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Does price really matter when it comes to Skincare?

Rose Facial Serums! The Good, The Bad and The Acne!

Hello everyone and welcome back! Today I want to talk about skincare. Does price matter? Is there a difference in quality based on that price? I'm going to answer all that and talk a bit more about why. Keep in consideration this is all based on my opinion, my skin and how it's effected me. I've decided now that I receive BoxyCharm every month and get products at higher price points than I can afford, I felt like starting a new series on my website. We're going to compare prices on varying beauty products. 
Today we're starting with Rose Facial Serums! The Good, The Bad and The Acne! Over the last 6 months, I have been putting two Rose oil facial serums to the test! One is budget friendly, and the other is not. Depending how much you're willing to drop on skincare that is... 

Let's start with the budget friendly rose oil first. Packaging is beautiful, glass jar and glass dropper. It feels very nice for a more inexpensive product. I've been using the Province Beauty oil for a little over a month. I believe it's the World Market in-store brand. I got mine at Marshall's for $6.99, they have it for $12.99 on the World Market website. I'll make sure everything is linked. Everyday I would wash my face using the Clean and Clear, Oil Free Acne Face Wash. Once I pat my face dry I use a few drops of the Province Beauty rose oil and press it into my face a neck. At first I really liked it, not overly fragranced and sunk into my skin really well. Within a week I was getting breakouts. I thought they might be hormonal, so I continued with the routine. After a month, my acne was pretty bad so I stopped using the oil and after a week my face calmed down considerably. I've been using it on my body and it's been working really well with my dry skin. I definitely wouldn't suggest using this on your face if you're prone to acne! Yes, I know the bottle says it's for body and hair, but I read up on it and knew there was a risk it could trigger my acne. Some people have used it and it's helped theirs. It's all about your individual skin cell makeup and if something is going to work for you. Always keep that in mind!
Now, on to the pricey rose oil! In December 2019 I got my first BoxyCharm base box. It's $25 a month for 5 full size beauty items. One of the items I got was the Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Facial Oil. It's marketed as a soothing facial oil. Their website says the oil is meant specifically for your face and neck. I decided to use this oil the same way I did with the less expensive one. Noticeably immediately is the consistency! It's so light weight and thin. I didn't realize an oil could be so thin, it's almost like water! There's a beautiful real rose scent that isn't sweetened up like most rose products. After washing my face and applying it to my face everyday for just a week, I noticed a huge difference in my acne and skin texture. I have Keratosis pilaris, a lot of us have it and I'm sure you probably didn't know it had a name. It's those little bumps you get on your upper arms and sometimes on legs or elsewhere. I have it on my lower cheek area which causes a lot of texture! I have genuinely seen it calmed and less noticable using the Elemis rose oil. I'm not sure if it's because of it being pro-collagen or if it's because it's really well made without tons of ingredients, but I'm obsessed! This is one time I'm definitely glad I'm a boxycharm member, I was able to pick up a second bottle in the pop-up shop for like $10, keep in mind it's a $79 product. Well worth the money to be honest, but that discount is insane! 

I think we've all by now realized which I would recommend and why. I'll say it louder for the ones in the back though. The Pro-Collagen Rose Facial Oil is a miracle worker and worth the $79 price point! In my opinion, anyway. I don't think I'll ever stop using it to be honest. There's been very few products I've found that I've liked this much! I've now been working on this blog post for far too long. I'm sorry it's taken so long to get anything else up. Depression really is out here getting the best of me. I hope you're all having a good day, do something that makes you happy today!

Xoxo, Lulu.

How I clean my makeup brushes!

My favorite way to clean my makeup brushes has got to be with organic virgin coconut oil and Dawn dish soap… A lot of people like to use olive oil, but I think it’s much harder to get out of the brushes and makes the task take a lot longer! Now let’s all be honest, how many of us actually clean our brushes out after we use them? Not me, that’s for sure! I don’t have time to do it and it’s not the most fun thing to do. Since I don’t do my makeup as often as I’d like, I only need to wash my brushes twice a month.

You know how putting organic virgin coconut oil in your hair is really good for you hair? Well, coconut oil contains lauric acid, and that’s been known to reduce candida, it fights bacteria, and awesomely enough it also creates a hostile environment for viruses. Are you starting to get why I use it do clean my brushes? It’s going to be a lot better for your skin if there’s any residue of it left in the bristles. When you use Dawn Ultra Concentrated dish soap, it removes all dirt and, oils and germs! If you’re wondering “Why use an oil if you’re going to be using soap anyway?”. Well simply put, it breaks down any powders stuck inside the bristles of the brushes and breaks down creams and liquids that contain oils. Then after you wash the brushes with soap to remove all of the makeup residue and oils. You always want the brushes at a downward facing angle after they have been washed. Always set them down so the water is being drawn down the length of the bristles and out towards the tips. Never set your brushes upright while they are wet. Doing so weakens the glue, rots the wooden handles and makes it a lot easier for bacteria to breed and mold to grow. Now that all of the details and basics have been mentioned, let’s get into explaining my process!

Here’s what you are going to need:
Virgin organic coconut oil.
Your preferred soap.
Your makeup brushes and sponges.
Some paper towels.
Last but not least, something to rest them on.
I usually use two hand towels, one rolled for height and one laid out.

You want to start with a small amount of coconut oil in a microwave safe dish. About a teaspoon worth for twenty or so brushes. Dampen them as you go in warm water, dip the end in a little bit of the oil and swirl the brushes on your hand, between your fingers and really work the oil into the brush. Once you have the oil worked in take your soap and put a drop on your hand and swirl and work the soap in on your hand, massaging the soap in and occasionally squeezing the brush. Repeat that step until the water runs clear. You do this with all of your brushes and sponges until everything is clean. Once you’re done, make sure to gently squeeze out ad much water as possible, then set up your brushes facing down to draw the water out. Let them sit for a few hours or up to a day and you are done!
This is by far the easiest way I’ve ever found for washing my brushes! I hope this post helped you and was informative! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!


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