First time mom, navigating Skin Care & Makeup (affordable & high end)
Let’s talk: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner!
This has marked my 3rd night of use for this product. I have combo/oily skin & no sensitivity to ingredients. Glycolic acid? This is an acid categorized under AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). This is the strongest among the AHA family, so it also makes it potentially the most irritating (if this product irritated your skin I recommend starting with lactic acid)! Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane, it has the smallest molecular makeup (getting sciency with it). Benefits of glycolic acid: ￼￼￼Stimulates Collagen production ￼￼￼Minimizes fine lines & wrinkles ￼￼￼Refines skin texture ￼￼￼Treats hyperpigmentation 🚨 How to use: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution The maximum recommended amount of Glycolic Acid *at home* is %10. ￼￼￼use this product at night: this is to avoid sun damage that can occur during the day. I apply this product to a cotton pad and gently swipe/pat it into my skin. ￼￼￼I use this currently every night: I have a tolerance towards acids! If you do not have a tolerance I would suggest building into this routine.. using it every other night! ￼￼￼DO NOT USE WITH RETINOL/RETINOIDS: Please, I’m begging you.. just don’t. It will burn your skin! ￼￼￼DO NOT USE WITH OTHER ACIDS: Salicylic acid, lactic acids, mandelic acid... any acid! This is a sure way to cause irritation. ￼￼￼DO NOT USE WITH PEPTIDES: I made the mistake of using CeraVe PM MOISTURIZR & that was a mistake! I switched over the the daily CeraVe Lotion and was fine on night two! ￼￼￼DO NOT USE WITH ASCORBIC ACID: So I’ve talked about the different vitamin C (L-ASCORBIC Acid & Sodium Ascorbly Phosphate). So the next morning when I applied my ASCORBIC Acid vitamin C serum, my skin was very irritated! I researched as to why and came across this warning! Even though it’s not the same routine glycolic acid penetrates your skin deeply! In my experience, I experienced flushing, but not burning! (These are two noticeably different feelings). According to dermatologist this takes, ￼￼￼1 week for skin texture to improve ￼￼￼4 weeks-8 weeks for fading dark spots ￼￼￼4 weeks for clogged pores and blackhead My routine: ￼￼￼CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin ￼￼￼The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ￼￼￼The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ￼￼￼SKINFOOD - Aloe Vera 93% Soothing Gel this product is great for irritation! I use this before my moisturizer and my skin feels so much better! ￼￼￼CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin
SKINFOOD-Aloe Vera 93% Soothing Gel
Favorite Affordable Brushes 🖌 (RT Edition)
I love affordable makeup products. I did a review on why I don’t really prefer the real techniques sponge 👎🏽 but these brushes are my all time favorite (missing the instapop foundation brush)! (L👉🏽R) REAL TECHNIQUES - Expert Face Brush I don’t think they make it in this color anymore? This brush is so versatile. Usesr: ￼foundation (sometimes) ￼cream contour (works amazingly to blend) ￼blending harsh edges of highlight concealer This brush is usually $9.99 but it’s currently $5.99 (Ulta) REAL TECHNIQUES - Setting Brush This is another versatile favorite of mines. I use this every time I do my makeup ! Uses: ￼dusting away powder: in my opinion, this isn’t dense enough to apply setting powder (mostly under eyes) but this is perfect for dusting away excess powder ￼great for applying blush: this is my main use for this brush. It’s so light and airy I dip on my blush and apply a small circle, then wipe away excess blush, to finally blend with this brush! ￼great for applying highlight: I use the same technique I use for my blush Usually $7.99 currently $4.79 (Ulta) REAL TECHNIQUES - Expert Concealer Brush This brush is great for blending those corner areas for your concealer. I only use this brush if I want an “airbrush” look. I find using brushes under my eye for a full face blends better without lifting products. Usually $6.99 currently $4.19 (ulta) Another great alternative are elf brushes. The only downside to those is that they don’t last as long. I’ve had the orange expert face brush for 3 years now and it’s still on top top condition!
REAL TECHNIQUES-Expert Concealer Brush
Pink Friday 💕 Full Face Affordable Makeup
I posted the full video on my Ig @skin_charmer Face prep Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 The Ordinary - High-Adherence Silicone Primer Eyes MILANI - MILANI Eyeshadow Primer MAYBELLINE - Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer “45” REVLON - ColorStay Looks Book Palette “Enigma” AMAZON MAGNETIC LASHES ($10) see previous post essence - Super Precise Eyeliner FACE MAKEUP Correction L.A. Girl - HD Pro Concealer “orange corrector” Foundation MAYBELLINE - Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation “355” MILANI - Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer Concealer L.A. Girl - La.Girl HD Pro.Conceal “fawn” e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer “cinnamon” Contour BLACK RADIANCE - True Complexion Contour Palette “deep” Setting powder SACHA cosmetics - Buttercup Powder Setting spray MORPHE - Continuous Setting Mist Lips MAYBELLINE - SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick “35 creator” Only thing on this list that cost more than $20 is the Sacha butter cup and that’s mostly because I don’t like drug store setting powders for my skin color🥰
SACHA cosmetics-Buttercup Powder
$149 Face Cream 🤨
No I didn’t pay full price for this cream ! I got it on sale, during a boxy charm pop up for $24 (I strongly advise everyone to sign up for Boxycharm!) I used this for a whole month now & have been slowly been alternating between my new Peach & lily cream. This cream is marketed as a vitamin C cream that has proven results to improve: uneven skin tone & texture, discoloration, redness, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and firmness (a lot right!?) 🔑Ingredients: ￼Vitamin C ester: this fat-soluble (means it’s easier to penetrate skin) is a more concentrated and less irritating form of vitamin C. ￼Copper Tripeptide: amino acids that help repair dry skin. ￼Omega 3, 6, & 9: fatty acids that help strengthen skin barrier. They help to promote radiance and skin plumpness. Results? Perricone MD - Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Serum Concentrate It’ll be a cold day in the devils house before I buy this cream for $149! With that being said it did give me results for the month I used it ! I use this on my neck as well and did see results in the discoloration I was experiencing there! It doesn’t have a strong smell It was easy to absorb into skin (I love to layer products) It was very gentle (I did not experience irritation) I followed this after my serums and before my SPF !
Perricone MD-Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Serum Concentrate
Soft & Toned Buns ? Yes, thank you ! 🍑
I would post a pic of my rump but this is a PG13 app! So just trust my honest review✨ So I got these sample sizes ($10) because I’m always skeptical when trying new things. I’m currently on day 4 and I’m already adding the biggest size to my cart! ($45) This product SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream : ￼￼gauraná: a caffeine based plant indigenous to the Brazilian Amazon. It’s also totes for its antioxidants! ￼￼cupuaca butter: this is the Brazilian equivalency to Shea butter. It’s very dense and rich so it leaves your skin very hydrated! ￼￼coconut oil: great hydrating for your body. I DO NOT recommend coconut oil use for your face. ￼￼açaí oil: this fruit has been all the rage in smoothies and yogurt, so to find this oil in this product I totally expect it to be great for your skin! It’s rich in antioxidants ￼￼Brazil nut: this nut is very good for your body (inside & out). It’s very high in selenium which protect the body from free radical damage, immune system health, & hormone health! ￼￼guayusa: this is a tree native to the Brazilian Amazon. It’s high in antioxidants and caffeine which is great for lifting and brightening your skin. ￼￼cruelty, gluten, soy, paraben, mineral oil, & sulfate free! ￼￼THIS DOES CONTAIN NUTS! How to use: I use this fresh out of the shower! I love to exfoliate my body so this is great to have in my skin care arsenal! I will give an update after 3-4 weeks!
SOL de Janeiro-Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Tips for soft healthy nail cuticles
1) Avoid products and activities which will dry your cuticles out Some main offenders for drying the skin on your hands/fingers are acetone based nail products, cleaning products and having your hands in water excessively. I use non-acetone nail polish remover and wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes to avoid this. 2) Don’t bite your nails or pick your cuticles! Easier said than done but this can cause sore, damaged cuticles which don’t look pretty at all. Whether it’s just bad habit or as a result of stress and anxiety try and find a way to keep your fingers out of your mouth. I used to pick and bite my cuticles when stressed but don’t touch my fingers when I have acrylic nails and practice mental meditation to control stress in a more productive way 🧘🏻♀️ 3) Keep your cuticles moisturised My favourite products is BURT’S BEES - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream which is buttery soft, has a lovely light lemon fragrance from the lemon oil and moisturises without being greasy like traditional liquid cuticle oils. 4) And lastly be selective about who you let look after your nails! Getting your nails done should NEVER hurt. Don’t trust unqualified or inexperienced nail technicians who are rough when doing your nails or don’t work in a completely hygienic environment as this can be a recipe for damaging your cuticles and cause pain or even infection.
BURT’S BEES-Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Hyaluronic Acid Lotion 🤍
Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion 🤍✨ I have tried both the regular version and the premium version and by far the premium version is my favourite! I love it so much, it’s one of my all time favourite skincare products. It’s so hydrating but its not sticky! I lean more on the dryer skin side so the premium version worked really well for me but they do have the regular and light versions for those with more oily skin types. I’m almost finished this bottle and I really want to repurchase the premium lotion but I think im gonna try out the ordinary HA cause I’m really curious if its good especially since it’s so affordable.
HADALABO-Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
Sweet like honey (not edible though)
First things first, follow me for more content like this😘💖. Let’s talk eczema. I’ve had eczema for 21 almost 22 years and always been so uncomfortable. I’ve always seen a dermatologist and he has always provided me with topical steroids. Recently I wasn’t able to go see my dermatologist and I had a really bad flare up for 2 months and I was extremely itchy and annoyed. Last month I came across the brand Eczema Honey. I saw it reviewed on this app oddly enough. Eczema Honey a skin care/body brand that is made with super safe ingredients. They have so many products like sunscreen, body lotion, soap, and even bath bombs. The product that I picked up was the original skin-soothing cream. It is made with beeswax, organic honey, almond oil, organic sunflower oil and other gluten free ingredients. 💖 Lets get Into why I like this product. This product has really helped with my itching. I literally went from itching every 5 mins to not itching at all. My eczema is also clearing up and I don’t even think about it anymore. I use this product everyday after I get out the shower. I also store it in my fridge for a nice cooling effect. It feels really nice going on the skin and it melts very quick so you don’t have to rubs too hard or for a long time. It also give the area a nice protective layer (although it feel kinda weird to me). 🤢 the only reason I’m giving this product 4 ⭐️’s and not 5 is because of the drying effect. When I first got this product, I used it as my sole moisturizer. That was the wrong decision. After a few hours my body felt really dry and cracked, especially the places where I have my eczema. So I do not suggest using this as your sole moisturizer. I pair it with my cetaphil eczema lotion. I put the eczema honey on my problem areas first and then I wait about 5 mins and then lotion my whole body. Overall I really suggest this product for anyone who suffers with eczema. It is 100% steroid free and comes in a 4 oz jar. It’s also super affordable Please check out their website for more products, I really encourage it. This product can be used on your face and body and is made for all skin types. It has really helped my skin and I hope it helps yours too😘💖. ($29.95)eczema honey - Eczema Honey Original Skin-Soothing Cream
eczema honey-Eczema Honey Original Skin-Soothing Cream
These tools changed my skin
Product: ✨Gua Sha and Jade Roller facial tools help improve skin elasticity, reduce puffiness and fine lines, and ease facial muscle tensions. They also boost blood circulation and promote lymphatic draining. My thoughts: I have been using both tools for over a year now and I absolutely love them! The Gua Sha tool does more in terms of sculpting and muscle tension but requires a little more technique than jade rollers do. I use jade roller around my eyes/mouth area and I use the gua sha for my forehead, cheeks, and neck. Both tools have really helped my skin feel more rejuvenated and healthy. I’ve noticed my face looks naturally more lifted and alive. I keep them in the fridge for a more soothing and therapeutic experience. ✨Lymphatic draining on the neck should be done prior to starting on the face to make sure the toxins have a route to escape (recommended by a dermatologist). ✨The most important part of using these tools is cleaning them properly each time after use or else they will cause acne and/or irritation.
Get this oil and thank me later... MUST have!
Did you know the Orchid flower is often considered the “perfect plant” for the skin and was used for centuries in Asia for its repairing and protective properties? PRODUCT: @herbivorebotanicals Orchid Facial Oil is an extremely lightweight, quick-absorbing oil that contains floral oils (orchid extract, jasmine sambac, and Japanese camellia flower) which feed the skin beneficial vitamins and fatty acids (Omega 3, 6). These oils also defend against free radicals and support skin elasticity. Suitable for all skin types. ✨Orchid extract: contains minerals that exist naturally in the skin such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc which help nourish skin. It increases cell production, improving skins strength and elasticity. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. ✨Jasmine Sambac: has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties that improve skins immunity. It also soothes, moisturizes, and helps with inflammation. ✨Japanese Camellia flower: rich in essential vitamins, minerals, omega-9 fats, and oleic acid which nourish skin. Camellia is also a great emollient, making it a great moisturizer for dry skin. MY THOUGHTS: I’ve gone through 3 bottles of this magical oil and I will not stop! This Orchid Oil is one of my absolute favorite oils because of how lightweight and gentle it is. Most products clog my pores which causes me to break out, but this oil has been my go-to for over a year now because of how well my skin reacts to it! It makes my skin SO soft and hydrated and gives off the most beautiful glow. I’ve also never smelled a product this divine, I mean it smells ABSOLUTELY amazing (especially if you’re into floral scents)! I love this oil so much, I highly recommend it! SIDE NOTE: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, noncomedogenic, and formulated without silicone, fragrance, gluten, parabens, phthalates, and more🌱
HERBIVORE-Orchid Facial Oil
🇰🇷 Korean Sheet Mask Mania! ♥️
This year I’ve rekindled my love for Korean sheet masks. I grew up in San Francisco, buying Japanese & Korean imports before they were widely available online. My 2 favorite online shops for Korean beauty are: Peach & Lily ( peachandlily.com ) & Soko Glam ( sokoglam.com ) Both sites are curated by estheticians who have also launched their own brands. Alicia Yoon, the curator of Peach & Lily, also created their eponymous skincare line, & sister-line, ‘Peach Slices’. Charlotte Cho, the creator of Soko Glam, is also a skincare author & founded the brand, ‘Then I Met You’ in 2018. 💙I love that I can read full ingredient lists & directions in english on both of these sites for every single product. This is super important to know exactly what’s in your purchase & how to use the products. Most sheet masks are a 20 minute thing, but it would be very important to know otherwise... Both sites are super reliable, ship fast & carry some of my favorite Korean brands... Peach & Lily carries Shangpree & May Coop, while Soko Glam carries Beauty of Joseon, my favorite lip balm by unpa cosmetics, as well as many other popular brands like Cosrx, Missha, Banila & Co.(also @ p&L🍑),Etude House, A’pieu, Tony Moly, Neogen & more. I’ve only tried 2 of the masks pictured, but I’ve tried them more than once & liked them enough to repurchase. I can’t wait to share more reviews on all these babies with you guys! It’s good to have a bunch of different ones on hand depending on what your skin needs... So I’m hoping to build a solid arsenal of sheet masks by the time I’m done testing all of these! SHANGPREE - Marine Jewel Nourishing Mask $6 🦪Amazing! My current fave💗It’s full of marine extracts like oyster, pearl, plankton, several types of algae, & Sodium Hyaluronate. Full review in a previous post. MAY COOP - Raw Sheet $6 🍁A great sheet mask for extra hydration, with maple water (that has the same molecular size as our skin) Full review in a previous post. Have you tried any of the others? Let me know your experience❤️☁️ LEADERS - #17VDerma PiBuWang Mask TONYMOLY - Strawberry Nose Pack PEACH & LILY - Chubby Cheeks Lift + Plump Sheet Mask peach slices - Brighten mask peach slices - Clarify Sheet Mask peach slices - Shrink Pores Mask peach slices - Magic Panda Eye Mask SHANGPREE - Marine Jewel Illuminating Mask SHANGPREE - Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Mask LEADERS - Insolution Mediu Amino Clearing Mask LEADERS - Insolution Mediu Amino Moisture Mask MIZON - Enjoy Vital-Up Time Calming Mask MIZON - Enjoy Vital-Up Time Anti-Wrinkle Mask SATURDAY SKIN - Spotlight Brightening Mask MISSHA - Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Sheet Mask ETUDE HOUSE - Soonjung Sheet Mask Panthensoside Troxederm - Repair Essence Sheet Mask
LEADERS- #17VDerma PiBuWang Mask