My Skincare Favorites!

If there is anything I am really passionate about, it is my skin and taking care of it! As a natural redhead, I have pale, sensitive skin that needs extra TLC. Unfortunately, when I was in high school & college I didn’t have those same thoughts. My goal was getting as tan as possible (shockingly, I can get a lot of color for a redhead…), whether it was laying on the beach for hours, covered in oil by the pool, or in the tanning bed (not a proud moment and never happening again!)

Now, I’ve grown up and realized my health is more important than having a darker glow. Mario Badescu, Josie Maren, and St. Tropez are my favorites for getting my skin in shape, and just how I like it! Mario Badescu is fresh and soothing for my sensitive skin but gets the job done! I see an improvement with every use! After washing my face, I can feel pretty dry due to my sensitivity, that’s where Josie Maren comes in. I love love love her Light Argon Oil! I put it all over my face before I go to bed, and mix it with a matte foundation during the day! It gives me a natural dewy look that is perfect for Spring & Summer!

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To finish it off, since we are getting back into those pool and beach days, if the rain ever stops, I still like to have a nice glow! Usually 1-2 times a month I will go get a spray tan as it looks more even and it doesn’t rub off on my clothes. Then I will use the St. Tropez Bronzing Mouse between visits to keep up the color. It has a natural, brown hue, instead of the orange tint like most and it goes on easy with the mit!

| Photo by Anthro_Charlottesville on Instagram|

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Winter Remedies!

I don’t know about y’all, but my body goes completely bonkers in the winter time. The harsh winds, cold temps, and heavy clothing just do a number on my skin, hair, and health. So I though I would share some of the items I consider necessities for this time of year!

1.) L I P   C A R E

My lips are usually the first to go on the winter war path. In the past years, I’ve learned out to maintain this sensitive area before the damage is done. The first step is to use a lip scrub. This removes the dead flaky skin and create soft lips. I usually like to sleep with Neosporin on my lips to really make sure they stay healthy and healed. For the daily dose of soothing, I turn to my trusty Carmex to keep my lips safe from the cold air!

Neosporin, VS Lip Scrub, and Carmex!

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2.) H A I R    C A R E 

I don’t have as much trouble with my hair, but the obvious is just dryness. Wether it’s my scalp or my tresses, it’s definitely annoying. This year my go to products have been:

Lush Superbalm, VS Hair Serum,  and Clear Shampoo/Conditioner.

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3.) F A C E    C A R E

Now I don’t suffer from acne or anything (I’m really lucking when it comes to that) but my face does tend to dry waaayyy out due to all the harsh winds this time of year. And unfortunately for me, I can’t use any heavy creams that could probably fix this problem in a heartbeat because they are the one thing that will actually make me break out. So I went on the hunt for some products that were strong enough for the Virginia winds but gentle enough for my skin! St. Ives is the perfect scrub with the teeny tine micro beads that aren’t too rough for my skin, but gets the job done! You all know how I feel about the Josie Maran + Mario Badescu products so it’s no surprise that they are on the list!

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub, Josie Maran Argon Oil, and Mario Badescu Complex Moisturizer

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4.) B O D Y    C A R E

Lastly, is body care. This requires prep before the moisturizer. Warms showers to fight the cold can dry out your skin, so what you use in the shower is critical! I love the venus razors with the extra Olay Strip to give that extra moisture base. The Lush Ocean Salt helps to scrub away dirt and dead skin leaving skin soft. My favorite step is the Neosporin Daily Cream! I love Neosporin products because the are made for healing and I believe it just make my skin look it’s absolute best!

Venus + Olay RazorsLush Ocean Salt, and Neosporin Daily Moisturizing Cream

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Winter Beauty Faves!

While the winter time is so beautiful with the sparkling lights, holiday decor, and parties it is definitely not so pretty on your skin! When it comes to taking care of my own skin during this harsh time of the year, I’ve found some products that I truly can’t live without! These products give my skin the extra boost of moisture that it really needs without making it go completely crazy!

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My all time favorite brand is Mario Badescu! It is so gentle and refreshing while still removing all the dirt that has piled up on your skin throughout the day!  My favorite items from their collection are the rose water spray (smells just like roses, so good!) and the drying lotion. The rose water can be applied anytime of day, especially if your feeling on the dry side. It really just refreshes your skin. The drying lotion really helps with any redness or breakouts that might occur with the climate change. Wear it overnight and all your problem areas will be erased, its amazing!

My next favorite is the Josie Maran Argan Oil! This stuff is life changing and can be used in so many ways! You can put it in your hair for an overnight treatment, use on your face to heal any dry or cracked skin, or drop some in your bath for a full body treatment! I prefer to use this at night so that I don’t look greasy during the day!

The Aveeno Positively Radiant Collection is perfect for the daytime! It keeps your face moisturized all day long without creating a shiny look or clogging your pours!

I am a huge supporter of exfoliating all the time!  I don’t feel like anything is getting clean unless I do it every night. And the Lush Sea Salt Scrub is the best! It’s all natural and gets all in there to make sure your skin is clean and fresh at all times! The color and smell is also really nice!

Last but not least, is my ride or die, Carmex lip balm! I collect this stuff! I have drawer in my desk dedicated to at least 75 of these things!  If you haven’t tried this, you really need to ASAP! It’s also super affordable and you can find it anywhere!