Skin Savers – When You Don’t Sleep An Extra Hour!

Did everyone enjoy their one extra hour of sleep last night? I certainly did…I needed it to finish my Sunday stock-up of HOMEWORK today (Why am I complaining…I’m a senior in college). I wanted to wake up and enjoy a mimosa, but maybe next weekend…

That extra hour of sleep is great for the skin, especially if you’re a busy bee like me who averages about 6 hours a night. Unfortunately we don’t always get an extra hour every Saturday night/Sunday morning to stay at the bar get some more ZZZ’s, so here are my steps with some fabulous products to help you make your skin look (and feel) radiant and healthy:

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1. Cleanse/Exfoliate: Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Scrub – Exactly what you need to exfoliate the crap away from your face! It leaves your face all dewy and fresh.
2. Toner: Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion – Benefit hoarder over here. I love the way this toner feels! Plus the bottle is sexy.
3. Moisturize: Fresh Lotus Youth Radiance Lotion – A new product I have been using, but I love it already. There are so many great ingredients in this lotion. It absorbs quickly and is great for everyday wear.

You CANNOT forget about your eyes; they are a huge part of looking young and fresh, but that’s another post for another day. For now, here is my absolute favorite morning eye product:

Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage – This cooling rollerball feels AMAZING – massaging away your ugly dark circles that make you look worn out.

Other tips:

1. WATER. I am the worst at drinking a lot of water, but I am getting better at incorporating it into my diet. There are so many great bennies for your skin (and overall health in general), like detoxing, preventing wrinkles, and adding that natural, gorgeous glow right to your face!
2. Changing your pillowcases often. Your skin (and hair!) will be picking up on the icky germs and grime that have been piling up there from your crazy week. Not good.
3. Yummy fruits! Fruits like blueberries, pomegranates, and strawberries help skin heal from blemishes, and give you a super-boost of Vitamin C.

Beauty for a Cause: Pink Products for Breast Cancer!

The gorgeous month of October may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean breast cancer awareness stops!

As most people (should) know, October is the month for all things pink and powerful: breast cancer awareness.

Not only is pink my favorite color (!), but I am extremely passionate about this cause! Taking care of your body is sexy, and educating yourself on how to look for breast cancer is empowering.

The statistic that motivates me every time? 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. ONE IN EIGHT. We need to continue fighting for women (and men) who have lost their lives to, are currently battling, or will be diagnosed with, breast cancer.

So put on and proudly use your favorite pink beauty products while spreading the message! These are some of my favorite pink shades and hues that make kicking cancer’s butt look amazing!

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1. Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink 5 PC Brush Set (note: I can’t find this sassy silver edition anymore, but Target is selling this sleek black set! They donate 15% of the purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)
2. NARS Blush in Desire
3. stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Paradise Pink
4. Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Budding Blossom
5. Aveda ‘hand relief – Breast Cancer Research Foundation Moisturizer’ ($4 of your hand relief purchase goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)
6. Essie in Knockout Pout (probably the most elegant pink color ever)
7. MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum (one of the hottest hues for make-up artists and beauty lovers right now!)
8. The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask (PERRRFECT for the harsh winter wind that dries your skin out immensely)
9. Benefit Posietint Lip and Cheek Stain

I cannot BEGIN to tell you how obsessed I am with every product Benefit sells. I picked up Posietint by accident and now can’t imagine living without it (a little dramatic but REALLY). I use it everyday on my cheekies and occasionally as a tint on my lips, because I have naturally very red lips!

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Nothing says sweet and girly like this poppy pink shade good for both lips and the apples of your cheeks!

Enjoy, and remember to check yourselves! signoff1

 

 

From Golden to Platinum: A Blonde Journey

It’s that bittersweet time of year again! As the summer fades, so do beachy-blonde highlights and glistening tans. There are SO many exciting things about autumn…nothing better than reading what’s hot on the runway (Fashion Week!) and off (cute jeans for the fall!).

My senior year of college starts in just a few more days (EEK!). If you read this blog, you know I’m obsessed with sun kissed blonde locks and a beachy-glam vibe all year ’round. To start off my fabulous last year as an undergrad, I went even blonder–platinum blonde, that is!

Before you think platinum blonde isn’t awesome, get this: from the New York Times to Lucky, white-blonde is where it’s at! Celebs, like Miley’s white-hot pixie to Nicki Minaj stunningly rocking the hue, are loving it. The color is sexy, chic, and sophisticated, and with proper care and a fabulous colorist, you can get this desired look too!

Here is my hair BEFORE: I was so poor in the spring I went to a beauty school and got a few highlights for $45! Luckily I spend a lot of time in the sun to naturally brighten them.

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This was about 4 months of no color or cut; only sunlight and fancy hair care products! My hair was super long, and I tried to keep it as nourished as possible, but it was very unhealthy.

One fabulous Sunday in August at Downtown Hair Center with Ashley, who’s super cute and amazing with hair, and VOILA! I am finally my favorite shade of blonde I was destined to be born with!

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Here are some of the pics of my highlights Ashley took the day of from her Instagram! Feel free to follow her… Her work is amazing!

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So looking beautiful in pictures is only part of the journey to platinum blonde hair. To start, talk to your colorist to make sure it’s right for you! Ask her how expensive the upkeep of color will be (that includes highlights, glaze, products, etc.), and which shade of white blonde is right for you! A good stylist will always tell you the truth and get you as close to the color you desire.

After you get your beautiful blonde tresses, manage them wisely. Here are my favorite products to get the best, blondest, healthiest hair:

1. Shu Uemura Color Lustre Cool Blonde – A fantastic gloss to neutralize brassy tones and keep your color fresh between salon visits!

2. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Shampoo for Lighter Shades – My favorite blonde shampoo of all time! I always notice how shiny and vibrant my color is after using it.

3. Bed Head Colour Goddess Conditioning Mask – You can use this conditioning mask in place of normal conditioner, because bleach stresses strands out! Take extra care of your locks when you go platinum, as hair tends to dry out fast. Bonus – it smells like a fall candle!

4. Kerastase Soleil Aqua-Seal Spray – Give your blonde hair the same love and protection you would your skin under a hot, scorching sun with this UV protection leave-in spray at the beach!

Blonde ladies, enjoy your color, and enjoy the process to platinum! No matter what shade your hair is, you’re beautiful!

* All opinions expressed in this post are MY OWN! No compensation – I just love everything I wrote about!signoff1

What’s in my beach tote?

Hey everyone! Hope you like the fresh new look of the blog!

It’s my favorite time of year…the hot sun, perfect tans, and crazy nights out…summertime on the Jersey Shore!

Although part of my summer will be spent interning for the beauty division of a public relations company (YAY so excited!!!), I still have my beach bag packed and ready to go in my trunk for the days I have off.

Here are the products I recommend for all you gals heading off for a day in the sun and sand!

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One of the key products in my beach tote is leave-in conditioning spray. OGX is a pretty good brand, but I also personally recommend Aussie’s Hair Insurance! Right after you get out of the salty ocean, go back to your chair and spray your wet hair with the conditioner. It will help keep your locks from drying out!