To Tone Or Not To Tone By A Sephora’s Beauty Insider


I started a NEW beauty regiment I for the hot, dry, humid days of summer and autumn. Unlike winter and spring, I have merged the later seasons of the year together to tell you about beauty products perfect for any skin type. To read hot makeup suggestions, read an old post instead HERE.

My Formula For Making Systematic Changes:

  1. Notice when your skin and your diet changes. Symptoms like dry skin and dehydration are two normal things to be watchful for.
  2. For women who still break out, have a separate emergency system for flareups.
  3. Once your skin type is identified decide whether to go for products that give water based or oil based ingredients for each SEASONAL NEEDS. For example for the winter/spring I went for oil based ingredients and drank plenty of water. For summer/fall I went for products that give water based ingredients and selected two products that give oil based ingredients.

Skin Types You Need To Know (From Easy Maintenance To Most Maintenance): *And they change from a woman’s cycle to cycle. And do not compare product prices please.

  1. Normal/Oily/Combination Skin
  2. Uneven Skin Tone Or Dark Spots 
  3. Acne Prone Skin
  4. Redness Or Blotchy 
  5. Aging Skin

Levels Of Concentrate (From Low To High):

  1. Mist
  2. Cleanser/Face Wash
  3. Toner
  4. Dry Oil
  5. Oil Serum Concentrate
  6. Balm
  7. Moisturizer
  8. Crème/Eye Cream
  9. Mask
  10. Resurfacing Peels
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Spot Treatment

Beauty Words You Need to Know:

  1. Cruelty-Free (acid)
  2. What is Glycerin? Vegan (no acid)
  3. Not organic? Antibacterial? natural? Clean? ?

My next issue is finding products that help reduce inflammation on my face especially post flareups. But I loved having oil-based options.

My Current Wants Include:

  1. Radiance
  2. Detoxifying

I Selected The Following Products: 

-Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner $35 (See HERE

Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 $34

-Hum Detox Supplement $25

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil $32

-Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream $48

-Kiehl’s Since 1851 Cactus Flower & “Tibetan Ginseng” Hydrating Mist $27

-Violation Beauty Apple Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads $12-$84

*All Products Mentioned Above Are Available At Sephora Online Or At Their Stores.

What Is Color Therapy?

I consider myself the creator of “color therapy”. A friend of mine created sound therapy aka ASMR. I was interested in colors since I was a baby. I noticed different colors brought forward different healing energies and feelings inside me and I expanded that energy by choosing to wear specific colors and selecting food colors depending on my mood. My nannies, moms, and grandmothers were quite surprised about my lifestyle.

The colors and color therapy took a life of its own when I associated emotions with colors and immediately imagined a color if I was surprised, happy, mad, sad, or anything in between. Then in school my color therapy program came in handy when during art classes I learned I could develop sensory details myself. I manipulated my senses by giving each color that I splatted on the paper an intricate texture. Yes, my brain could do wonders, but, my body, well, that’s another story.  The idea was that a color mixed with a texture can create a memory so powerful that an initial memory can be repeated back to me so I can articulate it to another. I think that is what our senses essentially do regularly, we just need to tap into it more regularly so we are smarter.

My previous posts (see HERE and HERE) talks about food and mentions colors. I want to expand on my color therapy. Depending on your needs pick food colors and always cook a medley. Foods that are layered or served in any medley are the healthiest. That is why the cuisine of The Indian Subcontinent is one of the most diverse, eclectic, and varied you will find. For example, I made a Spanish omelet. I began with “an intention” and intuitively layered (instead of mixed) an organic egg, salt, paprika, green and purple spinach, and red and green salsa. Then I increased the heat from low to medium. There were no splatters and in a relaxed manner, I cooked myself an awesome omelet which I ate with a whole grain toast and apple juice mixed with aloe vera powder.

How To Make Your Own Perfume

My first enterprise you would be surprised to learn was making my own bottles of perfume at home. I believe it was in high school I learned the recipe for making perfumes at home. It required a small applicator bottle, water, and a mixture of perfumes. I was really into florals smells so I mixed fruity body sprays I found in Walmart and mixed them in with water, glitter, and some scented flowers from our balcony. They were quite soothing and less toxic but my personalized concoction smelled absolutely divine.

My Beauty Hacks

You may be wondering why I tell my readers these stories. The only reason I write these stories on the blog is to highlight how important policies and regulations are for the development and success of a country. Similar to the gaps in immigration laws and the problems related to that in the US, Pakistan endured back when I lived there. No one understands the scope of current changes in places like Canada, the USA, and the UK. And that is why I have made every effort to support brands that I feel are legal. (!)

While fashion in Pakistan has come up leaps and bounds in creating an ethical and sustainable fashion industry, I know they need help with their image and marketing. They are not even close to achieving that level of regulation in the beauty industry, however, I think the beauty world, in general, is being recognized and applauded for their collective efforts in legalizing their trade in every way. They know people are more aware of the information floating around on the internet so they are trying to meet the consumers’ new demands. There is only so far marketing and branding can take you; ugliness and truth always rise no matter how much you hide it.