Keep it Youthful

I am a firm believer in that it is never too early to start preventing the signs of aging. I have definitely said this before. I always try to recommend products that I have tried before so I can promote my first hand knowledge. I have recently begun trying the Advanced Génifique Serum by Lancôme, and all I have to say is WOW.

First of all, I love Lancôme. All of their products are made in the USA, besides the perfume which is french of course, and 70% of their scientists creating these products are women. Products for women by women, what could be better than that?

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But this serum is almost magic. First of all you can see the results within 7 days. It targets the 10 areas we want to keep youthful: texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, even skin tone, and clarity. This serum soaks into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue. This serum is also the only one that can go underneath other serums and lotions and still work. As long as you use it twice a day, every day you will see results within one week.

After you wash your face you apply one pump full to your face and neck and you will instantly look like you are glowing. Watch out JLo!

The cool thing about this bottle is that the pump is self-loading. Just open the bottle and the correct amount of serum will be in the dropper. You don’t need that much to cover the skin. It is very light and spreads easily. This serum is for anyone and everyone no matter how young or old.

I have only been using this serum for a few days and I can already tell a difference.

Advanced Génefique makes the perfect gift for anyone.

Hydrate Your Skin!

Your body needs water to survive and your skin needs moisture to be the best it can be. Moisturized skin is happy skin, but skin can vary from person to person just like fingerprints. Not every lotion works for everybody. Of course any lotion is good, but some are better! Check out the best lotions for different skin types!

For dry skin:

If your skin is itchy, tight, and flakey then you’ve got yourself some dry skin. You’ll need an extra hydrating lotion to solve this problem. Try Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration for Drier Skin Types. You can find it at Nordstrom. While it is on the more expensive side, it is worth it.

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But if you truly can’t swing the $23.85 you could try CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for $8.99 at Target.

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For Oily Skin:

There is a common misconception when it comes to oily skin. People think if their skin is oily you don’t need a moisturizer. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! You NEED moisturizer if your skin is oily. The reason your skin is oily is because your skin is so dry that your body is trying to overcompensate by producing more oil. If this sounds like you try the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel from Clinique.

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If $26.00 sounds like too much to spend, a cheaper option for oily skin is Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer for $11.59

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For Aging Skin:

In my humble opinion, it is never too early to start protecting your skin against AGING. Nothing can stop you from getting older but you can give your skin the tools it needs in order to stay beautiful forever. If you want to hop on the anti-aging train try your luck with Murad Age-Balancing Night Cream

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It is $62.00 bucks so if that is a little steep for you, try Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer.

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$22.00 is still a lot but it is better than $62.00

A Gift for the Makeup Enthusiast in Your Life

We all have that friend who looks like a 10 every day. Their hair is always done, their makeup is perfect and their outfit is always on point. It takes a lot of work to look that good! For me, I only feel good if my skin is looking good. I wear makeup every day but I make sure to protect my skin first. The best way to protect your skin is to remove your makeup before you wash your face. I cannot stress this point enough. I have probably already talked about it but it is that important. If you do not remove your makeup your pores will clog and you will wake up with acne– or worse. Wrinkles. (over time that is). But after we put all that work in, in the morning we can get pretty lazy at night.

I have the solution.

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The Kmitch Makeup Eraser is the answer to your lazy makeup-removal problems. All you have to do is wet this pink plush material and it will remove all of your makeup. Even HD makeup and water proof mascara. There are no harsh chemicals in the Kmitch Makeup Eraser. The only thing it needs is water. The cloth is reusable. All you have to do is throw it in the washer. It will last 100 washes.

I have seen this thing all over Instagram. Everyone is using is, especially Blac Chyna, who always looks flawless so you know she knows what she is talking about.

I do have to say I have not found a makeup remover that I am in love with yet. Most products either dry out my skin or cannot get rid of all my makeup. I end up using more which costs me more money in the long run. The Kmitch Makeup Eraser is only $19.00 and like I said it is reusable. They ship worldwide too, I cant wait to get my hands (or face) on it!

 

The DIY Treatment

Sometimes the greatest gifts of all are the gifts we give to ourselves. But, after this holiday rush I do not think any of us have money laying around. This is why I really like Do It Yourself (DIY) projects. They usually only require things you already have in your kitchen, like honey or milk.

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If you are like me and you dye your hair all of the time then your hair is most likely damaged. To help remedy this issue, all you need is one banana, a tablespoon of olive oil and an hour of your time. Mash up the banana really well, like almost to a puree. Then mix in the tablespoon of olive oil. Massage the mask throughout your scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour. After that just shampoo and condition your hair.

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Another problem I have is blackheads. I cannot seem to get rid of those tiny black pinheads. If you are having the same issue try making a Blackhead Removal Peel Off Mask. It only takes three ingredients: one egg yolk, one tablespoon of gelatin, and two tablespoons of organic milk.  This mask is a little more complicated than the previous one, so make sure you have set aside enough time to do it.

  • First you have to separate the egg white from the yolk and then beat the egg white.
  • Next, mix the gelatin and the milk and heat it over a light setting while constantly stirring. Do this until the gelatin dissolves into the milk. Pour this mixture into a bowl and let it cool.
  • Now that it is cool, add the egg white and mix everything together.

Now that the mask is ready, get your face ready. Clean your face then steam is by turning the water on as hot as it can go and just let the steam rise up and open your pores. Spread the mix over your face and leave it on for 30 minutes (avoid your eyebrows you do not want to peel them off too!) Peel it off and rinse with warm water and then splash your face with cold water to close the pores!

Gifts for Guys

If you’re shopping for your dad, brother, boyfriend, or very hairy aunt (we all have one) and you do not know what to get check out the Dollar Shave Club! The Dollar Shave Club is exactly what it sounds like. You pay ONE dollar ($2.00 shipping and handling so really $3.00 all together) and you receive a handle with two stainless steel blades and five cartridges per month. This option is described as reliable like the “’82 wagon that starts when the temp’s below zero.”

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Now, if your guy (or aunt) is a little hairier than the average Joe and you do not think this simple blade can handle the job then you could upgrade to the six dollar a month option (that ships for free so it really is only six). This option comes with the handle, four stainless steel blades, and four cartridges per month. This blade is described as the lovers blade because it works great for either gender (your aunt will thank you). This option has a 90 degree pivot head that follows your curves.

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Now, if you have a true mountain man in your life, and I’m talking about a real thick bear, then you could upgrade even more to the nine dollar a month option (free shipping). This option comes with a handle, six stainless steel blades, four cartridges a month and a trimmer on the side.

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There are three options to choose from but no matter which option you choose you get a refill once a month for the same price. They come directly to you. However, if your mans hair does not grow that fast you can choose to have them sent every other month. Its really a people pleasing company.

But wait there’s more! The Dollar Shave Club has some added options. You can order Shave Butter to make your mans shaving experience even more supple for only eight dollars, a post shave lotion for nine dollars, and/ or a wipes for your mans tushy for four dollars! Cheap, reliable products. That is what life is all about.