reviewing skincare and makeup items and what works best for all skin types. posting daily
So I decided to do every aspect of self care. So should I start a series of nails/ do your own acrylics. In the picture show is my acrylic/ nail care set. I learned to do my nails during quarantine. Taking care of your nails is so important and can make you feel so good. Let’s talk about the items in the second picture because the first is an overview Second picture: In there I have nail tips, I’m the cupcake container are nail brushes, nail glue, led light for gel polish, acrylic powder, nail buffer, different tips for the nail drill , and a foot mask Third picture: there isn’t much just nail files, nail buffer, nail drill attachments, nail glue, and nail tip cutter Fourth picture: nail filers, glow in the dark acrylic powder, nail buffer, nail scrub, nail clipper, two nail drills, acrylic powder, and cuticle oil Overall, I got a lot of my things from dollar tree, some stuff from Amazon and some stuff from SHEIN If I start a series I will go into depth about each tool and how to perfect the technique. I will also be doing body care and how to smell nice and stay clean with over bearing your skin
Shower/ bath essentials
-First product is Dr Teal's - Melatonin Sleep Soak Pure Epsom Salt honestly after a hard day of work/ school or whatever you do this is amazing to relax you over same thing with the foaming bath -Second product is ST. Ives - Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer honestly this is meant for the face but the fragrance is super strong so I use it after the shower on certain areas of my body such as knees, elbows, and feet. - Next, is the dove gentle exfoliator which smells amazing and is such a gentle scrub for your skin so if you have sensitive skin like me I recommend this - Next essential is the cake - The Head Strong Volume Boosting Scalp Scrub I love this product but the only problem is that it dries out my hair but the Marc Anthony conditioner fixes it and my scalp and hair is squeaky clean and likes so healthy!!! - Lasty, I use the baby dove soap which I use more often because I found it to be the most gentle on my skin since I have eczema and it smells amazing and leaves my skin glowing and moisturized.
Dr Teal's-Melatonin Sleep Soak Pure Epsom Salt
Best shaving tips
Figuring out the best way to shave was very and extremely hard for me and paying for waxing every couple of weeks/ a month was a bit on the pricey side. Shaving is now easier for me personally Products to gather: * this is depending what you are shaving I’m just listing everything for every body part - SOFTSHEEN CARSON LABORATORIES - Shaving Powder Fragrant for everything except intimate areas ( I have hear people used it on them but personally I just don’t think it’s would be a good idea) - Schick - Intuition Naturals Sensation Razor (the only women’s razor you would need for Intimate area) - Bikini Zone - Medicated Cream ( for intimate area) - TREE HUT - Tahitian Vanilla Bean Shea Sugar Scrub ( for a whole body except for intimate area) - equate aloe Vera ( for entire body) Let’s begin with intimate area ( I wanna get this over with because I hate that word): 1. First step is to apply aloe Vera gel to the area 2. Grab razor if choice I either use Schick - Intuition Naturals Sensation Razor or the Gillette ( both work amazing but the refills for the Schick are very pricey) 3. Begin shaving but make sure to shave down or left to right to get a closer shave 4. Last apply Bikini Zone - Medicated Cream For rest of body: 1. Make sure to exfoliate, I use TREE HUT - Tahitian Vanilla Bean Shea Sugar Scrub 2. Shave with aloe Vera (my preferred preference) 3. I also use the schicks razor but I have two of them dedicated for two different areas 4. Rise off Let’s talk about SOFTSHEEN CARSON LABORATORIES - Shaving Powder Fragrant use this on your legs if you sufferer from razor bumps I’ve it work like literally magic but the only bad part of it is the awful smell it doesn’t personally bother me though. Hope this post can help my girlies that have problems when shaving. If you have any questions feel free to ask
Schick-Intuition Naturals Sensation Razor
Basics of self care
Lips and feet are today’s self care topic I’m always on my feet whether I am at work or just cleaning up around the house. Foot care routine: - washing your feet is super important and with spongeables - Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer 5+ it helps literally take the day off and all the buildup that is on your feet. - when I get out of the shower I then put Aveeno - Repairing Cica Foot Mask and I leave it on a little longer than what it says - lastly I take off the mask rub in all the product until it is dry and then give myself my own personal foot massage using the dr. Tesla foot lotion This routine has helped my feet so much since I get such dry feet, my feet have not been dry since. Lip routine: - first make sure you have done your nightly teeth wash before doing this - then you take the TREE HUT - Sugar Lips Lip Scrub I also use the e.l.f. - e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator and scrub your lips ( I prefer to use my fingers but you can also use a lip scrub applicator) - rinse off your lips and check for any left over dead skin and if their is just go over that spot only because you might have missed it - after that apply a lip mask off choice I use wet n wild - Perfect Pout Sleeping Lip Mask and honestly I have really dry lips because I pick at my skin so much on my lips and this has been the only thing that has helped them. I’m starting a new bath and body series but I will still be including skin care. Any question or advice be sure to leave them down below. Always stay positive 😊
spongeables-Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer 5+
How to read the ingredients list
So the cleanser above is my FAVORITE it is GOOD MOLECULES - Clarify & Cleanse Bar the second slide is the ingredient list. 1. When looking at ingredients know that it is ok to have fragrances in products such as cleansers and in face mask. 2. How the ingredients lists works is that the top of the list is what it has most of certain ingredients and as you go down each ingredient becomes less and less ( I know this may not make sense I will describe it once I am done) 3. Parfum and fragrances should be avoided in serums, oils, moisturizers, and basically things that are not going to be washed off right away. To explain the second one: So the first ingredient in this product is sodium coco...... because it is the first ingredient that’s what this product has the most of. The second ingredient is hydrogenated vegetable oil, since it is the second ingredient means that it is second ingredient that is used the most and so on so fourth If you are trying to avoid fragrance look for it on the bottle of it is listed lower on the ingredient list ( for cleansers) then you should be good because it is the least used ingredient. If you have any questions feel free to ask I know this post in confusing but I’m willing to help anyone who needs it and is new to their skincare journey 😊😊😊
GOOD MOLECULES-Clarify & Cleanse Bar
About oil cleansing
The one in the picture is a travel size one!!! I prefer getting smaller ones to see whether or not I would repurchase the bigger version. How it cleanses: - lift excess sebum, the oily substance produced by glands on your skin -clean out clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads -remove dead skin, pollutants, and makeup How to add it to your routine: be mindful that this can be your only cleanser or you can double cleanse. Using oil as your only cleanser: 1.Apply the oil to your dry face. Use your fingertips to gently massage the oil into the skin for a minute or two to remove impurities like makeup and dead skin cells, and let it penetrate the skin. 2.Use a damp, warm washcloth to gently wipe away the oil. Be careful not to press too hard or scrub at your skin, as this can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. A smooth, soft washcloth is best. You can also rinse with warm water. 3. Pat dry with a towel and apply moisturizer if you feel you need it. As a double cleanser: Follow the same steps above just make sure you follow up with a cleanser that best suits your skin. How often should you oil cleanse: it is recommend once everyday but since my skin can get irritated super easily I do it every other day. Overall, my thoughts on oil cleansing is that my skin feels free and super clean after double cleansing my pores feel super free and it works amazing for me. If you want to know more about oil cleansing I recommend watching golden rx on YouTube and she has a video dedicated to oil cleansing.
DHC-Deep Cleansing Oil
Nail Care Hacks EVERYONE Should Know
This quarantine is too long. When was the last time you got your manicure? It’s actually very easy to do it at home by yourself and it safes a lot of $$$. Here is my at home STEP BY STEP Manicure Prep. The perfect nails are always based on the perfect nail foundation. All the tools are accessible at drugstore or even dollar stores. You want to start with a clean nail first. Once the nails are completely clean. You can roughly cut or buff the edges. The next step is to push the cuticles back and trim them. I like to use this metal tool. And a cuticle trimmer. REVLON - Expert Nail Groomer REVLON - Gold Series Titanium Toenail Nipper *TIP* One thing to notice here is that you want to make sure that your nails are damp. So either soak them in warm water like what they did in the salon. And apply a layer of softener. picture polish - Cuticle Wipe Out Or you can also do it when you get out of the shower when you cuticles are nice and soft. That’s the easiest time to trim your cuticles. I normally use this push to gently push back my cuticles you may not be able to get a clean nail right away but we will buff leftover off later so no worries at this point. This process should not hurt at all. If you find this process painful, you are either pushing your cuticles too far they are not soft enough. Then you can use your trim to cut off those pieces. Next you’ll need a nail file. Im using a medium 100/180 grit. ORLY - Black Board Medium 180 Grit Based on your preferences on nail shapes ( square or round) to smooth up the edges by filing back and forth. I personally like square but rounded on the edges. When you are working on the side, make sure they are evenly filed and symmetric. Try to avoid sharp edges. And stop when you are happy with the shape and length. Next tool I will be using is a Buffing Block with 3 different grid sides. I would buff off the sharp edges and buff on the top to smooth it out. This step also helps the paint stay longer. Finish up by brushing off the dust.
ORLY-Black Board Medium 180 Grit
💤 Dream Patch~ Includes 4 patches. It Is Infused with 10 mg of melatonin, along with hops & valerian root to give you the quality shut eye you have been craving. 🔑 Key Ingredients~ Melatonin~ A natural occurring hormone in your body. Helps to regulate your sleep & wake cycles. Valerian Root~A native to Europe & Asia. The root of the plant has been long used to treat insomnia. Hops~Is one of the ingredients they use to make beer. It has natural sedative effects, & helps you sleep longer. 💭 My thoughts~ For sometime now I have had insomnia and have taken 6 mg of melatonin pills off & on to help me sleep. The pills do help me fall asleep but I end up waking up several times during the night & have a hard time going back to sleep. The patches are easy to use, just peel & stick on the inside of your wrist. I would put it on about a hour before bedtime, within a hour I was in dreamland. I did wake up in the middle of the night but could easy fall right back asleep. In the morning I felt well rested and not groggy at all. To buy dream patches separately from the Get Balanced Patch Set they start out at $12.00 for 4 patches. This patch is a great backup to my sleep aid but For me to repurchase it’s not economical because I use melatonin more than 10 times a month. I will be on the look out for something with similar ingredients. 4/5 ⭐️ due to the price. THE GOOD PATCH - Dream 🌸B12 Awake Patch~Includes 4 patches. This Patch Is Infused with caffeine, B12 and green tea extract to power you through the afternoon slump. 🔑Key ingredients~ B12~Helps boost your body’s energy production. Caffeine~Is a stimulant that helps keep you awake and alert. Green tea Extract~ Not only does it keep you alert it also Boosts brain function. 💭 My Thoughts~ I thought at first the patch wasn’t working then all of sudden I got a burst of energy that lasted all day. I was worried since it had caffeine in it that it would make me feel jittery & anxious but I didn’t have any side effects. I love this patch and think it worked great but I think it’s little expensive. It starts out a $12 dollars for 4 patches. 4/5 ⭐️ THE GOOD PATCH - B12 Awake 🍷 Rescue Patch~Infused with B1, B complex and green tea extract to bounce back from a night out. 🔑 Key ingredients~ B1~is also involved in the flow of electrolytes into and out of muscle and nerve cells B Complex~ Energy levels, brain function Green tea extract~Boots Brain function and Alertness. 💭 My thoughts~ I used this because I was feeling sluggish one day and it help give me a boost of energy just like the awake patch. I don’t drink to the extent of having a hangover any more, so I can’t properly tell you if it would help with a hangover or not. Sold separately it’s 4 patches for $12. 4/5 ⭐️ due to price THE GOOD PATCH - Rescue
THE GOOD PATCH-B12 Awake
💫Why You Need to Add Emulsions to Your Skincare Routine
Emulsions seem to be a mystifying topic in skincare world. It gets thrown around a lot, yet no one really knows what it is or why you should use it. It’s understandably difficult to know everything in the skincare world as companies tend to create jargon that make the already vast world of skincare products even more complex. Emulsions are one of those products you’ve never heard of but may come across and wonder if it would be beneficial for your skincare routine.
My go-to face cleansing tool
I LOVE 💕 my PMD Clean! 😂 Did you read that in Oprah’s voice too? I’ve been using it weekly for the last year. Since incorporating this facial cleaning tool into my routine, I haven’t had any blackheads. OK, maybe one or two here or there but this baby has kept them at bay. Prior to purchasing the PMD Clean 🧼 I was a Clarisonic user. I would use that device twice daily, which resulted in me over cleaning and drying out my skin. The other reason I switched from that brand was due to the expense of constantly having to purchase brush heads for the tool. The device itself was already an investment! Plus, I found those brush heads to be a breathing ground for bacteria. The brush heads are literally smearing the dirt you wash off your face back onto your face with each use. Gross! 🤢🤮 Even worse, most of the face grime and water lives underneath the brush head and results in mold. I gave my Clarisonic to a friend. The PMD Clean caught my attention primarily because it’s a one-time purchase. You buy it for $99, although I snagged mine at TJMAXX for $39, and you’re done. No more buying brush heads. The device is made out antibacterial silicone which makes it sanitary to use. My esthetician says you can mix a small bottle with rubbing alcohol and water 💦 to spray and clean it if you’d like. The head of the device also has a dual side which you can use for massages. I comes in handy after you apply your serums and your oils. It provides about 7,000 vibrations per minute, according to the company. There are four speeds. I use the first two for cleaning my face and the last two speeds for far massages. I love my device. I highly suggest it for someone looking to add a facial cleanser to their routine. I knocked one star off because the device doesn’t come with a cover. It’s sits out on your sink as is. I was so happy when they launched their travel container which makes taking this on trips a little bit easier. 4 out of 5 stars 🌟 #pmd - Clean Pro[goods]#[FourStars]
ONLY THING THAT CURED MY DANDRUFF
History: I have suffered from [extremely] bad dandruff for the past 4 years or so. I’m not sure what caused it, but I noticed it appeared around the time I dyed my hair. I WISH I could include pictures of my scalp before/after using ACV so that you could see how incredible the results were for me. I’ve tested out so many scalp detox treatments and shampoos that were meant to help with dandruff, but nothing worked. The more products I tested, the worse it got, not to mention I was spend so much money trying to figure out how to get rid of it. I’m very skeptical when it comes to at-home remedies/treatments for skin and hair, but I decided to try out ACV because I’d read so many stories online of people who used it to help with their scalp. Plus I’d given up hope in trying out actual hair products. I’m so so happy I gave it a shot because it completely healed my scalp to the point where I don’t feel the need to experiment with any more products. Use: I do this treatment once a week after I shampoo my hair. I fill a cup with warm water and add in the ACV [ I use about 1/2 cup of water and 1/8 cup of ACV]. Make sure to shampoo your hair first, rinse it out, then go in with the mixture. It is very irritating, so keep it away from your eyes! I pour it slowly around different parts of my scalp and rub it in with my fingers. I leave it to soak for 2-5 minutes depending on how my scalp feels that day. When it is done soaking, rinse it out thoroughly. It does leave a slightly strong scent afterward, but it goes away by the next day. Science: ACV balances the pH level of the scalp. Our skin and hair are supposed to naturally maintain a balanced pH level, but toxins, stress, inflammatory foods, etc can ruin that balance. Sebum [hair and scalp oil] has a naturally acidic pH level which helps to prevent fungi and bacteria in the scalp. If the pH level becomes too alkaline, that lead to dry scalp or dandruff. Because ACV is naturally very acidic, it helps to maintain a healthy balance. ACV is also very rich in vitamin C, which is important for maintaining a healthy scalp. Value: $6 For Braggs ACV, which is the brand most people use [it includes ‘the mother’]. It can be found at health food stores or on Amazon!
How To: Hyaluronic Acid 💕
Hyaluronic Acid is probably one of the most well known skincare ingredients on the market. We’ve all heard the “it holds 1000x it’s weight in water” claim it holds. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized this “fool proof” ingredient was a little more tricky than I thought. To break it down hyaluronic acid is a sugar that holds water to keep the skin plump and hydrated. It’s purpose is to attract, hold, and prevent the evaporation of water in the skin. It’s a great ingredient to treat dehydration and dull skin. Now the reason this product can be tricky is depending on where you live the product reacts differently. You definitely want to use this if you live in a humid climate. It’s going to take water from the environment and naturally draw it into the skin. If you live in a dry climate I would probably stay away from this ingredient as it can have a reverse affect. Instead it can have a tendency to draw the water from your skin instead because there isn’t as much in the environment. You also always want to seal it in with a moisturizer so you don’t experience what is called TEWL (trans epidermal water loss). TEWL is the process in which we lose water across the skin from evaporation. When I use this product I always cleanse, use a toner (if you have one in your routine), and then the hyaluronic acid. Because of the thinner consistency of the product it’s better to layer it in the beginning. My favorite so far is the GOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum . For $6 you get 1 oz of product. Unlike other hyaluronic acid serums I’ve used this doesn’t have a sticky feeling. It’s very lightweight and absorbs right into the skin which I feel is optimal for daily use under make up. I do have dehydrated skin despite it being oily and this has helped me combat that and I notice I have less dry patches when I use it.
GOOD MOLECULES-Hyaluronic Acid Serum