Friday, July 25, 2014

Caveman Regimen - From Acne to Clear Skin ~ Day 30 & 33

I made it!
Wow, I manage to go 30 days without washing my face. And I still haven't, today being day 33. :D
I feel like my skin has changed a lot in these last three days. I was going to update you exactly on the 30 day mark, but my skin had a couple breakouts and was a bit red from exfoliating the dead skin off. The breakouts weren't from exfoliating, it was from picking. But, I haven't pick at my face since, and my skin has cleared most of those few breakouts. And my face was just a bit red from exfoliating that dead skin mask off, which felt like the most wonderful thing to do!

Okay, I'm going to put a few picture in here to show how it looked, dead skin mask and all, after 30 days.

You can see my skin flaking from the dead skin.

You can see the couple breakouts I had.

My skin didn't look too bad!

So overall, it was super flaky, and a bit red around the breakouts I had. I first tried to exfoliate my skin with these exfoliating cotton rounds. I tried it dry first, then I wet it. It didn't exfoliate my dead skin mask off though. So I just took my fingers and rubbed back and forth on my skin to exfoliate the dead skin off. It was pretty gross, but my skin underneath felt so smooth! My skin didn't feel dry, or oily. It felt perfectly balanced.

My skin is still flaking a little, but from what I've read eventually your skin will balance itself and stop flaking. 

This is what my skin looks like today!

I have a couple minor breakouts.

Still some flaking.

Scaring is slowly but surely going away!

The major difference I can tell is that my skin tone is much more even, and it isn't very red like it was before. My breakouts are fewer and fewer. If I do get a pimple, it's generally pretty small. So overall, I will definitely continue with this! My skin doesn't get irritated anymore, it's so much quicker not having to wash my face. I feel so much more free not having to wash my face! My skin isn't prefect yet, but I'm hoping it will just keep on improving. It's hard to tell a huge difference from pictures, but I can definitely tell a difference in my skin. If you've managed to clear your skin up a lot, but it still isn't quite there, I would recommend you try this! You really have nothing to lose, and it seriously is so great to be so free! Haha, I really love it! 

I hope my experiment has helped you determine if you want to give this a try. Let me know if you do try it or if you already have!

xx Chloe 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Caveman Regimen - From Acne to Clear Skin ~ Day 22

Wow, I can't believe it's been 22 days without washing my face and updating you guys!

Alright, so I haven't been perfect with dealing with my skin. I've gotten a bit frustrated, anxious, annoyed. I've picked at it when I really shouldn't have... That being said, I'm so happy with my decision to go caveman with my skincare! I find that if I do pick at my skin, it heals quickly. So when I do, I don't get too stressed out because I know my skin will heal itself. That being said, I still shouldn't pick at my skin, because I've created a few breakouts unnecessarily. My skin isn't nearly as red as it use to be, and I can actually see my freckles more! So I quite like that. :)

My skin isn't totally clear. Yet. I really have faith in this regimen! I still have a couple pimples, but I think if I leave them alone and be patient they will go away. Then I'll be clear! Hopefully that's how it will play out...

I actually got my sister to do this too, and her skin is doing amazing! Her skin isn't nearly as sensitive as mine, but her skin has taken to this very quickly. She loves it too! So sensitive skin or not, you should give it a shot!

Now in 8 days it will be the 30 day mark. I got these exfoliating cotton rounds, and have decided what I'm going to do it slightly wet them and use that to exfoliate my dead skin mask off. I'm so excited to do that! I honestly cannot wait! But I will. Hopefully. These cotton rounds should be very gentle, and I think they'll do the trick!

I have gotten some water on my face from showering, and I had to splash my face to get something off my skin once, but I'm still trying to go no water. So I'm going to keep with it!

Alright, guys! I'll update you again by the end of the 30 days!

xx Chloe ^_^

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You Are Beautiful.

Yes, you! Too often I think we all forget how beautiful, treasured, loved, and special we are. I just wanted to remind you, you are beautiful. You are treasured. You are loved, so, so much! You are so incredibly special!

I absolutely just love this quote. Some scientists say that is you saw a clone of yourself, you wouldn't even recognize yourself because our idea of how we look is very different from how we actually look. So often we view ourselves as plain, or ugly, or ordinary. I want to tell you that you are anything but plain, ugly, or ordinary!

I feel like a lot of the time you'll see someone who looks different to you, or has something you want, and so you label them beautiful. Then you label yourself not beautiful because you don't have what they do. They are beautiful for what they have and look like, and you are beautiful for what you have and look like.

You are not a mistake. God created you and has a plan for your life. A beautiful and unique plan! He loves you with a love that will always be there. He cherishes you, and is so excited to be there for you! He loves you so much, and nothing you can do will change His love for you. He will never be angry with you. He loves you, and thinks you're absolutely stunning! 

And please, don't forget. You are beautiful.

I love you all!

xx Chloe

Friday, June 20, 2014

Caveman Regimen - From Acne to Clear Skin ~ Day 1

Hello, you beautiful person!

Today marks the start of my caveman regimen experience to clear skin. Ever heard of it? Most probably haven't, so I'll give you a quick run down.
Basically, the caveman regimen isn't a regimen at all. It's where you do nothing to your skin. I mean no cleansing, toning, moisturizing, spot treating, picking, no face makeup. You leave your skin alone to heal and get back to it's natural state. Kind of scary, right? Letting go of your control, and letting your skin heal itself naturally isn't the easiest thing. Physically it's super easy! It takes wayyyy less time to get ready in the morning, and to get ready for bed at night. Emotionally and mentally though, it can be challenging. But that too, is part of the healing process.

Today marks the official start of the caveman regimen for me. For about 1 1/2 months I haven't washed my face in the morning, only the night. Then a few days ago I stopped washing my face at night too, but I did rinse it and apply a little bit of jojoba oil afterwards. Now though, I'm going extreme and will try to not let any products touch my face, including  not letting water touch my face. When I wash my hair, I'll probably get some water on my face but that's kind of unavoidable. Some people that do the caveman regimen will rinse their face with water, but at least in the beginning for me, I'm not going to.

I'm just going to take you guys on this journey with me, and see how it goes! I have a beauty channel on YouTube, but thankfully I've never been a big one on foundation and face makeup. I will still wear eye makeup, but I can just remove that without doing anything to the rest of my face. So hopefully by the end of 30 days, that's generally how long it takes for your skin to start looking and feeling good, I'll have clearer skin!

Right now, my skin is looking a little oily, but nothing bad. The texture also isn't very smooth, but that's how everyone feels in the beginning of this regimen. My skin is trying to learn how to take care of itself without the help of products. I had such lovely skin up until I was 11, or 12. From that age on I started to use face washes, granted they were natural ones, but that was the start of my skin issues. Ever since then I've struggled with acne. No more, though! I'm ready for it to be gone. I've always used natural products on my face, but I have such sensitive skin that I think this might just be the right thing for me. :)

Now in addition to the caveman regimen, I try to eat clean and healthy (I try to eat no gluten and dairy in the week). I also exercise 4-6 times a week. I think one of the huge contributors to clear skin is a healthy lifestyle. Now I do let myself indulge on the weekends, because if I don't treat myself I would not be able to maintain eating healthy.

I have a lot of acne scars from a semi recent really bad skin freak out and break out. After lots of patience though, I've managed to get my skin to this point.

This is the current state of what my skin looks like, day 1:

I'm not sure how often I will update you guys, because I'm going to try to not be obsessive about how my skin looks these first 30 days. After the 30 days, I've read that you can gently exfoliate all the dead skin off, and it will reveal beautiful and smooth skin. I'm not sure yet how I will exfoliate it off, just with my fingers, or with a natural Konjac exfoliating sponge. I read about someone who used that sponge and it worked well for her. So we'll see! I hope you all bear with me, and I hope I can stick it out!

xx Chloe

Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY Pillows! Body Pillow, Small Pillow, and Long Body Roll Pillow

Hey everyone! So I just made some DIY pillows for my room to match my new bedding I got. I decided I would show you guys how to do it! I show you in the video how to do everything, but I'm going to try and go step by step in this post to tell you how to make them! It is easier for me to show you how to make them, so watching the video will probably help. Okay, so let's get started!

What you'll need - 

Fabric: Total of 3 yards Muslin Fabric for all three pillows (Or any cheap fabric of your choice. This is what the pillow is going to be made of, but you're not going to see it because it's going to be covered by our pillow covers we're making!)
Total of 3 1/2 yards of fabric in your choice of color, design, and material. If you want to get more fabric, it is always better to have more just to be safe!

Stuffing: Total of 4 Bags (16 ounces each [454 grams]) Poly-Fil stuffing from FrayFair. You can use whatever materials in this project you want. You don't have to use what I use. :)

Buttons: The buttons might be needed, and they might not. I would buy some just to be sure you have them if you need them. I ended up using 3 buttons in total. In addition to the buttons, I bought some no fray glue from Dritz called Fray Check, just so I didn't have to sew any button holes.

And of course you're going to need a sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, thread, and a needle.

                                         Small Head Pillow:

Small Head Pillow's Muslin Base Pillow:
  1. Cut out a piece of muslin fabric, along the folded edge of fabric, measuring 20 in" in length and 15 in" in width.
  2. Pin and sew the length side of fabric (if you cut the fabric so you have the folded edge in your cut piece, you only have to sew the one length side), and one of the width sides. Don't sew both width sides, you must leave one un-sewn so we can put the stuffing in.
  3. Flip the muslin cover so it's the right side around (where you don't see your sewing), and stuff with your stuffing. You can stuff it as densely as you like.
  4. Once stuffed to your liking, fold each edge of the opening (where you stuffed your pillow), down half an inch and press the two folded edges together and pin. Once folded and pinned together, sew that folded and pinned edge so the stuffing doesn't get out and so your muslin pillow in complete. 
Small Head Pillow Cover:
  1. Cut out a piece of your choice of fabric (printed, plain, polka dot), along the folded edge of fabric, measuring 27 in" in length and 22 in" in width.
  2. Fold the length ends of fabric over half an inch, pin, and sew both edges so they're hemmed.
  3. With print side of fabric facing up, fold the two length edges of fabric an inch and a half over the middle of the fabric. The one end of fabric will overlap the other end of fabric. The fabric should now be wrong side up after folding the ends an inch and a half over the middle of the fabric.
  4. Pin and sew the width ends of the fabric now. Once they are sewn, turn the fabric right side around.
  5. With fabric turned right side around, measure and pin 2 in" around the whole pillow case. Once measured and pinned, sew along the pillow case creating a 2 inch border. When you're sewing it, you're going to come upon the opening where you're going to put your pillow in. When you get to that spot, you need to stop, turn the fabric so it's going to the end of that piece of fabric, sew up that spot, then stop, turn the fabric like you would be continuing the border (even though you're 2 inches above it), sew a couple stitches, stop, turn the fabric so you're now going back towards the border where you're sewing, sew down, then once you're back to where you were sewing your border, back stitch back to the spot you left off with your border, then continue with the 2 inch border. Make sure to repeat this when you get to the other end with the opening. If you don't do that, you're going to have a hole in your 2 inch border.
  6. Once you're finished with your border, you're going to sew one third of the way down your opening where you put your pillow in. Where your pillow case opens, take the two length ends towards the border you just created, and make them overlap each other. Once they're overlapped, sew from about one-third way down, until you're back up to your border. Make sure when you're sewing, you're only sewing those two edges together and aren't sewing them to the whole pillow case. Do that to both sides. When you're finished you're going to have a smaller opening to put your pillow in. 
  7. Put your pillow in the pillow case you just created and see if the opening in the back flaps open. In my case it only flapped open with the body pillow. If it does flap open, use your buttons and no fray glue and put some buttons and button holes on the back to keep it closed. Then your pillow is finished!
                                         Body Pillow:

The body pillow is made exactly the same as the small head pillow, so just follow those instructions with these measurements. Here are the measurements to make it:

Muslin Base Pillow: Length 37 in", Width 17 in"
Body Pillow Cover: Length 45 in", Width 22 in" (If possible, make width 24 in". My fabric's width was 22 in" so I couldn't make it any wider)

                                         Long Body Roll Pillow:

Long Body Roll's Muslin Base Pillow:
  1. Cut out a piece of muslin fabric, along the folded edge, measuring 31 in" in length and 14 1/2 in" in width for the body roll. For the circle ends, take your fabric, fold it in half width wise, then fold it about 6 inches length wise. Then measure 4 1/2 inches length, and width, and mark it. Then cut the fabric at the 4 1/2 in" length part up towards the other 4 1/2 in" mark. When you reach the 4 1/2 in" width mark, curve your scissors so they are then going towards the end of the folded piece of fabric. 
  2. Pin and sew the length end of your  fabric for the body roll. Don't sew the width ends of fabric.
  3. Take your circle ends and pin them onto the width end of your body roll fabric. They're too big, so what you need to do is before you pin it onto the width end of the fabric, make a tiny little fold on the circle fabric piece and then pin it onto the width end. Do that until the whole circle end is pinned onto the width end and it fits properly. 
  4. Sew the one circle end onto the width end fully. Sew the second circle end onto the width end leaving about a 6 in" space un-sewn. Before you take the pins out so you can stuff the body roll, pinch the center of the circle end, fold the pinched end over about half an inch, then fold the folded end long ways. Pin it, and then sew just the very end of the folded part. This step it optional, but it does take the circle end in a bit, as it is slightly big.
  5. Take the pins out and turn the muslin cover the right way around so you don't see any sewing. Stuff the body roll. Once the body roll is stuffed to your liking, do what you did when you were first putting the circle ends on. Make tiny little folds on the circle fabric, and then pin it onto the body roll fabric. Then hand sew the opening. Then the muslin body roll pillow is done!
Body Roll Fabric Cover:
  1. Cut out a piece of your choice of fabric (printed, plain, polka dot), along the folded edge of fabric, measuring 32 in" in length and 19 in" in width for the body roll part. Then do the same folding technique we did with the muslin cover for the circle ends, and cut out a piece that is 4 in" by 4 in", curving the scissors when you reach the other 4 in" mark going towards the end of the folded fabric. I used a different fabric than from the body roll part.
  2. Fold the length ends of fabric over half an inch, and then fold it over again, pin, and sew both edges so they're hemmed. With this one, I had to fold it over twice, so it was double hemmed, because if I didn't it would fray.
  3. Take your finished muslin body roll pillow, and wrap the hemmed body roll fabric around it making the wrong side face you when wrapped. The ends will overlap, and that's how you want it. Pin about one third of the way down on both sides where the ends overlap. Take the pillow out of the fabric without un-pinning it. Then sew the pinned parts, making sure not to sew the whole cover together. 
  4. Flip the cover right side around, and the part that flaps from where the fabric overlapped, pin it and sew it. Again, make sure not to sew it onto the whole cover.
  5. Flip the fabric wrong side around, and pin the circle ends onto the width ends. The width part is slightly too big, so on each corner of the circle end (4 corners), make small folds with the main body roll fabric. Pin the circle ends onto the width ends without little folds for the rest of the width end. I took too much fabric in when creating the little folds, so I only ended up creating 3 little folds. But it isn't noticeable. 
  6. Sew both circle ends on fully, and then flip the cover right side around and put your muslin body roll pillow in it. Then you're finished!
Okay, so that is step by step instructions on how to do it! I hope they're easy to understand. If you're a bit confused, refer to the video so you can see what I'm doing. It's easier to show you how to do it than to explain to you how to do it. I hope you like them!

xx Chloe

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inspirational Quotes & How to Stay Positive

Hey everyone! I decided to do a post on some inspirational quotes I've read, and just some things on how to be happy and positive!

This one I know we all do sometimes! It's so easy to pound yourself over one little thing you did wrong, or something you should have done but didn't. Let it go. Life is short, so live it to the fullest!

This goes with the last one, be kind to everyone and be kind to yourself! I think this is another one we do. We aren't always kind to ourselves, even if we are to others. You have to love yourself exactly how you are. You are beautiful exactly how you are.

Proverbs 4:23
That verse is so right. If you think that you can do something, then you can, even if it's really hard. But if you think that you can't, then you won't. Your thoughts are so powerful, so never finish a negative statement, always reverse it!

1 Peter 3:3-4
I think that one speaks for itself!

Don't ever give up! You might be in the middle of the tunnel and not see the light, but if you just go a tiny bit further, you'll see the light! 

Remember that God loves you so, so much, and that your life is so precious. I hope you're having a great day, evening, or night!

xx Chloe

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kiss Nail Dress Review

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to be doing a review on the Kiss Nail Dress nail art strips for your tips and toes! I have never tried any nail strips (or stickers) before. So I'm a newbie with applying these, and am able to give my full review without comparing them to any other brand.

I got my nail strips in Be Mine from their limited edition collection (It looks like there are 6 limited edition nail strips), and bought them for $5.97 without tax from Wal-Mart. The main reason I bought these was because of the gorgeous design! When I saw them in the store, they were calling my name, "Chloe, Chloe! Buy us!". Ha, ha, ha, so maybe they weren't, but they are super cute and caught my attention! They remind me of water marbled nail art, and peacock feathers.

Okay, let's get down to business. Let's start off with what the instructions say, first it says to clean your nails with either alcohol or nail polish remover. I cleaned my nails with my nails polish remover to make sure I didn't have any oil, dirt, or leftover nail polish on. Then it says to file and smooth nails. I didn't do that because my nails were already filed and in shape. Next it just tells you to find the correct size and how to apply and remove the excess nail strip.
When I applied them to my first hand, I actually applied them the wrong way! Ha, ha, ha... I was applying the more squared off end by my cuticle, when you're supposed to apply the curved end by your cuticle (I had a total, "Wow, Chloe..." moment. As I'm sure we all have once in a new moon!). After I figured that out, I saw that they went on looking a lot better! When I was applying them the wrong way, they were going on looking a bit off (of course). But even when I was applying them the correct way, some nails didn't get covered fully (the strip didn't cover both sides of my nails properly.). Now, I was a bit disappointed by that, but not totally surprised. I mean, they try and make these strips to fit all nails, and that isn't a very easy task as some nails are wider than others.

Another thing with the application is that they're fairly difficult to get to go on smoothly. On most of my nails I got little folds in the strips. Especially towards the tips of my nails, which isn't good because water easily got under the little folds and 'de-glued' the strips.

Also, cutting the excess nail strip off with the mini nail file it includes, left the tips of my nail strips uneven. Which then resulted in the strips catching on fabric and having little fluff at the end of my nails!

So, I actually ended up peeling these off my nails that night. After I got in the shower, a couple of the tips wouldn't stick to the ends of my nails. And it was annoying me having to keep pulling off the fluff!
But, peeling them off was quite fun! They slightly damaged my two thumb nails, but I just buffed them and they're totally fine now (with no damage to my other nails)! I just peeled them off and then used some nail polish remover to get rid off any of the glue left on my nails.
I also applied the nail strips to my toenails, which looks so cute!

It took me awhile to apply them to my toes, because they only include strips that fit your big toe, and then strips that fit your finger nails. So I had to do some cutting of the strips to get them to fit on my little toes. Now the strips are working really well on my toes because I don't use my toes to do things other than keep me balanced! Ha, ha, ha... Oh, dear. But they're working nicely on my toes and look super cute!

So to sum this overly long post up, I think they're super cute, don't take as long to apply as it would to actually paint your nails like this (but they are fairly time consuming in applying them), if applied very carefully, and smoothed onto the nail properly, can last for a few days (maybe even a week as it claims?). It's possible I applied them badly, even though I tried to apply them carefully and smoothly, but they didn't really work out for me. There probably are a few things I could do next time to make them work out better, but for a first time user, I'm not overly impressed. I might buy nail strips again, but would probably try out another brand like Sally Hansen.
Don't let my one review discourage you from buying them, though! Read other reviews, and try them out for yourself! The experience I have with something, might not me the same as yours.

I hope this helped you all!
xx Chloe