no makeup skincare

Prom Advice💕

I know it’s a little late for some of you, but for my girls whose prom hasn’t happened yet, this is for you!

-Start toning up! Do some light cardio on a regular basis, and try pushups and pullups if you don’t have weights or can’t get to a gym!

-Use a face mask the week before, and take good care of your skin!! Cleanse, tone, moisturize! Use a good serum & moisturizer for glowy skin!

-If you’re doing your own hair and makeup, plan out your look beforehand! Make sure you have all the tools and products you need so you don’t need to run out and get anything at the last minute!

-Know your angles for photos! Use a mirror and see what you like, and pose accordingly. Don’t force a smile if it doesn’t feel natural, it’ll just end up looking awkward!

-If you don’t have a date, don’t feel bad about it. It’s totally fine to just go and hang out with your girls!! Prom pics with your friends look absolutely adorable, and I promise the memories will be just as fun and happy. Don’t let whether or not a guy is with you affect the amazing time you should have!!

Skincare tips ✨💧

1. Always keep a bottle of water bottle nearby. Hydration is 🔑, your skin will thank you!
2. DON’T POP YOUR PIMPLES. EVER.
3. Honey + green tea=a mask that will reduce dark spots and acne
4. Exfoliate 1-3 times a week, get rid of that dead skin/sebum build up 😷
5. Coconut is great for your skin + removing makeup! (Use it wisely tho, could clog up your pores)
6. You can never go wrong with face masks!!! Treat yourself to a nice face mask every now and then
7. Cut toxic people out of your life and remember to moisturize daily
8. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE🙅🏽
9. In my opinion lush has the best skincare products, all organic and they’re cruelty free🐶
10. Change your pillow cases regularly if you don’t already
11. Sunscreen is your best friend, always apply before leaving the house to protect your self from harmful sun rays/premature aging🌞
12. I know y'all have things to do but get at least 7 hours of sleep to rejuvenate your skin!
13. Pat your face dry instead of rubbing when using a towel.
14. Listen to music and chill and try to keep the stress minimal, this will do wonder for your skin
15. Rose water is bomb for your skin and the scent is a bonus 🌹
16. Your skin is an organ so it will reflect the state of your insides, eat beneficial foods and drink plenty💧💦🍎🍉🍓🍒

  • Me : *washes my face frequently*
  • Me : *washes my makeup off completely*
  • Me : *uses face masks to care for my skin*
  • Me : *drinks water to stay hydrated*
  • Me : *moisturizes*
  • Skin : *allows one tiny pimple to show*
  • Me : You ungrateful fucking child. How dare you. After all I've given you, this is how you repay me?
Steam the Shit out of your face!

I love steaming my face. It leaves my skin feeling soft, and gives me a glow. Here is why you should steam your face too! Steaming your face will literally steam the Shit out of your face that you don’t want.

Benefits

Cleanses pores

Increases blood circulation

Gets rid of toxins

Promotes relaxation

Gives a skin a glow

Here are the directions:

1.       Grab a pot and fill it with water

2.       Wash face

3.       Bring the water to a hot temperature where you can see steam come from pot

4.       Add any oils to the hot water

5.       You can either pour the water into a bowl or leave water in pot

6.       Lean your head over the pot or bowl for 5-10 mins with a towel over your head

7.       Exfoliate, tone and moisturize

8.       Steam your face once or twice a month

Please be careful while following these instructions

Night Time Skin Care Routine🌚

Skin Care Night Time Routine

While you sleep, your skin cells are regenerating faster than throughout the day. It is important to have a skin care routine set for your sleep. This will help your skin appear brighter and healthier in the morning☀️

•Cleansing:
This should never be questioned. You must cleanse your skin before going to sleep in order to get rid of all those toxins, bacteria, and gunk your pores have built up from the day. I use the Burt’s Bees 🐝 Acne Solutions Gel Cleanser. This cleanser is great for those with oily and acne prone skin, it contains willow bark and salicylic acid to treat your breakouts and balance your sebum production.

After the cleanser, I use a daily exfoliator. Many people say you shouldn’t exfoliate every day. (I use to abide by this rule) but I recently found out the Koreans (which are widely known for their amazing skin care products and skin care obsession l) exfoliate their skin on a daily. This makes sense because the cleanser will leave dirt behind, which makes the exfoliator do its job by thoroughly dig into your pores. I use the Garnier Balancing Daily Exfoliator (grapefruit and pomegranate). This scrub is meant to be used on a daily basis, it is foamy and gentle on the skin which makes it ideal for evening/nighttime use✨
*make sure your scrub does not contain microbeads*

After this step, it is important to tone. Using a toner after cleansing will help your skin balance its PH levels (which are disturbed after cleanse) and prep your skin for moisture. This is a very essential step, no one should miss it. I use Witch Hazel as my toner, and also the L'BEL Mattifying Toner for oily skin. (Also contains salicylic acid)👌🏽

•Hydrating:

Your skin will need back the moisture you just stripped away. It is very important for you to know that moisturizing is key, it will keep your skin healthy and prevent wrinkles. Even if you are oily skin, you must moisturize! I use a hydrating face mist first, and then a water based moisturizer. (Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water, and Garnier Moisture Surge Gel Cream)💦

•Treating

This is where the serum is put to use. Depending on your skin concerns, you should have a serum that will address these problems. In my case, I have an overproduction of oil, acne, and big pores. So, the serum I use is formulated for my concerns. If you have dry skin or dull skin, you should get a serum that is hydrating and brightening. (I use the L'BEL Perfecting Cream)💙

In addition to the serum, I also use an eye cream. I do not have dark circles or under eye bags so I’m not always loyal to this step. I do however, have dry eyelids from time to time. What I like to do is use the moisturizer as an eye cream, and added to that I use a natural oil (sometimes Argan, others Rosehip) and apply it for extra hydration. In the morning my flaky eyelids will be smooth as my butt👅

Because I have acne prone skin, I get blemishes. I took an aromatherapy class not so long ago and I learned to make my own formulas. Therefore, I created my own pimple potion. It is a mix of aloe vera juice, witch hazel, vitamin E, and essential oils that will help my pimples heal properly. I apply this directly to my blemishes❤️

Finally, I apply a small amount of Rosehip Oil🌹 all over my face. This oil has many skin care benefits that will help with acne scars, dry skin, blemishes, among other things🙆🏻 You do not have to use this oil specifically, but if you apply an oil, it must be at the end of your product application. Oil will penetrate all the previous products, but if applied beforehand, the products will not penetrate the oil. Keep this in mind!

Remember, your skin is your largest organ, take care of it!

cold weather survival tips so y’all can start the new year with soft glowy skin

I posted a list of beauty tips for hot weather on my old blog at the beginning of the summer and it went over really well, so I thought I’d do a cold weather version now that we’re in peak chapped-lips-and-cracked-hands season.

  • Do yourself a favor by going to the nearest drugstore and buying the biggest tub of Vaseline/petroleum jelly you can find. 90% of Dry Skin Problems™ can be solved by slapping some Vaseline on there. 
  • Seriously. Chapped lips? Use Vaseline as a lip balm. Dry, cracked heels? Slather those feetsies with Vaseline right before you go to bed (just put socks on to keep from getting your sheets all sticky) for an overnight moisturizing treatment. (You can do the same thing on your hands if they’re dry and cracked!) I’ve even used Vaseline to fix severe dry patches on my face and neck. This stuff is a lifesaver. 
  • (You might also wanna get one of those tiny mini tubs to keep in your jacket pocket or in your bag, so you’ll always have it on you. It works way better than lip balm and is the only thing that can keep my lips from cracking and bleeding all winter long.)
  • While you’re at the store, it’s a good idea to invest in a good lotion. Most scented lotions (especially Bath & Body Works brand) actually make my dry skin worse because of the perfume in them, so you might want to look into an unscented formula. Try to avoid formulas that contain alcohol (which is sometimes used to make the lotion absorb faster) because they’ll dry you out worse than before. 
  • I always recommend using lotions and moisturizers made for sensitive skin even if your skin isn’t actually sensitive, because they don’t have as many harsh ingredients that might draw moisture out of your skin! Looking for formulas with all-natural ingredients (like Burt’s Bees and Yes To) is another good way to avoid heavy chemicals.
  • Replace your makeup remover with olive oil. It melts makeup right off, and you don’t have to scrub at your face like you do with a lot of makeup removers. It’s also super hydrating and makes my skin feel SO SOFT after I use it. (Just be sure to wash it off with a cleanser before you go to bed.) A lot of people use coconut oil the same way, but I’ve never tried it so I can’t speak for how well it works compared to olive oil. 
  • If your foundation sticks really noticeably to the dry patches on your face, a good hydrating makeup primer can help a lot. e.l.f. has really good, really cheap primers that I swear by, and they even have one specifically made for dry skin! (And you can find them at Walmart and most drugstores, so you can swing by and pick it up while you’re getting your groceries.)
  • Avoid “matte” or “mattifying” foundation formulas in general if your skin is really dry, because they’ll just make your dry patches more noticeable. Use a “satin finish” or “dewy finish” foundation instead, and if you want to make it look more matte you can always set it with a powder to take away the shine! 
  • If your lips are really dry and scaly, the best thing to do is just exfoliate the dead skin away. You can make your own lip scrub really easily by mixing sugar with either olive oil or honey, and just rub it on your lips to buff off the dry skin. Be sure to follow with Vaseline or a good lip balm!
  • As a matter of fact, you should really be exfoliating your entire face once or twice a week, especially if you have really dry skin. You can buy exfoliating scrubs at the store for a few bucks or make your own. (My favorite is a homemade scrub with 1 tablespoon of cooled green tea, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a few drops of tea tree oil. It makes my skin soooo soft and helps fade my acne scars.)
  • Consider replacing your moisturizer with a face-safe oil like jojoba or rosehip at night. (I wouldn’t recommend using olive oil or coconut oil for this though, because they’re a little too heavy.) I started using rosehip oil every night to help with the scarring on my face, and it makes my skin feel so good. It doesn’t absorb right away, so it’s almost like sleeping in a face mask every night, and you wake up with a baby-soft face. This is the first winter I haven’t had really dry patches on my face, and I think using facial oils has a lot to do with it.
  • If your lipstick is drying out your lips, use a very light layer of Vaseline as a lip primer! This also makes the lipstick go on smoother – I’ve been using this trick for chalky/streaky lipsticks for years. (I told you, Vaseline is a lifesaver.)
  • I know everyone on tumblr is always saying this, but it really is important; you gotta stay hydrated. Drink water. (Drinks like soda actually dehydrate you, so it really does have to be water.) If your skin is just feeling a little dryer than usual, it could be because you just aren’t getting enough water. Increasing your water intake is a really easy, completely free way to help your skin out. 
  • And fyi, these tips aren’t just for girls! If you’re a guy with dry skin, feel free to use any and all of the things I talked about in this post! Taking care of your body is gender neutral and everybody deserves to have nice skin.