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Winter 2019 skin care routine

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from left: hand cream / eye cream / face cream / neck cream /

Winter is here! This means cold weather, drying indoor heat, wind, and dry skin. When my skin is dry, I try to keep my skin care routine simple so that my pores are not loaded up with junk. By using a small amount of the right products, I can keep winter dry skin at bay, and keep my skin looking as normal as possible.

First off, these pictures are not perfect. That is because I photographed products which I currently use. These are not pictures of products I have not opened yet, or not tried yet; these are my go-to skin care products for the winter! Some are new, and one I have been using for over fifteen years.

Skin care over 40

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Let’s face it, this GenX mother of three needs quality skin care over 40. That means my skin is over 40 years old; um, did I really just type that? Inside my head I am still 39 ūüėČ anyhoo. . .

When you are over 40, or even under 30, or 20, it is important to take care of your skin. See that neck cream in the photo above? I have been going through one jar of it every six months for the last fifteen years. I started using this neck cream when I was in my late 20’s, and I have not tried anything else; I love it! Not to brag or anything. . . but. . .my neck looks pretty for a GenX gal. Just sayin’

If you are in your 20’s, snag this neck cream; and if you are over 30, over 40, over 50, etc. I promise it is worth every penny, and you will love, love love it!

The Elemis face cream has become an addiction of mine over the past two years. Their PR team sent it to me originally, and I threw it into my NYFW suitcase shortly after receiving the PR package. It was a February fashion week when the temperatures can dip below zero, and dry air was at it’s peak. I was thrilled to have Elemis in my arsenal! I am hooked, and have been using it everyday since. I especially love it during the dry months, and in the winter. I’m on my fourth jar of it, and pretty soon I will need to buy a fifth jar! It’s so good. I cannot imagine using any other face cream when the air is dry. It adds the right amount of moisture while providing the anti-aging power my over 40 skin needs. Ugh, did I just admit to being over 40 again? I’m 39. . . 39 ya hear! (only in my head, a-hem)

Estee Lauder’s eye cream is more of a gel-cream. I started using it earlier this year and have found it works really well when the air is dry. I love how my under-eye skin is reacting to it this season. It really is adding moisture without adding shine or other problems to my skin. Also, my fine lines seem diminished; so I am hooked!

I just started using Colleen Rothschild’s hand cream a few months ago. I have noticed I need less hand cream applications during the day since I started to use it. This hand cream has really helped my hands a lot! I only need it in the morning, and before bed. No amount of house cleaning, and hand washing, can break the seal this hand cream creates. I think it must be repairing my skin, because my hand skin is not getting as dry as it used to. Not sure this will work for everyone, but for me, I am addicted and hooked for life! I suggest trying it if your hands get dry!

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My favorite beauty products from the Insider Sale

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My favorite beauty products from Sephora from top left: Moroccanoil / Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Night Eye Cream / Estee Lauder eyemakeup remover / Laura Mercier foundation powder / Urban Decay eye palette / Estee Lauder foundation / Laura Mercer loose setting powder / Laura Mercier caviar eye pencil (I always wear cocoa) / Bobbi Brown lipstick / Urban Decay lipstick /

The Sephora Beauty Insider sale event is in full swing! This is a great time to pick up beauty products you love on deep discounts; because let’s face it, beauty products never go on sale-at least the good ones!!

The beauty products I am sharing with you today are ones I use all the time. Some have been life-long favorites, while others are new to my beauty bag. Some of these products are part of the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale, and some are not. I didn’t want to share a whole bunch of sale products with you that I don’t use, so instead, I am sharing the products I use which are sold at Sephora. You don’t see a complete skin care, or makeup routine in this post. That’s because some of the products I use aren’t sold at Sephora, and I am not going to recommend random products to you in order to fill in the gaps. You can find my current nail polish here, my skin care routine here, and my go-to blush here.

The products I have been using for over ten years include Moroccanoil, Estee Lauder eye makeup remover¬†(I’ve been using this one since high school!), Laura Mercier Foundation Powder, and the Laura Mercier Caviar eye pencil. The other products have been added to my beauty bag in the last two years; and the eye cream in the last month. These are all incredible products which I cannot live without.

Now onto the details of this sale! If you shop at Sephora, you may already know about their beauty insider program. If you spend a minimum of $350, you become a VIB Level customer. Once you spend $1000, you become a Rouge Member. Rouge members gain access to special discounts, custom make-overs, and invite-only events. VIB members gain access to the sale on August 30, 2018, and can continue to save through September 3, 2018. Rouge members can start saving now! If you aren’t part of the Sephora membership program, you can easily join the Beauty Insider Program online here.

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Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence review

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pictured: Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence c/o Fresh / nail polish /

One of my favorite skin care brands is Fresh. So, when they reached out to let me know about their new Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence, I knew I needed to test it out! This fabulous facial treatment provides anti-pollution and antioxidant protection, enhances skin luminosity, reduces the look of fine lines, refines the look of pores, improves elasticity, smooths skin texture, boots skin’s healthy tone, and provides 24-hour moisture. Love!

The Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence is an important step in your skin care routine. It is ideal to use after washing your face, and before applying face cream. It is a great protector against pollution which is a huge threat to aging.

My skin tends to be sensitive, and the¬†Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence is gentle on my skin. It’s a fast-absorbing liquid formula which I leave on after washing my face. It preps my skin for my face cream, and it’s gentle enough to use twice a day. Love that!

You might be wondering, what is Kombucha? It is a fermented sweet black tea which is rich in vitamins and organic acids produced through the fermentation process. The Kombucha Fresh uses in their products has an unique composition that gives it powerful properties which protect skin from pollution, and free radicals.

Did you know pollution ages you? It happens to be one of the biggest threats to our skin; especially if you live in an urban area or an area famous for poor air quality. Air polkutants such as smoke, and smog, can cause oxidative stress that accelerates signs of aging. The new Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence is formulated to protect skin from pollution and help prevent premature fine lines.

I love how the Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence by Fresh makes my skin feel after washing my face. It helps my face cream absorb into my skin, which is what we want right? I mean, think about how much we pay for our skin cream! It’s nice to know that¬†Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence helps our skin absorb that¬†expensive cream while protecting skin from pollutants. Love that!

I’m excited to add¬†Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence to my twice-daily skin care routine. You can find it online here.

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*special thank you to fresh for partnering on this post

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