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2 Easy Steps On How To Fix Dried Mascara:

Beauty October 4, 2016

Have you bought your favorite mascara and in a month it’s already dry? The main reason this happens is because air gets inside the tube. Avoid by not pumping wand back and forth countless times in. Bad decision when you’re trying to avoid clumpliness and dried mascara. Instead, swirl the wand around to get a good amount of product on the brush. Save money and try both practical step to renew your mascara:

  1. Add drops of visine inside the tube, shake it well and Wallah, you’re ready to apply!
  2. Add some drops of Castor oil and Vitamin E. You’ll also get benefits of growing out your lashes naturally.

Adding hot water on the brush will sort out the problem temporarily. But for every use, you will have to follow the same step. It’s annoying when you’re in a rush to go somewhere.  The downside about adding water is the product dries faster. Why? Hot water cannot stay hot inside the tube for long, it’s not a thermal tube.

 

My favorite Nail Salon!

Beauty September 18, 2016

It’s a mission looking for the right nail salon with the right nail technicians. Well ladies, you can stop your brakes. I found a gem that I’ve been going to for the past 7 years. Mind you, I only go to nail salons where they’re hygienic, have a good team of nail technicians and most importantly great customer service. Cindy’s Healing Hands is located in the UWS. Pay a visit if you’re around the area or don’t care about the transportation. I highly recommend Tania, Maria and Amy. They understand the essence of having perfect well polished nails. I love the consistency from every visit. They thoroughly clean my nails and meticulously paint my nails with out polish on the ridge of the nails. I have eyes like a telescope, if I see a micro dot of polish on my skin, I make sure to point it out. They handle my hands with care as if it’s their own. I never have to underestimate their work. I can sleep or daydream through the session and totally be satisfied in the end. It’s crucial to find a nail technician who understands your nail vision, otherwise it’ll be a disaster. They have to look perfect. After all, I am paying for the service and I should leave the salon satisfied.

Essie Couture Nail Polish in Color, Wrap Party

“Hand your nails to the wrong nail technician, you’re up for a rude awakening”- Jennifer Reyes

Night Time Skincare Routine

Beauty September 13, 2016

Did you know that cell turnover works faster when we sleep? This is why we must wash our face thoroughly every single night. Even if you haven’t worn makeup at all that day. There are so many pollutants in the air that gets trapped into our skin. A consistent and a proper night time skincare routine will help reverse years from our face. It can improve your skin tone and reduce blemishes. The image above shows the 9 essential products I use to prep my skin right before going to bed. Mind you, I don’t use exfoliation or face mask every single day, only used as directed. First, I use Aveeno makeup removal wipes only when I wear makeup. I use this to remove the dirt, excess oil and makeup off my face. Second, I lather my face wash in circular motion with Om Aroma Champagne Cleanser. Third, I exfoliate my face in a gentle matter. My favorite one is Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask, it leaves my face hydrated and radiant. I leave it on for 10 minutes or overnight. I let the fruit enzymes and vitamin c work its magic. Fourth, I apply a layer of Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque and let it sit on my face for about 5-10 minutes. I rinse off with lukewarm water. Hot water will dry your skin. I pat dry my face with a towel. Then I apply Clarins Toning Lotion with Chamomile. My obsession! It leaves your skin soft and hydrated. I find a toner very useful because the moisturizer glides on easily. Fifth, I use Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum as my moisturizer. The oil penetrates into my skin and leaves a nice lasting moisture shield.  I also dot on the rejuvenating serum then eye apply eye cream for an extra dose of moisture. Sixth,  Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. It’s a multitasking product that diminishes wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Don’t tug and pull while applying around the eye, gently dab the product on.  Last but not least, drink a glass of water an hour before going to bed. You wouldn’t want to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. Voilà, next morning your face will look healthier, radiant and rejuvenated. Stay consistent and you will see better results. Pick out products that will work for your skin type, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see drastic results the next morning. No product will work overnight, you’ll start seeing results within a few weeks or 2 months.

Say Goodbye to Mr. Funk!

Beauty September 3, 2016

I don’t want to smell the funk, I want to smell the roses! I Introduce to you, Degree Motionsense Antiperspirant Sexy Intrigue Deodorant. It’s formulated with breakthrough motionsense technology. Every move you take, the fresher it smells as it releases the extra bursts of fragrance. Sounds like melodies to the ears, because it’s really accurate. It’s lightweight and lasts all day.  It’s tough enough even through  a long workout session. I love how it kills off the funk instead of masking over it. The scent remains the same, if not better. I’ve tried numerous of deodorants throughout my life, from drugstores to organic. Some worked for a while but it failed on me. My theory is, you have to change deodorants like you need to change your skincare routine each season. Well, I hope my theory is false. It’s a headache looking for the right deodorant. I want to commit to just one that will work efficiently. So far I’m intrigued!

Flawless Pouty Lips

Beauty August 24, 2016

One of my biggest pet peeves is dry lips like a cracked pavement floor. If I forget my lip balm at home, you best believe I will go to  a beauty store and purchase one. Otherwise, It would bother me all day. It’s a ritual to keep my lips supple and smooth at all times. Here are some of my favorite lip balms:

Super Goop Acai Fusion Lip Balm SPF 30: This is perfect for when you tan underneath the blazing hot sun. It protects and hydrates your lips. Love the Acai scent too, mmm!

Fresh Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: I like wearing this alone for when I go to the gym. It gives a nice sheer rose pinky tone to your lips. It’s ultra hydrating and protects your lips from the sun.

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in color Very Popular: I love how this tint is versatile and gives you a natural healthy look. It’s the perfect lip tint for an everyday wear. It isn’t hydrating so I like to mix this with my lip balms to give my lips life and brighten my face. I still have yet to use it as a cheek tint.

Aveda Lip Saver: The name “Lip Saver” speaks for itself. My everyday lip balm.  I love how it instantly moisturizes my lips the minute I apply it on. It’s like wrinkles being removed by botox, no cracks! It’s the perfect lip prep, I use it right before my lipsticks. It’ll penetrate in your skin without leaving a greasy look. What I love the most is that I don’t need to keep re-applying. Lip Saver lasts me all day. This way the product will last me longer. Think about how much money you’ll save. Who wants a lip balm where you have to keep re-applying throughout the day to only find yourself buying the same product that won’t give your lips justice?

 

Essie’s New Nail Trend Obsession!!!

Beauty August 23, 2016

After years of getting shellac manicures, I noticed my nails became very brittle and weak. I had to break up with Shellac and avoid harmful UV lights for good. Perfect timing to make room for these fabulous new shades. Essie has launched a Gel Couture collection with 42 luxurious colors to choose from. The polishes caught my attention when I first walked in my nail salon, Cindy’s Healing Hands. I was intrigued by the distinct and edgy twist the bottle design had. This innovative formula is a 14 day wear, two-step system. You apply the color and the top coat for a final glossy sealed look. I’ve always loved Essie’s polishes but my nails wouldn’t last 2 days without getting chipped. It was frustrating because I honestly was lazy to fix it after I just got them done. My other option was to remove it all and go natural for another week. But really, who doesn’t like colors  and shine on their nails? So thank you Essie for creating a revolutionary gel collection, it’s a life changer!

“Nails are the period at the end of the sentence. They complete the look”- Prabal Gurung

 

Age-Defying Snail Face Mask

Beauty August 22, 2016

It is no secret that Asian women have flawless complexion like a porcelain doll. Why is that? Korean beauty industries are way more advanced than the U.S. They are booming with new and innovative products. Such as the Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Hydro Gel Mask. It’s enriched with unique ingredients like seaweed, sea algae extract, and Korean herbs. My first application felt refreshing and didn’t drip like some sheet face mask. This one actually adhere to my face the entire time. The consistency is slimy because of the snail mucin. I assumed the mask didn’t have a unpleasant smell, requiring it needs to stay on the face for 20-30 minutes. Who could bare a foul smell? The end result was neutral, I didn’t see a difference. Although, my face did feel ultra hydrated. But what other face mask wouldn’t do the same? I will just have to see and apply it to my weekly face routine.

Cool Fact: Snails are hermaphrodites which means they can produce themselves. They don’t need another snail to reproduce. How cool is that?

Quench Your Skin With Green And White Tea

Beauty August 21, 2016

A cup of tea is one of the methods for a youthful and healthy skin. It’s a life changer, that is, if you pick the right tea. My favorite organic teas that work effectively are green and white. Both teas have high antioxidants that are great for anti aging. It also helps with improving skins elasticity and complexion. I make sure to drink green tea twice a day. Once I finish the box, I move on to the white tea and follow the same routine as previous. I personally feel like I need to stay consistent with one tea flavor before moving on to the next.  Stay consistent and gradually you’ll see results!

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”-Eleanor Roosevelt

Summer Glow

Beauty August 10, 2016

Eye Palette Tarlette in Bloom; funny girl, sweetheart, rebel, charmer

Mascara L’oreal Voluminous Original in Blackest Black

Foundation Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof in Tan

Concealer Nars radiant creamy in Ginger

Bronzer Becca

Blush/Highlight Becca in Champagne Pop/Hyacinth

Lip color Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rich Nude

 

Natural Ravishing Lips

Beauty August 10, 2016

It was love at first sight the minute I applied Bobbi Brown luxe lip color in Almost Bare. After one use, my lips felt ultra soft and looked naturally healthy. It’s both highly pigmented and creamy. My lips looked more plumped. The result was flawless, I had to research what were in the ingredients. Sure enough, I read it’s infused with vitamins C, E and MaxiLip, a powerful peptide. Brilliant idea, It’s the perfect nude color for an everyday look!

“When I started the company, my mission was to make a lipstick that looked like lips”-Bobby Brown