Monday, January 22, 2018

Weekly Trending Product - Paul Mitchell Tea Tree

Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing
Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Who doesn't want stronger and healthier hair that smells dreamy!? This calming hair quencher set soothes, cleanses and replenishes unruly, dry hair. Washing your hair has never been so euphoric thanks to the calming lavender, mint and tea tree essential oil trifecta. In fact, did you know that the people during the Middle Ages used sprinkles of lavender to help keep your loved one faithful (Valentine's Day is around the corner)? While these essential oils might not be the "cure alls" they were in the past, this shampoo and conditioner duo is a cure all for dry problematic scalps!
The Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Duo contains one 33.8 ounce shampoo and one 33.8 ounce conditioner. The moisturizing conditioner is rich in amino acids to reinforce your hair's retention, shine, and resilience.  The Lavender Mint Shampoo is a mild cleanser that leaves your locks manageably hydrated and gleaming.  This is amazing this stuff is! Ask pro surfer Malia Manuel. In an interview with the Paul Mitchell team she commented on how much she loved it and was just waiting to get her hands on the deep conditioning mask. If you decide to buy it right now, you will also save over 33% with our Big Sizes, Big Sale event!

Bonus: For the ultimate cloud nine experience, add some Tea Tree Essential Oil to your bath water and ease your mind, body, and spirit, also great for your skin care needs. Are you ready for a spa-like treatment in the comfort of your own home?!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

An Epic Guide to Gentlemen's Skincare Series - Part III


The beauty of the beard is only reflected in it's health, which makes for happy kissing when caring for your scruff is a top priority. Part III sheds lights on how you can keep your beard and/or mustache in premium condition, plus a great Date Night Idea that is sure to pamper everyone involved!

 -Beard & Mustache Health-

Beards are a hot trend that never really goes out of style and Mustaches have been classic since the 1800's but it's a needy style that has effects on your skin as well. So let's take a look at these tips to optimize your beard and mustache.

1. Pruning is essential for an epic beard, so invest in a quality trimmer. Even if you plan on growing it out just like hair on your head, it will need a trim once in a while to keep it in check. Try our Oster Professional MXpro clipper set that comes with a mini trimmer for you Beardsmen.

2. Wash your beard regularly. This is essential for growth as trapped food & skin cells can lead to breakouts and itchiness. Scrub your beard daily or every other day at least with a specialized cleanser such as Gibs Man Wash BHB for Beard, Hair & Body that conditions without stripping away vital moisture. Gibs Wipes for cleansing & conditioning are really great for on-the-go as well.

3. Love thy beard oil! Nothing tames a beard and mustache like regular beard oil treatments that give you softer, shinier & more manageable beard hair. Try Suavecito Premium Blends Beard Oil, formulated to nourish & heal damaged strands by sealing split ends. There are 5 great essential oil scents.  Don't forget to invest in a good beard comb to detangle and distribute the oil evenly.

4. Train your Beard to grow the way you want. Along with regular trims, try a soft hold styler like Reuzel Beard Foam that deodorizes your beard with a gentle hold to give you ultimate control.

5. Don't forget the Mustache. Whether you have a stand alone stache or it's part of your epic beard it needs care too. Keep it looking neat; trim the area around your philtrum (area under your nose) with a pair of grooming scissors like Mehaz Moustache Scissors for easy trimming.  Trimming will also cut down on hair breakage.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

An Epic Guide to Gentlemen's Skincare Series - Part II


Here comes the sun! With the passing of New Year's arrives a time most are considering change - New Year! New You!  So, part II is dedicated to Tattoos & Exfoliation - Both are undying trends that lend a hand to achieving your most beautiful skin yet by smoothing & eliminating imperfections then adorning your skin with the images that set your soul on fire.

 -Continuous Care for Tattooed Skin-  

In the past decade tattoos have become all the rage for expressing yourself, from the sentimental to silly there are many skincare factors that need to be considered when owning ink and how you take care of the tattooed skin for the long term is what matters most.

Knowing your skin type can help you choose products for this venture as well.

Protect your ink - UV light of any kind fades tattoos, blurring the lines and bringing blotches to those stellar images. So always apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher 15 mins before sun exposure & reapply every two hours. 20 years down the road you will be thankful that rad skull doesn't look like a rock from sun fade.

When tattoos become dry, flaky & irritated - Use a water based gentle cleanser to keep your tattoo clean, then apply a water based fragrance free lotion or cream to soothe the itch, but don't smother it if the tattoo is still healing as that can cause problems too. For completely healed tattoos try Gibs Bush Master Beard, Hair & Tattoo Oil, rich in Argan Oil, Olive Oil, & Sunflower Oil to moisturize while enhancing the appearance of your ink.

When considering placement - Getting a new tattoo is always exciting, and some shops will pay attention to any moles that are in the area being considered for new ink. However, just to cover all the bases avoid tattooing right over a mole, go around it, so early skin cancer warnings can still be detected if necessary.

-Exfoliation-

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin, which can leave skin looking & feeling great. But it's not for everyone and can be harmful if done incorrectly, so considering skin types, let us determine if this step is right for you.

There are two types of at home exfoliation - Chemical & Mechanical: 
  • Mechanical Exfoliation uses a tool such as a brush, sponge, loofah or a sugar scrub to physically remove dead skin cells.
  • Chemical Exfoliation uses a chemical composition such as Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids to gently dissolve dead skin cells.
To prevent damage while exfoliating, consider the following tips:
Consider the skin care products you already use - Some medications or even over the counter products may cause skin to be more sensitive which will cause peeling, such as prescription Retinoid Creams or  products containing Retinol or Benzoyl Peroxide. We don't recommend you use this step if you have a history of sensitivity to exfoliation methods. 

Select an exfoliation method that suits your skin type:
  • For Dry, Sensitive, or Acne prone skin-Perhaps a wash cloth or very mild Chemical Exfoliator may be preferred, as Mechanical Exfoliation may be too irritating for these skin types. Try Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which is a Rice-based enzyme powder that activates upon contact with water helping to regulate melanin production while micro-exfoliating dead cells leaving skin bright, clear & soothed.
  • For Oily, or Thicker skin- Use a Mechanical Exfoliation tool such as Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush paired with a Dermalogica Cleanser or a somewhat stronger Chemical Exfoliator such as Dermalogica Charcoal Recovery Mask that detoxifies & purifies while stimulating cellular turn over.
Exfoliation techniques & tips:

Be Gentle with your skin - Always read the directions of recommended products and go about using them with a gentle hand.

Always follow with a good Moisturizer - Exfoliating can be drying to even normal skin, and be cautious not to over exfoliate which leaves your skin red and irritated. 

Find the right schedule for you - How often you Exfoliate depends on the method, the more aggressive the method the less it has to be done.

Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for 24 hours after exfoliating & always wear sunscreen if you must be in the sun. Absolutely no sun exposure after heavy exfoliation since you will be susceptible to burning and infection.

A simple tested & true trick - A loofah, wash cloth, or body brush is an excellent daily exfoliating tool for the body! Since it goes in your shower and can help your whole body, not just by removing dead skin cells but slowly removing stretch marks, scars, and even cellulite. The simple combination of massage and gentle exfoliation can do wonders for your skin's overall health. 

If you scar easily or have darker skin - Sometimes strong exfoliation can leave dark spots or blotches, so avoid this exfoliation step if you know this about yourself.

Spot test every product that is new to you or your unsure about. Use a small amount of product on your wrist and follow appropriate directions and time frames to confirm you won't have a sensitive reaction to the new product.
Avoid strong exfoliation on tattooed skin, it can cause fading and irritation. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

An Epic Guide to Gentlemen's Skincare Series - Part I


     
Everyone has a Man in their life whether he is your friend, significant other or your Dad, Brother, Uncle, Cousin or Grandpa, they are there for us. So consider this - women are the mortal goddesses of love & beauty, we are the gatekeepers to a realm of practical magic that is our own creation: The Beauty Empire. So why not share it?

Traditionally, Men keep skincare simple, yet in the modern age more men are seeking healthier, younger looking skincare solutions. As they should since your skin is the largest, most exposed organ and its the house you live in, which is why it's so important to develop healthy skin care routines. Let's be honest, the fountain of youth isn't real. As much as we'd love it to be, in reality it's the time we stop to take care of ourselves that has lasting effects. Busy lives mean major stressors, not to mention the environmental damage we sustain just living on this planet as sun worshipers. With that in mind, on average men tend to spend more time outside giving them a better chance of developing skin cancer or other skin related ailments that can hinder daily life. Genetically speaking, the biggest difference between men and women's skin is men literally have thicker skin with more collagen. They also produce more sebum (oil), and if they have acne prone skin it lasts longer in men as well, making them long time sufferers of this all too common condition. Then there is men's almost daily facial shaving, which takes a heavy toll on their skin with razor burn & ingrown hairs, leaving men even more in need of essential skin repairing ingredients. So, today starts Beauty Care Choices three part  article series to provide the BEST information possible for a man to take care of his skin.

The first step in building a skin care regimen is to identify what skin type you have. This will give you a better understanding of how to take care of yourself and what products are right for you.

  • Combination Skin - Means you will have dry patches in some areas & be oily in others.
  • Dry Skin - Tends to be flaky, itchy & rough at times
  • Oily Skin - Is greasy & shiny, tends to be acne prone      
  • Normal Skin - Is clear & doesn't irritate easily
  • Sensitive Skin - May sting or burn after product use, will redden and irritate easily

First things first - keep it clean.

Wash your face with warm water daily & after exercise, and since most bar soap's can contain harsh drying ingredients, wash your face with a mild cleanser or a product designed for your skin type.
  • If you have Acne prone skin, look for cleansers & products that are "oil-free" or non comedogenic, meaning they don't clog pores.  Try the Dermalogica Clear Start products which focus on acne problems.
  • If you have Combination skin a gentle, organic cleanser like Baxter Daily Face Wash will work with the individual areas without drying or breaking outs.
  • If you have Dry skin, look for an ultra-rich moisturizer such as Pharmagel's Hydra-Cleanse, as it is non-abrasive and non-drying. that is specifically designed for the dry skin type.
  • If you have Normal skin, your best bet is a facial cleanser made for daily use.
  • If you have Sensitive skin use products that are "fragrance free", as fragrances can dry & irritate skin. Try Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel designed to calm & smooth without disturbing skin's natural moisture balance.

Watch your shaving techniques!

Use a high quality razor like those from Master Barber Or Baxter of California, that give you a close shave without the irritation. This is particularly important if you find yourself getting razor burn, bumps, or ingrown hairs too often, as there is such a thing as too close of a shave.

Use a moisturizing shaving cream like Super Close Shave Formula from Baxter, infused with menthol & tea tree oil to soothe while preventing razor burn & ingrown hairs while closing pores with Baxter Shave Tonic

Moisturize daily!

A good moisturizer works by trapping moisture in your skin to minimize fine lines, so skin is healthier & looks brighter. For best results moisturize immediately after bathing, showering, or shaving while skin is still damp.  DermOrganic's Daily Moisture Renewal is just great for most skin types.  It's oil and fragrance free and rich in lipids, omega-6 and vitamin E. 

Always wear sunscreen!

Many moisturizers also contain an SPF protection.  Find one that does so you don't have to think twice, it's done!  Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recover with SPF 50 is a great one!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Get The Look - Textured Waves

Textured Waves

During the New Year's weekend, we featured a blog on 2018 trending hairstyles. This year is all about, you guessed it, TEXTURE! Using heat to style your hair can be time-consuming. The great thing about textured styles is that such little effort is needed to get that "messy-chic". ColorProof's products will get the job done and then some! All of their products provide heat and color protection, depending on your individual need, they also provide volume, texture and define your style.

HERE'S HOW:
After towel-drying your hair, use a pea-sized amount of SuperRich Split Ends Mender mid-length through the ends. Next, you'll want to sprinkle just a bit of PowderFix Texturizing Powder at the roots and gently massage in for volume. Now comes the magic, for added texture and definition use a very small amount of FiberBlast Texture Creme to your finger-tips and work it through mid-length to ends. To encourage texture make sure to use a scrunching motion throughout your hair. After your hair has completely dried naturally (or with a low diffuser), you'll want to finish your look off with UltraMarathon Strong Hold Color Protect Hairspray to make sure it'll last throughout your busy day!

Bonus: This style is just like left-overs, it's even better the next day! Just repeat the process above leaving out the Split Ends Mender (1st step) and Color Protect Hairspray (final step). Also, make sure your hair stays completely dry when showering. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekly Trending Product - Youngblood Lip Sets

YOUNGBLOOD
MINERAL COSMETICS 
Lip Sets -Limited Edition

These Lip Sets are absolutely delicious, and that's not lip service! Pucker up and get ready to make Valentine's Day '18 unforgettable. Youngblood's inspiration for each lip color comes from the diverse beauty and unique styles of real women. Don't worry; you won't have to watch your mouth with these sets since they're always hydrating and long-wearing! Youngblood's Limited Edition set's shades range from deep & decadent to pretty & sophisticated.  We guarantee you won't be wiping the smile off your face anytime soon!!! The 3 sets available are Bows & Arrows, Cupid's Crush, and Love Struck.   These Lip Sets are only here for a limited time, so get yours before they're gone!


Each Lip Set Includes:
Lip Carry-All
Gold California Pendant Necklace

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Achieve Your Dream Hair

An affliction of the human condition is to want what we can't have - Those with curly hair wish they had straight & vice versa- So why fight what can be perfected? Explore these Liter Duo's that will revolutionize the way you feel about your hair, leaving you free to be beautiful you minus the bad hair day hang-ups.


You Want: Color Saving

The HOTTEST color trends to date include looks such as Mermaid, Oil Slick, Color Melting & Ombre in every color combination under the sun! But keeping those vivids gorgeous takes a second thought about what products your cleaning and nurturing your tresses with.

You Need: Lanza ColorCare Liter Duo

With Lanza ColorCare Color Preserving Shampoo & Conditioner your hair color is safe, staying radiant longer even with the brightest colors. Providing maximum color protections, ColorCare is infused with a Flower Shield Complex of Calendula, Blue Cornflower, Red Hibiscus, Green Orchid, White Gardenia, Yellow Rose & Echinacea Flowers that deliver full spectrum color protection with anti-fade compounds for longer lasting haircolor. Gives you confidence & satisfaction that beautiful color will continue to make a bold statement weeks after your trip to the salon.



You Want: The Silkiest & Softest Strands

Touchability is all the rage, with everything we put our hair through it should divorce us and leave nothing behind except the kitchen sink. So mend that fence and give your hair the nourishment it deserves, which will make everyday a great hair day. 

You Need: Matrix Oil Wonders Liter Duo

Matrix Oil Wonders Micro-Oil Shampoo & Conditioner provides perfect lightweight nourishment with manageability for miles. Infused with Moroccan Argan Oil for superior softness & shine, upgrading your tresses from dull to delightful.





You Want: The Frizz Banisher

There are very few people who can't relate to the endless frustration of frizz. Not only does it make us feel horrible about our hair but it's just a Not-so-Hot mess that no one wishes on their worse enemy.

You Need:  Redken Frizz Dismiss Liter Duo

Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo & Conditioner offers the first ever Frizz Protection Factor with 4 levels of smoothing. Delivers heat & humidity protection with a sulfate free cleansing & conditioning system. So you can go anywhere with no fear!





You Want: Brag Worthy Volume

Allow me to paint the picture - It's date night and you just put the finishing touches on your lovely high volume locks when tragedy strikes. You walk out the front door and the wind flattens your hair like a pancake within seconds. Sound familiar? Yeah, me too. Those with fine hair know the struggle all too well, but we can help you with that.

You Need: Sebastian Volupt Liter Duo

Fine, flat hair rejoice! For Sebastian Professional Volupt Shampoo & Conditioner has a comprehensive formula that features cushioning particles for soft volume that leads in lightness & enhances every style.



You Want: Beautifully Defined Curls

Curly hair often requires unique care to look it's best, as it easily frizzes, kinks & breaks. Not working with the right products for this hair type can feel like a special brand of punishment. Especially when all you want is defined curls that behave beautifully, which is absolutely achievable by the way.

You Need: Paul Mitchell Curls Liter Duo

Paul Mitchell Curls Spring Loaded Shampoo & Conditioner hits the mark with a gentle cleansing system that washes away dirt & oils while also targeting the hair cuticle for protection, which is where frizziness starts. Finishing with Jojoba oil infused conditioning for nourished, soft defined curls that always play well together.

You Want : Longer & Stronger Locks

The first step in growing your hair longer, is making it stronger. Scalp environment is a huge factor in most cases; it can become a major contributing nuisance and slow hair growth to a crawl if your scalp isn't happy. So using products backed by thorough science & organic ingredients is a great way to start strengthening & lengthening your locks.

You Need: Surface Trinity Strengthening Liter Duo

Surface Trinity Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner is one of my favorite duos, and is currently what I use in the shower. Infused with vegan protein Amaranth, which offers nine essential amino acids, along with Keravis which is a powerful hair strengthener, penetrating the cortex to reinforce & protect the cuticle of the hair. These properties combine to repair while strengthening hair, even in high humidity.



You Want: Hydrated Hair

Moisture balance for hair is a priority, it determines the degree to which your hair behaves & thrives. Lack of moisture can lead to much bigger issues too, like breakage, dryness, frizz and split ends. Less luster is a big sign that your hair may need more moisture in it's life to shine with the best of them.

You Need: Pureology Hydrate Liter Duo

Pureology Hydate Shampoo & Conditioner is a BCC favorite, also one of our best selling duos. This thirst quenching, sulfate free formula delivers superior replenishment for touchable softness while providing extraordinary color protection. Infused with Micro-Emulsion Technology to deeply hydrate, and Jojoba, Green Tea & Sage to condition. Has Multi-weight proteins such as soy, oat & wheat which strengthen hair. You'll love the aroma therapy blend of Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Patchouli & Peppermint to awaken your senses and calm your scalp. Provides perfect moisture balance for healthy, shiny hair.


You Want: Clean, Buildup Free Hair

Ultra Clean hair is a must for a variety of reasons; product buildup can hinder hair health in some serious ways. Lack of growth, dandruff, dryness, dullness, irritation and the list goes on. So it's vital to find products that don't add to the problem but in fact enhance and heal.

You Need: Loma Daily Liter Duo

Loma Daily Shampoo & Conditioner has Certified Organic ingredients specifically selected to enhance, protect, repair & restore hairs natural moisture balance while providing exceptional shine. Infused with Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Seed Oil, Quinoa Protein, Fennel Seed, Sunflower Seed, Panthenol & Tocopherol - ingredients that heal. Makes sure you're left with nothing but positive benefits.


You Want: Better & Brighter Blonde

Platinum, gray & silver hair are one of the MOST desired trends but it takes time and patience to achieve this hair goal. And once you're there, it's still a high maintenance style as brassy and yellow tones can creep back into your hair from just environmental effects. So it's vital to find violet toning products that produce desired results without being harsh on your hair.

You Need: Kenra Brightening Liter Duo

Kenra Professional Brightening Shampoo & Conditioner is a daily violet toning system that features an Advanced Brightening Technology to eliminate brassy tones & increase brightness by up to 80%. It does this while preventing oil buildup and adding enhanced manageability.




You Want: Superior Shine


Dullness doesn't feel or look sexy and we have all been there. High shine indicates hair health - Moisture balance might be compromised & heat styling damage is the worst, along with environmental damage that can kill that oh so glamorous high shine.

You Need: TIGI S-Factor Diamond Dreams Liter Duo

TIGI S-Factor Diamond Dreams Shampoo & Conditioner indulges your hair in brilliant shine with a Luxury Complex of Champagne Extract, Diamond Dust, Cashmere & Crushed Pearls. This creates multi-dimensional shimmer, adding depth & richness to your color while protecting from free radical damage and color fading.


Catch our Shampoo & Conditioner Liter Sale before it's over and get any of these great options tailored to the most desired hair results! We would LOVE to hear from YOU, if you have tried any of these products leave us a comment down below and a REVIEW on our website. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Color of the Year 2018 : Ultra Violet


Is 2018 your year to go bold?  If you answered YES, then you are ready for Ultra-Violet...the on trend color of the year.

Ultra Violet has been proudly represented by Music Legends such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie & Prince. This blue-based purple captivates everyone by highlighting the mysteries of the cosmos with vivid images of the galaxies, northern lights & nature.  This unconventionally intriguing shade breathes imagination into the idea of pure individuality. Often associated with the mystical or spiritual as well, Ultra Violet finds a highly honored middle ground between leaving your unique mark upon the world while finding that ultimate inner peace that undoubtedly every soul searches for.  So, join us & wear Ultra Violet every way you can; let it inspire you to find your artistic expression or your rebellious streak.


Schwarzkopf Igora Colorworx Direct Dyes 

Violet Purple

Indulge with these ultra versatile & long lasting direct dyes for bold color effects that last up to 20 washes. 

Suavecita Lipstick - Cosmos

Suavecita satisfies with this gorgeous bold shade ironically named Cosmos. These Lipsticks deliver hydrating ingredients such as Safflower Seed Oil, Aloe Vera & Jojoba Oil to keep your pout perfectly hydrated. 



                                                                   

 Zoya Nail Polish - Yasmeen                          

Discover the luscious shades & longevity of Zoya Nail Lacquers that are the longest wearing natural polishes. They do not contain formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate.                                                                                

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

At home waxing made simple!


Winter...and we-re all bundled up so it's easy to skip shaving those legs, until suddenly we look down and realize the hair's getting long enough to braid!  Waxing may be your best answer for those long winter months - the legs stay hair free longer than with shaving.  Waxing at home is easy once you have the right products and the right instructions.  Below is your guide to getting the best results!

What you need:
  • All purpose Waxing Kit  (Gigi's All Purpose Microwave Formula System is a great one. $30)
  • Exfoliating Mitt
  • Absorbent Powder
  • Hair Trimmer (if the hair you are waxing is over 3/4 inch long)
  • Hard or Cole Strip Wax
  • Wax Remover
  • After Wax Oil Treatment
Step 1 - Before you start waxing, exfoliate the area you wish to wax.  This step is very important to help prevent ingrown hairs.  Removing the first layer of dead skin cells also gives the wax a smooth surface for better adhesion.  (A good exfoliating mitt is the Dermasuri Exfoliating Mitt. $20)

Step 2 - Absorb any existing moisture with an absorbent powder like Clean + Easy Lavender Absorbent Powder.  ($6) Again, this will enable the was to properly adhere to your skin.

Step 3 - Trim excessively long hairs.  Make sure the hair is the proper length for the wax to grab the hair and remove them on the first pass.  Hairs should be neither to short nor too long - between 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch long.

Step 4 - Test the temperature of the wax.  If you're using hard wax, too hot is definitely NOT good.  Be sure to read the wax package instructions and get the wax to the correct temperature as directed.

Step 5  - Apply the wax in the direction the hair grows.  When ready, remove the hair in the opposite direction while keeping the skin taut.  Remove it in one fluid motion, without hesitation.  (If this is your first time, you might want to do this with a friend, who would have no hesitation in pulling quickly!)

Step 6 - After you're done waxing, clean the area with a wax removing oil to clear skin of any wax residue.  Apply your favorite moisturizer the area.  You can do both in one step with Gigi Post Epilation Lotion. ($19). 

So there you are.  Simple and easy.  AND...for under $70, your waxed and silky smooth, not just once, but many times since you now have all the products!  See all our professional waxing products - Click here.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Weekly Craze



5 out of 5 Classy Color For Any Occasion!
reviews5 out of 5 Perfect shade!
I bought this last year and this year! I found out about this shade from a co-worker who wore it. It was so beautiful, I had to have it! Once again, it's my favorite fall/winter nail polish. It is the perfect burgundy shade, great quality, the polish glides on without being too thick or gooey. It looks lovely on, even though I am quite fair and dark colors can wash me out. 
- Angela M.


SHEARLING DARLING has Pinterest users totally in love and freaking out over this polish from Essie. The color is a deep shade of mahogany red. Some even call it oxblood, whatever you call it, it's gorgeous!!! Essie's nail lacquer is known for its silky smooth and buttery soft finish on the surface. Application truly is effortless which makes it one of our favorites. Wanna really make this color pop!? Try pairing it with a cute a little black dress, or your favorite animal print!!! But, don't just take our word for it! Try this lovely shade out for yourself. FREE SHIPPING when you order Shearling Darling this week only! Use code CRAZE10 at checkout.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Charcoal Mask...Trending Now, but does it work?

It's the latest "hot trend" - a charcoal face mask.  We wanted to see for ourselves just what the hype was all about!  After all, a new year should start with a clean face! We used K-Beauty's  Charcoal Peel-off Mask (just $16.00).

The product description:  This carbon black mask is designed to remove black heads, white heads and fine hair on the forehead (keep off eyebrows) nose and chin area. Clears up clogged pores to ensure your face is left purified and fresh! Skin will appear tighter and brighter with a cool soothing feel.

Does it work?  Yes!  But be prepared for a little pain to achieve the tighter, cleaner, glowing skin!

We first applied the mask all over the face, and following the manufacturer's instructions, we kept the product off our eyebrows (we applied a little petroleum jelly to the brow to help with this).

We left the product on as directed and could actually feel it working...a little tingling and tightening sensation.  Now it was time to remove the mask!  Yee-ouch!  The pain you feel is the small hairs and dead skin being removed along with the blackhead.  To be fair, this is not an excruciating pain, but you definitely feel it.

Once the mask was removed, you could clearly see the results.  Gone were the blackheads and fine hairs. The skin looked and felt soft and smooth.  

Was it worth the pain?  Yes...but this isn't a mask to use frequently.  While it does what it claims, your exposed skin is now a new, fresh layer.  Wash it right away with a gentle cleanser and then apply a hydrating, antioxidant rich serum or cream.  Be sure to use a sunscreen if you are going outside.  Your skin is more sensitive.