7 steps to beat the peel

My skin is very sensitive and usually prone to redness and dryness during the seasonal changes (summer to fall…fall to winter or even spring to summer.. )

if your skin fits the bill, then you probably going to need to step up your skin care regimen

The trick for me is gentle exfoliation and hydration masks.. I said masks and not creams…no matter how tick and hydrating, creams are just too weak for me …

1 – GENTLE mechanical  exfoliants :

I said gentle! Your skin is already irritated and peeling, so be gentle…I tend to oscillates between mechanical exfoliants like Foreo or Clarasonic with some gentle mousse and chemical ones

 I use the Foreo Luna 2 with the Nutriganics foaming face wash from the body shop . This face wash is so gentle that it doesn’t irritate my skin, but it’s not strong enough to exfoliate the skin , using it along the Foreo is the perfect combo, but be aware of not to use the foreo as instructed for the full 1 minute.. I find it very aggressive… I only use it for 20 to 30 seconds for my whole face… otherwise it will irritate your skin and make you breakout.

 

2-GENTLE Chemical exfoliants :

The best chemical exfoliant I used up until now has to be the CURE natural aqua gel… it’s a water like texture,  leave it on your skin for a minutes before you start gently rubbing off the dead cells from your face until there is no more…it’s a magical and a very satisfying routine…

3 – Facial lotion or essence

This is an Asian trend that I got into last year, and I find it to be a very pleasant experience after washing my face that replaces the regular European toner step.

These are usually nonalcoholic toner like products; they are rich in hyaluronic acid or other components that you can find in high end brand’s serums. I recommend the Rohto Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion.

Fun fact : you can actually wet some thin cotton pads with the Hada Labo lotion and use it as a facemask

4- Face masks

You can definitely, make some hydrating DIY face masks. But, honestly I just order mine from Amazon by the bulk. It’s easier and cheaper J

I use the tony molly sheet masks, my favorites are the Aloe Vera, Tea tree and the rice one. With that being said, I do like them all and I take them with me wherever I go, even on airplanes.

For best results, I recommend sleeping in these sheet masks, they are very gentle that they won’t irritate your skin…I recommend you do this everyday when you skin needs it .. but take caution to overwhelm your skin with nutrients otherwise it can have a counterproductive effect …After your skin is feeling better , take it down a notch to 2 or 3 times a week for prevention purposes.

5- Serums

For days when you are not using a sheet mask, I recommend using serums after your facial lotion and before your night cream.

I recommend these two serums from the ordinary and Estée Lauder …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 – Night Cream or oil

A heavy night cream is a must for winter…the lotion is great for locking instant hydration from the washing ,the serums are full packed with nutriants and the cream will lock in everything and let your skin absorb and repair itself during the night… so don’t skip this important step.. I alternate between  the good night cream from Elizabeth Arden and Rétinol 1 TR by Medik8

 

 

 

 

7 –  Biafine topical emulsion

is a water-based emulsion formulated for the dressing and management of superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd degree burns, including sunburns, and radiation dermatitis.

Yep! The secret weapon, I once had my face completely fried by the climate changes.. it was red, scally, super dry to the point I couldn’t smile comfortably.. the only thing that helped was Biafine..applied religiously day and night for 2 days.. and my skin was as good as new

Disclaimer: I am not a professional or an expert, I am just sharing my experience from what it works for me with you all

Side notes:

  • Try investing in a humidifier for it is the only thing that can counter the drying effect of the heater in the winter
  • Try sipping on regular, flavored water or tea at all times of the day
  • Don’t forget about your eyes, you can use most face masks, serums on the eye area, but you need to invest in a good eye cream for optimal results
  • Use a good UVA sunscreen in winter; the aging rays are always there even when you can’t see them
  • If you can, invest in a satin pillow case, for it is much gentler on the hair and the skin than cotton ones

Also, if all fails, please seek a professional’s help.

Laser is the new waxing

I don’t know a single girl who wasn’t or isn’t interested in today’s topic:

Hair laser removal! It has been around for quite a while now ( since the 90’s really) but still sometimes you just don’t get around to try it and see what the hype is all about…

No worries! I’ve got you Girlfriend!

What is Hair laser removal?

“The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis (SPTL), the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to obtain optimal effect on a targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissue. Lasers can cause localized damage by selectively heating dark target matter, melanin, in the area that causes hair growth, the follicle, while not heating the rest of the skin.”  – By Wikipédia

Basically, the laser attacks melanin which is what  gives your hair that black color, without damaging the white surface ( that’s why you are not supposed to tan before getting the treatment done).

The whiter you are and the darker your hair , the faster you hair will disappear…otherwise you’re just going to need more sessions and special laser waves if your skin is darker…

 

Why not IPL (Intense pulsed light)?

Without going too deep into the science, it’s just like laser but the intensity of the light is way less strong and that’s why it’s safe to be used by estheticians and at home.

I did  try it at home, and didn’t like it ! It’s painful, tedious and takes a lot of maintenance time and the results don’t even last for a month.

The machine i tried for a year!!

Why did I decide to do it?

Praise the lord, I’m not a very hairy person … with that being said, I hate seeing hair on my body, and it seems unhygienic to me… but if you are a girl who likes it all natural… More power to you girl ( I secretly wish I was you) . Long story short , it was economical and it made  sense

Waxing

In France, you have a lot of beauty centers if you are a wax girl, wich I was:

  • Subscription fees: 30
  • Subscription: 8/ month
  • Average visits: Every 3 weeks (Price: Around 34 euros )

 ((8*12) + 30) + (17,3 * 34) = 715 euros / year (EVERY YEAR!!) , give or take…

Hair laser removal:

  • Subscription fees: 0
  • Subscription: 0
  • Average visits: 5 or 6 every 2 to 3 months (Price: 140 euros)

6 * 140 =840 over the course of 2 years ( AND YOU ARE FREE FOREVER…. Well, not forever, in case you get pregnant or have any hormonal unbalance in the future. then you have to go back for one more maintenance session), but still WAAAAY better of a deal than waxing.

ADDED BONUS: Kiss those stubborn mother iffing ingrows goodbye!! No more of that ish…

How did it go?

Well I started with research, and did a lot of it until I found an affordable center. the first session was free… don’t worry it’s completely legit… the one I chose was called EPILIUM, it’s a center held by a dermatologist license, but the people who work there are technicians, but they are fully trained and they know what they are doing…

You can opt for a clinic but the bill is going to be a bit pricy, like double what I paid…

I booked a session on the phone and they gave me an appointment in the same week. The first session was a consultation to see your pain tolerance, what you wish to be done, prices, yati yati yata…

So basically, I started treatment in a couple of weeks after that , in Octobre 2015, I came prepared with an aesthetic cream that the technician recommended. Because on a pain scale of (Pussy to WonderWoman) ,I tested “Pussy to the bone” on my pain tolerance… so be aware of that.

Usually the session go quick ( and painless, if your anesthetic cream works), the expert draws on you with a white pen, so he will mark what areas to cover , and then starts treating the area with the machine .

Meanwhile, you begin to smell a strong smell of burnt biological matter in the air… that’s normal… it’s just your hair follicles getting fried 🙂

It takes me like 15 minutes tops and then i am  ready to go, hit the gym or do whatever i like as long as it doesn’t involve sun exposure…

If your area gets a little warm, just apply some BIAFINE on it and it should be fine the next day…usually they do it right after the treatment

Within the week, you might start shedding some hairs from the treated area. That’s your body letting go of the dead hair follicles that were zapped deep in the skin.

 

Never go out without sun screen!

Results?

Home girl ! You are good to go for at least 2 months with no razor or wax or iffing ingrows …After a year of treatment, i only go every 5 to 6 months…How crazy is that!!

Each time you do it, your hair grows back with 10% to 20% less hair.

 By the time your in for your last session, you will only be able to see fuzzies, but no real hair …

 

I tried Micro-pigmentation and here is what happened

Hello everyone

Today’s topic is something i wanted to try for a while now, and when i say a while… for a light browed girl like me…it means forever…

i never did though because i was afraidi would look like a freak. What if my eyebrows come out too dark, too thin, too fake, etc… that’s right brow blading.

Now im sure you have been mesmerised once or twice by videos on micro-blading ,or other technics on your Facebook or Instagram daily feed…

So for me it started with …huh! Interesting moment . But after one of the fews french bloggers that i follow posted a picture of her looking flawless WITH NO MAKEUP , only eyebrows and lash extentions done up…… I had to investigate 🙂 Luckily, for me she tagged the person responsible for her look ‘’BrowVision” .

I immediately contacted the page and Clara answered my calling. I booked her right away 3 weeks in advance, because girlfriend was overbooked…

On D-day, Clara came to my place, with an arsenal of heavy equipment, and she spent three and a half hours working on me ( the micro-pigmentation lasted 1h30 and the lash by lash extensions lasted 2 hours)

She’s started by plucking my eyebrows and giving me the perfect eyebrow shape for my face, i have to admit in the beginning it was scary i saw this big thin eyebrows, and if you know me you know that i like it thick (That’s what she said 😀 )

Anywho, later she explained that it should be thin in the beginning, cause once micro-pigmented, it will look  thicker and double the size of my brow, and if we go  any thicker than this the first time, it will be hilarious.

I trusted her and we begin the process, it was painful AF, i barely made it alive… she uses this thin needle filled with ink and make small holes on your eyebrow, the holes are superficial so its not like a tattoo, for the eyebrow only will last a year to a maximum of 3 years with an important fading rate… but that exactly what I wanted , no life time engagement, just enough time to figure out if its my thing or not.

at the end it did look fake but she said with in 3 days, it will fade away and by the 10th day 80% of the pigment will fade and then this will give her a base for our next session ( 4 to 5 weeks later) where we will decide the tickness and the gap filling for the next year to 3 years.

After treatment i had an event, so i took advantage of the heavy brow trend and put some dark lipstick on and looked fine actually…

Over all I loved having Clara , and even being on day 2 , i like my eyebrows and lashes they make me look put together even if i throw on only a lipstick ( even though i look grumpy in the picture).

Day 2 :

After 6 weeks:

Today it’s been like 6 weeks since my appointment with Clara and i still see results , i missed our free session to fill up the left over gaps and the flaky parts, but somehow i still feel like i don’t need it yet.

Over all, i don’t regret it… it absolutely save me time in the morning . I wake up and i am ready to go. Especially after the ink faded out a little bit and i dont look like the crazy evil bitch from Rosalinda… would i do it again… probably, but gonna wait for three years until science comes up with something new … but i’m keeping them brows on fleek until then…

Video :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMmS35J9vYk

PS : I am in no way sponsored or payed to say any of this, but here is Clara’s info.

 Clara’s email : browvision.contact@gmail.com

Clara’s instagram : BrowVision

I tested the keratin hair treatment

Keratin hair treatments , or smoothing treatments. Called smoothing because really, they are supposed to smooth out frizziness and give you nice silky shiny locks. But most people when they get a Brazilian blowout or a keratin treatment , they end up getting a straightening perm fused with some keratin…

I knew this before i’ve been there , done that and i’m about to tell you what happened…

The reasons why i wanted a keratin treatment were primarily :

  • Convenience. I wanted to wake up take a shower and get out of the door without having to glimpse at a blowdryer.
  • Manageability .I suffered immensely from the constant bleaching and dying over the years. Going from brunette to ombre hair, then blonde, going blonder, then back to brunette… My hair was really damaged and porous and it was difficult to manage at the end.

My hair type :

Now my hair is thin and wavy , and it’s relatively soft mostly…most of my entourage thought a keratin treatment was  a little too much.

what happened :

When i got the idea, i was in Morocco. So of course being the aries that i am , i wanted it to be done today before tomorrow…The hairdresser was a friend of the family and I have seen her work before on friends and family members. i bit the bullet and went for it , the process took 4 hours.

First she washes the hair with a cleansing shampoo to take all of the dirt and the residue of hair products.

And then she proceeds to applying the hair product. She used Brazilian afrokeratin from INOAR , yep ..i know! Its a little too strong for my thin hair but it went just fine.

 and lastely, she flat ironed the crap out of my hair until it was dry and pin straight. It looked ridiculous

at the end she asked me not to touch it with water or tie it  for 3 to 4 days , the longer i did it  the better, and to proof straighten it for the next 3 days… but she was nice enough to do it for me .. so i went back to see her for the next 3 days where she would re straighten my hair with the flat iron over and over… 

On day 4, i was suuuuper happy to wash my hair … i washed it and let it air dry and guess what it worked my hair stayed pin straight …. it was a little too lumpy and lacked some serious volume , but i was okay with it because what lacked in volume made up for it in shine and silkiness

Then things got ugly for a while, my scalp had an allergic reaction to the product, and started peeling !  So i called the hairdresser and she explained that she had this happen to most people with this particular product and there was nothing to worry about , it will go away after 2 or 3 days … and she was right, in the span of 2  days my scalp was fine and all the peeling has stopped

Results :

Perfect low maintenance hair…

After 6 months :

I had no problems what so ever , but after 6 months i noticed  my hair started thinning out a little , it wasn’t that bad and probably not even related to the treatment …but i just hated it, also my roots started to grow out wich . For me its not so bad because my hair is wavy so it gave me a little volume with out it being too obvious …

After a year :

After a year ,my hair was wavy and thick from the top of my hair and thin and pin straight from the ends and also started looking damaged with time …  it was expected in my case … because during this period i have never done a hair treatments or took care of my hair.

At the end of it all, i only had one choice wich is to get rid of the ends with the keratin on them, hence my brand new bob 

It was nice while it lasted, but all good things come to an end…

I tried the Kerastase Initialiste and here is what happened

My hair comes from a long history of abuse and split ends, it wasn’t always this bad but back in 2014 i hoped on the ombre wagon and never looked back  as i went blonder each month.

it was until my hair started thinning out and got super damaged that I…..WRONG ! I made it worst … i went and got a Brazilian blowout with keratin treatment …long story short my hair was basically shit .

This year after the Brazilian blowout faded a little bit i noticed my hair sheds even more , thinning out more and my hair line receding.

So the first thing i did was use a mix of some oils with some essential oils to help revitalise my hair and scalp a little.

But that was time consuming and messy since i had to have them in my hair over night every night if i wanted results faster…

Now,I still do these DIY treatments but not so often anymore #workingGirlProblems .

i thought and thought and then i remembered out of all the over the counter treatments i tried ,  the only one that really popped in my mind was kerastase initialiste advanced scalp and hair concentrate….its hard to explain why but i’ll try…

What not to expect:

  • Dont expect flawless thick hair after a couple of uses , it takes time .Like for me it was a month before i noticed my receding hair line filling up and my over all hair quality getting better
  • The product is formulated to make your hair healthier , that means no silky smooth or over the top fullness

What to expect:

  • It will enhance your natural hair texture over time, for me, having wavy burned thinning hair ,after 3 months of use , my hair texture is looking great honestly.
  • My hair is healthy, fuller, falling out less and i can wear it even with out a blow out and it looks decent. Note that i  only used it like 2 or 3 times a week tops.
  • Growth wise, it was okay…., for me the number one product to grow your hair is René Furturer RF80.
  • You still have to use your conditionner and hair treatment if you want silky smooth hair

Pros:

  • Definitely enhances your hair texture over time
  • Fills out baby hairs and receding hair line
  • Unique in the market

Cons:

  • Small bottle
  • Pricey

Purchased from Amazon France (about 34 euros).

If you live in France ,you can find better deals on Kerastase products online on websites like www.kalista-capillaires.com (leave a comment if you are interested in a sponsorship deal, i can get you 5 euros more off)

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