beauty routine

Why serum? Ever since we moved to LA from Chicago, I’ve been using serum. Partly because I am into my 30’s and thinking about the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and wanting better skin and improving radiance. I recently mentioned to my best friend about using serum and to my shock, she said she doesn’t use serum. I told her, you can’t afford not to and introduced her to Clarins’ Double Serum. It’s a bio-inspired, anti-aging serum, with a two-phase hydric (water soluble) and lipidic formula that, for the first time decodes the language of youth. Does that last sentence catch your attention?

If you’re not familiar with bio-inspired lipidic formula, that’s scientific  for “reduces the appearance of pores, improves radiance, evens skin tone, firms and visibly reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.” It can be used morning or evening after cleansing your skin.  How do I apply it, you ask? Apply a small amount into the palm of your hand, warm between hands before gently pressing into your skin applying on you face, neck, and décolleté. Keep in mind, it takes 28 days to see the full effects of your serum. What do you think, do you use serum?

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Let’s talk about changes in life – for me it was a school change for my kids, trying to race to 5pm Friday soccer practice, work deadlines, date night with hubby, the lack of spa day, and way too many late nights affects the hair. I’m the first to admit, I’m lazy with my hair  and choose the 5 min approach at best. Last year, it was my 3rd year blogging, we moved to California from Illinois, and I had super long hair and it was a TON of work. More work than I’ll admit I had time for. This year, though I missed the long locks, I did not miss the time blow drying it.  Shoulder length waves seemed to be a doable hair style for my lifestyle. Enter Herbal Essences with vitamin E, which not only softened my hair, but it smells amazing. I remember buying it in highschool and always loving the smell. But beyond the smell, shampoo infused with vitamin E, cocoa butter, getting to bed earlier (still working on that) and washing my hair less during the week has strengthened my hair over time. I’m thankful for small changes that can improve my daily life as a busy wife, mother and blogger. Check out my Facebook or below to see the Herbal Essences “Changes” video.

What are some small changes you’re making to improve your life? I’d love to hear them.



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Everyone wants beautiful bouncy and healthy hair but not everyone is sure how to achieve it. My hair often suffers from dryness, overheating with hair straighteners and lots of hair products, especially from events and photo shoots. So, in between washes, I substitute apple cider vinegar or ACV instead of shampoo.  The beauty and simplicity of ACV naturally cleanses the scalp without stripping the hair of necessary oils. My hair after washing with ACV not only maintains fresh hair color in between salon visits, but I also noticed it became softer and shinier.  So, how does it work you ask? It’s simple, alternate shampoo days for ACV hair rinse and follow with conditioner. I love how bouncy my hair feels afterwards and totally recommend it!  Styling tip: for my hair, using ACV once a month was fine, but using it every day did not achieve the results I wanted, and after washing with ACV, add Argan Oil therapy to protect from UV color fade as well as protect from heat styling without weighing it down. Brilliant. I love using natural ingredients for my hair.

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Jeans GRLFRND :: top J.O.A :: laced up dress Z Supply

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse :: Leave in Hair Therapy :: DPHUE Renew Conditioner :: DPHue Daily Color Care Shampoo ::


I get asked a lot what lipsticks I tend to use often, so I thought I’d share my top faves. The below are in major rotation. I generally go for everyday nudes and a bold red for special events and occasions. See my faves below and let me know what you think!

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FRESH sugar in honey :: MAYBELLINE vivid matte liquid in Nude Thrill :: DIOR in beige indecise :: KIEHL’s naturally nude lip treatment :: picture with the couch I’m wearing STILA  in ‘beso’ :: In the bedroom, I’m wearing: L’OREAL Colour Riche #709 Liyas pink :: As always, my shop page is open 24/7 for a sneak peak of pieces I’m loving and styling.


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