Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I received a great email from Patti Pao of Restoresea.com.

I loved it so much, and found it so useful, I emailed her and asked if she would mind if I posted it for my readers, here on My Great Big Beauty Filled World.  Be sure to check out the high quality skincare products on her Restoresea website.

Here is Patti's post:

One of the favorite parts of my job is answering customer service questions. And one of the most frequently asked questions is how much and when to use Restorsea products. I thought that it might be helpful to share my answers.
Face Wash/Cleanser: Please place a dime-sized amount on damp palms. Using your fingers, gently apply to damp face. (NOTE: I don’t like wash cloths, loofahs, or brushes because they are incubators for bacteria and dirt). Rinse WELL with warm water. I recommend rinsing with 25-30 splashes.

Face Serum: Apply one small drop/squirt to freshly cleansed skin. 
Face Moisturizer: Apply a dime-sized amount OVER Face Serum.
Face Oil: Pat two DROPS over moisturized skin. You want to apply the most occlusive product last.
Eye Cream: Using your ring finger, apply a small dab to the inner corner of your eye, working to the outer eye. Repeat for the other eye.
SPF: Apply OVER your face oil. This is the most occlusive product as it is blocking the UV light.
Body Lotion: Apply liberally to arms and legs and all over body. Your body is a large surface area and needs to be moisturized, as it is lacking sebaceous/oil glands and needs hydration.
 If you have questions or desire further information, email Patti at pattipao@restorsea.com.

Disclosure:  This information was used with permission from Patti Pao of Restoresea.com

Monday, September 18, 2017

LipSense Long Lasting Lip Color from Red Gate Beauty #gotitfree #sponsored #beauty #lips

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Friday, August 25, 2017

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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Reasons Why Restorsea Products are Silicone Free #beauty #cosmetics

I have used Restoresea facial products products over the years and I know that Patti Pao, the CEO, puts her heart and soul into the business.  She cares about the ingredients that are in her products and about the people who use them.  

Day Cream >Eye Cream >Cleanser >

I wanted to share a recent email that Patti sent out, with her permission, about why she chooses NOT to use silicone in her products.

These are her reasons:

1. Silicones trap debris in your pores.
Like plastic wrap, silicones form a barrier on top of your skin. That barrier can lock in moisture, yes, but it can also trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris along with it.
2. Silicones can cause acne and congestion.
Prolonged exposure to oil, dead skin and bacteria underneath the semi-occlusive seal of silicones can lead to increased breakouts. If you are acne-prone, I consider silicones among the most important ingredients to avoid.
3. Silicones can make your skin dull and dehydrated.
Silicones can prevent additional moisture from getting into the skin.  
4. Silicones interfere with cell renewal.
Our skin renews itself every 28 days, whereby old cells are sloughed off and new cells make their way up to the surface. Silicones inhibit this process by slowing down the production of new cells and keeping dead cells stuck longer.
5. Silicones deliver nothing beneficial to your skin.
When you use skincare products heavy in silicones, you're not actually hydrating or nourishing your skin, no matter what the label may claim—it's simply a short-term smoothing effect.
6. Silicones block other ingredients from absorbing.
If you are layering products, silicones can prevent them from doing their jobs properly.
7. Silicones can be difficult to remove.
The most common silicone, dimethicone, is extremely heavy and leaves a coating on the skin unless it is carefully removed. If you are using products formulated with silicones, I would suggest washing your face with the Reviving Cleanser. It will remove your silicone-based products safely without stripping your skin of its essential oils.

Do the products you use contain silicone?

If you have any questions about Restoresea products, you can contact Patti Pao at pattipao@restorsea.com.

Disclosure:  This is an informativel post only.  No compensation was received.  Published with permission from Restorsea.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Self-Tanning Tips

We all know that the sun can be damaging to the skin.  However, many of us like to have a freshly tanned summer glow.  While some people like to bathe in the sun for their tans, others prefer self-tanners instead.  Self-tanners can help you achieve that sun kissed look without the damages of the sun’s UV rays.

There are many different types of sunless tanners on the market.  They include sprays, lotions and creams.  The type you choose is a matter of preference.  Some people even like to vary the type of product they use based on the body part.  Here is a brief outline of different forms of self-tanners and tips to achieve the best look possible.

1.   Lotions -  The benefit of a self-tanning lotion is that you can apply it to large areas.  They usually have a tint, which makes it easier for you to see where you are applying it.  This also helps you to blend for a more even looking tan.  These are great for beginners because they are easy to use.

2.   Creams- These work just like lotions.  They are easy to use as well, and tinted to help you see where to apply the product on your skin.  They are a bit thicker than the lotions.

3.   Towelettes- These are convenient for carrying.  They are used by simply opening the package and wiping the towelette on your skin. They help keep your tan looking fresh and give you a great glow.

4.   Sprays- Unless you know what you are doing, you should probably leave these to the professionals to apply.  They need to be sprayed at least 6 inches from the skin and are often best for hard to reach spots, like your back.

Now you are familiar with some of the different types of self-tanners on the market.  That is only the first step in getting that golden glow that you desire.  Next, you must apply the product.  There are steps to achieving that look you desire. Here are some tips to help you get started with your product.  Remember, always start out slowly and applying lightly.  You can always add more.

1.   Always start out with clean, exfoliated skin.  The last thing you want is an uneven, streaky looking tan.  Don’t use scrubs that contain oils and can block the self-tanner from absorbing.  You are better off using a loofah pad. By having clean skin and buffed away dead skin, you are more likely to achieve the look you are going for. Also, make sure to shave any unwanted hair from your legs, armpits, etc.

2.   Once you have a clean surface, make sure there are no excess oils on your skin. Those can block the tanner from working properly.  This can also lead to a spotty looking tan.

3.   Wear gloves!  Unless you want to walk around with tan hands, it is best to keep them protected while applying the product.  The last thing you want is to have tanned palms.

4.   Always start with your feet and work your way up.  This will make the process go easier.  Remember to check for dark spots after applying to your legs.

5.   Be sure to apply a light amount of product on the face.  You don’t want to walk around with an orange face.  Don’t forget to do under your chin and around the ears and jaw line.  Just dab on the product as you would makeup and lightly work it into the area.

6.   Save the hands for last.  You can’t possibly apply the product to the other areas if your hands are covered in product.

7.   If any areas appear too dark, you can easily fix it with a damp cloth.  Just gently wipe the area until you have the desired color you want.

8.   Give the product time to work.  It will gradually become darker.  Make sure it is completely dry before applying clothing or lying down.  Also avoid showering for at least 8 hours.

9.   Your tan should last up to a week.  Just remember, before you reapply any new tanner, always exfoliate your skin.  You don’t want to wind up with a spotty or blotchy looking tan.

Moisturizing your skin daily will help you to maintain your tan and keep it looking fresh.  There are many lotions that can help you to do that.  Look for glow lotions or products labeled specifically for maintaining.

If this sounds like a lot of work, or is overwhelming to you, just seek a professional to apply your self-tanning product.  There are many professionals available who know what they are doing and can get you the look you want to achieve.  You can even ask one to help teach you how to apply product properly and efficiently.

Do you have any tips on attaining the perfect sunless tan?  Share them with us in the comments below.

Disclosure:  These tips and advice are based on my own personal use.  Always seek the advice of a professional before using any products on your skin. Some information obtained from Webmd.com and The Beauty Insiders.  Photo source: pixabay.com

Stay Beautiful!