Beauty Procedures to Do in Lockdown vs Those that Need to Wait

Going to the salon for a full-body pampering is one of life’s little luxuries that many of us are missing during lockdown.

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We’re starting to show our true colors as our hair grows out, we are a little hairier than we’d like to be, and our nails have definitely seen batter days. Thanks to many popular chain salons releasing their products for sale in drug stores, and the onslaught of tutorials on the internet, it’s easier than ever to achieve the same salon results at home. However, there are some things that should be left to the pros.

Here we will outline the things that could be done at home–and those that should probably not.


The crowning glory. A quick style change can really switch up a person’s image. Shorter, longer, straighter, curlier, lighter, darker- all things are possible when it comes to creating a whole new vibe. 

DO: Hair masks- you can buy decent hair masks at a reasonable cost even when you’re picking up bananas at the supermarket. Whilst you’re there, you could also grab the ingredients to make your own! Half a mashed banana, a tablespoon of oats a tablespoon of honey and melted coconut oil will naturally nourish your hair giving you sleek and shiny results. 

DO NOT: Be tempted to use damaging box dyes and bleaches on your roots. Home dye kits may be comparably cheaper than going to the salon, but they do not give the same results as letting a pro loose on your locks. Going solo on this task can result in patchy, orange hues and fried ends- spend the money: save on the embarrassment. 

Hair Removal: 

While we like to nurture the hair on our heads, many people choose to remove certain areas of body hair. If this is something you opt into:

DO: Shave using lotion or hair conditioner at home. This will give the blades a good amount of lubrication and also leave your skin feeling silky smooth afterward. 

DO NOT: Attempt your own laser hair removal procedures. There are products on sale to the general public that are not only poor quality, they are also sometimes very dangerous to use. Going to a licensed professional will also tell you what you need to do prior to your laser session to keep the procedure as safe as possible. 

Skin Care: 

DO: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise. A daily ritual that has many benefits to the skin. Do this properly, make sure to remove your makeup daily, and use a facial scrub a couple of times a week to keep your skin in tip-top shape. 

DO NOT: Microdermabrasion. In spite of the availability of technologies that enable the average human to attempt at home, misuse of these items can result in permanent damage to the skin. Salon workers have extensive training to become specialized in this area- leave this one to them. 

Looking and feeling like the goddess you are doesn’t have to cost the earth-but sometimes its best to treat yourself!

Beauty Skincare

5 Best The Face Shop Products to Try this 2020

2020 is the year to start developing better skin and body habits. Whether you’re staying at home or traveling for leisure, you should equip yourself with the best products for your routine. This is the year to try high-quality Asian products that are suitable for all skin types.

The Face Shop is one of Korea’s bestselling global beauty brand that truly adheres to the Natural Story philosophy. It’s a unique Korean beauty brand that uses the most beautiful, original, organic ingredients and eco-friendly packaging along with the latest technology. 

The company offers an extensive line of skincare and beauty products for both men and women, with the following top products:

1. Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil  

This rice water cleanser provides gentle cleansing to your face, which is a perfect addition to your everyday double cleansing skincare regimen. It removes skin impurities, oil or sebum, and makeup, which leaves the skin clean, soft, and fresh. It’s lightweight so as not to clog your pores yet strong to remove your makeup. You’ll feel the jojoba seed oil softening the dirt and making it easier to remove.

This Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil is watery and very efficient in removing makeup, and it leaves the skin soft and moisturized. For people with oily skin type, it’s not too much because it’s not at all sticky or heavy and easy to apply. Apply a few drops on your hands and gently spread all over the face, then follow up with a water cleanser or the Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam.

2. Air Cotton Makeup Base 

One of the best cosmetic products from the Korean brand is the Air Cotton Makeup Base. It’s a lightweight primer that creates a smooth makeup base for smooth and flawless skin. The product neutralizes redness or sallow and yellow skin tones. It is fortified with SPF 30 to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

They recommend this product for all skin types, most notably those who experience skin redness before applying foundation. Choose a makeup base that is easy to use and recommended your skin type. Read the label and the listing, most especially if you have highly sensitive skin or experience skin redness when using makeup products.

3. Rice and Ceramide Moisture Emulsion

Rice extract moisturizes and softens the skin. Rice bran oil acts as an additional skin softener. On the other hand, ceramide repairs and hydrates the surface. With this beauty product, you will have plumper, smoother, firmer, and brighter skin after use.

Whether you’ve got dry or oily skin, this emulsion product is suitable for any complexion. It won’t irritate your skin or congest the pores as heavier products do. It’s very hydrating, and you feel as if your skin appears brighter right after using this emulsion. This emulsion is a highly recommended product for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin because rice is a universally-accepted ingredient.

4. White Seed Brightening Serum 

Treatment is a crucial part of your everyday skincare routine, and the serum is one of the most common components. White Seed Brightening Serum is one of the most popular serums in The Face Shop lineup. It’s compatible with any other product because it’s mild and made from natural ingredients.

This serum has brightening components, including white daisy flower and white lupin seed extracts. It effectively penetrates your skin, making it look brighter and more youthful. Unlike other serum products, the White Seed Serum is applicable for both oily and dry skin.

5. Real Nature Face Mask 

The Real Nature Face Mask is an excellent facial treatment, addressing different skincare concerns. A face mask helps remove excess oils, hydrates skin, and improves the appearance of pores. Also, it’s an excellent way to get rid of skin impurities. Real Nature face masks are naturally saturated with plant extracts, delivering intense moisture, hydration, and nutrition. 

You can use this face mask once or twice a week, depending on your skincare needs and skin type. Make sure that you only use it for the duration intended or a maximum of 30 minutes. Don’t leave on your masks overnight.


The Face Shop stands out among the world’s top Korean products, offering different skincare products, such as natural cleansing oil, serum, face mask, primer, and emulsion. Grab your Korean skincare products now, and experience smooth and healthy-looking skin. Make sure that you purchase those from authorized retailers or outlets.

Beauty Skincare

Combat Your Dry Hands with These Products

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Hey everyone! So, I’ve been sitting at home thinking of all of these ideas for what to share on here. It’s a weird and scary and uncertain time, but instead of not posting, I thought I would keep posting content that is hopefully helpful and/or can distract from the current state because we all need a mental break from it every now and again. I will be writing more about this at the end of this post, but today, I wanted to share some ways to combat dry, cracked hands! Because if we weren’t already dealing with dry hands coming out of the winter season, we are definitely dealing with it now washing our hands as often as possible.

I personally have been using as much hand lotion as possible to combat my dry hands, but it just hasn’t been enough. That’s why today, I’m sharing some other top ways to help with your dry hands for some relief and to help with anti-aging. Just like your neck and chest, the tops of your hands should be just as important in your skincare routine. I realize today, we are all more worried about just getting some dry hand relief, so let’s get into the options below:

Hand Masks

Hand masks are similar to using face masks, but of course, for your hands! Many hand masks are formulated with herbal extracts and shea butter to help restore moisture. Most hand masks come in the form of gloves that you place on your hands for 10 to 15 minutes. I’ve listed a few options below:

Innisfree Hand Mask

Avenoo Hand Mask

Violet Flower Hand Mask

Hand Oils

I’ve raved about these oils in the past (see my blog post here) because they can be used for multiple reasons, but definitely great for dry hands right now. You could add a couple of drops of Vitamin E or Argan Oil into your hand lotion, or apply directly to the affected dry/cracked spots on your hands. I’ve been using Vitamin E oil for years on my elbows during the winter and it helps so much. These oils are also great to have on hand (punny I know) for other uses as well.

Nature’s Bounty Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Argan Oil

Hand Lotions & Ointments

There are obviously endless options when it comes to hand lotions and ointments. I’m listing a few of my favorites, as well as one I’ve never tried before but has great reviews (and I love the brand). I love the Tree Hut body butter, this travel-sized hand lotion is what my husband and I are both using right now, the Argan Infinity Cream is amazing for extra moisture AND can be used to make your skin glowy. The SkinCeuticals cream is pretty pricey but is a great option for anti-aging for your hands, neck and chest.

Body Butter

Travel-Size Hand Lotion

Argan Infinity Cream – Intensive Creamy Oil

Bag Balm Hand Ointment

SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest & Hand Repair 

Hand Serums

Did you know they make serums for your hands? Honestly, you can probably use some of your face serums for your hands as well, just be careful if your skin is cracking because depending on the ingredients, it could sting. Below are two options for serums made to combat dry hands. Both, again, are pretty pricey (especially La Mer), but if you are needing some major relief, these would be great options.

Hand Relief Night Renewal Serum

La Mer Rejuvenating Hand Serum

Back to what I was saying at the beginning of this post: I am trying to balance sharing posts that are helpful to the times, like my recent post on Instacart and DoorDash, but also share some usual content. This does not mean I’m tone-deaf to the situation or not paying attention to what’s happening. I am, and like many people, am managing the new normalcy and maintaining my anxiety. My anxiety is high and sometimes I’m doing ok, and sometimes I’m freaking out. I am just so thankful for everyone out there who are the true heroes in all of this – the healthcare workers, the delivery drivers (Amazon Flex, UPS, USPS, FedEx), grocery store workers, pharmacy & drugstore workers, app-based workers on DoorDash, Instacart and more, the restaurants feeding healthcare workers or giving lunches to kids who aren’t in school anymore… I’m sure I’m missing someone… THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. Also, I’m thinking of everyone affected by this, people who have the virus, who have lost loved ones to the virus, who have lost their jobs, who are struggling financially and worried about paying rent and other bills… I am thinking of you all. Again, I’m sharing content to be helpful (if I can in any way). I’m trying to embrace this the best way possible and have a place you can come and feel comforted, or leave your frustrations in the comments below, or email me just to have someone to talk to. I am here, and we are all in this together. Most of all, I hope you are staying safe & healthy – all of my love!