Simple 101 Beauty Tips

Sometimes with so much information out there about health and beauty we get overwhelmed and don’t really know what is the correct way to approach everything with so many different products. I want to first share that I don’t have a degree in cosmetology nor have I gone to school for any of this information. I state these opinions based on personal preference, as a consumer, experiences through trial and error, feedback from others, as well as previous readings. I want to share with you some basic beauty knowledge that I think are important when stepping in to proper skin care products and beauty routines.

First, Know Your Skin

Everyone should be aware of knowing their body. Find out if you have oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin. Notice the difference in what changes your skin through out the day. Be aware of how the skin reacts to certain stimulations of certain products and even objects that touch the skin (objects hold many influential chemicals and materials that can give skin many reactions). Also be aware what time of the month it is (especially for women). Knowing the time of the month can help determine if the skin is breaking out from hormonal reactions or because seasons are changing. Lastly, know what the body is taking in. Certain foods, drinks, and even drugs (pharmaceutical or illegal) can cause many reactions from the excretions of the nutrients contained in them and expose it outside our bodies.

Stick To A Skincare Regimen That Works For You

Finding the right skincare product can some times be a hassle. It takes trial and error to figure out which type and brands work for your skin. It’s definitely okay if you can’t find something the first go around. Test products out depending on where you buy them some may give you time to try and return if you’re not satisfied. With that, keep in mind nothing happens over night. Try the product everyday for at least a week or two (or as said in the product instructions) to see if the results you want are what you are getting. When you do find that cleanser, toner, or foundation that has been beneficial; STICK TO IT. Try not to jump around certain makeup products (such as cleanser, foundation, moisturizers, toners, etc)  when it’s worked for you (eyeshadow, lipstick, etc are an exception).

Follow A Routine 

When you’ve found that skincare line that’s worked for you, get a routine down. Like most things in our life, routine is key to gain the results we want. Make the time to properly take care of your skin by cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and priming before putting makeup products on. Even if you don’t use makeup everyday. It’s still important to cleanse, tone and moisturizing for the day. I believe this is one of the hardest parts of realizing others need to do to get that healthy skin. It is mostly because it is task oriented. Some of us are in a hurry and think it takes too much time, or are too “lazy” to start a routine. My biggest advice is to find a time where you are already prepping for the day. For example, immediately after taking a shower is a perfect time to apply all the correct products need to get started. You can also applying right before bed. I’m sure many of us have some sort of bed time routine, so before that final slip under the covers. Why not add a few minutes after (or before) brushing your teeth to cleanse the face. Remember that when we are resting through the night. That is when our bodies are taking the time to heal and repair our skin. 

Less Is More

This applies to many things. For instance, when we buy food we often look at the labels to see what the calories are or what ingredients it has. Do the same for makeup and skincare products. I’ve always believed that the less and simple ingredients the better. {Try to aim for products that contain more natural ingredients as well. Avoid products that contain harsh alcohols and other chemicals not meant for the skin. Lastly, try to avoid skincare that have a fragrance (unnatural).} Second, when applying product you only usually need just a dime full at a time. That way there is no wasted product and you can always add more as needed. 

It’s Time To Upgrade 

Some of us like to stick to store brand products because it’s what we all started out with and are used to. It’s conveniently available at almost any store you walk into, and let’s be honest, it’s cheapest. But remember cheapest doesn’t always mean the best or the most healthy. Most of the cheaper brand products contain many unhealthy ingredients and harsh chemicals that can do harm in the long run. Some of the products are okay to use once in a while and even as back up when your main product has run out. As we get older, we need to take proper care in what we use. At a certain age its time to set a side some of those unhealthy skin routines and treat yourself to some luxury glow.  It’s the same concept as, “When we get older we need to eat healthier more often.”

The Head To The Neck

When applying skincare products such as: moisturizers, toners, cleansers, and foundations; it’s important to bring those products down to the neck. Do what you do to your face to your neck. It provides an even tone and keeps the face/neck balanced. {You wouldn’t want to have a clean smooth face with a dry wrinkled neck.}

Take It Off

I know it might be redundant and we all hear it, but it is very important. PLEASE TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF! Sometimes we might get lazy and or are too tired at the end of the day, but it’s very simple to just take a makeup removal wipe and take it off (do it while you are sitting in the bathroom one last time before bed if you have too). Once in a while is fine. For example, coming in really late at night or just one of those really long days that you are too exhausted and just go straight to bed. However, if you have time to get food or walk around when you get home, you can certainly take a couple seconds to take your makeup off. 

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Another New Year’s Resolution

Another year has passed and another list of resolutions are being made by all. What is a “resolution” anyway, are they not just a list of goals for the new year…? Does anyone else get in a little intimidated by that thought of another year and trying to make “resolutions” happen? I feel a lot better when I just make goals for myself and maybe adding a little time frame so there’s no pressure to finish by the end of the year or feel guilty if I didn’t. A time frame seems appropriate because you still want to give yourself that push to do them. If there’s no expected date it can easily be pushed aside. So friends and strangers I welcome you to join me in new GOALS for the year!!

Last year I wrote 5 goals that I felt I would be able to achieve within 2016. I think its safe to say that I proudly accomplished most of it, if not tweaked here and there as the year went. Since last year I have written more. Even though most of it was school related. We definitely went on more family adventures. Finally exploring our area more and getting to know more wonderful people along the way. I know fitness is always everyone’s new year resolution or goal, but most would deteriorate after just 2 or 3 months. I would like to say that I’ve kept up since we started our new family gym at American Sled Dogs. I’ve definitely gone through ups and downs with health this year (I’m still trying to get back on track). After all I’m not perfect health is a struggle for me and maintaining consistency is a challenge (more story to come). I do want to say, that I feel over all my nutrition intake and activity level have improved since post pregnancy and even before then. I did also make a reading challenge list from last year. Though I didn’t accomplish all of it, I did get some reading done. The list will be one of the goals that I roll over to this year and hopefully finish it!

A new year means new adventures, new challenges, and experiences. Things to look forward to: our son’s 2nd birthday, a year left of school until graduating, my mom’s wedding (and everything that comes with wedding occasions/activities), and another year with my little family. I honestly do not have any new major goals for this year. Which for some people there wouldn’t be. Some years if there are no new or big changes in life, it is just another year of unknown adventures. I still have the same goals as last year (being fit, going on more new adventures, reading…etc). Fitness is a high concentration of mine since I’m still not where I want to be. I also have a goal to achieve before my mother’s wedding. {You gotta look good, gurl!} Luckily her wedding is all the way in December, so I have the whole year to better myself with no excuses!! For those new to my blog, I am also a Younique Product Presenter. Since I’ve always been obsessed with all things makeup and love to give reviews here and there. I finally found a product that has been worth sticking around for and even sharing the world about. I really cannot get over how better my skin has been using these products. Now even though I do sell these products as a makeup lover I still use some store brand products here and there. Mostly eye shadows, because I am obsessed with palettes and different colors! Aside from that, I am also doing personal makeup sessions for events in my area (outside area is negotiable/price varies). {Link to book} I’m hoping that this year my little business can pick up a little more! Last year I was able to do my friends wedding event! That was a lot of fun. She and her bridesmaids trusted me with whatever idea I had for their look. If I do say so myself they all looked B E A U T I F U L!! {Pictures} I do also hope to finish school soon, finally getting my bachelors. In hopes to finding the career of my passion.

This year friends, I hope you all achieve those short term goals. Get the good and bad experiences out of them, and hope it gets you to dream even B I G G E R!!

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Cleaning Makeup Brushes *Cheap and Easy*

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Clean clean those brushes and makeup tools. Trust me they get super nasty when you never clean them. It’s also not healthy for your skin to keep reapplying uncleaned brushes/sponges. The cleaning tools (as you see on the top picture) are inexpensive.

Zote soap 97¢ (at Walmart stores). Most people (as well as I did) would buy a makeup cleaner spray that cost $7+ that lasted about 3-4 uses until the bottle was gone. Not only did I notice that it didn’t clean my brushes thoroughly (really deep in the brush) but it always left an oily residue. I found out Zote, is another alternative to cleaning the brushes that cleans them so well. It looks and feels like it was just new. It even cleans blending sponges (you know how hard it is to clean the sponge with the cleaning spray…it only cleans the surface)! Zote also smells great AND the best part, it’s only 97¢!! It will last you months. I’ve only had to buy one since I found out about it and it’s been 8 months! 

These brush pad cleaners I recommend any at Amazon will be the cheapest (mine were $9 for both, there are cheaper ones or if you want one). Any other products out in stores or name brand will be around $15-$20.

Splash Liquid Lipstick

Fall of last year Younique launched their first ever one of liquid lipsticks called Splash.

BUT did you know there are other ways to use liquid lipsticks…for instance they make great pigmented EYESHADOWS! Apply the usual eye primer before applying the liquid lipstick (color of your choice). I recommend dabbing a sample on the back of  your hand and applying gradually on your eyes with a brush or finger. The key here is BLENDING (as you always should with makeup). You can leave that color as is OR add other colors to heighten the lip color. As Example below…I used Younique’s Splash Liquid Lipstick in STOIC (a rusty-brown with hits for red). To marry the colors together I used a combination Younique’s Moonstruck Mineral Pigment Powders in GLAMOROUS (matte plum) and PRECOCIOUS (matte navy blue).

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Younique Presenter’s Kit *New*

Younique has reorganized their presenter’s kit!! Can you imagine that you get all these when you join our awesome family! They also added a tablet on the bag!!! I’m so FREAKING JEALOUS for you new presenters!

What’s great about joining Younique is there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want too. If you just want to join and earn some money back while buying your own products for yourself, you can totally do that. If you want to make a challenge for yourself and build up confidence to put yourself out there you can do what I do or even be more successful then me.  If you would like to make some money on the side, this is a another great way. It’s all in the effort you put. If the presenters kit is all you want then you can just purchase it as well. Manage this in your own pace and own style. Putting your personal work into it is what makes business a success. 👍🏼

This is nearly $300 worth of products, but here you can get it for $99!! 😱😱🙌🏼 Message me if you’re interested.  Here is a link for more product info.

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  • Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+
  • Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 4
  • Angled Shadow/Sponge Brush
  • Splurge Cream Shadow – Extravagant
  • Cream Shadow Brush
  • Splash Liquid Lipstick – Sentimental
  • Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator
  • Royalty Time Correcting Night Cream
  • Royalty Detoxifying Mask Sample Sachet (3)
  • Royalty Instant Lifting Serum Samples 2 tubes/each with 3ml
  • Royalty Shine Cleansing Cloths
  • Moodstruck Precision Lip Liner Pencil – Peachy
  • Moodstruck Precision Eyeliner Pencil – Proper
  • Younique branded, purple faux-leather make-up organizer bag
  • White Status Presenter Charm
  • Touch Foundation Sample Card
  • Presenter Guide
  • Younique Catalog
  • Zen Print Promotion Card
  • Presenter Tablet

Addiction Palette One (Holiday Look)

Playing around I found this look and decided to do it since I just got Addiction Palette 1. I don’t know how I’ve gone this long with out this beauty (in my head I was like, “Oh it’s just another brown palette…” but it’s a game changer for sure). Add this to your must haves this new year. 

Find me in my Short on Beauty Shop

To purchase from my Younique Shop: Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1


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