Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kiss Ever EZ Lashes

Have I mentioned that I hate fake eyelashes? 
No? Well let me tell you about it. 
I can't stand applying fake eyelashes to myself or anyone else.
I find it tedious. I don't like sizing the strips, waiting for the glue to get tacky and taking a deep breath while I try to get these sticky spider legs attached to my lid without f-ing up my eye makeup.
Also, it is quite the sexy look when you have that stray strip that won't stay down and you end up looking like my drunk Aunt Matilda.
What I do love is the way lashes, applied properly, make your eyes look. 
They instantly make your eyes sexy, your lashes young and flirty and your makeup look pulled together.
I was never one of those girls who can apply fake lashes in the blink of an eye, without even thinking about it. It was always a chore for me. 
So imagine my happiness when I stumbled upon these little cutie pies while in CVS. 
Instead of a full strip or those little annoying single lashes that you find at the end of the night on your cheek, this is like a mini strip of three lash clusters. 
I cannot stress how quick and easy these are to apply! Even a beginner should have absolutely no problem applying these, they are that user friendly!
AND they look natural not like Nellie the cow, moo-moo lashes. 
So I like to apply two longer sets towards the outer edge and one shorter set towards the middle so it all blends in together but you can mix it up and do whatever looks best on you. 
These are so easy, I may never leave my house without them!
They take about 5 minutes to apply, you should still let the glue get tacky like you would with regular strip lashes. I apply a little dab to my palette or even the back of my hand (although sometimes I then find it in my hair-duh), do a little dip/drag through the glue and let it get tacky. 
Then apply.
These were about $6 in CVS.
 They do not come with glue so make sure you pick up a tube if you need it.

Until next time flirty eyes~

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Retin-A is NOT an Exfoliant! Who Knew?

So I was schooled by the Paula's Choice people. I can admit when I am wrong. If I am passing on information to you, I want to make sure I am passing the correct information. 

So in my prior post about Retin-A I said Retin-A is an exfoliant. I was always under the impression that Retin-A was a prescription strength exfoliant.  Well lo and behold, it is not.

I wanted to get a definitive answer on whether or not I could use my Paula's Choice BHA 9 in addition to my Retin-A because I was still experiencing minor breakouts. Not as bad as I had been but they were still there and I want them to be gone. My doc said to hold off but I had heard so many different opinions and answers, I decided to take my question to the Paula's Choice peeps. 

First, let me say Paula's Choice customer service are absolutely awesome. They have a live chat box and basically informed me that Retin-A is a treatment and not an exfoliant, therefore it can be used with my BHA9.
According to Paula's website:

A common misconception is that tretinoin (active ingredient in Retin-A) exfoliates skin like an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) product. However, tretinoin is not an exfoliant. Tretinoin improves living cells so they can shed normally whereas AHA and BHA exfoliants dissolve dead skin cells in skin’s uppermost layers. Tretinoin improves how skin cells shed naturally, helping them do so in the manner they did before being damaged by sun exposure. But this action is not the same as exfoliation. It gets confusing because tretinoin does affect how skin cells form and shed deeper in the skin, beyond where AHAs and BHA ingredients reach. But technically what’s going in terms of how skin cells shed isn’t the same action as exfoliating skin’s surface to improve its appearance.

So with that said, now that I have added the BHA-holy moly what a difference it has made in my skin. Breakouts are pretty much non existent and old marks are fading away! Yay! I am at the 4 month mark with Retin-A and for the first time, I woke up this morning with flaking skin. I'm not sure if it was the Retin-A or the addition of the BHA but moisturizer chased it right away.  

So now you know!
Until next time,