Constantly searching for hydration 🌊 Dark circles are the bane of my existence 🌚
Skincare as Self Care (Day 2)
We made it to Day 2!!! (trust me, this is actually exciting for me. I’m not very good at following through). I’m one step closer to finding a skincare routine that works for me no matter how overwhelmed I am (if you’re confused, see my post from 2 days ago). I’m going to keep this brief because I am out-of-my-mind exhausted, but I’d consider today a success! Despite being this exhausted, I managed to do a quick routine that left me feeling like I took care of myself without using much energy. It’s not exciting, it’s not revolutionary, but I did it. And that’s huge for me. Today felt very encouraging - it may take me a while, but I think I’ll find a way to do this consistently. Nighttime Skincare Today: Cleanse. NATUROPATHICA - Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm Serums. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' IMAGE SKINCARE - AGELESS total pure hyaluronic filler (A tiny drop of) Self-tanner. ST.TROPEZ - Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil (I’m thinking maybe a little color will help me look less exhausted? Hopefully?) Moisturizer. SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream Eye cream. GLAMGLOW - BRIGHTEYES Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream
My Skin Has NEVER Felt Softer (Amazing Product)
HOLY CRAP. Ok...so you know when your skin is kind of rough and wish there was a magic quick fix? Well I just found one. Kinda. Basically, my skin was dry and rough and I use the STARSKIN Foaming Peeling Perfection Puff, and my skin immediately felt the softest it has ever felt. I’m obsessed. My skin looked/looks so smooth. The (slight) downside is that it is a little messy, and also I don’t really see how it is reusable like it says on the package. But those are really minor drawbacks for AMAZING, immediate results. STARSKIN - Glowstar Foaming Peeling Perfection Puff
STARSKIN-Glowstar Foaming Peeling Perfection Puff
Skincare as Self Care (Day 1)
Yesterday, I posted about how because life got overwhelming, I stopped taking care of my skin completely. This obviously is not great for my skin, but also, it negatively effected my mental health because it made me feel like I couldn’t take care of myself. Also, it hurt. My skin gets so dry it hurts. First of all, I want to sincerely thank everyone who commented and reached out with kind messages - your encouragement means the world. With all that said, this is day 1 of trying to get back on track and create consistency in my routine, even when I feel very overwhelmed. I did some skincare today! Woohoo! I feel so much better for it. Here are a few takeaways from what I did today: Pro: I feel so much better, both physically and emotionally. My face doesn’t hurt, and I’m proud of myself for accomplishing this task, even though it may seem small. I did something for myself, not something I had to do for school/work/etc. Con: What I did today isn’t sustainable (see steps below). Today, I did a few extra steps to get my skin back on track from the neglected state it was in. The routine I did today is not something I can do on a regular basis because it is too much for days I feel overwhelmed. Also, this feeds in my all-or-nothing complex with skincare. My skin feels better, but I’m not really closer to finding a sustainable routine. I hope I can keep this motivation up, but we’ll see. I will keep you updated! Skincare I did today: Cleanse: NATUROPATHICA - Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm Chemical exfoliation: STARSKIN - Glowstar Foaming Peeling Perfection Puff (This is the first time I used this product, and holy crap I’m obsessed) Mask: STARSKIN - Close-Up Bio-Cellulose Firming Face Mask Serums: 1. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' 2. IMAGE SKINCARE - AGELESS total pure hyaluronic filler Moisturizer: SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream Eye Products: 1. #Dermelect - Revitalite Eyelid & Dark Circle Corrector - Professional Strength[products]#[FourStars] 2. The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Skincare & Beauty When Life Goes to Sh*t
I am going to be very honest. It's been a rough week. It's been a rough month. Ok, time to get way too personal. I am wildly overwhelmed and stressed from college (doing it all over Zoom isn't helping), I had an insane allergic reaction, and for some unknown reason, I keep getting nosebleeds for the first time in my life. I haven't slept much, I am 100% dehydrated, and my mental health is in the gutter. Now, I'll be fine. This will pass, and I will get back into a groove. Stuff like this happens. But the reason I am telling you this is that I haven't touched a single skincare product in over 10 days. Not one. Not surprisingly, I look (and feel) like crap right now. I have bags under my eyes (see 3rd pic for closeup), my skin is SO dry, my fine lines are way more noticible, and I think I somehow developed some hyperpigmentation from stress/lack of sleep (is this possible??). My skin is always really dry, so the negative effects from my neglect aren't super easy to see in the picture because I don't usually break out, but I promise, you can really tell in person. I have ADHD, and when I get overwhelmed, one of the first balls I always drop is hair and skin care (note the gross bun on top of my head). I know a lot about skincare and beauty products, and I care a lot about it, but I am terrible at keeping up routines. I am an all-or-nothing skincare person, and that is something I want to change. I always thought that learning about skincare meant learning about ingredients and products, but that knowledge doesn't do me any good if the products never make it to my face. I think for me, learning about skincare has to include learning how to make a routine that works for me. The way I actually am, not just the way I am when I am feeling my best. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be trying to figure out how to be able to do at least a little skincare when everything is falling apart. Not only will my skin thank me, but I think it will help my mental health too because it will be a little way to take care of myself. And I know, this isn't a revolutionary concept, people talk about this all the time. But the theoretical concept of "self care" is really different from practicing it when everything feels overwhelming. As I go through these next few weeks, I am going to share what I learn on Cherie as much as I can because hopefully someone else feels similarly (otherwise, yikes @ this entire post). I can't promise that I will have any revelations or great solutions, but honestly, anything is better than what I'm doing now. At the very least, hopefully this post will hold me accountable to give it a try. Anyway, thanks for listening to me ramble about my inability to take care of myself despite the fact I am an adult. If you have any tips or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments! Or if you just completely relate (please tell me someone completely relates...)
BEST Plumping Lip Gloss?? (wildly underrated)
I’ve tried lots of plumping lip glosses in the past, but this is by far the best I’ve tried. I’d never read a review or heard anyone talk about it in the past. I’m obsessed with the Melon Dollar Lips from The Beauty Crop. I have it in three shades: Pop (clear), Cherry (red), and Melonaire (gold glitter). These glosses aren’t painful, but you can definitely feel them working (and see results). Even if they weren’t plumping, I’d highly recommend these because they are thick and pillowy without being sticky at all. They have the perfect amount of shiny and pigment. Overall, by far the best plumping gloss I’ve ever tried, and one of my favorite glosses in general. THE BEAUTY CROP - Melon Dollar Lip Lipgloss THE BEAUTY CROP - Melon Dollar Lip Lipgloss THE BEAUTY CROP - Melon Dollar Lip Lipgloss
THE BEAUTY CROP-Melon Dollar Lip Lipgloss
EMERGENCY DRY SKIN REPAIR!
Ok, so you have dry skin and you messed up. You tried a new cleanser that turned out to be stripping. You didn’t put on enough moisturizer in the winter. Or maybe you did nothing wrong, but your dry skin is mad at you anyway. For me, my most recent disaster was dermaplaning on dry skin ( I know, I know, you don’t have to tell me). The point is, your skin is REALLY dry and probably even a bit flaky. Here’s how to fix it: 1. Use the most basic cleanser you have (or don’t use a cleanser at all 😬). If you need to cleanse because you’ve been wearing makeup or exposed to pollution, use the most basic cleanser you have. If you feel like you can get away with it, try not cleansing just for one night (I KNOW it’s a skincare sin, but one night won’t kill you). 2. Apply a thick moisturizing mask. I personally think that the Farmacy Honey Potion mask works great for this, but there are many that will work. When you remove the mask, do so very gently, and if you feel comfortable, leave a little on and massage into your skin. FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask 3. Apply hyaluronic acid serum(s). Whatever you’ve got probably works. We’re just trying to get as much moisture into the skin as possible. I have been using Glossier’s Super Bounce and Awake’s Glow Pill recently (normally wouldn’t use them both, but this is an emergency). Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum Awake - Glow Pill 4. A lot of moisturizer. I mean, a lot. Apply a thick moisturizer all over your face the way you would normally apply a sleeping mask. Depending on the consistency of the moisturizer, your face should either be really shiny or slightly white at the end of this. I love the Lala Retro cream because it really locks in moisture. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Cream 5. Sleeping mask. This step is optional, but I highly recommend. Take your hydrating sleeping mask and apply a layer to the especially dry areas (for me, the forehead and cheeks). It may seem like overkill, but we’re trying to pull our skin back from the brink. Extreme measures are necessary. GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask Now your skin should be feeling all better! As a note, all of the products you use should be fragrance free or very little fragrance. Hopefully this helps! Am I missing any of your go-to skin savers? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new ways to fix my skin when I inevitably mess it up again.
GLOW RECIPE-Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
Video Edit Tutorials: Trimming and Splitting✨ Cherie Creator 101
Hi Cherie fam! We're so happy to have such a wonderful community that loves to share such amazing beauty stories with each other. In our last edition of Cherie Creator 101, we let you in on the secret of how the cherie community loves video posts and touched on ways to make your videos eye-catching in order to boost your post impact. In today's Cherie Creator 101, we'll be showing you some tips and tricks on how to enhance your videos even further with three editing skills: trimming, merging, and splitting! These three tools can help you to easily create high-quality video content that everyone on cherie will be sure to love and cheer you on for.
K-beauty vs. Western beauty
If you are like me you LOVE K-beauty 😍 but is there really a difference other than packaging? Let’s see! K-beauty/Skincare ❤️ If you look at most Korean women, this honestly includes most Asian women and men, they have beautiful and youthful skin. In the Korean culture skincare is very highly valued. Korean skincare is mostly focused prevention. One cool fact is that parents in South Korea teach their children about skincare super early on. This is something we could definitely learn from them! I’m already “teaching” my 2 year old daughter! Their children learn the importance of cleansers, SPF, and moisturizer extremely early! As the women grow older their skincare routine grows with them. I’m sure you’ve seen the famous 12 step Korean skincare routine 😳 As much as I want flawless and younger skin, I just don’t have time for that every day 😂 Korean beauty trends have always beenway in front of the curve on using natural and highly effective ingredients. Well before the western culture. Western beauty/skincare❤️ In our culture. We don’t normally worry about anti-aging or even basic skincare until we get older and start having issues with our skin. Usually by late teens and that’s only if we are dealing with acne. Traditionally, American women would go out and buy products recommended to them by department-store employees. Then they go home and incorporate those 3-4 products into their night time skin care routine. That has pretty much been the extent of it until the past couple years. With the introduction of K-beauty and J-beauty and others, we are actually starting to pay attention earlier and really looking into the products we put on our faces. Some of the credit goes to beauty influencers who basically tell us what we should be doing. Is K- beauty better? ❤️ In K-beauty, skincare is super individualized. Routines are based on the seasons and skin types. Korean skin care focuses on using natural ingredients and is ahead of the game in beauty product innovation. American skin care has the traditional creams and toners but Korean skincare is unique. Korean skin care products have many forms - puddings, jelly creams, hydrating gels, peeling gels, sheet masks, etc. K-Beauty staple ingredients are natural and effective for long term results they claim. The biggest thing I love about K-beauty is that the focus there isn’t about makeup. It’s about taking care of your skin and that natural beauty you have from glowing skin. I think we could all learn from that!! All in all, I think western skin care and beauty has come a long way and I love that we are incorporating so many of the things from other cultures. I love that the focus on skin care is now becoming just as important as the new eyeshadow palette and foundation. So if you have not looked into K beauty yet, I highly recommend you do some research on it and find some different products to add into your skin care routine. They are fun and for me have been really effective
Breaking The Myth: Glycolic Acid & Retinoids
So there’s a thing going around that you shouldn’t mix glycolic acid (AHA) with Retinol (retinoids). ✨ (I will post links to medical studies done and their proven results) ✨ I will say that I have experimented with this for a few weeks and my skin has cleared up tremendously! I just incorporated the glycolic acid but my skin has been fine. I DO NOT have: Sensitive skin Allergies ACTIVE OPEN BREAKOUTS (few minor bumps here and there) Dry Skin (I’m more combo) ”Active New Skin” (I have been using Differin Gel for 3 months Glycolic acid for 2 weeks. My skin is adjusted to actives) If you have any of those this might cause you irritation. 🚨I use this once-twice a week to treat small hyperpigmentation issues and texture irregularities.🚨 Why do professionals not recommend them together? Many professionals see that people experience irritation, sensitivity, and other issues. There’s also a concern that the PH level of glycolic acid will disrupt retinol. This research is outdated and done in a Petri dish NOT skin. There is room for irritation, which you would still experience.. using them separately! I also would not recommend if you suffer from any other issues as stated above, or to introduce everything slowly! My routine: Cleanser philosophy - Nature In A Jar Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser With Agave Amazing gentle cleanser that helps prevent inflammation. (I also recommend CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser) Tone The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Can be drying, I recommend using a hydrating cleanser. Serum: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 🚨Skip this is you’re new to this routine🚨 Treat: SKINCEUTICALS - A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles HG for dark circles! DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel HG FOR ANY ACNE ! Moisturize: nooni - Applebutter Lip Mask Leaves my lips very smooth CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin Very gentle and great for this routine Cliganic - 100% Rosehip Oil I love to mix this in as a extra layer of Vitamin A and to keep my acne at bay. I only add 2 drops to my moisturizer. Links for research: Chandrashekar, B., Ashwini, K., Vasanth, V. & Navale, S. (2015). ‘Retinoic acid and glycolic acid combination in the treatment of acne scars’, Indian Dermatol Online J., 6(2), 84-88 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4375771/ Katsambas, A. (2005). ‘RALGA (Diacneal), a retinaldehyde and glycolic acid association and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in acne – a review’, Dermatology, 210(Supp 1), 39-45. https://www.karger.com/Article/PDF/81501 https://sciencebecomesher.com/can-you-use-glycolic-acid-and-retinol-together/#Summary_–_Can_You_Use_Glycolic_Acid_and_Retinol_Together
Cliganic-100% Rosehip Oil
Hair Routine for Sleek Shine
I have the most over processed hair, after nearly 10 years of modeling, dying my hair every few months, and over styling my hair has really been through it. Even tho my hair is damaged it doesn’t stop me from attempting to make it look healthy. I have quite fine pin straight hair, it’s very dense in some places and sparse in others like around my hairline. I have a few products that really help me to make my hair look it’s best. For me I feel my hair looks it’s best when it shines and appears damage free without looking greasy o heavy. This is a great routine for someone with my kind of hair, for someone who needs to restore life and youth to their hair. 1. Once I’m in the shower I apply the Kérastase Resistance Shampoo to the palms of my hands and begin massaging it in at the roots and working my way down to the ends of the hair. Massaging the shampoo improves circulation in the scalp to stimulate growth and really helps thoroughly clean the hair. This shampoo is a strengthening product for brittle, damaged hair, with split ends; so it’s perfect for my hair. It’s cleansing without being too harsh. I then completely rinse the shampoo from my head with warm water. 2. I next apply the Kérastase Resistance Conditioner which is the match to the shampoo starting from the ends of my hair and working up to the crown, but don’t apply the conditioner to the roots or it will weigh the hair down. I let the conditioner sit in my hair for 3-5 min for maximum penetration before brushing with my favorite Tangle Teaser wet hair brush and then rinsing. This conditioner leaves my hair feeling lustrous and moisturized. The conditioner helps with strengthening the hair so it doesn’t break and improves the appearance of shine. 3. This is a step I personally take after I’ve towel dried my hair, while the pores on my scalp are still open from the warm shower. I use the Hers Minoxidil topical solution on the patchy parts of my hairline where hair has slowed or stopped growing due to multiple burns from hot tools over my many years modeling. Minoxidil is a proven and safe solution to stimulate hair regrowth. I’ve been using it for months now and I really see improvements and new growth. Kinda amazing! I have to use this day and night on my hairline for best results. 4. I always let my hair air dry about 50% before I go in with the Kérastase Genesis Defense Thermique fortifying blow dry fluid. This hair serum provides anti-breakage protection and tames frizz without weighing the hair down. I don’t normally blow dry my hair but if I did I know this will provide protection and just gives my hair the boost of moisture it needs especially on the ends. I spray this from the mid lengths of the hair to the ends and brush it through. 5. Once my hair is completely air dried I finish my routine with a simple hair oil like the OGX Renewing Extra Penetrating oil. I apply a dime sized amount to the palms of my hands and run it through the lengths of my hair focusing on the ends and avoiding the roots. This really helps lock in the moisture from the other products and leaves my hair with an expensive looking shine. It tames my fly aways and completely eliminates any frizz I have at my ends. Just use it sparingly if you have thin hair because you run the risk of weighing the hair down. 6. This is an extra step that I do once in a while but is completely necessary to maintain healthy liking hair if you’re hair is super damaged like mine. I use the Olaplex No 3 hair perfector before shampooing on damp towel dried hair and leave it in for 15 to 30 min before hopping in the the shower and continuing with my normal hair routine, which means if you chose to do this step you use this hair product like a mask before shampooing. This is a hair stylist staple because it really works! It repairs and strengthens the hair and you can see a difference in a single use!
KÉRASTASE-Genesis Strengthening Blow Dry Primer
Are you mixing your acids correctly or not? 🤨
thanks for reading me in advance.✨- Today I am going to resume how to not mix the ordinary skin care products according to their ingredients. This can apply to any other skin care product. 😉 What ingredients shouldn’t I mix? Number one, you should not be using acids together. There is no point on using them together, a lot of them give you the same type of results and some of them might be stronger than others. For example: On Monday you can do your The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution On Tuesday you can use the The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution On Wednesday your The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA And so on :) You don’t want to use acids and vitamins C products in the same routine. So, if on Monday you want to use your Salicylic acid, then apply your vitamin C in the morning and then apply your Salicylic acid at night. Peptides ( like the The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' ) are also not meant to be combined with acids The same goes with retinoids, they are not meant to be combined either. Now, the vitamins C from the ordinary (one of them is The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% ) cannot be used with the Niacinamide Acid. Why? Because they cancel each other out. Meaning that they won’t work together at all. In case you were thinking that more vitamin C will work faster, and combining other vitamins C products or types with each other will help you out, well, you are wrong. Most of the vitamins C cannot be combined together either. They can cancel each other out as well. Be aware of that. If you pay attention to the products you are mixing in your routine, I am pretty sure you will see better results and your life is just going to be good. 😋☀️