Thursday, October 23, 2014

Night Moisturizer that Won't Bankrupt Savings

You want to treat your skin to a good moisturizing product, but the magazines are recommending a $74 cream that doesn't fit your rigid budget. The drug store has several brands, but you're not sure which to try and whether you'll like it.  Probably one of the best products on the market is Pond's Rejuveness.

 Moisturizers are critical for dry skin, but don't think they aren't a necessary part of every beauty regimen.  To preserve this important external organ, you need to keep it clean and slightly moist.  Moisture is the best way to defend against premature wrinkles and plump up the ones you may already have.

                                         POND'S Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream- 7 Ounces
I had been using Pond's successfully for several years and was happy with the texture, scent, and overall protection it gives.  When I saw their night-time anti-wrinkle cream, I decided to give it a whirl.

Rejuveness is rich and creamy, and it feels great on my skin.  In fact, I like it so much I often use it as a mask after exfoliating, which feels fantastic if you have time for a warm, relaxing bath.  Target often offers a sample size for under $2 so you can try it out before investing $10 in the larger size.  Save yourself that $64 the magazine are paid to push.  Try it out!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mascara Under-eye Mess

Nothing makes a woman look as haggard as dark circles under the eye.  The problem is, even when you use a good concealer and do your makeup well, half way through the day, you may still wind up with under-eye darkness from smudged or flaking mascara.

Mascara Smudge Under the Eye

I tried a range of fixes, like using waterproof mascara.  I even tried more expensive brands that claimed they were smudge free.  Nothing worked.  I still had to carry q-tips to fix the issue.

For awhile I just stopped using mascara, thinking maybe my liquid eyeliner was the problem.  But when I got through the day scott free from smudge, I knew mascara was the issue.

I finally came across some good advice in a fashion magazine.  It claimed that the under-eye flaking occurred when mascara was applied while lashes were wet.  Sure enough, my lashes are always a little moist after applying liquid liner.  I began putting on my mascara as the last step in my makeup routine.  Voila!  No more under eye smudge!  What a simple fix for such an irritating dilemma!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Love Your Professional Hairspray but Hate the Professional Prices?

Ion Effective Care Restorative Finishing Spray       

It's easy to shell out a good portion of your paycheck on beauty supplies, but there's always the doubt that you really are getting the best bang for your buck.  As a stylist, I have tried a wide range of products.  Some are disappointing, and some will break the bank.  When you find that price-conscious spray you love, it's like discovering gold!

Stylists have a few different types of hairspray.  First, we have working spray, meaning hairspray that has good distribution and dries quickly.  It's a light spray with a little hold to help while shaping a style.  Then, when the style is achieved, we grab our go-to finishing hairspray to really seal in the style.  The finishing spray depends on the amount of hold and stiffness the client wants or can tolerate.  It's rare to find one spray that can do both.

The closest hairspray I've found, which can be workable and help hold the style at the end is not one you might suspect.  I've doled out dollar for Sebastian, paid for Paul Mitchell, and paid through the nose for Nioxin.

I've also gone cheap and have been disappointed by Vidal Sassoon, Salon Selectives, and Suave, which is surprisingly not as bad as the other drug store finds.

But for the money, the best spray is probably the inexpensive Ion spray I buy at Sally Beauty Supply.  And if you wait for a sale, you can buy one and get the next half off!

Ion Color Defense Extra Control Shaping Spray
So save your simoleons.  Seriously.  Sally's Ion spray is probably one of the best all-over hairsprays on the market.