GLOSSYBOX for May 2016

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GLOSSYBOX is hands down one of the best cosmetic subscription boxes. The packaging is so worth it. It straight up makes me feel like I am rich. This is only my second month of receiving this gem. I love getting a box filled with surprises each month. I am lucky enough to receive this box thank to my wonderful husband for getting me a gift that keeps on giving (he got this for my for Valentine’s Day!).

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You may be wondering why I am posting my May GLOSSYBOX at the beginning of June. I decided for any future GLOSSYBOXs I receive, I want to try out every product, and tell you which ones I love, hate, or are just meh. So far I definitely have some favorites.

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So far my favorite product is also the most expensive product. Don’t you just love how that always seems to happen?!

Favorite product: Adore  CELLMAX Elite Facial Serum | Found Here | SO DAMN AMAZING! Iuse it under my eyes (for tiny little wrinkles) as well as my neck wrinkles (not sure if you should use it under your eyes, but it seems really gentle for me and seems to gradually be working), it feels like heaven on your skin!

Like products

  • Rituals Zensatation Foaming Shower Gel | Found Here | smells incredible & is organic
  • Nioxin System 3 Cleanser | Found Here | smell amazing, cleanses well
  • TALIKA Photo-Hydra Day Moisturizer | Found Here | moisturizes well and is “clear” skin approved! (none of the ingredients cause acne or flair-ups for me, someone very prone to acne)

Meh/”not worth it” products

  • Nixon System 3 Scalp Therapy Conditioner | Found Here | not that good, especially for tangly hair)

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The only product I haven’t tried yet is the Benefit’s Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascascara (Found Here). I tried it before sometime in high school or college, but I remember not liking too much. Most likely because I really sucked with doing my mascara back then. I’ll give it a try soon and let you guys know in the near future!

How I Ombre My Hair.

Currently, I am growing my hair out because I always love changing my hair length up. I hope to have it mid-length. Not too long and not too short. I suffer from dreadful tangles, especially due to my ombre dye job. That makes the lower section of my hair especially prone to tangles due to the dryness factor involved when dyed.

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People think my hair is dyed professionally, but it’s far from that. I get my hair dyed at a school. Yep you heard that right! A fucking hair school. I specifically go to the Paul Mitchell School. The biggest reason I go to a school for my dye jobs is because I have always been poor. I try to find the best tricks in order to get the most bang for my style. The biggest cons to schools is that every time you go in, expect to spend 3-6 hours getting your hair done and you never know WHO you are going to get. You can pay a little extra to get a student who is about to graduate, but I always just take the gamble and try to get the cheapest person. They also make you sign and initial your life / hair away to cover their own asses because some people take their hair very seriously. But if you aren’t satisfied, you can always come back and it’s free! Praise Jesus! I always become impatient when I get my hair dyed there though. But, that’s the “price” you pay or at least that’s what I do to get my hair dyed on a dang budget.

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How to Separate Those Devil Eyelashes

When I was about 14, I tried using an eyelash comb, but the bristles were plastic and super thick (that’s what she said!) Let’s fast forward through some awkward, tough times and I decided that mascaras themselves just weren’t “separating” the way they said advertised. So I took this madness into my own hands and got myself a Tweezerman Eyelash Comb, and I about died of amazingness. 20160503-IMG_0806

This thing separates, separates, and separates! Its sharp though. Use a steady hand and don’t poke your eye because I did that once and it hurt like a massive bitch.

 

Ingredients to Avoid with Acne Prone Skin

Cosmetics are a huge industry. So many chemicals and ingredients are put to cosmetics that cause acne and other skin reactions, yet we are told through marketing ploys that this is “100% non-comedogenic” (meaning it won’t clog your pores). However, just like to food industry, cosmetic companies LIE. So what am I suppose to do about that then? Become an advocate for yourself and your skin. Do research on the ingredients labeled on your cosmetics and skincare products (yes…some of these ingredients can be in those products too!). For the longest time, I was under the impression that MY acne was MY body’s fault. However, now I definitely believe the items you place on your skin can cause as much clogged pores on your skin as what you place in your body (i.e., food, medicine, etc). Below is a list of ingredients to avoid if you have “acne prone” skin (entire list can be found at Ladies Balance).

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A BIG question you might have is…for every product do you go through this long ass list? The answer is simple. The times I haven’t used this list, my skin has suffered greatly, and the times I have used this list and my continued skincare regime, my skin is entirely clear. I have checked about 95% of the make-up and skin care products I use on this list, and they all pass (i.e., they don’t cause me to breakout!). The other 5% of the make-up I haven’t checked, I am skeptical about, but will eventually check….When I first started using this list only about 45% of the products I had actually passed. Sometimes the list can be daunting and tedious. Just try it, and it may save your skin.

xoxo

Reyna

 

 

How can I make my skin its best?

Tonight when I was watching Bob’s Burgers, Linda (the enthusiastic mom) burst out, “Tina, time to get ready for school!” Tina positively responded back, “It’s time for school to get ready for me.” At least that’s how I remember that moment…

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When I heard that it made me think of this post. My inner monologue for the past week has been, “How the hell are you actually going to start this blog…?” But when I finally heard Tina and her mom’s exchange, I thought, “Damn, I want that confidence too!” Tina is my favorite character FYI, but that is beside the point. Something that totally relates to confidence is skin. When my skin has a rough texture or is all blemished out, I just want to cover it all up any way possible. I’ve been struggling with acne since I was in 3rd grade, and now (finally at the ripe old age of 25) I believe I have a pretty solid routine and amaze products that have helped me thanks to esthetician, Deborah from Everygirl Skincare in Austin, TX. I will give you my daily skin routine and products Deborah, my esthetician, has bestowed on me.

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Here is a little more info about my skin. I have done 3 rounds of accutane and still I suffer from breakouts. I did Accutane at the beginning of high school, college, and graduate school. It seems that my acne may be the cause of academia… I also used Retin-A Micro after each stint on Accutane because my dermatologist said it would keep wrinkles from forming (i.e., it boosts cell turnover within the skin, increases collagen production, and exfoliates the top layers of skin) and keep my acne from “coming back”, but it pretty much still clogged my pores and caused my skin to be the most sensitive it has ever been (besides when I was on Accutane). I’m not nearly as oily as I used to be. About 10 years ago I would’ve told you I have the oiliest of the oily skin ever. Now, my skin is sensitive on the combination side. A huge thing to let you all know also about my skin. I don’t tan. Ever.

The products I use are from Face Reality. Did they pay me to post this? They wish I did! Nah. Just after 15+ years of trying different products these worked for my skin.

Morning Routine

Step 1: Cleanser, specifically “Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel”. Why cleanse before tone? According to Natasha Lee, a lifestyle blogger about beauty and nails, says that our skin is naturally acidic. What does that even mean? Do you remember this symbol from high school science class, pH? It stands for “potential hydrogen”. The scale goes from 0 to 14, 7 is in the middle and is neutral. If you are closer to 14, that means most alkaline; however, if you are closer to 0, that means most acidic. Skin is typically more acidic (around 5.5 pH) because it keeps harmful bacteria and pollution from entering. If skin becomes too alkaline, it can become too dry and sensitive (i.e., this is pretty much where my skin was at before starting this regimen). Normally soap is alkaline, counteracting what our skin is trying to do in the first place-protect us! Lesson: Don’t use soap! Use an amazing cleanser that provides you that magic number 5.5 and that is tailored to your skin (i.e., extremely sensitive, sensitive, combination, dry, etc.)

Step 2: Toner, “Calming Face Toner”: Does this step even matter? Yes. YES. YES! Why though? Again with that damn pH! It pretty much helps promote that natural acidic level in your skin. Toner always grabs all the excess junk that is on my face that my cleanser doesn’t wash away.

Step 3: Mandelic Serum 5%: What the hell is this? It is antibacterial, lessens size of pores, refines texture of skin, improves skin discoloration, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, etc. It’s pretty much amazing. Like the man/woman you have wanted your whole life.

Step 4: Moisturizer (this is not from Face Reality), picture below. According to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD),  you want an SPF of at least 30.

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My evening routine also consists of 4-steps.

Evening Routine

Step 1: Cleanser (same as mentioned above)

Step 2: Toner (same as mentioned above)

Step 3: Acne Medication 5%: I did the 2.5% for a few months, but my esthetician bumped me up because of the fact that I was still breaking out.

Step 4: Hydrating emulsion, this is pretty much a fancy moisturizer. It’s light water-based emulsion that can be used under day/night moisturizers to give added hydration to dehydrated skin. Its main ingredient is hyaluronic acid which is extremely hydrating to the skin without being heavy (big plus!).

Theses are products that I found and that worked for me.

I will post some more information in an upcoming post about the types of ingredients to stay away from if your skin is “acne prone” found in many common make-up lovelies. Thanks for reading and subscribe for more information worth reading!

xoxo

Reyna