Beauty Plans for 2017

2017 is a year of paying attention to my beauty and skincare routine. I started paying more attention to my skincare last year and I plan to continue this year. I turn 30 in a few weeks (whoop whoop) and I now understand the importance of having a great skincare routine. I wish I started giving my skin some TLC like 5 years but it is never too late to start caring.

 

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Here are my beauty plans for 2017:

 

Exfoliate Weekly

I exfoliate my skin once a week and I plan to continue this routine this year. I am yet to find the perfect exfoliator for my skin so feel free to recommend any fab exfoliator in the comment section.

 

Use a Mask Weekly

I use a mask once a week and I LOVE what it does to my skin. My skin literally feels like a baby’s bum so I will be continue using a face mask every week. It is the best part of my skincare routine.

 

Have a Balanced Diet

I need to eat and drink right this year. I don’t drink the recommended daily amount of water but I am working on it. I plan to start exceeding the daily of amount of water I should be drinking. A balanced diet works wonders on the skin.

 

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Beauty Sleep

I have a new app on my iPhone that tells me when to go to bed so I get 7/8 hours sleep and it serves as a nice reminder. My skin feels amazing when I get my beauty sleep regularly. And I get more work done once I have had a good night’s sleep.

 

Makeup Free

I hardly wear makeup because I work from home, hardly go away worth applying makeup to, so my skin breathes easy. This is going to carry on in 2017.

 

Wipe it Off

And when I do have my makeup on, I make sure I wipe every trace off. I have not gone to bed with my makeup on in years now and my skin thanks me for it.

 

Do you have any beauty/skincare plans for 2017?

 

 

 

Why you shouldn’t wear makeup everyday

For most women, putting on makeup is a daily routine. Although makeup can enhance your beauty and make you feel more confident about yourself, it can negatively affect your skin. You may not see it now but as years go by, your skin goes on a gradual decline as it loses its health and vigor.

 

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If you’re the type of person who uses makeup everyday, knowing what exactly makeup can do to your skin can help you prevent your skin from being damaged and your overall system from being harmed. Here are some reasons why you should take a leaf from Alicia Keys’ book, and ease up on your makeup usage. Trust me your skin will thank you for it.

  1. Clogged pores

This is the most common problem faced by women. Applying layers of makeup everyday can clog your pores. When your pores are clogged, your pores do not get the chance to breathe. Clogged pores are the number one cause of acne as grime and dirt from the makeup block the pores. This is what causes pimples to start forming on your skin. The pimples are pores that were infected and got inflamed. Pimples cause dark spots and destroy the overall look of your face.

  1. Chemicals get absorbed in your skin

Most makeup contain a lot of chemicals. These chemicals can be extremely harmful to your skin and your body. As you apply makeup on your face, your skin absorbs those harmful chemicals into your bloodstream. As you keep applying makeup, it creates a buildup of those chemicals in your system. Some of the chemicals found in makeup are sodium benzoate, propylene glycol, parabens and carcinogens.

  1. Applying makeup everyday may cause some parts of your face to wear away

Constant use of makeup will start thinning down sensitive parts of your face. For example, regular use of mascara can cause your eyelashes to thin down and break even though mascara is expected to make your eyelashes look longer and more pronounced. The reason why this happens is because of the type of chemicals contained in the mascara. In order for the mascara to be more effective, the level of those harmful chemicals is enhanced and this causes negative effects on your lashes.

  1. May cause you severe allergies

We all have different skin types and different kinds of makeup affects us in different ways. Prolonged use of makeup could cause your skin to grow sensitive and you may end up with a rash with each application of makeup. When not checked, this rash will get red and inflamed which will cause more harm to your skin. What causes the allergic reaction is the level of harmful chemicals contained in that particular makeup brand. The more you use it, the more your allergies will aggravate.

 

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Now I am not saying you should not wear makeup. That will be hypocritical because I do wear makeup a few times a week, and I would have worn it everyday if I had an office to go to but since I work from home, I can’t be bothered to look glam half the time. What I am saying is make sure you wear your makeup safely and give your face a day or 2 each week to breathe without makeup. Also make sure you wipe every trace off and moisturised properly before going to bed, no matter how tired you are.

Thanks for reading and have a fab day wherever you are.

Product Review – Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder

I tried a Laura Mercier product – a Sexy Lips Sheer Lipstick some months ago, and I liked it a lot. Since then, I have been on the lookout for other Laura Mercier products. I needed a setting powder, so I decided to try the Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder and I am glad I did. I was super impressed.

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I love trying new beauty products. It is always a good feeling when I come across a beauty product I like. It does not happen every time but when it does, I make sure I hold on to that product. And I usually write a review post too so all my readers know all about it. I have a couple of beauty products I will be reviewing in the next few months and I can’t wait to tell you all about them. I recently came across some Korean BB creams, so reviews will be coming on those at some point. But back to this review, here is a brief description of this setting powder –

This convenient pressed powder version of our best-selling Translucent Loose Setting Powder. It feels luxuriously dense in the compact, feels silky-light and refined on your skin. It applies evenly and blends effortlessly.

I was very happy with this product description. I bought it online so I had the opportunity to read it as well as the various reviews. So I had a good idea of what to expect. I didn’t have to worry about getting the right shade, so buying online was the best option for me.

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I have used this pressed powder a few times, so here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. I like the compact packaging. I think it is so chic and easy to carry around.
  2. It feels amazing on the skin.
  3. It blends easily and evenly.
  4. It provides long-lasting light coverage.
  5. I love the satin finish.
  6. It is suitable for all skin types and shades.
  7. It is readily available in most departmental stores.
  8. It is a great touch-up powder, and I love the fact that it adds no additional colour.

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CONS

None

I recommend this Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder to anyone in need of a great touch up powder. This is simply the best!

 

*This is a collaborative post.