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If You’re Guilty Of These 9 Bad Skin Care Habits It’s Time To Reconsider Your Daily Routine

A good skin care routine is always evolving and improving. In the pursuit of flawless, glowing skin, it’s hard not to whip out our wallets at the news of every beauty-related technological advance. However, we have to be honest with ourselves and admit that we can’t just buy our way to good skin. Good skin is built off of consistent, healthy habits.

And although we say we’d do anything for good skin, we’re also human. That means a late-night partying or the rogue urge to pick at our skin can derail all the progress we’ve made over the past few weeks. Luckily for us, the new year is a clean slate and permission for us to re-commit to the skin care goals we may have neglected as 2018 wore on. In celebration of the new year, we’ve compiled a list of skin care habits we pledge to change in 2019.

1. Sleeping on Dirty Pillowcases

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As the year wears on and our schedules get busier, it’s hard to remember to wash our clothes every week, let alone our pillowcases. But we mention this resolution because it’s important. Unclean pillowcases can be a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria–and that breeding ground comes into contact with our faces every night. Yes, we can steadfastly remove our makeup every night, but our pillowcases remain a veritable waste dump for any straggling debris that’s left on our faces at the day’s end. And there is always debris. To combat pillowcase buildup, have a few pillows on rotation, flip them regularly, and wash them once a week. Your pillows–and face–will be cleaner.

2. Using Abrasive Exfoliants

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Who doesn’t remember buying St. Ives’ Apricot scrub from CVS as a little girl and scrubbing our faces until they were red and raw? At the time, we thought we were helping our skin by giving it a much-needed exfoliation. But now we know that mechanical exfoliation like causes “micro tears” to the delicate skin of our faces. These “micro-tears” make our skin more vulnerable to environmental irritants and more susceptible to bacteria sneaking into our skin and inflaming it. In 2019, follow TLC’s lead and say no to scrubs.

3. “Forgetting” To Wear Sunscreen

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If you compile a list of advice from leading dermatologists, the one thing they’re all guaranteed to agree on is this: use sunscreen. Every. Day. Along with “drink more water”, it’s one of those pieces of advice that we’ve all heard a million times, and we’re all still struggling to adopt as a practice. Not only do sunscreens have the reputation of leaving your face like a Kabuki mask, they’re also famous for leaving behind a greasy film that makes makeup slide around your face like a skating rink. Fortunately, skin care technology has advanced in the past few years and lightweight, sheer sunscreens are now easy to find. That means you have no excuse to slather on the sunscreen after your moisturizer every day. That’s right–Every. Day.

4. Picking At Your Skin

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If you commit to changing any bad habit in the New Year, let it be this one: stop picking your face. We’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to resist attacking a whitehead or clogged pore that looks ripe for popping, but most of the time, picking does more harm than good. Not only can it push more bacteria deeper into your pores, but it also inflames areas that were otherwise calm. Also, picking can leave permanent scars in its wake. Ladies, just say no to picking.

5. Sleeping in Your Makeup

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We’ve all been there–you come home from a crazy night out, tipsy, tired, and ready to flop into bed. The last thing you want to do is drag yourself into the bathroom subject yourself to your seemingly endless skin care routine. So you decide to close your eyes for a few moments just to rest a bit before you wash your face and…you get the picture. We understand that washing your face before bed is sometimes just impossible, so at the very least, commit to removing your makeup every night before bed in 2019. This means keeping a pack of makeup remover wipes by your bedside at all times. That way, you’ll have no excuse to snooze in your makeup.

6. Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes

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Our makeup brushes are one of the tools we use every day but overlook when it comes to upkeep. Like any device that comes into contact with our faces, they need a good scrub-down once in a while. Foundation brushes, especially, should be cleaned at least once a week. If the idea of committing to a makeup brush cleaning schedule seems daunting, invest in a brush-cleaning pad for your sink. Not only will it cut down cleaning time, but it will work to get deeper into the brush bristles, ensuring a more thorough clean.

7. Product Overload

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With all the incredible skin care products out on the market right now, it can be tempting to buy everything you see that has a five-star review on Amazon. However, this approach to skin care can be counter-productive. Not only do some active ingredients react negatively together (like salicylic acid and retinoids), over-treating your skin can cause your skin to over-react. This means that your skin can over-compensate for its oil-loss by producing even more sebum to make up the difference. That can result in a one-two punch of dehydrated, oily skin. Keep your skin care regimen simple by sticking to cleansing, toning, and moisturizing with a few tried and true products on rotation. Your skin likes routine!

8. Drinking Too Much Alcohol

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You may hate hearing this, but it’s true: alcohol is bad for your skin. Not only does drinking produce toxic byproducts in your liver, inflame your bodily tissue and dilate your pores, it also dehydrates your skin and overall body. If cutting out drinking completely is unrealistic, try to stick to less inflammatory alcohols like red wine, which contain the antioxidant resveratrol. That way, you can have your wine and drink it too.

9. Stressing Out

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And finally, the bad skin habit that beats them all: stress. Science tells us that high levels of stress cause the body to release the hormone cortisol, which not only incites the over-production of sebum in your glands but can contribute to eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. Although we could write a whole thesis statement on the negative effects of stress on the mind, body, and spirit, we’ll keep it simple. In 2019, pledge to take things less seriously, breathe deeper, remain present, and put yourself first once in a while. That way, by 2020, you’ll be glowing from the inside out.

This Year’s Best Wedding Photos By Fearless Awards Are Making The Rounds Online—And They’re Truly Heartwarming

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This Year’s Best Wedding Photos By Fearless Awards Are Making The Rounds Online—And They’re Truly Heartwarming

Every two months the Fearless Awards recognize the best wedding photos in the world. The winning images are selected by a panel of expert curators from Fearless Photographers, a digital platform that connects couples with wedding photographers. The pictures have been making the rounds on the internet as the year draws closer to an end. We read that around 2 photos from every 100 are selected, and these ones we rounded up are emotional, heartwarming and downright funny. Which do you like best?

Lucha Libre Style

Kathruyn Krueger

Nothing like including the things you love on such a special day. This groom made sure that his love of Lucha Libre was known, and gave all of the members of his entourage, their own Luchador mask. Gotta love the originality.

A Mariachi Wedding

Gera Gallardo

Here’s the clear example of how a traditional wedding does not have to be conventional. This couple stuck to their roots and decided to give the event a very Mexican dress code with these Mariachi outfits —brb, just gonna look for a groom real quick so I can dress him up as a charro.

An emotional moment

Alberto Parejo

There can’t be a wedding without tears —of joy that is. This photo is so heartwarming it has tears welling up in my eyes.

Making the most of a destination wedding

Alex Beckett

I mean, if you have a place like Santorini as the backdrop for your wedding, no picture can really be a bad one. But tAlex Beckett, the photographer of this gem, used a beautiful play of light and shadow to create the magnified-effect of the married couple against a classic Greek house; dreamy.

Another epic destination wedding shot

Ana Maria Dumbrava

Again, if the wedding is being held at an amazing geographical location, the pictures are just going to be pure gold. This one here, with the happy couple, playfully sliding down the dunes is absolute goals —but also, there’s got to be a lot of sand in those clothes.

Confetti Madness

Joe Scrivens

Everything about this photo gives us chills. The energy, the colors, the vibrancy; it’s like we can feel the love through our screen. Can you?

An unconventional couple

Fiona Walsh

Some people have dessert tables at their weddings, others have board games, some offer boat rides or wild cocktails. Not this couple, they had a whole fair ride at their wedding. And the shot of them both riding at full speed is really a beauty.

A chill wedding by the lake

Juan Carballo Castro

More often than not, brides have the fame of being crazy, controlling, perfectionist maniacs. Not this one. Her entourage had already removed their gowns and jumped into the lake. We can only suspect that she’s about to do the same —and the mood of peace and fun that this photo is transmitting, really is making us question our fictitious wedding plans.

Female love

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Ok so I’m crying now. Have you ever seen a photo that captures the essence of female love, companionship, empowerment and sorority more beautifully than this one by Jake Hannah? Okay, maybe you have, but this one is truly moving.

Otherworldly wedding vibes

David Hofman

This photo was actually taken in Brazil, but because of the visual effect, you could swear it was somewhere icy like Iceland or Canada. The couple seem to be walking on water, bathed in sunlight, and if that’t not an ideal metaphor for a happy marriage, then we don’t know what is.

Daddy’s Girl

Lucas Bezila

Crying again. Few things beat a deep father-daughter moment. Crazy to think that this man was about to give this woman, who once was his very own little girl, away. I’m weeping.

Post-wedding swim

Lanny Mann

Another laid back couple. Look at all that joy. A beautiful sunset, a happy moment, all smiles and warmth —we can almost feel the tropical weather just looking at it.

A mother’s love

Casian Podar

This is the visual definition of ‘tears of joy’. This abuelita holds on to her little girl; happily squeezing her, excited because finally, on this nieta’s case, she’ll never have to ask “¿Y el novio?” again.

Celebrate your culture

Jacki Bruniquel

We loved to see other cultures represented in the list of top wedding photos of the year. Not all brides wear white, some wear every color in the rainbow and this bright photo is really lighting up our day.

The couple’s best friend

Marius Dragan

Doggo parents will understand. One cannot simply get married and leave their best friend behind —and this good boy is clearly not ready to let go.

A very NYC wedding

Sascha Reinkin

This one is for the diehard New Yorkers. The ones that love their city so much, they couldn’t picture joining their lives to another, in a city that’s not their own. Absolutely love.

Contour And Highlight, SlickPour Nails, And Unicorn Hair—These Were The Most Popular Beauty TikToks Of The Year

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Contour And Highlight, SlickPour Nails, And Unicorn Hair—These Were The Most Popular Beauty TikToks Of The Year

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2019 was definitely the year of TikTok. The short-format video platform released it’s own TikTok 100, a list featuring the most popular viral posts and creators in 2019. The ranking is influenced by likes, views, shares and trends. “The TikTok Top 100 videos celebrate the ingenuity of this diverse community and all of the incredible content that made TikTok such a special place this year,” wrote Vanessa Pappas, general manager at TikTok U.S., in announcing the list in a blog post Monday. 

But what we want to know is which were the top beauty posts. Was it makeup tutorials? Nail art? Hair? All of the above? Here’s a list of the 10 most popular beauty posts on TikTok this 2019.

Creating the perfect blue glitter acrylic by @youngnailsinc

Young Nails Inc. has established itself as a leading nail extensions TikTok page. With more than 600 thousand followers, Young Nails features their signature SlickPour technique —a new powder enhancement for nails that’s taking over acrylics. Their videos come in slow motion and reverse, and the slow pour is #oddlysatisfying.

Check out more here.

Checkered clown check by @abbyrartistry

Abby Roberts is an Instagram star and beauty promoter who is known for sharing a wide blend of both beauty and special effects makeup. Her Instagram account abbyroberts has more than 1.2 million followers, and on TikTok, she has over 5 million! Specializing in characters from movies as well as detailed Halloween effects, Abby has been affiliated with big makeup brands like Morphe and Colourpop. 

Check it out here.

That contour and highlight, though! by @jamescharles

James Charles’s breakthrough moment came when his high-school-yearbook picture went viral thanks to his very extra use of highlighter and a ring light. Celebrities like Zendaya endorsed it, and, not too long after, CoverGirl signed him as its first-ever male spokesmodel. He appeared on Ellen and even did Katy Perry’s makeup. He collaborated on videos with Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, so it’s really no wonder that he’s included on this list —the real shocker would be if he hadn’t. 

Check it out here

Six different festival fashion trends by @glitterandlazers

Curvy blogger Anna O’Brien, 33, from Cleveland, Ohio, is best known on social media for her Glitter and Lazers blog and YouTube channel. She is known for posting everything from hauls to DIYS to vlogs on the two social platforms. The Texas native gained a lot of notoriety this year  thanks to the ‘body positive’ movement, and we’re so here for TikTok including a curvy woman in the lineup #representation.

Check it out here.

Multicolor hair highlights by @emilymunyak

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Lip-sync and comedy video creator popular on TikTok, Emily Munyak has accrued more than 700,000 fans. She first became active on TikTok in her early teens, when the app was known as musical.ly. 

Unicorn-colored braid! by @learnwithlati

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Want to learn how to style beautiful hairstyles? You have come to the right place! Learn with Lati is known for offering super quick, easy and beautiful hairstyling tutorials —plus Lati always features the most beautifully colored wigs and stunning backdrops. 

Create an eyeshadow look by randomly picking three different colors! by @jamescharles

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Another James Charles video —no surprise there either! This one features a makeup challenge that went viral this year on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. All about picking three eyeshadows at random and then making a look out of it. Charles aced it as usual with a very weird combination of colors. To have those skills…sigh!

Check it out here.

The ultimate glitter mask by @victorialyn

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We all love a peel-off mask, and the only thing better than one, is a glittery peel-off mask. The YouTube personality and makeup artist known for publishing beauty tutorials and vlogs on her Victoria Lyn Beauty channel secured a place in the list with this natural, ‘everyday’ look. Proving that not all viral makeup looks have to be super elaborate and over the top. Victoria Lyn has amassed more than 80,000 subscribers on the platform.

An ’80s-inspired look by @addyurdaddy

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With the cute caption: “it’s 1985 and ur getting ready to meet ur friend el and max at the mall” Addy from Emo Horse Girl, appealed to our little ‘Stranger Things’-loving hearts and 80s nostalgia. What’s not to love about this look?

A purple-perfect Barbie inspired look by @victorialyn

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Another one from Victoria Lyn, with another glitter peel-off mask too! She’s known for her ‘easy’, ‘everyday’ makeup looks even if this one looks like you need a little more expertise and artistry than yours truly possesses. But hey, one can dream, and one can also enjoy the glitter, the hair and the glamour; a true Barbie Doll-worthy rendition.