DIY Spot Concealer Recipe

Today’s Beauty Tip Tuesday is a Do It Yourself  Spot Concealer Recipe.  When you run out of your concealer.  You can use this in a pinch.

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DIY Spot Concealer Recipe:

Mix your moisturizer with 1-2 drops of liquid foundation.  This can work as a tinted moisturizer, good for blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

Here’s a BONUS: Spot Treatment Concealer

You can make it thicker by evaporating the water.  Place a teaspoon of foundation in small container, place in fridge uncovered.  Leave for 2-3 days.  This thicker formula increases pigment concentration, perfect for spot treatments on acne scars.

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Animal Cutie Mask Packs Review from Skin18

These animal cutie masks that I received from Skin18.com are indeed very cute.  I received the Whitening Aqua – Panda, Relaxing Charcoal & Aloe – Monkey, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen – Tiger, and Anti-Aging – Horse.  Besides the cuteness factor, I will be commenting on the fit as well as the effectiveness of the masks.  Overall, the fit of these masks are a bit small.  The eye holes are small, and it doesn’t reach to the hairline or edge of chin.  Because of the cute animal prints on the masks, this made the masks a little tough to smooth flatly on the face.  There is plenty of essence that these masks stay on the face with no problems and won’t slip off.  As with sheet masks.  Directions are to wash face cleanly, use toner before mask application, and leave mask on for the recommended time.

Whitening Aqua – Panda

Notable ingredients is hyaluronic acid to retain moisture for dry skin.  I did not detect a strong fragrance.  The mask provided a cool sensation.  Afterward, my face did feel hydrated, tightened, brightened but left my face feeling slightly tacky.

Relaxing Charcoal & Aloe – Monkey

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Notable ingredients are Charcoal & Aloe for soothing and whitening.  No strong fragrance detected on this mask.  Cooling sensation while wearing the mask, and left my face feeling plump and hydrated.

Anti-Wrinkle Collagen – Tiger

 

PhotoGrid_1506656274186Notable ingredients are collagen extract to promote elasticity, as well as replenish moisture and refresh dry, sagging skin.  Also felt a cooling sensation while wearing the mask.  Face felt tightened and pores appeared smaller afterward.

Anti-Aging Horse Oil – Horse

Notable ingredients include horse oil to improve wrinkles and skin elasticity.  I did notice a subtle fragrance that dissipates quickly.  I did experience a cooling sensation while wearing the mask as well as a bit of itchiness around the chin area within 5 minutes of wearing, but it wasn’t too irritating that I had to remove it before the allotted time.  The mask left my skin tightened with a more luminous appearance.

These masks do come with a warning to avoid use if one has blemishes, pimples, irritated or sunburned skin, as these may get even more aggravated, due to itchiness, redness, or even cause the face to get swollen.  One time use of these masks would not be an accurate representation of the efficacy of the claims, and therefore, I cannot comment whether the anti-aging, anti-wrinkle claims have merit.  I can only comment that the ingredients in the masks may help with those claims.

I would like to thank Skin18USA for the opportunity to be a part of their Skin18Challenge Blogger’s program.  You can find them on Instagram here, and their website.  They should still be accepting applications for this bloggers program.

DIY Ring Light

My sister suggested I make a DIY ring light for my photos, and I did some research on various ways to make a DIY ring light and this is what I came up with.  I just took some basic ideas from others and came up with my own.  Which saves hundreds of dollars if you bought one.  Make sure you purchase Daylight and not warm light.  I liked the idea of using flexible LED Strip lights with 3M adhesives.  I did not need to use self locking cable ties or a wire wreath.  My total purchase spent on this project is under $25.  I used discounts from the Amazon seller when purchasing multiple items, saved on shipping, and using a 50% discount coupon for Michaels.

Supplies:

Daylight LED Strip Lights 16.4′

Power Adapter Supply for LED strip Output 12V DC, 3 A Max, 36 Watt Max

18″ Floral and Craft Ring 1/4″ thick high density MDF•

  • Can also be found at your local Michaels store, not available online

Foil

Wax Paper (Optional- if you want a diffused light)

Instructions:

 

  1. Wrap the 18″ Floral Craft Ring with foil. Shiny side out. You might even want to tape the back of the foil wrapped craft ring to secure the foil.  Try to make sure that the ends of the foil are on the back side, so that they don’t interfere with the adhesive side of the LED strip lights.

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    Adhere the 3M self-adhesive sticky side of LED strip light onto foil
  2. Take the LED strip lights and adhere them onto the foil, in circular formation.  Starting on the outside ring, and follow along until you get to the inner circle, about 3 rows of lights.  Another feature I like about these LED Strip Lights is that I cut them according to the length I required without affecting the wiring.  Every third section, you can cut where it indicates and if needed it comes with an accessory to connect the strips together. PhotoGrid_1505948994451.png
  3. Connect the LED light strip to the adapter.
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Finished project
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Lighted Ring Light

Now, this is just a ring light that you can hang onto a wall or a tabletop by a wreath holder.  This is light enough that you can use a VELCRO® Brand Fastener or other type of hook or holder.  I’m sure you can be creative, depending on how you want to use your ring light.

 

Dry Brushing

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Happy #BeautyTipTuesday
Let’s discuss dry brushing. Using natural bristled brush before showering. Start at feet/hands, brush, rubbing dry skin in upward or circular motions toward the heart. Benefits are good exfoliation and increase circulation, which leads to temporary plumping effect and vibrant skin boost, while temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite is anecdotal (no conclusive scientific evidence), and there may not be any detoxing benefits that include stimulating the lymphatic system. It is worth trying right? Because, the skin may develop micro tears from the brushing, it is important to use natural bristled brushes, and not brush too hard.
Have you tried dry brushing?

Over Exfoliated Skin?

PhotoGrid_1502754622122Exfoliating feels great on my skin.  My face feels smooth, tightened, pores appear smaller, and cleaner.  But I recently read an article about over exfoliated skin and decided to share what I found out after some research.

Over-exfoliation can compromise the top layer of skin and may hinder the skin’s ability to produce natural oils and other protectants.  This barrier is important in creating new skin cells and improving skin’s physical appearance.

Exfoliation according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is “the process of removing the top most layer of dead skin cells.”  Here are two ways of exfoliation: 1) chemical – applying acid to dissolve skin cells in the form of peels (glycolic acid, etc…) 2) by hand – brush (textured brushes, gloves, washcloths) or facial scrubs to physically remove the dead skin cells.  Benefits of exfoliation is a brighter, smoother, more evened skin tone, appearance of pores appear to be smaller, cleaner, and tightened skin.

Here are some signs of over-exfoliation:

  1. Dry patches or peeling can be a sign that your skin’s balance is off due to over exfoliation.
  2. Excess oil production.  This can be a sign that your skin’s ability to regulate oil production is compromised.  I know us with oily skin types like to exfoliate to control oiliness but when we notice more oiliness, this can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  3. Breakouts – an increase in the amount of breakouts or sudden breakouts than normal for your skin type.
  4. Inflammation, itching, burning sensation after exfoliation can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  5. Redness – continued redness after a day or a few hours after exfoliation.  Redness immediately after exfoliation is normal but if it continues for hours or even a day, it may be a sign of over exfoliation.
  6. Shininess – an increase in shininess more than normal can be a sign of over exfoliation.

Depending on your skin type, if you are noticing any of these signs or symptoms after exfoliation, you may have to adjust how often you exfoliate (this can be once a week to once every 2 weeks, etc..) or use a method of exfoliation or scrub that is not as intense, and please consult a dermatologist or aesthetician.

You know your skin best and of course, some of these signs are just your skin adjusting to a new addition in your skin care routine or adjusting to a new product or an ingredient in the product.  It is up to you to determine whether it is normal for your skin or not.  This is why it is important to monitor how your skin is reacting and consult a dermatologist if the conditions persists to what is normal for your skin type.

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