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Getting Ready ♥

December 5, 2015
Updated: December 21, 2015
by
LAURYN

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When I’m not completely crazed & have some time to actually put some effort into getting ready, I like to make it an experience.

Like a pretty, girly, glamorous experience.

This incredibly girly experience involves: French jazz, candles, CHAMPAGNE & ROSE GUMMY BEARS (I swear they’re in every room in my house), lots of makeup, Pixy, the right skin products, & pink champagne.

Seriously though, getting ready for a night out is so much more relaxing & fun this way.

Instead of feeling rushed out the door ( ahem, Michael— you guys know from Snapchat that he LOVES to rush me out the door ), I get to really enjoy the process of prepping for a night out.

I will start a lavender bubble bath & turn on some relaxing music. GIRL TIME. If I’m feeling crazy, I will even wash my hair ( this is so rare though, it’s kind of pathetic ). Post shower, I dim the lights & start my pampered experience.

Oh, & by the way, if you’re drinking champagne while prepping you NEED ( like need, need ) to have a bowl of champagne/rose gummy bears close by. They go together like peanut butter & jelly. Trust me on this one.

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Which brings me to my next step: skin care. You guys already know about my skincare ( I blogged about it here  & here ). As you know, I use Elizabeth Arden’s SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster & PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum ( these go together like champagne & gummy bears too— they’re just the ideal pair ). SUPERSTART holistically restores the healthy appearance of skin’s surface layer and boosts the effectiveness of your skincare products while giving it a plump, dewey look & makes my skin feel radiant.

I first apply SUPERSTART to my skin and then I layer on my PREVAGE® serum before putting makeup on & I ALWAYS make sure to put it on my neck. Can I just say that I’m SUCH a neck freak. Protecting the integrity of my neck & hands is JUST as important to me as protecting my face.

SUPERSTART has a probiotic complex in it ( you guys know how I feel about probiotics ) so it’s very fitting for me. PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum reduces the look of wrinkles, sun damage, & uneven skin texture ( goodbye mustache! ).

When it comes to applying makeup, I prefer to take my time.

This definitely involves blending, contouring, fake eyelashes, & maybe a little lip brushing. If I’m going out, I really step it up a notch on the whole makeup look because typically during the day I just wear sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, & some brow powder.

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Also, when I have an extra 1/2 hour to get ready, I’ll straighten my hair, put frozen cucumbers over my eyes pre-makeup, add a top coat of clear nail polish to my nails, slather my body in coconut oil, & hell, maybe even get CRAZY & shave my legs ( shaving is the most annoying thing ever ).

And obviously this whole process is much more fun with a little bubbly & champagne gummy bears.

Is anyone else with me on this: having actual time to get ready is kind of, sort of fun?

…Even though, for me, it happens rarely because of Michael’s ‘let’s go, we got to go, we’re running late’ Panicky Susan personality.

x lauryn

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The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging

Anti-Aging Tips Because Everyone Loves Prevention

September 18, 2015
Updated: September 19, 2015
by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging
I am all about prevention.

Sometimes I feel like our generation is all about the NOW. No one thinks 5 years in advance. They’re just thinking about today, you know.

Not shockingly, I really try to AVOID this way of thinking when it comes to my skin.

To give a backstory on how I feel about skin: I don’t think about today. I don’t care about a zit. In fact, I’m not thinking about NOW with my skin. I care about the future. How my skin will look in 5, 10, 20 years. This is why I avoid the sun at all costs. People would say I’m crazy with how I avoid the sun…but you guys already know how I feel about that.

Anyway, these are some anti-aging tips that I practice on a day to day basis:

First & foremost, I avoid cigarettes. This is obvious. But I actually avoid people smoking them. I will walk away. I will even cover my mouth & nose. I will go as far to pretend I’m allergic. Cigarettes are SO aging. I’m not judging you if you smoke cigarettes, it’s your life BUT if you’re not going to think about your health & lung cancer, think about your skin too. It’s poison to skin— wrinkles, pigment, tired lines, the works.

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging

This obviously leads us to the next anti-aging tip: a quality serum. Again, obvious. But I’m a HUGE fan of not only applying serum to my face, but also my neck. You guys know I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum for the last year because it targets lines, wrinkles, discolorations, age spots, & sun damaged skin ( my hyper pigmentation struggle is so real ). The PREVAGE® product line focuses on protecting the skin against environmental factors, like the sun and pollution, using a powerful antioxidant called Idebenone. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin texture. And I use it on my neck A LOT because the neck is where you see a lot of age. Sometimes I even use it on my hands. I feel like you can have perfect skin on your face, but if the neck & hands aren’t on fleek ( haha, first time I’ve used this word & definitely the last ) then forget it.

Like I mentioned after my morning skin hydration ritual, I stay OUT OF THE SUN & wear a hat too to further protect my skin. This means I even run errands in a hat. AND NO SUN ROOF or convertible for me, thanks.

Water & sleep are other obvious tips, BUT do you actually drink water & get enough sleep? Think about it. I realized I wasn’t drinking enough water last month & swiftly changed that by making it a rule that I consume THREE 1 liter SmartWaters a day. Now it’s a thing I do daily without much thought.

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging
Now sleep…the other night I slept 6 hours. The next day I WAS A WRECK. I am not someone who can live off 6 hours of sleep & frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Americans especially sometimes brag about how ‘they only slept for 5 hours.’

I LOOK WAY BETTER, FEEL BETTER, & FUNCTION BETTER on at least 8 hours. At least. Again, not going to feel bad about it. I’m listening to my body. Ultimately, I believe water & sleep are SO anti-aging.

Another anti-aging tip is AVOIDING STRESS. Stress is a silent killer. This is the hardest anti-aging tip for me. I stress way too much. The other day someone said to me: “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gets you nowhere.” Sooo true, ugh.

But I can’t help it.

I stress about Pixy’s upcoming vet appointment. I stress about family. I stress about getting all the laundry done. I stress about work. I stress about LuAnn on Real Housewives ( I kid, but her having that weird guy in her room on vacation did give me anxiety for Heather ). Anyway…stress raises cortisol levels which are so aging. This is one we’ll call a work in progress for me, k?

Lastly, one of my biggest tips: um DUH, I heal my body from the inside out. What I put inside, comes out on the outside. If I eat bad, I feel bad. I don’t eat meat unless it’s grass fed, I don’t eat salmon unless it’s wild, I don’t drink unfiltered water, I don’t overload on sugar, and I don’t overdo it with processed foods. I fuel my body the best I can.

I whole heartedly believe that these practices ( which aren’t huge sacrifices ) will make me look & feel younger.

It’s really surprisingly simple if you think about it: no smoking, a quality anti-aging serum, water, sleep, stress less, & eat clean.

Also, burning essential oils, mediating ( TRYING! ), listening to jazz, reading a good book, & a lavender bubble bath really make me feel like I’m making a difference? Maybe it’s not? But you get it.

Ok so, I’d love to know: what are your anti-aging tips? ALL RECOMMENDATIONS ARE VERY MUCH WELCOME! Let me know in the comments section below.

With love from under an umbrella, YAY, lauryn xx

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The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

Look All Bronzed & Stuff For Summer 2015: Organic, Vegan Sunless Tanning Tips

June 23, 2015
Updated: September 29, 2015
by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

http://www.lovingtan.com/

Ya, ya, ya we all know I avoid the sun like a sick plague.

But I like a little summer glow, you know?

That’s where my spray tan comes in.

I’ve been spray tanning since 1999. Literally though, lol.

Lately I’ve been traveling & working non-stop so I don’t always have time to do the whole spray tan ordeal.

When Loving Tan reached out to let me know about their DIY at home line and told me it was VEGAN (!!!). I jumped at the chance to try it out.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

And wait for it…the tanning formula is also: 100% natural, not tested on animals, contains no parabens, and is ORGANIC!! I mean if this isn’t up my alley, I don’t know what is.

I never put things on my blog that I haven’t tried, used, & LOVED. I don’t want anything ‘MEH’ on TSC. And lemme tell ya, I LOVEDDDD this product. I may even switch over to the non spray tan side & switch completely to this product. I feel like spray tans have a million chemicals spraying on to your body in a small area.

A lotion allows the skin to breath and it’s natural sooooooo…I’m very much about it!!

Also, let’s talk about red.

You know the color.

Having any trace of red in my spray/lotion tan just doesn’t work.

I HATEEEE RED TRACES. It makes the tan look fake, forced, & Snookie-ish.

Loving Tan is a natural olive color because it has active ingredients and contains DHA & an ingredient Erythurlose to eliminate orange tones. See what I mean?

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

Casper before, casual Baywatch bronzed after.

Ok so, I’m very specific with my pre/during/post-tan tips. Like, very, very specific.

Here’s a couple I live & die by:

1.) Dry brush before you tan.

Dry brushing is the best exfoliation on the planet. I swear though, not only does it stimulate the lymph system, it also is an amazing pre-tan prep.

2.) Shave the stubble.

Obviously you don’t want to tan with leg hair. I’m always a prickly pear ( let’s be honest, shaving is such an annoyance…it’s also boring ). So I always have to remember to be shaved & ready for my tan. Also, I sweat using my guide before I shower & shave so that’s out of the way.

3.) Use a mitt.

I like this one by Loving Tan called Tan Removing & Skin Polishing Glove. Basically it removes all nasty-ass dead skin cells & old built up tan so your glow will last longer & fade evenly.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

4.) I know this sounds weird but I have to say it…

I don’t put any tanning stuff on my upper lip. I literally have a mustache from hyper pigmentation ( so chic! ) so an added layer of tan is unnecessary & makes me look like Captain Hook. LOL.

5.) Use an applicator.

This Easy To Reach Back Applicator helps you get to those annoying bits on your back. Make sure it’s slightly dampened first.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

6.) Apply the tan.

I like the medium shade ( it dries quick). And always use this Deluxe Applicator Mitt. No one wants product kind of just sitting on the skin. I like to make sure the product is really attached & blended. This little mitt is perfect for securing the tan to provide that sun kissed, sex kitten glow.

7.) Mani/Pedi afterwards.

I wait until after the tan for a mani/pedi and I usually only get a polish change because I don’t want to let my feet or nails sit in water ( it would create a line ). Polish changes are GAME changers post-tan. Besides no one likes overly tanned cuticles.

8.) MOISTURIZER, DUH.

Crusty tans are not so cute. To keep your tan look sexy, moisturize with raw coconut oil. It’s my favorite post-tan tip. Wait until the day after the tan is applied though.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

9.) Don’t lay in white sheets if you’re spray tanning!!

Literally know this from experience. Michael woke up next to me & there was bronzed snow angels all over the bed. I like to apply my tan in the AM and then shower before bed. After tons of trial & error this has worked best. With the new at home product I’ve been using, you can get in bed 2 hours after ( which is FAB ). You don’t have to worry about tanned snow angels with Loving Tan.

10.) Always wash you hands after application.

I feel like this is obvious? But it’s one tip I sometimes forget. I also use a baby wipe to clean the bottoms of my feet, nails, & toenails.

Ta-da.

Anyone else have any tanning tips? Spill.

x, lauryn

ps. use code ‘theskinnyconfidential’ at checkout to receive a free gift with purchase. x

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks. 

 

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

What’s In My Caboodlllleee? <3

February 8, 2015
Updated: February 9, 2015
by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

All my friends gave up their Caboodle in junior high.

But not me!!

OHHHHhhhh nooo.

I looooveee my Caboodle ( << not sponsored, just realness ). Still use it to this day. They’re the best things EVER. Reasons? 1.) they keep all my makeup super organized. 2.) they’re so cute/chic. 3.) Caboodles are fab for traveling. And 4.) I’VE SAID IT ONCE & I’LL SAY IT AGAIN: they’re GREAT for people who are overly organized.

Seriously though, they really settle down my obsessive organized side.

Plus when I carry around the black makeup case, I feel like a real deal makeup artist.

SOOO profesh.

Ok, so ta-da here’s what’s inside my Caboodle:

♡ Products:

My Caboodle
Smaller Caboodle
Primer
Foundation
Bronzer
Highlighter
‘That Gal’ face brightener
Red lip liner
Red lipstick
Orgasm blush stick
Brow makeup brush
Brow powder

Eyelash primer ( << MY FAV! )
MAC ‘In Extreme’ mascara
Urban Decay’s ‘Perversion’ mascara
Ardell ‘Double Up’ lashes
Eyelash curler ( << the BEST! )
Fav drugstore eyelash primer
Fav drugstore mascara
Navy drugstore eyelash curler
Lip Venom
Beauty blender on stick
Airbrush ‘brush’
Peppermint Chapstick
Beauty blenders
Brush cleaner
Mini Wet Brush

♡ Clothes:

White top
Rings
Red lipstick

Question time! What do you put your makeup in? Any other makeup products I absolutely have to check out? Are you guys liking the video tutorials? Anything you want to see next?

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Mine was non-stop so I’m ready to take it down a million notches & get in bed with a cup of mint tea, my puppies, & the latest episode of Shark Tank.

Don’t forget to pull out your Jan Sport & Trapper Keeper when you dust off your Caboodle. LOL.

love, love, love- Lauryn xx

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Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, fashion, & health.

Let’s Talk About The “Crackly” Elbow Epidemic

January 28, 2014
Updated: July 8, 2014
by
LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, fashion, & health.

Ok so apparently cracked elbows is a serious epidemic.

For reals.

Like, I can’t even go grocery shopping without seeing half the store filled with “Cracklers.”

Yes. I might have made up that term ( should I trademark it? ).

My official defintion of “Cracklers” ( noun ): a person who neglects their elbows for so long that they turn into crackly/chapped skin patches that resemble a desert.

Seen ‘um?

Probs.

Welp, let’s be real: no one wants dry, nasty elbows.

So on that note…let’s talk about the SKIN Stick:

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Lauryn Evarts talks fashion, diet, and fitness.

We’re talking balm.

Not lip balm.

Body balm.

Excited yet?

Thanks to the rec from my friend, Jordan, the SKIN stick has so, totally kept me “Crackler”-free & saved my elbows from being overly dry/disgusting.

I ESP enjoy the ‘Meyer lemon’ flavor…because honestly if you know ANYTHING about me it’s that I’m obsessed with Meyer lemons.

My ultimate dream is to be like Yolanda from Real Housewives of Bev Hills. She’s all like, in her garden of lemons whipping up fresh lemonade & lemon master cleanses’, whilst running through her casual, full-blown Meyer lemon orchard.

SO jeal.

Ok, sorry for the tangent— anyway. This balm is seriously the bomb.

Try it & thank me later. It will def get rid of any “crackily” situations.

X L

** (( Again— this isn’t a product review. I haven’t been paid to talk about this or received product- I just sincerely love this gem of a product )).

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, fashion, & health.