I Tried Beauty Products From Dollarama and Here's What I Think

I Tried Beauty Products From Dollarama and Here's What I Think

I’ve always been afraid to try a beauty product from the dollar store, but today I’m trying it out and letting you know if it’s worth it, or if you should stick to your name brand products. In this video I also give you an update on how I’ve been dealing with the traumatic events in my leading that happened this summer.

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My New Fall Skincare Routine

Hello Lovely,

For the first time (in my recent memory), we’re actually having Fall in The Bahamas. The leaves aren’t changing colour, but we’ve already had our first cold front for the season. It started the last weekend of October and it felt delightful! I love Fall temperatures; crisp cold air that makes you want to wrap up with a scarf and a hot coffee. Can you believe I was finally able to enjoy my first hot coffee since March?!?!?!?! So I can now wear longer sleeved blouses, jackets and sweater tops. Since we’re subtropical the cold comes and goes, so I’ve got to make the most of it when it comes. In addition to clothing options, this drop in temperature meant I had to switch up a few something else: My skincare routine.

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A lot of you have asked me what I’ve been doing differently with my skin so I thought I’d share my routine with you guys. I haven’t been doing these things every single day, but simply increasing it has made a difference. Since this is a time where more events are popping up and the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I’d share my updated fall beauty routine in case you’re looking for some beauty inspiration or affordable options to try. Trust me, when you find out how simple these changes are you’ll feel kind of silly if you weren’t doing them all along. Let’s break it down shall we?

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Soap

The base of this operation is the most important. I try to wash my face twice a day for healthy glowing skin. Nubian Heritage’s tropical Mango Butter Soap is an ultra-moisturising, cleanser blended with rich and nourishing Mango, Cocoa and Shea Butters to provide supple, rejuvenating moisture for the appearance of firmer, healthier looking skin.

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TRADER JOE’S ROSE WATER FACIAL TONER

Equal parts hydrating and refreshing, Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner is formulated with real Damask rose water and Damask rose oil (to bedew and moisturize), witch hazel (to balance and tone), and a bit of Quillaja saponaria (soapbark) extract (to soften and condition). Best of all, it smells exactly like a fresh, blooming rose—so you’ll actually smell the roses while you’re taking a moment to stop, relax, and… smell the roses.

I mist it on before heading out the door, for a fresh dewy look. My skin stays hydrated but I only use it on cool days, because on hot days, when sweat interacts with it, my face just looks greasy.

Night Cream/Collagen/Caviar Extract/Retinol/4 oz
Alfa Vitamins Laboratories, Inc

LAWRENS NIGHT CREAM

Lawrens Cosmetics is an American skincare line of products with more than 15 years in the market.

INGREDIENTS

Palmitate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Cyclomethicone, Triethanolamine, EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Shea Butter, Marine Collagen, Retinol, Caviar Extract, Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

This formula helps boosts your collagen production (reducing wrinkles and preventing fine lines), speeds cell turnover (evening out discoloration and brightening skin tone) and unclogs pores (making them look smaller and reducing acne). All while you sleep!

HOW TO USE IT?

  • Use every night

  • Cleanse face prior to applying cream or any night routine products

  • Apply 60 seconds after cleanse face or night routine products

  • Night Cream is the final product you apply to face before going to bed

  • Use quarter-sized amount

  • Apply cream evenly using the dab and tap method

  • Use smallest finger to apply under eyes

  • Also apply a liberal amount to your neck and chest area and massage gently

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I’m really lucky that I don’t have to do a lot to have good-looking skin and I don’t take that for granted at all. But having eczema flare ups is definitely a sign that something needs to change and I’m glad I listened to my skin.

Strawberry Refining Mask

Hello Lovely,

Need a fun and easy way to love your face? With summer around the corner, the quest for showing off polished skin is inevitable.  Commonly we start with the area that everyone sees on first contact: our face!  Exfoliation is the key to polished skin and offer so many health benefits.  Exfoliation is the removal of dead or dry skin cells found on the surface of the skin.  By removing these, you increase blood circulation and reveal the healthy glowing skin underneath.

Exfoliation can be done twice a week at the most, for body and face.  Exfoliating too often can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to redness or dryness.  A fun way to exfoliate your face us with a strawberry almond scrub.  It’s the right balance of ingredients as Almonds and strawberries are great for improving complexion and preventing sun damage.  Together, these contain vitamins E and C, Salicylic acid and powerful enzymes.

You can easily store this in the fridge in a 5 – 10ml sample container for convenience.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 2 almonds (thinly sliced and minced)

Directions:

  1. Place the strawberries in a small container and mash thoroughly using a fork until the berry blend is as smooth as possible, with very tiny pieces of fruit.  
  2. Ensure that the almonds are thinly sliced and minced before adding , as we wouldn’t want the mixture to be too coarse or chunky for the skin.  
  3. Apply on cleansed skin and leave on for 5 – 7 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.

Which strawberry skin benefit would best help your skin?  Do you use other fruit masks?

XoX,

 

Hydrating Aloe Body Butter

I’m soo happy to pull out ‘the forgotten mixer’ I received as a wedding gift a few years ago.  I had only used it a few times, mostly due to the lack of counter space at our current residence.  It’s the Kitchenaid brand which is known for quality , elegance and speed but is also quite a heavy piece of equipment.  Since December of last year I’ve been eager to create a body butter that was whipped to perfection.  I haven’t received my essential oils as yet but I’m happy to say that today, I was able to make my first batch.  This three ingredient body butter will moisturize and heal your skin naturally with the Vitamin A, E, fatty acids and UV ingredients found collectively in these ingredients.  With sunnier days fast approaching, this would be the perfect daily must have.

As an option you can add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil for a preferred scent otherwise the butter will smell like shea butter.

Aloe Body Butter

Ingredients

  • Fresh Aloe Vera Gel (1/4 of a piece of aloe gel from the leaf)
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. Raw Shea butter

Directions

  1. Blend the aloe vera gel in a mixer or blender until smooth and bubbly (approx. 10 minutes depending on the power and speed of your mixer/blender).  
  2. Once the gel has reached the desired texture, add the remaining ingredients and let mix until it has a whipped, fluffy texture with peaks.  
  3. Place into an airtight container and keep in your fridge or in a cool dark area for preservation.  You now have a body butter that you can use after your shower in the morning and evenings that will help with maintain softness and a glow in your skin.

What other skin must haves do you keep handy? Share your natural beauty must haves in the comment section below and if you're planning on adding this DIY to your beauty regime.

XoX,

Love your skin: Greek Yogurt Face Mask

Hello Lovely,

What’s yummy enough to eat but even better for your skin? Greek yogurt!  This invigorating commodity packs more nutrients and essentials over the regular yogurt , which your skin will love.  Its thick texture contains protein which is vital to cell growth as well as alpha hydroxy and lactic acids which dissolves dead skin cells and diminishes fine lines.  It's perfect for sensitive or combination dry skin. When added with honey, it provides a natural glow from the inside out.  I’ve used this recipe after a bad sunburn and it provided an overall cool feeling and radiance that I needed.

Greek Yogurt Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 (6oz) Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 med. fresh Lemon wedge


Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well.  Use your fingers or a small brush to distribute evenly on face and neck.  This can also be used on the chest area above your bust or on arms if using to relieve sunburn.  You can use immediately or place in the fridge for additional coolness.  Let the mask rest on the applied area(s) for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water to ensure the pores are tightened. Pat lightly with a towel and moisturize after.

Let us know how you like this face mask! Try it and comment below.

XoX,