Butch Beauty.

As you all know, I do most of my own guinea pigging for all of you lovely lasses, but generally or shall I say thankfully, pull up at products designed for the lad’s. In those instances when I need a bit of butch beauty expertise for the boys, I call in Mr. Beauty Marked! Sr. and Mr. Beauty Marked! Jr. to test some of the beaut boy bits about.

I am pleased to pass on the news that the most recent beauty item to get the boys in a lather in the Maison de Beauty Marked! is NIVEA For Men Sensitive Shaving Foam with Ultra Glide Technology. According to the Beauty Marked! boys, this shaving foam delivers a truly smooth, close, moisturizing, non-irritating and soothing shave. Mr. Beauty Marked! Sr., in particular, has skin which is incredibly sensitive to harsh chemical ingredients and is not backwards in coming forwards in letting him know. So with his sensitive skin’s considerations in mind, he was ever so pleased to report that not a single welt, rash, or raised recalcitrant nuisance was seen and his skin, post shave, felt nicely moisturized and protected. Phew! Mr. BM! Jr. couldn’t stop extolling the virtues of how the Sensitive Shaving Foam softened his beard quickly enough for a thoroughly effective shave in just a few minutes and not a nick was to be had. The boys were impressed.

The rave reviews from the Beauty Marked! boys were no doubt due to NIVEA’s exceptionally considerate shaving formulation. NIVEA For Men Sensitive Shaving Foam is ultra soothing, calming and protects the skin with its stellar ingredient line-up which contains chamomile, aloe vera, bisabolol, and Vitamin F. Nice.

This fantastic bit of butch beauty definitely bares remembering when your man’s next on the hunt for a great shave. Check out www.nivea.com for more!

October 31, 2007. skincare, grooming, hair, new products, beauty tools, skincare tips. No Comments.

A Gorgeous Gift!

Today, as with most days in fact, I was given the most spectacular gift. A gift which I acknowledge today, but really should do so every day as it is most precious, highly therapeutic, and of which I am so grateful. I suspect you too may have been a gracious recipient of its magic on more than several occasions as well as responsible for such Random Acts of Beauty (RABs) yourself. I am talking about the priceless gift of a heartfelt smile. How wonderful are they? Just amazing, if you really stop to think about it. A smile can make your day in a flash and and can absolutely make someone else’s. Smiles lovingly impart blessings of cheer and ignite a beautifully joyous flame which spreads like wildfire brightening everyone’s day. Yep, smiles are contagious and truth be told, probably one of the very few things out there that you’d actually want to catch. A smile: The gift that truly keeps giving!

October 30, 2007. All things beauty, beauty tips, new products, beauty trends, beauty tools. 2 Comments.

Mineral Makeup Monday!

I know that many of you are big fans of mineral makeup, but a few may not of had the opportunity to make a foray into minerals as yet, so let’s see if we can inspire those who haven’t with a little challenge. Seeing that we’ve declared today as Mineral Makeup Monday, why not create a face with at least one item of mineral makeup and build your gorgeous look on that? Hey…you may even be able to swing a complete look based on several beaut mineral bits and bobs, if you’re lucky, and really get to experience the true magic of minerals in all their glory. You’ll love it!

…Just a few luxe offerings to get you going:

1. i.d Bare Escentuals Flawless Face Brush 2. ELES Mineral Foundation 3. ELES Super Gloss 4. i.d. BareMinerals Warm Radiance 5. Jane Iredale Cream To Powder Eyeliner 6. Jane Iredale PurePressed® Base 7. ELES Lush Mascara 8. INIKA Mineral Eyeshadows 9. i.d. BareMinerals in Glee.

October 29, 2007. skincare, makeup, mascara, makeup tips, new products, beauty trends, beauty tools, lips, makeup trends. 1 Comment.

Life Is BeautyFULL.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams.” -Ashley Smith

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October 28, 2007. All things beauty, beautiful quotations. No Comments.

A Yummy Face Mask Perhaps?

Granted your not allergic to avocados and have eaten your fill, why not make a face mask with the other half? It’s nearly criminal how easy it is to make too: Just mush up a half of an avocado and pat it on a freshly cleansed face. Leave it on for a bit and enjoy delightfully moisturized (with the “good” oils) and uber vitaminized skin. This little Saturday Avo (pun intended) Treat is just perfect for all skin types, but exceedingly stellar for dry and mature skins. Yummo!

October 27, 2007. skincare, beauty tips, skincare tips. No Comments.

Mail Call.

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Hello Beauty Marked! Just a quick one to say that I am loving your beauty blog extraordinaire. I was wondering why exfoliation is the key to avoiding ingrown hairs? And does it matter how you exfoliate when it comes to preventing ingrowns?

As happily answered…

Thank you for your great question and kind words. I appreciate them both immensely.

The reason why exfoliating areas that are prone to ingrown hairs that arise from waxing and tweezing generally and very occasionally from shaving is a good idea is because when a new hair grows post a hair removal treatment that relies on damaging the hair follicle as it modus operandi, it usually is a shadow of it’s former self physically. Some hairs no longer possess the same structural fortitude needed to gracefully push through the skin’s surface and can either get trapped below the surface or curl back onto itself which results in an ingrown hair. Ouchy! So if we help the hair along a bit by gently exfoliating the skin and removing the skin build up, the hair’s chances of pushing through the surface unimpeded are greatly improved.

As for which method of exfoliation works best, it really is a matter of personal preference. Gentle chemical exfoliation by AHAs works as does manual exfoliation with a loofah or gentle granular scrubs. The key to successful exfoliation is that you start doing it from your next tub after the initial hair removal and continue daily for at least 7 to 10 days, depending on how speedy your hair re-grows. Most hair has managed to make it past the risk of ingrown stage after this time. It ought to be pretty smooth sailing after this time period, well, that is until it’s time to jump on that hair removal merry-go-round once again. Oh the joys!

October 26, 2007. skincare, grooming, hair, beauty tools, skincare tips. No Comments.

I’ve Been To Heaven…But Now I’m Back…Sort Of.

No worries though as, I did manage to write down the address so we can go back anytime. Our beloved Get Even More Gorgeous With Beauty Marked! Blog post is a lot late today because I was off early this morning to have one of the most divine beauty treatments I have had in a long while. I went to Stone Soul for a Crystal Balancing Facial and boy was it heavenly. Part of what was so magnificent about the facial is that it is paired with a Crystal Eyes add-on treatment which starts with a fantastic chakra balancing meditation which sends you into a gloriously deep state of relaxation that just further amps up the celestial quality of the hot and cold stone facial. It’s now several hours post my treatment, but it’s only now that I can attempt to shift the ethereal state of heavenly bliss I have been enveloped in only ever so slightly, so I can make a start on the work I have gladly let pile up thanks to the angels at Stone Soul. Since I’m only prepared to shift this state of heavenly bliss ever-so-slightly to write this post, the rest of my day’s doings and need doings will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m just having too much fun floating on cloud 9. I am sure you’ll be hearing lots more about the little bit of the empyrean that’s located at Stone Soul ❧ Organic Beauty & Natural Wellness Therapies 3/189 Darling Street Balmain, NSW Australia (02) 9555 1102. There really is a heaven here on earth and it’s just splendid!

October 25, 2007. All things beauty, skincare, beauty tips, skincare tips. No Comments.

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