Birchbox for February

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I’m a beauty junkie so I love receiving my monthly subscription from Birchbox. They offer both women’s and men’s subscriptions. The women’s sub delivers samples of well known and not so well known beauty goodies.

This months sub came with a gorgeous emerald green nail polish by Color Club called Wild Cactus. I’m always on the lookout for winter nail colors and this beauty fits the bill. I love it.

It also came with Dr. Lipps Original Nipple Balm for Lips. This stuff is awesome. I use it on my cuticles, lips and feet. Great for nursing mothers.

Skin & Co Roma Cleansing Body Gel. Kind of smells like public bathroom soap. I’m not a huge fan.

A Twistband. Since I have a tiny little pinhead, I can never find a headband that will stay put. These headbands by Twistband are fabulous, don’t crease or tug and best of all, stay put! Me likey!

And last but not least a Ghirardelli milk and caramel square. Ya ok yum.

What’s so cool about Birchbox is if you get something you absolutely love, you can buy it in full size right from their site.

Do you have any beauty subscriptions? If so, what is your favorite?

Perfect Eyebrows Part 2

Last week I talked about where your eyebrows should start. This week I want to talk about where they should end.

The ending point is almost always the same on every person.

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You can take a straight edge ruler or eyebrow pencil and line it up with your nose going diagonally across your face to meet up with the outer corner of your eye, as you see here.

This is pretty simple and is easy to do!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask 🙂

China Glaze Swing Baby

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I know this came out a while ago but I always have trouble choosing nail polish during winter. I’m not a traditionalist but I dislike wearing bright pink or other bright colors during fall and winter. I typically stick with dark colors. China Glaze Swing Baby is so pretty and it’s perfect for winter. It is a lovely champagne color with a foil finish. It was super easy to apply – I only have two coats.

What do you think? Do you have any China Glaze nail polish?

Something I Love, Something I Don’t…Love

First what I love:
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It’s so difficult to find the perfect red. Russian Red by Mac is the PERFECT red. This color pops on most skin types. It’s more neutral than blue and the texture is semi-matte. Goes on smooth and lasts and lasts! Make sure you pair it with a good liner (I like Covergirl’s red). I also use a lip balm because it is matte and can dry out your lips.

What I don’t love…
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I actually received ModelCo Fibre Lash Extend Mascara in a Birchbox. I tried to like it. I really did. It went on a little clumpy but I have patience and worked with it. After a few hours fibers were falling off my lashes and into my eyes and onto my face! It also looked a little bit like spiders were crawling on my lashes. I know, I know, everyone loves it but I don’t. Plus, it’s a little pricey.

What’s your favorite red lipstick? Have you tried any of the fiber mascaras out there?

My Love Affair With a Leave In Conditioner

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The Healthy Sexy Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner has become one of my very favorite hair products. This was love at first sight. My hair sucks up conditioner like a thirsty dog. I literally can’t comb through my hair after I shower unless there is some heavy-duty conditioning action going on. That’s why I freaking love this leave in conditioner! Just a few spritzy sprays and bam! smooth and a cinch to brush through. It’s a miracle detangler!

Healthy Sexy Hair products are based on soy protein. So what? So it means Superwoman strength and tons of moisture for shiny and healthy (and sexy!) hair. It also helps with annoying static electricity. The smell ain’t too shabby either. I think it smells like kumquats or something. The smell doesn’t last but the softness does.

Have you tried any Healthy Sexy Hair products? What about leave in conditioner? Do you have a favorite?

Four Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Skin

Our skin takes a lot of abuse. Dry, cold weather makes wrinkles more noticeable and our skin dehydrated and old looking. Ew. Fear not! I have four awesome and natural remedies that may not cure what ails us but sure as heck will make your skin feel brand new.

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A shower filter. This one has a filter built into the handheld. It’s the one I use. Really, this is almost enough to completely change the way your skin and hair feels. Hard water sucks! It makes us dry and ashy. Literally, this is the easiest way to reduce exposure to chlorine, not to mention reducing the risk of asthma from inhaling chlorine. Your skin will be softer and younger looking. Your body hair becomes better able to retain natural oils so you need less lotion and moisturizer! Yay!

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Dry brushing. You will want to spend about 5 minutes a day dry brushing your dry, naked, pre-shower body. Make sure you get a brush with a long handle and natural bristles as synthetic ones can damage your skin. Dry brushing stimulates the skin but should not hurt. It will shed dead skin cells and increase circulation which will improve the look and texture of the skin. It can help tighten the skin which will minimize the appearance of cellulite. Obviously don’t brush over rashes, infections or other skin irritations.

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Humidifier. The benefits of a humidifier are numerous. It helps with dry skin, dry throats and noses. That means less sinus infections and colds. It helps to keep skin moisturized and soothes dry and itchy skin.

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Tea tree oil. Where to even begin with tea tree oil? Excellent for acne – just as effective as benzoyl peroxide without nasty side effects. It doesn’t dry out the skin the way benzoyl peroxide does. It is great for dandruff. But for God’s sake, don’t eat it. Its toxic.

What do you do for your skin?

Arch Angel: A Four Part Series on the Perfect Eyebrow

20130128_141118-1A nice, pretty brow is all about balance. It’s a lot easier to get that perfect brow than you think, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.

Starting Point The rule of thumb is to think about starting your brows at the inner corner of your eye. However, eye-set can change where the starting point should be. Take a ruler, an eyebrow pencil or any straight edge and line it up with the base of the nose along the nostril up to the inner corner of your eye. If the inner corner of the eye is inside of the ruler, then you have close-set eyes. If the inner corner of the eye lines up with the ruler, you have well-set eyes, and if the inner corner is outside the ruler then you have wide-set eyes.

If you have well-set eyes, you can comfortably start your brows at the inner corner. If you have close-set eyes, you might want to start your brows outside the inner corners. Don’t go too wide! I’m talking about a few hairs at most. Sometimes you can make your nose appear wider than it is. Also, if you have close-set eyes and narrow lips, you don’t want to go too far. You always want to maintain balance. Wide-set eyes, you can start inside the corner of the eye, closer to the bridge of the nose.

Remember, these are just guidelines. Like I said a gazillion times, it’s about maintaining balance.

Questions? Comments? Please, ask away!

Waxing: It’s a Sticky Situation But We’re Here To Help

Whether you’re a waxing virgin, it’s been a while and you’ve got an 80s bush, or you’re a waxing pro – we’ve got some do’s and dont’s for ya.

DO take a warm shower before your wax. Not only will that open up the pores and make the hair easier to remove (read: less painful), but you want to be kind to your wax tech. ‘Specially if shes giving you a brazilian. You don’t wanna piss her off when she has your “life” in her hands.

DO exfoliate pre-waxing! It’s all about exfoliation if you want to prevent yucky (and painful) ingrown hairs. Grab a loofa and something gritty and get down to business! We like Lush Sugar Scrub ($6.25). Do this once a day and you’ll never see a pesky ingrown. But…

DON’T exfoliate 24 hours after you get waxed. And now that we think about it…

DO skip the jacuzzi and extra hot showers immediately after waxing. Also, skip the post wax workout and the tanning sesh. You’re already a little tender, let’s not push it, eh?

DO let your wax technician know about any medications you are taking. Acutane, Retin-A, etc will affect your waxing experience. As in, you want to keep your skin. Lose the hair, but keep your skin. Not telling your waxing tech about medications pretty much guarantees bad results. Plus – owie!

DO let your hair get onto the same growth cycle. Come in every 4 to 6 weeks and try not to tweeze in between. Patience my dear, and you shall be rewarded with an easier and thorough hair removal.

DON’T feel embarrassed about your hair, your body size, scars etc. We’ve seen it all, sister! Trust your technician and she will go to great lengths to take care of you!