This No Frizz Hair Care Line is your First Defense Against Humidity

Danyelle Valentin // @bufferingbetty

When your love for big hair turns ironic.

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 With frizzy hair, even the slightest presence of moisture in the air ruins your low slick back ponytail into a swirly mess.

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Don’t doubt for a minute that I don’t love every inch of my hair. I can manipulate it into anything. There are certainly cute frizzy hair days.

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But THIS is not one of them so these are the days that we need to embrace the power good hair care.

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The first step for managing frizzy hair is identifying why your hair swells 3x it’s actual size in the first place. Frizzy hair means that your hair is on the dryer side; regardless of your hair type. For me, it’s, 1, I was born this way, and 2, using hot tools in my hair. Using heated styling tools to smooth my frizz just creates more of what I’m trying to, not eliminate, but keep well below Hagrid levels. I also shower with hot water. I know it’s bad for my dry skin and hair but I can’t help it!!!!

So, if you were born this way, the first thing you need to do is ACCEPT and EMBRACE your frizzy hair. Almost nothing can correct nature. There are dozens of ways to style your hair where frizz adds an exciting element of beauty. We see it on the runway all the time!

Note: I wouldn’t be mad if my hair looked like that every day. And I do mean that big too!

I also need to accept that I am damaging my hair with heat and products that dry it out -only making it frizzier. What are your habits that effect your hair?

Related: Rotating Curling Iron Review

Frizzy hair be like 0 to GODDAMN in 5 seconds. You’ll think you’re going to have a great natural hair day and POOF. Your hair had other plans but you were already in your car on your way to happy hour and now you have to enlist ‘the bun’ to save you. -Just me?

To keep your hair fierce rather ferocious, prepping your hair starts in the shower. The Living Proof No Frizz shampoo and conditioner left me blown away the first time I used it. It has continued to impress me every time I wash my hair. I’m on my third set!!! Do you remember how nice you’re hair felt before your discovered hot tools and styling products? Or do you feel slightly jealous of your baby cousins’ hairs because they just look so healthy and untainted by the pressures of adulthood? Yeah. that's how good my hair feels and looks with this combo.

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Most ‘no frizz’ hair care lines I’ve tried leave my hair weighed down. I. Hate. Flat. Hair. The Living Proof combo is everything. My hair looks and feels so healthy. My wavy hair texture is at peak waviness when I let it air dry -even with no added product. Are you paying attention! NO ADDED PRODUCT! I get compliments on my hair when I use this shampoo and conditioner.

Add it to your cart, your wishlists, your mood boards now! -
Shampoo // Conditioner

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On second and third (+ so on) day hair, I use the Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. It brings down the frizz to a socially acceptable level. I keep mini ones with me at all times! One in my purse and one chills in the cup-holder of the front seat of my car. It doesn’t act as a smoothing oil which works to eliminate all signs of frizz. Like I said, I love my frizzy hair. I just like to not walk around looking like I haven’t brushed my hair in 3 months. The styling cream gives more definition to my waves without making my hair heavy.

   Living Proof   No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

Living Proof
No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

This next product is not part of the Living Proof line BUT it is a ‘holy grail’ level product for keeping my hair in shape. The Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque -ya need it. Just to keep it simple; you need it. Damage in my hair always shows on the ends. This masque makes my hair look like I just got it cut. It’s boujee salon level excellent that you can do at home. I would just avoid using it directly before styling your hair because it is so rich that your hair will just fall flat.

   Bumble and Bumble   Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque

Bumble and Bumble
Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque

Have I told you how I’ve crowned myself as the Sample Queen -because I have. You can be too! Try all of the Living Proof products I wrote about in this travel kit they put together.

   Living Proof   No Frizz Smoothing & Frizz Fighting Travel Kit

Living Proof
No Frizz Smoothing & Frizz Fighting Travel Kit

For the days when the frizz factor will not be controlled. always keep some sort shield with you. It could be a hat, headband or scarf. For me it’s at least 4 bobby pins to create a secure bun and a hair tie for when I can’t be bothered. Frizz happens fast. Don’t let them catch you slippin’!

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From the moment I emerged into this life, I have had frizzy hair. As a child, my mom saturated my sisters’ and my hair with Infusium leave in conditioner. In middle school, to control the frizz, I coated my hair in Pantene Pro V mousse or any brand gel -I had one that tinted my hair blue and made it as hard as plastic. I’d pull my hair into a high side ponytail with a scrunchie! In high school, I discovered the blow dryer but only used it the night before school to “let the frizz settle overnight” -I still do this sometimes.

I fully embrace my hair! I often try something new: blonde, blue, purple, bob, bangs, braids. and all of the things!

If all else fails, live in your Diana Ross- big hair, don’t care-moments!

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Beauty Horoscope: Virgo 2018

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

Virgo, it is fitting that your season begins just as the back-to-school vibes set in. August ends as you prep + organize to meet your goals. Even if you’re no longer a formal student, you still love the ‘fresh start’ September gives. A Virgo is a life long pupil. Because of your ability to create a master plan full of detailed steps that will lead you to achieve all that you discipline yourself to have, there isn’t much that can stop a Virgo. Except for your obsession with perfection. Don’t get so trap by perfecting the small steps that you push away the goal. It is a distracting defense mechanism and you know it. Mod make up the 60s brought all of the attention to the eyes; widening them by drawing attention to dramatized creases and a dropped lower lash line or painted on lower lashes. Think Twiggy’s doe-eyed gaze that was also sultry. Embrace your creativity, open your eyes, and don’t forget where your journey is going to lead you. Never forget that you have vision. 

The Look: Mod Pod

Skincare

  Ren Clean Skincare  Evercalm™ Overnight Recovery Balm

Ren Clean Skincare
Evercalm™ Overnight Recovery Balm

   Glow Recipe   Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Glow Recipe
Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

   Coco & Eve   Like a Virgin Coconut & Fig Hair Mask

Coco & Eve
Like a Virgin Coconut & Fig Hair Mask

   Aromatica   Sea Daffodil Aqua Gel Cream

Aromatica
Sea Daffodil Aqua Gel Cream

   Skinfood   Avocado Lip Scrub

Skinfood
Avocado Lip Scrub

   Florencia Collection   Papaya & Pumpkin Brightening Mask

Florencia Collection
Papaya & Pumpkin Brightening Mask

Fragrance

   Pinrose   Garden Gangster

Pinrose
Garden Gangster

Beauty

   Juvia's Place   Bella Blush

Juvia's Place
Bella Blush

  Becca  Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation

Becca
Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation

  Melt Cosmetics  Last Kiss

Melt Cosmetics
Last Kiss

   Benefit Cosmetics   Brow Contour Pro

Benefit Cosmetics
Brow Contour Pro

   Too Faced   Tutti Frutti - Dew You Full-Coverage Fresh Glow Foundation

Too Faced
Tutti Frutti - Dew You Full-Coverage Fresh Glow Foundation

   Shiseido   Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

Shiseido
Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

Nails: 

   Boss Bitch Nails   Jade Marble Press On Nails

Boss Bitch Nails
Jade Marble Press On Nails

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Art For Virgo

 Friendships Are Like Flowers by   Le Joe

Friendships Are Like Flowers
by Le Joe

 Virgo - For Marie Claire France January 2018 by   Isabelle Feliu

Virgo - For Marie Claire France January 2018
by Isabelle Feliu

 Virgo zodiac star sign by   mailboxdisco

Virgo zodiac star sign
by mailboxdisco

Happy Birthday, Deanna!!!

Happy Birthday, Danyelle!!!

Info on Virgo  from here
All photos are credited to original source.

Last Year Virgo B. Scope

Previous Zodiac: Leo

B. Scopes September 2018

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

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Aries

   Too Faced   Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter

Too Faced
Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter

   Bvlgari   Man In Black

Bvlgari
Man In Black

   Ppretty Vulgar   Phoenix Rising Eyeshadow Palette

Ppretty Vulgar
Phoenix Rising Eyeshadow Palette


Taurus

   R+CO   Trophy Shine + Texture Spray

R+CO
Trophy Shine + Texture Spray

   Lime Crime   Venus III Eyeshadow Palette

Lime Crime
Venus III Eyeshadow Palette

   Goodal   Green Tangerine Moist Emulsion

Goodal
Green Tangerine Moist Emulsion


Gemini

   Kat Von D   10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D
10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

   Tonymoly   Painting Therapy Pack – Pink Clay SOS Care

Tonymoly
Painting Therapy Pack – Pink Clay SOS Care

   Laura Geller    Filter First Luminous Foundation

Laura Geller
Filter First Luminous Foundation


Cancer

   Clinique   Quickliner for Eyes Intense

Clinique
Quickliner for Eyes Intense

   Riley Rose   Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil

Riley Rose
Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil

   Juice Beauty   Smoothing Eye Concentrate

Juice Beauty
Smoothing Eye Concentrate


Leo

   Origins   No Offense Alcohol and Aluminum Free Deodorant

Origins
No Offense Alcohol and Aluminum Free Deodorant

   Vitruvi   Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Vitruvi
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil

   Peripera   Juice Time Orange Mask Sheet

Peripera
Juice Time Orange Mask Sheet


Virgo

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Full Virgio Beauty Horoscope Here!


Libra

   Kiehl's   Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Kiehl's
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

   23 Years Old   Air Laynic Pore Mask

23 Years Old
Air Laynic Pore Mask

   AG Hair    Rosehip Balm

AG Hair
Rosehip Balm


Scorpio

   Lancer   Eye Contour Lifting Cream with Diamond Powder

Lancer
Eye Contour Lifting Cream with Diamond Powder

   SOO AE   Diamond Glow Peel Off Mask

SOO AE
Diamond Glow Peel Off Mask

   Redkin   Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Shampoo

Redkin
Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Shampoo


Sagittarius

   Moon Juice   Blue Beauty Adaptogenic Protein

Moon Juice
Blue Beauty Adaptogenic Protein

   Besame Cosmetics   Keep Singing Eyeshadow Palette

Besame Cosmetics
Keep Singing Eyeshadow Palette

   Beauty By Popsugar    Trio Time Eye

Beauty By Popsugar
Trio Time Eye


Capricorn

  Benefits Cosmetics  Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

Benefits Cosmetics
Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

   Kocostar   Foot Therapy

Kocostar
Foot Therapy

   NYX   Midnight Chaos Shadow Palette

NYX
Midnight Chaos Shadow Palette


Aquarius

   DR. JART+   Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream

DR. JART+
Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream

   Glitter Injections   Pressed Glitter – Amor

Glitter Injections
Pressed Glitter – Amor

   J.Cat Beauty    Blinkle Shimmer Eyeshadow

J.Cat Beauty
Blinkle Shimmer Eyeshadow


PISCES

   Bobbi Brown   Highlighting Powder

Bobbi Brown
Highlighting Powder

  Black Moon Cosmetics  Moonlighter

Black Moon Cosmetics
Moonlighter

   Pacifica   Crystal Lit Moon Oil

Pacifica
Crystal Lit Moon Oil

All photos are credited or sourced

The Ace Edit - August 2018

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We are officially halfway through Summer and the real heat has yet to hIt New York City. I’ve recently had to make some beauty/lifestyle changes to adjust to these dog days of summer. 

MAKE PLAY

We all know I’ve been barefaced most of the summer, slathering nothing but SPF on my face. Just because I’ve been minimal doesn’t mean I’m boring. I do like to play. What I live for is a good base. Lately Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation has been supreme. just a few dots here and there and blended well. I even use foundations as a tinted moisturizer. The shade 240 just matches my skin perfectly and that is rare. I just want to enhance my natural glow honey. Once you find the perfect base everything else falls into place. For eyes , the Natasha Denona “Camel” palette is an everyday dream, no one’s shadow formula can compete with hers. For fun colors and shimmers I do live for Colourpop, I’m like an OG fan since the days of “Bae” and “Rex”. I’m not really wild with bold color yet I still like to play around with it. With Colourpop I’m not spending major coin but the quality of product is superb! 

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Curls Curls Curls Curls… Curls I Do Adore

I unexpectedly went natural. I didn’t plan on it, it just happened during a dark time last year. Stress and Depression made my hair falling out in little clumps. I went into hiding for 7 months, just coming out here and there. Since I wasn’t going anywhere except work, I didn’t feel the need to do my hair anymore. I had stopped putting high heat and/or chemicals on my hair and just washing, rinsing and using hair oils and a hair gel that is free of shitty chemicals to slick my hair back and lay down my baby hurrs.  I also started cutting it more often which has been aiding in my hair growth. You know how they say you have to fall in order to rise up. Taking those months and having time to myself allowed my hair to be repaired and for the texture to improve and for my strands to become thicker and my curls... well,  actually becoming curls again. For The first time ever, I can say that I unapologetically love my hair. 

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SILKY AF

The struggling battle with my Keratosis Pilaris is ongoing and I’m looking for new products everyday to get it under control. Currently it has been super uncomfortable in this heat. Frank Body came all the way through with their Coconut Body Balm. My Skin Soaks it all up while leaving me with a silky gleam. 

The skin on my face has been silky smooth thanks to Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. Smoothing out my texture and renewing my skin leaving me with a pretty perfect radiance. I use Glossier’s Solution for daily exfoliation, while using this treatment once a week or bi weekly. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU ALWAYS FOLLOW UP ANY PRODUCT CONTAINING AHA/BHA WITH SUNSCREEN!

 

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Vital Beauty 

A good night’s sleep can actually set you up for a much more positive day. It all begins with preparations like investing in the right sheets (Find out if you’re a hot or cold sleeper… it has helped me out in finding the perfect material for me to snooze in). I’m a hot sleeper so cotton percale sheets from Parachute and Brooklinen have been amazing. Plus, the less that I sweat at night, the less breakouts I wake up with. I prefer my sheets in a calming shade and/or clean, uncomplicated prints. 

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Setting up the perfect nighttime routine, from using a soothing lavender body wash, a dreamy bath bomb, a drop of Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil to a relaxing cup of té de manzanilla. 

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Clean, sleek PJs make me so excited for bed. I love bralettes  and sleep shorts from Aerie, They are affordable and make me so excited to get ready for bed. Preparing for bed makes me look forward to getting some rest and waking up more positive, motivated and ready to take on the day. 

 

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GOALS

I Love Starting fresh. It makes me feel like I can achieve anything. I’m entering a new chapter with a new job and with it I want to just start fresh from the inside out. TRACKING MY WATER INTAKE BECAUSE DEHYDRATION IS REAL EATING CLEAN AND HEALTHY. COMPLETELY CLEANSING MY BODY AND FILLING IT WITH NUTRIENTS. Taking my daily vitamins, being active, even if its the bare minimum. Let me clarify, This isn’t about size. Slender, Pudgy, Plus… You can actually be healthy at any size. You don’t have to be skinny to be considered healthy (Have you seen Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence, Jessamyn Stanley?) Just being pro active in your life regardless of the number on the scale or on your jeans. Taking action and making healthier choices that are perfect for YOU, so that YOU can be the best and healthiest that you can be and most importantly… HAPPY.

#Letstalkaboutitthursday Steaming The Lady Parts!

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RULES:  Drop a line relative to the topic below! If you've tried it share your experience, thoughts or comments. 


V steaming has been a hidden secret women have been partaking in for centuries. V steaming is an ancient Korean practice. There are also V steam baths used in modern day Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Mozambique and Suriname. There are several Korean spa's that currently offer this service. Although there are mixed feelings about the process there are several benefits from practicing this method.  After reading several articles about the health benefits. This would be a perfect a topic! #talkaboutittuesday Vaginal health is a big part of your personal care.  Have you tried steaming ? What was the process like ? Would you do it again ? Join in on the conversation Comment below

Basic Things To Know: 

 Chrissy Teigen 

Chrissy Teigen 

 

 

Benefits of Vaginal Steaming:

 

  • Reducing menstrual symptoms, such as bloating, cramps, exhaustion, and heavy bleeding
  • boosting fertility
  • promoting healing after childbirth
  • reducing stress
  • treating hemorrhoids
  • increasing energy and reducing fatigue
  • treating headaches
  • reduces infections 
  • Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
  • Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odor

Herbs Used for Steaming:

 

  • Mugswort 
  • Basil
  • Calendula
  • Oregano
  • Marshmallow root
  • Wormwood
  • Rosemary

How does it work ?

According to Dr. Arvigo, the tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Things to be aware of:

Headache: If you develop a headache after steaming this may mean that you are dehydrated. Just like when you spend time in a jacuzzi or full body sauna, it is important to make sure to drink enough fluids. 

Less menstral fluid: Cycle maybe shortened by 1 to 2 days ( if not more )

Sensation to Urinate: Sometimes steaming causes sensation to urinate during treatment. The bladder is right next to the vagina. The sensation tends to leave after minutes. 


Everyone who wants to try a vaginal steam should be aware of the effects of bringing on more fluid. The menstrual cycle does change afterward. It looks strange and different because its part of the healing process. Cleansing can sometimes be untidy. Ultimately, though, there will be less menstrual fluid passed. 

We have seen absolutely astounding and universal results from vaginal steaming. The results are clear. It’s right there! It really does a lot to relieve menstrual pain, and it doesn’t really matter what the problem is with the uterus, the vaginal steam is the classical Central American treatment. If anybody complains about any problem with the uterus, everybody says, “have you done your vaginal steam?” just like we would say, “are you drinking enough water?”  Source: 

Locations to try: https://vspotmedispa.com/vaginal-steaming-v-steam-detoxify-increase-labido/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/witch-pin-acupuncture-and-herb-new-york

IRL Makeup Test: Lip Palette

@bufferingbetty

Testing form over function

An IRL Makeup Test means taking beauty products, makeup trends, routines, etc. off of social media and bringing it into your real life.
 
Related: WTF is Happening on Instagram
 
Ya'll I'm a Virgo and practicality is the name of the game. There are a few beauty products on the market that seem like great ideas but lack all form of function -like loose powders of any type. I’m sorry, but you know having to hold your breath during application so it does not blow all over your vanity and clothes while praying you don't drop the jar causes stress-induced gray hair. Just press the powder.


The one type of product that seems totally non-functional to me is a lip palette. Of course, lip palettes are perfect for traveling makeup artists but what about for a traveling Danyelle? In using a lip palette, am I expected to concoct a color and then travel with the whole palette in my bag all day while trying to remember which 4 colors and their respective ratios I mixed to then blend together all over again so I can re-apply the color after devouring brunch. AND PACK A BRUSH TO APPLY IT. Nah. It just seems ridiculous. Sure, I could just wear one color but who does that.

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My test subject is the BH Cosmetics’ lipstick palette, Nude Lips To Go, which, incidentally, is exactly what I am seeking to know: will this palette actually be ‘to go.’ The palette includes 6 shades of a rosey, plummy, and peachy tones of lipsticks that could work as a nude for a wide range of skin tones. There is a creme finish to these pigmented panned lipsticks. The shades don’t have a ton of longevity but wear down to a stunning stain on the lips. It’s actually my favorite thing about these colors. 

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The palette comes with lip brush that sits right inside the palette to get you out the door. Or so it wanted to be. The brush is tragic. Brushes that are included in a palette have a reputation for being of low quality and probably just a way to increase the price tag of a product. In the case of the BH Cosmetics Nude Lips To Go palette, it is a pretty spot on summation. All it did was leave my lipstick patchy and streaky. It isn’t the formula of the lipstick or my amateur application because when I used my lip brush, which also happens to be from BH Cosmetics, the lipstick went on like butter. Oh and the best part - it left little hairs coated in lipstick standing in spikes all over my lips. It was gross

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I chose to wear the darkest shade in the palette. It isn’t nude on me but I just LOVED the color. Look at me feeling myself in this blurry selfie putting my dark circles on display asking for a nap. Yes, girl!

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The lip palette is small. It fit in my makeup bag with no problem. It’s takes up no more space than a compact mirror. Since this product is ‘to go,’ I think that it should have come with a mirror. I would have preferred a mirror than the hot mess of a brush it came with. The packaging doesn’t close very tightly so I kept my fingers crossed that It wouldn’t pop open and make a mess of my bag. It didn’t!

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It took the palette with me to a self love brunch where we had some of our merch for sale! 
 
Meetpepperb Shop
 

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This is a picture of how the lipstick looked after about 3hrs and a mimosa. It rubbed off on the center of my lips so I reapplied the lipstick. 

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The little gold lip brush is not the lip brush that came with this palette but I was not going to use the one that did ever again. After the first time I reapplied the lipstick, I noticed how messy this whole experience was gong to be. Even when I cleaned off the excess product from the brush before putting it back in the palette, there was still just smears of lipstick everywhere. 

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After brunch, it was time to reapply again. Shout out to me for yet another blurry selfie featuring a dirty mirror. I have way more confidence using a lip brush when I’m in the controlled environment of my vanity with my magnified, lighted mirror than I do in a single stall, poorly lit bathroom. I really didn’t like how messy the palette was getting. I was the only one using it but the smears of lipstick and the sticky brush just made me think of all the bacteria that could be collecting in the pans. I found myself wishing that this lipstick was just in a tube. 

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I cleaned most of the lipstick off with a tissue but it if you’ve ever gotten lipstick on anything, you know how lipstick just clings to everything it touches.  

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I am just an average biscuit who loves makeup. I’ve taken the palette out a few times after this event to see if I needed to get past the ease of just retouching lipstick from a tube. But I didn’t. Each time I had this palette out in the real world with me, all I wanted was the lipstick to come in a tube and call it a day. It is just too messy. 

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What other products lack function?

Beauty Horoscope: Leo 2018

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Leo, your ambition is devastatingly beautiful. You’ve been brought into this life to lead and you did it with style. The oil spill makeup showcases all the quintessential Leo traits. Bold, creative, and alluring, the colorful darkness wraps your canvas in slick filth only a boss could pull together.

Top Beauty Picks For Leo

The Look: Oil Spill

Skincare

  L’Occitane  Almond Exfoliating And Smoothing Delicious Paste

L’Occitane
Almond Exfoliating And Smoothing Delicious Paste

   SJÄL    Saphir Concentrate

SJÄL
Saphir Concentrate

   Verso Skincare   Lip Serum
   Lilfox   Mystic Awkening Toner

Lilfox
Mystic Awkening Toner

  Elemis   Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

   Herbivore   Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask

Herbivore
Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask

Fragrance

  Tom Ford  Vert Bohème

Tom Ford
Vert Bohème

Beauty

  Sleek Makeup   Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

Sleek Makeup
Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

  Kevyn Auccion  Molten Liquid Lipstick

Kevyn Auccion
Molten Liquid Lipstick

   Fenty Beauty   Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty
Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette

   Sephora Collection   PRO Featherweight Blending Brush #93

Sephora Collection
PRO Featherweight Blending Brush #93

   Besame Cosmetics   Classic Color Lipstick

Besame Cosmetics
Classic Color Lipstick

   Stila   One Step Prime

Stila
One Step Prime

Nails: Pop of Neon

Art For Leo

 Leo by Jimena   De la O

Leo by Jimena De la O

 // Leo // by   L.T.B Art

// Leo // by L.T.B Art

 Forest Fire by   Fluid Dynamics

Forest Fire by Fluid Dynamics

Happy Birthday, Pepper!!!

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Info on leo  from here
All photos are credited to original source.

Last Year B.Scope: Leo

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Previous Zodiac: Cancer

B. Scopes August 2018

Leo (July 21 - Aug. 22)

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Aries

   Go-To   Face Hero

Go-To
Face Hero

   Dr. G   Red-Blemish Clear Cream

Dr. G
Red-Blemish Clear Cream

  Hask   UnWined Red Wine 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray

Hask
UnWined Red Wine 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray


Taurus

   GLAMGLOW   GLOWPOWDER™ Hyaluronic Acid Infused Glow Palette

GLAMGLOW
GLOWPOWDER™ Hyaluronic Acid Infused Glow Palette

   Korres   Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette

Korres
Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette

   L'Oreal    Havana x Camila Cabello Eyeshadow

L'Oreal
Havana x Camila Cabello Eyeshadow


Gemini

   PatMcGrath Labs   Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

PatMcGrath Labs
Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

  Black Moon Cosmetics  Orb of Light

Black Moon Cosmetics
Orb of Light

  Colourpop  Super Shock Eyeshadow

Colourpop
Super Shock Eyeshadow


Cancer

   IPKN   Twinkle Color Correcting Blur Pact

IPKN
Twinkle Color Correcting Blur Pact

   Dose Of Colors    Block Party Single Eyeshadow

Dose Of Colors 
Block Party Single Eyeshadow


Leo

   ELEMIS    Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

ELEMIS
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

   SLEEK MAKEUP    Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

SLEEK MAKEUP
Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

  BÉSAME COSMETICS  Classic Color Lipstick

BÉSAME COSMETICS
Classic Color Lipstick


Virgo

   O&M   Project Sukuroi™ Golden Smoothing Balm

O&M
Project Sukuroi™ Golden Smoothing Balm

   Masqueology   Color Shine Peel Off Mask

Masqueology
Color Shine Peel Off Mask

   MAC    Eyeshadow X 9 / Aaliyah

MAC
Eyeshadow X 9 / Aaliyah


Libra

   Jack Black   Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Jack Black
Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

   Winky Luxe   Coffee Bronzer

Winky Luxe
Coffee Bronzer

   Crest    3D White Whitestrips with Light - Teeth Whitening Kit

Crest
3D White Whitestrips with Light - Teeth Whitening Kit


Scorpio

   Givenchy   Hot Couture

Givenchy
Hot Couture

   The Face Shop   Finger Cotton Tint

The Face Shop
Finger Cotton Tint

   Smashbox    Cover Shot Eye Palette Smoky

Smashbox
Cover Shot Eye Palette Smoky


Sagittarius

   Lapcos   Honey Mask

Lapcos
Honey Mask

   BAREMINERALS   bareMinerals READY™ Blush

BAREMINERALS
bareMinerals READY™ Blush

   E.L.F. COSMETICS    Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Moisturizer

E.L.F. COSMETICS
Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Moisturizer


Capricorn

   CLINIQUE   Cheek Pop

CLINIQUE
Cheek Pop

   EARTH THERAPEUTICS Charcoal   Purifying Foot Scrub

EARTH THERAPEUTICS Charcoal Purifying Foot Scrub

   DA BOMB    Earth Bomb Bath Fizzer

DA BOMB
Earth Bomb Bath Fizzer


Aquarius

  KOPARI  Coconut Deodorant

KOPARI
Coconut Deodorant

   BRIOGEO   Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo  

BRIOGEO
Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
 

   ESSENCE    Believe in Magic Sparkling Body Dus

ESSENCE
Believe in Magic Sparkling Body Dus


PISCES

   FARMACY   Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

FARMACY
Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

   SHEAMOISTURE    Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Bath Salts

SHEAMOISTURE
Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Bath Salts

   SLEEK Makeup   Under A Spell Eyeshadow Palette

SLEEK Makeup
Under A Spell Eyeshadow Palette

All photos are credited or sourced

MPB Summer Beauty Style Profile! - Meet the writers!

No surprised that we are just posting this with almost one month left until the completion of summer.

We know this summer went by so fast that we blink and the deadline passed us by lol.

Fast summer with no real memories to account for . How was your summer ?

Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know how your summer was and your favorite products .! !

Find out below which products the MPB team can't live without this summer ! !


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THE ACE EDIT

Lipstick: Frank Body Shimmer Lip Gloss

Blush: Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk

Fragrance: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray. 

Mascara: Glossier Lash Slick

Complexion Product: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz

Cocktail Type: A chilled glass of Rosé

Shoe Type: Converse Hi Tops. Obsessed with how the sun reflects my rose gold pair. 

Polish Color: Floss Gloss Intergalosstic 

Earring Style: Gold hoops, any size.

Book: Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom For a Better Life by Cleo Wade

Album: Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack. I'm in love with the film, the novel and the music. It has inspired my summer vibe. 

Skincare: Frank Body Coffee Scrubs! The Shimmer and Coconut for Summer! 

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KAYLA

Lipstick:  Alisha Ashley’s ELF collab nude gloss/ 
Blush: MAC peaches
Fragrance: currently loving VS
Mascara: JLos collab with Inglot
Complexion Product: first aid beauty tinted moisturizer & supergoop unseen sunblock
Cocktail Type: frozé
Shoe Type: espadrilles - Sam Edelman has great funny ones
Polish Color: corals and pinks
Earring Style: my grandma’s gold hoops
Book: right now I’m reading I know why the caged bird sings
Album: everything is love- the carters
Skincare: fresh - sea berry oil

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PEPPER B 

Lipstick:  Boy Trouble or Rebel The Lip Bar
Blush: NBL 06 by Black Up Cosmetics
Fragrance: Dolce & Gabbana 3 L Imperatrice
Mascara: Upward Lash Mac
Complexion Product: Marc Jacob Coconut Primer Life Time Fave
Cocktail Type: Moscow Mule
Shoe Type: Mules
Polish Color: Maliboob Job Floss Gloss
Earring Style: Oversized Hoops or Tassel Earrings
Book: The book of affirmations
Album: everything is love- the carters
Skincare: Cactus gel moisturizer Boscia

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Buffering Betty

Lipstick: This summer I am feeling all shades of red! Especially the Makeup Geek Creme Stain in Flamenco

Blush: Fenty Beauty Chili mango

Fragrance: I'm actually on the prowl for a new fragrance! Anything citrusy with a mixture of a woody smell is exactly what I'm looking for!

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major volume mascara - I just wish it was waterproof

Complexion: typically just some concealer will do for the summer. The Sephora Bright Furture Gel Concealer has changed my life!

Cocktail Type: jack daniels honey + lemonade with some sort of berry mashed into it. Proceed with caution. 

Shoe Type: I'm the girl who will wear boots year round. I love wearing decorative sneakers in the summer

Polish Color: Clear. This summer is about getting my nails healthy.

Earring Style: Cuffs + studs!

Book: Landwhale by Jes Baker

Album: I just made my Summuh Time playlist of freestyle with everyone from Stevie B to Judy Torres. It is also LITTERED with all things Bad Bunny + Ozuna

Skincare: Saturday Skin's Waterfall Glacier Water Cream

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DEE

 

Lipstick: lipsense glossy gloss

Blush: limited-edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fairy flush

Fragrance: pink sugar

Mascara: better than sex waterproof mascara

Complexion Product: Physicians Formula Super BB Makeup Kit, Beauty Balm, All-in-1, Light/Medium Kit

Cocktail Type: blush wine

Shoe Type: flats (got to be comfortable) 

Polish Color: limoscene 

Earring Style: diamond studs

Book: The 12 week year

Album: Shawn Mendes In My Blood 

Skincare:Caudalie Beauty Elixir Mini

Toners For Dry Skin: you might need more than one!

@bufferingbetty

We're just a little high maintenance in this dehydrated corner.

It's funny how just a year ago I wasn't even sure of what a toner does. More accurately, I was skeptical of toners even serving any skincare benefits and not just a scam to get beauty junkies to buy more of the industry's promises of perfection in a jar. Fast forward to Summer 2018 and your favorite squishy beauty blogger has got a few toners sitting in her cabinet. 

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About my skin: 
I have normal skin that leans dry If i'm not careful. The seasons play a starring role in how my skin behaves. In the winter, my skin needs a wild amount of attention. The heat in the summer makes my skin a little oily but the extra SPF I apply to my skin can dry out certain areas like my forehead and cheeks. In the fall, my skin just -ugh, perfection!!! And in the spring, we cool. 

Having a few toners is more than me just being high maintenance. No, really! My skincare has always been responsive. I look at my skin and focus on how it feels. It tells me what it needs. 

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At our last Meet Pepper B present's Beauty Hour event, we had skincare expert, Niambi, teach us about natural skincare. She is the creator of Pholk Beauty formally known as Bloomsbury Square. Niambi said, "my skincare is a conversation." It was one of the night's major takeaways.  Instead of doing the just same old routine, pay attention to what your skin is asking from you. 

Soothing and Hydrating Toner:

The Esteli Coco Rosa Hydrate Toner Mist has brought some balance to my life. Toners I had been using were too potent to use daily. I like to use this toner on days when I have exfoliated my skin because it feels gentle and hydrating. I spray it on a cotton round apply it to my face to ensure that I'm getting all of the goodness all over my skin. I don't like the smell. It's slightly rosy but has a spicy note to it. I've said in the past how I don't have a great sense of smell. If you blindfolded me and put a plate of strawberries in my face, I probably guess that the scent is coconut. It's just not in my skill set. That said, there is something that is zesty and just off about the scent. But I like how my skin feels when I use this toner, so I look past it. I also use this to remove excess oils from my skin before I use an epillator for my uninvited, unnecessary, ladystache. This product also claims to be makeup setting spray or a skin refresher but I don't agree. Lastly, a tip I picked up at #BeautyHour with Niambi was using a toner before a mask to prep the skin. This toner has come handy for that too!!

And not that it really matters, but I just love the color of the bottle. Deep, jewel tone-ish shades of green bring me so much zen. 

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Retexturizing Toner:

United State Balancing Tonic by Origins has been a part of my life for almost a year and I'm ready to put a ring on it. There were spectacular changes to my skin with this product. On the corners of my jaw, below my ears, I have been getting rough textured skin. It was a build up of dead skin. I didn't want to use a physical exfoliator too often because that tends to break out my skin. This balancing tonic was able to remove the dead skin without damaging my skin. I just have to use it sparingly on my nose because it's more sensitive. I cannot use this toner after sun exposure or using a physical exfoliator because my skin just doesn't like it. This is more of a winter product while the Esteli toner I can use year round. 

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Honorable Mention - The Gram or YT Made Me Buy

Social media doesn't always influence my purchases. I stalk the "new" or "just in" sections of Sephora, Ulta, and Beautylish so much that I am already a quarter of the way through a product when I see my fave vloggers hauling it. Which always prompts me to think "Yuh been sleeping, gurl!" It doesn't happen often, but when it does the product is usually -eh. Hype is just hype. I grabbed the mini version of the Mario Badescu  Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater while standing in the checkout line at Ulta. It's a trap because it was only $5 so I didn't give it too much thought. Plus, I had been wanting to get a toner with rosewater. It gives excellent hydration that doesn't last. I've been using it this summer as a quick hydrater after being in the sun or to freshen up my face after the gym so I don't have to over use my moisturizer. She's not cheap. If you want a product like that, this can fill that need but don't expect sparks to fly when you use it. 

What toners are you using?

The Ace Edit - Summer 2018

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Welcome to the first ever ACE EDIT! Filled with my current obsessions, my top shelf, health and mental guide and goals. A digital seasonal/monthly journey to achieve an outer and inner glow.

Summer is the season when I embrace my most natural state. I put down the blow dryer and opt for a fro or ballerina bun. I’m usually bare faced unless I’m going out on some random evening. I like to go for walks along the river and stop at bench to gather my thoughts and write out my feelings, iced matcha in hand, just taking in the season... and uncomfortable heat. 

 TAN TIP: Put some Colourpop Loose Highlighter into your bottle of Suntan Oil, You will glow like a mermaid while getting bronzed.

TAN TIP: Put some Colourpop Loose Highlighter into your bottle of Suntan Oil, You will glow like a mermaid while getting bronzed.

SUMMER SKIN

Lately I just really care about protecting my skin and having it naturally glow. Have you seen Ashley Graham’s skin lately? She has been my inspiration. Clean, gleaming, healthy skin. I like to use a simple daily routine using all Glossier. Starting with Milky Jelly Cleanser, then I exfoliate  with Solution  to balance and even out my skin’s texture as well as preventing and clearing any blemishes. I step in with Priming Moisturizer RICH because I’m a dry ass bish. I finish it off with Invisible Shield. I know, it’s not waterproof but this shit doesn’t break me out which 99.9% of sunscreens do! Plus If you are using any products like Solution that contain AHA, BHA and PHA IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU USE SUNSCREEN.

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I’m really obsessed with exfoliating my body and scrubbing off the layers of sunscreen and sweat from a long hot day. I love Lush’s Ocean Salt, I also scrub my face with it a couple of times a week to give that clean brightening effect. Lush’s RUB RUB RUB works great too and smells so damn divine. I tend to concentrate on the areas where my keratosis pilaris is apparent af. I do love coffee scrubs from FRANK BODY for those areas affected with KP as well, I just don’t love the way it dirties my tub. but they do WONDERS at exfoliating and healing. 

 

SCENTSATIONAL

Lately my scent has actually been Glossier’s Body Hero Oil Wash . I live for the neroli scent in that product, therefore making me indulge in Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. The scent transports me from sticky, steamy NYC, to Somewhere in Northern Italy. 

 

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MAKEUP MANUAL

Makeup has been kept very light this season. For work I’m barefaced. For the evening, if I get pulled out of my cozy bed for a glass of rosé at Sel Rose, I’d opt for NARS Tinted Moisturizer, and Concealer, FENTY Matte Match Stix to try and lightly contour to slenderize my face a bit, Marc Jacobs Bronzer, NYX Brow Pencil, Glossier Boy Brow, Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint. MAC Stripdown lip pencil paired with any of my many shimmery, clear glosses. I usually end with a wing and/or mascara but if I’m feeling it, I’d throw on some shadow and demi wispies. Of course I add some glow, Colourpop Loose Highlighters are a fave at the moment for a pretty subtle iridescence, I love the way the sun reflects off of it. 

Did you know that choosing a calming color on your nails can help with anxiety when you glance down at your nail? I find this to be accurate. My favorite color is Periwinkle, which as you know is a super calming shade of blue therefore Floss Gloss’s “95% Angel” is my go-to, signature polish. 

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MANE TAME

I don’t straighten my hair unless I’m going to the salon for a trim and  undercut upkeep. It’s WAY too hot and my edges will curl up in .3 seconds. I simply wash the stress flakes away, bless you ORIBE SERENE SCALP Shampoo and Conditioner for keeping my scalp free of Frosted Flakes. I like to go in with a OUAI Trifecta of Rose Hair & Body Oil, Leave-in Conditioner and a few sprays of "Sun of a Beach" to naturally lighten up my strands to look Sunkissed, I also love to use Kristin Ess Weightless Air Dry Creme. I honestly have no patience for my hair in the summertime, so I keep it as minimal as possible. 

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VITAL BEAUTY

I am someone who deals with anxiety and depression. I have my moments and with all that is happening in this country, it's not helping. I try my best to aid myself when the lows hit. I find that I must separate myself in order to RECHARGE and FOCUS on MYSELF. Sometimes we care about people so much and want to be there for them that to the point that we exhaust ourselves, sacrificing our inner peace and happiness in the process. It is absolutely vital for me to be pull myself away and take a break. I must do this because if I don’t it makes me resent people and I don’t have it in me to carry around that type of baggage. It does get lonely, especially if you’re like me and don’t have anyone to confide in and/or fear of being a burden to others. You’re on your own and you figure out ways to aid yourself during this time alone. I like to write my thoughts down and sometimes tear up the paper so I can just release all of that bullshit in my head, Keeping shit internalized is a NO for me. Small things help me out so much. Moments like  the way the sun creeps through my window and hits my sheets in the morning, make me feel good about taking on the day.

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MY SELF CARE TIPS

JOURNALING - Write those thoughts down! Release that negativity lingering in your mind, causing you to overthink.

BULLET JOURNALING - I find that organization and planning calms my anxiety. 

SUMMER READING LIST - Getting lost in a fictional story distracts you from your own, like a tiny escape from reality. 

BINGE ON A SHOW - There's nothing wrong with binging on entertainment once in a while. May I recommend GLOW

MAKE A SOOTHING SUMMER PLAYLIST - Believe it or not, Music has healing powers!

GO FOR A POWER WALK - A physical way to release those lingering thoughts on overdrive. 

AT HOME SPA - Pair a face mask with that journaling, reading or bingeworthy show. 

CALM APP - I recommend this to everyone. I have used mine everyday for the past few years. The sound of rain brings me peace.

LIGHT A CANDLE - I find this to be such a soothing luxury. My favorite candle is ASH from BOY SMELLS

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*Professional Help - Sometimes you reach a point where being there for yourself just isn’t enough and THAT IS OKAY. There is nothing wrong with seeking help from a professional. I’ve done it a few times and I feel so much better afterwards. 

 

 

 

Take care of yourself. Until Next time...

Glossy Skin, Glossy Lips, Glossy Life

Beauty Horoscope: Cancer 2018

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer, your eyes reveal your emotions to a fault. As much as you would like to conceal what your heart feels and the clapbacks forming in your head -don’t. When someone looks at you, let them feel all that you do by framing your eyes in unabashed color. Your intuitive nature will come alive and get those around you to open up. Focus the color on the brow line to either play up or manipulate your shape.

Top Beauty Picks For Cancer

The Look: Colorful Brow Bone

Skincare

   Sephora Collection   Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

Sephora Collection
Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

   Robi Luxury Skin Care   Face Mask {mango, coconut & pink clay}

Robi Luxury Skin Care
Face Mask {mango, coconut & pink clay}

   Origins   Clear Improvement™ Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish

Origins
Clear Improvement™ Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish

   Saturday Skin   Waterfall Glacier Water Cream

Saturday Skin
Waterfall Glacier Water Cream

   Supergoop!   But First, Sunscreen Kit  

Supergoop!
But First, Sunscreen Kit
 

   Moonshine Suds   Rainbow Crystal Soaps

Moonshine Suds
Rainbow Crystal Soaps

Fragrance

   Ghost   Deep Night

Ghost
Deep Night

Beauty

   Lancome    Idole Blush Stick

Lancome
Idole Blush Stick

   Missha   M BB Boomer – BB Boosting Cream

Missha
M BB Boomer – BB Boosting Cream

   Too Faced   Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

Too Faced
Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

   YSL   Yconic Purple Couture Palette  

YSL
Yconic Purple Couture Palette
 

   Sephora Collection   PRO Fan Shadow Brush #25

Sephora Collection
PRO Fan Shadow Brush #25

   Natasha Denona   Super Glow

Natasha Denona
Super Glow

Nails: Ruby

   Lynnderella    Red Multi Glitter Nail Polish—Ruby Red Ruby

Lynnderella
Red Multi Glitter Nail Polish—Ruby Red Ruby

   Butter LONDON   Nail Lacquer - Ruby Murray

Butter LONDON
Nail Lacquer - Ruby Murray

   OPI    Infinite Shine - Relentless Ruby

OPI
Infinite Shine - Relentless Ruby

Art For Cancer

 Cancer by   Rosa Kammermeier
 Chola Mermaid by   shugmonkey

Chola Mermaid by shugmonkey

 Within Reach by   Kenna Reid

Within Reach by Kenna Reid

Info on cancer  from here
All photos are credited to original source.

Last Year's B.Scope: Cancer

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Previous Zodiac: Gemini

Basic Skincare Guide: Men Summer 2018

@bufferingbetty

Clean up + Glow up

A friend asked for skin care advice focusing on the basics with extra attention paid to protection from sun exposure + and clearing blackheads.

 The actual message I sent him on facebook with an apology because I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into when he asked for 'basic' skin care advice.

The actual message I sent him on facebook with an apology because I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into when he asked for 'basic' skin care advice.

You: male, normal skin, late 20s, morning shower person, more likely to shop at the drugstore or stores like Target + Walmart
Job: outside most of the day
Concerns: clearing blackheads, sun protection
Skin care Knowledge:slim to none

Will not spend more than 2 minutes on skin care

Since his skin gets a lot of sun exposure, skin care is important for making sure he is comfortable with how his skin looks and feels. 

Key Skin Care Steps:

Exfoliate
Cleanse
Hydrate
Protect
Lip balm 

Brands to check out:

These brands are gentle and great for sensitive skin. Usually no harsh perfumes
-Aveeno (the positively radiant line is my favorite)
-Simple

Exfoliate:

It gets off all the dead skin and helps clear out blocked pores that have whiteheads and blackheads. Try to do it for 5-10 seconds on each part of your face: each cheek, forehead, nose + chin. Exfoliators with a sand like grit work best. Larger particles just sort of scratch your skin and will cause irritation after sun exposure. This should be done twice a week but never more than 3x a in a week. Over exfoliating your skin will cause breakouts.

Aveeno® Positively Radiant® Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
**don’t use it daily. Ignore the rules. 2x a wk! Or every 3-4 days. 

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Cleanse:  

If there is one thing you do know, it's how to wash your face. If you feel like you have oily skin, use a gel cleanser. Dry skin, use a cream cleanser. If you're skin feels sort of tight + itchy after you’ve washed it, you have dry skin. Because you spend a lot of time in the sun, look for something gentle. Usually cleansing once a day is fine unless you are super sweaty or fell in the dirt. 

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

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Hydrate:

Even if you have a hydrating cleanser, still apply even a light moisturizer. It is your new BFF. We are not teenagers anymore. When you're rounding 30, it's time to start the 'preservation process.' If you've met people who are about your age but you could've sworn they had at least a decade on you, it's because they did not hydrate. Sure, there are hereditary factors to how we age, but we all have hereditary factors. Some of us just manage them a little better. 

Aveeno® Smart Essentials™ Daily Nourishing Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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* Tip with sunblock: SPF, while incredibly necessary, it can be drying for your skin over time. If you are using a sunblock and notice your skin is looking flaky, mix your sunblock with your moisturizer, about half and half, so you get the best of both worlds. 

Protect:

Do. Not. Neglect. This. Step. You will age like milk in the sun. Even if you don’t see a burn, you are burning your skin. Don’t forget your ears, neck, and hands. . 

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Lotion - SPF 50
I use baby stuff all the time, doesn't matter that you're grown

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Lip Balm:

Again, we ain't 22 no more. Your lips will age just as fast as the skin under our eyes. Use anything without petroleum. While it feels good and does work, it also stops your skin’s natural moisture production. Only use it to heal the skin, not for daily use. 

Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30

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Avoid:

2-in-1 products: I say this because tons of products marketed toward males have this ‘nifty’ little feature that is good for no one. If you wanted to get a cleanse + exfoliate type of product to just use daily, you would just be doing more harm than good for your skin. Since you get sun everyday + facial hair grooming (however often you do it), treat your skin as if it were sensitive even if you don't see any redness or inflammation. Separate products are better so you can balance how often you are doing each step. 

Pore strips + peeling masks: products like the Biore strips or peeling masks that remove blackheads are good in a situation if you are going to an event and want to style on the crowd with a fresh face. But overuse (daily or even weekly) will just make the pores on your face larger over time. Which will just make blackheads and whiteheads more visible. 

Foaming anything: products that foam have a lot of alcohol so it just dries out the skin overtime. I don't even understand why they're made. 

It's OK to

Ignore some directions: I’m thinking about exfoliators again because people tend to over do it. Even if a product says it is ok for daily use, it is not. It’s too much! Very harsh on your skin especially after the sun. 


You feeling fancy + want to add a night time routine? 

Cleanse - if you cleanse at night, you don't have to cleanse in the morning unless you’re like feeling kinda sweaty. 

Hydrate - same as day time

Eye cream- Again, we ain't 22 no more. You can also mix this with your SPF and wear it during the day. 

Burt's Bees® Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin

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Extra Extra fancy + want to take a product with you during the day in case you feel sweaty + gross?

Cleansing wipes
Any micellar water cleansing wipes are great because you don't have to wash it off. Feels great to remove any sweat and dirt. Most of them are makeup removing wipes. But many people just use them after a work out. 

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes

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Hydrate
Put some of your moisturizer in a little travel tube or jar. 

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Final Touches

Hydrate + Soothe

Exactly what your skin needs after sun exposure. You can use hydrating sheet masks multiple times a week. It gives your skin instant results. They aren't lasting results but they do help and don't cause damage over prolonged use.

Tony Moly I'm Real Aloe Sheet Mask
Put this in the refridgorator for 15 minutes before use for the ultimate experice. 

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Over night treatment

You got pimples that killing your vibe? These can help and are available at Ulta. If you overuse either of them, your skin will get dry and flaky. 

Mario Badescu Plastic Bottle Drying Lotion
Dont shake it. Take a q-tip and dip it in the sediment and put in on the pimple over night. Dries out the gross stuff so it heals faster

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End of Day Treatment:

Not every day. An end of day treatment can be something that preps the skin for the week ahead.

Origins Travel Size Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 
If you feel a pimple beneath the skin, this mask works to bring it out. It doesn't cause breakouts but it will bring the excess bacteria to the surface and form a pimple. It is good to use a few days before a special event to help make a pimple heal more quickly. It can be used over a specific pimple or all over the face. Use it about once a week on your nose and chin, or where ever you get blackheads and whiteheads, to clear your skin. Put a warm wet  towel over your skin for a few minutes to open up the pores then apply the mask. Once it is dry, use a warm wet towel again to remove it. 

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Now GO + get shmexy

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