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5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PERFUME LAST LONGER

It's already fall but the heat is at an all time high here in the city! Usually during the winter I don't have much trouble with my perfume wearing off but these days, there have been so many moments during the day when I wish my perfume would last longer. The internet does offer a lot of suggestions, but some of them seemed impractical and unnecessary. So I went out and tested some of their tips during the course of this week, and narrowed it down to 5 practical ways to make your perfume last longer! Let's get started!

1.) Dab Vaseline on your pulse points before you spray your perfume on. 

So when I first saw this tip, I was hesitant to try it out because it seemed unnecessary. But after I dabbed a little bit of vaseline on my wrists and neck before spraying my perfume on, I found the fragrance to have lasted longer throughout the day! I just dab a little on my finger, then my pulse points, and then moisturize my lips while I'm at it... why not? It's a win win situation! The ointment will hold the fragrance on your skin longer than if you were to spray your perfume on dry skin... which leads me to my next tip!

2.) Moisturize your skin before you spray your perfume on. 

Making sure your skin is super moisturized will really help in your fragrance lasting longer on your skin! Apply an unscented lotion after your shower before you spray some of your perfume on. Oily skins help retain the scent of your perfume significantly better than dry skins. This tip also helps me to keep my skin moisturized at all times! And if you naturally have oily skin, consider it a blessing when it comes to your scent lasting longer!

3.)  Know where your pulse points are. 

Knowing where your pulse points are, is also really effective when wanting your perfumes to last longer on your skin. The pulse points are the areas of your body where you can feel the heart rate through the blood vessels close to your skin. They're also the warm areas of your body so the heat releases the scent of your perfume effectively. I like to just do dab on my wrists, behind my ears, and along my throat. There are suggestions out there to also spritz some on your mid drift and ankles, but I found these areas to be unnecessary. 

4.) Do NOT RUB your wrists or neck together but SIMPLY DAB. 

When I was younger, I used to rub my wrists and neck together after spraying on my perfume. Luckily, I didn't do this for too long! But it is imperative to NOT rub your wrists together or else it will force the top notes of the scent to disappear quicker. When you rub, it break downs the molecules of your perfume, making it smell completely different than intended. So if anything, I just like to very lightly dab my wrists and neck so the perfume isn't dripping down my arms and neck. 

5.) Store your perfume properly. 

I know I've talked about this briefly in my previous post, "The Shelf Life of a Perfume" , but it is very important to store your perfume properly! Don't store it in the bathroom or right by the window because heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality of the fragrance. Instead, store them right on top of your shelf (away from the window) or on top of your vanity in a dry and cool place. 

This is why the tip of applying your perfume right after your shower was a bit impractical for me. They say that spraying some of your perfume in the bathroom before your body cools down, is effective (which I don't doubt!) but because I store my perfume in my room it was an unnecessary tip for me. ANOTHER TIP: Store your perfumes on a tray or cake holder for decorative purpose as well! 

And there we have it! These are the 5 tips I personally found effective for me. I hope you've enjoyed them all and let me know which ones worked for you!  

Styling & Photography by: Jito

 

 

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3 PRODUCTS TO A CLEAN FACE

So, I've done a double cleansing post before but I thought it be nice to do a post just about the best products to get rid of all the dirt and makeup off your face. As important as actually cleansing my face is, getting rid of all my makeup and dirt is equally important to me. These 3 products (plus a surprise product at the end) are the start to healthy, glowing skin because it prompts us to properly remove all our makeup. This leaves our faces as clean canvases for those great serums and moisturizers to do its work. So lets get started!

1.) BOSCIA'S MAKE-UP BREAKUP CLEANSING OIL

This product is great for effectively and gently melting away all makeup without leaving an oily residue on the face. A lot of the times, cheaper cleansing oils have the tendency to leave your face feeling even oiler and even dirtier than before. The Boscia however, is formulated with botanical amino acids and antioxidants which leaves the face feeling smooth and free of all impurities. It also breaks down waterproof mascara, wonderfully leaving you without raccoon eyes. I like to use 3 pumps on my dry face and rub it gently around my skin and then add 2 more pumps for the eye area. Make sure to wash away this cleansing oil with warm water and go in for a double cleansing with your facewash of choice. 

2.) MUJI'S SIMPLE OIL CLEANSING

Prior to trying out this cleansing oil, I had never thought to use the skincare line from MUJI. But after using this, I'm a huge fan of the skincare products they offer! I've always been a fan of ALL their minimalistic packaging and products (especially their pens), but their skincare products are cost-efficient and very gentle to the skin. I purchased the travel sized version and a good thing about their travel sized cleansing oil is that, not only is the bottle smaller to carry around, but it has a lid that actually shuts completely. Although I love the Boscia cleansing oil, it is a bit more expensive and their travel sized bottle does not have a lid that closes completely. MUJI's cleansing oil is equally gentle and soothing for the skin. I just use the same steps as I do for the Boscia cleansing oil by starting on my dry face and working my way towards the eyes. 

3.) CAUDALIE'S CLEANSING WATER

Now this product is not oil based. Although I highly recommend removing moderate to heavy make up with an oil based product, I do recommend cleansing water or micellar water for those who don't wear heavy makeup. The whole purpose of cleansing water is that it is used as a one step cleansing process. Caudalie's cleansing water gently cleanses and tones the skin with its nourishing and natural ingredients. Caudalie is a vineyard-inspired, luxurious skincare company that originated from France. All you have to do is apply this cleansing water to a cotton pad, and smoothly apply it across the face and eyes. There's also no need to rinse your face after using this, which may appeal to those who are looking for an easier skincare routine. Personally, I like to go ahead and double cleanse with an actual face wash but for those lazy nights, this cleansing water is ideal. 

And there we have the top 3 products I found to wonderfully cleanse the face, free of any makeup and dirt. It is crucial for me to properly remove all makeup before I sleep so I do recommend any of these products especially if you have sensitive skin. I also wanted to make a brief mention of a cleansing wipe. 

HONORABLE MENTION: NEUTROGENA CLEANSING WIPES

The Neutrogena cleansing wipes have been my go to makeup remover for the past 2 years before I transitioned into using cleansing oils. Although I do not use these wipes on a daily basis anymore, I still love to use them for when I travel (travel efficient) as well as for removing any left over heavy eye makeup. The wipes are not abrasive and have a sufficient amount of product on each wipe which makes for a nice, fresh wipe. 

And there we have it! These 4 products are all lovely products I rely on for a clean makeup free face! I hope you enjoyed and let me know what you think of any of these products once you've tried them out. 

Photography & Styling: Jito

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DIY BEAUTY FACE MASK

After moving to NYC recently, I've noticed how the polluted air has taken a toll on my skin. As much as I absolutely love the city, I am not a fan of how my skin has reacted to the constant dirt and heat here! So today, I thought I'd show you a simple DIY face mask I love to put on for hydration and to cleanse the oiliness off from all the sweat and dirt. Of course, I love using sheet masks as well but this DIY is gentler for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

YOGURT, LEMON, & HONEY MASK 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 TBSP of plain yogurt (no low-fat or fat free)
  • 1 TBSP of honey
  • 1 tsp of lemon

HOW TO:

  • Mix the honey with the yogurt.
  • Wash the lemon, cut in half and squeeze the juice into the mixture.
  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Smooth mixture over your face avoiding the eyes.
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and gently wash off.

You can alter how much of each ingredient you put in depending on how you like the consistency of your masks! 

BENEFITS:

  • Yogurt has cleansing and healing properties. It nourishes the skin but at the same time can act as a chemical peel due to the acid components in it.
  • Lemon soothes the skin tone and lightens dark marks! It has tons of Vitamin C and also works as an exfoliator.
  • Honey has antibacterial components which helps fight acne and is extremely soothing to the skin. This is great for sensitive skin!

So whether you're in desperate need to hydrate your skin or you just simply want to pamper yourself, this is a great no fuss and gently DIY face mask. Just an FYI it be best not to use fat free or low-fat yogurt... just plain yogurt will do! It also tastes and smells wonderful which never hurts, right? Enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito




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THE SHELF LIFE OF A PERFUME

Have you ever looked at your perfume (years after you've bought it) and wondered if it was still okay to use? I've done that countless times and each time, I'd just shrug my shoulders, think "it'll be alright", and put it back on my shelf. Recently, I've discovered that similar to makeup products, manufacturers have put a little sign on the bottom to provide a shelf life. 

Ever wonder what that little container and lid sign with numbers in it stood for, on the very right? The "36 M" means that the perfume is good for 36 months after you've opened the perfume. So converting that to years, that would be 3 years of shelf life. I remember when I first discovered this, it blew my mind. They also have that sign on certain makeup products which is extremely helpful to know! 

TIP: Store your perfume somewhere dark and cool (especially if the bottle is clear!). If exposed to sun, the heat will break down the chemical bonds that contribute to a perfumes scent. If your perfume bottle is dark or opaque, it can be left out but I would still avoid placing it near a window. 

So of course, the number in the container and lid sign is just what the manufacturers think is best for the particular product. This isn't like milk, that actually expires on the given date. However, I do think it is best to try to use it up in the time span they give you, toss it out, and purchase a new scent. They always have lovely new scents out every season anyways, right? 

So, don't forget to store your perfume in a dark place away from heat, and when spritzing it on yourself don't rub the scent on. Just a little dab will do! Now go check your perfumes shelf life (if you didn't know this little tip already) and enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito

 

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{BEAUTY} DOUBLE CLEANSING

Is double cleansing worth it? That's a question I've been asking myself, friends, and the internet countless times. And I've come down to the conclusion that: YES, it is worth it and necessary, especially if you wear makeup.

So what is double cleansing? Double cleansing originates from Japan and its when you use a cleansing oil to remove any dirt or makeup before you go ahead and wash your face with a face wash/scrub/foam. 

Now of course these are all just my thoughts, but I've found that double cleansing with another cleansing oil, cleansing water, or cleansing milk not only takes away all the makeup and dirt but it also softens and moisturizes your skin. I find this process of cleaning your face first with an oil before you wash your face again with a face wash, crucial (more so if you wear makeup). 

FIRST STEP: I've discovered that even after using a makeup remover wipe, gently massaging your face with a cleansing oil will effectively soften and brighten your skin. Pictured to the left, I have the Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, which is gentle to the skin and removes ALL makeup.  

Other cleansing oils I've tried are Boscia's Makeup- Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil and Clinique's Take the Day off Cleansing Oil. Both of those also do a fabulous job in removing ALL makeup yet nourishing the skin. (You can purchase these at Sephora.) But if you're looking for a cheaper alternative Botanic's All Bright Gently Cleansing Cream or this Garnier one also does a great job. (You can purchase the cheaper alternatives at Target.)

SECOND STEP: After this step of removing dirt or makeup with an oil, I like to go ahead and use a face wash that makes my face feel completely clean. I've prepared my skin for this next step by using the cleansing oil, so I know my face will be free from any leftover makeup or residue. 

Pictured above I have the Laneige Brightening Sparkling Water Foam Cleanser. This face wash is unlike any other I've tried because of its mousse like consistency but I've really been enjoying it. Next time, I'll have a post about reviewing just face washes.

So, wash away and enjoy a clean face!  

Photography & Styling by: Jito  

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{DIY NAILS} OMBRE SPARKLED NAILS

I love sparkles! And I know a lot of women love sparkly things as well, especially on our nails. So, I thought it be fun to combine designs like ombre and sparkles into painting nails! It's not as difficult as it sounds so if you have an extra 10 minutes, this is just the nail art for you! 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • a very pale pink nail polish (I used ESSIE 'WRAP ME UP')
  • a purple metallic nail polish (I used ESSIE 'NOTHING ELSE METALS')
  • a sparkly nail polish (I used ESSIE 'HORS D'OEUVRES')
  • a clear polish
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HOW TO:

1.) Apply a clear base coat to your nails. I used Sally Hansen's Ultiamte Shield (base and top coat) because I like to just have my base and top coat all in one bottle, but you could use any clear polish.

2.) After, apply one coat of the pale pink (close to an off white color) on to your nails. Wait for it to dry and then apply a second coat.

3.) On the tips of your nails, apply a thin coat of the metallic polish. It doesn't have to be perfect because we'll be going over it with the sparkles. Make sure the tip is not just a thin line but be generous!

4.) Starting from the tip of the nails, start to apply the sparkly nail polish and work your way down to the middle of your nails. You can continue a little past the middle with a few sparkles for the ombre look. You can go over the tips of your nails with more sparkly polish if you wish!

5.) Finally, apply a generous coat of your top polish so it looks extra polished. VOILA!

Enjoy your sparkly nails... but don't get too distracted by them like how I did! Enjoy & au revoir! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito