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My Skin Care, Makeup, and Hair Summer Prep!

I live in New York and I gotta say it was a brutal winter this year!
Finally almost summer. 
I don't know about you guys but with the season changing 
and weather getting warmer now I have to transition myself 
and change some of my normal makeup and hair routine, 
or what I have gotten used to doing during the colder days. 
Its time to get ready for summer.

Madison Reed, a hair care company that created a healthier salon alternative hair dye
inspired me to share how I prep for Summer!
I will go over what I do to get ready for the summer.

First I start working on my skin cause let's face it we need our skin to be healthy if we want to look our best ;) 
Plus your makeup will go on better if you have less issues with your skin.

Skin Care:
Your skin care routine will need to change from winter to summer in order to protect it and keep it properly hydrated. Everyone knows when the weather changes each season, it effects your skin differently.

*I'm not a dermatologist so different people and skin types go through different changes during the seasons. 
I'm just posting what works for me. 
I have dry sensitive skin normally.

During the winter your skin can become really dry, chapped, and cracked. We especially know this with our lips and hands which tend to really hurt if they get too much exposure to the cold so we are constantly applying lotions on our skin and chapsticks. 
On top of this we shouldn't forget our face.

I always use face moisturizer, I use Nivea Creme.

I apply it every night (before bed) 
and in the morning (after washing face)
plus before applying makeup primer and/or makeup

*Always wait  a few minutes before doing your makeup, 
so that the moisturizer can settle in your skin.

I wash my face with Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser.
This is a multi-tasking scrub cleanser which exfoliates and cleans skin.

I also have to use a face scrub at least 3-4 times a week. 
I actually make my own face scrub out of natural ingredients - 
honey, brown sugar, olive oil, lemon juice, cinnamon. 

After applying to face I use a warm wet towel to clean off my face then I apply a small amount of coconut oil to rehydrate my skin which might have been stripped away due to the face scrub and wash.

I use a face mask by Freeman called Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask.

I use it 2 times a week on the days I don't use a facial scrub. 
It's a mask & scrub that works double time to detox skin
The Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities without over-drying. 
Then the Black Sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells.

Now since its starting to look a lot like Summer
let go on to my summer skin care routine. 

Hot and Humid weather tend to make your skin oily from your sweat which in turn can cause many of us to break out. 

I actually use the same facial moisturizer for the summer as I do for the winter. 
I just love it too much to change.

I also use the same facial cleanser to wash my face during the summer months too. 
I am really loving my facial cleanser plus I have dry skin so I do need an exfoliant in it.

I still use my homemade facial scrub but usually I tend to do it only once a week.

I apply a facial mask but I change it to Freeman Facial Peel-off mask in Cucumber

This one isn't a scrub, the Summer months I find I don't need to use too many scrubs for my skin. 
But when it's on you feel a nice cooling sensation. 
You wait for it to dry, usually 10 minutes but it also depends on how much u put on. 
Then when you peel it off and rinse your face with warm water it leaves it feeling smooth and silky!

Every one's skin color tends to change once the sun starts hitting you more during the day because let's face it, if it's nice outside we go out more and spend it more outside. 
So always use sunscreen for your skin.

Now onto Makeup:

Usually in the winter I find myself wanting more of a full coverage foundation on my face. 

I would first apply my makeup primer. 
At the moment I'm trying out the foundation primer by the Sephora collection in luminous.

Then I apply my foundation, 
I used Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in shade 7.0 but I had to stop using it because my face would break out badly and my face would itch
but I used to love the coverage!
Damn my sensitive skin!
But now I'm trying another foundation by the sephora collection that is a 10 hour wear perfection foundation (oil free) in walnut medium 33.
(Pictured above)

Now since its starting to get hotter I find myself leaning to BB creams more for a natural look and less heavy makeup on my skin. 
Plus it has SPF 20 already mixed which is great, 
but it shouldn't replace the use of sun protection products in case of sun exposure.

I also I went to Sephora to get my skin ID color because during different seasons your skin color can change and so a lighter shade u might have had during the winter might not look good on your tanner skin during the summer so it's always good to get a foundation a couple shades darker. 
Don't worry if it's too dark u can mix a drop or two with the lighter foundation to get your perfect shade plus if u keep tanning u don't have to go get darker shades again.

I used to use Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm,
but since my reaction to the naked skin foundation was bad I decided to try some other one.

I have to say my favorite so far is the Tinted moisturizer SPF 20 lightweight flawless coverage by Laura Mercier. 

Tawny was my color during winter months but I think I have to go back and get a darker shade since summer is starting.

Onto some makeup looks:

I like to use darker shades on my lips during the winter.. 

Like Reds, Plums, Purples

I also get creative with my eyeshadow colors since I'm stuck in the house cause its 
too cold to do things outside lol.


When Spring had sprung I leaned towards pinks, oranges, and corals

Lets not forget pastels and bright colors on my eyes and lips. 

I guess you can say the flower colors inspires me.

Now as Summer approaches and its getting hotter, 

I usually try and keep it neutral browns, nudes, and toned down pinks. 

I don't want to take too much time in front of a mirror getting hot with the lights on me.  

Hair Care:

Its always good to start summer off with a trim, 
but I wanted a drastic change so I chopped off like 10 inches :/

I went from having so much hair I didn't know what to do with and all the hair couldn't even fit in a picture...

To this, I love it but I'm kinda missing my lion Maine!

If you haven't been already now is a good time to switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, 
I use Dove Hair Therapy Daily Moisture

Madison Reed also has a good Shampoo and Conditioner 
which will cleanse, hydrate, soften, and strengthen hair, 
plus has UV production which is great for the summer!  
I can't wait to try them out this summer.
More info can be found here:Madison Reed 

Also try and use some deep conditioning treatments after you shampoo and condition your hair. 
The one I really like is from 
Ion Repair Solutions Effective care Treatment 
for weak and damaged hair.

You apply at the tips of your hair and work your way up to the scalp 
and you leave in your hair for five minutes before washing off.
It works amazingly!

Also try skipping the hot hair tools 
(hair straighteners & hot curlers) 
as much as you can during the summer

Anyways I don't want my hair down as much during the hot summer days so most of my hairstyles and hair looks during the summer go in a slick pony tail, braid or put up in a bun. 

Your hair will be stressed enough with the pool water chemicals, salt water, and scorching sun! 
We are trying to keep our hair as healthy as can be during the summer.


I don't dye my hair really but last winter I did do a blond strip to try something new and loved it so much that in the spring I added colors to my strip,

Teal then it turned greenish so I rocked that for a bit then I got a pastel lilac.

Now I'm thinking of changing the stripe to grey during the summer.. 
What do you all think?
What color should I make my stripe?

So thats about all for now because this post ended up being longer than usual,
But I had a lot of info and I still left out so much that I might post in another post about summer prep

Do you do things differently in your Summer transitions? 
Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading and please comment any suggestions 
What makeup should I try since I have Dry sensitive skin.
I'm willing to try new things.

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The Bath Cafe

I stumbled upon this very cute company on instagram called The Bath Cafe
The name alone describes what their company is all about!
Sweet Smelling goodies for your body and soul needs.

The Bath Cafe is a bath and body line with products that delight your senses. 
They are a small family owned company that make handmade &
 fresh natural skincare that is paraben, chemical and toxin free
The Bath Cafe also make small batches at a time,
So you know there products are fresh!

I was thrilled when they contacted me to try some of their products and review.
They sent a cute little care package with three of their sweet smelling homemade products 
that I tested out.

The Bath Cafe Sugar Scrub

The scent I received was there Tropical Smoothie Sugar Scrub.
As soon as I opened it I was drawn by the sweet smell! 
It smelled so good I wanted to eat it.
Don't be fooled, Even though its all natural it is for external use only!

Ingredients: Raw Sugar Cane, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Fragrance,
Oatmeal Powder, Polysorbate 20, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, 
and Fruit Extract Powder. 
May also contain Mica Powder for color.

Inside Look:

When I tried the sugar scrub out I noticed it is thick and rich
The oils really left my skin feeling moisturized and really smooth.
I'm not sure if its whipped or not, because it didn't say whipped on it, 
But I have to say that it's really creamy in texture and definitely not hard or rough on the skin.
I've tried sugar scrubs from other companies that looked stiff and I didn't like.

Closer Look:
I really LOVED this sugar scrub
I use it in the shower after I wash my body with soap so it replenishes the oils I washed away,
leaving my skin feeling nourished and silky smooth.
It exfoliated my skin effectively without causing the stinging
sometimes associated with Salt Scrubs which is why I like sugar scrubs better.

The Bath Cafe Natural Body Oil

The scent I received was Citrus Burst.
Another sweet yummy scent that smells amazing! 
The Bath Cafe Natural Oil can be used for your Bath water
Hair and/or after Shower moisturizer.
A little goes a long way.

I personally love to put a few drops in my hot bath because the 
Citrus aroma really leaves me feeling relaxed
While the oils help my skin get moisturized & feeling smooth

Ingredients: Argan Oil, Apricot Kennel Oil, Olive Oil,
and Fragrance.

The Bath Cafe Mini Bath Truffles

Scent in Pistachio Cake that smells like a delicious treat to eat.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter,
Sodium Chloride, Lathenol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, 
Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), 
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate),
Mica Powder, Fragrance

Opened Box:

My Box came with 4 Mini Bath Truffles.
These little bath truffles are like bath bombs but smaller treats used in your bath water or foot bath. They leave the bath water feeling softer and fragrant for a nice relaxing experience. 
The Bath Cafe Mini Bath Truffles will create fizz in the foot or body bath.

Closer Look:
You can see all the natural bits in these Mini Bath Truffles.
All Homemade with love by The Bath Cafe
I loved the sound they made while dissolving in the water and they definitely left the water feeling softer leaving my skin smooth and my body relaxed

I absolutely loved The Bath Cafe products I tried out because 
of the fresh products and natural ingredients used. 
They are not tested on Animals as well which is just another plus! 
I also love that they are homemade.

Have any of you tried these products from The Bath Cafe?
If so tell me what you thought of them?
If not why not?

Stay tuned! 
In a few days I will be posting a video review up on these products,
 So you can see first hand how great they are!

Don't forget to check out their site and snag some goodies of your own! 
They are having a 50% sale right now with the product code on their main page.

Disclaimer: I received these products from TheBathCafe Company 
complementary to try out and review.

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VIB Reward Card

Recently I got my thank you card from 
Sephora for being a Beauty Insider!

$20 V.I.B Reward card!
How awesome is that?!

Wanna see all the goodies I got with my Reward Card?

Since I got the reward card
I had to jump on the new Naked 3 Palette.
I have been dying for since b4 they released it!

Original price was $52.00
With the $20 off I got it for $32!!

I had so many points so I decided to check out their Rewards area and seen this..

Smashbox Bestsellers!
For 500 Points

Inside the box:

They are all Deluxe Sample size, 
but I do believe that the Mascara & Lip gloss is regular size!
I can't wait to try these out!

Ultimate Studio Stash

Photo Finish Foundation Primer
size: 7.1ml

Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light
size: 7.1ml

Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
size: 5ml

Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black
size: 4ml

Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
size: 4.20lm

Since I had brought this on Cyber Monday 
I qualified for the Cyber Monday Sample Bag!

I think the little bag is adorable in itself!

Inside the Cyber Monday Sample Bag:

All sample sizes of course but still amazing!

LANCOME PARIS - Treson Perfume sample
size: 1.5ml

KORRES - Eye Primer sample
size: 2ml

Living Proof. - Hair Primer Style Extender
size: 10ml

CLINIQUE Acne Solutions - Oil-control Cleansing Mask
CLINIQUE Acne Solutions - Liquid Makeup
*sizes not given

CLINIQUE Skin Supplies For Men - Face Scrub Exfoliant Visage
size: 15ml

I also got to pick 3 free samples with my order.

I LOVE Sephora!

I got all these goodies at an amazing price and plus Free 3 day Shipping!

ONLY $36.49!

I will be making a Naked 3 palette review post soon!

Are you a Beauty insider?
What did you get with your reward card?
Which Smashbox Product do you love the most?

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