Make 2018 The Year You Kiss Dry, Flaky Lips GOOD-BYE

Make 2018 The Year You Kiss Dry, Flaky Lips GOOD-BYE

If my horoscope for 2018 is anywhere near on-point, then your girl is in for some great changes in the love department. Am I ready? Mostly.

Now, I get a lot of comments about how soft my skin is (thanks to regular exfoliation and heavy, repetitive moisturizing from the inside-out). I also get a lot of compliments and comments about how I love to rock a bold lip. Guilty as charged. But, I’ve got a confession–lean in…*whispers* I don’t exfoliate my lips near as religiously as I should. That’s right, sometimes your girl is out and about dancing on the line of having full blown flaky lip status. It’s shameful. Do not judge me. Save your side-eye. Unfurl that brow.

You can’t fix a problem that you don’t acknowledge right? So, there. That’s that. Now we move on to the solution: First Aid Beauty. Before we get to the specifics, can we briefly talk about how this brand gets a lot of play, but not nearly as much as feel they deserve. They’ve got everything–and it’s safe for sensitive skin. Jack pot. You. cannot. go. wrong. (Hello, Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream) <3

So, about that fix — it’s a one-two punch of a package. It’s fast, easy, but still manages to feel luxurious. The first jab is the Ultra Repair Honey & Oat Lip Exfoliator — I know what you’re thinking: “it’s a lip exfoliator, big deal.” You’re right. It is a big deal. It’s an exfoliator that’s easy to use (apply, gently rub, rinse) and it’s quick. But the kicker here is that once you’re done with gently rubbing and rinsing, your lips already feel moisturized. Do you hear me? You scrubbed your lips and they’re not dry. That’s a pretty big deal to me. I cannot overstate how rare I find this to be, or how much this elevates this particular lip exfoliator above all of the others that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried many, included DIY ones with honey as a base.)

Okay, so now you’re thinking, you’re done, right? Your lips are exfoliated and they’re not dry. But *insert tire screeching noise here* wait a second, you’re not done. I said it was a one-two punch, remember? The second and final jab is the Ultra Repair Lip Therapy which is the petroleum free, soothing and moisturizing balm/ointment formula that you apply to add and lock in moisture to your newly flake-free smackers. It also smells delicious–it has the slightest hint of mint that isn’t overbearing, but it may make you crave mint chocolate chip ice cream, be warned.

I’ve tried these products separately, and together and I honestly have zero complaints. They’re perfect on their own or together. Best of all, I’m not worried about having a negative reaction because my skin is ultra-sensitive. I don’t wish they did anything differently with these products. I just wish that I had found them earlier than I did, but even with that, I’m just happy to have found them and I think you will be too.

Yes, NYE has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only time that you’ll want to have smooth, pillowy soft lips so get your hands on this 1-2 punch of a package and do yourself (and your boo) a favor all year round (cold weather, hot and humid, nights out or in; you name it).

Okay, gotta run. But we’ll talk soon.

Until then…flake free-kisses and smooth-skinned hugs–xo, Layla

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Head to Toe: My Fave Exfoliators

Head to Toe: My Fave Exfoliators

How long is your daily body care routine? Does it change on the weekend when you (presumably) have more time? My body care routine is about 30 minutes on weekdays. On weekends? All bets are off. I get to luxuriate and it’s fantastic. Self-care is important and it can look like anything to anyone. For me, weekends are for the additional at-home spa moment. Whether it’s a calming shower or bath, followed by a rich moisturizer before I go back to bed, or it’s a DIY manicure and/or pedicure, it’s all important and it all feels absolutely wonderful. Whatever your energy level allows, do it.

One of my most loved things to do is to exfoliate head to toe while I’m in the shower, when I step out I feel like a new, pampered person. Keep reading for the products that I use, and love:

Face: 

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub, $3.99 for 1 Fl. Oz, Target 

This is one of my newest facial scrubs, I think I received the trial size (1 fl. oz) as part of a Target Beauty Box. No matter how it came to me, I’m just glad it did. This is a nice scrub for the face, but it requires a light hand, as it can be too abrasive if you scrub your face with too much pressure. Just a light, circling motion will do you just fine. And yes, your face instantly looks a little brighter after rinsing off.

Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion, $21-40, Origins 

Not one of my most beloved scrubs and I think it could be more gentle, especially since the word is included in its title and packaging, but it’s effective. This is your pick if you are more mindful of ingredients, environmental impact, and the like.

Derma-E Anti-Wrinke Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub, $13.99, Ulta  

I don’t use this scrub often, but I do like it when I use it and I have a feeling that with its specific targeting towards wrinkles, I’ll be using it more and more (hello, year 29). Give this a go, if you’re starting to see wrinkles in places on your face that you’re not okay with (for me, I’m okay with laugh lines, forehead wrinkles though? No, thanks)

Hands:

Just A Minute 60-Second Manicure Scrub, $12, Bath and Body Works 

This citrus fragranced, sugar scrub isn’t necessary, but it’s a nice treat to have around. Your hands take a beating daily from all of the touching, shaking, washing, typing, etc. Keep the skin on your hands looking young, and bright by using this about once a week, and following it with a rich, creamy lotion or oil.

Body:

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish, $13.99, Target  

I had been hearing about this sugar exfoliator for months before I decided to finally give it a try. That was almost a year ago, and I have literally used every ounce of this gentle, moisturizing product since first trying it. It took a little getting used to, as my skin is typically dry and itchy and so I was unsure of how often I should use this, but once I got the hang of it and starting using it once weekly, my skin began to rebel less and become less dry and itchy, and it holds moisture much longer. If you have dry, sensitive, itchy or otherwise timid skin, sugar exfoliators are going to be your go-to, leave the salt scrubs alone. Your skin will thank you.  Also, I have to mention this scrub’s scent, which is the brand’s Original Pink fragrance and includes bergamot, mandarin, rose, peach, strawberry, jasmine, and a few other yummy notes. You’ll be hooked immediately.

Shea Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub, $7-$24.00, The Body Shop 

If you’re like me and sometimes want something more less fragrant (this smells faintly like the Shea nut it is derived from), and more down to earth, then this is the sugar scrub for you. Also, for the sensitive or irritate skin types, this scrub gets the job down with no fuss. It’s also moisturizing, although less than the Soap & Glory polish, so you’ll have to be ready to hop out of the shower, apply another moisturizer and lock it in before your skin has a chance to fully dry. If you’re looking for a way to try out sugar exfoliators, this is a good introduction as you can purchase a small size (1.7 fl.oz) for only $7. Can’t beat that!

Feet: 

Earth Therapeutics Refreshing Foot Scrub, $4.96, Walmart 

I use this in the shower, even though the directions explicitly tell you to use this on dry feet. The shower is easier for me. This is great for use in between professional pedicures to keep your feet from becoming too dry, cracked and crusty–not cute in warm weather, sandal season. This scrub is quick and easy. Note: if you use this on dry feet, as directed, then you may experience some tingling as it contains peppermint and tea tree oil. That’s normal, but of course, if you feel uncomfortable in any way, rinse your feet, and find something more soothing for your dogs.

Those are my exfoliator picks, I hope you enjoyed reading about them and that you’ll give one, two or a few, a chance. How often do you give your body a fresh skin start? Let me know by leaving a comment.

Talk soon, xo-Layla
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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

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Happy Thursday!

The weekend is basically upon us. Around late Wednesday into early Thursday I start thinking about what needs to be done around the house and what at home spa treatments I can do. Am I the only one who does that?

This past weekend I had a great “aha!” moment as I was in my bathroom looking through products and sorting out treatments and there I saw it: the lonely tub of Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. I originally purchased these years ago for my face and it worked very well, keep my skin calm and mostly clear. The pads are duo sided: one side exfoliates while the other side smoothes and calms.

This time when I purchased it a few weeks ago, I used it on my face a few times but later and inexplicably lost interest. Fast forward to Saturday right before my shower and I thought, “hey, my feet could use some exfoliating, why not try these pads on my feet?”

The result: a pretty decent and cheap exfoliating tool for your at home pedicures.

You won’t see a difference right away but slowly I am noticing my feet are smoother.

Now I’m wondering what other products may have other uses… what about you? Can you think of anything?

Let me know if you think of something! We can all benefit :)