How This Beauty Illustrator Uses Social Media To Fuel Her Passions

Meet the beauty illustrator who learned that there's so much more to beauty than products and potions.
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Jan. 21
Illustration by Sona @serumsearch
Illustration by Sona @serumsearch
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Cherie Profiles: @SerumSearchAt Cherie, we believe that beauty should be defined by you. In our Cherie Profiles series, we will spotlight a different Cherie user and share their beauty story.
Self Portrait by Sona @serumsearch
Self Portrait by Sona @serumsearch
Social media can draw a mixed bag of emotions, depending who you ask. You hear the same narrative; that social media can be detrimental to your mental health and actual social life. Like too much of any good thing, excess hours spent on social apps can affect your perception of reality. But, social media can also be used for so much good. The key difference? Moderation and community. In our first Cherie Profile, we talked to Sona, aka @SerumSearch, who uses her social media profile as a place to fuel her passion for art, and how the online skincare community has helped her redefine what beauty means to her. On starting her skincare account"I simply wanted to learn more about my skin. From what would be good for my skin, which ingredients to avoid, and so on. When I started my account, I didn't feel like photographs were my thing, and I didn't really want to pose in my own pictures, but I knew that I wanted to start sharing my opinions. I always loved drawing as a kid, and so it was natural that my skincare account became centered around illustrations. Using social media reignited my passion for illustrating, and getting noticed by brands like Algenist inspired me to keep going."On why people love illustrations"I've learned in the skincare community that people love what's unique. Whether that's individual stories, different realities, people like seeing what's personal. I think that's why they like illustrations—they feel unique and they feel like me. I put a lot of effort into my illustrations and it shows; you can really see me and my personality in each illustration."
Illustration by Sona @serumsearch
Illustration by Sona @serumsearch
On how she defines beauty "I used to be into clear skin and perfect brows and thought that things like that defined beauty, but as I learned from the skincare community, being vulnerable and speaking up is what I think is beautiful now. Human nature is beautiful. I find it beautiful when people open up and speak honestly!"On her hopes for the beauty world and social media"I'm thankful to the beauty community for giving me a reason to create art again, and for teaching me so much about skincare, self-care and true beauty. I'm very excited for the decade ahead of us. I think the era of mass produced, unsustainably sourced beauty is over. I believe 2020 is the year of brands with morals that care about their customers, and consumers that keep them accountable."
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👀 Great Results!! 👀 My New Serum - 💋
👀 Great Results!! 👀 My New Serum - 💋
- Origins Ginzing Into the Glow Brightening Serum - Okay, I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for great packaging. Seriously though. Something could be outrageously priced but have pretty packaging and I’ll end up buying it! (Yeah TonyMoly!) Lol Anywho, when I first came across this serum, my first thought was that it would make great Shelf Candy for Halloween time! Lol It’s bright orange so it’s perfect. 🎃 - Key Ingredients - Vitamin C Hyaluronic Acid AHA/BHA Blend Green Coffee Seed - Benefits (Pro’s) - Reduces Redness Reduces Inflammation Boosts Hydration Improves Sun/Dark Spots Boosts Cell Turnover Brightens and Plumps Skin - Con’s - Burns if used after exfoliating Tad bit expensive Burns if used after plucking hairs Leaves skin a little sticky and tacky I used this serum for a few weeks before even thinking about writing an article about it because I didn’t just want to give my first impressions. This serum was a bit difficult for me at first because the first time I used it I had just deeply exfoliated my skin and used 2 of my torture devices to clear my pores and to remove the small hairs from my face. When I say “Torture Devices”, my 7 year old Son named them that. Lol It’s my Blackhead Vacuum and my Spring Facial Hair Remover. Anywho, back on track. Since I used it right after these, it burned like no one’s business. 😱It felt like a darn Bee Stinging me over and over. 🐝🐝 Nevertheless, I didn’t get discouraged and tried again the next day which still burned but after my skin healed from everything, it never burned again.🥳 Long story short, my skin day by day has started looking brighter and lighter. It is much much smoother which makes wearing Foundation, well.... Smoother. My Dark Sun Spots look 👀 softer than before and the redness in my T-Zone has reduced noticeably. 👹ORIGINS - Ginzing Into the Glow Brightening Serum My skin is softer, looking and feeling more hydrated and moisturized. It has a great texture. It’s like a cream mixed with a serum. It isn’t runny or thin like a normal serum. It isn’t oily and doesn’t have a harsh scent. 🤔 - My Final Thoughts - 🤔 (Every time I say that, I think of Jerry Springer!)🪑 I know that if I would keep using this Serum it would give me much more dramatic results. This serum is an excellent product. It has so many great benefits. It’s 100% Vegan, meaning no animal products.(except for Beeswax and Honey) It gives amazing results in such a short amount of time. It’s definitely worth the price and the purchase. I give it 5 stars! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I recommend it for any skin type or tone. BUT if you have Sensitive skin, I recommend Spot or Patch Testing first because it has ingredients in it that can be harsh on Sensitive Skin sometimes. ❓❓If you have any Questions, Comments, Complaints or Suggestions? Let me know in the comments below! (Hehehe that rhymes!) Lol ❓❓ ✌️♥️ UNTIL NEXT TIME LOVELIES................
Get rid of dry patches instantly -Peeling gels
Get rid of dry patches instantly -Peeling gels
Do you get large or small dry flakey patches because of either colder weather or retinoids or acne treatments? I do get these dry flakey patches all the time with my retinoid use and sometimes when the air gets dry around me. But that isn't the main concern for me, these dry patches come in my way of getting a good flawless foundation routine. When I have an event or meeting to attend and if I have these dry patches it's hard for me to moisturize them and keep them moisturized and look good under my makeup. There was only one solution to such dry fkakey skin, that is Exfoliation!! I figured the quick exfoliating masks and solutions (chemical exfoliation) work but they did not get rid of those dry patches completely. So I tried these peeling gels before my morning shower and vola!! They instantly removed my dry patches and made my skin super soft and smooth for a flawless makeup application!! 😍❤️ I love using these both, @wishful Yo Glow enzyme scrub HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub @saturdayskin Rub-A-Dub Refining peel gel SATURDAY SKIN - Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel ✨ These both are refining physical exfoliators that work by creating white balled up action and pills when you rub it gently on your skin. They generally have chemical exfoliants as well like Papaya and pineapple enzymes as well as physical exfoliators. The lightweight, milky texture gently buffs away dead skin cells and impurities for immediate results that also makes the perfect canvas for seamless makeup application. You start off with a watery gel like this, which you spread over your face then you see the product balling up on your face creating this weird peeled skin texture. ✨But have you Wondered what is it exactly?? Is it your skin falling off or peeling that way? Is it just the product that's balling up and not exfoliate skin well? or is it just a gimmick?? The Answer is: peeling gels are actually a very gentle physical scrub – the scrubbing bits are the soft, bunched up fibres, which are usually made of bunched up acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer* (sometimes listed as “carbomer” in the ingredients list). Some gels also contain a lot of cellulose, which adds to the bunching effect (this is usually in the opaque ones) ☑️😍Conclusion: Peeling gels aren’t chemical exfoliants – they’re gentle physical exfoliants (scrubs). The fibres form from ingredients that are in the gel to begin with, balling up from the rubbing motion with some help from oils on your skin. There will be a small amount of dead skin in there too. I am a fan of Peeling gels, they definitely help me a lot with instant exfoliation without being crazy abrasive on my skin. This is the evidence I like physical exfoliants as much as I love chemical ones. 😊❤️ Have you used Peeling gels? Do you like them? Share your thoughts ❤️
Wonder Woman Halloween makeup!
Wonder Woman Halloween makeup!
Another Halloween 🎃 makeup look!!! With Wonder Woman in mind and A pop art flare, this is definitely a great look for Halloween!!  Be sure to use a good primer, I used ILLAMASQUA - Hydra Veil Primer  Foundation for a flawless base! I used COLOURPOP - Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation Setting powder, to set your base. I used NARS - Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder EYES 👀 From my MORPHE - 35OM Nature Glow Matte Eyeshadow Palette I used the colors creams as a base color, so fetch, and step up on my lid into the crease. I used IL MAKIAGE - Color Boss Multi-Dimensional Eye Color in Eyes on The Prize for my lid and topped it with e.l.f. - Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow in 24k gold for extra pop! I used MAYBELLINE - Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner and Araceli - Ojos Perfectos Liquid Eyeliner for wings and face work. The gel liner was the base and then I went over it will the felt tip. Lashes are ARDELL - Self-Adhesive Lash wispies 700. Brows are billion dollar brows - Brow Powder CHEEKS pixi - Fresh Face Blush in BeachRose for contour/blush. #Laura Sanchez - Moods Eyeshadow Palette[products]#[FiveStars] using the white highlighter. Then layered with OFRA - OFRA Highlighter in glazed donut. LIPS 👄 Lined with the maybelline gel liner, then SEPHORA COLLECTION - Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick on the lips. Then some NYX - White Liquid Liner to highlight certain spots like lips, nose, and chin line.. TIARA 👸 Maybelline gel liner, topped with the Araceli felt tip. I used the golden yellow from my REVOLUTION - Forever Flawless Eyeshadow Palette for base color, then topped it with that ELF 24k gold liquid eyeshadow. Honestly there was supposed to be a red star o. The tiara to be legit Wonder Woman but I got distracted and forgot.🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ This was SUPER 👍 fun to create and I wish I had the outfit to go with it!
NEW BEAUTY YOU NEED✨
NEW BEAUTY YOU NEED✨
I know so many people haven’t had the chance to really dress up during covid and wear any makeup at all even with all the releases😭 Sometimes there are so many releases that it gets hard to keep track of everything and to really know where to spend your money so I’m here to tell you, this is where you really should 💸 Ived followed Vesca Beauty on IG since another influencer mentioned the bronzer like they originally released and the inclusivity with the shades really was the hype! Not only that but the inclusion and the quality of the products were amazing too so it’s a win win!🥳 After getting my hands on the two launches they had, I knew I needed more so I went out and bought their new highlighters and their latest release with their lip oils! 👏🏽 so here are some initial thoughts When it came to the lip oils, I really didn’t think much, I thought they maybe too slippery but that brown shade was calllllling my name and I knew I needed it and honestly it looked so beautiful on their model, I decided to go for it! ✊🏽 and I have to say, this is my new GO TO lip product! I’ve been obsessed with the fenty gloss bombs for years now but this has kind of replaced it for the time being VESCA - Lush Glow Creamy Lip Oil they are legging luscious like the name and super moisturizing and hydrating and pack a punch with colour but you can wear it sheer as well! I mean they are so soft and velvety without feeling like their is a ton of product on the lips! I’m thoroughly surprised As for the their highlighters, I really like the shade but just haven’t been able to play with them as much but they do have a a very buttery formula when using your fingers so as a eyeshadow, this will be gorgeous VESCA - Stargaze Luminous Glow I didn’t expect anything less from such an amazing brand and the size of these are just right as well! Not too big yet not tiny either cause really, who actually finishes an entire highlighter?🤭😉 #cheriepartner
YOU NEED THIS EYE CREAM!!!! I love it so much! 😍
YOU NEED THIS EYE CREAM!!!! I love it so much! 😍
I love this so much had to cut it open and use 😍 Do you love some product so much, you use every last ounce of it 😅❤️ I did with this eye cream! Let me tell you, If you have dark circles, dry under eyes, creasing, crows feet and discoloration (I had all these) YOU NEED THIS EYE CREAM!!!! 🤩 @nuria Defend Triple Action Eye Cream ✨Nuria - Defend Triple Action Eye Cream I had two of these and at first I used for some days loved it and for some reason it was laying under a pile of other eye creams I got later. Recently I was digging into my eye cream section and found it. I started using this again and I was surprised to why I left using this.😍 ☑️So, What is it? It's a lightweight gel eye eye cream made with: ✨Mulberry Root: helps improve the appearance of dark circles by brightening and evening out skin tone. ✨Ginseng: helps fight the appearance of wrinkles and helps give skin a more radiant and youthful appearance. Ginseng also helps balance the oil on your skin, making it suitable for all skin types. ✨Cucumber: helps reduce the appearance of eye puffiness thanks to its flavonoids and antioxidants. ✨Vitamins: help restore your skin’s antioxidant activity, preserve your skin health, and help prevent the visible signs of skin aging. ✨Antioxidants: combat free radicals, which can accelerate the skin aging process by damaging collagen and attacking healthy skin cells. ✨Sodium Hyaluronate: naturally occurring in your body, helps restore moisture to delicate under-eye skin. The main ingredients Ginseng and Mulberry root extract is what works magic for your under eyes. ☑️My experience: It lifted the discoloration I had around my eyes and diminished the look of fine lines and crows feet completely. It made my under eye area so plush and hydrated it looks plump with just one use. I have seen significant improvement in my dark circles and hyperpigmentation. I used this on one of my dark spots to see if it really helps getting rid of hyperpigmentation and it truly does!! I have a whole post made for Ginseng and how it helps with many skin concerns. I believe in Ginseng root and I truly love the Results it gives me 😍 You need to try this eye cream! I'm sure you won't be disappointed! ❤️