skincare-collage

Skincare is paramount in my book: If your skin doesn’t look good, chances are your makeup isn’t going to look good either. It’s important to take the extra time at bedtime and during your morning routine ensure clean and conditioned skin! But, of course, the products you use will make all the difference. I just posted a skincare routine video on my YouTube channel, but I’m including some supplemental information here to really cover all the details of why and how I use each product.

Murad Clarifying Cleanser
The one and only acne cleanser I’ve ever approved of for my skin. It doesn’t dry out my skin and give it that super squeaky clean feel; it leaves my skin feeling supple and refreshed without stripping it. I always get this (good) tingling feeling after I cleanse with this stuff, too. It’s got calming agents like green tea extract, and it’s just an altogether solid cleanser.

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tarte

A good tan is a necessity in the summer months. Admittedly, I’m not great about maintaining a tan on my face: I’ve been wearing sunblock on my face pretty much every day for the last 10 years! But of course in the warmer months sun-kissed skin is a must-have. And while minimal sun exposure isn’t bad (in fact, it’s actually good for you) the amount you need to achieve a solid tan definitely is.

So here’s the deal: I’m naturally a light/medium olive. I don’t burn, so I don’t wear sunblock on my body unless I’m somewhere close to the equator. I wear sunblock on my face and my neck, so they tend to be lighter than the rest of my body. So I’m pretty much always looking for a good sunless tanning product that’s going to give me good color that’s even and not too intense since it’s going on my face. Lucky for me while I was at BeautyCon NYC, I went over to the Tarte booth and they showed me a new product for tanning and one that I hadn’t discovered until that day, and both quickly became my favorite tanning products!

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venus

It’s summertime, so it’s the perfect time to chat about smooth legs! I did a fun project with Gillette Venus for the launch of their new (and genius, might I add) product: The Venus Snap. If you’re like me there’s a good chance you’ve been using Venus for years, but now it comes in a mini form, complete with a carrying pod, for your on-the-go touch ups. I even take it with me when I travel!

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kerastase

When I find a good hair treatment, my first thought is always, ‘I can’t wait to blog about this!‘ It’s not often I find a product that does what it says, (that’s why you’ll see a smaller selection of recommended hair products on my blog!) especially if the claim is pretty hefty. Such was the case when Kérastase sent me their Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate: It claims to reduce breakage drastically, promote longer hair growth as a result of keeping the hair healthier, and altogether stronger and shinier hair… And these results are supposed to become visible after seven uses. All of this sounds great, of course, but I had to put this super serum to the test!

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