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DIY: Rose Water & Aloe Facial Mist.


Hello lovelies!

Summer has officially landed here in Ohio and I’ve already had my first awful sunburn. This brought me to my most recent DIY- rose water. I’m a frequent buyer of the cult favorite Mario Badescu Rose facial mist, but I always wondered about making my own..

Since my rose bushes were on their last legs for this bloom, I snatched up the petals and got crafty! And I loved my results! Want to make your own rose water facial mist at home? Keep reading love!


Natural glycerin is great for moisturizing the skin. Be sure to pick one that is plant based- the chemical based versions are not good for the skin. Don’t worry too much about your rose petals- mine came right off of a bush, but you can use store bought or gifted roses just the same. My bottle is actually a recycled Mario Badescu one. I reuse them all the time- they are great for alcohol and water in a kit or on a vanity at home, and are the perfect size. And the aloe vera gel is good for calming redness and refreshing thirsty skin! You will also need a small saucepan, small strainer, and a measuring cup with a pouring lip for ease. Let’s get started, shall we?



I like to gently press a spoon against the petals before straining, just to remove any last rosey goodness, lol. Look at that beautiful natural color!


You can also add a drop of your favorite essential oil or extract. Just be cautious with essential oils, as some of them can cause sun sensitivity.


(Lol at my homemade funnel)


Don’t be afraid- mist your face whenever you need a pick me up, to settle your makeup, or to cool down on a hot day! It is all natural after all!

Note: The rose scent won’t be as strong as in the MB one- but his is an added fragrance, not from the roses. The less ingredients, the better. The benefits are in the rose oils and essence 🙂

Do you have any favorite beauty DIYs? Do share! I’m always looking for new beauty crafts.

Until next time,

xx&o

Meg

Summer Beauty: Tips, tricks, & product recommendations!

Hello lovelies! I’m here to talk about one of my favorite things in life- SUMMER. I’m ready for you warm sunshine, bonfires, and vitamin D! But along with added sunshine and time outdoors come a few beauty dilemmas. Here, we’ll talk about some tips and products I recommend for a beautiful summer. Let’s get started!

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Time spent at the beach and more exposure to air can mean dry skin- especially elbows and legs! I’m loving the new fragrances at Bath & Body Works, but good ol’ Aveeno will do the job (only better, lol). Apply liberally as needed! I like to mix a little bit of highlighter in my body lotion in my hands before application to get ‘glowy’ skin. The one pictured by CK is gorgeous and works perfectly, but any liquid highlighter will work too.

Next we have the VIP- sunscreen. It is an absolute, no excuses, MUST HAVE to be applied daily, 365. The worst thing at Ulta was all the women not using suncare products. Melanoma is not a joke and doesn’t discriminate against age, race, or gender. I always choose a sport sunscreen- they tend to be waterproof, have higher spf, and come in a fine mist sprayer. The days of thick, sticky cream sunscreen are gone! And remember, you can’t overdose on sunscreen- apply between each activity, especially when the sun is highest in the sky. And don’t forget the part in your hair! Scalp sunburns really suck and then there’s horrific dandruff aftermath, just avoid that noise. To protect your beautiful hair color in the sun (bright reds!!), I recommend a cute hair scarf or sunhat. The sun’s harsh rays will suck that color out with a straw. A nice leave in conditioner spray is a good beach bag add in, in general. I recommend Soya Want it All from Big, Sexy Hair, 22 benefits plus it smells fab. Moisturize your locks to prevent dryness and breakage!

Individual tan towels (Tan Towel, Tarte Maracuja Tanning wipes, etc.) are a good way to fake that sun kissed look without orangey skin! They’re affordable and easy to use. Fake it til’ you make it honey because you’re better safe than sorry.

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Inside:

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A girl’s gotta have a pretty shimmery bronzer and a super natural blush to rock all summer long! I LOVE ‘Park Avenue Princess’ from Tarte! Gorgeous gold shimmer in a subtle, smooth, buildable bronzing powder. And the blush- ‘Prim’ is so pretty, I can’t even tell you. It was love at first swatch! These are so smooth and blend beautifully.

Fragrance, if that’s your thing, can be a fun way to switch up your summer beauty routine. I recommend citrus, woody and light floral fragrances, like Jimmy Choo ‘Blossom’ and Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy Dream’. The fragrance pictured is the Coach ‘Signature’ scent. A roller ball is a great way to take your fragrance along with you through the day, but remember heat brings out the fragrance, so less is more.

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That hot, hot, heat can mean ornery, red skin. I love Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe and Rosewater for hydration and cool relief. It smells faintly of roses and feels fantastic. Plus, it’s from a spa and retails for a very un-fancy price of $7! An absolute must have. If you need something with a little muscle, Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Spray is magic in a bottle. We’re talking, redness gone in five minutes good.

Oooh, look! More sunscreen! 🙂 Here’s one of my favorite facial sunscreens from Boots No.7! It’s light, doesn’t make me break out, and has spf 25. I put it on before foundation or primer.

I’m one of those girls who gets oil mania every summer, so I add a cream mattifier to my routine. This one from Vichy Labs or the one by Dr. Murad are great options. It’s just added protection for my makeup and if you get oily too, try one of these babies!

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In the summer, I like to switch to a lighter foundation such as a BB or CC Cream. The coverage is so breathable and they usually have added spf along with a multitude of other skin benefits. Many brands from drugstore to high end make a version of this, so there’s something for everyone.

I absolutely cannot rave enough about the Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender! Like I mentioned before, I get so oily- this is a clear (CLEAR!) pressed powder. It looks so gimmicky and like it wouldn’t work, but it works AMAZINGLY. It mattifies and smooths the look of makeup but is literally invisible. Makeup magic I’m telling you.

See that little Napoleon cube? That’s my bff, Color Disc in ‘Amazon Jungle.’ This color is seriously gorgeous- a warm bronzy coral pink. If that’s a thing. It makes a lovely blush and is fantastic on eyes! A great one color choice for a quick pretty eye and even better in a travel bag.

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EOS lip balms. They’re so cute and colorful you just have to. Plus, nobody wants dry, chapped lips!

Rose Salve- salve is awesome in the summer (Burt’s Bees makes a great option too!) It helps dry skin on cuticles, knees, lips, face and anywhere else! I’ve even used a little to smooth fly aways. They come in compact tins and are great for travel or in your purse.

Bulletproof shadows- got a pool party and not sure what to do about your makeup? Grab a Mally Beauty Evercolor Cream Eyeshadow stick and your shadow won’t even flinch in that chlorine. And trust me, it’ll laugh in the face of sweat too. Plus, the colors are beautiful!

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I like to keep blotting papers in my bag during the summer to help keep me shine free even when I’m sticking to the seat of my car. They’re cheap and super easy to use! These NYX ones are $5.99 but ELF makes them too and those are $1!

Base coat is super important to prevent your nails from staining in the sun. Yellow nails are no fun and distort polish colors. Don’t forget to bust out those bright and glitter polishes! A pedi is a great idea too for sandal ready toes (you can read about how to DIY one at home here).

Don’t forget some fabulous sunnies! Your eyes can burn in the sun too believe it or not! Especially light colored eyes! Get your chic on ladies!

And finally, one last treat..

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Isn’t this adorable? lol. It’s a cooling mask I got at Bath & Body Works for just $5.50! I saw it and couldn’t resist bringing it home. You pop it in the fridge and when you feel hot, have a headache, or have puffy eyes wear it for instant relief. I love these things and they feel so good!

What are your favorite summer goods? Do tell! And stay tuned for part two of this post- ‘Simple, pretty looks for Summer’.

xxx&o Meg

Skincare Series: Part 2.

Hey everyone, I’m back for part two of my skincare series. Today, I’m going to cover my current moisturizers, serums, facial sprays, toners and eye cream. I also use the occasional mask which you can see in my review post of the ‘Freeman Facial Masks’. Let’s start with eye cream and moisturizers:

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Eye cream is a new addition for me. I didn’t really think I needed an eye cream until I realized how much hell I put my poor eyelids and under eye area through on the daily. Between rubbing, scratching, makeup and cleansing- they could definitely use a little TLC. Also, an eleven year old girl came into our store looking for her must-have eye cream. Guess you’re never too young for preventative skincare. I’m currently using a deluxe sample of a new line that just came out at ULTA called Algenist- the eye cream is called ‘Complete Eye Renewal Balm’. It is a creamy consistency and makes my eye area look very hydrated which translates to bright eyed and bushy tailed. So far, I like it. However, this line is expensive, so I may try and find something cheaper I like as well. A girls gotta budget!

For moisturizers, I really prefer gel consistency and the ‘Soak it Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer’ from Pur Minerals really fits the bill. This gel soaks into the skin quickly and leaves it feeling fresh and healthy. I love not having any residue! I’ve also been using this container for the past three months and it’s barely gotten a dent. There’s a gel moisturizer that Garnier makes (it’s a mint green color in a white lidded jar) that I really loved too, so if you’d like to try a cheaper option, check that out. Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal’ moisturizer is a rich, buttery moisturizer that I use to target- treat extra dry areas on my face. Typically this would be around my nostrils and come winter, random splotches on my cheeks. I probably wouldn’t use it all over my face because it’s a little heavier than I prefer, but for that purpose, it works wonderfully. On the counter side, in the summer, I love Dermalogica ‘Active Moist’ moisturizer. This is very lightweight and is magic for when you’re sweating and don’t want clogged pores, but still need a drink for your skin. For a moisturizer with SPF (day only!), I absolutely love Mario Badescu ‘Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15’. This has a great price for derm grade moisturizer and is very light without any added fragrance. For night, of course, I use Philosophy ‘Hope in a Jar Night’. This is buttery and rich, but never makes me breakout. Winning. I use lots of different moisturizers, but I’m obsessed with them. Moisture is everything when you’re made up of nearly entirely water and helps keep breakouts at bay.

Next, we’ll cover Toners:

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For toner, my current go to is Mario Badescu ‘Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion’. This has a great price point and a nice clean result. It’s not overly drying and gets any left over dirt or makeup off pronto. It doesn’t smell like grapefruit and doesn’t have added fragrance. This is a good thing. I’ve been trying out this Vichy ‘Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution’ and I like it too. No fragrance and a nice clean feeling afterward. I apply both of these products using cotton rounds. Clean and Clear makes a great selection of toners as well.

Next, we’ll cover Facial Mist:

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For Facial Mist, I love love love Mario Badescu ‘Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater’. This price is totally budget friendly and this product has multiple uses. You can use it to set your makeup and also as added moisturizer. It’s very refreshing with an extra light, natural rose scent. Next is Clinique’s ‘Moisture Surge Face Spray’ which is just as lovely as Mario’s. It has a light clean fragrance and is great to set makeup too. These products are tied for first in my book.

And lastly, we’ll talk about Serums:

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For serum, I’ve been testing out a lot of brands. Serums can fight early signs of aging with peptides, light moisturizers, collagen, and botanical ingredients. The full sized products are my favorites – IT Cosmetics ‘No.50 Serum Collagen Anti-Aging Primer’, Philosophy ‘Back to Nurture Replenishment’, and Cindy Crawford Meaningful Beauty ‘Creme Serum’. The IT cosmetics serum is great to smooth on before makeup and has over 50 beneficial skin ingredients which plump lines and enrich the skin. Philosophy’s ‘Back to Nurture’ is a newer product and is labeled a ‘deeply replenishing oil gelee’. Oil fights oil (it’s true, I swear), so for girls battling skin issues, this is a good bet. It has a great consistency and is very moisturizing. Philosophy rocks moisture! Lastly, Meaningful Beauty’s serum is a really nice consistency that settles into the skin well. It has a cool spiral look, but dispenses a beige creamy color and has ‘magic melon’ extract. I don’t know what ‘magic melon’ is, but it looks like Honeydew, and if it makes my skin look like Cindy’s does in her late forties – I’m in. She’s clearly on to something here. The smaller items, I acquired recently- Vichy ‘Idealia Life Serum’ and Algenist ‘Firming and Lifting Serum’. I like them both so far, but I need more time to see actual results. I use the Algenist near my eyes and around my mouth (crows feet and smile lines). It has a new substance called ‘alguronic acid’ made from natural algae and is comparable to ‘hyaluronic acid’. Be sure with serums, to give them enough time to show results. A week is not enough- a month is more likely. Keep this in mind when trying to find what works best for you.

Here’s the order in which you should be doing your skincare:

1. Makeup Remover Towelette

2. Cleanser

3. Toner

4. Serum – always before moisturizer, these particles are smaller and will not penetrate through regular moisturizer.

5. Eye Cream

5. Moisturizer (Always SPF something during the day, whether it’s moisturizer, regular sunscreen or foundation. Not only is Melanoma terrible and common, but not wearing sunscreen defeats the purpose of a serum!! Use bronzer or sunless tanners. Never SPF at night though).

6. Makeup (optional obviously, haha)

7. Facial Mist

**Skincare routines can be very lengthy and at times annoying, but I promise you it’s worth it. You will see a difference in the way your skin behaves. Plus happy skin breaks out less, makes you look younger and more vibrant, and makes makeup look flawless. It all starts with the canvas! If you have any questions about skincare in general or any of these products, feel free to comment below. I’d love to help and have lots of training even if I’m not a dermatologist, lol.

With that being said, cheers beauties! I’ll be back tomorrow so I can get to these tagged posts and maybe a product review.

xxx&o Megan

Skincare Series: Part One.

I’ve decided to break up my skincare routine into two parts. For the first half, I’ll be covering my current makeup remover wipes, cleansers, and exfoliators. I use a multitude of products to deal with changing weather, hormones and anything else that aggravates my combination skin.

Let’s start with Exfoliators:

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These are my current two. I’ve talked about the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($52 for 2.6 oz) in my Fall Must Haves post, but I’m still using it! I love the gentle exfoliation and the unique powder to cream application. I also love that it’s gentle enough to be used daily. You can grab a mini size and a ‘Daily Moist’ moisturizer mini at ULTA for $18 if you’d like to try before you buy. The second is Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant. This stuff is not cheap ($78 for 2oz), but it doesn’t take much to do the job. It has a nozzle-like tip and a creamy, gritty consistency. It also has a great smell! This should be used 1-2x per week. I’ve only been using this for about two weeks, but I can tell it brightens my skin. I’ll report back in a few weeks to see if I notice any additional benefits.

Next, we can talk makeup remover wipes:

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For day, I like to use the Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Cleansing Towelettes (for normal to oily skin) about $5.09 for 30 towelettes. These towelettes smell heavenly and they’re very gentle on skin. They remove even the most stubborn makeup with ease and don’t leave any oily residue. They also come in several different varieties for your specific skin type. I highly recommend them and I buy mine at ULTA.

For night, I like Equate Beauty Night Time Soothing Makeup Remover Towelettes which are $3.48 for 40 at Walmart. These are the cheapest wipes I have found for this level of quality. They do come in a regular version for daytime use, but I love the lavender fragrance these ones have for bedtime. The wipes are thick and take off makeup without a hitch. There is a slight residue, but it settles in eventually, leaving your skin feeling soft. I will say, if you are sensitive to fragrance, I do not recommend either of these wipes to you. I would recommend the Simple line which has wipes for around $5.99 without any fragrance. Also as a sidenote, makeup remover towelettes are not enough to clean your skin despite what they say on the package. You should use a cleanser too, to get your pores squeaky clean.

And finally, the cleansers:

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I’m really weird in that I rotate my cleansers depending on how my skin is behaving. If I’m having a breakout, my absolute go to cleanser is Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, $4.50 for 8 oz. This is a gentle wash that makes my skin feel really clean. It has a really light fragrance and removes dirt and oil from pores. If my skin is behaving like a princess, I use my Philosophy Purity One Step Facial Cleanser ($23 for 8 oz.). This is a do- all wash. Since I’ve started using it, my skin is softer overall and my breakouts are less frequent. It has a creamy texture and nice smell. And finally, when I need to wash and exfoliate together (I do this on days I skip exfoliant because I’m lazy, haha), I use Fabulous Foaming Face Wash by Bliss Spa ($24 for 6.7 oz). This wash exfoliates gently and is a gel consistency. It smells super clean and has calming ingredients like chamomile and rose hips. This was a double category product as it exfoliates and cleanses.

For the second part of the series, I will cover moisturizers, serum, toner, facial sprays and my newest addition: eye cream.

Product Review No. 5: Freeman Facial Masks.

I’ve seen these Freeman masks before, but haven’t gotten to try them until recently. I have three in my collection so far, but at $3.99 each for a large tube, I plan to buy them all. I like masks- what can I say? My favorite mask is Pur Minerals ‘Dirty Girl’ mud mask. It retails for $29 (but it’s on sale at ULTA.com right now for $21.75) and is like liquid gold. Talk about the power of clay! It’ll suck every blackhead out of your skin, leaving it feeling ultra clean and bright, but for that price- it oughta wash your car for you too. Just don’t leave it on too long- you’ll have a lovely tomato red outline of where the mask was. The red lasts for hours- I don’t recommend more than 10 minutes of wear at a time. (Darn Netflix! “But the next episode is starting in 30 seconds…”)

But anywho, back to Freeman Masks… As I said before, I like a deal, so when I wanted something I can use daily without internal grief- I went to these. I have the Polishing Mask (with Charcoal & Black Sugar), the Facial Peel Off Mask (with Cucumber), and the Clay Mask (with Avocado and Oatmeal). Next on my to-buy list is the Brightening Mask.

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Here’s what the masks look like in texture:

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I have to say that I really love these. My favorite is the clay mask. I just love how clean it makes my combo skin feel. It’s not as diesel as the Pur Minerals, but for daily use, it’s perfect. The polishing mask can be a little messy, but leaves skin feeling so soft! I know it’ll be a staple in a few weeks when fall starts to hit us. The peel off mask is just plain fun and also comes in Pomegranate. I use cleanser afterwards, just to make sure you get everything off. It works great and is pretty gentle! I definitely recommend these to anyone who wants to add a little something extra to their weekly skincare routine. There’s a formula for every skin type. I buy mine at ULTA (of course!), but they’re pretty easy to find at drug stores and the like. Have you tried these? What did you think? What’s your favorite?