Best Holiday Beauty Gifts for…YOU!
This week has been the longest decade of my life… lol. I sat down to write this post to talk about things that I think you should attract other people to. Then I really thought about it and I thought to myself: “wait a minute, if i am having this crazy week imagine what it […]

This week has been the longest decade of my life… lol. I sat down to write this post to talk about things that I think you should attract other people to. Then I really thought about it and I thought to myself: “wait a minute, if i am having this crazy week imagine what it feels like to people doing distance learning while juggling multiple video conference calls for work while trying to keep themselves and the house tidy. "

ALL OF YOU, WE DESERVE!

So I partnered up with Walmart who upped the ante on beauty deals to show you makeup and skincare gifts to buy for the one who really matters this season: YOU.

Listen, retinol is magic, I've talked about it a lot here on the blog, sure Instagram, and on my Youtube. But in a nutshell, retinol does amazing things for the skin, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helping to even out skin tone, helping fade dark spots, improving skin texture, and more.

This set is ideal because you have the choice between Olay Retinol24 Moisturizer and Serum or the new Olay Retinol24 Max Moisturizer and Serum. (Want to know the difference between the two? Check it out quick 30 seconds of beauty lesson on my IG). AND on top of that, you get a $ 15 Walmart e-gift card. Pass it on to someone else or save it to buy more beauty. The choice is yours! You understand here.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard over the years "I can't put on eyelashes" from any of you I'd have enough to buy like 100 of these sets… lol. Listen, practice makes perfect when it comes to applying eyelashes and if you never really try, you'll never really learn.

What I love about this set is that it's not going to break the bank so you can practice without feeling guilty. It includes eyelash glue and even an eyelash applicator so no excuses, boo.

Our hands have already gone through the ringtone this year, but as the winter months approach, we may need to send an SOS

That's why I think a hand cream kit like this is perfect. L'Occitane hand creams are world famous and I love the packaging. It's easy to spot even in the largest of bags, ensures you can squeeze every little drop of product out, and the hand creams are so luxurious and smell amazing.

The Lip Bar has landed at Walmart! This vegan brand owned by a black woman is a crowd favorite for a reason. Not only do they have bombshell liquid lipsticks and glosses, but they have a wide array of makeup created especially for beginners or beauty in a hurry.

Yes, we have to wear masks, but a little pick-me-up here and there can be great for improving your mood. I know it helps with mine… lol.

I recently received it in a package from Maybelline and when I tell you it looks so pretty! The makeup launches this year were a bit boring for me, but they grab my attention.

You can wear them alone OR apply them over your favorite lip colors. These instantly improve your stash of lip color without you having to spend a ton or use up a ton of space in your vanity.

Have you explored the world of gel moisturizers? If you haven't, you might have missed something! Basically they have the ability to feel creamy and luxurious while hydrating the skin well BUT they almost feel weightless. These are great if you have oily skin (because YES, oily skin needs moisturizer too) as it will hydrate the skin without being heavy. There are also formulas for dry skin where you can apply a thicker, more occlusive moisturizer.

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So what do you plan to treat yourself to this season? Tell me in the comments! Thanks again to Walmart for sponsoring this post.


We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tonalités of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.

We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.

' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an α hydroxy acid cleanser. '

' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.

Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.

Every skin expert we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, of course, drink around eight glasses of water a day.

Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.

' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.

A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).

' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.

Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for capitons graisseux. '

If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '

' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).

to fight contagion and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.

Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.

' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily ultraviolet exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.

We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.

' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.

It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.

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