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

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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

Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Eyeliner

This is my daily eyeliner. Is pretty good. Its a good pencil eyeliner. I like the buffer at one of the ends. However, my one complaint is that it doesn’t stay sharp and that you can’t really sharpen it easily.

Alyssa

Maybelline New York Ultra Liner (Waterproof)

So far, I am satisfied with this product. It slides on easily and stays on a long time. It is waterproof so I found that it actually managed to stay on my eyelids after wiping them. I was happy that the brush is rather petite and made a skinny line. Overall, this is a great product! Its definitely worth a buy 😉

Alyssa

The World Fastest Workout

Exercise is a good thing but it can also get in the way.  Here is a wonderful video of an efective and fast workout.  I’ve been doing it for the past few days and I like it a lot.  Be careful because its harder than it looks!!

Alyssa