I prefer all things simple ❤️
Birthday haulll!! 😁✨
So because of quarantine, a bulk of my birthday was indulging - books, skincare, craft supplies.. The works.. And I wanted to share my skincare haul with you all! I prefer trying a product out before buying the full size so my skincare indulgences are typically mini-sized. I got the ones I've been wanting to try for a while now! And I'm excited to start a whole new routine next week! 🥳 I got the following products and I'll be basically just replacing them in my usual routine. #Sweet Chef - Discovery Kit[products]# Which has their Vit A, B, C serums, their superfood moisturizer and their Vit C mask. I've heard great reviews about their A and C serums and I'm excited to try them! BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++ I've been wanting to try Biossance products one by one for a while and I wanted to start with the SPF since it's one of the products I'm always buying and use everyday. First two days, I notice it makes my skin a bit oily/sticky which I don't enjoy - but it has absolutely no white cast and so I'll use it for a few weeks before giving a final review. FARMACY - The Beehive: Best-Sellers for Glowing Skin I've been dying to try our their honeymoon glow and the beehive seemed like a good way to try it out the mini. I'm most excited for this one!! And finally, I bought a bunch of sheet masks from Nature Republic. I used the Aha/bha and hyaluronic acid mask already. Aha/bha mask is decent, takes time to absorb and has no drastic difference after one use. But again,I believe sheet masks are more of a spa time item and the only real difference a sheet mask can make is in hydration. And the hyaluronic acid mask was pretty good. Idk if I'll buy them again though. I'd rather get the Sephora sheet masks. NATURE REPUBLIC - Real Comforting Mask Sheet Hyaluronic Acid NATURE REPUBLIC - Real Comforting Mask Sheet [Aha/Bha] NATURE REPUBLIC - REAL COMFORTING MASK SHEET [VITAMIN C] NATURE REPUBLIC - Real Comforting Mask Sheet Ceramide To quickly summarize how I plan to use these products: - According to sweet chef, their vitamin B can be mixed with their other serums to that's what I plan to do. - Vit C, SPF in the mornings, Vit A and moisturizer in the evenings. I plan to use Honeymoon glow instead of Ordinary peel once a week. Cheers! 🥂
NATURE REPUBLIC-REAL COMFORTING MASK SHEET [VITAMIN C]
Super effective! But use with caution ⚠️
Exfoliation is a very important step in skincare routine. Between physical and chemical exfoliators, (while I've seen my share of some very good physical ones,) I'll always prefer chemical exfoliators. One of the most effective ones out there is the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which needs no introduction. There's no doubt this peel works, but I want to go ahead and document my experience with this peel. I've used it for about 4-5 months now. My skin: dry-combination, normal on good days and dry-sensitive on bad ones. Age: 26, medium skin tone. Off the bat, it's definitely super effective and (almost) does justice to the ingredient list. And for the price point, it's probably the best one out there. But since every skin is unique, here's my take on it: 1. For my skin on good days, I leave it on for 7-9 mins. And I also apply a thin layer (see pic). It leaves my skin very soft with a noticeable glow the next day. 2. Yes, it causes purging. You need to be patient for at least 3 weeks once you start. I typically leave the bumps be, and they go away in a week. If the breakout lasts longer, reevaluate if your skin is reacting to the product and not purging. 3. It stings a little. I've noticed, however, that it stings more if your skin is irritated (as above) or if it's extra dry. So make sure you moisturize your skin a bit extra during the day when plan to apply it. If it is stinging unbearably, remove it asap coz it could be causing a chemical burn. After a skin detox (checkout my previous post), I can use it without stinging. 4. For sensitive days, this is an absolute and resounding NO. I applied it once when my skin was a bit sensitized/irritated and I had a very tiny dot of a chemical burn right above my lip after 4ish minutes (my skin was extra sensitive there). *for interested parties, I cured the burn by applying aloe regularly and staying off of skincare for a while except for a cool moisturizer from my fridge. Neutrogena hydro boost or FAB ultra repair are two good options for that. 5. Start out with a milder exfoliant. I had used the pixi glow tonic before. It's a good start but now that I know better, I'd suggest starting off with the Ordinary Lactic Acid to build your tolerance. 6. My husband leaves it on for 8-10 mins once a week comfortably. For me, I leave it less than 8 (typically 6) once every 1-2 weeks. 7. While the peel is awesome, honestly for me it's not a necessity. If I regularly use my Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acids (each of them once a week), this peel could be like a little extra once in a while and that's about it. 8. I did, however, start applying it as a body exfoliant on my scar. I have a scar of a bike injury gash on my calf and I'm applying it there. I'll keep you posted if it works and fades the scar :) So here it is, my not so brief experience with the Ordinary peel. Hope it helps! 😁
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
My skincare detox!!
Hey awesome people!! It's been a while since I last posted because I was on a skincare detox (and ridiculously busy). Sensitive vs senstized skin: If your skin feels like it burns with the mildest products (for me, even spf and lactic acid) when it's usually not this sensitive - chances are your skin is getting sensitized. Sensitive skin is something we're born with, sensitization happens due to external factors. It's not necessarily due to just rigorous skincare but also external factors like stress, diet, UV exposure etc. So while skin detox is great, also remember to take care of yourself 💜❤️ What and why? I'm no skincare expert by a long shot. I keep things mostly simple and I believe we can tell what our skin needs. I started serious skincare around January this year (I know, suuuper late but better than never lol). My skin before that was mostly normal with bouts of dryness but no major sensitivity. So I was wondering why after skincare, my skin felt like it was hurting when it should feel better. Answer: I needed to give my skin break once in a while! The products, especially the ones with active ingredients, can sensitize skin - even if it is not already sensitive. So I took a break for about 3 weeks. I don't think you need to break for that long, I suppose 10ish days should be enough. I just got lazy to start again. BUT - I can definitely see a difference. For example, now if I use the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, it tingles less than before! How did I detox? Again, not saying this is the only way. I stripped down to basics. Cleanse, moisturize and spf. That's all. In detail: AM: Cleanse with either DERMA•E - Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser or SOAP & GLORY - Face Soap And Clarity Facial Wash (nothing technically wrong with either cleansers, they're both a bit drying with a bit of fragrance and I'm still on the hunt for The One™) Moisturizer: #Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF: Australian Gold - Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50 PM: Double cleanse (because of spf): BANILA CO - Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original (love this Btw) And then DERMA•E - Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser (soap and glory is too harsh for double cleanse) Moisturize: FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration And that's it! No actives, no exfoliation - just the bare mininum. Info: The selfies are somewhere around week 2 of my detox (not a selfie person so I probably suck at taking selfies but oh well 🤷🏻♀️) Hope this helps!! Cheers ✨
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
My recent samples: 😍😐😣
Today I received my free sample of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and I'm so excited that I decided to a premature post about my recent samples.. The good 😍, the bad 😣 and the meh 😐. Premature because I haven't had the chance to try them all yet so there'll be a part 2 of this post! 😁 My review of the ones I tried is as follows: MOROCCANOIL - Moroccanoil Treatment IT'S AMAZING. So I'm very careful of my hair and never subject it to any treatments. I never used serums until I was 23 (bc my hair was almost 4ft long by then). The only one I trust to use is the one I get from India every year. Two bottles (I don't use it very often) for the whole year. When I didn't get to stock up, I looked elsewhere and honestly, I almost never like any hair serums. I've tried Matrix, The Honest Company, Infusium, OGX and idk what else. But this one is so good. It's almost the same as the one I buy back in India with an equally pleasant smell. And it makes my hair silky smooth. All in all, 5 stars OLE HENRIKSEN - C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer The second product I loved! I can't find a better word to describe the cream than "fresh". Every time I apply it, it feels so fresh on my skin, I love that 😍 Plus it has a very faint yet divine smell. It's a sample and I don't have too many fine lines so I can't comment on the anti-aging claims of this cream. But either way, I'm definitely buying this creme sometime next year when I run out of my current creams. FARMACY - Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya This one's the meh. It's not a bad cream but it's not great either. I have drier skin and even a little bit feels too heavy and oily on my face. Plus the smell isn't something I enjoyed. BIOSSANCE - Squalane+ Rose Vegan Lip Balm This is the second meh product. Honestly, of the few brands that I really get excited about, biossance is one of them and I can't wait to try their whole line - but this lip balm doesn't do wonders. I use Aquaphor and Vaseline and they work better than this. I do like the really cute bottle though. The texture is similar to Vaseline but with a rose scent. I still use it, but for overnight use I still reach for Vaseline. GLAMGLOW - BRIGHTEYES Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream CLINIQUE - Pep-Start Eye Cream I'm clumping these two together because neither of these worked. The texture of both is not too bad, sometimes even quite pleasant. But if I were to pick one skincare concern for me, it'd be dark circles. And these didn't help. Wish they did but nope. I'm currently trying a couple of others and if they work, I'll post about them soon :) TATCHA - Luminous Dewy Skin Mist I've realized that I'm just not a fan of face mists. I'm too paranoid they'll blind me or something. Plus this one smells strong when it hits the face, thereby doubling my paranoia. So I'd rather not use it and I'll refrain from rating as well.
GLAMGLOW-BRIGHTEYES Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream
I like one of these...
So these are my most recent purchases - 1. BANILA CO - Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original I like this one. This is my first cleansing balm and I want to make this a staple in my routine because of how difficult it is to get SPF off. Before this I tried different cleaning methods but they either just make my skin feel so dry or don't clean enough. After using this balm, I know how it is to completely clean your face and not make your skin so tight it could tear 😂 Overall, I think I'm going to make this a regular in my routine. Be sure to clean with a water based cleanser after this. I use makeup very rarely but I did put on some foundation to test how well the balm works and it definitely seems to do a good job removing it. 2. Neutrogena - Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Right off the bat, I do not like this product so much. I usually like neutrogena products as they're affordable and effective. I always prefer mineral sunscreens and wanted to test this out as a drugstore option. But it's runny yet somehow thick and leaves a very noticeable white cast on my face. It needs a fair bit of rubbing and them some. I'm not saying the spf is ineffective, but I wouldn't prefer a product that takes so much rubbing because it might irritate my skin after a while. It also feels a bit heavy on my face. If you're looking for a drugstore mineral sunscreen, it is worth it at only $8 something for 3fl.oz. There is a bit of a process involved, getting used to this product. (For reference, I'm comparing this with the Elta MD and the Australian Gold Botanical sunscreens, which are part of my current routine) Hope this helps! :)
BANILA CO-Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original
I wish these worked 😭
Hey everyone! When everyone and their mom loves a product, you get really excited to buy them. But everyone's skin is different and unfortunately, the following cult favorites did not work for me at all. Firstly, a bit about me - Skin: 26 y/o, dry-combination, normal on good days, fair-medium skin tone, stress induced sensitivity at times Concerns: dryness, pores, blackheads and closed comedones CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser Honestly, with the hype this product has, I wanted it to work soo bad. It has ceramides, has hyaluronic acid, it's supposed to be good for eczema, dermatologists swear by it and overall, the promise of this product is just too good. But it DID NOT work for me. My face doesn't feel clean, the face wash feels weird on my face and there's absolutely no difference in my skin because of this product. I was hoping some improvement in my moisture barrier but alas. What's worse is this product is supposed to work well for dry skin. Definitely wouldn't repurchase. I'm usually someone who makes sure to finish a product but couldn't get through this at all 😔 PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator Another suuuper promising product. I always have blackheads so I wanted this product to work really badly. I had much higher hopes for this than the cerave cleanser. But it literally sits on my face for hours like some thick oil. My face feels heavy or clogged or something, definitely not pleasant. It doesn't absorb and when it does (after like 3 hours), there's no improvement in my skin. It's also a bit pricey (for a grad student) and I'm honestly glad I bought the smaller bottle instead of the regular size otherwise I'd hate spending money on something I cannot use AT ALL. I used the cleanser for over two months and used the BHA for about 4 weeks, once a week. Used the BHA on clean, dry skin before moisturizer at night. No results. Of course, everyone's skin is different so I mentioned my skin type at the beginning :) Hope this helps you guys! Would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and opinions!
CeraVe-Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Say goodbye to bumpy skin!!
I’ve been using this duo for the past 2 weeks and the skin on the back of my legs & butt has never been more smooth! These are perfect for anyone who suffers from keratosis pilaris. The scrub is used 2-3x a week on dry skin and then washed off in the shower. Helps exfoliate the skin with a fine physical exfoliant but also includes glycolic and lactic acid to help brighten/smooth and help increase cell turnover. The particles are so fine this never causes any irritation on my skin. The only reason I am not giving the scrub 5 stars is because for the amount I use on my body the price seems kind of steep at 40$ CAD. This body cream is a DREAM. If you had to choose just one of these products I’d go with this. It has a rich creamy texture and has a natural AHA blend to help smooth out any bumpy textures but also gives amazing hydration. I noticed results after using this cream for only a few days! Will 100% repurchase this product. I sometimes will get a bit of acne on my butt/ behind my legs and this has helped clear it up!
skinfix-Resurface+ AHA Renewing Cream
Hair Care Essentials!
Hi Everyone! So I wanted to make a post on my hair care routine on the days that I do wash my hair because it has helped my hair so much as opposed to my old routine which was the customized shampoo and conditioner that either dried out my hair or my scalp or both. This is such an important time of the year to make sure our hair gets all the right care it needs because the air is so dry. So... let’s begin! First, before I get into the shower I use my Wet brush - Original Detangler to get out all the loose hairs so I don’t have as much of an issue in the shower. Next, in the shower I rinse my hair with just water and then start my shampoo process. I use a few finger globs of the Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo and rub it in with my fingers first. Then before I rinse it out I use the Briogeo - Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager to better massage it in my hair. I love it because it really gets the shampoo into my scalp and the shampoo foams so nicely and feels wonderful in my hair. After the shampoo and massager, I rinse it out and next I use the Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Peppermint Oil Cooling Jelly Conditioner which is great with everything combined but the one downside is it doesn’t feel like it’s actually conditioning my hair. You really have to brush it with a comb in the shower in order to spread it all through your hair. But hey, it does the job. Rub that in for about a minute and rinse out. When I get out of the shower, I use (second picture) this microfiber hair towel to soak up all the water fast. I couldn’t find it as a product on this site but I got it on amazon for cheap and it does wonders to the drying process of my hair. I would say it’s just as good as the fancier hair towels. Once my hair gets a little dryer but still damp, I part my hair so my scalp is shower in the areas I get dandruff the most and add a few drops of the Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum right onto the skin and massage it in with my fingers. Next I spray the dpHUE - Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-in Hair Therapy onto my hair generously and brush it through again with my wet brush. After that’s all said and done, I put my hair into a braid and let it air dry. Right now it’s in the process of drying but later I will add the final look to the post. I’m very excited about this new hair care routine and I think it’s doing wonders to my hair and scalp! ✨
dpHUE-Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-in Hair Therapy
Do I Have “Chicken Skin”? Keratosis Pilaris and How Can I Treat It?
Many of us strive to have beautifully smooth, healthy-looking skin but that can be very difficult for those of us affected by “chicken skin”. Although this harmless skin condition cannot be cured, and there is no way to stop it from occurring, there are ways in which it can be treated easily at home to achieve smoother, moisturized skin.
✨ PETER THOMAS ROTH MASK SAMPLING Hit or miss 🤔
✨ Skin Type: 21 yrs, combination, textured, rosacea ✨ Bundle Review: TOTALLY worth the money to be able to try out all of these masks for yourself! Its only $19 on ulta and you get at LEAST 3 uses out of each tube which is so great! ✨ PETER THOMAS ROTH - Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask Key Ingredients: irish moore mud, hijiki seaweed, volcanic ash, activated charcoal Review: i love it! definitely my favorite in the bundle. it really cleans and blurs my pores without drying or tightening it at all like most clay masks do, it washes off very easily and leaves my skin very soft! If you catch it on sale I think its definitely worth the price for the size and I would definitely consider purchasing it! ✨ PETER THOMAS ROTH - 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask Key Ingredients: 24K gold, colloidal gold, caffeine, Review: This was just eh for me, although its hard for me to attest to its lifting and firming abilities because I do not have aging skin. I kind of believe its just a marketing tactic to use gold in products to amp up the price and sell a “luxury skincare experience,” when in reality I can’t imagine it does much. It just kinda sat on my skin, it didn’t do anything bad though and it made my skin soft so 3 stars for this guy! PETER THOMAS ROTH - Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask Key Ingredients: rose plant stem cells, rose extracts, allantoin, aloe vera Review: I like this mask! I think its great for days where my skin is irritated and needs some barrier reparations, its hydrating and very soothing and I like the ingredients. You can use it as an overnight mask which I like because i woke up and my skin looked very healthy and calm. However, I dont LOVE the formula as gel masks arent my favorite, it definitely absorbs but it leaves my face feeling sticky when it dries down. ✨ PETER THOMAS ROTH - Cucumber Gel Masque Key Ingredients: cucumber, papaya, and chamomile extracts, aloe vera. Review: this has the same negatives of the gel-mask’s formula and texture, without the same positives. I think this would be better for oily skin types, but for me it was not hydrating enough and I definitely felt like it just sat on my skins surface with its sticky residue, kinda just like slapping aloe on your face. I didn’t notice any differences, but again it wasn’t a bad result and the ingredients are interesting to me so ill give it the benefit of the doubt with 3 stars, no repurchase. ✨ PETER THOMAS ROTH - Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer Key Ingredients: pumpkin enzyme, AHAs, aluminum oxide crystals Review: I really like this! it smells like pumpkin pie and definitely leaves your face really smooth and soft and i love the texture, though i wish it didnt have the physical exfoliation part. love it! Let me know if you have questions! 👇🏼👇🏼
PETER THOMAS ROTH-24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask
Key to preventing and treating STRAWBERRY LEGS🍓
The key to preventing and treating strawberry legs First- What are strawberry legs? Stawberry legs are common little black/brown dots that occur on people's legs after shaving. It is most common in people of color, and those with fairer skin, but darker hair. Strawberry legs is very common, and very simple to treat and prevent -Hydration I mention in my video that most of my products are hydrating, why's that? Strawberry skin is common with those with drier legs, making the appearance of the hair follicle more noticeable. A way to prevent this is to keep your skin very hydrated, and not to use too many stripping body washes. I am using this on method - Stay Hydrated Body wash from method. -Exfoliation Another very important key to preventing strawberry legs is exfoliation. This helps lift up any ingrown hairs and soften the hair follicle, which helps a smoother, and easier shave. However, you need to exfoliate BEFORE shaving, as it preps the skin and gets all the dead skin out of the way. When choosing a body scrub, refrain from buying a scrub that isn't natural, as those tend to be more harsh, and give an uneven exfoliation. I recommend any sugar scrub from Tree hut, I am using this one TREE HUT - Moroccan Rose Shea Sugar Scrub -Shaving oil Up until recently I didn't even know these existed. After some research, I found myself asking, “Why aren't these more popular??” Shaving oils are so much better for your skin. Unlike shaving creams/foams, you are able to see exactly what you are shaving, they also help give a closer shave, and provide a very smooth surface to shave on. I have been using this shaving oil TREE HUT - TREE HUT Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil for a little over a month now, and I still haven't gotten any little nicks or cuts!! -Razor- i'm sure you all have heard of the brand Billie, or have at least seen the thousands of ads on instagram, well, it is definitely worth it. For a very cheap price, you can get a very effective razor. This razor has 5 nickel free blades and gives an amazingly close and easy shave. I'm sure you can use any type of razor, but I highly recommendbillie - Billie Razor , but just make sure to change your blades once a month! Post shaving mist- Another product I've never really heard of, but this is essentially an after shave. A post shaving mist can help cool and calm irritated skin from after shaving, as well as prevent ingrown hairs, and itchy skin. I use this one TREE HUT - Bare Post Shave Mist Moroccan Rose Body serum- I use this serumTRULY - Jelly Booster Pigment Treatment Body Potion to help hydrate and fix the complexion on my legs. I actually used this to help fade my old scars and ingrown hairs on my legs, but I've also noticed that it has disappeared the appearance of my strawberry legs. Lotion- Finally, the common lotion. This ties to my first point about hydrating with strawberry legs, this lotion TREE HUT - Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion Moroccan Rose smells amazing of rose, and gives a nice glowy look without feeling greasy.
TREE HUT-Bare Post Shave Mist Moroccan Rose
Everyone’s Least Favorite Bit of Advice
Hi there to the beauties of cherie!! If you’ve been told to be patient once, you’ve been told a million times! But what does that actually ... mean? Each active ingredient you add will promise a few specific results that you expect to see working. We’ve all had those moments where we buy a product that every review promised was a life saver, but after weeks of using it, our skin is no better for it. Here’s a simple and straightforward graphic to help you keep a realistic expectation of when you should start seeing results! having practical expectations also helped me to be kinder to myself by encouraging me to give my skin proper time and consistency. Original graphic was found on ig/sciencebecomesher! save this post for reference 🗒