Makeup Monday #5 – Favorite Face Masks

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Makeup Monday #5 – Favorite Face Masks

I’m so excited to share with you my favorite face masks. This is definitely one of the areas that lacks in my skincare routine, but when I use them my face looks and feels so much better. I really need to get better at using them regularly.

I’m a big fan of Origins masks and you’ll be seeing them a lot in this post.

1. Origins Clear Improvement (not pictured) – This product was one of the first high end masks I ever bought. I bought it back in high school and have been repurchasing it ever since. When my skin isn’t doing to bad, but I now something may be coming up soon, is when I use this mask. I currently don’t have it, but it’s on my shopping list to pick up soon.

2. Origins Out of Trouble - This is one of those masks you can do in the morning before you go to work. It won’t leave your face red and works to sort out any skin issues that you may be having. I like to use this whenever my skin is acting horribly and really need to be taken care of.

3. Origins Drink Up Intensive - I use this when my skin is having some dry patches. My skin rarely gets dry patches, but when it does after two nights of using this overnight mask it’s always almost gone. I’ve been having some dry patches lately and this is doing a really good job of taking care of it. I put it on right before bed time and those dry patches are greatly improved by the morning.

4. Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask - I keep this mask in the shower and put it on first thing and take it off right before I get out of the shower. It doesn’t ever get hard in the shower, but it definitely help with any problem skin areas. This is the one mask that I use consistently every week. It’s so convenient because I keep it in the shower. The only problem I have with this mask is that it makes my skin really red after using it. And it takes a lot to make my skin red. I usually use this one in the morning, the redness usually goes away by the time I’m applying my makeup.

5. REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask - This mask is by far the most expensive mask I own and was given to me by my sister and I will definitely be repurchasing it. This mask gives your skin a glow and I recently got the AHA resurfacing serum by REN and they say to use the serum under the mask as a booster. I haven’t tried that yet, but I can’t wait to see the awesome results.

6. Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask - This is my blemish buster. I use this on anything that is coming up, that I don’t want there anymore. I will keep it on for ten to twenty minutes, just on the spots and take it off before bed. If I’m really having some trouble with stubborn spots, I will leave it on overnight.

So there you have it, all my favorite masks and why I love them and can’t live without them! What are your go to masks?

On My Nightstand

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Currently On My Nightstand

I thought I’d take you through a few things currently on my nightstand:

1. Bible – I try and read it everyday. Whether its the physical one sitting on my nightstand or the one in my iPhone.

2. Nook – I always have my nook on my nightstand under my Bible. I usually have a couple books I’m reading and I love watching youtube videos and reading blogs through feedly. I also use it to read recipes while I’m cooking.

3. Beauty Essentials – lipbalm (Maybelline Babylips in Cherry Me), Hand lotion (Korres), Sleep Essentials oils, and hydrating face mask (Origins Drink Up Intenstive)

4. Misc. – pen, sticky notes, headphones, tissue, mini tin as a trashcan, medicine/vitamin container and prescriptions.

5. iPhone – It charges on my nightstand.

6. Something to drink and a coaster – currently I’m trying to drink a lot of water.

Those are all the things currently on my nightstand. What’s on your nightstand? 

Makeup Monday #4 – Chapped Lips Tips

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Makeup Monday #4 – Chapped Lips Tips

Summer or Winter chapped lips can be an issue. I’m not always the best at following my own advice, but when I do the following, my lips are not as chapped as much.

1. Moisturize all the time preferably with an SPF: Using a lip balm on your lips all the time, and use one with SPF if you’re going to be outside a lot.
Recommendation: My current favorite lip balm is Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me. This does not have SPF, I’m still looking for a good one for the hot summer days. I’m trying out The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care Stick with SPF 15. The verdict is still out on this one for me, but so far it’s good.

2. Moisturize nightly with a heavy lip balm: moisturizing with something that is heavier at night can replenish moisture that is lost and you can wake up with lips that are super soft.
Recommendation: I like the Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Moisture Balm

3. Exfoliate with a lip scrub (DIY or from the store): Use a lip scrub every other day to keep the flakes away. Some lip scrubs can also be moisturizing as well. I usually follow up with a lip balm.
Recommendation: You could make one yourself (The Beauty Dept. has a recipe) or you could buy one like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish.

4. Do not use drying lip products: Do not use lipsticks or lipglosses that can be drying to your lips.
Recommendation: Use products on your lips like the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters or a tinted lip balm like the Maybelline Baby Lips. These add color and moisture. If you have a favorite lip color that is drying, try layering it over a lip balm. And keep a clear lip balm around to moisturize during the day.

Chapped lips are the worst and being proactive about keeping them moisturized and hydrated is the best way to prevent them from being chapped. So keep your lip balm close and drink lots of water.

I would love to hear from you! How do you prevent chapped lips? What are your favorite lip balms? What would you like to see on an upcoming Makeup Monday?

Fave Blushes

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Top Three Fave Blushes

Today, I’m sharing with you my favorite blushes. I’m not the biggest fan of blush, so I keep with these three a lot. I’m always afraid I’m gonna look like a clown if I buy the wrong blush, but with these three I’m never afraid of having clown cheeks.

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So let’s jump in with my number one pick:

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Benefit CORALista is the only blush that have repurchased. I’m currently on my second of Benefit’s very popular boxed blushes. I wore this color on my wedding day and there have been months where this is the only blush that has touched my cheeks. It’s described as a coral pink sheen and that’s my favorite kind of blush – coral. It has a definite gold sheen to it, but it’s not glittery or high shimmer. I think it’s a great every day blush and can be paired with a highlight for a night out.

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The Balm Frat Boy blush is coral-pink with super subtle gold shimmer. It’s a less shimmery version of Benefit’s CORAList and is very pigmented. You just need to tap your brush into it and you definitely have enough for a nice glow to your cheeks. Sometimes I can over do it and swipe my brush a few too many times and I end up toning it down with a powder over top. I bought this blush off of Hautelook and absolutely love it. After I bought Frat Boy, I think I wore for two months straight and you can barely see a dent it in.

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Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in Bellisima is a peachy pink blush with shimmer in it. The shimmer amount is right between CORALista and Frat Boy. As you can see my fave blushes are all within the same color family coral/peach. This is a sample and I will definitely be purchasing the full size when I’m done, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. It was a generous sample (.05 oz) and I don’t see it being finished anytime soon, since you don’t need much to get a great look on your cheeks. I always get asked what blush I’m wearing when I wear this color, let’s hope that’s a good thing!

What are your fave blushes? I would love to hear about them, I’m always looking for something new to try!

Bread and Wine Book Review

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Bread and Wine – The reason why I started entertaining

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist has been talked a lot in the blogosphere since it came out. The Influence Magazine even did an interview with Shauna in their first issue. I had given this as a gift for Christmas and really regretted not having picked up one for myself. I ended up picking up the book about a month after my surgery.

We hadn’t had any friends over to our apartment for dinner since we had gotten married other than our families and really close friends.  I just felt like our apartment wasn’t ready for company. Shauna makes you see that you don’t need the perfect place and everything in it’s place to have friends over. And to have a good time. It’s enough to have good food and your time.

I hadn’t even finished the book, when we had a couple friends over relaxed dinner. She had inspired me and encouraged through the pages of her book. Clint barbecued, I made a salad and they brought dessert. It was a great night with friends.

I finished the book about two weeks ago, after we had another couple over for dinner. The food didn’t turn out as good as I wanted, but we all had a great time anyway!

I get a little crazy when we do have people over. Or at least the last two and only times we had people. It’s more of a cleaning frenzy (mostly for Clint, I can’t clean yet). I try and meal plan around people’s eating restrictions and my own. Since reading Shauna’s book, I just want people over all the time. I’ve also come up with some tips to help me not stress so much and to be relaxed when people come over. I’ll be sharing those tips in a few weeks.

If you’ve ever been afraid of inviting people over, please pick up this book. It will encourage and inspire you to open up your home to your friends and family. There are great recipes (I’ve made the blueberry crisp at least 5 times in two months), sample menus for dinner parties and even a week night dinner inspiration. This is definitely a book, I will be giving to newlywed brides for years to come!

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