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My Top Estee Lauder Products, Gift Sets, Gift With Purchase

Before I start with the whole advertising spiel, I’d for you guys to let me know (and please be honest), your thoughts in terms of me advertising about Nordstrom and Estee Lauder events on here. Is it annoying? Pointless? Does it take away from the original experience and reason that brought us all together in the … Continue reading

How Do Toners Work, What Do They Do, and Are They Necessary?

The traditional function of a toner is to help remove any residual cleanser and makeup. By dispensing the toner onto a cotton pad and sweeping it over the skin, it also helps restore some much needed hydration. Remember the swelling and shrinking of the corneoctyes that was discussed in the last section? What about the graph … Continue reading

What It’s Like Working at Nordstrom, Blog Updates, and Trend Show Bonuses

Working at Nordstrom has been pretty good so far. I’m still not quite sure how the job fits into my career as a whole, but it’s only been two months. So, we’ll see. The biggest con about the job is that, because I spend so much time at work talking about cosmetics, there’s little motivation left … Continue reading

Cleansers: A Guide on How to Choose a Cleanser

If you actually read through all FOUR previous sections and understood them, bravo to you! I’d imagine most people would skip RIGHT to the relevant part: how to choose a cleanser. Let’s not get in their way! There are several general aspects that need to be considered when choosing a cleanser: While I generally don’t … Continue reading

Cleansers: Long-Term Effects

As the previous post inferred, using harsh cleansers on a regular basis will lead to dry skin. While that doesn’t sound TOO horrible, it does have further implications, which will be addressed in this post. Dryness from Over-Cleansing and/or Using Harsh Cleansers As stated before, dry skin is in essence the result of not having … Continue reading

Another Quick Life Update

Some of you might have noticed that I have once again, vanished for a few weeks. This is because I was recently hired as a full-time Beauty Advisor for Estee Lauder in the Nordstrom at the Shops at Mission Viejo, CA! It’s been SUPER great so far. For my career, it’s finally a step in the right direction. I’m extremely … Continue reading

Token Winners!

Hey everyone! So I announced the giveaway winners on Facebook a few days ago. However, some of the winners aren’t responding. Therefore, I figured it would be more fair to make a post on here in case they aren’t following me on social media. Hint: You should! 😉 Anyways, here are the winners: First: Ladyisla  Second: Natalie Julie … Continue reading

Cleansers: Short-Term Effects

Okay, we’ve familiarized ourselves with the different types of surfactants commonly used in cleansers. But how do they actually affect the skin? Let’s find out. Now, cleansers are typically in contact with the skin anywhere from 15-60 seconds, or longer if a “specialized” cleanser is used; such as a hydroxy acid-, benzoyl peroxide-, or sodium sulfacetamide-based one. During this … Continue reading

Cleansers: Types of Surfactants

As discussed in the previous section about the types of cleansers and how they are characterized, true soaps exclusively use one family of surfactants: alkyl carboxylates, which are basically (alkali) salts of fatty acids. While the most common one is sodium stearate, there are many out there. In order to know which ingredient is a … Continue reading

Cleansers: Types and Composition

Cleansers can be divided into two main categories: bar or solid cleansers and liquid cleansers. Within each category are several subcategories of cleansers. This article will briefly discuss each subcategory and what characteristics define them. Keep in mind that both categories of cleansers employ the same types of ingredients to do their bidding: emollients and … Continue reading

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