Beauty

My Nighttime Face Routine

Hello my lovelies!

 

SkincareNight

 

This is the second part to my skincare miniseries. You might notice it’s fairly similar to my previous daytime routine, and that’s because it is! I don’t love changing up too much between the two, since I’m so oily, and this is just what works for me.

 

Let’s get started:

  • CLEANSER – As I stated in my daytime post, I switch up my facial cleanser, depending on whether I’m washing my hair or not in the shower. I use the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser (buy here), If I’m not washing my hair that night (which is most times), and the Lush Cosmetics Herbalism Cleanser (buy here), If I am washing my hair.
  • TONER – Once again, I use my same Thayers Witch Hazel with Lavender Toner (buy here), to help with my redness and overall acne issues. I generously distribute this with a cotton pad all over my face, neck, and chest if I have any breakouts.
  • EYE CREAM – For nighttime, I want a bit of a heavier eye cream to help with my under eye dryness. I use the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm (buy here) to help with that. I do NOT recommend using this during the day, even if you are dry under your eyes like myself, especially if you plan on wearing makeup.
  • MOISTURIZER – This moisturizer is (I think) meant for daytime use, but since I ran out of my night moisturizer and switched to a different daytime moisturizer, I’ve graduated this Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer (buy here) to my nighttime routine. I don’t absolutely love it because it is a cream based moisturizer, but it does the job well enough.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have an awesome hump day!

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Miscellaneous

Year In Review: 2016 Favorites

Hello my lovelies!

 

As of yesterday, I have been ridiculously sick and hiding in my bedroom since, so I’ve decided to post my 2016 favorites a little earlier than I planned, just to keep my weekly rhythm going.

Let’s get started:

Favorite Cleanser: Lush Cosmetics Herbalism Face and Body Cleanser – This stuff honestly smells tragic, but I love what it does to my skin. This stuff sucks up any extra oil I have, and takes care of my cystic acne. I stopped using this for most of this year, but I just recently switched back and rediscovered my love for this product.

Favorite Moisturizer: Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer – I feel like this product has gotten majorly mixed reviews, but I absolutely adore it. First off, the packaging is gorgeous, second, the product actually works. This moisturizer hydrates my skin and combats my oiliness.

Favorite Foundation: Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation “0.5” – I first tried this out around August and posted an in depth review, and I’ve been in love ever since. The shade range is ridiculous, and 0.5 is just my perfect shade. The coverage and lasting power of this foundation also gets an A+.

Favorite Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer “Fair Neutral” – I know I sound like a broken record mentioning this for the thousandth time, but it just works so well for me that I can’t stop. I have been on a hunt like no other to try and find something better, but so far I haven’t been successful. This concealer is essentially everything I could want in my life.

Favorite Undereye Powder: NYX Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder “Banana” – I don’t know what sorcery is in this powder, but it’s somehow light enough to not make my under eyes completely yellow and dark, after I’ve worked so hard to brighten with concealer (you know what I’m talking about, fellow pale girl).

Favorite All Over Face Powder: M.A.C. Studio Finish Powder Plus Foundation “NC15” – This powder is ALSO pale enough for me, which brings me a special type of joy. I am well aware that some say putting powder foundation on top of your foundation to set it is wrong, but if that’s the case, I don’t want to be right.

Favorite Contour: Smashbox #Shapematters Contour Shade – This is oddly specific, but this particular shade in the palette is the answer to my contour prayers. The powder is so luxurious, and just the perfect color for creating shadow.

Favorite Bronzer: Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder “Golden Light” – I’ve had this shit for ages and barely made a dent, so the pigmentation is definitely there. Surprisingly, this isn’t the lightest or ashiest bronzer, but it still looks amazing on my skin. There’s no sheen either, which is a huge bonus for me since I don’t want to be glowing absolutely everywhere.

Favorite Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush “Dollface” – I consider this my every day “nude” shade, despite the fact that it is a light baby pink. Because of my paleness, traditional nude blushes just don’t look great on me, but a light pink flush makes me look way more alive than I really am.

Favorite Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector “Pearl” – YASSSS something pale enough for me. I’d glue glitter to my face any day, and this highlighter just reinforces that. I know the chunkier glitter highlight isn’t everyone’s thing, but it’s sure as hell mine.

Favorite Brow Product: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer “Chocolate” – I have an ongoing relationship with this eyebrow pencil, and we’ll never break up. I live for the pigmentation and ease of use with this product, and the spoolie on the end will always be there for me when I need it most.

Favorite Eyeshadow Palette: Morphe 35O Palette – More and more, I find myself using this palette in my every day life. Warm neutrals are my shit, and this palette is filled with them. I love the fact that I paid 22 bucks for this palette too!

Favorite Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara – You already know it. Do I need to explain my relationship with this mascara? No. It’s special. Leave me alone.

Favorite Liquid Lipstick Brand: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquefied Long Wear Matte Lipstick – I only have 2 shades from this range, but I love them till death do us part. This formula is super matte, but not at all drying. I am hoping and praying that Too Faced comes out with more shades eventually.

Favorite Bullet Lipstick Brand: Bite Beauty – I can’t rave enough about this brand. I love the all natural ingredients, the creaminess, and the pigmentation of these lipsticks. Fun fact, the brand is called Bite because the ingredients in their products are “good enough to eat”. How bomb is that?

Favorite Lipgloss Brand: NYX Butter Lipgloss – These babies are a drugstore classic. I know everyone loves them, but can you blame them? The pigmentation is all there, and the formula doesn’t glue your lips together. I wear gloss almost never, but when I do, this is the formula I go for.

I did not mention a few favorite product categories, simply because I haven’t found favorites to fill those spots. Believe me, I’m working on it!

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it helps me out so much. Also don’t forget to have a lovely hump day.

Stay beautiful!

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

 

 

Beauty

Common Hair Problems and How to Solve Them! 

Hello my lovelies!

I want to talk about the elephant in the metaphorical room…hair troubles.

Whether it be oiliness, dryness, or any other affliction, it’s important for all of us to have ways to combat these pesky problems. I will attempt to cover as many as I can think of for all of you.

Oily hair

Obviously, any type of hair issue sucks, but oily hair can often be the most noticeable. Generally, an oily patch of hair is not the most attractive, so here are some easy ways to help get rid of oily hair!

  • Choose the right shampoo: Using overly moisturizing hair care products, especially products made for dry hair, will make your hair appear extra oily. Instead, opt for products specifically made to combat oily scalp and hair. My personal favorite would be these amazing Lush Cosmetics shampoo and conditioner. However, many brands such as Matrix and Redken carry their own versions of oil combating hair care that is equally as beneficial.
  • Keep your hands out of your hair: Unless you’re styling it or brushing it out of your face, it’s best not to habitually rake your fingers through your hair excessively.  Doing that allows all of the oil from your hands to transfer to your hair instead, creating even more of a mess.
  • Wash your hair fairly often: The two day rule is perfectly fine, as this can train your hair to resist becoming oily fast, but three days or longer is bad practice. Unlike people with dry hair, stripping the extra oils from your hair from washing it, isn’t the end of the world. In fact, this might end up being helpful.
  • Dry shampoo is your friend: If you are on second or third day hair, or maybe even first day, a quality dry shampoo can make all the difference for controlling your oily hair. If you don’t want to buy some dry shampoo, there are plenty of DIY recipes out there for all hair colors, but my favorite store bought dry shampoo is hands down Batiste.

Dry Hair

While I personally do not suffer from dry hair now, I have in the past, and it’s a royal pain. Fortunately, there are some relatively easy and effective ways to solve this common problem!

  • Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is a must: Keeping your hair moisturized is essential to keeping your hair healthy and looking alive. Once again, I highly recommend either Lush or Matrix, as you really can’t go wrong with any of their products.
  • Hair Masks: If you have ridiculously dry hair, this is an absolute must. Even something as simple as coconut oil can do wonders for your hair. If/when you get your hands on a hair mask, massage it from the roots all the way to the ends and let it sit for at least 30 minutes, however you can leave the oil in your hair for the whole day, it wont hurt you. Again, I’m really about the Lush life, and I highly recommend this hair treatment from them. My mother LOVES it!

Dandruff

I can personally attest to the fact that dandruff is a particular nuisance, being that I have dealt with it on occasion. Fortunately, there is often a fairly easy fix to this problem!

  • Do not pick at it: No matter how hard it is to resist the temptation, do not pick at any dandruff spots or vigorously try to scratch it all off in one go. This can lead to open sores and cuts, ergo a nasty infection in a place that’s hard to get to.
  • Use the right hair products: Dandruff is often a sign of a dry scalp, but not necessarily dry hair. Moisturizing the crap out of your hair may not solve your dandruff issues. Instead, use products specifically targeted at dealing with dandruff. The most famous brand of shampoos and conditioners for this issue would have to be Head&Shoulders, which is definitely a legitimate brand to use.But y’all know I have to push my Lush propaganda once again and advertise this AMAZEBALLS hair treatment specifically for dandruff.

That is all for today! Remember to like, comment, subscribe and most of all, enjoy your day!

Stay Beautiful!