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The Best Beauty Products for Oily Skin

Having oily skin does come with its own set of advantages, but it seldom feels like an advantage unfortunately. In fact, if the excess oil release and build-up is too great, it is very likely that you will end up with acne due to the clogged pores, not to mention, a greasy face that will inevitably attract dust particles. If you can relate to what you just read, then do go through the following beauty products that might just solve your oily skin problems forever.

Astringent Toners

It is common knowledge that if you have oily skin, washing your face multiple times a day with lukewarm water and a gentle facewash is necessary, but sometimes, that’s not enough. You will probably need to use a good astringent toner as well to control the excess oil secretion. Natural astringents made from witch hazel are a healthier choice than those made from alcohol or any other artificial chemical. An additional advantage of using an astringent is that they greatly reduce the enlarged pores, albeit temporarily.

Body Masks

Oily skin can occur all over the body. Just as extra sebum can cause acne on the face a similar situation can also occur with the rest of your skin. Body masks are created to help regulate the skin removing toxins and helping aid lymphatic drainage. As the mask is being applied to your whole body it is important to select a mask made from natural beneficial ingredients like this Dead Sea mud for best results. Dead Sea skin products are fueled with natural minerals like magnesium and sodium that help aid oily skin but can also help those of you suffering from eczema. 

Oil-Free Moisturizers

Moisturizers, by default, are oily and that’s a big no-no if you have oily skin. However, toning your face with astringents multiple times a day will make your skin look like wrinkled paper, unless you are using a moisturizer. The solution to this predicament is of course, using oil-free moisturizers that keep the skin hydrated by using humectants such as glycerin.

The Exfoliator

There are two types of exfoliators; chemical and mechanical. They are both basically tasked with the same job of cleaning out the pores and reducing oil build-up, but the difference lies in the application and how they work to achieve it. Mechanical exfoliators are actually called scrubs that contain micro particles of hard exfoliators such as almond pulp and brown sugar. They may cause microdermabrasion during the scrubbing though, so going with a chemical exfoliator (salicylic acid, glycolic acid, etc.) is always preferred, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Face Powder

This one is a quick and handy solution when you are going out but be sure to choose a shade that matches your skin tone to hide those shiny areas. Also, don’t overuse the powder. If the quality of the product is good, then the effects should last for at least 5 – 6 hours and should also help to shrink the pores.

That’s it, as long as you have all these five beauty products in your possession and manage to use them intelligently, oily skin should not be a problem for you anymore. Just remember to follow the instructions and never try to overuse any of the products because that will just make things worse.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Backpacking Beauty: Tips and Tricks

When you think of backpacking through the woods, it’s not always a very glamorous vacation or day trip. You’re surrounded by nature which can include wildlife, bugs, damp conditions, and more. Now maybe you’re the type that takes a lot of pride in how you present yourself, so backpacking has presented you with a bit of a challenge. How can you put together a look and exude your regular confidence as you trek through the woods?

To help you out, we’ve gone ahead and put together a few simple backpacking beauty tips and tricks. While these tips and tricks aren’t time consuming or confusing, they can have a pretty big impact on your overall look.

Look for a Product with Built-In SPF Protection

It doesn’t matter what time of year you plan to go backpacking, making sure you are wearing adequate SPF protection on your face is an absolute must. In order to save time and multi-task, you can look for a protect that has built in SPF protection. Many of today’s facial moisturizers come with SPF protection, or you can pick up a foundation or BB/CC cream that contains SPF. Just be sure you look closely at what number of SPF is contained, as sometimes it may not be as much as you need.

Throw a Multi-Functional Mirror in Your Backpack

If you plan on camping out as part of your backpacking adventure, then you’ll always want to bring along a mirror. Rather than throwing a bulky handheld mirror in your pack however, look for an item that is multi-functional and has a mirror built in. For example, maybe you have a small flip brush or comb that also features a mirror in it. This helps you to save on space, but still provides you with the essential items you need.

Use Waterproof Makeup 

No matter how little or how much makeup you plan on wearing, you’ll want to be sure each of the products is waterproof. It’s quite common to work up a sweat when backpacking, plus you may encounter a little rain or water along the way. The last thing you want to be worried about is makeup melting off or running down your face.

Stick to the Basics

When it comes to your makeup look, you want to aim for something basic, natural, and simple. You can opt for a lightweight foundation, a little concealer, mascara, blush or bronzer, and a lip balm to keep your lips well hydrated. Finish off the look with a spritz of your favorite perfume from Maple Prime and you will look and feel put together with very little effort and time needed. 

Keep Your Hair Off Your Face

The final tip has to do with your hair, which can look pretty disheveled rather quickly when you’re backpacking. To prevent this from happening, just pull your hair off your face with a ponytail, braid, or headband. It will keep everything in place, out of your eyes, and looking put together.

These tips will have you looking and feeling great on your backpacking adventure yet won’t take much time to accomplish.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

You and Your Enabled Garden

You never know what’s around the corner. Whether it’s illness, old age, or perhaps we’re caring for someone who needs help with their daily needs – it’s been proven that gardening is not only therapeutic, but it strengthens our mind, body and spirit. For many, it’s a way to feel independent by having something that needs care and attention. But what do we do when the garden we currently have is no longer fit for the person who needs it?

Simple – we create one that with an enabled design! Yes, they can help you choose flowers and help to buy trees for your state, but creating an enabled garden means that you can help a loved one maintain their lifestyle and even help them on the road to recovery or increase their quality of life.

 Here you’ll find some helpful tips and advice on how you can create the ideal gardening environment for a loved one to enjoy and nurture. 

Access & pathways

Firstly, how easy is it for your loved one to actually gain access to the garden? If there are steps in the way and your loved one uses a wheelchair then you’ll need to consider installing a ramp, so they can access the garden independently. If you have someone with mobility problems in mind then it might be wise to consider installing a pathway around the garden so there is one simple route around. 

This will also ensure that the ground is even, and they’ll be less likely to trip or stumble over uneven ground or slippery grass. You could try installing grips rails as a safety precaution too. As a rule, your paths should be about 3ft wide if you’re accommodating a wheelchair user. 

The layout

Plan plenty of seating areas around the garden space, so should your loved one get tired they have the option to sit and rest for a moment. Not only that, various seating areas will allow your loved one to view their garden and their hard work from lots of different angles!

Lawns can be difficult to manage, and they require a lot of maintenance. Consider replacing the natural lawn with something artificial or install more paths and access points. 

If you have a pond in your garden, you and your loved one will need to discuss whether or not the upkeep of it is going to be practical. You could always install a low maintenance water feature instead if they’d still like to enjoy the sight and sound of water.

Plants

When it comes to a planting scheme; raised flower beds are the way to go. It’ll make everything accessible and of course much more enjoyable! 

Get rid of plants that have a reputation for quickly growing out of hand. Rampant growers and plants that take up too much space could be removed to make way for something much easier to maintain and will survive in all weathers. If you’re unsure, simply ask for more information when you buy. 

*This is a collaborative post

Loving: Double Trouble Bomber Jacket by r13

If you are not familiar with the R13, let me tell you a little bit about them. Trust me, it’ll quickly become one of your favorites!

“Return of the American Rebel” Inspired by the rebellious spirit of America and the intrigue of unwavering authenticity, R13 launched in the fall of 2009. At the forefront of design, R13 cuts avant-garde silhouettes such as the skinny legging and harem pant from Italian and Turkish denim produced in Castelfranco, Italy. Pure indigo casting, quality stretch and machine hand mending give the jeans their superior shape and an authentic vintage feel.

But if you think R13 carries denim only, think again! Offering a variety of must have pieces, R13 prides itself in bringing designs you won’t find anywhere else. Combining rock ‘n’ roll cuts and vintage inspired fabrics, their style is punk rock meet classic staple.

Here comes trouble…

I wore my Double Trouble satin bomber with a metallic trim to a recent date night with Brad. It was the perfect piece to add a little bad girl vibe to an otherwise simple outfit.  I love that most R13 items are easy to pair with other items from their collection.


R13 Trouble Bomber Jacket (similar) // Rebecca Minkoff Palma Slides // Daughter & Inti Sunshine State of Mind Tee
My bomber jacket is super versatile. I would love to pair it with these items currently available from their most recent collection.
R13 Long Slip Dress // R13 Elvis Mugshot Tee // R13 Jenny Mid Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans 

I love that my jacket will transition beautifully into fall and even winter. I’ll either add some funky Golden Goose sneakers  for a causal look or a pair slick booties for a more dressy night look.

 

Sephora Favorites + Wish List

The Sephora Insiders spring sale starts tomorrow so today I’m sharing my personal wish list as well as some favorites. I normally only shop only twice a year — in December (my birthday month) and during this sale. What products are you hoping to snag tomorrow? Which ones are your must haves beauty favorites? I would love to hear.

All VIB members get 15% off and all Beauty Insiders get 10% during the Spring Bonus Sale. Time to stock up! 

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MAKEUP

I received Lancome’s Monsieur Big Mascara  in a Sephora Play! Box last month I believe. It is amazing. I might even dare to say it’s my all time favorite mascara. It makes my lashes look so long and full.  I’m not kidding when I  tell you, my it looks like I’m wearing false lashes.

The Monsieur Big Mascara features a large brush and an ultra-creamy formula that glides onto lashes like silk and delivers up to 12 times the volume with up to 24 hours of wear. Ideal for all-day wear, this mascara doesn’t require touch-ups and doesn’t flake or smudge. 

This is another product I received in a Sephora Play! box. Bobbi Brown’ss Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink delivers the perfect amount of shimmer and it’s perfect for day or night time. It glides on smoothly and it’s 100% smudge proof. I like to blend it in as soon as I put it on because it defiantly stays in place.

This budge-proof formula stays put for up to eight hours. It glides on lids tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up, and highlight eyes. The stick comes in subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to eight hours without creasing, flaking, or fading and it’s completely water resistant.

SKINCARE

When trying new products, I usually purchase the smallest size first but I plan to re-order Kate Summervilles Exfolikate’s exfoliating treatment in a bigger size. Dubbed as ”The Hollywood 2-minute facial,” this treatment is a game changer. A little goes a long way to clean and shrink pores — better than any other product I’ve used.

A dual-action exfoliator that smooths and polishes to reveal a glowing, radiant complexion in as little as one use. Kate’s bestselling exfoliator is formulated with face scrubbing natural exfoliants to deep clean clogged pores without over-drying skin. Lactic acid and fruit enzymes— papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin—reveal smooth skin and a brighter, healthier-looking complexion in as little as one use. 

Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream has been my go to moisturizer  for over a year now. Whenever I apply it at night, I wake up with super hydrated, soft skin in the morning. The pump dispenses the perfect amount of rich moisturizing cream that doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t just sit on your skin.

A retro-style moisturizer that rescues dry, dull skin while slowly delivering a steady dose of barrier moisture throughout the day and night. This all-purpose rescue cream, whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, recovers and locks in intense moisture for hours after application. 

HAIR

I use Briogeo’s Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray a few times a week to help my dry, often damaged hair hydrated. It helps reduce frizziness too.

An ultra-light, leave-in conditioning spray that brings hydration and moisture to locks without weighing them down.  This multiaction Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray hydrates, reduces flyaways, enhances manageability, strengthens, protects against heat and UV rays, and nourishes tresses. 

I received a small sample of Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask a while ago and I was completely hooked. I loved it so much that I’m planning on ordering their full size version tomorrow. After only one use, I could feel how much softer and hydrated my hair was.

An intensive weekly treatment to restore essential hydration and enhance hair’s resilience and strength. Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask works in as little as five minutes to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry, brittle, over-processed, and otherwise lackluster locks.