Keeping that Glow! Get Unready with Me and Aveeno MaxGlow!

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Miceller Water Cleansing Routine

Hope you all are ready for Christmas! I’m sure you will be spending the next few days grabbing last minute gifts, finishing decorating and wrapping everything, and if you are hosting,  prepping for the big party. Crazy stressful right? It’s so hard to juggle everything this time of year, stay balanced, and not lose your mind in the process. Plus the holiday season also demands that you always look glam and put together, which just adds another level of pressure! As much as I enjoy hair, makeup, and fun outfits, sometimes you just NEED a bare face and sweat pants. One way I stay sane and squeeze in self-care is to find an off night, or even an early evening, where I stay home and show my skin some extra TLC. Here are a few steps I take to get unready and pamper myself during the stressful holiday season. 

Skin Care Routine with Miceller Water

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Beauty Products

The first thing to go is whatever sparkly, tight, layered thing I had on, kick off the heels and cozy up in a warm, fluffy bathrobe. Sometimes I’ll treat my hair to an overnight oil treatment for extra moisture, sleeping with it covered by a plastic cap and satin bonnet.

Then it’s time to get all the holiday makeup off! I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Micellar Gel Cleanser. I love micellar cleansers as a first step in my getting unready routine, since they gently remove makeup without stripping the skin. Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Micellar Gel Cleanser is formulated with a moisture-rich soy and kiwi complex and it  helps skin feel hydrated, soft, and enhances your skin’s natural radiance. More than just a cleansing and moisturizing routine The AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Collection is designed to enhance your natural radiance and give you a lit-from-within glow. Each soy enriched product targets tone and texture.

I also love using face masks, and do one at least once or twice a week. When you don’t have time to put one on then sit and wait, sleeping masks are perfect. Who wouldn’t want to put one on before bed and wake up glowing?

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Aveeno’s Maxglow No Mess Sleep Mask is a new one I’ve been testing out. This nighttime face mask helps even skin tone and texture for soft, luminous skin when you wake. Plus the tube includes a paddle applicator so that your hands stay clean for an easy, mess-free application. Then just rinse off in the morning for radiant, glowing skin. Don’t worry about it making a mess when you sleep, the mask will stay on your face and not end up all over your pillows. After I apply it, I like to tuck myself in, turn that phone on silent and spend some time reading or just reflecting on my day.  I think it’s important to unplug and not spend the last moments of your day staring at a phone screen.

 Since this time of year doesn’t allow much time for personal shopping, the most convenient beauty destination to pick up these products is your local CVS. CVS is actually one of the largest beauty retailers in the United States, so it makes staying on top of your beauty needs easier than ever. Make sure you check out the AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Collection  if you want to enhance your natural radiance and give you a lit-from-within glow.  

And since saving money around the holidays is essential, make sure you take advantage of the Buy One Get 50% off Select Aveeno at CVS until 12/30. Wishing you all a happy, glowing holiday! 
Holiday Season Beauty and Skin Care Guide


Seasonal-Skincare Remix - Taking Your Skincare Routine from Summer to Fall!

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Well Labor Day has passed and summer is pretty much over! Even though we've got a few more weeks of warm weather, the summer vibe is over and it's time to start seriously thinking about Fall. I still haven't done much Fall shopping, but have been thinking about transitioning my skin care routine to get ready for the new season. I don't know about you guys, but my high-summer products can be pretty intense - deep cleansers, exfoliators and toners to keep pores clear. 

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But as temps and humidity settle down for Fall, I start going easier on my skin. My skin is on the oily, acne-prone side so I always have to keep that in mind when trying new products. One of my long-term go-to products is the NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Gel cleanser. Did you guys know that NEUTROGENA® is the #1 Dermatologist recommended Acne Brand? This cleanser smells amazing, cleanses thoroughly but doesn't leave my skin feeling harsh or stripped. Since cleansing is the base of any skincare routine, it's important to use one that can clean but keep your skin balanced! With Grapefruit Extract + Vitamin C, it clears breakouts and even the marks they leave behind, basically washing away the sins of your summer! 

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I also tend to go lighter on my foundation in the summer. However come Fall, I go back wearing a little bit more for the grown-up, put together vibe the new season calls for.   Double cleansing becomes an essential for the new season. I start with the NEUTROGENA® Cleansing Wipes, Pink Grapefruit, then go in with the cleanser. The wipes sweep away pore-clogging dirt and oil in one simple step, leaving skin clean with no greasy residue.  

As things cool off in late Fall/early Winter, make sure you are using a moisturizer that is more hydrating, and throw in a weekly sheet masks for good measure! 

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If you want to explore the entire NEUTROGENA® Pink Grapefruit Line, check it out here! There is also an Ibotta offer on NEUTROGENA® Acne products at CVS that will let you earn up to $2.00 cash back while supplies last.And the week of 9/9, You can buy 1 NEUTROGENA® Pink Grapefruit product at CVS and get 1 50% off!

I love shopping at CVS for most of my household needs, and their beauty department is seriously stepping it up! You can find classics like the NEUTROGENA® product line, and an impressive selection of color cosmetics, nail polish and nail art, hair care, and false eyelashes. Make sure you check it out, and let me know what you think of the NEUTROGENA® Pink Grapefruit Line! 

5 Skin Care Essentials I Can't Live Without

Skin Care Beauty Secrets

This summer has been a hot one! We've had several heat waves and the humidity feels like it's at an all time high. I try to make small tweaks to my beauty routine every season, based on the changes in temperature and what's going on in my life at the time. Since my summers tend to be super busy and full of weekend trips, I try to give my skin a little extra TLC! Here are some new products my skin has been loving. 

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Tula Beauty Probiotic Skin Care Line

Tula  is a skincare brand that combines probiotics with other skin friendly superfoods to naturally balance and boost the health of your skin.

The brand focused on using clean, clinically proven, high-quality ingredients to create cruelty free products that help women feel more confident. The brand gifted me some of their best selling products that are now available at Ulta. The Purifying Face Cleanser keeps my skin clean, refreshed, and balanced, their Eye Renewal Serum keeps puffy eyes at bay, and the Hydrating Day and Night Cream is moisturizing but not too heavy for my combination-oily skin. 

FIlorga OPTIM-EYES® Eye contour cream

This baby is an eye-cream power house, keeping wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness away. I recived this product through Octoly and have been loving the results. I especially notice a difference when I've spent long days out and about in the sun. It includes a high-tech blend of Filorga’s NCTF®, a polyrevitalization cocktail of 59 ingredients and Filorga’s own hyaluronic acid.

You can find the product here!
Luxury Spa Treatments at Home

Australian Pink Clay Mask - Urban Defence

I usually do a mask once or twice a week and a new one I've been trying is the Australian Pink Clay Mask - Urban Defence. I also recived this through Octoly, and the pretty pink hue begs to be Instagrammed! The mask is packed with unique ingredients, like  Kakadu plum – a tiny Australian fruit that holds the highest known natural source of vitamin C and helps stimulate collagen, reduce hyperpigmentation, and protect from harsh environmental aggressors. There is also vitamin E for reinforcement at blocking free radicals, age-fighting vitamin A, and old man weed – a traditional indigenous medicinal remedy which fights acne-causing bacteriaI. It leaves my pores looking tighter and skin feeling smooth and refreshed

Get your hands on it here! And if you are into multi-masking, check out the rest of their line!

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils are magic, even for oily skin! One of my go-to oils is by Shu Uemura. Can you believe 1 bottle sold every 7 seconds around the world! I love how it clears away makeup, oil and impurities without stripping/drying the skin.  

I love the Porefinist2 Sakura Fresh Cleansing Oil for my oily/combination skin. I also got this through Octoly and it is formulated with sakura and cinnamon bark extract to regulate oil, and keeps my pores clear and skin refreshed. 

InstaNatural Collagen Age Defense

Since beauty starts from within, vitamins and supplements are a major part of my beaut routine. I take a collagen supplement daily, and this time it's been the InstaNatural Collagen Age Defense. The formula is full of ingredients proven to improve the appearance of skin from the inside out; MicroActive® Resveratrol and BioCell Collagen® reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness while increasing collagen levels in the skin. Careless® Mango and Florabella® support circulation and improve skin tone and elasticity. With consistent use expect to see healthier, smoother more radiant skin over time. 

If you are curious about trying it, check it out here!

Let me know what new products you have in your rotation, or anything you are dying to try! 

The Glow-Up: Keeping Your Skin Glowing with L'Oreal RevitaLift®

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Who else can’t wait for the weekend!? I’ve had an insane couple of weeks and just got back from an amazing weekend in Bermuda, and I’m heading off again for another trip this weekend. My hectic schedule and frequent travel can take a toll on my skin, so I look to products that keep me looking as radiant as possible. Since I have no time for a big spa day, here is how I pamper my skin when it needs some TLC on the fly!

Glycolic Acid Cleanser

The first step is to get all the makeup off so your skin can really breathe and your products can work their magic. I then go in with the L'Oreal RevitaLift® Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. It has gentle micro-pearls and Glycolic Acid which exfoliate dullness and impurities to improve skin tone, texture and clarity, revealing visibly brighter, more radiant skin. Skin is optimally prepared to absorb Bright Reveal treatments and moisturizers, which brings me to the next step!

Revitalift Daily Moisturizer for Bright Skin

I follow that treatment with the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer. It contains broad spectrum SPF 30 with a combination of Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to reveal brighter skin, help correct uneven skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 1 week. It visibly brightens, hydrates, and leaves skin feeling softer and appear smoother.

Daily Facial Peel Pads

I also like to occasionally pop in the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Peel Pads, a dermatologist inspired anti-wrinkle plus brightening treatment. This daily peel pad resurfaces dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal fresh looking skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. I’ve never used them back to back with the scrub just because my skin can be a little sensitive at times, but I like to work those into rotation every so often for a quick refresh.

And there you have it - 3 easy steps to glowing skin!

f you want to learn more about the L'Oreal RevitaLift® line, check it out here! And if you are ready to give it a try, my favorite place to get it is Rite-Aid. They have an amazing beauty section, and their Wellness + Beauty program is the best.

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After all, when it comes to wellness and beauty, everything is connected. When you eat well, you feel well. When you look great, you feel great. Rite Aid is ready cheer you on in your wellness journey, with new themes every month and personalized solutions to help you on your wellness and beauty journey. And since I love savings as much as the next girl does, I never miss their in-store offers. From May 1 - June 2, find up to $12 in coupon in store at Rite Aid.

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments!

Be Your Own #SkinGoals with Avya Skincare!

This post is sponsored by Avya Skincare, all opinions are my own

This post is sponsored by Avya Skincare, all opinions are my own

Your beauty routine should always start with skincare. Everyone’s skin has unique challenges, and for women like me who have an abundance of melanin, we have to consider several other factors when choosing a skin care product.  Avya Skincare is an amazing new luxury skincare line designed specifically to address issues that commonly affect women of color - pigmentation and skin discoloration.

I was sent samples of the Day Moisturizer and Night Moisturizer to review and am so impressed with the quality of the products. Both are created with the brand’s exclusive blend of peony, turmeric, and neem extracts, smell amazing and have a rich, luxurious texture.
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The Day Moisturizer is enriched with snow mushroom, niacinamide, and other rare botanicals, to protect and defend your skin from everyday environmental stressors. That is super important if you live in an urban area like this NYC girl!

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The Night Moisturizer features Vitamin A and provides overnight hydration and renews skin without irritation so you can wake up flawless! If you are sensitive to retinoids/Vitamin A based products, or have never used them before, you may notice some dryness or flaking at first. Just try using the product every other day instead of daily until your skin gets used to it, and avoid using exfoliants or anything with acids for a while.

At $105 and $110 respectively they are a pretty penny, but think of it as an investment in healthy skin and aging gracefully. Check out the full line at avyaskincare.com and let me know how you like it!

Skin Care Product Reviews

That High Maintenance Life: Adventures in Chemical Peels

Post peel makeup!

Post peel makeup!

I’ve been reworking my skincare routine to find the balance between managing breakouts and preventing the early signs of aging. It’s been tricky finding ways to keep my oily skin under control and keep the wrinkles at bay, especially since most anti-aging treatments involve heavy moisturizing.

Last night on my Snapchat and Insta story,  I took you behind the scenes of my first chemical peel with Dr Charles from Derma di Colore. In preparation for the peel, I streamlined my skin care routine for 2 weeks prior, eliminating my retinoids and oil-control formulas in favor of gentle hydrating products.

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I relied on one of my new favorites, the Hydroxatone Hydrologic Active Infusion Moisture Mask. This new product was sent to me by their team to review, and it’s an amazing cleansing mask that deep cleans while delivering long lasting hydration. You start out like a normal face wash, applying it and massaging into the skin, then leave it on for 3 minutes before rinsing. I also used their Deep Moisture Sheet Mask instead of my usual charcoal one. I usually kept this one for long flights to save my skin from drying cabin air, and it was a great way to help my skin build moisture before the chemical peel.  

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These products had my skin feeling plump, refreshed and radiant and I was ready for the peel to do it’s work! I was low-key terrified I would come out looking like a lobster. Who could forget the Sex and the City episode when Samantha walked out of the office after a peel, red-faced, burnt and terrifying small children! But as you saw on Instagram, I left looking like my normal self. No dramatic results, but he does recommend repeating the treatment monthly to see its impact. In the meantime I’ll be keeping up with my gentle, moisture balancing routing with my Hydroxatone product line and layering on the sunscreen!

 

My Updated Anti-Aging Beauty Routine

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Not telling how old I am because #noneofyourbusiness, but its definitely the time in my life where I’m starting to appreciate anti-aging skin care. Obviously the earlier you start an anti-aging regimen the better, but my skin still is on the oily, acne prone side and a lot of anti-aging ingredients revolve around moisture. It’s been a challenge to find products that are a good fit and address both my skin care concerns.

I was so excited to be able to partner with Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare! Just take a look at how amazing she looks and tell me you wouldn’t be convinced to do pretty much anything she said to age like that! Here are the products I’ve been testing the past 2 weeks and my initial thoughts.

Thermal Detox Warming Cleansing Mask

I always do a mask once a week, and this one is a really nice cleansing one that feels much more gentle than some of my go-to formulas. The treatment is heat-enhanced so warms when in contact with water to purify skin and enhance radiance. You are supposed to apply it to dry skin, but mine was slightly damp, so I got the warming benefits up front and again when I started rinsing it off. It leaves my skin feeling nice and refreshed, and definitely more balanced after a few uses.

Refocus Eye Undereye Treatment

This serum basically does everything you’d want an eye treatment to do – reduce fine lines & wrinkles, firm and smooth the skin, and brighten up the area. The serum is loaded with a Bio-Copper Complex, which is designed to naturally build collagen and elastin. I definitely noticed my under-eye area was brighter after the first week or use, and no puffiness either.  I hope with continued use it will keep the crows feet at bay!

Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash

This cleanser is lightweight, and barely suds, but it’s been a great 2nd step in my cleansing process. I still start with coconut oil to remove most of my makeup, just because wipes usually irritate my skin and cleanser alone doesn’t cut it! It leaves my skin feeling really clean and refresh, but without that tight, stripped feeling I get after using most clarifying formulas. This is definitely a new favorite. 

Make sure you check out all the products in Christie Brinkley's skincare line, and let me know your faves! 

My Head to Toe Skin Care Secrets

Even though  I look younger than my age, I'm still aware of the fact that I may not always be so fortunate. My skin has had it's ups and downs, being plagued by acne since college. Thanks to a vigilant skin care routine, a wonderful dermatologist, and probably some sheer dumb luck, my skin is more or less decent. Except for that time of the month when all hell (and pimples) break loose. 

Here are some of my holy grail techniques for keeping the skin on my face and body in top condition! High maintenance, maybe. But hey, no woman has ever regretted taking care of herself! 

Double Cleansing

Yes, I wear a good amount of makeup on a daily, and my cleanser literally just doesn't cut it. I start by gently massaging a light oil, like coconut or sweet almond oil into my skin, then gently wiping it off wit a steaming hot face cloth. This gets all the makeup off, opens my pores, and gets my skin ready for cleansing. My go to formulas are the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser or the Boscia Detoxifying Cleanser

Toning

My night I use Neutrogena Fight and Fade toner and by day  SKII Facial Essence. There is a difference between an essence and a toner, as several beauty specialists have tried to explain to me. However I still don't get it! I just know you apply both the same way, and at the same point in your skincare routine (after washing, before serum). 

Treatment

I recently started using the L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal system that I got complimentary for testing via BzzAgent. I love the eye cream, and the day moisturizer, but the night cream is a bit too heavy for my oily skin. However it makes for an awesome hand treatment! I always rub a serum and bit of anti-aging cream onto my hands before bed. That skin is delicate and is exposed on a daily basis, which is why your hands are the first place to start showing signs of aging. Give them the TLC they deserve.  

Exfoliating

I exfoliate weekly, starting with a good brush down with a body brush on dry skin before hopping in the shower. Then I scrub up with a body scrub, lately Ole Henrikson or something from The Body Shop. After buffing I apply a few drops of my hair oil, which containts jojoba, almond, olive, castor oil and rose and vanilla essential oils for fragrance. 

Foot Treatments

 

Keep those puppies soft by giving them a daily once over with a pumice stone. When callouses get stubborn, I use a gel and foot file to slough them off, and do a Baby Foot peel about twice a year. A quick Google image search will confirm that this is the grossest beauty treatment ever - but the feeling of having brand new feet keeps me doing it!  

What are your go to skin care products? Any tips to stay flawless from head to toe?