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Face Scrubs

One of the best and economical ways to have smooth baby soft skin is using a facial scrub that won't kill your face. One of the best scrubs that I've always had on hand is St. Ives Green Tea scrub. Using it 3-4 times a week will make a huge difference in your overall complexion and it's SUPER affordable!! Just remember that a little goes a long way. Also, it really helps your foundation to go on smoother, giving you that radiant glow. This little gem can be found in any grocery, drug or retail store. Choose which one suites your skin type. I love the Green Tea scrub because it's so gentle yet removes all that yucky dead sloth. The best part is after you rinse your face, your skin feels as mooth as a baby's butt! I promise.  


Best Drug Store Foundation

I've been using this pro-matte foundation almost every day and I absolutely LOVE it! This product goes on light and feels light all day long. Coverage is about medium for me so I dab a few extra in the places I need more coverage and blend that sucker in with my stippling brush and a little powder on top to set it. It also comes in a dewy (pro-glow) finish for those of you blessed to have a dryer complexion and a full coverage formula for those of you who need to be extra flawless! For me, I prefer the matte because I have oily skin which combined with the Texas humidity- is great! But, this is my all time favorite foundation and I'm sticking to what works for me. This can be found in almost all retail stores as well as online. 

Moisturizers

Throughout the years, I've had a love/hate relationship with moisturizers. Because I have oily skin, it's hard to find something that will blanace out my skin without making me breakout and adding to the oil already on my face. For the past year, I've found that my skin responds better to gels and water based moisturizers. I've been using L'Oreal's Hydra Genius and I like it a lot when I combine it with a really good primer under my makeup. Also, another good water gel based moisturizer for oily skin is Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel. For those of us who have both oily and acne prone skin, Origins Zero Oil moisturizer heals as it helps you to reduce pore size and shine. Keep in mind that this is one of those things you don't want to skimp on when it comes to healthy skin so they may cost a little more but totally worth it in the end. 

Hyperpigmentation (Dark Spots)

We've all got them. Those pesky dark spots that show up in all the wrong places on your face. The thing about hyperpigmentation that I've learned is that they always come back. They're stubborn and relentless and unfortunately, a way of life for most folks. Melanin is a chemical that gives your skin its color. When you have too much melanin in your skin, that's when the hyperpigmentation comes in. The good news is, there are some really great products on the market to help lighten them up and fade them out. The bad news is, most are really pricey. Anything with Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Vitamin C, Retinoids, and Glycolic Acid is helpful. Shiseido's Micro Targeting Spot Corrector is on the higher end but my mom SWEARS by it and she's been using their products for as long as I can remember. 


Potatoe's is natural way to go. Peel, slice a few pieces and rub generously over the dark spots/areas once day and rinse off with warm water. 


Another awesome one is Turmeric. Turmeric whitens skin pigmentation due to the component called curcumin that cuts down excessive production of melanin that causes uneven color or dark patches. Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder and mix it into 1/4 cup raw honey, full fat yogurt, aloe vera, lemon juice or even fresh cucumber juice to make a mask that is easily spreadable and not too runny. The mask should be a pretty vibrant orange color. Let the mask dry then rinse with warm water. If you use full fat plain yogurt or honey, you can leave this mask on for as long as you like. Make sure you use a brush or wear gloves so that you don't stain your fingers, because it WILL stain your fingers/clothing. Let it dry and then wash off with warm water. It may also stain your skin yellow. Use a sugar or mild face scrub and the color will go away. I try to do it at least 2-3x a week. Simply Organic is a great turmeric brand.

The BEST Dry Shampoo

How many of you guys HATE having to wash your hair daily or even after that mid-afternoon workout? I know I do! Not the workout part, because, yeah no... but, if I don't wash it daily, it becomes oily and makes me feel - for lack of better words, dirty. It's just a gross feeling that lingers with you throughout the day. You know what I'm talking about. That's where dry shampoo comes to the rescue! There's SO many out there but only a few I use as my go-to. They can get pricey, but you also get what you pay for if you're paying for the good shit! These are my favorites. Give them a try and let me know how you like them! 



Favorite Eyeliner

I'm going to keep this one really simple, because your eyeliner really should be just a simple accent to your look unless you're going for a more dramatic look. Really, there's only ONE eyeliner that is hands down the best one I've ever used and that's from the Slayer herself, Kat Von D. Every time I have worn it, it's never smudged, run, or MOVED!! The Tattoo Liner is quite possibly the best liner in my opinion with a thin felt tip and comes in two colors - black or brown. It is slightly pricey with a price tag of $20, but you also won't struggle with raccoon eyes during the day or night. IF you aren't willing to pony up the $20 bucks for Kat's liner, I have found a couple dupes that may work for you at a lesser cost.