Fav Beauty Brand – July

Hey girl hey,

Let’s talk beauty, shall we? I think taking care of your skin is equally as important as eating healthy. Fortunately, there are a bunch of beauty brands out there for you to choose from for your skin type. Choosing the right product is important, because some products contain a high amount of alcohol and it dries your skin out. (We don’t want that) Even though there are a million beauty brands to choose from, my favorite brand for July is – Mario Badescu!

This brand carries products ranging from toners, pimple reducer, facial sprays, face wash and much more. My favorite products are the below:

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  1. The Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is TO DIE FOR. I love spraying onto my face mid-day when I’m at work, to help wake my skin up.
  2. Glyotic Foaming Cleanser – let me just tell you, a little goes a LONG way.
  3. Oil free Moisturizer – when they say it’s oil free, it’s truly oil free. LOVE IT.
  4. Drying Lotion – so…the biggest con about this is the smell, but I swear it WORKS.

Try out the products and let me know which one is your fav! Mine’s the facial spray.

Much Love,

V

New Found Beauty Love: Camellia Oil

Ever heard of Camellia Oil? It’s also known as tea seed oil, which is the actual green tea oil. It comes from the seeds of Camellia sinensis, the plant from which all the tea is made. Tea seed oil is a wonderfully healthy in more ways than one. Tea seed oil is used in a number of beauty products and I’m going to share the 2 products that I just recently discovered and CANNOT live without.

  1. 1 Step Camellia Cleansing Oil by Tatcha – $48

Camellia Cleansing Oil Face Wash

Recently I was invited to an event at Barney’s where I received a sample of this cleansing oil from Tatcha. I’ve heard great things about cleansing oils, but never tried it because I was afraid of breakouts or leaving my face greasy. But let me tell you…I was SO wrong.

This cleansing oil not only removes your make up (even waterproof – I only wear waterproof mascara!) gently but it also cleans your face. You start by putting a pea sized of the cleansing oil in your palm, then gently massage it throughout your face as you watch your makeup melt before your face. Then you wash it away with some warm water, leaving your face moisturized and clean.

2. Camellia Hair Coating Essence by Red Flo – $20

REDFLO CAMELLIA HAIR COATING ESSENCE 100ml

I was at a Korean beauty store recently and the sales manager told me I HAD to get this hair serum and that’s all she said. I was a little skeptical, but eventually bought it anyways. I used it that night on my hair and let me just tell you – it left my hair silky and smooth. I definitely recommend this to everyone who has colored or damaged hair.

So here’s how you use it, for those who can’t read Korean (like myself haha). First, you start off with damped hair and massage a pump of this hair essence in your scalp (I guarantee you it won’t leave your hair greasy). Then you blow dry your hair like normal. After you’re done styling your hair, apply a small pump to the ends of your hair only. And there you go – you have the smoothest hair out of all your friends.

Have you ever tried Camellia Oil before? Let me know!

 

Much Love,

Vanessa

 

Eyebrow Tint | #BeautyHack

How many of my readers have sparse eyebrows and is sick and tired of filling them in every single day?? Cause I know I am. I’m going to share with you my favorite eyebrow products and my recent discovery that will solve your problem.

For the past few months, my favorite go-to eyebrow pencil is from KIKO MILANO. This store is located at almost every mall I’ve been to in New Jersey. If you have trouble finding one located near you, they have a website that I’ve attached above!

This Precision Eyebrow Pencil is my holy grail and I LOVE it. The color pigmentation is ahhhh-mazing and the price is a steal! ($9.99) The product is almost as great as the Anastasia Eyebrow Pencil, which is crazy. I would recommend this product to anyone of my friends/family/readers/anyone, and I know anyone would love it too.

But…if you’re getting tired to filling them in all the time, every single day; then keep on reading. I’ve recently discovered EYEBROW TINT!! (I know it’s been around for a while, but I was always too afraid to try.)

Godefroy Eyebrow Tint  Kit, Dark Brown

The Godefroy Eyebrow Tint Kit is sold on Amazon, Ebay, and in some stores. The price for the eyebrow tint varies from $10-13, but it comes with a large amount of product. Each box comes with a: 20 Pre-measured Color Capsules, Cream Developer 1.5 oz, Reusable Applicator Brush, Mixing Cup, Instruction Sheet. It claims that it lasts for  uses, but each capsule can be used for several applications and you can’t keep it after you’ve mixed it with the cream developer. So, here’s my little tip for you: Go to the dollar store and purchase a contact case – open the capsules and pour 2 in the left side, and pour in some cream developer in the right side.

So, here’s my little tip for you: Go to the dollar store and purchase a contact case – open the capsules and pour 2 in the left side, and pour in some cream developer in the right side. For each application, use the brush included and scoop out a little bit and pour it into the mixing cup; repeat the same process for the cream developer. Mix the mixture into a creamy consistency and start dabbing on your eyebrows. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes, wipe it off with warm water and pat dry with tissue. Mine lasted for a week, which is pretty good for me!

Let me know if you end up trying this product on your own and your feedback on it!

 

Much Love,

Veee

February Favs | Beauty

With February coming to an end, here’s a few beauty items that I loved this month:

  1. COCONUT OIL! This is my holy grail of all beauty products. I was really skeptical about using it as a moisturizer because I didn’t want my skin to feel greasy afterwards. But my skin feels AMAZING afterwards and smells awesome too. It keeps my skin moisturized all night and all day, which is better than name brand ones like: Aveeno. I use it as my daily moisturizer on my face as well!
  2. Drops of Youth from The Body Shop. This serum is organic and it really helps restore bounce in my face. I would recommend this product to anyone that’s trying to cut down cost from purchasing high-end face serums, this works just as well.
  3. Plus White 5 Minute Teeth Whitner. You can buy this at your local Walmart for about $10 or less, and this really does work! This is definitely an inexpensive way to whiten your teeth without the splurge.
  4. Sample Clinique Barbie Pink Lipstick. I got a chance to try out this clinique long lasting lipstick in a similar shade of Barbie Pink (I’m not 100% sure what the color name is called!). Usually I’m not a big fan of pink lipsticks, but this color is GORGEOUS!!
  5. Jergens Gradual Glow. I LOVE this stuff! I use this once a week  mix in with my spf daily moisturizer as my base, and I have a tanned face for a whole week. Since I only use it once a week, my face does not turn orange or anything, but it gives me a beautiful glow.

What are some of your favorite beauty products??

 

Much Love,

Veee

Dry Skin? We got you covered.

Winter, why do you exist?? With the coldness blowing in real fast, our skins are the ones taking a toll on dryness. Dry skin ain’t sexy, but don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect tips for you!

  1. According to Iconiclooks, you should avoid hot showers, but if you choose to take a hot shower – try to only limit it to 10 minutes only. After getting out of the shower, moisturize yourself immediately with lotion. Lastly, don’t expose yourself to the harsh weather too much.
  2. According to lovetoknow.com, try to eat more fatty food rich in omega-3 such as: salmon. If you’re not into salmon, there are a lot of supplements that you can substitute to get the same effect.
  3. Moisturize your face daily. For your day lotion, be sure it has at least an SPF 15. Night lotion, make sure you use a lotion that’s hydrating. My current favorite is Olay Regenerist. 
  4. STAY HYDRATED. Drink water daily, at least 6 glasses a day.
  5. Eat your veggies, they’re not only good for your body, but also for your skin.

Got any tips that I didn’t list? Please comment below, I’d LOVE to hear it! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

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How To Make You Hair Grow Faster?

Let’s be real, there’s no magical way to grow your hair overnight. But, here are some tips to help increase your hair growth in a shorter amount of time, while still keeping your hair healthy!

  1. Dry Scalp Massage
    Give yourself an at-home massage using your fingers. Start at the front of your head, slowly move it towards the back of your scalp. Repeat this at least 50 times a day to help increase blood flow to your scalp. This helps nutrients get to your hair follicles more quickly.
  2. Wet Hair Massage
    While washing your hair, massage the scalp with your fingertips, starting at the back of the neck and moving around the hairline.
  3. Get Trimmed
    Healthy hair grows faster and split ends can work their way up stands, damaging hair and making it even shorter.
  4. Vitamin 101
    Supplements like biotin, found at basically any local pharmacy, encourage healthy hair and nail growth, while some haircare experts recommend taking Viviscal as well to speed things up.
  5. Condition, Condition, Condition
    Shampoo takes all of the dirt and grime out of your hair and scalp, while conditioner replenishes nutrients that your hair needs to be healthy and shiny.
  6. Lay off the Heat Tools
    Use your dryer, curling iron, and flat iron less, and when you do use product to shield your strands from harm
  7. Cold Water Rince
    Before you step out of the shower, douse your mane in cold water for a few seconds. This will help seal your hair cuticles, and prevent moisture loss and heat damage. Alternatively, avoid using scalding hot water when washing your hair, as it can weaken your strands.

Hope these tips help!

Much Love,

Veee

Why you should invest in a face serum?

“Moisturize your face, take care of your skin, use SPF on your face, don’t expose your face to the sun for too long…” I’m sure we’ve all heard one of those phrases one way or another, whether we hated hearing it or we appreciated it. A few years back when I was still in high school, I definitely hated hearing it. However, now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I see the importance of taking care of your skin. You can take care of your skin in many different ways, but recently, I’ve gained a new found obsession/love – face serums.

I’ve never used them before and have always been skeptical. I hated the feeling of putting oil-like serums on my skin. Why would I want to make my face oily after washing all the dirt and oil off my face? – made no sense to me. BUT, once I started using the face serum, I’ve seen a significant difference in my face. It looks more vibrant and healthy comparatively, also it makes my skin moisturize all day long.

There are a lot of different face serums out there, for some guidance as to which brand to purchase that will benefit your skin the most – check out this article.

Take your skin from drab to fab with one of these 8 worthy face serums”

What’s your favorite brand of serum? Share your thoughts to help readers like yourself! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

Best toner? 

  
This toner by Simple is simply the best toner I’ve ever used. It’s so gentle to my skin, it doesn’t dry it out, rather, it moisturize my skin. It leaves my face feeling fresh after usage. It takes off make up and clears out my pores. 

You can buy this at your local target or grocery store. It’s definitely worth trying! 

Much Love, 

Veee

8 Beauty Essentials – on the go version

We’re all a little busy, whether with friends or work, we’re all always on the go. Well, at least I know I am! Sometimes you might need to do a few retouches throughout the day to get that ultimate glamours look. In order to do so, you’ll need to carry a few essentials with you to help you get ready to conquer the day! Here are a few of my beauty essentials that I always have on me, or try to!

  1. Scented lotion. You have NO idea how many times this have saved me! One time I was sitting next to this guy who smelled awful, I put on my lotion and literally put my hand on my nose and just smelled my hand the whole time.
  2. Make up bag: mascara, eyeliner, blush, lipbalm/lipstick, and bronzer. Oh my, these few items are a life saver. Sometimes you just gotta fix your face up a bit to make yourself look a little bit more presentable.
  3. Gum. You don’t want your mouth to stink.
  4. Oil blotting sheets. Especially during the summer time, your face gets all kinds of oil. You don’t want that shine on your face, blot away!
  5. Sunnies. Gotta protect your eyes at all times.
  6. Water bottle. I know for myself, I always get thirsty and there never ever seem to be water around, so even if it’s heavy, I still carry it.
  7. Body spray/perfume: Sometimes you just wanna smell fresh.
  8. Deodorant: You never know whether you’re going to be sweating or not!

What are your beauty essentials?? Let me know!

Much Love,

Veee

Want long eyelashes and thick eyebrows?!

To all my short, sparse eyelashes friends,

I feel your pain. I remember looking at the mirror every morning, doing my makeup routine, and thinking – “why am I not blessed with perfect lashes??” We can’t always get what we want, but we can definitely do things to help us get to where we want to be. Disclaimer: I’m not telling women that they have to change themselves to be someone they’re not, rather, this is to help them feel more confident about themselves. Let’s get right into this beauty hack!

All you’re going to need is one ingredient…and it’s…CASTOR OIL!!

castor oil

How to use it?

Take a cotton swab and dip it into castor oil. Gently swab it against your lash line and eyebrows. Do this every night, you’ll definitely see a difference in your eyelashes and eyebrows.

Does it work?

My eyelashes have definitely grown since I started using it. My friends tell me that my eyelashes are so long for an Asian and it’s because I have a little secret. 😉

Hope you try it out! If you do, leave me a comment below!

Much Love,

Veee