Hello friends! It has been quite some time since we’ve last crossed paths and I am so sorry for my absence. Life has been unimaginably hectic these last six months and the chaos prompted me to take a much needed break. I needed to find ways to make time for myself in order to handle/balance all of life’s stressors. Since we last chatted, I’ve actually discovered a favorite new way to pamper myself at the end of those crazy days, and it started with my skincare routine. We all know stress can get the best of us in more ways than just the mental aspect, but physically I began to look exhausted and my happy glow was replaced with unwanted acne/blemishes. I realized I needed to pay more attention to my skin because at the end of the day healthy glowing skin is the best foundation you can ever have.
The Brightening Kit by Mario Badescu is perfect for starters. I have been an avid Mario Badescu user for over 2 years now and swear by his products. I use everything from his Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, Super Collagen Face Mask, SPF 30 face moisturizer, Vitamin C Serum, and Rosewater Facial Spray. I almost have it all. Am I crazy? No, just in love when I find something that works so perfectly for me. This kit is great to start with for yourself or to introduce to someone who’s been wanting to try something new. Best part is, all of his products are reasonably priced!
Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels - I can’t even begin tell you how many different eye creams I have spent too much money on in attempt to deflate the puffiness in my under eyes. When I discovered these eye gels, I bid farewell to those mornings when it was evident I didn’t get a full 8-hours of sleep. I love the cooling effect of these eye gels and after applying one pair for a short 5 minutes, it leaves some serum behind to smooth right into your skin. I put these on either at night after a face mask or in the morning immediately after washing my face. I follow-up with a spritz of rosewater spray on my face rather than a cotton pad with toner after rubbing in the serum so I don’t wipe it away.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask - Some days when things get really chaotic, I don’t always get my full 8 glasses of water. I usually try my best to stay on top of it, but it can be hard when you’re running around with lots to accomplish. That’s when this little hydration saver comes in. I love using this gel mask at night to leave on while I’m sleeping. I keep it in the refrigerator so the cooling effect really helps calm my skin during application. It’s great for rejuvenating my skin and gives it those extra doses of moisture it may have lost that day. My favorite thing to do is wake up and poke at my cheeks to feel how soft and squishy they are after a great night of sleep with this mask on.
Clarisonic Mia 1 - The Clarisonic brush has been my best friend since it first came out years ago. I can’t travel anywhere overnight without it. I love the Refreshing Gel Cleanser that it comes with and after I run out of it I simply continue using the brush with my own cleanser of choice (currently Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser). I personally only use my brush once a day, at night time, to wipe off all the dirt and oils gathered from a full day out and about. I used to have crazy clogged pores around my nose and chin area, but ever since I incorporated the Clarisonic brush into my routine, those problem areas have been able to breathe so much better.
Aside from these daily/weekly skincare remedies I do for myself, I often frequent the in-store beauty services at my nearest Ulta Beauty. Of course, I gotta do some upkeep on the eyebrows every 6 weeks or so. The Benefit Brow Bar could not be more convenient for me to visit after work, during my lunch break, or during the trips when I replenish my personal inventory of necessities. The eyebrow waxing is oddly relaxing for me that I’ve fallen asleep in the chair before, no joke. It’s a quick 15-20 minute session and I walk out feeling like I just spent a day at the spa. It’s the little things! If you’re ever at the Natick, MA Ulta Beauty location, ask for Shannon! She’s my go-to glam girl and she keeps my brows on point.
I can’t forget to tell you about my most favorite 30 minute treatment to stop in for, the Dermalogica MicroZone Express Skin Treatment. I’ve never had facials before until I was told/noticed from a wise friend of mine how wonderfully a facial can revive your skin. I tried out the Go-and-Glow treatment from Ulta Beauty after a full week of recovering from the Norovirus (not fun what-so-ever). The virus depleted me of all H2O in my body, therefore, my skin was in desperate need of help and hydration. After this Dermalogica treatment I was ecstatic with how my skin felt. It was squishy again and felt 10x smoother than a baby’s bottom, seriously. Even my boyfriend had commented on my natural glow after my appointment, not knowing I had just had a facial, so for him to take notice of that is huge in itself. Props to my girl, Cheryl, at my Natick, MA store for bringing me back to life!
I think this year is your time to win best gift giver of the holiday season. I mean, who wouldn’t love getting the gift of healthy, beautiful skin? It’s something they will thank you for 100 times over. If you have any more questions about the benefits of these products or how often I use them, please feel free to leave comment below! I’d be happy to help spread the skincare knowledge. =)