Cold Weather Wear and Skincare

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Madewell Southfield Mockneck Sweater Outfit

Cold Weather Look

Clarins Serum and Moisturizer

Capwell + Co. Setting Sun Ear Jackets

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel

Sweater: Madewell | Jeans: Madewell | Boots: Sperry
Earrings: Capwell + Co. (available next month!)

In case you don’t live in New England, just let me tell you it gets cold! Like, frigid. The temperature can go from 60 degrees one day, to 20 (or less) the next.

These sudden drops are the worst!

To combat the cold weather, I’m a big fan of bundling up. Layers on layers on layers on layers. Think thick cozy sweaters, long sleeved bodysuits, and boot socks. Mostly because I’m a big baby when it comes to being cold.

And so is my skin. Trying Clarins Hydra-Essentiel serum and moisturizer has helped keep my skin moisturized in spite of how quickly the temperature and weather changes. So much so, that it stays hydrated all day.

So many people are surprised when they find out my age, and comment on my skin and how young it is. That is not case in the winter time. Well, at least, not before discovering Clarins Hydra-Essentiel products. So now, my skin can be quenched and radiant year-round!


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Photos by: Madaline Rose Heising Photography

Travel Skincare Set

On The Go Glow Set

Exfoliating Cleanser and Pre-Treatment TonerTravel Skincare SetHydropeptide

If you remember nothing else about me, just know that I completely and utterly adore Katherine Heigl. If there’s a movie and she’s in it, I own it. And have probably watch it over a thousand times.

One of her favorite products is Hydropeptide’s Exfoliating Cleanser.

When I was planning my trip to visit Gabby in Nantucket, I realized that I didn’t have any travel skincare. Sure, I had a ton of random samples, but nothing that really went together.

Hydropeptide’s On-the-Go Glow Travel Set not only comes with a travel size version of Katherine Heigl’s favorite Exfoliating Cleanser. But also their Pre-Treatment TonerFace Lift MoisturizerEye Authority Eye Cream, and Purifying Mask.

I mean, the set has literally everything you need when you’re traveling. It even comes in it’s own cosmetic case!

What I really like most about the set (other than the was it makes my face look and feel), is how luxurious everything in it smells! Seriously, I felt like I was at the most amazing spa.

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Exuviance Retexturing Treatment

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IMG_0912 (1)Smooth Arms and Legs Restore Radiant Skin Retexturizing TreatmentSkin Confident

When I was in high school I wore long sleeves and jeans, most of the time. Not for any religious reasons or anything like that, which would be one thing, but I just lacked the confidence to show any skin.

And that was when my skin was pretty much still in it’s peak condition.

I’ve since outgrown that.

But, now that I am older, so is my skin.

Trying different skincare products is something that I do to cope with aging. Cleansers, micellar waters, creams…

I had NEVER tried an exfoliating moisturizer before.

Or even heard of one.

Exuviance is a luxury skincare brand that I’ve tried products from before. I love their oxygen facial mask. So much so, that I decided to start using their retexturing treatment.

My original plan was to share before and after pictures, but the real difference is in the way my skin feels.

After using the treatment for not even a full week, my skin felt noticeably smoother. I can’t wait to see the difference with continued use.

If you see me overly touching my arms or legs, you are more than free to judge me. But, only after you feel them for yourself!





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Follain Finds: Farmaesthetics

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Farmaesthetics Mask and Milk

Follain is one of my favorite places in Boston.

Finding clean beauty products to use in lieu of other more toxic ones can be scary. Scary enough to make you want to just not. But, Follain makes buying healthier makeup easy.

They have really helped me.

After attending a summer beach day ready makeup event at their Beacon Hill location, I decided I wanted to also do a better job of sharing some of my favorite Follain finds with all of you!

I’d only heard of Farmaesthetics because I’d received a sample in the swag bag from attending the Lady Project Summit. I didn’t think anything of it, until I’d used the Herbal Hydration Complex mask a few times. Not sure where to get it when I ran out. Then I saw it at Follain.

I also sampled the lavender lotion, which can be used for body and face. The description on the website says that they’d probably bathe in it if they could.




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When Face Masks Review + Which to Use When

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When Face Masks

I have tried a number of different skincare products, but I have to say that When Face Masks are some of the best. So, I was beyond thrill to partner with When to share about my experience with their face masks.

After trying, I found that each of the masks felt and worked pretty similarly. Not surprising, since the main ingredients are essentially the same. Opening a packet and taking out the mask inside initially makes you think what have you gotten yourself into. These masks are thick! But after you remove the paper and whatnot, you are left with what is still a pretty thick but completely manageable product.

This is no 10 minute mask, so I highly recommend using these when you have some serious downtime. Like most masks, these feel a little cold on your face. And  this is where I found the masks started to vary. I found that 10:00 PM stayed cool and left my face looking younger. Not years younger, but definitely less tired. Whereas, Snow Magic seemed to warm up a bit. It made my skin feel kind of tight and let my face with more of a healthy glow.

Here’s which When Face Mask to use when:


10:00 PM

Stay out a little too late with your girls?


Or even worse, do you look it?

10:00 PM is the face mask you need. It restores the moisture in your skin using coconut juice, hyaluronic acid, and ginseng and watermelon extracts.

Snow Magic

Snow Magic

If your skin is looking dull, then I recommend Snow Magic.

Kind of similar to 10:00 PM, it nourishes your skin, but in addition to moisturizing, it also leaves your face bright and glowing.

No highlighter required.



Going on vacation?

Make sure to pack Travelmate!

It’s ideal after a day spent at the beach, using chamomile and Swiss Alpine herb extracts to soothe your skin.

Regardless of which mask you use, the key is to apply the mask you need for 30 minutes and then massage in the excess serum.

Spa day, anyone?



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How to Look 10 Years Younger (Tips from The Age Fix)

Age FixFruit and Lemon WaterLemon Water Mason JarIt’s no secret that I like to tweak my skincare a ton, trying new products to find the ones that work best for me and my skin. While I tend to gravitate towards whatever is new or trending, sometimes it’s nice to get advice from a professional.

Dr. Anthony Youn is a top plastic surgeon, but his book The Age Fix is all about how to keep your skin healthy and looking young without surgery.

He shares everything from DIY face mask recipes, to quick makeup fixes. My personal favorite part is the section on what to eat for your best skin. I haven’t been able to fully commit to giving the suggested meal plan a try.

It is on my to do list, though.

For now, I’ve been making a serious effort to drink more water (adding lemon slices has been a huge help, in addition to opting for seltzer water instead of soda every once in a while).

Also, fruit. Apples, pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blueberries. I really like fruit, so making sure to start my day with at least one of something was a pretty easy transition.

Since I’m also trying to use healthier beauty products, I figured baby steps are probably in my best interest.



NEW Bioré Baking Soda Cleanser and Pore Scrub

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyBioreFizz #CollectiveBias

Bioré Baking Soda Pore Scrub

Bioré introduces a new product and just like that spring cleaning takes on an entirely different meaning for me!

New Bioré Baking Soda Cleanser

In the winter my skin can be very very dry.

But as the snow starts to melt, that changes. And so does my skincare. The new Bioré Baking Soda Cleanser and Cleansing Pore Scrub are exactly what my combination skin has been needing.

Both products exfoliate my dry flaky skin, without irritating it. The Cleansing Pore Scrub is unlike any product I’ve ever used, here’s how you use it:

Start by pouring some of the scrub (about the size of a quarter) into your hand, after wetting your face.

Then add water and watch as it really start to fizz!



Apply the “fizz” to your face and then gently massage it and feel it as penetrates your pores. What I really like about this product is that you have complete and total control over the level of exfoliation.

Too coarse?

Add more water.

Want to dial it up a bit?

Add more powder.

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And then just pat dry with a face towel.



Now you’re all spring clean!


While the scrub is super fun to use, for daily use, I recommend using the Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser.


If you have oily skin, as I tend to in the summer, you should try Bioré Charcoal products instead.


All of which is available to pick up on your next trip to Walmart!

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How much do you want to try out the new Bioré Baking Soda Pore Scrub?


Better Beauty with Beautycounter

Better Beauty

I know I’m not exactly the healthiest person, but one of my goals this year is to try to be more conscientious of what I put into my body. As well as what I put onto my body.

This is much easier said than done.

Especially with makeup.

But Beautycounter is out to change that.

I met up with Emily of Beautycounter to learn about the products they offer and test some of them out for myself.


I had already sampled their Body Glow Scrub and Hydrate Body Lotion, because they were in the Monarch Workshop swag bag.

ScrubBeautycounter EverydayBarsRoseLustro Face OilEvery Day and Night Countertime

But it was the makeup that I really wanted to try out!


My personal favorite product (that I will most definitely be getting), is the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen.Touchup Skin Concealer PenLipstick

Unexpectedly, I also really liked the Color Contour Matte Brozner (in No. 2). I didn’t think it would be dark enough, but it created a very natural looking contour.
BlushLip Gloss

Using the brushes was a real treat!

I seriously want them all. Brush Collection

Safe beauty is better beauty.
Lip ConditionerHere’s the before and after…

Beautycounter BeforeBeautycounter After

Face: Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer in No. 5, Touchup Concealer Pen in No. 2,  Color Sweep Blush Duo in Tawny/Whisper and Color Contour Matte Bronzer in No. 2
Eyes: Color Outline Eye Pencil in Black and Color Define Brow Pencil in Dark
Lips: Lip Gloss in Sienna

A nice, yet naturally enhancing, look. And you can still clearly see the difference.


If you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter, you can contact Emily, here!

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Ocean Mineral Cleanser

Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser

I’d told myself, that I was going to use up the skincare products I have before trying any more new ones.

But Oz Naturals changed my mind with their Ocean Mineral Cleanser. I mean, they pretty much always do that to me, their products are vegan and organic, so I can almost never resist.

Skin Science Nature

Really, they had me at ocean.

That and organic rose hip oil.

Oz Natural Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser

I’ve been using it for over a week now and I really like it. It gets my face clean, but gently. After I clean off my makeup, I wash my face with the Ocean Mineral Cleanser so make sure there won’t be any makeup stains on my pillows. Hasn’t let me down yet!

Cleanser and Body Scrub Ocean Mineral and Sea Salt Scrub

Now if only using it could make it summer and put me on a beach by the ocean somewhere…


Notice the Lotus at Target

Notice the Lotus

Even though there are plenty of times I’ve been mistaken for much younger, I am almost basically 30.

I haven’t spotted any major signs of aging, but have given a lot more thought to my skincare routine.

And like many other 20 (almost 30) something year olds, I spend a lot of time at Target.

So, I was very happy to notice the lotus on the the Target shelves. Hearing that derma e, a brand that I use frequently, is now at Target is huge! Not that I’m against online shopping, it’s just so much easier to pick up things while I’m already out.

Plus, it’s motivates me to try new products.

Like their Firming DMAE Eye Lift cream.
derma e Firming DMAE Eye Lift

Since I don’t really have many to begin with, this was more preemptive on my part.

A little, but helpful, trick that also helps? Use your ring finger to pat on eye creams! The eye area is super sensitive, avoid tugging on it.
Use Your Ring Finger

Wrinkles and fine lines? Not on my face!
If you need me, I’ll be at Target.