Five Skincare Products I Love

Friday, April 29, 2016

In January, I attended a school of aesthetics to become a certified makeup artist. I learned so much about skin care and it really motivated me to start taking better care of my skin. I have combination skin as well as some hormonal acne (and if you know anything about me, it is that my hormones are never how they should be!). Here is what I have been loving for getting my skin clear lately:

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Before washing my face, I use the Makeup Eraser to take off my makeup. I find it much easier than using makeup wipes. I wash my face morning and night with the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser, and about once a week I use the cleanser with my Clairsonic. Afterwards, both morning and night, I use the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum - I think this has been the primary source of clearing up my skin. About twice a week, I use the Juice Beauty Green Apple Blemish Clearing Peel and every other week I use the Sephora Collection Face & Eye Masks. I've tried a few different ones and I really like the Pomegranate mask and the Pearl mask (these are super affordable too!)
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I am still on the hunt for a great moisturizer. I tried the Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer and was not a fan. I also tried the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Aging Moisturizer and enjoyed it, but I don't think it was worse buying the full size. Do you have a favorite moisturizer?

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Allergy Season Has Begun...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

...and let me just say it is kicking my butt!

I have finally found an allergy remedy that is working for my itchy eyes and stuffy nose. 

I mix 10 drops of lavender, 10 drops of lemon, 10 drops of peppermint, 10 drops of copaiba, and 10 drops of an energy blend (I use En-R-Gee from Young Living, which is a blend of: Rosemary, juniper, lemongrass, nutmeg, Idaho balsam fir, clove, and black pepper). I mix the oils with Jojoba oil (I get mine from trader joes) in a roller ball. I apply this blend to the back of my neck and sometimes behind my ears. This blend (minus the Jojoba oil) is great to diffuse at bedtime or throughout the day. 

Lavender is considered an anti-histamine and helps with those itchy, watery eyes.
Lemon assist with supporting your lymphatic system drainage and is an anti-inflammatory.
Peppermint does so many awesome things for allergies! Peppermint can help clear out those sinuses, can energize you, and is known as an expectorant. An expectorant, in simple terms, helps loosen all the gunk in your lungs. I also keep a roller ball of just peppermint handy for those brutal headaches!
Copaiba is a magnifier. When using copaiba, the benefits of the other oils become stronger.
En-R-Gee is great because when my allergies are in full force I tend to feel tired. This blend is known to help with mental alertness.

Do you have any essential oils you love for allergy season?

P.S. Please make sure you are buying quality essential oils, especially if you are putting them on your skin. Just do your research! Also, these oils are not meant to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

Five Beauty Products I'm Loving...on Friday

Friday, April 8, 2016

I have discovered a few beauty products over the past few months that I have been absolutely loving!

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Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer - This product is life changing! (or should I say face changing?!) I have been struggling with some unsightly pores lately and this has really improved the appearance of my makeup, especially the concealer that tends to sneak down from my eyes to my cheeks. I purchased the sample size on a whim at Sephora and just picked up the full size during the Sephora VIB Sale that is currently going on.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows - These are apparently a dupe for MAC shadows, however I own one MAC shadow so I can't be a good tell of that claim. I do love these shadows regardless! They are creamy and blendable, plus super affordable. I have used these on all of my clients this month and might have to get a set for myself.

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop - I purchased this blush on a snowy night when I was definitely longing for spring. The color looks intimidating but if you are careful, it gives the perfect flush to the cheeks. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder - Whew! That is a mouthful. I have been using this as a finishing powder the past six months and have even gotten my mom hooked on it.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water - This stuff is amazing. I have been going for a very minimal look lately and this is perfect to slap on and go. I even picked up a shade darker for when/if I get a little tan!

What are your favorite beauty products at the moment?

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