5 FACIAL SCRUBS YOU SHOULD BE USING

Facial scrubs have become a normal part of my weekly skin care regimen. I started thinking about the health of my skin in my mid-twenties.  I made sure I washed all of my makeup off at night and I would use moisturizer and sunscreen as often as I felt I needed to.  During my early thirties, I developed better habits in regards to my skin, however, as I approached my forties a healthy skin care regimen became a top priority. I am picky about what I put on my face, because I have sensitive skin, and I don’t want to experience any type of break outs.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

Exfoliating is important because as we age, our cell regeneration slows down, which means that if we don’t remove the dead skin cells, we are left with rough, dry, dull looking skin.  You should use an exfoliant once (if you have sensitive skin) or twice a week.  However, you should  NOT exfoliate more than three times per week.

Regular exfoliation will help you to achieve healthier, brighter looking skin.  These are some of the facial scrubs that I use as a part of my healthy skin care regimen, and to keep my skin glowing.  I like them because they are each effective, yet gentle on my sensitive skin.

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1.L’Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean, Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Facial Scrub

This is my favorite. I love how gentle it is on the skin.  

 

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

2.Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Face Scrub

Contains gentle microbeads to exfoliate dull, dead surface skin.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

3.Palmer’s Micro Fine Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I looooooveee the smell of this scrub.  It contains cocoa beads that help exfoliate your skin.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

4.St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub

An oldie but goodie.  This was the very first facial scrub that I used back in my twenties, and I still use it in rotation now that I am in my forties.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

5.Queen Helene Oatmeal N’ Honey Scrub

This is another one that has been around for a while.  It has oatmeal and honey to help nourish your skin

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

Do you exfoliate regularly?  What is your favorite scrub? Leave me a comment.  

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JUNE BIRCHBOX REVIEW

 

June Birchbox Review

June Birchbox Review

 

 

So, I am finally getting around to doing a review of my June Birchbox. This is the third box that I have received, and thus far, I have not been impressed.  I received July’s box on today, but have not opened it as of yet.  If I am not impressed with the items in my July box, I am seriously considering canceling my subscription and switching to Ipsy.  I kinda subscribed on a whim and I am starting to regret my decision.  I was leaning toward Ipsy but decided to go with Birchbox. I have gotten some really good reviews from people who are subscribed to Ipsy, so I really think I want to give them a try.  Anyway, we will see how things go.  

 

June Birchbox Review

June Birchbox Review

This month’s box was all about products to help you put your best face forward.  It included facial moisturizer, an eye shadow stick, brow pencil, perfume and scalp oil.

 

 

June Birchbox Review
Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

“Enriched with green tea, cucumber, and vitamins C & E, this moisturizer hydrates skin while providing pollutant protection.”

I used this moisturizer daily for three days. This gel did very little in terms of hydrating my skin.  I have somewhat sensitive skin, and therefore am a bit leery of trying new things, but this product did not cause any breakouts.  I am not too fond of gel moisturizers anyway, and this one was really nothing to write home about. 

 

June Birchbox Review
Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris

 

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris

A fragrance from designer Catherine Malandrino “mixes summer fruits and florals for an elegant vibe.”

This perfume has a light, citrusy scent to it.  It certainly wouldn’t be my top choice as far as perfumes go, but it has a nice scent.  It was not very long wearing, as the scent seemed to fade rather quickly. 

June Birchbox Review
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brown Pencil

“This waterproof pencil grabs onto brow hairs to create natural-looking definition.”

I really like this brow pencil.  The angled tip makes application very easy, and it is waterproof.  It did a great job of holding up in this summer heat. I was really impressed with this pencil and may actually purchase it. 

June Birchbox Review
Earths Nectar Scalp Oil

Earth’s Nectar Green Olive and Lavender Scalp Oil

“This soothing scalp treatment busts buildup and relieves irritation.”

I liked the scent of this oil, and the lavender was not overpowering.  I think it would be a good oil for scalp massages.  I liked that the oil penetrated my scalp easily and was not too heavy on my hair or scalp.

 

June Birchbox Review
Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick

“This two-in-one shadow stick offers high-pigment with comfortable wear.”

This shadow stick arrived broken and was smashed against the top of the cap.  After trying it out,  it applies smoothly, but it is a bit too shimmery for my taste. I’m not much of a fan of shimmery eyeshadows.

As I mentioned earlier, I have not really been all that impressed with the items I have been receiving in my monthly box.  I am still on the fence but will be making a decision as to whether or not I will cancel after opening this month’s (July) box.

Are you a Birchbox subscriber?  How do you feel about the products you have received?  Share your experience with me.

 

 

 

 

3 BUDGET FRIENDLY CONDITIONERS FOR NATURAL HAIR

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Is there such a thing as a co-wash-aholic?  If so, that’s me (raises hand).  I love conditioning my natural hair, and I am always thrilled when I can find a budget friendly conditioner that works well for my hair.  I have tried so many different products that it’s not even funny.  While I appreciate the more expensive brands, and I have quite a few of those in my stash, I appreciate the products that are easy on my wallet as well.

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

 

The one major thing that I look for when it comes to a conditioner is how well it moisturizes.  That is a top priority for me.  I also like a conditioner that provides a nice slip and does a good job of detangling my hair. These three conditioners do an amazing job, and best of all, they are easy on your budget.

 

AUSSIE MOIST 3-MINUTE MIRACLE DEEP CONDITIONER

I absolutely love this Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.  It has a very nice smell to it and a thick consistency which I love.  I apply it and comb it through my hair when I first get into the shower.  I allow the conditioner to penetrate my hair while I am washing my body.  Afterward, I rinse it and it leaves my hair super soft and manageable. This stuff leaves my hair extremely moisturized. I keep this one in my shower and use it every other week as a quick deep conditioner. Did I mention that I love this conditioner!

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

 

HERBAL ESSENCES HELLO HYDRATION MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

I love the smell of coconut and orchid.  And this Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner is infused with coconut milk and orchid, which leaves your hair smelling divine.  I use this as a co-wash. It is actually one of my go-to conditioners for co-washing. This Herbal Essences conditioner has a nice consistency to it and it provides a great slip. It does a great job of detangling the hair.  After use, my hair is always soft, manageable and very moisturized.  

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

GIOVANNI 50/50 BALANCED MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

I use the Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Conditioner as a co-wash also.  It did a really good job of conditioning my hair.  It has a nice pleasant botanical smell.  It is a tad bit thin in consistency to me. Because my hair is thick, I had to use quite a bit of it.  Giovanni provides a good slip when co-washing your hair.  It did a really good job of moisturizing and left my hair really soft and manageable.

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

Each of the products listed did a very nice job of detangling my hair and provided it with much-needed moisture. So, what’s your favorite budget friendly conditioner?  Leave me a comment.

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Sonia

10 INEXPENSIVE WEEKLY SELF-CARE IDEAS

Self-care is important to both our mental and physical health.  But because we lead such busy lives, we often neglect taking the time to actually care for ourselves.  I for one, know that I have been guilty of this.  

We often feel that because we have so many activities on our plate – work, school, church,  kids, after school activities and the list goes on and on, that we are unable to actually fit “me time” into our schedules.

I have reached a point in my life as to where I am making myself a priority.  I take a couple of hours each week to do something that I enjoy.  

There are simple things that you can do to add a little self-care to your week.  Here is a list of my favorites:

1. Take a relaxing bath.  Light some candles, and add a half cup of your favorite bath salts, then immerse yourself into a warm bath.

2. Read a good book. Curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair and enjoy that book that you’ve been wanting to read for some time now.

3. Enjoy a glass of wine. Pop open that cork and pour yourself a glass of vino.

4. Listen to your favorite tunes. Put on your favorite tunes, turn it up, and shake your boo-tay.

5. Visit a coffee shop. If you are a coffee lover like myself, you can go to your local coffee shop and order up your favorite cup of coffee or tea.  While you’re there, treat yourself to a pastry as well.

6. Manicure/Pedicure. Give yourself a Mani/Pedi.  Your feet will definitely thank you.

7. Take a walk.  Put on your tennis shoes and go for a leisurely walk through your neighborhood.  Inhale the fresh air.

8. Binge out on your favorite tv shows. This is one of my favorites!  I love to spend hours in front of the tv catching up on my favorite shows.

9. Light up a candle. Can you say aromatherapy? Enjoy a scented candle.

10. Go to bed early (or on time). This is one that I am working on.  I am often up until the wee hours of the morning because I get more done after my hubby and the kid are in bed.  I have come to realize that my health is more important, so I have been going to bed much earlier than in the past – well most of the time.

10 Inexpensive Self Care Ideas

You should take some time to incorporate weekly self-care activities into your schedule.  It’s easy to spend our time caring for others while neglecting self.  But as the saying goes – you can’t pour from an empty cup.  So remember that self-care is not a luxury, it’s actually a necessity.  

How do you spend your “me time?” Leave me a comment.  

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Sonia

 

SUMMER LIP GLOSS FAVORITES

I am a lip gloss lover, and prefer glosses over lipstick. LA Colors Moisturizing Lip Gloss is one of my summer lip gloss favorites. I purchased these goodies at my local Dollar Store for only two dollars.   Even though this is a bargain brand lip gloss, it feels good on my lips and does not give me that icky after taste that I sometimes get from some bargain brands. They are available in six different shades, and comes with a sponge applicator tip. I like that this lip gloss in particular gives me a very sheer coverage, which is perfect for summer,  and it also gives me just the right amount of shine.

summer lip gloss favorites

summer lip gloss favorites
LA Colors Moisturizing Lip Gloss – Pink Pearl
summer lip gloss favorites
LA Colors Moisturizing Lip Gloss – Rose Petals
summer lip gloss favorites
LA Colors Moisturizing Lip Gloss – Altered Beige

I like to use Elf Pout Perfector to add a bit of highlight to my lips. You only need a dab of it in order to add a nice glow to your lips, so don’t over-do it. I use this when I am wearing either lipstick or lip gloss.

summer lip gloss favorites
ELF Pout Perfector

In my opinion, this is a great lip gloss for those who appreciate a bargain without having to sacrifice quality. I always have my LA Colors lip gloss and Elf Pout Perfector in my makeup bag.  You never know when you might need a quick touch up.

Do you have a favorite bargain lip gloss?  Leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sonia

 

SKIN CARE BASICS

We all know that daily skin care is important, right?  Our skin is the largest barrier that we have to protect us from infections. Healthy skin also helps us to age gracefully.
Your daily regimen does not have to include a ten or twelve step process. A good skin care regimen requires proper cleansing, exfoliation, toning, and moisturizing.

We all know that daily skin care is important, right?  Our skin is the largest barrier that we have to protect us from infections. Healthy skin also helps us to age gracefully.

Some of us are under the misconception that you need the most expensive cleansers, moisturizers, and latest tools in order to properly achieve healthy skin. That, however, is not true. Your daily regimen does not have to include a ten or twelve step process. A good skin care regimen requires proper cleansing, exfoliation, toning, and moisturizing.

Here are the basic steps you should follow in order to achieve healthy skin and maintain a “youthful” glow.

Skin Care Basics
CLEANSE
Cleansing is essential to remove oil, dirt and dead skin cells. Cleanse your face twice a day to remove dirt, makeup, and excess oil. When cleansing, be very gentle with your skin.  You also want to pat your face when drying as opposed, to rubbing.  

There are many different types of cleansers on the market.  Here’s a simple breakdown of a few of the different types of cleansers available:

Bar soaps can be a bit more drying than other facial cleansers. They can strip your skin of natural oils, therefore they tend to be more suitable for those with oily skin.

Lotion/Gel cleansers are mild cleansers that are best suited for those with dry or sensitive skin.

Foaming cleansers can also be a bit drying. Therefore, those with oily skin tend to do better with a foaming cleanser.

Medicated cleansers contain acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid helps to clear blocked pores while reducing swelling and redness. Benzoyl peroxide exfoliates the skin and kills bacteria.

Be sure to choose a cleanser that is best suited for your particular skin type. You may have to actually experiment to see which one is best suited for you. You always want to choose the cleanser that is most gentle on your skin.


EXFOLIATE
No matter your skin type, you can benefit from exfoliating.  Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from your pores while revealing new skin cells.

Choose a gentle exfoliant as opposed to a scrub. Pay attention to your skin as well.  Some people can get away with exfoliating on a daily basis, while others may only be able to do it once a week.  Do what is best for you and your skin.

TONE
A toner can help to remove any leftover traces of dirt and makeup.  People with oily skin or those prone to acne can especially benefit from using a toner.

Our skin is naturally acidic. During the cleansing process, that balance is thrown off.  Your skin will naturally produce more oil to try and restore that balance which of course results in oily skin.  Applying toner helps to restore the pH balance of your skin after cleansing.

MOISTURIZE
Lastly, you want to make sure that you properly moisturize.  You should incorporate a moisturizer into your skin care routine as early as your twenties.  

Make sure that you use light handed, upward strokes to apply moisturizer to your neck and face.  Be extra careful with the sensitive skin around your eyes.  Remember that less is more.  If you apply a thick layer of moisturizer, it can lead to breakouts, because your skin cannot absorb it properly.

You should moisturize twice a day.  Your daytime moisturizer should include an SPF to help protect against the sun’s rays.  Most nighttime formulas do not contain an SPF but instead contain anti-aging ingredients.  Be sure to choose a formula that is compatible with your skin type.

One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of healthy skin is simply H2O.  Drink plenty of water on a daily basis – the rule of thumb is at least 64 ounces per day.  By incorporating these basics into my daily routine, I have been able to achieve healthier looking skin.

Do you follow a daily skincare regimen? What are your essentials? Share them with me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sonia

 

MY TOP 5 DRUGSTORE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

The amount of money that we spend on makeup and beauty products can quickly add up.  So when I find a bargain that works well without breaking the bank, I am pretty excited.  

The amount of money that we spend on makeup and beauty products can quickly add up.  So when I find a bargain that works well without breaking the bank, I am pretty excited.  Below I share with you 5 of my favorite drugstore beauty products.  

 

Facial Cleansing Wipes

Skincare is very important.  Most nights, I follow a very strict skincare regimen.  There are however, times when I am in a rush to get to bed, and I just want to cleanse my face quickly.  Garnier SkinActive Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes are my saving grace.  They do a great job of removing ALL of my makeup (including mascara).  Unlike some other wipes, these are very gentle on my skin.

Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products
Garnier Cleansing Wipes

Mascara

Mascara is the one product that I do not leave home without. If I don’t apply any other makeup, I have to have my mascara. I love the Elf Volumizing and Defining Mascara.  It lengthens my lashes without adding too much volume to them. It provides a good coverage for everyday wear,  and does not run.  And with a $2 price tag, you can’t beat that.

Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products
ELF Mascara

Foundation

L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup is my fave! This liquid foundation provides a very lightweight coverage and it matches my skin tone perfectly.  I don’t like a heavily made up look, so this foundation is perfect for me.

Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products
L’Oreal True Match Makeup

Exfoliating Scrub

I use a facial scrub 2 – 3 times a week to remove dead skin cells and to give my skin a youthful glow.  L’Oreal go360 Clean Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub is very gentle on my skin.  It comes with a facial scrublet to help gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin.  It does a great job of cleansing and exfoliating without drying out my skin.

Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products
L’Oreal 360 Clean w/ Scrublet

Lip gloss

I am a lip gloss lover! LA Colors Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Tickled Pink is one of my favorites. This gloss does a good job of moisturizing.  It goes on smoothly and leaves my lips nice and shiny – just the way I like ‘em.

Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products
LA Colors Lip Gloss

 

What are your favorite beauty bargains?  Share them with us! 

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Sonia