It’s been some time since my last post on my skincare routine. Here is my updated routine with some of my beauty + skincare tips and tricks that are beneficial for your skin and overall health. Sit back, relax and grab a come of coffee or water. This will be a long post, but an honest account on all my beauty, healthy and skincare tips and tricks. Enjoy!
I try to make it a daily routine to pamper my skin. Over the years, I’ve used products that contained anti-aging components. But in the last few years, I’ve began to incorporate more anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I want to keep my skin, youthful, glowing and radiant. I want to prevent early signs of aging and age gracefully through the years. Research has shown that it’s best to start preventative measures sooner rather than later. When you stick to a daily routines, a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting a good nights rest and listening to your skin the results will amaze you.
Lately, I’ve learned a great deal about many anti-aging products and have been experimenting with products that best suit my skin. For this post, I’m sharing my updated skincare routine, along with my healthy + beauty secrets for anti-aging and much more.
First things first, in order for us to look healthy on the outside we need to be healthy on the inside as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle is vital and important in getting great skin. Fruits, Veggies and healthy proteins contain many health benefits along with acting skin solutions. Skincare products are great for our skin, but we can also find active ingredients within our foods that are beneficial to our health and skin. Below are a few staples in my diet that are also great for your skin too. Health is wealth in my opinion. We only have one body, so we need to make sure to treat it right in all aspects.
Staples for me are:
Fave Fruits: Apples, Pitaya, Strawberries, Mango, Lemons, Watermelon, Bananas, blueberries, Avocados, Tomatos, Pears and Tropical Fruits
Veggies: Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beets, and Zucchini
Healthy Protein: Lean Meats– Chicken, Beef and Turkey
Fish+Seafood: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp, Tuna, Flounder
First things first, always stay hydrated. Hydration is key. A great way to keep hydrated is drinking water, at least 11 cups daily. There was a time where I too, struggled with this but it’s become like second nature to me. It’s best to maintain the habit of drinking water. I like to make it a habit to start first thing in the morning, during the day at various intervals and before I go to bed. It’s so important to stay hydrated, great for your overall health and skin too. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s great to load up on good healthy snacks throughout the day. Almonds are a great go to snack for me. They contain the healthy fatty acids you need and want for healthy skin and body. They also help to slow down the aging process.
Now, aside from a healthy diet is my skincare routine. I like to stick to a routine, and staying consistent. Consistency is key in maintaining healthy looking skin. Although, I’ve changed my products here and there I still stick to my routine for both day and night. For me, I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. Here’s what I do:
Morning Skincare Routine:
Facial Oil: On days when my skin just needs extra hydration and moisture (Fall/Winter Months can be used both day and night) Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Eye Cream: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream
Moisturizer: No 7 Early Defence Day Cream with SPF 30 Every now and then, I’ll use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Oil Free in the shade 3C1 Fawn
SPF: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel With Sunscreen for extra protection
For the night-time I use products that are richer and can absorb into my skin while I sleep. The majority of my products for the night-time have a lot of Anti-aging agents to help keep my skin youthful, hydrated, firm, and rejuvenated. So, while i’m sleeping they can work their magic. So that when I wake in the morning my skin feels nourished, youthful and well rested.
Elixir: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Elixir ( Can be used for the daytime as well)
For Extra TLC Skincare Needs:
For extra hydration and moisture, I’ll often use various hydrating mask and sheet mask. My favorite hydrating sheet mask are: Nature’s Republic Aqua Collagen Solution Ceramide Hydro Gel Mask, Nature’s Republic Real Green Tea Aqua Gel Mask , SKII Facial Treatment Mask , and Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration.
If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and I wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles— I’ll use some under eye gel mask. They’re great for depuffing, replenishing and reducing the appearance of any dark circles for your tired eyes. My favorite go to under eye masks are: Tarte’s Pack your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches and Que Bella Professional Moisturizing Gel Eye Mask.
In the event my skin is going thru either hormonal spells or the occasional flair up. A great mask that I’ve tried and recommend is Ballerina Botanicals Detox Mask to find out more about the product click here. Another favorite of mine is Glam Glow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. If my skin needs a little lift and brightening I use Glam Glow’s FlashMud Brightening treatment.
Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. My favorite exfoliator at the moment is: First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish. I also love : Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliant.
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If you missed my skincare routine and the products I used click here to read all about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it will be beneficial for you. It’s best to always listen to your skin, and give it the TLC it deserves. Please do share your beauty tips and tricks. I love learning, experimenting and hearing from you. Feel free to comment below and share your photos using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.
What are some of your beauty tips?
What product(s) would you use?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.
Ask and you shall receive….
I know this has been a long awaited post, so here it is guys. Here are all my favorites /LOVES from beauty, fashion, home, and much more. So if you want to find out more just keep reading!
QUE BELLA MOISTURIZING GEL EYE MASK
WHY I LOVE IT: I’ve tried many different ones, but these are great. Not only are they affordable, they brighten, tighten and have reduced dark circles and under eye bags tremendously. Soothing, gentle and hydrating. I use them religiously and would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Available at target.
CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR
WHY I LOVE IT: This is one product I carry with me all the time. Raved about my many celebrities this was the best thing that was ever created. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous elixir of youth, Beauty Elixir is formulated with grape extracts and clarifying ingredients to provide an immediate burst of radiance. The complexion treatment reduces dullness and is infused with toning rosemary, astringent mint, and soothing rose essential oil to prepare your skin for further treatments. (Sephora.com) I used this everyday after I cleanse, to set my make up and as a refreshing spritz. Great for travel, I use it all the time. A natural, innovative toning mist that sets makeup, provides an instant burst of radiance, and tightens the appearance of pores, featuring the same bestselling formula with a new, improved pump to finely and evenly distribute the lightweight mist. (Sephora.com) Great for uneven skin and texture, dullness, pores and dryness. Once you try this you’ll LOVE it too.
PRICE: 1OZ $18.00 3.4 OZ $49.00
CAUDALIE GRAPE WATER
WHY I LOVE IT: I discovered this product after watching one of Amerie’s youtube videos. And after reading up about it I decided to purchase it and give it a try. I’m so glad I did because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. It’s 100% organic formula increases hydration and reduces sensitivity. Grape water provide immediate benefits of +127 percent hydration and -61 percent sensitivity when used. It’s soothes, hydrates, reduces redness and calms the skin. It has unique ingredients of both minerals and active plants that help strengthen your skins barrier function making your skin more resilient and less sensitive over time. That’s amazing, it has done that and more for my skin. And because the product is so versatile you can use it as a makeup setting spray, toner after cleansing or to use during the day as a refreshing spritz. Either way your skin will love you for it!
PRICE: 12 OZ $13.00 6.7 OZ $22.00
NATURE REPUBLIC California Aloe Vera Cleansing Tissue
WHY I LOVE IT: These Cleansing tissues are the best. Soft and gentle and they take off all my makeup just about everything from my face from the day. I mentioned these on my snapchat before, and I only speak the truth when it comes to what I use especially on my skin. Very soothing and refreshing on the skin too.
NATURE REPUBLIC Aqua Collagen Solution Hydrogel Mask
WHY I LOVE IT: This is another sheet mask that i’m loving. It’s a hydrating mask that’s infused with collagen. While your wearing the mask it works to strengthen your skin’s elasticity while adding moisture back into our skin with its marine enegery. The formula is enhanced by hyaluronic acid, while it moisturizes the skin with its pure Hawaiian ocean water enriched minerals which help to make your skin healthy. Great mask to give your skin elasticity, hydration, moisture and just healthy skin all around.
PRICE: $ 7.90
NATURE’S REPUBLIC COCONUT BIO SKIN MASK
WHY I LOVE IT: I’m all about mask especially sheet mask. This mask right here though, is simply AMAZING!! Super moisturizing, with ingredients to give your skin hydration and elasticity. Ultra-Moisturizing, and excellent elasticity. (Review on Nature Republic products coming soon to my blog)
TOM FORD SCANDOLA MOISTURECORE LIP COLOR
WHY I LOVE IT: The perfect shade of nude with a hint of pink for the summer. Not only is it an amazing color, it’s also lightweight and super moisturizing. And it stays and last for HOURS.
PRICE: $ 55.00
TOM FORD GOLDEN PEACH CREAM AND POWDER EYE COLOR
WHY I LOVE IT:
Gorgeous color this duo cream and powder eye shade. Cream to work in as a base and the powder to add some dimension and drama to your eye makeup. It’s not heavy or cakie, you can wear it on it’s own or with other powders and cream shadows. These ultra-pigmented, metallic colors glides on rich giving you an intense eye with just enough shimmer and glow. A great lustrous and seductive eye for the summer. I love this duo compact, great for travel. And since I don’t wear much makeup in the Summer time, this is great. It gives you just enough drama and color without having to use so many products.
PRICE: $ 60.00
TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO ACQUA
WHY I LOVE IT: Light, soft, fresh scent great for the summertime months. And the scent lingers and last longer than your average Perfume. Brings me back to my days in Italia specifically the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Rivera.. Love this fragrance.
PRICE: $ 205.00
TOM FORD CREAM CHEEK COLOR IN: PIENO SOLE
WHY I LOVE IT: Perfect shade for the summer months. We all want that glow, sun kissed skin. This will do the trick. Not to heavy or harsh, it’s lightweight and gives just enough sheer and glow your skin needs. Love the color and texture of this product. I wear very minimal make up during the hot summer months and I love to add a little highlight on my cheekbones. This does just the trick, it comes in two shades, this was just perfect for my skin tone. Love this!
JOSIE MARAN PURE ARGAN MILK INTENSIVE HYDRATING TREATMENT
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.sephora.com/pure-argan-milk-tm-intensive-hydrating-treatment-P384780?skuId=1721430&om_mmc=ppc-GG&mkwid=srtdlfKXC&pcrid=50233217079&pdv=c&site=_search&country_switch=&lang=en&gclid=CPfVxtfoic0CFYEehgodG50HoQ
WHY I LOVE IT: This is another Josie Maran product that has become and absolute favorite. I’ve incorporated this into my nighttime routine and it’s done wonders for my skin. (This will be seen in my upcoming update skincare routine post, coming soon) I used this as a serum during the night time hours, its light and keeps my skin hydrated, smooth and gives a my skin a phenomenal glow. If you aren’t using any serums in your routine you should start NOW. It will do wonders for your skin. I used to have a lot of acne scars and sun and skin spots when I was in college and in the last 9 years since I’ve added serum to my skincare regiment my skin has changed tremendously and in and amazing way. Its great for day and night, it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth, soft and hydrated. And i’ve been told it has made me look younger than I actually am. Can’t beat that. Try it out for yourself.
JOSIE MARAN 100% PURE ARGAN LIGHT
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.sephora.com/100-pure-argan-oil-light-P380805?skuId=1548270
WHY I LOVE IT: I’ve used this product for YEARS and I absolutely love it! I love the fact it’s not just great for your face, but your hair, nails and skin. It may sound weird using oil to moisturize your face especially if your like me who has combination skin. But ever since i’ve incorporated oils to my face routine, it’s been a HUGE game changer for my skin. I used this product on my face at night, it give my face enough moisture, and helps to control my acne prone skin as well. I also take a travel size with me and use it while i’m up in the air. Just like when we are sleeping at night, our skin and face tends to lose a lot of moisture and hydration. A dime size of this Argan oil light goes a long way. And my skin feels and looks clean, moisturized, fresh and hydrated. Great especially during the cold winter season as well. You can also use this product on your cuticles, and your hair as well.
Check out my full on skin routine: http://www.socialfashionistabeauty.com/#!BEAUTY-BLOGGER-Secrets-How-tos-Tips-and-Tricks-Ways-to-getting-Glowing-Healthy-and-Hydrated-Skin/cyh4/56204b5e0cf2c3a4a7104e12
PETER THOMAS ROTH 24K GOLD PURE CLEANSING BUTTER
WHY I LOVE IT: I’ve tried Peter Thomas Roth’s mask before and when I went to Sephora last I saw this and decided to check it out. I’m so happy I bought it, it’s now part of my face wash routine. (I’ll have an updated Face routine up on the blog soon) I love using this at night, I wash off the day using this cleansing butter and it literally takes off everything, my make up, stubborn eyeliner, I mean EVERYTHING. And it leaves my skin feeling clean and moisturized. Definitely worth the purchase.
CURL KEEPERS BEACH MIST SPRAY
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.frizzoff.com/99-Curl-Keeper-Beach-Mist.aspx
WHY I LOVE IT: I was gifted this product when I attended a Beauty Press event last month. I used this during our trip to the Bahamas last month and it kept my beach waves intact and left my hair smelling amazing. My husband LOVES the scent as do I. I don’t have curly hair, but when I do style my hair using a curling wand, blowout or even a curling iron I love using products that one smell great while also keeping my hair looking amazing. This product from Curl Keeper did just that and more giving my hair the right amount of texture, moisture and volume. Shop the link above and find this product and learn more about their hair care line on their website. You can also find their products at Target.
PRICE: 3.4. OZ/ 100 ML 9.99 8 OZ /240 ML $17.50
FOR THE HOME FAVES:
AURA CACIA AROMATHERAPY MIST EUCALYPTUS HARVEST
WHY I LOVE IT: I discovered this product when we were in Miami last February/March at Whole Foods. Before we left for our cruise, we went to Whole Foods to pick up some last minute things for our cruise. And while roaming the aisles I stumbled upon this product. I love anything Eucalyptus, it’s clearing, refreshing and rejuvenating. This came in handy on the cruise, sometimes it can get a bit stuffy in our suites so this was a great scent to spray all over our bedroom and suite. It’s even a body spray as well. Great combo with a such a fresh and clean scent. Our steward and butler loved the scent too that I recommended it to them as well. You can find and purchase via the link above or even at your local Whole Foods.
HONEST COMPANY DISH SOAP ULTRA CONCENTRATED, PLANT BASED, GREASE-CUTTING DISHWASHING
LIQUID IN GRAPEFRUIT AND LEMON VERBANA
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-dish-soap
WHY I LOVE HONEST COMPANY PRODUCTS: I discovered some of the Honest Company products when was at Target. I started reading up about Honest Company, their brand and what they stand for. I love the fact they are plant-based, no harsh and strong scents of harsh chemicals and natural products. They leave our home looking and smelling so clean and fresh. They also offer great products for babies and kids as well. And I love that one of the Co-Founders is: Jessica Alba. She’s been an all-time favorite for many years. And I love that she created such an affordable brand thats simply HONEST. If you haven’t check out The Honest Company go and read up about it and check them out. You can test them out by trying out their free trial by signing up on their website. (NOT SPONSORED)
HONEST COMPANY MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-surface-cleaner
PRICE: $ 5.95
HONEST COMPANY BATHROOM CLEANER
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-bathroom-cleaner
HONEST COMPANY GLASS+ WINDOW CLEANER
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/glass-cleaner
FASHION + STYLE FAVES:
QUAY AUSTRALIA : ” ON THE PROWL”
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.quayaustralia.com/products/on-the-prowl
WHY I LOVE IT: These have to be my fave Quay Sunnies. They are big and have mirrored lenses. I wear them all the time. Great size for my face shape, they are quite the popular pair. These sold out quick, but I think they are now available on their website or a 3rd party website: whitefoxboutique.com.
QUAY AUSTRALIA SUNGLASSES
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.quayaustralia.com
WHY I LOVE IT: If you don’t know about Quay Sunglasses go out and buy some. I saw a lot of youtube make-up guru’s wearing and talking about Quay. So I went and checked out their brand, and OMG. I died and fell in love. Affordable sunnies that are big and oh so fashionable. Go shop Quay now!
CHLOE + ISABEL JEWELRY
WHERE TO FIND IT: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza
WHY I LOVE IT: Affordable, high quality, fashionable, chic jewelry with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Loving our newest collection inspired by the Amalfi Coast one of my favorite place in the entire world. Shop my boutique today and discover these styles and so much more.
PRICE: $16.00- $180.00
GENTLE MONSTER SUNGLASSES & EYEWEAR (DEBORAH MIRRORED LENSE SUNNIES)
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://en.gentlemonster.com
WHY I LOVE IT: I discovered Gentle Monster from one of my faves LV from HausofColor. And I feel in love with her sunnies. I had to ask her where she bought them and she told me: Gentle Monster. So I checked out the brand and since them I fell in love. I love how they customize the fit so it’s just right for you. If your in the NYC area go and check out their Flagship store at: 79 Grand St, New York, NY 10013.
CELINE NEW AUDREY SUNGLASSES
WHY I LOVE IT: I love big Sunglasses, great for any day, and for trips. These are the perfect size and shape for my face. I have an oval face. And the Celine New Audrey’s are one of my faves. Sleek and chic loves. Great for any face shape I feel. So, if you don’t have a pair you should pick some up.
PRICE: $ 405.00
CELINE ZIPPED TWISTED CABAS SHINY SMOOTH CALFSKIN HANDBAG
WHY I LOVE IT: CELINE– another fave designer. I’m a handbag lover for sure, but this one right here its simple yet chic and classy. I own a few of her signature Celine Nano, Medium Luggage tote and her Trapeze handbags. This one right here is a great bag to have when you live and work in the city. I love to be hands free and this bag is great for that. Plus, its big enough to hold all the things you need for the day, and it’s not heavy at all. Love the black color with red interior with detailing on the strap and yellow on the opposing side of the strap. Simple, minimal but still chic. Great city bag to own and add to the collection. Plus I believe it comes in other styles, but this right here is my fave.
CHANEL YELLOW PYTHON FLAP MAXI HANDBAG
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/handbags.html
WHY I LOVE IT: First of all, if you know me you know my love and obsession for handbags is REAL. And I love adding unique, classic and fun pieces to my collection. This one right here has to be my fave for the season. The color, I love yellow and with the summer season, you can pair this with any outfit, it will look fabulous. The details, the python flap and all oh my goodness, just gorgeous. But I will admit this bag was hard to find because of the detail and design, but it’s definitely a keeper. You don’t need to really accessorized that much with this bag by your side, because the bag speaks for itself. So if you were to accessorize, I’d keep them minimal, so it won’t take eyes off of this beautiful bag.
PRICE: 6,000 AND UP
OFF THE SHOULDER TOPS
WHY I LOVE IT: The look is so chic, sleek and feminine. So just enough skin, and such a great look for this season. This look can be dressed up, down, casual, glam, however you choose to style it you’ll look oh so fashionable and fabulous.
PRICE: $30 AND UP
Hey Loves, how are you? I hope everyone is having a great week so far!! I can’t complain, the weather is gorgeous in New York City now, and when the weather is on point, it does wonders for my mood and overall well-being. But for today’s post I want to talk about beauty + health. And in addition to my skin care routine and products here is another contributor to aiding in my overall health as well as having radiant skin.
As of late, I’ve been getting asked a lot of questions in regards to my skin. Everyone has been asking and saying that my skin looks FLAWLESS…. I’m my worst critic when it comes to my skin, because it’s come a long way to get to where it is today. But, nonetheless I appreciate the love, even though I know I have flaws here and there. If you haven’t read my post yet about my day and night time skin care routine, check it out. There you’ll find a list of my MUST HAVE products that I use and that have helped keep my skin hydrated, moisturized and glowing all year round.
As much as I LOVE make- up, my husband calls me a make up junkie. I love trying and testing out new products whether its drugstore or high end, I all about it. But there are times where I love having a bare face. The feeling of wearing no making is truly amazing too. I like to give my skin a break too from all the products and just let it breathe every now and then. So what do I do to get radiant, glowing, healthy, hydrated skin, you ask???? Keep reading and you’ll find out!! 🙂
I’ve preached about this to so many of my friends and family, because there are so many benefits from it. And not just beauty wise but for our overall health. As much as I’m big on beauty + fashion, I’m a huge advocate on staying healthy and leading a healthy life however I can. I mean think about it, I’ve preached about this to so many of my friends and family, because there are so many benefits from it. And not just beauty wise but for our overall health. As much as I’m big on beauty + fashion, I’m a huge advocate on staying healthy and leading a healthy life however I can. I mean think about it, we only have one body, so we might as well treat it right, right..?? Remember health is wealth and I believe in that 100%. So, I try to eat as best as I can, eating and choosing mostly natural and organic products. I’m big on feeding my husband, myself, family and friends only the healthiest, nutritious and oh so delicious types of foods. Being healthy overall, does wonders on your body and soul. And it goes a long way!
Here’s what I like to incorporate in my cooking, health and more….. I’ve always been a huge fan of coconuts, and my love for coconuts goes way back into my childhood days. I remember when my family and I would visit the motherland– The Philippines and we’d make a pit stops before heading to the province from Manila and my dad would get us all fresh coconuts from a local vendor. Straight from the tree, so organic and refreshing. And since then my love for coconuts has grown over the years. I make sure to stock up the fridge with a few bottles of coconut water for the week. And my all time favorite coconut water is by: Harmless Harvest. All natural and organic, and every time I sip on this water, I remember those days back in the Philippines when I had my first experience with fresh coconut water, straight from the tree to my mouth. You can’t get more fresh and organic than that.
In addition to drinking coconut water, I also LOVE snacking on raw coconut meat. And I’ve found that not only drinking coconut water but the raw coconut meat provides tremendous health and skin benefits. So, I believe that while drinking coconut water and snacking on the raw coconut meat as well as cooking with coconut oil has contributed in my clear, glowing skin. Below I’ve listed the benefits of Coconuts for our skin and overall health benefits.
Benefits of Coconuts (Coconut Oil, Eating Raw Meat and Drinking Coconut Water)
1. Aids in Weight Loss
2. Helps in Regulate Digestion
3. Eating Coconut Meat appears to protect agains Heart Disease and Stroke
4. The coconut meat’s measurable vitamins A and E, and polyphenols and phytosterols, all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol, which are fats that stay in the blood and in skin tissues and high levels of which have been found a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
5. Powerful Germ Fighter
6. Low in Calories and Sugar
7. Keeps your hydrated (When you drink coconut water)
8. Helps to promote Youthful, clearer and healthier skin
9. Consuming raw coconut oil can reduce the severity of bacterial and inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis
10. Eating raw coconut oil regularly is a simple and natural way to achieve vibrant skin.
11. Use Coconut Oil if you have dry skin– Helps to keep skin smooth, soft, moisturized and glowing
12. Combine Coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil to alleviate sore muscles
13. Coconut oil can help reduce stretch marks
14. Using Coconut Oil on a cold sore will help speed up the healing time, alleviates
pain and reduces the risk of scarring and discoloration.
15. Coconut oil can help soothe inflamed sunburn skin. Reduces redness and rehydrates the skin.
Some may not like the taste of coconuts or believe in it’s benefits. The facts and tips speak for themselves. Not only am I a HUGE fan, and love coconuts, I believe in the benefits. I love using coconut oil for cooking as another healthier alternative as oppose to olive oil. I also use coconut oil for my hair as a hair masque once a week, giving me smooth, shiny and healthier looking hair. The possibilities and perks of coconuts are endless. If you haven’t tried coconut water, ate raw coconut meat, cooked with coconut oil or used it as a hair masque and more I highly recommend you try it. Trust me you WON’T regret it!!
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey. Let me know what your thoughts are by commenting below. I would love to hear from you and what are your beauty secret, comment below or write to me.
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Happy Tuesday Loves!
Today for Beauty Tuesday, i’m talking about lips — sugar lips to be exact. Well, when I say sugar lips, I’m talking about sugar exfoliators that help keep our lips supple, smooth and moisturized throughout the cold winter months. Or just even when our lips could use a little TLC. I don’t know about you, but with the cold weather upon us here in New York City, my lips have been extra dry. Not even my trusty holy grail Esos lip balm is enough to keep my lips from drying.
I’ve tried and tested out different products and nothing seemed to work. Until I found this sugar lip scrub and it has helped drastically. It’s done wonders for my lippys. And I’m all about sharing, (sharing is caring) all my beauty tips and trick with you lovelies.
My go to sugar lip scrub is from Skinn Cosmetics by Dimitri James. Dimitri James is a aesthetician and cosmetologist that strives to bring the best and innovated beauty products to the world that are loaded with color and contain anti-aging ingredients. HIs purpose and devotion to the beauty industry is something that’s truly remarkable and admirable. Who wouldn’t love that!!
After trying this product, I fell in love, as did my lips. I use this product twice a week, and my lips felt smooth and nourished. And not cracked and dry. When I added my lip balm after, my lips felt extra moisturized. I absolutely recommend this product and I know you’ll love it just as much as I do.
You can find it at: http://www.skinn.com/product/sugar-lips-polishing-scrub-for-lips-laugh-lines/ for $20.00 with flavors like: Bubble Gum (Original flavor) and Strawberry Daquiri to choose from.
And if you want something quick and easy and a great DIY Sugar Lip Scrub Exfoliator I have just the trick!
Sugar Lip Scrub DIY :
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon of Brown Sugar (or 2 Packets of Brown sugar)
1 teaspoon of honey
Mix all the ingredients together. Apply the lip scrub to your lips and gently massage in a circular motion. Rinse off and pat dry. Use as often as desired or when your lips need a little TLC.
**FACT** Sugar is a great ingredient to use especially brown sugar because it’s great and beneficial in removing dead skin cells.
The cold weather is upon us!! It’s starting to feel like winter, EEK !!!!!
With the cold weather upon us, it’s important to keep our skin from suffering. Here I’ll share the products I use to keep my skin hydrated and moisturized. During the winter months, our skin loses moisture, leaving it dry, frail, and dull. This means we need to give our skin even more TLC and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. So our skin stays replenished and supple all year round. I’m big on taking care of my skin. Every day and night I follow a routine, check out my skin care regiment, I posted a couple months ago. Stick to a routine and keep your skin healthy, moisturized and glowing all year round!
Here are my holy grail products that help keep my skin: moisturized, healthy, supple, and glowing throughout the winter months.
*****My new fave product*****
Dermologica PreCleanse, I found this out from Desi Perkin’s Snapchat, and I had to get it and try it. And I absolutely LOVE it!! It literally takes off ALL my make up. So I find myself not needing to use my make-up wipes that can dry out my skin at times. But after using this before I cleanse my face, it’s been a game changer for my face. I’m SO happy I got it and tried it and now i’ve incorporated it into my updated skincare routine. I feel so fresh and clean and I see a big improvement in my skin after using this product. In my opinion, it’s a great product, even during the winter months. Precleanse is absolutely AMAZING, if you haven’t tried this product out you should.
Dermologica PreCleanse : $38.00 (Great for taking off ALL your make-up, it literally melts off, doesn’t feel greasy or overly oily after, just fresh and clean)
Beauty Grape Water : 1 oz $18.00 / 3.4 oz $49.00
Caulie Beauty Elixer : 6.7 oz $18.00/ 2.5 oz $10.00
No.7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advance Serum : 1 oz $29.99
Dermologica Active Moist Moisturizer : $41.00
Josie Maran Light Argan Oil : $48.00
As the seasons change so does our skin….
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin. Many have asked me how my skin is always looking healthy, radiant and smooth. So, here it is guys, here is my skincare routine and all the products I use. Forgive me, this is a long, detailed post, but well-worth the read. Enjoy!
For the Spring & summer months I try and keep it pretty simple and light. The harsh rays from the sun can be damaging so I used a 30 spf underneath my moisturizer to keep my face and skin safe from any sun damage. During the Fall and winter months I continue to use spf but go a little heavier on my moisturizer. During those cold months our skin can get dry and flaky, so by using a deeper moisturizing creams it helps prevent dryness.
My Tips & Advice:
Toner’s are used after cleansing your face. They were once recommended for restoring the pH balance to your skin. They also take off the underlying oil and dirt that might’ve not been removed while cleansing. They also help to add moisture to your skin, and aid in keeping the skin fresh and supple. There are many different toners out there from alcohol based astringents to water based or glycol formula or fragrant toners. Alcohol based astringents can be irritating to the skin, which is why I gravitate towards water soluble/water based products. I highly recommend water based toners because they are healthy and safe for your skin. They are beneficial and contain antioxident agents that can give moisture and hydration back to your skin.
I’ve been loving: Caudalie’s Grape water
*Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
I’ve been reading a lot about face oils and how they help with anti-aging, hydration, dark circles and so much more. Keeps the skin supple, smooth, and radiant. I know sounds bizarre…. Face oil???? When you try this tip you will notice a difference instantly. The oil soaks into the skin overnight, leaving your skin feeling supple and hydrated in the morning.
If you didn’t know, we lose a lot of moisture in our skin while we sleep. In combination with your night cream using face oil, can aid in anti-aging, prevents wrinkles, dark circles as well as being very hydrating for your skin. The effects may vary for some but adding face oil to my routine as been amazing. I’ll be traveling to the Westcoast soon, and it tends to be a lot warmer and drier. So while I’m on the plane and on my trip, extra moisturizing won’t hurt!
*I’ve been using Josie Maran’s Lightweight Organic Argan Oil
*Sunday Riley Luna Oil
I never used any serums until now. Some skip this step entirely, but now my skin is thankful for it. My neice, Jill an experienced esthetician recommended I use a serum to avoid future flare ups. They also aid in preventing early signs of aging/wrinkles. Serums are featherweight products that have a heavy impact on the face. They can be an alternative to a moisturizing or can go hand in hand. I’m pretty thankful for the tip because my skin has been looking so youthful, smooth, and beautiful. I get carded everywhere I go because people cannot believe I’m 30, but I am.
What i’m currently using:
* Kiko’s Perfect Picture Photo Perfect Smoothin Serum (Great underneath make-up)
* No7 Protect & Perfect Serum
It’s never too early to start using an eye cream. Our skin changes every year and the elasticity loosens faster as we get older. They can be pricey but the results are worth your while. They help with stress shown in our skin, undereye bags, dark circles, and wrinkles.
Products to Try:
* Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream
*Neutrogena’s Eye Cream
EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE
I can”t express to you enough how important it is to exfoliate. When you exfoliate you remove dead skin cells from the surface giving you a clean and fresh face to work with. When you don’t exfoliate it leaves your skin looking dull, rough, and dry. It helps in preventing skin problems, and increases blood circulation which in turn helps you to achieve healthy, glowing skin. This is tip is good for your face and body. It’s best to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. But don’t over exfoliate. Just enough to leave your skin looking and feeling radiant, smooth, fresh and luxurious.
WATER & A WELL-BALANCED DIET
This may not be a HUGE beauty secret……But, eating a well-balanced meals and drinking water has a lot of benefits not just for your healthy but your skin too. Water not only keeps you hydrated, it keeps the skin moist and supple too. Keeping hydrated is good for your overall health and skin. Did you know our skin is made up of 64% water….. Interesting, right? Results may not be immediate but drinking water can help towards healthier, glowing skin. While incorporating a well- balanced diet. Health is wealth so keep your body and skin clean. The overall results will amaze you. So drink up and stay healthy!
I absolutely LOVE:
* Beet Juice
* Organic Coconut Water
FACT: NEVER go to bed without washing your face…. Trust me you’ll thank me later. I know we can get lazy and at the moment sooo tried to wash off the day and all that make-up, but you’ll feel so much better after. In the past, I failed at this from time to time. I’m human, but my skin paid the price. I would have a lot of break outs and my skin was a total mess. And it wasn’t pretty. All that oil build up and bacteria from the day before caught up with me. Sounds gross I know, but as i’ve gotten older and has skin changed I’ve taken better care of my face and stepped up my skincare game.
But from time to time I have the occassional flare up which is mostly hormonal. Other times can be because of something else…….. Time to listen to your skin.
It’s important to know and understand your skin to avoid any skin problems in the future. After much research, listening to my skin, and visiting my facialist to ask for her expertise, I just as I suspected. Products and brands can be so appealing not to mention they smell great too. Sometimes the products you used isn’t right for your skin type.
FACT: NEVER pick at your skin. As tempting as it may be, DON”T DO IT!! Again, we’ve all been guilty of this. No one likes a huge whitehead or pimple staring them in the face. Solution: Pick it and make it go away instantly! WRONG!! Doing this causes redness and inflammation of the skin. Which can lead to the spread of more breakouts let alone lasting redness and scaring. Try not to pick your face. Please 🙂
*NOTE: If you’re a make-up lover like myself, heres’ a tip that may come of no surprise or secret. It’s best if you wash your brushes and beauty blending sponges at least once a week. Trust me your doing yourself and your face a favor. Unwashed brushes and sponges build up bacteria after use. Unwashed tools + More make up on them + application to the face= A BIG HUGE MESS and a Major Break out on the rise!!
Everything I’ve learned is just through my own research, trial and error, and personal experiences. So I hope these tips were helpful and useful to you. And I hope you learned something too. 🙂
My routine may seem complex for some but its really not. My main goal: keeping my skin looking hydrated, smooth, radiant, looking fresh and clean. If you start and get into a routine your skin will be in tip-top shape in no time. Below i’ve listed both my day and night-time products along with their prices.
All these products are hypo-allergetic and great for all skin types
I have combination skin: Acne Prone & Sensitive
1. Dermatologica Special Gel Cleanser $36/Kiko Cleansing Gel $10
* Dermatologica Skin Prep Scrub (twice a week to exfoliate skin) $35
2. Pixie Glow Tonic Toner $15
3. Kiko Picture Perfect Serum (Daytime Serum) Great for leaving skin glowing and radiant even with make-up $19
4. Neutrogena Hydrogel Moisturizing Gel Lightweight (Spring/Summer Months)
* Neutrogena Spf 30 lotion
Neutrogena Hydrogel Moisturizing Cream (Fall/Winter Months) $17.99
5. Neutrogena Eye Cream (Night time)
And when I feel like giving extra tender loving care I put a mask on. I find mask are not only great for your skin, but they are relaxing and refreshing. And depending on the type of day/week I’ve had and if my skin is having a little flare up I will set aside some “Me” time and relax with one of these mask.
*Sephora EyeMask $5
*Sephora Face Mask $6
* Kiko Energy Charcoal Mask $9
* Boscia Charcoal Black Mask $34
I tend to use more products at night to keep my skin hydrated through the evening into the morning.
1. Dermalogica Special Gel Cleanser $36/ Kiko’s Cleansing Gel Cleanser $10
*Dermatologica Skin Prep Scrub (twice a week to exfoliate skin) $35
2. Dermalogica Multi-vitamin Toner $36
3. Caudalie Grape Water $18
4. No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum $22
5. Josie Maran’s Lightweight Organic Moisturizing Oil (Multi-functional: Not just for your skin but great for hair to help prevent split ends, keeping nails and cuticles healthy) $48
6. Sephora Total Age Defy Night Cream/ Eco-Beauty Good night Night Cream $30
7. Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream $5o
Some may say it’s never good to mix products, but these are what I use. And i’ve only seen positive results. With my skincare routine, a well balanced diet, and drinking lots and lots of water my skin continues to look fresh and youthful. If you try any or all of these products let me know your thoughts. Stay healthy!
What are your fave beauty products? What are you Beauty Secrets?
Comment below, write to me I’d love to hear from you!!