Category: Skin Care

How to Hydrate Your Skin Naturally

Hello Friends!

Thanks for stopping by to read tonight’s blog post. It’s been a while since I’ve come on here and written a post for all of you to enjoy, so I figured now was as good a time as any to get back into the swing of things, what with fall right around the corner and so many fantastic makeup and skin care products to behold with the changing of the season. Fall is absolutely one of my favorite times of year, and I am more than excited that it’s finally arrived!

Tonight, I want to revisit a topic I have touched on a time or two here on the blog in the past, and that’s hydrating your skin. You might think buying whatever cheapie, on sale moisturizing cream you can find at your local Walgreens will work. Well, it might, in a pinch – but do you really trust all of those ingredients you can barely pronounce to save your life? Yeah, didn’t think so. Read on to see what you should be doing to care for your skin – inside and outside.

Hydrate From Within

I can’t stress enough how incredibly important it is to hydrate from within. What this means is, drink water. Lots of it. The more, the better. Your skin cells are constantly regenerating. Without adequate water, those new, beautiful cells are going to look lifeless, dull, and flaky. Water is the key to having beautiful, supple skin that’s able to hold it’s elasticity – and appear hydrated on the outside. Save yourself the itchy, flaky skin – especially this time of year – and drink your 10-12 glasses of H20 per day.

Use Quality Moisturizer

I know what you’re thinking: “But that stuff’s expensive!” And my answer to that is a resounding YAS! It is! However, think about it this way: think of your moisturizer as an investment to your health. You wouldn’t not take a prescription medication your doctor prescribed you for an infection requiring antibiotics, would you? Of course not; on the contrary, you’d want to get those pills in ASAP! Think of your moisturizer as your skin’s prescription, and splurge a bit. You want to put quality ingredients on your skin – because those ingredients will ultimately end up inside your skin, as moisturizers are absorbed into the pores quickly. Personally, I use Forever Flawless White Diamond Collection and have been for the past 2 years now, and I am 100% OBSESSED. Is it expensive? You bet your ass it is. But it’s worth it.

Use Natural Oils

If you just can’t bring yourself to use any type of store  bought moisturizer, whether it’s because of the price, or if you just don’t like using products on your skin – you still have an option! Coconut oil is one of the most fantastic moisturizers on the planet – and you can use it in place of any store bought moisturizer, with sometimes better results than you’d get from some of those store bought concoctions. This is also a great option for those with extremely sensitive skin.

So, as you see, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated, moisturized, and clean to ensure wrinkles stay at bay as long as possible. Nobody wants to be 33 looking like they’re 45 because they didn’t take proper care of their skin. Can I get an Amen?

Be sure to check back soon as I will be posting another blog this week.

Have a great night, everyone!


1920’s Skin Care: Then and Now


So, I am working on some posts for the Lionesse brand this week on the 1920’s beauty, fashion, hair and skin care world. Tonight, I stumbled on an incredibly entertaining read from a magazine – an issue of McCalls Magazine, February 1920, to be exact – and I read it, laughing at a few different points throughout. The article was written by actress Suzanne Sheldon, and to my surprise, much of the article was extremely on point with what doctors and dermatologists recommend today, such as getting in plenty of exercise and eating a balanced diet, as well as drinking 6-8 glasses of water today (which, we all know now is extremely beneficial – but we should all be opting for 8-10, in truth) while much of it was completely laughable. My, how times have changed!


My Daily Go To Skin Care Regimen

Today, I am going to be talking about my daily and weekly skin care routine. I’ve had many people ask me how I keep my skin so beautiful at 31 years old (almost 32 now) and after four kids. I also manage to keep my skin free of acne for the most part, and even free of fine lines and wrinkles. You can see a simple makeup look I typically do on a daily basis here.  I’d like to share my secrets with you because I believe all women should have the chance to be as beautiful as possible – and I have nothing to hide. My secrets can be yours, too.

Me, Sans makeup - save for eyeliner, of course!
Me, Sans makeup – save for eyeliner and mascara – and my eyebrows, of course!

When I wake up in the morning, after I’ve had my coffee, of course, I head to the bathroom and grab my go-to products.

This is what I use:

Daily Skin Care Routine - Clarisonic Mia 3 Sonic Cleansing System, Clarisonic Gentle Sensitive Skin Hydra Gentle Cleanser, Forever Flawless HYDRA-AM Moisture Cream

From there, I begin my routine.

Step 1: Wet my face with warm water. Apply about a quarter sized amount of the Hydro Cream Cleanser to my fingertips, and apply all over my face. From there, I turn my Clarisonic onto the second setting and begin working the brush in small circles to remove oil, dirt, and debris from my pores.

Step 2: After finishing up my minute cleanse with my Clarisonic, I rinse my face with warm water thoroughly. From there, I go in with about the same amount of product as I used with the first cleanse, except this time I use my Forever Flawless Cleansing Complex. This stuff is amazing. It’s infused with real diamond powder, so it leaves the skin radiant and glowing – and it also leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling like a fresh cream. I work the product across the entirety of my face and neck in small circles with my fingertips, and then rinse my face thoroughly with warm water. From there, I pat dry.

Step 3: After patting my skin dry, while the skin is still damp, I go in with my HYDRA-AM Moisture Cream, and apply a dot to each cheek, my forehead, and my chin. I also apply some to my decolletage.

From there, I wait about 20-30 minutes to apply any cosmetic products to give the cream time to absorb into my skin.

I usually exfoliate my face once per week, using a facial peel from Forever Flawless – it’s the White Diamond Facial Infused Peeling Gel.

On days where I may happen to have an acne breakout (as I do get hormonal breakouts occasionally) I opt for using my Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser and acne sonic brush head attached to my cleansing tool. When I feel I need a pick-me-up and my skin doesn’t look as bright and radiant as I would like for it to, I use my Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution, which is a cleansing gel that brings brightness to the skin and gently exfoliates the skin, leaving behind a beautiful glow.

Daily Skin Care Routine - Clarisonic Mia 3 Sonic Cleansing System, Clarisonic Gentle Sensitive Skin Hydra Gentle Cleanser, Forever Flawless HYDRA-AM Moisture Cream, Clarisonic Acne Defense Cleanser, Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Cleanser, Acne BrushAt night, before bed, I repeat this regimen after I go in with Pond’s Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes followed by my Simple Micellar Water for good measure. I do change one thing, though: rather than using Forever Flawless’s HYDRA-AM cream, I go in with my HYDRA-PM night cream to work as I sleep.

As you can see, I’m very partial to the Clarisonic brand, and my Forever Flawless products. Both brands are stellar, and I can’t say enough good things about them. I have included links throughout this article to some of the products I use if you might be interested in purchasing some of your own.

As a side note, I also like to do a weekly hydration mask that I make myself, which consists of whole milk, mashed banana, mashed avocado, and I apply it to the skin and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing off. It will change your life!

If you have any questions about any of the products I’ve mentioned here, be sure to leave them for me in a comment and I will respond as quickly as I can.

Thanks for reading – and now, my secrets can be yours!

Sunless Tanner: The Right Way


If you have ever tried to apply sunless tanner, chances are you had some big regrets after application. I remember as a young teenager thinking I could have the most flawless tan around without spending hours sitting in the sun. I walked to CVS Pharmacy, bought a bottle of sunless tanner (which brand, I don’t remember) and went home excited to give it a try. After application,I realized I had made a terrible mistake! It was at that point I would swear the stuff off forever. It smelled terrible, left me looking like a striped zebra Oompa Loompa hybrid, and quite honestly, self-conscious.

There is a right way – and a wrong way – to apply sunless tanner. In this article, I detail the specifics on the article I wrote for Lionesse Beauty Bar – and if you have any plans to apply this product yourself, be sure to read this before making a bad mistake that could cost you your integrity. Don’t look like a forgotten Oompa Loompa from the set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Instead, obtain your perfect bronze glow – the right way, and the safe way, with proper application of a self tanner.

Contest: Win a Forever Flawless White Diamond Collection!

Hi ladies!

I just received some exciting news from my insider at Forever Flawless! They are hosting a Mother’s Day Contest and three lucky winners will be receiving a White Diamond Collection from Forever Flawless, but that’s not all! Every person who enters the contest will receive a $25 Promo Code valid for any purchase on their website. Sweet!

Here’s the contest information I received from my insider at Forever Flawless Cosmetics:

It’s the Forever Flawless Mother’s Day Contest!! The contest starts April 17th and runs through May 10th.

Mother’s Day is coming up and we think Mom deserves to hear just how much she is loved. So go ahead and Share a Love Note to your Mom and you could win a Forever Flawless White Diamond Collection to Pamper your Mom with this Mother’s Day.

How to Enter:

  1. LIKE Forever Flawless on Facebook
  2. Follow @FFCosmetics on Twitter
  3. Take a Photo of a Message to Your Mom
  4. Upload on Twitter and hashtag #MyForeverFlawlessMom
  5. The link to the contest is:

We will be giving away 3 Forever Flawless White Diamond Collections & all those who enter will receive a $25 promo code that can be applied to any Forever Flawless purchase from May 10th through June 9th.

Entries will be judged & winners selected based on creativity, visual appeal, and how closely they followed the theme and contest rules.

Be sure to get your entries in so you can have your chance at winning one of these fabulous collections – which, by the way, I use for myself on a daily basis – and if you don’t win, you will still make out with a $25 promo code to use between May 10th through June 9th.

Vlog: Clarisonic Unboxing

So, I’m super excited to announce the fact that I received my first ever Clarisonic Skin Care system, courtesy of Clarisonic and Alison Brod PR, and I decided I would take a few minutes to unbox the unit, explain what it is and what it does, and show you all of my products I received along with the actual mechanism (for lack of a better word) itself.

P.S. I feel I should mention, sorry the vid cuts out at one point – I did that to hide the address label that was on the box – you can never be too careful!