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Mardi Gras Skin Recovery (or Hangover Skin Recovery)

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Mardi Gras is officially over, and we’ve all partied our little hearts out, while also dehydrating our bodies and angering our skin. So, I’ve devised a little plan to help you rejuvenate tired hungover skin.

before and after

1. Hydrate

We all know the importance of hydration in general, but when it comes to hangovers or multiple days of partying, it’s critical. Not just for your internal organs, but also for your skin. While there is only one bottle of water pictured here, that was my third that morning. Keeping your body hydrated helps keep your skin plump and less dry which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sallowness.

2. Cleanse

I can’t stress this one enough – cleanse and cleanse well, not harshly, but well. Removing all the dirt, sweat, and other environmental nastiness your skin absorbed is essential to giving it an opportunity to recover. I love the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. It’s a gentle, but insanely effective, cleanser that doesn’t foam. It can be used as a basic cleanser or even as an overnight mask. I’ve done a review here if you’re interested in reading more, but the basic point of Step 2 is to make sure you properly cleanse.

3. Calm

This is an essential step. Calming the angry skin is necessary. It needs soothing ingredients to reduce inflammation and absorb necessary nutrients. For this, I like the Ayesha Fresh Face Mask from Lush as its main purpose is to refresh tired dull skin. The Ayesha features a blend of kiwi (rich in Vitamin C for brightening), asparagus (to nourish and absorb excess oil), honey (for hydrating and reducing inflammation), and witch hazel (for tightening). Truth be told, this is one of my favorite masks of all time.

4. Nourish

As you might know by now, I am a huge fan of coconut oil for skincare. It’s cheap, easy to find, and provides a host of skin benefits. For this step, I do a coconut oil mask. All you need to do is liquefy about a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin. Let that absorb into the skin for 30 minutes to an hour. Gently wipe your face clean with a warm washcloth. This helps nourish the skin due to the high concentrations of lauric acid. Basically, it’s food for the skin! (For other beauty uses of coconut oil, check out this post!) You’ll begin to notice your skin reviving around this step.

5. Repair

Now that you’ve revived your skin, it’s time to repair it using a good serum. Any current serum you are using will do the trick. I like serums because they are designed to enhance the absorption of products that come after them, and are concentrated to such a degree that you’re providing your skin with high levels of vitamins and nutrients. I used the Skin & Co Truffle Oil Serum, which I reviewed here. But I also love the Skin, Inc. serums (they will custom blend one suited to your skin’s needs and issues).

6. Strengthen

Its helpful to strengthen the eye area when giving your skin recovery time. The key is finding an eye cream that contains hyalauronic acid. Hyalauronic acid is a fabulous ingredient that not only helps skin retain moisture, but also helps exfoliate without rubbing or scrubbing. I love the BeautiControl Restructuring Eye Creme, which you can read more about here. I’ve been using it for years, and  I love it.

7. Moisturize

The last step is to moisturize to restore hydration from the outside in. Any quality moisturizer will do the job, but today I used Vichy Lift Activ Nuit. I have just started using this one, so I’ll have to get back to you with a full review. Quality moisturizers are key because they help infuse moisture into the outer layers of the skin, which also helps to plump skin, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and nourish newly forming skin cells.

As you can tell from the before and after photo, there is a very noticeable difference. Skincare isn’t difficult, but with the right steps it can make a drastic change in the appearance of your skin, despite the craziness you put yourself through the night before.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you try this! I want to see your before and after pictures!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties II: Skincare Part 2

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Welcome Back! This post will serve as Part 2 of the skincare empties! So, let’s get right to it!

Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex by Fresh

Fresh Youth Preserve Face Cream, $42. Available at Sephora and Ulta.
Fresh Youth Preserve Face Cream, $42. Available at Sephora and Ulta.

Admittedly, this is my second or third empty of this particular face cream. It’s been in the rotation for a long time — pre-blogging. I love the Fresh line — all of it! This moisturizer is light and fluffy, yet manages to provide long lasting moisture. The formula contains sodium hyaluronate, which is a salt of hyaluronic acid – an ingredient I always check for when purchasing a moisturizer. In non-scientific terms, this ingredient aids in sloughing off of dead skin cells to fill lines, wrinkles, and plump skin. In addition, it contains lotus flower extract (improves skin texture and appearance); limonene (for brightening and fast absorption); fig extract (deep moisturizing); citrus oil (for brightening, Vitamin C); and cucumber (for soothing), among other ingredients. I use this one as a day cream, and it leaves my skin feeling fresh (no pun intended), clean, and glowing. I will continue to keep this one in the rotation. You can find it at Sephora or Ulta, and it will run you $42 for 1.7 oz, which is totally worth it for a quality moisturizer.

Omega Daily Moisturizer by SoPhyto

SoPhyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, $40-50 on Amazon.com
SoPhyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, $40-50 on Amazon.com

I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer, but it’s so hard to find! This is my fourth empty of this one, and honestly, I hate hunting it down. But, alas, I have found it on Amazon. This one is super natural and fabulous for sensitive skin. I started using it after a very bad allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide, and it really helped to rehab my skin! Not only is it a great moisturizer, but it also functions as a great primer for foundation! When a product pulls double duty like that, I get really really happy! Keep an eye out at TJ Maxx, as they do sell it on the cheap from time to time. Otherwise, here’s the Amazon link!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, $50-100 depending on size. Available at FeelUnique.com or EmmaHardie.com
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, $50-100 depending on size. Available at FeelUnique.com or EmmaHardie.com

Oh, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, how I love thee. I could sing the praises of this cleansing balm for paragraphs on end. But, I won’t. This is my winter skin go-to cleanser. If you’ve never used a cleansing balm, it’s a different beast than most cleansers. It’s got a vaseline-jelly-like consistency. All it takes is about a quarter size dollop, and you simply massage it into dry skin. It takes off ALL of your makeup, including eye makeup, and cleanses your skin beautifully at the same time (there’s that double duty again!). Next, all you have to do is rinse or wipe your face gently with a warm wash cloth. It leaves my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bottom, and the refreshing feeling it leaves behind makes me think my pores and skin cells are having the most relaxing spa experience ever created. Oh, and it smells heavenly. I’d buy it in a perfume if the smell came in a perfume because it smells slightly floral, but so clean! It contains grape seed oil (aids in regulating sebum/oil production); almond oil (helps to reduce irritation); bergamot oil (treats acne); citrus oil; sunflower oil, and a host of other natural oils/ingredients. The packaging is sturdy and beautiful. It’s truly a luxury product, all around. Unfortunately, Emma Hardie is not sold in the United States; however, you can purchase it online from England, as I do. It’s not cheap, but I PROMISE YOU it’s worth it. My tub of 3.4 oz lasted me a little over 5 months. Yes, nearly half a year. It also comes in a 6.7 oz option. You can find it at FeelUnique or on the Emma Hardie site. I’m going to reorder this tomorrow, actually. I miss it so much.

Cosmetic Lad by LUSH

Cosmetic Lad by LUSH, $23.95 for 1.5 oz
Cosmetic Lad by LUSH, $23.95 for 1.5 oz

This is one of LUSH’s moisturizers for men. I’ve included it in this empties series because I got a little sample (pictured in the composite picture at the top) for my brother who has terrible eczema, and part of my sisterly-beauty blogger duty is to help him find products to make his skin better. Nonetheless, my brother purchased the full size and actually used it. He says that when paired with LUSH’s Dirty (their men’s shaving cream), he found great improvement in the hydration of his skin. When I tell you his eczema is terrible, I truly mean it. We have searched everywhere and tried so many remedies for his skin, including slathering him with lotions and wrapping him in plastic trash bags. (He’s going to kill me for making that fact public.) But, when I find a product that he actually likes and uses on a regular basis that gives him some relief, then I’m a happy happy sister. Cosmetic Lad contains lavender oil (for soothing and reducing redness); chamomile (soothing); and cocoa butter (for deep moisturizing). I highly recommend this for the guy in your life. I’ll keep repurchasing this one for my brother as long as he will continue to use it.

Truffle Therapy Serum by Skin & Co.

Truffle Therapy Serum by Skin&Co. $80 available at Skinandcoroma.com
Truffle Therapy Serum by Skin&Co. $80 available at Skinandcoroma.com

Skin & Co. contacted me on Twitter just prior to their USA launch, and were kind enough to send me this serum and a few other products. I absolutely fell in love with this serum. When we had a super super cold snap in South Louisiana that resulted in iced over roads for days on end, my skin went super dry and nasty. This serum really helped to revive my skin and bring it back to its baseline. The packaging is super sturdy and I love that it has a pump. It looks and feels super luxurious, not to mention, it smells incredible! The truffle oil is straight from a family business in Italy, and is super nourishing for skin. Who ever thought truffle oil would be a skincare product? I sure didn’t!  I loved how quickly it absorbed into the skin without feeling super greasy or leaving an oily residue. (Generally oils take a few minutes to absorb, and do tend to stay a tad greasy after absorption.)

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The only gripe I have about this product is this — the inner  “straw” of the pump did not extend all the way down to the bottom of the bottle. So, I couldn’t easily use up all the product. Small manufacturing issues like this make me question whether it was intentional or a manufacturing defect. If it’s a defect, I’m more forgiving, but if it was intentional, all I can say is WHY???? Why leave that much product left in the tube? I loved this, and I wanted to use it all, but even banging the bottle around on my hand, I couldn’t retrieve the last bit of product. It was such a disappointing moment, and if I had paid for it, I’d likely have been angry because it’s expensive. It’s a lovely product, but I am not necessarily willing to spend $80 on a serum, considering I have been using oils in place of serums lately. Overall, I loved the product and everything about it, but the price, I just can’t justify it right now.

Blue Green Algae Toner by Michael Todd True Organics

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This is probably one of my favorite skincare products of all time. It’s a simple post-cleansing toner that smells like lavender (my favorite). It contains all organic ingredients including lavender oil, blue green algae, kelp, aloe vera juice, willow tree extract, and tea tree oil. It penetrates deep into the skin to flush out toxins, which really helps in keeping your skin clear. I noticed a huge difference in my hormonal breakouts while using this product, and many of my friends have purchased it with the same results. It also contains hyaluronic acid — one of my favorite ingredients so it works as a natural exfoliant. Exfoliating toners are on the rise in the beauty industry, and they are not your grandmother’s alcohol based toner (ahem, anyone remember Sea Breeze? HA!). The Blue Green Algae toner does not contain any alcohol, and it’s all natural ingredient makeup leaves your skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated, and properly cleaned. I use this one in the morning and at night because it’s very gentle on the skin and feels super refreshing.

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Even more, the packaging is great. It has a small hole at the top to regulate how much product you use in each application. I love that because it really lasted me a while. I will continue to purchase this product over and over again. You can find it on the Michael Todd True Organics website, and it’s super affordable at $18.50 or in the trial size for $4.50.

Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

Caudalie Cleansing Water, $14-28 depending on size. Available at Sephora.
Caudalie Cleansing Water, $14-28 depending on size. Available at Sephora.

This is another repeat empty for me! I buy the travel size often because I like to keep it in my every day makeup bag. It’s great for a quick cleanse on a no makeup day because it’s super refreshing. It takes off eye makeup, but not very well, so I wouldn’t recommend it for that, but you could use it for that in a pinch. It’s also great as a post-cleanse toner. Caudalie makes really beautiful products, and this one is no different. Cleansing waters, as a general rule, are made for makeup removal, but I find so many other uses for this one — makeup removal, toner, small clean ups for eye makeup mishaps, and as a quick swipe after an overnight face mask. It doesn’t contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients, and is made with grape water, chamomile, and citric acid. It smells beautiful too. It’s a great product to keep around. The travel size is 3.38 oz for $14 and the 6.7 oz bottle is $28. A makeup bag staple for certain!

I hope you’ve enjoyed part 2 of the skincare empties! Please let me know what product you’re looking forward to trying! Be sure to check back next week for the next installment in the empties series!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Skincare Empties! 1st quarter 2014

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Welcome to part 2 of the empties series! Today, SKINCARE! Let me first start by saying that I have dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin, so I’m overly cautious about ingredients in skincare. Therefore, all of these products are suitable for sensitive dry skin, and may not be suitable or effective for other skin types or other/specific skin concerns.

Without further ado… I’m gonna save you the suspense, and go ahead and tell you that I have already repurchased all of these. Some of these are my second or third repurchase, so I am confident in my recommendation of these products. If you’re interested in knowing why I’ve repurchased them or how I use them, read on for additional details!

Sophyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, available at Sam’s Club, TJMaxx, Amazon, Ebay (prices range from $25 – $59/2pack)

SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary
SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary

This is my absolute favorite moisturizer! I purchased the dual pack at TJ Maxx for $7.99. But, I’ve just learned it’s being discontinued!! Not to fret! You can still find it on Ebay, Amazon, and at Sam’s Club and TJMaxx (in the 2 pack and on the cheap!). I began using this after a very bad allergic reaction (to benzoyl peroxide) because it is completely organic and does not contain irritating chemicals. What I learned, over time, is not only is it a FABULOUS moisturizer, but it also functions as an amazing primer for foundation. I’m really really sad that it’s being discontinued. So, I guess I’m going to have to restock with every bit I can find online. Originally, this was priced at around $50 per tube, so it could potentially be pricey online. Don’t worry, though, it’s totally worth it. I’ll pay $50 for this moisturizer!

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined), $11 (available at your local health food store)

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores
Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores

This is my third full jar of this coconut oil. I use it for almost every beauty remedy known to man — hair masks, face masks, eye makeup remover, overnight moisturizer, bath additive, etc. I could do an entire post on coconut oil and the amazing beauty product it is, but I’ll spare you the long diatribe on this post. I’ll do a full coconut oil post soon, but in the mean time, check out my DIY Eye Makeup Remover using coconut oil here! Oh, and go buy some. You’ll be super glad you did…well, as soon as I get all those coconut oil DIY beauty uses blog post done, right? 🙂

 

 

 

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water (Eau Micellaire Demaquillante), $14 (3.38oz) or $28 (6.7oz), (available at Sephora)

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)
Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)

Micellar/Micellaire Cleansing Waters are one of the trendiest new products in the beauty market, and this is the first one I’ve tried. I quite liked it as a makeup remover, but not as an eye makeup remover. I did a comparison on Instagram between my DIY eyemakeup remover and this product, which you can find here. And while I don’t use it for eye makeup remover, it is a great face makeup remover. I found myself going back to this product over and over again first thing in the morning to just clean overnight skin. It is so refreshing, smells amazing, isn’t oily, and cleanses off any missed makeup or dirt from overnight. I also used it as clean up for makeup mishaps. While it is on the pricey side, I really really recommend this product, and have already repurchased it in the larger size. Simply put, this is a great all around product to have around whether you’re in a clean-up pinch or in need of a morning skin refresher.

Buche de Noel Cleanser, $14.95 (available seasonally at Lush)

Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush
Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush

Buche de Noel Cleanser is Lush’s seasonal cleanser available at Christmas time each year. (Lush has seasonal products made fresh and available at certain times each year.) I love this cleanser. It contains almond shells and kaolin clay for exfoliation, satsuma oranges for brightening, shea butter and glycerin for moisturizing dry skin, Nori seaweed for intense nutrients, and a shot of Brandy for toning. It is one of my favorite cleaners, and I always buy two at Christmas to last me a little longer. It’s a clay/mud-like consistency, so it’s not your typical cleanser. However, in the off months that this one is not available, I purchase Angels on Bareskin, which is pretty similar in texture, and seems to do the same for my skin although it contains some different (and similar) ingredients. If you haven’t tried either of these cleansers, I urge you to give them a try. They are incredible!!

 

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35 (available from your local BeautiControl Constultant)

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant
BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant

I have been through so many of these eye cremes, I’m losing count. It’s been my favorite for years, and if you’re interested, I’ve done a full review here. In a nutshell, it is highly moisturizing and contains ingredients to slough off dead skin (visually!) and encourage cell turnover. Need I say more?! If you need a recommendation for a BeautiControl Consultant, please feel free to ask. I am not a consultant, as I like to remain as impartial as possible with this blog, but I can provide you with some recommendations in your area.

 

 

 

 

c.Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8 (available at Ulta and Glossybox — link below)

c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox
c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox

I received this in a Glossybox months ago, and have become addicted. It’s the first thing I grab after I put on my serum and I truly notice a difference when I do not use it. It’s a light oil you mist onto your face and decolletage that absorbs into the skin immediately without leaving your skin greasy. It smells lovely of almonds and honey, surprise surprise! Once, I forewent using this for about 2 weeks, and my skin started freaking out. (Let’s be honest, I ran out of it!) As soon as I put it back into my routine, my skin immediately rebounded. Is it a miracle product? Probably not. But is it a product that functions as a building block in your skincare routine? Absolutely. And at $8, who can resist?! For the Glossybox link to purchase, click here. Oh, and it lasts for ages, so it’s a super bargain there too!

I went into a little more detail here than I did with the hair empties because I feel like what you put on your face is important. It can make you feel beautiful or make you extremely frustrated, so I like to take more care and detail with skincare products. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve tried and/or finished a skincare product recently that you cannot wait to repurchase! I am dying to know what you’re finding out there!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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