Natural Beauty with Glossier!

Hi everyone! Time for another brand new post. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt motivated to write something and actually do something makeup related. Not only that but school has started and my sleep schedule is all kinds of messed up. Luckily I got some motivation a few days ago when I was able to work with Glossier. Not only do these make me feel special but it’s always a new idea that I can stem off of and really get my creative juices flowing.

We’ve teamed up to show you guys my favorite beauty and skin products that make my natural beauty shine through. Like most young girls and women, I’ve struggled with looking in the mirror and thinking that my natural face is beautiful. When I put on makeup, it doesn’t stem from insecurity. It actually gives me a confidence boost and makes me feel like I’m on top of the world. But accepting yours bare self is also important which is why when I dove into Glossier’s website I fell in love. Not only do I have my eyes on that Milk Jelly Cleanser, I also loved the motives behind the company: celebrating beauty and catering to products that are fun, easy to use, and great for your skin. On top of that, the model in the pictures for the Milk Jelly Cleanser is actually not wearing makeup (except in a before and after)! Like, how many times have you see companies use models with a full face a of makeup on while advertising makeup remover?? Check out their entire stock of beauty products here.

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Taken from Glossier.com, used with permission

Though I don’t have any Glossier products (yet!), I thought I’d share what products I use to help keep my skin fresh and clean as well as some beauty products that help give me a natural look!

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1: CHAPSTICK!

Not a HOUR goes by when I don’t wear chapstick. When I was a child, I would constantly lick my lips until it hurt. I never wanted to be reminded of that horrible pain so I became a chapstick fiend. I just love how it keeps my lips soft, moisturized, and pain free without adding color. I end up hoarding and losing them endlessly, but there always has to be 1-3 of them in my bag. Otherwise I will go crazy and have to stop somewhere to get one. I can’t live without my chapstick. And trust me, every time I see one of those “If you were stuck on an island and only had to bring one thing” posts, my answer is always chapstick.

2. A light facial cleanser

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Bare Faced with Glasses

I don’t have one cleanser that I stick to. I use a variety of them and it’s one of my favorite skin products to use. Anytime I see a new one I want to try it. My favorites are the soft cleansers that are clear or have a similar texture to a non greasy lotion. Some of my favorite include Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Booster Facial Cleanser ($8) and White Rain Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover (found at my local Dollar Tree for $1) I also like to use Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar soap for when I want a deeper clean and more of a scrub.

3. A moisturizer

My facial skin can get extremely dry. Like my face washes, I like to use something that is also very light and soft. Prior to the cancellation of my ipsy subscription I was able to try the No 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream that is super hydrating. But because this isn’t a luxury I can afford I’ve also chosen the Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Calming Night Cream for sensitive skin. Both are very gentle on the skin, only need a small amount for all over the face and aren’t greasy. It sinks right into the skin.

4. A good lotion

Now for this particular product, it’s actually not a lotion. It’s a relief spray. I recommend the Yes to Coconuts Eczema Relief Spray ($10). This is because I was having severe trouble with dry skin which I will detail in a later blog post, but its a light spray, that is suuuper hydrating and it really calms the skin. I would almost be tearing at my flesh because it was so itchy but one application of this was extremely helpful! Keeping my skin from drying out to much and making my psoriasis/eczema flare up is important to me feeling beautiful and keeping my skin healthy.

5. A face mist

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Messy Hair, Bare Face

Face mists have been gaining popularity since more and more people want MAC’s Fix+ without spending the MAC Fix+ money. And I’m not different. My first Facial Mist was actually E.L.F’s Makeup setting spray and since then I have moved onto Pixi’s Makeup Fixing Mist ($15, around $8 less than MAC). I like to put this one before and after makeup and it’s infused with Rose Water and Green Tea. It adds an extra boost of moisture and helps my skin feel refreshed before I add any makeup onto it. You can even use it for everyday wear and without makeup! Misting sprays are super versatile, which I think is why they’re so appealing.

6. Foundation Powder

BB Creams, Tinted Moisturizer, and foundation will never feel as light as powder foundation, to me anyway. I use foundation powder (pressed) for an easy fix to my uneven skintone and whenever I’m heading out and want something quick and easy to do. My favorite one (though I don’t buy this brand that much) is Covergirl’s Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder ($6). Even though it’s a powder it’s not dusty at all and doesn’t make your skin look too dry. I buff it on with a face brush or kabuki and head on out the door. It’s quick and simple, which is great for making me get out the house faster!

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My Color is Warm Beige

7. Last but not least, eyebrows!

It is a rare sight when I leave the house without filling in my eyebrows. I have 2 different ways of filling in my brows, one of course, is a more glamorous way and the other is one I use for everyday wear. Having people compliment me on how good my eyebrows look is my favorite thing. In my head I’m hearing “Yasss gurl! You’re looking so good!” and that brings the biggest smile to my face. My everyday eyebrow tool is NYX’s Eyebrow Pencil in Black. It’s a thin pencil so it’s easy to control and has an eyebrow brush at the end to help comb and tame them easily. Though the color is pigmented you can create a look that isn’t as drawn on or too dramatic (i do love a good dramatic brow though!)

These are my top favorite things that keep my skin feeling it’s best and me looking like I’m a natural beauty from the heavens, haha. Feel free to check out some of the links I’ve provided in case you want to get the same products I use. I highly recommend them! Also while you’re at it, please check out Glossier.com and their gorgeous products and follow them on their social media links on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Please follow my personal blog for all things nerdy and weird and this blog’s Instagram @Muoatb! See you next time!

 

Ways to Minimize Pores

Pores are little openings int eh skin that let out all the skins natural oils and are also home to hair follicles. Everyone has pores all over their bodies, where there is hair at least. There are only a few places that don’t have pores such as the palms of your hands and the bottom of your feet, your eyelids(minus the lashes of course). But pore size is actually because of genetics so you can’t really control the size of them, but you can minimize their appearance and keep them clean so your skin stays as healthy as possible.

The oils naturally produced from our body give our skin the moisture that it needs, sometimes it works overtime making our skin super oily. Thus pores can get clogged and cause acne, white heads, black heads, and irritation and redness. Because of this pores can stretch and become more visible. keeping pores at their smallest size can help minimize acne as well. Some here are some ways to help your pores shrink is visibility and keep your face looking glorious.

Remove dirt and Exfoliate:

This one is pretty simple and everyone should exfoliate. Pretty much dead skin cells and access oils can clog our pores. It also makes them stretch. You can use a cleanser in the morning to just clean your face and give it a fresh start for the day and then exfoliate at night. I normally clean my face once a day, when I’m in the shower but depending on your skin type you might need to cleanse more than once a day. If you’re prone to acne you can try cleansers and exfoliators with salicylic acid.

Don’t touch or pick at your face:

This is actually hard for some people. Some of us fee; the constant need to pick at our face or our acne. This is pretty bad and makes the problem worse. But I think the worse part is that some people don’t even notice that they’re doing it. Fingers and hands in general are oily and because they touch a bunch of surfaces they can accumulate dirt and germs. When your touch your face you’re just redistributing that back onto the face. This just helps to clog pores. So keep those grubby paws off your face.

Pore Strips/Peel Off Masks

You can always use these on your skin to pull off the dirt, black heads, and some dead skin from your face. Pore strips usually target problem areas like the nose but peel off masks can clear pores all over the face. I don’t use these a lot but some people do and it really helps them. You can use the pore strips every night and maybe do the peel off mask 1-2 times a week.

Pore Minimizer:

Some companies make products specifically for minimizing pores. You’ll have to find one that caters to your face and how you want your pore to shrink as with any other cosmetic products. You just need to find what works best for you. Pore minimizers are usually applied after you shower(so with a clean face)

Use Primer:

Primer is awesome! It always evens out my skin before I put any makeup on, it makes the makeup last all day and of course it minimizes the visual appearance of your pores. They keep makeup from seeping into pores which gives your face the even look and helps prevent clogging.

Stay hydrated:

You can use a steam bath to help open up your pores for cleaning. This can help prep your skin for other types of cleansing or things like blackhead/whitehead removal. Also drinking plenty of water will keep your skin looking fresh to def. There are people taht don’t like drinking water which is really weird…I love drinking water and i actually don’t drink soda or juice a lot (only when I got out to eat and stuff). You can also rinse with cold water to help wake up the face and shrink your pores.

Have fun pore shrinking!:)

Easy Peasey Night Time Routine

Wassup homies! Today I’m going to go over my two step easy peasy night skin routine that I do practically every night. This is what I usually do in the shower and when I come out. This is normally if I didn’t wear makeup that day. If I did wear makeup there’s an extra step.

So If I wore makeup, no matter how much, whenever I come home I wipe everything off with makeup remover wipes. I use Equate’s brand, which is Walmart’s knockoff brand of different company products. They have several different kinds of wipes from cleansing, sensitive skin, makeup remover and a bunch more. I use about 2-3 wipes to remove as much makeup as I can. This is usually in the afternoon so I have some time before I take my nightly shower.

If i haven’t worn makeup that day(or if I’ve taken off my makeup already!) I head to the shower before bed. Lately I’ve been using Yes To: Tomatoes Activated Charcoal bar Soap. This soap is actually good for oily and acne prone skin…I have neither but I do love using activated charcoal to help prevent acne. You can actually use this on the body as well, so it works if you have body acne as well. I just like using it on my face as a quick soap cleanser. it’s pretty gentle and leaves my skin squeaky clean.

After my shower I use another Yes To product, their Calming Night Cream (Yes To Cucumbers). This is actually expensive at $15 (I had a coupon when I got this so it was a few dollars cheaper) But if you catch it at full price it’s still well worth it. A little goes a long way with this cream. I mean a small dab can cover your whole face. It’s soothes and leaves it really soft, perfect for right before you go to bed.

See?! Super easy. You cleanse and moisturize in a matter of minutes. I like to keep my skin routines simple since I don’t have skin problems at all, well besides psoriasis! So my most important thing is my moisturizer! Hope you guys enjoyed and are able to try some of the Yes To Products. They’re really good and I enjoy them for my skin!

5 Tips For Keeping Your Skin Looking Fresh in Winter

Winter is a trying time for our skin. The cold leads to redness and dry skin and cranking up the heat indoors dries out the skin as well. The constant back in forth drains all the brightness and glow from our faces. Not to mention the crummy weather doesn’t make us feel that great either. So i’ve come up with some simple ways to keep your skin looking refreshed and beautiful!

1. Moisturize!

This is pretty simple and should be something you do everyday. During the winter you can try and find a thicker cream or a moisturizer with extra benefits such as SPF. You can also use oils on the face to add moisture back into the skin. Oils like avacado, primrose and almond are good choices. They don’t clog pores and gives a nice fresh feel to the face. I use E.l.f’s Daily Moisture Stick that has a variety of these oils. It’s also in a stick so it has easy application. I’ve also started using Yes To: Cucumber Calming Night Cream. Putting Moisturizer on at night after a shower can help retain moisture and prep your skin for the next day.

2. Exfoliate!

Exfoliating is another thing you should do every day, or if your skin is rather sensitive, 2-3 times a week. Over time if you don’t regularly exfoliate it can cause build up of dead skin cells which can lead to acne, irritation, and products won’t absorb properly into the skin. Exfoliating also helps your skin look fresh and revitalized. Physical exfoliants use small particles to scrub away at the skin. People with more sensitive skin should use product that have smaller particles like a sugar scrub. The larger the particles the more harsh it will be on the face. Scrubs can be made from a variety of things such as ground coffee, oatmeal, nut shells, fruit, beans, sugar and baking soda. The best ingredients are oatmeal (helps soften the skin), baking soda, and cornmeal (helps moisturize). I use Equate’s Apricot scrub which has walnut shells, cornmeal (I think), and apricots. I’ve also used the St. Ives Oatmeal scrub which leaves the skin nice and soft.

3. Continue with your normal routines

If you already exfoliate and moisturize that’s great! Keep doing that! But during the winter you might want to bump it up a bit. Use SPF even though it’s dreary outside. Your skin still needs protection from the sun. Try using eye creams and even some face creams to keep away fine lines and make sure each part of your face gets a healthy dose of moisture. Moisturizing is key during these harsh winter months.

4. Make a certain feature stand out

Now might be a good time to try a few pops of color in your makeup. Bright colors can add a glow to your skin and bring a little light in the gloomy weather. Try brighter lipsticks like oranges or pastels, or perhaps even a bright shade of pink if you’re uncomfortable with extreme pops of color. Choose to make your eyes look wide and alert. Add extra coats of mascara and use a nude or white eyeliner on the waterline to make your eyes appear wider. Bringing attention to a certain feature on your face will make it stand out.

5. Make sure your hair gets love too

Just like your face needs moisture so does your hair. It might be good to cut back on washing your hair (for example if you wash your hair every other day you might want to let your hair breathe an extra day or two before washing again) and focus more on conditioning. Add oils such as argan or coconut to the ends of your hair so they stay hydrated and don’t split. Don’t go out with wet hair while it’s snowing either (this will get you sick) and make sure you wear a hat so the snow doesn’t fall on your hair. Letting the snow soak your hair through and going the whole day with damp/moist hair will not only get you sick but also not give you the hairstyle you want to achieve. It also sucks if you spent time on your hair only to have it deflate thanks to the snow.

Bonus Tip: If you skin isn’t too oily and holds dewy finishes well try a dewy highlight our a dewy foundation. I know Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation has a matte and poreless option as well as a dewy finish. This will also help add some glow to your skin. You can even try a light shimmering or glittery highlighter on the cheeks. Just don’t go out looking like a disco ball!

Hope these tips were helpful. Stay warm these next few months (unless you live in Australia or NZ where it’s summer or a warm place like Florida or California) and make sure you stay nice and moisturized!

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Applying Makeup on Dry Skin

I have psoriasis so my skin dries out rather quickly. My problem areas are usually my legs, arms, elbows and of course my face. My skin gets hit the worst during the winter months. My skin gets ashy and dessert like and can’t seem to even get enough moisture. This makes applying makeup a little bit difficult. Here are a few steps I follow to try and combat the drying winter months.

1. Exfoliate. I exfoliate everytime I take a shower, or I use a mask if I’m taking a bath. My favorite scrub is Equate’s Apricot Scrub, the knockoff of St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Not only does it clears blackheads and cleanses pores but it also has acne medication and is good for all skin types. It’s paraben and oil free as well. The walnut shells and cornmeal help scrub away dead skin cells and leaves the skin really smooth.

2. Moisturize. After you exfoliate you should always moisturize to refresh those new skin cells. I use two different moisturizers depending on the time of day. After I exfoliate in the shower, I use Equate Dual Action Moisturizer, a knockoff of Clean and Clear Moisturizer. Or if I’m moisturizing in the morning I’ll use e.l.f’s Daily Moisture Stick. The oils in this stick helps add even moisture without being too oily, at least for my skin anyway. The Dual Action Moisturizer is good because as it’s a cream it’s better for night time use and retaining the moisture throughout your sleepy time. The oil is better for the morning because it sinks in a bit faster and is a good prep step before you apply any makeup. The equate moisturizer is around $3.40-4 and the e.l.f moisture stick is $6.

3. As far as putting on actually beauty products I always like to use a Tinted Moisturizer. For some people tinted moisturizer can be too sheer and not provide enough coverage but as I’m using it for mostly its moisturizing purposes it’s ok. I don’t need much evening out of my skin tone either as I have minimal redness so it provides the perfect amount of coverage. I use e.l.f’s Tinted Moisturizer. You can also try a featherweight or lightweight formula liquid foundation for more coverage just make sure it also has moisturizing properties without being too oily. I use a light dusting of foundation powder to set the tinted moisturizer but I don’t use the powder on its own.

4. Try not to apply your foundation with your fingers, they might absorb the oils you’ll need to moisturize your skin. Try instead using synthetic brushes or even a damp beauty sponge.

5. Try and skip waterproof formula as they tend to suck out moisture.

These are just a few steps that I do that help create a smooth look to my dry skin when I put on makeup. Obviously this won’t help everyone of course but I thought I’d share a few of the things I do, no matter how basic they are. Hope this helps!

Relaxing Lavender Bath

Everyone needs to relax sometime, for me I need to relax a lot more than others. Because of anxiety and my wonderful ability to overthink things I get stressed, anxious, and even a bit volatile. When I need to relax and detox the easiest way to do that is to jump into a bath.

So I fill my tub up and add my favorite scent-lavender.

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Here’s what I used to have the perfect lavender bath:

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The empty mason jar was filled with my lavender scented Milk Bath, which I made a post about how to make your own here.

I started off with the Sonoma Spa Lavender Bubble Bath that I got from Wal-Mart for $3.

I added Village Naturals Bath Shoppe Lavender and Chamomile Bath Salts. I also got this from Wal-Mart but it’s only sold in stores. It cost around $3.50.

Now here’s the tricky part that is also optional. I used some of Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Massage Oil in Lavender and Chamomile. Regular price is $16 dollars. That’s too much out of my price range even for a “splurge item”. Luckily these were on sale during their Semi-Annual Sale in December. They have one in the summer and one in the winter. This is my favorite time to stock up on all sorts of things because they’re 50-75% off. The massage oil I think was 50% off. So i saved around $8. Since the next semi-annual sale won’t be for another couple months you could always skip this step or if you’re a frequent shopper at B&BW you can use the coupons they give out. And there’s always a coupon for something.

So next time you’re feeling stressed make yourself a bath. You might even try to do it right before you go to bed. Lavender will help knock you out big time!

The Lazy Skincare Routine (Morning)

These are some quick and easy things I do in the morning when I’m strapped for time before class. I recently found these new makeup wipes through my sister. They’re from Equate which is the cheap off-brand from Wal-Mart. They’re compared to Garnier’s Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes which run about $5 at Wal-Mart. The Equate brand however runs for $3. They also have different kinds like one in Grapefruit(which my sister uses), one for night time use, etc. I like the Refreshing Cleansing ones because it has a bright clean scent and removes makeup without being super oily. I use this in the morning but you can also you it after you’ve removed your eye makeup with an oil based remover. it helps get rid of the excess oil and takes away that greasy feeling.

After cleansing I use e.l.f’s Daily Moisture Stick. It has antioxidants as well as and anti aging ingredients like Grape, Cocoa, and Shea. It comes in a twist up tube so it’s easy to apply all over your face. It has moisturizing oils but it’s not too overwhelming, perfect for normal to dry skin. Best of all it’s only $6.

The last product I use isn’t exactly necessary but is very helpful. The skin around your eyes are very delicate and need some extra treatment. I’ve been using Simple’s Soothing Eye Balm which unfortunately is a little on the pricey side ranging from $7-10. I have items that I like to splurge on (meaning I’ll pay like over $5 dollars for but this isn’t one of them). I believe I got mine on sale for around $4. You could easily skip adding eye cream or using something like a roll-on eye refresher. It’s saving the money and using things that are only absolutely necessary that counts. So if you aren’t developing wrinkles yet it might be ok to skip this step and just wait until you’ve saved a bit before buying a nice eye product.

And that’s it! It’s a quick 5 minute routine I do before applying any makeup that day. I actually have fairly good skin (acne and blemish wise) but having psoriasis makes my skin extremely dry so moisturizing products are my favorite. Altogether the 3 products cost about $15 dollars for me. Good luck and happy moisturizing!