• March 8, 2017

    Skin Care Routine

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    Many people start to see their skin look duller in their 30’s because cells do not regenerate as quickly as in your teens and 20’s.  Fine lines and dark circles, and sun spots also start to make an appearance during this time which makes your late 20’s and 30’s an essential time to start caring for your skin if, like me, you have just kind of ignored skin care in general so far in life.

    Now that I am getting older and 30 is only months away, I decided it was time to start doing some research and find out what I ought to be doing to take better care of the skin I’m in.  I learned that, in addition to my regular sunscreen and moisturizer, I will also want to add a gentle cleanser, vitamin C serum, and eye cream.

    Micellar-Water

    A gentle cleanser is super important to start with when caring for  your skin.  Remember how I said your cells won’t regenerate as quickly as they did when  you were  younger?  Well,  you don’t want to over exfoliate, but you still need to keep your skin clean and those cells moving!  Plain old soap and water is ok, but I chose Pacifica Coconut Micellar Water as my cleanser.  Micellar water works by specifically pulling dirt and oil away from your pores and skin without harsh chemicals (and doing a better job of it than soap), making it the perfect pick me up in the morning and a great way to remove light make up at the end of the day.  I chose Pacifica because it is gluten free, cruelty free, and is made in the US.  It also smells really nice and (I’ll admit I’m a sucker) the packaging is gorgeous.

    Vit-C-Serum

    Vitamin C Serum is my next essential product because it treats the onset of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.  Vitamin C is the only vitamin proven to actually work in anti-aging studies.  It works by producing collagen in the skin which helps tighten and firm it.  I chose Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum because it is gluten free and cruelty free.  It also works as a serum and moisturizer, which I really like.  I apply this daily as part of my night routine.

    Eye-Cream

    The next product I’ve started using is an eye cream by bareMinerals.  Much like the vitamin C serum, eye creams are meant to reduce fine lines and plump the area around your eyes to look healthier and younger.  Eye creams also help fight dark undereye circles and tiredness in your face caused by stress and exposure to the environment.  I chose bareMinerals Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Eye Cream because it is generally considered gluten free and is cruelty free.  I’m also pretty sure it’s made in the US.  I use this daily as part of my night routine.

    Mask

    The next two products are less essential and more fun in my mind.  First, I got the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask.  I use this once a week to help keep my skin hydrated, which it really needed during the cold winter months.  The nice thing about this mask is that you don’t have to wash it off, so it really holds the moisture in!  It’s gluten free, cruelty free, and made in the US.

    Hair-Mask

    Next is the Moroccan Oil Hydrating Mask for hair.  I use this once a week as well to keep my hair hydrated and looking good.  It is super easy to use – I just shampoo like normal, rise and squeeze as much water out of my hair as possible.  Then, massage in some of the mask and go about the rest of my shower time stuff, rinsing the mask out after 5-10 minutes.  Easy-peasy, and it smells amazing!  It is gluten free and cruelty free.

    Since starting my skin (and hair) care routine about a month ago, I feel that my skin is looking brighter, cleaner, and healthier.  It is showing fewer fine lines around my eyes and I think the dark circles are going away too.  I’ve been really happy with my choices and am starting to see why so many people are willing to throw down serious cash for these kinds of products.  I’m glad to have started caring for my skin and hair at this time in my life – it is starting to give me more confidence, not only because my skin looks good, but also because I am taking time on a daily basis to do something small but good for myself.  Having this skin care routine is almost meditative and forces me to slow down a bit and really be nice to me – no wonder it’s working!  *grin*

  • August 24, 2016

    Top 5 Bath & Beauty Products

    Life seems to be getting away from me lately.  Between summer activities, house projects, washer/dryer threatening to go out on me, and some really tough cases at work… I haven’t had much time for self care, let alone any writing or picture taking!  It’s been so sad for me too, because I’ve really been wanting to share this one with you!  *grin*

    Here are my top 5 favorite bath and beauty products:

    Natures Gate Shampoo/Conditioner

    Natures-Gate

    I really love the way the herbal ones smell!  Ugh, it’s SO good!  And it leaves my hair shiny and healthy without the use of gluten, animal product, parabens, GMOs, Soy, etc!  They are cruelty free and eco-friendly too!  It’s amazing to have a product that is ethical, safe, and works really well too!

    Physician’s Formula Mascara

     

    Physicians-Formula

    I have always struggled with mascara – it usually makes my eyes teary and crusty and yucky if I wear it too long.  Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that there might be gluten in the one I was using – who would have thought?!  Turns out, it’s really common and it’s actually really hard to find on that is gluten free!  No wonder I had issues before!  This Physician’s Formula mascara is easy to apply and doesn’t hurt my eyes even if I wear it every day!  Not all of their mascara’s are gluten free, but they label them very clearly on the packaging so it’s easy to find safe ones.  This particular one is not waterproof and I have found it smudges if you aren’t careful, but it’s a trade-off I am willing to make!

    The Body Shop Hand Creams

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    A work friend gave me the strawberry hand cream for Christmas last year and I fell in love!  It is so smooth and absorbs very quickly which is a must for me in a hand cream.  They come in great little travel size tubes so I always have one in my bag and use it constantly!  The price may seem a little bit much for a tiny tube, but you really don’t need much when you apply it so it lasts a long time.  Also, The Body Shop has pretty frequent sales, so if you watch the website and buy a bunch when they are on sale, you can get a really great deal!  I think the last time I bought these, they were 3 for $10 (and when one tube usually costs $8… that’s pretty amazing!).

    Lush Bath Bomb

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    A beauty love list wouldn’t be complete without Lush Bath Bombs!  I don’t do baths too often, but when I really want to spoil myself, I love these products!  My favorite so far is Butterball.  The natural and safe ingredients leave my skin so soft and lightly scented.  It’s truly relaxing and peaceful while also being really good for my skin and they are ethically sourced too!  Ahhhhh-mazing!

    Lancome Juicy Shaker

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    And for my grand finale, and truly indulgent beauty product: Lancome’s Juicy Shaker!  I struggle with lip colors and never feel like they last or look right and they always leave me feeling sticky and icky, but not so with this!  It is a little bit sticky at first, but leaves lips soft and comfortable after a bit.  The color is so nice too – I got the red colored vanilla pop and was a little afraid of it being too dark on my pale Irish skin, but it’s totally not!  Plus, it smells so good!  *grin*  The only downside (and why I only have one) is that they cost a whopping $21!  Ouch!  But, it’s good to spoil yourself once in a while, right?

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this little journey into my bath and beauty loves!  I’d love if you would share with me in the comments what products you love and what makes them so wonderful!