Posts Tagged ‘skin care’

What-To-Do Wednesday: Fall Beauty

With the changing season, our skin care routine changes and so does our makeup routine.  I usually go for darker, bolder lips and purple/plum or smokey brown eyes during fall/winter.  Here are few YouTube videos I am trying to imitate and thought I share.  Enjoy!

What-To-Do Wednesday: How to combat oily skin


I recently got a message asking for info on how to get rid of oily skin.  I think if you are born with oily skin, you can never escape it but you can definitely tone down the shine.  Below are few helpful tips on what you can do to combat oily face.

  1. Wash face with the right cleanser even if you don’t breakout, use a clearance with 2% salicylic acid which helps fight zits and also keeps skin matte.  I like DDF’s blemish control cleanser but drugstore brand Clean & Clear also has great ones like the 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, Continuous Control Acne Cleanser and new one just for oily skin, Advantage Oil Absorbing Cream Cleanser.
  2. Now that you have picked the right cleanser, make sure to use the right tool to wash your face.  Use a face brush like Clarisonic or the Olay brush to wash your face.  Not only do they get rid of all the dirt, they also help exfoliate.
  3. Use an alcohol based astringent to oily areas only; it will help eliminate the extra oils throughout the day.
  4. A fast and cheap home mask is egg yolk.  Dip a cotton ball in egg yolk and apply to oily areas, leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
  5.  Use a face mask at least once a week that has clay or salicylic acid; both of these temporarily reduce oil production in your skin. I like Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask.
  6. Be mindful of what you put on your face before you go to bed.  If you are using a cream and it’s making your skin oily, then switch to a lotion if it’s still oily, then use hydrating serum.  But make sure that your moisturizer has salicylic acid to reduce oil production or caffeine which minimizes pores for a matte face.
  7. If you wear foundation everyday, make sure to buy a water based formula and always opt for oil free options.  I myself wear tinted moisturizer or BB cream everyday and only wear foundation for special occasions.
  8. Keep blotting papers with you at all times, Clean & Clear has great one at an affordable price.  Blot away the excess oil instead of powdering the face; it will keep your face looking matte and fresh instead of cakey.
  9. Stop touching your face too much, oils from your hand will transfer on to your face and make the matter even worse.  Oily hair and oily skin goes together so if you are seeing too much shine on your face, keep your hair pulled back.
  10. Lastly, watch what you eat and drink.  Increase your intake of water to flush out your body of all the impurities and eat more spinach and carrots.  Both of these are high in Vitamin A which slows down oil production.

Thursday Treat


Acne fighting food

Breakouts are always annoying!!  To prevent it, we have to take care of our skin inside and out.  Here are some foods that you can eat to help minimize your acne.

  1. Almonds (Brazil nuts as well) – its rich in antioxidant named selenium which helps protects skin’s elasticity and also reduce inflammation.
  2. Spinach – high in vitamin A, K and iron which prevent breakouts and also protects against future spots!
  3. Green Tea, Cherries or Blueberries – are great source of antioxidants which helps protect skin against free radicals therefore preventing breakouts.
  4. Eggs – rich in vitamin E which protects skin from scarring.
  5. Oranges, Melons, Strawberries and Tomatoes – all are great source of Vitamin C like eggs help protect skin from scarring and also heal irritated skin.
  6. Salmon, Walnuts and Flax Seeds – all great source of omega-3 fatty acid which works to help reduce inflammation from the inside of your skin and also outside.
  7. Oatmeal – magnesium found in oatmeal is known to balance hormone.  Imbalance in hormone is known for breakouts.
  8. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene which helps the body absorb selenium to reduce inflammation or that huge red one on your skin.

I am sure you guys know this already, but please try to avoid eating foods that are oily, have refined sugar, processed or high levels of sodium.  They are known to cause major breakouts and bloating!!

Drinking water also helps reduce the amount breakout because it flushes out all the impurities from your system and it makes your skin glow.  My favorite acne fighting foods are almonds, oranges, blueberries, salmon and spinach.


What-To-Do Wednesday: Morning Routine

What are the steps to a fast morning routine?

I always seem to wake up late so my morning routine is super rushed; I stick to my tried and true five minutes skin care routine.  If you are like me, then follow the steps below to make your mornings good and fast ones.

1. Wash face – massage face with cleanser in circular motion.  I use Clarisonic for about a minute.  1:00 (minute marks)

2. Rinse face with cool water and pat dry, takes about 15 seconds.  1:15

3. Apply toner and wait for it to dry and while you wait pat some eye cream on, I would say the whole thing takes about 45 secs.  2:00

4. Apply serum and wait for it to soak in, I give it a minute.  3:00

6. Apply moisturizer on and wait for it to soak in, I give a little more than a minute. 4:30

7.  Apply Sunscreen. It takes 30 secs, make sure it’s at least SPF35, and that’s it for the skin care routine.  5:00


Saturday Splurge vs. Steal


Face Scrub

Few weeks ago I talked about body scrub so this week I am going to talk about face scrub.  It helps exfoliate all the dead, dry skin on the surface to bring out the bright, beautiful skin underneath.  Below are my recommendation of one splurge and one steal scrub.

Steal – Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

For $7 you can find this scrub at any drugstore and good for all skin types.  The tube is medium but holds a lot, it lasts a while.  It’s soap free so won’t dry out skin or feel skin pulling after use.  The beads are small and smooth; you feel it working but they won’t scratch or irritate the skin.  Overall a great product at a fantastic price, recessionista recommended!

Splurge – Origins Never A Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Skin Polisher

It costs $27 for  a 4.2 oz tube but you need very small amount and only use three times a weeks, so it’ll last a while.  It’s good on all skin types and it’s also soap free which means no drying or pulling feeling.  The beads are smooth but not as smooth as Aveeno’s, you can definitely feel it but it won’t hurt or scratch the skin.  After a month of use, I got compliments from my friend about how bright and smooth my face looks.   Even with the hefty price, I keep going back to this one cause it’s so good.  Definitely Splurge Approved!!



Friday Fab Finds


Anti-Aging skin care regime

Yes, I will go there because now that I am nearing 30s, I am definitely seeing lines on my face that I swear wasn’t there couple of years ago. I wake up everyday and study my face to make sure there isn’t a new line, can you say paranoid, lol! I started using anti-aging creams and serums when I first saw the lines around my mouth. I tried the extremely overpriced ones and also the drugstore ones but none worked better than the Ole Henriksen.

I bought the seven skincare sensation package to try for $55 after I heard good things about his products. I have been using the products for two months and noticed how soft my skin feels, the dark spots are diminishing, skin looks bright and no new lines!!

You may think $55 for skin care is not a fab find but you get seven of his most popular products in mini version with an instruction on daily routine. Though the packaging is small but by no means do you get small amount of products. There is enough to last for months because you don’t need to use a lot, so it lasts; I have been using my first purchase for two months and still have lots left to go. I also like the TSA friendly packaging that means I don’t have to worry too much about how to carry my creams, just throw it in my purse and go. So, if you are looking for s great anti-aging routine, then try out the Ole Henriksen Seven Skincare Sensation and finally end the wrinkle inducing stress of searching.

This set contains:
- 1.5 oz African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™
- 0.25 oz Ultimate Lift™ Eye Gel
- 0.5 oz Truth Revealed™ Super Crème SPF 15
- 0.5 oz Truth Serum™ Collagen Booster
- 0.5 oz Sheer Transformation™
- 0.5 oz Invigorating Night Gel™
- 0.5 oz Walnut Complexion Scrub


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