The “Hangover” Routine

So last night I went out, as I do most summer nights on the weekend. I went to my favorite rooftop and basically kicked off my Summer by drinking (alcoholic)  peach slushies on a nice warm summer night.

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Naturally, I woke up in the morning feeling kind of blah and dehydrated. I won’t go as far as to say I was hungover, but I was feeling some after effects for sure. So of course, I have a whole routine to bring me back to life…especially my skin.

First off I start by going ham with the water. I’ve probably had about four or five glasses of water today and I’m still so thirsty. I like to drink alkaline water because it supposedly rids the body of toxins…but I also like my good ‘ol filtered water too.

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For whatever reason, my nail polish always gets chipped on one or two of my nails whenever I go out. Last night, they got pretty messed up somehow, so the blue will be coming off right after this blog post. Any good nail polish color recommendations?

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As I’m typing this, I have a hydrating mask on my face. I have the Farmacy Honey Potion on to be exact. This mask never fails to make my skin feel so smooth and look glowy, which is great after a night out drinking.

Normally, I would include a lip mask as well, but I currently don’t have one on me. I like to get the sheet lip masks from Sephora for $3. They actually do work especially after a good lip scrub!

Last, but not least, I rest! I use this time to catch up on my shows and get some much-needed sleep. It’s great to go out and enjoy yourself, but it’s even better to take care of yourself after a long night. I’m a huge fan of pampering myself even if I have no reason to! I plan to write more about self-pampering in the near future because it’s so important!

That’s it for tonight, you guys. As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

The “Hangover” Routine

The Ordinary Serum Foundation + Giveaway WINNER.

Happy Monday everyone! So first I want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway! I’m very glad that people actually participated and I will be having more giveaways in the future so be sure to enter those when they come along. So I used a raffle app on my phone called Raffle App to choose a winner for me.

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Without further ado…the winner of my giveaway is: IMG_5877

Congratulations EmmZeeBee, I’ll be messaging you on Instagram later today to get your information!

Now for the blog post! I HAD to get The Ordinary Serum Foundation and try it out. I filmed a video about it even and I’ll post it at the end of this blog.

I ordered this foundation May 6th and it didn’t arrive until May 28th. There were a ton of people ordering and it took awhile to process, but it was well worth the wait. I read a handful of reviews and everybody really fell in love with this foundation. I was really psyched for it to arrive!

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Here are a few things to know about the foundation:

  • Lightweight almost like water
  • Medium coverage
  • Buildable
  • Satin finish
  • Plays well with others (other foundations or concealers)
  • No creasing
  • Incredibly affordable

IMG_3695So far, I’m really loving it except that it doesn’t contain SPF which is alright because I can wear sunscreen underneath. I do choose to wear this at night when I don’t want a super full coverage look.

I’m done rambling because I did plenty of that in the video. Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

The Ordinary Serum Foundation + Giveaway WINNER.

150 Followers GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

I know I once again neglected you guys on Wednesday, but here I AM on this lovely Friday!

So it’s time for something special on this here lovely blog! A giveaway! I reached 150 followers on this blog, so I thought hey why not do a giveaway to celebrate?! It took me awhile to figure out what to do for the giveaway, and then it came to me… SKINCARE!

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I’m going to be giving away a First Aid Beauty Faves To Go Kit. The set comes with:

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I’m going to make this super easy for you guys because I know there are a TON of rules for some giveaways. So, here are the rules:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @chelsiiohkay
  2. Comment on this blog post that you followed me on Instagram and leave your Instagram handle so that I can direct message you if you won.
  3. (Optional) Tell me what your skin is like in the comment that you leave with your Instagram handle.

That is all! I am going to be checking if you follow and comment so be sure to follow these rules!

*You must be 18 years or older to take part in the giveaway.*

The giveaway will run until  June 2nd, 2017 and the winner will be announced June 5th, 2017.

GOOD LUCK!! =D

ChelsiKay

150 Followers GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

I’m really really excited for today’s blog post because I got something new to talk about! I’m not one to be into things that are limited edition simply because they are limited and that sucks when you can’t get your hands on them again. However, this, I had to have! I purchased the Chrissy Teigen Becca palette! I absolutely love Chrissy Teigen – her tweets, cookbook, husband etc. So, I was pretty excited when I found out that she was coming out with a glow palette…I hope she comes out with more in the future.

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I couldn’t not feature the palette on my lovely blog because that would be such a disservice to you all. So, the palette has a blush, a bronzer, a highlighter, and a contour color. I do happen to be darker skinned so everything kind of shows up as a highlighter color, which I’m perfectly fine with!

IMG_5765Just like most of Becca’s line, this palette is pretty pigmented. The packaging is just gorgeous and it’s rose gold! Rose gold is just the end all be all color right now – I just can’t get enough. Don’t mind my huge pores and pimples please…y’all know my struggle!

I will say after two wears, I love it, but it doesn’t stay on all day which is fine by me. I’m not big on blush, so I like to apply that color to my crease. I think these colors for ladies that are my skin tone or near it can use this as a more natural subtle highlight/bronzing palette. You’re not going to get that super lit look like with the Karity palette, but you will get a nice bright natural glow with this Chrissy Teigen palette.

So if you’re interested in a nice subtle highlight or even new to the highlighter world then I insist you get your hands on this bad boy.

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Current Skin Care Routine

I haven’t broken out in almost three weeks now. I have one pimple right this second that was caused by my excessive dairy intake, but that is all. That is a record for me…by now my skin would be covered in a bunch of unsightly pimples that appeared out of thin air. I don’t know what it is about my current skincare routine, but my face likes it a lot! I bet you can already guess what I’ll be talking about today then – my current skincare routine!

First, I’m going to talk about the nighttime because that’s typically when I have the most steps.

So I do wear makeup – foundation, eyeliner, mascara, you know the usual. Therefore, it’s so important for me to do a first and second cleanse. I like to start off with either my Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear Micellar Water or my Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil to get my make up off. I gave up makeup wipes a long time ago because I felt that they were slightly too abrasive on my skin. After doing my first cleanse I normally just do whatever needs to be done at home before I move onto my second cleanse.

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I’ve fallen in love with my Bosica Charcoal Deep Cleansing Stick because I feel like it really does do a nice deep cleanse without being too harsh. I honestly do think charcoal was one of the keys to keeping the pimples away for this long. Anything with charcoal or even clay might be my saving grace for my pesky acne-prone skin.

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My next step is toning which I did not think was even important. Sometimes there can be leftover dirt or just leftover cleanser, which needs to come off. I use the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner mainly for extra hydration.

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Then I follow up with my Glossier Super Pure niacinamide serum which I think played a big role in keeping the pimples away as well…I mean that’s what it’s for.

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I finish off the nighttime routine with the Dr. Jart’s Water Drop that is packed with lots of hydration. I like the Korean skincare brands lately…they work!

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In the morning I rinse my face with lukewarm water and tone my face. I recently purchased this MISSHA Time Revolution Clear Toner from SokoGlam. The toner contains fermented yeast extract which promotes cellular turnover and a brighter, even skin tone. So far, I like it and it’s another Korean brand!

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I apply the Glossier Super Pure again and then moisturize with the Dr. Jart’s Water Drop and I’m done!

On Wednesday’s or Thursday’s, I’ll usually do a mask. Lately, I’ve been reaching for my Leahlani Mermaid Mask…it’s almost time to purchase some more.

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That’s really all I’ve been doing with my skin lately. I’m a little afraid to add any acids again that at some point I’ll add the First Aid Beauty Glycolic Pads back in since they are pretty gentle.

Sorry for posting so late today, I had another busy day and I didn’t want to completely neglect you guys again. So, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

Current Skin Care Routine

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

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
    • I’ve always done this but decided to try out the Boscia’s Charcoal Cleansing Stick…stole from mom yet again. I love the cleansing stick btw and it is surprisingly gentle.    IMG_5579

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?