Coming clean with Botanics

Plants are powerful. Now that I’ve tackled my hair woes, (see previous post) I’ve moved on to concour my temperamental skin with the help of Botanics. Since I have combination skin, I’m always fighting breakouts along my chin and T-zone. Over the years, (even with sunscreen every day) I’ve dealt with sensitivity and blotchiness that is hard to tame. With that being said, I’ve gone through many a dermatologist and many skin care products in my day, but nothing has been nearly as effective, gentle, and affordable as this line. Now at Target, they’re all under $10 and I’m happy to have found something that works that’s affordable.

I’ve been using Botanics now for 2 weeks, and I’m already seeing clearer, calmer skin. Hyper pigmentation has reduced significantly to where my face is one tone with very little redness. I’m even using just a bb cream, no foundation or cover up necessary anymore. So here’s what I do:

  1. Wash morning and night with the Shine Away Mattifying Mousse. Willowbark is naturally high in salicylic acid so it removes oil and clarifies skin
  2. Pat on the Shine Away Toner (or with cotton pad) to remove impurities and tighten pores
  3. Apply the Shine Away Day Cream with SPF 15 all over face. You don’t need much, it’s light weight and gentle and my skin is completely hydrated and not greasy.

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  • Twice a week (at night) I use the Shine Away Clay Mask to draw out all the gunk and impurities my skin may absorb. Leave on for about 10 minutes and your skin will feel extra clean before washing with cleanser.
  • Twice a week (at night) I use the Invigorating Face Scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. (Don’t rub too hard, I usually do this on the days I don’t use the mask.)
  • 3-4 times a week (at night) I apply the Shine Away Gel Cream prior to moisturizing which acts to clarify and seal in all the work I just did. My skin actually feels tighter each time I use it!

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And there you have my effective and affordable skincare routine using the #PowerofPlants. You can find Botanics and all of their many products at Target or with the links provided.

What I use: Shine Away Collection

Other skin types:

Anti Aging Collection

Brightening Collection

Organics Line

*Thank you Botanics for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

Getting Personal #FunctionofBeauty

Let’s get personal shall we? Having gone through a lot shampoo bottles and brands over the years (mainly all from drugstores and the occasional splurge at Sephora) I think I’ve finally found something that actually works for my hair type, which is a little troublesome: Oily, sometimes itchy and flaky, thick, and colored. Why hasn’t Head and Shoulders, Pantene, or OGX done the trick? It’s because they’re not custom. They may try to treat one of the problems, but not all. Or they’re filled with junk and chemicals that aren’t good for you nor the water system.

Enter Function of Beauty. Fill out a fun and easy hair survey based on your needs via their website, pick a delicious scent (I chose Passion Fruit Hibiscus) and their chemists will mix a concoction up for you and pop it in the mail. What’s more is that I can’t stand all the junk such as Parabens and Phthalates, and Function of Beauty is free of all that. No GMO’s allowed.

Free shipping and $26 later, I shortly received 2 bottles of my new custom hair care with my name on the bottles. They’re just for me, myself, and my type of hair :D

I’ve been using my new shampoo and conditioner for about 3 weeks now and my hair seems softer, shinier (not to be mistaken for oily), and my scalp seems calmer and less irritated. Plus, every time I wash my color treated hair, I smell like passion fruit which I love.

Let me know if you decide to mix your own via Function of Beauty because I definitely want to hear your thoughts. You can save $5 when you click the link. Until then, wishing you all happy hair days from here on out :D

*Thank you to Function of Beauty for this post. All opinions are my own.*

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Getting Glam with The Glam App

Last week I had the full glam experience in preparation for the holidays thanks to a service called The Glam App. Founded by celebrity makeup and hair artist Joey Maalouf and Actress Cara Santana, The Glam App is an affordable on demand luxury service that is currently spreading through out the U.S and London.

Once I downloaded The Glam App, I simply booked a makeup session for the date and time at my connivence. Emily (@emilysimsmakeup) arrived promptly to my front door the following week and in the comfort of my own home had a fun morning of makeup for my shoot with local photographer Julie the same day!

Here are some of the products Emily used and some beautiful shots that Julie took. I wish I could look like this all the time!

Be sure to download The Glam App for a service in your city and if you are in the SF area be sure to book your session with Emily as I would happily work with her 10x over.

Cheers everyone, it’s almost Christmas!

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Makeup by @Emilysimsmakeup

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Skin prep products, huge fan of this moisturizer by the way.

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Smokey Eye was created by Emily’s Lorac palette

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Emily used a lot of Tarte products on me, they provide great coverage and are good for sensitive skin like mine.

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Highlighter to create a little dimension

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I love this color, I think I will end up buying this in the future

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Mixing all these products together to get the perfect pout

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Final look. Thank you Emily!

Special thank you to The Glam AppΒ Download on iTunes for free

Huge thank you to Emily Sims Makeup, be sure to follow her on Instagram

An incredibly huge thank you to Piedmont photographer Julie Reichle, be sure to book your next portrait session with her here and show her some Instagram love!

 

The Instagram Journey: What I’ve Been Up To

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, it’s been a little while. The blog has taken a back seat as of late due to work, holiday festivities, cold season, and all of life’s curveballs. There just isn’t enough time in the day to juggle everything but I try and now it’s paying off slowly but surely.

In case you aren’t following me on Instagram, here are daily snippets that you won’t find on the blog. I’ve realized that channeling all my focus to growing my Instagram has finally caught some fire; leading to bigger brand collaborations (you’ll see in the next week) and providing daily accountability which is easier to manage. I edit every photo with the help of shutterbugs @Twelfthknight and my Momma on occasion, thank you both and love you lots. With their help I have amassed over 1500 followers as of today and I couldn’t do it without them. I know that’s a dinky number comparatively speaking, but it’s noteworthy and lifestyle brands are taking notice.

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Follow me for daily snaps :D @shoes_and_sashimi

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I recently made over a friend’s entire wardrobe, starting with the bare basics.

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#POV nowadays..it’s Fall after all.

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I love my lattes. #coffeesnobsociety

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D’orsay flats and a Wayf plaid shirt. #FallTrends

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Black and white forever. Melie Bianco Bag, Minkpink sweater coat, and Loeffler Randall loafers. #whatiwore

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Capes, Dole Whips, and new hair color by Rudy at the Elan Salon in SF. Snapped by @Twelfthknight last week.

So there you have it, my most recent posts. Catch me there daily to see where I’ve been, what I ate, what I wore, and where I’m going next :D 

Thanks all!

~ Lauren