Beauty

5 Dangerous Beauty Ingredients

www.ilonashine.comHere’s the scary truth: There are many ingredients in cosmetics that may be bad for you. The FDA only regulates certain types of products, like sunscreens and acne treatments, and the rest of the time it’s up to the manufacturer to decide whether a formulation is safe. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are more than 1,100 ingredients used in beauty products in the U.S. that are banned in other countries like Japan, Canada, and members of the European Union. In fact, the FDA only prohibits the use of 10 ingredients in cosmetics, and they include scary substances like mercury and chlorofluorocarbon.

The following 5 ingredients, which you’ll probably find in many of your favorite products, raise red flags. Read More

What is Micro-needling?

www.ilonashine.comMicro or Dermal-needling is the action of inserting lots of needles into the skin very superficially to stimulate collagen production. I recently had it done by an esthetician (Lisa) in a plastic surgeon’s office. And the treatment goes like this…after cleaning my skin twice, the doctor applied a thin layer of topical anesthetic to numb the skin on my face so I didn’t feel any discomfort. The procedure itself is not very painful, but it also depends on your pain threshold, the area being treated, and the length of the needles. Using an automated device, Micropen, which has 12 tiny micro-needles attached to the Read More

Pore Strips & Baking Soda

www.ilonashine.comI like pore strips between facials and appreciate the fact that they get rid of blackheads without any painful squeezing. I just wish they worked a little better. Strips never even come close to removing all of my blackheads. So when I came across a video describing how to effectively use pore strips, I was intrigued and had to share it.

First, you have to make a (desincrustation solution) which makes blackheads easier to remove by loosening up clogged pores using only baking soda and water. Then use the actual pore strips- Read More

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

www.ilonashine.comOdds are when you think of apple cider vinegar you think of an all-purpose household cleaner or something that you would mix into your salad dressing, but it actually has a slew of benefits if you drink it or put it on your skin. I have never done a post devoted solely to this magic elixir..until now. Lately I have been hearing more and more about the benefits of this stuff and I have made a decision to write about this magic potion. Before I get started let me emphasize that in order to get the benefits (raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria), you’ll need to use raw organic apple cider vinegar. Clear vinegar is processed and does not have any of the benefits of raw ACV. I will talk about Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, which you can find at your local grocery store. So here are top 10 health and beauty benefits of natural apple cider vinegar. Read More

Red Lip Glamour for NYE!

Ruby WooDecember is coming to an end and it has been quite a year for makeup, skin care, hair and nails. I’ve tried a ton of different products and learned a lot of how-tos. But there is one more thing to mention before we welcome 2014. What will you wear on your lips for the big New Year’s Celebration? Here are my favorite five red lipsticks that no girl should go without, especially on New Year’s Eve. They’re sure to turn heads and make you feel special.

Quick tip: when applying red lipstick please use a lip brush so you can built the color slowly. To make it last all night- blot lips with a tissue between each layer of application. And lastly, your lips must be the center of attention so keep your eye makeup to a minimum. Read More

Last Minute Gifts

gold-christmasChristmas is next week! Are you still not sure what to get your loved ones? When in doubt, get them something they can pamper themselves with. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a gift of beauty? Some of these gifts can also be your stocking stuffer. I found these five last minute gifts anyone can appreciate. Ok, lets go down the list.

1. Clarisonic for face and body is my number one go to gift. It’s like having a large electric toothbrush but for the face. What’s not to like? Makes me feel pampered every time. Your hubby can use it too. Just give him his own detachable brush. Unisex all the way! Read More