Guest Post: Glam Mommy Life's Winter Skin Saviors

I am SO excited to share a *special* guest post written by one of my lovely friends, Kristie. Kristie is the voice and vision behind Glam Mommy Life - a new blog focused on showing moms that it is possible - and even easy - to be glamorous and fabulous! I think her blog is so much fun and I LOVE her beauty tips. 

Today, Kristie is sharing her Winter Skin Saviors with all of us...which I desperately need because my skin gets SO dry and miserable during the winter months! Anyone else??

Let's dive right in and hear from Kristie! And be sure to head over to Glam Mommy Life after you're done to read the guest post that I wrote! I'm sharing my daily schedule and my tips for making time in your busy day for health, fitness, and a little pampering! Click here to check out my post!

Hi everyone! My name is Kristie of Glam Mommy Life and I'm so excited to be a guest blogger for Anna! She is an inspiration to me with her health and zest for life! I'm honored to to share my winter beauty must haves with all you lovely readers.

I don't know about you, but my skin absolutely loathes winter. That's why I really have to step my skincare to be thicker and more moisturizing than I would use. Here are my must have products to keep dry skin at bay during these brutal and cold months. 

Glam glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating mask

I use this at night and my skin just drinks it up! This treatment moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. It leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. Thirsty Mud smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion. It works to hydrate those dry patches between my brows, on my chin and my cheeks so I wake up with moisturized skin even when the weather is brutal. 

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

This isn't just for your Bum Bum. This cream, which has the consistency of whipped butter, glides on the skin and absorbs quickly! The smell of caramel praline is out of this world and it leaves just hint of sheen on your skin. 

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

This lip balm is amazing for quenching my parched lips. I mostly use it at night as my night balm and I wake up to smooth, hydrated and soft lips. It contains soothing skin conditioners and antioxidants to make my lips smooch worthy.  My favorite flavor is the Black Tea & Blackberry.  

Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub

Speaking of lips, let's talk exfoliation. You can't have smooth lips when there is a flaky layer getting in the way. This lip scrub, that looks like a crayon for my 4 year old, but exfoliates the lips in the most effortless way possible! I love using this in the shower to slough off that dead skin!

Kate Somerville goat milk cleanser

This cleanser is like applying whipped butter on my skin. It's a satisfying sensation of both cleansing and moisturizing my skin as I massage it in. The cleanser is the perfect solution for dry skin cleansing in the blustery winter months, without breaking the skin out.

And finally, I'm sharing a tip that has made such a difference in softening my wintery dry skin. At night, use a humidifier in your bedroom and you will wake up to soft and supple skin. There you have it! I hope these must-haves help keep your face and body hydrated all winter long!

 

 
 
About Kristie:
My name is Kristie Frederick and I am the mother to two beautiful girls, ages 4 and 4 months. I am a yoga instructor and have a love for all things beauty, food and fitness. My mission is to help women and moms feel and look gorgeous in the swiftest way possible.
Be sure to visit Kristie's blog, Glam Mommy Life!

 

A huge thank you to Kristie for this amazing post! I am so excited to check out some of these products, because my skin needs some serious saving during these cold months!

What product are YOU most excited to try? Share in the comments below! Also, PLEEEEEAAASSSSEE share any other tips you may have! 

Also, don't forget to check out my post on Glam Mommy Life! Click here

Review: Erno Laszlo Double Cleanse Set

The name 'Erno Laszlo' is iconic in the world of beauty and skincare. He was the very first doctor to create his own line of skincare products that are medically based. Laszlo is also known for coming up with the idea of establishing a skincare routine tailored to one's specific skin type.

I have been curious about the new Double Cleanse set from Erno Laszlo ever since I first started seeing it pop up around the blogosphere. I have fair, sensitive skin so the Sensitive Double Cleanse Travel Set was the perfect choice for me. The set consists of an oil-and-bar duet that work together to nourish and moisturize sensitive skin, all while cleansing it. Infused with anti-inflammatory plant extracts, the set removes oils, makeup, and any other impurities, leaving your skin feeling soft, dewy, and fresh.

Here's how it works:

 

1. Begin with the oil, massaging it gently onto dry skin. This step is great for removing makeup!

2. Next, without rinsing the oil off of your face, lather the cleansing bar with warm water. Then, rub the lathered up cleansing bar all over your face in gentle, circular motions. The solutions from the oil and the bar will work together to cleanse your skin.

3. To finish up, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water. Pat your skin dry with a soft face cloth. Et voila!

 

In my opinion, this cleansing set is definitely worthy of all the hype! I highly recommend it!

xo, Anna

*Thank you to Influenster for sending me this product free in order to review. All opinions are my own.

Five Favorites

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I'm starting a new blog post series called "Five Favorites". I'll be listing five of my favorite things on Fridays! I probably wont do this every single Friday, but rather when I have an interesting or important list that I feel like you would enjoy reading about!

Well, let's kick this series off now, shall we? Here are five of my favorite things right now!

1. White Roses.

2. Maple Bars.

3. Day Designer.

5. La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream.

What are some things you are LOVING right now? Share, please!

xo, Anna

My Top Skincare Picks

This is something that I have been getting a lot of requests for, so here you have it! My go-to skincare products! (Click each brand name to be taken to their website where you can see a full list of products!)

  1. Murad. I use the Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum religiously. I use it every night after washing my face. Sometimes I'll put some on in the morning before my Murad Essential-C Day Moisture (SPF 30) sunblock (which I also use religiously) and my makeup. I use the Murad Clarifying Mask once a week. I also received this sample of the Murad Essential-C Radiance Peel which I have been loving! I have been using that once a week as well. 
  2. Yes To Cucumbers. I use the Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel whenever my under-eye circles are extra noticeable. This serum feels so cool and refreshing and really helps to brighten up the skin around my eyes!
  3. St. Ives. I use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub every day. Exfoliating daily is not for every skin type. In fact, some people say that you just shouldn't do it so often. Period. But, what can I say. It works for me. It leaves my skin glowy and removes dead skin cells and makeup that might build up and cause break outs!
  4. Frank. I've raved about Frank before and I'll do it again. This coffee scrub is amazing. It can be used on your entire body, including your face (which I'll do instead of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub every so often). It leaves your body feeling silky smooth AND it supposedly helps to eliminate cellulite and other imperfections. Love.
  5. Kora Organics. I first tried Kora Organics products earlier this year when I received some of their products, and I am HOOKED. I put a few drops of the Luxurious Rosehip Oil on my face every night after the Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum and before the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream. I use a few drops of the Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil in my baths, and the Balancing Rose Mist is a staple for me throughout the day when my skin and makeup need a refreshing spritz. 
  6. Burt's Bees. I slather on the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream With Clary Sage every night right before bed. I layer it on thick all over my face and neck. I wake up with dewy, soft, hydrated skin. 
  7. Coconut Oil. I use coconut oil as a makeup remover. Sometimes, I will slather it all over my clean face and leave it on for a few minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. This helps to hydrate my skin and give it a nice glow. 

Review: COOLA Organic Suncare

Stop your search. I have found THE sunscreen brand for us outdoor lovers! Whether you are frolicking in the waves or summiting a peak, COOLA Organic Suncare products will keep your skin protected. 

COOLA products go on smooth and they leave your skin feeling soft, with no greasy residue. AND COOLA believes in the importance of caring as much about what you put ON your body as you do about what you put IN your body. That's why their products use natural and organic ingredients that you can feel good about putting on your skin. 

There is such a wide range of products available from COOLA ranging from lip products, to sprays that set your makeup while offering sun protection, to classic but beautifully scented lotion sunscreens, to light face sunscreens that work well under makeup... They even have a sunscreen spray for your dog

My Recommendation: Get yourself some COOLA! What are you waiting for? 

Here are some of my favorite COOLA products:

       

 

 

 

Review: Frank Coffee Scrub

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Let's be frank about Frank: it's even better than you'd think.

If you are on Instagram, chances are you have heard about Frank Coffee Scrub - pretty much the hottest skin-care product out there right now. Guys and gals alike are absolutely raving about Frank. Instagram is plastered with pictures of customers, covered in coffee scrub, lovingly clutching their pouches of Frank and professing their undying love for the product. Not to mention, Frank's marketing is brilliant, [ just visit frankbody.com to see what I mean.] It got to the point that I couldn't temper my curiosity any longer. I ordered a pouch of the Coconut & Grapeseed coffee scrub and anxiously awaited Frank's arrival.

First of all, the packaging is beautiful and cool. Frank comes in a resealable paper pouch. Frank comes in three scents, original, cacao, and coconut & grapeseed, which is the one that I got. I'm a coconut fan, what can I say? The coconut & grapeseed coffee scrub smells a lot like coconut and a lot like coffee. Put simply, it smells pretty darn amazing. True to the warning on Frank's label, the whole process is super messy. But, it's easy to clean up, and totally worth it.

Here's how it works: Hop in to your empty bath tub or shower, get yourself damp, then scrub your little heart out and  let the scrub sit for about 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Trust me, your skin will have never felt so smooth. It's kind of amazing. Plus, Frank claims to help reduce cellulite, psoriasis, and stretch marks, so there's that too.

My recommendation: Get your Frank on. As soon as possible. 100% worth it.

Best part? The original costs only $14.95, the cacao costs $16.95, and the coconut & grapeseed costs $17.95, so you wont break the bank and you can keep coming back for more. Get yours at frankbody.com

 

Review: Honey Girl Organics

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Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for cosmetics and other products that are put onto your skin to be absorbed into your bloodstream? Scary. And gross. Especially when you consider the types of chemicals and "mystery" ingredients that are in most skin care products. The most startling part of that statistic, however, is that everything you put on your skin gets absorbed iImagen. When I heard that, I started paying more attention to the types of ingredients and chemicals that are in my makeup and lotions. It was terrifying. Such a large number of the ingredients are unnatural and man-made.

When I was in Haleiwa earlier this year, I discovered a skin care line based out of the North Shore of Oahu. The company is called Honey Girl Organics and their products are all natural, organic, and oh-so-good for your skin. Plus they smell amazing. Ingredients include honey, beeswax, and royal jelly, all from the company's own Hawaiian grown bees. Since I've started using Honey Girl Organics products, my skin has never felt better.

Bottom line: I highly recommend giving this skin care line a try.

My favorite Honey Girl Organic product is the Face & Eye Cream [$30.99]. Check it out at www.honeygirlorganics.com.