The Entrepreneurs Guide To Self Love For When You Don't Have Any TimeDawn Lee, Art Director and business owner, shares how she makes time for self love as an entrepreneur.
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! Every entrepreneur knows that your business becomes your baby. Building something from scratch that utilizes your talents and makes you money is a path for the bold-hearted. On this entrepreneurial path, you can meet the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and the amount of energy you put into your business can sometimes feel expended. So, how do you make time for yourself when time eludes you in the name of success? We spoke to entrepreneur and creative director Dawn Lee, owner of DLD.Studio, on her journey and the importance of finding balance and time, for self love. The Unintentional Entrepreneur"I own a digital design studio that I unintentionally started right after college. After graduating, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet, so I spent a lot of time searching for jobs trying to figure it out. I always loved graphic design, so on the side, I'd do small things like make business cards for friends, banners for their parents, things like that. I like listening to T.V. while I work and I was listening to a popular YouTuber and decided to look at her profile. I noticed her banner wasn't as great as someone with a million plus followers could have, so I messaged her offering my services, and got my first big gig! From there, I started getting more clients and eventually stopped spending time job-hunting and began freelancing full time. Next thing I knew, I had a design studio going and it's called DLD.Studio!" Many Hats, Many Stresses"Each week, [the team] has to wear ten different hats. It feels crazy at times because we have our hands in everything — from content creation and digital design to social media — and I honestly get stressed all the time. The best way for me to not get caught up in all the overwhelming things that come my way is taking deep breaths. Before I read an intense email, or tackle a tough day, I take some deep breaths and remind myself that this is part of the package. I love 95% of the things I do for my job, and this 5% is just part of the deal. That helps me to kind of tough it out and handle things."It's All About You"It's so important for me to make time for myself. Something I started doing that has helped me so much is stretching. It's easy for our bodies to get stiff when you're always in front of a computer, so stretching is very relaxing for me. At the end of the day I always take thirty minutes to just stretch and let everything go. I also love to let everything go by watching reality T.V.! For me, I know people might think a lot of reality T.V. is 'trash' T.V., but I honestly found this is the best way for me to relax. I used to watch a ton of 'inspo' videos after work, but I would feel exhausted after because my mind is still working. Part of making time for myself means I can let go of everything for the night and just be."The Impact Of "You-Time""Taking time for myself and doing things I love makes a huge impact in my day to day, and my business. On the days I don't stretch and let go of all the stressful stuff, it carries over into my next day and I tend to feel restless. In order for me to keep my work going and to grow it, it's so important that I take care of me, first."What Every Entrepreneur Needs"Don't be hard on yourself. Doing this for me has been about accepting myself and all my quirks, my weird habits, and my bad habits. Finding a way to be kind to yourself will help you from getting stuck in bad self talk. Also, exercise! Not for beauty or anything, but for your stamina. Having you own business takes a lot out of you, and you never know what hour of the day it needs you. Exercising helps build your energy and stamina to help keep up with the demands of being an entrepreneur."Dawn's Most-Loved Beauty
Feb. 27, 2020
MARIO BADESCUFacial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
cystic acne progress
cystic acne is a journey like no other. It’s unpredictable and frustrating. But, you have to celebrate small wins whenever possible. almost 2 weeks ago, I woke up with my cheek severely inflammed having sprouted a ton of cysts seemingly overnight. big, red, painful ones. unfortunately, my cystic acne is very much hormone, stress, and diet driven which makes it hard to manage at times. today, I can finally appreciate that I was successful in bringing the inflammation down. eight days may seem like a long time but in the world of cystic acne, that’s huge progress! It looks and feels so much more comfortable. if you use tretinoin, stick with it! I promise there is light at the end of the tunnel and while no day is perfect when you’re prone to cystic acne, it does get better. feel free to ask me all your cystic acne questions!
My well-loved drugstore makeup essentials
These are the drugstore makeup picks I ACTUALLY use! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Tarte Shapetape Concealer. Even the latest launches from Rare Beauty have me swooning. But drugstore makeup holds a special place in my heart. Walking through the aisles of Target or CVS gets me giddy. Quite honestly, I count those trips as my therapy sessions. Plus, these are the places were I started getting essentials to experiment with when I was younger! My favorite brands to score from are no doubt Pixi, NYX, Essence Cosmetics, Sonia Kashuk, Maybelline and Covergirl. They’re just my go-to’s! They’re the brands constantly putting out dupes for cult favorites. Everything in this picture, I use on a daily basis. I’ve been going through Maybelline Lifter Glosses like they’re going out of style. I actually was responsible for my local Target running out of stock once...oops. Another new essential that’s crawled its way into my everyday routine is the Covergirl Cooling Glow Stick. It’s part of their new Clean Fresh line and I use it on my WHOLE face. Top tip: try it under your eyes over your concealer 👀 I’m still in search for the perfect drugstore CC cream, does anyone have any good recommendations?
My Top 5 Foundations for Oily Skin
Here are my top 5 foundations for oily/combination/acne prone skin! These are by no means my only favorite foundations, just the ones I keep going back to. 1. ESTĒE LAUDER - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation This matte, oil-free foundation controls oil all day. It’s sweat, heat and humidity-resistant, waterproof and 24-hour colour true. With buildable, medium-to-full coverage that feels lightweight and so comfortable. No touchups needed. Best for hot weather/ holidays. The only Downside is that it doesn’t come with a pump 2. MAYBELLINE - Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation This foundation is a must have if you are looking for a good drugstore option for oily skin. It’s super affordable and gives a beautiful finish without feeling heavy on the skin. 3. HUDA BEAUTY - Fauxfilter Foundation is perfect for you if you are looking for full coverage. Just a couple of pumps go a long way. However, the formula isn’t ideal for anyone with dry skin or for people sensitive to string fragrances. 4. L'ORÉAL - Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation This formula blends unbelievably well and you can build this to completely full coverage! ! I'm beyond impressed for this being drugstore. 5. The Ordinary - Colours Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 this is my everyday foundation and gives good enough coverage. I just have to mix two different shades to get my color as the range is quiet limited but for the price I pay, I don’t mind. Always stay away form words like “dewy”, “luminous”, “shiny” , “glowy” if you have oily skin. Let me know if you have any questions.
are pore bubbling masks worth it? 🧼🛁💬
since COVID has started, I know many people are on new (or refining old) skincare journeys and I’ve recently been experiencing some dryness/dehydrating as the winter rolls around, which also aggravates my already oily skin. I’ve worked in the beauty industry for a while and also was formerly an esthetician, so I can get picky with skincare and ingredients. ‼️for reference, my skin type is: combo (oily/dehydrated), formerly acneic, hyperpigmentation prone, and sensitive 🔬I’ve used Dr. Jart in the past and love that it’s a Korean, science-backed brand so I was stoked to try this Porecting Solution Mask! this mask promises fresh, clear glowing skin that deeply cleanses and purifies pores. the mask contains charcoal and saponine, which creates the bubbling effect you see in the above photo. this product does not contain sulfates, paragons, are phthalates. 🛁when I first took it out of its package, I thought there were *two* masks per package instead of one, but if you read the instructions, there’s actually a “mask film” on the actual mask itself that you’re supposed to remove, so make sure to do that! the actual mask is thick and full of product while the mask film is thinner and lighter in color. the directions also give you a tip to massage the mask to release the bubbling/foaming effect - I did this mask with my mom at the same time in separate rooms and she totally didn’t read the instructions so her mask didn’t bubble at all, so I would suggest to definitely massage the mask. 💬I left it on for 20 minutes and it continued to bubble about 5-10 minutes in, then stopped bubbling. you can hear the bubbles pop as the mask sits on your face, which is kinda weird but cool. the mask didn’t slip off AT ALL which is also a huge, even when I put a sweatshirt on over my head. after taking it off, the serum took about another 10 minutes to soak into my skin and my face felt super smooth and my pores looked tighter and more clean. I have a few sebaceous filaments on my nose that I sometimes pick at and as I was rubbing the serum into my skin, I saw that some of the sebaceous filaments on my nose were sloughing off (which is gross, but speaks to how well the product worked)! overall, I would definitely recommend and use this again! if you have oily skin or otherwise clogged pores, sebaceous filaments, blackheads, etc. I would suggest this for you. even if you have dry/normal skin, this would be a good option since my skin didn’t feel dried out at all afterward, even in my dry spell now, and felt rather hydrated and plump. five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
How to build your skincare routine
How to build your skincare routine VOL. I - for many people getting into skincare it can super confusing (even as a professional it is) 😳 • Therefore I’m coming out with a series to help anyone who needs some guidance on where to begin 😉 • 3 parts: Step 1 - addressing your skin concerns! Step 2 - doing some research on different brands, ingredients, products to use or even consulting a professional and Step 3 - buying the essentials and not splurging 🤷🏽♀️ • Many esthetician’s and dermatologists offer consultations to clients who need help or guidance so check the ones in your area to see if that’s an option for you 👏🏽 • Not splurging is KEY! The last thing you want to do is drop $500 on products, only to find out your skin doesn’t agree with them or you don’t like them 🥴 • Was this chart helpful? Are you excited about this new series? 💙 • What’s your beginner skincare advice for building a routine? ♥️ CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist Advanced Replenshing Toner
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