Hi, hello! Today I have a new YouTube video for you!
Would love to know what kind of videos you want to see more of- very much focused on bringing you a lot of video content this year.
I feel like it’s just easy to communicate through video. For me this is especially true with LIVE video…I’m announcing something fun & different for IG/FB LIVE next week. I wanted to do sort of a spin on LIVE & I think you guys will like it. LIVE is my favorite part of the week- thanks to YOU.
With that- sit back, grab a cup of mint tea, & enjoy:
So I’ve been searching HIGH & low looking for skincare that’s SUPER affordable but still SUPER EFFECTIVE. A lot of you guys have e-mailed me looking for something that won’t break the bank…& besides oils, a lot of the skincare I like can be pricy.
I mean serums can cost up to $70 dollars for a little bottle. My favorite mask ever is $75 bucks. And even caffeinated sunscreen is over $40.
Now I’m still in love with all of those products BUT for the longest time I’ve wanted to showcase products on The Skinny Confidential that everyone can afford.
WHICH IS WHY I AM V. V. EXCITED FOR TODAY.
After testing a zillion products ( really- everything under the sun ) I’ve found a skincare regimen that’s not only incredibly affordable, it’s effective too.
How do I know?
Well I put it to the test the whole time I was traveling.
For the record traveling gives me pimples. It just does. Which is unfortunate. BUT the whole time I was traveling, I was pimple-free. And I’m going to say it’s thanks to NxN?
Anyway, let’s back up here. Let’s talk about the reasons I decided to try this product in the first place. NxN:
♡ nourishes your skin with natural ingredients.
♡ contains NO artificial colors/fragrances.
♡ paraben free, sulfate free, hypoallergenic, made in the USA, never tested on animals ( UM YES PLZ ).
Those five things do it for me. And to find something that I can talk about on The Skinny Confidential that EVERYONE can afford gets me going. I feel like it does it for everyone, no?
While I was traveling my routine went like this:
I came back to our hotel ( late, usually- hello NYC & France ) & immediately went to the sink to take off my makeup with the cleanser- all the makeup would easily come off which is not surprising because HELLO THERE IS GRAPE SEED OIL IN IT. If you’ve been a long time reader you know that I live & die for taking my makeup off with grape seed oil. After that I threw on the beauty sleep moisturizer & some eye serum and chapstick and hopped into bed. Easy. In the mornings I tried the day cream under my makeup which is filled with marine minerals, raspberry seed, sea buckthorn, grape seed, & Amazonian cacay oil. Quick, simple, to the point.
Let me tell you guys, it’s not easy to find affordable, effective skin care. I know this first hand because I’m always looking.
Anyway, the first 100 TSC readers will receive the Zero Shine System for Oily/Combo Skin OR the Total Moisture System for Dry/Sensitive Skin for just $9.99. Simply go here & enter in the code SKINNYCONFIDENTIAL. The 2 Minute Club is a subscription based service, and you can cancel at anytime.
Before I go, I’d love to know: in what other areas do you want me to find something that’s affordable? For instance: handbags? Hair care? Loafers? You name it. I’ll pull out my magnifying glass- I love a challenge.
With that I’m off to watch Billions. You should know I’m very involved with this show. It hits the spot. So yes ginger turmeric tea, popcorn with dark chocolate chips, & Billions for us tonight. Hope you’re all having a good week!
See ya tomorrow.
+ this post is in collaboration with NxN. As always all opinions are my own.
A lot of you have asked how to stay healthy while traveling or what to do when your schedule gets super busy. The busier my schedule gets the more important it is to have some sort of ‘routine’. Maintaining a routine while you’re away is challenging AF though. I ::try:: to bring my healthy habits using a few key products. These products & tools help me be the best version of myself everyday no matter where I am. SO I WANTED TO SHARE! Let’s dive into the TSC Starter Pack, k?
My latest beauty obsession is definitely this Chanel powder. Dab some of this powder in the inner corners of your eyes. It brings out the whites of your eyes & provides an instant glow to your face. Plus it whitens the teeth. This is especially great while traveling when you’re feeling tired. It’s officially a staple in my makeup routine. Get on BOARD!
CALM powder is part of my nightly routine. It helps me wind down with a daily dose of magnesium. Magnesium is a crucial mineral guys. You can find it in dark, leafy greens, flaxseeds, almonds, salmon, & avocado. Magnesium helps relax the muscles, keeps things regular ( winky, winky ), & provides a AMAZING sleep. My favorite way to drink it is the TSC Beauty Sleep Tea. Hello natural Xanax!
Face shaving is the beauty secret that no one talks about BUT it needs to be discussed. Kate Somerville says EVERYONE shaves their face in Hollywood. I’ve been shaving my face for years with these tiny razors. It’s become a staple part of my beauty routine. After I shave I lather my face with rosehip oil. Shaving your face exfoliates your skin which creates the smoothest base for flawless makeup application. I like a men’s razor too. Shave up!
Cupping & acupuncture have been GAME-CHANGING for my anxiety, stress, & overall wellbeing. Since I’m always on the hunt for the best products imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this acupressure mat. It’s full of tiny points that stimulate nerves to release tension throughout the body. Even my dogs are obsessed with the mat. Seriously- they sit on it. The mat is great but my favorite part is the pillow. I use it right before bed- it helps me fall asleep instantly.
After double jaw surgery I became OBSESSED with fighting inflammation. That’s how I found this gem of a beauty tool. An ice roller is a more efficient/convenient version of the ice facial celebrities and models talk about. Use an ice roller when you wake up in the morning to reduce puffiness & swelling. It’s also a lifesaver when you’re hungover. ROLL ME DOWN.
Rosehip oil is probably my favorite oil. I use it everyday. Rosehip oil helps to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, scarring, & brown-ass hyper pigmentation. It’s great to use as a makeup primer & it’s fab before bed. I typically mix rosehip oil with my CC Cream to provide extra moisture/dewiness to makeup.
If you take any one piece of advice from The Skinny Confidential I hope it’s that you wear sunscreen EVERYDAY. Sunscreen is SO SO SO important for protecting skin. This caffeine sunscreen is my absolute favorite. It protects you from the sun & the caffeine wakes up skin. It tightens pores AND is basically a mini facelift. YES. CAFFEINE TIGHTENS.
Do you want to boost efficiency? Time block! You can always find a time cube in my purse. I legit take one with me everywhere. Time blocking is the ideal time management tools & the cube makes it super easy. I time block my showers, makeup, e-mails, etc.
OH & don’t forget the eye masks! Anytime I travel I make sure to put some under my sunglasses to keep my skin fresh.
What are some of your tips & tricks when traveling?
Ok so I’ve written a post on all natural beauty products before BUT today I wanted to dig a little deeper & discuss 6 that are really working for me. As you know I am constantly trying new products- HUMAN GUINEA PIG OVER HERE! So when I find a few standout, I take a picture, write down some notes, take some photos…& plan a blog post.
To make it as efficient as possible for you, I’ve narrowed it down to 6. OH & of course, I’m giving the 6 standouts away to one lucky winner. Read on for details.
With that, let’s get right into my 6 latest favorites ( IF YOU KNOW OF ANY I’M LEAVING OUT, please share! ):
OMG, really like this. Basically it’s from the brand, THE BEAUTY CHEF & it’s an organic, bio-fermented & coconut-infused probiotic. If you don’t have a probiotic YOU LOVE, be sure to check this one out. It seriously supports the gut. Don’t forget your gut guys! You take this formula as a daily shot ( my style though? ). The shot is a medley: aloe vera, lemon myrtle, coconut water, AND filled with probiotics. YES PLZ, CHEERS !
Speaking of the brand, The Beauty Chef, you also gotta try this gem: BEAUTY POWDER !! THAT’S RIGHT: an all natural powder that’s filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, & extra probiotics designed to improve gut health and enhance the skin from the inside out. It’s kind of a drinkable tonic that you can throw into a berry smoothie. Ingredients? UM INSANE: organic Maqui berry, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans, rice, linseeds, buckwheat, millet, alfalfa seeds, quinoa, chia, pepitas, sunflower seeds, green tea, ginger, turmeric, & more. Plus there are NO artificial colorings, flavourings, preservatives, lactose, dairy or sugar…::DUMPS TWO SCOOPS INTO GREEN JUICE::
WELL DUH. You know this though. Not only is it…$8 bucks but it’s helped my hyperpigmentation SO much. I put it all over my face at night, mix it with CC CREAM, & even take makeup off with it. Rosehip oil kind of does it all. Plus it’s my fine line cure. I swear by this day & night. Make sure you’re getting the organic/raw version. Some rosehip oils can be SHADY! I always go for this one.
This is basically oils & Vitamin C on crack…I was sent this to try & it’s hard NOT to fall in love with it, you know? The elixir is full of bitter orange blossom, sweet iris stem cells, &…what else? Vitamin C. If you’re looking to soothe dryness, diminish the appearance of sun exposure, inspire collagen production ( RAISE YOUR HAND EVERYONE? ), & up your skin’s antioxidants- then this baby is for you. Plus the bottle looks pretty on a vanity! HA.
OK this one is PRICEY BUTTTTT it’s definitely one of the best natural skincare products because I feel like it’s super anti-aging. Go for this if you’re looking for an all-natural investment ( it also lasts a LONG time ). This one is pretty much a skin reset. For the girl who’s fed up & wants something that kind of does it all. It’s known as “your ultimate weapon in the war against skin aging.” The reviews are all insane too- plus it’s 100% natural & non-toxic. Many people in the skincare industry highly recommend this magical elixir. Sign me up!
It’s no secret that one of my favorite brands is Eminence…so are you shocked that I live & die for their body lotion? Also if we’re getting into it here I am a huge fan of their BODY sunscreen too. Arms, neck, & hands guys! Anyway, their coconut body lotion is the perfect post-shower lotion & gives you a nice dewy glow. DID I MENTION IT’S A BODY FIRMING LOTION?! That is right: firms & tightens skin AND is anti-aging. Filled with coconut, shea butter, & grape seed oil- just how I like it. If you’re into the science-y part like me, you should know it contains: plant-based hyaluronic acid, natural retinol alternative, green apple stem cells, & Biocomplex.
So there ya have it: your fountain of youth awaits YOU!
Oh, & I can’t forget the giveaway: going to give away all six of these on TSC’s latest Instagram picture. Head over to Insta for more deets.
Like I said, nothing with #BEAUTYJUNKIEWEEK is sponsored- it’s all BADASS products. I mean at this point I may just be a human guinea pig because I feel like I’ve tried 27171718 products. And when I love something I COMMIT TO IT. It becomes a staple.
And boyyyy oh boy when it comes to a mask, I commit.
Especially my latest fav.
Full disclosure: the ingredients in this mask aren’t amazing. They’re not organic BUT the efficiency of the mask balances it out. Like I’ve always said, balance your life-like a bank account. Sometimes you get pure almond milk, but you wear a non-organic face mask because of its magical powers. You gotta live you know?
You should also know it IS formulated without: Parabens, Sulfates, & Phthalates- which is cool.
Ok let’s break down my favorite mask of the moment: first of all, it’s peel-off. There’s something incredibly therapeutic about peeling off a mask. Especially when it peels off in one pull. Like OMG YES ORGASMIC KIND OF YES PLZ. A single sheet style, one pull.
ANOTHER plus, is it is silver.
Ok so I have a few comments here on the perfect silver color. It brightens your eyes which is fine- especially when you’re like me & leave the mask on for an hour and a half. ( Which is slightly psycho because the directions say to leave it on for 20 minutes. But that’s neither here nor there ). But it is fun to have super bright eyes & teeth for 75 minutes. You feel like the Tin Man.
At $70 bucks it’s a bit pricey buttttt worth every penny in my opinion. Plus it’s a cute purple jar that looks chic on a vanity. It’s honestly the best mask so I feel like I have to do what I have to do here.
As Sephora says: “An instant firming and tightening silver peel off treatment, plus a convenient brush for application. Gravitymud Firming Treatment is an innovative formula that changes color from white to a brilliant chrome and peels off to leave skin feeling tighter and more lifted. Mega-targeted ingredients work together to help skin’s contours feel firmer and look more defined.”
I like to use it twice a week before makeup application.
Afterwards my skin feels instantly more firm, toned, & lifted. The mask contains hyaluronic acid to plump skin instantly, plus anti-aging gems like Icelandic kelp, algae extract, & antioxidants.
OH? AND THE BEST PART IS, IT SMELLS like a tropical piña colada. It must be because it has marshmallow + licorice leaf.
So yes, that’s right- smells delicious.
Makes me want to grab a beach towel & head outside.
If you want to see it action head over to Snapchat now: @laurynevarts.
Has anyone tried this mask? Thoughts? Any other masks I need to try?