Beyond Black & White » Skin Care http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:58:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Beauty Round Up: Aerosol Foundation, 2FroChics, and Vitamin C Serum for Smooth Skin http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/beauty-round-up-aerosol-foundation-2frochics-and-vitamin-c-serum-for-smooth-skin/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/beauty-round-up-aerosol-foundation-2frochics-and-vitamin-c-serum-for-smooth-skin/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:51:29 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37286 I love the look of airbrushed makeup, but not all the maintenance it takes to keep it up. You have to keep the reservoir clean, maintain the hoses, mix the colors and is cumbersome to store. You can’t take it with you and touching up means you have to pull everything out and must be […]

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I love the look of airbrushed makeup, but not all the maintenance it takes to keep it up. You have to keep the reservoir clean, maintain the hoses, mix the colors and is cumbersome to store. You can’t take it with you and touching up means you have to pull everything out and must be cleaned after each use. That’s why when I discovered¬†Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation in Mocha 600.

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I love how light and airy it is, and eliminated the need for a primer. It gives a smooth finish, mattifies, and reduces the appearance of pores, and evens skin tone. Those are the pros.

Here are the cons.

It get everywhere if you don’t aim right. Check out how I manage it.

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But the results are pretty great.

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What’s the Deal with All the Vitamin C Serums?

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I’ve been seeing the proliferation of Vitamin C serums as of late, and I have to admit they show amazing promise for aging skin–both as a powerful antioxidant and collagen boosting agent. I own two separate kinds, and it’s been a couple weeks and I love how clear, soft and supple my skin has looked. Here’s a photo I took just tonight after my nighttime skin care regimen.

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Not bad for (almost 42, huh?)

But the writer in me has been curious about what the experts were saying. The most reliable source I’ve found to drill pass all the full, pretty bottles and BS is best selling author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me, author, Paula Begoun.

It’s important to mention that vitamin C forms are effective in lower concentrations, so don’t get caught up in the belief that only higher strengths are beneficial for skin. Research has shown that concentrations as low 0.6% provide antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to skin (Skin Research and Technology, 2008). Depending on your concerns, you may do just fine using a regular-strength vitamin C product, especially is said product also contains a range of great ingredients to smooth, repair, and replenish skin.

Without question, vitamin C is a powerful tool in your anti-aging arsenal. For best results, use it strategically and as part of a routine that includes a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen plus irritant-free products that contain a skin-pleasing mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing agents, and cell-communicating ingredients. [SOURCE]

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Orange (Makeup) Is the New Black: Quick Skin Prep, Tutorial and Products to Try http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/orange-makeup-is-the-new-black-quick-skin-prep-tutorial-and-products-to-try/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/orange-makeup-is-the-new-black-quick-skin-prep-tutorial-and-products-to-try/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:39:41 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=36880 I absolutely love spring! It’s time to break out the flirty and feminine dresses, and get colorful with the makeup. The theme for today is orange, with a little bit of brown and a touch of copper…   Before you apply…prep your skin!! Your face is the palette, so make sure it’s in the best […]

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I absolutely love spring! It’s time to break out the flirty and feminine dresses, and get colorful with the makeup. The theme for today is orange, with a little bit of brown and a touch of copper…

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Before you apply…prep your skin!! Your face is the palette, so make sure it’s in the best condition as possible. Clean skin keeps the skin looking smooth and reduces the appearance of large pores. For day use, I’m really liking the products I discovered from Limelight. The ingredients are high-quality and organic and is marketed towards makeup artists, but you can buy the items as a consumer too. You know what I love? The prices are dramatically cheaper because you’re not paying for fancy packaging and Sephora shelf space. I absolutely love this stuff for my daytime makeup prep.

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One my eyes, I’m wearing The Eye Pigment Primatif by Kevyn Aucoin in TITAN. Omg…this is such an amazing everyday shadow. It provides just a little shimmer.

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Also on my lower lid I have a orange/copper color from MAKE UP FOREVER that’s used for either a blush or shadow. The color is CORAL.

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I’m wearing TIMELESS, a lipstick also by Kevyn Aucion.

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For my cheeks, I’m wearing HOT FLUSH, which is more of a copper.

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Check out the tutorial!

 

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BB Creams For Brown Girls http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/bb-creams-brown-girls/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/bb-creams-brown-girls/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:42:03 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=32904   Hello Brown Beauties! BB Creams or beauty balms have become very popular in the last few years and now every major beauty brand carries some sort of variation of the¬†cream. It’s supposedly not as heavy as traditional foundation and¬† promises to cover imperfections in a more realistic¬†manner.¬†As we all know, the beauty industry doesn’t […]

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Hello Brown Beauties! BB Creams or beauty balms have become very popular in the last few years and now every major beauty brand carries some sort of variation of the¬†cream. It’s supposedly not as heavy as traditional foundation and¬† promises to cover imperfections in a more realistic¬†manner.¬†As we all know, the beauty industry doesn’t always cater to women with darker complexions. I know firsthand what it’s like to try a medium/brown foundation or bb cream and it leave my skin looking pale and ashy, not complimenting or blending into my skin at all. Out of the three BB creams listed, I have personally tried number 1 and number 2. The third one I added to the list after researching and finding it on many brown skinned ladies go-to list of bb creams.¬†Check out my recommendations below, enjoy!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is a winner because of price point, convenience and performance. The fact that you don’t have to go to the mall or specialty store to pick it up really makes it an awesome choice. It blends into skin instantly and creates great coverage without looking overly made-up.¬†My only caveat is that it can be a bit greasy, so I would recommend using a pressed powder to set it. Other than that, it’s a¬†solid bb cream for an awesome¬†price!

Sorme Skin Perfecting BB Cream is another bb cream that blends nicely with most darker skin tones. I came across this brand¬†through a beauty subscription¬†box and I have been raving about¬†it ever since. Even though it¬† plainly says bb cream on the label, this product performs like a foundation. My skin had flawless coverage and felt very moisturized and looked youthful.¬† Sorme’s cream includes argon oil, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, aloe and chamomile to help sensitive skin and calm redness.¬†The price is a bit higher than drugstore brands but I believe that it’s worth it.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is the most expensive of all the bb creams, but boast a 4 star rating on Amazon and Ulta. It also made it to the top of several brown beauties top bb cream picks. It has 35 SPF and promises to minimize shine without a chalky finish and guarantees to improve the moisture of your skin within 4 weeks! The verdict is still out for me as I have yet to try this one, but I will definitely be picking it up soon.

Do you have any other brands that you’d like to add to the list? I’d love to hear from you and get recommendations so I can try them!

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Emerald Lavender is a freelance fashion, beauty and interior design writer with over 5 years of experience writing for magazines, brands and websites. Check out her blissful and bubbly blog at Pink Balloons For Lunch!

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Five 100% Natural Beauty Products that Work 100% of the Time http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/seven-100-natural-beauty-product-work-100-time/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/seven-100-natural-beauty-product-work-100-time/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:48:00 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31185 I’m proud to say that the majority of the things I put into my body is natural and organic, but I can’t say the same thing about what goes on my body. While I try to stay away for synthetic chemicals and potentially harmful preservatives, much of my beauty regimen come from “science magicians.” This […]

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I’m proud to say that the majority of the things I put into my body is natural and organic, but I can’t say the same thing about what goes on my body. While I try to stay away for synthetic chemicals and potentially harmful preservatives, much of my beauty regimen come from “science magicians.” This is due in part to the idea that I still can’t really believe that all-natural, organic products can really work effectively on my aging, almost 41-year-old skin. Because I am nearly fanatical and vain about keeping my skin looking vibrant and youthful, I use the most effective formulas, regardless of whether they are natural/organic or not.

But lately I’ve been rethinking on how quickly I’ve been dismissing natural products, because some of the companies that are pitching me for reviews have some pretty effective offerings. Here’s a list of organic items I received for review, but like enough to buy on my own dime once the container is empty. As you all know, I recommend nothing on this blog that I have not seen, touched, or used myself. It’s just how I roll.

Organic Doctor Snail Gel and Hydrating Radiance Elixer

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Okay…snail gel. When I first heard of this I was kind of…grossed out. I mean, I’m a gardener and snail in my life is¬†usually a no-no. I also am not a fan of eating them, I tried them once at a French restaurant in Chicago and never, EVER again. They are just disgusting. But apparently there’s a substance that these slimy critters secrete that contributes to anti-aging. So why snail gel, exactly? “The mucus contains¬†proteins, glycolic acids, allantoin, hyaluronic acid and elastin intended help with regeneration and repair of snails‚Äô membranes and shells,: says an article published in the Daily Mail, highlighting celebrities that swear by the stuff. MY TAKE: I like it, and would spend my dollars for it, because after application I noticed a marked decrease in large pores around my cheeks. I’m applying at night before my nightly moisturizers. It makes my skin feel slightly tight, probably an effect of the ingredients-¬†Glycolic Acid, Collagen, Elastin, Allantoin, Vitamins and Minerals. However there’s some concern that the clear jar is an unstable housing unit for the active ingredients and might lose it’s efficacy over time. Probably best to store in a cool, dry place.¬†

For the Pool: Swim Spray

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Chlorine is super drying for our kinks and curls, and the sooner we get it out, the less chance our hair will be dry and smelling of community pool. Swim spray basically liquid Vitamin C and water. It’s a great antioxidant and neutralizer for chlorine and can be used on both the hair and skin. The summary: “If you smell like chlorine, that’s because you are still covered in chlorine.SwimSpray neutralizes chlorine after swimming.For your hair & skin100% natural Vitamin CFragrance-freeUse SwimSpray after swimming with your favorite shampoo, soap, or body wash. You will notice that you do not smell like chlorine the very first time that you use it.” However, ¬†the spray doesn’t really work for sun and chlorine protection before you enter the pool, which would have been kind of cool. The items says it’s fragrance free, but if you leave the solution on your hair without following up with shampoo gives off a somewhat metallic smell.

sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

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I’ve writing about this amazing product before, but it bears repeating. Sea buckthorn oil i¬†a bushy Eurasian shrub or small tree that typically grows on sandy coasts. It bears orange berries, and some plants are spiny. The berries are full of omega 7 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E, which really work to enhance the skin and loosen tackles in your hair. Sibu is a bottle with doppler that can be added to just about hair, body or skin product. I use it after I do my steam facials and after I wash my hair. Add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner–you’ll be pretty amazed.

Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Ucuuba Restructuring Hair Mask

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The formulation is for curly and brittle hair, and is 99% natural (close enough!). I using this as a bimonthly deep conditioning moisturizing and protein treatment. The essential oils and nut butters work wonderfully on my kinks and curls. Because it’s all natural, the smell of the conditioner –mildly medicinal–isn’t the best, but I’m in it for the results, not whether or not it smells like apple blossoms and berries. Consistency is on the mid-range…not runny, but not ultra thick, so those with thick hair or long hair will have to use quite a bit, because I recommend you distribute for root to tip for optimal results.

Valentina’s Home Sunny Outlook Natural Body Mist

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What, you didn’t know body mists were a thing? During the hot and dry summer days, I find myself sprinting quit often to rehydrate my skin and get a dose of mandarin orange, lemon and ginger. I really like this formulation because it contains vegetable glycerin, which combined with water rehydrates curly hair, boosts the curls, and leaves my hair smelling amazing. On the flip, the glycerin can feel a bit sticky and greasy on the skin, so it’s best to use as an after-shower spray to help seal in moisture while leaving you smelling amazing.

 

 

 

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Lupita Graces Her First Lancome Ad… Take a Look! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/lupita-graces-first-lancome-ad-take-look/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/lupita-graces-first-lancome-ad-take-look/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:05:27 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31308 I’ m buying what Lupita is selling and I don’t even wear make-up, but I’ll make an exception.¬†Lanc√īme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation is one of the most diverse products on the market. Check out the Academy Award winner’s first Lancome ad for a dose of one stunning black girl giving proper face to the […]

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I’ m buying what Lupita is selling and I don’t even wear make-up, but I’ll make an exception.¬†Lanc√īme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation is one of the most diverse products on the market. Check out the Academy Award winner’s first Lancome ad for a dose of one stunning black girl giving proper face to the masses.

 

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Check out the entire line of products here.

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Does Your Face Look Good Naked? Three Natural Products that Should Be On Your Skincare Radar http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/face-look-good-naked-three-natural-products-skincare-radar/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/face-look-good-naked-three-natural-products-skincare-radar/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:37:51 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=30861 Just finished an all-natural facial. This photo is untouched and unedited. As you can see, I’m kinda sleepy. This is right before my bedtime. That’s my skin after an all-natural beauty routine that helps keep my skin bright, evenly toned, and appear almost pore less. At almost 41, I’m committed to looking my best self […]

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Just finished an all-natural facial. This photo is untouched and unedited. As you can see, I’m kinda sleepy. This is right before my bedtime.

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That’s my skin after an all-natural beauty routine that helps keep my skin bright, evenly toned, and appear almost pore less. At almost 41, I’m committed to looking my best self through taking care of my skin, inside and out. That means healthy eating, exercise, and quality products.

Once a week after I cleanse, I use a made-for-home facial steamer, which helps open my pores for deeper cleaning and allows the treatment products to penetrate. This is why professionals always use steam during facials.

I’ve stopped getting professional facials at the spa because I simply could not justify the high costs of treatments when I can purchase the same products and instruments and do it myself for a fraction of the cost.

With the average facial costing me about $150, I decided that purchasing a home steamer was a much more cost effective choice. Steam is a natural conduit to detoxify and cleanse the skin it also allows for easier extraction of black heads and white heads. The up-front cost for the Rejuvamist steamer is a little more than $100, but I’m now able to afford a professional-style facial once a week instead of once every other month.

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How I use the steamer: After I wash my face and while it is still wet, I go under the steamer for a few minutes until my skin feels warm, moist and pliable. Then I apply an exfoliating product. One of my favorites is the Eminence Organics Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel and the Radish Seed Refining Peel. I was introduced to both these products while getting a facial at exclusive spas in Southern California. Both of these formulas are 100% organic, using natural ingredients to gently exfoliate my skin and prevent acne, which I still get if I don’t constantly slough off dead skin.

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And finally, I sealed in the moisture and added some antioxidants and essential fatty acids to my skin with Sibu Sea Buckthorn Oil. This product has been widely reviewed. Just take a look at the raves on Makeup Alley. Women suffering from acne are swearing by it. The oil moisturizes without feeling greasy, and it feels as if it penetrates the skin rather than just laying on top.

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All in all, for a little more upfront than the average cost of a facial at a spa, I’m able to give myself facials once a week. As you can see, my signs of aging are minimal.

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