five tips fresh face

Is there anything worse than being told that you look tired? Didn’t think so. Like many of you, I’m up early, working hard all day and doing my best to take care of myself. Being a modern-day Super Woman, however, doesn’t always mean you look or feel refresh. Here are some of my tricks for combating the dreaded fatigue face.

1. Fresh Face First: 2013 was the year of the skin freak out for me: break outs, texture change, you you name it. My tried and true methods weren’t working and I had to get some new tools in my arsenal. Namely, thine weapon of choice is a Clairsonic Mia 2. It’s been a huge improvement, along with adding a face brightening serum and legit moisturizer into the rotation. I’m still testing out my faves and will get back to you with my picks.

2. Makeup Perk-Up: Speaking of tools in your arsenal, these are a must: primer, highlighter, eyeliner, lip color and a bit of gold eyeshadow. Basically, you want to keep features defined and makeup in place throughout the day. Liquid liner is my favorite (get the pen style – so much easier to apply!) and you’d be surprised at how a little gold eyeshadow on the inner corner of your eyelid can brighten your whole look.

3. Get Physical: Move around, keep good posture and smile. Those little things can majorly boost your mood even on a downer day. Plus, I’m convinced that staying positive will keep you young.

4. Aqua Por Vida: Most likely you’re not getting enough water. Trust me, I’m the worst offender. When I am good, I really notice the difference of proper hydration. Notice how I didn’t mention coffee or energy drinks here. A glass of water is almost always what your body is needing more than a jolt of caffeine.

5. Snooze or Lose: Well, this one is obvious, but it’s really important. Sometimes you can’t fake looking rested if you don’t get rest. Shocker, I  know. Put yourself and your health first! It wasn’t too long ago that I realized averaging 6 hours of sleep each night wasn’t good for me. To help remedy this bad habit, I downloaded the Sleep Cycle app. It tracks your sleep patterns, gently lulls you awake without breaking your sleep cycle, and even has soothing ambient sounds. Plus, charts!

If you have any tips to share, please let us know in the comments. I’m sure there are yawning people dying to hear.

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You may recall back in my Lucky FABB days when we heard from Drew Barrymore who gushed about her life and her new beauty line, Flower Beauty. To be honest, I have been out of the celeb news circle lately so I hadn’t heard of it. My adorable Lucky FABB roomie had and she was totally psyched when we were given a couple of samples to try in our awesome swag bags.

When I heard that it was sold at Walmart, I was surprised by how affordable the makeup was, but was pretty skeptical as to the quality. Yet Drew was telling us about how she oversaw every detail from color to packaging. While the cream eyeshadow I received wasn’t a color I wear, I was impressed by the pigment and coverage. My favorite thing has been the mascara, which I wear everyday. While I do still like my L’Oreal mascara for nights, this one has been great for daytime: no clumping and no smudging.

Not too bad when most everything is less than $10!


Davines Oi Oil | Maybeline Brow Pencil | Alba Botanica Acnedote Scrub

 Tarte Concealer | Loreal Voluminous False Fiber Mascara

A little while ago I shared some of my favorite winter beauty faves and now I’m back for the spring. Yes, folks, if you checked your calendar yesterday you would have known that it is officially spring. And you know what that means — it’s almost summer!

Anywho, in the current season I’m loving some new things. First, the oil/serum I snagged from my Aveda salon. So, as with most things in life, I’m all about balancing the highs and the lows in terms of cost. The oil is one of those things that has actually done what it’s supposed to do: moisturize hair without weighing it down. The next three things are Target low budget finds: a brow crayonface/body scrub and mascara. The crayon is simple and good, the  scrub smells pepperminty and delicious, and this is the one mascara that doesn’t leave black smudges at the end of the day. Finally, we have the concealer. Again, this falls under the “high” portion, but it’s totally worth it. A little dab will more than do your under eyes and blemishes — not that you, my lovely readers, would dream of having either. :)

What are you digging in the beauty world lately?



BB Cream | Nail Polish | Lip Balm
Mineral Concealer | Hair Dryer

Is it just me or does the cold weather make you seem like another person completely? Sometimes it’s as if my skin and hair take on a dry and difficult life of their own, am I right? So my normal routine just won’t cut it. I thought I’d share a sneak peak of what I’ve been digging. Or really, I’ve created a blog post to say how much I love Loreal’s BB Cream. Seriously, it’s my new favorite thing, even though the Sugar Tinted Lip Balm is up there too — nice color and so soft. I just got the hair dryer and it’s a vast improvement over my old one — powerful yet tames the mane in a sleek way.

What are your winter must haves?