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Current Skincare Routine & Favorites

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I’m going to be honest, I filmed this video over a month ago & just never got around to posting it with how busy the holidays were. BUT that doesn’t matter because I’m still using these same exact products (some I have repurchased recently because they work wonders) so this is still my current skincare routine! I have added a few more goodies into the mix recently though, so I’ll list those for you guys as well! Enjoy the breakdown below of all the products that make up my current skincare regimen.

First up is this age-defying exfoliator that comes from Dr. Brandt, a reputable skincare line that fuses science with active botanicals to yield results that refine the texture of my skin and give me a gorgeous, healthy glow.

These toner pads from Arcona are amazing! They use white tea extract and rice milk to nourish the skin, while a little cranberry extract helps to clarify & protect my skin with its essential fatty-acids, and vitamin-rich composition.

Also from Arcona, I am in love with this  activating essence. It’s perfect for a boost of rehydration, while it also helps to improve the elasticity & overall complexion of my skin.

If you haven’t tried Edible Beauty products yet, it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon! And I promise you won’t regret it. This Australian company uses pure, organic ingredients, which yield products that are so “clean” you could eat them. Vegan, hypoallergenic, & cruelty-free, what better product to put on your skin?! Right now I am obsessed with a couple different products:

First, this illuminating face oil is a great solution for dry skin, uneven texture, & loss of elasticity. It’s nourishing, rejuvenating, & supports natural collagen production to make my face look bright & radiant.

Next up is this intensive repair night cream. Deeply nourishing & moisturizing, this cream soothes dryness, redness, & irritation, & helps to boost the firmness of my skin.

And finally we have this ageless serum, which helps to reverse all my fine lines & wrinkles by charging them with antioxidants, SPF, & some of Edible Beauty’s wild-crafted botanical magic.

Another brand that I am using a lot of lately is Elemis. This company is the #1 luxury brand in Britain, & uses a combination of cutting-edge science & ingredients sourced from nature,  to produce ground-breaking & innovative skincare formulas. Here are the Elemis products that I’m currently super into:

This pro-collagen anti-wrinkle eye cream is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines & nourish the area around the eyes. It also uses an anti-oxidant derived from seaweed to lock in moisture & produce smooth & firm skin.

I cannot express how much I love this super cleansing treatment balm! Another pro-collagen product (I’m obsessed), this balm helps to dissolve makeup & other daily skin residue, leaving me with a complexion that is intensely clean & full of natural glow.

And last but not least, I heavily rely on this reviving peptide eye cream. This product targets dark circles & puffiness, making my eyes look bright, well-rested, all the while improving the elasticity & firmness of my skin.

Now that you have all the details be sure to test out these products for yourself, and get the gorgeous, youthful, glowing complexion you’ve always dreamed about!

Comment below with YOUR favorite skincare product of the moment!

5 Moisturizers for Summer (& Any Time of the Year)

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Our skin has so many important functions, guys. It regulates body temperature, allows us to sense touch, and it shields us from microbes and harmful elements. As the largest organ of the human body, it is mind-blowing that so many of us tend to dismiss skincare as a vanity need rather than view it as a necessity for human health. Especially in the summertime, when excessive heat and air conditioning can easily dehydrate our skin, it is so important not only to protect our skin but to keep it hydrated and moisturized. You guys know I’m skincare obsessed & I will forever be stressing the importance of taking care of your skin! There are so many products out there that boast being the best at giving your skin the moisture it needs, but after trying many (& I mean MANY!) products, here are my top 5 favorite moisturizers for summer!

Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer

This is my go-to morning moisturizer! The scent is so invigorating and the perfect way to wake up and start the day. The lightweight gel-cream sinks into my skin so quickly & is perfect to go under makeup. It instantly hydrates my skin without the use of parabens or animal ingredients (yay for safe animals!), while the ginseng and coffee bean do wonders to boost my skin’s radiance, leaving me feeling refreshed and restored in the early morning.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

If you didn’t know already, I’m obsessed with all things collagen. This product is an anti-wrinkle day cream with SPF 30 (there is also a version without SPF & a night Cream), perfect for aging skin. It is very hydrating without being too heavy and gives my skin a beautiful, healthy, glow. Since I’ve started using it, I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin’s suppleness and elasticity that I lacked before (bye bye forehead wrinkles!). I may still be young (to most people) but as I age, I am definitely using more products to help prevent and rewind the aging process. Though it’s a little on the pricey side, it is worth every single penny to get that firm, youthful, glow!

Edible Beauty Coco Bliss Intensive Repair

This moisturizer is a holy grail for me because I have insanely dry skin! I love, love, love this brand because every product is made with clean ingredients; so clean you could literally eat it (hence the name), although not recommended haha!  This moisturizer’s formula is intensely nourishing, and designed to reduce redness and irritation, all the while, giving me that rejuvenated glow. Coco Bliss uses a combination of botanical antioxidants along with calming shea and coco butters to trigger the skin’s natural collagen production, while vitamins B, C, and E do their parts to promote brightened, youthful skin.  While this is a heavier cream, it absorbs into the skin nicely and can be used both morning and night.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

This is an oldie but a goodie. Both Adam and I used this product as our go-to moisturizer for years. Not only is it perfect for all skin types, but a little bit goes a long way, and it can be used both on the face and body. This daily-use product uses colloidal oatmeal (soothing), Shea butter, avocado and meadowfoam seed oils, and antioxidants, to keep my skin super hydrated and protected against environmental aggravators. Paraben and sulfate free, this moisturizer leaves my skin feeling silky, smooth, and hydrated.

Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer

Clearly, I love a good cream-gel! I love how lightweight it is, and also the fact that it dries down to a matte finish.  Made with 15% pomegranate water and extract, this moisturizer helps to minimize the look of my pores while also hydrating and balancing my skin. While this is actually targeted toward oily or combination skin, I use it on my dry skin and absolutely love it!

Like I said above, there are SO many products out there to help protect and enhance our skin. I realize that sometimes the number of choices and all the information out there can be overwhelming (downright intimidating sometimes) and turn skincare into a regimen we’d rather ignore. But the more we let our skin dry out, sunburn, and be exposed to the environment, the more we need to hydrate and protect ourselves from aging, skin ailments, and disease! So if you take anything from this post, PLEASE feed your skin the moisture it needs, especially during the hot summer season, when you need it most!

Now tell me, what is one of your favorite moisturizers for summer?

 

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How To Properly Exfoliate

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When it comes to beauty tips and tricks, one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the last year surrounds exfoliation and how to properly exfoliate. Prior to learning the right steps, I’d harshly rub my face with a washcloth or use intense beaded scrubs (which — turns out — are horrible for your skin). But after doing a little research and experiencing more facials, I think I’ve finally got it down!

What is exfoliation?

First off, it’s important to know why exfoliation is key (and what exactly it is!). Bottom line: it’s removing dead skin cells and aiding in turnover of those cells. You could apply all the oils and lotions and serums you want, but if you don’t have a fresh complexion to apply to, those products won’t go further than surface level. And I’m not just talking about your face (though that’s the main point of this article) — your body should also be exfoliated using a body brush or something similar.

I know I’ve had some confusion with things like Clarisonics and whether those truly exfoliate, and turns out, they’re not enough. Those are more for clearing out pores and residue — they aren’t turning over skin cells on their own. Also, as you read this, please know that you shouldn’t use one of the exfoliants with a Clarisonic or a similar device. Those devices can be used often, but should only mix with a very gentle cleanser (like this one).

How often should you exfoliate?

I’ve heard multiple answers to the question of “how often,” but what works for me personally is 2-3 times a week — which my facialist agreed with. This way, you’re properly turning over your cells, but your skin has time to adjust and heal. If you have sensitive skin, you may even try 1x a week to start.

As for when in your day to do it, I prefer nighttime. Once in awhile, my skin will get a little pink after the process (but in a good, flushed way) — plus, I live for the feeling of an exfoliated face followed by alllll the face products. I know, I live an exciting life you guys!

What products should I use?

And now for the best part — the products I love. Like I mentioned above, you definitely want to stay away from anything harsh. Even if you suffer from dry flaky skin, do your best to ignore anything that seems like it’ll strip your skin. I promise that after your skin gets used to an exfoliation routine, your struggles with dead skin will be a distant memory anyways.

OK, but back to products…I personally like to switch up how I exfoliate. Some weeks I’m really craving a mask, other times I just want a simple cleanser to do the work. Up to you!

Face Masks — Face masks feel lux and usually multi-task, so I definitely don’t skip my Sunday masks. Here are some favorites: Ole Henriksen and my new favorite, ARCONA.

Cleansers — Some people use a cleanser like this daily, but like I said, I choose something a few times a week. These shouldn’t be too harsh if you choose to use daily, though: KORRES (I love the whole Vitamin C line from them!) and Philosophy

Treatments/scrubs — Always read the label on these guys because some are more serious than others aka you might only use it once a month or something. But these are amazing: ExfoliKate & the gentle version is incredible for sensitive skin!

Facials — If you can swing it, try to head in for a facial once a month or as often as possible. They can obviously really handle exfoliating. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend Kate Somerville!

After you’re done exfoliating, it’s then time to go into your full nightly (or daily) skincare routine. After a couple weeks of adding this step to your program, you’ll notice your products working even better since they’ll be absorbed.

Let me know if you have any questions! Also, which products do you swear by when it comes to exfoliating? Comment below!


5 Must-Have Vitamin C Skincare Products

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I have struggled with pigmentation issues since I was a teenager. Dark spots from blemishes would last for ages & I thought there was nothing I could really do for them. That was until I was about 20 & actually started learning about Skincare & experimenting with different products!

 Products with Vitamin C in them are always in my skin care regimen because I love that they help lighten dark spots, make my skin look radiant & help diminish the look of my fine lines & wrinkles. If you’re not using a product with vitamin C in it then I highly recommend adding one of these products below to your regimen. Who doesn’t want healthy glowing skin!?
I received the cutest press package in the mail a couple of weeks ago for the new Mary Kay TimeWise Vitamin C squares & I couldn’t wait to try out the product. Thank you to the Mary Kay team for sending this amazing juicer over with the product, we are obsessed! & I figured this was the perfect time to show you my favorite Vitamin C Skincare products!
Below are my current must have Vitamin C skincare products that I have used & love!
What It Is: A powerful brightening oil infused with real rose petals and boosted with super C to increase skin’s absorption of vitamin C by up to 1,000 percent.
What It Is: A powerful antiaging serum formulated with vitamin C and collagen for brightening and all-day hydration.
What It Is: As the activating square dissolves in the palm of your hand, it’s transformed into a fresh, potent, pure vitamin C elixir that powers up your serum for an age-fighting boost. Fresh the first time. Fresh every time.
What It Is: An overnight facial-in-a-jar to address uneven skin tone while improving skin texture for a brighter, more luminous complexion in as little as one night. 
What It Is: A professional-strength three-step brightening system with an unprecedented 25 percent vitamin C concentrate to deliver maximum radiance in as little as one use. 

 

What are YOUR must-have Vitamin C skincare products??
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Spring Skincare Routine

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One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from all of you guys is easily what skincare products I use. My skin is far from perfect but I love sharing the products that I’m loving with you all & it has been far too long since I’ve talked skincare on my blog. So without further ado, watch to see what my Spring skincare routine is like! I hope you enjoy the video & make sure to subscribe to my channel for a new video every Thursday! 🙂

September Favorites

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It’s that time of the month again… No, not THAT time!! It’s favorites time & my  September favorites were too good not to share! You guys know I love sharing my favorites with you, so I hope you enjoy these new ones! I think I’ve found a few new holy grail products & I’m dying to tell the world about them haha. Anyone else feel the same when you find a new product you’re obsessed with? I literally can’t hold it in & tell everyone that will listen just how much I love them!

All products are listed on my YouTube Channel so head on over & make sure to subscribe to see more videos coming very soon!

Let me know your favorite product(s) in the comments below. Thanks for watching! xoxo

BioRepublic Sheet Mask Review

Sheet Mask Review

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Dr.Jart+ Sheet Mask Review BioRepublic Sheet Mask ReviewKorean skincare is everywhere these days & I absolutely love how accessible it is becoming! Sheet masks are some of my favorite things to pamper myself with during my at-home spa nights so I put together a little sheet mask review of the ones I’ve been using lately. Let’s just jump right in!!

-BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze-

A soothing mask that smells fresh from the natural cucumber extract & helped soothe my red skin after a charcoal mask. I like that this mask has Vitamin E in it & that it’s paraben free!

-Leaders Insolution Collagen Boosting-

These are the sheet masks I use the most! My good friend Angela introduced me to these last year & I love the way they make my skin feel. Although I’m only 25, I can tell that my skin is starting to age & these help to make my skin feel & look more plump. AKA helping my fine lines look less apparent!

-BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks-

My undereye area is prone to being dry & because of that, tends to look more wrinkled than the rest of my face. I love these because they pack a ton of moisture, which helps my concealer go on smoother. Another plus is that they help with undereye bags, helping you look more awake, even when you haven’t had the best nights sleep!

-Dr. Jart+ All That Contours-

This mask is supposed to help lift skin & improve elasticity. I’m going to be completely honest, I didn’t like this sheet mask at all. After removing it, my skin didn’t feel hydrated at all & just felt really sticky. I personally won’t be purchasing again because I like other Dr. Jart masks a lot better!

-Dr. Jart+ Pore Master Patch-

This is a two step system that is designed to help remove those pesky nose blackheads. While these didn’t remove all of my blackheads (I honestly haven’t found anything that truly removes them all), it did help to get rid of the majority of mine!

-BioRepublic No More Years-

I love that this mask has hyaluronic acid in it! This one helps with the appearance of fine lines & also hydrates your skin. I would definitely suggest giving these ones a try!

-Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist-

I absolutely LOVE charcoal masks! This is the first charcoal sheet mask I’ve ever tried & I really liked the results. Charcoal helps clean out your pores & help with blemishes. I honestly do a charcoal mask at least 1-2 times a week & really notice a difference in my skin.

-BioRepublic Green Tea Detox-

This mask is great for a basic cleaning of pores & for a boost of hydration. While these types of masks might seem more “basic” than the others, I love to use these on the regular. They leave your skin feeling clean, soft & incredibly hydrated!

-Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion-

One of my biggest issues with my skin is that it can look very dull at times. While this mask isn’t a miracle worker (it doesn’t get rid of my dark spots or make any drastic improvements), it definitely makes your skin feel hydrated & look more awake. I will say though that I don’t like how it comes in 2 pieces. This is one of those masks where you need to lay down in order for it to stay put.

There are so many sheet masks on the market these days! These are just the ones I’ve been trying out recently. Do you have a favorite sheet mask that I should try!?

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My 3 Step Beauty Ritual

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bareMinerals Butter Drench Skinsorials Clay Chameleon Clay Face Cleanser Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion My 3 Step Beauty Ritual bareMinerals Butter DrenchThis new year has brought so many fun & exciting changes already. (For those of you who don’t know, we just relocated to NYC :)) With being pregnant, moving & all the other fun things that come along with both of those, I’ve realized once again just how important it is for me to take care of myself. From eating a healthy & balanced diet, to truly nurturing my skin, I needed to get back into a healthy routine.

When I first saw that bareMinerals came out with a skincare line, I knew I needed to get my hands on it immediately. So when I was asked to team up with bareMinerals & try out their new Skinsorials line, you know I jumped on the opportunity! (If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now, you already know how much I love bareMinerals products!) I instantly loved the fact that they had 4 different cleansers & 4 different moisturizers because I knew there would be something for every type of skin. Another major plus? They have an incredible serum, the Skinlongevity Vital Infusion, to complete your 3 step beauty ritual. If you’re not currently using a serum, you need this one ASAP! A good serum will honestly change your skin & make it look so much better & I am loving this one.

When I received the entire line of Skinsorials by bareMinerals, I knew I wanted to find the perfect products for my particular skin type. While my skin tends to be pretty normal most of the time, during the winter it can get incredibly dry (& no one likes dry/dull skin). No matter what type of skin you have though, there is a product that will work for you. Now let’s get into my 3 step beauty ritual!

1. PURIFY


I was instantly drawn to the Clay Chameleon. With Brazilian red clay, papaya extract, bamboo extract & mineral-rich sea salts, it honestly just sounded incredible. I am a massive fan of clay cleansers & I am beyond happy to report that this one did not let me down! I love this cleanser so much because it really cleans & purifies my skin without drying it out. I also love that it goes from a clay to a cream as you massage it onto your face with damp hands. Moral of the story? This cleanser is everything I could ever want from a cleanser!

2. EMPOWER


-Let me start off by saying that the Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion is a game changer in skincare! I talked a bit about it above but I highly recommend this for every single one of you. This serum is designed to revive and help maintain your skin’s health while reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. I loved this serum since the first time I used it. I applied it at night & woke up the next morning with skin that was already much more radiant than the day before. I can’t wait to see the long term affects this product has on my skin!

3. MOISTURIZE


The most important step in my beauty ritual for my dry skin — Butter Drench. The name alone made me smile & then I opened it up to find the most luxurious face cream. It’s a dream for dry skin!

While the above three products are perfect for my skin, they might not be the perfect combination for yours. Everyone’s skin is different! I love the Skinsorials line by bareMinerals though because they cater to all skin types & you can get luxury skincare without breaking the bank. That is always a win, win for me! If you guys have any questions about any of the products, sound off in the comments below or send me an email because I would love to give you any information you need. Also, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products & which ones are your favorites 🙂

Current Skincare Routine

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 Since I was getting asked so often, I figured I would make an updated skincare routine video for you guys & fill you in on my new favorite products! You can check out my all natural skincare video HERE as well. Thanks for following along & per usual, make sure & head on over to SUBSCRIBE so you can see future videos 🙂 Let me know what you want to see next in the comments! Love you guys!!