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Aquamarine pastel eye look 🧤
This is my entry for the #kjhacademy on IG, the theme was pastel eyeshadow & pink neutral lips , check me out @valchemic 💕 Face: Glossier. - Perfecting Skin Tint ILIA - Color Haze Multi-Matte Pigment Cream Color TOWER 28 - Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer tarte - SEA Hydrocealer Concealer LAWLESS - Lucid Skin Highlighter Eyes: NYX - Ultimate Multi-Finish Shadow Palette BITE - Upswing Full Volume Mascara SAPPHO - New Paradigm Concealer Brows: Glossier. - Brow Flick Glossier. - Boy Brow Lips: lilah b. - Lovingly Lip Tinted Lip Oil BITE - Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon
Top 2020 Cleanser 🧼
To continue my #2020favorites, I’ve tried many cleansers over the year, but the most impressive (and new) to me was the cleansing balm type! WOODLOT - Nourishing Cleansing Balm has been one of my go-to’s for removing the occasional full face of makeup and/or excess oil. Oil-based, it melts the stubbornest of makeup once massaged onto damp skin, turning from balm into a milk. It contains a few essential oils, such as lime, lavender, petit grain and lemon - which I know is a concern for many, but personally my sensitive skin doesn’t mind it, as it’s quickly washed off 🧼 The one thing that’s not my fave about this balm is the lemony scent. Nonetheless, I was super fascinated by the discovery of cleansing balms last year! You can try this one by clicking on my link in bio 🤗 Do you like cleansing balms? What is your favourite?
WOODLOT-Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Lip Care from BITE 👄
Lip care is another important part of skincare, especially if your lips get easily chapped 🥶 and you’re trying to rock all those lipsticks you’re hoping to use up in this lifetime 💄 This year, alongside to trying to drink more water, I’ve been using BITE - Agave+ Weekly Vegan Lip Scrub & BITE - Agave+ Nighttime Vegan Lip Therapy . I enjoy the light vanilla scent and sweet taste of the scrub, after all it contains sugar grains, which I wish were a little finer for smoother exfoliation. To avoid cuts, I gently rub half a pea-sized amount on my lips & then I’m good to go. It’s amazing how so little goes a long way, when it comes to lip scrubs! The balm-to-oil lip therapy, which is chamomile-bergamot scented 😍, seals in moisture, making sure I wake up with less sensitive, yet softer lips 👄 How do you feel about lip care? I’m curious about lip scrubs, in particular!
BITE-Agave+ Nighttime Vegan Lip Therapy
Top 2020 Toners 🌬
I love a good toner, that either helps the skin absorb the following skincare steps in a routine, or has an active that gently exfoliates the skin. 1. For general hydration 💦 my go-to has been GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist , containing inflammatory-reducing ingredients, like silver, magnesium, zinc, copper, with a slight vanilla scent. At night, I use it after cleansing, before applying hyaluronic acid and oil serums. In the morning, I don’t cleanse my face, I refresh my skin and wake myself up with this instead, before applying on a moisturizer. 2. An exfoliating toner 🧹 I was using a lot at the beginning of the year is @sahajanskincare’s sahajan - Balance Toner . It’s an Ayurvedic blend, containing moringa oil, rose water, fruit extracts and salicylic acid, so it’s gentle on the skin while smoothing out texture, overtime (which is why I use it less often now). After direct use, the skin feels soft rather than tight. I remember being amazed at how quickly it was able to reduce incoming blemishes and recent dark spots. Both of these toners also claim to protect the skin from pollution, but more on that later. Are you more of a hydrating or exfoliating toner type of person? Check out my link.tree for discount code/affiliate links 😊
Top 2020 Serums 💦
It felt like the year of serums, I usually use a hydrating serum then an oil to lock in the moisture. Here are the ones I really enjoyed ✨ GRAYDON - Fullmoon Serum 💦 (#giftedPR; discount code 15VALCHEMIC) - my multitasking serum: a retinol alternative (moth bean), vegan HA (senna), vitamin C (moringa) - correct & protect type: reduces fine lines + the appearance of breakouts/scars; keeps the skin hydrated - beautiful cyan colour from soothing blue tansy + anti-pollution malachite When it comes to HA serums, I usually prefer them more plump, but this won me over. PUUR Ingrid - Repair Booster 🩹 Disclaimer: I’m not high maintenance when it comes to skincare oils, unless I need one with a specialized function. I could really get by with jojoba alone (shout out skincare minimalism), but I’m quite impressed with this one! - my favourite daily oil - contains collagen-boosting squalane, antioxidant Berkemyol green tea + pine bark + other oils like grape seed, rose hip seed, apricot kernel - pleasant scent, reminiscent of baby oil It does contain some essential oils, like lavender, rose geranium & ylang ylang. Fortunately, they don’t overdo it on the two aforementioned EOs, and personally I love ylang ylang, so I’m content. Note: I usually don’t use these at the same time. How do you feel about oils? Do you notice a huge difference between most of them? Or are you happy with most of them?
Top 2020 Face Mask 🎭
I started using this before Oprah Magazine mentioned it 😜 Working in beauty retail, this year, from micrograins to clay, I’ve tried more masks than ever before! sahajan - Brightening Mask is definitely my favourite one, as it is quite straightforward and didn’t keep me waiting long to witness its efficacy. Containing key ingredients, like the exfoliating AHAs from fruit acids, soothing hemp seed oil, and anti-inflammatory turmeric, the skin is left noticeably clearer and smoother by the next day. I felt so BRAND 👏🏽 NEW 👏🏽 after my first use. I integrate this into my nighttime skincare routine about twice a month for 15 mins on a cleansed face, whenever I’m looking to turn my dull skin into a glow. A little bit goes a long way, and the mask tends to fade really quickly when it’s on. I also like how it lowkey smells like Trader Joe’s skittles, if they had ‘em 🍊 At $65 CAD, it’s worth it IMO as it can last a long time. I got mine as a work gift when it first launched last winter, and it’s still about half full. Feel free to ask me questions about whether or not this mask would be a good fit for you. I also signed up to be Sahajan’s affiliate (see link tree) I’m gonna have to write more about this brand, as it’s truly one of my faves, bringing Ayurveda and clinical science together ✨
WATERMELON JELLY MASK : first impressions
#Masque Bar - Watermelon Jelly Mask[products]#[ThreeStars] The Watermelon Jelly Mask by Masque Bar went on clearance at my local drugstore, and the packaging was so cute I decided I had to give it a try. It can still be found for sale on Masque Bar’s website for $4.99 USD. CLAIMS: “An innovative hydrogel mask infused with Watermelon extract deeply moisturizes, effectively restores skin radiance, softness and elasticity. The hydrogel mask gradually heats up when it comes into contact with the skin and, due to its tight fit, maximizes the penetration of active ingredients.” MY EXPERIENCE: Okay, first the good. This mask made my skin look really nice after I took it off!!! It had a smell that, despite not being watermelon-like at all, was pleasant and not annoying for the time I left it on (about 10 minutes). I did not wash any remaining product off my face afterwards. Now the bad.... what the #%$& is with the shape of this mask?!? LOOK AT THE SECOND PICTURE. The website describes it as a “tight fit”, but it hardly resembled what the average human face is shaped like. My entire nose apart from the tip never made contact with the mask as the hydrogel was too stiff I am assuming?? Which is bothersome. VERDICT: I purchased two of these, and I certainly liked it enough to give it another try. But let’s not kid ourselves, this mask is clearly not a “tight fit” AT ALL🤣
Alley Oop Multi Lip Trio in “Red and Done”
Guys!! I just discovered my new holy grail lip product - in the perfect red! This little guy comes with three different finishes - gloss, matte, and cream! What’s your favorite finish? #Alley oop - Multi-mood lip trio[products]#[FiveStars]
2020_T O P F I V E
The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution This is by far my top product of this year. In the beginning I wasn’t consistent but after few uses even on my lazy routine weeks I was able to see the results. Now I do use it religiously 2x and my skin is even looking better l. The price tag 🏷 is unbeatable and of course I’ll keep using this even in the upcoming years(hope 🤞🏽) FAUX PEARL HEADBANDS I’m the crazy of the headbands, this year I took advantage of this pear headbands. This one was my go to from basic looks to classics. I’ve always had an headband with me. And this one was my favorite and even now I still using them. MY BEST LOOK I consider this one my best look because it was one of the pictures Which made me look into myself differently this year. I was always avoiding myself from people because of criticism that I was skinny, need to eat more, while I was stressing over school and I’ve lost my confidence for few months and on this day I’ve decide to accept myself the way I’m and not please people. FAVORITE CREATOR ON CHERIE @Skinovations_ [Really good and informative Content] SOMETHING I’VE LEARNED 2020 was a year full of emotions, ups and downs. Difficult for a lot of people and brought up a lot of lessons in our lives. I’ve learned a lot during this year but one of the most important thing I learned is to “Be Grateful and Appreciate the life“ . I feel like this quote is something which really helped me through this year, I’ve appreciated more about what I have and didn’t worry about what I wanted to have. I can say that even this is as a difficult year but was the year which I’ve learned the most and appreciated more the people I have by my side.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Topicals is everything y’all💖
#Gifted Say hello to my babies💗💛 This year has been a lot🙃(you can say it sucked, or you can see it was different either way your not wrong) I try to find the little things that bring me joy and these two are one of them. 💗The Faded serum has change the hyperpigmentation game if you didn’t know. My hyperpigmentation has lightened tremendously😱 💗 Keep in mind my scars are not all gone but with more time they will be😁 💛I was honestly shocked with how much I love the “Like Butter” cream🤭 I’m oily so I didn’t think it would do much to my skin but here I am using it as moisturizer and loving it. This was the perfect introduction to soothing ingredients💛 I would say dry skin people would love it but everyone will love this😁 This combo has got my skin looking right honestly😭 TOPICALS - Faded and Like Butter Duo
TOPICALS-Faded and Like Butter Duo
Fenty Beauty - Queen of all Queens?
FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Hydrating Primer This primer makes everything stay in place! No shiny, oily and slippage here folks. This primer also enhances the makeup and not a lot of primers can successfully do that. 🥰 FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation Since I tend to shine like a diamond 💎 (see what I did there) after a few hours of wearing makeup, I tried this thinking that I would have the same experience. I honestly did not have this issue until about 10 hours later 😳 😊🥰. It matched my skin tone perfectly and since I did my research on oxidation of this product, I bought the perfect shade for me the first time around. I love this and I can’t even let it run out. That’s how important this is to my makeup routine. ❤️ FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer It’s a great concealer. Don’t get me wrong! I just need a thicker concealer. It’s good but I am just not a big fan of the concealer ❌. FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder The powder is AMAZING 🤩! I couldn’t even tell you how many times this powder came thru in tough, hot and oily situations. Very light weight and sets my face perfectly. I’m highly impressed! ✅ FENTY BEAUTY - Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick The lipsticks are great but again the consistency isn’t for me. I’m more of a Huda Beauty lip person where it’s light and gives a shimmery type of glow. The lipsticks are great but just not my favorite.⛔️❌ FENTY BEAUTY - Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter This highlighter is amazing when you learn how to use it properly. When I first used it, I looked like I got hit with a gold glitter stick ✴️. Now, I use a light hand and it always comes out perfect. Every single time 💞💞💞!!! The only reason it gets a four instead of a five is because I think they should put it as a warning ⛔️ ⚠️ on the box to use a light touch when applying to help out new users. Other than that, this product is 🔥 🔥 🔥!!! After using so many of the products, I can honestly say that Fenty Beauty gets four and a half out of five stars! 💫 There are too many great products that are reasonably priced that work very well. The shade range is still unmatched and the quality is amazing! I was so excited for this launch and after using it for so long, this is definitely the Queen of all Queens in the makeup industry so far.
FENTY BEAUTY-Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
Everything about polyhydroxy acids (PHAs)
You no longer need to trade soft and moisturized skin for anti-aging benefits.... Shout out to 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝘆𝗵𝘆𝗱𝗿𝗼𝘅𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗱𝘀, aka, 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀. Basically, 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀 are the 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙩 skin exfoliating acids yet provide similar benefits to its “harsher” cousins AHAs. Unlike other skin exfoliating acids, they are humectants thus moisturizing. They leave your skin looking brighter, glowier and younger. 😍 💯 The evidence Studies demonstrated: 👵🏾 strong anti-aging benefits of PHAs when combined: (1) with topical retinyl acetate (pro-Vitamin A), (2) when combined in a regimen that included hydroquinone (OTC strength), (3) when combined in a regimen that included azelaic acid 15% gel. 👨🏾🦳 comparable anti-aging benefits to its cousins, AHAs. Who is 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀 good for? 👍🏽 Compatible with all skin (African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian) 🚨 If you have 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲/𝗱𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻, these exfoliating acids are for you!! Works well for people with sensitive/dry skin who cannot tolerate stronger skin exfoliating acids.❤️ How should I incorporate 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀 in my skincare routine? 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀 are formulated as toners, face washes, serums. I personally prefer the face wash or toner formulation. How often should I use 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀? Depends on the formulation you are using. In the studies, patients tolerated daily use well. Can’t go wrong with starting 3 times a week. 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀 works well with? Retinoid derivatives, hydroquinone, other skin acids (azelaic acid). 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝘀 in pregnancy/breastfeeding? Generally considered safe but always discuss with your 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁 and 𝗼𝗯𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗻.