Ice Cream For Goth Girls

Yes, yes…that’s what I said.  Ice Cream for Goth chicks.

If lactose wasn’t so vehemently opposed to my stomach, and ice cream wouldn’t so zealously affix itself to my body, I would be seeking out Little Damage Ice Cream forthwith.

I don’t *totally* get the “unicorn” craze – I can respect the love of iridescence, absolutely, but I feel like this is getting to be a little overboard.  Whatever. . .I’d go crazy for black ice cream regardless, just because…but as it squashing the overwhelming barrage of rainbow swirls left and right, I have to say I’m smiling ear to ear. . .

Goth girl getting back at the illusory and evanescent concept that is the prismatic unicorn?  Maybe. . .  But I think it’s more directed at the onslaught of look-at-pink-and-blue-sparkly-anime-eyed-me’s. 

I’m not a trend follower, though – there it is.  I lean towards the caliginous so despite my personal penchant for glitter, I’d ditch it for black without a second thought.

I mean, black and red ombre?! Holy shit, I’m in heaven!!!

All I can say is these cones, black as night, and the dark-and-dreary hued ice cream is up my alley and beyond.  Had this been more prevalent when I was little, you better believe I’d have had it in place of birthday cake at my parties.  Too bad, five year-olds, you can deal without pink for five minutes.

 

Sephora Micellar Cleansing Water & Milk

Cleansing skin is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine…and the one that a lot of people flub.  Regimes overseas (I live in the USA) has always captured my attention because they are often so impeccably executed.  There are far more than one or two steps – which I’ve found is one too many for most – and it shows.  A cleansing wipe works in a pinch but – hate to break it to you – is not necessarily getting much off your skin at night.

Cleansing waters have become more mainstream in our markets in the last two years or so (I say, hallelujah!) Most have been pretty basic in formulation – for dry skin, oily skin, maybe a waterproof remover.  But until now we’ve not seen as many varieties (such as mattifying ones, for example.)

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Well, Sephora decided to up the game and has released a line of four Micellar Cleansing Water & Milks each catering to a different skin type.

Per Sephora: 

Rose Micellar Cleansing Milk: Smooth and silky, this cleanser is also ultra-moisturizing and Brightening.

Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Milk: This smooth cleanser soothes and relaxes the complexion.

Green Tea Micellar Cleansing Water: This light and refreshing cleanser mattifies and fights blemishes without the use of harsh ingredients.

In a use test on 30 volunteers after the 1st use:
– 90% said that the micellar cleansing water efficiently cleanses the face and eyes 
– 97% said that skin is mattified

Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water: Purifies and detoxifies leaving skin feeling fresh.

In a use test on 32 volunteers after the 1st use:
– 91% said that the micellar cleansing water efficiently cleanses the face and eyes 
– 94% of women said that the micellar cleansing water detoxifies skin

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Yes to Tomato Charcoal Facial Wipes For The Mats

Some of my training partners and I were talking about an issue (several, actually) that comes up a lot in Martial Arts (especially fuller contact ones) – staying clean!

It isn’t pretty, but it’s par for the course, so you just have to be prepared. It’s not only the fact that you are all up in someone’s face (which is a huge part of it), but also about fending off clogged pores, dirt and other offenders.

I ran across these Yes to Tomato Charcoal Facial Wipes recently and was honestly psyched to see them – I’m not crazy about some of the wipes out there because some just don’t feel like they get the job done.  These, though, are formulated with charcoal – a pore-clearing, grime-busting substance that will provide and on-the-go detox when you simply don’t have other options.  They also happen to be black, which my inner goth finds not-so-secretly satisfying.  How badass of you, Yes To!  😉 ) 

The brand has a bunch of other ones too, but I like the idea that these amp up the impurity busting quotient – when you finish a Reflex Development class at Jiu-Jitsu, you WILL be sweating like a farm animal, and you’ll need that extra skin-clearing boost. 

Toss these “LBG”s (cheeky, I like it!) in your gym / dojo bag and keep yourself clean wherever you are, and whenever you need it!

 

Summer 2016 – Clinique

All sorts of new skincare – and some color – from Clinique.  Here are a few links to the new stuff:

  1. Uplight Illuminating Powder – multi-tasking, candle-lit glow giver!
  2. City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel – detoxifying cleanser.
  3. City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub – a 5 minute detox and exfoliation.
  4. Pep-Start Cleansing Wipes – for on the go, quick clean up!
  5. Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser – for daily cleansing.
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Summer 2016 – L’Oreal Masks

I’m a little bit nutty about taking care of my skin – it’s one of those things that you have to be incredibly proactive about (as in, start early in life!)  It will make a difference if you start to baby your skin early on in life – not only because it becomes an engrained habit, but because you have protected it so well from nature’s aggressors over time.

I’ve always like L’Oreal as a brand – not so much because it is an absolute monster of a company, but because that as a giant in the industry, it has the resources to do solid research and testing – great R&D results in products that actually DO what they say they will…and all the L’Oreal products I have tried, have delivered.  

Their L’Oreal drugstore line is on the moderate to higher end where pricing is concerned, but it also won’t break the bank (La Mer, anyone) so it makes loving your skin less damaging to your wallet.

The newest items, coming this Summer, include a variety of masks – always a fun way to de-stress, and pamper your epidermis.  There will be three formulations available:

  • Exfoliate & Refine Pores  3 Pure Clays + Red Algae
  • Purify & Mattify –  3 Pure Clays + Eucalyptus
  • Detox & Brighten –  3 Pure Clays + Charcoal

 

Per BudgetBeautyBlog, one of the few places posting the news, these creamy , 10 minute masks combine:
  1. Kaolinite (to cleanse & exfoliate)
  2. Montmorillonite (absorb oil)
  3. Rhassoul (rich in minerals to condition & hydrate)
I’m kind of excited to see these.  I don’t really need another mask, but I always get excited about new products. 🙂  Are you looking forward to checking these out?  

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue

The benefits of charcoal as a detoxifier are by no means new, but there has been rather a surge in charcoal based skincare over the last few years, and I’ve more recently seen it for haircare as well!

And, while there are a plethora of products out there, it is worth mentioning Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Mask, which appears to be a heavier hitter in the epidermal detox than many others. The mask is formulated with Binchotan Charcoal, derived from the Japanese Ubame Oak Tree – in addition to adsorbing up to 1,000x its own weight in impurities (environmental toxins, sebum etc…), it has also been used to deodorize, purify water, and whiten your pearly teeth. Impressive!

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In addition, Dermalogica uses Sulfur in the formulation, known to treat various conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea, sebaceous dermatitis, and to promote cell turnover.  Brilliant!  Add to that Volcanic ash, sea silt, bamboo extract and alpha hydroxy acids to “further accelerate skin brightening with dual-action exfoliation.” ANDNiacinamide, and Chilean Wild Mint, which ” helps reduce congestion and calm the skin” and refine pores, respectively.

If you have problematic skin at all…this sounds like a serious holy grail (HG) treatment mask – at $46, I know it’s a lot, but I’ve never had a bad experience with Dermalogica’s products.  EVER. 

 

 

Charcoal For Your Pearly Whites

Every so often I am surprised by the extent to which a trend will go…  BB creams, for example, for the hair wasn’t TOO much of a stretch, for one… I mean, companies have to tack onto the hottest “it” trend, right?

And I suppose charcoal for teeth isn’t entirely new – people have used the powder to whiten and deodorize for some time.  But then I guess I didn’t fully expect to see a toothbrush claiming to do the same.  Maybe it’s because it’s sort of like hairbrushes that claim to condition hair with argan oil.  Okay…they *might*…for a short time.  But you are going to lose some of that with each stroke, no?  How effective is it really?

Well, each bristle of the Binchotan Toothbrush is “blended with Binchotan charcoal which known to radiate negative ion and has powerful deodorizing effect to remove plaque and the cause of bad breath. It also helps to prevent the harmful bacteria or viruses from growing within the brush.

In fact, it says that because of the benefits of charcoal, the brush will help to “boost overall wellness.”

Huh, how about that? (I’m sticking to my overall regime anyway! 😉 ) 

I’m curious about how long the effects or benefits endure… I supposed only as long as any normal brush bristles would last, or before that (the rule is every 3 to 4 months, or when you are seeing any signs of wear.) 

This wellness-booster comes in five different colors (all the same charcoal-wrapped bristles!) for $7.00.