Welcome to the Mrs. Stafford Community where no topic is off limits! I want this blog to be a forum for women my age to be able to discuss everything beauty and fashion, as well as the more sensitive subjects such as menopause and healthy aging. I’m starting my sixties and I feel the best I have in years, and I want to help other women feel the same way. As a community, I think we can come together and start the conversation. This is all about women supporting other women, and trying to have some fun in the meantime.
Attention Ladies: We’d love to hear from you! Your questions are driving the discussions. Don’t hesitate to comment, especially on the “Can We Talk” series as well as “Glowing with Mrs. Stafford”. Without you there is no discussion, so don’t be shy!
Since I started this blog I have received many compliments and questions on my skincare routine. Women have asked, “what is my secret” and honestly it’s a combination of multiple things. I use many different products, and tend to switch up my routine often. Staying out of the sun, and wearing sunscreen is a huge one. Finally, I have not been shy about the fact that I get Botox and filler. I even made a video of myself getting Botox injected which you can find on my Youtube channel. I have written some blog posts about the beauty products I use and routines based on the season or specific skin problems.
Glowing with Mrs. Stafford is my take on an advice column based around skincare. Each person has unique skin and their own issues they would like answered. Glowing with Mrs. Stafford is my idea of how to share my knowledge on this topic.
Basically, this is a place where all of you can ask questions about you’re personal skin issues. Ask me about certain beauty products you might want to try, or even about treatments such as lasers or Botox since I’ve done it all! All and any questions are welcome (concerning these topics).
How to Participate in Glowing with Mrs. Stafford Column:
Ask your questions below for a chance to be featured in next month’s Glowing with Mrs. Stafford column. I will answer one question in detail and make sure to do all my research to give the most informed answer I can provide! I will also be asking experts and trying the products myself for a period of time.
We’re also running a giveaway to celebrate our monthly Glowing with Mrs. Stafford Advice column. I will pick one beauty product and one winner at the end of each month. All of the products will be bought with my own money, and products I have personally used and loved.
How to Participate in the Glowing with Mrs. Stafford Giveaway:
You will be able to enter the giveaway either on Facebook or Instagram. All you have to do is
1. Follow me
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3. And tag a friend
We are doing it both on Instagram and Facebook because I realize not everyone is on Instagram or vice versa. This month the giveaway is the GLAMGLOW Good in Bed Passionfruit Softening Night Cream.
I have been using this night treatment for months now and I LOVE it! It is made to help combat dryness, dullness, and uneven skin texture. It includes one of my favorite ingredients, Hyaluronic Acid, which plumps, hydrates and nourishes your complexion. The acids gently (keyword) exfoliate and softens the skin. Apply a thin layer after cleansing at night. This products works on my skin which is extremely sensitive. I can use this product at least 2-3 times a week. I wake up with soft, glowing skin. All this while you sleep!
*Note: When I’m recommending any skincare item I will always test the product for at least 30 days, most times longer. I feel you need to see how the product works over time, the benefits and results, which in most cases does not happen with just one use.
Price Point - $54 (you can purchase this product on Sephora and of course on GlamGlow’s website).
At the beginning of the year, I got the idea for Glowing with Mrs. Stafford. It took at least six months of planning and organizing to try and make this idea work. So, this is a test run and hopefully, all of you will enjoy it! If you have any suggestions on how to make this forum better please don’t hesitate to give your constructive criticism below.
Hi All! We are already 5 months into 2019, that’s crazy right?! I thought a fun post would be to write about my new favorite products that have popped up on the market this year. I’ll give you my opinion of why I think they are so great and how well they actually work. I started using all the products I’ll be writing about at the beginning of January so that I would have at least three months to see results and give you my thoughts. It's important to me that I use a product for an extended period of time to see what type of results I get before sharing them with you. These are all products that I purchased myself and that I use personally.
There seems to be something new and exciting coming out every day in the beauty world, which is awesome, but can also be overwhelming! So below are a few things that I thought were exceptional and that I'm keeping in my regimen going forward.
OK, so my first product is LUMIFY Eye Drops. Right now you're probably saying WHY????? Typically, people don’t think about eye drops as essential. Well, let me tell you, I've always had a problem with redness in my eyes. Whether it be reading on the computer, being out in the sun or just a bit tired, I always have red eyes. Especially, during this time of year, allergy season, my eyes used to always be a red watery mess. It's a pretty common condition and I've used Visine for years. Visine works to take away the redness but I noticed shortly after using the drops, my eyes would be red again.
This is what is so different about LUMIFY Eye Drops. First of all, it works within 1 minute to take out redness and works for up to 8 hours. It works differently than other redness relievers by selectively targeting the redness and alleviating some of the potential side effects common to redness relievers, rebound redness (the redness come back worse) and loss of effectiveness of the product over time.
The other thing that sets LUMIFY apart is that it has been approved by the FDA. It is the only over the counter products that contain brimonidine tartrate, a safe and powerful redness reducer. Also, a plus is that it is made by Bausch + Lomb, a leader in eye health.
When we went on vacation in St. John back in March LUMIFY was a lifesaver! Between all the traveling and sunshine, LUMIFY helped to instantly brighten my eyes and kept the redness away. It's that one product that I never knew I needed but will now never be without.
You can purchase LUMIFY in drugstores and also on Amazon (of course!!).
I have two new overnight masks that not only do I love but I've purchased for my daughters and they love also.
The Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask from Glow Recipe is the answer for dry, stressed skin. I began using this in January, so during those very cold months in Vermont plus being indoors with the heat drying out my skin, this was what kept my skin looking healthy and fresh. With a combination of Avocado to hydrate, Honey to sooth the skin along with PHA which gently exfoliates the skin while you sleep, this was my go to this winter.
On vacation in St. John I kept this in the refrigerator and put it on every night. After a full day in the very bright sun of the Island, this is what kept my skin from drying out. A small amount on the skin before bed was all that's needed. You can also use this as a wash off mask too but I really love it as a sleeping mask. Your skin really does look so beautiful when you wake up in the morning, you’ll see a difference right away. One thing, you do need to mix this up with the spatula that is included before using.
The Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream is another overnight mask that is rich and deeply hydrates and brightens the skin. This mask will help with dryness, dullness and uneven skin tone. What you wake up to is brighter, hydrated more radiant skin. This is another mask that my daughters love as much as I do. We all have our own skin types and it works well for us all. I love an overnight mask because everything is working while you're sleeping. Starting with beautiful skin in the morning makes whatever you do, whether it be a full face of makeup or just a bit of sunscreen, look all the better.
Youth To The People is a new brand for me and I'm interested to try some of their other products. They base the line on what you put on your skin should be as whole and clean as what you put in your body. Sounds good, right!
One of my favorite brands in skin care is SUNDAY RILEY. If you follow my blog you know that I love this brand. Their products are in my daily routine and I'm always excited when a new product hits the market. At the beginning of January, SUNDAY RILEY offered an Early Access Kit that I purchased which had two brand new products, A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum and C.E.O Glow Face Oil, along with a reformulated version of their very popular Good Genes now with Glycolic Acid. Here is my review on all three products.
It was announced that in the UK they were no longer going to be offering the Good Genes with Lactic Acid so they reformulated and launched with Good Genes with Glycolic Acid. Here in the US, we have both available.
The Glycolic Acid treatment deeply exfoliates and repairs the look of dull, congested, damaged skin. This product is formulated for dehydrated, oily, sensitive skin. One of the excellent benefits of all of Sunday Riley's products is that they work fast. When I came home from vacation, even though I wore sunscreen and big hats in the sun, my skin did have way too much sun than I'm normally used to. My pores were clogged along with my skin being dull. To try and get my skin back to normal this was one of the first products I used. Not kidding, when I woke up in the morning I could tell the difference. My skin felt smoother and that glow was back. I'll use both versions of Good Genes and would not be without this product, it works and really does give you instant, noticeable results.
The Sunday Riley - A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum is an amazing product but if you are new to retinoids slow is the way to go! Start off easy maybe two days on, two days off to see how your skin handles the product. Also, only use in your nighttime routine. That goes for any retinoid product. You do not want your skin exposed to the sun when you have a retinoid on your skin.
I used this product for two months before we went on vacation. For my very sensitive skin, I found it to be very easy on my skin. What this product does and does very well is to fight the signs of aging, without the side effects that stop many people from using a retinoid. So no flaking, redness or irritation compared to high-strength retinol products. You will see a fresher, smoother improved complexion. I use this on my skin and follow up with Good Genes.
Then last but not least is the new C.E.O Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil from Sunday Riley. This product didn't hit the market until mid-March but since it was included in the Early Access Kit I've been able to test it out since January.
I use a number of the C.E.O products, such as the Repair Moisturizer and the Rapid Flash Brightening Serum so I was excited to try the oil. I love the oil, it absorbs into the skin quickly. Products that have Vitamin C are my favorite for giving that glow that everyone loves. Golden Turmeric helps to calm the skin. You can use this day or night. What I love about a product like this is that it gives your complexion that healthy glow, so if you go without makeup, your skin still looks great.
Well, that's it for some of my new favorite products this year. I’ve already started using a few new ones that just came out, so in a few months I'll follow up and give you ladies an updated list! Hope you enjoy and let me know what some of your favorite new products are in the comments!!
What's the easiest thing that you can do to look fantastic? The answer is a great SMILE! It really is that simple. Having a beautiful smile changes your whole face and invites people to be around you. When you have a pearly white smile you exude happiness and confidence. As the lovely and talented Marilyn Monroe once said, “A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear”.
But here's the thing, as we go through life your teeth can become stained or a bit yellow. There are many reasons for this such as medications, food, wine or poor oral hygiene. Sad to say age also plays a role in yellowish looking teeth. There are a lot of reasons for this dilemma but the important thing is that there are so many products out there that can easily fix this problem.
There are a ton of ads on social media and TV promoting various kinds of devices or products to help whiten your teeth. So, what’s the problem you might ask? Most of the products or devices advertised either don’t work or they can actually be harmful to your teeth. For example, one product that kept popping up on my Instagram Explore page was this black charcoal looking paste or powder which you brushed your teeth with. First, that just seems messy and gross, also I would assume that rubbing charcoal powder on your teeth cannot feel good. I haven’t tried that trend myself. So I can’t knock it completely and say it doesn’t work. All I can give you are some of the products I have used and have made a huge difference for me.
The first time I noticed my teeth were stained was a few years back at a Phillies baseball game. My daughter and I took a selfie together and when I saw my teeth compared to hers I was like -“Wait, WHAT???!!???" Since it was such a closeup picture it was the first time I realized how sparkly white her teeth were and mine was, well, not. I got back home and started my search for the best products to get my smile looking healthy again.
Of course, you need your teeth to be healthy along with being white. In today's world, we can achieve all of these things at the same time in your own home. The products that are on the market make it so easy to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Being able to do at-home treatments saves time and money for you to be able to care for your smile while working within your busy schedule.
Here are the items that I have used for the last several years and have been able to change my teeth from dull yellow to bright white!
So the first thing you need to do is make sure you are doing everything to correctly clean your teeth properly. The first thing you can do to improve your dental health is to invest in a good toothbrush. I know this seems silly. You might think a toothbrush is a toothbrush. Also, any toothbrush you see in Rite Aid to infomercials are all “dentist recommended”. This is basically a marketing phrase that has come to mean nothing, same as “fat-free or organic foods”.
The Sonicare is the toothbrush that my personal (real life) dentist suggested I use! Specifically the “Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100” version. This electric toothbrush will remove more plaque than a manual brush and it will also let you know how long to brush for. Meaning it will shut off at the end of two minutes, which is the recommended time for thoroughly brushing your teeth. I never knew that until once again, my dentist told me. The brush is good for sensitive teeth and it lets you know if you're pressing too hard. There are so many more cool and helpful features that really takes the guesswork out of your dental hygiene.
There are other variations of the Sonicare but this is the one I've been using for some time. After looking at all of their latest versions I may think about upgrading to a newer model soon. If I do I’ll keep you posted on which one I decide to go with. I’ll do my research beforehand, so you don’t have to.
Again there are endless options for whitening toothpaste. I’ve tried a few others, but the one brand I swear by is “supersmile”. I've been using this brand for over seven years now and I must say I saw a difference immediately. I am in no way getting sponsored for this post, so I am not lying when I say that it really does work!
It was developed by a doctor for his patients in 1987 and not only will it safely help whiten your teeth but it will also improve the overall health of your teeth and gums. You know what that means, no gingivitis for you!! It comes with a whitening toothpaste along with an accelerator. You put both products on the brush at the same time. An added benefit is that the toothpaste itself tastes great, which is sometimes not the case for whitening toothpaste out there. My favorite is the Icy Mint. You can purchase this product directly on their website. They have a huge selection of products to choose from, including monthly subscriptions.
Another teeth whitening toothpaste I have been using for the last few months (and love!!) is Linhart. The Linehart toothpaste was developed by a father and son dental practice and they have been perfecting the formulation for the last 10 years. It is a family-owned company and their story is actually pretty interesting. You can read more about it on their website by clicking here. This year was actually the launch of their newest formulation which is the Linhart I use today.
I use Linhart both in the morning and at night. Along with the toothpaste I use the whitening gel, it comes with, the same as Supersmile. I switch back and forth between the two brands, but from my experience, they both work equally well. Don’t worry about using too much because you can’t overdo it with these products. It’s not the same as whitening strips where it can cause some discomfort or sensitivity after using it for a long period of time. It also tastes like peppermint which is a delightful new flavor for your senses. Mr. Stafford actually prefers the Linhart taste over the Supersmile. I enjoy both, but it’s really all about your personal preference. Linhart keeps my smile white and it’s also very good for the enamel. Overall, the results are excellent!
The only major difference between the two is that Linhart is sold in only one size. Linhart toothpaste is priced at $12 and the gel for $24. Supersmile has a much wider range of products to choose from. They have various sizes, flavors, and a few different special selection packages. I would say the prizes even themselves out since they offer just a different range. At first glance, Supersmile looks more expensive, but if you signup for a subscription package you get more bang for your buck. If you rather keep it simple and buy just one tube of toothpaste and accelerator (the gel) then Linhart is the way you should go.
Teeth whitening devices can be fun to play with and try out. They are great because it feels like you have this advanced technology right in your own home. It doesn’t hurt that they look cool as well. I’ve used “Glo Science” for many years now. Get this, I still have my original device! You just need to replace the mouthpiece every now and then. I know it seems like a lot of money to throw down on a product that only has one purpose, but believe me it pays for itself. Since I’ve had mine for a few years I know it will defiantly last. That is considering you are careful with it, of course. I assume it will break if you’re throwing it into a drawer mindlessly. Since it is a piece of technology I would suggest putting it in a safe place once you're done using it.
This will give you the same results that you can get at your dentist office. No appointments needed! Also, you won't have to deal with messy trays, which I know many people find difficult to use and from my own experience just don't work. This kit is super easy to use and comes with everything you need to get long-lasting, professional teeth whitening results at home. The wearable hands-free design lets you multitask while you whiten, shutting off automatically when each application is complete. The GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device combines the accelerating power of GLO warming heat and blue light with specially formulated hydrogen peroxide whitening gel—delivering painless teeth whitening results, in short, pre-timed, eight-minute applications. Currently, I use mine about once a month. When I first got it I definitely used it more often. Since getting my teeth to the desired whiteness once a month is perfect to keep your teeth sparkly and nice!
Now everyone knows and has heard about the Crest Whitening Teeth Strips. There has been a lot of debate for years about whether they are safe to use. The short answer is yes they are fine to use in moderation, meaning I would personally suggest using them every once and awhile. And they should be used as directed on the box. Crest 3D Whitening Strips are meant to be worn for 30 minutes.
I know one person who would wear them every night all night long, which is not safe or good for your teeth. I’m not a dentist so I can’t say if they wear away at your enamel or what chemicals they contain. All I know is that they do work.
For me, they are great to use on days when I need something quick and easy to brighten my smile. There have been many times where I'm getting ready to go out and I just want an added boost. I'll put these on while I'm doing my makeup and they are ready to come off by the time I do my lipstick. They are fast, effective and great in a pinch.
FYI, I did not use these to get my smile to the level I wanted. For that, I highly suggest the GLO Device. But once your smile is healthy and whiter, this is a great item to have when you just want to perk up the brightness. You can find these at any drug store, there are all different types, but my favorite is the Professional Effects line.
I hope you found this post was informative and helpful. Tell me some of the products that work for you if I didn't mention them. Let me know your thoughts or any questions in the comment section!
Hi Everyone! A few of you requested a blog post about what makeup you can wear to the gym. I thought this was an excellent idea for a post, so let's get started!
*Disclaimer: If you are strongly opposed to wearing makeup while working out then this article is not for you. I completely understand the reason behind not wanting to wear makeup at the gym, but I would also like there to be no judgment passed on those who do want to wear makeup while working out.
I know there are those out there who are like “makeup at the gym, no way, you need to sweat at the gym”. Well, I work out pretty hard at the gym, believe me, and my trainer Charlotte Brynn makes sure I'm sweating! But I also wear makeup while working out. I wear makeup to go to the mailbox. I wear makeup to run errands.
I. Wear. Makeup. Period!
I'm not saying I need a full contoured face to leave my house. I just feel better with a little coverup and some mascara on. So for those of you out there who feel like me, here are some of the products I wear when I’m busting out a tough workout.
Step #1- Moisturizer
First of all, no matter what makeup I wear or for what occasion, I always make sure I moisturize. I don’t like to put heavy moisturizing cream on but I always put a moisturizing serum on my skin. My two favorites that I wear every day are both from Drunk Elephant called "The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum" and "C-Firma Day Serum". I’ve mentioned their products in a few other posts, but that's because its a quality brand that works! Really well.
You can use either one under your makeup on a daily basis. I like combining the two at the same time, especially in the winter. The Vitamin C serum brightens the skin and makes it look healthy during these brutally cold winters. Used together your skin receives great hydration without a heavy cream feeling. On a side note, I keep both of these products (along with whatever eye cream I have) in the refrigerator to keep them nice and cool. This makes your skin feel so good upon application.
The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
This serum is so hydrating but also incredibly lightweight! It's perfect for underneath your makeup. It will continue to hydrate throughout, while also not leaving you with that oily feeling. This is really important if you’re kicking butt in the gym.
C-Firma Day Serum
You can use this alone or as I prefer to use it, combined with the B-Hydra Serum. So along with the brightening effects of Vitamin C, you also receive a big boost of hydration.
Step #2 - Foundation, Concealer, Or CC Cream
Now that your skin is hydrated and ready for your foundation here is what I use to make my skin look healthy. Since I’m only going to the gym, there isn’t all the contouring, highlighting, full coverage foundation, eyeshadow thing happening. This is just a routine that will make your skin look fresh and healthy. That’s why I think its really important to start off with good skin hydration so just a light touch of foundation is all you’ll need.
My favorite foundation for the gym is Dior Airflash Spray Foundation. Yes, it’s a bit pricey but I will tell you it last a very long time. Since it is a spray it is super light on the skin but gives you amazing coverage. The way I apply to my face is spraying the foundation directly onto a flat Kabuki brush, 2 or 3 short sprays are enough for one side of your face. It feels like nothing on the skin but gives you super nice coverage.
If you think foundation is too heavy to wear to the gym another way to lightly cover your skin is with Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. I use this only on the areas that I need to cover. Such as under the eyes to get rid of those dark bags. I then blend it in with a damp beauty blender. This is a really fast, quick way to get out the door without too much fuss. Covers the skin beautifully and it’s America’s #1 concealer. This is that product that I would name on my must-have list!
If you want an even lighter coverage than foundation or concealer can offer a good CC Cream is the best product for you! CC Creams are different from foundations because they are lighter wear. Also, they will easily color correct any redness or dark spots while hydrating your skin at the same time. What I would suggest is the "It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream With SPF 50+" which has a long-lasting effect great for the gym. "Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream" is another one I've heard great things about, but I have never personally used it before.
Step #3 - Setting Powder
To set my makeup I use "Bye-Bye Pores Pressed Powder". It’s super light, translucent and covers pores, giving you an airbrushed finish. I just use a big fluffy brush to apply all over my skin. Easy as that!
Step #4 - Mascara
Now on to the eyes. Just a really simple mascara like "Benefit Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara" is all you need. It does all the work for you. Curls and lifts your lashes, giving you a nice fresh, wide-eyed look, and one coat is all you need. Really simple and one of my favorite mascaras out there.
Step #5 - Setting Spray
Now here’s what I think is the most important step. A setting spray. My all time favorite that I’ve used for years is "Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray". I use this product whenever I do my makeup. I feel it truly makes a difference in keeping your makeup in place and making it last for hours. I can leave the gym after a super intense workout and my makeup still looks as perfect as it did when I applied it. All you need to do is hold the spray about 12 inches from your face and spray all over. This may sound like you’re ruining everything you just did but that fine mist that lays on your skin will set and hold your makeup for hours. I know for some of you this might be a new step in your routine but try it. You will not be disappointed. After spraying just let it dry for a minute and you’re ready to go.
I hope this post had some helpful tips for everyone. This routine should really only take about 15 minutes to do. It’s easy, fast and you’ll end up with healthy, fresh looking skin. So hit the gym ladies looking FAB and let me know in the comments what you think. Don’t forget to drink lots of water at the gym and throughout the day. It keeps you hydrated but is also one of the best things you can do for your skin. Remember this blog is for all of you so keep those questions coming and we’ll be working on getting you the answers!
So here we are in November with colder temps and sundown around 4:30 PM knowing that winter is right around the corner. Along with changing our wardrobe we also need to change our skin care. With colder temps not only can you skin look dull but it can also be so dry that it can become painful and sore. You don’t need to overhaul your entire routine but a few tweaks will help when the temps start to drop.
Here are a few suggestions that I do when Fall and Winter are starting.
Invest in a facial steamer. The one I use is from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. It’s small and lightweight so you can store it easily and it can be packed if you're traveling to a colder climate. Because of cold air outside and dryness inside due to heating, our skin cells dry out faster. With steaming, your skin will be primed for exfoliation and your products will absorb into your skin for better performance. This steamer only takes about nine minutes to use and once or twice a week is all you need. After steaming use a skin mask or your favorite moisturizer to really make your skin hydrated and glowing. If you’re going to change anything in your routine this is what I suggest you do.
So why is an exfoliator a must, especially in the winter, for your skin? Skin becomes dry and flakey due to the cold and also because of heating in your home. So to gently rid your skin of dry, flaky surface cells you need to exfoliate to bring that glow back to your skin. Because I have extremely sensitive skin I’m very careful with exfoliators. I have used Clarins for many years and it has never been too abrasive and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft. It’s gentle enough to use every day. After washing your face in the evening, exfoliating will rid your skin of any excess makeup, making your other products work even better. You can also use in the morning too. The orange scent is so good and it’s dermatologist tested. Just make sure you keep all exfoliators away from your eye area.
#3 Sheet Masks
There are so many sheet masks on the market today. I’m going to list a couple of the masks that I use on a consistent basis. What I look for in this type of mask is extra hydration. Looking at myself in the mirror and saying “Hello Clarice” in a creepy voice is just an added bonus! All of these masks are great to help boost hydration and give you that “spa day” feeling. My favorite is the Charlotte Tilbury dry mask. It leaves your skin so glowing and soft and each mask is re-usable up to 3 times. Remember, if you have a facial steamer use that first before your mask to get that extra hydration and super glowing skin.
Here are my favorites:
Again, there are so many rinse off masks but this is one I use most often. It’s a warming face mask (feels so good in the winter) made with an intensely moisturizing combination of honey and royal jelly. Products in the mask are a potent, natural antioxidant that enhances hydrations along with the purifying benefits of honey. This is a product that is not tested on animals and is formulated with naturally derived ingredients. It has earned the “Clean At Sephora” label. Use in the evening after washing your face. Scoop a generous amount of the product with the spatula that is included and spread a thick layer across your face and neck, avoiding your eye and lip area. Massage into your skin for about 2 minutes, and the mask will begin to warm and turn into a creamy texture. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then just rinse off. Follow with a great moisturizer. Just like that, happy skin!
The Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask is an excellent overnight mask that smells like watermelon and is formulated with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that I love in my skin care routine. It’s suitable for all skin types. This is an overnight mask, meaning you’ll sleep in it. But not to worry, it’s very breathable so does not feel heavy on your skin. Also, it is a transfer-proof, pillow-proof formula, so no mess on your sheets or pillows. Use 2 scoops of the product, pat into the skin, don’t rub, until it is fully absorbed into the skin. Rinse off in the morning. The mask will work while you sleep to help with rough, dull skin. You’ll wake up with a beautifully hydrated complexion. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Every now and then your skin may need extra care during the winter. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is made to provide instant relief and hydration for damaged skin. This is a whipped cream which means it is much easier to use and will absorb into the skin quickly without that greasy feeling. Great for sensitive skin. Works on your body too. Super good for dry elbows and hands. I keep this in stock all winter long, the 6oz. jar last for quite some time. This will work for everyone in the family even the kiddies!
I hope this post is helpful! Let me know what you think in the comments:) If you liked this post subscribe to my blog to keep up to date! You can also follow me on social media by clicking on the links below.
Hi Guys! It's finally here, my first expert video! In this video, we will be talking with Dr. Lane about all the questions you want to be answered about Botox. After, we are going to film me and Mr. Stafford actually getting Botox. 💉💉😳
I really hope this is informative and answers any questions you might have had. This took a lot of courage to do on camera. It is a topic a lot of women still feel embarrassed to talk about, so that's why I felt the need to make this video. Even if Botox is not your thing my hope is that everyone learns something they might not have known before watching. I hope you enjoy, and let me know in the comments if this was helpful to you.
We've talked about face cleansers, toners, and makeup removers in previous posts. Today I'm going to talk about gel cleansers. You might be asking, “what is the difference?" There are a variety of cleansers out there, but what you decide to use should be based on your specific skin type. It is definitely overwhelming with all the products and ads, but I’m here to help!
A gel cleanser is great for people with oily, combination skin, or looking to clear clogged pores. Cleansing gels have a much lighter consistency than your average cream based cleansers. These are gel formulas that clean your face, remove waterproof makeup, and leave you skin feeling like silky smooth without making it feel stripped. Just keep in mind what formulations your skin reacts best to.
This is my favorite way to wash my face in the evening. It's fast, easy and cleans away even the heaviest makeup. In this post I’m going to share my favorite gel cleansers.
This is the product that I use almost every single night. The gel turns into an oil that melts away your makeup. It can take off five coats of blackest black mascara that you applied earlier in the morning. I first put this on my face without adding water, massage into the skin, including the eye area, and then add water. Rinse off with warm water, I use the Eve Lom Muslim Cloths which I have listed in this post. On days where I'm wearing heavier makeup I'll follow up with the Clarins Exfoliating Cleanser, avoiding my eye area, and rinse off again with warm water using the muslim cloths. This will leave you skin feeling so soft and clean and ready for your night time regimen.
This product is made for all skin types including sensitive skin. It is a thick balm which will deep clean, exfoliate, and soothe your skin removing even waterproof makeup. This is a bit pricey but you only need to use a very small amount, so the 6.8 oz jar could last for quite some time. Apply a little bit of the product to your face with dry fingertips. I use about a dime size, using too much will make it gunky. Massage into the entire face, including the eye area. Saturate the Muslim Cloth with warm water and wipe it across your face and eye area to remove all traces of cleanser and makeup. Rinse the cloth with cool water and press into the face to close your pores. The cloths can be machine or hand washed and will last forever. Your skin will feel like silk and your evening products will absorb much better into your skin.
This oil is a two-in-one cleanser that will remove makeup, even waterproof makeup, leaving skin super soft. Like the other products mentioned here, do not add water before you put onto your skin. So using dry hands and on a dry face massage the oil in, using only one pump to two pumps. Again, this is for your face and eyes. It will turn milky and will melt away even the heaviest of makeups. Rinse off with warm water. Super easy with great for your skin ingredients.
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Hi Everyone! I decided to make a video showing all you ladies my night time skincare routine! See below for the links to each product.
Step #1 - CANE + AUSTIN Miracle Pad®+ 30% Glycolic Facial Treatment
Step #2 - SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Step #3 - SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic
Step #4 - SUNDAY RILEY Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
Step #5 - SUNDAY RILEY Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream
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Let me start by saying that I am obviously not a dermatologist. But I am someone who has dealt with acne, and I have found this regimen to work. Going through menopause I experienced breakouts so I really did try everything. I have also suggested this routine to a number of women dealing with problem skin and they have all found it to work.
What I find most with anyone dealing with skin issues is that they tend to over-do everything. So stop it! Don't wash your face seven times a day with a really aggressive cleanser. Don't use products that can dry out your skin and cause redness. Stay away from the hot water.
This regimen includes products that will CALM the skin. As soon as you see a little red bump don't go haywire until your face is so irritated and aggravated making the problem worse. Just relax, step away from the mirror, and stop touching your face! Try this very easy process and watch the results. Some items I have already talked about in an earlier blog post. Other products I've used for quite a few years, and I have recommended them to all different age groups. So keep reading and stop stressing out!!
I suggested this face wash in my earlier blog post, and I'm sticking with it for anyone having issues with their skin. It is dermatologist recommended (that's when I was first introduced to it) and there's a reason for that. It is non-irritating, fragrance free, and won't clog your pores. It's formulated for normal, oily, and combination skin. Since it is gentle it won't strip your skin of natural oils, which leaves your face feeling tight or too dry. This is one of the big no-no's when dealing with problem skin. Cetaphil will remove dirt, surface oil, and leave your skin feeling soft!
Again, I mentioned this product before and I swear by it for a reason! It is such a soothing toner and all of the ingredients are made to calm the skin. There is no alcohol in this toner, which tends to dry out the skin. Some of the ingredients are Witch Hazel to deal with irritation, Aloe Vera and Rose Petal Water to soothe, and Vitamin E to help restore moisture to the skin. This toner is very affordable and includes so many natural and amazing ingredients into one product.
This is one of my all time favorites! I use all different types of Retinol, from prescription Retinol, to over the counter products that include Retinol. But this one works wonders! I think Retinol should be included in everyone's skin care routine. Some people might not even know what Retinol is, but others who do know about it are sometimes nervous to use the product. When it was first introduced years ago it was prescription strength and many people had a harsh reaction to it. Today Retinol is actually an ingredient that is in so many products and that’s because it works!
Retinol works to enhance collagen, smooth skin, deal with pigmentation areas, and treat acne and acne scars. With this particular form of Retinol you won't be drying out your skin. It's made for daily use without flaking and peeling. This product does it all! Everything from anti-aging to reversing sun damage. It also has organic ingredients that moisturize and hydrate skin. This brand is only sold on Amazon, and it quickly became one of their best selling products. Even if you are not dealing with acne or skin irritation try this product I think you will love it.
Oh, and what is the price for this magic cream? A whopping $19.99! Start by using it a few nights a week, and then after a little while you can begin to increase up to 5x's per week. I have extremely sensitive skin, and can use this product every night.
*The products below are for specific treatment for acne problems. I do not use any of these every night but only when I see my skin flare up or deal with breakouts.
Ok, now we're getting into products that deal directly with breakouts. When starting anything new you should always GO SLOWLY!
To start, I suggest using this product only in the evening. In your first two weeks apply 1 to 2 x's per week at night after your toner. Please don't rub the pads aggressively all over your face. Be GENTLE with your skin, it’s already going through enough! If you see improvement and you don’t have a reaction, such as redness & irritation, you can increase usage to 2 or 3x's per week, skipping days in between. Remember slow is the way to go.
This product is made with 2% Salicylic Acid which provides the acne treatment. It is also made with a cooling agent to help soothe skin irritation. It will remove dirt and oil from your pores along with dead skin cells. So, these pads are exfoliating your skin, and then adding the salicylic acid to treat & prevent breakouts, all while keeping your skin hydrated.
This little .33 Fl. Oz. bottle is a miracle product! When I see signs of a breakout I apply a little bit of this serum and Voila!! Anything I had is gone in the morning!! I swear by this product!Since it’s only used as a spot treatment it will last you quite a long time. Thank goodness, because it is pricey at $80 a pop, but it is the only spot treatment that works this well.
I was introduced to it after a facial, about 6 years ago, when I was dealing with acne brought on by menopause. It worked so well that I've recommended it to anyone and everyone. It has Retinol along with alpha-lipoid acid which is very helpful in the treatment of acne, and also helps restore Vitamins E and C in your skin. I know this is pricey, but it really is such a great product a little goes a long way.
This is a naturally soothing product for sensitive skin. It has been clinically shown to calm, soothe, and soften the skin. It is perfect for treating red, sensitive, or irritated skin. Avenue is a French brand that has been around since 1743.
I spray it directly onto my face. Then I put a tissue over my entire face and spray the tissue. Basically making a treatment mask. I leave it on for 15/20 minutes, peel the tissue off, and the redness is gone! Many people use this after laser treatments, and it’s great if you've gotten too much sun on your face. It's very affordable and comes in many different sizes. I buy mine from Amazon. A 10 oz. can is only $18.50, and you can't beat that!
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There are endless types of moisturizers, formulated with specific ingredients giving you different results. When I look for a moisturizer my number one concern is treating dry skin. Many moisturizing creams have anti-aging ingredients built in, which is great, but for me not the most important.
French brands really do a basic moisturizer best! Brands such as La Mer, Avene, and Embryolisse are among my top favorites. Those last two are very affordable, around $16, and we'll talk about La Mer later in this post.
I use a variety of moisturizers depending on what issues my skin is having at that particular time. The list below are products that I use on a consistent basis. I've used all these for at least 6 months, with some being in my routine for years. I use a moisturizer only in my PM routine. Under my makeup I use a serum, which I think absorbs into the skin better. I don't like the oily or heavy feel of a moisturizer under my makeup.
So now to my top 5 moisturizers ....
This cream is designed as a daily moisturizer helping with dryness, dullness, uneven texture and skin tone. It's formulated with glycol and lactic acids which helps with those issues, but can also make your skin sensitive to the sun. This is why I only use this moisturizer in the evening. You should use a foundation sunscreen for added protection from the sun. My face does not see the sun, I've had enough sunburns on this face to last a lifetime! The texture is also light and soaks into the skin nicely.
Sunday Riley is a relatively new brand created by a woman, that's her name, who is a chemist and formulated her own skin care line. It's a great background story but what I like most is that she started this brand with the idea that she wanted her products to work fast. And they do! This moisturizer is so hydrating and really light on the skin. I saw results immediately. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is one of my favorite ingredients in beauty products. This leaves your skin hydrated and plumped. It also helps with hyperpigmentation, big word that basically means dark patches on the skin, usually caused by sun damage. It's also made for sensitive skin - bonus!
Charlotte Tilbury is one of THE top makeup artists in the world. She came out with her line of make-up and skin care around 2013 and I've used most of them since day one. Her Magic Cream really is just that, MAGIC! It lifts your complexion and intensely moisturizes your skin. It is also made with Hyaluronic Acid to help seal in the moisture. This is a heavy cream but soaks into the skin beautifully. This is that straight up moisturizer that at times is all you want or need. Let's put it this way, if it's good enough for Kate Moss it's good enough for me! Her line will be available at Sephora on September 13th, so excited by that. I love getting those Rogue points!
Drunk Elephant is another new skin care line founded by a woman in 2013. Their products are all made with clean, additive-free ingredients. This is another line I've become obsessed with recently because once again the products WORK! The cream is made specifically to help with dry & dull skin while delivering a dose of barrier moisture throughout the day and night. It has the texture of a rich face cream without feeling heavy on the skin. As the name says this is a whipped cream that is airy and blends into the skin so well. All Drunk Elephant products are fragrance free for those who prefer that.
OK, now let's talk. Yes, this is the QUEEN of all moisturizers. Yes, it's legendary! Yes, it's French, but of course!! Yes, it very expensive but Lord does this work. La Mer has different formulas of their face cream, at different price points, but to be honest they are all expensive. This is their ultra rich version which works on dryness. That's it and that's why I love it, just dryness. You only need a little bit, the cream is so ultra rich that you do not put it directly on to your face. Take a small amount, warm between your fingers until it becomes translucent and gently press onto your skin. The results are incredible. La Mer has a very interesting background story that goes into the making of their key ingredient which they call Miracle Broth. I will say that I normally purchase the 2 oz. jar which will last me for about 8 months. Granted, I do not use this every day. But when I need it, mostly during the cold Vermont winters, it works. I've used this for years and will always have it in my skin care rotation.
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