Fight Flaky Dry Skin

While the changing of the seasons from summer into fall feels great, it can be stressful to our skin. Sometimes moisturizer alone just doesn’t cut it. If you’ve been noticing dry, flaky patches on your face (probably in the t-zone) don’t worry. You’re not alone! And, thankfully, it’s a fairly easy fix. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Your favorite facial cleanser
2. An exfoliating sponge like the one I found at CVS. 
3. A good moisturizer. (A night cream works well)

As you may have guessed, you’re going to wash your face with your cleanser and rinse with warm water. Using your hands is fine for this step. 
Once your face is clean, wet your exfoliating sponge, add some cleanser to it and buff lightly in circles in your face. There’s no need to be rough. You just want to go over the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin to increase the circulation and remove some dead skin cells. Avoid your eye area, as the skin there is the most delicate. 
Once you’ve rinsed and dried your face, apply your moisturizer. I prefer to do this in the evenings, so my face has a chance to rest and soak up the moisturizer before I put it through the paces with makeup again. 

You’ll probably already notice a smoothness to your skin, but the next morning it will be even better. 
Try this once or twice a week, and say goodbye to patchy dry skin for good! Your makeup will look fresher and your skin will be radiant. 

Holiday Nail Art With Dermelect

 I know it’s a LITTLE early to be thinking about Christmas, Hanukkah or Winter in general. But these cute holiday nails just wouldn’t wait, so stash this away until you need a little holiday cheer!
Moon Kissed
Phenom

I love Dermelect ME Peptide-infused polishes because not only do they look good, your nails actually benefit from using them. They have a pure protein peptide that helps strengthen nails, contain vitamins and lock moisture in. They’re the anti-aging darlings of the nail world! And because the first coat bonds to the nail and the second coat fuses to the first, your manicure will last longer than other traditional polishes. You can pick them up on their website and have them shipped to your door. Right now each polish is $14, and they offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
Red-iculous
To get these fun looks you’ll need the polishes and a striping or detailer brush. You can pick these up at a place like Sally’s Beauty Supply very inexpensively. The brushes are the key to getting the lines of the Candy Cane and Snowflakes thin and precise.

Have fun and enjoy!

Mascara Magic

I’ve searched high and low to find a mascara that does everything I want it to. It’s harder than you might think. Some give volume, but look clumpy. Others give length, but not volume. I want both!

Volumizing Mascara

Late one night I was channel surfing and I stopped on QVC. Mally Roncal was on showing off her Mally Beauty line. Her models had amazing eyes. So I watched like a star-struck teenager. I wanted to try this bullet-proof mascara. I had to get my hands on it. And I did.

It truly is amazing. With one coat, my lashes have length and volume. No clumps. No teary eyes! (I have very sensitive eyes who tend to water profusely when they dislike the eye makeup I’ve chosen) No flaking off during the day onto your under eye (that is such an ugly look). Mally’s Volumizing Mascara gets 5 stars from me! Once you try it, I know you will agree. (It also comes in a waterproof version, but I have not tried that, so I can’t speak to whether it’s as good as the original.)

You can purchase this from QVC here. Last time I checked it was a great deal – you get two tubes of mascara for $28, plus something like $5 shipping. Keep one for later, or bless a friend with beautiful lashes!

You can also buy Mally at the Ulta store online for $20 (but I honestly think the QVC deal is better, since you’re getting two tubes for only $8 more.)

Soapy Fun with Van der Hagen

I love these glycerin soaps from Van der Hagen. (www.vdhent.com) They’re handmade, clean exceptionally well with lots of good for your skin ingredients and have fragrances suited for everyone (and even a fragrance free!)
They remind me of the beloved glycerin soaps from Bath & Body Works. How I loved those soaps! They are hard to find and pretty much retired now, so when I got the opportunity to try the Van der Hagan soaps, I was excited. Fruity is my favorite! It lathers great, smells amazing, like a juicy fresh mandarin with maybe a hint of mango. Heaven in a bar!
Get these for yourself or an awesome stocking stuffer. With the four scents, Fruity, Floral, Fresh and Free, there truly is a scent for everyone, even those with sensitive skin. 
You can pick a bar (or more) up at your local CVS or Walgreens or you can check out the list of online retailers on the Van der Hagen website.