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YES PLZ, FAVORITE MASK EVER

Updated: March 30, 2017
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LAURYN

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?

Hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend!

x lauryn

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Mini DeLites: Beauty Junkie Week

Updated: March 21, 2017
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LAURYN

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{ Caboodles life }

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{ favorite chapsticks because they’re pink tinted }

Switching it up over here & for one straight week, all day, everyday we are going to do #beautyjunkieweek. Make sure you’re following along on Snapchat ( BEAUTY GIVEAWAYS ) AND Instagram ( going to do INSTA LIVE + mini Insta blog entries ). All the content will be beauty, beauty, beauty…& nothing is sponsored. Of course I’ll go in-depth! After some intense Twitter polls, I saw that you guys want a lot of beauty content. SO I want to make sure I answer any & all your questions. Obviously I need more than a week but I’m kind of loving a themed week here?

Ok so on another note: what is new?

Nothing much here. On Friday I had dinner with a friend ( chopped salads & rosé ) and then on Saturday we woke up, worked out on the beach, ate brunch, podcasted, & then celebrated my brother, Myles’ birthday with chips, salsa, margaritas, etc. Yesterday was spent off social media, in bed, reading, & watching Hand of God ( a new show on Amazon that’s just insannnnnnne ). Pretty mellow weekend.

What else? Oh, Michael & I did 15 days sober so the rosé on Friday was festive. We cut out red meat, dairy, & coffee so we’ve been feeling GREAT. It actually was surprisingly easy. Dairy really slows me down, man. Anyone else? Also I have been stepping my workouts up a lot. You know, you go through phases I feel like. Anyway, I feel much stronger thanks to the right vitamin medley ( post? ).

Just trying to be super healthy over here…as I stuff my face with a green banana chocolate chip muffin. LOL, it’s a healthy one from the new TSC Meal Plan at least !!! And it’s dairy-free, sugar-free ( sweetened with organic maple syrup ! ), & gluten-free ( oat flour ). I am addicted. Michael ate ten so he is too- HA.

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{ THEY ARE SO GOOD }

Ok let’s get to the beauty details here.

As you know I kicked off #beautyjunkieweek with my make-up organization tips ( helllllo men’s shoe boxes ), so today since it’s ‘Mini DeLites’ I’m just showing you a couple of products I liked this month.

The standout star here is DEFINITELY the sparkly It Cosmetics brush set– I’ve been testing them out & I LOVE. I just love It Cosmetics always- they get it right. The set has: a powder brush, foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, concealer brush, liner/brow brush, & comes in this cute shimmering case that holds each brush securely. It’s very efficient.

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{ BYE BYE Under Eye, Great Lash, FROWNIES, perfume roller }

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT: disposable eyebrow/mascara brushes. If you don’t own some- get on board. Here’s the thing…they make SUCH a difference for the brows. It’s an odd obsession, I know. But trust me- when you fill in your brows NOTHING is better than a few brushes up with a disposable brush. I bought a 100 pack & I use them all the time, everyday, after a brow tint or after I fill in my brows. They make the brows look natural. Plus I’m a huge fan of brushing upward because it lifts the face…AKA instant facelift.

Do yourself a favor & keep one in every purse you own. Also feel free to brush your BF’s eyebrows too. In fact, I encourage it. Downward hairs bring the face down!

The hot pink brush is fun too.

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{ brush up! }

And can we get nostalgic & talk about Caboodles? Remember a million years ago when I filmed a video on WHAT’S IN MY CABOODLE? I love a Caboodle. It really brings me back to the Saved By The Bell, Lisa Frank, Trapper Keeper days. Right though?! I found this vintage one on eBay.

Ok with that: what kind of posts do YOU want to see this week? Hit me with everything & anything beauty related. Off to read…& eat another muffin.

lauryn x

+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast episode because it’s all about E-MAIL ETIQUETTE. Which is VERY MUCH a thing, right?

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{ going to try Lancôme’s latest colors for you guys }

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{ some recommendations ^^^ }

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SAY BUH-BYE TO TECH NECK

Updated: March 18, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Oh me, oh my. If you’re like me you have a little something called TECH NECK.

Never heard of it? Well, it’s real. And the struggle is REAL, real.

So many women forget that the first place we age is the neck. And guess what? The cell phone sitch is REALLY not helping. I mean it’s making it so much worse than it has to be, you know? Now instead of being hunched over the computer like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, we’re crouched over our cell phones. All of us.

Like SELF Magazine says, “carpal tunnel is SO five years ago.”

So ya, now TECH NECK is everywhere.

What exactly is it?

According to Florida chiropractor Dean L. Fishman, D.C.: “it’s an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time,” he explains. “Don’t get me wrong: I love technology, but this is a global epidemic not just from texting, but from using all sorts of wireless media.”

Well, UGH. Another day, another discovery.

Sometimes TECH NECK will give headaches, shoulder/neck pain, & increased curvature in the spine.

But good news: I feel like I’m ahead of the curve here. Only because I am CONSTANTLY on my phone for work though. I noticed little lines on my neck a while ago & recognized the importance of fixing this QUICKLY.

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Here are 3 easy tips anyone & everyone can do. Ready? K:

1.) Exercises. That’s right. I’ve actually been talking about neck exercises since 2012…remember this post on “how to get rid of your turkey hanger?” We talked about how important it is to stretch your neck.

The best one in my opinion is BABY COBRA. Try it now, you can do it anywhere:

1. Begin by lying face down on the floor with your legs extended behind you. Keep your legs down and position your hands directly under your shoulders.

2. Keep your chin tucked, looking down on the floor, then slowly take your hands off the ground and squeeze your shoulder blades together.

3. Lower your upper body while staying in that position, then raise up and contract your glutes. Do this motion 10 times.

I’ve been so into yoga lately & I feel like it’s REALLY helping with my tech neck. Yoga has opened me up ( literally & figuratively ). Seriously I cannot say enough good things about the practice. I like non-heated yoga because I find a heated room VERY distracting. Yoga flow is more my style. Recently I’ve noticed my posture improving from taking my bi-weekly yoga class.

If you can, I love a good chiropractor too. He’s constantly stretching my back & it relieves a lot of neck pain. My chiropractor loves giving me at-home exercises to open up and prevent that hunched over look.

2.) Tip two is one I discovered recently. As you guys know I try a lot, a lot of products. Constantly the human guinea pig because I’m on the hunt to discover the best of best. This new skincare brand, NIA, sent me some of their products to try. First off, I immediately liked their branding…why? Well NIA stands for NOT INTO AGING. Yes plz.

Secondly the product is created for millennials, by millennials for millennial skin. ANOTHER YES PLZ.

The goal of the brand is focus on situational issues…AKA tech neck.

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They get it. Our lifestyle involves the phone. So instead of telling us to get off the phone, they have a little solution: TECH NECK LINE SMOOTHER.

This is a perfect serum ( I love a serum ) packaged in an on-the-go massage roller ( I also love a roller ). Basically you just roll it on your neck to firm & smooth the skin. It helps get rid of those pesky tech neck lines we’re all trying to avoid.

For the record I also tried their serum for the face & really liked it too. It was great for hydration & to smooth lines. Another fave ( if you’re on the market for a new mask ) was their whipped clay peel-off mask. Very into it because it’s a FOAM mask. It comes out of the bottle as this mousse ( like hair mousse consistency ) & you rub it on your face to draw dirt out of the skin. Here’s what I did the other day: I put the mask all over my face AND NECK & then after I washed it off, I used the tech neck serum. Using a mask on your neck is normal right? If not, I’m on a mission to make it cool.

Don’t forget about your neck!

You can find all these products at Ulta Beauty…be careful though there are SO many good finds at Ulta you may…hate me?

3.) Lastly, you know what I’m going to say here: sunscreen & a hat! Here’s the thing: prevention is KEY. If you have the option to keep your neck out of the sun- DO IT. I feel like the sun only makes my tech neck horizontal lines worse so I make it my MISSION daily to avoid the sun by using caffeinated sunscreen & rocking a hat…every single day. Kind of absurd, but so important.
Doing this makes all the difference & it’s so anti-aging in general.

Is anyone else with me here?

♡ | ♡ | ♡ | ♡

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PROTECT THE SKIN!

With that, I’m off to rub some neck serum on my neck & chest and watch the latest episode of Real Housewives Beverly Hills ( living for Dorit’s outfits this season ).

Are you guys into taking care of your neck? The sooner, the BETTER. You know how I love prevention…; )

Happy Tuesday!

X lauryn

+ DEFINITELY listen to the latest episode of TSC Podcast. LadyGang is on…we talk laser, vaginas, spray tans, fake hair, skincare, etc. 

++ palm print PJ’s ( << similar ).

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GOODBYE Zits: Quick, Easy Tips To Rid Pimples

Updated: February 9, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Yeah, yeah we know what to do when the sun mustache comes around but what about a zit?

Well I GOT A HUGE RED ZIT TWO DAYS BEFORE OUR WEDDING.

Luckily I brought everything I needed in my luggage. JUST 3 tiny tools.

And actually, to be quite honest, the three products I brought are just…EASY. I’ve been using all three of them for years & they ACTUALLY TREAT A ZIT.

That’s right, I’m not blowing smoke up your ass.

These three simple, easy products actually truly solve the problem. I feel like everyone makes it harder than it is but treating a zit is really to the point ( literally? ).

You should know the idea of this post came to me when I was on INSTAGRAM LIVE the other day. Someone asked me how I get rid of black heads. & well shit, I get rid of them easily & efficiently…with a black head popper. I’ve been using this handy-dandy tool since I was in high school. And let me tell you- it works.

Here’s the thing: if you pop a zit the juice of the zit is what spreads the pimple. Whenever I pop anything I make sure not to get any of the residue on my skin. If you do get some of the ‘zit juice’ around the zit YOU CAN COUNT ON THE ZIT SPREADING. That’s right guys, bacteria spreads. And it doesn’t give a shit. In fact it’s relentless, it goes everywhere. Which is why when you get a zit & pop it- more zits pop up.

Anyway, here’s my actual zit cure.

I take this very seriously because I’ve very much perfected this over the years. In fact it’s kind of a magical cure..

BASICALLY IT WORKS.

FIRST OFF: a good zit clay. Zit clay is essential. It’s nothing avant-garde. Quite simple really. It’s this clay that’s “not regular clay. It infuses minerals that minimize oil production & significantly increase healing times up to 5X’s faster than water based acne products. It contains NO dyes, synthetic or added chemicals. It also clears acne fast, pimples, rashes, bug bits, itches, ingrown hair, black heads,& much more. Basically it pulls out remaining impurities preventing potential scarring. Individual pimples will heal and clear up faster with spot treatments.”

This zit clay was recommended by my favorite esthetician, Lindsay. It’s from Sweden & has so much praise. Plus it’s two flipping ingredients: TWO !!! One of them being WATER. And with no dyes or synthetic additives.

I have used this FOREVER. The stuff works ASAP, immediately. I’ve never seen anything so magical.

Here’s the main secret though: the directions says to leave it on for ten minutes…I leave it the zit overnight. So I sleep with the clay on the pimple. Works like a charm.

Ok on to the black head remover. The little $3.99 Rite-Aid tool I talked about on INSTAGRAM LIVE.

Here’s what it does:

♡ One end is a loop tip for pressing & extracting, the other sharp end is for piercing or poking.

♡ To minimize damage to your skin, the needle is an effective way to remove blackheads, acne, or pimples.

♡ The remover is also a safe way to clear your pores than squeezing blackheads using your fingernails.

 ♡ With the help of these needles, it will lessen trauma to the surrounding skin.

I found mine at Rite-Aid. It’s nothing special but BOY OH BOY does it get the job done. So much better than popping anything with your dirty fingernails. I like to use this after I get out of the shower because my skin is soft.

If you don’t have a black head remover…check out this breakdown to pop a zit: “When you get out of the shower, wipe your face with a clean, never-been-used, freshly washed towel. Cover your fingers with a tissue. Even after showering, your hands and nails have bacteria that can infect your about-to-be-popped pimple. To do this, fold a tissue in half and wrap it around your index finger. Repeat with your other hand. Consider yourself prepped for zit surgery.”

And if you’re looking for a preventative serum, USE THIS. TRUST ME. It’s the best ever.

OK SO TO SPOT TREAT during the day use: TEA TREE OIL. Because it:

Heals cuts and burns: it’s a natural antiseptic, meaning it can be used to help treat wounds & burns. Tea tree oil has also been known to treat bacterial infections— love it! Use a dime size amount of tea tree oil to heal razor burns, small cuts, & even sunburns ( although, I’m hoping everyone avoids the sun like the plague ). If you want you can add some water to the oil too : ).

Kills blemishes: this oil is known for getting rid of pimples. Recently a study found that the oil offers similar results to a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide. Next time you’re on Aunt Flow & have a zit, throw some tea tree oil on it! I use it before I apply makeup because you can’t see it. It’s just like a light oil that coats the skin before primer. Kind of the ideal zit healer no?

READ MORE ABOUT tea tree oil here.

TA-DA. Keep it easy. There’s nothing worse than someone trying to over-complicate a zit. A zit is easy to solve. I use these three tips every time & they’ve never steered me in the wrong direction. The clay spot treatment mask is a real lifesaver. Just bear with me because the directions may be in Swedish- but it’s worth it. The black head remover is something I’ve talked about on live streaming AND IT IS SO efficient. Really to the point & something to use when you’re out of the shower. Lastly if you’re treating a pimple during the day: TEA TREE OIL. I use it whenever I feel a zit coming & post zit-picking.

There’s nothing fancy here. Just simple tips.

Also very much loving this silver, sassy peel off mask. I can’t stop with it. I think I’m addicted? It really tightens & pumps the face. Best ever.

If you have any tips or tricks: PLZZZZZ SHARE. I need all the zit cure inside info I can get. Thanks guys!

x lauryn

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3 MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR 2017

Updated: January 21, 2017
by
LAURYN

I’m a beauty junkie.

So you should know finding products I love, love, love is one of my favorite things to do.

I’m all about the healthy skin & the minimal makeup trend right now too. I feel like it’s here to stay so I’m totally embracing it. I’ll even do a bare face to go out. It’s so refreshing.

Obviously I want to share what I’m stocking up on: a few amazing products to boost my complexion. No heavy cake-face makeup. And of course a good face mask.

Let’s get right to it: 3 essential products for glowy skin.

{ FIND THE GLAM GLOW FIRMING MASK HERE }

First off, this smells like a Pina Colada so it perfect because of my Mexico obsession. Secondly, it comes with an application brush. Genius. I’m a major fan of this line in general. I’ve had this mask forever.

I’m extremely picky when it comes to masks ( no surprise here ) & this firming one is insane. As in almost Botox insane. It’s gentle and really firms up/lifts the skin. Favorite part: the silver mask peels off!! Obsessed. My skin glows for days after. And it’s sulfate and paraben-free!

{ FIND THE STROKE OF LIGHT CONCEALER HERE }

Eye pads are a major life-saver but sometimes I need more…Especially if there was drinking involved the night before. When I need to bring life back I use this eye concealer. Like after my bridal shower ( you read that right, the shower got a little crazy. Listen to it on the “girls only” episode of our podcast ).

A few swipes of this concealer under my eyes and brow bone and done. No more deathly dark circles or sleepy eyes. I’ll even put some around my nose if I’m blotchy. It makes my whole face look fresh and illuminated. Totally what I’m going for. I keep this in my purse 24/7.

{ FIND THE EMINENCE MOISTURIZER HERE }

This is a soy moisturizer and it’s organic, so nothing harmful here. Good for skin and your peace of mind. It’s full of vitamins and antioxidants, think: shea butter, bramble juice, Grape Seed Oil, Calendula oil, etc. Unreal right?

I lather this over my face, neck, and even hands and sleep in it. I wake up with finer lines, tightened pores ( and it actually cleans pores out, which I love ), and crazy hydrated skin. Perfect for before an event or traveling.

A mixture of those 3 products and my complexion is in great shape. And so easy, right? No fuss over here. Except if I’m getting really dolled up.

OK, off for more apres ski, warm faux fur jackets and peppermint schnapps in Aspen. Are you following along on SNAPCHAT? Michael is on one.

Have a great weekend!

lauryn, x

+For MORE beauty products I can’t get enough of, check out more “Essentials” on Pinterest.

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