Category: Skin

Glimmer & Gleam All Day with my Summer Glow Essentials!

Summer Glow Essentials

I love to glow all year round but in the summer I live for kicking it up a notch. I’m talking radiant, dewy skin with a seriously intense highlight that shines so bright it could help land planes. That’s the kind of glow I live for! I’m sure everyone doesn’t love to glow as much as I do but I think we all love to glow just a little bit more when summer rolls around so I’ve picked out my top 5 summer glow essentials to give you a shimmering helping hand. From a subtle, natural glow to bronze goddess, these summer glow essentials will help you glimmer and gleam all day and night!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Review


Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil

Last year, I discovered the wonderful world of cleansing oil when I tried Bobbi Brown’s Soothing Cleansing Oil and became a fanatic. Oh my goodness. You have never truly cleansed until you’ve tried a good cleansing oil with a foaming cleanser together. Double cleansing is life! After going through both of my mini bottles of Soothing Cleansing Oil I was determined to buy the full sized until more and more new makeup releases and collections started hitting my wallet back to back. I quickly went from, “OMG I gotta have my Soothing Cleansing Oil asap!!” to, “Do I really want to spend $44 on a cleansing oil right now?” Oh how our priorities change when new makeup rolls around!


Freeman Beauty Coconut Glow Leave-On Bronzing Mask Review

Freeman Beauty Coconut Glow Leave-On Bronzing Mask

Bronzed glowing skin is a must have for summer and Freeman Beauty is making sure we’re all prepared with the new Coconut Glow Leave-On Bronzing Mask. When I first spotted it at Ulta I was intrigued to try it for two reasons. One, I love face masks. Two, I love to glow like a bronze goddess. So I figured I’d go ahead and give the Coconut Glow Leave-On Mask a try to see how I like it.

The Coconut Glow Leave-On Mask is a moisturizing mask designed to hydrate, soften and smooth skin while adding a natural bronze glow. I’m already pretty bronzed naturally but I loved the idea of a moisturizing mask that’ll make me look even more bronzed and give me a bit of a glow. You know I love to glow, girl!


Pixi Glow Mist Review

Pixi Glow Mist

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner so you know what that means. Time to glow! Dewy skin in the spring and summer is a must have because it makes makeup look soft and enchanting. There’s lots of ways to give your skin that dewy glow but the easiest way is to spritz on a nice finishing spray like Pixi Glow Mist. It’s a must have for that glowing, dewy look we all crave this year because all you need is a spray or two and bam! Instant glowing goddess status.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.