Beauty, Natural Skincare Solutions, Skin Health, skincare

Ingredients that Heal Acne Scars

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Hello Lovelies,

When it comes to my skin, I never stress about something as trivial as a couple zits or blotchiness from the sun. Those are all temporary, and I know that in a few weeks time, they’ll be nothing but a thing of the past. The one thing I take huge issue with is the marks these blemishes can leave behind; hyperpigmentation. Or in more extreme cases, scarring. I have both, and they have been the bane of my existence since I was thirteen. They were a huge source of insecurity, and they often take months to heal, if I’m lucky. While both require patience, textural scars are much trickier to heal, so I’m always on the lookout for the best at home treatments that are both cost-effective as well as effective, which is no easy feat for a simple product you can buy at a store. It’s all about ingredients. I did my research, and those long hours on my computer yielded a lot of knowledge about what ingredients produce noticeable results. Today I wanted to share these key ingredients with you all, and hopefully save you guys a lot of time. Basically, I am writing the article that I wish I had found as a young teen.

A lot of people cite hydroquinone as an effective treatment when it come to battling discolouration and I would have to agree. Except for the fact that you’re basically risking skin irritation, UVA damage as well as exposing yourself to a possible carcinogen every time you decide to slap some on your face. No thank you. There’s a reason why hydroquinone is illegal in so many countries.

A much safer alternative that I have found great success with is kojic acid. It’s much safer and incredibly effective. Derived from fungi, kojic acid is an all natural compound that works to stop the production of melanin in your skin. It has excellent skin lightening capabilities, and is safe to use for a long period of time, unlike hydroquinone. There are many serums that contain this magical ingredient, but if you’re curious, I’ll link the one that I am using right here.

Another amazing product that works wonders is rosehip oil. It’s a celebrity favourite, and for good reason. Rosehip oil is very rich in both vitamins A and C, both of which help to regenerate your skin, thus evening out your complexion, and healing traumatized skin conditions. Like kojic acid, It’s all natural, so you can use it without fearing for your life (I wish I could say that was a joke).I like this one.

Another star ingredient that you should always look for in your skincare is Vitamin C. This is probably my favourite antioxidant to use on my face, and it’s something your should look into using whether you have acne scars to clear up on not. It’s very effective when it comes to healing your skin and making it bright and even. It basically gives you that J.Lo glow. The glow where you look super healthy and radiant and almost ethereal. Ethereal looking skin is basically my big goal in life haha.

To keep this post from turning into a novel, I’m going to end it here, but a part 2 is coming your way shortly!

hope this was helpful 🙂

Love, Tabitha

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Beauty, Makeup

How to Care for your Lashes

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Hello Lovelies,

The odd times that I ever watch Keeping up with the Kardashians I can’t help but be transfixed by one thing; not their lifestyle, family drama, or their crazy couture clothing. For me, it’s all about their spectacular lashes. They’re like giant fans that could cause hurricanes and devastation with the blink of an eye..

My eyelashes are depressingly mediocre. Funny enough, my dad and brother are the two that somehow got the amazing eyelashes in the family (unfair). For the past while, I’ve been testing out different treatments/ methods for my lashes to help them grow, and today I wanted to share the ones that I’ve had the most success with!

Eyelash serum – There are so many amazing ones on the market today – I personally use one by NeoStrata. It’s fabulous, and I notice a huge difference when I use it regularly. I’ll link it right here.

Castor Oil – This stuff is magic for your eyelashes. It really makes them grow!! Plus it’s all natural if you’re into that.

Good ol’ Vaseline – I still do this age old trick to help strengthen my lashes overnight. Also, if I plan to leave the house without makeup on, I’ll put a little on my lashes to help them look darker and shiny. Fun fact: Jennifer Aniston apparently swears by this beauty hack.

Lash Primer – This is essential to help protect your lashes from harsh mascaras. Or you can simply choose to instead use…

Natural mascaras – the ingredients in natural mascaras tend to be more gentle and nourishing. Many claim to even work as a treatment for your lashes. I have one from emani cosmetics and I love it. It’s enriched with soy and other great stuff; you can find it here.

Use a gentle eye makeup remover – I really like gentle micellar waters as well as non-fragrant plant oils, such as almond oil or jojoba.

And that my friends, is how I like to care for my lashes! what do you guys do? I’d love to know! 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

 

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Beauty, Hair

Why I love having bangs

Hello again lovelies,

Today I’m talking about a somewhat sensitive topic for me; my hair. I take great pride in my hair. I don’t know why, but I always have ever since I hit the ripe age of eleven. I think it’s because I feel as though I can always rely on my hair. Like throughout puberty; Yes my skin may look like a pepperoni pizza, but have you seen my hair?? See that beachy wave and those highlights?? My hair always has my back, and it’s gone from being a security blanket to being the ultimate expression of my personality.

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One thing that is a constant with my hair is bangs. I LOVE having bangs. Many people out there used to say that I should grow them out simply because they didn’t believe they were in style, but recently, with the rise of chic french girl hair, they’re hotter than ever and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

So what’s so amazing about bangs?

They add personality and interest – there’s no denying that bangs make a statement.

They make up-dos look super pretty – especially when you have some side layers escaping from your up-do to frame your face.

If you have a zit on your forehead, you don’t need to sweat it. Yay!

They make me feel mysterious and sexy – you can peek out from under your bangs and feel all alluring and stuff.

They make messy hair look instantly put together – even if you don’t style your entire head, you can take two minutes to style your bangs and instantly look like you put effort into your hair (perfect for a low-maintenance gal like myself).

They can flatter your face shape – if you have a very long face, bangs are the answer! Round face? (me) Give middle parted or side bangs a go!

They can conceal a large forehead.

They just make me feel super chic.

And honestly, thats pretty much my goal in all things fashion and beauty. To feel chic.

Do you guys have bangs? And if not, are you ever tempted to give them a go? 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

 

 

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Beauty, Makeup

Must-have Makeup Products for a 5-Minute Face

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Hello Lovelies,

Fresh out of High School, I went though a stage where I really loved makeup. I watched a bunch of youtube videos, frequented Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart, and learned to apply eye shadow like an artist. It was so satisfying to see my face look so flawless and and put together, but most of all, it was fun. In life, however, eventually you outgrow certain hobbies, and that happened to me this summer regarding makeup. I recently got so sick of having to rely on all that makeup, that I decided to just go cold turkey and go make-up free for a month. It was a truly liberating experience (I’m thinking I’ll write a post about it in the near future) and I feel like it helped to bring me to a place of balance. Makeup is fun and should be enjoyed, but you shouldn’t feel like it’s a necessity in order to look and feel good. Now that i’m enjoying make-up again, I’ve reached a place where I know exactly how I want my face to look; I want to look fresh, not made up, and most of all, like myself. Just a more alive version of myself. For that, here are my essentials that I use every single day:

BB Cream – It’s good for your skin, it evens out your skin tone and look super natural. Probably my favourite thing in my makeup bag.

Translucent Powder – keeps your face from getting oily and blurs imperfection without adding any more cake to your face the way a coloured powder would.

Tinted Eyebrow Gel – my brows are pretty thick so I just want them to look neat, with a little bit of added colour. It keeps them in place and is the most natural brow product you could use in my opinion.

Mascara – Total no-brainer.

Lip and cheek cream product – hurray for dual purpose! When used for you lips and cheeks it creates a very pretty and unified look.

And there you have it 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

 

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Beauty, Natural Skincare Solutions, Skin Health, skincare

ONE Ingredient DIY Mask (#2)

Hello lovelies,

I’m back already! Oh yeah. We have important mask business to talk about. A mask involving only one ingredient.

In my previous post I shared with you the wonders of plain old pumpkin. Today, I bring to you a post dedicated to easily one of my favourite foods of all time. Drumroll please…

Avocados!

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They are so much more than just your favourite toast topping. Avocados are incredibly nourishing for the skin; They are rich in essential fatty acids which help to bring that glow back to your skin. They really work to hydrate your skin, making this an ideal mask for those of you who suffer from dry or irritated skin. I find this mask to be incredibly soothing, so it’s of course perfectly safe to use by those with sensitive skin. It’s a mask that I know I’ll be using a lot of come wintertime. My skin become so flaky and dry that it hurts, and avocados are the perfect remedy for anyone who’s face takes a beating from unrelenting winters.

Simply mash up half an avocado and spread it onto your face. Leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes, or even twenty if your skin is very dry. So yeah. Relax. Watch netflix. Read a book. Try not to eat your face.

Hope you guys enjoy this DIY mask! 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

 

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Beauty, Natural Skincare Solutions, Skin Health, skincare

ONE ingredient DIY mask (#1)

Hello lovelies,

Today I’m going to be sharing two amazing DIY masks that you can easily make at home. I’ll share one in this post, and the second one in the post that will follow this one. So be sure to stay tuned if you wish to learn about my second DIY mask 🙂

I created this miracle mask by simply throwing caution to the wind and hoping for the best. You see, there were a few masks at Sephora as well as organic online beauty retailers that looked very intriguing; they promised to do amazing things for my complexion. These masks had one major common ingredient: pumpkin.

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Pumpkin is one of those ingredients that truly works wonders on the skin. It contains many beneficial enzymes that work to eat away at dead skin, thus working to exfoliate your skin. Unlike harsh scrubs, pumpkin is very gentle since it acts as a chemical exfoliant, so it’s perfectly safe for sensitive skin.

I like to buy one can of organic pumpkin and distribute it evenly into an ice cube tray. On the days that I plan to use the mask, I simple pop out one cube to defrost, and use it later on that night. I suggest leaving it on for solid ten to fifteen minutes. Not only will it make you skin glow, it also works wonders for acne as well as acne scars.

If you want to give your skin a little pick me up, I highly suggest you give this one a go! It’s super easy (one ingredient), cost effective, and it works.

P.S It smells AMAZING.

(It’s September; all I want is pumpkin spice everything please)

Love,

Tabitha

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