How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized in the Winter + Give-a-way!!!

How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized in the Winter + Give-a-way!!!

With the First Day of Winter right around the corner — Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM CDST to be exact, I’ve noticed the weather has already cooled down here in Chicago.

With the blistering temps, wind and snow (yes already!), the cold has a nasty little way of sucking up almost every ounce of moisture and making you look and feel drier than the Sahara Desert.

Seasonal acne is also more common during this time due to the colder temperatures — the drier your skin, the more it tells your body to produce more oil — making it easier for bacteria to breed. If you notice more pimples than usual, it’s not your fault — blame it on the cold; however, finding the proper moisturizing products can help 🙂

A common mistake that we all make, at some point, is skipping our skincare routine because we are not outside as much as we were during those beautiful summer months.

Fact: the sun is still out in the winter. Earth is actually closer to the sun in January and farther away in July! So yes, you still NEED sunscreen to prevent further damage.

Though I don’t experience breakouts often, I have noticed that my oily skin has switched to normal/dry in the past few weeks. With that being said, I’m actually switching out my oily skincare products for some more moisturizing winter-proof items.

Let’s talk about it, babes!

Tips to keep your skin moisturized during the winter:

  1. Gentle CleanserAs you all know, I am in love with my daily scrub. It made my skin look and feel so good. My skin looks so CLEAR. No dirt. No ash. It was like my skin was “alive.” It gave me that nice squeaky-clean feeling but in the wintertime, I noticed my skin felt a little dry — it was “tight” after I rinsed off. Last year, I refused to give it up because I was so happy with my results. I did NOT want to go back to looking like one of the actors from the Walking Dead :/

    I recently discovered another facial cleanser that had similar properties and promises. It was a cream that promised to cleanse the skin of dirt, oil and impurities, help reinforce skin’s protective moisture barrier to keep skin feeling resilient and prep skin for moisturizer. It said it would improve skin tone and texture and it was suited for normal/dry skin which is perfect for me!

    Interesting thought: this cleanser does not “foam”; however, cleansers that foam/lather have an alkaline pH. Our skin has an acidic pH. The alkalinity can strip away your skin’s acid mantle which prevents it from retaining moisture — thus making it more susceptible to drying out.

    Soap-free and non-lathering cleansers usually have a neutral pH which doesn’t disrupt the skin’s acidity level and is less drying.

    The Anew Clean Comforting Cream Cleanser & Mask is a cream that doesn’t have much lather but makes your skin feel softer and moisturized when applied. I don’t feel as though I’m striping my skin of it’s natural oils but I still feel clean.

    Anew Clean Comforting Cream Cleanser & Mask

    While waiting on my new cleanser, I used my micellar water instead of my scrub as it was more gentle and toned my skin at the same time.

  2. Exfoliate

    Now this step is completely optional! Exfoliation for me is key. It helps to remove dead skin cells which in turn, makes it easier for your skin to absorb the treatments and moisturizers you use later. I suggest gently exfoliating and not as often as you would in summer months. If you exfoliate three times a week, try twice. If you exfoliate twice, try once a week. Of course, everyone’s skin is unique so listen to your skin and make adjustments.

    For this step, I didn’t need to get any additional items. I already had my refining daily scrub and Anew Clinical Extra Strength Retexturizing Peel pads. The scrub gently exfoliates; however, it’s the cleansing factor that makes my skin feel drier. The peel pads are after cleansing so my skin doesn’t feel “stripped” after the cleansing agents.The Retexturizing Peel pads state they’ll reveal fresher, smoother, more radiant looking skin, improve texture and radiance, minimize the appearance of sun spots/fine lines/post-acne marks and also contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).Anew Clinical Extra Retexturizing Peel

  3. TonerNow this step may be VERY optional for a few people; however, I have personally come to know and love my toner. First, let me just dispel the rumors that toner is ONLY for oily people. Lately, many toners have been created without drying alcohols; therefore, ANYONE can use them — yes, even you with the dry skin.The primary function of toner is to help restore the skin back to its native pH level which is great if you use a lot of drying cleansers. It also helps to remove dirt, makeup, oil or dead skin cells that the cleanser missed.

    There are many toners on the market. I’d personally recommend a toner that is actually moisturizing which leads me to the photo below. I personally LOVE this toner! It makes my skin feel clean and moisturized.

    Pro tip: moisturizers and serums are easily absorb on damp skin in the winter. Try to either them right after your toner.

    Anew Clean Revitalizing Toner

  4. Treatment

    Let me be the first to say that I am NOT a serum or even treatment type of girl. I like to keep my skincare regimens simple BUT my skin seems to disagree with me especially lately. So no more cleanser and out the door!I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t skeptical to try a new serum. It’s just something about the word “serum” that makes me think that it’s going to be heavy and uncomfortable. I like the lightweight and “airy” feeling.Yet, they say try a hydrating serum to help boost and seal in moisture. Now the added benefit to this serum is that it has anti-aging properties. Reluctantly, I tried this serum but I was pleasantly surprised by how light it feels and how easily I could use my moisturizers on top!

    Anew Power Serum

  5. Moisturizer

    As stated previously, the sun is still out in the winter and could potentially be more dangerous than it is in summer months; therefore, it should not come as a surprise when I mention getting an AM moisturizer that has a higher SPF.This moisturizer is perfect for sensitive skin as it is fragrance- and oil-free. It promises to help heal environmental damage while also offering up to 24 hours of moisture!

    Anew Skinvincible Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50

  6. Overnight Cream

    If you’ve ever spoken to a skincare fanatic, you’ve probably heard us say “day cream/lotion helps protect the skin while night creams help repair the skin.” Yes, day creams can also help repair; however, the body’s strongest healing properties are when it’s at rest.Just like the day lotion mentioned above, the deep recovery cream is fragrance- and oil-free. It is suitable for sensitive skin and also has anti- aging properties! This is suitable for daily use after cleansing at night.

    Anew Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream

  7. Overnight Mask

    Just like the overnight cream mentioned above, night creams are great for dry skin! With this Overnight Hydration Mask, you actually don’t need to use it as often.This hydration masks says that it will boost the skin’s moisture up to 3x instantly and hydrate the skin for up to 48 hours! It also has anti-aging properties so it will help with fine and dry lines as well as overall dryness. It is fragrance-, paraben- and oil-free so great for those with sensitive skin.

    If your skin is incredibly dry, you can actually use this on top of  your night cream.
    Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask

Bonus tip: for overall moisture, as soon as you exit the shower, apply your body cream to damp skin to help seal in moisture.

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How To Prevent Breakouts After Exercising

How To Prevent Breakouts After Exercising

Pimples, zits, blemishes, breakouts, acne — whatever you want to call them, we all hate them.

Up until just recently, I literally forgot what it felt like to have them. Since I’ve changed my skincare routine, I’ve had no more than one pimple and it just so happens to occur around that “time” *sigh*

Lately, I’ve been living life like it’s golden — like no pimple monster could touch me. That was until last week when I found myself not having one pimple, but four!!! There were two pimples under each eye.

I didn’t want to leave the house!

I felt like everyone would judge me for my pimples. Hey! It happens! Have you ever heard the name Pepperoni Face? Pizza Face? Crater face? Commander Spot? Looking at people shake their heads because they know you’re too old to have a pimple?

So what happened?!?!?

What changed in my daily routine that could have possibly caused the breakouts?

This!

​​​Here’s the first day of working out:​


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Here’s the very next day (do you see the pimples forming on the left side):

​What exactly happened:

  1. We have an incentive for an all-inclusive cruise to Bermuda, leaving out on April 28, 2018.
  2. We decided to get a puppy.
  3. We purchased an exercise bike for the house.
  4. Lazy mindset.

Now add it all up and it spells disaster. I’m trying to get Bermuda-ready so I promised to exercise each day. The puppy is too young for strenuous activity so I exercise him separately and then I work out.

My days looked a little like this:

  1. Walk/jog/sprint with puppy for 20-25 minutes
  2. Hop on exercise bike
  3. Take puppy out for potty break

Or:

  1. Walk/jog/sprint with puppy for 20-25 minutes
  2. Head to the gym
  3. Stop at PetCo or grocery store since they’re all in the same vicinity

Throw an occasional monkey wrench in there so I’d never get right back to cleanse my face.

End result: it would be at least one hour after sweating before I’d wash my face.

Gross!

Ew!

I know!

​I figured as long as I washed my face it would be ok, right? Wrong!

Most acne forms by dead skin cells, bacteria and oil clogging your pores. People who exercise frequently generally produce more dead skin cells than those who do not. Be sure to exfoliate at least twice per week if you exercise frequently to remove the excess dead skin cells.

When you exercise, your pores are expanding or opening which is actually a good thing. It helps the blood and oxygen circulate throughout your skin. Your sweat helps regulate your body temperature and keeps it cooler; exercising helps cleanse the body from the inside and has been said to prevent some signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. In other words, don’t stop exercising! It’s very beneficial.

Your body is pushing the dead skin cells and toxins out to help keep you beautiful. If you leave them on the surface, they’ll find a way back in — getting caught in your pores; thus, creating acne.

The best way to prevent it is by cleansing your face before and after exercising.

Cleansing before you exercise will help remove any leftover makeup, oils and bacteria from the previous day or accumulated since the last time you cleansed your face. Remember, your pores will open when exercising. You don’t want to let in old dirt 🙂

And of course, you want to cleanse after to get those new impurities off your skin and out of your system.

I’m not a fan of taking a shower at the gym. To each, her own. It’s just not my thing.

What can you do if you don’t like to use the shower or in a hurry?

First things first, take a towel to pat the excess sweat off. It may help some to clear your pores but you still want to cleanse your face.

This is all about personal preference but I suggest putting one of these three items in your gym bag or purse:

  1. Gentle Cleanser – take your daily cleanser with you. Try the Anew Clean Illuminating Rich Cleansing Foam which is oil-free and suitable for Normal/Combination skin. It’s gentle enough to be used twice daily and won’t strip your natural oils. The goal is to get rid of excess oil not ALL oil as the oil helps the skin maintain it’s youthful, radiant look.
  2. Facial Cleansing Wipes – some gyms have low water pressure and it seems almost impossible to wash away all of your cleanser or sometimes, you’re just really in a rush to leave. With wipes, you can literally wipe your face off while you’re heading to the car! Try the Makeup Remover Wipes with Mineral Complex. They’re gentle enough to be used around your eye area.
  3. Micellar Cleansing Water – usually does not require water. Simply pour some on a towel, wipe your face and go. Micelles are attracted to dirt and oil so it helps draw them out and clean your face. They’re suspended in soft water so it will also help maintain your skin’s moisture. Try Anew Clean Micellar Cleansing Water, not only does it cleanse but also tones.

What did I use to get rid of the four pimples in less than 4 days?

I believe any of the solutions above could help prevent acne; however, I personally prefer the micellar cleansing water. It’s suitable for all skin types and not only does it cleanse but it also tones which is great for people with oily skin. It eliminates the step of having to use a separate toner and I feel I could literally just apply my moisturizer after using it.

I like that I can control how much comes out. As I said before, we have a puppy. He loves licking our faces. I’ve seen the things that go into his mouth and quite frankly, I don’t want them on my face. After he’s done trying to lick the skin off my face, I just throw a little micellar water on a napkin and wipe the area. They say it’s gentle enough to be used twice daily but so far, I’ve been using it anywhere from 3-5 times and haven’t had any issues. I have very sensitive skin so it’s a definite plus for me!

Anew Clean Micellar Cleansing Water

 

Literally, here’s a picture of me in the car with micellar water. As soon as I finished working out, I cleansed my face in the car and drove to the other side of the lot to go to the grocery store.

Do you have breakouts after exercising?

 

mark. MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette Review

mark. MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hey beauties!

So there’s a new eyeshadow palette on the market and you know me! I had to get my hands on it!

I ordered the new mark. by Avon MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette about three weeks ago and honestly, I hesitated to try it out. To be clear, this is a special, exclusive edition eyeshadow palette to go along with the MOD Eau de Parfum Spray and  MOD Body Lotion for the 2017 holiday season. I hadn’t gone to any special events to use it :/

Here’s the MOD trio:

Honestly, I’m not a fan of the exterior packaging. I prefer the more sleek, stylish and sexy packaging styles. In my opinion, this is a little more retro and I’ve never been a fan of black/white so that’s just me! Once you open the package, you’re in for a real surprise!6

There are more matte shades than shimmer which is perfect for me as matte tends to show up better (from my experience with other palettes); however, the shimmer shades are absolutely fab! Do you see the shimmery peach in the far right corner? It is so beautiful!

Actual photos:

MOD POP Eyeshadow Swatch:

First impression: When I first saw the palette online, I knew I needed to get it but when I saw it in-person, I was pleasantly surprised. The palette looks the same in-person as it does online but with a slightly deeper color in-person. I was worried that the shades would be more sheer, looking at the picture online. Sometimes, computers and monitors play tricks on us lol We think we’re getting one thing and it’s completely different! That’s the gamble we take ordering online, right?

I honestly looked at the colors and got a little intimidated. I couldn’t stop thinking “why the hell would they release these colors around fall?” I thought they’d be more suited for summer since they were colorful but then I actually tried them on. I can definitely see why this is a holiday edition palette. In colder months, we tend to wear more solid colors, less prints and if we’re being honest — it’s mainly cream/beige and black sweaters. The colors in this palette help complement the “boring” attire and even give a more “festive” look. Just imagine using that blue for a nice “frosty” look with your cream faux mink hat 🙂 I guess this is why we should not judge a palette on first look, huh?

Still not a fan of that black and white packaging though lol.

Pigmentation: I was pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation. The instructions say you can use the palette dry or wet it if you want a more bold look. I was able to achieve this look without wetting my brush. I used an eyeshadow primer with a beige base; however, I feel as though I probably wouldn’t need it to help develop color with the MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette. I was surprised that you can even see the color in low light situations.

Blend-ability: This has to be one of the easiest palettes in terms of blending. For the first time, I didn’t spend a lot of time blending or switching brushes. Even when I blended, the color didn’t completely disappear. It allowed for a nice, color-tinted shadow. All of the colors went on with absolutely no problem.

Price: $22 which really isn’t bad when you compare some of the other 12-shade eyeshadow palettes online. For the quality, I’d definitely say it’s worth it.

Testing out the palette: I used the blue, purple, black, a little pink and a little of the pearlescent white for this look. For the highlight under my brow, I used a gold from the Eye Dream of Glam palette.

mark. by Avon MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette
mark. MOD POP in low light

Final verdict: Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised with the quality of this palette and recommend it to anyone looking to increase their collection and beginners that would like to experiment with color. Tip: make sure you always have a neutral transition shade for a more subtle look 😉

Let me know what you think! Would you wear this during the holidays? Or even just when you’re out and about?

Now available online, click here to order the mark. by Avon MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette.

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mark. by Avon MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette

How to Launch Your Business in 2 Weeks

How to Launch Your Business in 2 Weeks

How to Launch Your Business in 2 Weeks🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️

New to the home-based business world or need to relaunch your business? You have a wonderful opportunity presented to you. Don’t let it pass you up! You can gain the freedom that you always wanted or even just save more money per month!

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– how to launch your business
– how to make money with work from home business
– how to make money with homebased business
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Facebook Business Tip: Stop Threatening to Delete People 🐸☕️

I know you’ve seen those messages or you probably even posted it yourself?
“Cleaning out my friends list, drop an emoji if you’re interested in staying or purchasing from me…”

Those👆🏽 type of messages can actually hurt your business.

We are in a relationship business. Our business does not thrive without relationships.

Threatening to cut off relationships only has the potential to hurt you.

How would you feel if you stepped in store and the owner said “purchase now or leave.”

Would you shop there again? If not, imagine how these messages make potential customers or team members feel. This is not a one-time transaction type of business. This business is about building trust and helping others.

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So Thankful that I Can Show My Team Appreciation

So Thankful that I Can Show My Team Appreciation

I would like to thank everyone that came out and even those who let me know in advance they wouldn’t be able to make it!

We had fun and I’d like to share a video that Camillia made to show off what she received just for coming.

Yes, I believe in spoiling my team members and customers. When I was in corporate, my budget for incentives and rewards was taken away.

I hated that I couldn’t show them appreciation so I would spend my own money to cover lunch and gifts. We had to be quiet since technically, I was going against the rules.

I’m so thankful now that I can show appreciation freely and openly. As you all know, there is an incentive now where I’m giving away an extra $100 to anyone on my NATIONAL team and a special beauty bundle to two lucky winners on my NATIONAL team.

That’s right! You do not have to be near me in order to win.

Connect with me. 

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Parking lot with Camillia and Lanise!

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Every Oily Girl Needs This👀

Every Oily Girl Needs This👀

I finally found the missing piece to my skincare regimen! Normally, I’d get oily after 2 hours! Earlier this year I found a mattifying moisturizer that helped balance my pH levels and the oil would stay at bay for about 6-7 hours. I heard about toners but never really used them so I decided to give it a shot. About two weeks ago, I purchased the Anew Clean Revitalizing Toner and it is a godsend! I can literally last a whole day and more without looking like I’ve been eating pizza all day!

This should definitely be a staple product for anyone who noticeable pores, oily skin, wears a lot of makeup or looking to refresh their skin!

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Final face:Skin

Products Used:

Anew Clean Refining Daily Scrub
Anew Clean Revitalizing Toner
Anew AHA Refining Cream
nutraeffects Balance Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Toner
Anew Clean Revitalizing Toner

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