Drugstores are way underrated when it comes to getting things for skincare, haircare, and beauty. I'm sure many of you already know this but I think there's still that misconception that you need to go to Sephora for all the high-end skincare products. Here's what I picked up from Ulta the other day.
The Shea Moisture African Black Soap Mask is a favorite of mine and I just finished my last jar before I went to Ulta. It's mentioned on my Essentials page, too. I've also used the DeVa Curls products, which I talked about here.
Now that I'm home for Winter Break, I thought it would be fun to revisit some old posts from when I brought back the blog last winter. FloreaShelby.com was originally Radiant-Collective, which I'd started in the summer of 2015. The December of that same year, I started blogging again after a couple months of inactivity. Here are some of the photos from the blog's revival a year ago!
This was from a post about my current makeup routines. I'm embarrassed at how thick and harshly I drew my brows in! That's definitely not how I would do them now, but it's fun to look back at these photos.
And as a Virgo, it's in my nature to be overly critical of myself, so here it goes. You might not have noticed (but my Virgo ass sure did!) that my forehead in this picture above has a series of little bumps. I didn't even realize this until I found photos from last year, but my skin wasn't as smooth and clear as it is now. I do think that this is largely due to the fact that I'm conscious about how much water I drink now (I use the Plant Nanny app. It only works if you keep up with your water and DON'T LIE TO THE PLANT!!). Another major reason is that in 2015, I didn't use as many natural ingredients in my skincare routine. Now, I use natural products for cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and acne treatment. So, I guess my skin then and now is a testament to the fact that natural skincare works. For me, at least. I do think that it's harder for people with severe, persistent acne to simply switch up their skincare routine. That's another conversation, but I guess I just wanted to say that for me, I've seen a great change in my skin's health since I started using natural ingredients.
And wow, look at how heavy this foundation-moisturizer mix looks! I don't wear foundation anymore, just Glossier's skin tint if I'm in the mood for some light coverage. And I haven't used a store-bought moisturizer in months, I'm all about my homemade rosewater serum! But this mixture did work really well for the look I was trying to achieve last year. It was a perfect combination of coverage and moisture; in a way, my Glossier skin tint/rosewater serum combination is not that different. Makeup + moisture is always a good road to go down.
My skincare and makeup routine has changed a lot since 2015. Below is a recent picture of the look I usually go for: lightly filled in brows, Glossier skin tint, and rosewater serum patted on top of my skin afterwards. You can read my most recent Makeup Routine, which I wrote in the summer and is still mostly accurate, here. And again, if you haven't purchased from Glossier before, you can save 20% off your first order using my code here: http://bff.glossier.com/d5VOJ
A lot has changed in the last year! As you can probably tell, while I was a DIY blogger this time last year, I definitely wasn't immersed in the natural world like I am now. This leads me into the third and final section of the post: the Other Fun Winter Break Things!
I'm reading up on herbal healing for different kinds of ailments; this kind of healing, which has a lot of crossovers with witchcraft, is so fascinating to me. The idea that the Earth has provided us with everything we need makes me want to sharpen my instincts and study the world around me more. It's cool! Simple things like aromatherapy (ie: smelling lavender or rose before you go to sleep) and natural skincare (ie: tea tree oil on pimples, using rosewater to fade marks) remind me that there's magic both within me and in the world I exist in. That is so beautiful to me.
I have so many exciting, accessible, and useful DIYs in store for this break! I briefly touched on this in my earlier post, too. I'm thinking of whipping up some lotions, soaps, herbal satchels, and maybe even dabbling in the candle making arena. We'll see what's in store, but I'm currently reading an amazingly informative index-like book about herbs and their properties. The more I educate myself on these areas, the more empowered and eager I am to rush into my kitchen and start experimenting. I'm off for five weeks and I totally intend to use every single day productively. Stay tuned!