using a curling wand over a curling iron:

1) Better for Waves

Whether you are looking for a loose or tight wave, there is a wand for you.  Curling irons are only superior if you’re looking for the Shirley Temple look.  With a traditional curling iron you would have to curl your hair, then run your fingers through the curl several times in order to get a wavy look.  With the wand you simple wrap your hair around the wand, hold, and release.

2) Healthier Hair

Curling irons traditionally take longer to curl hair.  That extra time spent frying isn’t good for your luscious locks.  With some curling irons you have to hold the hair to the iron for a minute in order to achieve a curl that will stay.  With curling wands 10 to 15 seconds, and you’ve got a great wave.

3) More Time Efficient

It used to take me about an hour to curl all of my hair.  I would have to start getting ready way in advance, and dreaded doing it.  In order for a curl to hold I would have to separate my hair into very thin sections, taking up extra time I could be spending somewhere else.  Now with the help of my wand my hair is done in about 20 minutes.  The curling wand is more efficient, because I can use thicker sections and it only takes 10 to 15 minutes for a wave to take hold.

4) Longer Lasting Power

Even after spending an hour on my hair, my curls would be flat an hour into the evening.  I have thin hair, so getting a big sexy look is hard to achieve.  I would use tons of hairspray, and still my hair would go flat.  With my curling wand, my hair stays wavy all night and I use little if any hair spray.

5) No Creases

While curling irons can leave behind dents in your hair, curling wands leave a smooth look each time.

Side Effects

There is one side effect I’ve experienced with my curling wand: BURNS.  Tons of girls burn themselves every day with curling irons, so burns from a curling wand are nothing new.  When curling your hair you have to be extremely careful.  Each curling wand should come with a glove.  Unlike a curling iron, curling wand users have to hold the hair in place.  Creases are avoided, because there’s no metal or plastic clasp that comes down over the hair.  Wearing the glove is important, so that you don’t burn your fingers, especially as you’re learning to use the wand.  It’s also important to watch where you’re pointing the wand.  If the wand touches your skin it will burn it.  You may laugh now, but wearing a long sleeve t-shirt when first learning to use your wand can save you some pain later.

Once you get used to using your wand, you shouldn’t have a problem with burning yourself.  It’s an easy and efficient way to achieve the look you’ve been attempting for years.

Here is an instruction video on how to use the wand, and here is where you can purchase a wand of your own.

Stop by the Meeshme blog tomorrow for more tips and tricks.