February 10, 2018

Skincare Favorites from Patchology + DERMA E + PUR attitude


How is your skin these days? Mine is so dry and parched. I recently tried some products from three of my favorite skincare brands that help to treat dehydrated winter skin. Here are a few of my skincare favorites from Patchology, DERMA E, and PUR attitude.



Patchology was formed around the idea that truly effective delivery of great skincare ingredients, on your terms, is a game changer. They continue to expand that expertise in ingredient delivery to create products that do more, work faster, and deliver better results. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours to pamper yourself, they call it "beauty at the speed of you," and I love it. Save 20% on Patchology's award-winning skincare products by using promo code: SAVE20.


Refresh in an instant. FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels feature an advanced HydraSurge5 Moisture System. More effective than topical creams or serums, this patch technology accelerates the delivery of essential ingredients Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen. And the Hydrogels stay put - so you get these ingredients where you need them most. They are Cooling, soothing, and refreshing.


Put your freshest face forward with Illuminate FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheets. Designed to even skin tone, they give new life to your complexion. Traditional sheet masks take up to 20 minutes to work. But Patchology's advanced masque material accelerates delivery of essential ingredients Licorice and Grapefruit Seed Extracts to gently brighten your skin. These flash masks are perfect for dull, lackluster, winter skin.


Eliminate environmental toxins, dirt, and dullness in one clean step with the SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque. Mineral-rich volcanic ash combined with innovative FlexMasque Technology gets the purifying properties of mud right where you want them (on your face) and not where you don’t (all over your sink). 

The plant-based Milk Peel FlashMasque was inspired by a top Korean beauty trend. Lactic Acid and moisturizing coconut and soy milk work together to speedily dissolve dead cells for smooth, bright skin without irritation. Get ready to glow, baby, glow.


Chapped lips? FlashPatch Lip Gels can smooth things over in just 5 minutes! They provide deep hydration to soften, smooth and diminish the appearance of vertical lip lines. The HydraSurge5 Moisture System features advanced hydrogel patch technology that sends the most powerful moisturizing ingredients to your lips faster. Niacinamide, Peptides and Green Tea Extract soothe and deliver anti-aging benefits. So perfect for the dry winter months.


DERMA E is passionate about a future with healthier skin, a healthier environment, and a healthier world. From face care to body care and treatment items, DERMA E products are enriched with healthy vitamins and antioxidants to address various skin types and concerns. Each item is hand-formulated in a family-owned, small-batch manufacturing facility in Southern California. The DERMA E line was designed to quench the environmental oxidative stress that ages and debilitates the skin. Celebrate Galentine's Day with 30% off at DERMA E with the promo code: GALDAY30.


Deeply moisturize skin while washing away dirt, oil, and impurities. The Hydrating Cleanser is ultra-hydrating and infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomile, Lemon Grass, and Papaya. Antioxidant Vitamins A and E gently cleanse and condition skin for a soft, smooth, dewy feel with no drying, aging after-effects.


DERMA E's Hydrating Night Cream and Hydrating Cleanser are the perfect duo for combating winter dryness and replenishing moisture. Thoroughly moisturize and plump skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles with the Hydrating Night Cream. This extra-rich, deeply penetrating formula delivers the unmatched hydrating properties of nature's moisture magnet, Hyaluronic Acid. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment.


PUR attitude is a skincare line that doesn't use water or any potentially harmful chemicals in their products. Consisting of only 100% pure ingredients, you get an increase in skin radiance, an increase in skin hydration, and fewer wrinkles. They have revolutionized the skincare industry by purifying products from all toxins and unneeded additives. Each product is created with only the best ingredients, precisely formulated to get the best results.


Fusion-C Brightening Serum can improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, lightening age spots, and discoloration with the use of Licorice Extract, Vitamin E, and Collagen. It will also improve your skin's firmness using four different forms of Vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, and Sodium Ascorbate. All of these forms deliver the proper skin essentials in different ways in order to get better results. Fusion-C also contains BV-OSC Ester, which is an active form of Vitamin C that improves collagen synthesis, along with Hyaluronic Acid, designed to optimize absorption into the skin and to help prevent free radical damage associated with skin aging.


Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème revitalizes your skin while you sleep. Say good-night to sagging, aging skin. Natural polymer technology time-releases bio-advanced peptide technology that nourishes the skin at the cellular level, optimizing the skin's appearance and elasticity. Wake-up to younger, firmer, healthier, more radiant looking skin.

January 28, 2018

Aveda Shampure Collection


Create your own peaceful sanctuary with the aveda shampure collection. Deeply breathe in the calming aroma of 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang-ylang. I find shampure products to be so peaceful and inviting. 


Let's start with the hair. Shampure shampoo and conditioner utilize morikue protein from the Peruvian rainforest. This pure and gentle combo cleanses, fortifies, and conditions all hair types while infusing it with that signature calming aroma. It leaves my hair feeling soft and my scalp feeling refreshed. And the smell ... your hair will smell amazing all day long!


I love that the shampure collection includes a pure-fume mist. Nourish your skin or hair with the calming aroma of shampure. The size is perfect for throwing in your bag and giving yourself that extra boost of calm when you need it. Finally, shampure composition oil is a calming aromatic oil for bath, body, and scalp. One of my favorite uses is adding a few drops to my hair before I blow dry. It protects my hair and leaves that smells-like-aveda scent lingering for hours. I also love to mix it with my aveda hand relief moisturizing cream. Talk about dry hand defense. My hands are left so soft and smell amazing.


Connect :: Visit aveda.com to discover the art and science of pure flower and plant essences. You can also find Aveda on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

5 Essential Beauty Tips for Every Woman


If you are looking for beauty tips, consider yourself lucky that you have found this post. From using organic skincare products to having a healthy habit, learn some of the best things that you should do to be sure that you remain at your most beautiful.

Go Plant-Based

While the market is abundant in terms of choices, this does not mean that you can use just any product on your skin. If you want nothing but the best, use only organic beauty products, such as those that you can buy at wellwithinbeauty.com. These products contain ingredients that are derived from organic sources, instead of those that are made of toxic chemicals. Because of this, there is a lesser likelihood that your skin will suffer from adverse effects and complications.

Use the Right Tools

Using the right tools will maximize the effects of the beauty products that you are using. Whether it’s a bronzer, foundation, mascara, or eyeliner, among other things, you need to have the best tools for its application to make sure that you will look your best. Use brushes that are soft and gentle, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Be Healthy

Accept it or not, physical appearance will be a significant component of how people see beauty. Being healthy is important not only to be in a good physical shape but to be sure that you will be free from illnesses. When you have a healthy lifestyle, your skin will be glowing and your body will be in a good form, which is definitely going to make you look more beautiful.

Not Everything Costs Money

Even without the need to spend money, you can be beautiful. One of the best things that you can do is to drink lots of water. When your body is hydrated, the same thing will be true to your skin. This is one of the natural ways to prevent dryness. More so, meditation can also help to make you beautiful. Huffington Post calls meditation the best-kept beauty secret. It can provide you with peace within and will result in a beauty that radiates outside. If you do not mind being active, on the other hand, a regular exercise even at home is another free thing to do to become more beautiful.

Be Confident

At the end of the day, being beautiful does not only concern your physical looks. If you project confidence from the outside, people will see you as a beautiful woman. Learn to accept the fact that we are not perfect. We have flaws, but that does not make us less beautiful. Believe in your beauty and you can easily convince other people that indeed, you are beautiful in your own right.

If you want to become more beautiful, you need to exert a conscious effort to achieve your goals. That being said, take note of the things that have been mentioned above and it will be easier to achieve the best version of yourself.

 

January 14, 2018

Currently Loving



Happy New Year Y'all! It's time for another peek at what I'm currently loving. It has been snowy and cold and all of that yuckiness in Ohio. But I have been catching up on some Netflix including Stranger Things and Girlboss. Both are so good! As far as products go, let's start with hair.


I have been embracing my curl this month and these products make my curls look great. I start with Garnier Fructis Style Curl Creation Mousse. It defines and boosts curls while controlling frizz and flyaways. I apply it evenly to damp hair. Then I follow with Garnier Fructis Style Curl Shape Defining Spray Gel. It boosts my wavy hair to create curl definition with shine minus the frizz. Both of these products contain nourishing shea with powerful holding technologies that provide ultra long-lasting hold without stickiness or buildup. I spray the gel generously onto my still slightly damp hair. Then I scrunch the two products in and create as much definition as possible. I follow with my Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer using the diffuser. Finally, I use Aveda Texture Tonic to define and create piecey definition. Magnesium sulfate helps contract and compress hair to give it that piecey look, while cane sugar helps provide a touchable texture infused with natural shine. The result? Defined curls that bounce and shine. 


Something else I have been working on is a whiter smile. So I have been giving the Luster Pro Light Teeth Whitening System a try. The whole kit is less than $40 which is a great price for whitening your teeth. The kit makes it easy to work on that brighter smile in just three steps. First, you use the Accelerator Rinse to pre-treat teeth. Then you whiten each tooth with Stain Lifting Serum. Finally, use the Dual-Action Whitening Light to activate the serum. It is really simple and I have noticed a difference in just a few uses. Also, I love that it does not cause tooth sensitivity!


I am sure you have heard of beauty blenders. But these are made of silicone! The benefits over their competitors? They won't absorb the excess product and they are so easy to clean! Not to mention the price. These non-porous beauty sponges apply foundation with precision, offering a silky smooth finish. Unlike its predecessor, the non-porous, silicone-based SILC/BLENDER Makeup Sponge rinses clean between uses, making it a 100% hypoallergenic. The funky looking one in the center is the SILC/CONCEAL. I love both options. I find them easy to use to apply my foundation and concealer. I have to use very little product and a light touch to apply the makeup. Once I am finished with my look, I just rinse in lukewarm water with a bit of soap. Easy peasy!


The NovaFab Solo Trim Razor and Razor Comb will work for you and for him. You will love them for those sensitive, hard to reach nooks and crannies. He will love them to trim facial hair and maintain everyday grooming.


NovaFab Solo Trim is a small and lightweight mini razor. The blade is about half the size of a regular size razor, yet equally sharp, making it easier to shave problem areas with fewer nicks and cuts. Designed for precision trimming, NovaFab works on even the hardest-to-shave areas on the face and body, such as bikini areas, eyebrows, and around knees and ankles. The Razor Comb keeps eyebrows looking pristine by eliminating any unwanted bulkiness or stray hairs in an easy, effortless way. You can get a 5-pack of the combo set for under $13! Amazing.


My nails and cuticles suffer during the harsh winter months. I have been giving them much needed TLC with the help of Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil. The secret to beautiful nails is having healthy cuticles. This Sally Hansen treatment oil moisturizes and strengthens your cuticles with vitamin E. It keeps your nails healthy and soft, preventing painful hangnails. I brush some onto my nails and cuticles at night. I massage any excess into my hands. I wake up with soft, beautiful cuticles that are nourished and healthy.


Dermelect has two new peptide-infused eyebrow products that I have been loving. The Revitalite Brow Transformer and Revitalite Brow Lift utilize K-Beauty innovation and technology to help you achieve DIY beautiful brows. The completed look is a perfectly textured, well-defined brow that is both striking and long-lasting. That's why Dermelect’s peptide-infused formula is a current love of mine for enhancing and accentuating brows.
 

The Revitalite Brow Transformer is available in two shades, oak brown and ash blonde (shown above). It fills in sparse brows and defines thicker ones, while also covering unwanted gray hairs. The dual-ended tool boasts a sharp triangular tipped, retractable pencil that can draw the tiniest of lines to easily mimic brows. The custom spooley end is designed with precise width and firmness, allowing the user to blend the color to the brow for a professional look. 


The Revitalite Brow Lift is a two-step defining and highlighting crayon that makes eyes appear brighter and more expressive. The matte end works to define the brow, while the highlight end creates a luminous finish. The micronized pigments conceal and blur wrinkles and unwanted fine lines. Use the define end above the arch and lightly blend with fingers. Apply the highlight end below the arch and blend for a luminous finish.


These juicy lip balms from Pixi keep my lips nourished with a hint of color. Pixi By Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm is super-nourishing. The unique formula is rich but lightweight and gives a gorgeous wash of color to lips. I keep one in my purse and on my desk at all times.


Packed full of beneficial ingredients, these lip balms soothe lips immediately and nourish them long term. Shea butter nourishes the skin, while vitamin e protects the skin. Just smooth onto lips, layering for more color intensity. So good. From left to right above: Ripe Raspberry, Natural Rose, Sweet Peach


Finally, I leave you with more Pixi lip goodness. Pixi By Petra Mattelustre Lipstick is the ultimate in multi-tasking lip enhancement. This demi-matte lipstick conditions, plumps and protects lips while giving long-lasting, intense color. 


With added peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C & E, it helps to create fuller, smoother looking lips. From left to right above: Bitten Rose, Peach Blossom, Rose Naturelle

January 8, 2018

Celebrate Winter Skin Relief Day with CeraVe


This post has been sponsored by CeraVe®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.


Is it absolutely freezing where you are? Has the cold weather sucked all of the hydration from your skin? Well today, we celebrate Winter Skin Relief Day and your winter skincare routine by showing your skin a little extra TLC with CeraVe®. With dropping temperatures outside and rising thermostats inside, your skin is the first to notice the changes in the winter air. Give your skin the relief it deserves from even the harshest winter elements!


Ever since receiving this package from CeraVe, my winter skincare routine includes more relief than ever. Why? CeraVe does more than just moisturize the skin’s surface - it’s the first and only brand to offer a full line of products with patented MVE technology containing an exclusive combination of vital ceramides healthy skin needs.


Always begin any skincare routine with clean skin. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser works to cleanse, hydrate, restore, and protect your skin. It contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture while removing dirt, oil, and makeup. It is proven to prevent moisture from escaping the skin's surface. Like all of these CeraVe skincare products, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser offers the benefits of unique, patented MVE delivery technology, which provides a controlled release of essential ceramides and other skin-nurturing and protective ingredients slowly over time. The unique ingredients help restore and maintain the natural protective function of the skin, help restore damaged skin and help keep skin healthy. 


Next, start your day with CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream. Developed with dermatologists, its unique formula with three essential ceramides designed to reduce the look of fine line and wrinkles. It won't clog pores, is gentle on skin, and contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. Apply after cleansing, before applying makeup.


Get your beauty sleep with CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream, which also contains hyaluronic acid, ultimately helping reduce the look of tired skin and supporting skin elasticity. Restore the skin barrier overnight so you can wake up with skin that looks refreshed and renewed. This nongreasy formula contains an exclusive ceramide and peptide complex. Ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide work to provide intense hydration while helping to repair and restore the protective skin barrier.


This final step, I didn't know I needed until I tried it. An essential item to your winter skincare routine, CeraVe Healing Ointment provides your skin with the intense, long-lasting moisturization it craves during the winter time. Combined with a non-greasy gentle formula, CeraVe Healing Ointment soothes, temporarily protects and helps to relieve dry, chapped and chafed skin caused by the colder air. I use this on my body to lock in moisture after showering. It even received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™ and rightfully so. You get instant relief.


Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe is the first and only brand to offer a complete line of advanced skincare products that contain an exclusive combination of ceramides 1, 3 and 6-11. What are ceramides? The glue that holds skin cells together, ceramides keep moisture in and irritants out while restoring your natural skin. That is why it makes so much sense to work CeraVe into your winter skincare routine!


Celebrated annually on January 8, Winter Skin Relief Day brings awareness to all the extra attention winter skin needs.  The dropping temperatures outside and rising thermostats inside sap the amount of moisture in the air, and our skin is first to notice. As winter kicks into high gear, Winter Skin Relief Day reminds us of all the ways we can protect our skin from the harshest elements.

Connect :: Visit cerave.com to learn more about CeraVe. Connect with CeraVe on Facebook and Twitter.

December 13, 2017

How a Teacher Prepares for Cold and Flu Season + Giveaway

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.


I am around sick kids all throughout cold and flu season. Those germs are everywhere and I do whatever I can to make sure myself and the kiddos stay as healthy as possible. So how do I do that? There are a few things I make sure to do year after year to get through this sniffly, sneezy, and yucky part of the season.


Eat healthy foods. Especially at breakfast. Make sure to get some vitamin C in there as well as immune boosting nutritious food!


Wipe down everything with antibacterial wipes. I do this twice a week during cold and flu season. Wipe down the desks, the chairs, light switches, and doorknobs. Get those germs out of the room as much as possible.


Encourage healthy habits. I encourage my students to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough and to wash their hands often. I also encourage parents to be mindful of sending sick kiddos to school. My school nurse has a rule of thumb to keep kids who have a fever or who have been vomiting home for at least 24 hours.



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