Category: Skin Care

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!

Product Review: Caress Love Forever 12 Hours Scent Technology Body Wash & Simple Micellar Water

I recently received this product, the Caress Love Forever 12 Hour Scent Technology Body Wash, in a Vox Box from, along with a bottle of Simple Micellar Water, as a complimentary product for sample and review. Here is what I think of the products.

DSC04739Caress Love Forever Body Wash

This body wash is brand new in the Caress line of products, and has just now become available for purchase. It’s the first of it’s kind in that it provides 12 hour scent technology. The bottle claims that whenever you touch your skin for up to 12 hours, it will release a burst of scent. After using the product, I find the claims to be true. It’s impressive, to say the least.

The product smells like roses, peaches, and berry notes. It’s very feminine, and leaves you smelling gorgeous all day long. If you forget your perfume but have used this product for your morning shower – no worries, you will still smell great! I’ve received compliments and people have asked me what I am wearing. That’s how you know it’s good.

I will admit, the first time I used the product, it was overwhelming in scent because I used too much. It does state on the back of the bottle to use a small amount, but the first time I used it I went a bit overboard and used about a golf ball sized amount. Oops!

The second time I used it, I used about a quarter sized amount, and the scent wasn’t overpowering – it was just right. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth all at once. I love this product and I recommend it highly. I would buy it in the store.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

When I received this product, I was super excited to give it a try. Not only does it cleanse your face without the use of water, but it also hydrates and provides moisturization, and it also removed makeup. What?! Yes, you read right. A three in one product free of harsh dyes, chemicals, and additives. I really, really wanted this product to be great – and guess what? It is.

I used it to remove my foundation, blush and bronzer and it worked fantastic. Simply apply the product to a cotton pad, swipe it gently across your face – no harsh scrubbing, ladies – and voila! Its like magic. I was super impressed. The only problem I had was with the fact that it didn’t remove my waterproof eyeliner and mascara – but that was to be expected. I needed to use makeup wipes on that area.

The second time I used it, I made sure to use it on regular mascara and eyeliner, and I’m happy to report that the product worked well and removed all traces of the makeup. I even did a spot test after both uses to see if the product really removed all traces of makeup with a makeup removing wipe, and it did. Very happy girl here, and I will definitely add it to my skin care routine.

I encourage you ladies to give both products a try, because if your experience is anything like mine was, you will adore both of these products and be thoroughly happy with your purchase.

Have any of you tried these products out? What did you think about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


These products were received complimentary/free from the  Vox Box program for sample/review purposes. This in no way reflects my honest opinion of the products I have reviewed in any way.