5 Tried & True Face Moisturizers From a Product Junkie

5 Tried & True Face Moisturizers from a Product Junkie

Anyone who knows me, or has ever been through my beauty cabinet(s), knows that I am a total sucker for a good product.  After trying out many different face moisturizers over the years, I’ve rounded up some of the best moisturizers that hydrate your skin, without leaving any greasy or shiny residue.  Here are my top picks for all different skin types.

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Dr. Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, $35, via Sephora

This stuff goes on smooth, and leaves no sticky residue.  It’s my absolute favorite face lotion to use under make-up, as it creates a light, even base; just the right amount of hydration, without creating shine.

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Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator, $29, via BirchBox

Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator, $29, via BirchBox

This stuff is amazing for both its anti-aging and acne fighting properties, while keeping skin hydrated.  It’s a fabulous all-in-one product.

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Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer

Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer via Amazon

Trilane recently sent me a sample of this moisturizer for me to review and post my thoughts on Trends & Tribulations.  Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C has a light, yet smooth consistency, similar to an oil, without any sticky residue.  It is extremely hydrating, and gives my skin a dewy glow.  Vitamin C & Retinol both give major anti-aging benefits, and are great for fading acne scars and other marks.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, $27, via The Body Shopsss

This stuff will make you wake up looking well-rested and glowing.  For real.  If your skin is especially parched, pair it with the Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask to hydrate your skin like no other.

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Dr. Jart Water-Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, $48, via Sephora

Dr. Jart Water-Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, $48, via Sephora

I’m all for anything that will give my skin some extra benefits while sleeping.  This sleeping mask is great for rejuvenating tired-looking skin, as well as keeping it look hydrated and plump.  It’s gel formula sinks into skin in seconds, leaving you with a non-greasy feel.  Bonus: It accelerates the fading of scars and brown spots.

What are your favorite skin care products?

xo

Nine Hair Products With a Cult Following

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Most women have drawers and shelves of make-up, hair, and beauty products, and yet, we only use a certain few of those we absolutely love.  Those particular products are often our cult classics; ones we would like to bring with on a desert island.  Here are nine hair products with a huge cult following, and are known for being tried and true.

Cult Hair Products

L’oreal Elnett hairspray is one of my go-to products, along with Victoria’s Secret Ultimate Hairspray (possibly because it smells so divine).  Both have amazing hold, which is perfect for my super fine hair, and none of that crunchy-stiffness.

There's a Reason This Stuff Has Been Around for Over 5 Decades.

There’s good reason this stuff has been around for over 5 decades

Moroccan Oil is one of my go-to products for, basically, everything.  It works great as a leave-in conditioner, as well as to smooth split ends anytime your hair looks a little dry.  As a bonus, you can even use it on your skin to give you a glowing sheen.

This Is What a Cult Following Looks Like.

This Is What a Cult Following Looks Like

The Kérastase Paris Beautifying Oil is equally amazing, and can be used on skin, as well.

The Mason Pearson brush has a high price tag, but if you read the many glowing reviews, you’ll easily see why.

The Various Sizes & Types of the Mason Pearson Brush

The Various Sizes & Types of the Mason Pearson Brush

 If you’re looking for an alternative, I’m also pretty much obsessed with my Wet Brush.  And yes, in case the name didn’t give it away, it can be used to brush your wet hair (or dry) with no messy or painful consequences.

I could rave on about these products forever, but feel free to try them out for yourselves & see what you think!

 What products are your favorites?  Share ’em in the comments section below!

xo

The Permanent New Trend in Cosmetics You Don’t Know About

Makeup Tattoos: The Art of Permanent Cosmetic Tattoos

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Are you an expert in the art of tattoos? If you love tattoos, then you may have already thought about the art of permanent cosmetic tattoos. If you’re not a tattoo enthusiast, but you want to learn more about the art of permanent cosmetic tattoos and what to expect before you decide to invest in this procedure, keep reading.

This permanent cosmetic procedure is gaining popularity among women interested in filling in their eyebrows, defining their lips, along with applying eyeliner.

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5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness This Winter

With shorter days and less sunlight, colder temperatures that make it difficult to enjoy any time outside, and the holidays over, it is easy for us to lose sight of our health and happiness.

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Here are 5 ways to become happier this winter season:

1. Enjoy nature.

Although nothing can beat laying out on the beach in the summer, the winter is exceptionally beautiful and can offer some very unique experiences.  Try snowshoeing in a woodsy area, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, or even gather some friends and go sledding.

This could SO totally be you!!

This could SO totally be you!!

2. Break a sweat.

The cold weather makes our muscles tense up.  Moving your body releases those muscles, which feels amazing.  Plus, exercising releases endorphins, which comes down to a happier you.

3. Be social.  

While it often sounds daunting to go out in the cold weather (especially here in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota), getting together with a friend for coffee, a hockey game, or going to a spin class together is important to stay happy.  Engaging with other people can make this time of the year feel a lot less lonely.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

4. Eat right.  

Enjoy the food you eat, and make healthy choices that you will feel good about after you have eaten.  Everything in moderation…including moderation.

5. Find silence.

Sometimes all we really need this time of the year is a little quiet time to reflect.  Whether it’s through meditation or simply sitting in silence while working or driving, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life can do wonders.

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What are some things that make you happy throughout the winter season?

Hair How-To: The Low Messy Bun

Messy buns, the simple go-to hairstyle of celebrities, businesswomen, and the rest of the female population alike, look effortlessly chic and carefree.  Meet the low messy bun, a quick variation of the classic mess, yet with a new element of the same bohemian vibe.

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Use a texturizing spray (I highly recommend the cult classic from Oribe) to create beautiful beach waves.  Then, gather all your hair from behind, fold in half, and use a hair band to secure the bun.  Voila!

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What are your favorite go-to hairstyles?

Your Guide to the Best Post-Holiday Detox Smoothie Recipes

As the holidays come to an end, we are so often faced with the consequences of overindulgence.  We often feel sluggish, bloated, tired, and depressed from all of the alcohol, sugars, stress, and late nights.

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Sometimes, all we need is to get back on the right track to help revitalize our energy levels and find mental clarity once again.

These super easy to make smoothies will kick-start your way back to health and wellness.  A morning smoothie is also a fantastic complement to a new fitness regime so many people begin in the new year.  Read on for customized smoothies to restore your energy and vitality, and bring a glow to your skin.

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For Morning Energy:

Citrus Wake-Up:

Pineapple, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon

For Refueling Energy:

Chia Mango Peach:

Peach, Mango, Dates, Almond Milk, Chia Seeds

Chia Mango Peach Smoothie

For Your Green-Smoothie Fix:

Healthy Greens:

Spinach, ginger, apple, celery, parsley, water

For Finding Calm:

Root Down:

Red beets, Yellow beets, Carrot, Orange, Ginger

Root Down Smoothie

For Detoxifying Your Body:

Antioxidant Acai:

Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dates, Acai, Coconut milk

For a Quick Pick-Me-Up:

Strawberry Banana Protein:

Almond milk, Strawberry, Banana, Shredded coconut, One scoop of Vegan protein

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

For Post-Travel Jet-Lag:

Tropical Cleanse:

Orange, Pineapple, Mango, Lemon, Dash of cayenne

Orange Smoothie

For Balancing Out Your Blood Sugar Levels:

Cinnamon Almond Dessert Smoothie:

Almond milk, Cashew, Banana, Cinnamon, Espresso, Dates

Cinnamon Almond Dessert Smoothie

What are your favorite post-holiday cleanse tips?

Beauty How-To: The 5 Minute Twisted Up-do

Looking for a new, easy up-do that takes less than 5 minutes?  Try this simple, twisted up-do inspired by Kate Middleton.  It’s fancy enough for a night out, but simple enough for work.  Simply follow these 6 steps below to achieve a glamorous look, and take advantage of the extra time (to sleep in or pick out the perfect outfit).

Kate Middleton's twisted updo
What are your favorite go-to up-dos?

Beauty: The Best Lip Products You’ll Ever Try

Undoubtedly, I am a product junkie and then some.  Unfortunately, I’m a sucker for good packaging so I’ve tried many products, some of which are hits, and some of which are misses.  However, after years of trying everything from stains to liners to plumpers, I’ve finally lowered down my favorites!  They’re universally flattering and long-lasting.

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Best Multitasker: Josie Maran Argan Oil Color Stick

Josie Maran Argan Oil Color Stick in Coral, $22

Josie Maran Argan Oil Color Stick in Coral, $22

Since I came across the Color Stick, I fell in love instantly with the colors and the lasting hydration it gave.  If I were on a desert island and I could only have one make-up product, this would be it, hands down.  The color is subtle, yet lasting, and you can use it on your cheeks for a beautiful glow.  I keep one in my makeup bag, and in my purse for those times when I need to apply some make-up in a rush.  The coral is my favorite, and it’s a universally flattering shade.

Best Lip Balm: Bliss Fabulips Softening Lip Balm

Bliss Fabulips Softening Lip Balm, $16

Bliss Fabulips Softening Lip Balm, $16

This lip balm is my favorite, as it feels lightweight and smooth going on.  It hydrates and softens, without leaving that greasy residue many lip balms add.  And if your lips are flaky, Bliss’ Fabulips line of lip cleansers and exfoliators also work like magic!

Best Lipstick: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstacy Lipstick, $34

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstacy Lipstick, $34

This stuff looks amazing, and have a billion or so different flattering shades.  My favorite part: It’s one of the longest-lasting lipsticks I’ve ever used.

Best Lipliner: Giorgio Armani Lipliner

Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Pencil, $30

Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Pencil, $30

Similarly to the Giorgio Armani lipstick, this stuff lasts forever, and looks absolutely amazing.  I use it religiously, and the pencils last forever!

Best Lip Gloss: NARS Lip Gloss

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss, $26

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss, $26

I use the 3rd one in from the left, called Cantaloupe.  I love how shiny it is, and the color stays true (and blends gorgeously over the Josie Maran Color Stick).  It’s infused with nourishing ingredients that fight free-radicals and enhance your lips.  Bonus: The applicator works as a lip brush for precise touch-ups.

What are your favorite lip products?

Beauty Routine: 4 Things You Should Add To Your Morning Smoothie

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A while back, I did a post regarding a DIY Banana Date Smoothie, and want to let you lovely readers how to make your morning smoothie even healthier.  While I usually start my day with a Green Smoothie (i.e. spinach and/or kale/chard/various green base), I also add various energy supplements and superfood powders to enhance its optimum health power and start my day right.

1. Green Superfood Powder

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Taking a green supplement, especially when ingested in it’s powder form, is a convenient way to include your daily intake of green vegetables in your daily diet.  Chlorophyll helps to aid in cell-repair, and helps to detox the damaging cells in your body.  It also helps to reduce inflammation, aid in restoring a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body, and helps to neutralize free-radicals, among other benefits.  Altogether, this helps to keep your energy levels up and makes your skin appear brighter and healthier.

2. Chia Seeds

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

They aid in weight loss by reducing food cravings and provide hydration for your body.  They are the richest plant source in Omega-3, therefore reduce inflammation (ahem, bloating!), as well as protect against heart disease and arthritis.  Although they are about the size of a poppyseed, once they are ingested, they expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller longer!

3. Maca Powder

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca powder is rich is Vitamins B, C, and E.  It is great for women, as it relieves mood swings, cramps, body pain, depression, menstrual issues, and menopause.  As a bonus, it totally increases sexual libido and increases endurance.  Not only so, it helps to balance your hormones and promote fertility.  Another bonus for your skin: it helps to clear acne and blemishes, and will help to reduce sensitivity, which causes redness.

4. Acai Juice

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

The Acai tree is a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest.  Brazilian natives discovered the healing properties of Acai thousands of years ago when they found it boosted their energy levels.  It has extremely high antioxidant levels (more than blueberries, raspberries, or any other fruit), as well as contains the highest levels of anthocyanin, which is found in red and purple fruits (such as grapes and berries), than any other fruits.  Also, it helps to boost immune and metabolic function and removes free radicals from our bodies.  The Acai berry contains more protein than an egg, which helps to keep your hair shiny and skin glowing.

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Some other great boosts to add to your smoothies:

Cinnamon

Natural Vanilla

Cacao Powder

Coconut Oil

Note: All or most of these products can be found at your local natural foods store (i.e. Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc.).

What are your favorite things that give you an energy boost?