In the words of Beyonce...
"You wake up, flawless
Post up, flawless..."
As much as we wish we could look flawless when we wake up in the morning, we really don't. If I'm lucky, I am able to sleep with my hair a certain way so when I wake up it's not all crazy, but that's about as good as it gets haha.
What Beyonce is saying here is less about looking flawless but more about empowering us to feel flawless as well.
Looking flawless ends after your big day but feeling flawless lasts forever.
You are probably asking yourself, but how can I FEEL flawless, right?
GURRRL keep reading ;)
But let's start with how to LOOK flawless first!
The key point to looking flawless on your big day is skin prep.
Yeesssiiireee, no secret at all but it's a major step that people neglect. Whether you are preparing for your wedding day, special event, or you just know you want to look flawless next weekend...
PREP YOUR SKIN.
I REPEAT, PREP THAT FABULOUS SKIN OF YOURS.
As soon as you set that wedding date, or when you find out the event date, start ASAP.
Now if we had the money I know we wish we could get facials once a month. If you can every other month or two months would be great. It does depend on how problematic your skin is. If you are getting married, start as soon as you get engaged or about 4-5 months out of your wedding date.
Having a medical grade facial monthly will tremendously help, especially if you have unevenness, dullness or acne ridden skin.
If you cannot afford that many facials at least do one 1-2 months out to get a professional opinion. Maybe you just need a chemical peel or hydrafacial a month before the big day.
Just don't get anything abrasive 1-3 weeks from your wedding date or special event.
I had a groom, yes a groom who had amazing skin and was very proactive on taking care of his skin. He normally had peels done before, but this time the week of his wedding it actually burned his skin near the center of his face.
Not all peels are strong so do not get scared, you just have to find the right professional! Thankfully it didn't end up looking too bad on the day of, but I did have to lightly airbrush him haha.
Here are some of the spas and doctor offices I trust with my face!
There are other ways to help look flawless on your big day...
If you cannot add facials to your beauty routine at least be diligent on cleaning your face at night and in the morning and exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
Do not sleep with any makeup on and perfect your morning and night skincare routine.
Try adding a treatment serum like a Vitamin C serum treatment to brighten your skin. Vitamin C protects skin from free radicals and is essential in collagen production.
A treatment step in your skincare routine is crucial! It varies on what you think your skin mainly needs help on. I personally have color unevenness and dull skin. I tend to gravitate to hydrating serums or brightening serums to give me a youthful glow.
Below are some of my favorite Vitamin C serums!
Challenge yourself to step up your skincare routine!
I absolutley love, loveeeee Korean sheet masks!
I add in an amazing high quality hydro-gel sheet mask for hydration or tightness/firmness (depending on their skin type) for some of my client's for a more luxurious experience and to prep their skin before applying makeup.
Using a hydro-gel mask on your big day will make your skin look dewy, glowy, well rested, firm and allows the makeup to lay flawlessly on your skin.
There are two kinds of masks, paper or hydro-gel sheets, which are covered in essences or skin benefiting ingredients. I prefer using hydro-gel sheet masks than the paper/cotton ones. Hydro-gel masks allow nutrients to absorb more in the skin than paper sheets.
Sheet masks can get pricey but are more affordable than facials. It is worth it, trust me.
I went to my local Ulta and K-Town to find some new Korean hydro-gel Masks to try on and review for you!
I review them on a scale of 1-10 in 5 different categories:
- Consistency of the mask
- How it feels on the skin
- How my skin feels after mask is off
- How my skin looked the next day
- Most likely to buy again
Skinfood Marine Food Gel Mask - Pearl
Ulta | $5.00
"A gel mask containing pearl known as the treasure of the sea to brighten dull lack luster skin. Pearls are rich in more than 20 different types of minerals and also stimulate blood circulation and cell regeneration. This hydro-gel mask sheet delivers nutrients and minerals from the ocean to nourish skin and provides deep, long-lasting hydration."
The mask was difficult to work with and hard to grab as I was trying to put it on my face haha. It made my face tingle and slightly irritated for a bit.
It says to put the mask on for 10-20 minutes, I did for 15. It is all preference on how long you want the mask to stay on. I normally choose the longer time if I have time to relax.
Afterwards my face was still tingling but felt more tight than hydrated, but my skin did brighten. I patted in the extra nutrients left on my skin but it felt somewhat sticky. The next day I still had a glow and look refreshed even though I had a fun night before haha :)
Overall this was my least favorite out of the bunch.
How it feels on the skin: 4
After feel: 6
Next day: 7
Most likely to buy again: 2
MISS SPA Youth Renewal Hydrogel Facial Mask
Ulta | $9.99
"Put signs of aging on pause with Miss Spa Youth Renewal Hydrogel Facial Mask. Infused with skin-smoothing peptides and collagen, the rich hydrogel virtually melts on skin, targeting signs of aging and promoting the appearance of fresher, brighter and younger-looking skin.
Free from parabens, artificial dyes, fragrances and sulfates. Not tested on animals. Use immediately after opening."
This mask requires a longer time frame of 45 minutes. I did feel a slight tingle on my cheeks while the mask was on. I absolutely loved the consistency of this mask! It is jelly-like and feels so luxurious on my face. Since it is very jelly like it was quite slippery. I had to adjust the chin area since it kept falling down.
After taking the mask off my cheek bones felt so firm and lifted. I looked refreshed and glowy. There was a slight sticky feeling once I started to pat the leftover nutrients over my face.
I woke up late the next morning and did not have time to wash my face. As I was quickly brushing my teeth I noticed that my skin still looked radiant and supple!
How it feels on the skin: 7
After feel: 7
Next day: 8
Most likely to buy again: 8
Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro‑Gel Mask
MISSHA Shop (2625 Old Denton Rd Ste 411, Carrollton, TX 75007)| $6.00
- those wanting to easily experience the benefits of snail extract
- those wanting to strengthen skin
- those concerned about dull complexion and loss of elasticity
- those wanting to improve skin and prevent skin damage"
I was really impressed with this type of mask. The mask texture was not jelly like. Apparently it is called a "laminating net material".
"The DDS method (used for drugs & medication) was applied to cosmetics through the Transdermal Cosmetic Delivery (TCD) System, which uses a bio matrix to help effectively deliver active ingredients to the skin."
You can read more in depth on Missha's website here.
Whenever I took the mask off I did not have that much leftover product. Usually I have to rub a lot of extra product in my skin. I wonder if that was due to the special material the mask was made of and all the product was able to absorb in my skin *shrugs*.
I personally did not want to like this mask because I did not have a pleasant experience at the Missha store. I did not feel welcomed and the ladies that were working there at the time did not seem inviting. It is a small store, there was only two workers, one was helping a client and another was just on her phone.
Oh well, thank goodness for online shopping haha :P !
How it feels on the skin: 6
After feel: 7
Next day: 9
Most likely to buy again: 8
Tony Moly Intense Care Syn-Ake Hydro-gel Mask
Tony Moly (2625 Old Denton Rd #438, Carrollton, TX 75007) | $6.00
"Syn-ake hydro-gel mask helps the firming of the damaged skin.
This hydrogel mask contains an active ingredient of Syn-Ake (pseudo peptide that mimics real snake's venom) that improves the elasticity of the sagging skin."
The snake venom part caught my eye in the store and I just had to try it!
Though I would suggest this for mature skin, it could still be a preventative mask.
My face did not tingle at all, it felt very cooling. It was a gel like mask, a bit slippery to put on my face but it did not move out of place once I patted it on my skin.
My skin looked supple, glowy and my cheeks felt and even looked a bit lifted. I for sure felt the firming part, but it was nothing extreme. This mask felt the least stickiest than the others.
I really enjoyed this mask a lot! I even loved the store and the ladies that were working there were super sweet. If you happen to be in Carrolton stop by Tony Moly, they have variety of hydro-gel masks to try on.
How it feels on the skin: 8
After feel: 8
Next day: 8
Most likely to buy again: 8.5
All the masks did make my skin feel so soft afterwards! GEL sheet masks are amazzzinngggg and makes me want to dance haha.
If you have always been using a sheet mask, pick up a hydro-gel mask for a lavish and upgraded skincare routine experience.
Your life will be CHANGED :)
Another great product is Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment by GlamGlow! It used to be my holy grail before a big event but I started to use sheet masks more since it felt more luxurious.
It exfoliates and softens your skin and gives you a glowy look. They say it is a "facial in a jar"... and it kind of is!
You can use the treatment 2-3 times weekly leading up to your big day and then on the day of use a gel sheet mask! You are good to go hunnayyyy ;D
Remember to clean, moisturize, treat and exfoliate your face!
You cannot neglect your skin and then use a gel mask or a glow treatment on the day of. Preparing your skin for your big day is key.
Prep it right and you will look flawless!
I will have an entire post dedicated to my personal skin prep in the future :) ***
Okay, we have the look flawless part down, but now let's FEEL flawless.
We are our own worst critic. No one can criticize more on how you look better than yourself. Which is crazy! It is like a constant battle with our mind.
Cut yourself some slack when you glance in the mirror and start listing all the things you hate about your skin. Go easy on yourself! We should not be our worst critic. We should be our best cheerleader, supporter, and number one fan.
Even when you feel like you can't be your own biggest supporter or the people in your life are the ones that are your worst critic... I will be your number one fan! Surround yourself with an army of people who build up your confidence and add positivity to your life.
It took me a long time to truly appreciate my bare skin. I used to wear makeup daily especially when working in beauty retail. After I left, I challenged myself to not wear makeup for an entire year, and once I slowly embraced all that I am I started to reward myself with wearing makeup a little at a time.
It was rough... especially not even wearing mascara, eek!
I went from looking flawless every day to not looking so great on the daily haha, but it was necessary.
Slowly but surely, feeling flawless and confident in all that I am, bare skin and all, was enough.
I could even see how my confidence radiated through my images on social media. I was smiling more, and was very comfortable in my own skin.
Before you start your daily beauty routine, take a moment in your mirror and really look at yourself. Then once all the negativity starts coming up in your mind that you look so red, you have horrible pigmentation, too many acne scars...
STOP IT right in it's tracks.
Come to terms that yes I have these imperfections but switch your perspective right then and there to a positive one! We do not give ourselves the credit we deserve. We have the power to change our own perspective more than we know.
Smile. You are beautiful, strong, a warrior, a winner and let the next person you see know it too that they are beautiful!
There are plenty of ways to feel flawless like start working out daily or weekly. Take a barre or cycle class! I have been trying cycle classes at CycleBar and oh em gee it has been invigorating haha. I look all sweaty and exhausted afterwards but I feel extra flawless!
Another neat way is to create a vision board. Kelsey from She, In The Making has this amazing video on how to create one. Though it is a main way to help achieve your goals in life, it is also a way to empower you to feel flawless!
Looking flawless on your big day ends the night of, and yes you can continue to look flawless everyday but feeling flawless lasts forever. No one can bring you down and you will not allow others to make you feel less than what you already are...
and that is you are FLAWLESS.
Favorite Product: Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30
I only applied the product to the right side of my face. ***
It first applies more on the orange side but it sets beautifully like the name. It honestly looks velvety and looks like flawless skin. It is not too matte at all like most matte foundations. Give the product time to set if you are color matching your skin. The foundation does oxidize.
The foundations is a light-medium coverage and slightly build-able.
You can wear this foundation throughout any season but I originally bought this because I was looking for a new Summer foundation/tinted moisturizer. Something that can withstand the Texas heat and that I can apply lightly and it would be enough coverage plus with a little bit of sunscreen.
François Nars developed his products to be applied with your hands. Of course the powder products like bronzers and blushes are applied with brushes, but with their foundations applying them with your hands will make the product shine.
A beauty blender will eat the product up!
I have oily combination skin, oily in the t-zones and dry on the cheeks. It is my go-to every day foundation now or when I do not want to look overdone haha. Ya know that "no makeup" makeup look :)