Top 10 Most Asked Beauty Questions Answered

1. Why do some lipsticks make my teeth look extremely yellow?

Lipsticks like any other make-up product has colored hues. If the hues aren’t great for your skin tone a lot of times you end up with yellow looking teeth even if they’re normally white! Warm-tones cast a yellow based hue onto you’re teeth while a blue hued lipstick will cast cool-tones making your teeth look whiter!

2. How often should I wash my make-up brushes?

You should wash your make-up brushes AT THE LEAST once every month to ensure you are using clean brushes and not distributing dirt and bacteria. If you are using your brushes more often they get a lot of build up, wash them every 2 weeks!

3. Do face primer’s actually work?

Most primers are made with silicone which acts as an adhesive to hold your make-up in place and make it less likely to smear or smudge. Just like painting your walls you need a base coat to help your make-up stay. It can also fill in fine lines and absorb oils! If you feel like yours isn’t doing anything, do some research and try a new one.

4. How do I contour my face?

I know it seems like a scary task to learn, but it’s actually pretty simple if you imagine a light above your face. The places that are shadowed you contour while the places that shine you highlight. Most people already have a bronzer or a color that is slightly too dark for their skin. I start at the top of my ear and brush in towards my mouth and nose angling slightly down going just below my cheek bones. Remember to use only a little product at first and build up, once you have too much product it’s hard to get rid of it, but you can always add. I then brush the top of my forehead along my hairline. Make sure everything is well blended harsh lines are not your friend.

5. How should I layer my skincare products?

Lucky for you I created a post specially for this question. In a quick summary cleanser, exfoliator, toner, spot treatments, serums, eye creams, moisturizer, SPF.

6. I only have 5 minutes to get ready, what can I do that will make the biggest difference?

My biggest problem is my dark circles. Concealer is everyones best friend and my number one favorite that I cannot go without. Next is a quick touch up on the brows. I brush and fill them in quickly (not perfect sharp edges). Mascara can completely change your look and cannot be forgotten! Finally is the perfect pout. That pop of color gives you the finishing touch.

7. Eyes or Face First?

Most people will tell you to do your eyes first and then do your face because of fall out, but I have a very specific routine. I don’t do my eyes first because I like to brush a little foundation onto my eyelid because mine are extremely red and I love the edges of my shadow to look really blended. First I do my foundation, then my eyes. If any fall out happens this is where you can brush it off and finish with concealer, contour, and setting powder.

8. How do I make my hair grow faster?

  • The first thing is your DIET! Your diet reflects in your hair, skin, and energy levels. It is so important to feed your body nutritious food.
  • Do less with your hair (styling, products, shampooing, and coloring).
  • Massage your scalp to stimulate blood circulation.
  • Loosen tight hairbands.
  • Get regular trims.
  • Supplements can be a huge help something with biotin and anti-oxidants.

9. How to do a dutch braid?

Here is the video I used to learn! It’s actually quite easy and very similar to a french braid.

10. How to remove gel nails?

I soak my nails in acetone to remove them, I prefer not to file them off because it ends up filing my natural nail and makes it thin and brittle.

Xx, Kennah

 

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Acne Tips

I’ve had a few people reach out asking about what I use and do for my skin to keep it clear, so I decided create a post for everyone to read! I have always had really good skin, but we all go through phases where our skin can get really bad and I’m in one of those right now! It can be hard to pinpoint what is making you breakout. I like to go through every single thing I do throughout the day to help figure out what could be going on. Ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Is your pillowcase clean? Always be sure you have clean pillowcases, wash them every other week! Don’t use heavy softeners or detergents.
  2. Are you touching your face a lot or talking on the phone? Be sure to sanitize your phone once a week (at least) and try not to touch your face and keep them clean if you do.
  3. Do you wash your face after working out and getting sweaty?
  4. Are your hands clean when applying products to your face?
  5. Do you eat poorly? (fried foods, high sugar, high fat, unhealthy foods) What you put into your body will reflect in your skin.
  6. Is your face-wash too drying? Test it out, if after washing your skin is so tight and dry it feels like it could crack, find a new one it could be causing your to overproduce oil and clog your pores!

Of course there are things that you cannot control like stress and hormones, that is why I’ve also created list of tips and products I use to help!

1. Neutrogena – Acne Treatment Pads

The Rapid Clear Daily Acne Treatment Pads are something I like to use on a regular basis when my skin is breaking out. It’s gentle enough to use every day and significantly reduces my breakouts and prevents any new ones from coming.

2. Mario Badescu – Drying Lotion

This acne spot treatment has had a lot of buzz around it lately. Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars, Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl and Huda Kattan founder of HUDA Beauty love this brand! It’s a fast acting acne treatment that can shrink pimples overnight. What’s nice about this product is that it’s good enough for the celebs, but it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. A little bit goes a long ways.

3. Clarisonice – Skin Cleansing System

Let me just start out by saying this brush cleans your face SIX TIMES better than washing your face with your hands or with a wash cloth. It gets rid of all the oil and dirt and clears out your pores. There are different interchangeable brush heads for deep cleaning, sensitive skin, acne cleansing, radiance ect. This is a preventative step although it can help clear up problem acne.

4. Eat healthy & drink lots of water!

Carrots, nuts, leafy greens, flaxseed, whole grains, fatty acids (avocados), fruit (berries, lemons, bananas), and water! All of these things are very important for your skin to help get the necessary nutrients to keep your skin healthy, radiant, and glowing.

Remember I’m no dermatologist these are just tips and tricks I’ve picked up a long the way that have worked for me.

Xx, Kennah

 

 

 

Nightly Face Routine

My skin is so important to me. I’ve always had pretty good skin, but recently it’s become very oily. I started researching the products I was using and realized that they were what had caused the change in my skin. I purchased new products and my oil has reduced significantly. Everyone has different skin and so this may not work for everyone. I encourage you to research the best products for your skin and read reviews before purchasing.

Step one is to remove all the make-up and dirt and oil buildup from the day. I then wash my face using the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush along with The Body Shops Tea Tree Facial Cleanser. The Clairisonic exfoliates and gets your face 6x cleaner than just washing with your hands (you can feel it). 3-4 nights a week I use the mattifying tea tree toner that goes with my face wash and is also from The Body Shop. After patting my face dry with a clean towel I use a Vitamin C Serum. I finish off with a few sprays of toner water from LUSH (one of my favorites).

If you’re super oily you can try these NYX blotting sheets halfway through the day to help control your shine.

Xx, Kennah

Muah or Blah : Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

I recently tried the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (wow, that’s a mouthful) and I loved the results, plus it was fun to use! The mask has a jelly like consistency and spreads easily with the spatula that comes in the container. A little bit goes a long way, so be sure to spread it pretty thin. The mask will almost instantly start to bubble. I start with my forehead and work my way down to avoid getting it everywhere. You leave the mask on for about 3-5 minutes while it bubbles, then massage it into your skin followed by rinsing it off with warm water. Be sure not to leave it on longer or until the bubbles start popping because then it becomes much harder to get off your face (I made this mistake the first time!). The Bubble Clay Mask will leave your skin feeling tight, clean, and incredibly smooth! I noticed this mask even helped minimize my pores and it made my skin glow (no joke, like Kardashian glow). I would say this product is a muah!

Available for Purchase: www.amazon.com/carbonatedbubbleclaymask

Xx, Kennah

Beauty Tip: How to Clean Make-Up Brushes

Cleaning your make-up brushes is everyone’s least favorite part about make-up. I’ve tried a few different methods and this is the one I’ve found to get even my dirtiest brushes the cleanest. It’s also the easiest way I’ve found to keep your brushes like-new. I use the SIGMA SPA® BRUSH CLEANING MAT along with Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. The mat sticks right to the bottom of your sink and has 7 patented textures perfect for cleaning eye and face brushes. I start by wetting my brushes with warm water and putting the baby soap directly on the mat. I swirl and wipe my brushes back and forth, rinsing and repeating until my bubbles are white. I lay my brushes on a wash cloth to dry after I’ve fixed their forming and hang the mat over my towel bar to dry. Could this seriously get any easier? I LOVE this mat.

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Available for Purchase: www.sigmabeauty.com

Xx, Kennah

Muah or Blah : Shills Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask

I’m sure you’ve seen the Facebook videos of this crazy black mask that pulls out every single blackhead on your face. I know you’ve wondered if they really work like I did, so me and my boyfriend decided to test it out. Let me just start off by saying that this is the most painful face mask I’ve ever used. He brought over the mask and after putting it on I was so excited to see my results which takes 30 minutes to dry. He did his entire face while I only did mine in problem areas (nose/cheeks, chin, and forehead). I pulled off my chin pretty easily because it was such a small area, next was forehead which hurt more than chin, but still came off pretty easy as it was also relatively small. When I got to my nose and cheeks I couldn’t pull it by myself any longer because it was so painful. My boyfriend had to step in while my eyes were watering and I was squeezing him so I wouldn’t shove his hands away. After my skin was bright red and very irritated. I checked my mask for the result only to find that there was nothing there I was extremely disappointed, however, my skin was super soft. The next day I looked in the mirror to see if I still had blackheads and I did. The mask did seem to make the black heads come out easier when I popped them. I still wouldn’t recommend this product because it was so painful and the results were very minimal. I’m not sure if there are other “black masks” that will give you a different result, but this product did not work for me or for my boyfriend. Definitely a blah.

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Here is a link to the mask we tried: www.amazon/sillspurifyingmask

Xx, Kennah