I’ve tried many different products and samples to maintain clear skin. Some products were ineffective, while others stopped working once my skin acclimatized to them. The products I currently use are soothing on my sensitive skin while still effective for breakouts.
1. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel
This brightening gel cleanser from Tarte is gentle enough to use daily to cleanse and reduce breakouts. It does not foam or leave any residue, which keeps my skin clear without clogging my pores. This cleanser is the main product I apply as part of my skin care routine.
2. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment
I like to apply a heavy-duty cleanser once a week. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a thicker mud mask that minimizes pores while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. It contains active charcoal and salylic acid to lift away dirt and other skin-clogging debris. This mask refreshes my skin and decreases any blemishes I may have.
3. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask
One skincare product I don’t use diligently is a moisturizer. On days when my skin is dry and just needs extra moisture, I apply this hydration mask from Clarins. It is a cooling, cream-gel mask that delivers hydration. While it does not cleanse or brighten my skin, it effectively hydrates and refreshes my skin. If my skin appears drier or dull this mask is the perfect product to introduce more moisture into my skin.
What skin care products are you currently using? let me know in the comments below!
Blogging takes time and effort. I’ve learned a few lessons since I began my blog, and have compiled a breakdown of some of things I wish I’d known when I started my blog that I will share with you.
Maintaining social media can be tiring
It takes time and work to maintain various social media accounts. As I write this post, I mentally note that I’ve barely opened my Instagram app in days. I sometimes feel pressure to consistently post on my blog and social media, but it is a good idea to take a break from posting. Consistently posting and preparing content can feel draining and it’s important to acknowledge that it’s okay if you don’t have posts prepared for every day of the week!
Writing about topics that you are passionate about will majorly benefit your blog. If you aren’t passionate about your niche and ideas, you’ll find it difficult to make it as a blogger.
Joining social media groups in your niche will be helpful
I’ve joined multiple Facebook and Twitter groups related to beauty and lifestyle topics since I began my blog. These groups are beneficial for multiple reasons. First, it’s wonderful to have a place where other bloggers share the same ‘language’ as you do. I also adore these groups when I’m stuck for inspiration. Finding new bloggers or content to read is an excellent source of inspiration when you encounter writer’s block.
Blogger’s block is inevitable. I’ve often found myself staring at a blank page and a blinking cursor, willing myself to write a new post. In the past few months, I’ve lacked inspiration and sheer willpower to write new content. Now that I’ve become re-inspired to write new posts, I’m sharing three quick ways you can overcome blogger’s block too!
Breathe new life into your writing or workspace
Where do you typically write your blog posts? I do most of my writing in an office space that became cluttered with extra items that are unrelated to my work or the overall space. I refreshed the space by dedicating my desk solely to my blogging and introduced fresh flowers into the space. You’ll be surprised at how refreshed and motivated you feel once your workspace has been revitalized.
Set deadlines for yourself
While I write this post, I’m aiming to have written all my content this week by 9pm today – Sunday. Creating a deadline for yourself is a great way to stay motivated and on-task with your writing. For me, having a deadline is an extra source of motivating to get tasks accomplished.
Search for inspiration
You can find new inspiration in almost anything. Seek out new reading materials, explore your surroundings, or get into nature to overcome a blogging block. I recently started exploring new WordPress blogs and searching through my ‘Explore’ and ‘Tags’ feeds to inspire myself to start writing fresh content.
What are some tips that you use to overcome writers block?
A Beauty Blender makeup sponge is a unique, multi-purpose tool that you can have in your makeup kit. Along with blending foundation, a Beauty Blender is useful for a range of creative makeup tricks! Here are three creative ways that you can use a Beauty Blender sponge.
Use it to bake your concealer
I love this trick when setting concealer underneath my eyes! This trick works well with a slightly damp Beauty Blender. It may seem strange to apply the powder with a wet sponge, but water won’t transfer to your skin. Dampen the tip of your sponge, load it with powder, then dab it underneath your eyes to set your concealer.
Use it to blend your foundation and moisturizer
Sometimes, an oil-based foundation won’t blend with a water-based moisturizer, or vice versa. If you use a Beauty Blender to apply your foundation, it will be easier to press the product into your skin after applying moisturizer. This technique blends the products together and reduces the look of a caked complexion.
Use it to apply nail polish for an ombre manicure
Giving yourself an ombre manicure is one of the most creative ways to use your Beauty Blender sponge. Apply your desired colours to the flat end of the sponge and press it into your fingernails for an ombre, colourful nail design.
As I approach my mid-20s, I realize that I have learned a lot of lessons in those few short years. I’ve seen so much growth and development in my life and within myself. The woman I was at 20 even feels different from the woman I am at 23. I wanted to share a few things that I’ve learned along the way in hopes that it’ll help any of you who are in their 20s!
Know your self-worth and value
This is something that I’m still learning. Knowing your self-worth is important when you’re speaking up for yourself or advocating for changes. I would be afraid to speak up if I noticed something wasn’t right, or unfolding in a way that it should, and silence only hindered me. Know that you are an asset, and you have so much to share with the world!
It’s okay to make mistakes
I often felt guilty when I made mistakes, and believed that the mistake was my own fault. If I failed an exam, or had an error in judgement, I blamed myself for it. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be that mistakes are part of the learning and growth process. You will make mistakes along the way, and that is not a sign of weakness.
Take care of your skin
Love your skin, and it will love you back. This is a huge thing that I wish I’d realized upon entering my 20s. Take care of your skin and it will be worth it. Until a few years ago, I didn’t have a consistent skincare routine, and my complexion paid the price for it. Now that I have a routine that works for me, my skin is brighter, clearer, and much easier to care for.
Follow your own timeline
I felt like I had my entire path mapped out at aged 20. I know people who graduated university in the standard 4 years, and I was envious. It’s taken me nearly 6 years, and I’m set to graduate this spring. Life is not meant to have a strict timeline, and you often have to follow your own path. It may take longer than expected, but you’ll achieve the same result in the end!
We all have mornings where there’s simply no time to complete a full makeup routine. On these types of mornings, I simplify my makeup routine. This simplified routine still feels polished, but takes less than five minutes to complete!
I apply moisturizer every morning, regardless of how rushed I may be. Moisturizer gives my skin a boost of hydration and brightens my complexion. The main moisturizer in my routine is GlamGlow’s WaterBurst Moisturizer – it is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. I complete my face makeup with a few swipes of concealer. The concealer I love right now is Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer.
A simple winged eyeliner does wonders to widen and brighten my eyes. I apply NYX Epic Ink Liner because it is waterproof and lasts all day. I then apply two coats of mascara to lengthen my lashes.
Lipstick is a staple in my daily makeup routine. On days when I am wearing minimal makeup, I apply a brightly coloured shade. Two shades that I wear regularly are Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine, a gorgeous deep red; or Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in the shade Heroine, a bright orange-red.
It can seem tough to complete every task on an endless to-do list. There may never be enough hours in the day to complete everything, but with a few simple tips, it is easy to increase your productivity.
1. Complete the least desirable task first
Starting your day by completing the task you dread the most will encourage you to complete it faster so you can move on to more enjoyable tasks. Completing the hardest, least-desirable tasks first will make your day better.
2. Create a daily ‘to-do’ list
I love creating daily lists of tasks. A daily list enables you to visualize the tasks you must complete throughout the day. Also, it is a helpful tool to prioritize each of those tasks. Are some tasks urgent? Does it have to be completed by the end of day, or end of the week? A ‘to-do’ list provides you with a framework of what must get completed on a daily or weekly basis.
3. Stay positive, and take breaks
A positive outlook will help you stay on track. Working hard is easier when you are happy and positive. One way to increase your positivity is to take regular breaks throughout the day – breaks help you refocus.
4. Schedule everything
My planner is attached to my hip, and I believe that if something doesn’t get scheduled, it does not get done. Scheduling every appointment I have or task to complete helps me stay productive and on-time.
Do you have any time-management tips? If so, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about them!