Body Show – The Makeup Eraser

One of the items I picked up at the show is the Makeup Eraser.  I was very hesitant to purchase it since it was 25.00 and the presentation was poor but I like to try things for myself I dislike someone telling me something is for me, I like to figure it out for my self.

This vendor was on my lists of vendors to visit.  First let me say I am a new Esthetician but for the last 10+ years I have worked as a sales rep for linen, servicing Hospitals and Nursing Homes.  I know more about towels and sheets then anyone could care to know!  The looms on terry and the way fabrics are spun are not very interesting BUT I know them therefore I cannot stop myself from touching and inspecting fabrics where ever I go.  With that said I walked up to the booth and with out instruction started feeling this product and inspecting it like I was a scientist looking at a fossil.  Just as I had suspected it was polyester.

I was ready to put the cloth down when the rep came over to say hello.  After exchanging greeting she goes into her presentation.  I kind of dazed off in the beginning because of the cost of a 5 x 12 piece of polyester, but she caught my attention when she said. ” All you need is water.” Huh??  So I asked so do you put your cleanser on the cloth or cleanse afterwards?  ” No cleanser needed just the water its amazing!”   First of all you are at a show that is highlighting the best facial products and tools with state of the art delivering systems and you are telling me all I need is water?? Second, my cleanser is one of my tools in my routine!  Not only is it helping cleanse my skin but the ingredients are treating my skin!  The cloth is not going to help treat my pigmentation!  I buy it anyways because I want to see how this works,  I want to see if it traps makeup, and I want to see if I get 1000 washings out of it.

Yes, The cloth works. Yes it removes all EYE makeup!  I tried to remove a full face and checked after with toner and there were traces of makeup which is not good.  However, the cloth is excellent at getting the eye makeup removed with just water!  I would definitely recommend washing with a cleanser afterward.

Now is it worth the cost? In my opinion no. The cloth is basically brushed polyester, because I am a linen vendor I have different types of cloths available one being microfiber cloths.  I brought one home me and my daughter tried it out and worked the same way and at $8.45 a dozen they are a deal.  The looms are not as long but they work the same.

I would recommend the product BUT I would say check out http://www.frendsbeauty.com New customers get 10% off and a few weeks ago they had the makeup eraser on sale for 13 dollars and change. Now that’s a marketable PRICE!  If you happened to be out at Wal-Mart I would recommend picking up a brushed microfiber cloth to just try it out if it doesn’t work you can always keep it to clean!!!

Happy Sunday!

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2015 Face and Body Show finds

It has been quite a while since I last posted!  Anywho, I recently attended the Face and Body Show a few weekends ago and I was initially quite disappointed.  I went with a list of items i was to acquire, Hyaluronic acid, Sunscreen, new cleanser, face cleanser, brightening serums, and eye creams.  The Hair show was also the same weekend so I figured I could pick up a few things there too at a little discount.  So back to my disappointment, I was amazed at how many non-professional vendors were in attendance.  There were quite a few of those pyramid businesses there which I felt that if I was paying for admission to see skin care professionals and to learn about the newest technology then why why why am I hearing about a wrap that tightens tones and firms??? Do Not Get Me Wrong…. I have tried the wrap BUT this was to be a professional show with professional products!  So I get Home and felt like I wasted the day.  I don’t look in my bags I do not go over any info I just leave it there sitting on the table my big bag of disappointment…

Then I remember…. I did pick up a few items!  I would consider most of these items tools.  The ViaBuff body exfoliating sponge, The Makeup Eraser, SUN Spray Tan, and a few items from Hale Cosmeceuitals.  As i trial these items I will post my opinions on each product.  Currently I will say the Viabuff is amazing but I will save that for a later conversation.

Has anyone tried any of these items??

Jade Stones

I have heard a lot of great things about Jade stones lately.  I have never really entertained the, “New Aged Crystal’s have healing powers,” until I had heard that Jade has like special powers! So I have been researching what people are saying about the Jade Stone and I find it very intriguing.  Some believe that the stone has healing powers  and will boost ones good fortune.  They also believe it is a guarding stone and will protect you against accidents and misfortunes.  Jade can even give you the strength to fight disease and sickness and can help with the heart, kidneys, and stomach.

Jade is the generic name for two types of Silicate Minerals,Jadeite and Nephrite.  Nephrite is found more often on earth than Jadeite which makes Nephrite less expensive.  Nephrite is an iron silicate containing magnesium and calcium and is a fibrous crystal.  Nephrite color ranges from dark green to a slight creamy grey green and can be found all over China.  Jadeite is aluminum silicate also containing sodium and is a grainy crystal. Jadeites color can range in the same green colors as nephrite but can also be found in red, yellow, orange, black, lavender and brown colors. Jadeite is comes mainly from Burma.

Some say that if you wear a piece of Jade for a period of time the Jade becomes your jade and can actually recognize you! (creepy) If you have a positive look on life, your jade weather it is a pendant, bracelet, or earrings will be bright and shiny.  If your Jade is bright and shiny it can also indicate good health.  If your Jade is dull and looks lifeless this is an indicator of a health issue or bad energy around you.  It is also said that wearing someone else’s Jade is useless because it will not recognize you and will not protect you. When wearing your Jade it is best to wear it closest to your heart.  Necklace of course will be close to your heart but if you have a ring or bracelet it is best to wear in on your left wrist or hand.  Now since Jade is a very very strong mineral, some say even stronger than diamonds, it is very hard to break or chip your Jade.  It is said that if your Jade breaks or chips that the Jade has taken some sort of hardship for you and has suffered for you. I think this is creepy. I often think some of my girls dolls are watching me now my Jade is going to be watching me!  But if it can help why not!

Now for my reason of interest!! Jade stone rollers are being incorporated into the massage portion of a facial.  I have learned that they are said to be helpful with Lymphatic Drainage, cell stimulation, cellulite, and can help smooth fine lines. I wish Jade was a liquid so I could bathe in it!  The roller stimulates circulation which in turn sends oxygen supply to the face giving you a radiant glow. This all makes sense to me.  Jade is a naturally cool stone so it will help with puffiness if anything.

With all that said I went ahead and purchased a few rollers I figured I can incorporate into a Jade stone facial. BUT the “jade recognizes the owner” has me creeped out!  So, the Jade roller will be going home with the client.  As soon as I get them in I will of course try it on my self first to see how it works out.  I will try to remember to take a before and after photo so I can post.  In the mean time I have been all over the net looking for my piece of jade and it is very difficult because I see a lot of dyed Jade.  I don’t know if that means its just dyed the color Jade or if it is dyed to enhance the jade,  Either way I will post my findings.

Have a great weekend!

Enzymes in skin care

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What are Enzymes?  Enzymes are a substance that is produced by a living organism.  They act as a catalyst to bring on a biochemical reaction.  What is a catalyst?  A catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without undergoing any permanent chemical change.  When I first thought of the word Enzyme in class I thought ooooh must me some molecule made in a lab and must be super expensive if you could find it in a product. NO! 

First let me say, I am a product whore.  You can tell me that if you buy my product for x amount of dollars it will tighten your skin in a month.  I will buy it.  Pretty package, I will buy it. B1G1, I will buy it.  JLo uses it, I WILL BUY IT!  Now finding out that the most important tools I will use as an esthetican will be my products I have to know what is in them.  And let me say I am pissed!  I have wasted so much money and time on crap products. 

About two years ago i read in a magazine about how to DYI at home pumpkin mask.  The article gave no explanation of why all it said was it would brighten my skin, so I did it.  I had a burning sensation, my face was hot and red.  The next day I was glowing and smooth.  I believe this article is what had me truly interested into getting into the field of skincare.  

Now finding out the reason why my skin reacted the way it did was because of the enzyme that was derived from the pumpkin. Amazing right?  Although enzymes can be found in various fruits they are not always stable.  

Enzymes have many functions but what are they really doing to our skin?   Well, they exfoliate the skin by digesting the keratin cells. They also brighten the skin as well as lighten dark spots.  Some enzymes reduce the amount of oil and hydrate. 

I am in love with using enzyme therapy’s as an exfoliate.   I have to say that Skin Script has an amazing line of enzymes.  I recently tried the orange-berry enzyme from Skin Script and it was amazing.  There was some slight heat to my skin and redness.  After my skin was smooth, supple, and glowing!