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Razor Burn Is Just The Worst- Here’s How To Prevent It

October 11, 2017
by
LAURYN

How To Prevent Razor Burn: A TENDSKIN BREAKDOWN | by the skinny confidential

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!

Like, UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

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!

So wait, what exactly is Tend Skin?

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!”

FUN!

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.

I get mine on Amazon.

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.

Happy Friday! x lauryn

+ READ: WHY I SHAVE MY FACE | READ: BIKINI LINE MAINTENANCE | READ: LET’S GET LEGGY: LEG SHAVING

+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast featuring the co-founder of Create & Cultivate. She’s a badass woman who is so empowering. Happy listening!

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Why You Should Wear Sunscreen On Your Eyelids

September 5, 2017
by
LAURYN

keep your eyes out of the sun | by the skinny confidential

{ graphic: Bianca Cash }

Ok this is a real weird post, but like what’s new with that- you know?

If we’re going to get bizarre, this is the place to do it!

So that my friends, is why I am going to campaign about the importance of sunscreen on the eyelids.

::crickets::

That’s right, like your eye LIDS. But you can close them before you apply- don’t worry you don’t need sunscreen on your eyes, I haven’t gotten that crazy. Also you should probably note it’s super important to make sure you get a sunscreen that doesn’t make your eyes sting.

( We all know there’s NOTHING ( nothing though? ) worse than applying sunscreen or cc cream & having your eyes water for hours. It stings, it burns, & it’s just not comfortable in any way. You know what I mean, right? When you apply sunscreen or foundation & your eyes hurt. It’s just not fun. I now avoid that annoyance. How? Well I tried about 8 million sunscreens AND BELIEVE I FOUND THE ONE. It’s kind of like marriage- you have to keep testing until you find THE ONE. This one NEVER hurts MY eyes. I capitalize MY because it works for me- everyone is different. You have to test things out before you fully commit. So be sure to test a little on your hand first, move to your face, & then go all in with the eye lids. Shamelessly, I apply my 50 SPF on my face, neck, hands, AND eye lids with a beautyBlender. The kind I prefer glides on perfectly with a dewey ( AKA REAL DIRTY ) beautyBlender. I don’t know, there’s something about it that just goes on better. Also you should know it’s caffeinated so it tightens the skin- just another plus for ya ).

OK so we went off on a tangent there- let’s get back to the point of this post: EYE LIDS. “Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body. Your eyelids and the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your face ( up to 10% thinner than skin in other areas ) and least resilient in general, which means that it is very vulnerable to UV damage.

Like many others, I unknowingly assumed that my eyes and their surrounding skin were being protected from UV rays by my sunglasses. I learned that this is only partially true! The effectiveness of protection against UV rays provided by sunglasses depends on many factors which are not standardized, like the size and shape of the glasses.

After learning that my sunglasses were not protecting me from UV rays in the way I thought they were, I began researching to understand more about how to properly protect my eyes and the area around them. I realized that the most important thing for me to do was to find an effective sunscreen which will not cause irritation to my sensitive skin and that I can wear around my eyes every day.” { VIA }.

A BIG mistake: is no sunscreen on eyes & then falling asleep in the sun. Raise your hand if this has happened to you?!

Um SO much YES? PLEASE: use sunscreen on your eye lids!!

( ANOTHER side note: I also apply my favorite caffeine sunscreen lightly to my lips. As you can see, I don’t fuck around when it comes to my skin. I’m just very much about protecting my skin from the sun & keeping the whole anti-aging theme going. Even MORE importantly, I’m about being a role model for YOU GUYS or readers who are in their early 20’s. “A sunscreen role model” it will say on my grave stone. Like think of me crying when you’re baking in the sun. I’m like your mom but more annoying. Wear your visors GUYS!! ).


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Speaking of visors– can we talk about the new visor I just got? I don’t know maybe you’ve seen it? On your 92-year-old next door neighbor? Or perhaps you’ve seen the lady at your local greenhouse wearing it? Possibly even on your very single 10th grade camp counselor who was most likely carrying a clipboard, being a busy body, wearing jorts?

Well NOW I TOO AM THE PROUD OWNER of the most obnoxious hat on the planet.

This hat was inspired by a beautiful woman I saw running. We struck up a conversation & she showed me the side of her neck. There was a ton of sun damage. She told me the damage immediately made her feel older & even scared ( because skin cancer! ). Then she went on to say she failed to pay attention to her neck her entire life. I’m telling you her neck was a completely different age than her face. Like sure, she protected her face her entire life…but she neglected her neck. HENCE THE INSPIRATION BEHIND MY NEW VISOR. Because this visor protects not only your face & neck guys, it protects your chest too! So instead of calling this ‘the old person’s visor’ let’s go ahead & call it ‘TSC anti-aging visor.’ I’ll accept awards when we are all 100.

::waits patiently::

Anyway, back to eye lids. Please wear sunscreen on your eye lids. It will eliminate wrinkles, skin cancer, brown spots, the works! Keep me updated on how it works for you!

…& get your ‘TSC-ish anti-aging visors.’ They’re not expensive- & YES, people will stare at you BUT you will be protected from the sun so who cares? I don’t. Well you know that- there’s nothing I love more than to embarrass Michael in the most obnoxious hat in the world.

Happy Saturday, lauryn x

+ for those of you who reached out about animal donations in Houston: THANK YOU. I am putting together something fun for TSC Community. In the meantime, check out THIS SITE to donate- a lovely reader sent the info to me. Shoutout to Trista Granberry for sending me the info. AND I appreciate ALL of your recommendations. Stay tuned. x

++ be sure to listen to the latest podcast on the art of fulfillment & science of achievement. IT IS SOMETHING EVERYONE NEEDS to hear if they’re wanting to progress in their relationship, career, or in general.

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How To Make Face Bloat Magically Disappear…Thank God

November 15, 2017
by
LAURYN


Well, hi, hello! BONJOUR!

We are in France ( St. Tropez, specifically! ) for a little work…& A LOT of play. As I said on Instagram: Michael & I have a crush on the South of France. The people, the energy, & man oh man the food. So we decided to say FUCK IT & come live here for a month. We started in Monte Carlo, then Antibes, & Cannes for a few days. Now we are in a rented house in St. Tropez for a month- we are doing a revolving door where a bunch of our friends & family come visit to share the experience. SO you can expect a bunch of comedy…experience is everything! “To roam the roads of lands remote, TO TRAVEL IS TO LIVE.” Would LOVE any of your recommendations! You guys have been DM-ing some amazing recs but if you have more share, share! And of course, you know I’ll be snapping Susan’s craziness because YOU KNOW HE IS QUITE THE PLANNER.

The pasta here is unreal- it’s that good that it needs it’s notable mention. It’s always filled with all my movie star players: lemon, butter, basil, olive oil, garlic, cheese, sea salt ( sometimes a little chili flakes ). I’m very much good with that combo if I’m ever on Death Row. Pair it with some dry, crisp wine & we’re set. Speaking of pasta…& wine, it makes you fucking bloated.

Real bloated.

Which is one of the main reasons I always eat half AND for every alcoholic beverage, I drink a huge-ass glass of water or a cup of peppermint tea ( << which I swear helps so well with a hangover ).

When I’m in France I typically lose weight because I’m walking everywhere & simply don’t eat as much. I feel like it has to do with the humid weather & the fact that the food isn’t filled with chemicals. HOWEVER your face DOES bloat. I attribute that to travel, the plane, dehydration, & maybe overindulging in pasta & wine…( can I live? ).

So if you’re going to ask someone about face bloating, you came to the right place.

You know me! After a horrific double jaw surgery, I know my shit when it comes to face bloating. But really, if you were swollen for two years – you’d be an expert too.

You have to watch the video first.

I’m so versed in facial swelling, I could write a book on the topic.

Let’s go even further: I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while. So, so long. I kept wanting to film a video but I haven’t gotten around to it- but I will, I will. The video will really break it down for you.

SO THE TOPIC HERE? FACIAL MASSAGE.

Anyway, a few things: there’s a few ways to go about facial massage. 1.) You can do it for free! This is what the video will be on. 2.) You can get a little handheld machine. I love mine! Sure, I have a facial brush but this is different guys. This is like a vibrator for your face. In fact, it sounds like a vibrator, kind of looks like one, maybe you could even…oh, we’re getting off track here. But it’s very efficient. 3.) Lastly you can also do what I always do: the second I land off a long flight, I haul my ass to the closet spa & get a lymphatic drainage massage. This works like a REAL charm. You go from swollen, Sloth from The Goonies to beauty pageant status.

We will touch on all three ways.

Way 1.) this needs to begin with a huge shout out to my makeup artist & friend, Jules Wick. Jules told me to watch this YouTube video when I was feeling EXTRA swollen in NYC. No joke, I spent 20 minutes doing the whole video & FELT 239743247 X better. So I swear by facial massage- I can’t even put makeup on without doing it now. Michael knows to give me an extra 10 minutes, at least, to do my everyday facial massage. It’s a thing now. I will do a video of how I do it ( maybe even on Snapchat or IG Stories ) to show you how easy & free it is. Warning: after you do this once, you will never go back to putting makeup on a bloated face. What happens here is it kind of drains the lymph system while rubbing out fine lines & wrinkles. I work A LOT around the eye area. A lot of people with dark circles or puffy eyes want filler- I’m telling you, you don’t even need it if you become a regular facial massager like me!

Next up, way 2.) this is something I’ve been experimenting with long enough to confidently say: IT WORKS. I’ve said once & I’ll say it again- I really don’t like blogging about anything until I’ve tried it a lot. The integrity of The Skinny Confidential is important to me so I don’t want to half-ass recommend something that isn’t worth. This little vibrating machine, is worth it. It’s not cheap- but I love it. This is the kind of investment I like. Some girls like their Louboutins, I like my facial massager. I’d rather have a tight, wrinkle-free face than cute shoes. But that’s just me. If you’re out there wondering how to get this device, ask for one for Christmas. By the way, this is not sponsored- just sincerely all about this massager. You go in little circles all over your face. I like to apply this organic oil before I do it. Always use it before you apply makeup & really concentrate around the eyes so you don’t have those puffy under circles. I go as far as to do my neck because it really helps with the lymphatic system. Even my chest sometimes- I’ll apply Vitamin C serum & use it on my chest at night. Regardless, it wakes you up & gets the circulation going. You will feel dewier, tighter, younger, etc.

To go further here, the device is described as: “a micro-firming massage device that smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles, boosts the absorption of your daily skin care products, and with 27,000 micro-firming massages per use, delivers a pleasurable ‘spa-like experience.”

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS. For all of you who are regular readers, this is something you will all DIE OVER. One of those products, that’s a real win.

And last but not least, lymphatic drainage facial. Ask for one next time you get off a flight & you just won’t believe the results. They’re so fabulous. Have the facialist go down your neck too. Full transparency: sometimes this requires a little explanation. You need to tell them you want a lympathic drainage facial that helps fight bloat because you’ve been traveling. Also let them know you’re dehydrated because after a lot of travel you most likely are dried out. And lastly, tell them you’d love it if they also focused on your neck/chest. If you can’t tell, I never neglect my neck, chest, & hands. Paying attention to the face is great, but aging happens everywhere so PREVENTION IS KEY.

And that my friends is why I like facial massage. PREVENTATIVE MEASURES. BE PROACTIVE. NIP THAT SHIT IN THE BUD.

Don’t wait until you’re 50- prevent the wrinkles from happening.

If you can’t tell, SKIN IS IN. My skin is a priority. I take care of it every single day, a few times a day. It’s sort of like fitness but for skin. Wash your makeup off, wear SPF everywhere, do your facial massage, invest in a brightening serum ( remember we talked about this! ), & use your oils.

To be real if I can do one thing with The Skinny Confidential it’s to be a skin role model- I’m on a mission.

Questions? Happy to answer them- let me know below.

In the meantime, would you like a video on facial massage? I can do a mean finger facial massage. Ok, that sounds sexual?

We are off to Le Club 55 to enjoy some prosciutto & melon which I’m 100% sure will most likely swell my face up…thank God for facial massage.

Chat tomorrow, lauryn x

+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast with fitness guru, Kim Kelly. She is so savvy when it comes to working out & moving your ass!

++ for jet lag tips, check out Michael’s post– he knows his shit!

+++ MORE SKINCARE POSTS.

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JUST SOME MAJOR FAVORITES LATELY

June 21, 2017
by
LAURYN

favorites lately | by the skinny confidential

Hi, hello! Today I have a new YouTube video for you!

Would love to know what kind of videos you want to see more of- very much focused on bringing you a lot of video content this year.

I feel like it’s just easy to communicate through video. For me this is especially true with LIVE video…I’m announcing something fun & different for IG/FB LIVE next week. I wanted to do sort of a spin on LIVE & I think you guys will like it. LIVE is my favorite part of the week- thanks to YOU.

With that- sit back, grab a cup of mint tea, & enjoy:

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FAVORITES LATELY

STILA LIQUID SILVER GLITTER

ORIBE THICK DRY FINISHING SPRAY | ( READ HAIR POST )

CRAFT + FOSTER CANDLES

COLOURPOP ULTRA COLOR LIP

JADE ROLLER | ( READ LYMPATHIC DRAINAGE POST )

L’OREAL SUPERSTAR MASCARA | ( READ EYE MAKEUP POST )

GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD | ( READ MASK POST )

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Happy Tuesday! x

++ shop my look: bralette | tee ( similar ) | long necklacefake eyelashes

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COLLAGEN-BOOSTING SKINCARE EVERYONE CAN AFFORD

May 31, 2017
by
LAURYN

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So I’ve been searching HIGH & low looking for skincare that’s SUPER affordable but still SUPER EFFECTIVE. A lot of you guys have e-mailed me looking for something that won’t break the bank…& besides oils, a lot of the skincare I like can be pricy.

I mean serums can cost up to $70 dollars for a little bottle. My favorite mask ever is $75 bucks. And even caffeinated sunscreen is over $40.

Now I’m still in love with all of those products BUT for the longest time I’ve wanted to showcase products on The Skinny Confidential that everyone can afford.

skincare 11 | by the skinny confidential

WHICH IS WHY I AM V. V. EXCITED FOR TODAY.

After testing a zillion products ( really- everything under the sun ) I’ve found a skincare regimen that’s not only incredibly affordable, it’s effective too.

How do I know?

Well I put it to the test the whole time I was traveling.

For the record traveling gives me pimples. It just does. Which is unfortunate. BUT the whole time I was traveling, I was pimple-free. And I’m going to say it’s thanks to NxN?

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Anyway, let’s back up here. Let’s talk about the reasons I decided to try this product in the first place. NxN:

♡ nourishes your skin with natural ingredients.

♡ contains NO artificial colors/fragrances.

♡ paraben free, sulfate free, hypoallergenic, made in the USA, never tested on animals ( UM YES PLZ ).

♡ ingredients include: coconut, Amazonian cacay oil, camellia, green tea, & grapeseed oils.

♡ boosts collagen…GIVE ME.

Those five things do it for me. And to find something that I can talk about on The Skinny Confidential that EVERYONE can afford gets me going. I feel like it does it for everyone, no?

While I was traveling my routine went like this:

I came back to our hotel ( late, usually- hello NYC & France ) & immediately went to the sink to take off my makeup with the cleanser- all the makeup would easily come off which is not surprising because HELLO THERE IS GRAPE SEED OIL IN IT. If you’ve been a long time reader you know that I live & die for taking my makeup off with grape seed oil. After that I threw on the beauty sleep moisturizer & some eye serum and chapstick and hopped into bed. Easy. In the mornings I tried the day cream under my makeup which is filled with marine minerals, raspberry seed, sea buckthorn, grape seed, & Amazonian cacay oil. Quick, simple, to the point.

Let me tell you guys, it’s not easy to find affordable, effective skin care. I know this first hand because I’m always looking.

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Anyway, the first 100 TSC readers will receive the Zero Shine System for Oily/Combo Skin OR the Total Moisture System for Dry/Sensitive Skin for just $9.99. Simply go here & enter in the code SKINNYCONFIDENTIAL. The 2 Minute Club is a subscription based service, and you can cancel at anytime.

Before I go, I’d love to know: in what other areas do you want me to find something that’s affordable? For instance: handbags? Hair care? Loafers? You name it. I’ll pull out my magnifying glass- I love a challenge.

With that I’m off to watch Billions. You should know I’m very involved with this show. It hits the spot. So yes ginger turmeric tea, popcorn with dark chocolate chips, & Billions for us tonight. Hope you’re all having a good week!

See ya tomorrow.

X lauryn

+ this post is in collaboration with NxN. As always all opinions are my own.

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