I have to admit that prior to our 4-months trip to Europe, I was concerned about my skin. It's interesting how my skin ALWAYS breaks out when we travel, no matter the shape it is in before the trip.
I shared on my Shop page the products I use and my holy grail when it comes to skin care, including how I wash my face. In fact, I swear by my Clarisonic that I've been using for about 6 years now, as it has bettered my skin. Yes, the Clarisonic brush + heads are a bit of an investment but so worth it in my opinion. The problem with Clarisonic is, that it's usually big + heavy and not always convenient for travel.
You might have read that in May of this year we embarked on a 4 month trip through Europe. To make our lives easier during this trip, we decided to only bring carry-ons.
Everyone knows that carry-ons mean limited space and limited liquids/gels I could bring with me when it comes to my beauty and care products.
I'm not too proud to admit it, but, when it was time for us to move, I have discovered that I am a product junkie- I love to stock up on anything, from pantry essentials to personal, beauty and haircare products.
While I have tried to stop myself from buying shampoo and conditioner after "overindulging" (spoiler alert - I have had some slip-ups), I moved on to other things.
With the ever-expanding brands and goods, it's hard to resist trying them all. With that said, I have recently bought and tried new (mostly to me) makeup, hair and skincare products. I wanted to share them with you, since I'm sure you're also looking to discover new things, just like I am.
Once again I tried to grow my hair and ended up cutting it. I think that short hair is more of my style, especially because of the less time it takes to "maintain". Once it was cut, my hairdresser blow-dried and arranged it so it looked gorgeous for the rest of the day.
I wash my hair daily, so once the shower time came, I was excited for no more tangled mess my longer hair was. However, once I washed it, I got a little nervous. Short hair doesn't necessarily mean less time getting ready. I stopped blow drying my hair more than a year ago and I've noticed good changes. But a bob-like haircut takes a little more than just air-drying, if I am to avoid the frizziness. I still wanted to skip the blow-out, as well as the hair oils I was using to detangle it.
What I did instead,
This SoCal heat's been no joke. It's been about two months now since the temperatures haven't gone below 90s, humidity's been sticking around and overall, it's been pretty miserable around here. I don't know about you, but the heat literally squeezes the energy out of me.
So, these days I try to keep my beauty regimen as quick and simple as possible. I found just the products to help me with that and work for me. You know I'm all about easy - easy style, easy beauty... These products became my go-to for easy, no fuss beauty, which work just as well during the cold weather; keep on reading to see what they are...
I don't enjoy putting on makeup; I'd rather sleep more than having to get up earlier to put "my face on". So why am I not skipping this step, you might ask? Well, because like most women, I try to hide dark under-eye circles, a pimple here and there, keep my oily skin under-control, and whatever else is going on.
However, I like my makeup light and natural looking, easy and relatively quick to apply. I have my tried-and-true products that I must always have and I use them everyday to make my life easier. Oh, and did I mention that I don't like spending a lot of money on makeup, so all these but two, are "drugstore" products and so, very affordable.
We all want to stay young. In fact, this desire of ours is so big, that there has been an entire industry created around it, just to slow it down, if not prevent it. Thousands of brands, millions of products, all promising that youthful look indefinitely. We all fall victims and keep searching for that miracle cream only to get disappointed over and over again.
I am no different. I have to admit I'm not looking forward to getting old, having wrinkles and having my body slow down. But, it is not something I can stop, so instead, I choose to take care of my skin and body now so it stays my friend years from now.
I think prevention is the best way to stop or delay certain things and I am all for fighting those wrinkles or any signs of them. It took me a while to understand that the skin around the eyes is the one in most need of special care - and let me tell you that I wasn't happy the day I noticed the lines forming. I had to act asap.
We all have seen the commercials for Olay Regenerist. And of course I fell for them and became one of the millions of women that bought the products and started using them rigorously, day and night. Did they work? Read on for my honest review...
Today I thought of introducing you to a brand that I recently discovered and fell in love with, in case you haven't already found it yourselves.
Over a year ago, we made an effort to be more conscious of what we put inside and outside our bodies. We eliminated certain foods from our diet and turned to more natural products for body care. It's known that what we put on our skin and hair is absorbed into our bodies so we try to choose products with less harmful chemicals for better health and a better environment.
I have talked about other natural hair products I like in this post and while looking for body care I came across RawSugar. I immediately liked that they are sulfates, paraben, dyes, silicones and cruelty free and are made in Southern California. The facts that they are affordable and that they give back to people in need were huge pluses so I decided to give them a try. I'm so happy I did. I first tried their body wash and immediately fell in love. I can't stand artificial scents and perfumes and these smell like the real deal. My favorite - the lemon sugar body wash smells like fresh lemons and who doesn't like that? We also bought the almond and manuka honey and the green tea, cucumber and aloe body wash and both me and my husband use them now.
I was so happy to see that they came out with a hair care lines as well. I tried their Coconut and Raw Honey shampoo and conditioner, as well as their avocado hair masque and I have to say they did not disappoint. They smell so yummy and my hair felt so much softer and had added shine.
Have you heard of RawSugar or tried their products?
Skincare is my number one priority when it comes to beauty. I don't like wearing makeup but I do because I am a bit insecure about my skin and I have dark under-eye circles. However, I wear little foundation or only concealer and powder some days and that's because I try my best to take care of my skin. I don't spend a lot of money on it or buy fancy products, but I do follow a specific regimen and that seems to be working. Of course I have days when I fall off-the-wagon and skip some of the steps and that's when I notice a change for the worse.
One step that I do my best to incorporate at least once a week, no matter what, is a face mask.
I have a problem and if the photo above doesn't speak about that than I don't know what does. But before you start thinking I'm crazy, let me explain.
First, it is necessary for me to mention that this post was born from the love I have for this brand and the fact that I want to share the good stuff I find with you.
I have had a long, tough at times, journey with my hair. I still have a love-hate sort of relationship with it.
I had it long (around my waist) years and years ago, before I cut it. Yes, I was sorry and yes, sometimes, I miss it.
The main reason I decided to cut my hair though was the split-ends. No matter what I was doing (cut it, condition it, apply treatments), the split-ends kept re-appearing, and let me tell you - nothing is more unsightly when it comes to hair than split-ends. And forget about growing it out.