Beauty, Skin Health, skincare

I have an Facial Mist Obsession…

Hello Lovelies,

Hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m being lazy and spending this wonderful spring day in my humid house binge watching daredevil (SO GOOD). The key word to pick up on here is humid; it’s freakishly hot in my house. Even so, I don’t want to turn on the air conditioning because I find it can really dry out my skin, which is already freaking out a bit from the weather getting warmer. So instead, I’ve been spritzing my face with facial mists to refresh my skin.

While I was basking in the glorious coolness of a recent spritz, I realized exactly how obsessed I am when it comes to facial mists. I literally have three right now, each of which are still relatively full…

Why do I love them? Because they give me LIFE. They’re so cooling and refreshing, making them perfect for spring and summer. Depending on the types of ingredients included, they can also balance your skin, moisturize, as well as soothe. This makes them absolutely amazing to take with you if you’re going to be traveling. I don’t know about you, but airplane air always makes my skin extra finicky, so facial mists definitely make a big difference when it comes to keeping my skin happy.

They’re also awesome to incorporate into your skincare routine, prior to applying your serums, oils and creams. I find that they truly help my skin better absorb my skincare products, making them more effective, and giving you the most bang for your buck.

Here are my favorites:

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Avene Thermal Spring Water is a tried and true classic that you can’t go wrong with.ย 

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This one is my all time favorite – Caudalie Grape Water is perfect for sensitive skin prone to redness.ย 

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Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist smells amazing and is so hydrating for your skin.ย 

Those three are my top favorites at the moment, but of course there are probably so many other amazing ones out there.

Here’s a DIY one I like to do as well; Cooled Organic green tea! I steep my tea, let it cool completely and pour it into a bottle with a little spritzer in the cap (you can get them on amazon). I’ll keep it for about a week, and it’s seriously the best! Green tea is absolutely amazing for your skin, so if you don’t want to spend the money on a facial mist, I suggest giving this a try. You’ll love it!

Do you guys like facial mists as much as I (clearly) d0? ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

 

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My Favorite Glowing Skin Smoothie

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to share with you all my favorite green smoothie recipe that I rely on to keep my body and skin both healthy and happy. I’ve been riding the green smoothie wagon for a couple years now, but lately smoothies have been getting a lot of love, on blogs, in recipe books, youtube videos, etc. There are so many different recipes out there, and through trial and error, I’ve finally found a go-to that I absolutely love.

My struggle with a lot of smoothies recipes is that although they make me feeling great right after I drink one, I’m always hungry a few hours later. And when I’m hungry, I’m not at my best. In fact, I basically become the scariest person you will ever encounter. When I first started drinking smoothies, I was doing mostly veggies with some fruits and just plain water. I know that it was super healthy, but the lack of bulk made it unsatisfying as a meal. These days I prefer to do smoothies like that for snacks only.

So, I began using unsweetened almond milk, and that made a huge difference. It made my smoothies creamier and tastier. I also started adding superfoods and boosters to my smoothies, and that made them WAY more filling. So that’s probably my biggest tip if you want to start drinking smoothies regularly; add boosters like protein and superfoods.

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Nothing but green goodness

So without further ado, here’s my signature recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • two handfuls of kale (or any other mixed greens)
  • frozen mango
  • frozen pineapple
  • 1 tbsp of vegan protein powder (I like genuine health vegan protein)
  • 1 tbsp of flax seeds
  • 1 packet of stevia (to help sweeten it up)
  • half a tsp of spirulina powder
  • unsweetened almond milk

This combination is absolutely delicious and tastes so creamy and tropical! You’re getting lots of leafy greens, vitamins A and C from the mango and pineapple, omega 3 from the flax seeds, as well as some easily digested plant protein from the vegan protein powder and the spirulina. It’s amazing for your health and for your skin as well. Since drinking this combination, my complexion has started to take on this constant glow and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Who needs highlighter when you have green smoothies to give you that coveted glow? I think that good skin comes from within, and if you’re experiencing skin troubles, your diet is the first place to take a good look at. Certain foods can hydrate your skin and keep it clear, while others (fried foods, sugar, refined carbs) can contribute to nothing but acne, dark circles and dullness.

I like to drink this as a light breakfast around 3 times a week at least. This recipe is also great as a mid-afternoon pick me up, and rocks after a workout as well, thanks to the protein.

If you guys have any smoothies recipes that you love, be sure to share them below! I’m always looking to shake things up with new smoothies recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Love,

Tabitha

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How to Achieve a Slimmer Face

Hello loves!

So here’s a little tidbit about me. I have a round face. When I say round, I mean ROUND. When I was little, my filipino grandparents used to buy me these large steamed pork buns that were super round and they were called siopao’s. Anyways, because me cheeks were so full, everyone in my family literally nicknamed me siopao cheeks until I was nine…

This is a siopao…

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Yeah.

Now that I’m older, my cheeks have definitely slimmed down but my face is still rounder than the average humans face. In all honesty, I have grown to love my fuller face because I think it looks very youthful (which I resented in my teen years) and it also means that my face will retain more volume as I age (*fist pump*). Even so, there are still times when I want to achieve a sharper, more defined look, and for anybody looking to achieve this same goal, these tips may be helpful for you as they have been for me.

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facial massage not only makes your face slimmer and your skin glow, it’s also an incredibly relaxing experience.

 

  1. Facial Massage – This one is huge. Facial massage encourages lymphatic drainage, while promoting circulation, so its not only improves your skin tone, it detoxifies, which results in a slimmer face. It also gives you a lovely rosy glow! Because I use a lotion cleanser, I massage my face in the morning for a few minutes before rinsing. I wouldn’t massage at night because I’m paranoid of pushing makeup into my pores as I massage. I just think its safer to massage on a clean face! HERE you can find a link to a great video showing your how to do it. This is what made the biggest difference for me, without a doubt.
  2. Shaping your Eyebrows – This one also makes a huge difference. I find that with a round face, having your brows more arched really helps to slim down the face. Straighter brows will horizontally elongate your face. Still, even though you want to make them more arched or angled, I wouldn’t recommend thinning them out. Full brows are super flattering as well as youthful.
  3. Stay Fit – I recently got back into working out daily, and I have noticed a big difference in my face. Consequently, the moment I gain weight, it goes straight to my cheeks. By no means am I saying you need to starve yourself or anything along those lines, but staying at whatever weight is healthiest for your body (so your ideal weight) is going to allow the true shape of your face to shine.
  4. Subtle Contouring – Before I get into this one, I have a confession. I kinda hate traditional contouring. I think it looks harsh and unnatural in person, and it can just make you look so made up. I truly prefer a more natural look. With that being said, I have since attempted a very gentle contour with a concealer two shades darker than my skin tone just around the perimeters of my face, and I have to say, it really does make a difference. ย I make sure to not extend the contour too far towards my mouth ( I don’t extend it further into my face than the tail end of my eyebrow) and this keeps it looking super natural and undetectable. It’s my go-to technique whenever I have an event or special occasion, and want to look nice in photos.
  5. Give yourself a slight wing with your eyeliner – This will help to elongate your eyes, and make them appear bigger, thus making your face seem smaller. I love doing this!

And those are my tricks to achieving a slimmer face! If you guys have any cool tips, please share, as I would love to know what works for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

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My Favorite Type of Cleanser

Hello Lovelies,

I think that of all the steps in skincare, cleansing is definitely the most underrated. It’s actually really shocking how many people don’t bother to wash their face on a regular basis. So many people neglect to even take five minutes to remove their makeup at night, thus resulting in horrid raccoon eyes and probably a new zit. Others use just about anything they can grab at the drugstore that’s ย cheapest because they figure it will be on their skin for the least amount of time. *Sigh.* In truth, the way you cleanse matters. A lot.

I believe that cleansing is our biggest defense against pollution. It removes all that dirt and dead skin that you’ve accumulated throughout the day and also whatever has accumulated during the night as well. ย The optimal time for our skin to renew is while we sleep, so of course that results in old, dead skin cells shedding. You need to cleanse both morning and night to encourage those healthy skin cells to come forth and provide your skin with an ideal environment to renew.

That being said, I don’t think it’s necessary to sandblast our skin with harsh, cleansers and exfoliators that will strip the skin of its natural oils. No matter your skin type, I believe that gentle is always the way to go. When looking for a good cleanser, try to avoid anything with sulfates, as well as synthetic fragrances. Those ingredients tend to be more irritating that anything else.

There are many different kinda of cleanser formulations, from gels, to milks, to oils to cream. Here is my personal favorite kind of face wash:

Lotion cleansers!!

I like this one by Avene! It’s super gentle and leaves my skin so soft.

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I also love this one from La Roche-Posay. It’s very similar to the above one.

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They’re both very mild and completely fragrance free making them perfect for sensitive skin. The only downside is that they don’t remove heavy makeup. Some mineral powder and mascara, for sure, but if you have a whole makeup routine, I would suggest investing in a makeup remover that you can use beforehand. I simply use miceller water.

Of all the cleansers I’ve tried, these two are my absolute favorites! If you have sensitive skin like me, be sure to check them out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

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Ingredients to look for in a Serum

Hello hello lovelies,

This morning, while chugging back my tropical green smoothie, I popped onto my Sephora app and was scrolling though their very wide and extensive offerings in serums. There are so many different kinds of serums out there, and when you find the right one for your skin, it can make all the difference. Right now, I’m not using a serum, and I have been really wanting to add one into my skincare regime. However, as you know, I have very sensitive skin, so finding one that looks gentle enough while still being effective has been tricky. I’ve been poring over all these serums’ ingredient lists, and its disheartening to not only see so many ingredients that I don’t want, but to also see a lack of those superstar ingredients that I DO want. Here are the ingredients that I think are the best to include in serums;

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Vitamin C – This stuff is pure antioxidant. It prevents free-radical damage, fades discoloration, acne scars and wrinkles, while giving your skin that enviable glow. It also helps to promote collagen production, and who doesn’t want more of that?

Hyaluronic Acid – This is one of the greatest moisturizers you can get because it can hold 1000 times its weight in water within your skin cells. This helps to maintain your skin’s smoothness and elasticity, while keeping your skin ultra hydrated and soft.

Niacinamide – This is one of those ingredients that are harder to come by, but it’s absolutely amazing for promoting an even skin tone. It’s apparently awesome when it comes to fading post-acne marks too!

Lactic acid – Lactic acid is derived from milk and acts as a fabulous chemical exfoliator. Of all the different chemical exfoliators, this one is supposedly the most gentle, which will result in smooth skin and less redness and irritation.

Aloe Vera juice – This is the last ingredient that I think is absolutely wonderful in serums. Aloe Vera is super soothing and healing, with too many skin benefits to count.

There are of course many different ingredients that probably work amazing in various serum formulations, but these are the ingredients that stand out most to me as being the most beneficial. If I do happen to find a serum containing a few of these ingredients I’ll be sure to let you guys know! If you know of anything similar or a serum that you just happen to think is amazing, do let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

 

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Ingredients to Avoid if you have Sensitive Skin

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Hello Lovelies,

Whenever I visit my local drugstore or Sephora in search of a new beauty find, it always becomes this crazy, complicated mission. It doesn’t matter whether I’m looking for a new cream or face mask or even a new foundation; it’s always this huge stressful ordeal solely based on the fact that my skin is crazy SENSITIVE. I can’t simply go ahead and try the latest and greatest serum that everyone raves is magical. No. I need to pore over every single ingredient, making sure the the product doesn’t contain any offending ingredients that I know will aggravate my skin. For instance take Glamglow. They have the most popular and effective mud masks that literally everyone raves about. It’s a cult favorite, and people swear that it’s worked miracles on their skin. However, when I tried their clearing treatment some odd years ago, I wound up with a red irritated face that punished me for a week for trying to be adventurous.

I have such reactive skin, that I’ve taken a lot of care in the past few years learning what my skin likes and what it hates. I can confidently say that I have it down pretty much to a science, and I’d love to share with you guys exactly which ingredients I have found in my experience to be the most harmful to sensitive skin. Alright, Ready? Here goes.

  1. Synthetic fragrance – please avoid this one at all costs. It’s so irritating. Even if the product claims to be for sensitive skin, if it has fragrance (also shows up on labels as “parfum”) it’s a serious no-go.
  2. Essential oils – I spent an entire year foraying into the complicated world that is natural and organic skincare, and let me tell you; it was awful. I thought that since everything was natural that it would be more gentle, but it turns out that all those essential oils they include are actually very irritating. Lemon oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil are the ones I found to be most damaging.
  3. Certain Flower extracts (especially if you have ragweed allergies) – If you suffer from allergies, I would say stay away from any products that contain various plant and flower extracts. I have ragweed allergies, so that means I have to stay away from chamomile, calendula, nettle, daisy, and many more. They all run in the same family unfortunately. This especially sucks because chamomile is supposed to be amazing for sensitive skin, so if you’re not allergic, knock yourself out ๐Ÿ˜‰
  4. Parabens – Need I say more? Even all the high end skincare brands are starting to come around and are now choosing to formulate their products without the use of parabens. Definitely a step in the right direction if you ask me.
  5. Harsh exfoliating ingredients – Walnut shell pieces I’m looking at you! These can really rip your skin apart. I no longer use scrubs because I simply can’t tolerate them. Instead, I choose to exfoliate with a konjac sponge every other day when I cleanse my face at night (LOVE). I would also be weary of products that contain high levels of glycolic acid.
  6. Retinol – This is a skincare superstar for many people as it really does help to slough off old dead skin, and bring in new, fresh skin. However, it can be very irritating so those of us with sensitive skin. If you want something that will perform similarly in a more gentle manner, I suggest using Rosehip oil because it contains natural vitamin A.

Those are the ones that I believe are the biggest offenders. Keep in mind that in order to truly understand your skin, it requires a lot of trial and error. What may be horrific for me may be wonderful for you and vice-versa. Let’s take mineral oil for example. I didn’t include it in my list because it can be really awesome for people who have sensitive skin that runs on the dry and dehydrated side. Someone with sensitive acne-prone skin however, may want to be careful. Many people prone to breakouts have used creams containing mineral oil with great success, while others have found it to be very pore-clogging. I personally found that it made me breakout if I used it regularly, but if I’m having a super dry day (Canadian winters *sigh*) using a restorative thick cream with mineral oil overnight is very beneficial for me. Avene has a cream called the Cicalfate Repair cream, and if my skin is inflamed from being so painfully dry, it’s the first thing I turn to, without a doubt. I also have friend who swears by good, old-fashioned Nivea creme, and she too has sensitive skin.

I really hope that this has been helpful for all of you ladies that suffer with sensitive skin in the ways that I do. As I mentioned earlier, it’s definitely going to take some dedication when it comes to finding what works best for your skin. Everyone is different! I would love to know what you guys have found to be irritating as well as what you have found to be beneficial to your skin, as I’m always looking to learn more about skincare! I hope you have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

 

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