Curapure Sheet mask CBD in Skin Care

CBD for Skin Care: My First Time Using CBD

CBD for Skin Care: My First Time Using CBD

By Ana Lefebvre

2-18-2019
Curapure Sheet mask CBD in Skin Care

One of the latest trends in skin care is CBD.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a compound that is found in cannabis sativa.

CBD oil is something that is commonly used for anxiety and pain (not medically given) in countries and states to where it is legal.

So why is CBD in our Skin Care?

Studies have suggested that the reason why CBD for skin care helps with anti-aging, acne and sensitive skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

It is important to point out that CBD does not have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in marijuana.  

I wanted to try CBD and was gifted the CURAPURE CBD-INFUSED SHEET MASK by Curapure.

Curapure lists that the mask is a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (aka CBD):  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Zero THC and non-psychoactive.  

It also contains:

Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging properties

Vitamin A:  repairs skin damage from sun exposure and aging

Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids: keeps the skin hydrated and helps with skin growth

Citrus Junos Fruit Extract

  • Found to help thicken the epidermis or top surface layer of skin
  • Anti-Aging
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

  • Natural broad –spectrum antimicrobial
  • Helps to condition the skin
  • Probiotic ingredient with soothing and anti-aging properties

Ceratonia Siliqua Gum

  • Derived from the seeds of St. John’s bread tree
  • Moisturizing and skin smoothing properties
  • Forms a light, permeable, visco-elastic film that prevents dehydration
  • It shows a visible anti-wrinkle activity on the skin
  • Increases the water holding capacity of the skin, and binds high amounts of water into the skin

Tamarind seed Extract

  • Significantly improves skin elasticity
  • Hydrates and soothes skin
  • Smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles

The instructions are to leave on for 30 minutes after you wash your face. Use 2-3 times a week for the best results.

The product itself is a two piece 100% cotton mask which is great for adjustment and also if you do not want to use the mask on your entire face.

Use:

The mask was easy to use. Plenty of Product and I was able to do other things while masking (some masks are so ill-fitting that you have to sit stiffly in place).

I didn’t smell a fragrance (it says it is fragrance-free) and it wasn’t sticky.

Afterward, my face was glowy and a tad bit tacky for about a hour afterwards.

I did notice a difference in the softness and puffiness of my skin.

If you would like to try the mask…please go to their website by clicking here: Curapure  CBD for Skin Care.

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Expert Answers Your Top 10 Skin Care Questions

Knowing your skin is imperative in knowing how to treat your skin, but how do you know what type of skin that you have? We ask you on instagram, what are your top skin care questions? And then we asked the expert, Erin Jewell- licensed master esthetician.

Here are your important skin care questions answered. 

1. How do I find out my skin type?

There are seven basic skin types: normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, combination, acne-prone, sensitive and mature. Learn how to identify and care for yours below.

Normal

How to Tell: You don’t experience many breakouts. Your skin doesn’t tend to react negatively to new products or weather changes. You don’t feel like you need to constantly moisturize or blot oil from your face all day long. Your skin is firm, with minimal fine lines and wrinkles.

Oily

How to Tell: Your skin always seems to be glowing. You’re likely no stranger to blotting sheets or mattifying powders. You might find that makeup and skin care products don’t always stay put like you’d want them to.

Dry/Dehydrated

How to Tell: These are different  but they have very similar symptoms. 

Here’s how to identify them in your skin:

  • Dryness is caused by a lack of oil in the skin. Symptoms include flakiness, sensitivity, itchiness and cracks. It may be caused by lifestyle and environmental factors or a chronic condition (in case of eczema or related conditions).
  • Dehydration is the result of your skin not retaining enough moisture. Your skin may feel tight, have a papery appearance or show small, fine lines when your skin is pinched together.

Combination

How to Tell: If you’re having trouble figuring out what type of skin you have, it’s likely combination. Is your skin dry in certain areas, while oily in others? Combination skin is most easily defined by an oily T-zone (the strip across the forehead and the line down the nose) and dry or normal skin on the rest of the face.

Acne-Prone Skin

How to Tell: If you get frequent breakouts (or ones that just never seem to go away), you likely have acne-prone skin. This means that your pores tend to clog easily, making you more susceptible to whiteheads, blackheads or pustules than other skin types. You can have oily or dry skin and be prone to acne.

Sensitive

How to Tell: Sensitive skin might be caused by allergies or environmental factors Signs of this skin type include:

  • Skin that flushes easily
  • Frequent rashes and bumps
  • Stinging or burning after using a skin care product
  • Negative reaction to fragrance
  • Patches of dry, flaky, irritated skin

Mature

How to Tell: While not everyone’s skin ages at the same pace, the signs are fairly universal. You might notice a wrinkle here and there or more dryness than in your younger years. For more mature skin, you may notice sagging, dark spots, dullness and dehydration.

2. If I have sensitive skin, what ingredients should I avoid?

-Fragrance

An artificial fragrance could contain 200 or more different chemical or botanical components, and your skin could react to any one of them.

-Preservatives

Preservatives are necessary for keeping any product that contains water fresh and stable,Some preservatives, like parabens, while not considered harmful to health, can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Parabens are more likely to irritate those who already have skin issues.  Another preservative to look for in your cosmetics and skin products is methylisothiazolinone, which is a high-hazard allergen according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.

-Botanical extracts and essential oils

Just because a product is marked “natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it won’t cause a reaction on sensitive skin. Products that are considered ‘natural’ often contain ingredients that may be unusual or untested.  poison ivy is organic but you won’t find me using it on my skin…Plant-based ingredients like citrus fruit extracts and mint can cause irritation if it’s a primary ingredient.

-Sulfates

Ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate can strip the skin of its natural oils—These are cleansing agents that help create a rich, foaming lather, They can be too harsh for many people drying out skin and contributing to rashes and blemishes.

-Harsh exfoliants

Exfoliation is important for all skin types, but it can be tricky to choose the right type for sensitive skin I recommend to opt for an exfoliant with fruit enzymes as opposed to a physical scrub. Using a glycolic wash once or twice per week will also keep skin properly exfoliated without irritating it.

3. What ingredients should I look for in a sunscreen?

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These include a combination of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Should be spf 30 or higher. 

4. How often should I exfoliate?

Two to three times a week for normal and combination skin, and once a week for sensitive skin.

5. How do I know if I am over exfoliating?

Exfoliating every day can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause irritation because you’re removing the top layer of skin before it can heal.

Redness, irritation,  dryness, flakiness, increased oil production and Acne are all signs your over exfoliating.

6. What’s the best way to get rid of blackheads?

Blackheads are just an oxidized mix of oil and dead skin cells that are sitting in pores — the exposure to air is what causes them to oxidize and turn black.

Having them is not a sign that you’re dirty, so don’t cause more damage by being rough with your skin and scrubbing really hard.

Salicylic acid is a great option for dissolving peaky blackheads, If that isn’t helping leave it to the pros and book a facial treatment :).

7. What’s the best way to get rid of whiteheads?

A clay mask helps clear clogged pores of excess oil and dirt, which are often the culprits behind whiteheads.

Instead of popping your zit or running the risk of spreading bacteria or damaging your skin throw a patch on the spot. An acne patch can help dry out your pimple and keep you from picking at it.

Treat the spot with 2% salicylic acid to dry it up.

Schedule a facial treatment with an esthetician.

8. What skincare ingredients should I never mix together?

Some active ingredients used in skincare products can act as irritants when mixed with others, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin…below is a list Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Mix

-Benzoyl peroxide and retinol

BPO and retinoids should not be used together since they deactivate each other, rendering the retinoid ineffective.

-Vitamin C and AHAs

When vitamin C and AHAs (like glycolic, lactic, or malic acid) are used in conjunction, they cancel out the effects or can be irritating on the skin.  Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and AHA chemically exfoliates, so together these acids can destabilize each other.

-Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and Vitamin C

Used separately, both ingredients are great for treating blemish-prone and scarred skin, but combining them is a recipe for disaster. Niacinamide cancels out all of the good properties of vitamin C and turns it into a substance that causes redness and can trigger acne breakouts.

-Vitamin C and Retinol

Vitamin C can become inactive with small variations in a solution’s pH, like when you add retinol into the mix. I like to use my vitamin C in the am and my retinol at night for best results.

-Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) and Hydroquinone:

Hydroquinone, is a skin lightening agent that’s used to reduce pigment in your skin, and when you toss these two very potent ‘bleaching’ compounds together, it can cause hypopigmentation.

9. What alcohols are okay in skincare products?

Some of the most common examples of fatty alcohols used in skincare products include: cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and isostearyl alcohol.

Fatty alcohols have emollient and occlusive characteristics. These ingredients can actually help to keep the skin hydrated, making them beneficial in many types of topical products.

10. What ingredients should my products never have?

Well that’s a tough one as it’s almost impossible to find products that are free of all “bad Ingredients”.

My personal list includes Sodium lauryl sulfate, Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar) Fragrance, talc, Synthetic colors e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1).

About
Erin Jewell is a licensed master esthetician with 13 years of experience. 
Follow Erin on Instagram for more skin care knowledge @skyn_culture .
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Gift Ideas for that special lady in your life

Updated 02-04-2019
Ana Veiga

Can’t figure out what to get your wife or girlfriend for Valentine’s Day? Here are some fail proof Valentine’s Days gift ideas that fits any budget. 

Tip:  Start with a budget and work around that.

Don’t have money for a fancy dinner- then make it.

Don’t have money for a full bouquet of roses, buy just one or go to Home Depot and buy a nice plant. 

1. Bathtub Tray

Perfect for an at home spa day. Add other gifts like bath balms and a nice loofah.

2. Jewelry Box

A jewelry box is a fantastic Valentine’s day gift idea. Just make sure the recipient has jewelry to place inside of it. 

Tip: TJMaxx is a great place to go or Amazon if you are on a time crunch. 

3. An Online Club

You can format it to your budget. Choose for a couple of months or for the whole year. The great thing about this is that it is the gift that keeps on giving.

Birchbox- awesome beauty products and makeup

AdoreMe – lingerie and more

ShoeDazzle – for the shoe lover

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4. Ouai Gift Set

Ouai is a current cult favorite. Their hair products are sheek and of high quality.

5. Yoga Mat

For your Yoga Enthusiast or Spouse that wants to get into Yoga. Yoga matts are also perfect for stretching in the house and meditating.

 

 
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Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum VS. Sunday Riley CEO Serum

BY Toni Marie of Beauty & Etc.

02-03-2019
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I’ve been avid user of Vitamin C serums for a few years now. Throughout the process I’ve tried various brands. But my favorite has been the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and I’ve been using it for a little over a year now. Over the summer I was gifted (via Instagram giveaway by the brand) the Sunday Riley CEO Serum. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test it out and see how the two compare and differ from one another.

WHAT IS VITAMIN C AND WHY IS IT USED?

Vitamin C is often used for its brightening effects and it’s anti-aging properties. Some studies have even noted Vitamin C being able to help and prevent UV photo damage. I’ve been using various vitamin C serums for the past couple of years within my morning skincare routine.

I’ll mostly be discussing the following types of Vitamin C:

L-Ascorbic acid (found in the Drunk Elephant C-Firma)- known to penetrate the skin tissue and is more active in collagen production. It comes from natural sources like oranges. L-Ascorbic acid is the most active, but known to be the most unstable and to oxidize quickly. It usually comes in concentrations between 5-15%. It’s been said that people with both dry and oily skin textures can benefit from the usage, but not great for those with sensitive skin types.

THD ascorbate (vitamin C) (found in the Sunday Riley CEO Serum)- also known as Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a form of vitamin C which been modified to better penetrate the skin. Known to be one of the more stable types of Vitamin C. It’s said to be great for those who have sensitive skin types as it’s a more gentle formula of Vitamin C.

Other forms of Vitamin C- sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucoside. 

C-FIRMA VS. CEO

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DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM

Size: 1 ounce Price: $80

Scent: Citrus

What is it? 15 percent L-Ascorbic acid, one-half percent ferulic acid (an antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants that enhances the stability and the efficacy of vitamins C) and one percent vitamin E.

Skin types suitable for: All Skin Types

C-Firma™ has a reservoir effect, which means it will stay active on skin for up to 72 hours and cannot be washed or rubbed off. Its pH level is 3.3, which Drunk Elephant believes is the key to a non-irritating formula.

Texture: Serum

Suggested Usage:
-In the morning, apply evenly to clean, dry face, neck, chest, and backs of hands.
-Tip: C-Firma™ contains pure l-ascorbic acid and yields best results when used fresh, so use immediately and don’t stock up.
-After first use, this product may be stored in the refrigerator to help maintain its potent antioxidant activity and effectiveness.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ascorbic Acid, Laureth-23, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Phytosterols, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ferulic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Glycine, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin.

 
SUNDAY RILEY CEO RAPID BRIGHTENING SERUM

Size: 1 ounce Price: $85

Scent: Citrus

What is it? 15 percent THD ascorbate which delivers stable advanced vitamin C and is oil oil-soluble.

Skin types suitable for: All Skin Types

Texture: Consistency of a lotion

Suggested Usage:
-Apply one to two pumps to clean skin, morning and night.
-For enhanced visible brightening, follow with Good Genes, CEO Protect + Repair Cream, or Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream.
-Vitamin C pairs excellently with retinol, so this product works very well when applied on top of Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

Ingredients: Water, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Squalane, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acetamidoethoxyethanol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycine Soja Sterols, Tocopherol, Glycolic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Chlorphenesin, Cera Alba, Glycerin, Isosqualane, C30 Hydrocarbons, Saccharide Isomerate.

 

THIS OR THAT?

SUNDAY RILEY CEO SERUM OR DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM?

I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum for little over a year now. When the opportunity presented itself to try out the Sunday Riley CEO Serum I thought it would be a good idea to see how similar or different the two are from one another. Both serums contain 15% of vitamin C. But as previously mentioned, the vitamin C are two different types.

It said that that THD, the main vitamin C ingredient in the Sunday Riley CEO Serum, to be more gentle than L-Ascorbic acid (found in C-Firma). I did my due diligence and checked out multiple reviews on the CEO serum. Many of the reviews contained complaints of people breaking out in acne or bumps when using the CEO Serum. I can’t say that one formula is gentler than the other because that truly depends on the skin texture of the individual using it.

The major complaint that I noticed for the C-Firma were of people complaining of the shelf life. Many mentioned that that the serum oxidized on them from a light orange color to dark orange color after 3 months of usage. When vitamin C serum oxidizes it usually an indicator that your vitamin C serum no longer just contains L-ascorbic acid. This makes me wonder how often is the serum being stocked and date checked while on store shelves. After reading about those claims months ago, I actually opened my serum. I didn’t know what it looked like when I initially purchased it, so I took a picture of it and wrote down the serial number on the bottle and reached out to a rep at Drunk Elephant. I was asked when I opened the bottle and was informed that my serum was just fine. I was also informed when to discontinue usage of it as well.

The one major con for me regarding the Sunday Riley CEO Serum is that the full size, 1 ounce, only lasted about 3 months. According to the packaging of the CEO serum, it states that the product has a shelf life of 12 months. Whereas the full size of the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum 1 ounce lasted about 6-7 months and it’s shelf life is marketed as 6 months.

DRUM ROLL…THE FINAL DECISION

Both serums were used in the morning along with my other skincare items (cleanser, toner, essence and moisturizer). I did not experience any type of purging, acne or sensitivity to the ingredients in either serum. Both gave me the same results of glowy skin and help to fade minor dark spots on face. I honestly really enjoyed using the CEO Serum, but the fact that it depleted so quickly was a major deal breaker for me.

Both product retails in the $80 range. Drunk Elephant also makes a midi size of the C-Firma mid-size (15 ml) for $44 and a travel size due for $23. These additional size options are great for those that are afraid of taking the plunge right away into the full price. Also the smaller size gives you a better opportunity to finish the entire serum. In my opinion, this makes the Drunk Elephant a better buy for me.

 
JUST A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN USING VITAMIN C….
  • Keep away from sunlight

  • Should be stored in an airtight package

  • Should also be stored in a cool temperature.

  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. You wouldn’t want to cause harm to your skin when you’re trying to improve it or protect it, Right?!

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1.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum

2.

Burberry Brit Eau de Parfum

3.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

4.

 Gucci Guilty Black Eau de Toilette

5.

Chanel Eau Tendre

6.

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose

7.

Silent St. by Derek Lam

8.

Nanette Lepore for Women

9.

 Versace Crystal Noir

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Shiseido Energizing

11.

Versace Yellow Diamond

12.

Victoria Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum

13.

Creed Love in Black Perfume

14.

Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme

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Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat

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Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Dream Women’s Perfume

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Paris Hilton Can Can

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Paris Hilton Can Can

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Viva la Juicy by Juicy Couture

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YSL Black Opium

21.

Lady Vengeance Juliette has a Gun

22.

Kiehls Musk Oil

23.

Versace Bright Crystal

24.

Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue

25.

Gucci Premiere

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Gucci Bloom

27.

Jimmy Choo Fever

28.

Armaf Vanity Femme

29.

Clinique Happy Heart

30.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

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Bvlgari Omnia Coral

32.

Chanel Mademoiselle

33.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million

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There’s so much information about split ends, that you would think no one would have split ends by now. The Split End Mystery would be solved and articles like this one would be irrelevant…

I would have liked to title this article “how to get rid of split ends once and for all”, but who knows if my dance with split ends is over (because I am liable to do something silly to my hair in all of the years to come).

Here’s what has worked for my hair and my suggestions to get rid of split ends. 

1. Stop Putting Heat in your Hair!

I used to be a flat iron advocate. I would flat iron my hair at least every 3 days. You know what I learned when I decided to stop? That I was wasting a ton of time and I was using the wrong products. I wasn’t using products that allowed me to wear my hair naturally. A lot of people think that they have what I call in-between hair. It’s not curly, but it’s not straight. It’s not straight, but it’s wavy. What I want you to do is to picture your hair the last year it was healthy. What were the strands like? That’s how your hair should look.

I still love a good blow dry and flat iron, but let’s save those for special occasions, that is, if you want healthy hair. Now you will not see results right away because of the next thing….

2. Cut your Hair

“OMG NO!!! I’m not going to cut it!!” Why not? If it’s not healthy, it probably looks it which means it doesn’t look good. You don’t have to do the big chop, but a progressive one.

3. Start being Kinder to your Hair

Treatments. You have to do treatments. I have yet to find a drugstore treatment that works. I usually go to the Beauty Supply store and purchase one of those little “Intensive Repair” packets. You can also research natural conditioners. I like the honey ones.

4. Repair the Bond

Someone told me to use Olaplex No. 3 for my hair. This is the best bond-builder I have ever used. It is a bond-builder, not a conditioner. It took about 3 uses for me to see amazing results. It is expensive, but worth it. 

I don’t use it the way that it is suggested. I leave it on for 24 hours, after I shampoo my hair. This works for my hair. I was using once a week. Now I use every 2 weeks. It is a little pricey! 

5. Dusting

Yes dusting actually works after you cut your hair. If you have a lot of split ends, just dusting is not going to get rid of your split ends. Do a trim and then a couple weeks later dust your hair. You can go to a salon or if you are like me, ask a friend.

6. Find the Right Products

It honestly seems like harley anyone actually gets my hair; so, now I am Sherlock Holmes, searching for the right hair product that is affordable. The great thing about 2019, you can take pretty much anything back easily. Let me tell you, I do and this helps when experimenting with hair products.

Learn about hair products and what works with your hair. I am still learning, but now I know which products will make my hair look dried out. Which products to put at the ends vs scalp. I also know when I need to do a clarifying rinse.

7. Stop Bleaching your Hair

Okay this is the hard one… Stop bleaching your hair. Again 2019 is so great because wigs are everywhere. Get a colored wig.

If you are going to bleach your hair, know that it will never look as great as it possibly can. I have bleach in my hair and I have to keep it short for it to look healthy. This is okay for me right now, but if I ever wanted a really nice and thick, shoulder length bob, I would have to stop dying it.

8. Get the right Hair Accessories

The right brush for wet or dry hair. The right hair bands that won’t pull out your hair and a Silk Pillowcase.

This is how I got rid of my split ends.

Now my hair is far from perfect, but it is healthy and the ends look great. It took me about a year and half to get to this point, so patience is key unless you do the big chop.

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Face masks are one of the most popular facial skin care items right now. There are a plethora of face masks that address different skin concerns:, dull, acne, aging, or dry. If you are looking for a new mask, here are a 24 different ones you can try (in no particular order).

Here's 24 of The Most Popular Face Masks On Instagram:

1. Pore Extractor Pomegranate @muradskincare

2. Drunk Elephant Baby Facial

3. Masque Nutrition Confort-  @guinotukireland

4. Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask

5. Omorovicza Budapest deep Cleansing mask

6. Dr Botanicals Apothecary Hemp Infused Super Natural Enzyme Mask

4. The Caudalie Detox Mask

5. KORA ORGANICS Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask

6. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

7. Oskia

8. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

9. GLOW RECIPE Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask

10. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

11. PACIFICA Energized Glow Turmeric Spice Facial Mask

12. Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque 

13. Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off

14. OLE HENRIKSEN Cold Plunge Pore Mask

15. Glamglow Powermud Dual Cleanse Treatment

16. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

17. Freeman masks

18. Gkow Mud Mask- Pixi Beauty

19. SKINFOOD Wash Off Black Sugar Mask

20. DR ROEBUCK’S Tama Healing Mask

21. Dr. Hauschka Revitalizing Mask

22. Sephora Collection Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying

23. DR. BRANDT SKINCARE MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier™ Mask

24. Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask @elizavecca_ 

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10 Ways to Keep Your New Year Resolutions

By Ana Lefebvre

12-07-2019
10 ways to keep your New Year Resolutions

The New Year is a great symbol of starting something new or pressing restart to something you are determined to re-do. It’s like the big “Monday” of the year. Most New Year Resolutions are actually great goals, i.e. “Get Healthier”, “Stop Smoking”, “Start a new hobby”…So why wouldn’t you want to do them?

According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Why? Because most resolutions are made unpractically and without an execution plan.

Here are 10 ways to keep your New Year Resolutions to Yourself

1. Keep it practical

Don’t set goals that are impossible to achieve. For instance, “I’m going to lose 15 lbs by February.” This is not a practical goal. Not because of the weight and time frame, but because of the fact that you are trying to lose something that you many have no idea how to track. How do you know if you are losing fat vs. gaining muscle vs. what is water weight?

What is a more practical goal: “I am going to workout three days a week for 1 hour and bring my heart rate up to my Target Heart Rate.” Now this is something that you can track.

Unless you are a trainer, have a trainer or nutritionist, know how to measure your BMI, there is no way for you to scientifically and accurately tell if you are losing Body Fat.

Be practical when writing your goals (practical and optimistic are NOT the same thing). 

2. Set ways to get there

Don’t just write a goal and leave it there. Write how you are going to accomplish your New Year Resolution.

I am going to read 30 minutes a day. Well how are you going to do that? – “Instead of watching a TV show before bed, I am going to read” or “I am going to wake up 30 minutes earlier to read” or “I am going to read during lunch.”  

3. Check-in with yourself

After you start committing to your goal, look for ways to enhance or improve it.

Maybe you noticed that reading before bed is not the best time, because you are too tired. Maybe you realized that you like this one workout class or gym better than another one. Look for ways to enhance. Do not stay stagnant.  

4. Give Yourself Motivation

Motivate yourself! If you you go to the gym 3 times a week, treat yourself to new workout pants or start saving towards something you truly want.

As children, most of our parents would reward us for our accomplishments. For instance, if you received straight A’s you might have received a toy that you really wanted. This was built into our socialization process, making this cause and effect action still valid.

5. Make sure you are doing it for you

Make sure your New Year Resolution is for you and not for someone else. Now your goal can start from somewhere, like a your spouse asking you to do something, but you still have to find the core of why you want to do it…these are double edged resolutions. 

Here are some examples of double edged resolutions:

-You are reading a book because you want to be apart of a book club; so, you can spend more time with your friends.

-You want to get healthier because you want to be around longer for your family.

-You want to save more money; so you can go on that trip.

6. Be open about what you are doing

We all need a support system. Be open about what you are doing and if someone is judgemental that is their issue.

Now you don’t have to do the above, but one thing I have learned, there will usually be a naysayer or two, but be honest. Explaining it to them, will help you keep yourself on track.

“The last office I worked in, people would judge me because I would bring in my own food prep. They took what I looked like and what I was eating and automatically made their own assumptions about me. One day someone had made a joke about my size and my food. I told the woman why I was eating healthy -because of my uncle’s battle with colon cancer, because of my grandmothers battles with breast and ovarian cancer…and she never bothered (picked on) me again.”- Ana

7. Be your own biggest cheerleader

If you are doing your Resolution..be proud of yourself! Give yourself a pat on the back. Not in a narcissistic way, but in a motivational way. Tell yourself how proud you are of YOU!

It all starts with you.

8. Motivate yourself

Investigate the why of your New Year Resolution. – I want to start dressing nicer. Why? Because I forgot how much I enjoy fashion.

I want to start working out 3 times a week. Why? To improve my health so I can run around with my kids and also teach them a healthy lifestyle.

I want to read 30 minutes a day. Why? I want to keep learning.

9. Don’t give up

There may be days where you would rather watch a movie and not read, eat saturated fats, or splurge on that jacket, but don’t give up! Go to that why and find your reason to keep going because….

10. Don’t lie to yourself

Never lie to yourself. Never break promises to yourself. How does it feel when you lie to your significant other or family member? Not to good right? Well lying to yourself doesn’t feel very good either, but some people are so used to doing so that they are hardened to this feeling. When you lie to yourself you are disrespecting yourself just as you would if you lied to someone else.

If you find that you have fallen off the track, it is never too late to press the restart button. You don’t have to wait for New Year or a Monday (or Sunday) to start a goal. You can start right now, in this very moment. *Set yourself up for success, by reassessing how to achieve your resolution.