How I Cleared up my Skin

Lets talk about skin care. Today’s beauty post is all about my skin care routine that I have been doing for a little over a year now. I wanted to share what has helped clear up my skin and has truly been a life changing discovery for me. I have had serious skin issues my entire life, and finding a system that works has been such a relief. I have tried so many different things out there, from proactive, to over the counter washes, to prescription medications, to even Accutane. The list goes on and on and nothing has ever worked in the past. Even after those awkward years I still suffered from acne all the way through my 20’s. After having my daughter it become way worse. I felt like nothing I was trying was helping or making any kind of difference. So after awhile, I honestly gave up on trying to have clear skin. It wasn’t until I went and had a facial done where I asked a ton of questions and gained so much information about my own skin, that I found out what works for me.

When I had my facial done, she asked me “So what kind of skin type are you?” This is a question I have wondered for myself for my entire life. You only have three choices, oily, combination, or dry. I have never really known my type of skin because my skin is so unpredictable. I’d like to say I have the WTF skin type. Where one day I have a dry spot, or cystic acne in another, or even a random allergic reaction, I never know.  So when she took a look my skin she noticed I was combination, where I was dry in some places and oily in others. She first recommended changing my diet. She told me to try cutting out either diary, or gluten, or artificial sweeteners. I was at a point where I was willing to try anything, so first I tried cutting out dairy, nothing happened. Then I tried cutting out gluten, there were no changes. Then I finally cut out artificial  sweeteners and after 4 days, I noticed a difference. My cystic acne went away, my face was less oily, and much more manageable. So with that I started to use different washes and different moisturizers to really figure out what my skin needed. I finally figured it out and wanted to share with you guys, just in case your having similar issues and where looking for something else to try. So here is my step by step skin care routine that I do morning and night to keep my skin under control.

*Disclaimer*- Even though it’s all Clinique products these are not affiliated links or a sponsored post. These are truly what I use and what works for me. 🙂

Step 1:

Clinique Liquid Facial Wash for Oily Skin

When it comes to Clinique it’s no secret that they have great skin care products as well as makeup. But choosing the right facial wash was a challenge. I tried a couple of their acne washes they have from the foam wash to the gel cleanser but they didn’t cleanse my skin completely and ended up stripping my skin of all it’s moisture. Sometimes when you are putting too much drying ingredients into your skin, your skin then makes more oil, which then breaks you out. So I tried their facial wash for oily skin and it’s the perfect balance for fighting off oil but not completely stripping your skin. So after I remove my make up I wash my face with this facial wash soap. It lathers really well, and feels very refreshing.

Step 2:

Clinique Acne Solution Clarifying Lotion

My facialist, told me to try a clarifying lotion that is a liquid. Which my first reaction was, a lotion can be a liquid? But yes, this is what I call the “difference maker.” After washing my face, I use just a little bit of this on a cotton ball to wipe down my skin. It takes off anything that the face wash didn’t take off and has acne fighting ingredients in it.

Step 3:

Clinique Moisturizing Gel

After the clarifying lotion dries I put on moisturizer. This is the dramatically different moisturizing gel. For all the oily skin girls out there, you still need to moisturize. So many moisturizers out there are very thick and can add more oil back into the skin. When you use a gel moistuzer, it still hydrates your skin without adding any extra oil.

Step 4:

Clinique Acne Spot Treatment

I feel like there are so many great acne spot treatments out there now a days. I have tried many, but this one I go back to every time. I only use this when I need it. It’s great for combating those terrible cystic acne spots and to even those pesky smaller pimples. I don’t use a lot of this but when I do I use it after the first 3 steps either before I put on makeup or at night before I go to bed.

 

There you have it!! My full day and night skin care routine. If you are struggling with acne or skin issues, I hope you will give these a try. They have made such a difference for me, I wish I found these products sooner. Let me know if you have tried any of these or let me know what your favorite skin product is. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!!

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4th of July Fashion Finds

Happy Monday!!

I wanted to pop in a do a quick shopping post for all of those who are feeling a little patriotic for this 4th of July. I can’t wait for yummy food, fun, and oh yes… fireworks. So in the patriotic spirit, I put together some of what I think are, the cutest summer pieces from Nordstrom.  These are all more casual and relaxed, and of course red, white, & blue. I like that most of these are a little more subtle and can still work for all the warmer months. I have my eye on the “fireworks” tee from Wildfox (which also comes in blue).

::Links to Shop::

AmericaFlag Scarf

Baseball Cap

Made in the US” Tank

Kendra Scott Necklace

Wildfox Fireworks T

Converse Sneakers

American Flag Jean Shorts

Blue & White Stripped Tote

 

Hope you had an awesome weekend and even better 4th of July!

Happy Independence day!!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!
With the holiday in mind I wanted to put together what I like to call a “shop” post. Which means I find good deals and/or great buys to showcase to you guys on my blog. And today I am doing just that. I put together some of my favorite pieces from Stella & Dot that I thought would make excellent V-day gifts for a special someone or even for yourself. 🙂
For those of you who don’t know, I am a Stella & Dot stylist, which means I get to showcase this wonderful brand at party’s and on my website. In fact, I am not just a stylist but a fan as well. This brand has been around for a few years now and they have the best quality of products and a lot of one of a kind pieces. All the items mentioned range from $22 to $300.
Shop the links below or my link to my website to check out even more gorgeous stuff.
Happy shopping!
Let me know which one is your favorite!
Thanks for stopping by!
Caitlin

Best in Beauty 2016

Today’s post is all about beauty!!
I am a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. I put together all my most used and most loved products for all of 2016. Most of these are items that I’ve  repurchased over and over because I know they work.To start off I am going to talk about my favorite, which is makeup. I have always had a love hate relationship when it comes to makeup. Well I love it and it hasn’t always loved me. The past year I have had the worst allergies and makeup was one of them. I tried a new eye liner and eye shadow and things went wrong. My eyes swelled up for a solid month. So I ended up going back to my Maybelline eye liners and mascara because they are gentle and affordable. If you are having  similar issues I highly recommend this brand for their eye products. They’re both long lasting and easy to apply. Another makeup item for eyes is the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. It’s a palette Ive used for a while now and I love it. Its a perfect balance of shimmer and matte shades so you can switch it up. My favorite shades are booty-call, snakebite, and tease.

I also included my favorite foundation, concealer and powder which cover and conceal everything. Both foundation and concealer are from Estee Lauder the double wear stay in place line. If you have acne prone skin this will not break you out and it lasts all day. The best way of applying them is with a beauty sponge or a dense face brush. I included my two favorites, which are both from the drugstore. The pressed powder is by Rimmel London in the shade 001 transparent. It’s very affordable and you can find it in the drugstore. I have tried many high end and low end powders and this one is the one I always go back too.

For skin care I have found the brand that has really worked for me and that is Clinique. To give a little background of my skin, I have very oily, acne prone skin, and it’s been a long journey to really find what works for me.  This brand has always been gentle enough for daily use but still harsh enough combat acne. I highly recommend checking them out if you have similar issues with your skin. The other Clinique products I wanted to mention are the clarifying lotion for after you wash your face and the moisturizing gel for oily skin. These two have made a huge difference in clearing up my skin. They other Clinique items are the acne face mask, that I use as a spot treatment for blemishes and the eye cream. Both I have been using for years now.

As far as hair care, this has been the year I have really taken the best care of my hair. It’s fuller and thicker than its ever been and I truly give credit to the products that I have been using. I wash my hair every 3 days and instead of a conditioner I use a deep repair mask that I let sit in my hair for 5 to 10 minutes. It has made a huge difference in the texture of my hair. It’s the Macadamia deep repair mask. Another favorite it the Perfect 10 leave in spray. It does so many things, from conditioning, heat protection, and controling frizz, and more. Without this my hair gets very dry at the ends and hard to style. Another great tip, if you don’t wash your hair everyday, is to use a dry shampoo. I have tried many different types and I always go back to the Baptiste dry shampoo. It works well and it’s affordable.

That’s all of my favorite beauty buys for 2016. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you use any of these items or recommend something new for me to try.

Here are all the products mentioned and a few more below with links to buy 🙂

 

Makeup
 
Skin Care

Mommy Monday: 6 Easy Toddler Girl Hairstyles

One of my favorite things about having a daughter is getting to doll her up, but sometimes knowing what to do with her hair can be a challenge. Her hair is very fine, and straight, so putting it up helps keep it out of her face and keep it from getting dirty. I’ll admit I am not the greatest when it comes to doing hair, so when I am doing hers I stick to easy basic looks. These are 6 hairstyles I wanted to share because they are easy, cute, and take up very little time. If I can do them, so can you! To get these looks I used a detangler, a tiny bit of baby lotion, a brush, a comb, and clear hair ties. (I use the tiny bit of baby lotion to tame any fly a ways or baby hairs in the front )

Hope this was helpful, let me know which one is your favorite. 🙂

 

1. Top Knot
2. Classic Braid

 

3. Fun Pig tails

4. High Pony Tail with a Braid

5. Half up with a Twist
6. Pig Tails

Thanks for stopping by!!

Caitlin

Gift Ideas For Her

 1. Amazing Grace Perfume- Buy it here
2. Coffee Mug – Buy it here
3.Earrings – Buy them here
4. Scarf- Buy it here
5. Phone Case- Buy it here
6. Makeup Bag- Buy it here
7. Planner- Buy it here
8. Engraveable Necklace in Rose Gold – Buy it here
9.Candle – Buy it here
I don’t’ know about y’all but this year I am far from finishing buying gifts for everyone on my list. If your looking for an affordable gift for your mom, friend, sibling or colleague these are super cute for any girlie girl out there. Let me know which one is your favorite. I think mine has to be the earrings 🙂

Happy Shopping

Look for Less: Kim Kardashian

 

 Links to Shop
1. Rocker Tee
buy here for $ 24.00
 
2. Leather Jacket
buy here for $118.00
 
3. Black Wash Jeans
buy here for $32.99
4.  Black Suede Booties
buy here for $149.95
Kim Kardashian’s style is always very simple and very monochromatic. I put together a cheaper way to get the same look she has here, without spending thousands of dollars. What I love about these items, is that they are versatile and they go with just about everything. Let me know if you would like to see more looks for less posts and don’t forget to subscribe.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Caitlin

10 under $10.00

Here are my top 10 picks for best beauty products just under $10.00.  I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look your best. That includes the products you use daily. These are all drugstore items that I use religiously.
I highly recommend them all!
1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer 
buy it here for $8.99

Being a mommy of a one year old, I defiantly depend on a good concealer for those stubborn dark circles. This stuff is amazing for under the eyes. It comes with a foam tip that I actually remove just for sanitary reasons, but it goes on smooth and blends really well.

2. Lash Sensational Mascara
buy it here for $5.99

This is a great mascara. I talked about it in my February favorites. It coats every lash and curls them upward. It makes your eyes really pop.

3. Neutrogena Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes  
Buy it here for $6.99
These are great for getting every bit of makeup off. They are easy on the skin without stripping your skin of all the moisture. Great for travel and great for spot cleaning your makeup brushes.

4. e.l.f kabuki brush
For $6.00 buy it here
e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush
e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush
This is a super dense brush that has lasted me a while. Its great for powder, blush or just for blending.
5. NYX Matte Finishing Spray
Buy it here for $7.99
This is great for after applying a full face of makeup spraying this all over to really set everything in place. It smells really refreshing and makes your make up last longer.
6. Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso”
For $7.49 buy it here
This is such a pretty peachy color with a little shimmer. If you have a more yellow undertone to your skin this us perfect for you.

7. OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Dulce de Leche 
Buy it here for a410.00
I love OPI nail colors. They last long and they have the prettiest shades. This one in particular is perfect all year round. Its a pinky mauve color that compliments all skin tones.

8. Milani Lipstick in “Naked” 
Buy it here for $5.99

This is a beautiful rich matte color. Really fits any looks and all their lipsticks smell like watermelon.

 
9. Jergens Natural Glow Lotion
 Buy it here for $9.00
This I have used for years. I used it for my wedding any time I need that extra color to my skin. I am very fair and still blends well and looks natural (not orange) Just make sure to blend well.
10. Maybelline BB cream
 buy it here $8.99
This I love. I mentioned this also in my February favorites. It’s just a touch and even out any skin tone. Its perfect just for everyday not heavy and protects your skin.
Let me know if these are some of you drugstore favs as well.
Thanks for stopping by!

Favorite Drugstore Nude Lilpsticks

When it comes to lipstick I am a true fanatic. Ever since I was little I would run around wearing my mom’s lipstick where ever I went. ( I thought I was so grown up) It was my first real introduction into loving makeup. Skip to 20 something years later and nothing has changed. I can’t leave the house without a little color on my lips. But finding a good lipstick can be a challenge. You want to find one that goes with your skin tone or that looks great with your outfit, but drugstore makeup is always a hit or miss. The one thing I can’t stand is buying a bunch of drugstore makeup and getting home and not liking what you bought.  It feels like such a waste. Now before I buy, I love to check out reviews on certain products. So I have gathered up my own favorite drugstore lipsticks to give my own review. Now I tend to gravitate toward nude shades for everyday, so I put together 6 nude shades with slightly different undertones. I love theses because they’re inexpensive, they have great pigmentation and they don’t dry out your lips.  So go check them out. 🙂 Let me know if you have tried these out or if you have a favorite you’d like to share. 

1. Revlon Lip-butter Pink Truffle- Very creamy and a darker nude shade that is more on the berry side
2. Covergirl -Sultry Sienna- Deeper nude shade
3. Rimmel London- Airy Fairy- Perfect pinky nude color with slight cool undertones
4. Revlon- Demure- This is great for the spring and summer. It has a coral undertone to it so it complements skin with more yellow undertones.
5. Miliani – Nude Beige- Smells like watermelon and is a slight pink nude color that looks very natural.
6. Revlon Lip-butter – Creme Brulee- This is the lightest I go for. Its not so nude that you can’t see you lips but It does have more of a taupey undertone so your lips have that perfect nude look that goes great with a smokey eye.
Thanks for stopping by!
Caitlin

January Favorites- 2016

January is now officially over and I thought what a better way to start off a new month, than with a beauty post. Which is all about my favorite beauty products for the month of January (well some a little longer). I am an avid product user and I love to try out new things to see what really works. So for the past month these are what I have been loving when it come to everything hair, makeup, and skin care related. 🙂 Let me know if they are some of yours as well!

1.Clinique acne cleansing gel  

This is something I have been using consistently for the past few months. I wash my face twice a day this face wash, and I love the difference it has made with my skin.  I went out of town and accidentally left this at home for entire week and my face broke out so bad. As soon as I started using this again my skin cleared right back up. If your skin is anything like mine (very oily and acne prone)  I highly recommend this product. It’s a gel so it cleans the skin completely but not to drying. After I use this my face feels so clean and refreshed.

2. Perfect 10 leave in spray

This is another great item I use all the time. After I wash my hair and it’s still damp I spray this all over my hair and brush it through. It makes your hair feel so soft and hydrated. It does everything it clams too.  It detangles, conditions, its protects your hair from heat damage, and adds shine just to name a few. When I started using this I noticed a huge difference in my hair. I have very fine and well… chemically dependent hair you might say and this product keeps my hair manageable and repairs all the damage I do to it. This is a huge must have for me and one I have repurchased many times.

3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I have tried many foundations in my life and this is by far the best one I have ever used. Since I  have oily skin I’m always on the lookout for something that won’t clog my pores and has a medium to high coverage. This one covers any imperfection and not heavy on the skin. It blends very easy, I find using it with a dense foundation brush or damp beauty blender yields the best results. It also does exactly what it claims to do, which is “stay in place.” Once it’s on, it does not crease, smug, and lasts all day. It comes in 30  shades so you can find your perfect match. 🙂

4. Rimmel London Airy Fairy

I have heard a lot about this lipstick from other bloggers and YouTube makeup gurus and decided to try it out!  I now use it everyday. Its a very flattering light pink shade that has very cool tone to it so it really complements most skin types, and its very affordable!!

 5. Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

Another drugstore fave of mine is this powder from Rimmel London. It is a pressed powder that I use to set my foundation and is comparable to a lot of high powders out there.  If you are looking to save money but still want a powder that works well than this is what you need. It keeps my skin looking matte and you get a lot of product, especially for the price.

6. Aveda Pure Abundance style prep

I love this stuff!! It is a miracle worker for fine and flat hair (which I have). I use this once I have washed my hair and it’s still a little damp. I give this a couple of good sprays right at the roots around the top of my head (where you what more volume)  Once you finish blow drying your hair that’s when you can tell the difference. 🙂

7. Jergens Natural glow

Who doesn’t love to have a little tan going on? I know I do but getting a tan and getting to last are difficut thing to have when you a little one running around. So the next best thing to real tan is fake one 🙂 This Jergen natural glow I have used for a while now and I still love it. I have used it for an everyday tan or for special occasions, like my wedding. Like it says, It is a gradual tanning lotion so the color is build able and doesn’t leave you with that orange appearance. Only advice with this stuff is to make sure you rub it in completely!
8. Clinique moisturizing gel
 $26.00 Buy it here
This paired with the gel acne cleanser that I mentioned is the perfect pair for combating acne. Because its a gel it moisturizers without putting more oil back into your skin.

9. MAC naked lunch eye-shadow

MAC always has the best eye shadows. They have great pigmentation and no fall out. The color “naked lunch” is one I wanted to mention because I have been using it quite a bit in the past few weeks. I use it as highlight on the brow one and in the inner corner. It has just enough shimmer in it to look like a natural glow.

 10 . Benefit Brow zing shaping kit

$32.00  But it here
This is everything you will ever need for your brows. As you can tell from the picture this product as been well loved. I have used this particular eyebrow kit for over a year now and it’s still going. I have the blonde shade and even when I decided to darken my hair, it still matched and easily build able. It comes with 2 small angle brushes and tweezers and a mirror. I love it because you get a wax and a powder that you can either use separately or together.

Hope this was helpful for anyone looking for a few make up reviews. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by 😉

Caitlin