Cherries

800px-CherriesThere are many health benefits to cherries because of their powerful antioxidant know as Anthocynanins. “As antioxidants, they protect the cells of the body from the damaging, aging and disease producing affects of oxygen, nitrogen and UV radiation” (www.whole-food-supplements-guide.com).  Anthocynanins are natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Alos, cherries contain melatonin, which is another natural pain reliever.  “Melatonin also helps to regulate sleep cycles and has been sold as a natural sleep aid” (www.whole-food-supplements-guides.com). In addition, cherries contain vitamin C, fiber and natural abilities to reduce bad cholesterol.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers Liquid Foundation Review

Neutrogena generally has some fairly spiffy skincare products. However, I did not like the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers Liquid was not impressive to say the least. This week I read Ricebunny’s foundation review (and watched, i guess) and she seemed to have the same opinion I did. 

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I was really looking forward to this foundation. The packaging looks very high end and I am a big fan of Neutrogena’s healthy skin line.  If you are a fan of the greaseball look, this foundation is for you. They threw in glitter in this product, that accentuates the pores and fine lines. Coverage is sheer but blending is horrible. It’s incredibly streaky and the foundation looks yellow under sunlight I do not recommend this foundation at all. You are better off with Almay if you want that sheer look (www.ricebunny.xanga.com)

 

I pretty much have the same opinion. My pores looked huge, was not good for blending, hard to match my skin-tone… etc. I hated the streakiness, I appeared slightly sick with the yellowishness. I don’t like it. It doesn’t fulfill the proper task of what foundation is meant for. I had to go on skin rehab… lets just leave it at that. 

Better luck next time, Neutrogena! (However, I love their lip gloss!)

Alyssa

Sally Hanson’s Creme Hair Remover

41ctg5unyl_sl500_aa280_I loathe this product! It It is absolutely awful. First of all, It is a chemical that you put near your mouth, and it basically fries you hair.  The idea of hair remover creme just sort of makes me weary.  For all we know, it could cause cancer.  This product hasn’t been on the market that long… maybe I’m just paranoid. Secondly, um, it did not do nice things to the skin. The product feels funny, slightly irritating and if you don’t keep it on long enough, it does not disintegrate all of the hairs.  Do you know how annoying that is? Well, you can’t reapply this special creme until after 24 hours of the first application.  If you don’t then the product will break up the skin. Thirdly, it can make it look like you’re a teenage guy just learning how to shave.  Waxing is a lot more effective, ladies.  

 

Take it from somebody with personal experience folks! If you try this product then be responsible and read all of the directions.  

Alyssa

My Top 3 Favorite Beauty Products

There are pretty much a 1,000,000,001 beauty products out there.  Which ones seem to work best? Every chick seems to have her favorites and a few beauty tricks up her sleeve.  My 3 personal favorites are Petroleum Jelly, Olive Oil and Baking Soda

Petroleum Jelly: Some people have problems when it come to Petroleum Jelly… “its just like wearing anti-freeze” or “its not safe…” Well, I love this stuff.  There has not been any studies, that at least I’m aware of, that have shown that Petroleum Jelly is harmful.  My grandma and great grandma both used Petroleum Jelly.  It was affordable, fixed cracked feet…etc.  My great grandmother used Ponds cold creme to remove her make-up instead of washing her face.  She had beautiful skin for a 96 year old. 

   What I love it for?

  • Petroleum Jelly is great for chapped lips. It’s amazing! I use it as my lip-gloss/moisturizer. 
  • Occasionally for my eye make-up remover.  Some women swear that putting Petroleum Jelly on their eyelashes  every night has thickened and lengthened the hairs. However, this has not been proven. I think it’s worth a try! 
  • Great for excessively dry hands and feet.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is 100% all natural.  Its derived from olives (go figure).  Olive Oil is chalk full of antioxidants and fatty acids.  Olive Oil has great potential for stimulating healthy skin, nail and hair growth.  Olive Oil can reep benefits taken internally and externally

    What I use it for: 

  • My favorite moisturizer EVER! It keeps my skin glowing and the high amounts of vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of scars. 
  • I use this baby as my daily eye make-up remover.  It works better than Petroleum Jelly. A small bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil costs about the same price as make-up remover at the super market.

Baking Soda: 

    What I use it for: 

  • I love to use baking soda to gently whiten my teeth.  I don’t trust whitening strips.  I’m scared the harsh bleaches would strip my teeth of my lovely enamel. It might take a little longer for the results but the benefits I get is worth the nasty taste and the wait.  
  • A Facial Exfoliate.  I wet the tiny granules and massage it on my face in a circular motion. Baking soda helps prevent certain causes of acne. 

Hope you love them as much as I do 😉

Alyssa

Got Freckles?

Freckles are just spots on your skin. They are similar to moles but different. They usually fade in adulthood.

For more helpful reading visit:

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/freckles.html

Getting Rid of Freckles:

First, see a doctor. Don’t always rely on “arbitrary” websites. However, out of your options there is lazer removal, cryogenic freezing of freckles, over the counter bleaching products. If you don’t want to mess around with sugery and potentially harmful ways just stick to covering them up with make-up.

Tips:

  • Freckles are more obvious if you have a tan. Wear sunscreen when you go outside.
  • Apply lemon juice on your face for 15 minutes and wash off. Do this 2 times a day for better results. Lemon juice can make you more sensitive to sunlight so be warned!
  • Rinse your face with sour milk or apply sour cream to your face for 15 minutes and rinse.
Alyssa

Cellulite – The Dimples of Doom

Don’t worry ladies because you are not the only one suffering from cellulite. About 98% of woman around the world have it. Yes, its not the most attractive and can be frustrating… that is why I’m writing this post!

Why do I have it?

There are a couple of reasons why you may have cellulite.

1) You might be over-weight. Its not the most comforting thing to here but you might just be over-weight.

2) You might need to tweak your diet slightly. You may be eating a perfectly healthy diet. However, foods that are high in sugars like juices, soda-pop (this is not a healthy drink at all), etc might be the problem.

3) Older age. When you start aging things just start to sag. 

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is when fat in your body starts to become uneven.

For more reading visit:

http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/beautiful/cellulite.html

http://weightloss.about.com/od/glossary/g/blcelludef.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellulite

How can I reduce my cellulite?

1) Lose Weight in general. Losing weight doesn’t just help you get rid of those “dimples of doom” it also give you a better and healthier lifestyle. 

2) Try rubbing brewed coffee grounds onto the dimply places. Do it for a week in the morning when you wake up and in the evening when you go to sleep. You should receive results. 

3) Try Goodbye Cellulite by Nivea.

4) If those aren’t working go to your local dermatologist. The options up above will be your cheapest ways. Going to a dermatologist can get expensive. Their methods will probably work great but there are always risks. Try to avoid surgery at all costs. 

You might want to consult yourself and see how much getting rid of cellulite is to you and then move on from there.

Alyssa

 

A Surprising Hair Conditioner That Works Great!

One beauty tips that has been passed down through the years from our mothers and grandmothers is using mayonnaise as a hair conditioner. Yes folks, it works! Its because mayonnaise has healthy oils and natural moisturizers that can make your hair more healthy, soft and shiny!!

How To Use – Wash hair with shampoo. Then take a handful of mayo and lather on hair. LEave in hair for 5 minutes and rinse.

 

Alyssa