First off, I’m a huge Neutrogena fan, I think they really are the best for budget friendly, high quality, products. I’ve used a variety of Neutrogena products since middle school (!!) and I have never been disappointed.
2018 is finally here, good riddance 2017.
I’m trying to not freak out so much about it being a new year, I’m hoping that acting chill and going with the flow will produce the same results, if not more, than going crazy and ranting about doing x, y, & z in 2018.
Yes, I have some goals and bucket list items, but I’m not losing my mind over it. My one big ticket 2018 to do item, is to stay super organized with my time, and with my life. I wrote about this last week in 3 Ways to Keep 2018 Organized, so check it out if you haven’t already!
On a beauty note, the Lancome Tonique Pure Focus Toner is my first empty of the year! I’d used this toner a lot in the AM during my skincare routine, but I mostly used it before doing any type of heavy/ all day or night makeup look. The Lancome Tonique Pure Focus is a matifying toner, and since I tend to get shiny after a while I wanted to prep my skin well with this toner before doing a big makeup look.
Happy Thursday! I’m so happy the winter break is almost here, teaching has been exhausting this year. I’m also super excited for this upcoming Saturday, Rob & I are hosting a holiday party, Cookies & Wine at 4089 which of course will feature tons of homemade cookies, even tons more wine, and I’m adding in a taco bar for sustenance.
Here are five things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, and all would make great presents too!
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching & I love being at home on the weeknights cooking dinner and catching up on my favorite shows. Don’t you?!
The weather has been so weird here in D.C., first it was warm and gross, now it’s cold and clammy. I honestly can’t keep up with it, and neither can my sinuses!! The beginning of the week was chilly & rainy, it legit felt like January and gave me the worst sinus headache. So annoying.
I can’t wait to have off from work tomorrow and drive up to NJ for a wedding! My good friend Mike…we’ve been friends since pre-k 4, can you believe that…is getting married!!! It’s going to be such an epic celebration, so make sure you’re following along on both Snapchat (@elizabethmayce) and Instagram stories, @elizabethmayce!
Here are some things I’ve been loving recently, some classic favorites and some new goodies too. Tweet me some favorites of yours @elizabethmayce!
Bath & Body Works Candle in Sweater Weather, $12.50
Right now all B&BW candles are $12.50, which gives you a perfect excuse to go out and buy tons of fall and winter scents. My favorite for this time of year is def Sweater Weather- it always sells out, so make sure to buy some quickly! Sweater Weather is the perfect fall scent with notes of woods, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and sage. The apartment smells incredible within 5 minutes of lighting this, & as I said, it’s everyone’s favorite, so buy it now!! PS: Ebates gives 1% cash back on Bath & Body Works purchases, if you aren’t an Ebates member, join here!
The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29
I wrote about this product back 2012…yes, 2012. Shocking.
It just recently reentered my life, and o.m.g. why did I ever stop using this?! This skin boost is an incredible morning serum to use, it instantly brightens up my complexion, which has been much needed with this week’s weather. You can read my original thoughts here, keep in mind, this post was from 2012- but my thoughts on how great the product is, are still the same!
Right now The Body Shop’s having a buy 3, get 3 free promotion. & Ebates gives you 3% cash-back on your purchase!
Essie Kimono Over Polish, $9
My polish this week is this gorgeous deep purple from Essie’s fall collection last year. It goes with everything, is the right degree of vampy, and will coordinate perfectly with my cobalt color dress for a wedding this weekend! This was def one of my favorite colors from last year’s collection, and I’m so happy to be bringing it back into my life this season! Shop through the link above, and save 2% cash-back through Ebates on HSN!
Gap’s High Rise Ankle Jeggings in Rich Wine, $30
YOU. MUST. GET. THESE. Originally $60, these pants are so comfortable and the rich wine color is amazing with any boot you might have. I love the rips, they’re subtle enough where people don’t give you a side eye, but just enough to be edgy. Did that make sense? I bought these about 2 weeks ago (for 40% off, not 50%!!), and I love, love, love, they way they fit and feel. I bought the tall size, so they are full length and also look great with heels and flats. I’m thinking about buying the black moss color as well…for this price, it’s a serious steal. Use code CHEERS to save an additional 20% off, and use Ebates for 2% cash-back on your purchase!
Dog Mother, Wine Lover Muscle Tee, $30
I love the CoffeeInTheShower Instagram page, so when I saw they had a coupon code, I finally purchased this cute, and incredibly truthful, tee in black. I love these graphic tees, and I’ve ordered from this company a few times. It’s decent quality, comfortable fits, and I just love how this tee can perfectly describe me as a human being.
I love working with new brands, I’ve truly never had a bad experience, get introduced to new & innovative skincare, and help small businesses spread the word about their products. Simplicity Skincare is a bit different from any other brand I’ve recently partnered with…they have one product, that claims to cover all the skincare routine bases. Too good to be true right? Not so fast…
First off, I love the packaging of the Reversal Protection Complex, it’s half serum, half moisturizer…both products side by side with a dual pump for application. The serum & moisturizer work together with great ingredients, hyaluronic acid, peptides, & retinol. These are prime time ingredients for any anti-aging routine, and no matter what your age, it never hurts to start using anti-aging products…trust me.
I’ve been using this product nightly for 3 weeks, and it’s been working great for my skin. An interesting fact, the moisturizer started out as simply an eye cream, so you know it must be quite gentle. After my toner, I do one pump of each, and work the product into my skin. Sometimes I do one pump, plus a little extra, of each product. It truly depends on how my skin is feeling, but there is plenty of product in one pump and once I work it into my skin I feel fresh and hydrated. No oily feeling, and I have experienced a breakout since using this either, so it’s passed all of my tests!
If you’re a minimalist with skincare then this product is def for you, and even if you’re like me, and the complete opposite of minimalist in skincare, it’s a nice change of pace to just be reaching for one product in the evening. Also, when traveling, how easy is it to just pack one bottle to cover 2 steps of skincare?!?!
Simplicity Skincare Reversal Protection Complex | $48
[This post was sponsored by BrandBacker. All opinions are my own.]
Today, I’m focusing on another mask from this collection, the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. This is a great exfoliating mask that doesn’t actually feel like it’s exfoliating, which is perfect for those that have more sensitive skin. The key aspects of this mask aim to reduce pore size and smooth the skin. I was beyond impressed with the sight of my pores after using the Charcoal Purifying Glow mask, and since the Chinese Ginseng & Rice mask is more of an exfoliant, I noticed it def did its job of smoothing my skin and minimizing larger pores around my nose.
As far as ingredients go, The Body Shop is known, and praised for, for it’s use of fair trade ingredients. The ginseng and rice extract comes from China, and the sesame seed oil from Nicaragua. You get a great sense of the ingredients from the texture, and I apply it to my face after makeup removal, and drying. I once applied it when my face was a bit damp and it didn’t set as well as it had when my face was dry.
I’ve left it on for about 15 minutes each time, and right before taking it off, I massage the mask into my skin, and focus most on trouble areas where I have slight scarring. The ingredients don’t scratch your skin, which I’ve experienced before and, obviously, is no good for sensitive skin. It really does just feel like a deep cleanse thats getting rid of any dead skin cells or leftover makeup/ dirt.
Since the mask is a skin smoother, I think it’s a great option for lightening acne scars or dark spots one might have, a mask in addition to other skincare products can do wonders for getting rid of these annoying little things!! I might try to use this mask once a week so I can really track how well it lightens, but since my skin looks incredible after each use, I think it does have somewhat of an immediate effect.
My next few Face Mask Monday’s will continue to feature The Body Shop face mask line, so stay tuned for the next edition!