People always ask me how I know so much about products and ingredients related to skincare and it’s all thanks to the internet (duh)! I’m a visual learner so when I see graphs and charts and colors, it sticks in my head! Here is one of my fav graphs that helped me learn some important information on AHAs and BHAs. Most people assume that their skin type doesn’t work well with AHAs and BHAs, but the truth is that most skin types can benefit from such products! Do you have a favorite AHA or BHA product? My fav product is the infamous peeling solution which has a mixture of both The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Which eyebrow shape is the best for you ?
Hey loves! This post I would like to share you guys some tips about how to find the best eyebrow shape according to your face shape. For oval-shaped face The perfect eyebrow shape for you is the soft angled shape. That means it goes straight up, then gently curves at the top and goes down. It is important that you don’t have an arch that is too high, otherwise your face won’t look symmetrical. For long-shaped face The best eyebrow shape for you is a curved shape. The straight horizontal lines help make your face appear shorter, therefore balancing it. To achieve this look, try to make the bottom of your eyebrow as straight as possible, respecting its original shape, always. For heart-shaped face If you can relate to these features, the best eyebrow shape for you is a curved one. The curved eyebrow is simple to do, just follow your eyebrow’s natural shape and draw a soft arch. The lines should not be super strong, since we are trying to achieve a delicate look. For round-shaped face If this is your face structure, you should go for a flat eyebrow. From the start of the eyebrow, go up until the middle of it, and then down. The lines that the brows create help make your face appear longer. For square face If you have a square face shape, it is recommended to go for a curved brow shape to soften the square jaw, that is your strongest feature. To achieve that, follow your eyebrow’s natural shape, draw in the arch but don’t draw it too strong or too high. For Diamond-shaped face If you are one of the people that has this kind of face, go for a flat brow. It is going to help soften your angles and give the impression that your face is symmetrical.
Is one better than the other? Asian vs. Western
While Western skincare generally focuses on anti-aging, Korean Beauty is all about having a dialogue with your skin – listening to the skin's needs with a holistic approach. Korean skincare is all about putting nutrients back into the skin. Korean skincare adopts a more gentle approach, with less of a focus on scrubs, retinols and harsh acids. Each product in a Korean beauty routine serves a specific purpose. Western skincare has a much bigger emphasis on chemical exfoliation. Western skincare generally has a focus on products that work fast to solve all your skincare woes. I personally like a little bit of both . Western products take a fast approach whereas Asian products take a slower, gentler approach. Western products seem to really lead with the results the product will deliver, while Asian products will often lead with the ingredients included in the product. Here’s an example: Sunday Riley Good Genes* bottle states: “Deeply exfoliates for clarity, radiance, and younger-looking skin. Visibly brightens the appearance of dark spots. Instantly plumps the look of fine lines and wrinkles.” Purito Centella Level Buffet Serum* states: “EWG Green Level Ingredients, Centella Asiatica Extract 49%, Palmitoyl Peptide Complex, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid and Madecassic Acid.” Western products are marketed more by the results they can deliver and entice customers with the skin goals they will achieve if they use the product. Another big difference is how you build your routine in Western or Asian skincare. We aren’t all doing the Clinique 3-step cleanse, toner and moisturize routine! But that is something very ingrained in Western skincare and many of us do still follow that type of philosophy. Asian beauty has no problem encouraging you to use many, many products in your routines. Because it’s pretty well accepted that consumers are going to be building routines out of many products, brands formulate their products accordingly. You will see that Asian products don’t claim too much from one product. There can be a really big difference in the price of Western and Asian skincare. That is actually one of the biggest reasons I personally choose the majority of my routines to come from Asian beauty products. Asian beauty is often much less expensive than Western skincare. First is that the Asian market is light years ahead of the Western market when it comes to skincare research and technology. We all know that the most innovative research is coming out of Asia, and the West is catching up, but it’s been a slow process. I would also point out that Western skincare often has elaborate marketing plans that cost a lot of money, and that is often reflected in the price of the products. Asian products certainly do spend a lot on marketing, but, especially with the Asian Beauty boom of about 2010-2012, many brands relied more on word of mouth and influencer marketing to get their products to an international audience.
❌Ingredients NOT meant to be mixed! ❌
It’s so important to know what ingredients work well together, which ones cancel each other out, and which ones work against each other and ruin your skin. This is one of the most helpful graphs I’ve seen I used to not think much of it until I learned the hard way and got irritations/breakouts. Now that I think back on it, it only makes sense to educate yourself on what ingredients and products work well with each other.
10-step Korean method
* Please know that this is NOT NECESSARY and I’m sharing as someone who has done a small amount of research regarding the topic. I personally refuse to go without a double cleanse, tone, mask treatments (3 times a week), treat, moisturize & SPF. __________________ The 10-Step is more than a routine—it's a lifestyle that has become a global phenomenon, grounded in Korea's cultural obsession with healthy skin and backed by decades of scientific advancement. * It's not about having more products than you can count, but rather about having the RIGHT products that do the right things, and using them in the right order. Having what works for YOU is important. Again, this is NOT necessary! 1) Remove makeup & sunscreen with an oil cleanser. I use a balm or an oil. I recommend huangjisoo - Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil 2) Follow up with a water based cleanser - INDIE LEE - Brightening Cleanser is one of my favorites. 3) Exfoliate - Do not exfoliate more than twice a week or you can damage your skin barrier. I have a few I enjoy YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial & The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution as well as TATCHA - The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser 4) Tone - I personally love a good hydrating toner. Toners are great at removing any residue that may have been left from your cleanser as well as preps the skin to effectively absorb the products to follow. INDIE LEE - CoQ-10 Toner is one of my absolute faves as well as YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner 5) Essence - the right essences will be lightweight and packed with a blend of hydrating, anti-aging and complexion enhancing ingredients. Some of my faves are TATCHA - The Essence Plumping Skin Softener & CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence Also this is when I’d add my HA The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 6) Treatments - this is where your specific needs come into play. From treating hyperpigmentation, dark spots, acne and fine-lines, this will be where you add those targeted products. Vitamin C, AHA/BHA serums, retinol...etc. Medik8 - Crystal Retinal CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution and a good vitamin c are my must haves! Be sure to know what can safely be used together. 7) Mask - following the K-beauty method this is when they would add a sheet mask. I rarely sheet mask and use more topical masks. 8 - Eye cream - I personally don’t have any favorites. 9) Moisturize - Yes everyone should moisturize. Pick one that suits your skincare needs (no fragrances or essential oils) 10) SPF- EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! Let me know your thoughts regarding the 10-step method. #CherieCreator
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
what ACIDS should you be using?
acids can be super important and helpful in a skincare routine if you are looking for help with certain problem areas, or just if you are wanting them for prevention. there are so many types of acids out there and it definitely can get confusing at times, so i’m here to break it down for you !! the first step would be to identity what skin type you have. is it oily, combination, normal, dry, sensitive? once this is identified, it makes it a little easier to see what acids will work best for you!! secondly, do you have any concerns or problems areas you want to fix? a lot of acids have multiple benefits in one (which is really cool !), but knowing what you want to address with your skin is a must to choosing acids! now let’s get onto acids !! ( there are a lot more acids than just in this pic/post, but I’ll just be talking about a few of these for the time being). glycolic acid AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) water soluble and works on the skins surface it is an exfoliator so helps to even skin tone and remove dead skin cells reduces fine lines and dark spots (hyperpigmentation and scarring) for all skin types The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I really like this product! although I do prefer BHA’s, this is till a great gentle toner that doesn’t irritate the skin and does the job! salicylic acid one of my favourites for my oily/combo skin !! BHA (beta hydroxy acid) and works on the skins surface as well as beneath it exfoliates, just like an AHA, but treats pores and breakouts builds elastin and collagen for combo, oily and acne prone skin CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanser my new favourite cleanser that I just did a post on ! so check that out if you want to know about about this product. hyaluronic acid amazing for dry skin !! is a great hydrator and plumps the skin it draws moisture from the air/environment The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 GLOW RECIPE - Pink Juice Moisturizer Sachet Sample i’ve only tried the sachet of this as a sample but I love it ! it’s super hydrating and doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky. l-ascorbic acid is a pure form of vitamin c has anti-inflammatory qualities prevents UV damage stimulates collagen and brightens skin tone! for all skin types this is the most stable form of vitamin c !! ferulic acid it is an antioxidant that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles fights free radicals protects collagen suitable for all skin types ! citric acid AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) balances the pH of the skin and helps with skin renewal with this, it helps with hyperpigmentation and dark spots for all skin types ! lactic acid AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliates and speeds up cell regeneration does a great job with acne scarring helps dullness and uneven texture for all skin types !
The Ordinary-Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution