I have never been a product junkie, although is it weird that I secretly aspire to be one? I get enticed with every cream and serum marketed, but get so overwhelmed by all the choices out there that I usually stick to what I know. Fortunately, if what you know is effective then there is no need to throw your money at more stuff. Ever since I had A, my skin has taken me on a hormonal ride and had to rethink my skincare. Through some trial and error, I found three products that returned my skin to smooth and clear territory. Continue reading “The Pathway To Great Skin “
Life has certainly become busier these past few months. Between work and taking care of baby, it can be a challenge to find time for myself. Thankfully, I have discovered, and become reliant upon, a few essential products that help me keep it all together…and they are all under $50! Continue reading “My Current Obsessions”
Apologies for going MIA last week. We took the little one for a mini-vacay (which turned out to be more work than vacation) and then I caught a cold…boo! Anyways, this is my last week of maternity leave and I am quickly realizing I need to say goodbye to the top knot I have been sporting for the past four months (wow how time flies) and re-assemble my work wardrobe. I have been thinking about changing up my hair and yes, it may have been influenced by my binge-watching of House of Cards. I want to be bold enough to go for an edgy pixie cut like Robin Wright. The key word is ‘want’ not sure if I have the guts to pull the trigger, or the scissors in this situation. Have you ever sported a pixie? If so, any words of advice? Continue reading “Wanted: A New Look”
I am not a huge “perfume” person but I stumbled upon a fragrance that I just can’t resist. While dabbling in new beauty products, I received a sample of Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia. It has a warm, fruity, and neutral scent appropriate for any (or lack thereof) occasion. After using up the sample, I promptly bought a full bottle of this universally appealing smell. Continue reading “Product Love: Jo Malone”
I never had any real serious acne or breakout problems as a teenager or in my 20s. However, leading up, during, and after my pregnancy, I am more prone to blemishes. I blame my hormones but that doesn’t make them go away any faster! I recently changed up my night time routine to incorporate some new products to help treat my skin and I am completely in love with them! First, I wash my face with my same trusty cleanser and then I use three different bare Mineral products to finish the process. Continue reading “Product Love: Bare Minerals”
I love getting pedis. No matter what type of shoes I wear, my feet become a hot mess a couple of weeks after said pampering. Now with a newborn, finding time to slip in an appointment is tough. I actually had planned for a pedi the week before my due date, but the little man had different plans for me. Therefore, I am thankful that I had bought an Amopé foot file. Whereas an appointment may not be attainable right now, I can at least find five minutes to tackle pesky calluses, making my feet presentable. Afterwards, apply foot lotion for a soothing and renewed feeling.
Recently, Kerry Washington appeared on the cover of Allure magazine all freshed face. When asked about the photo, she admitted that she did wear some makeup for her no makeup look. I applaud her for being honest (but seriously, I would think there would be some makeup when you are talking about a magazine cover shot). I embrace and welcome a little help to appear au natural and with the recent arrival of my little one, I have been practicing a no makeup makeup look (even in the hospital!). The key is even skin tone and highlighting certain features. Here are my staples for creating a bare, but not really bare, face look. Continue reading “The No-Makeup Makeup Look”
I thought that acne and breakouts were reserved only for teenage years. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong. Lately, my skin has been a bit of a train wreck with unsightly blemishes on the forehead and chin. As a result, I have tried a few different methods (besides keeping my skin clean and drinking plenty of water) to help expedite the healing process. If you are in a similar (breakout) boat, here are three ways to fight against those unwanted troubled spots. Continue reading “Three Ways To Treat Blemishes”
I used to find shopping for lipstick quite overwhelming. There are too many choices and if I pick a color similar to something I already own, you can guarantee something is going to get tossed aside and forgotten. My strategy in the past has been to use only one color, but what’s the fun in that? Therefore, my revised approach is to pick one or two lipsticks, lip gloss, and/or lip liners from each major color grouping – orange/corals, reds, pinks/plums, and nudes – and mix and match them depending on the occasion. This way I have some variety and abstain from buying a new product until one in my lip arsenal is out. It’s also a great way to mix different textures (e.g., super matte with a sheer color) to get a custom color. Here are a few combinations to try out this week. While you are at it, I’d love to know what are your go-to lip colors?
Hello, my name is Elaine and I am addicted to eye liner. In my life long search for well defined eyes, black eye liner and I have been best pals since high school. Unfortunately, it has been known to turn on me from time to time. For example, I’ll line my eyes in the morning looking put together only to find the dreaded raccoon look by midday. Continue reading “So Long Raccoon Eyes”