Monday, May 25, 2015

My Current Day Time Skin Care Routine

I can’t emphasize enough, about the importance of having a skin care regimen that works for you and that you follow everyday (yes I do forget sometimes, I am only human). As a beauty blogger my routine changes a lot because I am always trying or testing new products. But I always give products a few weeks to a month or two, just to see how my skin reacts to it or if there is any changes/improvements. I honestly believe that in a week you cannot give a full review on a skin care product. You can probably do a first impressions, but not a full review.

So I have two routines, a morning routine and a night time routine. Today I am only talking about my morning routine because it would be a really long post to talk about both. So sometime next week I will talk about my night time routine. I will start with a list of the products that I have been using for a while now and a brief description of each and then I will explain how I use them.

So here they are:
1. SEPHORA COLLECTION Precision Pore Cleansing Pad- I got this at Sephora a long while back and have been using it ever since as oppose to using my hands. Although I have to be honest sometimes when I am in a rush, I just use my hands especially in the mornings when I am trying to rush to get ready for work. Its smooth and I personally don’t feel it’s harsh on my skin and it does a really good job at helping me clean my face.

2. Borghese Crema Saponetta Cleansing Crème- Here is the description on their website “A remarkably gentle, creamy, lathering cleanser which quickly, effectively dissolves surface debris, scours pores, and removes makeup and trace impurities. Mineral-rich, it purifies and brings skin to a healthful, balanced state. Leaves skin completely fresh, clear and comfortable.”

My thoughts: This is a cream based cleanser. I have been using since October 2014 and it’s still not even close to finishing lol… a little goes a long way. It smells really good, if you are huge on fragranced products then I think you should try this out first before you decide to purchase it. As I mentioned, it is creamy but it does create lather and leaves your skin feeling clean. But there is a down side to it when wearing heavy eye makeup. This does not remove all of it so I have to use a face wipe to remove excess eye makeup but this is only at night, which I will talk more about it in my night time routine.

3. Borghese Curaforte Moisture Intensifier- Here is the description on their website: “This pure, sheer, super-light formula is an indispensable prep-step following cleansing. Applied before your favorite cream or lotion, it helps activate skin's moisture potential to intensify hydration and boosts end benefits. Hyaluronic Acid attracts and binds moisture, imbuing skin with natural radiance and wholly luminous beauty.”

My thoughts: This is like a serum you apply before you use a moisturizer and when they say its super light they are not kidding. I use it after washing my face in the morning. The only thing I don’t like is that as oppose to other serums I have used, this is super liquefied. So much that when you pump it splashes all over the place so you have to be extra careful when pumping it on your hand. I get why is so watery because its oil free but it still provides moisture to your skin. I do like how it leaves my skin feeling smooth and it sinks right in, making it easy to apply makeup right away. I don’t really use anything else on top of it, only sunscreen if I am going to be out in the sun for a while. Oh and did I mention it smells really good.

4. Borghese Fluido Protettivo Advanced Spa Lift for Eyes: Here is the description on their website:"A light-weight, fast-absorbing treatment that provides pure, potent protection for fragile, delicate skin. Developed to visibly brighten, smooth and allay the appearance of dark circles and fine lines in the eye area. Fortified with a synergistic blend of powerful antioxidants, including Vitamins A, C and E and naturally-occurring Superoxide Dismutase which helps defend against free-radical damage. Methoxypropylgluconamide helps smooth and is a gentle alternative to AHA’s, which can irritate. Glycosaminoglycans and Hyaluronic Acid deliver moisture and help lock in hydration. Dermatologist-tested. Ophthalmologist-tested. Suitable for sensitive skin and for those who wear contact lenses."

My thoughts: I have been using this cream for a little over six months now and here is my opinion about it: I love that it sinks in and absorbs quickly as oppose to some eye creams in which you have to wait a few minutes to let it sink in before you apply makeup. I also love that it keeps the sensitive skin around my eye moisturized and smooth. It also smells really good. About my dark circles they haven't improved a bit, they still look the same to me. Fine lines, well I didn't really have any to begin with but I can say that I haven't developed any while using this cream so it must work. It's a good thing to start preventing fine lines, using this is a good eye cream. I apply the cream day and night and a little goes a long way.

5. Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50- Read full review here Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 Review

So let’s begin, when I first wake up in the morning I always wash my face, some people skip this step because they washed their face the night before (not judging it’s your skin). I personally believe there are too many germs running around everywhere, plus it helps wake me up lol… So I wash my face first using Borghese Borghese Crema Saponetta Cleansing Crème then I brush my teeth. After taking a shower, I pat dry my face using a cotton towel only used for my face and then proceed with Borghese serum and eye cream. After letting the serum sink-in for a while, I apply some sunscreen. I have been using Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 for a while now (click here for review). I let that sink in for a few minutes while I get dressed and then go ahead and apply my makeup. That’s pretty much it for my morning skin care routine.

What is your morning skin care routine like?

What products do you like using?

Leslie xoxo

*Disclaimer: Please note the Borghese products mentioned above were gifted to me, they did not ask for a review or anything in exchange you can read the post here Gift's From Borghese Cosmetics and Skin Care Products. Everything I said about the products are my own thoughts and opinions. I did use the description of the products from their website*

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Having A Paranoia Free Time Of The Month

Hello girlies, hope you are all having a good week so far. Today were're having another little chat about that time of the month, yes our periods. As a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger it is my job to review products, try out new things and let you know my honest opinion. My thoughts and my experience with the product. I do have to say that there are products that you just can’t replace because they just work great for you and make you feel confident and worry free.

My period began at the age of 11 and I have tried so many pads along the way, had lots of accidents that ruined many great/cute undies. Once you have an accident you live paranoid during those few days a month that you have your period, so every time I used to get my period I was constantly checking my behind making sure it didn't leak through or ask my sister to walk behind me so she can check, weird I know. I was paranoid because I found it embarrassing to be walking around with a leak and annoying because I would ruin a perfect pair of undies and pants. My paranoia lasted a few years until I started using U by Kotex.

They have changed a lot since I first started using them, but they do get better every time. My paranoia started diminishing and I felt more confident walking around and going on with my day without worry. I love their new U by Kotex Ultra-Thin Pads with 3D Capture Core, they have a very secure center that locks wetness, prevents leakage and they make me feel very secure and worry free. I also love that they have wings lol... I only wear the pads with wings, they just help me feel extra protected.

As a young woman I feel It is so important to feel confident always even during those few days you have your period. That’s why I really recommend U by Kotex Ultra-Thin Pads, because they are thin enough for you to feel like it’s not even there and secure enough to feel comfortable. They also keep your undies protected from leakage all while giving you some peace of mind.

Click the image below to visit U by Kotex and find the free samples that are the best fit for you!!!

Thanks You!!

Leslie xoxo

Friday, May 8, 2015

Guest Post By Catherine: Everyday Natural Makeup Look

Hello my name is Catherine and like my sister I love fashion and beauty. I wanted to share with all of you my makeup up look for work. I am a Maitre D' and the first impression of the guests so I try to wear a simple and natural look but classy at the same time. 

Here are the makeup contents on my face: I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay full coverage foundation with SPF15 in the shade light-medium sand. I used Sephora pro-flawless airbrush #36 to apply my foundation. On my cheeks I am wearing Cargo Swimmable Water Resistant Blush in the shade Ibiza. Also, I wear glasses so I try to give my eyes a little pop with black liner or some eye shadow that would bring out my eyes; below I am wearing Wet n Wild megalast eyeliner. My brows are naturally thin I don’t pluck or wax them at all but to bring out the color more I just add some brown eyeshadow with a thin brush. On my lips I am wearing bareMinerals Moxie lipstick in the shade Speak Your Mind.


Catherine xoxo