Sunday, April 3, 2016

Current Obsessions | Beauty

I love using these facial pads as part of my nighttime skincare routine.  I’ve noticed a vast improvement on my skin texture and believe they have helped keep my acne at bay.  Saturated with lactic, fruit and glycolic acids, they exfoliate and brighten at the same time.

Con: Packaging.  The active ingredients become less effective after each use as they’re stored in a jar.

This is one of my go-to masks when I want fresh, plump skin.  If I know I’m going to be photographed, I use this mask.  If I’m going sans makeup or on vacation, I use this mask.  My pores are considerably tighter after using and my makeup goes on flawlessly.  I keep it on for 20 minutes and rinse off with water and a warm wash cloth.  There is a slight tingle but nothing unbearable.  It diminishes discoloration (sun damage) and smooths dry patches around my eyes (personal problem area).   

Finally, an affordable cleaning water that actually removes waterproof makeup.  I have stubborn lashes, by default, I’m a waterproof mascara girl all the way.  I always look for an eye makeup remover that’s gentle and effective.  I saturate a cotton pad and place it over my eye for about 30 seconds, I gently rub and every trace of mascara wipes clean (shake before using).  It doesn’t sting, thank God!  Look no more, run out and grab this.

On nights when I feel my eyes need a pick me up, I use the Etude House eye mask to help my eyes from looking tired and dry.  This mask is great at hydrating and helps reduce the look of fine lines, although the results are not permanent.  The patches come packaged in a plastic container which helps keep them fresh and ideal for traveling.  They’re cooling and perfect for an at home pamper session.     

Homemade Deodorant

After reading about the harmful toxins found in deodorant, I felt the need to make the switch (not just deodorant, I know).  I started looking into natural alternatives and mentioned it to my mom without knowing she had been making her own for months.  It feels wet at first but dries to powder within minutes.  It’s great at keeping odor and sweat at bay with moderate activity, little physical activity.  I wouldn’t go to the gym wearing this.  Please let me know of any natural deodorant you’d recommend below.  I don’t cook and even I can make this.  Here is her recipe:

Coconut Oil (room temperature) - 4 tbsp.
Baking Soda - 1 tsp.
Lime - 1 tsp.

Mix it all up and refrigerate.  Use once hardened.

If you’re a fan of light, musky scents, you’ll love this!  With notes of coconut, lemon and cedarwood, this fragrance is perfect for summer and spring.  I don’t own any perfumes with notes of musk – Replica does it right!  You get 3.4 ounces and only need a couple sprays.  It’s long lasting and not offensive, people always ask what I have on when I’m wearing this.  I purchased mine at Nordstrom.