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February 20, 2018

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This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own

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I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you how important skincare is. I think that everyone has the same goal and that is to achieve the best skin possible. I am a creature of habit and have some mainstay products that I will always use. They work for my everyday needs and they have stood the test of time. One of those products is the tried and true Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I am a stickler on removing makeup every single night before going to bed. My particular skin type cannot handle oils and products on my face overnight so these towelettes are my best friend. I have tried many alternatives and none measure up to this one. Removing even the heaviest and most stubborn makeup products, it makes this task easy with only a few swipes.

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While I have my go-to products, I also like to dabble in the latest products to help boost my core routine. So as I was picking up my cleansing towelettes at my nearest Rite Aid, I couldn’t help but notice some of the newer products that Neutrogena has added. There were a couple in particular that caught my eye. The first is the new Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser and Mask. I have tried clay masks in the past and wanted to make them a staple in my skincare regimen. I love how this particular one can be used as a daily cleanser or a mask depending on my skin’s needs. 

The second product that I purchased was Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel which is new for me but not new to the Neutrogena family. I have found that my skin needs constant moisture. My pores tend to absorb product pretty quickly so I’m always trying to find ways to replenish that. This water gel is to be applied after cleansing and will keep skin hydrated for up to 48 hours. Sign me up!

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With these three products, I was excited to try them so off I went!

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Here are my takeaways. I used the Deep Clean Purifying Clay as a mask and my skin felt so refreshed. You know the feeling when your skin feels very clean but not stripped? Yea that’s how mine felt. My skin is so prone to breakouts so I really love that this clay mask got deeper than my normal cleansers.

Then it was time for moisture. I used the Hydro Boost Water Gel after the mask before going to bed and let me tell you, it works so well as a night cream! It’s lightweight but still provides ample hydration. I could tell a difference in my skin the next morning and even throughout the day. I love when new products work out!

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Thankfully Rite Aid is a one stop shop to get all of my skincare needs. AND just as a tip, Neutrogena Skin care will be Buy 1, Get 1 50% off this week and next so you don’t want to miss out! AND (this is the last “and”) I’m hosting a giveaway for a $50 Rite Aid gift card on my Instagram. Be sure to like the picture and comment to enter.

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Hair Update: Living Proof

February 21, 2017

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Hey guys! So if you will remember, about 2 weeks ago I started a hair trial using Living Proof products. To refresh your memory, you can check to post out here. I was looking for a solution that would keep my hair shiny and vibrant so that I could stay camera ready for all of my blog pictures. I used the complete system of the Restore line including their all new Restore Perfecting Spray. The Perfecting Spray is to be used after you’ve washed & conditioned your hair (while still wet) and is the final touch to strengthen, smooth and provide body to your tresses. Just spray on from root to tip and comb through with no tangles!

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So I gave it a try and tested these products out for two weeks and I must say that I love it! This is me after I’ve already used the products a few times so that’s why I have a smile on my face. 🙂

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The first thing that I noticed was the smell. It smells heavenly! I probably overdid it on my first use because I didn’t want the smell to go away (haha).

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I use a lot of heat products when I’m styling my hair. Most of the time I do not have the luxury of letting it air dry because I am always in a hurry so I have to blow dry it. Then I follow that up with a hot comb (women of color definitely know this step) to get my roots straight and smooth. Then I style it with either a straightener or a curling iron depending on which way I choose to do my hair. In summary, that’s a lot of heat and heat can damage your ends and leave them feeling dry (not cute).

I can honestly say that I saw a difference very early on. When blow drying my hair, it felt so soft already and by the time that I got to curling it, I knew for sure that this product was working. The Restore Perfecting Spray uses “a blend of a cationic detangler and a slip-enhancing polymer” that when combined, provide easier detangling. The formula also includes UV and thermal protection and is sulfate-free, silicone free, oil-free and safe for color and chemically treated hair. I’d say that covers it all!

Camera ready? Approved!

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I would highly encourage anyone to give these products a try. You can get the Restore Perfecting Spray here and the full line of Restore products here. It will be in my regular hair care routine and I’m excited to have found new products that work. Thank you Living Proof!

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*This post was sponsored by Living Proof. All opinions are my own

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Hair Trial with Living Proof

February 8, 2017

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Great hair is essential to any outfit that you can put together. It is an accessory and can enhance and elevate your style. After all, your look is a complete package that includes everything from head to toe, not just the clothing that you put on. So while it is great to keep up with the latest trends and designs, it is also important to maintain healthy, vibrant hair.

So I’ve teamed up with Living Proof to try out their Restore line of hair care products particularly their brand new Restore Perfecting Spray. You all know that I take a lot of pictures. I am constantly shooting for either my blog or brands which means that I am constantly styling my hair. I like to change up my hair styles along with my looks but that doesn’t always leave my strands feeling their best. With continuous heat styling, exposure to the sunlight and other elements, I need a hair care line that will keep my tresses from drying and provide a smooth, natural shine. From curly to straight to everything in between, I want to be able to continue to be versatile with my hair while also keeping it vibrant and protecting it from damage. After all, I have to be camera ready at all times!

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I’m trying out this regimen for 2 weeks and will report back with a hair update. As you can see, I will be using the Restore Shampoo & Conditioner, the Restore Mask Treatment and Instant Protection and of course the Restore Perfecting Spray.

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I am particularly interested in the Restore Perfecting Spray because it seems like it will be the solution I need for my busy life. It’s a featherweight detangler that you spray on your wet hair after washing and it boosts hydration, conditions and has a heat protectant. All of Living Proof’s products have what’s called OFPMA, which is their patented Healthy Hair Molecule that repels dirt, eliminates frizz and protects your strands. They also have PBAE which is their patented thickening molecule to create voluminous, full hair even on finest of textures. All of those qualities in one spray will seriously help to save time on wash days!

Have you ever used Living Proof before? If so, how did it transform your hair? Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for the results. Also, you can try out the products with me and find them here.

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*This post was sponsored by Living Proof. All opinions are my own.

My Morning Routine w/ Neutrogena

January 26, 2017

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Skincare is a vital part of everyday life. Fashion and makeup products are great but quality skincare will allow you to have the best skin possible to accentuate your entire look. As I get older, I am much more mindful of what products to use that are suitable for my evolving skin. So that’s why when I was introduced to Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream, I knew that I had to try it and incorporate it into my morning routine.

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My days are somewhat hectic as I’m sure you all can relate to. So in the morning when I first wake up, I try to adapt calming habits that set the tone for whatever the day may bring. One of the ways that I achieve this is with a great smelling candle. There’s nothing more peaceful than lighting a candle in the quietness of the early morning. I also try to read something inspirational or motivational even if I can only fit in a page or two.

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I hang quotes and sayings all around my room to serve as constant reminders of who I am and what I strive to be. I love these prints that I picked up because they are so reminiscent of my personality – a sassy, faith filled woman with dreams!

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So now back to the skincare which is the next step in my process. I make it a point not to sleep in my makeup (I use these Neutrogena makeup remover wipes faithfully) and to cleanse my skin daily. That provides the perfect canvas for my moisturizer to follow. As my skin continues to age, I am starting to use the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream as an added step in my routine. Skincare is all about prevention! So while I do not have visible wrinkles now, it is important to make sure that it stays that way by using products to combat that early on. The Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream has retinol which is a super moisturizer that nourishes and plumps up your skin. It’s fast acting with results showing in as little as one week. SIGN ME UP FOR ALL OF THAT!

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Can you tell that I am just tickled pink about great skin?! To try out this product for yourself, be sure to get it here!

*This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own