STEPS I TAKE TO AVOID NEGATIVE REACTION TO NEW SKINCARE PRODUCTS!!

STEPS I TAKE TO AVOID NEGATIVE REACTION TO NEW SKINCARE PRODUCTS!!

Now because of my job and love for skincare products I am constantly trying out new skincare. Sometimes they turn out great and other times my skin pays for it badly, so ill share the steps I take before trying out a new product. Now if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, incorporating new skin care products into your routine can be a scary thing simply because you just don’t know how your skin will respond, even if it’s a product for your skin type, things can just go wrong. Here are some things you need to know when trying out new skin care products.

1) Know your skintype: its really important to know your skin type before you try any particular product. This is my first basic rule (For example, so many people with oily skin always use products for controlling their oil, when in fact they really need to focus on putting water-based hydration into the skin.) basically if you know your skin type you would not need to try some skincare products.

2) Perform a patch test. If you have extremely sensitive and allergic skin, it’s always recommended to do a patch test for compatibility prior to using any new products. When you’re trying a new line you’re excited to dive right in and use everything, but if you have a negative reaction to something you’ll never know what it was. You might make some of your own assumptions, but it’s really hard for you to determine for sure.
The side of the neck is a good starting point for true compatibility because it’s thinner and generally more reactive. The idea is that if it can be tolerated on your neck, then you can feel confident that it will be okay on the face. Also, should you encounter a negative reaction such as an itchy, red rash, you might want it to appear on the neck rather than on your face.

Note: The product category that allergic skins are most reactive to are products that you would leave on the skin (moisturizer, serum, toner, eye cream) as opposed to a cleanser that you apply and rinse right off. Also, if you are doing a patch test with a product that contains Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid or other AHA’s, it is normal that the skin may be slightly pink but this should usually subside within 10-15 minutes, especially if moisturizer is applied on the skin over it.
What to do if you have an allergic reaction? If you ever use a product and break out in a rash, you can apply cold plain yogurt to the affected area, Leave on 15 minutes rinse and repeat every three hours. Also you can use hydrocortisone.

3) Introduce your products slowly. When using new products, even if you have patch-tested and no negative reaction has occurred, I still believe that it is best to only introduce one new product every five days. This way, if a negative reaction should occur, you are able to pinpoint which product it may be, and then you will have this helpful knowledge for future skin care purchases.

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HOW TO GET GLOWING HEALTHY SKIN!

HOW TO GET GLOWING HEALTHY SKIN!

As the skin ages, everything tends to slow down. This includes blood circulation, oil production and the natural exfoliating process of the skin. This is what is responsible for dull skin.  In addition, pigment cells rise to the surface with age, so the skin develops brown spots which cause the skin to not look even-toned.

No worries there’s a lot that can be done to counteract dull skin. In this post, I’ll share my favorite tips to get your skin looking fresh and glowing in no time.

  • Only use low-foaming, sulfate-free cleansers to wash your face

Cleansing your skin in the morning and at night is essential for optimal skin health. However, you need to pay attention to the type of cleanser you use.

Many foaming and gel-based cleansers are formulated with ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate,  or ammonium lauryl sulfate. These are cleansing agents that cut oil from the skin. While you do need to remove oil from the skin, these sulfate ingredients are simply too strong and will strip water from the skin after every washing. This leaves the skin feeling tight and creates irritation. This eventually leads to a damaged moisture barrier that contributes to your skin’s dull, dry appearance. When it comes to cleansing, the rule is more lather, more drying; less lather, less drying. Be sure to look for cleansers labeled as ‘sulfate-free’ and ones that don’t have a shampoo-like bubbly lather. Furthermore, bar soaps are an absolute no-no.

  • Repair your moisture barrier so the skin will appear light reflective

When you want the skin to have the look of a radiant glow, you want to make light bounce off of the skin. If your skin is dry and flaky, it means you have a damaged moisture barrier. When this happens, your skin develops tiny, invisible cracks that allow not only moisture to escape but also allow light to penetrate. This prevents light from bouncing off the skin’s surface so the skin will not have that ‘lit from within’ look. Instead, you end up with that undesirable dullness we all dislike. Aside from using only gentle cleansers, you have to take steps to repair your skin’s dryness and close up these cracks. The best way to do this is by using the RIGHT type of moisturizer. Now most of you would think this is for people with dry skin but you can have oily skin that is dehydrated. It’s a fact that hydrated skin is healthy skin, so start looking at your ingredient labels to find the perfect moisturizer for your skin.

  • Use a face oil but use it correctly

Especially during Harmattan when the air is dry, moisture is dramatically reduced from the skinOne of the very best ways to prevent moisture evaporation and keep your skin looking radiant is to apply a treatment oil over your night cream. The reason why you want to put it on as the last step in your night regimen is that oils have the largest molecule, more so than any other skin care product. Because of this, oil acts like a top coat or a sealant so that everything underneath (your toner, serum, and moisturizer) stays in the skin. .

  • Be sure to use the right type of exfoliating products and use them regularly

The quickest, easiest way to instantly brighten the skin is to use an exfoliating product. By dissolving and removing dry surface cells, you instantly reveal fresher, brighter, plumper cells that reflect light and give the skin a smoother look. I personally prefer AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid.

  • Use a skin brightener daily

Since pigment cells rise to the surface with age, brown spots and sun spots can make the skin look dull. One of the benefits of a natural skin brightener is its ability to sedate melanin activity to fade stubborn discolored marks. My favorite type is a vitamin C serum  like the YouSkin because it’s a proven brown spot lightener.

  • Use an Illuminator

Never underestimate the power of makeup. if you love your make-up this is probably your favorite part. Take a good look at your face to really familiarize yourself with the bone structure. Once you have identified your cheekbones, brow bones, nose and chin dab an illuminator on those areas. It is all about looking natural, make sure you gently blend any excess product so it does not sit on the skin.

 

if you have other secrets please share with us!

 

xoxo

Nnenna

 

 

5 DAILY HABITS THAT AFFECT THE SKIN.

5 DAILY HABITS THAT AFFECT THE SKIN.
  1. Cell phone use: High exposure of our facial skin to our phones increase our exposure to bacteria, dust and other grimy element that can lead to breakouts in our skin. Ensure that you clean your phone screen with antibacterial wipes.

 

  1. Over exfoliating: Gentle exfoliation is the best thing that you can do to your skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin surface which helps to get rid of the dull, dry skin and will reveal a youthful and fresh looking skin. But when over exfoliating happens it can have adverse affect on your skin. Too much exfoliating or harsh cleansing can worsen breakouts and exacerbate oil production.

 

  1. Hairspray and other hair care products: We know you don’t apply hair products to your face, but the residue can end up there. Next time you apply hairspray, cover your face with a clean towel to protect your skin. Also, use a sweatband when you hit the gym to keep the products from dripping down when you begin to sweat.

 

  1. Always do a patch test before using any product: It is important to do a skin patch test for all DIYs and new products. It is easy to see a new “It product” and be eager to jump on that train, however always be conscious of your skin type and know that what works for others might cause damage to your skin or just not work for you. A fast way of knowing this is through a skin patch test where you check for reactions and other adverse effects on your skin, before you use it fully on your skin.

 

 

  1. Always use a sunscreen:  You need to use sunscreen daily before going out in the sun. It is very essential to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of sun. Prolonged sun exposure without the protection of a good quality sunscreen lotion can cause serious skin damage. It is advisable to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before going out. At the same time wear well covered clothes and carry an umbrella to provide maximum protection to your skin.

If you want your skin to look radiant, glowing and young, avoid these common bad skin habits. Also follow a good skin care regimen daily without any fail.

 

 

What are other habits you think may affect the skincare unknowingly? let us know in the comments below!

YOUSKIN, CHEAPEST VITAMIN C SERUM IN THE MARKET- 20%

A potent, multipurpose serum that combines breakthrough anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin C to help visibly minimize fine lines/ wrinkles and reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration. It boosts collagen production, fights inflammation and helps damaged skin heal.

 

PRODUCT DETAILS

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With our NEW IMPROVED formula, YouSkin Vitamin C Serum is thin and highly effective. It will help fade sun spits & discoloration, refine skin texture, reduce wrinkle formation, and minimize existing wrinkles. It also has a high concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid to plump skin cells and protect and restore.

Our 20% Vitamin C Serum delivers powerful antioxidants to brighten and enhance collagen production to reduce fine lines & wrinkles for radiant, youthful skin.

This product is safe for all skin types and does not contain alcohol, sulfates or parabens.

CAUTION: This product may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. We recommend applying sunscreen prior to sun exposure.

 

PRICE: 5,000

 

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

  • Wash your face with your favorite face wash
  • Apply a few drops to the face and allow to set for 1-2 minutes. Follow with your favorite face cream and sun screen

YouSkin Vitamin C Serum

My Go to products when I break out!!!!

We all have moments when we breakout, for some its during that time of the month and for others its just random. For me in particular I take the piss with my skin, my love for groundnut and nuts is never ending, even though it breaks me out I still over indulge and can’t seem to cut it off. Clearly I have no respect for my skin….maybe its because I know what to do/use when the need arises.

 

Your diet really does show on your face……….that saying “you are what you eat” is so real and because my skin is Acne prone I need to be so careful of what I eat, anytime I eat badly it shows up on my face…sadly I am just too stubborn to stop some things.

 

So over the years I have mastered the art of treating my Zits, I have found the right combination of products to use, so basically when my skin is in a good place I use my normal products and when its in crisis I also have different products. For the purpose of this post ill share the routine for when my skin is in crisis.

 

Starting with my cleanser I switch to the Acne.org cleanser, this is a very good water-soluble cleanser its silky texture and low-lathering formula makes it suitable for all skin types, breakouts or not. Although this doesn’t contain anything special for those with acne, it’s still a great cleanser that doesn’t leave skin dry or tight (Avoid anything that dries out your skin when you break out).

Cleansing is an important step in any anti-acne routine, I like that it doesn’t have the regular salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Those anti-acne superstars are wasted in a cleanser because they’re rinsed from skin before they have a chance to work. I put it on for 10 seconds then wash it off. cleanser-8oz_1

 

Toners For some reason when my skin starts breaking out I always skip toners but if I had to use 1  then it will be the Obagi T pads because it has salicylic acid. But to be honest I hardly ever use it.zo-skin-health-offects-te-pads-review

 

Masks: This is one of the most important steps for me I absolutely love using Sulfur masks because Sulphur is a natural antibiotic and it inhibits bacterial growth, meaning it sucks up air so bacteria can’t grow. It works best if you have mild to moderate acne, It really isn’t effective for severe acne or cystic breakouts.  So, if you have red pimples, or blackheads, or a combination of the two, sulfur can improve your skin and I particularly love the Acne free sulfur mask and the Origins out of trouble Mask.img_0347

 

Treatments: This is the most important step for me, I suffered a severe acne breakout years ago and this is one treatment that helped me, I can never run out of this product as its one of my holy grail for pimples. I love that it’s a combination product it combines clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide, It helps to decrease the number of acne pimples. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that stops the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide can also stop the growth of bacteria as well as reduce oil production in the skin, helping to keep your pores open. And one thing I notice while using this product is minimal scarring maybe its because of the benzoyl peroxide, I don’t know but its AMAZING!!! This product is called Duac.img_0349

 

 

 

Dealing with Scars: Most times acne leaves scars whether it’s brown or black spots depend on your skin type and how you scar, brown spots fade quicker than black spots as they are not deep scars. For me after the pimple is gone I use Melamin by Zein Obagi to help clear the marks. Melamin contains 4% Hydroquinone, and is used for the treatment of pigmentation problems. It helps to even color tone by inhibiting melanin production, and helps gradual lightening of hyperpigmentation.melamin_0_1

 

Another product that I continue using is the Vitamin C serum, which attacks the free radicals in the body and does some hardcore damage management, I find that it helps with fading the scars over time.img_0352

 

And Lastly I always never forget to wear a sunscreen while using this product because it makes your skin sensitive to the sun.img_0353

 

 

I hope this information can help someone out there that has been struggling!!! some of these products are available on the site.

 

 

P.S Before you use any of these products please do a patch test..

 

 

Layering your Skincare products!

thumb_img_0346_1024Plenty of people buy lots of new products and use them at random to find that it has made no difference to their skin’s appearance. This is because slapping on skincare products in any random order is probably one of the biggest mistakes a beauty lover could make. To get the benefits of each item, there is actually a correct order to layer skincare products.

 

An easy way of remembering the order of your skincare application is by going from light to heavy. Before any heavyweight creams, products with the lightest consistency should be applied first. Keep reading below to find out how to layer you skincare products correctly, for optimum use.

 

Step 1: Cleanse

Without a good cleanser, your entire skincare routine could suffer. Its purpose is to eliminate all the impurities that water can’t tackle on its own. It frees your skin from dirt and other impurities, contributes to radiant complexion, and improves your skin’s ability to absorb other products from your routine. An Ideal cleanser should be enriched with vitamins and nutrients to hydrate and nourish your skin at the same time.

 

Step 2: Exfoliate (1–2 Times Per Week)

Most experts recommend exfoliating once or twice weekly to tackle built-up dirt and oil, reduce dullness, and sweep away dead skin cells (which promotes healthy cell turnover). Scrubs gently buff away dead skin, while chemical exfoliators and peels give pores a deep clean. When using a scrub, focus your exfoliating energy on areas with blackheads or flakiness (especially nose and cheeks), since those are the areas that get clogged the most.

 

Step 3: Toners

Most people underestimate the power of toners, but this product should be a standard part of your skincare routine. It removes the final traces of dirt that cleanser missed or didn’t reach. Toners also prepare the skin for products you will apply after. Now, it’s important what type of toner you’re going to choose. Some toners contain too much alcohol and only dry out your face e.g. even if you have oily skin, acne toners with too much alcohol could only increase oil production.

You should go for toners that are made of safe and natural ingredients. Remember, toners should also be versatile and offer some other benefits as well. To ensure that your entire skincare routine achieves its full potential, you should go for toners such as the Pixi glow tonic as it has glycolic acid in it that helps exfoliate your skin.

 

Step 4: Apply Serums

Serums are effective products that are formulated to address specific problems. Due to their lightweight formula, they are applied before moisturizer. Why? It’s because moisturizers are heavier and your skin wouldn’t be able to absorb, Rahdha beauty Vitamin C serum aims to decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Serums are versatile; you can get different products for different purposes.

 

 

Step 5: Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is sensitive and doesn’t have sebaceous glands. That is why fine lines and wrinkles appear there first. Products like Radha Intensive youth Eye gel are specially formulated to care for delicate skin around your eyes. It helps puffiness, dark circles, and has anti aging properties.

 

Step 6: Moisturize

The role of moisturizer is to lock the moisture into your skin thus keeping it hydrated and smooth. When you wash your face with cleanser and then use toner or serum, your skin already gets much-needed hydration, but that moisture has to stay inside. Without moisturizer, it would just evaporate. Make sure you get moisturizer formulated for your skin type. Each skin type has different needs and purchasing moisturizer that addresses the needs of your skin is important

 

Step 7: Protect

After moisturizer, it’s time to apply sunscreen. You need a good-quality product to protect you from the sun even when you are not exposed. However, if you don’t have too much time in the morning for a longer skincare routine like a lot of my clients, you can be more practical. For instance, you can use a moisturizing sunscreen, products that protect you from the sun while providing the same moisturizing benefits as moisturizers.

 

I hope this helps everyone…

Things I Will Not Try (Facial Oils + With Foundation)

Facial oils are becoming increasingly popular in the beauty world. You can find celebrities, beauty gurus, favorite bloggers and vloggers talking about how they’re a must-have beauty item. Using oils to create a flawless and smooth foundation look is the newest beauty fad; however, it is one of the beauty trends I will not try.

 

Many beauty gurus rave about the importance of the oils and how they can transform your makeup routine and create a flawless foundation coverage; however, that isn’t the case for everyone.

 

One of the most popular oils is the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir; it is an elixir that has 24 karat gold flakes, it not only nourishes your skin but also gives you a healthy, natural luminous glow. Plus, it has anti-agingproperties. Ingredients include rosehip, vitamin e, and orange peel.

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For those with dry and normal skin, using oils under your foundation can give you a glowing, dewy effect. But this doesn’t happen with oily skin. It makes you look shiny, oily, and sweaty, not luminous( there is a thin line between the glow, shiny, and sweaty).

 

When using facial products, you need to understand your skin and how products, like oil elixirs, will affect your skin. Products are designed with skin types in mind. Most beauty products will only work well with one type of skin (or maybe 2 hahaha). Once you know what type of skin you have, you are more educated to choose products that work for you, and understand why some products won’t work.

 

Using oils under your foundation isn’t a good idea for oily skin, especially if you live in a hot humid country. Using oil elixirs is best for normal to dry skin, but never oily skin. I understand the importance of oils and facial elixirs. They can work wonders to hydrate and nourish your skin. But I’ll stick to applying them at night (This is just my personal opinion). I am not against oils; I use the Khiels midnight recovery serum a lot at night.

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For oily skin, you should be using a primer under your foundation, not oil. Primers can help keep the oils in your skin at bay, and away from the skins surface. If you want glowing skin but have oily skin, use bronzers or highlighters  to get the desired effect.

 

With all being said, using oil elixirs with my foundation is not something I will try. They do not work on my oily skin, and with the heat in this country (I am not about that roast life). I will continue to stick to using oils on my face at night before bed to rejuvenate my skin, but never under my foundation. Unfortunately, this is one trend I cannot recommend for everyone because we all have different skin types.

 

Until Next Time!!!

xoxoxo

 

 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMIN C SERUMS

A topical vitamin C serum is an oil-and-water-based cosmetic product that delivers concentrated vitamin C. It offers two major advantages over moisturizers: rapid absorption and deep penetration. These two traits create a distinctive characteristic of serums — their ability to produce results in less time than other products.

 

What does the serum do?

 

Acts as an antioxidant – The process of oxidation damages the skin cells. Vitamin C serums are rich in anti-oxidants that repair and renew the cells and give the skin a healthier look.

 

Helps produce collagen – Collagen binds the cells of our body. Vitamin C serum stimulates the synthesis of collagen in the skin, which will give you a tighter, firmer and less sagged feel. It is a good first-step solution to treat the onset of wrinkles.

 

Restores and regenerates – Vitamin C attacks the free radicals in your body and does some hardcore damage management. If you have any acne scars left from your previous breakout, you’ll find them fading with regular application.

 

Brightens Skin: Topical vitamin C serums can brighten age spots and hyper-pigmentation, or discoloration of the skin. The vitamin C serums act as a natural bleaching agent and lighten the skin, including dark circles under the eye. In addition to brightening skin, topical vitamin C serums can prevent mild redness associated with sun damage.

 

Protects you from the sun – Getting overexposed to the sun can cause hyperpigmentation and sun spotting. A vitamin C serum will counteract any harmful effect of the sun and also decrease the chances of skin cancer by thickening the dermis layer. But it is important to note that a vitamin c serum cannot replace your sunscreen. A sunscreen provides the much-needed SPF protection by shielding the outer layer of the skin while the vitamin c serum acts as a sun barrier from within the skin. You should apply the sunscreen as well as the vitamin C serum before going outside for prolonged periods of time.

 

How to apply it.

 

After you’ve chosen a vitamin C serum, it is important that you use it right. Correct method of application will definitely increase the effectiveness of the cream.

 

  • After washing your face start by applying the serum to your face and neck.

 

  • Let it dry for some time and then apply a moisturizer, if possible use one with a sunscreen in it. It is important that you use the serum before moisturizing and not after. This is because the serum is easily absorbed into the skin, while moisturizers work on the surface. If you use the moisturizer first, your skin will not be able to absorb the vitamin c serum.

 

  • Vitamin C serums are oil free preparations that are perfect for balancing oily skin by exfoliating naturally. Because of its exfoliating properties, it is a good idea to follow up a vitamin c serum application with a moisturizer, especially if you have sensitive skin.

 

 

The biggest disadvantage of a vitamin C serum is its instability. Light and air can denature the active ingredients and render them useless. For this reason, I recommend using topical vitamin C serums that are packaged in opaque or airtight containers. Also, be aware that products labeled with vitamin C as an ingredient may not have active vitamin C. Check the ingredient label before you buy the product.

 

 

Lastly, after purchasing the serum, it’s a good idea to keep it refrigerated. This will keep the serum from oxidizing too quickly, Vitamin C is a Major Key to Skin Success!!!!

 

 

 

7 Signs Your Skin Care Routine Needs To Be Changed..

Hi guys, so its been a minute but I am back again with my skincare banter. I am talking about this because during the course of my work I have encountered a lot of these issues, and here are 7 things I can think of from the top of my head that people deal with daily but are not sure how to handle, I hope this helps someone out there.

 

While skin issues can be linked to all manner of reasons hormones, diet, stress, etc. Sometimes all it takes to set things straight is a change in your skin care routine. Take a look at the following signs to see if your skin is a prime candidate for a product transition.

 

  1. Your breakouts worsen after treatment.

If you’ve recently started a topical course of acne treatment and your skin gets worse, the active ingredient in your product may be too active for you right now. If you have never used a product with Glycolic acid, Vitamin A or Vitamin C before, the skin in most cases needs to adjust to the extra strength. Once it detoxifies the skin, it will calm down. Reducing the use of the active product to every other night will usually help this, what I mean is allowing your skin to adjust gradually.

 

  1. Your dry skin is excessively dry.

If you’re cleansing your dry skin with a creamy cleanser, but it’s getting worse instead of better, you could have a double drying issue. The problem with some creamy cleansers is that they’re not exfoliating, nor do they contain natural oils to help replenish dry skin with lipids. Switch to a cleanser that contains more oil, or add a pre-wash that contains Argan oil, lipid oil or nut oil.

 

  1. Your oily skin is excessively dry.

It may sound like a Joke, but oily skin that flakes and feels tight and dry is actually a pretty common occurrence. People with oily skin tend to use cleansers and toners that are over stripping to the skin, causing the acid mantle to become unbalanced. This causes the body to produce even more oil to balance things out and making things worse. Switch to a cleanser that is less drying, preferably one with Glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin and remove the oil.” A hydrating serum like hyaluronic serum should also help.

 

  1. You have new freckles.

Trust me I have seen a lot of girls in Nigeria with freckles. Some may be hereditary, others hormones but if you just get it randomly then its actually hyper pigmentation due to sun damage. And the issue may be your sunscreen (or lack of it). Many people underestimate the importance of using a daily sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Switch to a formula that covers both types of rays, or increase the SPF if the product you use now already protects against both. To work on brown spots during your product transition, try incorporating products that have higher concentrations of Peptides and/or Kojic acid ingredients.

 

  1. Your skin is super red.

This is more prevalent in light skinned girls, while some of them may just have a natural blush and there is nothing to it, most times if your skin has an angry shade of red its an indication that something in your product ingredient list may be too harsh for your skin. Cleansers that contain sulphates or benzoyl peroxide are common culprits, so review the list of ingredients and switch to one that is free of both.

 

6.   Your skin stings or itches.

If your skin begins to sting, itch or appear blotchy, it may be the victim of over exfoliation. “These days there are so many exfoliation products that are used daily as opposed to weekly. When you strip the acid mantle, you remove the protective layer of your skin, which makes you more prone to photosensitization. Switch to a product that’s gentler on the skin and follow the directions religiously. If it says use once a week, then once a week is all it will take to achieve the best results.

 

  1. Your skin has tiny bumps.

Do you have small, white bumps on the surface of your skin? This is the No 1 indication of an allergic reaction. These types of bumps are very tiny, do not resemble whiteheads and may be accompanied by redness. For the first step, try using

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without so many chemicals in them. Look for products that have natural ingredients and are fragrance-free. To ease the transition, apply calming ingredients such as aloe vera or honey.

5 Must Have Products In My Makeup Bag!!!

I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder. I’m always trying new things, and I fall for amazing product reviews pretty easily. It’s just a bad habit!

However, I do have products that I consistently use and will repurchase over and over again. The five beauty products listed below are the ones I’ve been using for a while, and they have never failed me. Some are high-end and others are just regular brands, but they’re all my must-haves at the moment. Read on to learn what they are.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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This is my absolute favorite brow pencil. I’ve tried other ones, but this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills is a winner. My brows are dark brown, very full and thick so I always have to make sure my brow pencil matches my brow color or at least close to it. The Dark brown shade of this pencil is perfect for me because it allows me outline and shape my eyebrows without giving me a harsh look.

The pencil tip is super-small and very precise; every stroke looks like an eyebrow hair, and it makes my brows look more natural. The small spoolie brush on the other end is great too, because it’s the perfect size for eyebrows.

If you’re someone that fills in or outline your eyebrows almost every day, I recommend trying out this product.

 

Wet & Wild comfort Zone 738 Eye shadow Palette

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I love this eye shadow for many reasons, and the price is just one of them. It is full of neutrals and makes life easy for people who are new to applying eye shadows. My favorites are the bronze shade on the left, the reddish brown copper definer shade along the left, the dark sage green on the right as well as the goldish green shade on the right. I also like the blue duo chrome shadow on the bottom right but I don’t really wear blue eye shadow. It is actually very similar if not exactly the same shade as Macs blue brown pigment. All of the shades in here are very buttery and pigmented. They last all day over a primer and give me LIFE. I’m definitely obsessed with eye makeup so I love this palette. I travel everywhere with it, but I make sure I pack it properly because I know it can easily break. I have a lot of single mac eye shadows, but whenever I am in a hurry, I just reach out to this palette without even thinking, its that amazing!!!

I recommend this to people who love neutrals but want to experiment with a bit of color without being too over the top.

 

Nars Radiant Creamy concealer

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A good concealer is always a necessity. Sometimes I find that they are either too greasy or watery, both of which are never good. But this one is longwearing and very opaque; you don’t need to use much to cover up imperfections.

I use this as an under eye concealer and to highlight.  When I use it under my eyes, I always use a setting powder to help put it in place. I find that very few concealers work well under the eyes, but this one is an exception. I love it so much that I have it in 3 shades caramel my actual color then biscuit and ginger for highlighting…it’s the best concealer right now for me and I absolutely cant do without.

 

Anastasia Beverly hills Illuminator

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These highlighters are amazing! Like I have always liked highlighters but struggled with getting one that was perfect for my skin tone, they were either too gold, too shimmery or just not right. But when I tried the shade Peach Nectar it was a match made in beauty heaven, I always wanted to go to bed with it daily lol…It’s so smooth and looks beautiful on my skin it doesn’t emphasize pores at all. It comes in 4 shades Starlight, So Hollywood, Peach Nectar and Rivera. They are all very pigmented, I am not a fan of strong obvious highlighters, but with these you can make a strong highlight or sheer it out to a subtle glow. They did an amazing job with these. It’s my Favorite highlighter for now.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara

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I am obsessed with lashes I wear falsies most times when I have an event to attend but on a regular day I just use mascara. I love this mascara so much I’ve bought it at least 7 times in a row now. I have to say that it is one of the best mascaras that I have ever used.

The brush is not huge like many others but surprisingly it coats each lash very well, separates, lengthens and adds volume to lashes like no other. The fact that it doesn’t smudge, clump and make my lashes stick together is key for me. With this mascara I get all the volume that I need but my lashes still look neat and somewhat natural as opposed to the clumpy, sticky mess that most mascaras make. Another plus with this mascara is that it’s nicely buildable, it dries fast so you can apply coat after coat till you get the look that you desire.

The only downside to this mascara is that the tube dries out quite quickly, so you have to replace it quicker, this becomes expensive to use eventually, but with that being said its still my favorite and trust me I have tried almost everything. I will continue to repurchase for these reasons.

So these are mine feel free to tell me yours…..

Until next time xoxo