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Skin Care: Reviva Labs Review!

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Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.14.32 PMHey Lifestylers! Long time no blog! I’m just getting settled from all the events I had going on and wanted to make sure I updated you guys on my new skincare regimen! I’m sure if you follow my Instagram, you saw my post about a month ago. My friends at Reviva Labs sent me a few of their new products and I must say my skin is in love! I received the Vitamin E Oil  Stick, Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliate, Hawaiian Seaweed Beauty Mask, and the Hawaiian Seaweed Day Cream.

I was kind of nervous to try a new regimen, because I’m one of those “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it,” people. I’ve always been very satisfied with my old skin care regimen and I didn’t know I actually needed improvements, until I tried something new and I felt the difference!tumblr_m5zt634IQh1qkz7sk

I’ll start with the Vitamin E Oil Stick … It is a game changer! I live by vitamin e oil, and for the longest I’ve been dealing with the messy tube oil version, or even worst, breaking into capsules to retrieve the oil for use. Not anymore! Reviva Labs Vitamin E Oil Stick is conveniently in a lipstick tube, which means it’s mess free! I use it as a lip balm and I also use it around my eyes at night to diminish dark circles. This baby is the best, I mean it. I will never go back to the oil version, I’m sticking with Reviva Labs’ Stick version forever; it’s convenience sold me.

Reviva Labs Pomegranate  Lactic Acid Exfoliant Review 02I believe the secret to having flawless skin is in exfoliating. You have to remove dead skin cells in order for new skin cells to resurface. I began using the Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliate at the beginning of July, and it’s part of the reason I waited so long to give my full review. I wanted to be open and honest about the products I’ve tried; and I needed to get the full experience of using the product. So instead of me giving the review right away I used the product for nearly 2 months before my review. The Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliate did wonders for my skin! I’ve always had an uneven skin tone, and I’m sure everyone has this. However it evened out my skin tone tremendously! I noticed a lot of the black heads that were in my t-zone faded away, because my pores were unclogged. Overall it just felt like a breath of fresh air! Using this all natural exfoliant twice a week really did the job of brightening my skin tone while detoxing my skin.Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 12.16.03 AM

When I felt like pampering my skin I used the Hawaiian Seaweed Beauty Mask. One thing that’s for sure, I try not to over use my products, because too much of anything can be bad. You can use this mask up to twice a week, but I chose once a week because I was exfoliating twice a week. What I love about this product, is that it was very gentle and mild and restored the moisture balance in my skin. When you use an exfoliator you have to make sure you leave moisture, and this mask soothes your skin while retaining moisture and revitalizing your complexion.

087992111235And last but not least, my all time favorite, the Hawaiian Seaweed Day Cream! This is a game changer!!! The very first time I used this, I instantly felt the difference between this product and my overly expensive BareEssentials (Oops, didn’t mean to step on anyone’s toes!) I still love BareEssentials, and I even wear their makeup and use the facial soap, but the day cream from Reviva Labs has completely swept me off my feet! My skin practically drank this day cream; it absorbed so well in my skin, and left my face feeling like baby skin! Not only did it nourish it with moisture, it made my primer and makeup foundation go on so smoothly. You must try! It’s great for all skin types.

Thank you Reviva Labs for sending me all of these goodies, my skin thanks you, and I’m officially hooked! If you want to try some of Reviva Labs products, you can find them on their website at and their products are also sold in Ulta! Here are a few pictures from my Reviva Lab journey! photo-2Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 12.35.40 AMIn my favorite house kaftan and the Pomegranate exfoliant! 10513515_10202427054170244_2650602551664722007_n



Summer Skin Routine

Beauty/ Makeup

Summer Skin RoutineSince everyone always asks me what are some of my favorite go to products for my skin, I decided to share it on the blog today. I worked in cosmetics for nearly 4 years, it was one of my favorite jobs. However, what was most enjoyable about working in cosmetics was that I learned so much about skin care and maintenance. Having a skin routine is so vital to maintaining healthy skin, and skin care should always change just as you change. Your skin, just like everything else can get use to your products and they may not work as effectively as they use to. So switching up your products can be necessary to maintaining healthy skin.

A few months ago I shared with you my transition to oil cleansing. Though I absolutely love this method, I don’t think it’s necessary for the warm summer months I am encountering in the south. So I’ve decided to get back to my old faithful… I love BareMinerals! Here’s a list of my favorites I use for effortless summer skin!

baremineralsTo Cleanse

  • bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser is by far my favorite. It’s very gentle on the skin and gets the job of cleansing without stripping my skin of moisture done. My skin feels refreshed after I use it and did I mention it’s great for those who tend to have irritable or allergy prone skin. bareMinerals also carries a deep cleanser which works well but I wouldn’t use it for everyday use.

To Tone

  • After cleansing my skin I balance my pH level with a toner. My toners of choice are either apple cider vinegar or witch hazel. Both have good skin benefits great for evening skin tone, daily exfoliation and removing dead skin cells.

To Protect

  • For the record, yes, people of color need to protect their skin, too! Always wear sunscreen during these hot summer months. While sun rays are closest to us, you must stay protected. Apply sunscreen to a clean face before you apply your moisturizer. Allow sunscreen to settle for at least 20 minutes before you encounter the sun. Once sunscreen has set, then moisturize. Here’s a shopping tip: Aveeno is my favorite. It gives me great coverage for my new summer workouts and it’s very good on sensitive skin. It has all day protection and the best part is it’s not thick and gooey like a lot of sunscreens tend to be. It’s as smooth as a moisturizing

To Moisturize

  • Once I’m toned and protected, I love to moisturize with bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer. It works amazingly on my skin. The best thing about this moisturizer is it keeps my skin moist all day without leaving me oily or sticky.

I’m sure you noticed bareMinerals’ newest makeup BARESKIN … I’m saving this product review for next week. Let’s just say, my skin loves it! Tune in next week for a product review.


Tinted Moisturizer: A Summer Makeup Must-Have

Beauty/ Makeup

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 8.51.03 PMEver feel like it’s entirely too hot for a full face of makeup? Or maybe you’re like me and just don’t feel like spending 20-plus minutes primping in the mirror putting on the works? You’d probably enjoy tinted moisturizer. It’s my go-to everyday replacement for foundation.

I personally don’t like the look of heavy makeup during the day. I love makeup but I most definitely go for a softer, more natural face during the day using softer colors and application techniques. A tinted moisturizer could be your saving grace for summer. Skip the heavy foundation and enjoy light and airy coverage while accenting your best features for a soft everyday glow. This makes skin seem naturally flawless, refreshed and youthful. Did I mention it’s nowhere near as hot as a full face of makeup?

There are a few things to consider before using a tinted moisturizer as everyday foundation. A tinted moisturizer is not full coverage. If you are looking for something more full coverage consider using concealer for your problem areas then blend it into your tinted moisturizer. It really is a moisturizer with a tint of color; meaning that it simply accents your skin with a pinch of color that is generally your shade. Most tinted moisturizers don’t come in exact shades, they tend to come in general tints like ‘cool, medium, warm, dark.’ These color tints are known to conform to your natural shade after setting in your skin.

My Top 5 Tinted Moisturizer Brands

  1. Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is a bang for your buck. I personally use it for my daytime foundation. It’s the perfect blend of sheer with a little coverage and it’s builds, meaning you can add more for a little more coverage. It gives off a radiant glow because it has a little illuminator in it and it’s under $15!
  2. Bobbi Brown is an oil-free tinted moisturizer that has a golden undertone leaving all women of different shades with a natural glow finish. It dries matte and does a great job at evening out skin tones. Bobbi Brown’s product comes in a wider range of colors which is beneficial for darker skin tones. $44
  3. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer  is perfect if you’re looking for a tinted moisturizer that can  build and add a little more coverage. This one is ideal if you have a few problem areas or blemishes that you would like to blend or conceal. NARS also has a wide variety of skin tints available which works well with all shades and colors. This moisturizer gives you great protection because it has SPF of 30 while still adding a tint of illuminate color $42
  4. Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer just the name alone pulled my interest. Anything involving healing clay, sign me up! The added clay thickens the moisturizer adding a little more coverage. Clay also balances oily skin, so it’s perfect if you tend to produce more oil during summer. Tarte also offers a tinted moisturizer without the clay ingredient, but who passes up the offer of healing clay?! $36
  5. Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal this all natural product comes as a double doozy! Not only does it come with the tinted moisturizer but you get the concealer stick as well. Pixi is one of my favorite tinted moisturizer for summer use because the product has shimmer in it. Every girl wants to shimmer during sunny summer days. $30

Those are my favorite tinted moisturizes! I tend to use moisturizers year round because I prefer lighter makeup but if you prefer a heavier foundation I strongly encourage you to try a tinted moisturizer during those hot summer months or even use a tinted moisturizer before you apply your foundation. If you’re looking to save a little money or you don’t have time to go shopping, try mixing a little of your foundation and moisturizer together to make a DIY tinted moisturizer. Let me know if you any questions or comments when it comes to tinted moisturizer shopping; and if you already have a favorite one be sure to tell me all about it! I’ll share a few pictures of me wearing a few of my favorite tinted moisturizers below.

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1972343_10201578685281552_306378909_nWearing Sonia Kashuk1531645_10201848762473313_8719851194321626294_n Wearing NARS again! What can I say, it gives me the glow that I yearn for!

Oil Cleansing Method

Beauty/ Makeup

Oil CleansingBefore you think I’ve lost it, it is exactly what it sounds like; cleansing your face with oil! I know it sounds a little cray, especially since we are taught ‘oily skin’ is the worst thing in the world to have. Well this works quite well for my normal-combination skin type. The reason why OCM easily works, especially for acne prone skin is because oil cancels oil, which means if you have acne prone skin your skin more than likely produces too much oil. Adding an oil based cleanser deducts your skin’s natural oils and replaces it with healthy balanced oil. We need oil, it gives us moisture and keeps our skin youthful, elastic and in tact, which is what makes OCM so positive.

I’ve always had very normal skin, quite clear if I may say so myself. My pores are tight, skin is normal and I rarely have pimples unless its mother nature knocking at my door. So trying something new was a bit frightening because I’m definitely one of those ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of gals.

I found myself skeptical at first, because adding oil to my skin just didn’t make sense, until I did my research. I gave it a try for about 2 weeks to see if I would like it and I didn’t let anyone I’m close to know what I was doing. I wanted to see if they would notice a difference. My boyfriend instantly noticed just after a few days in. He kept complimenting me on having a glow. My mother noticed after about two weeks; she bragged about my more even skin tone. This let me know I was doing something right. I’ve been an Oil Cleanse Method user for 3 months now and it is the easiest and most budget friendly skin care regimen I’ve ever found. Here’s how it works:OCM

  • Each individual has a personal oil blend. My oil blend of choice is castor oil and sunflower oil. It was something I had around my house and it’s known to work well for normal-combination skin types.
  • Mix the two together at a ratio that works best for your skin type. If you have normal skin use a 1:1 ratio of your oils, if you have oily skin use a 1:3 ratio of your oils (oil of choice : castor oil), and if you have dry skin us a 3:1 ratio of your oils (oil of choice : castor oil.)
  • Simply pour the oils into a bottle and shake well before using. Oils separate and you want to get a blended amount of both oils.
  • With clean hands, pour a quarter size amount onto your hands and massage into the skin using circular motions. After oil has been thoroughly massaged you are ready to remove.
  • Run warm water, with a clean towel, soak the towel in the heated water. Squeeze towel of excess water and cover your entire face with the towel.
  • Allow to sit on skin and release steam; this serves as a personal steamer for your face, opening pores so that the excess oils can be released.
  • Continuously steam your skin with the towel until skin feels free of excess oils. Gently pat away all excess from skin.

You WIll Need:

  • Your oil blend (castor oil as the main oil that removes impurities + the oil of your choice)
  • A clean towel
  • Steamy running water

photo 3Oil Cleansing is a method that caters to each person individually, my personal oil blend and method may not work for you for the simple fact that we may have different skin types. It’s worth putting in the extra research for your own personal oil blending type and method.

A Few Tips:

  • Never rub the skin harshly, it could damage the skin.
  • Massage oil in circular motions for a steady blood flow.
  • Oil Cleansing can be used as a makeup remover as well.
  • Oil Cleansing once a day is sufficient. Once before bed works best; when you wake, rinsing your face with water should suffice for a clean and fresh face.
  • Avoid Coconut oil on your face, it may clog pores.
  • Always use fresh wash cloths.
  • Consider allergies

Good Oils For Skin Types:

  • Normal – sunflower, sweet almond, olive, safflower, avocado, camellia oil
  • Sensitive – rice bran, grapeseed, jojoba, sunflower, sweet almond, camellia oil
  • Oily – grapeseed, jojoba, hazelnut, safflower, ricebran
  • Dry – olive, macadamia, corn, avocado, sunflower, sweet almond, camellia oil
  • Acne Prone – jojoba, grapeseed, ricebran, hazelnut, sweet almond, sunflower, safflower, walnut
  • Mature – rosehip seed, borage, carrot, sweet almond, olive, avocado, camellia oil

Happy Oil Cleansing!


Beauty Tip Tuesday: Pore Minimizing Mask

Beauty/ Makeup

BTLast week I shared one of my favorite revitalizing tips, the Ice Cube Facial. You guys loved it! I received many messages and comments about how it instantly made your skin anew. I thought I’d take the pore minimizing process a step further with an easy DIY pore minimizing facial mask. The reason minimizing your pores is so important is because having ‘small pores’ means you are less likely to have filthy pores. The less filth in your pores, the less you will have horrible breakouts. Having small pores also ensures that you have smoother, healthier skin. Give this DIY mask a try, you will feel instant gratification when you finish.

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You Will Need:

  • Half A Lemon (Freshly squeezed is best or 2 table spoons of lemon juice)
  • A Teaspoon Of Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg White

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Mix them all together and you should get a ‘pancake batter’ like consistency. Rub thoroughly into your skin and let the mask dry for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water to instantly minimize pores. Try this natural facial mask once a week and you will notice a huge difference in your pores.

*Tip – If you suffer from severe acne, add a teaspoon of all natural honey. Honey acts as a healing agent to calm damaged skin and will restore it back to it’s calmest state.





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