Everyday Skincare Essentials 

When I was recently in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic I was lucky enough to discover and meet the founder of @evas.garden! She was one of the sweetest people I’ve met and very passionate about what she develops with her brands products. I wanted to take the time to really test out the @evas.garden skincare to be able to give a proper review for my blog. Over the past 3 weeks I have used nothing but the Eva’s Garden Skincare Range (Activated Charcoal Cleansing Bar + Rose Water Facial Toner + Skin Facial Moisturizer). I can honestly say that it has to be the most simple and effective skincare set I have EVER used. I would recommend to anyone who has combination / oily skin like me to help keep your skin healthy and clear. It’s not over drying, sticky or heavy like other products i’ve tested in the past. It works well when I pair it with or without make up application afterwards. When I am on vacation then I like to add in something with spf as well afterwards. I used to be the person with a million skincare products and now it’s so much easier now that I’ve narrowed it down to a simple travel friendly regime. I will definitely be continuing with this routine in addition to trying more of her products in the future. Not to mention I am a big supporter of Natural, Organic & Paraben Free Products. In conclusion if you’re looking for a new range or brand to try then I advise you to look into their range. 
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Products Mentioned: Anti-Acne Facial Set $40 

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Tips for Clear Glowing Skin

  1. Drink Lots of water! ( Boring but True)
  2. Drink a cup of hot White or Green tea with the juice of half a fresh lemon every morning.
  3. Eat as clean as possible (Lots of Fruits & Vegetables)
  4. Simplify your skincare routine. (Less Chemicals the better)  I also prefer to buy non fragranced skin care products.
  5. Vitamins.  I have currently been testing out the new REGIME London Hyaluronic Acid Capsules . I have noticed the biggest difference in my skin texture as well and the clearness. I will 100% be continuing to take these daily around breakfast time.
  6. Cleanse both morning and night! For me this is a must. I have been using the Tula Purifying Cleanser for a few weeks now and it is a great product. It makes my skin feel very clean without being irritating or over drying.
  7. Face Masks! I am addicted to pampering myself 2-4 times a week with a nice face mask. Some of my favorites are:

9. Wear sunscreen. At the very least get a foundation that has some sort of spf in it just     in case!

10. Make sure to exfoliate your body 1-2 times a week. I like to go in between using a good coffee / sugar scrub or bristle brush. I am currently using the Be Model Co body scrub and it smells delicious. This make sure to get rid of all the dry dead skin so your skin looks fresh and new.

11.  Moisturize. I like to use body lotion every time i get out the shower to avoid having dry skin. I also am a big fan of eye creams. My favorite eye cream is the Kiehls creamy avocado one. I tend to get dry skin around my eyes so this defiantly helps with that.

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My Summer Pamper Routine

Sometimes work and travel become too much and you just need a night in to relax. Usually the first thing I like to do when I get home is to take off my makeup. As of lately I have been loving the Tula Purifying Cleanser because it is an all  in one product. It takes off your make up while cleansing my skin without being too drying. Its great because its suitable for all skin types and even sensitive skin. It leaves my face feeling smooth and balanced every night. Next I like to go in with a face mask and I usually rotate to what my skin needs at the time. This time I decided to use the Exfoliating Treatment Mask also from the Tula Range. I think this is a great mask because it makes my skin feel so clean and helps clear my skin drastically. After that I love to run a hot bath with some sort of bath bomb/ bubble bar I have only ever really tried the Lush products so I decided to try the BeModel Cosmetics Raspberry Dream Bath Bomb. First off the price is a big plus for me as well as the fact it doesn’t have glitter so it makes post bath clean up so much easier. The floral (Lavender & Roses) scent was very aromatic and helped enhance my relaxation during the bath. I am a massive fan of these bath bombs and will be stocking up on them very soon. While in the bath I like to get caught up on my exfoliating by using the Remodel Cosmetics Cacao Body scrub I usually use it before I shave to have an extra silky glow and moisturized skin. This stuff smells like heaven! It is also a good product to use the night before a spray tan to exfoliate your skin so you tan looks and lasts better. After my bath I like to finish up my skincare routine by first taking off my mask. I like to follow up with a good serum, moisturizer and eye cream. For a serum I like going with the Akar Skin Neat Remedy Oil. I have always been timid when it comes to putting oils and serums on my skin as i have sensitive skin and tend to break out, but this one helps restore the sebum oils without being drying to help keep problem skin away. As for a moisturizer I still stick with my Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer because it is super gentle affordable and sits really well on my skin. The past few months I have been adding under eye creams to me skincare regime and the Keihl’s Creamy Under Eye Treatment w/ Avocado Oil has been keeping them moisturized and definitely helps me look less tired after not getting enough sleep! It also helps concealer apply better when using it beforehand! Lastly I like to get into some comfy pajamas and pick my favorite netflix series to watch whilst adding my Akar mini care lip butter. It helps keep my lips soft and hydrated without causing them to get drier in-between applications.

Tula x Purifying Cleanser : $28.00

Tula x Exfoliating Treatment Mask : $54.00

Bemodel Cosmetics x Raspberry Dream Bath Bomb :  $4.00 (Sale Price)

Bemodel Cosmetics x Cacao Coffee Scrub : $14.95

Akar Skin x Neat Remedy Oil : $80.oo

Simple Skincare x Replenishing Rich Moisturizer : (Price Varies)

Kiehl’s x Creamy Under Eye Treatment w/ Avocado Oil : $29.00

Akar Skin x Mini Care Lip Butter : $20.00

 

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Summer Favorites!

Sweater: Vintage

Shorts: Zara x Shorts With Turn- Up Hem $25.90

Choker: Mainstream Mavericks x BOLD  @34.00

Sunnies: Boohoo (Sold Out) x Similar x Sunglass Spot

 

Top 7 Summer Faves!

 

 1. MINI BACKPACKS

Mini Backpacks have always been a favorite of mine, but especially in the summer. Going to music festivals and to the beach being handsfree is key. I personally have a collection of black mini backpacks but my favorite as of late has been my convertible one. It makes it so easy to carry by having so many ways to hold. As well as you being able to buy one bag and have so many options to mix up your style. The one I have is sadly sold out. But I will leave some similar options below.

2. JEWELRY LAYERING 

Layering Chokers/ Silver Necklaces has been one of my favorites for a while now. I was lucky enough to come by Mainstream Mavericks which is a Detroit/ LA based Jewelry line and I have been non stop wearing a few of their pieces. A few of my favorites from her line are:

Make sure to give her a Follow @MainstreamMavericks on Instagram!

3. PERFECT FITTING SHORTS

I always have problems finding Jean shorts that fit me properly. Sadly we don’t have any Zara’s in Michigan so when I am out of town I always find the time to stop in. Luckily enough the first pair I grabbed (Zara x Shorts With Turn- Up Hem $25.90) fit me perfectly. They are the most comfortable pair of short I own and defiantly my go to from now on!

4. DENIM 

I am obsessed with Denim! A few Denim bits I picked up recently are:

5. SUNGLASSES

Sunglasses are defiantly a staple in the summer time. I have become instantly obsessed with Sunglass Spot  after discovering them on Instagram. They have pretty much every designer inspired style and they range from 5-10$  each. They are very good quality for the money so I decided to stock up! They all come with a little drawstring bag to keep them from getting scratched.

6.  NKD SKN Pre Shower Tan

If you have a photoshoot or an upcoming event you want to have a summer glow for without sitting outside for hours then this is the perfect product for you. I cannot recommend the Pre Shower Tan enough. It gives me just the bit of glow I’m looking for without being orange, drying or applying patchy. All you do its apply it 10-15 minutes before you shower and you’re done. You’ll gradually see results 4-8 hours after. I picked my bottle up from Ulta after getting recommended it by a friend. It will be a essential of mine for all special events as well as when I’m looking for a little extra color.

Ulta x NKD SKN Pre Shower Tan  $19.99

 

7. WORKOUTS By Skimble (Free App) 

This is by far my favorite free app of the past few months. Its not just any old workout app. It gives you 100’s of options of workouts and its very customizable to what area you want to focus on and how long. You also have options to purchase different workout plans if you choose. My favorite feature of the app is that I can pre choose what workouts I want to do and when during the week and it will send me reminders. Since I have such a busy schedule sometimes workouts can be something you forget to do or slack on so the reminders really help me to get the job done. I usually pre download a few workouts on my iPad and save them so when I’m in locations where I don’t have wifi or data I can still complete my workouts. I am currently on a 4 day workout plan which I usually do in about hour sessions starting with a pre yoga warm up and a post yoga cool down.

Workouts By Skimble x Available on both IOS & Android

 

 

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Photographer: Timothy Leon x @TimothyLeon1

 

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Vibriance Super C Serum

Vibriance  is a company that combines skincare and science to create high quality skin products. I just received the Super C  serum in the mail today and I have been so hyped to try it. I have always been interested in trying a Vitamin C serum, but never had the chance to get around to trying one until now. Vibriance’s state of timage1-3he art Super C serum uses Acetyl Glucosamine, Synovea HR, Polyoprepolymer-2 and Ultra Filling Spheres™ to unlock
the
power of our highly potent and stabilized Vitamin C. Some of the benefits from using this product are reduced wrinkles, minimized sun damage, smoother complexion, hydration, increased skin elasticity as well as neutralizing free radicals reducing oxidative stress.

There are 5 key components to how this product works. 1. Super Booster Vitamin C 2. Ultra filling Spheres 3. N- Acetyle Glucosamine 4.Synovea HR 5. Polyoprepolymer – 2

How to Use: First I wash my face with a gentle cleanser then pat dry. Then I use my regular toner. I take a small amount of the Super C Serum and gently apply/ rub it into my face and neck areas. Once it dried I then added my normal moisturizer. ( It can be worn underneath makeup, but I have not tried it yet!)

This is only my second time using the product and I am excited to see what results come from prolonged use. I will defiantly be doing an updated product review coming soon!

You can buy the bottle in sets on 1, 2 or 3 bottles at a time. Starting at $64-$140.

If you would like any more more information about the Super C penetrating serum click here!