Archive | February 2010

My Wish List: e.l.f.’s Punk Funk Eye Shadow!

Every now and then I check out e.l.f.’s website, since the hick town I live in doesn’t offer any stores with these products. I’ve used their Brightening Eye Color before, and I was impressed with the pigmentation and lasting power of an eye shadow quad that ran a buck. (Granted, the triangles of color are very small, but come on, we’re not using a shovel to plaster the color on, are we? A little bit lasts a while.)

I was rounding up a refill of my favorite color combo, Silver Lining (a combination of purple, pink, and ivory), when I noticed that e.l.f. has added some new color combinations. My favorite of the newbies is Punk Funk, pictured here. Bright purple, hot pink, and intense purple! Not for the faint of heart, but exceptional, vivid colors, great for the upcoming summer season.

If you decide to pick up your own Punk Funk, or anything else from e.l.f.’s site, remember to search coupon codes! I am using CAROLINA for 50% of my entire order. Just enter “coupon code e.l.f.” into your search engine and take your pick.

Grape Cuticle Treatment

I read this in an old copy of Fitness magazine (April 2009), and I can’t wait to try it! It’s a simple homemade recipe for a nail and cuticle treatment:

Ingredients:
5 grapes (red ones are packed with more antioxidants than green)
1 tablespoon sugar
Grapeseed oil or hand cream

Directions:
1. Slice grapes in half widthwise
2. Dip the fleshy side into the sugar and use it to massage the skin around each nail (one halved grape per finger) for about 30 seconds each.
3. Brush away excess sugar with a soft towel and rub a dot of grapeseed oil or hand cream onto hands and cuticles.

The sugar crystals remove dead skin and hangnails, and the gentle fruit acids help exfoliate remaining raggedness.

Dry Winter Skin

According to my current winter beauty challenges poll (on sidebar at right), dry skin is the biggest complaint during the cold months. Never fear! I’ve rounded up a few great articles with tips and ideas to care for dry skin and keep it soft, no matter the season:

Dry Skin: Dry Skin Fixes for Hands, Feet, Body and Lips: useful and easy tips from beautyabout.com

Dry Skin: article on MayoClinic.com with information about causes of dry skin, risk factors, and when to see a dermatologist

What’s Causing Your Dry Skin Problem? from WebMD

10 Winter Skin Care Tips, also from WebMD

Managing Dry Winter Skin from EverydayHealth.com

And just for product junkies, check out Best Moisturizers for Every Skin Type: Your Best Bets for Face and Body from beautyabout.com.