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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Votre Vu Product Review of a Natural Hand Cream and Lip Treatment

A few months ago I attended the International Women’s Expo in Novi, MI (the suburbs of Detroit) and the Votre Vu bus of beauty (also known as the VuBar) captivated my attention!!! It was an amazing sight to see tat was filled with cosmetics, skin care and makeup galore; I had to stop in my tracks, as I wanted to explore!!!
As I walked up the steps, a team of Makeup Artist were applying makeup, offering skincare tips and introducing the brand to every person who entered. They greeted me with a huge hello and welcome so, I introduced myself and they gave me a tour as well as told me about some key products and how the brand started.
Votre Vu is a French company with handcrafted products that contain naturally based skincare formulations backed by 80 years of experience. The brand believes in the French philosophy: make looking great and aging well part of your daily life!!! I don’t know about you but I am ready to get my beauty passport stamped and step into the world of Votre Vu.
The team introduced me to Duette Luxe Lip Balm and Hand Crème. I was intrigued because it’s a multifunctional product and if you don’t know by now…I love products that offer multiple functions; they make me happy because you get more bang for your buck!!! I tried the hand crème and I was very impressed because it made my hands feel like velvet. I was so excited that the CEO gifted me the product as well as a brow gel (which will reviewed in a separate post).
I have been using the dynamic duo for the past few months and here is what I liked: As I stated earlier, the Luxe Hand Crème makes my hands feel velvety smooth!!! While I am not a fan of coconut or almond…somehow, the mix of the two scents together smell pretty darn good; who knew??? LOL. The crème is very moisturizing, a little bit goes a long way and it is not sticky…FTW!!! It has UV protection and Grape seed oil so it protects the skin from the sun and all the yucky things in the environment. The best thing is the packaging!!! The Hand Crème is connected to a lip balm with a mirror… now that is just pure genius and I was amazed and amused all at once…LOL. It was packaged this way because the French feel you should moisturize your hands and lips together. Wow…I think the French are on to something…what a novel idea!!!
The Luxe Lip Balm is nice but I am not as impressed with the lip balm as I am with the hand crème. It feels good on my lips but it is not as moisturizing as some of the other lip balms that I own. It was just okay…no wow factor at all L. I may have been impressed if there were a hint of color in the lip balm…IJS.
If you don’t know by now, I totally adore the Luxe Hand Crème and the complete package!!! However, the Luxe Lip Balm is just okay and not as moisturizing as some of my other lip balms so I am going to grade the product with 3 grades. The Luxe Hand Crème gets 5 out of 5 smooches… the Luxe Lip Balm gets 3.75 out of 5 smooches and the two products together with the packaging gets 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! The packaging and hand crème is just everything to me but the lip balm…not so much. If you are interested in purchasing the dynamic duo, it cost $39 on votrevu.com. Enjoy and Happy Moisturizing!!!

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Find Out Why This Product is My New Passion

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Check out my guest post Report Card on Rachel O Beauty for Natural Passion

http://www.rachelobeauty.com/my-passion-for-natural-passion/

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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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A Moisturizing Cream???

Report Card Review for Moisturizing Skin Cream by Yu-Be
Since we are in the winter months, I will test and try many moisturizing products for the face, body and skin!!! The winter months can be very harsh on the skin and you may experience more dryness than usual and I want to help you find the right products to help combat dry skin!!!
I was introduced to the Yu-Be brand a few years ago when I worked at a prestige brand cosmetics store in Houston. They are said to be the #1brand in Japan and they were established in 1957. They offer a small range of products that are all Glycerin based, enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor.
My hands are always dry because I am constantly washing them or using a hand sanitizer because as you show know by now, I am a germ-o-phob (don’t judge me)!!! I just hate being sick, I work in a customer service oriented environment where I have to shake hands and interact with tons of people and I don’t know how often they wash their hands throughout the day (I’m just saying)!!! LOL
Sometimes 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 so 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.
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!!!
The only negative is the smell of the Camphor but the food news is that is doesn’t last long. My final grade for the Moisturizing Skin Cream by Yu-Be is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! You can purchase Yu-Be at Sephora, Ulta or yu-be.com for $16 for 1.25oz or $25 for 2.5oz. If you try Yu-be, let me know your final grade…MUAH, Happy moisturizing!!!

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