Beauty + Lifestyle blog posts written by yours truly...
At the end of the day, the makeup I applied that morning tends to feel like a thick layer of heavy film. This is regardless of how minimal or how thick I cake myself on. I'm just ready to literally and metaphorically wipe the day off and feel refreshed and clean before I jump into my sheets. I have used the Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes religiously for years and they have never failed me. They stay nice and wet for ages--especially if you store the package upside down. This enables the makeup removing liquid (normally located at the bottom of the packaging) to seep through to every wipe. It's also a great way to keep the sticker opening sealed shut and prevent the air from prying its way inside and drying them out. They are nice and gentle to my sensitive skin and easily remove even my heaviest days of makeup with one wipe. I don't have to play tug-of-war with my face when removing tough waterproof products which is an A+ in my book. If I had to describe these in word word it would be comfortable. I can't tell you how nice it is to take off the majority of my makeup and not have the overwhelming feeling of that sticky, gooey residue that so makeup removers leave you with.
After wiping my face with a face wipe, I move on to washing my face in order to clean deep into the pores and dislodge any bits of extra makeup the wipe might have missed. My absolute favorite face wash has been the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cleansing Gel (my God that's a long name). I am currently having an intense love-affair with this pink beauty and can't put it down. It literally smells like a rose-garden has dive-bombed your face (in the best way) when you lather it into your skin. It leaves my face feeling so refreshed, clean and with a light, beautiful smell. Although I'll admit that pregnancy has brought me the perk of much healthier skin, I have definitely noticed an added improvement even on top of that with the use of this wash. It uses the power of stem cells from roses and rose extracts to rejuvenate the skin and repair any signs of aging.
I used to use an astringent and/or spot treatment after thoroughly cleansing my face but I haven't had any problems with pimples over the past few months (thank you pregnancy). For now, my acne products are tucked neatly away and I've replaced that step with a wonderful night cream I got in a sample pack in a recent Sephora shopping trip. I have used it for almost a week now and so far, I really like it. The Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins smells so bright and lovely of citrus (think oranges or tangerines). I love how thick and luxurious the cream feels and I apply this liberally all over my face and neck before bed. I wake up in the morning with skin that feels refreshed and bright. The cream contains vitamins C, E and H and fights dullness and resurfaces the skin overnight.
My Origins GinZing Eye Cream is also a new product I have been trying out from the same Origins sample kit. I use it to brighten my under eye area both before applying my makeup and before I go to bed at night. I take the tiniest dot of product and massage it under my eye area to stimulate the blood flow to that area and help the product sink deep into the skin. So, far I have really been enjoying this cream and my under eyes look much more awake and depuffed in the morning.
I tend to switch out the lip balm I use before bed quite often so I can find the one I like best. Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Lip Balm is a great product to dab onto the lips before going to bed. I like to apply a heavy amount so that the product continues to sink into my lips over night. This prevents me from getting dry, cracked or chapped lips from the days of summer heat and helps my lipstick to apply smoother the next day.
My final step before dozing off to la la land is applying a generous amount of my Basq Body Boost Stretch Mark Cream. I apply it to the areas that baby has been so kindly stretching taut like my chest, breasts and tummy. This cream both prevents and treats stretch marks so it will be great to continue using this even after the baby is born. It's marketed as having a Lavender Vanilla scent but my husband and I have decided whoever created this probably had a sinus infection clogging their nostrils because this smells like straight up lemon bar. My husband loves when I put this on and will cuddle up closer than usual just to smell me as he falls asleep! He says he wants to eat the tub!
As a pregnant lady, sometimes it's hard to find a balance between wanting to feel comfortable (usually meaning minimal effort) and wanting to look like a glamorous babe. After all, the introduction of a baby usually means little time to oneself. My seasoned mommy friends have advised me to treasure moments of "me" time and pampering while I still can. Also it's always nice to feel pretty even when you're feet are swollen like aunt Betsy's prize-winning melons and you've forgotten what it's like to see those things called "toes."
I find that I can meet myself in the middle by choosing luxurious feeling products that are simple and quick to use. The products I've been loving recently have helped me to feel "casually glam" if you will. They all lend a little helping hand to making this mommy feel effortless yet chic and pulled together.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cleansing Gel- This is the first Peter Thomas Roth product I have ever used and I am in LOVE. The cleanser is formulated with rose stem cells and rose extracts and works deep in your skin to repair dullness, texture and signs of aging. A little goes a long way and I massage a dime-sized drop of this all over my face as apart of my nightly skin care routine. I absolutely adore the fresh rosy scent. It's one of those feel-good products that feels like an indulgent spa treatment. My skin looks and feels better than it has in a long time!
It's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray- I love the it's a 10 line of products since I feel that they really do live up to the 10 things promised on the back. Few brands now adays live up to their "miracle" promises so it's certainly a breath of fresh air when one refrains from the temptation of false advertising. I spray this in my hair as a quick, healthy boost for my locks before I rush out the door on most days. It adds shine, improves hair elasticity, nourishes with antioxidants, protects hair from heat styling, minimizes frizz, seals in moisture, and a whole array of benefits. It's definitely a "10" to me!
Eyelure #107 Lashes- These have recently taken the place of my favorite Ardell wispies. I love their flirtatious curl and how easily they sit on the lash line. They not only feel light-weight and airy, but look so glamorous without looking like a ridiculous butterfly has perched on your eyeballs.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette- I felt like I was on the quest for Camelot to find this stunner. I got the very last one in Ulta and I actually told the highly perplexed and amused looking Ulta representative that "I loved her FOREVERRR!!!!" I am a huge fan of warm colors--especially earth- toned browns and jewel-toned brights. This palette is probably the closest match to how I would design a palette made just for me. It delivers on all of those favorite warm hues of mine. This will definitely be a staple product for this fall so watch out for some tutorials in the near future (hint, hint *I'm coming back to you, Youtube!*)
Becca Shimmering Perfector in "Opal"- I just can't stop loving on this. It sounds kind of pathetic (because it is) but sometimes I'll just take this out to simply gaze at its breathtaking beauty. On or off the skin, it shines gorgeously in the light. It gives the skin a stunning, luminous glow that is just unparalleled compared to any highlighter that I've used in the past. The color is just perfect for any skin tone with its champagne luster and fine golden flecks of brilliance. People will literally stop me in the street to ask me how I got such bright and luminous skin (and I don't even have great skin). I know it sounds like I'm exaggerating, but you seriously don't understand the sheer amazingness unless you own one yourself!
Maybelline Baby Lips SPF 20 in "Quenched"- I never understood the Baby Lips craze but now I get it. This is my first product from that line and I really like it so far! It's super moisturizing, has cute packaging, and protects my lips from the harsh summer rays.
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in "Dione"- You might have seen me lusting after these babies in my most recent My Little Beauty Beast segment. Oh. my. GOSH I finally got one and let me tell you--I was NOT let down. The metallic shimmer is simply to die for. I've never seen anything quite like it and I can see why the price is so hefty. I got the color "Dione", a champagne-silver shade that is just breath taking. I love to use this as an all-over color for the lid.