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Beauty | My Summer Skin Savers

June 26, 2015
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O’Neill bikini // SHOP HERE AND HERE
Cleobella fringe dress // SHOP HERE
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Hey ya’ll! So summer is officially here! I’ve already gotten plenty of sun these past few months with my hot weather escapes to Puerto Rico, Indio and Key West, during which I made sure to slather on tons of SPF. But even so, all that sun exposure can make one feel a bit rough around the edges in the weeks afterwards. I made the huge mistake of using an oil-based tan extender in Puerto Rico, and my sensitive skin had some sort of breakout reaction that was not cute. So I’ve made a point to give my skin some extra tender love and care to reverse any of the effects from my sunny travels. Not to mention, living in a city full of traffic and subway care rides isn’t the best thing for one’s skin neither. All the more reason to treat the skin you are in just like a baby.
So here is what I’ve been using recently at the start of my day and at the end of my day. I juggle around lots of products throughout the year, trying to find my favorites. It’s fun to experiment, but when you find a routine that works, the best advice is to stick with it. Let me know if you have used any of these products and what you think of them if you do!
Mario Badescu Fruit and Vitamin A & D Hand Cream SPF 10 // SHOP SIMILAR
No one should ever overlook the power of a good hand cream! Our hands are usually the last things we think about slathering sunscreen on. We use them all day long, so really they need the most love and protection. This one smells so good, it’s hard to not want to use it in the first place. 
Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion
I love the dewy look, which is why I love this lotion! You’ll look like you just came from a tropical beach shower 24/7 with this lotion.
Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap // SHOP SIMILAR
The botanical fruit extracts in this body soap work like an acne wash, just in a more natural, less-abrasive way. My skin feels like heaven afterwards and I never feel irritated. 
Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum // SHOP HERE
The name says it all. This heavier serum literally heals dry skin and locks in moisture, with special ingredients that go beyond just a quick fix. This is my go-to body moisturizer for long-term protection.
Alba Botanica Acne Dote Deep Pore Wash
This product has been my LIFE-SAVER since I started using it a few months ago. I haven’t had to worry about any sort of major breakout session since. And if I get a small case, it fixes it up quick! Plus it feels gentle to the skin because it’s made of natural and organic ingredients. 
Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish 5-Action Hair Elixir // SHOP HERE
My hair has gone through a few bleach jobs during its lifetime, and I recently just went back to a darker, more natural color. But the abuse still shows through. That’s when this hair oil comes in. Made with a mix of rainforest oils and butters, this elixir is the real deal. Just a pump or two worked into the ends of my damp hair instantly adds luster, shine and softness. 
L’Oreal Invisible Protect Sheer Sunscreen Spray // SHOP HERE
This spray sunscreen is just so easy and fun to apply! It makes getting your dose of sun protection a total breeze. Just spray and go!
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream // SHOP HERE
This eye cream is made to work on all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. It’s not greasy either and is easily absorbed. 
Aerie Sugar Rush Raw Sugar & Coffee Scrub // SHOP HERE
The perfect scrub for the end of the week, or to start off your mornings on the weekends! It softens as it tones. Your legs will be summer ready in a hot second with this scrub.
Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask // SHOP HERE
This purifying and calming mask is the dream! Just a light layer left on for 15-20 minutes gets rid of congestion, bumps and oiliness. You’ll look and feel fresh-faced instantly. I love this after a long, stressful week. 
Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover // SHOP HERE
Because this makeup remover has never disappointed me. It lifts away everything so I can sleep at night knowing I have nothing leftover from the day.
Chantecaille Fruit and Flowers Acid Mask // SHOP HERE
This mask is really luxury in a bottle. It’s super gentle in the way it works to re-texturize the surface of your skin. The AHA in this comes from sugar cane and dissolves dead skin cells. You’ll look pretty as a flower afterwards.
Kiehl’s Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Skin-Softening Body Cleanser
This cleanser smells so aromatic and exotic, you might mistake it for your next favorite fragrance. It’s soothing infusions will leave you feeling super soft for 24 hours. You’ll be amazed. 

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Embrace Your Lips | eos

June 8, 2015
Every woman has a part of herself she loves the most. Maybe it’s her hair. It could be her eyes. It could be her legs. It could be the freckles on her nose. Or the bump on the edge of her nose. Why, it could even be something funny like her elbows. Or something cool like the tattoo on her shoulder blade. Whatever it is, that part of herself should be cared for and nurtured for all of eternity. It might not be other people’s favorite thing about her, but the only thing that matters is that it is her favorite thing, and it injects the confidence she needs to get her through her days.
What’s my favorite thing about myself? You know, other than my sparkling personality and impeccable humor (just kidding). I guess it’s always been my lips. I’ve always appreciated my full lips that I inherited from my mom and dad. I love to laugh and smile, so I try to make sure to keep my lips in check and keep them in tip top shape. One’s mouth in a way is similar to how the eyes are the windows to the soul, if you really think about it! You can tell a lot about someone about what their mouth and lips are doing. So I like to keep the smiles all around with my lips smooth and moisturized. It makes me feel more confident! I’m a huge fan of lip gloss, lipstick and lip stains and all that jazz, so having a perfect foundation for that top coat is essential, especially during long days out on the job. And this is where EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm comes into play. My favorite flavor is Pomegranate Raspberry. It’s 95% organic, 100% natural and paraben and petrolatum free. So you can be sure that it’s good for you. Full of the antioxidant vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil, you can feel the difference it makes for your lips as soon as you put it on. I carry my Smooth Sphere Lip Balm with me everywhere I go. It’s the first thing I put on in the morning and the last thing I put on at night. I really can’t get enough.
Now I say that let’s all embrace our lips, all shapes and sizes and colors, and treat them well. They’re worth it 🙂 
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Beauty | Physicians Formula Argan Wear

May 27, 2015

Apparently, my week in Puerto Rico a while back still wasn’t enough to get me to that golden bronze color every girl dies for in the summertime. I’ve never been on to be okay with using a tanning salon, so I’m always looking for the next big thing to help me achieve that glow in the most natural route possible (without killing my skin with UV rays or looking like a carrot). Physicians Formula‘s line of 100% Pure Argan Oil (“liquid gold”) products has come out as the winner for me in this beauty arena. 

I’m head-over-heels over the multi-usability of the brand’s Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil. I’ve been starting my days and ending my nights off with this weightless miracle oil that has without a doubt improved the brightness, tone, texture, and elasticity of my skin pretty dramatically in just the short amount of time that I have been using it. Just a drop or two goes a long way on my skin. A gentle rub on my face is all it needs to effortlessly absorb, working as a moisturizer, primer and protector all at once. The dewy look it gives the skin on my face is a plus, as well. And I never feel or look greasy. I’ve been using it on the ends of my hair on the daily, as well. I just wet my hair lightly with a spray bottle, drop some oil into the palms of my hands, and rub it into the ends of my hair and then let it air dry. It softens and adds that lusted-after shine. 

Now, onto achieving that glow that I was speaking of before. Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer has been my go-to when it comes to getting that touch of bronze on my face. It’s infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil and has a touch of shimmer to add to that sunlit, dewy look. It’s as if you just came back from a trip to Morocco (something that I’ve been thinking about quite a lot actually!). The color is easy to control, coming out pretty subtly in the beginning, but can be layered on and on for a more dramatic bronze color. I was pretty pasty before my Key West, Florida trip this past Memorial Day weekend, so this bronzer was an ultimate lifesaver for my pale self!

So now, what do you guys think about my new faux glow look that looks anything but faux?

Check out more of Physician Formula products HERE

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Beauty Files | The Amplified Lash

February 22, 2015
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L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara // SHOP HERE
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Recently I’ve been skipping the liquid liner for a simple shadowed eye flavored up with a more intense lash. I’m talking about thick and long mod lashes. Twiggy status. I haven’t been more excited about a mascara before. L’Oreal’s Miss Manga mascara is the bomb diggity bomb. The lash brush actually flexes, that way it gives more coverage to each lash, creating an amplified look. Who uses false lashes anyways? This is so much easier and less time consuming. My friends always joke that my selfless are sometimes somewhat verging Kawaii status, so this mascara is totally fitting to my alter ego. Give it a go, and you’ll see what I mean.

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