8 Steps to Healthy Skin

Skin care is an essential part of our daily lives but it’s not always properly done. I’ve noticed people either do not take care of their skin well enough or over do it with too many treatments and products. In this blog, I will cover skin care for your face and body. There are so many factors in our daily lives that can affect our skin, from air pollution to stress but I will be covering the most important basics.


  • Define Your Skin Type

            Everyone’s skin is different especially on his or her face. Defining your skin type is important so you can correctly determine the products you will use on your face and body. Knowing is half the battle.


There are four basic skin types:

  • Normal skin is defined as skin that is well balanced with an even skin tone. Normal skin will have large pores on the forehead, nose and chin. It will also have very few problem areas.

  • Dry skin is defined as skin that is dry on the surface and generally feels tight after cleansing. Dry skin is also susceptible to being blotchy. It is also thinner than normal skin with slightly larger pores.

  • Oily Skin is defined as skin with larger pores on face and a generally oily surface. Unfortunately, oily skin is more prone to acne and other problems. On the Brightside, oily skin is less prone to wrinkles because of its flexibility.

  • Combination skin is defined as having both dry and oily skin. Combination skin can be tricky to take care of because you will need to spot treat different parts of the face.




If you are having trouble figuring out your skin type I highly recommend taking this online skin type quiz here. It’s very thorough and offers treatment options.


  • Create a Routine

            For your face you generally want to cleanse, tone and moisturize but it really does depend on your specific needs. You also, want to create a routine when it comes to the shower too! Exfoliation of your skin is very important. You can buy a skin exfoliation cleanser at major retailers or drug stores, but you do not want to exfoliate daily because it may dry out your skin. Specific skin treatments should also be kept on a schedule, whether it’s every 3 days or just once a week. It is very important to not over do it with treatments. Once your skin is on a regular schedule it can start to create a balance for itself.


  • Use Protection!

            Sun protection is HUGE in skin care and there’s a very good reason for that. The sun is just like anything else, it’s good for you in moderation but you do not want to overexpose yourself. Thankfully, there are a ton of products on the market today to help with everyday sun exposure. It is recommended that for daily sun exposure SPF 15 will work but for prolong exposure you should use SPF 30 or higher. To make it easier on yourself you can purchase makeup products and everyday lotions that contain SPF. Here is an awesome article on 9 really great products containing SPF’s!


  • Keep it Clean

            Clean all of your make-up brushes regularly! Also, know the expiration dates of all your beauty products. You DO NOT want to put anything dirty or old on your face. Make sure you clean your pillowcases and sheets regularly as well. Also, you should NEVER go to bed with any makeup on. Try to wash your face twice daily, 10 to 12 hours apart.


  • Diet

            Your diet has a HUGE impact on your skin. What we put in our bodies tends to reflect on our outside. It sounds cliché but maintaining a healthy diet will help skin stay clear of breakouts and give you a natural glow.

Here are a few basic tips.

  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily

  • Lower your sugar intake

  • Go easy on dairy products

  • Eat healthy fats like fish and nuts

  • Drink green tea

  • Cut back on acidic fruits


  • Take Biotin

            If you are able to take Biotin or a multivitamin containing Biotin, I highly recommend it. Biotin is a hair, skin and nails supplement that contains coenzyme and vitamin B. You can find Biotin at any drug store and depending on which brand you want and it can be pretty inexpensive! I suggest buying it in gel caps because the other vitamins can be really large and hard to swallow.


Here is a chart to help you determine the dosage you will need daily:




  • Catch Some ZzzZZzz’s!

            Being well rested can help you not only feel better but look better as well! You want to make sure you’re getting plenty of good sleep at night. If you are having trouble getting enough sleep then try adding more exercise to your daily routine! Do not fall asleep staring at your phone. Studies have shown that the light from your phone screen, tablet or computer can disrupt sleep.



  • Don’t Stress!

            This is a tough one. Most of us can get stressed out trying not to stress out! Unfortunately, stress can take a toll on our overall health and skin. Stress can cause acne, rosaceous to flair up and even eczema to appear. Taking out some time from your busy schedule to unwind or exercise can greatly improve your stress level.


Here are some activity ideas to help relieve some stress:





I hope this blog helps you to achieve your best skin!


Stay Beautiful,



How To Choose the Right Lipstick For You."

Hello my beauties! It's time for yet another beauty blog and I hope you enjoyed the last! As trends change and summer is on it's way, lipstick is becoming quite the staple. While this lipstick trend seemed to grow over the winter months, it's really starting to pick up, even with those who tend to prefer glosses. The #1 complaint that I seem to stumble across is that ladies often have trouble finding the shade and type of lipstick that is just right for them. If you are anything like me, then you find the statement to be true. It has taken me years to figure out the colors that best suit me. SO, today I bring you tips on how you can determine which lipstick shade and texture is right for you!


  1. Skin Tone

The number one factor in determining which shade is right for you has got to be your skin tone. Just like foundations, your undertones can really have an impact on how well a lipstick compliments you! Below is a guide that may help you in determining which shades are best for your skin tones!

Source: www.rhulsean.com


Eye color

          The second tip I have for you today is to choose a lipstick to compliment your eye color. Our last blog was all about makeup that compliments the eyes and makes them pop, lipstick is no exception. Eye hue can actually help determine what colors will pop against your complexion which ties back to your undertones. This is just another way to tell which colors look best on you! Some examples: green eyes tend to pop with cherry red lips, Blue eyes look best with coral hues, and brown eyes are balanced out by pinks.

Source: www.today.com

  1. Hair Color

          To go along with the theme of the other facial features helping to determine the best lipstick for you, hair color is another great feature to work off of. Most of the time our hair color and eye color compliment each other. Also, they compliment our skin tone. Tie all of these feature together to really narrow down the colors that will look the best on you. Take into consideration the colors that look best with ALL of your features. Examples: Pink lipsticks compliment white/ashy blondes, violet tones compliment auburns, and women with brown hair tend to have a much wider range for the hues that they can pull off!

  1. Try on lipstick with a blank face.

        Try on lipsticks with absolutely no makeup on your face. This is a simple tip that I have praciced for some time now and it 100% works for me to be focused on how well the lipstick compliments my skin! Sometimes, when we have a full face of makeup on, we can get distracted from how well the lipstick really looks on us.

  1. Lipstick texture.

Lipstick texture is just another thing to take into consideration when trying to find your holy grail. Usually, the texture is strictly a matter of preference and not something that really looks good on one person and not the next. I prefer matte's, some people prefer satins or glosses. You can find the texture difference in the photo below!

BONUS! 6. Shades change with seasons

          This is a bonus tip that can really help determine which color is best for you. During the winter months when our skin tends to get lighter, dark shades can really compliment us, whereas during the summer months our skin tends to tan bringing out tones that bright colors compliment.

Spring/Summer Shades

Fall/Winter Shades

Finding the right lipstick for us can be a long and grueling task, especially if we dont know what our skin tones are, Te best thing we can do is try and try again! When one doesnt work we just move on to the next until we finally find that perfect shade for us. Thank you for reading my beauties! I hope you had as much fun reading as I had learning! New blog coming soon! Pinky Promise! <3


Love & Kisses,


Amber Crosby






How to do your eyeshadow perfectly!

Want to know how to perfect that perfect blend of neutrals to make your eyes pop? First you to find out what kind of shape dose your eyes have. And there are many with a few examples below.

Almond Shape. This is the most common and goes great with all shades and blends.

Hooded lids. This happened when you the skin of your brow bone folds over your lids. This could be due to age or your natural eye shape. You don’t need much eye make-up when you have this shape of eye lids. Just a light shadow to brighten it up to keep your lids from looking heavy.

Rounded Eyes.A sweep of just one soft color will do the trick for these type of eyes.

Asian eyes. With this eyes shape, to add depth and a dramatic look, use many of the same shadows in the of the same color to create a blended ombre’ effect.

Always use a primer, and an eyeshadow with great pigmentation. From the drug stores to the Naked pallets, do you research and you can find a great eyeshadow that is on your budget!



Amazing make up tips!

Here are a few of my AMAZING MAKE TIPS to give good face.

Take care of your skin from the inside out:

Yeah sounds lame and cliché’ but it is actually the truth. Drink plenty of water, get your veggies in and sleep. It will not only make the skin look younger but refreshed! Also to add to this, invest in facial wash, day and night moisture, mask, and exfoliatescrub. Drug store bought or special order will do! It is also good to give your face a break from the make up as well.


Always prime:

Primers are amazing! My personal favorite and for all skin types is Hourglass. It is an investment but it is well worth it. Some other amazing primers are Tart, MACs prep & prime, and the entire Smashbox line.

Clean brushes:

You might as well leave your make up if you don’t thoroughly clean your brushes. Shampoo is what I use and then once a week I will re-clean them and dip them in rubbing alcohol, and let them air dry.

Wash your face:

After work day or a night of glam, I don’t care how tired you are, WASH YOUR MAKE UP OFF!! The steps I use is face wipes, a coco butter soap (to clean up what the wipes miss) then my face wash, make up remover, toner, night moisturizer. Yes these are a lot of steps but better safe than sorry.



Foundation makes everything come to life! While price doesn’t matter, I will tell you the price the foundation the more that’s put into it. Most women don’t want to or have the means to invest in a mere $60 bottle a month in make-up and that’s fine. Drug stores have amazing options! Revlon line is amazing and under $20! MAC is an upgrade from the drugstore, and I still use it till this day. My go to foundation is Marc Jacobs (liquid & crème), and Laura Mercier.

I hope these amazing make up tips were helpful!


March 14, 2015 — Amar Gandhi