The Sun and Your Skin

Welcome back my friends! I love love love the sun! Being from the east coast it is basically impossible to avoid the beach especially in the summer. There is nothing more relaxing to me is laying out in the peach and quiet and reading a book while working on a tan. As nice as that sounds to your mental health your skin is crying for help! However, just like anything in life you can enjoy it in moderation. Here are some helpful hints and information to enjoy the rays and take care of your skin.

Between the ages of 14-25 I baked myself in a tanning bed on the regular. UGH! I know! I was literally addicted to tanning beds and would tan year round. But now I am paying the price! I can see a difference in my skin from years of tanning and I am now fighting it. Now a days they have sooooo many amazing tanning products on the market so you can fake a tan.

Why is the sun bad? Answer: UV Rays and the damaging effects it has on your skin.

UVA Rays: these are the high intensity rays that last all day long. They damage new skin and go through the deepest layers of your skin. These are the rays that cause cancer and make your skin very sensitive.

UVB Rays: These guys are the middle of the road. They penetrate your skin causing wrinkles and lines. These are the rays that they tell you to look out for during am-pm.

UVC Rays: These are the lightest of rays. They are absorbed by the ozone layer and go into your outermost layer of skin. These are not too harmful in small amounts. 

Okay so that sounds a little scary but how do we protect ourselves. Obviously stay out of the sun and wear protective clothing but also….sunscreen! Here are some helpful sunscreen tips….

AT LEAST Spf 15

Apply and reapply often

Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure

Look for sunscreen with UVA and UVB Ray protection

Skin care is a very real and very scary thing. This UV ray stuff is no joke. Please protect yourself and always read your sunscreen bottle. Learn about the ingredients or what type of rays it protects against.

xoxo

ashley beth

Face Toners!

Hi everyone! I hope we’re all enjoying my segment on learning about your skin! Today I am going to talk about facial toners. I will go over different types of toners as well as what they are and why you need them.

I feel like the toners are thrown all over the makeup as well ask skin care industry. It’s one of those words that you hear all the time and most skin gurus swear by them. When I was a teen I saw my mom use a facial toner so I thought hey I should use one too. So I used her facial toner and OH MY GOD did that guy burn my skin. From that day on I stop using toners until my mid twenties. What I didn’t realize was first I was using the wrong type of toner for my skin and second since I was my teen years and my skin was very sensitive due to acne I shouldn’t have used a toner the way I did in the first place. So lets all learn from my mistake and here we go!

Toners are used for cleansing and refreshing the skin and restore your skins natural pH balance. Toners are a godsend for people with oil skin or people who wear a lot of makeup daily (me!). It removes any remaining dead skin or excess oils from your skin essentially restoring texture. For lack of a better word toners “disinfect” (use that term loosely) your skin after oils and dirt build up on your skin. Certain toners can also shrink and minimize the size of your pores. How it works is like this…toners contain alcohol which slightly irritates the skin which causing skin to swell just a little which makes large pores disappear. The best way to apply toners is either by spraying the face or putting the toner on a cotton pad and wiping the face.

Skin Fresheners: The mildest type of toners. They contain mostly water or rose water and contain less than 10% of alcohol. They prevent your skin from loosing moisture and they are great for sensitive, dry and normal skin.

Skin Tonics: These toners are middle of the pack. They contain water and up to 20% of alcohol. These are great for normal, combination and even oily skin. 

Astringents: This is the strongest type of toners. They contain water, humectants and up to 60% alcohol. They are good for drying and getting rid of excess oils. The most common astringent is Witch hazel. These work best for people with oily skin. 

This concludes my post for today! I hope this helps you guys out and I hope none of you make the same mistake I did. Toners are an important part of skin care and they can really bring back the life in your skin. They are also very helpful to people with oily skin because they really do combat the excess oil. Please, please, please tell me what your favorite toner is. I’d love to hear!

xoxo

ashley beth

 

Skin Types!

Hey friends, welcome back! Today I’m gonna talk about different skin types and how to figure out what type you have. For years I have struggled with my skin care. I was never sure what type of moisturizer or what type of toner to choose. Once I started seeing an aesthetician and she told me what type of skin I have my beauty life got 100% easier.

Dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin….all the buzz words you hear and see walking down the skin care aisle. If you are like me you were looking at all the products thinking well I have dry skin? No I think I have oily skin? No, no I must have combination skin. It was all so confusing. Here’s a breakdown of the different skin types and how to recognize what types you have….

Normal Skin: Your day to day skin is comfortable feeling. It’s not too dry and not too oily. It is smooth and an even texture. You don’t notice your pores as a problem and they stay the same size. Your cheeks are the driest part of your face but you don’t feel like you need to constantly moisturize. You might get a little shiny on your T-Zone but nothing you feel like you need to take care of throughout the day. 

Dry Skin: After washing your face your skin feels tight. Your skin is constantly looking flaky. When you run your hands over your face your skin feels rough and textured. When applying products your skin stings or feels sensitive. Your pores are not a problem, you cannot even see them. Fine lines are your enemies. 

Oily Skin: No matter if is is February or July your skin is constantly shiny. Your T-Zone is always shiny even after you wash your face. Your pores are large and visible even with makeup. You have frequent breakouts but you have very few wrinkles. 

Combination Skin: Your skin is a little bit of Oily and a little bit of Dry. Typically your skin is oily through your T-Zone and dry on your cheeks. You can find large visible pores on your forehead, nose and chin.

Sensitive Skin: Your skin can be dry, oily, normal or combination. Your skin is easily irritated and prone to redness. Cosmetics, moisturizers and cleansers can easily aggravate your skin. Your skin is very sensitive and constantly feels itchy or looks blotchy.

So over the next few blog posts I really want to focus on skin types and care for them. On the next post I’ll focus on how to analyze your skin and find out what type of skin you have. Until next time!

xoxo

ashley beth

Makeup Expiration

Happy Monday friends! Welcome back! Today I want to chat about something we all forget about…makeup expiration. I have personally used products WAY past their expiration date without even realizing it but here are some helpful hints to not let that happen!

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Look for this symbol on all your beauty products!!

First off here is how long you can use a product for after you open it…

Liquid & Cream Foundations: 2 years

Concealer: 2 years

Powder: 2 years

Mascara: 6 months

Lipstick: 12- 18 months

Lip & eye Pencils: 12- 18 months

Eye Shadow: 2 years

Powder Blush: 2 years

Cream Blush: 2 years

Moisturizer: 2 years

Eye cream: 6 months

Sunscreen: 2 years

Face cream: 2 years

Tip 1: When you open the product write the expiration date in sharpie on the product.

Tip 2: Start an excel spreadsheet with all your products and write in the date you open them and they expire.

Tip 3: Write it in your ical/google calendar. Lets say you open a product on Jan 1 and it expires on July 1. Create a calendar event that will remind you the day it expires.

Tip 4: Beauty Keeper App. Yes, there is an actual app for this guys! You enter the product into the app and it will remind you/tell you when it expires. There legit is an app for everything.

Tip 5: New year- new makeup. Once or twice a year set yourself up with a makeup date. Go through your entire makeup collection and either toss, clean or keep everything. Therefore anything expired you can get rid of, anything new you can reorganize or anything used you can clean and refresh.

Thanks for reading friends! Let me know what you do when it comes to makeup expiration!

xoxo

ashley beth

 

Make Up For Ever Ulta HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Hey friends! Today we’re gonna talk about one of my favorite foundations in the world!

What I love about this foundation is how it is so versatile and literally comes in a million shades. This foundation is medium coverage but feels so lightweight on your skin. This foundation has great coverage but it feels like your skin can breath.

This foundation was formulated specifically for TV and photographs. This is my go to foundation when I’m doing makeup for special events or weddings. This foundation looks amazing on all skin types and looks fantastic on camera.

I always apply this foundation with a beauty blender for a natural finish. When pouncing the beauty blender on the skin the foundation almost feels a little tacky. Don’t get me wrong it’s not sticky it feels like it is sticking to your skin for a long wear.

Personally I prefer a medium-full coverage foundation…more on the full side. Ulta HD is a great build-able foundation. I usually start with a very very light layer and build up from there.

You can purchase this foundation HERE!

Let me know your thoughts about this foundation!

xoxo

ashley beth

Bath and Body Works: Pillow Mist

Hi friends! Hope y’all are having a great day! Lets chat about something I now cannot live without or should I say sleep without.

Aromatherapy Sleep - Lavender & Cedarwood Pillow Mist - Bath And Body Works

Pillow spray! Bath and body works for years has been making a nighttime pillow spray. They recently upgraded and sort of  redid their line of pillow spray so now is the perfect time for me to share will all of you guys!

So what you do is before you go to sleep you spray this spray on your pillows. It gives off a nice relaxing fragrance that calms you and drifts you off to sleep!

It comes in 4 scents: lavender & cedarwood, eucalyptus & spearmint, vanilla & patchouli, eucalyptus & tea. I have used lavender & cedarwood and eucalptus & spearmint. My favorite is lavender  & cedarwood which I use everyday. I am someone who has anxiety everyday of my life and I have trouble sleeping. This is the perfect thing that relaxes and calms me and makes it easier for me to fall asleep.

You can purchase this HERE! for $13, however I feel like Bath and Body Works constantly has deals going on. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this as well as any other tips for falling asleep.

xoxo

ashley beth

Morphe- Jaclyn Hill Palette

Welcome back my friends!

Ughh I know I know I’m a little late to the party on reviewing this but hear me out! Don’t get me wrong I think first impression videos and blog posts are great but I really truly like to try a product multiple times before I give a full review and express my opinion. So I wanted to take this palette for a test drive before I reviewed it. So here we go!

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I have been following Jaclyn Hill for years now and I have always been a big supporter of hers. But damn girl you’ve done it again! Literally everything this girl touches turns to gold.

Okay sooo, Jaclyn released this palette with Morphe a few months ago. This amazing collab has 35 drop dead gorgeous shades that were all designed and hand picked by Jaclyn. This is the perfect palette. It has your everyday browns, your smokey eye colors as well as some amazing pop colors. The blues are to die for, the simmers are pigmented and the mattes are creamy and smooth.

The biggest thing for me with eye shadow is they need to be pigmented and they need to blend out smooth and evenly. I’m not a big eyeliner person, not a big lip color person and not huge into blushes or sparkles. I am big into eye shadows. I need my eye shadow to be the focal point of my look. This palette is all of that rolled into one.

Lets talk about the colors!!

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  • Here is what Jaclyn has to say about the shadows…

     

    Enlight: An out-of-this-world, universal shade for brow bone and inner shadow magic.

    Beam: Amp things up with this frosted version of Enlight, it’s great for deeper skin tones.

    Silk Crème: Your transitional, creamy-matte crease color with yellow undertones.

    M.F.E.O: Peach, matte and cool: made for each other (hence the name)

    Faint: Love this princess shade. No matter how fair skin you are, this fiercely frosty shade goes great all over the lid.

    Sissy: For the rose-gold queens out there, this super-girly shade was named after my sister.

    Little Lady: Confession: I call my sister ‘little lady’ and this is her second fave color. Perfect to rock at the office since it’s not too gold or out there. It’s the perfect shimmery wash of neutral.

    Creamsicle: OB-SESSED with this flattering yet daring color. Pop it into the crease to make the color of your eye’s pop.

    Butter: Super creamy with a warm, terracotta undertone makes this an amazing shade for your crease color.

    Pooter: For those of you not comfortable with super warm colors, this neutral chestnut shade, named after an inside family joke, is for you.

    Pukey: Yes, I named a color Pukey. My favorite matte color in the whole palette. SO creamy. SO pigmented. The ultimate warm brown.

    Hunts: Linda made this daring, boldly blendable shade happen. I love it because…it’s perfect. The creamiest shade in the palette. My fave shade of all-time.

    Firework: Dare I say this is the most shimmering shade? It’s great for all over the lid and for creating a warm, smoky eye. Partner it up with any of the matte orange shades.

    Queen: The perfect gold. I have nothing else to say.

    Obsessed: I was looking to create a shade for the perfect smoky eye. This took forever to get right, but it’s perfect and I’m totally, you guessed it, Obsessed.

    S.B.N.: One of my most-used, all-over-lid colors is this deep, pinky-bronze shade. It creates the perfect, smoky but natural look. S.B.N…N.B.D.

    Hillster: God, I love this color all over the lid or on lower lash line. I wanted a good range in this palette, and this is the deepest warm shimmer we have to offer.

    Roxanne: I named this after myself (my middle name is Roxanne). That may be narcissistic, but I don’t care. My subscribers know this is my favorite color in the world. I honestly use it every day on lower lash line or outer crease.

    Jacz: An actual burgundy with great color payoff. These high-pigmented mattes go through lots of rounds to make them this super creamy.

    Buns: This is Linda’s favorite crease color, but it took some time for it to grow on me. We removed it from the palette at least 5 times. I hated it at first, but now…obsessed. It’s a great everyday neutral shade for all skin tones.

    Cranapple: A true cranberry shade perfect for all over the lid.

    Royalty: I love it so much. The purplest of purples. A badass purple. No undertones. Just shimmery purple (I had to create one) that’s great to layer.

    Twerk: The reason this color is in the palette? I hate blue. I wanted to be able to wear an awesome shade of blue and this is it. Bold, fun and totally wearable with major wow factor.

    Hustle: For those of you not into warm shades, this is 100% cool with gunmetal, purple undertones.

    Meeks: The best bronze out there (and named after one of my best friends, because that girl loves her bronze). Not too metallic, and all ages can rock it whether you’re 14 or 40.

    24/7: Completely different formula than the rest of the palette: pressed glitter, baby. Apply with finger, or a very wet brush, for a sophisticated, fresh-from-the-runway look.

    Chip: I use this shade all the time to smoke out outer corner and lower lash line. Creamy, smooth and highly pigmented. Win, win, win.

    Mocha: SO chocolatey and super warm, perfect for deepening any eye look.

    Pool Party: My favorite pop of color ever! Beautiful turquoise with flecks of glitter may seem over the top, but it’s not. It’s super wearable (just like a swimsuit).

    Jada: Named after my niece since this is her fave color in the whole world. Very similar to Pool Party, but with a matte spin.

    Diva: Bye-bye Christmassy green shades. I so wanted green in this palette, but a neutral one to wear all over lids and layer with warm reds…and not make you think of Santa.

    Enchanted: This deep, matte green is Diva’s (and all the other green shades) partner in crime.

    Central Park: I wanted every woman and man to have the option of a cool, matte brown.

    Soda Pop: We were so excited to get this color perfect. So deep and so dark. You almost think it’s black, but it’s purple. And one of the most complementary shades for any eye color.

    Abyss: Matte and black as hell. One of the blackest blacks I’ve seen. So hard to make black rock, but we did it.

     

    Can we just have a moment…….wow like wow. Unbelievable.

     

You can purchase this beauty HERE! for $38

 

xoxo

ashley beth