The wonder product

 

There are so many products out there for your hair and your face and your skin. Each product is filled with tons of chemicals, and while most are healthy, they can also cause allergic reactions or just not mesh well with your body.

My favorite product, also happens to be the most commonly found things in drug stores, Vaseline! I started out just using it for my lips, but I soon realized how beneficial it is for the rest of your face as well.

Vaseline is 100% petroleum jelly, a moisturizing, non-comedogenic substance. This means it heals your chapped skin without clogging your pores.

Uses:

Chapped lips, slide it on like lip balm when you go to sleep or even put it on top of your lipstick to add moisture and shine

Eyelashes: use you finger or a clean mascara wand to apply a thin layer to your lashes. It makes your lashes thicker, fuller, and stronger. Just be gentle when you take it off and be sure not to put any vaseline directly into your eyes.

Acne: dab vaseline onto existing zits and on acne scars and blemishes. The moisturizing quality of the petroleum jelly allows skin to heal faster and acts as a guard on your skin so more dirt and oil can’t get into the zit.

Remove makeup: I would not recommend using vaseline as your main makeup remover. I usually use it to take off eye makeup if I forget to take it off before I shower or if I accidentally sleep with makeup on. Lightly spread vaseline over the already loosened/smudged makeup and wipe it away with a washcloth or tissue.

There are so many other uses for vaseline, these are just the ones I personally have tried.

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

 

 

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Spring (skin) cleaning

Acne is something everyone struggles with at some point in their life. No one likes it, no one wants it, and everybody just wants to get rid of it. There are plenty of products out there to help you, but you might be doing things everyday that are hurting your skin! Here are some quick tips for keeping your skin healthy and clean.

Change your pillow case

You sleep on your pillow every night, sometimes you sit on it, you throw your clothes on it, your pillow goes through a lot. There are so many germs that congregate on your pillow and pillow case so it is essential that you wash it at least one every two weeks. If you are sick I recommend changing it after a couple nights, it really makes a difference.

Wash your face cloth

Washing your face is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy. Using the same washcloth after weeks of wiping off makeup and dirt can cause a build up of germs. Change your washcloth on a weekly basis to ensure cleaner cleaning.

Wipe down your phone screen

So maybe you don’t use your phone for calling that much, but when you do, your phone is pressed up against your face. Your phone screen is touched by your hands too many times to count in one day, think of all those germs! Wipe your screen down with a disinfectant wipe like clorax, or buy wipes specially for screen cleaning.

Wash your hands

Going along with your phone screen, people are constantly toughing their face. We do it absentmindedly when we’re nervous, bored, or stressed. Next time you go up to touch your face, remember all the places you have put your hands, it’s kind of gross but also a mini reminder to wash your hands after touching the steering wheel, your dog, or your phone.

 

Clean your makeup brushes

A tip any makeup user will tell you, this is not over rated!! I used to neglect this, but I recently saw the importance of cleaning my brushes. Plus I just ordered this brush cleaner from Sephora that my friend recommended (I can’t wait to do a review!) which I hope will make things easier.

Also, here’s a really helpful chart that I found on Pinterest from Lauren Conrad about face mapping

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

Prom-paring

Prom is in one month!!! This realization hit me like a truck the other day when I realized I still have so much to do. Though this is my first time going to prom, both my sisters have gone and many of my friends have too. Each family member and friend has given me many tips and tricks for preparing for prom, so I thought I’d share some with you!

Acne:

I wash my face at least two times a day to keep bacteria minimal and my face feeling fresh. Now that there is a month to go I’ve started to use face masks weekly for a little something extra.

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Along with your face, don’t forget about your chest and back! I hate to admit it but I tend to neglect my bacne because I can’t see it. However, my dress does expose my back so I want to feel secure with my skin showing. To help this, I exfoliate in the shower using face wash or exfoliater. Also, after every shower I rub acne remover pads on my back.

I recommend stridex or oxy

Moisturize:

You should be doing this everyday!!! Moisturizing helps prevent wrinkles and keeps skin looking dewy and healthy. Along with your face, don’t forget about your neck! Even after a week of moisturizing your neck you see and feel the difference (I sound like an infomercial haha, but it’s true!).

Find a good lotion for your body too, after every shower moisturize your legs, arms, and wherever else you think is necessary. Your skin’s pores are more open when wet so it’s best to do this right after getting out of the shower. Once again your skin will look and feel healthier in a few days. There are so many places you can find a good lotion, find one that doesn’t weigh your skin down with the feeling of oil or scent.

Bath and body works brand , Body shop brand , Lush brand

Drink Water

Again, I’m really hoping this is an everyday thing for you, but if not, now is a good time to start! Water is good for your skin, your hair, and your body as a whole. A hydrated you is a happy you, so try to drink at least 2 bottles of water a day.

Stretch daily

Stretching is a great way to lightly tone your muscles and keep you feeling awake. It is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. Take 10-15 minutes of your day to touch your toes, roll your head, and arch your back, you will feel so so much better. You can even stretch at work or school! Underneath your desk simply cross one leg over the other so your ankle is on your knee (your leg should make a triangle) and apply a little pressure. When you’re home watching TV or reading a book sit in a straddle, try to touch your toes.

Makeup and hair practice

You are going to be taking so many pictures on prom, that it’s pretty necessary that you look completely amazing from every angle. Plan out what you want your hair and make up to be before the day of and practice it! Whether you’re getting professionally done or doing you makeup yourself, you’ll want to make sure that everything looks the way you want it to. Also, make sure the products don’t cause any damage on you hair or skin, the last thing you want is a huge rash or knotty hair. If you still can’t decide what you want your hair or makeup to look like, google it! People come up with beautiful hairstyles and makeup ideas that are pretty simply.

Break in your shoes

Prom involves lots of standing for pictures, dancing, and walking around to find your lost date (well ok maybe not the last one haha). If your feet are in pain, you are going to misrible the whole night, don’t debate it, you know it’s true. While there’s no way for your 4″ platforms to feel like your fluffy bunny slippers, there are plenty of way to prevent the aches/pains/blisters. Wear your shoes everyday around your house for about 5 minutes and walk around your house. Walk up and down stairs, on carpet, on wood, on tile, on grass, on everything, you want to be prepared for anything. Your shoes will loosen up and you will be way more comfortable walking in them, also buy some clear gel orthopedics at the drugstore, they help so much! If during the night you feel a blister forming, bring little bandages just in case.

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Hope these tips were helpful!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

 

Arial Silks and Pole Dancing

Recently my friends and I started going to a class at a studio specializing in pole dancing, arial silks, and belly dancing. Though I have yet to try belly dancing, I have now pole danced and done arial silks multiple times. Both are incredible workouts that work all parts of your body.

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Pole dancing takes mostly arm and core strength to pull yourself up on the pole to spin around it. It also can really tone your legs and butt because a lot of moves require you to wrap your legs around the pole.My arm strength is currently really lacking so my friends were way better than me, but I can’t wait to go back and do it again! I honestly give a lot of credit to people who pole dance for a living because it is hard work. 

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Arial silks is something I’d never heard of before going to this studio, but now I’m obsessed! What you do is use the hanging silks that are tied to the ceiling and use them to hoist yourself up or spin around. It takes concentration and a bit of fearlessness. Now that I’ve been multiple times, the moves become muscle memory, but it’s cool to learn new moves every time!

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I highly recommend both these workouts! The studio I went to is called Wellness on the Green in Morristown NJ, heres the link! http://www.wellnessonthegreen.com/

There are also tons in the city to look up, enjoy!

xoxo,

Sarah.A