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    5 Tips for Ditching Dry Skin During Winter

    5 Tips for Ditching Dry Skin During Winter

    Dry skin is at its worst during winter. Chapped lips, dried out knuckles, and flaky patches are a continuous battle for many. Here are some easy steps to keep skin gorgeous and glowing all winter long.

     

    1. Quenching Sheet Masks Are Dry Skin Type’s BFF

    Dr Jart Water Replishment Face Mask

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    Weekly hydrating masks are a fantastic way to start off on the right foot and prep skin to stay moisturized all week long.

     

    1. Switching to an Oil-Based Makeup Remover Can Be a Game Changer

    IPKN Perfect Cleansing Oil

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    Oil-based formulas tend to be much gentler than cleansing cloths and makeup removers that use harsh chemicals to dissolve makeup. Almond and coconut oil on their own are also great for melting makeup away.

     

    1. Drench Your Skin Using Milk-Based Cleansers

     Milk cleanser from Pure Heals

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    Typical cleansers can strip skin of vital oils. Milk is naturally infused with proteins that absorb quickly into skin to keep it healthy, and cream that keeps skin moisturized.

     

    1. Let Your Skin Feast on Moisturizers At Least Twice Daily

    Pure Heals Propolis Face Cream

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    Look for hydrating natural ingredients and botanicals, like avocado, honey/propolis, cucumber, aloe, and hyaluronic acid. For those with dry-prone skin, carry an extra bottle for spot-dryness throughout the day.

     

    1. Spritz on the Mist for All-Day Hydration

    Its Skin Aloe Mist

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    Misting can be both preventative and restorative. When applied throughout the day, mists keep skin hydrated and complexions fresh and bright. Don’t wait until your skin already shows signs of dryness.

     

    What kinds of things do you do during winter to keep dry skin at bay? Comment below and share your best tips for looking radiant all winter long!

    Stay Scandalous!

    Diana

    6 Winter Beauty Essentials So You SPARKLE This Season!

    6 Winter Beauty Essentials So You SPARKLE This Season!

    Whether you dazzle at every party in glamorous shimmer hues, or snuggle at home with a cozy blanket and a mug of marshmallow-filled cocoa, we have the makeup and skincare that will give you a glow all winter long!

    Find balm-style lip color to soothe dry lips, ultra-moisturizing masks to keep skin hydrated through this drying heater-weather, and enough glimmer makeup to light up the holidays!

    Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection

    Ultra silky brush heads. Superior blending.

    Glam up your makeup table and take your brushes to new levels of luxury.

     

    NYC Eyeshadow Crayons

    Glide on shimmer hues with jumbo eyeshadow crayons that deliver full coverage color in a snap!

    NYC Lip Crayons

    Jumbo lip crayons for balm-like, silky texture that moisturizes without sacrificing vibrant color.

     

    Physicians Formula Shimmer Eyes

    Your shimmeriest eyes await. Frosted hues for sparkle to rival twinkling lights all a-glow!

     

    Its Skin Moisture Daily Sheet Mask

    Put an end to dry, hydration-starved skin this winter.

    Give yourself a weekly moisture mask treatment and keep your complexion gorgeous all season long.

     

    LA Girl Beauty Brick Blush

    Pale skin's worst enemy. Blushing nudes and pinks that blend like a dream.

    Ultra-fine milled powders become undetectable, leaving only pigmented color that sinks into skin.

     

    What are some of your favorite winter beauty products? Do you go for velvety mattes or glimmering shimmers to keep the season bright?

    Stay Scandalous!

    Diana

    Pristine Skin with the Power of Volcanic Ash by Pure Heals: Review with Pics!

    Pristine Skin with the Power of Volcanic Ash by Pure Heals: Review with Pics!

    Skincare Sunday Recap

    I've been keeping up with Skincare Sunday, using only Korean Beauty products with natural ingredients, and it's been SO worth it. My skin looks healthier each week, and I'm trying my best to keep up a light, daily routine too. The results?

    • Minimal breakouts.
    • Zero dry patches.
    • Noticeably less redness.
    • Skin that's irresistibly soft.

    Deviating from My Go-To

    Usually I use a BRTC makeup remover, a Vitamin D foaming cleanser by It's Skin, and for months now I've sworn by Pure Heals' Propolis line for toner, ampoule, and cream. I have dry, eczema-prone skin so the honey and mega-dose of propolis are exactly what I need for skin that's hydrated and touchably, satiny soft.

    However...

    Even those of us with dry skin need to give our pores some deep-cleaning TLC every now and then. Hello, Pure Heals!

     Time to Deep Clean My Clogged Up Pores with

    Volcanic Pore Heating Gel

    Click the pic or the link to shop Volcanic Pore Heating Gel at Blue Scandal

    I'm not gonna lie, I was STOKED when I found out I would get to try two of the most fascinating items in the Volcanic Line. I had never used a heated gel, or volcanic ash on my face, so I couldn't wait!

    So What's It Like?

    Within seconds, a warm sensation emanates from the gel as I scrub my pores using the gentle silicone brush head. The formula is slick, not oily but definitely slippery and glossy, making it a fantastic deep-pore cleanser and exfoliator in one.

    It rinses clean and doesn't leave residue or oily feeling, but I definitely feel hydrated. The gel isn't stripping at all, which I'm impressed by. I hate using a deep pore cleanser that leaves my skin tight or dry.

    Next Up: Volcanic Clay Mask

    Click the pic or the link to shop Volcanic Pore Tightening Mask at Blue Scandal.

    This mask pack isn't kidding around. I can hold it upside down for DAYS and it won't budge. The dense formula glides onto my skin and stays put, which would make it perfect for a T-Zone treatment for those times when I don't need a full facial.

    After adding the rich, mineral-packed product to my face, I get to sit pretty for around 20 minutes, letting git do its magic. And I'm envisioning all the toxins being absorbed... the gunk being loosened from my pores... the build-up that would soon be washed away with so many dead skin cells.

    So yeah, while I was waiting I took a few selfies ^_^

    The Final Result

    My skin looks immaculate. No makeup on, and it was a no-brainer that I would just skip it all together that day.

    More and more often, Sundays are becoming a day of rest for my makeup routine, giving my skin a chance to breathe.

    Want to try some deep pore cleansing without breaking the bank? Check out our special intro price on this 3-piece Volcanic Pore Starter Set!

     

    Everything here for $46 (regular priced $71 - this is a huge savings!)

    Link: Volcanic Pore Starter Set from Blue Scandal

    What's your skincare routine like now that we're getting closer to winter? Have you been keeping up with Skincare Sunday? What are the results!

    Stay Scandalous!

    ~Diana

    Hooray - Black FriYAY! And Blue Scandal Has Soooo Many Great DEALS!

    Hooray - Black FriYAY! And Blue Scandal Has Soooo Many Great DEALS!

    Blue is the new black - for Black Friday, that is. Blue Scandal has tons of items marked down for the holiday. And our promo code gives you 25% off non-sale, non-fragrance, so all your shopping can go easy on your wallet!

    Hot for the HolidaysUp to half off of loads of Korean Beauty products, and even more on clearance items.

    Let us pass the savings on to you!

     

    Want to nab that sweet free U.S. shipping, but your cart is just a couple of dollars short?

     

    Flash Sale Under 1 Dollar

    Take a peek at our Everything Under $1 Flash Sale!

    Lip color, eyeshadow, makeup remover, sponges and so much more!

     

    I love a deal, and I am VERY excited about the ones we've come up with for you all!

     

    Here are JUST A FEW of my favoritey-favorites:

     

    Collagen Skincare Set from Blue ScandalCollagen Plus Skincare Set from Dabo
    Regular Price: $50
    Your Price: $25

     

     

    Argan Oil Skincare

    Argan Essential Skincare Set
    Regular Price: $25.00
    Your Price: $15

    And from the Under $1 Section...

     

    Hair Jewelry from Blue Scandal

     Hair Jewelry from Cala
    Regular Price: $2.00
    Your Price: .99

     

    Cala EyelashEveryday Eyelashes from Cala
    Regular Price $1.85
    Your Price: .99

     

    Pick something up for those special people on your list - or treat yourself! Because naughty or nice, 'tis the season for scandalous savings.

     

    Happy Shopping! And as always...

     

    Stay Scandalous!

    Diana

    The Top 12 List of Awesome Things in Life to Be Thankful For

    The Top 12 List of Awesome Things in Life to Be Thankful For

    An Attitude of Gratitude... and a List that Could Go On Forever!

     

    Headquartered in the U.S., all of us in the Blue Scandal Crew are talking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday - loved ones and good food are the order of the day!

    Pumpkin Pie

    YES we will be having an office potluck - I hope someone brings pie!

     

    To start off this week of appreciation, the Blue Scandal team is embracing an Attitude of Gratitude, and we're taking a few moments to appreciate the good things we have.

     

    With that in mind, I asked the staff a different kind of question than I normally do. Rather than find out what their favorite matte liquid lipstick is, or how the new lines of skincare have been leaving their complexion, I asked:

     

    Hey Blue Scandal Staff, what are some things you're thankful to have in your life?

     

    The Big 3: Family - Health - Safety

    No surprise here! Everyone I asked shared feelings of gratitude for these three, in one way or another:

     

    1. Family

    Family in the Snow

    "I couldn’t write a list of thankful things without thinking of my family, who have always been there for me, and to remember those who have left this world too soon, but who I will always love."

     

    2. Health

    Healthy Lifestyle

    "I know way too many people with health problems to not appreciate my healthy lungs, strong heart, and the illness-free body I’ve been granted."

     

    3. Safety

    Safe

    "So many people are living in war, abusive situations, or other unsafe circumstances. I don’t want to forget how fortunate I am to live each day feeling safe in the community I live in."

     

    I completely agree! Not everyone has these things, and I always want to remember not to take any of them for granted, too. If you’re fortunate to have them, you have so much in life!

     

    Lots More Awesomeness to Be Thankful For

     

    There are so many amazing things in the world, and we hope you have lots to feel grateful for! Here are some more answers from the Blue Scandal Crew:

     

    4. BFFS and Crazy, Silly, Awesome, Anything-For-You, Always There For You Friends

    Best Friends

    You know the ones. They make you laugh hard enough to spray your monitor. When you’re down, they’re right there with ya to wallow, and they know when it’s time to get out and have fun!

     

    5. Romantic Relationships

    Cute Romantic Couple

    Isn't a boyfriend / girlfriend already included in Number 4? If they're a spouse, don't they count as family? Either way, this answer from Blue Scandal Staff came along often enough to deserve its own section. Those of us who are all moon-eyed and in love are definitely grateful for that Special Someone in life - and those of us with SUPER SECRET CRUSHES also appreciate those butterfy feelings their Confidential Special Someone inspires.

     

    6. Faith

    Faith

    More than one person mentioned appreciation for their beliefs, or the Big Guy Upstairs, or something along those lines. Being a part of a spiritual community is something a lot of us are grateful for. No matter what kind of belief system a person has, faith can get us through difficult times and bring us closer to others.

     

    7. Pets!

    Pet Hedgehog

    This one could be considered family, but they’re their own fuzzy / scaly / feathery brand of friendship that deserves a category all their own. Unconditional love? And then some! I'm definitely grateful to have my little pups in my life.

     

    8. Creativity

    Artist

    Sometimes it’s mood inspiring music that helps me feel joyful or gets me through sad times. Other times it’s an incredible book that lets me feel like I’ve experienced another life. It could be a hilarious comic, a gorgeous anime, an uplifting movie, a breathtaking sculpture, but whatever it is, I’m grateful to live in a world that embraces creativity in all its forms.

     

    9. Diversity

     Diversity

    There are still a lot of struggles, but humankind is striving to embrace differences. Learning about other ways of life and even experiencing the traditions of other cultures make me feel more grounded and connected to others. I’m grateful for the triumphs we’ve made as a human race in accepting differences, and I’m hopeful for future generations to go even further.

     

    10. Travel - Both First-Hand Journeys and Internet Voyages

    Travel

    Even if finances and circumstances don’t allow me to travel, I’m grateful that I live in an era when I can go online and meet people from around the world, see their pictures, and even attempt their recipes. I’m especially grateful for the trips I’ve been able to take all over the United States, to Japan, and to Costa Rica - and I hope to be lucky enough to take more trips in the future.

     

    11. Nature

    Waterfall and Nature

    Our world is changing, becoming more and more high-tech and amazing, but I’m thankful for wide open spaces. Waterfalls, flowers, nature hikes, tide pools, gardens, sandy beaches, snowy mountains - because Earth is a glorious place.

     

    12. You!

    So Happy Reading the Blue Scandal Blog

    All of us at Blue Scandal are grateful for you! And since you're reading this blog, I'm particularly thankful to you. <3 One of the reasons I'm a writer is because I love my audience. I want to share things that inspire, uplift, and maybe even touch my readers, no matter the topic. I also happen to love makeup, and if you're at the Blue Scandal Blog, chances are, you do too! We already have that much in common, and I most definitely love chatting it up with you here and on social media. So, thank you for reading!

     

    Your Turn - Fill in the Blank!

    Thankful

    What are you thankful for? We'd love to hear it! Let's spread the warm fuzzy feelings and embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving!

     Stay Scandalous!

    ~Diana