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Product Ingredients that are Non-comedogenic

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 3/04/2015
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First let's talk about what non-comedogenic means for those that may not know yet read it on their products.

Comedogenic is when an ingredient has the tendency and likelihood of clogging follicles and causing a buildup of dead skin cells which then results in comedones.

Comedones are a mass of sebum (oil) and skin cells in a hair follicle. Whiteheads are closed comedones and blackheads are open comedones and are black due to being oxidized by the air. Whiteheads do not have a follicular opening and can only be removed by creating one.

Non-comedogenic are products and the ingredients in those products that is specially formulated to not clog pores and create comedones.

So now that we've gotten the definitions of what everything is, here are the ingredients to look for in your products that won't clog up your pores so you don't have to cleanse and use treatments more often.

  • Glycerin
  • Squalane
  • Sorbitol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Zinc Stearate
  • Octyldodecyl Stearate
  • SD Alcohol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Allantoin
  • Panthenol
  • Water
  • Iron Oxides
  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Polysorbates
  • Cetyl Palmitate
  • Propylene Glycol Dicaprate
  • Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Octylmethoxycinnimate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Petrolatum
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Tridecyl Stearate
  • Tridecyl Trimellitate
  • Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
And voila! There are 29 ingredients that are seriously less likely to clog up your pores and not cause you any skin care headaches. So the next time you go shopping for beauty or skin care products check the ingredients listing to see if any of these are listed. Also be sure to check for these on products that claim to be non-comedogenic so you know if it truly is or not.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you found this post to be informative for you. If you did enjoy this post I hope you'll come back again as I have more posts planned. But until then I hope you are having an awesome day. Remember to smile, laugh & enjoy the day.

Petit Vour's February Box

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 3/02/2015
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Lately I have been getting even more interested in more natural and healthier beauty products so when Ashley from MakeupTIA on YouTube suggested I try out the Petit Vour subscription box I was definitely intrigued. Then after reading more about it on their website and how they send you luxury cruelty-free and vegan beauty products I was definitely up for subscribing to the service especially since it is rather affordable at $15 a month. This box has gotten me hooked on this service as it hit everything out of the ballpark with the products that I received. Some of which I wish I could eat lol. Can you tell that I was a tad bit excited about this? :) 

Thanks for stopping by an watching and I hope you have a beautiful day!
Have you tried Petit Vour before?

A Quick Trip To The Strip

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 2/28/2015
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Since I had an errand to run downtown yesterday and my kiddo was with me I figured why not take a little bit of time and walk him around a bit to check things out. We only had about an hour and a half to look around so I mainly wanted to get him over to M&M World and look around. We don't play tourist very often so when we do, it can be pretty fun and I love making the memories with him. It doesn't hurt that I am obsessed with taking pictures especially with him. It was fun to see Bumblebee, a Statue of Liberty made out of nothing but chocolate and over at the M&M World we watch a fun little 3D movie with red & yellow (the m&m's) where red lost his M. It was a fun time and since there are always tons of people on the strip dressed in costumes, I'm going to take him back down one day, probably dressed up as well, and get his picture taken with all of them. I think it would be super cute and fun for him. But I just thought I would share some of our pictures from the day that I enjoyed so much. Hopefully you are having an awesome day and thanks for stopping by.

First Impressions | Rimmel London Clean Finish Foundation

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 2/21/2015
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It's no secret that I love makeup and trying out foundation is no exception. I ran out of my favorite go to drugstore foundation by Revlon and couldn't find one in any of my local Wal-Mart's that hadn't been opened so I thought I would give this foundation a go. And at $3.97 it wasn't exactly going to break my bank account if I didn't like it. This turned out to be too salmon colored for my skin tone and unfortunately they don't have one that is light enough with some yellow undertones but like I say in the video, if you can find your shade then this foundation would be worth giving it a go. 

What is your favorite "go-to" drugstore foundation?

"Dorothy Must Die" Book Review

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 2/15/2015
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Honestly, I have never really been a fan of the "Wizard of OZ" movie which might seem a bit weird. As a child I think I liked it but as I got older I just couldn't stand it anymore and I can't exactly pinpoint why either. But when it comes to offshoot stories about OZ or the characters (Wicked is one of my favorite books) I'm totally down for it. So when I came across "Dorothy Must Die" while perusing through Barnes & Noble I became instantly intrigued and of course went and checked it out from my local library after reading the following description about it.

"I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!"

Can you tell why I was so intrigued by this book? The fact that Dorothy was evil and the main villain just screamed at me to read it and I listened. It only took me about 3 days to read Dorothy Must Die once I started it. There are 464 pages but the chapters are only a few intense filled pages long and not some books that are double the amount of pages in a chapter yet filled with boring and stale dialogue so they went by rather quickly. From the first page until the very last I was enthralled with it, my eyes glued to the pages and my fingers anxiously waiting to turn the page. 

There are quite a few characters throughout the book with some playing bigger roles than others (some only last a few pages) that were all easy to build up and connect with. The ones that technically only lasted a few pages truly last throughout the entire book because they still come into play, mainly with Amy and how she changes throughout her time in OZ. Various characters, particularly those that used to be good and were Dorothy's friends have been seriously warped and twisted which I found fascinating. I loved how they were changed both physically in the description of their appearances and their personalities which are completely different from the original classic tale. For example, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion were once normal (I guess for walking and talking beings that shouldn't be) but their personalities were all nice and friendly but in this book they are seriously far from normal or good. They each fit in their own way, the twisted darkness that invaded OZ by way of Dorothy Gale herself. 

Good is bad and bad is wickedly good and the author wrote with such fluidity that she actually made me cheer on the bad/good/wicked? characters. Her writing style is simply fantastic. Throughout each page and chapter she weaves a fantasy world that is easily imagined and brought to life with her entrancing words. Words that made me feel as if I was reading a movie that was playing in my brain. I love a book that can get my imagination going.

Once I got passed the first few chapters that pretty much just introduced me to Amy and her current state of being, each page was filled with so much suspense that before I knew it I was chapters in and time had flown by without my knowing it. The last few chapters were so intense and fast paced that I was glued to the book with my eyes going back and forth as fast as they could. While I was reading I was of course expecting the inevitable ending when BOOM I was left with a cliffhanger and the title of the next book. I was only bummed about the ending because I wanted to know what happens but I was seriously excited that there is even more for me to read. Not only is there a sequel but Danielle Paige has also written digital prequel novellas that I would definitely read if I had a digital reader. 

This is definitely a book to check out if you love fiction, suspense and a little bit of twisted darkness. Whether or not you enjoyed the classic story you will most likely enjoy this one because I definitely did and like I said, I'm more of a fan of the spin off tales. So now I am anxiously sitting here waiting for my turn to come up on the library holding list for the sequel. I'm third on the waiting list that is moving slower then I of course would like.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this book if you have read it before or if you haven't yet if it is something that you would find interesting to read. And as always, thank you so much for stopping by and reading today and I hope you will stop by again.