Smooth Lips for the Winter

Winter is here, or if you live in the south, then it’s kind of, sort of on the way. If you’re a beauty junkie, this is the time to wear all your dark matte lipsticks (even some of your pesky liquid lipsticks). We can all agree that dry, chapped lips are an eyesore, whether you’re wearing a bold lip or going au naturel. Here are some steps + tips to make chapped lips a thing of the past. You’ll want to do the majority of these steps as part of your nighttime skincare routine, this is so that you can see some results as early as the next morning, plus you’re more likely to have time to do all the steps at night, than you are to do them when you’re in a rush to get to work/school.

Exfoliate: To exfoliate, I start off with my e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator to manually scrub off any loose bits of skin on my lips, I scrub in circular motions until I feel like all those loose bits have been dislodged. I then go on to cleansing my face, I always take off my cleanser with a washcloth, so when I’m done with my face, I use the washcloth to give my lips another scrub just to get off any loose bits that may be left.

I follow up with chemical exfoliation, this does all the Continue reading

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7 Ways to Fake Glowy Skin

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Cleanse: If I wake up feeling like my skin is looking dull, dry, and tight, I’ll start off with a rich, nourishing cleansing milk/cream that contains beneficial oil(s) (read: not fragrant plant oils) like my DHC Cleansing Milk or Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk. They help to add some moisture back into the skin, and also prep it for moisturizer, and makeup. I avoid using foaming cleansers because they would just further dry out my skin. If I’m not pressed for time, I’ll mix in a few drops of oil with a hydrating mask, leave on for 15 mins, rinse off , then proceed to apply moisturizer.

Moisturizer (and SPF): Making sure that the skin is well moisturized is one of the first defenses against the dreaded cake face because Continue reading

Dry Skin? 5 Skincare Tips for Glowy Skin

A good portion of my beauty struggles consists of wanting glowing skin like J.Lo, but being hindered by my dry skin. Seriously, even without makeup her skin just has a healthy, hydrated, and plump look to it. Whenever I’ve tried to fake it in the past, I’ve either looked greasy, or not dewy enough. Lately, I’ve been able to achieve a similar look, with probably a lot more effort than she puts in, but with good results nonetheless. I find that on a good skin day, I can get the glow with just skincare, and for me, achieving that healthy glow starts with my skincare routine the night before.

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Cleanse: Foaming cleansers dry my skin out if I use them too often, so I usually start off with a hydrating gel cleanser or cleansing milk. Some really great inexpensive options are: Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Creamy Formula (which is really a gel cleanser) and Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser.

Toner(s): I follow up with an exfoliating toner (2 to 3 times a week), it helps to break up the bonds that hold the dead skin cells on the skin. Getting rid of that layer of dead skin makes skin glow, reduces the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and allows any further treatments to work better. As far as chemical exfoliants go, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) work best with dry skin, and they are far more effective than scrubs. My favorite kind of AHA is Continue reading