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Advice from a Wedding Planner: Top 5 Skin Face cleansing products

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Beauty and skin products have always been on my priority list. I remember getting my first Optimum points card at the Pharmaprix, one of Montreal’s drug store at the age of 12. Since then I have always had a secret obsession with skincare products and makeup. At an early age I knew that my skin was super sensitive, so I tried not experiment too much. I started off with Aveeno because it was super mild and ideal for sensitive skin and now I am using mostly, if not only, Clinique products.

Amongst my sisters I am the “go-to” person for which face wash, makeup and lipsticks to get. When I got my first part-time job, it was nothing but saving and then spending at Pharmaprix. My very first experiments were done with Lise Watier’s makeup products, then I jumped onto MAC and now well, like many of us, I am in love with Sephora.

I love Sephora because they can find specific products and brands according to your type of skin and their products are just amazingly fabulous. Clinique won my heart because of how specific their products are: they pretty much have products matching every skin type and still giving a 3-step plan.

Clinique's Beauty face products
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Now let me share with you my Top 5 beauty and skin products:

1. First things first: The Cleanser.

Clinique cleansers, toner and face lotions are the products that I use every day, day and night. I use the mild foam cleanser: a gel to foam activate with water. It does not have a strong scent and it deep cleanses your skin; I even use it as a makeup remover. To find out more about the product click here.

 

2. The Toner:

I use the Clinique Toner in number 4, the purple solution. What I love about Clinique is they have regime and products based on your skin type whether you have normal to dry, or just simply oily. I like to say I have combination skin type because my T zone is oily and my cheeks and around the mouth area dry. Toner is important because sometimes washing just doesn’t do the entire trick, so toner removes all the traces of dirt and oil that was a bit more stubborn. To find out more about the toner click here.

3. Moisturizer:

Also, from Clinique I use their face moisturizers. They have two types of face lotions; the gel formula and the dramatically different formula. I use the gel formula in the summer because my skin is already naturally oily, and I use the Dramatically different formula in the winter when its colder and dryer. To find out more click here .

4. Exfoliant/Masks:

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen me share my love for the glam glow line of masks. I have tried all of them and a great way to do so is at Sephora as they have the sample sizes of all the masks. That gives you an opportunity to try them all and see what works for your skin type. I use the green jar, which is the power mud; it is a dual cleanse mud to oil formula. This mud mask is LIFE!! I absolutely love it, love the way my skin feels after using it. Just. Love. It. To find out more click here.

5. Make up Remover:

I use the Clinique Take the day off. This is a balm formula that you rub on to take your makeup off. Its turns from balm to oil but girl when I tell you it works, IT WORKS. To find out more click here.

Beauty's Best Face Products
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Recently I discovered these face cloths called “Face it” by cloth in a box. Its perfect for us ladies who love our cleansing products and like to be cute while doing so. The cloths have these hand pockets that make if easy for you to clean your entire face, Its a gentle face cloth and can be used up to 100 times, hand wash in mild detergent and dry on tumble dry. 

Beauty Face cloth
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Beauty Facial Cleaners
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Well beautifuls, this is it for my beauty and skin products. I hope this helped.

Happy Cleansing!

 

About the Author: 

StaceyAnn Clayton is a Montreal wedding planner and event stylist with over 5 years of experience. For more information, please visit: http://www.theultimateplanner.ca/. 

Follow StaceyAnn @theultimateplanner

Editor: @alavie

Beautiful white nails with pink roses

Top Nail Trends for Spring 2018

Top Nail Trends for Spring 2018

Spring is almost officially here and so are the new nail trends

03-15-2018

Ana Veiga

We no longer have to follow the rule of keeping the nails a softer color for spring. Anything really does go because a good manicure is always in style.

Here are the top nail trends for Spring 2018 to try now. 

All photos are provided from @nailartenon and on 100% natural nails. 

Beautiful white nails with pink roses
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1. A fancy nail 

In 2017 the one fancy nail was so good, that we are doing it again.  It’s conservative enough for the workplace, but fancy enough for those weekend parties. 

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2. Nails that Scream “Spring”

Or Easter nails or just really cute nails with poka dots.

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3. Nails that look like art

How can you have a bad day with nails like these?

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5. Metallic Nail Colors

Taking a beautiful color and adding pizzazz. 

#Essence #metalnails #purplenails

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6. Bold Colors 

Who says Spring is all about pastels?

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Find out more about Nailartenon and even more fantastic nail ideas by going to her website nailartenon.altervista.org . 

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5 Things you should look for in a Body Scrub

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5 Things you should look for in a Body Scrub

Look for these items in a body scrub because all body scrubs are not created equal

Updated 7-31-18

Crystal S.
Brevity Co.

Body Scrub

 Body Scrub- Yes it is March, and although we would all like to imagine that spring is around the corner, we will likely have a few more weeks of Winter- making this the perfect time to prep our skin for the days of short sleeves and bathing suits.

What is a better way to prepare our dry winter skin and reveal the fresh glow of what’s underneath than with a body scrub? But before you purchase a body scrub, let’s look into what we should look for in the ingredients because not every body scrub is created equal. 

Here are the top 5 things you should look for in a body scrub:

1. The Oils: 

There’s a lot of science behind oils and how they benefit the skin. Some oils are heavy, with large molecules that sit on top of the skin. These act to protect, but not to heal or penetrate. They hold moisture in. Coconut Oil is a good example of a heavy oil.

Then there are oils that nourish the very top layers of skin, and soften dry skin. Olive Oil is my favorite example.

 Then there are oils that penetrate the skin more deeply, and work to nourish new skin and give those cells a great start. Hello jojoba oil!

Coffee Bean Scrub

2. The Coffee:  COFFEE REDUCES CELLULITE. It works by tightening the skin, the same way it shrinks capillaries when you drink it. 

Sugar

3. The Sugar (vs. salt): Salt is great at detoxing. Because of its magnetic relationship with water, it can pull the muckiness from your skin. But in return, it dries you out and can also pull the good things from your skin too, like moisture.  There is a time and a place for salt, but not in a scrub.

Sugar, on the other hand, only deals with the surface. The dead, dry and flaky surface. So when aiming to exfoliate as a spring prep, aim for a sugar scrub. 

Brevity hand and body scrub
brevity's body scrub is handmade with organic coffee

4. The Feel: A Scrub shouldn’t feel like sand paper. Rather it should feel like your delicately scratching an itch. The components should not be course or painful. That defeats the purpose, you want to slough off dead skin, not damage new skin! You also should not have to rub hard, you should be gentle and still get the job done.

5. The Results of the Scrub: How does it make you feel? Do you notice a difference immediately? Do you love how soft your hands, feet, arms or legs feel after a treatment? If the answer is no, then it’s time to keep looking.

Brevity is offering a 20% off to My Unbounded Life readers. Just enter code UNBOUNDED at checkout when shopping at the Etsy Store.  

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Best Spring Beauty Products

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Ana Veiga

Best Spring Beauty Products

1. Top Notch Mascara

2018 you have been good to us. No more spending a hefty amount on “good” mascara. This mascara is everything! Loreal’s Lash Paradise. I haven’t used falsies in forever thanks to this wonderful formula. 

2. Dollar Shave Club Razors 

No More crappy razors and no more going to the store to purchase them. They might be marketed towards men, but I use them. 

3. Face cleaner and 4. Moisturizer for acne prone skin

Dermalogica skin resurfacing cleanser and seriously shine free moisturizer. Both are gentle enough for the winter and sensitive skin. 

6. A great serum to provide moisture and glowy skin without makeup. 

Shiseido Infusing Concentrate is one of the best. Layering serums and moisturizer is a technique used in some cultures. 

7. And even more moisturizer

This Vitamin E comes in handy for not just your face. This products is not greasy and I can also apply makeup after. 

8. Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser by Maybelline

This product is amazing. It is not drying and lasts for a very long time. Set it with NYX purple loose powder. 

9. ELF Lip exfoliator

The air is dry. The air is cold…The lips suffer. Use this for moisture and to peel away the dryness.  

10. So totally Clean Cleansing Water

It is perfect for your morning face care routine. Perfect for sensitive skin. 

Beauty regimine to get rid of wrinkles

How to get rid of Face Wrinkles Fast

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Wrinkles can be obnoxious, luckily Rodan and Fields can help you get rid of face wrinkles fast. 

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The above images are provided results from the use of Rodan and Fields products to get rid of face wrinkles.

Have you ever heard the quote “If you don't have wrinkles, you haven’t laughed enough?” Well baby, I have laughed plenty.

My daughter and I were in Minnesota recently  and attended a couple of girl’s nights with some friends.

A rep for Rodan and Fields happened to come to one of our girl’s night to share beauty tips. She asked me what I would like to improve and I told her that I really wanted to get rid of my skin wrinkles on my face and neck.

She gave me some items to try and immediately upon application, I was impressed.

She also told me that Rodan and Fields, has several regimens to address various issues: skin wrinkles, firmness, age and dark spots, acne, sun damage, aging skin, and sensitive skin. Now I didn’t know much about this product but once she informed me that Rodan and Field’s product’s were developed by the same Stanford graduate dermatologists that formulated the popular Pro Active products, I was pretty much sold. 

Rodan and Fields Results March 2016- May 2017

After reviewing the results from the Rep’s application, I decided to order some of the regimen,” Re-define”.

I am happy to say that I have used it for about 2 months and I am very impressed.

My husband is so impressed that he said, “I hope this product will help this brown guy’s complexion.” He has been using the regimen “Reverse” to diminish his dark spot for less than eight weeks.

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Rodan and Fields Reverse Brightening Regimine

This is the result from my husband after only 3 weeks of using the Reverse Brightening Regimen from Rodan and Fields. 

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I was so excited about these products and the results that I decided to become a consultant. Not only for the prospect of having less skin wrinkles, but for the opportunity to earn extra income doing something that I have a passion for: helping people with their skin conditions. 

If you are interested in learning more- The Doctors have put a FREE solution tool on the website which will give a potential customer suggested regimens based on their primary and secondary skin concerns, which takes the guess work out of choosing a product-which is great! 

Are you ready to get started for free? 

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Collagene in pill and powder form

Beauty Tip: Eat your Collagen

Collagene in pill and powder form
Super Collagen in powder and tablet form

Great hair, skin and nails seem like something that should come natural to everyone, but if you are like me, it does not.

I’ve put my hair through a lot within the past years and I have decided to give back.

For the past two months, I have been taking collagen in the powdered form and recently switched to the pill form.

What is Collagen?

I have previously heard about collagen in the form of injectables (fillers) and upon doing research about fillers (I am so tired of covering my dark under eye circles), I stumbled across articles about collagen in a digestible form. I did my research and decided to go ahead and try it.

Collagen consists of Amino Acids (the building blocks of protein) and improves circulation, strengthens the structure of bones, and helps with maintaining healthy skin, hair and muscles click here for more information .

I was interested in trying collagen for superficial reasons: hair growth and maintaining healthy skin.

I haven’t noticed much improvement in my under eye circles and frown lines, but I have noticed a difference in my hair. The funny thing is that the hair on my body is growing super fast while the hair on my head is growing faster, but not as fast as I would like it to.

I haven’t noticed much difference in my nails, but I’ve always had strong nails that grow very fast.

I have noticed less skin bruising. I am accident-prone and I have noticed a lack of bruises from recent run-ins in my nightstand and dining room table.

I have also noticed less soreness after workouts (it is protien). 

So far, I like the product. The brand above is very inexpensive, easy to purchase and rated highly.

The biggest challenge for me is remembering to take the power form on an empty stomach with a source of vitamin C (orange juice was my choice). I purchased the pill form, but the price is more expensive and the quantity is lower.

2018 Beauty Trends

2018 Beauty Trends

You will be surprised by what is trending in Beauty in 2018.

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2018 Beauty Trends

The 2018 Beauty Trends are here! There are a lot of subtile changes from 2017. To help you figure it out, we put together a list.  

  1. It’s all about clear skin in 2018 Beauty. 

Clear Skin is easy for some and an effort for others. I do not have great skin and it can be very embarrassing.

Start by actually investing into your skin. Doesn’t always mean money. Invest time by switching products at the appropriate time and actually spending the time to clean your face.

Having a beauty regimen is important for consistently clear skin. There will be a lot of new products from new brands this year. 

Clear Start for Clean Face
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2. Dewy fresh natural skin is in.

Accomplish this by using a great tinted moisturizer. I have tried a bunch and this one is really great…not the cheapest though. There are great drug store options and you can also mix a foundation with a moisturizer. 

Jouer Tinted Moisturizer
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  1. Natural eye meaning, what looks natural on your face. Brown mascara is in.

    Beauty Trends for 2018
    Beauty Trends for 2018
  1. Lip liner… find a natural lip liner for your skin tone. Ditch the every day gloss. A lip liner and lip balm is in. If you can’t ditch the gloss, grab a natural colored gloss. I actually really like the ones from NYX. Yes, they do not last all day, but they are also inexpensive.
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  1. Bangs… foe bangs…real bangs…bangs are in! 
  1. A great strong brow.

I actually like these products from NYX. I have ditched the threading and now pluck in between waxing.

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