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My Morning Skincare Routine – for my best skin ever!

So you’ve been asking about my morning skincare routine. And asking. It’s time for me to deliver. So here’s what I use on my skin in the MORNING. Now. I can’t lie. The evening is when the real magic happens in terms of products. Or maybe not. I think there are equal parts of pixie dust in both the morning and the evening.

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The ULTIMATE WINTER SURVIVAL KIT!

I’ll be the first to jump up and say I love the ‘holiday season’ and by that I mean, I love the holiday season from the comfort of my own home.  Being out in the elements because I have to is one thing-but if I don’t have to, you’ll find me nestled under a throw blanket in front of the Christmas tree.  Since I’m still on my daily grind, with a 9-5 obligation, Olay, Secret, Pantene, and Herbal Essences have a few Winter Essentials to keep me looking my absolute best when I am toe to toe with Jack Frost.  Let me know how you brave the cold and thanks for reading!

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Small business alert-Honey & Petals, I’m obsessed all over again!

*Please note, this business isn’t necessarily local to me, but it’s a small business that I love and will always support-in addition, it’s a female run business, even BETTER.*

Sometimes, the best kind of relationships are the random ones…..like when people find each-other on twitter and follow.  Such is the case for myself and Honey and Petals Skintanicals.   I have been using this brand’s oils and body butters for several years.  The latest collection, The ‘Cuffed’ collection does NOT disappoint in fragrance or performance.  I normally lean towards gourmand fragrance in body oils and decided to try something a bit different this season.  I went with unbroken gold which is described as a unisex fragrance with notes of leather, grapefruit, and amber that is fresh and sensual.  Couldn’t have said it better myself actually.  The fragrance is luxurious, decadent, and grown up.  It wraps itself around you like your favorite fabric throw blanket.

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Plush Oil is a new & improved formula based off the original Luxe Oil blend. The coconut has been removed and two new amazing oils added-argan oil which is known for its healing properties and camelina oil known for being packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.

My love for this oil is exemplified because it is SO versatile-and yes, I do oil my scalp in the winter.  

How to use
Massage into clean slightly damp skin allowing the oils to nourish and penetrate. If using in combination with our whipped shea butter, apply the oil first followed by the butter. If being applied to the face, start with clean slightly damp skin, warm on hands and press into the skin and use ring finger to dab around eye area.

For hair and scalp
Apply to clean slightly damp hair and scalp by warming into hands then massaging into scalp or hair paying attention to the roots and ends pre leave-in conditioner or styling cream.

Ingredients
Avocado oil, tsubaki oil, sea buckthorn, argan oil, safflower oil, olive oil and optional fragrance

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Whipped Shea Butter
This whipped shea butter blend is a unique proprietary formula created with organic shea butter and natural oils, whipped to perfection giving it a light fluffy easy to apply texture. Use it when your skin needs special TLC for dryness. Our blend can be used on the most delicate skin, including small children.

Again, another versatile product-can be used everywhere!  I’ll leave the link to the website below as there are many fragrance options and also a fragrance free option.  

Directions
Massage into clean slightly damp skin allowing the butters and oils to penetrate. If using in combination with our Plush Oil, apply the oil first followed by the whipped shea butter.

For hair and scalp
Apply to clean slightly damp hair and scalp by warming into hands then massaging into scalp or hair paying attention to the roots and ends.

Ingredients
Organic shea butter, avocado oil, tsubaki oil, sea buckthorn, argan oil, safflower oil, olive oil, and optional fragrance

About Honey & Petals:

Honey & Petals Skintanicals (formerly Luxe Oil) is a Black-owned handcrafted luxury body & skin care brand created in Los Angeles by Krissy (@Krissy90220) who grew up with eczema and psoriasis. At a time where many products just didn’t help with dry sensitive skin because of synthetic and harsh ingredients she decided to create her own line of naturally rich butters and oils to cater to those needs without breaking the bank. Luxury products should make you feel and look amazing no matter what and we’re here to deliver that promise.

Find Honey & Petals:

on the web

on twitter

on instagram

on facebook

 

*About Us, How to Use, and Ingredients from www.honeyandpetals.com*

Looking for brighter skin? Reveal your bright with L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Influenster VoxBox

I received these products through Influenster VoxBox.

I truly and honestly have mixed feelings about L’Oreal Paris.  Some products I like, some products I do NOT like and lately, their high price point is a big-turn off.  I was surprised to receive this box and wanted to give these products a thorough run through (been using for 2 weeks) and give you an HONEST review.

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Cleaning up with Olay!

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I’ve been enjoying summer sans several hurdles (illness being a major hurdle over the past month).  One thing that I have been doing is spending weekends at the family cottage several hours north in ‘cottage country’ -a term that I learned (by living in Canada) could be anywhere there are cottages.  It’s a beautiful serene place, right on a lake.  It’s rustic. I gave up being rustic (for the most part) in 2001 after my honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.  However, I’ll compromise for the cottage….there’s a toilet, running water, and electricity.  Still haven’t ventured into the shower there yet (probably never will). For that reason, when I get back-first order of business, take a thorough shower and CLEAN MY FACE & BODY.  I’d like to walk you through some of the products I use to do this.  Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these products and if you like them or not!
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Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging micro sculpting cream with sunscreen:  This anti-aging moisturizer hydrates to regnerate volume and shape across the skin’s surface.  It’s supposed to improve skin’s texture in 4 weeks and visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles quickly with an Amino-Peptide Complex.  This product also contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

My thoughts:

While I can’t say I have noticed a significant decrease in wrinkles (and I’d love to think I don’t have any significant ones), I do notice an improved skin texture.  It’s also notable that I don’t see any increase in the amount of sun damage I have on my face either!

Olay Total Effects 7 in one Anti-Aging Moisturizer with sunscreen:  This is a daily moisturizer that revives skin and helps protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with Its VitaNiacin Complex and skin conditioners, it fights 7 signs of aging for younger, healthier-looking skin. Its vitamin-rich formula helps reduce the look of age spots, instantly minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

My thoughts:

I don’t use this product in combination with the sculpting cream but do alternate using the two.  I like this product more for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and minimizing pores.  The sunscreen is an added bonus. I also like the consistency of this-it’s not runny and it’s not thick.

Olay Deeply Clean Mineral Face Cleanser: This daily facial cleanser lathers and cleanses without over-drying skin. Specially designed for oily/combination skin types, its natural kaolin clay formula controls shine and reduces the appearance of pores in just one use. Infused with a mineral complex, it draws out impurities like a magnet for a deep, down-to-the-pores clean. Dermatologically tested, oil-free, and noncomedogenic, this cleanser has the purifying power of a mask to leave skin looking healthy and brighter.

My thoughts:

I cannot get enough of this product.  I love it as it reminds me of my charcoal cleanser from the Face Shop.  I actually prefer this product as the Face Shop’s version dried my skin out! I have to agree with everything that is said-especially with the combination skin part (I don’t recommend for dry skin).  I have combination skin and this is probably the best part of my nighttime skin care routine.  This gets EVERYTHING off and leaves me nice and clean.  I can skip astringent because I use this – which is not something I can say often.  This is my ‘rockstar’ product out of these for sure.

Olay Fresh Outlast CoolingWhite Strawberry & Mint bodywash: This is designed to work with your skin’s natural pH. This lower sulfate formula has 3x more mild cleansers than before. It’s a fresh twist on cleansing. Aromas of white strawberry & mint leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful.

My thoughts:

This needs to be a cocktail….I’m thinking an on-the-rocks type of gin or vodka?  Or maybe an upscale daiquiri?  Either way, this is a great bodywash to use to feel clean and smell great!  Apparently over time, it’s supposed to provide vibrant, fresh, skin.  I’ll keep you posted.

SUMMER SIZZLE- Skin Essentials to keep your skin in check this summer!

*This is a Beauty United Post*

I’ve been serious about skincare for several years now….and as I age, it’s even more important to me.   Check out these great products from Olay, Pantene, Venus, and Secret to help keep your skin protected this summer while you have fun in the sun.  Stay tuned for my reviews on some of these products!!  Let me know if you’ve tried any of these in the comments below!

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My favorite and one not-so-favorite natural deodorants!

*All of these were purchased by me except for the Sweet Pea Soap Company product*

I can remember my mother telling me not to use anti-perspirant because of the link to Alzheimers, breast cancer and several other scary diseases/syndromes.  After ignoring her for several years, I decided to take a closer look at more natural products instead of forcing potentially toxic chemicals into my skin (our largest organ by the way).  Here are some products I have used and am using-I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these or what you think about the antiperspirant and deodorant controversy.

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Radford (really does) love skin! My Custom Facial with Wand treatment

*I paid for this treatment myself*

I knew I was overdue for my facial when I could actually feel the texture on my face changing.  I knew I needed to get my face in better shape so short of going to home depot, I turned to one of the best skincare gurus in the business, Vee Mistry. I had the pleasure of seeing her (on my own dime) at Victoria Radford, on Avenue Road.  Spoiler alert:  and one thing’s for sure…..ever since I arrived back at home, I have been contemplating changing my skin care routine, and I’m putting their number into my contacts.

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#BeautyUnited #CozyUpBU These are a few of my favorite things-GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is for Canadian residents!

Tis the season……for a giveaway.  Win your very own holiday beauty box!

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I definitely have a few ‘favorite things’ here-the whitestrips, the facial oil, and a nice red lipstick top off my holiday look!  What about you?

I am going to make this simple-tell me what your holidays are going to be like this year and what products in this photo are your favorite….you can enter on Facebook OR Instagram OR do both.

Easy peasy right? Tis the season!  Good luck! Giveaway ends on December 20th, 2015 and is open to Canadian Residents only!