//Self-Care Activities// 2018

Hello everyone! I am very sorry that I have not posted recently, I have been a bit busy, and unfortunately, I hit writer’s block! However, I do have a list of some posts I plan to do. Since it is finally the weekend, I thought I would give you guys a list of some self-care activities/things to do for yourself this week and forever. These are personally some of my favorite things to do when, I am in need of just relaxing.

  1. Taking a bubble bath: Okay, so this is probably the most basic one, but I mean it’s honestly pretty great, I personally love taking baths before going to bed, I sleep a lot better and it relaxes me. I recommend using a lush bath bomb or a bubble bar in your bath, for a sudsy experience, not to mention, you can listen to your favorite tunes or watch Netflix like I do, lol!
  2. Taking a nap or sleeping in: Look everyone needs their sleep, and whenever you have some downtime, take advantage of it to sleep, this will help clear your mind for a bit and help energize you.
  3. Going for a walk: Sometimes all it takes is fresh air to help soothe you. So go outside, and take a walk. It can be your neighborhood, a forest preserve, or out in the city. The walk will give you some time alone with your thoughts and give your inspiration.
  4. Journaling: The power of journaling is absolutely incredible, it’s a space for you to write down whatever your feeling and just let it all out. Even if you’re not a writer, just writing down what’s on your mind will release the stress you are feeling. If your unsure, then perhaps look up mindful prompts to give you guidance. Never underestimate the power of writing down what you feel.
  5. Meditate: Meditation is the best way to practice mindfulness. To sit and just be with your thoughts. There are so many guided meditations on the internet, YouTube, and some helpful apps; Calm and Headspace. Meditation is difficult, so do not expect to just instantly have a clear mind, it takes time and even if it’s a feeling of discomfort with all these thoughts coming to you, sit through it, because in the long run this will help.
  6. Create some art: Let your mind express itself and create what you feel. Art is always expressive no matter what it is. Whether it’s doodling, painting colors, or a montage of pieces, just do it because it is uniquely created by you.
  7. Binge-watch on Netflix or Hulu: Honestly, this might be my favorite, watching tv for me is just a way I like to not worry about anything and just worry about my show! However, I would set a limit so that you are not watching tv for 8 hours straight, but at least once a week, feel free to binge watch your favorite show. So get your favorite snack, throw on a face mask, and watch away! I have currently been obsessed with watching old “Jersey shore” episodes (Don’t judge lol, I love this show)! 😂

Okay, well hopefully these was helpful to you. Please do not hesitate to comment down post ideas that you would like me to post on my blog. Do not forget to like and comment down which activity you will do this weekend! 🛀IMG-2019

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How to Wash Your Makeup Brushes/Beauty Blender!// Step-to-step Guide

Hi friends! Now let’s admit, we probably all procrastinate on washing our makeup brushes… it’s probably the most annoying part about wearing makeup, am I right? I was pretty overdue washing my brushes, therefore I decided to make a post on how I wash my brushes! I will give you my step-to-step guide and tell you what I use. Onto cleaning the makeup dirties off my brushes.IMG-1885

What you’ll need:

  • Dish soap or Baby shampoo (only had dish soap)
  • A towel or rag
  • Paper plate
  • A brush egg (optional)
  • Any Brush Cleaner Sprays (optional)

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Okay so once you have collected all the makeup brushes you plan on washing, decide which ones you will be washing first and maybe try washing multiple at a time for to go by quicker.

  1. Using your brush egg, any other cleaning device, or hand; make sure to fully wet the surface and a pump of dish soap on the surface.
  2. Make sure to wet your brushes with water for a nice lather when washing. (If you have a brush wash spray, I would recommend to spray onto the brush first, wet it, and then begin lathering).
  3. Remember to wash your brushes in circular and up-down motions, so remove all dirt and build-up on the brush.
  4. Once done lathering, rinse your brushes in the palm of your hand, again in circular motions to remove all soap leftover.
  5. Squeeze all excess water from the brush, following it up by drying them on your towel/rag .
  6. Place the clean brushes on a paper plate to lay overnight to air dry. Occasionally flip over to dry the other side. (never dry upwards, always downwards so that water does not ruin the interior of the brushes).
  7. The next day, your brushes are super clean and good to use!

*Dish Soap/Baby shampoo work best to wash makeup brushes, because they remove dirt/oil, while leaving the brushes incredibly soft and in their best condition.*

Down below is a quick time-lapse, washing my Beauty Blender and eyeshadow brushes, click the links to see the quick video (also please excuse the quality, I am not the best at taking videos and I’m not sure what happened).

Washing my Beauty Blender

Washing Eyeshadow brushes

Link to Brush egg

Okay well that completes how I wash my makeup brushes, hopefully that was useful to you and gave you tips on how to wash your brushes! Do not forget to like and follow! Comment down below how you wash your makeup brushes! If you enjoyed this post then do not forget to like it and please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also make sure to follow me on my social media pages, down below!

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Battle of the Skin Cleansing Devices: Foreo vs. the Clarisonic!

Hello darlings, this post will be a little different from some of my other posts, however hope you guys find it as beneficial as I would. Today’s post will be the battle of  the skin cleansing devices: The Foreo Luna Mini 2 vs. the Clarisonic Mia 1! I thought this would be a fun post to do, by comparing the two facial cleansing tools. I have had/used both of them and have a final preference. I find that there are both pros and cons to both of the tools. I will also be sharing my personal experience with the two tools, to hopefully  give you an insight on which one I prefer.

Okay to begin, I was in middle-school at the time, and of course I was breaking out, my mom and I went to Sephora, and the worker recommended it to me, my mom purchased my first major skin tool, which had happened to be the “Mia 1 Facial Clarisonic”. My first time using this, was honestly pretty life changing, washing your face with a tool that did the work for you. I remember noticing a difference in my skin after a month. So overall my Clarisonic lasted me for a good amount of time, obviously replacing my brush head every few months, after about three and a half years or so, until the battery life permanently died, unfortunately. My Clarisonic did a great job of removing dirt on my face. After some time, I noticed that from using my Clarisonic every day, my skin was drying out, so I had to limit my use to every other day instead of daily. One thing that also happened to be a big pet peeve of mine, was the fact that the bristles never fully dried by the next time I would be using my Clarisonic. 

Fast forward some years, to Christmas of 2016, where I received a “Foreo Luna Mini 2” for Christmas from my mom. Before Christmas, I remember debating if I should get the newer version of the Clarisonic or try out the Foreo, since it’s newer. Well after researching, I decided that I wanted the Foreo, (on my Xmas list). Again, this tool was revolutionary, I feel in love with it instantly and noticed improvements in my skin. Honestly my nose was such a huge improvement, my pores minimized and were more cleansed. One of my favorite aspects about the Foreo is that it is a 3-zone brush, with parts for deep cleansing, sensitive skin, and oily skin. Also it is a 2X T-Sonic Power with 8 types of intensities. 

Okay so now that I told you about both of my experiences with the two facial cleansing tools, I am going to break it down now into the pros and cons and give you my overall opinion of which tool I believe is better or in this case the winner!

The Clarisonic Mia 1

Pros Cons
  • Different types of brush heads available to suit different skin types. 
  • Must replace brush head every few months.
  • Portable cases available for the Clarisonic.
  • A bit large, therefore not really travel sized.
  • \\No pro for this one//
  • Not cruelty-free 😦
  • Exfoliation feeling: You might feel a deep clean, because the bristles give you that feeling.
  • Not very hygienic: Once wet, the bristles take a full day to dry, and often there is a lot of build-up gunk.
  • Great for washing off makeup and cleaning your pores.
  • Can be very drying on the skin, would only recommend using once a day if not every other day. 
  • Customizable options and a variety of colors are available.
  • With purchasing brush heads every few months, it can get expensive.
  • Battery life is supposed to last up to 24 uses.
  • When charging, it takes up to at least 24 hours fully charge, and often dies when using the Clarisonic. 
  • The Clarisonic brand does sell their own facial cleansers to use with your Clarisonic.
  • Can be very harsh on the skin if using scrubs or other types of face washes.
  • The Clarisonic brand offers a brush head to use on your body as an exfoliation scrub.
  • Many users have said breakouts occur throughout the first week of using the Clarisonic since your skin is not used to it.

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The Foreo Luna Mini 2

Pros Cons
  • Designed for all skin types.
  • There is not different types of brush heads to change with.
  • Portable and travel sized! (Also there is a smaller one that is very compact)!
  • Not really a con, however they do not sell a portable case to put it in, (I usually just use a ziplock bag).
  • Cruelty-free! 🙂
  • \\No con for this one//
  • Very hygienic, since it is a silicone tool, this allows for no dirt build-up in between. Simply wash with hot water and soap, then air dry.
  • Also it is dish-water safe!
  • \\No con for this one//
  • Deeply cleanses the skin while being very gentle.
  • No exfoliation is felt, since it’s very gentle, which some people dislike.
  • Pretty colors available, also saves you money since you do not need to purchase brush heads.
  • No customizable options available, (not a big deal).
  • Battery life lasts up to 300 uses! Not to mention that charging time takes only a couple of hours.
  • \\No con for this one//
  • Works well with all sorts of face washes, cleansers, scrubs, etc.
  • Only sells their cleansers in a gift set.
  • Helps clean the pores and reduces their appearance. (Especially on the nose, it’s way better than a pore strip!)
  • Designed to use only on the face, not the body.

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With my chart of comparing the two, I am sure you can figure out which tool I believe is better, which is the Foreo Luna Mini 2! I have preferred this over the Clarisonic Mia 1. The Foreo does a better job for my skin and really has been improving my skin quality, while being cruelty-free! Both tools do their job, it’s up to you to decide what you’re looking for in a facial cleansing tool. I really hoped this post broke down the advantages and disadvantages of the two, and was informative to you. Please feel free to comment any other questions you may have. For more information on the products, check out their websites:

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