Category: Skin

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum Review

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum

Now that I’m getting older, I like to go the extra mile with my skincare routine to ensure my skin looks clear, radiant and healthy for as long as possible. Instead of just relying on cleanser and moisturizer I like to use more potent products like serum and eye cream to give my skin an extra boost to stay plump and youthful. After finishing my Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Serum, I was hooked on serums and itching to try another good one. I received the Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum as gratis a while back and decided to pull it out and see how it compares to my precious Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Serum.

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Clinique All About Eyes Review

Clinique All About Eyes

Dry eyes can be a huge pain in the butt. Especially if you wear makeup. Dry eyes can make concealer look cakey, crease and look, well, dry. I’ve struggled with my dry eyes quite a bit but things started to get better as I experimented with eye creams. I’ve only tried a couple of them so far with good results but it seems that I might have just found a new favorite in the Clinique All About Eyes eye cream. I’ve been using the Clinique All About Eyes cream for over a month now and I’m rather impressed with how well it hydrates and refreshes my parched eyes.
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Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic Review

Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m pretty big on maintaining a clear, healthy complexion. I like to thoroughly moisturize and condition my skin to keep it looking plump and youthful (read all bout that here) and make sure my complexion looks even and radiant (more about here). However, I’d be lying if I said that removing my makeup before bed is something that I’m always passionate about. I absolutely hate sleeping in makeup as I’m fully aware of the immediate and long term consequences on my skin. But after a long day, sometimes I just want to dive face first into bed not wash my face and then layer on serum, eye cream and night cream. I think we al have those long days where we’re just too tired to even think about hovering over the sink to wash off the day’s makeup.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Perfume

Wednesday is all about feeling girly in pink here in Fancieland so this week I’m celebrating with one of my favorite pink perfumes: Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. If the alluring Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet looks familiar to you it’s probably because I’ve featured it before for Pink Wednesday. I hate to be redundant when there’s so many different ways to rock pink but spritzing on a little Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is one of my favorite ways to celebrate pink during spring. Dior has done such a beautiful job creating Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet that I find myself whipping it out every year when spring rolls around.

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My Secret Weapons for Brighter, More Even Skin

Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, Murad Essential-C Day Moisture

Fighting those dreadful signs of aging is definitely high up on the skincare priority list but achieving a brighter, more even complexion is certainly right behind it! The only thing more annoying than dealing with fine lines, dullness and wrinkles is an uneven complexion marked with dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation (or dark spots) are common under the eyes, around the mouth and forehead for many people–myself included. For years, I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that dark spots were just a way of life because I had no idea that there was a way to diminish them. Boy was I wrong!

Through the years, I’ve been learning a ton more about skincare and I was shocked to learn how a simple tweak in your routine could transform the appearance and texture of skin. Even when it comes to dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation isn’t a skincare struggle we’re faced to deal with. It’s actually easy to treat and correct with the right products and lots of persistence. Less than a year ago, I introduced 3 new products to my skincare routine just to see what they were all about. After a few weeks of consistently using them I started realize a difference in the appearance of my skin. Not only was my complexion visibly brighter and more radiant but my dark spots were also beginning to fade leaving my skin looking more even and healthy. It would be totally selfish of me not to share my skincare secrets with you so I’m going to walk you through exactly how I achieved a brighter, more even complexion using my 3 secret weapons.

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3 Products Your Skin Needs After 25

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Overnight Recharging & Refining Moisturizer, Clinique All About Eyes, Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum

Let’s be honest. We aren’t going to stay young forever. It would be nice to discover that miracle fountain of youth but I don’t see it happening anytime soon. That’s why I’m putting together this quick “guide” to help you navigate your life when it comes to skincare after you turn 25. I’ve never had too many struggles with my skin before but I’ve noticed some changes to my skin after I turned 25. It began to feel even drier and required more moisture than it did a few years ago. I’ve developed some fine lines and thirsty spots that require constant moisture and attention. I freaked out for a second but I soon realized that I had to take a slightly different approach to taking care of my skin. Which is completely normal. Regardless of your skin struggles, we all could benefit from adding a few products to our skincare routines after 25 to make sure we age gracefully and give our skin everything it needs to look its best at all times.

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Soufflé Moisturizer Review

Yes to Coconut Hydrate & Restore Ultra Hydrating Facial Soufflé Moisturizer

I’m always down to save a few bucks when it comes to makeup because some drugstore brands perform just as well as higher end ones depending on the product. But things are a little different for me when it comes to skincare. I usually prefer to spend a few extra bucks to make sure I’m getting quality ingredients that won’t irritate my sensitive skin. These days, however, drugstore brands have really been stepping it up in the skincare department offering some great quality products with some rather impressive skin-loving ingredients.

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Round Up

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty has come and gone and taken a chunk of my money. LOL! I definitely saw it coming though because the Beauty Steals and Hot Buys (we’ll discuss later) were just too good to pass up. Up to 50% off Prestige makeup, skin and nail goodies? Those are the kinda deals you just can’t miss! Prestige products almost never go on sale at Ulta so 21 Days of Beauty was the perfect time to stock up on favorites or try something new. I used the opportunity to try a lot of new products that were either already on my list or would have never crossed my mind but turned out to be pretty amazing. Basically, I had a lot of fun during 21 Days of Beauty!

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My Intro to Clinique

Intro to Clinique

I hate to typecast brands but whenever I think about Clinique I immediately think “old lady brand”. LOL! Trust me when I say I mean this in the least offensive way but Clinique has always felt a little too mature for my taste. Or boring. When I first started as a Prestige Manager at my local Ulta I could have literally jumped for joy when I found out we had a certified Clinique specialist (lab coat and all!) to run the Clinique boutique and steer guests in the right direction because I had the slightest clue on what to do over there. Nor was I interested in learning, to be honest.

However, the more I worked at Ulta, the more I learned how diverse and functional Clinique can be. It’s totally not just for old ladies! In fact, Clinique has a little something for everyone at a reasonable price point that perfectly bridges the gap between drugstore skincare and makeup and the high end stuff. It wasn’t until I sat in at a cluster training with my beautiful Clinique specialist that I began to develop a strong liking to Clinique.

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Another Ulta Mass Skincare Haul

Another Ulta Mass Skincare Haul

Did I mention that I was becoming a bit of a skincare junkie? There’s nothing like a clear complexion and I’ve been sorta addicted to keeping my skin in tip top shape these days. My skin doesn’t have too many imperfections minus some unevenness but I do struggle with fine dry lines that fail to play nicely with certain formulas so I figured it was time to start fighting the problem from within. My skincare routine is pretty solid now but as I get older I realize there’s always room for improvement. Plus, I love to try new products so sorting through Ulta’s Mass Skincare department while many products were mix and match buy one, get one 40% off seemed like a great idea to me.

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