The C Word

My mom, sister and I

My mom, sister and I

In lieu of my usual beauty product review I am going to get a little personal. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a week ago. Since that time, our whole family has had up and downs with the emotions. Tonight is definitely an up.

After meeting with her dr. the news is wonderful! The cancer is barely measurable in her breast and has not spread anywhere. A simple lumpectomy and radiation should do the trick. Of course it is a bit more complicated than that, but it is wonderful news! My mom will have the summer full of appointments and radiation, but the upside is she won’t miss work as she is a teacher.

This is a huge wake-up call for me.  I don’t do self exams and I think that cancer is never going to happen to me or my family, but it can and it does. So be vigilant, check yourself, go to the doctor and be healthy!

I would welcome your experiences and thoughts about breast cancer.

Friday’s post will be back to the norm! I will be reviewing Younique’s eyeshadows

 

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Two Day Hair

Long Hair--takes forever to dry

Long Hair–takes forever to dry

Remember the pants that had the zippers at the knees? You could wear them as pants one day and shorts the next–hence two day pants. Well here is my Two Day Hair.  I was always a firm believer in washing my hair once a day, sometimes even twice a day. But about a year ago I just couldn’t take it anymore. My color faded faster, my hair was dry, and it took so long to dry my hair (its long and thick). So I decided to forgo the ickiness and start wearing two day hair.

I will admit it took me a few weeks to be ok with the two day hair thing. The second day my hair was in a bun or a pony. I couldn’t stand it touching my face, it felt really greasy to me, although it didn’t look it. I found a dry shampoo I liked and started spraying that on the roots when I felt greasy.

All the info I have read online says it takes a while for your hair to stop producing all the oil–it’s true. If you can get past the first month of two day hair you will survive. My hair is thicker and healthier than it was before. I dare you to try it!

Countertime – Beautycounter’s Newest Product Line

beautycounter-countertime-collection-495x650When my friend asked me if I wanted to review Beautycounter’s latest product line, I was more than happy to oblige. I really believe in Beautycounter’s mission and I love that their products are all natural and healthy for you. If you haven’t read up on Beautycounter check you can do so here.

Beautycounter’s newest line, Countertime is an anti-aging line consisting of a face wash, enlightening treatment pads, radiance firming complex, uplifting day cream, nourishing cleansing balm, restorative night cream and vibrant eye perfector. This line was developed because so many of the traditional anti-aging products out there contain retinyl. Retinyl produces free radicals that can damage DNA. If you would like to read more about the risks of retinyl go here.

I have been using anti-aging products since my 20s.  Weird, I know, but you have to treat wrinkles before they start. Once you have wrinkles there isn’t much you can do besides plastic surgery. I was excited to try these products and see how they hold up.

Soothing Face Wash

The soothing face wash contains tons of natural ingredients, I won’t list them but you click the header to read them. A tiny pea size amount of this goes a long way. The face wash smells great and really gets your face feeling clean. I used this every morning. It was extremely gentle on my rosacea face. This is a product I would definitely buy.

Enlightening Treatment Pads

I didn’t like these at all. They felt too much like those oxy pads (without the harsh ingredients of course) and were scratchy on my face. Beautycounter states that 73% of women that used this experienced a significant decrease in pore count. I only used these once since I didn’t like them.

Radiance Firming Complex

This firming serum combats wrinkles and discoloration. I used it but don’t think I noticed much of a difference. In Beautycounter’s study, women did see differences but that was after using it for 4 weeks. I don’t think I would pay for this product but it was very gentle on my face and didn’t irritate me.

Uplifting Day Cream

This day cream reportedly promotes firmer skin and less redness. I really liked this cream. I would have prefered my day cream to have SPF in it. The day cream didn’t leave me feeling greasy as some do. I didn’t notice less redness but again, I only tried these out for a week.

Nourishing Cleansing Balm

This balm is like butter. It melts into your skin smells so good and makes your skin so soft. I heard of women using it on their feet to make them softer and also some women slept with the balm on instead of rinsing it right off. I thought this stuff was great. In the study Beautycounter conducted 100% of women noticed an increase in skin hydration that’s no surprise to me because this stuff is so thick.

Restorative Night Cream

The night cream is thick but doesn’t go on thick, I know that doesn’t make sense, but it almost thins out on your face. I liked it ok but didn’t think it made much of a difference. I think I would have preferred to keep the cleansing balm on all night instead of using this night cream.

Vibrant Eye Perfector

I am in love with this! I have really bad dark circles (hereditary) and this lightened them almost immediately. I was so excited! I have used millions of different eye creams and none have worked like Beautycounter’s. If you are desperate for a great under eye cream this is it!

So all in all I really liked this line. I believe in Beautycounter products, think they are wonderful and love how the products smell.  My only issue with Beautycounter is their prices. I understand that the time, testing and ingredients are a factor in their price but I think that many women cannot afford these products. I really was excited about the eye cream, but then when I saw the price I was disappointed. I do not want to spend that much money on an eye cream.  I really do love the products, but if they lowered their prices $15-20 I think they would open themselves up to a much bigger demographic.

If you are looking for products that are all-natural, safe and good for sensitive skin this line is for you! These products are top-notch and really live up to their claims. If you are interested in purchasing them or have any questions related to their products click here.

These products get the healthy paw of approval

Paw of Approval

Need to Know: Face Primer

Pixi-Flawless-Poreless-Primer-3I never knew much about face primer and didn’t think much about it until I received a primer in my March Glam Bag. After doing some research I thought I would share with you the highlights of what I found.

Face primer gets your face ready for foundation by filling in lines and creases to make foundation go on more smoothly. One of the most common ingredients in face primer is silicone, which helps provide an adhesive surface for pigments. Interesting. I decided to dig further and found this information on the Pixi Primer I received:

  • Pearl extract for revitalization, protection and anti-aging
  • Truffle extract is a luxury additive rich in amino acids and minerals to tone and hydrate
  • Vitamin E increases skin elasticity.
  • Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant
  • Vitamin C has revitalizing and nourishing benefits.

After using the primer several times, I really see no difference. My make-up Goddess, Jaclyn Hill, also thinks primers are a waste and I think highly of her makeup advice.

So tell me, do you use a primer, do you see results? I feel like I could be swayed to the Primer side if I used something that worked. Leave me your comments about face primer.

Welcome to Purrfectly Beautiful

HeadshotWelcome! I’m Andrea and I’m glad you stopped by my blog.  I am a writer and a lover of beauty products and of feeling and looking beautiful.  I am also a lover of cats, hence, Purrfectly Beautiful.  I toyed around with the idea of a beauty blog for some time.  I am a regular reader of beauty blogs and also a regular experimenter with lots of different beauty products.  I think the final act that made me decide on creating a beauty blog was writing reviews of products for my friend who is a Beauty Counter consultant.  So I am combing my passion for writing with my love of beauty.

I hope you enjoy my blog posts and the reviews I write. If you are interested in my reviewing a specific product, let me know. You can reach me at purrfectlybeautiful@gmail.com.