estee lauder bb creams review

Most of my mornings are typically very busy. I have few spare minutes, which means blending a foundation flawlessly will not be an ideal job and this is where BB creams took over in my life. They are a staple in my daily makeup kit now and getting couple from Estee Lauder is a dream come true. I am honest about it. I have an oily skin year round, especially now that I live in Florida. I was on a quest to find a BB that wouldn’t turn me yellow, grey, sparkling or without feeling itchy. Last year, I turned to my mom for an advise and she suggested that I try Clear Difference and Double Wear All Day Glow BB creams. The benefit of both is that it includes SPF protection, which is ideal for me. I can save time on applying sunscreen.

Estee Lauder Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 | $40
It helps to conceal my blemish marks, pores and flaws with a specially formulated tint. The lightweight formula hydrates my skin, protects, perfects and soothes. It is available in 3 sheer shades to flatter a wide range of skin tones. I always moisturize my face first. Then, I apply it with the Foundation Brush starting with a few dots around the face. If I need more coverage I re-apply. I use the Light shade even though I have olive skin and it looks great. I don’t find it irritating at all and I even use it on the eye area without problems. I don’t usually set it with a powder but when I do it lasts for hours. My skin feels like it is breathing all the time. It doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts and takes excellent care of redness. It doesn’t enhance dry patches neither feels sticky or greasy on skin. With no fragrance, it is perfect for those with sensitive nose. The blue theme colored packaging includes a card-box and a plastic, squeezable tube with nozzle dispenser. It nozzle was sealed when I received it and it is perfectly designed to squeeze out a tiny drop of product in order to avoid wastage and mess. The tube is a bit small than regular ones we see for BB Creams, but super cute.
You can purchase it at Estee Lauder here

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow Moisture Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | $38
I typically alternate wearing this foundation with Clear Difference. This stuff is amazing. The finish truly is satiny-luminous without any hint of sparkle or shimmer. It lasts all day long on me and the coverage is light to medium. It blends like a dream. A really fantastic combination of non-drying, longer-wearing, glowy perfection. This does not sink into my fine lines or oxidize to a different color throughout the day. The finish is absolutely not what I would expect from a Double Wear product. DW foundations typically age me and give my face an unpleasant, mask-like look that I’ve never been able to buff out. I also apply it with the Foundation Brush starting with a few dots around the face. If I need more coverage I re-apply. With this foundation I don’t usually apply moisturizer. I’ve noticed that if I do, my skin becomes oily after only few hours wearing it. Love the pretty peach and gold tube packaging.
You can purchase it at Estee Lauder here

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Hello, lipstick lovers!

I have to say, that it took me longer then usual to write this post. I love all different colors of lipsticks, from very bright to neutral and I have so many favorites. But my goal was to choose only 5 top notch lipsticks that I currently love, so yes, it was challenging. If you hunting down for that perfect lipstick ladies this season or if your go-to lip shade is looking a bit blah these days, spice things up with one of the season’s hottest colors. Brighten up with these totally on-trend lippies. Style conscious women and girls always look for the trendy shades of the lipstick as they know what importance a right lipstick holds for them.

Here are the top 5 trendy lipstick shades 2015 for women.

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1. Bubble Gum Pink Lipstick 2015
Femininity makes women look more feminine, thus more beautiful. Decent chewing gum pink shade of lipstick is such a shade that really adds a more feminine touch to the personality of a woman. Chewing Gum pink shade is in trend in 2015 for a stylish touch with the addition of a dark black eyeliner. Outfits in white and soft pink colors with floral prints are the best to match it. Chewing pink shade is especially the perfect shade for winter season, having the capacity of canceling the negative effects of the harsh winter season from our lips by giving our lips a rosy touch. This amazing shade lasts longer.

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2. Rose Lipstick 2015
Red is an ever trendy color as it has a large diversity of shades. 2015 seems to be a year of awesome flowering red shade. Flowery red lipstick shade is the most needed shade of the lipstick. The flowery red lipstick makes one’s lips look intimate. Outfits in sheer prints work well with this bold, intimate shade of the lipstick. Go for metallic shades if you have a dark complexion and for fair skin go for neutral shades for cheek bones.

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3. Hot Pink Lipstick 2015
Pink shade can never go out of fashion. Blistering pink shade is a striking shade for women having a dark complexion. It is really a striking shade 2015 for women, makes the beauty of one’s face inspiring. Blistering pink shade is such a shade that has always been loved and it is still being liked in 2015. Hot pink accessories in combination with white are fine to wear with this blistering shade of lipstick. Light golden and sea green accessories are also OK to opt for. Although this sparkling color is OK for all shapes of the lips, but this bright color grants a new beauty and new life to broad and round lips.

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4. Hot Orange Lipstick 2015
In 2015, orange lipstick shade is in a style similar to the other fashion accessories in orange shade that are being admired in 2015. Orange lipstick gives our face a sunny and pretty touch. Accessories in deep carrot orange, deep saffron, flame, dark orange and cadmium orange are the right one with this striking shade of lipstick. Electric orange shade is an outstanding shade 2015 for bold girls right from the London Fashion Week 2015 being the most common among the stylish celebrities. Orange red shade is the trendiest shade 2015.

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5. Electrical Purple Lipstick 2015
Purple is also the right and the most honest shade for the women as it gives women somewhat a distinct and alluring feeling. Purple color has a large range of tinges but in 2015 exciting purple color has come into a requirement. Bright metallic touch in purple shade will make the lips more glowing, hot and captivating. Girls get the feeling of a Barbecue dolly by wearing this bright shade on their lips. For women with dark hair this is a fabulous shade. Do not forget to try an exciting purple shade if you are going to have amusement in any college party or in a formal get together for outstanding, beautiful and sparkling lips.

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honey mask recipes for all skin types

I love skincare you can eat, and the raw honey face mask tops my list of homemade beauty products. Raw honey was prized for its healing properties in ancient civilizations, and it makes an incredible mask for your skin all by itself. I just started to use a raw honey mask once a week. I notice a definite improvement in the tone and softness of my skin. I love it even more for the fact that it’s totally edible and doesn’t expose my skin to the chemicals found in most beauty products.

While raw honey is lovely, you can also mix and match other food-based ingredients to tailor your mask to your unique skin type. Below are four recipes for honey face masks designed with specific skin types in mind.

HONEY FACE MASK FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN

Ingredients:
3 teaspoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: Mix honey and cinnamon together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-30 minutes. The antibacterial properties of both honey and cinnamon are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin. (Cinnamon can occasionally be irritating if your skin is really sensitive, so you might want to do a patch test on the back of your hand first.)

HONEY FACE MASK FOR DRY SKIN

Ingredients: 
1 teaspoon mashed avocado
1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt
1 teaspoon raw honey

Directions: Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing it off. The fats in the avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing to the skin, while the lactic acid in the yogurt smooths your skin, refines pores, and stimulates collagen production.

HONEY FACE MASK FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Ingredients:
2 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

Directions: Stir the aloe and honey together and apply over your face. Leave it on for about 10-20 minutes. Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.

HONEY FACE MASK FOR SCARS AND DARK SPOTS

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions: Combine the lemon juice and honey, and apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Lemon juice exfoliates your skin, brightens dark spots and fades scars. Your skin will feel smooth and soft right away, but it may take a few applications to notice a real difference in scars and spots.

Have you tried a variation of the raw honey mask? What are your favorite food-based ingredients to use on your skin? Share in the comments section below!

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how often should you replace your suscreen

In my last post, I shared with you why wearing sunscreen is so important. Few years ago, when I really started to understand importance of sunscreen, I always wondered how long can I keep using it before it becomes ineffective? Most of my moisturizers and foundations that I currently use include SPF in them, which safes me time in my skin care routine. I personally, use up all of my creams, lotions with SPF within a year. I can’t imagine going outside without protecting my skin first. After some research, I educated myself on sunscreen effectiveness.

Sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years. This means that you can use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next.

Some sunscreens include an expiration date — a date indicating when they’re no longer effective. Discard sunscreen that is past its expiration date. If you buy sunscreen that doesn’t have an expiration date, write the date of purchase on the bottle. Also, discard sunscreen that is more than 3 years old, has been exposed to high temperatures or has obvious changes in color or consistency.

What happens is, when sunscreens expire, the chemicals begin to degrade and separate, making them less effective. Eventually, old sunscreens will crystallize, separate, and may have a foul odor. Always check the expiration date on sunscreen before you purchase it. Keep in mind that extreme temperatures can also make sunscreen become less effective, despite its expiration date.

Keep in mind, however, that if you use sunscreen generously and frequently, a bottle of sunscreen shouldn’t last from one year to the next.

P.S.: By the way, product featured in my picture above is one of my favorite sunscreens. Stay tune for another great post, where I’ll share with you “My Favorite Current Sunscreens”.

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why wearing sunscreen is so important

We have all heard about the dangers of the sun, but did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, and this number is growing due to increased ultraviolet exposure from the sun and tanning beds. The summer is not the only time you are at risk for damage from the sun. Find out how to protect yourself no matter what the season.

It Decreases Your Risk Of Developing Deadly Cancer
Using sunscreen daily, even when it is cloudy or raining, dramatically decreases your risk of developing skin cancer. This is especially true of the deadliest form, melanoma, which is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths in Iowa.
 
It Keeps You Looking Young 
Did you know the #1 cause of premature aging of the face is ultraviolet exposure? By wearing sunscreen, you are slowing down the development of wrinkles and leathery skin.
 
Sunscreen Keeps Your Skin Tone Even
In addition to slowing aging of the skin, sunscreen prevents facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
 
The Ozone Layer Is Depleting 
The ozone acts as a sunshield for the earth by absorbing harmful UVB rays before they reach the ground. As the ozone layer depletes, your body needs added protection from these harmful rays.

Wearing Sunscreen Sets An Example For Your Kids
By the time children are 18, children will have racked up a lot of time in the sun. Help protect them, and yourself, by making sun safety a priority.
 
Sunscreen Is Important For All Skin Types
Even if you don’t burn easily, wearing sunscreen is still important. Sunburn is an immediate reaction, but sun damage occurs over a lifetime. Although skin cancer is more prevalent in people with lighter skin, it does not discriminate and can still affect those with darker skin.
 
Sunscreen Is More Convenient Than Ever
It isn’t inconvenient! With so many sunscreen options, including sprays and sunscreen that is built into moisturizer, applying sunscreen is more convenient than ever. Just be sure to reapply every two hours and after a swim, even if you are using the water-resistant kind.

Sunscreen Protects You From More Than Sunburn
If you have ever had sunburn, you understand just how unpleasant red, burning skin can be. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are two other extremely nasty health issues that can arise from extended sun exposure. Sunscreen, in combination with other precautions such as increased consumption of water, can help you avoid these issues, which can lead to nausea, muscle cramps and even brain damage if left untreated.

In addition to traditional lotions that have been around for decades, some newer types of sunscreens have been introduced and should be taken into consideration when selecting the right type for you and your family. While there is no perfect sunscreen, selecting one that you like is the key motivating factor for regular use. Here are a few kinds to consider depending on skin type and sun exposure:
 
Spray – Spray sunscreen can be more convenient than lotions, especially for parents applying sunscreen for children. If you do choose a spray, be sure to use a generous and even coating and apply more frequently.
 
Build-In Sunscreen – Some moisturizers, lipsticks and foundations contain sunscreen. These are perfect for days when you will not be spending much time outdoors and are good for everyday protection. If you do plan on spending a lot of time in the sun, be sure to use a secondary source of sun protection.
 
Mineral – Mineral or hypoallergenic sunscreens are now available for those with sensitive skin. These types of sunscreen sit on the skin instead of being absorbed into it, providing you protection without irritation.
 
Sweat Or Water Resistant – Although water-resistant and sweat-resistant sunscreens are not 100% waterproof, they are specifically formulated to stay on the skin even after getting wet. It is important to reapply every two hours or after getting out of the water.

Stick – Sunscreen sticks are perfect for spot application, such as your nose and ears. These areas are important and are among the areas most commonly affected by skin cancer.

When selecting a sunscreen, purchase one with an SPF of 15 or higher. You should also select broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum, sunscreen as it is designed to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

It is never too late to start integrating safe-sun practices into your life. In addition to wearing sunscreen, you can help protect yourself from harmful rays by wearing a hat, sunglasses, sun-protective clothing and by limiting your sun exposure, especially during the most intense times of the day from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Bonus Tip: Spotting skin abnormalities early is also crucial in the fight against skin cancer, so we suggest performing a self-skin examination once a month. If you do spot one of these abnormalities, consult your dermatologist for a complete skin examination.

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