Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Flawless Face Secrets

Shea Terra Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash & Mask $18,

African black soap has been a highly effective, natural facial treatment for ages. This blemish fighting and anti-aging remedy lightens dark spots, smoothes skin and exfoliates to reveal clear, soft and luminous skin. Rose hips are high in vitamin C, and red bush tea adds a kick of antioxidant benefits. 
Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion $45, 

According to Kiehl’s, this Epidermal Re-Texturizing treatment is an advanced formulation that has a highly effective abrading quality on skin’s surface. The formula affords an immediate skin-smoothing effect and with regular use, helps to visibly minimize discolorations and small marks on face, hands, and décolleté. Over time, the look of facial lines is reduced and skin texture is significantly smoother and clearer, while the appearance of pore size is diminished. As skin is re-texturized, the formula helps to facilitate the absorption of topical skin treatments. There are two skin-sloughing main ingredients: Micronized Shells (“Diatomaceous Earth” in scientifically, a skin-polishing silica) and Micro-dermabrasion Crystals (an ingredient used by dermatologist to perform micro-dermabrasion procedures). Besides, a blend of Willow Herb and nurturing sea algaenates further helps to soothe skin.
Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circle 2-in-1 Roll-on $12,
 Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circle 2-in-1 Roll-on not only conceals under eye dark circles but it also has a caffeine enriched, moisturising eye cream that refreshes and hydrates.
Nanonlur $20,

Nanoblur is not skincare. It is quite simply tomorrow’s high technology, today. It is not a cream. It is a suspension of millions and millions of particles that reflect light perfectly in billions of directions to make the skin’s surface appear completely flawless. Within seconds, pores appear to disappear. Fine lines appear to vanish. The skin texture appears nearly perfect. With one application on any skin surface (even on your hands), you will be convinced that Nanoblur will make you look up to 10 years younger in a matter of seconds. It’s just that simple.
Everyday Minerals Multi-Tasking Concealer $8,
One of our most versatile concealers, Multi-Tasking is a very wearable shade of beige—perfect for Fair to Light complexions—that covers up blemishes, corrects under-eye circles, and can be used as a highlighter to draw attention to your best features. Use a little in the corner of your eye for an instant perk up.
Everyday Minerals Luminizing Sunlight Powder $12,
Luminizing Sunlight Powder is a 3 in 1 product, offering anti-shine qualities, a yellow based formula to conceal the appearance of redness with added subtleties of sheen. This yellow based mineral formulation is translucent and serves to set your makeup. Suitable for all skin shades, from Fair to Light to Medium to Dark.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Banish Fat Boost Metabolism DVD Review

The first time I did the Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism DVD ($10), I thought I was going to die. Made to heighten heart rates and torch calories, Jillian’s 45-minute workout begins with a warm up, which is then followed by seven 5-minute circuits and a cool down. Each of the circuits is comprised of a series of 30-second exercises, and the workout doesn’t require any equipment to do; just a small space on the floor to move around and a yoga mat. The circuits include plyometrics, kick boxing, and high impact aerobics. Unlike her other workouts, it requires no hand weights. But don’t be fooled: each circuit blasts a different part of the body. Your muscles will feel it, especially in the legs. It’s probably the toughest workout DVD I own. The DVD menu allows you to play the entire workout, or to select individual circuits. Unless you’re super fit, you’ll probably want to work your way up to completing all seven circuits in a row. 
 The Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism workout
  • Warm up: arm circles, toe touches, arm swings and jogging in place
  • Circuit one: squatting side kicks on the right side, squatting with alternating punches, squatting side kicks on the left side, a jab-cross-hook-elbow combination and alternating front kicks
  • Circuit two: burpies, plie hops (the former dancer in me loves these, they totally make your butt burn), a punch-hop combination, 180-degree jumps and single-leg hops
  • Circuit three: butt kicks, high knees, jumping jacks, oblique crunches on the right side and oblique crunches on the left side
  • Circuit four: mountain climbers, lower back and leg raises, pike crunches, oblique twists and a walking plank
  • Circuit five: swing kicks, uppercuts, back kicks, squatting with a jab-cross combo and knee crunches
  • Circuit six: jump squats, cross-country skiing, scissor kicks, skaters and standing mountain climbers
  • Circuit seven: twisting jumps, standing ab crunches, knee crunches on the right side, knee crunches on the left side and jump rope
  • Cool down: a five minute cool-down stretch
This wasn’t my first workout with Jillian. I’d been using her 30 Day Shred DVD for a while, so I thought I knew what to expect from this one. But boy oh boy, was I wrong! With Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism, Jillian takes workouts to the next level! 

If you like working out at home and want to burn some serious calories, give Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism a try!