Ten of my Holy-grail Skincare Tips//2018

Hey guys, sorry I have not posted since Thursday, I was quite busy this weekend and was unsure on what I should post. I am still unsure on what my posting days should be, so let me know what days you want me to post down below! So today’s post will be short and sweet, with ten of my holy grail skin care tips for healthy + clear skin!

  1. Make sure to either wash or clean your face before going to bed: Washing your face before bed is extremely beneficial for clear skin and helps prevent breakouts. By washing your face at night, you remove all the dirt, sebum, and oil on your face from the day. If you have are lazy, use micellar water or toner to at least cleanse the skin.
  2. Always keep your face moisturized: This way your skin gives a youthful glow and keeps it feeling silky. (See Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018)
  3. Drink Water to stay hydrated: Okay honestly, I know many get annoyed when people say to have nice skin is just drink water, but it is so true. Your skin has a pale yellow tone to it when you are dehydrated and your lips are extremely chapped, trust me drinking water will give your face a lively rosy flush to your face.
  4. Do not touch your Face: This is such a big violation in my skin care rules. Touching your face throughout the day will cause breakouts, especially because half the time you have probably touched something very germy and are then going to apply the same bacteria onto your face…. no just please no. If you really need to touch your face, then wash your hands before and then after again.
  5. DO NOT pick at your Pimples: Similarly, to not touching your face comes my next point of avoiding to pop/pick at your pimples! I cannot stress this enough, every time that I have picked at a pimple, it just lead to either more breakouts or scarring so please just resist the urge to pick at it. Now if you do want to pop a pimple, this is the best way to approach it; either using a cotton swab or round, dip rubbing alcohol onto the tip and apply to the problem area. The alcohol will kill the bacteria in the pimple also causing it to deflame the surrounding skin. This always works very well for when I have a stubborn pimple, then I follow it with witch hazel across my face. (I would only recommend trying this for a few stubborn pimples, not all over the face, since the alcohol is harsh and will dry your skin out).
  6. Keep a constant routine: Everyone’s mostly got their own routine, and well of course it’s good to try out new products every so often, but once you find skin products that work for you, keep it a constant routine this way, your skin does not become irritated or breakout when exposed to new products. (Check out my nighttime skin care routine: Nighttime Skin Care Routine 2018 |Cruelty-Free)
  7. Avoid putting your phone against your cheeks: Phones are some of the grossest things we come in contact with daily and when you put it against your cheeks or ear, that spreads the bacteria from your phone onto your face, causing breakouts! Yuck!🤢
  8. Be makeup free at least once a week: If you wear makeup everyday try to take a day off at least once a week to let your skin breathe.
  9. Do a face mask at least once a week: Doing a face mask helps improve the quality of your skin, and if it does not then switch to another mask. So treat your skin to whatever it is lacking, such as moisturization, exfoliation, or a glow!
  10. Make sure to apply SPF to your face: SPF is probably one of the most important things to do to your skin to prevent aging and wrinkles. Protect your skin from the sun and apply some sort of SPF it will help tremendously. So whether your daily moisturizer has it or you need to apply a sunscreen after, just do it to protect your face.

Thank you for reading, I hope this post was very helpful! Comment down below any skin care tips you have other than this!  If you enjoyed this post then please like and subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email! 

xo, Ariana. 💗

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Current Makeup Routine | Winter 2018

Happy Friday, I hope everyone is doing well today! Today’s post is going to consist of my current makeup routine! I am excited to be sharing my go to makeup look today. Now I do not wear makeup everyday; however when I do go out and decide to put on a full-face of makeup this will be my casual look. My makeup routine often changes, but these are the products that I am currently using throughout my routine.

As a disclaimer all these products are cruelty-free, and my makeup routine is pretty minimal. These products work pretty well for me and if you have any questions at all about the products then ask me down below. Now onto the routine!

Makeup Prep: 

I find that to get the ultimate makeup application it is best to have a fresh cleansed face. Whether I shower or wash my face, I go in right after with my Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream mixed with my Lush Grease Lightning Tea Tree and Aloe Gel to create my moisturizer (Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018). To prime my face, I use the Pixi skintreats H2O Skindrink: Pure Hydration Geljust a little goes a long way. Lastly, spraying my face with my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea, to lock in all that hydration and moisture into my skin. 

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Eyeshadow:

I start off my makeup with eyeshadow just in case I ever have fall-out, I am then able to clean up with the rest of my routine. My go-to palette is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow palette, definitely a cult favorite for many beauty gurus or makeup lovers. As my transition shade I use “Warm Taupe” using my Luxie 205 Tapered Blending brush seamlessly blending the tone into my crease and lid. Then, I use the same blending brush to blend “Buon Fresco” onto the center of my crease by doing a halo effect, in the center of my crease. To add depth for the corner of my eyes, I take my Blending Crease brush from It Cosmetics 105 and dip it into “Red Ochre” lightly and blend in a circular motion. Taking my Elf Crease brush, I apply the shade “Vermeer” to add a pop of highlight underneath my brow bone arch. That completes the simple eyeshadow look that looks amazing in sunlight if I do say so myself. (Also please excuse my brows, I am currently growing them out, so the natural look is going to have to do for now. Either way I do not do anything to my eyebrows except comb them through with an eyebrow gel.)

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Base:

Currently, I have been using the Burt’s Bees BB Cream in the shade Light/Med that I apply with a Black Original Beauty Blender (my favorite way to apply any foundation/bb/cc cream). I have not had any recent breakouts, and luckily my skin is actually pretty decent right now. My one skin issue is slight hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and around my upper lip. Surprisingly, I find that the Burt’s Bees BB Cream has good coverage, it illuminates the skin, and it is very moisturizing. For concealer I will be using the famous Tarte shape tape in the shade light neutral, for those of you that are unfamiliar with the concealer it is extremely high coverage, which is why I use a Silicone Liner Brush by Real Techniques to be precise with the application under my eyes and in other areas I want to conceal such as, my upper lip or above my brows.

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Setting the Face:

I usually prefer my face to be more matte since I have oily skin, but throughout the winter I also want that glow; which is why I do not bake but instead lightly set my face using one of my holy grail products, the Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder. I dip my beauty blender into the lid and set the makeup under my eyes and on my T-zone to prevent oil and creasingOnce I am done setting my face, I apply my NYX HD Finishing Powder (My favorite finishing powder that does not cause flashback in photos!) to reduce shine throughout my T-zone using the BH Cosmetics V2 Face Brush. 

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Bronzer/Blush/Highlight:

For bronzer I used the Bahama Mama Bronzer by the Balm Cosmetics, a favorite of mine on the sides of forehead and temples. I also lightly contoured my cheekbones to define them naturally, using my Real Techniques Contour Brush. The blush I reached for was the Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine 328B using my Real Techniques Blush Brush (Real Techniques is my favorite brush line, their brushes are synthetic, extremely soft, and cruelty-free). For highlighter I went back into the ABH Modern Renaissance palette and took the same shade I used to highlight my brow bone, “Vermeer”, using the SLmissglam highlighter brush that I received in my Ipsy bag this month.

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Eyes:

To curl my lashes I use a Sephora eyelash curler and finally apply a few coats of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, a sample that I received in my November glam bag. Short and simple, just the way I like it. A tip I recommend doing before applying mascara is, to comb through your lashes with either a lash or brow comb, this really helps separate the lashes and gives them a fuller look!

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Setting Spray:

I often switch my setting sprays, but as of now I am using the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray. Perfect for that natural glow and helps keep makeup in place with a delicate scent of roses. Also for my lips (not pictured) I used the Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Peachy, a sheer gloss.

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The Final Look: 

This is my final makeup look, I love the natural glow that this look gives, it especially looks gorgeous in the sun. I hope you appreciated this post, if you did please like and subscribe! Also comment down below if any of these products are in your current makeup routine.

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Much love, Ari. 🍑

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Must Watch Netflix Shows | Winter 2018

Well it’s winter and we all know that whenever it’s winter we would rather stay in and watch some tv shows rather than going out to the gym (whelp, there goes New Year resolutions) haha! However for those of us that enjoy the company of a good show and a satisfying snack, you have come to the right place.

Throughout this article I will share with you my Must-watch favorite tv shows that are perfect to binge on! Now while we all have different tastes, hopefully there is a show that you will be interested in watching, if not maybe venture out! Grab some popcorn and enjoy this post!

For the Comical watchers: Portlandia (IFC)

This show is just an 11/10, I have no idea where to begin. Okay so this series is not your average show, but your average joe, (see what I did there). Portlandia is a show that primarily consists of two actors: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein who happen to not only play themselves in the show, but also numerous of other diverse characters, in the City of Portland. The episodes are almost like vignettes, focusing on several characters throughout one episode, since most series are not like this, I find it quite more amusing. The average show is usually about twenty-two minutes, just enough time to get that laugh in for the day. Lastly, I will say the first two episodes are slightly odd, but once it’s done with,  prepare for the hysterical laughs. My favorite characters would have to be Candace and Toni, they made me laugh the most!

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For the Empowering Women: GLOW (Netflix Original)

Glow or as its called Gorgeous. Ladies. Of. Wrestling, is a Netflix original that takes place in the 1980’s, where women are eager to start their career of acting. It starts off as a lame gig that many think will fail, but as these ladies go through their “Glow-up”, they rise to the star of success. Glow is a must see for women strength and empowerment.

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Photo Courtesy of Netflix’s Glow.

For those that like a Creepy Fright: American Horror Story (FX)

Whenever I’m in a mood for a spook I will watch AHS and become addicted. Some viewers might say that there’s nothing frightening about AHS, however everyone’s tolerance is nonetheless differing. Whether or not your you think it the show is eerie, you cannot deny that the show itself is entertaining and will keep you watching. Every season consists of a new plot. Personally I would argue that season 1: Murder House, season 2: Asylum, season 3: Coven, and season 6: Cult, are the most entertaining and most frightful was probably Asylum!

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Photo Courtesy of FX American Horror Story.

For those that enjoy a Rom-Com-Drama Telenovela: Jane the Virgin (CW)

Gina Rodriguez plays Jane Villanueva a young twenty-year old girl, who is a journalist and happens to become a pregnant virgin. This show is just about everything you could want to watch in a tv series. It contains juicy drama, the romantic love triangle, and the humorousness. Jane is that girl in Miami, living with her mother, Xiomara and her abuela, Alba. To see Jane’s journey of her new life, check it out on Netflix!

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Photo Courtesy of the CW’s Jane the Virgin.

For the Adventurer Goers: The End of the F***ing World (Netflix Original)

James and Alyssa are both tired of their uneventful lives in their small town in England. The two both decide to run away from home and go on a road trip. Throughout the trip the encounter some problems that lead them to become some of England’s most wanted! The two cannot deny their romance for one another as it strengthens throughout their excursion. This show is a short series of eight twenty-minute episodes, that can only be watched on Netflix.

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Photo Courtesy of Netflix’s TEOTFW.

For the Blatant Viewers: Shameless (U.S. Version on Showtime)

Viewer Discretion Advised: For anyone who would consider themselves shameless in any way, well then you found the right show for you. Just as a warning I would not recommend watching if you are under the age sixteen as there is explicit content all throughout the show. The show consists of a dysfunctional family of seven who live on the South side of Chicago trying to get by, all going through their own personal struggles. There really is no other way to describe this show other than well, shameless. Personally one of my top favorites because it includes a little bit of every genre.

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I really hope that you enjoyed this guide on what to binge watch on Netflix this season. These are all of my personal favorites and although I have so much more, I had to limit my choices. Whether or not you may be interested in one of these shows, I would recommend trying to watch any one of these series. Let me know down below if you decide to watch one of these tv series or comment your favorite show! As always please like if you enjoyed.

 Much love, Ariana.