Thursday, May 24, 2018:

ICYMI- HiMirror on BeautyIQ

How fun is this??? I had the opportunity to work with a new beauty device these last few months and am totally fascinated by the potential of this product!!

We introduced the HiMirror to the BeautyIQ audience over at QVC last night and it was an absolute blast!!

Check it out!!


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Friday, March 30, 2018:

Serious Organization Inspo

Despite a deep rooted desire to stay organized, between a husband and three sons, the house always gets away from me! A friend gave me a gift certificate to Simply Organized NJ as a housewarming gift and I figured, SURE!

Here is a quick peak of their amazing work! Thank you so much Simply Organized NJ- you have helped so much!!

Click HERE to watch!



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Thursday, February 15, 2018:

Is My Husband More Stylish Than Me?

I've always considered myself "put together", not overly styled and not a total frump, but just "middle of the road, can pull an outfit together and get out of the house" fashionable. That was until my husband made the bold fashion choice to order a pair of prescription sunglasses from Warby Parker- and bam, he has more swag than I do.

Have you guys been to their site? Have you checked out their latest spring collection? Is the "Try at Home for Free" model designed for families just like mine??  Ok, and finally is this balmy 40 degree weather in the northeast in mid Feb teasing me into thinking that a SUNNY spring is just around the corner? Answer: ABSOLUTELY.

I've had the same pair of sunglasses for, no joke, a decade, but my husband's recent purchase  has made me really stop and evaluate my standard "go to" frames.

Hmm....we do have an upcoming vacation that could justify a new purchase....

And can everyone everywhere with a small face applaud WP's Quiz? Does this NOT change the online buying experience or what??

What frames are you feeling this season?? Full disclosure, I don't wear prescription glasses (despite always sort of wishing I could). But if I did, here are mine!!

Here is the Bell- it's so simple and neutral and I think that's what I like about it. I picture a clean, well moisturized face, a messy topknot, a pair of Bells, a large green tea and a great book (and some red wine, cozy slippers, a quiet home.... I could go on but I won't)!

Hello Hyde! I love the tortoise pattern fade out to clear and the shape seems like a subtle nod to the 80's with a pinch of Buddy Holly flair? Hmm...can't quite put my finger on it, but bottom line, I'd wear 'em.

This is the Nora- A) if I had a daughter, this would be her name- so an immediate affinity already, and B) I love the throw back cat-eye situation going on!!!


Ok, and seriously Warby Parker, if you're looking to unload a couple of these Yates, I'd be happy to take them off your hands!



Be Well,
Kate


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018:

Product Review Time- NeoCutis and Glytone

I am embarrassed to say that I really had never heard of Neocutis or Glytone until just a few weeks ago when it was recommended to me by my local aesthetician. I am always a little hesitant to experiment with new products, especially when they can be so CRAZY expensive (if my husband asks, they were on sale ;). But I was in a skincare rut, so I paid up.

One rookie mistake I made was that I bought too much. For the first two nights, I couldn't quite figure out how to blend all of the products. I typically layer based on texture and consistency (think water for cleansing, toner, thin serum, thicker moisturizer), but all of these products sort of felt the same. Many of them also had the same AM/PM recommendation.

After playing around for a bit, I think I found my routine- here it is ladies!

Morning:


Every morning I cleanse with any creamy cleanser, right now I am using Neutrogena's Deep Clean Cream Cleanser (not pictured). I'm happy with it, but may switch to their oil-free cleanser when I am finished.

Next I use Dermalogica's Multi Active Toner- I love the way this toner smells, but most of all, I love that when I use it, I can feel the toner working. There is this sudsy reaction when I put the toner on my skin. You don't get the burning
or warming effect that sometimes happens with an astringent toner but I still feel like it's helping to clean and protect my face.






Next up is my Serum- cue new product haul! I am really liking the NeoCutis Micro Serum. It goes on super smooth and light, no heavy feeling at all. It gives me an immediate glow. My skin feels clean and moisturized when I use this and it has really earned a spot in my skincare lineup.

And the final step for daytime is a moisturizer with sunscreen. When I am feeling indulgent, I like to do the fancy stuff, but right now I am just feeling the Neutrogena product line (I went crazy at Walgreens). Their Healthy Skin Face Lotion with Sunscreen layers nicely with the rest of my morning routine and adds that SPF 15 that works well during the winter months (for summer months when I am out more often and the sun is stronger, I definitely up the SPF to at least 30!).

This image also included my NeoCutis ReActive Antioxidant serum. Still not quite sure how to integrate this one into my routine, but occasionally I will swap out the Micro Serum just to change things up a bit.

Evening:



For night, I cleanse with the same morning cleanser and use the same toner, but switch up to the heavy hitters which include my retinaldehyde Night Renewal Cream from Glytone with the occasional switch in of the Glytone Enhance Brightening Complex. To be fair, I am not entirely sure that I am using the brightening cream correctly, but I plan on asking my aesthetician this week! Stay tuned...

Retinaldehyde is new to me. I am an old-school Retin-A enthusiast, but figured I would give it's kinder cousin a try (I've had my fair share of skin shedding experiences so the idea of a gentler alternative seemed like one I should consider). I was getting a little bit restless after not seeing an immediate reaction when I started to use it, but after two solid weeks of nightly use, I did notice a smoother complexion. In full disclosure, while I like the idea of using this nightly and not having the painful shedding that can sometimes happen with traditional Retin-A, I do think I want to add a stronger alternative twice a week to really jump start that cell turnover and use the retinaldehyde as a nightly treatment.

There you have it folks! There are a few products from my recent purchase which I haven't quite figured out how to integrate into my skincare routine, but when I figure that out, I will definitely keep you posted!!

Be Well,
Kate


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