I ❤️ African Black Soap

Ok so I was actually debating back and forth about whether or not I wanted to be more personal on just my third blog post. In order to write my special review and praise for Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap, I have to explain my recent acne problems. This is a topic I do want to go into more depth about later on but i’ll just touch on it a bit for this specific post.

Recently I have been struggling with crazy acne, which is entirely found on my cheeks and has made me super self-conscious because I’ve never had acne prone skin, even during my teen years. I love wearing makeup so I hated seeing all the bumps underneath  and I feel like I constantly need to wear foundation to cover it all up.

Thankfully my acne has really calmed down because I finally stopped trying 100 different products at once. My mom kept telling me to stop overdoing it with the products and just focus on cleansing, the inside and the outside. And after months of frustration and wasting money on so , SOOO many products i focused on cleansing. Enter AFRICAN BLACK SOAP! Every morning and every night I wash my face thoroughly with this soap bar and I follow that with some Murad acne moisturizer which has also been a part of my recovery. The Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap contains awesome ingredients like African Shea Butter, Oats, Aloe, Vitamin E and Rosemary extract among other things. It smells so good but its a natural smell not a fragrance because we who have acne problems know how much problems fragrance items can cause on our already sensitive skin.

So okay, that’s my review for this week! My face has just gotten SO much better and I’m so happy with my results and I just wanted to share this so that anyone out there struggling could hear from a real person going through the same hell. Hope you guys can try out my technique and give Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap a try. It’s pretty cheap at $3.00 the bar and it lasts a long time and can be found at any local drugstore. Even if you don’t have acne problems, I know you’ll love this soap and how clean it leaves the skin. I’d love to hear back, so don’t hesitate in leaving your comments and letting us know what you think!

Until next week beautiful people!

• Kay

Olive Oil continued!! 



So last week I gave you guys a preview of all the great things Olive oil can do. As you saw, it can help with unzipping zippers, stainless steel shine, or even just polishing furniture. Now I don’t want to make this post lengthy so let me just get to the point.I am going to talk about its beauty benefits. I am such an advocate for using natural products over chemical ones. I’m sure I agitate all my friends talking about it, but here’s why! First of all, why would you want to apply things to your skin that contain ingredients that you can’t even pronounce? That goes for the things we ingest too, but today I will focus on just this. The average person uses numerous amounts of products in their lifetime, of this I am sure, because I am guilty of it too. We need to realize that our skin acts as a sponge. It absorbs everything we put onto it. How many chemicals has your skin absorbed in your lifetime? A lot I presume. According to treehugger.com, these chemicals will affect us over time, whether it is with infertility, birth defects, hormone disruptor, or even just preventing us from giving our skin the nutrients it deserves.  Using chemical products is an artificial and temporary solution. While it can help for the moment, natural products, such as Olive oil, can fix the inner problem of your skin. According to stylecraze.com, Olive oil is closest in chemical structure to our skins natural oil structure than any other natural oil. Hence the reason it works as such a great moisturizer. It has natural antioxidants and doesn’t clog pores. It is very convenient in the winter for those extra ashy places like our elbows and knees. It also has a regenerative component that ensures your skin to remain soft and smooth while keeping it firm. Another thing, it helps with stretch marks! Olive oil helps the skin regenerate and increase in elasticity. It helps prevent stretch marks and also helps lighten the present ones. Also, because of vitamin E and antioxidants, it prevents premature aging and wrinkles. How great is that! Last but not least, it works as a great makeup remover!!! It wipes it right off. Now here’s a tip, when applying the oil, do it right after you’ve showered or just washed your face. It is best applied when the skin is still damp, not wet, but damp. The skin absorbs it better. Idk why, but it does. If you don’t believe me, try it! Or Google it! I am obviously no expert, but I do a lot of experimenting and research. Oh and 1 more thing! Adding lavender or Rosemary or anything of that sort will help make the smell better! Anyway guys, my rant is over. Until next week 🙂

                        Izzy

Beauty Product Review! YASSS!





Ok, so after a whole weekend of really trying to come up with something to write about that would remotely tickle someones interest, I decided it was time I played with my makeup a bit to try and find something I might want to come tell you all about. So today I spent most of my day trying the products in my drawer that I haven’t really been using, to see if I could find something that would stand out. AND I TOTALLY DID!

So I know i’m not the only one who hates buying a product hoping and expecting it be amazing, to then buying it, trying it and realizing it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Now remember that disappointment and frustration and you’ll be able to feel what I feel. A few months ago I watched as Dulce Candy (awesome youtube beauty guru) talk about Benefit’s “They’re Real: Push-up Liner”. It seemed like such an amazing innovative product which it could be if only they tweaked it up a bit. 

Pros: It totally is Waterproof! Takes quite a lot of makeup remover to get this baby off! Which is great for all day wear. It stays in place and since it is a gel liner in a pen its matte. The applicator is convenient and the angle of the tip helps make the process of application easier and it has a twisty bottom thing to push the formula to the tip. 

Cons: Its almost close to impossible to apply over eye shadow! I struggled and eventually just gave up. Without eye shadow its actually a pretty smooth application except for the fact that it tends to flake up in a way,  also the formula can be a bit dry. 

 Overall, I totally think there is room for improvements for this innovative product so I give it a 6/10.  I won’t be buying this product again until they update the formula and for $24 a stick… I suggest you wait it out.  From one non expert rookie apprentice to another, we need easy not more complicated and money is a luxury around here, amirite or amirite? (that means “am i right” in like a weird italian or wannabe brooklyn accent..I dont know, its just funny.)  ok that’s all from me. sorry for the damn essay. CIAO BELLAS!    

Kay   

Olive Oil Wonders 

Olive Oil can be a part of your beauty               regime 



Ever wonder what the hype about Olive oil is? Here are a few reasons! I will later on go in depth about why it works better than other chemical products. But for now, enjoy this mini preview!

                        Izzy 

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 Je suis Quaintrelle

Algun dia sera esta vida hermosa..”

As you know, the name of our blog is Aesthete. It is pronounced [es-theet] in case you were wondering. In Kay’s post, she beautifully introduced the theme of our blog and touched upon the idea of beauty and how it is universal in the way we define it.While aesthete is the perfect motif for our blog, Kay and I agreed on another word that compliments it adequately. Quaintrelle… Lovely word isn’t it? Sort of sounds like something majestic. It is defined as a woman who emphasizes a life of passion, expressed through personal style, leisurely passtimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures. Wonderful isn’t it? How there are words that can define our interests so articulately. As we move forward, Kay and I will explore all these aspects in different ways. I hope you guys enjoy what’s to come now that you know what this blog will represent!

  • Izzy

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…”

 

Hermoso. Beau. Bello. Beautiful

What is Beauty? What are the qualifications for something to be labeled as “beautiful”?
As we began the initial thought process for this blog, our main concern was the name we would give it. Both of us knew what topics we would enjoy writing about: art, beauty product reviews, healthy living, recipes, fashion inspiration, etc. But the central theme that we could both agree on was BEAUTY, in all its forms and depths. We love beauty, we live for beauty, we search for beauty. Both of us having our definitions of what appeals to us as beautiful. This topic, which in itself is so polarizing because of the fact that everyone has the right to their own opinion on what beauty is, can at the same time unite everyone in a conversation. Regardless of what one person says is beautiful, it’s important to remember: Beauty truly is in the eye of its beholder.
Because of our love for beauty and our quest in finding it in everything that surrounds us, we chose to title our blog ‘AESTHETE‘, which by definition is an individual who loves and appreciates all forms of beauty. So if you feel like you can use a little more beauty in your life or want to join us as we discover beauty, you’ve
found  the right place, and I sure as heck hope you like reading because I write almost as much as I talk. K, Buh Bye.
Kay