Having Perfect Skin Starts with this Night Time Skin Care Routine

Written: Thursday, June 30th, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! Here is my night time skin care routine when I wear a full face of makeup throughout the day. Be sure to use products suitable for your skin type.

Products mentioned:

Equate Beauty Wipe Away The Day Cleansing Balm
Kroger Daily Facial Pore Cleanser

Products mentioned on The Savvy Beauty channel have been purchased for review. These are all opinions that are my own and not scripted.

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Get Rid of Acne for Good

Written: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

June 29, 2016 – Elizabeth

Acne is a pain in the butt. We have all experienced those embarrassing breakouts at the most inopportune times – sometimes having to rock a blemish during an important event. Generally we can cover them up or minimize the appearance of them but sometimes they are just too stubborn to do anything about them. We have some great tips on how you can get your acne under control and prevent breakouts when you don’t want them to ruin your special occasion.

Acne is caused by a variety of factors and is also amplified by certain activities such as:

Dirty cell phones

Solution: Clean your cell phone on a regular basis – every few days. Your cell phone can easily be cleaned with an antibacterial wipe and paper towel to wipe dry. Do not use a wipe which is saturated or dripping with alcohol, ensure you squeeze excess liquid out prior to wiping your phone to prevent any damage.

Coffee

Solution: Cut down your coffee consumption to 1-2 cups per day. If possible, try a coffee with milk or moderate your use of cream or sugar.

Lack of sleep

Solution: Create a sleep schedule you can realistically stick to. Ensure you are getting 7-8 hours a night to allow your body to re-energize and repair itself.

Skipping toner

Solution: A gentle toner is important to rid your skin of lingering bacteria and dirt inside your pores. If you are sensitive to certain toners, try Equate Clarifying Toner available on Walmart.com for $8.96 (currently on Rollback). It is formulated to help prevent blemishes on the skin which is great!

Thick foundation

Solution: Use a light weight foundation rather than laying it on thick. It’s important that your skin is allowed to breathe freely without any make up blocking your pores. Ensure you wash your make up off nightly to allow proper regeneration of the skin cells. Sleeping with make up on should be avoided at all costs.

Sugar

Solution: Natural sugars found in fruits and some other foods are acceptable, however; processed and refined foods will cause havoc on your skin and potentially cause acne. Reducing your consumption of refined sugars will greatly improve the look of your skin.

Facial brush

Solution: It’s important to keep your brushes clean to reduce the spread of bacteria. I use baby shampoo which can be bought just anywhere. Here is how you do it:

1.       Pour a tablespoon of baby shampoo into a bowl and add warm water to get the mixture nice and bubbly. One at a time, dip your brushes into the bowl and gently swirl around the bottom to help free the build-up of product from the bristles. Let the brushes sit in the bowl as you continue to clean the rest of your brushes until they are all sitting in the solution, ready for a rinse.

2.       Have a second bowl of warm water (without baby shampoo) to transfer the brushes into after you have swooshed them around in the solution. Let them sit in this water for 10-15 seconds, and swoosh them around again to release any soap or product residue from the bristles.

3.       One by one hold the brush under cold running water to give a final rinse and help seal the hairs.

4.       Re-mould each brush if necessary between your fingers until they are back in their original shape.

5.       Lay a towel down on the edge of your counter and place the brushes on the towel with the bristles hanging over the edge. DO NOT dry your brushes in an upright position. The bristles will dry overnight and the free-hanging bristles will be able to air out without trapping any moisture.

6.       Repeat this every 2-3 weeks if you are experiencing persistent acne breakouts.

Stress

Solution: Try your hardest to reduce the stressors in your life. Sometimes you cannot get rid of them entirely but there are ways to manage stress. Check out our blog titled “Make This Summer Stress Free!” for effective and proven stress management techniques. One change you can make is by invigorating your senses with this Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion available on CVS.com for $10.49. I find the lavender and chamomile scent to help calm my mind before the start of a busy day.

Again, there are many contributing factors to acne which can be mitigated in the prevention of embarrassing breakouts. If you’ve tried all the options out there, and still experience consistent and embarrassing breakouts – speak to a dermatologist as there may be some underlying issues which cannot be addressed in this post. Hopefully, you are able to clear up that stunning skin and rock that beautiful smile as the most fabulous season upon us! Stay fabulous ladies!

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So you got a Sunburn…Now What?

Written: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 @ 2:41 pm

June 28th 2016

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We have all had a sunburn before and although they are pretty preventable, they still happen to the best of us. I recommend keeping a bottle of sunscreen in your purse at all times, and keep applying it religiously. It’s important to apply it all over oyur body but it is especially important to apply to your face. This is because too much sun exposure on an unprotected face is one of the leading causes of wrinkles as well as dark spots. If you haven’t been kind to your skin over the years and have wrinkles or dark spots as a result here are two products that I recommend that really help to reverse this damage. Both products were developed as dupes for Clinique skin care products and work just as good but are a fraction of the price.

  1. Equate Beauty Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector (Compare to Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector) $16.87 at Walmart Stores or online
  2. Equate Beauty Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum (Compare to Clinique Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum) $14.88 (save $1.99) at Walmart Stores oronline 

DIY Post-Sunburn Treatments 

My favourite things to use right after a sunburn are all natural products. Your skin has already endured enough, using chemically based products to treat your burn is not the answer! Below are the best natural products to use on your burn. The best part about these products is that you probably already have them in your kitchen! there’s no need to leave your house to buy anything.

MILK

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Milk is a really great product for restoring your skin.  All you need to do is dip a clean washcloth into some cold milk. Use enough milk so that the washcloth becomes saturated. I recommend doing the applying while sitting in your bath tub to reduce the mess. Then, lightly press the washcloth over any affected areas. Due to the fact that the milk is cold, it will feel very refreshing and soothing on your skin. The milk will also add protein to the skin so that it can help with healing.

OATMEAL

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Make an oatmeal bath! Oatmeal is great for soothing many different skin ailments, but it works especially great for sunburns. It is important that you don’t put oatmeal directly into the tub because it will likely clog your drains. Instead, take a couple cups of oats into a clean sock and tie it closed. Run the bath with the oat-filled sock. When you get in the bath, squeeze the sock so that the oat properties can penetrate into the water.

BLACK TEA

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Steep a bag of black tea in boiling hot water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and allow it to cool (stick it in the fridge to get it to cool faster). Once the tea bag is cold, gently rub the bag on the affected area.  Black tea contains Tannic acid which restores the skin’s pH balance and also can draw the heat out of the sunburn, helping your skin to cool.

OTHER TIPS: 

  • Take over the counter pain medication to feel more comfortable
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid strong soaps and perfume
  • Don’t wear tight clothing
  • Don’t touch the blisters

The most important tip I can share is to make sure you don’t get burned twice (don’t let your burn get burnt!).

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Eczema Skin Care | The Savvy Beauty

Written: Monday, June 27th, 2016 @ 2:20 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! As a sufferer of eczema for most of my life – I feel like I’ve tried every product under the sun. Although there is no cure for eczema, here are my recommendations for products that help reduce the symptoms of sensitive, eczema and allergy prone skin!

Products Mentioned:
Rite Aid Extra Strength Body Lotion, Medicated
Walgreens Baby Advanced Healing Ointment
Rite Aid Renewal Advanced Healing Body Lotion

Products mentioned on The Savvy Beauty channel have been purchased for review. These are all opinions that are my own and not scripted.

What’s Your Flavor? Hair Styles & Colors For This Season!

Written: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

June 9, 2016 – Elizabeth

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Have you been looking to try something entirely different with your hair? I know after about 4 months I get tired of my hair color or style and search for something sexy and different. Here are some daring hairstyles you can rock this summer and give people something to talk about.

Short Hair

The Choppy Bob

This adorable look is fabulous and trendy. A low maintenance style which screams for some beach waves or a sweet, clean ponytail. The light brown shade is classy and subtle, with a few accenting blonde highlights to add some depth to the overall appearance. The length is perfect to wear down or pulled back!

Image by Pop Haircuts

Lavender Bob for Women

Such a unique look. The colour doesn’t have to be lavender but this cut is so stylish and a great alternative for women with short hair. It is relatively low maintenance and looks fun and sexy.

Image by Bob Hairstyle

Medium Length

The Bold Medium Bang Cut

Bored with your hair? You won’t be – when you pick this fab, short shaggy hairstyle to add some contemporary style punch to your look. The style is versatile and leaves lots of options for color if you so choose. Easy to maintain and looks great on almost everyone!

Image by PoPular Haircuts 

The Blonde Lob

This cut is good for women with thin hair. The sweet blonde hue receives some added sass with the shoulder length cut and deep swept bangs. A perfect summer cut and will bring out your tanned skin too!

Image by The Right Hairstyles

Long Hair

Rich Long Layered Beauty

Red is absolutely stunning! This long layered style has some strawberry blonde, red and brown highlights to give the hair depth and fullness. This would look amazing in any style you choose with the beautiful colors peeking through every step of the way!

Image by Stylish Wife

Layered Blonde Locks

This cut and color is beautiful. You can have the best of both worlds – curly and straight! Such a beautiful option for summertime as your hair will look sun kissed. We love this look on anyone who opts for luscious length looking for something a little different.

Image by The Right Hairstyles For You

To ensure your new cut and color stay vibrant and lush use products which are specific to color treated hair. I love Renewal Sulphate-Free Color Moisturizing Shampoo , available at Riteaid.com for $4.99. I also adore these other affordable hair products from CVS for delicious and moisturized locks.

–  CVS Keratin Straightening Shampoo & Conditioner

–  CVS Argon Oil Renewing Shampoo & Conditioner,  also $5.99 on CVS.com.

People will stare, give them something to look at! Debut your look with a fabulous new outfit and make up to match. I use the Equate Beauty Line as it fits my budget and is comparable to its’ major brand competitor, Clinique. I’ve been using the stuff for years and honestly LOVE it. Check out this Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector , for $16.87 on Walmart.com. I use this stuff religiously because it helps to hide my skin imperfections and complete my look.

The next time you’re feeling a little bored with your current style, look into flattering cuts and colors which will bring some oomph back into your step. Color can transform someone into an entirely different person without much effort. Make sure you are confident about daring do’s before you take the plunge to avoid any regrets – especially if you decide to chop off all your hair. Talk to your stylist for expert advice and trust their professional opinion. They could give you the best cut of your life! Enjoy your new hair and embrace your inner spirit – you only live once.

Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion

Soft, smooth texture provides all-day moisturization for dry or combination skin.


Clarifying Toner

Aids in eliminating dirt and oil while gently exfoliating skin for a clear, glowing complexion.


Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum

Helps skin combat wrinkles, lines and UV damage. Hypoallergenic and 100% fragrance free.

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