I haven’t forgotten about Bare With Me. I’ve just been focusing my energy on new and exciting experiences that will challenge me, stimulate me and hopefully, reenergize my entrepreneurial spirit.
I’m starting my own cosmetics line, 3:27 Cosmetics! This is something that I’ve wanted to do since 2012. I actually started talking the talk in 2015, when I officially registered my company, but became discouraged because of adulting issues. I stopped working on it for almost two years and started it up again in November (hence my last haul post). I’m still adulting and have issues, but I’m no longer going to allow those issues to stand in my way.
I encourage anyone reading this to live your dreams and don’t let fear overcome you and your potential.
It’s a risky road that I’m embarking on, but I’ve always embraced risk. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life. I invite you to follow me on my journey via my personal IG @gnvas and the cosmetics line’s IG @327cosmetics .
Cheers to having dreams and living them!
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This month, I did the most. Thankfully, I barely spent much money because a $100 Amazon gift card came through, Sephora’s VIB 20% off sale happened and not all the things I bought were expensive (yay, me!).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – first timer. Cute story.
My hard earned money well spent. I have been obssessed with this palette for a minute because of IG. Nearly every beauty blogger has this palette and raves about it, so I had to buy it because FOMO, duh. So, when I finally decided to close my eyes and make the purchase, I discovered the palette was nowhere to be found. I searched for months and months, but my efforts were futile. It was completely sold out. Then November XX happened. I was browsing sephora.com and decided to ‘heart’ all the things I wanted to buy. When my eyes fell upon this palette, I nearly lost my mind. It was in stock! I was about to purchase it on sight when I remembered there was a Sephora right downstairs from my office. On the move to Sephora, I decided to call the store just to see if they had the palette in stock. There was no need for unnecessary disappointment. When the sales associate returned to the line and told me they had the palette in stock, a huge smile took over my face. Complete bliss. My day was going well. It was the last palette left. Dare I say it was meant to be. There could have been more in the drawer, but that’s really none of my business. I’m just going to assume I snatched up the last palette. #Blessed.
Bioderma Sébium H2O – first timer
Amazon came through. Micellar water is the new facial cleanser, but I’m not really about that life, so I use it as a makeup remover and an eyeliner corrector. It’s especially good for the latter. Instead of using coconut oil to correct my newbie cat eye mistakes, I use this. It saves my life every time.
Trader Joe’s Natural Facial Cleansing Pads – first timer
Hard earned money. This was like three bucks at TJ’s, and it’s been worth it, too. It’s especially nice to use after a long day’s work in the city. I swipe it across my face, focusing on my t-zone and any pimply areas. It downsizes pimples the very next day. I also like the fact that it has tea tree oil in it. It’s a natural antibacterial and so bomb for oily skin, read: drying out pesky pimples.
The Ordinary – first timer
Hard earned money. I bought the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum and Hyaluronic 2% + B5 serum. I’m enjoying them so far. They’re extremely inexpensive, which intrigued me. The Canadian company prides itself on “clinical formulations with integrity.” They’re selling us honesty in a bottle that will treat our various skin conditions at a price that’s unbeatable. These serums were five and six dollars. I’m in!
Maybelline New York – repurchases
Forty percent off all Maybelline products. I love a promotion, so – of course, I had to get my Lash Discovery and Great Lash mascaras.
Nelsons Pure & Clean Acne Treatment Gel – first timer
Amazon came through. I heard this is what a lot of makeup artists use backstage on models when their skin isn’t on fleek. It’s supposed to cast away pimples.
Hard earned money. I was looking for something that would make the texture of my skin smoother, and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is the thing because it’s good for exfoliating, getting rid of dead skin and allowing new skin to grow, minimizing blemishes and much more. It’s particularly good for those with oily skin. The most common BHA is salicylic acid an it’s typically used for treating acne. I don’t have much of an acne problem, but I do have a texture situation that I’m not too fond of. Aside from the bumpiness that I sometimes see and the occasional pimple, my skin and I don’t have any issues. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for rubbing acid on my face, but nah. BHAs are organic acids that can be found occurring in nature.
Murad Anti-Anging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – first timer
Sephora 20% off. I was in the market for new sunscreen. I’ve been using Coola, and although that’s a fine product, I was over it and wanted to try something new. Perhaps I’ll circle back to it once summer decides to say hi again.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – first timer
Sephora 20% off. I read somewhere that it is an effective charcoal mask that’s suitable for oily skin, so I decided to give it a try. I bought the travel size, just in case. I currently use the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask.
This was a great month in beauty and skincare. So much joy. I’ll see you all in December. 🙂
Winter is coming! Cooler temperatures have arrived and guess what that means? Dry skin, indoor heaters and less moisture in the air. Hide your skin, hide your lips! Lol.
It’s important to prep your lips for lipgloss or lipstick application in order to prevent chapped lips. Exfoliation is key and helps eliminate dead skin cells, leaving lips soft and supple. Use a lip scrub followed by a rich lip balm.
Cinnamon Lip Scrub recipe:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder
Combine ingredients in a small container/jar with a lid. For use, gently scrub away dry, dead skin on your lips using your fingertips. Remove scrub with warm water and a washcloth. So simple, so good. This small batch will stay fresh for 1-2 months. Enjoy!
I live a simple life when it comes to many things, and my skincare routine is one of those things. I use Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel to wash my face and depending on my skin’s mood or if I remember, I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to deep clean. Sometimes, I use my Clarisonic in the evenings. As a face cream, I’ve been looking to Coola’s Classic Face SPF 30 – Unscented. It moisturizes and provides sun protection, so duh. On special occasions when I feel my under eye area is unusually dry, I’ll dab on a bit of Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Eye Treatment with my ring finger. I typically only use eye cream in the evenings, though (eye cream deets to come in my nighttime routine post). The end. This is my morning skincare routine. Very basic.
I don’t use a toner. I used to use the toner in the blue bottle from Neutrogena as a preteen and throughout college. I stopped using it after my dermatologist told me a toner wasn’t necessary, especially since I lived in the suburbs at that time. I never questioned her. I believe I stopped using a toner for nearly a decade. Then, 2016 rolled around, K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) became a huge thing and FOMO happened to me – so I caved in and purchased Be The Skin Botanical Pore Toner and serum (serum deets to come in my nighttime routine post). It is supposedly great for controlling excess sebum production, and that’s why I was so pressed to buy it. Consistency is half the bottle, so I ended up using the entire bottle of toner in about three months, and I ordered two more because I thought I cared that much. Seven months later, I still haven’t finished the second bottle because I definitely do not care at all. It’s performance was truly lackluster. I didn’t see a difference in my skin when I used the toner compared to all the years when I did not use a toner. I still have an unopened third bottle that I will probably giveaway at some point.
Crazy enough, though – I would like to try Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner because it’s said to specifically absorb excess oil. I guess I didn’t learn my lesson after Be The Skin lol. I’m intrigued by Fresh’s product because of the clay ingredient. I love clay in skincare, especially since it’s known to draw out dirt. It’s especially great for those with oily skin. More of clay to come in my nighttime routine.
Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel – I’ve been using this French brand since August, and I like it. It seems to be a great cleanser for my oily skin in the warmer months. It’s a bit drying, but not overly drying and it does a great job of getting rid of impurities. In the mornings, I don’t use much because I go hard in the evenings lol.
Clarisonic Mia 2 – I love my Clarisonic. When I first bought it in 2014, I used it religiously. These days, I use it about one to two times a week. I use the brush head for sensitive skin and set it at the “delicate” speed level. The other level is “universal,” but I’ve never used it. The Clarisonic is great at removing dirt and smoothing out my textured skin. A bonus is the pulsing timer feature that alerts the user on when to move to another area of her/his face. It’s waterproof, rechargeable and comes with a protective travel case.
Coola’s Classic Face SPF 30 – Unscented – This is my go-to sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and made with certified organic ingredients. I’ve used it all summer, and I don’t have any complaints. It’s really just a simple, no-fuss moisturizer. Even though the tube is only 1.7 oz., there’s still product left inside. It’s been five months, and I’m not complaining since it costs north of $30.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – This brand was recommended to me by my dermatologist and might be the reason for why I didn’t need a toner. Cetaphil does not offer toners as part of its product line. It only carries cleansers and moisturizers. This face wash is also great at removing impurities and makeup. I find it to be a bit drying, though, especially in the wintertime. I complained about it to my dermatologist and she recommended CeraVe.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – This product is marketed to people with dry to normal skin. It’s not soapy and looks like a cleansing moisturizer/gel hybrid. My skin doesn’t feel tight or stripped when I use this cleanser; it’s very gentle. At the same time, my face also doesn’t feel squeaky clean like it does when I use Cetaphil or Avene. This is why I like to use this in the mornings in the wintertime.
Coconut Oil – No introduction needed. It’s 2016 and we’re all hip to the benefits of coconut oil. Coco is everywhere, and you can’t escape it. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and has worked great for my face and skin in both the summer and winter months. It’s light, but a bit greasy – so I don’t put much on my face. It keeps me glowing all year round, too.
All of these products can be found in a drugstore except for the Clarisonic, Coola and Be The Skin. These are sold at various department stores, Sephora or online. The coconut oil I usually use is at Trader Joe’s, but most grocery stores have it, too. Just make sure it’s organic, virgin and unrefined.
Thanks for checking out my morning skincare post! Let me know if you have any questions.
The first of September seriously started yesterday and today is already the last day. Crazy. Anyhow, I bought a few things this month. Actually, I bought a lot of things this month thanks to Milani, Nars, Givenchy and Embryolisse. I feel like I bought some other things, but I don’t remember. I really should’ve been doing posts like this since I started this blog in July, but there’s no time like the present, right? Ok, I completely forgot – my bad.
I purchased five more Amore Matte Lip Cremes. I mentioned in the Milani product review video how #blessed I was to have discovered these five colors.
I finally got my hands on Pure Radiant in Polynesia. I swear it’s either sold out in my shade when I’m ready to purchase it or summertime happens lol (you can read about my summertime struggle here).
I bought the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for the first time. I might do a review of this and the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer soon. Stay tuned. What’s funny is I don’t even where eyeshadow like that, but I own these two tubes. Smh. I think I might’ve said why I use eyeshadow primer in a video. If not, I’ll reveal my beauty tip soon.
I couldn’t help myself, so I bought the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. It’s all the rave, all the time. FOMO, so I had to buy it.
I also finally got around to buying the Mister Mat Primer. I sampled a bit on the back of my hand, and my eyes bulged out. It has a matte finish with no white cast, which means I can where it alone. Hopefully, I’ll fall in love with it once it goes on under my face makeup. It’s supposed to be bomb for oily skin, and I’m looking forward to trying it out with bae (Urban Decay Weightless foundation). I talked about my holy-grail primers here, so I would love this to be a part of that list. Fingers crossed.
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
This is my third tube of French goodness. I love it. It does everything and then some. If you have dry skin, you can use it as a primer. It can also be used as a hand cream, eye cream, makeup remover, moisturizer, etc. The possibilities are endless. I use it as a hand cream, makeup remover and eye cream. In fact, they made a product that just targets under eye concerns, but this cream will get the job done, too. It’s rich, yet lightweight. Ya’ll already know I have oily skin, so I would never use it as a daytime face moisturizer. Although, I sometimes use it as a face cream at bedtime in the winter.
That’s all for now. September is over today, so I’ll see you all in October. 🙂
My eczema has recently become the bane of my existence, especially since my scars are really obvious. I’ve never experienced scarring from eczema until about a year ago. In the past, my eczema appeared in small patches. I would use an ointment prescribed by my dermatologist for about two to three days, and then my eczema would disappear. It never itched, either.
Then last year in August, I thought I had several mosquito bites and started to itch them vigorously. I couldn’t help myself. The inflammation was extremely pronounced, and I began to think I had an allergic reaction instead of bug bites. I suspected it was from the medications I was taking for an ailment, but I wasn’t sure. I took a trip to my dermatologist and the visit turned out to be futile; she was completely useless. She didn’t try to tell me what it was or could be. She just wrote several prescriptions, including bleaching cream – and waved goodbye. Still, I used the creams twice a day for a month, but my scars weren’t fading and I wasn’t feeling the creams anymore. So, I decided to contact my allergist and he was way more patient and helpful.
After his assessment of my scars, we decided that I had an allergic reaction to said ailment medications. I was taking two different pills simultaneously, and I wasn’t supposed to do that. As a result, my liver did a dance which triggered my eczema. My allergist also prescribed the same creams *rolls eyes*. Eventually, I gave up on trying to remove the scars until one day this past June.
My girlfriends and I had a champagne fest (picnic) in the park, and one of them is a skincare specialist. She noticed I had eczema, which is very noticeable and can easily be mistaken for bruises. I was impressed that she knew exactly what kind of scars I had because my dermatologist couldn’t even tell me. She mentioned she also suffers from eczema, and I asked her what she used to remove her scars. First, she said that if I never itched them I would never have scars. Great. The next best thing she recommended was to exfoliate the areas at least twice a week (don’t be too aggressive when scrubbing the areas) and follow up with a rich body oil. She suggested avocado oil or jojoba oil.
I put my thinking cap on and tried to figure out what I already had in my home for a scrub, and I came up with honey and brown sugar. I decided I would follow up with Shea butter for added moisture. This is my third week using at-home solutions to get rid of my scars. Skincare gurus say consistency is half the bottle, so I have several more weeks before I can be a judge.
Honey is #goals for the skin. It’s known to be a great scar fader, and I am looking forward to being a testament. It helps reduce the appearance of scars and increases healing and tissue regeneration because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds. It can also nourish, cleanse and hydrate your skin. Win, win!
Brown Sugar is Better
Brown sugar is a natural skin exfoliator and helps with skin cell turnover, so that healthy glowing skin can come through and look like you used these highlighters. Exfoliators help give you a natural highlight effect, so you can glow-up without any added makeup. The grains of brown sugar are smaller than granulated sugar or salt, which means it’s perfect for delicate and sensitive areas like the face. Basically, brown sugar is #boss. It contains glycolic acid (alpha hydroxyl acid), which fights bacteria, breaks down dead skin cells and removes them. Glycolic acid is a major key for keeping skin looking younger and fresher. As an added bonus, the sweetener also acts as a natural moisturizer, conditioner and helps keep acne away.
Scrub ingredients/approximate measurements:
2-3 tablespoons of honey
1-2 tablespoon(s) of brown sugar
After taking a shower, I spread the honey and brown sugar mixture on the scars and rub gently for a few minutes. I leave the mixture on my skin for about five to ten minutes, and then I wipe it off with a cold washcloth. To complete my treatment, I apply Shea butter on the areas of concern.
Shea butter is ideal for initiating the healing process and diminishing the appearance of scars because of its reparative ingredients. One of its principle antioxidants that make it ideal for getting rid of scars is Vitamin E. It also includes the powerful anti-inflammatory agent Vitamin A. Shea butter provides skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients that heal, moisturize and rejuvenate skin cells. So, if you wanted, you could use Shea butter on your scars twice a day as the only treatment. Over a period of time, you should begin to see a gradual disappearance of your scars.
Another recipe I’m trying out is Shea butter teamed with fresh lemon juice. Combine two tablespoons of Shea butter with one tablespoon of lemon juice in a shallow bowl or cup, mix well and rub the mixture on the scars. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash it off with water.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and citric acid, so they are a natural brightening agent for your skin, when used over time. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is great at boosting collagen production, which means it can help lighten dark spots, even your skin tone and maintain skin elasticity. Just avoid being in the sun when using lemons on your skin. Or, use a high SPF sunscreen when you must be outside because lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to sunburn. This is why I apply this mixture at bedtime. Lemons also come to the rescue for many other skin situations like acne and excess sebum production (oily skin). Dilute lemon juice with water if it irritates your skin.
There are plenty of other natural ingredients that can be used to effectively remove scars. These are some of my preferred remedies since I already have the ingredients in my house. If you have preferred natural treatments for removing scars, please share!