Does You Skin Really Need Gendered Specific Products?

In light of the new Gillette ad that addresses “toxic masculinity” which I am not super going to go into but as a mother of a young boy this did make a tear or two form.

But why should women care about men’s razors and the male ad? We buy the nice pink and purple Venus ones! Which also have their own more open minded add (not as much as Dove products) this one has a tattooed lady and a woman with vitiligo (the bleaching of coloured skin). They have even taken the pink away for blue and neutral colours.

But do we really need products that are for men or women? the answer is pretty much no.

Skin is skin

The only time you should really look at skin care products when it comes to your genetic gender is some facial skin care.

Male skin is 25% thicker, makes more collagen (so they don’t need or worry about anti-aging as much), and they have more hair growth which means a greater deal of sebum production which causes more blackheads. Men’s faces deal with more problems like ingrown hairs, blackheads, and large pores.

Women’s skin is more easily affected by androgen hormones which can cause flare ups of adult acne.

So if you don’t have a beard, can’t grow a beard, don’t have acne or have hormonal issues that you are consulting your doctor about then you really don’t have to care.

The rest is preferences that many of us have been taught over our lifetimes. Gendered marketing started in the 1920’s and was used for girls and boys toys but since then has exploded into every market. Look at some of the crazy shit companies make for him and her!

they’re the same… exactly the same.

Your skin care and body products are meant for your skin type: dry, oily, aging, sensitive or, normal. That’s all you need to care about. Market trends are pushing away from scents in general because of allergies but if you like the smell of lavender who cares! Like it. If you like your pits to smell like New Irish Car then go with it! Don’t want to smell like anything? Then keep to sensitive skin care lines or search out for a line that doesn’t add perfumes or fragrances in general.

Even packaging is changing to more netural, simple packaging so we don’t have to think ones with flowers are just for girls or ones with black, blue and silver lines or black bottles are for men. Hell I only want black bottles to match my style at home more than anything.

Don’t worry so much and don’t pay so much for a product that is higher prices but marketed with your presumed genitals in mind.

 

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Cruelty-Free is More than Not Testing on Animals

We all have the same types of images that go through our head when we hear “Cruelty-free cosmetics”; the pig with lipstick on it, the monkey wearing nail polish, rats dyed with different hair colours and more.

There has been a big swing in the right direction as cosmetic companies have been switching to more ethically based testing and becoming cruelty-free. Many countries are banning testing on animals at all (Canada is one of them!) “43% of consumers are even willing to pay more for products that are not tested on animals.” – businessoffashion.com Though I do find many companies (such as Dermae available for order and sale in spa) still keep their prices reasonable, because being nice shouldn’t come at a price.

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But did you know that there are lots of other ways for estheticians, nail techs and hair stylists to be cruelty-free?

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Watch Out for Job Offer Scams -UPDATE

2 Years ago I wrote about my experience with getting what seemed a too good to be true makeup job offer with Instyle magazine.

What  it turned into was a big let down to start with, then a very scary realization: that in the least my credit card and identity could of been stolen…to the extreme of I could of been caught up in human trafficking or dead.

Since then I get weekly comments (136), phone calls, emails and DMs from other makeup artists all over the world who are getting the same emails.

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Makeup Review: Maybelline Elixir

As a makeup artist I am always asked 100 questions a day about different brands, products that I like or don’t like. Sometimes friends get freebies and throw me a few samples from different places.

This sometime was the freebie of a  Maybelline “The elixir” lip gloss.

my quick review: Gross.

My long review: Gross… before I even put it on my lips I could smell the parfume that is in this product. The smell wafted from the lid akin to me being rushed through at least 100 nursing homes at the speed of light… or in this case scent.

like the smelloscope from Futurama

Now there are very few times that I think makeup smells gross. I usually like the smells or they are pretty-scentless.

The brush is on a angle that works well for bottom lips but pokes you in the top.

For the few moments that I could stand it being on my hand as a test: its staying power isn’t great.

I would say don’t waste your money on this product it’s a fail.

Questions for Scotia: Viral Beauty Secrets

Dear Sweet Cherry,

I am going a little nuts from seeing all the home hair and skin remedies that ‘will totally change your life’. I have finicky hair and annoying combination skin so I often complain. People’s initial reaction to my venting of frustrations is to recommend whatever trendy remedy from a viral article; which 90% of the time I find don’t work or do more harm than good because of my unique needs. I would hate to hear of women like me who actually took the recommendations and did something to damage their skin.

Could you please address the issue of skin types and why using proper products for your type is important? And why viral trends are not a good way to care for your face?

Thanks!

I too go nuts when I see all the “magical” gimmicks they have that will make you loose weight, fix your skin, fix your hair, and whatever else that people need help with.

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Questions for Scotia: The No!No!

I have been asked this a few times this month before and after xmas:

“I received a No!No! for Christmas…I need your Honest opinion on the No!No! ?” – Mary

“I was looking at the No!No! for myself but it seems so expensive.”- Diane

I will start off saying that I have not personally used this, because if I wanted to drop 300$+ I’d spend it more wisely.. or at least start with actual laser hair removal treatments. (anyone who has one and wants my to actually try contact me I’d love to make a video)

But I have talked to a lot of people with it and have done some research on it as well.

Click to see more reviews from consumer reports.org

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What to Expect When You Visit a Spa

For the past 10 years, I have heard some crazy things of what other spa owners, estheticians and assistants have told clients what to do, and how to prepare for their spa service.
And to be honest it is flabbergasting what they expect of clients and how lazy some people are. This is the service industry: I am here to serve you and your beauty and spa needs.

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So how do you know what to get? How to get it? Will You feel comfortable? What happens? What should you do?

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Product Knowledge: ZOYA Nail Polish

In my quest of providing smart, safe and sweet services to all of you, I always have a few things on my mind that I know that I and Yourselves care about.

-cruelty free

-natural

-toxin free

So the newest addition of products that I have for use and sale is Zoya Nail polish!

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Do You Hide Who You are for Work?

On tv all these makeup artists and nail techs and estheticians are usually alt(alternative) looking…(or from the east)

You would think working in this field bright hair, piercings and tattoos would be ok right? think again

photo by Day Vid Z 2014
Me at freelance work where I feel I can look like myself

But in the real world, there are lots of different kinds of people in this field of work. And especially in a smaller city like Thunder Bay, tattoos and bright hair is still looked at funny.

yes this is a xposted article from my old blog but it has been updated.

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Product Review: Makeup Brushes

Why do you have 30+ makeup brushes Scotia? Are you a Hoarder?

Nope, But I am a professional makeup artist(MUA). You don’t need that many for sure!

Pro’s need so many to be able to fit every type of face and facial feature

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