I feel like this is a question every girl has at some point in her life: HOW THE HELL DO I GET RID OF THIS RAZOR BURN?
But right? There’s nothing worse than sliding into your one-piece bathing suit only to look down to see a red, spotty situation…Oh wait, there is something worse: when it’s ingrown too!
It’s such a buzzkill right. I’m like “do I put foundation around my crotch area? Or do I opt for a simple cover-up? Or should I just go ahead & cancel the whole pool day?”
You know what I mean? Tell me this has happened to you? If it hasn’t, well aren’t you the lucky one.
Anyway, get excited because I have the actual witch doctor fix.
This is a fix that I discovered in high school actually. All my friends got on board IMMEDIATELY. Seriously, my girlfriends passed this around like Rite-Aid green apple Smirnoff.
SO the secret is out now: it’s called Tend Skin. AND IT IS REALLY, SERIOUSLY THE CURE TO RAZOR BUMPS, INGROWN HAIRS, & RAZOR BURN. I feel like I don’t even need to go on & on about it because it’s one of those things that will just get you results. Plain & simple. Whether you’re a waxer or a shaver, this shit is the shit. Recently I started to keep it on hand when I travel too ( there’s a mini size! )- those annoying, cheap-ass hotel razors give you the worst razor burn, you know? I don’t mean to be wildly critical but they do.
…Because they always leave you with razor burn AND so do dull razors & certain soaps.
Had I been using Tend Skin every time I travel, I could have actually used the stupid, ganky razors! That’s right, you can even get away with crap razors. Tend Skin is that much of a game changer. Really, it’s like a makeover for your bikini line, arm pits, legs, whatever!
Well according to their breakdown: “Ingrown hairs form after hairs have been cut or otherwise removed below the skin surface. As the hairs continue to grow, they curl over within the follicles and fail to exit to the surface. The result is an unsightly ingrown hair- formed “bump” on the skin. Regular application of Tend Skin Liquid will reduce the appearance of existing ingrown hairs NOTE: do not tweeze ingrown hairs or razor bumps. Tweezing tears the hair papilla in the skin from which the hair grows, damages the skin and can cause scarring!. There is no other product that will reduce the appearance of ingrown hairs like Tend Skin Liquid.
Men & women suffer from ingrown hairs. Men get ingrown hairs on their beard, neck and scalp areas. Women get them after hair removal from shaving, waxing, electrolysis or laser on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Tend Skin Liquid applied before the problems arise and shortly after these procedures will reduce the appearance of these problems afterwards!”
What else? If you much more prefer roll-on application, they have that too! The roll-on applicator is kind of like that vintage crystal deodorant. You simply roll it on the razor bump & it gets the job done just as well. You should know you can put it basically anywhere on your bod…which is ideal!
Also: the scent! It doesn’t smell bad. I hate bad smells. Especially when it comes to applying it on your body.
The product ALSO happens to be cruelty-free.
( Another random fact: it also removes ink from your skin, which is efficient if you ever get Sharpie on your skin ).
And of course, feel free to recommend this to your boyfriends & husbands for their beards or neck.
I’ve tried a million different beauty products & this one my friends, is a STAND OUT STAR.
Yes sure- it’s strange that a little liquid can make such a difference but it does.
The difference is IMMEDIATE. First of all, you just have to put it on a cotton ball, rub in the affected area(s), & wait a bit. ALSO I use Tend Skin to prevent any redness situation from even happening. So ya, it’s preventative too.
And if you’re wondering, I like to shave with a men’s razor lately. For some reason they’re just stronger. Sometimes I’ll selfishly steal Michael’s which drives him bat shit crazy when he catches me shaving my armpits with his razor. What can you do.
OK- enjoy this little, blue bottle of goodness. Hope you endure NO more bumpy, ingrown annoying-ness.
Oh me, oh my. If you’re like me you have a little something called TECH NECK.
Never heard of it? Well, it’s real. And the struggle is REAL, real.
So many women forget that the first place we age is the neck. And guess what? The cell phone sitch is REALLY not helping. I mean it’s making it so much worse than it has to be, you know? Now instead of being hunched over the computer like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, we’re crouched over our cell phones. All of us.
Like SELF Magazine says, “carpal tunnel is SO five years ago.”
So ya, now TECH NECK is everywhere.
What exactly is it?
According to Florida chiropractor Dean L. Fishman, D.C.: “it’s an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time,” he explains. “Don’t get me wrong: I love technology, but this is a global epidemic not just from texting, but from using all sorts of wireless media.”
Well, UGH. Another day, another discovery.
Sometimes TECH NECK will give headaches, shoulder/neck pain, & increased curvature in the spine.
But good news: I feel like I’m ahead of the curve here. Only because I am CONSTANTLY on my phone for work though. I noticed little lines on my neck a while ago & recognized the importance of fixing this QUICKLY.
Here are 3 easy tips anyone & everyone can do. Ready? K:
1.) Exercises. That’s right. I’ve actually been talking about neck exercises since 2012…remember this post on “how to get rid of your turkey hanger?” We talked about how important it is to stretch your neck.
The best one in my opinion is BABY COBRA. Try it now, you can do it anywhere:
1. Begin by lying face down on the floor with your legs extended behind you. Keep your legs down and position your hands directly under your shoulders.
2. Keep your chin tucked, looking down on the floor, then slowly take your hands off the ground and squeeze your shoulder blades together.
3. Lower your upper body while staying in that position, then raise up and contract your glutes. Do this motion 10 times.
I’ve been so into yoga lately & I feel like it’s REALLY helping with my tech neck. Yoga has opened me up ( literally & figuratively ). Seriously I cannot say enough good things about the practice. I like non-heated yoga because I find a heated room VERY distracting. Yoga flow is more my style. Recently I’ve noticed my posture improving from taking my bi-weekly yoga class.
If you can, I love a good chiropractor too. He’s constantly stretching my back & it relieves a lot of neck pain. My chiropractor loves giving me at-home exercises to open up and prevent that hunched over look.
2.) Tip two is one I discovered recently. As you guys know I try a lot, a lot of products. Constantly the human guinea pig because I’m on the hunt to discover the best of best. This new skincare brand, NIA, sent me some of their products to try. First off, I immediately liked their branding…why? Well NIA stands for NOT INTO AGING. Yes plz.
Secondly the product is created for millennials, by millennials for millennial skin. ANOTHER YES PLZ.
The goal of the brand is focus on situational issues…AKA tech neck.
They get it. Our lifestyle involves the phone. So instead of telling us to get off the phone, they have a little solution: TECH NECK LINE SMOOTHER.
This is a perfect serum ( I love a serum ) packaged in an on-the-go massage roller ( I also love a roller ). Basically you just roll it on your neck to firm & smooth the skin. It helps get rid of those pesky tech neck lines we’re all trying to avoid.
For the record I also tried their serum for the face & really liked it too. It was great for hydration & to smooth lines. Another fave ( if you’re on the market for a new mask ) was their whipped clay peel-off mask. Very into it because it’s a FOAM mask. It comes out of the bottle as this mousse ( like hair mousse consistency ) & you rub it on your face to draw dirt out of the skin. Here’s what I did the other day: I put the mask all over my face AND NECK & then after I washed it off, I used the tech neck serum. Using a mask on your neck is normal right? If not, I’m on a mission to make it cool.
Don’t forget about your neck!
You can find all these products at Ulta Beauty…be careful though there are SO many good finds at Ulta you may…hate me?
3.) Lastly, you know what I’m going to say here: sunscreen & a hat! Here’s the thing: prevention is KEY. If you have the option to keep your neck out of the sun- DO IT. I feel like the sun only makes my tech neck horizontal lines worse so I make it my MISSION daily to avoid the sun by using caffeinated sunscreen & rocking a hat…every single day. Kind of absurd, but so important.
Doing this makes all the difference & it’s so anti-aging in general.
Is anyone else with me here?
♡ | ♡ | ♡ | ♡
PROTECT THE SKIN!
With that, I’m off to rub some neck serum on my neck & chest and watch the latest episode of Real Housewives Beverly Hills ( living for Dorit’s outfits this season ).
Are you guys into taking care of your neck? The sooner, the BETTER. You know how I love prevention…; )
+ DEFINITELY listen to the latest episode of TSC Podcast. LadyGang is on…we talk laser, vaginas, spray tans, fake hair, skincare, etc.
A couple of years ago I started to recognize that my skin was sort of, well, dry when I applied powder or foundation. Kind of BLEH, MEH.
I swiftly fixed this by adding a couple drops of moisturizer to any concealers or foundations that touched my face.
Then my absolute fixation with dewy skin came in to play.
First & foremost, if we meet in person ( which I really hope we do someday ), you’ll immediately see that I prefer a glowy, dewy face to a matte, powdered look. Just my preference.
As of recently, I learned a super rad trick from a professional makeup artist: ADD A DROP OF OIL TO YOUR FOUNDATION ( totally will do a video tutorial on this too ). Seriously the best trick of life. So lately I’ve skipped the whole moisturizer in the foundation & added oil instead.
If you’ve never put oil on your skin because you’re scared of well, oily skin, YOU NEED TO GIVE it a try.
Really though, I slather my skin in oil ( in a Britney Spears-I’m a slave for you, shiny way ).
I’m like a full on witch doctor with my oils. At home, I prefer coconut oil but I’m also a huge fan of Vitamin E oil, almond oil, & jojoba oil. These are all 100% natural raw oils that I find on Amazon. Unbelievably simple.
Anyway so yes, a drop of oil to my foundation before application- ALWAYS. This creates that dewy glow & keeps the skin hydrated with a post-sex glow.
( Coconut oil does not work as good for this makeup trick. Use Vitamin E or almond oil for best results ).
Ok so, when I’m traveling I will LITERALLY call down to room service & ask for a side of real olive oil. This sounds absolutely fucking crazy, but I assure you it’s not.
Room service brings up a bowl of oil & I use it the whole trip.
Makeup remover, lotion, foundation mixer, you name it, I use it. This happens every time we travel anywhere, swear.
Ok, ok but we’re getting off track here— let’s talk about the reason for this post: blending oils & foundations for a flawless finish.
I’ve tried brushes, my finger, compact blenders but nothing is as GOOD as a beautyblender.
To be completely transparent, I’ve tried to cut corners & use fake beauty blenders from Forever21 ( they’re cheap & don’t work well— they’re super hard too. Weird. ). And nothing is as good as the real deal beautyblender.
Yesterday I realized that I’ve used this little pink sucker the entire trip— at least 3 times a day. Obviously a blog post lightbulb went off.
( PAUSE: by the way, totally NOT a sponsored post ).
I use it to apply sunscreen— because no one wants white flakes hanging off their face like Kris Kringle.
I use it to apply my foundation x oil mixture.
I use it to blend powder.
I use it to blend contour ( << note: for contouring I also like to use makeup brushes, more here ).
The difference between a beautyblender & everything else in the world?
Well there are a few things. The BB…
♡ creates a dewy, Jessica Alba look
♡ does some crazy voo-doo shit where it sort of ( chemically?? ) blends the makeup together making your face look like skin instead of alligator scales.
♡ doesn’t give you that orange line where your face looks different than your neck.
♡ is the best travel companion because it’s small AND HIGHLY efficient.
♡ can take ABUSE. This is creepy & weird: the more I use mine without washing it, the better my BB works because it absorbs the oils of the skin.
& before you think I’m nasty, remember J.Lo’s makeup artist famously said that “mixing oils of the skin together creates a way better finish.” I feel like the beautyblender does just that: mix the oils of the skin together for the ideal finish.
I was online trying to figure out why the hell I like it so much ( it’s kind of indescribable ) & I found the perfect word for it: the blotting sponge is BOUNCY. It bounces off your skin in the perfect way.
I dot foundation all over my face, like usual, then use the slightly dampened sponge to kind of “bounce” over the areas and blend the foundation into my skin.The sponge very easily melts the product into your skin without having those annoying drag marks you sometimes get with a brush. You can use the smaller pointy end for harder to reach areas such as around your nose and between the eyes.
Obviously many of you guys have heard of a beautyblender, but if you don’t use it daily, you’re missing out. Basically I’d rather not apply makeup without it.
SO! Your turn: share your ride or die beauty product below.
In other news, we’re off to Milan right now ( actually mid-air to be precise ). Very excited because PIZZAAAAAAA. Follow along on Snapchat ( UN: laurynevarts ). Any Italian recommendations? Your recommendations for Paris were on point.
All my friends gave up their Caboodle in junior high.
But not me!!
I looooveee my Caboodle ( << not sponsored, just realness ). Still use it to this day. They’re the best things EVER. Reasons? 1.) they keep all my makeup super organized. 2.) they’re so cute/chic. 3.) Caboodles are fab for traveling. And 4.) I’VE SAID IT ONCE & I’LL SAY IT AGAIN: they’re GREAT for people who are overly organized.
Seriously though, they really settle down my obsessive organized side.
Plus when I carry around the black makeup case, I feel like a real deal makeup artist.