Skin Care tips for the stressed and desperate!

Hello Readers!

I thought I might take a minute to share some of my skin care tips with you guys today. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that stress can take a major toll on your face. I have been extra stressed as of late, with my impending departure from my family in just 8 days time & the knowledge that I have yet to even buy a single thing for my dorm room! Not to mention my books (I would like you all to know that I am the QUEEN of procrastination)

All of this has caused me to break out more than usual. I wont lie, I have pretty good genes & have never had a big problem with my skin. However; I am a firm believer that good skin is all about good genes, a good skin care regimen  & a good diet. For today I will share my skin care regimen & the products I have come to adore.

First things first! Face wash. I don’t like to use harsh products on my face, so I use Simple. A skin care line that has no harsh irritants, dyes or artificial perfumes that upset the skin. It is also very affordable, which is great for a soon to be broke college student.

On to the next step. I use Vitamin C capsules! I use this product every other day. Don’t be fooled guys, a little goes a long way and these bad boys are potent. This is best if you have dull skin and want to revive it! It evens your skin tone and gives you a nice smooth glow. Not to mention it smells absolutely amazing! The  downside…it costs $28. Plus side…it lasts about two months and it 100% worth it!

On to my third step! After I have done my first two steps or after I have washed my face (depending on the day) I apply Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel by M.A.C. It is the lightest moisturizer I have ever used and it absorbs super fast which I love! I have weird skin. Some spots are super oily, while other spots are completely dried out.This moisturizer completely evened out my skin and hydrates in all the right places. I hate that heavy, weighted down feeling other moisturizers give. Luckily, this one is completely light and leaves my face feeling energized. That might not make sense, but once you use it you will understand.

This last product is also great to use right before you put on your makeup. Just apply, wait a couple minutes. Then apply your primer, then your makeup and you will look absolutely great!

Now on to some other tips. Everyone has those pesky little breakouts or blemishes! I take care of those the old school way, which has never failed me….Toothpaste. Yup! I said it. Toothpaste. Just dab a little onto your problem area and it will dry that sucker out. Also remember lots of water. It isn’t a myth…so drink to healthy skin!

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How to take care of your products!

 HOW TO MAKE YOU NAIL POLISH LAST UP TO TWO YEARS

One way to make your nail polish last longer is to keep it in the refrigerator. I’m not kidding either. I have nail polish from two years ago that are still in perfect shape. I swear to you this is no joke. Stick those bad boys in your fridge.

Another thing that helps, is keeping your nail polish bottle up right. Keeping you nail polish bottle up right helps to prevent the pigments and solvents from separating.

We all have this next problem with our nail polish. I call it the clump factor. Something I used to do fix this problem, was pour a tiny tiny bit of nail polish remover into my nail polish bottle, and shake it. Now this helped big time. However, some nail polish removers will turn your nail polish cloudy. So I recommend that you buy nail polish thinner. You just ass a drop or two to your nail polish and shake gently.

My last tip to help keep your nail polish in tip-top shape is to always wipe away the residue from the threaded portion of the nail polish bottle. This will ensure a tight closure, preventing your nail polish from drying out.

HOW TO WASH YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES

 Run the bristles of the makeup brush under warm running water.

(side note)-You could also first combine water and makeup remover to your brushes. Letting it soke for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds (Don’t soke longer than 5 minutes)

 Then move to the second step and proceed to wash them with shampoo. Not a lot of shampoo, just a small amount. About the size of a quarter.Apply the small amount of shampoo to bristles and work into a light lather. I recommend you use something like baby shampoo, because the chemicals in the shampoo are not harsh. Also make sure that it is oil free, that is very important.

Rinse bristles thoroughly under running water. You will notice that the water leaving the brush is tinted from old makeup.

Continue rinsing until no color leaves the brush.

Allow it to air-dry. DON”T set a wet brush upright on its handle. Instead lay flat on a towel. Also DON’T add heat to your brushes. Let them dry at their own pace.

Let’s talk Makeup/skincare & all that good stuff!

Guess what everyone??? I am starting yet another series. A series that talks about make-up and skin care. I have a lot of friends that come and ask me how I keep my skin so clear. I am not going to lie, a lot of it has to do with  genetics. The other half is that I stay on top of my skin care and the make-up I use. As well as how I use and take care of it. Let’s face it, genetics only gets you so far. So with all of the questions my friends ask about my make-up and skin care, I decided to start a series about (can I get a drum roll!)….Make-up and skin care!!! I will talk about everything. From the products I use to tips on how to take care of your skin as well as make-up.

To kick this series off I will give you a list of the basic things you should own. Not only what you should own, but I will also explain the product. Let’s go!

1. Cleanser – The most important thing you will ever own is Cleanser. You can’t put make-up on a dirty face. Would you put Gucci on a person who has been outside rolling in the dirt?? I think not. One your make-up wont last very long if your face isn’t cleansed, and two your make-up will most likely come out looking sloppy.

2. Foundation – Now foundation has to be every girls best friend lol. The main thing about Foundation is that it was made to cover up acne scaring and blemishes. (A little note: Concealer is NOT Foundation. Concealer if for the dark circles around your eyes). Another thing you should know is that there are 3 different types of Foundation. You have your Light Coverage, Medium Coverage, and Full Coverage.  A light coverage Foundation would be Tinted Moisturizer which you can get at any drugstore. You apply Tinted Moisturizer like you would any moisturizer. Most Tinted Moisturizers are made to adapt to your skin tone, so make sure you read before you buy! I use Tinted Moisturizer as an everyday foundation. It really even’s my skin tone, and it does not give you that weighed down feeling. Now, if I ever do where heavy make-up I go with the full coverage foundation. I’m personally not a big fan of Medium Coverage.

Another note: When applying concealer I recommend that you use a good brush to apply. If you don’t own concealer and don’t really want to buy any, you can always stick to full coverage  foundation. It covers everything.

3. Mascara – Okay…Mascara is MY best friend Lash blast fusion to be exact =] One amazing tip I have is (are you ready?)… Primer. Before applying your mascara, apply a primer. Primers prevent your mascara from clumping, and helps to maintain the curl of your lashes. Bad news though…Good primers don’t come cheap, and drugstore Primers are a waste of money. But all is not lost, I have a cheap trick to help you out. What I do is I take a clean mascara brush, apply Vaseline to the bush, then to my eyelashes. Then I apply my Mascara.

If you don’t want to do this trick then I strongly recommend MAC Prep + Primer. $14.00

4. Eyelash Curler – blasphemy to all who don’t own a lash curler. They make a BIG difference. They are also really cheap. You can get them at any drugstore.

5. Eye Shadow – Now I love love love Coastal Sents eye shadow. I recommend that you get Coastal Sents 88 Piece Palette. You can also go with L’Oreal eye shadows if you don’t want a Palette

6. Blush – Now here is the thing about blush. You want to aim for a soft natural look. I recommend that you go to Sephora or MAC and tell them that you want a soft natural blush for your skin tone. You can go with a cream based blush that gives you an amazing natural look, but it is not as easy to apply as powder based blushes. If you don’t want to spend that much on a blush, you can always use a light color lipstick and rub a little on your cheeks. Trust me it works!

7.Chapstick– I don’t wear a lot of lipstick, but when I do, chapstick works as an amazing primer. When I am not wearing lipstick, the chapstick keeps my lips looking wonderful with a nice glow.

8. Make-up Brushes – Now make-up brushes are a must, and I suggest that you bite the bullet and by good ones. Sponges, puffs, and sponge tips give you that caked on make-up look that is never good. Also Sponges, puffs and sponge tips hold a lot of bacteria. Also in the end you will spend more money constantly buying disposable sponges, puffs, and tips. I recomment that you get some brushes from Coastalscents.com or BHcosmetics.com

9. Eye liner – I personally love Urban Decay eye liner. You can go for a pencil liner, or a gel liner. Which ever you like best.

 

Next week I will post how to keep you Make- up brushes clean as well as other tips =]