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Honey Scrub Scrubs Me The Wrong Way
I love a good lip scrub. During the winter and with my level of caffeine intake, lip scrubs exist to clear the armadillo skin that fortifies my poor lips against the Midwestern elements. This scrub was gifted to me, and I at first was excited. Lush gets a lot of hype. Every time I visit a store I get jumped like I’m a squashed armadillo walking into a vulture conference. Or a rib-eye going into an anemia support group. They have displays upon displays of colorful bombs and tubs laid out like Wonka discovered citric acid and glitter. It’s appealing, don’t get me wrong. The handmade element, the small batch mentality, the recycling program, and quirky names that’ll make you chortle to yourself as you soak in the bathtub, you clever lass you. There are two things I think are crucial for lip scrubs: first, they need to do the job they advertise, namely exfoliating. Second, they need to have long-lasting moisture to actually combat the problem of dry lips in the first place. Now, Honey does neither particularly well. Honey is almost like having a small tub of straight sugar. It doesn’t scrub because for the life of me, I can’t get it to stay on my lips for more than a moment. Trying to scoop out a dime sized amount feels like trying to scoop raw sugar with my index finger; it just doesn’t work. Not to mention how small the sugar granules are. Sorry, but this butterfly kiss on the lips isn’t going to do jack all for my dry lips, and scrubbing harder is just not gonna cut it either. Does it moisturize? Well, it smells like play dough but tastes like artificial flavoring. I can’t pin down what it’s supposed to taste like, but it’s not distinctly honey. Once I’ve licked the few grains of sugar on my lips off, I’ve basically just moisturized my lips with my own spit. Honey feels lacking in any sort of long term softening agent. It’s just so flaky and DRY feeling. This one is a no go for me. It’s messy, annoying to use, strangely sweet despite no discernible moisturizing elements, and overall lacklushter. You’re 0 for 2, Lush.
LUSH-LUSH Honey Lip Scrub
You Can’t Cut Curls at Home and Other Myths
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make The Cut. Cutting curly is much like eating a pufferfish. In the hands of the wrong chef, you’re dead. Every curly haircut my whole life felt like dropping a rat dropping into a bag of Raisinets and reaching in blindfolded. There was always a chance things go horribly wrong. Every inch can be a mile difference. Every layer can behave like it’s in its own social sphere completely isolated from the rest of your hair. In fact, for me, it was more like dropping a Raisinets into a bag of rat droppings. I’ve had a total of two haircuts I liked in my life. I was getting pufferfish poisoned so consistently I just accepted it. The last thing you want to do when you want to eat pufferfish is buy some yourself, pull up a Pinterest recipe and try to extrapolate the directions from the life stories, and go to town. You go to a five star restaurant with a chef who’s been doing this so long he’s begun to believe he’s a pufferfish himself. So when you think about cutting your hair, yourself is probably the last person you imagine holding scissors. I had a Deva Cut last year about this time and I will say that I liked the look and fully intended on going back to the stylist. Then 2020 happened. Hence sixth months into quarantine I’m standing before my bathroom mirror holding a pair of styling scissors. There was a self-sufficiency push coming from my soul. Did I need to be privy to a $50 haircut every few months just to feel good? The first slash away at my hair was like breaking a chain. I realized like with makeup and skincare, looking good was just a veneer on the important task of feeling good. Every cut I was closer to accepting that whatever the outcome, this decision and process was mine. When I finished what I had thought was a decent job, I felt ready to accept the result because even if it sucked like a blowfish, I did it myself. For years I’d believed I needed to trust someone else with my hair and yet I’ve been the one who’s owned it my whole life. I encourage you all to take a moment to ask if your beauty processes are helping you feel ownership of your self-image or are the machinations of others on social media and advice forums. Are you confident that you know yourself well enough to make mistakes? Do you really trust yourself with the scissors? ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Routine: NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo and NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Conditioner VO5 - Herbal Escapes Clarifying Shampoo Kiwi Lime Squeeze every fourth wash or so. SheaMoisture - Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein Power Treatment every clarifying wash. Cantu Curl Activating Creamcantu - Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream after washing, plop for 10min in a tee, then rake inHerbal Essences - Totally Twisted Curl-Boosting Mousse with Berry Essences . Air dry and alligator clip the roots. Cutting Technique: I used the clockwork method as I read in Vogue, pulling each curl layer by layer to the 12 o clock point at the center and top of my skull. You cut the same height every curl, thus creating layers. The back was a challenge, but it can be done.
NOT YOUR MOTHER'S-Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Conditioner
My husband won’t kiss me anymore
He has an aversion to the texture and taste of lip gloss and lipstick. Not only that but he watched me walk up to a “trending” display of a major brand instead of the yellow tag clearance and pick out a fancifully packaged gloss. To his credit, he helped me choose a shade (Silk). But he really doesn’t know who I am anymore and so has thus been suspicious of me when I wear this. Nevertheless... This was trending months ago but like many people I have been a little flabbergasted by this year’s unwavering and speedy trajectory into the spiral vortex of suck. So I had to wait til the Hype Train made its second round to hop on. A few things: if you are the type who wants your lips to look like you’ve had work done or you’re cosplaying as Fungus from Monsters, Inc. you may not be satisfied with the plumping effect of this stuff. Honestly the most natural route is to just cut open a jalapeño and smear that on your lips. Then your husband really won’t kiss you. Frankly, I don’t like scrubbing or irritating my lips into perkiness the same way I don’t want coffee overdosing to make me a more cheerful person before 10am. This stuff is called lifter and it lifts. My lips are more plump than before and there’s no stinging to get them there. Additionally there is a mild but pleasant cinnamon flavor, not like a cinnamon gum harshness but a gentle apple pie type of cinnamon. It’s actually very pleasant. Speaking of coffee, that stuff makes my lips drier than a mummy’s armpit before I can finish a single cup, and trust me — I teach how to use commas to twelve-year-olds, so when I say this product actually kept my lips hydrated through my morning video lessons, it’s a miracle. Overall, for $7 this stuff is awesome and I’m definitely buying more once my other glosses are done for. I may never be kissed again but man are my lips soft. . MAYBELLINE - Lifter Gloss With Hyaluronic Acid
MAYBELLINE-Lifter Gloss With Hyaluronic Acid
Look Who’s Back to Say Sorry
Years ago in a fit of panic in sat with a tea bag pressed firmly to my face, dripping earthy smelling grab tea down my cheeks. It was the night of prom and I had put my blind faith in an Internet cure for acne, trying to blast a pimple out of my life. Today I no longer fight acne with homemade cures, but I still remember how nice my face felt after the tea bag’s warmth had faded and the tea had dried. Years later I’m in the local Walmart, looking for cheap skincare. Behold, an old foe. I’ve tried two earth to skin products before and I hated them. They were slimy and sticky and overly sweet. The warm memory of my old tea bag acne cure must have clouded my judgement, and am I glad it did. PROS: These instantly firmed my big pores around my nose and have made my skin much more even. I’m pushing 30 and only began having a skincare routine last year, so I’ve got some anti-aging to do. This set significantly erased my micro wrinkles on my forehead and firmed my skin, mostly on my cheeks. I still contend that eye creams are a scam but this one soaks in much better than most I’ve tried. Overall, it’s clean beauty for cheap and it’s transformed my skin. I’m going to be buying the full line once I pan my other products. CONS: The creams both day and night soak in slowly. I had flashbacks to my first earth to skin product that felt like jelly on my skin, but it does soak in and firms the face after some gentle encouragement. Once it’s absorbed, though, you won’t notice it. I highly recommend trying this line if you are looking for anti-aging on the cheap.
earthtoskin-Tea Time Anti-Aging Set
What are you talcing about
Lush gets a lot of hype. Every time I visit a store I get jumped like I’m a squashed armadillo walking into a vulture conference. Or a rib-eye going into an anemia support group. They have displays upon displays of colorful bombs and tubs laid out like Wonka discovered citric acid and glitter. It’s appealing, don’t get me wrong. The handmade element, the small batch mentality, the recycling program, and quirky names that’ll make you chortle to yourself as you soak in the bathtub, you clever lass you. My friend gave me this for free so I can’t even be upset but I will say it works great. The issue though is talc. When was the last time you saw talc in something? For me, it was probably when I bopping around Elizabethan England several centuries ago, and it was being phased in to replace lead in face powder. Poor Elizabeth had just been poisoned by lead and needed something slightly less fatal to smear on her royal skin. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m assuming the talc Lush uses is asbestos free and not carcinogenic. But imagine my surprise when after months of researching sneaky ingredients that have more nicknames and epithets than a Dostoevsky character, good ole TALC shows up. That stuff that used to be in baby powder in like the 70’s when we didn’t know better? Yeah that stuff. I’m gonna finish this tub because that’s what I do , and I remember from my days in Stratford Upon Avon that Elizabeth used lead in her makeup for years before finally croaking, so a few more masks shouldn’t kill me. In finality, the mask is lumpy and bumpy but exfoliates well. It’s overly minty with a clear heavy fragrance. If I were in Wonka’s factory I might appreciate that but I’m not a fan. The ground up jujubes or whatever are somewhat useless but to make me look like a contestant on ogre The Bachelor. And let this be a lesson that sometimes even the most homegrown and homemade of masks can have major issues. LUSH - Mask Of Magnaminty
LUSH-Mask Of Magnaminty
Trending: Hemp Oil - Elf is in on the action
I love elf products. Cheap, cruelty-free, effective. Hemp is growing ingredient in skincare, beauty products, food, literally everything. It has been claimed to cure everything from arthritis to zits, and the public wants it in everything , apparently. I’ve seen more hemp oil lip balms, skin lotions, and lamp oil than I can count. But like all trends one has to ask - does it actually make a difference? At this point, I’ve tried about four products that contain that ever alluring hemp oil. And I’m not impressed. I’ll be frank. I usually pan my products completely, love or hate it, but this round in tapping out early, fam. Truly and honestly this stuff is meh. It’s almost the definition of meh. The oil is oily; the moisturizer is a cream, and the lip balm works. I do like the primer, but since I’ve tried new products I’ve been liking it less as my skin looks better on its own that it did with the primer. My skin is no more hydrated, glowing, or firm than before. I’m giving up on this trend and sticking to other affordable options.
e.l.f.-All the Feels Facial Oil
Full-sized Skin Care
If you all remember my first post I got the elf jet set hydration kit and I loved it so much I got the full-sized of each product. I finally received these in mail today and I think I should do a full review on each products. e.l.f. - Nourishing Night Cream The elf nourishing night cream is actually one of the best night creams I’ve used. It never does me wrong. I only think it just takes a little extra to work. e.l.f. - Illuminating Eye Cream Best. Eye Cream. Ever. That’s it. That’s the review e.l.f. - Daily Hydration Moisturizer Love this moisturizer. It leaves my skin so soft and I never feel dry after. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a lightweight moisturizer. e.l.f. - Prep and Hydrate Balm Based on the travel kit I was advised to used this as a toner and can I say that it’s one of the best things. I don’t know if I’m lazy but liquid toners that I have to put on cotton pads are just too much work for me 😂. So the fact that I can just swipe and go is a benefit. So in this picture you see a jelly cleanser that I’ve never tried before. I bought it because the elf daily cleanser was sold out at the time (obviously because it’s so good 😊) So I’ll try it out and review it at a later date. I highly recommend all these products but I would recommend the travel size to try it all first.
e.l.f.-Daily Hydration Moisturizer
I've tried two serums for two weeks and this is what happened...🤔
Recently, I have been using The Night Time Renewal Set I bought from Sephora. It includes two pure serums: One is retinol for anti-aging and the other one is a polyglutamic acid serum for a moisturizing effect. Below I'm going to share how I've been using them and the feeling after using them for around two weeks now. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Anti-Aging Serum Directions: At night, I'll squeeze a soybean-sized amount of the serum and pat it evenly onto my face after cleansing and using a toner, then I'll continue with my skin care routine, including applying a serum and a face cream. In simpler words, I'm just adding this retinol serum in between my water and serum skin care routine. Feeling: It has a brownish-yellow, sticky texture and it's scent-free. Retinol is also known as vitamin A. It eliminates free radicals to prevent collagen degradation, accelerate the regeneration of elastic fibers, and slow down the development of wrinkles to achieve an anti-aging effect. However, after using it for two weeks, I haven't seen any obvious results😔, so I'm going to stop using it for a while after I finish the bottle and maybe start using it after another half year. THE inkey LIST - Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum(for moisturizing) Polyglutamic acid focuses on moisturizing and it has the ability of keeping 8 to 10 times more water on our skin compared with hyaluronic acid, so it's known as the best moisturizing ingredient in skin care products. Directions: I also add this serum in between my usual toner and serum skin care routine. Recently, I've been using both retinol and polyglutamic acid together also by squeezing a soybean-sized amount of the serum and patting it evenly onto my face. Feeling: This polyglutamic acid serum has a murky transparent gel-like texture and it's scent-free. It doesn't dry up my skin, and it leaves my skin supple, so I've decided to purchase a bottle every winter. I love it!😘
THE inkey LIST-Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum
Elf+ Glow Radiant SPF 15 Moisturizer ✨
This is by far one of my favorite elf products! It’s perfect for year round because in the hotter months when you don’t want to wear makeup as much, it adds a really nice radiant glow. In the cooler months it’s a great product for adding a bronze look to your skin when you don’t feel like going out in the freezing cold to tan! But if you are wanting to take that plunge, the good news is this has SPF 15! The tube should last you about 3-4 months depending on how often you wear makeup. It’ has a lotion consistency so if you want to mix it with a liquid foundation for a little extra glow that works too! It’s nice and light for a sunscreen and it’s not greasy whatsoever. A little goes a long way with this product so it’s well worth the $10 when you think about the price of its competitors. I like to apply it to a freshly clean, damp face as I find it’s easier to spread that way vs when your face is dry. This is definitely a holy grail item for everyone no matter what skin color you have! And that’s saying a lot because it’s hard to find skin color inclusive items these days. You can find this gem at Walmart, target, Walgreens, and of course Elf’s website. https://www.elfcosmetics.com/elf%2B-glow-radiant-moisturizer-spf-15/91027.html#q=Glow&lang=en_US&start=8&sz=24 Product Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Affordable daytime moisturizer
Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer This moisturizer was made to dupe out a popular gel moisturizer on the market with a $50 price tag. It gives life to dehydrated skin and soothes irritation. It’s gentle paraben & fragrance free formula is perfect for all skin types- especially sensitive & oily. Texture is a lightweight, water based gel with a wet, cooling sensation when applied to skin. Soaks into the skin immediately leaving your face mega hydrated. I’ve been using this for a full year- I’ve repurchased it and will continue to do so. It’s a holy grail for me! Absolutely perfect daytime moisturizer because it sinks into the skin instantly and wears well under makeup. I’m so impressed at how hydrating this lightweight formula is. I totally recommend this to anyone! At a affordable price point of $9- you can’t beat it. (And it’s 100% comparable to gel moisturizers 4x the price)
Highly Recommended for oily skin！
Maybelline makes excellent liquid foundations, but their BB creams have not stood out to me in the past. That's why I didn't have any expectations from the new Maybelline Super BB Cream . It promises may things: high coverage with a satin finish, all-day wear, and high SPF at 50 PA++++. The texture is light and sets with zero tackiness on my skin. Coverage is amazing; I have a few dark blemishes on my chin now but they disappear almost completely with just one layer of this BB cream. Nevertheless, the formula never feels like a heavy mask on my face, even when I've worn it for hours. A little goes a long way. I also love that it features SPF50 PA++++. That makes it an excellent everyday base! I may even skip the sunscreen if I won't be exposed in the sun for too long. The Super BB Cream has stayed for eight hours on me with minimal fading. I have super oily skin but I don't get as oily, either. I highly recommend the Maybelline Super BB Cream if one of the two shades suit you. I don't mind mine being slightly lighter; it doesn't look that off in person. I do use a powder foundation that's the exact match of my skin (just not in the photo above; I'm only using a translucent mineral powder) so the lighter BB cream doesn't really show through. If you're looking for a long-wearing, high SPF, flawless coverage base, you will love the Maybelline Super BB Cream. ^_^ Let me know if you've tried it already!
inexpensive sleeping mask perfect for winter!
Since I have pretty dry skin I’m obsessed with sleeping masks. Anything to help replenish my skins hydration while I sleep I’m here for. This E.L.F sleeping mask is about 15$ CAD but I usually buy when it is on sale making it an even better bang for your buck. The texture is similar to a thicker night cream. Even though the bottle looks small it usually lasts quite a while. In the summer sometimes I’ll use this alone as a nighttime moisturizer but during the dry winter I’ll slather over top of another night cream. Whenever I use this my skin is extra soft in the morning and luckily has never caused me to breakout! If you’re in the market for a sleeping mask I recommend this one, especially if you don’t want to break the bank on say the Yttp dream mask... I’m not always a fan of e.l.f products but this one is definitely a winner for me! Anyone else try this mask before?
e.l.f.-Moisturizing Sleep Mask