Hey guys! Today we are gonna be talking about all the products I have been loving this month! First up I have to mention my Healing Skin Trio. I did a post about these 3 products, in case you missed it and would like to check it out just click here. Basically, whenever my skin needs something to be healed these are the products I reach for. This month I had really chapped lips and super dry skin on my chin and these had everything back in good shape in just a couple of days.
My favorite face wash of life is the Dove White Beauty Bar. Super affordable, readily available, and so effective. It's gentle, doesn't strip your skin, and is 1/4 moisturizing cream. The Cetaphil cream is also super gentle, very moisturizing, and it traps moisture in your skin to keep it from getting dehydrated. I also LOVE dabbing this under my eyes with my ring finger to use as an eye cream. So hydrating! This particular coconut oil is my favorite coconut oil to use for anything beauty related. I did a whole blog post on coconut oil - how to pick the best ones, basically everything you need to know about it - and if you wanna see that just click here.
A true testament to how much I love these!
As I mentioned above, I had really bad chapped lips this month. It happened after I did my YouTube video on my favorite orange makeup products. I tried on numerous lipsticks in that video and with all the applying, removing, wiping, reapplying, etc., my lips were ravaged after filming. To heal things up QUICK every night before bed I used a regular lip balm that kind of sinks in and topped it with some Rose Salve. The salve kind of traps that first balm in, and it moisturizes literally all night long. I always wake up several times a night, and every time I did I would rub my lips together and it just felt so nice. I've actually been doing it ever since and my lips have never been softer!
Hey guys! A couple of weeks ago or so I did a YouTube video on my favorite orange makeup products. (If you want to see it click HERE). In that video I tried on every lipstick I mentioned, which was dozens, and with all the lipstick application/removal/wiping/reapplication/etc., my lips and skin were in terrible shape when I finished that video. I will probably never do a video like that again because my skin and lips are just too sensitive for it. My lips cracked and bled for about 3 or 4 days, and the skin all around my mouth (mainly my whole chin) was super dry and peeling. I really didn't think it would be that bad, so for the first few days I just kind of ignored it and went on with my regular skincare, but it got kinda worse after a while and I knew what I needed to do. I pulled out my trusty Healing Skin Trio as I like to call it, 3 Holy Grail skincare products that are literal miracle workers. Tried and true, ride or die products that have never failed to deliver. And, surprisingly, all 3 are pretty affordable and readily available. They are:
Dove White Beauty Bar (pack of 2), $4.33
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $13.59
The Dove White Beauty Bar has to be one of the best products EVER made for your skin. Years ago I used to spend a LOT of time at the dermatologist's office, I actually had skin cancer. I became really close with the PA (Physician's Assistant) that worked in the office and I often grilled her about the best skincare products, what she used/recommended. She told me that the Dove White Beauty Bar was the best thing for your skin, and I have basically used this ever since then. There have been times when I've fallen victim to temptation and purchased NUMEROUS face washes from the drugstore and from Sephora, but I never use any of them for very long as I ALWAYS go back to this. It's super gentle, does not strip your skin (as it contains 1/4 moisturizing cream), has no perfume, and so on and so on. I think expensive face washes are a waste of money, as it's simply going down the drain. I have definitely learned my lesson and will never again buy a pricey face wash. This cleanses perfectly but still manages to feel nourishing. Perfection in a soap.
Again, back to the PA at my dermatologist's office. I asked her what the best night cream to use was, and that's when she told me about the big tub of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. This stuff is nothing shy of glorious. Literally no scent in this, it's the most mild and gentle intense moisturizer. This has extra-strength emollients and humectants that bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. It's fragrance free, mild, totally non-irritating, and it's thick and emollient without being greasy. This stuff rocks. After I wash my face and pat dry, I scoop out a little dollop of this and apply it liberally to the face and neck. Then I go back in and get a little dab and tap this under my eyes with my ring finger and use it as an eye cream. The totally cooling/refreshing feeling this brings on tired/dry under eyes is indescribable. Hands down one of my favorite "eye creams" to date. This comes in 2 or 3 different sizes, but I get the large 16oz tub and it lasts forever. As someone with oily skin this is not a cream that I would use under makeup, but on days I'm not wearing makeup I do use this as a daytime moisturizer. But this is an EXCELLENT night cream/eye cream.
Ingredients (in case you're interested)
A mostly empty tub of this size is a true testament to how much someone truly loves a product!
And the last product in this trio is Coconut Oil! Not all Coconut Oils are created equal, you really need a great quality one when you are going to be using it on your skin. Check out my Coconut Oil 101 blog post to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about picking the best ones.
This particular one by Dr. Bronner's is the best I have ever found. It's fair trade, organic, fresh-pressed, virgin, whole kernel, unrefined, kosher, non-GMO, etc. When a Coconut Oil is made in this fashion it retains it's delicious coconut scent. It's just so pure and lovely. So, as part of my Healing Skin Trio regimen, after washing and moisturizing (with the Cetaphil), I wait about 30 minutes or so to let the Cetaphil absorb into my skin. Then, I get maybe 1/2 tsp. of the Coconut oil and warm it up with my fingertips to melt it. Then I just pat it all over my face, neck and lips and then rub it into my skin. As someone with oily skin it really worried me when I first started using Coconut Oil, as it seems crazy to put oil on oily skin. But, it hydrates like you wouldn't believe. When you first apply it it does make your face greasy. I find it best to put it on about an hour before I go to bed to give it some time to sink in. When you wake up you have the softest, most moisturized skin ever. The whole Coconut Oil hype? Turns out it's 100% true. As with any other oil I don't apply this to my upper eyelid area. The heat of your skin can make the oil run into your eyes. Not that it burns or anything, I just don't want oil in my eyes.
If you have anything you need "healed" on your face - eczema, a rash, broken skin, dry skin, whatever - try this trio and see how it does for you. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Hey guys! Tonight I wanted to share a super simple recipe for a one skillet meal that is so easy to throw together for dinner. One dish meals are really popular in our house, they're just so handy and quick - everything you need altogether. This Broccoli Chicken Skillet dish has your meat (chicken), vegetables (broccoli, carrots, onion), and bread (stuffing). Serve it up with a glass of sweet iced tea and you're all set!
I found this recipe in one of my Taste of Home cookbooks.
I added some sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to mine.
Howdy, folks! I recently picked up a few items from Sephora and thought I would share them with you today. (This is two separate orders).
I picked up this eyeliner strictly based on Jaclyn Hill's reviews of it. It is a super black eyeliner that is great for your waterline. I have used this a few times and it does have really good staying power.