april 2014 skin update

Screenshot 2014-05-02 15.37.58

 

Hi friends! I’m a few days late on my April skin update, but I did take these pictures on the very last day of April, so technically it still counts.

As you can see my skin has improved even more over this past month. You can check out my March skin update here to compare.

My cheeks have maybe 3 pimples in total. There is still hyperpigmentation and redness present, but I feel like each of these problems has improved since my last update. Hyperpigmentation takes a really long time to resolve so I am trying to be as patient as I can. As for the redness, I am trying to be as gentle with my skin as possible in order to reduce any irritation. I’m not using any harsh cleansers or soap on my face, I moisturize morning and night, and I’m using a buttload of SPF on my face…that’s right, a buttload. Since the sun has started peaking out I have upped it to an SPF of 30 or greater every day.

My forehead is going a little cray…I think I’m experiencing a bit of a PMS/hormonal breakout because I have 4 giant pimples on my head. They are the deep, painful type. Not quite a cyst, but definitely cyst-like. I think it’s probably going to take two or more weeks for these suckers to vacate the premises…ugh! Due to the fact that my forehead is acting up I’ve added some benzoyl peroxide back into my skin care routine. I’m only using a 2.5% concentration, and I’m only putting it on my forehead. I use a small dot of the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment and then spread it all over my forehead. Then I put my nighttime moisturizer on.

Here’s a lovely picture of my forehead…Please ask small children to leave the room before scrolling down.
DSC00417Aaaaaahhhhh!! TOO CLOSE!!
My sincerest apologies.

I will be posting a full skin care routine that includes all of the products I use. For those that are wondering, I am still using my Clarisonic Mia 2 and the Arbonne Intelligence Genius.

Thanks for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! Please leave any comments or questions below, I love hearing from you! 🙂

 

Advertisements

Grow a pair…of eyebrows

sev-bushy-brows-lily-collins-lgn sev-bushy-brows-cara-delevigne-lgn kim k brow   camilla belle brow

Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian and Camilla Belle. These women rock a serious brow.

Bold brows have been popular for some time now. Some women are blessed with them, some women are like me and wonder where their eyebrows went every time they snap a selfie.

Operation “Grow a pair…of eyebrows” is born out of sheer envy of the brows shown above. I am determined to grow some serious eyebrows. However, I don’t want to be walking around with unruly, unkempt, unshaped brows for the next month. So this is for all you ladies out there that have been wanting to regrow those brows but refuse to have weird, unshapely caterpillars living above their eyes. Here are my secrets to growing out your brows without looking like this…

oscar the grouch

 

Alright ladies let’s get started! Pull out the tweezers…wait I thought we were growing our brows out!? We are, but we don’t want to be joining the ranks of good ol’ Oscar while we strive for Delevingne-esque arches. So, like I said, pull out those tweezers and then study this picture:

imagesCAYVXDFV copy

We’ve seen this diagram a million and one times. Which is good, because it’s a good diagram. It tells you exactly where your brow should start, arch and then end. But it doesn’t help you determine how to preserve thickness in your brows. I have updated this timeless diagram with my own additions to help us grow out our brows:

imagesCAYVXDFVIn order to grow out bold, shapely brows we need to preserve as many hairs as we can, but we also need to get rid of hairs that don’t NEED to be there. So we are only going to be plucking stray hairs that are more than 0.5 cm away from our brows. Any hair that falls within 0.5 cm is potentially part of our new brow shape, so we want to save them.

We CAN grow our brows without sporting a dreaded unibrow, and we WILL.

I will be updating you with my brow growth progress here and on Instagram. Thanks for checking out this post! I’d love it if you left a comment!

 

Body Beauty

You cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize and protect your face everyday, sometimes twice a day.Well your body is jealous and it wants some attention too. If you are guilty of neglecting the skin south of your collarbones now is the time to change that. Spring is in the air and the hemlines are coming up and the necklines are going down, so let’s get all of your skin glowing like this…

spot-the-skin-cancer-400x400

Cleanse. I assume that most of us use some sort of soap when we shower or bathe…If you don’t then maybe you should start. Soap is good thing. Use it. Use whatever type of soap that makes you happy. Bar soap, body washes, unscented, scented…blah blah blah. I buy whatever is on sale and smells good, so I don’t have any tried and true recommendations for you.

Exfoliate. Here is some magic. Use that soap with an exfoliating mitt or a loofah. Get rid of all that flaky skin that hangs out around your elbows, knees and ankles. Exfoliating the skin on your body can help heal and prevent bacne or chestne (is that a word?) and it can also help with those annoying bumps that live on the backs of your arms (you know what I’m talking about). Just like exfoliating your face leaves you all soft and glowy, the same will happen for your body. Who doesn’t want some extra glow?

Treat. This tip is for those of us that have body acne, scars, or stretch marks. I am blessed with all of these things. Le sigh. For body acne I use tea tree oil. Just a few drops smeared over the affected area once or twice a day will do the trick. I’ll be doing a post on the wonders of tea tree oil sometime soon! For scars and stretch marks I have used bio oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E cream, regular moisturizers, etc, etc. For fresh cuts and scrapes that you know are going to leave a scar I would suggest coconut oil. I had a really terrible spot of road rash a few years back from falling off a bike. I started putting coconut oil on it immediately. I applied the oil everyday at least twice. After about a month of use you could barely tell that I had slid 4 feet across some gravel. Very impressive. I have yet to find a product that helps with old scars so please leave a comment if you have any product suggestions or tips and tricks! For stretch marks I find that a regular regimen of exfoliating and moisturizing has lessened the appearance of any stretch marks on my body.

Moisturize. Go out to the closest Costco, buy an economy size barrel of body lotion, and apply liberally! Everytime you cleanse and exfoliate your body you should follow up with a moisturizer. This one is my all time fave, I have been using it forever. Moisturizing your skin will help keep it in tip top shape. You will glow. You will be less itchy. Healthy moisturized skin is less susceptible to irritation from your environment…that means less unexplainable rashes. Moisturizing is not just about beauty, it is about your health. HA! No but seriously

Protect. If you are not won over yet by this impressive blog post about the importance of treating the skin on your body just as well as your treat the skin on your face then please, please, please start pay attention to this one thing. PUT ON SUNSCREEN. That is all. This is probably more important than any of the aforementioned tips and tricks (except maybe soap). Sunscreen will not only keep your skin looking younger, longer, it will protect you from sunburns, sun damage and skin cancer. Melanoma is a serious thing and it is completely preventable with a little SPF.

Thanks for dropping in! Please leave a comment with your favourite body beauty tips, tricks or product recommendations. I’d love to hear from you!

Arbonne Intelligence Genius Review

I discovered Arbonne through a friend of mine. She and I have had similar skin issues and she swears that this is the miracle product that saved her skin. Obviously my interest was piqued. I needed to see if this was worth the hype.

Arbonne states that their Intelligence Genius is the perfect addition to your nighttime skincare routine.

The proprietary solution and resurfacing pads work together to reduce the look of dark spots and fine lines for smooth, even-toned, beautiful skin. It’s the perfect addition to your nightly skincare regimen.

They also make the claim that:

In just 2 weeks, 100% of study participants showed Genius improved the appearance of skin moisture, firmness and elasticity.

Arbonne Intelligence Genius contains 3 different types of retinoids as the active ingredient.

I’ve tested this product out for over a month now, and I feel I can give an unbiased review based on my results.

Here is what that little magic potion looks like…
4317.lg

If you have read my previous skin update you already know that I love this product…But now I get to tell you why I love, what would make it better and why some people might pass on the product.

The good. This product works. ‘nough said. After 30 days of using this product I agree 100% with the claims made by Arbonne. The hyperpigmentation left behind from my acne has started to fade, my skin feels moisturized, I have less redness. The combination of this product and my Clarisonic Mia 2 has increased my skin’s ability to absorb moisturizer and treatment products. The only thing that I can’t really lay claim to are those that pertain to  increased firmness or elasticity. I am still quite young so I don’t have a problem with either of those at this point.

The bad. Arbonne products can be a bit on the expensive side. This product rings in at $110. For some women with minor skin flaws it might not be worth it to spend this much money on a skincare product. However for women with acne or significant skin problems $110 on a product that works is completely worth it. I know that I have spent 10 times that amount on products that didn’t work. Also, women with sensitive skin might find this product quite strong on their skin. Retinol, or retinoids, can irritate the skin if they are used without due care. Those with sensitive skin may only want to use this product two or three times a week as opposed to those with oily skin types who could use this product every night.

The final verdict. I think this product is totally worth it. It has worked for me over the past 30 days and I can’t wait to see what my results are going to be over the next 30 days.

If your interested in trying Arbonne’s Intelligence Genius or any Arbonne products here is the link. 
Thanks for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! Please leave a comment below. xo
(more…)

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

The Clarisonic Mia 2 revolutionizes skin care via facial sonic cleansing. Woah! Science!

The Clarisonic website states:

Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.

Clarisonic-Mia2

This baby rings in at approx $180CAD. For that pretty penny you get a sonic cleansing device that has two  speeds (universal and delicate), a one minute timer that pulses to let you know to switch areas on your face, an extra brush head (and the option of buying different types of brush heads), and a two year warranty. So the question remains…is it worth it?

I’ve been using my Mia 2 for over 30 days now so I feel as though I can offer a well rounded review without any “honeymoon state” bias.

The good. The Mia 2 is easy to use and only takes 1 minute of your time. It cleanses your skin like crazy good! I usually use an oil cleanser to take off any makeup first and then I apply a gentle, soap free cleanser to my face. Then I use the Mia 2 and go over my whole face for 1 minute. After I use it my skin feels amazing. My face feels so clean and so smooth. I feel like it really does live up to it’s claims, my moisturizer and targeted treatments really feel as though they are sinking in to my skin after using the Mia 2. My other skin care products no longer “sit” on top of my skin anymore.

The bad. This sucker is expensive. It’s about $180CAD for the Mia 2. There is a cheaper option but it doesn’t have the handy timer that tells you when to move it to a new part of your face. I have put off buying the Mia 2 for over a year because of the price. It’s hard to spend $180CAD on one item to cleanse your face. I know a lot of people would feel a bit guilty about spending this much money.

The final verdict. The Clarisonic Mia 2 is worth it for me. I love it. I am in love with it. It has changed my skin completely. However, this product is not for everyone. If you have dry, sensitive skin this might be overwhelming for your complexion. But if you’re like me and you have problematic skin in any way, shape or form I would encourage you to check this bad boy out. Your skin will thank you.

Do you have any experience with the Clarisonic or other skin cleansing brushes? Let me know in the comments! 

march 2014 skin update

faceupdate-20.03.14

 

Thirty days ago I started a new skin care regimen. I had been suffering from a breakout that was getting progressively worse over the previous 6 months. I was frustrated. I was desperate. I just wanted something to work! 

I decided to throw out all of my “traditional” acne treatments. No more benzoyl peroxide, no more salicylic acid, no acne cleansers…if it targeted acne-prone skin, I stopped putting it on my face. 

Enter a whole new cleansing routine and a key anti-aging ingredient! 

I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Clarisonic Mia 2 and Arbonne Intelligence Genius. This dynamic duo has changed my skin completely! I’ll be doing in-depth reviews on each of these products very soon. 

Here are some up close and personal pictures of my bare skin today…
those with sensitive stomachs should tread carefully

DSC00399
DSC00398DSC00397

My skin has come a long way in a month. You can see how it used to look here and here. I have less than 5 actual pimples and much of my redness is reduced. Even though the condition of my skin has improved tenfold it still has a long way to go before it’s “normal”. I have hyperpigmentation left over from healing pimples. I also have a few pitted scars.

The Clarisonic and the Arbonne Intelligence Genius have improved all aspects of my skin. I no longer have random dry patches around my mouth and on my nose. The texture of my skin is much smoother. The redness has also decreased. Since beginning this new skin care regimen the hyperpigmentation and scarring that I already had has decreased slightly. I’ve also noticed that any fresh breakouts are healing faster and are not leaving any noticeable hyperpigmentation or scars. 

I finally have hope that one day I’m going to wake up and look in the mirror and see “normal” skin! Even though I’m not there yet, I haven’t felt this hopeful in about a year. It’s a good feeling! 

If you have any questions or advice regarding skin care or acne please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you. Thanks again for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! xo

navy baby

 

I have a quick post today on a the makeup that I wore for my birthday a few days ago. I went for a dramatic eye look featuring a beautiful shimmering blue shadow that I am in LOVE with!

DSC00345DSC00344

This look is very simple to do and if you want to find out how I did it keep reading!

I used two different palettes to achieve this look the Tarte NeutralEYES Natural Eyes Palette and the Sleek Makeup i-Divine in Oh So Special. 

tarte_neutraleyes002

96022511-1_3704

  1. I started with an eye primer.
  2. I used the matte navy eyeshadow from the Tarte palette to line the upper lash line and create a slightly winged shape at the outer corner. I then blended this until I was happy with how it looked.
  3. I used a matte mauve shade from the Sleek palette (bottom row, second in from the right side) and blended into my crease.
  4. I blended the two matte shades (mauve and blue) together until it looked seamless.
  5. I patted a shimmery navy blue from the Sleek palette (top row, second in from the right side) over the matte navy shadow. I then blended the edges of the shimmer so that it faded into the matte mauve colour.
  6. I used that same shimmery blue colour to line the outer 2/3 of my lower lashline.
  7. I used a black gel liner to create a thin line on my upper lashline.
  8. I used a pair of strip lashes to add thickness and length to my natural lashes.
  9. I coated my bottom lashes with 3 coats of mascara.

I was really pleased with how this eye look turned out! If you like this kind of look let me know in comments. I love reading feedback from you!