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Lip Balms: My Quest still Continues

Lip balms, lip balms, lip balms. For me, finding the perfect one is never ending. I don’t know how many I have gone through, what has been recommended to me and ones that I ended up throwing out because they sucked. Yes I have thrown ones out after a few uses because they weren’t even worth using. That’s why I am always prepared. I always have a backup and I even carry a couple with me just in case.

I have oily everything, hair, body and face. But when it comes to my lips they are super dry! And I can’t just settle with any lip balm unfortunately. I have used $3 ones and I have used $30 ones and it doesn’t matter who made it and how much it is, it just has to work. There is only less than a handful that I absolutely love and would go back to. But like the ever obsessed one who loves trying anything and everything, I have to try something new all the time. But if I never tried new things out, I would never have found these two lip balms.

Nuxe Rive de Miel Lip Balm Stick

Now I found out from a client about the lip balm in the pot is awesome for very dry lips. That was pretty much the first one that actually worked and I absolutely loved it. And the stick version is actually not that bad. It’s just as good, but I do have to use it a bit more often than the one in the pot. The one in the pot was a bit creamier and it did make it a bit slicker to wear lip gloss over it. So this is the perfect substitute to wear under your lip stuff and it keeps your lips hydrated.

This is also a natural product with 90% of the ingredients coming from natural origin. It is paraben free and perfume free which is perfect for me who likes to wear something on top of it. With honey, sunflower and shea butter, your lips will feel comfortable and protected with this stick.

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Eos lip balm

For the price and its cute little, round packaging, it wasn’t a bad experience using this. I had the strawberry sorbet scented one and it had a nice, sweet scent. It was definitely a lot better than the other chapsticks around. It was good for the warmer seasons, but in the winter time it didn’t hold up unfortunately. I did have to slather it on and use it quite a bit throughout the day and it still didn’t really keep my lips moist that well. I do still like this product and I will use it during the warmer months.

As for what it contains, It is 95% organic and 100% natural. Not sure what that means, but I know its good stuff for the lips. Among the ingredients are shea butter and Vitamin E and its paraben and petroleum free which is good, because the petroleum doesn’t usually absorb well.

 

I’m sure in the future, I will post more lip balms, liplglosses and lipstcks that I tend to like for my dry lips. But I mostly wear lipgloss for the obvious reason that it keeps lips hydrated and moist. The only time I really wear lipstick is again during the summer months when my lips are really that dry, thanks goodness.

Until next time, have a good day my beauties!

This entry was posted on May 13, 2017, in Skincare.

The Cleansing Game and Two Reviews

cleanser review

 

You have no excuse anymore. Today you can wash your face with anything. Even a bar a soap. Everyone says to wash your face before you go to bed. Well you definitely can now. From cleansing water, milks, foaming wash, gel wash, cleansing oil and those cleansing wipes you have tucked in your nightstand for fast a clean before hitting the sack. There is no reason for you not wash your face.

The cleansing game has changed majorly since I started in the beauty industry. And for the better. There only used to be for oily skin or sensitive and normal skin. So either they would over clean or not clean enough. But in recent years, French and Korean inspired skincare has changed that and now we have more choices that we can cater to our skin type. More choices, means more to try, which means I get excited and can’t wait to buy them all!

I don’t stick to one single cleanser, I buy them all and try every one of them that is appropriate for my skin obviously. But for our ever changing seasons I buy one that is gentler in the winter and I buy one that is a bit deeper cleaning for the spring/summer season. But I always buy something different, because I love trying new things out.

I recently just finished one I used for the winter and now have gotten a new one to try. Here is a review on both of them.

cleanser review

Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser

This is a small Greek company that started out in a pharmacy to help relieve skin conditions. Now its skincare that is made with natural ingredients (86%) and even tells you on the box what it keeps out, which is a lot of chemicals, which is awesome.

Now it is a cream cleanser and it was for my winter routine. But it still gave me a deep clean without stripping the skin. It has ingredients like honeysuckle, amaranth seed extract and of course Greek yoghurt to help soothe and nourish the skin. It is safe for all skin types, including oily skin.

Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser

I love this company, because the owner knew what it was like to have acne problems. So he knows that stripping the skin is not necessarily the best thing for oily/acne skin. That’s why I love this product. His new line is for combination/oily skin and it has the right ingredients that work well and doesn’t harm the skin.

This is a gel like cleanser with a somewhat strong scent, but it doesn’t linger. The ingredients that help combat oil, dirt and breakouts are glycolic, lactic acids and neem seed oil. Plus their Green Fusion Complex that has green tea, algae and eucalyptus. It really helps to maintain the skin’s ph balance. Which means it doesn’t strip the skin of oils.

I hope you enjoyed this post and come back for more next week. Have a good day beauties!

 

 

This entry was posted on May 6, 2017, in Skincare.

My Journey In Dealing with Acne

Darphin review

The main reason why I started my journey into skincare was because of my acne. I’ve always had a problem with acne since my teens and I still continue to have this problem.

Having acne sucks. Big time! I mean it’s right there on your face. Big or small breakouts, its saying “hello, I’m going to ruin your day today.” You want to cover it up with makeup, so it looks a little less scary looking, but at the end of the day it looks a lot worst then when you woke up. It’s a vicious cycle because you want to cover it up, but you don’t want to clog your pores etc. I know, I’ve been there and I’ve done it.

Well to make it better I went through a lot of treatments and products. Gone to dermatologists and took what ever treatment and medications they gave me to help treat my acne. When I wasn’t doing that, I was doing peels and facials at spas, buying masks, moisturizers and any other treatment I could get my hands on to help with my acne. And even for a last ditch effort I bought the proactive set and boy it was a waste of money.

After many years of treatments, I just gave up. My skin wasn’t getting any better. But I realized that I have to accept that this will be a long term problem and that I have to slow down and actually see what works. I was just piling on the stuff and maybe if I introduced the products slowing onto to my skin one at a time, I can see what works or not. I slowly eliminated the products that didn’t work and finally was able to see results over time.

It took me several years to find my sweet spot, but I did through trial and error. It won’t be easy I can tell you that. And products may not work as well on your skin as it does on others. But as a general rule, glycolic acid and vitamin A does work on oily/acne skin. Start their first and once that starts working, you can branch out to other stuff like masks, peels and other creams. But you can’t use these ingredients in products all the time. You do need to find alternatives cause glycolic acid and vitamin A can over dry your skin, cause irritations and may cause sensitivity. Here is a product I found that works well and its natural.

Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm

When we started selling this line at where I worked it was flying off the shelf. So I got curious and wondered if it really was worth the money and if actually worked. It was a client who actually sold me on this product. She raved about how it worked and how it cleared up her skin so well that it didn’t irritate the skin. So when I got it and tried it, I was shocked that something natural and no harsh ingredients actually worked.

For starters, it certified by ecocert because 100% of its ingredients come from a natural origin. With 12 essentials coming from flowers, spices and plants, it helps to calm skin, reduce breakouts and give your skin a nice even complexion. Lavender, apricot, sunflower and grapefruit is just a few of the ingredients that are so skin friendly. It is a balm that turns into an oil when warmed up in your hands. And a lot goes a long way.

For me, If my skin feels dehydrated before putting it on, I use a serum first. You can use it every day if you want, use it a few times a week to just maintain your skin. Or like me, just use it when you feel a breakout coming on and use it for several days until breakout has disappeared.

If you’re still looking for something, maybe this might be the product for you. I don’t know what will work for your skin, only you and your skin will know until you find those products that will help. I do know that you will find them as long as you keep an open mind and do your research and ask people who have similar problems. Good luck on your journey and I hope it gets easier for you. Until next week my beauties!

darphin review

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

The Two Important Things you’ll Need For the Summer

skicare review

There is only two things you will definitely need for the summer that everyone should have handy. We all know that I am going to say sunscreen. And it truly is a lifesaver and skin saver at that. I am obsessed with wearing it. I mean OBSESSED! I don’t care whether its winter, spring or summer its on my face regardless. One, because it can help prevent types of skin cancers, but also I want to age gracefully too. Call me a little vain but if that’s what it takes to get you wearing one too, well by all means wear it for whatever reason, but wear the damn sunscreen.

The other thing I will talk about is a thermal spray water. I know a lot of people may not think of it as an essential or even a basic thing everyone should have. But why not? It is so simplistic in what it is, but it is such a multi-tasker, especially in the summer time. From soothing sunburns, cuts and rashes to setting your makeup and hydrating the skin at the same time, it should be in everyone’s bag, car, fridge etc. It’s almost like a hidden secret that no one knows. Today’s post I will write a review on both my current sun care and the thermal water I use.

avene review

Avene Thermal Water Spray

What does it do? Why should I use it? What is it exactly? All good questions and here is the answers to it. It does everything! Well for me, I bought it and started using it many years ago when I was deep into doing peels, using glycolic treatments constantly. After these treatments, my skin would be very dehydrated, which is normal. So I started spraying this thermal water on afterwards and it felt so nice and soft afterward, that I continued to use it even to this day for after shaving my legs and in winter when my skin gets itchy and dry. I spray this on before I moisturize and it really helped soothe my skin. My husband even uses it after he shaves, because it comes down his skin too. My husband doesn’t use anything on his face except this. So that should tell you how good it is.

“Originating as pure rain mixed with sea-spray rich in mineral salts, Avène Thermal Spring Water makes its 50-year journey through the Cévennes Mountains in Avène, France.It gradually becomes infused with trace elements and silicates, and comes in contact with an ancient microorganism Aqua.Dolomiae, which was first identified by Avène in 2001. This remarkable biological property combined with the well-known mineral properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water ensures gentleness and tolerance, creating a unique double signature that does not exist anywhere else in the world.”

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If you would like more information, I have typed out the website at the bottom of this page. But basically you need to have this in your life, because it will do wonders for you and your skin.

clarins

Clarins spf 40 Sunscreen

Anyone who is reading is will know that clarins has discontinued this product! They have replaced it with one that has spf 50. Its mixed reviews on that one, because apparently it’s not the same texture and consistency like this one. I’m not sure if I’ll try that one, but I know this one is perfect for my oily skin. Super comfortable, lightweight and it glides on easily. Its perfect under makeup and my makeup doesn’t look goopy or it doesn’t add shine to my already shiny face. It goes on matte, almost feels powder like. I truly love this sunscreen and I would have gone back to it if they still sold it. Until then, i will keep using this one til its done.

I think when you add these to your skin care routine, you will obviously see changes in your skin. They are the simplest things you can add to your routine to keep your skin looking its best. So why not go for it? Why not do what you can to keep your skin healthy?

Until next week my beauties, have a good day!

 

[1] http://www.aveneusa.com/avene-thermal-spring-water

This entry was posted on April 21, 2017, in Skincare.

Even Oily Skin Needs Moisture

moisture review

Psst, even oily skin needs moisture. Your skin produces oil or sebum, although it doesn’t need a heavy cream, a light lotion or even serum will do the job. For oily and acne skin, we all know alcohol in skincare is bad, but we still use products that will over do its job. Like for instance it can cause tightness in skin, flakiness in skin even breaking out more and over producing oils. YUCK! Somehow we have to find a happy balance where you and your skin can be happy together. Unless told by your dermatologist that you can’t use a cream outside of your routine, then start wearing one. Here I will tell you what I did and what I do now and give you a review of a moisturizer I currently use.

My journey into finding the right skincare was after I stopped using the products from my dermatologist, I had to go out and find my own. Not easy, but I found a sweet beauty expert at my local drugstore who listened to me and recommend me a lotion to start. I remember it was light, smelled kind of nice and it was from vichy.  I wore it day and night, sometimes I forgot, but I was young and this was before I got in to the beauty industry. Once I got into the industry, I did a 180 and started wearing a sunscreen and was still skimping on night moisturizer, except when I found neostrata lotion with glycolic acid for my pores, acne and oil. Once I had that under control and spring/summer came around, I still needed something for my night routine.

Enter serums. Yep serums. They can be an oily skin’s best friend. And especially if your still hesitant about using an actual moisturizer. Not only do they do the job, they have active ingredients, they go in to the skin 3-5 layers deeper and you get good results. There are even serums for oily skin too.

Now here is a review of a moisturizer I currently use that I totally love. And great for combo/oily skin.

Darphin Hydraskin Essential Emusion

I’ll be honest, I never thought that a natural skincare product would really do anything for my skin. So I was very skeptical using this moisturizer, which means it really had to impress me on what it said it would do. Well, boy I was wrong. I didn’t start using this product first, but other ones which were a great success, but when I used this I fell in love. Not only was it light weight and didn’t feel heavy on the skin at all, but when I consistently used it, my skin felt so comfortable and looked overall better. With mango extract, lavender and shea butter (yep shea butter) my skin felt so hydrated and soft. Plus it’s made up of 84% natural ingredients. It even says on the box. And its oil-free and an emulsion, which is light enough for combination/oily skin. Plus, I never broke out and I didn’t look any shinier then normal really was a bonus.

Here is a few tips on looking for the correct type of moisturizer for your oily skin

  • Read label to see if it says oil-free, non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn’t clog pores)
  • To make you feel even more comfortable it should say dermatologist tested and alcohol free.
  • Look for a moisturizer that says “gel” “lotion” “matte” or “hydration” There usually oil-free and light weight.
  • If you want a moisturizer that has an active ingredient look for ones that say “treatment” Read the ingredients too see as well what they are. You are usually looking for retinal, a form of vitamin A or even glycolic acid, which both help with oily, acne prone skin.

Always make sure you read label and ingreidents and go with your instinct. Only you know your skin and what it needs. And no matter what wear your sunscreen! Until next week my beauties!

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This entry was posted on April 14, 2017, in Skincare.