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Beauty: The {New} Basics

Jul 9, 2014

There have been a lot of welcome changes to get used to after {what felt like} an eternity of being pregnant. There’s the obvious one of not carrying around a growing human but for me, the biggest change has been rediscovering my skin.

BTB (before the babe) I had pretty decent skin – the occasional flare up but never anything too rough. But during pregnancy I struggle with serious acne and I’m not being dramatic here – it was ROUGH. My forehead had what looked like a giant rash and my chin/neck area broke out like I was back in 7th grade. The weirdest part was, pretty regularly, finding bumps hiding in my eyebrows. Yeah, shit got weird.

So you can imagine my focus on getting back to some semblance of normal ATB (after the babe). I started out with this kit to help clear things up. It was great but after a few weeks became a little harsh so I’ve switched into a pretty standard routine now that’s helping get my skin back in shape.


beauty basics

Nightly Needs: obiqo night cream and Eye Cream | Murad Acne Clearing Solution and Spot Treatment

I received a sample of the obiqo night cream and eye cream BTB but didn’t give them a try until I escaped from the hospital. I love that both creams are rich but not too heavy. My eyes also tend to be really sensitive to creams and products (I’m talking tearing up like I just watched The Notebook) but this one is sensitive enough to keep the waterworks at bay. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the mornings – waking up looking more refreshed with less dry, rough patches.

Before I slather on the obiqo cream though, I’ve been using the Murad Acne Clearing Solution and spot treatment to help clear up those lingering break outs. I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks but can already tell it’s helping with the persistent chin flare ups.

Daily Dose: Pixi Glow Tonic | Evian Mist | Boots No7 Lift & Luminate

When I wake up, I love starting off my morning with a mist of Evian. Mostly it’s a good wake up and it feels great before starting my morning routine. Then it’s on to my go-to’s: this Pixi Glow Tonic and Boots No 7 Day Cream (both from Target!).

I read about the glow tonic online and how people raved about it. I can attest that it’s pretty great. It doesn’t strip your skin the way some toners can but rather leaves it feeling fresh and clean. I’m not sure if it’s helped me “glow” but I definitely like that it gives me a clean slate before putting on makeup. The Boots Day Cream is another goodie and I love that it also doesn’t make my eyes water up but more importantly that it moisturizes without feeling tacky or heavy.

Weekly Wants: frank Body Scrub | Glam Glow Mud Mask

If I get a few minutes for a ‘treat yo self’ moment, I’m turning to one of these products.

I read about the frank body scrub from a couple bloggers I love so I decided to give it a try. It’s a little messy but it makes the shower feel like a day at the spa. The description promises that frank will  “target cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne with roasted and ground robusta coffee beans.” I can’t say I’ve noticed any specific changes on any of these fronts but it does leave my skin feeling smoother, more moisturized and it smells delicious.

And this Glam Glow Mud Mask is the deal. I used it once and almost immediately noticed results. It was the best ‘reset’ button I’ve used for my skin. In about 20 minutes it made a huge difference. It may be a little pricey but the bottle is big and allows for a bunch of uses. I haven’t had a chance to use it as much as I’d like but it made my skin feel younger, smoother and just awesome.

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