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Calla Lace Up Gladiator Sandal // Earring Studs (so many pretty colors)
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Serums, moisturizers, oils, sunscreen... just a few of the many things we put on our faces on a daily basis! They do all have a purpose, but did you know that the order in which you apply them can make a HUGE difference in how well they work? I had no idea until I started getting regular facials last summer and my esthetician would tell me how to properly use the products I was buying from her. Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way and the routine that I follow each day.
1. Obviously the process starts with washing your face. I have used La Roche Posay's Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream for something like 6, 7? years now and it's just the best. A dermatologist recommended it to me when I was having skin problems and while I've cheated on it here and there, I always come back to it. And I always use my Clarisonic (on sale right now!) because that thing is just the best.
2. After washing, I use Mario Badescu's Aloe Vera Toner. Love the price, love the mild scent and love that it's alcohol free (won't dry out your skin). I consider a toner a must to get off the rest of the product gunk on your skin that just washing it can leave behind - the proof is on the cotton ball!
3. Serums are next because they are the thinnest product so they need to go on clean, dry skin to be able to penetrate effectively. I have been using Kiehl's Midnight Recovery (on sale right now, too) since the winter and am a huge fan. I really feel that it makes my skin brighter, clearer and moisturized without being greasy.
4. Next up is a Vitamin C antioxidant serum. Vitamin C is important for brightening your skin, protecting against sun damage and being a collagen booster. It's not pictured because I'm currently out, but I have long used this one by Ole Henricksen. I like it, but don't love it so I'm going to try this Mad Hippie one recommended in Kristin Cavallari's book (see my review here!). This Obagi brand is also another super popular vitamin C serum that I want to try one day.
5. Once those products dry (I'll usually brush my teeth to give them a few minute to sink in), I apply my moisturizer. Belif Moisture Bomb is my go to right now. It's awesome. It's super lightweight, but still provides deep moisturization. This is the only moisturizer I've used that when I wake up, my face still feels good, not that tight and dry feeling. I also use this eye cream (on sale as well) at night.
6. And last step, retinol. Applying after serums and night cream is best because the moisture helps to penetrate the skin better with less irritation. I haven't used my Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5 since being pregnant, but I can't wait to start again because it is AMAZING. Retinol helps with fine lines and makes your skin appear smoother and clearer. I only used it for a few couple months last summer and was already seeing a difference. Make sure to only use it at night as the sun can cause irritation to your skin.
My morning routine is much simpler. Since I have pretty dry skin, I don't wash my face in the AM - I just splash cold water on it to help me wake up and have a clean slate. I then use my toner to get rid of all of the products from the previous night and apply my moisturizer + this Origins eye cream. What's missing? A sunscreen. The only thing I truly hate about the Belif cream is that it doesn't contain SPF... so now I really need to find a great sunscreen to use each day. I tried this one, but really wasn't impressed. Any recommendations? Sunscreen should always be your last application step as anything you layer over top of it can make it less effective.
What's your FAVORITE skincare product? I'm kind of a junkie and love trying new things, so let me know!
Monday, June 13, 2016
The title of this post may be a bit of wishful thinking... at 39 weeks and 4 days (with zero signs of labor approaching), I'm starting to have a feeling that this baby is going to be late. Thursday is quickly approaching! But either way, we pretended this was our last weekend and made it a good one.
Friday kicked off with a date night to an Italian restaurant we've been wanting to try. It was a super cute, authentic looking place right on a little lake outside of town so it had everything going for it... but the food was only just okay. I had pizza and Nick had an olive oil based sausage pasta and the portions were HUGE. I ordered a small pizza and that picture below is like 1/8th of it, I couldn't believe it. Yay for leftovers!
We were up bright and early on Saturday morning for our neighborhood garage sale. I literally decided like two days before that I was going to participate and have my own (just trying to stay busy...) and so me and my little buddy got all set up at 8am. We sold a few things, but didn't make any big bucks. It was just nice to get rid of so much of the stuff that I've purged from my house during this nesting phase. I'm telling you, 'nesting' has been awesome. I really feel like my house is free of junk and clutter and I LOVE it.
Saturday was so freakin' hot. 90 degrees and humid hot and while I'm normally all about that, I can't handle it while pregnant. I give serious props to you ladies that are pregnant through the entire summer - especially if you live in the South - because I really don't know if I could do it haha! I lasted outside at my sale until lunch time and then it was back in the AC for naps and a Real Housewives of New York binge watch.
Later that night, we met up with friends for a little pre-birthday, pre-baby (I keep forgetting it's also my birthday coming up on Thursday!) dinner. Good food, good company and live music made for a fun night. Afterwards we took Brady for a long walk since it finally cooled off (he's a baby in the heat, too) and then visited with our next door neighbors for a little bit.
And on Sunday, this happened! We wallpapered our half-bathroom! And when I say we, I mean Nick, but I was a really good supervisor ;) It looks so awesome, I'm in love with it. Unfortunately we completely measured wrong how much paper we need, so the bathroom is 3/4 of the way done and we had to order more, but it looks SO GOOD. We used this wallpaper from Sherwin Williams and it was a decently easy project!
We wrapped up the weekend with chicken on the grill and a couple episodes of Bloodline (stolen from my snapchat @kavanderploeg). I wasn't so sure how season 2 was going to be, but so far so good. We're hooked again. And of course walks around the neighborhood and maybe even freshly cut pineapple - we're hooked on that, too. Anything to try and get this process started!
Friday, June 10, 2016
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We had the best time designing and working on this room. It's been a labor of love since January and saying how happy I am with the finished product would be a major understatement. It's everything I envisioned and then some. Pretty, calming, elegant, sweet, pink ;)
If you remember from this post, the nursery has come a LONG way from the black walls and layers of glow in the dark hand prints (I wish I was joking!). Shout out to Nick for pretty much transforming the room and for being patient with me, especially when I made him hang 4 different mirrors in the room before I settled on the perfect one, ha!
So here it is! I just hope my pictures do it justice, I'm still working on those photography skills. I've tried to source everything I possibly could at the bottom, but if I missed something, let me know!
This is the IKEA Hemnes 8 drawer dresser and I loveeee it. I was unsure of how the quality was going to be because I mean the price is crazy low, but it's really impressive. We swapped out the hardware with these pulls and I think it makes it look even nicer. Just don't forget to anchor it to the wall!
We picked up that Jellycat on our California babymoon :) Ps. what are your favorite baby books to read?! Looking to add some more to our collection.
Speaking of books, every time I try and read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, I want to fall asleep. Cannot get into it at all! As for our chair, we went with the Kersey Glider from Babies R Us in Linen and I couldn't be happier. It is SO comfortable, reclines with a footrest and is the perfect neutral color. Don't worry, we did Scotch Guard it :)
Pottery Barn Kids makes the cutest stuff. This little bear rocker may be my favorite part of the nursery. It's a total splurge, but my aunt and uncle were kind enough to get us it as a shower gift. And the Quinn Diaper Caddy is going to be so nice to have to bring around the house with us. It's stocked with diapers, wipes and a changing pad towel and I plan on keeping it on our lower level by the pack-n-play so we don't have to run upstairs for every diaper change.