Happy 2018 loves! Today I’m sharing a few beautifying resolutions I have begun, and highly recommend!
Shave your face.
Yes indeed you read that correctly ladies…shave your face. It makes your makeup go on smoother, your products absorb better, and exfoliates your skin, which is great for anti-aging. I oddly find myself looking forward to this bizarre ritual, as it feels pretty darn good! About once a week I shave with Tinkles, which you can find on Amazon. Tinkles are these tiny cute razors that are gentle and safe for your face. Make sure your skin is dry and clean, the razor is clean, and you have great lighting. Pull your skin taut, then start shaving downward in short strokes. When I first read about this “celebrity secret,” I thought there was no way it applied to me. I only have blond barely there hair on my face, that I hardly notice. But I’m always game to try a new wacky beauty ritual, so I gave it a go. I couldn’t believe how much hair was coming off…who knew a baby lamb was living on my forehead?! Not only will you remove hair, you will also remove dead skin, hence the fabulous exfoliation. No fear, your hair will not grow back dark or stubbly. The gentle razor does not chop hair off like a regular razor, so the hair grows back soft. Your skin feels amazing after…even my hubs was shocked at the difference (yes I demand he pets my face after:) After shaving, apply a great serum (I’m into Peter Thomas Roth), and moisturize (I love Peter Thomas Roth water quench). Don’t knock it till you try it y’all…this is a game changer for your skin!
Now that your face is as smooth as a baby’s booty, it’s time to more on to the next weird thing that works. Meet your new besties, the Ice Roller and Jade Roller. Three to seven times a week, I recommend massaging your face with an ice roller and/or jade roller after cleansing and applying serum and/or moisturizer, to massage the product in. Facial massage is great for freezing wrinkles, shrinking pores, energizing and tightening. Stimulating the face muscles with regular massage helps bring oxygen and blood flow to the area, which increases collagen production and gives you that healthy “I just got a facial glow.” I like to think of this ritual as yoga for my skin:) Store your jade and ice roller in the fridge or freezer for a cooling spa-like experience. Both these devices are inexpensive, and showing your skin some love with the massage is of course free! Every gal loves a facial, but who want to shell out the money for a pricey spa service on the reg? This is the answer ladies! I can’t recommend this weird ritual enough. After just a couple weeks of regular use my skin felt softer, smoother, and less puffy. Jump on it y’all!
Invest in a Sonic Makeup Brush
If you love makeup enough to appreciate the value of a great brush, treat yourself to this tool by Michael Todd beauty asap. I wasn’t sold when I first read about it; I can blend with a brush or my trusty hands just fine. But after one use I was hooked. You kinda feel like you are rubbing a vibrator on your face…talk about a facial massage! In addition to feeling great, the blending brush flawlessly applies make up and fills fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores for a perfectly airbrushed look. It also helps with improving overall skin health, by reducing clogged pores. The coverage is much better than a standard brush, allowing you to use less make up during each application. Sonicblend is the first of its kind that applies makeup at sonic speeds of more than 400 times per second and has built in protection against contamination, keeping the brush cleaner longer. Super easy to use as well. Get it!!!
Clean out your makeup
Cleanse your cosmetics! Crank up your favorite tunes, lay out a big towel, and spread out all your makeup. If you haven’t touched a product in two years, toss it. Don’t be scared, its actually quite fun. Any powders or blushes that are broken, toss. All they will give you is a big headache and a big mess. Mascara and liquid eye liners over 4 months old, say bye bye. Bacteria builds up, potentially causing infection. Lip, eye, and brow pencils are good for a year. This is also a great time to give your makeup a solid cleaning. If a pencil is staying, sanitize before tossing in the keep pile. Lipstick and glosses are good up to two years, and can be sprayed with rubbing alcohol to kill germs. Be honest with yourself, just because a product is still good does not mean you need to keep it. I tossed out so much crap in my recent cosmetics cleanse, and gosh darn it felt great! Makeup brushes are good forever, just be sure to clean those suckers regularly. Once you have completed your makeup cleanse, organize your goodies. Congratulations, you now feel like a new and improved woman!
Don’t be shy to hit me up with any questions regarding these weird hacks (again, that WORK!) If any of y’all have a bizarre beauty ritual of your own…I would love for you to share!
“Home is where your makeup stash is.”