Current Favorites- Skincare

Good morning, everyone!

Ever since finding out that I was pregnant, it was important to me to switch up my beauty routine.  While continuing to take care of my skin remained important, so did minimizing the products that I had been using previously.  For the last couple of years, I have been using the Rodan + Fields Reverse line and have LOVED the results.  However, I definitely didn’t feel comfortable with continuing this regimen during my pregnancy.  In fact, I stopped using R + F as soon as we began trying to get pregnant.  Do not get me wrong, I will be using Reverse as soon as it is safe for me to use again.  After a summer spent in the sun, mama’s going to need some Reverse to take away my melasma again.

Within days of confirming the pregnancy, a college friend of mine happened to post to Facebook.  She mentioned that she was now selling Beautycounter products.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try some more of the products.  I had tried a couple of the makeup products but had yet to really delve into the skincare.  The company prides itself on the fact that their products are safer for everyone.  According to their website, “The US has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.”  Yep, you read that date correctly!  How is it even possible that regulations haven’t been updated in close to 80 years?  Beautycounter compiled a “Never List” of ingredients that will NOT be found in any of their items.  The list consists of approximate 1500 questionable chemicals that have not been banned in the US (but have been in other countries) and are found in countless others products distributed by other brands.  Wanting to make a change for the safety of my baby as she develops, this change was a no-brainer.  I switched the majority of my skincare products over to Beautycounter.  My absolute favorite products are the face oils as well as the Calendula lip balm.

During my last pregnancy, I swore by the Mama Mio products.  The Tummy Butter became a ritual for me and I continued to use it for a couple pf months post-pregnancy as well.  While I cannot guarantee that the Tummy Butter was solely responsible for this (as genetics likely play a significant role as well), I did not end up with any stretch marks after having Ryan.  Not wanting to deviate, I have been using the product again this time around…so far so good. I also added their body lotion to my regimen and love the way it feels.  The Mama Mio line is 100% safe for pregnancy as it is designed specifically for this important time.

My favorite way to give my face a little pick-me-up?  Using the Mario Badescu Facial Spray.  Halfway through the day, I like to spritz this on my face to feel refreshed.  Tiffany has featured this products previously as it’s one of her favorites as well!

As far as sun protection goes, truth be told, I have been using my toddler’s Babyganics sunscreen this summer at the pool and while at the beach.  It has worked beautifully and I have yet to burn at all this summer…which is a first.  For every day skin protection, I make sure and wear SPF on my face but I also focus on my hands.  Lack of protecting my hands has resulted in sun spots.  They drive me insane…so much so that I’ll look into laser removal in the future.  For now, I use the Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream.  It it is formulated with SPF 40…amazing to find in a hand cream!

I LOVE trying out new masks so when I spotted these Lemon and Cucumber masks at Anthropologie, they made their way into my bag.  They know what they’re doing at their stores…placing all of the fun small items right at checkout so you can’t resist them!  When you open the packets, you realize that these are not sheets masks but instead there are pads saturated with serum and they look like cucumber and lemon slices.  So adorable…such a cute gift idea!

Finally, let’s talk under-eyes.  The La Mer products have been a part of my daily regimen for years now.  I completely understand if the cost blows your mind…it still does for me too!  The thing about La Mer products is that they are so concentrated.  Because of this, you do not need to use much.  For example, I have had this Eye Balm Intense ($200) eye cream for three months and have only used a quarter of the jar.  That means that I should have the jar for an entire year.  Is it worth the expense?  Let me tell you a little story.  When I go get my lash extensions, my girl tapes little pads under my eyes to hold down my lower lashes.  After switching to this product, she could no longer use the pads.  My under-eyes were too moisturized for the pads to stay in place!  I need to note that I use the cream at night and get my lashes done during the day…which means that the product  is doing its’ job!  Personally, I would much rather spend more money on one product that works for me than waste money trying out several less expensive options.

That is the bulk of my current skincare routine.  I should mention that continuing to use the Beautycounter products post-pregnancy is the plan.  While I wish I could switch to all of their safer products, I know myself and love trying out products too much.  I can’t give that up!  Let’s all hope that new regulations will be set in place for all beauty product lines sometime in the near future.

You can shop these products by clicking on the individual images below!

 

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

xoxo

Lindsey

 

Eyelash Extensions

I have been wanting to get eyelash extensions for some time now, however I couldn’t swallow the initial $250 investment.  Several weeks ago, Lindsey mentioned there was a new place opening in Brier Creek in Raleigh, NC.  I completely forgot about it until I was on a walk one afternoon and heard an ad for Amazing Lash Studio. The ad was for their introductory set of lashes for $79.99.  I instantly called them and made my appointment for that afternoon.

I really didn’t know what to expect and was a little nervous.

I walked into their studio and was first very impressed with the design.  It was very light, bright and clean.  They staff greeted me with a welcoming “Hello” and instantly had me fill out necessary paperwork.  Once I had finished my paperwork, my stylist took me back to begin the process.

They have four styles that you can choose from:

1) Gorgeous – This style features longer and thicker eyelash extensions along the entire lash line. With longer, fuller lashes all over, you will always be red-carpet ready.

2) Natural – Longer eyelash extensions tapered to follow your existing lash line  enhance the natural shape of your eyes.

3) Sexy – This style features eyelash extensions that are longer on the outside edge of the eyes. Longer lashes on the outside corner of your eye will make every wink count.

4) Cute – Big bright eyes can be yours! This style uses longer eyelash extensions at the center of your lash line to make your eyes appear longer.

After discussing with my stylist, we decided that a mixture of Natural and Sexy would be good for my first set.  Here are a few pics from my appointment:

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Before

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Left eye with extensions/Right eye without

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After

I absolutely LOVE my extensions, but the best part is that I no longer have to worry with mascara.  The lashes provide enough length and color, that I haven’t worn mascara since I got them.  That alone is worth the investment!

xoxo,

Tiffany

Latest beauty products

Happy Hump Day.  Hope all of you are staying cool in these triple digit temps!

I don’t know about you ladies, but I feel as though I am always searching for new makeup. I’ll love what I have for about 6 months and then I will want something different.  Here are a few products that I have purchased in the past few weeks.

During the warmer months, I do not like to wear a thick foundation and luckily, I recently received a sample of Burberry’s Fresh Glow in one of my sample boxes.  I LOVE how light this product is.  You can wear it alone as a base or mix it with your current foundation for added shimmer.  I am currently wearing it as my base, topped with powder.  It gives my skin a nice light shimmer and dewy finish.

Burberry Fresh Glow 

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Who doesn’t love MAC eyeshadows, right?  I was instantly drawn to the beautiful colors of this eyeshadow.  The mixture of pale pink, peaches and copper screamed summer to me.  I have not played around with the colors yet, but I know MAC will not let me down!

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow – Peachluxe

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Finally, I have stepped outside of my comfort zone with this next purchase. I’m a pink girl…pink blushes and pink lips all day, every day!  That is until now. I’ve always admired a girl wearing bright red lipstick, but never thought I could pull it off.  I will admit, that I do feel a little silly when I wear it, but I know with time, it will become one of my favorites.

Sephora Rouge Valentine

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What are some of your favorite summer products?  We would love to hear from you.

xoxo,

Tiffany