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getting radiant skin

April 6th, 2012 · 17 Comments

One thing I hear from a lot of you guys, particularly those of you with sensitive skin, is that you’re looking for beauty routines that incorporate natural, gentle ingredients — and so I have a great one for you!

For me, one of the best ways to get glowing, radiant skin is to use an exfoliating scrub.  Scrubs are key to keeping skin looking fresh and removing dead skin cells to look your best!  One of my personal favorites is the Simple Skincare Smoothing Facial Scrub — it’s amazing for making your skin brighter and more evenly textured.

In addition to Simple’s amazing facial scrub, there are some fun at-home concoctions you can whip up too.  Today I thought I’d share a DIY facial scrub that combines some powerhouse kitchen ingredients with Simple Skincare’s really fabulous (and affordable) sensitive skin moisturizer, for a beauty routine that will leave you glowing!

The key to exfoliation is using ingredients that will take off any lingering dead skin cells, but that won’t damage the rest of your skin.  The lip scrub that I use is too harsh for my face, so I swapped out sugar in the raw for oatmeal and baking soda as the exfoliants.  I used Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer to bind everything together, and to add an extra boost of hydration (12 hours of moisturization!) and nourishment for my skin.  (One of the major bonuses to using drugstore products — it doesn’t cost you $20 to mix a little of your moisturizer into a DIY beauty treatment!)

Follow up this mask with your regular facial skincare products, like Simple Skincare’s Soothing Facial Toner, which is incredibly gentle and leaves your skin clean and refreshed.  Add another layer of Simple Skincare Rich Replenishing Moisturizer, and let it sink in overnight.  In the morning, your skin will feel great!

DIY Oatmeal Scrub

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp oatmeal
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer

DIRECTIONS

Blend all ingredients together, and apply to face.  Leave on for ten minutes, then wash off.  Follow with toner and more moisturizer overnight. 

Tags: beauty · This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Influencer in the Simple® Skincare Program. Visit www.facebook.com/SimpleSkincare to share your story on sensitive skin.

all natural

February 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Maybe it’s to be expected, but lately, I’ve found myself gravitating towards much more natural, no-makeup type looks.  I’m not saying no makeup at all (let’s be serious), but the type of look where you aren’t quite sure if there’s makeup involved, or if the person is just genetically blessed.

Because the best compliment isn’t when someone tells you that you have on great makeup, it’s when someone tells you that you’re glowing, or that you just look great.

So when Simple Skincare asked me to create a look that goes along with their core philosophy — no dyes, no artificial fragrances, no harsh irritants for your skin — I was happy to get to work!

So here’s what I used in this look:

Simple Skincare Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel: This is my favorite of the cleansers so far, although some of you in harsher climates might prefer the Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash!  I love that it leaves my skin cleansed, revived and ready for makeup, and that it really perks me up in the morning when I’m getting ready.  A+.

Cle de Peau Fluid Foundation: I’ve been using this for a while now, and it’s the lightest-feeling foundation I’ve found that still gives you good coverage.  It’s expensive, though, so to make it last longer, I like to combine it with…

Simple Skincare Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturizer: Mixing foundation and moisturizer or concealer and moisturizer can give you a lighter, more natural effect, and it’s great for your skin at the same time.  And hey, anything that saves me a step in my morning makeup routine is terrific in my book.  (I switch off to the Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream at night!)

Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in Peach Passion: I’ve worn this every day since I got it.  This collection doesn’t launch until May (sorry guys!) but you guys are going to die when it does.  My old favorite blush was Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess, but I finally hit the bottom of the compact back in December, and I hadn’t found anything else that I liked nearly as much… until this one came along.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lashes Mascara: I bought this on a whim in the drugstore the other day, because the brush looked a lot like the brush for my beloved DIORSHOW, and CVS was offering $5 off a $15 purchase.  The picture above is actually the first time I used it!  I’m actually fairly impressed so far — for $9.99 (vs. $24 for DIORSHOW, which has to be replaced every 60 days or so), I’ll probably buy this again.  I like how thick and dark my lashes look — even in a natural-makeup look, great lashes are still key.

And to take it all off at the end of the day, the Simple Skincare Eye Make-up Remover is the gentlest one I’ve ever tried.  LOVE it.

Tags: beauty · This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Influencer in the Simple® Skincare Program. Visit www.facebook.com/SimpleSkincare to share your story on sensitive skin.

four tips for healthy skin

January 28th, 2012 · 3 Comments

The last few weeks and the next few weeks are just about the busiest I’ve ever been, so it’s no surprise that I have to take extra special care of my skin when things are extra crazy!

So it was perfect timing when this box of Simple Skincare goodies arrived last weekend — I couldn’t wait to try them!  These will be available in stores in February, but lucky me got to try the whole line a few weeks ahead of the official launch!  So far I’m obsessed with the Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream and the Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturizer — both are amazing!

But until the official launch, a few important skincare tips that are applicable to any products:

  • Beat Weather Woes: Winter weather — even in Houston — is tough on anyone’s skin.  Artificial indoor heat, cold winter winds, and hectic holiday schedules are brutal, so moisturizer is key (morning and night)!  And don’t forget that even when it’s cold out, sunscreen is still a necessity!
  • Be Cost-Conscious: Don’t spend more than you can afford on beauty products!  There are great products out there at every price range, and you want a product that you won’t be counting the dollars every time you use!  A drugstore brand that you can actually use every night is way better than a $500 bottle you try to ration over a year!
  • Patch Test: Even with products like Simple Skincare, which are specifically designed for sensitive skin, I always test products out on my wrist or arm before using them on my face.  It’s a good practice to get into, since the last thing anyone wants is a bad reaction to a new product!  But I didn’t have any trouble with any of the Simple Skincare products I’ve tried — the bonus of products that are kind to your skin!
  • Think from the Inside Out: It’s not just what you put on your skin that matters!  What you eat and drink is just as important.  So be sure to chug water throughout the day (I’m partial to plain seltzer, but that’s just me), and load up on salmon, fruits and veggies for a healthy, natural glow.

So those are a few of mine — what are your favorite skincare tips and tricks?

Tags: beauty · This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Influencer in the Simple® Skincare Program. Visit www.facebook.com/SimpleSkincare to share your story on sensitive skin.