Monday, December 21, 2015

Microdermabrasion: Shine Bright Like a Diamond Review

I love this product!  It is not what I originally expected.  Instead of having tons of small gritty particles it has large diamond grit.  This makes your skin so smooth though and I have had amazing results with this product.  It has helped with acne, hyper-pigmentation and fine lines for me.  It is a moisturizing scrub which cuts down on irritation while still giving great, deep exfoliation that really does improve skin.

Watch my video review here and order it this week while it is on sale here :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

D.I.Y. Spa Day

What if I told you you could make yourself feel amazing and utterly pampered right in your own home?  You can!!

I'm going to share here some of my favorite products and some simple steps you can take to really relax and enjoy yourself and get head to toe pampered :)

  1. Start by getting a nice warm bath going (you can do a shower if you don't have a bath) and add either a bath bomb, a bath mix, or bubble bath.  In the shower you can pick a bath mix to steam on the floor of the shower.
  2. Soak or steam for a few minutes and just relax.
  3. Get your hair damp and then work Posh's Tea Tree and Neem Hair and Scalp Mask into your scalp and roots of your hair.
  4. Grab BFF exfoliating daily face wash and gently massage it into your face for a few minutes.  Really enjoy the exfoliation and the mint.  Rinse it off and either pat face dry with a clean wash cloth or let it dry for a minute or two.
  5. Apply Drop Dead Gorgeous dead sea mud mask to your face and neck.  Relax and enjoy until mask is just starting to dry.  Read all about masking here.  Then rinse and apply either Moisturize 911 or Night and Day facial moisturizer.
  6. Rinse your hair out and shampoo and condition.
  7. Grab a Snarky Bar and start by exfoliating your feet then work lather and exfoliation up your legs.  Shave your legs if needed.  Gently scrub the rest of you with your Snarky Bar (you can lather in your hands and then scrub on arms and legs if needed or directly use the bar).  Rinse and drain your water.
  8. Grab a nice fluffy towel and pat excess water off and apply your favorite Skindelicious Body Butter.  Go lie down in a quiet spot and rest.  You should feel very relaxed at this point and be ready to drift off or just rest for a bit.
There you have it :)  Less than 10 steps and you will feel so pampered afterwards.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

How to Face Mask like a Pro

I love face masks and giving myself spa treatments at home :)  The one disadvantage, though, is that I am not a trained esthetician and I know a good amount about skin care but I have to admit I don't know it all. :)

Recently I was lucky enough to find a Posh group on Facebook ran by a Skin Care Therapist.  She has been sharing so many great things with us and the other day she taught us how to use clay masks correctly.  I am going to just use her direct quotes as much as possible. :)

"First things first: for maximum benefits, you must exfoliate before applying any mask, regardless of if the mask also exfoliates, the mask needs to be able to do it's job, without trying to cut through layers of dead skin. This doesn't mean, though, that you need to be harsh with the exfoliation."

She said she had seen a lot of us applying our masks too thickly.  "You only need enough that you don't see any exposed skin."  I love applying my mask with a brush to get a nice thin even coat.  She recommended synthetic brushes so that they don't absorb the mask.

Next she addressed the amount of time to leave the mask on your face.
"There are three phases of a clay mask, There's the damp phase where your skin absorbs the beneficial minerals from the clay or mud. Then you have the start of the dry phase, which exercises your capillaries and stimulates blood flow as the mask cools and contracts. But then there's the dry phase, which draws out moisture from the surface of your skin, causing dehydration and irritation. Not only does skin then feel dry, tight, and sometimes itchy, but when you counteract it by slathering on extra face cream, you're just smothering your freshly cleansed skin, so a thin layer is good here too."

"So, the next time you use a clay mask, don't wait for it to reach the flaky stage before you start rinsing. Do the touch test: When you start to see it drying (which usually means it gets lighter in color) but it still feels a bit sticky, it's time to wash that sucker off, so it doesn't suck the life out of your skin. If you let the mask completely dry, you are causing more damage to the skin, especially Acneic and Dry skins."

She even addressed how to get the benefits of a clay mask without irritating sensitive or damaged skin.  "Keep in mind, that clay masks alone, can sometimes be too much for sensitive or damaged skin. If this is the case, you can layer masks."

"When layering, order is extremely crucial. Soft masks should always go first, followed by a clay or mud-based mask [on top]. If you do it in reverse, the soft mask will never be able to properly penetrate. Which brings us to the two basic types of masks you should have in beauty arsenal. A soft mask, which hydrates, soothes, and calms skin, and (like Muddy Honey) does not dry. Plus a clay or mud-based mask that absorbs impurities and excess oil, and clarifies. When your skin is acting up in more ways than one, it’s difficult to treat it with a single mask. Start with a thin layer of a healing mask all over. Look for one that has soothing ingredients like chamomile, and hydrating ones, like grape seed or flax seed oil. This will relieve irritated skin, while also adding hydration to dry patches. Then, follow with a mud-based mask to help absorb oil and eliminate breakouts. Apply the second mask only to the breakout-prone areas. A mud mask alone would be too strong and overwhelming for stressed out skin. The first layer of soft mask will help your skin handle a stronger treatment."

I'm so excited to know how much to apply, how quickly to remove, and how to layer masks now!  Let me know if you make any changes to your face masking routine or if you want to start a routine and don't know where to begin :)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Snarky Sale!!

The Snarky Bar is one of my must-have/absolute favorite Posh Products.  They're on sale today!!

My favorite is the original pink Snarky.  I love this scent!

Need a little more pick-me-up in the morning?  Wanting to reduce the appearance of cellulite?  Use the Daily Grind Snarky with coffee grounds.

And last but not least do you need some relaxation and the benefits of lavender in your life?  Try the tranquilizer :)

Happy scrubbing!!  Order any of these here.  Just search snarky in the top right and click your desired bar :)