Winter Hydration

It is cold. I don’t really know how I feel about this change in weather lol. With the change in weather, I’ve been feeling the changes in my skin as well. My face and body have been feeling dryer than usual. Now it’s time to move into winter hydration mode. Here are a few ways I keep my skin hydrated in the winter.

WATER: First and foremost, if I don’t drink enough water I can feel it in my skin. We all know we are made up of a lot of water, and we have to replenish ourselves with hydration daily. I have a tendency to not drink as much water as I should when it starts to get colder outside. My favorite water bottle is the hydro flask it’s amazing because it keeps your liquids hot or cold. I make a smoothie at night and in the morning it is still in its perfect smoothing consistency. 

MOISTURIZE: I use a thicker cream in the winter and a mistrusting body wash to keep my skin as hydrated as possible. Currently, I am using a really thick cream in the evening. Here is the cream I’ve been loving lately, it works great for face and body. 

What are some of your skin concerns in the winter? How do you combat them? Share with us in the comments. 

Summer Empties

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Happy Tuesday Friends,

This is the first time I am doing a post like this. Typically, I do my empties on my youtube channel, look at me switching thing up ūüôā Let’s jump right in. I wanted to do a short review on these products, being I have used them up I can tell you how I feel about them.

Sunday Riley Good Genes I really enjoyed this product. There is something about using a product that makes you feel luxurious. Every night I would get excited because I got to give myself a mini facial in a bottle. Unfortunately, this product caused my skin to break out over time. My entire jawline had small bumps which then turned into scars that I am still trying clear up. I really wished it would have worked for my skin because I really loved this product.

Thayers Witch Hazel Okay so… you need this product. This was like no other toner I have every used before. I used to rave about the Neutrogena No Alcohol Toner. I use this product for so many things. ¬†It works great to take my makeup off, to tone, as a refresher and a micellar water. It helps to decrease inflammation and redness (that’s what pimples are!). I can go on and on about this product. I already repurchased and I had to get a back up to my back up.

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Advanced Moisturizing Cr√®me¬†I have used this product before, this is about my second or third bottle. It is a great moisturizer but there isn’t much special about it. I do like the way it smells. It is lacking something that I can’t put my finger on. Not to discount this is a great ¬†product, but I still wanted to try other things. I know that is a weird way to describe this product but it is great.

Kate Somerville Ret-A-Sphere¬†I don’t know why I have to explain how many times I have repurchased each product but I feel the need to share lol. This is number 2 for this product. In my mind retnol will have fade my dark spots because it is a chemical exfoliant. Welcome to my 30s because my skin must have changed, this freaked my skin out. The first tube I used it did wonders for my skin which is why I wanted to repurchase it.

Shea Moisture Shea Oil When I was in college my hair started to grow like a tumbleweed (lol) my hair dresser said it may have been the shea butter I was using. I had been on the hunt to find a better shea oil for natural hair and here it is. I found it.  I loved this oil it was amazing very moisturizing and it is inexpensive!

Deva Curl One Condition¬†I love this line! It does wonders for my hair. Washing my hair has been much easier. It provided so much slip making my wash day so much easier. I think I may have talked about this line in other post. Overall if you have natural hair… this should be in your shower. It is amazing.

Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara¬†I tried this mascara just to try something new. I normally wear the Benefit They’re real I wanted to try this because I heard great things about it. It was great, but I prefer they’re real.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer¬†I. Love. This. Stuff! I can’t with out it. I am a big eyelash person, and when I discovered this my life has been forever changed. I think this is my 4th tub.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer¬†I really really really like this brow pencil. I was using a cheap eyebrow pencil which was great, I had used that pencil for years, but I did like the face I needed to sharpen it after each use. I was on the hunt to find a brow pencil that I didn’t need to sharpen. I got lucky, not only did I find a twist up pencil but it also has an angled tip. It makes a more precise line and angle.

Summer Skin Protection

Good Day Lovilies,

We are about halfway through the summer at this point. One thing I think is really important pertaining to the summer is protecting our skin from the sun. I am a huge skin care junkie; yes, I admit it. The skin is our largest organ and we have to take care of it. We always hear, take care of your skin when you are young or you will regret it later. I live by this motto.

Today I will be sharing with you the sunscreens I use on a daily basis, as well as when I am spending the day outside. 

Daily Lotion: In the summer I opt for a lotion with SPF, such as Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF 15. Just to give me a light layer of protection in my daily activities. I started using this lotion for the first time this summer and I actually like it a lot. In the past couple of years I would used the Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray. After my shower and before my lotion I would spray this all over, then apply lotion, if you want to see all the products I use check out this post. I find using Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 alone now, which is much easier, just a one stop shop. I still use the Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray, but on top of the Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF 15, for extra protection.  

Face moisturizer: In the summer I increase the SPF for my face, just in case. I wear an SPF year round on my face but in the summer when the sun is closer to the earth, I like to take extra precautions to protect my skin. I have been using the Neutrogena Healthy Defense Moisturizer in SPF 50. I have been using this for about 2 years now, and I always go back to it especially in the summer.

(Bonus)Fashion: When you know you are going to be outside, remember to wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes and don’t forget your hat. Hats are so chic, especially when you wear a cute summer dress! I have a lot of examples on my Pinterest!

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I hope you found this useful and you protect yourself while you are out in the heat ūüôā

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Review: Neutogena Healthy Defense Moisturiser

Neutogena Healthy Defense Moisturizer is a face moisturizer that is made with sunblock to protect the skin from damage caused by the sun. The packaging states that this product should be used once a day (clearly in the morning) after washing, cleansing, and toning. It should be applied with your fingertips, blending well all over the face. It can be worn alone or under foundation.

Neutogena is a skin care brand that I find amazing, I’ve used this brand off and on since I started a skin care regiment. Huge fan! Try the makeup wipes, ultra gentle daily cleanser, fresh foaming cleanser, makeup remover, and sunblock!

The package says¬†it provides protection from skin aging effects of the sun, when used with other sun protection measures. It keeps skin hydrated all day. This innovative formula contains Helioplex¬ģ Technology that helps protect from the harmful UVB-burning rays and UVA-aging rays which can cause premature lines and wrinkles. This daily moisturizer has an exclusive anti-oxidant blend with pure Vitamin E, which helps prevent environmental damage. Lightweight, non-greasy, it’s powerful protection and hydration you can rely on all day, every day.

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There are a few things I like about this product which made me want to do this post. When applying this moisturizer, it acts like a primer, leaving a moisturizing layer on the skin. The layer of moisture gives makeup something to stick to, plus it has SPF. I also like the affordability, it can be found it at any drugstore, which is amazing because I can grab it on the go and not have to make a stop to the mall for a face moisturizer.

One thing I don’t like about this product is that it only comes in this small size. A small size is great when you are traveling but when me and Frank are using the same product it goes much more faster then when I used it on my own.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product. I am finishing up my third bottle and already purchased my fourth. Last summer I had skin issues and went to the dermatologist. The doctor recommend this product which sold me on how amazing this product is.

If you have any question about this product feel free to leave a comment and I will answer, but you should just buy it, because it is amazing.

xx

Jazmin Mac

 

Blogmas Day 13: Review – Dermatologica Skin Resurficing Cleanser

This is my second bottle of this cleanser. Which means a lot because I like to try out different products until I font that PERFECT product.

According the the Dermatologica label it states if you want to achieve superior smoothness and ultra-clean skin after just one use with this dual-action exfoliating cleanser. A highly-active Lactic Acid concentrate helps retexturize skin suffering from visible signs of aging by removing dulling surface debris and helping accelerate cell turnover. Antioxidant Vitamin E conditions, while soothing Rose Flower Oil calms skin. Use of this silky cleanser dramatically improves skin texture and properly prepares for maximum penetration of AGE Smart¬ģ products. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

If you do decide to pick up this product be sure to use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product.

I was recommended this product by a makeup artist I have been going to for years. She knew my skin fairly well and noticed that my skin was break out so bad over the summer. Looking for something that would aid in exfoliating under my skin, this product would do the trick. As I stated, I purchased this product twice because it worked so well the first time. It helped clear up my skin an make it smooth. 

I highly recommend this product

Currently, I am using a more gentle product but I do plan on repurchasing this product.

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xx

Jazmin

Product Review: ExfoliKate

I suffer from Hyperpigmentation, so I am always looking into trying new ways to exfoliate my skin. Upon browsing on Sephora.com I saw they had a small bottle of ExfoliKate. So I thought to myself… Lets try it! ExfoliKate is an Intensive Exfoliating Treatment that is used to deep clean pores and balances hydration without over drying the skin. After just one use your skin will look brighter and healthier.¬† On the packaging it states that this product can be used morning or evening once or twice a week. According to Kate Somerville, if you used ExfoliKate in the shower the steam will help activate the enzymes, making it more effective.

This is my first product from Kate Somerville. Her products are made using the highest quality ingredients on the market with proven efficacy. Clinically tested and proven in the elite Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Clinic. All products are formulated with a unique blend of scientifically advanced actives, nourishing botanicals & natural fruit enzymes. Made in the US and never tested on animals.

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Sounds like a winner right? IT IS! This product does everything it says. I have used it in the shower and out. In the shower of course is more effective, but using it at the sink worked just as well. You can use it at the sink then get in the shower, that works very well too. It’s not to harsh but it still makes you skin feel so soft after you use it.¬† What I don’t like about this product is that it is only best to used it a few times a week… the way it makes my face feel I wish it wasn’t to hard to used daily, but we can’t have it all I guess.

my over all recommendation… BUY IT, YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Review: Clinique City Block Sheer Daily Face Protector

I purchased this product looking for a daily sunscreen to wear under my makeup, because there are days that I opt for foundation over a BB cream, and I need the SPF. On Clinique.com this product is said to be a sheer, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB daily sunscreen. With a lightweight formula to help wick away perspiration and absorb excess oil. Is perfect alone or as an invisible makeup primer. Has no chemical sunscreens and is appropriate for eye area and sensitive skins.

The packaging states that this product should be used once a day (clearly in the morning) after washing, cleansing, and toning. It should be applied with your fingertips, blending well all over the face. It can be worn alone or under foundation.

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When picking this product out, I chose Clinique because it is a brand I have trusted over the past few years. Many years ago, I was obsessed with the Dramatically Different Lotion and Gel. Did you know Clinique was founded in 1968 as the first dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Clinique is passionate about providing the highest quality and most effective products to enhance every skin type and concern, offering products for all ages and ethnicities. A good thing about their products is that all their makeup and skin care products are Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free, with is great if you sensitive skin.

After expressing how much I love the Clinique brand, there was not much I liked about this product. I liked the idea and purpose of this product. Using it on the other hand, not so much. When I tested the product on the back of my hand a clear liquid came out first, then a tinted moisturizer consistency followed. Remember what the packaging said… this product needs to be blended. Putting it on my face it was WHITE being a woman of color, that would not work for me. I looked like a ghost on Halloween. Still being positive, I applied my foundation to a small portion of my face to see if it would cover well and it did not! So I proceed to tissue it off my face to move on with the rest of my make up.

I do not recommend this product

I think you may like this product, if you are on the pale side. Only because it leaves a white cast. I will be returning this product for a full refund. Although, I didn’t like this product, it has not tainted what I think of the entire Clinique brand.