I have combination dry skin that’s also acne prone and at times sensitive. 😳. I’m a teen so hormonal acne is a constant battle. join my journey!
HATED skin care products that SAVED my skin!
I’ll just come out and say it-I’m not a huge fan of Hyram. Maybe it’s not his fault, but his fans take everything he says with such intensity that they often dig their heels in and refuse anything that isn’t “hyram-approved”. I’ve even seen hate and trolling on posts where people use products that he’s deemed unacceptable. Today, I wanted to highlight some blacklisted products that I LOVE! First up, strong physical exfoliants and scrubs. Micro tears are a serious issue, but quality physical exfoiliants used correctly should not cause them. This bath and body works scrub is a staple when my skin is feeling clogged, suffering from build up, and losing its healthy shine. In one two minute massage, it helps me get on top of my acne, flushing dirt out of my pores and giving me glowy, happy skin. Pore vacuums 😱 hated by many, but hutch is understandable! When misused, pore vacuums can cause SERIOUS and permanent damage. When using a pore vacuum, keep a few things in mind. Build up your skins tolerance-start lowest setting, lightest nozzle, and a short amount of time. Never use more than once a week, and avoid using more than once a month once tolerance has been built. Never used on broken, peeking, or sensitive skin. Do not hold in the same position for more than 5 seconds. Do not use longer to 3-4 minutes. So many rules! Is it worth it? Absolutely, for me and my skin! The incredibly stubborn blackheads in my nose will only come out with a pore vacuum or my hands, and we all know popping or poking at skin is a huge no-no. I’ve never had any popped blood vessels, irritated skin, or adverse reactions to this vacuum. Finally, the face wash brush. Many complain it does more harm than good, pushing dirt into the face. I found that when I double cleanse, using the brush on my second cleanse, as well as thoroughly cleaning the brush before and after each use, my acne has significantly improved. It provides a deeply clean as well as stimulating your skin, increasing cell turnover rate (making changes in your skin happen faster). The point of this post is not to anger anyone or seem self righteous-its to remind us all that no one routine will save skin. Everyone’s skin is different and what doesn’t work for you, may be the key to someone else’s success. Some products may be higher maintenance, but rather than completely writing them off, we should learn more about them and discover it perhaps, they could help us as well.
Stress Induced Breakouts-Beat your acne!
As someone with skin that tends to be very reactive to my lifestyle (exercise, stress, hormones), 2020 is even more of a nightmare. Between school, the election, and some stress in relationships, my skin was flaring up. The photos on the left are from October 3rd. The photos on the right are from today, November 3rd. Obviously my skin isn’t perfect or clear, but the redness and active pimples have decreased tenfold and my skin has a much smoother and more radiant appearance. So how do you calm yourself and your skin down in the month leading up to an election? So much of stress induced acne advice is just “calm down, relax, take time for yourself”. We all know it just isn’t that easy, especially if you struggle with anxiety. The most important thing is not to panic. Don’t start throwing new products at your skin or over exfoliating-this will do more harm than good. Keep doing what you’re doing with your skincare-maybe consider getting a nice calming mask or a booster serum, but nothing harsh. Psychologically, try to look at your schedule. How can you balance your stress or work out time for YOU to de stress? This month, I started turning showers into a little sacred 15 minutes. I’d set out some nice perfumes and lotions to use once I got out, then curled up in bed while I studied. These little moments helped me relax. Journaling and meditating after workouts has helped me to gather my thoughts. I know it may seem crazy, but taking this time to de stress is what helped clear my skin. I have added no new products, taken no medication, and done nothing new to my skin. Take this post as a sign-it’s ok to take a step back from everything a breathe. You deserve it! Some nice products to pamper stressed skin: Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 so soothing without clogging pores LUSH - Just to Clarify Jelly Face Mask will never stop raving about this mask! So calming and visible difference
LUSH-Just to Clarify Jelly Face Mask
Starting the Journey to Healthy Curls
I started my journey to happy, healthy waves when I started quarantine (mid March). It’s been about seven months, and I’d like to drop some tips for people just starting! Some tips for starting: you do NOT need to break the bank when you’re just starting. A leave in conditioner and curl cream are all you need to get started! there is a transition period, and things will be rough at first. When you transition, your hair may get worse or not change before it gets better. Hair in transition needs moisture and a patient, gentle hand 💗 start with a clarifying shampoo. Buildup from everything you’ve done to and put on your hair will make transitioning and improving your hair 1000x harder don’t get overwhelmed-you don’t need to understand protein/moisture balance, density, what ingredients are good and bad, and also the other intricacies when you’re just starting keep a journal and take progress photos! I can’t even tell you how helpful it is Tips on your hair type: your actual hair TYPE, or how tight/loose your hair is is nearly irrelevant, especially when you start your type may be different throughout your hair, and it will change as you progress what’s more important is hair density, porosity, and damage ^ that’s what will affect how and which products are best for your hair Things I wish I’d known: don’t do everything at once! Add a product, wait and see how your hair reacts you don’t need to follow every curly girl rule! Your hair is unique and some rules will do more harm than good once you get out of your transition stage, experiment! Different types of styling will make a world of difference take photos of your journey! I feel like I’ve missed out on being able to actually SHOW how much my hair has improved because I hardly have any photos from the start Favorite products: PAUL MITCHELL - Clarifying Shampoo Three I have hard water so a weekly clarifying shampoo combined with a deep conditioner is essential to prevent buildup. This shampoo leaves my hair so smooth and light without being harsh! A necessity if you have hard water Aunt Jackie's - Curl Boss Coconut Curling Gelée A cheap, easy to find and super reliable gel. Still my favorite. Makes a nice cast, adds definition, and when scrunched out leaves a voluminous, soft curl that remains consistent until your next wash day aussie - 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner My absolute favorite feel conditioner, perfect for transition and is still my staple seven months in. Cheap and last forEVER! Nice smell, can be washed out immediately for a lighter condition or left 5+ minutes for an extra deep condition I’ll also strongly recommend apple cider vinegar washes-never has my hair been softer, smoother, shinier, and clumped easier then after an acv rinse(definitely will get around to doing a post on this!) Overall, just be patient with and love your hair and it will love you!
aussie-3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
The Ordinary-Worth the Hype?
If you’re into skincare and on the internet, you’ve heard of The Ordinary. After my social media being bombarded for weeks, I finally buckled and bought myself two products. I really wanted to 2% salicylic acid serum, but it’s being updated and likely won’t be out until the end of 2020. I have hormonal acne which can be very stubborn and I’ve yet to find my “holy grail” product. I ended up buying the 7% glycolic acid toner and 10% niacinamide + 1% zinc serum. First the toner-this toner was marketed to improve skin texture, clarity and radiance. After using for almost a month, here are my thoughts. 7% is a strong level of acid, and I absolutely wouldn’t recommend using this toner everyday, especially when you just started using it. I’ve used it every other day in my PM routine. I apply with a reusable cotton pad, swiping over my whole face then letting it soak. It stings a bit on my more sensitive/acne-prone areas but isn’t painful at all. I usually experience some redness for up to three hours post-application, but it’s never carried over to the morning. I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in texture-my skin is smoother and softer, and I also believe it’s improved some of my large pores on my cheeks. Overall, I’d recommend this product to anyone with acne prone skin. My skin did purge (break out) after I started using it, but that cleared up in a few day’s and I haven’t broken out since. Pros: improves texture improves pore size decreases break outs effective great price for large bottle Cons: strong smell can cause redness can cause purging when first using can sting after applying Next up, the serum. This serum claims to brighten, manage sebum (oil) production, and improve appearance of skin blemishes. The Ordinary notes that while this serum can improve skin blemishes, it’s not an acne treatment. I use this serum in the AM and PM, using the dropper to put a dot on both cheeks, evenly applying to my face, then spreading with a cold jade roller. It’s a very luxurious and relaxing part of my routine. The serum has massively improved my skins sebum production. I had a lot of issues balancing my combination skin. When my t-zone wasn’t oily, my cheeks were dry, and if my cheeks weren’t dry, my t-zone was oily. This serum single handily balanced my sebum production to the point where my entire face is producing an appropriate and even amount of oil. VERY MUCH recommend this product for combination skin. Pros: works fast very cheap gentle no scent massively improves sebum production gives natural glow Cons: goes by fast (now offered in a 60 mL which I would recommend buying instead of the 30) Products: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary-Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
FAVORITE dry shampoo for disobedient waves!
Wavy hair is a CONSTANT fight, and this dry shampoo is my new favorite weapon! I have wavy hair (around 2b at the waviest) and am on the journey of learning the care for it. The last three months have been full of majors changes when it comes to hair care, including a few game changers (keep an eye out for a new post 👀). As I moved from washing my hair every other day to washing every 3-4 days, I found my hair was enjoying the moisture, but my roots were getting oily and flat 😔. I poked around online for a dry shampoo and bought this Aussie volume dry shampoo. It’s a sizable van and will certainly last me a long time. Packaging was cute as well, vibrant colors and good energy. First use was on day 3-did a light spray along my part. First impression was the smell. Super refreshing and unique. Often hair products have such a sickly sweet strong smell, which is a big no no for me. This scent was very natural, slightly floral and just overall refreshing and pleasant. I let it soak for a few second, then finger combed through. I also played with my hair to test the home/volume. This dry shampoo does a fantastic job of soaking up oil without feeling heavy. It has a very light hold and definitely provides some volume. Pros: nice, subtle scent light weight soaks oil well provides some volume great price large size Cons: pretty light hold most of volume came from oil being gone, not actual hold in spray Overall, this product is a staple in giving me a refresh on day 3/4. It also gives high ponytails an extra bounce! Great product, would definitely buy again! Product: aussie - Clean Volume Bounce Back Dry Shampoo
aussie-Clean Volume Bounce Back Dry Shampoo
Elf lip gloss FLOPPED
This elf super shine lip gloss was gifted to me in a care package by a friend. I love lip gloss and am a big fan of elf and their brand, so I was eager to try this product. First impression when I got it was that it was in a squeeze tube-I far prefer tubes with wands, but it’s not a deal breaker at all. The color was super pretty, a sort of berry pink that was heavy on the shine and glimmer. I cleaned up the tube a little and noticed right away how the gloss that had been pushed out in the mail was thick and very sticky. This gloss was bought and delivered a week prior to being sent to me. I added it to my collection, and didn’t think much of it. Maybe two weeks later I finally got around to testing-the gloss had a slight scent that was actually pretty enjoyable. As soon as I put it on my lips, I wasn’t a fan. It was thick and hard to get even, and gave more pigment then I was looking for. It was also VERY sticky and I made the mistake of going out wearing it. It was not at all one of those “light weight, hardly know it’s there” glosses. It was thick and I felt in on mouth constantly, especially when I spoke. It really had the texture of a thick glue. Overall, this product flopped hard for me. Pros: nice color strong pigment pleasant scent cheap Cons: very sticky very heavy very uncomfortable to wear not light weight Product: e.l.f. - Super Glossy Lip Shine
e.l.f.-Super Glossy Lip Shine
How to choose the right curl defining gel
How to choose the right curl defining gel? If you have curly hair you already know how hard it can be to maintain. From fighting frizz to trying to lock in as much moisture as possible, sometimes curls have a mind of their own. One way I like to keep my curls playing nice is by adding a curl defining gel into my haircare routine. What is a curl defining gel? Curl gel is made to help maintain moisture in curly hairstyles while keeping curls intact for longer. If you struggle with frizz or your curls tend to lose their shape throughout the day - a curl gel is probably your best bet. How to use it? Most girls find that applying their favorite gel to damp hair works the best. After you shampoo and condition, towel dry your hair to get rid of the initial moisture. When the hair is damp, apply a dollop of gel and ‘scrunch’ your curls. What gel is best for what hair texture? Course: SHEA MOISTURE COCONUT & HIBISCUS CURLING GEL SOUFFLE This gel is made with Coconut & Hibiscus and other natural ingredients to keep curls feeling hydrated without weighing them down. This is a relatively cost-effective option that does what it says. Curly: IT'S A 10 MIRACLE DEFRIZZING GEL My favorite curl gel for frizzy hair is by It’s a 10. I love the MIRACLE DEFRIZZING GEL. I personally love using this one to help combat my incredibly frizzy tresses. Both of these products are great for different types of hair. If you have more coarse or kinky hair, I think it’s totally worth it to give the gel by Shea Moisture a shot! For me, my hair is curly and dry so I love using the It’s a 10 gel to help lock in some much-needed moisture in my hair.
SheaMoisture-Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle
Aha! Powerful boob contouring tutorial is here!!
I tried my own boob contouring earlier this year, and, while this isn't news, contouring your chest is a legit thing. It took me from a solid A-/B+ to a legit-looking C-cup. 1. Create shadows with contour. Boucher outlined her breasts, and drew "V"s at the base and sides of your neck, two stripes outlining her collarbones, and a vertical line along the sides of your armpits using a foundation stick (Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation Stick in "Cappuccino") it's better be a few shades darker than your natural skin tone. 2. Highlight with a lighter contour cream. Using a contrasting light shade (the lightest shade in the Australis Cream Contouring Kit) to highlight within the contouring. 3. Blend. Using the brush you used to apply the lighter shade, blend that into your skin seamlessly, and then take a clean brush and blend in the darker shade flawlessly. 4. Blend some more with a makeup sponge. That way there aren't any obvious lines. 5. Set the contour and highlighter with pressed powder and a huge fluffy brush. 6. With a darker powder, retrace where you originally contoured. I like to use the middle shade (a deep taupe) in the Australis Contour Kit to outline in between your breasts, the tops of breasts, the sides of collarbones, and outer armpits. 7. Blend even more. Then took a huge fluffy brush and blended the deeper powder in a bit more. 8. Top your original highlighter with a shimmery pressed powder. Swiped it over Urban Decay Naked Illuminator in "Aura" to set and amp up the highlighter. My secret weapon: URBAN DECAY - Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body If you want to add a little shimmer to a matte eye-shadow, or a nice sheen to your brow bone, then this is the multi-functional product that will do it! This illuminator really gives your skin the most amazing warm glow, but while some may find it a little too sparkly, personally, I absolutely loved it. I welcome the glitter 🙂 Just remember, when it comes to powder illuminators such as this one, always lightly tap the brush before dusting the powder onto the skin. This will prevent you from using too much. I also recommend that you use a fan brush to apply it, this gives a precise appliation! Naked Illuminated looks amazing on both tanned and bare skin, and you only need a slight dusting of it to create a fab affect. 9. Top the highlighter with even more shimmer powder. This will make features like the tops of your breasts, your shoulders, and your collarbones pop.
URBAN DECAY-Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body
FIXING MY BROKEN NAIL 😭
It happens to the best of us, especially with people who use their hands in a trying manner. We shouldn't have to choose! Breaking nails is normal & there are different strengthened and oils that help keep your nail beds healthy. Let me know if you'd like me to go over those! Here is my process to fixing a broken acrylic. Products Used: - Acetone - OPI - OPI Top Coat - KISS - Maximum Speed Nail Glue This can be tricky so be careful & be sure to keep cotton balls/q-tips handy just in case any excess glue is stuck in you. I was also like the KISS - Lightning Speed Brush-On Glue for more precise application! Please comment any questions. Hope this can help! P.S. Stay tuned for a dedicated acrylic nail 101, part one going up tomorrow! I'll be covering choosing nail shapes, types of nail finishes (traditional, gel, & dip), & nail ideas for fall/Halloween season. Hope to see you there ❤️
KISS-Lightning Speed Brush-On Glue
TIPS TO LOOK DECENT IN PHOTO ID’s✨
If you clicked on this, you’re probably like me and care what you look like in your id photos. You have your license with you for quite a bit so it makes sense to want it to look good. Here are some tips I used to take my photo that left results that I’m not embarrassed to show others when needed. LESS IS NOT MORE You always hear how less is more and that’s usually the case when you’re not being photographed. In pictures, lots of the makeup can be lost through the lens if it’s not exaggerated. Think false lashes and over lined lips to stand out. STICK TO NEUTRALS Today is not the day to try out bright colors and glitters. (Choose shades that compliment your natural skin tone. It is important to match your foundation and avoid using black shadow/ liners.) With bright colors you run the risk of becoming washed out with a color that does not suit you and glitter can create unwanted flashback mistakes, which takes me to my next point. BE PICKY WITH YOUR SETTING POWDER Nobody likes taking a picture and seeing that washed out white-cast all over their face from setting powder. To avoid this, simply stick to fine translucent powders such as the laura mercier - Translucent Loose Setting Powder . Powders that advertise ‘HD’ tend to create a flashback when photographed. CONTOUR/HIGHLIGHTING IS YOUR NEW BFF Remember those crazy contouring looks from 5 years ago? With photographing ID’s, those skills may come in handy. A photo is 2D so we want to bring more to the photo with these illusions. Choose a highlighter shade up to 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone and highlight the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, inner corner of the eye, and brow bone. With contouring, chose a neutral shade up to 3-4 shade darker than your skin tone and apply to the hollows of your cheeks, temples of the forehead, down the side of the nose, and finally the jawline. I recommend NARS - Radiant Creamy Concealer for highlighting and KKW BEAUTY - Crème Contour & Highlight Sets for contouring.
KKW BEAUTY-Crème Contour & Highlight Sets
Derm Tips for the Ordinary Peeling Solution
The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution The Ordinary Peeling Solution is one of the best products you can buy for less than $10. When used correctly, there are so many benefits to this product! Here’s my review of the product with safety tips first. Safety Tips: -If you are new to skincare, this product is not for beginners. You want to have a consistent skin care routine for at least a month before adding this in -Patch test an area on your inner arm prior to applying this to the face. I’ve seen many people end up with chemical burns from this product -For first time use, use only for 5 minutes prior to washing off with water -Do not apply this on the same night as other strong actives (retinoids, other acids) -For darker skin types, glycolic acid in this product can lead to hyperpigmentation if used for too long. Do not use longer than 5 minutes if you are prone to hyperpigmentation Benefits: -Exfoliates the skin -Improves skin texture -Improves skin tone -Helps fight acne -Improves acne scars -Makes pores less obvious -Improves fine lines and wrinkles -Fades hyperpigmentation How to apply: 1. See safety tips above 2. Wash face with gentle cleanser 3. Apply to finger tips 4. Apply to dry skin in treatment areas 5. Leave on for 5-10 minutes 6. Wash off with water 7. Pat dry Conclusions: I absolutely love this product and I highly recommend it. However, I’ve seen people injure themselves badly from using this product incorrectly. Follow the safety tips above and you will see so many benefits to your skin. This is a product that I personally love & use in my routine!
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Skincare Ingredients to mix and not to mix!!
RETINOL: It's one of the most revered skincare ingredients that dermatologists love to recommend. Also known as vitamin A, what makes retinol so great is that it promotes skin cell turnover, which can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, dark spots, and acne. The only catch? Retinol can be extremely irritating. Do Mix: Retinol with moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides as well as SPF. - Make sure to moisturize; humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid can draw and hold water molecules to the surface layers of your skin, while oil-based emollient ingredients help seal in moisture." It's also important to keep in mind that retinol can make you more sensitive to the sun. Don't Mix: Retinol with vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and AHA/BHA acids. -AHA and BHA acids are exfoliating, which can dry out skin and cause further irritation if your skincare routine already includes retinol.As for benzoyl peroxide and retinol, they cancel each other out. It is not recommended to use benzoyl peroxide and retinoids together as they can literally cancel each other out rendering them less effective. Finally, because vitamin C protects skin from environmental aggressors and retinol repairs and rebuilds skin, they're best used at opposite times of the day. VITAMIN C Vitamin C protects the skin from oxidative free radical damage and works best in the morning," says Dr. Marchbein. This ingredient also brightens the skin and can even lighten dark spots. Do Mix: Vitamin C with antioxidants and SPF. - When vitamin C is used with other antioxidants like vitamin E, it can boost results and efficiency. The same goes for wearing vitamin C under sunscreen. "Vitamin C serums should always be layered under sunscreen because they compliment one another and will protect skin against UV damage," explains Dr. Marchbein. Don't Mix: Vitamin C with retinol. - In contrast to vitamin C, retinol and retinoids build collagen and help repair the skin, so they're best used overnight. Since vitamin C thrives in the daytime, it's best to keep these ingredients separate from each other because they have such different functions. AHA/BHA ACIDS Salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids are all effective exfoliants that can improve skin texture, tone, and in the case of SA, treat acne. That being said, all three of these acids can dehydrate and irritate skin. The bottom line: When using products with AHA or BHA acids, follow up with a hydrating product. Do Mix: AHA/BHA acids with moisturizing ingredients and SPF. Moisturizing after applying AHA and BHA is extremely important so as to limit irritation. Look for ceramides, petrolatum, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin to hydrate and soothe skin," says Dr. Marchbein. Using a product that combines multiple low-level AHA and BHA acids can be an extremely effective way to exfoliate and unclog pores. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.instyle.com/beauty/mixing-skincare-ingredients%3famp=true