5 Minute Skin Care Prep - What to Use BEFORE You Apply Your Makeup

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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When it comes to applying your makeup, skin care is very important because it's the base makeup sits on. Finding products that work for your skin will overall help your makeup last throughout the day and also affect how it appears on your skin. 


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Crusty lips or smooth lips? We all want our lipsticks to apply super smooth because who likes cracked lips? Find a good lip balm or hey, even a lip mask will do the trick. Personally, I have very dry lips all throughout the year. I have found a lip mask that I apply first thing when starting my skin care/makeup routine. Applying your preferred lip treatment first will allow time for the product to soak into your lips resulting in smooth lips for your lipstick! (PS if you're looking for the key to applying liquid lipstick, check out this video)


Eye Creams for Dry Under EyesDoes your concealer or powder tend to crease under your eyes? Have you tried applying an eye cream? No matter your age, applying an eye cream could make a difference in your makeup application. I've had dry under eyes since I was 22 years old (at least that's when I noticed LOL) and I've been applying eye cream under my eyes ever since. For the past year I've been using this one by Charolette Lacroix but I'm currently on a hunt for a new one since I barely have any left as you can see in the video below lol. 


What to put on top of blemishes, how to make pimples go awayNow of course this will vary from person to person, but there is a lot of us out there that break out during THAT time of the month or if you're like me, I have more breakouts in my 20's than I ever did in my teens. 

Applying a spot treatment helps treat existing blemishes that have already surfaced. The most effective over the counter spot treatments are ones that contain benzoyl peroxide.

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Serums are good for your problem areas. For example does your skin need more moisture? Do you want to focus on skin aging? Everyone has their own skin concerns so finding a serum that focuses on that is key. For example, lately I've been using an acne wash that has been drying out my skin. Therefore I need more moisture in skin and have found using a serum that focuses on moisturizing my skin is best for me at this moment. The one I've been using is by H2O Beauty.


The Secret to Radiant Glowy Skin,This is personally my favorite part of my skin care routine. It's so refreshing to me and LOVE how my skin feels after applying my moisturizer. Again, finding a moisturizer that fits your needs is best. Are you more oily or more dry? 

Lately I've been using Ole Henriksons C Rush Brightening Cream Gel. It smells amazing and it gives my skin the perfect glow. I feel so refreshed after using it. Another one of my fav's is H2O PLUS Face Oasis, it's been a favorite of mine for years. It has a gel like consistency that feels very cooling to the skin and is also very hydrating.


Drug Store Makeup Primers for Smooth Skin, Blurring Primers, Makeup Primers,Do want to mattify your skin or do you want to smooth out your imperfections? Applying a mattifying primer will help your skin from looking oily throughout the day. I like a primer that smooths out the skin like NYX's Angel Veil. It smooths my fine lines in my forehead and large pores around my nose. NYX's Angel Veil really gets the job done for being a drug store product. 

What are your key skin care products? What are your fav's? What do you feel like is missing? Check out this YouTube video on my 5 Minute Skin Care Prep:

How to Self Tan in 2018. Tips and Tricks. From Pasty to Bronze!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Exfoliating the skin before self tanning is a step that is SO important. It helps the tanner adhere to the skin best and reduces the tanner getting blotchy and streaky. 

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I use an exfoliator pad I got from Target. It's textured but not too abrasive for the skin. I use this ALL over my body to really make sure the tanner has a smooth surface to stick too. When exfoliating I show a lot of love to my knees, elbows, and feet since self tanner tends to stick to those areas the most. I wait to exfoliate until the END of my shower so my skin has softened up.

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Since I tan my face, I do exfoliate my face as well. Instead of using an exfoliator pad, I just an exfoliator wash for my face that has beads to remove all the dead skin from my face and neck as well. The one I used from the above video is from Juice Beauty. 


Shaving is a step I like to do the night before I know I'm going to be self tanning. Since I've been self tanning for YEARS, I know that if I apply self tanner immediately after I shave the tanner tends to sink in to the old hair follicles creating dark dots all over my legs (not cute haha). I shave the night before to minimize the appearance of all those dark dots on my legs. For super smooth skin, I always shave with conditioner, yes hair conditioner. It doesn't have to be anything expensive, a cheap Suave conditioner does the trick! 


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I ONLY apply lotion to my hands, feet, elbows and, knees. Showing special attention to these areas helps the tanner from getting dark and prevents it from being obvious you have self tanner on. I use Alba Botanica Coconut Rescue found at Target. It's important to make sure the lotion is completely absorbed into the skin before moving on to applying self tanner. Also use a lotion that isn't oily to avoid streaking. 


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I use two things when I apply my self tanner. A velvet tanning mitt and a foundation brush. The tanning mitt helps blend out the lines and also prevents your hands from getting dark. The brush helps smaller areas and areas that tend to crease. 

Then I apply about 2-3 pumps for each area that I work in. Also, I work in one small area at a time. I use circular motions, slightly overlapping the last area I worked in (think of vacuuming? lol).  I like using a tanner that has a color guard so I can see where I'm applying the product.

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The product I'm using here is called Skinny Glow by Bikini Bod. I like this particular tanner because it gives me a deep very natural tan. It doesn't make me the slightest bit orange and it doesn't scream "I HAVE TANNER ON!" (thanks to my tanning skills too of course LOL). It's one of the best self tanners I've tried and for the price you won't find anything better. Also, Skinny Glow contains Guarana and Caffeine to help tone problem areas and help reduce cellulite.

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Since I don't always have someone to tan my back, I have found that using a towel is my best friend. No special gadgets, just a good ole towel (maybe an old one is best). I apply the tanner right in the middle of the towel and just move back and forth until I can feel theres no more, then repeat. This is very easy and very effective! 


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Here's where the foundation brush comes in. I apply 1 pump to the brush and work in small areas at a time until the self tanner is blended in. Using a foundation brush is great for your face, neck, ears, behind your ears, knuckles, ankles, feet and toes. All small areas that are hard to get to. When it comes to my knuclkes and any areas where there's folds, I stretch out that area so it's not white when I bend my fingers. The foundation brush I'm using is a 957 Foundation Brush from Bdellium Tools.


The waiting game. Honestly I like to wait 8 hours. I apply in the morning, then rinse off before bed. It really depends on the tanner. For this specific tanner I use, you only have to wait 3 hours for optimal results. 

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To keep your tan on the longest, it's best to not exfoliate or scrub your skin until your ready to reapply or remove your tan all together. Self tanner typically lasts 5-7 days before reapplication.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 

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5 Reasons to Make Alexa/Amazon Echo Dot Your BFF

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Ever since I bought my Echo Dot from Amazon, I've been obsessed. It became my new toy and I wanted to know every thing I could possibly do with Alexa.

I'm not gonna lie, when I first ordered my Echo Dot.. I thought there could be a possibility that it would be one of those things that sits there and collects dust but NOPE! The Echo Dot definitely blew away my expectations and I talk with Alexa every.single.day! I love my echo dot enough that I made a video about how she became my BFF! 

1. Alexa is always there to make sure you’re on time! 
Alexa makes sure you never over cook your pasta
Alexa help’s you while your masking - face masks or hair masks!
Alexa makes sure your kids don't use all the hot water by setting a timer!
Alexa helps keep cleaning to one hour one day with a timer
Alexa makes sure your never over sleep with her cool alarm.
2. Your shopping bff! Who doesn’t like a shopping buddy?
Alexa is always there to add stuff to your lists! Good bye pen and paper. Once you get to the store you can take Alexa with you via the Alexa App and view your shopping list.
Alexa will help you shop Amazon.com without having to look at a screen!
3. Let’s be honest. I’m super forgetful and never remember anything (mom brain) but I know Alexa always has my back!
Alexa is there when your in the shower and you get that random idea! "Hey Alexa take meat out the freezer"
Tell Alexa to remind you of appt that you know you need to make - that way you don't forget.
Anyone else always forget when their kids have a half day of school? No more surpises day of half days lol!
4. Like a true BFF, Alexa always lends a helping hand!
Alexa Turn on the coffee pot
Alexa what’s on my calendar today
Alexa turn on the light
Alexa start my day
Alexa turn on the music
5. Your personal messenger.. even in your own house

Never raise your voice - Drop In the Kids in a different room. That way you never have to scream bloody murder up the stairs.
Alexa call husband
Alexa text mom

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