• Eye’ve Got to Talk to You…

    …About Some Eye-ssentials You Should Own

    If you’ve read up on Rise & Shine With Me! and Get Unready With Me!, you’ll know that I’m a hoarder on all things skincare.

    Today, I’ll be professing my love for eye products.

    Forget those sleepless nights, those long hours staring at phone screens, and those days you wish you could just hide at home. Eye bag blues are, in my very humble opinion, sooo yesterday with these eye-ssentials.

    If your eyes feel tired, opt for eye products that have cooling effects. Not only does the minty addition help improve your skin’s elasticity, but it also gives the eye area a nice, refreshing kick. Kenzoki’s Ice-Cold Eye Cream, Fresh’s Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate, and Philosophy’s Uplifting Miracle Worker Eye Cream (complete with a cold-tip applicator!) all work wonders. Pop these babies into the fridge for double the coolness!

    If you’re a victim of dark under-eye circlesNo7’s Early Defence Eye Cream, First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy (also comes with a cold-tip applicator), and Philosophy’s Dark Circle Transforming Eye Cream can help alleviate your woes. These three products are also great for fine lines and wrinkles. Slowly but surely, your under-eye complexion will brighten over time.

    Curious to learn more about your dark circles? Read the “lodown” on Everything You Should Know About Dark Under-Eye Circles!

    If you’re starting to see deep wrinkles, Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream, Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Complex Eye Serum, and No7’s Youthful Eye Serum can help you turn back time. Hop to it and gently massage these products into areas that need more love.

    If you need a little bit more moisture, try products with hydrating benefits. Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Fresh’s Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, and First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream are all great places to start. Because we slather on serum after serum, moisturizer after moisturizer, it’s important we also give our eye areas their much needed one-on-one attention.

    Isn’t this eye-ssentials gift set amazing? Tatcha, one of my favorite skincare brands has this incredible set with several products made just for the eyesTheir Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask, Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum, and Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream are quite literally as dreamy as they sound. Best of all, they’re great for all the concerns (dark circles, anti-aging, etc.) I addressed above.

    Let me know if you’ve ever tried any of these products!

  • A Dozen Fragrances To Fall For

    12 Fall Fragrances

    You Need To Try ASAP

    I can still remember my prepubescent years like it was just yesterday—tweenage Courtney obsessing over body sprays from Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. Fortunately, for the greater good of mankind, I outgrew my predisposition for absurdly sweet fragrances and gravitated towards lighter floral scents.

    With refined tastes and an expanded knowledge of what actually “smells good”—touches of subtle musk and basil as the leaves begin to turn color—I present you a dozen of my favorite fall perfumes.

    Enjoy!

    Notes: white mimosa, orris

    Notes: galbanum, jasmine, cistus labdanum, fig leaf accord, narcissus, jonquille absolute, neroli, geranium, vetiver, orris butter

    Notes: turkish apricot, fig leaf, green tea

    Notes: pear, freesia, amber wood

    Notes: basil grand vert, neroli, white musk

    Flying Notes: bergamot essence, petit grain essence, orange flower absolute, almond flower, ylang ylang essence, neroli bigarade essence, musk, moss, arial accord
    Flower Market Notes: crushed leaves, freesia, sambac jasmine, jasmine infusion, tuberose infusion, rose from grasse, peach, cedarwood, oak moss
    Beach Walk Notes: bergamot, pink pepper, lemon, ylang ylang, coconut milk, heliotrope, musk, cedarwood, benzoin

    Notes: lime, grapefruit, bergamot, basil, jasmine, rhubarb, petitgrain

    Notes: greens, gardenia, creamy musks

    Notes: neroli, grapefruit, cassis, bergamot, peony, tuberose, jasmine sambac, vetiver, sandalwood

    Notes: absinthe mist, apricot blush, incense, jasmine essence, dewy honeysuckle, white camellia, captive musk, honey, ambrox

  • Get Unready with Me!

    Good night, Moon ?

    As promised, here’s the “evening edition” of my advanced skincare routine!

    “What’s the difference between my morning and evening skincare routines?” you ask.

    Well, truth be told, not much. Just a whole range of different products selected specifically for a more in-depth and attentive cleansing and moisturizing process. I mean, the magic does happen overnight.

    If you haven’t already checked out Rise & Shine With Me, I highly advise you do that first. Otherwise, let’s get ready to take it all off and count some sheep!

    Mario Badescu Enzyme Gel Cleanser
    Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion
    Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads

    Behold my favorite cleanser and toner duo! Mario Badescu always comes through, never upsets, and solves practically all skin concerns. I love using Kleenex’s Cotton Soft Pads to apply my toner. Betcha didn’t know they also have superb facial cleansing wipes!

    SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

    I like to pat some treatment essence on before applying my serums and moisturizers. Doing so rejuvenates my skin!

    La Mer The Regenerating Serum
    La Mer The Eye Balm Intense

    You know you’re an adult when you hoard anti-aging products. Better sooner than later. Or, like, better sooner than never! La Mer’s The Regenerating Serum and The Eye Balm Intense are, in my very humble opinion, the best products to use. A little goes a long way, and I’ve noticed a difference in my skin after just a few weeks. My complexion looks more revived and less dead. Best of all, the cold tip of the eye cream applicator is super soothing and helps to reduce puffiness.

    Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Overnight
    Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque
    The Estee Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack

    After serum and eye cream, comes moisturizer. I like using a moisturizer (or cream during winters) that is specifically formulated for overnight use. These babies always leave my skin feeling extra smooth and supple when I wake up!

    Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy
    Drunk Elephant Lippe
    Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer
    Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Conditioner

    Voilà! More evidence of how much I love lip products. I like to keep my lips super hydrated (all the time), especially overnight. Check out Lip Care 101 for more info on all things lips!

    Altchek MD 5 Minute Clay Renewal Mask
    Philosophy When Hope is not Enough Gel-Oil Mask
    Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask

    Like exfoliating, treating the skin with a facial mask (at least once or twice a week) is important. No excuses, because there is a mask for everyone. Here are some of my favorite masks ordered from least to greatest amount of time needed (to fit everyone’s time and budget needs). Altchek MD’s Clay Renewal Mask takes just 5 minutes, Philosophy’s Gel-Oil Mask suggests 10 minutes, and Mario Badescu’s Flower & Tonic Mask requires 20 minutes. If you’re super-duper lazy and don’t want to smear product all over face, throw on a sheet or gel mask! Your skin will thank you.

    Do you recommend any skincare products? Tell us what your skin-loving favorites are in the comments down below! 

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