LEARN HOW TO SAFELY & EFFECTIVELY USE AN ACNE TOOL KIT WITH THESE EASY TIPS:

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HAVE YOU EVER STRUGGLED WITH ACNE?!

I came across some information recently that I found to be very staggering: according to the NIH or National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases, an estimated 80% of all people that are between the ages of 11 & 30 years old, will have breakouts at some point in their lives. The Mayo Clinic advises that there are more than 3 million cases of acne a year in the United States!

If you've ever struggled with blemishes, breakouts, and keeping clear skin in general...you are DEF not alone- these unfortunate statistics show that quite well. There is some light at the end of the tunnel though for many and it often begins with how you cleanse you face and what products you are using. Pick a main concern- for me it's acne; find a cleanser that is void of harsh cleansing agents and stick with natural and organic ingredients. Try washing your face in the morning when you get up and before you go to bed.

Apply an acne treatment gel to the areas that you are prone to breaking out or might currently have a blemish. If all else fails, there's also another solution that if done properly and safely can eliminate pesky pimples and other blemishes that have already made a surprise visit! Check out The Beauty Closet's awesome guide and tips on how to utilize this vital skincare tool kit below:



From LEFT to RIGHT:    Double-ended blackhead extractor,     Double-ended Whitehead Extractor & Needle,     Double-ended whitehead extractor & Comedone Extractor.

From LEFT to RIGHT:

Double-ended blackhead extractor,

Double-ended Whitehead Extractor & Needle,

Double-ended whitehead extractor & Comedone Extractor.

BLEMISH KIT BASICS:

Start with a simple kit! Go for a tool kit that has the basics, but doesn't go overboard. It's easy to get carried away and harm your skin if you aren't careful- I would advise not to over-complicate things by snagging a kit that has more tools than you know what to do with! Complete Skin Solutions offers one- the 3pc Comedone Extractor Kit, that costs ONLY $7 at amazon.com with Prime Membership! :0

This 3-piece kit has everything you need, without spending tons of cash to do it :Make sure to check out my review of this fantastic find below! As for the basic tools, you will want to make sure you have at least: a comedone extractor, a needle, blackhead extractor [sizes available: double, single, & fine], & a whitehead lancet. 



ACNE KIT TIPS & TRICKS:

  1. Begin with a clean face- use a clarifying cleanser that's gentle and also has antimicrobial properties to ensure your skin is disinfected and properly cleaned!
  2. Disinfect your tools BEFORE and AFTER you begin! This is CRUCIAL! You don't want to end up with secondary bacterial infections due to non-clean tool usage :/
  3. I highly recommend beginning the process immediately following a warm to quick hot shower or steaming your face over some water boiling in a pot for up to 5 minutes. This opens up pores and allows for blemishes to be removed MUCH easier ;)
  4. The best way to utilize the extractor tools, is to gently press on one side and then slide the tool across and over the blemish to pull it out. It's similar to the motion of slicing butter on your toast [yes...yuck!] :p
  5. Avoid doing this before going out for a nice dinner for example or first thing in the am. before you head out for the day/to work/school,etc. You may get some skin irritation and/or redness when doing this, which is why I choose to do it at night before I go to bed. 
  6. Don't overdo it! It's super easy to do, but try not to go overboard. If a blemish seems reluctant to extract, don't keep trying or force it. You will only cause more harm than good! 
  7. Stick with quality, stainless tools that won't rust and can take wear and tear. You must disinfect the tools every time you use them and this will cause the cheaper, less-quality  kits to start to rust & become damaged. 


THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:

 

Complete Skin Solutions

3 pc. Blackhead & Blemish Extractor Kit

$7

There are times when I stray away from inexpensive products and it's mostly due to quality. With cheaper pricing, there often comes with it a more inexpensive materials and the craftsmanship is not always there. That is of course, not necessarily the case in all situations! Sometimes it takes a bit of hunting, but you can score quality beauty items at decent pricing ;)

This is DEF one of those cases and why this 3pc. Blackhead & Blemish Kit from Complete Skin Solutions is one of my top picks of the year! Not only does this kit exemplify excellent quality, but it's easy to use and inexpensive- plus it has the perfect set that includes all the right tools to get you started.

The pink felt case makes keeping the set together a cinch and has a clear snap-on cover that keeps them clean and all into place. Each tool is well-made and won't warp or bend- even with decent pressure or at different angles. If you've been seeking a great beauty tool to add to your skincare routine that won't cost you and arm-and-a-leg, this is the kit for you :) 


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TRANSFORM YOUR MAKEUP LOOKS WITH THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY GUIDE: Simply Glamorous, by Gary Cockerill

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CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

IT'S NOT ALWAYS THAT EASY TO FEEL GLAMOROUS...!

Do you ever have those days where you don't exactly feel all that glamorous?! I admit that with all of the business of school starting back up, family, 2 jobs, and the blog- it's been quite a challenge to both look and feel  glamorous lately ;) There's also the fact that I don't exactly have my own personal makeup artist, loads of money and/or fame [lol!], which makes it a bit harder to lay on the glitz that often.

I am of the opinion however, that a woman should try and give herself a special treat every now and then. Whether it be a nice relaxing bubble bath or getting "dolled up" and going out with some girlfriends for the evening, it's good to feel a little glam sometimes! It's not always been super easy I've found, to create the perfect glamorous look- a makeup artist is definitely one way to go but usually not affordable for most of us ;)

Recently though, I had the luck of stumbling upon a fantastic beauty guide that has it all AND allows even the perhaps challenged girl, to achieve a glamorous look for themselves! What better way to get the look you see on the women in Hollywood than to get your very own DIY guide- from a top celeb makeup artist, Gary Cockerill :) Check out my review of this wonderful beauty bible below:


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THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S TOP BEAUTY BOOK OF THE YEAR:

 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Simply Glamorous

by Gary Cockerill

This is hands down the BEST beauty book I've found in quite a while- which is why it made my TOP PICK of the YEAR! :) I am impressed from start to finish on how well-designed and thought out this awesome beauty guide is!

It's hardcover makes for a great decor item and for added protection and is broke up into 3 main sections: Face, Eyes, and Lips. In the intro, Gary Cockerill shares his experience of trying to find who he wanted to be; he knew that he wanted to be an artist although he wasn't exactly sure in what capacity.

After landing a job that was a stroke of genius for Gary, painting mannequins- he began to see how to paint a three-dimensional face and things really began to click for him! Gary states that this eventually led to unpaid "testing" work for photographers and agents until he was able to start getting his own bookings.

He admits that it still wasn't easy for him in the beginning as his make-up style was the polar opposite from those around him, but he remained dedicated and didn't give up. I really LOVE that attitude of dedication and motivation- it shows that Gary Cockerill is super serious about his work and loves what he does.

You can really see that too throughout this book- every single one of his looks are absolutely beautiful. He's got 10 great tips-"Gary's Guide to Gorgeous" and there were a couple of things that I hadn't thought of before- that's fairly rare for me as I've shared many of my own and read too many to count. His 9 "Tips for healthy skin" were no-brainers for me, but they are all good choices that are easy changes to make.

There are a few more sections following these tips, right before the glam looks begin and they cover everything from how to contour, correct and conceal, to detailed pages on skin tones and which foundation shade/type to choose. The main portion of the book is broken up really well with each look getting its own unique "transformation" name- like the "Sun-kissed Goddess Transformation" or the "Color Rush Transformation".

As an added bonus, Gary strategically placed Tutorial pages that have detailed info on how to do sometimes difficult tasks like False lashes application or How to choose eye color. At the end of the book, there are a list of his fav products for skincare and make-up, in addition to his top tools and brushes :) 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

CREDIT: From Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 


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