Celebrating Your First Pride Month in 2020Although pride month may look different this year, there’s still an abundant amount of resources for you
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!On another typical day of staying home amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, one Arizona household had a pretty monumental day. Aryanna Diaz, a graphic design student at Chapman University was quarantined with her mother and younger sister when the three women approached an unprovoked heart-to-heart conversation. The college artist remembered a promise that she had made to herself which aimed to be more vulnerable and on May 19, Diaz came out of the closet to her family as bisexual. “In my head I always imagined the moment to be really crazy, but it was actually pretty casual,” she said. Diaz dreamed of a big celebration following her announcement with the bisexual flag waving through the air while ‘Coming Out’ by Diana Ross played. Instead, her family told her that they had already known, and kept the conversation going. “That works too,” she joked. Diaz was also looking forward to celebrating her first Pride month while out of the closet, but COVID-19’s reality changed those plans as well. “I’ve always seen it from an outsider’s perspective because I’ve never actually been able to go,” she said. “Now that I’m out of the closet, I wanted to try and take part of it and I wanted to try and include myself.”But with the Coronavirus pandemic’s uncertain future, Pride celebrations all over the world have either been rescheduled, gone online, or in some cases even cancelled for the year. “I still don’t know exactly what I’m going to do now,” Diaz said. Confusion on what next steps to take after coming out of the closet can be a common feeling for many, even when there isn’t extreme political tension and a deadly pandemic going on, but there are resources and support for you this Pride month and beyond. Artist and activist Maddie Ceasar said she knows what it feels like to be confused on next steps. In high school, Ceasar had her queer sexuality unwillingly shared and said that “it was a rough situation” where she felt unsure of the future. “Living in a conservative area, I was definitely bullied,” she said. “I felt alone.” Ceasar said that it wasn’t until college that she felt comfortable with her sexuality and got involved in the LGBTQ+ community. The artist advises those who have recently come out to find support with other queer people and allies because they do exist, and they will support you. She mentioned groups on social media like Voices 4 that have been incredibly helpful for her. “Even though I felt like I was alone and didn’t know what to do, I still had a queer and trans family all around the world who would fight for me and support me no matter what even if I didn’t know it yet,” she said. David Correa – who is the current Executive Director of NYC Pride – agrees with Ceasar, saying that community is everything for LGBTQ+ individuals. “Our community is definitely one that thrives off of unity,” Correa said. “These are our chosen families because not everyone is lucky enough to have supportive biological families.”And just because some Pride month celebrations are reimagined this year, it doesn’t mean that the community aspect will completely disappear. In New York City, Correa said that virtual events will allow access to more people in different locations around the world. Attendees can expect virtual appearances and performances from artists like Janelle Monae, Billy Porter, Dan Levy, and more. More announcements can be found on NYC Pride’s website and social media. Los Angeles has innovative ideas for their 50th Anniversary Pride Celebration too. Although many of the month’s events will be online as well, Madonna Cacciatore who’s the Executive Director says that the queer community will become closer than ever as the world navigates this current reality together. “We are no stranger to fighting for our rights. We are no stranger to having to pivot,” she said. When Cacciatore came out of the closet in the 1970s, she said that Pride to her was somewhere that she could feel safe and that gave her a platform to fight for her rights. At Pride, she said, “you’re allowed permission that you may not receive every day to be your complete self.” Through events like the “LA Pridecast”, the Christopher Street West march for racial equality, and interviews with heroes and activists of the queer community like Amara La Negra and Bob the Drag Queen, LA Pride this year hopes to provide that same safe space of community that it always has. Other resources include The Trevor Project, SAGE USA, The National Center for Transgender Equality, Asians and Pacific Islanders for Equality, The Audre Lorde Project, and more.
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Charlotte Tilbury’s Setting Powder Can’t Hang?
**I’ve only used this product once so this is my first impression of it I have been an admirer of Charlotte Tilbury’s products for quite some time now and have been dying to try its Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. As its name suggests, it has a reputation of making the skin look airbrushed and free of shine, which I need in my life. More deets about the powder: This breathable, micro-fine powder technology gives you an immaculate complexion that acts like a luxe, micro-fine cashmere veil on top of your skin for a bright, perfecting finish. Rose wax and almond oil hydrate the skin throughout the day and enable the powder to blend on flawlessly, while reducing shine. Nourishing actives work to soothe and restore skin, while light-reflecting ingredients diffuse light as it hits your face for a luminous complexion and even finish all day. The powder costs $45 which i think is a lot so I’ve always been hesitant to try - but I got as a gift for my bday and was so excited to try. I haven’t really found a powder that I truly liked or that has actually kept my makeup locked in/prevented shine. My review: The airbrushed effect is no joke. When I first applied it, I was in awe of how smooth and radiant my skin looked. But as the day progressed, my T-zone got a bit oily and I noticed the product had caked into some dry spots — also does anyone have suggestions for hydrating primers/how to not make my foundation/powder cakey? Since I started using prescription retinol it’s been so hard to figure out!! I have to keep using this product to see how I feel about it. I really want to love it. As anyone tried it?!
Wax strips and Dermaplaning 💁🏻♀️
Hello everyone. In this post, I’d like to share more about two of my favorite facial hair removal methods: waxing & dermaplaning. 𝐌𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐱 𝐤𝐢𝐭: Nads Body Wax Strips | 24 strips, 4 calming wipes A staple product in my hair removal regime. I particularly like to purchase the “body” wax with the bigger patches. I find they work more effectively, they stick to facial hair better than those labeled “face” wax strips -- plus you get more for your money. I like to cut the strips into smaller sizes to use on my upper lip, chin, as well as my eyebrows. I dab baby powder on the areas before applying the strips. It makes the wax stick to the hair so much better and it makes it less painful. I then rub the strip on the skin for about 15 seconds and remove. None has worked as efficiently as Nads for me. It also still remains very effective even if left in a humid environment. It’s very affordable and a great value product. My previous box lasted me two years 🤯 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐈 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆. Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation, a procedure that involves a sharp tool, a scalpel, to scrape off the top layer of the skin, remove dead skin cells from the surface, and also get rid of fine vellus hair known as peach fuzz. *disclaimer: If you’re someone who’s not comfortable holding a very sharp tool though, please refrain! *If you're on prescription strength retinoid, stop using your cream at least two days (or a week) before and after doing dermaplaning. Apply hydrating and repairing skincare only. 𝐌𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐥: Dynarex #10 Disposable Scalpel I do dermaplaning once a month. First, I wash my face with a gentle cleanser and let it completely dry. Keep in mind that doing the procedure on dry skin can be so irritating to some people -- in this case, you can apply facial oil before starting. I usually start scraping from my forehead going down my face. You have to be very light handed but also make sure you remove the surface layer of dead skin cells. They will come off like white little particles -- almost powdery. The overall procedure takes me around 30 minutes. I then follow up with a hydrating face mask like the Hada Labo Gokojyun or on some days, just a gentle gel moisturizer like Procure Rosacare. 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬: ~ Use only gentle face mask or moisturizer after procedure. ~ Do not use the scalpel in areas with active pimples or lesions. ~ Avoid touching, washing, putting other products on the face for at least 24hrs ~ Have a healing/antibiotic ointment at hand, just in case...🙊 Overall, I find it a very beneficial procedure for me. I deal with a lot of peach fuzz/dead skin cells so exfoliating doing this makes active ingredients absorb better, even making makeup application so much easier and flawless.
Debunking Skincare Myths in 2020 – Fact Vs. Fiction!
We all fall victim to skin myths. Whether they’re passed on by our family, peers, or unproven beauty claims, it’s hard to know what is fact and what is fiction. In an e-commerce landscape where anyone and their mother can make a new skincare line, you have to be especially careful about where these products are being sourced from. Sadly, not everyone has your best interest at heart. This is partly why the Millennial and Generation Zers are notorious for being ‘brand loyal.’ The younger generations (under the age of 40), tend to trust major brand names like Google, Apple, and Starbucks, as compared to smaller brands they’ve never heard of. The same goes for their cosmetology products. Once you find an established brand that is reputable, affordable, and works for your skin – you are hooked! Right? This is all wonderful, and when you find an effective product, you should use what works for you. But! With so much false information being spread across the internet like wildfire, someone needs to debunk these myths from sources that we can trust! Let’s break down a couple of them by fact vs. fiction, shall we lovelies? Facts · Plastic Packaging Should Be Avoided Exposure to extreme temperatures can ruin your product. This is true, regardless of how high-quality the product is. You must be careful about originating countries that are shipping a product contained in plastic, especially during the hot summer months. Your skin is like a sponge. It is the largest organ on your body. So the plastic from those containers will seep into the product, therefore seeping into your skin. You can read more about this from The National Library of Medicine’s Recent Study regarding Parabens in plastic products that lead to skin toxicity through absorption. The Fix: Go for product packaging that is - - In glass jars - Reusable/Recyclable/Sustainable - Without any packaging, such as Lush’s Shampoo Bars · You Can’t Use Just Any Cleanser Everyone’s skin is unique. If you suffer from oily skin, acne, or sensitive skin, be careful about selecting a product that is too intense. If the products burn or feel painful, they’re likely stripping your skin of all of its healthy oils too. The skin is a high-functioning machine that naturally knows the pH it should possess. The Fix: This does not mean you ought to stop washing your face. No! Please wash your face! But avoid products that strip your face of its natural glow, as this often leads to increased breakouts. This may take some experimentation, but you will want a product that isn’t too harsh, painful, or intense. Fiction · You Do Not Need Sunscreen if It’s Not Sunny Outside False! Clouds are not sufficient protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays - which are the leading cause of premature aging. The Skin Cancer Foundation writes that clouds only protect against roughly, “25%” of harmful UV rays. That’s simply not enough. The Fix: Make sunscreen a daily part of your morning ritual. Some tips for finding your perfect fit are to select a sunscreen that contains/is: - Oil-free, especially if your skin is blemish-prone or you easily experience clogged pores. - Broad Spectrum, which simply means that it defends against both UVA and UVB rays. - Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, both of which naturally reflect sun rays. · A Good Product Will Remove Wrinkles Yes and no. Many anti-aging products can significantly reduce wrinkles, diminish the appearance of fine lines, and moisturize while offering the look of ‘plumper skin.’ This is all true. However, many deep-set wrinkles cannot be removed by a topical treatment alone. Due to this, leading experts in skincare and dermatology believe that: The best treatment against wrinkles – Is prevention! The Fix: Avoid practices that are expediting the rate at which wrinkles appear on your face. Simultaneously, you should work to prevent wrinkles before they establish a permanent home on the residence of your face. Factors that increase the rate at which wrinkles set are: - Smoking tobacco - Sun exposure (UVA and UVB rays) - Alcohol and substance abuse (allow your liver to detoxify) - Air pollution and free radicals - Poor nutrition - Not enough sleep Of course, many of the influences upon your skin will be genetic. But our main takeaways for this piece are: - Avoid plastic packaging - Don’t fight your skins natural pH (leading to more breakouts and excess recalibration) - Wear sunscreen daily (even on the parts that are covered by clothes. Clothes and clouds are not enough protection!) - Prevent wrinkles through proper health, sleep, and nutrition There’s no quick-fix. Only a daily dedication to care for your body and skin from the inside out!
My Favorite Sunscreen ☀️
I have combination skin that is sensitive and acne-prone. I’m also someone who doesn’t like anything with a sticky feeling on my face! 🌱This is the Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen and it is gorgeous. ✨First of all, it passes the Not Sticky test and doesn’t leave a white cast at all. It’s basically another hydrating moisturizer for your face in the way it applies and interacts with the skin. For this reason, reapplying doesn’t feel gross or heavy and this is one of the few sunscreens I actually enjoy reapplying throughout the day which is so important! ✨This has Hyaluronic Acid in it as well as Centella to enhance the skin barrier which provides protection from ultraviolet rays and any external stressors. It also avoids things like fragrance and essential oils so it is good for sensitive skin. ✨This is $16 for 2 oz which in my opinion is great for what you’re getting. What’s your favorite sunscreen? 🌞
Had a Late Night? 2 Quick Fixes!
We all have “those” nights. Whether it’s up late working on a school or work assignment, watching too many YouTube (or Tik Tok) videos, stressed about something, or whatever else that prevents you from having a good night of sleep, we all want to look well-rested! In addition to a splash of cold water on your face and a cup of coffee, tea, or matcha, there are 2 things I usually do to help my face and under eyes look like I got the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Puffiness and extra darkness under the eyes are common if you didn’t get a good night of sleep. An easy way to de-puff, hydrate, and instantly lift your under eyes is to use eye gels. I use the GOOD MOLECULES - Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches when I need an extra pick-me-up. They contain caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, aloe, and hyaluronic acid to firm, hydrate, soothe, and smooth. My under eyes visibly look and feel better in 10-15 minutes. These patches don’t slip and slide like many others I’ve tried. This particular product is great because they’re a good bang for your buck - $18 for 60 patches (30 uses), and I have repurchased them. I am a makeup lover so I do dot some concealer on after my skincare routine, but that’s optional! My next tip is to use some sort of brightening mask that contains vitamin C. Vitamin C will wake up your complexion and leave your skin looking glowing. I have been using the fresh - Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask (sample size) in the mornings when my skin is looking dull. This citrus marmalade smelling and looking mask is easy and fun to apply. It contains AHAs such as orange, lemon, and clementine extracts to gently smooth + glow. After about 10 minutes, my complexion looks refreshed and plumped. I like this mask a lot but won’t repurchase because Fresh is not cruelty-free. This mask retails for $62 for 3.3oz or $25 for 1oz at Sephora, but you can use any vitamin C-enriched mask you’ve got at home! Pro tip: Use the eye gels and mask together to save time! About my skin: dryyyyy and acne-prone
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