beauty routine

I finally found retinol without the irritation! I make time in between the craziness of raising 5 kids to use retinol because it helps ward against wrinkles and is gentle. I have sensitive skin and I’ve used these products for 14 days and zero irritation. While I’m a busy mom of 5, I’ve used Dr Dennis Gross Gel cleanser, universal daily peel, and Ferulic intense wrinkle cream. Have you tried them? I’ve raved about them so much so that Reid started trying them!

I laugh because when I just had one child – Atalie, I remember having so much time for a long drawn out skincare routine. Now, fast forward 13 years, and I am down to 3 items I use over and over again for glowy moisturized skin. Here they are below linked for easy shopping:


For oily, normal, dry or combination skin types, tones and smoothes skin.


AHAs help accelerate cell turnover to remove surface dullness and promote healthy, radiant skin. Hello glowy youthful skin!


For those curious why I love this cream, I’m 39! And wrinkles are a concern and this cream creates a hydrated complexion. Here’s what the cream offers: offers long lasting hydration, replenishes skin’s moisture barrier and creates a smooth soft and hydrated complexion. What’s in it? Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, arnica and centella asiatica for a creamy lotion that has AMAZING moisture. While we were in Florida last week, I noticed with the colder windy weather, my skin was drier but this lotion goes on lightly (not heavy) and moisturizes thoroughly!

I’m so excited they gave me a code! USE CODE SHALICE20 (excluding bundles, devices and gift cards)

Reid is a fan too. Let me know what questions you have in the comments below.

Thank you. Dr Dennis Gross for sponsoring this post! All opinions my own.

Beauty Counter is clean beauty

Growing up, my mom was a health and healthy lifestyle advocate.

We would drive miles and miles to a natural food store with dirt floors and pick up bulk food at a co-op. It was no question, that if the meat had antibiotics in it, we didn’t get it. We also made our own calcium pills from egg shells and HAD to drink the full glass of carrot juice, no chaser! I remember shopping with her and a butcher was laughing at my mom when she asked if there were any antibiotics in the meat. I even felt uncomfortable that she ALWAYS asked what the ingredients were or the mode of food preparation, especially when it was’t listed. In addition, she ALWAYS used clean beauty, lipstick without junk she said, and never were allowed to use conventional baby soap. All that to say, she was not only before her time, her actions are respectable. She was our advocate. She wanted to give her 4 children a legacy of good health and a healthy constitution, and guess what, I do too.

A PR company sent some Beauty Counter lipstick , and I guess you could say that changed everything. I didn’t just love it, I LOVED it!! It wasn’t just the perfect color, it was moisturizing, and minty. I only regret that my son got into it and the better half of it sits on his shirt. Since we eat 9 lbs of lipstick in their lifetime, I care about the amount of toxins in my lipstick. This is fortified with jojoba and castor seed oil. If you’re curious, they list the ingredients by the product description.

Atalie is going on 13 years old and there is NO WAY I am giving her junk in the form of toxins and things I can’t even pronounce.

Clean beauty is the future.

Did you know that Beauty Counter restricts 1800 ingredients from their products? That’s almost 2,000 ingredients you don’t want to put on your face or skin. Which is your largest organ. Whether you’re a cancer fighter, survivor, or concerned parent like myself, Clean beauty is the future. As far as makeup goes, I’ve always been a fan of the barely there and healthy glow makeup look. If someone is caked in foundation, you can see that, and I’ve worn it before and it feels like an unhealthy mask, I can’t wait to take off. I won’t name names, but the last time I used conventional foundation by a very well loved brand, I was sitting in church, 11 am or so, and my skin was tightening and I found myself looking in my bag for a facial spray because my skin was SO DRY. I want my makeup to have minerals in it, I want my makeup to help my skin not hurt it. I want my makeup to have vitamins that make my skin G L O W. because when skin in healthy it already glows with minimal makeup.

Learn more of their ingredient selection, HERE!

I now am a Beauty Counter distributor. Which means I get sneak peaks of cool products, discounted product, and commission to support my family. ASK ANY QUESTIONS.

I’m still learning about the toxic free revolution that Beauty Counter that has hit the beauty industry. My only regret is that, I started too late. If you’d like to make some side money and join my team, email me shalice@shalicenoel.com. In the meantime, I rounded up some favorite products I’ve used from skincare to makeup. . . .

Products I’m loving so far . . . .

Lotus Cleansing Balm – love this balm that melts off all my makeup!

Serum, goes on light with Vit C in it! A cult favorite.

This lipstick I WEAR EVERYDAY, just ask Reid. I get color “Be fearless” It gives me a go get em attitude, with color, moisture and mint. What more could a girl ask for? (ask me how to get a discount!)

Want a toxic free skincare regimen? I started using the Countertime Collection and loving the results. I have sensitive skin and my skin looks so healthy.

Just ordered concealer in Medium 1

Lip gloss in “peony” that my daughters both like

Ask any questions, thanks for shopping with me! Ask me how to get a discount, to get your toxic-free products! Sharing more of my healthy lifestyle and diet in this post.

All the best, Shalice

Skincare Game Changer

C E Ferulic // 3 Pack Bundle // Gentle Cleanser I also use this cleanser to melt off my makeup

I found the missing link to my skincare routine. It isn’t a cloth or something unattainable or crazy but serum! I love how it makes my skin glow. I’m in my thirties so I know I must make my skin and face a priority and invest in it. Speaking of, the drops aren’t cheap. If Levi ever wants to play with them, I take them right away. Too much has broken on the tile floors of our house! They currently have a bundle on sale, so “invest” and seize the opportunity, you won’t be disappointed. I haven’t yet used the Gentle Cleanser, but I can’t wait to see the results. I’m all about a double cleanse these days especially as were outside in the sun working on the yard. Lots of free radicals outside that we need to guard our skin against.

That’s my skincare secret, what’s yours? I’d love to hear!

I’m nuts about Elemis cleansing balm and I think you may already know this. I stepped it up with the rose cleansing balm recently, and in love with the essential oils in it, the smell of rose oil and overall effects. I mean, it melts off your makeup!! Crazy.

Self- Tanners – You guys know I love to self tan so here is what I use:

Beauty Gadgets


That’s it for now. I hope that reminds you to make time for yourself as you homeschool, work, house clean, cook or whatever you’re doing during these strange times. Check the Liketoknow.it app “shalicenoel” for my Elemis sale picks! 25% off in the app. If that’s not a good excuse for self care I don’t know what is.

All the best!


Friday afternoon, Reid and I visited a gorgeous mid-century modern home in the hills with Clé De Peau for an amazing facial. He did his architectural wanderings while I relaxed in bliss–definitely a win-win.

Joanna Czech, the celebrity esthetician, started off by applying Clé De Peau la crème, eye contour creme supreme, and the serum onto my face, neck and decolletage. Initially, I was a little worried about my sensitive skin reacting to the new products, but not only did my skin not react negatively, it actually glowed. So of course, I’m continuing all the products! She also used red and yellow LED lights and a steamer to give me the most relaxed hour and a half that I’ve had in ages.

Here are two useful, and easy, tips for beautiful skin from Joanna:

1. You can use eye cream all over.

2. Don’t forget the neck and chest. When our neck skin ages, it makes you look old. Take care of your neck and chest with quality anti-aging products like la crème and serum. 

I wish I could go back tomorrow, but instead I’ll be in Dallas in April, and hope to pay her a visit. If you’re in the area, you should too! You won’t regret it. In the meantime, you have all the Clè de Peau products at your fingertips at Nordstrom.

Here are the products Joanna used in my facial:

La Crème – the ultimate night creme that helps rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. Did you know that your skin temperature rises when you sleep leading to increased blood flow? Additionally, your skin’s ability to function decreases during sleep and is exposed to oxidation as well. The crème is targeted to react to those factors and help improve skin density and prevent signs of aging. Mais oui!

The Serum – smoothing plumping and great for anti-aging. It has a blend of red brown and green kelp that activate the skin’s regenerative powers and helps promote a smoother looking skin texture. Skin is brighter, softer, and more intensely hydrated after use.

Eye Contour Creme – This eye creme can be used all over the face and visibly re-contours the entire eye area. After use, the eye area appears more plump and youthful. My favorite benefit to this eye creme is the significant decrease in dark circles and bags underneath the eyes. This is especially helpful after long nights up with a teething toddler.

So grateful for a wonderful facial and valuable information about these anti-aging products. I’m excited to see the results! 

These four for anti-aging:

Thank you Clé de Peau for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own.

I’ve been using Reid’s razor ever since we first got married. For some reason no one made a woman’s razor that actually worked. His razor was always sharper. Go figure.

After some time, being a patient man he is, he accepted the fact that we’re both using his razors.  Cool. Marriage is weird like that. Until I saw Billie advertised by some of my favorite bloggers just recently. I looked it up, loved the price point, and bought one right away.

It came within a couple of days. I loved the 5 blades, ergonomic shape, pastel colors, encasement of charcoal shave soap (for a close shave), and magnetic holder for the shower. Wow, they thought of everything.

I was anxious to use it.

It glided on softly, sharp as ever and noticed by day 2, that I could go longer in between shaving days. I was hooked. I than started recommending it for my pre-teen who needed her legs shaved. Did I mention their shaving cream is awesome and clean beauty? Their products are free of toxins and additives. It is also only 9$? No, I’m not lying! While I was writing this, I was trying to find the cons, but there aren’t many. I did shave too fast one day (running out the door in 5 minutes is my specialty) and cut my knee. Nothing that required a bandage, but note to self to SLOW down. Really that’s part of my 2020 mantra, SIMPLIFY and SLOW down. In that thread, here’s a tip for a better 2020, throw away all the other razor that never worked and buy this one for $9.

Here are some razor details to write home about:

5 sharp blades, made in USA

Encased in 360 of charcoal soap

Extra gentle on sensitive skin

Dermatalogically approved

In addition to colorful razors, they also carry shave cream, body lotion, and body wash. Everything is under $12! Shop below!

Chanel perfume // Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder in “Extreme” // Givenchy Brush Eyeliner in “vinyl black” // Cable Knit Sweater // Jeans // Fendi Bag // Levi’s onesie // Make-up brushes

If you’re a mom like me with a newly minted 1 year old, putting on makeup just isn’t what it used to be. I put mascara on one-handed, curling my lashes is also done one-handed, and my new bronzer has already been dropped and cracked. Sad face.

Alas, it is just not the same as it used to be. But might I add it has never been this fun? Levi brings a whole new level of joy to the mundane. And with that includes his wonder and excitement over my makeup brushes, chewing on my Givenchy eye pencil, allowing me to brush his cheeks as he hurls in giggles and belly laughs. Definitely not boring.

Now, the super mom skills come in when baby is on the hip, and you’re actually able to apply some makeup, and not look like Count Dracula. Didn’t I say skills? All that to say, my makeup and beauty routine has been abridged over the years. These items have been favorites as of late:

Givenchy Bronzer – Love this bronzer so much because it goes on very light. I try not to have too heavy of a hand when it comes to bronzer, so if you like it to be there but not like, REALLY there, this is a great option for you. The color is also really great and would go well with a lot of different skin tones in my opinion. Pro tip: Apply on your cheekbones, forehead and jawbone for that I-just got-back-from-St-Tropez look.

Givenchy Eyeliner – Levi loves to play with this, but so does mommy! I would definitely recommend this pencil if you’re needing some precision. It would be great for someone who likes to line the waterline or rock a super sleek cat eye.

Chanel perfume – This perfume smells amazing! It is more musky than flowery, which is my ideal perfume. I’m not a fan of anything with either a vanilla scent or too much of a floral scent. Pro tip: spray some in your hair before a night out. So glam!

Have you tried any of these? I’d love to hear.

Thank you Nordstrom Beauty for sponsoring this post!

1. versed mask // 2. jelly peel // 3. foaming cleanser // 4.lip therapy 5. Cleanse Balm with scrubber (Atalie only uses the scrubber) 6. skin ceuticals serum 7. bliss moisturizer 8. Tula Cleanser (use code SHALICE for 20% off) 9. eye cream

A year ago, Atalie came to me and said mom look, I have these red things on my nose! Her 8 year old brother said, “woah, Atalie has a ton of bug bites on her nose!” While we found out they were in fact not bug bites but pimples. Atalie was entering puberty and I won’t lie, I was a little scared. She’s my first, our guinea pig who taught Reid and I so much about parenting. All I knew to do was give her clean beauty products, and the knowledge that I knew. I taught her there are 4 easy steps to washing your face:

  1. Rinse with lukewarm water to cleanse
  2. Use your fingertips to apply cleanser
  3. Use a washcloth or scrubber to wash your face.
  4. Apply serum and moisturizer

I handed her Tula cleanser (use code SHALICE for 20% off), a scrubber, and moisturizer and we were off. Our first mommy daughter clean your face party! I told her about pores and how to clean them with Biore strips, kinda fun to use, and you definitely look funny wearing them. Oh the price of beauty I tell her! I remind her that true beauty isn’t skin deep and that its the hidden person of the heart that really matters. Especially later in life and when faced with disappointment or heartache. We can take care of our bodies, exfoliate our faces, and moisturize our dry skin, but that is merely white washing the surface. Cultivating a beautiful heart is the highest calling. That, my friends, is what I tell my daughters.

“but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Pt 3:4 ESV

*Shot on location at Park MGM Las Vegas

The more I learn about make-up, the less complicated it is. All you really need is a couple of key pieces in your make up bag to feel pulled together and a little glam. I’ve never been one to wear tons of makeup, so I love that I can use just a few items to make myself feel more polished and put together. I sat down with my make-up artist and asked her what she recommended, and then I figured out what would work as a busy mom with nearly 5 minutes to do makeup in the morning. Read on!

Tip #1. Start with the essentials. I like to prep my skin with Neat Skin Care Selfie Magic Facial Oil, then concealer, and then the Hollywood filter. The facial oil makes my skin glow and moisturizes at the same time. Don’t forget your neck! I also put foundation on my neck to match my face. Also, for a finished look, don’t leave out the nose crease (where the nose meets the cheek).

Tip #2. I can’t live without a little tan. I don’t skip the bronzer. Cheek stain isn’t a must for me, and eye shadow is mostly a luxury, but bronzer, no way! I even like to brush my bronzer on my eyelids for that I may have just came back from Monte Carlo (but really I’ve just been to the park with the kids) kinda glow. I’m into it. For reference, I have Nars in ‘Laguna.’

Tip #3. All the wows with brows. There’s no denying brows pack a punch. I feel like I can get away with the barely there, dewy, no make-up look when I have my brows filled in. Here’s the 411: brow gel in ‘chocolate’ and brow defining pencil. Two simple, quick things that make a big difference! Also, if you’re in a pinch for time, but want some help defining them, use a stencil. I provide two options below:

Tip #4. Don’t forget the lips! I put this on every night before bed for instant moisture that lasts till the morning. I’ve tried many products but this is still my fave. It’s organic shea butter and I’ll link in below if you’re curious to try!

What are you loving lately? I’m still learning the ins and outs of make-up. Share your favorites below, I’d love to hear!

TOP 10 Red Lipsticks

by Shalice Noel

Sometimes the best accessory is not a bag or shoe but a RED LIP. Those listed below are lip colors my readers on Instagram gave me. I have already tried Bare Minerals “Srsly Red” but can’t wait to try Kosas, the clean beauty line. A clean beauty lipstick isn’t a bad option, after all the average girl eats 4 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime! Don’t forget “Give a women the right lipstick and she can conquer the world”and Bill Blass said, when in doubt, “wear red.” I can’t say I disagree.

Happy Valentines Day!

bare minerals “srsly red” // feels so grand by MAC (red) // Burning Love by MAC
Maybelline Hot Lava // Clean beauty – KOSAS Thrillist // Dior 999 in Matte // Kat Von D outlaw // MAC Ruby Woo // Nars Lip pencil in “Cruella” // Anastasia “American Doll”

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