Beauty

You guys! I’m so excited that I’ve finally pulled the trigger on a VLOGGING camera. I am still unsure of how much I will vlog, but I wanted a more compact

camera to take with me for travel and for videos like this one, where we’re just casually hanging out in my bathroom going over my skincare routine.

I hope you love it.

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Yes, they make you look ridiculous, but sheet masks are all the rage, in case you haven’t heard. As with many beauty trends, the sheet mask craze began in Asia. Sharon Kwek, Senior Innovation and Insights Analyst, Beauty and Personal Care at Mintel, said: “The popularity of sheet masks remains high and will continue to do so as a result of the product’s ability to offer consumers different skincare benefits in a convenient manner and short turnaround time.”

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Hello! Let’s talk SKIN.

I have been a skincare fanatic since my early twenties. Before that, it was NOT. GOOD. Sun, tanning, not knowing how to take care of my skin. Just all bad. Now, I invest in my skincare rather than overdoing the makeup.

Today I am showing you my complete morning skincare routine. Does it seem like a lot to you? Or not too bad? Let me know. With that:

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Oh, the never-ending saga of having dry scalp. It’s not fun or glamorous to talk about, but if you struggle with this issue like I do, you’re probably desperate for answers, products, and everything you can possibly learn to make it better.

I’ve written about my story with scalp psoriasis and what has helped me – see the post HERE. Well, I have some more products I just HAVE to share with you. 

If you’re like me, you’ve tried 9 million scalp products and 99% of them don’t work. Yeah? That’s why I feel so passionate about sharing when I find something really good. 

Enter Oribe’s Serene Scalp line. First things first – I have been an Oribe fan for several years. It is hands down my favorite hair brand for so many reasons. The entire line is vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free, the packaging is gorgeous, the products WORK and make your hair look gorgeous, and the smell of every single product from the shampoos to styling sprays are just amazing. The best ever. Read more about the fragrance from Oribe:

“Oribe’s signature scent, Cote d’Azur, runs through the line at the lightest levels, designed so that the products in each individual’s hair ritual work together…and build upon each other. Developed in collaboration with one of the oldest French fragrance houses, tracing its roots back to the 1800s, Cote d’Azur was conceived to be beautiful and bright yet calming and composed—the perfect morning wake-up call, afternoon pick-me-up and evening mood-setter. The signature scent awakens with hints of citrus-soaked Italian bergamot, pink lemons, white peach, cassis and muguet, balanced with Aomori apples and leafy greens. Cedarwood, white amber and musk lend their soft woody notes, while Cuba’s national flower, la mariposa blanca, creates a sensual and invigorating experience throughout the day.”

Back to the Serene Scalp line. The Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment and Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo have been rocking my world over the past week. 

How to use the Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment: apply directly to the scalp and let it sit as long as you’d like. I slept with it on once and I’ve also let it soak in for a good hour before washing. Either way, it works wonders. What I love most about this product is that it’s not greasy! Can I get an amen?! For years, I had been using coconut oil on my scalp as a treatment before shampooing, and while coconut oil is all kinds of amazing, it is greasy as hell. It requires several shampoos to remove the grease factor. But not with the leave on treatment. Can you say TIME SAVING?

The shampoo: Incredible. The ingredients include salicylic acid for exfoliation and caffeine to energize the scalp among incredible oils and other potions. It smells so freaking good. And to my surprise, it works wonders. 

I’ve used this shampoo alone as well as after the leave-on treatment and it solves the dryness and flakiness issues either way. However, I prefer using the products together. I wash my hair either every day or every other day (BTW –  I don’t know how I EVER went two weeks without washing my hair…I can’t stand the feeling of it being dirty) and it’s like a little dose of luxury every time. 

Now, off to the gym for some cardio while I watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

xo, Lynn

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Now this is a makeup product that is TRULY AMAZING. 

Enter: Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter. 

Let me say that there is not one Charlotte Tilbury product that I haven’t liked. But this one deserves its own blog post. 

Flawless Filter is a new product as of this year, and it does exactly what it says it does. It’s truly like a Snapchat filter in makeup form. Charlotte’s team deems it a “complexion booster”. There are so many different ways that you can use it, but the makeup artist at the Charlotte Tilbury counter told me that she likes to apply it underneath her makeup and that it acts as a primer this way. I tried applying it this way, and it was pure magic. I use a damp beauty blender and blend it in after I’ve applied my serums and sunscreen. Sometimes I just do this if I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup. I can’t go back to a regular primer and foundation now. Applying the Flawless Filter gives me that lit from within look when it’s topped with foundation. 

Flawless Filter also looks great on the traditional highlight areas: the Cupid’s bow, beneath the brows, cheekbones, and down the nose. Sometimes I apply a little more on these areas after I apply foundation (and the Flawless Filter beneath foundation). 

You’re probably wondering what the consistency is like. The bottle looks like a bottle of foundation. The applicator is a doe-foot applicator that allows for really easy distribution on the face. It is much lighter and sheerer than foundation, but it does have a little color to it (and comes in 7 different shades) in addition to a glow. No sparkle, but a definite radiance. 

Extra: the bottle is gorgeous. Very Old Hollywood style and it is perfect for Instagram. 😉

Have you tried this product? Do tell.

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