Winter Feet Hacks: How to eliminate ashy feet this season




It's already fall! I am so excited summer is over, because my body figure never quite made it through to summer 16, so I’m hoping summer 17, I will be slim thuggin! lol.


But besides that the summer was oh so good to my skin, that I am now ready to take on the fall. When I hear fall all I think about is dry skin and how fast my skin gets dehydrated, especially my feet. To be honest, sometimes I forget to lotion my feet and I walk out my house and look down and JESUS! it is as white as snow. Ash-ier than a MF! lol 

Its very important to me that this winter I take care of all my ashy prone areas especially my feet. I have come up with top hacks to having and staying hydrated and having healthy feet this winter. Lets save our FEET cos HAPPY FEET, HAPPY LIFE! (I really just made that up...lol)


So here are my top tacks to having smoother, healthier skin on your feet
FOOT SCRUB

Usually I only scrub my feet when I get a pedicure. But having done a lot of DIY's and used my body scrub on my feet at home, I have started to see major difference in look and texture of my feet. Before you start to scrub, you have to wet and steam your feet by running warm water on your feet. 
Then you start scrubbing. There are a few ways you can scrub your feet; 
DIY
What you need: Coconut oil, premium ground coffee, sweet almond oil. 
Body scrub with great exfoliators
My recommendations: Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Body Scrub $30 or Yossi Box 'Fix It' Body Scrub $15

Massage scrub into your feet. Let it sit for 2 minutes, before using the foot stone, to really remove the cracked and hard skin at the bottom of your foot and the sides. Rinse off with warm water and feel the softness of your feet.


FOOT CREAM

A good foot cream with a nice mini foot massage is all you need. Massage the cream on your feet focusing on potential crack areas and let the oils in the cream sink in. A really good foot cream I love is Aquaphor healing ointment. (I also use on my hands).  It's thick and really sinks in and hydrates my feet the whole day.  It has the perfect ingredients to moisturize and soften your feet which increase elasticity and firmness. 



FOOT OIL & A Pair of SOCKS 

During the winter, I suggest doing this every night if you can. This is a good long term fix to your feet allowing the skin texture to be softened and ashy free. You can DIY or buy the right body oil.


DIY 
What you need:  Coconut oil, vitamin E and sweet almond oil 
Get body oil with the right ingredients
My recommendation: Yossi Box 'Adore' Organic Body Oil $20 

Massage it into your feet, making sure you reach in-between the toes, the heel of your feet and the sides. Once its all oiled up, Wear a cotton socks over night, allowing the oils to work its magic. When you wake up, your feet would be soft and hydrated.



FOOT MASK
You know I love my face masks, so it is only right I tried the foot mask too. Even though I had never used one until now. This foot mask from Sephora $5 is basically like a sheet masks but with pockets/gloves for your foot.  After scrubbing, pop your clean foot into it like a glove for a few min and BAM! your feet feels and looks hydrated. This will be great for when you need a quick fix and hydration before you wear that open toe shoe.  :) 
Thats all folks. My safe haven to hydrated feet this winter!

 Do you have a specific thing you do to keep your feet hydrated? Please share, would love to know.

Till Then... 

Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo


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Lets talk About My Obsession With Collagen!


Right now, I am all about my COLLAGEN!
Every skincare lover's goal is to have amazing, youthful and healthy skin. Marine Collagen by Vital Proteins aims to do just that. 

The pros of Marine Collagen are so many but just to name my favorite, it reverses signs of aging and prevents you from getting wrinkles. Basically it keeps you looking YOUNG!

Now which lady doesn't want to look younger? I definitely do. 




I have been testing out this product for about 8 months now but I started seeing the benefits within two - three weeks of using it. This made me appreciate it early and stick to it.


What is Collagen? 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility. The intake of collagen ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints. Collagen is a natural and healthy ingredient that has been used for centuries. 




Why the Vital Protein brand?

The reason I use the collagen from the Vital Proteins brand is because, I did a lot of research to make sure I was buying a well tested and tried brand. This brand apparently was praised by everyone, who had tried it.

How often do you use it? 

I use this Twice a day, I put a scoop full in a cup of water in the morning, and at night, I add a scoop to my smoothie. It is unflavored, no odor and pretty much has no taste.







Why you should be drinking Collagen Daily? 
Benefits I got:
  • My skin is much more youthful, my hair and nails got stronger and longer. This is one of the first things I notice when taking collagen.
  • My skin's smoothened up all over! I started to see a noticeable improvement with the first 2 months. It also reduces the signs of aging and wrinkles and reverses fine lines which helps to maintain the youthful look. 
  • Collagen contributes to a balanced diet and helps maintain weight. It actually filled me up between meals. It also reduced my sugar/ carbs cravings.
  • Collagen helps to reduce cellulites. This happens because the more you take the stronger your collagen becomes allowing your skin to firm up, gain shape and reduce the forming of cellulite. 

Basically this improves digestion, hair, nails, wrinkles and most importantly our skin. Normally you would pay a fortune at the doctor for these, but now with two scoops a day, you can do it on your own!

Isn't collagen awesome!


If you haven't tried it, I suggest you grab one today and try it out yourself. The results are all positive for skin and body care. You can order yours from Amazon. Join me on my Collagen fien and see why I'm so excited to share this with you today. Let's get our skin to stay youthful forever! 





Have you tried this Vital Proteins Marine Collagen? Did you love it and see the same results? let me know. 

Till Then... 


Peace, love & GLOW! 


xoxo












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30 Day Challenge to Glowing, Radiant and Acne- Free Skin



So many people have been asking me how I cleared my acne and improved my skin texture. It's simple! An awesome routine and being consistent! In my new e-book, I Challenge you to this 30-Day Challenge for glowing, radiant and acne-free skin! 

Check out the challenge Here!

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Product Review: MARIO BADESCU'S VITAMIN C SERUM





I am here to RAVE and scream about how much I loooovvvvve Mario Badescu's Vitamin C serum. This is one of the top secrets to glowing! Yes I said it! Okay, let me stop jumping the gun with my excitement and leave you a good and honest product review on this amazing serum.



Product Review: 

MARIO BADESCU'S VITAMIN C SERUM


According to Mario Badescu, this Vitamin C Serum contains 7.5% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to reduce discoloration and brighten the skin. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to retain skin's natural moisture and Collagen to enhance skin's firmness and elasticity.

Did you see why I love it so much, It has my favorite thing: COLLAGEN!

Main Ingredients: 7.5% ascorbic acid, hyaluronic acid.



How to use it: Apply 3-5 drops on your hand, rub it between palms to activate the ingredients, then press it into your skin. Best used every other evening after using your toner. Wait a minute or two for it to soak in before applying moisturizer over it (if you like).



Price: It is sold at most places for $45. If you catch them at an event, like I did, it is 10% discounted at trade shows.

Where to buy it: Amazon, Mario Badescu's website

My Experience: When I first learned of how great Vitamin C was for the face, I knew I had to start off with a brand that I was comfortable with. I went to an event where Mario Badescu had a stand and with all the products available, the vitamin C serum stood out to me. Most of the Vitamin C products I had come across where so expensive, but I figured if I start it should be a serum because its highly concentrated and I would see results faster.

After a week of using it every other night, I immediately started to see my face brighten up. Even my complexion started looking rich and I had an instant glow. The most noticeable effect of this serum is the rejuvenating and radiant glow you get the morning after. Even till now I'm still surprised by how every time i use it, the results just keep getting visibly better. My skin appears much smoother, healthier, brighter and plump.

I have been using this serum for over 6 months now. I used it during the process of clearing my acne and I used it while getting rid of the black spots. Now I'm acne free, I still use it because it works wonders. GLOWING! If you have sensitive skin, I suggest you start with one drop as this product seems to be highly concentrated.

Who should use it: Anyone with dull, tired looking skin, if you want brighter &smoother skin and need hydration that lasts all day.

The bad News: Not good for people with Oily Skin because you might come out extra shiny. But besides that theres no bad news here!



Final Verdict: Im sure you already know what I'm going to say... Yes! I loveeee this product. It is very effective and a great anti-aging serum to use at night. I never was big on serums until I started using this Vit C serum. The results the next day is so radiant, you can actually see how your skin looks more vibrant and awake. Even though the bottle is small, it actually goes a long way. I have had mine for over 6 months and I think I'm just getting to half (mind you my sister uses mine atimes too). For the price, the longevity and results make it worth it! I give this product THUMBS UP!

Hope you liked this review, would love to know what your experience with vitamin serum has been like. Comment below!

Till Then... 



Peace, love & GLOW! 



xoxo

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8 Signs You Need To Change Your Skincare Products


Hey Beautiful, 

A few weeks back, a friend of mine was telling me how she has been breaking out so much and she has no clue why. She hadn't changed her eating habits, she hadn't changed her products and her sleeping pattern was the same. She was really worried, damn near having a melt down, as she is a fellow skincare junkie, I totally understood her pain. 

So we went into investigation mode, looking into everything that could affect her skin, the symptoms and finally found what was wrong. The reactions came from her skincare products. She had outgrown her regular products, her skin had changed from combination to oily, but she was using skincare products for dry skin. 

After a long day of investigating, I decided to write this post letting everyone know 8 Major signs you see that should prompt you to check your skin type to see if it has changed, if so then change your skincare products pronto! 


1) Your Breakouts aren't getting better  or are getting worse.

2) Skin appears shiny and artificial.

3) Your skin is dry and tight. 

4) You skin feels rough, its flaking or peeling.

5) Your skin is more oily than usual.

6)You skin looks or feels dehydrated and just over all creepy looking.

7) If you see inflammation, increase in sensitivity, itching or burning.

8) You just don't feel satisfied with  your routine anymore. Trust your gut feeling, if your not glowing, something is definitely wrong!


So tell me, did you ever feel the need to change your skincare products? What gave you the heads up, let me know. 


Till Then... 
Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo



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I Got Featured!!! #Renskincare

SO I randomly looked through Google Alert to test it out and to my surprise I saw I was featured on their website RENSKINCARE.com on their social feed Love #Renskincare

Super Excited so I'm sharing it with you all!!! wooohoooo! 


THE BEST PART is that I really love that mask, it's a great brightening mask... so Kudos to Ren Skincare and thanks for the feature! 

Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo



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September Skincare Priority - GOALS!


It's September!!!

OMG did this year go by fast or what! I almost can't believe we are already at the end of summer. I really don't feel like I did much this summer. BUT looking at the bright side, I STARTED THIS LOVELY BLOG that I am so excited about and I love very much! 

Moving into September, I have some skincare priorities/goals. I believe goals are set to improve whatever we feel needs to be worked on. I have made a list of priorities for this month that I hope will become habits. I'm sure you know, a goal without a plan is just a mere wish, so Im going to be wiser and set smart, realistic goals for this month.

As you all know skincare is major for me, and Im always looking for ways to improve it. 

What do I want to achieve in September?
This September, I want to improve my skins texture and appearance. Now I am not talking about just my face, I am talking about my whole body from head to toe. Also I want to lose at least, realistically, 15 pounds. I have gained 30 pound over the last couple of years and it always happens to me when I am in love. SIGH! Maybe I get to comfy or maybe I just stay home more and eat, but that habit, NEEDS TO STOP ASAP! 

Why is this important to me? 
Great skin brings self confidence! When I take good care of my skin and I feel & look good, start glowing and my confidence rises! Also it's always good to stay healthy so I can look even more amazing naked ;) 

What are my September Priorities
  • Learn to drink a gallon of water a day 
    • Water is good to hydrate your skin, especially if you have dry skin like me. Also it really helps to clean your system and remove toxins. I have tried this so many times but never succeeded, one GaLLon is a lot. This month, I plan to Challenge my self to drinking one gallon a day (or close to a gallon a day). 
  • Exfoliate my body twice a week
    • My days start and finish so fast that I really question time. Is there still 24 hours in a day?? lol I guess I am really busy now and really need to organize and prioritize my time. Exfoliating is removing the top layer of dirt, dead skin allowing new skin to grow and also for your skin to glow. I am religious with my face, but need to extend it to my body. 
  • Apply Sunscreen Daily - Body
    • I know the importance of sunscreen, trust me... I'm a skincare blogger! But sometimes I get so lazy and just ignore it in hopes of avoiding the sun. Well that's BS, this summer I skipped more days and I saw the effect, my skin tone became uneven. So in September I plan to change that habit and be more pro-sunscreen.
  • A Grapefruit a day
    • Not sure if you all know this, but grape fruit actually helps when you are trying to lose weight. Also what I have noticed if you eat it prior to a meal, it fills you up so you eat less. Also when I'm having sugar cravings  instead of getting cookies and ice cream *covers eyes* You can use the fruit to kill the cravings. SO I plan to eat this fruit every day and also use it to curb my appetite and cravings. 
  • Work out and eat healthy 
    • My last priority is to eat healthy! I have tried different diets and they just don't work for me. SO I have decided to get rid of all carbs in my house, cos if it's not there, then I can't eat it. Also use vegetables as a substitute for rice and bread. I have been so lazy to go to the gym, so this month my friend has decided to be my personal trainer. Having to work out with a friend should be awesome since we get to talk and help each other. 
How do I plan to achieve them?
By staying consistent, be goal driven and dedicated. This month giving up is not an option. I have a wedding in South Africa I am going to be a part of. I will be using that as a point of motivation! wooohooo!


Peace, love & GLOW! 

xoxo



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