Product Update: Witch Hazel

Hey, everyone! I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend and are enjoying your Sundays so far! This is actually my second post of the day, but I’ve been meaning to get this product update post up for awhile and I had some extra time today to do it! My first post though is my first video upload ever and it’s a tour of my new apartment, it’s only about 6 minutes, so you’ll defiantly wanna go check that out! 

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This is sucha horrible picture, I apologize, but I needed to take my own picture instead of just pulling one off of Google, you’ll see why here in a second! Since this is a product update, I won’t be getting too much into the actual description of Witch Hazel, so click on the this link right here: https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/gotta-have-it-or-live-without-it-dickensons-witch-hazel/ and that will take you directly to my first post where you can read all about my initial thoughts. 

Anyway, on to the actual product update now! I raved all about Witch Hazel in my first post and, even though I was pretty positive this product couldn’t get any better, it did. I’m crazy about it. This is my absolute holy grail product! As I mentioned in my first post, I still use this as a toner (since it is so watery, I combine it with just a dab of my moisturizer for a thicker consistency) and that’s the way that I would recommend you use it as well. It seems like every single day I notice some other way that Witch Hazel has changed my skin for the better. For one, I haven’t had a single breakout on my face since I’ve started using it. NOT A SINGLE ONE. This is a big one for me because I used to suffer horribly from cystic acne and hormonal breakouts and to finally have all that under control is like a breath of fresh air! Along with preventing breakouts, here’s what else Witch Hazel has done for me:

~minimized pores (yes, really!)

~evened out skin tone

~smoothed out skin

~got rid of some acne scars

~made skin more glowy 

~moisturized skin 

I know ya’ll are probably like, “There’s no way,” but I swear to you, all of the above is 100% true. For the acne scar one, I did say that it helped get rid of some acne scars because the scars that affect deeper layers of skin likely won’t be touched by anything other than cosmetic lasers or minor surgeries, but Witch Hazel defiantly lightens newer, smaller ones! And, the reason I had to take my own picture instead of getting one off Google is because I wanted to show ya’ll just how much of the Witch Hazel I’ve used. I’ve had this for a few months, I use it twice every single day, and I’ve only used a liiiiitle bit of it so far! Whaaat?! This is gonna last me so long, which is awesome because I never want it to go away! haha 

Basically, my skin has gone through a dramatic change for the better all because of this product. For me to continuously recommend and rave about a product means that it has to be pretty damn good to not get replaced. Witch Hazel is now a staple in my beauty routine, I can’t live without it! I think ya’ll need it in your life too (: 

As always, if you have any questions, just ask down below! I’ll get right back to ya. And don’t forget to check out my earlier video post showin’ ya’ll around my new apartment! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll talk to you later!

XOXO, Megan ❤ 

 

7 Makeup Myths!

Morning, Everyone! If you’ve read my blog post about how I got started in the beauty industry, you know that I’ve been at this for a very long time! So, of course, along the way, I’ve heard some pretty nutty things about makeup and skincare. Some false, some true, and some just plain confusing. So today, I wanted to go over some of those myths and give ya’ll the truth behind them!

Makeup Myth #1: Scrubbing harder will make exfoliating more efficient. Scrubbing harder will, in theory, exfoliate, but I wouldn’t use the word “better” here. We’ve all been there: you breakout, you scrub harder. But breaking out shouldn’t mean scrubbing out. All you’re ever going to achieve by scrubbing harder is a tomato red face (not cute), dry, tight skin (not cute), flaky skin (not cute), and your problem areas will be bigger, more red, and way more inflamed (also, not cute). Just don’t go there! Always apply a minimal amount of facial scrub, rub gently, rinse with warm water, and slather on your moisturizer.

Makeup Myth #2: Spritzing your face with water periodically throughout the day will freshen your makeup. All this is going to do is cake your makeup and make it run. Look at it this way: you wouldn’t expect jumping into a pool to “refresh” your makeup, would you? Always bring your powder or any other products you need with you if you’re worried about touching up. If you’re just rockin’ a moisturizer with nothing else on your face, spritz as much water on as ya want. But if you’ve got anything more than moisturizer on, don’t even think about it, missy.

Makeup Myth #3: You don’t need to wash off your makeup every night. Uh, yes. You do. There is absolutely nothing else in the beauty industry that makes me cringe more than the horrors of not washing your face at night. If you don’t wash your face nightly, all those products will get locked into your pores overnight and you’ll be seeing the side effects from that in just a few short days. Oh, and not only is it the makeup products that you used, but all the other dirt and bacteria you picked up throughout the day will just be sittin’ there on your face ready for attack. If you absolutely, 100%, positively, without doubt, for some reason just cannot wash your face, at least give your face a good scrub down with a facial wipe. I’m begging you! If there is only one thing that you take away from this post, please let it be this: WASH YOUR FACE NIGHTLY!

Makeup Myth #4: Makeup causes problematic skin. I know, I just scared the living daylights outta you with the paragraph above, but in actuality, makeup doesn’t cause breakouts…. poor hygiene does. Granted, every now and then you’re gonna stumble upon a product that’s going to cause a zit to pop up. That’s only because of your skin’s reaction to that certain product. Ditch it and try something else, problem solved! But using makeup everyday will never, in a million years, cause your skin to look worse than someone who doesn’t wear it. If you’re one of the lucky few who can go all natural every day, good for you! I’m jealous! But if the reason you’re avoiding makeup is because you think it will cause breakouts, don’t you worry your pretty striped head (shameless Hangover quote). Find products that work with your skin, find great facial cleansers, and you’re good to go!

Makeup Myth #5: You have to clean your brushes once a month. Are you kidding me? Seriously? Okay, let’s reread that sentence… clean your brushes once a month. Just ONCE? ONCE?! Once a month?! Okay, I’m done flipping out now. But, no, in all seriousness, you need to be cleaning your brushes on a weekly basis. Makeup brushes are pretty much a bacteria garden growing more and more every day. Now, of course for brushes you don’t use very often (example: I don’t wear eyeshadow every day, so I don’t wash my eye brushes once a week), you don’t have to follow this rule, But for foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, etc, once a week is an absolute must. Wash those brushes, ladies!

Makeup Myth #6: Start using eye creams young and use them often. There is absolutely no need for girls and young women to be using expensive eye creams. You’re not going to get wrinkles that young, I promise (unless you smoke, but that’s a whole other problem to tackle for another day). What I do recommend, however, is using a daily moisturizer. Rub your moisturizer in all over your face and down your neck and you’ll be set. If you’re still concerned about eye wrinkles, smooth a little extra moisturizer around your eyes. Using eye creams young is just going to be expensive with no added benefit. In fact, there isn’t actually much scientific evidence at all supporting that eye creams even really work. So, no matter what, buy them at your own risk and never expect immediate results.

Makeup Myth #7: Dark makeup exaggerates dark under eye circles. Have no fear, you can still rock your smokey eye with confidence because this just simply isn’t true. But, do keep in mind that, when wearing darker, more dramatic eye makeup, some extra precautions do need to be taken. You need to make sure you use an eye primer to hold all that eyeliner and shadow in place and, bonus beauty tip for ya, always run a concealer brush with a dab of concealer on it under your eye makeup to keep it in place. A little light reflecting concealer won’t hurt either. Set everything with powder and you’re good to go. I have pretty bad dark circles and I do a smokey eye all the time for special events, so don’t sweat it. You’ll look amazing.

Alright, folks, there ya have it! I hope this helped clear up any confusion you may have had about these crazy “facts” because they are, in fact, not true! In fact, as you just read, some can even be damaging to your skin (again: wash your face at night!). Thanks for talking with me for a little bit today and I’ll catch ya’ll later! Have a great day!

XOXO, Megan (:

 

 

My Tried and True Skincare Line

Hi again, everyone! I had posted just a really quick blog post earlier today about one of my beauty confessions (be sure to go check it out!), but I wanted to give ya’ll something that was a little longer and more in depth, so tonight I’m gonna give you guys the run-down on one of my all time favorite skin care lines, Biore. 

Biore products have been around for quite some time, but they just recently went through a packaging change and I love it! It looks a lot more modern and eye catching. I think the packaging looks clean too… is that weird? haha They also came out with a few new charcoal cleansers, which are really cool! Charcoal is actually a really amazing facial cleanser. It activates with warm water and is able to get deep down into your pores and clear out all that dirt in there. Love ’em! Along with the charcoal cleansers, the Biore line also has your really basic gentle cleansers, face masks, pore strips, exfoliating scrubs, lotions, and facial wipes. You’ve got tons to choose from! I always, always, always have at least two or three Biore cleansers in my product lineup (I’m seriously a face wash hoarder), and when I use them up, I go out and try some different ones!

I’ve been using Biore for years and it’s always treated my skin amazing. Just after one use, your face is gonna feel so clean and fresh, it’s amazing. These products are especially great for acne because it works hard to fight against existing breakouts as well as preventing new ones, all while being extremely gentle to your skin. I’ve never gotten any irritation, redness, excess oiliness, or new breakouts for using any of these products. Oh, and did I mention that you can find these products at your local drugstore for under $10?! It’s so hard nowadays to find a skincare line that actually works, so finding one that works AND has each product for under $10? Uhh, yeah, sign me up! Even better? They have promotions all the time, so coupons are plentiful! I currently have 3 Biore coupons, all for $2 off! So, no matter your skincare issue, of if you just want a basic cleanser to try out, Biore has got cha covered! I recommend this line to all of my clients and I use it myself. It doesn’t get more trustworthy than that. (: So, go try a Biore product out and, I promise, you won’t regret it! 

XOXO, Megan (: 

Skincare 101

Maybe it’s just my inner makeup artist speaking, but I can’t stress to you enough how vital skincare is in any makeup routine. Whether you’re an all natural chick, full-on glam babe, or a beauty in between, you should always go the extra mile to make sure you’re skin is happy and healthy! I’m sometimes shocked by how neglected some of my clients let their skin get. Your makeup needs a healthy, clean base to cling to in order to get the best beauty results. Every beautiful picture always starts with a clean canvas (:

So, today, I just wanted to address some basic skincare tips. Once I successfully get the hang of uploading pictures (I’m still very, very new to WordPress, hang in there with me!), I’ll go through my personal skincare products, sort them out, and have another blog post showing you pictures and explaining everything!

So, with that, let’s get started on my basic skincare tips…

Get very familiar with your skin now because it’ll be with ya for life! And the better you take care of it while you’re younger, the better it’s gonna be as you mature. I want everyone to be able to identify whether their skin is dry, normal, combination (dry and oily), or oily. It’s also gonna be handy for you to know whether your skin is sensitive or not and, if you get any breakouts, know what kind (hormonal, cystic, white heads, black heads, etc). Breakouts can be a little difficult to identify, so if you’re unsure, consult a dermatologist or someone involved with esthetics (which is what I do).

Figuring out what type of skin you have is gonna help narrow down all the products you need to be using. And, trust me, there are TONS of products out there! Moisturizers, spot treatments, washes, masks, exfoliaters, night creams, day creams… it goes on and on. For example, I have very oily skin, I used to suffer from cystic acne, and I get hormonal breakouts. This means that oil control face washes and spot treatments for those annoying zits that don’t go away are my must haves! Some people can’t leave the house without a heavy moisturizer, others not so much. Some need to exfoliate every single night while, for some others, that would irritate their skin. You get it: no two faces are the same! While on the search for your holy grail products, it may take some trial and error before you find the right ones, but hang in there! It’s worth it once you do and your skin will thank you! 

Since the whole skincare journey can get kind of confusing, I just wanna share what 4 products I recommend the most. I won’t get into name brands or anything yet (I’ll have that in my post using my products when I include pictures), so I just wanna keep it very basic for now.

1) Face wash! It is vital to use a face wash! Never, never, ever, ever, never go to bed with makeup on your face! There’s not much more horrifying to a makeup artist than day-after skin. It makes me shudder just at the thought!

2) Spot treatments! Whether you get breakouts consistently or once in a blue moon, it’s always nice to have a spot treatment on hand. Some are gels that you can swipe on before applying makeup and others are thicker creams that you dab on right before bed. Since there is a wide variation from spot treatment to spot treatment, pick yours and use it sparingly at first! Some can be too drying and you don’t wanna deal with a breakout and dry skin! Once you find out how the product works with your skin, you can start upping how many times a day you use it.

3) Exfoliating scrubs! Now, how often you use this is going to depend greatly on what type of skin you have. Oily and acne prone skin can use exfoliaters more often, whereas sensitive, dry skin should use it once a week. And after you exfoliate, always use a…..

4) Moisturizer! I have disgustingly oily skin, and I still use a moisturizer. And I recommend you do too! It’s just gonna smooth out your skin, prevent wrinkles, and they usually smell really good anyway, so why not!

There we have it! If you have any questions at all regarding anything I mentioned above, leave a comment below and I’ll get right back with ya (: I’m always here to help! And don’t forget to follow me if you’re looking for more makeup and beauty advice, that’s what I live and breathe!