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Skincare Routine with DermaE Ft Dr. Lauren Boudreaux

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Happy Wednesday and second day of blogmas!  Last month I partnered with Dr. Lauren Boudreaux on how to keep your skin healthy and hydrated during the winter.  I am happy to announce that we have teamed up again to share my current skincare Routine with Dermae Ft Dr. Lauren Boudreaux.

For those of you who have not heard of DermaE, they are one of the largest natural skin care brands in the United States. They make everything from skincare,  body care, hair care, and topicals.  All their products are natural, cruelty-free, gluten-free and GMO-free.

Morning Routine:

Depending on the day, my routine can be really involved or super lazy.  This goes for both my morning routine and nighttime routine, but we are going to go over the items that I use the most.  Please take into account that I wake up at 2:40 AM, so lately my routine hasn’t too elaborate at this time- very simple, but it works for me!  When I wake up in the morning, I start out my routine by using a face wipe to freshen up my skin. Now, it’s time for the important stuff.  The next few items that I am about to mention have made a huge difference in my skin.

  • Derma e Essential Radiance Toner– I love that this toner is toner alcohol-free and contains glycolic acid.  It tightens and smooths my skin while providing a nice luminous glow.
Dr. Lauren’s opinion:  

Essentials Radiance Toner: This is an awesome product formulated with glycolic acid, which gently exfoliates the skin and gives you that glow! I love that it is formulated with botanicals like rosehip oils to soothe the skin. Rosehip oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants to keep skin healthy!

**This product is also a squad favorite and one of the top 10 selling products**

Dr. Lauren’s opinion:  
Hydrating Face Oil: I love using essential oils on my skin! It moisturizes the skin and given an immediate glow. You can apply directly after cleansing or add a few drops to your foundation. Jojoba oil and argan oil have been proven in studies to keep skin healthy and radiant!
Illuminating Rosehip and Cranberry Oil: Both rosehip oil and cranberry seed oil are packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to hydrate the skin and fight off damage. I would apply this after cleansing 1-2 times a day.

I also use the Firming DMAE Eye Lift in the morning and night.  This eye cream has been a holy grail for the past year and a half.  It firms and tightens the skin around my eyes.  I strongly believe this is why I do not have a lot of wrinkles around my eye area.

**Tip:  Check out local Marshall’s and TJMaxx’s to find discounted Derma E products (old packaging).  If you find and purchase any, be sure to snap a pic of the product and receipt to get $5 off a future purchase.  Good thru the month of December**

Nighttime Routine:

My nighttime routine doesn’t differ too much from my morning routine.  The main differences are that I add a serum and switch up the moisturizer to something more hydrating.  Also, about once or twice a week I implement in Overnight Peel.  The overnight peel is great for renewing skin overnight.

  • Hydrating Night Cream– I first tried this product out two or three years ago, since then I have been hooked.  This is the one product that has been the one constant in my routine ever since and will continue to be.
Dr. Lauren’s opinion:
Hydrating night cream: This moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid which is like topical filler! It draws water into the skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s formulated with antioxidants and vitamins which protect your skin.
Dr. Lauren Boudreaux’s Top Picks:

Dr. Lauren Boudreaux is a dermatologist located here in Portland, Oregon.  She also has a great Instagram with amazing beauty tips and tricks.  I love how passionate she is about everything skincare and dermatology with a little bit of Portland thrown in.  Click her picture to check out her IG and don’t forget to follow her!

Keep reading to see her top picks and how she would use the products!

1. After cleansing, apply the Vitamin C Concentrated serum. This helps to reduce pigmentation and protect your skin from UV damage and environmental pollutants. I use mine daily! Follow this up with a sunscreen in the AM and you are covered!
2. Another amazing product they offer is the Overnight peel with Alpha-hydroxy Acids. This will help to accelerate skin turn over, get rid of any damaged skin cells and leave your skin with a  gorgeous glow. Everyone is different in how often they can use these products. I would start with once a week and increase use as tolerated.
3. At night, I would recommend using their Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmate creme. This is a gentle retinoid which works to turn skin cells over, reduce pore size, help decrease breakouts, and stimulate collagen production! Basically, it does everything! Apply a moisturizer on top to reduce irritation.
4. Lastly, their Purifying 2- in 1-Charcoal mask sounds awesome. Charcoal will help neutralize toxins from the skin, plus it is formulated with Kimarine® Wakame which is a plant-based antioxidant to help protect against free radicals produced by pollution and UV radiation.  Check out her review of this product here.
Overall a great line, excellent price point, and quality ingredients!
I hope you all enjoyed learning from Dr. Lauren Boudreaux and I.  What’s your favorite Derma E products?

 

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#Onebrandmotd: Marc Jacobs Beauty

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week’s brand is Marc Jacobs beauty.  Last weeks drugstore brand was Nyx cosmetics.  I am a bit behind on doing my look this week.  My kids left for two weeks to go to Korea, Guam, and the Philippines.  I am so not used them leaving for that long and overseas, so I have been a complete wreck, lol.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We try and cover our faces with as much of the branded makeup as we can.  This calls for creativity when creating the looks.  We have also decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some more affordable options.  I am happy to announce that we have some new collab additions.  We have added two lovely ladies to the group.  You will now be able to see four different one brand looks, so be sure to check out hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the final looks on social media.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

We all know the famous fashion designer, Marc Jacobs.  Marc Jacobs created his beauty line back in 2014.  Since the creation of his beauty line, there have been some amazing products made.  Starting with his foundations, high liners, and palettes to say the least.  His line is the epitome of luxury, but with a little bit of shopping around, you can find his products are places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx or take advantage of sales at Sephora.  If you are to try anything, I would suggest trying his high liner gel liners.  They are my absolute favorite!

Now, let’s get on with the look.  The pictures above show the products I used to create my look.  I know, I know.  It doesn’t look like much, but you can do a lot with what you have.

Blush, bronzer, highlight using Object of Desire palette
Eyes- about that night eyeshadow palette
Marc Jacobs gel high liner in cocoa
Highliner lip liner all over the lips

I love how this look turned out.  I loved it so much that I created it this morning for work!  It doesn’t take too much time to apply and very little product.  The highlight in the Object of Desire palette provides just the right amount of glow- think office appropriate.  The shadows are very pigmented, buttery, and easy to blend.  I also found it to be the same for the shadows in the Object of Desire as well.  I am putting all this makeup to the test to see how well it lasts.  Check back this weekend for a second #onebrandmotd featuring Marc Jacobs and for my final thoughts on the products.

 

 

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#Onebrandmotd: Nyx Cosmetics

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week brand is Nyx Cosmetics.  Last weeks high-end brand was Too faced cosmetics.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get my blog post up because of some travel mishaps during my trip Generation Beauty.  That trip is a whole other blog post, so be on the look out for that.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We try and cover our faces with as much of the branded makeup as we can.  This calls for creativity when creating the looks.  We have also decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some more affordable options.  I am happy to announce that we have some new collab additions.  We have added two lovely ladies to the group.  You will now be able to see four different one brand looks.  Check out hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the final looks on social media.

Nyx Cosmetics

Nyx cosmetics was started by Tina Ko back in 1999.  She wanted to a create a great product at an affordable price point.  It became just that.  The ever growing brand started out by just making lip pencils and eyeliners, with the Nyx jumbo eyeliner in Milk being a cult favorite.

My task was to create a simple look with a little bit of color.  I was still able to keep my look very minimal and natural looking.

Deets
  • Total Control Drop Foundation– I’ve been wanting to test out this foundation.  Luckily, I received some samples in a ULTA gift with purchase.  I found applying the foundation with a beauty blender was best.  I tested it out with a kabuki flat top, but it left streaks.  It is a medium to full coverage, with build-able capabilities.

  • Ultimate Multi-Finish Shadow Palette– I received this palette for free at Generation Beauty San Francisco and let me tell you, it was a pleasant surprise.  The colors are very pigmented and blend very well.  I was able to create a nice neutral look and do my browns using the dark brown matte color in the palette. I love multi-use products!  It’s all about being creative.

  • Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter– I received this from Generation beauty as well, but to be honest…I didn’t get much highlights from this product at all.  It was applied to my cheekbones and to my cupids bow.   I can see why they were giving it away for free and why it’s on clearance on the website for $4.90.

  • Mega Shine Lip Gloss– These glosses are an oldie but a goodie.  I love the smell, the application, and the just right amount of color.

I hope you enjoyed this mini review and quick #onebrandmotd using Nyx Cosmetics.  Check back this weekend for a night time look using NYX.

 

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#Onebrandmotd: Rimmel

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for about the past month, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week brand is Rimmel London.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some cheaper options. Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Rimmel London

Rimmel London is a drugstore brand made famous by Kate Moss.  With cult favorite lippies and the ever so popular it Rimmel Stay Matte matter. This brand really deserves a lot more praise.  A personal favorite of mine is the bb creams and contour palette.

I needed to create a look that was quick and easy, after all, I do wake up at 3:30 am and do not have the mental compacity to do a full face in the morning.  It also needed it to be interview appropriate since I had one later in the morning.

I was able to create a super simple, sun-kissed glow, summer look that worked very well for my interview and also helped me look alive during the day.  The #Instaflawless Skin Tint has been my go-to foundation because it provides just enough coverage and still looks very natural.

Face Deets

 

I hope you all enjoyed this week #Onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to follow up with us next week where we will be featuring Too Faced Cosmetics.

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#One brand motd: NARS Cosmetics

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for about the past month, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week brand is Nars Cosmetics.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some cheaper options. Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Nars Cosmetics

Nars is another cult favorite brand.  Mainly known for the famous blush ‘Orgasm’, and for good reason.  Orgasm is absolutely beautiful!  Unfortunately, I am not using the blush color in my look today, but I worked in the lipgloss.

This look is a no makeup, makeup look.  I do have days where I go all out, but most can be found very minimal.  That’s my style and what works for me.  Check below for the deets!

Budget Friendly Ways

Let’s talk budget real quick!  Since this brand is a luxury brand, I wanted to touch base on how I get some of my high-end products.  I couldn’t justify spending $29.00 on a single eyeshadow.  I would suggest checking out value sets like the Sephora favorites.  This is how I obtained the dual-intensity eyeshadow and the full-size lipgloss.

You can also join Sephora playbox.  It’s a monthly subscription that gets you five sample, deluxe size samples, or an occasional full-size product for $10.00 a month.   You can sign up here.

My last suggestion would be shopping at Nordstrom!  The NARS counter always has a gift with purchases.  The girls at my counter are super nice and give out great gifts.  I ended up with a gloss, liner, mascara, small blush, and cream blush stick for purchasing one of the cheek palettes. Well worth it!

I hope you all enjoyed this week #Onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to check back next week for our high brand end.  If there is a brand you would like us to do, leave us a comment below!

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#One brand motd: Kat Von D

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd.  You might be thinking what is she talking about?  Well, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd.  This week we are doing #One brand motd: Kat Von D.

Brand Challenge

What’s a brand challenge?  Let me explain.  Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand.  We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore each week to provide some cheaper options.  Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Kat Von D

Kat Von D is an amazing brand with amazing products, but after looking in my collection, I quickly came to find that I didn’t own much of her products.  Crazy, right?  This motd called for a lot of creativity.

I actually thought I had a blush and some lippies as well, but as you can tell from the picture above- I only own the Shade and Light Contour Palette and a sample of tattoo liner.  The used the contour palette as eyeshadow, brow powder, and my contour/highlight.

 

The palette worked great as an eyeshadow- very blendable and the colors worked perfectly.  I am a nudes girl anyway.   I don’t have to tell you how great it worked as a face palette- that’s what it is made for.  As a brow powder, it did the trick.  It went a little bolder than I like, but a little blending and you are good to go.

I am going to take advantage and utilize this palette more for all over the face.  It takes up less space in my makeup bag and great for travel.  Now off to Sephora to purchase more Kat Von D.  I still can’t believe that these are the only products I own.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks #onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag to show us your look!