My 5-Step Nightly Beauty Routine My Quest to Stay Looking Young

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Serum

My nightly beauty routine is fairly extensive, but it’s worth it if it keeps me looking young and vibrant.  I devised this beauty routine after years of trial and error.  I’ve also done quite a bit of research into the recommendations of dermatologists and aestheticians.  This particular routine that I follow was recommended by an aesthetician from NYC.  When I tried the five step process, my face, neck, and decolletage felt fantastic!  I knew this was the beauty regimen for me.

If you have any questions about the products, let me know in the comments, and I’ll reply!  Also, please let me know about your beauty routines – how does yours differ from mine?

Step 1: Cleanse

This one is easy and obvious enough.  I use a spin brush for the face (not shown) by Olay that thoroughly cleans my skin
with one of the products shown in the photo below.

Face Cleansers

Step 2: Toner

Toner is an important step that many people overlook.  My skin is a bit on the dry side so I use Witch Hazel which is soothing to the skin, moisturizing, and shrinks pores.  Other toners, especially the alcohol-based ones, are good for oily or acne-prone skin.

Toner

Step 3: Serum

Serums are quite popular these days and for good reason.  Chalked full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, serums are concentrated with nutrients and delivered right to the skin.  Usually, I wait for the toner to dry on my skin before applying the serum just to ensure that the serum isn’t diluted.

Serum

Step 4: Moisturize

This is probably the most important step in any skin care regimen.  When I use a moisturizer, I not only use it on my face, but I’m certain to use it on my neck and decolletage area well.  It keeps all areas feeling and looking wonderful!  And yes, you put this on top of the serum that you applied in Step 3.

 Moisturizers & Cremes

Step 5: Eye Cream

To avoid under eye circles, crow’s feet, and any other dreadful thing that can happen to your eyes, I use eye cream fastidiously every night.  When I apply it, I’m certain to be gentle and pat it around my eyes so as not to damage the delicate skin.

Eye Cream

Emerging Trends from Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Shows 8 Trends that Dominated the Couture Shows

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Valentino Fall/Winter 2016: Feathers

During the past several weeks the Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Season has been in full bloom.  Every major fashion house has presented incredible collections one after another.  Among these mind-blowing shows, some trends have started to emerge. These are the trends that will trickle down to, perhaps, the ready-to-wear lines.  Also, fashionistas everywhere will be finding ways to incorporate these trends into their own personal wardrobes.  Listed below are some of the trends that emerged from the Fall/Winter 2016 Couture shows; however, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

1.     Feathers

 Valentino Fall/Winter 2016: FeathersPhoto Credit: Valentino Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Collection

2.     Velvet

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Show: Velvet

Photo by Giovanni Gianonni/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (5744643ad)
Model on the catwalk
Elie Saab show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France – 06 Jul 2016

3.     Volume Sleeves

Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2016Photo Credit: Giambattista Villa Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Collection

Giorgio Armani Prive show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 05 Jul 2016

Photo by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (5744632bx)
Model on the catwalk
Giorgio Armani Prive show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France – 05 Jul 2016

4.     Bubble Hem

Givenchy show, spring summer 2017, Paris Men's Fashion Week, France - 24 June 2016Photo Credit: Givenchy Fall/Winter Couture Collection 2016

5.     Bows & Ties

Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2016Photo Credit: Atelier Versace Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Collection

Giles Deacon Couture Fall 2016Photo Credit: Giles Deacon Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Collection 2016

6.     Transparency/Sheer

Valentino show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 06 Jul 2016Valentino show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 06 Jul 2016Valentino show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 06 Jul 2016

Photo by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (5744659ai)
Model on the catwalk
Valentino show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France – 06 Jul 2016

7.     Metallic

Schiaparelli show, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 04 Jul 2016Photo Credit: Schiaparelli Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Show

8.     Bold Prints

Schiaparelli show, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 04 Jul 2016Photo Credit: Schiaparelli Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Collection

Rami Kadi Couture Fall 2016Photo Credit: Rami Kadi Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Collection

Zuhair Murad show, Runway, Autumn Winter 2016, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 06 Jul 2016Photo Credit: Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2016 Couture Collection

Valentino Fall Couture Collection 2016 Coverage of the Departure of Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri

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Valentino Couture Fall 2016

I don’t cover many, if any at all, of the major couture or RTW fashion shows because the major fashion magazines and blogs do an excellent job in their coverage.  However, there is one fashion house that I’ve always found to be truly inspiring.  Their designs stir up the senses and, ultimately, go straight to your heart.  That design house is Valentino.  I have posted about my Valentino handbag before.  You can check out my blog post here.

Wednesday evening, July 6th, in Paris, lucky attendees of Valentino’s couture show were treated to designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Elizabethan vision that traveled back to Shakespearean times.  The runway was filled with pearl-embellished bodices, architectural puffed sleeves and a bevy of (presumably detachable) Elizabethan ruffs.  Personally, I loved it. I would wear these outfits everyday if it wear practical!

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Jumpsuits Are on Trend This Season Be Sure to Get In On One of This Season's Hottest Trends!

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Halston Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are everywhere and they should be.  They are one of this season’s hottest trends!  One of the biggest benefits of wearing a jumpsuit is that they are universally flattering on almost any body type.

I’ve chosen a Halston jumpsuit in the collage below along with some accessories that are interchangeable that make the taupe-colored jumpsuit really pop.  For example, I love taupe and black  together so I chose shoes, a handbag, and matching earrings.  I also added some Christian Louboutin black nail polish for luxury.  As you can see, I’ve also included a neutral palette of accessories.  You can mix and match several different accessories and achieve many different looks.

 

Jumpsuits On Trend

 


Halston Heritage halter jumpsuit
$515 – net-a-porter.com

Steve Madden taupe sandals
lordandtaylor.com

Dune cross strap sandals
$53 – johnlewis.com

Balmain real leather handbag
$3,455 – 1stdibs.com

Gem jewelry
$78 – notonthehighstreet.com

Jewel choker
1stdibs.com

ELLE Magazine’s Shiseido Product Test a Resounding Success! #ELLEInnerCircle

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Shiseido Face and Eye Products

Shiseido Face and Eye Products

 Yesterday, I finished my two-week trial of the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and Shiseido Ultimume Power Infusing Eye Concentrate which was conducted by ELLE Magazine’s Inner Circle.  The trial went extraordinarily well!  Not only did the products make my skin firmer and smoother, it made it glow.  My face actually looks younger and healthier!  I would recommend these products to anyone looking for a great skincare regimen or to supplement their already existing products.

#ELLEInnerCircle Letter Magazines Products

Back to the Basics Shoes for Every Occasion

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Black & Beige Heel

Black & Beige Heel

There are two shoes that are mainstays in any girl’s closet: a black and taupe heel.  That’s because they go with any and everything.  These shoes could have easily been included in my capsule collection post because they are basics to any wardrobe.  They can be dressed up and worn with a suit or dress or they can be dressed down and worn with jeans.  The possibilities are endless because the versatility is limitless.

Black & Beige Heel

Black & Beige Heel

Black & Beige Heel

Target’s June Beauty Box 11 Fantastic Beauty Products!

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Target's June Beauty Box

Imagine how exciting it is to open the mailbox and find your June Beauty Box from Target inside!  That’s how I felt this week when mine finally arrived.  Do you want to know what’s in it?  First let me share with you the link so that you can order your very own Target Beauty Box here!  Keep in mind that the June Beauty Box from Target is sold out, but you can keep a watch for the offering of future Beauty Boxes.
Target's June Beauty Box

Here are the contents of this month’s Beauty Box!  I’m so excited to try each and every one of them!  There are at least eleven products in all.   I will list them below so that you can try them yourself.

June Beauty Box by Target
1.  Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo
2.  SheaMoisture Fruit Frusion Crème Rinse
3.  Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Duo
4.  Laneige Water Bank Serum
5.  S.W. Basics Exfoliant
6.  L’Oreal Paris True Match Cushion
7.  L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Creme
8.  Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Butter
9.  Yes to Cucumbers 10-Count Facial Wipes
10. CoTZ Face SPF 40
11. e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balm

June Beauty Box by Target

Another shot of the products contained in the Beauty Box by Target

June Beauty Box by Target

Each box contains a card describing each product inside.  I find this extremely helpful in deciding which products are best for me to use first.