Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Summer's Over. Now's the Time to Create Your Best Skin Ever.

ismail Alminda | 9:07 AM
In a few hours, I'll be at a Skin Care Spa receiving the first of a series of treatments that will hopefully rid my deep acne scars for good.  This treatment is just one step in my grandiose plan to completely transform my skin.

Over the past couple of years, I've paid much more attention to my facial regimen. And the hard work has really paid off. But, I'm now realizing that I have to make one final push to experience the flawless skin that I've always dreamed of.

Typically, when fall and winter rolls around, I tend to slack off on my regimen.  The cooler weather calms my skin down quite a bit so not much effort is required to maintain it.

That's the issue..... The last half of the year, I go into maintenance mode.   I do the bare minimum required and my skin still looks pretty decent.

But what if I completely changed my approach.  Instead of coasting for the next few months, I can get laser focused and finally achieve the skin of my dreams.  This time of year is perfect for making a real impact on your skin.  Oil production is down because of cooler temps and we don't have the intense sun rays aggravating our skin discoloration.  This time of year, my skin is less congested and looks smoother overall.

Having unproblematic skin creates the perfect opportunity for me to finally get what I want.

As part of my strategy, I'm completing my first professional microneedling session.   If all goes well, I can finally experience perfectly smooth skin once and for all.  I'll do a full write up on microneedling after I had a chance to experience it.

Beyond the needling, I'll try to squeeze in a couple mild, professional peels over the next few months.  If all goes well, I'll make this an annual, end-of-year process.  That way I start the new year off with bright, healthy skin.

One other major component to my skin care routine is facial fitness.  I want my face to always look lifted and toned but I'm realizing that I have to put in a conscious effort in order to achieve that result.
This means engaging in face toning activities such as Tanaka Massage, facial exercises and (my favorite off all), the Yamuna Face Rolling Routine.  I have deep nasal labial folds on the sides of my mouth.  They're hereditary on my dad's side of the family. The only thing that keeps my smile lines in check is a consistent facial toning routine.

Lastly, I'm gonna finally use retin-A consistently. Every time I begin a retin-A regimen, my forehead peels, I panic, then stop using it.  That was before I knew about the amazing, hydrating powers of sheet masks.  Now I can combat the dryness and enjoy the rewards of consistent use of retin-A once and for all.

If you'd had a struggle in making decent headway in your skin routine, try stepping things up this fall and winter.  You'll make tons of progress and enjoy clear, glowing skin by summer.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vitamin C is Vital For Hair Health And Growth, Here Are 4 Reasons Why

ismail Alminda | 8:22 AM

vitamin-c-is-vital-for-hair-health-and-growthJust yesterday I was telling my mom that I had no gray hair not even one strand to boast about. I have to admit if I found one, I would not be too sad about it, but I find that I am more aware of the possibility of having gray hair more so now than […]

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4 Real Tips For Saving Money On Products And Tools For Your Hair

ismail Alminda | 6:23 AM

black-woman-saving-moneySaving anytime is great, but when it comes to products and styling tools it’s especially fun and rewarding. These tips will legit save you money so you can keep your hair just right. Bulk Buying When we think about buying in bulk, we usually think about household items or groceries. Large chain stores that specialize […]

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When To See A Stylist And When To Do It Yourself

ismail Alminda | 6:23 AM

salonSome of us are do it yourselfers by nature, while others are more comfortable leaving certain things to the professionals. Hair care is one of the topics that people usually have very strong opinions about when it comes to pros versus diy’ers. While natural hair has taken the bulk of the black hair care audience’s […]

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Why Short Hair Wigs And Weaves Are Dope

ismail Alminda | 6:23 AM

@tasalahqShort hair has been assigned its place in the black hair beauty community. Pixies and edgy cuts are reserved for women who are ‘feeling themselves’ or who are ‘about to change their lives.’ Truth is, not everybody can confidently pull off short hair. It takes a bit of sass and a certain level of self-assuredness […]

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If You Like Sheet Masks, You're Gonna Love This.

ismail Alminda | 5:01 AM
Fall is in full force and I've already noticed the intensely drier air.   Unlike last year, I'm not waiting too long to start taking corrective action.  One of our greatest assets in the war against dry facial skin is the almighty sheet mask.  It infuses moisture into the skin like no other.

I have to admit, I don't use sheet masks as often as I should.  One reason for my hesitance is that sheet masks require me to lay still for the duration of the process.  The sheet masks I use are super-saturated with product so walking around and being productive with the mask on is pretty much out of the question. If I'm not laying down, the serum will inevitably start dripping down my face.

In the back of my mind, I've longed for a sheet mask cover that stays in place during use.  I didn't realize such a thing actually existed until now.  A company in Japan developed a silicone face mask cover meant to fit securely on the face to trap the moisture in.

This allows you the freedom to go on with you life while enjoying a skin nourishing sheet mask.  The silicone cover has "ear straps" that help keep everything in place.  One huge benefit to layering with the silicone mask is that it prevents your sheet mask serum from quickly evaporating.  This is especially helpful for those of you who like to wear your sheet mask for longer durations.

Another advantage of the silicone mask is that it traps body heat.  Perhaps the increased heat can help open pores while allowing the serum to deeply penetrate.  I'm speculating about it's ability to help open pores but, according to the product instructions, the silicone mask can be worn alone, while taking a shower, to generate a steam-like effect on the skin.

I just purchased my sheet mask cover this morning and I'm filled with excitement. The only concern is that some reviewers stated that the shape of the mask was designed to fit the face of Japanese women. They typically have  angular, narrow, faces with a small chin.  I, on the other hand have a round face. I'm aware that I'll have challenges with fit but that's not stopping me from buying it because the upside of having a reusable sheet mask cover will be so worth it.

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Friday, October 21, 2016


ismail Alminda | 9:59 AM
It's been a while since I've shared a round up of recent purchases.  I've tried to be intentional as much as possible and only buy items that I plan on incorporating directly into regular rotation.  This month, I've stumbled upon some real winners.

Morphe eyeshadow palettes have been on my "Lust List" forever.  When I first tried to purchase the infamous 35O palette, it was out of stock.  So I checked out what else they had to offer.  That's when I discovered two other shadow palettes that I immediately needed.
Morphe's 35N palette is an amazing mix of warm neutrals and beautiful berry tones.  Perfect for fall.  Typically I tend to utilize browns in my crease but I love substituting plums for browns.  It really compliments my skin tone and adds a pop of color without going overboard.  Perfect for an everyday look.  I reach for these shadows quite a bit.
Morphe 35K palette
Before grabbing the 35N palette, I treated myself to Morphe's 35K.  Honestly, this is my dream palette.  Neutrals and dark hues all in one.  With this palette, I can easily create a bold smoky eye or a natural everyday look.  Honestly, I love 35K so much that I almost forget about 35O.  I feel like I have everything I need.  Although I'm completely content, I'll probably still purchase 35O to see what all the buzz is about otherwise, my mind won't let me rest.

Last month, I went on a lip color shopping spree.  After watching a bunch of ColourPop swatch videos on YouTube, I purchased several colors including "Too Lips, LAX (one of my faves), Prim (a bold red), and Limbo. "  I love liquid matte lipsticks because I'm not one of those people who retouches up my makeup. I was looking for something long-lasting and effortless.  ColorPop was a dream come true.

But then....
I found NYX's High Voltage + Turnt Up Lipsticks.  Liquid lipsticks are somewhat drying but I was willing to endure in order to enjoy the color payoff.  Well, NYX has heard my request and created a high intensity, super-long lasting lip color with the hydration that our lips crave.  Best of all, they only cost of few bucks a pop which makes me love them even more.
You guys might remember when I first discovered dpHue.  I've written about their conditioning ACV rinse and their ACV based leave-in.  Literally, I've been waiting my entire life for a professional ACV leave-in. Since I just picked up the leave-in yesterday, I haven't had a chance to officially try it and give my opinion.  Look out for a first impressions post coming soon.

After receiving this comment on my recent post, I immediately purchased Amlactin.

"I've been using amlactin for years, per my dermatologist suggestion. You will definitely notice a difference in your skin texture and there's no comparison to other lotions. During the winter months, though, I do need extra coverage so I layer of the cream on top of the amlactin but I definitely noticed a reduction in my Eczema breakouts and my face is not nearly as dry as it used to be during the winter months."
I'm looking forward to the benefits to come.

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