• Beauty Rules to Live By at Every Age

    The rules of the beauty game are always changing and I’m always looking forward to putting my best face forward no matter the current challenge.

    I’ve always been a fan of more natural methods and they do seem to work better but sometimes it’s more about how you work what you’re working with. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trading in my oils or paraben free cleansers, but those only work if you know how to work them for your skin.

    Here are the top 5 beauty rules I live by…daily

    1. Wash it twice – I cleanse with a paraben free cleanser, like Pacifica’s Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash, and then I follow with oil cleansing using Moroccan Argan Oil. Generally it takes more than one go ’round to get mascara, foundation, powder and what ever else has been applied truly off your skin. Not a believer? Wash your face once and then swipe it along your hairline, jawline or eyelids with a cotton ball or cotton swab. Miss something?


    2. Avoid sugar and processed foods – boxed food products and refined sugars are no friends to none but I wear them particularly well when I consume them so I just don’t eat them. And it isn’t easier said than done because I actually love having clear skin and a smaller waistline. I stopped eating sugar and  other not so healthy foods cold turkey and dropped over 20 lbs in under two months. That was all before the workouts and crazy healthy smoothies. And I haven’t gained any of it back – I’d say those are results you can bet on.

    3. Sleep on a satin pillowcase – this is something really new for me but extremely beneficial to my skin and hair. Cotton can, and does, basically suck the life out of my skin no matter how much moisturizer I’ve used so after a bit of research I settled on satin pillowcases for me and the husband. And as long as we’re talking about sleep – make sure you get more of it. I aim to be in bed by at least 10:00 pm nightly.

    4. It’s possible you may need to skip the brushes – I don’t use makeup brushes for applying foundation – it can be a real pain without a handy dandy brush to apply foundation but my skin is really sensitive and the brush hairs can actually cause tiny scratches which leave my skin wide-open for bacteria that lead to breakouts. I haven’t used a foundation brush in over 5 months and it definitely has paid off.


    5. Checking makeup ingredients twice – I am forever in the process of switching up my current products for healthier ones but my cheek areas are especially sensitive so I started off replacing those types of products in my cosmetics stash first. And I do truly throw away things that have gone bad, no matter how much I love it – every six months I purge anything that needs to go, cleansers, hair treatments, nail polish, mascara, lipsticks, moisturizers, etc. Think of it this way – if  you haven’t used it in a year then you aren’t going to anyway so it’s safer for you to send it on a one way trip to the garbage.

    What are some of your tried and true beauty rules to live by?

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  • Beauty Fit or Flop: Pixi Beauty by Petra H2O Skindrink

    Product: Pixi by Petra H2O Skindrink
    Where to buy: Target
    Price: $22 – check Cartwheel regularly for deals

    Awesome Ingredients:



    Aloe Vera

    Green Tea




    Thoughts – This lightweight gel-like moisturizer packs a powerful punch of hydration – a little goes a very long way – and can be used during the hottest of days or coolest of nights. It has a very light scent to it and glides on beautifully to wear alone or under foundation. I use it all over my face – it’s the only thing I can use around my eye area without issue – including my t zone which is usually an oil slick.

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  • Cooking with Kids & CleverFoodies Scramble Mix-ins

    As a mom of 3 I am always looking for better, more clever, ways to implement healthier and tastier meal options. Over two months ago I sat down with my children and we watched a documentary on sugar…that grainy white stuff that most people go googly-eyed over. They asked so many questions and got so many answers that they actually understood. From that point forward, literally – my oldest tossed the remaining half of a chocolate cake we had after the documentary ended – we’ve been juicing, grilling veggies and grocery shopping with our health in mind ever since.

      Image: Clever Foodies

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  • Natural Skin Care with Zakia’s Morocco Ghassoul Clay

    Disclosure: Product provided for review and compensation on behalf of Zakia’s Morocco. All opinions and photos are my own.

    I love a good clay powder. In my opinion they are one of the most versatile skin care products you can own. Think of it as the foundation or base product for creating custom products to suit your “at the moment” skin care needs. This is my first time using Moroccan Ghassoul Clay – hard to believe considering how much I love trying new things – but it most certainly isn’t going to be my last. First I want to share a little more about what it actually is and what it can be used for. 

    zakia clay feat 2

    What is Ghassoul clay?

    Ghassoul – pronounced Rhassoul – is a mineral rich clay found in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. When sun-dried and untreated it makes for the most useful of a multitude of skin and body care applications by just adding water and mixing. It also contains a higher content of calcium, magnesium, silica and potassium. It’s 100% natural and that is something I can beauty co-sign on.

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  • DIY Indoor Herb Garden

    So I love having fresh herbs to add daily to our meals at home but I am so chicken when it comes to dealing with spiders and snakes – we have plenty of those here! We buy a lot of our herbs already dried and packaged but there are just some that are best fresh. A DIY indoor herb garden is my solution to all of that problem.

    This entire project cost less than $40 – including the herbs. I thought about planting seeds but I’m usually pretty honest with myself and I love instant gratification when I can get it.

    Herb Garden Metal Tin

    The metal container cost me around $13 from Marshalls. They had so many to choose from so I let my husband pick from about 4 that I really liked. At that point he really couldn’t go wrong and I actually love what he chose. This one had more character with all of the rope detail.

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  • Top Six Spring Beauty Products


    It happens every Spring – the air gets a little warmer and my skin gets a little happier and my products get just a bit more fun. I switch up creams for moisturizing sprays and play with mascaras that give my lashes a little more dramatic flare but overall I just like to try something new once in a while to keep things fresh!  So here’s what I’ve got going on so far…

    Swimsuit ready…no appointments necessary

    Schick Hyro Silk Trimstyle

    Fell in love with the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle and don’t care who knows it! This is probably my most favorite new little beauty gadget and can’t believe I almost passed it up in Target a couple of months ago. And it was a pretty good deal going along with using Cartwheel so I ended up saving a few dollars.

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