New Year’s Resolutions: Beauty Edition

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I am not keen on making resolutions. For one, the upkeep is quite demanding and secondly, I am not the greatest at following through. Big thanks to my free-spirit loving Sagittarius nature! But there are some things worth keeping in mind and that is your wellness. And honey! It shows on your skin.

As you may have noticed, it has been quite awhile since my last post. Well, I was going on an adventure called “paying my bills.” Do you really think writing is a great source of stable income? Haha! God bless if you do! So as I was kicking butt at working life, I have picked up little reminders along the way and would love to share it with you:

1.) STOP, HYDRATE, REPEAT

This is a no brainer. Hydration is probably the best thing you could ever do for your skin. And yes, you can drink your 8 glasses (plus wine!) a day. But I am telling you that is not enough. You see, only a small percentage of that goes to your skin. Most of the H20 are being hogged by your internal organs like a pack of mean girls. That is why the skincare gods have blessed us with hydrating serums. Yes, use them! Some hydrating serums have the technology to retain moisture in the skin. They are expensive for a reason. Haha! But for us cheapskates and poor souls, Laneige Water Bank Serum would suffice. (Sephora.ca, $46) It is packed with minerals to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours. WIN!

2.) ADD BERRIES TO EVERYTHING. LITERALLY EVERYTHING

You name it: cereal, yogurt, your grocery list, your mid-afternoon or late snacks, your water, your ice, on your boyfriend or girlfriend and even on your pizza (Because pizza is life!). Start popping them like your vitamins. Make it a good habit like exercise. They are full of antioxidants which is not only good for your skin but also for your burnt out soul.

3.) SPF IS YOUR NEW BFF

Dearest [please insert name here],

Your skin is not invincible. Go slather that SPF. Wear hats. Stop going to tanning beds. You will thank me later.

x,

Gracie

4.) TO CONCERTS YOU MUST GO!

This is heavily inspired by an aphorism from the book “How To Be Parisian” by Anne Berest et al. These Parisian goddesses said it best, “Go to the theater, to museums, and to concerts as often as possible: it gives you a healthy glow.” I don’t know about you, but concerts give me the ultimate high. You may smell of sweat, beer and possibly some kind of strange paraphernalia that you may or may not have taken but you will come out of there feeling refreshed. Grooving to your favourite music is the best mental and physical detox there is!

5.) STOP LISTENING TO “SOME” BEAUTY VLOGGERS AND START LISTENING TO YOUR SKIN

Yup. I said it! And you heard me right! Beauty vloggers are a great source of useful and/or practical advice but one must be wary as there are a lot of BS out there. The world of cyberspace can be a bit overwhelming. We live in the information age girlfriend! One can get information A-N-Y-W-H-E-R-E even from your creepy neighbor Steve. But the key is getting in tuned with what you really need versus what is trending. Go to your nearest spa, pull up Yelp for reviews, research and never look back.

People worth following though:

Shonagh Scott

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Stephanie Lange

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Happy New Years lads and lasses! x

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Hawaii and Summer’s Day Beauty Favourites

If there is one thing I would’ve done differently, it would be to pack less in the beauty department. That was the main goal until a surge of panic overcame me and my conscious mind started asking questions like “What if we had to go to dinner and in need of a rockin’ smoky eye?” or “What if my powder doesn’t have enough coverage?” A woman’s brain indeed – am I right ladies?

So I ended up bringing all of these:

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I have equal love for all of my beauty products and I treat each piece as if it were a valuable art piece. So when my husband and I found out that the airline lost our luggage, my heart sank because most of my precious liquid and cream makeup was in our checked bag. Those were not my best moments but thank goodness, God had our backs and we were reunited with our luggage.

Those kind of experiences teach you a few things – that there is Costco and Walmart in every corner to save your bum from the first 24 hours and to try to pack a carry-on and as little as much as possible. Believe me, I try EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

This goes to all of my beauty essentials. I may have packed it all but only ended up using what I needed. My go-to’s most days were the following and should be in your summer beauty kit.

BARE MINERALS COMPLEXION RESCUE GEL TINTED HYDRATING GEL CREAM

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A perfect way to lightly even out your skin on a warm, sunny day is with a good tinted moisturizer. I love this product because aside from its “barely-there” feel and hydration factor, it is also infused with marine botanicals and heart-leaf globe daisy to energize, replenish and protect skin. It also has SPF 30!

ELATE COSMETICS BAMBOO POWDER, BLUSH AND/OR BRONZER COMPACT

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One simply cannot forgo simplicity especially when going to the tropics. What I love most about this compact is its dual compartments which makes it customizable to your needs. I decided to fashion mine with Elate Cosmetics Fix Pressed Powder in Tawny and Flushed Pressed Cheek Colour in Sunkiss Bronzer. The pressed powder is infused with grounded argan shell powder and coconut extract powder to hydrate and nourish. It also has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which gives it sun protection factor.

ANNABELLE COSMETICS BLUSHON POWDER IN HIBISCUS

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There were days where I would just go out with just complexion and bronzer. But as soon as I brushed my cheeks with this baby, it just gave me the perfect summer flush. It goes on smooth and provided a lovely youthful glow.

May summer bring you endless sunshine and new adventures!

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Mini Beauty Habits to Spring You Forward

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“Dewy, fresh and glowing” are a few of the many words to describe this season’s coveted beauty trends. Spring is all about ridding of unnecessary layers and opting for more of a simple, minimalistic approach to your beauty routine. And it is easy as you think!

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BEAUTY HABIT 1 – MAKE YOUR SKIN GLOW

Highlighting powders and liquids create softness and luminosity to the skin. Apply on the highest points of the face to brighten and lift. For those who love to bathe in sparkle (like myself), choose powders with a soft, velvety texture. The glitter pay-off is simply divine and sophisticated. A few beauty addict favourites are Tarte’s Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector.

BEAUTY HABIT 2 – COLOUR CORRECTING

When done right, colour correcting can make a huge impact on any foundation routine. Though it seems like a daunting task, you can simplify and make it your own by identifying which skin concern you would like to target. Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops will provide a seamless application. It will also treat and balance skin!

BEAUTY HABIT 3 – ENZYMATIC EXFOLIANTS

Yes. It is a thing! Instead of traditional abrasive beads, enzymatic exfoliants use fruit enzymes and exfoliating molecules to slough away dirt and dead skin cells. Use Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel on clean, dry skin and watch the magic happen. Brightened and luminous skin will surely follow.

Happy Spring Forward everyone!

 

 

 

Beauty Rx for Happier Skin

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We love to enjoy the good things in life. And that includes lounging under the sun after a long, severe season of cold temperatures. And  with it brings indulgence in different beauty regimen to keep skin smooth, glowing and hair-free. Skin is exposed and can bring about certain reactions. And that is the last thing you would want especially in glorious weather.

Take care of summer beauty woes with these easy tricks:

BIKINI RAZOR BUMPS

Bikini razor bumps can be a summer bomb especially if you want to wear your favourite swimsuit. To avoid having such a nuisance, take a warm shower to open up your pores then gently exfoliate the area to get rid of dirt and dead skin. With your preferred shaving cream and razor, shave towards the direction of where your hair naturally grows. Pat dry and apply a cooling cream or gel like Shaveworks The Cool Fix (Sephora, $25). It soothes the skin and prevents ingrown hairs from developing.

INGROWN HAIRS

It is inevitable and we all get them! To help minimize ingrown hairs, try changing your hair removal routine. If you’re more prone to getting them when you shave, book an appointment for a wax and see if that works better for you.

At-home remedy: The best advice is NEVER tweeze with force and let hair grow out a little longer. Prep by pressing a clean, warm compress over the affected area and exfoliate gently. Make sure to pull only when hair is exposed and with a pair of disinfected tweezers. Apply a topical cream to heal and to avoid infection. It is advisable to talk to your dermatologist or doctor for alternative ways in getting rid of ingrown hairs.

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You take extra steps to care for your skin. But despite best efforts to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, you’ve still gotten this painful and irritated skin. But don’t let this get you down. Heal your way back to your beautiful summer self with a little bit of skin kitchenomics.

Homemade Oatmeal and Yogurt Balm

1/2 cup of oatmeal + 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

Overcook the oatmeal for a softer consistency and then set aside to cool. Combine the ingredients together and apply on affected area. Oatmeal calms the skin while yogurt helps hydrate and repair skin’s natural barriers. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off with a cold shower. Finish by spraying aloe juice to boost healing.

CLOGGED PORES AND ACNE

Whatever climate we are in, our skin is susceptible to breakouts. And to keep skin clean, well-maintained and acne under control, eat foods rich in antioxidants, drink enough H2O and establish an exceptional skin hygiene regimen. Instead of washing your face by means of plain soap and water, try using your favourite cleanser with Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System (Hudson’s Bay, $180). Its gentle, revolving brush effectively clears pores of unwanted gunk, removes makeup from skin and stimulates circulation for a healthy glow. Heal and nourish with a facial mask.

French Green Clay Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

1 tbsp of French Green Clay (Available at any health food and beauty stores) + 1 tbsp of water

Add water and loose French Green Clay powder to make a paste and apply on damp skin. Leave for 15 minutes then wash with warm water and gently pat skin to dry.

Summer does not have to be a bummer. All you need is a little bit of patience and the right ingredients and tools for healthier and happier skin.

Original blog post was published on www.niche.style