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Happy New Year!

Since it’s a new year and all that, I figured I’d do a little post and tell you guys all about what I’ve been using lately to keep my skin in shape. I did do a quickie post on both the Aztec Secret and the Egyptian Magic, but I wanted to really talk about them now that I’ve been using them for a while and know they are actually good. Anyway, here’s a picture of all the items I’ll be talking about, along with some links to where to buy them. Beauty, inside and out
Let’s start with the obvious: my Clarisonic. I was lucky enough to receive mine as a gift a few years ago (Seriously, years, and it’s still going strong) and I really love it. I use the Sensitive or Delicate brush heads and I find they really do get all the icky junk out of my pores while being really gentle and non-irritating. As you may know, I have sensitive princess skin, so the whole non-irritating aspect is very important for me.
Next up, Aztec Secret! As the tub says, “Feel your face pulsate!” And, yeah, that’s not just a clever marketing ploy. I think it really does make your face feel crazytown while it’s on, and then softer than a damn baby’s ass once you wash it off. Depending on if I’m feeling oily or a touch dry/extra sensitive, I’ll either mix my powder with equal part honey and ACV, or just ACV (sometimes with a drop or two of tea tree oil). You can also mix it with water, but I found that to not be deep cleaning enough.
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Point being, this mask really works. For me, I’ll use it and then the next day, my bumps have been brought to the surface. So, that day, I’ll use my Clarisonic and my Glycolic cleanser (which I’ll talk about in a sec) to help get rid of the bumps, and then a day or two later, my skin is beautiful and clear. Now, I will admit, living in Georgia in the house that I’m literally, actually allergic to does make it hard to keep my skin nice and bump-free. But, I do my best, and this mask goes a long way to helping.
So, let’s see. Up next, I’m gonna talk about my Egyptian Magic moisturizer. I really, really like it. It’s pretty greasy and heavy-feeling, but it hasn’t made me break out yet, so I’m really happy with it. If anything, it makes my skin look plump and soft, even on days when it had been feeling dry before I slather it on (and you really do slather it on. Like icing).
When I first started using it, I used too much, and I did get little baby bumps on my cheeks, but once I realized why that was happening, I was able to cut back on the amount I use and still get the benefits without all the icky breakouts. I use about a lima bean-sized amount for my whole face and neck, so I hope that helps.
For my main skincare, I use all Mario Badescu products because they’re formulated specifically for sensitive skin, and use very gentle ingredients (or at least, the ones I use do. Some of the toners do have alcohol in them, so just be careful and read the ingredients list. If you need a deeper toning experience, I recommend witch hazel). I personally use the Enzyme Cleansing gel daily, followed by either the Aloe Vera toner or the Glycolic Acid toner depending on whether my skin is feeling extra sensitive or oily. A few times a week (once every 3 days or so), I use the Glycolic Acid foaming cleanser with my Clarisonic to really deep clean my skin and increase cell turnover action. In the morning, I moisturize with the Oil-Free moisturizer, and at night, I moisturize with Egyptian Magic. I tried layering argan oil underneath for a while, but it made me break out, so I had to stop.
For sunscreen, I always use mineral-based sunscreens because chemical ones make my face burn. Sensitive princess skin strikes again! Anyway, I either use the La Roche Posay one I listed above, or the Lavanila one or the Coola one. I have tried all of these sunscreens personally, and none of them whitecast me, so I like them. Now, to be fair, I am EXTREMELY pale, so for someone with darker skin, I’d recommend the La Roche Posay tinted sunscreen to counteract any whitecasting. It’s way too dark for my skin, though, so if you are pale, don’t think you can use it as tinted moisturizer. Use Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer for that. Actually, everyone should use Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer anyway. It’s, like, 40 bucks for a tube, but a tube lasts you FOREVER because you only need the tiniest bit to cover your whole face.
For body moisturizing, preventing ingrown hairs (it’s easier for stubble to push through soft, supple skin), removing eye makeup (if you don’t have acne-prone skin. If you do, use jojoba oil), oil-pulling, and preventing dandruff while also making my hair stronger and grow faster, I use pure, unrefined coconut oil. I linked to the Artisana one, but any unrefined coconut oil will work. Make sure it’s unrefined, though! Refined coconut oil doesn’t have the same benefits because all the lovely minerals and stuff have been filtered out. Unrefined coconut oil is also known as “virgin”  or “extra virgin” coconut oil. They’re exactly the same, so don’t worry about it.
A little bit about oil-pulling: It’s an Ayurvedic practice that Indians have been doing for ages, so please don’t tell me that it’s some “New Age” hippie bullshit. It’s not. It’s a very old thing, and has many proven benefits, including lowered chance of gum disease and stronger teeth. I also have personally noticed clearer nasal passages and fewer pimples since I started it. It helps pull out any toxins from your body, so don’t take any of your vitamins or whatever pills you take until after you spit it out and have brushed your teeth. I also like to do it the day after drinking, and have noticed that it shortens or entirely gets rid of hangovers, but your mileage may vary, y’all. I’m just telling you my experiences with it.
Now, last but not least, my newest beauty secret(s): the beverages I drink! I make my own fruity water for super-duper hydration which involves 2L of water along with 1 sliced cucumber, 1 sliced lemon, and one handful of torn mint leaves. I recommend washing your fruit and veg with this before putting it into your water or consuming it in any way, really, just to get rid of all the dirt and pesticides. You’d be shocked at how dirty your “already washed” produce is!
The other beverage I love is kombucha. I mean, I kind of thing straight up, plain kombucha is a bit too fermented-tasting for my kitten tongue, but I do really, REALLY like this Synergy Raspberry Chia one. It’s fruity and light and slightly carbonated and also has the benefits of Chia seeds, which just adds to the nutrition. Kombucha is known to have many health benefits, which I’ll let you guys research on your own, and really has no downsides (unless you don’t like the taste. In which case, don’t drink it!). I personally dig the immune-boosting benefits and I actually really like the taste. It’s like a more earthy wine or fruity beer, and it helps prevent cancer! WIN.
So, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that maybe it inspires you to do your own version of it, or maybe just inspires you to improve your own beauty routine! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products or if you plan on trying any of them. Also, tell me about your routines! I want to know!

Not So Secret

You guys. I went to the new Whole Foods yesterday in Savannah. It’s HUGE. Also, it’s right next to where I used to take guitar lessons (which is now a liquor store). Annnyway, point being I got to scan the beauty section and it was BEAUTIFUL.

They carry Nourish products, which is a local company, and I was very excited about that. They also have REAL Egyptian Magic moisturizer (make sure it says Ancient Egyptians on it, not Ancient Kamitians, because they don’t exist and those are counterfeit creams), which I totally grabbed one of and tried last night and really, really like so far. But, I want to see if it makes me break out before I gush about it.

Anyway, the real reason I’m blogging is because I also grabbed a big tub of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I tried it out last night and I LOVE it.

 

The product pic off Amazon.com

Basically, you get a giant tub of powder, which you can then mix with ACV or water (or aloe, milk, whatever). I mixed mine with water as well as I could and then applied all over my face (except where my seb derm is; it’s come back with a vengeance since moving back to Hinesville). Anyway, I woke up this morning with WAY fewer pimples. I think it really did help clean my pores out! Also, it doesn’t burn or anything and it doesn’t leave my face red like my Mint Julep mask does. I like it much better. It’s soothing but still tingly. It’s awesome.

I just wanted to post a quick update about how awesome this stuff is and totally recommend everyone go out and buy a tub. It’s not expensive and it really does what it claims.

Hopefully I’ll update again soon. See y’all then!

Just a few photos of St. Simon’s Island

Same rules as last time, click to make bigger and stuff. Enjoy!

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Stuff and Things!

Sometimes, you just gotta go back to the old posts. I want to tell you guys about a nail polish, because I am very torn about it and I feel it’s a very unique colour and cool brand, so you know. I thought it might be fun to talk about.

It’s called Con Limon by Floss Gloss.

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Con Limon pictured here in natural light with Beyond Cozy on the pinky. Doesn’t it look super tropical with that orange lighter? Yes, it’s that neon.

So, first off, allow me to add my voice to the chorus of praise heaped upon Floss Gloss. Their colours are amazing, very unique, and they certainly are great at branding their product with a unique (if small) bottle and a well-laid-out, fun, funky-fresh website.

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Terrible colour quality, but a very cool bottle.

I also want to preface my critique by saying that it might have just been a one-off — maybe my bottle was somehow left out in the sun too long or something.

That said, I have found my bottle of Con Limon to be very hard to work with. It takes me 3 medium-to-thick coats or 4 medium-to-thin coats to get an opaque colour with no VNL or VNB (visible nail line or visible nail bed, which are the two banes of my existence). Now, I hate being able to see the demarcation of nail to nail bed or to be able to see bits of my nail bed underneath a colour. I don’t wear light colours unless they’re clear or opaque, I don’t really do “nudes” or “shells” or any of those “lady-like” colours. They are not my thing. I like bright, loud, in-your-face colour.

To be fair, Con Limon is definitely screamingly neon when it’s on and opaque. So, it’s got that going for it. Like I said earlier, I love FG’s colours because I think they’re very unique and colours that I always wanted but could never find.

Another issue I have is the streakiness. I don’t know if it’s because of my base coat (I currently am using Nailtiques’ Formula 2 for peeling, cracked, problem nails) or if it’s the formula, but for me, it goes on very streaky. Like, we’re talking, the same kind of streaks I used to get when I was first learning to paint my nails.

However, with a good top coat (or a coating of glitter, which I can’t even BEGIN to describe how much that amplifies the colour and adds sick amounts of depth), the streakiness disappears. So, that’s really not that big of a deal to me. I have certainly used worse in my time, as has anyone who’s ever used a black that isn’t OPI’s Black Onyx, which is my HG black polish, for reals.

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Glittery neon goodness. Con Limon with Essie’s Shine of the Times. Sorry about the crap lighting. Also, this is my current notd.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure that’s all I have to say about that. Let me know if you’ve tried Con Limon, or an of FG’s many shades. I really want to try their new ones, “Pony” and “Blood, Suede, and Tears.” Also, let me know if you’ve got an entirely different opinion of Con Limon and why! That would be great, because then I would know if it was just my bottle or what. It seems like most people freaking love FG’s colours, so I’m hoping it’s just the one bottle.

Anyway, I hope y’all are having a fun weekend this weekend! I know I am. I’m heading to St. Simon’s Island to hang out with my mom and attend a writer’s conference! I’ve been going since I was little, so I know lots of people, and it will be cool to see them all. Plus, writing classes and an excuse to do nothing but write for four days straight! Booya. I’m sure I’ll be updating with some new writing after, so look forward to that, babes!

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Only, it really, really is, y’all.

Okay, so on Wednesday, I told you guys I’d do a tutorial on how to get my green, luscious, glittery, fabulous St. Paddy’s day eyes. Now, I know it’s too late for this year, but keep this bookmarked for next year. I promise it’ll come in handy. Plus, it’s just a damn cool eye makeup look anyway. Wear it year round!

So, let’s get into it. Here’s a picture of the final product.

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Obviously, pink lipstick sets off the green

Here’s a video tutorial of the look, and I’m including pictures of the eyes underneath.

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Blended eyes

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Don’t smile, don’t smile, don’t smile …

So, the parade in Savannah is tomorrow, the fountains are green, and my Irish is showing, y’all.
Now, I’m not going to the parade, because that scene is a shitshow, but I figured I could have celebratory nails anyway. I used my trusty products mentioned in my last post to prep my nails and cuticles, then did two coats of Julep’s Fiona on the majority of my nails and two coats of Essie’s Beyond Cozy on my pinkies. I then did a topcoat of Julep’s Freedom Polymer topcoat that I mentioned yesterday. Seriously, y’all, it was rock solid in less than five minutes. I checked.
Anyway, I just wanted to do a quick post this Fabulous Friday for one of my favorite holidays. I know it’s amateur night at the bars, but enjoy and imbibe responsibly, okay?

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