Skin Care Routine: 2016

When it comes to skin care, I pretty much obsess over it. There is nothing better than coming home after a long day, removing all your makeup, and feeling fresh. While you have slayed the day in your perfectly pink blush and sexy cat eye, your skin has been counting down the minutes until it can breathe again.


Disclaimer: This post is not an AD, and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned below. I just really love these products.


There is nothing better than a good cleansing oil. (Don’t confuse this with a face oil! They are totally different.) A cleansing oil works with the oils already in your skin to lift and remove the bad oils, like makeup. And why is this so amazing? Well, this product not only removes the layers of makeup you have on by melting it away, it also cleanses your skin at the same time. Personally, I am pretty in love with the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil. It is super lightweight, leaves your skin feeling clean and not greasy/oily, and smells amazing. Not to mention super affordable!


Another great way to cleanse your skin is using a micellar water. Micellar water breaks down all the oils and removes all the impurities on your skin, leaving your skin clean and hydrated. One of my favorite micellar water products is Simple’s Micellar Water. It is extremely affordable and does a great job removing pesky mascara raccoon eyes.


Once you’re done removing all your makeup, it’s best to cleanse your skin with an actual cleanser, so there is no left over residue. I love moisturizing, creamy cleansers and recently I have been loving the Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap. It’s a cleanser that reduces redness in the skin to leave a more even toned complexion. This is also a great morning cleanser since it is super soft and gentle. Another great cleanser that de-clogs pores is Boscia’s Detoxifying Black Cleanser. It heats up when you start circulating and massaging it into your skin for a nice deep clean. It works really well if you are using some sort of facial brush like a Clarasonic or Foreo.


Next, time to tone! I love Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. It helps remove any pore-clogging impurities, and the cucumber helps refresh your face, especially if you use it after a warm shower. In the morning, I also like to use a toner. I use Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray. It has aloe, herb and rose water. It is perfect when you are first waking up and you need a light mist to refresh your face and skin.


Once the toner is dry, I go in with my moisturizing routine. I would say that this is the most important part of my entire routine. At night I like to apply a face oil (not the cleanser!) right after the toner. My obsession with this brand is unreal, but I love the Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil. It is so lightweight, yet so hydrating on the skin; I am obsessed. It leaves your skin looking flawless in the morning, and you wake up not feeling overly oily or dry. There is such a perfect balance with this product. I could go on forever about oils, and how great they are, but I will stop here (for now!)


After the oil, I like to put on a night cream and eye cream (see, I am obsessed with moisturizing). The First Aide Beauty Ultra Repair Cream works wonders. Since it is a night cream, it is thicker, but on the skin it feels lightweight and you don’t feel like you are being weighed down by a thousand pound moisturizer. For eye creams, when my dark under eyes circles decide to come out and play, I like using First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy. This eye cream brightens, de-puffs and soothes the very sensitive under eye area. It has a metal applicator and it feels very soothing when you are applying to your under eye.


In the morning, a great moisturizer is the Mario Badescu Moisture Magnet. It has SPF and it is super rich. I will warn you, it can be pretty oily if over used; a little goes a long way! A more lightweight eye cream I like to use in the morning, if necessary, is the Balance Me Wonder Eye. It is very light, but very moisturizing.


Another product I like, but is not an eye cream, is Simple’s Revitalizing Eye Roll-on. I have been obsessed with this product for a long time, and I have gotten others hooked on it. It has a roller ball which cools the under eye while waking those tired eyes. The cucumber in the formula helps hydrate and tighten the area. It is seriously my secret weapon and a miracle product.


I can go on and on about skin care. It is such a huge part of my daily routine and I want it to be apart of yours. If you have any favorites, and them in the comments below!

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How to be a Morning #GIRLBOSS

I have vigorously pushed myself to become a morning person my entire adult life. Of course it is not easy, but more and more people ask me how I am able to wake up early, and get my mini morning to do list done. Some days are harder than others, but it is all about sticking to a routine that works for you.


A morning routine should cater to you and what you need to accomplish in the morning to get yourself feeling good and ready to tackle the day. Here are my tips and tricks on how I tackle each day like a #GIRLBOSS.


The Night Before

The night before is a huge section of time that is key in changing a habit and/or lifestyle, especially one that requires an early morning wakeup call. Having a good dinner, drinking a lot of water, going on a walk, doing yoga, stretching, etc., all of these little things really add up, and in the morning your body will thank you.


Don’t just get a good night sleep… get a great night sleep. The number one killer for that is the obsession to the tech world. It’s simple, put your phone away and don’t sleep near it. Also, most experts say that the bright blue light blocks your ability to fall asleep. This blue light is not just your phone. Unplug from everything: laptop, television, iPad, ebooks. Turn them all off and decompress from the day. Talk with your significant other or family, play with your pet, read a book – these are just a few things that you can do to wind down.


For me personally, I have my do not disturb setting preset. I have it set from nine pm through five am, and it has been such a huge factor of being able to get the sleep I deserve. It’s also super helpful when you are trying to get stuff done and don’t need those pesky notification popping up or ringing. Apple has also added a new feature called Night Shift. This feature is in the front home screen option as well as the Display & Brightness settings page. This feature changes the display on your iPhone to a warm tone, not the harsh blue tones that you see during the day. This will help if you end up using your phone or check it every now and then during the night. You can set up a schedule for this feature (similar to the Do Not Disturb) so it comes on during the set hours.


Setting an alarm is great (we all do it!), but don’t set five alarms, ten minutes apart. You consciously know that you have a little time to spare, and you end up snoozing rather than getting up. I suggest the Sleep Cycle app. It costs a little money, but it has changed my morning game. As you sleep, Sleep Cycle tracks your sleeping patterns and will wake you up when you are not in a deep sleep. It also silences all other notifications that may go off during the night. I highly recommend it. Check it out in the app store. (Not an AD, just my honest opinion if you need a little help in the A.M.!)


Mentally preparing an outfit, or physically putting one together, is a great thing to do the night before. It helps you not scramble in the morning, trying to get ready while you are half zombie/half human. There are times when my alarm goes off for a little too long, and whoops, I have ten minutes to get ready, get a breakfast in me, and get to work. By setting these things out the night before, it will help with that early morning rush.


Nightly/weekly to do lists are exciting and fun, but they are also super helpful to get the little pop-up windows out of your head. Write down any tasks/notes that you need to get done before going to bed. Going to bed worrying about all the pending tasks for the next day is exhausting! Let yourself sleep peacefully knowing that you wrote down all the little things.



The Morning Of

Contrary to belief, stretching right when you wake up is not good for your body. Your body is stiff from being immobile for hours. Instead, wake up, smile at yourself, drink some water (!!!!!) and start getting your body moving. After you are up and actually living again, stretching is a great way to get the blood flowing.


You may have noticed those exclamation points for that little water tip. Good! Drinking water in the morning jumpstarts your system. It’s so good for you. I normally drink a glass when I wake up to get my brain going and blood flowing. Rehydrating yourself in the morning is so crucial to starting your day off right.


Rather than checking social medias or emails in the morning, I like to use this app called Elevate. This helps your brain wake up and gets you in the right mind set for the day. The app pre selects three brain games for you. It keeps track of your progress and has achievement stats. It’s a great way to start your morning when you see “Congratulations you achieved three perfect scores;” it’s like a little pat on the back. And who doesn’t want one of those!


In the morning, I like to rinse off as well. Don’t use a steamy hot setting for your shower. Use a medium to cooler temp. This helps to stimulate your body and wake yourself up.


Another great way to get your body up is to meditate, reflect, write in a journal or gratitude log, etc. Something where you are being mindful of yourself is really helpful to starting your day with a clean slate. We all need that! If you are having an exceptionally rough day/week/month, try doing the above at night as well to decompress and get it out of your system before going to bed.


Lastly, we are all human. No one is waking up like Sleeping Beauty. It takes time to get your body on a personal timer and schedule. Start it slow, and sooner than later you too will be dressed to impress and taking names at 6am.

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