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Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe

DIY Blackhead Remover

Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe – Nobody wants to admit that they have blackheads, but (Missy does)… My guess is that at some point in time you have tried  blackhead removal strips that you can buy at the store. This 2 ingredient recipe works great.

Blackhead remover

1 Tablespoon Milk

1 Tablespoon Knox Gelatine

Simple! Just mix the two ingredients and stir. The mixture will be firm. Once completely mixed put in the microwave for 10 seconds on medium heat and stir. Be sure not to cook any longer or it will burn your skin. Test it with your finger to make sure that it isn’t too hot before putting on your nose.

BHR paste

blackhead remover paste

Use a paint brush to spread evenly over your nose, covering all blackheads. Let sit for 1o minutes. You will feel it stiffen and pull on your skin. Hopefully you enjoy the smell of warm milk! After 10 minutes pull off. You may even notice some hair along with the blackheads.

There is a possibility that Shirley did some editing without Missy’s knowledge! Go to our Facebook page and let Missy know how much you enjoyed her brutal honesty in this story!

 

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Tangled Salon and Spa Missy Gets a Makeover

Missy Hair

Tangled Salon and Spa Missy Gets a Makeover – Generally people don’t cut the majority of their hair off right before winter but I was ready for an extreme change. A big shout out to my hairstylist of many years Nan Grekoff co-owner of Tangled Salon and Spa in Hudson, WI for allowing We’ve Tried It to come in and video the experience.

Not only did I get the full treatment from Nan, stylist Justine Burton did my makeup to make sure I looked my best for the big reveal. I may have to watch the video several times to see exactly how Justine did my eyes with the POP of blue.

I must admit I am a bit of a baby when it comes to putting bleach on my head… I like to say that I have a very sensitive scalp. So if I am acting up in the video just keep in mind my “sensitive scalp”.

If you are in or near the St. Croix Valley be sure to stop in to Tangled Salon & Spa, 209 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016 – 715-386.8123. You can also check them out on Facebook.

Thanks again to Nan and Justine for giving me this fabulous new look! I love it!

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Halloween Makeup Ideas with BB Makeup

Phat and TOny

Halloween Makeup Ideas with BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar – We are one week away from Halloween and we still haven’t figured out what we are going to dress up as.

We’ve Tried It enlisted the help of Brooke Fleetwood owner of BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar in Hudson, WI and artist Colleen Schullo to test out a couple Halloween looks on our very own Phatphood and ‘On the Fly‘ MY29 television host Tony Fly. Both guys shave their heads and both have goatees to work around. Phat is into scary clowns and well Tony didn’t give us any ideas so we went with a pumpkin skeleton.

Brooke and Tony

Colleen and Phat

Check out Colleen transforming Phat…

Watch Tony Fly as Brooke transforms him into a pumpkin skeleton in 45 seconds…

Here are some other amazing looks that you can get at BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar. The first two pictures are me…

Missy Germain halloween

Missy Germain Halloween look

Brooke Halloween Makeup

Brooke Cheshire Cat Halloween

bb makeup Halloween ideas

bb Halloween makeup

bb halloween ideas

If you are in the Twin Cities or St. Croix Valley area and want your makeup done for Halloween or any other event get in touch with BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar. Check out BB’s website for locations near you or call 715-781-0248. Tell them We’ve Tried It sent you!

Thanks Brooke & Colleen we had a blast!

Instant Ageless botox in a box

Jeunesse Instantly Ageless Review

Instantly Ageless

Jeunesse Instantly Ageless Review: WOW! This is one of those products that I can’t gush enough over. When I bought it I was told that it was Botox in a box. It is. Today I woke up with bags under my eyes and in two minutes they were gone.

Recently I watched a video of a woman trying out Jeunesse Instantly Ageless and I couldn’t believe the results and had to see for myself. I purchased mine at BB Cosmetic Makeup Bar in Hudson, WI. It comes packaged with 50 packs that have 3-5 applications in each pouch.

Using a very small amount I just dabbed the cream under my eyes. You can feel it tightening your skin. Within a minute I could see it working and within 2 minutes my bags were gone. Seriously, gone.

The product description: Instantly Ageless is a powerful anti-wrinkle microcream that works quickly and effectively to diminish the visible signs of aging. The revolutionary ingredient is argireline: a peptide that works like botox—without the needles. Instantly Ageless revives the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.

Instantly Ageless isn’t just for getting rid of bags under your eyes: Visisibly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, erases the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, minimizes the appearance of pores, helps to even skin texture, mattes skin for a flawless finish and restores skin to optimum appearance.

If you are not near the Hudson, WI area you can purchase it online here. Do you have a product that you want us to try? Leave a comment below.

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BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar Review

Shirley Erdman and Missy Germain

BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar Review: If you have watched any of our Weve Tried It YouTube videos then you know that Shirley and myself are makeup challenged. Recently we had a photo shoot to get ready for so we enlisted the help of Brooke Fleetwood owner of BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar in Hudson, WI.

First things first… We contacted Brooke less than 24 hours before we needed to be glamorous and asked her to open BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar a few hours early to accommodate us and she did! Service with a smile, great music and a fun atmosphere!

Shirley Erdman BB Cosmetic Bar

Take a look at our before and after photos. Shirley went with airbrushing and I went with the BB makeup line. For my face Brooke used hD flawless face, copper bake bronzer, barbie blush, injection highlight. My eyes she went with Fairy Pigment, Titties Shadow, Sugar Daddy shadow, Goth Shadow, Black Caviar Liner, smoked out with Sugar Daddy. Brookie Pot on the lips and BB Lashes.

Missy Germain Before and After

The lashes that I had on are good for up to 30 uses and Shirley’s are good for 15. We purchased eyelash glue from BB’s and we will be doing a video to see if we can make it look as easy as Brooke did. That should be a good video!

Personally I loved the experience and how I looked and felt. It gave me the sass I have been missing. I plan on buying the BB Makeup line and with a makeup lesson or two from Brooke, hopefully I will be able to recreate this look. Shirley felt like it was a bit much for her. I think she looked FABULOUS!

Duck Lips BB Cosmetic Bar

Shirley, Missy and Brooke Fleetwood

So many services to choose from: Spray tan, lash extensions, nails & feet, airbrush makeup, bridal makeup and the list goes on… Check out BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar website here for a full list of the services.

BB headquarters is located at 511 2nd Street, Hudson, WI. This Saturday they will be  celebrating their 3rd birthday from 10am – 6pm. Giveaways, beauty, specials, and more giveaways! It is dress to impress so come with big hair, big lashes and gorgeous outfits! Everyone is invited! Stop in and check it out!

Weve Tried It BB Cosmetic Bar

Other locations include: Menomonie WI, Seymour IN, Duluth MN. Thinking about buying a franchise? BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar offers franchising opportunities too!

Get makeup tips from Brooke on YouTube with her how-to videos. Subscribe here.

Have you visited BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar? Show us your before and after pics on Weve Tried It Facebook page.

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Tattoo Cover Up Makeup Product Review

Tattoo Cover-Up

Tattoo Cover Up Makeup Product Review: We have had quite a few requests for tattoo cover-up products. After doing some research we decided to give Hard Candy Glamoflauge a try.

Tattoo coverup

We started out by tracing the outside of the tattoo with the concealer pencil included, then filling in the area with the heavy duty concealer. We were working on a small area, and it took very little concealer to cover. Be sure to blend it in to the surrounding area with a makeup sponge. Let dry for a few minutes and apply again. We applied a total of 4 coats in order to get maximum coverage.

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tattoo 3

In the end the tattoo was concealed very well, and from a distance it was not detectable at all. I would use caution if your clothing is going to rub against the area, the concealer will rub off onto your clothing.

Tattoo 4

This would be a great product to use if you have a tattoo you want to cover up for an night out, a formal event or you simply hate your tattoo and don’t want to have tattoo laser removal.

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Have you had success with any other products? Let us know in the comments below.

Clarisonic Mia 2

Clarisonic Mia 2 Product Review

Clarisonic Mia 2

Clarisonic Mia 2 Product Review: I received the Clarisonic Mia as a Christmas gift and was super excited to give it a try. I am now 3 weeks in and am thrilled with the results.

This is the first motorized facial cleaning product that I have ever used. I am pretty much a soap and water kind of girl. Periodically I try other “miracle” cleaners, but I always seem to go back to soap and water. With the Clarisonic Mia 2 I don’t need to change what I am using, only how I am using it.

The Mia comes in many different colors, the gray model comes with the device, a sensitive brush head, a normal brush head, a protective travel case, sample size cleaner and charger.

Unlike many other exfoliating products this one uses a sonic pulsing action versus a spinning action. They say that the pulsing is what helps in loosening the dirt and oil in your skin amplifying the results.

It is recommended that you remove your eye makeup prior to using the Clarisonic. You then apply your cleanser to either your moistened skin or directly onto the brush head. I chose to apply to the brush head. When you turn it on it defaults to the gentle setting which I used for the first week, then upped to the normal setting.

The Mia 2 has 4 preset timer prompts so you know exactly how long to use on each area. It is set for 20 seconds to be used on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and chin, the 2 10 second prompts for each cheek. You want to be sure to keep the brush head flush to the skin, but not pushing against your skin. Pressing to hard against your skin will impede the pulsing resulting in reduced effectiveness. I think these presets are fantastic, they make sure you are using the product for the exact amount of time that is recommended without guessing.

My results have been great and really make this product worth the initial investment. I have read that others experienced an increase in breakouts during the first couple of weeks using the Mia 2, I did not. I did try the included cleanser the first time I used it and knew right away this was not correct for my skin and went right back to my regular facial soap. I have not had to charge the Mia since it’s initial charge, so the initial battery life has been great.

The exfoliating results are amazing! Within the first week I noticed that I did not need to use as much moisturizer or foundation. My skin has a much more even tone.

Clarisonic also provides a 2 year warranty covering any manufacturer defect-related problems resulting from everyday use. You will need to charge for 24 hours before the first use.

Overall I would highly recommend this product for improving the appearance of your skin. Don’t expect that it is a miracle wrinkle remover, that is not what this product is intended to do.

Remove Gel Nail Polish

How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home

DIY Gel Nail Polish Removal Weve Tried It

How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home: Gel nail polish looks great when you go in and get it done at the salon. And yes, it does last longer than regular polish. The problem for me is that you have to go back into the salon to get it taken off.

As you can see in the photo above, I am not the best when it comes to nail upkeep. I simply do not have the time or for that matter care about perfect nails. I figured that there has to be an easier way.

Pinterest is my go to for DIY quick fixes and I came across this method to remove gel nail polish and it worked perfect!

1. Soak cotton ball with pure acetone polish remover.

2. Place cotton ball directly over the gel nail polish.

3. Cover with tinfoil and let sit for 20 minutes.

4. Lightly scrap off the polish.

5. Buff, clip and shape your nails. I rubbed my nails down with Vitamin E oil just to get some shine back in them.

It really is that easy! Here is another great post: At Home Remedies to Heal Dry Cracked Feet. If you have any great DIY health and beauty tips, leave us a comment below.

Hair Color

Going From Platinum to Dark Brown Hair

Platinum to Brown

Going From Platinum to Dark Brown Hair: For the last year I have been platinum (my natural color is medium to dark brown.) The upkeep of platinum hair is very hard if you are someone who doesn’t like having dark roots show all the time.

I loved my platinum for a long time! Because of the frequent bleaching, my hair became damaged and broken. In fact one of the last times that I flat ironed it, I burnt it so badly it looked like I stood too close to a campfire.

Keratin products

My stylist Nan Grekoff (co-owner of Tangled Salon and Spa in Hudson, WI) brought my hair back to life with a cut and recommending the AG series of Keratin products. I am using Refuel Shampoo, Restore Conditioner, Repair Serum and Keratin Repair. I highly recommended these products to repair hair’s cuticle and reverse the signs of damage.

Haircolor

So now that my hair is on the mend, I decided that it was a perfect time to go back to dark. Nan used Kuene Color fill (red) to start. This step is used so that the color absorbs into the hair better and lasts longer. After applying the red she blew it dry and then applied color from the roots to the ends and processed according to the manufacturer.

Missy Before and After

I absolutely love my hair, it looks shiny and healthy! Thank you Nan and Tangled Salon & Spa.

clean makeup brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How to clean makeup brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes: How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Even though makeup brushes are one of the biggest investments in our makeup bags, they are often the most overlooked.

Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Think of how much bacteria is on your face daily. Bacteria and natural oils transmit onto your brushes every time they come in contact with your skin.

Another benefit of keeping your makeup brushes clean is softness. Makeup buildup on your brushes can make them feel scratchy and stiff. Cleaning your brushes on a regular basis will help keep them soft. This is especially important for people with sensitive skin.

We chose to clean our brushes with baking soda since it is such a gentle yet effective cleaning product. Simply fill a glass with tepid water and add 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda. Swish the brush around in the water then simply rinse until the water runs clear.

Once your brushes are clean, wrap them loosely with a paper towel to help them keep their shape and let them dry.

Makeup brush cleaner

Since it takes a couple of hours for them to dry completely its best to do this right after you have applied your makeup, or at night before bed.

Our brushes were clean and soft and ready to use in the morning. Do you have a great beauty trick you use? Comment below, we would love to hear from you.