Thirsty Skin Be Gone! Winter Skincare

December 27, 2016
The season of the dry skin is in full bloom so that means the skin, more like my skin craves hydration and moisture. For my winter skincare routine, that's funny, I never thought I'd say that, consists of a few key steps that removes, cleans, treats and moisturizes. Learn the process.

Remove Makeup
Remove eye makeup with Vaseline, baby oil, makeup removing wipes or my favorite Take The Day Off CLICK TO READ REVIEW by Clinique. Removing makeup is key to developing great skincare habits. When you do not remove makeup several things can happen. Makeup gets on your pillow cases. The sweat aka oil that builds on top of your skin while you are sleeping gets on your pillow case as well thus distributing bacterial. The bacteria sits on top of your skin causes irritation and breakouts. Those breakouts will result in you purchasing more products or services to treat what was already preventable so guess what? Remove the makeup and then cleanse your face.

Cleanse Face
ELF Cosmetics Daily Face Cleanser

Lately I have been obsessed with Elf Cosmetics Daily Face Cleanser. Priced at only $5 this product is absolutely wonderful and kind of reminds me of the Clinique gel cleanser as well. After removing as much makeup as possible, I dampen my face with lukewarm water, apply a pea size amount to the palms of my hands and start to work up a lather. Working up a lather using small circles using a silicone face scrubber. By using the scrubber the cleaners with deeper penetrate the skin and remove the rest of the makeup. Rinse again and towel blot your face dry. Do not rub. I use this every 2-3 days.

Loelle Morroccan Black Soap
In between days I switch it to Loelle's Moroccan Black Soap with Eucalyptus. This soap smells amazing and only a small amount goes a long way. Like the E.L.F. Daily Cleanser, I
dampen the face, apply a dime size amount to the corner of a cotton towel and work the product into the face in circular motions. Do not scrub and try to avoid the eyes.

Hydrate and Moisturize
Tarte Maracuja Oil
I absolutely love Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizer+ and also Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil. Available in small sizes, I purchased the 45 sample size of Clinique's and I had received a sample size thanks to Ipsy of the Maracuja Oil $15. Using the eyedropper tool of the Maracuja Oil I apply 5 small drops and distribute the product on the forehead, cheeks, above the lips and the neck. I then apply a pea size amount of the moisturizer to my hands and apply it to the entire face and neck in circular motions. It feels amazing. It doesn't feel heavy and you will have a bit of a glow but not one that is so much that the sun will be jealous. It is a healthy glow.

This skincare routine I repeat weekly. I am not sure what I am going to do when I run out that Maracuja Oil since the full size bottle price is $48. Oh well as I always say, "Quality over quantity. F*ck it. I will try both."
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Dry Winter Lips Solved with Wet n' Wild Cosmetics

December 11, 2016
Winter lips can be so dry but there is always a solution. Did you know that by scrubbing your lips and applying lip moisturizer can help keep those pillows moisturized and plumped particularly during the dry, holidays months?! Oh and not only that but moisturizing lipsticks meaning the classic form of lipsticks before all of these different finishes came out like matte lipsticks do not hold in moisture. Usually well lately I have been obsessed with matte lipsticks like the suede ones by NYX Cosmetic, and the ones that I am not willing to purchase yet, by Anastasia Beverly Hills are the ones that keep your lip color looking fabulous without smudging. However the problem with those during these months is the lack of moisture. So now what.  Back to the basics of course!

Obsessed Wet n' Wild Lipstick $1.00
If you have been reading my blog for a while then you know I have a problem with cosmetics. I hoard them. I love them. I can't stop buying them. I'll go broke for them. That's a problem. Yes. I know. But, I have been on the hunt to find the best moisturizing lipstick for the lease amount of money. Last year I discovered Wet n' Wild again. I knew of them from when I was a teenager 5 finger discounting their cosmetics. I currently I love their liquid and pencil eyeliners and for over a year now I have fallen madly in love with their lipstick. Like so in love that I find myself buying lipsticks more than I actually wear them. Currently I am obsessed with their fall colors. Yes, I know that it is Winter now. Don't judge me. I mean hello, we all know the same Winter colors are either a bright Christmas red or either a dark red and seductive red. But I love the chocolate reds, burnt oranges, red oranges and the browns hug my lips so perfectly. I absolutely love them. If they had a black color, I'd buy that as well.

moisturizing lipstick

This lipstick is smooth and pigmented. Glides on so perfectly that you are in awe of the fact that this piece of goodness is $1.00. The packaging is a hard plastic with a black bottom and a clear, see through top that has 1/8th of the color showing so you can see what you are purchasing however the design has a curve to close on the lid instead of the basic round opening to snap close. I absolutely love that because so many brands hide that and you don't even know what color you are getting until you get home. Like hello, who wants to play a guessing game. I know that I do not. The actual shape of the lipstick is a bit pointed as if it was made for individuals who are looking to perfectly line their lips as they apply.

moisturizing lipstick
The longevity of the lipstick hopefully is longer than the mega last lipstick. That one was a little over a year with a few months to spare. Still smooth and creamy when applied however if you do not use it as much as a beauty biche should then a semi-dry and hard coating around the perimeter will develop. Is still good however he may want to toss it out and get another one. Remember it's only $1.00.

As I always say, "Quality over quantity. Fuck it." I will try both."  

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