2017 March Favorites! Sunday Riley, Big Magic, Dr. Dennis Gross

Hi beautiful people! March went by freakishly fast. I was able to enjoy two skincare products (obsessed with all things skincare), a great book, and discovered an amazing artist! Check out my YouTube video here where I explain in detail. Or if you prefer to read, check out the products below! ❤

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  1. Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
    I got samples of these from Sephora last month. They are seriously one of the best things I ever put on my face. Within 3 minutes, my skin plumped up and gave me a gorgeous glow! No wonder why it’s $158 for a small bottle. I even got a compliment after a sweaty hot yoga sesh about my skin which,trust me, never happens. Legit made my day! And it was all thanks to this product.
  2. Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads
    I first heard these from one of my favorite blogs Mix and Match Mama! I’m not sure if/what Shay, a 30-some year old mother of 4 from Dallas, and I have much in common but I’ve been reading her blogs for YEARS 🙂 She’s always raves about these glow pads so I tried them out myself. I’ve used Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength many times before but never this tanning version. I have to say, this really does give you the most natural “sun-kissed” glow in the fastest, most effortless way possible. It’s a toilette that you rub all over your face. Check out the video where I go into more details!
  3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
    This book has given me life. For someone who quit their corporate job 2+ months ago to pursue a life with purpose and creativity, Big Magic came at the perfect time. Elizabeth Gilbert encourages us to embrace our curiosity in life. I now have such a different approach to my form of my creativity (blogging/YouTube) after reading this book. And it’s to approach it with zero expectations. Do this because you have a story to share. Not because you need to make money from this. And not because you want to teach anybody anything. Do it for yourself.
  4. ODESZA
    I recently discovered this duo from Seattle, Washington and have been OBSESSED with them. Their music has a dreamy, euphoric vibe that makes you feel good. I even set my alarm tone in the morning to their music and it seriously makes getting up much easier. I don’t even turn it off sometimes. Give them a try! Some recommended songs: Say My Name (ft. Zyra), All We Need (ft. Shy Girls), Sun Models.

Let me know your thoughts on any of these items!

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Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

I will forever be in pursuit of beautiful skin. Our skin is truly the foundation of our entire face. Without a great base, all the makeup in the world can’t help us look beautiful AND feel comfortable & confident. I have combo and acne-prone skin, so I can definitely empathize with skin struggles. I’ve used so many products throughout the years that I want to share my current routine using my absolute favorite products. By no means is my skin perfect or this will work for everyone, but just sharing my experience 🙂

Before I share the products, I want to talk about the foods we put in our mouths. Without a balanced diet, we can’t have beautiful skin. Eat more foods rich in alkaline like greens and fruits and less acidic foods like meat and alcohol. And most importantly – increase your water intake! It flushes our system and leaves our skin glowing. It’s recommended to drink at least 2.5-3 liters a day. I personally drink about 4-5 since I’m apparently a walking fish. Now onto the products –

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Cleanser
I’ve used Purity off and on for many years now. It is super gentle (perfect for sensitive skin) and takes off every inch of makeup. There’s not a single bad thing I can say about this cleanser. It also has a nice, subtle herbal-ish scent. You can buy Purity at most beauty stores like Sephora and Ulta.

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Cleanser
I have acne-prone skin so when it’s “that time of the month”, my skin totally freaks out. Every single month. I use this AcneFree Purifying Cleanser with benzoyl peroxide to control my acne. This product WORKS. I can see a clear difference within 24 hours and it prevents future pimples from coming since it has slow releasing benzoyl peroxide.

This cleanser is apart of a 3-step system, but I don’t use the toner and moisturizer since it’s too drying for me. Next time I’ll buy just the cleanser. You can find AcneFree at most drugstores including Target and CVS.

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Moisturizer
I’ve been using coconut oil religiously all day, err day for the past 4+ years. I’m convinced I have coco oil running through my veins by now. Right after I wash my face, I lather this on my skin for a good 30 seconds. I then give a quick rinse and gently pat my skin dry. I like to keep a thin layer of the oil on my skin to act as my moisturizer. I do this every morning and night. Coconut oil is perfect for any skin type since it’s so gentle and incredibly moisturizing. You can find coconut oil just about anywhere nowadays. Try and pick up an extra virgin and organic one if possible.

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Moisturizer
After I have a nice thin layer of coco oil on my skin, I use a pump or two of this Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil. You can Google the benefits of rosehip oil, but I’ve personally seen my skin tone appear more even. I was sold when I read that Miranda Kerr promised by this oil. I use this every night. This little bottle is about $8 and lasts 4-6 months. You can find them at most health food stores including Whole Foods.

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Moisturizer
Colder weather = drier skin, so I’ve been reaching for products super rich and moisturizing. Weleda White Mallow Face Cream is perfect. I bought this product on a whim last year after my skin turned into leather from using an incredibly harsh product that completely dried my face out. Although this is geared towards people with eczema, I haven’t found any issues since it’s so gentle and made with 97% organic products. So if you battle with eczema, this is perfect for you. If you don’t battle with eczema but want baby soft skin, this is also perfect you. I apply this at night before bed and in the morning under my makeup. It comes out thick, but so easy to blend in and doesn’t feel thick on your skin. This is about $14 and I found mine at a local health food store (Mom’s Organic Market). You can also order online.

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Mask
Masks are so important! They’re basically nutrient-densed food for your skin. I’ve been using Algenist Algae Brightening Mask since May and love it. It leaves my skin appear more radiant and glowing while leaving it baby soft. It completely improves my overall complexion and texture. I use this mask about once a week. Although it’s a little pricy ($62), a little goes a long way. I bought it almost 6 months ago and only used half the product. Way more bang for your buck than buying individual sheet masks for $8. I picked this up at Sephora.

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Spot Treatment
I want to sneak this guy in here, too. Tea Tree Oil is great for acne since it basically dries the pimple out. I use this oil as a spot treatment at night and my pimple is usually improved by the next morning. I picked this up from Trader Joe’s for like $3 or something super cheap.

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Cleansing Brush
I think anyone who appreciates good skin considers the Clarisonic a must-have. I mean, what was life like before we discovered this? I’ve been using my Clarisonic for about 5+ years now and never looking back. This guy thoroughly cleanses the skin far better than our hands can do. It scrubs away dead skin cells revealing better complexion and texture. Your skincare products will also absorb better for more efficiency. I use my Clarisonic about every 2 days since I don’t want to over exfoliate, but find what works for you!

 

Now awkward selfies –

Hashtag no filter so you can see the imperfections, too!

Comment below any skincare products you recommend 🙂 I love hearing what people are raving about.

 

`September 2016 Favorites

One of my absolute favorite things to read/watch is when bloggers share their favorite products from the previous month. Here are 5 products I was loving in September.

  1. Living Proof Prime Style Extender

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I received a sample of this product at Sephora and got hooked. Prime Style Extender is perfect for hair that can’t hold a curl for more than 15 minutes (classic thick asian hair problem).  Its purpose is to extend any hair style you create up to twice as long. I apply this creme product throughout my damp hair and proceed to style with my hot tool. I see a clear difference in the longevity of my hair style when I use and don’t use this product.

 

2. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

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I use this product year round, but I especially reach for it during the fall and winter. It’s been my go-to balm for 3 years now. I like to apply it at night before bed and wake up to pillowy soft lips in the morning. You can really feel it penetrating into the skin rather than just resting on the surface. The best part is it doesn’t have that gross waxy feeling. I also love how it has SPF because my lips tend to get tan in the summer. Resist picking up Chapstick at the CVS checkout and “splurge” on this balm for $7.50 USD instead. Love love love!

3BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

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Ah in love with this blush! I have it in the shade Camellia. I like to apply it to the apple of my cheeks and it instantly makes me look more alive and put together. Although it’s super sparkly in the pan, it’s very subtle on the skin. This blush doesn’t sink into your pores which is a big big bonus! It’s pretty pigmented so it shows up well on all skin tones, but I especially like it when I’m tan. Although a bit pricy ($26 USD), a little goes a long way. Note – don’t tap your brush against the pan to get the excess powder off. Your blush will break as mine did in the photo. Oops..

4. CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton Spray

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I’m not big on perfume since I don’t typically like artificial smelling things but I love this light, fresh, and natural scent. I spray this perfume in the morning and the smell lingers all day. It reminds me of fresh laundry which I personally love 🙂 They have many other scents like “Rain” and “Skin”. Definitely check them out if you’re into more “clean” smells.

5.  It’s A 10 Miracle Leave In Productimg_9609

This is an oldie but goodie. I used this in high school and just picked it back up last month. This product promises to deliver 10 things that I can’t even remember, but it basically makes your hair super soft and healthy feeling. Once I towel dry my hair after a shower, I apply this product throughout my hair and let it air dry. It leaves my hair so smooth that it’s almost a miracle 😉 I especially like it because it repairs/prevents split ends!

 

 

Have you used any of these products? Lets me know your thoughts on them!