Best Concealer Ever!

Hey Everyone! Today I want to talk about the ongoing battle I had trying to find the “perfect” concealer. Up until finding my holy grail concealer, I had been using the MAC Studio Finish Concealer to cover blemishes and scarring ,and the MAC Select MoistureCover Concealer as my under-eye concealer and also to cover any redness. While these are great concealers, I still found that they weren’t doing their job as well as I would have liked.

The Studio Finish Concealer covered the blemishes well, but if I had to use it on an area that I had enlarged pores, such as my cheeks, it made both the blemish and the pores stand out. I also found that it “slid” off my skin easily even after being set with powder, and needed frequent touch ups. I also had to be careful not to touch up too frequently or use too much because this concealer was easily made to look cakey and dry.

The Select MoistureCover concealed redness very well, but creased and settled into my fine lines terribly. And if I added more to touch up under my eyes, it got patchy and dry; even though the word “moisture” is in its name! Other than that, I really like how light it feels on the skin and how natural it looks.

That being said, I found myself starting to use my current favorite foundation, Revlon ColorStay, as a concealer by using it under and around my eyes, and by doubling up on it on blemishes. By doing this I had no problems with creasing under my eyes, blemishes being uncovered, or prominent enlarged pores. Then one day when I was browsing the drugstore makeup aisle, I came across the matching Revlon ColorStay Concealer ! Needless to say I started using that instead of doubling up on the foundation and from then on it has been my go-to holy grail concealer. Here are the main things I like about it :

* NO Creasing Under Eyes

* NO Settling into Fine Lines or Pores

* All Day and Night Super Staying-Power

* Natural Finish

* True Full Coverage

* Neutral Colors (not overly warm or cool toned)

* Light Feeling Consistency

* Easy to Use Doe-Foot Applicator

**** You can get this for $5.99 at Ulta

Holy Grail Face Product!

Hey Everyone! Today I thought I would share an amazing product that I discovered for all skin types, but is especially great for problematic skin. I came across this product when researching detox bath recipes and such. What I ended up discovering turned out to be one of my holy grail skin products.

Calcium Bentonite Clay has been around for years mainly used in bodywraps, foot soaks, bug bite salves, etc. Recently it has become more popular is treating skin problems such as acne. I was skeptical at first, but with some additional research I found that what makes it so powerful is the fact that the clay extracts and absorbs dirt, oil, and impurities without actually being absorbed into the skin itself. This means you can expect an extremely deep pore cleanse without any residual impurites.

The calcium bentonite clay I am currently using is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, which claims to be the world’s most powerful facial. It is 100% calcium bentonite clay with no additives, fragrances, or animal products. It is also sun dried, and cruelty free! The instructions for use are to mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider and/or water and stir in a non-metal bowl until it turns into a smooth paste. Then apply a 1/4 – 1/2 inch layer to the skin and let dry between 5 and 2o minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin; then rinse with warm water.

This product also warns that you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation, which is completely correct! It is not painful in any way, it just feels like your skin is getting pulled/squished forward towards the center of your face. It also will leave your skin a bit red for about an hour before turning back to normal. After a few hours, or the next day if you apply this mask before bed, your pores should have shrunken significantly and your face should look extremely smooth and matte. Usually the majority of any acne I have will have disappeared or at least reduced by a huge margin.  I like to use this mask once every one or two weeks. I purchased mine at The Vitamin Shoppe for $4.99.

In addition to using this product for facial masks, I also like to use it in detox baths.

RECIPE:

Approx 1 cup of Calcium Bentonite Clay (I have a large tub, use the appropriate amount for your size tub)

The juice from 1 lemon

1 bag of green tea

a pinch or two of dried lavender for aroma

** Make the water temperature as hot as you can stand and soak for about 20 minutes. Drink plenty of fluids after**