My favorite beauty goodies!

Glossier Super Serums

I do not think I could go another day without the Glossier Super Serums. It is hard to say which serum is my personal favorite because it depends on the day. Sometimes I’m super stressed or breaking out – in comes Super Pure to heal my acne-prone red skin. Sometimes my skin is tight and dry – enters Super Bounce to the rescue. Sometimes my skin appears dull and tired and needs an energizing boost from Super Glow. You can’t go wrong with any of the serums. They are perfect for various skin problems on different days. Talk about being adaptable! Glossier is all about skin first, makeup second. I love that about Glossier and it truly shows in the quality of their products.

Essie Quick-E

I am really surprised that more people do not know about this product. It is truly amazing and definitely better than the aerosol spray can that “dries” nail polish. The Essie Quick-E Drying Drops are an amazing invention. I paint my own nails and would not be able to do so without this product. After I’m done painting my nails, I apply a few of these drops and the paint is dry within a minute or two! No more waiting for an hour under a fan trying to dry my nails.

Missha Sun Milk & Sebum Zero Sun Safe Block 

Sunscreen is SO important! No matter the weather, you need sunscreen! I love Missha and love their sunscreens. The Sun Milk is definitely my favorite, but I love how the Sebum Zero Sun Block has a mattifying affect and is less expensive. What is great about both of these sunscreens is that it does not feel or smell like you are wearing sunscreen. Check out my previous post about protecting your skin from the sun.

Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner

This product is truly amazing. I have combination skin so I always look for alcohol-free toners. Thayers is perfect for my skin type. The Thayers Rose Petal Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Toner has made my skin bloom. Thayers soothing rose toner is made with rose-petal water and Witch Hazel extract. I will never switch to another toner again in my life! This product is hard to beat.

Glossier Cloud Paint, NYX Illuminators, NYX Pore Filler, & NYX Matte Finish Spray

I do not know where I would be without these makeup products. I no longer have to wear foundation thanks to my amazing skin care products I use. All I need is a boost to make my skin glow! To achieve my glow, I start with the NYX Pore Filler (primer). Then I apply Cloud Paint in Puff to add a cute pink glow to my cheeks. Following with the NYX Illuminators for a beautiful highlight and additional sun-kissed glow to my cheeks. I also highlight below my eyebrows, my nose, and my Cupid’s bow. To set it all I use the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray.

Tea Tree Collection from The Body Shop

I absolutely love The Body Shop Tea Tree Collection! I use the Mattifying Lotion as my daily moisturizer, Anti-Imperfection Night Mask as my nighttime moisturizer, and use the Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment for occasional blemishes. Tea tree is great for acne-prone skin or any other skin imperfections.

Glossier masks

These masks are life changing! They are truly great! And the packaging is sooo cute! The Glossier masks are designed to work in harmony to hit the reset button on your skin. One detoxifies, while the other hydrates. The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack goes on first. Made with a gentle white kaolin clay base, plus vitamin-rich beauty foods—think of it as a juice cleanse for your face. Rinse, and follow with the Moisturizing Moon Mask. It’s formulated with honey, aloe, and plant-based squalane to plump skin up with moisture and restore elasticity. Meanwhile, licorice root and lemon extracts gently brighten. Glossier recommends 20 minutes in each mask for a total skin makeover.

It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment in Rose

This is my favorite lip product, EVER! I always get chapped lips so I cannot always rock the matte lip. This lip product moisturizers and tints my lips with a beautiful pink-rose color. The color changes depending on the temperature, which is also pretty cool! I am running out and need to buy more soon.

It’s all about the skin

I turned 26 on December 1st, right after the craziest time of year in retail and ecommerce. I work in ecommerce and this holiday season was intense, crazy, and actually went amazingly well! I’m proud of what I accomplished and how awesome of a job my team did. Anyway, this holiday season took a toll on my skin and it isn’t helping that I just turned 26. I know I’m still young, but I am experiencing the first signs of aging. To help obtain the youthful glow that I had pre-college, pre-work life, and pre-baby years… it’s time to get back to the basics and focus on skin care first, makeup second.

In comes a brand I’ve been researching for a long time: Glossier. Glossier is a beauty brand that sells a variety of makeup and skin care products. They now have a fragrance scent too! I do not have many Glossier products yet, but hopefully I’ll get more soon (hint hint family – Christmas is coming up soon!). I have all 3 Super Serums, Moisturizing Moon Mask, Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask, and the Cloud Paint in Puff.

Glossier is all about skin first and makeup second, which is kind of my motto too. I’m all about the no makeup-makeup look and enhancing my natural beauty. I love makeup and going all out with my look, but I’ve never been the type of girl who wears heavy foundation, dramatic eyes and brows during the day, and spends over an hour doing my makeup. Even for special occasions it takes me max 30 minutes to apply my makeup. The girls with the Kardashian-style makeup are beautiful, but it just isn’t me. This is why Glossier is now my beauty best friend (BFF 4 lyfe).

Glossier lays the foundation for a beauty movement that celebrates real girls, in real life. Glossier is a new way of thinking about (and shopping for) beauty products. Glossier believes that we give life to products – products don’t breathe life into us. I love this so much and it is so true! Plus, what’s great about Glossier is that they were founded by beauty editors. It all started back in 2010 on their blog IntoTheGloss.com, the editors knew what was relevant (and what works). The editors, to this day, try every product under the sun, interview icons, and peek inside hundreds of fancy medicine cabinets. You could say that Glossier is distilled from years of recommendations from the coolest girls on the planet. Plus, take a look at my pics… their packaging is soooo cute, cool and simple!

As I mentioned, I just turned 26 and got through the craziest time of year in ecommerce. It took a toll on my skin and aging doesn’t help. My skin does not glow like it used to after a long, stressful day/week/month like it did when I was in high school and in my early college years. Now is the time that I need to focus on my skin.

For the past 2 weeks to help my skin heal, I’ve completely stopped wearing my B.B. cream (lighter version of foundation that still covered up my redness and occasional acne). I started breaking out from the holiday stress, my skin had a redness that wouldn’t go away, and the texture of my skin was looking rough. Focusing on my skin and not wearing foundation allowed my skin to breathe and heal.

Every night after work for the past few weeks, I would come home, wash my face, and had/have an intensive nighttime skin care routine (coming up soon on the blog…). After washing my face, I’d apply my favorite toner. I’d pick a mask from my mask collection (Glossier masks, sheet masks, clay masks, etc.) that fit the solution for my skin needs for the day. Side note: last night I used both Glossier masks and I woke up glowing today. After the masks, I’d start my moisturizing nighttime routine (also coming up soon on the blog…) and apply a Glossier Super Serum and could tell that my skin was getting better each day.

Not only has adding Glossier into my routine helped my skin, but has also helped me realize skin should come first, and makeup second. Makeup won’t solve your problems and it won’t make anything go away. It is all temporary. Wearing makeup is great, but if you don’t focus on your skin it will all be for nothing. Makeup should help enhance your beauty and not cover it up. Glossier’s ideas, brand image, and motto has helped me gain confidence to love my natural beauty and focus on skin first, makeup second, and to smile always. I’m obsessed with Glossier and can’t wait to try out more products! It is safe to say that I’m definitely a #glossiergirl.

Glossier has a great line of makeup products as well, which I can’t wait to try! There are days where I only wear the Cloud Paint in Puff. It adds the perfect amount of pink to my cheeks for a cute cheeky glow.

If after reading this post you want to be a #glossiergirl too, click the link below for 10% off your order! Come on… you know you want to (;

https://re.glossier.com/a1aada32

Newest & Cutest Etsy Shop: TETRAKATE

logoIf you haven’t heard… there is a new seller on Etsy! Katelyn Hanf, owner/creator/artist of TETRAKATE, hand makes unique geometric jewelry and artwork.

Katelyn has spent most of her life in North Texas. She has always been an artist since she was young. When Katelyn was young, she loved to paint, draw, and create anything she could with her hands. She loves math and science, so it was natural for Katelyn to take on a geometric inspiration in her artwork and designs.

The brand name, TETRAKATE, came from her love of geometry. She combined the tetrahedron with her name (Katelyn), because the tetrahedron is the most simple three dimensional shape, making it a surprising source of stability. I always thought there was something profound about that.

Katelyn sells jewelry (and very soon, art) on Etsy. She has her artwork on Society6, where you can purchase her art printed on notebooks, pillows, phone cases, clothing, backpacks, and so on.

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Katelyn is inspired by nature and geometry. She is especially inspired by how both are intertwined with one another. Katelyn recreates natural textures, like rock or concrete, and adds a feminine twist on her jewelry. She is obsessed with matte finishes, modern neutral tones, and natural stones, which definitely shows in her jewelry.

triangle shimmer white 002Katelyn’s main focus is on handmade jewelry and pattern design. Most of her work is heavily inspired by geometry. She enjoys making very intricate, detailed patterns out of our the basic shapes. The majority of the jewelry she creates are earrings, but she is working on necklaces and bracelets as well. She hopes to add more paintings and illustrations to the shop. She is also working on gifts, including ring dishes, coasters, pins, anything that is fun to buy for yourself or your best friends!

square cloudy green 001Most of Katelyn’s jewelry is made from polymer clay, that she molds by hand into the shape that she imagines. She fires the clay to harden it, and paints it with acrylic paint, or silver or gold leafing. If she wants a glossy, clean finish, she will add resin to give the pieces a more sleek look. She also adds raw brass to add a glamorous touch.

Katelyn’s favorites are the hexagon earrings with the shimmery clay. She also loves the two-tone earring studs with shimmery clay and matte paint. These are some of my favorites too!

The holidays are coming up and this is the perfect time to check out TETRAKATE to find the perfect gift! Any girl would LOVE a pair of cute earrings from TETRAKATE.

Checkout TETRAKATE!
https://www.tetrakate.com/
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tetrakate
Society6 artist page: https://society6.com/tetrakate
Instagram: @tetrakate
Email: tetrakate@gmail.com

DNA Keepsake Jewelry

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In January, I placed an order with Sacred Legacy Arts. I ordered 4 beautiful pieces of artwork (aka DNA keepsake jewelry). I ordered a beautiful European bead that holds my breastmilk and a few strands of my daughter’s hair, a unique DNA crystal necklace, a Tree of Life necklace from Maid in the Woods (cabochon from Sacred Legacy Arts), and a 14k white gold ring. All of the items I ordered contain my breastmilk.

IMG_0942Sacred Legacy Arts specializes in preserving DNA keepsakes as a beautiful work of art in the form of jewelry. Kelly from Sacred Legacy Arts can preserve breastmilk, hair, umbilical cord, placenta, ashes, flowers, a piece of cloth (from a wedding dress or veil), and much more into jewelry. It is amazing. The process includes preserving the keepsake in jewelry-grade resin and then placing the keepsake in a ring, necklace, European bead, earrings, etc. Kelly from Sacred Legacy Arts has truly found a beautiful and unique way of preserving precious memories into a wearable form of art.

IMG_0900What is really cool about the process of preserving the DNA keepsake is that it doesn’t have to be “plain”. Sacred Legacy Arts has many flecks, shimmers, and tints to add to the DNA keepsakes. For the ring and European bead, I asked for the fairy milk blend, which looks like how it sounds (extremely magical). The keepsakes are a beautiful milky-pink with pink and iridescent flecks and shimmer. They are absolutely beautiful and I love how they turned out! For the tree of life necklace, I asked for the gold shimmer, which really hones in on the yellow color of breastmilk. Lastly, for the DNA crystal necklace, I asked for the milky opal look, which contains iridescent flecks and really show cases the brightness of breastmilk. Everyone’s breastmilk is different, so every DNA keepsake will look different. Keep that in mind if you decided to order from Sacred Legacy Arts. Plus, every DNA keepsake will be different since they are all handmade. This definitely makes each piece a work of art!

IMG_0918Shop updates are at the beginning of every month. I believe the July shop update was on the 3rd. There are still a few pieces that are available, but usually the most popular pieces sell out within seconds. The first time I tried to order the European bead, I added the bead to my cart immediately as the shop update went live. I went to checkout and after I typed in all of my card and shipping information the bead was already sold out! I type pretty fast too! As a word of advice, it is crucial to be ready to place your order when the shop updates go live. No pondering or deciding which fleck or shimmer to include. All of this needs to be decided before the shop update so you can quickly checkout and snag the pieces you want!

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Sacred Legacy Arts began in 2014 with the vision to create tiny time capsules of wearable art for families to preserve their most cherished memories in a tangible, sensory experience.  Instead of tucking mementos into little boxes that are rarely seen, they wanted to find a way to take those precious memories and turn them into beautiful works of art that could be worn and treasured. Each DNA keepsake is carefully handcrafted and it shows. Every item I ordered is so beautiful and unique. I can tell that so much care, thought, and passion went into making them. I’m so glad that Sacred Legacy Arts was created. I will forever treasure the works of art Kelly created using my breastmilk and my daughter’s hair. I will definitely order from Sacred Legacy Arts again in the future! THANK YOU KELLY AND THE SACRED LEGACY ARTS TEAM!

I also wanted to give a shout out to Maid in the Woods and Anueva Jewelry. Doreen from Maid in the Woods handcrafts all of her jewelry. Unfortunately, the tree of life cabochon from Sacred Legacy Arts was discontinued, but you can still order the tree of life necklace from Doreen. She now works with another DNA keepsake artist for the cabochon that is included in the beautiful tree of life wirework necklace. She has amazing pieces and I’m so happy to have a tree of life necklace from Maid in the Woods. Also wanted to mention that her packaging is AMAZING. I was blown away about how much thought and passion went into the packaging. Thank you, Doreen! Anueva Jewelry created the ring my DNA keepsake was placed into. The empress ring is also no longer available on Sacred Legacy Arts, but there are many other beautiful pieces available from Anueva Jewelry on Sacred Legacy Arts. Anueva Jewelry specializes in handmade, eco-friendly, nature inspired jewelry. I love all of her works of art. Thank you Jennifer from Anueva Jewelry!

Pictures below of the amazing works of art:

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Summer Time Skin Care

It is a week away from summer and this is the best time to discuss skin care for those sunny, hot, summer days. The most important step for your skin this summer? APPLYING SUNSCREEN. I’m not only talking about putting sunscreen on your shoulders and arms, but on your entire body (face, neck, hands, etc.). Everyone should put sunscreen on any area of skin that is exposed. Sunscreen is so important. It protects your skin from the sun! The sun can cause so much damage to our skin, which happens to be the largest external organ, and we need to protect it. The sun can cause our skin to burn, which can lead to skin cancer, and can cause our skin to age prematurely. We do not want any of these things, so it is extremely important to apply sunscreen. (Wow, this really reminds me of all the skin cancer videos my grandma had me watch as a child!) According to WebMD, “an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.” Apparently anything after that “is silly” and “sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none [offer] 100% protection.” Definitely go for the SPF 75, if you choose! What am I using this summer to protect my skin? I’m using…

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15

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I use this product everyday as a daily moisturizer. It happens to have SPF 15, which is great! I use this on my arms, shoulders, neck, hands, and legs (if I’m wearing a dress). This product does not smell like sunscreen. It applies and feels just like a regular lotion. This product is great for me because I am usually inside for most of the day. When I’m outside doing yard work, relaxing, swimming, or barbecuing, I always wear regular sunscreen with higher SPF.

 

Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk SPF 50+/PA+++

IMG_2638This product is my favorite sunscreen and has been my favorite sunscreen for my face for years. All Missha Sun Milk Sunscreens are amazing. I choose to wear the Waterproof Sun Milk because I live in Texas and it gets HOT, which means I will most likely sweat and get oily! If I’m outside doing yard work, playing in the water, or relaxing in the sun, I do not want my sunscreen melting off. To better ensure that my face is protected, since my face is always exposed to the sun, I wear this product everyday. What’s great about this product is that it helps with oil control too. I do not get as oily as I normally would in the hot Texas summer thanks to this amazing product. The Waterproof Sun Milk isn’t sticky, greasy, and does not smell like sunscreen, which are main factors for me when choosing a sunscreen. The Waterproof Sun Milk is refreshing, has a soft finish, and strong water and sweat resistance. What’s not to love?!

3 main features of the Missha Waterproof Sun Milk:

1. Sweat, Water, Sebum Proof
Doesn’t rub off on contact with water, provides long-lasting sun protection, and is suitable for all types of outdoor activities.

2. Eucalyptus Extract for Oil Control
Eucalyptus extract helps to control oil production, keeping the skin feeling soft and refreshed.

3. Keeps Skin Refreshed in 3 Ways
Lightweight, non-sticky, non-greasy formula allows for comfortable wear even for extended periods of time.

Sunscreen for Outdoor Activities

I usually use Hawaiian Tropic, Coppertone, or Banana Boat sunscreens. These are the brands I’ve always used. I like these brands because they are reasonably priced and work well. I currently have the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen with SPF 30, Banana Boat Sport Sunblock Lotion with SPF 50, Coppertone Ultraguard Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 70 (my husband’s sunscreen), and Babyganics Mineral-based Sunscreen with SPF 50 (my daughter’s sunscreen). None of us get burned in the sun while wearing any of these products. I definitely recommend these brands for protection from the summer sun.

After-Sun Skin Care

Besides hydrating and drinking lots of water after a fun day in the sun, moisturizing and exfoliating are some of the best things for after-sun skin care. After a nice shower and exfoliating my face with Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark deep pore scrub, I use Thayer’s Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Alcohol-Free Toner with Rosewater. I then apply a bit of Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner. The Benton Toner is moisturizing and has a cooling effect that helps calm skin damages caused by stress and pollution. I follow with my favorite moisturizer, like the Énergie de Vie Moisturizing Cream. Lastly, I spritz my face with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea as a nice pick-me-up for my skin and voilà! My skin is refreshed from the sun!

If you happen to burn, use anything with aloe! Most of my skin care products already contain aloe, but a nice aloe vera moisturizer that is meant for sunburns can help due to aloe’s powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin. Aloe also acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish the skin’s moisture. The skin heals quicker because of the nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties.

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite sunscreen products are and how you protect your skin from the sun! Enjoy!

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success – Online and Off by Michelle Phan

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I recently finished reading Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success – Online and Off by Michelle Phan. I didn’t read what the book was about prior to purchasing. I mainly bought it because I’m a huge fan of Michelle Phan and thought it would be a good read. I’m so glad I bought the book!!! One of the best reads I’ve had in awhile, as far as inspirational books go.

IMG_0009For the past few years, I’ve had a fascination with women who have been successful from the ground up. Women like Michelle Phan, Sophia Amoruso, or Oprah Winfrey are so inspiring and their stories are interesting to hear. That is why I had to read Michelle Phan’s book. Her book, Make Up, came out in 2014. I wish I knew about the book back in 2014, but I only stumbled upon it recently when trying to bid on #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso on eBay. I didn’t win the bid (wanted to keep the price below $5 for #Girlboss) and so Michelle Phan’s book popped up as a similar item. The book was a little over $3 and came with free shipping on eBay. I was so excited and purchased immediately. I couldn’t wait to receive the book!

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The book starts with a summary of Michelle Phan’s life until 2014 and then dives into fantastic tips about makeup, skin care, life, etc. I would go into more detail, but I’ll let you read the book and find out about all of her great advice and tips! Make Up is perfect for anyone that is about to start their career, no matter the age. I really wish I would have known about this book in 2014 because I graduated from college then. Make Up has an entire section about interviews, resumes, how to dress, and pretty much everything you need to know in preparation for a job. Plus, Michelle Phan gives such great advice in the book for young women with the motivation to succeed and be big in their career! I’m three years into the start of my career in the e-commerce world and I am still learning. I gathered so many great tips and felt so inspired after finishing her book. I have very big goals for my career and will achieve them. I need to stay true to myself, work hard, be humble, and everything will fall into place.

Make Up did not only inspire me in regards to my career, but has really inspired me to put more effort into my blog. My blog is more of a part-time hobby and only something that I work on during my free time. I have many goals for my blog and would love to be an influencer like Michelle Phan. I would love for people to come to my blog with advice or seeking answers to a problem. That is why I’ve started to write reviews on products, write how-tos/DIY tips, and write about what I am passionate about. I want to educate and help people discover what is best for them. Plus, I really love makeup and skin care products and love trying new things out myself. That’s why I’m writing about her book on my blog, to help others who need inspiration or seek inspiration. This book is perfect for seekers, especially young women who want to strive and do their best at everything they do.

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I am so glad I stumbled upon Make Up by Michelle Phan. I feel so inspired! If I knew Michelle Phan in person, I think we would be best friends. She did re-tweet my Zombie Barbie look that I re-created from her tutorial a few years ago… and we both love video games and Spirited Away! Random fact that is kind of funny… I work at the company that helped manage her makeup business, em cosmetics, prior to her re-branding and re-launch. She apparently came to the headquarters and they had a big party! If I only worked here back then and had the book, I could have asked for her autograph. 🙂 What a coincidence! Anyway, the next book I want/have to read is definitely #Girlboss. Now if I can only snag #Girlboss for less than $5, that would be AWESOME.

Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions on inspirational books I should read or have a question about Michelle Phan’s book. Enjoy! 

Get a Beautiful Summer Glow with Lancôme

IMG_2546Get a beautiful summer glow with the new Click & Glow Liquid Highlighter and Belle de Teint Mosaic Summer Palette by Lancôme.

I recently received both of these products as a gift from the Lancôme team (thank you!!!) and I love both products so much. I have a very fair skin tone and definitely do not have a natural sun-kissed glow. I was so excited to try these products and add some color to my cheeks and face just in time for summer.

Click & Glow is a wonderful and easy product to use. As the name suggests, all you do is click and glow! Remove the cap, click the button at the end of the product, and apply to your cheeks bones, brow bones, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, or even on the décolleté area. Then blend with the applicator or your fingers. I use my fingers to buff and blend out the highlighter. It gives me a beautiful color that looks like I have been kissed by the sun.

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The Belle de Teint Mosaic Palette also gives me a beautiful summer glow. The palette is a bronzer and blush duo that combines the perfect balance of blush and bronzer hues for the perfect summer glow. Apply all over the face & décolleté for a bronzed-out look, or use the shades separately as a blush & bronzer. I personally swirl my blush brush in the palette and apply to my cheek bones for a glowing sun-kissed look.

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With both of these products you’ll be ready for summer and have a beautiful sun-kissed glow. I love these products and use them everyday. Today only, there is a great offer on Lancôme.com for up to 6 deluxe samples with the code ONEDAY. Go ahead and buy the new Click & Glow and Belle de Teint Mosaic Palette for the perfect summer look and receive 6 wonderful deluxe samples.

New Additions to my Nighttime Routine

IMG_2486Hi everyone! In the past month, I’ve added a few new additions to my nighttime skin care routine. I’m in love with all of my new products. In the past month, I’ve already noticed a great improvement in my skin. I’m so excited and thrilled to share my results of the new skin care products I started using.

I graciously received the new Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo and Lancôme Énergie de Vie Nuit (night mask) a few weeks ago (Thank you Lancôme.com team!). Both products are amazing and great additions to add to your nighttime skin care routine… if you do not already use these products.

To start off, I’ll review Visionnaire Crescendo. I haven’t finished phase 2 yet, but I’m about a week away from finishing it. I already feel like my skin is glowing! I love the results. Visionnaire Crescendo is a 28-night dual-phase peel. There are two phases. PIMG_2485hase 1 is formulated with 5% bio-acids such as fruit acids and quinoa husk extract that work to reduce the appearance of pores, improve skin’s texture, and radiance. Phase 1 takes approximately 14 nights, but for me it actually lasted for 3 weeks. You MUST start with phase 1 before starting phase 2. Visionnaire Crescendo works better if you do so. Phase 2 is formulated with 10% derma-acids, including 0.5% salicylic acid and 9.5% pure glycolic acid. This phase reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. IMG_2452Phase 2 is also for approximately 14 nights and I’m about one week into phase 2. This phase is definitely a bit more intense than phase 1, but that’s a good thing because it means it is working! Visionnaire Crescendo not recommended for those with sensitive skin. My skin is very sensitive above my upper lip, so in precaution I’ve completely avoided this area while using Visionnaire Crescendo. It is recommended to wear SPF 15+ during the day on your face. You should be using SPF during the day anyway!

IMG_2453Now onto Énergie de Vie Nuit! I absolutely love this product! Énergie de Vie Nuit is a hydrating and cooling antioxidant-packed sleeping mask that gives your skin a renewed glow by morning. Énergie de Vie Nuit is infused with cranberry, lemon balm, and ginseng to provide your skin with antioxidant protection from lack of sleep, high stress, pollution, and daily life excesses. This anti-fatigue face mask quickly melts onto the skin, significantly protecting against water loss during sleep, leaving the skin intensely moisturized. My skin instantly felt suppler, softer, and smoother with no oily finish or stickiness. After waking up after the first night of using Énergie de Vie Nuit, my skin felt nourished, looked refreshed and radiant.

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I’ve actually had the Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Eye Cream for awhile, but I just started using it again. I’ve started using the product for real this time… I bought it before and never actually used it. I do not have fine lines or wrinkles, but everyone says we should start using eye cream while we are young in order to prevent wrinkles. I am liking this product and it definitely makes the skin around my eyes feel refreshed. But honestly, I do not know if this product truly helps with fine lines and wrinkles. I read some reviews online and people have great things to say about the cream, but also say it does not help reduce fine lines/wrinkles. Maybe this product helps to prevent fine lines/wrinkles, but not reduce them? Once I finish this eye cream, I may try something else.

IMG_2459Last but not least, the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea! I use this product morning and night. The facial spray is an invigorating mist formulated with an infusion of nutrient-rich botanicals and cucumber essential water to revive dull, tired skin. Aloe vera and cucumber – both rich in essential vitamins and minerals – deliver a cooling boost of hydration as green tea provides powerful antioxidant protection. Skin is left feeling refreshed and revitalized. Mist onto face and neck as needed. Use before moisturizer, throughout the day, or as a final step following makeup application. I love this product. Next time I really want to try the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater.

Quick DIY Mani/Pedi at Home

It’s been awhile! Well, I’m back and here to share with you my quick and easy DIY manicure/pedicure you can easily do at home.

I’ve been on a serious budget, which means I do not go to nail salons to get my nails done. Actually, last time I got my nails done professionally was the day before I got married in November! So that means I do my nails at home. This does take time, but it is still relaxing and I enjoy doing my nails myself. I’m a perfectionist, so I actually like being able to do my nails myself because I can shape, paint, cut my cuticles, etc. to my liking. No odd shapes or anything weird happening with the polish application. Today I was in a bit of a rush, which is why this is a quick DIY mani/pedi.

Step 1. Wash your hands and feet. This step is important. Do not want to start off your manicure and pedicure with dirty hands and feet. Plus, cleaning your hands and feet will help keep your nails clean so the polish can adhere better. If you have time, use a scrub for your hands and feet.

Step 2. Trim, cut, and file your nails to your desired shape (round, oval, square, pointed, etc.). I have weak nails so I usually keep them short and rounded.

Step 3. Use cuticle oil on the cuticles of your hands and feet. Use the cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles and carefully cut excess cuticles. There is a great 3 piece kit from Ulta that includes nail clippers, pusher/cleaner, and a cuticle trimmer. Once your cuticles are nice and trimmed, clean excess cuticle oil from your nails with nail polish remover.

Step 4. Time to paint! Always start with a base coat. I always start with the Essie First Base. Time to add your choice of colored nail polish once the base coat is dry. Today I decided to go with Essie nail polish in Madison Ave-hue (love it!). This shade is perfect for summer! This polish goes on very nicely and really only needs one coat. I did two coats today. Then add the top coat and you are good to go! Speaking of “good to go”, I used the Essie Good to Go Top Coat. You can buy Essie products pretty much anywhere: Ulta, Target, local grocery store, and so on.

Step 5. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS! Since this is a quick mani/pedi, follow with the Essie Quick-E drying drops. Actually… this product should ALWAYS be used after any manicure/pedicure. This product is so legit and the best invention ever. This product is great to use even when you aren’t in a rush. All you have to do is add a drop, or two, on each nail after painting and literally like 5 seconds later your nails are dry. I usually wait about 10 minutes to touch anything (grabbing something in my purse, putting up my nail supplies, doing things around the house, etc.) because the paint is still delicate. But the Essie Quick-E drying drops work like a charm and help speed up the drying process. Plus, they help protect nails from dents and smudges during the drying process. What’s not to love?

Step 6. If you have any nail polish residue or excess on your fingers, carefully use a q-tip with nail polish remover to remove any polish that isn’t on your nails.

Step 7. Ta da! You are now done. Your hands and feet look beautiful! Once you feel like your nails are bullet proof and completely dry, follow with your favorite hand and foot cream or lotion. Today I used the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps lotion on my hands and feet.

Yellow household cleaning glvoesPro-tip: prolong your manicure by wearing protective house cleaning gloves when doing chores around the house! We already know our toe nail polish is war-proof. Seriously. How often do toe nails even get chipped from regular everyday tasks?!

 

There you have it! Quick and easy DIY manicure/pedicure you can easily do from home. Enjoy and good luck~

 

Nature’s Little Squeeze Reusable Food Pouches by WeeSprout

IMG_1490This post is long overdue. A few weeks ago my daughter turned one. She eats all types of foods now. She loves foods like applesauce, purees, yogurt, etc. A few weeks ago we tried feeding her with a food pouch (a mix of strawberry and banana puree). She loved it and loved the pouch! She was extremely excited to hold the pouch and feed herself. She’s at that age where she wants to start feeding herself. We loved the pouch too, easier and less mess. But we felt like buying pouches could get costly and we already have a ton of baby food at home. We didn’t really want to buy the pre-filled food pouches. We started doing research and found the Nature’s Little Squeeze reusable pouches by WeeSprout. They had great reviews and the price was extremely reasonable! We bought the 6 pack of 5 oz pouches. We were excited to try them out… and I’m glad we did!!!

IMG_1708We received the pouches right around the time I started weaning her from breastfeeding. She was extremely fussy during the change and didn’t want anything to eat. I was extremely down and didn’t know what to do. I work full-time so I kept praying and hoping she would quickly adapt to the change. Luckily, she instantly knew what to do with the pouches and ate all of the contents inside! I was so happy to see her eat and finally feel satisfied/full. These couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time. They have made our lives easier with weaning and made our daughter so happy.

We fill the pouches with pureed baby food and yogurt. They seem to work best with these types of foods. But you can also put foods like oatmeal or smoothies in them. And the design is pretty neat with a see-through globe on the back so you can easily see the contents.

There is a double ziplock that is extremely strong. No messes here. I tried throwing them on the ground, squeezing on the pouches, stepping on them, and trying anything I thought my daughter might do. The pouches DID NOT pop open and make a mess. They are extremely baby proof and will not make a mess. Of course, I would watch your baby/toddler if you decide to get these. They can squeeze the food out from the top, but that’s expected. I never give the pouches to my daughter if she seems no longer interested in eating… I’ve learned this the hard way (haha).

The pouches are freezer safe. I haven’t tried freezing any food in them yet, but if you make big batches of baby food, you could definitely use these to store food in the freezer.

IMG_1698Another bonus is that they are extremely easy to clean. I use a bottle brush to clean the pouches and it literally takes me a minute to wash everything at night. Anything that can save me time is great. They are dishwasher safe too!IMG_1699

They are made of great quality materials that are strong, and eco-friendly, allowing for repeated use. They are BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalate free. What I love is that the pouches can be used again and again, which saves money and natural resources compared to disposable food pouches. AND the packaging and pouches are all recyclable. What’s not to love about that?!

Overall, I LOVE these pouches and I’m so glad I found them. They are amazing!!! What’s not to love about them? They are such a great product, easy to use, clean, eco-friendly, and awesome.

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