3 Key Tips to Care For Acne-Prone Skin

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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to skincare. It can take years, and countless routines, to determine what works best for your skin. I revisit a few key tips to maintain clear, acne-free skin that I’m thrilled to share with you!

Wash your face daily

First and foremost, washing your face daily is essential to achieve clear skin. Cleansing and treating your skin daily is the best way to banish breakouts. If your regular skincare routine won’t suffice, makeup remover wipes work in a pinch!

Choose the right cleanser for your skin type

To get the most out of your cleanser, select a cleanser that is suited for your skin type. If your skin is oily, choose products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to cleanse. For sensitive skin, look for cleansers with hydrating ingredients that won’t dry out your complexion.

Don’t over-exfoliate

This is the biggest tip that I use to care for my skin. Scrubbing your skin with grainy cleansers can harm your skin instead of clear it. I often notice that over-exfoliating my skin causes redness, inflammation and scarring. If you wish to exfoliate your skin, it should be done once a week.

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3 Hydrating Skin Care Products That I Swear By

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Dryness is my skin’s worst enemy. I’ve recently incorporated products into my skincare routine that moisturize, nourish, and hydrate. Out of all the products I’ve tried to hydrate my skin, I’ve found three that are holy-grail items!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This face mask by Laneige is an ideal product to boost hydration in my skin. It is a lightweight gel mask that absorbs into my skin for extra moisture and hydration. If my skin feels dry and tight, I apply this mask and my skin instantly becomes soft, plump and hydrated. It is formulated with Hydro Ionized Water to deliver doses of moisture to the skin.

Caudalie Vinosource Thirst Quenching Serum 

I recently incorporated this serum into my skincare routine. The lightweight serum contains hyaluronic acid to calm and hydrate my skin. I apply it daily underneath moisturizer and my skin is silky and hydrated without feeling sticky. I’ve used this serum for the past 6 weeks and my skin never feels tight or dried out.

Drunk Elephant Marula Oil

Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil introduces oil into my skin that doesn’t feel greasy or sticky. I was hesitant to try an oil on my skin, but it nourishes and hydrates my skin without leaving any residue. I lightly dab the oil around my t-zone and cheeks for smoother, quenched skin.

 

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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It’s taken me ages to finally try an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow product. After my beloved Benefit Gimme Brow gel ran dry, I purchased an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz upon recommendation from Sephora. After one use, I loved the pigmented pencil and it became a regular product in my daily makeup routine!

The Packaging 

The long, slender pencil features a unique dual end that houses the brow product and a lightweight brush. The pencil is lightweight and travel-friendly. It bears the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo and is a glossy black shade that is reminiscent of most Anastasia Beverly Hills packaging.

The Pencil

Initially, the pencil felt incredibly thin and shaky. Once I opened the cap and tried the pencil on my brows, I realized that I was so wrong. The thin, waxy texture of the pencil helps keep brows in place while the tip is precise enough to achieve quick strokes. I love that this pencil shades my brows while retaining the soft appearance of my natural brows. I never have overdrawn or thinned brows after I use this pencil.

The Shades

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is available in a range of 10 diverse shades. I own the shade Medium Brown. Other shades include:

  • Blonde
  • Taupe
  • Caramel
  • Auburn
  • Soft Brown
  • Medium Brown
  • Chocolate
  • Dark Brown
  • Ebony
  • Granite

Whether you’re interested in achieving a pigmented, intense brow look or a natural softness, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz can achieve it! The brow product is easy to use and travel-friendly. It quickly became my go-to brow product after I tried it for the first time! Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz retails for $27 at Sephora.

3 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Liquid Lipstick

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I adore liquid lipstick. Liquid lipstick is a tricky formula to work with if you’ve never tried it before, but a few simple tips turns application into a breeze! Here are my top tips to effortlessly apply liquid lipstick.

Exfoliate your lips

A little prep goes a long way. Using a lip scrub before applying lipstick will remove any flaky skin and smooth lips completely. I like to apply a lip scrub to gently exfoliate before applying a balm to my lips for a moisturizing effect.

Apply lip liner

Lip liner is crucial to creating a specific shape before you apply lipstick. Liquid lipsticks have a specifically shaped applicator, but lining your lips beforehand will help you precisely place your lipstick!

Don’t layer your lipstick

I routinely notice that my liquid lipstick becomes bunched and thick if I apply an additional layer. Liquid lipsticks are not meant to be layered, and a thin, even coat of colour should do the trick.

Instagram for Bloggers: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Instagram

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Instagram is a powerful social media outlet to grow your blog, brand, or business. If you’ve been an Instagram user for a while, you know all-too-well how frustrating it can become to grow and market. However, a few simple modifications of your profile, photos, and engagement will make it easier to expand your reach and following. Today I’m sharing a guide on how to maximize the effectiveness of Instagram!

YOUR PROFILE BASICS

Your profile is the first thing that a prospective follower will encounter. Your profile should explain who you are, what your brand is, and what you bring to the community. When you build your profile, there are a few key components to consider:

  • Brand your account – Your account should have the same handle as the rest of your social media. This makes it easier for your audience to find you. If it is not optional, try keeping your handles as similar as possible. I rebranded all my social media handles as Erin Angela for consistency.
  • Profile picture – Snap a photo that shows off your personality, or specific characteristics you wish to highlight. I use a simple headshot featuring my favourite lipstick. I prefer to keep this photo focused and bright. If you have a brand/blog logo, or photo that showcases your personality, this also works wonders!
  • Your bio – With a limit of 150 characters and one clickable link, you should optimize it! Your bio is an opportunity to introduce who you are, what you do, and/or how you help others. Are you a beauty blogger? Are you a skincare specialist who shares DIY facial recipes? Your bio should reflect this.
  • Location – Integrating your location into your profile can help you connect with users or brands within a similar niche or who are in the same geographical location as you.

YOUR PHOTOS

Your photos should be bright, crisp, and attractive. I use my iPhone for all my photography, but your favourite type of camera works. Also, the lighting that you use can greatly enhance your photos.

YOUR HASHTAGS 

Hashtags are helpful to increase your exposure, and to discover new brands or accounts. Hashtags categorize content and make it more discoverable. You should select a different set of hashtags for each post, and only select ones that are relevant to the photo. If you want to find the best hashtags for your account, find out which hashtags that your competitors are using.

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler

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I recently tried an eyelash curler for the first time and instantly fell in love. I typically only wear mascara on my lashes without curling them, but decided to add a curler to my last Sephora order. This lightweight eyelash curler from Sephora Collection gives my lashes instant volume and lift!

The Packaging

I gravitated toward this eyelash curler once I saw the beautiful golden colour. The lash curler has a shiny chrome finish. The curler is lightweight and travel friendly. My favourite aspect of the curler is the pink silicone pad that comfortably sits between each lash and the outside of the curler. The eyelash curler is slightly curved which gives more flexibility to curl every lash.

The Results

I decided to try this lash curler for a few weeks before I reviewed it. My eyelashes are long without curling, but this curler gives them extra volume! I quickly noticed that it became easier to coat each lash with mascara after they were curled. The curler is ergonomic and lightweight. These two characteristics made the curler easy to rotate to capture all my lashes.

If you’re interested in a lightweight, inexpensive eyelash curler I’d recommend this one from Sephora! The Lash Craft curler gives my lashes length, volume and curl with little effort. Sephora Collection Lash Craft Curler retails for $19 at Sephora.

3 Tips to Keep Your Skin Soft in Winter and Eliminate Dryness

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Achieving soft, smooth skin in the winter is easier than you may think. Temperature fluctuations and warm, indoor air are often the culprits of dry, dehydrated skin. Here are my top tips to eliminate dry skin!

Choose your cleansers carefully

The ingredients in your daily cleansers can contribute to dry skin. Avoid soap-based cleansers and soaps in favour of creamy cleansers. Anything that has alcohol listed as an ingredient is drying.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

This tip comes from advice that my grandmother always drilled into my brain – moisturizing is the key to youthful skin. Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after showering to lock-in moisture. Moisturizer often works well when your skin is still slightly damp.

Eat well for healthy skin

Never underestimate the power of hydrating foods. Staying hydrated during the day will benefit your skin. Eat foods with high water contents for hydrated, radiant skin.