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My All-Time Favorite Face Masks

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Hey, babes! Let’s talk skincare. I think doing a mask at least 2-3x a week is important for your skin. Masks are able to do everything that cleansers and exfoliators can’t. I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while, but I wanted to make sure that I finalized my list of favorites. So, here we go…

From least to most expensive

  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($4) is the best and most effective drugstore mask that I’ve ever used. It helps clear your skin and minimize pores. I definitely recommend it to anyone on a budget! Try mixing  it with tea tree oil = amazing.
  • Boscia’s Black Luminizing Mask ($34) is a peel-off mask that helps brighten your complexion. It doesn’t do much for acne but it helps with dullness and pores.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque ($40) is my all time favorite for spot treatment and full-face usage. This baby is magic and made me fall in love with PTR products because he grew up with cystic acne. So, he clearly knows what he’s doing when it comes to making an acne effective product. This baby will flatten your pimples overnight. LITERALLY.
  • GlamGlow Supermud ($69) is a pretty penny but definitely effective. You feel it working and SEE the pores being vacuumed of gunk. It’s kind of fascinating yet gross to see the bacteria that’s in your face. This works just like the PTR Sulfur Masque.

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#GrowingUpHispanic : Vick’s IS The MIRACALE HEALER

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Hey, all! There are plenty of memes out there about Hispanics believing that Vick’s Vapor Rub cures everything, especially Hispanic grandparents. It reminds me of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” because the main character’s dad believed Windex cured everything, ha! Anyway, I’m here to tell you that Vick’s IS AMAZING!

My grandma and aunt are obsessed with Vick’s, along with some of my other distant relatives. They apply it on their face and chest daily, whether or not their sick. I personally have only used it for when I’m sick. A few days ago, my face was severely misbehaving. I was having major breakouts! My grandma told me just to apply Vick’s and it will go away. LO AND BEHOLD IT DID! It even made my bacne go away, overnight! It flattened all the acne. I also use it for body aches and it works like a charm! Needless to say Hispanic grandparents know what they’re talking about, haha!

I honestly think you can use Vick’s Vapor Rub for plenty of different topical uses, except on your privates obviously and obviously don’t eat it! If you’re having skin issues, definitely try it and see what happens!

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Color Correcting Concealers 101

Hey, dolls! Not all of us are blessed with the ability to use basic concealers. Some of us have to put some extra effort to conceal problem areas. That is where color correcting comes in handy! The real question is: what color do you need to correct your problem areas? It all really depends on what skin issues you have, as well as your skin tone. So, let’s take a trip back to art class.

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If you remember anything from art class, you’d know that colors across each other cancel each other out. For example, green cancels out red. This is what color correcting is based on. However, some correctors can’t be explained by just using the color wheel. Now, let’s talk about the different shades of color correcting concealers.

Green concealers are perfect for redness in the skin. If you have an inflamed pimple, this is the way to go. If your skin is full of redness due to sunburn, a rash, or rosacea, green based primers are perfect for that.

Salmon concealers may look pink, but they aren’t really because they have a mixture of orange, red, and yellow hues. These are best with people who are fair skinned and need to brighten their face. If you look tired or suffer from dull skin, this is for you. It’s great for dark circles on fair skin.

As you can see from the color wheel, yellow cancels out purple. So you can safely assume, yellow concealers are great for hiding bruises, veins, and under eye circles. Yellow is also a great brightening color for olive and tan skin tones. It gives an all over brightening effect. Yellow is usually a go-to color when it comes to color correction, but I wouldn’t recommend it for fair toned skin.

Orange concealer are my jam! These concealers are perfect for tan to deep skin tones. They hide dark spots, dark circles, acne scars, and freckles really well. If your skin is on the tanner/darker side, definitely go for an orange concealer. Orange is across light blue on the color wheel, which I know doesn’t make sense. However, it does when you think about dark circles. They still have a blue tinge but doesn’t appear as blue on deeper skin tones.

Lavender concealers aren’t the most popular. I don’t see them used very often, but they are great for eliminating yellow undertones. You can use a lavender based primer on your face for an overall brightening effect.

I hope this helped you guys gain more insight on how to fully correct and conceal skin issues to your best ability :)!

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Hit or Miss: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

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Don’t think that the Emmy’s made me forget about “Hit or Miss” Mondays! Let’s jump right into this product review.

So many people have been raving about it and how natural looking it looks. The online description states, “Born This Way is an oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin. For coverage so undetectable, you can’t see the makeup or the imperfections—just a natural-looking, luminous, flawless complexion. The revolutionary formula is infused with a potent combination of coconut water to naturally replenish moisture levels; nature’s resilient alpine rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity; and hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance.” Anything that oil-free is something worth trying so I picked up a sample 3 weeks ago in the shade Honey.

Ideally, I wanted to use this foundation for about a week before sharing my final thoughts but after 3 uses, I already know how I feel. First off, the shade matched my skin fairly well but it just a smidge more neutral. Th coverage is medium to full and the consistency is on the thicker side. The first time I put it on, I was little taken aback by how my faced look. It looked like I hadn’t put any makeup on but I had a glow. I know that sounds weird, but I felt a little off haha. However, once I finished my full face, I liked it. The natural finish was great and it did look like your skin. The second time I used it, my oily T-zone was just not having it! The foundation was looking greasy and was breaking me out!. I tried it for the last time and noticed even more breakouts and it also faded after about 10 hours of wear. That’s not too crappy as far as longevity goes, but I prefer long wearing foundation. What bugs me the most is the fact that it has caused breakouts on my skin! My skin has been at its best for the past 2 months and I only get a blemish when my period is coming. My skin isn’t sensitive at all. So, I knew it was the foundation’s fault.

Needless to say, I was disappointed by this foundation. I really did want to love it but it’s a MISS in the books for me! If you still want to try it, pick up a sample first. The full price at Sephora is $39.

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All The Deets: New & Improved Skincare Routine

Hey all! I’ve been a real skincare snob these past few months and I figured I might as well share with you my new skincare routine. It’s definitely a bit more time consuming but I find that it’s the only way my skin stays at its best! I used to be fairly low maintenance with skincare. I would literally just use a makeup wipe, rinse, and hit the sheets! That’s a HUGE no-no, especially is you’re a frequent makeup wearer. I noticed that my makeup was just looking crappy and that was ultimately because my skin was crappy. It wasn’t covered in acne or anything but it was just dull and blah! You could just feel it when your skin isn’t in the best shape. So, I became a skincare snob and I have been following this regimen religiously because consistency is key!

In the morning, I don’t do much because I’m not a believer of OVERWASHING your face. Yes, there is such a thing. I keep it simple. I rinse my face with COLD WATER to wake me up and since I’m not using any product it doesn’t matter if my pores are open or not. Then, I use my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control toner all over my face. Once that’s dry I do my primer and makeup as usual. I’m on the oily side so I don’t moisturize in the day. Call me crazy but that’s how I roll.

At night, I use my all time favorite makeup wipes which are the Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Wipes. These are the wipes in the teal packaging. Out of all the Neutrogena wipes I’ve used, these take off makeup the best in my opinion. After that I use my Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser which is heaven in a bottle. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s not a foamy cleanser but hey as long as it works! I massage that all over my face with my Clarisonic. If you don’t have a Clarisonic, INVEST IN ONE!  It’s a truly amazing tool that deep cleans your skin and REALLY takes out all the gunk. Washing your face with your hands doesn’t compare. I stopped using it for about 4 months and my skin was just garbage. Needless to say, I’m never doing that again. Also, when I wash my face I start with lukewarm water and then turn it to the colder side when I’m fully done. About 2-3x a week, I exfoliate with my Murad Skin Smoothing Polish. I hate to admit this but I never really exfoliated my skin until now and now I realize all the goodness my skin was missing out on. For more info on the product, check out my review here. After cleansing, I sometimes use my PMD. However, I only use it once a week and if I only cleansed my skin that day. I don’t use it if I exfoliated as well because I feel like that’s overkill. For more info on the PMD, check it out here. After all that jazz, I use my toner followed by my VMV ID Anti-Acne Oil-Free Lotion. This ish right here is no joke. You have to use it little by little otherwise it won’t work. Also, it is one the greasy side which is funny to me because it’s oil-free but whatever. Also, for the occasional Aunt Flow crater pimple, I alternate between VMV Monolaurin Gel and Kate Sommerville’s Eradikate.

Tips and Tricks

Always pat dry your face, never rub. Nobody wants premature wrinkles.

Never use a towel to dry your face because you’re just putting the bacteria back on your skin. Instead, use a paper towel to dry off.

Always exfoliate weekly. Don’t be a fool like I was.

Cold water closes pores. Hot water dehydrates skin and opens pores. Lukewarm water is best but cool water to finish off is my personal preference.

There you have it! I hope you find this information helpful.

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Get That Glow: Personal Microdermabrasion

Hey darlings! Let’s just jump right in to this topic, shall we? Who has hyperpigmentation? *raises hand* Who has dull complexion? *raises hand* Who has large pores? *raises hand* Who suffers from acne? *raises hand* Who suffers from wrinkles? Who suffers from ANY SKIN RELATED PROBLEMS? If you’re like most of the population, let me introduce you to the PMD aka the Personal Microdermabrasion system.

What is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a procedure where tiny crystals are used to buff away the dry, dead skin off the surface layer of your skin. It promotes cell renewal and reveals healthier, younger looking skin. Also, since it’s removing the gunk from the outmost layer of your skin, your skincare products will be able to penetrate your skin SO MUCH BETTER. 

I first heard about this product 2 years ago when I was watching Amanda Ensing’s video on it. However, that price tag was intense and I was a broke ass college student. Let’s just keep it real haha. I obviously had to put it on the back burner. Two years later, more and more people on YouTube were talking about it and I finally decided to buy it. Keep in mind, a single treatment of microdermabrasion can be a bit pricy. In NYC, prices range from $50-$150 per session. The PMD is $159 but I was lucky enough get a coupon code from Raschelle aka MsRoshPosh on YT for 15% off. So, I only paid $135.The PMD kit comes with the device itself, 2 caps (1 for body, 1 for face), 1 training disc (the white one), 4 sensitive skin, blue discs (2 for face, 2 for body), 2 normal skin, green discs (1 for face, 1 for body), and of course the plug.

 When I got it, I wanted to use it immediately! I saw so many tutorials on it, so I decided to jump right in. I even skipped the video that came with the package – rebellious, I know. I just tested it on my arm with the white training disc for about 10 seconds and decided I knew how to use it.

The first time I used it, I don’t think I was doing it right because I didn’t notice any difference. The product itself doesn’t claim difference after one use but plenty of reviews that I read were claiming magical things. The only thing I noticed was that was skin was pretty damn soft. The next morning, my skin didn’t seem much different. However, after the second and third treatment, I was floored. The hyperpigmentation on my skin was noticeably fading, especially on my chin which is where I’m prone to scars and acne. I also had a pimple coming in and when I used the PMD, it was flat the next morning – literally. My family has even noticed a difference in my skin to the point that they want me to use it on them. I personally use the device once a week. I know some people who say they do it twice a week but I’m not brave enough to do that. It’s my face we’re talking about here lol. I don’t want to cause any issues I can’t come back from haha.

Here are some tips:

  • Prior to using the PMD, wash your face and make sure it’s 100% dry. Otherwise, it’ll be hard to move the PMD on your skin if it’s clammy or damp.
  • Hold your skin taut when using the device.
  • Make sure the device is always moving NEVER let it hover in one spot. You will burn your skin. I was a millisecond away from doing this. Thankfully nothing happened but just a bit of redness.
  • If your skin does get a bit red after you try it, DON’T BE ALARMED. That’s your blood coming up to the skin’s surface because the device sucks at your skin.
  • Follow up with a toner and moisturizer, of course.
  • Start off with the sensitive disc. When you’re comfortable, move on to the normal discs or you can even buy more abrasive discs if you don’t think the normal discs will do it for you.
  • Make sure you clean the discs and filter after use. I use rubbing alcohol for the discs and warm water for the filter.

I can 100% honestly say that this product has been changing my skin. If you’re consistent, I know you’ll reach the skin that you’ve always desired. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not seeing results after 2 weeks. I’d give it a month because everyone’s skin is different. But I promise you that you’ll get that glow soon enough!

If you want to see a demo, check out MsRoshPosh’s video.

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Hit or Miss: Murad’s Skin Smoothing Polish

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Hey all! Lately, I’ve become a real skin care snob. All I want to do is buy new skincare products because I’m not getting any younger, haha. I’m all about prevention and you only have one skin, so you better do all you can to take care of it.

I came across this product because of Desi Perkins. She’s been recommending it on all of her skincare videos and I finally decided to try it out. I’m actually a fan of a few Murad products and I assumed that I would enjoy this product, as well. According to Murad.com, this product is “a rich-creamy polishing scrub that removes embedded impurities, without stripping skin of natural moisture, revealing a more vibrant complexion.” They recommend that it be used 2-3x weekly. Needless to say, I use it as an exfoliator. The active ingredients include: witch hazel, cinnamon extract, and pomegranate seed oil.

I’ve been using this product for 3 weeks now and I highly enjoy it! It’s so finely milled that it actually feels therapeutic, as opposed to harsh, when I’m rubbing it on my skin. My skin literally feels baby soft after I use it. I also find that is helps decrease the size of any blemishes on my face. As far as scent goes, it smells like your average skincare product. Overall, this is a HIT and it’s become a staple in my skincare routine. It makes my skin feel so much better! I’d recommend this to anyone no matter your skin type.

You can get it at Sephora or Ulta for $30. I got mine off Amazon for $23.

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