Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wake-Up in the Skin You Want & Love!

Disclosure: Although I was given the products for this post for free to review all opinions are mine.

Recently one of my best gals asked me if I wanted to try some skin care products. I instantly said, "yes" because ever since I turned 25 my skin changed. I know that sounds crazy because 25 is so young but honestly, I suddenly started to notice the onset of wrinkles, dry skin, uneven tones, and even blackheads! For someone who doesn’t remember ever having a pimple in my teens having them show up in my 20’s was horrifying. I started wearing foundation for the first time ever and that only made the blackhead situation worse. However, on a side note, I now love Neutrogena Foundationit is the best!

Okay, now that I have vented, let me clarify, I don’t have horrible skin by any means, it just changes as you get older which means your skin care regimen also has to change or for some (like me) you actually have to have one. I have yet to find that perfect solution for my skin and I feel like I am always searching. However, I think the search might be over now that I have tried Rodan + Fields

"Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the creators of Proactiv® Solution, launched Rodan + Fields to extend their vision of bringing dermatology based skincare solutions to everyone... With Rodan + Fields, looking good and feeling confident has never been easier and it's all possible without a trip to the dermatologist's office."

Over the past few weeks I have tested a few Rodan + Fields products from the Reverse and the Redefine lines and let me tell you something: I. AM. IN. LOVE! Yep, I drank the Kool-Aide. Although, I have only sampled the products I have noticed my dark spots are starting to fade but what really sold me on these producs was how soft, bright and dewy my skin is. Honestly, I even think it glows a little. Because of this I am going to continue with my Rodan + Fields journey.

I love waking up and feeling fresh and loving my skin completely and totally makeup free and with these products you can achieve that feeling too.

Below are the products I tried and their descriptions:
  1. REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash (Seriously, this leaves your skin feeling so smooth!) A multi-mechanism exfoliater that simultaneously cleanses and refines sun damaged, blotchy complexions. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen old, dull skin cells so that tiny polyethylene beads can effectively sweep them away. With a fresh, polished surface, skin is instantly brighter and ready to receive the benefits of the medicines delivered in the subsequent steps of the regimen.
  2. REVERSE Intensive Brightening Toner (No joke about the brightening.) Delivers a proprietary blend of kojic acid, antioxidants, salicylic acid and licorice to brighten skin, fade the appearance of discoloration and reveal a more radiant complexion.
  3. REVERSE Dual Active Brightening Complex  (I love how soft this made my skin feel and dewy not greasy!) Features vitamin C and retinol, to enhance skin brightening while diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, along with kojic acid and licorice to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone over time. Dual-tube packaging ensures maximum product efficacy. By layering REVERSE Dual Active Brightening Complex over REVERSE Intensive Brightening Toner, uniform brightening of the skin is optimized.
  4. REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen (A great sunscreen, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.) Features SHIELD, a unique complex of stabilized avobenzone and anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory colorless carotenoids, to provide prolonged broad spectrum protection and ensure that the REVERSE Regimen has every opportunity to reverse the signs of past damage, while preventing new discolorations from forming. Vitamin E and green tea fight free radicals and prevent future damage from occurring, while licorice extract and mulberry help to brighten dull skin.
  5. REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Mask: (I love a good mask and this one feels amazing. I did it a couple times a week and felt so fresh.) Creamy, kaolin clay-based cleansing mask dries in two minutes, drawing impurities from pores without robbing skin of essential moisture. Fine dimethicone microbeads gently exfoliate to smoothe the skin without disrupting skin’s delicate moisture barrier.
  6. REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream: (I hate going to bed feeling greasy but this does the opposite you just feel hydrated and smooth. Plus it smells so good). An ultra-hydrating cream which replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) while you sleep for visibly firmer, less-lined skin in the morning. Moisture recycling complex of hyaluronic acid and glycerin prevent moisture loss while 12-hour, time-released antioxidants A, C and E replenish vital skin nutrients.
  7. REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment: (If you are looking for a daily SPF then I recommend this one. It is light enough to go under makeup and smells good, not like sunscreen.) A moisturizing treatment with photostable broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. It contains a clinically proven concentration of powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firm skin. SHIELDrf provides effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and visibly decelerates the signs of photoaging that appear over time.
  8. REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum: (I really liked this stuff, a lot, but truth be told I am a basic Vaseline girl when it comes to the lips and since I simply cannot buy it all I will probably stay that way). When it comes to lips, time and the environment take their toll in a profound way. The smooth, naturally full, defined lips that nature gives us will, over time, become thinner, flatter, less rosy and more lined. Reclaim or maintain the lips of youth with REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. Each peptide and antioxidant-rich capsule helps lips retain natural moisturizing factors, smoothes lip texture and reduces the appearance of lip wrinkles. 60 capsules.
  9. REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream: (I did not test this product but I think I might give it a go just because I loved everything else I tried.) Combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles while special optical diffusers noticeably brighten the eye area. Ophthalmologist tested, this formula is ideal for maintaining the delicate skin around the eyes.
I recommend having a makeup cloth to remove any grime from the day before washing your face at night. Although the face wash smoothes the skin and gets rid of dullness I found it left makeup behind. I am sure most woman already do this but just in case you don't (I didn't) I thought I would suggest it.

I hope you all love your skin first thing in the morning, completely and totally makeup free, and if you don't, may I suggest you give Rodan + Fields a try? It will give you that confidence every woman deserves to know. 

 Check out all of their fantastic products here!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Style Inspiration

If you are like me Memorial Day has completely snuck up on you and you are not prepared...at all. By writing this post, hopefully, I will be inspired to plan a BBQ, get a group together to do a bonfire at the beach, camp out at the lake, lay by the pool, get away with the hubs or maybe even a fun Monday brunch...I mean, I cannot miss an opportunity for a fab outfit and some good ol' friends and family time! 

Plans or no plans...one thing is for sure...everyone can look great doing, well nothing or everything! Below are a few ensemble inspirations for your Memorial Day Weekend! 

Get the Look:
This Fantastic Jewelry is Oia Jewels (I am obsessed!)
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Sweater: Mango
Sandals: Found on Polyvore

Get the Look:
Boyfriend Jeans: Gap
Purse: Francesca's
This Fantastic Jewelry is once again Oia Jewels (I told you I am obsessed!)
Bracelet, Dainty Bracelet, Rocker Ring
Hat: HatShop.com 
Wedges: Michael Kors at Neiman Marcus
Top: Scotch & Soda

Get the Look:
Maxi Dress: Forever 21
This Fantastic Jewelry is once again Oia Jewels (I bet you are now obsessed too!)
Drop Necklace, Hand Chain
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Jean Jacket: American Eagle
Headwrap: Forever 21
Satchel: Tory Burch
Sandals: Valentino 

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend everyone and be safe! 



Monday, May 19, 2014

Top 10 Wedding Trends For 2014

I love weddings! I love, love!

I was a wedding designer for over four years and every time I would see the bride walk down the aisle I would get a little choked up. It is just such a beautiful thing…committing yourself to that one person you love more than anything in front of those that mean the most to you…and that moment between the bride and groom…ahhhhh...anyway, let’s just dive on in to the top 10 trends for the 2014 wedding season.

1) Pink Tones:

Tell your groom not to worry. We are not talking Pepto Bismol pink we are referring to pinks with blush, nude and peach undertones. This color scheme is popping up all over. Use it for your bridesmaid dresses, your floral, your linen or even your bridal gown. The options are endless really because even though it is technically a color it is subtle enough to be used over and over again and anywhere. Also, don’t focus too much on making sure all the blush tones are an exact match. This is a fun color to play with the ombre trend or to mismatch a little bit.

Purple is still a huge color this year (Radiant Orchid anyone?) and paired with blush...Ooh lala! 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Audrey Hepburn: A style icon!

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite style icons of all time! 
Today, Audrey Hepburn would be 85. 

Audrey was known for her humble, kind and charming ways. In 2006, New Woman Magazine named Audrey the most beautiful woman of all time and the American Film Institute (AFI) ranked her as the third greatest female star of all time. She was funny, giving and elegant, all traits that contributed to her title of "dream girl" time and time again. 

One of my favorite traits of Audrey was her ability to always look flawless. She had this effortless, classic look that woman are still trying to mimic today!

Below are a few current looks (and staples for every ladies closet) to help you achieve the classic look Audrey Hepburn perfected years ago. 

Black Flats:


The Little Black Dress:

Left to Right:
Gap (currently on sale for only $23.97)

Cropped Pants:

Left to Right:

White Collar Shirt:


Happy Birthday to Audrey Hepburn! 
Your timeless style lives on!