Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pedi-Protexx Review

I get pedicures every month from my local beauty salon. My toes always look great right out of the shop, but I tend to smudge the polish and ruin the pedicure. It can be incredibly frustrating to pay for a high-quality pedicure, only to discover that the color has been smudged!

Romwe Leggings Flash Sale

Hey fashion fans! Check out this flash sale from Romwe for the hottest legging styles!

The sale will run from 4/3/13 - 4/5/13. This sale will only last for 72 hours!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Neutrogena Cosmetics


I had a chance to try some great new products from Neutrogena. Their Moisturesmooth Color Stick, Crease Proof Eyeshadows, and Healthy Lengths Mascara were top notch products that I've now added to my makeup routine.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Tips for Acne Prone Skin

I've had acne symptoms since I was 18 and nothing ever worked successfully to manage the symptoms. I would also experience a feeling of itchiness with my acne and doctors could not figure out why. Like many others, I turned to the internet to find out more about my symptoms, and why acne medications and products never worked for me. Your acne may not actually be due to Acne Vulgaris.

I came across a condition called Pityrospirum Folliculitis (Malassezia). This condition produces acne-like symptoms, but there is also an itchy sensation. The acne-looking breakouts happen in a pattern, usually on the back, upper arms, and sometimes on the neck. Pimples can also appear on the scalp. Dandruff can be associated with those who have this condition.

The red, itchy bumps and acne are caused by a yeast on our skin that normally lives there. When there is an overgrowth, the hair follicles on our bodies become plugged in combination with oil/sweat/environmental influences.

Doctors, dermatologists to be exact, often cannot distinguish between acne vulgaris and pityrospirum folliculitis. They will likely not diagnose you with this type of folliculitis, and many consider acne concerns to be a beauty issue. However, anyone who has suffered from acne knows the emotional toll it takes on us. The emotional, social, and physical impacts acne has on people should make this concern a priority for doctors.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ease and treat symptoms. If you've ever noticed a severe feeling of itchiness with your acne, and acne products haven't worked for you, I would recommend doing the following:

1. Rule out acne by using a product, medication, or regimen for at least 6 months.

People often become frustrated when their acne medication or face wash doesn't work in 2-3 months. You need to allow enough time for the product to work. Acne products will typically contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

2. If acne products don't work, try a dandruff shampoo 2-3 times a week on your hair and back. 

This has worked for me to reduce the itchy sensation on my body. I've tried Denorex and Selsun Blue and both have worked. Dandruff shampoos are also used for psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis (severe, dry, flaky skin and scalp).
Dandruff shampoos typically contain either selenium sulfide, coal tar, or zinc pyrithione. 

3. If these two steps don't work, try a shampoo with ketoconazole.

Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication that helps treat dandruff and pityrospirum folliculitis. You can buy ketoconazole over the counter as a shampoo called Nizoral. However, as of March 2013, the Johnson & Johnson company has decreased/stopped production until the government approves them for a new operating plant.

Ketoconazole shampoo can also be prescribed by your doctor. There is also Ketoconazole cream if you only need to treat your back or body. This ingredient is also used to fight premature hair loss, which is why you will see this product in hair growth products for men.

4. Rinse your body with cool or cold water after a shower, and dry off with a fan or hair dryer on a cool setting.

Dry off your skin properly after a shower. Damp skin can lead to overgrowth of bacteria and this can happen if you get dressed immediately after taking a shower. The cold water helps to control the environment for the yeast, which tends to thrive in hot, humid conditions.

Take a shower immediately after exercising or after moderate sweating. The yeast will also thrive in this condition.

If you experience severe itching, apply dandruff shampoo to your body and leave it on for 3-5 minutes. If the smells of dandruff shampoo are too strong, you can use Head and Shoulders, which has a more subtle scent.

If dandruff shampoo or Ketoconazole shampoo works for you, you should see your acne-like bumps disappear within 2-3 weeks. If you have scarring, this will take at least 1-3 months to heal.

Many people have both acne (acne vulgaris) and pityrospirum folliculitis. If you find that acne products work on your face, but only the dandruff shampoos work on your body, then treat both at the same time with the different products.

I'm not a doctor and this information is based on my personal experience, but I hope these tips work for you.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Problems with Google

I'm sorry I haven't been writing lately. I've been trying to fix my site issues and it has been one week without any results. My site used to be indexed by Google, but in the last two weeks I've lost my page rank and Google has not indexed the majority of my site (two pages appear in results).

If you experience any issues with your site's search results, try the following:

1. Search for your website in Google (i.e. -
If your site does not appear anywhere, Google may have banned it. Submit a reconsideration request to Google if that is the case.
If your site does appear, or only certain pages appear, check for crawl errors by going to Google Webmaster Tools.

I've also looked at the robots.txt and nothing appears out of the ordinary. If I find other methods or a solution, I'll keep you updated.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Product Testing Sites

I wanted to share some sites that I've been using. These are some great places I've received products to sample, try, or test:

Pinecone Research

Also, a great site for freebies is Free Stuff Times. I've received so much free stuff thanks to this site over the years.
They have a contest/sweepstakes tab and I won $100 from a Best Buy instant win game last year! I also won a couple smaller contests that were posted there too.

I love freebies and trying new products. There is such a thing as free in this world!

Happy freebie hunting!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

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Site for Free Samples

I just signed up for a site called Swaggable where you get freebies to try in various categories, such as beauty, snacks, cleaning products, and even dog supplies.

I signed up three weeks ago and I've already received two samples. One was dried fruit and the other was an eye cream. All you do is add products that you want to your wishlist, and then they will notify you if you are chosen to receive that sample. I love it so far!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Capture Your Easter Memories Camera Giveaway

Are you ready for an Easter giveaway? 
The Canon PowerShot A810 digital camera delivers stunningly beautiful images and records amazing videos!
This camera has the following features:
 Smart AUTO, 720p HD Video, 16.0 Megapixel Image Sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor,DIGIC 4 Image Processor, iFrame, 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, andDigital IS.
Perfect for capturing your Easter memories!