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FallWinter Skincare - Facial OilsIt’s officially fall, and with the decreasing temps outside comes an adjustment to my skincare routine.  Since I prefer to keep my skin care regime quite simple, the changes I make from my spring/summer routine to fall/winter are subtle.  The most important change I make is the addition of nourishing oils.  I’m a big proponent of adding oils such as coconut, olive (extra virgin), avocado, argan, and my personal favorite, jojoba oil to any skin, body or hair care regime.  For the fall/winter seasons, I add a light layer of jojoba oil to seal in the moisture after cleansing and moisturizing my skin.  If you’re a fan of beauty oils from skin care companies, then I highly recommend trying Boscia’s Tsubaki Beauty Oil.  I received a sample of this several months ago and loved the way it made my skin feel.  This light oil leaves my skin feeling smoother, nourished and with a healthy glow.  It’s the perfect facial oil for the new season.

Thank you so much for reading and hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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Happy Friday everyone! Several weeks ago, I wrote a post highlighting a few items I picked up from Target (you can read the post here).  Among my purchases was the Yes To Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap was intended to be my only purchase.  I recently began using the soap and have found that it works quite well for my normal to dry skin.

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After 2 weeks of use, I’ve noticed the difference the soap has made in my skin.  I’ve battled with congested pores around my nose and chin area since adolescence.  While it isn’t noticeable to others, it’s something I’ve always been mindful of and have tried to rid my skin of.  Within I week of using this soap, I noticed that the congestion had reduced slightly.  While it hasn’t completely cleared my congestion, the soap does a great job of gently cleansing my skin without stripping it of moisture.

Though I do quite like the effects the soap has had on my skin, I’m still on the fence about repurchasing the item for a few reasons.  First, while the soap isn’t too drying, I find that I have to use it sparingly.  I often favor a double cleanse on days that I wear makeup yet this leaves my skin feeling a little too tight.  Second, the soap is gently scented and while the scent isn’t off-putting (it’s floral in nature), I find the scent a bit disconcerting for a charcoal facial cleanser.  Lastly, after doing a bit more research, I found that the soap contains salicylic acid.  Though some respond quite well to salicylic acid, I’ve avoided products with this ingredient as I find that using it too often can dry and dull my skin.  Overall, I would recommend the Yes To Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap for the effects it has had on my skin.


Thank you so much for reading everyone!  I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.

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Several months ago, I received a Sephora gift card and with it came a 45 minute makeup session with a Sephora associate. While I’d originally planned on using my session for an important event, I grew nervous about the abilities of the Sephora associates and decided to avoid a potentially disastrous appointment with a trial run.  I finally decided to call the closest Sephora last week to make an appointment.  Again, I wanted to test their abilities before utilizing their services for an important event.  While I didn’t plan on wearing the makeup to a function, I knew the experience wouldn’t be wasted as it inspired this blog post!

Sephora Beauty 'Makeover'

Before The Appointment

The call to Sephora to schedule an appointment was pleasant and informative.  While the associate I made the appointment with worked in skin care, he explained what I could expect, reassuring me of the professionalism and expertise of the associate who would be completing the appointment.

Sephora Beauty 'Makeover'

The Appointment

The experience began with a five-minute skin care consultation. Fortunately for me, there was a Boscia representative at Sephora the day of my appointment.  She began my appointment by using Boscia products to cleanse and moisturize my skin.  This was my first experience with Boscia and I found that I quite enjoy their products.  I typically hate it when associates at beauty counters go anywhere near me with skin care products because I find that they always leave my skin feeling dry and irritated.  I was pleasantly surprised by how great my skin felt with the products, so much so that I used some of my Beauty Insider points to pick up a Boscia trial set as I was checking out with my other products.
Sephora Custom Makeover Experiience

The makeup application also began with a consultation.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the artist assigned to me was a licensed makeup artist.  Our conversation flowed naturally putting me at ease, asking me about my typical makeup routine and what I was looking for that day.  After our conversation, she took some time to “shop” for products around the store that both work well with my skin tone and achieve the results I was looking for.  The makeup application took about 30 minutes, most of which I spent questioning if I’d like the final results and how I could politely thank her in the event I didn’t like what I was walking away with.

Sephora Custom Makeover Experience

Final Thoughts

I would highly recommend utilizing the services of your local Sephora when in need of makeup application for a special event.  While I was initially hesitant, my experience was professional from beginning to end.  The makeup looked great and received many compliments (I had a hard admitting that it wasn’t the result of my own skills).

What to Know

Getting a custom makeover from Sephora is complimentary with a minimum purchase of $50.  Mini makeovers (smokey eye, flawless foundation, contour, etc.) are also offered with no purchase necessary.  This site details the services offered by Sephora in detail.  I would also encourage you to take a look at their beauty classes which go over things such as daytime smokey eye.

Minor Criticism

I was looking forward to learning a few of the techniques the associate would use to create the natural smokey eye look I requested.  I was under the impression that this would be a makeover as well as a lesson on technique.  However, the appointment was just makeup instruction and not an instructional session as expected.

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