Surprisingly enough, I have gotten a few PMs from some readers asking about the Daily Female Regimen (DFR) from chapter 27 of this pillowbook. Now, I'm by no means a make-up expert (I've used mascara maybe two or three times in my lifespan so far) but I do know a little bit of this and a little bit of that and I'm more than happy to share the little bit of knowledge I possess :)
So here it is:
The Frequently Asked Questions about the Daily Female Regimen
Q: What is the Daily Female Regimen? Is it a patented trademark? Where can I get it?
A: The Daily Female Regimen is just a list of what I personally use to keep me pretty :) It's not an actual patented set that is available in stores. However, the items themselves are and you can get them in stores, on the internet, and so on.
Q: In the "acne control" part of your regimen, you said you used Asepxia; what is that?
A: Asepxia is an acne product of Genomma Lab, a really big company for almost everything under the sun. For a really long time, its products, including Asepxia, were only available in Latin America and Europe. This has recently changed (yay!) and you can get them at Walgreens across the U.S. now. Asepxia has tons of products, all geared towards acne: gel, make-up, scrubs, bar soap, towelettes, and more. I use the acne gel which contains 2% salicylic acid, the main ingredient in most acne treatments.
Q: Do you like Clinique make-up?
A: I don't, honestly. It's a little dry on my skin but it does cover redness and dark spots fairly well. Like I said, I'm new to the make-up world so I'll be trying a little bit of everything. I just need the money to do it! Mind you, I'm just talking about the foundation; I love the dark spot corrector.
Q: I just started using make-up. What's a dark spot corrector?
A: Okay, I have to make a distinction between which dark spots this applies to before I get into this. I have natural little dark spots on my face, like dark freckles almost. These are not the dark spots the corrector is meant for. If you get dark pigmentation from acne scarring like I do, than the Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector will be a little miracle in a bottle for you like it was for me.
Q: Is the Clinique Dark Spot Corrector worth the money?
A: Yes! I didn't like the idea of dishing out $45 for a bottle of cream either. BUT, you really do see results within a few weeks. After three, my acne scars were fading fast. And now after eight, they are completely gone with no signs of having ever been there. Plus, it's a very soft melt-in-your-skin formula that doesn't feel greasy and you can wear it over your daily moisturizer. It's awesome.
Q: Why did you put up the brand of hair straightener you use if you don't straighten your hair?
A: I really like the brand of straightener I very rarely use, if that makes sense. I used to straighten my hair a bit more frequently than I do now and I used the InStyler Rotating Iron; it kept it nice and straight at first but when I cut my hair short, it would just fry it and make it poofy. Now, I use a ceramic Remington and that's worked out nicely the two times I've used it (lol).
Q: Why don't you straighten your hair?
A: Apparently the fact that I don't straighten my hair has offended some of you. If I had to be brutally honest, I'm too lazy to spend two hours straightening my hair every morning before I start my day. Yes, as of today, it takes me about two hours. Not only is my hair curly, but I have a lot of it. Not lengthwise (I cut it short not too long ago) but just in relation to bulk. Plus, straightening my hair has tended to dry it out and give me nightmare-ish split ends.
Q: What in the world is a facial peel? That sounds painful!
A: I can assure you it's not! I use the Avani Dead Sea stuff and it's nice and gentle. You just apply the facial gel onto your face and start rubbing it around in circles (like you would with a scrub) and the dead skin on your face just starts peeling away. It doesn't hurt a bit although it sounds like it.
Q: Where did you get your Avani set? I've seen it on T.V. but I can't find it in stores anywhere.
A: I actually got my set at my local Sam's Club. Yeah, weird place to get one, huh? Every December, Avani sends out representatives to that Club and I buy two sets to last me the whole year. It's at a nice discount, too. If you check out the the Avani web site, the facial peel is $90 and the moisturizing cream is $60; you have to buy them individually because they don't come as a set. But I bought both for $40 at Sam's Club last December and it's the best deal I've found so far. Hopefully, you can find a deal like this because the regular prices are ridiculous.
Q: Used any good nail care products?
A: I have not. Actually, I'm on the look out for anything that can give my nails a good strengthening. I like to grow them out fairly long but they usually end up chipping near the sides. That and the gloves I use for work chip away at the outer layers of my nails. Besides nail polish, I'm not too big on actually getting my nails done. I'm too rough to have dainty nails.
Q: Do you use hair color treatments? Can you recommend any?
A: I've never dyed my hair in my entire 19 years of existance. However, my mom has; she recently dyed her hair a pretty burgundy color that shines in the sunlight. She is using the L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner as well as the L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray. Her hair has kept its shiny color after five weeks now and the products smell heavenly.
Q: Do you wash your hair every day? I heard that's bad for you.
A: I have heard likewise and no, I don't wash my hair everyday. I've read in various magazines and heard it from salon staff that your scalp produces natural oils that are good for your hair. If you wash your hair everyday, you're depriving your hair of those oils. This is especially true for us curly haired girls. Not all grease is bad grease :)
Q: I've never heard of the "Tio Nacho" brand before. What's the deal? How do you get it?
A: Tio Nacho, like Asepxia, is made by Genomma Lab. It just recently became available to the U.S. and I couldn't be happier. They use real honey and herbs in their shampoos and you can smell it the second you open the bottle. The shampoos aren't what you call cheap (around $7 a bottle) but it's a pretty big container and I think it's worth the money. There are three shampoos available, depending on what you want: Anti-aging, Lightening, and Mexican Herbs. Anti-aging is for less gray, Lightening is to turn your hair a few shades lighter, and Mexican Herbs is to get your hair clean and soft. Tio Nacho also makes lotions; they smell delicious! Just be careful using all these products in the summer; that much honey all over you is bound to attract bees! (lol).