just a sensitive skin girl in a poor air quality world
Easy Fun Abstract Nails ✨💅🏼
Hi friends! Abstract nails have always been on my “I want to try that!” list. Well, I jumped in without another thought and it’s way easier than I thought it would be! Plus, this way if my nails chip it’s harder to tell. Here’s how I get my fun abstract nails: 1. BASE COAT. Always use a base coat. It extends the life of your manicure and protects your polish from the natural oils of your nail. I’m using HOLO TACO - Long-Lasting Base one of my favorites! 2-4. BEGIN PAINTING IN SPLOTCHES. Start from the lightest color, since covering lighter colors with darker colors is always easier than covering dark colors with lighter colors. I used: cirque colors - cirque colors Cream Polishes Cirque Colors Carnegie, Rose Hook. Then #Lights Lacquer - Emerald[products]#[FourStars] emerald. Added a few dots of HOLO TACO - One-Coat Black black creme. Wait 5-10 mins between coats, since you are probably offsetting the placement anyway. 5. OPTIONAL—A FUN TOPPER? For fun, I added a flaked holographic topper. It elevates the look for me, and I really love this polish... HOLO TACO - Flakie Holographic Nail Polish 6. TOP COAT & FINISHING TOUCHES. If you need to add a second layer of anything, do it now! Other wise wait about 15-30 minutes for everything to fully dry before adding your top coat to seal it all in. Make sure you wrap your top coat over the tip of your nail to prevent chipping! HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco VOILA! You’re ready to live your messy life—and I’m here for it. Have you done abstract nails?! Any tips for me?
HOLO TACO-Flakie Holographic Nail Polish
Which Paula’s Choice SPF is right for you?
NOTE 1: this does not include every single SPF from Paula’s Choice. This is simply the SPFs that I own from them. NOTE 2: By posting this, I do not condone the past racist actions by Paula’s Choice and their lack of shades for medium and dark skin tones. My skin type is sensitive combination dry and acne prone. Review: Hello!! I thought today I would take you through the different textures and my thoughts on these Paula’s Choice Sunscreens. I own 3 different formulas at the moment, and I like them all but for different reasons. 1. Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 (mineral formula): PAULA'S CHOICE - Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 Target: combination, normal/oily skin. Purpose: Sun Protection & anti-aging. Texture: thick, somewhat mattifies the skin, leaves a light tint to the skin (not for medium or dark skin tones). Reapplies very nicely. No sunscreen scent. Includes the antioxidant resveratrol (anti aging and skin healing). I have dry skin, but I combat this formula’s matte effect by applying this after I apply a facial oil in my AM routine. It’s $33 for 2oz. I’d recommend this if you have oily skin for daily use. My rating is 4/5 because I wish they offered this for medium and dark skin tones. 2. Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 (chemical formula)PAULA'S CHOICE - Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid Target: normal, combination skin. Purpose: sun protection + anti-aging. Texture: incredibly lightweight/watery formula, no tint or white cast. Dewier finish. Reapplies without any issues. Light sunscreen scent. Includes “soothing plant extracts.” I have to use this after a pretty basic routine—chemical sunscreens often irritate my skin so that means no other actives are allowed in my AM routine. It’s $33 for 2oz. I’d recommend this for all skin types, except super sensitive. My rating is 4/5 because the chemical formula forces me to have a basic AM routine. 3. Ultra-Light Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 30+ (chemical formula): PAULA'S CHOICE - Ultra-Light Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 30+ Target: blemish-prone skin. Purpose: sun protection + minimize pores. Texture: super lightweight (similar to the youth-extending), no tint or white cast left behind. Dewier finish. Reapplies magically! More heavy sunscreen scent. It’s a basic formula so it doesn’t irritate or cause breakouts for sensitive skin. This allows me to use my usual AM routine, no burning even though it’s a chemical formula. It’s $33 for 2oz. I’d recommend this for all skin types, but especially acne-prone and/or sensitive! My rating is 4/5 because of the heavy sunscreen scent! Long story short: I really like these formulas but all for different reasons. Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts? #CheriePartner
PAULA'S CHOICE-Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30
Briogeo Scalp Revival at the Sephora Sale
The November Sephora sale is coming up soon, so I wanted to tell you all about my thoughts on these Briogeo Scalp Revival products. Note: I will not be talking about the shampoo. I really love Briogeo as a brand. Their Curl Charisma line has really helped me bring my curls back to life. However, I have super sensitive skin all over my body and this includes my scalp. I have to treat it right or else I get HELLA itchy and I also get dandruff occasionally. Here are my thoughts and experiences with Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Conditioner and Scalp Treatment Serum: Briogeo Scalp Revival Conditioner: Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Peppermint Oil Cooling Jelly Conditioner ok, so you can clearly see that I’ve rated this 1/5 stars... but let me explain why: my hair is SO DRY. It’s really frustrating having to use lightweight products near my scalp, but having to use super thick creams on the rest of my hair. I thought this product might solve that problem by, you know, conditioning my hair a good amount all around. Nope. This conditioner has the same consistency as their shampoo, just minus the exfoliating beads...they describe it as a “gel conditioner” but it freaking lathers dude like a conditioner LATHERING?!?! No thank you. It dried out my hair so badly and did not give me any type of moisture whatsoever. So, obviously, this is not the right product for my hair type, but who would benefit from this? I would definitely recommend this conditioner if you have the oiliest hair on the planet. Like, wash your hair daily oily, no curl, no texture, just pin straight hair. That is the only type of hair I’d recommend this to. I got this in a travel kit (2oz) which I would recommend picking up if this sounds like your kind of product! Briogeo Scalp Revival Treatment Serum:Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum ok, so we are obviously full 180 here. Let me tell you about my lover. My partner in crime. The treatment serum. Oh my gosh. This has SAVED my scalp on multiple occasions. I use it every other time I wash my hair, so probably twice a month. It’s a lightweight serum that treats itchy and dry scalp but it doesn’t make your scalp oily AT ALL!! I love it. I part my hair into sections around the front hairline and crown where I get the itchiest, and apply it while my hair is wet after I get out of the shower. It’s kind of pricey (1oz for $32) but a bottle lasts forever for me. Like, at least a year! I highly recommend this for those with an itchy scalp. Ok, but why tea tree and charcoal? They have healing and cleansing properties for your scalp without being overly harsh or stripping to your hair. Briogeo’s products are 6-free: no harsh sulfates, no parabens, no silicones, no phthalates, no artificial dyes, no DEA. This supports healthy overall hair. Have you tried anything from Briogeo? #CheriePartner
Briogeo-Scalp Revival Charcoal + Peppermint Oil Cooling Jelly Conditioner
Fix your crusty old nail polish 💀💅🏼
We have all been there—your old nail polish is crusty or goopy, OR you have a nail polish whose formula hardens very easily. But you still have like half the bottle left—what do you do? You use a nail polish thinner of course! SPECIFICALLY, an acetone-free nail polish thinner. When my nail polishes are feeling goopy or hardened, I always reach for a nail polish thinner: #Beauty Secrets - Nail Polish Thinner[products]#[FiveStars] this one by Beauty Secrets is acetone free, and you get 4 ounces for only $4. It’s so inexpensive for what you’ll need to put in the bottle! Here’s how I thin out my nail polish without ruining it: 1. Grab a bottle of crusty nail polish. Today I’m demo-ing my old bottle of HOLO TACO - Blue Flakie a top coat from Holo Taco. It’s not incredibly old, but their top coat are super thicccc so they harden up very quickly. A tell for this brand that you need to thin it out is if lines or cracks are forming on the sides of the bottle from the polish drying out. 2. Grab a nail polish thinner. I really only use the Beauty Secrets Thinner #Beauty Secrets - Nail Polish Thinner[products]#[FiveStars] which is available in stores and online from Sally Beauty for $4. 3. Dispense 3 drops into your nail polish bottle. YEP, only 3 drops. If you put too much in at one moment, it will ruin the nail polish, so start slowly! 4. First, use the brush to mix up the nail polish, the shake it up. Once it is thin enough, then shake up the bottle to more evenly distribute it. 5. VOILA! Your nail polish is ready to go! If you find that your nail polish is still too thick at this point, you can repeat steps 3-4 until it reaches your desired consistency. This product seriously saved so many of my nail polishes! #CheriePartner
HOLO TACO-Blue Flakie
My key makeup step for rosacea 🥵
Hi friends ❤️ today I’m getting real and raw with you and sharing a hard fact of my life: rosacea. Rosacea is a genetic skin effect where your skin appears red, usually as a reaction to something in your body or an environmental aggressor. Rosacea is different than other irritants as it can cause multiple types of acne and can leave permanent redness and eye dryness. Traditionally, rosacea only affects those with fair or light skin tones, and only in patches on your face, chest, and back. A calming, hydrating routine can help rosacea. However, some studies show that probiotics can help rosacea too! There are many probiotic skincare products to aid in rosacea, like those offered from Biossance and Paula’s Choice. However, there are so few makeup products that provide probiotics! One of them is: CLINIQUE - Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Clinique offers SO many skincare products. One of their amazing lines is specifically for fair and light skinned pals with rosacea. It includes a proprietary blend of probiotics (not much info about this mixture anywhere) as well as SPF! This formula helps heal your current rosacea flares as well as any acne formed by your rosacea. There is virtually no smell, and it blends out to a medium coverage, evening out your skin tone well, my shade is “calming alabaster.” It has helped me come so far with my rosacea and you only need a tiny bit to over your whole face. I am still using a sample I got from ULTA back in January. A full size bottle is $31 for 1oz. I am rating this 4/5 stars because it is only offered in fair and light shades (since rosacea only traditionally affects these skin types) and because it is not cruelty free. What are your saviors for your rosacea? #CheriePartner
CLINIQUE-Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
NIACINAMIDE: Trendy Fad or True Love?
We have all seen the rise of niacinamide in skincare marketing over the last year. So, what the HECK is Niacinamide? What’s it good for? Well, niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that works with your skin’s natural composition to minimize the appearance of pores, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and strengthen your skin barrier. It’s a water soluble ingredient so it can pretty easily be added into an existing formula as an additional benefit. You’ll see niacinamide in some anti-aging products, but recently we are seeing niacinamide in a lot of acne-fighting and acne-preventive ingredients. Since niacinamide helps your pores, it can help reduce and heal acne breakouts. Niacinamide can be really powerful when combined with other exfoliating and/or acne fighting ingredients (sensitive skin beware!), but you should never mix niacinamide with vitamin c—their chemical makeup renders each other inactive/useless when combined. Let’s get into some niacinamide products and my thoughts on each: iNNBEAUTY PROJECT - Down To Tone Resurfacing Toner Exfoliating Toner I’m rating this formula a 3/5. Acid toners aren’t my favorite as someone with sensitive skin, and this formula includes AHAs, BHAs, Niacinamide, as well as a ton of other ingredients. InnBeauty Project touts this as a P50 dupe and they so say on the bottle to only use this 3 times a week. It’s just too much for my sensitive skin I think. It’s also $26 for 3.4oz so it won’t last more than a month or so with consistent use. I just think there are better options out there. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster this one is FIREEEE. Like. Non ironically. This product has become one of my holy grails in the past year because of its ability to mix into my serums and moisturizers without issue. It’s a 10% niacinamide formula without anything else to really give you the true benefit without overdoing it in your routine. It’s kind of pricey ($44 for .67oz) but you only need 1-2 drops of it and my partner and I have been using it consistently for 6+ months and we still have some left in our bottle! I highly recommend this to oily and/or acne prone skin types. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I’ve talked about this product before—how it’s incorrectly marketed as a hydrating mask when the first few ingredients are “polishing.” Niacinamide being one of them! It’s my favorite “bright and tight” overnight mask and I’d recommend trying a sample or mini size before investing in a full size. I’m on my second tube and I use it 2-3 times a week strictly as an overnight mask. 5/5 (even though it’s $48) SUNDAY RILEY - Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask this one is my lesser known favorite. The sulfuric component helps get rid of painful acne while niacinamide helps keep it away. It’s pretty expensive ($55 for 2oz) but has an 18 month shelf life. I use this 1-2x monthly. 5/5 #CheriePartner
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Clearing face mask
This face mask has quickly become one of my favorites. I really enjoy the ingredients like spirulina, micro algae, kale, spinach, and green tea. It also contains cross linked hyaluronic acid which is awesome because it works effectively to plump, hydrate, and lock in moisture. It has a thin texture that glides easily onto the skin and it hardens as it dries. I love that this mask cleanses the skin while also feeding it with nutrients. I notice that my skin is more clear, it’s brighter and it always feels smooth and nourished after use. I love using it 2 times a week to reset the skin. I’d highly recommend this mask to any skin type because it’s great for dehydrated skin and to help calm the skin if it’s irritated from too many treatments.
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Superfood Skin Reset Antioxidant Mask
Thin, cheap foundation for acne-prone skin
About the foundation: The The Ordinary - Colour. Serum Foundation is a lightweight medium formula that comes 21 shades across 9 categories ranging from very deep to very fair. The foundation has a natural look and does not feel heavy once applied. It’s comes in a matte, plastic bottle with a pump. (Glass pippet can be purchased separately.) It is a water-based foundation free of alcohol, oil, gluten and nuts. It does have silicone. (It is also cruelty-free.) It has a pH of 6.00-8.25. How to apply it, according to the Ordinary website: “Shake before use. Dispense a small amount into the palm or the back of your hand. Smooth on and blend throughout the face, ideally outward from the midpoint of the face.” I would apply this with a brush over a sponge it you want to use tools. A sponge would just soak it up. My thoughts: I really like this foundation. (I have had it for a year.) It is very liquidy, but packs a lot of pigment. The shade closet to my skin tone is 3.2 N, but is still a little bit too warm-leaning. This shade definitely oxidizes. You can only get it at a Deciem store or the Deciem/Ordinary website, which made me feel like I was playing foundation roulette because THE SHADE RANGE SUCKS. 3.2 N is the third-to-last darkest shade. What makes it good for acne-prone skin? It is a thin formula, which helps it not look cakey over active acne or scarring. The neutral pH level makes it less likely that it will be irritating to your skin. Specs: 1 fl. oz./30 mL for $6.70 Recommend? Yes. Note: Give me a pity save/comment. I originally reviewed this Monday with the intention to post it Tuesday morning, but when I opened the app on Tuesday it wasn’t there. (Now back to watching “Cheer” on Netflix.)
The Ordinary-Colour. Serum Foundation
youth to the people adaptogen cream
Honestly? I wasn’t expecting to like this. I have normal skin (sometimes combo with oily bits), and was told by many that this would be too thick for me. However, I think it’s PERFECT! this makes my skin so soft and smooth, but hydrates and moisturizes so well. No fragrance is an added plus, and I will be picking up a full size when I empty some products! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
Blush on a budget 💯
We’re staying cute on a budget today! I really like Essence for inexpensive, but good makeup products. I think they make really good powder products, their blushes are a personal favorite of mine :) The formula on these is creamy, they’re nicely pigmented and easy to blend. And they’re cheap af! I have Satin Love and Satin Coral, and they both look super pretty and natural. essence - Satin Touch Blush
essence-Satin Touch Blush