Category: Skin

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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Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask + True Glow Eye Cream Review

Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask + True Glow Eye Cream

If you follow me on Snapchat, then you probably noticed that I’m becoming a bit of a skincare junkie. The older I get, the more I become a huge advocate of taking care of my skin so that my makeup has a clear, healthy canvas to look smooth and flawless every time. Because let’s face it. Sometimes makeup isn’t always to the problem as to why skin is oily, dry or breaking out. It can definitely play a factor in the way skin behaves but most times it’s because the skincare balance is off. Healthy skin is all about balance!

Now that I’m learning more and getting more involved in the skincare world I’ve been a lot more open to trying different products. Recently I was sent the Ultra Hydration Plumping Mask and True Glow Eye Cream to add to my routine courtesy of Valentia and I was eager to give them a try. Both products are formulated with natural ingredients like Vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid and more so I had a feeling they would fit well into my skincare regimen.

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Ulta Mass Skincare Haul

Ulta Mass Skincare Haul

Makeup is a ton of fun but the older I get, the more I find myself gravitating towards skincare. It’s just something about getting older that makes you slightly freak out once you start to notice those fine lines creeping in or any signs of aging. I’m still pretty young but I’m dancing towards 30 within a few years so preventative skincare is a high priority on my list. Especially since I have dry skin. Dry skin shows signs of aging rather quickly if not properly moisturized so I’ve been trying pretty much everything under the sun these days to see what my dry skin likes and what boosts my skin the most.

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Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Clearing Mud Mask

Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Clearing Mud Mask

Buying makeup is a blast. Sitting in the mirror for hours applying makeup is even more fun. But not properly removing your makeup every night or washing your makeup brushes regularly? That’s a nightmare! I’m usually pretty good at removing my makeup at the end of the day but a weekend off from work led to some late night hanging that left me relying on quick swipes with makeup wipes that just weren’t cutting it. Couple that with the fact that I haven’t washed my favorite makeup brushes in like (prepare to cringe) a month. Yikes!

As you can probably imagine, my skin was starting to shift into freak out mode and I was starting to notice some pretty nasty blemishes that were beginning to form into huge red bumps. Not a good look! I love a beat face as much as the next makeup junkie but a clear, healthy complexion is much more important to me so it was time to buckle down with a good deep pore cleansing mask to get my skin back on track. Last month, I spotted the Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Clearing Mud Mask at Ulta and decided to give it a try after reading the rave reviews and admiring the $6 price tag.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Earth Theraputics Hello Kitty Aloe Socks

Happy Pink Day! We’re almost halfway through the week which means we’re just that much closer to the weekend and we get to play in some pink. What could be better? Usually I’m sharing cute makeup and nail polish to get your girly vibes flowing and help you pink out but today it’s all about feet. For the last few months, I’ve been wearing Earth Therapeutics Aloe Socks religiously and I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t share these amazing little pink treasures with you. These socks are seriously amazing!
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