Skincare Products That Are So Life Changing, They Put Plastic Surgery To Shame

By Charlene Lazewski

We have come a long way with technology and science. But, still no one has discovered the secret to bring our aging clock to a halt. Instead of bringing aging to a halt, they have decided to go a different route. People have given into transformations/enhancements, with the help of plastic surgery. Sure, plastic surgery gives you immediate results….but, it’s costly, and not the safest/healthiest choice for your body. As mentioned before, science and technology has come very far. Therefore, the face creams, night creams, neck creams, eye creams, face masks, etc of today, have reached a pivotal point in their quality and effectiveness. So far have they come, that the results people are getting from them, are keeping plastic surgeon’s offices a lot emptier than 10+ years ago. Because, there’s a plethora of beauty products out there, we’ve rounded up the MUST have products for flawless, eternally young looking skin.

1. Iron Out The Kinks

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The geniuses at Clinique came up with line/wrinkle repair lasering, in cream form! Yes, you read right. All that fancy stuff dermatologists do on your face, in a jar. Its official name is Clinique Repair Laser Focus Night. It is formulated with natural collagen, and helps skin appear plumper, while also disappearing lines and wrinkles while you sleep. In the morning you will wake up with younger, rejuvenated skin. ($51)

2. For An Instant Lift

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No more knives and staples for a face lift. Shiseido’s Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Cream, firms and lifts any sagging skin, while also disappearing lines and wrinkles. The best part is that it works very fast. You see total transformation results in just one week! This is a luxurious sculpting cream, that helps energize skin’s natural restorative
ability. It restores skin’s elasticity and moisture, while diminishing all lines and wrinkles. ($110)

3. Fountain of Youth Serum

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If you want highly concentrated treatments for your face, serums are the way to go. They target problem areas with bullseye precision, and work at lightening speed for maximized results. One of the most revitalizing serums is Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Face. It’s a powerhouse serum, that resolves all your issues with either aging, or dull skin. It diminishes lines and wrinkles, large pores, and dullness. It will leave you with radiance, even texture, even tone, even coloration, zero redness, no visible pores, firmness, and flawless wrinkle-free skin. It’s your one stop treatment for complete youth, rejuvenation, and healthy glowing skin. ($149)

4. Necks Matter Too

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Of course it’s important to keep your face looking young and glowing. But, what good is a youthful face, with a wrinkled, saggy neck? It is vital to give your neck the same daily/nightly care as your face. The goal is keep them both equally youthful. Many necks creams are quite expensive because their composition is quite different from facial creams. The reason for this, is because the skin on necks is a lot thinner, and more sensitive than your face. But, thankfully there are plenty of natural/organic options that have come very far in terms of their effectiveness. Tarte’s Maracuja Neck Treatment is not only a very effective, and decently priced neck cream. It’s also all natural! It’s formulated with Maracuja oil, sodium hyaluronate and algae extracts. It promotes cell regeneration and skin elasticity, and also reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. ($44)

5. The Power Of The Eye

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One of the first areas where aging starts to show, is your eyes. Unless you take extra good care of them. And, for that there are plenty of creams and serums. Some are good, some okay, some though, are life changing. Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum is a potent retinol eye treatment that targets the key signs of aging ——wrinkles and crow’s feet. It firms your skin instantly and brightens up dark circles. So, basically it’s an eye lift in a bottle. ($85)

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Products and Regimens To Follow For Stunning Wedding Hair

By Charlene Lazewski

When you think of the key beauty elements for your wedding day, you of course start with your dress, then your make up. But, let’s keep it real here….without amazing wedding day hair, your dress and makeup will lack. They won’t reach their full potential. Think of hair as the frame, and your dress and makeup, as the photograph. One thing goes with the other. They are complimentary of one another, and produce a beautiful end product, TOGETHER. Sure, you’ll hire someone to do your hair for your big day….or if you’re hair savvy, you’ll do your own hair. But, what good is an up do, waves, curls, etc, if your hair quality is dry, shine free, split ended, or brittle. Hair is a big part of your overall look. So, preparing it for the most important day of your life is a must.

Your usual hair regimens aren’t going to cut it. For your wedding, hair preparation deserves an extra step. But, by choosing the best, most result driven products to care for your hair, you will get locks only seen on a Botticelli painting.

Bring Out The Shine With Protection

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Bumble and Bumble’s Hair Dresser’s Invisible Oil is a win, win type of product. It’s composed of various oils and extracts. Some are: grapeseed, safflower seed, sweet almond, and coconut. It absorbs quickly to your hair, and it tames frizz, gives your hair shine, and protects from heat and UV rays. Basically, it’s an all around hair nurturer/protectant.

Split Ends No More

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Nothing is more beautiful than even ended hair. It gives you a polished, well kept appearance. Also, if no split ends are present, all hair will dress/wear nicer. You won’t see a single bad hair day. That’s where Josie Maran’s organ oil comes in. This is serum based, and it’s of course 100% pure argan oil. It’s organic, and boosts your hair’s moisture, and seals split ends. Hair perfecter indeed.

The Perfect Finish

Screen Shot 2018-01-18 at 8.24.58 PMWhen our hair is not cooperative, and wants to do its own thing, we are quick to reach for a bottle of hair spray, or a tube of hair gel. Sure, those products may solve your problem….but, they’re definitely not “nourishing” your hair. Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum, tames your hair, prevents static, gives you shine, while also nourishing your hair with vitamin E.

Set the Right Stage

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Even with hair products added in, your hair may not want to cooperate. It has no bounce, no cascading fall, only wants to comb one way, etc. For the days where our hair wants to be stubborn, use Living Proof’s Satin Hair Serum. This product will discipline your hair, and set it straight. You’ll instantly see your limp hair, become completely revitalized.

CPR For Your Hair

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We put our hair through so much on a daily basis. Heat tools are a part of our daily styling routine. As important as it is to achieve the perfect do, the consequences are being paid by the quality of your hair. Therefore, it’s good to use a product that will give your hair the TLC it deserves after so much exhaustion. Obliphica’s Seaberry Hair Serum strengthens weak hair, and shields your ends from harm’s way.

Deep Conditioning, Yes Please

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Deep conditioning is to hair, like a spa trip is for us. It revitalizes hair, and restores it completely. Therefore, a quality deep hair conditioner/mask is key for having the best wedding hair you could possibly have. Briogeo’s Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Cap is your go to. Your hair will be left with complete shine, softness, and flawless texture. This is great to do a week before the big day.

Make Your Wedding ‘Wow’ With A Champagne Pop!

By Charlene Lazewski

When you think of weddings, and their signature drink you always think of champagne. It’s a classy, elegant, and celebratory drink. So, why not incorporate champagne in the entire theme of your special day?! It’s the perfect balance of all a bride wants to showcase on such a momentous occasion. You can choose an array of pretty nudes for color schemes, accent with pearlized decor, and put it all together into a playful, and inviting setting. Overall, this choice in theme is very appealing to guests, and is superb for setting a charming tone to your wedding.

1. Festive Champagne Tassel Balloon Is A Must

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This is a fun and festive theme. So, you need some quirky, and lively decor items. This champagne bottle tassel balloon is a must at your event. Guests will enjoy using it for photo ops, all night long! You can purchase them here.

This Balloon is from Etsy Store, Pomtree.

2. Use Your Wedding’s Bar As A Decor Op

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At a champagne themed wedding, a bar shouldn’t just be a bar. It should be the perfect area to jazz up with bold decor, and of course serve your champagne of choice to guests. This beautiful gold inspired champagne bar setting comes to us from The Glitter Guide.

3. Start Setting The Tone For Your Champagne Bash

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Build your theme up to your guests before the big day. This beautiful gold foiled statement veil is a perfect accessory for your bridal shower or bachelorette party!
You can purchase here.

4. A Glitzy Back Drop Worth A Thousand Words

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No need for a typical wedding guest book at a champagne wedding. Instead, this affordable, creative, and fun idea will serve as both a back drop, and your wedding guest wall! Decorate with some gold tassels or streamers, leave some gold metallic pens for guests to leave you special notes, and guests can then use it for a fun and memorable back drop of your big day! A unique and clever idea that comes to us from Brit.Co .

5. Accent Your Champagne With Decadent Sorbet

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Of course, champagne is exciting by itself. But, why not add some raspberry sorbet to add a flare of sweetness to the drink of the day? This is the perfect combination for the couple’s signature cocktail. This delicious treat comes to us from The Cookie Rookie.

6. Serve Your Champagne In Style

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Champagne is too elegant of drink to just serve on a table. Accent the glasses with nude colored ribbons. Side note: Choose velvet ribbons for a regal effect. Serve on gold toned trays to finish of the ‘wow factor’. This stunning idea comes from Brides Magazine UK.

7. Move Over Beer Pong, It’s Time For Prosecco Pong

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Since there will obviously be bottles of champagne opened all night at your wedding, why not use them for a little Prosecco Pong. All the fun of beer pong, but with an elegant twist. Purchase the glass and ball kit here.

8. High Glam Chardonnay Bar

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If your wedding is an evening affair, accenting your decor with black and gold is the perfect touch of glamorous elegance for a champagne theme. Use a black sequin table cloth for the glam factor. Marquee letters for a bold flare, and gold spray painted champagne bottles, and glasses to tie this look all together. It’ll be the champagne bar everyone will want pictures of. This idea comes to us from Brit + Co.

9. Gold Flared Stemless Flutes For Your Girls

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Again, another amazing item to set the tone for your big day, before the big day. These stemless flutes are perfect to sip on the drink of the hour….champagne with your friends at your bridal shower, or bachelorette party. You can customize them with your friends’ names in gold. A great keepsake of your special event, that will be cherished always. You can purchase them here.

10. Gold Baby’s Breath For That Delicate Elegance

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Flowers for a wedding can add up very fast. Instead, a perfect alternate option, are baby’s breath. They’re inexpensive. They are dainty and delicate, which adds a very romantic look to the event. Spray paint gold, and you have yourself the perfect flowers for a champagne wedding. The idea came to us from Pinterest.

11. Every Bride Needs Their Champagne Novelty Shirt

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Every practical bride needs a cute wedding tee for getting ready in! This one wins it for a champagne themed wedding. It has the three C’s – Cute, Comfy, and Clever…..Sold! This tee comes to us from thecouturekitten Instagram.

12. Say It Sweet, Say It Proud, Champagne Gummy Bears Is What We Want

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Who doesn’t love gummy bears?! Get them soaked with champagne, and satisfy all your guests’ sweet tooth. They make a great party favor! You can purchase them here.

13. Have Your Bridesmaids Prepped With a Champagne Emergency Kit

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As wonderful as weddings are, the day of is very un-predictable. There’s always a chance for some flaws. But, that’s okay. Gift your bridesmaids with these emergency kits, so they’re prepared for any snag on your big day. Nothing will be ruining this moment! Purchase yours here.

14. Make Your Decor As Bubbly As The Champagne

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Accent the walls at your reception with beautiful bubbly balloons. Their gorgeous pearlized hues will set a sweet, and fun tone to your decor. This idea comes to us from Martha Stewart.

15. Personalized Champagne Bottles For Guests

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What better bridesmaid gift or party favor, than a mini bottle of champagne. Set the wow factor, by spray painting each bottle black, then writing each guest’s name on the bottle with metallic gold pen/marker. Finish off with a satin tie and faux flower for a delicate and charming look. This idea comes to us from The Perfect Palette.

16. Pump Up The ‘Champagne Chic’ With Gold Feathers

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When it comes to adding a touch of high-end chic, you can never go wrong with feathers! These stunning gold palm branches, will bring the perfect sparkle to your champagne wedding! You can purchase them here.

17. Blow Some Sparkle Into The Air

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A champagne themed wedding is all about the glitz and glam. So, throwing rice at the happy couple doesn’t cut it. Instead have your guests blow into the air, gold confetti. Not only will it cause splendor amongst your guests, but it will also make for a magical photo!

18. Set The Stage For A Nonstop Fun-Filled Night Of Celebration

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Adding a statement piece to your bar area is always a great idea for this theme. When it comes to anything champagne, people automatically envision laughs, dancing, and a whole lot of clinking glasses! Set the motto of the night with this epic statement sign! This idea comes to us from Style Me Pretty.

19. Celebrate Your Night Like A Sparkly Queen Bride

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The beautiful ceremony is over, now it’s time to celebrate. So, celebrate as the Champagne Queen Bride that you are! This gorgeous sequin skirt screams chic elegance, and you’ll be glowing amongst all your guests, as you dance the night away in style! You can purchase this skirt here.

20. Glam Up The Balloons With Gold Brushed Paint

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At a champagne themed wedding, you can’t just have plain balloons. You need to have glam balloons. Of course, pearlized balloons always meet the standard for this theme. But, you can also get a little creative, and glam them up yourself. This unique idea will set such a fabulous and festive touch to your event. All you have to do is get white latex balloons, fill them with helium, tie gold strings to them, and paint on some gold enamel paint, with a small brush. Fun and modern looking! This idea comes to us from Pottery Barn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a fun and festive theme. So, you need some quirky, and lively decor items. This champagne bottle tassel balloon is a must at your event. Guests will enjoy using it for photo ops, all night long! You can purchase them here.

This Balloon is from Etsy Store, Pomtree.

2. Use Your Wedding’s Bar As A Decor Op

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a champagne themed wedding, a bar shouldn’t just be a bar. It should be the perfect area to jazz up with bold decor, and of course serve your champagne of choice to guests.

This beautiful gold inspired champagne bar setting comes to us from The Glitter Guide.

3. Start Setting The Tone For Your Champagne Bash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your theme up to your guests before the big day. This beautiful gold foiled statement veil is a perfect accessory for your bridal shower or bachelorette party!
You can purchase here.

4. A Glitzy Back Drop Worth A Thousand Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No need for a typical wedding guest book at a champagne wedding. Instead, this affordable, creative, and fun idea will serve as both a back drop, and your wedding guest wall! Decorate with some gold tassels or streamers, leave some gold metallic pens for guests to leave you special notes, and guests can then use it for a fun and memorable back drop of your big day!
A unique and clever idea that comes to us from Brit.Co .

5. Accent Your Champagne With Decadent Sorbet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, champagne is exciting by itself. But, why not add some raspberry sorbet to add a flare of sweetness to the drink of the day? This is the perfect combination for the couple’s signature cocktail. This delicious treat comes to us from The Cookie Rookie.

6. Serve Your Champagne In Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne is too elegant of drink to just serve on a table. Accent the glasses with nude colored ribbons. Side note: Choose velvet ribbons for a regal effect. Serve on gold toned trays to finish of the ‘wow factor’. This stunning idea comes from Brides Magazine UK.

7. Move Over Beer Pong, It’s Time For Prosecco Pong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since there will obviously be bottles of champagne opened all night at your wedding, why not use them for a little Prosecco Pong. All the fun of beer pong, but with an elegant twist. Purchase the glass and ball kit here.

 

 

 

8. High Glam Chardonnay Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your wedding is an evening affair, accenting your decor with black and gold is the perfect touch of glamorous elegance for a champagne theme. Use a black sequin table cloth for the glam factor. Marquee letters for a bold flare, and gold spray painted champagne bottles, and glasses to tie this look all together. It’ll be the champagne bar everyone will want pictures of. This idea comes to us from Brit + Co.

9. Gold Flared Stemless Flutes For Your Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, another amazing item to set the tone for your big day, before the big day. These stemless flutes are perfect to sip on the drink of the hour….champagne with your friends at your bridal shower, or bachelorette party. You can customize them with your friends’ names in gold. A great keepsake of your special event, that will be cherished always. You can purchase them here.
10. Gold Baby’s Breath For That Delicate Elegance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers for a wedding can add up very fast. Instead, a perfect alternate option, are baby’s breath. They’re inexpensive. They are dainty and delicate, which adds a very romantic look to the event. Spray paint gold, and you have yourself the perfect flowers for a champagne wedding. The idea came to us from Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

11. Every Bride Needs Their Champagne Novelty Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every practical bride needs a cute wedding tee for getting ready in! This one wins it for a champagne themed wedding. It has the three C’s – Cute, Comfy, and Clever…..Sold! This tee comes to us from thecouturekitten Instagram.

 

 

12. Say It Sweet, Say It Proud, Champagne Gummy Bears Is What We Want

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t love gummy bears?! Get them soaked with champagne, and satisfy all your guests’ sweet tooth. They make a great party favor! You can purchase them here.

 

 

 

13. Have Your Bridesmaids Prepped With a Champagne Emergency Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As wonderful as weddings are, the day of is very un-predictable. There’s always a chance for some flaws. But, that’s okay. Gift your bridesmaids with these emergency kits, so they’re prepared for any snag on your big day. Nothing will be ruining this moment! Purchase yours here.

14. Make Your Decor As Bubbly As The Champagne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accent the walls at your reception with beautiful bubbly balloons. Their gorgeous pearlized hues will set a sweet, and fun tone to your decor. This idea comes to us from Martha Stewart.

15. Personalized Champagne Bottles For Guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What better bridesmaid gift or party favor, than a mini bottle of champagne. Set the wow factor, by spray painting each bottle black, then writing each guest’s name on the bottle with metallic gold pen/marker. Finish off with a satin tie and faux flower for a delicate and charming look. This idea comes to us from The Perfect Palette.

 

16. Pump Up The ‘Champagne Chic’ With Gold Feathers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to adding a touch of high-end chic, you can never go wrong with feathers! These stunning gold palm branches, will bring the perfect sparkle to your champagne wedding! You can purchase them here.

17. Blow Some Sparkle Into The Air
A champagne themed wedding is all about the glitz and glam. So, throwing rice at the happy couple doesn’t cut it. Instead have your guests blow into the air, gold confetti. Not only will it cause splendor amongst your guests, but it will also make for a magical photo!

18. Set The Stage For A Nonstop Fun-Filled Night Of Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a statement piece to your bar area is always a great idea for this theme. When it comes to anything champagne, people automatically envision laughs, dancing, and a whole lot of clinking glasses! Set the motto of the night with this epic statement sign! This idea comes to us from Style Me Pretty.

19. Celebrate Your Night Like A Sparkly Queen Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful ceremony is over, now it’s time to celebrate. So, celebrate as the Champagne Queen Bride that you are! This gorgeous sequin skirt screams chic elegance, and you’ll be glowing amongst all your guests, as you dance the night away in style! You can purchase this skirt here.

20. Glam Up The Balloons With Gold Brushed Paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a champagne themed wedding, you can’t just have plain balloons. You need to have glam balloons. Of course, pearlized balloons always meet the standard for this theme. But, you can also get a little creative, and glam them up yourself. This unique idea will set such a fabulous and festive touch to your event. All you have to do is get white latex balloons, fill them with helium, tie gold strings to them, and paint on some gold enamel paint, with a small brush. Fun and modern looking! This idea comes to us from Pottery Barn.

5 Top Moisturizers For The Fall and Winter Skin Blues

By Charlene Lazewski

It’s that time again. The leaves are falling, the air is cooler, the humidity is gone, and our faces are dryer. As beautiful as the cooler seasons are, our faces are not too fond of them. Many of us tend to lose our glows during the winter weather. And, as a result we see flakiness on our faces, especially around the nooks and crannies of our T-zone area. And, sure there are hundreds of moisturizers to choose from, but some just temporarily quench your skin’s thirst, while others entirely resolve your dryness issue completely, and bring back a beautiful and natural glow. These are the top 5 moisturizers you need to rescue your skin from fall/winter dryness.

Tarte – Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

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This moisturizer is like a spa facial in a small tub. It’s vegan, free of chemicals, which makes it perfect for all skin types. The secret to this soothing concoction is it’s a cocktail of electrolyte-balancing sea salts, and hyaluronic acid. It also has marine antioxidants which plump up the skin, and fight off free radicals, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and big pores. This moisturizer gives you flawless skin. ($39)

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

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This is a fantastic moisturizer for when you just can’t bear one more minute of itchy, flaky skin. Put this gel based moisturizer on, and instantly quench your skin, and see a natural glow make its appearance again. It has a hyaluronic acid enhancer which helps your skin hold onto the moisture instantly. It gives your skin a nice dewey finish, making it perfect to wear alone or under makeup. ($39)

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream

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This is a vegan & cruelty free moisturizer, that will instantly bring moisture and radiance to your skin. The best part is that you can use it either as day time moisturizer, or a night cream. It’s light, and non greasy. Aside from having peptides and high potency antioxidants, its special ingredient is a superpower Fleuracell Complex. This helps diminish the fine lines, and gives skin a beautiful elasticity. ($16)

Alba Botanica – Hawaiian Refining Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer

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Alba Botanica is vegan. It’s very lightweight, and one of the best moisturizers to wear underneath makeup. The green tea component makes skin look very alive and full of glow. It also has aloe which helps refine large pores, and instantly softens any rough or flaky areas of skin. It also has a combination of other botanical ingredients that plump your skin, and replenishes it with radiance. ($15)

Tatcha – The Silk Cream

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If you’re looking for a moisturizer that not only replenishes skin’s moisture completely, but also takes years off your skin at the same time, than this is the moisturizer for you. It’s gel cream based, and very lightweight leaving the feeling of silk on your face. Its formula is made to mimic the amino acid structure of human skin. This helps provide you with a skin rejuvenation like none other. It’s good for all skin types. It has superfood components that firm skin, while nourishing it to its full potential. ($120)

5 Must Have Highlighters To Achieve Subtle Glow

By Charlene Lazewski

One of the most popular makeup items currently are highlighters. And, rightfully so, as they are essentially the icing on a well done make up job. They bring life to your facial features, with glow and definition on your facial features. While there are so many highlighters to choose from, there are ones that are too chalky or thick once brushed on skin. Hence, giving you a glow that is too harsh under lighting, and away from it. A good highlighter is one that blends in perfectly with your skin tone, and shows as a natural luminescent glow. It should accent areas that the sun is prone to light, such as cheekbones, cupid’s bow, chin, center of forehead, and tip of nose. These are the top 5 highlighters to own, to enhance your facial features with a perfect natural and radiant glow.

1.BECCA – Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter – Golden Opal Pearl

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This highlighter has a creamy, very lightweight, texture. Once applied, it leaves a beautiful natural glow. It never looks overdone. It always blends well with any skin tone, making your facial features look incredible. Its highlighting power is inspired by the dazzling light of the midday sun. Its formula is enriched with very fine pearls that absorb, and reflect in a balanced manner, allowing for a very natural and healthy glow on your skin, always. This is the highlighter to get for an elegant and sheen glow. ($38)

2. Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up! Cream To Powder Highlighter

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Some people prefer the convenience of applying highlighter, brush free. When it comes to stick form highlighters, this is the one everyone loves. It works on all complexions, and it has a cream to powder finish. It goes on nice and sheen, which allows for a subtle yet stunning glow. ($30).

3. Laura Geller – Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

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This highlighter gives you the ultimate natural finish, as it is made to bring your own natural glow to surface. Hence, making it a great choice for every day makeup routines. It applies as a powder, but feels like a cream. This helps it appear translucent on skin, enhancing the colors and hues of your skin tone. ($26)

4. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters

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All highlighters are different. They all wear differently on your skin. Some are bolder than others, and some are meant for natural glows. Sometimes it all depends on when and where you are using them for. For evening, perhaps a bolder one. And, of course for work every day, a very light highlighter for would be best. This highlighter is a bolder choice, and it goes on beautifully. It blends flawlessly on all skin tones. And, adds radiance and definition to all facial features. ($6)

5. IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Powder Illuminizer

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A highlighter that also has anti-aging properties? Too good to be true, right? Wrong. It definitely exists. This illuminizer, as they call it, is packed with anti-aging ingredients. This allows for an airbrushed look, once it’s applied. It’s also meant for a flawless glow on all skin tones, and skin types. This makes it a universal highlighter, in a sense. ($24)

Mean Moms Wear Pink On Wednesdays…

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We all are familiar with the 2004 movie, Mean Girls. It depicts how truly vicious high school social circles can be to one another, for really no good reason. As a mom of two young boys, I have come to realize that “Mean Girls” does not only apply to teenagers. It very well applies to many moms out there.

Since my oldest started going to school, I have met several moms. And with most of them, our first “play date” goes something like this….

“So, what do you do?”

“What does your husband do”?

“What do you do for fun?”

“What does your husband’s family do?”

“Are you guys vegan, gluten free, paleo, etc”

“How big is your house?”

And the list goes on and on. It is basically a domestic interrogation process. I remember the first mom I ever went on a play date with — I literally wouldn’t be done answering a question, when she would already start asking me another question. She didn’t give me a chance to finish anything. Was she a friendly mom, or a cop?!

That same mom later invited me to her son’s birthday party.  I remember being excited because it would be my son’s first little kid’s birthday party. Being that he was so little, I stayed with my son at the party. But, I let him do his own thing with the other children there. Me, on the other hand, had to swim through the seas of judging mommies. I felt the stares. I heard the whispers. I looked at my cell hoping it was time for the party to end. No one knew me. I was “the new mom”.

I decided to give myself an imaginary slap in the face, and approach these moms….say hello, and start up some good conversation. But, it was just plain awkward, and pointless. As I started talking to them, they would slowly start conversation with the moms they DID know, and leave me to fend for myself. I continued to try with other moms, but I was left like a lonely cactus in the desert. Why? I HAVE NO IDEA. Was it because I wasn’t brought into their circle by another mom? Was it because I wasn’t a part of the PTA board at the local elementary school? Was it because I was the only mom not wearing mom pants? Was it because I went to a kid’s birthday party in heels? Was it because I was wearing a full face of makeup? Who knows. But, what I did know was that if those were the reasons why no one really wanted to sincerely get to know me, than these “mom circles” were just like “The Plastics” in “Mean Girls”. And nothing about their theories or logic had any validation. And neither did mommy circles, apparently.

The years have now gone by. I have met more moms here and there, but I just can’t get into it. They do the interrogation, which is worse than dating. Then you have to wait and see if you “made the cut”. Oh! They’re calling you for a second play date! You made the cut! On the second play date, they talk garbage about the other moms they are “friends with”. And, as they’re talking about how ugly “Bobby’s mom’s hair looked yesterday”, I’m wondering what she says about ME, when she’s with Bobby’s mom! Just like Regina George!

It’s just an exhausting thing to deal with. I know not all moms out there are like this. But, where are they?! It’d be really cool to just meet some non-corny, overbearing, authentic, sincere, fun moms. You know, non crap talking, non PTA loving, non interrogating, non die hard crafting moms, just normal moms who just want to build real friendships with other moms. Not much to ask for, is it?

Now, I’m basically the “odd mom out” of the local preschool and elementary school. I don’t do the cliche mom things. I don’t go over other moms’ houses for coffee while our kids are at school. I don’t volunteer at every event my kids have at their school. I just live every day to make sure I’m raising my kids right, making my husband happy as he makes me happy, and of course working…because we all gotta make a buck, right?

With that said, Cady (Lindsay Lohan’s character in Mean Girls) said it right at the end of the movie, “It’s a jungle out there…”. That, it is. As a non conventional mom, all you can do is take it day by day. The “right one” is out there. The mommy friend who is also non traditional, and just wants to live life and love her kids. Done deal. One day, I’ll meet her. Wear a helmet moms…life’s tough….

The Breastfeeding Feeding PRESSURE Is Real

Fashion Designer, former Hills Star, and new mommy, Whitney Port has been documenting her pregnancy from the very beginning. You can catch the series on Youtube, titled “I Love My Baby But…” . In her latest documentation, she talks breastfeeding, and the difficulty of it, and the pressures and judgements she receives from other moms. She wants to breastfeed for the baby’s benefit, but there have been latching problems, and extreme pain. At one point she says it feels like someone is taking shards of glass to her nipples. You can tell she is breaking from this mentally, emotionally, and it’s just heartbreaking to watch.

I’ve been in the same exact boat she has, and it sucks. Here’s what I have to say about breastfeeding….

I applaud every single mom who can breastfeed easily. It’s the best thing for baby, no doubt. BUT, it doesn’t come easy for some moms and babies. As long as you tried, it’s OK. There are always other options like pumping and occasional supplementing with formula. The MOST important thing is that you try, and seek assistance from professionals. If all that doesn’t work, whether it be latch issues or extreme pain, it’s FINE. The “Good Mom” thing to do, is to be happy while feeding baby (breast, pump, formula). And, that baby is also happy while getting fed. THAT is the REAL bonding experience. So, don’t let other moms say that only breastfeeding will give you that “bonding experience” with your baby. Bonding with baby is the connection between mother and child BOTH being in comfort, happiness, and pure bliss together at the same time. However you both get to that “bond”, is your business, and NO ONE should judge you for it.

So, take some time, and watch this video. All Whitney wants is to be a good mom, and do the best for both her and her baby boy.