Blogger Friendship Award

Thank you to Tami from The Holistic Diva (http://essensu.blogspot.com) for awarding GirlPaint the Vespa Blogger Friendship Award. Your kindness and friendship are deeply appreciated. We here at GirlPaint love your blog, and I am thrilled to be a blogger “friend.”

Vespa Blogger Friendship Award
Vespa Blogger Friendship Award

In turn, I would like to award the Vespa Blogger Friendship Award to the following blogs whose amazing publishers have shared their friendship and expertise with me:

Nanci at NCN Professional Skin Care blog (aka Nanci’s Blog), http://www.ncnproskincare.com/myblog

Angie at The Herbarie blog, http://theherbarie.blogspot.com

Kirstie at Beaut.ie, The Irish Beauty Blog, http://beaut.ie/blog

All the women at DeLush, http://www.delush.com

Winona at Daddy Likey, http://daddylikey.blogspot.com

Frugal Fashionista, http://frugal-fashionistas.com

Elke at Elke Von Freudenberg’s blog, http://www.elkevonfreudenberg.com/blog

If you would like to pass this award on to some of your blogger friends, then here’s how to do it (as passed on to me):

1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog
5. Leave a message for the nominees on their blog

Thank you to my friends in the beauty blogosphere for sharing your advice, wisdom and — most of all — your sense of humor.

Feeling Special: Deals of (the Century of) the Week

Feeling Special!
Feeling Special!

Enjoy some superb spring specials especially for skin care and make-up aficionadas, but hurry because these specials won’t be special for long.

  • Spend $50 on Olay Pro-X, get a $25 mail in rebate. Offer ends 5.5.2009
  • Spend $100 on Kinerase skin care products and get a free Advanced Repair Serum ($135 value). Offer good while supplies last or until April 30, 2009
  • Make your dollar go further; purchase products that do double duty: spend $20 on any combination of select products, get the book extraordinary uses for ordinary things free
  • Go green, save green: Get up to 50% off green & natural products at drugstore.com
  • Receive a free 4-oz. philosophy Cinnamon Buns Bodywash ($8 value) when you buy a select philosophy item
  • With every $75 Strivectin purchase, receive a free 1 oz eye cream ($45 value) at Beauty.com. While supplies last
  • Get a Free Kevin Aucoin Brush Stroke Pencil ($27 value!) with your Beauty.com purchase of $50 or more. Offer good while supplies last or until April 30, 2009
  • Special offer: Get a Free Urban Decay Sparkly Sweet Body Powder ($25 value!) with your Beauty.com purchase of $50 or more. Offer good while supplies last or until April 30, 2009
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    Acne Myths and A Recipe to Clear It All Up

    Acne in plain English …

    • Myth: Washing your face more often will help clear up acne

    Reality:  Zits aren’t caused by dirt. Contrary to what you may have seen in advertising, pores don’t get blocked from the top down due to “impurities”. Rather, the walls of a pore stick together deep within the skin, starting acne formation. Far from keeping acne at bay, frequent washing may actually irritate pores and cause them to become more clogged. A washcloth can add even more irritation. The best bet is to wash your face gently with clean, bare hands, and only wash twice a day.

    • Myth: Stress causes acne

    Reality: Stress may have an effect on hormones and theoretically can promote acne. However, an effective anti-acne system is more powerful than a bout of stress any day. Some medications may cause acne as a side effect, but stress itself is no big deal (for your skin, that is). Your time is better spent determining the right course of acne treatment rather than feeling stressed about stress.

    • Myth: Masturbation or sex causes acne

    Reality: This totally antiquated notion, originating primarily to dissuade young people from having premarital sex, is just plain wrong. Don’t believe the hype. ‘Nuf said.

    • Myth: The sun will help get rid of acne

    Reality: The sun may work in the short-term to hasten the clearing of existing acne while reddening your skin, thus blending your skin tone with red acne marks. However, a sun burn is actually skin damage. It’s important to prevent damage to your skin while trying to get rid of acne. Sun exposure causes irritation which can make acne worse. People will often notice their skin breaking out as it heals from sun damage. The sun is a short-term band-aid which will often bite back with more acne in the weeks following exposure. Having said that, I don’t want to give the impression that the sun is evil. It’s not. We get our vitamin D from the sun. Limiting sun exposure on acne prone areas of your body is prudent, but some exposure from time to time is not only unavoidable, but is perfectly okay. Just wear a good sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

    Acne Cream Recipe

    • 1 ounce of Sea Kelp Bioferment
    • 1/4 tsp. of White Willow Bark extract (Salicylic Acid)*
    • 1/2 tsp Rosehip Seed Oil**

    Dissolve willow bark extract in sea kelp, add rosehip seed oil and mix well. Leaves skin velvety soft! Best of all: it’s soooo inexpensive and effective.

    *Do not use this recipe if you’re allergic to aspirin.

    **If you’re afraid of the oil, FEAR NOT. Rosehip seed oil is one of the best things you can put on your face, oily skin or no. If for whatever reason you experience breakouts as a result of using this cream, mix up another batch without the oil.

    all ingredients can be purchased from Bulk Actives (www.bulkactives.com) and NCN Professional Skincare (www.ncnproskincare.com)

    Cease Eyeshadow Creases and Release Your Lids with Lock Down

    Too Faced Lockdown Cream Eye Shadow Jailbait: light pink
    Finally a fool-proof cream eye shadow. I’m loving Too Faced’s new Lock Down Ultimate Creaseless cream eyeshadows with their famous Shadow Insurance lid primer already built in.

    So easy to apply and they last, last, last…plus, they’re water resistant, making them the perfect shadows for weddings!

    If you read the product info on Too Faced’s website (which I must say does not do justice to Lock Down’s actual very pretty, subtle colors), you’ll read something about “deep, intense, metallic pigments.” For those of you who are afraid of “metallic” eyeshadows, fear not! I’m not crazy about shiny, shimmery eye shadow myself, but the great thing about Lock Down is that the moment you apply it, it begins to soften down to a subtle luster…stunning. And if you want that metallic intensity, just built it up. Easy, peasy.

    And yes, it really is easy. Just squeeze a tiny, and I mean TINY, amount onto your fingertip or a taklon makeup brush — I used my concealer brush — applied directly to your eyelid. Lock Down can be used alone, layered with other Lock Down colors or as a primer base for other your other eye shadows.

    Too Faced Lock Down Creaseless Eye Shadow‘s benefits are many indeed.

    • Creaseless – NO creasing, fading or smudging
    • Water Resistant – rain, snow, tears, skinny-dipping. Now all possible without ruining your eye shadow.
    • Healthy – paraben-free and enriched with Vitamin E. So nice!
    • Easy and effortless – quick and easy to apply and so long-wearing
    • Veritile – wear Lock Down alone, layered with other Lock Down shades or as your eye shadow base

    So there you go. Easy, pretty, CREASE-FREE cream eyeshadow. It’s all in there!

    Dull Complexion? Fix It with a Fruit Fiesta!

    Mychelle Fruit Fiesta PeelPlagued by blah winter skin? Longing for fresh, dewy skin in honor of spring?

    Then check out MyChelle Fruit Fiesta Peel.

    I sampled this all-natural dermaceutical peel recently, all I can say is, “Wow!” The texture is similar to strawberry jam, minus the sweet stickiness. The smell is just like a tart, juicy raspberry.

    As the website claims, “Antioxidant and nutrient dense organic raspberry puree, and natural acids romance your skin to a more radiant, youthful glow. You will feel a light tingling and stimulating effect that will leave your skin refreshed.” Romance your skin…did ya get that?

    All true! And yes, YOU WILL feel a tingling. The website appropriately warns that Fruit Fiesta Peel is not for beginners, so if you’re not accustomed to facial peels, approach with caution. Although it looks and smells de-lish and is called “Fiesta,” this is one serious fruity product. In fact, a patch test is recommended especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies (to berries, in particular).

    Once you’ve determined your face is good to go, Fruit Fiesta really is like a party on your face. Just apply a thin layer — a little goes a long way — to cleansed skin. And please try to avoid your eye area. Take it from me, you don’t want this stuff in your eyes. After three minutes, rinse Fiesta away. I’ll say it again, expect a tingle. NOTE: If your skin gets too irritated or stings, wash off immediately with warm water.

    After three short minutes, you’ll find your skin baby soft, super smooth, refreshed and renewed. Just in time for spring! Follow with your favorite fruit mist or floral water and a nice rich moisturizer.

    BONUS: MyChelle Dermaceuticals is offering 15% off select products (including Fruit Fiesta Peel) through April 30, so there’s no time like the present to try a party on your face.

    Other beautiful and all-natural favorites from MyChelle include the divine-smelling Serious Hyaluronic Firming Serum; luxurious, non-greasy Hand Cream; and the aptly named Supreme Polypeptide Cream.

    Collossal Gloss for Not A Lot o' Coin

    Stila $22 Lip Glazee.l.f. $1 Hypershine GlossI’m a lipgloss fanatic. An addict, if you will. At all times, I have on me no less than 15 tubes of lipgloss. I have a large crystal cube on my makeup dresser that contains nothing but lipgloss…glorious! And I’m always open to a new lipgloss. Who isn’t, right?

    But these days in particular, I don’t wanna break the bank(s) — they’re broke enough as it is. So instead of going all out on an old favorite, Stila’s Lip Glaze, I opted for a bargain basement substitute, e.l.f.’s Hypershine Lipgloss. At only $1 (yep, I said ONE dollar), these Stila stand-in’s are a perfect guilty pleasure that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

    Smooth, shiny and not-too sticky, e.l.f.’s Hypershine lasts nicely and imparts a nice stain of color in a medium-to-high gloss factor. Plus, it smells and tastes like cotton candy…yummy!

    My favorite colors (these days…I change my mind like the wind blows) are Fairy, a sheer almost-clear gloss with a hint of white shimmer, and Sugar Plum, a lovely lavender-plum that looks great on it’s own or layered over your favorite nude or wine-colored lipstick.

    How do e.l.f.’s Hypershine Gloss sticks measure up to Stila’s Lip Glazes? Readers of People Magazine say “Quite well, thank you!” And, as Achelle aptly states, “If the product rocks, especially in the category of makeup, why not save money, can you really see a difference!?” Too true, My Dear.

    So there you have it. $1 makeup that actually stands up to the big boys…ehem, girls…of the makeup world. So don’t blush, instead stay flush. Happy glossing, Lovelies!

    e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss Set, $8.09 at Drugstore.com
    e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss Set
    e.l.f. Hypershine Mini Cell Phone Lip Gloss Charms set, $5.09 at Drugstore.com
    e.l.f. Hypershine Mini Cell Phone Lip Gloss Charms set

    Primed for Perfection

    Arbonne Virtual Illusion Makeup PrimerI recently had the good fortune to sample Arbonne’s Virtual Illusion Make-up Primer. I’ve used dozens of primers, and frankly never really understood why people wore them. After sampling Arbonne‘s, now I get it!

    For example, Saturday I went into work for an important event. I was going to be doing lots of running around, schmoozing, rubbing elbows, meeting-and-greeting…I think you get the picture. Anyway, by the time I finally took my make-up off at around 1:30AM (!!!), it was FLAWLESS. Looked just as perfect as when I put it on that morning. I was amazed. To the point that I almost didn’t want to take it off (it looked really good).  Plus, my pores were virtually invisible! To say the least, I’m purchasing full size of Virtual Illusion…and can’t wait to get it, ‘cuz now I get it.

    P.S. Arbonne is one of the rare few product lines still made in the U.S. so you can be assured of its quality and efficacy.

    Special thanks to Sondra Wright, Arbonne Reg. VP for the Virtual Illusion sample. Image courtesy Arbonne.
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