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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #04 | The best facial cleanser EVER!

May 21, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share my number one secret for moisturised, plump, soft, and glowing skin.  It's neither a fancy face cream nor one of my usual DIY recipes.  It's actually something I never thought I'd use on my face at all. 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Years ago I wrote about the many benefits of vegetable glycerin in a post titled: Vegetable glycerin for glowing skin! and I also shared a recipe for a DIY make-up setting spray containing glycerin as a key ingredient.  I've also been using glycerin soap on and off in the shower for quite some time but I never used it to wash my face with, until recently.  

I had a new, unopened jasmine glycerin soap in my bathroom and since my face was a little dry I decided, on a hunch, to try the soap as a face cleanser.  I used it at night before I went to sleep and let me tell you I was shocked at how soft and hydrated my skin was after just one use.  The next morning my face was visibly plumper and my skin was glowing, so I decided I should keep using it to see if the result were consistent.

Glycerin soap

Now, as you can see from the pictures below, I've been using the soap for a few weeks and I absolutely love it.  This is by far the best face cleanser I've ever used, and let me tell you, I used quite a few high-end, very expensive products in the past.  

Glycerin soap

Glycerin soap


So what is glycerin soap and why is it so effective? 

Glycerin soap is a soap that contains glycerin.  Vegetable glycerin is an odourless, clear liquid with a thick syrup consistency.  It is added to beauty products because of its ability to attract moisture and act as an emollient.  Glycerin soaps are recognisably different from other soaps because they are translucent.

Vegetable glycerin soap is vegan-friendly and a great option for people with sensitive skin.  Glycerin can help lock in the skin’s natural moisture and prevent over-drying.  This may be especially beneficial for people who experience conditions like:

  • acne
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea

At the same time, glycerin is non-greasy.  This means it’s a good choice for anyone with oily or combination skin.  Glycerin may also have anti-ageing benefits.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and other surface blemishes.

Glycerin soap is not just a cleanser, it's a beauty treatment!  I'm turning 35 next week (on May 30th), and since glycerin soap has incredible benefits for ageing skin, I’m confident it will remain a staple in my beauty routine in the coming years.

Have you ever used glycerin soap?  Would you consider using it now that you know a little bit more about it?  Leave a comment and let me know!





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Friday, March 30, 2018

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

March 30, 2018 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr all have in common?  Well, supposedly they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth.

Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) has been recently dubbed a "miracle skincare oil".  Rosehip oil, derived from the rosehip (the fruit left on the stem after the petals have fallen off), is a natural source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and B-carotene.  This superfine oil is absorbed easily into the skin and won’t leave behind any oily residue.

So what are the benefits of using rosehip oil?  
  • It quickly absorbs into the skin, proving moisture.
  • It can heal scarring caused by acne.
  • It can help reverse sun damage.
  • It can provide a protective barrier on the skin, preventing further moisture loss.
  • It can help fade pigmentation and even out skin tone.
  • It can help heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.
  • It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil


How to use:

Rosehip oil is extremely easy to use.  
  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil to your face.
  3. Gently massage into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
  4. Use morning and night.

If you’re using it to correct problematic skin conditions, you’ll see a noticeable improvement after two to three weeks.

Check out this infographic...
The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

Like many other natural beauty treatments out there, rosehip oil may not work for everyone, but it certainly is worth trying.

If you have ever used rosehip oil on your face, share your experience in the comments section below.  Don't forget to share this post with your friends!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

No make-up allowed!

August 16, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Some schools have a really strict no make-up policy but if you follow these tips nobody will be able to tell you're wearing any.  Here are a few tips for your eyebrows, face, eyes and lips!

Eyebrows:
  1. Grooming you eyebrows will help to open your eyes and frame your face.  Make sure to click here to find out what eyebrow shape will suit your face.
  2. Tame unruly eyebrows using an eyebrow gel or clear mascara.

Face:

  1. Wear a good moisturiser and a face primer.  You don't have to wear any make-up on top of it.  A good primer can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, even out your skin tone and control shine.  
  2. You could also use a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
  3. Remember, if you have oily skin, never leave the house without blotting sheets!
Eyes:
  1. Use an eyelash curler. 
  2. Apply a couple of coats of clear mascara to your eyelashes.
Lips:
  1. Apply some lip balm.  
  2. Smile!  Your face looks great when you smile. 
    You don't need make-up to look beautiful.
    Confidence is Beauty! 
I hope this was helpful.  If you have more tips leave them in the comment section below. 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream Review

June 11, 2014 0 Comments
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

Another luxury skincare product I got to try is the GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream.  It's a moisturizing cream with anti-aging properties and I can honestly say that it is one of the best creams I have ever tried.

GRATiAE - Organic Beauty by Nature is specially designed for both men and women who care about true quality and appreciate natural, organic, and healthy skin-care products.  With GRATiAE your skin will glow with health and inner beauty.

Product description:

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream (50ml)



An ultra-fine moisturizing cream specially formulated to instantly penetrate and treat the skin for immediate hydration.  Combining a blend of pure plant extracts and thermo-mineral water, it leaves the skin feeling intensively moisturized, smooth and soft with a youthful glow.

Price:

 €157.29 from the European website and  $129.99 from the USA website 

Directions for use: 

Onto cleansed skin, apply the cream in soft circular motions until absorbed.

Ingredients:

Aqua / Deionized Water, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Buxus Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate,Aqua / "Three Graces" Thermomineral Water, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract / Oat Extract, Citric Acid, Perfume / Fragrance, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract / Witch Hazel Extract, Lecithin (Liposome Complex),Retinyl Acetate, Tocopherol, BHT, Mentha Piperita Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice / Aloe Barbadensis.

My experience:

The product comes in a light green, thick glass jar with a golden lid.  When you open the gold lid you find a seal that acts as a protective lid.  The product also comes with a small spatula.  Whenever a cream comes in a pot, like this one, do not put your fingers in it.  Always use the spatula when provided, or else use a cotton swab, to avoid contamination.



This moisturising cream is very rich.  It is thin and non-greasy once you apply it to the skin.  It is lightweight and is quickly absorbed by the skin.  It instantly makes my skin soft, very smooth and hydrated.

You only need to apply a small amount, I only use the amount you see in the 3rd photo below.  It goes on very smoothly and there is no need to pull the skin.  This moisturiser did not upset my sensitive skin at all, in fact I saw an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin, after just one application!  This product is amazing!


My skin looks and feels fantastic after using this.  As I told you in my previous product review, if you can afford it, go ahead and buy it.  Your skin will love it, without a doubt. 

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beauty uses of rose water

September 27, 2012 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

I recently started using rose water as a facial toner and I love it!  As I told you in a previous post, I normally use (undiluted) distilled witch hazel but lately my skin is much more sensitive so I wanted to try a milder toner.  For years, this was the only product that my mother would use on her skin and her skin is gorgeous.

What is rose water?

Rose water is a by-product of the production of rose oil through distillation of pure fresh rose petals.  Did you know that rose water has several beauty uses and benefits?


Beauty uses of rose water:
  • Rose water is a well-known for its natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Rose water can help reduce skin inflammation, lines and wrinkles.   
  • Apply rose water to cleansed skin to reduce swollen and inflamed acne.
  • You could also dip a cotton disk in rose water and place it on your eyelids for a soothing feeling that helps cool tired eyes.
  • You can also combine a cup of rose water with ¾ cups of witch hazel and use it as a facial toner.
  • Combine a few drops of rose water with your regular moisturiser.  Rose water maintains the skin's pH balance.  
  • Rose water is also a wonderful leave-in hair conditioner.


I'm not a fan of the rose fragrance that lingers on my face, and I can actually smell it throughout the day, but I love the way my skin feels and looks.  
Rose water can be found in some supermarkets but this commercial type usually contains chemicals and artificial preservatives that are less effective than pure rose water.  Watch this video for instructions on how to make rose water at home. 

Uploaded by HerbMentor

Have you ever used rose water?  Will you make your own rose water at home?  Leave a comment and let me know!
XOXO
Euphrasie85
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Friday, August 31, 2012

The beauty benefits of silk

August 31, 2012 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
Do you ever wake up with sleep lines/wrinkles?  If you sleep on your side, you must know what I mean.  What about messy, bed hair The silk pillowcase can be a simple solution for both issues...


Skin:
Believe it or not, the weight of your head pushing your face against the pillow will create what are called sleep lines/wrinklesCotton pillowcases don’t let your skin move smoothly along their surface as you move through the night.  As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and this means that the lines we get overnight stay on our faces longer.  Sleep wrinkles can also worsen existing lines and wrinkles.  Silk pillowcases prevent sleep wrinkles and help delay worsening of existing facial lines.  
Additionally, cotton pillowcases can also absorb the natural oil and your night cream/moisturiser from your skin.  Silk, on the other hand, will not draw moisture from the skin.  Moisture is essential for healthy skin.
Hair:

Women with curly hair have known about silk’s beauty benefits for years.  I actually learned about this on NaturallyCurly.com, years ago.  Tossing and turning causes friction which can lead to hair breakage.  Silk lets your hair slide across the pillowcase.  You will notice fewer hair tangles and less frizz after sleeping on silk pillowcases.  If you have curly hair, silk will also preserve your curls. 

Silk pillowcases may not be the fountain of youth, but if you want to wake up with wrinkle-free skin and tangle-free hair, silk pillowcases might just be what you are looking for.

Silk pillowcases = better beauty sleep.  Do you agree?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Tips for healthy cuticles

January 08, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!  How is 2012 going so far?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of your hands and nails, keep reading for some great tips!

When most people think of nail care they think of their nail problems like peeling.  Nevertheless, your cuticles (the skin immediately around the fingernail) also contribute to nail health and appearance.  Neglected cuticles are prone to hangnails and dryness, whilst bitten or badly cut cuticles may become infected.   Follow these simple steps to proper cuticle care:

·         Avoid using harsh soaps when washing your hands as they can cause dry cuticles.

·         Exfoliate your hands once a week.

·         Keep your cuticles moisturised.  Massage moisturising hand cream onto your cuticles, and slip on a pair of cotton gloves every night before you go to sleep.  Also, apply oil (olive oil or almond oil) on the fingertips and massage your nails with it.  

·         Never cut your cuticles!  Your cuticles perform an important job; they protect the roots of your nails from harmful bacteria.  Push the cuticles back with a non-metal tool, such as an orange stick.

·         Don’t push back dry cuticles.  Try pushing back your cuticles right after you get out of the shower, or soak your fingertips for a short time in a bowl of warm water.

·         There are three steps to the push back cuticles:
1.       Apply a cuticle remover
2.       Use an orange stick to gently push back
3.       Move the orange stick in a circular motion at the base of the nail to remove any dead skin.

·         Although it’s not a good idea to cut your cuticles, it’s fine to cut your hangnails.  Hangnails should usually be cut using nail scissors or a nail clipper; biting or pulling them frequently makes them worse.

using a nail file

It’s simple: healthy cuticles look better than unhealthy ones.  And healthy cuticles also help keep nails healthy.  

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day cream and night cream: What’s the difference?

October 25, 2011 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

A lot of people use facial creams every morning and night, to maintain healthy skin.  Very often people use a different facial cream for the daytime and for nighttime, these creams are commonly referred to as day creams and night creams.

One of the main differences between day creams and night creams is that most day creams contain SPF to protect the skin from UV rays, whereas night creams don’t have such ingredients.  There would be no point in applying a cream containing SPF at night.

face cream in a jar

On the one hand, day cream has active ingredients that protect and replenish the skin throughout the day; while on the other hand, night cream revitalises and restores the skin.  Night creams contain more nutrients and vitamins than day creams; this is because the body absorbs more during the night.

Night creams usually contain more emollient, hydrating and moisturising ingredients.  These formulations work fine at night, but they may appear greasy if applied during the day.  Day creams have a lighter consistency and this helps the pores breathe properly.  Besides protecting the skin from UV rays, day creams also protect the skin from other environmental factors, namely; pollution, cold, heat and wind.

Tip:
If you want just one cream that can be used both day and night, then opt for a non-SPF lightweight moisturising cream that can be applied with sunscreen during the day and without at night.

Do you use one facial cream or two (day cream and night cream)?

XOXO
Euphrasie85