Misleading Skincare Products: Don’t Believe the Hype

So you guys know I always say a lot is about sales and marketing.  That’s what I studied in college so I always pay extra attention to how things are worded and promoted.  Skin care companies have made a smart sales/marketing move but it’s not beneficial to the customer because they’re selling inaccurate information and expectations.  There are a lot of products that are marketed as “professional” or use terms that apply to professional products but they’re sold in department stores.  Let’s think about that…….if a product is truly for professionals it won’t be that easily accessible.  Here are a few products that do just that:

Rodan + Fields Enhancements Microdermabrasion Paste

According to www.rodanandfileds.com this paste “is a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to help promote maximum gentle exfoliation.”   By looking at the ingredients this seems to be an exfoliator but definitely not a microdermabrasion treatment.  A true microderm treatment uses a tool that has tiny crystals that remove the top layer of dead skin cells and should only be done by an esthetician or dermatologist.

PMD (Personal Microderm)

The PMD is at home kit that comes with a tool that customers insert a disk into.  When powered on the disk spins, is applied to skin and exfoliates.  Again, this tool will exfoliate your skin but it is not a microderm treatment.  It retails for about $160, which is a lot of money to pay for something that doesn’t do what it claims.  You can get the same results with one of my favorite exfoliators, the Murad Skin Smoothing Polish, which is $20.

And speaking of Murad…….I looooove their products but they’re guilty of doing the same thing.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

Using the word “peel” makes people think they’re getting a chemical peel which is super misleading.  I’ve had clients who really believe what’s on the product label and think they’re getting a real professional treatment at home.

Chemical peels are a great option to detox the skin.  For more info see my last post,  It’s Time for a Seasonal Skin Detox.   This product is basically a mask, not a peel of any kind.murad resurfacing peel

And they have a new product called the Resurfacing Peel.  It’s a towelette that has 10% glycolic acid.  The glycolic acid is an ingredient that will help with acne, exfoliation and aging but this is a far cry from an actual peel.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post.  Let me know if you like these kinds of posts and I’ll do a part 2.  Don’t forget to comment, like and share on your social media.  Till next time!

It’s Time for a Seasonal Skin Detox

Happy first day of Spring!  I always encourage clients to do some sort of detox especially when the weather changes.  Just like you change your wardrobe you need to change your skin care products.

Your skin in the largest organ of the body so just like other parts of the body your it needs  a detox. A skin detox includes getting rid of the toxins and purging your skin of bacteria and dead skin cells that can cause acne, wrinkles and dull looking skin.

There are levels to this.  Here are some things that should be a part of your regular at home maintenance:clay-mask-girl

  • exfoliation – gets rid of dead skin cells, should be done 1-2 times per week
  • masque (different kinds available for specific skin concerns) – improves appearance of pores & hydrate, should be done once a week

These help to keep skin looking it’s best on a regular basis that are very little maintenance.  There are more procedures that are minimally evasive,yet more effective, that can be done by a professional.

Professional Facial

Getting a professional facial is a great way to detox skin.  A consultation always occurs beforehand to ensure you get what you need, so it’s customized to target your specific concerns.  It includes steam which opens the pores and allows the products to penetrate the skin deeper.  A combination of massage, treatments, and a masque make this an effective and relaxing option.



To help with texture and dark spots microdermabrasion is a good option.  It is minimally abrasive and removes dead skin cells, but goes a step further than regular exfoliation.  This term is being used loosely by some high end brands that sell products with the name, but true microdermabrasion is done only by a professional as it uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells.


Going a step beyond a facial and microdermabrasion are chemical peels.

Chemical Peels


Chemical peels are a great option but require more maintanence and preperation from the client.  No harsh products like retinol or exfoliators can be used for at least 7 days prior and the body can’t be overheated (so no exercising and maybe even sex) because sweating may cause deeper penetration of the chemicals that are applied directly to the face.

It’s great for hyperpigmentation and anti-aging.  Some side effects are burning & stinging so this may not be a good option for sensitive skin.  Peeling skin is often but not always a side effect, which turns some people away, however, those who get chemical peels, myself included, don’t mind the peeling because of the results.  You can expect a clearer and brighter complexion 4-7 days after a treatment.

Which one of these treatments are you going to do with the changing weather?  Don’t forget to share this post with your friends so we all can have glowing and healthy skin…..till next time!


Retail Therapy Haul/1st Impressions

I don’t know about you but there are times when I just feel like shopping, sometimes specifically for makeup.  I need absolutely nothing but new products are launching and I wanted to treat myself and my clients to some new goodies.


Garnier Micellar Mattifying Cleansing Water for Oily Skin

I have used the micellar water for normal skin but Garnier just came out with this version for oily skin that mattifies the skin.  The timing was perfect because I’m almost finished with my previous bottle.


Milani Make It Last Setting Spray


I always use a setting spray as the last step in my makeup routine to help my makeup last longer.  I’ve heard really good things about this product.  I’ve been using Urban Decay’s All Nighter or De-Slick setting sprays.  Lately I’ve been wanting to try something different and this one is cheaper so I picked this up.  I’ve only used it once on a day where I was doing makeup and was sweating a ton because I was surrounded by lights.  My makeup help up pretty well but I’ll need to use it a few more times before I can form an opinion.


Jack Blak Lip Balm


This lip balm is sooooo amazing, especially with this cold spell we’re having so late in the winter.  It instantly moisturizes my lips and works great as a lip treatment after I exfoliate.  I actually ended up going back to the store to buy a second one, so I have one in my purse and one in my car.

Marc Jacobs eyeliner


I got a sample of this eyeliner last year and I’ve been debating for a while about buying it because of the price tag of $25.  It is so creamy and smooth; it makes putting on eyeliner so effortless.  But I work hard so I said what the heck and purchased the full size.  It comes in several different colors that I’ll be adding to my collection soon.

20170312_175441.jpgWet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder

I had been wanting to try a highlighter that wasn’t either gold or rose gold.  Right now the whole unicorn/mermaid trend is big in makeup which uses highlighting pastel colors.  I love Wet n Wild.  It’s a super affordable brand that has quality that is way better than a lot of luxury brands.  And I’m interested to see how this works.


Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer


I’ve been on the hunt for a good concealer in a pot to sculpt my eyebrows.  I’ve never used anything from Nars because they tend to have products better suited for normal or dry skin.  When I saw this matte concealer I was immediately interested but honestly I was a little disappointed.  There was nothing special about this concealer that I haven’t been getting from the ones I already own.  Since I really wanted to like it I tried it 3 times but couldn’t’ get with it so i took it back to the store.  I thought about keeping it but I’d much rather have the $30 I spent on it because I knew I wouldn’t get my money’s worth.

Essence All About Matt Translucent Powder


Essence is a brand sold in Ulta that is super duper affordable.  They have products that are good alternatives to higher end brands.  They make an eyebrow gel that I love.  I needed to replace the powder in my purse and was being a little cheap so I picked this up for $3.99 and can’t tell a difference.  It’s a very light powder that absorbs the oil on my face with no color.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s haul.  If you want to see me use any of these products let me know and I’ll make that a future post!


No Makeup Look

I get asked alot how to cover imperfections on the skin without having on too much makeup or have that cakey look.  Here’s a very natural look with minimal makeup that is appropriate for a day at the office or running errands.  Click the links below for more information on each product.
No Makeup Look


Glossier makeup

Nars cosmetic

Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss

For the Love of God, Please Moisturize Your Oily Skin!

Spring-Skin-Care-TransitionIt’s technically still winter but spring is right around the corner.  Regardless of the season you have to moisturize your skin.

I have combination oily skin.  Now, there is an advantage to having oily skin, if cared for.  It ages at a slower rate than dry skin because the oil keeps it lubricated.  But you still have to keep it nurtured.

It can be high maintenance because the extra oil leads to breakouts if you don’t have a good regimen. A lot of people have misconceived notions about how to care for oily skin.  Here are some tips to help keep oil at bay and avoid breakouts.

You have to moisturize!

I’ve talked to so many people who think since they have oily skin they don’t need to moisturize.  NOT TRUE!  All skin, regardless of type, needs moisture.  Oil and moisture are 2 different things.  The oil that your skin does not also moisturize it.  So if an oily skinned person does not moisturize, the skin over produces oil because it’s being starved of the moisture it needs.  It’s the same concept of someone who starves themselves thinking it’s a god way to lose weight.

An oil control moisturizer is the best option. There are also mattifying moisturizers that help control oil.  My favorite is by Image; it’s their Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturizer with 32 spf.  I use it year round but this is the only day time moisturizer I use in the spring and summer.  It also works awesome under makeup, keeping it matte and lasting longer.

image matte moisturizer

If you’re interested in purchasing, click here: Image Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 32,3.2oz

In some moisturizers the sunscreen makes the consistency not so desirable for oily skin because it can be a little thick.  The Image moisturizer is thicker but you only need a very small amount, about half the size of a dime, for your whole face.  One bottle usually
lasts me for close to a year.

You Need Suncreen!nl-10

Sunscreen is a must for all skin types.  In some products it does change the consistency to a thicker one that can leave a white cast but that doesn’t happen with all moisturizers.  In this case there’s nothing you can really do outside of trial and error.  If you buy a product that doesn’t work, simply take it back to the store.

A time and money saver can be to do research before you go shopping.  Youtube and Makeup Alley are awesome resources to get truthful reviews from other consumers about how products work.

Use the Right Kinds of Products!

With oily skin you have to make sure you’re using the right kinds of skin care and makeup products.  I once had a client with very oily skin and she couldn’t figure out why her makeup was always runny and made her more oily.  After her consultation it came down to her using the wrong kind of moisturizer and the foundation she was using was too hydrating.

Hydrating products are made for people with dry skin, not saying people with oily skin can’t use them.  But most people with oily skin, myself included, prefer a matte look.  Mattifying products absorb the oily on your face.  I don’t want to look hydrated or illuminated because to me I look greasy.

Oily skin needs oil free and mattifying skin care and makeup products.  Read labels when buying your products to make sure you’re buying what your skin needs to look and feel it’s best.  That’s not just for your face but for your whole body as well.  With warm weather approaching you gotta make sure your skin looks good enough to show off!

Can a Cheating Boyfriend/Fiancee Turn Into a Faithful Husband?

Obviously my answer to this question would be hell no!!!

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But I’m a woman and that’s the answer most women would give, at least that’s what I’d like to think.

I was having a conversation with this guy I’ve known for quite some time and he recently got married.  I was a little surprised because he was never faithful to his new wife prior to the marriage.  I asked, with #noshade, if he would be able to be faithful in the marriage being that he hadn’t been faithful to her at any point in their relationship.  This fool actually got offended.  That was a little humorous to me.

He went on to say that he didn’t have to be faithful to her because she was just the girlfriend before.  Apparently in his mind girlfriends don’t deserve fidelity.

This absolutely blew my mind.  Once it’s established that both people want to have a future with each other shouldn’t the relationship be “practice” for marriage?

I’ve talked to several guys in their early to mid 30s who are or have been married who get married mainly because of love, not knowing or thinking they can be faithful.  Since when was that excluded from marriage?  And these are guys who have witnessed their parents have long term marriages.

I hope this isn’t the mentality that is the norm because the way my crazy is set up infidelity will put a dude in the hospital.

But I know there are also females who know and are ok with being cheated on as long as the guy is discrete about it.  One guy friend told me that he and his wife went to a sex therapist because she wasn’t a sexual person.  I always was curious about how that worked because he’s very sexual.  The outcome was they agreed to give each other a “pass” once a year where the other could have a sexual encounter with someone outside of the marriage. And it was the idea of the therapist.  Clearly even that didn’t work because they’re getting a divorce now.

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I know marriage is about way more than sex but it is a big part of it.  If the sex isn’t good or non-existent it can lead to one or both people cheating either physically or emotionally.

I really want to start a conversation on this.  Comment down below.  What do you guys think?  Can a cheating boyfriend/fiancee become a faithful husband?  Would you accept your boyfriend or husband cheating?

Don’t forget to share this post!  I’d love to get a lot of opinions on this topic.

Until next time!