Winter Skin Care Solutions

As much as I would like to wish the winter away, I know that it’s not possible :-(. It is so cold in the Chicago area with the temps at 7 degrees but with a wind-chill factor it feels like a -12 degrees (insert a shivering body and long sigh here) LOL!

With the temperature being so cold, we need to protect our bodies and layer our clothes. We also need to protect our skin from the harsh winter cold and wind-chill. Here are a few of my favorite winter must have products that will keep you moisturized over the next few months!

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My F.A.B. Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty is so F.A.B.  and it is my go to moisturizer! The Ultra Repair Concentrate appears thick but it ‘s not once you emulsify it down in the palm of your hands. A little goes a long way, so this will truly last for quite sometime. It is very soothing to my dry irritated skin because it contains oatmeal, essential oils, botanical antioxidants and reparative ingredients. I love that it is so moisturizing yet lightweight and you can use it on the entire body!!! The best thing is, they have clinical claims that state, “Within 15 minutes of application, skin hydration is improved by 116%.” Just to test it further, let’s see if my dry parched hands see a difference in the picture below (they are very dry because I have been washing them like a crack head and not applying hand cream to moisturize…remember, no judging)…. LOL

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IMG_2494IMG_2497IMG_2498 More Moisture Please: As you can see from the photo above, my hands are so dry that they are peeling and they hurt because I don’t always have time to put on hand cream. The first time I tried Yu-Be, it saved my unappealing dry hands from cracking and peeling; from there I was sold. It gave instant moisture from the Glycerin, it was not greasy, it absorbed into my skin immediately and the Vitamin E and B2 help to heal my very dry damaged skin. I was so exited for the instant gratification that I have been using this as my go to hand cream for a couple of years.

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Yu-Be has stated on their website that the moisturizing cream can be used on the face, lips and body. While I have not tried it on those areas, I would not rule it out!!!

A Drink of Water for My Skin: Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask is like a drink of water for my skin. I use it on a regular basis especially during the winter. It has been my saving grace to give me the boost of moisture that I need!!!

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I apply a thin layer of the mask after cleansing, I leave it on through the night and my skin drinks in the moisture leaving it soft and smooth in the morning!!! 

Not only is this product the answer to my thirsty skin; it is very affordable as well.

Moisture Service for My Lips: Be Fine Food Skin Care Lip Serum is by far the best lip serum, balm, cream that I have ever used!!! It contains plant based amino acids and peptides to firm and boosts the skin on the lips; chamomile soothes and safflower seed oil gives moisture.  It also offers UVA protection as well.

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This miracle in a tube brought my pour, dry, painful dehydrated pout back to life overnight!!! A little goes a long way and it is long lasting. I was amazed and relieved all at the same time!!!

My Hair is Thirsty: Being Free Comes Naturally Island Breeze Whip is a moisturizing whip for the hair and or scalp that can be used on wet or dry 2-3 times per week or as needed. It contains Shea and Mango butters, Coconut and Avocado oils as well as Pro Vitamin B 5 just to name a few. It is very moisturizing but no too much that it leaves your hair greasy. It smells wonderful but it is not overpowering. A little goes a long way; it is very lightweight and great for dry scalp. It also gives great shine and it does not build up on the hair toward the middle or end of the week!!!

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Guest Article Post in Kokoa Magazine – Tips and Tricks to Help You Spring into Beauty; Spring in to Action!!!

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Yours truly has an article in Kokoa Magazine titled “Tips and Tricks to Help You Spring into Beauty; Spring in to Action” on page 29!!! The April issue is dedicated to all things beauty so be sure to check it out!!! Here is the link…http://issuu.com/mykokoa/docs/aprilissue/1

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First Aid Beauty is so F.A.B.

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! I just ran out of my First Aid BeautyFacial Radiance Pads and that makes me so sad 🙁 I tweeted the team to share my thoughts and they brightened my day by sharing a 30% off coupon and now I want to share it with you!!! Enjoy and have a F.A.B. day…MUAH
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Report Card Review on Facial Radiance Pads by First Aid Beauty (F.A.B)

Report Card Review on Facial Radiance Pads by First Aid Beauty (F.A.B)
Last month I introduced you to First Aid Beauty aka F.A.B. with a review for the Ultra Repair Concentrate, which received 5 out of 5 smooches!!! Today, I am reviewing the Facial Radiance Pads; let’s see if F.A.B. receives another perfect grade of smooches!!!
I have always used a liquid toner with a cotton ball to wipe away the last traces of cleanser, exfoliate and prep my skin for my moisturizer. I never thought to use a pre-moistened toner pad because I have always equated them to the old school back in the day Clearasil acne pads. I never really had acne as a kid or that much as an adult (knock on wood) so it never occurred to me that there are some for non-acnenic skin conditions such as myself…go figure!!! So when I stumbled across the Facial Radiance Pads, I thought…why not!!!
The pads contain lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, cucumber and Indian gooseberry to tone and lemon peel and licorice root to brighten the skin. When I first read the ingredients, I was a little nervous as I have very sensitive skin and sometimes my skin gets irritated and needless to say, I was not ready to have a reaction!!! So I sucked it up for the good of my Beauty Scholars (this is where we pause and you applaud and say aww) and tried the pads on my freshly washed face…LOL.
Here is what I liked: The pads have the right amount of toner on them; you will never waste the product like a liquid toner by pouring too fast on the cotton ball (please don’t act like I am the only one here; you are guilty too) LOL. The pads have lactic and glycolic acids, which are AHA’s used for exfoliation and if you remember from last weeks post, lactic acid is a gentler exfoliator. It also contains licorice root to brighten, which is also great for sensitive skin to soothe it. I love that the pads have a smooth side as well as a textured side to aid in the exfoliation process. They are also perfect for travel and as you don’t have to take them out of your carry on!!! What I loved the most is (drum roll please)…. I only had to use 1 pad for my face and neck (winning)!!!
Okay, so you are probably thinking that I loved these pads so much that they are going to get a perfect grade…right??? Well let me tell you what I did not like and I then I will share my final grade. The first day that I tried the pads, my skin was a tad irritated and itchy for about 30 seconds. It happens every now and then when I use the pads and I am not sure why but it doesn’t last longer than 30 seconds so, I figure I can deal with it. It is sometimes hard to grab 1 pad and when you are tired and trying to go to bed, that can be just a tad bit frustrating!!!
My final grade for the Facial Radiance Pads by First Aid Beauty is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Not quite a perfect grade but almost. You can purchase the pads at Sephora.com or firstaidbeauty.com for $28. Happy Exfoliating!!!
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Report Card Review for Ultra Repair Concentrate by First Aid Beauty

Report Card Review for Ultra Repair Concentrate by First Aid Beauty
First Aid Beauty is a fairly new company that was started in 2009 by Lilli Gordon, a beauty expert with tons of experience in the industry. She started the company because she could not find quality prestige products that would not irritate her skin and treat everyday skin conditions. All the products are dermatology and allergy tested as well as fragrance free and claim to do what the package says. They even have some FDA approved products that do not need a prescription and can be sold over the counter to help people who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
I am a newbie to the First Aid Beauty brand (AKA FAB) and I have been dying to give them a try especially because of the cold harsh winters in the Midwest!!! I don’t know about you but my skin is dry, dry and oh yeah…dry!!! It seems like my skin is drier this year than any other year than I can remember and when I read that it is great for not just dry skin but sensitive as well…I was sold and I purchased a few products from Sephora.
Today, I am here to tell you about my experience with the Ultra Repair Concentrate. Every winter or when I have an allergic reaction to a product, I get dry patches on my hands as well as around the corners of my mouth and they can sometimes get itchy, red and just irritated. It started in early January right when the weather changed and thank goodness I had the FAB cream in reserve ready to try (yes, I have a reserve of products…remember I am a beauty blogger, no judging allowed) LOL.
When I opened the cream, I was a little nervous because of the thick looking texture. I was afraid that it would be too heavy and leave my skin greasy and cause breakouts. But, because of the love I have for my Beauty Scholars, I tested it to let you know how and if it works J Here are the positives: Although the cream appears thick, it is not once you emulsify it down in the palm of your hands. A little goes a long way, so this will truly last for quite sometime. It was very soothing to my dry irritated skin because it contains oatmeal, essential oils, botanical antioxidants and reparative ingredients. I also love that it is so moisturizing yet lightweight and you can use it on the entire body!!! The best thing is, they have clinical claims that state, “Within 15 minutes of application, skin hydration is improved by 116%.” Just to test it further, let’s see if my dry parched hands see a difference in the picture below (they are very dry because I have been sick and washing them like a crack head and not applying hand cream to moisturize…remember, no judging)…. LOL
Now I bet you are thinking that the cream sounds great that there can’t be any negatives. Well, there is just a tiny one for me. I hate using my hands to get my cream out of the jar. I would prefer a pump but this would not work due to the texture. So my final grade is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. Ultra Repair Concentrate does what it says it will do and they have clinical claims on the website to prove it!!! It can be purchased at Sephora or firstaidbeauty.com for $28.

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