Dealing with Dry Skin

As much as I love December and the chilly months, I definitely do not love the changes that it causes in my skin- as I’m sure we can all agree.

Even though it doesn’t get too cold here in California, we get a lot of dryness and wind (especially right now).

I try to take care of my skin as best I can, but skincare is something I’m setting a goal to work on and become more knowledgeable about in the coming year. Everyone always says they wish they had taken care of their skin in their 20s, so this is the time!

When the cooler weather starts to hit and I can feel parts of my face and lips start to dry, I try to incorporate a moisture-packed mask into my routine at least once a week.

I’ll start by exfoliating my face to buff out all the dead skin and help prep my healthier skin to soak in all the moisture and good oils! This is a definite must – I tend to dry out the most around my nose and smile lines, so I focus a lot on those areas.

Then I’ll steam my face. I’ve seen some great facial steamers (like this one) that I might look into purchasing in the future, but for now, I’m in the DIY stage. You can fill up your sink or a large bowl with hot water and drape a towel around your neck and bowl. Hold your face above the water and soak in allll the good steam. So good for your pores!

Finally, I apply a mask! Right now, I’m using the Yes to Coconuts Moisturizing Mud Mask. I snagged this from Target and I’m in love with it! The smell is amazing and it’s packed with coconut oil and kaolin clay to re-hydrate your face. It’s also paraben and silicone free!

Afterwards, I want to make sure all that good moisture is locked into my face whether I’m going to bed or getting ready for the day.  I spray my face with my favorite rosewater mist (you NEED this!) and then finish off with a hydrating face cream. (Can you tell how well-loved my Ponds cream is?)

What are your favorite skincare products/tips? Share away!


Fall Beauty Faves

Fall is one of the best times of the year, and one of the reasons I love it so much is the trends! All the dark, glam shades are the best.
It’s also a signal of changing things up beauty-wise. I tend to be more experimental with my colors and go for more drama and reach for different products. Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorites lately!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

  Primer is beyond essential, no matter what time of the year. It helps smooth out skin and creates a great canvas for makeup. Texture-wise, it’s a very non-oily formula and feels more lightweight than the other heavier primers in my makeup box, but still does its job while feeling hydrating. It’s also paraben-free!

Covergirl Outlast Foundation

This is my current fave foundation! I’ve tried a handful of different brands and formulas- especially since my summer color is fading-  and this one is by far my favorite. I think that just in general Covergirl is one of the best drugstore foundations- I’ve never come across one I didn’t love. The color matches my skin really well (my shade is Soft Honey) and it stays on for hours. It’s a 3 in one combo-  the foundation with added concealer, primer and SPF! It doesn’t feel cakey and is very blendable with medium coverage.

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Nail Faves: Fall Edition

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of my biggest pet peeves is having chipped nails. It drives me crazy- it looks messy and makes me feel like I’m not put together. (You can find more of my fave polishes in this post). 

Fall Nail
Because of this, I’m constantly painting and touching up my manicure. I love to switch up the colors depending on my mood or the season. I’m starting to trade in of my pinky-nudes and summer whites in favor of more moody burgundy and other dark fall colors. 

The color I have on currently is unfortunately part of a discontinued collaboration between Sephora and OPI. I’ve had it for a few years and I didn’t realize it was no longer available until this post. This is a similar OPI color. I love a good grey color for the beginning of fall- it’s a great transitional shade from bright neutrals to darker ones and is a very stylish color.

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Current Skincare Faves

I don’t know about you guys, but this end of summer/pre-fall time of the year always wreaks havoc on my skin. I have combination skin, so it’s all over the place. I’ve been adding  a few new products to my routine over the summer and these are my current faves!

Facial Razors
  Ok, so first things first. Lately, I’ve been taking these razors and shaving my face. Forehead, sides of the face, cheeks- pretty much everywhere with hair other than my brows. At first when I heard about this from one of my fave blogger babes Lauryn Evarts, I thought it was beyond bizarre. However, after reading her post and having done this consistently for the last 2 months or so, all apprehension is gone. These dollar store gems make hair removal quick and easy and leave your face feeling seriously so soft! And bonus- having that smooth canvas makes your makeup sit much better and look 1000x more #flawless.

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Essie Gel Couture Polish

One of my biggest pet peeves in life is a chipped manicure. It drives me crazy when my nails aren’t perfectly done, and I can’t remember ever going more than a day sans polish since high school.

I went through a major phase of having acrylic nails 24/7 because my own natural nails are short and not quite durable. But, as acrylics are prone to do, they damaged what little nail I had.

I looked into other options that were less costly and less damaging than the acrylics. I bought an at-home UV lamp and gel polish colors and strengthener to help hem. It worked, but I noticed that while the manicure didn’t chip, it would be overly hardened by the light and would sometimes pop off altogether.

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