We all know I love my Budget Beauty finds, but I’m also a big fan of high quality, timeless, brands and their products. Clarins is one of those brands that I love for both skincare and makeup. I always find myself at the Clarins in my local Nordstrom, and I’ve been introduced to, and purchasing, a lot of their products recently. This product, the Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, however, I was lucky enough to snag through Influenster! If you’re unfamiliar with Influenster, check out what it is, and how you can join, here!
Using a serum during both your AM and PM skincare routine is key for keeping skin nourished with great vitamins and antioxidants, hydrated, and bright. My skin has changed so much over the past couple of years and I’ve noticed I’ve been a bit on the drier side recently. So, I’ve been on the hunt for some hydrating products to help give my skin the boost it needs to stay bright and nourished. The Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum has been an amazing addition to my PM skincare routine, especially for my rosacea.
In past posts I’ve mentioned my partnership with the Derma E Squad, and I’ve been able to try out so many of their awesome products. Catch up on my other posts featuring Derma E below, and get ready to read why I love their Rejuvenating Sage & Lavender Face Oil!
I know people can be super apprehensive about face oil, especially if you have oily skin. It makes sense to be a bit nervous about putting an oil on your face if you feel as though you struggle with having an oily face! I’m here to tell you not to be afraid, facial oil can actually be great for oily skin, and is beneficial for all skin types.
Happy Thursday, y’all! I don’t know about you, but 2019 is flying by for me, and it’s a little overwhelming to be honest!! I’ve been super neglectful over here on LLB, but my content calendar is ready to go for May, and I have a ton of new posts coming your way. I figured what better way to get back into the swing of things then with a little Fab Five to brighten up your Friday Eve. The first thing I’ve been loving recently is…
Everything you read about a jade roller is…absolutely F’ing true. I’m obsessed with my jade roller and it wasn’t until recently that I really started to use it consistently for results. First of all, you can’t beat the relaxing massage feeling you get after a long day at work. It’s amazing. I’ve been using it pretty routinely after applying all of my night serums/ moisturizers, so it’s helping those products sink into my skin. The bonus small roller for under and over eyes is the bestttttttttt to use in the morning to drain excess fluid from underneath your eyes. Quality jade rollers aren’t that expensive- but if you buy a super inexpensive one, don’t be surprised if the roller ball comes loose and breaks, I’ve had this happen to a few friends before. I think this one is at the perfect price point- the one I have is out of stock on Amazon, but this one is comparable to price and reviews.
Months ago I was so appreciative to Mad Hippie sending me a nice little package in the mail. I wrote about, and have since used up, the Vitamin C Serum, which I highly recommend, it’s absolutely amazing! Today I’m here to review another Mad Hippie product, their Hydrating Nutrient Mist– which honesty has mixed online reviews. Let’s get into it…
Okay so this is no secret, I’ve always strongly disliked working out, the thought of working out makes me cringe, and I find it way too easy to come up with a million excuses as to why I don’t have time, energy, etc. I’ve come to realize, I’m just not naturally inclined to want to go on a run, or start doing push-ups.
For 2019 I wrote down some goals, and becoming more active at my gym was def one of them. I mean seriously, why am I spending this money and not going?! I was doing yoga a couple times during the week over the summer, and completely fell off once the school year started. So when January rolled around, I knew I needed to make a change. One major influence for my change was the Apple Watch. My boyfriend, Rob, came in strong with this Christmas present, it’s been such a great motivation for me to get my b-u-t-t in the gym and close my rings as often as possible.
I love going out and being with my friends, and I really love how many unique spots there are in the D.C. area to do just that! About a month ago I went to the press night for SPIN, which can be best described as a ping pong social club. & guess what…I’m so here for it!
There are quite a few SPIN locations in the country, but this is the first in the D.C. area, and honestly, it was the first time I had ever heard of them. I think their slogan, The World Needs More Ping Pong, could not be more true…I mean really, who doesn’t love a fun game of ping pong with friends?!
My daytime makeup look is soft and natural because well, I’m a teacher, so it kinda has to be. Since I love makeup so much I want to incorporate all of my favorite elements, but I realize it has to be toned down during the day. When I think about highlight, I love to think about a strong bright look along the top of my cheek bones. I think we all know that’s a tad too dramatic for any daytime makeup look, so instead of something bold and shiny, I introduce you to a soft and natural highlighter, the bareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder.
First of all, it’s a baked highlighter, which I love. & it’s bareMinerals, which automatically means great quality, in my opinion. If you’re unfamiliar with baked makeup, it basically means it was once a cream, and was baked to become a solid. I love how baked makeup applies and always find it to be more vibrant and higher pigmented. This highlight has such a natural look to it, and when applied makes me look appropriately sun-kissed.
This has been the longest week, ever. Teaching first grade has been the best move of my life, but oh my goshhhhh the days are tiring. I’m really looking forward to doing absolutely nothing this weekend! Until then, here are some of my current favorites from the last couple of weeks.
You can find these luxurious bath salts in Anthropologie, and let me tell you, they’re amazing! You have three different choices of soaks, Bergamot Fleur, Coconut Sugar, & Vanilla Milk. Your bathroom will smell so amazing after using this salt soak, and you don’t need to over do it, I use just about a handful each bath. I highly suggest trying all of them! I also love the packaging, it’s a great addition to any bathroom shelf!
A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Derma E toner I’ve been using daily, read about it, here. Today, I’m going to be featuring yet another Derma E product! Full disclosure, I’m a part of the Derma E Squad, I have lots of products from them that I’ll be reviewing on here. The good news is, I’m loving all of them & I cannot wait to continue to share the brand with y’all!
The Advanced Peptide & Collagen Moisturizer has been a lifesaver for me during this wacky D.C. weather. One week we’re feeling the polar vortex. The next week it’s 60 degrees. That’s a huge change for our skin, and you need some great products to keep the extremes at bay. This moisturizer is ready for the fight, it’s filled with peptides, which are great at combating wrinkles and boosting collagen production.
If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with a good face mask. Guess what I’m also obsessed with a good lip mask, and this Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask has been a life savior this winter. Keeping on my vitamin C and antioxidant kick, this product is packed with both, which help to keep lips soft and hydrated.