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Spring 2019 Nail Trends and Manicure Ideas

Spring 2019 Nail Trends and Manicure Ideas

03-19-2019
Spring Nail Trends

Looking for spring nail ideas and trends for your next manicure? Instagram’s @nailartenon has provided plenty of nail ideas and spring nail color inspiration for 2019.                   

1.

Cherry Bright Red nails are a classic go to. Mix it up by adding a decorative nail with spring nail art. 

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Mix up your usual nail colors by opting for a sparkly teal manicure. 

7.

A classic nude nail is always a great manicure idea. 

8.

Nails with patterns will be very popular this spring. Marble Nails are easy to recreate with the right tool. 

Find out more about Nailartenon and even more fantastic nail ideas by going to her website nailartenon.altervista.org

 
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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is one of the most popular serum ingredients for hydration, but what is hyaluronic acid really?

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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is substance that is naturally found and produced in the body. It is a humectant as it holds water to the surface of your skin. The largest amount of HA is found in your skin, eyes and joints (connective tissue) (1, 2).

What does it do?

The main purpose of Hyaluronic Acid is to keep your tissues lubricated and moist by retaining water (1).

Where can you find it in beauty products?

It is found in some lip fillers and other topical beauty products (1, 2).

It comes in the forms of injections, eye drops, serums and supplements (1, 2).

What else does it treat?

When taken orally, studies have found that it can help increase skin moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When used topically, it can soothe redness and improve the suppleness of the skin.

It is also used to treat osteoarthritis (1).

Hyaluronic acid in beauty

It is popular in skin care because of its ability to restore moisture barriers and keep skin hydrated. Since the body produces it naturally, allergic reactions to it, are slim to none (3).  

Here is what it is known to do/treat:

  • Moisturizing
  • Anti- Aging
  • Anti-Wrinkle
  • Increase Skin Elasticity/ Plumpness
  • Wounds
  • Eczema/ Facial Redness

How is it made?

Non-vegan HA is made from rooster combs and other animal tissue. Vegan hyaluronic acid is not plant based. It is actually made from bacteria such as horse flu (1, 2, 4).

Tips

Enhance your body’s natural production of Hyaluronic Acid by eating foods that aid in reproduction like drinking a bone broth or eating green leafy vegetables (4).  

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After 10 years of searching for the perfect mascara and trying over 20 different types and brands, I have finally found the best drugstore mascaras.

BY ANA VEIGA

02-25-2019
The Four Best Drugstore Mascaras Available
The Four Best Drugstore Mascaras Available

1. Maybelline Total Temptation

Maybelline Total Temptation has been on many charts as a top drugstore mascara. It comes with a medium size brush and has all day lasting power.  

2. Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara is long lasting. Some people consider it to be a drugstore mascara dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara.  

3. NYX Worth The Hype

NYX Worth The Hype comes with a medium size brush. It is for volume and lengthening. The brush is able to reach the small eyelashes. This makes it a great drugstore mascara. 

4. Essence Get Big Lashes

Essence Get Big comes with a large lash wand. The formula is flexible and buildable. The triple black “effect” brings the drama making it one of the best drugstore mascaras available.  

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If you follow us on instagram you will see our funny beauty memes. We are trying to make the world laugh one meme at a time. Here’s a compilation of our top funny beauty memes. 

When you try to smile with cracked lips

When your day was a total waste of makeup

When you can't cry because your mascara is too expensive

When someone unqualified tries to give you advice

Trying to eat healthy to have great skin beauty meme

The struggle!

When you shop at Sephora, but don't have the 2 day shipping

When you try to explain your beauty routine

When your favorite beauty guru likes or replies to you...instagramers will get this beauty meme

I feel so special!

Unsolicited advice funny meme

What's better than a Cardi B meme?

The tea!

When you spend too much money

Classic Maybelline Meme

When someone asks how your skin care routine works

It’s science!

Me wondering if all my problems will go away with one mask

If only

Walking through Sephora with no money

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When your face doesn't match your neck

Make sure your face matches your neck people

When someone asks if your lashes are fake

The best feeling ever!

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Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners

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Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners Tested

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Updated 2.21.2019
Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners

You may want to try natural homemade hair conditioners because you are a naturalist, or because you want to save money, or because you want to explore different options or maybe because you ran out of conditioner and do not feel like going to the store to get more… Whatever your reason is, these natural homemade hair conditioners are safe to try since they are not damaging and have already been tested by our Editor.

Heres our Top Tested Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners

1. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Honey And Olive Oil

The Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Honey (any type)
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil (make sure it is Olive oil)

Mix all of the wet ingredients together and put on your hair. Use a warm towel to help penetrate. Make sure to thoroughly rinse. 

Leave in Hair for 30 minutes – 1.5 hour

“This was by far the best natural homemade hair condition that I have tried. It was perfect for my fine, curly hair. I will actually add this to my weekly routine.” -Ana Editor-In-Cheif

2. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Egg And Olive Oil

Homemade Hair Conditioner With Egg
Mix together
  • 2 Egg Yolks (Make sure it is just the Yoke)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (Make sure it is pure olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp Water

Mix all of the wet ingredients together and put on your hair. Use a shower cap to prevent any egg from dripping. 

*Leave in hair 1 -3 hours and then rinse with Cold Water

“This mask was kind of gross. I didn’t want to rinse it out because I didn’t want the yoke to slide down my face.” -Ana

3. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Coconut Oil

Coconut Natural Hair Conditioner
The Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Hot Towel

Put the Coconut Oil on your Hair. Put on your shower cap and then a hot towel over the shower cap.

*Leave in hair 45 minutes – 1 hour and rinse. Wash and Condition hair afterwards. 

“This was just okay.  Almost to heavy for my fine hair.”- Ana

4. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Baking Soda

The Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup of Your Conditioner

Mix all of the ingredients together and put on your hair. Use the shower cap to prevent anything from dripping. 

*Leave in hair for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

“Not bad. I would try it again. It took some of the oil buildup out.” -Ana

5. Homemade Hair Conditioner With Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses
The Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water

Mix all of the ingredients together and put on your hair. 

*Do this after you wash and conditioner your hair. Do not rinse out. 

“I would try it again. It wasn’t super nourishing, but I did feel like it woke my hair up a bit.” -Ana

6. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Yogurt And Egg Yoke

The Ingredients
  • 2 Egg Yokes
  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil (Pure Olive Oil)

Mix all of the ingredients together and put immediately on your hair. Use a shower cap to prevent dripping. 

*Leave in for 25-45 minutes

“The Yoke and Yogurt are gross elements to deal with on my head. If the results were magical, I would use again. Not worth raw yoke dripping down when rinsing.”- Ana

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CBD for Skin Care: My First Time Using CBD

CBD for Skin Care: My First Time Using CBD

BY ANA VEIGA

2-18-2019
Curapure Sheet mask CBD in Skin Care

One of the latest trends in skin care is CBD.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a compound that is found in cannabis sativa.

CBD oil is something that is commonly used for anxiety and pain (not medically given) in countries and states to where it is legal.

So why is CBD in our Skin Care?

Studies have suggested that the reason why CBD for skin care helps with anti-aging, acne and sensitive skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

It is important to point out that CBD does not have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in marijuana.  

I wanted to try CBD and was gifted the CURAPURE CBD-INFUSED SHEET MASK by Curapure.

Curapure lists that the mask is a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (aka CBD):  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Zero THC and non-psychoactive.  

It also contains:

Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging properties

Vitamin A:  repairs skin damage from sun exposure and aging

Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids: keeps the skin hydrated and helps with skin growth

Citrus Junos Fruit Extract

  • Found to help thicken the epidermis or top surface layer of skin
  • Anti-Aging
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

  • Natural broad –spectrum antimicrobial
  • Helps to condition the skin
  • Probiotic ingredient with soothing and anti-aging properties

Ceratonia Siliqua Gum

  • Derived from the seeds of St. John’s bread tree
  • Moisturizing and skin smoothing properties
  • Forms a light, permeable, visco-elastic film that prevents dehydration
  • It shows a visible anti-wrinkle activity on the skin
  • Increases the water holding capacity of the skin, and binds high amounts of water into the skin

Tamarind seed Extract

  • Significantly improves skin elasticity
  • Hydrates and soothes skin
  • Smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles

The instructions are to leave on for 30 minutes after you wash your face. Use 2-3 times a week for the best results.

The product itself is a two piece 100% cotton mask which is great for adjustment and also if you do not want to use the mask on your entire face.

Use:

The mask was easy to use. Plenty of Product and I was able to do other things while masking (some masks are so ill-fitting that you have to sit stiffly in place).

I didn’t smell a fragrance (it says it is fragrance-free) and it wasn’t sticky.

Afterward, my face was glowy and a tad bit tacky for about a hour afterwards.

I did notice a difference in the softness and puffiness of my skin.

If you would like to try the mask…please go to their website by clicking here: Curapure  CBD for Skin Care.

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Knowing your skin is imperative in knowing how to treat your skin, but how do you know what type of skin that you have? We ask you on instagram, what are your top skin care questions? And then we asked the expert, Erin Jewell- licensed master esthetician.

Here are your important skin care questions answered. 

1. How do I find out my skin type?

There are seven basic skin types: normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, combination, acne-prone, sensitive and mature. Learn how to identify and care for yours below.

Normal

How to Tell: You don’t experience many breakouts. Your skin doesn’t tend to react negatively to new products or weather changes. You don’t feel like you need to constantly moisturize or blot oil from your face all day long. Your skin is firm, with minimal fine lines and wrinkles.

Oily

How to Tell: Your skin always seems to be glowing. You’re likely no stranger to blotting sheets or mattifying powders. You might find that makeup and skin care products don’t always stay put like you’d want them to.

Dry/Dehydrated

How to Tell: These are different  but they have very similar symptoms. 

Here’s how to identify them in your skin:

  • Dryness is caused by a lack of oil in the skin. Symptoms include flakiness, sensitivity, itchiness and cracks. It may be caused by lifestyle and environmental factors or a chronic condition (in case of eczema or related conditions).
  • Dehydration is the result of your skin not retaining enough moisture. Your skin may feel tight, have a papery appearance or show small, fine lines when your skin is pinched together.

Combination

How to Tell: If you’re having trouble figuring out what type of skin you have, it’s likely combination. Is your skin dry in certain areas, while oily in others? Combination skin is most easily defined by an oily T-zone (the strip across the forehead and the line down the nose) and dry or normal skin on the rest of the face.

Acne-Prone Skin

How to Tell: If you get frequent breakouts (or ones that just never seem to go away), you likely have acne-prone skin. This means that your pores tend to clog easily, making you more susceptible to whiteheads, blackheads or pustules than other skin types. You can have oily or dry skin and be prone to acne.

Sensitive

How to Tell: Sensitive skin might be caused by allergies or environmental factors Signs of this skin type include:

  • Skin that flushes easily
  • Frequent rashes and bumps
  • Stinging or burning after using a skin care product
  • Negative reaction to fragrance
  • Patches of dry, flaky, irritated skin

Mature

How to Tell: While not everyone’s skin ages at the same pace, the signs are fairly universal. You might notice a wrinkle here and there or more dryness than in your younger years. For more mature skin, you may notice sagging, dark spots, dullness and dehydration.

2. If I have sensitive skin, what ingredients should I avoid?

-Fragrance

An artificial fragrance could contain 200 or more different chemical or botanical components, and your skin could react to any one of them.

-Preservatives

Preservatives are necessary for keeping any product that contains water fresh and stable,Some preservatives, like parabens, while not considered harmful to health, can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Parabens are more likely to irritate those who already have skin issues.  Another preservative to look for in your cosmetics and skin products is methylisothiazolinone, which is a high-hazard allergen according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.

-Botanical extracts and essential oils

Just because a product is marked “natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it won’t cause a reaction on sensitive skin. Products that are considered ‘natural’ often contain ingredients that may be unusual or untested.  poison ivy is organic but you won’t find me using it on my skin…Plant-based ingredients like citrus fruit extracts and mint can cause irritation if it’s a primary ingredient.

-Sulfates

Ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate can strip the skin of its natural oils—These are cleansing agents that help create a rich, foaming lather, They can be too harsh for many people drying out skin and contributing to rashes and blemishes.

-Harsh exfoliants

Exfoliation is important for all skin types, but it can be tricky to choose the right type for sensitive skin I recommend to opt for an exfoliant with fruit enzymes as opposed to a physical scrub. Using a glycolic wash once or twice per week will also keep skin properly exfoliated without irritating it.

3. What ingredients should I look for in a sunscreen?

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These include a combination of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Should be spf 30 or higher. 

4. How often should I exfoliate?

Two to three times a week for normal and combination skin, and once a week for sensitive skin.

5. How do I know if I am over exfoliating?

Exfoliating every day can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause irritation because you’re removing the top layer of skin before it can heal.

Redness, irritation,  dryness, flakiness, increased oil production and Acne are all signs your over exfoliating.

6. What’s the best way to get rid of blackheads?

Blackheads are just an oxidized mix of oil and dead skin cells that are sitting in pores — the exposure to air is what causes them to oxidize and turn black.

Having them is not a sign that you’re dirty, so don’t cause more damage by being rough with your skin and scrubbing really hard.

Salicylic acid is a great option for dissolving peaky blackheads, If that isn’t helping leave it to the pros and book a facial treatment :).

7. What’s the best way to get rid of whiteheads?

A clay mask helps clear clogged pores of excess oil and dirt, which are often the culprits behind whiteheads.

Instead of popping your zit or running the risk of spreading bacteria or damaging your skin throw a patch on the spot. An acne patch can help dry out your pimple and keep you from picking at it.

Treat the spot with 2% salicylic acid to dry it up.

Schedule a facial treatment with an esthetician.

8. What skincare ingredients should I never mix together?

Some active ingredients used in skincare products can act as irritants when mixed with others, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin…below is a list Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Mix

-Benzoyl peroxide and retinol

BPO and retinoids should not be used together since they deactivate each other, rendering the retinoid ineffective.

-Vitamin C and AHAs

When vitamin C and AHAs (like glycolic, lactic, or malic acid) are used in conjunction, they cancel out the effects or can be irritating on the skin.  Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and AHA chemically exfoliates, so together these acids can destabilize each other.

-Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and Vitamin C

Used separately, both ingredients are great for treating blemish-prone and scarred skin, but combining them is a recipe for disaster. Niacinamide cancels out all of the good properties of vitamin C and turns it into a substance that causes redness and can trigger acne breakouts.

-Vitamin C and Retinol

Vitamin C can become inactive with small variations in a solution’s pH, like when you add retinol into the mix. I like to use my vitamin C in the am and my retinol at night for best results.

-Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) and Hydroquinone:

Hydroquinone, is a skin lightening agent that’s used to reduce pigment in your skin, and when you toss these two very potent ‘bleaching’ compounds together, it can cause hypopigmentation.

9. What alcohols are okay in skincare products?

Some of the most common examples of fatty alcohols used in skincare products include: cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and isostearyl alcohol.

Fatty alcohols have emollient and occlusive characteristics. These ingredients can actually help to keep the skin hydrated, making them beneficial in many types of topical products.

10. What ingredients should my products never have?

Well that’s a tough one as it’s almost impossible to find products that are free of all “bad Ingredients”.

My personal list includes Sodium lauryl sulfate, Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar) Fragrance, talc, Synthetic colors e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1).

About
Erin Jewell is a licensed master esthetician with 13 years of experience. 
Follow Erin on Instagram for more skin care knowledge @skyn_culture .
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Vitamin C Serums

THIS OR THAT? DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM VS. SUNDAY RILEY CEO SERUM

This or That?

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum VS. Sunday Riley CEO Serum

BY Toni Marie of Beauty & Etc.

02-03-2019
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I’ve been avid user of Vitamin C serums for a few years now. Throughout the process I’ve tried various brands. But my favorite has been the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and I’ve been using it for a little over a year now. Over the summer I was gifted (via Instagram giveaway by the brand) the Sunday Riley CEO Serum. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test it out and see how the two compare and differ from one another.

WHAT IS VITAMIN C AND WHY IS IT USED?

Vitamin C is often used for its brightening effects and it’s anti-aging properties. Some studies have even noted Vitamin C being able to help and prevent UV photo damage. I’ve been using various vitamin C serums for the past couple of years within my morning skincare routine.

I’ll mostly be discussing the following types of Vitamin C:

L-Ascorbic acid (found in the Drunk Elephant C-Firma)- known to penetrate the skin tissue and is more active in collagen production. It comes from natural sources like oranges. L-Ascorbic acid is the most active, but known to be the most unstable and to oxidize quickly. It usually comes in concentrations between 5-15%. It’s been said that people with both dry and oily skin textures can benefit from the usage, but not great for those with sensitive skin types.

THD ascorbate (vitamin C) (found in the Sunday Riley CEO Serum)- also known as Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a form of vitamin C which been modified to better penetrate the skin. Known to be one of the more stable types of Vitamin C. It’s said to be great for those who have sensitive skin types as it’s a more gentle formula of Vitamin C.

Other forms of Vitamin C- sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucoside. 

C-FIRMA VS. CEO

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DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM

Size: 1 ounce Price: $80

Scent: Citrus

What is it? 15 percent L-Ascorbic acid, one-half percent ferulic acid (an antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants that enhances the stability and the efficacy of vitamins C) and one percent vitamin E.

Skin types suitable for: All Skin Types

C-Firma™ has a reservoir effect, which means it will stay active on skin for up to 72 hours and cannot be washed or rubbed off. Its pH level is 3.3, which Drunk Elephant believes is the key to a non-irritating formula.

Texture: Serum

Suggested Usage:
-In the morning, apply evenly to clean, dry face, neck, chest, and backs of hands.
-Tip: C-Firma™ contains pure l-ascorbic acid and yields best results when used fresh, so use immediately and don’t stock up.
-After first use, this product may be stored in the refrigerator to help maintain its potent antioxidant activity and effectiveness.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ascorbic Acid, Laureth-23, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Phytosterols, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ferulic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Glycine, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin.

 
SUNDAY RILEY CEO RAPID BRIGHTENING SERUM

Size: 1 ounce Price: $85

Scent: Citrus

What is it? 15 percent THD ascorbate which delivers stable advanced vitamin C and is oil oil-soluble.

Skin types suitable for: All Skin Types

Texture: Consistency of a lotion

Suggested Usage:
-Apply one to two pumps to clean skin, morning and night.
-For enhanced visible brightening, follow with Good Genes, CEO Protect + Repair Cream, or Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream.
-Vitamin C pairs excellently with retinol, so this product works very well when applied on top of Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

Ingredients: Water, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Squalane, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acetamidoethoxyethanol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycine Soja Sterols, Tocopherol, Glycolic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Chlorphenesin, Cera Alba, Glycerin, Isosqualane, C30 Hydrocarbons, Saccharide Isomerate.

 

THIS OR THAT?

SUNDAY RILEY CEO SERUM OR DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM?

I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum for little over a year now. When the opportunity presented itself to try out the Sunday Riley CEO Serum I thought it would be a good idea to see how similar or different the two are from one another. Both serums contain 15% of vitamin C. But as previously mentioned, the vitamin C are two different types.

It said that that THD, the main vitamin C ingredient in the Sunday Riley CEO Serum, to be more gentle than L-Ascorbic acid (found in C-Firma). I did my due diligence and checked out multiple reviews on the CEO serum. Many of the reviews contained complaints of people breaking out in acne or bumps when using the CEO Serum. I can’t say that one formula is gentler than the other because that truly depends on the skin texture of the individual using it.

The major complaint that I noticed for the C-Firma were of people complaining of the shelf life. Many mentioned that that the serum oxidized on them from a light orange color to dark orange color after 3 months of usage. When vitamin C serum oxidizes it usually an indicator that your vitamin C serum no longer just contains L-ascorbic acid. This makes me wonder how often is the serum being stocked and date checked while on store shelves. After reading about those claims months ago, I actually opened my serum. I didn’t know what it looked like when I initially purchased it, so I took a picture of it and wrote down the serial number on the bottle and reached out to a rep at Drunk Elephant. I was asked when I opened the bottle and was informed that my serum was just fine. I was also informed when to discontinue usage of it as well.

The one major con for me regarding the Sunday Riley CEO Serum is that the full size, 1 ounce, only lasted about 3 months. According to the packaging of the CEO serum, it states that the product has a shelf life of 12 months. Whereas the full size of the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum 1 ounce lasted about 6-7 months and it’s shelf life is marketed as 6 months.

DRUM ROLL…THE FINAL DECISION

Both serums were used in the morning along with my other skincare items (cleanser, toner, essence and moisturizer). I did not experience any type of purging, acne or sensitivity to the ingredients in either serum. Both gave me the same results of glowy skin and help to fade minor dark spots on face. I honestly really enjoyed using the CEO Serum, but the fact that it depleted so quickly was a major deal breaker for me.

Both product retails in the $80 range. Drunk Elephant also makes a midi size of the C-Firma mid-size (15 ml) for $44 and a travel size due for $23. These additional size options are great for those that are afraid of taking the plunge right away into the full price. Also the smaller size gives you a better opportunity to finish the entire serum. In my opinion, this makes the Drunk Elephant a better buy for me.

 
JUST A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN USING VITAMIN C….
  • Keep away from sunlight

  • Should be stored in an airtight package

  • Should also be stored in a cool temperature.

  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. You wouldn’t want to cause harm to your skin when you’re trying to improve it or protect it, Right?!

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Whether you are in the market for a new perfume, the perfect perfume gift, or wanting to select the  perfect scent for Valentine’s Day, here are 34 of the most popular perfume to help your perfume hunt. 

1.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum

2.

Burberry Brit Eau de Parfum

3.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

4.

 Gucci Guilty Black Eau de Toilette

5.

Chanel Eau Tendre

6.

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose

7.

Silent St. by Derek Lam

8.

Nanette Lepore for Women

9.

 Versace Crystal Noir

10.

Shiseido Energizing

11.

Versace Yellow Diamond

12.

Victoria Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum

13.

Creed Love in Black Perfume

14.

Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme

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Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat

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Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Dream Women’s Perfume

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Paris Hilton Can Can

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Paris Hilton Can Can

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Viva la Juicy by Juicy Couture

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YSL Black Opium

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Lady Vengeance Juliette has a Gun

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Kiehls Musk Oil

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Versace Bright Crystal

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Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue

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Gucci Premiere

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Gucci Bloom

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Jimmy Choo Fever

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Armaf Vanity Femme

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Clinique Happy Heart

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Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

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Bvlgari Omnia Coral

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Chanel Mademoiselle

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Paco Rabanne Lady Million

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Chanel No. 5

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