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e.l.f. Beauty Shield SPF 50 Skin Shielding Moisturizer Review

When I saw this product I wasn’t quite sure as to what the heck it actually is, besides a really good SPF moisturizer, but since I have had fairly good luck with other elf products and the sun protection content was so high, I decided to try it out. What I like about e.l.f. products is that they are priced affordable for everyday women, they do not test on animals and although the company’s products are affordable, they aren’t el cheapo with their products, what more could you ask for.

The company claims that this moisturizer  provides lightweight hydration for a luminous looking complexion that’s makeup ready. It’s universal tint blends with a range of skin tones, formulated with broad spectrum UVA/UVB (SPF 50) and key antioxidants. It states that it is antioxidant enriched, helps to protect against environmental aggressors and is formulated without parabens, sulfates,phthaltes or alcohol, none of which are friendly to our skin.

Like nearly every other facial product, the Beauty Shield directions say to shake well before using and to apply to clean, dry face.

The Beauty Shield is a 1.69 ounce bottle and will cost you about $12.00 at Rite Aid, the bottle is a pump to make dispensing much easier. The only thing that made me hesitant to try this moisturizer was the fact that it is tinted, I mean face it if you’re like me then every time that you get any universal tinted anything, the color is orange, pink, gray or cocoa brown! What are the chances that you get a color that everyone can wear that is perfect for your skin color, in my experience the chances are probably one in a zillion!

PROS:  Don’t worry about the universal tint because there really isn’t much of a tint at all. The moisturizer goes on smoothly and it does seem to luminate skin. I have found that the Beauty Shield leaves a great canvas for your foundation, it really does. Always a huge PRO in my book is the SPF and that it’s 50 none the less! As always with e.l.f. the price can’t be beat, even the no name generic brands of JUST SPF 50 creams for the face are far more expensive than this and I don’t know about you but many of those irritate my skin anyway!

CONS:  If I HAD TO come up with a con for the e.l.f. Beauty Shield it would be that it felt a wee bit greasy on my fingers when it came out of the pump and I did shake it well before dispensing, however it did not feel awfully greasy on my face.

BOTTOM LINE: Ladies, this one is a real winner, not just for the SPF protection but for the fact that it is a great facial primer too. Well worth every penny.


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If You Really Want to Get Rid of Fine Lines and Reduce Wrinkles Try This, It Works

I’ve come to realize that there is no ONE PRODUCT that will really get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, unless of course you can afford relaxers and fillers or plastic surgery! I have tried product after product after product and on their own they just don’t cut it, out of sheer desperation I began to experiment. Women spend billions globally on anti aging products, that’s right I said billions and what do we get for spending our hard earned money not a damned thing. I have experimented with so many different anti aging products that it’s a miracle that my face hasn’t fallen off!

Now if you really want to get rid of your fine lines and start to see a reduction in wrinkles then you need to begin to use this regimen, however if you expect to use it one time and then look at your face in the mirror and look to be 16 again, don’t bother. I have learned that you need patience and persistence, if you can’t follow the regime every day then you won’t see drastic results. I guess the question is how badly do you want to get rid of the fine lines and begin to see a good reduction in wrinkles.

First thing in the morning: After washing your face and drying it apply No7 Line Correcting Booster Serum to your face, paying special attention to the areas where fine lines/wrinkles are the worst. Allow the serum to soak in and follow with No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multiaction Serum and allow that to soak in a bit. After that be sure to apply Bliss Drench & Quench moisturizer to your face. Now I know this seems like a lot but trust me it will pay off for the work, I follow this with SPF ALWAYS, any good SPF will do, I personally use the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer (Broad Spectrum SPF 30), but any good one will keep your face from any further sun damage leading to further wrinkles.

At night before going to bed: Wash your face really good being sure to remove all makeup and face products and be sure your face is dry. Apply the No7 Line Correcting Booster Serum, again paying special attention to the areas where the fine lines and wrinkles are the worst. Follow with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream but don’t just slop it on your face, massage it into the skin, the longer you massage it in the better. After allowing the products to soak into your face good apply the Bliss Drench & Quench moisturizer.

If you’d rather reverse the morning and evening regimen that will work just as well, I put the No7 Restore & Renew on in the day because I can’t stand the smell of it on my face all night and sometimes put foundation over it in the day so as to mask some of the smell. Either way works just as good and while it may seem like a lot of products and a lot of work, isn’t it worth it to actually get results? You try this for two weeks and I’m telling you when you look in the mirror you will be floored by the results, you will see results after a few days but after two weeks you’ll be amazed and have to see if for yourself to believe it.

Tips To Remember: If you’re one of those people that thrashes around all night long tossing and turning every stinking hour then remember, if you keep turning your head on the pillow then you will likely wipe a lot of the products off of your face. I know that there aren’t many people that can stay in a reclining position all night long either. Remember that a silk pillowcase will help, believe it or not the run of the mill, cheap pillowcases make wrinkles worse, it’s true!  It’s worth investing in some good silk pillowcases to keep your face from further damage.The less you toss and turn the better too.

I know that you’re probably reading this saying that this is crazy to use all of these facial products on ones face when one or two are so much easier, well let me tell you this beauty never comes easy you know that, look at what women go through to “get their faces on”, to get their hair perfect. I would have to say that as inconvenient as it may be, it’s worth every minute of your time and every dime spent on these products, used alone they may not do what they promise but when used together look out, YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY, positively see results! Invest the time and money ASAP and then please let me know what you think after two weeks of use.


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No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multiaction Serum Review

Okay ladies I’m sure you’ve read about this serum, at least most of you have because it’s flying off of the shelves, in many stores faster than they can restock it! It’s Boots N07 ‘s latest product that promises younger looking skin in two weeks, wrinkles reduced,skin will be smoother and less crepey , skin tone will be clearer and lines visibly reduced. The tube I got is 1 ounce and I paid about $35.00.

Pros:  I know that claims for the serum say that you’ll see results in two weeks but I am here to tell you that I saw results the very next day after the first night I tried it! I used the No7 line correcting booster serum followed by this restore & renew serum and topped it off with the Bliss Drench -n- Quench moisturizer, that’s it. I don’t know if it was only this serum or the combination but let me tell you, I saw better results with this combination after one use than any others thus far! Biggest pro, it absolutely works!

Cons:  The serum is a bit high in price for women that really can’t afford to spend the money but in all fairness the majority of competitors are priced higher and don’t work at all. I am not crazy about the smell of the serum and that is my own main complaint, those of you that use their mask will recognize the smell immediately because it smells identical. It isn’t offensive per se but I just don’t care for it but honestly it’s a small price to pay just for the fact that it does work, and it does.

Bottom Line:  Ladies run don’t walk and get this serum and give it a try, I am astonished by the results, truly astonished and you know that I don’t loosely rate any beauty products, in fact there are more duds than winners! Get it, try it, stick with it because I am on day 6 now and I am floored with the results, any serum that shows any real improvement overnight is one that is absolutely a keeper!


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Salon Hair On A Budget…………….

It’s ridiculous how much salons charge just for a wash and style while all the time trying to sell you their super expensive hair products, that’s right you know exactly what I’m talking about because we’ve all been there. Personally I am a die hard Paul Mitchell but I won’t use just one particular shampoo permanently, it’s been recommended that you switch off every few weeks to months to a different shampoo. I take my hair as serious as my makeup, face it you can have your makeup look so good a makeup artist could have applied it for you, but can you imagine a perfect face and your hair so ratted up it stands 6 inches above your face? Yeah they are wearing all kinds of odd styles now days but you get the picture, I want my hair to look good, smell good and I want it to shine like glass and don’t want to have to use 85 products in addition to washing to get it!

My go to shampoo when not using Paul Mitchell’s is every salons best kept not so secret, Suave Rosemary Mint Shampoo. You wont believe the shine your hair will have from this shampoo, it smells nice too even though there are a few people out there that don’t care for the smell of rosemary. If your hair is dry you will immediately notice that your hair is softer and the best news of all, this shampoo wont break the bank! For $3.00 or less you can get the 12.6 oz bottle and for less than $5.00 you can get a set of the shampoo and conditioner which are 18 ounce each, if you want bigger there is a 28 oz bottle for less than $4.00.

This is a definite winner if you want a great shampoo and don’t want to spend a fortune for it.



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Posted by on April 8, 2019 in Makeup & Beauty Mania


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PreparationH As Part Of Your Beauty Treatments? Think Twice!

Believe me when I tell you that I am as desperate as the next aging lady out there to punch father time in the face as he tries to shrivel my face up even more, marking it up with lines to the point that I look like a road map, no way, he’ll have to take me kicking and screaming all the way! I know all about the anti-aging/anti-wrinkle products out there and how much money we spend buying them, hoping against hope that they really work, sadly the majority don’t. All of my life I have heard various women ( mostly older women ) claim that PreparationH works on wrinkles and facial lines, who would have thought.

Here’s the problem though, PrepH used to be made with a different ingredient than it is now, here in the U.S. the formula is made with Phenylephrine instead of the Bio-Dyne it used to be made with. Translated it basically means that many moons ago before they changed the formula that would make a difference on lines and wrinkles, not so much now. I’m sure that some people think that if it’s good enough for their arses, it’s good enough for their faces, wrong!

I don’t want to be crass here but think about it, Summer’s Eve feminine washes are good enough for your southern regions but are you going to wash your face or hair with those washes? Or would you use a hair fragrance spray as a breath freshener? Some products are only good for what they are labeled for and to use them in any other way may well do more harm than good. When you educate yourself on the negatives of using PrepH on your face  you’ll think twice, also God forbid someone uses it under their eyes and gets it in their eyes!

No one wants to combat the signs of aging more than I do but we have to be sensible about it. Please think twice before trying PrepH on your face, I’m completely serious, you might find yourself blind and walking around like you have a head ten times bigger than your body from swelling ( if you use it for any length of time and then stop ). Don’t treat your face the same way as you might treat your rectum!

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Posted by on April 6, 2019 in Makeup & Beauty Mania


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A Cheap Fix For Facial Scars And Crows Feet

Many years ago I was sitting at my desk waiting for an important phone call, when the phone rang I jumped up fast and went to answer it but tripped over a wire on my way and fell into the corner of a wall. I busted open the outer corner of my eye at the base of my temple and ended up having to go to the hospital for stitches, unfortunately for me I lived in a rural area where there were no plastic surgeons and it was stitched up by an ER doctor. The scar was always quite noticeable and embarrassing and nothing I found could hide it,not even the best of concealers. One day while I was at Wal-Mart I noticed a cheap vitamin E stick and since my grandmother always swore by Vitamin E as a great way to combat wrinkles, I figured for $1.00 for a pure Vit. E stick it was worth a try.

The sticks can be found in almost any store and are cheap, they are exactly like a lipstick applicator but you need to make absolutely sure that it’s REAL, PURE Vitamin E. I have been using it on my scar every day for about 3 months and the scar is almost completely gone! I had such great luck with it that I began using it on my crows feet in addition to my usual eye cream and I cannot believe that my crows feet are nearly gone too! My Grandmother always said to use the actual Vitamin E capsules because they are soo much cheaper but they are also messy when you have to puncture each one and they are greasier.

This little stick is a fantastic tool in your arsenal of anti-aging weapons! I went out and bought another one for my lips, it is wonderful and a cheap way to take care of any facial scars or lines and wrinkles. There are dozens of brands and the brand doesn’t matter as long as it contains JUST the pure vitamin E. Also, be careful not to get it too close to the eyes, you wouldn’t want to get it IN them. Sometimes the natural way is the best way and the least expensive way to go to treat scars and wrinkles, this little stick is certainly that.

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Posted by on April 3, 2019 in Makeup & Beauty Mania


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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream Review

Now I know that all of you ladies have heard of the Neutrogena anti-aging/anti-wrinkle creams, for quite some time now the company claims visible results in as little as 1 week. The product information promises to fade the look of deep wrinkles and crows feet, brighten skin and smooth fine lines & texture. While the 1.7 ounce jar costs close to thirty dollars at most places, Sam’s Club has the pack of two jars for thirty nine and change, a much better deal if you are interested in buying it, that is.

Pros:  A pro ( I guess ) is that you may very well feel a tingling after using the cream,my face tingled slightly, my mother who is also testing the cream to see how well it does on even more mature skin than my own, couldn’t try it for more than four days. My skin is moderately sensitive compared to hers, she has extremely sensitive skin. Another pro is that the cream does go a long way, considering it’s only 1.7 oz.

Cons:  While the smell isn’t overpowering, it doesn’t smell pleasant either, it won’t make you vomit but it doesn’t smell nice. My mother (the one with extremely sensitive skin) said it burned the crap out of her face, afterward her face stays scarlet red from the cream burning it too. It made my skin tingle a bit which was fine to me because I figured it must be working, I didn’t look like a walking beet like my mother did but what happens to me every time I use it is that I start getting giant zits! It leaves my face all greasy and I break out and I’m talking so greasy you can actually SEE the grease too! As far as the lines/wrinkles go I can’t honestly give the credit to the Neutrogena R.W.R.R. cream because I faithfully use the Boots N07 Booster Serum which is fabulous and truly does work. Since the Boots works with any product (boosting it’s results) I can’t honestly give the credit to the Neutrogena cream. Considering the fact that it makes me look like I’ve dipped my face in a vat of baby oil and came out greasy and zit faced, I’d have to say that I’m not impressed. I get dramatic results when I pair the Boots N07 serum with a few different products but this one is not one of them.

Bottom Line:  I don’t know ladies, I think that there are several anti-aging/anti-wrinkle products that are far better than this one, unless you have tough skin and WANT to look as if you’ve just reached puberty (not youthful though) and are going to the prom with an acne riddled face after bobbing for apples in a vat of baby oil! Or worse if your skin is super sensitive and you want to look like you lost a fight with a strawberry or beet! May want to opt to use the Boots N07 Booster Serum with a mid grade cream, over this one!

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Posted by on March 23, 2019 in Makeup & Beauty Mania


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