BEAUTY | Brows on Fleek

When it comes to brows, I am such a snob. I’ve always admired thick lush brows because my natural brows were and still are thick and lush.

Over the years, I’ve gone through many brow ups and downs. I’ve experienced over waxing, botched brow jobs which included thin brows and removed arches. I came across 2 good eyebrow artists which I consistently visited the last 10 years only for one to no longer provide brow services and the other to move out of state. For the last few months I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect brow artist again and by the grace of God and the power of Instagram, came across an artist who totally fits the bill.
Nicole McDonald, originally from California and now based in the Fort Worth-Dallas area, is a makeup artist and esthetician who is extremely talented withwhat she does. Her Instagram page @browsbynicolem is filled with her work and she does an amazing job.

Her salon area is cute, cozy, and chic with an ambiance that will have you feeling like a star, and you will leave looking amazing. She is very professional and knowledgeable and recommends methods of growing out your brows to a shape that best suits your facial structure.

So to all my DFW ladies (or anyone visiting the area), if you’re looking for someone to shape and “fleek” your eyebrows, please check out her work and visit her!

Instagram : @browsbynicolem

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The Oil Cleansing Method

So, as of last year, I have been dealing with something that I never really dealt with as a teen and early 20s adult. Acne. I While I would have the occasional hormonal breakout like clock work around that time of the month, the new, daily bouts of cystic acne was something I wasn’t accustomed to.

I was lead to begin using CeraVe products by a dermatologist due to having extreme eczema flare ups on my hand. Majority of 2014 and almost the whole year of 2015, I had patches of dry, peeling, weeping skin (which has recently come back by the way), that plagued me and caused me to take a trip to my MD for help. I was placed on a new steroid ointment and advised of CeraVe. The skin products worked so well, I opted to try their facial products which included a salicylic acid face cleanser as well as a daily moisturizer.

I noticed an increase in cystic acne, but didn’t think it was caused by my beloved CeraVe products. I eventually begin to ween myself from the CeraVe facial products, and the daily breakouts almost ceased immediately. While in the process, I recalled the time “HeyFranHey” made a YouTube video on the Oil Cleansing Method. I started using some almond oil I purchased from the grocery store to cook with, and within three days, I noticed how ALL of my acne scars began to fade. I wasn’t even looking to fade acne, I just wanted a glowy, moisturized face. The fading benefits of the oil came as a total shock to me. Since then, I cleanse my face with almond oil daily. I tone with a store brand toner or pure witch hazel, and I re-moisturize with a VERY SMALL amount of the almond oil and allow it to sink into my skin.

Other than the occasional hormonal outbreak, I do not suffer from the daily cystic acne that I was recently plagued with. I began this method in December 2015 and have noticed a great improvement in my skin’s overall tone. I have a few pics from my experience, but unfortunately during the beginning stages, I did not chronologize my journey.

A few benefits of almond oil:

  • Almond oil is enriched with vitamins E, A, and B. It is also rich in magnesium and fatty acids. Vitamin E helps prevent signs of aging and helps rejuvenate skin. Almond oil is said to reduce wrinkles with regular use.
  • Almond oil is considered a natural sunscreen and has a SPF about 5.
  • Almond oil is easily absorbed in the skin.

I will post more on this wonderful method soon.

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