4 COOL IN-SHOWER PRODUCTS

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The shower is a place where we spend a LOT of our lives, so we may as well use it to our advantage and get some added benefits in there while we are simultaneously getting clean!

These products are all designed specifically to be used in the shower- they utilize the steam and heat to be more effective; [video here]





  • In Shower Moisturizer: Nivea In Shower Body Lotion Skip the lotion or moisturizer, and add this into your shower routine instead. Its a cream formula that rinses off but leaves behind just the right amount of moisture. I love it because there is no sticky or greasy residue, or that 'wait time' before getting dressed like there is with traditional lotions.
  • In Shower Self Tan: St Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan Now this one is a little tricky to use, BUT for the right person it can be awesome. I recommend this one for maintaining a tan you already have, especially just on your arms and legs. It's not ideal for an all over tan including your face and back. Keep in mind that you also need to step out of the stream of water for three minutes while it processes before rinsing, so it can be a little cold to use. That being said if you do use it daily you'll build a nice subtle glow.
  • In Shower Hair Treatment: Garnier Sleek Shot In-Shower Styler This one is really unique and does a great job of speeding up your blow-dry routine. You actually mix the Sleek Shot with your shampoo in equal parts, rinse and then condition as usual. It's ingredients include Argan Oil which helps to smooth the hair during the blowdry process, and may even allow you to skip the flat iron.
  • In Shower Face Mask: Clean & Clear 60 Second In-Shower Deep Action Mask I LOVE this one because you really do get a little bit of the spa in 60 seconds. It cleanses, exfoliates, and steams the pores all in one product. And it leaves the skin feeling tingly, cool and refreshed. A great option for teens too- because its quick and no fuss!

 Happy showers! xo









BEST OF SKINCARE

Best of Skincare 2018 winners:

  • Eye Cream: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme $38 This little jar has changed my under eye area dramatically. My skin less discolored and the fine lines have diminished as well. It's full of vitamin C to brighten skins appearance upon application, but repeated use over time brightens skin tone on a deeper more permanent level. I apply this at night.

  • Eye Depuffer: Kate Somerville Goat Milk DePuffing Eye Balm $38 Wake up feeling less than awake? Welcome to my life #notamorningperson But this little stick of goodness is a life saver! The Goat Milk soothes and calms, and the balmy formula fills in pores and texture under the eye so that makeup glides on easily. I use this EVERY morning.

  • Primer/ Moisturizer: Glossier Priming Moisturizer / Priming Moisturizer Rich $22 I love the lighter formula in the warmer months, and switch to the Rich formula when its cold outside and my skin runs drier. Both are non greasy, super hydrating and prep the skin for makeup beautifully. This has cut out my need for a primer all together!

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DE-PUFF YOUR FACE WITH THESE COOL MASSAGE TOOLS

Do you ever wake up and think to your self, 'wow, I look like a got punched in the face during my sleep last night!' ??? Ya, me too... its part of life- especially on the mornings after eating or drinking poorly the night before.

Waking up puffy is simply normal [and totally frustrating] but as the day wears on typically the puffiness subsides as the fluids underneath our skin begin to drain. But what if I told you that you can help the fluid systems under your skin (the Lymphatic system) to drain more readily and avoid the puffiness all together!?

Enter:

Facial Massage

Not only is it relaxing, it is super beneficial for the look and tone of the skin. Massage helps to encourage collagen production, helps to tighten the skin, helps to strengthen the muscles of the face, and most importantly drain the lymphatic fluids found just under the surface of the skin. [

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There are three main types of tools used in facial massage [outside of your hands, which work well- but just be sure they are super clean!] the Roller, the Vibrating Bar, and the Sonic Massager. There are several brands out there that make these devices- but here are a look at the three I use and love.

Just like with any exercise, results won't happen with just once-in-a-while use. I reccomend adding the massage into your nightly routine after cleansing. Spend a full two minutes on the massage- working in upward strokes, and you'll see major improvement within the first few nights. Use the massage tool of your choice with a serum or an oil for added benefits and relaxation too.

xo

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KOREAN SKINCARE MUST HAVES // OLYMPIC LEVEL BEAUTY

best Korean skincare available in US

What is K-Beauty?

K-Beauty is short for Korean Beauty, and it is what we call beauty products imported from Korea. The Korean beauty culture is whimsical and fun- but also technology driven. They have innovated so many new and effective products, and up until now it was hard to come by them in the United States. Large retailers like CVS are now importing a curated grouping of top selling K-Beauty products, making them easier to access here without the hassle of ordering from overseas.

Check out my K-Beauty favs and scoop up some of your own goodies. Have you been loving the Olympics as much as I have? Such a fun uplifting couple of weeks!

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K-Beauty Skincare Favs:

Holika Holika

Gudetama All Kill Cleanser Oil

-  Take of your day with this Blue Popsicle scented cleansing oil. It breaks down makeup, oil, and grime to expose glowing skin. The perfect first step in your double cleanse. 

Holika Holika

Gudetama Smooth Egg Peeling Gel

-  Break down dead skin cells in a snap with this

enzyme

 peeling gel. It will leave skin smoother, reduced the appearance of pores, and get rid of that dull complexion. 

Frudia 

Sheet Masks Green Grape Pore Control Mask

and

Blueberry Hydrating Mask

-  The Koreans were the originators of the Sheet Mask

phenomenon

 and these fruit based sheets leave skin looking refreshed and feeling great!

JJ Young

Steaming & Cooling Pore Pack

-  This double mask first heats the skin with a warm clay experience that will open pores and get rid of buildup and blackheads. Next cool down and refresh the skin with the cooling clay to close the pores and hydrate the skin. It's like a fancy face Icy/Hot!

ElishaCoy 

Moist Up Hyalurone Ampoule Serum

-  Mini bubbles of Hyaluronic Acid make this serum super

luxurious. The acid will draw in moisture from the environment and plump up as result, giving your skin a HUGE boost of moisture. 

the SAEM

 Iceland Hydrating Eye Stick

-  It's cold to the touch (magically) and calms skin bags under the eyes with a few swipes. A perfect wake-me-up each morning and preps skin for concealer perfectly. LOVE this stuff!

Peach Slices

 Acne Spot Dots

- Heal active/oozy zits with these wound care spots designed to sooth and extract fluid from your spots, they also help to keep zits from getting infected. 

Ariul

 7 Day Vitamin Mist

- Keep skin glowing with this toning water full of

Vegetable

Vitamins

. Using their anti-oxidant power your skin will drink up this spray and ask for more! 

A SWEET SMELLING DEODORANT

I am ALWAYS looking for new development in the deodorant world. If you’ve been a reader long, you’ll know that I take my anti-sweating products quite seriously ;) as it has been a personal battle of mine since Jr. High.

I recently came across a new line of

Invisible Sprays from Secret

, and I wanted to share them with you just in case you are on the hunt for a new deodorant yourself.

These sprays are unique because they spray on clear and dry almost instantly, which I love because it means you start the day dry without the need to wait before getting dressed.

But the real showstopper, and what I really want to talk about are the scents available.

Holy Moly- they are the most scented deodorants I have ever tried, meaning they will go to work keeping you fresh smelling all day – perfect for the summer months . The fragrances really shine through as you move your body, which makes me much more confident if I am having a stressful or fast paced [i.e. stinky] day.

My two top scent picks are the

Boho Berry

and

Cool Waterlilly

, but they also offer a

Glam Grapefruit

and

Luxe Lavender

scent as well. The formula is also designed to give you 48 hour sweat protection, so it not only smells great, but it does its job to keep you dry as well. Highly recommended!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried these new Invisible Sprays, xo

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*Brought to you by Secret, but as always my opinions are my own

THE LAST BEAUTY OIL YOU'LL EVER NEED? // MARULA OIL

What is Marula Oil?

What is Marula Oil?

Marula Oil is the oil harvested from the nut of the Marula tree that is found in Africa. Indigenous women have been using it as a skin and hair product for hundreds of years, and its now making it's way into American beauty products along side more commonly known oils like, Coconut and Argan. 

Marula Oil has traditionally been on the more expensive side, but we are starting to see versions in drugstore products as well. (Like this new line from

Garnier

)

It's light in texture, super fast-absorbing, packed with nutrients and fatty acids, it's and super hydrating. Here are my HIGHLY

recommended

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For your skin:

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil

  • It balances moisture levels and works on both oily and dry skin textures

  • It softens and hydrates

  • It fights acne, as well as treats blemishes and scars with it's antimicrobial properties

For your hair:

Keranique Marula Oil Hair Mist

  • It protects hair from the elements by rehydrating

  • It nourishes and adds shine

  • It's a frizz-fighter and static fighter

Have you tried this miracle oil yet?

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AFTERSUN SKIN AND HAIR SAVERS

Although Summer vacation might be winding down, the sun is still shining HOT in my neck of the woods. We are soaking up all we can get, and I hope you are too.

But

good sun care doesn't just end with Sunscreen

... consider what you do after the sun to be almost as important. Rehydrating and soothing skin and hair will go a long way to keeping both healthy, so today I am sharing some of my

favorite after-sun products

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Body

Face

Hair

Happy Sunning! xo

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3 SUNSCREENS YOU ACTUALLY NEED

Anti-Aging sun screen products

Sunscreen is about the least sexy beauty product out there, am I right?!

No one loves buying sunscreen, but we all NEED it in our lives. I am quite the stickler when it comes to sun safety, and I've tried just about every sun screen out there in my quest to stay pasty. (Thank goodness for Spray Tans)

There are 3 sunscreens that pass the test in my opinion. They cover all the bases:

  • Best Overall Protection: Sun Bum Spray SPF 50 Light weight, non-greasy, and gives major protection. Absorbs quickly and smells great. I love the cream version too for my kids!

  • Best Face/ Anti-Aging: Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 High end, effective skincare with a built in protection level of SPF 50. Non greasy and super hydrating too.

  • Best Scalp Protection: ColoreScience Powder SPF 50 I love this for on the go touchups, but especially for its ability to protect your scalp along your part lines, without getting your hair greasy.

Here's to safe sun and lots of fun! xo

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HEAL CRACKED HEELS WITH THESE FOOT SAVERS

Summer sandal season is upon us and I think it's safe to assume most of us could use a little foot tune-up! So if you are dealing with cracked heels, dry calluses, or just need a night to pamper yourself- take a look at my recommended foot products for good looking piggies.

Exfoliate first

to loosen dead, dry skin and soften the surface layers

Mild Exfoliation

Medium Exfoliation

  • Amope Pedi Perfect Roller Like an electric sander for your feet, this guy will grind away tough callouses in a snap. Best for small areas like the sides of your big toes and the balls of your feet

Major Exfoliation

  • Peeling Foot Mask If you are looking for MAJOR exfoliation this peeling mask is for you. It takes a few days to see results but be prepared for a whole new foot to emerge after the outer most layers slough off in large chunks. Gross but effective!

Nourish Next

to replenish lost moisture and keep skin soft

Mild Nourishment

  • L'Occitane Foot Cream My tried and true favorite with just the right amount of rich hydration and a refreshing minty scent that takes you to the spaaahh. (if your own bathroom of course ;)

Medium Nourishment

  • Heel Sleeves These half-socks go perfectly with your foot cream, but also work on their own to hydrate dry cracked heels. They are lined with a gel that is infused with oils to leave heels feeling like a million bucks when worn overnight.

Maximum Nourishment

  • Flexitol Heel Balm The miracle cream you've been looking for... wear it every night (with your heel sleeves for extra love) and see a major improvement in a week. Then maintain your soft heels by using it about 3 times a week after your heels have been repaired.

Cheers to Summer! xo

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MASKING UN-MASKED // THE RIGHT ONE FOR THE JOB

Best Masks for every Skin Type

I LOVE a good facial mask! And I feel strongly that every woman should have one or two in her regimen to TREAT skin ailments and see better results. 

The ingredients in face masks (or Masques if you wanna get fancy?) are more concentrated and potent, meaning you need to use them less often but they give you more powerful results.

Below are a few of my recommended masks for the most common skin ailments. And keep in mind that mixing and matching is a great way to maximize results. We call it multi-masking, and it's pretty much the best thing ever. AAAAHHH, Zen is calling my name. [

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To Treat Acne:

  • Aztec Secret Healing Mud Mask The Apple Cider Vinegar is stinky but it works. This mask will draw out oil and refine your pores without drying the face. 12,000 positive reviews on Amazon can't be wrong!

To Treat Fine Lines and Wrinkles:

  • Image Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque This mask will resurface the skin both chemically and physically using lovely little scrubbers. It has a black licorice scent and contains Alpha Hydroxy for major results.

To Treat Dull Skin:

  • Boscia Luminizing Black Peel Off Mask Time to wake up your face with this mask that is both fun to use and super effective at removing dead dull skin on the surface. Avoid the hairline and the eye area, and focus on large pores on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.

To Treat Oily Skin:

  • Loreal Purify & Mattify Mask Dry up shine with this matte-making mask. It de-slicks the surface without being over drying and leaves skin looking fresher and tighter.

To Treat Dry Skin:

  • Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask This mask will leave parched skin feeling hydrated and plumped with it's whipped frothy texture. It can be worn for just a few minutes prior to makeup or indulge in a longer session for major pampering.

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FRESH FAVORITES FOR HEALTHY SKIN

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Review

Last year while I was pregnant I decided to

eliminate some chemicals from my life

. You never can be too safe, right? But to be honest, I was really nervous to see what that might do to my acne-prone skin because I usually live by the rule that says 'if you can't FEEL it working, then it's not really working'.

That's a stupid rule. I was dumb. 

I started using the

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

, and the

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve

and man oh man, have I fallen hard for this duo! It's no surprise that these two products are the top sellers for the brand.

Honestly my skin has changed and reacted so well to a less harsh routine. The Soy Cleanser is light weight and smooth, but leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. There is ZERO redness or irritation, the skin doesn't feel tight or dry after cleansing, and it is gentle enough to use on eye makeup. (I wash with my trusty

Konjac Sponge

if you are wondering)

The Youth Preserve face cream is like a breath of fresh air! It is so hydrating, yet absorbs into the skin super quick, and honestly it plumps the skin and leaves it looking so glowy and healthy. I use it night and day. I love it under my eyes as well, the cucumber helps with puffiness and dark circles.

My acne, you ask? Not only am I 90% zit free, the few spots that I do get clear up faster and are less irritated and inflamed. That is a huge WIN in my book. 

BONUS- the Fresh products smell like yummy pressed green juice and cucumber! ooh so good.

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SNOOP DUPE: CLEARING MUD MASK

Enlite Clay Time Review

Masks (or Masques, depending on your fanciness level) can be a game changer for your skincare routine. Finding the right one however, well that's another story!

I have tried too many to count.

But it's all in the name of beauty, so I won't be stopping any time soon. If you are an avid Sephora shopper you've no doubt seen the brand

GlamGlow.

They started a mask revolution with the introduction of the SuperMud series, and have continued to grow their line to include some of the best masks (and more) on the market.

The cult following favorite

SuperMud Clearing Treatment

is a top seller at Sephora, and for good reason. I even reviewed it as one of my very first blog posts back in 2013

here

. But the $45 price tag is a little tough to swallow, so I've been on the hunt for a great dupe for years.

FINALLY, I have found it guys... and it's good!

Enter the

Enlite Clay Time Treatment

. It's a dead ringer, all the way down to the scent.

Both products contain active charcoal to draw out oil and buildup from the pores, leaving skin tightened and squeaky clean. The Enlite version also contains Glycolic Acid to gently exfoliate and brighten skin. Plus it's a hefty 1.7oz for only $20, so you are getting a really nice bang for your buck.

You can spot treat on oily zones, blackheads & blemishes, or use it on your entire face for all over brightening and tightening.

Cheers to clear skin! xo

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THE UNGLAMOROUS PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY

Not every beauty product is glamourous... and today's post is all about

the ugly but totally necessary beauty items I cannot live without

. I mean, it's been too long since I reminded you about my sweaty armpits right!?

Todays'

video

will give you a few new favorites to try, enjoy!

Megan's Favorites

Brooke's Favorites

Do you have any unglamorous products you swear by? Let me know in the comments below, xo

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SLEEP YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL

Night time is the PERFECT time to dedicate to your skincare routine

. Think about it... you're not doing anything else while you sleep, so you may as well give your skin a fighting chance to prevent aging, all while leaving you feeling refreshed and beautiful each morning.

Today I am sharing my 5 favorite products that will help you

sleep yourself beautiful

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  • Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask - Light weight gel formula that leaves skin hydrated and glowing overnight. It won't break you out, but gives the perfect amount of plumping hydration.

  • Juverest Wrinkle Pillow - Prevent wrinkles and friction with this uniquely designed pillow that allows the face to float free throughout the night without the pressure and friction of a standard pillow.

  • SilcSkin Décolleté Pads - Stop chest wrinkles in their tracks with these stabilizing pads designed to support the cleavage area while you sleep. AMAZE!

  • L'Occitane Hand and Foot Cream Duo - THE best creams out there, and the only ones I use. The foot cream is thick and rich with a nice minty scent, while the hand cream is lighter and absorbs quickly into the skin. Both leave you feeling hydrated in the morning.

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GLOWTION = MAGIC POTION FOR YOUR FACE

Skincare secrets, glowtion reviews, glowing lotion, dewey moisturizer

Every now and then there is a new breed of skincare that gets me really excited. Theses products must fall into the category of 'WOW' and offer results never seen before. Today I am sharing one such new breed of product that has me giddy [and glowing]... GLOWTION!

What is glowtion?

Simply put, it is a 'glowing-lotion'

. Essentially it's a moisturizer for the face that has been laced with a luminizing ingredient such as mica to give the skin a lit-from-within appearance. The effect is a youthful glow that brightens up the face and adds a dewey finish to your makeup look.

You can wear a glowtion on its own for a dewey finish to the skin without any coverage. Or wear the glowtion just as you would a moisturizer, under your foundation to boost hydration and bump up the glow factor on lackluster days. I love to apply the product all over the skin before my moisturizer, then add a little extra to my undereye concealer before applying for a major glow under my eyes and on top of my cheekbones.

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SNOOP DUPE: LUXURY FACE CREAM UNDER $30

I LOVE skincare... and as such I've been known to spend a pretty penny on all sorts of creams, lotions, cleansers and more! In fact if my husband knew how much money I've spent over the years on my skincare alone, he'd probably have a heart attack!

Lately I've been noticing a trend in moisturizing cream; LUXURY

There has been so much buzz over these super

riche cremes

[french spelling = fancy], but you have to wonder is it worth the cost or are there dupes out there that perform just as well? Read on to find out.

  • Sisley Paris Sisleya Anti-Age Cream- $525 [1.6oz] This stuff is literally the creme de la creme! IMO it's better than La Mer, it's the ultimate luxury creme, and carries the price tag to prove it. The Sisleya has a super fresh scent, with an herbal undertone. It reminds me of a spa treatment in a jar. I especially love the hydrating and plumping action I get on my lips and eyes with this one. And the size of the jar is really decent for the price. If you are looking for a major indulgence that leaves the skin looking glowy and plump, then this is your guy.

  • Charlotte's Magic Cream- $100 [1.7oz] *shown above in the .52 intro size* Magic Cream has had MAJOR love all over the internet, mostly because of Charlottes' celebrity clients and models that all swear by it! This one has the most 'blurring' effect on the skin, and is great to apply just prior to your foundation. It has a more floral scent with a hint of SPF smell in there... even though it doesn't actually contain sunscreen. It does leave skin smoothed and glowing as promised.

  • Pixi Glowtion Day Dew- $22 [1.18oz] If you are looking for a little more bang for your buck, reach for the ultimate dupe to those mentioned above. The Pixi Glowtion has the exact same texture and richness to both higher end luxury creams, with the only exception being a bit of a luminous pearl sheen added. This adds to its 'glow factor' but in no way looks too shimmery. The scent on this one is identical to the Sisley Paris cream, and the pump bottle is actually preferred to the tub method. I reach for this one WAY more often then my expensive creams, simply because it works and I am not worried about using a hefty dose when I know I can repurchase easily.

Do you buy luxury creams? Do you think it's worth the cost?

Let me know in the comments below, xo

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THE ONE PRODUCT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD BE USING

Retinol.

If you haven't added a retinol to your regimen by now, you're missing out on the single best ant-aging ingredient ever. That's a bold statement, but it's true.

Retinol should be your first line of defense, when it comes to anti-aging

. It's a product that has been proven to actually do what it says, and is both available in prescription strengths and over the counter varieties.

So what does it do? Simply put,

Retinols aid the skin in cell turn-over

, keeping it looking new and fresh. They also

thin-out the skin slightly

which makes fine lines and wrinkles appear more shallow. Retinols also

help to keep pores tighter and smaller in size

- which goes along way in making skin appear youthful.

One such product that I have been using and loving these days is the

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

. It is a lightweight daily anti-aging moisturizer, with powerful pore refining properties.

This stuff goes to town on your face, and instantly smooths and shrinks pores. But over time the results are that much better, because that Retinol has a chance to do it's best work on your face long term. The scent is pleasant, and the consistency is really lightweight, non greasy and smooth. It works great under makeup during the day, and can also be used at night during your skincare routine for better results. I like to focus it in the center of my face, where the pores are largest, then blend outward and upward.

Now remember that anything with Retinol in it will be pricey. Effective ingredients always are. But when it comes to your face, using high quality products is an investment that will pay off in the long run. I hope you'll give it a try!

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SUPERSTART YOUR MORNING SKINCARE

One thing that many women overlook in their skin care routine, is products designed for daytime care. We all know the importance of cleansing, toning, and treating at night - but often we skimp when it comes to morning care.

And although evening rituals are still uber important, lately I have been singing the praises of

products that are designed to jump-start the skin in the AM

as well

.

One such product that I have been using and LOVING is

SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster

by Elizabeth Arden. I was totally intrigued by this product

when I saw it in the Best of Beauty issue of Allure magazine recently

, so when they offered to send me a bottle to try - I was super excited!

When the skin’s surface layer is damaged your skin may not be able to retain moisture, it can lose its natural protective defenses and, ultimately, lose the ability to renew itself. This is where SUPERSTART comes into play.

Designed to go on the skin in the morning prior to your moisturizer and/or serum, it will

even out skin tone and texture

- plus it make the other skincare products you put on afterward absorb more evenly and work better.

The scent is wonderful - it’s light and fresh, and beyond that, 

the formula 

gives such a nice glow to the skin.

It is made up of a probiotic complex that optimizes skin’s microflora to strengthen its natural defense.

It contains flaxseed extract and grasswort which both help to keep the skin's surface layer smooth and hydrated.

And while the science is wonderful - what we all really care about are the results! And you’ll love the results on this one… it’s

instant gratification with noticeable results

from the first use. My favorite kind of product to use and recommend!

Learn more about

SUPERSTART in this video:

Have you added a morning booster to your routine yet? Let me know in the comments below, xo

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This post was sponsored by Elizabeth Arden through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, all opinions are my own.

SNEAKY WAYS I USE MY FAVORITE LOTION

Well peeps, I realized that I had not one, but three different varieties of the Cocoa Radiant Vaseline in my medicine cabinet. Obviously I am a believer! I use them in their normal functions to hydrate the skin, but I also use them for other unique ways too.

Now that it's colder, I always amp up my moisturizing routine- the Cocoa formula is always the one I reach for because I LOVE THE SCENT. It's warm and rich, with a hint of yummy. And it has prescriptions strength ingredients, without the prescription. Here's how I use them:

Intensive Care Lotion

: This guy is a staple for my kids' skin. It is always what we use post-bath, because the scent is wonderful- but it is also rich and hydrating on their sensitive skin.

  • SNEAKY TECHNIQUE: I use this lotion as a Barrier Cream when applying my faux tanner as well. I works so great to protect your palms and the bottom of your feet from getting tanner on them, and then leaves them silky afterward.

Spray & Go

: I have talked about my obsession with the Spray & Go Moisturizers on this blog a few times [here & here if you want to see me gush] I use it daily for quick application of moisture on my legs and arms.

  • SNEAKY TECHNIQUE: Use it to hydrate knees, elbows, and feet prior to applying your tanning lotion or mousse. It is light weight so it won't interfere with the saturation of your tan, but it will also help to protect over-saturation and dark spots on these drier thicker areas of skin. [here are my rules for the perfect faux tan]

Petroleum Jelly

: This stuff is crucial in my household during the cold and flu season. When my kids have a runny nose, they always get sore, raw skin on their upper lip from blowing. I apply the Vaseline to the area to calm and protect the skin. The Cocoa scent is ideal because it smells nice when applied right under your nose.

  • SNEAKY TECHNIQUE: I use Vaseline as eye makeup remover, and have for years! A tub lasts forever and it works so good removing stubborn mascara and liner. Plus it leaves the skin around your eye plump and hydrated, just avoid direct contact with the eyes of course.

What ways do you use your Vaseline? Be sure you scoop up some of this goodness next time you are at Target, talk to you soon, xo

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PORES BE GONE WITH THIS SECRET WEAPON

scrubs for large facial pores, dr brandt pore dermabrasion review

Whenever the cool weather season begins to descend upon us, I always make some major skincare changes. Much the same way I do in the Spring- I notice a big shift in the way my skin looks and wears makeup, and I am betting that you do too.?

Our skin cell turnover rapidly decreases in the cooler months

, meaning our hair and nail growth slows, and the sloughing off of dead cells on our faces also comes to a near halt.

The result is a duller complexion that is often plagued with more blackheads and larger looking pores

. Ugh!

I am always on the hunt for new and innovative exfoliants that will help to minimize the appearance of large pores, as well as slough off dull skin to reveal fresh, toned skin that will wear makeup more evenly. Today I wanted to share with you this new favorite of mine that does just that; Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion

.

This scrub is unique because it serves a dual purpose... it is both a chemical and a physical exfoliant

. First you massage tiny micro-scrubbers into the skin that go to work removing buildup and dead skin cells. I love these type of exfoliators because they are tiny round particles that won't tear or aggravate the skin.

Next, the chemical ingredients in the scrub like fruit enzymes and salicylic acid go to work further breaking down the outer layers of skin that are dull and lackluster. You'll let the cream sit for 1-2 minutes while this step of the process happens, then simply rinse all of that gunk down the drain.

You are left with visibly smoother skin after the very first use, and after several weeks of use your face will have a new texture entirely! I absolutely love this scrub, and anyone who struggles with enlarged pores or dull skin will love it too.

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