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10 Must-Try Beauty / Body Products!

27 Sep

Hey Blog World!

Today I wanted to share with you a list of my  top 10 favorite beauty/body products that I use on a regular basis =) In no particular order… LET’S DO THIS!

  1. My favorite pinky/nude nail color that is perfect for keeping it profesh at work or any occasion… Bubble Bath by OPI

2. The best foundation I have used to date, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation

Why you may ask? Since moving to Colorado Springs, my skin is not only dry, but much more closer to the sun at 6,000 feet of altitude. This foundation has SPF 50+ (suhweeet), super moisturizing, looks good the entire work day (ain’t nobody got time to reapply am I right), and only takes one pump (at least that is what I prefer because a little goes a long way). The website notes 1 PUMP = moderate coverage, 2 pumps = full coverage & 3 pumps = ultimate coverage… (I also use their Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer & bronzer when I’m feeling fancy, but not everyday =)
Bye Bye Foundation

3. I loved this lotion before moving to Colorado, but  even more so now that my skin is exposed to a much dryer climate!! The best lotion, Gold BOND Ultimate Healing (yep, you read that right, GOLD BOND BABY) =)

4. Now I have said this before and I will say it again, the best (and one of the cheapest mascaras I have ever used) is l’oreal telescopic (I have a whole other blog post dedicated to the proper way to apply for best results 😉 Shout out to my freshman roommate in college, Caiter, for always volunteering to beautify me before heading out and being the first to give this a go!!

5. My favorite hair straightener, The Corioliss! This hot item is super quick for a straight do and it also makes a quick &  pretty curl because of  it’s rounded-edge barrel. Shelly, my roommate from back in the college days, introduced me to  the wonders of how a hair straightener can produce some major long lasting curls ( THANKS GIRL!!)… I’m talking all day>> the pic of me below is a recent example of my curls still in action by 5:30pm!! Oh, did I mention I still have the same one from my sophomore days of college =)

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6. My favorite face wash, Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub! I have used all sorts of fancy stuff from pro active, to mary kay, ect., but at the end of the day I always come back to what is simple and does the trick for me.

Want to know a little secret?!? If you need something stronger like proactive but can’t afford it, try this little combo >>> A face wash that contains salicylic acid (keralytic effect) + a product that contains 2% benzol peroxide. Mix together in equal portions and Voila, you have an inexpensive, comparable face wash to that of Proactive

Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub, Oil-Free- 5 oz

7. Now this item I feel like never gets enough attention, but I personally love a good smile (which pretty much means good teeth) and ya gotta keep your pearly whites in check with a solid tooth brush! I have been cavity free my ENTIRE LIFE and I have been using a Phillips Sonicare tooth brush since my teens, I’m thinking highschool.

8.  I hate to admit this one, but I do think it does make a difference on what type of hair conditioner you use (potentially shampoo too, but I have only started paying premium for my conditioner). I recently pinvestigated this situation in May 2015 when I still had really long hair that was constantly getting knotted at the ends.  I finally had a “come to jesus moment” with my hair stylist at the time & she told me to quit being cheap and buy the good stuff…Well, she was right. I immediately noticed a difference with the first wash, but my nappy ends got better and better with each use. The fix, Keratin Complex Conditioner.. (annoying, I know…and now that I can’t just throw my hair up in a bun anymore since I chopped it off, I just have to suck it up)

Keratin Care Conditioner

9. As a nurse, good hand hygiene is a must,  but it really should be a priority for everybody. I wash my hands multiple times a day and would like to attribute the fact that I have NEVER had to take a sick day in my entire professional career due to my good hand hygiene skillios. With that being said, my favorite hand soap is Mrs. Meyer’s in Basil scent. I dig this soap because it contains aloe vera gel, olive oil and some smelly good essential oils that get the job done, moisturize and is quite refreshing!

Basil Hand Soap

10. Last but not least (however most recently discovered), Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in with spf 15 (I’m currently loving this in Fig). I like how this lip balm has SPF 15 ( are you starting to notice how I am really into preventing sun damage skin =), is moisturizing, and adds a fun but subtle color to the lip

BURT'S BEES Lip Shimmer Fig 1 unit

Now it”s your turn!! Please share/ leave a comment of what beauty/product you could not live without in 2015!! I’m always about trying out new things!!!

Happy Sunday,

Kelley B =)

3-D Younique Mascara vs. Generic Mascara vs. Lash Extensions –What works best?

4 Aug

Hey Friends,

I don’t know about y’all but I have a had  one favorite mascara FOREVER, L’Oreal Telescopic, since I was introduced to it by my freshman roommate in college (Thanks, Caiter!)

Hooowever, I had been hearing a lot about this Youninque 3D mascara  business and was intrigued only to soon after be gifted some by my cousin-in-law=).

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Younique 3-D mascara definitely gives my lashes a dramatic, glamorous look!! This stuff makes my  lashes thicker and longer than even my favorite generic mascara & as you can see above might even be longer than lash extensions …hard to tell

The game-changer of the 3D mascara (even which my beloved Loreal Telescopic can’t do for people with minimal lashes) are the fibers that attach to the lash and help thicken plus lengthen far better and beyond what gobs of regular old mascara can do.

In addition, I think the 3D mascara might be preferable for those with blonde eye lashes even over lash extensions in the end because once lash extensions begin falling out, you start getting that mutli-color lash action going on…not ideal =/

However, I generally only  bust out the 3-D mascara a few times a week when I manage to hangup the weekend warrior outfit (a.k.a my awesome, cozy, robe) and look cute for hubster (so he doesn’t burn my weekend warrior outfit =) because on me it is definitely a dramatic look (cause I already have kinda long lashes) and personally that’s not what I am always going for.. Especially since my  job consist of me working in the E.R and wearing scrub-tastic gear (not complaining because I  love my comfy pajama like work gear, but being an E.R nurse is just not that glamorous).

I think the ideal end user for 3-D Younique mascara is somebody with short or thin lashes (or both!)… Or somebody who just wants to look glamorous everyday ; )

AT THE END OF THE DAY…

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For me, I love eye lash extensions BEST because they are hassle free, water proof and you wake up beautamis, BUT of course the downfall is I’m not crazy enough to $$$ pay for those stupid things on a regular basis ( I have only had them twice b/c of groupon and my wedding). If you do want to try these out , I recommend finding a Groupon or Amazing Lash Studio offers your FIRST full set for $79 if you tell them you were going to just buy the groupon (that’s what I did for the wedding)– and yes, that a dealio (regular $250 at the lash studio)–like I said CRAZYNESS

Ultimately, if DRAMATIC, GLAMOROUS LASHES are your ideal look, then I would tell you to  start stocking up on some Younique 3D mascara and make a friend (beauty consultant, a.k.a. not me cause I don’t sell it, but I do know somebody who does =) who can get you the goods at a not too shabby price ($29 a pop in  comparison to lash extensions that are $250+ ). Much better bang for your buck than lash extensions =)

Click HERE if you want some Younique 3D Mascara in your life =)

On the other hand, if your glamour status is more around my speed… I would still get Younique to bust out on occasion AND I would also make a Loreal Telescopic purchase because it’s very effective for the price  if your lashes aren’t too short or thin.. can’t beat  $7 dollars =)

Some of my other favorite makeup products =) I usually don’t stick with one brand, I use whatever works best!

Hope this helps (and let me know your thoughts)!!

K.B.

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The cure to Chapped Lips!

8 Apr

Kiss your chapped lips goodbye with SUGAR LIP POLISH!

Hello Ladies & Gents!

I want to share with you my latest and greatest discovery that has cured my chap/crack-stick addiction and flaky, crusty lip issue with Sugar Lip Polish!

I’m not sure about you, but with recent polar vortex one day, hot and sunny the next day Texas weather, my lips have be crackalackin… I finally had to put an end to it one day out of desperation when I was walking through the mall and realized I left my crack-stick at home…NooOoOOOoO =(

I took it as a sign when this occurred right in front of Sephora ! When the sales lady took me to the section of my FAVORITE LIP GLOSS , I knew the polish made by the same brand had to be  LEGIT—and how am I just now discovering this?!?!? ! This stuff  exfoliates, moisturizes, buffs and gives your lips that silky smooth feeling =) Oh and did I mention this the polish is pretty tasty thanks to the brown sugar…don’t mind my inner fat kid’s sweet tooth and inability to resist tasting all my crack-sticks and now polish!

Check out the stats:

  • 100% reported healthier-looking, softer lips
  • 97% noticed smoother, more hydrated lips with improved texture
  • 94% felt it exfoliated and removed dry patches while making lips supple and revitalized

The downside… cause sadly there is always a catch… this stuff is kinda expensive at $ 22.50 a pop. I plan on trying to find/concoct a cheaper recipe (if you have one or know of one please share), but until then, I think its worth every penny especially since a little goes a long way and you use it about 2-3 time a week.

ALSO, if you haven’t tried my favorite crack-stick linked out above, your lips are missing out!!

Smooches =)

Kelley S.

 

 

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The Ultimate Facial Cleansing Experience with The Mia

1 May

The Ultimate Facial Cleansing Experience with The Mia

Did you know your skin is the largest human organ? Skin accounts for approximately 15% of the average adult human weight with a surface area between 1.5-2 square meters, 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes and more than a thousands nerve endings. Your skin also serves many purposes such as being the first line of defense against infection, regulating body temperature, moisture retention, removal of toxins and production of Vitamin D…. This is what went through my head when I decided that $119 is a small price to pay to keep my skin and more importantly my face, clean, polished & healthy. I also have a clarisonic toothbrush and my pearly whites have never had a cavity… I think Clarisonic might be on to something =)

I love being outside and tend to have dry skin…Before the MIA CLARISONIC, I always had dry flaky patches on my nose and cheeks with some big clogged pores on my nose. After using this thing twice a day for a week, my dry flaky skin ceases to exist and the pores on my nose appear smaller. I should have taken a before and after pic, but I forgot (whoopsies). This is me below 1 week after using the Mia!

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FACTS:

  • Removes makeup 6X better than manual cleansing
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
  • Cleansing helps products work more effectively
  • Gentle enough to use twice a day
  • Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Minimizes the appearance of visible pores

Why I Chose the MIA vs the other Models

I went with the Mia because the only big difference was the warranty (MIA =1 yr MIA 2=2yrs) and the speed (MIA has one speed, MIA 2 has multiple speeds). At the time I was skeptical and didn’t feel that the Mia 2 had much more to offer. I am quite happy with my one speed Mia original with the normal head.

Before and After Cleansing with the Mia Clarisonic

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Forehead before cleansing

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LEFT: forehead after cleansing with clarisonic–RIGHT: after cleansing with hands

What do you use to cleanse you face? Do you love it? Why or why not?!? Personally, I am never going back…

Kelley =)

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Pur Minerals

15 Feb

Pur Minerals

I use to be a Bare Minerals kind of girl, but Pur Minerals has won me over! If I don’t have time for much beautification, all I need is some Pur Minerals foundation =)

Why you should try it!

 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation— is a natural mineral makeup foundation,  concealer, powder and SPF 15 protection all in oneSPF 15– peace out wrinkly, leathery skin!

Pressed –I use to wear Bare minerals but hated that is was a loose foundation and made a mess

Coverage— thats right, I think it covers better than Bare Minerals and it  still feels sheer enough like I’m not wearing anything

Other Benefits:

  •  does not contain harsh chemical dyes, alcohol, fragrance or preservatives.
  •  pure mineral pigment ground to the smoothest texture and bound with organic shea butter and vitamin E– bye bye dry skin!
  • 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation includes titanium and zinc, which provide an all-natural barrier from the elements.
  •  easy to use without the typical mineral mess.
  • Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation is good for every skin type and condition, from oily skin to dry, mature types.

I recommend the starter kit if you have never tried this fabulous product before:

kit includes:

  • 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup (.15 oz/4.3 g): Loose powders are so last year. Combining pure mineral pigment with the finest skin care ingredients, our all-in-one foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15 has inspired generations of women to forget the mess and go pressed.
  • Neutral Primer (.3 fl oz/10 ml): While most primers create the illusion of a more uniform complexion, our skin correcting formula contains special key ingredients that minimize the look of pores, dark spots and fine lines for a truly flawless makeup canvas.
  • Mineral Glow (.12 oz/3.4 g): Combining premium quality minerals with proven firming ingredients, Mineral Glow gives skin a natural-looking touch of sun with added skin care benefits.
  • Impact+ Mascara (.12 oz/3.4 g): Lengthen, thicken or curl—most mascaras give you just one option. Impact+ gives you all three, with the added benefit of extreme lash hydration for naturally healthier looking lashes.
  • Chisel Brush: Designed specifically for our 4-in-1 formula, this cruelty-free total coverage brush delivers an effortlessly even application every time. Also works with Pür specialty powders.
  • I also like/use their concealer ever since my other fave got discontinued =(Disappearing Act 4-in-1 Concealer

HOWEVER,  I still prefer Bare Minerals bronzer (a.k.a “Warmth) over the Pur Minerals bronzer.. Gotta stick with what works regardless of the brand..

And of course, my tinted lip gloss award goes to Sugar 

What is you favorite foundation/ make up brand and why?!?! Do you stick to the same brand or change it up depending on your needs?

Kel

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Best Lip Balms!

2 Feb

EOS & Sugar Rose Lip Balm

My two favorite lip balms…. Yes, two, for when a girl wants the nude lip look (EOS) and when I want to jazz it up with some tint (Sugar Rose)!!

The thing I like about the EOS lip balm is it’s easy to apply, 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. This little gem is packed with Vitamin E,  shea butter & Jojoab oil–this combo makes for silky smooth moisturized lips!! Other Benefits: EOS lip balm can be found at any store , (walmart [$2.96], tarje ect), I can find it faster in my purse (thanks to the fun egg-like shape) and I rarely loose it or misplace it. I of course enjoy the fun flavors as well.  I have tried strawberry sorbet and sweet mint! BEST PART: Twist off, pucker up, smoothe on, smile OR smooch away =)

fresh-sugar-rose-lip-treatment

The Sugar Rose Lip balm was originally gifted to me by my sister and it is my favorites tinted lip balm–thanks again Sis!! Sugar Rose balm contains SPF 15 & blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar (i have always had a sweet tooth), this helps your lips retain moisture and does so while adding the perfect touch of color!  Sweet and tart black currant oil, that is rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. It also provides essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays =)

The only drawback to this lip balm is that you have to buy it at Sephora or online… and did I mention it’s a little pricey ($22.50) , but totally worth when you think about how much your lips will loooove it =)

I hope you will give them a try, your lips will thank you!

What are you favorite lip balms and why?!?! I’m all about new and improved if any of them can be my two faves?!?!?

~Kel

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L’oreal telescopic Mascara

8 Jan

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I LOOOOOVE L’oreal Telescopic Mascara & believe it is the BEST small investment ($7-10 depending on where you buy) you will make for a big eye-opening WOW factor! I have to give much of the credit to my old roomate, Caitlin, for her discovery our freshman year of college and have been receiving complements on my lashes ever since. I have turned all of my family and friends on to this fabulous inexpensive secret and I hope you love it too!

I will say the first few times I applied it I had some issues because you cant have too much mascara on the wand before you apply the first layer. The beauty of the wand is that it initially combs and separates your lashes, then it thickens with a second pump and application!

Here is how I apply:

1) Curl lashes first

2) while looking slightly down, apply mascara to upper lashes from the top approach starting from the outside in

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(I spin the wand back towards myself while brushing wand away from my body encouraging the curl/ flare out effect)

3) give your wand one more pump of mascara and apply second layer to upper lashes from the bottom approach

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4) Let dry for a minute or two so you don’t get those annoying black dots on the tops of your eyelids BEFORE applying one application to bottom lashes

5) Voila, you should have beautiful doey-eyed lashes!

I would love to hear what you think about L’oreal telescopic and if you use something that you think is better!

Kelley S. =)

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