3D Mascara Tutorial

So this is my 3D Fiberlash Mascara tutorial. I was asked how to use it, and here it is!

You’re going to have to mind my facial expressions while putting the mascara on. I don’t think there is a pretty way to do it!

 

I hope that answer’s your questions. If you want to order the product shown, you can go directly to:

http://www.YouniqueProducts.com/RachaelWalter

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Does Sunscreen Block Vitamin D?

When every mom I knew was slathering their children in thick pasty sunscreen for a two hour visit at the park, all I remember was my mom telling me, too much sunscreen would block their Vitamin D absorption.

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Realistically though, parent’s nowadays are more informed about the effects of the sun, unlike our parent’s were. But do some parent’s take unnecessary precautions against the devastating sun’s rays? Is it possible that the media has hyped up the effects of exposure to the sun?

To investigate this, I turned to the National Institute of Health to get some answers. In a study where individuals of good health were asked to use different thickness’ of sunscreen periodically throughout the day over a 2-3 day period, their Vitamin D production was measured at the end of each day. Their levels were also tested 3 days after the experiment.

The results found that Vitamin D production increased dramatically with the individuals who used thinner layers of sunscreen. According to the US National Library of Health and Medicine,

“When the amount of sunscreen and SPF advised by the World Health Organization are used, vitamin D production may be abolished.”

Now I’m not saying that everyone should go throw out their sunscreen, clearly SPF helps to reduce and prevent skin cancer. But Vitamin D promotes healthy calcium absorption, it contributes to cell regeneration and can help to reduce inflammation. It can also help to improve mood and a variety of other health benefits.

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So what can we do to get the healthy balance between getting our recommended Vitamin D intake and avoiding premature aging and skin cancer? According to Harvard Medical School, there are a lot more factors contributing to Vitamin D deficiency than just sun exposure. Factors like; the latitude on which you live, air pollution, the color of your skin, the temperature of your skin, your weight, age and even the health of your kidneys.  This study also goes onto to indicate that many people actually do not use enough sunscreen to actually create a dramatic difference with their Vitamin D production.

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According to a study done in Spain by Professor Antony Young, applying sunscreen in SPF 15+ or greater is recommended for adults. He conducted a similar study to National Institute’s, except he asked the participants to use SPF 15. He concluded that using SPF 15 or greater and reapplying every few hours based on how quickly you burn, is the best method of decreasing risk of skin cancer whilst still allowing Vitamin D production.

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The point of sunscreen is to block UVB rays but not the necessarily to block UVA rays which can have positive qualities. Although, even that is controversial.

The bottom line is; when protecting children from the sun, always check with your pediatrician. But; just remember, using sunscreen is always recommended but perhaps talk to your doctor before globing SPF 90 sunscreen every day. Also, don’t buy into every news story you hear on the subject. Go straight for the facts.

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Citations

Bakke, B. (2012, August 16). The relation between sunscreen layer thickness and vitamin D production after ultraviolet B exposure: A randomized clinical trial. Retrieved March 13, 2015, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22512875

Teen, J. (2013, July 19). Does sunscreen block vitamin D? Retrieved March 12, 2015, from http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/does-sunscreen-block-vitamin-d-20130618-2odov.html

Simon, M.D., H. (2011, August 30). 9 things that can undermine your vitamin D level – Harvard Health. Retrieved March 9, 2015, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/9-things-that-can-undermine-your-vitamin-d-level

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Think before you splurge…

So, If you’re like me, you power walk past Sephora in an attempt to avoid some outrageously expensive product from catching your eye. Now, many of these products are absolutely fabulous, but there are some things you need to consider before splurging.

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1. How long is this product going to last you?

Look at the fluid ounces and check the instructions. So many times I have bought a new product that looked like a decent sized bottle only to see that the fluid ounces weren’t any more than my old product. If the instructions indicate to apply generously, then you can also assume the product will get used up quickly.

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2. What do the reviews say about it?

With our access to internet directly from our purses, there is no excuse anymore not to do your homework when purchasing a pricey product. Take a quick look at Amazon or look up good blogs about it. In some cases, you can scan the product. Just because your friend adores a product, doesn’t mean that you will. Everyone’s skin is different but if 100 consumers have rated a product well, you might just love it.

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3. Check your prices

This goes along with checking reviews online, it’s easy to price check products online. Be careful with distributors that you haven’t heard of before. There are a lot of “knock off’s” of high end makeup and products.  Some are even sold on the internet at a discount because they have expired. Because the US doesn’t require that manufacturers of beauty products label an expiration date, you could essentially be purchasing a product that is a year old. Scary!

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4. Check your Inbox

Before you go out to the mall or rush onto a website to purchase an amazing product, check your inbox. If you are on company’s emailing list, you might find a special promotion or discount. So many times, I have purchased a beauty product only to find a 10% off coupon in my inbox. Don’t do this! Those emails get annoying but they can save you money if you pay attention.

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5. Ask if the store you are purchasing from, offers any samples or promotions

If you’re going to drop $50-$80 on a face lotion, see if they offer any samples of it first. You might hate it or you might love it, but at least you will know right off the bat. Sometimes store’s offer rewards for your purchases, ask what they are. While you’re at it, ask the associate if they expect your product to go on sale soon!

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6. Ask about the return policy

If the store you are purchasing from has a no return or exchange policy, run! I’m always a bit skeptical about companies that say they have a return policy but only if the product is unopened. How can you find out if you like it?!

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7. Make sure you will actually use the product

If you’re purchasing it and saying to yourself, “Oh yes, I’ll use this in Vegas when I go next.” That might not be for a while, and it might have expired by then. Wait until you actually need the product, you might have found a better one by then anyways. If you open up your cabinets in your bathroom and you see a ton of products that you’ve hardly ever touched (like most of us) you really need to be smart when it comes to your purchase.

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And there you have it, I try to keep my splurges to every 3-4 months out of the year. This way, I know I’ll appreciate my new purchase. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I just look at the bottles for a little while, admiring them.

Enjoy and happy shopping!

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