My Skincare Routine

I’m putting the B back in F.A.B Cocktail! I realized I don’t touch on Beauty much, so I wanted to share something with you that’s been on my mind.

I had a conversation the other day about makeup and how I don’t particularly love it. If I do wear anything, it’s either bronzer (I live for a sunkisssd look), mascara (Enhancing my eyelashes is where it’s at), or lipstick (Hello, red lip is life). I strongly believe in showcasing your natural beauty, minimally.

Now don’t get me wrong, makeup is an amazing tool and the application process is literally an art form, so I commend those who have the patience and diligence to apply a full face daily. But it’s just not my cup of tea.

There was a point though, when I secretly wanted so badly to wear makeup because my skin was getting bad. I had frequent breakouts and no skincare regime would seem to work. I wanted to apply whatever I could to cover up the imperfections. But I had to stop and say, you’re beautiful just the way you are. And through trial and error, I finally found a routine that worked for me.

These three products are applied to my face daily for smooth, sometimes glowy skin. Breakouts sometimes do still occur but typically I only see them now about a week before my menstrual cycle begins. I start each morning with a towelette to get rid of any dirt or oil. It’s also really refreshing, giving me a little boost in the AM. I then apply a dollop of the face cream. It has SPF so it’s great for the summertime, too. Then I finish it off with a few spritz of rose spray to give me a smooth, dewy look. The rose spray is also a great little pick-me-up for the mornings.

So friends. Keep on doing whatever it is you’re doing to make you happy but just know, what God gave you is beautiful too!

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#SELFCARE

I recently went through a stint of drama with a friend and finally realized that I needed to let go and do what was best for ME!

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It was affecting my health, my happiness, and other relationships, so it was time for a little #selfcare.

For me, self care is doing what I want to do. With mental health such a huge topic these days, and personally being a sufferer if anxiety, it is extremely important to recognize when a little #selfcare is needed. Sometimes we forget that even though the world around us doesn’t stop, we have the power to stop ourselves from the world.

Take some time to do YOU! If that means shutting your phone off, cutting off someone you thought was in your corner, going to get a mani/pedi, laying by the pool or zoning out to your new favorite album, do it! Matter a fact, today I didn’t bring my work computer home because literally all I wanted to do was lay by the pool and write this post. And let me tell you, it feels great!

I VERY rarely get my nails done and this past Friday, I thought, you know what? I’m feeling sassy, I deserve this, get you some cute little gel acrylics, girl! This was part of my #selfcare.

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Don’t forget how important your happiness is, so be sure to take some time for some #selfcare.

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Why It’s Great to Hydrate with Water

One of the most simple but effective ways of improving your general health and well-being is by drinking more good ol’ H20. Even knowing this, many people don’t get the amount of water that they need every day.

There are plenty of ways of that you can increase your water consumption, from trying flavorings like lime water to setting regular reminders on your phone so you don’t forget to hydrate. Here are just a few of the benefits that drinking more water can provide.

Increased Feelings of Energy

If you have noticed that you always seem to feel tired and lethargic, it may simply be because you are not drinking enough water. Our brains are made up of a lot of water which we need to replace on a regular basis. If you don’t do this, you are more likely to find that you have low energy and reduced concentration. Just imagine what you could accomplish if you don’t feel tired all the time!

Promotion of Weight Loss

Many of us are trying to lose weight, but one of the reasons why you may be struggling is a lack of water. After all, water has been shown to remove some of the by-products of fat, and reduce your overall food intake simply by keeping your stomach full. As well as this, it also helps to speed up your metabolism and, of course, there are no calories to worry about!

Improved Skin Complexion

Bad skin is caused by numerous factors, but a lack of hydration in the body certainly doesn’t help at all. Like all cells in the body, skin cells are largely made up of water. Without enough of this, they will not function at their best. Dry skin is more likely to show cracks and wrinkles, which is why you should couple a good moisturizing routine with consuming plenty of water on a daily basis.

Boosting of the Immune System

Keeping your body well-hydrated has a major positive impact on your immune system. First of all, it helps to keep your blood oxygenated and also flushes toxins out of your system. We have already talked about the benefits to your metabolism, and there is also plenty of evidence that water can treat a whole host of common ailments including arthritis, insomnia and depression.

Reducing Number and Severity of Headaches

You have probably noticed that you get headaches when you have not hydrated properly – particularly after exercise or when you have been out in the hot sun. You can reduce the frequency and severity of these pains by ensuring that you drink plenty of water, especially when you are losing a lot of fluids from your body through sweating.

These five reasons are just a few of the main ones that you should make drinking water a priority in your life. After just a few days, you are likely to notice some immediate benefits, but the long-term ones are also significant.

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Must Have Mud Mask

Do you ever go shopping, stand in the check out line for a while, and end up with a bunch of random stuff? Yeah, that’s a result of good marketing. But how often do you use the items purchased in the checkout lane? For me, not too often but that recently changed when I found this great mud mask as I was standing in line at Old Navy.

Because I have combination skin, I’m always looking for great beauty products. And after a recent trip to Massage Luxe for a microdermabrasion, my esthetician recommended using a mud mask to keep my pores clean, free of black heads, and to help control the oil. This Deep Down Detox Mud Mask helps to keep skin clean and is a great facial detox as we prepare to transition to spring.

Since I’ve been using this Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing (about a month now), my skin has been smoother than usual and less oily. Blackheads have cut down too! Give yourself an in-home facial. Try out this mud mask. It smells good, feels good, and best of all, it’s relaxing.

Tips:

It comes out thick, but as you rub it into your skin it thins out. Two nickle-sized drops should do the trick.

Exfoliating before applying the mud mask enhances results.

Happy masking!

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Red Hot Kiss

Pucker up for your holiday parties with the perfect red lippie. My recommendation? Beso by Stila. It’s the perfect red color that works on any completion, goes on smooth, and will last until your midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve.

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Pro tip. Once applied, add a faint glitter gloss to top it off with some shimmer and to add some extra staying power.

If you know me, I’ve only recently, over the past year, started to get into lipstick. I tend to stick to pinks or muted, deep reds but every lady needs a good red hot lipstick. This is my go-to thanks to my girl, Jen.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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4 Ways To Look Well-Groomed On A Small Budget

One would think looking effortless actually includes no effort. But sadly, that’s not the case. It still takes time and money to look a certain way. So how do you achieve a well-groomed look on a small budget? Here’s how! 

  1. Cover The Basics

Hairstyle – Hair covers your head, so it’s the first thing many people see or notice, so hair is something you can’t skimp on. Ensure your hair is in good condition, maintained, and trimmed regularly to keep it healthy. To save on cash, but still look good, shop around for stylists who offer loyalty rewards and reasonable pricing. This is good especially if you color your hair and need to stay on top of a good dye job. And if your hair is longer, have a few simple styles you can create if you’re in a rush.

Shoes – Shoes! You literally can never have too many shoes. But be wise in your choices when adding to your collection. Look for clearance shoes or wait for the sales. Also be sure to maintain your footwear by keeping them clean and polished. When the heel is worn, take them to the cobbler. Many local shoe repairmen can work their magic for a fair price. And here’s a secret tip: keep a shoe shine sponge in your bag.

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Makeup – When it comes to makeup, you have to find a look that suits you. I, for one, am not huge on makeup, but have come to adore a good lip and mascara to add a little pop. But like many other things, makeup is based on the individual person. Start with a good primer. This makes all the difference when applying the rest of your makeup because it can provide a smooth surface. Match your skin type with a good foundation cream, and if you get this right, everything else will follow. Keep a makeup bag with your essentials in case you need to re-apply throughout the day, and for makeup basics such as mascara, check which items are in the sale.

  1. Staples

When it comes to your wardrobe, it’s not always about keeping up with all the latest trends. So think style, rather than fashion. Invest a few key pieces that will last for years. Opt for classic items that will not go out of style after one season. And be sure to think about your specific lifestyle and the outfits you need to succeed. Your staples may include:

  • Skirts/trousers for the office that will work for evenings too
  • Simple blouses and tops that can be dressed up or down
  • Jackets
  • Jumpers/cardigans
  • Dresses, including maxi dresses for the summer

Once you have your basics in place, you can then mix and match to alternate outfits. Versatility is key!

  1. Keep It Simple

If you want to appear well-groomed, keep it simple. Don’t go overboard in your choices. Opt for simple shapes and silhouettes and build from there.

Ensure your outfits are coordinated. Look for different combinations to mix it up a little.

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  1. Accessorize

When money is tight, accessories can for sure be your friend. They can transform outfits, making them appear completely different. Look for items that can be used in different ways. For example, scarves and belts. Invest in a mixture of jewelry, from fine jewelry to costume jewelry. If you’re trying to make an outfit appear more expensive, accessorize with gold or silver jewelry. A smart belt can also lift a simple dress.

Looking fabulously put together is about simplicity, style, and creative flair.

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About Beauty: Facial Cleansers

Facial cleansers. They’re just as important as body wash, because face it (ha! was that a pun?), a clean, fresh face is the first thing you see! But what is the best facial cleanser you can use?

Well, thanks to reviews.com, I have a little bit of inside information on that. Reviews.com did a little research by talking to dermatologists and aestheticians and concluded that the best facial cleanser is Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser.

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So how did reviews.com figure that this is the best face wash out there? They talked to several skincare experts and dug deep into a list of ingredients. Cellex-C stood out the most because of its natural ingredients. And they skipped over any cleanser meant to treat specific skin conditions like acne or oily skin. Why? Because your face needs oil. And everyone’s got some oil on their face — in fact, there’s a critical film on your skin called the acid mantle that helps produce oil.

Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser is fairly priced and made of ingredients we can all pronounce, like Sunflower Seed Oil;Willow Bark Extract;Sassafrass Extract;Chamomile Extract;Vitamin E. Skyn ICELAND Pure Cloud Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Cleaner  made it to the top of the list, too coming in second and third place for best face wash. 

 

Need a little more info to help you decide which is the best facial cleanser for you? Check out the full story on reviews.com.

 

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