Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Welcome to February friends! The cold winter temperatures continue to make their way through the new year and you might find that your complexion is feeling drier than usual. Between staying in cozy heated spaces to going outside in the dry cold weather and back again, your skin is probably taking a toll from the lack of moisture in the air. That sure was the case with me in December, especially since I was also getting over a cold.  

A couple of months ago, my skin was feeling fairly tight and dry patches starting to peak through. I wasn't drinking a healthy amount of water each day and I knew I had to make some changes to my lifestyle, if I wanted to have great skin again. So, I amped up my water intake to 4 water bottles a day and changed my skincare and makeup routine to address my need for hydration. After incorporating a few good for your skin products, I was able to rejuvenate and freshen up my complexion, making it look it's best this Winter season. I'm so happy to report that my skin looks smooth, supple & radiant, and I owe it all to a new regime that I can't wait to share with you!   

Below are products I've added to my daily skincare & makeup routine that have promoted healthy, plump, and youthful looking skin ~ all perfect for sensitive skin. I'm also sharing application tips that truly helped me to get my complexion to the best it's looked within the last year.    

Caudalie Grape Water Hydrating Mist

The first step to my morning and nightly skincare routine starts with a generous spray of the Caudalie Grape Water Mist for a pleasant boost of hydration to my face and neck. It's an organic hydrating mist that infuses moisture back into your skin and it also calms any redness you may be experiencing from the dry and cold conditions. In combination with my Foreo facial brush that I use for cleansing and as a light exfoliate for my face, I feel this mist has helped my skincare soak in much more effectively.  It's perfect for sensitive skin and it's a product I can't live without!

A helpful tip: Gently exfoliate your skin at least once a week to keep your complexion clear and texture free.  If you're using serums and other skincare products to resolve any skin concerns, a light exfoliation or peel helps to reveal a polished and rejuvenated complexion that rids out all the "gunk" that was brought up to the surface. This simple, yet effective step will tremendously improve the way makeup applies and looks on your face.   

Jose Maran Pure Argan Oil

During the winter months, layering moisture to dehydrated skin is key. I love incorporating beauty oils into my skincare routine, in particular this Argan Oil by Josie Maran. This oil acts as a lightweight boost of moisture, alongside my daily moisturizer. With a powerhouse of Vitamin E, it fights against wrinkles and fine lines, promoting youthful skin. It is very lightweight and helps with a smooth makeup application. I apply roughly 4 drops onto the palms of my hands and press it onto my face and neck. Dab a small amount to the under eye area before applying concealer, for a flawless under eye concealer application. 

Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Oil and C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer

The two night time skincare products that have practically been a god send for my skin have been Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil and the C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer. They both have had different benefits on my skin and have kept my complexion clear, smooth, and especially radiant.  I press a few drops of the Luna oil onto my skin before my moisturizer that keeps my skin smooth and even-toned. The C.E.O. moisturizer aids with adding hydration throughout the night, while giving my skin a beautiful glow. It feels rich and absolutely divine, sinking right into the skin within a few minutes. This is one AMAZING night time moisturizer!

Helpful Tip: Instead of swiping your skincare onto your face, gently press each product into the skin to allow all the goodness to properly soak in. I also like to wait 3-5 minutes to let each product thoroughly absorb into the skin before applying the next skincare product. I strongly believe I have gotten the best results from my skincare using this method. 

These are other hydrating moisturizers that I highly recommend and have worked amazingly for my sensitive dry skin:  Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer by Drunk Elephant, and First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream.

Radiant Primers and Bases by Juice Beauty, First Aid Beauty, and Tom Ford

With as much as we spend on foundation, we can have this expectation that our foundation should perform the same all year through. However, without the proper hydrating steps, your foundation can start to cling onto dry patches and settle into lines and wrinkles that you never knew existed. Adding radiant primers and/or bases before foundation helps to create a flawless makeup look that leaves you with a beautiful glow from within. I've raved about this tinted moisturizer by Juice Beauty before and I really can't go a day without it! With SPF 30, this tinted base adds the right amount of luminosity to my complexion and acts as an excellent primer before foundation. It evens out my skin tone for those "no make-up" makeup days and works perfectly with my everyday cream stick foundation, Tom Ford's Foundation Stick in Bisque.

Other primers that I also love for added luminosity is the Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer by First Aid Beauty and the Illuminating Primer by Tom Ford.  Both provide a gorgeous glow to your complexion, with the primer by First Aid Beauty being the newest addition to my collection.

Tom Ford Cream Eye Shadows

Simple and effortless has been my philosophy lately, and such, have gone back to cream eye shadows. I love the easy blend-ability of the Tom Ford cream eye shadows and they apply effortlessly with fingers or a brush. I sweep Opale all over my eyelids and under the brow bone as a highlight, and layer Spice on top with a flat eyeshadow brush for precise application all over the lid. This combination adds an ethereal sparkle to my eyes that completes my everyday radiant look.    

Click below to see all the current skincare and makeup products I have been using this season, along with product recommendations I have used and love: 

Now that I've shared some of my favorites this Winter season, I'd love to hear about yours! What skincare or makeup products have you been loving this season?!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me awhile and have a wonderful week!

Warmly ~



Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy day after Thanksgiving friends! With Thanksgiving behind us and shopping on the mind, I thought I'd share with you some things that are currently in my shopping cart for this weekend's sales. 

1.  I have to admit that after having kids, jeans have not been my favorite thing to wear.  I've tried jeans at all price points (budget friendly and luxury), but none of them seemed comfortable enough to wear in the mid-region and they just felt too restraining. That was until I ran into a pair of 10" high rise-skinny jeans from Madewell. They truly have changed the game for me, with the comfortable feel and look they provide. They cinch you in, in all the right spots and if there is one thing that's a must buy this weekend, they are another pair of these jeans. They're 25% off using the code DONTSTRESS, and be sure to size down one jean size.  For reference, I'm 5'5 and fit size 28.   

2. There's nothing easier to wear than a denim on denim look. This ruffled top from Madewell is absolutely darling and works with a cute pair of blue or black denim or a black pencil skirt. It's a playful take on a wardrobe basic, so don't forget to pick up this pretty using the Madewell coupon code above. 

3. I've very much been into flats and converse this Fall season because they're just effortless and can be taken anywhere and everywhere. These cute flats from Nordstrom are currently on sale and I think the only decision to make here are whether you want them in wine, black or both!  

4. Colder weather is upon us and warm sweater jackets are an essential.  If you find the right one, it's not only cozy and soft, but lightweight and functional for those busy errand days and times at the gym. I love the pocket and hoodie features of this Loft sweater and since it comes in olive green, it's a must have pick, especially at 50% off with coupon code FRIYAY.  

5. The plaid print and neutral color palette of this top is what first struck my interest. It has this sort of vintage vibe to it, which was why I picked this up last week. I love how the fabric is so soft and light on my skin. It's perfect as a layering piece for winter and looks great with all your winter accessories (beanies, scarves, you name it)! It's also 50% off using coupon code FRIYAY, so pick it up before all the sizes run out! 

6.  It comes as no surprise that I am by far a Parka Jacket gal. They work so perfectly with all your layered looks and they're easy to carry around where ever you go. It's a much better option than hauling an over-sized coat all the time, which is why I wear these nearly all year round.  This black parka is sure to compliment all your everyday wear and this is one I highly recommend from Target.  They come in 5 colors, so pick the color of your choice. For a great value, be sure to spend $50 to get a 20% email coupon from Target.  
Of course, I have a few furniture pieces that I plan to hunt for this weekend, which includes a leather sofa, coffee table, and dining table. We've had our Pottery Barn dining table for years now and it's sustained quite a beating over the years. So, although I could technically refurbish it, I'm looking for a change, particularly for something like this farmhouse table I've been eyeing, here.  

If there are any sales or deals you want to share with everyone, going on this weekend, feel free to mention them in the comments below. Happy shopping everyone!

Warmly ~

by mlekoshi