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A Quick Tip for a Nude Lip.....

The perfect nude lip can sometimes be a challenge to find, especially when you are looking for a color at a drug store versus a makeup counter where you can try colors out. After picking up numerous colors that were not quite the right “nude” that I was looking for, I figured out a quick tip that gives me the perfect high gloss nude every time.

1. Pick out nude that you think will suit you to the best of your ability.I use L'Oreal Infallible Forever Frappe

2. Pick out a transparent hot pink lip gloss. I love Mac Lustreglass Flash Mode.

3. Apply the nude lipstick how you want to wear it.

4. Take your hot pink gloss and apply a VERY small amount to your lips on top of the lipstick. Gently rub your lips around in order to evenly smooth out the gloss.

5. Check to see if you have reached your desired look, if not yet there, repeat step four. 6. Enjoy your evening! (or day, or sitting at home, or wherever.

Oil Control

                      A Lemon a Day...
                                            Lemon Juice Skin Care

Since my tween years, I have had issues with my skin and horrible bumps, spots, dots, and everything else in between. I have tried numerous products like Clearasil, Oil of Olay, Neutrogena, and prescriptions from my doctor. Needless to say, none of that really worked all too well. In that whole process, I discovered that I have sensitive skin and was unable to use products that have Benzyl Alcohol (it turned my skin red, was itchy, and slightly burned and damaged my skin). As such, many products, especially spot treatments, were ruled out for me. During this time of terrible skin, the on product that I used that helped the most was from St. Ives. The Apricot Scrub and Clay Mask worked best for my skin. Their products are largely made up of natural ingredients and typically contain no more than 2% salicylic acid, which is typically mind on most skin types. I currently use the Green Tea Scrub as a part of my skin care regiment.

A few years ago, my bestie and I were hanging out when we came across a picture of her grandmother. I remember looking at her grandmother’s face and being so fascinated by the fact that her skin was FLAWLESS. I asked my bestie what products she used and she said, along with genetics, that her grandmother only washed her face with lemon and water. Being a young uneducated teenager, I brushed it off as being silly (because how on earth could lemons be good for anything else other than making lemonade).

Since then I continued using the Green Tea Scrub from St. Ives, and I changed my diet, cutting out a lot of sugars, fried foods, sodas, greasy food, and peanut butter. This really helped my skin health. However, the greatest turning point came for me about 5 weeks ago after and skimming through Pinterest and thinking back to that conversation I had with my bestie. Lemons. I figured I had tried a million and ten products- what’s one more? And would you know, it worked! My skin has never been so clear, tight, and smooth, since I started using lemon juice as an astringent. The change is so much so (that I really started noticing after about two weeks) that my esthetician noticed when I went to get my eyebrows shaped and commented on how clear and smooth my skin was.  I have since added the use of lemon to my skin care routine and I don’t see myself taking it out anytime soon. So, here is how I do it:

1. Remove all makeup and clean your face (a mild soap and water works just fine; I use Huggies baby wipes to remove makeup and Johnson & Johnson’s baby wash to cleanse).

2. Slice 1/3 of a lemon, store the rest in the refrigerator (either cut side down on a plate or in a bag- the choice is yours)

3. Squeeze a small amount of lemon juice onto a clean cotton pad, then I store my lemon on my bathroom counter (since my bathroom stays relatively cool, the lemon will last for about 36 hours).

4. Rub the lemon juice saturated cotton pad on your face avoiding direct contact with your eyes, mouth, and nose. 5. Go to sleep and wash your face with warm water in the morning, and apply a moisturizer that has a sunscreen. ***OPTIONAL****: After applying the lemon juice bust out your church fan and vigorously fan away- It will sting briefly and the fanning really helps (that or sticking your face in the freezer). With time you will adjust and it will not sting as bad. However, I get my lemons from the lemon tree at home, I have noticed that the more freshly picked the lemon the more it stings (but it’s worth it).

That is pretty much it. This routine SHOULD BE DONE AT NIGHT. Lemon juice is strong and coupled with sunlight it can actually harm your skin. After washing your face in the morning, be sure to apply a face moisturizer that has a sunscreen in order to completely care for and protect your skin.

Hello Wonderful! As you know from my earlier post about Lemon Juice Skin Care, that I am constantly at battle with my naturally oily skin. I am still using lemon as an astringent and watching my in-take of greasy foods. However, when it comes to my make-up, after applying it (especially on warmer days), my face gets that slightly greasy shine. As you also know, I am impartial to MAC cosmetics, so I headed over to the MAC counter to plead my case. My trip was successful! So now I have added a couple more products to my beauty regimen in order to help keep the oil on my face under control.

Lemon Juice- straight from a lemon (when I can usually fresh right off the tree), on to a cotton pad, and on to my face. It tingles – ok fine it burns – but only for a bit and it will pass. Read all about the specifics (like why you should probably use it only at night and definitely use a moisture with an SPF).

Witchhazel- this is an all-natural product and a fantastic cleanser. I use this both morning and night. Unlike the lemon, this doesn’t need to be washed off – it is ok to leave on. When using this at night, I apply this first with a cotton round and allow it to dry (for about a minute); then I apply lemon juice.

(side note: Witchhazel also comes in the form of presoaked exfoliating pads. I have found that the liquid works best for using and leaving on. While the pre-soaked pads work well to exfoliate they leave a slightly sticky feeling. I have both types, when I feel like I need an extra cleansing I will use pads at night only along with the lemon.)

Now if I am wearing make up, the process continues….

MAC Prep + Prime       &    Oil Control Lotion from MAC

     These two products work wonders. I use them together on a make-up sponge, dabbing an even light layer on your face, allowing it to dry completely before moving on with your make-up routine.

I have found that using these products consistently (as well as watching my intake of greasy foods) has greatly reduced my oily skin concerns. So here is a run-down of my day and night routines:

   Cleanse (I use my regular soap  Johnson & Johnson’s Baby wash)
   MAC Prep + Prime & Oil Control Lotion
   Make-up Routine

   Lemon Juice (allow to dry)

                                                                                               Hope this helps, let me know how it works for you!

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