May 27, 2016

Managing Adult Acne & Hormonal Breakouts

Quite some time has passed since I last shared a post with you all! How are you ladies (and gents)? I'm thrilled to say that I graduated law school, and am now in the midst of bar exam preparation. It's going to be a tough summer but I'm excited to spend more time blogging as a way to decompress.

With increased stress, comes increased acne. As most of you well know, I'm a huge skin care advocate. To me, it's the most important part of any beauty routine {read about it here, here and here}. I still struggle with breakouts during times of high-pressure, i.e. 3 years of law school, and when Aunt Flo pays me a visit. Thankfully, I've discovered a few key ways to manage my adult acne and hormonal breakouts.

1) Always wash your face before bed. I know, I know...some nights you are just too exhausted to wash away the day's makeup; however, there are great alternatives for those types of evenings, such as Micellar water or makeup wipes. My go-to, one-step face wash is Purity, and I never go a day without it. This cleanser with remove every stitch of dirt and makeup, leaving you with a moisturized clean slate.

2) Immediately treat breakouts with spot treatments/full-face masks. I've fallen in love with Valentia skin care, and tested out their skin detox clay mask. This stuff is amazing! It can be used as a spot treatment or a full mask, and I've had great results both ways. It's far more gentle than the glamglow mud but is just as effective. I would highly recommend this for those with sensitive skin because it doesn't dry your face out, even after consecutive uses. I've become super passionate about this brand for many reasons (high-quality, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, made in USA, effective, gentle, affordable, available on Amazon prime), so I would encourage you to give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram.

3) Wash/rotate pillow cases weekly. As gross as this sounds, our pillow cases are full of dead skin cells. It's essential to wash or rotate your pillow case on a weekly basis. This tip also goes back to my recommendation of washing your face before bed. If you don't wash off your makeup, all of that nastiness is going to become embedded on your pillow case, and further promulgate bacteria and breakouts.

4) Use a daily makeup brush cleaner. Makeup brushes touch our faces on the daily. We utilize cosmetics to cover our imperfections, which usually encompass a breakout or two. I've seen a significant reduction in my acne (particularly on my cheeks) by cleansing my brushes with a daily cleaner. The one from Sephora is my absolute favorite. It's convenient to spray and dries very quickly. I've cleaned a face brush and used it again within 5-10 minutes. It's a must!

P.S. Here are a few pictures of my graduation! My dress and shoes were by Ted Baker. I would highly recommend going into a TB store rather than Nordstrom. There are amazing store-specific finds. I'll definitely be purchasing again for my bridal shower and other wedding activities. Oh, and I've started a wedding planning countdown to get me through the bar. August 1st marks our one year engagement anniversary, and we are finally going to start the planning process! Woo hoo!!

Have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend! Thank you to all our service members!

May 05, 2016

Test It Out Thursday: Spring Edition

Some products provide gratis via Brandbacker // All opinions are my own
I tested out a ton of new products this month, so I complied a quick list of what's a must-buy and what was a bust!

WHEN SHEET MASKS // I <3 these! My skin was super dehydrated from the stress of finals and my ever-growing to-do list (FYI - I'm done with law school..woo hoo!!). The masks are made of coconut, and come in 5 different varieties. I tested out "10:00PM" and "Last Chance." Both are meant to hydrate and depuff, and I'm happy to report that they did just that! This was the first time I've ever tried a sheet mask. I'm quite impressed. Also, the price point is fantastic at only $7 {available at Sephora & Ulta}. With summer fast approaching, I'd highly recommend them for travel.

NYX SPRAY PRIMER // I'd say this is probably a dupe for the Smashbox primer water, at a third of the price! Great for days when you're not wearing much makeup. If you're a full-coverage kinda girl, I'd recommend this primer but for you light-weight foundation'll love the spray!

MAKE BEAUTY LIPSTICK & EYE SHADOW // Based out of New York City, this brand is cruelty-free and hypoallergenic - two factors I always consider when purchasing cosmetics. Plus, it's from my hometown, so I had I feeling that I was going love their products. The lipstick {I tested out "Taffy"} was super creamy and pigmented. I'd recommend lip balm beforehand to avoid any creasing though. The eye shadow was great for every day because of the neutral shade {"Alabaster"}. I rarely use shadows wet, but I tried this out that way and absolutely loved it! MAKE was kind enough to offer my readers a 20% off code if you'd like to give them a try with "MAKEYOURSELF" at checkout. Be sure to use the hashtag #MakeYourself when you share on social media!

L'OREAL COLOUR RICHE EXTRAORDINAIRE // This was a pinterest find, and it is one of my all time favorites. Admittedly, I try to avoid drugstore brands that test on animals but I made an exception. The color is "Nude Ballet" and it's perfect! Great shine, long-lasting, and fantastic with liquid lipsticks. I plan on wearing "Naked" by Anastasia with the gloss overtop for graduation day!

Do you think you'll give any of these a try?

Happy Thursday,