Finding Your Everyday Essentials

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Not liking the makeup routine you’ve sunken into? How can you change this and re-discover your everyday essentials all over again? Well, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. First, it’s time to be honest with ourselves. Ask yourself these questions:
How much time do I want to spend getting ready? What am I looking for in a product? What do I want to emphasize or hide? Where am I going?

We want to help you feel like the best you when you put on your “go-to” face. While everyone has their own unique traits they work with, we like to think there are essentials out there that are perfect for anybody. See how these stack up in your routine and with your specific needs.

Here are our can’t-go-wrong faves and why they work for most!

 

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Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water 
Let’s start with what makes this one unique. The great thing about micelle molecules is that they act as magnets to lift dirt, oil, and makeup from the face and eyes. Because this cleanser lifts impurities, all it takes is a gentle swipe to remove, instead of damaging your skin with harsher exfoliation. It’s not just a cleanser, either: it also works to tone and repair skin, and let’s face it, who couldn’t use a little R&R for your skin? This is also a cleanser that is gentle on the skin due to extracts of poppyseed, prickly pear, and white lily, so your skin will be feeling fresh and new no matter how sensitive it is.

Shadow/Cake Liner Palette
Adding a palette to your beauty arsenal can bring your look to life in a variety of different ways or occasions, and all the different colors mean you don’t have to stick to the exact same thing every day. A palette is an essential item in any makeup bag because you can mix it up without having to purchase any new colors. Since LuLu has a line of fully customizable palettes, we suggest filling your palette with colors that flatter in multiple occasions for your go-to colors, and selecting a couple that can be for special looks. No matter what kind of eye makeup you wear, you can customize this to fit your needs. Do you usually forgo a heavy black liner? No problem, swap it out for a neutral or add another eyeshadow.

Mineral Powder Blush
Who couldn’t use a little livening up in the cheeks first thing in the morning? No matter the shade of your skin, everyone looks a little glowier with a slight flush added to the cheeks, and we think having a great quality blush in your beauty bag is essential. Even if all you want to do is throw on some mascara and call it a day, swiping on some blush can liven up your face in one simple step. Our pressed mineral blush is a luxurious formula free of oils, talk and fragrance, so it’s ideal for any skin type.

Fit and Flushed Bronzer
Want to take that flat skin a step further? We think it’s safe to say everyone wants that healthy bronzed look. However, in the winter months it can be a little harder to obtain it naturally. Thinking you could use a boost in your flat dull skin? Try Fit and Flushed to add a bronzed glow; the shade is perfect for any skin tone and because it’s buildable you can adjust just how much of that bronze you want, whether it’s just a dash or you want to be shimmering like a gold mine!

So You Forgot to Take Your Makeup Off Last Night

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So you slept in your makeup last night. It happens. You get home from work and don’t want to do anything but throw yourself onto your couch. Sometimes you’re comfy in bed, about to go to sleep and just can’t bear to get up. Other times you get home late at night and washing your face is the last thing on your mind. Or sometimes you simply just forget. Whatever the reason, we can’t keep using these as excuses. The truth is, failing to take your makeup off and going to sleep in it is extremely harmful for your skin, and we need to make a conscious effort NOT to make a habit out of this.

Why is this so much worse than simply going a 12+ hour day in a face full of makeup? For one, your skin’s rejuvenation time is during your slumber. During deep sleep, healing hormones like melatonin and growth hormone are released at much higher rates than they are during awake time. This is how your skin repairs itself and performs cellular regeneration. Sleeping with makeup on puts these things at a great disadvantage, because you’re hindering your body’s ability to work on these other crucial things.

 

Failing to remove your makeup can lead to things like the early development of wrinkles, breakouts, and dry skin. Wrinkles develop from the collagen breakdown that occurs from exposure to free radicals (things you should normally be washing off at night), and can eventually lead to visible signs of aging. Those with more sensitive skin have probably noticed in the past that they have a nice new friend on their face waiting to greet them in the morning! Breakouts are extremely common after sleeping in makeup, because it oftentimes leads to clogged pores, leading to pimples.

Aside from the makeup on your skin, you’re also failing to cleanse your skin of all the dirt, grime, and bacteria that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. Even though it may be invisible to the naked eye, it’s still there. That aside, you’ll also transfer your face full of makeup to your pillow, so you’re essentially just stewing in your old makeup. Pretty gross, right? Even further, if you don’t wash your pillows regularly, chances are the next few nights you’ll be sleeping in this makeup again when your face meets the dirty pillow. Have we convinced you yet?

So, what can you do now?

First thing’s first – remove that makeup ASAP!

 

The Take It All Off! Makeup Remover will do the trick. This product is gentle, and will soothe as it removes any trace of makeup.

Or you can opt for a cleanser, which has a slightly deeper clean than a makeup remover and helps to improve the condition of your skin.

The Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water helps to cleanse, tone, and repair skin in a single step. Micellar water uses molecules as magnets to lift dirt, oil, and makeup from your face.

The African Red Tea Botanical Gel Cleanser is also a great reactive measure. It contains a peptide compound that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, so you can help to counteract the wrinkle-producing effects that come with sleeping in your makeup.

The best thing you can do is try to ensure that you won’t make this mistake again. There are a ton of different hacks you can use to remind and motivate yourself.

  1. Put a sticky note on your mirror. If it’s in front of you, you’ll have to read it. This will serve as a reminder for when you genuinely forget. It will also hold you a little bit accountable: if you read it but are feeling lazy and don’t wash your face, you can’t feel bad for yourself when you get a breakout the next day.
  2. Keep makeup wipes by your bed. This is the perfect option for when you come home late from a night out with friends and want to go straight to bed, or you worked a long day, are exhausted, and can’t bear to get yourself back up and go to your bathroom. Makeup wipes aren’t our favorite option, because although they get a decent amount of makeup off, sometimes you may just be spreading it around, and most often you won’t be meticulous enough to get it all off. But it’s better than nothing! This is the best last resort option, and is effective enough to get some good cleansing.
  3. If you often get off track with other duties and forget to take off your makeup, set an alarm on your phone to remind you. Additionally, if you have a consistent routine you usually stick to, this will also help you integrate this step into your routine.

What we’re saying is, you absolutely need to take your makeup off at night in order to ensure the health of your skin! At times it can be difficult or annoying, but with the right care you can learn to make a habit of it. So make sure to take your makeup off before bed, you’ll feel SO much better!

Getting to Know: The Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water

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Introducing an entirely new way to cleanse! Ditch your foaming cleanser, micellar cleansing water will change your beauty routine entirely. Meet the Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water. This formula uses micelle molecules to draw out impurities like dirt, oil, or makeup and dissolve them, instead of just spreading them around your face like a traditional cleanser. You won’t need any harsh scrubbing to get deep into those pores and chase out that bad stuff; instead, the micelles in this product will work as a magnet to draw them out and dissolve them like magic.

For decades, French women have been harboring this secret ingredient in their beauty routine, but now it’s time for you to take hold! Besides working as a cleanser, this product is also a surprise multi-tasker. The Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water will reduce wrinkles, increase collagen production, soothe, moisturize, firm, and soften the skin, so you can eliminate a slew of products from your routine and cut much of the time you spend in front of the mirror before bed.

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The Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water is gentler than your average cleanser, and won’t leave your skin stripped of its natural oils. This product is alcohol free, which makes it suitable for all skin types. Your skin will feel fresh and clean without the dryness that comes from a traditional cleanser, or the guilt that comes from using a chemically-infused one, either. And don’t worry about washing off any remaining product, using a product with micellar water eliminates the need to even rinse your face afterwards! Include the Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water in your new-and-improved skincare routine to see what all the buzz is about!