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The 10 Step Skincare Routine…


If you don’t already know, South Korea is where it’s at for all things skincare.  Personally, I love layering products ( because 10 is better than 1 right?). So when I found out that South Korean women actually do this too …. awww I was elated.

I would like to preface this by saying that I am a busy mom of two that works full time so I totally get thinking there is no way you will have time for this. However, most of these steps are just layering an additional product on so it doesn’t always take that much time.  I’ll do a quick summary of the steps and list some product recommendations but for a more in depth explanation of the steps check it out SOKOGLAM  .


Step 1:


.  This step is the first because it removes most, if not all of your makeup and preps it for the cleanser.  Watch this video for a tutorial. My picks are:

These makeup wipes , oil  , cleansing oil, or this cleansing balm

Step 2:


Yep, that’s right cleanse again.  This time you will be using a water based cleanser to wash the oil and any other remaining impurities off the skin. This one is my favorite, but also look into these:

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Step 3:


Shed those dead skin cells and reveal softer brighter skin.  Choose from these favorites:

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Step 4:


Because everyone’s skin type is so different it’s important to choose the best kind of toner for your skin type. My recommendations based on skin type-

Dry/Sensitive Skin





Step 5:


Known as the heart of Korean skincare. Steps 5,6, and 7 are my favorite because by being consistent with these steps you will start to see a huge improvement in your skin. Here are some essence that I like best:


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Step 6:


Time for treatment products—consider boosters, serums and ampoules the concentrated essence. You apply these in the same fashion, it’s all about the tap! These products can address any issue including brightening, pore-refining, pigmentation, wrinkles, acne—this is your skin-perfecting step. ( source: SOKOGLAM )

* Personally, I find that products with high concentrations of glycolic acid and retinol give me the most results for brighter skin and an improvement of tone and texture- but please be careful when using these products and read the instructions and wear extra sunblock!

My picks-

AM/PM – 1. 2. 3. 4.

PM only- 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.




I LOVE masks. I mean I really love them, and do them at least 3x per week. Choosing the right mask(s) is very personal based on your skin type.  I use a variety but mostly alternate between a detoxifying clay mask and an enzyme peel mask.  Korean sheet masks are also great, especially to moisturize.

My picks for

Clay Masks: 1. 2. 3.

Sheet Masks: 1. 2. 3.

Peel Masks: 1. 2. 3. 4.




To be honest I have tried so many eye creams and have yet to find a life changing one but these are in my line up.

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Hydration, hydration, hydration! Get dewy skin by keeping it moist. I like to throw in an additional step here (crazy I know)- first I layer an oil. If it’s daytime I use a lighter one and let it set for 5 mins- gently dab away any excess and then add moisturizer.  At night I use a richer oil.

Daytime oil

Nighttime oil

Moisturizer- 1. 2. 3.



I’m crazy about my sunscreen, especially because I use glycolic acids which can make your skin more photosensitve.

My favorites:

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There you have it, 10 easy steps to great skin!




Glowing and Gleaming

I don’t know if it’s age or exhaustion or both but man, my skin has really dulled in the last couple of years!  Dermatologists and estheticians have been telling me for years that after age 20 (what, really?) we start to loose collagen and facial fat.  I guess I didn’t pay that much attention until recently.

During my pregnancy with Tyler my skin looked how I felt: dull, tired, and aging.  I hoped it was just hormones and would return to normal after delivery, but no.  I have always used good products on my skin but it wasn’t until recently that I really needed these products (more on this later).  Skincare is more beneficial for making changes to your skin than cosmetics but let’s be honest, cosmetics can really help you appear more radiant!  So here are my tried and true beauty products to help you glow:





Most of the time I like to keep my makeup minimal and just focus on dewy looking skin. In this photo I’m wearing: #5 Honest Primer, Stila Beauty BalmMac Strobe Cream mixed with my CC Cream, and these illuminating drops on the high points of my face.


I had to add this little bad boy because it’s also a favorite to add an instant subtle glow!

*next up I’ll talk about my favorite skin care to help with the glow.




Indian Summer Meets Pre-Fall

Summer is coming to an end, and we’re ready for jackets, boots and fall colors. But, with temperatures still high, finding ways to incorporate a fall feel into heat friendly clothes can be a task. See how we styled two pieces, a romper and a maxi, that could easily be worn in the summer, for a more fall look.


Rompers aren’t just meant for the summer. Styling them with a pair of boots and a leather jacket makes them feel appropriate for fall, but still cool enough for warmer weather.


A touch of leather does wonders to make an outfit feel more fall transitional. A fringe bag, in a warm, sandy beige is exactly what this dress needs.


High boots and peep toe booties in suede scream fall. Throwing either of those bad boys on with your summery dresses or rompers warm those looks right up!


Leila Dress // Navy Jane Romper // Gold Plated Turquoise Necklace // Turquoise Crescent Choker // Wonderland Sun – Colony // Spy Sunglasses – Quinn // Cleobella – Hendrix Fringe Bag

Get The Glow

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Truly, I hope highlighting never goes out of style, I just love the way it feels to have a little glow!  I’m obsessed with highlighters so don’t ask me to play favorites, it’s so much more fun to play around with several.  Here are a few of my current favorites. I find that the Benefit Watt’s Up is probably the best one to keep in your makeup bag because it is very easy to apply and blends well.  This Mac one is beautiful and lightweight, it adds a dewy glow—> however because it’s dewy it is not long wearing.  Perfect for photos or to go out at night.  This Bobby Brown one is so dreamy and perfect for adding a touch of bronze. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter is a great because it is a powder but has more of a cream effect on the skin.  Lastly, this Mac Mineralize powder makes a great addition to any makeup kit and blends well on many skin tones!



Spotlight On: Bad Chemicals in Cosmetics and Skincare

Ever since I was a “tween” I’ve been obsessed with skincare and beauty products, I even started using eye cream when I was twelve! Although, I’m quite certain that even with a head start in the anti-aging game the sleep deprivation I’ve experienced in the last five years has reversed any benefits ( thanks kids).

With that being said what you put into your body and onto your skin is so important.  Most skincare and beauty products, especially those sold at drugstores, have SO many harmful ingredients. We’re talking cancer causing, irritating, and  environmentally destructive.  I’m not saying you need to get extreme and throw out any and all your products, but I do think it helps to educate yourself and get in the habit of reading labels.  This website is very helpful listing harmful chemicals and what they do.  I try to keep these bad products out of my skincare however, I do sometimes make an exception with makeup and hair products because, well hey, it’s called balance (and sometimes they just work way better)!

Each week I’m going to list some current favorite products, starting with these:

Face Mask

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Tinted Moisturizer 

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I also LOVE using oil on my face.  I use it everyday as my moisturizer and at night- it’s great for every skin type!  I like to mix it up because there are so many wonderful oils that all have different benefits. I like to experiment by blending my own but these are also great ones as well:

Argan Oil


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Rosehip Oil

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With Valentine’s Day coming up I can’t help but have a few items on my wish list:

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What are some items you’re asking for?



I Dream of Top Knots

When you’re a crazy busy woman like me (which, let’s be honest, you all are too) sometimes I just don’t have time to do my hair. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want it to look cute and for me to look put together.

Top knots are the way to go. They’re the perfect way to pull together a look and best part, they’re so darn easy to do.

Here are some of my favorites from over the years. Loving the half up top knot, because I get head aches when I wear all of my hair up.

They’re so easy to do, depending on the style you want to go for…

You can gather all of your hair on top of your head and twist your hair down and around for a more polished look.

Scoop the small portion of hair at the crown of your head and twist and wrap down or pull it through and puff it out for two different styles.

You can also go for the rats nest look and ball all your hair up and wrap your hair tie around it all. Sometimes fastening some fly aways with bobby pins is necessary in this case.

Here are some awesome pics from pinterest to further inspire your top knot dreams .




So… it’s no secret that I get NO sleep since my kiddos keep me up all night. Because of this I look like a zombie.  I count on concealer and sometimes lashes to help me look more awake! I don’t do it everyday but if I have a little extra time I’ll throw some lashes on and look waaayy better!

I think the key is to keep them looking natural, just enhanced!


Unless you are going to an evening event just stick to individuals.  Here is what I use:

These  in medium

I like to use this glue 

I usually just apply a couple at the ends, but you can add them throughout the lash line.

Here is a good video to watch to help apply.



Simple Beach Look

I would have to say my go to look is always a simple beach wave and sun-kissed makeup.  Here are my favorite products to achieve this look very quickly.

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Step 1- lightly spritz sea salt spray at roots and gently throughout damp/towel dried hair.  This product can be drying and sticky if you use too much.  I usually sleep with damp hair or let it air dry, however you can blow dry it.

Step 2- once hair is dry go over a few pieces around the crown and a few pieces underneath with a rod or curling iron.  Be sure to leave the ends out for a natural look and always curl away from your face.

Step 3- Spray Unite Texture spray from the bottom of your hair towards the roots.  Again, with texturizing products a little bit goes a long way!


Step 4- I spray a bit of Triple Sec at the roots – it smells so good!

Step 5- The Oribe Apres Beach also smells great and adds a bit of shine, spray at the tips of hair before you go

Step 6- Dust some bronzer on – make 3 on each side of your face starting at your forehead

Step 7- A nude lip looks great with simple hair and makeup



Beauty Videos

I’ve recently become obsessed with watching makeup videos in my free time.  How great would it be to have someone doing your hair and makeup everyday? A girl can dream right?  Here are some I like: