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Monday, September 16, 2019

Investing in Skincare with SkinCeuticals

Investing in good skincare products, as well as time into my skin, has become a top priority for me over the years. It’s important to educate yourself on exactly which products your skin needs in a market that has so many different options available. Growing up, I always struggled with natural redness and texture on my cheeks due to keratosis pilaris. I’ve always had to be very careful and mindful of the ingredients in all of the products I used. 
A couple of weeks ago- I was able to attend a luncheon with SkinCeuticals to celebrate the launch of their new Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight acid cream,  as well as create my own Custom D.O.S.E at Cassileth Plastic Surgery. I was introduced to SkinCeuticals a few years ago and it quickly became a staple in my beauty closet. I began to incorporate a handful of their products into my skincare routine, so I was screaming for joy at the opportunity to attend this luncheon and learn more. 

With my wedding coming up, a glowy and hydrated complexion was key. I also wanted to target my uneven texture with a light chemical exfoliant. What I love about SkinCeuticals products is that their main goal is to target real results, and they now offer a personalized serum called Custom D.O.S.E. What I have learned over the years is that one product that may work for someone will not work for someone else. The Custom D.O.S.E by SkinCeuticals helps you assess your skin and personalize a formula that is meant to target your personal skin concerns. 

At the luncheon, we learned more about their new launch, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight acid cream. It’s gentle enough to wear overnight and it targets discoloration  and texture. As someone with very sensitive skin, I incorporate this product into my routine every other day overnight. It’s helped control my keratosis pilaris on my upper arms as well! My skin feels more radiant and brighter every time I use this product.

Moving on to the exciting part - the Custom D.O.S.E serum! I was so excited to create my own! I had the pleasure of visiting the Cassileth Plastic Surgery offices in Beverly Hills and watch how they use technology and science to personalize a serum within 10 minutes. We first assessed my issues, what I wanted to target, and what my skin needed for results. I have been using this product for over three weeks now and my skin is noticeably brighter and has overall improved the texture of my skin. I wanted to wait on writing this post because I’m a firm believer that it takes about a month for your skin to adjust to new products and to see results and now I am thrilled to continue to use it!

Educating yourself more about the ingredients in the products you use is key. For your nearest location on where to custom make your own D.O.S.E and learn more, visit their website. 

Skincare is such an ever-evolving topic and I am always learning more every day. Thank you so much to the amazing SkinCeuticals team for this experience and for partnering with me on this journey!

Have you tried any products from SkinCeuticals?


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

AISLE STYLE: Engagement Party

When I think about all of the weddings I have seen through my own eyes or what has inspired me in magazines or stories, one thing comes to mind: true love. There is nothing more romantic about two souls coming together as one and promising to be there for one another for the rest of their lives. I am a true romantic at heart and always look for romance in all parts of any wedding. 
As I continue to plan my own with less than two months to go, I wanted to incorporate romance into all of my wedding decisions. I can’t help but get lost in the details of a venue, invitations, flowers and the overall look of the bride and groom.

With a big celebration on the way, I wanted to share a few tips about how I have been styling my looks and hope it inspires you. As a bride, you have so many events to shop for and sometimes it can be overwhelming and not know where to start. I have handpicked a few of my favorites, from classic to fashionable pieces, and have a handful of tips below to help you prepare for the BIG day and the entire JOURNEY.
When it comes to dresses, I am a firm believer that it should be personalized to your personality and characteristics. There are a few details in clothing, especially for brides, that scream romance and love. Ruffles, lace, and details, such as bows, are all feminine touches that reflect a very flirty yet romantic feel. Depending on the type of wedding you are having, you can break the celebrations down and wear a different type of outfit every time. For example, when it came to my bridal party announcement, I wanted more of a statement and opted to wear a jumpsuit for a fashionable moment. For my engagement party, I I wanted a dress that was flirty yet romantic, which is why I chose to style this David’s Bridal dress. The options are endless and my best advice is to focus on pieces that define you, your relationship and your style. I had handpicked a few of my favorite pieces below that can be styled from your engagement party to rehearsal dinner and more.

Think about your outfit as a full look. It always starts with the dress but is completed with the details, such as your accessories, hair, and makeup. When I find the perfect outfit, I always start to envision how I am going to style my hair and makeup in a way that makes a statement. It sets the entire mood and story of the event! If you’re anything like me, I always opt for classic Hollywood-glam curls, but lately I have loved experimenting with different looks much more. A simple, low updo is always classic and to add some details, you can always add hair accessories. Some accessories that I love are hair clips, bows and pearls for an added touch of romance.

Last but not least, the shoes! Shoes can’t be forgotten because they are equally as important as the outfit, hair, and makeup. Whether your dress is short or long, you want to feel confident walking in a pair of shoes that make you feel your absolute best. I always strive for balance when it comes to creating outfits. If my entire dress is lace with intricate details, I keep the shoes simple with a strappy heel. If the outfit is more classic and needs a bit more romance, have fun with the shoes and opt in for a style you wouldn’t generally try, like all over crystals or a touch of color. 

David’s Bridal Shoes

I hope this inspires you to create your own looks leading up to the BIG DAY! 

This post was sponsored by David's Bridal but all of my opinions and thoughts are mine



Friday, April 5, 2019

How to Create a Luminous & Colorful Spring Look

It’s officially Spring and with flowers blooming everywhere and the seasons shifting comes a fresh new wardrobe and beauty essentials. If you’ve been following me recently on Instagram, you might recognize that I am obsessed with a “dewy and luminous” look! It’s all about the products you use and the way you apply them. I love being able to create a colorful yet easy look within 10 minutes. With the right skin prep, add some illuminating drops and a lip tint..and YOU ARE SET TO GO!

Today, I’m sharing three ways to create a luminous look with using the new Limited-Edition Illuminating Drops from Mary Kay.

Mary Kay just launched three pigment-packed drops that are not only universally flattering but can be used in various ways.

First thing’s first, make sure you prep your skin with moisturizer before adding any product. I let the moisturizer soak in for about 5 minutes before I continue with the rest of my routine because It’s important to start out with a hydrated base.


1. After you add your moisturizer, you can wear the drops on bare skin. If you are skipping your foundation, you want to highlight the peak points of your face where natural light would enhance your features. I place a drop or two directly onto my fingertips and dab along my cheekbones, above my brow bones and the above the cupid’s bow.

2. The formula of the Mary Kay Limited-Edition Illuminating Drops is lightweight but buildable so you can also mix it with your current foundation. Mixing it will break down your foundation to be more sheer and also finish it off with an overall glow. This will sheer out the drops for a more subtle luminous finish.

3. If you’re looking for a full glam look, place the drops over your foundation for an added glow. The dropper cap allows you to control how much product is dispersed and you can continue to build up until the desired illumination is achieved.

The Silver Sands shade has a moonlit shimmer while the Horizon reflects a natural warmth. The Bronze Light is more for a sun-kissed glow but all can be used as a subtle highlight as well as an added pop of gleam.


If you want to create an overall glow, you apply the drops to your collarbone and the shoulders for an all over highlighted finish.
To finish off the look, I added a lip tint. Mary Kay also released the new Lip Tint in three color ways that are lightweight but very pigmented.

  1. What I truly love about these lip tints is the pen-like application that makes lining and filling the lips very easy with the precision tip.

    1. Make sure you start off with clean lips. Since I struggle with overly chapped lips daily, I always use a scrub and a lip cream to moisturize.

    2. Use the tapered applicator in the center of your upper lip and work your way outwards. This will allow you to create the shape of your cupid’s bow first then line the rest.

    3. Wear the lip tint alone for a pop of subtle color.

    4. Use it as a base to boost the color of a lipstick or gloss as an added pop of color to finish the look.
    Finish everything off with a face mist and you’re good to go! Are you guys going to try this makeup look? Let me know in the comments below!

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