Beauty

Skincare Regimen

Hi Colleen here!

I have always been a skincare junkie. Always trying new and different products since I was in my 20’s. Now that I am in my 40’s (ok, full disclosure, I am 47), I find It even more important to really find the products that work for my concerns. My biggest concerns are to fight the fine lines that are trying so hard to show themselves and trying to keep my skin moisturized. Oh, and then trying to not look soooooo tired all the time!

I have recently come full circle with my daily skincare products. The main product line I am using now I first used in my 20’s when I started to really take care of my skin. (BTW, you are never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin).

So, here are the products I am using currently in my fight against aging! The Philosophy brand is my go to. I love how my skin looks and feels after, as well as the scents they use. The scents make you feel like you are in a spa!

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My Step 1: Cleanse with Purity by Philosophy

IThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is step-1-1-1.jpg If said that I wash my face every night, that would not be the truth, but I do most nights. There are those nights I am way too tired to do much of anything let alone go through my skin care route….

Purity is a very gentle cleanser with an amazing scent. You use a very small amount and with a drop of water message all over your face and neck. It will not foam up, but will melt away the make up (as they say). Then rinse.

Here is the link to the 32 oz bottle I use, it literally lasts at least 6 months! This is the best deal I could find on this size as of today.

My Step 2: Apply Serum with When Hope Is Not Enough by Philosophy (I swear that’s the name). The tag line I love “May we grow beautiful as we grow wise”

All of these products have these inspirational quotes that help you get your mornings going.

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This serum is a bit heavier than another have used but it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. They recommend you use 4-5 drops, but I find you only need 3 drops and apply all over your face and neck. It is so important to treat your neck, especially as we get older, within every step of your routine.

This step tends to be a bit of a slurge but here is the best deal I could find on the 4 oz bottle and the 1oz bottle. Honestly, as long as you use a really good moisturizer you can probably skip this step.

My Step 3: apply Moisturizer with Renewed Hope In A Jar

“Live with optimism, renew with hope”

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I only use a very small amount with this as well (see pic above) and apply all over face and neck. This moisturizer is not greasy in any way, simply absorbs right into the skin. Your skin will look refreshed, rosy, and youthful, I swear. I love love this stuff!

Currently best deal on 4 oz jar and 2 oz jar. Please note that the 4 oz jar will last about 6 months.

My Step 4: Finally apply Eye Cream with Dew It All by Farmacy

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SUPER important for me! This is where I am seeing those pesky lines the most! This product was introduced to me through the FabFitFun box (will show you all in an up coming blog) for fall. I love it. Not greasy and just absorbs right into the skin. Again, just a small amount and dab around your eyes, all around. Don’t not rub, just dab.

It is a small jar at only 0.5 oz but you use so little that it last a few months.  Best deal here!

Items I use only once a week:

1st: Renewed Hope In A Jar Peeling Mousse

This product is recommended to use 2-3 times per week, but I only use it once per week. After you cleanse, you squeeze out the product the size of a quarter and message all over face and neck. Please avoid your eyes! It will start to roll off all the dead skin cells and cleans out your pours. This is amazing or gross (see pic). Continue this process for about 1 minute and then rinse. You skin will be refreshed and ready to receive moisturizer. This is my favorite step of the week!

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The 2.5 oz tube is linked here. You will be amazed by what comes off your face!

2nd: Blaq Eye Mask

Though these look and feel slimy they are AMAZING! I use them as needed when I have major dark circles and puffiness around my eyes. You put them on each eye for about 10-15 minutes. Remove. And rinse. I use them in the morning, but you can use them whenever you need it.

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The pack of 5 sets is linked here!

Like I have said before, what works me may not work for you. Plus you may only want to try one of the steps, which is totally fine. Everyone is different and has different needs for their skin. But what I do know is that it is very important to do something to care for your skin and it is never too early. Plus it’s fun to try all the different products out there!

Oh!  Let me introduce you to my amateur photographer!  Both makeup free!!

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Good luck!!

I may get a commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post. Please note that all the opinions and suggestions are my own and not in any way influenced.

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Complement Catching Pump

If you are looking for an all season, super comfortable pump? One that will get you complements every time you wear them? A shoe that you can get in at least 9 colors? Block heel?

Then this Marc Fisher Caitlin Pump is THE shoe for you! If you haven’t tried Marc Fisher shoes, I totally recommend them! Always a comfortable shoe!

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Check it out here!

My Blush Color

Leopard

Other Colors here

I have the Blush Suede and they go with everything!

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Peplum Tee – A New Favorite Basic

Peplum Tee

Hi there, Liz here!

I’ve been on the search for some new basic tops. You know, those perfect tees or tanks that are in a constant rotation within your wardrobe. The first item you grab when you just want to feel good and know you will look cute at the same time.

Well I found this peplum style that might be my new favorite. I love how it is a basic tee, but with a feminine twist!

The fabric is a soft, lightweight cotton. Silhouette is a classic crewneck that can be outfitted in many ways. And the peplum detail creates a flattering shape.

I liked the top so much, I ordered 3 colors! The fit runs large, so I sized down to an XS when I’m normally a S. There is also a long sleeve v-neck version in a slub cotton fabric that I added to my cart.

I was debating on which color I should return. But at 40% off, I may just keep all 3!

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Super High-Waisted Jegging Crop from AE

Hey There! Liz and Colleen here posting together today!! We took @LivingInYellow up on their recommendation to give these amazing jeans a try! They were right! These are so good! They have the perfect amount of stretch for comfort and a high waist to help control that middle area…..Moms, you know what I mean, right?….. The cuffed hem is so cute too. You can also unroll the hem if you want a different look or length.

That brings us to length, they come in regular, short, and long. Liz and I are both wearing size 4 in regular length for you to use as a guide. I am 5’4″ and Liz is 5’3″. They also come in sizes 00 – 20, very customizable to your body type. At first Liz bought a size 6 thinking she would need to size up because they are high waist. But because the fabric is so stretchy, you really don’t need to size up, these fit TTS.

These are a must try! Please let us know what you think!!

Check out the casual and dressed up looks with these jeans below!

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Striped Sweatshirt / Camo Sweatshirt (similar) / Jeans / Sandals / Converse


Green Cami / Tan Sandals / Grey Blazer / Grey Cami / Yellow Shoes (sold out) / Jeans

Hope you enjoy then as much as we are!

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Hurry for the AE Sale- 25% off!

Commission Links:
Knot Front Romper
Striped Terry Sweatshirt
High-Waisted Jegging
Boyfriend Denim Shirt

I have recently picked up some really great pieces from American Eagle. They are versatile, comfortable, nice quality, and at a great value – currently all 25% off!

Knot Front Romper– tts, wearing size small

Striped Terry Sweatshirt – Runs 1 size larger, wearing size XS. For oversized fit, wear normal size.

High-Waisted Jegging– tts, wearing size 4 regular length. I am 5’3″. For a more cropped look go for the short length if you are my height or shorter.

Boyfriend Denim Shirt– tts, wearing size small

So hurry over to the site and check my picks out (commissioned links above) or pick up other finds at these great prices : https://shopstyle.it/l/0Rnu

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#TargetFindFriday: Planting Edition

As I was on my weekly stroll through Target I was inspired by all the outdoor furniture, accessories, and gardening tools!! One of my favorite hobbies this time of year is planting in my garden. I love planning out the annuals I will be planting and where they will go. I also sweat out the pressure of hoping that my perennials didn’t die and will pop up again this year!

I also love getting my kids involved and making this a family activity! Even my tween son enjoys working in this with me, at least he did as of last year…..( he probably would never admit it)

A great way to get the kids interested in the gardening process is to start them working on these grow kits early and then once they start growing they can plant them in the ground.

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Face Planter (in store)

Strawberry patch (in store)

Grow Kits: Lady Bug / Hedgehog / Butterfly

Click here to all the grows kits offered.

When they go to plant their new seedlings they will need these adorable tools.

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Garden Gloves : Flowers / Fox / Bugs / Unicorn

Sun Hats: Unicorn / Flowers / Fox / Bugs

Garden Tools: Unicorn / Flowers / Fox /Bugs

Watering Cans: Flowers / Unicorn / Fox / Bugs

Next they can decorate the garden with these stepping stones, garden signs, and statues that they can paint!

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Click here to see all they have to offer!  There are so many great projects!

Important note: All the items above make great Easter basket fillers!!

I also found these great new garden tools for me!

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I love the Smith and Hawken line click here to check it all out!

Oh! One more thing! The planters below are so pretty and though they are made of plastic they look like pottery. So super lightweight! I will be picking these up to decorate my front porch!

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Click here to see all the Smith and Hawken Planters

Happy planting!!

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Birthday Dinner #OOTD

38….here I come!

Such a great day celebrating my birthday.

Enjoyed ice cream cake with the kiddos before dinner! (Doesnt everyone do dessert then dinner?!)

Then my husband took me out to eat. We don’t eat out much, especially during the week.But since it was a special occasion, I wanted to dress in some of my favorite pieces.

This jcrew silk wrap top is a tried and true staple in my closet. So flattering and great quality. Fits tts, I am wearing a size 4.

The leopard pumps are a new purchase and I’ve already gotten so much use out of them. Perfect heel height and very comfortable. Fit tts, I am wearing a size 8.

I’m a gap jeans girl. I’ve started to branch out lately, but I always come back to their skinny and jeggings styles. They fit my body type perfectly, maintain their shape, and come in so many washes and styles. These jeggings are my favorite for their fit and classic wash. Fit tts, I am wearing a size 27.

For fun, I wore these tassle earrings that added a little extra fun to the look. My pair are sold out, but I found a great alternative on Amazon for less than $10. Click the link above!

I felt great in all of these favorite items on my special day!