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At home dermaplaning
I’ve been doing a lot of research on at home dermaplaning because it’s something I’ve wanted to try but needed all the information first. What is dermaplaning? Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face. It's also called microplaning or blading. Dermaplaning aims to make your skin's surface smooth, youthful, and radiant. ... It's also used to remove “peach fuzz,” the short, soft hairs on your face. Estheticians may do this as part of a facial or as it’s own service. But, with the proper tools and some patience, you can do this treatment at home. While looking for information on dermaplaning, I found that it could be done on a dry face or with facial oil. I was a title nervous to try it with oil for the first time, what if I slipped?! So dry skin it was for my first attempt. I sprayed my face with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Spray and wiped it with a cotton round to remove excess oils. Then, once my skin was dry I started dermaplaning on my cheeks. Using light downward strokes, avoiding my sideburns. After my cheeks, I moved to my forehead. I was surprised how much flaky skin was being removed from that area!! Once the broad areas were complete, I moved to my jaw line, around my mouth, and finally around my nose. My skin is most sensitive in this area, so I think next time I’ll avoid it all together. It was a fairly quick process. I went slow as to not nick my skin. A light hand is key. And don’t go over the same area again and again, as it can lead to irritation. When I was finished, I rinsed my face with warm water and immediately applied The Ordinary - Matrixyl* 10% + HA as it is a humectant and I also used The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% along with a generous amount of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane once all of that had soak in thoroughly, I lathered on my SPF for the day. Be cautious about applying any acids the first day as they may irritate your skin. But let me tell you, my makeup looked fantastic all day long. I had way less breaking up around my nose and mouth than I normally encounter. The foundation laid so smoothly and lasted much longer. I’m very happy with the end result. When I attempt dermaplaning again in a few weeks, I’m going to try it using oil and I’ll let everyone know how it goes! *I’m not a professional esthetician or make up artist. This is just my personal experience and I am in no way encouraging others to try this or any other procedures at home*
My “Ordinary” Journey
My skincare routine needed a revamp but I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to use products with good ingredients but I know many companies “green wash” to make you believe all their ingredients are great. I did lots of research and decided to give The Ordinary a try. A little background on my skin: I have aging skin (I’m pushing 38) and it’s been on the dryer side since having kids. I also tend to get peri-oral dermatitis every winter. Then of course, I still get occasional breakouts! Yay hormones 😜 In September, as I was running out of my current skincare products, I replaced them with The Ordinary. I chose HONEST - Gentle Gel Cleanser as I didn’t want anything to harsh or stripping on my dry skin. After I cleanse, I mist my face with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Spray then apply The Ordinary - Matrixyl* 10% + HA Because this contains HA, it should be applied to damp skin. On top of that I apply The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% I gave this 4 stars because it’s sooooo sticky and takes a while to dry down before I can move to my next step. After that drys, I go for The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I may not have clear skin all of the time, but when I do get blemishes, they clear up very quickly. This stuff is amazing! I follow that with The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and COOLA - Classic Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 Since starting this routine, my skin looks so much better when I apply makeup and when I don’t wear any, My skin tone much more even. And this year, as winter approached, I did not develop peri-oral dermatitis. My skin retains moisture so much better than it ever has.
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Empties September- December 2020
These are some of my empties from the last few months. Here’s my quick review of them and whether I plan to repurchase: Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer My go-to moisturizer during the summer and got me through til September. I did a longer review of this on my page if you would like to read. Would I repurchase: Yes; and I plan to when it warms up again! FIRST AID BEAUTY - 5 in 1 Eye Cream Also did a review of this. It was hard to say if it did much, and therefore I don’t have much to speak of. Would I repurchase: No; there’s other eye creams on the market I prefer with a similar price, if not cheaper. Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo A cult favorite scalp scrub, and I see what the hype was as it definitely cleaned my scalp as a weekly refresher. I bought the 1oz size for $11 and was able to get about a month and a half worth of use from it (using it once a week). Would I repurchase: Probably not; the full size version is $42 and there are much more affordable scalp scrubs and clarifying products that give you similar results. boscia - Cactus Water Moisturizer I bought this to replace my hydroboost moistuizer as the seasons changed. I also did a longer review of this in comparison with Neutrogena as they’re both gel moisturizers. Would I repurchase: No; I wasn’t a fan of the tackiness and it didn’t seem worth the price point. fresh - Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer Fresh is one of those brands that is definitely pricey, but it shows in the quality of their products. You’re paying for a more luxurious feeling, and this moisturizer worked really well with both my oily skin, and the cold weather. Would I repurchase: Yes, and I already did! I got the full size version in the holiday set they had with their rose toner (which I also love). Not Pictured: HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Facial Toner A solid, affordable toner. Check my page to read my full review of it. Would I repurchase: Yes; a great toner to have in my arsenal during the warmer months. Ayele&Co. - Sunflower sweets serum My go-to face oil (it’s called a serum but really it’s a face oil). I’ve been using this for years and it’s become a staple in my nighttime routine. This is compatible with oily, acne prone skin, and I truly think it’s helped my skin’s oil production level out. It helps seal in moisture overnight, and I think it’s given my skin a nice inner glow. Would I repurchase: Yes! Always! I cannot recommend this oil enough, especially if you have oily skin. Here’s to a new year and new beauty finds!
Heritage Store Rosewater Facial Toner
HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Facial Toner I tried using the Heritage Store Rosewater Facial Spray as a toner, and it was great until it got even colder and my skin got drier. I decided to try the Toner version of it and it’s definitely more moisturizing! I really like it so far. It had Hyaluronic acid in it for extra moisture and is alcohol and oil free. It also has Glycerin and Organic Aloe Vera. The directions say to use a cotton round but I just put it on my hands (carefully) and kind of just slap it on my face. I think this may be my go to toner for the winter time.
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My skincare journey!
Hello! My name is Emily and I recently discovered this app and have decided to do what absolutely no one has asked for: explain my somewhat complicated skincare routine and my skin’s history! When I was in middle school I had what I called an acne-stache that I was constantly ashamed of, but you know... puberty be like that. In high school I didn’t really have many problems with my skin besides the occasional hormonal pimple. I even used coconut oil on my face nightly which is something that I would almost never do now (occasionally use it to remove stubborn eye makeup, but that’s pretty rare). Once I moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Northern California, sh*t hit the fan. The last 3 pictures provided show the mess that my skin became which was very weird to me because I had practically lived in LA every summer for around 8 years before moving there in 2017 and never had my skin act in such a way. So, pretty much since then I have been using natural skin care items and am proud of how far I’ve come. My skin’s not perfect (damn hormones) but it’s not too bad either. My most recent skincare routine consists of: Washing my face every other night with Incredible BY NATURE - African Black Soap . Then tone with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Aromatherapy Water Rose Petals to prep for GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum or (once a week) GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment . Finally, I moisturize with Incredible BY NATURE - African Shea Butter . I know it sounds super complicated but basically I had been using the african black soap and shea butter nightly since May 2018 (after trying Burts Bees products with no avail) and as my skin got better I added more specific ingredients to target my main issues without causing more problems (and realized that only washing every other night was better for my skin for some unknown reason discovered by accident lol). By summer 2019 I was tired of making diy turmeric masks and decided to try The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution once a week which I liked, but —since I was only using it once a week— I had way too much left by the time it expired so I switched to Good Molecules overnight exfoliating treatment in summer 2020. (I love it and the niacinamide serum so far!). Also IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO USE SUNSCREEN especially when using “brighteners” like glycolic acid and whatnot. This is something I struggle to remember daily but I’m really trying and I’ve been using BARE REPUBLIC - Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 I give it 4 stars right now simply because I’m still not sure if it adds to my chin pimples or I’m just crazy, or possibly both..? Idk, but I love how velvety it feels when applying it to my face so I’ll keep using it.
🌤Easy A.M Routine🌤
I love to sleep, so the last thing I want to do at 5:30am when I wake up is a ridiculously long skincare routine. However, the A.M routine is just as important as your nighttime routine. Especially when it comes to UV protection. simple is sometimes all you need. 🌤🌤🌤🌤 ￼I always use a cleanser with active ingredients in the A.M, really no particular reason other than so use a gentle one at night. Some by Mi- 30 Day Miracle Acne Clean Foam It’s really creamy, but if you have skin that’s more sensitive it may be a little drying. To me it smells like menthol and it does have a minty feeling. Usually this would be bothersome, but it’s super gentle. It also contains Centella Asiatica which is great for redness relief. ￼I then liberally spray HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Aromatherapy Water Rose Petals as a moisture/toner step. I don’t really need this step but I love the smell so much. It does provide some moisture but nothing too crazy. ￼ETUDE - SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream This is by far my absolute favorite moisturizer. It sinks in really fast and has no scent and is perfect for any skin type. I can’t possibly count how many tubes I’ve purchase but it’s so so incredible. ￼I love Korean eye creams. Unlike their western counterparts you get so much product for a very wallet friendly price. MIZON - Snail Repair Eye Cream is by far my favorite, the snail mucin can have brightening effects and I have seen a decrease in my dark circles, but it could be because I’ve been getting more sleep. My eyes are really sensitive and dry from allergies, but i’ve had no issues with irritation. It sits well under concealer and it’s the first eye cream that stops my concealer from creasing. ￼My final step and obviously the MOST IMPORTANT is sunscreen. All you young humans please wear your sunscreen, you won’t regret it! I’ve been using Bioré - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ for around 8 years and its the best I have found so far. It has a very light scent, leaves no white cast, and is non greasy. It sinks in really quickly, and kind of acts as a primer for makeup because it has make me less oily. If you hate sunscreen, do yourself a favor and try this. I really don’t think you’ll regret it! 🌤🌤🌤🌤 Have you tried any of these products? If so what’s your favorite?
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I found this gem in T.J.Maxx. I love facial sprays and this one gives my skin a glow and has a scent of roseHERITAGE STORE - Rosewater & Glycerin Atomizer
Hello, so I been struggling with my skin for years. I’m 29 now & it hasn’t seemed to get any better. I use to think the tiniest pimples or marks were a problem but my skin kept getting worse. These pix are a week apart & the top is today. Last October my skin hit a low & I decided to cut dairy. It helped, then my skin got bad again & I cut out meat. It helped for a little again. I tried so much products. I was on Zo skincare & helped but it’s too expensive to continue so I’m in the process of devolving my own affordable skin routine. A month ago I started the pill (birth control) & right before that my skin was going crazy, I think because I was trying new products. I think my skin is purging from products and the pill? I’ll post my now routine any suggestions will help but I think I’m on the right path finally 🤞🏼 The app has helped me a lot. PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength for wash OLE HENRIKSEN - Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner I use this toner HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater & Glycerin Atomizerthen spray this & I’m about to start sugergoop everyday spf 50 lotion. At night use DERMA•E - Vitamin C Intense Night Cream & I’m slowly using DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel
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Ways to grow brows & lashes
HERITAGE STORE - Castor Oil ￼castor oil can be used to grow the brows and lashes ￼thick texture and slightly colored with a nutty aroma ￼pressed from the castor bean this oil is only made from one ingredient ( always buy your oils cold pressed!) ￼honestly for me this helped a little bit, definitely took longer to see progress and caused a little acne, also made my eyes sting even if I didn’t get any in them ￼messier and harder to use in my opinion ￼does work well on my actually hair though which is why I keep this around Vaseline - 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original ￼Vaseline is a triple filtered petroleum jelly used to heal cracked or wounded skin ￼many people think it’s toxic or unsafe but there hasn’t been actually evidence of that. Maybe unrefined it is dangerous but this isn’t unrefined petroleum jelly. The parts that are considered carcinogenic are removed during the purification process (that is only applicable to the Vaseline brand, not all petroleum jelly products are considered “clean”) ￼only apply to clean skin or else you are trapping in bacteria 🦠 ￼I use this after I moisturize then I apply to brows and lightly on the lashes - this traps moisture in and protects from external environment. I have actually seen progress and my brows are more filled in and less patchy - also darker in color! My lashes aren’t as brittle and don’t fall out - can’t say they are any longer though. ￼Vaseline jelly itself is not a moisturizer 🧴 it only locks 🔒 the moisture in ￼I personally feel petroleum jelly is safe so long as you don’t ingest and always buy name brand “Vaseline” due to their purity process. I feel like there’s a lot of fear mongering in the clean beauty industry about this even when doctors and dermatologist recommend it to people for certain conditions. Definitely don’t slather it on your face as it could potentially clog pores but don’t shy away from an inexpensive and multi purposeful product!
My hair growth journey
2 years ago I decided to cope with my anxiety by impulsively cutting off 16 in of my hair. Not a good idea... I wanted my hair back and I wanted it back fast. I feel like growing out your hair is always kinda a shitty process and mine grows exceptionally slow. I was determined to grow my hair out as soon as possible. The picture on the left is a little over a year ago and on the right is my hair currently. It’s hard to pinpoint what product really grew my hair the most. I did castor oil masks at least once a weak, bought a scalp massager on Amazon, I invested in some scalp treatments and got trims every so often. I decided to give the famous Sugar Bear hair vitamins a try although I was skeptical. I always thought they were just a gimmick that celebrities got paid a fortune to endorse. But sure enough they work!! My hair has always been very thin and straight but after just a few weeks taking them my hair was so much more dense and full. In conclusion, if you’re thinking of cutting off all your hair think long and hard about it. I don’t think I’ll be getting any haircuts for quite a while.
Best moisturizer for oily combination skin! 💗
Started using HERITAGE STORE - Aura Glow Gel Cream, Hydrating Rose about a month ago so I figured it was enough time to give an honest review! ✨ I’ve always struggled with overly oily and sensitive skin. I could never could find a moisturizer that didn’t leave my skin so oily to the point where my eyes burn at the end of the day. It also has clean ingredients and has the most wonderful smell of roses! 🌹What is there not to love?!
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Heritage Store Rosewater Spray - No Bueno
I’d rather get coal than the HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Spray . Harsh, I know. But it’s the truth! I picked this up from Marshall’s for about $6.99 because I heard great things about it. The product has a simple ingredient list of water, hydroessential rose, and flower oil and I was even happier to learn that it was alcohol-free! The spray is super versatile and can be used to add shine to your hair, tone/hydrate your face, or soften the skin on the rest of your body. It’s also supposed to help maintain good PH levels and cleanse excess oil. I purchased this specifically as toner/hydrator for my face to keep my skin from drying out throughout the day. Upon giving it an initial spritz, the product smelled just like rose petals. It also gave an even mist to the face as opposed to a harsh spray and the product felt light on the skin. The reason I ended up really disliking this product is because it did the opposite of what it said it would do and completely dried out my skin. It didn’t dry it out to the point of tight-ness, but my skin overall just felt terrible. No hydration, no toning, and no softening of the skin. It almost felt like my PH was thrown out of whack. Giving this product a 2/5 and would definitely not recommend because the product doesn’t live up to the hype and there’s better facial/body mists out there.
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Heritage Stone Rosewater Mist
LOVE this facial mist I discovered! I have oily to combination/oily skin. I use it daily and it’s my favorite product to use throughout the summer days to keep refreshed. I was looking for a cheaper and more affordable alternative to Mario Badescu facial sprays and fell in love with this brand. You can find it on Amazon for $12 for 8 oz (compared to Mario Badescu sprays are around $12 for 4 oz only)
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New Products Just Arrived!
I decided I needed a new toner so I bought the HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Facial Tonerfrom Ulta last week and it just arrived today. I just used it for the first time and I’m already loving it! I also picked up TONYMOLY - I'm Peach Sheet Maskand I’m excited to have it in my arsenal. I’m already a big fan of the Tonymoly sheet masks, but I haven’t used the peach one before. Let me know your experiences with these products! 🌹🍑✨
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Treat Yoself… to some roses 🌹 and good vibes ✨
Heritage Store: Rose Petals The OG and hoy grail of all rose waters! Brand Values since 1969 Clean products for people and the planet. | Positive energy and intention in all we do. ingredients: Damask Rose & Vor-Mag™ water *Water (Vor-Mag) that has been vortexed and magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration we believe to be more beneficial. Experience: I don’t know if you have noticed, but SUMMER IS HERE! If you’re a makeup queen or a bare skin fanatic this is the only rose water you will ever really need. It is great as a facial mist to hydrate the skin, freshen up the skin under your makeup throughout the day, or even as a post glam sesh look setter. I was introduced to this product by happenstance while on a road trip many many moons ago, I stumbled across a tiny organic co-op and was in need of a nice soothing refresher to help beat the heat and it has been in my personal and professional kit ever since. The scent, the feeling, really everything about it makes it one of my favorite products year round but especially during the summer. Treat Yoself… to some roses 🌹 and good vibes ✨ in a bottle.HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Spray #cheriecreater #skin #roses #vibecheck #peopleandplanetfriendly
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