Skin Tints & Micellar Water Review

I was not at all sure what to write about today, but then it hit me…I have a FEW reviews to do today! Then I got overly excited and almost spontaneously combusted, not really but can you imagine? I’m kind of over doing individual reviews, so I decided to do three mini reviews on different products. Anything I review I like…hell anything I buy I like. The off chance I don’t like something that I purchased, I return it. I’m not trying to go on a tangent or anything, but I only say that because people think lots of bloggers/social media influencers are lying about liking a product when they review them. Or they just don’t mention the products they dislike and keep it moving…? I could go down a rabbit hole about this – maybe for another post someday.

Anyway! On to the mini reviews! All three of the products have been in my possession for at least three weeks to a month now, so I’ve had pretty ample time to use them to have an honest opinion on them.

Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear™ Mirco Water

It’s micellar water if you haven’t guessed. I’ve always been a little skeptical about micellar water…mainly when people only use micellar water as a form of cleansing. I feel like my face would bubble up into one big pimple if I didn’t clean it properly. I do wear light to medium coverage daily though, so that could be why.

 

I’m really feeling Dr. Jart as of recently. The sheet masks and moisturizer are pretty amazing, so why wouldn’t their micellar water be?

IMG_3589So there’s not too much I can say about micellar water except, does it get all my makeup off? Yes, at least the makeup I can see anyway. I use about 1½ cotton pads to remove the visible makeup and I can go on about my day until I decided to wash my face for real. I consider the micellar water my first cleanse and then I follow up with my Boscia’s Deep Cleansing Charcoal Stick.

Compared to Bioderma and Garnier, the Dermaclear™ is a steep price retailing at $32. However, the bottle is pretty big and I feel like I use fewer cotton pads than I do with Garnier’s Micellar Water.

I haven’t decided if I would purchase again, but it is a huge possibility.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

So, I like this tinted moisturizer, but they do not provide much coverage for my acne scarring prone skin. That is obviously a personal problem, but if you’re thinking about getting this for coverage…keep looking. However, they are AMAZING to mix with other foundations that aren’t your color at the moment. If you tan or change colors in the summer or winter months then it is nice to have some type of drops around to mix with your foundation/BB cream/tinted moisturizer. They are especially good for if you are an in-between color and can’t find the right base color for any brand. Maybe you’ve got an expensive base that you’re almost at the end of and you want to make it last, these are your drops.

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I was mixing the Skin Tint with my Tom Ford because it was too light for me once the warmth came around and they worked wonders. If I had a much clearer complexion, I’d without a doubt opt for the Glossier Skin Tint…if they were formulated with some kind of sunscreen. Of course, I could wear sunscreen underneath, but sunscreen mixed with a base has never worked for anybody with oily skin. Maybe it works for these drops because they are pretty damn lightweight.

The consistency is very liquidy, it’s like tinted water basically. The price is pretty mid range retailing at $26 so you won’t break your bank trying it out.

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Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint

I was pretty shook when I found out that Philosophy had a tinted moisturizer that was also in my color. Philosophy was my go-to skin care line back in the day (lol.) I couldn’t even pass up trying out this Skin Tint. I was not expecting to like this product so much. It comes in a jar, which is kind of weird, but there’s SO much in it!

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The skin tint is buildable and doesn’t seem to cake or crease when you add more. It’s extremely lightweight while still having a creamy consistency. I actually look forward to putting this stuff on every day! This is the first ever tinted moisturizer that I actually like and would repurchase for as long as they kept the same formula and colors. This Skin Tint is formulated with SPF which is a huge plus and retails at $39. I personally think this product is worth way more but I am NOT complaining!

So, I hope you guys enjoyed my mini reviews on skin care/makeup. I think it would have been a pain to review these all individually. Leave any questions in the comments. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Skin Tints & Micellar Water Review

Just A Curly Girl Problem

Ok, so I’m not sure if you guys know this, but I am completely in love and obsessed with my own hair. I know I know how self-centered am I? Only a little and mainly when it comes to my hair.

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When I was 11 years old, my mom cut all of my damaged relaxed hair out and I was rocking a short cut in middle school. Cue the mild bullying about looking like a boy. In high school, I straightened my hair to the point of heat damage until I got to college. Now, I have some crazy big curly hair that sits on top of my head that for whatever reason I embraced in the last five years.

So technically, I have a pretty damn good reason for loving and being absolutely obsessed with my hair. All I want to do is grow it as long as I possibly can until I get sick of it, which I doubt will happen.

A week and a half ago, I noticed that my hair has been the same length for a while and I wasn’t retaining nor gaining much length. I had those pesky fairy knots and it seemed as if I was losing more and more hair every time I washed it.

Now I expect to lose at least a ping pong ball size of hair…sometimes more but nothing crazy like I was experiencing. I was brushing out at least three ping-pong balls twice a week. I wasn’t freaked out, but I knew something in my routine was causing this problem.

It didn’t take me very long to come to the conclusion that my detangling step in my routine was the culprit. In fact, it’s probably been setting me back for a long while now. Looking back on it now, I was pulling actual full strands out rather than shed/dead hair. At the time I was religiously using the Tangle Teezer, which apparently is not at all the best for my type of hair. Oops. My other detangler of choice was the Denman Brush…another fail on my part. The Denman Brush is just as bad if not worse than the Tangle Teaser.

This WHOLE time I was pulling my hair out without even realizing it. I mean, I realized it but I thought it was perfectly normal at the time. Silly me!

Last Thursday, when I refreshed my hair I opted for a comb rather than a brush and the comb wouldn’t go through my curls. The comb’s seams caught onto my hair and were causing that problem.

FullSizeRender 2IMG_5602I searched for a comb that I used to use when I first started wearing my hair curly and was elated that it didn’t have any of those seams!

I began at the ends and worked my way up to my roots and saw that there was minimal hair in the comb. YAY! I deep conditioned my hair on Sunday and used the same comb and glided through my hair yet again. I will say my hair does have a little more frizz than when I detangle with my Tangle Teezer, but frizz doesn’t really bother me that much.

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I recall the Tangle Teezer and Denman Brush working in the past, but maybe it caused the fairy knots and then began yanking my hair out. I’m glad I know this now and I hope to retain and gain some length now. So if you’re experiencing some excessive shedding or breakage while detangling, it could be your brush or even comb.

What do you guys detangle your hair with?

As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Just A Curly Girl Problem

Acne Woes Pt….101?

Sometimes I feel like every time I have clear skin, here comes another breakout just waiting to happen. About two weeks ago, I broke out all over my T-zone, (minus the forehead) cheeks and chin. I’m not sure why exactly, but I felt like I had this great routine to keep all the pimples away and it wasn’t working. All I know is that my skin was really inflamed and was giving me the blues.

I had been using the Peter Thomas Roth Acne System that is loaded with salicylic acid, which is known to keep acne away. It worked for about a week and then, BAM, another breakout. To try and remedy the pimples, I did my Leahlani Mermaid Mask and then later that week my Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask. They did help temporarily, but the pimples would not budge!

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At one point, I was just extremely frustrated, which I’m sure caused some more acne. So, I went back to basics. Each pimple, I applied a hot compress and slowly drained them. It was a process but it did work.

I came to a realization (thanks to the Youtuber Gothamista) that maybe I was being way too harsh on my face. She is very knowledgeable about pH and the ingredients in the products out there on the market. I began to use some of the same steps she uses to keep her skin clear as well as some steps that I thought would help.

  1. Don’t over wash my skin
    • I began washing my face with just water in the morning followed by a gentle toner   IMG_5582
  2. Calm my skin down
    • I used a calming mask (stolen from mom) from the Farmacy line: Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
    • I also used Glossier’s Super Pure niacinamide serum which is unexpectedly gentle.IMG_5580
  3. Hydrate my skin
    • I stopped using just the Herbivore Lapis Oil and applied an actual moisturizer. Dr. Jart’s Water Drop to be exact…also stole from mom.
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  4. Use a gentle yet effective cleanser at night
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Within two days, my skin improved. My pimples didn’t hurt and weren’t nearly as big. It’s been four days now and even my hormonal acne is responding well to this new routine. I would love to pinpoint exactly what’s helping, but it could be all of it or some of it. I get so irritated with my acne that I slather EVERYTHING onto my face just to get rid of pimples and that could have been setting me back this whole time. I’m going to keep up this routine for a few weeks and then be sure to update you guys. I’m also going to take a before picture now so that I don’t forget and can show you all actual results! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Acne Woes Pt….101?

Finally, Glossier.

Today I decided to be proactive and start blogging a little bit earlier than normal, especially since it’s going to be a busy day for me. Today I’m celebrating my best friend’s birthday. She has a blog too called thelavendersmile. So instead of completely neglecting my schedule and you guys, I thought why not just get a head start and post early?!

Most Friday’s, I don’t have too much to talk about unless of course, I’ve planned something in advance. Today isn’t really a planned post but I do want to talk about my purchase from Glossier.

I have no idea what took me SO long to buy anything from them, but the day has finally come. This, of course, isn’t a review, because I JUST got the products yesterday and I’ve only used one of them.

Glossier is a brand that stands for pretty much everything I am about! It minimal, clean, no nonsense, still fun, quirky, and of course aesthetically pleasing! I have used their skin tint and it is a little too lightweight for my hyperpigmented skin, but one of these days I will ONLY be able to do lightweight.

Anyway, onto the purchases. I will do a review on these products very soon…I have a long list of products to review already!

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So I had to get the Glossier Boy Brow in black because 1. It’s a bestseller and 2. It makes everyone’s eyebrows look natural and filled in instantly! I think everyone should have a little bit of boy brow in their makeup kit and I haven’t even used it yet! I’ve seen countless videos on YouTube of people using this brow gel and it’s a hit. The tube should be a whole lot bigger for the price. I’m not usually one to complain too much about price, but the Boy Brow is pretty small. At $16 they could definitely make the tube a bit wider. It does seem to be the only product that is that small as well as the only product you’ll need to buy over and over again. There’s gotta be a method to their madness.

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I was not supposed to be buying skincare this month, but I really couldn’t resist. So I kind of tweaked my no buying skincare month into purchasing from Sephora. I am in Sephora at least 3 to 4 times a month and I ALWAYS buy something skincare related. Anyway, I had to get my hands onto the Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc serum. Apparently, niacinamide and zinc are supposed to help with inflammation that accompanies acne. Well, guess who has acne prone skin and lots of skin inflammation? This girl. So it was almost written in the stars that I had to buy this serum. I already like it because it goes on your skin like water!

So, I think that I’ll really like both of these products and I’ll probably purchase some other ones later on. I couldn’t make this post too long, but I did want to get it up for you all nice and early!

Comment if you’ve tried Glossier and tell me what your favorite product is!

ChelsiKay

Finally, Glossier.

How I Take & Edit my Instagram Pictures

So, I’m pretty proud of the way my Instagram feed has been looking lately. It’s really not that big of a deal but it is just aesthetically pleasing to me and I want to talk a little bit about it.

My Instagram grid doesn’t really follow any particular theme exactly, but I do post similar things like skincare, outfit of the days/nights, and as of lately… coffee! These past few weeks, my mom and I made it a point to check out a new coffee shop in the D.C. area at least once a week. So far, my favorite is Dolcezza because they have affogato (it’s a gelato place duh!) and they’re also everywhere in D.C.!

PLANNING:

I do plan out many of my posts because I like for it to look neat. I think that’s just the planner/creator in me. If you look at my grid you can see that any picture of/with me (OOTD, an “usie,” or a mirror picture) right below or above it is another picture of/with me. Everything else is either food, skincare, makeup, quotes, art, or nature.

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EDITING:

Believe it or not, I edit with the Photos app…yup the one that’s already on the iPhone. I usually change up the brilliance, black point, and then I’ll just lighten up just a tad. The majority of the time, I try to have really good lighting and take decent pictures from the get-go so that I can do minimal editing.

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Those times when minimal editing just won’t do, I’ll open up PicFX. I’ll usually go with the PFX Film filters and see how those make my pictures look. I also use PicFX to make the picture square if I didn’t set the camera to square, to begin with. When PicFX fails me, then I’ll just open up the Instagram app and use the filter Ludwig and post it!

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Very rarely I’ll use Snapseed to brighten (usually the background) the picture. Almost never, I’ll use FaceTune to blur blemishes out of selfie pictures. I’m trying to get in the habit of 1. Embracing my imperfections and 2. Having clear skin, to begin with.

PROPS:

 Props are pretty much my favorite part of taking pictures! Sometimes I use marble contact paper as a background, other times I’ll use glossy cardstock or a small blackboard. Let me just say, cardstock and black boards are amazing for taking flat lay pictures!

Not too long ago I put marble contact paper onto a LACK shelf that I wasn’t using and now it’s what I use to take the majority of skin care purchases, loves, and must-haves. Marble is just really in right now and it makes all of my pictures look so put together and clean.

Recently, I just started incorporating Sugarfina gummy bears into my pictures. Don’t worry they’re no longer edible so they didn’t go to waste. I guess it took us too long to eat them so they got hard…so why not use them as props in your pictures? The gummy bears look great on that small blackboard by the way.

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As far as what I use to take the pictures, I usually stick to my iPhone because it’s got pretty great quality. Occasionally, I get out my Canon T5, borrow my mom’s 50mm and shoot for when I want my image to look more “professional.”

So, that’s how I take and edit my pictures for Instagram! There’s really not that much to it! I just thought today I would share my not so secret secrets to my Instagram feed! Go and check out my Instagram @chelsiiohkay. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

How I Take & Edit my Instagram Pictures

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Review

I really did want to wait for this post since I feel like I JUST posted about it, but I could not wait! Remember my Herbivore Lapis Oil post that I was so giddy about? Well, I’m pretty giddy about my First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. For the rest of this post, I’m just going to call these pads FAB Radiance Pads or FAB Pads because it is a bit shorter!

I’ll be honest, I turned my nose up at First Aid Beauty at first because I always thought they were kind of basic and didn’t really come with the bells and whistles (yummy scents, amazing packaging, pretty colors) like other skincare lines do. To be fair, I think GlamGlow over does it with the bells and whistles…mainly their scents and funky packaging. Most of FAB is unscented, undyed, and kind of uninteresting. I once received a sample of their moisturizer and thought it was just okay – probably better for dry skin. So, I never really gave them a second look.

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It wasn’t until I was recommended the FAB Radiance Pads by a Sephora employee that I knew I made a huge mistake judging First Aid Beauty. Now I’m scouring Sephora.com to see if they have any other products in the line that may cater to my skin. However, I don’t plan on purchasing any more skin care (from Sephora) until the month of April is over, which is RIGHT around the corner!

Upon purchasing the FAB Radiance Pads, I thought “hey why not, they’re only $30 (60-count) and I can ALWAYS return them since Sephora has such a generous return policy.” Little did I know that I would actually look forward to using these exfoliating pads on a daily basis.

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Here’s a little blurb on the FAB Radiance Pads from Sephora.com:

If you want to know more…
Facial Radiance® Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use, even for people with sensitive skin. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the face, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin looking bright and glowing. Regular use of these pads will smooth the skin’s texture, providing a perfect canvas for flawless makeup application. 

What I love about these FAB Pads is that you see results pretty instantly…of course, they’re no miracle worker and don’t make your skin glow like the moon, but your (my) skin does appear brighter after using. After about a week of use, dark spots begin to fade and uneven skin tones begin to even out. Emphasis on begin(s). 

I stated in my last post about the FAB Pads that if you’re used to using acid peels that are much stronger, then these exfoliant pads may not work as effectively.

This time around, I actually have an after picture, which really isn’t helpful because I have no before pictures. Also, it was right after I used the product because I planned on having more after pictures to see the difference. I really need to get better at this!

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Now my dark spots are still pretty visible, but my cheekbones and pretty much anywhere I’d apply highlight to is all glowy and radiant! I’m sure over the course of a few months, my dark spots would fade away as well.

Anywho, the FAB Radiance Pads are good for anyone who has sensitive acne prone skin that typically reacts badly to alpha hydroxy acids. The exfoliant pads can be used every day twice a day if necessary. I think of these FAB Pads as the equivalent to the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Mask but in toner and exfoliant form.

I like to use this product in the morning for a “wake me up” glow. If you use a tinted moisturizer go ahead and put it on right after using these pads because they make a pretty decent primer too!

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So, I think I’ll wrap this review right on up and say that these Facial Radiance Pads are worth the $30. If you’re worried about spending that much, you can always order the $15 FAB Pads (28-count) on Sephora.com and try them out. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Review

Adding to my Capsule

I know I know, I didn’t post my Friday post yesterday. I should seriously consider auto posting for when I’m out and about and don’t plan on being near a computer. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about American Eagle Outfitters. It’s not weird that I want to talk about this retailer, I promise.

I didn’t really shop at American Eagle as a teen because their clothes were pretty logo intensive then and I did not like that sort of style and still don’t. It wasn’t until a few years ago I happened upon their site and saw that they kind of changed their style to more everyday basics yet somewhat trendy style. This was around the time that I started doing a capsule wardrobe and shopped there for mainly t-shirts and jeans.

AE jeans are some of the best jeans on the market. This is coming from someone who has trouble finding jeans because of my somewhat abnormally long legs and the random tushy I have. Shopping for jeans is something I never ever want to go do but I know is necessary every few years or so. Sometimes I’m a 0 and sometimes I’m a 4. It always depends on the store and if their sizes don’t vary too much. American Eagle is one of those stores where I am the same size in every rise, fit, and wash. Ultimately, it’s as if American Eagle jeans are made for people with “abnormal” bodies…not for the super curvy, yet not for the waif either.

Anyway, I recently went on their site again and noticed the style has changed a bit once again. They still have their Soft & Sexy line, but also added a new line that I am really here for. The line is called “Don’t Ask Why” and it features slightly sexy, edgy and somewhat trendy clothing. Think, off the shoulder, lace up necklines, bomber jackets and an homage to Yeezy maybe?

Of course, I bought some things and plan on buying a couple of more items from there for the warmer months. I’m forever in a bind when it comes to clothes and Summer and I think American Eagle is my answer!

Is AE slow fashion? Not really, but it isn’t fast fashion either. There happens to be some retailers out there who fall right in the middle. Are their practices ethical? Well, I’m still searching for that but AE has a page about a better world which doesn’t exactly include “100% ETHICAL” or anything of the sort. However, they’re leaning more towards sustainability, which is a step in the right direction.

It helps to have a retailer to shop at that’s not super expensive and also pretty stylish. I can’t say the same for some slow retailers out there. I actually really love the idea of shopping somewhere that’s priced somewhere in the middle ($30-$150.)

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So I said all of that to say that I’ve added American Eagle Outfitters to my slow fashion shopping list, especially for the Summer months. If I buy anything else from AE, I’ll be sure to post about in my next capsule update! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Adding to my Capsule