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Check Yo Self–When Breakdancing Causes Breakouts

What do the Windmill, the Head Slide, the Buddha Spin, the Deadman Float and the Worm have in common? They can all make you breakout. Dust and dirt settle on moist skin.  When pores become blocked, bacteria starts to grow in numbers like Bboys heading to The Sugarhill Gang show. Your body fights back by sending white blood cells to these pores. The result in inflammation. Friction is another contributor to acne. Tight fitting shirts emblazed with unicorns, hot pink bras and 80’s spandex shorts provoke acne (there goes my wardrobe). So how can you look fly the next time you want to do the Running Man?

Things Fall Apart

Don’t let things fall apart! Wash that face with salicylic acid when you get home. Salicylic acid softens keratin (a skin protein) and helps remove dead skin cells. Ditching dead skin is bueno. It allows you skin to breathe; therefore, helps you kill acne-causing bacteria. Products such as Philosophy’s Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Cleanser contain salicylic acid and get bonus points for having a really positive name. If you skin dries out from a cleanser with salicylic acid, reduce your weekly applications. Pretty simple. The only thing that should look like a reptile is your Snake move.

Ridin’ Dirty

Before drifting off to slumberland, wash yo self! Do not come home and make yourself a ham sandwich then fall asleep all dirty (btw-ham sandwich has no sexual connotations). Break out Neutrogena’s Body Clear. You can find it almost anywhere that carries ham and bread. The trick to helping out your skin is using a dry towel. Moist towels won’t dry you off properly and they can become bacteria farms if you don’t wash them often. Changing out your sheets and pillowcases frequently will also reduce your body’s exposure to bacteria.

All Eyez On Me

Everyone wants to look good when they go out. However, you will be inviting bacteria back home with you if you wear super tight clothing to the club. Jeans, t-shirts, tank tops—do what you gotta do to look good but wear clothes that will breathe. A good test is to ask yourself if your outfit would inspire your mother to tell you should you should dress more like a lady. If the answer is yes, you’re good to go.  Go change into something looser if the answer is no. Prevent acne from popping up under your bra by washing it after you go out. If your bra is too tight, you need to find one that fits. Have a professional measure your bra size the next time you go shopping. You never know. You could wind up going from a C to a D. Awesome bras.

Raising Hell

Everyone’s gotta go out from time to time and raise some hell, but don’t take your skin with you. Actually, please bring your skin with you but resurrect your pores by taking care of yo self.

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What Haiku Can Teach Us About Eyeliner

The short night

on the hairy caterpillar

beads of dew. – Yosa Buson

If you’ve had a short night (passing out on the couch after work) or long night (gallivanting around town), make sure that you wash and DRY your face properly before shellacking another coat of eyeliner. Those of you who are using an eyeliner at your waterline (inner eye rim), make one clean pass. Don’t go back and forth like it’s a coloring book. You can also use Buxom Insider Eyeliner, which is specially formulated (contains antioxidants and vitamins) and has a velvety tip to prevent eye irritation.

Just simply alive,
Both of us, I
And the poppy. – Kobayashi Issa

I had my doubts about MAC’s Eye Kohl Hot Poppy until I tried it. Its red tint gave some depth to my hazel eyes. Blue eyes look really remarkable with red eyeliner. While I know it’s dramatic, you can line the top with any red eyeliner for a very chic look. Notice, I suggested using it on the top. If you go nuts with red eyeliner on the bottom of your eye, you’re going to look like the queen of the zombie ball.

Thus spring begins: old
stupidities repeated,
new errs invented – Kobayashi Issa

Every spring-cleaning, I make the mistake of throwing out my trusty eyeliners and starting fresh with trendier ones. Every spring, I realize I’ve burnt bridges and go back to buying my favorite brands. If you get the bug to clean out your makeup, make sure you save the old eyeliners before you’ve fallen in love with a new brand. You may even need a couple of days of practice with the new eyeliner to completely switch over. Don’t rush yourself. A bare-chested snail doesn’t hurry over a lotus leaf (Haiku reference).

All my friends
viewing the moon –
an ugly bunch – Matsu Basho

This is actually a pretty mean haiku, and I was surprised those exist. However, use a good all day eyeliner or you could wind up a member of the ugly bunch. I suggest Stila Waterproof Eyeliner. It is simply impenetrable. This eyeliner creates a dark barrier around the eye that keeps it smudge proof all day long. In fact, you’ll have to cry over a lost love while zooming across the Bay in a rocket boat before you’ll do any damage to your makeup. Haiku has a lot to teach us about makeup and life. If you are able to apply your eyeliner with the same type of focus as a caterpillar climbing a dewy leaf under a full moon than you’ve got a chance for fabulous eyes.

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Live Like A Dude

It’s almost unimaginable that you might want to steal your boyfriend’s cosmetic products. However, next to the Irish Spring 4 oz-pack of 20 soaps lies his best beauty secret. RAW COMPLEX VI Hydrating Serum is for men. There is no way of getting around that, but the antioxidants in the product don’t know what gender of skin they protect and heal.

This hydrating serum consists of a skin soothing sangria of seawater, plant derived nutrients and wine. Furthermore, those who tend to wake up with skin that looks like a used fast food napkin (oily) can slather on the serum without worrying about breakouts. The serum will also protect the skin’s cellular structure from free radicals. No, free radicals aren’t a protest group from Berkeley. Free radicals are a group of unbalanced atoms that damage cell membranes. Pollution creates free radicals. Cigarette smoke creates free radicals.  Living creates free radicals! The last statement just means that free radicals are part of the natural aging process. Vive la revolution! Fight free radicals.

It’s important to use the serum after cleansing, but before furiously applying foundation in order to look “naturally beautiful” when he wakes up. Take him up on his offer the next time he suggests sleeping at his place.

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It’s Vitamin C Time and I Don’t Mean a Mimosa

If your skin could order at a bar, it would get an orange juice and not the lemon drop martini you want to drink. According to an article by WebMD.com, vitamin C reverses skin damage caused by aging and sun exposure. Vitamin C helps speed up your skin’s repair system. It’s like taking care of a car. The more care you put in, the longer it will properly run. Guess what? That car is your skin and you want it to run for a long time.

While you could sit there watching The Bachelor and chugging orange juice, there is a more effective way to get vitamin C to your skin. iS CLINICAL makes a PRO-HEAL SERUM that is loaded with vitamins C, E and A. This serum is perfect for those inflicted with rosacea, acne, skin inflammation and dermatitis. Use a small amount of the serum and within 48 hours your skin regains whatever architecture it lost from inflammation. In addition, the serum protects the skin from whatever sun damage it might get when you are drinking your mimosa at brunch.

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Perricone MD Cleansing Bar=Makes Bad Things Go Away

Sun has been streaming through your windows for hours. Outside, people are standing in long lines to eat whatever is on the brunch menu. You’ve just woken up after turning you cell phone’s snooze off after the tenth time. You stagger over to the mirror in the bathroom. The reflection is not you own. It’s some poorly costumed hobo you might see from a community theatre production. Time to take action.

Cosmetics do more than just look bad in the morning. According to an Allure Magazine article, makeup holds on to pollution. As you dream about that guy from the bar, your cells break down from an assault by free radicals. The result is like pressing fast forward on the aging process. The best thing to do before heading out for a mimosa is to stop this cellular warfare.

Cleansing the skin removes dirt and makes everything feel like you didn’t take that Jager shot. Perricone MD Cleansing Bar cleanses and exfoliates pores without drying out your face. The last thing you need is to dehydrate your skin after a night out with the girls. This cleansing bar is ok to use for all skin types. Furthermore, it softens wrinkles over time. If for some weird reason, you don’t have any wrinkles then you can use the bar as a preventative measure. While Perricone MD Cleansing Bar is more expensive than a drugstore generic cleanser, your skin is worth it because you have to wear it everyday.

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