starting the day with Clinique Pep-Start!

In a perfect world, I’ll wake up with enough time to eat a hearty breakfast, maybe get a workout in and start the day off the right foot.

In reality I’m a girl who likes to hit the snooze button. In order to leave the house resembling a functioning adult, I’ve mastered the perfect 20 minute beauty routine encompassing skincare, hair, and makeup. Boss, right?!

I look for products—especially skincare—that have multiple benefits. I want it all. When Clinique reached out to partner around their new Pep-Start Eye Cream I knew I needed it in my life. The plastic tip allows for an easy application and the product itself hydrates, brightens and moisturizes. TRIPLE DUTY BEAUTY BABY!!
CLINIQUE Pep Start Eye Cream
As a self professed beauty obsessed woman, I love how quickly the product sinks into the skin making my concealer application process super smooth. I hate waiting for products to absorb. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

To celebrate the launch, Clinique hosted a Daybreaker morning dance party and if you haven’t heard of Daybreaker, stop what you’re doing and check it out now! The most fun I’ve ever had before noon.

If you need a pep start to your morning but you’re pressed for time, here are a few trips courtesy of someone who wastes most of her morning scrolling Instagram and snapchat:

  • Get the right skincare. Pep-Start has been my go-to. It’s easy to apply and actually does what it claims. Great skin means you can run out the door worry-free.
  • Find your perfect no makeup, makeup look. For me it’s foundation to even out my skin tone, concealer to hide my dark circles, mascara to awaken my eyes and lipstick so people aren’t focused on my dark circles. Save the contouring for Friday night.
  • Create the perfect morning playlist. I kid you not, getting ready to music is better than a workout. Have some really fun music that makes you dance (but not sweat your makeup off dance, y’know?). You’ll get a boost of energy out of nowhere.
  • Lastly, coffee. Obviously.

Clinique’s new Pep-Start Eye Cream is available in Sephora and Sephora.com. Get it.

This post was sponsored by Clinique but all opinions are my own.

Merry Gifting with Origins

This year I vowed not to become a Grinch for the holidays. I’ve already put up my (mini) Christmas tree, I’m decorating the apartment with bows, and I’ve already started the holiday shopping. I want to vomit tinsel by the time Christmas actually comes. Part of my holiday cheer is seeing what holiday gift sets are available. We all have our ways to cope with the holidays – mine just so happen to involve spending money.

Last night I attended the cutest holiday get together hosted by Origins and One Kings Lane, and let me tell you I was in THE spirit. Between learning how to properly wrap a gift (I typically rely on free gift wrapping services…OOPS!) and getting decor ideas, I got to peruse a few of the holiday set by Origins. Below are a few one my list:
Origins Holiday

A Pure Thing Set, $35
Admittedly it’s been a few years since I’ve used Origins skincare products. I’ve always heard great things and my experience in the past has always been pleasant so I’m actually excited to try out the products in this set. The Pure Thing Set has four Origins cleansing & exfoliating products, including the Clear Improvement™ range which I hear is fantastic!

Origins Ornament 2015, $12.50
I mean, how cute!!?!?! I actually just ordered this ornament this morning as it’s the perfect way to sample a few of the brand’s best-sellers. At $12.50 it’s such a steal and cute addition to your Christmas tree. Plus this was created to help the planet so for every one you buy, Origins will plant a tree.

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Relief, $71
A gift for the one who is always stressed. This is Origins’ soothing collection so if you have that friend who is always stressed give them something that is soothing yet great for the skin. We could all use that spa feeling at home.

Let Us Glow, $34
This limited-edition skincare set has four favorites for glowing skin. I’ve heard SO many great things about the GinZing™ range from Origins so I did snap this up at the event. For myself. Don’t judge. This set also has the Original Skin™ Renewal Serum which is formulated with willowherb—which works to destress, smooth roughness, reduce dullness, and shrink the look of pores. Sold!

Mini Mask Marvels, $22
Everyone loves a good mask so, to me, they make the perfect gift. Perfect for travel these mini masks all work to give you great skin, no matter your concern. I’d recommend breaking this set apart and gift these as stocking stuffers alongside smaller gifts. Très cute and economically functional 😉

Have you used Origins skincare (or makeup)?! Talk to me, what are some of your favorite products?

Disclosure: I attended an Origins event and was gifted product. Not sponsored to write a post.

Fall Skincare Products

I always walk into Target with the best of intentions. Go in. Pick up the essentials. Go home. But like a moth to a flame I beeline to the cosmetics aisle to scope out the latest steals. Buy one, get one? Sign me up. Discounts? I’m down. When I heard that Target was going to be having some amazing deals throughout the month I knew I had to share! Between 10/4-10/10 and 10/25-10/31 be sure to head to Target for some amazing deals on Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC products! I, of course, had to pick up a few things in order to update my fall skincare routine.
target nuetrogena discount
Morning

In the morning I like something really gentle to cleanse my skin and won’t strip it. As the temperature cools off and the winds pick up, it’s important that whatever I use be gentle and won’t leave my skin dry and chapped. The Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser can be used morning and night to remove dirt, oil and makeup without irritating the skin. Next up is my RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. I have these terrible dark circles under my eyes largely due to genetics (thanks mom!) but also because I haven’t been getting some proper sleep (thanks stress!). I purchased this because it promises to even out the look of dark circles and helps to reduce the look of puffiness in four weeks (!!). I don’t have to worry about wrinkles just yet but this same product claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet in 12 weeks. Can I get an amen! It’s pretty lightweight so you won’t feel like you’re applying a thick cream under your eyes and it does not leave a greasy residue or feeling. My under eye area felt moisturized and I’m able to apply concealer without feeling like cake face or like it’s slipping and sliding under there. Win-win. I’m looking forward to using this throughout the month to help my dark circles.
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
Lastly, I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to moisturize my face. Although it has SPF 30 in it, it doesn’t leave me with a white or greyish cast on my skin like some moisturizers tend to due. Hallelujah! I picked this up to help even out my skin tone and brighten my skin. Autumn is the perfect time for me to get back into my skincare routine because I’m sweating less and using ultra nourishing products. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you should skip out on SPF! This moisturizer is great because it protects skin while having additional benefits.

For my evening skincare routine, I use the same products except swap out the cleanser for Neutrogena Ultra-Light Cleansing Oil. Neutrogena is one of my favorite mass skincare brands because their formulas work. Plain and simple. This recently launched cleansing oil has a faint scent (reminds me of candy!) and gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup with no greasy residue. I’ve documented my love of cleansing oils before but having one at an affordable price point is a win! It’s SUPER lightweight and has a blend of natural oils that extract oil and impurities from the skin. Some oil cleansers feel icky to remove so I was surprised at how easily this washed off skin. I didn’t feel the nead to grab a foaming cleanser after this and my skin didn’t feel slick.

Transition into your fall beauty routine and fead to Target to save some moolah in the process! The beauty steals are going on now through October 31 and you can find more than 20 new and classic products, including cosmetics, cleansers, moisturizers, makeup removers and anti-aging products, available from Neutrogena, Aveeno, and RoC. Just look for special displays in the beauty section or ask the Target Beauty Concierge team for help. They provide expert opinions and one-on-one advice. You can find a team near you by entering your zip code here.

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Disclosure: I partnered with Neutrogena and J&J Skincare brands for this post. All opinions are my own. Don’t worry.

New In: Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist

If there’s one thing I love most in the world of beauty, it’s a hydrating face mist. While I have naturally oily skin, I like to keep mists in my handbag and on my vanity to a) refresh my makeup/dull skin midday and, b) cool me off during the summer.

When I heard that Josie Maran released a face mist I instantly ran to buy it. The Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist, $38, promises to amplify the benefits of your skincare ritual while nourishing, smoothing, and brightening. Sign me up!
josie maran nirvana mist
Meant to be applied to skin after cleansing, this mist can also be used throughout the day to revitalize skin and boost hydration. It has an alcohol-free formula (great as it won’t dry out your skin) and contains contains argan oil extract to nourish and coconut water for hydration.

While I love the concept and the amazing ingredients described, I was neither amazed or bored. This product is good. Is it MIND BLOWINGLY AWESOME? No, but it’s okay. Although it felt nice on my skin when applied, my skin was a bit oilier than usual. The spray nozzle is nice and gives a great, even spritz. I guess for $40, I expected much more. If luxury face mists are your thing, then go for (heck try the Tatcha Dewy face Mist – that is amazing!). If you’re on a budget, Mario Badescu might be your new holy grail.

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because sometimes you need a boost

You ever have those time where nothing is working with you – beauty wise? Lately I’ve been breaking out like CRAZY and my hair has been having a meltdown. Not only am I growing my hair from a pixie, but I’m also going natural and ditching the chemical relaxers.

Times like these you need a boost. Ain’t no shame in my game so I’ve been digging into the world of vitamins and supplements. I’ve previously taken Viviscal and Hairfinity, but those are primarily focused on just hair care. I was recently introduced to HUM Nutrition and I am beyond curious.
hum nutrition review
They have 25 different products that are cheekily named yet all have a targeted focus. Seriously — they’ve got you covered whether it’s dealing with energy, mood, skin, nails, etc.

I was gifted samples a few weeks back but too nervous to take them (primarily because the world of supplements freak me out). But after doing a bit of digging and research, I’m ready. The HUM site gives loads of details surrounding their products (clinically proven, non-GMO, etc.) and on Sephora, the reviews speak for themselves. It’s honestly all of the user reviews that give me the confidence to take these! This September, I’m going to be taking several different supplement – so follow my journey!

  • Hum Nutrition Flawless + Fearless™ Supplements ($29) combines two of its most popular formulas— Daily Cleanse and OMG!™—into one product to target breakouts. My skin has been pretty angry lately with new breakouts popping up almost daily. They’re largely hormonal but I’ve been unbelievably stressed lately so I’m excited to give these a go. Daily Cleanse helps detox, cleanse, and get rid of toxins that cause breakouts; while OMG! brightens and even skin tone. Can I get a hallelujah!
  • There’s also the Hum Nutrition Runway Ready™ Supplements ($35) which is geared towards glowing skin, shiny fuller hair and perfect nails. While they don’t promise hair growth, I think this will be helpful as I go through my healthy hair journey. Length is important but healthy hair is more important to me.
  • Lastly, the Uber Energy™ Supplements ($25) piqued my curiosity because I’ve been feeling a bit down lately. Tired, stressed, and overall more anxious. Two key ingredients in this product are L-tyrosine and rhodiola rosea which have been shown in clinical studies to hold off fatigue, increase productivity, and help maintain calm in stressful situations.

I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated (mostly on Twitter so follow me!) throughout the month. Are you familiar with HUM? Have you tried their products? Are there other supplements you take and love? Let me know in the comments!

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