I know it has been a while since I’ve posted a blog, but LIFE… I needed to take some time away from creating content which felt like all the time and enjoy the feeling of living in the moment without setting up a tripod or camera. I am struggling with finding a balance between running a business, being a influencer, and enjoying life. Please bare with me as I work through figuring this all out and gaining a new schedule.
The time has come back around, I’m knocking on opportunities door and applying for the 2021 #SephoraSquad. This will be my 3rd year applying and I am confident that this year will be different. It actually always has been. Let me share with you all the details, first!
What is #SephoraSquad?
#SephoraSquad is a unique blend of influencers, bloggers, and beauty lovers with a diverse range of followers, point of views, and interest. By being a part of the #SephoraSquad you are granted a yearlong paid partnership with Sephora and work on a variety of campaigns and marketing initiatives throughout the year.
Why I want to be a part of #SephoraSquad?
This opportunity will create more original content and grow my niche following. As well as allow me to network and contact with other influencers and industry contacts that can be beneficial throughout my blogging journey. It’s has also been a dream of mine to work with major brands that I use everyday as a content creator sharing my honest and humble experience with their services and products.
How can you help?
I’d appreciate it, if you could vouch for me by leaving a testimonial on my behalf to Sephora. This will help them understand the impact I have on my audience. Tell them why you follow me and if my content has inspire you to try something different or new in your skincare or haircare journey.
I take pride in having healthy clear skin, but I can’t lie it takes having daily habits to keep my skin looking clean and clear. Over the years I have learned just how much drinking water impacts my skin. The more consistently I drink water the healthier I experience my skin being. My daily goal is to drink 64 fluid ounces of water. When I start slacking on my water intake, my face is sure to remind me to drink some water.
Take a look at my morning skincare routine.
Here are 7 products I use on a daily basis and how they will help you achieve clear skin:
#1 Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Gentle Balancing Toner
Witch Hazel helps to cleanse the skin, fight acne breakouts and keep and even skin tone. I can honestly use this product multiple times a day.
If you don’t do anything else at all, make sure you clean your face daily. Do it in the morning and at night. A good cleansing of the face with a facial brush will give your skin a thorough deep clean, naturally hydrate your skin, remove daily toxins and give you a natural glow.
#4 111 Skin Hyaluronic Aqua Boost
My aesthetician put me on game about using hyaluronic acid to improve skin elasticity, revitalize tired looking skin, and retain moisture below the surface of the skin. I added a Hyalurinoic acid serum to my skincare routine about 2 years ago and now I look for products that have it as an ingredient to ensure that I am giving my skin exactly what it needs.
Rose oil is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking youthful. I don’t know about you, but I want the “foreva young” kind of skin. Using a face oil daily will stimulate the skin and give you a natural glow of clear skin.
Facial rollers are not a product you have to use everyday, but it has youthful benefits that will keep you skin looking youthful longer. Using a face roller will help reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck and well as promote blood circulation. I enjoy using my facial roller as a final step in my daily skincare routine.
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I can’t get over how much better my skincare journey has been since I started storing my products in a skincare fridge. The cooling sensation of a toner, cleanser, mask or face oil takes my skincare routine to a whole other level. When chilled skincare products have the potential to last longer, improve any puffiness, and show better results over time. Most of you don’t pay attention to this, but most of your skincare products have an expiration date or a 2 year shelf life. By keeping those products cool, it’ll keep those active ingredients working longer to give you flawless skin at every use.
I’ve been enjoying more raw skincare products and those have to be refrigerated. Most of them will go bad within 2 days if not refrigerated. I also prefer to refrigerate my at-home made masks in my skincare fridge to help get more than one use out of them. Another great item to store in a skincare fridge is sheet masks. There is nothing more blissful than a cold sheet mask laying on your face for skin that glows. I even store my facial roller in the skincare fridge so that it cold during every use.
Applying cold pressure to the skin helps prevent wrinkles. It’s important to start great skincare and wellness habits early in life to prevent any problems from appearing. I plan on having flawless skin and a healthy lifestyle for as long as I live.
Take a inside look at my skincare fridge as I clean out my old fridge and install my new one.
Continuing our conversation from yesterday, today I want to talk about using aloe vera on your skin. If you missed yesterday’s blog…. STOP, click here and go view it and come back.
Aloe Vera is a key ingredient for skin toners, anti-aging serums, and acne treatment. One simple thing that you can do to improve your skin and maintain health glowing skin is rub aloe vera on your skin before you get in the shower. Yep! Its that simple.
Now, don’t expect to see immediate results. But if you keep this practice in your skincare routine, you’ll see improvement over time.
Practice this biweekly:
Cut a Aloe Vera leave in half.
Rub the Aloe Vera gel directly on your skin before you get in the shower.
I love Dickinson’s because they have the best Witch Hazel products …. HANDS DOWN! For years, Dickinson’s products have been helping me maintain normal balanced skin.
Witch Hazel is a powerful plant and naturally effective extract with exceptional cleansing, soothing and healing properties. Here are 5 Benefits of using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel product.
(1) Helps maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance. It will not dry your skin out!
(2) Soothes skin and reveals a more radiant look and natural glow.
(3) Replenishes skin to reveal a smoother complexion.
(4) Perfectly removes makeup and refreshes your skin at the same time, without leaving a sticky residue.
(5) Gentle formula for everyday use and sensitive skin.
You can find Dickinson’s Witch Hazel products at Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, H-E-B Supermarket, MEIJER, and Shop Rite.
And because I love y’all, I have partner with Dickinson’s Witch Hazel to host a Giveaway !!!! Dickinson’s Witch Hazel has dropped some new products and I’m giving ONE (1) lucky winner with all of the brand new Dickinson’s products.
Here’s what you’ll win!!!!
Gentle Balancing Toner
Mini 3.3oz Pore Perfecting, Hydrating & Gentle Balancing Toner
I often struggle to keep up with my keys and wallet, now I have to add face masks to the list. Face masks are our new accessory. I’m NOT going outside without a mask on my face to protect me. With us still not knowing the facts about coronavirus, I think we all should be required to wear a mask outside of the house until someone provided honest and factual details about Coronavirus.
Be let’s be honest, wearing a face mask is something you definitely have to get used to. You really have to switch up your entire normal routines to accommodate our new normal. Just yesterday, I got in my car to go to the show and pulling out the driveway I realized I didn’t have my phone or face mask. Of course I had to turn around to get both items.
With face masks being the new normal, let’s talk about how to care for your skin.
#1 Don’t wear make up with your face mask.
Wearing a face mask creates moisture. If you’ve worn a face mask longer than 10 to 15 minutes you know what I mean. If you are wearing make up on your face that moisture can result to clogging your pores cause breakouts.
#2 Add essential oils to a coffee filter to put inside you mask to help you breathe
Breathing while wearing a face mask can be challenging depending on the type on face mask you are wearing. Wearing glasses can even be challenging when wearing a face mask. One thing I’ve started doing is using a coffee filter with a few drops of Lavender essential oils to help soothe my breathing process while wearing the face mask. After using it once I trash the coffee filter and use a fresh one during the next usage.
#3 Wash your face with clean hands after every time you wear a mask
You should be washing your face just as much as your are washing your hands. Each time you remove your face mask you should wash you hands, then wash your face to cleanse your face of any bacteria build up.
#4 Wash your mask after each use
Please don’t wear the same mask over and over again with out washing it. I have started collecting face masks. I make it a habit to wash each face mask after every use. I may use 1 or 2 per day. You can hand wash them soap and hot water then hang them to dry.
#5 Get some vitamin D
Be sure to still give your skin the vitamin D it needs. I like to take a walk around my yard daily to get some Vitamin D for about 10 to 15 minutes.
I have been admiring these 2 rose brushes that grown in front of my parents room. They have been there for years. For some reason this year I took a strong interest in watching them grow (maybe due to having to look at them everyday due to being quarantined). Now that they are fully bloomed, all I wanted to do is cut them and make stuff. Don’t worry I didn’t cut all of them off but I did snag a few.
I made my own rose water. This is my second time making rose water. the first time I made rose water I used a Make It Classy DIY kit, where all the ingredient were included and I just followed the direction on the recipe card provided. But this time. I cut about 7 roses from the rose brush and made some homemade rose water. And you already know, I’m going to share with you how I did it in this blog.
Here’s what you’ll need
Some organic rose (Please don’t use store bought roses, they have pesticides on them and you don’t want to spray that on your skin to get in your blood stream)
Container for storage
Okay, so after I cut my roses from the rose brush, I gently picked the peddles from the buds and rinsed them with cold water.
Next, using a pot I boiled about 4 cups of distilled water on the stove. Be sure to let the water come to a boil before adding your roses.
Once your water is boiling you can add your rose peddles and place a cover over the top. Let them boil until the color has left the roses, about 10 -12 minutes.
Finally, let the water cool, then place in a spray bottle or jar for storage.
For best use keep your rose water refrigerated. You can use and store your home made rose water for up to 1 month.
I don’t know about you, but its really hard for me to stick to a routine. I like to have a plan but I can’t do the same thing everyday over and over again. So, when it comes to skincare I can never keep a routine for 21 days. I just have good skincare habits. I know my skin, so I generally know what my skin needs.
When it comes to my hair and skin I love trying different products and brands. I am truly a product junkie. I like to explore what works for me and what doesn’t. Trying a variety of products also helps me with content as a influencer.
Last week I decided to create e video sharing everything I do to my face in 1 week. [Fair warning] This is a lengthy video but its worth watching if your a beauty guru and product junkie like myself.