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

Layla Loves: Micellar Water

Layla Loves: Micellar Water

I just arrived home from work. Shoes come off first. Then my wig (yes, I wear a wig, more on that some other time). Then, off comes my makeup. I look forward to all of these things every day, but especially on days when I am tired and want to just come home and lay down, maybe watch some TV and zone out.

As much as I love to wear makeup and rock a bold lip, I also am growing to love being in my bare-faced skin and I care about it’s health as much as I care about it’s natural appearance. So, I want to make sure that I tell you all about one of my favorite beauty products EVER: micellar water.

In case you haven’t heard more than excited buzz around micellar water, let’s start with the basics. The first (and the only thing, in my opinion) that you need to know is that it’s a beauty secret and staple of French women. Say no more, right?

I heard that micellar water was great for sensitive skin (due to its lack of harsh chemicals, soap, fragrance and alcohol), requires no rinsing, is a great makeup remover, AND is a gentle alternative to most facial wipes on the market (some are soft and treat your skin like the baby it should be viewed as).

At first, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. I tried a small bottle of Simple Micellar Water and was converted to a full fledged believer within a week. My skin felt clean, looked better, felt softer and appeared smoother. On top of that, I hadn’t experienced any new breakouts. I stopped washing my face twice a day with harsh tap water ever since.

Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t stopped washing my face with good old face cleanser and bathroom sink water completely, but cutting down has helped my skin a lot–it’s undeniable.

So, which micellar waters do I use regularly and think you should try? Glad you asked!

Here we go…

The First Love: Simple Micellar Water, 13.5 fl.oz., $8,99, Target

Simple Micellar Water

The Brightening Secret: 

Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, 8.4 oz., $5.99, Target

botanics all bright micellar

The Oily/Combination Skin Power Punch: 

Bioderma Sebium H2O Solution Micellaire, 500ml, $14.90, Birchbox

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micelle Solution

And since you’re going all in on micellar waters, make sure you are using the right counterparts: facial rounds or ovals. I prefer ovals because of their size (compared to rounds). They’re larger and can cover more of your face in less swipes, saving product and ovals. These are the ovals that I prefer.

So, will you be trying a micellar water? Do you already use them? Let me know your thoughts, and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.

Talk soon. -xo, Layla

First Impression: Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask

First Impression: Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask

garnier dark spot treatment mask


I’m eating a cookie now. It’s just another tiny way to make at-home spa days that much more of a treat. Which brings me to the point: I tried a new spa like treatment today, Garnier’s Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask. It was every bit as calming as the model looks on the package.

Garnier says this mask “deeply hydrates, boosts radiance and smoothes and revitalizes.” It’s key ingredient is Vitamin C: which is known to dramatically lighten dark spots. I’m dealing with a bout of all over hyperpigmentation on my face that I’m desperately trying to get rid of so I jumped at the chance to try this out.

In case you’re new to the sheet mask craze, this is a great one for beginners. The cloth stretches to fit your face easily and is super saturated with product, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. When I first applied this to my face, it started to sting a little all over, however I expected a little discomfort. Vitamin C is very potent in whatever form it is applied to on the skin and I have SUPER sensitive skin. I’m that desperate to achieve healthy, great looking skin. All I did to alleviate the discomfort was begin to fan my face with a magazine.  You leave this mask on for 10 minutes and there’s no need to rinse when the 10 minutes are up. All you do is remove the mask and massage any remaining product into your skin.

Super easy. Garner promises “instant radiance and 24 hour hydration” after just one use. In 2 weeks, they claim that your “skin is brighter and more even when mask Is used 3x per week.” All I can say is, we shall say because I’m definitely willing to try this out!

My skin feels really soft after using this and a little less dull then it did before I applied this mask. Not a vast difference, but noticeable enough to make me smile.

Of course, for optimal results they suggest pairing it with other products in their Dark Spot Corrector line, but I’m not sure my skin will be too happy with me if I do, so slow and steady will have to win the race on this one.

Although Garnier assures that this will be “gentle on skin” I’d advise anyone with the slightest of sensitive skin’s to take special care and consideration before using this.

If you do try it, be sure to pick yourself up a special treat, after all the hard work you’re putting into your skin, you deserve it! (Although the iron on sugar’s effects on the skin aren’t lost on me, I believe in everything in moderation, so why not?)

I purchased this at a Walgreens on sale for about $1.99 (they have even better sales now where you can buy 2 at a time). 

You’ve heard about one of my biggest skin concerns, what’s yours?

Until tomorrow my loves….Layla



Eternally Loving: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes (Original Formula)

Eternally Loving: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes (Original Formula)

Oh-my…skin [enter long suffering sigh here]

As much I love to try new products, especially of the skin care variety, my skin is having none of the complicated, ultra luxe routine as of yet. It screams for simple, effective, and above all: non-irritating.  So in the spirit of giving my skin what it wants so it doesn’t continue to betray me (shout out to the three zits on my forehead, you guys have been a nightmare.)

Lately, I’ve been really tired (someday I’ll tell you more about this perhaps) so I haven’t been doing the full facial cleansing that I usually do ( my beloved Clarisonic Mia, Blue Plasma by Perricone MD, eye cream, heavy night cream). I’ve just wiping my face thoroughly (but not roughly) with a Neutrogena wipe.

I must say that despite my face not having had a full spread of treats for the past week, it is looking and feeling very good. It’s super soft, has a bit of glow to it (which trust me is of no doing of my own) and is in a generally better state all around. Having said this I should still drink more water, but that’s an entirely different uphill battle.

Neutrogena wipes come in various formulas: original (blue package), oil free pink grapefruit for acne prone skin (pinkish package), night calming (purple package), hydrating (teal package), and deep clean (yellowish orange package).  Each package will run you about $5 at drugstores and other retailers like Target and Walmart. Since I know you’ll love them as much as I do, I suggest getting the starter package which includes  a baby blue case (shown in the picture at the beginning of this post) and purchase refill packs as you go along. I never take my cloths out of their original packaging but the case helps ensure that they don’t dry out prematurely. They also come in travel packs of about 5-10 wipes: perfect for travel, gym bags, backpacks, etc.

Each cleansing cloth in original formula package is of a medium thickness, is soft but not too soft or too tough.  The clothes are always saturated at the same level of the first day of use. One cloth will remove EVERYTHING. Yep, even stubborn long wearing makeup and waterproof formulas. And your skin won’t feel tight or blotchy afterwards. Just clean and a bit moisturized.

So what are you waiting for? Go pick up your formula pack and look forward to actually doing what you’re supposed to: removing your war paint before beauty rest.

P.S. Have you tried these wipes? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.