Saturday, April 05, 2008

Privacy Policy

Just to let you all know, since I do use Adsense on my blogs, I am required to now post a privacy policy.

Privacy Policy for http://themakeupmistress.blogspot.com

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At http://themakeupmistress.blogspot.com, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use visit http://themakeupmistress.blogspot.com, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files
As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

Cookies and Web Beacons
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We also use third party advertisements on http://themakeupmistress.blogspot.com to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mineral Makeup

Just giving y'all a heads-up on a terrific website and line of cosmetics I have found while browsing the web.

Cosminology seems to be a lovely line of Mineral Makeup that I am curious about. Not only were the products featured in the "swag bags" at the 2008 Oscars, but they are fairly reasonably priced. I've been curious to try Mineral Make Up for quite some time now. I have problem skin. Though my acne has calmed down over the years, I have slight scarring. Whenever I try new medications or even products, my skin seems to lash out on me - causing redness, sensitivity, and dryness. Even the most expensive creams for severe skin sensitivity often fail. It makes me wonder if mineral make up is the route I should be taking?!

Anyway, check out the website. It's thorough and nice to look at. There are some before and after shots of women with redness, scarring, etc. There are testimonials and you can view their full product line.

Happy browsing!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Project Know

As they say, beauty is only skin deep. You could look like a million bucks. People generally assume that you have it all, especially when you got the looks. Anyway, that's how it usually seems.

We can bury a lot with a good concealer and luscious mascara.

On a serious note, when one is faced with any kind of addiction or when one of your loved ones is facing such a challenge - you might not know where to turn to find out about addiction recovery. Project Know is a website that brings together a collection of links to find out more information regarding drug rehab, drug treatment centers, and other such information about all kinds of addiction.

The first step is always worth it.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Beauty Products Compared

Beauty Products Compared is a website dedicated to skin care product reviews, mainly focusing on anti-wrinkle and facial skin care. There is a comprehensive list of reviews for many skin care lines. For example, let's take a look at the le mer skin care line.

For the le mer skin care line, the site gives you a detailed overview of the le mer product. The site tells you about the details of the product itself, in a thorough manner. You get to the know the positive things about the product as well as the downsides to it, keeping it fair. It wraps up with a "bottom line" about the product, as well, which is a nice way to wrap up.

It's worth taking a look at the site. I know I'm curious to see how my beauty products are rated!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Shavers

When I was a teenager, I remember going to Sears and trying out the demo model of an EpiLady Shaver. I tried it on my arm hand, near my wrist. I remember wanting to scream aloud - it hurt that much. If only there was a place for women's shaver reviews and to hear product feedback back then.

Anyway, I found a product review/women's shaver reviews site that may come in handy for those looking for women's shavers without the hassle or pain! It's fairly easy to browse and is user-friendly. I think the best people to ask about products are the ones who have actually tried and used them. Hands-on!

I'll stick with my good old fashioned razor. That's what I prefer. You never know when I might change my mind and find myself a shaver. Before doing that, I would be certain to read up on some women's shaver reviews beforehand.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Dealing with the Dermatologist...

...or lack thereof.

I was scheduled to have an appointment with my dermatologist this week. As I mentioned in previous posts, my skin lashed out at me for using one of the gels that my doctor prescribed for me - Benzaclin. It hasn't been fun though my skin has calmed down since I stopped using it. Of course, I am still experiencing the occasionally burning sensation underneath my eyes and some dry patches. It is worthy enough to see a dermatologist, in my humble opinion.

Earlier in the week, I received a call from my dermatologist's office. The doctor is ill, according to the receptionist, and I have to reschedule. Here is how our conversation went:

R - "The next appointment available is on December 17th at 1:45pm."

Me - "Unfortunately, I won't be in town around that time."

R - "How about December 18th at 2:30?"

Me - "No, I will be away for Christmas. Out of town."

R - "Okay. How about December 19th?"

Me - "No. I won't be in town. I will be home for Christmas, out of province. I will not be in Montreal then."

We then decided on a date in January even though I'm just thinking about getting referred to a different dermatologist altogether. I then asked about using Benzaclin and the other gels as when they called to tell me to quit using them, they spoke to my partner who is terrible at taking messages.

She told me, "Ohhh, well...you'll have to ask your doctor about that."

Jeez, that's what I'm trying to do for crying out loud! So yeah, no appointment 'til January. Yet another successful appointment, or lack thereof, with my dermatologist.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Yet Another Skin Update

Remember that last blog I wrote? You know, the one where I'm talking about how my skin is getting clearer and I'm using all these new products, including gels that my dermatologist prescribed? It seems that immediately after I wrote that blog, my skin bitterly laughed and sought revenge on me! Ah, and so it goes.

As I mentioned before, my dermatologist prescribed Benzaclin and Differin. This combination of products and, perhaps, the fact that I recently upped my dosage to my thyroid medication has turned my skin into a living hell. My skin became extremely sensitive to these gels, as well as everything else that I applied to my face - moisturizer, foundation, cleanser, and even this bottle of super expensive thermal water spray. I ended up changing my cleanser, moisturizer, and eye cream to products that are designed for those with sensitive skin. I thought it would help but it didn't seem to do the trick. Whenever I applied anything to my face, it burned and reddened in appearance. The areas of major trouble were around my eyes, the corners of my nose, and the corners of my mouth - exactly the places were I was not applying the medicated gels! After the burning subsided, my skin became dry and scaly. I looked like I aged overnight and my face felt uncomfortable, if that makes any sense. I became concerned when I noticed a specific patch of red and dry skin under one eye that sort of resembles eczema. I called my dermatologist and he told me to quit using Benzaclin.

Now, you've heard me rant about my dermatologist before. I don't care for the guy. As I said before, the way I see it - if you're going to make me wait three months for an appointment with you, give me a least a good ten minutes of your time to talk and get to know my skin. He could have spent time asking me if I indeed had sensitive skin - which I did before but not to this extent - and we could have avoided this situation altogether. I don't even know if he knows that I have a thyroid problem.

I've stopped using the Benzaclin and I immediately saw a difference. My skin ceased to be extremely dry and itchy, especially in the corners of my mouth and nose and under my eyes. I still have that small patch of red, dry skin under one eye that is ultra sensitive one day and a-okay the next. I have a scheduled appointment to see my dermatologist this upcoming Thursday, oh joy. Wish me luck - that he either doesn't rush me through or I have the voice to say, wait a minute...this is MY appointment so don't shoo me out the door with questions I'll never have the chance to ask.

As far as acne and my skin goes, my skin does feel smoother and a little nicer. I just went through a patch of break-out which I'm sure the dry state of my skin didn't help. Though I know my skin isn't that bad, it would be nice to have nice skin for once. However, I really have to accept that this just might not be the case when I refuse to take (orally) anti-biotics or Accutane.

I'll let you know how Thursday goes.