hormonal acne + hyperpigmentation I love natural looking, dewy makeup ❤️ cherie partner
The BEST smelling bronzer
In the past, I was never much a bronzer gal. Lately though I’ve been adding a subtle bronzed look to my daily makeup routine, and I’ve been loving it! I won this VESCA - Soft-Matte Bronzing Powder Kissed By in a giveaway a while back, and I really like it. First of all, it smells like coconuts in the most amazing way. It feels like a little tropical vacation every time I use it. It’s very easy to apply and blend, and the shade range is incredible for every skin tone. It has the tiniest bit of shimmer—it’s very subtle—but both the shimmer and color are easily buildable. It can also be used on the body, on spots like the shoulders and collarbones, if you want to look glowy all over. This is $30 for .35oz, which is a LOT of product. I anticipate this lasting me for years, honestly. That may be past the expiration date, but I don’t worry about powder products going bad like I do with cream/liquid ones. The generous amount of product, combined with the inclusive shade range, makes it more than worth it in my opinion. #CheriePartner
VESCA-Soft-Matte Bronzing Powder Kissed By
Makeup for oily, acne-prone skin
Like a lot of people, my skin type is oily and acne-prone. This can make makeup difficult: in the past, I’ve used makeup that clogged my pores and made my acne worse, or makeup that reacted with the oil on my face and made my makeup look cakey. I also really like a dewy, glowy makeup look, which can be difficult when a lot of makeup for oily skin tries to suck the oil up to make skin look matte. Over time, I’ve been able to nail down a makeup look that works great for my skin type. First, make sure to use a good primer to keep makeup in place. I like FIRST AID BEAUTY - Hello FAB Pores Be Gone Matte Primer , which works great and doesn’t pill under makeup. Next, use a base product. As strange as it seems, I love the Kosas - Tinted Face Oil Foundation for my oily skin—it actually has kaolin clay in it to keep it from looking oily, so the finish I end up with is semi-matte. It’s perfect! I apply it with my fingers and it blends easily. Use a concealer if needed to cover and blemishes and/or undereyes. I love the Kosas - Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer because it has ingredients like arnica and peptides to visibly improve skin—it’s makeup and skincare rolled into one, and my oily/acne-prone skin loves it! Use a blush with beneficial ingredients for skin. I love the alleyoop - Stack the odds multi-use face palette because the cream products have jojoba and sunflower oils. Since I just apply the blush on the apples of my cheeks, it gives me a glow right where I want it, without making me look oily all over. I also use a cream highlight on my cheekbones: the one in the alleyoop palette is great, as is the BECCA - Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick . They both have skin nourishing ingredients that help keep my skin from being too dried out by acne products—because makeup doesn’t look good clinging to dry patches. Make sure to use a good powder to set foundation in your T-zone. I love the Milk MAKEUP - Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder because it never looks cakey, even when I reapply—I took a star off for the packaging though, which can be inconvenient. A few more tips: I avoid cream products with coconut oil because they make me break out, and I wash my makeup brushes at least once a week because dirty brushes can spread bacteria and make acne worse. If anyone else has tips for this skin type, please let me know in the comments! #CheriePartner
Milk MAKEUP-Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder
Skincare trend: personalization
Skincare trends come and go, with few actually standing the test of time. One thing that I’ve noticed gaining a lot of popularity is personalized skincare brands. These include non-prescriptions options like Atolla, which makes custom serums for users’ specific skin needs, as well as Haldi Skin, which creates custom routines that recommend pre-existing products. Other companies like Curology, Hers, and Apostrophe actually prescribe prescription medicines and topicals to treat skin conditions like acne, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. I’ve shared my thoughts on Curology and Apostrophe before, and I’m here to sing their praises again: I think this is one trend that will stick around. If you’re not familiar with brands like these, the process is pretty simple. You fill out a questionnaire and medical history, upload pictures of your face (or other problem areas), and a dermatologist assesses your skin and creates a custom treatment plan. I used Curology for over a year, and my cream always contained one prescription ingredient plus several others that are available over the counter (niacinamide and azelaic acid). Sadly, Curology wasn’t able to control my acne long term, so I switched to Apostrophe. The process for signing up is similar, but the main difference is that Apostrophe offers more options for oral medications. I’ve been taking two oral meds plus using my prescription cream, and I’ve had great results! Scroll back for before and after pictures of my face to see the improvement. I’m a huge fan of personalized skincare because I spent YEARS and God knows how much money trying to clear my face. Options like Curology and Apostrophe make prescription ingredients more accessible to the average consumer (even those without insurance—Curology and Apostrophe don’t currently take insurance, though I think you may be able to pay for the prescriptions with an HSA). Regardless, it saves people a trip to a dermatologist in person, and the odds of seeing results are far higher because these prescription ingredients have been tested and clinically proven. I would recommend services like these to anyone who’s struggling with a skincare concern that they haven’t been able to address with over the counter products. #CheriePartner
Eco friendly makeup brand: Alleyoop!
Alleyoop is a newer brand to me—they had been on my radar for a little while, and I finally got to try some of their products when they invited me to their content creator program. The whole idea behind Alleyoop is to simplify your routine with staple, multi-use products that are quick and easy to apply and blend. Their philosophy is to streamline your routine, eliminating products that you don’t need or don’t use, which is a very eco friendly idea when most makeup brands pump out product after product, not seeing to give much thought to how wasteful it can be. One of the products they sent me was the alleyoop - Stack the odds multi-use face palette , which comes with a contour, blush, and highlight. The shades are SUPER creamy and easy to blend, and there are three color options available for this palette (the one seen here is Sassy Pants, the lightest option. The other shades look great on deeper skin tones!) I really, really love this palette. These are three staple makeup products that I use every day, all rolled into one. The design of the palette is very innovative and cute, and I love that it removes the need to buy three separate products. I know there are other face palettes with these products rolled into one, but this one is so streamlined and simple, and seriously—the formula is so beautifully creamy and blendable. They have jojoba and sunflower oils to give skin a subtle glow, which I love. I apply these with either my fingers or a brush; either way works fine. I find myself reaching for this palette most mornings. The alleyoop - 11th Hour Eyeshadow Sticks is a very cool idea for a product. Alleyoop reports that 82% of women use only 1-3 shades out of the eyeshadow palettes they own—that’s a TON of waste, of both money and product. Their solution is these cream eyeshadow sticks, which come in five universally flattering shades. These take about ten seconds for me to swipe on my lids and pat all over, resulting in a shimmery wash of color. Alleyoop claims they’re smudge and crease proof for 11 hours, which I’ve shockingly found to be true. Plus, the other end is a sharpener in case you want to use it as an eyeliner! I really love what Alleyoop is doing. Their mission is to make beauty simpler, easier, and less wasteful. They offer a pretty select range of products, which makes me trust that they actually care about their mission of helping the environment. Plus, their orders come packed in dissolvable packing peanuts! Not only are these fun to dissolve in the sink, it gives me further trust in the company. In addition, I like that their prices are accessible: Stack the Odds is $34, which isn’t bad for three products, and 11th Hour is $20. I’d much rather pay $20 for a shadow I know I’ll use than $60+ for a palette with a bunch of shades that will go to waste. All in all, I highly recommend checking out Alleyoop for great products at great prices! #CheriePartner
alleyoop-11th Hour Eyeshadow Sticks
Which is better: Jinsoon or Orosa?
Today I wanted to compare these two polishes. I never used to think of brown as a neutral, and I had never worn brown polish until recently. Now I love it! There’s nothing like a chocolatey nail look to make bright colors in outfits or accessories pop. First up, the JINsoon - Dulcet . All of Jinsoon’s polishes are priced at $18. Jinsoon is formulated without 10 common harmful ingredients: Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Triphenyl phosphate, Parabens, and Lead. They are vegan and not tested on animals. The polish itself applies smoothly, and j get good coverage with two coats. It has the typical nail polish smell, but it dissipates quickly as the polish dries very fast. This shade, Dulcet, is a light brown that works very well as a neutral. I’ve found that this and other Jinsoon polishes last about 5-7 days before I start to get any chips—that’s pretty impressive since I type all day for work, play with my dog, cook, etc. For these reasons, this polish gets five stars for me. Next up is the orosa - Pure Cover Nail Paint in the shade Dune. All of Orosa’s shades are priced at $12 each, and they are free of 14 potentially harmful substances. They are also vegan and cruelty free. The polish itself has the typical nail polish smell. It dries pretty quickly, but the brush is fatter and wider than the Jinsoon brush, so I ended up applying too much polish on some nails, which caused them to take longer to dry. It took me three coats to get the opaque coverage I wanted. The color is really nice; it’s a deeper chocolate brown than the Jinsoon. Sadly, it started to chip badly within 3 days, despite Orosa’s claim that it should last 7. Once I got one chip, it all started to come off. For the longer wear time and more convenient brush, I prefer the Jinsoon over the Orosa. However, I think both are great brands that are doing a great thing by formulating their products without potentially harmful ingredients, and I also love that they don’t test on animals! #CheriePartner
Trendy super ingredients: CBD/adaptogens
There are a lot of trendy buzzword ingredients in many skincare products nowadays. One that I seem to see more and more often is CBD. Topical CBD is supposed to soothe irritated/stressed skin, and the related ingredient hemp oil helps nourish dry skin with fatty acids. Another trendy ingredient is adaptogens, a select group of herbs and mushrooms, which when applied topically can soothe and balance skin. Other popular products with these ingredients include HERBIVORE - Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil, YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist with Reishi + Ashwagandha, and YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi. The FARMACY - Better Daze Ahead CBD Moisturizer contains 50mg of full-spectrum hemp oil (CBD), along with hemp seed oil and an adaptogenic blend of holy basil, reishi mushroom, and purple ginseng. Altogether, the cream is supposed to deeply moisturize skin and protect it from environmental stress. The texture of the cream is very thick and nourishing, and it has a light herbal scent. It feels cooling on my skin, but in a pleasant way—not minty or anything like that. I also want to share that it has coconut oil but did NOT break out my acne-prone skin. I only use this cream at night because it’s definitely on the heavier/thicker side. This cream definitely does moisturize my skin and soothe my redness. I’m not sure how I feel about the claim that it protects against environmental stress—that’s not really something I can see or feel, so there’s no way for me to know if it follows through on that claim. However, although I do really like the cream, the price of $68 is too high for me. I assume it’s due to the CBD in particular, but my skin is fine with other creams without CBD. I would recommend this if you want to try a product with these “super ingredients” and don’t mind the higher price point. #CheriePartner
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
Month 4 of Accutane
Good morning!!! Today marks 4 months of accutane! My skin feels great! I have gotten a few little pimples from my mask because now I am working again and having it on for hours while sweating is not great. But they’ve gone away quickly. I did take a two week break because of my side effects. I am now taking 40mg every 3rd day. same dosage as before, just spread out more. Please refer to my past posts to see progress pictures and the products I am using! My routine has not changed! The side effects are not fun, but don’t give up! Keep your head up and know that it is worth it!!! :)
You have to try this!
If you’ve never tried snail mucin in Korean skincare you have to! Snail mucin really helps to hydrate your skin it also makes you skin look a lot more plump and dewy. And snail mucin is used to protect the snails bottom. So it’s leaves a layer on your skin to protect it! You can get this on YesStyle, Ulta, and Amazon. this is a really great product! 🐌 COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
The key to plump, smooth & even skin is...🐌?!
Yes. Yes, apparently snails are the key. This bad boy is such a cult favourite. I had been dying to try it out and see what all the hype was about. I got this product just over three months ago and I’ve been monitoring the effects carefully so that I can give a super honest review. And I have to say, I have absolutely no complaints about this product and I do feel like it does everything that it promises on their website. The good: + My skin afterwards just feels... better? It’s smoother, plumper and feels more hydrated than before. + If my skin is ever feeling irritated, I’ll reach for this product. My skin looks soothed they next morning and if I apply it in the morning it helps reduce redness throughout the day. + I gotta say, this does help with acne scar healing. And if I have a pimple that is inflamed, I’ll add a big drop of this on top and it calms down by morning. + A little goes a long way with the product, it spreads very easily. You really only need one pump and while someone with dry skin may benefit from using this twice a day, I find that I only need it in the evenings as I tend to go for lighter products during the daytime. So that combined with the fact you get quite a big bottle means this is going to last me a while! + Key ingredients include: snail mucin (studies show that this COULD provide skin with several benefits including healing and anti-aging, but at the very least it is a good humectant) and sodium hyaluronate (another great humectant). + Love the little pump on the bottle. + I believe it’s fragrance free for all you sensitive skin friends out there. The not so good: - I’ve read a couple places that said that this product had anti-aging properties. Honestly I didn’t really see any difference. But that’s okay, I wasn’t really expecting it to make any big difference. - This honestly feels more like a serum versus the other essences that I have seen. I don’t mind it, but think I should point it out! Worth it? Yes, for sure. Good amount of product and a great price point ($21-27). If you need some extra moisture and want plump / dewy skin and want a little extra help with fading some acne scars, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Will I repurchase? I do want to! But I have my eyes on another essence as well...honestly I’ll probably just buy both. Apologies to my bank account 💸 Fun fact: People in Ancient Rome actually used snails in order to try and heal a whole bunch of things, including skin diseases because they believed it had healing properties. Ps I have combo, acne prone skin 💕🐌
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
THE PERFECT GENTLE AHA MASK
ANDALOU NATURALS - Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask First things first, FOLLOW ME 🤍🤗 I loveeeeee this face mask!! Fruit stem cells, vitamin C, and glycolic AHA blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin, rich in beta carotene, gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion. As soon as it's been applied, you will feel a tingle on the skin, this is how you know that the AHA's are activating working to dissolve dry surface cells. The perfect gentle AHA mask that doesn’t burn your skin or increase sensitivity! Photo by Andalou Naturals
ANDALOU NATURALS-Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
We’ve all seen videos on instagram of people around the world using this and raving about these eyebrows razors. I purchased this one of off ebay to try it myself as it looked promising and easy to use. Instead of going to salon every week this was one of the best option to avoid hassle and pain that you have to go through while waxing or threading your eyebrows. I used it for the first time and was quite happy with the result as I was running late and didn’t have time to go to a salon. And the result was nice too. Clean, sharP eyebrows. But after a couple of uses I started noticing thicker dots around my eyebrows— in growth. It starts growing after week of use. I couldn’t wax it or pluck it either. And these dots around my eyebrows looked bad than a grown hair. I stopped using this razor since then. It’s easy and handy but in the long run this will result to in growths leaving black dots around the area where you’ve used it. Using this when you have no other option is fine, but I don’t recommend using this regularly. So, its better to go through pain every once in a while and have them threaded or waxed rather then having black marks around your brows. This didn’t work for me. Its a big NO! 👎 Available: Ebay Price: AUD $4 Rating: ❌ epielle - Dorco Tinkle Eyebrow Razor Trimmer Shaver Let me know your thoughts in the comment section if you’ve used this razor 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
epielle-Dorco Tinkle Eyebrow Razor Trimmer Shaver
🎀How to Master the Soft Girl Makeup Aesthetic
It seems like every week there’s a new Instagram makeup trend from the infamous baddie makeup to the newfound e-girl aesthetic. Social media has always been influential on the latest beauty trends and the soft girl aesthetic has officially taken over. This makeup trend is almost a visceral yet opposite reaction to the e-girl trend that focuses on a more dark and moody look.