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Prepping for a big event – Skin/hair/face

I have a rather elaborate skin care routine – I want to preface my post today with that because I know most people I talk to, do not. And if you’re a wash and go type of girl with a little sunscreen and mascara more power to you. Me? Unfortunately I’ve done major damage to myself over the years, not enough sunscreen, smoking, too much alcohol, salt. So now in my late 30’s I’m trying to repair damage at the same time trying to treat the signs of aging and God willing, age gracefully – but not too soon!

If you interested in my daily routine let me know and I put another post together of my daily/weekly regimen – you’ll be amazed at the process – lol. Here’s a few of them below.

There are times thought that require a little more effort – for me that is this weekend! My Cousin is getting married and I am in the wedding party.  I am also the oldest bridesmaid by at least 5 years and the next oldest has beautiful red hair and fair skin that I’m sure came with a lifetime supply of sunscreen 🙂  – needless to say I’m a little self conscious.

So this week in addition to my regular routine I added a few extras to make sure I was photo ready – in a completely supporting role kinda of way – for the big day.

A week prior to the event (Sunday) – I got a facial – and this go round I did get a stronger anti-aging facial – to help my skin boost collegen production over the week.  This also meant I’ve been babying my skin for a few days after with extra moisture to balance the redness and drying effects of the retinol.

3 days before the event (yesterday/Thursday) – I went for an obligatory waxing apt (I would not suggest first time waxing for any event, at least a month before try it out and see how your body reacts to the process) for me this is close enough to have smooth skin, and still far enough out to self tan before the big day.

Also 3 days before the event I did a deep conditioning  hair treatment – this will give me enough time to wash my hair one more time ( the treatment leaves my hair beautiful, but limp) and have 2nd day hair for the wedding, perfect for styling for the big day.

2 days before the event – although not listed, we’re all going in for a mani/pedi – but that is part of my monthly maintenance – lol.

One day before the event -(tomorrow/Saturday) apply self tanner (again I would not suggest this for a first timer and please use a brand that you know and love) I love St. Tropez – they have a 1, 2, or 3 hour tanner that you wash off in that time frame and you don’t smell like nasty tanner.  I use it once a week in the summer and have a great glow.

The day of the event (Sunday) – I picked up a gold mask to help tighten and brighten everything up for the big day.  I have not used one before but I have used the brand and am hopeful on the results.

Again I know it sounds like a lot but with a little planning, it can easily be added in to prep for any big event, as a bonus you’ll have pampered yourself each day before the big event, and hopefully will look and feel great too!
XOXO – Sarah


BEAUTYCOUNTER – Nourishing Cleansing balm review

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I’m going to share with you my thoughts about a product I received in my Pop Sugar Must Have box in February. The Nourishing Cleansing balm with cloth from BEAUTYCOUNTER – It retails for $80 on their website for a 2.75 oz jar.  The brand touts natural ingredients, and an environmentally friendly product. 


Here’s a full list of the ingredients from the site and the claims for the balm.


Now down to the skinny of it.

This was a nice cleansing balm, it had a really mild smell (fruity), it is solid until you remove it from the jar and let your body heat melt the oils.  And for the most part it removed my makeup;  I’m not sure the linen cloth provided did more good than a tissue or puff to remove the oil, other than show you the makeup being removed.  I thought it was a little cumbersome every night to find a clean spot on the cloth to wipe my face with, that’s probably just me though.

All in all it was a great product to try from PopSugar and was something I would expect from the brand to send out to it’s subscribers.  

Would I buy it on my own? No  – I didn’t notice anymore hydration than when I use my $6 coconut oil from Trader Joes. I think a natural oil used to remove your makeup and add a little hydration to the skin is going to to the job, no matter if it’s from Tj’s or something expensive from the south of France.  
Final thought – I’ going to stick to my Orgainc Virgin Coconut oil from Trader Joes – and save my money for some awesome serums.

XOXO – Sarah


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