Liquid Latex Skin for Halloween

deniserichardsIf you’re the daring type and venture into alternative forms of Halloween costumes, then try a liquid latex for a more outspoken costume.  The liquid latex is painted over either a garment, such as nylons or a thin cloth, or directly on top a thin layering of petroleum jelly.  (The petroleum jelly is applied to the skin for protection and also prevents any body hair from being unpleasantly removed when the latex is removed.)

Once when all the liquid latex has been applied to the skin, use a hair dryer on a low setting to speed up the drying process.  If you find the liquid latex to be too sticky after it is dried,  then gently pat talc powder over the latex.  The talc powder will help to set the liquid latex and keep your skin from sticking to places.

Be mindful of creasing the liquid latex in your elbows, shoulders, knees, etc., the latex will roll and come undone.

When ready to remove the latex, slowly peel it off of your skin.  The more petroleum jelly you applied on your skin prior to the latex application will allow for an easier removal of the liquid latex.

Previous Halloween Celebrity Looks

Need some ideas for your Halloween costume?  Check out what these celebrities have done in previous years.

Year 2010


Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and mystery celebrity on the far right.

Year 2011

Heidi Klum goes bananas!

Heidi Klum goes bananas!

Year 2012

Cute duo looks.

Cute duo looks.

Year 2013

Heidi Klum, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osborne and Rihanna.

Heidi Klum, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osborne and Rihanna.

Year 2014

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lucy Hale.

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lucy Hale


5 Exfoliating Tools for Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin can be done using a variety of tools, not just by chemicals and different forms of solid particles. Tools are a great way to remove dead skin cells from your skin and below is a list of 5 great ways your skin can be exfoliated.

1.  Clarisonic

This Clarisonic is the Pro Clarisonic and comes with the face and body removable heads.

This Clarisonic is the Pro Clarisonic and comes with the face and body removable heads. 

Made by the makers of the Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic is my favorite tool for exfoliation.  It was oscillating bristles which rotate simultaneously in opposite directions, providing a thorough, deep cleaning on the skin.  It literally is like taking a toothbrush to the skin and brushing off all the dead skin cells.  It is said to clean your skin 6x more than your hands.

Different kinds of interchangeable brush heads to fit your skin's needs.

Different kinds of interchangeable brush heads to fit your skin’s needs.

Clarisonic also created different brushes for your face and for your body, which makes this skincare tool, a full face and body exfoliation treatment.



2.  Hand Held Brush Headhandheldburshhead

Hand held brush’s are great for exfoliating the skin and are a lot cheaper than the Clarisonic.  One of my favorite brushes I found at the Dollar Store.  They are super easy to use, just move the tool over the skin in circular motions.  There is no need to press hard into the skin, that won’t give you a deeper exfoliation, it will just bend the bristles and create a damaged tool.  Use with gentle pressure on dry or wet skin.

Clean the brush after every use with warm soap and water.    Treat it like you would your toothbrush, when you notice the bristles are becoming warn, throw the brush out and purchase a new one.

3.  Dry Brushdry brushes

Dry brush’s are a wonderful exfoliating tool for the body.  They not only exfoliate the dead skin cells off of the skin but they also stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems.  Do not use a dry brush on wet skin, it is named “Dry Brush” for the sole purpose of using it on dry skin.

Using gentle pressure,  hold the brush in your hand and rotate it across the skin with circular, upward motions.  It is important that you use upward motions, towards the heart because of both the circulatory and lymphatic systems that you are stimulating.

Clean the dry brush with soap and water and place upside to dry.  Throw out when you notice the bristles starting to become warn and broken down.

4.  Loofahloofah-pads

Loofah’s  are not as gentle as the dry brush is on the body.  They are more effective when used on dry skin but when they are used on dry skin, if used aggressively, can scratch the skin and possible break some of the skin causing it to bleed.  When used wet, the loofah will expand causing it to be less harsh on the skin.

Use the loofah on the skin just like any other exfoliating tool, in circular motions.   Loofah’s shouldn’t be used more than 3 times.  They are not as cleanable as the other tools, thus making them more unsanitary with every use.  The ideal loofah use is once.

5.  Exfoliating Towelsexfoliatingtowels

Exfoliating towels are different from a regular towel in that they are woven specifically to exfoliate the skin.  These can be used either wet or dry and the amount of the exfoliation varies depending on the amount of pressure used on the skin during the exfoliation.  Unlike the brushes, the towel does not have any bristles to be careful of damaging which creates the opportunistic exfoliator, a more refined finish on the skin.

Exfoliating towels are used the same way as any other exfoliation tool with circular motions on the skin.  Caution needs to be advised when using the towels.  Too much pressure and repeated use on the skin during a treatment can irritate the skin and break open some of the skin’s pores if used too aggressively.

The best part of the exfoliating towels is that you can throw it in the washer machine after each use.  Discard the exfoliating towel when you notice the woven cloth is not as tightly woven and becoming loose.

All 5 of these tools will give your skin the exfoliation it needs to remove dead skin cells.

Why Exfoliate Your Skin?

exfoliatingskinMost people cleanse their skin everyday and sometimes every night but not everybody exfoliates as much as they should.  Exfoliation is important to the skin by assisting the dead skin cells to be removed either mechanically or chemically.  Removing the dead skin cells allow for cleaner, smoother skin and also provides a great canvas for makeup application.

Your skin naturally sheds off dead skin cells every 28 days on young, healthy skin.  As you age, the rate in which your skin cells shed become longer than 28 days which starts to create a dull appearance on the skin.  Your skin also starts to change in scent.  Remember, your skin naturally does not smell, but your dead skin cells, that once were alive, start to create a smell.  Exfoliating your skin will wipe off the musky smell and awaken your skin to a revived, glowing, healthy appearance.

Perkier Breasts

Alfred-Stieglitz-Torso-Miss-Thompson-1907Gravity, along with breast size are two major factors that cause breasts to sag over time.  It is one of the areas on the body that women either love or hate.  Not every female can afford a breast job and not every female wants to put something fake in their body either.  So what can a woman do to help fight gravity and keep their breasts somewhat youthful without going under the knife or popping pills?!?  There are 3 things that can help bring your breasts back to your teenage years:  Maintain a healthy weight for your body frame, Exercise with weight resistance and use bust creams.

yo-yo-dieting (1)Maintain a Healthy Weight for Your Body Frame:

The ups and downs of yo-yo dieting is not only bad for your body but it is bad for your breasts.  When your body has excess weight, your breasts become more full and heavy.  The weight fluctuations cause the breast tissue to grow and shrink and over time, the breasts start to droop.  Pregnancy and breast-feeding do take a toll on your breast and during those times, you should be proud to have such an amazing body that can produce life and nourishment to your baby.

pushupExercise With Weight Resistance:

Your breasts are basically padding.  What lies underneath your breast tissue is muscle.  Exercising with weights that target the muscles under your breast will help to keep the muscle tight and intact which helps to keep your breast from extreme drooping.  Chest press, incline press, push-ups and pull-ups are four exercises that can be done to strengthen your chest muscles.

Bust ModelingUse Bust Creams

Bust creams are formulated to help lift and/or create volume for the breast.  Some spas even have bust treatments where an exfoliation, massage and mask are performed on the breast to help treat them to retain elasticity and tonicity.  Applying a bust cream before bed and wearing a supportive bra during the day will help to keep them from drooping too fast.

The older a woman gets, the longer gravity has been against her but an older, wiser, woman will do her best to defy gravity and take care of her breasts.  It is nearly impossible to have the perky boobs you once had as a teen but it’s not impossible to get your breasts as perky as your body will allow.

Academie Eye Contour Gel

academieeyecontourgelLooking for a product that will help to de-puff your eyes, look no more.  Academie’s Eye Contour Gel is by far one of the best eye products on the market.  It is really hard to treat puffiness around the eyes but Academie has found the right ingredient cocktail that will help diminish the water retention underneath the eyes.

A light, oceanic blue coloring gel full of liposomes, soothing agents and moisture help to rid the eyes of unnecessary fluid and at the same time lock in moisture around the eye.  Place a small amount of the eye gel on the tips of your pinkies and gently pat around the eye, placing the gel onto the skin.  Using light pressure with your pinkies, circle around your eyes with the gel until it is completely rubbed in.  For best results, apply both morning and night.

Academie Eye Contour Gel receives 5.0 Stars.


Sleep and Let Your Skin Work

Womenman-sleepingSleeping not only is good to let your body rest but it is the time your skin starts to repair itself from the days wear and tear. The best thing you can do for your skin is get some shut eye. The downtime of your body and mind allows for regeneration of your cells restoring what they expended while you were awake.  So next time you hit the pillow in need of some rest, be assured your skin is working for you and needs you to sleep so it can.

Activia Yogurt for Clear Skin

ActiviaYogurt4PackTheCouponShopaholicFor at least thirteen years, I have eaten yogurt at least 4 times a week.  A lot of yogurts have been consumed by me but there is one that I must have, and that is Activia’s yogurt.  I started eating yogurt as a teen when my mom would get them during her dieting stages.  I would sneak one from the fridge and see what all the hype was about.  It tasted good to me but that was all I really cared about at that age, it wasn’t until later that I realized yogurt had good protein content.

In my twenties, I started eating yogurt because of the protein content.  It was a light snack or sometimes even a meal and I was happy to have had the protein consumption, then I discovered that yogurt also had a greater ingredient, active cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus.

Lactibacillus acidophilus under a microscope.

Lactibacillus acidophilus under a microscope.

Lactobacillus acidophilus is a probiotic, a “live microorganism which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit of the host.” (Defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.)  This is in Activia’s yogurt, a health benefit for every individual which helps to aid in their digestive system and prevent certain infections.

For the past seven years, I have stayed true to eating Activia’s yogurt.  The live cultures in the yogurt help to keep my skin clear because my digestive track is able to function properly.  A healthy, functioning digestive system, enables the waste to rid the body thus taking out the bad that could contribute to poor skin.  Also, the protein within the yogurt helps with the collagen building blocks in the body to keep your skin looking supple and soft.

Next time you’re eating an Activia yogurt, think of all the good things it’s doing to your body and your skin.