putting your best face forward

I'm a firm believer in caring for your body , as we only have one for our whole life! Even more so, we should care for our faces. I've compiled a little list of things I like to do to keep my face feeling fresh and a few of my most favorite products!

>> wash your face every morning and every night, even just with a gentle cleanser, get your makeup   
       off or your pores will get clogged (eww)
>> wash with warm water to help open up those pores! lots of pore talk.
>> moisturize moisturize moisturize!
>> use a moisturizer with spf
>> use a blemish treatment as a preventative and not just to treat

This product is great for prepping your skin after it's been washed. It really helps to brighten my skin and make it feel more firm. I put this on before my moisturizer.

This is a new favorite; it has helped even out my skin tone and actually helped clear it up as well. I love it because it provides a little color like a foundation would but is not heavy like most other liquid foundations, because it's a tinited moisturizer. My face also appreciates that it has spf.

These are essentials for sure. This moisturizer is so light but really does the job. As I tend to have combination/dry skin, I think it's perfect. 
I use a light coat of the treatment every night before I go to bed. It really keeps the blemishes away!

The area under my eyes is always a source of grief for me. Try as I may, I can't always get enough sleep as I should, so moisturizing around my eye area, really helps to brighten them and not make me look so sweepy. My eyes are appreciative.

These are both new favorites. My skin tends to be pretty sensitive, so picking a face wash is kind of a bear, but when I came across this one, I was just smitten! It's gentle and effective. I've not had any blemishes and my skin tone has evened out. The price makes me happy too!
This mud mask is perfect. It smells yummy and makes my skin feel refreshed and wonderful!

While I don't use these daily, they are definitely worth mentioning. The night treatment is a bit on the pricier side, but it is worth every penny, I assure you!


Hope this was helpful sweet friends! I always love recommendations too, so if you have a favorite product, don't hold out on me! Do share!!


xo.
Melisa

Blogger of the Week // Maie Dae

This week's Blogger of the Week is Savannah from Maie Dae! I'm fortunate enough to know this little lady and I think she is a remarkable person. She always has fresh new posts, just oozing with inspiration! I love her new series, which I'll actually be featured in, called 5 Things. I love all of her posts and features, especially her weekly wrap up posts! If you want a fresh and inspiring new blogger to follow, hop on over to Maie Dae!


xo.
Melisa

On Lip Care...

I recently decided to buy myself my very first lipstick. Yes, it's true, before this I have never owned my very own lipstick. I've considered it before, but have been far too overwhelmed by all of the options! Which, let's be honest, there are SO many. I spent a good hour (or maybe more) trying to decide on one. I left with the perfect shade. I figured some of you might find yourself in a similar predicament so I thought I'd help you; not that I'm any expert. So here we go.

Picking the perfect shade. I have heard that when picking your shade you should stick with a color that best matches the current color of your lips. Lipstick should enhance your natural features, otherwise you can look a bit clownish, yep, I went there. It's fun to experiment with different shades, but I really think less is more. And if you are going to go with a bold shade, you should go pretty neutral on everything else. Also, I heard you should stick your tongue out and match the color to your tongue, which is silly, but could work, maybe? Let me know on that one!

I know everyone may not like lipstick and that's okay. So I thought I would share all of my current lip obsessions as well.  Something for everyone! Here are a list of my favorites

For Color...
I went with L'oreal, for two reasons. One, it's L'oreal, everyone knows that name so I was pretty sure it wasn't going to freak my lips out or make them fall off. Two, they had a ton of different shades and types. I picked from their Color Riche section and chose Cinnamon Toast; it's the perfect shade of mauve, red and brown. I kind of love it.


I also use a lip conditioner by Maybelline called Baby Lips; which is a strange name I'll admit, but it's just great! It comes in several different shades also! I chose it in Cherry. It provides lip moisture and adds a nice tint. This is great when I know my lip needs color, but I don't want to feel all fancy with my lipstick. Because lipstick makes me feel fancy. Cause I'm nine.


One of my absolute favorites is the Just Bitten Collection by Revlon. I wear this most days. It's great because one end is the lipstain and the other is the balm. Perfection. My go to color is Forbidden.


For Softness...
I use Rose Lip Balm religiously. It is like magic. My lips can be a bit finicky when it comes to chapsticks, but this one makes them oh so happy. I love that it leaves kind of a gloss and a pretty pink tint. The smell is quite nice too. I just put some on while I was writing this and yes, I stand by everything I just wrote ^_^


For Gloss
Buxom Lipgloss is the way to go! I have used this gloss for about 5 years now and though I have strayed a time or two, I always come back to it. It's a lip plumper, it smells delightful, the color is perfection and you need it. There, I said it!  I use Dolly and I think it's the most popular color because they seem to always be sold out of it. And by they I mean Ulta, Sephora, and Bare Minerals cause all three carry it. I'm not kidding, you need to go buy this and then come write a comment thanking me for the suggestion. I love it that much. There I'm done.



For Plumping...
As I said, Buxom lipgloss is also a plumper, but the ultimate plumper is by Du Wop and it's called Lip Venom. This junk will make your lips feel insane. I don't know how to describe it without freaking you out a little, but the first time you use it, you will feel odd, I promise though, it works and you will probably become addicted to it. So you're welcome.



Is it weird that I have all of these in my purse? I just really hate dry or pale lips. Hope this was helpful. If you all have any suggestions I'd love to hear them! Thanks so much!


xo.
Melisa