Brand Spotlight: Soap & Glory

Soapy and Glory is one of my new favorite brands.  It’s been around for a while but has only been available in the US for the past 2 or 3 years.

 

 

A lot of my favorite  Youtubers were always talking about this brand and how great their body products smelled, so when it was available at Ulta I decided to try some body butter first.  Then I tried a face primer, then a makeup remover, then a cleanser.  Annnnd now I’m hooked.  Here are my favorite products from the brand.

One Heck of a Blog Primer

One Heck of a Blot is a face primer that works great for oily and combination oily skin.  It is not silicone based like so many other primers.  It keeps my face matte and absorbs excess oil throughout the day.  It also has Vitamin E, which is great for anti-aging and keeping skin soft.

Vitamin C Facial Wash

This is my new favorite face wash.  I was running out of my other one and wanted to try something new because my skin was getting used to it.  I love Vitamin C and Ulta was having a sale (like they always do) on Soap and Glory so I tried it.  I did read reviews and watched some Youtube videos before I tried it and heard  nothing but good things.  I love the way it foams just enough, not too much, on my sonic brush.  It’s a gel with small beads and leaves my skin feeling clear, refreshed and clean but not squeaky clean.  Your skin shouldn’t feel squeaky clean.

Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk

 This claims to be a makeup remover/cleanser but I use it strictly as a makeup remover.  It’s very creamy and does a good job of getting off makeup including mascara and liquid lipstick.  This is the first step in my skin care routine and I follow it with the Vitamin C cleanser.  Whenever you wear makeup you especially need a makeup remover before using a cleanser.  Or you can cleanse twice; my preference is to use a makeup remover.

The Righteous Butter

This body butter is so heavenly.  It’s a great moisturizer and smells divine.  They also have a lotion version; I just prefer body butters because they’re thicker.  I used this in the winter.  Sometimes I would include a few drops of vitamin E oil if my skin was dry, but most times it was fine on it’s own.  And it’s not too heavy for the spring weather.

It’s scented with their signature “Pink” fragrance, which is very sexy.  I have no idea how to describe this scent and the brand doesn’t have a description for it.  Just go smell it the next time you’re in Ulta.

Let me know what are some of your favorite brands and products!

Skin Care Tips That Make Your Makeup Application Look Better

Skin care and makeup go hand in hand.  There are some who try to use makeup to cover up their skin care issues but the best way to deal with it is to get rid of skin care issues.  Taking care of your skin consistently can also help your makeup application look and apply better, and also last longer.  Here are a few tips that can help your makeup look it’s best:

 

Use an Eye cream

Using a good eye cream will help to keep your under eye skin hydrated.  When you apply concealer and/or foundation to any part of your face it should be set with powder.  If you set your dry under eye with powder that skin will look substantially different from the rest of your face.  If that skin is hydrated everything will blend, giving a natural finish.

Exfoliate your face

Exfoliating gets the dead skin removed from the top layer of your face.  Doing that on a regular basis helps all products penetrate and apply better, including your moisturizer and foundation.  Your foundation and powder will look more flawless with a natural look.

 

Moisturize/Prime Your Skin

This is a HUGE one for me.  Moisturizing your skin is a must, regardless of what the weather is like or what kind of skin type you have.  Your skin needs moisture.  After applying your moisturizer, wait for it to penetrate your skin before adding any makeup items.  Usually I wait about 5 minutes; I use that time to brush  my teeth, clean my ears, etc.  After the moisturizer penetrates a primer should be applied.  Both the moisturizer and primer help prep your skin for the foundation, allowing it to guide on effortlessly.

Exfoliate your lips

Your lips also need to be exfoliated.  Just like your face your lips are exposed to the elements and probably take more of a beating than your face does.  If your someone who wears lipstick, especially mattifying ones, you need to get rid of that dead skin and moisturize at least every other day so your lipstick and lipstick will always be popping.  I exfoliate my lips at least 1-2 times a week.  If you wear lipstick everyday you may want to bump that up to every other day.  After exfoliation follow with a good lip balm or Aquafor, which is a skin protectant.  You’ll notice the next time you go to apply your lipstick your lips should have little to no texture and last longer.

 

Everything you do or don’t do impacts how your skin looks when it’s bare and when you apply makeup.  Makeup is not a miracle worker; it can cover certain things but having a good skin care regimen will give you healthy skin that eventually won’t need a lot of cover up.

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Don’t Try This at Home

TGIF!!!!  I can’t tell you how excited I am that the weekend is only a few hours away.  Anywho…..

Certain things should be left to a professional and should not be tried by the average person at home.  For instance, I refuse to do my own hair.  I’ve relaxed my hair before.  It looked a mess and some of my hair even fell out.  Never again!

Before I went to esthetics school I tried waxing my own brows and it was a catastrophe. Now, I do it without flinching because I’m trained and licensed.

Some things we try to save money on and do ourselves, but certain things need to be left to the professionals.

I watch a lot of Youtube and came across this video of a girl who tried to wax her own legs.  She’s a comedic Youtuber so she’s super animated and started a new series where she tries weird products or products that are hyped up on Instagram.  Apparently this wax has been hyped up and people refer to it as “Instagram Wax.”  Here’s the video:

 

I was hollering with laughter when I saw this.  That brand of wax is actually really good.  She did everything so wrong.

First of all, it’s a hard wax which is different from soft wax, which is more commonly used.  With hard wax the room you’re in should be super cold because your body temperature gets hot during a leg wax.  In order for the wax to be removed properly your body temperature can’t be high at all.  When it is the wax doesn’t come off the way it should and sticks to your skin, like in her case.

I’m a firm believer in trying to save money and doing certain things on your own but some things really need to be left to the professionals.

Let me know in the comments…….What are some of the diy disasters you’ve tried?

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