10 December 2014

How To Combat Dry Skin

This is an update on a previous post I did about two years ago on how to handle dry skin. Apologies for the over-dramatic tone of that one. But basically, whenever my skin starts to dry out during the colder months, this becomes part of my routine. Yes, I know it's a bit of hassle to have to change up the products that you normally use, but it is essential to making sure you keep that skin of yours looking cute and healthy (emphasis on the cute part obviously).

Please note that I am not a dermatologist or skincare expert. I just wanted to share some tips with you all and hope it can help you out too!

*Just as a reference, I normally have oily skin but it turns into combination skin during the colder months. I'm also prone to acne.*

1. Dry Bad, Moist Good
So I have a little space heater in my room that I use in the mornings when it gets really cold. Now I'm not an expert on humidity, so I really had no idea that using a heater could have negative effects on your skin. Basically, having my heater on was sucking the moisture out of the air so my mother told me cut that out and buy myself a humidifier. You can purchase any kind of humidifier. The one I bought was a Safety 1st one from Target. It was the cheapest I could find and it worked just fine.

2. Exfoliate
I should start this off with a warning because exfoliating too much could irritate the skin even more. It is important though to get rid of all the dead skin cells and anything that could possibly clog your pores. So if you're going to exfoliate, go with something gentle like the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Exfoliator and only do so every 4-5 days or once a week. And make sure to pack on the moisturizer afterwards!

3. Make Aquaphor your new BFF
I don't even care if you don't follow all the other steps, but you probably should not skip this one. I think this saved my skin completely. I put this on every night before I go to bed and almost always see results the very next morning. The improvements are gradual, but consistent. You only need a little bit so don't go overboard. I don't think it can cause breakouts (because I haven't experienced any), but try not to apply on too much. You should definitely test it before trying it on your whole face. I also use this instead of a regular moisturizer for a couple of days, which means I have to go make-up free. If this isn't something that you're quite comfortable with, then using a tinted moisturizer and applying a little bit of powder over it should give you enough coverage. Aquaphor is about $5 at Target, which I think is such a huge bargain with what it can do. It's also good for when you have really chapped lips or have dry patches elsewhere on your body. 

4. Say Goodbye to Matt(e)
When my skin gets dehydrated, I stop using all products that can dry out my skin, which includes all mattifying creams, gels, primers, and foundations. Those only dry out your skin even more and can clog your pores, thus creating those ugly little bumps that we all hate. Use products that are meant to hydrate your skin. My favorite facial cream is the Eclos Anti-Aging Regenerative Cream. You should also stay away from other products that have alcohol in it, like toners for example. There are toners that don't dry out your skin so just read up on the ingredients. 

5. ExpressHydrate Yourself, Don't Repress Yourself
Speaking of alcohol, you probably shouldn't drink too much of it at this point. But what you should drink a lot of is good 'ol H2O. And while I'm on the subject of water, I know that during the cold winter months we want to take baths/showers in the hottest water possible, but beware because this does dry out your skin. If you're going to wash your face, make sure it's with luke perry warm water.

I hope that was helpful in some way. Stay hydrated!

18 November 2014

Nude Lips

I love that this trend is still going. I love nude lips just as much as I love a vampy pout. Actually, it's the two looks I tend to wear. It's either nude or vampy; rarely is it ever in between. My look isn't quite like Kylie Jenner's, but it's one that works for me.

I'm currently using the NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Natural and the Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color in Daringly Nude. These particular shades give me that "my lips but better" vibe. I am currently rotating through the 4 Maybelline Matte lipsticks that I recently purchased and Daringly Nude is the one that seems to always end up in my bag. It's actually a more rosey nude, unlike the shade Nude Embrace, which I believe is a true nude. I don't own that shade though because I just don't think it would look good on me :)

The NYX Retractable Lip Liners retail for ~$4.50 online and anywhere NYX is sold. The Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color lipsticks are around $5 to $9, depending on where you go. The cheapest I've seen it was at Target when they were on sale for $4.49.

10 November 2014

Black Tied Silver Cuff Bracelet

A few weeks ago, I was catching up on what I had missed on etcllymlrs.com. I saw her wearing this exact bracelet in her Autumn GRWM video, except of course it said "LLYMLRS," and thought it was so cool. Lily Melrose is by far my favorite fashion blogger because I really just vibe with her style. I feel like she always looks so chic in whatever she wears and she can make anything look cool. Also, I love understated accessories that are still somehow statement pieces and thought this was perfect for me.

Black Tied is a company based in Ireland and they make lots of fun and edgy jewelry. But don't let the "edgy" part scare you away. Their pieces have more a minimalist feel, which I'm totally into. I know customized jewelry can probably be found here in America, but for whatever reason I really wanted this particular bracelet. It's £12 for a custom bracelet and shipping to the US was only £1.99. My order came out to about $23.

You're maybe asking why I chose to put "Jean" on my bracelet. If you didn't already know, Jean is my middle name. I used to actually hate that name, but as I've grown older, I've learned to appreciate it. I now actually love it. I even sometimes use it at Starbucks, haha.

If you want your very own customized cuff bracelet, check out Black Tied's website.

I just want to give a special shout-out to Black Tied and Laura for their great customer service. I misspelled my email address when I was entering my order (guess I was just too excited) so I never got an order confirmation or anything. I emailed them and asked for the status of my order and got a response the very next day. They even corrected my account information for me. So, many thanks to Black Tied!

22 October 2014

Summer Favorites - Eyes

If you haven't noticed from the picture, I didn't include any eyeshadows. This summer was all about getting out of the door as quickly as possible, while using long lasting products to withstand the crazy heat that we've been blessedcursed with.