Monday, January 15, 2018

Dry Skincare Routine: Body Edition

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Happy MLK Day! Today I wanted to follow up my Dry Skincare Routine Face Edition with a post for my dry skincare routine for my body care. Side Note: This skincare routine is also good to use to prevent and maintain moisturized skin. 

Exfoliation!



Even though the weather is colder, that's not an excuse to neglect exfoliating lol. I try to exfoliate my skin with a loofah and a body scrub at least twice a week. I noticed exfoliating on a regular basis actually helps with preventing dry skin.

Body Butter




There's nothing better than a good body butter to get soft mositurized skin. I love that most body butters are thick in texture. I like to use body butters at night.

Body Creams


If I'm not using a body butter, I'll use a body cream. These are also thick in texture and help provide moisturized skin. BABW Magic in the Air and Honolulu Sun are two of my favorite body creams.

Eczema Relief


I've stated on my blog that I have issues with slight eczema on my elbows. It's not that bad, but I do keep my elbows moisturized. Dryness is the only issues I have with eczema. Hydration is key. Cocoa butter usually helps with hydration.



Soft Feet




I keep my feet soft by using a foot file, cocoa butter, and socks. It's simple as that. When I take my bath or shower at night I'll file my feet, and use a generous amount of cocoa butter, and put on a pair of socks. I don't really like to sleep with socks on, but sometimes I'll wear socks to bed and my feet feel so soft in the morning.

Also check out my post from last month for more dry skin products that I'm currently using.

Derma E Hydrating Cleanser and Hydrating Night Cream 


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dry Skincare Routine: Face Edition

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The weather here in South Carolina was VERY cold week before last (and the cold weather has returned), and if you're anything like me your skin might feel a little dry. The other day I went to rub my eyes and I realized my skin felt so dry! I don't have dry skin that often, but when I do this is the skincare routine and skincare products that I use. I was undecided if I was going to do a morning or night skincare rohtine, so I went with doing both! Side Note: This skincare routine and skincare products are also good to use to prevent and maintain moisturized skin. 

Facial Cleansing


I always cleanse my face in the morning and at night. The products shown above are some of my go to cleasnsers I use at night. The cleansing balm is great for removing makeup and the cleansing oil is great for moisturizing my face.

Use a Clean Washcloth


I use a clean washcloth to rinse off my face.  You should use a clean washcloth to wash your face because a dirty washcloth harbors bacteria.


Use a Gentle Face Exfoliator/ Gentle Face Mask




I haven't come across any harsh feeling exfoliators for my face, but using a soft face exfoliator helps keep my face feeling smooth. If use the charcoal mask twice week then, I'll skip the facial scrub or vice versa.


Face Cream and/or Face Oil



I typically use a face cream before I go to bed to keep my face moisturized throughout the night.  I like to use a face oil during the morning to keep my face moisturized during the day.


Lip Care



Whether my lips feel dry or not, I always try to use a lip balm before I go to bed.  I use different balms,  but my SoftLips Blueberry Pomegranate is my favoirte lip balm. It's so hydrating!

Also check out  my post from last month for more hydrating skincare products that I'm currently using in my skincare routine.

Derma E Hydrating Cleanser and Hydrating Night Cream


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bath and Body Works Sweet Shop Collection

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Last month I was so excited when Bath and Body Works re-released the Sweet Shop Candle Colletion right before Christmas. In 2014 (I think that's the right year), this collection was released and the company decided to bring it back. I didn't get anything the first time around, but I didn't want to make the same mistake twice!

Bath and Body Works Sweet Shop Collection


 Pink Bubblegum, Frosted Cupcake, and Lavender Marshmallow 


Raspberry Peach Macaron, Honey Cinnamon Crumb Cake, Pineapple Cream Puff


Strawberry Sorbet 
*The photos I took in the store were taken during Christmastime. I captured 7 out of the 8 candles released in the collection except for Lemon Drops while I was in the store.


Frosted Cupcake



Description 

A true sweet tooth's delight! Fresh vanilla bean, sugar, cake batter and rich buttercream frosting, mixed up to create an irresistible scent.

My Thoughts 

Frosted Cupcake smells just like its name,  frosted cupcake. On a cold sniff I smell a vanilla scent mixed with buttercream. The candle doesn't smell over sweet on a cold sniff, but this candle does smell like cake batter. I've heard and read reviews that the throw on this candle is weak. I hope not because if the throw is weak... back to the store these candles will go lol. I'll probably do an update once I burn one of these candle.

Lemon Drops 



Description 

That magnificent mouth-puckering mixture of sweet and tart is captured in this blend of fresh Lemon Zest, Sugar Crystals and a hint of Vanilla

My Thoughts 

Lemon Drops where have you been all my life?! Seriously this is my favorite candle from the Sweet Shop Collection. I don't smell the hint of vanilla, but I smell the lemon zest and sugar crystals. This candle smells wonderful and the throw is moderate. I get more of sweet than tart scent which I like. I think that's why I didn't get some of the other candles because they had more of a tart scent and I wanted more of a sweet scent.

Did you get anything from the Sweet Shop Collection? 


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Happy Birthday Mama!


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Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Mama!

Hello Everyone!


Today's post is a very special post because today is my mama's birthday!! You may have noticed that our birthdays are pretty close together (two weeks to the date to be exact lol) how awesome is that?!


Birthday Dinner: Homemade Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes with Green Beans and Cornbread



One of my mama's favorite desserts. Sara Lee French Style Strawberry Cheesecake


More French Style Strawberry Cheesecake 


A few gifts from Bath and Body Works and a handmade crochet infinity scarf that I made.


Mama, I'm glad that you're having a wonderful birthday! Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more! I love you!!


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

My Life in December 2017

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Today I wanted to share my monthly lifestyle post for December. Last month was truly amazing. The holidays and celebrating my birthday made Decemeber that more special:) Let's get started!

Selfies


Simple Holiday Makeup 


Reflecting 


Candy Cane Lane


Last days being 31 


Pre Birthday Glam 


Foods


Breakfast


Homemade Boneless BBQ Porkchops and Roasted Potatoes with Broccoli Florets 


Cocoa by the Christmas Tree 


A few baked cookies I made to give out in these cute Christmas tins. I made quite a few of these in December.


It's just not Christmas without a tin full of popcorn lol!


Well less than full tin of popcorn now!


A glass of wine to start off my birthday weekend 

Christmas Stuff


The Christmas tree is up and decorated


Christmas Eve


It's so peaceful looking at the Christmas lights on the tree

Out and About


At the mall


Christmas Candles 


I had such a nice time in Yankee Candle this past holidays season.


In speaking of Yankee Candle, did you check out my sponsored Bakery Scented Candles ft. Yankee Candles Post? Such a fun collab!


Here before the store even opens


Happiness over my birthday weekend 


I shared this on my Instagram page, but seriously I saw Valentine's Day items before Christmas. 


The SAS at Bath and Body Works.  I did a few exchanges on some candles


I'm just going to show one of the candles that I picked up during the exchange since I'm featuring some of the Sweet Shop Collection next week. Peach Poppy smells so good!


Sephora!!


I really need to try Too Faced Products


I think this display looks really nice


I went to Sephora to redeem my free birthday gift, but they were out of stock, so reedemed my beauty insider points instead. I saw these cute pieces of jewelry while I was at the mall as well.

My 32nd Birthday/Christmas 


Since my last post was about my birthday, I didn't want duplicate too many pictures lol. Here's my link to My 32nd Birthday/Christmas 2017


Christmas gifts


Birthday Selfie, Hello 32

New Year's Eve 


NYE food. I usually spend NYE at home lol. 


Bringing in the New Year with a glass of Sparkling White Grape Juice.  Have a wonderful 2018!!!


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Dry Skincare Routine: Body Edition

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