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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Report Card Review for Lip Serum by Be Fine food skin care

Report Card Review for Lip Serum by Be Fine food skin care
I was introduced to this lip serum from my Birchbox subscription in October 2011. Birchbox is a service that I subscribe to for a fee to receive a box of deluxe beauty samples.
When I received the box, I did not use the serum right away because at the time, I was stuck on my Boots Lip Butter and I needed to finish what I had. I actually tried the lip serum a few months ago in October and I will share with you why and how that came about after I give you a little insight about the Be Fine brand.
Be Fine is a natural line that uses super food ingredients like pomegranates and avocado mixed with advance technology. This brand is free from allergens, parabens, preservatives, and fragrance. They do not test on animals and they are a vegan brand. They believe that eating healthy is not enough for your skin; you need healthy products as well.
Now that you have been informed about the brand, let me share some information about the lip serum. I started using this lip serum in October 2012 (yes, I had it for an entire year before I decided to use it. Remember…there is no judging allowed, I am a self-proclaimed product junkie) LOL. It’s really funny because I used it by default. While I was dreaming up the design concept for my logo, my web designer Abbie suggested we use my lips for the design. OMG…what a novel idea I thought but…how??? She told me to make an imprint of my lips by kissing paper and she would transfer it to the logo. She did not have to tell me but once, because I was sold!!! BTW (small disclaimer)…kissing paper is hard so don’t judge the funny shapes on some of the pages…LOL
So off I go to kiss 3 sheets of paper from top to bottom to find the perfect lip imprint for the logo (see exhibits A-C below). Needless to say that my lips were in pain and very chapped and my Boots Lip Butter did not do the trick. I went into my beauty closet (yes, I have a closet full of beauty products) and there it was, staring me in the face, the Be Fine Lip Serum and I thought, what do I have to loose??? I tried it on and I immediately felt a soothing calming sensation that brought joy to my lips!!!
Beauty Scholars, this 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.
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!!! If you have not guessed by now, my final grade in 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you have a dry pout and you want to purchase this phenomenal serum to bring sexy supple smooches back to life…Be Fine Lip Serum is available for $18 on befine.com or $25 (with the lip exfoliator) on birchbox.com.


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Report Card Review for Stainiac by The Balm

Report Card Review for Stainiac by The Balm
I tried Stainiac by The Balm a few months ago from a sample in my Birchbox subscription. It appeared to be a lip stain, which seemed to have a lot of color so I decided to purchase it.
When I received my full size tube, the lip stain was sheerer than I remembered. It was more like a wash of color. Needless to say, I was sort of disappointed but I was not ready to give up so easily!!!
A few weeks ago I tried a new lipstick but as they day went on, the lipstick was bleeding all outside of my lips even with a lip pencil. The next day I tried the lipstick again but I put my Stainaic on first then the lipstick on top and as the day went on…just like magic…no bleeding!!!
However, I did not put 2 and 2 together until this morning.
So, I tried it again and it worked!!! The Stainiac lip stain keeps your lipstick from bleeding and helps it to stay on longer!!! Not only that…you can use it on your cheeks for a hint of blush!!!
Wow…talk about discovery and having an Aha moment!!! My overall grade to Stainiac is 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! You can purchase Stainiac on birchbox.com or thebalm.com for $17.00.

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