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What kind of DIY beauty hacks do you want to see?

Hey there, welcome back to my blog! Or if you’re new here, welcome! So the whole purpose of this blog is to test out DIY beauty hacks. Although I don’t mind researching and finding things to try, I want to hear from all of you! What kind of things do you want me to try out? Any kind of face masks, hair treatments, and little hacks that you want to see put to the test?

Leave a comment below!

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DIY Egg White Peel Mask: Does it really work?

Lately, I’ve noticed that my pores are HUGE. I guess it’s because I’ve been neglecting my skin (shame on me). But chasing around a ten month old all day takes up a lot of my time. And by the end of the day, I’m usually too tired to take any extra steps to care for my skin. So today, I wanted to try a DIY mask that would help minimize the craters that are on my face.

After a little bit of research, I stumbled upon some articles about a do it yourself peel off mask using egg whites. I was immediately intrigued. Who would’ve thought that using a simple ingredient that you probably already have in your kitchen could have such a big impact on your skin? All of the articles that I read didn’t have any proof that it worked. But every one of them swore by it. So let’s put this to the test!

Before the experiment

I’ve always had problems with enlarged pores. I have them on almost every part of my face. My forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, are the worst areas. Posting pictures of my face with no makeup on has taken a lot of courage to do. I’m very self conscious about my skin, as I suffer with acne and acne scars.

For the first step of this DIY mask, you’ll need an egg (obvously), and you’ll need to separate the egg white from the yolk. There are many ways to do this, but I used the water bottle trick. I cracked an egg into a bowl, and grabbed an empty water bottle. Squeeze the water bottle, and then use it to suck the yolk right out of the bowl. Sounds silly, but it works like a charm! Then I whisked the egg white so that it was nice and frothy and easy to apply to my skin.

Some of the articles I saw said to use paper towels for the mask, but I decided to use toilet paper since it’s thinner. I actually separated it into two pieces, that way it would be easier to apply.

Now it’s time to get this show on the road and apply the egg white. First, I washed my face with my everyday cleanser. I used a clean makeup brush that I didn’t mind ruining, and applied a layer of the egg white mixture to my skin. I made sure to focus more on my problem areas. I then applied the toilet paper in sections. Starting off with the cheeks, I placed the toilet paper over the egg white, and ripped off any excess. Apply a second layer of egg white over the toilet paper. Continue doing this until your entire face is covered. Let the mask sit until it is dry, almost like a paper mache texture. It took about twenty minutes for mine to dry completely.

Now, let’s go over some of the benefits egg whites supposed have for your skin. Egg whites have astringent properties that help minimize and tighten pores. It is also supposed to help with wrinkles and fine lines. Peeling off the dry egg will help to exfoliate your skin by removing the dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin. This mask is supposed to have a tightening effect, which I could definitely feel.

After twenty minutes was up, I went to the bathroom and peeled off the mask. It hurt a little bit, but it was about the same as any other peel off mask. I rinsed my face with cold water and patted it dry. I can honestly say, this mask worked! Now obviously, you’re not going to notice any drastic differences after one use. But I could already tell that my pores looked a little smaller than they usually do!

My skin looked brighter than it did before. The one negative thing I have to say about this mask is that it made my skin pretty dry. But other than that, it did what it was supposed to do! I definitely recommend this mask. I would do it twice a week to see the best results.

Thank you guys for reading my blog! I love doing little experiments like this. If you have any DIY beauty hacks that you want to see put to the test, leave a comment below! Or drop it in the “contact me” part of my blog. Thanks again!

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Postpartum anxiety: Something that needs to be talked about

We’ve all heard of postpartum depression. As soon as we give birth, we are warned about postpartum depression and are given a pamphlet full of signs and symptoms to look out for. I knew that I wasn’t depressed. Although I have struggled with depression in the past, I knew this wasn’t the reason why I was feeling the way I was. No, I wasn’t depressed. But something just felt off. 

Soon after I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, a nurse handed me a questionnaire to fill out. I scanned the page with weary eyes, and checked “yes” or “no” to the questions about postpartum depression. Questions like “Are you thinking about harming yourself or your baby?” I scoffed at this question and checked no. “Are you feeling sad?” Again, I checked no. Then, one question caught my attention. “Are you having anxiety?” I immediately checked yes. “On a scale of 1-10, how bad is your anxiety?” I scribbled in the circle that was under the number 10. No, I wasn’t sad, I wasn’t depressed, but my anxiety had peaked since giving birth. To the point where I didn’t sleep for the three days that we were in the hospital, and I didn’t sleep for a week once we brought our daughter home. Not one nurse, nor doctor, had asked me about this answer. No one came to me to discuss postpartum anxiety. I thought I was just going crazy.

Even at my postpartum check up, I was handed the same questionnaire. I filled it out with the same answers I had at the hospital. Again, at every one of my daughter’s appointments, I had to fill out the same form. And my answers never changed. But still, no one had ever followed up with it and asked me about my anxiety.

It got to the point where if I heard a noise outside my apartment window, I swore that someone was out there setting up a bomb to blow the apartment up. I know, that sounds crazy. But that is honestly what I believed. I couldn’t sleep because someone had mentioned SID’s to me. And after googling horrific stories, I would stay awake and watch my daughter sleep to make sure her blanket wouldn’t suffocate her. Every cough, every twitch, everything scared me. When she wouldn’t nurse, I went into a panic thinking she would starve to death. Even though she had just nursed an hour prior. I was afraid to leave the apartment with her in the car, because something told me we would get into an accident. I had no idea postpartum anxiety was a thing. I had convinced myself that I was just crazy, and that I would never be the same person again.

I never talked to anyone about this. I didn’t mention it to any family member’s, or even my significant other. I never talked to a professional, but I definitely should have. Fast forward ten months later. I finally got the hang of being a mother. Although I do still suffer from anxiety, as I always have, it is definitely not as severe as it was eight months ago. I had to learn about postpartum anxiety myself. I had to break myself out of it, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

I’m writing this for those of you who feel the same way I felt, and I want you to know that you’re not alone. You’re not going crazy, and postpartum anxiety affects many women. Please, do not be afraid to talk to someone about this. Whether it is a professional, or even a family member. It’s okay not to be okay. You will be okay in the end.

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To the moms who are struggling right now; everything’s going to be okay.

I know you’re tired, I know you’re stressed, and I know you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. But everything’s going to be okay momma. Our entire existence revolves around taking care of our little ones. Making sure they’re eating enough, and getting enough sleep. Constantly having to make sure they stay out of harms way. All while maintaining a household. Cooking, laundry, cleaning, picking up all of the things you just picked up five seconds ago because your ten month old is into everything (that’s my life anyway).

But do not lose yourself in the process. Don’t lose that spark that makes you who you are. You were once your own person with her own ideas, hobbies, career, and her own life. Please don’t let this person go.

Yes, you had to put everything on hold for a bit so you could raise your little ones. And that’s okay. You are their world, and they love you and appreciate you more than anyone ever has and ever will. Just know that even on your worst days, you’re raising a tiny little human to become the best person they can be. And you’re doing a great job.

That girl who loves painting, that girl who used to write poetry, that girl who knows how to dance like no one is watching; she’s still in there. And do not fret, because she will have her chance to shine again.

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Important steps to a great skin care routine.

So if you’re like me, then you know how important it is to have an everyday skin care routine. And if you’re like me, then you also struggle with finding the right routine for you, and sticking to one. When I first started my “routine”, I was twelve years old. This is when I started getting acne, and unfortunately, it has yet to let up. My routine consisted of washing my face, and that’s it. Cringey, I know. I had no idea that there was a vast world of skincare products beyond face wash.

Fast forward twelve years later. With the help of some experienced friends, and the internet, I’ve developed a routine for myself that fits my skins needs. And I can help you create one for yourself! This blog will just be a basic skin care routine. There are a TON of products out there, and we could definitely go in depth and formulate a crazy routine. But, I think we’ll keep it simple for now. Maybe in the future I’ll blog about a more in depth regimen? We shall see…

Step one: Cleanser

Now this is an obvious one. Washing your face is an important part of your skin care routine. Throughout the day, our skin is continuously exposed to dirt, bacteria, pollutants, and so many other dirty things. So it is especially important to wash our face before we go to bed. If you have excessively oily and acne prone skin, then it is recommended to wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning, and once at night. For dry or sensitive skin, you can get away with washing your face once a day. Now we’ll go over the different skin types, and what type of wash you’ll want to use for your skin.

Oily/Acne prone skin.

If you have oily/acne prone skin, you’ll want to stick with a gel based wash, or a foaming cleanser. Make sure you’re washing with lukewarm water. Cleansers that contain salicylic acid are great for oily skin because they limits bacterial growth and control sebum production. I know it’s tempting to want to wash your face every time it gets oily, but over cleansing can actually make your skin produce extra oil! Instead, opt for oil blotting sheets, or cleansing wipes during the day. It’ll help freshen up your skin without the harshness!

Dry skin

For those of us with dry skin, you’re going to want to use a creamy cleanser that is moisturizing. Look for cleansers that contain gylcerin and hylauronic acid. These ingredients actually bring water to the surface of the skin. If your face feels tight or itchy after washing, that means that your cleanser might be stripping your skin of its oils, and leaving it dry. Avoid foam cleansers, as these can be drying. And avoid washes that contain salicylic acid. Cleansers that are free of fragrance and alcohol are best for dry skin (always read the ingredient list!).

Combination skin

Now if you’re like me and you have combination skin, then you know how irritating it can be to find a cleanser that works. Thank goodness they have cleansers that are especially made for combination skin. Typically, you’ll want to use a gentle, but effective water soluble cleanser. The goal is to remove impurities without leaving skin feeling tight, or overly greasy.

Step two: Exfoliate

Exfolation is an important step in our skin care routine, and is great for all skin types. It helps unclog our pores, and it minimizes the look of dark spots by removing the dead skin cells that contain pigment. Because it removes the top layer of dead cells, this allows for better absorption of moisturizers and serums. Chemical exfoliants can contain AHA’s, BHA’s, or enzymes. This form of exfoliation chemically dissolves the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together. It penetrates the upper layer of the skin for a more complete renewal. Physical exfolation utilizes beads, crystals, or pumice to scrub away any dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface of the skin. For more sensitive skin types, you can use an exfoliant that contains natural ingredients such as crushed nutshells, seashells, or seeds. You’ll want to exfoliate 2-3 times a week for normal, oily, and combination skin. And once a week for dry or sensitive skin.

Step three: Toner

Thayer’s is hands down the best toner I’ve ever used. It doesn’t leave my face feeling tight, or dry. And minimizes the look of the pores on my face. Click on the image to purchase!

Using a toner is something that I struggled to keep apart of my routine for a while. I honestly didn’t see the use in it, and it would often sit under my sink, unused. Until I decided to start using it daily, to see what it was about I noticed a drastic difference in my skin almost instantly. A good facial toner can help balance the pH level of your skin, and helps control acne. It removes and excess oil, dirt, and makeup that is left over after the cleansing process. It can also help reduce the look of pores, which was a life changer for me! And it honestly leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed, which is great for mornings.

Step four: Moisturizer

Moisturizing is something that I added to my routine almost instantly. Back when I first started washing my face, I only used a cleanser formulated for acne prone skin, which would leave my skin feeling tight and itchy (worst feeling ever). Moisturizer is super important, even if you have oily skin! You’ll want to choose a moisturizer that has plenty of vitamins, and one that contains sunscreen. Moisturizing helps our skin stay young, and fights wrinkles. It can give skin the boost it needs to repair itself. You’ll want to moisturize every time you wash your face. It is especially hydrating right after getting out of the shower!

So we’ve covered the basics of an every day beauty regimen that works for everyone. In the future, I will write a blog that’s covers more of the beauty products that are out there such as oils, serums, masks, etc. Creating your own beauty routine can be super easy, and I promise you’ll be thanking yourself later!