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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What’s Inside Sweet Cherry?

Since Sweet Cherry Spa opened in its new location a year ago I have been striving to bring new local gifts in to add to supporting the small businesses of Thunder Bay.

I wanted to share with you the newest line to come in from Dianea Creates

Diane takes custom orders, has also now just started making rings too! She also has DEALS! Buy any 2 items and at 10$ off! and an additional 5$ off after per item.

All items are handmade and the amethyst is local.

 

Next up is our good friend The Bunnydeer Hatbox! Another amazing local artist bringing in unique mini top hats, bows(can be used as hair bows, pins or bowties), fascinators and, custom wedding headbands, fascinators, top hats and other hair pieces.

Candice has been creating for many years and has been featured at Sweet Cherry Spa since the beginning. She also takes custom orders.

Last of our custom order handmade products is Nerdy Nails (made by myself).

Custom made, hand painted nails all in different Nerdy themes: Star Trek, Loki, Dragons, Lord of the Rings, Last Airbender, Sailor Moon, Kawaii Spring, Goth Queen, The Simpsons, Princess Monoke and more!

ON SALE right now 10$ a set! Comes with file and glue for perfect fit. Lasts up to a week. New Custom sets by order only (currently not taking orders until July 2018) for 30$.

 

New Derma E Skin care! The new packaging is out and they have come out with a new line and fun new products like 1 time Mask Packs! Grab a bunch bring them over for your next ladies spa night! Derma E has also come out with some great skin oils to prime and prep for a lighter moisturizer and for pre-makeup applications!

 

 

 

 

 

Lets try it: internet black mask

Sometimes I see beauty products on instagram and facebook that I just shake my head at. I know it won’t work, I see their little close ups on the skin and whats left on the mask/pad/cloth and just have a bit of a rage-attack.

The Black Mask was one of these.

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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.

Product Knowledge: Talcum Powder

I know we all know the main use for talcum powder aka baby powder : to keep wet/sweaty areas dry.   But googling quickly can get scary,  what is it made up of and how did it become such a common house hold beauty product?

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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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Product Review: M.U.D Makeup

Many of you have come through and gotten some of my M.U.D makeup. Or if you remember my post a few months back about why I choose to work with pro-lines vs just store bought makeup.
mud-makeup-designory-77387791 good blackI have had some great reviews from the makeup:

“It feels so light, I keep forgetting I have foundation on”- Diane

“I love how bright this Ladybug red is, and my friend adores your Flirt bright pink!” –  Lucia 

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Model – Miss Kelly MUA- me Photography – Scott Hobbs Photography

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Questions for Scotia: Vegan Hyaluronic Acid?

I have been asked this question a few times about my new Hydrating line from DermaE that uses Hyaluronic Acid.

“How Can Hyaluronic Acid be vegan? I know it comes from rooster cones. How did this company get certified vegan?”

HA hydrating

Hyaluronic acid is derived from 2 different sources: yes rooster cones (their little red mohawks) and from fermented grass yeast.  But why would it even bother coming from animal byproduct if you can get it from fermented grass yeast?

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Product Knowledge: Charcoal

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Last week I had noticed that I had a large dry patch on my forehead, so I grabbed my  Derma e products, my very clear cleanser, purify spray toner, very clear scrub and then the purify oil free moisturizer. I hadn’t used it yet and didn’t remember it had charcoal and as you can see from my instagram, I thought it was quite the heavy metal surprise.

The cream itself does not go on black, just looks that way when its concentrated. But figured I’d post and write about this black product that you may not think it for its beauty uses.

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New Products and Services!

Sweet Cherry Spa is very happy to be offering facial services and skin care analysis!

Using Derma E quality skin care products for a customized facial to help with your specific skin care needs.

Your facial with start with a 20 minute consultation about your skin and your care concerns. Then You will get a customized:

  • a cleanse
  • a toner
  • an appropriate  textured exfoliator for you
  • steam or hot towel face wrap for 10 minutes
  • any extractions if needed and this is the time you can fit any waxing in
  • a customized masque 15-20 minutes with a Hempz hand massage or add a manicure
  • 15 minute face, decolte, shoulder and neck massage
  • serums and sun screen to finish

the whole process takes an hour and a half.

What else is new???

Well now you can come in store and purchase MUD makeup, brushes, nail files, Zoya Nail polish and Derma e.

You can also grab a catalogue or look online to order more products that aren’t carried in house! (Shipping is free!)