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Friday
Aug272010

Back to School Beauty: Daily Essentials.

It's that time of year. School bells are ringing everywhere. I have some friends across the country that are already back in school. I have another week before I go back to school, but I am ready. I am going to HIGH SCHOOL! So excited!!!

Being organized and out the door at 7 AM is going to take some organizing on my part. I think I have narrowed down exactly what I need to use in the morning so I can get out as fast as I can, while looking decent, and feeling fresh and awake - ready to face the world.  Here are my daily beauty essentials.

Supersmile Toothpaste & Accelerator - $36.00
Just a drop of the toothpaste and accelerator in the morning leaves my mouth feeling clean and fresh while helping to keep my smile its brightest.

Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub - $6.00
This scrub makes my already cleansed face look and feel clean. I hate the look of "gunk" in my pores and using this every more makes sure my face is exfoliated with nor clogged pores behind.

Kiehl's Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin Clearing Treatment  - $30.00
If I do see or feel a blemish coming on, I start treating it right away with this cream. I do not use it all over, I just spot treat areas. I do use a think layer over my nose though and it really keeps the blackheads away.

Burt's Bees Lip Balm - $3.00
I use this daily, before any type of lip gloss or lipstick. It is the perfect moisturizing base that smells so fresh and keeps my lips soft.

Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Cream $4.00 & Schick Quattro Razor $7.00
Whether it is my under arms, legs or both, I do shave a bit every morning. I know it is a sensitive subject, but with dark hair is is a must. This shave cream makes my shave quick and easy while leaving my skin super soft.

Suave Naturals Body Lotion - $3.00
My current obsession is the Lavender Vanilla Scent and it smells great with my everyday perfume choice (see below). I smooth it all over my body right before I get dressed to keep my skin soft all day.

Philosophy Baby Grace Perfume Spray - $40.00
School is not the time to wear an over powering fragrance, so I wear Baby Grace from Philosophy. It is a soft, clean scent, just like the smell of a baby. It smells a bit more floral when I spray it over the lavender vanilla body lotion.

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant - $7.00
I have written about my love for this daily deodorant before, and hands down it is the best.

Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray - $24.00
I am not that much of a hair spray type of girl, not for every day at least. I do style my hair and no matter how I style it, after brushing my hair through, I spray on a few spritzs of this magical shine spray. It leaves my hair looking super clean, healthy and shiny soft. 

Stay tuned for my makeup essentials. Even though they will probably change (and change a lot), there are definitely every day makeup basics that will be in my morning routine.

*Some of these products were sent to Beautiful Makeup Search as samples for editorial consideration.

Friday
Jun182010

Say "Bye-Bye" to "Bacne" - Back Acne.

Most girls (and guys) my age are struggling with an ugly condition which I call "bacne", short for back acne. Unfortunately, it seems to be just another one of those facts of teenage life. While some people get big red bumps, I am lucky to only have smaller pimples that feel and look more like rough skin, rather than a  full blown pimple. Either way, it is embarrassing.

Not only is bacne embarrassing, it is more difficult to treat than facial, especially on this hard to reach back area.  I did find a solution though and I just had to share. Glytone has an easy solution to treat ongoing breakouts on the back and shoulders with their Back Acne Spray.

Glytone Back Spray is an effective 2% salicylic acid spray-on treatment for acne. It is formulated with proven blemish fighting salicylic acid.

"The spray works to encourage the sloughing of dead skin cells and the unclogging of pores, providing an effective treatment for mild acne, oily skin, textural changes and post-inflammatory hyper- pigmentation"

The spray is so easy to use. It comes in a pump bottle that allows for even upside down spraying ─ every time, every treatment! I use it every nght after my shower after I dry off. My back is looking much more clear just after a few weeks of using.

You can learn more about Glytone products at their website. My Mom received one of these Back Sprays in a gift bag, but she already re-ordered one for me at Dermstore.com. It costs $17.00 for the 2 oz. bottle and $34.00 for the 8 oz. bottle.

Saturday
Jun052010

My 4 Favorite Bronzers.

I think I use a bronzer almost everyday. When I go for an all out made up look or a natural one (which I do for school), I depend on a bronzer to bring a bit of color and glow to my face.

I am lucky enough to try so many bronzers and my friends are always asking me which ones work best. I figured I would tell them and you at the same time. Out of the ones I have tried, these are my 4 Favorite Bronzers that I keep on my makeup table.

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas - $28.00

This is a pretty golden rose shade of bronzer. I really like this one when I feel tired as it warms up my complexion, giving me a healthy glow. Sometimes I layer this one over one of the more brown based bronzers listed below.

Stila Sun Gel Bronzer - $24.00

This is my favorite gel bronzer that I sometimes use on more than just my cheeks! It is pretty to even dab on my eyes and lips for a really pretty golden glow. It lasts all day too, which I like.

 COVERGIRL TRUblend Microminerals Bronzer -$11.00

I saw this one at CVS and just had to have it. I love how it is portable for when I think I might need a touch up on the go. I throw it in my back pack and sweep the bronzer with the brush over my cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of my nose. The bronzer and brush come in one sleek compartment making it simple and easy to use.

MAC Creme Bronzer from MAC To the Beach - $25.00

This one just came out and I took it from my Mom right away. It is a cream bronzer that is so easy to blend and it lasts all day. I use it alone on my cheeks or with Dallas (above) for a little extra shimmer. This creamy bronzer has 2 colors. I use Beach Bronze.

So, what's your favorite bronzer? Did yours make my favorites list? Do you prefer a powder, gel or creamy? I can't wait to hear. PLEASE leave me a comment about your favorite bronzer!!!