Zit Cover Up

A few days ago I posted on how to take care of a zit.  If you missed it, click here to read.  Now let’s talk about how to cover up those annoying little monsters.  You can see in this picture my zit in between my eye brows.

Showing Zit Between Eye Brows

Using Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in shade NW15 with Sigma brush P84, I am going to use a thin layer of concealer and dot and dab the concealer exactly in the spot I want covered.  Take your time, I usually dot and dab for at least 1 minute.  The key is to use multiple thin layers of concealer, not 1 thick layer.  I usually have to apply 2-3 thin layers of concealer.

Covering up a zit with mac pro longwear concealer and sigma brush p84

After applying the concealer, I use Mac Mineralized Skinfinish in shade light plus with Sigma brush F70.

Mac Mineralized Powder Sigma brush f70

Gently press the powder into the concealed zit to completely set the concealer.

pressing powder over covered zit

Time for foundation.  I am using Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in shade 5 with Sigma brush F80.  I apply the foundation all over my face, then with a light hand I gently apply a thin layer in the zit covered area.  I do this so my entire face is an even color.

Applying giorgio armani foundation with sigma f80

Using a big fluffy brush, I’m using Sigma brush F30, dust a little powder all over to set everything.  After this I apply my bronzer, blush and hi-light as normal.

dusting powder to set foundation

Here is the finished face, you would never know there is a zit underneath.  And, it doesn’t look thick and clumpy.  I went out and my zit stayed covered up all night!

Zit all covered up!

Side by side before and after!

Zit Cover Up

Products Used:
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mac prolongwear concealersigma brush p84mac mineralized skinfinishsigma brush f70Giorgio Armani Luminous Silksigma brush f80sigma brush f30

Tips & Tricks #7

1. When packing, avoid wrinkled clothing by rolling them or wrapping a plastic dry cleaner bag around them.
2. Adding lemon to your water restores the ph of your body.
3. Flying is very dehydrating, drink plenty of water.
4. Put eyeshadow on top of your eyeliner, it helps keep it in place all day.  I use Sigma brush E30 or E65 to apply the eyeshadow on my eyeliner.  Pictures below, I use E30 (left) for a more blown out, smoky look.  I use E65 (right) for a more defined look.

Sigma Brush E30Sigma Brush E65

5. Last but NOT least, the Jaclyn Hill Sigma Expert Beauty Box is back!!!!!  YEAH!!!!!  You asked, they delivered!  They are back in limited supply.  Once they are gone they are gone!!  So don’t wait, get it NOW!  Click here to purchase and enter SPRING2014 for 10% OFF your entire purchase!

Jaclyn Hill Sigma expert beauty box

 

How to Take Care of a Zit

ZITS!!!  We all get them, we all hate them!  What do you do when one of those ugly beasts come for a visit?  #1 thing – NO Picking!!!  This can damage the skin and leave scars.  There are a couple steps you can do to help get rid of these nasty things quicker.

Wrap up an ice cube in a paper towel and put it directly on the zit for 5ish minutes.  The cold will send all the nasty stuff you don’t want away from the area.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube on Zit
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Exercise Your Way to Overall Better Health

In the last four weeks I have only been home 3 days.  My husband, I and our kids drove to Florida to spend time with my family and vacation.  We drove home, 2 days later I was on a plane to New York.  I just got home Tuesday night.  Between all the traveling (and getting sick), I haven’t worked out at all.  I mean, who wants to work out while on vacation in Florida?  And in New York, there was no time.  I am used to working out a 3-4 times a week.  With taking a 4 week break from exercise I have noticed major changes in my body, and I’m not just talking about loss of muscle or weight gain.

Here are all the changes I have noticed in my body.  And as always, I’m going to be open and honest no matter what!

  • Headaches all day every day.
  • Exhausted, no matter how much sleep I get.
  • My skin and overall complexion is blotchy, with more break outs and clogged pores.
  • Stronger BO in less time after a shower.
  • More sugar and junk food cravings.
  • Unable to concentrate as much.
  • Irregular and uncomfortable BM’s.
  • Strong cramps during my period (they are usually mild).
  • Uncomfortable pains in stomach for no reason.

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Eczema

Eczema is a skin disorder that you are born with, it is hereditary. So you can thank your mom or dad for that one! Eczema can rear it’s head in many forms – dandruff, extreme red face after a shower and it doesn’t return to normal complexion for a long time, dry itchy skin that can get really painful, blisters with or without scabbing, itchy rashes, scaling skin.  As a baby, if you had cradle cap that is also a form of eczema. Unfortunately you will never be able to get rid of it. But you can do things to help it, or possible make it disappear all together.

What to avoid? Eliminating these things will help with the redness, dryness, inflammation and overall appearance of your skin.

  • Diet helps to control eczema. Foods you want to try to avoid: Sugar, Alcohol, Caffeine, Chocolate, Dairy and any foods that you are allergic to.  I know this diet is difficult! These are my favorite foods and I want to eat them all the time! Try having a smaller portion of each of these you are eating, or don’t eat them as often. Having your favorite dessert once a week or a glass of wine won’t send your skin into a dark hole of eczema and never return.
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, depression and nervousness.
  • Don’t scratch or itch.
  • Avoid wearing irritating clothing.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.  This includes too hot of showers, or extreme climates (I realize where you live is some times unavoidable).

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My Make-Up Bag Must Haves

It doesn’t matter whether I’m at home or traveling, these items are always with me.  These are my staple products that I use all the time and could not live without.  These are great basic products that enhance beauty without looking like you tried too hard.  And the colors look good on anyone.  As you can see these products are very used and loved!

To purchase any of these products click the links at the bottom.

Make up bag Must Haves

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Kissable Lips

It’s important to keep our lips soft, smooth and kissable!  With these 2 steps that take a total of 1 minute, your lips can be soft all the time!

Step 1: I use Lush Mint Julips.  It comes in this cute little jar so you can take it anywhere with you.  Put a little on your finger and rub it all over your lips.  And bonus, it’s totally edible!  And it smells like mint, so it freshens your breath!

lush mint julips

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Raw Shea Butter

Shea Butter is my skin’s best friend!  It is loaded with Vitamin A & E, both are extremely moisturizing and healing to the skin.   Shea butter is a seed oil that comes from the African Shea Tree called karite tree, which mean Tree of Life.  And no wonder!

Check out 13 benefits of shea butter:

  1. Dry Skin – including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, skin cracks, ashy skin
  2. Reduces appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars
  3. Prevention of stretch marks during pregnancy
  4. Anti-Inflammatory
  5. Over night body moisturizer
  6. Windburn Treatment
  7. Relief for sunburn, minor burns, bug bites, rash
  8. Itchy Skin
  9. Reduces Redness
  10. Great for Sensitive Skin
  11. Skin rash
  12. Frost bites
  13. Massage for aching muscles

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Tips & Tricks #6

  1. Kate Spade Canvas HatWarm weather is approaching, keep your skin protected!  Avoiding being in direct sunlight between 10am-2pm if possible.  Always wear sunscreen 30 spf or higher, wear a hat and sunglasses to shade your face.  I love that floppy hats are back in.  How cute is this one for the beach or pool!!
  2. Finding the time to apply a facial mask can be difficult (we are all busy!).  Apply it in the shower after cleansing, shave your legs, then rinse off the mask.
  3. Apply moisturizer and body lotion to the skin immediately after getting out of the shower while the skin is still damp, this will lock the moisture in.
  4. Orange is such a hot trend right now, but a very hard color for most people to wear.  Look for a coral-orange or pink-orange, these colors are more flattering.
  5. Spring break is here!  If you quickly want to shed some pounds, eat a diet high in protein and veggies, berries, apples and tons of water.

February Favorites

In February I spent a lot of time shopping and trying new products. Here is all of my brand new favorites that I am loving and can’t live without!

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Eye Cream. My eye area has never been softer! I feel my fine lines softening and they are not as noticeable.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Eye Cream

Fresh Soy Face Serum.  Fresh just keeps doing it right!  I apply this to a clean face before my moisturizer.  It locks in moisture and creates a barrier between my skin and the elements.  It firms and hydrates the skin, noticeable improvements over time of using it.  And, it makes my skin feel like silk!  Perfect for applying my foundation!

Fresh Soy Face Serum

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