23 year old skin care lover. i believe acne is managed not cured and everything i speak about comes from experience 💕🌷💛
Meet the Beauty Blogger
Hello to all the beauties of cherie! My name is Roney. You may have seen a few of my first posts floating around last week; repairing your moisture barrier, sunscreen application, etc. I’ve got fun things planned for us to talk about this week as well, so before its in full swing I wanted to properly introduce myself. I’m a twenty-three year old skincare lover based in New York. Acne has been a part of my life since elementary school, and I’m finally in a place where I feel like my skin and I are on the same team. I want to share what I’ve learned over my life! 💕 My Beauty Goals ￼￼ Enhance my skins texture ￼￼ Longer and stronger nails ￼￼ Improve my acne scars ￼￼ Find a skincare routine for my body 🌷 Fun Facts about Me ￼￼ I am a semi-professional playwright ￼￼ I have a kitten named Pluto ￼￼ I’ve been a vegetarian for over a year 🐛 What Kind of Posts You can Expect ￼￼ Product Reviews ￼￼ Information About Specific Ingredients ￼￼ Product Tutorials ￼￼ Check-in’s ￼￼ Goofiness Looking forward to meeting you guys and getting to know you better! Have a fabulous week 💛💗💜
Two Finger Sunscreen Rule
Hey guys! You might have heard about the two finger rule floating around the internet, but is it something you’re implementing in your routine? Two full fingers of sunscreen is a good way to eyeball the recommended amount of product for your face and neck. This gives you adequate coverage for a full two hours after application. It can seem like nuisance to reapply, but I guarantee after two weeks you’ll see and feel the difference. As a person with a tan complexion I was SURE two whole fingers of sunscreen would leave me looking like a ghost! But i wanted to demonstrate that it’s not as excessive as it might seem. I was able to rub it in, fall on my butt, and prove my point in less than a minute ! Sunscreen is finally getting the respect she deserves in the skincare community, and making sure we’re putting on enough (and reapplying) is essential. Let’s make sure us cherie cuties are doing our best and setting the example for proper sun care! Cetaphil - DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
Cetaphil-DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
Do You REALLY Need a Eye Cream ??
So eye creams are one of those skincare products that have become an undeniable staple in most people’s routines. But does it need to be? Eye creams are, at their core, lightweight moisturizers that have been formulated to target different concerns for the eye area. Most often they’re meant to reduce or remove dark undereye circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and fine lines. But for a moisturizer that typically comes in a comically small container, their price tags can be astronomical! Let’s discuss what causes those less than ideal blemishes and some methods/ingredients that can best target them. 1. Environmental factors: This is one of the sneakiest culprits for under eye damage. Things like allergies are an often overlooked cause of under eye puffiness and discoloration. They don’t cause any long term damage but are a big factor in day-to-day changes in the appearance of your eyes. Free radicals are also a big contender, any damage they can do to the skin on your face is only exacerbated when dealing with the skin under your eyes. And finally, SUN DAMAGE. Getting your sunscreen as close to your lash line as you can without causing irritation is a crucial step in your morning routine. Preventative measures are essential. 2. Age: Aging is OKAY. I can’t say that enough. Aging is a natural and beautiful process that we’ve been conditioned to fear and resent. Aging skin is a symbol of resilience and wisdom. However, If you feel as though your skin has aged beyond your years, environmental factors are likely the culprit and if you catch them early it’s possible to slowdown and reverse some of the symptoms. Hydration and exfoliation are your friends, especially in cases like this. 3. Lifestyle: This category is right up there with environmental factors with how sneaky they can be! In some ways even more so, because our personal choices can be a lot more difficult to notice or change. Dehydration is one of the major contenders for causing all sorts of eye issues. But before you start beating yourself up for not drinking enough water let’s break down the myth that proper water intake will cure acne. This is false. Your skin is one of the last places that water will get to when ingested, so even if you’re drinking the recommended amount, water alone will not solve your problems. Topical hydration is a great way to tackle dehydration in the skin, think hylaronic acid. Fatigue and eye strain are also little devils. So taking measures to get appropriate sleep (9 hours) and taking breaks from your screen can make a difference. 4. GENETICS: If you find yourself saying, “I’m doing all or most of these things and i’m still not seeing the results I want.” Do not beat yourself up! Genetics are the most important factor in all aspects of skincare and you are not to blame. We do the best with what we’ve got. So if your current serums and moisturizes contain hydrating and brightening ingredients an eye cream may not be necessary! Follow up post coming soon!
AM and PM affordable barrier repair routine
So I had a recent wake up call; sunscreen isn’t supposed to tingle when you put it on and serums shouldn’t just sit on top of your skin. Who knew?! Both of these reactions were clear signs that my moisture barrier had suffered. I pared back my routine to these five products. I’m planning on sticking to this routine until my barrier is appropriately healed or at least for the next two weeks. First part of my AM routine is to wash my HANDS then splash my face with cool water, just to help myself perk up and to remove any sleep acquired gunk. Next comes The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Which I’ve been using for about ten months and is really beneficial for my oily skin and prominent pores. I like to give this a good three minutes, give or take, to absorb. Although this is an active ingredient it is also an antioxidant meaning it’s really nutritious for the skin, and can be applied twice a day. (If you’re sensitive to zinc this product might break you out) Before applying a pea+ sized amount of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA I dab a bit of water on my face. I find that applying this to slightly damp skin makes all the difference. It delivers that hydration deep into my skin. When attempting to repair your barrier frying hydration into different layers of your skin is so important. The final part of my morning routine is Cetaphil - DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 This is one of my favorite SPF’s. I find that when I give it a full 15 minutes to absorb it leaves no white cast and as a person with oily skin i was able to reapply this without feeling totally greasy. At the end of the day I cleanse with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin This is a new addition for me. I wanted a cleanser that could tackle my oil production without stripping my skin and further harming my barrier, and so far this has been a life saver! I definitely notice a difference in my t-zone. I moisturize with The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA again. And most nights I butter myself up with CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream before tucking myself in. I love that this contains ceramides and a low dose of niacinamide. I’d like to find something with a better slip and that sinks in quicker as well. Overall it’s a great night cream though. All of these products are under 20 dollars and they’re all tailored towards repairing your skins barrier and adding extra nutrients!
Cetaphil-DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
Long, strong nails? Yes please! | 💅🏻🥛🌸
NCLA BEAUTY - So Rich I used to be a really bad nail biter, but stopped in December, and kept that up until quarantine stress got to me. Having lost my job, I was mega-anxious about my future and I gnawed my beautiful, long, strong nails off - ugh. Seriously, ugh. Lol. I was excited to get my hands on this NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil in Horchata to start the process of making them grow out tough and long lasting again! I was doubtful of this stuff at first, but having used it daily over the last two weeks, I can confirm that this. stuff. WORKS. What I love about it: ✨ Packed with vitamin E and safflower seed, this oil is meant to help strengthen and moisturize your cuticles to keep them looking perfect. Vitamin E is supportive of nail health and prevents them from cracking and peeling - your mani will always be insta-ready with this stuff. ✨ With continued use, cuticle oils like this can promote nail growth. You're not only creating healthy nails, but strong nails that won't break, so you know your $80 gel manicure is worth it and you won't have any casualties! ✨ The fragrance of this stuff is incredible...it smells like fall in a bottle. Cinnamon and vanilla linger all day after you massage this oil onto your digits! ✨ NCLA is a sister-owned, clean, cruelty-free cosmetics brand. Their products are 100% vegan and deliver major quality for the super reasonable price tag. I honestly never expected to be a cuticle oil user at all, let alone someone who reaches for it sometimes twice daily. NCLA's other products are well-reviewed and I'm definitely going to pick some more up once my nails are back in fighting shape! I can't wait to experiment with the holographic and astrological inspired collections they have on their site! They even have cute lil travel-sized polishes that are making me wish the world was a safer place to travel right now. 😫 Are you into nail care? Or maybe have some fun nail art ideas I should try?! Let me know below! 👋🏻
NCLA BEAUTY-So Rich
So You’re New to Skincare and Need a Routine
I will recommend products, brands, and explain a few things so you can create your own skincare routine! Skincare Brands: Here are a few trusted brands I recommend. Remember something that works for one person might not work for you. - CeraVe- you can get CeraVe from your local pharmacy or just from amazon. they aren’t expensive but still have great ingredients that are good for sensitive skin - Drunk Elephant- a more expensive brand but worth it. they are vegan, cruelty-free, and great for sensitive skin - Youth to the People- once again a more expensive brand but amazing products. they are vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and great for sensitive skin - Krave- medium priced and sell super great serums. vegan, cruelty-free, and for sensitive skin - The Ordinary- sell cheap products with great ingredients! this brand is mostly for serums and acids. also cruelty-free - Paula’s Choice- medium priced products. most are serums, acids, and toners. also cruelty-free SPF: Sunscreen is a must! No matter your skin type or what products you use. It protects your skin from UV rays and lessens your chance of skin cancer. Some moisturizers have sunscreen in it already while others don’t. If they don’t, then you need to buy separate face sunscreen. Sunscreens can be physical or chemical. Here are the pros and cons: Chemical: - Absorbed Into skin - Thin and ideal for everyday use - Skincare ingredients added easily on top - Wait 15 minutes to be effective - Reapply every 2 hours or so Physical: - Sits on top of skin - Works immediately - Apply once - Thicker and heavier - Not waterproof Basic Skincare Parts: All skincare routines must have a cleanser, moisturizer, and some sort of sunscreen no matter your skin type or concerns. Use a cleanser 1-2 times a day and a moisturizer after. Here are my recommendations for cleansers and moisturizers. Cleansers/Face Wash: -CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanserthis is best for normal, dry, and combo skin. it leaves the face feeling soft and hydrated. -CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skinthis is best for normal, oily, and combo skin. it’s gentle, effective, and removes oil without damaging the skin barriers. - CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skinthis is for people who have acne! SA stands for salicylic acid. the acid goes into your pores and dissolves any dead skin cells clogging it. - YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanserthis can be used for all skin types and is particularly good for acne. even if you don’t have acne I still recommend this product. it gives a deep cleanse to make sure your pores are completely clean. - fresh - Soy Makeup Removing Face Washgreat for all skin types. it removes all makeup, including mascara, as well as impurities, leaving your skin clean. Moisturizers: -DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Creama gel-like texture that absorbs into skin quickly. leaves it soft, hydrated, protected, and gives it a slight glow. great for sensitive skin! -FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydrationamazing for super dry skin and eczema. absorbs quickly into skin and leaves it soft. -CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30generally lightweight but still moisturizes well! good for acne and skin texture because it has niacinamide in it. still everyone can use it. has sunscreen already in it for the day. -CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotionsame product above except slightly thicker and without spf for night. - YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishiamazing for sensitive, dry or combo skin. boosts skin’s hydration and won’t clog your pores. -Glossier. - Priming Moisturizer Rich Luxurious Face Cream great hydrating moisturizer that is also a primer for makeup. for people with normal or dry skin. not for sensitive skin because it has fragrance in it. Acids/Serums: Acids and serums are for specific skin concerns such as acne, redness, blackheads, dullness, etc. Here are ones I recommend to everyone even if you are new to skincare! Use these after cleanser but before moisturizer. (Patch test before use.) Look on websites for instructions and make sure ingredients don’t conflict if you use multiple acids. - The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%for people with acne, large pores, blackheads, and skin texture. honestly everyone can use this in their routine! -Glossier. - Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum does the same thing as above - PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Boosterdoes the same thing as above - The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5hydrates the skin and makes it bouncy. gives it a glow. no matter your skin type or concerns you should use this! apply on damp skin - Krave - Great Barrier Reliefgreat for redness and irritation. will soothe the skin.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
THE YOUTH MINIS: Full Review! (Part 2)
I already reviewed two products from the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - The Youth Minis Kit plus the brand, please check it out if you want! Here’s the rest of my thoughts that couldn’t fit on the first post. DISCLAIMER: This is just my personal experience with the products and I by no means speak for everyone’s experience. Maybe you love these products, and if they work for you, that’s amazing! If they don’t, I hope you find something that does! But if you haven’t and are looking into any of these products, I hope I can help you make an informed decision. Thanks! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream Contains kale and spinach extract plus hyaluronic acid and green tea to lightly moisturize and balance. This moisturizer has a lot of the same ingredients as their cleanser as far as extracts and vitamins go, and a similar fragrance. It is a really nice daytime moisturizer or moisturizer for oily skin, it feels amazing and it absorbs super quickly. I won’t be repurchasing it since I have a lot of other similar lightweight moisturizers I need to get through, but I’ll definitely use this till the last drop. It’s a really solid moisturizer! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser Contains kale, spinach, green tea, and vitamins C, E, and K to deeply clean without stripping. I have already reviewed this product in my cleansers post, but I think it’s okay to re-emphasize how much I love this cleanser! My skin always looks so nice and clean and refreshed without having that stripped “squeaky-clean” feeling. I have actually already gone ahead and repurchased this cleanser, which is the only reason why I haven’t used up this entire bottle yet. I love it! I’ve finally found the one. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil Is a face oil with a boatload of plant extract oils: maqui, acai, prickly pear, goji berry, sunflower, jojoba, moringa and squalane oils illuminate and hydrate skin without clogging pores and weighing it down. I actually really like this oil but I use it very sparingly, as you can see. I’ve never been a huge oil fan, but if my skin is extra parched, i rub a drop into my hands and then lightly pat onto my skin, or if I want an extra glow in the morning, I’ll tap a teeny bit onto the high parts of my face. I’m not sure if I’ll purchase a full size of this but given how little I use it I have a long time to decide! A little definitely goes a long way so I’m sure if I purchased the full size it would last me at least a year. Overall I think this kit was a great purchase, since I actually found not one but TWO products I’d call holy grails in my new routine! If there’s one brand that’s worth the hype that you’re looking into, this is certainly the one: with their mission on sustainability and inclusiveness, it’s a great brand to support with great products! I’d purchase one of their mini kits soon before they sell out!
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil
Dull Skin: Causes, And Prevention Tips
Unfortunately, dull skin is one of those inevitabilities in life. At some point or other, you'll find your skin looking a little lacklustre and damaged, but what even causes dull skin? And how can you fight it effectively? We've got the guide right here and some ways to prevent you from losing your all-natural glow.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.....
What many of us may not realize is that although they are often used interchangeably, moisturizing and hydration are not exactly the same thing. While both are key in providing skin with much-needed nourishment, knowing the difference will help you make the best choice when targeting your skin’s specific needs. HYDRATION: involves taking water into your skin and maintaining it. Natural humectants allow the skin to improve its ability to hydrate itself over time, so look out for products that contain hyaluronic acid, aloe, honey, alpha hydroxy acids and marine extracts. Synthetic humectants, glycerin, urea and propylene glycol are some of the ingredients you want to keep an eye out for. Hydrating ingredients are generally appropriate for all skin types. They are water-soluble and won’t clog pores. MOISTURISING: Locks and seals in water to prevent it from leaving the skin. Such as products with ceramides, oils (coconut, almond), butters (shea or cocoa) or dimethicone. These do not add water into the skin but deal in the moisture. For acne-prone skin, a light, oil-free moisturizer works best, these have less oil and more water content. For combination skin, a gel/lotion or cream will do fine, while a serum or a more emollient cream is best for dry skin types. SO BASICALLY hydrating products add water into the skin, and moisturisers lock in and retain existing moisture. You want to be making sure your skin is getting both. Personally, I use CeraVe’s moisturising facial lotion for my oily/acne-prone skin. This moisturiser contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid which means I’m getting my hydration and moisturising all in one! This helps prevent from layering more products clogging my skin with too many products!
COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence . Essences are used to help prime your skin for better absorption of serums and other moisturizing products that come after. . 🐌 The @cosrx Snail Mucin Power Essence is made out of 96% snail mucin which is snail secretion filtrate, aka snail slime. Don’t worry, it’s not as slimy as you are imagining. It is slightly tacky but quickly smooths out as you massage your face with the product. It sometimes produces a brief milky-like emulsion whenever my face is still slightly wet from my toner or when I apply a very liquidy type serum. . Although @cosrx uses lab-grown snails, they collect the filtrate without aggravating or stimulating the snails. They allow the snails to sit over a mesh net in the dark space and let the snails leave their mucin behind as they naturally move around their environment. The mucin is then processed to stabilize it and make it appropriate for skincare use. . I’ve been using this product for 2.5 months and I feel that it has helped boost the effects of my other skincare products in terms of hydration, fading hyperpigmentation, evening out skin texture, etc. I feel that this product is good for all skin types. It’s fragrance free so it should be ok for those with sensitive skin unless of course, you’re allergic to snail mucin. . Snail mucin has a multitude of benefits so it’s a great ingredient to have in your skin care products. . 🌟Evens skin tone. 🌟Fades hyperpigmentation (includes acne scars but not melasma and sunspots). 🌟Hydrates (it has natural HA) and therefore, helps smooths fine lines and wrinkles as it keeps the skin plump. 🌟Fights off acne causing bacteria because of its antimicrobial properties. 🌟Prevents breakouts by exfoliating skin, sloughing off dead skin cells and unclogging pores (it has natural glycolic acid). 🌟Gives skin a more radiant look. . Do you use essences? Have you used this product? Let me know your thoughts 😃
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence