Adventures In Tennessee

Adventures In Tennessee

B582BE15-DB87-4584-9052-CF0A6F9F70FEAfter the wedding we left for our first honeymoon destination, Tennessee! This part was more my idea than Kyles. I wanted us to have a few days of calm after the wedding to just relax before venturing to Orlando, FL for Halloween Horror Nights. On our first night in town we decided to check out the Island. Think of the Island like a town center with carnival rides and water light shows. We spent the evening visiting the shops, finding our way out of a mirror maze & taking a ferris wheel ride.

The next day we went to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, a theme-park of sorts dedicated to native- American cultures that sits atop the tallest mountain in the Smokies. Anakeesta is filled with cute artsy shops, picnic areas, games, zip-lines, mountain coasters, a flower garden & a treetop canopy where you can watch fireflies by the thousands in the summer. To get there you take a chair lift up the side of a mountain which is as beautiful as it is terrifying! I’m normally not scared of heights but being in a chair lift for the first time made me realize something: I don’t like dangling high off the ground on a park bench held up by a string.

IMG_5129If you’re scared don’t be! You also have the option of taking a bus (during certain hours) to the top or gondolas for large groups. One of the more enjoyable parts of the park for me was the treetop canopy. You walk on ropes and platforms built into the trees and mountain side from one end of the park to the other. As you journey across you have the opportunity to see the beautiful scenery of the Smokies as well as various wildlife. Sadly, we didn’t get to see any black bears which I looked forward to. I think this was mostly due to the time of day we visited as well as the noise of tourism in the area. I definitely want to visit here again in the summer to see the firefly light show! I urge you to click the link to see what I’m talking about, you won’t be disappointed! But, if you don’t get to go in the summer months they simulate the experience using lasers which is beautiful at night.

Next, we ventured to the flower garden. Vista Gardens is absolutely stunning! From the flower gardens to the cute black bear statues and the views of the surrounding Smokies, this is a part of Anakeesta you don’t want to miss.

Apart from these excursions we spent the rest of the day perusing the shops, playing giant Jenga and eating lunch at the CliffTop Bar & Grill.

Anakeesta is full of fun and adventure for everyone! There are activities for younger members of your party such as gem mining, movie night events and a play area, but I would say Anakeesta would be more enjoyable for young adults and older in my personal opinion.

We also went to the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. IMG_5118If you know me you know my middle school years were spent obsessed with the movie Titanic but I also had a nerdy interest in the details of the actual ship as well. The museum is setup to look like the actual ship on the outside which makes it a major landmark in the Pigeon Forge area. You literally can’t miss it! Inside, you are greeted and given instructions on how to travel through the museum as it goes in chronological order from the creation of the ship through to the sinking and aftermath. I don’t want to give away too many details as I want you to go and experience for yourselves but even a Titanic nerd like myself learned many facts that I didn’t know before.

IMG_5114There were interactive areas where you can shovel coal in the boiler-rooms and feel how cold the water was in the Atlantic the night she sank. Of course like most attractions in Pigeon Forge the museum offered a photo op. Here you could drop the Heart of the Ocean into the sea just like Rose in the movie among other poses. We didn’t end up purchasing our photos because they were pretty expensive but I wish we had because they were the best we saw out of everything we did in Tennessee. The Titanic Museum is 10/10 a must see in Pigeon Forge!

With that, we packed up to travel to sunny Florida and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. I feel like we honestly could have spent our entire honeymoon in TN and not ran out of things to do. We definitely plan on making a second trip in the future! Some things we missed but plan to see next time are: WonderWorks, Alcatraz East Crime Museum, & The Hollywood Wax Museum.

XOXO,

Grace

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We Got Married

We Got Married

It’s been a while; like almost two years…a long while! A lot of things have happened since I last even thought about this blog. The embodiment of myself in this blog feels almost alien to me at this point. I no longer feel the same connection to makeup reviews and the details of attending beauty school (which I graduated BTW! Oct. 31, 2018). Its funny how even 2 years ago things looked so different! What a better time then now to share with you what happened and where I am with this blog than when we are all stuck inside with nothing to do surviving the apocalypse and scavenging for toilet paper?

Let’s see, at this time 2 years ago I was recently engaged; yes, engaged!

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I don’t think I had mentioned that at any point but, Kyle and I got engaged December of 2017. So in April of 2018 I was planning a wedding that definitely contributed to my neglect of this blog. I had planned on doing a series in the adventures of wedding planning, detailing all the trials and tribulations of picking out a dress, table linens and decor, which in retrospect I actually regret to some extent. It would have made for a really fun thing to look back on and I’m sure entertained many of you. But I digress because as amazing as that time in life is and can be, it’s incredibly stressful. Especially when dealing with job loss and parents who don’t see eye-to-eye on where money should be spent. I won’t get into any more details but I’m sure you would sympathize with me on this one!

In the summer of 2019, Kyle and I came to the hard decision of moving back in with my parents. We had already put down-payments on virtually our whole wedding and would lose all of our deposits if we cancelled and moved our wedding to 2020. Which, thank goodness we didn’t because we likely would be postponing to 2021 with everything going on now! So, with our finances spiraling and our mental health taking an even more drastic hit we gave up our lease and moved back with my family. We both decided that we needed some time to reflect and think about where we really wanted to be headed in life. And of course, pay off this wedding. For me this was the hardest thing I’ve done and I think for Kyle too. Your pride, self-esteem and mental health really take a hit when you’re an adult moving back in with your parents. Lets just say the last 3 months before we got married were hell!

Finally, on October 26, 2019 we were wed!

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever said this in the history of ever but, aside from the pouring rain, the whole day went perfectly. Actually it went by so fast and our coordinators were so good at their job that if something went wrong at all, Kyle and I had no clue. Our venue was a large estate that sits on a (former) golf course. Don’t worry we weren’t dodging golf balls after a declaration of “FOUR!” in the distance all day. Thank you, rain and legally binding contracts!

We chose the venue because of its elegant look and natural beauty as well as the ability to enjoy the space for the whole event. We had the venue for 12 hours, completely to ourselves and our guests. I could literally write a whole book but I’ll save you the agony; here are a few highlights and details of our day:

 

Phew! I feel like I’m reliving a lifetime. But, it’s cathartic to look back on the good over the last few years because I know especially for me, my anxiety and depression have a way of painting everything in a bad light.

After typing out the rest of this post, I realized it was getting extremely lengthy. I’ve decided to post the rest in another post this week. If you enjoyed this one subscribe by email or follow for the next entry! AND STAY INSIDE! SAVE A LIFE!

XOXO,

Grace

 

 

Beauty School & Business Cards

Beauty School & Business Cards

Yes! It’s that time again for an update on school and life! *I feel like I just channeled my inner Shane Dawson with my ‘Yes!’ intro* But I digress. It’s been quite a while since I updated on the events at school, life and work. Not entirely too much has changed. It’s basically the same-ole’-same-ole’.

School has been rough. We changed teachers a few modules ago and I’m not sure if it’s that or the combination of things that’s made me lose a lot of my motivation to even show up to class. Don’t get me wrong I still love cosmetology (hello, thats what this blog is about!) and our new teacher is just as qualified as our last; it’s just not the same atmosphere in class anymore. And it won’t be for much longer because I go on the floor in a few weeks to start working on live clients. (I get nervous cramps just thinking about it) I feel like I’m not learning as much as I did before and I’m anxious to get going on the floor and in the career. Truth be told, I’m more excited to finish cosmetology so that I can jump right into esthetics. That’s just where I feel my heart is!

That’s making it 10x more difficult to keep attending school when hair just isn’t where my passion is focused. I have to keep reminding myself that hair is the ‘bread and butter’ of the industry and it’s only going to enhance me if I hold multiple licenses. Again, don’t get me wrong, I love hair cutting and styling. Just this past week I cut my sisters hair and gave her bangs!! I’ve also been working on perms using perm rods and trying out different styles on my sister and mannequins.  You can see more of my hair work by visiting my Instagram: makeupaccordingtograce !

I just feel like my talents are better suited in makeup. And it’s led me to a dilemma: should I take a leave of absence from school and work on starting my makeup company OR just keep pushing through? Have any other students felt this way about school, cosmetology or otherwise? Let me know in the comments!

Speaking of makeup company; I ordered official makeup artist business cards for myself! They arrived earlier this week. I am so pleased with how they turned out. Shout out to VistaPrint! (Totally not spons’ lolololol) I can’t wait to starting handing out my cards. I especially can’t wait to get my business on it’s feet. There’s a lot I need to figure out. Like, how much do I charge for makeup application? For bridal parties? Prom? Special effects? Etc? And what can I do to make myself not just a makeup artist but something extra? I need to provide a service that not many or any other makeup artists offer. I’m really excited to start working on that and my business website. I can’t wait!

As far as blog news goes…I plan on buying my domain soon!!  So instead of .wordpress.com, it will just be a dot com! I’m really excited to have my own domain and more ability to customize and remove or keep ads and be able to use this blog as a source of income. Again, I can’t wait! I’ll update again soon so please subscribe.

 

 

Non-Presenter’s Honest Review of Younique

Non-Presenter’s Honest Review of Younique

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I’ve spent a long time thinking about how to go about writing a review for Younique. I have started multiple drafts but none of them seemed to really show what I wanted to say about Younique in a way that didn’t come across too strong. So, lets just start off with some background: I was asked by a presenter who I went to high school with to do a review of Younique in exchange for free products. I agreed and some time went by before I decided to throw a Younique party for her so myself and my friends and family could try out products too.

If you don’t know how most of these “self-starting” businesses where you sell products for a commission from the company work, well you basically can host parties for the person who is selling the product and then the host and person with the business gets commission and free or discounted products. Usually the discounts to the host are based on the productivity of the party, so the more party-goers buy the more free or discounted product you can choose from. By the time my party was closed I had earned enough that I only had to pay for shipping on the products I wanted to try.

I chose to give each of what I like to call the “staple” products that Younique sells a go! I ordered their Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation, Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer, and was gifted the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ and Lucrative Moonstruck Minerals Lip Gloss. For this review I’m only going to be talking about the foundation, concealer and mascara mostly because I haven’t had the chance to test the waters with the lip gloss yet. Lets get started:

Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ 

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I thought it would be best to start with this product because it was the one myself and a lot of people get most excited about. It’s the one you see all over social media advertising the power of this product to multiply the length and fullness of your lashes by 400%!! How it claims to do that is by a 3 step process: First you apply the “transplanting gel” aka mascara, followed by the lash fibers and finally another coat of transplanting gel, as they call it.  You can also keep repeating the process until you’ve reached the desired level of lash you want. Simple as that!

It should be that simple if you can somehow manage to avoid the tiny needle-like fibers from getting in your eyes (sometimes full clumps of the fibers!) or the product doing virtually nothing for the length of your eyelashes. I tried this product for a week and I literally ruined my makeup from my eyes watering profusely every time I used this. I’m surprised a company can market itself as hypo-allergenic when this is how my eyes looked after using their “miraculous” fiber lashes. (This is just an example, not my actual eye.)what_is_younique_a_scam_3d_fiber_mascara_infection2-min

It did help with the fullness that is if you enjoy your lashes looking like tiny hairy spiders.  I’m sorry I’m being so negative about this but I was so disappointed with such a hyped up product. I’m honestly glad I didn’t have to pay the $38 USD for this. Yes, 38! I feel like the price only justifies the hype, not the results. Skip this staple if you value your money and your eye health.

Mineral Touch  Liquid Foundation

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This product promises a even application that will smooth and blur imperfections in the skin. It says it uses “optical diffusers” and “time release” pigments to improve the look of the skin and skin texture. Its supposed to be a light weight foundation with a satin smooth finish. It is said to provide long-lasting coverage. All of their foundations come in a long line of skin tones including attention to under-lying tones such as pink, blue, green and yellow. I love that about these foundations because most foundation lines have a hard time discerning under-lying tones and mostly stay in the pink range. For my skin tone I think I chose the wrong shade and should have went for the Velour shade which is light with yellow undertones. But I digress and will now focus on the quality of the product and less on my ability to color match!

I find it kind of strange that you have to shake the foundation before each use for the minerals to mix but to each his own I suppose. Of the product itself I love the dropper applicator because of your ability to control the amount of product usage. Thats very useful considering the fountain costs $42 USD that I would rather not waste product on. The consistency of the product is so strange when you first use it. To someone who has never tried a product like this it comes across as oily and greasy, that is until has time to set into the skin. Then it turns into a powdery finish that I absolutely love because it feels so light weight!

The foundation is advertised as sheer to medium coverage but you can honestly build it to a medium/full coverage and still get the light weight, airy feel. I really enjoyed this product and will try other shades in the future. I recommend this to someone who likes BB creams for light makeup days but has felt, like most of us have, that BB creams don’t provide enough coverage. I feel like this may also be good for prom and bridal makeup because of the light weight texture and ability to build up to the desired coverage. Is it my go-to for myself all the time? No but I’ll use it on my low maintenance days.

Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer

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Formulated with high concentrated pigments and moisturizers to smooth and improve the skin, boy does this concealer pack a punch! This is the best concealer I’ve ever owned. A little goes a long way with this little dude. It truly can cover any imperfection! This concealer is also multi-versitale. You can use it to conceal, correct & even highlight. I’m considering even ordering some shades to contour with. It sells for $29 and I think its totally worth it. Especially for someone with problematic, scarred skin like myself you will truly enjoy your investment in this product. I know I have!

So after these conclusions how does Younique perform as a company?

Since trying out their staple products and learning more about them as a brand I see room for improvement and growth in an already ambitious company. The really good thing I’ve seen is the Younique Foundation which donates proceeds from their products to help fight sexual abuse. This is such a great cause to empower women and support victims of sexual violence. I love this! Other great things are their “Love It” Guarantee. Don’t love your product? You can send it back and receive a refund. Great customer service and appreciation.

I did run into a few problems and concerns. Ordering is a multi-step hassle sometimes. You’re asked a long array of information to provide that seems like it can be done in one continuous form instead of multiple. I had an issue where my address on my card didn’t match the address I needed to send it to and my money was withheld for 3 days and customer service was no help telling me my bank would have to handle it from there. Kind of frustrating!

Lastly and I’m not sure if something like this already exists within the Younique Presenter training (or if there is any training) but I wish the presenters were given training on how to color match and find products that look nice on certain skin tones for their customers. I think it would help them really sell Younique’s foundation lines and get non-makeup wearers into it more if they knew what products to suggest to them. Just some food for thought!

I hope you enjoyed my long winded review and you will try out some of these products for yourself. You can buy from my presenter by clicking this link! She is a really sweet girl and will help you find just what you need. Subscribe either through WordPress or email to keep up with me, my life and any future reviews and tutorials!

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette Review 

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette Review 

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*Screams ala Jaclyn Hill*

I’m so excited to review this!! The debate was real whether to order Naked Heat or this palette and I just couldn’t resist getting this one. There are so many extraordinary colors in this palette, especially the rich turquoise and royal blue and purples. And those opal-ly iridescent pinks!! OMG, just gorgeous!! Not to mention the in-between tones and shades that are a perfect essential palette for makeup artists.

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I swatched a few of my favorites and for the majority I’m over the moon about them. There were a few I was disappointed with but those were mostly the really dark matte colors, which are hard to get in pigmentation. This is a problem with most palettes I’ve come across. It’s just difficult to get a dark matte with extreme pigmentation like I was expecting. This is disappointing because in Jaclyn’s reveal video she talks about how much of a process her and Morphe went through to create a new pressing process to create these creamy almost wet- feeling shades. So, to say the lease I was expecting more pigmentation in 1 or 2 of the shades I swatched.

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You may realize how I’m not naming the shades specifically; this is because THEY AREN’T NAMED ON THE PACKAGING! ANYWHERE!! Yes, they have names. As I’ve mentioned Jaclyn has a reveal video of her palette where she names each color but, there isn’t a card or name plate under each color to help identify them. This is upsetting because it makes it hard to explain what color you’re using when doing tutorials. When they have names its annoying to have to say something like “third color down on the right” when you could easily just say “Royalty” or what-have-you.

I cannot say enough good things about the creaminess, and pigmentation on the majority of these shades. I’m blown away! Not only are they pigmented but they are the easiest shades to blend I have ever seen! This palette is one of my favorite’s I’ve ever owned. I would recommend this palette to anyone. It really is the perfect palette for makeup artists and beginners alike. Jaclyn has indeed created the essential palette!

Here is the look I created:

 

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Final note: This palette is definitely worth the hype. The shadows are extremely creamy and blendable. The glitter and satin shades are extremely pigmented with minimal to zero fallout. The lighter matte shades are very very pigmented but when you get to the darker shades it takes more build up to create the rich color you see in the pot. You may need a stickier primer to get those shades to stick with any considerable pigmentation. This is my new found essential in my makeup kit!

I’ve been dealing with something. 

I’ve been dealing with something. 

Today is the first day in a while I woke up motivated. For a while now I haven’t wanted to get out of bed much less go to school, work or hang out with friends. This morning (11:30 this morning to be exact) I woke up to my boyfriend cleaning the apartment and something in me made me get up. I got up and asked if Kyle would run and get us Starbucks, mine with an extra shot and I started cleaning the kitchen whilst he ran to Starbucks. 

This is a big deal because I haven’t felt like eating or drinking anything the past few weeks nor have I been motivated enough to clean up our new apartment. Before I knew it the kitchen and bathroom were clean and I started hanging some of our art pieces and dry erase calendars on the walls.

 I still didn’t feel like eating or seeing people but I felt a tinge of motivation to take a shower and get ready for school. This is huge to because up until today I can’t remember the last time I took a shower much less washed my hair and combed it. Kyle left for a movie and I started cleaning out my backpack and purse which turned into our entire room. 

It felt good to see our home cleared of debris! It’s funny how when you feel depressed and let’s be honest slightly suicidal how you become your environment and how when your depressed your environment becomes your depression. Once you clear it away though sunshine starts peaking through the clouds a little. 

During this process I realized I was shaking and not because I was angry or crying but because I was so hungry! So I ate today, not because I had to but because my body genuinely wanted and needed me to. I still don’t feel like doing much. I’ll probably go home tonight after school and watch another season of the Golden Girls and go to bed at 1 am only to wake up at 3 and stay up till 6 and sleep again until noon. That’s how my nights have been recently. I’ll probably think about how sad I am and how anxious and depressed I am a million times tonight and how uninterested I am. 

But at least I got up today and I let my motivation take me like a storm and I’m gonna let myself feel sad when it wants to and happy again. Until the time comes when I muster up the motivation to call my doctor and go back on medication and therapy again. That’s part of the problem though outside of writing about it I don’t know how to communicate any of this to anyone. I know it’s confusing for people especially my friends and kyle when I just become uninterested and numb. I wish I knew how but again maybe when I muster something out of myself to start therapy and medication I can learn how. But for now I’m just dealing with …something. 

What The Hell, Nutribullet?!

What The Hell, Nutribullet?!

About 2 months ago I purchased the NutriBullet Pro with the intention of cutting fast food from my diet & supplementing meals (which previously consisted of fast food) with green smoothies. I had a gift card from our birthdays worth $125 for Kyle and I to use for our next place so why not buy this appliance I had had my eyes on for a good year? Anyway the NutriBullet sat in the box up until a week ago when we moved and had space to use it properly. 

That was the moment I cut fast food, mostly, we went to McDonalds once and Subway 2 times, from my diet. Surprisingly it’s been an easy change! I love the smoothies I’ve been blending up like a mad scientist and the different ingredients I’ve been discovering to use in my drinks. Who knew putting so many odd things in a turbo-blender essentially would taste so good and be so filling? Speaking of changes let’s talk about some more changes I’ve noticed…

Holy energy! I’ve had so much more energy since I kicked fast food and started drinking smoothies. It’s been really refreshing! 

…Breakouts… okay I can only attribute this to my skin purging itself of all the toxins because of this new surge in nutrients. Totally pulled that out of my ass! But plausible? 

Bathroom problems? I say that with a question mark because they aren’t really problems they’re just frequent. Pee or poo, I’m doing a lot more of it either way. 

Surprises! Brought to you by Aunt Flow. I noticed yesterday that I wasn’t as bloated as normal even though normally a week before my period I look a good 8 months pregnant. I wasn’t! And lo and behold today my period starts a whole week early. Surprise?

I’ll keep this blog updated as far as any other changes. I’m excited to see where this new journey takes me! 

Cheap Beauty Supply Makeup Palettes Review 

Cheap Beauty Supply Makeup Palettes Review 

They were only $7!!

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What’s up ladies and gents? I’m here today to review some incredibly inexpensive makeup palettes for you. No, there were not from Sally’s or Cosmo Prof. The palettes o found were actually from a little store next to my school called Grace Beauty, ironically.

The first palette I want to talk about is the 24 Rose Gold Palette. This palette has a wide range of romantic rose colors and glittery golds, cranberries & mocha shades. I think these colors would be perfect for bridal makeup & prom looks. Let’s talk pigmentation and color pay off.

At first swatch this palette was a little disappointing. I’m not going to lie to you the color pay off was at times mediocre and some colors didn’t even show up on my skin tone. For my swatches I was only using my finger but when I used a brush to do my sisters makeup using only shades from this palette I was pleasantly surprised by how well they performed! Check out her look:


One final word(s) on this palette, my sister complained it did stain a little. I don’t know if this was my error since my brushes happened to be a little damp from cleaning then earlier in the day or if the product does stain. Oil based remover ended up taking the “staining” right off. Error on the side of caution when using this palette if you happen to find it locally.

I also used the contour palette to complete my sisters impromtu prom inspired look. I have little to no bad things to say about this lovely gem! The shades are hella pigmented and creamy smooth. The one highlighter shade you get with this one is very subtle and needs built up to create bolder highlighting. I happen to like that about this palette. Everyone is in to bold highlight but some clients may not be familiar with highlighting and a bold highlight may be to much so this gives you the option to build it up to their specific taste.

Let’s talk about the contour shades. Holy pigmentation! These colors come off rich and bold for a wide range of skin tones. I love this palette! One piece of advice: find a good tool to blend these out with while your contouring because they can be slightly difficult.

Overall I’m pretty pleased with my beauty supply palettes. Both together were $15 but I got them for closer to $12 with my student discount. Well worth the money in my opinion!

Xoxo,

Grace

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When You Finally Feel Like You Will Be Okay…

When You Finally Feel Like You Will Be Okay…

I’m sitting in the Walmart parking lot eating a Subway sandwich about to go in and buy groceries. I just quit my job a few days ago so I’m contemplating how much I can realistically spend on food. I have a notebook filled with a meal plan for the week and a list of things I need in front of me. I’m about to let out a defeated sigh when I take a moment to look around me. I’m realizing I’m not stressed, anxious or depressed. I’m okay. I’m going to be okay, I realize. Jobs will come; money will come but until then I’m okay. I’ll be okay. 

All the time I spent worrying about being unemployed or not getting enough hours at work was really unnecessary. I feel a sense of relief, independence and freedom. I can work on me! I can go to the gym, I can meal plan and eat healthier, I can get more sleep and stress less. I don’t have to worry about burgers and fries and crazy coworkers who may or may not be out to get me. I can find a job with a good and supportive work environment. It may not pay as well but it’s worth it for a supportive team of coworkers. I’m excited about that! 

Life looks good, even during mercury retrograde. (Don’t worry it ends in a few days.) Looking forward this summer is going to be so much fun! I have an opportunity to work at a concert venue and see all the summer concerts for free and I’m so excited for that!! Meanwhile I’ll work part time at a department store receiving their truck. Besides concerts I can spend late nights exploring haunted places (which I love to do), drinking with friends and conspiring for my future business venture. I’m trying to start up my own business by actually becoming a makeup artist like I’ve wanted to for years…

I can’t wait for the next couple years!! It’s going to be so exciting! 

Skincare Is So Important; Here’s Why and How

Skincare Is So Important; Here’s Why and How

You need not just a good skincare routine but good and appropriate products as well. It’s important to know what skin type you have and what products won’t make your skin worse, and how to properly care for your skin. And what could be causing you problems. I remember battling acne and cystic acne since I began puberty and I also struggled with different products that ultimately made my skin more irritated. I even used the Clarisonic religiously but to no avail. (Not hating on the Clarisonic, it just wasn’t for me!)

All of this was a daily struggle until I started cosmetology school and started learning more about products and skincare.    Now, I have breakouts occasionally but nothing like the hormonal and sugar and stress induced ones like before. I realized my problem wasn’t as much what I was putting in my body and hormonal imbalances as it was lack of a routine. This is what I should/ and still need to work on for my skin:

Know your skin type! There are 3 basic skin types oily, dry and combination. You can also have problems with acne and scaring etc. If you’re really unsure; see a dermatologist. This helps determine what products are going to work better for you!

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Find what products fit your face. Don’t use oil based products if you have oily skin because your body already produces more than it needs. Find products that work for you. If you’re worried how your skin will react, see a dermatologist! Also, if you’re acne prone: STAY AWAY FROM PRODUCTS TARGETED FOR CLEARING ACNE! I can’t stress this enough, most of the time sadly it’s just a marketing ploy. Many of the products like this actually end up making your skin worse so you have to buy more in hopes it’ll help. Or they will get you to buy more by telling you the product is supposed to make you break out before clearing up your skin. I know, insane right? I recommend reading this blog post for more info: (click photo)

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Establish a routine! Once you know what products work best for you, establish a routine. To learn how to properly wash your face etc. stay tuned till the end of these tips.

Drink plenty of water. This is good for you as a whole being but does wonders for your skin. In reality if you have troubled skin just read as replace sugary drinks with water. Sugar causes so many problems with acne. It’s better just to drink water, I keep reminding myself.

Cut dairy and meat. If you think your diet is the problem, you maybe right. Specially dairy and meat are big contributors to acne and skin issues. When I saw this video, it all made sense as to why dairy may be part of my problems. I still need to try to cut my dairy intake.

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Wash bedding and stop touching your face. Clean your pillows and bedsheets weekly. Avoid touching your face as much as possible. Germs from these 2 things can wreak havoc for acne sufferers. I thought the cone was a perfect way to demonstrate not touching your face.

HOW YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR FACE!:

Now, how to wash your face should be an easy, breezy process but I’ve seen on Pinterest so many pins encouraging you to do all kinds of things. But here is what I know from school. Starting with how often to how to use them, I’ll be teaching you the proper way to pamper your face.

Daily: Cleanser, Moisturizer, Toner and any specialized serums for daily use.

2-3 times a week: Exfoliant, Scrub

1-2 times a week: Mask

Bi-weekly to monthly: harsh scrubs or exfoliants or masks

  • Always take your makeup off before you sleep and don’t wear it longer than 12 hrs at a time, it clogs pores terribly!
  • When cleansing your face moisten with warm water (like in the shower) to open up your pores and wash in circular motions.
  • Use correct portion sizes, usually a dime size amount will due.
  • Don’t scrub your face with a towel or wash cloth when drying your face. Just dab your face lightly. In other words don’t unnecessarily pull your skin because it causes micro little abrasions and premature wrinkles.
  • Use a moisturizer even if your skin is oily but go for oil free.
  • Always use circular motions and massage products in.
  • Unless it’s a harsh scrub! Be kind to your skin.
  • Stick to the routine!!

I hope the helps educate and that people take care of their skin or at least seek help with troubled areas. Always, if you’re unsure please see a dermatologist. I’m not a doctor, I’m still a student so I know my stuff but I can’t give a professional diagnosis or opinion quite yet.