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Spring Beauty Goodies

 

Hi Everyone-

I have been doing a little shopping. There are so many skin/makeup products that I would would like to try. However as a recovering beauty product junkie I must learn to resist the temptation. Listed below (clockwise) are the products that I’ve recently added to my arsenal. Have you added any new beauty products to your regime?

  1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (in Amande)
  2. Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder (in Deep)
  3. CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets
  4. Maybelline FitMe Matte & Poreless (in Coconut)
  5. NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil (in Espresso- love this!)
  6. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation (in Cocoa)
  7. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Spray
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  9. Michael Todd Beauty Charcoal Detoxifying Mask (found mine at Ross at a great price)
  10. L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (in N8)
  11. Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water (They’ve changed the package. I got mine from Nordstrom Rack)
  12. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick (in Fresh Brew)
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Spring Ready

Photo courtesy of: www.miometeo.com/206/03/20/

Each year winter seems to stick around a little longer. And everyone knows that a long winter means more time inside (and more time in dark/heavy clothing). Although I love the holidays I am always happy when this time of  year comes around. The weather warms up and we get to shed some layers. It’s springtime and below are my tips for getting spring ready.

  1. Update  your wardrobe. Freshening up your wardrobe does not have to cost a lot of money. Purging your closet of items that no longer fit is a no cost way to get ready for spring. It also gives you an excuse to go shopping for a few new items. 🙂
  2. Switch out your skincare. Our skincare needs change as the weather gets warmer. Now is a good time to change out your heavy moisturizer for a lighter one. If you have not done so already, purchase SPF (a separate one for your face and body). Lastly, toss  any expired beauty products.
  3. Purchase a nude or pink lipstick. Dark lips are very chic during the winter. However spring is a great time to rock pretty pinks and nudes.
  4. Add new home decor. I am a huge believer that your home is your sanctuary. You would be amazed at how changing out linens, throw pillows or adding fresh flowers can change your overall mood.
  5. Change up your hairstyle. Now is a great time to try out that new hairstyle, color, cut, etc. you’ve been coveting. I am currently obsessed with the ever so popular bob/lob. It is so chic!
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Skin Care Tips (Oily Skin)

Hi Everyone-

If you are anything like me, then you know the frustrations of having oily skin.  Despite my best efforts I would look a greasy mess by mid-day. Now that I have a better understanding of my skin, I am better equipped to care for it.

Oily skin is caused by sebaceous glands that are over-active, producing excess sebum, contributing to a shiny looking face and skin concerns such as acne, blackheads, enlarged/clogged pores, etc.

Now that we’ve discussed the science behind oily skin, let’s take a look at how to manage it. Let me know if you have any tips to add to list.

  1. Products. It is important that you use products that are formulated for our skin type. Look for products with benzoyl peroxide and at least 2 percent salicylic acid. These products help break down oil in the pores without over-drying the skin.
  2. Hydrate. Water helps us to flush out the toxins in our bodies. Drinking an ample amount of water helps to keep our skin clean and hydrated.
  3. Wash Your Hands. Our hands collect germs and bacteria that can be transferred onto our skin. Therefore it is important to always wash your hands before touching your face.
  4. Remove Your Makeup. We are all guilty of falling asleep before removing our makeup. Although sleeping with makeup on our face is a no-no for everyone, it is especially true for us oily girls. Dirt and oil can seep into our pores over night (resulting in acne). Be sure to at least use a makeup wipe before you go to sleep.
  5. Exfoliate. It is imperative to exfoliate regularly. It is recommended that we exfoliate at least 1-3 times a week. Excess sebum has the tendency to collects in our pores (a contributing factor to acne). It also creates dead cells on the skin surface  (dull-looking skin). Exfoliating clears our pores and renews our skin’s surface. In other words, exfoliating = clear and radiant skin. You can find my natural face scrub recipe here: DIY Face Scrub.
  6. Washcloths. Be sure to use a clean washcloth each time you wash your face. Washcloths (especially wet ones) are breeding grounds for bacteria.
  7. Use a Mask.  Applying masks to the skin helps draw out oils and cleanses pores. Charcoal masks and clays are great for those with our skin type.
  8. Sunscreen. The fear of looking greasy often causes us to skip this essential step in our skin care routine. Sunscreen prevents brown spots, hyper-pigmentation, protects the skin from the sun’s rays, etc. Try looking for a product that is formulated for your face, is oil-free and has a SPF of at least 35.
  9. Moisturize. Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs moisturization. Stripping the skin of it’s moisture will only lead to the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Experts recommend that we use an oil-free, water based (non-comedogenic) moisturizer.
  10. Change Your Pillowcases. Pillowcases can absorb oil and dirt while we sleep. Be sure to change your pillowcase at least once a week to avoid redepositing the oil on your face.

 

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The Essentials

Hi Everyone!

I hope 2016 is treating you well. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It has been a little of a struggle to remain inspired however I have learned that inspiration doesn’t always have to come from something new. It sometimes comes from the things that make you happy. With that said, listed below are a few items that I can’t live without. What are your current must haves?

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  1. Mossimo Avie Booties
  2. Journal
  3. Olivia Blake London Candle (wild mint and white tea)-T.J. Maxx
  4. Black and white pouch. I received this from in a Sephora promotion. I fill mine with lip balm, headphones, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, etc.
  5. Cat Eye Sunnies
  6. Sephora Mirror- Gifted
  7. Cross body Bag– Similar
  8. Nightmoth Lipliner
  9. Ruby Woo Lipstick
  10. Pencil Sharpener
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Current Favorites

Greetings Loves!

I am a recovering product junkie so I try to keep my purchases at a minimum. However, I found a few gems in the past few months that I thought I would share you all. What are your current favorite items?

  1. Ole Henricksen’s Truth Serum- The name says it all. This serum is the truth. I love how bright it makes my skin. It is quite pricey but it is worth the investment (in my opinion). You may want to consider purchasing the 3 Little Wonders trial pack before purchasing the regular size.
  2. Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant- I have been on a search for a natural deodorant for quite some time. I love that this does not irritate my underarms and keeps me dry all day.
  3. Sephora Face Masks- I love how convenient these masks have been. They are great to travel with.
  4. Coconut Oil- I have been using coconut oil for my hair for a few years now however I just started using it to hydrate my skin. I love that it keeps me moisturized without the greasiness.
  5. Festive Socks- This is a random favorite but I have been into Christmas socks lately. I spend most evenings in cozy socks, drinking hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie.

 

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Rapid Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Hi Loves!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. I would like to introduce a new segment to our community. I am calling the series Rapid Review.  My goal is for this format to provide you with information on the product in a straightforward manner. Hopefully, this will allow you to make informed decisions on whether or not you would like to try the product.

The first item I would like to review is the Origins Active Charcoal Mask. Have you tried this mask? If so, what are your thoughts on it?

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

  1. Price– $17.00 for 1.7 fluid ounces (Sephora.com)
  2. Use– An activated charcoal mask that draws out impurities in clogged pores.
  3. Product Claims-(according to Sephora) -When environmental toxins, dirt, and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, and skin looks cloudy. Nature’s complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skin’s overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best.What it is formulated WITHOUT:
    – Parabens
    – Sulfates
    – Phthalates

4. My Thoughts– I think this is a great mask. It leaves my skin feeling clean without leaving it striped. I would recommend this to anyone that has large pores or oily skin and is looking for an inexpensive yet effective mask.

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My At Home Facial Routine (Oily, Acne-Prone Skin)

Now that I am in my thirties, I find myself obsessed with skin care. I think this is partly because I am getting older and would prefer to get ahead of premature aging. I’ve had adult acne in the past however I have found a weekly routine that has works really well for me. Below are the steps that I take to care for my skin at home.

  1. Cleanse. Gently wash face with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam.
  2. Exfoliate. Click HERE for my diy face scrub.
  3. Steam. Wet face cloth with hot water. Wring out the excess water. Place cloth over face. Repeat this 2-3 times. This opens your pores in preparation for the next step.
  4. Apply mask. I am currently using the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. I usually rinse this out in the shower.
  5. Tone. I use the Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion on a cotton round.
  6. Apply eye cream. I am not particular to any eye serums/creams. I typically use any sample sized creams I have available.
  7. Apply serum. I am currently using the Ole Henrikson Truth Serum.
  8. Moisturize. I am currently using the Clinique Acne Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment.
  9. Apply lip moisturizer. Lastly, I apply my lip moisturizer.

 

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DIY Face Scrub

I have been on a hunt for a good face scrub for a little while now. I have used the Lush Ocean Scrub in the past and it worked well however I wanted to see if there is an alternative that works better. After a few months of searching, I decided to try my hand creating one with some items I had laying around the house. To my surprise, I found myself liking my diy version much better than anything I have used in the past. It is all natural, easy, customizable and inexpensive. I used just 3 items- turbinado, lemon and honey. I chose lemon because of its skin brightening properties. And honey is an excellent humectant.

I didn’t use any precise measurements. I simply mixed the items until I got the desired consistency. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers (if you decide to make this on your own). Now, if I could only find a diy for a face wash. 🤔

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My Winter Body Care Faves

As the winter temperatures decrease so does the moisture in our skin. While the average person’s skin becomes dry during the winter time, mine becomes drier. It has taken some time however I have a few products that keeps that keeps flaky skin at bay. Listed below are the products that I use to fight back against old man winter. What are some of your favorite winter care products?

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash- I love using Dove products all year round however I have found that my skin needs an extra dose of moisture during the cold and dry months. The Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash is super moisturizing and yet gentle.

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Aveeno Positively Nourishing Purifying Body Wash- I love how mild and moisturizing this body wash is. It is gentle, effective and it smells great! What else can you ask for in a body wash?

Aveeno

Caress Passionate Spell– I do not find this body wash to be too moisturizing however I enjoy the rich exotic smell that it has. It is a good break from the sweet floral scents we enjoy during the spring/summer months.

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Lush Ocean Salt Body Scrub- It is important to exfoliate dead skin cells all year long. However it is especially important to do this during the winter months when your skin is drier. I love the Lush Ocean Salt Body scrub. I love how natural it is (and the fresh citrus scent).

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Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer- This is an awesome body moisturizer! That is all.

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Trader Joes Coconut Body Butter– This body butter is the bees knees. It is natural, moisturizing and smells great. I have purchased four jars this winter alone.

TJs coconut body butter

Trader Joe’s Spa 100% Jojoba Oil– Jojoba oil may be nature’s best moisturizer (because it is so close to our natural skin oil). I just love how moisturizing it is. I usually use this after using a body butter or moisturizer. It gives my skin that extra dose of moisture that it sometimes needs.

TJs Jojoba Oil

Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Lip Balm– My lips have been quite chapped lately. My old faithful (EOS lip balm) has not been getting the job done. Good thing I discovered the Nivea Kiss of Moisture lip balm. Instead of coating my lips, it actually moisturizes them.

Nivea

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My Winter Hair Care Tips

I have always had dry hair. And now that I live in a drier climate, my hair is even more dry. Through a bit of research (and trial and error), I have found a few ways to keep my hair healthy during the cold, cold winter months.

1. Moisturize! I find that I do not like to put too much effort in my hair during the winter time. There is something about the cold weather that makes me want to neglect my hair care routine. While moisturizing your hair is important year round, it is even more important during the winter. Cold air is drier than warm air which increases dryness in our skin and hair. It is imperative that we maintain (and in some cases increase) our hair moisture schedules during the winter.

2. Bottoms up. We often hear about the importance of staying hydrated during the summer time. However we sometimes neglect to stay hydrated during the winter. Water is the best source of hydration. Drinking plenty of water ensures our that body is hydrated from the inside out.

3. The touch, the feel of cotton. If you are anything like me then you probably wear a lot of hats and beanies during the winter. Not only do these accessories help to keep us warm but they can be quite stylish. The downside to this is many of them are made of cotton. And because cotton is very absorbent, it can rob our hair of it’s moisture. Try looking for beanies that are lined in silk or satin. If you are unable to find any, try wrapping your hair with a silk scarf before putting on your hear gear.

4. We go deep. My hair requires deep conditioning on a weekly basis. However in the winter time, I find that my hair can use an extra dose of moisture. I have found my homemade concoctions to be the most effective. You can view my winter deep condition recipe here. If you are not the DIY type, try using moisture rich oils such as jojoba, coconut, almond, olive and grape seed. You can also opt for thick conditioners that coat the hair.

5.Protective styling. It is a good idea to give your hair a break every now and then. This is especially true for the winter time. Protective styles not only give your hair a break but they also keep your ends protected from the harsh weather. There are so many protective styles that keep your hair healthy. Use this time to experiment with different styles. Just remember to moisturize your hair while it is in the protective style.

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