skincare

Mask It!

While the skincare trend of facial masks (sheet masks in particular) may seem fairly new, facial masks have been in use throughout history. In Indian Ayurvedic tradition, facial masks came into use 5000 years ago. One of many strange royal skincare remedies during renaissance time was a lovely mask of pigeon poo to achieve the dewy youthful look. Fast forward to today, and masks remain one of the most popular non-invasive, instant result skincare treatments. There are hundreds of options for store bought foaming-bubbling-clarifying-detoxifying-moisturizing-anti-aging masks to remedy any skin care issue you can think of. If you have an event coming up like a wedding or photos where you want your skin to look beautiful with less makeup, masks are a really safe way to prep and get that glow. Doing a moisturizing and exfoliating mask before an event is a great way to have the makeup lay more flawlessly on your skin. No dry patches = no cakey foundation! Here are some tried and true favs!

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IG @giveme.cosmetics

The Erno Lazlo brand has been around for nearly 100 years, making it a very trusted source of skincare products in my book! They make two INCREDIBLE sheet masks, one that is gentle for moisturizing and plumping,  and one that is more detoxing and pulls out impurities. I love them both. It also feels like the skin of a sting ray, which it basically the softest thing you will ever touch, and if you haven’t touched it you should get yourself to an aquarium ASAP. When I wear these, I will gently massage my face and then leave the mask on for hours if time permits, until it starts drying out.

A bit pricier than your average sheet mask, but worth every penny! Here’s a  four pack

A bit pricier than your average sheet mask, but worth every penny! Here’s a four pack

For a much more affordable option at about $4 per mask, the Pacifica sheet masks work really well and come in a variety of treatments. The sheet is a bit trickier to arrange on you face, the the result is worth the minor struggle. If you’re picky about ingredients, this is a great clean beauty option! I love the “disobey time” rose and peptide mask , which makes my skin so juicy and plumped! Wear in the evening for an hour or so, and you’ll see beautiful dewyness and plumped skin in the morning.

Now for something that doesn’t come in sheet form - let’s mask the old fashioned way! This gentle and super exfoliating water mask is just amazing. Through some really cool skincare tech, they have created this light-weight water based gel mask which peels off the dead layer of skin in the most gentle way, Try it once, and I swear you’ll be hooked. Skin is instantly baby soft and glowing with a fresh layer of new skin. A bit on the pricey side, but the bottle will last you a year at least.

find it at  Dermstore

find it at Dermstore

Lastly, we need a mud mask. These are a great formula for combo/oily skin types and acne prone skin types. A mud mask is fun because it feels so effective when it dries out and you can see the oil being absorbed right before your eyes! This glamglow mask is an award winner and works with activated charcoal and a blend of acids to minimize pores and detoxify the skin.

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Next time you need to unwind with some self care (and give your roommates or significant other a quick scare) give one of these a try!  

xoxo,

Joelle of Dreamcatcher Artistry

Best Skincare with Pumpkin

image via Maximum FX Salons

image via Maximum FX Salons

Fall is finally here! We couldn’t be more excited for the cooler temperatures and all the fun beauty trends to try.

For most people fall means swapping your shimmering pink lip gloss for a matte berry lipstick, but it’s also a great time to switch up your skincare routine. What better way to transition into fall with some pumpkin infused skincare?

Pumpkin is a great source of enzymes that can help smooth out your skin by supporting your cell turnover. Pumpkin is also packed full of vitamin c and vitamin a. By incorporating some pumpkin into your skincare routine, you’'ll notice a huge improvement in the tone and texture of your skin. We hope you try out this fall trend and remember that pumpkin is great for pie and your face!

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  1. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: This dual exfoliator mask contains both a physical and chemical exfoliant, for maximum resurfacing. The enzymes will help to removed dead skin build up so that serums and moisturizers can fully absorb into the surface your skin. The best part about this mask is that it smells just like pumpkin pie!


  2. If facial scrubs aren’t your thing, we recommend trying the Too Cool For School Pumpkin 24K Gold Sheet Mask. This mask contains all the benefits of pumpkin but is designed to hydrate your skin as well. If you’re more on the dry side, we highly recommend this decadent mask to plump up your skin and restore its natural glow.


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Why You Should Be Rolling Your Face

Image via: Anthropolgie.com 

Image via: Anthropolgie.com 

 

By now, you've probably seen or heard about gemstone facial rollers.  These dual-ended facial massagers help to release facial tension, help with the absorption of oils and serums, and according to crystal healers have the ability to ward of stress and bad energy.  Whether you believe the claims or not, gemstone rollers are a fun beauty trend to try.

The first step to trying a facial roller is choosing your gemstone.  There are many different options to choose from.  We recommend trying jade or rose quartz.  If you opt for a jade roller,  you'll see a reduction in inflammation and water retention. This stone is known for its healing properties and is great for those with easily irritated skin. 

Image via: Anthropologie.com 

Image via: Anthropologie.com 

If rose quartz seems more like your style, you'll notice the smoothing out of your fine lines and wrinkles.  Rose quartz is known for reducing the signs of stress and promoting circulation.  

Image via: Herbivore.com 

Image via: Herbivore.com 

Gemstone rollers are super easy to use.  Simply apply your favorite oil or serum to your skin and roll upward along the contours of your face.  You can even chill your roller in the fridge, before you use it on your face.  The cooler temp will help to reduce puffiness.

Once your skincare is massaged in, you can complete the rest of your daily routine.

We hope you enjoyed this article.  Gemstone rollers can be found at Sephora, Amazon, or other online retailers.

Happy Rolling Friends!

Biossance Skincare

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Looking to switch up your skincare routine?  Then look no further than Biossance.  This Northern California based skincare line creates products that protect and nourish your skin without the use of any harsh chemicals.  Not only do their products work exceptionally well, but- Biossance is committed to giving back.  All of the ingredients used to make their products are sustainably sourced and they never test on animals.  So, what do you have to lose?  Here are some of our favorite Biossance products below.

1. Squalane and Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

This antioxidant-rich cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping your skin.  It will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

This antioxidant-rich cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping your skin.  It will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

 

2. Squalane and Vitamin C Rose Oil

What's not to love about this oil?  It's the perfect way to add a bit of glow to your skin, as well as improve its texture and tone.  Try it alone or under makeup to get the most radiant skin.   

What's not to love about this oil?  It's the perfect way to add a bit of glow to your skin, as well as improve its texture and tone.  Try it alone or under makeup to get the most radiant skin.

 

3. Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel 

There's a reason why this eye gel is a best seller.  It packs a punch by reducing dark circles and puffiness all at once. Dap a small amount under your eyes and before your concealer.  You'll be looking fresh and awake all day.

There's a reason why this eye gel is a best seller.  It packs a punch by reducing dark circles and puffiness all at once. Dap a small amount under your eyes and before your concealer.  You'll be looking fresh and awake all day.

You can check out more Biossance products at https://biossance.com/ !

All Natural Anti-Aging

"In anti-aging skin care, there are many alternative treatments you'll come across, from skin-needling to Ayurvedic medicine to a diet detox, but all of them aren't created equal." If you've been experiencing the unpleasantness of dry/dull skin or wrinkles, and miss that youthful glow, why not shake up your routine from the inside out? Shelve the special creams or potions and see what mother nature has to offer.   Rodale's Organic Life  examines and explains the science behind some of today's biggest anti-aging natural skincare trends.  Check out the 4 regimens that made the cut!     

"In anti-aging skin care, there are many alternative treatments you'll come across, from skin-needling to Ayurvedic medicine to a diet detox, but all of them aren't created equal." If you've been experiencing the unpleasantness of dry/dull skin or wrinkles, and miss that youthful glow, why not shake up your routine from the inside out? Shelve the special creams or potions and see what mother nature has to offer.

Rodale's Organic Life examines and explains the science behind some of today's biggest anti-aging natural skincare trends. Check out the 4 regimens that made the cut! 

 

DIY Beauty: Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair And Skin

Move over coconut oil, there's a new sheriff in town and it's right around the corner in your very own pantry -- apple cider vinegar. This cooking staple also happens to be an oft overlooked nutritional powerhouse, chalked full of probiotics, acetic acid (which kills acne causing bacteria), polyphenols, magnesium, and potassium. This combination of nutrients make ACV especially effective at keeping skin clear, getting rid of stubborn dandruff, soothing sunburn, and so much more! Check out some of these ideas on POPSUGAR BEAUTY!

The Secret to Perfect Skin

The secret to any perfect makeup application starts with your skin. Through the combination of a nourishing skincare regimen and seamless foundation application, you get the most out of any other products you apply and bring out that natural, healthy glow.

Delicious Beauty Tricks For The Foodie In All Of US

We're big believers that a healthy, youthful glow starts on the inside with a wholesome (but still yummy) diet, comprised of a wide variety of ingredients straight from mama nature. But better still, these same items can be used to great benefit on our skin and hair, making them stronger, softer, and all around more resilient. For the low-down all the delicious and nutritious foodie beauty tricks you haven't thought of, head on over to The Knot!