3 Products I Bought at Sephora to Achieve Clear Skin

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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! 

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3 Quick Ways to De-Stress When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

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Stress is a normal part of everyday life. As much as we’d like to just drop everything and start a vacation, we usually just have to power through it and keep working. It is not easy to relive all the stressors in your life, so here are three quick ways to de-stress:

1. Find a short, relaxing exercise routine 

A short exercise routine like stretching or a brief jog is ideal when you don’t have a lot of extra time. If you devote just 10-15 minutes to exercising each day (even if it just involves taking the stairs instead of an elevator) you accomplish three things: (1) You get your blood flowing, (2) You relax, and (3) You stretch any tight muscles.

2. Set a daily routine for yourself 

Any joyful tasks that you enjoy doing on a daily basis have therapeutic benefits. For me, drinking my daily cup of coffee and applying makeup are calming activities. Maintaining a daily routine is an effective personal development practice. By engaging in a daily activity, you devote time to you.

3. Just breathe 

Practicing deep breathing exercises can dramatically reduce stress and tension. Take a few slow, deep breaths each day to relieve stress. Mindfulness apps that include breathing techniques (my personal favorite is Calm – it features meditation and deep-breathing techniques for stress reduction.

What techniques do you use on a daily basis to de-stress? 

REVIEW: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

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I received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel recently at Sephora. This face cleanser is one of the products in Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea skincare line. This gentle cleanser is both an effective skincare product and makeup remover, which makes it one of my favorite multi-purpose products! The cleanser brightens, hydrates, and gently cleanses.

The Packaging 

Like other Tarte products, this product comes in a colorful bottle. The cleanser is packaged into a bottle with a pump to easily dispense it. The package features an intricate pattern of delicate leaves. The bottle is lightweight and the pump design ensures that the product is mess-free.

The Product

I enjoy using face cleansers that are soft, lightly-fragrant and non-irritating. This cleanser from Tarte is a must-have for me. The cleanser itself is cool and clear, and it gently lathers when you rub it between your fingertips. Once massaged into the skin, it rinses quickly without leaving a residue. After 1-2 uses, my skin appeared softer, hydrated, and I noticed fewer blemishes.

How to use it?

This cleanser is my go-to on mornings when I only have a few minutes to spare on my skincare. Dispense the product onto your fingertips before gently rubbing them together. Once a lather forms, massage the gel into your skin in circular motions before rinsing with warm water. I like to use this cleanser on a daily basis to supplement my skincare routine.

Tarte’s Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is a gentle, soothing, and effective cleanser. Because it may be used as a cleanser or makeup remover, it can be included throughout your skin care routine. It is gentle and leaves your skin feeling moisturized. The product retails for $30 at Sephora.

3 Ways to Grow Your Blog

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Growing a new blog takes time and effort. Based on tips and my own experience, I’ve created a list of three ways that you can grow your blog in 2018.

1. Specify your niche 

What topics are you passionate about? To determine your blog’s niche, you need to think about the topics and ideas that you enjoy writing about. Also, you need to think about who your readers are. After you’ve determined your target audience, begin to brainstorm how your writing will benefit them. This process will make it easier to determine specific topics and categories for your blog.

2. Invest in a responsive theme for your blog 

Find a theme that suits your niche. I like to select themes that are elegant yet aesthetically-pleasing. Themes that fit your blog’s main topics will encourage readership. A great way to individualize your blog theme is to select different widgets, colors, and font options.

3. Find a guest blogger 

At first glance, guest blogging may not seem attractive. Including guest blog posts on your website is beneficial for many reasons:

  • Widen your audience
  • Improve your blog’s SEO with backlinks to the guest’s website

How do you plan to grow your blog this year?

REVIEW: Origins Eye Cream

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Origins Eye Cream is a moisturizing serum that reduces signs of aging. This cream is also useful for reducing puffiness around the eyes, which makes it a useful product even if your skin is wrinkle-free. I use it in the mornings to reduce puffiness and the cream provides a smooth, hydrated base for my eye makeup.

The Packaging

Like other Origins products, this eye cream is packaged in a simple, clean tube. The design on the tube displays the Origins logo, making it tidy and clear. The tube itself is white and opaque with a rounded top to dispense the cream.

The Cream

The cream feels light and cooling once applied to the skin. I use it underneath my eyes to combat puffiness but it can also be used to add moisture to the eyelids. It also absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving residue. After 1-2 uses, I noticed the areas underneath my eyes appeared brighter and de-puffed.

How to use it?

It may be used both morning and night. Wash your face and eyelids then gently pat dry. After applying your favourite cleanser, apply the eye cream in a gentle patting motion.

This cream de-puffs the eyes while adding extra moisture. I like that it is fast-absorbing and moisturizes quickly. This product is quick and easy to use, which makes it a great addition to your daily skin care routine.

Origins Eye Cream retails for $47 at Sephora.

3 Ways to Creatively Use Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo is a game-changer on mornings when washing your hair is not an option. Using dry shampoo absorbs excess oil, but there are also ways to use it to increase body and volume in your hair.

1. Spray the shampoo into specific areas of your hair

The best area of hair to use dry shampoo is the roots. Part your hair to one side, spray the shampoo about 10 inches from your scalp and repeat with the other side. Applying dry shampoo to the scalp will absorb the most oil from your hair.

2. Refresh your hairspray

Do you hate the sticky weight of hairspray? Spritz dry shampoo into your hair before hairspray to give your strands some grip. This trick will give your hair grip.

3. Add natural volume

Applying dry shampoo to damp hair adds extra volume. This will work best when your hair is almost dry. Simply spray shampoo along the length and ends of hair to add volume and lift.

Makeup Tutorial: Holiday Glam

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The holiday season is a perfect time to experiment with bright, bold and glittery makeup. This year I plan to incorporate reds, glitter, and champagne colors into my makeup palette. I recently created one of my favorite looks for this blog post. I’ll share the steps I used to create it below!

FACE 

I prepped my skin with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to create a smooth canvas. For my foundation, I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation to my entire face. I used the shade Warm Ivory. I covered any blemishes on my skin with concealer. For this look, I used NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly. This concealer provides full coverage with a small amount of product. I finish my face makeup with blush and highlight. I applied the shades Sugar and Rose from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Passion Blush Trio to my cheeks. Finally, I apply a highlight shade. For this look I used Luna from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit.

EYES 

I used a light concealer to prep my eyes for eyeshadow. To create this cranberry eyeshadow, I selected shades from the Hua Beauty Desert Dusk Palette. This palette features a combination of glitter and warm-toned shadows. I applied the following shadows to create this look:

  • Musk – Base shadow applied to entire lid
  • Saffron + Oud – Shadows applied to crease
  • Concealer – Applied to entire lid to prep for glitter shadow
  • Cosmo – Pure glitter applied to entire lid

To complete my eye makeup, I applied Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

LIPS 

I paired my cranberry-inspired eyeshadow with a deep, matte red lipstick. The lipstick I selected for this look is MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.