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Lockeroom Habits.

18 Sep

Olay Pro X (1)

First off I want a huge thank you from every single one of my male readers. I have become your almost skinny human grooming Guinea pig. Not to say I don’t like testing and reviewing new products to share with my readers, however my medicine cabinet is now worth more than my closet.

Anyways, during one of my usual Target trip to pick up water and nuts I somehow wondered to the cosmetic aisle… 192.87 dollars later I made it home with this Olay ProX Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System for $44.99.

Believe it or not I have never tried any at home microdermabrasion cleansing systems. Honestly I thought it was just something else extra to waste money on because I feel I can get a better, deeper, thorough, clean with my hands for cheaper.

Although, I now see what the hype is all about with these cleaning systems- they are perfect for the lazy! After a week trying this ProX Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System I can say I don’t see a huge difference but it is refreshing to wash my face with something new.

The Olay ProX system includes a 3 Speed Facial Cleansing System, Microdermabrasion Foam Head, Cleansing Brush Head, Thermal Crystal Polisher (0.68 fl. oz.), Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (0.68 fl. oz.) and 2 AA Duracell Batteries. Also a diagram of brush weekly usage rotations between cleansing and microdermabrasion.

My Overall Result: Convenience! I like that I was able to just sit in my bathroom on the toilet watching YouTube and let the brush do all the work without getting the sink wet or mirror dirty. Microdermabrasion is known to scrub off the dead and dull surface layers of the skin, stimulating and increase collagen production. So of course I was looking for dramatic improvements in the tone, texture, and color of treated areas. I must admit my face was just as clean, tight and even as my normal hand & product regime. Instead of dampen skin I lathered my face in coconut oil to offset scratching from the beads. Applied the Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser to face then, gently massage on my face for 60 seconds on the top speed. Due to the Thermal Crystal Polisher being rather gentle than scrub, I used it daily.

If you’re looking to add something new to your skincare routine go ahead and get it but I suggest spending 50 bucks at Sephora and get more!

Here’s What Exactly Microdermabrasion Improves:

  • Oily or dull skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores
  • Fine lines
  • Mild acne scars
  • Mild complexion problems (such as uneven pigmentation or poor skin texture)
  • The benefits of microdermabrasion also include enhanced circulation and lymph flow, which promote the internal health of the skin.

Why should men care about microdermabrasion? We shave regularly-  irritations and ingrown hairs are clear signs of an added stress to their skin. The skin damage is caused by the shaving itself, as well as by before and after shaving products. Therefore it’s ideal to keep the skin healthy before and after a scalping.

You’re welcome.

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Fade the Fat!

24 Aug

Fade the Fat!

I bet when you saw this headline you thought I was going to be talking about some new easy weight loss secret? Nope, so get your lazy a** to the gym and skip a meal or two or three.

This post is actually about fade cremes. Well not fade cremes exactly but dark spot corrector.

I know some people (especially black people) have issues with fade cremes. There are a slew of physiological self-esteem reasons and effects as to why people use them or shouldn’t used them.

However, that isn’t my reality. Personally I don’t have any qualms with fades creme, color corrector or dark spot removers.

One of the many reason I use them, Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector in particular is due to breakout, scars and blotchy skin. My shoulders and neck is where I use it the most to much success. My shoulders became a problem when I first started to really workout, between the sweat, hormones produced by exercise and a bout with poison ivy I had some unattractive black spots on my shoulders. Also, from shaving the occasional nick, hair bumps and of course acne breakout once I got rid of the “mounds” of problems I was left with battle scars.

So I turned to this dark spot corrector. Meant to be just for the face, I use it for other ares too and it has been successful in evening out my skin tone, reduce the appearance of acne scars, and even fade areas of darker pigmentation. With pure Vitamin C the dark spot corrector exfoliates to accelerate cell turnover on the skin’s surface, overall giving me a nice glow.

I use the Skin Renew, after my nightly face wash. I apply the dark spot corrector to the problem areas followed by the Overnight Peel that also, helps even out skin while I sleep. When I’m not using it on my face I skip the peel. I’ve found the dark spot corrector is great for other body scar removal. I’ve been using the product for about a year when needed and it takes about a week to see results however, depending on how bad or big the area it might take a full bottle based on your commitment to treatment.

I don’t use fade creams when I know I’m going to be in the sun because it can cause sunburn or even more blotchy skin. I suggest before using a fade cream, consider how your skin may react to it. Some of these creams have been known to irritate those with sensitive skin and make skin more susceptible to sunburn. Before trying a fade cream to even out your skin tone or to get rid of acne scars, talk with your skincare specialist or doctor.

They make face cremes, dark spot corrector and skin lighten agents for all types of skin and areas howbeit, holistic, natural or clinical. Just make sure you read the bottle and if you don’t see results after the bottle is empty- discontinue.

Remember you have to commit, don’t just use every other day. An even skin tone makes you look a bit thin and chiseled. By bit I mean you actually have to be on some type of visible diet/workout routine to begin.

How Do You Detox After A Fat Weekend?

5 Aug

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After reading the title of this post I wouldn’t say a “fat-weekend” per say, but after a cheat day being that it’s Wednesday.

Anyone one that’s dieting and dating simultaneously knows it counter productive. Case in point- my current relationship. My boyfriend was off Monday and Tuesday which meant us hanging together both days, granted we managed to get in a 75 minute hot yoga class on Monday and a two hour and thirty minute workout at the gym on Tuesday. However, both days were followed by pizza, Thai food and Braum’s ice cream.

Now cut to me today, he’s finally back at work, I’m sore, hungry, feeling like a bag of laundry and about to hit the restart button on my diet and fitness program for the month. By ‘restart’ I mean my detoxing ritual I do after any binge or diet blunder I may partake in that will hinder me getting to my goal weight.

What my current body-detox consist of: a 24 hour green-tea diet, 10 mile run, 45 min express hot Asana yoga class and a 10-15 sit in the sauna.

However, my detox isn’t only focused on restarting the inside but the outside as well. After any long weekend or late night early morning I wake-up sluggish, bloated and puffy like the rest of you (hard to believe but true). What I usually do along with my body detox is a steam facial, mud masque and scrub however, I was introduced to this new interesting body care company- Mr. Bean.

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Mr. Bean Body Care is a company that takes coffee bean and infuse them with other organic skin nutrient ingredients to make a fortifying refreshing skin scrub. The perfect day after detox!

What’s perfect about this product is that it’s perfect for men and women. Strong and effective but produce supple results. For example, the formula I received was the Mandarin $17.95; Robusta coffee beans infused with, organic cold pressed coconut oil, Himalayan pink rock salt, Demerara sugar, organic Cacao and vitamin E oil.

The Benefits:

  • Caffeine will stimulate blood flow and help reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins and psoriasis.
  • Demerara Sugar and Himalayan Salt will exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and other skin blemishes.
  • Coconut Oil will hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • Cocoa and Vitamin E are high in antioxidants which nourish and protect the skin, promoting cell repair and rejuvenation.

The smell is just that of grounded coffee beans with a hint of ashes and a nice little sweet after note. The consistency is a bit pasty because of the coconut and vitamin E oil, which is good and as you apply it when wet its a very mentholated product that really open your pares and scrubs very deep without scratching or burning. Let it dry for five minute, wash and voilà!

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Afterwards my skin felt soft, deflated and after using it for a week my skin is looking a bit even no thanks in part to my summer farmer’s tan.

I will admit that I don’t drink coffee but I definitely love putting it on my skin and now will including this with my weekly detoxing ritual.

Summer is Skin, Fitness is Full Body So, Skincare is a Workout.

12 Jun

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub 2

I’m here again with another grooming brand review &a tips to add to your gluttony of tools, merchandise and device filled medicine cabinet.

This it the time of year we are to be at our most optimum nude wise, from tight bodies, glowing skin to the right cut of garments to complement the latter two.

One of my new and best results product I’ve added to my manscaping routine is body scrub. Summer is all about going hairless, although in doing so it can reveals some bad skin.

Shaving can produce bumps, revels blotchy skin and old scars however, I have managed to alleviate that worry so all you have to do this summer is continue to worry about your calories burn:calorie intake ratio. Not only that I’m sure all of the working out may have you body sort and you need to find a relief, another reason why body scrubs are just as important as a face scrub (something else I’ve always raving about.)

I’ve been using body scrubs after a fresh shave for about four months now. What I like about doing that is body scrubs are ideal at relaxing and treating the skin after using a hair removal creme or a razor. Using a body scrub keeps my skin from getting irritated and helps removes dead skin cells resulting in even healthy glowing skin. After seeing what a coarse scrub does to my feet and hands after a full mani pedi I noticed that using a body scrub also, deflate swelling and puffiness in my mid section.

Adovia Mineral Skin Care sent a jar of their Dead Sea Salt Scrub for which I was thoroughly satisfied with it.

Before being gifted this product I was using other scrubs from different brands I’ve grown partial to. The success of those made me kind of reluctant to try this brand.

I wasn’t disappointed by the “ocean breeze” scented scrub; its very oily (more oil than salt) but the salt is very fine and allows for generous coverage. Most scrubs are more gritty however, after a shave you need hydration and this scrub gives me that. I like the smell, but to most this smell may be too strong and perfume like, although I usually do a once over with my regular bar of soap so I don’t have that strong scent afterwards. Because of the extra amount of oil you may get it every where and the jar becomes hard to seal tightly, so best to keep it in the shower until gone.

Obviously this product is geared towards women but with guys shaving just as often using something with high quality of sea salt is very beneficial at replenishing minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism.

If you are looking for and “body after shave” of the sorts to both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging, calming the nervous system, help with muscle stiffness and energizes the body, then give this a try.

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Pick a Struggle: Skinny Waist or Crusty Face.

1 May

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Large pores or a large waistline; pick a struggle! You can’t be overweight with a crater face at the same time. The world is too cruel for that.

Therefore, if you outright refuse to ditch the carbs and start the crunches then, at least shrink the pores.

A new product I’ve been using to draw out excess oils (due to my oily skin, excessive workouts and hair products) and environmental impurities (dust and grime season) for my skin is Pure & Essential Minerals’ Dead Sea Mud Mask.

I personally like mud masks in general for the pores because of their cleansing and shrinking abilities, however with this dead sea mud mask it has shown to be really good at drying up pimples too. Not to mention the healing properties found in dead sea mud as well as, how soft it makes my skin afterwards.

Once a week during my daily facial routine I apply a thin layer of the mud to my face, let dry for about 5-10 minutes and wash off. Another trick I’ve been doing; during the week I use it as a face wash by adding a dimes size to my palm with a wet face and scrub in a circular motion. Upon first application the mask did sting a bit, but I personally don’t believe anything is working if it isn’t burning. The mask has a minty smell that could have been the eucalyptus oil and hickory bark. The mask didn’t over dry leaving face looking revitalized, tighter and smoother.
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I think if you’re looking for a mask that will detox your face and shrink your pores then this is it. It isn’t over priced, smelly or toxic. All the ingredient included you can pronounced and find it on Amazon (6 oz $24.77.)

Other bonuses I got from this product is that it help clear a patch of dry skin and blemish I procured from a razor cut. This mask can be use to pull out blackheads.

Overall, I recommend this product for guy with oily skin, shave frequently and have skin conditions such as eczema.

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Causing Me to Stress Eat.

30 Apr

Miracle by Radha Beauty

Some days I get all dressed up for the gym only to crash on the sofa before I can even calibrate my running app.

I will admit that getting fit is easier in thoughts than physically action. I get all excited to lose weight, tighten my tummy, and tone my arms; I buy new gym clothes, make out an entire new meal plan and organize my daily schedule to fit in 2 hours of gym time.

The worse thing is that upon all my starving and sweating efforts there is no results!

Same for this crap Miracle Retinol Moisturizer I received from Radha beauty. I was absolutely wowed by Radha’s Argan oil that when I had the opportunity try their retinol moisturizer I was sure it would work just as great.

Retinol is a form of vitamin a that is  an essential part of a skincare regimen to help collagen-depleted skin. Retinol also helps reduce the appearance of pores. So, of course I was excited to try this in a moisturizer sadly, I was surely disappointed.

First, the pump didn’t work, after practically breaking the bottle the drop that I did manage to get didn’t, absorb into my skin as I could feel it on top of my skin. I applied it over my face both day and night as I paired it with the vitamin c serum that I posted about last week still to no avail.

The consistency of the moisturizer is watery as well as there aren’t any UVA protect-ants.

The product is to promote cell turnover instantly with it’s 2.5% active retinol, vitamin E and green tea. However. after four weeks I noticed nothing. Although, after more research and consulting my dermatologist I found that it takes up to 12 weeks to see results with over-the-counter retinol products.

I wasn’t excited about using this product at all but I was sent it to review so…there! It’s a “miracle” that this product didn’t cause me to stress eat.

Sampling.

30 Apr

Acure Organics

We all like free things and we all love sampling. I prefer to try everything before purchasing and wasting my money. Many of you fatties opt to do this in line at Baskin Robbins but I do this at every cosmetic counter or online skincare company.

Whenever I get wind of a new skincare company I immediately contact them to test their product before swiping my debit card.

Sunday I was in Target shopping for new astringent in addition to all the other random stuff one can manage to leave Target with. I passed by the all natural skincare display as I spotted Acure skincare company.
Before tossing one of their many plant + food based formulas in my cart I went home to research the brand as get some products to try myself before going back.

Acure- Is a family owned and operated company founded on sustainable principles to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Thier products are created with great care and are a reflection of our values. Each of our products is free from animal testing, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives and artificial colors. Traveling the globe to find the most potent certified organic ingredients that meet the company’s high standards of efficacy and purity.

With organic products that aren’t limited to just skincare they have multi-lines of hair-care and body-care products that are natural and actually WORKS!

The 9 plant base samples I was sent ranges from face wash, shampoo & conditioner, night creme, hair & face mask, argan oil, body lotion and toner.

  • Cleansing Gel- ($14.99 4 oz.) Organic Olive Oil and Organic Chlorella Growth Factor provide the ultimate cell boosting blend. Your normal face wash, great lather and doesn’t dry your skin.
  • Toner- ($15.99 2 oz.) Alcohol-free certified organic toner utilizes organic witch hazel to purify, organic vegetable glycerin to moisturize and organic rose and chamomile to soothe, calm and restore the skin’s natural acid mantle. Doesn’t burn or dry out my skin.
  • Night Cream- ($19.99 1.75 oz.) Firm and moisturize while 2% Chlorella growth factor fortifies collagen and elastin fibers. Moroccan Argan Oil seals is the perfect hydrating skin revitalizer.
  • Oil- ($12.99 1 oz.) Coconut Moroccan oil have everything to heal, repair and incredibly rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, argan oil helps elasticity and tone.

As far as the facial + hair mask, body lotion and shampoo + conditioner I didn’t use because of the quantity size.

I will definitely purchase the full size night cream and mask because I was pleased with the feel and results of both products. As far as, pricing I think they are a bit pricey but that can be because its a new brand and organic, so until more people buy the brand the pricing may stay the same but its worth it.

If getting the best body is all about clean eating then getting the best skin should be all about clean products. These items are chemical free and effective.

Check out the many products this company have to offer www.acureorganics.com.

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