Skin Care Must-Haves (Part 2): The Natural, “DIY” Edition

Skin Care for the Eyes! A DIY (do it yourself) exclusive! I will be handing you tips and things that you can find in your house to help with your daily routine when it comes to taking care of your eyes, covering the “DIY” portion of my blog!

My last post was dedicate to the many different skin care products that I have used over time – ranging from Murad Face Wash, to Saint Ives Face Scrub, and Cucumber Face Towelettes. But this post is dedicated to a few skin care must-haves that are easy, affordable, and may even be found in your own home! If you don’t want to go out spending money on pricey skin-care items, then the following at-home items are a sure fire way to maintain skin care at an even more than reasonable price.

Skin care is difficult to maintain, but it is definitely manageable as long as you have the right products. You don’t necessarily need the most expensive brand on the market; you just need to know what works best for your skin!

indexOlive Oil! – Gets rid of make-up, soothes and hydrates the skin!

Need to get rid of make-up? There are tons of washes and towelettes that might do the trick, but that is not always so. Sure, there are face towelettes made specifically to wipe off make-up, but those hold harsh chemicals that can irritate or simply negatively affect the skin! When it comes to face washes for make-up, a lot of times they don’t completely get rid of all of the make-up on your face. So, what I’ve found that works amazing is a little trick I learned from a friend. Olive Oil!

Just any regular olive oil will do the trick: dab just a little bit onto a Q-tip and you’ll be able to get rid of even the heaviest of eye shadow. As far as foundation goes, you might as well just wash your face with your regular skin-care routine – the olive oil routine is mostly meant for heavy eye shadow, and excess make up left behind that couldn’t be picked up by the face wash or towelettes. So, dab some olive oil onto a Q-tip, and tend to the nasty leftover make up! It even leaves a smooth touch to the face after being applied!gothic-makeup-with-black-heavy-eyeshadow

Cucumbers reduce eye puffiness… But so do cold towels!

I’m sure we’ve all been given the advice that a few slices of cucumber will do the trick when it comes to diminishing and reducing red and puffy eyes. However, who really wants to waste a completely good cucumber on your face? Save food for what it’s meant for… eating! And try using some house-hold items instead; they will do the same thing… probably even better!

Now, before you go to your towel closet and pull out an ordinary, giant towel that you use after taking a shower, keep reading. The best thing for this treatment is a small towel, probably just a small face or hand towel. Fold it up so that it forms a small rectangular shape that can easily drape over both of yours eyes. Then, rinse that towel in incredibly cold water, after the towel has a nice chill and brisk feel to it, squeeze out the excess water.

Lay down in a dark room and apply the cold towel over your eyes, keep your eyes closed! And relax.

A lot of times, if I know that I have been up too late at night and will wake up looking tired and puffy, I place the towel over my eyes and go to sleep with it! When I wake up, no matter how tired I am I always feel a lot more refreshed and my eyes feel a lot less heavy in comparison to if I had just slept without the chilled mini-towel.

FYI, you will not catch a cold from keeping a chilled towel over your eyes! All of the excess cold water was squeezed out, so you’re really just applying something to soothe the inevitable puffiness.

Try these tips out! These are two of the most basic and important essentials in eye-care. You never want to have excess make up, and you want to ensure your eyes do not get damaged from any harsh store-bought make up removers… which is why you should try the olive oil! And, for a quick puffy eye fix, try the cold towel trick!

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This month’s make up must haves! Why I love them, and why I think you should buy them.

Sephora's Clinique Redness Solution Foundation in Calming Ivory

Sephora’s Clinique Redness Solution Foundation in Calming Ivory

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What is it?

CLINIQUE’s Redness Solution Makeup with SPF 15

Why do I love it?
Okay, I’ve tried tons and tons of brands of foundations in the past, but nothing beats CLINIQUE. The past products I’ve tried range from department store to actual beauty and makeup stores – and all foundations seem to meet second to what this makeup can do. Clinique’s redness solution not only conceals, but even cures the imperfections of the face. Red skin? Puffy blemishes? The foundation will literally mask these flaws away.
And what makes this even better is that the next day, your redness and puffiness will go down by a lot! The foundation is made as a redness relief and solution. Oil-free and light, leaves a very natural and clean touch on the face – creating a very flawless and natural look.
I’ve always struggled with the redness and puffiness of my face, it’s just my natural skin tone. This foundation not only conceals these imperfection, but they even improve the redness and puffiness. It seems to cool down my face, and every single time I wash the foundation off, it seems like the redness and swelling have gone down significantly.
A great buy, it does its job as a foundation, but also goes the extra mile in actually improving my skin.

What it cures: Redness of any kind – from blemishes to flushed skin, conceals it and even cures it.

Maybelline's Baby Lips - Lip Balm

Maybelline’s Baby Lips – Lip Balm

Baby, Baby, Baby Lips!

What is it?
Baby Lips – Lip Balm by Maybelline

Why do I love it?
Seriously, if you haven’t heard of this product yet, you need to be in the know! Sure, there are tons of lip tints and lip balms out there – but there is a lot about Baby Lips that makes it the best-selling Lip Balm thus far.
First, take note of the fun, fresh, colorful, and different designs on each of the six lip balms! And, each one has its own specific color. The tinted lip colors range from dark to light. They even sell complete sheer, nude balms for those who are just looking for a really beneficial chap stick.
Adds a tint of lip color, while really hydrating and light on the lips! Plus, they’re really cheap, you can find them just about anywhere from your local drugstore to some major make up stores as well.
I see girls on campus holding onto these lip balms everywhere they go! This isn’t just a fad – fads die out, fads get old. Baby Lips is not only fun, cute, and colorful in the styling of their packaging – but beneficial and helpful. They cure chap lips, and will leave your lips moisturized and healthy. And, if you’re looking to add a little color – Baby Lips has your back! Try whichever Baby Lip Balm you would like, you won’t be disappointed.

What it cures: Dry lips, pale lips

Sephora's Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara by Tarte

Sephora’s Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara by Tarte

Lights, Camera, Flashes

What is it?
Tarte’s Statement Mascara

Why do I love it?
So, I guess it’s hard to really vouch for Mascara. Every Mascara commercial will tell you the same thing – with how that one specific brand of Mascara will give you voluminous, thick, and long lashes! Okay, whatever, those are all lies – and this Mascara actually DOES give you long, think, and voluminous lashes! And, the only way I can prove this to you guys is if you hear about my own personal struggles with my eye lashes. Basically, I have barely any lashes, they’re also really thin and short. I feel like lashes really bring out the face, they help make a person look more awake and lively, and to have thin and short lashes can really hinder one’s overall look. Without Mascara, I feel insecure. I feel like I look tired, groggy, and my eyes done pop the way that they could. Add some of Tarte’s Statement Mascara and I feel a lot more confident about myself. Just a little make up can really make a difference in how you look and feel about yourself. Do you need any more proof than that? No, – just believe me here, people.
Plus, check out the cute, trendy, and gold trimmed packaging it comes in! It’s a thin, compact case – not big, round and bulky like other mascara containers.

What it cures: Even the ugliest of lashes. Helps bring out natural beauty, and an over exuberance of confidence and happiness (yes, this Mascara can do just that!)