Archive | February, 2011

Unintentional Intervention

24 Feb

I wouldn’t say I’m an addict but there is a certain facial scrub that I love and for no reason in particular, I heard from 3 different sources (in 2 days) how terrible this certain apricot scrub is for your skin. I mentioned in a previous post here that it is one of my winter skin favourites for exfoliation. I think I’ve always known that it probably isn’t the best choice for an exfoliant but like most things it is psychological and I like that feeling of a really harsh, gritty scrub. I feel like I’m getting a really great exfoliation, revealing newer brighter skin underneath. Priced at under $5, it has always been a great choice; it is like crack for my skin – cheap and gets the job done.  Seeing as a skin care professional, an aesthetician and an expert on the Marilyn Dennis show all mentioned how terrible it is, I am going to try to ween myself off of the apricot scrub. There are a few exfoliants that I’m interested to try and will keep you posted on my results. In the meantime, I guess I will try not to use the apricot scrub on my face (as much) and maybe try it on my feet instead.

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Pick of the Week

18 Feb

If you’re like me and live in a climate with 4 seasons it seems like winter never ends. My skin can really look dull and lacklustre this time of year. I’m also missing my sun kissed glow I had a month ago but leave it to the geniuses at Nars to give me back a healthy glow in this drab month of February.  It is Nars Illuminator which comes in 4 different shades of Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Laguna or Copacabana. The claim is that it will light the skin from within and that it does. You can use the liquid alone as a highlighter, mix it with a moisturizer or your foundation to add that extra oomph to your skin.

I personally tried the Orgasm shade and loved the look it gave to my skin. Like all products with a hint of sheen, it is not for everybody. I felt that mixed with my foundation it was just enough for what I was looking for. I literally use a drop for my whole face. If you are like me and like a hint of shine, this is definitely a product worth trying. I know that not only will it be great for the winter months for a little pick me up but in the summer for a more bronzed look.  It is a fabulous new product worth checking out to have some fun with!

-AP

My funny Valentine . . . Me!

16 Feb

Really, Valentine? I know you come around every year on the same date and everyone loves you but I can’t say I’m  in the fan club. I’m very happy for those that have been hit by cupid and buy into what a money-making day you are, but this past year it felt like you were a real  holiday. From elaborate gifts and everyone wishing each other a Happy Valentine’s Day all over Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and in line at the grocery store – I just don’t get it. Are you really mushy or do you just want people to feel bad about themselves? Single people, men, widows, divorcee’s all feel your pressure. So instead of gorging myself with my own box of chocolates and getting drunk (alone), I decided to go out with another single and fabulous gal for some red martinis and a lot of laughs. I’m not all black and misery Valentine, I’m corny deep down. So, in keeping with the spirit of St. Valentine and Springs hottest shades of pink and red I decided to go for a soft pink look with my make-up.

On my face I used:

Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation in # 031 and Eyeshadow 5 Couleurs Iridescent in 809

NARS  Blush in Orgasm and Lip Gloss in Super Orgasm

MAC Lipstick in Fabby and Mineralize Blush in Hand-Finish to highlight

I really do hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! xoxo

-AP

Simple Pleasures

9 Feb

One of my favourite things in life is reading a new magazine. Call me old fashioned but there is something about  relaxing with a new magazine and a coffee. I know that many (or most) people get much of their information online but I like the feeling of skimming through a glossy magazine. I just picked up February’s issue of Allure with Jennifer Aniston on the cover.  Allure is the ultimate resource for all things beauty and Aniston looks absolutely gorgeous in the issue.  The problem with me and such a magazine is that I immediately want to hit the mall for the latest and greatest. Like an addict, I’ve been trying to avoid malls, superstores,  strip malls, drugstores  – anything to keep myself out of a tempting situation.

Seeing as I’ve been really good lately, I think I am due to a trip to the mall.  A few things on my list (that I saw in the current Allure) include:

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Pearl

Nars duo eyeshadow in Caravaggio

Yves Rocher Vanille Noire Shower Gel

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Hair Mist

Possibly a new shag haircut

*Good thing I get paid this week*

-AP

Oh Sugar Sugar

7 Feb

While the rest of the world was watching the Superbowl last night, I decided to watch a movie and make a sugar hair removal concoction. It was very easy to make with a simple mixture of sugar, water and lemon juice. For those of you who don’t know sugar hair removal works similar to waxing but is more natural which is great for people who are prone to break outs or sensitivities. It is also water-soluble making it easier for clean up.

The recipe calls for:

1/4 cup water

1/4 lemon juice

2 cups of sugar

-Place all ingredients in a heavy pot and boil. Once the mixture has come to a boil let it simmer for 30 minutes until it becomes an amber colour. Place off heat, let cool and store in an air tight container.

I followed the directions accordingly but seeing as it was my first time making the paste, I’m not sure if I did it exactly correct.  It did not take 30 minutes for the mixture to become amber in colour so I took it off the heat before that time. It also mentions to keep the mixture in the refrigerator although when I took it out this morning, it was as hard as a rock and I had to microwave it. I believe you can use the sugar paste the same way you would wax, meaning heating it up and removing with a cloth strip. I tried using it at room temperature and using a typical sugaring technique where you place the sugar on the skin and use nothing else except the paste to do the hair removal.

I must say that the sugar paste did a great job at removing my hair but my technique is not quite up to par.  I’ve been trying to save some money so I thought this might be one little thing to do at home but to be perfectly honest this might be one of those things that I would rather pay for . . . 

Maybe with some more practice I’ll get the hang of it but seeing as I had to take a break today, some things are just worth paying for.

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