Debunking Some Common Beauty Myths

We are all so-called experts on skin care. After all, great aunt Mary Ellen’s best friends mother swore by smearing globs and globs of Vaseline on her face each and every night. And her skin was weathered like a piece of leather perfect, so it must be true.
::come close and let me share a secret:: Would you believe me if I told you that not everything you hear or read is true? (which might lead one to argue that that statement could therefore be false, which would negate this entire post… *ouch* I think I just pulled a muscle in my brain…)
Here are some common myths and what I found out about each.

Myth – Preparation H reduces eye puffiness

yeahokay – NO. In fact, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin. Therefore, you’ll just end up with dry, inflamed, greasy eyes. You’re better off just saving it for your nether region.

preparation h is not for your face

Myth – Your skin pores open and close

A pore is not a door or window – they can not open and close. However, if something is built up in the pore (ie. dead skin cells) the pores can appear enlarged. Go ahead and exfoliate in order to remove that gunk stuff.

Myth – Cucumber reduces eye puffiness

The cucumber itself does not reduce puffiness. But consider this – have you ever heard of someone being referred to as hot as a cucumber? No – it’s cool as a cucumber. Cucumbers are able to stay cold for long periods of time outside of a refrigerator. That cold is what actually reduces puffiness (it causes blood vessels around our eyes to contract, thereby reducing swelling). That being said, you could lay a dirty sock over your eyes and it could help. As long as it is cold.

Myth – Soap is bad for your skin

When soaps contained lye and animal fat, this was true. But newer soaps are less harsh and have good stuff – like moisturizers.

Myth – Vaseline on your face every night will prevent wrinkles?

Petroleum can make wrinkles less apparent by softening lines, but it can’t prevent aging.

Myth – Never pluck a gray hair, because 10 more will grow in its place

Answer me this: If you grow some carrots and pull them up out of the ground, will a bunch more pop up in its place? It’s just not possible.

Myth – Alcohol-free is better
Not all alcohols are drying alcohols. There are also fatty-alcohols. Fatty = emollient. Emollient = softer skin. (examples of fatty alcohols would be cetyl-alcohol, benzyl-alcohol and oleyl-alcohol)
Myth – Cutting your hair and eyelashes once a week will make them grow longer
We’ll believe just about anything, won’t we? Try this one out and you’ll just end up bald.

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(originally posted 05.16.08)

BOO-ya! Yet another time-suck for me

I’m unable to keep up with my laundry and house cleaning; showering daily has become optional, and meals are last minute.

So how does one deal with that?

Apparently, if you are me, you add to the chaos by deciding to host another food carnival.
I loved hosting “Goggle Gobble Some Good Stuff” and “Holiday Par-tay” last year (which I will be hosting again this year), so I am adding to my carnival repertoire with Boo-ya!


On Monday, October 27th, I will be hosting a Halloween/Fall Festival carnival. Show us your best Halloween/Fall Festival crafts and treats.

Here are some of the details:

I’ll have a Mr. Linky in place on the 27th. On your blog, write a post with your Craft and Treats ideas. Include the instructions and/or recipe. Then come back over here and add your post to Mr. Linky. We are bound to find some good ideas to make Halloween a bit more fun and delightful.

Here is the code for the button above, if you’d like to add it to your blog to promote it. Obviously, it will be more fun if we have more than, oh… two recipes. So spread the word!

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Chaos? I haz it


no one has correctly guessed this weeks “What The?!”…

what’s that?

oh right – that’s because THERE ISN’T ONE.

Just when I thought I’d get back on track with my blog, VomitFest ’08 came for a week long appearance. No “ONE NIGHT ONLY” schedule for it. It took up residence and smashed some furniture and threw some loud parties before finally getting the boot.

My parents were in town to witness it too.

Nothing like catching up via the bathroom floor.

A Martha Stewart contest

Head over to Martha Stewart’s blog for a chance to have your blog reviewed by her and her fabulous group of inspiring women.

Head over and leave a comment on the post with your name and blog address, make sure to add a link on your blog to mine (you must do this to be reviewed!) and she will pick several of YOUR blogs to be featured on The Martha Blog!

A little love please?

If y’all don’t mind — would you please click this button and vote for my blog?

Thanks and MWAH!