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Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Q: I was curious about Bourjois cosmetics and was wondering if you or anyof your readers have any opinions about the brand? I love the history of the company but I was hoping to hear someone’s personal experience before I make the plunge and buy some! Megan

A: Thanks for the question Megan. I was first introduced to Bourjois when I was growing up in England. I was a teenager and was drawn to the colourful packaging. Since then I always have at least one Bourjois product in my makeup bag.

Ombre A Paupières is the name of their baked eyeshadow and it can be worn wet or dry. This was the first item I bought and it’s still a top seller.

Their signature blush is fantastic and has been around since 1863. These pretty shades provide a wonderful healthy glow to skin. This was another item that I purchased for the first time when I was…young-er :)

I could go on. Bourjois has a large selection of products and if you are able to get to a Sephora, go and play with the product and see what you like.

Ok gals, I know many of you have tried Bourjois so let Megan know what YOU think!

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Monday, October 1st, 2007

Q: I have oily skin. I also have acne scars. My breakouts are finally at a minimum. What is the best way to cover the acne scars without causing more breakouts? Foundation, tinted moisturizers, powders, ??? HELP! Amy

A: Thanks Amy for this question. Scarring on the face can leave a person feeling self conscious. Covering them up with thick makeup is not the solution as it will bring more attention to your skin. I would like to suggest to you mineral makeup. It is great for an oilier complexion, covers up imperfections and is simple to apply.

According to mineral makeup companies, mineral makeup is pure, lacking talc and other fillers; allows the skin to breathe; is a natural sun protector; and can relieve skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Mineral-based makeup is also supposed to be gentler on skin and will provide you with a wonderful natural glow. I personally use mineral makeup and find it to be comfortable on the skin and does not cause me to breakout at all.

Some mineral makeup suggestions are:

Let me know how you get on!

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Q: hi! as a beauty reader that enjoys your blog very much I have a question for you. Whilst going through shoppers drug I happened to notice the Reversa 3-1 Cleanser stuck down below and well hidden away. My question is this I am having problems finding anything about this product and because I need to change the skincare routine I am using (being older you need to change products because they become less effective as you age, I am 53) do know anything about this line? thankx shazza

A: Well thanks Shazza for your question. It is true that your skin is a little different than from your 40s. In your 50s skin starts to show character. As you enter menopause, your skin may feel thinner and more fragile. You may notice more wrinkles and a paler overall skin tone.
Some tips are:
- Hydration is so important. Use a rich, protective moisturizer. Apply a nutrient rich night cream before bed.
- Use a creamy cleanser to assist in hydration of the skin.
- Exfoliate to clear dead skin cells but avoid harsh abrasives.

With regards to Reversa, this brand is manufactured in Canada by Dermtek Pharmaceuticals Ltd and is available at drugstores. I have never tried these products but did some research and everything I read was good. Here is an article I found written by Karen Hall, a well respected journalist. I even found that the Reversa Corrective Night Cream was one one of the top 100 best in Chatelaine’s 2006 Best of Beauty.

Other skincare lines you may wish to take a look at are:

L’Oreal Age Perfect
Olay Regenerist
Dermaglow Nuvectin and
Vichy Liftactiv

Let me know if this is helpful!


Ask Ellen: Hand Creams

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Q: So, I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for good quality lotions and/or hand cremes. I wash my hands quite a bit and have had trouble finding a product that can stand up to numerous hand scrubbings. Any experience in this area?

A: Well T.G. I am like you and fanatic about keeping my hands clean. It is important to keep your hands hydrated so I would recommend applying lotion after every washing. Keep a lotion by your sink, in your bag, in your desk drawer and I always apply lotion at bedtime so that the cream can really get into my skin whilst I am sleeping.

There are a huge amount of creams and lotions on the market and it can be a little confusing. I actually have a couple of favourites that I can recommend:

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand & Nail Revitalizing Hand Lotion
This is a really fast absorbing cream that makes your hands hydrated and your nails stronger.
Contains keratin and vitamin E. Small size is perfect for your purse or bedside table.
$3.79 USD $4.99 CAD

Principessa Cattiva Diva
I absolutely love anything made by Principessa. Their silky hand cream is lovely and smells to die for. If you are looking for a perfumed hand cream then this is the perfect one for you.
$16 USD $18 CAD

Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream
This rich cream really softens and smooths your hands and cuticles. On the higher price range I enjoy this cream. It has a citrus fragrance that is quite fresh.
$18 USD $23 CAD

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream
A little pricey but pure luxury. I absolutely love the smell of lavender and if you do too then this is a great hand cream. Blends the nourishing benefits of Shea Butter with soothing A.O.C. lavender essential oil and rosemary extract. Also contains vitamin E.
$20 USD $20 CAD

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