Shelfie vs Reality 🪞🤳🤔
Happy Presidents Day!! I was playing around trying to take my first ever shelfie and was struck by two things: 1) styling a shelfie is HARD!!! I am so impressed with the gorgeous, inspirational pictures you all take where a boring medicine cabinet seemingly effortlessly highlights all your best products. I think I have a ways to go. 2) this is soooooo not what my medicine cabinet looks like every day!! I took a step back once the cabinet was full of all my beautiful skincare and just laughed at how far it is from normal. Instead, all my goodies are hidden away in a cabinet. So I restored my shelves to their usual glory to avoid my husbands confusion about where on earth his toothbrush went and thought I’d share our reality. ➡️ swipe to see what the cabinet really looks like around here 🤪 Are there any products in here you want me to review? Let me know!
BIOSSANCE-100% Squalane Oil Limited Edition
Just ok: Sweet Chef Ginger C Serum
The Sweet CHEF - Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot is just ok. I’m almost through with the bottle and while I don’t have anything particularly negative to say about it, I also won’t be repurchasing...HERES WHY: Product Claims - helps give “mega glow” by hydrating skin - fights acne scars and hyperpigmentation Ingredient Superstars ✨ Ginger - full of antioxidants ✨ Turmeric - calming and anti inflammatory ✨ Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) - brightens skin by fading hyperpigmentation More Fast Facts: - smell: fresh and lightly gingery...no vitamin C funk! - texture: very watery, thin serum - price: $20 for 1oz Given all of this information, here’s how I feel about the Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot: I experienced no irritation while using this product almost daily on my face and neck It is definitely hydrating and I had very minimal stickiness/tackiness associated with it I did not notice a difference in fading dark spots after using this for quite a while The smell and price point are both fantastic for a vit C serum 🌟 Overall, I enjoyed using this serum and would highly recommend it to someone who is looking to get into vitamin C but is scared of the irritation and ‘hot dog’ smell that is often associated with ascorbic acid. It is hydrating, gentle, and easy to incorporate into a routine with other products. But if you’re looking for a vitamin C that’s more of a heavy-hitter for dark spots, I’d look somewhere else! The next vitamin C I plan on using is the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serumwhich also highlights ginger. I’d love to hear about your favorite vit C products! Thanks for reading 💛
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum
Rose Toner: worth the hype? 🥀
When people talk about drugstore beauty, Thayers is often one of the first products mentioned. They have a line of alcohol free witch hazel based products like face mists and toners. Thayers is sold at stores like Whole Foods and Target. The most famous of these is the THAYERS - Rose Petal Facial Toner So...is it worth the hype? What’s in it? 🌹Aloe 🌹Rose water 🌹Witch Hazel Cost: $11 for 12oz What’s it do? Thayers touts this product as a gentle one that will cleanse, tone, moisturize, and balance pH. So...why all the hype? - Thayers toner has minimal ingredients and those ingredients are processed as minimally as possible. It’s clean and straightforward - The witch hazel is alcohol free and is not distilled. I find this to be much less astringent than the giant bottle of witch hazel I used as a tween and re-found in my childhood bathroom over the holidays -Very affordable My take on Thayers Toner: This toner does not cause any irritation for me It is gently hydrating and I enjoy the subtle rose scent I like using this right after cleansing so that my more occlusive products can lock it in I put some of the product in an old face mist bottle and it is great for a refreshing mid-day pick me up Other than gentle hydration, I didn’t notice a huge difference when using this product so I won’t be repurchasing (especially since I’m trying to cut back on my routine!) If you are looking for a basic, affordable, hydrating toner I highly recommend giving this a try!!
THAYERS-Rose Petal Facial Toner
Must have for dry winter skin ❄️
This year, the transition from summer to winter hit my skin harder than ever before, especially as I spent several weeks in New England over the holidays where it’s muchhh colder and drier than California. I was battling texture, dry flakiness, and lots more redness and sensitivity than even I am used to! The product that truly held things together for me was Biossance’s BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Omega Repair Cream 🫐 TEXTURE: richhh, thick cream that spreads easily and sinks in quickly but really leaves skin feeling protected from the elements 🫐 KEY INGREDIENTS: this cream is packed with powerhouse ingredients like: - Ceramides, squalane, and omega fatty acids that mimic your skins natural moisture and hydrating elements - Shea butter is ultra rich and moisturizing - Açaí berry extracts to boost skins cholesterol to boost your skins barrier 🫐 RESULTS: The squalane and omega repair cream has everything your skin needs to repair and maintain its natural moisture barrier. It feels luxurious to use and leaves my skin feeling so happy! It is so hydrating and soothing. This cream calms irritation, soothes redness, and fights off dryness like no other. Thanks for reading! 💙
BIOSSANCE-Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
THIS vs THAT: Scalp Scrub Edition
Today I’m going to be comparing two of the most popular scalp scrubs out there: 🔹Christophe Robin - Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt 🔸Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo I first tried a travel size of the briogeo scrub from my Sephora bday gift last year and have since used another travel size and repurchased the full size. I picked up the CR scrub and have been using for about a month and a half now. I only do a scalp scrub 1x per week max in place of shampoo so it takes me a while to get through these products making them well worth the price. Here’s a few notes on each one: SCENT 🔹clean, herby scent that reminds me of being at an aveda hair salon 🔸Girl Scout thin-mint cookies...I saw this description from several people and didn’t believe it but it is spot on Overall, I like the Christophe Robin scrub more for its scent. Both these scrubs contain added fragrance which hasn’t bothered me but is something to note if you’re extra sensitive. 🔹 TEXTURE 🔹thick creamy base with chunky salt that can be difficult to spread all over the scalp 🔸thinner base with well incorporated, small plant grains that’s easy to use and gently scrubs For me, the Briogeo scrub feels gentler and easier to use. The granules are evenly distributed and gentler on my scalp 🔸 KEY INGREDIENTS 🔹sea salt to exfoliate, almond oil to hydrate and soothe 🔸charcoal to detox, coconut oil to hydrate, peppermint + tea tree to soothe RESULTS 🔹this scrub foams up a ton, though I do have trouble sometimes breaking up the big salt chunks in the scrub. This leaves my scalp feeling VERY clean - almost too clean, which is probably a result of the SLS as the second ingredient. I have noticed my scalp is a little irritated if I use this too often but for occasional use (~every 10 days) or to really beat back buildup I do like it 🔸the small plant particles very gently exfoliate the scalp and this scrub lathers well. My scalp and roots feel very nourished after using this and clean but never stripped I prefer the way my scalp feels after using the Briogeo scrub I prefer the results I get with the Briogeo scrub 🔸 COST 🔹$42 for 8oz 🔸$53 for 8.3oz Briogeo is better value for basically the same size 🔸 PAO 🔹 6 months 🔸 18 months I probably couldn’t get through a full size in 6mo so Briogeo is my clear winner here! 🔸 THE OVERALL WINNER: 🔸Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo Despite the amazing scent of the Christophe Robin scrub, Briogeo is the clear winner for me! It fits so seamlessly into my routine, is easy to use, and leaves my scalp feeling absolutely amazing! After falling in love with this scrub, I’ve purchased several more Briogeo products and love the way my hair feels while using them! 💛 What’s your favorite scalp scrub?
Christophe Robin-Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt
2021 Goal: Less is more!
Over the holidays, I took stock of all my products and just got overwhelmed and stressed. There is so much there! Some of it is backups of my skincare staples, some are sample/travel sizes, and some are new products to try. The urge for more and new skincare is constant and it’s a cycle I’ve realized doesn’t make me happy. I’ve even caught myself thinking I should get new products just so I can review them here...ok yikes! I joined Cherie because it makes me happy to share my skin journey and learn from this community not to be the person who’s tried literally everything! Having a huge backlog of products stresses me out for a couple reasons: - I worry that I’ve wasted money on things I don’t really need - I become preoccupied about making sure I use all those products, even the samples so they aren’t wasted - I cram my routine with the products in order to prevent all that waste...which annoys my skin, prevents me from really knowing what impact each individual product is having, and means I spend so much time applying products! Many days, I am using 10 different products in a single night...my poor face. So I’m starting the new year with a new outlook on new skincare...LESS IS MORE! 💫 I go through phases with this idea and am very often thrown off by a new release or a great deal or GWP on a product I already love, but I really want to stick to it in 2021. I’m going to focus on enjoying everything I already own and refining my routine so that it brings joy only - stress free please! I’ve committed to a strict skincare no-buy through March, but here are the rules I’m going to try and follow all year...I will: let products get down to 1/4 full before rebuying avoid buying multiples in a single category not be tempted by sales, unless the product falls in the first two rules not introduce new products within 3 weeks of each other I’m hoping this will help me simplify my skincare routine and really focus on the joy it brings me rather than the next new thing! I want to love the products I have and feel good about treating my face right without thinking I need to do it all. 🥰 do you have any changes you’re trying to make this year? Are you ever overwhelmed by all the product? I’d love to hear your journey and help keep each other accountable to our goals!
Why I made the switch to natural deodorant
After hearing there was possible health issues such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s related to traditional antiperspirants which contain aluminium I started to do some research into whether this was true and the alternatives I could use. While there’s no research to show any link between these diseases I think it’s better safe than sorry and I found number of other reasons to ditch aluminium based antiperspirants and switch to natural deodorant. So here’s the reasons I made the switch: ✨ Aluminium clogs your pores to stop sweat escaping but this can lead to irritation and bumps on your underarms due to blocked pores ✨ Sweating is a natural process, by allowing yourself to sweat but using a natural product to control odour the good bacteria on your body can do their work and maintain a healthy balance on your skin meaning less odour when you’re not wearing deodorant ✨ Most natural deodorants contain some kind of natural moisturiser (Native contains shea butter!) to keep your skin soft and smooth ✨ No fragrances which can be drying and irritating to the skin ✨ Many natural deodorants are more ethical than their traditional counterparts including being vegan and cruelty free or even using more sustainable packaging (Native have recently launched a plastic free packaging option 🙌🏻) ✨ The ingredients in natural deodorants don’t leave marks on clothing like many traditional antiperspirants It may not be the right choice for everybody and can take a couple weeks to adjust once you’ve found the right natural product for you but I feel there’s so many benefits especially if you have sensitive skin which is prone to irritation from fragrances or getting blocked pores. I’ve been using the Native Coconut & Vanilla for over six months now and I’m a total convert. My husband has even made the switch too and loves both the Native Cucumber & Mint and Eucalyptus & Mint. They’re lovely and smooth to apply, not sticky at all, smell great and the scent lasts all day. It’s a more expensive product but I’ve found it lasts much longer so is actually better value for me than a traditional antiperspirant. Win win 🥰 NATIVE - Coconut & Vanilla (Sensitive)
NATIVE-Coconut & Vanilla (Sensitive)
⚠️8 ingredients to avoid during pregnancy🤰
You know what foods to avoid during pregnancy, but did you know there are skincare and cosmetic products you shouldn’t use too? If you haven’t made a list yet, this article’s for you.
Let’s learn a 3D side braid!
The top style requests I get from my clients are always for easy styles that have tons of volume! And this no heat style is just that! It’s perfect to transition from a day at the beach to the night out, and requires just a few minutes of time! 3D side braid. Start your 3D braid like you’re doing a French braid- gather 3 equal strands. Be sure to start this braid away from your face a little so you have pieces to grab along your hair line. You’re going to cross the outside sections to the middle, one section at a time- just like a 3 strand braid. What makes this braid so different is that you’re going to split your outside section in half and go both over AND under your middle at the same time! After your braid is complete, pinch and pull for extra volume. This unique braid will stay all day and you are sure to get a ton of compliments!!
The Most Relaxing 15min Deep Tissue Face Massage
YAY! BACK TWO MINUTES LATER 🤪 Here is a very inexpensive facial massage that your can literally do ANYWHERE. This massage helps in decreasing swelling, tightening the face by releasing sore face muscles, promote lymph drainage. I was inspired by the Gua Sha tool’s movements and the way it feels. Now you don’t have to buy the tool and just do it yourself! All you need is the knuckles of your fingers and a oil of your choice! I used pura d'or - 100% Rosehip Seed Oil to help with moisturizing, pigmentation, and acne. The oil helps in providing that nice slip so that your knuckles glide through your face muscles easily. I preform this massage after doing my basic skincare routine. You can break down your massage into 4 parts- jawline/cheeks, neck, forehead, sinus/eye area. Watch the video for a proper visual. You can alternate locations as you see fit. Make sure to focus on areas that feel more tight or swollen. Give yourself a 15-20 minutes massage and 5-10 minute rest after the massage to really see the benefits. Here are some benefited for massaging each location: Jawline/Cheeks This is the part that gets worked out the most. We use this area to show our emotions, talk, and eat. Massaging this area will decrease tension in the jawline. You’ll notice that it’ll feel “looser” and the contours of your face will show more due to decrease in swelling. Keep in mind that with all facial tools and massages, they are just that and are not to replicate plastic surgery results. Don’t expect to have a COMPLETELY different face after doing a couple massages. Forehead Massaging this area can help with headaches and migraines, as well as overall tension. Neck Your neck is the area containing most of your “facial” lymph ducts. Massaging this area promotes more drainage from the face. I’ve noticed my double chin become a wee bit less prominent when I focus on this area the most. Eyes/Sinus This and the jawline area are my favorite places to massage. Massaging this area opens up your nasal passages more and decreases the puffiness around the eye area. Make sure you are a bit more gentle in these areas because your skin is more delicate around the eye area 😊 You can use your index knuckle to massage both top and bottom of your eye by tracing the orbital wall of your eyes(aka the bone surrounding your eyeball). Tips: You’re putting enough pressure once you start to FEEL the muscles of your face. If you prefer a lighter massage, just decrease your pressure. It might feel uncomfortable to massage due to the muscles being tight or swollen. This is normal but it should NEVER be painful. 😊 Happy massaging! :D
pura d'or-100% Rosehip Seed Oil
STOP wearing your hair up!! Thinning hair!
Over the past several months I've found myself house-bound, in social isolation, sporting nothing but yoga attire and a messy up-do. Little did I know, my no-hassel hairdo was causing a receding hairline 😱😱😱! I believe it's called "traction alopecia" - hair loss caused by continuous strain on hairshafts. It was happening to me so slowly that I didn't realize the damage until I started to look like I was balding from certain angles - que panic mode!! (I did my best to take some really unflattering before and after photos, a month and a half apart. It's not as noticeable in photos, but I can definitely see baby hairs coming back and a change in the shape of my hairline.) So here are the steps I took to begin seeing significant regrowth within 45 days! 1. SWITCHED SHAMPOOS. I stopped using harsh/drying, chemical laiden shampoo and found a natural, sulfate free brand to nourish and moisturize my scalp for optimal hair growing conditions. I've been using Scentuals Mint/Rosemary shampoo and conditioner (about $12 ea), but there are many others to choose from which promote scalp health. I don't contribute too much success to shampoos though, since I only wash my hair every 1 to 2 weeks. Infrequent washing is also beneficial to hair health 👌! 2. SCALP MASSAGE. I purchased the silicon scalp massager (pictured) on Amazon for under 10 bucks. Use it to lather shampoo and also on dry hair for a gentle scalp massage to stimulate blood flow, which promotes hair growth. 3. The Ordinary - Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density . I'm still unsure whether this product is meant to stimulate growth or increase existing hair shaft thickness (or both), but I'm attributing success to it either way. I used 1/3 of the dropper full, along my hairline, every night for 45 days (and counting) and made sure to massage it in with my fingertips. It is a water-like consistency and does not leave hair looking or feeling oily, so no need to wash hair after each application. For $17, it's worth a try! 4. TAKE A BIOTIN SUPPLEMENT. (I'm NOT a healthcare professional, so please, do your own research and talk to your doctor before starting any oral supplements). I find that 5000mcg of biotin daily has really improved my nails, and is contributing to how fast my hair is re-growing. 5. Most importantly, I STOPPED WEARING MY HAIR UP. I have long, thick, heavy hair, and was constantly piling it on top of my head in an awkward bun that would bounce around and yank on my delicate hairline. I stopped this immediately and switched to fabric headbands or low ponytails with silk scrunchies if I needed my hair out of my face. Once my hair grows back fully, I won't hesitate to rock the odd high pony or messy bun, but I won't be doing it everyday!! I truly hope this is helpful, since no one should have to deal with that horrible blow to self confidence that hair loss causes. Hair is a fickle B, so my best advice is to be patient and consistent. Good luck!
The Ordinary-Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
Bakuchiol is an antioxidant derived from the Babchi Plant. It has soothing properties, anti-aging benefits, and is a mild anti bacterial. Bakuchiol is becoming increasingly popular in the skin care world. Many skin care enthusiast compare Bakuchiol to retinol. While Bakuchiol can be used as an alternative to retinol, they work differently in the skin. Bakuchiol is less potent than retinol, so it is a good option for people with sensitive skin. Bakuchiol is safe to use during pregnancy, and retinoids are not. (Always check with your doctor before making decisions on product use during pregnancy.) Combining bakuchiol and retinol together can make a great anti-aging team. Unlike retinoids, Bakuchiol is photo stable, and may even help stabilize retinol. Scientific studies on Bakuchiol are still new. We are still learning a lot about the ingredient. Overall, bakuchiol isn’t necessary in your skin care routine, but is a good option to try if you can’t, or don’t want to, use retinol for anti aging benefits. Have you tried Bakuchiol in your skin care routine? What results did you see? TGIF, fam. 🌻