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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hate winter because your skin becomes a dried, itchy mess?

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With winter around the corner, what can you do to keep your skin soft and supple.... Keeping your skin moisturized during the cold winter months takes work. But if you’re willing to stick to a regular routine, it can be done, no matter how brittle your skin or brutal the weather.

For the Body. No More Hot Steaming Showers. This sucks, I know— they feel so good, especially on a cold day, but hot water strips your skin of much needed natural moisture. Opt for lukewarm water instead, or if you really can’t stand keeping it cool, cut down your shower time.

It’s best to moisturize your body right after you get out of the water, when your skin is still damp. Pat your skin dry—don’t rub, then slather yourself with a heavy duty body butter and let it soak in a few min before dressing.

Easy on the Exfoliation to no more than once a week.

If you have super dry hands and feet, apply lotion often. keep a small bottle of Hand Cream in your bag. Use after you wash your hands.

For the Face. Winter-proofing your face can be tricky, depending on what type of skin you have. My combination skin makes it an especially frustrating task, but I’ve found the following routine to work wonders: Like your body avoid really hot water when washing your face, and use a mild, non-drying cream cleanser. Always pat dry and apply moisturizer after washing. (even if you have oily skin! that could actually be why you have oily skin)

Be careful not to use too much foundation, and opt for light, creamy formulas. Combining your base with a bit of moisturizer is also a good trick and can help prevent caking and flaking.

And don’t forget about your lips! Drink LOTS of water! dry lips is also the first sigh on dehydration~ Be sure to apply balm regularly also one with SPF just because its cold out doesn't stop the sun from sharing its raise.

dry skin is one of the main causes of aging! WRINKLES BABY!! Keep your skin supple and you will help keep the look of wrinkly/aging skin at bay ~

::TimeWise Body™ Targeted-Action® Toning Lotion 10+ hours of moisture
::TimeWise Body™ Hand and Décolleté Cream Sunscreen SPF 15*
::TimeWise Body™ Visibly Fit™ Body Lotion 10+ hours of moisture

::TimeWise® Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 25*

Mary Kay® Lip Protector Sunscreen SPF 15

::TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer (norm to dry)
::TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer (com to oily)
::TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer SPF 30*

Monday, July 11, 2011

7 Ways to keep your skin looking its best

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Nothing says youthfulness like glowing, fresh skin. A select few are born with it, some can thank their family genes, but for the rest of us beautiful skin takes some work. What you may not realize is that it is easier than you think to have skin that glows. These seven tips will help you get the skin that you have always wanted.

1. Eat Healthy
For beautiful skin , it is important to maintain a healthy diet. You need plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy in order to have a healthy body and healthy skin. You want to steer clear of processed foods and canned foods because these have a great deal of sodium and ingredients that can cause your skin to become dry, and or Oily.
Do your skin and body a favor and best you can eat fresh foods. Broccoli is a great food to eat if you have acne and fish is great for your skin in general. Blueberries are also a really great food to snack on and or add filled with lots of antioxidants If you are eating the good foods, your skin will show it.
( i have to avoid buttery or oily dishes and my fav!, ice cream~ I almost always brake out around my mouth and on my chin area after i have these )

2. Drink Plenty of Water
It is important to drink lots of water to keep your skin supple and moist. If you do not drink enough water, your body will begin taking water from various minor organs in order to feed the major organs. One of the minor organs that is affected is the skin. When the water is drawn from the skin to take care of major organs, you may notice that your skin is very dry and even flaky or it is extremely oily. Drinking lots of water, though, combats that and keeps your body balanced.

3. Cleansing Matters
Cleansing should be a vital part of your daily routine. You should remove your makeup each night and cleanse your face each morning. The products that you use are also important. you should cleanse your face daily and do it the right way: Using lukewarm water (Not hot, Not cold), splash some on your face. Put some cleanser on your fingertips and work it into a lather. Using a circular motion, rub the cleanser on your face, jaw line and neck. You don't want to scrub, be gentle. Especially if you a cloth / hand towel to wash off makeup. For a lot fo skin it can be more irritating than helpful. If you have trouble not feeling clean enough your better to simply just rinse and repeat! Rinse your skin by splashing lukewarm water on your face and neck until the cleanser is gone. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Also Always moisturize after!! some people have oily skin because they try and scrub away too much leaving the skin overly dry and strips your skins natural oils causing oil glands to overcompensate.

4. Exfoliate
Exfoliation is a great way to get a quick glow. The trick is to get an exfoliator that is gentle but effective. You don't want a very coarse grit because you don't want to overwork your skin actually causing scratches and tares in the skin. Use a fine grit and make sure that it is gentle. and only should use 2-3 times a week. To apply, splash your face with lukewarm water. Apply the exfoliator with the pads of your fingers in a circular motion. Avoid your eyelid and under eye area and don't scrub too hard. Rinse well and pat dry with a clean towel.

5. Sleep
A good night's sleep is one of the best beauty tools you can have. While many people believe that sleep deprivation causes dark circles under your eyes, this is not true. When you miss too much sleep, fluid can collect under your eyes, making them puffy. If you are prone to dark circles, which is a concentration of blood vessels just under the skin, then the puffiness will make the dark circles more prominent. This can add years to your look. Plus, your body repairs itself while you sleep so if you don't get enough sleep, it can not repair itself adequately. So take the time to get a good night's sleep.

6. Your Makeup Means a Lot
Your makeup can mean the difference between great, glowing skin and acne or dry flaky skin. The mineral makeup that is gaining popularity lately is actually a makeup that is good for your skin. but no matter what kind you use, even if they say you can sleep in it, Dont! Unless you absolutely cant once in a while not a big deal but dont make a habit of it...

7. Relax
Stress can wreak havoc on your skin so it is important that you take time to relax. Meditate, take a warm bath (not hot! Intense heat can harm your skin) or just talk with a friend. Classes such as yoga and Pilates are great stress relievers. If you take the time to relax and relieve your stress, your skin will thank you.

If you follow these seven simple steps, you'll soon have softer, younger looking skin, and you just might start getting unexpected compliments, but of course.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Know your Mary Kay Product Shelf Life

What IS Shelf Life?

Shelf Life is the period of time during which a product can be stored, unopened, under specified environmental conditions and remain suitable for use.
How Shelf Life is Determined
Here's the information provided by the company itself in material provided to its sales force: (emphasis mine)

"Most Mary Kay® products are manufactured to have a minimum shelf life of three years from the date of manufacture. This is the standard for the cosmetic industry, not a regulation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the shelf life of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products such as sunscreens, antiperspirants, etc., as follows:

If the shelf life is less than three years, then the expiration date of the product must be clearly indicated on the package. This is not required if the shelf life is greater than three years. Some Mary Kay® products (e.g., Acne Treatment Gel) may have an expiration date because they have a shelf life of less than three years. For these products, it is particularly important to check the expiration date before using them.

"We recommend storing products at a temperature between is 59-86°F.
When products have been exposed to very high or low temperatures, examine them carefully. Note the appearance, odor, and color of each product. If these appear normal, the product has probably recovered completely. Occasionally, separation or an “off odor” will develop several weeks after exposure to high temperatures, but this is not usually the case. If your products have been overheated or frozen, it is NOT a good idea to refrigerate or heat them. Let them return slowly to room temperature, and then examine each product."

Common signs of age are separating, color change, & odor. Here are some common warning signs that your items have gone bad:
-"Off odor” (often like the smell of color crayons) from ANY lotion, mask, or other cosmetic.
- Cream eye color that is cakey or dry
- Foundation that has separated significantly in the bottle
- Grainy or hard-to-apply lipstick
If you notice any of these characteristics in any item you have, toss it.

No matter where you get your products: Hair care, Makeup or Skin. NEVER get products from a store that places it in a window with direct sun exposure!!!


TOSS IT!!! Its Time For NEW Mary Kay!

Finding the "Manufacture" date
All Mary Kay products carry what is known as a “Date Code.” This is a four-digit code consisting of letter(s) followed by two numbers. This code is usually located on the bottom of a container or on the crimp. With this code, you know exactly when the item was manufactured. NOTE: This is not an Expiration date, as some mistakenly believe, but when it was Made.

For example, an eye color refill tray might be marked Crystalline #882800 FX05.

•“Crystalline” is the product shade name
• The six numbers (882800) indicate the part number
• The second four characters (FX05) indicate the date of manufacture, which in this example would be December 5, 2004.
You can interpret the day code using the following legend:

Character 1: From 2010 and Back. Letter representing the year in the decade in which the product was produced.
A= 2000  H= 2005
B= 2001   K= 2006
C= 2002   M= 2007
D= 2003   R= 2008
F= 2004   T= 2009
V= 2010
NOTE: Starting in 2011, they changed this system and the first character is now a number, as follows:
1 = 2011
2 = 2012
3 = 2013
4 = 2014 and so on...

Character 2: Letter representing the month of year in alpha order,
as follows (please note that the code skips some letters to avoid confusion and mistaken identification):
A= January      K= July
B= February    M= August
C= March       R= September
D= April         T= October
F= May          V= November
H= June         X= December

Characters 3 and 4: Numbers representing day.
So, put it all together and here's what you've got.
If the date code is CT14, then the item was manufactured on October 14, 2002.

Date Codes for products manufactured before 2000
If your item was produced before the year 2000, the date code will not follow the form explained in the above section.
Prior to 2000, date codes began with a number, not a letter. Here are a few of the corresponding codes.
If the first digit of the code is the item was manufactured in the year
5 1995
6 1996
7 1997
8 1998
9 1999

Whether you buy from me or someone else, I hope this helps you to be an informed consumer.

The information presented here is true to the best of my knowledge and opinions expressed above are simply that--opinions. I make no guarantees, implied or otherwise, about this information. Nothing here is in any way affiliated with Mary Kay corp

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Microdermabrasion Set and HOW TO USE~

TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set Try it! Love it!

Instant Results
Fight fine lines, refine pores and achieve beautifully smooth skin – immediately! with this simple, two-step set.
NOTE: This is NOT to be used as a Face Wash!
When used as directed
Before you start Personal Tips: 
This is to only needs to be used 2-3 tops times a week.
Use at night! Its always best to use anything that has or is a serum at night because it allows the nutrients to really soak in and not loose potency do to sun exposure. Also because step One really works! and by that i mean it really buffs away that first layer of skin therefor leaving skin more sensitive to exposure to the sun to quickly. your skin needs time to reveal that under layer of new skin to its full potential! If you need to use in the day then of course be sure to put on your SPF! But you should be using one everyday anyways riiiiiight? ;) 

Also i personally think on days you use the Microdermabrasion Set at night you can skip the TW nighttime solution if you are currently using it.
You don't want a an exfoliator with large coarse grit because it will  overwork your skin and can actually cause scratches and tares that can lead to irritation or worse, infection! Use a fine grit that is gentle yet effective!!
Step 1: Refine is an advanced exfoliator using the same professional grade exfoliating crystals used by dermatologists, to immediately energize skin and reveal more radiant, healthy-looking skin.
Application: After cleansing away dirt and makeup, apply a quarter-sized amount of Step 1: Refine to wet face with fingertips. Using circular motions, gently massage face with fingertips for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.
Also use on chest to help get rid of signs of sun damage! 

Step 2: Replenish separates the set from the competition. It's a rich serum, containing vitamins, antioxidants and anti-irritants. This serum nourishes the soft, smooth skin revealed by Step 1: Refine.
Application: Following Step 1: Refine, use fingertips to gently apply Step 2: Replenish. Continue with SPF  like TimeWise® Day Solution SPF 25* then TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer.
TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set Try it! Love it!
These results were experienced after just one week
85% saw improvement in skin texture.
73% saw a reduction in fine lines.
71% saw smaller-looking pores.

Monday, June 20, 2011



Removing makeup every day is a tricky process as you don’t want to pull or tug the delicate skin around the eyes. Also you want to cause your skin to dry out by using a harsh cleanser and/or makeup remover. It is important for the health of your skin to remove any makeup before going to bed each night. Leaving makeup on your skin overnight can clog your pores and lead to acne. Leaving eye makeup on overnight can result in the makeup getting into your eye, causing irritation and possibly infection. and eyelash loss.
Direction Tips:
- I like to wash my face First, washing my face yet being gentle around my eye area, but not worrying if all the liner, mascara and shadow comes off  right away.
- Once you have finished washing your face the water and cleanser will have not only already washed away most but eye products also loosened anything left over for easy removal causing less tugging.
- Soak a cotton ball / pad with Mary kay Oil Free Makeup Remover and wipe gently over the eye area from inner corner of the eye out and slightly up, resisting tugging. Any remaining hard to get bits can be easily finished up with a Q-tip.
-Then simply splash face with cool water and pat dry.

Love Love Love my Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover!
Its no wonder its my #1 Selling Mary Kay Product!

Are you tired of stubborn eye makeup not coming off when you clean your face! Constant tugging and pulling on your eyes. The Mary kay Oil Free Makeup Remover will gently wipe that makeup off Clean and gently.

Medical Research says:
The skin around the eye is thinnest, less collagen and elasticity then any skin on the face. As we age this gets even worse! This area on our skin requires a little extra attention.
-Mary kay Oil Free Makeup Remover removers all types of eye makeup, including water proof mascara.
-Mary kay Oil Free Makeup Remover does not leave skin feeling greasy.
-Mary kay Oil Free Makeup Remover even uses collegian.
    Right now there is a great new Deal If your planning to get Mary Kay Oil Free Makeup and by chance also a Mascara. this is a great little bundle to get both items plus a Free eyelash curler for just $30!
    but thew me ill always offer even less!

    Saturday, June 18, 2011

    Why Mineral powder might be best for you!

    "MIRACLE" Mineral Powder
    by Mary Kay
    Mineral powder  foundations are made from all natural and gentle ingredients that do not damage your skin. They do not contain fillers, oils, dyes or any harsh chemicals. They will almost Never cause irritation to your skin. This is especially important considering the largest area to which it is applied is your face…. Your most visible pallet!!

    Beautiful, Complete Coverage
    Another attraction of the mineral powder foundation is that it gives great coverage. It is ideal for concealing scars, small pimples, brown or red spots, blemishes. They provide superior coverage due to the lack of cheap, unnatural and unhealthy fillers. This type of foundation has also been proven to be the best for concealing skin disorders such as acne, Rosacea and Melasma. Tests and studies have shown that mineral powder foundations are wonderful for acne sufferers. Not only do they provide complete coverage, they also help to calm and heal inflammation brought on by acne. Mineral powder foundations will give you an even and natural looking coverage that you can wear all by itself on days that you prefer to be more casual. Or you can totally dress it up with your other makeup products and be pure glamourous!!
    Mineral powder foundations are also great for those who suffer from dry skin because the minerals “trap” moisture in the skin and help your skin feel hydrated all the time. It also gives you a weightless feel to your makeup unlike the “caked on” feeling some liquid foundation, concealer and loose powders can do. This foundation is truly light as a feather! Mineral powder foundations work perfectly on all ages. It works great on mature skin because it refracts light which in turns minimizes the appearance of fine lines, imperfections, discolorations and wrinkles.  Loose mineral foundation is the purest form of foundation available and is appropriate for every skin type, including those with very oily or sensitive skin.
    Perfect and Economical
    Another great thing about MK mineral powder foundation is the cost. Mary Kay’s Mineral Powder Foundation costs $18.00 and you will be amazed at just how long it lasts. A little goes a long way! Who doesn’t love that?!?!
    If you have never used a mineral powder foundation you may be wondering about the application process. The natural pigments that mineral products contain blend easily and effortlessly on the skin. This type of foundation should be applied with a good brush for the application of this product. Using a brush to apply the foundation will allow for you to distribute the minerals evenly and ensure a “streak free” face. When choosing your foundation brush be sure that its bristles are consisted of high density hair. It should also be short, soft and firm. Mary Kay’s Mineral Foundation Brush is just that and priced very affordable at only $10.00.  Remember using makeup brushes comprised of synthetic bristles is damaging to your skin because of the chemicals they contain and their hard texture. You will turn your container upside down and tap on the bottom a few times to release the powder into the lid. Turn the container right side up and unscrew the top. Place your brush in the powder that has presented itself on top and lightly tap your brush into the lid to eliminate the excess powder. Then simply begin brushing it across your face until all of the desired areas are covered. It's as easy as 1-2-3!!!
    Pressed Mineral Powder
    Loose Mineral Powder
    Start your foundation transformation to the Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation today!! The pressed powder is great for touch up or by itself just to get rid of any shine. I highly encourage you to use the loose foundation as it is proven to be the best form of foundation to use. Loose mineral foundation is the purest form of foundation available and is appropriate for every skin type. To see all the color choices available for the mineral powder foundation please visit my website at:

    Monday, June 13, 2011

    Eyelash and Mascara Tips for Healthy Eyes

     In Honor of the New Mascara "Lash Love"
    here are some Tips all about Mascara!

    Although wearing mascara is completely safe, following mascara tips for healthy eyes in never a bad idea.
    One of the dangers of mascara is that bacteria can build up on your mascara brush over time and if these bacteria get into your eyes it can cause a rather nasty eye infection that can cause your eyelashes to fall out, eye injury even blindness.

    Many types of mascara contain preservatives that help prevent the growth of bacteria, however as your mascara ages the preservatives can still break down and your mascara is vulnerable to producing dangerous bacteria.
    For this reason your mascara should be thrown away after about 3-4 months. Additionally, while the eye normally offers a good barrier against bacterial invasion, a slip of the mascara wand can scratch the cornea and introduce infection.
    Here are some safe recommendations for how to use and store your mascara for maintaining your eye's health.

    -Never share any makeup with friends, especially eye makeup and mascara.

    -If you smell a strange odor coming from the mascara tube, throw it away immediately. Bacteria found on the applicators and in the product can and have lead to severe eye damage, even blindness.

    -If you do get an eye infection, throw away your existing tube of mascara; don't risk reinfecting your eyes.

    -Never put water or anything else in your mascara it will promote the growth of bacteria. It's not worth losing your vision for especially if you wear contacts.

    -If your mascara dries out or clumps, throw it away. Do not attempt to add water, baby oil or any other substance; this is how bacteria can grow.

    -Don't pump your mascara brush in and out of the tube, this allows air to get inside and it will dry out faster. In addition, this pumping motion can increase the growth of bacteria.

    -Never use saliva to moisten mascara. Your mouth has millions of bacteria that can get into the mascara and eventually will transfer to your eyes.

    Additionally, don't assume that hypoallergenic mascara is safest against harmful bacteria. Some tests have shown that hypoallergenic mascara often produced the most bacteria over long periods of time.
    The safest way to use mascara is to follow the above recommendations and see a physician at the first signs of any infection.  

    • Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara. Or, if you prefer to curl after application, make sure that the mascara is dry.
    • Apply properly, by starting with the wand at the base of your lashes and working out to the tips.
    • Wiggling the wand at the base of the lashes is said to make your lashes look thicker and will help keep the lashes from clumping together
    • Use even, consistent strokes to prevent globs being deposited on your lashes
    • For extra help to prevent clumps use a lash comb also to separate any lashes that are stuck together.
    • Want to try some colored mascara?  Avoid a garish look by applying one coat of black, let dry, and then a coat of color.
    • When applying a second coat, whether of the same color or different, make sure that first coat is dry. (if the first coat isn’t dry, it can cause the lashes to clump together.)
    • Keep eyes open really wide (unnaturally so) for a few moments before blinking.  This will help make sure the mascara is at least partially dry, and can help reduce smudges around your eye.
    • To help reduce under eye smudges, powder the under-eye area before application.
    • If you still get a smudge, let dry then remove carefully with a Q-tip:  Press the Q-tip onto the smudge, then rotate a half-turn. This will remove most smudges quickly and cleanly.
    • If can’t seem to get the hang of smudge-free application, you can put a tissue under your lashes.
    • Replace your mascara after 3-4 months, or sooner if it smells “off” or looks dry.  (take a sharpie or sticker and write the date you opened it right on the tube or cap to know when it’s time to be replaced.)
    • Although you may have a favorite mascara, don’t be afraid to try something new.  A new color or new applicator brush may give you a totally amazing look.

    Beauty TIP: A great mascara is important, but you can take extra care of your lash as prep. Apply Lubricants for eyelash growth. Eyelashes get dry at times. Try lubricants such as olive oil, Vaseline or vitamin E which is widely known to stimulate growth of hair. Keep eyelashes moist at night when you sleep and as a result could enhance growth

    Do you have a favorite mascara tip?  Please share it with us in the comments

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