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Winter Skincare Guide

beauty, Healthy, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Winter can be grueling on skin with harsh dry cold air to snow or icy weather. If you live in the Southern part of the US you may find one day it’s warm and sunny while the next windy and chilly. For those up North you have to deal with snow, sleet, icy and sometimes into negative temperatures. As one of those in life who repeatedly deals with sensitive dry skin I’ve tried so many products and routines as possible. Over the past two years I’ve edited the following for what is used on a weekly basis. Keeping my skin moisturized and bright is the number one goal and these products consistently reflect results!

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Cleanser

I’ve gone back and forth for two years over these two cleansers. First Aid Beauty’s Cleanser ranges between $10-$20 and never dries my skin out. It’s a vegan product that has stood the test of time. I love several of their products (read below) and the cleanser is perfect for a morning and evening wash. Cetaphil’s Daily Cleanser is also a cleanser I am currently using. I’ve tried it for about 3 months now and it’s perfect for travel! It comes in a convenient $3 size that’s flying friendly. I’ll be sharing shortly more about flying essentials but a pocket size cleanser is a must have!

Toner

I’ve mentioned Neutrogena Anti-Blemish pads in my previous beauty regimen post on Drugstore Beauty Products. I’ve been using this product for over a year now and love the results. I use these every other day and sometimes in between washes if I am in a hurry and need to cleanse my face after a workout. They are also perfect for spot treatment if you are starting to breakout!

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Blemish Treatment

My favorite product for clearing up acne! I picked it up before a trip to Chicago last year and it works! Within 2-3 days a blemish is completely gone. Usually I see no redness or swelling after putting it on at night. It’s a nice size and sometimes I just keep it in my purse for on the go days where I’m away from home.

Mask

I’ve tried all of L’oreal’s Clay Masks and settled on their Purify and Mattify Clay Mask. Although I joke about feeling like I’m part of the Blue Man Group when I use it, I try to apply twice a week. I find this is refreshing and it helps fight breakouts as well. I usually leave it on until it’s completely dry and then use a warm washcloth to remove before rinsing. It exfoliate and cleanses the pores deeply without stripping it completely of moisture.

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Night Cream

This is one of the most important steps! If you can’t purchase every product I recommend cleanser, toner and moisturizer are the absolute bare minimum. I’ve used Olay Whips and really liked the results. Currently I’m using Pond’s Anti Wrinkle Cream. This is another one that comes in travel size from stores like Wal-mart, Walgreens or Target.

Eye Cream

Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel Cream is refreshing and helps so much morning or evening to give the most delicate skin on your body the much needed moisture it needs. I like this product so much that I use it daily and find it really helps soften any lines and puffiness under the eyes.

Serum

I’ve been using First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Serum for over a year. I alternate it with two other products I’ll share with you in an upcoming post, but this one is part of my regular routine. I use it on days I feel my skin gets tight while alternating brightening serums and a dark spot remover serum. Always put your serum on and let the skin soak it in before applying moisturizer.

Oils and Moisturizer

Okay there are two oils I absolutely love! The first is by Tarte and I use it on my face, cuticles and to smooth away fly away hairs. It’s lightweight and so soothing on the skin. My face usually soaks it up pretty quickly and I find it’s a good base for makeup to be applied a few minutes later. The second product was a gift and now I use every single night. I love the soft warm vanilla scent and it’s kept my body smooth after a long soak. Also, if I’m on the run you’ll almost always find First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream in my bag. It’s perfectas a hand cream, body cream or facial moisturizer!

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Well, there you have it! An entire skincare regimen with half of the products you can find at a drugstore. The rest are easy to purchase by clicking any of the links in this post or the pictures below.

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Best Winter Drugstore Beauty Buys

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I am ALWAYS on the hunt for new products ranging from high quality to drugstore buys. Although I look to Sephora time and time again for products, sometimes I just can’t make it there and end up picking up a few things at a drugstore. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite winter buys right now. All of these are items I’ve been using for at least a month and am extremely satisfied with. (None of this content is sponsored - just tried and true!)

Skincare

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser: This is a dermatologist recommended product and I’ve used it on and off for years. It’s so gentle! If your skins to be on the dry side it works great at removing makeup and grime without stripping your face of natural oils. It comes in trial size if you are on the go and a full size bottle lasts for a few months.

Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer: Winter takes such a toil on your skin and this night cream is heavenly. I slather it on my face and neck each night and awaken with soft supple skin.

Noxema Clear Ultimate Anti-Blemish Cleansing Pads: These have been discussed in the past (see this post) but they have made a huge difference in breakouts. You can use them as a spot treatment or more like a toner. Start by using every day or every other day and then build up to more frequently if you need to. I now use them only if I am getting breakouts but to get my skin under control last year I was swiping a pad over my face at least every morning. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wash, you can also use these before applying make up.

Makeup

Covergirl Melting Pout CoverGirl Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Chronicles: Talk about a game changer! I’ve loved many lip products and this one stands the test. It’s a matte neutral and doesn’t turn orange or bright pink when applied (many lipsticks are not true to color on my skin because I have so much pigment in my lips).

L’oreal Voluminous Lash Primer: I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that L’Oreal finally put this in a full size product. Years ago I used this when it was party of a mascara duo. But now that it’s full size I can easily use with ANY mascara. It keeps my lashes looking fuller and also keeps my mascara lasting longer throughout the day. Finally, it makes it easier for it to come off at the end of the day.

L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise: For all of my sensitive eye people, this mascara does NOT irritate my eyes or make them itch. It’s formula and wand lengthen and add fullness to my lashes with a touch of glam. I also really love that it doesn’t clump after a few coats.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation: I’ve been using the FIT line for a while now and the liquid foundation goes on really smoothly and lightly. It doesn’t even feel like I have much on my face. I usually use a BareMinerals Matte Loose Powder Foundation on top to set it or their Mineral Veil, but it can be worn alone as well. This liquid foundation also comes in a dewy finish and finally they make a great concealer as well!

As we enter into the holiday season I hope you find these products helpful. I am always looking for new recommendations and would love if you tweeted or DM me on Instagram your favorite products!

What products are tried and true in your beauty and skincare regimen?

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One Month of BBG

beauty, Fashion, Healthy, Lifestyle, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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After constantly seeing the BBG hashtag all over Instagram for about a year now, I made the plunge into starting the BBG Beginner program. I wanted to share the first month’s results and feedback for any of you who are interested in learning more about BBG. First of all, what does BBG stand for? The program is by Kayla Istines from Australia and BBG is an abbreviation for Beach Body Guide. Her philosophy is that every woman’s body is different and a workout program should help contour the body to be beach ready but that beach body is unique to each individual.

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The beginner program is twelve weeks long which will be the longest program I’ve ever done (if I finish! Fingers crossed!) It consists of three low intensity workouts (walking, swimming and cycling), three high intensity workouts (legs, arms and abs, and full body) and finally a challenge each week. All of the workouts are 35 minutes or less plus a cool down if you want to take advantage of doing that part of the workout.

Before diving into the meat of this post, I wanted to share that I usually wear something really similar to what you see in this post. I’ve tend to get terrible blisters and lately I’ve tried so many brands from Puma to Nike and I happened to pick this pair up for $10. I have worn them 7 miles straight with no blisters! I highly recommend them. I was at my parents and yet again forgot my tennis shoes so ran to Wal-mart and grabbed these lightweight ones. Although I’m drinking a bottle of store bought water in these photos, I often bring along this one from Swell. It’s only $25 and will keep liquids hot or cold all day long. You can use it for coffee or water and I promise you won’t be disappointed. I rounded up a few more items at the end of the post for blush sneakers, black workout gear and a few yoga mats for you!

I figured this post might be easily digestible if I did a Q&A format… so here goes:

Why did you start BBG?

I began BBG because walking or running 4-7 miles a day was becoming inefficient. I wanted to increase my efficiency with exercise and overall tone my body. After seeing the 12 week transformations (like Rach Parcell) and reading tons of blogs and commentary on other people’s results I decided to give it a whirl. I also wanted to take the guesswork out of exercise. I am someone who needs help with creating structure and accountability so downloading an app and following instructions seemed pretty easy.

How active were you prior?

Prior to BBG I averaged walking or running between 100-150 miles a month (according to one of my favorite apps by Adidas called Steps). At least 15 days out of the month I hit over 10k steps. I try to walk everyday, but my goal is always 12k a day. Some days I only make it 3k and others I’ll do 20k but it averages 100-150 miles a month. I was doing no strength or weight training and just tried to walk as much as possible.

How hard are the workouts?

Although they are only 28 minutes long, they are HARD! The first week was really rough. But because it’s broken down into 7 minute circuits, it’s psychologically attainable. I started with each round with the goal of doing an entire lap (which is four exercises). I was completely out of breath and sweating ten minutes in. No joke and I’m not a crazy sweat person. Halfway through I realized there was only 14 minutes left and just pushed through. Each week it’s been easier and I can feel my body growing stronger, but be prepared to be ridiculously sore and exhausted.

Can you modify the moves?

Yes. There’s a ton of stuff on the BBG app which is free the first month and only $20 every month after (sooooooo much cheaper than Orange Theory, Pure Barre or most gym memberships) on how to modify exercises. From not having weights or a medicine ball to not being able to do what I consider an army push up, there’s a whole community and forum within the app to help out! And yes, I’ve modified a few of the exercises.

Do you need equipment?

The BBG Beginner program uses a medicine ball, 5 pound weights, and a yoga mat. I have a yoga mat, 1 pound weights and a beach ball. The workouts are still tough without the actual equipment. I figured at the end of the twelve weeks if I still like doing this, I’ll buy new weights and a medicine ball. I would recommend buying a yoga mat at bare minimum.

Did you change your diet?

Nope. Not yet. I still eat cheese, drink wine and don’t count calories.

What are the results so far?

So far I’ve noticed my bra bands are fitting looser and my stomach is starting to flatten and get more toned. I’ve also noticed more arm definition as well. Although the app tells you to “weigh in” I don’t own a scale (nor want to) and have made note of how my clothes are fitting. I’m currently a size 2-4 looking to end up at the end of the twelve weeks at a 0-2. I’m also only 5’0 feet tall so take that into consideration.

What are some helpful tips if interested in BBG?

First of all, buy a yoga mat and download the app. Take your pictures weekly so you can see the results. The first two weeks were really hard for me to get all the way through each seven minutes. Sometimes I only made it five minutes so I would take a two minute break and then start the next round. If your body is hurting, be careful not to over exert to the point of injury. Many gals do multiple rounds of BBG Beginner. Take your time and make sure you work on doing the exercises properly instead of rushing. Also, walking helped my sore muscles so I recommend on non-BBG days to take a half hour stroll.

I hope this helps! I’ll post a two and three month update if I make it that far but my overall feedback is nothing but positive about this program! Please leave a comment if you have a question!

If you’ve tried BBG, what have your results been like?

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