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Why Picking out A Cleanser is Important

Before we even put our makeup, before we even apply a moisturizer we cleanse.  We cleanse to get rid of dirt, buildup of dead skin cells and makeup.  We start with a clean canvas, but we don’t put a lot of thought into a cleansing routine.  I know I didn’t take it too seriously before until I realized my skin was changing as I got older.  The cleansers I used to be for made my skin peeled tight, dehydrated and uncomfortable and now that I couldn’t use the cleansers I used to use I have to do some research and find some new ones to use.

If the cleanser was for oily skin, that’s all I needed to know.  Molson the time it was a gel based and it would have some kind of treatment like glycolic acid or salicylic acid to help keep skin mat.  If I use a cleanser like that now my skin would not necessarily be freaking out but it would feel uncomfortable and very dehydrated.  But even though I still break out, have large pores and have to constantly block my skin throughout the day I still need a cleanser that is deep cleaning but will not make my skin feel tight and uncomfortable.

So what do you do when you’re in a predicament like mine?  Well you basically have to listen to your skin and what it does during the seasons.  My routine now is fall and winter I use a foam or creamy cleanser and in the summer I use a gel cleanser.  It’s deftly not easy balancing the skin that one sack that the teenager but isn’t and that’s why I purchased my current cleanser by Neutrogena.

Neutrogena hydro boost cleanser

I chose this gel based cleanser for the fact that it contains hyaluronic acid (a little bit not a lot) which helps to maintain skins moisture balance I know you’re thinking it’s just a cleanser, you just wash it off and you go.  What’s the big deal?  Well it is the first step to your skincare routine and you want to start it off right.  You want a cleanser that won’t over dry your face but also helps to remove dirt and makeup.  That’s why this gel cleanser was a must for me.  I still have oily skin but now that I’m older I don’t need ingredients in the cleanser to treat my acne, that’s what my skin care is there for.

So what I do in my cleansing process is I pump a small amount onto my Clarisonic brush, move the brush around my face for a minute and to wash off.  It doesn’t really foam up and it doesn’t really have a heavy scent which I love.  It leaves my skin clean but not over dry.  This cleanser seems to be ideal for my combination oily skin.

So the next time you go buy a new cleanser just keep in mind your skin type, held the seasons affect your skin and what type of cleanser is suitable for your skin.  If your skin does feel very uncomfortable, very tight and dehydrated and even almost irritated after you wash your skin I think it’s time to change it up and that’s what the experts at your favorite makeup and skincare store is there for.  I hope this article will help you along your journey into skincare at least for the cleansing part.  Have a good week my beauties!

 

 

How I’m Trying to keep My Acne At Bay; A Review on Neostrata Spot Gel

I know what it feels like to have oily skin and the frustration that comes with it. I will have good days where I have no breakouts and I don’t have to use a clay mask or spot treatment and my face is beautiful and clear.  And then there are days when my skin is freaking out and when it does I’d definitely need products that work and work fast!

When you’re fighting with your skin it can be stressful and it can cause your mood and your self-esteem to dip.  Maybe not a lot, but somehow you do feel a little self-conscience because you know it’s right there on your face.  During the day you can at least cover it up with makeup to make it look less pronounced and less irritated looking.  But at night when you put on your skincare and your treatments, you’ll feel better knowing that they work.  But what if they didn’t?  That makes it all the more stressful because you either wait for it to go away or try to find something as quickly as possible that may or may not work.  I mean how stressful is that?

I recently went through this with a spot treatment that I bought on a whim.  It contained tea tree oil which is known to help treat acne.  But after a month of use it didn’t work as well as I thought it would.  I’m always one to try out new products so you can say it’s the skincare junkie in me and the fact that I have to try everything once is what gets me into trouble.  For the most part I do read labels, study ingredients and see if they work for what I need it for and I usually luck out.

In this article, I will be talking about the one spot treatment that has never let me down and has given me awesome results over and over again.

neostrata skincare review

Neostrata blemish spot gel

I always end up going back to this one whenever I’ve used another one whether it was good or not.  I don’t know why but it’s my go to to when all else fails.  In my early twenties I started using Neostrata skincare.  I started with their toner gradually got onto their moisturizer and when I had some success with a couple of their products, I started to use more of them.  And this is where I found the spot gel.

This spot gel contains 5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid which helps to exfoliate and reduce breakouts.  Plus with the exfoliating process it helps to reduce the dark spot left after the break out which who doesn’t like that in a product?  It comes in a pump which I love because you can control and makes it less messy and it is a clear gel that you put it on your breakouts and it disappears within a minute.

For me personally I do not feel any tingling or irritation whatsoever, but that’s probably because I’ve used glycolic acid for years and my skin is used to it so it may feel different to you.  I do not experience any dryness either from this product.  When I do use this product on my breakouts the next day I see a difference in my skin.  I use this product day and night and it doesn’t disturb my makeup or skincare.  But what I always recommend when using glycolic acid or salicylic acid is to wear your sunscreen because you will not see the results you want and you’ll think the product is not effective enough when it is on your skin.

In general when exfoliating your face whether it’s a physical scrub or a moisturizer with an acid in it, wear your sunscreen!  Because exfoliating your skin may or may not cause irritation or redness or sensitivity to the sun.  And on top of the breakouts on your skin, who wants more stress in their lives about their skin?  I know I don’t, so until next week have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on September 18, 2017, in Skincare.

Masks: They are Miracles for your Face and Eyes plus Darphin Eye Mask Review

The miracle of masks.  How can you live without these sheet masks, clay masks, hydrating masks and asks for every part of your body.  They even have masks for the smallest parts of your body like your lips or your eye area.  In this article, I will be reviewing an eye mask that I am currently using and my discovery of face masks.

I first discovered masks in my early twenties when I first entered the beauty industry.  I honestly don’t think it was going to work.  A clay mask a quick reduce my acne, make my pores look smaller and matify my skin?  Yeah right!  But I purchased it any ways, used that same night and then my world changed.

A bit dramatic I know, but when you had and still have problematic skin you’ll try anything.  I’m glad I stumbled onto masks ‘cause it’s change my world and my skin to.  Fast forward to now, where my skin has changed and now I use a hydrating mask for fall and winter and a clay mask for spring and summer.  I know my skin wouldn’t be looking its best without these face miracles.  Now I’m in my mid thirties and I’m stepping up my game.  Now I started using eye masks that helped to reduce my bags, refreshed the eye area and of course keep those pesky lines at bay.

Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask

This is my first eye mask that isn’t a patch.  It is a creamy texture that is soothing and refreshing, plus it helps to keep the wrinkles at bay.  And if you have used this line before you will be familiar of the ingredients that they use which are botanical and essential oils.  And of course they are from Paris.

I’ve used many products from this line before and was very happy with the results.  So when I started using this product I wasn’t surprised that it actually worked.  With green tea, watermelon, cucumber and

many more natural ingredients, it hydrates, it soothes and it leaves your eyes refreshed.  Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and you’re closer to brighter looking skin.

There isn’t a lot of high masks that are like this.  They tend to be the patches that you put under your eyes, which for me tends to get messy.  They can move everywhere, they have too much essence in the patch itself which leaks onto your face or even in your hair if your lying down.  I’m not saying their all bad, I’ve used to myself.  I just like how this Darphin eye mask is mess free and how easily it goes on.

So next time you wanna give yourself a spa treatment at home, don’t forget the eye mask.  Have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on August 26, 2017, in Skincare.

Finding the Next Moisturizer: Tips to Help you Find It!

Buying a moisturizer is not easy.  When your current moisturizer is about to finish, you have two choices: repurchase the moisturizer that you currently have or go on that journey of reading blogs, magazines or even doing it the old fashioned way by asking your friends, family or even your colleagues.  There is no right or wrong choice, it’s just a preference and skincare to me at least is a personal and difficult choice.  For me when my face care is finished, I get super excited to buy one I haven’t used yet.  For me, it’s like buying the hottest pair of Stuart wiseman shoes every season.  In this article I’m going to give you some guidelines to finding that next perfect moisturizer.

Know your skin type

And before you start even looking for a moisturizer, you have to know your skin inside and out.  Is it dry?  Does it break out?  Is it flaking?  Is it sensitive?  If you’re not sure and your skin tends to change during the different seasons, you can always go to a place where there are experts that can help answer your questions.  Experts at these places will obviously ask you questions to see what will suit your concerns.  Try to be as honest as possible so these experts can find use the best possible treatments that will make your skin look its best.

Crème, lotion and serum?

Now you know your skin type, do you go for cream or lotion?  And do you need a serum?  You should always use a serum no matter your skin type.  You are supposed to wear it, but for oily your skin types that may be scary, but you don’t have to.  Like me, I only used the serum and it was enough moisture for me.  Why?  Serums absorbed in the skin 3 to 5 times deeper than a moisturizer, they tend to be more potent than the cream and if you have dry skin this serum will stay in your skin longer throughout the day then you’re cream.  As for choosing cream or lotion your skin will definitely let you know.  Essentially it doesn’t absorb well it’s too thick, if your skin still feels tight and uncomfortable you may not be hydrating enough.  In the end your skin will let you know if this moisturizer is right or not.  But don’t forget the serum.

Use separate day and night cream

They do different things and have different ingredients.  Plus having a sunscreen in your moisturizer is a must, at least for me.  You can definitely use one sermon day and night or have a separate one for day and night, that’s up to you.  But you should use different day and night care.

A day cream essentially works to protect and moisturize the skin from your everyday life.  It protects you from smoke, son, even from computer screens and fluorescent lights.  Also keeping the wrinkles and keeping your skin mat or hydrated is also a factor.

Your night cream however works differently.  While you sleep, naturally your skin repairs and detoxifies so you want a face care that helps the process.  Ones that are marked night or no sunscreen are ones you can choose from.  It gives your skin the boost it needs to look its best the next day.  And the next day.  And the next day.  You catch my drift.

Remember, your new face care will generally take 6 to 8 weeks to get full results.  Within that timeframe you will see subtle differences like more hydrated, brighter or less fatigued.  Whatever it’s supposed to do it will do, just be patient.

And if you have specific problems that skincare at your local store can’t solve, you may need to see a dermatologist.  Good luck on your new face care purchase and I hope this article has helped.  Till next week have a good day my beauties.

 

This entry was posted on July 29, 2017, in Skincare.

Dior:The Lip Duo your Lips Wont Soon Forget!

dior lip duo

The lip duo that your lips won’t soon forget. At least not for me. If you know anything about me, you know I have an unhealthy obsession with all things lips. I’m always on the lookout for that next great lip gloss, lip treatment, lipstick etc. For me, it has to work. I have dry lips and I don’t want them to look bad, so the most important thing for me is that it moisturizes and makes my lips look smoother and softer.
Well how do you decide what is good for you? Well, you just have to start trying products out. With a million choices, getting feedback from beauty experts, reviews from blogs and even word of mouth like your friends, it’s difficult to take advice from elsewhere when you’re not sure if it is the right product for you.
Throughout my years working in the beauty industry, I’ve tried a fair amount of lip products and there is only a few that stands out. This lip duo is what I’ve been using on and off for years. Here is my review on these two gems I found.

Dior lip glow color revival balm
This lip balm came only in one color when it first launched and I’ve always stuck to the original. Since its launch three more colors have entered the scene since. Mine is 001 in pink. This lip balm is a godsend, especially during the summer when I want to minimize my makeup. This is a balm, gloss and color in one tube and who doesn’t want to simplify their makeup bag?
This lip balm’s formula contains mango and luffa cylindrica which helps to soothe the lips. But the secret to this awesome lip balm is that it changes color on your lips! How cool is that? The color is very subtle and natural. I have seen it go on a rosy hue, a berry hue and a light pink hue. For me, it goes on a more berry hue. But don’t worry, this lip balm in particular is so universal that every woman or man of any skin tone can wear this and it will complement your lips beautifully.

Dior addict lip maximizer lip gloss
I know, I know, it’s a plumper and it’s not going to do much. Your right, it won’t. If you only use it once in a while. Give it the proposed 15 days and you’ll see a difference. You won’t look like kim Kardashian but your lips will look subtly fuller, plus the added bonus of this lip gloss hydrating and smoothing your lips. I have 001 in pink, but all colors that they have are fairly transparent when applied. They are meant to be worn alone cause of its gloss effect or under/over lipstick or lip gloss
The scent is what first got me. It’s a minty scent which immediately to me smells refreshing. It applies on very nicely and your lips look much smoother and feels hydrated. The collagen and marine fillers are what helps to plump the lips, but the hyaluronic acid spheres are what helps to moisturize and hydrate.
My personal opinion on this lip plumper: it smooths my lips lines and moisturizes my lips. Anything else is a bonus, the smell alone is so addicting and the way it makes my lips feel and look are fabulous. There is no tingling sensation which is good at least for me.
It’s tough to figure out what is good and what will work. I’ve gone through a lot of lip treatments and its not easy finding the right one. All I know is that these two lip treatments have worked for me in my quest to find lip treatments that work for my dry lips. I’m not afraid to try anything new and when it comes to makeup and skincare be open minded unless you have skin sensitivity and you can’t. I hope this at least helps you with finding something that works. Until next week, have a good day my beauties!

dior lip duo