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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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Don’t Neglect Your Lips

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to touch upon the importance of lip care. It’s a part of our face, after all, so I would definitely classify lip care as skincare. I’ll be the first to admit, I sometimes forget to moisturize my lips, and by the end of the day, my poor chapped lips are not happy looking in the least. Winter time is the worst; my lips become so sore and red and blistery that smiling hurts. So because I of course don’t want to scare anyone with a spontaneous lip bleed whilst trying to converse, I end up being hyper-aware of my lips. They’ve just always been super dry. *Sigh*

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I have tried endless lip balms and over the years I have found the ingredients and products that work best for my lips. I hope that by sharing what I’ve learned with you, maybe you too can find what will work best to make your lips soft and healthy.

If your lips are super dry, i highly suggest buying a lip balm that contains either Shea butter or Beeswax. Both are super thick and moisturizing, and will both help to really lock in moisture. I have tried using lip oils that are comprised of all light ingredients (coconut oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil) and that works for literally about ten seconds. Natural oils are super great for your skin, but because they are so natural, they absorb into our skin super fast. Shea Butter and Beeswax are also natural, but they are occlusive, so they will provide your lips with a protective barrier.

Moving along, let’s talk about Petroleum Jelly. Oh yes. This stuff rocks my world.

vaseline

I have a big tub of vaseline in my bathroom, on my bedside table as well as those cute mini lip therapy ones in my purse. Mineral oil gets a bad rep these days, but i honestly think that its fantastic. It’s hypoallergenic, which is incredibly important for those of us who suffer from sensitive or reactive skin, and it’s just so moisturizing. It WORKS. It too forms a protective layer over your lips, helping to prevent moisture loss.

One big thing that I would recommend would be to avoid lip balms with an excessive amount of essential oils, simply because they can be quite irritating. For instance, peppermint oil may feel nice and tingly for normal, low-maintenance lips, but for those of us with dry lips, it could easily make matters worse. Same with citrus oils, like lemon, lime or grapefruit. So while all those lip balm with those exotic flavours sound tempting, it may be a better idea to go with the scent-free, no-frills version. Which is probably why I like vaseline so much. It has one ingredient.

P.S. Remember that one of the biggest causes of dry lips could be lack of hydration. DRINK WATER. STAY HYDRATED.

What’s the magical product or ingredient that works for you? I would love to know!

Love,

Tabitha

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Sunscreen that Won’t Break You Out

Hello lovelies!

I hope summer is going well for you all! It seems to be just flying by, so I’ve been trying to really milk every little bit of this weather while it lasts!

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All this wonderful weather of course means a lot of sun, which means that sunscreen is absolutely crucial right now. Well, I think it’s crucial every day, any season, but summer is definitely the time to up your sun protection game. In the winter, you can get away with SPF 15 or 20, but in the summer, I truly believe you need to wear at least SPF 30. Sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, potential sun damage, as well as skin cancer. Needless to say, it should always be a very important part of anyone’s skincare regime. Even so, I know a lot of people who still don’t wear any on a daily basis. “I only need it if I’m going to the beach!” they exclaim. Or “You don’t need sunscreen in the winter!” Right. Because apparently the sun doesn’t shine when there’s snow on the ground…

The biggest reason why a lot of people neglect to wear sunscreen is that it clogs their pores and makes them break out. And believe me, that is a reason I can completely understand and sympathize with. I used to struggle with regular sunscreen breaking me out all the time. Many cheap drugstore varieties are terrible, and finding the right sunscreen that works with your skin can be difficult.

A really really great brand that I love when it comes to sunscreen is La Roche-Posay. Honestly, their stuff is fabulous. I’ve tried their Anthelios 60 (ultra light sunscreen fluid) as well as their Anthelios Mineral 50 tinted sunscreen. Both never broke me out. Also, they were incredibly light and sheer, which was perfect for makeup application.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen Fluid

Anthelios 60 – This is my go-to sunscreen. It never irritates my skin, and it’s both paraben and fragrance-free, making it perfect for anyone who has sensitive skin. I think that you should be gentle with the products you put on your skin even if you’re not especially sensitive. Treat it with kindness, you know? This stuff also wears really well under makeup. It’s very smooth, and doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin. It also doesn’t affect the way my skin looks in photographs either.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Fluid

Anthelios 50 (Mineral) – While I do wear the Anthelios 60 more, this stuff is also pretty amazing. It’s tinted, and I always worry with tinted products that the colour won’t match my skintone, and with therefore leave me looking like an oompa loompa. Not this stuff! It blends in so well, and doesn’t look too orange or too pink. It’s honestly just gives me a golden glow. This is a great option for those of you who don’t like wearing makeup during the warmer months but still want something to even out your skintone. It just looks super healthy. It’s also weightless, dries to a matte (yet still glowy) finish, and is paraben and fragrance-free.

So if you have ever had trouble finding a good sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin, or make you break out, I highly recommend La Roche-Posay’s products. They have tons of sunscreen products, so I’m sure that you’ll find the right one for you. They’re literally the skincare gods of sun protection, however cheesy that may sound. Haha.

I hope this post was helpful! If you guys have some other great sunscreen that you swear by, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Love,

Tabitha

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Why You Should Go Fragrance-free With Your Skincare

Hello Loves!

I have an obsession with scented things.

Yes, that it very random, but it is very true. I can’t help it. They smell too amazing. I am always most tempted to buy something beauty or lifestyle related when I like the way it smells. I walk by a wonderful vanilla-scented body lotion, and in my basket it goes. I’m at Indigo buying books and suddenly I catch a whiff of a voluspa candle; sold. My favorite Lip balm is jasmine flavored. I love my fresh, clean perfumes. Needless to say, I can very easily appreciate a lovely fragrance, and a lot of you guys out there probably feel the same way. But here’s the thing. When it comes to skincare, fragrance can be extremely irritating. For someone as sensitive myself, I learned the hard way to always buy fragrance-free creams and cleansers. I haven’t used a scented face care product in years.

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Fragrances in skincare are unnecessary. Yes, they smell nice, but the chemicals used to formulate these scents are harmful to the body. Many of the chemicals commonly used to create these artificial fragrances are derived from petroleum, petroleum by-products and natural gas. Also, many companies do not actually disclose what goes into making that fragrance. The only thing that will be divulged on their ingredient list is fragrance/parfum. That is the only thing these companies are required to list. And I don’t know about you guys, but that scares me.

These chemicals enter your bloodstream, and long-term exposure to these chemicals and petrochemicals has been linked to several types of cancer as well as endocrine disruption. So yes, that rose-scented cream may smell heavenly to you, but is it really worth it?

If I’m putting it on my face, it’s no doubt fragrance-free. I tend to be more lenient when it comes to body products, and will instead opt for a cream that contains a natural fragrance made with essential oils, being my scent-loving self and all. I think that it’s perfectly fine to go for a naturally scented cream on your body, but maybe not on your face, especially if your sensitive. Essential oils can be damaging as well in high concentrations, and can also cause irritations. Think about lime or lemon oil; in strong amounts, those two have the power to make you super sensitive, especially to the sun. We don’t want that.

I understand that going fragrance-free can be very difficult, especially since scent can have to power to evoke certain emotions and provide comfort. But, now that I have been fragrance-free for a couple years, I can honestly say that I can’t stand the thought of putting something strongly scented on my face. My stuff just feels so much more clean and fresh. And my skin looks calm and even-toned, which of course makes me happiest of all. So if you are sensitive, or just trying to clean out your skincare, always try to opt for fragrance-free products!

what are your guys thoughts on fragrance vs. fragrance-free? I’d love to hear what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Tabitha

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