2018 Skincare Resolutions

2018 Skincare Resolutions

Happy new year everyone! Normally, I start the year by making a list of goals I want to accomplish rather than making traditional “resolutions.” Some of my goals are to write at least once a week, to move up a level in my dance classes, and to go on a trip to South America.

But this year I thought it would be fun to switch it up by making a few skincare resolutions! In a perfect world, I would never commit any “skincare sins” but I’m only human. So here’s my list of resolutions for 2018:

Always remove my makeup before bed.

My favorite product for removing makeup: Garnier Micellar Water

I know, I know. I love skincare so you’d think I would never forget to remove my makeup – but I’m not perfect! I’ve definitely come home late on a Saturday night and passed out without taking off my makeup. And while it’s not the end of the world to forget for just one night, I know I can do better! So I’ve decided to always keep a bottle of Garnier Micellar Water on my nightstand. No more excuses!

Never leave my house without Sunscreen.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is the closest I’ve come to finding my HG SPF!

This one has more to do with me not finding a sunscreen that both agrees with my skin and works well under foundation. The closest I’ve come is Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, but even that breaks me out after more than a week of using it. So I’m determined to make 2018 the year I find my Holy Grail SPF! Next week, I’m going to make a list of all the sunscreens that have broken me out and try to narrow down which ingredients my skin doesn’t like.

Take time to de-stress.

Stress has such a negative effect on my acne. I’ve certainly gotten better at keeping my stress under control (especially since graduating), but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still need to a take a giant chill pill almost daily. My stress is at it’s lowest when I’m crocheting, doing yoga, or dancing – so one of my resolutions is to do more of these things! Hopefully this will leave my skin clearer and my body more healthy!

Always patch test!

My stash of The Ordinary products that I’m dying to use – but I haven’t gotten around to patch testing them yet!

Sigh. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and I know I should always, 1000% patch test. No matter what. Period. Regardless of how excited I am to use a new product. It’s the best way to prevent irritation, rashes, or breakouts caused by using a product that doesn’t agree with your skin. I was pretty good with this in 2017, but I had that one moment when I was so excited for Glossier’s sunscreen launch that I used it every day with patch testing. I found out the hard way that my skin hates silicone!

Clean my brushes more often.

Makeup brushes accumulate bacteria, dust, and dirt. So when you don’t clean them enough you’re putting that grime all over your face and undoing all the hard work of your Skincare routine! Bonus reason to clean you brushes: it also keeps them softer and allows for better color application.

I typically clean them with baby shampoo and water since it’s gentle on the bristles. But I need to get better at washing them at least every other week. I recently purchased Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner spray so that I can also do a more surface-level cleaning every day. Best of all: it contains tea tree oil which not only kills the germs on brushes, but is also great for your skin!

And while we’re here, a quick PSA about BeautyBlenders: wash that thing! After throwing away a few moldy beautyblenders, I’ve gotten much better about cleaning them. I rinse mine with dish soap every morning (preferably Dawn. If it’s gentle enough for baby ducks then it’s gentle enough for my beautyblender!). For an even deeper clean, I’ll throw it in a mug of soapy water and microwave it for 1 minute. It works, I swear! I haven’t had a moldy beautyblender once since I started doing this.

Aaand fin! Those are my 5 top skincare resolutions for 2018. I have a game plan for most of them so hopefully I’ll be able to stick to it. What are your resolutions this year? Are they skincare related or just personal?

2017: My Favorite Products!

2017: My Favorite Products!

2017 has been a great “beauty” year for me. Working in beauty has allowed me to try out and compare so many different products. These are the products I tried for the first time this year that I absolutely loved!

The Ordinary: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

What is it?

The Ordinary as a brand is probably the best thing to happen to me in 2017. Because what’s not to love? They’re effective, straightforward about their ingredients, and their prices are outrageously affordable compared to other brands. So going on a “The Ordinary” skincare haul is guilt-free! My favorite product of theirs is the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. Both ingredients work together to reduce blemishes and balance sebum activity.

Why do I love it?

Well, for starters, all of the reasons I listed above! Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has truly changed my skin. I apply it every night and I don’t find it too drying or harsh. I had noticeable results withing just a week of using it and now, after 10 months, my PIH is almost completely gone, the texture of my skin has improved, and my skin tone has really evened out! Best of all, I’ve gotten less breakouts since using it!

Lime Crime Unicorn Dye in Chestnut

What is it?

This past October, Lime Crime released a line of semi-permanent Unicorn Dyes that work for brunettes! No bleaching or lightening necessary. They released 4 colors for brunettes: Chestnut (maroon), Squid (purple), Sea Witch (teal), and Gargoyle (grey).

Why do I love it?

I refuse to bleach my hair, which means I’ve never been able to dye it fun colors (after many failed attempts at dying my hair with Manic Panic, I’d all but given up having fun hair). But Lime Crime’s launch for brunettes has changed that! I purchased Chestnut, a maroon color and it actually worked on my dark brown hair. While the color isn’t as vibrant on dark hair as it would be on lighter hair, the color definitely shows up. It’s supposed to wash out over the course of 2 weeks, but it’s been over a month and the dye is still there! Once this color finally washes out, I’ll be moving on to Sea Witch, a teal color.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

What is it?

It’s a cleanser made up of Micelles (tiny cleansing oil molecules) suspended in water. You simply shake the bottle, pour it on a cotton pad and gently use it to remove makeup and cleanse your face. Best of all, it can replace your cleanser – no need to rinse after (unless you prefer to double cleanse)!

Why do I love it?

It’s a easy and effective way to remove makeup. It makes my skin feel hydrated and it absorbs into my skin quickly (unlike Albolene Mineral Oil which I used to remove my makeup prior to Micellar water). I like to keep it on my nightstand so that, no matter how tired I am, I never have an excuse to skip on removing my makeup.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24H Foundation

What is it?

An oil-free, medium-coverage foundation that promises a matte finish and up to 24 hours of wear.

Why do I love it?

I’ve heard great things about this foundation for a while, but I finally decided to give it a try this year after my old foundation suddenly started making my face look too shiny. Lancome’s Taint Idole foundation has great coverage without feeling heavy or oily on my skin. It also is very long-lasting, although I haven’t dared to test the 24-hour theory (15 hours seems to be true so far, though). But most of all, it really does look matte on my oily skin!

 

Thanks for following along! I loved all of these products so much and I’m happily keeping them with my in 2018.

What were your favorite products of 2017? Is there anything you’re dying to try in 2018?

Levitate: A Beauty Blog

Levitate: A Beauty Blog

Levitate (v.): to rise; especially in seeming defiance of gravitation.

Hi everyone! This is my first ever post, so it’s probably a good idea to introduce myself and the blog. I’m Becca and I’m from New York. I studied Fashion Business and I work in beauty.

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I love playing with all things skin care and makeup. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding the perfect serum to battle my acne or stumbling upon the darkest, most smudge-proof liquid liner.

I’ve dealt with breakouts nearly my entire life, and my stress levels didn’t help. Up until this past May, I was in school and working full time. I was busy beyond belief and I felt like I didn’t have enough time to eat and sleep, let alone enough time to de-stress. But since graduating, I’ve made myself more of a priority and my skin has improved significantly! And, yes, some of this improvement also has to do with me getting more serious about finding a skincare routine 5 years ago.

But to me, the most important steps in any beauty routine start from the inside: practice self-care, self-love, and supporting others.

While my skin has improved a lot over the past 5 years (and even more over the past 6 months), it’s still far from perfect. There are some days I feel comfortable enough to leave my apartment without foundation, but on other days I still get breakouts, or have dry skin, and sometimes my face is an oily mess.

The purpose of this blog is to lift each other up and to lift up ourselves.  To not only work toward our skincare/makeup goals and experiment with fun products, but also to become more comfortable and accepting of ourselves as we are. While we may not be able to control every aspect of our skin, we can control the way we see and feel about ourselves.

So, I present to you the official Levitate Beauty Routine:

  1. Self-Care: Self-care is anything you do to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. For me, that’s playing with beauty, dancing, crocheting, trying a new cocktail, traveling the world, or reading a Stephen King book (preferably with a sheet mask and a glass of wine). For me, self-care has had the added benefits of improving some of my stress-induced flare ups of acne and psoriasis.
  2. Self-Love:  We’re often our own worst enemy, focusing on our flaws and things we wish we could change. One of my biggest challenges is learning to get along with my skin! As much as I try to, I don’t always have full control over my skin; however, I can control how I react to it and how I treat myself. And let me be clear: Self-love doesn’t mean giving up. It doesn’t mean I’m putting down my masks and serums!! But self-love means I can stop blaming myself for every thing “wrong” with my skin. It means I can feel good about myself, regardless of what challenges my skin throws my way.
  3. Support others: Help others learn to love themselves. We all know how difficult the self-love thing can be, so give people around a boost. Give genuine compliments often. Comfort people that need it. Be generally kind to each other.  Is it cheesy to write, “be the change you want to see in the world”? I’m writing it anyway.

While this blog will cover mostly skin care and makeup related things, I would also love to sprinkle in posts related to travel, exploring my city, and other things that relate to how I practice self-care.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you follow me through the rest of my journey!