My Top Skincare Tips + Recent Product Favs!

1. Drink Water! I know, I know, you’ve heard it before but I am saying it again. Not only is water crucial to keep your body functioning, you can also see it in your skin when you haven’t been drinking enough. Not tea, not juice, not sports drinks, just good old water. This may sound completely superficial but get a water container that you think is cute + functional + you’ll probably be more likely to carry it with you + refill throughout the day. I find that I like larger containers + I like straws. I’ll do me, you do you, just remember to sip all day!

2. Use a New Cloth Every Night When Removing Your Makeup + Cleansing; ALWAYS Remove Makeup Before Bed. You DO NOT want to use a dirty cloth that has germs, bacteria, sweat + makeup on it to clean your face…what sense does that make?! I bought a pack of simple, white face cloths from Target for around $5 and they last me throughout the week. A great, easy + inexpensive tip. I crammed two tips into one line here, the second of which being, always always ALWAYS remove makeup before bed! You don’t want to sleep with stuff clogging up your pores + possibly creating spots, cysts, and other gross things. If you just can’t commit to the full on evening routine, at least give your face a swipe with a makeup remover wipe. Not the most effective method but it’s better than nothing!

3. Wash Your Makeup Brushes. Admittedly, I preach this constantly with the people in my life on a regular basis. I’ve even been known to go back to a friend’s apartment after a long night of imbibing + washing all her brushes. It’s something I am insanely passionate about + make sure to do every Sunday evening. It’s a ritual that I genuinely enjoy…not only the process of washing them + laying them out to dry but also knowing that I am getting rid of all the gunk that has been building up + I’ve been swirling on my face. I have a video here if you’d like a tutorial on it!

4. Drink Less Alcohol + Stay Away From Greasy Foods. This one is the killer for me. I love drinking + I love Wendy’s after a night of drinking. It’s not good for my body or my skin so I try to limit these activities. This may make me sound like a total lush but I like to drink wine with dinner + enjoy a beer after a long day, which usually adds up to many weeknights of consuming alcohol. It’s easy to slip into the habit (especially after the winter we had this year in New England) but it’s just as easy to pass it up + go for lemon water + save it for Friday night.

5. Moisturize. This is another tip that I am constantly sharing with people. It’s crucial to use an SPF every single day no matter how many clouds are in the sky – those rays still come through! Protecting your skin from sun damage is a total no brainer. After cleansing it is also important to put moisture back into your skin. This goes for all skin types. You have oily skin? You still need to moisturize. Your skin will produce extra oils to make up for what it loses during cleansing + I know that no one wants that!

Want to listen to me go on and on about these tips + learn about some products I’ve been loving? You’re in luck:

Current Skin Care Favs:

Get Ready With Me // Neutral with a Pop of Teal

I sat down over the weekend with a very vague idea in mind, knowing only that I wanted to use a couple new gorgeous Makeup Geek eye shadows that I hadn’t used yet. I came up with this very wearable, mostly neutral look that features a pop of shimmery, teal/turquoise goodness on the lower lash line. You could leave the bottom lash line out of the equation for an easy every day look but I really loved the way the shades Mermaid + Shark Bait worked together to create a really unusual, beautiful pop of color.

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PRODUCTS:

  • Too Faced HangoveRx Hydrating Primer
  • Revlon PhotoReady Foundation – 003 Shell
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
  • Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Gel
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadows – Purely Naked, Shark Bait, Mermaid
  • L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner – Turquoise
  • L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner – Blackest Black
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – Light
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Opal
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – Juicy Papaya
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray + Set

MUSIC

All Songs by Young the Giant

“I Got”, “Strings”, “My Body”, all from the album titled, “Young the Giant”

March Babies

You know what time it is, let’s do this!

In addition to my beauty favorites, I have to mention this insanely awesome Scully & Mulder print T gave me for my birthday. C’MON HOW GREAT IS THIS?!

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  • Olay Soak Up The Sun Protection Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen Broad SPectrum SPF 15
  • 3-in-1 LeeAnni Eco Revolution Light Toner, Serum + Moisturizer in One
  • Burt’s Bee’s Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion
  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask
  • Pur~Lisse Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover
  • Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub
  • Too Faced HanoveRx Replenishing Face Primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Dark Brown
  • Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso
  • Jimmy Choo Perfume
  • Cat Ears Headband

Upside Down Blue Smokey Eye

Well that’s a mouthful! This look focuses on a bright blue eyeliner on the lower lashline + features soft definition and cat eye on the upper lid. It’s an unusual but interesting way to wear color on your eyes + a method I like to employ often. You don’t have to have the same products as I do – I am showing you a technique that can be achieved with any colors + products you have! Have fun, be bold. Enjoy!

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Products:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation – 130 Shell
  • MAC Prolongwear Concealer – NW20
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow – Medium/Deep
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Maybelline “The Nudes” Pallete
  • Eyeko Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Liner
  • NYX Doll Eye Mascara
  • L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner – Blue
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadow – Nautica
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – Light
  • Revlon Blush – Melon Drama
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightscapade
  • Gerard Cosmetics lipstick -1995