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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

When To Throw Out Your Makeup


I was cleaning out my bathroom this morning and came across an old eyeshadow palette from high school. I rarely used this palette and apart from its low pigmented shades, the fact that it was from Claire's explains a lot. I knew it was too old to be used, so I made use of it by drawing an eye and sprinkled pigment on it.

When To Throw Out Your Makeup

And that got me wondering, when do you throw out makeup?

A lot of cosmetics do contain expiry dates, but there are plenty of brands that don't.

So here are the general rules:

Eye shadows
Good for: 12 - 18 months

Good for: 12 months

Good for: 3 months

Makeup that has deteriorated often goes pale or changes consistency - possibly pooling oil - and can even start to smell.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Review: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant


Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review

Exfoliating helps reduce milia, acne and reveals softer, smoother skin. My friend Kim and I got our own bottle of Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant from the Dermalogica blogger event back in June. Kim immediately tried it and loved it while I was trying to finish my at the time current exfoliant.

In a nutshell, it's been about two months and I really like it. It's my favourite exfoliant that I've tried thus far and I would love it if I saw major differences, but I unfortunately don't. It's great for your current skin but doesn't do much, if anything, for scars. I must add that I really love the rice smell and this probably added bonus points.

What It Is / What It Claims

A Rice-based powder formula that activates upon contact with water. Thereby releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter and is gentle enough to use on a daily basis.

I was using Soap&Glory's Scrub-Your-Nose-In-It as my regular exfoliator and it's made up of fine grains that I can feel scrubbing against my skin. The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant comes in powder form and requires you put add water to the mixture. There are no grains at all and it's just a smooth cleanse with a nice smell.

Michelle Phan recently made a video about making your own rice toner and even announced that she will be released a rice cleanser to her skincare line, IQQU. Of course, knowing her, she listed the benefits of rice and what it does to your skin.

It definitely is gentle enough to use everyday and does not dry out my skin.

I forgot to mention that it has a price tag of $60. That puts things into perspective a bit. Luckily for me, it was free. But would I buy it for $60? No. I make $10 an hour and that's 6 hours of my ass working for a bottle of exfoliant. It doesn't contain miracles but allows me to wash away dead skin cells on a daily basis. Regular exfoliants are only recommended to be used 2-3x a week because it's rough on your skin. Until I can actually afford to buy higher end products and not fall into the debt pool, I'll stick to my under $20 drug store products. I know I'll miss the rice smell once my bottle runs out because I love, love, love the smell.

Exfoliation helps reduce milia.

About Paparazzi Skin

A blog that explores skincare and the truth behind product claims.

I am not a dermatologist nor do I claim to be. I extract information from books and the internet that I believe will help educate readers and myself about skincare.

From time to time I will do makeup-related posts.

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Toronto, Ont., Canada

Skincare Books

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beautiful Skin
by Marsha Gorden and Alice E. Fugate

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