Flawless Skin Routine

This spring, my skin has been up and down. Some days it will be super dry, while other times it is great! With the fluctuating weather, it can be hard to maintain clear, flawless skin. But I have finally found the perfect skincare routine, makeup and all, so you can feel and look flawless.

As soon as I wake up in the am, I will rinse off any product or cream from the night before and let my skin breath. I feel like it just needs a minute to sit before applying any other lotions. In that time, I’ll usually eat breakfast or relax. Once I am ready to get ready, I’ll do my regular cleanse and exfoliate routine then move on to the important part: hydration. I never realized how important moisturizer was until a few years ago. It does take some trial and error to figure out the best one for your skin, but once you do, it is amazing. I’ve been using the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer, and it is amazing. After, I’ll spray a bit of Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir all over my face and fan dry.

For primer, I LOVE Origin’s Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer. At first, the foam tripped me up, but once I began to use it everyday, I noticed such a difference. It’s light and makes your skin feel so fresh. After that, I go into my regular face makeup routine! Products listed below!

**Note: I use a Real Techniques Beauty Sponge for all of my liquid products, along with setting my undereyes!

L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Powder

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Nars Blush in Dolce Vita

Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop

-XOXO Courtney

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My Current Favorites

Lately, I have been obsessing over some amazing products! Plenty of skincare and a little bit of hair too, these products have improved the look, feel, and overall appearance within the last few weeks!

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Maple Holistics was kind enough to send me their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo to try out, and I have been in love ever since. The scent is subtle, and I have found that it improves the hair, scalp, and hair growth. It’s also all natural, which is something I have been wanting to explore in the cosmetic industry!

If you’re interested in trying out their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo or any of their other products, they are offering a free samples program that I think you’ll love!

Gourmand EDP Fragrance The Matcha

 

This is by far my favorite perfume of the moment. The scent is fresh, sweet, and perfect for every season! The bottle is clean and classic and looks great on a vanity too! And it won’t break the budget.

Hot Vegan Probiotic & Spice Rehab Mask

This is by far the BEST mask I have ever used. It clears up blemishes and the skin, relieving stress and leaving a natural glow. I have already gone through one bottle and need to repurchase ASAP! It’s gentle enough to use daily for the best results! 10/10 recommend!

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream

This face cream smells like citrus and feels like silk. I have never used a moisturizer more nourishing. It blends into the skin perfectly and actually gives that after facial glow.

Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash

I was in need of a good daily exfoliator, and once I found this one from Philosophy, my life has changed. I use it everyday without causing irritation, and it has smoothed out my skin tremendously, leaving it with zero dry patches or dullness.

These items are so good! I recommend trying them out if you are looking for something new!

-XOXO Courtney

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Cleanse Your Skin With Grace and Stella Co.

When it comes to cleansing and exfoliating my face, I am always looking for the newest face wash or brush to wash away dirt and impurities. Removing makeup, dirt, and dry patches is crucial to clean and healthy skin! Using Grace and Stella Co.’s 7-in-1 Facial Massager and Cleanser, I can do all of that with one easy device!

Grace and Stella Co.’s 7-in-1 Facial Massager and Cleanser comes with 7 different heads to fit your cleaning needs. It exfoliates and massages your skin to reveal smooth and supple skin and is water resistant. The device massages and stimulates blood flow to your face, as well as exfoliates the feet and body with the change of the brush head. Simply click in your choice of head, wet your face, apply a dime sized amount of your favorite cleanser onto the brush head, and click the button to choose your speed.

The device is small enough for travel and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Not to mention, the brush is only $18.95! I have noticed a huge difference in the look and feel of my skin. My dry patches are completely exfoliated and gone, and my skin looks much brighter and has better circulation. My favorite brush is the massager head, which helps puffiness under the eyes and face.

This makes an excellent gift for yourself and even your mom for mother’s day! Share the gift of clean and fresh skin, and click the link here to receive a discount on your facial massager and cleanser order!

For a more in depth review, check out the video I posted on the product too!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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My Must Have Skincare Right Now

Skincare has become my new favorite obsession (along with makeup still of course!) I have tested out and acquired quite a few favorites, which I love sharing! Here are my must have skincare products of right now!

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  1. The Pearlessence Cucumber Water Mist was an interesting find! I found it at TJ Maxx and seems to be some sort of unknown, indie skincare brand, that takes a lot of inspiration from the brand Herbivore. The scent is light, and the mist adds a refreshing feel to you skin. If you are in any of the TJ Maxx or Marshalls stores, see if they carry any of their items! They are hidden gems.
  2. The Tarte Brightening Eye Cream has been an absolute savior for my poor undereyes. I have continuously gone back to using this product after finding that other drug store eye creams were burning/not doing anything for the area. Even though it is pricey for the size, it does wonders with its thick and creamy formula.
  3. The Purity Made Simple has been my go to for removing makeup. I got my mom hooked on this as well for its gentle and fresh smelling formula. You can buy it in large bottles to save money and it lasts you for months. I can’t say enough good things about this product.
  4. Sephora has changed the game with their sheet masks. I love the rose one for its hydrating and plumping abilities, but they all are great. The mask is thin, and although you may look like Freddie or Jason, your skin looks noticeably better just after taking it off.
  5. Exfoliating is always my number one problem. The Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel is a gentle way to get rid of dead skin. The gel goes on dry and pushes away rolls of dead skin in an instant. It sounds gross, but is actually very satisfying and does the job well.
  6. The Murad Clarifying Mask is an overnight pimple saver. With just one dot, the mask dries out any existence of a pimple and leaves you with smooth looking skin. I like to use it as a spot treatment, but it can be applied as a full mask too.
  7. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser has been my go to and has changed my skin for the better! It has helped to reduce over-drying and has faded impurities. It is also gentle enough for even the most sensitive and acne prone skin.

I hope you will take some of my must haves and try them for yourself! Obviously, not everyone is going to like everything, but that is the beauty of trying new skincare.

-XOXO Courtney

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Grace and Stella Co. Brush Review

In conjunction with my last post, I filmed a video review on how I felt about my Grace and Stella Co. brush. I go into even more detail about the product and how it helped me! If you are interested in purchasing one of my favorite new products, click the link down below!

2-IN-1 BODY EXFOLIATING BRUSH & MASSAGER

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Make sure you also take the time to enter Grace and Stella Co.’s giveaway! Link below!

Click here to enter.

-XOXO Courtney

 

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Product of the Moment | Sephora Sheet Masks

I have officially found my favorite face masks, and they are the Sephora Sheet Masks. I am so incredibly behind on the obsession, but my love for these are real.

I was actually very nervous to try these the first time around because I am always fearful that new products will break me out. My skin is on the sensitive side at times, and I didn’t feel like having to deal with the consequences if things didn’t go as planned. However, I took the plunge and boy, was I glad I did.

The first mask I tried was the pearl eye mask. I had been running off of a busy twelve hour day with makeup that was slowly melting off of my face. I hopped in the shower, cleansed, toned, and placed these babies underneath my eyes and was ready for the magic to happen. I left them on for the required amount of time, and when I went to remove them, my under eyes felt so hydrated and refreshed. I patted in the rest of the liquid heaven under my eyes and went to sleep to wake up to diminished dryness and puffiness.

I decided to try the orchid face mask a few days later and was equally pleased. Even though I looked like a character out of the film Halloween, I was in love with the outcome. The next day my skin was no longer dry or peeling, and it felt softer than before.

These masks range from $5-$6 and are an affordable way to enjoy the luxury of a sheet mask.

Sephora Sheet Masks

Definitely try these masks out! They can be found at all Sephora retailers in store and online. They are the perfect gift and stocking stuffer for this holiday!

-XOXO Courtney Kaner

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Skincare: Take The Day Off Routine

Skincare can be hard to come by. There are so many different products on the market to choose from that it can be difficult to decide whether to go the drug store or the higher end route. One thing is for sure, removing your makeup properly and taking care of your skin is SO SO SO IMPORTANT! I cannot stress that enough.

So many girls and guys neglect to remove their makeup at the end of the day because they are too tired or it will take too long. But sleeping with your makeup on is just plain disgusting. Your skin will be screaming to let it breath because it is trapped under all that dirt, pollution and makeup from the entire day.

My makeup removal routine is super simple, and so can yours. Usually I’ll hop in the shower and do the cleansing there, that way I can shave and wash my hair simultaneously. I use a few select products (some drugstore and some high end) to break down the makeup, remove, cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Those are the steps you should also be taking to ensure your skin is able to breath and is clean at the end of the day.

Even if you do not wear makeup, the amount of dirt present on the skin and pores, is much greater than one may think. Take the time to cleanse and remove any left over makeup from the day. You only have one skin. Take care of it.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes

Neutrogena Grapefruit Scrub

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner

Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream

-XOXO Courtney

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The Secret To Clearing A Pimple Overnight!

We all have pesky pimples that pop up at the worst times possible. It could be before picture day, a big meeting at work, date, even a big event. There is no amount of makeup or giant hairstyle that you could do to distract from that red bump on your face. Trust me, I have been there. Luckily, I have a trick that will save your skin!

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The Murad Clarifying Mask is a lifesaver when it comes to a surprise spot on your face. The directions recommend to apply all over the face for 10-15 minute, then wash off with warm water. I find applying it all over the skin can be extremely drying. To prevent the over drying of unaffected areas, I apply the mask as a spot treatment over the blemish or blemishes and leave it on overnight while I sleep. When you wake up the next morning, the pimple is near to gone, and you won’t even be able to tell that something was there.

**Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or skincare expert. I am passing on this information to you, as it has helped me in the past. Make sure to talk to a skincare professional or doctor before trying any new products. We all have different types of skin and sensitivities, so it’s important to talk to an expert before to make sure that this will also be a right option for you!

***Disclaimer 2: This is not sponsored by Murad.

Below I inserted the information and link to the Sephora page where all the product information and reviews are listed!

What it is:
A weekly treatment for acne-prone skin featuring a natural, clay-based formula to reduce irritation and minimize breakouts.

What it is formulated to do:
Clarifying Mask absorbs pore clogging dirt and oil as it draws out impurities. Its natural, clay-based formula reduces irritation and minimizes breakouts while sulfur decreases acne’s severity as it encourages skin to clear. Zinc oxide and licorice root extract work together to soothe, comfort, and calm skin. Kolin clay regulates oil production and diminishes shine. The must-have mask is an excellent treatment to help relieve both redness and breakouts as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of care.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is scientifically proven, dermatologist developed, and tested on people, not animals.

Suggested Usage:
-Apply an even layer over clean skin.
-Leave on for 10 minutes.
-Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.
-For optimal results, use at least once a week and follow with a recommended Murad step two treatment and step three moisturizer.

Precautions:
-For external use only.
-Avoid contact with eyes.
-Keep out of reach of children.

Ingredients:

-Sulfur 4%

Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Zinc Oxide, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Salicylic Acid, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Grape Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Camphor, Geraniol *, Limonene *, Linalool *, Lavender Oil. *Allergen.

I hope this helps your next breakout!

XOXO

-Courtney

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5 Tips To Healthy Skin This Summer

I have been obsessed with skincare lately, especially since it is summer and I am not afraid to go “bare face” most days! It is super important to take care of and maintain your skin’s natural balance. Here are just a few tips to making sure your skin stays healthy and beautiful!

1.) Eat Healthy and Drink Plenty of Water

I have to say that I struggle with drinking enough water, even in the summer. But try to take a water bottle everywhere you go and a healthy snack! This will keep your energy up and skin glowing.

2.) Moisturize

Your skin can get super dry in the summer, especially from sitting out catching those rays. Make sure to hydrate your skin with a soothing moisturizer. My favorite is the Clean and Clear Morning Burst Gel Moisturizer. (Hint: It smells like cucumber melon… Yummy!)

3.) Wear Sunscreen

I don’t even need to explain this one. Just. Do It.

4.) Make Sure To Remove Your Makeup Properly

Sounds like a lot of work, but it’ll save you the trouble of extra breakouts. I just uploaded a tutorial on how I do it! Go Watch!!

5.) Get Plenty of Rest

Sleep isn’t just good for the body, but it is also good for the mind, soul, and skin! Getting plenty of rest will replenish your skin and prevent dark under eye circles from forming! A good 8 hours is enough!

Make sure to watch my video below on my skin care routine, also located on my YouTube Channel!

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How To Remove Your Makeup Properly

I always see and hear about girls who do not remove their makeup properly and it makes me cringe! Skin care is so important! You only have one outer later, so you must take care of it! Left on dirt and makeup will clog your pores and cause breakouts, blackheads, and more! I just posted a video, which will also be below, on how to properly remove your makeup!

I use a lot, and I mean A LOT, of Neutrogena products! They are honestly the brand I trust for my cleansers and other skin care items. I will actually be doing a separate video on my YouTube channel about my skin care routine, but this also overlaps with it. I recently tried the Ponds Cream Cleanser and love it! I also recommend Clinique products! They are on the higher end, but are great for sensitive to combination skin.

Remember, removing your makeup everyday is so SO IMPORTANT! You have to think about what your skin has gone through in one day and what it was exposed to! I love makeup, but there is nothing better that taking it off at the end of the day! Follow these steps and you will be golden!!

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