Weekly Review | Apricot Whip Moisturizer

Talking about basics for skin care this week. I've been trying out a new moisturizer for about a month. Apricot Whip Moisturizer has been in my wheelhouse for years but it was never quite right for my skin. Now that I have "grown up" skin (aka breakouts are predictable and under control), I decided to give it a try.

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Apricots have some fantastic properties for the skin:
     high in iron - bright, vibrant skin
     natural oils - hydrating

This formula also has carrot juice in it for added nutrition and vitamin A.

This moisturizer + my skin

Pros

  • smooth skin
  • plump skin
  • lines around my eyes are smaller
  • great for normal skin, maintenance moisturizer
  • smells ahhhmazing

Cons

  • leaves a dewy finish (might be a pro for you)
  • a bit too rich for daytime for me - I used a couple drops of water to dilute it

Overall, this is a perfect product for normal skin. If you're in the spot where you don't have specific concerns but do want to keep things great as long as you can, this is for you.


Skin Care Corner | Where to Start

I get a lot of questions about what skin care and makeup products to use. Which ones are the best? What will help my acne? How can I make my dark spots go away? What will fix my dark circles or wrinkles?

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Here's my skin care philosophy:

  • BALANCE
  • Use what WORKS for you
  • Try new products as something runs out
  • Get professional treatments as you can

Using products at home is important. Getting professional treatments is also important in making the changes you want. I know not everyone's budget allows for both so if you can only do one, go with what you would use 365 days a year.
Whether you're just starting out or if what you're using is no longer working for you, go with a cleanser and moisturizer that will bring your skin into balance (or keep it balanced). There are twos systems at work on your skin: skin cells coming to the surface then shedding and oil production. These two systems have to stay in balance or skin stays rough, too oily or pores get clogged causing breakout. Only using products focused on controlling oil and clearing breakout often dry out the skin, making it compensate by over-producing oil keeping the cycle going. On the flip side, applying rich cleansers and creams for moisture without exfoliating dead skin results in skin that feels dry again 1-2 hours after putting products on.

Once you get your 2 basic products figured out, then add in treatments for what ails you. Serums, masks and exfoliants are the change makers in the skin care world. You will get the biggest bang for your buck here so budget accordingly. If that means drugstore cleanser/moisturizer to be able to afford a professional correcting product, then go with that. When I was working with clients in a treatment room, I'd see a lot of sticker shock. Sometimes a product is flat out expensive. Other times, it's just as cost-effective (maybe more so) when you factor in how active the product is and how often you'd need to buy it.

The key is...use what works for you, stop buying what doesn't and pay attention to the effectiveness of what you get, for what you pay.

My two favorite product lines are Eminence Organic Skin Care and Rhonda Allison Clinical Skin Care. I've also heard good things about Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts.

If you're an Omaha area local, these are my favorite aestheticians to visit for treatments or up close and personal product recommendations: Kristine at Face2Face in LaVista, Bethany or Candise at Lovely Skin SpaExpress or New U Spa & Skin.

Here's to happy skin!

Pro Tip | Hard Water Woes

About 8 months ago my family moved to a city with hard water. Not deal breaker for us but a scenario I wasn't used to. I have thick hair and a ton of it so it doesn't take much to weight it down. I've noticed it gets dirty, faster. I'm not a hair DIYer so I want to be sure that when we spring for the good hair stuff, those products are doing all they can to get us our money's worth.

I did a little digging to learn more about what causes hard water and what it does to hair.
Soft water turns to hard water when it seeps into sediment layers in the ground, loosening minerals like Calcium, Magnesium and Iron. Those minerals then move along with the water eventually getting to the plumbing in our homes and depositing on our hair and skin. This build up makes it difficult to rinse shampoo completely out of hair and it can require more shampoo to clean in the first place. On the skin, it's also known to trigger eczema. It builds up on skin making it difficult for moisturizing ingredients to do their job.

After all that gloom and doom, I sought out stylist, Lacey Ward from The Parlor in Esquire Salon, for some tips and tricks to battling hard water on hair.

RMA | Will washing my hair in hard water affect any professional hair treatments I get?
LW | If you are have chemically treated hair, it is very important to tell your stylist about your hard water. They have to know what they are working with. The minerals in hard water can turn your hair brassy, orange if you let it. It is very harsh and requires constant attention. You can deal with it, but the next time you wash your hair, it comes back with a vengeance. You need to stay on top of it.

RMA | So what can I do about it? How do I treat it?
LW | As a stylist, I use a treatment called Malibu under the dryer to open the cuticle and pull all the deposits out. You can also try a special stripping shampoo like this one. If you have blonde locks, you can use a purple shampoo to counteract the brassiness. This is my favorite. There are home remedies that definitely work; however, if you have chemically-treated hair, use caution because these will pull out whatever chemical you put in (color, perm or treatment). Dawn dishwashing soap is the ultimate stripper of all things bad. You can mix lemon with it and do wonders for getting anything out of your hair.

You bet I will be trying a Dawn with lemon concoction in the near future along with Original Minerals Detox Shampoo. What have you tried? Hits or misses?

Makeover Monday | Samantha

Over the weekend I spent some time with 60 Nebraska women learning about the uniqueness in each of us. We are all wired with talents and passions that are specific to us as individuals. I was asked to teach a couple workshops on Saturday: Makeup that Brings Out the Best You | What to Wear. I had a BLAST!

Samantha was so kind to be my model during the makeup class. Her usual makeup routine involves some sort of foundation, bb creme or tinted moisturizer all over to even out her skin tone. That's it. I was super excited to have free reign with Samantha's look! My goal was to teach all the steps someone could do in everyday makeup.

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The Makeup: bb creme blended full face and neck | loose powder foundation | bronzer | light peachy pink blush | brow powder to define eye brows | matte mauve mid tone eye shadow | deep brown eye shadow for more crease definition | pale coral lip gloss | volumizing black mascara