Product Time…Part One

So let’s talk about Dove®

Dove® has a whole range of cleansing products…

The one I am focusing on is the Beauty Bar

For a long time it was the ubiquitous white bar…the one with 1/4 moisturizing cream in it…that’s been the tag line for as long as I can remember. I grew up with Dove® being the soap in our shower/bath for a very long time – until others came into the market with the fruity smelling soaps and flowery smelling soaps…which I was allergic to as a child – I was particularly gutted when it turned out I couldn’t use Mr. Bubble® Bubble Bath as I would break out in Hives – so Dove® was a mainstay for the most part only to be switch out at intervals with that OTHER white bar…or that zingy Blue Bar that made the rare appearance.

These days it is rather a creamy lather that comes from this Plain Jane little white bar. The smell too is clean and fresh, not over powering, unlike some bars – which went into my sister and I’s underwear drawer when we were kids; I don’t recall ever having used any of those perfumed soaps we got in the perfume sets that were a staple in our house at Christmas time. For those who don’t like scents in their bars, Dove® also has an Unscented version.

I like that you can use the bar from head to foot including your face (but make sure you don’t wash your face immediately after you’ve washed your butt – I mean this has to go without saying right?)

It also comes in a Sensitive Skin version too, which is nice option for those who have touchy skin (I feel your pain peeps! I feel your pain!!!).

If you have never used it…check it out!

** If you have a dermatologist; check with them first!!!!




A Word About…Cold Sores…

Sadly this is a fate shared by many (including yours truly), sometimes they’re known as fever blisters. At the end of the day they are also known as Herpes Simplex 1 or HSV-1. At this point should you want to know more about it I recommend you do an internet search, I am in no way and by no means an expert on the medical jargon, better yet, talk to your doctor. Trust me, they’ve seen worse than a cold sore on a lip. 

From a makeup product and a makeup artist point of view this isn’t great. Cold Sores (AKA Herpes) are/is contagious during a flare up.  

So my two cents is this…

Use a medicated method that works for you once you have consulted a doctor and she/he hasn’t prescribed something for you. I have used several methods finally settling on Abreva®. While for me it doesn’t prevent the outbreak it does lessen the amount of time I have to contend with it on my face, and the pain associated with it. There is no cure for them, once you get them, you have them forever, and the only thing you can really do once the flare up is in full swing is ride it out.

During the outbreak, I tend to forgo the makeup on the area if at all possible. 

This isn’t always an option for some, which is what prompted me to write about this topic.

First: Stop touching the sores….seriously stop touching them. 

Second: If the sores are open, don’t put any makeup over them, it’ll compound the problem if you put makeup on an open sore. 

Third: If you suffer from cold sores, don’t even think about passing along any of your makeup that you’ve used. 

Fourth: Any old sponges associated with your compacts…throw them out.

Fifth: If you have makeup brushes, you’ll need to clean them. I use Sunlight® or Dawn® dish soap…WHAT?! (Hollered the peanut gallery), you heard me…dish soap. On film sets they use 99% Alcohol to clean  & 70% Alcohol to disinfect when they are in a hurry. 


Cleaning brushes:

For those ladies who joke about never washing your makeup brushes, I would consider doing so, otherwise you’re just smoothing bacteria onto your face. 

So I put a small and I mean small dab of dish soap into the palm of my hand, rinse the bristles of the brush to get it damp, then just swirl the bristles in the soap in the palm of the hand, do that for a few seconds, then rinse. Smaller brushes you can do a few together at a time, the big powder brushes you need to do separately. A word of note, do not submerge your brushes in hot water, it will melt the glue in the ferrules and destroy your brushes. After a rinse and shake out, lay them horizontally to dry. 

Sixth: Don’t apply the makeup directly from the container to your face – for example: Lipsticks/Gloss – nor should you ‘double dip’ the sponge or brush into a container – for example: foundations, concealer. 

Seventh: Keep the application light, don’t cake it on, because then it really will stand out. 

Above all else, keep putting the medication on it. 

And don’t pick at it…

A Canvas…

When it comes to makeup, that’s really what your face is…a Canvas…blank and open to all sorts of possibilities. 

When it comes to any artist’s canvas it’s important that it is clean, free of surface dirt. Now it does not have to be blemish free because let’s face it, for some of us gals and pals, acne is a fact of life. There are products out there that can help with this and as we go along I will feature a few of these products, whether it be for facial acne or for body acne. 

Finding a cleanser that’s right for you is the first task at hand. Not everyone has the same skin, not really. 

There is dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, the ever elusive ‘Normal’ skin – what exactly does normal skin look like anyway? And of course for us mature (and not so mature) ladies…the aging skin. 

Our skin changes with our health levels, the weather, where we live and our age. 

For example: I live in Calgary, it’s part foothills, part bald-ass prairie, it’s fairly dry. I lived in Medicine Hat, which although settled around the South Saskatchewan River, is pretty much in the bad lands of S. Alberta, it’s arid to say the least, basically drier than a popcorn fart. So living in the dry climate that I do, my skin drys out quickly, so cleaning my face with a cleanser that is meant to remove excess oils would be disastrous for my skin. As I am now a lady of 40, I also have to keep in mind that while I still look youthful my skin’s needs are changing. 

Second example is my mom, who in her early 70’s, and lives in Calgary as well, will have different skin cleansing needs from me. 

Pretty much every conventional product line has their basic cleansing routine: Cleanser; Toner; Moisturizer. Add-ons will include but aren’t limited to Exfoliate creams/gels; serums and specialty creams. Usually you’re encouraged to purchase all the ‘required’ products from that line, and conceivably its to ensure ‘results.’  

A word on results: you will need to use the product EVERYDAY for 30 days without interruption before you’ll see any results, that’s the fine print, you may see a slight improvement immediately after the first use, but if you want actual results it takes 30 days aka 4 weeks. 

If you’ve been using the same cleanser for years, it may be time to re-evaluate your skin to see if what you are currently using is still the right product for you. 

Being Clean

Before you do anything regarding your face, be it cleansing; makeup application; et cetera. 

I can’t stress this enough…


Cleaning your face with dirty hands just puts more dirt on your face. Handling your makeup with dirty hands will contaminate it faster then you can say E. Coli. 

A lot of people don’t think about it, but do it even if you’ve just had a shower, wash those hands. 

Out of Order…is Chaos

And by Chaos I mean a makeup drawer…am I right?

Many beauty blogs and magazines have all mentioned this, but it always bares repeating. If there is anything in that drawer that has been there since you moved in – it happens, I found a lipstick in a purse (Revlon Red 730) in my gran’s house that I am pretty sure dated back from when it was released  –  then drop it in to the circular file…aka the Garbage Bin. Makeup does expire…and when it does it has the potential to be pretty gross; that being said if it doesn’t smell bad you could perhaps put it back into service such as pressed shadows, blushes, and pencil eyeliners. Anything cream based, it needs to go. Rule of thumb…when in doubt, throw it out.

I can appreciate this to be hard especially if you paid a Queen’s (or King’s) ransom for it. I drive a pickup (Elvis – you’ll meet him later; I promise) and some items I have makeup wise cost me as much as it does to fill one of Elvis’ gas tanks (He has two; my Elvis is a big boy). This is actually my gauge on spending; Elvis gas tanks. Let’s face it, cosmetics are expensive, little wonder as the cosmetics industry is forecasted to reach 675 Billion by the year 2020. Even in hard economic times, people will still buy their cosmetics. Why? Because looking good can help us feel good. However, outdated and rancid cosmetics will not do either.

This culling of products as old as the hills should extend to your cleansers, toners, lotions and masks as well. If you haven’t touched them in the last 6 months, chances are you won’t touch them in the next 6 months either so get rid of them. Once this is done, take a rag with some cleaner (I use the Method Brand, but whatever brand you use to wipe the counters with will do) and clean out that drawer properly.


Now you may want to invest in some type of organization trays for the drawer; you needn’t go fancy, Dollar Stores have some great stuff. For my personal makeup I have all my mascaras, lip gloss (I’m a lip gloss junkie so I have plenty of those…) in mugs, which I make sure are kept regularly clean. I do recommend you store your cosmetics in something other than those freebie cosmetic bags one gets when they spent X amount of dollars on an item. They get gross after a while and don’t really ever come clean. Don’t get me wrong I have a plethora of freebie cosmetic bags; they are brilliant for storing things like my phone charger, the charging adaptor for Elvis, even use one for my art erasers…just not for my makeup. Blech. An alternative if you have the counter space, or shelf space is to pick up one of the many drawer sets that Sterilite puts out, fairly inexpensive, and can hold makeup like a champ!

I know you’re sitting there sighing, but really, it’s time to remove that albatross from your neck. I can’t say you’ll feel lighter, nor can I say you won’t cringe as you toss that $50 skin cream that you’ve held on to for 2 years and is now actually a rubber mass. I can say that once those long forgotten pots of disappointment have been removed, you will actually be able to find exactly what you are looking for in that drawer without having to allow for 20 extra minutes in order to find it.






Ah…and here we are at last…

Finally have all the pages set up for the website.

I am so spectacularly jazzed!!!

So now what…?

As I re-connect with my love of makeup and share my passion with the world at large I will also be writing about my exploration of makeup in general. Anything and everything, nothing will be taboo when it comes to products, brands and even the DIY.

I look forward to our chit chats…