No7 Stay Perfect Foundation Review

You guys make me feel all cool and fancy when you ask for my opinions and reviews on things. Lately I have had a few different clients, friends, etc ask what I think about the brand No7. Admittedly, I haven’t tried much from this brand but I’ve never heard really negative reviews about them but apparently there have been a lot of mixed reviews around the internet about their Stay Perfect foundation. I feel bad when people ask me for reviews and I’m not able to give them my own personal opinions about a product. So I bought the No7 Stay Perfect foundation (in Cool Vanilla) and now I have my first impression reviews for those of you who’ve asked.

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Let me start with saying this: I wish they had more of a color selection. I am very pale and feel like even their lightest shade wasn’t quite light enough for me.

Putting it on/first couple minutes of wearing: 

  • It claims to be medium coverage and I totally agree with that. It wasn’t super sheer, but it also didn’t give me the cake-face effect. I have some pigmentation under my eyes from this pregnancy that I hoped it’d cover (i didn’t use any concealer during this test) and unfortunately it didn’t – but it did lighten it quite a bit.
  • It applies easily and evenly. I needed to use more that I thought I would though. To get the coverage I was happy with I had to use 3.5-4 pumps. I applied it with my beauty sponge and it gave me no trouble.
  • Its buildable. The coverage gets more heavy duty the more you put on.
  • This product needs to be set with a powder. Its a very shiny, dewy, sticky foundation. Shiny and dewy is fine – sticky…not so much. I felt like if anything touched my face my foundation would come off. Once I put a setting powder over top it cleared that problem up and no longer felt sticky.
  • Its lightweight. I don’t feel like I’m wearing tons of makeup on my face.
  • It oxidizes. Ugh. This just means that once its out and on your skin the shade gets darker. My face looked more tan than the rest of my body all day. Not a ton, but enough for me to notice. Luckily I was able to hide most of that with other make ups on top of it.
  • It applies nicely over a primer and other products apply nicely on top of it.

After several hours of wearing: 

  • The pigmentation under my eyes started to peek through the foundation a little more than when I first put the product on. The foundation on my chin also started to wear off a little – which is common for pretty much every foundation I try.
  • I took a 20 minute nap and was pleased to find that it stayed on well and didn’t wear off where my face was on the couch.
  • I didn’t find it to settle in to my creases and wrinkles anywhere – always a bonus!

At the end of the day:

  • It didn’t sheer out anymore than it did in the middle of the day – I was very happy about this.
  • It didn’t settle into any lines on my face.
  • It hadn’t transferred onto any clothing even after changing my clothes twice during the day.
  • It removed very easily at the end of the day when I took it off.

So…the No7 Stay Perfect Foundation. Do I recommend it? I do! (and I didn’t think that I would to be honest) At $15.99 I think its a good price for the quality of the product. I absolutely recommend that you make sure you set it with powder, otherwise it may be a whole different situation. I liked the medium coverage, I liked that it wasn’t heavy on my face, I liked that it didn’t transfer. I didn’t love the oxidizing but I figured out how to work with it and I didn’t like how sticky it felt initially (before i set it down).

If you’re on the market for an affordable, dewy foundation – this one would be worth a try in my opinion.

*Sorry there were no pictures of my face in this post. Mom brain + pregnancy brain… If you hurry you may still have time to catch my live review of the product on my Snapchat at ceeceesparkles though!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

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July Beauty Talk

How long has it been since I’ve done one of these? I sort of forgot all about them, I guess. But in an attempt to keep up with my semi-frequent posting, I wanted to start my monthly Beauty Talk back up. I haven’t really discovered that much new and exciting lately unfortunately. I have definitely found a couple things that I’m hooked on – but nothing life changing. So if you have something in mind that I need to try please tell me about it. I’ve been in a bit of a beauty rut. I guess I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy where I’m just starting to feel like even when I’m dressed, have a face of make up and my hair done I still am just a little blah. I need to get my lash extensions back on. I swear those make all the difference in times like these. Anyway, lets get started.

JULY BEAUTY TALK

Tarte Shape Tape: Me and everyone else love this, right? I have heard like two bad reviews and a million good ones about this product. So naturally I had to get it. This pregnancy I am getting a lot of pigmentation under my eyes (chloasma – pregnancy mask) and this is the only concealer I can really count on to hide the color. Its thick, self-sets and is easy to work with. IMG_6910

Voluminous Lash Paradise by LOreal: Not only is the packaging really pretty, it makes your lashes look really pretty! I was so impressed with this stuff even by my first use! A lot of times I like mascara when its a little older, but I’ve loved this every time I’ve used it. Its lengthening, thickening and only takes a couple coats to get a pretty dramatic look! Its long lasting (i’ve even warn it in the pool a few times with no disastrous results) and the brush is fat and easy to use. And I think it was just $10? Totally recommend. IMG_6911
Blush Serum by Beautaniq Beauty: I hated this the first time I used it but my sister convinced me to give it a few more tries. This is basically a cream blush. A little goes a long way so its a fine line between a nice, soft pink and going full blown Barbie pink, but when applied just right, I really love it and it sticks to your face forever! IMG_6915

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Weenie: I tend to be more minimal with my makeup in Summer. So right now if I wear eyeshadow its something simple and usually use one color. My go-to lately has been Weenie. Its a shimmery copper/pink/brown and it really compliments my green eyes, stays well and I can apply it in a matter of seconds. (have any of you tried ColourPops new concealers? I’m looking forward to getting my hands on those to try out!) IMG_6917

Sonia Kashuk Brushes: I was wandering the aisles of Target and found this set of 10 brushes for way cheap so naturally I had to buy them. I actually assumed it’d be a purchase I later regretted because I haven’t always heard the best things about this brands brushes, but I guess I am in the minority because I have really loved them thus far! And how cute are they?? IMG_6914

Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash by Pacifica: This was another random purchase because I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. I haven’t used this cleanser long enough to tell you that it will solve all your skin problems, but I can tell you that it smells like heaven and leaves your face feeling squeaky clean and super soft. IMG_6912

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt with Milk and Honey: Pregnancy staple right here. I’m a bath-addict and baths get 100 times better with this stuff. I really do believe that it helps relax your aching body all while leaving your skin softer and more moisturized. This is a huge bag and its only $5! IMG_6909

Mickey Mouse Necklace: For Mothers Day my boys got me this necklace and I’m in love. You know I’m all about representing the Disney brand everywhere I go and this is another fun way to do so. IMG_6916

Disneyland T-Shirt: Gotta love a picture of an ever growing belly in a tight t-shirt, huh? On our last trip to Disneyland, Wild Man and I spotted this shirt and both LOVED it. We both got one and later my family got H one in red. Its the best and I love the vintage look to it. I’m really bummed that its not going to fit me much longer so I’m wearing it lots while I still can! (then i’ll just start wearing Wild Man’s…)  IMG_6913

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

February Beauty Talk

I don’t like the name Beauty Talk anymore. I should have just been boring and named it Favorites or something. Because its not all beauty related I have realized. But oh well. Here are my February Favorites/Beauty Talk. Thank goodness I found a lot of great things this month because this has not been my month so I’m happy I was at least able to discover some new goodies and rediscover some old gems.

Evian Natural Mineral Water. This stuff is awesome. Its not a setting spray, its just… water with minerals. I am a very, very dry person so I love using this to give my skin a little moisture. Its light and dries quickly. I usually use it after I wash and exfoliate my face, before I put my moisturizer on. And I go crazy with it at night before I go to bed. I’ve totally noticed my skin is less dry too and I give this so much of the credit.

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless cleanser. I am not opposed to spending a pretty penny on skin care. I take my skin care seriously and I usually steer away from drug store brands. However I kept reading amazing reviews about this stuff so I decided to give it a shot and I am shocked to say I’m obsessed. This is so gentle and smells incredible. It gets sudsy and just makes your face feel clean and fresh. I never thought I’d recommend something like this, but I do now!

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Morphe Concealer. Ok. I’m torn on this. The first time I used this I used it under my eye and that got a big NOPE from me. It creased so bad, even when I set my under eyes. It was just bad, looked cakey and horrible, but I was determined to love it somehow. So I started using it over blemishes and as a sort of a highlight and like it much better. I definitely think its a thick, thick product so it needs to be applied very light handed and blended out really well. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it anymore. But would I recommend you buy this? No, probably not.

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Thickity Thick Mascara by Bliss. I got this off of Amazon after hearing it helps your lashes lengthen and look fuller. Isn’t that the goal? The first several uses were underwhelming (but I tend to like mascara after its a little older/more used anyway) but now I really like it! Its super easy to build too. If you want a more natural look, one coat will do but if you want a more dramatic look, you put a few more coats on and BAM.

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Morphe 12NB Palette. Loooooooooooooove. I am a die hard fan of Morphe’s eye shadows. They are powdery, sort and have some fall out, but once you figure out how to manipulate them just so, they are awesome. These blend so well and they’re the prettiest colors. I am thinking this will be a great palette to take next time we travel. It has all the colors I’d need to do a different eye look every day and still feel like I’m mixing things up.

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ColourPop Super Shock shadow in Summer Lovin. Oh I love this stuff. I use this product as a pop of high intensity shimmer on my eyelids when I’m going for that dramatic, glam look. I’m never disappointed. It blends well, applies well and doesn’t move all day.

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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation Stick. I have been actually hating foundations, lately. Every single one I try just doesn’t go on well and its really annoying. So I decided I had nothing to lose and started dabbling in drugstore stick foundations. I have some more in the mail right now but I have been working with this one lately. Its definitely not full coverage, but its nice and blends with a foundation brush really nicely (I had bad luck using a beauty blender) I am excited to try the other stick foundations though. Someday I’ll find a foundation that loves me.

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Elf Highlighters. The pinker one is called Pink Diamonds and the golden one is called Moonlight Pearls. I am so impressed with these! If you’re going to use them I suggest dusting off the top layer first because for some reason the top layer just doesn’t work the same? But these are really nice, natural highlights that can be built up if needed.

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Cool Makeup Setting Spray. This stuff is so refreshing and smells yummy. Does it actually make my make up stay on longer? I’m not sure. But it helps add moisture to my face, helps my make up look a little more natural and feels so good! I don’t love the way it sprays though..

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Light Board. I love my light board and I’m particularly proud of the way its looked for the last week. I think I’m funny sometimes.

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Spireside candle in Main Street Bakery. I’m 99% sure I’ve talked about this candle before, but thats how good it is. This company used to be called Anthology Candles and has since changed their name. This is the yummiest smelling candle I’ve ever owned. And its inspired by Disney!

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Heart Dish. I got this small heart dish from Target for like $3 and I’m obsessed. It was a Valentine’s Day decoration originally but I think its going to stay on the decorative tray I keep on my dining room table far after February is over. I love it too much to part ways with it just yet.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

December Beauty Talk

Yay for December Beauty Talk! You guys… I love beauty things. There were SO many I wanted to share this month but after a lot of hard work and dedication I narrowed my long list down to nine items.

First is the GlamGlow ThirstyMud Masque. Glam Glow rocks and they are pricy but I highly suggest you try one or two (or all of them?) out. This is a very hydrating masque that feels good on your skin and leaves your skin feeling like a million moisturized bucks.

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More GlamGlow! This is the exfoliating lip fizzy…something. I can’t remember the name. But its crazy. Its a rough-ish formula that exfoliates your lips – you apply it with some water and the water activates a fizz! Its the strangest, coolest feeling! Highly suggest. Also don’t look too close at the reflection of my cluttered bathroom, k?

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Next is a ColourPop Super Shock Shadow called Sequin that I’m obsessed with lately! Their formulas are crazily buttery and they go on so well. They’re easily blended and have amazing color payoff. I am particularly fond of this one because it can be an all over lid color and also goes really well with other shadows.

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This is the NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve. Mauve is my favorite blush color so I am always looking for another brands mauve colored blushes to try. This one is awesome! Its really pigmented and very bendable.

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Trates Maracuja Oil is incredible! I put this on every night on cleansed, dry skin. I don’t even know what fairy dust magic is inside of this but my face has never felt so good. Please go buy this. And the packaging makes me very happy.

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I have been using Organix’s Argan Oil of Morocco in my hair for years. I put this in my damp hair after washing it. It helps smooth my hair, gives it a little shine and my hair just feels healthier and more moisturized when I put this in. When I randomly forget to put it in I feel a noticeable difference in my hair.

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I just recently tried Benefit’s Roller Lash. Ok. So I love the product. The brush is really good at fanning your lashes, making them longer and thicker and looking really pretty. Its a nice product. The only thing I do not like is that it is nearly impossible to remove at the end of the day. When it comes to mascara thats a huge turnoff and will make me want to chuck a product. So I love this but also don’t.

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Lastly I want to talk about these collagen eye pads from Purederm. I wear a mask every day and really love to also wear eye masks. I found these on Amazon and decided to try them on a whim because I’m always looking for masks to give a shot. I really love these. They stay on well and I have seen a difference in my under eye skin!

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

November Beauty Talk

I don’t think I tried any new beauty products in the month of November. It was mostly just rediscovering products I already owned and gave another shot. I’m hoping December brings a lot more make up/skin care/hair product/jewelry/fashion favorites.

LANOLIN: Well, not to get too descriptive, but I’ve been experiencing some major boob pain. You’d think after nursing a whole year I wouldn’t be having fun stuff like this pop up suddenly but that just goes to show you can never be too certain about anything. This Lanolin has been a lifesaver and it goes with me everywhere.

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LIPSENSE – GINGERBREAD: This color is so pretty! Its a light brown with lots of shimmer. Its been so fun to pair with my fall outfits.

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EARRINGS: You cannot go wrong with Mickey Mouse earrings. These cute, textured earrings are my latest staple. I wear them pretty much every day. They are simple and add a little Disney magic to my day.

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SOAP & GLORY – HEEL GENIUS: I’ve already sung Soap & Glory praises on my blog so its no surprise that I’m here loving it again. This is their Heel Genius foot cream and its wonderful. The smell is actually not my favorite, but it works so well. I usually will lather my feet in this before bed, put on a pair of socks and go to sleep (and pray that i can stay asleep with socks on) and the next morning my feet almost feel like H’s bottom.

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LUSH – THE KISS LIP SCRUB: With the weather getting colder my lips can use all the exfoliating they can get. I love this sugar scrub. It smells great, tastes great (yes you can eat it/lick it off) and is really cute! It basically looks like pink sparkles with little hearts thrown in.

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BLENDING BRUSHES: The pink blush is from Luxie and the black brush is from Bean Gachis Paris. I don’t remember where or when I got these but I’ve just recently started using them again and they’re my two most used shadow brushes. They blend so well, are gentle on your eyelids and clean really well.

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L’OREAL – KERASTASE SERUM: I used to use this all the time and I don’t know why I ever stopped. You apply this to damp or dry hair and work it into your hair and it leaves your hair so soft, healthy and shiny. I swear it helps with the thickness too (but don’t quote me on that). There is something so luxurious about this product and I highly recommend giving it a try.

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L’OREAL – MAGIC LUMI LIGHT INFUSING PRIMER: This one isn’t a favorite but its not so bad that its on an unfavorite list either. I like this, but I’m coming to accept that maybe I just don’t like the dewey look on my face all the time – which this primer definitely gives. So when I use it I make sure to set my face with a powder so its not so luminous looking. I also like mixing this with another primer which seems to tone down the shine. By itself though, I’m not the hugest fan.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

September Beauty Talk

Its kind of like monthly favorites. Its kind of like hits and misses. Its kind of product review. Some will be new products. Some will be products I’ve had forever. Its my Beauty Talk and starting now, I’ll be doing one every month. I’m back tracking a little and starting with September. Ready, go.

SEPTEMBER BEAUTY TALK

SOAP & GLORY – BODY WASH AND BODY LOTION (CRUSH SCENT): This stuff! I’m obsessed. The body wash is so refreshing, gentle and makes your entire bath/shower smell like limes and the scent lasts! Use the body lotion afterwards and you will be in heaven. This lotion is really creamy and very moisturizing. I’m an incredibly dry person but I really haven’t had the issue since using this lotion. And I cannot stress enough just how phenomenal the scent is. Soap and Glory has several different scents, but Crush is by far my favorite.

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RCMA NO-COLOR POWDER: I have been using this powder for quite a while now and I have no plans of ever using a different powder to set my make up. It also works awesome for baking your face (on the rare occasion that I do that..) Its a loose powder that goes on without any color and it really holds your liquid products (foundation, concealer, etc) in place. My one huge complaint however is the packaging. Loose powder in a big container like this gets so messy. Every single time I use it I have powder all over my shirt, hands and counter. Its easy to clean up, but its still a pain you know?

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CREST 3D WHITE TOOTHPASTE: This isn’t technically a beauty product, but a clean, white smile helps make you beautiful! I’ve been obsessed over the idea of whitening my smile lately so I grabbed this toothpaste on a whim a while ago and I’m never going back. It works! And its minty fresh ::thumbs up emoji::

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COLOR POP – SCULPTING STIX AND HIGHLIGHT: Mixed reviews here. I got the highlight in shade, Monster and I love it. It isn’t the easiest to blend and sometimes I feel like it takes the makeup thats underneath it off, so thats a bummer – but when it goes on nicely it is an incredible highlight and you will be beaming! Its definitely not subtle and sometimes thats just how I like it. The Sculpting Stix I had high hopes for. I got a couple really light shades for highlight and a darker shade for contour. The colors are nice, but they are soooooo hard to blend. I have to work them for a while with my beauty blender before they finally start looking decent. I’m bound and determined to make these things work for me – its just going to take a bit of effort.

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BROW PENCIL – ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW WIZ: I don’t think I’ll ever use another product on my brows. I’ve used this pencil for several months now and I’m committed. Its incredible and you need it in your life.

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MASCARA – MILK MAKEUP: This is a newer product for me. I was weirded out by it at first because it comes in a squishy tube and the applicator is insane, but I gave it a try and now its the only mascara I use. Its a deep, dark black that doesn’t transfer and it fans my lashes out nicely and elongates them. Love this stuff.

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MAYBELLINE – FIT ME CONCEALER: I love when you find a drugstore product that works just as nicely as higher end makeup. I use these concealers for my under eye, setting my eyelids, highlight and contour and I love them. They blend effortlessly, they don’t crease or cake up and they have a nice, flawless finish. And they’re cheap so I’m all about these.

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REAL TECHNIQUES – SETTING BRUSH: I use this brush for my powder highlights and its the best. I have used so many brushes and tried to get them to apply my highlight the exact way I wanted and this is the only one that does so. It fans the product out so I don’t have to blend too much and its soft and easy to use.

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BE A BOMBSHELL COSMETICS NAIL POLISH IN HOLY FUCHSIA: I love this color and this brand. It stays on nicely (with a bottom/top coat) and the color is so fun because its still a bright, happy color but its deep enough that it works as a perfect Fall nail color. I’m all about this.

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KAT VON D – TATTOO LINER: People have raved about this forever and I never felt the need to purchase it. I have been in an eyeliner rut recently so I finally caved and got it. I get it now. This is a staple makeup product everyone needs in their makeup bag. You can get blunt, thick lines or precise, thin lines. Its perfect for any look.

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LIPSENSE: I was hesitant to mention Lipsense because I know there are very strong opinions about this. But then I remembered this is my blog and my opinion and I am free to share that here. I love Lipsense. I searched forever for a lipstick I could wear and still kiss my husband and baby without leaving lip marks on them and this is it. It really doesn’t transfer, the color payoff is awesome and there are so many colors to choose from! You guys…I even sell this stuff. (don’t worry, i have vowed not to be a pushy salesman. i won’t force you to join any groups or make you endure endless posts on social media about the product – my pages are there but you have to join them by your own free will to see the content)

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

Fresh Face

Being a Master Esthetician, I get this question a LOT: What can I do to make my skin look better? Unless they have mentioned specific skin needs to me, 99% of the time I give the same answer. Its what I do (or try to do) and it works for me! A lot of it is common knowledge and you’ve surely been hearing it since you were a little kid – but thats because it really does work! So in case you needed a refresher on those frequently repeated facts, here is a simple guide on how to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh, beautiful and youthful.

Drink Water: This is good for you for a plethora of reasons, but one of those reasons is that it keeps your skin so youthful, soft, healthy and clean. My husband is the most perfect example of this. He is older than anyone ever guesses he is. If people are guessing his age they are always guessing he is 5+ (no joke) years younger than he actually is and thats not just because he is still a kid at heart. It is because that man guzzles water like its going out of style every single day. He never has acne, his skin isn’t oily and it isn’t dry, its smooth, soft and so healthy and I know its because of the water he drinks (and that he’s awesome and washes, moisturizes, sunscreens and cares for his face).

Get Enough Sleep: Beauty sleep is a real thing, people. While you sleep your skin is being repaired and cared for by your own body. The more sleep you get, the more TLC your skin gets. The less sleep…you get the picture.

Wear Sunscreen: I could write a 600 page novel on this topic. Wear. Your. Sunscreen!! I don’t care if you tan and never burn. I don’t care if its cloudy outside. I don’t care if its October and you burn more in the Summer. Wear your sunscreen!! The simple truth is, if the sun is out, hidden by clouds or not, it is shining and its rays are touching you – yes you – no one is immune from this. Unless you want to look like an old, wrinkly piece of leather when you’re older then you should be doing everything in your power to protect your precious skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Take Your Make Up Off: Your skin needs a chance to breathe, free of any heavy products (such as make up). Sleeping with a clean face is helping aid in your quest to look younger for longer. I had an instructor tell me in Esthetic school once that sleeping with your make up on is giving your skin permission to speed up the aging process. Why would anyone want that, you know? So although you may be tired or lazy, I promise the extra step will be worth it. Your future, older self will thank you for this.

Wear Moisturizer: Your skin needs this. Just like everything else I’ve talked about, it is another vital step in keeping your skin healthy, strong, smooth and clear. I am particularly fond of moisturizers with SPF in them during the day and really love a good, thick moisturizer for night time.

See? How easy is that!! Of course there are other, more in-depth tips and tricks (that I’d be happy to post about if thats something you’d like..) but these are the basics and I promise if you use them there will be a difference in your pretty little faces.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles