Entries Tagged as 'Beauty'

Forever Young: The only 5 anti-aging tips you need to know

19.12.14

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Underneath the glitz, glam, and makeup, good skin is the foundation of real beauty. Take care of it now and it will pay off in the future!

 

It’s my job to research and dig deeper to find out what really works when it comes to keeping a youthful appearance. So when Olay wanted to know what exactly my routine was to stay “Forever Young”, an impending birthday was the perfect soundboard to talk skin care.

It’s the birthday that puts you in a whole new age bracket. At the big 3-5, no longer will you be checking off the 28-34 box on surveys. No, you have new number friends like 36 and 37, with 40 only living a few doors down. And you’re really in for a rude awakening if you decide to have a baby at 35. You’re considered Advanced Maternal Age. The medical community must have not gotten the memo that 35 is the new 25.

While I’m convinced that J.Lo’s secret to never aging is the teardrops of magical purple unicorns that us mere mortals will never have access to, I’m determined to look like the best 35 year old me possible. Luckily, when 29 year old Renee was approaching another crushing monumental birthday,30, she had the good sense to start incorporating lifestyle changes that have paid off today.

These tips are tried and true and what I incorporate every day.

  • Drink water. A lot of water. I drink over ½ gallon a day. Yes, I have to pee several times a day, but my skin breaks out less and appears more supple and vibrant.
  • Wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. If I could tattoo one beauty tip on women (and men), that’s what it would be. Prolonged sun exposure to your skin causes wrinkles, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and let’s not forget the #1 reason to wear sunscreen – skin cancer. Even I, as a woman of color, wear a Broadband SPF of at least 35 every day.
  • Remove your makeup every night. Not only do dermatologists recommend this but I’ve seen the results of this in real life. My *cough * older sister is a stickler for always washing her face at night and looks a decade younger. It’s from either that or she’s been sipping on J.Lo’s unicorn juice.
  • Start a skincare routine and stick with it. Yes, my night routine is an extra 10 minutes, but it’s worth it. I cleanse my face every night with a gentle cleanser, then apply an anti-aging serum…usually a retinol product, followed by a great moisturizer. Great skincare doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Olay’s Regenerist line is a steal for the low price. The Micro-Sculpting Cream has been giving me the softest skin and minimizing those fine lines.

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Above all the superficial tips, the best thing to remember is that age really is just a number and to not live by previous rules or preconceived notions on how one should act at a certain age. Living life to its fullest surrounded by positivity is the best anti-aging tip!

Olay Regenerist Forever Young: The only 5 anti aging tips you need to knowMessage from sponsor: Olay is a worldwide leader in skin care and has been trusted by women for over 60 years, maintaining its founding philosophy: to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology. Regenerist was created along those lines to address women’s anti-aging needs, and millions of women have tried it and loved it, making Regenerist the #1 anti-aging moisturizer.*

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by P&G via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of P&G.

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10 for $10! Last minute beauty gifts that won’t break the bank

15.12.14

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I love buying presents during the holidays and according to my credit card statement, I have a tendency to go overboard and over-budget.  So when I agreed to participate in my office “Secret Santa”, I didn’t realize until after the fact, how hard it is to find gifts with a price limit of $10. At that price point, even Ed Hardy perfume wasn’t an option.

But, with a little research, I came up with a great list of 10 beauty gifts for $10.

 

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Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Duo:  Since I love Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, this is the perfect gift for glowing skin. It contains 10 x The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths: Brightening  and  1.5 oz African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. $10

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Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio:   Yep, your hair shows signs of aging too! Altering gift set contains shampoo, conditioner and leave-in CC Cream. $10

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Bliss Lemony Trinkets: – I love the scent of lemon! Get a lemon scented cleansing body wash and body butter from Bliss. $10

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax Bounty – Classic Mix: Can’t go wrong with a classic! Set includes 4 count multipack of 100% natural lip balm in 0.15 ounce tubes and bonus change purse. $9.99

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NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipgloss Sugar Rush Set:  My favorite drugstore line has some great gift sets. I love their butter lipgloss and this set contains 3: featuring Cherry Pie, Cupcake, and Sugar Cookie. $10

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BECCA Online Only Complexion + Perfection Sample Pack: Each collection includes a sample of Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème in two of the most popular shades allowing you to trial the formula multiple days and discover your shade. Also included is a deluxe sample of Shimmering Skin Perfector. $10

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Clinique Happiness in Colour Gift Set: Love this set filled with minis for only $10! Clinique Happy Perfume Spray, A Different Nail Enamel in Juiced Up, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Oversized Orange. Bag included!

9757324 e1418355770285 10 for $10! Last minute beauty gifts that wont break the bankLulu Lip Gloss Set (Set of 4) (Juniors): Great set of gloss from Nordstrom’s junior section for your little sis, niece, or yourself! $10

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Vaseline Gift Set: I love the Vaseline line of moisturizers. This set gives you the body lotion, spray lotion, classic vaseline, and vaseline lip therapy. $9.99

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Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ornament: One of Philosophy’s cult favorite products, this facial cleanser melts away all makeup and gently cleanses the skin. $10  (now on sale at Nordstrom.com for $9)

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BCA Lip Balm & Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer – Pink 2 Pc: My favorite lip balm with a side of OPI? Yes, please! $9.99

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Turn Back the Hands of Time (Or At Least Press Pause) with Rejuvenique

04.12.14

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Happy December everyone! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my last update, but that is because I’ve been working on some great projects and of course, testing out new beauty products!

First up, is a new multipurpose oil that I’ve been using that’s is perfect for this colder weather. It’s called Rejuvenique Oil Intensive by Monat and it’s formulated for both hair and skin. What separates it from the other beauty oils on the market? It contains Abyssinian Oil, which mimics the body’s own natural oils to replenish and repair, making it the perfect anti-aging product.

My hair has been extremely dry and difficult to manage lately due to not only the cold weather but because I’m over due for a hair trim. After warming a couple of drops of Rejuvenique in-between my hands, I apply it throughout my hair, only concentrating from the ear and down, concentrating on the ends. It does a great job moisturizing and softening my hair after blowdrying, without weighing down my hair. As a matter of fact, I was pleasantly surprised that I stretched my blowout even longer this week to 6 days.

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It’s also great for your cuticles—I keep the bottle by my bed and apply it to my cuticles before I go to sleep. Love a hard working/multi-tasking beauty product!

There’s a ton of different ways to really utilize this revolutionary oil. From deep hair conditioning treatments to skin softening, get more details at #Rejuveniqe www.monatglobal.com!

Full Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

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Evening Glam Using TEMPTU Airbrush Signature Starter Kit!

21.10.14

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So if you have ever been curious about how celebrities still manage to look flawless on HDTV, airbrush makeup is your answer. What is airbrush makeup? It’s basically makeup that is sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush gun. When done correctly, it creates a flawless canvas and makeup that lasts all day.

So obviously I was excited to try the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit for their #TEMPTUDaynNight campaign!  TEMPTU  has been making faces flawless with airbrush since the 80s!  I’ve had the kit for a few weeks now and absolutely love it.

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You get bang for your buck with the Starter Kit. In the Starter Kit, you get:

  • AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0
  • Your choice of of AIRpod™ Foundation, Blush, and Highlighter. I picked out the following colors:
    • AIRpod foundation in Honey 008 (perfect match!)
    • AIRpod blush in Washed Rose
    • AIRpod highlighter in Champagne
  • A convenient travel bag
  • 3 pod stand

Since it’s still wedding season, it was the perfect time to test out an evening glam look using the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit. I need my makeup to last from ceremony to cake!

Assembling the system is easy.  With a shake and a click of the AIRpod foundation, blush or highlighter into the AIRbrush, you’re ready to go!

For this night time look, I’m wearing a dress with in a bright fuchsia color  so I wanted natural, yet dramatic look. I did my eyes first, using a pretty shimmery peach in the inner corner of they eye and 3 different shades of brown, with the deepest being in outer eye. False eyelashes, of course, finished off this soft glam look.

 

 

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Foundation application with TEMPTU is simple, and with a few tries, I had it down pat. You want to hold your AIRbrush like you are holding a pencil, about 6 inches away while pressing on the lever about half way. To make sure you have even coverage, work the AIRbrush in small circular motions.  You can’t even tell its going on except for air coming out of the AIRbrush. I like to apply a light application and then go over the areas I think need a little more help. Before moving on to the next step. I stop and let my foundation set for a minute.

I picked Honey 008 foundation from TEMPTU’s webpage and it matched perfectly (I’m usually always a “honey” or “golden”!). If you have any hesitation about what shade you are, their customer service can help you pick the perfect shade.

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Applying blush is the same as applying the foundation, just concentrated in a smaller area. I found it helpful to press the lever a little more than half way for more product. I’m using Washed Rose, a pretty flush of pink.

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Lastly, I applied my highlighter, in Champagne for that luminous glow!

A beige lipgloss to finish the look and I’m ready the night! The below photo is completely un-edited or re-touched.

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A closer look at the eye makeup:

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Ok, so here are some helpful FAQs:

  • Does the makeup spray all over the place?

Nope. The folks over at TEMPTU nailed it the the AIRbrush. The makeup went directly on my face. Not a drop anywhere else.

  • Does it looked caked on?

NO! If you follow TEMPTU’s easy directions on how to apply  the makeup, your skin looks like skin. Just flawless. It doesn’t settle in pores or fine lines either!

  • Does it last all day?

Yes! 8 hours in my makeup still looked great.

  • Is any cleaning needed after?

No! No cleaning is necessary.

 

In short, this is a great investment for anyone that ever has a special event or even if they want flawless day-to-day makeup! If you like this look, vote for me or your favorite #TEMPTUDaynNight look here

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