Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Cheap but Effective Skin Care Routine

I literally cannot even count how many different face cleansing products I have tried that just didn't do the job!

During my hormone riddled teen years, I had moderate acne mostly on my face, chest and back. Especially during that time of the month, I could usually count on my face having a few painful pimples plus scattered blackheads and whiteheads. In most pics of me during that time you couldn't even tell cause I was a master at over exposing my pics til they're so bright you couldn't see the zits!  I'm 23 now and I still get an occasional monster that refuses to cover up well with makeup. Other than that though, my face is pretty clear. I do have a few bumps particularly on my chin area but nothing as bad as when I was a teenager.

I have tried I feel like everything under the sun, including Proactive, Neutrogena, and Clean and Clear without effective results. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my second and didn't want to spend the money on something that doesn't even work that I realized maybe the problem was all the chemicals going onto my face! I switched to different products and have kept it the same for a few years.

This is my everyday skin care routine that I've found helps curb my acne and is super simple and cheap.

First off I cannot stress the importance of REMOVING YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED!!!!
This is super important and has changed my skin since I made it a priority to always remove my makeup before going to sleep. Even if it's so late and all you want to do is crawl into bed, please please at least grab a makeup remover wipe and get that makeup off!!

Ok so every morning and night I cleanse my face with one thing.

Dove White Beauty Bar
This stuff cleanses my skin so well, it doesn't leave my skin too dry, it's gentle, and for less than $10 you can get 6 bars which usually last me about 6 months. You can find this anywhere!

Also morning and night after I wash my face, I follow up with Witch Hazel.

Yep witch hazel, the stuff they tell you to use on your down there after giving birth because it's gentle, safe, has cleansing and anti-bacterial properties, helps with swelling, helps to repair broken skin and helps to heal and soothe other skin irritations. I just pour a little bit (enough to cover my face) onto a cotton ball or round and use it like a toner. It lasts a long time and is pretty cheap too. Like less than $5 a bottle cheap.
Did I mention everything is super cheap???

After the witch hazel, it's time to moisturize. I only moisturize in the morning and not at night. This is for one reason, I have pretty oily skin, I don't moisturize at night so my skin can breathe and repair itself while i'm sleeping. Since I started skipping the moisturizer at night, my skin is less oily and I feel like it's been clearer. When I do moisturize (in the morning) I use Cerave Moisturizing Cream.
This stuff is aaaamazing!!!! It's super moisturizing yet light and non-greasy. It's fragrance free and won't clog your pores. It contains ceramides to help moisturize and protect the skin barrier. It also has hyaluronic acid. What is that you say? Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally found in the body. It's found mostly in the eyes and joints because it acts as a cushion and lubricant. It's another amazing ingredient in this cream that helps to heal and moisturize the skin. This is the only thing that isn't as cheap as everything else on this post but it's still pretty cheap. At $10 to $15 it's still cheaper than higher end moisturizers and a little goes a looooooonnnnnggggg way!

That is my daily/nightly routine. 
Twice a week it's Exfoliation Day!!!
On Tuesdays and Fridays, before cleansing in the morning, I use a homemade facial scrub that has sugar, honey, baking soda, cinnamon, coconut oil and cocoa powder. All of which have great benefits to using on your skin.

Looks like poo, smells like chocolate and leaves my skin feeling super smooth! I just take a little bit, mush it in my hands and scrub my face. Then I rinse it off and wash with the Dove soap.

After the facial scrub I like to use a facial mask. I really love the Freeman Feeling Beautiful line of masks as they are cheap but effective. There's also a ton of different varieties for different results.
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Clay Mask Mint and Lemon

Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask

Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask

Revealing Peel-Off Pomegranate Mask

Facial Pineapple Enzyme Mask

Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask

My faves are the Mint and Lemon clay mask, the Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress mask and the Charcoal and Black Sugar mask. But they're all great. I got these at Ulta when they were having a BOGO Free sale (which they have all the time). They're normally $3.99 each but combined with a coupon, I paid around $9 for these six.

After that I moisturize with the Cerave Cream as normal then apply a lip balm. My current fave besides my beloved Nivea Lip Butters,
Smith's Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve is about $7 at Sephora and can be used for anything that needs a little extra dose of moisture! It smells sooooo good like roses and it's super moisturizing! When using on your lips, you don't need a lot for your lips to be super soft so this tin lasts a long time!

My skin is by no means perfect. This is the skin care routine that has worked for me but may not work for someone else. No matter what you do or use what's important is if you are getting the results that you want and feeling as good as you should be. Feeling beautiful as you are!!

Feel Beautiful!!

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Vaseline Creme Brulee Lip Therapy Review

Hey Dolls!!

So today I'm bringing you another review. This time of a product that I have heard raves about all over the beautysphere!

The Vaseline Creme Brulee Lip Therapy

If any of you have tried any of the Vaseline Lip Therapys, chances are you've heard of this one.
Not sure if this is limited edition but it is a relatively new flavor that is joining the ranks of Rosy Lips, Original, and Cocoa Butter.

Vaseline Creme Brulee Lip Therapy claims:
  • For deliciously kissable lips
  • Instantly softens and soothes dry lips
  • Locks in moisture so lips feel better over time
  • Made with triple-purified Vaseline petroleum jelly

Depending on where you purchase it, the price ranges from $2 to $3 for .25oz.

I haven't tried the Rosy Lips Lip Therapy but I have tried the Original and it still is one of my tried and true lip balms. I'm a sucker for all things lip product related especially if it has a yummy smell so I knew I had to try this.

After searching for it in a few stores, I finally found at a CVS for $1.99 I think?
I immediately tore into the package when I got home, opened it and........................................................................................................................................................................................

was a little disappointed!

I already have the Original Lip Therapy so I knew this would be a great lip balm. I literally just bought this because I was hoping for a delicious sweet scented thing to slather on my lips. Therein lies the only disappointment I had with this product. It doesn't smell the least bit like what I had hoped. I was expecting a little sweet vanilla with maybe a hint of caramel or brown sugar but what I got was a waxy, play doughy scent with the merest, fleeting touch of vanilla. The scent fades after a minute or two but every time I use it I wonder if maybe I got a dud.

Granted it is an excellent lip balm. The texture is a bit thicker than the Original Lip Therapy which may be off putting to some but I don't mind it! I especially love using this before bedtime for super soft lips in the morning. Or times when I feel like my lips need a little extra TLC, I love using this cause I feel like it really moisturizes and protects. Despite the scent "setbacks" it's still a great lip balm.
Will I repurchase?
Maybe nah. I'll stick with the Original and my HG Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Creme Kiss.
Sorry if I crushed any expectations! Remember these are my opinions. There are lots of people raving about the smell. It could just be me!

Feel beautiful!

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times. If one only remembers to turn on the light"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer Review

The Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers were made available to the U.S during the summer of last year. They were previously only available in the Uk under the name Rimmel Apocalips. Needless to say these aren't a new product. Ignoring the fact that Rimmel seems not to trust the U.S with the catchy play on words, on the website, Rimmel promises:

"The intense rich colour of a lipstick, enhanced by a satin smooth shine. 
It's neither a lipstick nor a gloss... It's BIGGER than both!"

Since these have been out I have been wanting to try them but other products catch my eye and there goes another month without them! Well this month these caught my eye at Walgreens as they were on sale for only $2.49 each!!!! Whenever I buy makeup products, I usually try to find them on sale or use a coupon to get the best price. Now $2.49 is already a great deal, (the price varies from $5 to $6 each) but I just so happened to have 3 $1 coupons for any Rimmel product making these babies a cool $1.49 each.
Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers shades from top to bottom: Comet, Nova, and Stellar 

The three shades I got were Comet, Nova and Stellar.

Comet is a slightly pink brown shade

Nova is a light pink with a cool undertone

Stellar is a pinky coral shade

All three were super pigmented with one swipe. These are very creamy with no stickiness and wore well for over 3 hours with no fading or bleeding. I didn't use a lipliner and found that these stayed pretty well put however due to their creaminess they do smear relatively easily. They do have the pigmentation of a lipstick but I don't find them to be quite as shiny as a gloss. I am happy with the finish though. I find them to just shiny enough to suit my fancy.

One unique thing about these is the doe foot applicator. That may not sound unique but it has a small divot in the middle where product pools giving you the perfect amount of lacquer without having to dip back into the tube.

These are an amazing drugstore product that are drugstore price but high end quality. My only qualm with these is the scent. If you are sensitive to smells, you might want to skip these. Maybe it's just me but to me they have a plasticky floral scent that is a bit off putting. The scent does fade after a while but like I said, if you have a sensitive schnoz, don't get these. 

Overall these are a great product for the price if you can get past the smell.

Til next time!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Brush Cleaning 101

Hey dolls!
Having clean brushes can make a huge difference in the way your makeup applies. Depending on how often I'm putting makeup on, I always try to clean my brushes at least once a week. If I'm putting mah face on frequently, I end up cleaning my brushes,
(especially my face brushes) every few days. Not cleaning your makeup brushes can lead to breakouts and other skin irritation. When we constantly use the same brush over and over without cleaning it, bacteria and oil from our faces get trapped in the hairs and then transfer to our makeup, then back onto our faces!!! 

Gross I know

There are tons of ways to clean your brushes. One of the cheapest ways is to use baby shampoo, but I find that it doesn't clean as well as some other alternatives. It sure does make your brushes smell good though! 

Another more expensive way is to use a brush cleanser like:

It retails for about $15, has good reviews and does the job.

What about the people who don't want to spend 15 bucks on a brush cleanser and would rather spend that hard earned money on stuff to dirty up those brushes?????

Well here's my fav way to get my dirrrrrty brushes clean

What you Need:
Dirty Brushes duh!
Dish soap (any kind, I use the green dawn)
A plate
Slightly damp clean washcloth
Dry clean washcloth

I've been using dish soap to cleanse my brushes for ages and my brushes look as good as the day I bought them!! No damage whatsoever and they are still as soft as can be!! One thing I love about using dish soap is that it gets the makeup "grime" off, but since most dish soaps are also antibacterial you can sleep peacefully knowing that your brushes are squeaky clean! and that there aren't any microbes multiplying in your brushes

What to Do:
Onto the plate, evenly spread enough dish soap to clean your brushes.

 Tilt the plate a little to distribute the soap

Lay the washcloth flat onto the soap.

Wet the brush with warm but not hot water. Hold the brush so the hairs face down. If too much water gets into the ferrule or handle, the glue could dissolve, loosening the bristles, and damaging the brush.

Next, scrub scrub scrub your brushes right on the washcloth. Move the brush back and forth, in circular motions, however your heart desires!

I tend to be a little rough with my brushes when I'm cleaning them to make sure i get them reeeeally clean!

Rinse them really well! Be sure to rinse all the soap out as that can also effect makeup application. 

Brush back and forth, and gently squeeze out any excess water on the dry washcloth

Lay them flat to dry!
I typically wash my brushes in the evening and let them dry overnight.

Enjoy your fresh, good as new, squeaky clean brushes!!

Stay happy!