My Favourite Face Mists

Whether it’s hydration, brightening or calming effects that you need, a facial mist is always a great way to wake up your skin.

I personally love using facial mists before applying a moisturizer, after showers and after my workouts but these bottles of miracle liquid also serve as a nice pick-me-up throughout the day. However it’s important to know what you’re actually spraying on your face because depending on the ingredients, each face mist will act differently on your skin. That’s another long post that I could write about so let me know in the comments or by Instagram DM (@haleyestradaa) if it’s something you’d like to see!

For now, here are a few of my favourite (tried and true) facial mists…

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

This oil-free spray is formulated to replenish the skin’s moisture level and serves as a great skin refresher. I use this spray before applying my nightly skincare, before my daily moisturizer and right after workouts. I’ve found that this spray really keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day, but especially if I apply the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel Cream afterwards. This is a very affordable face spray, retailing at $32CAD for 125mL at Sephora.

Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

Mad Hippie has taken Hyaluronic Acid treatment to another level with this plumping and smoothing face spray. This spray includes the ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate which plumps and moisturizes the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Other contributors include Vitamin C, Green Tea, Pomegranate Seed Extract and many other natural ingredients. I apply this spray to my hands and then pat it onto my face before my Vitamin C Serum (also from Mad Hippie) and it leaves my skin feeling glowy, plumped and smooth as ever. You can find their affordable range of natural products at Urban Outfitters or on the Mad Hippie website.

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist

This is an essence and a toner in one that works to replenish moisture and reduce the appearance of pores. The name is no joke because honestly this spray leaves my face dewy throughout the entire day! I use this one all the day underneath the rest of my skincare and on top of a makeup look for a glowy finish. This once again is an affordable spray, going for $34USD on the Saturday Skin website.

What are some of your favourite face mists? Comment them below! 💕

Xoxo,

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6 Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing During Winter

With colder than ever temperatures and low humidity levels Winter is one of the worst times for our skin. That’s why it’s super important for us to be pro-active and take care of it before cracking, flakiness, and irritation starts.

  1. Wash in luke warm water rather than hot. Using hot water strips your skin of oils that are essential to keeping it hydrated and glowing. Lukewarm water will prevent this from happening and will result in more hydrated skin.
  2. Moisturize right after your showers or baths and face washes. If you apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin it locks in the hydration.
  3. Use oil-based moisturizers instead of water-based. Your skin requires more oils in the Winter due to the colder weather.
  4. Don’t forget to use SPF. You may think that because there are clouds in the sky the sun can’t get you but you’re wrong! The rays of the sun are hitting you no matter what’s in the sky and if there’s snow on the ground then the reflection of light can cause even more skin damage.
  5. Drink water! This is a little obvious, but something that people tend to do less in cold weather because they turn to teas and coffees for quenching their thirst.
  6. Exfoliate your skin one to two times a week. Dead skin builds up quickly and requires attention, so don’t forget to rub it off with an exfoliator a couple of times a week.

What do you do to keep your skin glowing in the Winter time? Share your ideas in the comments below!

xoxo,

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The Eye Cream That I Swear By

It wasn’t until I discovered Rodan + Fields that I started using eye cream, but boy am I happy that I did! A lot of people think that eye cream is only necessary for “aging” skin and only works as an “anti-aging” product but that is far from the truth. The eye cream that I swear by and use every single day not only works to reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet (which I do not yet have) but it also reduces puffiness and darkness underneath the eye. That’s exactly what I need as a student juggling work, full-time classes, blogging, YouTubing and a social life! Phewf!

I’ve been using the Rodan + Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream for an entire year now and I’ve had dark circles or puffiness under my eyes probably 3 times out of the whole year (due to reasons besides fatigue). My under-eye areas are not a huge problem anymore and I definitely don’t feel the need to apply concealer all the time.

If you hold back from including eye cream in your skincare routine now, I guarantee it’ll be a problem area later on in life. Taking care of each part of your face is crucial at every stage of your life and in my opinion, as a 19 year old I feel like my skin is in its prime and I should be doing everything I can to keep it this way! Eye cream is just as important as moisturizing your face to prevent dehydration and future wrinkles.


If you’re interested in trying out this eye cream you can shop it here!

xoxo,

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The Importance of Removing Your Makeup at Night

We’ve all been there, done that. Removing your makeup can become a chore after a long day and unless you know the real reason behind the task you probably won’t do it. Even if it is just a swipe of mascara or a couple dabs of concealer, by leaving it on your face overnight you’re doing more harm to your skin than you think!

I’m no dermatologist but I do know a thing or two about proper skin care, so here’s what can happen when you don’t remove your makeup before bed.

CLOGGED PORES

You don’t need to be an Einstein to know this one! Your makeup collects environmental bacteria throughout the day so it’s obvious that if you don’t wash it off it will most likely be seeping deep into your pores.

ACNE

In follow up to the clogged pores issue, the bacteria that sits on and eventually in your skin can cause acne to form. The solution for this is as simple as using a facial cleanser!

DEHYDRATION & DULLNESS

A lot of the makeup that we wear has drying effects because it’s not meant to sit on your face permanently. Facial coverage makeup like primers, concealers and foundations are probably the worst out of all for your skin if you’re sleeping in them. They’re thick, often oil-based and completely block your pores. Your skin has a certain routine to renew itself and if it’s clogged with product then it definitely can’t do its job! If your skin can’t breathe properly then you’re likely to see a dehydrated and dull face in the morning.

WHAT ABOUT EYE MAKEUP?

Believe it or not, eye makeup can still do damage while you sleep. Unless you stay in one position the entire night, you’re bound to rub your eyes on your pillows or even with your hand. Smudging the eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara into your eye and all around can cause a lot of irritation which might lead to puffiness, redness, and even small bumps. If the makeup happens to clog the oil glands or hair follicles then bacteria can form and result in styes and inflammation.

A MAKEUP REMOVER TO TRY

Over my years of wearing makeup I’ve tried a few different removers, but one of them has continuously impressed me. I have combination skin and it’s also quite sensitive so this remover is gentle, oil-free, and works like a charm for regular and waterproof makeup.

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Rimmel London – Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

So what will it be…facial cleanser or blackheads, acne, dehydration, and dullness?! What are your thoughts on removing your makeup before bed? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

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Resources

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/a35556/why-is-sleeping-in-makeup-bad/

https://www.neutrogena-me.com/en/expert-centre/makeup/importance-removing-your-makeup-going-sleep