@Liketoknow.it Holiday Gift Idea

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Books for the princess in your house!

I absolutely love these books and so does my girls. I love them so much I’ve written a review about it. You can check it out here. I love how diverse they are and empowering. I believe these books are amazing.

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For the make up lover in your life you cannot go wrong with these items. They are affordable and super easy to use. These items were gifted to me.

The Sephora Collection Wild Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is a 16-pan eyeshadow palette in matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes ranging from wearable-neutral to rich-bold shades. From wearable nudes to rich browns and radiant golds, this eyeshadow palette can be worn day and night.

The Sephora Collection Wild Days Eyeshadow & Face Palette is a multi-palette that includes eight eyeshadows in matte and metallic finishes and three face powders to help you create your festive holiday look. These wearable matte and metallic eyeshadows can be worn with the included blush, bronzer, and highlighter to complete your look. The palette is also made out of a velvety material that feels luxurious to the touch. Personally I found the bronzer to be too light for me but perfect for a body shimmer or eyeshadow.

The Sephora Collection Wild Wishes Cream Lip Stain Set is a matte, liquid lipstick set with six bestselling full-size Cream Lip Stains for the price of two. This silky and long lasting liquid lipsticks are comfortable to wear thanks to the avocado-oil-infused formula. The high-coverage color glides on smoothly, drying with a stunning matte finish. Try (or gift) this top-selling set for an experience that won‘t disappoint.

The Sephora Collection Under the Mistletoe #Lipstories Lipstick Set is a set of six full-size #LIPSTORIES Lipsticks in limited-edition shades perfect for the holiday season. This holiday-themed #LIPSTORIES set. Featuring six new, party-ready shades in creamy and metallic finishes, this set has something for everyone, making it the perfect gift for any beauty lover on your list. I absolutely love how creamy and smooth these lipsticks are.

#liketkit @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/31rdP whether you need some holiday glam or a gift for your favourite make up lover, Charlotte Tilbury is perfect for this season #LTKunder50 #LTKbeauty #LTKstyletip Shop your screenshot of this pic with the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app

I was gifted these items by Charlotte Tilbury and I fell in love. So much so that I made a whole vlog about it. Check it out here.

You can purchase all of these at Sephora and if you use Ampli you will get cash back. In fact, by using the code AMPLI5 you will receive $5 just for signing up.

What are you getting your loved ones?

retinol, the skin saver

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The last time I wrote about Hyaluronic Acid and that did pretty well so today I thought I’d blog about Retinol as part of my #nablopomo challenge. Even though, I’m not a dermatologist I believe that the best data can be found through research and personal experience. Once we have said data, we should be able to share those findings so that you as a consumer can make the right choice for your lifestyle.

I have heard about retinol for a while but it wasn’t until a few of my favourite skin care influencers and dermatologists started talking about retinol that I began to pay attention. As a Black woman, I was always under the impression that since I was Black my face would not crack if I simply washed my face and applied a moisturizer. Then I got older and realized that the signs of ageing do not discriminate simply because I’m black. Also, I realized I needed more than a cleanser and moisturizer to deal with my seasonal temperamental skin.

On a whim I bought Retinol from The Inkey List. I wasn’t expecting much but I knew that I didn’t want to settle for whatever my skin decided to do on any given day. Also, the price point was really good and I got cash back on my Sephora purchase by using a cash back app called AMPLI so of course I was in.

Ampli is a cash back app that I use to get cash back on my purchases. If you sign up using the code AMPLI5 you will get $5 without purchasing a thing. That’s just for signing up. What do you think about that?

Let’s go back.

What is retinol?

Retinol is an alcoholized version of Vitamin A. It is often used to treat Vitamin A deficiency, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. It is used in skin care to prevent wrinkles and take care of acne, which is right along my alley. More specifically, retinol is known to unclog pores, reduce acne breakouts as a result which therefore decreases acne scarring…because there are less acne appearing. It’s the catalyst to clearer skin so to speak. It’s also known for increasing the cell turnover rate which helps to show your best skin. If you’ve got some hyperpigmentation and/or dark spot, retinol might be a solution to try.

Some people may experience peeling and redness but that’s due to irritation which can be a side effect to retinol usage. Eventually, your skin will toughen up and build a tolerance to it. I personally did not experience irritation or peeling. Thank goodness.

I’ve just been using for a week so I haven’t really noticed much of a change to my skin, except for the hydration, and turns out that it can take up to 12 weeks to see the expected results. It’s also best to wear retinol at night to ensure that it’s not rendered inactive during the day. Not because of the sun but because we tend to do a lot with our faces during the day. As always consistency is king when it comes to long lasting change.

I bought The Inkey List Retinol Anti-Aging Serum from Sephora about two weeks ago. It comes in a white squeeze with black top. Everything about this packaging screams simple. It has no fragrance. The fluid itself has a gel like texture with a slight yellow tint. It’s quite thin for a gel-cream fluid. You don’t need a lot because a little goes a long way. I apply all over my face for an even finish right after using they hyaluronic serum. The serum has 1% retinol, 0.5% retinoid and squalane to hydrate and soothe.

Overall, I like it. The price point is perfect. The packaging is perfect. I can’t wait to see what my skin will look like.

Ampli is a cash back app that I use to get cash back on my purchases. If you sign up using the code AMPLI5 you will get $5 without purchasing a thing. That’s just for signing up. What do you think about that? There’s tons of places you can use it at not just Sephora. You should check it out.

Have you used retinol? How do you feel about it?

Fall Skin Care Products

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When it comes to body care, the weather change may cause our skin to change drastically. The older we get more changes we notice and the more care we must take. I know with all the information that’s out there, it can be hard to find the right body care products.

Personally, my skin is in love with moisture, hydration and…did I mention moisture? It is the only thing that can satisfy my stressed, damaged and simply overdramatic skin. This is why I look for products with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, shea butter and jojoba oil. All of these ingredients not only moisturize my skin but reinforce my skin barrier so that it can remain soft and healthy.

In my latest vlog, I mention my top 3 favourite body care products for Fall of 2020. I mention a fan favourite, a new found favourite and one that is from a Canadian Black Woman owned business.

Just because we aren’t heading outside doesn’t mean that our skin isn’t susceptible to the dry air in homes. This is mostly due to heater being on.

By all means check it out and let me know if your favourite made the list.

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Vitamins & Minerals For Healthy Skin

Hi there! Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I really appreciate it. I’ve decided to take part in NaBloPoMo which stands for National Blog Posting Month. This entails me to write a blog a day, everyday for the month of November and I’m hoping to actually to pull through and finish this challenge with the same enthusiasm that I have started it with.

Here’s a little disclaimer, there may be some affiliate links in this post and this is a win-win for the both of us. If you choose to click on those, you get to save some money, get awesome service and I get a little bit of money which in turn will help me do what I love most, which is supplying you with the most informative blog post so that you can live your best life. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me introduce you to some of the most life changing vitamins and minerals that will help keep your skin glowing all year long.

When it comes to healthy skin, we all want to appear like we have it together. We want that refreshed, rejuvenated and healthy looking skin. When we look our best, we feel our best. So many times, cosmetic brands will have us believe that we need to break the bank and get the most expensive thing on the shelf in hopes to get results that most people only have when they photoshop their photos. I’ve done it. Believe me, I’m not judging. But do you know that you can help your skin out by putting these vitamins and minerals in your body and not just on your face?

Collagen

If you’re over the age of 30, you may have started to see changes in your face. Some lines may have started to appear and signs of ageing are very apparent around the laugh lines and eye area. This is where collagen comes in.

Collagen is a protein that forms most of the connective tissues in our bodies such as muscle, ligament and skin. In the skin, it’s responsible for skin elasticity and hydration. Without it, you guessed it? The wrinkles get a VIP pass on our face. As we get older, the production of collagen decreases in our skin, hence the fine lines.

Collagen supplements such, as Collagen Lift Canada are great. I personally noticed that my face started to look better after a week of use. I just pop the vial and drink like a shot.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another skin superpower. These days it is not uncommon to see serums, cleansers and many other topical cosmetic products with Vitamin C as a part of their formula.

For the most part, it’s been known to boost our body’s immune system. But that’s not all it does. It stimulates the production of collagen and helps protects the skin from antioxidant due to UV rays. I told you it was a skin superpower. Here’s to fighting off bad germs and wrinkles.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are the ones we should thank for allowing us to stop stigmatizing the word fat. For awhile, I remember people not understanding that we all have fat and need fat to survive. It’s literally a part of our survival.

They are also a crucial part of our skin’s ability to have that healthy glow. You see, omega 3 helps to moisturize the skin and remove dry and itchy skin. This is because it helps the skin barrier function by keeping the moisture in the skin and keeping it from leaving. It’s like an entrapment for moisture in your skin. Furthermore, some researches proposed that they help the skin fight against the damages from the sun. So you see, fat is good for your skin.

Vitamin A

If you’ve heard of retinoids, then you’ve heard of vitamin a. These days it seems like everybody and their momma is hooked on retinoid or some form of it. And it’s completely understandable and justifiable.

When you ingest vitamin A, it goes through the liver and breaks down into retinol. Retinol(yes the very same retinol that Hyram talks about) is a key component is skin cell production. It speeds up healing, prevents breakout and supports the skin’s ability to defend itself against the toxins that it encounters on the regular. Believe me, it encounters a lot more than you would think. All of this is great news, if you’re looking to have acne-free, glowy looking skin.

I normally…

get all vitamins from Persona and I’m so happy that ever since I’ve been taking these I’ve noticed that skin looks better, I feel better and I generally am not too worried as much. As much as these vitamins are great for the skin, their function don’t just stop there. They are so multi funtional and purposeful when it comes to our general well-being and health.

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Is there any skin loving vitamins that I missed out on? Which vitamin or mineral do you swear by?

Let me know.

Easy DIY Fuschia Lip Colour

Hi there! Thank you so much for checking my blog. Your support is appreciated and I’m so glad you’re here. So many times I’m just in my bathroom experimenting with make up and I love it. I don’t always get the chance to do it because of my precious daughters’ need my attention but when I get the chance, I turn up and play with the colours I got. Just so you know, all opinions expressed are completely my own. Nobody is paying me to use their products are to talk about them. I bought it, I love it, I use it.

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#dontrushchallenge look

Why create your own lip colour?

I don’t know about you but I don’t always want to go out and buy a new lipstick simply because I need a colour that moment. In fact, I’m naturally a stingy person so I don’t like spending money. I’d rather invest creatively where my imagination can bring about something different. Turns out it’s actually easier to do than I ever thought.

The way I create a lip colour is very similar to highlighting and contouring my face. I prep my lip with a tint, I apply a base, I contour and then I highlight. I rub my lips and voila!

The Process

Below I created a video to better explain the way that I create this custom colour.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CB2zu88HYow/?igshid=1i1k8c8zz0dvc

The lipsticks used in this video are

  • Maybelline Bold Colorsational Midnight Blue 840,
  • NYX Cosmetic Butter lipstick Licorice,
  • Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Sultry 225,
  • Colorpop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick Flurries and
  • Manna Kadar liquid lipstick Lucky.

The key is go in light and add as needed. Otherwise, it’ll end up all over your teeth.

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I hope this video was helpful. What custom make up have you been experimenting with lately?