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Cystic (or any) acne helper!
Acne saver, and only $12! I get deep cystic Acne where they’re under the skin so you can’t quite pop them and they hurt. The older I get the more I’m getting them on my cheeks usually around that time of the month, Ugh! And they would like for WEEKS! 👏🏽But these patches have honestly saved me from that! When I see one showing up, at night after toning my face I’ll put one of these bad boys on and then again the next night by day 2 the pain and redness subsided A LOT. While it doesn’t fully get ride of the acne (they’re is still sometimes the red spot like scaring) it helps get rid of the bright redness and painfullness of the acne itself, which I find super nice! The patches are made with tiny looks micro “needles” that when you press into your skin they ‘puncture’ the acne with salicylic acid! (Love this!) 👌🏽bang for your buck, a lot of patches like these are twice the amount and half the patches. 👌🏽9 patches in 1 pack 👌🏽available online amazon! So straight to your door with prime! Highly recommend you try if you’re also having this problem! Note: I also found these to be better than the micro needle Mighty patch brand.
I seen awesome things about acne patches and while sometimes I do get white heads I decided to try these to see if they actually work. I saw this brand on amazon that had pretty good reviews so I bought it and well... while they may work I don’t loovvvee it. I like that they get the “gunk” out, but it also take that layer of skin off as well, so even if the “gunk” is gone, I’m often left with a red scab that last for a couple days then I have to use dark stop treatments to get the scar to remove and that takes even longer. So there are pros and cons to this product, maybe it’s just this brand? Do you have a better acne spot treatment that doesnt leaves scaring but gets rid of whiteheads? Let me know!
HERO COSMETICS-Mighty Patch Original for Madewell
I have been using this Biosilk - Silk therapy hair oil for YEARS and I swear this has helped my hair stay ☀️shiney, ☁️soft, 💆🏻♀️silky and 🙅🏻♀️damage free ( less split ends!) I don’t cut my hair often, I will go a whole year or longer without getting my hair cut because I don’t feel it needs it because i don’t see/feel split ends! (And I just use regular drug store shampoo, Tresemme or Pantene so nothing too crazy with shampoo use either) When I go to the salon, they always compliment how awesome my hair looks especially for how long I’d gone without cutting/trimming it, and I truly believe it is because of this product. The First picture is the ends of my hair that I haven’t cut since August 2019! So almost a year! How to use: 🧖🏽♀️I use the silk therapy after every shower, on damp hair. 🤚🏼I use about a nickel size onto my palms 👏🏼rub it between my hands 💆🏻♀️and then rub it into the ends of my hair and work my way up to my scalp. 💁🏻♀️Then just let it naturally dry or blow dry and style. 🙅🏻♀️It Doesn’t leave your hair oily at all but leaves is looking super soft and silky! 🙂Since you’re only using/needed a small amount- it also lasts forever. I’ve had this larger bottle for almost a year, if not longer! I love this product, Highly recommend! Let me know if you’d like a tutorial on how I put this into my hair 😊
BIOSILK-Silk Therapy Original
Bumpy to smooth!
I have had small bumps oh my forehead for YEARS. Ya know the ones that are small but aren’t black heads or white heads and you can’t “pop” them (though you shouldn’t do that anyway) they’re just kind of there. No matter what, I couldn’t get them to go away. I seen a review about this product from someone who had a similar situation so I figured at this point either is works or it doesn’t. Well, IT WORKS! I have been using this lotion as the last step of my skin care routine in the morning (before sunscreen) and at night for a few months now & small bumps have gone away! I highly recommend this moisturizer! 💦great, simple ingredients 💦Salicylic Acid 💦Vitamin D 💦good price point 💦doesn’t pill 💦leaves face moisturized, but not oily 💦fragrance free
CeraVe-Renewing SA Lotion
Sunscreen with no white cast!
Being a person of darker skin tone I was always hesitant to wear sunscreen due to MANY leaving a white cast and I didn’t want to walk around looking rediculous. So I almost never wore sunscreen, after realizing that I NEEDED SPF in my skincare routine. I did some research & this sunscreen has been my all time favorite! 🌞It leaves NO white cast 🌞Has awesome ingredients! 🌞It soaks in quick but leaving my face moisturized (not oily) 🌞 No fragrance (but really has no smell to it at all) 🌞Does NOT pill 🌞& it’s affordable! 🌞I get mine off amazon and in just a few days, it’s at my door. Super convenient! I could rave about This product all day. Are you darker skin toned? Do you have another awesome sunscreen that leaves no white cast? Let me know!
PURITO-Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+
Niacinamide, what is this magic?
Before using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% my face was so oily! During the day I would constantly have to wipe my face and wearing glasses definitely made it even worse. Since using Niacinamide I have felt my oiliness decrease SO MUCH! I’m no longer having to wipe my face bc it feels oily! I use it both AM and PM This is one my of favorite products & it started working so quick and has kept working since day 1. Also, SUPER AFFORDABLE! Who doesn’t love affordable skincare products!?
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Is it really a dupe?? Drunk Elephant vs. Inkey🍀
In this round of dupe products, I tested Drunk Elephant’s Protini against The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer. I have used Protini in the past and just got the newly released Inkey List moisturizer a few months ago. I was excited to see how they would perform up against each other. Let’s dive in! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream $68/ 50ml: contains a combination of signal peptides, growth factors, and amino acids. It comes in an airtight jar and a pump to prevent exposure and oxidation. The cream is in an intensely thick formula but surprisingly doesn’t feel too heavy when applied on my oily skin (although I feel oilier later in the day). The formulation has A LOT of peptides. Nine in total. I’m still skeptical when it comes to peptides since there haven’t been enough controlled studies to support the claims. However, I do know it has amazing moisturizing properties therefore, it may really help reduce fine lines and improve the overall health of the skin. THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer $14.99/ 50ml: this is a mainly a shea butter moisturizer. The peptides are last in the ingredients list. It contains a two-percent royal epigen P5 that claims to nurture skin and help decrease the appearance of fine lines and one-percent hydrating peptide solution to support the moisture barrier. It has fewer ingredients compared to Protini so it has less potential to cause irritations for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Texture and Consistency: I find that the Inkey moisturizer is more lightweight and sinks in quicker than the Protini. However, the Protini has that special luxurious silky feel to it. It feels really soft and cream slides easily onto skin. They are both sufficiently moisturizing for my oily skin. Both make me oilier at the end of the day but I really have no problem when used in the nighttime. I think they’re both great products. Both are fragrance-free and have occlusive properties. They seal in the moisture to keep your skin looking healthy and they’re perfect for use to repair the moisture barrier and replenish your skin with hydration overnight. So which one should you get? depends on your needs and skin type: I would say, go for the PROTINI if: You have dry skin You have wrinkles and fine lines You prefer a really intensive hydration You’re not sensitive to plant extracts Go for the PEPTIDE MOISTURIZER if: You have oily skin You are acne-prone You prefer a lightweight moisturizer You’re sensitive to plant extracts *cons: it has a strong chemical smell I personally have been enjoying the Inkey List moisturizer better than the Protini. Although I have always loved the Protini, I find that the Inkey moisturizer works better with my skin type. Thank you for reading! xoxo
THE inkey LIST-Peptide Moisturizer
My favorite lipstick EVER! 💄
This is my favorite lipstick EVER! I’m talking shade, formula, packaging, scent... everything! 🙌 This is the shade Royal from Kosas Cosmetics. Their Weightless Lip Color became a favorite of mine in 2019. I have 5 shades total! The reason I love this lipstick is because it applies so effortlessly! You can see how smooth it is in the video. It glides on with an opaque application in one swipe. And the colour is long lasting! Best of all, it contains clean ingredients 🌿 It also feels AMAZING on the lips. It is nourishing and hydrating, and feels like you have a light lip balm on, but it delivers serious moisture and mega color! The lipstick has a coco-vanilla scent that is warm and sweet, but not cloying. The shade Royal is perfect for me because I tend to like bold lipsticks. This one walks that fine line of being bold, yet wearable. It works effortlessly from day to night and is the perfect finishing touch to any look! Royal is a cool-toned rich berry shade that is SO flattering! This one definitely gets a 5 star rating from me. The Kosas lipsticks have been the only ones I have reached for this past year, and Royal is my favorite if the bunch! (Rosewater is a really close second, and is perfect for natural, day time looks!) This lipstick retails for $37 CAD and was gifted by the brand. Kosas - Weightless Lip Color
Kosas-Weightless Lip Color
How I get rid of itchy dry scalp!!
Do you experience from itchy dry scalp but at the same time greasy as well? Well, I do!! My scalp is super greasy and oily right after shower too and it feels dry as well. But from the past few weeks I'm really stepping up my game and taking good care if my hair because they are quite long now and needs proper care and attention. The bead massager is honestly so soothing and relaxing. I use it as I shampoo my hair and it helps in circulation of blood and it's so relaxing. Following with the scalp revival tea tree oil I like to use on my damp hair which also helps in detoxifying the scalp. This entire line makes shower experience so refreshing and rejuvenating. The minty smell of the shampoo makes the shower so relaxing, calming and therapeutic. I love that their are clean, cruelty free, free of harsh chemicals, sulphates, parabens and phthalates. Have you tried any of their products? Which is your favorite briogeo product? #cheriepartner
Briogeo-Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager
Best Acne Patches!
You probably have heard of acne patches, but I wanted to share my favorite brand: Le Gushe! What is it? - Le Gushe Acne Pimple Patch is a unique acne care solution of all skin types problems either inflammatory or non-inflammatory. This product is focused on protecting your skin, treating you acnes or pimples by absorbing pus and fluid for faster healing. - Covers your blemish to protect it against external influences. Absorbs pus and oil for faster healing. Works best when whiteheads of acnes and pimples are clearly visible. Does not work for blackheads. - Available in a pack of 72 for $11.73 on Amazon, two sizes in each pack. What’s in it? - Hydrocolloid: thought to work by drawing out sebum, absorbing excess oil, reducing inflammation, and significantly reducing the size of blemishes. How to use- 1. Identify the acne or pimple, clean and dry your skin. 2. Pick the patch that is bigger than the spot and stick the patch on the top of it. Please make sure that the patch covers all the spot. 3. Keep the patch stuck on the spot for 5 — 24 hours. The hydrocolloid normally works as a protective cover and absorbent for faster healing. 4. Remove the patch as soon as it changes its color to white and replace with another one if necessary. My review- - I absolutely love these acne patches! If I have scattered pustules or whiteheads, I use these acne patches! (For clusters I use the XL patches that I also have a post about) - I apply the patches at night and take them off in my morning. It’s so satisfying to see the pus/sebum going off with the patch! It definitely helps my acne heal faster. Plus they prevent me from picking at my skin. - I highly recommend trying them out! They are much more affordable than the popular Mighty patches.
LE GUSHE-Acne Pimple Master Patch
Nail Care Hacks EVERYONE Should Know
This quarantine is too long. When was the last time you got your manicure? It’s actually very easy to do it at home by yourself and it safes a lot of $$$. Here is my at home STEP BY STEP Manicure Prep. The perfect nails are always based on the perfect nail foundation. All the tools are accessible at drugstore or even dollar stores. You want to start with a clean nail first. Once the nails are completely clean. You can roughly cut or buff the edges. The next step is to push the cuticles back and trim them. I like to use this metal tool. And a cuticle trimmer. REVLON - Expert Nail Groomer REVLON - Gold Series Titanium Toenail Nipper *TIP* One thing to notice here is that you want to make sure that your nails are damp. So either soak them in warm water like what they did in the salon. And apply a layer of softener. picture polish - Cuticle Wipe Out Or you can also do it when you get out of the shower when you cuticles are nice and soft. That’s the easiest time to trim your cuticles. I normally use this push to gently push back my cuticles you may not be able to get a clean nail right away but we will buff leftover off later so no worries at this point. This process should not hurt at all. If you find this process painful, you are either pushing your cuticles too far they are not soft enough. Then you can use your trim to cut off those pieces. Next you’ll need a nail file. Im using a medium 100/180 grit. ORLY - Black Board Medium 180 Grit Based on your preferences on nail shapes ( square or round) to smooth up the edges by filing back and forth. I personally like square but rounded on the edges. When you are working on the side, make sure they are evenly filed and symmetric. Try to avoid sharp edges. And stop when you are happy with the shape and length. Next tool I will be using is a Buffing Block with 3 different grid sides. I would buff off the sharp edges and buff on the top to smooth it out. This step also helps the paint stay longer. Finish up by brushing off the dust.
ORLY-Black Board Medium 180 Grit
😱Let it bring you magic!
My hair is medium-density oily, but since each of my hair is thinner, my hair does not look much when they are gathered together. Recently, because of staying up late to work, the pressure is higher and the hair looks thinner than before. Therefore, I hope there is a product that can increase the volume of hair. TOPPIK - Hair Building Fibers $10/27.5g This product is very magical. It is made of the highest grade of natural Keratin, almost the same as our own hair. At the same time, this product has nine colors to choose from. After choosing the color that suits you, you can make the product completely blend with your own hair. It can make your hair thick and full in an instant. Even better, the unique technology of this product resists wind, rain and sweat. It will not fade, so it will not leave marks on your skin and clothes. When you use this product, you pinch the airbag part of it and spray it where you need it. For example, when a girl wears a ponytail, some scalp will be exposed on both sides, or some people's hair lines will be more obvious. The operation is very simple, and you can finish it by facing the mirror yourself. However, it should be noted that this product is sprayed dispersedly, so it is not suitable for temples and other places, so it is best to use it to repair large-scale hair vacancies. At the same time, TOPPIK HAIR BUILDING FIBERS also has a usage, specifically for people with greater needs. If there is a large area to be filled, you can tear off the film of the product and apply it directly to the place where you need it, just like how to loosen the pepper. What do you think of this product?
TOPPIK-Hair Building Fibers