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.

One of my personal faves? Skin So Soft WinterSoft!

WinterSoft products include babassu oil, shea butter and vitamin E with a soothing scent of sandalwood and sensual jasmine.

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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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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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Matte Lipstick Sample Request

Matte Lipstick Sample Request

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