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My Aikan Bijoux Bracelet

In fashion, jewelry on January 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

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I am super excited because i just got home and discovered that i received my Aikan Bijoux Bracelet from the Aikan Bijoux/A Diva State of Mind giveaway that I entered around the holidays.


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This gorgeous bracelet is from The Night Collection and features 100% genuine agate gemstones which create a beautiful shine as well as rhinestones and charms that make the bracelet even more sassy. I love the weightiness of the bracelet and it is so versatile that it can be worn casually or dressed up. The bracelet is also made with a durable stretch material so I don’t have to worry about the bracelet breaking.



Aikan Bijoux is an online couture jewelry boutique and the destination for custom made jewelry for today’s modern sophisticated woman.



PORE Thing

In beauty, makeup, skincare on January 18, 2013 at 10:10 am
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Ok lets get right to it.  Pores.  Those tiny little holes on your face.  Some people have small, almost invisible ones.  And others…well (insert side eye).  Desiring to make your pores go away, you get suckered into thinking there is a product that will actually make them disappear and you spend time and money buying and using products with that hope in mind.  Well, hopefully at this point you realize that pores don’t go away.  To believe so is to believe a lie.
Having said that, I will tell you there is hope in REFINING the look of pores so they don’t appear so large but first, let’s understand what pores are, who has them, and why, for some people, they become enlarged.

What is a pore?
A pore is a tiny hole in your skin through which passes water (sweat) or oil.  When your pores become clogged, you end up with acne.
Who has pores?
Everyone.  Usually dry/normal skin types have smaller or barely visible pores.  People who have combination/oilier skin types tend to have larger, more visible pores.
Why do pores become enlarged?
Genetics plays a role in pore size (as well as acne) so some people are already predisposed to this skin condition.  Also, around puberty, the sebaceous glands start pumping more oil.  This oil attracts dirt and debris and becomes a breeding ground for acne which clogs the pore, causing it to become enlarged.  In addition, aging and overexposure to the sun causes collagen (which contributes to skin firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells) to break down causing pore walls to become larger.
What is the “solution”?
The “solution” is to refine the look of pores and there are things that you can do and products that you can try at home to help…
  • First and foremost – make sure you are cleansing your skin twice a day with a cleanser for your particular skin type.  This will help to wash away pore clogging debris which can lead to acne/larger pores.
  • Use a gentle exfoliating wash like Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash which does a great job at not only cleansing because it has a gentle lather but it also has super small beads to gently exfoliate and refine skin thus helping to make pores look more refined.
  • Use a product with glycolic, alpha/beta (AHA/BHA) hydroxy acid such as Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel (my personal favorite) to help with cell renewal, pore refinement and acne clearing.  These ingredients can also be found in cleansers, toners, and moisturizers.
  • As part of your makeup routine, use a pore refiner such as Benefit’s The POREfessional or primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer which contains a form of silicone such as dimethicone (gives product that slippery feel).  If you are using a primer, you would apply a thin layer after you moisturize but before you put on your complexion product (tinted moisturizer, BB cream, foundation). This also helps keep your complexion product on longer. Pore refiners can be used under or over makeup.  The best way to use this product is to apply to the tips of fingers and gently press onto the cheeks, nose and/or forehead where enlarged pores generally occur.
There are also other options for you such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion if you have more advanced skin concerns.  There are many at home treatments, however it is advised that you see a dermatologist to ensure that these procedures are properly administered.


Rihanna’s Style Debut

In beauty, fashion, hair on January 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Regardless of what you think about Rihanna, one thing is for sure:  this woman is a stunning beauty with remarkable, cutting edge style.  Whether she is posing for the camera or performing sold out shows, Rihanna continues to wow us with her ever changing hair styles and fashion that is as edgy as her lyrics.  And now,  Rihanna will be making her design debut on Feburary 16 at London Fashion Week in a special ceremony.  This collaboration with the British Brand River Island will feature clothing and accessories and will go on sale online and in store on March 5th.