Behind the Magic✨

Le me, circa January 2019

Hiii πŸ‘‹πŸ½

My name is Deena, and I’m the Skincare Sorceress (formerly @dat_seoul_glow on IG and elsewhere).

I am a Afro-Latina in her early 30s who is obsessed with skincare, natural textured hair, pimped out nails, and makeup. I am a certified/licensed (NYS) Esthetician and Certified (NYS) Nail Artist who currently resides in the Midwest. I am a secular witch (an admittedly really shitty one 🀣), which helped inspired my moniker πŸ§™πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Here’s some other random shit about yours truly:

Skin type: Combination/Dry/Dehydrated
Skin Concerns: PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation), uneven skin tone, dull skin, large pores around my nose area, dryness
Hair Type:Β Mostly 4 (a-c) but there are some 2s and 3s in there too. I have low porosity as well.
Asian beauty or Western Beauty?: Why not both?? I want it ALLLL on mah faceΒ πŸ˜‚
Makeup or bare face?: Mostly bareface these days… mebbe a lippie and filled in brows to step out the house…. because I’m lazy as fuck 🀣
Acrylic or Gel Nails?: Definitely Gel. I find it easier to work with and more flexible than acrylic…. plus I suck at acrylic application πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
Favorite cosmetic(s): Lippies and highlighter are BAE 😍
Favorite Skincare item(s): Sheet/wash off masks and mists
Favorite Skincare Ingredient(s): Rose, honey (propolis, royal jelly…anything 🍯 and 🐝 derived really), snail mucin, arbutin, niacinamide, resveratrol.
Tea or Coffee?: Team TEA all the way!!! Antioxidants are good for you dear 🍡

I was diagnosed with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) in my mid 20s….aaaand it’s been a bitch to my skin since then. I never had acne or major breakouts in my teens….then suddenly I had cystic acne pustules the size of quarters, gnarly facial hair, shitty dots of Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (I used to shave so I have lots of PIH as a result 😭), and a really uneven skin tone 😭 I was introduced to Asian Beauty in my late 20s…. sheet masks were my gateway drug to the curious and wonderful world of AB. It was LOADS better than my old ritual of (ack!) Clean and Clear cleanser, Ponds cold cream, and the occasional Freeman Beauty clay mask πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ My skin has gottenΒ phenomenallyΒ better since I started taking better care of it (thanks Asian Beauty!!) I’ve actually been into more Western Beauty stuff recently, but you’d have to pry my ampoules, essences, and masks out of my cold dead hands… I still stan for AB 😜

OK…. why did I start this blog you ask?? I plan on sharing my hauls, opinions, and adventures into various beauty rituals and assorted cosmetics; but most importantly I’ll be sharing professional knowledge about skin + nail care with you. FYI, I’ve been a nail technician since 2014,Β but I loved skincare so much I went to Esthetician school in 2017 to pursue my passion! Now I get to help other people get their skin to a happy place 😊 It was an amazing experience and I am so glad I did it!! πŸ’•

I hope I can share some new stuff with you and expand your horizons via the countless options available in the beauty and skincare worlds. Please feel free to drop me an email (dee @ skincaresorceress.blog… no spaces) or shoot me a message if you have any questions or suggestions for topics you’re curious about.

XOXO,
Deena
AKA Dee πŸ’œ