Fading Acne Marks with Aveeno

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Throughout most of my life, I have dealt with annoying acne. While it has never been severe, it has always been enough of an issue to me to make me feel self conscious. It can be even more discouraging when you finally get a breakout cleared just have pesky marks left behind. I've been lucky to discover the cause of my acne had more to do with a dairy allergy than what I was using to care for my skin. There are several things that I incorporate into my skin care routine to help fade any marks left by breakouts.

Exfoliate
Exfoliation is an important step in clearing your skin of post acne marks and in preventing it in the first place, and thankfully, there are many different options at different price points. You can choose a physical exfoliant -- like a scrub-- or a chemical exfoliant -- like an enzyme peel, Alpha hydroxy acid, or Beta hydroxy acid product. Here are some of my favorites!

L-R: Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel (Review here), Freeman Facial Polishing Mask Charcoal & Black Sugar, Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Botanical Exfoliator

Vitamin C Serums
It won't take much effort browsing around my blog to know that I'm a huge fan of vitamin C serums. I have reviews of all kinds of vitamin C serums here, here, and here. A brighter and more even skin tone is the first thing I notice about my skin when I use products with vitamin C. Here are two vitamin C serums that I really like and have reviewed.

L-R: Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum* (review here), La Beaute Pure Vitamin C Serum* (review here) *Both products sent for review.

I like the Valentia serum when my skin is feeling a little dry, and I like using the La Beaute Pure serum when it's hot and my skin is more on the oily side.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector
This product was sent to me for review purposes from Influenster in the #RadiantWithAVEENO VoxBox. I was so excited to receive this product because fading acne marks and evening out skin tone is my main concern with my skin. You can apply this morning and night before moisturizer on dark spots or uneven areas. I have been applying this to post acne marks and some freckles, and I can tell that the post acne marks are actually fading! In addition to fading dark marks, the Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector has a fresh, clean smell and doesn't feel heavy on my combination/oily skin.


Have you tried any of the Aveeno Positively Radiant products? What do you use to fade post acne marks? I love hearing from you!

-xoxo Lauren

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Adovia Mineral Eye Gel Review

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*I recieved this product for free from Tomoson.com.

Hello everyone! I hope ya'll are having a great summer with pleasant weather. The weather was fantastic here in Texas for a few days, but now it's Texas hot again. I'm just grateful that it took longer this year before it broke the 100 degree mark! Today, I have another skincare review of the Adovia Mineral Eye Gel.


I'll be really up front on this one and say that I was a little bit put off when I first got this. Upon agreeing to review this item, I looked up information about it but did not see a list of ingredients. Because it has "mineral" in the title, I just assumed that it would be free of the preservatives (parabens) that I would prefer to avoid. I was wrong. That being said, I decided to go ahead and give this a fair shot and review it like I would any other skin care product. 

Ingredients

Adovia Mineral Eye gel comes in a generous 1 oz/30mL jar. Eye creams are usually half that size! Like most eye creams, this company claims that this product reduces puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. I do like that this is a gel because it is very refreshing and can feel cooling in this crazy heat. Crepiness under the eyes is a concern for me, and I do think that this gel has helped with improving the texture of that area. As far as dark circles are concerned, I don't typically have issues with that unless I'm not feeling well.

One thing that had me concerned when I first started using this was that it kept getting in my eyes and stinging. I realized that I was over-applying the product. As soon as I started using a little bit less, it didn't irritate my eyes anymore. Yay for having to use less! I would have to say that in the end I am pleasantly surprised by this product.

Pros:
- Gel does improve texture
-Feels refreshing
-Generous amount in jar (30mL/1fl.oz vs. typical 15mL/.5fl.oz.)

Cons:
-No ingredients list online
-Parabens
-Will sting if it gets in eyes

The Adovia Mineral Eye Gel can be purchased from Amazon and is currently on sale for $29.

Do you have a favorite eye cream? What do you use? I love hearing from you!

-xoxo Lauren

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks -- Dominant and Infamous

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Because of the crazy Texas heat, I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup at all. Most of my makeup has been the same, but lipstick has been the one thing that I have been changing up regularly. My Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks have been some of my go-to lipsticks of the season.

Dominant, Infamous
Dominant
Infamous
Top to Bottom: Dominant, Infamous
As you can probably see from the swatches, the colors are extremely saturated and opaque. It doesn't take a lot of work to get color payoff with these. I really like how these lipsticks apply straight from the bullet, and I can get a decent shape without a lip liner. Most of the time, I have to use a liner with very saturated colors. I still prefer a liner with these, but it isn't necessary. Dominant is a nice berry pink that seems appropriate for any season or occasion; it's vibrant without being wild. Infamous is a fun mid-tone bubblegum pink that would be a great choice for those of you that love Chanel's La Diva but want something less bright and more reserved. (See La Diva HERE.) It's by no means a dupe, but I get the same sense of fun from wearing this lipstick. Can a lipstick give you certain feelings? I would love to hear that I'm not alone in being a weirdo!

Dominant
Infamous
The wear time is fantastic even though there's no claim to be a long wearing lipstick. The colors will wear off a little if you are eating and drinking, but the lipstick does not completely wear away. The formula is very moisturizing and feels comfortable the entire time that it stays on the lips. Both of the colors that I have are a cream finish, and I believe that is true of the entire line as well.

The packaging is incredibly luxurious with the dark navy and gold tube, and the magnetic closure feels extremely secure. This isn't the type of lipstick that is going to open in your busy handbag.

The Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks are my favorite formula of lipstick of the moment. I cannot think of one single cause for complaint. Aside from just a few items, Estee Lauder isn't a brand that creates buzz in the blogging community, but with the launch of this line, I think I may be taking another look.

Have you tried the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks? What colors do you have?

-xoxo Lauren

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What's In My Travel Makeup Bag

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Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the husband, dog, and I went to visit some family in Mississippi and Alabama. It was such a quick trip, but we had a great time! As I unpack my makeup, I thought I would show you the beauty items I took along for the long weekend and tell you what I did and did not use. I think I did a pretty good job at not packing too many products, but I'll be honest and say that I did not use every single product that I packed.




Let's start with some skincare!
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes: I get a large box of these at Costco, and they usually have a couple of smaller travel packs in them. These definitely got used!

Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion: I've been using this eye makeup remover for a couple of weeks. I don't like using this as much as coconut oil, but I've been trying to use it since I have it. I used it!

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser: I save my sample cleansers for when I travel. This did a great job cleansing and exfoliating, but it's not meant to be used every day. I didn't have an adverse reaction to using it several times in a row, and I really like it.

Adovia Mineral Eye Gel: I got sent this product for review purposes, so I have been testing this out. Right now, I have mixed feelings about this, but look for a review in the coming weeks. I used it!

Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30 Sensitive Skin: I have been using this every day. It's great for the summer because it is moisturizing without making my skin oily. Love this stuff!

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum: This product was sent to me for review purposes, and I have still been using it. I have a review of this here. This is really moisturizing, and I brought this one with me because I can use it day and night. 

On to the makeup!

Hourglass Oxygen Powder No 1: I use this as a powder foundation. Powder foundations are just so quick and easy for me to use, and I took it with that in mind. I ended up using it lightly as a setting powder because I didn't pack one, and I really liked the outcome.

Studio Gear CC Cream - Linen: This product was sent to me for review. I have a review of this cc cream here. This is a great summer color for me, and I'm loving the light coverage that it gives. The more I wear it the more I really like it.


Bare Minerals Well-Rested: I packed this to wear if I used a powder foundation, but I forgot to pack another undereye concealer. This worked out just fine. I know some people don't like well-rested, but it works for me.

Bare Minerals Bisque Concealer: I used this to spot conceal on my face. My skin is pretty good right now, so I didn't have to use a lot of it. This does a great job concealing. I used it!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Blonde: This looks great no matter what kind of look I'm wearing. It's a great neutral pink color with a bit of shimmer, so I don't need a highlighter when I wear this. This was the only blush I used.

MAC Mineralize Blush - Warm Soul: This is a great neutral blush that looks great with everything, but I ended up not wearing this over the weekend.


Lorac Unzipped palette: As far as eyeshadows go, this was the only thing I packed. It doesn't matter what color combination you use with this palette, it always looks great. This is one of my favorite products in my collection.

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer: This primer came with the Unzipped palette, and I only use it when I travel. I really like it, though. It gets the job done.

Bare Minerals Faux Tan: I forgot that I have this bronzer because it's in a smaller container than my other bronzers, but that makes it great for packing. Faux Tan is one of the most natural looking bronzers that I have ever used. A little goes a long way, and I have a feeling that this will end up in my next favorites post.


Tarte Lights, Camer, Lashes! mascara: I decided to take this one with me because it's one of my favorite mascaras ever. I have no issues at all with this mascara, and that's what I need when I am away from home.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal - Nude: Most of us don't get as much sleep as we should when we're traveling, so a nude eyeliner comes in handy to fake a well rested look.

Buxom Insider Eyeliner - Onyx: I usually take this eyeliner with me when I travel just because it's a twist up liner that I don't have to sharpen. It is a very good eyeliner, and I would like to get one in another color eventually. I did not use this. I just was not in the mood for black eyeliner.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Whiskey: I got a set of a bunch of minis, and I have been trying to use them up before they get too old. I really like the Urban Decay liners, and Whiskey is a great color. This was the color I used.


Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm - Provocateur: I usually pack this when I travel. Crayons are really quick and easy to use, and I don't need a lip liner. It's just so convenient and looks great. This was the only lipstick I wore.

Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick Minis: I really like these lipsticks, but I did not use them. They are so small that packing a few of them took up very little space in my bag. I don't feel bad about not using them. The colors I packed are A Go-Go, Backstage Bambi, Bachelorette, and Thin Lizzy.

So, that is all of the makeup and skincare that I packed. I think I did a pretty good job at not packing too much.
What products do you always pack when you travel?

-xoxo Lauren

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June Favorites

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The month of June seemed to fly by even faster than usual. I had a lot going on, so it made for a great month! I can definitely tell that it's summer, because I am really feeling the Texas heat right now. Here are the products I used and loved the most in June.



Nature's Gate Glow Lotion for medium skin tones - This is definitely a favorite because I have been using this almost every day. It adds such nice color to my skin without looking fake at all, and it's extremely moisturizing. I do have the one for medium skin tones even though I am very light, but I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be too orange. Sometimes, the lotions specific to light skin tones can be a little on the orange side for my liking. Nature's Gate is a great brand because it uses more natural ingredients and is cruelty free. 

Nature's Gate Sunless Tanner - When I haven't been using the Glow Lotion from Nature's Gate, I have been using their Sunless Tanner. I like that this sunless tanner is tinted and doesn't have that strong self tanner smell.

Rimmel BB Cream - Light - This bb cream has been a little too dark for me, but it's a great color match now that I have been using self tanners. I really like how this does not make my skin oily.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Stereo Rose - I got this MSF the last time MAC released it in a collection, and I didn't quite understand all of the hype about it at first. Now that I have a little more color to my skin, I think I get it. It's a great, easy to wear shade for the summer. I love the peachy shade with a little bit of gold shimmer. It makes a great summer glow.

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker - Light Bronzer - I have been reaching for this bronzer almost every day. My favorite thing about this bronzer is that it's very blendable and isn't patchy at all. It's perfect for a quick and easy look.

Stereo Rose and PF bronzer
My favorites were all about quick and easy glowing skin this past month, and this will probably be the look I'll go for the rest of the summer. Normally, I don't try to self tan regularly, but I'm enjoying having a little extra color right now.

What products have you been using and loving? Do you have a favorite self tanner that I should try? Let me know. I love hearing from you!

-xoxo Lauren 





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DFW Blogger Meetup at Sunshine Glaze

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On Thursday, I had the pleasure of going to a DFW blogger meetup. Sunshine Glaze Creative Studio in Southlake, TX had us come out and make some fun initial mosaics. I didn't know any of the other bloggers except for Addie from Old World New Girl, so it was so much fun to talk to some great ladies and hear all about their lives -- blogging and beyond!





I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very crafty person at all. Sunshine Glaze made it easy to create something cute. I started my L mosaic by gluing the glass pieces onto the letter. There were so many colors to choose, but I was really drawn to the light purple glass. I like how all of my gluing turned out!

A big thanks to Addie for taking this pic!

Before we left, Sunshine Glaze gave each person a bag of grout and instructions on how grout the mosaic after the glue has set for at least 24 hours. I've never grouted anything before, but it was pretty easy. 





I would like to give a huge thanks to Sunshine Glaze for having us out. It was so much fun! They have so many things you can create there. I remember seeing a lot of ceramics that you can decorate, including some really cute cat and dog bowls. They have a lot of activities for adults and for kids, so there's something for everyone.

Will you be working on any projects or crafts this summer?

-xoxo Lauren
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