Monday, July 24, 2017

Dry Shampoo - Is It For You? A Review of My Favorite Brand

Everyone has a favorite beauty product.  Mine is Batiste Dry Shampoo.  I keep several cans on hand at all times.  I love the scents and love how easily it works. Just spray, massage and brush.

I don't like to wash my hair everyday and some days I just want to run out quick and just don't have the time.   On those days I like to use dry shampoo and Batiste is my favorite.  I have used it for many years. My favorite is the Blush scent. I love that one. I have also tried the Tropical and love taking that one with me when I am on vacation at the beach. 

Watch this quick video that shows you how to use Batiste dry shampoo

There is a Batiste dry shampoo scent to suit many different moods.  So if you're feeling a bit wild you can try the WILD scent.  If you want a relaxing scent, try Blush or Fresh.  If you want something perky try Tropical or their new Cherry scent!

Check out all of the scents available from Batiste!
    • Original
    • Blush
    • Fresh
    • Tropical
    • Cherry
    • Wild
    • Floral Essences
    • Bare
    • Neon
    • Sweetie

For more information about Batiste dry shampoo  you can visit  Batiste.

Here is a list of locations where you can purchase Batiste dry shampoo: tested over 50 dry shampoos over the course of 6 weeks!  Check out their results and favorites.  My favorite made the list!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Is Your Makeup Expired? #beauty #bblogger

We all have that makeup we love so much, we try to use every bit of it.  The problem is, makeup does have an expiration date.  Using makeup longer than you should could mean that you are at risk of infection, especially in your eye area.  Makeup that is expired tends to develop bacteria. This can cause rashes, red itchy skin, pink eye, swelling, etc.

Here is a list of cosmetics and their usual expiration periods:

Powder Eye Shadow: 2 years
Cream Eye Shadow: 6 months

Liquid Eye Liner: 3 months
Pencil Eye Liner: 2 years

Lip Stick, Gloss: 1-1/2 years

Mascara- 3 months

Mascara will actually begin to develop a foul odor as it ages.  Give yours a whiff and see if it is time to toss it.

Blush, Facial Products, Foundation: 6 month for liquid 
2 years for powder

You can probably look at some of your products and see that they are expired.  If your foundations or liquids are separating, they are probably expired.  If your, eye shadows or powders look oily or dirty,  it is probably time to replace them.

Any SPF product or cosmetic with an SPF should be replaced every 6 months.

Disclosure:  Please check expiration dates and check manufacturer for accurate expiration dates.  Some product expiration lengths can vary.

Monday, July 17, 2017


ZOYA never disappoints when it comes to their seasonal color collections.  Check out the fabulous Fall lineup.  I love one more than the next!

Meet the SOPHISTICATES, Zoya’s latest palette of smoldering nudes, wine reds and shadowy hues in pearl, metallic and cream nail polish finishes.

cid:image007.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0 Mckenna (ZP904): a refined pearl in soft almond.
cid:image009.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Beth (ZP905): a soft, sandy, rose gold metallic.
cid:image011.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Presley (ZP906): a smokey, mauve taupe cream.
cid:image013.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Joni (ZP907): a deep, dusty plum cream
cid:image015.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Hera (ZP908): a muted, red mauve cream.
cid:image017.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Padma (ZP909): a deep, vermillion red cream.
cid:image019.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Yvonne (ZP910): a rich, bordeaux red cream.
cid:image021.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Mona (ZP911): a deep, burgundy plum cream.
cid:image023.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Elaine (ZP912): a dark, umber brown cream.
cid:image025.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Hadley (ZP913): a smokey, midnight blue cream.
cid:image027.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Tabitha (ZP914): a refined pearl in a deep hunter green.
cid:image029.jpg@01D2FEED.2A7E4BF0Gal (ZP915): a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Sun Protection Tips

Hey guys and gals! Get out of the sun!  I can not even begin to tell you how often my mom use to scold me to put on sunblock and a hat when I was growing up.  Many times I didn't listen and now I wish I had.  My mom also didn't allow us to be out in the sun between the hours of 1 and 3 pm.  She always said this was the time that the sun was strongest.  I still try to avoid the sun during these hours.

Sun bathing is relaxing, but it can cause damage to your skin and make you age prematurely.  If you want to be out in the sun, here are some tips to help protect your skin.

Wear an SPF sunscreen whenever you are outside.   The sun's UV rays are strongest during summer months, so it is important to keep your skin covered.  Always look for an SPF of 15 or more to protect it.  Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every hour or so.

Buy a pretty hat.  There are so many fun and colorful summer hats.  Not only do they protect your face from sun damage, but they look super cute as well.

Get a sun umbrella.  If you don't want to purchase one, there are many beaches that have them for rent. They provide sun protection and relief from heat as well.  To be perfectly honest, when I get lost on the beach, I look for my umbrella.  Try to pick an unusual pattern that you or your family can easily find in a crowd of beach goers.

Cover up!  Get yourself a cute cover up to wear over your swimsuit.  This will help to protect your skin when you are not bathing.

Don't forget your pretty eyes!  Wear sunglasses that are UV protection certified

Look for skin care lotions and cosmetics that offer UV protection.  There are many brands that offer this now.  Do some research and try them.

Try not to use tanning beds.  Read about the dangers of tanning salons in this article from WebMd.

I hope you enjoyed these quick tips on staying protected from the sun.

Go out and enjoy your summer!  Stay safe beauties. 
Stay beautiful!

Photo source: pixabay

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

To Mask or Not To Mask? Just My Take On The Whole Mask Thing

Do you mask?  Do you peel? I'm curious to see how many people use face masks.  Lately there have been so many masks showing up on the market and talks about them popping up all over the internet.

I have read about painful masks that are said to hurt like heck and by some of the videos I have seen, I believe this may be true.  I am not gonna find out for myself.  I also see a lot of sheet masks that look pretty intriguing and refreshing to me. 

I have always loved to do the peel off masks, like the Helene Curtis grape seed mask that looks like a gel and after drying can be peeled off.  I think the fun of it is trying to peel off the mask without ripping it.  I am weird like that. 🤣(that is supposed to be a little laughing man) lol

Anyway,  I decided to do a little research on masks and see what the experts at WebMd were saying about them.  This is what I found:

According to this article, some masks and peels are actually pretty effective.  As a matter of fact, some of the recommended brands are as follows:

Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System
(at home peel good for sensitive skin)

philosophy the microdelivery peel
(gentle physical exfoliation combined with lactic acid. It works great for either sensitive or dry skin)

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque
(Good for hydrating.  It is infused with cucumber, papaya, and pineapple enzymes to calm and soften skin.)

Murad Acne Clarifying Mask
(This mask  contains sulfur to treat acne and clay to absorb excess oil.)

You may be wondering what the difference is between professional services and at home masks and peels.  The main difference is the amount of ingredient or strength of ingredients.  At home products aren't as strong as those found in professional offices.  That is because of the strict standards that are given by the FDA.  Anything over a certain amount can only be administered by a doctor.

So there you have it.  A short breakdown on masks and peels.  Before you go out and purchase products, check with your doctor or dermatologist and see what they recommend for you.  For more information, read the entire article about Masks and Peels at WebMd.  As for me,  I think I am going to give a few new masks a try.

Stay Beautiful!

Disclosure:  Opinions expressed are my own opinion.  I am not a doctor, so you should see yours if you have any questions concerning your skin or products you use on it.  Some information in this article was obtained from WebMd.

Photo from Pixabay.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

Do you ever wonder how often you should wash your hair?  Honestly, it really is a matter of preference.  But here are a few tips that I recently read on WebMd that can help you decide how much or little washing is right for you.  I personally only wash my hair every 3 days.  If I wash too often, my hair gets too dry and hard to style.  I usually like my hair better the day after I wash and condition it.

 I want to explain how shampoo works.  Shampoo helps to trap oils in your hair.  That is why washing your hair too often isn't good for your hair.  By washing too often you can dry out and damage your hair.  This can cause breakage.  Your hair produces an oil that is called sebum.  When you wash your hair you are taking away dirt, oils and residue.  

According to experts, the only people who should wash their hair daily are people who have very fine hair, exercise and sweat often, or those who live in very humid areas. Basically, if you have excess oil in your hair, wash it.

If you have thicker hair, you can get away with washing your hair less often.  This also applies to some people with curly or dry hair.

Most of us can go 2-3 days between washing our hair.  The longest you should ever go without washing your hair is 14 days.

If you feel a need to refresh your hair in between shampoos, there are dry shampoos out there to help get rid of excess oils.

If you want to learn more about washing your hair, please visit this link on

Stay Beautiful!

Disclosure:  Information in this post was from Webmd.  
Photo  from Pixaby

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How To Keep Your Face Looking It's Best - @MichaelToddBeauty #Soniclear Petite Review #clearskin

Certainly, anyone can wash their face with soap and water.   But, when I want to get my face deep down clean, I like to use a spin brush.  By using a spin brush, my face gets 6x cleaner than by using my hands alone.  I always give my face a good washing with a gentle facial cleanser before each spin brush use.  This is my own personal preference.  I also make sure to remove my makeup as well.

So, I guess you are wondering how to pick a spin brush that is best for you.

First, you want to choose a brush head that is perfect for you.  You don't want an abrasive brush that scratches or irritates your skin I like the Soniclear Petite by Michael Todd Beauty.  It has an antimicrobial spin brush head that really gives me a deep cleaning.  It is waterproof and is rechargeable, so I never have to worry about batteries.  An extra bonus is that the brush head lasts up to 6 months.  It is lightweight and comfortable to hold. It is also gentle on my skin.

The Soniclear Petite by Michael Todd Beauty has 3 speeds to address different skin types or issues.  It even has a built-in timer that lets you know when to move on to the next area of your face.  This ensures that I am truly getting a deep cleaning.  No more guessing.  The Soniclear Petite is one smart spin brush.

When you first start using a spin brush to wash your face, you may notice some dry flakes of skin. That is perfectly normal.  That is your face's dead skin cells that are being removed so that new ones can produce.  Also, if you break out, wait a few days to a week and then start again.  Many times, when you introduce something new to your skin, it takes time to adjust, but in the long run, it is worth it.

I like to use my cleansing brush at night before bed or after a long day so that I can get all the dirt and pollution out of my skin. Plus, I like to get any deep down dirt and makeup out as well.

Most spin brushes say you shouldn’t use your skin brush more than once a day because it really isn't good for the skin.  It can cause it to become stressed out and react by giving you an uneven skin tone.  However, Soniclear Petite is so gentle, it can be used up to twice a day.

Lastly, keep your skin brush clean by using a gentle alcohol based cleanser.

If you would like more information on the Soniclear Petite by Michael Todd Beauty, please visit their website.

If you want to learn about the antimicrobial care of Soniclear, please watch this video:


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for FREE I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."