Social Distancing Activities: Self-Care Edition

With most of the country advised to stay indoors and practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, this is the perfect time to practice self-care to relax and treat yourself—especially during a time where everything feels unsettling and people may be feeling anxious. These are the 7 self-care rituals I have been practicing to cope. Continue reading “Social Distancing Activities: Self-Care Edition”

Product Review: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray

I have previously raved about my love for Living Proof hair products, namely that they have helped me wash my hair less (the bane of my existence). And now, I’d like to talk about another one of their products that has been an absolute lifesaver in helping me achieve my goals to wash my hair less often. I’m talking about the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray, aka the product that has revolutionized my hair routine. Continue reading “Product Review: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray”

How I Achieve the Glass Skin Trend

There was a Korean beauty trend that went around last fall called “glass skin,” which is essentially that your face looks “clear, poreless, translucent, [and] luminous—like a piece of glass.”

After I figured out how to clear my skin, I knew this was something I wanted to try without buying new skincare products that might not react well with my face. I’ve been wearing less makeup and have been loving the look of dewy skin (especially now that it’s winter and my face is dry). Here are the steps and products I use to achieve “glass skin.” Continue reading “How I Achieve the Glass Skin Trend”

How to Remove Gel Polish at Home Without Foil

Anyone who knows me knows I love nail polish and often paint my own nails at home. However, there are the occasional times where I will treat myself to a gel manicure. It’s the same cycle for me every time: I love how it looks, then get sick of it after a week and feel the urge to remove it. I normally peel it off, and I know it’s so bad for your nails, but I don’t think soaking your fingers in pure acetone is any better. My nails usually look scraggly and dry after I peel off the gel polish and takes about a week for them to recover.

I went to get a gel manicure recently and told myself I would have it taken off professionally, but decided to just do it myself at home. I researched different ways and many of them involved the technique of wrapping aluminum foil around each finger with an acetone-soaked cotton ball situated on the nail for 10-15 minutes (this is the method I use to remove glitter nail polish). To my dismay, I ran out of foil and it was too late to go out and buy some. I kept researching and found the answer to my request. I have tweaked it a little and it works like a charm. Behold, my new favorite way to remove gel nail polish at home. Continue reading “How to Remove Gel Polish at Home Without Foil”

How I Cleared My Skin

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to wear less makeup and focus more on skincare. I do not have perfect skin by any means, and I made it a point to figure out a skincare regimen that works for me.

A little background: I did not have any problems with my skin until I started wearing makeup in college. I developed bumps on my cheeks and had breakouts all over my T-zone, so I would wear two layers of foundation to make sure everything was covered. I also used to use skincare products specifically for oily skin, and even had a prescription for clindamycin as a topical solution for a few months. For the next five years, I was convinced that my skin was oily and tried to find the best products to ban any shine because oil = pimples. Or so I thought. Continue reading “How I Cleared My Skin”