Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My thoughts on skin care (long rant) and two natural products I'm dying to try!

Angie says:
Before you continue to read this blog post, I want to make it clear, that I am not an expert by any means, I only would like to share what worked for me, and why I think that it did. This is just an opinion based post, so please, if you disagree with anything I said, don’t take it personal.

The more I submerge myself in the world of beauty, the more I want to learn about beauty secrets. Sometimes when I think of what my ideal skin care routine would be like, I always picture myself using all natural multi-purpose products. Not only do I picture that, but I always picture said products in vintage-looking packaging on some fancy vintage vanity. Oh the dream!

I first pictured this skin care dream when I purchased some boots skin care products.  I bought the kind that claimed to be the original formula from the 1800s, which in turn also included beautiful packaging. In fact, to be quite honest, I bought those products mainly because of the packaging. However they played an important role in how I view skin care now.

I personally feel that skin care shouldn’t be a routine where one slathers a bunch of chemicals onto the face.  Sure, sometimes with moderate to severe acne, you need the help of said chemicals to get rid of bacteria, but if you have relatively clear skin, a natural skin care can and probably will enhance your skin’s natural beauty. I will make an example of myself. I have never really had troublesome skin, sure, I do breakout every now and then, especially when my hormones are at their peak, but I’ve never really had acne. However when I was younger I would always freak out if I ever did break out, even if it was just one pimple that appeared, I just couldn’t stand it, it needed to go!  That’s how my skin started getting in trouble, one pimple would appear and I would slap on a ton of benzoyl peroxide-based products on my face. Most of the time the blemish would be gone in a matter of hours, however, I was always left with severely dry skin, mainly because instead of just targeting one blemish, I would just spread the product all over my face. The severely dry skin always made my skin go nuts; it would go into emergency mode and produce a ton of oil overnight, which in turn actually made me break out, everywhere. 

For months I went through this cycle, clearing my blemishes with chemicals, only to worsen the problem, and then solve it again.

Then, last year, a miracle happened. I went camping for three days. I forgot my usual face wash which resulted in me cleaning my skin with just some baby wipes someone was carrying, by the time I got home from my trip, my face was completely clear.  At first I was so happy, but then I was completely puzzled and even a little angry. You mean I didn’t have to spend all the money on acne treatments all this time? No, I didn’t at all. You see, since my skin was never really problematic, I had no need for benzoyl peroxide treatments at all. All they did was aggravate the condition of my skin, and they made my problem bigger.  I now only try to use products that are either natural, targeted for sensitive skin or only have a few ingredients, and let me tell you, my skin has never felt or looked better. Of course I still have an awful diet that consists of fried stuff and tons of dairy so I still breakout sometimes. When that occurs now, instead of freaking out, I decide to just target specific blemishes, instead of my entire face, and it works wonders for me.

If guess if you have to take anything away from this long rant, that one thing should be, don’t fix a problem that doesn’t exist. 

Now I would like to share some multi-purpose natural products I want to try, they both seem really promising, almost too good to be true, so if you’ve tried either of these, please let me know if they worked for you.

Rose Water:  My toner from boots has a high concentration of rose water, and it’s one of the best toners I have ever used. It makes my skin feel supple and refreshed. The amazingness of this toner made me google rose water and its benefits, and soon I was really overwhelmed by all the positive reviews of just plain rose water.  Common uses include, skin toning, hair care, after sun exposure remedy, some people even consume this stuff and some even swear rose water makes the best eye drops ever. I just know I have to try this!

Coconut Oil:  I first learned of coconut oil from, which is an awesome blog by the way, though I’m sure Marjorie wouldn’t agree with my make-up madness ha-ha. Anyway, coconut oil (according to my research) can be used as a conditioner, as a skin moisturizer and even as a healthy alternative to cooking oil, who would have thought? 

Anyway, there is my long post J I hope it was somehow informative or entertaining.  Have you guys tried anything like the products mentioned? Let me know!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wishlist: April 2012

You would think that after my amazing birthday gifts I would no longer want to purchase anything, yeah well, let’s face it, I’m a full time make up junkie/hoarder, and I simply can’t get enough ha-ha.
Here are some products that have been on my radar for a while, and mark my words; some of these WILL be mine, eventually.

1.       An Inglot palette. Holy smokes, I have been drooling for one of these babies for over a year. A year! Quite frankly I’m surprised I don’t own one already, but since I have waited so long to get one anyway, I ‘m just going to wait until IMATS LA to get one, a couple months more of waiting won’t hurt me I guess.

2.       Make Up Forever Smokey Lash. I have wanted to try this mascara for a long time as well, however I used to be a strong believer in the uselessness of high end mascaras. I mean if my falsies and my sexy curves work just fine, why try something that’s about 3 times the price? If you are looking for logic in this beauty blog, please be aware, you’ll find none. I simply want to try the mascara because I have read countless good reviews, and I am extremely curious to see if I will still prefer my drugstore mascaras over this one, if I still do prefer drugstore, curiosity will die and I won’t break bank every time I run out of mascara. However if I don’t, my husband will probably divorce me ha-ha.

3.       NYX Cream Blushes. I already own one of these, and I love the formula, the staying power and the pigmentation, however, I never wear it. I grabbed the NYX cream blush that I already own quite fast and without much thought, what was I thinking grabbing a hot pink color that I would never wear?? I have no idea. Now that I know I love the formula, I’m looking forward to owning a couple more colors. Yay.

4.       Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I have a gut feeling that this won’t be much different than the Real Techniques buffing brush, which I already own and love, but my great infatuation over Real Techniques will probably win me over, and I will probably buy this brush as soon as it is back in stock at Hopefully that will be sooner, rather than later. 

5.       AG The Oil. I got a sample of this amazingness, about a month ago, and it totally blew my socks off. No, really. As soon I put this product on my hair it made it so much smoother and shiny. The smell was pretty amazing too. What I also love about this is that I actually wouldn’t have to make my wallet cry to buy it, as it is pretty reasonably priced.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Birthday BeautyShot!! GIVEAWAY!! (CLOSED)

Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic day. I have some exciting news for you all today! This month is our blog’s first birthday!!! Honestly I can’t believe it’s already been an entire year since Angie and I started BeautyShot, but I guess time flies when you’re having fun, and we’ve definitely had a lot of fun blogging and trying out different beauty products in order to do so. In celebration of BeautyShot’s first birthday we’ve decided to do a GIVEAWAY. This giveaway is our way of thanking those of you that have joined our blog to support us, it truly means the world to us each time we get a new follower, because it means we are doing something right, whether its helping you to steer free of a disappointing product or motivating you to try something new. Ok, so enough chatter, let’s get to the good stuff! The winner of this giveaway will be receiving a Too Faced Summer Eye palette from their Summertime Sexy Shadow Collection. 

This palette consists of nine beautiful and very spring/summer appropriate colors. You get three base colors: copper, a light peach with gold shimmer, and a pale yellow with gold shimmer. You also get three beautiful accent colors: a blue-based metallic-y pink, an orange-y coral with gold shimmer, and a muted teal with blue shimmer. AND you get three gorgeous more neutral colors: a warm bronzy brown, a deep chocolate brown with gold shimmer, and a warm matte brown. If you ask me, I wouldn’t need any other eye shadows besides these to get me through summer. And if you're ever lost as to how to come up with a look, the palette comes with cards for different looks with step-by-step instructions. Now onto the rules:

1.       This giveaway is only open in the US.
2.       You must be 18 years old, or have a parents’ permission to provide us with your information.
3.       You must be a follower of this blog.
4.       Leave us a comment on this blog post telling us your number one summer essential beauty product.

The giveaway will be open until May 16th, 11:59PM PST. The winner will be announced that following Friday May 18th on this same post and of course will be contacted directly. Best of luck to you all and once again thank you for supporting us, we absolutely love sharing our thoughts with you! Please don’t hesitate to leave us comments on the types of blog posts you wish to see in the future, they are always welcome!

WINNER: kaylenkh !!!

<3 Michelle