Three of my favorite beauty tools

As a women in the beauty industry I love tools that help me be more efficient with my skin care and makeup products. It’s important to have the proper products that will help make your life easier and not complicated. Sometimes I feel people feel either intimidated by what seems like a complicated look or they might feel like a skin care regimen might take too long to do. I’m all about efficiency as I am a women with two businesses, two other jobs, and plenty of other responsibilities. So I wanted to share three of my favorite beauty tools which I use daily in my beauty routine and how they have drastically made my life better. FYI if you click on any of the names of these beauty tools it’ll take you to a link to purchase them.

Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush

“This lightweight, two-speed power brush gently massages as it thoroughly cleans skin, removing residue, dirt and makeup in seconds.

• Removes makeup 85% better than cleansing by hand.*

• Boosts the absorption of your next skin care step.

• Starts improving skin’s appearance immediately.

• Helps polish away the look of past skin damage for a more even-looking complexion.

• Softens the appearance of lines and wrinkles.”

This brush makes me feel as if I am in a fancy spa every morning as I take a shower. The bristles are soft so they feel good. And I can tell that I am getting a deeper and more fuller cleaning. It makes my cleanser work double time which means the benefits I get from my cleanser are even more effective. The brush is easy use and the brush heads are easy to change out. I also love that the brush comes with batteries and two additional brush heads. Plus in the future you can also buy more brush heads separately. One piece of advice I’d give while using this though is to make sure your hair is up because I use the brush on my neck as well and I’ve had a couple of occasions where my hair got stuck in the brush.

Essential Brush Collection

“The Mary Kay® Essential Brush Collection includes five high-quality, precisely shaped brushes which are ideal for creating a range of looks, packed in a stylish, portable clutch.

• New brush shapes help anyone create makeup looks with confidence.

• Each brush excels at blendability, application and pickup.

• Synthetic bristles are compatible with liquid, cream and powder.”

In order to get the makeup look you want, you have to be using the right tools. And this brush collection has all the tools you need!

“The collection includes:

  • All-Over Powder Brush
  • Cheek Brush
  • All-Over Eye Shadow Brush
  • Eye Crease Brush
  • Eye Smudger Brush”

It also has a case to keep all the brushes in that is sleek and travels well. Each brush is perfectly angled for the part of the face it is used on. The brushes have the techniques you need without you having to be an expert.

Travel Roll-Up Bag

Here’s a great way to keep skin care products and cosmetics safe and organized while you’re on the go. Compartments are removable for added convenience.

This is probably my favorite of all three items because of its versatility. You can hang the bag up with a hook, the compartments are clear so you can easily see what’s inside, they come off with Velcro, and the bag rolls up and you can carry it by its handle. I have one that I keep in my shower with all of my cleansers and soaps I use there, I have one I use when I go to the gym, I have one for when I travel which I keep all my liquid items in, and in college I used one to keep all my accessories organized. There are an infinite amount of ways to use this bag!

So what are some of your favorite beauty tools? I love getting feedback from you guys so keep it coming! And don’t forget to follow my blog by pressing the button at the bottom of the page.

Nighttime Skin Care Routine

Above is a video showing me washing my face at night. I’d say all together it took about 5 minutes to do. Below I’ll be explaining everything that I used so check it out!

1.Eye Makeup Remover $15

This product “gently removes eye makeup, including waterproof mascara, without tugging or pulling the delicate skin in the eye area. Formula does not leave skin feeling greasy.” – taken from website

All you have do to is shake it up, squeeze some into a cotton ball, and then rub around your eyes. I also use this product on my lips if I have a lipstick that’s hard to get off like a bright color or matte shade.

2.Facial Cleaning Cloths $18

This product “gently removes dirt, oil and makeup, leaving your skin feeling clean and soft.” – taken from website

I love these wipes because they already have the cleanser in them. All you have to do is wet it and rub it to together to get the suds going. This is a great option for night time when you don’t feel like washing your face. After you wash your face off you wet the cloth again, wiping away any dirt on there, and wash away the soap from your face. It’s as easy as that! It comes with 30 cloths.

3.Vitamin C Activating Squares $24

“This beauty industry first uses breakthrough technology that delivers pure vitamin C to your skin in a tiny, dissolvable square. In just 2 weeks,* TimeWise® Vitamin C Activating Squares™ were shown to deliver visible benefits in the appearance of even skin tone, skin radiance and fine lines and wrinkles.” – taken from website

*Results based on a four-week independent clinical study in which 29 women used TimeWise® Vitamin C Activating Squares™ dissolved in a neutral base three times a week. The neutral base did not contain age-fighting ingredients.

Our body does not naturally produce vitamin C, so we have to get it from other ways. This is a fun way to get pure vitamin C into your system. What you do to activate the square is drop a little bit of water on it so it will dissolve in your hand and then you mix it in with a serum. The serum I used is step #4. It comes with 12 squares.

4.Replenishing Serum +C $56

“Help skin bounce back with TimeWise Replenishing Serum+C®. Skin will appear lifted, firmed and more resilient.” – Taken from website

I mix my Vitamin C Square with this serum for an added boost of vitamin C. Also when applying product to your face, it’s always important to rub upwards and in circular motion. This last about 3 months.

5.Age Minimize 3D Night Cream $32

This product “Delivers a bedtime boost of antioxidants when applied at night, working while skin is most able to rebuild its reserves.” – taken from website

Along with rebuilding your skin over night, this product also moisturizes your skin for 12 hours. And it comes in oily/combo or dry/normal. There is also a day Cream with SPF 30 you can use in the morning. This last about 3 months.

6.Age Minimize 3D Eye Cream $36

“Skin looks firmer as this quick-absorbing cream brightens the eye area and keeps it moisturized for 12 hours.” – taken from website

The area underneath your eye is one of the most sensitive areas on your body because it has the least amount of skin. This is why it’s recommended to have an eye cream. And when you apply an eye cream it’s recommended to use your ring finger because that has the lightest touch. And you pat underneath the eye and along the brow bone. You don’t want to rub that area so please remember to pat the skin lightly. This last about 3 months.

Before
After

I hope you all learned something from my night time skin care routine and I’d love to learn from you all as well! Comment below and press the follow button below so you can subscribe to my blog.

Skin Care Giveaway!

So I wanted to share a couple of thoughts I have on skin care. As you might know from my About Age section, I have been a beauty consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 12 years. And I have run across a lot of ladies who have a lot of varying opinions on skin care. The two main things I have seen of those who aren’t focus on using a good skin care regimen everyday are 1. those who love makeup and focus more on that than skin care (obviously this isn’t everybody, i’m talking about a specific sector of people) and 2. those who haven’t put much thought into any type of beauty or skin care and just use the same soap on their whole body or don’t wash their face at all. So I wanted to share some information with those two groups. And also share a giveaway I’m doing this week.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Since I am sharing all of this information about skin care, I figured I’d do a give away for some skin care as well. I am going to do a drawing for a Timewise Miracle Set 3D The Go Set which is a smaller, travel size version which last about 2-3 weeks valued at $25. There will also be other winners who receive samples. This set also comes in dry/normal or oily/combo. All you have to do is fill out the form listed below and you’ll be entered into the drawing. I will be informing everyone of the winner on Sunday night. There are a couple of rules/guidelines:

  • You must not have a MK consultant
  • You must not already be one of my customers
  • Must be a follower/subscriber to my blog
  • You can be international

Link to form for giveaway

Makeup over Skin Care

I know many people and have come across many people who love makeup. I’m one of them. It’s fun to have different looks for different occasions, how colors blend together, etc. And some of those people who I have met who love makeup only focus on that part of their beauty regimen. But to achieve the best makeup looks you have to start off with a palette that is healthy and clean. This means that every night we have to wash our face because makeup goes into our pores, clogs them, and creates havoc on our face. And we have to make sure that if we have acne or certain signs of aging we have to use skin care products that will help with that. It is great that there are TONS of makeup products which will cover up blemishes on our face, but if we deal with what we are trying to cover up than we can use less makeup which means our products will last longer.

No Beauty Regimen at all

The other group of ladies that I often see or know are those who tell me that they either just wash their face with water or use the same soap for their whole body. And an analogy I often use with this group is by asking them to think about driving throughout the day. At the end of the day there is usually some type of dirt, dust, pollen, etc. that is on that car. Those same things are on your face by the end of the day too. So if you don’t at least wash your face and use a good moisturizer morning and night you have all those elements going into your pores and therefore into your body. This is why I also recommend that everybody use at LEAST a tinted moisturizer daily as well to act as a protectant for your clean pores against the elements mentioned earlier. It is good to know what type of skin you have whether it by dry, oily, or combo and use a skin care regimen made specifically for your skin. Also if you have sensitive skin, acne prone skin, signs of aging, etc. it’s good to look for a line that deals with those things too. Skin care is a very customized thing because everyone’s skin is different. So sometimes you have to play around with different skin care lines until you find what works best for you.

Mary Kay’s 5 Different Skin Care Lines

So now that I’ve shared the importance of skin care for everyone I wanted to quickly go over the 5 different skin care lines Mary Kay has and if you think any of them would be a good fit for your you can purchase them by clicking on the names of each one and it will take you directly to my website. If you already have an MK consultant, please purchase from them.

MKMen® Skin Care Regimen

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I wanted to start off with this line because often people don’t think Mary Kay has products for men but we do. As described on the website,

Smoothed. Soothed. Protected. Clean Face Solutions for Every Man.

Set includes:

  • MKMen® Daily Face Wash
  • MKMen® Shave Foam
  • MKMen® Advanced Eye Cream
  • MKMen® Advanced Facial Hydrator Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30*

Botanical Effects® Regimen (Sensitive skin)

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This is another skin care line I wanted to highlight first because I know a lot of people with sensitive skin or those who are younger and don’t yet need anti aging. That’s who this line is for. As described on the on the website,

Life is complicated. Your skin care regimen shouldn’t be. This simple nutrient-packed regimen helps put your skin back in balance.

Set includes:

  •  Cleansing Gel,
  • Moisturizing Gel
  • Refreshing Toner

Invigorating Scrub is available separately.

Clear Proof® Acne System

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As described on the website,

With the Clear Proof® Acne System, you get an effective regimen clinically shown to provide clearer skin in just 7 days.* The four-product set:

  • Clears up blemishes without irritation and helps maintain a clear complexion.
  • Unclogs pores, removes excess oil and leaves skin feeling healthier.
  • Fades the look of lingering acne spots.
  • Attacks multiple factors that can contribute to acne breakouts.

The value-priced set includes:

  • Clear Proof® Clarifying Cleansing Gel,** 4.5 oz.
  • Clear Proof® Blemish Control Toner,** 5 fl. oz.
  • Clear Proof® Acne Treatment Gel,** 1 oz.
  • Clear Proof® Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin, 3 fl. oz.

TimeWise Miracle Set 3D®

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This set comes in oily/combo or dry/normal. As described on the website,

The TimeWise Miracle Set 3D® defends, delays and delivers for younger-looking skin. This full-spectrum, three-dimensional approach helps minimize the appearance of skin aging.

Set Includes:

  • TimeWise® Age Minimize 3D™ 4-in-1 Cleanser
  • TimeWise® Age Minimize 3D™ Day Cream SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen**
  • TimeWise® Age Minimize 3D™ Night Cream
  • TimeWise® Age Minimize 3D™ Eye Cream

TimeWise Repair® Volu-Firm® Set

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As described on the website,

Restore what was lost and lift away the years with this scientifically innovative regimen that proves it’s never too late to help rescue skin from the damage of the past and recapture a vision of youthfulness.

  • The look of deep lines and wrinkles is reduced.
  • Lifted facial contours appear restored.
  • Youthful volume is recaptured.
  • Even skin tone is revealed.
  • Vital moisture is replenished.

This set includes:

  • Foaming Cleanser, 4.5 oz.
  • Lifting Serum, 1 fl. oz.
  • Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30*, 1.7 oz.
  • Night Treatment With Retinol, 1.7 oz.
  • Eye Renewal Cream, .5 oz.