The BEST products for acne/oily prone skin! Morning and Night Routine!

 

I have struggled with acne/oily prone skin for as long as I can remember!  It’s the worst!  I had tried every product out there.  And just when I thought my skin was improving…bam…it would break out again.  Trying to cover it with makeup was just ridiculous.  Talk about making a bad situation worse.  Not only does makeup look horrid over zits, it also does nothing to heal the acne.  My self confidence was certainly in the toilet when my face wasn’t clear.

After spending tons of $$$ on products and treatments that just didn’t work, I decided to trash the products that weren’t giving me results, and pull the good products together in hopes of finding a cocktail that worked for me.  As I looked at my “good product” pile, it was interesting that some of the products were a little more expensive and some were not.  Some of my best results were coming from the drugstore….SCORE!!!  There was a definite theme to my success and that was to EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!

 

MY MORNING ROUTINE.

 

My night time routine is quite different from my morning routine.  At night is when I really go after the acne.  Tretinoin Cream .025 is one of my secret weapons.  It’s awesome for treating acne and a huge side bonus is that it’s one of the best products for anti-aging! DOUBLE SCORE!  Check out my night time routine below!

 

MY NIGHT TIME ROUTINE


If anyone understands the frustration associated with acne…it’s me!  And that’s why I wanted to share the cocktail of products that have worked for me!  I hope you found this information useful and remember…keeping your face clear requires commitment and consistency.  But in the end, it’s a battle worth fighting!

If you have any specific questions about any of the products I discussed in this video, feel free to ask them in the comments section.

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NFL Inspired Nail Art – Fashion Forward Nails For The Female Football Fan!

I am undeniably a girly girl, but when it comes to NFL Football, I can talk trash with the best of them! I don’t miss Sunday football, and I make no apologies for it!

Growing up in Indiana, I was always an Indianapolis Colts fan frequenting the games about as much as I frequented the Saks Fifth Avenue shoe department (and that’s a lot)! I AM the biggest Peyton Manning fan who proudly wore his #18 jersey to the games on Sunday’s in Indianapolis. There was, however, one problem with that jersey…how was I going to style a football jersey to suit a fashionista? The good new is…I figured it out! I will be posting on Football Fashion in the next few weeks, but today I’m going to show you how to “NAIL” Football Inspired Nail Art!

As you probably all know by now, nails have become an extension to your overall look! Nail Art has been seen on every runway, and this trend isn’t going anywhere!

For those of you who follow football, you know that my crush, Peyton Manning, was traded to the Denver Broncos. Needless to say, I am now a Broncos fan as well! The Denver Broncos colors are orange, blue, and they always throw in the some white.

Check out these step by step instructions on how to “NAIL” Denver Broncos nail art!

If you’re a Baltimore Ravens fan (2013 Superbowl Champions), you may want to try this look below!

Denver Broncos / Baltimore Ravens

Let me rate the NFL Inspired Nail Trend. I’m giving it 10 hoots! It’s the perfect way to show support for your favorite team in a very fashion forward manner! Throw on some boyfriend jeans, a white tee-shirt, some great broken in leather boots (think Fryes), and you’re ready for game day!

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Minimergency Kit – Everything A Girl Might Need In A Pinch – $15.00 – Sephora.com

 

As fabulous girls, we strive to look perfect at all times!  Soooo exhausting!  I try to carry everything I MIGHT need to maintain my fashion/beauty efforts. But just how are we expected to carry all the things we might need in an emergency???  Even with my Balenciaga Weekender Bag, I don’t have the room or the arm strength for a full size bottle of hair spray, a bottle of advil, a box of bandages, a bottle of nail polish remover etc……..etc………..etc……….ugh…..

I found the solution!  The MINIMERGENCY KIT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minimergency Kit contains everything a girl might need in a pinch!  What a genius idea!  This little pouch contains 17 (you heard me right) essential items you may need in an emergency!

This set contains: - Adhesive bandage – Safety pin – Earring backs – Deodorant towelette - Nail polish remover pad – Stain remover pad – Clear elastics – Lip balm – Emery board – Tampon – Hair spray – Clear nail polish – Dental floss – Mending kit – Breath freshener – Double-sided tape – Pain reliever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out my WISE CHOICE QUICK TIP video for a closer look at the MINIMERGENCY KIT!

 

I think we’ve all found ourselves in situations where we wished we had a MINIMERGENCY KIT!

I’ve found myself, on many occasions, out shopping with some fabulous stiletto’s on when I felt that dreaded blister coming on and so wished I had a bandage.

I’ve often times been at a restaurant eating, gone to the restroom and noticed that my perfectly slicked back bun had suddenly developed fly aways and wished I had some hair spray!

To make matters worse, I take a closer look in the mirror and notice that I have food in my teeth, and desperately need dental floss.

And then I looked down, only to realize I had a small food stain on my shirt and wished I had a dab of stain remover!

Oh…and in a rush to get to the restaurant on time, I messed up my nail polish and need some nail polish remover.

And the icing on cake….my date is really getting on my last nerve and I need some pain reliever!

Okay…the headache is gone, and maaayyyybe this guy isn’t too bad after all…hmmmm….I wish I had some breath freshener : )

Yep…we’ve all been there!  If only I had the MINIMERGENCY KIT…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What else you need to know: This TSA-compliant pouch is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, but promises big-time usage: the lip balm has over 100 uses, the breath freshener contains 120 drops, the hair spray has 75 sprays, and the clear polish can mend 200 nails.

Let me rate this product!  I’m giving the MINIMERGENCY KIT 8 hoots!  I think this makes a perfect gift!  I have given the Minimergency Kit as gifts to two friends, and they loved it!

 

 

 

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Turquoise For Summer!

 

I’ve always been a girl who gravitated to the color black.  Black tee shirts, black blazers, black jeans, black boots, and black nail polish!  While I LOVE me some black, I decided to step out of the box and really try to experience all the great spring/summer colors!  My favorite you may ask????  TURQUOISE!

 

Now…I didn’t dive into the color trend head first.  No, no…I stepped into it slowly…LOL!  I started with this fabulous nail color by one of my favorite brands, Ciate in the color PEPPERMINTY 104.  This color screams spring/summer, and looks amazing with a bit of a tan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved my nail color so much, I decided to look for an accessory in the same turquoise/peppermint family.  I found this stellar cross-body bag by Rebecca Minkoff at Bloomingdales and fell in love!  It’s the perfect size (not too big, not too small).  Because it’s a cross-body,  my hands are free to continue to shop!  This bag looks super cool with boyfriend jeans, a white tee shirt, gladiator sandals, and lots of multi-colored friendship bracelets!  Ohh…hair in a top knot and gold hoops (think J.Lo on a casual day)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I figure as the days get warmer, I’ll continue to play with color.  I’m looking forward to getting into hot pinks, coral, and yellows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m giving this summer’s color trend 10 hoots!  The bags, clothing, and polish colors look great against a tan!  Happy summer shopping everyone!

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Beauty Blender – Celeb Secret To Flawless Foundation – $19.95 – Sephora.com

 

Girls, I’m about to tell you the celeb secret to flawless foundation…it’s the Beauty Blender!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I got my first beauty blender, I wasn’t sure how to use it, and was leery about its effectiveness. Honestly, it sat on my bathroom counter top for a couple months! It wasn’t until a makeup artist friend of mine swore up and down about how amazing they were, that I decided to give it a try! Well…I LOVED IT! For everyone out there wondering how the heck you use this thing, check out the video below for tips!

 

 

WISE CHOICE TIP!!! Beauty Blender sells a cleanser called the Blender Cleanser. While you need to cleanse your beauty blender after each use, you do NOT need to buy the Blender Cleanser. I found a product called Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (100% organic) at my local drugstore. It’s great for cleaning your beauty blender. It comes in a large 16 oz. bottle and only costs $9.49. With a 16 oz. bottle of cleanser, it should last you a year or two!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beauty blender is most definitely a weapon among the celeb arsenal of tricks of the trade. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kim Kardashian are just a couple celeb fans. Remember ladies, celebs are people just like us. They just happen to have the money that allows them access to the best of the best. The beauty blender is fab because it’s an industry trick that’s affordable for all of us! Your foundation will look like butter!

Now let me rate this product! As if you even had to guess…I’m giving it 10 hoots!

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My Top Beauty Picks That Give To BCA!

As we wrap up the month of October, I wanted to recap my FAVORITE beauty products that give to BCA (Breast Cancer Awareness)! All of these products are UBER FAB and well worth the money!

Check out this video for more info on these Beauty Tools That Battle Breast Cancer!

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Mason Pearson Brush – A Beauty Investment You Won’t Regret – $88 – www.beauty.com

Ladies, leave some room in your beauty budget for a Mason Pearson Brush! This is a “First Class” investment you won’t regret!

Mason Pearson brushes range in cost from $88.00 – $190.00 depending on the size (pocket size as shown to large size). I know, I know, this is one expensive brush however, it is worth the money! Let me explain…

Mason Pearson brushes have been around for 127 years! Hand made in England, Mason Pearson brushes should last you a lifetime! The unique rubber-cushion pad, made by hand, allows for effective and efficient brushing. It massages the scalp. The boar bristles also massage the scalp and bring out your hair’s natural oils.

There are several styles available depending on your hair texture.
1. The pure boar bristle brushes are best for fine to normal hair and fine long hair.
2. The boar bristle and nylon tufts (as seen in the photo above) will work well on normal and short thick hair.
3. The all nylon brushes are best for very thick hair.

I have heard about Mason Pearson brushes for years but never took the plunge because of the price. When I got my July issue of People Magazine from the grocery store, there it was again on page 97. Mason Pearson brush listed as the “Beauty Watch 2012 Best Product Ever”. I was convinced I had to try it. I went directly to www.beauty.com and purchased the pocket size boar bristle and nylon tufts brush. I was not disappointed! I’m in love with this brush and am planning to purchase a couple for Holiday gifts!

Mason Pearson brushes are getting 10 hoots from me! Why not treat your hair and your scalp to a little bit of luxury?!?! I love that they are made by hand, feel amazing and well…you just feel cool pulling it out of your purse! ;)

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Stock Up On Product from Cos Bar! Available At Target.com! All Products Are Under $20

When celebrities like Kate Hudson and Heidi Klum holiday in Aspen, they visit Cos Bar beauty boutique!  Cos Bar was started in 1976 by Lily Garfield and quickly became the go to hot spot for everything beauty. 

While Cos Bar is a beauty palace for fashionistas, the products often come with a hefty price tag. 

I have exciting news!  Now you can get a taste of the Cos Bar’s stylish take on beauty without luxury brand prices.    Cos Bar has teamed up with Target to offer a line of nail polishes, body wash, scrubs, lotions, body butter, cleansing towelettes, false lashes, tweezers, scented soaps, etc. all under $20.00 each!

The body wash and lotion is available in yummy scents like orange citrus for ONLY $6.00 each.  Or try the blueberry white tea body scrub and body butter for ONLY $6.00!  They also have cleansing towelettes for $5.00! 

Girls, you’re gonna want to stock up on these products PRONTO, because they are only available for SIX weeks at www.target.com!

The prices are so amazing for such a great product, I loaded up to give these beauty treats to friends for birthdays and Christmas gifts!

As I think about rating Cos Bar products, I only have to think for about two seconds!  I’m for sure giving Cos Bar beauty products 10 hoots!  For the price, luxury quality, and adorable packaging, you can’t go wrong!

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