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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Review: DERMA E Radiant Glow Facial Oil by SunKissAlba

 (product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com)

2 fl.oz./60mL $19.95
Now that summer is over and autumn is here, your skin's needs are changing. It is highly likely that you need some extra TLC (especially if you spent some extra time in the elements over the summer). If your skin is mature, dry or normal then I have something very nice for your skin that will leave it glowing and radiant. Try out the DERMA E Radiant Glow Face Oil by SunKissAlba

You may think this would be a heavy facial oil but it isn't. DERMA E collaborated with influencer SunKissAlba to create this lovely facial oil that leaves skin glowing without feeling greasy at all. It contains moisturizing oils such as Jojoba, Seabuckthorn and Argan. It also contains a bit of Mica to add a light but beautiful shimmery glow to the skin. Jojoba oil is deeply moisturizing to the skin and adds a healthy appearance. Seabuckthorn oil contains a wealth of antioxidants and vitamins which help to encourage healthy and well-maintained skin. Argan oil is also full of antioxidants and helps to keep moisture in the skin while helping to maintaining the right texture. This oil deeply nourishes and moisturizes the skin, leaving it soft, plump and with a smoother look and feel. Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed oils are also included because they are beneficial for drier skins. These two oils are great sources of essential fatty acids, which are good for dry skin. Vitamin E is a source of moisture and antioxidants. After using this oil, skin's texture and tone is renewed and the appearance is more youthful. The end result is skin that is touchably soft with a luminous vitality.

To use: shake oil well before use. Take two to three drops and apply to face and neck, massage in. Apply morning and evening. This multifunctional oil can be use on the body and hair too, for deep conditioning. It works well for any skin type but is especially good for dry and normal skin types. 

I love a good facial oil, like this one. My skin is normally dry in the autumn and winter and normal in the spring and summer months. Using this oil adds moisture without weight and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, This oil is light enough that just about anyone could theoretically could use it. I wouldn't recommend it for those with oily or acneic skin, but those with combination skin could use it. If you are looking for a way to add a glow to the skin, this oil is a good way to do it. Skin will be moisturized, softer and have a beautiful glow without any heaviness. So think about adding this oil to your regimen. 

DERMA E Radiant Glow Facial Oil by SunKissAlba retails for $19.95 and is available on  www.dermae.com and exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA Stores. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

Monday, October 18, 2021

10 Tips to Prep For Your Wedding Hair and Make Up

 10 Tips to Prep For Your Wedding Hair and Make Up

Wedding season is in full swing, and it's time to start thinking about all of the things that you need to get done before your big day! One of the most important parts of looking your best on your wedding day is doing some prep work ahead of time. Here are eight steps you can take to be ready for hairstyling and makeup come wedding day!

Choose Your Style Of Makeup

Natural, glamorous, or something in between. If you're not sure yet what look to go for on the big day, ask your hairstylist and makeup artist, who will be able to advise you. That's the beauty of having a stylist and makeup artist come to you, and they can show you their portfolio or give examples of how they achieved different looks with past brides. They may even have some ideas that they can share with you based on their experience.

Choosing Your Hairstyle

Having your hair done in an elegant style that is suitable for the time of day may seem like a given, but it's worth keeping in mind. Many brides opt for a loose hairstyle, and while this is an attractive look, many stylists agree that anything other than a tight chignon or half up-do will become too messy and unstructured after the ceremony. You may wish to change your hairstyle during photos.

Book A Hair And Make-up Trial

When you have a wedding hair and makeup trial, ask your stylist to show you a range of different styles. If you're not sure what type would look best on your face shape or if you want more options for styling during the day, bring along pictures from magazines that illustrate each option so that you can get an idea of what to expect. Discuss your options with your stylist, and make sure you'll be able to recreate the style at home. Take Advantage of the trial. On your wedding day, you'll have some time to relax with friends and family before getting ready. You can either take this opportunity or use it as a trial run for your hairstyle so that in the morning itself, everything will be perfect. 

Choosing A Make-Up Artist

While many brides choose a hair specialist, some opt for someone who provides both services as this means they can also share tips on styling their wedding gown and how best to embellish it with accessories. If you're not sure whether to choose a stylist or makeup artist, ask friends and family for recommendations, as others will have an opinion on the best choice. If you're still unsure, arrange a trial with both to see which suits your needs best.

On the day of your wedding, makeup should be flawless and straightforward rather than too heavy, which can look harsh under camera flashes. Make sure that any foundation is high quality as it will last all night without smudging or fading. Foundation applied too thinly will highlight fine lines and imperfections, so it's best to find an appropriate balance for your skin.

Follow A Good Skincare Routine

A few weeks before the wedding, it is essential to start a good skincare routine. You want your skin ready for how much makeup you will be wearing on the day of the big event. Begin by using gentle cleansers and moisturizers made specifically for sensitive skin types because these ingredients work best with how often you'll be cleansing your skin. Also, you want to make sure that your moisturizers have sunscreen in them because sun exposure on the wedding day will be unavoidable and prevent any unwanted damage from happening to your face.

In addition, consider how much makeup is being applied by how often you need to cleanse your skin. If a lot of makeup is being used, you should be washing your skin more often. You also want to make sure that how you go about the skincare routine is suitable for how much makeup will be on your face because this can cause adverse reactions if not done correctly. For instance, using a cleanser and moisturizer with sunscreen could leave behind an oily residue if not done beforehand. Consider using natural products on your skin like babassu oil. It has a lot of benefits and can be used on your skin as well as your hair. There are more ways on how to use babassu oil, and it can be a great product to add to your hair- and skincare collection.

Make Sure To Keep Your Hair Looking Healthy

Do not wash your hair the day before. This will help keep it from getting greasy fast and looking dirty for pictures after getting all done up! If possible, try using dry shampoo to soak up any excess oil so that you can skip a wash and feel fresh as a daisy again on the big day.

Do Not Use Any Heavy Products

This will be a bit difficult if you have naturally oily hair or it is hot outside, but the last thing that you want to do on your wedding day feels like extra items are weighing down your mane! This includes curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers! Stick with lighter lotions and sprays so that everything looks sleek and smooth instead of feeling like a helmet. Please do not use any styling tools with the heat on them the day before and the morning of your wedding to prevent damage.

Keep Your Skin Clear

Avoid makeup the day before your wedding. You want to be able to address any blemishes or discoloration on your skin so that you look fresh and glowing for pictures! Make sure you get a facial in the weeks leading up to your big day, too - this will help exfoliate away impurities that may be lurking underneath.

Do Not Forget to Moisturize

You are about to have your face done up in makeup, so do not forget to moisturize before you go! A good trick to remember is to give yourself a hand massage while you're moisturizing. Massaging the hands and arms will help bring blood flow to that area and release tension, which can be beneficial for your overall look! This will help keep the base layer of foundation from caking on dry patches and looking cakey or flaky throughout the night.

Getting Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your hair and makeup on your wedding day. When it comes to getting ready, all those hours before are going to take a lot out of you! Staying up all night before your wedding is not only counterproductive, but it's also very unhealthy for you! Not only will lack sleep affect how well you're able to put yourself together, but it may also cause skin irritation and breakouts.

This may be one of the most important things to do ahead of time, so try to get some sleep at least a week or more before your big day if possible. If you can't manage that much rest, try to get some shut-eye the night before. If that's not possible, take a long nap the day before you're set to get married, but try not to sleep too late! Getting enough rest ahead of time will help you feel your best on your wedding day. You'll be able to put yourself together smoothly and shine for all those photos without looking tired or ragged.

In conclusion, wedding hair and makeup can be costly, but you can get the most out of your money with some planning. When it comes to wedding day beauty services, there are so many choices: bridal updo hairstyles, airbrush makeup and spray tanning. You may want to consider which aspects will look best on camera for posting on the internet and what will look best in your wedding photos.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

IG: iamthemakeupjunkie


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Six Signs Of Aging To Take Notice Of!


Six Signs Of Aging To Take Notice Of!

When did you last pay attention to your skin? Have you noticed it aging recently? It’s unbelievable how many times no one pays any attention to their skin and then when they finally do realize they’re getting older, it’s too late to think about prevention. Your skin is going to show you exactly how old you are, especially if you don't take care of it properly.

You know that getting older is a natural process, but that doesn't mean that the process is any easier for your skin. Aging is going to be a beautiful process, whether you get Botox injections or you do it without any nips and tucks. The first thing that you have to do, though, is actually noticing when it's happening to you. So, with this in mind, here are six signs of aging that you really have to pay attention to:


  1. Age spots. You do not have to be ‘old’ to have age spots. If your skin has been overexposed to the sun, you will find that age spots will crop up and that will not help you to keep that younger, healthy looking skin you want. Age spots can appear on your face, hands and even your neck. Anywhere the sun can land on your skin, age spots can appear.

  2. Your skin is loose. Your skin is supposed to be tight for as long as possible and when your skin is aging, it begins to sag and it loosens up. We lose elasticity and then it droops, which does nothing for self-esteem. You can tackle this by focusing properly on tightening treatments that work to boost the collagen in your skin.

  3. You’re noticing lines. Wrinkles and lines in the skin are a general side effect of aging, and it’s the most obvious sign of aging around. Time marches on and you soon figure out that it’s marching across your face. There are lotions and serums out there that will tell you all about how to nourish your skin. There are some fantastic options out there that will help you to finally get the plump, youthful look you’ve been waiting for - and that’s with the help of injectables. These can be as light or as heavy as you like, and 

  4. Drooping. Your cheeks drooping down is a sign of facial volume loss, and you should consider this when you notice the gaunt, hollow look of your face if that happens when you get older. Fillers work really well here!

  5. Your lips are thinning. Did you know thin lips are a sign of aging? Your lips can be filled in but it’s a natural decline if you are dealing with a loss of collagen in your lips as you get older.

  6. Your skin is drier. Hydrated skin is a must, and glowing skin is all about your moisture levels. As we age, we lose moisture in our skin and this can be brought on by sun damage and changes in our bodies as we get older.

    Until Next Time~

    Marie Papachatzis

    I Am THE Makeup Junkie

    IG: iamthemakeupjunkie


Friday, October 15, 2021

Review: DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub

 (product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com)

2 oz./56g $26.00

I have always posted that exfoliation is very important and one of the key elements to good skincare. And microdermabrasion is one of the best ways to get results. It's a salon or medispa treatment which uses various types of crystals that are smoothed along the skin to exfoliate it and remove the upper layers of the epidermis. Proven to be quite effective, but quite costly, some scrubs that are used at home can mimic some of the results that microdermabrasion provides. Today I will be discussing a scrub which helps to rid the skin of dead skin cells in a natural way and that helps skin to regenerate itself without irritation, while leaving your skin glowing. 

DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub is an excellent choice if you choose to use a scrub for exfoliation in your skincare routine. This wonderful smelling scrub (it smells like lemon, lime and orange), is a great way to get a salon treatment at home. Microdermabrasion is usually reserved for salons, medispas and dermatologists' offices, however this scrub gives you similar results with continued use. It helps to clear up clogged hair follicles (pores), which in turn prevents acne lesions, buffs aways dullness, removes fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to lighten the look of acne scars. Skin looks and feels smoother, and more radiant. 

It contains a mixture of Dead Sea Salt and crystals (such as pumice and alumina) that combine to form a paste, which smoothes the skin without being overzealous. I would recommend this product for skins that are dry, normal, combination and oily but not acneic in nature. If you have a acneic skin and want to use this, make sure you do not have active breakouts on your face. This is something that would help to get rid of blackheads but it is not meant skin that has lesions already on it.  Also, I would definitely not recommend it for really sensitive skin or skin that has been using chemical exfoliants on it (AHAs, Retin-A, etc.) under any circumstance. That type of skin is already thin enough and could become thinner with use of this product. Too much exfoliation erodes the natural moisture barrier and causes damage to the skin. Then the natural ceramides are damaged and need to be replaced. It becomes a vicious cycle. If your skin is mildly sensitive then if might work for you, but I would be cautious. 

To use: apply to clean, wet skin and gently scrub desired areas in a circular motion, for up to 1 minute. Less pressure is recommended for more sensitive areas. Rinse well with lukewarm water and pat dry. Skin will likely be pink or red from use and is perfectly normal. Use twice a week. 

The ingredients in this product are what really sell it. Dead Sea Salt helps to detoxify the skin and buff away dead skin cells (along with the pumice and alumina crystals) to reveal smoother, softer skin that looks and feels younger with each use. Citrus oils such as lemon, orange, and lime peel oils helps to energize and refresh the complexion so that it radiates with a beautiful glow. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and moisturizer that helps the skin look plump and dewy. Grape Seed Oil is abundant is vitamins and nourishes the skin. Kaolin clay helps to absorb excess oil and prevent further breakouts. Jojoba Seed Oil is an oil that helps to intensely nourish and moisturize the skin. Finally, Sweet Almond Oil intensely moisturizes and nourishes the skin, making is feel petal soft. When combined all together these ingredients make a killer scrub that leaves the skin feeling beautiful, soft and glowing. 

DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub retails for $26.00 and is available on  www.dermae.com and exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA Stores. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: DERMA E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30

 (product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com

0.14 oz/4g $17.56

Just because it is October does not mean it is time to put away the sunscreen. No, you always need to keep the sunscreen out. Wear it year round. Yes, you heard me correctly. I may sound preachy but if you want to keep your skin looking amazingly young and beautiful or to keep skin cancer away, you will definitely wear sunscreen daily. All year during the year. 

Now just because you need to wear sunscreen that doesn't mean that is has to be heavy and smell like sunscreen does it? No, there are so many options now. One that I am particularly fond of is mineral sunscreen powder from called DERMA E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF30 that you can apply to your face on top of your makeup. How much fun is that? And it is a SPF30 broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect against UVA/UVB rays. That makes it even better. So not only does it protect against skin cancer but it helps to protect you against aging. 

This product is a collaboration with makeup artist and Instagram influencer Ash Deleon. It contains the following ingredients to help keep your skin in tip top condition:
  • Green Tea- helps to deliver vital antioxidants to the skin that prevent aging.
  • Chamomile Flower Extract- helps to soothe the skin, which makes this product ideal for those with sensitive skin too.
  • Vitamin E- another antioxidant and also provides moisturizing properties.
The best thing about this product to me is that it is a mineral sunscreen. Yes, you read that correctly, It is a SPF30 mineral sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection for the skin while also helping to soothe it too, all the while providing mineral sunscreen protection for those with allergies to chemical sunscreens. This product contains 17.29% Titanium Dioxide and 20% Zinc Oxide. If you suffer from allergies to normal chemical sunscreens and have been looking for a fresh new powder formula, try this one out.

What are some of the advantages to using this over a regular sunscreen? This can be used over makeup, it can be reapplied easier, it can be reapplied over makeup whereas regular sunscreen cannot, as I mentioned it is soothing to the skin, I also mentioned it has anti-aging ingredients and it works on any skin tone. Are there any disadvantages to using this over any regular sunscreen? The only one I can see it that it only comes in a SPF30. I think that is minimal considering the circumstances. I happen to love products like this and was happy to receive it and try it out. I love the way it feels on the skin, it mattifies some like regular powder. It is easy to use and easy to reapply. 

DERMA E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF30 retails for $17.56 and is available on  www.dermae.com and exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA Stores. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

Monday, September 27, 2021

What Are The 'Rules' For Wedding Makeup?

What Are The 'Rules' For Wedding Makeup? 

It is likely that you have had thousands of dreams about your wedding day whilst growing up. You have fantasised about the stunning princess dress you are going to wear down the aisle. You have thought about all of the spectacular venues you could choose to host your special day. You have considered all of the beautiful hair designs and makeup styles. 

Oh, and you may have even thought about who your prince charming might be as well! If you are reading this blog post, then it is likely that the moment has come whereby these dreams have turned into a reality. So, first of all – congratulations! But let’s get down to business. As they say, there is nothing more difficult to plan than your wedding day! 

This blog post is here to help you by presenting all of points you need to consider when choosing your wedding makeup. After all, you want to look back at your photos and smile, not cringe! So, read on to discover some top tips for achieving the perfect wedding look…

  • Start early - This is especially the case if you are considering cosmetic treatments or trying some new cosmeceutical products. Find out more online about the different treatments that are available prior to your wedding day. 

  • Look online and in magazines for inspiration – First and foremost, you should do as much research as possible. By looking on the Internet and in wedding magazines you will be able to pick up on some incredible ideas. This is always a good starting point, especially for those who haven’t got a clue regarding what they want. 

  • Look like you – One mistake a lot of individuals make is that they go for a makeup style that is so different from what they would usually wear. Why is this an error? Well, there is a big chance that you will fall out of love with this look a lot quicker than you would like to. 

  • Find the best beauty professionals for your big day – The next thing you need to do is make sure you find the best beauty technicians for your wedding day. After all, your image is going to be in their hands. It needs to be someone you trust. 

  • Do a trial run – The next thing you have to do is ensure you book a trial run. This is imperative. Do you really want to leave everything to chance on your wedding day? 

  • Consider the overall theme of your wedding – Last but not least, the final thing you must consider when choosing your wedding make up is the theme of your big day. After all, if you are having a classic wedding, you will look a bit misplaced walking down the aisle with a bold style of make up. 

So there you have it: some essential wedding day makeup tips to follow! If you follow the advice mentioned above, you can be sure you will get your wedding makeup just right. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis


Friday, September 24, 2021

Ways to Help Your Body Recover From Back Pain Without Surgery

 Ways to Help Your Body Recover From Back Pain Without Surgery

Back pains are one of the most common injuries. Muscle strains and spinal degeneration are the leading causes of back pains. You may have experienced mild backaches, which healed in a few days. However, if you struggle with chronic backaches, then you have come to the right place. Read on to learn some of the ways you can enhance your body’s recovery without surgery.

Incorporate Healthy Foods Into Your Diet

While healthy foods are essential in avoiding sickness, they also play a crucial part in boosting your body’s recovery. If you are experiencing back pain, incorporate foods with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Bromelain, which repairs skin and bones, helps form collagen, and reduces swelling and pain.

Also, consider adding adequate proteins to your diet as they optimize healing. Ensure you take all your meals, breakfast, lunch, and supper to fasten your recovery. If possible, take at least three small-size meals a day coupled with two healthy snacks.

Carbohydrates provide your body with the energy needed to recover. However, avoid taking complex carbohydrates that may cause a blood sugar strike, leading to inflammation. Vitamins and minerals also provide nutrients that can promote body recovery. Taking dark-colored fruits and vegetables fastens the recovery process as they offer richer nutrients than light-colored ones.

Schedule an Appointment With a Chiropractor

Chiropractic Care is essential in addressing the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.  It incorporates manual therapy sessions that are effective in reducing backaches. These therapies are nonsurgical, reducing your recovery time and risk of further complications.

Chiropractic therapies involve manual manipulation of the back, which improves functionality, restores body motion in the back and reduces nerve irritability. It would be best if you considered chiropractic treatment if you have lower back pain.

Get Enough Sleep

Back pains can be relieved by getting enough sleep. Consider getting seven to eight hours each night if you are experiencing back pains. The body is known to heal itself while you sleep.

Several hormones get produced during sleep which boost your immune system and correct damaged cells in your body. Sleep allows your brain to trigger the release of these hormones, which enhances your recovery.

It also helps your body create more white blood cells that fight any bacteria that hinder healing. Ensure you get enough sleep to help your body recover from back pains without the need for surgery.

Practice Meditation

Chronic back pain may also be due to physical, mental, or emotional strains. Chronic contraction and prolonged muscle tensions in the back may lead to backaches which affect your health. Meditation can help you stress and relieve physical tensions. It can also help you relax your mind and recognize how your body feels in the present moment.

 You can sit on a mat or a bed in a comfortable position and take controlled deep breaths. With this, you can relax any tensed muscles, reducing your back pains. You can also incorporate deep muscle relaxation techniques that help you to contract and relax your back muscles. 


You may have experienced mild backaches at least once. While these pains fade away within a few days, chronic back pain may last over three months, affecting your performance. However, you can trigger your body to heal itself, enhancing recovery. Hopefully, you will consider these tips to help deal with back pains without the need for surgery.

Until Next Time~

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