Skincare IQ Class

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This last Sunday I was able to attend a skincare class at Sephora. The whole class was about getting to know your skin type and seeing what would well for your skin issues. Since it was pouring on Sunday we were about to have one on one time with the skincare experts. Usually when there is a full class there is one girl that gets all the demos done to her. But the other two girls and I were so lucky that we got to try out all the products that they recommended for us. I felt like I was at a spa by the luxurious skincare brands we got to try out. The girls that work there were so friendly and willing to share any tips and tricks they use.

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It truly was customized by our skin issues because the other two girls try out completely different things that I did. For myself I told my beauty expert Vanessa that my issues were some scaring and huge pores. She went and got some skin care products she thought would work wonders on my skin.

 

We first started with cleansers. They explained the importance on double cleansing because most of the time when we wash our face the dirt and makeup is still there. So the cleanser I tried out was the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Cleanser Gel. I loved that it was thick and once I began to massaged it in my pores started feeling refreshed.

Once we rinsed our faces we were given a mask to try out. The mask I got to try out was the boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment. All the beauty experts said that it has worked some miracles on people. They completely swear by this product, so I felt pretty lucky to try it. Once I washed that mask off after 15 minutes I completely understood what they meant. My face looked so luminous and bright after I wiped it off. When they experts saw my face after they were shocked and complimented me on how good my skin looked.

We quickly sprayed on some toner to make sure that when we moisturized everything would be absorbed into our skin. Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Facial Water had a wonderful fragrance that it made me feel like I was at a spa.

If that wasn’t pampering enough they introduced us to some moistures that were essential to our skincare routine. The moisturizer I used was the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation. It seeped into my skin quickly and was very light.

Something that the expert stressed was adding a eye cream to our routine. Once you turn 24 your skin stops producing collagen which starts aging your skin. Since they knew I was young they said that I have enough time to keep grandfather time from adding any fine lines to my face. So they recommended CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream. One tip they gave me was leaving it in the fridge so when I apply it the cool feeling will soothe my under eyes.

Another thing that keeps our skin from aging is some SPF. It is extremely important because even when its overcast you can get the rays shined on you. COVER FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is so light that you forget you have it on. It was my personal favorite because it had no fragrance to it.

Finally was the last step finding a BB cream or CC cream that work for us. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ was the one I tested out. I loved the coverage and when applied with a beauty blender it gave you such a natural finish.

Once we were done all the experts kept telling me that they were slowly seeing my face brighten up after each step we took and I couldn’t agree with them more. I felt so pampered and refreshed my skin truly thanked me. When my bf saw me he noticed a complete change as well as when I went into work today. Many of my co-workers said that I had a nice glow to my face and once I told them about the class they automatically signed up for the next one. I loved the whole experience especially because it was free that I know I’ll definitely be at the next one too.

Love,

Erika

 

Going Home

Sometimes when your life gets chaotic you just need to go home and hang out with your mom.

This weekend I went to go visit my mom, friends and family in the high desert. It been a year since I have gone home and it seems like a lot changed. There are new restaurant’s, grocery stores and schools that they recently built.

I wanted my trip home to be relaxing so I only planned to see my family. It has felt like years since I last seen them. So it was so nice catching up with them and having those moments when we are dying of laughter.

I also got to catch up with one of my old friends from middle school. She is one of the few friends that I decided to keep in contact with. The crazy part of it all is that we picked up right where we left off. We talked about what is going on with our lives and I caught her up with what our friends are up to now. My favorite part of our whole conversation was the old photos she brought of us. She showed me a photobooth photo strip that we had taken a long time ago.


I saw a photo of a young girl who was confident, happy and not afraid to be herself. As years went by that person was hidden away. The opinions of others made me want to reel that personality in. So I became quiet, shy and invisible so I would never stand out again. It that same reason why I hate people staring or looking at me.

After the weekend was over I was sad to leave. My home city is relaxed and so chill that time feels like its going by slow. When I’m in the living room watching my mom shows with her, my sister and our cats; it feels like I have never left. Saying goodbye to everyone was hard especially because I don’t know the next time I will see them. So I made two important goals that I want to work on and that is keeping contact with my family better. The second one is bring that person I hid away from people back. I want to radiate the confidence, happiness and personality my 12 year old self shared willingly with others. It won’t be easy and there will be a lot of walls that need to get knocked down in order for that to happen. But I’m willing to put in all the time and energy into it.

Erika