Best Products For Glowing Skin

I am just going to say it, if your makeup is too matte or too flat it will age you! Add in a number over 30ish it can be even worse. I am 37 and talk about this openly on here and on my Instagram all the time. My skin is not perfect by any means but when my skin is glowing I feel better, its that simple. When your skin has a dewy youthful glow with dimension it looks well, youthful! Now do not get me wrong we all have to add in some powder here and there on our face because of oily parts but if you have oily skin do not be afraid to add in glow!!!! MAC Cosmetics has a fabulous video on dewy skin and this is when I had a AH HA moment about placing powder in certain areas ONLY. I use to do it to my entire face. Never again!

When it comes to glowing skin it has to start with your skincare. After I had my kids my skin changed. It was more dry, dull and textured. I started to focus more on my skin and less on makeup. I am going to break down products that I use to get my glowing (no special order – if you want to see a full skincare routine let me know in the comments).

EXFOLIATING IS YOUR FRIEND

I have an oily T Zone and my forehead gets so much texture. An esthetician told me in the summer especially I need to exfoliate 3x a week. When you are exfoliating you are getting rid of dead skin cells, which creates a smoother surfaceThe only product I use is from Origins.

Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion: This does come with a higher price tag of $40 however you do not need a lot and it will last you. On the origins website you can buy a smaller size for $21. See them HERE and HERE

One other product that just came across my desk to test is the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub. Stay tuned as I am almost out of my Origins and will be trying this. The price is $29.00 so its a little less.  Of course that are a ton of other scrubs on the market for less but I just have not tried them. As long as you are exfoliating with whatever works for your skin ect it will help get your glow.  When it comes to skincare when something works I stick with it. The Origins one was introduced to me when I was 26. Have not looked back.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum: This product was my introduction to acids and I am hooked. This can be an irritate to some.I have sensitive skin but its been great! It has a small amount with 12% AHA/BHA.  I started off every two to three days with this product to be safe. I can easily use it everyday now but still do it every other day plus it will make this last longer. It is very pricey but worth every penny. Per Sephora Site: “Resurfaces dull skin, lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even-looking complexion…Go from a drab complexion to an absolutely luminous one practically overnight” That literally speaks for itself! I did try the Pixi Glow Exfoliating Serum  as its cheaper by a lot but it did not work for me. I broke out.  However that does not mean it will not work for you! You can see it HERE. 

Another product by Drunk Elephant I am using is the Baby Facial which has a higher percentage of Acids and I have really loved this. My sister in law got it for me for my birthday as she knew I was really wanting to try it.  A more affordable option ($7!!!!) for this product is by the Ordinary and can be found HERE. I have not tried this product so I can not speak of it but it has great reviews.Glowing Skin

FACE OILS

 Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate (Day Time): My holy grail face oil for during the day. You can add ONE drop to your moisturizer if you need to, put it on your face alone or even add to your foundation for a more dewy look. This is a lightweight oil. It will not make you feel weighed down. I like to feel dewy too as feeling dry on my skin in general drives me bananas. This is not for everyone but I want to see the hydration. I would rather look oily or wet than dry and matte. Per Sephora: “strengthens skin’s defenses against daily aggressors to keep skin radiant and youthful-looking. It provides antioxidant protection with a powerful blend of naturally-derived oils—including ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu—to help skin feel fresh and look energized, morning to night” See it HERE

The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil (Night Time): I do not use a moisterizer at night, I use oil and this has been my go to! Guess what? Its UNDER $10!!! See it HERE . So what does this oil do? “This luxurious-feeling oil fights free radical damage, hydrates the skin, promotes elasticity, and helps restore a radiant tone” – Beautylish Site

MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER 

If your face and eyes are not moisturized / prepped for makeup properly it will show when you are done with your makeup.  Just like taking care of your skin, the prep is just as important. Three moisturizers that are fool proof for me and give you dewy perfection just as is are:

Belif The True Cream Bombs (Aqua & Moisturizing): Korean Beauty has made its way into my routine and I have fallen in love. Which makes sense because Korean Beauty is all based around hydration! The Aqua bomb is gel based and perfect for summer while the Moisterizing Bomb is a cream and out-stands Chicago Winters.  See Them HERE and HERE

PONDS Crema S Moisturizer: A gem at the drugstore. Its under $10 and will give you a all the glow you need. I do not use this as much as I use to because I have started to notice reactions to certain products. My skin was very sensative after kids. I probably should give this a whirl again but it is scented which could have caused reactions for me. See it HERE at Target.

Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream: I absolutely love this and they now make one with a SPF which is a plus. I go back and forth  between this one and the ones from Belif. After I apply I never feel that dry feeling around your hair line and cheeks. Which is why I love all of these so much. See it HERE

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WANT YOUR UNDER EYES TO GLOW? I DO LOL!!!!

Crows feet? No thanks. I want my eyes prepped for concealer and ready to look glowy and dewy. Here are two I can not live without!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment w/ Avocado: This under concealer creates the most beautifully hydrated under eye that allows you to glow! Your concealer will never dry up or crease with this! See it HERE.

Origins Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff: This does EXACTLY what it says it does. If your face is glowing and looking dewy you want your eyes to match. INSTANTLY brightens. See it HERE

Best Products For Glowing Skin

ENDLESS MAKEUP PRODUCTS BUT HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVS TO GLOW

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LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS

When it comes to makeup products to glow, liquid highlighters are probably my absolute favorite way to achieve it. I use them in many different ways including before foundation for an all over a glow, mixed with foundation, alone on no makeup days to get my skin looking fresh and as a spot highlighter.  Three of my absolute must have are:

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops:  See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE 

L’Oreal Glotion: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

POWDERS

Sometimes we think powders are the enemy when it comes to glowing skin but its about finding ones that enhance your glow and that are NOT matte. Also the placement of powder I talked about above. I use to powder my whole face and its just not something that works for me anymore. Whether it’s a bronzer or a setting powder its about finding the right one for you for this specific type of looking skin. Some setting powders come in a natural finish not matte.

Hourglass Bronzer: This bronzer looks so natural and warm on the face and is fused with Hourglasses famous lighting powder in Diffused Light  to mimic a ray of warm sunlight.  There setting powders create the light on your face so this is the best of both worlds because it mixes a bronzer and setting powder in one. See it  HERE. and see my post about other fav bronzers of mine HERE

Colourpop Highlighter in WISP: A powder but its so creamy its like a cream on your skin. It glides on with ease and is only $8. When I tell you I reach for this over any other highlighter I own I mean this. Powders tend to look off on my skin these days but again you have to find the right formula that works for your skin.  See it HERE 

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes: Just like BECCA Highlighters (another must have but I feel everyone knows about these already lol. If not see them HERE) the MAC glow palettes are soft, creamy and not chunky. Even though its a powder its smooth and gives your skin a dewy look. Never dry. See them HERE

FOUNDATIONSThe last piece of the glow puzzle is foundation! These four give me all the dewy goodness I crave with or without adding in liquid highlighter. Of course if I love a matte foundation I just add in liquid highlighter or apply all over my face then apply the matte foundation. However with these four they have a dewy glowy finish. These are staples for the summer. Who am I kidding, I use them all year long!

NARS Sheer Glow – See it HERE

Maybelline Dewy & Smooth – See it HERE

MAC – Next To Nothing – See it HERE / review and swatches see HERE 

L’Oreal  Pro Glow – See it HERE 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!!! Of course these products are not in any order but one thing I can say over and over is glowing skin comes from proper skincare and taking care of that first. Also dont forget what works for me may not work for you but that is why return policies are FANTASTIC lol!!

Get your GLOW  on and happy shopping!!!

 

DISCLAIMER: Some products mentioned above were sent for editorial consideration. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You very much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio. 

DERMAFLASH: Bye Bye Peach Fuzz!!

While I was attending the Bare Minerals event this summer I met two fabulous women from Dermaflash.  Once they asked me if I have tried it and I said no and they said I must must try it! Now I m not going to lie, I was honest with them because I was scared to try this. I asked all the questions…. does it hurt? Will my hair grow back thicker? Darker? Will it irritate my skin? One of the girls being a fellow Italian calmed my nerves that I do not need to worry about my hair growing back thicker lol  A week or so later it showed up at my door and they even walked me through it over facetime! As a brand they were already impressing me! So what is Dermaflash exactly????

Per the Sephora Website:

“DERMAFLASH was inspired by Dermaplaning, a costly exfoliation procedure available only in medical spas or doctor’s offices. The treatment gently removes the outer most layer of skin, with a scalpel, to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. DERMAFLASH brings the effectiveness of Dermaplaning home, comfortably and safely. Great for women of all ethnicities and ages, this is a revolutionary device that uses a subtle sonic vibration paired with a stainless steel Edge to sweep away dead, dull skin cells, debris, and peach fuzz for skin that’s soft, dewy, luminous, and younger-looking”

Nair has always burned my skin on my upper lip and wax has broken me out. I really wanted something to assist with the peach fuzz on the sides of my face. I have heard about women “shaving” their faces but I was too scared.  With these three steps you are set and for me I am able to do it every 2-3 weeks. It is suggested to do it weekly but for me it was not needed.  I waited to write this post so I can see if it really worked and if my skin would react to not only the flashing but to the products that are in the system. I am here to say that I love it and its something every women should incorporate into their beauty routine! It does not hurt,  my hair did not grow back crazy or thicker and my skin looks better

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DERMAFLASH three-step system:

Prep, Edge & Sooth

  1. Prep your skin with the included cleanser. This cleanser is gentle and does not leave your skin feeling dry
  2. With a new edge you use short strokes and the guide you see above lays it out so easy for the user. It opens and gives you step by step instructions with pictures. I am very visual so I appreciated this added feature. When you flash you will remove built debris, dead skin cells and my absolute favorite part the PEACH FUZZ lol
  3. Last but not least you will sooth the skin with the hydrating moisturizer. Again this is gentle and did not irritate my skin

Dermaflash

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MORE PRODUCT INFO:

  • The System is $189.00 and is sold at Sephora.
  • Replacement sets are $39.00 and sold at Sephora 
  • You get 6 weeks worth as there are 6 edges included. However again I found I do not need to do this weekly for my peach fuzz. You can easily do this every 2-3 weeks.
  • They have a direct website with even more details, how to’s and guides

My Final Thoughts:

Do I think you need this in your beauty routine? YES!! If you have peach fuzz or dry skin this will help tremendously. Makeup can only do so much, its your skin care routine that matters and this is skincare! As I have gotten older, skincare has become my top priority. My makeup application looks better and more flawless when my skin is at its best!

This can be pricey and I understand that but its a lot cheaper than getting this type of procedure done in the salon. I do wish however the edges were sold by themselves as I do think you can use your own cleansers and moisturizers.  However I have been told it all works in conjunction to give the best results. So I will say okayyyyy I get it! Who doesn’t want the best results? I know I do!

I want to hear your thoughts? What are you currently using for hair removal on your face?

 

DISCLAIMER: Dermaflash was sent for editorial consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

MUST HAVE KIEHL’S SKINCARE: BPAMC PICKS

Winter is coming and no I am not talking about Game of Thrones, I am talking about Chicago. Wind burning your face and temperatures below zero type of winter is coming lol My skin takes a beating every year and my skin ranges from Normal to Combo but when its dry its very dry! When it comes to must have products to combat my winter skin and really all year long Kiehl’s products are my go to. Kiehls products can be a bit more costly however a little goes a long way so the product will last you a good amount of time! I do use these all year long but in the other seasons I am able to try more or be bit more flexible because I am not soooo dry!  Lets talk about these Kiehl’s must have skin savers! Bonus?!!!??  Kiehl’s is now sold at Sephora!!

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  1. Ultra Facial Cream: This face cream is well creamy and leaves my skin hydrated and dewy. It can be a bit wet to the touch at first.  It doesn’t dry down fully for a while but I prefer this.  It offers 24 hours of hydration and is available in three sizes, one being only $16 so its a great way to try this product.  Kiehl’s recently added a SPF  option which I was using over the summer and loved it.
  2. Midnight Recovery Concentrate:  Midnight Recovery will give you moisture with just 2-3 drops. It can be used alone or with your favorite nighttime moisturizer. Sometimes I just add one drop into my moisturizer and it is still hydrating enough!  With a blend of oils, including lavender, evening primrose, and squalene you will have softer and smooter skin by morning.
  3. Daily Reviving Concentrate: If you want to glow then you need this! Again all it takes is 2-3 drops but even with one drop mixed in your moisturizer especially if you are using the Ultra Facial Cream. With antioxidant protection and a blend of natural oils, including ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu you will not regret this purchase.
  4. Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser:  A newer cleanser to the Kiehls family. I have been using it for about a month now and love it! Suitable for all skin types but specifically those with dry and sensitive skin (its my perfect match lol) It is a foaming gel formula that will not strip your skin and leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. One thing that will turn me off immediately to a face wash? Dry and tight skin after I dry off my face. This one will not do that to you I promise!
  5. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: I can not say enough about this eye cream. It literally saved my dry under eyes. After kids my skin changed and this brought life back to my eye area due to the avocado oil this is infused with. I prefer to use this at night because it is a bit thick (in a good way) and I  have other day creams I use but for night this cream is amazing! Again a little goes a long way so no matter what size you choose you will get a lot of bang for your buck!
  6. Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask: Do not tell my husband I told you but he is obsessed with this mask. The first time we both tried it he said “you can tell this is a good high quality mask” (his exact words lol) This is made to use during the day to brighten your skin and yes it does just that however it exfoliates as well. This is where my dry skin loves it! When you are ready to remove the mask all you need to do is take a wet rag and go in circular motions and let the cranberry seeds work their magic. Your skin will be feeling fresh, bright and smooth!

Here are some of my Kiehl’s Wish List Items:

Well there you have it, my must have Kiehl’s products and a few I am looking to get my hands on in the near future!  What skincare items are you loving? Do you have a Kiehl’s product you love that I didn’t mention? Let me know below!

 

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IHERB: Natural Beauty Products

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IHerb and products were provided for reviewing purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

In recent months I have started to pay attention to ingredients of what is in my skincare products and when I went for my last facial I was told I need to exfoliate 3 times a week. I knew I wanted to try out Aveeno’s face scrub along with others from the Positively Radiant Line. You all know I love affordable beauty and have been paying close attention to ingredients so Aveeno was the perfect match! Per the IHERB website: “Positively Radiant is a collection of facial skincare products uniquely formulated to target all 5 Factors of Radiance – tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots – to leave skin fresh, awake and luminous. 

Being a mom my sleep is never stable and my skin suffers.  Looking awake and luminous is key for my beauty routine and a must have with products I use.  The face scrub is gentle for my sensitive skin and has been leaving my skin feeling fresh and awake.  I can see a different in my texture and dullness and would suggest to try this scrub out if you are dealing with texture and dullness. One of the best things you can do is exfoliate 2-3 times a week and this scrub is perfect.

Natural Beauty products

When we think about natural beauty products sometimes that means going to a special store but now they are more accessible than ever and with IHERB the process is quick and easy.  IHERB has one of the largest selections of high quality natural products including the natural beauty products we love from the brands we love!  With over 35,000 products you are bound to find what you are looking for.  IHERB ships  to over 160 countries and is a Google Trusted Store with a customer service team that provides support in 10 different language

Shopping on IHERB was super easy. Its very user friendly where you can search by brand or by condition (ie: Anti Aging, Women’s ect…) You are able to find your products, add to your cart and check out. The prices are comparable to other retailers and the shipping was ridiculously fast. It felt like next day but it was probably 48 hours. Shipping is also free if you spend $20 which is better than seeing $50 which is what seems to be the standard and I hate that lol. Please tell me I am not the only one!

Aveeno Products: (click product to shop!)

If you are interested in trying Aveeno products or stocking up on your favs,  you can get 10% off your Aveeno Order on IHERB by clicking HERE!

 

Aveeno Skincare

Do you use Natural Beauty products, if so what are some of your favorites?  Have you shopped on IHERB before? Let me know in the comments below. I”d love to hear your thoughts!
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NEW Origins Face Wash: Active Charcoal To Clear Pores

Origins has been a favorite skincare brand of mine for about 10 years now. Most products I have tried and used do what they say and do not irritate my skin in any way, which is always my biggest struggle with finding skincare. I have used the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and love it! Its a best seller for a reason (hint if you have not tried it you should) When I received the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder I was so intrigued for multiple reasons! One since I love the Mask I thought okay this has got to be good. Two its a powder and that is very new to me and three my pores have been looking quite gross as of late.

Per the Origins website: “See pore-fectly pure skin in just 7 days! This concentrated powder water-activates into a creamy, effervescent cleanser. Ultra-absorbent Bamboo Charcoal clears pores of deep-dwelling dirt, debris and toxins. While the exfoliating formula buffs away dull, dead cells. Skin feels soft, smooth and completely refreshed”

So does this active charcoal cleansing powder do what it promises to do?

Active Charcoal, Origins Charcoal Mask

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YES! My pores in just a little over a week are visibly smaller and look less gross LOL! On top of that my skin feels smoother and looks less dull! The only trouble I had at first was determining how much product to use but you only need a small amount to get the job done. The above picture is the right amount for me. I add water and start rubbing my hands together to create the creamy cleanser. One thing to remember: less water = more exfoliation. So on some days I do this when I can tell my skin needs a bit more scrubbing! My skin type is combo with dry skin on my cheeks and side of forehead with an oily T Zone.  Therefore my T Zone typically suffers the most with unwanted clogged pores due to the oiliness.

I have been using this cleanser in conjunction with my La Roche – Posay cleanser which I absolutely LOVE by the way.  I switch off between morning and night with both and its just working. When you see results on your skin its such a good feeling. Since my skin is loving it I am going to add in the Origins Charcoal Mask in my rotation to combat my pores to the max hehe! I have tried many face washes before and this is by far the best for pores in my opinion.

What face washes are you loving? What are your must have products to combat pores? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

*BPAMC was sent this cleansing powder as a PR Sample. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support

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