Wednesday, February 4, 2009

You Ask! Blog Edition

Hey guys! How's it goin... things are good here but I'm just very tired! I keep getting into new projects (like blogs, videos and other makeup related stuff) and I've been getting to bed late! I need to work on that haha. anyway... you might have seen my You Ask! segment on my YouTube channel. That's where I address specific questions from viewers. I've definitely stocked up quite a few and I thought this might be a good outlet to answer more than one, especially if the answer isn't too complex. Thanks for checking in and I hope you enjoy! ♥ ♥ ♥

QUESTION:
What are some good body lotions for dry skin?

ANSWER:
Lately I've been using body moisturizers with sunless tanner. They moisturize and also leave your skin looking perked up in the dead of winter. My current fave is Dove Energy Glow since It's so moisturizing and actually gives me a nice tan. They have a couple of shade options for light or medium/dark skin. Let's see what else... I like the Victoria's Secret PINK! body lotion (and the body spray too). It's called Drenched in Pink and the scent is Fresh & Clean.


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QUESTION:
What is a good nail polish top coat that can extend the wear of your nail polish?

ANSWER:
My absolute FAVORITE is Sally Hansen Mega Shine extended wear top coat. It's super shiny, dries faster than anything I've ever tried (and it dries SOLID quickly, not just tacky), and it also extends the wear of the nail polish I use. I noticed this polish was on sale at several drugstores recently and I was worried it might be discontinued. But I checked the website and it's not on their discontinued list, thank God!

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QUESTION:
No matter what, when I do my foundation my skin always ends up looking oily. I usually use a liquid for the coverage. How can I cut back on the shine without a ton of powder?

ANSWER:
What a common question! Understanding your skin type is very important to making your makeup work... You need to look at your routine and ask yourself a few things...

1. Am I using too much moisturizer?
the face should not look like a shiny oil slick after you put it on.

2. Is my moisturizer formulation too thick?
Make sure what you're putting on your face is oil free. Go for the most lightweight moisturizer you can and make sure it absorbs before you start to apply makeup.

3. Am I using too much foundation?
try to keep the application sheer... It sounds strange, but actually putting on less makeup will give you a longer-wearing look. To get a sheer application, try using a sponge or a stippling brush.

4. Is my foundation formula making me oily?
Once again, check the formulation. Make sure it's oil-free. An inexpensive idea that works well for oily/combo skin is Rimmel's Stay Matte foundation. I love it!

5. Am I setting my foundation with an oil-free powder?
I recommend using a loose powder and a big fluffy brush to go over your whole face after applying foundation. Loose powder will keep the application more sheer than a pressed powder & puff. Don't skip this step- it's important! If you've followed all of the prior steps this will be the icing on the cake :)

6. What am I touching up with?
Carry some oil blotting sheets around with you. ELF has some cheap ones that are only $1. Touching up any shine with these will keep you from caking on more powder.




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QUESTION:
What are some good whitening products for teeth?

ANSWER:
In the past I have really enjoyed just the traditional Crest whitestrips. I thought they really gave me a noticeable difference and if you have any major discoloration on your teeth, I would suggest using something like that. However if you just want to brighten up your smile a bit- which is my goal- make sure you're using a whitening toothpaste, and of course, brushing with it 2x a day. Crest Vivid White is one of the best, and currently I'm using and enjoying Colgate Total Advanced Clean + Whitening. I have tried the brush-on whiteners (different brands) just because they're cheaper than whitestrips- but I don't think they work all that well, and they taste nasty :p


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Hope this was helpful to you guys- I hope some of you who asked these questions get the chance to check this out. I'll do it again in the future!

Emily

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