Daily Skin Care Routine/Makeup Prep

If you’re like me, a person with dry/sensitive skin, your skin care routine has to include great moisture products. A lot of people don’t realize but you don’t need high-end skin care products for your skin to flourish. ✨  Here’s my up-to-date skin care routine that I also use before my makeup.

Step 1. FACE WASH
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St. Ives Oatmeal and Scrub Mask | This is made with 100% natural exfoliants like walnut shell powder. I’d pick this first before any of other face scrubs, simply because my skin is very sensitive and this face scrub is probably the softest one I’ve used in a while. One thing I hate is when I wash my face and I get redness from scrubbing — this face scrub decreases that reaction. If I choose to use this as a face mask, I’ll leave it on for about 10 minutes and proceed with lukewarm water and pat my face dry with a face towel. Using this as a scrub and mask has great lightening benefits! My face always looks rejuvenated after using this.

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St. Ives Green Tea Face Scrub | Insider: green tea helps clear blackheads and calms redness as well. Green tea also has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. As my #2, I’ll use this when I get tired of using the oatmeal scrub from St. Ives. To be honest, both are GREAT for dry skin, as to other scrubs and masks that are harsh on the skin. Scrubs that a more harsh on the skin, like the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, are mainly used for people with blemishes — hence why they have a rougher texture. So I tend to stay away from harsh exfoliators because my skin is 1) very dry and 2) extremely sensitive. Scrubs with rougher textures will dehydrate your skin, causing you to lose moisture. Luckily, these two scrubs are super gentle. Peep this, the green tea scrub comes out green! (PS, the St. Ives facial scrubs can range from $3-5 depending on where you buy.)

Step 2. TONER

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Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner | This toner includes 5% Glyolic Acid, Aloe Vera, and Ginseng. It gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy glowing skin. I use this right after I wash my face to relieve dehydration. This toner is very gentle on the skin and balances it back out after washing it. I’ve used this for about a year now, and my skin has gotten significantly softer! Aloe Vera is a good source of moisture — one reason why I love this toner so much. The pricing is a bit much, but totally worth it. I bought this from target for $15, so it might be pricier somewhere else.

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S.W. Basics Toner | This toner has only 5 ingredients: water, organic raw apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, organic clary sage and sandalwood oils. You have to shake the bottle a few times every now and then because of the unfiltered apple cider vinegar, which is totally normal. I’ve only used this for a week but I can say it does wonders. My skin showed a significant jump in brightness, just after the first use!  I bought this at target for $9.99 because it was on sale (great deal), but the original price is $22. I didn’t mention this earlier but a toner helps restore your skin’s pH balance, shrinks pores, and refreshes your skin. It also adds an extra layer of protection from harsh chemicals, such as minerals and chlorines that are in tap water. This step is optional but definitely worth a try in your skin regimen.

Step 3: MOISTURIZE

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Cortizone 10 | Now this is totally optional, but I use this because I tend to have redness and itchiness on my face. I also use it when I get small bumps on my face. It is very helpful for people with eczema, rashes, scars, and acne. You use a dime size amount and you’ll be fine. When I skip this step or run out for a few days, I notice my small bumps start to resurface or I start scratching my face. So this product is a life saver for me!

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SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Moisturize | The absolute best facial moisturizer I’ve used by far! Here’s some fun facts: (1) The Peace Rose Oil Complex is a blend of Alpine, Damask and Musk Rose Oils that softens and comforts skin. (2) The Date Palm Extract is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which helps smooth and protect skin. (3) Camellia Leaf Extract contains anti-inflammatory properties that helps calm and soothe skin. I use a dime size of this and my skin is glowing and ready to go! When I say my skin goes from being completely dry and itchy to glowing and hydrated. This product helps my skin look so fresh and I love it. I bought this at Target (as you can see I LOVE Target, lol) for $12 and it was totally worth my money!

MAKEUP PREP 

For makeup prep, I do all 3 steps listed above and follow with my primer of choice. Primer is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. Formulas are available in cream, gel and powder. While moisturizer softens skin, primer prepares skin for your favorite moisturizer or foundation, giving it something to hold onto so it lasts throughout the day.

img_5327NYX Honey Dew Me Up Skin Serum & Primer | This product racks up at around $13 at Target and $17 at Ulta Beauty. I love this because it comes in a gel form with honey gold flakes in it, which moisturizes my skin and leaves a subtle glow. How to use? Apply to clean moisturized face. Wait 2-5 minutes for product to set completely before applying makeup. Remember, if you have dry skin, you won’t want to go with any products that are powder based (including your foundation) because it’ll make your skin appear dry or ashy. As some primers will irritate the skin or even leave a stingy sensation, this one doesn’t! It blends well and is easy to apply. Plus, the bottle is so cute and the gold flakes makes it look aesthetically pleasing. 😩😭  After 5 minutes I’ll put on my makeup as usual.

Alright. There you have it, my daily skin care routine/makeup prep. It’s important to have a skin care routine to maintain healthy skin! Especially if you wear a ton of makeup like me, you need to be able to take care of your skin under that beat face! Makeup makes you look pretty, yes, but the chemicals can destroy your skin as well. Whether you have combination/dry/oily skin and love to keep a beat face (or don’t), try out some good skin care products and build yourself a regimen so you can stay glowing and rejuvenated when you choose to wear no makeup at all. A good skin care regimen doesn’t need a bunch of products for your skin to be healthy. Leave some good skin care products to try down below in the comment section to try. Maybe I’ll have an updated skin routine by the fall. 🌻  thanks for reading!

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How I Plan to Live Out My 20’s

Before I go onto my spiel, I would like to give homage to the beautiful illustrations in this post. Nicholle is a visual artist/illustrator from Paris, France. Her work is amazing! Check out her work via Instagram [@nichollekobi] or nichollekobi.comimg_4842

PERFECT TIME TO BOSS UP

On April 6, 1997, a QUEEN was born! Now that I can say that I’m officially apart of the dub club, I’ve gotten a stronger urge to go after the things I want. When it comes to my career and education, I want to excel in my college department and also the workplace to the best of my ability.

Education & Career

My college career has been a rollercoaster the past two years. I switched my major twice and through that process I realized what I really loved and wanted to do. I am an aspiring entrepreneur who loves fashion. I love traveling. Why not take those interests and turn it into my career? I want that feeling of loving to work on Mondays and weekends. I want others to feel confident in what they’re wearing. The #1 tip that helped me? DON’T WASTE ANOTHER DOLLAR SITTING IN A BIO CLASS WHEN ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS DRAW OR PAINT. Think about what excites and energizes you, but also keep in mind what you’re good at. If you’re really passionate about what you do, I promise, THE MONEY WILL COME TO YOU.

A few weeks ago, I got offered an amazing position as a stylist and manager for a boutique around my hometown. I could not be more grateful. For years I’ve had a few retail jobs that never really suited my persona but helped me gain the retail and sales experience that I needed to get the position I have now. The pay is amazing, which is a plus. When you’re doing something you love, the amount of money you get payed for it shouldn’t be a qualifier if you stay in the field or not. You’re doing this because YOU love to do it. Nonetheless, don’t settle for less when it comes to how much you charge or get paid – know your worth!img_4832

God has blessed me in abundance! I plan on moving forward from here on out. In 5 years, I want to take my career to New York, then Miami! I want to own my own swim wear line and have many boutiques across the U.S. and hopefully expand. I also want to become an expert in visual merchandising and become the head of that department for a high end fashion brand. By the end of this year, I plan to have 300 followers on this here platform. Blogging has become such a special part of my life and I don’t plan on ever getting rid of it. Remember… the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you.

Physical Wellness

img_4837“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

With some of my free time during this semester, I decided to dedicate some time to the gym. It worked for the past few weeks in the beginning, only going two days a week. As the semester went on I found myself becoming lazy and uninterested in the gym and more interested in taking naps! I had to shake this off. So I started giving myself a routine schedule for the gym, which worked out perfectly. It made me more consistent.

Going to the gym made me want to go the extra mile and start eating a bit healthier. Baby steps! I started eating more greens with EVERY meal. I even made time to eat breakfast in the morning, which I never really do because I can’t find the time. I MADE TIME. It’s important to make time for the things you want to do and I promise you it’ll make you feel better about life while you’re also making an effort to have better time management skills. When I work out, I feel rejuvenated. Exercising is probably one of the top stress relievers on my list. And even with eating healthier, its become easier for me to concentrate when studying. I want this aspect of my life to grow in my 20’s. I want to make exercising and eating healthy apart of my everyday life.

Friends, Family, & Relationships

Can I just say that I adore and thank my friends so dearly. If there’s anyone I can count on, it’s them. I never took the saying ‘you meet some of your closest friends in college’ seriously until it actually happened to me. My girls and I are flourishing I tell you! And I couldn’t be more proud. They keep me sane and in check when need be. They’re always there for me whenever I need them and the most supportive people I’ve met yet. We all have different aspirations in life and we’re all reaching our goals at our own pace. In our 20’s, hopefully we can plan some getaways. Get away from our responsibilities for a while and spend more time exploring the world and doing different things. I’ve always wanted to go on a camping trip, bungee jumping, parachuting… the list goes on. I look forward to seeing my friends graduate, build their career, find their soul mates and get married, have children, move into their first home, etc.

Anyone who’s been around my family knows that we are very loving and family oriented. We host a lot of family events like cookouts and get-togethers literally all of the time. My grandpa always says that family is so important and some of the closest relationships you’ll ever have. I hope the generation in my family can keep this alive. The get-togethers, prayer meetings, cookouts, parties… family bonding time is an essential part of my life.

Throughout my 20’s, I don’t plan to look for love but let it find me. I hope to become the person God has destined for me to be so that when the time comes, I’m ready and prepared. img_4833Do I think I’ve already found my soul mate? Possibly. But God’s timing is always better than mine and RIGHT ON TIME. It’s sad to say that most of my heart break has happened before my 20’s but I’m glad that it did. I’m wiser and more aware. I won’t stress or worry because I know that God is preparing this man for the future and saving him just for me. The husband and family will come, but in the meantime my growth as a person will progress. My goals will consistently be accomplished and the glo will continue to manifest!

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Galations 5:22-23

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