My Current Skincare Routine & Product Favorites

I’m always curious to know what other ladies swear by when it comes to skincare so I wanted to share my current must-haves with you!¬† Last year I did a post about essential skincare steps and products, which you can … Continue reading

My Hawaiian Vacation Beauty Essentials

We are off to Oahu today for a much needed vacation! I won’t be updating my blog much over the next two weeks but promise to return to it as soon as we get settled back in! I loved when … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday! I’m looking forward to a long holiday weekend filled with reading, relaxing, friends and getting ready for our upcoming Hawaii family vacation! We leave early next week for Oahu with Jon’s family and we are so looking forward to a tropical getaway! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. If you’re attending any BBQs I would highly suggest bringing my tequila soaked watermelon wedges with you. They are easy and will instantly make you the life of the party. ūüôā Here are the highlights of my week in pictures!

{The Marriott resort in Oahu that we will be staying at next week!}

20120830-112253.jpg{Philosophy Amazing Grace perfume was my go-to scent this week. After my August Beauty listed that in her top 5 beauty essentials I pulled it out of my medicine cabinet and now I remember how wonderful it is. LOVE this scent.}

20120830-112301.jpg{Pinot Noir and Call of Duty on Xbox Live with Jon was a great way to spend an evening. Yes, I play video games. I’m actually pretty good!}

20120830-112309.jpg{Crab legs were definitely my favorite meal this week! We had a date night at Pelicans, one of our favorite spots, and I ordered my usual crab legs with steamed vegetables instead of rice. Little modifications like that make it possible to eat healthy at restaurants. I also use mostly fresh lemon juice on the crab instead of drenching it in butter. It still tastes heavenly, I swear.}

20120830-112316.jpg{MAC Snob was my lipstick of choice this week. This is probably my favorite shade of all time next to Creme Cup. I need a new tube, clearly.}

20120830-112325.jpg{My blogging friend Kayla from Peace Love and Glitter tagged me on Instagram to share my top 3 skincare essentials. These are CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream and Argan Oil}

20120830-112332.jpg{I read an interview¬†with Essie Weingarten, creator of Essie polish, on Into the Gloss, and she mentioned that applying one coat of Essie Marshmallow with one coat of Ballet Slippers¬†gives a beautiful color. I tried this but it was a bit streaky so I added a final coat of Marshmallow to get the opaque look. Love it. This is actually what the Vogue girls are said to wear from The Devil Wears Prada. I posted recently that Ballet Slippers with Mademoiselle is the Vogue color but that is actually Essie’s favorite combination. I’ve corrected this information on the previous post…clearly this is very serious so I need to get it right. LOL }

20120830-112341.jpg{I’ve been putting a few drops of Aveda’s Lavender Fleurs¬†essential oil on our pillows at night. It really helps with sleeping and relaxation. It feels like a treat to have lavender scented pillows.}

20120830-130608.jpg{I read recently that applying a thin coat of top coat each day after a manicure will help keep chips at bay and prolong the life of your manicure. I just bought Essie 3-Way Glaze and tried this trick with this week’s polish application and it really works! My nails always chip within 1 day of painting my own nails, even with the best base and top coats, so I was really surprised that this finally worked for me! I just keep the top coat in my purse…it takes about 15 seconds to do each day and it dries quickly!}

What made your week great?

My Skincare Routine

We all know that proper skincare is crucial for preventing wrinkles and looking healthy. It also ensures that makeup applies easily and blends well. When skin is dry or broken out, foundations, concealers, blush, etc. aren’t able to blend evenly and can end up looking blotchy or cakey. Keeping my ultra-dry skin hydrated and healthy is top priority for me.¬† Here are the most important things I do every day to keep my skin in great shape:

1. I always wash my face before bed

We’ve heard this over and over but it’s so important to wash away all the makeup and dirt from your day. I’m currently using Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Cream Cleanser. It smells like oranges and gently melts away all my makeup without drying my skin out. I wash my face before bed and I don’t wash it again in the morning. With my skin being so dry, I don’t want to strip it of any moisture when it’s already clean. On the rare occasions I’m too exhausted or lazy for washing my face at night I use these while I’m in bed.

2. Exfoliate!

Cleansing is so important but most cleansers don’t get rid of dead skin. Dead skin can leave your complexion dull and dried out. I prefer a gentle exfoliator for daily use and I use something more intense on a weekly basis.¬† After I cleanse every night I lightly exfoliate with Lush Angels on Bare Skin. It’s a natural, gentle lavender scrub/cleanser. It’s full of kaolin clay for deep cleansing and ground almonds for gentle exfoliation. The rose and lavender sooth and balance skin. It has a very natural, herbally smell that I was put off by at first. I’ve been using it for 6 months and I really enjoy the smell now.

3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize, Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen!!!!

Living in a desert climate with my dry skin, I worry about premature wrinkling. Keeping skin moisturized and protected from the sun is extremely important. During the day I’m currently using Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15. I put this on as soon as I wake up in the morning and let it soak in before I apply makeup. I also put this lotion on my neck, because the sun hits there too!

At night I use Vinies Dry Skin Dew Drops. This serum is a delightful blend of essential oils and it has a beautiful floral fragrance. It leaves my skin glowing. I apply 100% Pure Super Fruits Night Balm on top of the Dew Drops. I told you my skin’s dry! This balm is all natural and it’s full of powerful anti-aging fruits.

I use eye cream in the morning and at night. I’m currently loving 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. It’s full of caffeine and green tea, which reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. The Dr. Oz Show recently featured this eye cream as a “top anti-aging innovation”! I put this on as soon as I wake up and by the time I get dressed and do my makeup my previously swollen eyes are completely depuffed.

4. Drink a LOT of water

Water has a TON of health benefits, and it also hydrates your skin and helps keep it clear.¬† I hate having to count how many glasses I’ve had a day so¬†I take this everywhere I go and try to drink at least one of these a day. It’s 2.2 liters. One of my best¬†friends owns a¬†spa and she says she can instantly tell when a patient is dehydrated due to the way the skin feels during a facial.

5.  Monthly Facials

Daily cleansing and moisturizing is fantastic but skin can also¬†benefit from a little extra TLC every once in a while.¬† I get monthly facials at my friend’s spa, Broadway Skin & Body Retreat.¬† I look forward to this pampering session every month and I always leave with skin that’s positively glowing.¬† Facials are certainly an added expense but I feel like investing in my skin is a wise choice.¬† I get my Image Skincare, Vinies and 100% Pure products from this spa as well.