Acne Face Mapping

Hey everyone, hope you all had a good weekend.

I was washing my face, getting ready to turn in for the night and couldn’t help but notice that my face has broken out a little bit. Nothing serious (random spot here and there), but it’s bugging me regardless. I guess it’s normal to have a little break out everyone once in awhile, but if you happen to get them in the same areas of your face every single time- There’s probably a reason why!

What’s helped me figure out and put a stop my acne has been “Acne Face Maps”.

I’ve done some research, so I’m going to share what I’ve found out! (But keep in mind, this may not apply to everyone) :)

 

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1 & 2: Digestive System –

  • Drink more water and eat healthier foods. Lay off the greasy foods, sodas and other processed junk!
  • Shampoos, conditioners or other hair products may me irritating your skin.
  • Practice better hygiene.
  • Regulate your sleep schedule, get more rest. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.
  • Get some exercise or some fresh air (go for a hike, bike ride, walk, etc.)

3: Liver –

  • Stop smoking (or lessen?)
  • Stop drinking alcohol (not so much?)
  • Eat healthier
  • Stop eating late night snacks
  • Get more rest
  • Get some exercise

4 & 5: Kidneys –

  • Water
  • Water
  • Water
  • Eat cooling things, like melons or cucumbers, more green veggies.
  • If you wear makeup, make sure you’re removing it properly (practice better hygiene)
  • Less Junk

6: Heart –

  • Clean hygiene  make sure you’re removing your makeup properly
  • Eat less spicy and pungent foods
  • Eat more nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies
  • You need more Vitamin B
  • Massage the area around your nose
  • Exercise, get more fresh air
  • Less salt
  • Less Meat

7 & 8: Kidneys –

  • Water, water, water!
  • Leave the sodas, coffees, and alcohol alone.

9 & 10: Respiratory system –

  • Eat more cooling foods (melons, cucumbers, etc)
  • Avoid sugar
  • Less acidic foods, more veggies
  • Clean your cell phone screen, sheets, and pillow cases
  • Don’t over eat
  • If you’re stressed, you need to relax. Meditate.
  • Check your dental health (floss and brush regularly)
  • Detox your body

11 & 12: Hormones –

  • Stress or Hormonal, you need to relax.
  • Get more sleep
  • Drink more water
  • Practice better hygiene
  • Eat less spicy and Fried foods
  • Avoid eating before bed
  • Change chapstick or toothpaste
  • More fruits and veggies

13: Stomach –

  • Detox
  • Eat more fiber
  • Drink herbal tea

14: Illness –

  • Give yourself a break
  • Relax, nap, get some rest
  • Drink tons of water
  • Do some yoga

At the end of the day, a lot of this just sums up to: You need to be healthier and cleaner!
Hahaha, I hope this is useful to someone.

Goodnight!
xoxo

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Spa Day: Turmeric Honey Mask + Under eye puffiness

Sunday is recovery day, I always say!
After a long and crazy weekend, it’s finally time to chill out and prepare yourself for the dreadful…
“Monday”

Tonight I’ll be doing a “Turmeric honey mask” for my face and green tea bags for my eyes.
So, let’s make the mask first.

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As you can see, I got mine for 54 cents.

I purchased my turmeric powder from a local farmer’s market. It’s fairly inexpensive, and I got it in this tub container. You’ll find it in the spices aisle. So check your international markets, Wal-mart might possibly have it, and other local groceries.

I mostly use it for cooking, but it turns out it’s not only great for ingesting, it’s really good for your skin too! It helps even skintone, reduce acne, reduces rashes, maintain the elasticity of the skin and prevent stretch marks,
reduces facial hair growth, reduces swelling, I could go on! But let’s get to the mask making!

Ingredients
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon honey (organic is best!)

Instructions
1. Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl until you get a smooth paste.

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2. Before placing it on your face, make sure your hair is out of the way and that you’re wearing a shirt you don’t really care for, because if this stuff gets on you, it WILL stain. Get some towels too. It’s messy.
3. Cleanse your face with one of your usual facial washes, pat dry, then begin putting on the mask.
4. Leave the mask on for 15+ minutes and just relax.

Yes, you will look a little scary! :P

Yes, you will look a little scary! :P

5. To remove it, wash it off with warm water!

Treating under eye puffiness with green tea bags:
1. Boil 2 green tea bags… Just go and make yourself some tea. :D
2. When it’s finished, place the bags together in a plastic bag.
3. Put the plastic bag into the fridge or freezer (don’t forget about them!).
4. Sip and enjoy your tea!
5. Once the tea bags are chilled, take them out, find a place to relax and place them over your eyes.

Leave them on for about 15 minutes or longer. And your eyes should be a little less puffy. You may need to try this treatment a few times if you don’t see any noticeable improvement, or try a different treatment.

I’ve got a bit of an under eye puffiness problem, but I know the cause of mine, and it’s because I’m not getting enough sleep. I need to fix my sleeping patterns!

But, if you’re dealing with this too then here are some other possible reasons:

1. Not getting enough sleep (as mentioned)
2. Allergies (maybe cosmetic? Don’t fall asleep with makeup on)
3. A Cold
4. Sinus Infection
5. Your diet! Salty foods, sugar, not enough water, alcohol, gluten, rice, and caffeine. These things cause puffiness and fluid retention.
6. A night of crying (in this case, it’ll go away is pretty much a few hours- at least in my experience)
7. Stress (Plan more relax days!! Chill out :D)
8. Iron deficiency- Not getting enough leafy green veggies, nuts and seeds are also a source of iron.
9. Kidney problems

And now, here are some possible treatments:
1. Take your butt to bed, get more rest! If you’re like me then it’s time to get your sleeping schedule under control.
2. Eat more vegetables. Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Basil, Celery, you get the picture? Try to buy them organic, it’s healthier for you… Or better yet, start or own garden!
3. Drink lots of water!
4. Relax, have more spa days. Go for a walk, hike a trail. Fresh air and exercise is good for you.
5. Cold things on your eyes- Green tea bags, cucumbers, chilled spoons, or even ice for a few minutes at a time will help reduce any puffiness.
6. Makeup/Concealer, with the right technique will temporarily hide under eye puffiness. The technique is to create an illusion of a flat surface by only applying the concealer to the shadow of the puffs, not under your whole eye.

 

All this information I found through doing some research on my own. I’m no professional, I’m no doctor. These treatments may or may not work for you. If you have a serious problem you should probably get yourself to a hospital!

Try out this mask and under eye puffiness tips/treatments and tell me how you like them!

Skin 79 BB Cream + My Application Technique

I’ve always been interested in BB Cream for years now. I’m sure many of you have heard of it by now, considering the trend sweeping across Western Beauty Brands… But I’m not talking about the Western BB Creams. I’ve been interested in BB Creams long before Western companies began attempting to create their own wanna-be versions (and maybe many of you have also known about them before too!).

The “BB” in BB cream stands for Beauty Balm, Blemish Balm, Beauty Base, or Beblesh Balm. It was originally created in Germany, but became very popular in East and Southeast Asia.

The cream is meant to act as a primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, while also giving light coverage. Different BB creams have different benefits, such as “Anti-Wrinkle”, “Whitening”, “Brightening” “Sebum Control”, and so on.
There are many brands, but today I’m only going to speak about the two that I purchased awhile ago. As a black woman, I’m also going to explain how I wear it. Many BB Creams are usually too light for darker skintones, but that doesn’t stop me!)

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So these are the first Korean BB Creams that I’ve ever purchased, I’ve used different Western brands and to put it rather bluntly, they sucked. Being that they are western brands, they also have no excuse not to make BB cream for women with darker skintones (and many brands have done very poorly in that department).

This brand of BB that I have is Skin 79, as you can see, they also came with small samples (which I don’t plan to open or use until I’m out of my current BB).

 

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Skin 79: SUPER+ Beblesh Blam: Triple Functions

The benefits that this BB provides is Whitening, UV Protection, and Wrinkle Improvement.

I’ve been using this BB for over a month now, and I have to say that I really like this product. I especially like the way it makes my skin look. As far as it’s “benefits” go though, I don’t believe this product whitens,  and seeing as how I’m not trying to bleach/whiten my skin (granted my face is darker than the rest of my body), that doesn’t bother me at all. And I happen to have smile/laugh lines and a single (frown/worry?) line in my forehead, but I haven’t noticed much difference with those either, haha!

Price: $13.78 (free shipping, on Amazon)

Website: Hot Pink Super+ BB Cream

 

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Skin 79: VIP GOLD COLLECTION: SUPER+ Beblesh Balm

Again, this BB is supposed to provide the same benefits. I actually don’t use this one as often as it’s pink counterpart though. It has a more grey-ish tint (even under my makeup) which doesn’t really sit well with me. Maybe I need to work with it more, but until I do it’s not particularly my favorite.

Price: $13.99 (free shipping, on Amazon)

Website: VIP Gold Super+ BB Cream

 

(You can find way more information on both products on the website links I provided. )

 

The swatches actually look very similar in this picture. (Pink is on the left, Gold on the right). But the Gold is really more grey-ish when I put it on my face!IMAG0339

IMAG0338And these are the samples. 2 Gold (the one I purchased), and One Orange- Which seems to have the exact same functions as the BB Creams that I have, but I’m going to guess maybe it’s a different tint/skintone. I’ll find out when I finally open it. :P

And now I’ll show how *I* wear these BB creams. Obviously, they’re too light for me. Someone with a lighter skintone could wear this BB Cream without any other makeup if they wanted to, but I can’t get away with that. So after I apply it on certain parts of my face and blend it in, I apply my (MAC) concealer/foundation on top of it.

 

I’m going to use this face canvas that I drew to explain.This is typically where I place the BB cream.

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I don’t use a lot. And you don’t want to use a lot either or else it’ll stand out too much under your foundation and have you looking ghostly. I simply pump a small amount onto my index finger and dot it onto my face in these areas: 1.On my forehead between my brows, 2. the tip/bridge of my nose, 3. under my eyes, and 4. on my lower cheeks/jaw (sometimes a little higher)

And then…

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I just blend it in! I blend the area between my eyebrows/on my forehead to meet the bridge of my nose. I blend under my eyes, but I don’t blend it out so much that it’s spreads all over my face. and I blend out my lower cheeks/jaw upward, onto the outer perimeter/sides of my face (up to about where my ears start- not on my ears though lol) Also, I typically apply my BB this way because this is where I usually have blemishes on my skin (lower cheeks/jaw that I explained) and so those are the areas that I try to cover a little bit. So maybe you will want to figure out what best suits your face, depending on what you want to cover/fix.

And from there, I apply my Mac Concealer and Foundation on top and go through my usual makeup routine. Sometimes, after I’ve finished applying my foundation, I also like to apply a little more BB back under my eyes and on the bridge of my nose and blend it in (for a brighter under eye look). But, that’s about it! :) I definitely plan to expand my Korean BB collection and I’ll be reviewing them as I go along!

I hope this is helpful to someone. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to help you out.

My Skincare History + Innisfree The Green Tea Serum

Heeey guys!

I didn’t plan on making many posts about skincare. My skin isn’t “amazing” and my skincare routine is extremely basic:

1. Cetaphil facial wash
2. Custom made vinegar toner
3. St Ives moisturizer (just regular lotion really, until I find something different)

Occasionally I’ll do a facial mask made from natural food items.

I refuse to test out any more skincare brands sold in the U.S.A though. Every time I’ve “tested” a new facial cleanser my face has broken out like it’s nobody’s business, and I really just don’t have time for that!!
I don’t care if it’s going through a “purging phase” or not, I simply refuse. So as you can imagine, like many other people, I’ve tested out many different brands. While I no longer have acne (occasionally I’ll get a bump here or there but that doesn’t bother me), I still have dark marks so  my skin overall just doesn’t look how I’d like for it.

I say all that to say:

Since I’m working on getting my skin on point, I might as well share what works for me and review these new products I try out.

Today, I’ll be talking about one of my purchases from Korea. It’s bestseller Innisfree: The Green Tea Seed Serum.

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I was a little iffy about the size of the bottle (80 mL) for the price I was paying,
so hopefully I didn’t waste my money.

This is the website to learn more about the brand: http://www.innisfree.co.kr/global/en/eng_main.jsp

Innisfree: The Green Tea Serum

“A moisturizing & nourishing serum with
organic green tea seeds from Jeju to fill the skin with suppleness and clarity.”

(All photos and information provided are from the Innisfree website)

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Ingredients (found on the packaging):

*Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Alcohol, Propanediol, Diethyoxyethyl Succinate, Dipropylene, Glycol, Glycerin, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, DL-Panthenol, Betaine, Trehalose, Niacinamide, PEG/PGG-17/6 Copolymer, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C12-16 Alcohols, Potassium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cellulose Gum, Palmitic Acid, Hydogenated Lecithin, Octyldodeceth-16, Dextrin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
I’m going to use it for a week or so, see if my skin looks or feels any different, then share my opinion on the product itself.

Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0060DZXW6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (I’m sure you can also find on eBay or online Korean skincare/beauty sites)

Price: $29.95 (I’ve also seen it go for $23 somewhere else, but the shipping wasn’t free so you’ll end up paying about the same as I did if not more! )

Toodles! I’m off to go and try it now! ;)