It’s that time of year again! Rarely are there sales at Sephora so I always stock up on my daily makeup products & use this time to try out things on my wish list! I’ll break this post up into what I have & use and what I plan to get from the sale! But first, let’s talk about what the sale entails .
This post is LONG overdue & something I receive questions about weekly. I first began getting lash extensions a little over three years ago. There weren’t lash studio’s around every corner & the concept was still really new. I tested out a few locations before I found the best fit, and have been there ever since!
Here comes my first piece of advice. NOT ALL LASH STUDIOS ARE THE SAME. They vary in technique, experience, the type of lash they use, the glue they use, etc. You will have to find what works best for you. Not to mention the experience you have during your appointment. For me- I need a relaxing, spa experience, with a darker room, warm bed/table, a blanket, soft music, plug in my airpods listening to my favorite podcast & the best 1 hr. of sleep I get all week. You may need something different- so i recommend checking a few places out!
I get A LOT of questions about my lashes. And by a lot I mean at least 1-2 every day. Do they hurt? Can you feel them? How long do they last? Do they rip your natural lashes out? My friend had them and she ended up with an eye infection, the list goes on & on. So I figured the easiest way to answer all of the questions and give you a point of reference, would be to put it all in a FAQ post! So here it goes-
“How long do they last”- Every person will be different, I get them “filled” every two weeks- some people go three weeks or even a month in between, it’s all based on how quickly you lose them and what you’re budget can afford! Remember that you will shed lash extensions at the same rate you shed your natural lashes. Some people shed them faster than others, and certain day to day tasks will make you lose more. Things like, excessive swimming, sweating (you all know your girls sweats profusely in a workout), hot steamy showers, steam rooms, tossing and turning at night, etc.) I do sleep with a silk sleep mask that I’ll like here & I have noticed I don’t lose nearly the amount of lashes I used to.
“If I take them off, will all of my natural lashes be gone?”- MYTH. This is the biggest conception about lash extensions, and I’m about to show you why. Now- I don’t know who you, or your best friends, cousin’s sister’s lash lady is so I can’t speak for everyone, but my esthetician takes GREAT care of my lashes and uses products and techniques that all my natural lashes to stay full and healthy. If you’re natural lashes are damaged or look fragile I encourage you to ask ALL of the questions. What glue are you using? How heavy are the lashes? Are you putting one lash to one lash or clusters? There are a lot of techniques that can cause different outcomes. I recently had all of my lash extensions taken off- and put back on, here are the photos of my eyelashes after 3 years of extensions- and what it looks like if the person you use is doing it CORRECTLY.
If I’m being completely honest, I actually believe my natural lashes are more full now then before I had extensions.
“Can I wear mascara & other eye makeup?”- My biggest piece of advice for you to remember is that the less oil you have near your lashes, the longer they will last. They do make oil free mascara, oil free foundation, etc. and if you’re someone who HAS to wear eye makeup don’t let it stop you, I just choose not to, and it’s glorious. Besides my nightly facial cleansing, I don’t have wash cloths covered in black eye makeup or use makeup wipes like they’re going out of style. It actually saves me about 10 minutes in the morning getting ready by not having to do my eye makeup. IF you plan to wear eye makeup with your lashes I recommend you use something oil free, and gentle to remove it.
“Do they hurt or irritate your eyes”- Once again this is a case by case basis. I have relatively sensitive everything, eyes, skin, scalp you name it. The application process is completely painless, and honestly since I sleep through the entire appointment I don’t even feel it happening. I do feel it when they are being cleaned or removed if one is grown out too far and just hasn’t detached, but at no point is it painful. Remember this is my experience and my experience only! When you first get them you may feel the weight- just like anything that is new, but they are not heavy, nor do they irritate my eyes. The glue and lash that Beauty Brands uses was created by an optometrist, specifically to not be irritating or heavy. "
“How much does it cost”- I am only speaking from my experience once again, but the initial full set is the most expensive because it takes the most time and uses the most lashes. This can range anywhere from $100-$200 initially. After that depending on how far you go between fills the price can vary. Normally the longer you wait the more expensive, as you need more time and more lashes to make them full again!
“How do you clean them in between fills?”- I use my gentle face cleanser every single morning and night and that does the trick for me, remember it needs to be oil free! Once a week I do a thorough cleaning using a baby shampoo and clean makeup brush. This gets the excess foundation off the tops of my extensions. I recommend buying a large set of spoolies (or dry mascara brushes) to keep in your purse, car, cosmetic drawer, because brushing them and out (on the top from the lash line out) will keep them straight and last longer.
Remember that lash extensions come in all types of lengths, material, width, curl etc. I gradually developed a dramatic look, but you do not have to have as much length or fullness. I wouldn’t call my look “natural”, it’s dramatic and I love it.
I hope this helps! As always if you have any questions always feel free to comment on this post or reach out!
I’m going to start this post off with a disclaimer: I feel like people who share their lives on social media (whether they are bloggers, influencers, celeberties or your neighbor jack) are constantly criticized for choices they make concerning their physical appearance. Choices like microblading, eyelash extensions, hair coloring, Botox, fillers,augmentation, the list goes on & on, but you get my drift. My disclaimer: those people are not making those choices for you. They aren’t doing those things for you. They are doing them because they want to, need to or for whatever reason they want to, in which they are completely entitled.
Just because you personally wouldn’t do them, doesn’t mean you should express your opinion about it on their sites. Often times they are sharing because that is their job, their source of income & because many readers come to them for the purpose of hearing and seeing their experiences as they too may be thinking of doing the same thing. Phew, now that that’s off my chest I will let you know that I have put this off for a LONG time, for the sole purpose of being worried about what others would think. “Wow, her hair grew a foot over night”, and whatever other comments I have read on other peoples posts after getting extensions. So I’m going to start this with WHY I actually decided to get extensions & allow you to follow my journey & see if it really works!
I bleach my hair. Surprise! I don’t naturally have platinum blonde hair and if we are being totally honest my hair is more brown then blonde & to me is just kinda “blah” looking. My guru of a hair stylist helped me achieve the color I was going for in the most healthies of ways, but no matter how “healthy” you do it, bleaching your hair is never healthy & will eventually cause some sort of damage. (Pain is beauty right?). But it’s not just the bleach, its the hot tools, the products, the washing, etc. Ya’ll know I love a good beach wave , curl or straighten, and for years I applied some sort of heat to my hair. I’ve fried my ends, it’s dried out, I’ve done two major “chops” and yet my hairs growth stunts right about my shoulders, always has and always will.
Ive never been blessed enough to be the girl who wakes up in the mornings, runs a brush through her hair and is out the door. You all know my hair gets oily quick (que my insta stories where I talk about how much i sweat during a workout). I always have to re-curl, re-straighten or wash my hair if I want to leave the house looking somewhat presentable, and all of those factors are hard for our hair, especially bleached hair.
After my most recent chop this past year, my hair has become healthier, but as we continue to keep up with my bleach I can tell it gets more brittle and unhealthy with each time. Que the extensions. After long conversations with my hair stylists & other people who have experience with extensions I decided to try them out because:
You will apply less heat: Extensions are known to hold curl better, since I primarily curl my hair, my hopes is that i will have to fully style it 1-2 times a week & only refresh it with a curl or two a day. Applying less heat will allow my natural hair to grow during this period (which is the ultimate goal).
You will wash it less: I have begun training my hair with the help of a lot of dry shampoo to go longer between washes- sometimes i just wet my hair after a workout without shampoo or conditioner and other times I dry shampoo and blow dry the sweat out (gross i know). With extensions, you will wash your hair less and your hail will look styled even on day 5.
Time Saver: I’m lucky if I dont have to throw my hair in a messy bun to run out the door to a meeting, so having already styled hair that takes a few seconds to refresh will be a lifesaver for me- case and point as to why I have eyelash extensions (long over due blog post coming soon). I invest money on things that save me time- and it pays off, trust me.
& last but not least. BECAUSE I WANT TO. & that my friends should have been reason enough but the other three reasons are just icing on the cake! I am excited to try them out & the best part is- if i dont love them- i’ll Have them taken out, no harm, no foul.
The extensions I got are Natural Beaded Row Extensions. No tape, glue, etc. and ideal for someone who works out & sweats perfusely like your girl. I also love the weight of them, and the ability to pull my hair up without seeing them. They are not hard on your hair, but instead help it to become healthier, which is exactly what I want!
A lot of you asked about how, when, why I dermaplane after I mentioned it on my instagram stories. Dermaplane is “newer” to me, but has been life-changing when it comes to my skincare & makeup. Dermaplane. You may have seen it on your estheticians menu of services- probably about $100 give or take. Basically it removes the peach fuzz we all have on our face, & exfoliates at the same time. Yes- in theory you are shaving your face. Well I have a super inexpensive way to dermaplane at home & I’ll walk you through the steps. Please note- I am NOT a professional, esthetician, etc. Nor do I try to be. I am sharing what works for me in hopes you are able to get helpful info from this post!
I use these razors- there from amazon & I purchase them in bulk because I use one and throw it away. ( You don’t have to, but bacteria freaks me out- and you get 12 of them for $7)
I usually dermaplane on Sunday nights, because thats when I have the most time. You want to be thorough so find a good block of time. I get in the shower and wash my face like normal allowing the steam to open up my pores. When I get out of the shower I pat dry my face & apply this hydrating boost. You don’t have to apply anything- some people use water, others leave a little cleanser on, this works for me, so I’m sticking to it.
Hold your skin taught. With your opposite hand. The hairs on your face naturally lay down. I like to shave against the grain- once again if you prefer to shave down- do it. There is no right or wrong (I asked my esthetician). You will see the hairs come off, & you can hear it too, haha.
If it’s your first time, you want to make sure you get every inch of your face. I suggest starting on one side of your chin and working your way around. Places to be careful: your nose, I rarely have hair on mine so I avoid it. Upper lip- Be very careful, but I do shave that area to make it smooth like the rest of my face.
Rinse your razor- Once you have finished shaving an area I rinse the hair & bacteria off of it and pat it dry on a hand towel.
After I have finished I throw the razor away and wash my face like normal. This gets all of the excess hair off, this is the cleanser I use everyday.
I suggest hydrating after you dermaplane, as my skin is dry because of the exfoliation. I also wash our bedding on Sunday’s so this works well to sleep on a clean silk pillow case, this is the one I use.
Commonly Asked Questions:
“If I shave my face it will come back coarse/black/etc.”- False. If we were completely pulling the hair follicle out there is a chance it would grow back thicker, but we are simply shaving the top layer of the hair. If I thought there was any chance it would grow back anything other than blonde and soft, I would NEVER have tried it.
“Do I have to keep shaving it- if so how often”- Yes, just like your legs or armpits, it will grow back. I dermaplane every Sunday, sometimes there isn’t much regrowth, or more in one area.
“What are the benefits?”- Besides exfoliation being a great thing to prevent wrinkles and bacteria, it allows your skin to soak in your skincare better and your makeup to apply smoother. I can tell when I need to dermaplane as my face looks dull with makeup on, not dewy. I will never forget, I heard Lauryn from the Skinny Confidential say on one of her podcasts- she believes one of the reasons men tend to age better than women is because they shave their face. The are constantly exfoliating.
I’ll link all of the products I mentioned in this post below. As always let me know if you have any questions!
Be prepared, this is a LONG one. But I want to be extremely specific with you because winter is the worst season for my skin & it has been a lot of trial and error to figure out what combination works the best, and when to use which product. I do have a few products I only use in the morning and a few I only specifically use at night.
Before I begin my routine with you, I will let you know I begin to sleep on this pillow case about 6 months ago- I had slept with a silk pillowcase for about a year before I switched to this one & it was not as good of quality. I can tell a dramatic difference in my skin, as the pillowcase does not allow cotton fibers to adhere to my face as a cotton pillowcase would. The pillow case causes less bacteria to be on your dermis as well as helps to let the skincare products you use set in. You can find my specific pillow case here.
In the morning I try not to wash my face if I don’t have to, as double cleansing can often times dry out my skin. If I wore a skincare mask to bed I am sure to wash it off before I head to the gym. (DO NOT WEAR A WHOLE BUNCH OF SKINCARE TO THE GYM). So normally I splash a little water on my face, pat dry. If I have just gotten out of the shower & my pores are open I use this hydrating boost.
Daily toner. (Yes, I will link everything throughout & at the end of this post) One thing i’ve started doing is pressing the toner into my skin, not rubbing it in, allowing max absorption.
Daily Moisturizer- Tried & true. I’ve used this product for years now, & I love how weightless yet effective it is.
Under Eye Cream- I shouldn’t even call this a cream, because you see a dramatic difference the minute you put it on. Filled with caffeine, this has quickly become a favorite product & allows me to not have to conceal as much on lighter makeup days!
Sunscreen- Make sure your sunscreen is the LAST thing you put on your face before you start your makeup. Good sunscreens will not allow the rest of your skincare to break its barrier (hence why sunscreen is so important). I have tried a lot of sunscreens, and most are oily, & don’t absorb. This is the first one I have found that I really liked.
Start your makeup routine following this- I always add a swipe of my favorite lip balm before I leave the house.
I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to wash ALL of your makeup off before cleansing your face. If you have makeup left on when you go to cleanse, you are essentially cleaning your face with your day old makeup. Gross. I have a couple different products I use to get rid of my makeup, depending on the day or how much makeup I have on.
Quick makeup removing- Neutrogena wipes. I don’t recommend them for everyday but sometimes I don’t have time/ too lazy so I use them. Remember: do NOT pull your face with them, you’re just asking for wrinkles.
Makeup Removing- On a normal evening I use this oil to begin taking off my makeup. Yes, I have eyelash extensions & this oil is just fine, it does a great job of removing 99% of it. Following that I use this makeup eraser cloth (mine are from amazon & work just like the $20 one). This gets the last bit of makeup off that the oil may have missed.
Cleansing- Sticking to my tried & true Tula cleanser (be sure to use my code in the bio of my instagram for 20% off). It’s gentle, it foams & my skin loves it. I have been trying out a new medical grade cleanser & will report back, but right now I have been switching them on & off.
Evening Toner- Since I’ll be sleeping in this toner I use a stronger resurfacing gel, which has helped with dark spots & rough skin patches (from sun). Once again, make sure you are “patting” it into your skin for maximum absorption.
Vitamin C Serum- I choose to use my vitamin C serum at night, so that it’s not being covered by makeup & has extra time to set in. I have quickly found out that it’s the most important step in my skincare routine & I can tell if I haven’t use it- which is huge. I use this to help with hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles. Plus+ I wake up with plump bright looking skin.
Evening Moisturizer: There’s nothing better then going to bed with hydrated skin. At the end of my routine I use this hydrating cream that also contains Hyaluronic Acid- so we get a 2 for 1! It has quickly helped restore moisture into my dry winter skin & improved the elasticity, preventing wrinkles.
That wraps up my morning and evening skincare routines. Three or so times a week I will use a different mask- exfoliant, hydrating & spot treatment. I’ll share these below! Also- the face tanners I use to give my face a little glow.
Acne/Spot Treatment- I have used this since High School & have yet to find something that even compares. Use it all over (my chin is acne prone so two nights a week I cover my chin in this), or spot treat stubborn pimples.
Exfoliate- I use this the night before I get a spray tan (I spray tan on Thursday’s)- So Wednesday night. It gets rid of all of the dead, dry skin & preps for my spray. I also use these peel pads once a week. They are meant to be an at home peel, & have two different pads in one. These are great to use after you dermaplane too!
Hydrate- There is no better hydrating mask then this. I use this a couple times a week, once after I exfoliate to put moisture back in, and after I dermaplane. I sleep in it, but you can use it for 10-20 mins if you prefer.
Lip Mask- you’ve seen me talk about this a lot. & thats for good reason. Every night before bed, and now in the morning because this winter has been brutal on my lips, i apply this. It is the only thing I have used that actually works, trust me.
I try really hard to make sure my face doesn’t see the sun, but I like to have a healthy glow, especially in the winter. There are three products, that I use on my face that work great.
Tan Drops- Add these to your nightly/or daily moisturizer for glow. Wash your hands & make sure you cover your face and neck, these have a lot of pigment!
Tan Serum- This serum isn’t quite as pigmented as the drops but does add a nice glow, I use this right after my spray tan because it is also hydrating!
Tan Pads- I use the normal version of these peel pads during the week but halfway through when my spray tan has worn off these come in handy & do have a gradual glow!
It's that time of year again, when it's definitely worth stocking up on your favorite beauty, skincare & haircare products! Even if you still have a bit left of your favorite foundation, buy it anyway. Sephora rarely has sales so take advantage! I'll give you a few, quick details in case your new to the sale, because EVERYONE can get a discount, even if you haven't signed up yet!
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I'm going to break this post down into two sections. Products I have, love & recommend getting during the sale & what is on my list/what I have purchased during the sale! I keep a list of want to try's on my phone so that I can remember whats on the list when sales like this come around! Lets start with what I use & love that I recommend!
PRODUCTS I HAVE & LOVE
PRODUCTS I PURCHASED FROM THE SALE
One Final Note...
I recently started paying a lot more attention to my skin. Ya'll know I was an avid tanner, yes... in the tanning bed, almost everyday. I hated being "not tan" & until one day I woke up & realized I had to stop. (dramatic I know, but thank goodness I did) I knew I needed to start taking better care of my skin. I would put a moisturizer on maybe 3 times a week if I was lucky. As I began researching and learning about the different formulas, serums, etc. Retinol was a common topic. I instantly thought, I'm WAY too young to need retinol, so I skipped over it. Little did I know, retinol can make a huge difference in anyones skin, but especially in skin that has been sun damaged. So I dug deeper. Retinol promotes new cell growth, therefore reducing wrinkles, redness & pores resulting in younger looking skin! So I began looking for the perfect retinol to use. I chose to go with Sunday Riley's 'Power Couple'. It's a two step process, 'Good Genes' is a lactic acid serum that sluffs off the dead skin cells, while the 'Luna Night Oil-Retinol' serum starts the new growth of healthy cells! Good Genes can be used both day and night, while the Luna oil is strictly for nighttime! It has been said your skin may have a breakout or two while you transition to this routine, it's getting use to the serums & pushing the dead, unhealthy cells out! This duo is a great deal, & isn't huge and expensive bottles I will feel guilty about not using if I don't love it! This will be a process I will share with you as I continue to use the products & hopefully see positive results!
I would love to hear what you ended up with during the sales! I'm always on the lookout for new skincare & beauty products ya'll love! Happy Shopping!
The best beauty sale of the year is here! If you're a Sephora lover like me, you know Sephora rarely has sales & you must take advantage of this! I love this sale because it gives me the opportunity to try out different products without feeling too guilty, knowing I got them on sale!
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I have included my favorites from the sale! Some of these products I own & love, others are products I have been wanting to try & have ordered! I will give you a full review after trying them out! & update my list as the sale goes on! If you have ANY questions please reach out! I love hearing from you! Happy Shopping!