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What To Look For in A Good Dry Shampoo? + Tips for Good Application

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Honestly, I can’t live a week without dry shampoo.  Washing my hair is just too much effort after a long day at school and work, so dry shampoo it is.  But before I tried, all the dry shampoos at the drug store, I had no idea what I was looking for.  I didn’t know what was good and what wasn’t?  So, here’s a how-to guide for anybody new to dry shampoo.

What makes a good dry shampoo?

A good dry shampoo should:

  • Absorb oil
  • Add texture (without being crunchy)
  • Leave no white-cast
  • Smell good
  • Has a good nozzle
  • Bonus: add volume

A good dry shampoo should not:

  • take five minutes to rub in
  • leave a white-cast
  • have a sticky residue
  • smell weird
  • make the hair look dull/ lifeless
  • weigh down your hair
  • sprays a very firm stream at your hair and leaves you with an awkward white dot that takes 20 minutes to rub in…(trust me, I’ve been there)

One of my favorite drugstore dry shampoo is from HASK!  They have a variety of dry shampoos for a variety of hair textures.  Personally, I’ve been loving the Charcoal dry shampoo from HASK.  It has a fresh citrus scent that is (currently making me miss summer) great for day two hair when my hair smells like the stir-fry dinner I made last night.  Plus, it has long-lasting oil absorption without al the gross sulfates and parabens found in many dry shampoos on the market.  With HASK, my hair smells good, feels good, and looks good.  No more dry, dead, or zombie-looking hair here!

Tips for Best Dry Shampoo Application

  • Don’t spray too close, even with a good nozzle you can get a concentrated amount of dry shampoo if you spray the bottle right by your head.  Always use the bottle as a measuring tool and spray the dry shampoo on to your hair a bottle length away.  (I actually learned this from YouTube! LOL all the things you can learn…)
  • Don’t just spray and go, take a few seconds to rub the product in, so that the product can absorb the oil and actually freshen up your hair.
  • Spray a light coating over mid-shaft to strands for the perfect, tousled look

**Disclaimer: I received the products free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

healing blemishes

The Key to Healing Blemishes Quickly: Cleanse, Tone, Treat, and Nourish

Is it just me or does it seem like blemishes comes in pairs?  Here’s how to treat those little monsters and help them go away faster!

The Key to Healing Blemishes Quickly

Healing blemishes can seem like a daunting task.  However, you can easily treat it with these four easy steps:

First step is cleansing.  When you cleanse well, your pores are clean.  Clogged pores are a major factor in skin breakouts. But be careful to not over-cleanse because you can dry out your skin be depleting it of all its natural skin oils.  The production of excess sebum is another major factor in skin breakouts.

After your face is clean, tone, tone, tone.  A toner with AHA or BHA helps chemically exfoliate the skin to improve skin cell renewal.  This will give you smoother and more radiant skin.  Once my toner is on, I like to apply a mask.

Masking can heal and nourish your skin.  One of my favorite things to do is double-masking.  I apply a purifying mask over my breakouts and a hydrating mask over the rest of my face.  The purifying mask extracts all the gunk out and the hydrating mask leaves my skin feeling soft and plump. Once I wash these masks off, I like to treat myself to a sheet mask.  They help my skin recover quickly from breakouts by balancing out the pH in my skin. Some of my favorite sheet masks have tea tree oil, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties.

Once the serum has absorbed into my skin, I remove the sheet mask and treat my skin with benzoyl peroxide (another anti-bacterial topical cream).  Then, I apply a vitamin C serum and lock in all the goodness with a hydrating moisturizer.

What To-Do When You (Accidentally) Pop it

The key to healing blemishes quickly is to not pick at them.  But someimes, you can’t help yourself.  Once you’ve picked at your skin, it’s time to do some damage control.

Here’s how you can prevent the blemish from scabbing over.  You have two options:

  1. Acne patch
  2. Sheet Mask

I’m not a dermatologist and you might not want to disobey the rules on most masks (where they tell you specifically not to put on over open wounds), but I like to apply a sheet mask after picking at my acne.  It calms down the inflammation and helps the bump to smooth out.

My favorite sheet masks to use lately are from WHEN!They are super hydrating and calming to inflamed skin. Plus, the sheets are made of a soft cotton that feels super luxurious.  The pack always comes with excess serum that I love to apply all over my body.  Once my sheet mask is dried, I remove it from my face, treat the blemishes with benzoyl peroxide, and hydrate my face with a calming moisturizer.  Then I apply an acne patch over the popped blemishes and go to sleep.

In the morning, my skin feels softer, smoother, and looks more radiant.  Plus, the blemish has significantly decreased in size and looks less inflamed because the patch extracted all the gunk.  There’s something really gross and satisfying about pulling the acne patches off your face in the morning.  Or is that just me?

Share any tricks you have for treating a breakout down below!

*Disclaimer: I received the WHEN masks free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

5-minute makeup routine

The 5-minute Makeup Routine + Makeup DON’Ts to Avoid

I used to believe that the five-minute makeup routine was impossible. Like how am I supposed to conceal, contour, and smoke out my eyes in five minutes?  Well, the answer is simple you can’t.

For an everyday (or I’m-super-late day AKA I pushed the snooze button too many times day) the 5-minute face is a life-saver.  It evens out your skin tone, brightens up the face, and polishes your look in just five minutes.  You might have rolled out of bed today but no one would know the difference.

The Essentials for a 5-minute Makeup Routine

Foundation, no concealer (gasp!) I know.  Let me explain…a medium coverage foundation will even out skin tone, hide redness, while still letting your skin peak through.  So, your skin looks like skin and not a mask.  When you conceal without taking the time to blend it out properly, you’re quickly left with cake-face or mask-face.  Both of which are scary especially if they’re pale.  I’m currently having scary clips of IT popping up on my YouTube feed and I’m still recovering…

The next essential is Brows.  They may be a pain in the neck to do, but they frame the face and polish up the makeup look.  Don’t worry they don’t have to look completely even.  Brows are supposed to be related not identical.  (And I’m pretty sure on most days, my brows are like distant cousins rather than sisters LOL.)

Last on the list is lipstick.  You can go with a MLBB or bright color.  Either way the lipstick brightens up your complexion and makes you look more awake. When you apply foundation sometimes you can look washed out especially when your lips are bare, so give some life to your face with a great lipstick!

Honestly, I’ve gotten the “are you okay?” comment way too many times in my lifetime.  My reply is always the same, “I’m fine. I just don’t have makeup on.”  Let’s avoid that encounter all-together shall we?

The 5-minute Makeup Routine

For these quick-makeup days, I love cushion foundations.  I look for medium coverage cushion foundations, so they even out my skin tone and conceal the redness from whatever breakout I’m currently experiencing.  Then I fill in my brows and apply lipstick.  VIOLA! We’re done.  We look alive, well, and still have time for our morning coffee.

What are you morning makeup essentials? Comment down below!

The Best concealer for Acne and Texture One Zit, Three Concealers

One Zit, Three Concealers: The Best Concealer for Acne and Texture

There are TONS of concealers on the market from drugstore to high-end.  It’s impossible to choose just based on claims alone, so let’s give them a test shall we? Here’s a not-so-hot picture of my face with no makeup.  Just look at that planet!

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

We look at the aisles and aisles of makeup in Ulta and Sephora and it can easily get overwhelming.  While we’re searching for the best concealer we may ask ourselves:

Which one can cover up acne?

Is this great at smoothing out texture?

Can it actually cover up redness and even out skin-tone without clinging to dry patches?

And which one can do it all?

Does the concealer that does it all, actually exist?  Let’s find out in this new concealer series: One Zit, Three Concealers!

The three concealers I’m testing out today are:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

The Best Concealer For Acne

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

The Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (Ulta and Sephora $29) takes the cake for this one!  It has high coverage that completely eliminates redness and covers up that planet on the side of my face.  The concealer does not look cakey or emphasize dry patches so skin still looks like skin.  Sadly, that means the texture on my skin is not smoothed out.

Pro: great coverage, doesn’t emphasize dry patches

Con: doesn’t smooth out texture

The Best Concealer For Texture

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

The NARS Radiant creamy concealer (Ulta and Sephora $30) is seriously creamy, like your skin looks smooth like velvet.  The texture on my cheeks is less noticeable.  But the coverage is medium at best, so my planet is still visible and the redness is peaking through.

Pro: great for smoothing out texture, doesn’t cling to dry patches

Con: doesn’t cover up blemishes well (medium coverage)

The Most Affordable Concealer

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

The SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer has high coverage.  So, it covers up the planet nicely.  Plus, it does not cling to dry patches around my jaw line.  However, it does not smooth out the texture on my cheeks.


Pro: super affordable (Amazon $6), high coverage, doesn’t cling to dry patches

Con: not many shades (only 3), doesn’t smooth out texture

The Best Concealer Overall???

No concrete answer.  After looking at the photos, I’ll be using the Naked Skin or SAEM cover perfection for blemishes and the NARS concealer for texture.  The mixture of both will give me the perfect finish! But I have yet to find the perfect one…

Let me know which concealers I should try next by commenting down below!


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Are Skincare Diets the new trend? + The Secret to An AMAZING Skincare Regime

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Since 2010, we’ve seen hundreds of bloggers follow the 10-step and sometimes even 12-step skincare regime.  But how much is too much? Is the money we’re spending on products a waste?  Did we just buy into the hype?  Did our skin actually improve? Or was it a placebo effect of all the products we added to our skincare regime?

The answers to our skincare dilemma

Should we or should we not try to jump on the 10-step skincare bandwagon? After trying the 10-step skincare regime for 3 months I saw a noticeable improvement in the overall texture and tone of my skin.  I was still breaking out every now and then but there wasn’t any major breakout.

However, I recently replaced my 10-step skincare regime for a 5-step skincare system.  And my skin feels the same.  So, what I have found is that the key to a good skincare regime is cleansing.  When you cleanse your skin, you want to make sure you remove every bit of makeup and grime off of your skin WITHOUT stripping your skin.  The double-cleansing method works.  First step is oil cleanse and second step is a gentle cleanser.   The oil cleanse removes makeup and dirt without stripping the skin.  If the cleanser you’re currently using leaves you skin feeling tight then it’s stripping all the good oils out of your skin.  When you strip your skin, your skin overcompensates for the dryness by producing excess sebum.  So cleanse with a gentle cleanser that is nourishing and effective.

After cleansing, I apply my benzoyl peroxide cream and the moisturizer and serum duo from Simplicity Skincare.  The duo has AHA for a gentle exfoliation.  It’s moisturizing and great for cutting down some steps from my everyday skincare routine.  The moisturizer and serum absorb quickly into the skin.  Plus, the duo doesn’t have a strong scent and did not irritate my skin.  This duo is perfect for people with normal to oily skin.  There are also anti-aging benefits which are perfect for filling in fine lines and evening out your skin-tone.

Are Skincare diets the new trend?

This summer I’ve seen quite a few videos from Korean bloggers about simplified skincare routines.  So are skincare diets effective?

YES!  Save yourself the time and money from all those products.  If you cleanse well and moisturize well then your skin will glow.  Skincare diets are totally my favorite skincare trend yet!

**Disclaimer: I received the Simplicity Skincare Reversal Protection Complex free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**