Categorizing Skin Care and Beauty Products

We all have our own list of skin care and beauty finds that we simply can’t live without.  I’m sure you painstakingly built your skin care and make-up collection and have updated your stash by carefully weeding out items that did not deliver.

My skin care and beauty items are divided into 5 categories:  the regulars, the occasionals, the  forgettables, the regrettables, and the totally indispensables. I just came up with the categories  and here’s my definition:

  • Regulars–  Products that I like and  use almost everyday but may be substituted by  better products in the future.   My Tony Moly and Maybelline lipglosses, an inexpensive Korean cheek color, Maybelline unstoppable eyeliner, Loreal UV Perfect sunblock, and MAC Powder plus Foundation fall under this category. Some other skin care products and most of my toiletries belong to this group.

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Sugaring Wax Recipe

(image from Studio East Salon)

I was checking out my multiply blog when I found a very old blog post on a recipe for sugaring wax.  I shared the recipe there because I thought it might be useful for those who want alternatives to shaving and the use of depilatory creams.

I have tried waxing my arms and legs using sugaring wax that I prepared myself and although it is not as convenient as using cold wax, I think it will be preferred by  many as it is low-cost, relatively easy to make, and makes use of all-natural ingredient

Recipe for Sugaring Wax

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions:

  • Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat (You can also use the microwave oven). Stir the mixture lightly until all the sugar has melted. Let cool.

Waxing Technique Using Sugaring Wax

  1. Always test the temperature before applying the sugaring wax to your skin. Be careful not to scald yourself. It should be a little hot, but not scalding.
  2. Once cooled, apply to skin using a wooden spatula in the direction of hair growth.
  3. Place a strip of cotton cloth on the wax and pull the cloth opposite the direction of hair growth.
  4. Clean the area with a cloth soaked in cold water to close and tighten the pores.
  5. Redness and bumps in the treated area are normal and usually disappear within an hour. Apply a moisturizer such as aloe vera gel  for a soothing effect.