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Friday Fab Finds

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By now I am sure you all know the benefits of wearing sunscreen and harmful results of NOT using it, you know wrinkles, moles, sun spots and cancer. I first became really aware of suns harmful rays during my college days and since then have been using moisturizers with at least SPF35. But recently I cranked up my routine a bit and wear sunscreen after my face cream EVERYDAY, even make my husband wear it, lol. I also specifically buy and wear make up with at least SPF15.

Having acne-prone skin makes it difficult to buy sunscreen, because most tend to be so oily that it causes more breakouts. At the recommendation of my esthetician, I tried the Elta MD UV Clear SPF46 made for acne-prone skin. It’s not too greasy (but it does make skin look a little oily), pea sized amount goes a long way and it never caused a single pimple. The bottle is not too big but it lasts a while; I use it everyday and a bottle lasts me at least five to six months. So, if you are looking for a good sunscreen that won’t make you breakout, try the Elta MD and start enjoying the sunshine again. Happy shopping & TGIF!!

Retailers:
Dermstore
Drugstore

Thursday Treat

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We all know that eating fish in general is good for you. However, Salmon is just amazing. The taste and texture of salmon make it the third most consumed species of seafood in the U.S. Not only does it taste awesome, but Salmon is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body.

 

Glam Salm[on]?
A lot of my recent posts have pertained to hair styling, but how do we get our hair to be healthy? It all starts with a proper diet. We’ve heard all the gurus shouting from the rooftops about the brain and heart health benefits of Omega-3’s, but what are the benefits for our lovely locks?

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”

Salmon has one of the highest amounts of naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids.  As a bonus, Salmon provides generous amounts of B-12, iron and high quality protein. This complete protein is important as it serves as the building block to healthy and strong hair…and this protein is something you won’t be getting from taking a capsule.

So, not only does Salmon help give your hair a lustrous, shiny look, but it can also aid in strengthening and repairing hair from the scalp down. Below are some of my favorite Salmon recipe, try them today and eat to your hair!

Photos and recipes courtesy of food.com

Honey Ginger Grilled Salmon

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon fillets

Directions

  1. In a large self-closing plastic bag, combine first six ingredients; mix well.
  2. Place salmon in bag and seal tightly.
  3. Turn bag gently to distribute marinade.
  4. Refrigerate 15 minutes or up to 30 minutes for stronger flavor.
  5. Turn bag occasionally.
  6. Lightly grease grill rack.
  7. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  8. Remove salmon from marinade; reserve the marinade.
  9. Grill 12-15 minutes per inch of thickness or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  10. Brush with reserved marinade up until the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  11. Discard leftover marinade.

 

 Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon

Ingredients

  • 6 -8 salmon steaks or 2 large salmon fillets
  • 3 lemons, juice of
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except salmon.
  2. Place salmon in a lightly greased baking dish and pour mixture over salmon.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 350° for approximately 25 minutes or until fish is flaky and done.

 

 Sauteed Salmon

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 3 teaspoons cream

Directions

  1. In 12 inch skillet, heat 3 Tbsp butter.
  2. Add filets, skin side down, and saute on low heat for about 10 min turning often.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with lemon juice and dill.
  5. Remove to serving plate.
  6. Add 2 Tbsp butter, and cream.
  7. Cook and stir 1 minute.
  8. Pour over salmon.
  9. Serve with lemon slices.

Photos and recipes courtesy of food.com

What-To-Do Wednesday: False Lashes

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So, I have been trying to learn how to put on fake lashes by myself, individual and strips, and having a hard time.  Then I decided to see some tutorials to get some help; it is working but it still takes me a long time to put them on.  I thought I share with you the tutorials I am using in hopes that it may help you guys as well.  I use DUO glue and ELF and Ardell lashes because they are cheap and since I am just learning, I don’t want to use expensive lashes. Once I am a pro though, I am definitely going to get some M.A.C lashes.  Enjoy and let me know if you have your own trick to putting on falsies fast!

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Trendy – Hair Edition

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Ombré is still going strong and I still love it very much. Refreshing way to add some color without doing the usual high or low lights. I am also seeing lots of celebs doing bright color on the bottom (dip dye) or as highlights and I think it’s a cute way to have some fun with your hair, though if you work at professional setting, its not something you can do.

Now lets discuss the trends that i find simply awful. The hair roll and shaved side…ugh!!!! Why? These do not look good on anyone and the hairstyles itself are terrible. The shaved side at least you can say it’s rock ‘n roll but you have no good reason to do a hair roll, it’s not retro or stylish. These two needs to go away forever!!

Which trend are you loving ombré, brights, shaved side or hair roll?

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Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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This week’s topic is on my must have makeup product – EYELINER.  I must, must wear my cat eyes or winged eyeliner every time I put on make up; without it I feel naked.  My personal favorite is liquid version for everyday and gel if I am going to a party, I wore gel for my wedding because its drier and more matte so it doesn’t budge easily (in case I cried but I didn’t).  I always mess up the pencil one by rubbing my eye and it runs a little because my eyelids gets oily.  Below are my recommendation for pencil, liquid and gel in both low and high price.  Happy shopping and TGIF!!

Pencil
BH Cosmetics – Waterproof Eyeliner in Onyx

At $2.37 it’s the most affordable liner I have ever used but the quality is great. It’s creamy and pigmented so it glides on the lid and you can easily blend it for a smokey look; but it does run a little if you have oily skin, so have to use a primer first.  It’s easily removable by soap or makeup remover.

 

M.A.C Cosmetics Technakohl Liner in Graphblack


$15 but I have the retractable one so no sharpener needed.  The texture is creamy for smooth, no tug application.  It’s color is rich and easily blendable.  But its hard to take off with just soap, you must use makeup remover and then soap to get it completely off.  Even with everyday use, it’ll last a while.

 

 

Liquid
L’Oreal Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Black

$10 and you can get it at any drugstore.  It has felt tip so it’s easy to apply and the color is intense and matte.  But since it’s liquid, it’s not ideal for smudging but it dries fast and easily removable with water.  So, if you make a mistake, just dip Q-Tip into water or makeup remover to clean up that also means it can get smudgy if you cry or get wet in the rain/snow.  I have been using this since I was 14 and I have no complaints so far.

 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black

$15 but it’s like a marker so it’s much easier to apply than the felt tip version.  If you are new to liquid eyeliner, then I recommend this one for you; it’s like coloring your upper eyelid, super easy.  The color is great though I find the L’Oreal one a little bit more darker and it’s last all day without any smudging if you don’t shed any tears.  It’s easily removable with soap or makeup remover so you don’t have to stress about making mistakes.

 

 

Gel
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black

$10 and can be found at any drugstore.  The pot is small, so is most gel liner pots, but it comes with an eyeliner brush.  I don’t really like the brush; I apply it using my Sonia Kashuk brush.  The gel is very pigmented and matte once it dries so it stays put even through tears!  It’s soft and creamy so easy to apply but dries really fast so be sure to fix any mistakes quickly.  Easily removable with soap or makeup remover; I would say it’s ideal for parties or long days/nights in the heat cause it won’t smudge.

 

Bobbie Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

$22 can be bought at any department stores carrying the line or Sephora
The pigmentation is great, smooth application and dries fast, but not as fast as Maybelline so you don’t need to rush to get it perfect.  It’s very matte once dry but the color still looks very rich and dark (kind of like liquid eyeliner).  It comes in a small pot without any brushes so you have to buy a separate liner brush.  It stays put through heat and oiliness; ideal for hot summer days or nights.  Overall it’s a great eyeliner and definitely Splurge Approved!

 

 

Many of you might not know how to put on liquid or gel liners yet so below is a great YouTube video to show you how and also links to where you can purchase all the liners in this post.

How to apply eyeliner:

Retailers:

BH Cosmetics
M.A.C
L’Oreal
Eyeko
Maybelline
Bobbie Brown

Photos: BH Cosmetics, M.A.C Cosmetics, Ulta, Sephora (all online stores)

Friday Fab Finds

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Anti-Aging skin care regime

Yes, I will go there because now that I am nearing 30s, I am definitely seeing lines on my face that I swear wasn’t there couple of years ago. I wake up everyday and study my face to make sure there isn’t a new line, can you say paranoid, lol! I started using anti-aging creams and serums when I first saw the lines around my mouth. I tried the extremely overpriced ones and also the drugstore ones but none worked better than the Ole Henriksen.

I bought the seven skincare sensation package to try for $55 after I heard good things about his products. I have been using the products for two months and noticed how soft my skin feels, the dark spots are diminishing, skin looks bright and no new lines!!

You may think $55 for skin care is not a fab find but you get seven of his most popular products in mini version with an instruction on daily routine. Though the packaging is small but by no means do you get small amount of products. There is enough to last for months because you don’t need to use a lot, so it lasts; I have been using my first purchase for two months and still have lots left to go. I also like the TSA friendly packaging that means I don’t have to worry too much about how to carry my creams, just throw it in my purse and go. So, if you are looking for s great anti-aging routine, then try out the Ole Henriksen Seven Skincare Sensation and finally end the wrinkle inducing stress of searching.

This set contains:
- 1.5 oz African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™
- 0.25 oz Ultimate Lift™ Eye Gel
- 0.5 oz Truth Revealed™ Super Crème SPF 15
- 0.5 oz Truth Serum™ Collagen Booster
- 0.5 oz Sheer Transformation™
- 0.5 oz Invigorating Night Gel™
- 0.5 oz Walnut Complexion Scrub

Retailers:
Sephora
Amazon

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