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My skin care routine lately

January 16, 2015

Ever since I was very young, I took my skin care seriously. My first cleanser was from Neutrogena. I simply CAN’T go to bed without washing my face (yuck!). When I was about 16, was when I started using sunscreen (almost) everyday. Now, I won’t go outside even on a cloudy day, without applying sunscreen – it is soooo important! Your skin care evolves, as it should throughout the years. And as you age you start adding more products to your routine. Lately, I’ve added a few new blog-worthy products to my skin care regimen that I would like to share with you!

Morning Skin Care Routine

{ L-R and in order of application: }

AM:  Cleanser | Face Pads | Vitamin C Serum | Hydrating Treatment | Argan Oil Moisturizer | Eye Roller | Eye Remedy | SPF 50 CC Cream 


Night Skin Care Routine

{ L-R and in order of application: }

PM:  Cleanser | Face Pads | Vitamin C Serum | Hyalo Plasma| Hydrating Treatment | Argan Oil Moisturizer | Eye Roller | Overnight mask


Cleanser

Cleanser(s):  I use both in rotation, depending on my skins needs. If my skin is behaving like a teenager, then I use the acne wash. Any other day it’s the FAB cleanser. It really is ‘FAB!’

Treatment(s):  I’ve been using This pure vitamin C serum for 2 weeks. I have tried many vitamin C products, and this one is truly exceptional. Since adding it to my routine, I’ve noticed my skin feels tighter + looks brighter. I have noticed it has helped diminish some dark spots I’ve had on my cheek.

The pure argan ‘Milk‘ hydrating treatment, is just my addiction. In fact, any argan oil products are great! When I first started using this product last year, my skin just changed. I have noticed a boost in the hydration of my skin, and how just overall, healthy + ‘plump’ it looks. I will NEVER stop using this!

hyalo plasma, has 3 forms of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA basically keeps your skin young + healthy (read more about HA here). This product totally amp’s up your skin care regimen. I noticed my skin looked ‘renewed’ when I started using it. And now, it makes my skin look smoother and more luminous. With continued use, it has great benefits against aging.

Moisturizer(s):  Argan oil is my go-to moisturizer. Don’t freak out because it’s an oil. If you already have oily or problematic skin, this product it for you too! With only 2 drops morning and night (you can mix it into you ‘Milk’ treatment too), you will notice your skin change. You will have pretty skin!

This CC cream, is my favorite. I’ve talked about this product many times. It is a multitasking beauty product! It’s your protector, your full-coverage color-correcting cream and anti-aging day serum. I love it!

Facial Pads

Facial pad(s): I also use these in rotation. Most everyday I use the FAB Pads. And about once a week I use the complexion correction pads, just to keep breakouts away.

Eye Treatment

Eye treatment(s):  I LOVE these eye treatments equally! I’m a busy mom who’s working on getting some more sleep. My lack of a full nights sleep = dark + puffy eyes. These products really have helped to de-puff, brighten and hydrate my eye area. Making me look rested + fresh. The results are pretty immediate. They both have a metal applicator which instantly feels cool on contact, helping the under eye area appear tighter. And with continued use, these products will help with fine lines and wrinkles as well. Click here + here for these eye products.

Weekend:

Weekend Skin Care

Face mask(s):  This overnight mask is genius! You must add this to your skin care routine, you’ll be so happy you did! Go to sleep with it on and when you wake up…voila- beautiful, hydrated, glowing skin!

The purifying mask is…well, for purifying. It’s a peel off mask – which isn’t my favorite type of mask, but this one gets the job done.

This GlamGlow Supermud, is absolutely, hands-down my favorite face mask (so far). I mean, after just a 15-20 minute treatment your skin is literally like new! My face is so soft and clean, and pores are cleared and minimized. My skin looks radiant afterward! Work this product in to your Sunday night regimen.

 

What are some of your favorite products? I would love to hear them!

 

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Petals and Pumps December Round Up

December Beauty/Skin Care Round Up

January 05, 2015

I’ve decided to add a Beauty + Skin Care Round Up Series. At the end of each month, I will share with you my favorite/must-try products that I have been using during the month. December is my first round-up post. I hope you guys enjoy this new monthly series!

December Beauty and Skin care Round Up

Kiss Pro Instawave Automatic Curler | Lorac Tantalizer Bronzer + Highlighter | IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss | Josie Maran Milk Hydrating Treatment 

Instawave:  I’ve had this automatic curler for nearly 2 weeks. I don’t use it everyday. I don’t need to with the type of hair I have – thick, long + naturally wavy. I get my hair blown-out weekly, and I prefer my stylist give me loose curls. She uses a flat-iron to create the curls. But after about the 3rd day in, I need to re-curl my hair + I wanted to find something new to try besides using my flat-iron.

Kiss Pro Instawave

I’m happy I came across a presentation on this curler on QVC. Had I not seen a demonstration, I probably would pass this up if I would have just seen it in a store.

Honestly, It did take me a few days to get the hang of it, but now I think it’s great! I suggest watching the product video to see if it’s something you could get used to» view video here.

I also believe the Instawave would work better on women who have longer, thicker hair. Since the hair wraps itself around the barrel, I think someone with fine hair would have trouble getting a good curl.

Tantalizer:  I’ve been using this highlighter and matte bronzer duo for 3 weeks. I love it! It’s a generous size, so it should last a while. I like that the powder highlighter isn’t glittery. Instead, it adds a nice glow to my skin with subtle sparkle. I also like how the bronzer is a true matte brown shade. It has no sparkle, glitter, nothing to it. So if I don’t want to highlight that day, I don’t have to worry about a sparkly bronzer all over my face. I think it looks very natural on.

LORAC Tantalizer

LORAC Tantalizer

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{ I’m wearing the Tantalizer – applied lightly here, but you can go darker. }

Lipgloss:  Seriously, this lipgloss has to be one of my favorite gloss purchases in a long while. I’ve had it for 3 weeks, and have been using it frequently. This gloss truly feels like butter on my lips. It’s not at all sticky! I love the color (it’s a perfect mauve-pink), the hydration my lips get, and the staying-power. I can’t wait to try the other shades.

It Cosmetics Vitality Butter Gloss

{ color:  ‘I Believe‘ }

Vitality Butter Lipgloss

Milk Treatment:  Love, love, love this serum! I’ve been using it (on and off) for 8 months. But every time I come back to it because it just truly works. When I’m faithfully using it day + night, I see that my face is more radiant, more hydrated + just overall feels/looks better. And it’s organic skin care! What’s better than that?!

Josie Maran Milk Treatment

So there ya have it, my beauty + skin care picks for December. Tell me what you think. Have you tried any of these products?

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Beauty Stocking Suffers

Beauty Stocking Stuffer Ideas

November 17, 2014

Beauty Stocking Suffers

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 

Eyes, lips, cheeks, face, body…There’s a little stocking stuffer for every girl in your life » perfect for mom, your besties, or your sister! I personally have tried all but one product above. That’s why I carefully chose these products for the fabulous gals in your life!

1| Benefit’s luminous highlighter:  This is my go-to for adding that soft glow on my face in the evening (date night, parties, dinner). Perfect for this time of the season too with all the festivities going on. Don’t worry, it has no glitter. It just highlights your features with a soft sheen.

2| My favorite eyeliner:  Mally knows how to do eyeliner! If you’ve given up on eyeliner like I did (before trying this one)… WAIT!! This Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner will convert you, honey! Gift this to your besties, they will ♥ you (even more)! This liner IS waterproof BUT, so creamy and easy to apply. And the colors are beautiful!

3| Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush:  My favorite good-for-your-skin long-lasting blush! I have 5 beautiful clay blushes by Tarte (+ many more products from this line). It truly is long-wearing blush, formulated without any junk + has so many shades to choose from, great for any skin tone. That’s why this is another perfect stocking stuffer!

4| This eyeshadow palette ♥♥♥:  Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 Palette, is every beauty junkies favorite! What’s NOT to love? » it’s UD’s newest Naked palette (all are extremely popular BTW), it has 12 beautiful shades, it’s convenient, it has shimmer, glitter + matte shades – versatile going from day-to-night, + it just wears + looks good on!

5| EOS A Ray of Holiday Sunshine Rachel Roy 3 PK:  Who doesn’t love EOS? The cute spheres feature Rachel Roy’s signature wing design.
Of course, I love that EOS is 100% Natural, USDA-Certified Organic! This limited-edition pack makes a great stocking stuffer… or split them up!

6| Sugar Shine Lip Treatment: Fresh Sugar lip products are amazing! I’ve been a fan of their Sugar Lip Treatment for years! And now there’s Sugar Shine, Sugar Lips ‘big sister,’ as I like to say! She’s high-shine, which makes her perfect for the Holidays!!

7| Essie Winter Mini Nail Polish Collection:  I own 3 colors from this collection. My favorite for the season has to be ‘Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low.’ It’s gold and silver and sparkly! This mini collection is perfect to gift, so she can try them all! » (See ‘Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low’ on my nails here)

8| Winter Dreams Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Duo (Limited Edition):  If you haven’t tried Josie Maran‘s Argan Oil products, you’re missing out on something truly luxurious! Her whipped body butter is the best organic moisturizer out there. Ultra hydration, non-greasy, + leaves your skin glowing! It is especially great for these winter months. Gift this duo, and she’ll know what I mean! Purchase the cult classic here.

9| NuFace Mini:  This at-home facial toning device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (hence, a stocking stuffer idea). This is the only product I haven’t tried. But I would say, this is a great gift for the gal who’s looking for a mini ‘face-lift!’ The NuFace mini is affordable, portable + has been known to really give results!

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What’s in My Bag?

July 07, 2014
What’s in my bag? Well, I’ll show ya! As a mommy of a 1 1/2 year old (and another on the way), my handbag is never my own anymore…unless I have date night with the hubby, then of course, my clutch is baby toy/diaper/snack free! 😉
{Rebecca Minkoff Tote, Kate Spade wallet, my “handy-dandy” notebook >> for those mom’s out there, you know what I mean, Organic Wheat Grass single packet,
Happy Yogis organic yogurt snacks for my little one,
Ray-Ban sunnies, Sophie the Giraffe teether, iPad mini, Trina Turk cosmetic bag}
{Inside my cosmetic bag:  Daisy Eau So Freshrollerball, Tarte Airblush, BareMinerals ‘Well-Rested’ Face & Eye Brightener, Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon, Clinique ‘Chubby Stick’ Shadow, Clinique ‘Chubby Stick’ Lip Color Balm}
Happy Monday, Gals!
Xx-Kristen