Skincare Empties #3

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Andalou Naturals Clementine + C Illuminating Toner (x2, old packaging): I’ve already reviewed this, and am currently on my 4th bottle. I really like this toner, it’s packed with a ton of great ingredients like: aloe juice, panthenol, vitamins E & C, as well as glycolic acid (even though the amount isn’t high enough to exfoliate, it provides hydration). This toner probably hasn’t made a dramatic difference in my skin, but it has become an essential part of my skincare routine because I spray it on right after cleansing (I use a washcloth) to get my skin really moist, then quickly follow up with the eye cream, serum, moisturizer. I find that I like applying my eye creams, and serums onto damp skin because Continue reading

Bath, Body & Misc. Empties

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Origins Ginger Burst Savory Body Wash: I loved this body wash, I find the scent so refreshing, and invigorating. It really smells like a real burst of ginger, because of the ginger root oil, you can also smell a hint of citrus from the lime oil, grapefruit, and lemon peel oils. It also contains cardamom seed, and clove oils which really adds warmth, and complexity to the scent, and I love that it isn’t artificially fragranced. This body wash does contain sulfates, so it can be drying, not excessively so in my experience. It lathers nicely, I tend to like a good, rich lather from my body washes (not so much with face cleansers), it washes off easily, and doesn’t leave a residue.

I really enjoyed showering with this, especially on Continue reading

Skincare Empties #2

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Nair Hair Remover Moisturizing Face Cream: I used this to remove the peach fuzz on my upper lip. That’s a really important step for me because I have dark hair, and it makes my upper lip look darker than the rest of my face, and when I wear lipstick, the contrast makes the area look even darker, plus getting rid of the hair allows my makeup to go on smoother.

So, the way it works: you’re supposed to apply a thick layer of the product to desired area on the face (upper lip, cheek, chin), obviously, avoid Continue reading

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

Skincare Empties #1

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm: I have been using this cleansing balm (not this exact one, I might have actually gone through 4 of these) for almost two years, and I never seize to be impressed. It takes off makeup and sunscreen (including the waterproof kinds) without being harsh or drying out my skin. After use my skin feels really cleansed, but not tight, hydrated but not greasy, just comfortable. This was my first introduction to cleansing balms, I later went on to try the Emma Hardie one, but found that it was unimpressive for being so hyped and expensive. I imagine this cleansing balm would work for Continue reading

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