This Ancient Body Treatment Will Leave You Feeling Like You’re On Cloud-9Need a major dose of relaxation? We got our first Thai massage and we're never looking back.
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! Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrated in many countries around the world, Lunar New Year is a time to bring in new prosperity and luck for the upcoming year. While the beginning of the year is always a fresh start, this years is especially so because it's the beginning of a new decade, and, the Year of The Rat, which is the first sign of the Chinese Zodiac. To honor this celebration, we're highlighting beauty traditions from countries that celebrate this beautiful holiday. In this post, Cherie team member Amber Watkins shares her experience getting a deeply relaxing Thai massage. Queen Of RelaxationWhen it comes to relaxation, massages have always been the most luxurious and effective on the list of techniques to get there. For those who have never gotten one before, I won’t deny that it feels a little invasive at first to let a stranger roll, pull, and tap the knots out of your body while you lay there almost completely nude. But, once you get past those initial feelings, everything about it feels satisfying—I can attest to that. So, when I decided to experience a Thai massage, a totally different massage than I was used to, I was apprehensive at first. I've never gotten one before, but how I felt after was way worth any initial discomfort. I recommend a Thai massage to anyone who's in need of some major relaxation time, or just curious about the body therapy in general. Read on to find out my experience with it below.But First: A Short HistoryThe Thai massage is an ancient therapy that has been practiced in Thailand for thousands of years—a technique proven of its effectiveness through the test of time. More than 2,500 years ago, a man by the name of Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha (a close friend of Gautama Buddha!) developed the practice to aid in lowering stress, lymphatic drainage, and pain reduction. Fast forward to the present day, and you can find an authentic practice pretty much anywhere in major cities.Why a Thai Massage?The health benefits of this specific technique sets it apart from other body therapies. The list is long and impressive: aids in lowering stress, boots energy, relieves headaches, stimulates circulation, improves range of motion, reduces back pains, calms the nervous system, and stimulates lymphatic drainage. The best one, though? Feeling luxurious and worth it AF because SELF CARE.My ExperienceThe moment I walked into the building I was kindly greeted by a Thai woman working the front counter (I love friendly service!). I was asked my name and instructed to choose from the long list of massages offered: eternity deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, Thai massage, aromatherapy massage, prenatal massage, four hand massage, and combination massage (it’s safe to say this place is a pro at relaxation). I chose a traditional Thai and was led into a room decorated with cultural and religious photos. Then, the woman instructed me to take off all my clothes besides my underwear. I then laid on the table and waited for no more than 3 minutes before the journey of relaxation began. The woman asked for my permission and comfort level every step (pun intended) of the way, beginning with slow steps on my calves, moving down to my butt. Once she moved to my back? Game over. Fireworks of released tension ensued—you could hear the crack of my back with each step and it felt like months of built-up stress was now gone. Each press of her heel felt AMAZING. Once she was done with the dry tissue massage, she moved onto the oils. The oil she used had a soothing menthol scent that seemed to figuratively and literally clear my senses of all toxins. She then mixed it with a thick lotion and rubbed it into my back and lower body. For her final trick, she had me sit up, arms crossed and behind my back so that she could stretch me out and release all the remaining tension my body was holding on too. I was flabbergasted by her strength and thoroughness. The Result?I felt free! My breathing improved and I felt more relaxed than ever before. Once I got home, I fell into the deepest of sleeps—if that doesn’t show you the level of relaxed I was, I don’t know what will. If you’re looking for an experience that not only brings insight to a beautiful, cultural tradition but also a level of relaxation that DREAMY, getting a Thai massage is your answer.
Jan. 31, 2020
BIRTHDAY GLAM ✨
Here the finished look to my clients birthday glam look✨COLOURPOP - Minor in Astrology FENTY BEAUTY - Trophy Wife Life Makeup Set MAYBELLINE - SuperStay 24H Full Coverage Liquid Foundation
THE EASIEST BUN!
Life gets busy, hair gets greasy, and sometimes you just need a hairstyle that is out of your way but still so simple and cute. Here is the easiest low bun ever! ✨put your hair into a bun but don’t pull all the way through ✨take the tail, wrap around the scrunchie and tuck in the bottom THATS IT! I said it was easy didn’t I?! Give this a try💗 Xo, Johanna
Preserving My Curls Overnight
This is how I preserve most of my hairstyles overnight! I hear many people complain about how their bonnet or scarf is always falling off their head and ending up on the floor once they wake up, I was having the same issue! That is when I decided to create a wrap that would stay on throughout the night while protecting your curls. I hand make them myself and sale on Etsy (shop name is Candee Wraps) if you are interested! 😊
This week’s ✨Cherie Spotlight ✨ w/o Jan 11
Hi all! Happy New Year 🎉🥳 We’re excited to kick off another week of Cherie Spotlight with exciting beauty gifts to share some cheer with our amazing community…and some GOOD NEWS! We’re switching it up and bringing back WEEKLY Cherie Spotlights!!! Weekly winners of Cherie’s Picks, New on Cherie, and Cherie Convo will receive a free beauty gift to enjoy as a thanks for creating content and stories loved and cheered on by the cherie community. As a reminder: ￼Cherie’s Picks - our favorite top engaged with content, selected by team cherie. ￼New on Cherie - share your first posts on cherie for a chance to win! ￼Cherie Convo - post into the topic of the week to win! Check out our last post to check the cherie convo of the week.
ACNE, DULL, DRY or PREMATURE skin? Find out why!
🔶 Okay, so we’ve all heard or read about pH balanced products and products that rebuild the acid mantle...but I think a lot of us don’t know why it is SO important to keep the pH level of your skin BALANCED and your acid mantle UNCOMPROMISED! ❌ Generally, skin that isn't behaving can be traced to pH problems. Skin issues like eczema, redness, dry patches, acne, oiliness, psoriasis, and premature signs of aging all indicate that your skin's pH is off-balance! This is how IMPORTANT this topic truly is 😳 🔸 So, WHY is the pH balance important to skin? Any great deviation—either too high of a pH or too low—throws off the “ecosystem” of skin and causes inflammation and irritation when the natural oils and natural bacteria on the skin are disrupted. (Aka: your acid mantle has now been compromised due to this) ⭐️ If you are suffering from any of the above issues, perhaps you need to take a step back and really look into the routine you have in place currently, for morning and night. ⭐️The pH of your cleansers are very important because something that is high pH, 9 and above, can be too drying and stripping for your skin. And your cleanser is your first step of your skincare routine. So you don’t want to start it off by using a cleanser with a pH level lower or higher than ***4.5-5.5.*** When your acid mantle and skin barrier are compromised, it can lead to BAD bacteria, which causes ACNE and dehydration, which ultimately leads to WRINKLES!😱🛑 🔸Tiffany Masterson, the owner and creator of Drunk Elephant is an absolute master when it comes to knowing how to Properly care for your skin. “The acid mantle just so happens to protect skin from environmental factors that lead to aging and all-around irritation,” she says. So, she made sure that ALL of their products are pH balanced to perfection 🙌🏻 - if you’re having bad acne I REALLY suggest taking a “Clean Break” - and switching your routine to a short yet VERY effective routine using Drunk Elephant products. All of their products from head to toe are pH balanced so I promise you can’t go wrong with their products! ✅ But now that this topic has become so popular in the beauty world, there are TONS of other amazing brands that have created pH balanced products to help aid with these skin issues as well. But if you ask me, I think Tiffany started the trend 😉🐘💕✨ 🔸Here are some other REALLY GREAT pH Focused Products from other brands: ▪️Tula’s Pro-Glycolic 10 percent pH resurfacing gel ▪️La Roche-Posay made a device called “My Skin Track”: a prototype of a wearable sensor that detects trace amounts of sweat from your pores and promises an accurate skin pH reading in just 15 minutes. ▪️Brands like Cosrx and Acwell are K-Beauty brands thus they tend to make most of their products with a low pH level that is gentle on the skin and won’t cause any extra irritation. So if you’re having any of the above issues, check your products pH levels😊 - hope this helps some of you! 💋
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