Beauty

April 2014 Birchbox reviews

I recently received my second Birchbox for the month of April. This is a little late but I wanted to have a chance to try the products out first. I am still impressed by the variety and quality of the products in the box. The title is “Rainy Days” but the products inspire springtime and sunny days.

My April 2014 Birchbox
My April 201 Birchbox
  1. Beauty Protector: a leave in conditioner spray. Not only does it smell amazing but is is good for daily use and all hair types. It also touts many benefits including instant detangling, thermal protection, UV protection, seals cuticles, locks in color, adds shine, while being weightless and non-greasy. Spray generously on damp hair before styling.
  2. Color Club nail polish: Breakfast at…. It is the perfect spring shade that sports a little shimmer. Apply two coats and a top coat to keep it looking fresh.
  3. Yogini: by Harvey Prince. This is a stress-dissolving scent that is light, and crisp with notes of grapefruit and star jasmine. You will also find hints of sandalwood, and Egyptian myrrh mixed with natural essences and oils. I love perfumes and this is in the top running as my new favorite. It’s great for any occasion. Apply to pulse points.
  4. Sumita color intense pencil: Black. It is a soft wax liner that goes on super smooth for a long lasting, rich finish that won’t irritate eyes. This liner goes on so easy, it’s like a dream. You can blend it easily for a softer look.
  5. The lifestyle extra for this month is a KIND snacks healthy grains bar in Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt. The bars are gluten free and all natural non GMO (genetically modified organisms). It is 150 calories for one bar and the list of ingredients is completely readable. These are great tasting and full of whole grains.

This was a great combination of products to get me ready for spring and the sunny days ahead. I was thinking about canceling my subscription but I will definitely give it at least another month. I am going to have to come up with a good storage system in the near future. Thank you for keeping me trendy!

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Skin Care

Your skin and Windburn: Tips on treatment and prevention

This weekend I was at a desert motorcycle race up in the mountains where it was windy and cold. When I got home I was burnt out and then I realized my face was literally burned, but not sunburned.  It was from being in the cold wind two full days in a row without protection. I had an idea about what caused it but I wasn’t sure what the best way to treat it was. Your face is hard to protect because you can’t fully cover it up like your neck and hands. Now the questions become what causes windburn, how do you prevent it, and what do you do when it’s too late?

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What is windburn?

Windburn has nothing to do with sunscreen or UV rays, although it can feel and look similar. Cold temperatures and dry air draw the natural moisture out of skin, causing blood vessels towards the top of the skin to dilate, creating a red complexion. Your skin can also peel as a result. Windburn is generally associated with skiers but it can happen anytime of the year, especially in high altitudes.

Treatment

So, what do you when your face is windburned? Your skin will be particularly sensitive to products so make sure you steer clear of products with harsh ingredients. A great product for sensitive skin in general, including windburned skin is Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. You also want to re-moisturize your skin and trusty aloe vera will get the job done.

Prevention

Obviously, the best way to avoid it is not go outside in extreme conditions and if you must, only go out for short periods of time. A good skin care regimen is important because if your skin is properly moisturized to start with the windburn will be less severe. If you are going to be out in those conditions make sure to use a moisturizer with occlusive ingredients. Occlusive ingredients create a layer over your skin to help prevent moisture loss. Beeswax and shea butter are common ingredients that do this.

Even though windburn has nothing to do with UV rays I still want to stress the importance of using sunscreen. I understand not wanting to use the same sunscreen on your face that you do on your body and there are options. A great option for you face is tinted moisturizers with SPF, this will help take care of both kinds of burn. Another option is the increasingly popular CC (color correcting) creams with SPF.

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Back to Basics, Skin Care

Back to the Basics: The right cleanser for your skin

The first step to healthy skin is choosing the right cleanser for your skin type. Cleansers are the cornerstone of a good skincare regimen as it removes the makeup, impurities, oil buildup, and dead skin cells accumulated throughout the day. It also refreshes the skin and prepares it for any products you will use after the cleanser.

There are so many out there and it can be confusing which one to choose. We will start with determining whether you have dry/normal skin or combination/oily skin. Keep in mind your skin type can change over time. I will go over each skin type and what you should be looking for in a product to maximize the benefits.

Dry Skin:

If you have dry skin your skin will have small pores and/or a matte (dull) finish with no extra shine or oil. Dry skin can become rough and could flake or crack. If you have dry skin you want a gentle, creamier cleanser that won’t over strip the moisture from your skin and will help restore the needed moisture to soften the skin.

Normal Skin:

If you have normal skin it will have a healthy look with a smooth texture. You skin has a natural balance of oil and moisture. It is also not prone to blemishes or clogged pores. If you have normal skin you want a cleanser that maintains the balance.

Combination Skin:

If you have combination skin it will have a healthy look, as well as oiliness in T-zone areas. The “T-zone” goes horizontally across your forehead and vertically down the center of your face over the nose. There can also be signs of dryness across the cheeks and by the hairline. You want a cleanser that won’t over strip the moisture but that will help control the oil prone areas. This skin type can be tricky because if you use a cleanser that is too harsh the skin will over-compensate and produce even more oil to try to gain balance and the dry areas will become even drier. Look for one that specifically states combination skin.

Oily Skin:

If you have oily skin your skin will have a shiny appearance as the oil glands tend to over-produce. Even after cleansing a sticky or greasy feeling can linger for hours. You will also see larger pores and the skin is more prone to breakouts. You want to look for a cleanser that helps control surface oil so your skin feels smooth after cleansing. If you skin feels tight afterwards chances are the cleanser is too harsh and is removing too much of the skin’s natural oil and moisture. You may also want a cleanser with deep cleansing properties to clean pore openings of the buildup.

The next step is proper application. You will want a good lather and to move your fingers in a circular motion outward toward the hairline. Don’t forget to cleanse around the hairline and neck areas. You should wash your face twice a day, once in the morning to remove the toxins from the night and once at night to remove all the impurities and buildup that occurred throughout the day.

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