(Closed) In my experience: beauty tips, dos & don'ts, share yours

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Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I tend to think most fancy expensive products are a waste of money. Less is more. My skin has never looked better and all I use is a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and makeup, witch hazel tonor at night, and a facial moisturizer. I used to use all kinds of scrubs, acne products, retin-a, etc. and it just make my skin either really dry or really oily. For hair, I just use regular shampoo and conditioner and air dry, no heat, no product. 

I also only wear eye makeup and a little undereye concealer on normal days. No foundation/blush/bronzer all over my face unless it’s a really special occasion. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

1) I used to think eye creams were a scam, too, because I never saw visible difference. I’ve recently been trying a sample of the Sisley Contour Eye Cream, and LOVE it. I see a visible difference in the puffiness of my undereye area, and it also keeps my undereye concealer from separating. I didn’t realize how amazing it was until I used my old undereye cream this am and found that my concealer started separating within 5 minutes of applying my powder! So… I guess now I’m an eye cream convert. But only for THIS eye cream.

2) I’ve decided that maintaining your skin’s moisture barrier really is KEY to keeping a fine texture and keeping hyperpigmentation, redness, and fine lines at bay. I live in a desert climate, so this is a difficult task. But my entire skin-care regime now revolves around maintaining moisture. 

3) I use the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bar on my face morning and night. It’s incredibly gentle and soothing.

4) I follow with a Hyaluronic Acid Serum while face is still wet to lock in the moisture, then Murad’s Multi-Vitamin Infusion Serum for added moisture. I cap off everything with a moisturizer while still wet/tacky to help seal the moisture IN. I skip the Murad in the morning because it can make me oily during the day.

5.) A few nights a week, I add on a face sleep pack and a lip sleep pack right before bed. I really love and see a difference with Shiseido’s Ibuki Sleep Mask and Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask.

6) Just as an added measure, since I’m 6 weeks out from my wedding, I have added in Dr. Dennis Gross’s Extra Strength Alpha Beta Daily Peels every other night. They help to keep the top layer of skin exfoliated away to reduce chances of active acne, also helps with moisture, and is super easy.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

Make sure that anything that touches your face is clean (makeup brushes/sponges, washcloth, etc.) So many women never/rarely wash their makeup brushes!

Drink lots of water.  

I’ve been really happy with the Perricone line.  I’ve used it for several years and recently started switching to some heavier-duty items (ie, with more anti-aging focus).  It’s expensive and some of the products smell a bit strange, but my skin looks terrific so I suck it up.  (I also like the Perricone “No Makeup” line of cosmetics for daily wear, it gives a nice clean/polished ‘no makeup’ look.) The Cold Plasma serum has been a game-changer for my skin.    

I’m also a fan of patting products into my skin rather than rubbing.  I suspect it’s more gentle on the skin as you’re not stretching and pulling it, too.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I try to research all my skin care and like to use ones that are scientifically proven (data, before & afters) so I often end up with pricier products. It definitely makes a difference to me. I usually use a serum that I can’t use while pregnant or breastfeeding (currently 8mo pp) and I have seriously noticed a difference not using it the past 16 or so months.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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SVandy60918 :  what kind of honey is this? Can you post a photo or a link? TIA!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I use Ivory Soap, it’s basic, cost effective and does the job after a day of riding or working out. 

I use Pond’s anti aging face cream. Also cost effective and works for me. 

I don’t use eye cream. 

Johnson and Johnson baby oil is great right after a shower during the winter months. 

I have been using the same face wash for about 3 years now and have no plans of changing – seems like they discontinued though so I have to buy on ebay. Garnier Black Gel Foaming wash. 

 

I do not shower everyday unless I have actually sweat or feel dirty. 

I don’t wash my hair every day. I would say 2-4 times a week (depending on level of sweat/grease). 

 

I wear a full face of makeup everyday including half lashes except on the weekends. 

Two things I have found OK to skimp on:

Mascara – you can get great mascara for less than $10 at the grocery store

Foundation – I’ve found that Revlon makes some great foundation that’s half the cost of MAC

Good eyeshadow and eye shadow primer make the look for me. 

I have also recently switched over from dong my nails with regular polish to strictly doing LED gels at home. My nails last around 3 weeks now. 

 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

I use Mac foundation, the best foundation I have found, revlon was crap, streaky, orange and didn’t cover a thing (I have some red pigmentation on my cheeks) it also dried out my skin no end! I don’t wear makeup everyday but a good moisturising primer is key when I do, and Nivea double effect make up remover is really good, no scrubbing to damage the skin! I know Mac is expensive but I have tried loads of other brands and haven’t found anything close! (I can’t vouch for any other Mac products though as I only use the foundation) 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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Mls1988 :  I just used clover honey from the hunny bear.  Honestly idk how much it did because with the k-beauty products my skins has been great. I do know honey has antimicrobial properties so I could help with stimulation and acne control.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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Beth7210 :  Mac foundation is hands down amazing and I agree with you. I’ve used so many kinds of Revlon foundations and I threw all of them out. Rimmel also makes terrible foundation.

IMO you get what you pay for.

I’ve got a shit-ton of eyeshadow and my favourite pallete is Urban Decay Naked 3 (but don’t think I would ever pay that much, I had a giftcard). It’s hands down amazing what the difference is.

1) moisturize/use a face primer before you put your make-up on, but don’t use too much and let it dry before you apply anything else, it makes a huge difference in how your make-up goes on. Eyeshadow primer, that shit is fantastic and amazing when you need your eyeshadow to wear all day.

2) remove your make-up before you go to bed, or even better, when you get home if you know you’re going to have a hard time making yourself take it off before bed (my issue)

and 3) Eyeliner- THAT LIQUID EYELINER SHIT HAS TO DRY. Idk how many times (a bunch) I’ve gotten f****g liquid eyeliner in my eye somehow (with contacts on to boot)

oh and your shampoo actually makes a huge difference in your hair, especially if you dye. Drugstore shampoo fades coloured hair like 25X faster than salon shampoo, it’s worth the price, and the right hair dryer makes all the difference. (i went from a fold out travel hair dryer to a $200 dollar one I got on sale for $65, best decision ever)

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

Eh, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to skin care.  I usually shower at night so I clean my face in the shower with regular soap.  I noticed recently I wasn’t drinking as much water as I usually do and I could tell in my skin.  It was drier than usual (and I usually have dry skin) so I upped my intake and it immediately made a difference.  One of my freinds has really nice skin and she told me her secret was witch hazel, which is an astringent.  I plan on getting some tomorrow to see if it makes any difference.

Post # 27
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Worker bee

Moisturiser/cold cream hydrates my lips better than lip balm.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wash my hair once a week and let it air dry for the week. I only wash my face every couple days with a mild bar soap and then moisturize with a few drops of argan oil. I splash water on my face at night and do nothing in the morning. For make-up, I wear mascara and a dab of under eye concealer and that’s it. It’s a super lazy routine but it works!

Post # 29
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Busy bee

On hair removal:

Whether you shave or wax, use a good quality exfoliant which contains tea tree oil (melaleuca oil). The oil is antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. Soaking in it helps to open your pores and loosen up ingrown hairs.

WARNING:

  • Tea tree oil is toxic if ingested orally
  • The strong scent can induce nausea in sensitive people
  • If used in excess, the oil can dry out your skin

 

For shaving, add some oil to the tub and soak in the warm water for at least 10 minutes.

Use a quality exfoliant with tea tree oil before you shave. I get mine from The Body Shop, it’s called “Tea Tree squeaky-clean exfoliating face scrub”. Apply, lather, and rinse off before shaving. After every stroke of the razor, rinse the blade under water.

 

If you prefer waxing, my esthetician has always told me to use a tea tree exfoliant starting the day after the wax. She also recommends waiting 5 weeks between wax appoiintments.

If you are getting a Brazilian or a Hollywood wax, do not have sex the day of the wax, or the day before, as a courtesy to your esthetician. 😀

 

Slightly off-topic: I think waxing hair removal is awesome and get it done fairly often. If you have not been waxed before and have questions about it, fire away!

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I rarely wash my face with anything but water. I find soaps mostly unnecessary, damaging and really dry out my skin. If I’ve only worn mascara (which is 99% of the time) I just wash my face in the shower then if there’s anything left over its usually gone with my usual light facial moisturiser routine. It’s only if I’ve had a big event where I’ve worn a full face of makeup that I use a facial wipe. 

The best thing that ever happened to my skin? Getting pregnant. The combination of a much improved diet and cutting out all the red wine (plus pregnancy hormones probably) has made my skin look like I’m in my early twenties again (I’m now late thirties). It’s been incredible, a real eye-opener. Almost everyone I know who I’ve seen since I fell pregnant have remarked on how good I look, and I can see it myself in the mirror. I’m just hoping I can hold on to all these new good habits after the baby arrives! 

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