Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Do You want to be Acne Free?

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Zits! UGH.
Don’t you just hate those stupid zits? They seem to appear at the most inopportune time. Do you want to be acne free? Why must this continue to be a problem? We all expect to have to deal with this issue when we are teenagers, however, many people deal with acne long after they have past those hormonal years. For those that are left with acne scars, it can be a major blow to their self esteem. What can you do to get a handle on this situation once and for all.
Blackheads and Cystic Acne

As a teenager growing up, I dealt with blackheads. I hated them, but in hindsight, this was nothing compared to the trauma my ex-husband suffered through dealing with cystic acne. I constantly watched it take a major toll on his mental state during what should be a otherwise normal day for him. It was an agonizing constant struggle. His acne ran in the family. He would break out and pustules would form, and then over the course of a week they would swell up into a huge painful bumps under his skin. He would complain of the pain, and he would be an emotional wreck. Not only would this problem affect his face, acne would pop up on his back and chest. Even though he had dark hair, his skin would burn easily in the sun. Well, he did have freckles. Either way, I do know a little about this subject and what worked for him.

Ouch!  Don't Scrub:  Give Your Face Some Love
      First, let me say that there is an excellent tutorial on the proper way to wash your face if you have acne at acne.org. Also, this website let’s you know what chemicals in medication to avoid. It is a very informative site that covers most all products. Dan really stress the importance of not scrubbing your skin during facial cleansing. Another important point that he makes is the importance of moisturizer. Moisturizing your face will protect it against the harsh effects of acne medicine. Even though this seems counterproductive, it is crucial to prevent increased irritation of the skin. Benzoyl Peroxide is the main ingredient in acne treatment, and if you use the correct strength it will dry your skin. This is why moisturizing the surface of your skin is so important.

Vitamins are a Must!
     Another important ingredient in treating your skin for acne is sunlight. About 10 to 20 minutes of sunlight will give you the necessary vitamin D that your body needs. Vitamin D will help the body absorb calcium which can be deficient in acne suffers. Small doses of vitamin D and sunlight will help clear up the skin. If you are going to be exposed to the sun for any length of time, then use a sunscreen. To much of a tan will thicken the skin and actually decrease the affects of vitamin D absorption. There are many other vitamins that are essential for clearing up acne. You can find a great list of these here.

Steam is Everything!
Conair Facial Sauna Systems with TimerGive your face a steam bath at least once a week. You can hover over a pan of very warm water with a towel over your head, you can use a facial steamer, or if you have access to a sauna, this is the best way to go for all over acne. This will open up the pores and allow the skin to breathe. Follow this process with your facial cleansing regime. Always pat the skin dry, and never rub it.
Does your diet affect your acne? Some say yea and some say nay, however, regions where low fat foods and diets rich in starch are the brunt of the daily intake hardly ever suffer from acne. Many red meat have added hormones. These hormones can increase the testosterone in the body. Testosterone is one of the many components that affect acne. It only makes sense that decreasing the diet in fatty red meats will decrease testosterone levels in the body. Drink plenty of water. That is another thing that we all could do a better job of because we need water to hydrate the skin. Hydrated skin will increase the release of sebum when we sweat. Furthermore, water helps to flush the body of toxins and increase a sluggish circulatory system in healthy individuals.

What is the Last Resort?

These steps are all important factors in maintaining healthy skin. Changing the way that you care for your skin will improve the clarity of it, decrease irritation, and open up the pores. For those of you that have tried everything, I will share this with you. My ex-husband finally resorted to Accutane. There was some side effects one of which was his upper lip became very swollen, however, it worked. After taking it for several months, his cystic acne went away and never returned. He did suffer with some acne scars before he decided to use it, but I have to admit that it did do the job. After he ended his treatment, as I recall he had to take it for 7 to 9 months period, he easily tanned without burning and he has never had to take it again.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Laptop Mouses - Hip, Cool, and Affordable

It is funny how we are addicted to our computers these days. You can pick just about any brand, style, and color and personalize it. It is the same with your laptop mouses. Technology just keeps getting better and better. It seems like with each new product, you can personalize it to fit your taste. Remember the old days when it was just you and the tank sized PC with all of the cords protruding from it. God forbid that a keyboard or mouse stopped working and you would have to ship it back to the company. Then there was the dreaded wait for the replacement part. Those days are long behind us. Nowadays, if a part goes bad, you can just run down to the local retail store and pick it up. If you just want to diversify, then you can simply go online and find the one that suits your style.
     One of the coolest ways to enjoy your surfing experience is with a cool new laptop mouse with functions that fits your taste.  There are so many colors and styles of laptop mouses that it is almost to hard to decide which one you want.  First we will look at some mouses in some solid colors that are perfect for your laptops or your notebooks.

Maybe you like your Mouse with a little more Pizazz!
I though those were pretty cool, but some people need more of a visual effect.  That's fine, because there are so many laptop mouses that the possibilities are endless.  Let's see what else we can find for you to feast your eyes upon shall we.

Pretty cool huh!  See choosing just one isn't that easy.  Finding a great deal is getting easier.  Just remember when you go out and purchase one or buy one online that it is specific for your device.  In other words, some are just for Mac's or others are for notebooks.  Make sure that you end up with the one that is right for you.  Have fun with this eye candy and I will see you in cyberspace.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Cool New Laundry Hamper

     You know I like only the coolest and best products out there that makes a statement about who I am.  This product that I saw on TV is so convenient  and efficient that it makes my list of must haves.  If you are a college student with their own apartment, or if you live in a dorm, then you will like this laundry hamper.  You probably know how hard it is to carry a bunch of laundry back and forth from the laundry mat to the dorm.  It can take a large part out of what could be a really great Saturday.  This laundry hamper really takes the work out of carrying a bunch of baskets to the laundry mat. This laundry hamper is called the Rising Roller and the reason why is because it can hold three loads of laundry and  you can transport it on wheels.  The laundry hamper has a telescoping handle that has three different levels to fit your height.  No more lugging around a heavy bag because you can easily pull this along while sipping on your soda at the same time.  Another great thing about this hamper is the fact that it has pockets located on the outside panels.  These are convenient for carrying along the detergent, bleach, and fabric softener.  The zippers lid also features a pocket for personal items and a place to put the quarters for the machines.
     After you are done with the wash, the hamper is collapsable and can easily be stored under the bed.  The inside liner can be removed and washed as needed.  These hampers come in denim blue and khaki green.  I thing that you will find that this is a very useful product and one that will take the stress out of doing the laundry.  If anyone has purchased one write in and tell us what you think about it.
You can find this hamper at Dormco.com or  you can go to risingroller.com and find it for the same price.  You can also check it out on The Early Show on CBS.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bling Bling Your Kindle

Have You Got Your Kindle Yet?

     If you already have your Kindle, then you know how invaluable is has become.  You can sport this baby around with you every time you head out of the door.  No more bulky books to tote.  Not only that, but you can slide it out discretely and catch up on your latest novel no matter what boring situation that you find yourself.  Don't you just love the little perks in life.  If you haven't gotten your reader yet, then don't deny yourself.  For what you get, they are priced right.  Here is a link, so that you don't miss out.  This one has 3G, so you got the best available.  Now go out and download that latest greatest novel that you have just been dying to read.

Now Add a Little Personality to It!!!

     You have got to admit that the casing leaves something to be desired.  With the Kindle, all of the money was put towards the functionality, but it's up to you to make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  There are enough covers on the market to do just that.  Depending on your taste, you can find the right cover that will makes a statement.  You can even get more than one and change them up.  Here are some ideas to get your imagination headed in the right direction, but look around because their are many covers to choose.
Timbuk2 Nylon Kindle Sleeve (Fits 6" Display, 2nd Generation Kindle) Black/GunMetal/Lime-Aide
Bundle Monster Kindle 2 Genuine Leather Case Cover Jacket + Skin Sticker + Screen Protector Ebook Accessories Combo - Fit 2nd Generation ONLY (Not Latest Generation)

Click on the pics to find out more about these exciting Covers and Jackets.  There are so many to choose from to define your taste, but you will find the one that is perfect for you.

Maybe You Would Rather have a New Skin?

DecalGirl Kindle Skin (Fits 6" Display, Latest Generation Kindle) Her Abstraction (Matte Finish)     I think that I have to agree with you on this one.  They have the coolest skins for the Kindle, and they have many styles and colors.  With all of the latest skins, your Kindle never has to look boring again.  Do these look cool or what?  This DecalGirl skin fits the 6" display, so when you purchase your skin make sure that you pick up the correct size, or you will be disappointed.  If this is too pink, that's okay.  Look at this next style, maybe this says you.

Skinit Kindle Skin (Fits Latest Generation, 6" Display Kindle), Twilight Eclipse - Love TriangleMaybe this is more your taste.  What girl wouldn't love this skin for their kindle.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kissable: Plumper Lips

Xarah's faceImage via WikipediaKissable plumper lips can draw a mans attention quicker that anything.  Knowing exactly how to achieve this look is a skill that anyone can attain.  Lip plumping can easily be achieved with the right products, layering, and tried and true techniques.  Once mastered, these techniques can apply to just about any lip product that you use.  Fuller lips are very sexy and kissable, and men love a woman with fuller luscious lips.  You don't have to have full lips to get this effect, and I will explain how.

Make Your Lips Explode

Body Innoventions Lip Explosion, 0.12 fl oz (3.5 ml) , 1 EachBody Inventions Lip Explosion      If you have really small thin lips, then you are going to need some help. Body Inventions Lip Explosion is a great product.  I have used this product many times before and I love it.  You can wear it by itself, as a lip gloss, or as the base for your lipstick.  When using this with lipstick, apply it first and wait about 5 minutes before applying anything else to your lips.  It will dry and you will see the difference immediately.  You will wonder how you everlived without it.  this is a must have in your beauty arsenal.  I love this product as much as I love my Oil of Olay.................
Lip Concealer for Luscious Lips

Avene Couvrance Lip Duo Lipstick Green / BeigeIf you a never tried a concealer for your lips, then you have no idea the difference that this one little trick can make.  This works great in conjunction with the other product, or if your lips are the not so thin or really full, then this is all you need for fuller, sexier lips.  This product works great.  I have always just used the green side so I can't speak for the beige.  When you apply it stay within the natural line of the lip.  If your lips are really thin, then take it right to the very edge of your lips.  It will look crazy at first if you have never applied it before, but it works wonders.  Avene Couvrance Lip Duo Lipstick is a product that you might not use with everyday lipstick wear unless you prefer luscious lip all of the time.  This is something I use for those special nights out on the town.  If you have any makeup concealers in green or pink, try it under your lipstick and see the effect that you get.  Just remember that whatever color that you are wearing, this will make it a shade lighter, but once you try it you will be hooked.

Fuller Lips with Lip Liner

Coastal Scents ® 12 Piece Lip Pencil SetNow here is the best part.  After you have you have used your plumper and concealer, line those lips according to what effect you want to acheive.  If you have small lips start from the center of your lips and draw a line just to the outside of the natural lip line.  This will take some practice, but if you have a concealer on underneath, it will not look unnatural.  Draw the line from the center to the outside corners for the upper lip.  When you are working from the lower lip start at the outside and work your way back towards the center.  The way my lips are shaped, I start from the outside and work my way to the center by starting outside the natural lip line, and as a work toward the center, I end up back in the natural lip line.  It just depends on the flaws you are trying to conceal.  Coastal Scents ® 12 Piece Lip Pencil Set has enough pencils that you should find the perfect one for whatever lip color that you chose.  With a pencil liner, use one shade darker than your lipstick. If you want your lipstick to last longer, then use the lip liner to color the fleshy part of your lips as well. 
     When you have done these three steps, add your lipstick.  Sometimes I use a tissue to pat my lipstick.  If you do this to, then apply another layer on top. When you are finished apply a gloss.  If you use a solid  type gloss your lipstick will stay on longer.  If this seems like a lot of layers to you well it is, but when I use to model I had to apply a lot of layers of makeup for a photo shoot. Don't underestimate black and white shots.  Those can turn out to be some of the best photos that you will ever take.  Back to the lips.  All lipstick will try to fade throughout the day.  Always carry your lipstick and gloss with you when you go out.  The concealer will hold on the lipstick better than just a simple application.  I hope you like these little tricks.

Here is one of my modeling pictures to give you an idea of just how well this technique worked for me.

Here is an interesting product that I thought that you might like.

 I haven't read it so I really can't recommend it, but it looks like a book that I would buy.  It is .99 cents and it if for a Kindle edition.  I thought it was interesting.  If any of you have checked it out would you be so kind as to drop me a line and let me know if  it is good or not.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

The Fragrance - Scent sations and Bath Scents

Fragrance Wheel perfume classification chart, ...

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 The fragrance that you choose to wear is important, but how you apply it makes all the difference in the world.  Have you ever been on an elevator when someone has gotten on, and their scent fills the room.  I am not talking about an overkill of sprayed on perfume, but rather a wonderful aroma that fills the air.  When this same person gets off of the elevator, the fragrance lingers on.  That's what can only be described as Scent sations.  To achieve this effect, one must have a mixture of a quality perfume and a proper layering technique.  Here is how to have the perfect combination.
First Things First...
                          The Fragrance

     You need to know a few important things about the quality of perfume.  Cheap smells cheap and the aroma doesn't last.  The top of the line is perfume.  Real perfume is made from essential oil derived from plants. Perfume contains the most amount of aromatic oils.  Then there is eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne.  The amount of aromatic oil in each decrease respectively.  There is also a higher ratio of alcohol in the less expensive perfumes.  Besides these 2 ingredients other chemicals are put in the oil to make the fragrance last.  These chemical fix the perfume in a state of different reactions at different times.  To make a long story short, if you want this effect, then invest in a quality perfume that works with your body.  When testing out new fragrances use this as a rule of thumb,  you can only detect 3 different smells at a time.  After that, you nose will not pick up the correct aroma of different scents.  Just to give you an example of an excellent perfume look below, however, this is an example of eau de parfum.
Next Things Next ...

                            Compliment it with Layers

The next thing that you must do is layer the fragrance on your body using the same scent.  In other words, when you take a shower use Marc Jacobs bubbly shower gel.  When you get out of the shower put on some Marc Jacobs body butter or the luminous body lotion.  If the fragrance that you have chosen has a matching talcum powder, then put some of it on.  When you are done, put on your perfume.  Now that you have layered it correctly, you will leave an impression everywhere you go.  By putting on the fragrance with bath scents, body butter, talcum powder, lotions, and then adding your perfume you have incorporated an intoxicating amount of the fragrance that adds up to a lasting scent.  The fragrance is never overpowering, but it will leave a little of you behind everywhere you go.

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