Product Review: Dr.Brandt Primer.

Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refiner primer. This quickly became my new favorite primer..I am OBSESSED. I first received a sample of it and after using it a few times I fell in love! It absolutely made my skin appear smoother and even toned. The price tag is a bit steep but the bottle is a good size and you need just a little bit. It should last you a few months. 

The brand states “it acts as an invisible barrier to prevent makeup from clogging pores and as a velvety primer to absorb excess oil and blur fine lines and imperfections while improving the longevity of makeup.” Sold at Sephora for $45

 

 

 

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Glow All Year Around.

Happy Monday! The key to having a glow year around is a lot more easier to achieve than most people would think. Here are some idea’s to help attain that natural glow year around! Thanks for reading. Xoxo.

  • WATER. This is a no brainer and by far one of the easiest things to do to keep your skin hydrated and youthful. Doctors recommend having at least 8 full glasses of water everyday.
  • SWEET POTATOES. They contain the disease fighting carotenoids that give those plants their rich color. Eating these a few times a week will give you fast results and your skin will thank you!
  • TUMERIC. This has been used in India for thousands of years to give Indian woman that ultimate natural glow on their wedding days. Turmeric’s active antioxidant, curcumin, has shown to be one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting options out there. Tumeric cleans up your pores, lightens discoloration and brown spots which eventually will tone your face. Mix two tablespoons, one tablespoon of plain yogurt, and half a tablespoon of honey this will create a paste. I recommend using gloves when placing the paste on your face because tumeric is a strong spice and instantly stains what it touches. Let the mask harden and keep on for about 15-20 minutes! Use this mask twice a week to see the best results.
  •  SALMON. This fish contains omega-3’s and dimethylaminoethanol which promotes healthy skin and protects our cell membranes. Salmon is the perfect anti again and toning food you can eat. Eating salmon about 4 times a week should get you the results you are looking for. If you really enjoy eating fish and don’t get bored than by all means eat at one of your meals everyday!
  • EGGS. The yolk is rich in vitamins that are essential for cell function, eggs also contain biotin which are used in the well known “beauty vitamin.” Biotin helps protect skin from acne and dryness.
  • AVOCADOS. They are filled with antioxidants like beta carotene, which helps to soften skin and keep it looking supple. Eating them everyday can get a bit pricey but it worth it. And honestly after awhile you will be saving money on skincare because you probably won’t need as many serums anymore!
  • CARROTS. These awesome veggies contain vitamin A an antioxidant that prevents overproduction of cells in the skins outer layer. These means less dead skin cells that can eventually start to clog our pores. Eating these as a snack or as a side at lunch time everyday is the perfect way to keep our skin looking dewy.
  • ALMONDS.  Vitamin E is our winner here, it helps repair scarred cells and defends against sun damage. Vitamin E acts like an antioxidant, it works to help keep our bodies free of free radicals that can age our skin. Eat a handful of these a day as a snack between meals! fruit

2017.

As 2017 is coming to a close I made myself take a moment and look back at the year. I like to write down what was good and bad and what I want to do to better myself for the upcoming year. 2017 was not the easiest year for me nor a very good one. You see 2017 tested me to my limits…I have always tried to be happy, to see the positive in negative situations, to see the good in every single person I meet. 2017 tested me, it tested every single thing that I stood for, it tested my patience, my happiness, and my strength. I would love to say that I have 100% moved on and forgotten the past few months but I cannot. This past year is forever going to be the year that shook my life up to the point where I had to start over. I changed in so many ways, this year I had to fight for my life, the year I truly grew up, and the year that I saw things in an adult perspective.

I still remember the day so well March 9th, 2017…I woke up had breakfast & said bye to my sister. I had a doctors appointment, and was going to go for a hike afterwards. I made it to the nature preserve okay, I hiked seven miles, I remember talking to my mom and telling her how proud of myself I was. I got in my car, I remember my window being down feeling so alive then suddenly I started to feel sick so I attempted to pull over…and then it happened. I fainted, the car lost control and slammed into a tree. Next thing I know I am being awaken by paramedics, I remember touching my face and felt the blood dripping down, I could not see out of my left eye and I saw a big tree in front of my face. 

I was rushed to the hospital they did some tests and the doctor came back and told me I was now fighting for my life, I had a brain injury, broke my neck, and had an orbital blowout to the left eye. I was then rushed to a trauma hospital in Dallas and went straight into ICU. The next morning my doctors told me that I also had suffered a minor stroke. I then went through some surgeries and was told that if my neck broke half an inch more I would have been paralyzed. The next three months were going to be the hardest of my life, they were going to test my patience, and my outlook on life. I refused to let this accident define my year or my life. I refused to let it take my happiness but instead made me appreciate life so much more I am extremely blessed. God gave me a second chance, I have the opportunity to live a better life, and to wake up every morning and BE GRATEFUL. Not many people live after hitting a tree and I realize God must have let me live for a reason. I have many angels in heaven looking down on me and I pray every night and thank them for letting me live.

I didn’t write this blog post to have a pity story..I am just so incredibly thankful and I am fighting to get my life back. I have no reason to weep or be a victim. I am SO blessed and I am looking forward to ending 2017 on a happy and healthy note. I am making my comeback =).

 

 

 

 

How to Pair Summer Pieces with Fall Pieces.

Hello! I hope everyone has been enjoying the fall weather! It is still in the 80’s and 90’s here in Texas so sometimes I forget that it is already October! What I love about the fall is that you can easily mix in your summer pieces with your fall pieces to transition into the colder months. For example I have some mini dresses from summer but to give it a fall look I pair them with over the knee boots. Another favorite look I love is to pair my dressy shorts with tights and ankle boots. Try paring your tanks with a blazer and skinny jeans or your skirts with tights and a leather jacket. Thanks for reading. Xoxo.

FALL 2017

 

 

Brow Goals.

Happy Friday! So the last couple of months I have been in the process of growing my eyebrows back to their original “bushiness.”My brows are naturally pretty thick, when I was younger I detested them would stupidly wax/thread them into thin arches. However over the years I realized the thicker the brow the more youthful you appear. The best tips to grow your brows out; is be patient this will not happen overnight ladies, take biotin vitamins, at night rub on some coconut or olive oil with a cotton ball, and wash off with warm water in the morning, resist the urge to pluck in the new hairs, and take a  picture with your”brow goal” that way the esthetician will have an idea of what look you are going for. Good luck! Thanks for reading. Xox0.

Create The Perfect Glow.

Hello! I love to add subtle shimmer on my face all the while adding an overall glow. I have a slight obsession with highlighter and seemed to have accumulated a few different brands. They all give a slightly different look and different “shade of glow”so depending on what look I am going for is how I decide which one to use. Here are some of my favorite highlighters! Thanks for reading.

Highlighters

 

Splurge vs Steal: Beauty Edition

Hello! So I know it SO easy to walk into a Sephora or Ulta and spend way more than you planned..I do it ALL the time..I know that buying high end makeup and skincare feels luxurious and it is easy to feel like that it automatically makes it better than cheaper brands. However that is not always the cases and I have a couple dupes that work just as well as the higher priced products. Thanks for reading. Xoxo.

Splurge: Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam $35 at Sephora. This reformulated skin care essential purifies the complexion and promotes a look of inner radiance. A dose of micro white powder helps remove dead surface cells to boost clarity and luminosity.

Steal: Pacifica  Rice Bright Skin Cleansing Paste $14 at Ulta. Pacifica’s innovative version of an ancient cleansing paste is a simple way to experience the gentle benefits of rice, beloved for its brightening and cleansing properties. It also has rice extract and natural lemongrass powder, that works as a skin toner than helps diminish the appearance of pores.

Splurge: Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial $48 at Sephora. An overnight facial-in-a-jar to address uneven skintone while improving skin texture for a brighter, more luminous complexion in as little as one night.

Steal: Lumene Vitamin C + Nourishing Night Care $19 at Ulta. Rich, velvety soft cream to nourish and provide deep care for your skin throughout the night. Unique capsulation technology ensures the long-lasting effects of vitamin C to protect and brighten skin.

Splurge: Fresh Floral Toner $40 at Sephora. A hydrating and soothing toner blooming with aromatic floral waters to moisturize the skin. Ideal for prepping the skin for serums and creams, setting makeup, and refreshing the complexion throughout the day.

Steal: Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz $8 at Target. This skin toner from  uses rosewater and other organic ingredients to visibly tighten pores and remove those last traces of makeup. Ideal to apply day or night, it naturally cleanses without drying the skin, leaving it smooth, supple and toned. Simply spritz  after washing your face to prepare your skin for your daytime moisturizer or night cream.

Splurge: Lancome EAU Fraiche Douceur Micellar Water $38 at Sephora. In one step, this refreshing cleansing water with Micellar Technology and soothing Rose de France lifts and removes impurities and even waterproof, long-lasting face, eye, and lip makeup. Skin is purified, toned, and revitalized.

Steal: Pacifica Cactus Micellar Water Cleansing Tonic- $12 at Ulta. Powerful yet gentle, this innovative tonic water by Pacifica helps capture and lift away dirt, oil, impurities and makeup, without harsh rubbing or even rinsing. Cactus water has a history of toning, and hydrating.

Splurge vs Steal