Beauty

SKINCARE DUPE: CREME DE LA MER MOISTURIZER

La Mer is a well known, luxury skincare line with some amazing products. One of their most popular products is their Creme De La Mer Moisturizing Cream which sells for $170 an ounce. I’ve personally used it before and it’s pretty amazing. It plumps up your skin, reduces fine lines, and moisturizes the crap out of your skin making you look younger. It’s pretty expensive so I had to quit buying[…]

STEM CELLS IN SKINCARE

A few months ago Watch What Happens Live! had Naomi Campbell as a guest on the show. Someone called in and asked her what was the one beauty product she couldn’t live without. She said it was Rescue Skincare cream and serum which contains human stem cells. According to their social media, Rescue Skincare’s products immediately sold out. They’ve since restocked since the show aired awhile ago. I’d heard of human stem cells being[…]

HOW TO MINIMIZE YOUR PORES

Some people are blessed with tiny pores, but unfortunately I’m not one of those people. The pores on my cheeks aren’t too bad, but it’s another story when it comes to my nose. Here are the best tips on how to clear out and shrink your pores including products to conceal the most stubborn ones. UNCLOGGING Exfoliate– Dead skin cells clog your pores so removing them is very important. Getting manual extractions from[…]

SKINCARE TIPS ON AIRPLANES

I’m leaving for Louisville today so I thought I’d share all the important skincare do’s and don’ts for when you’re on your next flight. DO drink lots of water. The fresh air that’s pumped into the cabin is very dry because of the high altitude and sucks the moisture out of your skin. Ever notice how you get extra oily when you’re on a plane? That’s because your skin creates[…]

THE SEARCH TO REPLACE MY FAVORITE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

I have a problem. My favorite shampoo and conditioner is Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner and I’m obsessed with it! It leaves my hair silky smooth, healthy, and super soft. The problem is is that it cost way more than i’m willing to spend. An 8.5 oz bottle of shampoo is $49 and a 6.8 oz bottle of conditioner is $52. I’ve been using them for over the past[…]

FACIAL OILS

Everyone’s heard of the many uses and benefits of coconut oil for what seems like forever now. You can use it to moisturize your face and body, make your hair silky smooth, and even cook with it. I’d always just used it for cooking or if it was in a hair mask. They’ve since come out with many other kinds of oils, but I was always scared of putting oil on my face because the[…]

SKINCARE 101- RETINOIDS

While retinoids (a vitamin A derivative) are mainly known for treating severe acne, they’re also a great anti-aging weapon (google “retin-a for wrinkles before and after pics” and look at the images😍). They increase cell turnover and connect with cells that have slowed down due to aging and get them functioning like young, healthy cells again. The many benefits include reducing wrinkles and fine lines, tightening pores, eliminating sun damage and dark spots, boosting collagen and even decreasing oil production.[…]

ALL THE THINGS YOU SHOULD BE BUYING AT ULTA

I’m a platinum member at Ulta and if you are too then until tomorrow you can get 20% off your entire purchase. They have tons of brands that are usually excluded from discounts so it’s hard to even find things to buy there sometimes. Although this time I did discover that some bigger name brands that are on the exclusion list were actually 20% off as well such as Urban[…]

SKINCARE 101- ACIDS

Acids are great for” turnover” which basically means out with your old, dull skin and in with your new, healthier skin. I’ve mentioned acids before in several of my posts such as THE SKINCARE INGREDIENTS YOU SHOULD NEVER MIX and have recommended many products that include them, but it was brought to my attention that I haven’t actually explained all the different kinds and what they do. Here is a list where I breakdown all[…]

THE BEST SKINCARE SETS AT SEPHORA RIGHT NOW

Sephora Favorites – Power of the Petal This 8-piece set is all about products that contain either plants, fruits, or flowers. What i’ve personally tried Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask: Y’all already know how much I love these eye masks! They’re great for fine lines and brightening your eyes. Fresh Rose Face Mask: This mask has real rose petals in it and you can actually see them![…]

HIGHLIGHTER HOW-TO

Highlighter may be my favorite makeup product. It looks great in photos, accensuates the parts of your face where sun naturally hits, and frankly it just makes me feel like I’m glowing. Highlighter can be a little intimidating though because you can very quickly end up looking like a showgirl if you use the wrong color and brush. Here are some tips on how and where I put my highlighter and[…]

MY WEEKLY HAIR MASK

Fekkai PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque I’ve been using this mask for years. It contains argan extract, which I love, because it has omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E (I’ll have to do a post soon about argan oil and some great products it’s in). It leaves my hair super soft, frizz-free/smooth, and healthy. After you shower, throw a clean towel in the dryer. While you wait for it to[…]

SKINCARE 101- NECK AND HAND CREAMS

Most women forget about their neck and hands when it comes to skincare which in my opinion defeats the purpose of even taking care of your face because what’s the point if your face says 25 if your neck and hands say 45 and give away your real age. I’m definitely guilty of it myself. I do try though. I always remember when I’m putting on my SPF moisturizer every morning[…]

SKINCARE 101- EYE CREAMS

Dark circles, bags, or wrinkles we all have something that drives us crazy about our eyes. If you don’t then lucky you, but eventually you will so start using eye cream now because it is so much easier to prevent a problem then it is to fix it once it’s already there.     ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream So my main thing is dark circles. I have them all the time,[…]

SKINCARE DUPES: VITAMIN C & E SERUM

SPF is the most important thing you should be putting on your face to prevent aging. I’m obsessed with putting it on every day and practically faint whenever someone tells me they never wear any. So naturally when I ran across this article recently saying that a proven study showed that the combination of vitamin C and E boosts your sun protection by four fold I started researching the best serum to buy![…]

ULTA’S 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY- DAY 9

  IT BRUSHES FOR ULTA Airbrush Smoothing Foundation Brush #102 Having good brushes is really important when applying your makeup. Your makeup can look completely different depending on how you apply it and whether or not you have a good quality brush. I personally like applying my foundation with a brush. Some people use a beauty blender, but I only use one for my concealer because a beauty blender is easier to[…]

ULTA’S 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY- DAY 8

  BECCA Backlight Priming Filter I got a sample of this and tried it twice. The first time I put it on first then put on my foundation. It gave me a really pretty dewy glow without it being too much or looking greasy, but I felt like once I put on my foundation it covered up the nice glow. The second time I mixed it with my foundation and that[…]

ULTA’S 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY- DAY 6

EXUVIANCE Performance Peel AP25 I’m a big fan of any product that contains any type of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). This peel has glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and gluconolactone, which is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA).  Acids are great for evening skin tone by reducing hyperpigmentation, minimizing pore size, improving overall texture, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. My favorite thing about acids are that since they’re a bit stronger they work quicker.[…]

MY FAVORITE SKINCARE TOOL

Today only my favorite skincare tool is on sale as a part of Ulta’s 21 day of beauty! Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System  This is one of those products that after I started using it I don’t see how I lived without it and I’m devastated if I ever forget it when I travel. I bought the Mia 2 a few years ago and it’s hands down my favorite beauty tool. It cleans your face six times[…]

ULTA’S 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY

Ulta’s 21 days of beauty started this past Sunday and consists of great daily beauty deals. Starting today through April 8th I’m going to recommend my personal picks of the deals I think you can’t pass up. BUXOM Full-On Lip Cream Buxom is my favorite brand of lip glosses! I’ve tried so many of these and the colors have all been great! They are really saturated and last a long time.[…]

SKINCARE 101- SERUMS

Serums are an important part of a skincare routine. They can do so much for your skin such as helping reduce hyperpigmentation, fading fine lines, keeping your skin moisturized etc. Here are a few that i’ve tried out that I love.   Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum Good for  All skin types Includes Glycolic T.L.C. Framboos™ Blend: Glycolic 12%, Tartaric, Lactic: This blend is great for skin cell[…]

THE SKINCARE INGREDIENTS YOU SHOULD NEVER MIX

I never actually thought about how mixing certain ingredients in your skincare could be bad, but it makes sense considering how strong certain ingredients are such as acids and others that can cause major dryness. I actually ran into this topic while researching my other post about the correct skincare order. I’m glad I did though because I’ve definitely mixed some of these bad boys together before. Oops 🙈 Read below[…]

HOW I CUT MY BLOW DRY TIME IN HALF

I have really long,thick hair that takes FOREVER to blow dry. At least it used to until I discovered this product.   Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray I don’t think I was ever on time to anything before I started using this blow dry spray. With this product it takes me maybe like 10 minutes for my hair to completely dry! It also adds volume and your hair dries with less[…]

SKINCARE 101- THE CORRECT ORDER TO APPLY YOUR SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Most people don’t know that the order you apply your skincare matters, but it does. The general rule of thumb is to apply the thinnest to the thickest formula. You wouldn’t want to apply moisturizer before your serum because moisturizers are so much thicker that it would be difficult for your serum to penetrate through and for you to get the maximum benefits. I did find a few different opinions on order,[…]

SKINCARE 101- EXFOLIATORS

Last week I told you guys about why exfoliating is so important and shared my favorite exfoliator. I decided to share several of my other exfoliators that I use along with some popular ones since everyone has different skin types and preferences. Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Good for Normal, oily, combination, and dry Includes French Sea Clay: Tightens pores and absorbs oil. Volcanic Pumice Rock: Exfoliates and smooths skin. Green Tea Leaf[…]

MY FAVORITE EYESHADOW PALETTES

The past year or so I’ve been trying to get more into makeup and not always do the same look. Don’t get me wrong I definitely have a signature look (everyone really should), but I started experimenting with different colored eyeshadows and these three palettes are my absolute favorite right now.   Morphe: 35P – 35 Color Plum Eyeshadow Palette Morphe is a brand I only started buying about six months ago. I[…]

SKINCARE 101-CLEANSERS

I decided to start a new series, skincare 101, this week. It’s great for anyone who is interested in skincare whether they’re just starting out or they’re pros and want to find out about new products. I’m beginning today with cleansers because washing your face is the first step to taking care of your skin. The key to looking for a good cleanser is to make sure it’s pH balanced. Your[…]

THE KEY TO PERFECT MAKEUP APPLICATION

No matter how good you are at applying your makeup, if you’re missing this one important factor then your makeup will not look its best. That important factor is great lighting. Lighting can make or break your makeup. Most women do their makeup in the bathroom and think because the lights are brighter that it’s the perfect place to do their makeup. Unfortunately, it’s not. The lighting is usually overhead and[…]

MY FOUR FAVORITE SKINCARE PRODUCTS

I am without a doubt a beauty junkie. I’m an Ultamate Platinum member at Ulta and a VIB Rouge member at Sephora(I don’t even want to tell you how much that means I had to have spent in a year there🙈) I’m always changing out my skincare products and trying out different and new beauty products and getting asked by my friends what I’m currently using. Today I’ll share my four[…]

HOW TO GET THAT VICTORIA’S SECRET MODEL HAIR LOOK

I watched Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s hairdresser do a hair tutorial on her snapchat about a year and ago and he used these two products. These products gave her hair that Victoria’s Secret model runway look. I bought them immediately and have used them ever since. Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender  The Pillow Proof is a dry shampoo that gives your hair texture and body. After I’m done curling my[…]

BEAUTY CUSTOMIZATION

I’m all about standing out and being unique so I love having one-of-a-kind items and getting things custom made. I’m definitely not alone on this and beauty companies took notice. More and more companies are creating different products that you can personally customize yourself. Read on to find out all the coolest products you can personally make yourself including customized skincare that is specific to your skin concerns!   FINDING FERDINAND–[…]

MY FAVORITE EYE MASKS

So you started to notice those fine lines around your eyes starting to get more pronounced or you got sucked into watching a sappy video on Facebook over your lunch break and balled your eyes out and now you have to go back to work. Whatever your reason for reaching for those sunglasses are…stop. These two eye masks will fix both of those problems! One is for wrinkles and fine lines and[…]

AT HOME FACIAL STEAMER

Everyone needs to get a facial at least once a month. Facials really help clean out all the dirt and impurities  and give you that ridiculous glow. Going to the spa and getting facials is one of my faves, but we all know that can get kind of pricey. The Panasonic EH-SA31 at home facial steamer is perfect for someone who loves to take care of their skin, but is on a[…]

VOLUMIZING

I just bought this new voluming mousse a few weeks ago to give my hair some added volume and its amazing! It’s Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus. My hair goes from this… To this! First I spray it on my roots and on my sides. Then I use a round brush to blow dry my hair. The key to getting the volume is after you finish with the round brush you[…]

ALL THE BEAUTY TECH AT CES

Two of my favorite things are beauty and tech so CES is my dream! For those of you unfamiliar, the Consumer Electronics Show is an annual tech show where companies come and display their latest and upcoming tech products. The show was just held last month in Vegas and here are some of the coolest beauty products that were there along with my personal favorite new tech product.