Monday, May 19, 2008


Girly Girl Bonanza Week

Welcome to Miss Priss's Girly-Girl Bonanza week. My friend Anna suggested I post some skincare and makeup tips for her. I am totally overflowing with this type of knowledge as it's a passion for me (for whatever reason) so I'd love to share. You'll also find that I'm pretty thrifty when it comes to my products. I know not everyone has or even wants to spend mucho bucks on being beautiful and feeling good.

Facial Skincare 101:

Rule #1 - DO NOT, do not, go to bed with your makeup on! I don't care if you are wearing Bare Minerals Makeup and the informercial tells you that you can. Take of your makeup before going to bed. Even if you don't wear makeup you should wash your face before bed. Think about it - all that sweat, bacteria, grime, dirt, just marinates on your skin all day and by 9pm your epidermis is begging for a breather. Do the right thing. Wash.

Cleansers: What kind of cleanser should you use? Miss Priss approves of all GENTLE face washes. While I feel that cleaning your face is very important, I honestly don't see or feel a lot of difference between cleansing products. I am also not a big fan of expensive or wrinkle reducing or acne reducing cleansers. I mean, you just wash them down the sink, right? Why spend $15 plus on something going down the drain? I am currently using an Aveeno cleanser which is super mild. I think it was $6.00 or so and it'll last a long time. Also, I really think it makes a difference to let the cleanser sit on your face for 10 seconds before washing off. It works for me, may not work for you. I have used so many different cleansers and none of them stick out more than the other so I'll just recommend brands: Oil of Olay, L'Oreal, Dove, Philosophy ($$ on that one), and Cetaphil.

This is what you need to take eyemakeup off. OIL FREE!!!
ALMAY® Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Perfect and light, they take all the eyemakeup off, no residue left behind, non-stinging and they even tackle waterproof eyemakeup.

Rule #2 - Even though your Mary Kay or Clinique representative may disagree, you may not need a toner (gasp!). I don't use one. Most of them all are more than %50 alcohol and that is harsh, harsh, harsh on skin!!

Rule #3 - Don't go overboard with the exfoliation! 2-3 times a week is plenty in my opinion. I like St. Ives apricot scrub or St. Ives Olive Oil Scrub.

Rule #4 - VERY IMPORTANT! Keep your skin soft and supple. Moisturize! It's simple and it feels good. This is one area I will tell you to splurge in and spend more money. I am whole heartedly devoted to this as my evening moisturizer .

Philosophy's Hope in a Jar for Normal skin. I swear, this has made the biggest difference in my skin, which is normally dry. I have been using it for 4 years now and every time I stray I break out or notice dry patches on my skin. This gives me a perfect, rosy glow. Like I said, it is a little expensive, but a dab will do you, and to me, because I save money by using drug store cleansers and exfoliaters, it's a worthwhile splurge. You can purchase this item at Department Stores, Sephora or online at

I use a lighter moisturizer during the day with a sunscreen. Yes, sunscreen is very important. Hasn't that been beaten into your pretty little head enough by now?!? I want to have skin like my Mother's when I get older, and she's pretty pale (no offense, Mom) and avoids the sun, so sunscreen is how I plan on doing it. Right now I am using L'oreal Sublime Glow for Face in Medium.

It has a sunscreen in it, plus self tanner so it gives me a sun kissed glow without the sun damage. Yay. I'm also a fan of Oil of Olay's Complete All Day UV Moisture Lotion - Normal.

Well that wraps it up for today. Tomorrow I will showcase some of my favorite Body Skin Care tips.

P.S. - Pick up Allure magazine this month. It lists the readers choice "best of" BOTH department and drug store beauty products. You might get some ideas!

Good blog. Good blog, lovely! :))
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