Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category


Face Cream Advice From the Experts

May 21, 2006

1. A friend of mine, a fellow New Englander, went back to the States and saw a top esthetician. My friend asked the esthetician about face creams and she was told that LaMer USED to be good, but has dropped down in quality and is not really worth the money. She also said that if you feel the need to splurge, La Prairie is the way to go.

2. Another friend of mine is married to a brilliant dermatologist. According to her, the only thing you need to use on your face is pure retin-a for wrinkle prevention. Apply a low concentration at night. In the morning, use a lotion containing alpha-hydroxy acids. And, SUNBLOCK, SUNBLOCK, SUNBLOCK. High SPF. That's it.


Egyptian Magic Cream

May 20, 2006

An ongoing review. I saw Juliette Lewis on Glow a while back and she recommended Egyptian Magic Cream. She said you could use it for your skin, hair, and that it had a ton of other uses. I decided to check it out on Amazon and after reading that it could be used for eczema and dry skin, I decided to buy it. It cost me almost $35, including shipping and handling to our P.O. box in NY. I then paid another $9 to have it shipped to Kuwait. Total cost was around $44 or KD13. (Remember, I'm rounding off.) I usually don't pay that much for a skin cream so my expectations were high. When it arrived today, I opened it up and put it on a few psoriasis patches I have. They instantly looked better. Not cleared up and gone, but better and to the point that I wouldn't be embarrassed going out with the patches visible. I also put a little on my lips and OH MY GOD, they have never been so soft! The list of its uses is massive. I'm going to apply some to my face and see if there is any benefit to using it as an overnight moisturizer. I'm also going to try it out as a hair conditioner. The ingredients are all natural. It's made out of: olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis*, and "Divine love". Women have been using some of these products on their skin for centuries. I'm in an earthy/crunchy phase and so using products with natural ingredients is important to me. The last thing I want to do is put chemicals on my face if I can avoid it. So far, so good. *I had to look up the word "propolis" and it's "a resinous substance collected from the buds of certain trees by bees and used as a cement or sealant in the construction of their hives."