Arbonne Intelligence Ultra Genius Review

I am a HUGE beauty fanatic. Makeup, hair, skincare, you name it. While some things tend to be more about creating a new look or feel for yourself, the other aspect is self-care. Taking care of yourself, including your skin, is vital. Ever since I was a pre-teen, I have been on a journey of finding the best products that will help me to put my best face forward. One of the struggles in trying to find such products is the trial and error you go through. Buying a product based on how cute the packaging is or how nice it smells can only get you so far when it comes down to putting that stuff on your face. While reading a magazine article or watching a commercial on TV can help give you more details about a particular product, I find nothing does it best than to read a review about someone who has the same skin issues as me (large pores & oily, blemish prone skin) tell me if this is a hit or a pass. One of the reasons I started my blog was to do be able to Continue reading “Arbonne Intelligence Ultra Genius Review”

The Ultimate Guide of Winter Essentials

Winter is coming. If you’re a Canadian reader, you’re probably already living winter conditions although it still is technically Fall (FYI – Winter is officially here on December 21). Maybe the cold weather has set in but you haven’t experienced any snow yet but you might be experiencing the telltale signs of dry hair and skin. Instead of going through the days dried out and looking flaky like a pie crust, it’s about time to swap out the ways (and products) of warmer weather and start transitioning for the long, cold winter ahead. Today, I’m sharing my ultimate guide to winter essentials to help get you started before you officially hibernate for the winter. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide of Winter Essentials”

An A to Z Guide on Living a Fuller Life

An A to Z Guide to Living a More Fulfilling Life | Lifestyle Queen BeeMany of us want to improve ourselves and add it to our daily goals to achieve it. While there are tons of books, blog posts (like this one!) & general suggestions on how you can go about this, what better way to lay out a few ideas by making it as easy as your A-B-C’s? While this blog post is set up in a fun format, Continue reading “An A to Z Guide on Living a Fuller Life”

Here Are My 20 Goals for Fall. What Are Yours?

If you follow me on Social Media or even read my last post, you’ll know I have a soft spot in my heart for Fall. While some people are sad to see Fall come around as it marks the end of Summer and warm weather, I like to look at it positively. Fall means a time for new beginnings and change. It’s also a time to reset your goals and refocus for the final months of the year. I like to set goals for not only myself personally, but for Continue reading “Here Are My 20 Goals for Fall. What Are Yours?”

Weekly Treatment Skincare Routine

If you thought having JUST a morning & evening skincare routine was enough, you’re mistaken. You need to give your skin pampering 1-2 times a week to really see results. In today’s post, I discuss my weekly treatment skincare routine as well as the products I regularly use.

This post on developing a weekly treatment skincare routine is the final part of a three-post skincare routine series. If you missed the morning skincare routine post, check it out here. The evening skincare routine post is here.

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3 Keys to an Effective Weekly Treatment Skincare Routine

  1. Establish When Weekly Treatments Take Place
    Choosing a specific day and time can help integrate the routine into your daily schedule flawlessly. As my skin tends to require more maintenance, my weekly treatments occur twice a week EVERY week. If you’re skin is less of a Diva than mine is, you can stick to just once a week. I have my weekly treatments on Wednesday and Sundays; I chose Wednesday as it’s the middle of the week and I can combat the stress from the week so far while prepping to finish the week off. Sundays is the day I prep for a new week so prepping my skin falls into accordance with that line of thinking. As I do my weekly treatments before bed, I start off with my evening skincare routine. This is the most effective time for your skin to rejuvenate and products to really work their magic.
  2. Masks
    I LOVE a good face mask! Store bought, DIY, doesn’t matter the type, I am all for a face mask. When you have large pores and oily skin like I do, a face mask is a LIFE SAVER, especially when you’re having a particularly stressful week and it starts to show on your face. A good mask can provide you with an amazing deep clean to help flush out all the impurities from your skin. While I’m a face mask junkie, the one that is currently in my routine is LUSH Cosmetics’ Mask of Magnaminty (you can read about my Holy Grail of LUSH Products here in case you missed it). This mask deep cleans your face with China clay and fresh peppermint. It also contains vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe your skin.
  3. Spot Remedies
    We’ve all been there. The pimple that shows up and makes itself at home on your face when you REALLY don’t need it. While spot remedies are great to use within your regular routines, working with a higher strength spot treatment can help give you the extra power to give your unwanted guest the boot. I like to use Benzagel Spot-On Acne Gel when I feel a pimple coming or when one has already broke the surface. This treatment is super effective and fast acting! I dab a bit on before bed and wake up to a vanished pimple (or one that’s shrunken overnight).

This concludes the 3 part skincare routine series – you now have the tools to create the ideal morning, evening & weekly treatment skincare routines that will best benefit you as well as some recommended products in case you don’t know where to start (all these products have been personally used by me!).

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Evening Skincare Routine

Nighttime is when we rejuvenate and because of this, there is often more products integrated into our nightly routine. The main focus in your evening skincare routine is getting your face clean and as hydrated as possible.

This post on developing an evening skincare routine is part two of a three-post skincare routine series – if you missed the morning skincare routine post, check it out here. The third & final post in this series will be on weekly treatments (such as masks, etc.) – this will be up on the blog Thursday (8/18).

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5 Step Evening Skincare Routine

  1. Wipe Away The Day (& Your Makeup)
    Removing your make-up at night can be the last thing you want to do but it’s really important. Sleeping in your make-up can cause extensive damage to your skin such as wrinkles and blemishes. I use Neutrogena All-in-One Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes to take all the make-up off my face. Be sure to be gentle, especially around your eyes, as your skin is very delicate and sensitive in this area. You don’t want to irritate your skin. If you’re out of wipes, I always keep a pack of baby wipes on hand to use in a pinch – they’re used for sensitive baby skin so it’s perfect for your face!
  2. Deep Clean Your Face
    Now you’re ready to clean your face. Cleansing your face is important, especially at night. You are literally getting your beauty sleep so you want to make sure you get the most use out of this time. To clean my face and make me feel refreshed and relaxed before I head off to dreamland, I use LUSH Cosmetics’ Cup O’ Coffee Face & Body Mask (This was one of the products I raved about in my HOLY GRAIL OF LUSH PRODUCTS post). While it’s technically a mask, I like to use it as a cleanser. I gently scrub it on to not irritate my skin, leave it for about 5 minutes and rinse off. The Kaolin in this scrub deeply cleanses impurities from your pores and the ground coffee gently scrubs away dryness.
  3. Tone, Tone, Tone
    If you have oily-prone skin like myself, a facial toner is exactly what you need. Toners help to clarify your skin while acting as an extra step to ensure you’ve wiped away all your makeup from your skin. Just as I use in my morning skincare routine, I spritz on LUSH Cosmetics’ Tea Tree Water Toner to my face, leave on for a few minutes and pat dry with a clean facecloth. It helps to reduce redness in the skin, clear excess oil without drying you out and helps to combat blemishes.
  4. Apply Your Serum or Facial Oil
    Pamper your skin while reducing wrinkles and combatting oily skin with a great serum or facial oil. As I use a serum in my morning skincare routine, I switch things up at night with a facial oil. You may think I’m insane for applying MORE oil to my oil-proned skin, but after doing some research, I found the ancient Egyptians used oils to help keep their skin young and vibrant. If you’re new to facial oils, I would recommend Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane which I personally use and have experienced amazing results. 
  5. Seal the Deal with Moisturizer
    The best thing you can do for your skin is making sure you moisturize before bed so you can wake up with hydrated skin. A good moisturizer helps to make fine lines and wrinkles less visible. I like to use Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer which I apply to my face & neck every evening. This moisturizer is fantastic for repairing the effects of sun damage and reenergizes your skin while you sleep. TIP: To get the best results from your skincare routine, make sure you use a clean face cloth & towel – be sure to pat your face dry & not rub as the friction can not only irritate our skin but can help to encourage wrinkles!

You’re almost there in developing an amazing skincare routine for yourself! You’ve got your daily morning & evening routines down – next up will be your weekly treatments. Be sure to check back on Thursday to see the final post!

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Morning Skincare Routine

You’ve heard that eating breakfast is an important start to your day. While this rings true, so does taking care of your skin first thing. Taking the time to properly care for your skin in the morning helps you to clean & refresh your skin so you can put your best face forward. Believe it or not, using different products for the day & night is Continue reading “Morning Skincare Routine”