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Benefits of Facial Oil

Benefits of Facial Oil

I was talking to a friend yesterday, we were talking about skin care and I was telling her my love for face oils. She was telling me that she really wanted to try one but was a little intimidated by the word oil. Totally understandable I hear that a lot. People with oily skin tend to cringe at the words face oil. People with skin that is already nourished enough don't think they need to add anymore hydration but face oil is not formulated for only people with dry skin. Face oil is formulated for all skin types. It does add hydration to your skin of course, but also it can boost your skins natural glow and protect against damaging free radicals. It's time to reconsider your opinion on face oils.

Now one thing to keep in mind is that there are many different kinds of face oils. To pick the one that is best for you, I recommend researching. Also, make sure you are using a FACE oil and not just any type of oil. I have used the Gloss Face Oil by Sainte Muse religiously for a long time now and I recommend it to everyone. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have combination skin to the max. It works well for both sides. Everybody that I have made try it, loves it and uses it religiously also. It is formulated for all skin types.

Lets get into some benefits.

Facial oil helps makeup go on more smoothly. The silky smooth feeling of facial oil makes it a great skin care product to apply before your liquid foundation, concealer or creme contour. If your skin is dry, flaky or has any blemishes it can be hard to apply makeup and get that flawless finish. Facial oil helps your makeup brushes or sponges glide across the skin to get that gorgeous finish and is less likely to streak.

Facial Oil seals in moisture and can add nourishment. Everybody can benefit from facial oil. People with dry skin will benefit most from the nourishment. If you are experiencing dry skin from the weather, or you always have dry skin, facial oils can help boost your moisturizer's hydrating efforts. When you apply a facial oil after a moisturizer it seals in all of the hydrating ingredients, making your skin more likely to hold onto the added hydration. Apply a few drops in the morning and at night after a moisturizer if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin, consider only applying at night.

Facial Oil can protect from harmful pollutants. When you apply facial oil as the last step of your skin care routine in the morning, facial oil will act as a barrier on the outer layer of your skin as well as keep moisture in.

Facial Oil promotes a healthy glow. Your skin may appear dull and dry as you age, which is common because, your skin will produce less natural oil as you start to age. Your skin may also look dull if you are dehydrated or if you didn't get enough sleep. Dullness may also occur if you aren't exfoliating enough. No matter what causes the dullness of your skin, facial oil can help restore moisture and encourage glowing skin.

Don't let the idea of applying oil to your skin keep you from trying a facial oil and getting all of these amazing benefits. It is formulated for the face and all skin types so it can only be beneficial. 

xoxo, Taylor

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Back To School Basics

Back To School Basics

Whether you're headed back to school or just want a fresh routine, we know that new beginnings can be kinda stressful. Let us worry about your skin and hook you up with products you can trust and will totally love. 

 

Créme Cleanser: The Créme Cleanser is a cleanser that is formulated for all skin types. No matter what type of skin you have, this cleanser will do great things for it. You can use it in the morning or at night (preferably both). It leaves you skin feeling super soft and looking glowy (is that a word? No? Okay but you know what I mean). It's packed with vitamins and antioxidants so don't even worry about harmful ingredients - we don't do that here.

Luxe Rosé Facial Mist: The Luxe Rosé Facial Mist is a must have. I apply it so often that I make sure to throw it in my bag when I'm leaving the house. I know life can get exhausting (trust) so keep this baby with you to wake up tired skin and leave your skin feeling refreshed. I also like to apply this right after I wash my face and right before I moisturize (and a million times during the day) just to boost hydration.

Doux Moisturizer: A good moisturizer is important. The Doux Moisturizer is a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. It moisturizes your face without adding any extra oil to your skin. I find that it keeps my face from getting dry and flaky throughout the day which is super important to me.

Mask Force: Unfortunately, life can become a little too stressful sometimes. If you need to find a way to unwind after a long day or to prepare for a big day, no worries, the Mask Force is here to help you relax and make your skin look great. Different parts of your skin typically have different issues so Sainte Muse put together a duo to solve that issue, the Mask Force comes with a Step 1 and a Step 2 mask. The Step 1 T-Zone Mask is formulated to dry up any extra moisture on your face, unclog pores and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The Step 2 S-Zone mask will refresh and revitalize your skin making it feel nourished and hydrated.

 

You don't need an extensive skin care routine to help you maintain healthy, clear skin (although, I enjoy my extensive skin care routine). Just these few products will leave you with gorgeous looking skin. If you want to add a few more luxury products to your routine, check out the rest of the amazing products Sainte Muse offers. Treat yourself to some nice products to prepare for the new school year or just the new season!

 

Xoxo, Taylor

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My Nighttime Skin Care Routine

My Nighttime Skin Care Routine

*Disclaimer* I change up my skin care routine with the seasons or if my skin is acting funny. This is my typical skin care routine for the summer nights.

I am a strong believer that washing your face at night is so important. If you didn't read my last blog post "Here's Why You Seriously Shouldn't Sleep With Makeup On", you should check it out. It pretty much explains why you definitely need to be washing your face before bed.

*Another quick disclaimer* this is what works for my skin, it may not work the same for yours.

 

Step 1. The first thing I always do is remove my makeup. I really like using a micellar water for this step. It takes the makeup off quick and easy. Sometimes I will use coconut oil instead on a cotton pad, either one works really well for me.

Step 2. The next thing I do is cleanse my face using my Créme Cleanser by Sainte Muse this is a gentle skin cleanser formulated for all skin types. It has a powerful blend of vitamins and antioxidants that leave my skin feeling so refreshed and smooth, and looking healthy and radiant.

Step 3. I will then tone my face. I have really acne-prone skin and my pores are huge so toner is a must for me.

Step 4. This is not something I do every single day but when my skin is feeling really dry I like to go in with my Gloss Face Oil from Sainte Muse. This just gives my skin the moisturized feeling it needs. It also helps any irritation I might have on my skin.

Step 5. I always moisturize with my Doux Moisturizer from Sainte Muse. I have combination skin to the extreme, so when my face is dry, it's really dry or when it's oily, it's really oily. This moisturizer is perfect for that because it gives me the moisture I need without adding any extra greasy-ness to my face.

Step 6. Although I don't do this everyday, this is my last step. 2-3 times a week I will use my 24K Gold Under Eye Mask from Sainte Muse. This is amazing for ridding your eyes of any wrinkles or dark circles, or even if you just need a little brightening. I like to put these on right before bed and sleep in them.

That is my night time skin care routine. My morning routine is similar but a little less complex. This routine really works great for me and I 100% recommend all of these products if your skin is anything like mine. It takes a little bit of experimenting but finding a skin care routine that works is important. 

Xoxo, Taylor 

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Meet Our Newest Addition

Meet Our Newest Addition

Okay babes, you might have seen the newest addition, The Mask Force, but now we’re gonna get to know this must have duo.

The Mask Force is an Energizing mud mask for your T-Zone and a Hydration Boost Mask for your S-Zone. It's perfect for every skin type. I’m so obsessed with this trend of Multimasking cause let’s be real, one mask is just never enough. 

The Mask Force comes with it’s own little pouch, step 1 & 2 mask’s and your own mask brush. It’s available now on the Sainte Muse website. Order yours now and don’t forget Sainte Muse offers free shipping world wide. (;

 

Name a more iconic duo... I'll wait.

 

 

xoxo,

Taylor

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5 Tips for Beautiful Summer Skin

5 Tips for Beautiful Summer Skin

Summer is officially here and in honor of that, I am going to be sharing five tips to get that beautiful summer skin without too much effort. I know in the summer months I tend to shy away from wearing makeup as much. It’s hot and I hate having to worry about if I am sweating off my makeup or not, and besides who want’s to wear a face full of makeup to the beach? Not me. BUT if I am not going to be wearing makeup, I need my skin to be on it’s best behavior. So these are the five tips and products that I use to make sure my skin is looking it’s best.

 

Exfoliate. Get rid of dead skin with the Coconut Coffee Scrub from Sainte Muse. The scrub gently removes dead skin cells and the Coconut oil moisturizes, leaving your skin smelling great and feeling smooth. The Coconut Coffee Scrub is gentle enough to use on your face as well.

Cleanse. Start and end your day with a clean face. Massage the Créme Cleanser from Sainte Muse, made with a powerful blend of vitamins and antioxidants, onto your face to wash away dirt and oil. It will leave your skin radiant.

Hydrate.Your face and lips need hydration just as much as your body and in the summer you could use some extra moisture, something lightweight, like the Doux Moisturizer by Sainte Muse. It is oil free and will nourish your skin while you’re soaking up the rays. Treat your lips with the Mega Balm from Sainte Muse with a blend of the best vitamins and antioxidants. It will eliminate any kind of dryness.

Glow. Facial oils help hydrate your skin and give you a natural glow. The Gloss Face Oil by Sainte Muse is the perfect facial oil if you’re looking to add clarity and radiance instantly. It is formulated for all skin types and also helps soothe irritated or damaged skin.

Refresh. With the sun comes heat. Refresh your skin with the Luxe Rosé Facial Mist from Sainte Muse. It will help control excess oil and strengthen skin cells. Perfect for an afternoon out in the sun when your skin just needs a nice quick refresher. 

 

Featured Products

Créme Cleanser 

Luxe Rosé Facial Mist

Coconut Coffee Scrub

 

Mega Balm

Doux Moisturizer

Gloss Face Oil

Xoxo, Taylor

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Beauty Q & A

Beauty Q & A

Hey babes, today I am answering some of the beauty related questions that I asked you girls to ask me. I really enjoyed this and I appreciate the questions and support!

Let us begin..

1. Do you wear false lashes?
I do not. I find false eyelashes incredibly uncomfortable and my eyelashes are already pretty long so with the help of a good mascara I don’t need them!
2. What is your most cherished skin care product?
My most cherished skin care product is without a doubt, the Active Noir Maque by Sainte Muse. It seriously does wonders for my skin. I use it two - three times a week and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and refreshed. It is a must have.
3. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?
I really don’t have a favorite, but I find myself shopping at Ulta the most cause it’s the closest to my house.
4. Do you watch any youtube tutorials or have any favorite beauty gurus?
I really don’t watch tutorials often, but I have to say, Tati Westbrook is without a doubt my favorite beauty guru. 
5. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
I struggle with acne prone skin so I try to wash my brushes once a week.
6. What is your favorite eyeshadow palette?
I really like the Tartelette in Bloom palette. I have yet to find a palette I like better.
7. What is your favorite foundation to use?
For the summer months my favorite foundation to use is the MAC Pro Longwear foundation. It’s pretty light on the face but it lasts for a long time.
8. (sorry if this is personal but) How long does it take you to do your makeup?
Not personal at all girly, but it really just depends on the look I am going for. I’ll say anywhere from a half hour to an hour.
10. How many times a day do you wash your face and what is your favorite face wash?
I wash my face at least twice a day, if I don’t, my face will break out like crazy. My favorite face wash is the Créme Cleanser from Sainte Muse. It’s the only wash I have found so far that keeps my face from breaking out but also doesn't dry my face out or cause excess oil so it’s the perfect cleanser. 
11. If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That is a scary thought, but I would have to go with mascara. 
12. What do you use to do your brows?
If i’m going for a more natural look I just use Benefits Gimme Brow, If I’m going full glam I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.
13. Do you leave the house without makeup on?
Yes I do, I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I really don’t care what people think about me so.
14. What skin type do you have?
Combo to the extreme. Naturally, my face is either incredibly oily or super dry. Luckily I have controlled it. 
15. Do you use a brush or beauty blender to apply your makeup?
It kinda just depends on the foundation, but I usually prefer my beauty blender. 

Hope you ladies enjoyed this Q&A, I had so much fun answering these questions! 

XOXO,

Taylor

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CAUTION -OVEREXFOLIATING-

CAUTION -OVEREXFOLIATING-

Wondering how often should you exfoliate your face? Over-exfoliation is one skin-care mistake almost all of us make. We incessantly scrub off dry, flaky patches of skin in an effort to take care of it — and when we accidentally exfoliate too often or with a scrub that’s too harsh, it backfires big time.

What happens if you exfoliate too much? Your skin gets irritated, then your dry, flaky patches return and often get worse. But gentle scrubs can remove flakes and make full, thirsty skin glow again. Overexfoliating is probably the single more significant cause of breakouts. 

Here are five tips on how to keep your skin flake-free — without harming it.

 

1. More than Three Times a Week is Too Much Exfoliation

How often should you exfoliate your face? Well, the absolute maximum you should be exfoliating is three times a week. Overexfoliate and you’re likely to create tiny cracks in the skin barrier that lead to more loss of hydration and inflammation. By over exfoliating you’re not fixing the problem, you’re actually make it worse.

 

2. Be Gentle with Your Skin

Exfoliating does not mean torture your skin. Make sure you know what you’re putting on your face because a lot of face products are good on their own, but when you add them together it could lead to damage and injury.

 

3. Listen to Your Skin

Skin knows how to exfoliate itself and using just one exfoliater should be enough. Instead of having a set routine for how often you use a product, leave it up to your face. In other words, don’t exfoliate simply because it’s 7 a.m. — exfoliate because you feel like you need to. 

 

4. Moisturize

Make sure you are keeping your skin moisturized along with exfoliating. You can't expect your skin not to be dry if you’re exfoliating but not moisturizing. It’s important to find a moisturizer that will keep your skin healthy and hydrated. You will find yourself having to exfoliate way less because your skin won’t be as dry. The Doux Moisturizer by Sainte Muse is a lightweight, oil free moisturizer. It will leave your face feeling hydrated and looking radiant without any added oil. 

 

5. Exfoliating Masks

One thing that I find helpful is exfoliating masks rather than face cleansers. Just like exfoliating you should only be doing face masks a couple times a week, so something I like to do is find a face mask that doubles as an exfoliater, and I kill to birds with one stone. It helps me limit the amount of times a week I exfoliate and apply a face mask that way I’m being gentle on my skin and not overwhelming it with so many different products. The Active Noir Masque by Sainte Muse doubles as a exfoliating and cleansing mask. It is formulated for all skin types. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth without damaging or irritating your skin. 

 

 

I hope this was helpful, make sure you’re being kind to your beautiful skin. Thank you babes for reading. * I have decided that next week I am going to be doing a skin care/ beauty Q&A. I will be posting on my social media so if you follow me there you can DM me but if you don’t you can email any questions you might have taylor@saintemuse.com and I will be answering them in a blog post so be on the lookout for that!

XOXO, Taylor 

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10 Homemade Toners

10 Homemade Toners

What is a toner: toner is a liquid that has to be used after cleansing.

 

Reasons why you should use toner in your daily routine:

  1. It shrinks your pores and tightens the skin.
  2. It helps in reducing the oiliness of the skin.
  3. It improves the overall skin texture.
  4. Removes the dead cells that stick to skin ever after cleansing.
  5. It restores the pH balance of your skin.
  6. It is an instant refresher for your skin.
  7. It can prevent ingrown hairs.

 

Different types of toners: 

1. Fresheners- 

These are the mildest form that have almost no alcohol.

They have a bit of humectant that keeps the moisture, best for dry and sensitive skin.

Eg: Rose Water.

 

2. Tonics-

These have slightly higher content of alcohol up to 20%.

They are still suitable for all skin types.

Eg: Orange Flower Water.

 

3. Astringent-

This has a high proportion of alcohol from 20-60%.

It is generally advised only for oily skin as it dries out excess oils.

Eg: Witch Hazel.

 

Homemade Toners

1. White Vinegar

Mix water with white vinegar in equal proportions. Now take a cotton pad, dip in the solution and wipe the face.

 

2. Mint Leaves

Mix mint leaves with hot water. Allow the solution to cool down and then wipe your face using cotton dipped in the solution.

 

3. Aloe Vera

Squeeze out pure aloe vera juice and apply on the face. This works as a great toner for the skin and cures sunburns and rashes too. 

 

4. Cucumber + Curd

Grate a fresh cucumber and mix with curd. Apply this mixture on the face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Wash with cold water.

 

5. Camphor + Rose Water

Mix a pinch of camphor with rose water and apply this solution on the face 3-4 times a day. This toner is excellent for acne-prone and oily skin.

 

6. Ice Cold Water

One of the simplest toners to use is ice cold water or ice cubes. You can wipe the ice cubes or ice-cold water on the face after cleansing. 

 

7. Rose Water

Apply rose water on your face daily. Pure rose water does wonders to the skin, making it oil-free, soft, and radiant.

 

8. Lemon Juice 

Apply pure lemon juice or rube lemon peels on the face. This helps in lightening the skin complexion and also makes it oil-free.

 

9. Egg White

Extract egg white from an egg and apply it on the face for a few minutes every day.

 

10. Tomato Juice + Honey

Extract tomato juice and mix with organic honey in equal proportions. Make a thick paste and apply on your face for 15 minutes. 

 

I hope this guide was helpful and that you get a chance to try out some of these recipes. Don’t forget to moisturize after you tone. Check out the Doux Moisturizer by Sainte Muse if you’re looking for an oil free moisturizer that will leave your face feeling hydrated and looking radiant. I hope everybody has a safe Memorial Day Weekend. 

 

XOXO 

-Taylor

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3 Early Summer Skincare Essentials

3 Early Summer Skincare Essentials

Having clear, healthy looking skin is important in the summer. I don’t know about you ladies but I find myself wearing makeup way less in the summer, so a good face wash is a must. My favorite cleanser is the Créme Cleanser by Sainte Muse. It always leaves my face feeling clean, smooth, and refreshed. The powerful blend of vitamins and antioxidants work fast giving your skin a fresh and healthy look.

 

 

 

 

When thinking of the heat and humidity that comes with summer days and nights you might think I’ve gone crazy suggesting a facial oil is your skin care routine. Why would you load your skin with oil when you’re already trying to combat sweat and shine on a daily basis? BUT as it turns out, your skin can really benefit from using a facial oil. Facial oils are awesome all year round. Regardless of the season, the nourishment, hydration, and protection oils offer are beneficial. The Gloss Face Oil by Sainte Muse will leave your skin feeling hydrated like never before. It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy feeling on your face. It will leave your skin clear and glowing.

 

 

There is nothing better than late summer nights, but the dark circles under your eyes the next morning are not so great. The 24K Gold Under Eye Mask by Sainte Muse will totally take care of that. In under 20 minutes the mask will rid your eyes of dark circles and smooth fine lines. The gold hydrates and expels toxins while 100% collagen and a host of skin-tightening minerals reduce wrinkles and soften the areas around your eyes for tighter, more youthful looking skin. 

 

 

These are the three things I can’t survive summer without. I definitely recommend investing if you want to maintain beautiful, healthy skin through out the summer months. I hope you babes enjoyed, sending all my good vibes and positivity.

 

xoxo Taylor 

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What's in my Gym Bag?

What's in my Gym Bag?

I just joined a new gym pretty recently so in honor of that, I thought I'd share with you babes what I keep in my gym bag! 

 

1.) Water Bottle

This is the most important thing in my gym bag. As you lose water from your body via sweat, you’ll need to replace that fluid with new water to stay healthy and stave off the dangerous effects of dehydration. The American College of Sports Medicine points out that you need to drink water before, during, and after exercise to maintain a level of healthy hydration.

 

2.) Headphones

My gym plays the worst music ever, and I have a totally lit workout playlist. My headphones aren't quite as important as my water bottle but they are pretty damn close. Studies have actually shown that music ups your effort. It’s a good distraction, and it can elevate your mood.

 

3.) Deodorant

I usually keep deodorant in my everyday bag so I think it’s only right that I throw it in my gym bag. I tend to sweat my ass off at the gym, so deodorant is a must before and after I get done working out for the sake of my nose and those around me. 

 

4.) Body Wash

I don’t always shower after I get done working out at the gym, sometimes I wait until I get home. On occasion I don’t always go straight home after the gym and on those occasions I will go ahead and take a quick shower at the gym. For those days I keep a travel size body wash in my bag.

 

5.) Face Wash
Although, I don’t always shower right after the gym, I do always wash my face. Sweat can cause irritation, redness, acne flare-ups, and clogged pores when you let it dry on your face. I already suffer from acne prone skin so this is an absolute must for me. If you’re wondering what face wash I use, it’s the Créme Cleanser by Sainte Muse. It leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and healthy. 
 6.) Facial Mist
The next one kinda goes with the Cleanser. I like to bring my Luxe Rosé Facial Mist, and spray it on after I wash my face. It helps control excess oil and leaves my skin feeling incredibly refreshed. It also makes my face look super healthy and glowy which is important, especially if I’m not going straight home. 

 

Those are the six things that I always keep in my gym bag. Do not forget to always stay hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and always bring your Créme Cleanser by Sainte Muse so your skin stays healthy and beautiful. I hope you girls enjoyed. 

 

See ya, 

Taylor 

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