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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hello Smooth Legs in the Winter

Hello Smooth Legs in the Winter

It's easy to suffer from dry skin in the winter -- especially your legs during a time when they're not flaunted as often (in comparison to the summer). I recently started dry brushing my legs and have noticed dramatic results: my legs are way smoother.

The bristles on the dry brush are firm, but not rough, so it does a great job at sloughing off dead skin. Dry brushing users on Amazon have noted benefits like reduction in cellulite, improved circulation, unclogged pores, and glowing skin.

I use my dry brush at least once a day: every morning and sometimes in the evening before I shower. In the morning, dry brushing helps me wake up by improving blood circulation throughout my legs. I also use the brush before I shower on days where I need to shave. In doing so, I am prepping my legs for a close shave and reducing my chances of ingrown leg hairs.

Lately, I have been using the Gillette Venus Swirl for my shaving needs. The razor works well in navigating the curves of your legs thanks to its Flexiball technology (hello to smoother glides around your knees and ankles!). Surrounding the blades is a water-activated MoistureGlide serum that leaves your legs feeling soft and smooth. No need to use any shaving cream or lotion!

After dry brushing and shaving, my legs are prepped and primed to absorb body lotion! If you are like me and suffer from keratosis pilaris on your legs (aka chicken skin), try using AmLactin's Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion.

Thanks to Influenster for sending me the Gillette Venus Swirl to try for free!

Productions Mentioned

Gillette Venus Swirl Razor
Dry Body Brush
AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Score OPI Nail Polish for Up to 62% Off

Score OPI Nail Polish for Up to 62% Off

OPI nail polishes can be rather pricey. At $10.50 per bottle (classic nail polish), buying multiple colors can leave a serious dent in your wallet. Well fear not -- there is a way to save on OPI nail polish!

If you know me, then you know I love Ulta. Every so often, Ulta has a sale on OPI nail polishes -- typically buy 2, get 1 free. If you did not know, Ulta also offers coupons! Your best bet is to stack a 20% off purchase coupon on top of an OPI nail polish sale.

Let's crunch some numbers

Without deals || 3 x OPI nail polishes =  $31.50 = $10.50 per bottle
Ulta's buy 2, get 1 free OPI sale + 20% off coupon || 3 x OPI nail polishes = $16.80 = $5.60 per bottle

You can also score discounted OPI nail polishes at discount stores like Marshalls. The down side with this is that you never know what Marshalls will have -- but think of it as a treasure hunt. Every Marshalls store has varying inventory. Check your local Marshalls often for new colors! At my local Marshalls, I have been able to find OPI nail polishes for $3.99 per bottle -- what a steal!
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Monday, October 2, 2017

How Spearmint Tea Reduced and Eliminated My Acne

How Spearmint Tea Reduced and Eliminated My Acne

For months, I have been struggling with acne -- mainly whiteheads. Aside from the occasional hormonal acne, I typically have really good skin. That has not been the case for over half a year now.

I have tried adding new things to my beauty regime: spot treatments, different cleansers, scrubs -- none of which seemed to reduce or eliminate my acne completely.

So what actually worked? 

Earlier in May, I came across a Facebook-sponsored article about the benefits of drinking spearmint tea. As with most claims to cure acne, I was quite skeptical. However, being the avid tea-drinker that I am, I thought, "Why not?" What could possibly go wrong? Worst case scenario: spearmint tea is not the cure to acne and I end up drinking a lot of spearmint tea -- no big deal. Best case scenario: I could eliminate my whiteheads for good!

Still, I bookmarked the article and forgot all about it... until a really bad whitehead that appeared while I was away at a music festival. It was the most annoying whitehead I had to deal with as of late. It wasn't the usual whitehead that appeared on my forehead -- it was on the middle of my cheek where anyone and everyone could clearly see (aside from when I was smiling, including photo ops. Thank goodness!)

After that experience, I set out to buy some spearmint tea.

I found this tea on Amazon:
Traditional Medicinals Organic Spearmint Tea: Amazon ranges from $19 - $25 for 16 tea bags

I have been drinking 2 cups of spearmint tea every evening for over a month now. The tea is caffeine-free, so it did not affect my sleep whatsoever. When it came time for my period, I only experienced one whitehead, as opposed to the two or three that I normally get during that time of the month. This was something that had not happened at all this past year in 2017. I was mind blown!

So how does it work?

Spearmint tea has been associated with a decrease in androgen hormones (the male hormones that contribute to acne in women).  (SOURCE: StyleCaster)

According to a study conducted in 2015 by the American Academy of Dermatology, "two cups of organic spearmint tea ingested daily reduced inflammatory acne lesions by 25% after one month and by 51% after three months." (SOURCE: Byrdie)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to Maintain Your Colored Hair and Get Rid of Brassy Hair

How to Maintain Your Colored Hair and Get Rid of Brassy Hair

For over a year now, I have embraced ash blonde hair. I've gone through three different shades so far. Each shade lighter than the previous, more expensive, and required more maintenance.

I am a firm believer in spending the time and money to maintain the hair that I paid $250+ to get done. The truth is, other than dishing out the money to spend on high quality hair products, it takes an extra 5-10 minutes in your hair care routine to maintain your hair color and/or get rid of brassy hair. The key to getting rid of brassy hair is picking the right purple shampoo.

Hair Care Routine

I often get asked how I protect, care, and maintain my soft and silky ash blonde hair. My hair care routine only involves 3 products (4 at the most).

Purple Shampoo

Bye bye brassy hair!
Fanola No Yellow Shampoo
Fanola No Yellow Shampoo: Retail $79.99 (jumbo size, 1000 ml)
TIP: You can often find it on sale for $59.99, or $21-$55 on Amazon (beware of counterfeit products!)

Fanola's No Yellow Shampoo is the best purple shampoo in the market. My stylist highly recommends it and it's been gaining more popularity in the last year or so. Unlike most purple shampoos at the store, Fanola's No Yellow Shampoo is a darker purple shampoo. This means more purple pigment in the shampoo, which will help prevent and get rid of brassy hair. It is quite expensive, but a jumbo sized bottle will last you a whole year!

I lather it onto dyed parts my hair for a total of 5 minutes, focusing on the ends of my hair where I want my hair to be the most silver.

For days where I want my hair to appear even ashier, I will spend a total of 10 minutes lathering purple shampoo. But here's the catch -- lather, rinse and repeat! Some people will spend 10 minutes lathering the same application of the shampoo. If you do that, you will not be reaping the maximum benefits of a 10 minute lather. Have you noticed that the purple shampoo will eventually fade from a dark purple to a white foam/lather? That's because the purple pigments in the shampoo have already deposited into your hair. If you keep lathering that white foam, there will be no more purple pigments left to be deposited into your hair. Instead, lather for 5 minutes, rinse, and repeat! I know some people who will apply purple shampoo to their hair while still dry. I don't recommend this because it really dries out your hair -- even more than it already does.

Shampoo & Conditioner

Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner
Redken All Soft Shampoo: Retail $29 (jumbo size, 33.8 oz)
Redken All Soft Conditioner: Retail $32 (jumbo size, 33.8 oz)
TIP: Ulta has a Jumbo Sale for hair products twice a year (summer and winter). You can score each of these two products in jumbo sizes for $15-$17

Redken's All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner is by far my favorite shampoo and conditioner set. It really does what it claims -- it softens your hair! For those with colored hair, I would strongly recommend a salon-quality or high end shampoo and conditioner. They have higher quality ingredients, which will help your color-treated hair.

Leave-In Treatment

If your hair needs a little something extra, try using Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner. It will give your hair the little extra TLC it needs: a little shine and a little more softness.
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