Mouthing off about Light Beam

I have to mention my experience with a new lip gloss. I’m a lip gloss fanatic (I won’t say ‘junkie’ just because I don’t endlessly apply, I’m just obsessed with the stuff, k?).

I got a tube (or cube is more accurate) of Rimmel’s Light Beam gloss, and I LOVE it! The packaging is absolutely worth mentioning because a) it’s a short, rectangular cube-y thing, b) it has a built-in mirror (yes!!) and, c) it has a light. What do mean it has a light? Well, it literally has a light inside the cap. A little button on the top of the cap is expertly concealed, but curiously placed so that you DO notice it.

When I got mine, I did the monkey-thing where I spotted the button and of course pushed it…and voila! The beautiful beam of light revealed itself. So great for applying lovely gloss in darkened rooms, like elegant restaurants (when you need a bit of help deciphering the menu), the Opera, or your favorite nightclub when you desperately need lovely lips and you don’t want to excuse yourself to pop into the Ladies Room.

Not only is the light in Light Beam fun and fantastic, but the gloss itself is quite nice. It’s very light (no pun, really) and subtle. The gloss appears to have a color (or more of a tint) to it, but it translates to a soft sheen with little-to-no color transfer when applied.

The flavor is simply devine. Sweet (but not yucky) and citrus-y. Like you just finished eating a juicy orange and the flavor lingers on your lips. Mmmmmmm.

Bonus alert: Rimmel Light Beam makes a fab lipstick or thick lipgloss base coat by priming your lips with a touch of shimmer, a boost of moisture and a lick of flavor. The best! $10.99 at

Do-It-Yourself Anti-Aging Skin Care

Smart Skin Care

In the world of skin care, prices over $100 for a little jar of cream are not uncommon, particularly if a product claims to reduce the signs of aging. If a person buys a few such products each month, the annual cost may be equivalent to a trip to Hawaii.

As it turns out, you can often get the same (or even greater) benefits at a fraction of the cost if you make your skin care items yourself. It may sound like a difficult and time consuming task but it is actually quite simple if you know the right ingredients and how to combine them. And it takes very little time, usually just a few minutes. Furthermore, the ingredients you need can usually be easily purchased at your local health food store. You are wondering why hasn’t anyone told you about it? Well, perhaps high-end skin care manufacturers have been dying to tell you how to replace their expensive products with affordable do-it-yourself alternatives… but somehow couldn’t get a hold of you.

Here are some of the advantages of making your anti-aging skin care items yourself:

  • Save money. You may be able to spend up to ten times less on skincare.
  • Desired strength. Many skincare products have no ingredients that help retard skin aging. Those which do, often have too low a concentration of active ingredients to make any real difference. Conversely, when preparing a cream yourself, you can put in as much of active ingredient(s) as you need.
  • Always fresh. Chemicals, whether natural or synthetic, decay over time because they react with water, air or each other. When active ingredients decay, a product loses its benefits and may even become harmful. Skin care products that you buy in a store were prepared months if not years in advance and some of their active ingredient may have already partly decayed. (Not all products even state the expiration date). Furthermore, when you open a product, the decay will accelerate because of the exposure to air. On the other hand, when you prepare your skin care items yourself, you get a fresh batch every time. Also, you can make small batches so that the product is used up relatively quickly (in a few weeks not months) and doesn’t have the time to decay.
  • Easy to make. When making a cream of your own, you can often avoid a tedious stage of mixing inactive ingredients by buying an appropriate base cream (i.e. a very inexpensive cream that already has inactive ingredients mixed together). Then you only need to add active ingredients. The whole process becomes quick and simple. (And some believe it’s fun too!)

For complete practical instructions on making your own anti-aging skin care see DIY Anti-Aging Skin Care Infopack.

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GirlPaint Up For Grabs!

Due to several projects pulling me indefinitely away from my beloved blog, GirlPaint, I am sad to announce that I must depart as the blog’s sole content provider.

I have had 1 1/2 incredible years at the helm and I want to personally thank everyone, in particular GirlPaint’s loyal fans and readers, who have brought about the blog’s tremendous growth and attention. We have come a long way together in a short period of time!

If you are interested in acquiring GirlPaint and continuing to ‘grow the brand,’ feel free to contact me by email.

All the best,

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