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Keeping your skin hydrated through the seasons…

It is one of the most common questions and complaints I hear… your skin is getting dry, chapped, flaky, taught and irritated as the weather cools down.

The reason this happens is simple, the humidity drop or becomes non-existent. Your skin has to contend with the cool air and wind outside, and the dry air inside. When you’re outdoors/indoors the dry air is actually drawing the moisture out of your skin, attempting to hydrate the environment around you, but luckily there are plenty of ways you can fight off the parched skin feeling.

  • Drink MORE water – Keep your body hydrated from the inside out.
  • Avoid drying cleansers – Opt for cleansers that say cream, oil, gentle, extra moisturizing, hydrating and 24 hour moisture.
  • Switch to a more gentle exfoliant – It is important to exfoliate regularly for healthy skin cell turnover and appearance, and while instinct may tell you to abandon your exfoliant, that would only make skin appear dull, and dead-dry skin more obvious. As always for exfoliation, ensure you follow up with proper moisturization.
  • If you do not already, use an oil before your moisturizer at night – Apply the oil to your body while you are still in the shower or immediately after, without letting your skin dry. The same goes for your face, apply (a non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) oil) after cleansing to slightly damp skin. Oils help lock in moisture. Follow up with your normal body and face moisturizers.
  • Cool down your shower – I know, I know, who doesn’t love a hot shower in the Fall/Winter, but long showers in hot water are a serious no-no for your skin. The hot water, especially for extended periods of time, breaks down the lipid barrier in your skin – meaning it is damaging the fatty-moisture layer in your skin. Take a shorter warm shower and be sure to follow up with proper moisturization.
  • Continue to apply SPF Moisturizer- Enough said. It does not matter that the sun is hiding behind the overcast or snow clouds.
  • Embrace the scarf (and gloves) – They are fashionable and protect your skin from the cool wind.
  • Consider adding a humidifier – As stated before, the humidity (moisture in the air outside and) indoors has dropped, so investing in a humidifier helps put that moisture back into the air.
  • Switch to a thicker/heavier moisturizer – Try a body butter or cream, as opposed to lotion. If your face can handle a heavier non-comedogenic moisturizer, definitely try one. If it can’t, boost your current face moisturizer with a serum or oil.
  • Use primer day AND night – Yes, as in foundation primer. It works great in cooler months too – not just when you want to avoid your make-up melting off. Using an oil-free foundation primer during the day adds a barrier sealing in the moisture in your skin from the cool air and wind outside. Using the primer at night, after cleansing and apply your facial oil/moisturizer, adds a barrier sealing in the moisture and products, from the dry air indoors.
  • Use a nail treatment – Just as with your skin, your nails also have it rough in the cooler months. Use a nail oil, or vaseline, and a strengthening nail protein polish treatment or base coat.
  • Pamper your feet – After your shower, apply a foot cream and your favorite socks, to keep your feet hydrated and soft.
  • Find your Super Lip Balm – Enough said. Oh – lips need to be exfoliated too! Avoid licking your lips, the enzymes in your saliva that are used to breakdown food will only dry your lips more.
  • Ditch products with alcohol – This should be done year around in my opinion. Opt for alcohol-free toners, treatments and cleansers.
  • Bring out the foundation – No need to stick to the lightweight tinted moisturizer, unless you really want to. As always, allow your moisturizer to sink in for a few minutes and add a primer for more skin protection.
  • Mist throughout the day – Try facial mists like MAC Fix + or Evian Spray Brumisateur Mineral Water. Spray throughout the day, it feels good and gives your skin a mini moisture boost.


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Brands I Love: Yes To

Hello lovelies!

So, I thought, since I haven’t been using many new products… outside of what I receive in my Birchbox & MyGlam subscriptions, therefore not doing so many ‘favorites’ posts lately, I would introduce these types of posts; where I will call out my favorites brands/companies and highlight the products I love from them.

First up: Yes To!

Now, Yes To began with Yes To Carrots and has branched out to includes: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Blueberries, and Yes To Tomatoes. Each line caters to a different skin type and/or skin issue. Yes To Carrots and Yes To Cucumbers also have hair products available.

A little about Yes To for any newbies…

So onto my favorite Yes To products! 

Out of all the lines, I regularly use products from the Yes To Cucumbers and Yes To Blueberries lines.

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Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes

What they say: Gently remove dirt, sweat and makeup (eye makeup too!) without the need to rinse. Whether you’re out and about, going for a run, or having a late night, these towelettes make it a snap to refresh on-the-go. Packed with green superfoods these all-natural, biodegradable towelettes naturally exfoliate, detoxify, and rejuvenate all-in-one. Stay gorgeous, and go from zero to clean in seconds!

What I say: It is all true! I love these! By far they are the most refreshing and best facial towelettes I have used! I use them on the go, after long days, on too humid-hot days, after any exercise, and nightly as my first step in cleansing my face. They are super cheap too and come in travel size! I would definitely recommend picking up a travel pack to try out.

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Soothing Eye Gel

What they say: Your eyes are beautiful, but, yes, sometimes a little sensitive. Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel gently calms, soothes and smoothes your radiant eyes. Naturally reducing puffiness, brightening dark circles, tightening and cooling your skin, it will leave you bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take on the world!

What I say: I love this stuff in the mornings or just when my eyes need a real pick me up! I would not agree to the brightening of dark circles, but I do not use this daily – so perhaps over time it could help in that aspect. It is cooling and soothing – just keep it in a cool place 🙂

TIP: A little goes a long way – seriously – one small pump is more than enough for both eyes. Too much and your make-up, if you wear any, will not layer properly.

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Yes To Blueberries Line Reducing Lip Treatment

What they say: Clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around lips in 7 days, perfect for someone looking for an added dose of moisture and firming. Formulated with Pacaress Flower, which is clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area. Nourishing ingredients like Coconut Oil and Shea Butter will instantly soften and moisturize lips. Smile… pucker up and get ready for some smoochin’!

What I say: I LOVE this lip treatment! I use it every night without exception – and while I do not have any real line issues, this is more of me being proactive – and I have to say I have noticed in the mornings my lips feel soft, smooth and a bit more ‘firm’ – plus the balm is not greasy at all, very lightweight and nourishing.

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Intensive Skin Repair Serum

What they say: The Serum acts as a powerful “vitamin layer” applied directly to clean skin. The Serum can be used under Daily Repairing Moisturizer (during the day) or under Overnight Hydrating Cream (at night). This powerful blend combines organic cotton thistle which is clinically proven to restore and repair age-damaged skin in 7 days, along with anti-oxidant rich blueberries and blackcurrant, which is rich in essential fatty acids to help nourish and soothe skin. Your skin is left feeling oh-so-glowy!

What I say: If I am not using my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate on my face, I am using this and sometimes both (Kiehl’s layered first)! Though, I usually always apply this nightly onto my neck and decolletage. I have been using this since last year and definitely noticed my skin’s brightness and more healthy appearance. Radiance is the key word I would use to describe the effects this product has. FYI – it looks quite disgusting when you pump it into your hand – and you should apply it quickly. Avoid rubbing it into your skin, just glide it over your skin and let it set, it will feel like a layer, locking in everything – something I actually enjoy in a serum/treatment product. I only apply this at night, as it is more beneficial that way, the ingredients are not being broken down by UV rays nor having to compete with SPF products. Also, it does not play well will make-up, in my opinion.

and there you have it… more brands I love coming soon 🙂


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Life on a (Beauty) Budget!

The amount of money women (and some men) spend on beauty products and regimens is staggering – and I would know!

And let’s face it, sometimes you have to ask yourself, where the hell do they get the money to spend on that beauty crap?!? I have been on both sides of this, the spender and the questioner.

So I have been in a transition, financially speaking, which has caused a necessary change my spending habits. The main topics in my blog should be proof enough that beauty and fashion are both weaknesses of mine.

Now while I am the girl that always goes shopping with a coupon or during the biggest sales, I am also a firm advocate of buying a product that I believe in – despite the price tag. And really, what is your face worth to you?  I know that some call me crazy or may simply not agree with this, and that is okay.

I’m also the type of person that stocks up, as in if there is a sale on some of my favorite products, I will purchase multiples and toss them in the drawer. Yes, THE drawer full of products I use religiously, and will not expire before I use them.

I think this habit of stocking up during sales or just when I had the funds to purchase multiples, has worked in my favor, considering my much reduced beauty budget.

This shift in my beauty budget has caused some changes, right down to this blog: less money in the budget means fewer opportunities to try out new products, fewer new products to review, and no real hauls of products or fashion worth talking about.

When you are on a budget, one of the smartest areas to cut down on spending are the luxuries – which, depending on who you are, your beauty regime could be considered one of your luxuries. Now I say “smartest” as apposed to easiest because hey, sometimes it just isn’t that easy to cut down on the things you deserve and that you feel are worth it, or just make you feel good.

Not all products I use would break even the most frugal people, but some would certainly be classified  as luxuries.

So I thought, since I was going through this, many of you may be going through a similar situation and maybe you would like to hear some of my tips and methods for surviving on a beauty budget!

Now some of these things may work for you, while others may not, but have worked for me in the past and now…

Invest in quality products that will last

  • Examples: Prestige cosmetic/skin care lines’ serums and specialty treatments

Find less expensive, yet comparable products to more expensive options

  • Examples: SPF face lotions, shampoos and conditioners, high quality drugstore cosmetics, body lotions and cleansing products, and be sure to also checkout your local beauty supply stores

Skip the salons and spas, do your own nails and hair coloring

  • Personally, I do not have a need/want to dye my hair, but ask a friend you trust with your hair to help

If you are able, have a hair dresser friend you trust trim/style your hair

  • Treat your friend to a homemade dinner or take them out for lunch, especially if they don’t ask for anything in return for cutting your hair

“MAKE” some of your own products

  • Examples: Fragrance body oil, face masks, body wax, and  hair treaments

Opt for shaving, depilatory creams or at home waxing

  • If you don’t have the time to keep up with shaving, opt for reasonably priced depilatory creams that keep hair away a bit longer, or make your own wax – sugar paste is quick, cheap and easy to make!

Take care with your clothing

  • Wash your clothing properly, hand wash if necessary, to ensure your clothes keep their color, shape and quality

Try out upcycling

  • Use old product containers or clothing, revamp/decorate them into something new and creative like a new outfit or storage containers
Stock up – a.k.a. THE drawer
  • When you know that great once-a-year sale is coming up, set aside a little extra money and stock up on your favorite items, even if you haven’t run out yet – that way you’ll always have a stocked drawer of those most-loved products and if you run out and can’t afford to go buy more, your covered.

Make a wishlist!

  • One of my favorite things to do: Make a list of products or items that you don’t need but simply want, luxury items you can’t just buy on a whim anymore, and once a month – or when you are able – get yourself something on that list (set aside a bit of money every week/month towards your wishlist fund)